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Summer Under My Quilt

Introducing the debut Author Crystal Sellers with a story of love, life, and learning to let go.

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Smmer Under My Quilt

Megan Creeway spent the summer at her grandparent’s lake house. Her life had imploded and she didn’t know how to get it back. Her husband was a cheat, her son was outgrowing his mother, and her grandpa was very sick. Seeking refuge from it all, the one thing she did not expect, was to find herself being courted by the very handsome local Pastor.
Reid Stone was finally enjoying his life three years after a divorce. He started over in the quaint town of Lake Charlotte as the pastor of the local church. He quickly made friends yet still led a peaceful quiet life of bachelorhood.

An Excerpt from the novel

He appeared just as captivated by the fireflies as she had just been a moment ago, watching them dance in the air above the wheat field. It was all so majestic, like a carefully orchestrated Broadway play. One thing Megan always enjoyed was how the night sounds of the country took her far away from reality.

My Thoughts

You can read my original review on Good Reads but the skinny is: I LOVED this book!  It was a great read; wonderful story of home, family, love and triumph over trials.  It’s a definite page turner that you just don’t want to put down.  The story will warm your heart while giving you a sense of peace and comfort about the world.  The characters are well written and I felt like I knew them when I was done reading about them, like somehow they could be friends or family of mine.  Though I’m not sure what would take place, I’d love to read a sequel to this book because, frankly, I feel like I miss them.  While reading the book, they became very real to me.  I can imagine the lives the characters would continue to live and what they might be doing, but I’d love to read it from the author’s perspective.

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Originally posted 2016-02-04 00:00:04.

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ESV Men’s Devotional Bible

Our world presents daily distractions that can easily displace Christ as the center of a man’s heart and life.  The goal of the ESV Men’s Devotional Bible is to strengthen and encourage men through the life-giving Word of God and sound devotional content aimed at nurturing godliness.  With 365 theologically rich and gospel-centered devotions drawn directly from the Bible, this all-new resource was created under the editorial oversight of Dr. Sam Storms with contributions from over fifty Christian leaders.  Introductions orient men to each book of the Bible, exploring its unique contribution to a man’s walk with God.  Thoughtful and instructive articles address the importance of sound doctrine, life in the local church, leadership, the heart, calling, and a host of other relevant issues for today.  The Men’s Devotional Bible will strengthen men in their walk with Christ, helping them apply the gospel and the truths of God’s Word in their homes, churches, and workplaces.
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– 365 brand-new devotions
– Brand new book introductions
– 14 brand-new articles
– Dictionary of key terms
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– Packaging: slipcase (TruTone), L-card (HC), permanent slipcase (Cloth over Board)
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The purpose of Crossway has been, from its founding as a not-for-profit ministry in 1938, to publish gospel-centered, Bible-centered content that will honor our Savior and serve his Church.   They seek to help people understand the massive implications of the gospel and the truth of God’s Word, for all of life, for all eternity, and for the glory of God.

My Thoughts

If you read my review on the ESV Journaling Bible for women you’ll know that I really enjoyed the ESV version of the Bible. After comparing it to different versions, I really enjoyed it.  The ESV Men’s Devotional Bible is a great version.  I really love that they put the story descriptions in gold.  It really looks fabulous!  If you are looking for a new Bible, or for a gift for someone, this version is perfect!

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#JOURNALINGBIBLE Bible for Women

JournalingBibleMy Thoughts

The ESV Journaling Bible for women is a great resource as one studies to get closer and stay close to the Great Almighty.  I love so many aspects of the ESV Journaling Bible, published by Crossway.  First off, I’d never read the English Standard Version, so I was excited about exploring how it was worded.  I compared it to my normal versions and I really enjoyed the difference.  I definitely plan on adding the ESV to my routine studies.  Being a journaling Bible, on the side of the pages there is an area to take notes.  There are a ton of reasons this is great, my favorite being that if He speaks to you while studying you will have that note that you will never have to worry about losing.  I always wish I had all the notes I’ve taken throughout the years, now I will have them in the future.

