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Home for Christmas

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Oh the nostalgia I felt reading this compilation of short stories! They brought to mind my younger years, when my grandmother would read short stories aloud to me. These stories contains morals, so-to-speak, but they aren’t bold and in-your-face. The gentle messages are enlightening and inspiring. I haven’t read all twenty stories yet, but have thoroughly enjoyed the ones I have.  Home For Christmas  is a warm and enjoyable collection of stories that are fun and meaningful. For young or old, it’s the perfect bedtime storybook. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Author: Multiple authors Publisher: Plough Pages: 339 I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Now Is Eternity

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First of all, as a book cover lover, I have to point out the gorgeous cover art. I’ve always loved Van Gogh’s  Starry Night , so I was instantly attracted to this little soft bound book. Now Is Eternity  is a collection of meaningful meditations for those going through particularly difficult times. Each page has concise reflections that take less than a minute to read. This is a sweet and comforting book to calm and comfort the heart. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Author: J.C. and C.F. Blumhardt Publisher: Plough Pages: 80 I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Watch for the Light

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Watch for the Light  is a collection of readings for each day of Advent (November 24 th  through January 7 th ) that helps to take the frazzle and stress out of holiday preparations. What we really need to prepare is our hearts—not shopping, gifts, decorations, spending, or greeting cards. Many of these 50 daily devotions deliver a calmness and realization of the deeper meaning of Christmas. One aspect of this book that I really enjoy is that the daily passages are in depth, some spanning many pages. They take only a few minutes to read, but stay in my thoughts throughout the day. I also enjoy the Bible verses and poems throughout. They soothe the soul and feed the spirit just as much as singing hymns and hearing sermons do. (I only wish there were more scripture references.) ⭐⭐⭐ Author: Multiple Authors Publisher: Plough Pages: 344 I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Confessions of a Funeral Director

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I never thought I’d ever be interested in a book about morgues, funeral directors, or death. But the cover of  Confessions of a Funeral Director  caught my eye, and the curious title made me a tad nosey. What would the life of a funeral director be like? And what could I learn from him?  Surprisingly, this book isn’t just about death and dying—it’s just as much about living life to the fullest. I’d say most people are at least mildly intrigued with death—even if it’s through a curtain of fear or antipathy. While I expected something different from this book, I found much of it interesting. Caleb’s viewpoint and experiences with the funeral industry and how it has affected his personal and spiritual life is unique. I like how he treats the entire subject with respect. I had hoped for a little more of an “insider view of the industry” but enjoyed (is that the right word?) the unexpected tidbits he offered.  I like the author’s Christian values and the journey through his e

Searching for You

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Reaching the final book of a series is always bittersweet for me. It’s exciting because I get to revisit places and people I’ve book-traveled to and with, yet sad because I know the journey will soon end. Jody Hedlund has created a wonderfully touching orphan train series. I loved Elise and Thornton’s growth in  With You Always  (book 1) and how Andrew and Marianne’s friendship became more in  Together Forever  (book 2.) And now, I’m totally satisfied in the conclusion,  Searching For You , in which the youngest sister’s story unfolds. I love Sophie’s story. Her spunk is admirable, her growth is tremendous, and I easily sympathized with her.  She makes mistakes, sacrifices, and difficult choices, and becomes stronger because of them. Perhaps the main reason this story is my favorite of the series (though each are exceptional in their own way) is Reinhold. I enjoyed his progression throughout the story, and connected with his struggle through the past and search for futur

Grand Finale & Giveaway - Starving Hearts & Never Past Hope

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On Tour with Prism Book Tours Book Tour Grand Finale for Starving Hearts and Never Past Hope By Janine Mendenhall 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 Hello, bloggers and readers alike! Many blessings to you and yours during this festive time of year! It's so encouraging to share this message of true love and forgiveness in Never Past Hope , Book #2 of my triangular trade trilogy, especially during the holidays. Besides a great Christmas scene including a little boy and a golden retriever-like puppy similar to mine, the story has some pretty serious struggles and conflict, and it may not be for the faint of heart... Remembrancy - Excerpt from Starving Hearts Argument between Annette and her mother regarding chaperon/arranged marriage “No.” Mother turned and rubbed her chin, deep in thought. Calculating? What was she thinking? Pl

What If It's True?

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I’ve read many of Charles Martin’s fiction stories and he is a talented storyteller. That goes for this non-fiction work as well. I was taken on a journey through this storyteller’s own journey, where he explores bible stories in search of the answer to “ What If It’s True? ” I enjoyed this book for the same reason I enjoy biblical fiction. The stories bring bible times into a clearer view through research, etc. and illuminate answers to be found in the Scriptures. This is a lovely look into the bible, the life of Jesus, and the important quest of finding answers. ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Publisher: Thomas Nelson Author: Charles Martin Pages: 306 I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Illuminated Bible: Art Journaling Edition

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This  Illuminated Bible  is so pretty. The cover looks elegant and I really like how the text isn’t split into two columns, as is standard in most bibles, and is presented in paragraph style. I also like that the pages are creamy, rather than stark white, and are edged in gold. Perfect for those who enjoy note taking or journaling while reading their passages, the wide margins are ample and the illustrations, illumination, and lettering make this a wonderful family heirloom. I don’t have a lot of experience with the ESV, but it is my artistic daughter-in-law’s preference and I am giving it to her for a gift. This hardback isn’t necessarily a take-it-with-you bible, but it makes a wonderful at home bible for worship time. ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Publisher: Crossway Illustrator: Dana Tanamachi Pages: 1632 I received a complimentary copy of this book from Crossway. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Grand Finale & Giveaway [Day 15] #FantasyforChristmas

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On Tour with  Prism Book Tours Book Tour Grand Finale for Days of Fantasy for Christmas We hope you enjoyed getting a glimpse into these fantasy books and grabbed some for yourself or as gifts for other fantasy lovers! If you missed any of the stops, you can see snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below. And don't forget to enter the awesome giveaway... December 1st: Launch December 2nd: Gillian Bronte Adams - Interview Follow the Author:  Website │ Goodreads │ Facebook │ Twitter │ Instagram Find the Book:   Goodreads │ Amazon │ Barnes &Noble │ Book Depository Snippet from the  Interview with Amos McElhenny  (find the full post here ): Prior to the events documented in Orphan’s Song , reported by Gillian Bronte Adams He is already seated when I arrive at the Whistlin’ Waterfly . From the number of empty mugs, I guess he had company or has been here some time—the fly exploring his discarded meal seems to point to the latter. I

Book Tour & Giveaway [Day 14] #FantasyforChristmas Morgan Wylie

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On Tour with  Prism Book Tours Morgan Wylie  for Days of Fantasy for Christmas The Age of Alandria series is a coming of age story of a heroine as she is awakened to her magical powers and a destiny she never saw coming. **The Age Of Alandria book series is a YA epic fantasy written by Morgan Wylie. There are currently four books in the series with a fifth and final installment due out in the next year. This is an epic, world building fantasy series in the vein of Lord of the Rings and the Shannara Chronicles on MTV. There are Humans, Faeries, Shifters, Elves and many other magical elements along with many dark creatures and evil antagonists. Silent Orchids (The Age of Alandria #1) A dying realm. The ancient evil of the Droch-ShΓΊil has been unleashed. The Orchids have been silenced… but for how long? Daegan, elite of the Ferrishyn warrior tribe of Faeries, is charged with a mission to find the Sol-lumieth, a mysterious new power that could change the fate of a