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Headlines: MICHAEL W. SMITH ANNOUNCES LIVE WORSHIP ALBUM SURROUNDED TO RELEASE FEB. 23

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Multi-Platinum artist, best-selling author and acclaimed actor Michael W. Smith releases for the first time in his career two, all new albums in one month, both his studio album A Million Lights (Feb. 16) and the live worship album Surrounded (Feb. 23) from Rocketown Records and The Fuel Music.
Surrounded is available now for preorder at LifeWay Christian Stores and for preorder everywhere Friday, Dec. 29 while A Million Lights is available for preorder now at digital and physical retailers globally, with multiple instant song downloads available from iTunes. Special, limited edition autographed versions of both albums are also available for preorder now from Amazon.com.

In many ways, Michael is a statesman, at the fulcrum of Christian music in pivotal moments. It is said that the heart of a lion never goes away, and Michael isn’t content staying with the equilibrium. At a loss for what his voice should be toward the end of 2016, this prolific artist comes roaring back with two full-len…

Merry Christmas ~ 2017 (Luke 2: 6-14 ~ NKJV)

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6 So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn. Glory in the Highest8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: 14 “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward m…

Review: Solve by Christmas

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About The Author:

Amber Schamel writes riveting stories that bring HIStory to life. She has a passion for history, books, and her Savior. This combination results in what her readers call "historical fiction at its finest". A homeschool graduate from a family of 12 children, Amber found her calling early in life. First published at age 21, she has continued to hone her craft and has been awarded the 2017 CSPA Book of the Year Award in Historical Fiction. Between ministry, family and working in their family-owned businesses, Amber loves to connect with readers and hang out on Goodreads with other bookish peoples. Find her on the Stitches Thru Time blog, or on any of the major social media sites.  Amber is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

        `Solve By Christmas` is a historical Christmas mystery by Amber Schamel. Will Jasper, the hero, be able to solve the mysteries before Christmas or will Mr. Rudin, Jasper's father figure, commit suicide on Ch…

Review: A Highland Christmas

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`A Highland Christmas` is a Christian woman's fiction book based at Christmas time by Juliette Duncan. It is book 5 in `The Shadows Series`. There are 5 books total in this series and it is not necessary to read the other books to enjoy this one. The ebook I reviewed is an ARC.

        The setting is Glasgow, Scotland, December 1988 (My husband and I had only been married a few months). Brianna, the female protagonist, was preparing to spend Christmas with her family in the Scottish Highlands.

        The characters seemed real to me. The siblings haven't seen each other for years. (my siblings and I only get together for Thanksgiving or Christmas. This year we won't get together at all) After not seeing each other for so long would they get along with each other? My favorite character was Andrew, the male protagonist because he was kind, understanding, and really cared about Brianna.

        My favorite part of the story was when Andrew was teaching Brianna how t…

Review: My Little Words Devotional

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`My Little Words Devotional`  is a padded devotional book for toddlers by author Michelle Prater Burke and illustrated by Holli Conger. I appreciate that the text of this book is written with the parent and child in mind. Each devotional has one word thought to focus on (ex. Jesus), a paragraph for the adult to read to the child, with a question to move the reader to the next page. (ex. How can you show kindness today?) The devotional ends with a one-sentence prayer.

        There is a Parent Connection at the back of the book that has a piece of scripture. I do wish there were more scripture verses throughout the book. However, I do treasure the parent-child connection. The primary medium is colorful drawings.

        I recommend this book for a quiet time between parent and child.

Disclaimer: "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own."

Review: Jesus Always Devotional

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`Jesus Always` (Embracing Joy in His Presence ~ Large Print) is a 365 day devotional by author Sarah Young.  I prefer the comfortable feel and size of this easy-to-read devotional. The cover is leather soft and very appealing to the eye. Unless otherwise stated Scripture is taken from the New International Version (NIV). Each devotional has a thought of the day, and a few short Bible verses to ingrain it into the mind I appreciate the subdued bit of purple throughout the book which makes it very personal and feminine. It would make a great gift to encourage someone.                                                                                                                                                                 
         My overall feeling of this book: I give it a 5**  Because it is easy to use, helpful and it conveys Biblical truth. I recommend this book to fans of devotionals and/or Sarah Young.

Disclaimer: "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opi…

Review: Midnight Clear

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`Midnight Clear` is the third book of the Huckleberry Lake series by author Autumn MacArthur. Claire, the female protagonist, is a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse. She is in her thirties and still not married. Ryan, the male protagonist, is a good-looking man who loves Claire. However, Claire has a secret she hasn't shared.

        This is an emotional book and therefore I suggest having kleenex close-by. Even so, I liked this clean, wholesome book and I recommend it to all women, married or single. If you're looking for a happily ever after you'll want to read this book. I look forward to reading more by this author and hope this series continues.

Disclaimer: "I was provided a free ARC copy of this ebook. All opinions are my own."
About The Author:
Author bio- Autumn Macarthur is a USA Today bestselling writer of Christian romance. Originally from Australia, she now lives near London with her very English husband (aka The Cat Magnet) and an ever-changing …

Review: Hinds Feet on High Places

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`Hinds Feet on High Places` is an engaging visual journal by author Hannah Hurnard. Illustrated by Jill DeHaan and Rachel McNaughton. It makes a perfect gift for Christmas, birthdays, or any occasion. I was first drawn to this book by the beautiful cover.

        `Hinds Feet on High Places` is an allegory of faith. It is taken from the Bible verse Habakkuk 3:19. In this special gift edition, the reader will find watercolor paintings, photography that captures the eye, and hand-drawn illustrations. Each picture is intended to draw the reader into the book. At the back of the book are pages of beautifully written scripture verses to color.

