A Sweet and Memorable Christmas Novella

To be honest, I didn’t feel like starting a Christmas book quite yet – it seemed too early. But after reading only the first few chapters of a story that will definitely become an annual tradition, I was enchanted. Tamera Alexander’s newest release from Thomas Nelson, “Christmas at Carnton”, is a novella, but a fairly long one. It is also the introductory story to a new three-novel series about the Carnton Plantation in Franklin, Tennessee. Continue reading

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Moderately Enjoyable

Jane Kirkpatrick is a bestselling author who is renowned for selecting inspirational women from history and weaving a story around the factual details of their lives. Her newest novel from Revell, “All She Left Behind”, follows this pattern as she shares the story of Jennie Pickett, a women who lives on the Oregon frontier of the 1870s and longs to become a healer. . . Or more specifically, a doctor. Continue reading

A Balm for the Heart

“These Healing Hills” by Ann H. Gabhart is a beautiful new story from Revell Publishers that is surprising in both its simplicity and in its ability to speak to the hearts of readers. Set in the Appalachian Mountains (don’t you love novels set here?) at the end of WWII, this story brings to life a special place and time in history that is, perhaps, unlike any other. Continue reading

The Long-Awaited Conclusion to an Unforgettable Series

For me, and I’m sure for many readers, it is always a bittersweet moment when you reach the final pages of a series that has worked its way deep into your heart and imagination. As one of my favorite authors, many of Michael Phillips’ series are very dear to me; but perhaps none quite so much as his latest work entitled “Secrets of the Shetlands”. Published by Bethany House in the summer of 2017, “The Legacy” is the final installment of the Shetland saga, and masterfully closes a narrative that weaves the past and present into a beautiful and unforgettable tale. Continue reading

One of the Most Unusual Books I’ve Read in a While. . .

Have you ever read a book that sort of blew you away, and you needed to take a few days to figure out what you really thought about it? That was definitely the case for me with a new release published by Thomas Nelson, and written by Rachel Linden. “Ascension of Larks” is a beautiful story written in a rare, vivid, insightful, descriptive, voice. Although a novel of prose, it almost reads like lyrical poetry at times—that’s how amazing and compelling the writing voice is!

As far as the content of the book, well, it isn’t just a cut-and-dried Contemporary Fiction novel. There are various elements of mysticism mixed in with the more traditional Christian aspects, and at times the border between the two becomes a little fuzzy. While the spiritualism didn’t exactly bother me, it did surprise me at times. Why? Perhaps because “Ascension of Larks” wasn’t truly a supernatural novel, nor a fairy tale, but it still contained hints of those genres. Continue reading

Relaxing and Inspirational Summer Story

Every once in a while I enjoy reading a good Amish story, especially those written by acclaimed author Beverly Lewis and published by Bethany House. When I first read the back cover for Ms. Lewis’ newest book entitled “The Ebb Tide”, I knew this was a story I didn’t want to miss… Continue reading

Truly a “Legacy Work”

When a highly respected Christian author (who has written dozens of books that have inspired and transformed the lives of women of all ages for many years) pens a new volume that is being described as her “legacy work”, I think it is worthwhile to take a look at it…wouldn’t you agree? Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, a wise author who clearly strives to align her writing with God’s will and His Word, has released a new book from Moody Publishers entitled “Adorned: Living Out the Beauty of the Gospel Together”. Based on the book of Titus in the Bible, and specifically the Titus 2 mandate for women, Nancy’s words shine a spotlight on the beauty, insight, and wisdom of living life in step with “God’s good and beautiful plan”. Continue reading

Have You Packed Your Shoeboxes Yet?

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It’s shoebox-packing time!  Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week is November 14th – 20th…  Below is a picture of a couple of the shoeboxes we packed this year, and we can’t encourage you enough to get involved as well.  As Samaritan’s Purse explains: Continue reading

A Wonderful Bible for Kids (Guest Review by Hayley)

airship-genesis-bible-imageHave you been looking for a Study Bible that will actually look interesting to a tween-aged child – particularly a boy? If so, then look no further than the “Kids Study Bible: Airship Genesis Legendary Bible Adventure”! The back cover says it best: “‘The Airship Genesis Kids Study Bible’ brings Bible stories to life and helps kids discover vital truths from Scripture, finding real-life applications for children living in today’s world.” Some of the features included in this fun, appealing edition of the NKJV Bible are: Continue reading

Operation Christmas Child

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Can you believe it’s already November 7th?  Is it “beginning to look a lot like Christmas” where you live?  Where I live, it only looks like a chilly, cloudy, and very windy day, with no snow in sight…  But regardless, Christmas is just around the corner and so is an annual tradition in our house – packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child!  People in Canada and around the world have been packing shoeboxes for many years, and perhaps this is the year you could give it a try, too!  Please see the video and document below for more information on how to get started. Continue reading