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Review: Unsinkable Faith

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`Unsinkable Faith` is Christian Living/Woman's Issues book written by author Tracie Miles. Tracie Miles is a national speaker with Proverbs 31 Ministries.

        I believe the thesis of this book is, `Just because life is hard doesn't mean your heart and mind have to become hardened, you can overcome a pessimistic mindset. As far back as I can remember I have had a negative mindset. However, Tracie wrote this book so readers could experience freedom from chronic negativity.

        Tracie suggests the reader use a journal to place your thoughts to questions asked in each chapter. It can be your own personal journal or you can purchase one at Tracie's website (www.traciemiles.com). Tracie also lists positive memory verses for the reader to ruminate on while reading the book, and after.

        This book has a topical approach to changing your outlook on life. The author covers the subject thoroughly and adequately. She covers all aspects of the subject in a balanc…

Review: Invitation

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`Invitation: Harbingers Cycle One` is a Supernatural Suspense novel written by 4 authors: Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, and Alton Gansky.

        The main characters are introduced in the introduction section of the novel. Brenda is a tattoo artist, the professor is an atheist who calls himself a realist, Andi is the professor's geeky assistant, and Tank is a nieve jock with healing powers.

        The setting of section one is the Institute of Psychic Studies, which is known as a private Area 51. It's rumored that the spot is a vacation spot for extraterrestrials or an assembly plant of spare body parts for superheroes. Perhaps it's a psychic institute where kids from around the world come to see.

        The setting of both sections two and three is the small town of Port Avalon, Florida, where a house appears and disappears taking people at will. It is a two-story Victorian house with a covered porch and sleepy front windows. It seems to know what the…

BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT: Invitation

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Invitation Harbingers by Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, and Alton Gansky

Four Bestselling Authors Team Up for Thrilling Supernatural Suspense
• Acclaimed authors with more than 15 million in combined sales
• An experiment in fast-paced storytelling, offers four linked stories of strangers bound by unexpected gifts
• Blending supernatural and suspense, these stories read like your favorite television series

 Gathering four stories from four bestselling author friends, Invitation is the first collection in the ongoing Harbingers series.

In “The Call” by Bill Myers, four strangers are drawn together to help a student at the mysterious Institute for Advanced Psychic Studies. His gifts are supposedly being honed to assist world leaders . . . but there are some very disturbing strings attached.

 Frank Peretti’s “The Haunted” confronts a supernatural mystery, a case of murder, and an exploration into the darkness of the human heart, all centering around a mysterious house.

In Angela…

Q & A with author Kathy Rouser

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It is my pleasure to have author Kathleen Rouser visit my blog today.


Kathleen Rouser has loved making up stories since she was a little girl. She is a long-time member in good standing of ACFW and a former board member of its Great Lakes Chapter. She contributes regularly to Novel PASTimes, a blog devoted to promoting mainly Christian historical fiction and to the Heroes, Heroines, and History blog. Kathleen has also been published in Homeschool Digest, An Encouraging Word, and Happy Sis magazines.

(1) How do you hope your readers react to the stories you write?

My prayer is that my stories will touch their hearts, that they can identify with characters who find they need Jesus to help them through their struggles and be encouraged to go to Him. 
(2) Just for fun, what's the longest you can stand on your toes?
Probably not for very long, especially if I'm not holding on to something for balance, but that's not something I've ever measured.�…

Review: Smile for Me

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`Smile For Me` is an African American/Multiracial novel written by author Jan Thompson. Jan Thompson writes clean/wholesome contemporary Christian romance novels. The kind we like to read. This is book one of her Vacation Sweethearts series. Each novel is different so you don't have to read one before another. Jan is writing books #3 - #4 this year.

        The opening pages describe Byron Moss as being uptight and Tina Macfarland as being laid back. Can a couple that is so different fall in love? The pretty setting is in the Bahamas. This novel was a light read, even funny at times. If it were made into a movie I would love to watch it. This is my introduction to Jan Thompson and I do plan to read more of her books. I recommend this book to fans of clean Christian romance books.

