17+ Best Christian Romance Novels, And Should You Read Them?

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Floating hearts backdrop: Best Christian Romance Novels and Should You Read them?

An interesting topic, contemporary Christian romance novels.  There are pros and cons, and I think it’s time we discussed them.   Some people love them, and lose themselves easily between the pages. Others find it both invasive and unrealistic. This debate has a lot of truth on both sides, and I want to do it justice. So please, read the whole post before you decide if Christian romance books are worth reading.         2 Reasons to Beware of Christian Romance Novels    When you read any genre, there are things to pay attention to, caution lights, to … Read More

How to Set Christian Goals: Understanding God’s Grace is Key

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Understanding God's Grace: How to set goals and achieve them

Okay, so this is a little hard to write. I’ve been ‘in church’ since well before I was born. But in over 30 years, I was still childlike in understanding God’s grace and favor. I’ve had the Sunday School answer, a simple, childish acceptance, which is great, but we’re called to a combination of childlike faith and spiritual maturity. (Matthew 18:2-4, Ephesians 4:11-16, Hebrews 6) I didn’t know what I didn’t know. But now I’m excited. Every time I do learn the Biblical or historical meaning of a word, I find my Bible reading time so much richer. It’s something … Read More

Welcome to The Independence Islands (Must Read Christian Beach Reads)

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Christian Beach Reads on a sandy background

Welcome to the Independence Islands. An imaginary set of islands off the coast of Georgia, populated by the imaginary friends of some fun Christian authors. We get to tag along on some fantastic adventures in daily life. These Christian beach reads will challenge your faith muscles, have you laughing and crying, and basically cause you to take an escape from reality that better prepares you for real life. I did receive advance copies of these Christian beach reads and chose to share my honest opinions here. Though I should tell you, it was entirely my choice to make them permanent … Read More

How to Live Royal: Book of Esther Bible Study for Teen Girls

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We get to revisit the book of Esther today! Twice in one year, but totally different, too. Remember when I reviewed Hadassah: Queen Esther of Persia over the summer? I explained then that I had the unique privilege of doing both a sermon series at church And preview a book of Esther Bible study just before reading that fun novel? Well, this is it! I am so happy to introduce you to Aminata and the first Bible study in the Girls of Excellence series. Royal: Life Lessons from the Book of Esther Bible Study What if you could unlock the … Read More

5 Gratitude Journaling Benefits You Need to Know and The Best Gratitude Journal Choices

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Gratitude Journaling Benefits

This fall I started something new. I’ve known the importance of gratitude but now I’m discovering more practical gratitude journaling benefits – And I am loving the process! For at least 15 years now, I’ve kept a (semi-consistent) gratitude text message conversation with 2 friends, and have seen first-hand the gratitude journaling benefits that has provided. Because there were days when one of us {read me} was in a funk, and got mad when someone else remembered to start the conversation, so we {I} ‘had’ to come up with something to be grateful for. Oh the drama! But its been worth it. The … Read More

6 Queen Esther Characteristics We Should Be Practicing Now

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Queen Esther Characteristics

Which Queen Esther Characteristics are the most worthwhile and transformative? And How did Hadassah in the Bible become so captivating? Hadassah, Queen Esther of Persia. Who was she? Did she really exist? Was King Xerxes truly so in love with her that he was willing to find a way to save a whole people group? And what’s the deal with Mordechai and Haman?? Let’s take a look at 6 vital Queen Esther characteristics that we would all benefit from practicing now, and then I’ll share a few of my favorite Christian Fiction stories of Hadassah in the Bible, AKA Queen … Read More

3 Top Christian Resources Full of Hope, Science and Scripture for Depression

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Science and Scripture for Depression

If you, or someone you love, is struggling to overcome depression, whether it’s a small thing or a major issue, you need more than just Christian platitudes. Even depression scripture can be misused and misapplied by well meaning people in a most unhelpful way. There is power and hope in trusting Scripture for depression coping strategy. Science and scripture can work together in practical ways to overcome depression and other issues. Today, I would like to share 3 top Christian resources to combat depression scripture based, scientifically proven, and worth your time! The Book that Links Science and Scripture For … Read More

13 Best Christian Fairy Tale Retellings for Adults and Teens

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Without a doubt, these talented authors will whisk you into a wonderland of Christian fairy tale retellings in a modern setting, as historical fiction, and a devotional! The classic, timeless tales will come alive in new ways in these fairy tales with a modern twist of faith reminding you of the One True King, who died for you, his princess. Christian Fairy Tale Devotional: Unraveling Fairytales First, I would like to share an awesome short powerful devotional whose purpose is retelling fairy tales through a Christ-centered lens. Unraveling Fairytales takes 10 weeks (5 Devos Each) to explore famous fairy tales … Read More

Faith in a Box: 15 Great Christian Subscription Boxes

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Faith in a box: Christian subscription boxes

I certainly don’t want to keep my faith in a box, do you? But receiving Christian subscription boxes would mean opening the box and setting that faith free to do its work, right? Getting monthly packages full of Christian encouragement, books and apparel, etc. would be awesome! I recently discovered the wonders of the Christian subscription box, and couldn’t wait to share them with you! 3 Benefits of Faith in a Box Recharge Your Faith: When you receive Christian subscription boxes and USE what comes, you give yourself a great opportunity to recharge your faith and reconnect with your Creator. … Read More