Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Sacred Year: A Blog Tour and Book Review

About The Book:

One searcher’s honest and fascinating journey to encounter God, love others, and discover his true self through a year of spiritual practices.

Frustrated and disillusioned with his life as a Christian, motivational speaker Michael Yankoski was determined to stop merely talking about living a life of faith and start experiencing it. The result was a year dedicated to engaging in spiritual practices, both ancient and modern, in a life-altering process that continues to this day. Whether contemplating an apple for an hour before tasting it (attentiveness), eating on $2.00 a day (simplicity) or writing simple letters of thanks (gratitude), Michael discovered a whole new depth through the intentional life.

Stirred on by the guiding voice of Father Solomon, a local monk, Yankoski’s life is slowly transformed. Both entertaining and heart-wrenching, Yankoski’s story will resonate with those who wish to deepen their own committed faith as well as those who are searching – perhaps for the first time – for their own authentic encounter with the Divine.

About The Author:

Michael Yankoski is a writer, aspiring theologian, and urban homesteader who dreams of becoming a competent woodworker, musician, and sailor. He received his MA in theological studies at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia, is a (novitate) Oblate of St. Benedict, and has authored four books. Michael grew up in Colorado, feels at home on the Pacific Coast, and currently resides in Indiana, where he and his wife are pursuing PhDs at the University of Notre Dame.

My Review:

Every year around January 1st, I pick a word that I want to focus on throughout the upcoming new year. I use that word to incorporate into my whole life, whether it's my health, spirituality, or relationships. This year the word I picked was "discipline" since it falls into all areas of my life. One of the things I have done is study the spiritual disciplines, using Richard Foster's book, Celebration of Discipline. Unbeknownst to me, my church planned a sermon series on Spiritual Discipline this summer, and recently I was given the opportunity to review a new book on this very subject as well. The Sacred Year by author, Michael Yankoski was a dynamic read, that took my study of spiritual disciplines to a very different level.

The book was intriguing, and thoughtfully written as the author takes you on a year of his own spiritual journey. I loved that he was vulnerable, honest and raw about his questions, doubts, belief's and so much more. 

The book is divided up into three sections, then each section covers a number of disciplines. Some I was familiar with, others were new to me and left me wanting to learn more about them.

Section One: Depth with Self
1. The Practice of Attentiveness
2. The Practice of Daily Examen
3. The Practice of Sustenance
4. The Practice of Simplicity
5. The Practice of Creativity
6. The Practice of Embracing Mortality

Section Two: Depth with God
7. The Practice of Confession
8. The Practice of Listening Prayer
9. The Practice of Lectio Divina and Regular Eucharist
10. The Practice of Still, Silent Solitude
11. The Practice of Sabbath
12. The Practice of Wilderness
13. The Practice of Pilgrimage

Section Three: Depth with Others
14. The Practice of Gratitude
15. The Practice of Protest
16. The Practice of Pursuing Justice
17. The Practice of Community 
18. The Practice of Caring

Yankoski does a remarkable job and showing us how to stop "going through the motions" of our Christian walk and really strive for a truly authentic relationship with ourselves, others and most importantly, with God. There is plenty of personal experiences shared by the author, and it is very poignantly written, and I felt that contributed to the very authentic feeling the book had. I loved that the author gently, but strongly, showed the reader that we should practice these disciplines not because we "have to" but because we want to as true believers in Jesus Christ. I loved the question and answer section at the end of the book, that allowed me (and other readers) to get to know the author even more.

Through reading The Sacred Year, I have been encouraged now, more than ever before, to get more authentic with God! 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase The Sacred Year online through Amazon.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of LitFuse Publicity Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Monday, September 29, 2014

Move On: A Book Review

About The Book:

Life is often messy. God makes provision to help us move beyond our messes but often our first instinct is to hide, deny, ignore, or run from them. Yet it is in the middle of our mess where mercy shows up and offers a safe place to process our struggles, imperfections, doubts, and fears. Then with mercy by our side, we are able to move on and experience the grace and freedom God intended.
In Move On best-selling author Vicki Courtney helps readers come clean with their muddy messes, revealing the deeper issues they must face, including:
  • Christian snobbery
  • struggles and broken dreams
  • the past
  • shame
  • legalism
  • the need for approval
  • idols
  • fickle faith
Once we face our messes, God, with his sweet mercy, can help us to get real, deal, and truly move on.

