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GIVEAWAY and Review: First Impressions

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     First Line: I crashed into controversy on my first episode of The Bachelor.   _____  ❤ _____ Review     If you watch ABC’s hit show,  The Bachelor , then you know who Matt James is. Or do you? It’s interesting to learn how little people know about the first Black lead on the show after watching him each week for an entire season.    In  FIRST IMPRESSIONS , Matt reveals what matters most to him, the lessons he’s learned, and what he’s been through (and overcome,) after feeling he’d given much of his story and his power away during filming. He hopes to give a true impression of himself that didn’t come through on the show.    One of the main things I’ve discovered about Matt is that he is a positive person. Much of the book contains his failures, adversities, or struggles, but these are still embraced with acceptance, fortitude, opportunity, purpose, and positivity. I enjoyed learning, as Paul Harvey used to say, “the rest of the story.”   Disclosure: #CoverLoverBookReview received

GIVEAWAY and Excerpt: Turn My Mourning Into Dancing

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    Welcome to the Blog Blitz for Turn My Mourning Into Dancing by Henri Nouwen, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours ! ABOUT THE BOOK Title: Turn My Mourning Into Dancing  Author: Henri Nouwen  Publisher:  Thomas Nelson  Release Date: March 8, 2022  Genre: Christian, Spiritual Growth, Grief  How do you find hope in hard times? Why is it important to have hope during difficult times? Turn My Mourning into Dancing will help you survive the difficult seasons and learn how to live a full life in the midst of them and beyond. With practical advice, Henri Nouwen will gently point you towards a way of life that is grounded in God’s constancy and rooted within eternal hope.   In this updated edition, Turn My Mourning into Dancing discusses five movements we experience during hard times:   • From Our Little Selves to a Larger World   • From Holding Tight to Letting Go   • From Fatalism to Hope   • From Manipulation to Love   • From a Fearful Death to a Joyous Life  Healing begins with

Review: Fight Like Jesus

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     First Line: It all began on New Year’s Day 2007, the day I moved into Canada’s poorest urban neighborhood—Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.   _____  ❤ _____ Review   In  Fight Light Jesus , the author takes us on a journey through Holy Week, sharing how Jesus promoted and encouraged peace. Although I found many nuggets of gold throughout, I feel the book is better suited for study time, rather than only reading it through, it due to the measure of information. It takes more time to examine his views, attentions, and interpretations than a quick sit-down read.    With that said, there was a lot that felt fresh and new to me. It is evident the author is passionate, and he researched the focus points carefully which in turn inspires me to do the same.    “Waging peace.” This statement made an impact.    There are a few diagrams throughout, which are so appealing to both my eye and my brain. (I need white space on a page to keep my mind from wandering.) Discussion questions are included,

GIVEAWAY and Review: Be Joyful

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     First Line: Paul frequently opens his letters with “Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”   _____  ❤ _____ Review     There are a few go-to authors I reach for when I’m wanting guidance, encouragement, or inspiration in my Christian walk, and Joyce Meyer is one of them. In  Be Joyful , she reflects on the Scripture messages of Paul so we can better live joyfully.   One statement that made me pause and reflect was a quote from theologian, Karl Barth. “Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.” We are truly blessed, and living joyfully recognizes that, no matter our circumstances. Spending time is gratitude will not only bless our lives but those around us. After all, joy is infectious.   I love the short chapters. Each includes a verse, a brief devotion/explanation, and two questions to meditate on. Reading these questions and searching for answers certainly puts our minds and hearts on a quest of finding joy each day.   Disclosure: #CoverLoverBookRevi

GIVEAWAY and Review: Papa Loves You, Tiny Blue

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     First Line: Tiny Blue was very little, but his head was filled with very BIG questions.   _____  ❤ _____ Review   Tiny Blue is an inquisitive little blue penguin with big questions for his papa, such as “What’s the largest fish in the ocean?” Papa answers most of Tiny Blue’s questions, but is a little stumped when he asks the biggest mystery of all, “What is love?” and “How do you know you love me?” Papa’s answer is the best answer ever and warms my heart.   I love this book. The cover is so pretty and the illustrations throughout are colorful and engaging. Tiny Blue reminds me of my children when they were little, asking so many questions and thinking I knew all the answers. The hard cover has the same cover art as the slipcover, with a glossy feel. Papa Loves You, Tiny Blue  is an adorable keepsake children’s book for readers 3-6 years old.   Disclosure: #CoverLoverBookReview received a complimentary copy of this book. ☆☆☆☆ ☆ C O V E R  L ♡ V E _____  ❤ _____ Giveaway a Raffleco

GIVEAWAY and Review: The Story of Juneteenth

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     First Line: In June, we celebrate a special day of freedom called Juneteenth.   _____  ❤ _____ Review     Until 2021, when Juneteenth became a federal holiday, I don’t think I’d ever heard of it. In  The Story of Juneteenth , we learn that the enslaved people in Texas weren’t aware of the Emancipation Proclamation (1863), and how they celebrated when they finally learned, more than two years later, that they were free.   I love how educational this little board book is. It contains so much information about the history of slavery, the American Civil War, President Lincoln making it unlawful to enslave people any longer, and more.   Though I think of board books as stories for toddlers, this one seems better suited for school-aged children.   Disclosure: #CoverLoverBookReview received a complimentary copy of this book. ☆☆☆☆ C ᴏᴠᴇʀ   L Ιͺᴋᴇ     _____  ❤ _____ Giveaway a Rafflecopter giveaway  