Disclaimer: "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own."About the Author: USA Todaybestselling author Jan Thompson writes clean and wholesome multiethnic contempora…

Review: The Woman's Study Bible, NKJV

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`The Woman's Study Bible, NKJV` is very impressive with its fresh packaging that keeps the Bible protected while being shipped and the colorful flowers printed on front and back of the hardback Bible. There are many colorful pages throughout the Bible adding a feminine touch. The Bible lays flat which works well while doing any Bible study. The print is large enough to see without eye strain, perfect for anyone who needs large print, without being over-bearing. Special features include `The Ketubah Marriage Contract`, articles just for women, and several maps. The maps shown throughout the study Bible are full-color, large with large font, and there is a key so the reader can follow the progression as listed in the Bible.

        I loved this study Bible from the moment I saw it. The flowers add a personal touch and the hard cover allows me to hold it firmly without feeling like I might drop it because of its flimsiness. The words of Jesus are easy to spot since they are …

Review: Getting Jesus Wrong

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`Getting Jesus Wrong` is a Christian Living/Spiritual Growth book written by author Matt Johnson. Matt Johnson is an armchair student of theology. The main argument of this book is that of Christ and Him crucified for our sins and Salvation. The approach to this subject is descriptive. The author tells about his life experiences as a Christian and then tells what true Christianity is.

        The author points out what he thought it meant to be a Christian: a positive attitude and clean living. He admits to not always having either a positive attitude or clean living. So what was he to do? In fact, he states neither one can save you. He supports his argument by stating those things makes the Christian faith about the person and what they have done, not about Jesus and what He has done.

          I find I also try to live by the law instead of grace. In fact, if we admit it, many of us are like that. According to Romans 7: 15-25 We know the right thing to do but we just can…

Review: Rumors and Promises

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`Rumors and Promises` is a historical fiction/romance novel written by author Kathleen Rouser. Kathleen Rouser has loved making up stories ever since she was a young child. She desires to create characters who resonate with her readers.

        My favorite character is Sophie, who has class but she is not arrogant. She is also the mother of little Caira, who she claims to be her sister. Ian, the town pastor, discovers the secret. So what will he do with this new secret? Will he want to marry Sophie? If so, will it be just to protect Sophie or because he loves her and her daughter? I was captivated when little Caira went missing.

        The introduction to Gertrude Wringer and her niece was rather comical. It reminded me of Nelly Olsen and her mom on `Little House on the Prarie` t.v. series. Nora being a bit snooty and her aunt saying, `Nora is a modest, accomplished woman.`

        I chose this book because Kathleen is a new-to-me author and I like the cover of the novel. Ho…

Review: Tranquility

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`Tranquility` is a prayer and reflection coloring journal written especially by Tyndale Publishing. This journal is written specifically for the adult woman and fits this age group well. I believe this book goes great with Tyndale Publishers other adult coloring book `Gratitude`. They both make great gifts together or separately.

       The cover looks calm and peaceful, anticipating what is inside. Inside the hardcover book, the artist will find an introduction which gives the meaning of Tranquility and urges the artist to be at peace and take the book slowly. There are prayers, scriptures, and lots of coloring.

        As I turned the pages the first thing that stuck out to me is the page that reads `Glimpsing God's Glory` and the accompanying journal page that reads `You will Always be with me` My favorite picture to color is the squirrel on page 17, although it has lots of detail.

I received this book from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

Review: Buying Love

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`Buying Love` is a Contemporary Christian novel written by author Toni Shiloh. Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer.

        The female protagonist in this ebook wanted to be married and have a child before she turned thirty-five. So she made an online questionnaire and began interviewing men to find her husband. Although her way was unconventional she believed God would guide her. Nina had grown up in an orphanage and aged out. She mentored a young lady who was also coming of age.

        Nina met Dwight through her online questionnaire and they agreed to date for two months and then decide about marriage. Dwight is a handsome, courteous man, unlike Nina's ex-boyfriend. Nina is a beautiful African American lady. So maybe marriage would feel right for both of them. However, Dwight's mom was not enamored with Nina.

        I found this ebook to be light-hearted and entertaining. I finished this 451-page book rather quickly. My takeaway is that as hu…