About The Author:

 Vicki Courtney is a national speaker to women of all ages and the best-selling author of many books and Bible studies including 5 Conversations You Must Have with Your Daughter and Ever After. Vicki and her husband, Keith, have three grown children, a son-in-love, daughter-in-love, and an amazing grandson.

My Review:

This. Book. Will. Change. Your. Life.

It truly will. It is the most thought-provoking book that I have read in a really long time about facing our mess in this journey of life, accepting them, and truly moving on from them. Moving on from the guilt, from the mess, from the worry about what other's will think if they really knew the truth. From all of it. With rawness, honesty and the reminder that God meets us in our mess, embraces us but doesn't leave us in the mess. He uses it (whatever it is) to allow us to reach for His mercy. I love that she challenges us as we read to embrace our messy lives and allow God to bring us out of it, change and grow and allow Him to handle it and allow us to live as saints not get stuck as a sinner.

The writing style of Move On made me feel as though I was sitting in the room with the author, and enjoying a cup of coffee with her. It was an intimate read that allowed me to realize there were things I thought I had dealt with but really had not. I am grateful for the journey I took through reading the book.

While the book is fantastic, there is also a study guide and a DVD study available to allow you to experience this book in a group setting. I know I would love to study it deeper in the near future.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Move On via Amazon, as well as through your favorite Christian retailer locally.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of BookSneeze and Thomas Nelson, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Riff Rockit - If I Could Fly: A CD Review

FORT LAUDERDALE -- Bringing a taste of '80s and '90s anthem rock to kids,  Parents' Choice® Award winning musician Riff Rockit eagerly anticipates the July 29 release of his third album, If I Could Fly.

Wrote The Rock Father, "Imagine for a moment a world in which Ace Frehley's Spaceman alter-ego spawned a guitar slinging son ... Now imagine this space suited young man embarking on a career as a children's entertainer, breaking out kid-friendly power ballads and arena anthems for the toddler set.  Intrigued?  Welcome to the world of Riff Rockit."

In the soundscape of If I Could Fly, Riff wanted the guitar placed front and center, so naturally his guitar player had to be the top of the crop.  Highly respected by guitar enthusiasts, Alejandro Garcia has toured with Chayanne, Julio Iglesias, and many others.  Garcia also co-produced If I Could Fly, along Bob St. John, the legendary guiding force behind numerous Latin Grammys and platinum records for the band Extreme, who also stands recognized for his work with Duran Duran, Collective Soul, Ricky Martin, and many more.

If I Could Fly lifts off with a blast of guitar energy on the album opener, "Food Groups."  If AC/DC and Kansas had a baby and penned the child a song about food groups and eating healthy, this would be it.  "Backyard," a Van Halen-inspired tune with an irrepressible dance beat, follows. The all-things-Hollywood California kitty cat, "Mr. Tux," brings to mind '80s electropop in a feline pairing with '80s rock.  If I Could Fly cruises to an expansive conclusion with the album's title track, a wistful bit of imagination that Riff describes as "Tom Petty mixed with Def Leppard."

Riff Rockit's alter ego, indie musician Evan Michael, is a leukemia survivor with a great desire to help those suffering from blood cancers. Consequently, he will donate all proceeds from If I Could Fly to BeTheMatch.org, an organization whose mission is to deliver cures for blood cancers.
Riff Rockit's debut recording, the self-titled Riff Rockit (2012) was honored with a Parents' Choice® Award, a NAPPA Award, and a Mom's Choice Award. Riff Rockit will soon release his first all-Spanish album, Luz Verde Vamos!, and he has also released two DVDs, The Power of Music and Riff Rockit: Live in Concert   My Review: What a seriously fun CD! Your entire family will be up and dancing and moving to this fast paced CD that both children and adults will appreciate. The CD is catchy, fun, upbeat and you will find yourself singing along to all the songs, since the lyrics are very easy to learn and I love that even with a clear rock influence it is a clean cd, perfect for children. This is the first time I have heard of Riff Rockit (AKA: Evan Michael) but it will not be the last. Also, with each purchase of this CD, I love that money is donated to blood cancer research, of which the singer is a survivor! Our family favorites include Birthday Song, Wintertime, Guitar Hero and If I Could Fly.If I Could Fly would be the perfect gift idea for the young child in your life this upcoming Christmas season, for birthdays or for any other special occasion! 

