Wow, The “Heirloom Secrets” Series Just Keeps Getting Better!

Wow, was this ever a humdinger of a sequel in the “Heirloom Secrets” series!  “Paint and Nectar” is the second book I’ve read by the incredibly talented Ashley Clark, (the first was “The Dress Shop on King Street”) and it completely blew me away.  This author manages to create poetry out of prose, and inspire readers with the themes of hope found in beauty, and the importance of preserving the past even as we move forward in the present.  

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A Fantastic Series Conclusion

“The Prince of Spies” is a perfect ending to the unforgettable “Hope and Glory” trilogy by Elizabeth Camden.  With fascinating portions of true history mixed in with satisfying, sweet, romantic stories for each of the characters we’ve come to know and love, this third novel is un-put-downable!  As per the universal signs of a good story, while reading this book I experienced:

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It’s Time For Our Yearly Visit to Hope Harbor!

It’s that time of year again, when author Irene Hannon takes us all to the place we wish we could live (or at least visit!) and surrounds us with friends both old and new.  The tales from Hope Harbor continue in her newest story from Revell Publishers entitled “Blackberry Beach”, where a soul-searching actress and a lonely coffee shop owner discover the magic of this special spot on the Oregon coast.

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A Must-Have Book! Guest Review by Hayley

If you enjoy any type of art, whether it be visual arts, music, film, writing, or anything else, “75 Masterpieces Every Christian Should Know: The Fascinating Stories Behind Great Works of Art, Literature, Music and Film” by Terry Glaspey is a must-have book for your shelf!


From the outside, this book has the appearance of textbook.  And in some ways, it is something of a textbook, as it is filled with information to enrich your knowledge and understanding of 75 examples from many different kinds of arts.

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Thoughtful New Collection from Hannah Anderson

Every book I’ve read by Hannah Anderson is like a retreat for the soul, a space where I can be quiet, calm, and contemplative.  “Turning of Days: Lessons from Nature, Season, and Spirit” was released by Moody Publishers and is a bit different from her usual books, mainly because, as Hannah herself explains, it is “a collection of devotional essays (rather than in my typical book-length form) because I want to invite you to slow down and reflect on nature’s testimony.”  It is organized by the four seasons, and includes beautifully simple sketches and illustrations completed by Hannah’s husband Nathan.   

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Answering the Question: What Does Art Have To Do With Faith?

“Discovering God Through the Arts: How We Can Grow Closer to God by Appreciating Beauty & Creativity” is a new release from Moody Publishers that immediately caught my attention.  In this book, author Terry Glaspey asks (and answers) the question “what does art have to do with faith?”  I’ve always been interested in this topic, because I believe that art – including music, films, novels, etc. – can be beneficial for more than just entertainment.  This book helped me articulate HOW the arts can help build our faith and encourage thoughtful contemplation and growth in all areas of life.

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Dr. Leaf’s New Book Helps Us Take Charge Of Our Mind – And Change Our Lives!

54080933For years now, whenever a new book is released by neuroscientist Dr. Caroline Leaf, I am quick to add a copy to my TBR list. Her work has impacted me tremendously, and I have recommended her insights to many people I know. While her newest publication from Baker Books has a bit of a contentious title (it is not something I can easily give as a gift without offending the recipient!) it is powerful and potentially life-changing nonetheless. “Cleaning Up Your Mental Mess: 5 Simple, Scientifically Proven Steps to Reduce Anxiety, Stress, and Toxic Thinking” is a powerhouse of a book. Packed with up-to-date brain research from Dr. Leaf’s own clinical studies and the research of other scientists, this book combines science with practical application. Continue reading

Sarah Sundin’s Newest Novel Is Not What I Was Expecting – Guest Review by Hayley

The newest and long-awaited release from author Sarah Sundin is here!  Breaking this author’s regular pattern of trilogies, “When Twilight Breaks” is a standalone novel, although it is still set in the WWII time period we’ve come to associate from Sarah Sundin’s works.

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Jody Hedlund Opens Her New “Colorado Cowboys” Series With A Bang!

Although it’s a little out of the ordinary from her typical setting and style, after reading Jody Hedlund’s newest release from Bethany House I would never guess that faith-based western romances aren’t her primary genre! “A Cowboy For Keeps” is the first book in her new “Colorado Cowboys” series, and is a must-read for fans of Christian Historical Fiction, particularly Westerns. (Basically, if you enjoy authors such as Karen Witemeyer, this story will be right at home on your shelf!) Continue reading