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The ESV Journaling Bible provides the perfect way for you to keep a journal of your spiritual life right inside the Bible that you read and study each day.  With covers and formats that look like the finest journals, the Journaling Bible features two-inch ruled margins for writing observations, reflections, prayers, praises, notes, and journal entries.  This unique Bible makes a great gift and lasting keepsake for anyone who values God’s Word.
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Originally posted 2015-11-17 21:42:47.

#NIVBibleforTeenGirls #Giveaway US/CAN Ends 11/16 #Flyby

NIV Bible for Teen Girls Words cannot express my love for The Word.  It’s been the backbone of my life since I was a small girl.  I’m very excited flipping through this new NIV Bible for Teen Girls.  I remember seeing Bibles like these when I was a teen and wanting one so badly and when I got my first Bible directed to teens I ate up the devotionals and inspirations from it.  This Bible is the same, it contains daily readings, highlights the Word of God, challenges insights, gives advice and attempts to begin important dialogues about the realities of life.  It is meant for girls between the ages of 13 to 18, but the inspirations are timeless.  I definitely recommend checking it out!

Today’s teen girl needs reassurance that no issue is too big for God.  The NIV Bible for Teen Girls, designed specifically for girls ages 13 to 18, will do just that.  This Bible is designed to help teen girls grow in faith, hope, and love.  It is as sincere about a teen girl’s walk with God as they are, helping them discover his will for all areas of their life, including relating to their family, dealing with friends, work, sports, guys, and so much more.

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  • DAILY READINGS by popular Christian female authors including Bethany Hamilton (Soul Surfer), Annie DownsChristine Caine, Nicole WeiderElsa Kok ColopyCrystal KirgissBekah Hamrick MartinDenise Van Eck, and more
  • CHARACTER PROFILES of women in the Bible
  • BOOK INTRODUCTIONS for each book of the Bible
  • HIGHLIGHTED PROMISES OF GOD are verses worth remembering
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Originally posted 2015-11-02 00:00:27.

Strong and Kind

StrongandkindSometimes reading parenting books can be a tedious chore.  Fortunately, with the humor and simple way it is written, this is not the case with Strong and Kind.  Stocked full of words of wisdom, love and a little humor this book is not only simple to read, but it is easy to enjoy!  A cup of coffee and this book is just perfect to enjoy in the morning before the chaos of the house begins.  I love the way she puts things as if they are a little note from a friend and the unwritten reminders I receive while reading it.  It’s definitely worth your time, whether you are a new parent, expecting parent, or even a grandparent.  It’s never too late to learn or re-learn some of the lessons in this book!

About the book: 
Hardcover; 240 pages
Publisher: Harper Collins Christian Publishing (October 27, 2015)
In her new book STRONG and KIND: And Other Important Character Traits Your Child Needs to Succeed, Korie Robertson – New York Times bestselling author, wife of Duck Commander® CEO Willie Robertson, star of A&E’s Duck Dynasty, and mother of five – argues that developing good character in our children is the single most important thing we can do to help ensure they lead happy, healthy adult lives.  Robertson explores key traits and what they truly look like in action, asks readers to select the two traits that they hope to see most in their children, and shares hands-on ways for nurturing strength of character.  Written with her mother Chrys Howard and featuring stories and wisdom from husband Willie, STRONG and KIND cuts through the contemporary cacophony of parenting manuals to rediscover, unfold, and embrace the enduring wisdom that has guided the best parents for centuries.
KorieRobertsonAbout Korie Robertson:
Korie Robertson, wife of Duck Commander® CEO Willie Robertson and star of A&E’s beloved series Duck Dynasty, is a mother of five a New York Times bestselling author of several books, including The Duck Commander Family: How Faith, Family, and Ducks built a Dynasty, written with Willie; Faith Commander: Living Five Values from the Parables with Jesus, written with her mother Chrys Howard; and The Women of Duck Commander: Surprising Insights from the Women Behind the Beards about What Makes this Family Work, written with all of the Robertson wives.  She is also an in-demand public speaker, Duck Commander® executive, entrepreneur and found of boutique Duck and Dressing, and philanthropist, who remains active with a variety of organizations that focus on children, adoption, and foster care.  Korie lives with her family in West Monroe, Louisiana.

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Zion’s Call

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Zion’s Call by Jeremy Maughan

1830’s LDS Historical Fiction

Howard Egan has left his life at sea to try his hand at the new america. A dream of owning land and a better life for himself. More than anything he wants to find a woman to spend this new life together. To his surprise he finds her on his first day on shore. He just didn’t expect her to be so beautiful or to be so harsh.

