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Inspire for Girls (NLT Coloring & Journaling Bible)

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Inspire for Girls  is a beautiful, interactive, and creative NLT Bible. It is marketed toward girls, but is suitable for any age. I love the provided spaces to journal or draw as you spend time in the Word of God, and the illustrations to color are so pretty. The Bible comes in an attractive, sturdy slip case for storage, helping protect it when placed on a bookshelf. The soft cover design is shiny, sparkly, and colorful. I love the feminine colors and designs.  Inside, there are so many interactive ways to worship and meditate. The book showcases numerous designs to color, devotions, journaling prompts, fun facts, and of course, Scripture.  I’m a creative person, so I love journaling Bibles and interactive worship tools. The NLT is an easy to read Bible translation that provides insight to many passages I’ve read many times but didn’t fully understand with other versions.  Inspire for Girls  is a lovely hands-on Bible and makes a valuable, meaningful gift to young

The Bullying Breakthrough

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I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t benefit from this book. Whether you’re a bystander, bully, or the bullied, this book provides wonderful ways of connecting with each.  The Bullying Breakthrough  contains heartbreaking stories that will change your outlook, your response, and approach. Bullying is an epidemic—especially with our youth, and is aggravated and enhanced by this digital age. Face-to-face and cyber bullying claims the precious lives of countless young people, and this book provides much needed help, encouragement, and empowerment for change. Teachers, pastors, parents, or anyone who works with our youth should read this book. It’s a world-changer. 5 Stars Cover: Like Title: Like Publisher: Shiloh Run Press Pages: 192 I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

100 Extraordinary Stories for Courageous Girls

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100 Extraordinary Stories for Courageous Girls  is a standout book presented in one-page write-ups of Biblical women and other women of faith. It is designed for girls, but suitable for any age (in my opinion.) Each tale has a corresponding full-page illustration, Bible references passages, and an inspiring Scripture verse. I would have treasured a book like this when I was a young girl. The short tales are interesting and inspiring, and serve as examples for young girls to emulate.  The hardcover book is attractive, the pages are sturdy, and an attached ribbon bookmark is provided. I just can’t praise this book enough. I love the presentation, the stories, and the empowerment they provide.  This makes a beautiful, meaningful gift. It is designed for girls, but even adults will enjoy the stories. 5 Stars Cover: Love Title: Love Publisher: Shiloh Kids Pages: 208 I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under

Happy Release Day ~ Things Left Unsaid

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About the Book An emotional novel of family, friendship and forgiveness from Courtney Walsh, the New York Times bestselling author of Hometown Girl. Lyndie St. James is thrilled that her best friend, Elle, is getting married but unprepared for the emotional storm of the wedding week and returning to her childhood summer home of Sweethaven. The idyllic cottage community harbors some of her best—and worst—memories. It’s not only the tragic death of her childhood friend Cassie that has haunted her for ten years, it’s the other secrets she’s buried that have kept her from moving on. But Lyndie isn’t the only one with secrets. Cassie’s mother, father and brother, still struggling with the loss, have been drifting further and further apart. And Elle herself, the last to see Cassie alive, carries an impossible burden of guilt. Now reunited, each of them has a choice: to reveal the truths of that night or continue to live in its shadow. That means embarking on a personal journey o

Shelter of the Most High

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I’ve read many of Connilyn Cossette’s stories and have never been even the slightest bit disappointed. She paints beautiful scenes, showcases intricacies of historical times, and creates memorable (fictional) backstories for biblical characters in history. Shelter of the Most High   is book two in the  Cities of Refuge  series. If you haven’t read the first in the series (A Light on the Hill) this still presents a full story and won’t leave you feeling as if you’ve missed something. I was pulled in immediately. I connected with Sofea, and Eitan was easy to sympathize with. Their romance is unique and satisfying, even though a bit slow moving at times. Their story brought the Bible times to life, as the dangers and fears of that era are so different from what we experience today. This is a beautifully told story of sacrifice, hope, and God’s healing. Whether you normally read Biblical fiction or not, I think you’ll enjoy this inspirational historical read. I can’t

Things Left Unsaid - Release Day Oct. 30th!