GIVEAWAY and Review: Southern Baby (children)

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     First Line: Jackson sits in the buggy when he helps Mama shop.   _____  ❤ _____ Review   Southern Baby  is a cute little board book that explains 10 southern sayings. If you are from the south, as I am, then you’ve probably heard (or said) them all. With fun and witty illustrations featuring diverse ages and ethnicities, phrases and words like “Bless Your Heart” and “Cattywampus” give young readers a hint of southern charm.   The book has sturdy rounded pages and includes a presentation page if you have a hankerin’ to give it as a gift. This charming toddler’s book will make you as happy as a clam at high tide.    Disclosure: #CoverLoverBookReview received a complimentary copy of this book. ☆☆☆☆ C ᴏᴠᴇʀ   L Ιͺᴋᴇ   _____  ❤ _____ Giveaway   a Rafflecopter giveaway

Review: The Man You Were Made to Be

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     First Line: As a schoolboy, I remember standing on a freezing, hard pitch in shorts that wouldn't fit for five years, hating the humiliating soccer game I was so inept at that nobody wanted me on  their side.   _____  ❤ _____ Review     I’m not a man. Yet I still grew from this book. There are so many golden nuggets in  The Man You Were Made to Be  that this would be a lengthy review if I listed them all. But I will mention a few.    The book opens with a poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson, titled  A Nation’s Strength.  It seeks the answer to ‘what builds a strong nation?’ It disputes several ideas before revealing the answer in the last stanza. This sets the tone for the book:   Brave men who work while others sleep, Who dare while others fly… They build a nation’s pillars deep And lift them to the sky.   We need to look inside to know what we are truly made of. And the way to see that deeply is to grasp what God made us for.  All that we are made of and will remain of us when we ar

Review: Like Our Father

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     First Line: What is your most pressing parenting question right now?   _____  ❤ _____ Review     Reflecting the light and love of God. That’s quite a lofty goal, but one we should always strive for. Especially with our children as we continue to parent them, whether they are young or old, by His example. Parenting doesn’t end when we become empty nesters (as I am now.) We continue to parent them in so many ways, and what better way than the way God parents us.   This book is for both mothers and fathers. Exploring the Scriptures, seeing God’s parenting, and meditating on His character, we discover His vision for us and those we love and influence.   Like Our Father  is an important book that can be read rather quickly, but would serve us better to read it slowly, drinking in the messages of  Who God Is.  Each chapter focuses on our consistent, patient, and loving Father, contains thought-provoking questions for discussion, and closes with a simple prayer.    Disclosure: #CoverLove

Review: When Mountains Crumble

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     First Line: What do you do when everything you depend on falls apart?   _____  ❤ _____ Review After the past few years of the pandemic, along with other illnesses etc., so many people are suffering from the loss of loved ones and are in need of a ray of light to ease their grief.  When Mountains Crumble  shares God’s light, peace, and healing, through Danita’s story, devotional questions, Scripture verses, and prayers. She shares her own grief and holds the hands as others walk through theirs.   This is a wonderfully powerful book of healing. It makes a thoughtful and meaningful gift to someone walking through grief. Disclosure: #CoverLoverBookReview received a complimentary copy of this book. ☆☆☆☆☆ C ᴏᴠᴇʀ   L Ιͺᴋᴇ #MPNews  

GIVEAWAY and Review: The Secrets We Conceal

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    First Line: Her joints refused to move even while she commanded them to and her heartbeat pounded hard and wild against her ribcage. *This is Adult Fiction (age 18+) containing 5 curse words.  *Possible triggers for victims of child abuse/sexual abuse. Join us for this tour from  Apr 11 to Apr 29 ,  2022 ! Book Details:   Book Title :  The Secrets We Conceal by S.R. Fabrico Category :  Adult Fiction (18+),  300 pages Genre :  Coming of Age, Women's, Psychological and Family, Relationships Abuse/Child Abuse Publisher :   S.R. Fabrico Release date:   March 15, 2022 A riveting coming of age story, that will make you laugh, cry and root for Laura to find happiness. Laura Shirk is a normal, happy, go-lucky, little girl playing with Cabbage Patch dolls and Legos. Until she isn’t. Set in the late 1980s-early 90s, a visit to her aunt and uncle’s house changes everything. What follows is a nerve-racking story shedding light on child sexual abuse. As the tragedy unfolds, Laura mutters t

GIVEAWAY and Review: Shadows in the Mind's Eye

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    First Line: Darkness had long ago swallowed the Greyhound bus moving down the road so slow that it might as well have been going backward.   _____  ❤ _____ About the Book Charlotte Anne Mattas longs to turn back the clock. Before her husband, Sam, went to serve his country in the war, he was the man everyone could rely on--responsible, intelligent, and loving. But the person who's come back to their family farm is very different from the protector Annie remembers. Sam's experience in the Pacific theater has left him broken in ways no one can understand--but that everyone is learning to fear. Tongues start wagging after Sam nearly kills his own brother. Now when he claims to have seen men on the mountain when no one else has seen them, Annie isn't the only one questioning his sanity and her safety. If there were criminals haunting the hills, there should be evidence beyond his claims. Is he really seeing what he says, or is his war-tortured mind conjuring ghosts? Annie d