        I recommend this classic special gift edition to readers who have read the original `Hinds Feet on High Places` or fans of classic books.

Disclaimer: "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own."

Review: Imperfectly Proverbs 31

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`Imperfectly Proverbs 31` is book #2 in the Huckleberry Lake series by Autumn MacArthur.  Reporter Daniel Novak had the task of proving whether Samantha Rose was a perfect Proverbs 31 woman, as her posts on her blog imply, or is she fake. In trying to prove she is the perfect homemaker several funny antics take place. Was her blog a lie? Daniel had to know.

        Even though some may not think she is the best Proverbs  31 woman I admire how she spent time with her nieces, putting learning how to cook lower on the list of things to accomplish. While her neighbor, Liz, was teaching her how to cook I learned a thing, or two. If you're making an all-berry pie you need a whole quart of berries. If you don't have a quart you can make up the difference with apples.

        Daniel was raised by a very strict pastor and wanted nothing to do with a church. All he heard was about God's judgment on man. However, when he decided to go with Samantha he was surprised that the …

Review: Daring to Hope

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`Daring to Hope` is a woman's inspirational book by author Katie Davis Majors, best-selling author of Kisses from Katie (Katie Davis).

Daring to Hope has me excited even from the first few pages as Katie speaks of her everyday life ministering to the people of Uganda. Katie was single when she went to Uganda, a decade ago. She did not intend on staying but God had other plans. And today, even with all the emotional high's and low's she still witnesses to the people of Uganda. This is an emotion-packed book so I suggest the reader keep kleenex close by.

        I reviewed Katie's first book, `Kisses from Katie` and it was a pleasure to catch up with her, again. As a missionary, her family is like any other family. They are filled with love even though the high's and low's of giving birth to the deaths of close friends are a part of their life. Sometimes Katie becomes mad at God because she doesn't receive the answer she wants even though she prayed d…

Review: Calm and Bright

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`Calm & Bright` is book one of the Huckleberry Lake series by author Autumn Macarthur. There are three books in this series. They can all be read as stand-alone or in order. I love this cover  I think it fits the story well.

         Brad Hughes wants to give his marriage to Maddie Calder a second chance.  But would Maddie feel the same way? It's Christmas and Brad has come to spend time with his ex-wife and their son. What could go wrong, or right?

        Brad was a workaholic always trying to climb the social ladder, even if that meant leaving his family to fend for themselves. He was rarely home, especially during holidays. Maddie was more settled in her ways, making her family a priority. Promises were broken, family events missed, disappointments made, can things get any worse? Or will they get better?

        This is a clean story with real-life issues. Sometimes we tend to think a gift, or two will smooth matters over when all we really want is time to be with…

Headlines: Jonathan Cain Of Journey Performs “This Is The Heart Of Christmas”

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Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductee and Journey member Jonathan Cain released his first Christmas solo album, Unsung Noel, amidst wide critical acclaim from Identity Records with The Fuel Music distribution. Available now on CD, as a double audiophile vinyl record and at iTunesApple MusicAmazon.com and more digital retailers globally.

Cain, co-writer of the No. 1 catalog rock song in iTunes’ history, “Don’t Stop Believin’,” as well as writer of “Faithfully” and co-writer of “Who’s Crying Now,” “Open Arms” and many more international hit songs, launched Unsung Noel through an exclusive album and “This Is The Heart Of Christmas” video premiere from Billboard. The album has since went on to gather significant coverage fromCBN NewsABC News Radio, Daystar Television NetworkWorship LeaderSoul 2 Soul RadioThe Christian BeatBroadway World

Review: The Psalms and Proverbs Devotional

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`The Psalms and Proverbs: Devotional for Women` is edited by authors Rhonda Harrington Kelley and Dorothy Kelley Patterson. I love the feel of the imitation leather and the handcrafted design and lettering on the front. Scripture is used from the New King James Version (NKJV), the New International Version (NIV),  English Standard Version (ESV), New American Standard Bible (NASB),   Christian Standard Bible (CSB), and the Holman  Christian Standard Bible (HCSB).

        This would make a great Christmas gift because day 1 rings in the New Year with the title, Prosper in the New Year. In this devotional, the reader is recommended to begin the new year with God. Many people make resolutions at the beginning of the year and many resolutions are broken by the end of the month. Tuning into God's Word for planning the new year is a great place to begin.

        Rhonda Kelley suggests setting attainable goals in each of six areas: spiritual, physical, mental, social, family and…

Headlines:Band Performs First-Ever Ticketed Livestream Event Dec. 18:

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AWARD-WINNING ANNIE MOSES BAND RELEASES CHRISTMAS SINGLES, “O HOLY NIGHT,” “CAROL OF THE BELLS”
Band Performs First-Ever Ticketed Livestream Event Dec. 18: “O Holy Night: Annie Moses Band Christmas Live”
Acclaimed for its fiery string playing and soulful renditions of beloved American songs, Annie Moses Band will perform these new songs and a variety of holiday favorites during its first-ever livestream event, “O Holy Night: Annie Moses Band Christmas Live.” This one-hour online experience will be held Monday, Dec. 18 beginning at 8:00 PM CST (9:00 PM EST) and broadcast directly from the brand new state-of-the-art ManAlive Studios in Franklin, Tenn. Fans internationally may purchase $10 tickets for the event now at www.anniemosesband.com/livestream.


Seven Of 22 Performances Remaining On Annual Christmas With The Annie Moses Band Tour
Fri. Dec. 15, Springfield, MO, Ridgecrest Baptist Church Sat. Dec. 16, Omaha, NE (Council Bluffs, IA), The Arts Center