Thrown into the middle of a political firestorm between a Mormon missionary and local business men. Tasked with being the Mormon’s Bodyguard Howard has to find a way to secure his love, fulfill his duty and keep himself and the Mormon alive.

 

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Howard spoke up. “Ladies.”
The three turned to face him. The woman in the center gave him an exasperated look. “Pardon me?” she asked. “Did you speak to us?” She looked him up and down. She gave a little click of her tongue and looked on unapprovingly.
Howard was taken aback by her harsh tone. He struggled to get words out, “Yes. “He stammered, “I wanted to meet you.” he said slowly so he could be understood. He cursed his swollen tongue.
The girl on the left giggled a little, the one in the middle gave her a rueful glance before looking back at Howard. She frowned. “Do you always speak like you have a mouth full of marbles? Are boots a foreign concept from where you’re from?”
Howard started to turn red. He didn’t expect to be talked down to by this woman or any other. His anger started to rise. “I just wanted to meet you and get your name.”
“A little forward aren’t you sir? I don’t think you gave me yours, for starters.”
“My apologies ladies. I am Howard.” He said putting one hand to his breast.
The girl on the left raised her eyebrows, waiting for more. “Just Howard? Are we to call you Mr. Howard?” she asked.
He looked at the other girl. Are all girls of Salem so forked tongued, he thought, or just these? “Sorry, Howard Egan.” He again found his name difficult to pronounce correctly.
“Nice to meet you, Mr. Egan” the girl on the right said.
“I don’t know about that,” the black haired girl said. “Come, ladies.”
The three turned to go.
Howard took a step closer. “I didn’t get your names.” He didn’t want them to leave.
They turned again. The girl in the middle tapped her toe lightly on the cobble stones. “No, and you didn’t earn the right.” She paused to look him over again. “Clean up. Stop fighting and some day you will get to. But not today.”
She looked up at the wagon and saw the man sitting there. She nodded quickly to him and said, “Good day Mr. Chisholm. How is Mrs. Chisholm?”
“Good day to you too. She is doing well. You will have to come by sometime for pie. She so does love your company.” Mr. Chisholm replied.
“I just might do that.”
She turned and looked at Howard. He felt he was being judged, like a pig at the fair.
“Do you know this man?” she asked,
“I do. I have agreed to take him on as an apprentice.”
She inspected him one more time and looked back at Mr. Chisholm. “Well you must see something I don’t then.”
“I suspect my wife will feel the same way.” “Good Day, Mr. Chisholm” She inclined her head. Her friends did the same. The curls framing the black haired girl’s face bounced as she nodded. “It was a pleasure seeing you. I will take you up on your wife’s pies.”
They turned to leave, leaving Howard standing dumbstruck in the road.
Mr. Chisholm looked down and saw Howard was still watching the women walk away. He laughed and called to Howard to climb back on. Once he was back on the wagon, Howard asked, “Who is that girl?”
“I don’t know if it is my place to tell you. She made it pretty clear she didn’t want you to know her name. As well as I can remember, she has always been like that.” Mr. Chisholm replied.

 

Jeremy MaughanAuthor Jeremy Maughan

Jeremy Maughan a seventh generation member of the LDS Church, was born February 1978 in Provo Utah. As a young man he had a passion for reading. One of his fondest memories is laying on the back on his parents boat reading for days at Lake Powell. He would spend days reading Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, David Eddings,Terry Pratchett and many of great fantasy writers. He says that the only way he passed English in high school was because his teachers allowed him to turn in book reports as extra credit.
After High School Jeremy attended Devry Institute of Technology and studied to become a programmer. After two semesters he dropped out, having already landed a great programming job. He didn’t find the need to continue his education to get a job he already had.
A few short months after dropping out of school he was convinced by a close friend, who was a recent convert to the LDS church, to serve a mission. In May of 1997 he was called to serve in the Oregon Portland mission. He reported to the MTC just 6 weeks after submitting his mission papers. There he gained a deep testimony of the gospel that has stayed with him throughout his life.
Once he returned home from his mission his love of the North West pulled at him and he moved to Seattle to pursue his profession programming career. While attending institute his meet the love of his life and married her for time and all eternity in the Timpanogos Temple. In their 14 years of marriage they have had 5 children. Two boys and three girls.
Jeremy’s writing career started with a simple 30 day challenge and the desire to fulfill a item on his bucket list. Wanting to do a challenge to write every day for 30 days he needed something to write about. After days of struggle he was studying the writings C.S. Lewis and was inspired by the story behind The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Jeremy decided to follow in Lewis’s footsteps and write about his own children. A story was hatched and he set out to write a novel for his kids and about his kids.
He caught the writing bug and has written many stories for his family and friends. His most recent work, “ZIon’s Call” is a full length historical fiction novel based on one of his ancestors and his conversion to the gospel.

