Thursday, April 2, 2020
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Hi! Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday. I'm sitting here at my computer wondering how to spin this topic, ten signs that I'm a book lover, but my mind is drawing a blank.
Two- Buying new books!
Three- Always reading. Having a book with me at all times.
Four - Dreaming about the I'm reading like I'm a character.
Five - Reading more than one book at a time.
Six - Unable to start a new book because you're still living in the last book.
Seven - Falling in love with fictional characters.
Eight - Finding yourself praying for the character(s) as if they were real people.
Nine - Relating whatever is going on to a book you read. ie the current pandemic to As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner.
Ten - Thinking about the book and the characters even when you're not reading.
Now, it's your turn . . . can you relate to my ten? Let me know in the comments!
Thursday, March 26, 2020
About the book:
Title: More Than We Remember
Author: Christina Suzann Nelson
Publisher: Bethany House
One night changes everything for three women. . . .
When Addison Killbourn's husband is involved in a car accident that leaves a woman dead, her perfectly constructed life crumbles apart. With her husband's memory of that night gone and the revelation of a potentially life-altering secret, Addison has to reevaluate all she thought she knew.
Emilia Cruz is a deputy bearing a heavy burden far beyond the weight of her job. Her husband is no longer the man she married, and Emilia's determined to prevent others from facing the same hardship. When she's called to the scene of an accident pointing to everything she's fighting against, she's determined to see justice for those wronged.
Brianne Demanno is hiding from reality. She was thriving as a counselor, but when tragedy struck a beloved client, she lost faith in herself and her purpose. When her neighbors, the Killbourns, are thrown into crisis, Brianne's solitary life is disrupted and she finds herself needed in a way she hasn't been in a while.
As the lives of these women intersect, they can no longer dwell in the memory of who they've been. Can they rise from the wreck of the worst moments of their lives to become who they were meant to be?
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About Christina Suzann Nelson:
Christina Suzann Nelson, inspirational speaker and award-winning author of If We Make It Home, is celebrating the release of Swimming in the Deep End, on September 25, 2018. Her first novel was honored as one of Library Journal’s top five inspirational novels of 2017. She was named the 2017 OCW Cascade’s Writer of Promise. Her stories have been published in the Cup of Comfort for a Better World, Cup of Comfort for Adoptive Families, as well as other publications. She writes and speaks about hope after dysfunction. Christina is over the top about her passions, including the stories created somewhere in the twists and turns of her less-than-focused brain. When she’s not writing, she’s working with the Every Child initiative, chasing escaped steers, reading, breathing in the sweet smell of her horse, hiking with her dog, or enjoying her just-as-crazy family.
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This book pulled me in right from the beginning. I found the story compelling and page turning.
The three women whose lives become intersected by a deadly accident are already dealing with their own set of real life circumstances before the accident even occurs. Ms. Nelson intertwines their lives creating a nice ball of yarn that she untangles throughout the story.
The only thing I did not like in this book was the character of Emelia. I found her to be the typical 'bad' officer we hear about on the news.
The beauty of this book is the hope portrayed in the chaotic, messy, mistakes and heartaches of life.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the book:
Title: Woosah Warrior
Coloring Book - Journaling Prompts
for Chronic Illness Warriors
Author and Illustrator: Christalle Bodiford
Woosah Warrior: Coloring Book + Journaling Prompts for Chronic Illness Warriors provides uplifting messages and prompts for you to dive deeper into your thoughts and feelings surrounding chronic illness while nudging you to maintain a positive perspective and stay present. Enjoy thoughtfully-created illustrations by artist, Christalle Bodiford, accompanied by themed journaling prompts, and additional non-themed journaling pages to share your personal thoughts. Created by a chronic illness warrior for her fellow spoonies, this brain fog friendly book won't overwhelm you with intricate illustrations, so curl up with Woosah Warrior, your favorite blanket, and take some time to recharge your spoons!
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About Christalle Bodiford
Christalle Bodiford is an artist, advocate, writer, and adventure seeker. As an entrepreneur diagnosed with epilepsy, Christalle brings a unique perspective of empowerment that inspires others to embrace a positive mindset and live with purpose. When she’s not writing or advocating, Christalle enjoys puppy snuggles with her scruffy terrier and outdoor adventures with her husband.
