Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Very Veggie 5 Minute Stories review and giveaway!

Perfect for an on-the-go storytime or a fast bedtime reading for sleepy kids, Very Veggie 5-Minute Stories brings fans a new collection of nine VeggieTales adventures. As the Veggie cast stumbles and springs through hilarious scenarios, children will learn values such as being patient, being responsible, loving others, and doing their best. Full-color illustrations accompany the stories and will hold the attention of the read-to-me set. Ages 3-6 years.

My thoughts: My children are in love with this book of 5 minute Veggie Tales stories! I like that they are new stories and not based on the movies, so is makes it fun and new for us to read together. They are the perfect length for bedtime stories (if we are ahead of schedule, it works well to read through a couple!), and teach some wonderful character traits like being truthful and taking time for those less fortunate I love that the Vikings and Larry Boy both make it into the book!
Whether you grew up with Veggie Tales or you are a new fan, this is a fun collection!
I received this book from Worthy Kids. This is my honest review and is in no way influenced by receiving a complimentary copy.

Leave me a comment with your favorite Veggie Tales story. If you haven't watched the shows or read the books, then leave a comment with your favorite childhood story. Be sure to leave a way for me to contact you if you win! (email address works well)
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Monday, September 17, 2018

Your Marriage Today... And Tomorrow

Build a marriage now that your kids will thank you for later
Your parents’ marital choices have greatly affected your own attitudes and actions in marriage, for better or worse. Your choices will affect your children, and grandchildren, and so on. It’s time to get proactive about your marriage legacy.
Dr. Crawford and Karen Loritts have been married 45 years and have spent the last 30 years speaking on marriage. This book contains their most successful, proven material. Interlaced with personal stories and letters from their four children this book will teach you:
the biblical and theological foundation for marriage
godly disciplines and habits that will improve your marriage
how to use your marriage to shape future generations
Whether you’ve been married 40 years or just got engaged, this book is for you. Your marriage will change the lives of countless people. Start thinking about the kind of legacy you’ll leave, today.

My thoughts: I loved the broad scope of this book! So often, we look at where we are at now, and not at the bigger picture. Crawford and Karen draw on their decades of marriage to share stories and impart wisdom to readers. I've been really feeling like Satan is attacking marriages and the family unit lately, so I thought that the message of this book was timely. I really appreciated how concise and to the point it is, making it easy for this busy mom to pick up and read through. I highly recommend this one!
I received this book from Moody. This is my honest review and is in no way influenced by receiving a complimentary copy.

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Take ten: books on my Fall TBR list

Lists that have to do with my TBR list are always easy to complete, since I have more than ten I hope to finish before the end of Autumn. Here are some of the ones I am most looking forward! As usual, if you are interesting in learning more, please click on the picture to go to the Amazon description of the book. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for helping to support my book habit!;)

1. A Secret to Die for

I've enjoyed all of Lisa's books that I have had the pleasure of reading, so I am looking forward to this one!

2. Redeeming How We Talk

This one looks fantastic to me.

3. Everywhere You Want to Be

Confession, this one might not make it to Fall.;) I love Christina's books and look forward to this Little Red Riding Hood retelling!

4. The Welsh Gambit

I really need to get on reading this one and writing up a review. The first one was an incredible look at the time of the Tudors, so I look forward to reading this one!

5. When Your Kid is Hurting

I feel like this one is going to be an excellent resource.

6. Lady of a Thousand Treasures

Sandra's stories are always delightful.

7. The Color of Lies

This mystery looks fascinating!

8. Mark of the Raven

I actually just added this one to my Kindle, since it looks right up my alley...

9. An Hour Unspent

This is one of my most favorite series, so I look forward to picking this one up!

10. Becoming Mrs. Lewis

Another one that may not make it to Fall.;)

What books are on your list? Have you heard of many of these?

Thirsty for More

When it comes to our connection with God, we dread "dry seasons," when we feel far from our life-sustaining Creator and redeemer. We want to dwell in lush valleys, not wander in trackless deserts. And yet, during the first three centuries of the church, many men and women purposefully moved into deserts to seek God. They understood something that we have missed: a desert is not a place of vast nothingness, but a place where we can truly experience God's provision, restoration, and intimacy.

