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Your Grace Finds Me

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Story Behind At Love’s Bidding

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After a cross-country trip to track down a sold painting that could ruin her family’s business forever, Miranda Wimplegate forms an unlikely but charged partnership with livestock auctioneer Wyatt Ballentine in Regina Jennings’ At Love’s Bidding. Miranda and her grandfather discover their new auction house doesn’t deal in fine antiques, but in livestock. And its frustratingly handsome manager, Wyatt, is annoyed to discover his fussy new bosses don’t know a thing about the business he’s single-handedly kept afloat. Faced with more heads of cattle than they can count–but no mysterious painting–Miranda and Wyatt must try and prevent a bad situation from getting worse. Read our story spotlight below to learn more. Join Regina in celebrating the release of At Love’s Bidding by entering to win her Cozy Winter Night giveaway and RSVPing to her January 5th author chat party! The post Story Spotlight on ‘At Love’s Bidding’ appeared first on Litfuse Publicity Group .

Lifeway Women Go-To Christmas Recipes

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Review: Amish Christmas at North Star

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Price:$15.99
ISBN: 978-1-60142-814-1
Release: October 20, 2015
Format: Trade Paperback
Category: Fiction- Amish & Mennonite
About the Authors

           In `Amish Christmas at North Star`. There are four novellas that easily flow as you read each one. The prologue begins with the midwife, Rebekah, delivering four babies in one night; a miracle of God. Which the reader will learn more about while reading each novella. My first impression was a serene, white Christmas. Although I fell in love wish this book I do with the authors would have added a glossary for the Amish wording. I think novellas are a great way to introduce authors to readers.
            In book one, `Guiding Star` (Katie Ganshert), we are introduced to Elle McAllister, adopted into the McAllister family at a very young age, and Reporter Chase Wellington who is investigating the case of an Amish baby disappearing 25-years ago.
            In book two, `Mourning Star` (Amanda Flower), the reader is introduced to Ede…

The Cultural Battle for Human Dignity | Evangelicals for Life

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Clear your schedules January 21–22, 2016, because Focus on the Family and The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission will host Evangelicals for Life, a major pro-life conference held in conjunction with the March for Life event.

The event will take place in Washington, D.C., at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. Evangelicals from across the country will gather to hear from leading speakers, such as David Platt, Russell Moore, Jim Daly, Kelly Rosati, and others—to be equipped and encouraged to become a voice for life! The event will also be simulcast for FREE so individuals, churches, and organizations from coast-to-coast and around the world can take part.

Speakers will encourage evangelicals to engage the culture on issues of abortion and end-of-life decisions, and the event will affirm the evangelical belief in the sanctity of life, that every life matters to God and is created in His image.

For more information, visit http://evangelicals.life/.

Readers of this blog …

Story Spotlight: Whispers in the Reading Room

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(1) Tell us a bit about the story behind your latest novel. Where did you find inspiration? Whispers in the Reading Room is the third and final novel in my Chicago series set during the end of the 1893 World’s Fair. Much of the inspiration behind the novel came from a research trip to Chicago. A girlfriend and I stayed at the historic Palmer House Hotel and were even able to participate in a back of the hotel tour. The guide was wonderful! He took us through a maze of old hallways and stairwells that the staff currently use and told a lot of fun stories about life in the hotel at the turn of the century. I knew then that I wanted to have a character live in a fancy hotel during the fair. Soon after that, I invented the character of Sebastian Marks, a very wealthy man hiding a very bad past. I had originally intended for Sebastian to fall in love with a sweet debutant, but that certainly didn’t happen. When I wrote a scene about Sebastian learning to be a gentleman by reading books, I k…

Review: The Painter's Daughter

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`The Painter's Daughter` is written by Julie Klassen who tends to have well thought out novels. She is also author of `The Secret of Pembrooke Park. You may find my review for that novel here. This novel is historical fiction dated 1815. I read this novel for entertainment. One character, Sophie Dupont, who is pregnant, a young man, Captain Stephen Overtree, who wants to give the baby a name, and his brother, Wesley Overtree. Plus several secondary characters worth the mention. My favorite secondary character is Winnie, Sophia's nurse, she informs Sophie not to grow old or she will lose her memory.
            `The Painter's Daughter` would make a great book club choice, although there are only 10 questions in the questions for discussion section. The book club would have to come up with more questions. However, they are meaty questions, so the club could discuss one or two a week. If you like this book you may also like books by Wanda Brunstetter. 



