What A Sweet, Enchanting, Wholesome Story

Ann H. Gabhart’s new novels are an automatic addition to my reading list, because they are always the epitome of what Christian Historical Fiction should be.  When the Meadow Blooms” is no exception, and brought me so much joy while reading – it is just such a sweet, enchanting, wholesome, and compelling story, and I could hardly put it down. Continue reading

A New Destination and Adventure In The American Wonders Collection!

In book #3 of the “American Wonders Collection”, Regina Scott takes us to another historically unique setting where a courageous woman takes a stand and faces seemingly insurmountable odds.  This is the very basic synopsis for each of the three books in the series, but in all other aspects of story and characterization, each one is different and special in its own way.  In “A View Most Glorious” we go back in time to 1893 and journey alongside Coraline Baxter as she becomes one of the first women to climb Mount Ranier in the state of Washington, in the hopes of raising awareness for the suffragette cause and gaining women the right to vote.   Continue reading

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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A Great Head-Start To Hobby Photography

I was excited to be given the opportunity to check out an early-release copy of a new mini e-guide written by Brooke Wander, a local, professional photographer whose creative work I have followed for the past few years. “About Those Photos: Begin the Journey of Hobby Photography” is a fabulous guide that encourages us to dive into the fun activity of using hobby photography to enhance our experiences within our everyday lives. Continue reading

An Entertaining Continuation in the “Brides of Hope Mountain” series

Bethany House Publishers and author Mary Connealy just released the second book in her current series, “Brides of Hope Mountain”. “Woman of Sunlight” narrates the story of the youngest of three sisters who lived in complete isolation on the side of a mountain, until a ranching family changed their lives forever. When a gunfight occurs not far from their beloved home, with the target being one of their own, this flung-together-family realizes that their lives are about to change once again, and in ways they never could have predicted. Continue reading

Another Exceptional Volume from Hannah Anderson

The first book I read by Hannah Anderson was “All That’s Good: Recovering the Lost Art of Discernment”. I was so impressed by this challenging book that I knew I wanted to read her previously-released titles as well, and was delighted with the opportunity to read “Humble Roots: How Humility Grounds and Nourishes Your Soul”. Published by Moody in 2016, this book is for those whose hearts respond with longing to a simple yet powerful invitation, spoken in the Bible by Jesus himself: “Feeling worn thin? Come find rest.” Continue reading

A Perfect Stepping Stone into Retreat With God

Ever since the release of Sarah Beth Marr’s first book, “Dreaming With God”, I have been looking forward to discovering what her next writing project would be. . . Now, a year later, her second release from BakerBooks is available and entitled “Whispers and WIldflowers: 30 Days to Slow Your Pace, Savor Scripture & Draw Closer to God”. Continue reading

A Springboard For Outdoor Adventures! – Guest Review by Hayley

“This Outdoor Life” by Laurie Kehler is a new release from Harvest House publishers.  As you can see from the subtitle “Finding God in the Heart of Nature”, this book is a treasure trove metaphors between God and His Creation. Continue reading

Charming and Simple – Give it a Try!

Fits of Tranquility imageDo 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