Through Scripture and personal stories of her own times of waiting and struggle, Allison Allen offers a fresh perspective for women who dare to believe that God is doing something of eternal value in their dry seasons. She shows how God can use these times in our lives to reveal himself to us, to give us rest, to get our attention, to show us our strength, to experience his blessings, and more. Any woman who has been feeling spiritually sapped will welcome this refreshing message of hope.

My thoughts: This book is amazing! I love how honest and open Allison is about the seasons in her life, helping the reader gain fresh perspective. Those times of waiting and struggling are never fun, but this book helped me to remember the bigger picture and that God is always right there with us. I really enjoyed the personal stories and thought that Allison did a fabulous job of drawing one in. This is an excellent read!
I received this book from Revell. This is my honest review.

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A Christmas by the Sea

When Wendy Harper inherits her family's beachside cottage in Seaside, Maine, she sees it as a way to finally pay off the debts that have mounted since her husband died. But before it can be sold, the neglected property must be renovated. She and her 12-year-old son Jackson move in--temporarily, she reminds him--in order to do the work themselves, even though Christmas is coming. The charming town, along with local craftsman Caleb Colton, pulls on both Wendy and Jackson, who even registers himself for school in a bid to get his mom to move them there permanently. Wendy knows that the most responsible thing to do is to sell the cottage and return to Ohio, but the lure of the sea is hard to resist.

Join award-winning author Melody Carlson for a Christmas story that will warm your heart and have you dreaming of your own enchanted seaside holiday.

My thoughts: This one is a fun holiday read to pick up and enjoy, as the holidays come around! I like that, even though the front cover makes you think about Christmas, it also covers Thanksgiving as well. It's a darling story of a single mother and her last hope for getting ahead. I enjoyed the characters and story line! I wish the story was just a little bit longer, since the ending seemed a tad rushed. Other than that, I enjoyed the story and setting. It was fun to read about Wendy transforming their beach cottage.
I received this book from Revell.

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Christy Award

the Christy Awards blitz

If there were a Christian fiction version of the Oscars, The Christy Awards would be it. And we are teaming up with The Christy Awards to help you read good fiction! Some of the best of the best, in fact.

Last year's 2017 Christy Award winners included The Lady & The Lionheart (Joanne Bischof), A Note Yet Unsung (Tamera Alexander), Her One and Only (Becky Wade), The Mark of the King (Jocelyn Green), The Silent Songbird (Melanie Dickerson), The Long Journey to Jake Palmer (James Rubart), and more!

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The 2018 Christy Award Celebration Gala is coming up on November 7, 2018 but first the finalists will be announced on September 19th!! And you don't want to miss it!

Make sure you're following along with their social media accounts so you don't miss the big announcement!


Christys invite

The Christy Award team invites you to two events that celebrate fiction, both held on November 7, 2018 at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN!

First, from 1-5:30pm, is the Art of Writing Conference - a focused conference for writers, storytellers, and publishing curators. This is a half day of intensive seminars that celebrate the creative life, provide practical tips for overcoming challenges in a rapidly-changing industry, and answer questions authors are asking. Head here for a full list of speakers, including Carla Laureano, Joanne Bischof, Donald Miller, and Charles Martin.

Then, starting at 7:00pm, The Christy Award Dinner Gala will celebrate the art of Christian fiction, announce the 2018 winners of The Christy Award, and honor the power of Story, the legacy of Madeleine L’Engle, and the year's best in Christian fiction.

Wanna know which authors will be at The Christy Awards gala? How about Charles Martin, Carla Laureano, Francine Rivers, Sarah Arthur, and Cynthia Ruchti, for starters?

Many of the finalists will be there too so make sure you follow The Christy Award on social media for the big announcement on the 19th!

christy awards gift card giveaway

On behalf of the ECPA, JustRead is giving away a $25 Amazon gift card (US only) to help you read good fiction!