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OAC offers fun with Christmas

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Tired of the Christmas shopping, the baking and sugar overload, the Christmas festivities that keep you away from your family during the season? Take time special time to spend with your loved ones and invest in your community—with Focus on the Family's help!

You can download a fun gift to give to your friends, family, and community! Each Christmas stocking stuffer card directs you to a special place to hear an Adventures in Odyssey Christmas episode. Plus, you’ll be able to read a special excerpt from Imagination Station #12, “Danger on a Silent Night.” Sign up here to download the free cards.

Plus stop by this page for a slew of crafts, recipes, and stories to share with your family during this special time of year!



If you're still looking for one last gift to give your kids this year, give the gift of the Odyssey Adventure Club (OAC). It offers safe and free content for everyone in your family, including an Advent calendar, a broadcast download with tips to create a mem…

Review: Patriot Heart (Diane Kalas)

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`Patriot Heart` is book one of the `Journey Home` series by Diane Kalas. This is a fast-moving, historical fiction ebook dated in 1865. It is May 1865, a month after President Lincoln was assassinated. I am expecting a story that leans heavily on the assassination and the end of the Civil War.  I was pleasantly surprised to see the mention of Miss Clara Burton (Civil War nurse). However, the characters or events in this ebook are fictitious. There are a few twists and turns to keep the reader wanting more.
           The overall message of this ebook was inspiring and leaned heavily on strong Christian morals and forgiveness. Because of this, I will look at veterans with more in-depth feelings and knowledge. Any scripture used is either from the NIV or the King James version of the Bible.
           I received this ebook as a pdf file. Reading it on my computer worked well. However, once downloaded to my Kindle there were many places where the type was bold and darkened. I w…

Evangelicals for Life Conference

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Clear your schedules January 21–22, 2016, because Focus on the Family and The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission will host Evangelicals for Life, a major pro-life conference held in conjunction with the March for Life event.

The event will take place in Washington, D.C., at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. Evangelicals from across the country will gather to hear from leading speakers, such as David Platt, Russell Moore, Jim Daly, Kelly Rosati, and others—to be equipped and encouraged to become a voice for life! The event will also be simulcast for FREE so individuals, churches, and organizations from coast-to-coast and around the world can take part.

Speakers will encourage evangelicals to engage the culture on issues of abortion and end-of-life decisions, and the event will affirm the evangelical belief in the sanctity of life, that every life matters to God and is created in His image.

For more information, visit http://evangelicals.life/.

Readers of this blog wil…

God Bless America

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100 Years with Raggedy Ann (1915-2015)

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Raggedy Ann
(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
(Graphics and info all from Wikipedia)

Raggedy Ann is a character created by American writer Johnny Gruelle (1880–1938) in a series of books he wrote and illustrated for young children. Raggedy Ann is a rag doll with red yarn for hair and has a triangle nose. Johnny Gruelle received US Patent D47789 for his Raggedy Ann doll on September 7, 1915. The character was created in 1915 as a doll, and was introduced to the public in the 1918 book Raggedy Ann Stories. When a doll was marketed with the book, the concept had great success. A sequel, Raggedy Andy Stories (1920), introduced the character of her brother, Raggedy Andy, dressed in sailor suit and hat.

It's noted that according to oft-repeated myth, Gruelle's daughter Marcella brought from her grandmother's attic a faceless doll on which the artist drew a face, suggested that the grandmother sew a shoe button for a missing eye, and then combined the names of two James Whitc…

Review: The Forgotten Recipe (Amy Clipston)

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Book Description:
After losing her fiancé in a tragic accident, Veronica Fisher finds solace in the old recipes stored in her mother’s hope chest—and in a special visitor who comes to her bake stand to purchase her old-fashioned raspberry pies. Veronica Fisher knows how lucky she is to be marrying her best friend. Seth Lapp is kind, hardworking, and handsome—but most importantly, he loves Veronica.
My Thoughts:

`The Forgotten Recipe` (Amy Clipston)  is a novel not soon forgotten. I look forward to the second in the series (The Courtship Basket~July 2016). This novel caught my eye because just as the female protagonist, Veronica Fisher, becomes sole owner of her Grandmother's recipes I have become sole owner of my mother's recipes.  `The Forgotten Recipe` is a fictional novel; although parts of it could ring true. Such as the handing down of recipes and how that connects us to the original owner, be they passed or alive. Many years ago my Great-Grandfather made a delightful spag…

101 Ways to Strengthen your Child's Faith

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The holidays are a busy time . . . but life can be even more hectic! In the midst of work, after-school activities, grocery shopping, and business trips, how are parents supposed to find the time to build within their families a lasting foundation of faith?

