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A Vivid Imagining of Luke 13:10-17

I haven't read this book yet, but it sure has caught my eye.  I can't wait to get this and read it.  I love Bible history, and imagining the stories and people in the Bible.  Sounds like a very interesting read.   FACE TO FACE A Novel by Catherine Lawton Set in the tumultuous world during Jesus' earthly life, here is a timeless story of suffering, longing, and healing. Conflicts arise between a young woman's devotion to God and the demon that holds her captive; between her attempts to free herself and the judgment and condemnation of others; between the rabbi named Jesus and the legalistic religious leaders; between the daily reality of Roman oppression and the Jewish hopes of a Deliverer-Messiah. A vivid imagining of the account in Luke 13:10-17, where Jesus calls the bent-over woman to himself.   The author, Catherine was born in Colorado and grew up as a pastor's daughter in seven towns up and down the state of California. She has loved to write since she w

Looking Forward to Heaven

This book is a really sweet account of heaven from a small child's perspective.  Oh, to have that child-like faith!   In it Colton's father describes his three year old's son's experience in heaven. He claims to have gone to heaven during an emergency surgery to save his life.  His details on heaven are quite accurate and match up with many details given in Scripture; things a three year old had not yet been taught.  His amazing account of meeting his sister, he didn't know about; and his great grandfather, who passed away before her was born, is very comforting for those of us who have loved ones gone before or possibly even dealt with miscarriages (which was the case with Colton's sister).  I have to say, I guess I do have a bit of skeptic in me but regardless, this book is encouraging and gives many reasons to anticipate heaven.  Sometimes, I think it is easy for us to get comfortable here on earth, possibly not even long to go to heaven. But heaven should be

The Christmas Singing

I am enjoying Cindy Woodsmall's books more and more.  I really like her style of writing.  This book was easy weekend read; a sweet story of love, sacrifice, trust, forgiveness, and much more. Mattie is a cake decorator and also a little distracted. She has suffered many a blow in her life coping with her mother's illness and now a break up with her lifelong childhood friend and sweetheart. His desire to protect her from more suffering has caused her the ultimate suffering, losing the only man she ever really loved.  Although she has moved on in life, started her own business, become successful, and found a new "love", a tragedy, brought about by her distractedness, brings her back to the town of her first love.  Not only must she face him again, confront the problems, and deal with her feelings, but he also, must face the lies he has told to protect her, decide whether to admit the truth, and allow her the freedom to make her own choices.  Will she be able to let go

Kathryn's Fountain

K athryn is resigned to living out her last days at Victorian Manor, a beautiful old home for senior citizens. Then one day something strangely wonderful happens to Kathryn at the garden fountain, and she begins living an adventure beyond her wildest dreams. Love and sacrifice take on new meaning as she involves a social worker and a police detective in carrying out what she believes to be her calling ~ to rescue a street child named Jasmine. The miracle at the fountain brings adventure that bridges the generations with hope and love. Kathryn's Fountain celebrates the gifts that the generations can bring to each other. The conclusion is a resounding affirmation that it's never too late to make a difference! READ FIRST CHAPTER: Dave writes part-time because his full-time calling is to give spiritual leadership and pastoral care to people of the Mayfair-Plymouth Congregational Church in Toledo, Ohio. Dave and his wife, Diann, make their home across the border in southeastern

Frontier Fiction Series

WHITE AS SNOW A Christmas Story (#1 Mysterious Ways) COLORADO TERRITORY - 1864 Y oung Charlie is alone on the ranch that sits between the empty prairie and the Rocky Mountains. As he cares for his dying grandpa and tries to figure out how to survive the winter, he keeps remembering the old man's words: "Failure is not an option, son." As the first storm of the season hits, a mysterious mountain man shows up at the isolated ranch and good things start to happen. But can Charlie learn to trust the giant stranger with his one terrible secret? On Christmas day he learns what trust really means. An entertaining and heartwarming story for the entire family to enjoy during the holiday season and all year. Read Excerpt ROCK OF REFUGE A Frontier Novel #2 Mysterious Ways COLORADO TERRITORY - 1871 C harlie is a young man now with much to learn about himself, the world in which he lives, and the God in whom he has placed his trust. The little ranch at the foot of the Rocki

Ever Blessed, Ever Grateful! & GIVEAWAY!!