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Coloring for me is a huge stress reliever and the big illustrations are perfect for those days when stress is just overwhelming. I haven't used the journaling pages yet, but the prompts could be transferred to a regular journal if you have one you use specifically.
While Ms. Bodiford has epilepsy this coloring book could be used for any chronic illness sufferer who is looking for a way to relax.
Christalle Bodiford provided me with a copy for review and then I won her giveaway so I have an extra copy of this book to giveaway. To enter follow the following instructions.
1. You must follow my blog.
2. Leave a comment telling me why you'd like to win this and or what you're doing during this worldwide pandemic.
3. Share this giveaway one place and tag me.
I'll use rafflecopter to choose the winner on April 1, 2020.
We all seem to be living in an alternate universe at the moment and wherever you are I'm pretty sure you could use some encouragement. I am hoping what I'll post will encourage you.
In Judges 6 there is a story about Gideon, he is a judge for Israel during the time that God gave the Israelites over to the Midianites because they were disobedient. Gideon was a very timid and fearful man. He gives God all kinds of excuses as to why he can't do what God has instructed him to do. He even tests God.
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Tuesday, March 17, 2020
About the book:
Title: The Fifth Avenue Story Society
Author: Rachel Hauck
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Executive assistant Lexa is eager for a much-deserved promotion, but her boss is determined to keep her underemployed.
Literature professor Jett is dealing with a broken heart, as well as a nagging suspicion his literary idol, Gordon Phipps Roth, might be a fraud.
Uber driver Chuck just wants a second chance with his kids.
Aging widower Ed is eager to write the true story of his incredible marriage.
Coral, queen of the cosmetics industry, has broken her engagement and is on the verge of losing her great grandmother’s multimillion-dollar empire.
When all five New Yorkers receive an anonymous, mysterious invitation to the Fifth Avenue Story Society, they suspect they’re victims of a practical joke. No one knows who sent the invitations or why. No one has heard of the literary society. And no one is prepared to bear their deepest secrets to a roomful of strangers.
Yet curiosity and loneliness bring them back week after week to the old library. And it’s there they discover the stories of their hearts, and the kind of friendship and love that heals their souls.
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About Rachel Hauck
Rachel Hauck is an award winning, New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author.
Her book The Wedding Dress was named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times Book Reviews. She is a double RITA finalist, and a Christy and Carol Award Winner.
Her book, Once Upon A Prince, first in the Royal Wedding Series, was filmed for an Original Hallmark movie.
Rachel has been awarded the prestigious Career Achievement Award for her body of original work by Romantic Times Book Reviews.
A member of the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers, she teaches workshops and leads worship at the annual conference. She is a past Mentor of The Year.
At home, she’s a wife, writer, worship leader and works out at the gym semi-enthusiastically.
A graduate of Ohio State University (Go Bucks!) with a degree in Journalism, she’s a former sorority girl and a devoted Ohio State football fan. Her bucket list is to stand on the sidelines with Ryan Day.
She lives in sunny central Florida with her husband and ornery cat.
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As the story began it a familiar tone but I couldn't figure out what book had mysterious invitations arrive with no indication of who it was from or why the invitees were all there. Then it hit me . . . Ten Little Indians by Agatha Christie! A book I just loved!
Rachel Hauck does an excellent job of creating mystery not only with the invitations but with the attendees at the story society. They seem to be wondering why they're there and how they all fit together.
The story is told through each of the attendees point of view which allows the reader to get to know them and their individual story.
I had to stop trying to figure out who the sender of the invitations were and why they were all there to really be able to truly enjoy the story. In doing so I thoroughly enjoyed the story. I didn't want it to end, which is why I enjoy Rachel Hauck's books.
Rachel Hauck wove the spiritual element seamlessly throughout the book showing hope instead of despair.
I highly recommend this book!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book via the publisher. I was not required to write a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Happy Tuesday, folks! I hope you are safe and well in your neck of the woods amid this Corona-Virus pandemic. We're hunkered down here in Idaho. I first thought about doing a pandemic type TBR for fun and then thought that wouldn't be much fun. I instead decided to actually post what I am currently reading and will be reading during spring.
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