You Won’t Be Able to Stop Reading “The Bride Ships” Book #2!

When I pick up a Jody Hedlund novel, I expect a story that completely captivates my imagination with vivid characters, while immersing me in a unique time and place in history. She rarely disappoints. “The Runaway Bride” is the second book in “The Bride Ships” series published by Bethany House, and is at fault for causing me to read late into the night (and simultaneously wake up tired the next morning) because I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next! Continue reading

A Powerful Beginning to Jocelyn Green’s New Series

Jocelyn Green always leaves me in awe when I finish one of her books. With masterful prose, she manages to bring history to life in ways that make me feel as though I am living alongside her characters from the past, feeling every emotion and witnessing every event just as they do. “Veiled in Smoke”, her new release from Bethany House Publishers, is the first story in “The Windy City Saga”. This dramatic novel brings the tragic event of Chicago’s Great Fire of 1871 to vivid existence in our imagination, following two sisters as they experience the fire – and it’s aftereffects – firsthand. Continue reading

A Beautiful Easter Tradition for Families

Are you like me, with the Easter season always seeming to sneak up on us until we suddenly realize that Good Friday is only a few days away? This is often how I feel, and so when I discovered Asheritah Ciuciu’s new Lenten-season devotional from Moody Publishers, I was so excited to use it as a way to prepare spiritually for the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection. Continue reading

A Compassionate Reminder of God’s Provision

“In Want + Plenty: Waking Up to God’s Provision in a Land of Longing”. This title captured my attention and immediately filled me with feelings and images of my own story, my own life, my own desires and questions. Was it the same for you, too? Meredith McDaniel’s new book from Revell Publishers offers us a jumping-off point towards understanding God’s role as provider in our lives – not always in the way we want or expect, but always in the way we need. Continue reading

Fantastic New Suspense Novel

Don’t you love it when you decide to try a new novel by a new author, and it ends up becoming your new favorite? That is exactly what happened to me when I read “Collision of Lies” written by Tom Threadgill and published by Revell early in 2020. With a fast pace, elements of humor, and a plot that will keep you riveted until the end, it was one of the most enjoyable Christian Suspense novels I’ve read in a long time. Continue reading

Incredible Retelling of Queen Esther’s Story

I am always impressed by Jill Eileen Smith’s talent in creating compelling, vivid, and truth-based Biblical Fiction stories. Her newest release from Revell Publishers is my very favorite of all her books so far. . . “Star of Persia: Esther’s Story” is a beautiful, heart-wrenching, inspiring story that intrigued me with the first page, and held my imagination captive right until the end. Continue reading

Powerful Truths About Prayer

Wow, just wow. Sheila Walsh’s new book is one of the most powerful and impacting non-fiction books I’ve read in a long time, and is about a subject that all Christian women can relate to: prayer. “Praying Women: How to Pray When You Don’t Know What to Say” shares insightful reflection about the power of prayer, and how it truly is one of the most life-changing things we can do. At the same time, Sheila acknowledges (with deep understanding and compassion) the struggles and difficulties that also come with growing as a praying woman. Continue reading

A Must-Have Journal For All Writers – Aspiring and Experienced Alike

January is a month of goal-setting and resolutions. This month I’ve started a new daily habit that I’m hoping will kick-start my creativity for writing again, and I think all writers (aspiring or experienced) will enjoy it as much as I do. “My Unedited Writing Year: 365 Invitations to Free Your Creativity and the Writer Within” was written by Hope Lyda and published by Harvest House at the end of 2019. It is truly a one-of-a-kind volume. I’ve been following along with the prompts every day this month, and am enthusiastic to continue using this interactive journal for the entire year of 2020 – who knows what will come of this exciting adventure?! Continue reading

A Haunting New Dual-Time Novel from Jaime Jo Wright

I have read all of Jaime Jo Wright’s novels so far, and each time I am amazed at what amazing creativity and skill she has. “Echoes Among the Stones” is her fourth novel from Bethany House Publishers, and while it was not my personal favorite there is absolutely no question that it was a haunting, dual-time, heartbreaking-but-healing masterpiece. Continue reading

A Poignant Reminder That We Can Trust the Author of Our Stories

Stories. They are all around us, and while we each possess our own unique story, they all have something in common. . . They are all part of the greatest story ever told – God’s story. With warmth and wisdom, husband-and-wife author team Robert Wolgemuth and Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth help us embrace and believe that the title of their new book is true for us all: “You Can Trust God to Write Your Story: Embracing the Mysteries of Providence”. Continue reading