I highly recommend this CD and give it a huge thumbs up! BUY IT: You can purchase If I Could Fly online through Amazon   
***I received a complimentary copy of this CD, courtesy of Waldmania PR, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***  

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Precious Child - Love Songs and Lullabies: A CD Review

NEW YORK, NY – The long awaited release of Precious Child -- Love Songs & Lullabies, an album by two towering musical masters -- multiple GRAMMY® nominated guitarist/composer Joe Beck and internationally acclaimed vocalist/composer/pianist Darryl Tookes -- is set for August 19.

Take one jazz legend -- the late Joe Beck -- who collaborated with practically all the great jazz musicians of the '60s, '70s, and '80s, including Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Duke Ellington, and Peggy Lee. His work as a producer/arranger/composer included clients like Frank Sinatra, Gloria Gaynor, Larry Coryell, and Esther Phillips.

Add to the mix Darryl Tookes, a signature artist with an "angelic" voice (NY Newsday), who has recorded and performed on landmark projects with Sting, Paul Simon, Elton John, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Ramsey Lewis, Natalie Cole, Carly Simon,. Burt Bacharach, Phil Ramone, Roberta Flack, Luther Vandross, Leonard Bernstein, Jessye Norman, and many more.

Season all that talent with two supreme artists' desire to express deep love for their children, and the result goes far beyond commercial interests into the realm of the sublime.  This is Precious Child -- Love Songs & Lullabies.

A document of true friendship and love, Precious Child -- Love Songs & Lullabies began its evolution in Fairfield County, Connecticut in 1995, a year that found musical soul mates and neighbors Joe Beck and Darryl Tookes both fathers to newborn babies.  The two shared an unabashed romanticism that fueled a passion for creativity.  They were fellow travelers in the musical world, literally as well as figuratively, and oftentimes shared a car ride into New York City for studio sessions.  Beck and Tookes did most of the composition, arranging, and recording for Precious Child -- Love Songs & Lullabies in the mid-1990s, but life intervened, and the project was put on hold. After Beck's death, Darryl Tookes was determined to finish the album.
At first glance, Precious Child -- Love Songs & Lullabies is a mixture of traditional childhood songs and newly composed works by Joe Beck and Darryl Tookes, but on a deeper level these songs convey messages of belonging, love, and trust.  What immediately strikes the listener is the honesty of the music, which never tries to be something that it isn't and never panders to the sensational.  Also notable is the album's sonic beauty (mastered by multi-GRAMMY® award winner Andreas Meyer) and its highly intelligent, economic use of musical materials.  Beyond all else, the music on Precious Child -- Love Songs & Lullabies has a distinctive, ear-catching quality that will appeal to almost everyone.   My Review:A hauntingly beautiful lullaby album that will help calm adults and children alike. I absolutely loved the renditions that both Tookes and Joe Beck made of classic children's songs and how the Jazz genre was used as the basis of this amazing CD. I have found myself using the CD daily for my home day care quiet/nap time and even in the evening after dinner to create a calm environment before bedtime. The eloquent harmonies are boundless, and seen in our family favorites like Daddy's Girl, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and I Love You Too Much. Actually the entire CD was fantastic! I know this will be part of our music collection for many years to come. It would be an absolutely perfect new baby, baby shower or even Christmas gift for any new parent in your life.I highly recommend this CD and I give it a huge thumbs up!
  BUY IT: You can purchase Precious Child - Love Songs and Lullabies online through Amazon ***I received a complimentary copy of this CD, courtesy of Walmania PR, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own,  and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Colliding with Destiny: A Book Review

About The Book:

Find a fuller, richer life by letting God direct your destiny.
The story of Ruth is a journey of transformation. By allowing God to transform her circumstances, Ruth went from a widow who would be excluded from society to a wife with a secure and protected future, a future that ultimately paved the way for the birth of King David! Her story is full of collision--loss, heartache, poverty, even shame--but she never let her past define her. Instead, the most painful time of her life became her most pivotal, propelling her to a destiny she never imagined.

Perhaps you have a past you're struggling to overcome. If disappointments, whether a result of your own choices or the actions of others, have kept you from being your true self, this book is for you. Follow Ruth's life and discover the hope available to each of us. Your yesterday does not have to dictate your tomorrow.

Despite your past pain, you, too, can find redemption and restoration.

You can read an excerpt of Colliding with Destiny here, in PDF format

About The Author:
Sarah Jakes oversees the women's ministry at The Potter's House of Dallas, the church led by her parents, Bishop T.D. Jakes and Mrs. Serita Jakes. She regularly blogs at sarahjakes.com and occasionally serves as a TV host on The Potter's Touch. Sarah is a mom of two and lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Learn more about her and her ministry at sarahjakes.com.

