Thursday, June 23, 2016
by Varina Denman
David C. Cook
Lynda Turner has struggled with depression since her husband abandoned her and their young daughter fifteen years ago.
Yet unexpected hope awakens when a local ex-convict shows interest. As long-hidden secrets resurface, Lynda must fight for her emotional stability and for a life where the shadow of shame is replaced by the light of love.
Jilted tells of a woman who has lost the joy of living, a man determined to draw her back toward happiness, and a town that must---once and for all---leave the past where it belongs. It is a gentle reminder that all things can work together for good.
My thoughts: I totally loved Jaded and Justified, and anxiously looked forward to reading JILTED. My friend http://cindylovenreviews.blogspot.com/2016/06/varina-denmans-jilted-50-sweet.html told me that it was depressing so I kind of dreaded starting it. But I told her how good the first two were and she said she gave this one a solid 4 stars, so I dug into this one, despite the depression warning.
Life hit and drama erupted in my own life and I put the book aside to deal with reality. I talked to my friend again and she mentioned that she read something about the bones that were found and she had no clue who they were because she hadn't read the first two books. I said bones? There were no bones mentioned in the first two books! But I made a guess who the bones belonged to, she told me I'd have to read the book to find out, and then I told her who killed that person, and she said "Wow, you're good."
Maybe. Or maybe I just know how a writer's mind works. So when I sat down to read JILTED I went in, knowing that the person I'd imagined would show up in this book, did show up, but dead. And I knew "who did it." But I didn't know why. Or how. And the events that got me there were well written, engaging, and even reduced me to tears a time or two. (Or maybe that was just because I was having a meltdown due to my real-life drama.) And I do have to admit that something about the who-dun-it moment was a complete twist that I never saw coming. I will give this book 4 stars because it made me cry--whether it was story related or real life related. And I don't like to cry when I read.
Loved these books, this series. And will definitely look for more books by Varina Denman.
Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/237iWMF
Meet the Author
Varina Denman writes stories about the unique struggles women face. She teaches creative writing and literature, volunteers in her local cooperative, and is a home educator to her five children. She resides with her family in North Texas.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
by Lucinda Secrest McDowell
A deeper faith can be as simple as a single word.
With the dawn of each new year, Christians and spiritual seekers vow to seek a deeper, closer relationship with God and grow their spiritual life. Yet like many resolutions, as time passes, so does determination to stay the course. But what if a thriving, active faith were as simple as reading one word a day?
Award-winning author Lucinda Secrest McDowell knows that if you spend a few minutes every day turning to God's Word for wisdom and guidance, your faith can flourish and grow. Through short and inspiring readings, McDowell unpacks a single word---like mercy, beauty, gratitude, or grace---to uncover a biblical blessing or lesson you can act on that very day. Each devotion includes stories and illustrations to foster understanding and ends with a benediction, written as if God were speaking directly to you.
Organized into four seasons---fall, Advent, Lent, and summer---these devotions invite you to discover those "dwelling places" that offer the joy of God's promises and presence. Whether in the midst of busy holiday schedules, holy days, or changing seasons, a deeper faith can be a simple as a single word.
My thoughts: DWELLING PLACES is a devotional divided up into four seasons, making it timely for whatever date it is. They aren't dated, so you can go in order, or you can kind of jump around anywhere in the season we're enjoying for a relevant reading.
Each devotional is short, and won't take much time out of our daily schedule to read. They start with a verse, a short story, a tie-in to scripture, an application, and end with a prayer. I like this devotional for a five minute time with God, but it is not meant to be a full Bible study. The devotions are easy to read and understand. I keep my book beside my bed to read with my family during bedtime devotions. Recommended. 4 stars.
Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/28U4tj1
Meet the Author
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Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on July 5th. The winner will be announced July 6th on Lucinda's blog.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
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Monday, June 20, 2016
First of all, a big thank you to so many of you who helped get the word out about the Kickstarter campaign for the Africa Study Bible! We know you understand the need for and the mission of the ASB, and we so appreciate the support you gave to help us be able to share this incredible resource with the African continent.
I thought you might be interested in knowing the results of our efforts. While we raised nearly $40,000, we unfortunately did not meet our $100,000 goal. Because with Kickstarter it’s “all or nothing,” Oasis isn’t able to collect those gifts. However, some good news!
Due to gifts previously received outside of the Kickstarter platform, we will be able to move forward with the printing of the ASB, though on a slightly delayed timeline and potentially fewer copies. We know God still has a plan for the ASB!
Here are a couple final steps for you:
1. Oasis will still accept donations through its Web site and you can direct your readers to learn more about the project here:http://oasisint.net/#asb. There is a “give” button at the bottom of that page if anyone is interested.
Thank you again for working with us on this. We so appreciate your partnership! If you have any questions, please let me know and I’d be happy to answer them.