Meet the “Wannabe” Matchmaker’s Best Friend

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Matchmaker's Best Friend By Kari Trumbo, Tour Banner

Today’s Celebrate Lit tour has an awesome giveaway, a bit too much self-sacrifice, and enough humor to get you through. Matchmaker’s Best Friend is a frustrating story. I imagine it was frustrating to write, when you’d rather knock a few heads together! Though if you read the note from Kari below, she didn’t see it quite the same way. I really liked Mike. His heart is huge, and he’s not afraid to be uncomfortable in his desire to help others. He stands firm in his faith, and isn’t willing to compromise. But his communication skills with Pen left them in … Read More

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

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Book of Esther Bible Study for Teen Girls

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 for teen girls 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 for Teen Girl … Read More

Heart Pressed: An Unforgettable Celebrate Lit Sweet Romance

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Heart Pressed, Independence Islands Romeo and Juliette

A little happier of a Romeo and Juliette story, today’s Celebrate Lit tour, Heart Pressed, is a delightful read. Part of the Independence Islands series, this standalone contemporary Christian fiction romance will give you all the good feelings, plus challenge you in your faith walk at the same time. And don’t forget the giveaway at the bottom of the post, it’s well worth your time! About the Book Book:  Heart Pressed Author: Melissa Wardwell Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance Release date: February 23, 2021 Crushes are great for grapes, wine, and romance—not so great for hearts. The Sweetheart Festival, an Elnora Island institution, has sparked … Read More

I Prayed for Patience-God Gave Me Children: Review

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I Prayed for Patience, God Gave Me Children

Today’s Celebrate Lit Christian book tour features a unique devotional: I Prayed for Patience, God Gave Me Children This is perfect for parents, but is also great for any child of the King, whether you have kids of your own, or not! And you don’t want to miss the giveaway, either! About the Book Book:  I Prayed for Patience, God Gave Me Children Author: Linda Wood Rondeau Genre: Non-fiction Release date: Second Edition 2019 God indeed has a sense of humor. He chose children to teach us too-smart adults what it means to be his child, the very special relationship the believer enjoys with … Read More

Managing Expectations in Relationships: 8 Great Christian Books That Help

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Managing expections in relationships and the Christian books that can help.

My small group did a study on the book The Bait of Satan by John Bevere a couple of years ago. It went a long way towards helping me in managing my expectations in relationships with others. The subtitle of the book is “Living Free from the Deadly Trap of Offense.” When you think about it, we tend to get offended most when our expectations aren’t lived up to. We take it as a personal affront. If your baby pulled your hair or throws food, you do not take offense. You don’t expect them to behave any other way, they … Read More

Describe Your Faith with these 5 Questions

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Has someone asked you to Describe your faith, and you end up feeling like a deer caught in the headlights? I was challenged by the personal profiles in this week’s Celebrate Lit book tour. Taking out the purely romantic/matchmaking questions, <which are incredibly valuable in their own right> the profile asks some really good questions. Questions like “Describe your faith” or “what is your biggest fault?” I want to dig into that with you guys. But first, the book: About the Book Book: Thirty Days Hath Author: Chautona Havig Genre: Christian fiction, contemporary romance Release Date: Revised edition, Feb 26, … Read More

What is Lent? Plus 12 Best Books For Lent Season

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Best Books for Lent: Easter Books for adults

What is Lent? As a Southern Baptist from before I was born, I didn’t really get it. I mean, why do we celebrate Lent? Isn’t Lent season a Catholic thing? But my current church home isn’t Baptist. And a very dear friend is a Methodist. So I’ve had more exposure to Lent in recent years. And the more I’ve pressed in to the question of what is Lent, the more I value many aspects of the lent season. And of course, I had to come up with a solid list of books for Lent, because that’s who I am. A … Read More

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