My Review:

The Biblical character of Ruth is one of my favorites from the Bible. Her strength to overcome hardship, courage in the journey and never-wavering faith in God is such a wonderful example of what it means to be a woman of God.  Author Sarah Jakes has take this woman and created a wonderful 30 day journey that you can follow and learn to rise above pain and embrace it to take you to a redeeming place with God.

The format is typical of a daily devotional, and includes a journal section that gives you prompts to write your thoughts and a daily prayer. The author is very open and honest, and very vulnerable in expressing her journey through a teen pregnancy, a failed marriage and being the daughter of high-profile preacher, T.D. Jakes. I feel that the book could be read in one sitting, however you would do well to read it as a month-long devotional to use it at it's fullest potential. It's very easy to read and I love the simplicity of the format and style of writing.

You can read some notable quotes here, in PDF format.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Colliding with Destiny online through Amazon. It is also available at your favorite local Christian book retailer

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Appalachian Serenade: A Book Review

About The Book:

Delilah Morrissey has always wanted to be a mother, but when she becomes a young widow, that dream now seems farther away than ever. Unable to continue to live alone in Chicago, her only option is to accept her sister's offer to move in with her family back in West Virginia. Will Delilah have the faith to pursue a new dream--even if it means giving up the old?

In this charming novella, debut novelist Sarah Loudin Thomas introduces readers to Wise, West Virginia--a small town nestled in an Appalachian valley where the everyday miracles of life and faith play out in stories of healing, hope, and love.

Includes an excerpt of Miracle in a Dry Season, the first full-length novel in the Appalachian Blessings series

About The Author:

 Sarah Loudin Thomas is a fund-raiser for a children's ministry who has also published freelance writing for Mountain Homes Southern Style and Now & Then magazines, as well as The Asheville Citizen-Times and The Journey Christian Newspaper. She holds a bachelor's in English from Coastal Carolina University. She and her husband reside in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more at www.sarahloudinthomas.com

My Review:

Having read Miracle in a Dry Season recently, I was excited to be able to read this ebook novella from the same author.

While a short book, it is packed full of amazing characters, is well-written and flows beautifully, bringing to the reader to full feel they are experiencing each step that the characters do. The book is a lovely prequel to Miracle in a Dry Season, introducing you to a few of the characters in that book. Though a prequel, it works well as a stand alone novel as well. A delightful novella, with a solid romance thrown in,  that was perfect to read on a cooler Autumn evening with a cup of tea and cozy quilt.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Appalachian Serenade from Amazon

***I received a complimentary electronic copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Quilts of Love | HIDDEN IN THE STARS – $200 Giveaway & “Fall into Fall” Facebook Party!

Don't miss the newest Quilts of Love book, Hidden in the Stars by Robin Caroll. September's QOL release is a wonderful combination of mystery, romance, and family love bound together by a quilt and the story it tells.
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Enter to win a "Night on the Town" (a $200 Visa cash card!) and RSVP for the "Fall into Fall" Quilts of Love Facebook party on 10/7.
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  • A Grand Design by Amber Stockton
  • Hidden in the Stars by Robin Caroll
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Sacred Year by Michael Yankoski #EmbraceTheSacred FREE Book Offer

God is at work everywhere. And every-when. We only need to open our eyes and take the time to notice.

Michael Yankoski became jaded and disillusioned with his life as a Christian motivational speaker, feeling as though he was another act in the “Christian Carnival.” Religion started to become a fa├žade instead of a deep, nourished, lived experience of faith. He knew he needed to stop talking about his faith and begin living and practicing it. In a sort of desperation, Michael dedicated the next year to engaging various spiritual practices, and The Sacred Year is a firsthand account of the downs and ups, the failures and successes of an honest search for answers to the human yearning for life, love, and God.

It’s time to stop talking about your faith and begin living and experiencing it.

Join Michael and #EmbraceTheSacred—seek out God at work in the mundane and attend to what God is doing in your life. Share those moments on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and make sure to use the tag #EmbraceTheSacred.


 As a thank-you for ordering The Sacred Year, Michael is giving away a free ebook! Email your proof of purchase of The Sacred Year to TheSacredYear@gmail.com, and you will receive A Straightforward Guide to Three Essential Spiritual Practices ebook for FREE! Learn more here.