Focus on the Family wants to step in and give you some tips. Sign up by clicking here for a free e-book called 101 Surefire Ways to Strengthen Your Child's Faith. With creative ideas on weaving faith into everyday conversations, turning family activities into learning opportunities, and having faith-filled holiday celebrations, this book is jam-packed with fun and interesting, easy, faith-building ideas for your family.

Another way to invest in your child's faith is through the Odyssey Adventure Club (OAC). It offers safe and free content for everyone in your family, including an Advent calendar, a broadcast download with tips to create a memorable Christmas, AIO cutouts, and Christmas stocking stuffer cards. Membership …

Adventures in Odyssey Christmas Fun!!

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Holiday to-do lists often become longer and longer as we get closer to Christmas. From holiday parties to host, Christmas pajamas to coordinate, family pictures, gifts to buy, travel plans to finalize, and more, the joy of the season can often be lost in the midst of the hustle and bustle.


Adventures in Odyssey and Odyssey Adventure Club have you covered. Karen Ehman and Glynnis Whitwer, authors of Everyday Confetti, share ideas and tips for simplifying and taking the stress out of the holidays. Pointing to the real reason for the season, they offer ideas to help you keep Christ at the center. Click here for a free broadcast download to learn how to simplify and de-stress your holiday season.

Speaking of de-stressing, let me help you out with your last-minute gift shopping. One of my top recommendations: the Odyssey Adventure Club (OAC) because it offers free content for everyone, including an Advent calendar, a broadcast download with tips to create a memorable Christmas, AIO cutout…

Rachel Hauck’s ‘The Wedding Chapel’ and $100 Cash Card Giveaway

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Is sixty years too long to wait for love? Two stories of romance, one in 1949 and one in the modern day, meet in Rachel Hauck's The Wedding Chapel. When Taylor Branson takes an assignment in Heart’s Bend, the job does more than send her back to her hometown, but into a world of family secrets buried beneath the sands of time. When Taylor’s journey intersects with Jimmy “Coach” Westbrook's, they rediscover the heartbeat of their dreams and that the love they long to hold is right in front of them. And worth every waiting moment.

Join Rachel in celebrating the release of The Wedding Chapel by entering to win a copy and a $100 cash card—perfect for finishing up your Christmas gift shopping!


One grand prize winner will receive:
A copy of The Wedding ChapelA $100 cash cardEnter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on December 17th. The winner will be announced December 18th on Rachel's blog.

Review:Adventure Bible for Little Ones (ZonderKidz)

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`Adventure Bible for Little Ones` (ZonderKidz~ Catherine DeVries), formerly `Adventure Bible for Toddlers`. This cushiony hardback book would be perfect for Toddlers of all ages. With the bright colors and delightful graphics, this would make a great gift for birthday's, Easter and Christmas. The adventure highlights stories many are familiar with. For example, Noah and the ark, and the beloved David as he fights Goliath. The illustrations are very realistic. The Bible culminates with the life and times of Jesus, His birth, and His miracles.
               The illustrations work well with the easy to read text. This Bible is very durable, even the cushiony cover, making it just right for the toddler that is teething. I am impressed with the easy to read bold print. It does not take away from the text, it enhances it. My favorite illustration is Daniel in the lions den. I could imagine being in the den and while he was praying.
               I would suggest this book to parents of…

Review: Homespun Christmas

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`Homespun Christmas` is 4 novellas that carry the theme of Christmas. They each speak of hope and love, romance for the holidays. Gloriously bringing the gospel of Christ to the town of Hope. In its early days (1900's) the town of Hope had a saloon on every corner. Now, 100 years later, there is only one saloon.
            There is big trouble on the horizon and Hope may become extinct. It's Christmas and the town hopes to draw in tourists to once again build the community. Tired of Christmas being too commercial the people of Hope work together to see what each of them can offer.
 `Homespun Christmas` is a Christmas novella enjoyable any time of the year. The  four authors work well together and the ebook reads smoothly. This ebook faces the realities of life. The characters are all well developed in this memorable ebook built on faith.
            This would make an interesting ebook for any advanced reader. Especially the reader who likes present day stories and/or Christma…