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Texas K-9 Unit Series


What can I say about curling up with a good book?  Absolutely no words that come to mind would come close to that wonderful feeling of losing oneself in a well written, interesting story.  If you are a fan of reading or just a good story, then you’ll know what I mean!

I have recently had the privilege of reviewing some great books that you’re gonna want to curl up with soon!  They’ll keep you interested and on your toes!  The Texas K9 series has been written by three authors: Shirlee McCoy, Margaret Daley, and Sharon Dunn.  I’d read some books written by Shirlee McCoy in the past and loved her books so I was excited to get this chance to read one of her latest books!  As always, she didn’t disappoint!

The series will keep you turning pages and away from whatever it is that you are supposed to be doing stresses you out!  It is my opinion that a good book is always worth the time and it never hurts to take a little time to escape reality!  Follow the Texas K9 teams as they steal your heart, fall in love and save the day…  or will they…  Get your copy and find out!  You’ll be glad you did!unnamed

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Love Inspired Suspense authors Shirlee McCoy, Margaret Daley and Sharon Dunn will get your pulse racing with tales of Texas cops and their loyal K9 dogs tracking down a crime ring. Enjoy three action-packed Texas K9 Unit romantic suspense novels in one box set! When a boy goes missing from his bedroom, a police detective must assure a desperate single mother that he and his trusty bloodhound will find her son. A woman with amnesia has to rely on an officer and his border collie to stay alive when she can’t remember who tried to kill her. An FBI agent is called in to protect a single mother when the rookie K9 officer witnesses a murder and becomes the killer’s target.

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Awaken Love Devotional

Awaken Love couple's review and giveaway US/CAN ends 12/18

About the Book

The Song Couple’s Devotional is a 6-week book for couples that can help awaken love in their marriage. With daily relationship insights and prayer points drawn from the Song of Solomon, this devotional will help couples grow in their relationship with God and one another.
Inspired by the Song of Solomon, The Song is both a full-length movie and resource for churches to explore God’s plan for relationships, love and marriage.

My Thoughts

I can never express enough the importance of a a strong foundation in a marriage.  I’m sure most of you have heard the story about the man who built his house on sand and the man who built his house on rock and such.  Obviously, the house built on solid ground withstood the test of time, God is our rock and always will be should we so choose.  That’s not at all saying that there aren’t tough times, there definitely are, but knowing that when the house of our marriage is broken to pieces our foundation will still be waiting for us to build on again is a comfort I cherish.
Awaken Love is great to help build on that foundation!  Or, if you don’t have one, it would be a good place to start!  Growing in Christ as a couple is an amazing thing, one that cannot be replaced by anything else!  The devotional is drawn from The Song of Solomon and I have to say that I love that Solomon is quite obviously a flawed individual, just like my husband and myself.  Knowing that the many people in the Bible are flawed truly helps us to remember that we will never be perfect yet God can and will still show us favor.
While your marriage may not be facing the same challenges as those of Solomon, there is much to be learned.  Kyle and Desirae Idleman do a great job of helping us to grow through love in Him.  Standing on Christ the Solid Rock as our foundation, doing this devotional together as husband and wife will no doubt bring you closer to each other and closer to Him

About the Author

Kyle Idleman is the Teaching Pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, the fourth-largest church in America. Author of the award-winning and bestselling book, not a fan., and presenter of eight of City on a Hill’s curriculum series, he regularly speaks at conferences and events around the world. Kyle and his wife DesiRae have four children.

