Friday, February 27, 2015

Seek and Hide

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Seek and Hide
David C. Cook (September 15, 2014)
by
Amanda Stevens


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:



As a child, Amanda G. Stevens disparaged Mary Poppins and Stuart Little because they could never happen. Now, she writes speculative fiction. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in English and has taught literature and composition to home-school students. She lives in Michigan and loves books, film, music, and white cheddar popcorn. Amanda's first novel, Seek and Hide, will be available September 15, 2014 from David C Cook.



ABOUT THE BOOK

Six years ago, the government took control of the church. Only re-translated Bibles are legal, and a specialized agency called the Constabulary enforces this and other regulations. Marcus Brenner, a new Christian, will do anything to protect his church family from imprisonment--including risk his own freedom to gain the trust of a government agent. Aubrey Weston recanted her faith when the Constabulary threatened her baby. Now released, she just wants to provide for her son and avoid government notice. But she's targeted again, and this time, her baby is taken into custody. If only she'd never denied Him, maybe God would hear her pleas for help. When Aubrey and Marcus's lives collide, they are forced to confront the lies they believe about themselves. And God is about to grab hold of Marcus's life in a way he'd never expect, turning a loner into a leader.

If you'd like to read the first chapter of Seek and Hide, go HERE.


Book Review

A lot of people think that Stephen King writes horror, but books like this are horror to me.   Reading it gave me heart palpitations.   I am not kidding.   I could not read this before bedtime like I normally do because it gave me nightmares.  Why?  Because it is realistic.  I guess that is why they call it speculative fiction.

Did that stop me from reading it?  No because it is so well written that it sucks you in so that you need to know what happens.    A United States where they do not allow us to practice our faith or have our Bibles does  not seem unrealistic considering all the things we see every day in the news.  In light of all we see around us this book seems more fact than fiction.

If you have a Kindle you can download it right now for only $3.99!   I wouldn't wait.  Download it NOW.  

"Seek and Hide" is my first "Must Read" book of 2015.   I loved this one so much I have already downloaded book 2, "Found and Lost" and pre-ordered book 3, "Take and Give". 

Thanks to CFBA for providing this complimentary book for review purposes. 

Wisdom Tree

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Wisdom Tree
White Rose Publishing (September 19, 2012)
by
Mary Manners


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

A Word from the Author:
I live in the beautiful foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee with my husband, Tim, and our teen-aged daughter, Danni. Also with us are Lucky and Gus - the two cherished cats we rescued from local animal shelters.

I'm a member of the Romance Writers of America and Smoky Mountain Romance Writers. During the school year, I teach middle-schoolers reading and Algebra. When I have free time, I love to garden, take long walks with my husband, and read romance novels in a hammock beneath century-old shade trees.

I write romance novels for White Rose Publishing. If you'd like to visit, I have an author page there, as well. That's where you'll find everything there is to know about my books.

I also have author pages at the following locations. Do come by and spend some time with me there!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Sometimes the last thing we think we need is exactly what God has planned
After the death of his parents, Jake Samuels has enough on his plate—including a fledgling church to lead and a mischievous younger brother to raise. The last thing he needs is a rambunctious woman to contend with.

Carin O'Malley is dealing with the death of her brother and a new job as an English teacher at East Ridge Middle School where Corey Samuels reigns as King of Chaos. The last thing she needs is to fall in love...especially with a handsome and complicated preacher like Corey’s brother Jake.

But when Corey's antics toss Carin and Jake together, the two must draw from God’s wisdom to find refuge in His perfect plan.

------------------------------------------------ Discover your own wisdom tree with the included one-month devotional.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Wisdom Tree, go HERE.

Book Review

Please note:  I have not received this book to my knowledge.  I have checked all my book baskets and it is nowhere to be found. 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Devotion

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Devotion
Harbourlight Books (September 19, 2012)
by
Marianne Evans


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

A Word from the author:
My career began at Kensington Publishing, then Wild Rose Press released what will likely be my last secular novel, With This Kiss. This book is very dear to my heart, because, in a way, it memorializes the life of my grandmother, Rachel Alfano. She was a feisty, loving Italian. Back in the day, folks came to her deli in East Rutherford "from the City" (New York, of course!) to get her pepperoni, or purchase her hand-made sausage and pastas. Life and times at 82 Mozart Street are engraved upon my heart, and precious to me. What better place to set a romance?