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Gone to Texas Review and Giveaway

Can beauty truly come from ashes?
Deception drives seventeen souls to hard choices. Either stay on the land they thought they’d bought or heed the lure of free land in the faraway wilderness of a new Republic. Rife with peril and hardship, three families knit together by blood and friendship head out with a widowed man, daughter, and his slave, gambling everything they own on the prospect of land ownership and working it together. Does friendship pave a way to marriage? Can puppy-love survive through a harrowing journey to blossom into a forever lover? With duress at every turn, can the clan stay together all the way to Texas and accomplish their goals?

My Review: Three families find that their livelihood is taken out from under them when they find out they don't really own the land they have been working. With the promise of a fresh start in Texas the O’Neals, Worleys, Van Zandts, and Harrells uproot and move towards the promise of free land in an untamed place. With 17 members to the clan, this book is a bit intense to keep everyone straight, but I love that there are several different view points and that each were unique and delightful. I look forward to seeing where this series goes! I sure hope it includes a lot of these characters.
I received this book from Celebrate Lit. This is my honest review and is in no way influenced by receiving a complementary copy.

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About the Author:
Top priority is God’s glory, and that’s exactly what Caryl McAdoo prays her stories will bring. To entertain and draw readers into a closer walk with Him is next. A quick check of stars and reviews attest to the success of this award-winning, best-selling author—all by the Father’s faithfulness. Besides writing, she loves singing praises, including the new songs He gives her! Visit her YouTube channel. Ron, her high school sweetheart husband won her heart fifty-two years ago, and they share four children and seventeen grandsugars. Ron and Caryl live on thirty-four acres ‘The Peaceable’ in the woods south of Clarksville, seat of Red River County in far Northeast Texas and wait expectantly for God to open the next door.

Guest Post from Caryl:
As much as I hated leaving the Buckmeyers, Baylors, and Nightingales and the Red River Valley, I loved starting this fresh Family Saga series with all new characters! GONE TO TEXAS is Book One of the Cross Timber Romances and features three families—the O’Neals, Van Zandts, and Worleys—joined by blood and friendship through Liberty O’Neal. Laud Worley is her little brother and Mallory Van Zandt, her best friend since school days.
Together, they’d traveled south to settle in Tennessee and were about to harvest their first cotton crop that fall in 1840 when they discovered the deed to their land—the land they’d spent all their pooled savings on—was forged and no-good.
The legal owner graciously allows them to stay through harvest, taking his portion of their labor and cottonseed. At the gin, Seve Van Zandt hears rumors of Texas, a new Rebublic out west, offering free land to pioneers willing to tame its wildlands. This first story—book one—is all about their journey to the new country filled with hope and dreams.
A hired widower who with his daughter and slave helped harvest the clan’s cotton asked to join them on their journey, and so, on that faithful September morn, seventeen souls set out after they hung a hand painted sign on one of the cabins they left behind. “Gone to Texas”!
Another very special thing about this novel, one hundred twelve thousand words—about three hundred fifty pages, is that it is also book one in a brand new collection! The Thanksgiving Books and Blessings Collection that includes stories from eight other authors besides me: Lena Nelson Dooly, Heather Blanton, Kristin Holt, Kit Morgan, Suzette Williams, Pauline Creeden, George McVey, and Lynette Sowell!
All nine books will have Thanksgiving Dinner with family around the table, giving thanks to God for all his blessings. I’ve noticed many series launched in December, but Thanksgiving is my favorite. I love giving thanks to the Lord!
And as always, I pray my story gives God glory, and that its readers will be drawn closer to Him through it. He blesses and highly favors me daily. I cannot thank or praise Him enough!

Blog Stops:
For a list of blog stops, be sure to go here!

To celebrate her tour, Caryl is giving away
GRAND PRIZE : $50 Amazon Gift Card
1st Prize: THREE Choice-of-Caryl’s Titles (print–US only or eBook)
2nd-4th: ebook of JOHN DAVID’S CALLING
5th-7th: print copy VOW UNBROKEN
8th-10th: $5 Amazon gift cards!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops to earn nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link here to enter.
Thank you, too, for reading my stories, reviewing my stories, and participating in the most AWESOME CELEBRATE LIT‘s Blog Tour!!