I really believe we are sooo blessed and fail to notice it at times.  God has given us so much, yet how often do we fail to thank Him for our blessings?  I know I am blessed, most especially because my name is written in heaven!   My mom, modeling my free apron provided by Dayspring for my review  For November, Dayspring has been so generous to provide not only a free apron for my review but also a $20 giveaway for my readers who enter the contest below.  I love the apron!! It has my motto on it : Ever Blessed, Ever Grateful.  Not only it is beautiful with various neutral fall colors of light greens, cream, and browns, but it is also a reminder to be Thankful this season.  It is 100% cotton and very stylish for entertaining. You can check out the apron  HERE   As I open my doors this year on Thanksgiving to friends and family, I want to be thankful to my Lord for His endless gifts.  And even more special this year my mom and my brother who are both missionaries get to be h

Katie's Choice Review

Katie's Choice is a story about a winsome young woman named Katie who finds herself pregnant, and her hard-living mother, Daria, who pressures her to get an abortion. Katie meets with a nurse in an abortion clinic and speaks to a counselor at a pregnancy resource center. She decides an abortion is her best choice. Katie attempts to move on with her life, start a career, and finds herself falling in love with a Christian man. But her past continues to haunt her. She thought she had chosen freedom and a future; but shame and regret haunt her and keep her inner life a closed book even to the man she loves. Love, truth and grace pursue Katie, though, until her defenses finally crumble. This moving tale of redemption chronicles an emotional journey out of self-loathing and spiritual denial into hope and life-changing love. To read chapter 1 go HERE If you would like to purchase this book it is available from the publisher at's-Choice.html   The author Tra

Intervening With the Divine

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Even though it is fiction it gives real to life consequences of what happens when we, as humans, choose to mess with God's design.  Laura Ann is between a rock and a hard place. Her father is dying of cancer and needs some very expensive medication. The farm which has been in their family for years is in a financial bind due to her father's illness.  To generate the income she doesn't have, she sells her eggs to a reproduction clinic.  Although, she was brought up in church and taught to trust that God would always provide, she gets caught up in the advertisements for the quick cash she needs. Needless to say it wasn't all it was cut out to be.  As the story plot gets deeper, a woman shows up carrying Laura's biological child. In a sad turn of events, Laura has to make some tough choices, and someone else wants her child badly enough to take some very drastic measures. I don't want to give away the whole book, but it is ce

Courageous - Review and Giveaway!!

Four men, one calling: To serve and protect Have you seen the movie Courageous yet???  I haven't, but my daughter got the chance to see it already and several other people I know already saw it too.  They claim it's amazing!  And a tear-jerker I guess, since everyone who has seen it has cried (at least that goes for the ones I have talked to). Dayspring was so generous to send a few things to review that go along with this great movie.  I was privileged to review the Courageous 8x10 Resolution Print and also a pack of ten Dayspring Cards for Men that also were themed after the movie.  Not only was I blessed with this review package, but also permitted to do a giveaway on my blog for these same items.  So, YOU , the reader may also be able to win a set ! You can use this link to check out the Dayspring Courageous products and what will be included in the giveaway.  You can also watch the movie trailer, or if you like you can order your tickets to Courageous online, that is

Thankful for Our Freedom

Although biographies are not usually my first pick,  I really enjoyed reading this book.  In it, Chai Ling tells her story about participating in a student attempt to promote a change for democracy in China. What began peacefully eventually ended in bloodshed and Chai Ling became one of China's most wanted fugitives. Her story of the Tiananmen Square is compelling, exciting and will keep you reading. From beginning to end, her struggles, trials, finding faith in Jesus Christ and coming to understand her purpose in life will captivate your attention. There is also a sad twist to this story...the reality of what is going on in China even today is very heartbreaking.  I learned alot about China, some of their laws, their one child policy, and how girls are viewed more as a problem than an asset to Chinese families. I highly recommend this book.  It is very well written and definitely brings to light many things occurring in China even in today's world. I received