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Small Talk

Small Talk“Out of the Mouths of Babes” is a phrase that goes back to Biblical times where it can be found in Matthew 21:16

“and they said to him, “Do you hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes; have you never read, “‘Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies you have prepared praise’?”

As it implies, the pure honesty that sometimes comes out of the minds of children too small to truly know what they are saying can truly be just the thought we need to hear.  I truly believe that it is that wisdom that comes from their ability to hear God speak in a way that we learn to ignore, doubt and even block out as we grow up.  In ‘Small Talk’ Amy Julia Becker shares with us some of the lessons she has learned from the innocent and loving words that sometimes pour out of the hearts and minds of her children.  I truly enjoyed reading her book and I hope and pray that it touches you as well.  There were moments when those words her children spoke to her touched me as well and I am grateful that God put it on her heart to share with us.

About the Book

Every day, one of Amy Julie Becker’s children says something that prompts her to think about life in a new way. “Mom, does Santa love me?” William asks, after his mother explains the meaning of Christmas…In a chat with her dad about the children who died in the Sandy Hook shootings, Penny asks, “Did they go to heaven?” …”You was a jerk, Mommy?” asks Marilee one morning in the car.
These conversations deepen Amy Julia’s relationships with her children, but they also refine her understanding of what she believes and what God is doing in her own life.
In Small Talk, Amy Julia draws from the wisdom and curiosity of those young voices to reflect on beauty and kindness, tragedy and disability, prayer and miracles. As she moves through the basic questions her kids posed when they were very young to the more intellectual questions of later childhood, she invites us to learn from our own day-to-day conversations with the children in our lives.
This eloquent parenting memoir is about the big questions little hearts ask, the thoughts their words provoke, and the laughter and soul-searching their honesty brings—to adult and child alike.

About the Author

Amy Julia BeckerAmy Julia Becker writes about faith, family, and disability for Parents.com, the New York Times Motherlode blog, TheAtlantic.com, The Huffington Post parents page, Christianity Today, The Christian century, and numerous other publications. Her first book, A Good and Perfect Gift: Faith, Expectations, and a Little Girl Named Penny, was named one of the Top Ten Religion Books of 2011 by Publishers Weekly. Amy Julia lives in western Connecticut with her husband and three children.
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Originally posted 2014-11-26 17:40:49.

Make an #Impact

#Impact Giveaway US/CAN Ends 5/7While anyone can become a leader, the skills one learns and uses to lead are what truly make the difference in the end.  Impact by Tim Irwin will help one become a good, or even great, leader.  His book helps us to understand exactly what it means and requires to be a good leader.  One aspect of the book that I really enjoyed was that he started at the base and built upon that base.  Just like in any area, the foundation is very important!  After all, even the Bible teaches us about foundations!
Growing up, my family prepped us all to be leaders.  They wanted us to be strong and worthy of our leadership.  Many taught purely by example others through their own ways.  I suppose I will teach my own children about it one day, but until then I know I have tons of learning to do.  There are a lot of good lessons from this book that I appreciate but the effect it has on my thinking and (eventually) my being a better parent is priceless.  As his subtitle implies, the way we lead makes a huge difference!
Follow the link below and take a personal assessment of your leadership style.  It will give you some very interesting insight into your leadership style!
IMPACT: Great Leadership Changes Everything
For more than 25 years, organizational psychologist and management consultant Dr. Tim Irwin has worked with thousands of leaders in well-known global companies. He knows most leaders work for recognition and advancement and they want more challenge and responsibility. He’s also found this to be true: Most of us want to make a positive difference through our work and to have our lives count for something more than simply making a living. We want to make an impact.

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Dr. Tim Irwin, the author of the New York Times best-selling book Impact: Great Leadership Changes Everything, has been a confidante to thousands of global leaders. He is a favorite guest of Hugh Hewitt and is being featured on a number of Christian radio programs. Irwin sees one central issue anytime a leader “derails”—he believes they have a defect in their “core”, which Irwin says goes beyond the overused term “character”. His new book, Impact, addresses this and gives actionable ways leaders can protect themselves, and better serve their organizations—especially crucial for those of us who serve in ministry and are walking a Christian walk.

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Originally posted 2014-04-28 10:33:55.