Miracle in a Dry Season: A Book Review

 About The Book:

 In a Drought, It's the Darkest Cloud
That Brings Hope

It's 1954 and Perla Long's arrival in the sleepy town of Wise, West Virginia, was supposed to go unnoticed. She just wants a quiet, safe place for her and her daughter, Sadie, where the mistakes of her past can stay hidden. But then drought comes to Wise, and Perla is pulled into the turmoil of a town desperately in need of a miracle.

Casewell Phillips has resigned himself to life as a bachelor...until he meets Perla. She's everything he's sought in a woman, but he can't get past the sense that she's hiding something. As the drought worsens, Perla's unique gift divides the town in two, bringing both gratitude and condemnation, and placing the pair in the middle of a storm of anger and forgiveness, fear and faith.

You can read an excerpt of Miracle in a Dry Season here, in PDF format
About The Author:

 Sarah Loudin Thomas is a fund-raiser for a children's ministry who has also published freelance writing for Mountain Homes Southern Style and Now & Then magazines, as well as The Asheville Citizen-Times and The Journey Christian Newspaper. She holds a bachelor's in English from Coastal Carolina University. She and her husband reside in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more at www.sarahloudinthomas.com.

My Review:

For me, one of the signs of a great novel is that it tugs at my heartstrings and hits me where I am through the characters' lives and story lines. While I have read some incredible novels in my life and even recently, none have resonated so deeply as reading Miracle in a Dry Season. I was absolutely floored as I read it. And NEVER has a debut novel impacted so much. If this novel is any indiction, author Sarah Loudin Thomas is set to have a very prolific and successful writing career to be sure.

The story is set in 1950's Appalachia and the main theme is one that so many of us can relate to - being in a desert place and coming out of it with joy versus bitterness. The writing style was such that the story flowed nicely and it was a quick read. The characters were real, endearing and I loved the progression of their journey to forgiveness and grace.

Forgiveness is a strong theme and it was wonderful to journey with the characters as they travelled the emotional, oft heartbreaking times they did. I loved that scripture and Biblical principles were spread throughout the book, without being overly preachy or "in your face".

An inspiring, emotional, book that would be a wonderful gift idea for any historical Christian fiction fan in your life (and even for yourself!).

I highly recommend the book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Miracle In A Dry Season online through Amazon

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Bethany House Blogger Program, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Celebrate the Treasury of Bible Stories by entering the Rhythmical Rhymes Kindle Giveaway!

Part of the Magnificent Tales series, Treasury of Bible Stories: Rhythmical Rhymes of Biblical Times will delight children ages 4–8 with rhyming Bible stories pairing spiritual truths with playful illustrations.

Enter the Rhythmical Rhymes Kindle Giveaway 9/15 – 10/12.

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Stories Kelly Pulley

One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A Kindle HDX

  • Treasury of Bible Stories by Kelly Pulley

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on October 12th. Winner will be announced October 13th at Kelly's blog.

Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to visit Kelly's blog on the 13th to see if you won!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Pre-order @MaxLucado’s BEFORE AMEN and receive a FREE book. And, Enter to WIN an iPad!

Prayer is simply a heartfelt conversation between God and his child. In Before Amen, best-selling author Max Lucado joins readers on a journey to the very heart of biblical prayer, offering hope for doubts, and confidence even for prayer wimps. Let the conversation begin.

Be sure to enter the Before Amen iPad Mini giveaway. AND if you pre-order a copy of Before Amen by 9/29, you'll receive a FREE ebook copy of Max’s best-selling Second Chances: More Stories of Grace.


One grand prize winner will receive:

  • An iPad Mini

  • Before Amen by Max Lucado

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on September 29th. Winner will be announced September 30th on the Litfuse blog.

Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to visit the Litfuse blog on the 30th to see if you won! (Or better yet, subscribe to their blog and have the winner announcement delivered to your inbox!)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Home To Chicory Lane: A Blog Tour and Book Review

About The Book:

Landyn longs for home, but her mother may have other plans.

Audrey Whitman’s dreams are coming true. Now that their five kids are grown, she and her husband, Grant, are turning their beloved family home into a cozy bed and breakfast just a mile outside of Langhorne, Missouri.

Opening weekend makes Audrey anxious, with family and friends coming from all over to help celebrate the occasion. But when Audrey’s daughter, Landyn, arrives, the U-Haul she’s pulling makes it clear she’s not just here for a few days. Audrey immediately has questions. What happened in New York that sent Landyn running home? Where was Landyn’s husband, Chase? And what else was her daughter not telling her? One thing was for sure, the Chicory Inn was off to a rocky start. Can Audrey still realize her dream and at the same time provide the comfort of home her daughter so desperately needs?