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ABOUT THE BOOK Title: Things Left Unsaid Author: Courtney Walsh Publisher: Waterfall Press Release Date: October 30, 2018  Genre: Contemporary Fiction Links*: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository | BAM! | Christian Book | Barnes & Noble An emotional novel of family, friendship and forgiveness from Courtney Walsh, the New York Times bestselling author of Hometown Girl . Lyndie St. James is thrilled that her best friend, Elle, is getting married but unprepared for the emotional storm of the wedding week and returning to her childhood summer home of Sweethaven. The idyllic cottage community harbors some of her best—and worst—memories. It’s not only the tragic death of her childhood friend Cassie that has haunted her for ten years, it’s the other secrets she’s buried that have kept her from moving on. But Lyndie isn’t the only one wi

The Last Year of War - Review

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Oh, I love it when a book makes me feel deeply! That’s what we all want from fiction, isn’t it? A story that makes us cry, or laugh, sigh, or see the world in a different way. That’s why I can’t ever pass up a book by Susan Meissner! She creates unforgettable characters and poignant scenes that change your life in some way.  Historical fiction is a favorite genre because not only does the story entertain me, but it teaches me something too. We can all learn from history—a bit about the world around us, a bit about what makes people the way they are, and a bit about ourselves. ‘We belong far less to where we’ve come from than where we want to go.’ ~Franz Werfel In  The Last Year of War , young Elsie Sontag is a stirring character. Living during WWII, and enduring the hardships of prejudice, hatred, and other turbulences of war, Elise is sure to make her way into your heart and cling to your sympathies.  Get some tissues and prepare your heart. This is a fabulous rea

The Sound of Distant Thunder - Review

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It’s exciting to start reading a new series, knowing the story or characters you’re being introduced to will continue, in some way, in more books down the line. In  The Sound of Distant Thunder  (which is a great title, btw) I’m introduced to Katie Stuckey and Jonas Weaver. Memorable characters. I don’t believe I’ve read an Amish story with a Civil War era setting. I was drawn into the mid 1800s fairly easily, and the Amish language was scattered throughout—just enough to give it flavor without muddying my ability to follow the story. I don’t read a lot of Amish stories, but I enjoy the soft, nostalgic feel and the ‘purity’ it offers. The romance is sweet, the damage of war is evident, and there are a few surprises. I enjoyed this book and cared about the characters, but there were a few bumps. I feel I didn’t get enough information on Katie’s history and why she held onto particular fears. There were also a few plot happenings that I felt should have resurfaced later

Book Tour Grand Finale & Giveaway - Three Months to Change

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I don't normally post books in the paranormal genre, but it might be just your thing! Check out the book tour finale and giveaway below:  On Tour with Prism Book Tours Book Tour Grand Finale for Three Months to Change By Dinah Roseberry We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops you can see snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below: Launch - Interview with the Author What is your motivation behind Three Months to Change ? Why did you want to write it? Whenever I write, the idea is just there—from nowhere. I wake one morning and the idea is in my brain and the story begins to develop. I think about it at every open moment—or rather it must be thinking about me because my characters begin to talk and come alive. This is somewhat frustrating because I can never get it down on paper (computer) in time to keep the original flow. Still, I begin because all of it is beginning without me if I don’t! Three Months to Chan

Book Release Blitz & Giveaway! Kismet & Karma

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On Tour with Prism Book Tours Release Blitz for Kismet & Karma By Robin Daniels Learn more about this YA duology, about its characters, and enter the giveaway below... Kismet & Karma (Fate & Fortune #2) By Robin Daniels YA Contemporary Romance, Duology ebook, 184 Pages October 25th 2018 Bryce and Paige belong together, but they’ll never make it happen alone. When inspiration strikes in multiple ways, a friend decides it can’t be a coincidence; it’s a call to action. With a little luck, the help of fate, and the matchmaking plan of the century, Bryce and Paige just might get their happy ending. You heard Paige and Bryce's version of the story in Fate & Fortune. Now join Eric, Amy, Cody, Kennedy and Genie to see how things really went down. ***This book completes the series. Book one can be read as a standalone, but book two cannot. Fate & Fortune s hould be read first.*** Goodreads │ Amazon The Cast of Kismet & Karma

Book Tour & Giveaway! NY Doc Under the Northern Lights

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On Tour with Prism Book Tours Book Tour Grand Finale for NY Doc Under the Northern Lights By Amy Ruttan We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops you can see snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below: Launch - Note from the Author I knew for my twentieth novel I had to write something fun and special. And what is more fun than a fish out of water story? One of my favourite romantic comedies is The Proposal , which is a definite fish out of water. City girl in Alaska. And I also am obsessed with the north and that’s how NY Doc Under the Northern Lights came about... Thoughts of a Blonde - Excerpt Dr. Sturlusson didn’t seem the type to leave her high and dry, but perhaps something unavoidable had happened and he hadn’t been able to contact her. She should’ve told him not to bother picking her up and she should’ve gone with the car-rental plan in the first place. Betty glanced up at the signs overhead, trying to f