I will admit, I am quite discriminating about the Christian Romantic Suspense novels that I read. They need to be well-written and believable, fast-paced but not too difficult to follow, and contain the right amount of suspense without being extremely graphic and/or troubling. . . I don’t ask for much, right?! So you’ll understand my excitement when I DO find a novel in this genre that is as good as I hoped for, especially when it is written by a new-to-me author! “Beneath the Surface” is the first book in Lynn H. Blackburn’s new series of “Dive Team Investigations” published by Revell, and is certain to impress fans of Lynette Eason and Irene Hannon. Continue reading
Lysa TerKeurst’s beautiful new devotional from Thomas Nelson Publishers will take your breath away. This precious book is entitled “Embraced: 100 Devotions to Know God Is Holding You Close”, and is exquisite not only in design, but also in content. Lysa’s words are heartfelt and compassionate as she guides her readers like a beloved friend who truly understands the heartaches of life. Continue reading
One of my favorite devotionals is the classic “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young. I was excited to see a newly released coloring book from Thomas Nelson, entitled “Jesus Calling: Creative Coloring and Hand Lettering”, as a companion to this wonderful book. Continue reading
I am excited to share with you about a special project that I am honored to be a part of. . . I was accepted as part of the launch team for a very, very precious book that I truly believe will transform the lives of women all over the world. Just what is the special book? It is “Dreaming with God: A Bold Call to Step Out and Follow God’s Lead” by Sarah Beth Marr.
While I am not quite ready to write a review for this book just yet (because I just began reading a few days ago) in the meantime I would love to share with you a few of my favorite quotes, some basic information about the book, and the lovely book trailer that will definitely convince you to read pre-order this gem so that you can start “Dreaming with God”, too! Continue reading
Do you enjoy poetry, especially short poems with universally applicable ideas and themes? If so, I invite you to give a new book by a new author a try. ‘Fits of Tranquility’ by Robert Lampros is described as ‘a book of poetry and prose about hope, healing, perseverance, and joy, as well as faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and falling in love.’
Containing over 20 unique poems and short stories, this book ranges in topic from inspiring images of nature to thought-provoking stories filled with charming dialog and everything in between. With some portions, the intent of the author is very clear while at other times the meaning is more vague, leaving readers to bring their own perspectives to the words. A few of my favorite selections include: ‘Verdure’, ‘For What It’s Worth’, and ‘Invisible Arms’. Continue reading
It’s been released! Finally, the long-awaited book 2 of the Return to the Canadian West series is available for patiently waiting fans. Where Trust Lies is the result of the mother-daughter collaboration by bestselling authors Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan, and was published in January of 2015 by Bethany House. Because this book is the sequel in a closely-knit series, it is highly recommended to read book 1, Where Courage Calls, before delving into the continuation of Beth Thatcher’s story. Interestingly, both books are also companion volumes to Hallmark Channel’s original television series, entitled When Calls the Heart. This exceptional program Continue reading
Do you enjoy being challenged and inspired by stories that are written in such a way as to evoke deep emotion, and bring new ideas to light? When stories closely reflect snapshots of life, they often speak to our hearts – especially if the emotion woven into the story reminds us of our own struggles, or disappointments, or joys. Today, one of the often-overlooked modes of storytelling is poetry, which the dictionary defines as ‘a literary work in which special intensity is given to the expression of feelings and ideas by the use of distinctive style and rhythm’. Doesn’t this sound like a treasure trove for readers in search of deeper meanings and messages? And yet many avid readers steer away from poetry, thinking it too difficult and abstract to understand, and perhaps too boring to be enjoyed. Certainly this was the category I fell into, until I read a book entitled Bleeding Heart, Continue reading
Do you think of yourself as an artist? If you’re like me, and likely a huge percentage of the population, your answer will be a definite ‘no’. The ordinary professional, mother, student, or anyone who doesn’t paint or sing or write for a living, most often does not list ‘makes art’ among their capabilities and accomplishments. But Emily P. Freeman, author of the incredible little book entitled A Million Little Ways, challenges us to change our views… To realize that we were born to make art, designed to live art, and in fact we ARE art!
I found this hard to believe at first. The thought of myself as a work of art, let alone an artist, seemed confusing and went against my perceptions of what art meant. After reading just the first few pages of A Million Little Ways, however, my thinking began to change. I began to understand the truth about art, and the way God defines it. Emily explains that God created us to be image bearers – image bearers of a CREATIVE God, a God who makes and lives and breathes art. As image bearers, we have a job to do. We are on this earth to reflect His image by living lives filled with art. As Emily states, “Art is what happens when you dare to be who you really are.”
A recurring idea within this story begins in the chapter titled ‘Reflect’. In one portion, Emily paints a portrait with words of something beautiful, because it is true. In Ephesians 2:10, where it states we are God’s masterpiece, Emily shows us something found only by searching a little deeper. Did you know that the word ‘masterpiece’, sometimes translated as ‘workmanship’, originated from the Greek word poiema? Our English word for poem comes from the same root word. Do you see what this means? We are God’s poetry. When God writes poetry, when He expresses Himself, we come into being. Isn’t this a beautiful truth to hold in our hearts?
I cannot begin to touch on the many incredible aspects of living life as an artist depicted within the pages of A Million Little Ways. I pray that you will be able to read it for yourself, and encounter truths meant just for you. Emily Freeman is indeed living her life filled with art, if the power and truth of God within her words is any indication. And I truly believe that it is. Please let Emily’s words speak to your heart as you read A Million Little Ways. Your view and purpose for life may never be the same.
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