Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Monday, April 28, 2014
I'm also trying to whip up a cake and wrap up a present for my boy who'll turn 14 tomorrow. Wowza. Not quite sure how that happened.
But, best of all, I celebrated with my almost-twelve-year-old daughter yesterday as she was baptized!
Nope. Cannot beat that kind of busyness:)
So I'll see you back here on Wednesday. Enjoy your Monday, friends. Praying God's bottomless blessings on you!
Friday, April 25, 2014
One of the other things I really liked about this book had to do with the plot. Often when a character hides a pregnancy and the father returns on scene, the heroine continues to hide the fact that the child is his until the end. Once revealed, the on-going lie is used as a source of tension and conflict that ultimately pulls the two main characters apart. While Celia hid her pregnancy from Ty, she admits it straight off, and Becky used this different and unique angle to drive the story in a fresh way. I loved seeing Ty win not one, but two hearts of the women (ok, one woman, one girl) he loves.
To learn even more about Becky, visit her website www.beckywade.com
April Bookshelf Giveaway: To say thanks to all of you out there who've "liked" or "followed" my sites (it's such a HUGE help) each month I'm giving away a book from my bookshelf. All you have to do is comment here, on my FB page, or on Twitter, and you'll be entered. I use a random picker to select a name. You have until Wednesday 4/30 at midnight to enter. I'll announce the winner next Friday, and if you're name is selected, you can pick one of the following books for me to send you! Click on their names to see my reviews:)
For Such a Time
Legacy & Love
A Broken Kind of Beautiful
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Monday, April 21, 2014
Friday, April 18, 2014
However...I know of an amazing author whose book came out this week. Which means I'm going to try something different with this week's bookshelf: you get to see what tops my To Be Read (TBR) pile. Here goes!
Fashion is a fickle industry, a frightening fact for twenty-four year old model Ivy Clark. Ten years in and she’s learned a sacred truth—appearance is everything. Nobody cares about her broken past as long as she looks beautiful for the camera. This is the only life Ivy knows—so when it starts to unravel, she’ll do anything to hold on. Even if that means moving to the quaint island town of Greenbrier, South Carolina, to be the new face of her stepmother’s bridal wear line—an irony too rich for words, since Ivy is far from the pure bride in white.
If only her tenuous future didn’t rest in the hands of Davis Knight, her mysterious new photographer. Not only did he walk away from the kind of success Ivy longs for to work maintenance at a local church, he treats her differently than any man ever has. Somehow, Davis sees through the façade she works so hard to maintain. He, along with a cast of other characters, challenges everything Ivy has come to believe about beauty and worth. Is it possible that God sees her—a woman stained and broken by the world—yet wants her still?
All right, here's the part where we normally chat about the book I'm reviewing, but since I haven't read this one yet, I can't do that. What I can do is tell you what an amazing author Katie is. She knows how to weave such depth into her stories with characters that literally leap of the page. I read her debut Wildflowers From Winter and immediately made room on my shelf for her. Her books are the ones that you'll stay up way-too-late to read and be happy you did. They are steeped in emotion, full of heart-fluttering moments, take you to tears and laughs...and always point toward God. Which is why I know I can put this book on my Bookshelf Friday without having read it, because Katie has gained my trust as a reader. I cannot wait to be able to pull it off my shelf and read it. Trust me, it'll be happening soon!
Oh, and just for fun, this week I'm starting a Would You Rather with the authors I have on my bookshelf--totally random and completely all in fun. I'd toyed with coming up with interview questions for people, but this game asks much more earth-shattering questions that I ever could. So here's Katie's question:
Would you rather be able to remember all your dreams forever OR be able to watch your dream on TV the next day?
I was worried I'd pull a question about eating worms or something, but I actually really liked that one:) So what did Katie say?
"As a girl who thinks dreams are fascinating, it is so hard to choose! I think I would have to go with the second option - being able to watch my dreams on TV the next day. Some of my dreams are so bizarre, it would be super entertaining to see them come to life on a screen."
I had to agree with her, as long as I could pick who was going to view my dream, too! What about you? What would you choose? And for anyone looking to pick up Katie's newest book, A Broken Kind of Beautiful can be purchased here.
website or author Facebook page.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Monday, April 14, 2014
This is so where I've been with my writing lately. See, I've been working toward finishing my latest story, and I won't lie...I feel like writing's ugly stepsister. I question my ability, I worry I haven't got what it takes, I think the words I string together just plain old stink.
But God's been calling me on that attitude of late. Reminding me that it's nothing about my ability and ALL about his. Showing me that every time I step out in him, I'm beautiful. What I produce--the end product, lol--is gorgeous, because it's wrapped in HIM.
Which has made me check my tongue at the door. When those wayward thoughts come at me, instead of speaking them, I pull out my sword (the Word of God) and go to battle. I speak LIFE over my calling. I remember that in my weakness, he is strong. That he's called me to a purpose, and that everything HE creates (even the words he flows through me) is stellar. No, not perfect, because my mistakes reflect his mercy and glory and keep me on my knees...but practically perfect in every way.
Yeah. That's Mary Poppins, but you get what I'm saying.
So today, I challenge you to become a warrior in your thoughts. Change your vantage point from the ugly stepsister to a fighter, and go after who you are in Christ.
Knock satan on his butt.
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5
Friday, April 11, 2014
Monday, April 7, 2014
Friday, April 4, 2014
Now, onto today's book...
Oh my goodness...today I'm reviewing Kate Breslin's debut novel. It's a retelling of the story of Esther set during World War II in Nazi Germany, and it sucks you in immediately. Let me give you the blurb and then we can chat.
There was truly so much to love about this book. From the first page, these characters draw you in. Kate did a phenomenal job placing you not only into this time period but also into the camp of Theresienstadt. Although the story of Esther is a familiar one, when placed into another time period, intrigue and conflict abound. Along with love. This is one thing that surprised me the most, how Kate wrote Aric's character and showed his humanity, his struggles, and his heroism. And I loved, loved, loved that while I went in with preconceived notions of what things should happen, this book continually surprised me. I found myself often wondering how it would end--even though I knew the story it was based on.
Kate also shows the story from multiple point-of-views, which sometimes can throw me off, but in this story was used well. I never felt I was taken from Stella and Aric for too long, and seeing what was occurring through others' eyes only reinforced the main story line of their relationship.
By the time I was in the middle of this book, I knew it would find a permanent home on my bookshelf. If you loved Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers, chances are great that you'll love this book too. A timeless story of God's amazing faithfulness retold, yet Kate managed to create an amazing love story of her own between two so unlikely people.
I happily give For Such a Time 5 out of 5 stars, and you can purchase it here.
If you'd like to learn more about Kate, please visit her at her website katebreslin.com