About The Author:

 Deborah Raney’s books have won numerous awards, including the RITA, National Readers Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, and the Carol Award, and have twice been Christy Award finalists. She and her husband, Ken, recently traded small-town life in Kansas—the setting of many of Deborah’s novels—for life in the (relatively) big city of Wichita, where they enjoy gardening, antiquing, movies, and traveling to visit four children and a growing brood of grandchildren who all live much too far away. Visit Deborah on the web at DeborahRaney.com.

My Review:

What a delightful read book one in the Chicory Inn series from author Deborah Raney was to read. I took a recent Sunday afternoon, cozy blanket and cup of tea and as I started to read this novel was transported to a great story. The book was really well written and I truly appreciated how "real" the characters were. The had family dynamics, quirks, issues and struggles just like any reader would have, and I related to more than one character as I read through Home to Chicory Lane. I loved that God was the center of most of the character's lives and living to please Him and do His will was a strong theme throughout the book. There was romance and suspense, but this book was so clean and decent, making it a very pleasant read. I look forward to reading more from this amazing, and prolific author, and thankfully do not have to wait long. Book Two in this series, Two Roads Home, does not release until June 2105 but have no fear. Raney has teamed up with Denise Hunter and Besty St. Amant to write Winter Brides, which releases in November 2014. Those three authors in one book? Yes, please!!! Can't wait to read both these books soon!

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Home To Chicory Lane online here

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of LitFuse Publicity Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Nowhere To Turn: A Book Review

About The Book:

She thought her days of hiding were over . . . but the danger has just begun
The day Danielle Harding takes her eleven-year-old son and flees from her abusive husband is the same day Kurt Harding dies. A relieved Dani believes she and her son are finally safe--but in reality, things are just heating up. When Kurt was alive, he took something important from a mysterious individual--who wants the item back and believes Dani now has it. As she and her son run for their lives, they have nowhere to turn, until she hires Adam Buchanan of Operation Refuge and goes into hiding. Unfortunately, she won't be able to hide for long . . . 

From the first breathless scene, this tension-laced story will hold you in its iron grip as bestselling author Lynette Eason propels you along in a race to discover the truth.

About The Author:

Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of the Women of Justice series and the Deadly Reunions series, as well as No One to Trust. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. She has a master's degree in education from Converse College and she lives in South Carolina. Learn more at www.lynetteeason.com.

My Review:

Lynette Eason is at the top of my list of favorite Christian suspense/mystery fiction, along side Dee Henderson and Terri Blackstock. I have loved Christian suspense for many years, and have eagerly anticipated Eason's most recent release, Nowhere To Turn. It is book two in the Hidden Identity series. While a part of a series, it does well as a stand alone novel as well.

This book is full of many twists and turns, a little bit of romance and will have you up late into the night reading (well, two late nights for me, but so worth it). The characters from the first book continue to intrigue me, and are wonderfully developed, and it was great to see a few new faces thrown into this second book. The story lines were great too, making the book a fast paced read, this book will have you guessing right until the very end and I cannot wait to see what is next for author Lynette Eason. Book Three of the series comes out in 2015. In the mean time, I may have to get my fix by reading other's of her books I haven't yet (which is not too many).

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase Nowhere To Turn at your favorite Christian book retailer from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Revell Reads and Baker Publishing Group, for the purpose of review on this book. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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This Shadow Puppets Kit shows kids how to put on plays that are sure to astound their family and friends — without a shadow of a doubt!

 This Creativity Kit includes: - punch-out puppets of 6 nocturnal animals - glue, instructions, craft sticks, plus their own light source: a cool flashlight pen! - bonus pack of soy crayons PLUS a Nocturnal Science digital Green Kid Magazine, filled with fun project ideas and experiments

 *Note: This is a sample kit. This Shadow Puppets Kit is one of 3 projects from the award-winning Nocturnal Animals Discovery  Box.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Green Kid Crafts Fall Sale On NOW!!!



 If you’re looking for special gifts for children or a subscription for kids that will educate, delight and engage, look no further.

 Green Kid Crafts is a monthly Creativity and STEM Science Box subscription service that provides all the hands-on materials needed to inspire creative and educational fun for kids 3-10.

For an exclusive sneak peek of their fall boxes, go here!