Now, I'm called to write 'Faith-affirming fiction' (TM). Christian inspirational romance, and Christian themed fiction, is something that both as a reader, and writer, I feel called upon by God to enjoy and create.

This segment of my journey began when I was lucky enough to win a writing contest sponsored by White Rose Publishing that led to the publication of my Christian inspy debut, Hearts Crossing. This humble, heart-felt novella went on to become a series...and an Amazon best seller! A Face in the Clouds, a short story spin-off of Woodland, is also part of my 'best seller' portfolio. What a blessing!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Christian Music agent Kellen Rossiter has everything he ever wanted: A-list clients from coast to coast, a loving wife who honors and respects him, and a faith life that’s never wavered—until now. Juliet Rossiter has the perfect life: a rewarding schedule serving the underprivileged, a husband who loves her as Christ loved the church, and a blessed future as a mother—at least that's what she thinks.

For Better or Worse

But what happens when their rock-solid marriage begins to crumble under the weight of an unexpected and powerful temptation? How does love survive when its foundation is shaken?

'Til Death Do Us Part

When human frailty and the allure of sin deal a harsh blow to their relationship, it will take more than love to mend the shattered trust and heartbreak. It will take a lifetime of devotion.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Devotion, go HERE.

Book Review

It seems so appropriate to review this week during Valentine's week.   A time when love is in the air and people are thinking of romance.   Of course, marriage is about more than love and romance isn't it.  It is about devotion.   The commitment it takes for a marriage to survive.  

Kellen and Juliet, the couple in this book, face what every marriage eventually faces.  Temptation and crisis.    Maybe not every marriage faces it to the extent that this couple does, but every marriage faces these types of moments.    These are the times that decide whether you really believe those vows you made on your wedding day.   For better for worse... Do you have the devotion it takes?

Thanks to CFBA for providing this complimentary copy for the purpose of my review. 

Monday, February 2, 2015

I Will Look Up

I usually grab coffee at the coffee shop where I meet for discipleship time on Sunday mornings.  However, my student had to cancel so I altered my plans and went to a different coffee shop on the way to church.  I ran into a friend who was grabbing coffee on her way to take her sweet little girl to the doctor.    Cars need gasoline.  Moms need coffee.   It is just a fact of life.  

I told her that I felt like going to church was going to be a sacrifice of praise for me because my prayers have felt like they were bouncing lately.    I have no doubt that God is listening.   He has never quit.  It is just that I think I am talking in circles.   My sweet Big Guy being sick since Thanksgiving has definitely put me into prayer rut.    I trust God with him.   However, I realize that I am still clutching him and afraid to fully let go of him.   Even typing that right now makes my chest physically hurt.  

Knowing all of that I sat inside of my car before service started, I was listening to praise music, drinking my coffee and talking to God.   Trying to get my heart prepared to walk into worship.   I just wanted to set everything aside so I could truly worship.    I had parked on the back side of the church so people wouldn't drive by and see me inside my car crying and think I was having a nervous breakdown.  

I walked into church and realized it was youth Sunday.    I realize now that the time spent in the car allowed God to fully wrap my heart.  Had I not spent that time with him, walking into to find out it was youth Sunday would have upset me.  I would have gotten upset that Big Guy was missing yet another event.    Yet not only did it not phase it.  I was so excited they were going to lead worship.  I love when our youth do anything.  I am pretty in love with our youth.

One of the songs we sang in worship was "I Will Look Up".   I am pretty sure that the entire sanctuary disappeared and it was just God there as I completely submitted myself to him in worship.   

All the worries of this world
I will lay them at Your feet
Surrender every anxious thought
For perfect peace, Your perfect peace

All the loved ones I hold dear
All my hopes and dreams and all my fears
I will choose to trust Your name
In everything, with everything

I will look up for there is none above You
I will bow down to tell You that I need You
Jesus Lord of all, Jesus Lord of all

I will take You at Your word
For Jesus You have taken hold of me
All my life is in Your hands
You are my strength, You are my strength

I will look back and see that You are faithful
I look ahead believing You are able
Jesus Lord of all, Jesus Lord of all

Prince of Peace, Perfect Healer
All my life, all my cares on You
King of Kings, Mighty Savior
All my life, all my cares on You

I guess what I discovered yesterday was that despite the fact of what we are facing right now.   Worship was not a sacrifice.  It was incredible.  An amazing wonderful experience once I took my eyes off what was around me.    My challenge for the coming days:  I will look up!