Great Conversation Starters Before Marriage

Do you hope to get married one day? If so, how will you and your future spouse prepare for not just the wedding day, but the marriage itself? “Ready or Knot: 12 Conversations Every Couple Needs to Have Before Marriage” written by Scott Kedersha and published by BakerBooks is a great launching point to help couples plan, think, and simply talk about the lifetime commitment they are choosing to step into with each other. Continue reading

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If You Only Read One Non-Fiction Book This Year. . . Choose This One

If you only read a single non-fiction book this year (aside from the Bible), I suggest that it be Jennie Allen’s new release from Thomas Nelson Publishers. Yes, it was THAT good. “Made For This: 40 Days to Living Your Purpose” is the first book I’ve read by this incredible author, but now I want to get my hands on everything she’s written! “Made For This” is not just a regular book, rather it is “a 40-day interactive journey, a step-by-step process to guide you in answering life’s ultimate question.” In a workbook-style format with daily reading followed by exercises, journaling questions, Scripture reading, and more, this book is unique and powerful. If you let it, it can also be life-changing. Continue reading

Interview with Allison Alley, President Elect, Compassion Canada

April 7th has been set aside by the United Nations as the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwandan Genocide.  To commemorate this important day, please join us, and Compassion Canada, in recognizing the incredible reconciliation that has taken place in this nation, through the grace of Jesus and the power of forgiveness.

It’s been 25 years since the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi, and though time has passed, the people of Rwanda will never be the same. The genocide was started in April of 1994 by Hutu nationalists in the capital of Kigali. For 100 days, Hutu militias took up arms against the Tutsis. More than 800,000 people were slaughtered during those 100 days. The people of Rwanda will always carry with them the deep loss and scars the genocide left behind.

But, love has since been on the move.

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In addition to sharing about these three powerful stories of Rwandan youth who are moving forward in forgiveness after the terrible repercussions of the genocide, we were given the opportunity to share in an interview between Mikayla Stroeder of Graf-Martin Communications, and Allison Alley, President Elect of Compassion Canada.

Interview between Mikayla and Allison

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April 7th – A Day of Celebrating Forgiveness, Peace, and Reconciliation

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History + Science + Fiction = A New Elizabeth Camden Novel

Elizabeth Camden’s stories are always compelling and engaging, capable of sweeping her readers away with incredible, historical feats of science and engineering that are revealed through the lens of (fictional) people living in that time period. Ms. Camden’s newest release from Bethany House, “A Desperate Hope”, is another sequel to a couple of her previous books, (“A Dangerous Legacy” and “A Daring Venture”) but can very easily be read on it’s own, as well. Continue reading

A Beautiful Metaphor of “Pruning Open” Our Lives

Have you ever heard of the gardening technique called “pruning open”? I hadn’t either, until I read the fascinating, challenging, beautiful new book written by Michelle DeRusha and published by BakerBooks in the new year of 2019. Entitled “True You: Letting Go of Your False Self to Uncover the Person God Created”, this compelling book is based on a powerful and easy to understand (but not always easy to apply) metaphor that is so perfectly fitting for us as Christians. Continue reading

A Wonderful Guide to “Adulting”!

Adulting. . .  You’ve probably heard the word, and perhaps read a humorous joke or cartoon about the concept of becoming an adult in today’s world.  But have you ever questioned how to actually ‘Adult’ (a verb) in a responsible and God-honoring way that will lay a solid foundation for the rest of your life?  Or, have you ever asked the question “I’m an adult…NOW WHAT?”  If either of these questions applies to you, a new release from BakerBooks written by pastor Jonathan “JP” Pokluda with Kevin McConaghy is definitely one that should be added to your TBR list.   Continue reading

The Hope Harbor Saga Continues. . .

It’s the time of year I’ve come to anticipate for four years in a row… when we can grab a cup of tea, find a shady spot in the backyard, and take the journey to the sweet little (fictional) town of Hope Harbor, “where hearts heal . . . and love blooms”! The newest installment in Irene Hannon’s beloved, ongoing, contemporary romance series from Revell is “Pelican Point”, and brings us the story of two unlikely people brought together in a quest to save a town landmark – a lighthouse – and perhaps find healing for their hearts at the same time. Continue reading

A Second Visit to Trinity

Midwife's Choice imageDon’t you love it when you get the chance to become reacquainted with old friends? Of course, in the case of fictitious friends you don’t actually visit with them face to face, but watching their new stories and relationships unfold is almost as much fun. If you enjoyed meeting Martha Cade in The Midwife’s Tale by Delia Parr, you will be delighted to discover her continuing story. The Midwife’s Choice is book two in the At Home in Trinity series, and was published by Bethany House at the end of 2015. In this story, we discover new dilemmas and secret pasts to many recurring characters, and meet several The Midwife's Tale imagenewcomers, as well. Continue reading