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

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

Scrumptious Independence: One Woman’s Quest for More

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Scrumptious Independence

We begin our lives totally dependent on others. Learning how to become independent as we grow up takes time, and can be made much more difficult if parents want to control or live vicariously through you. Venturing of on your own can be scary, but sometimes it’s the only way. Today’s Contemporary Christian Fiction book review features a young lady whose life takes an unexpected turn, causing her to become a strong independent woman, but the journey is far from smooth! About the Book: Scrumptious Indepenence “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” And so is Beth’s cooking! It’s … Read More

10 Biblical Convictions To Live By In Everyday Life

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Biblical Convictions: When God Convicts Your Heart

How do you live your Biblical Convictions? When God convicts your heart of something in particular, whether he wants you to stop doing something, or maybe step up and act, do you follow Him? I have to admit I don’t, always, but I’m doing better. And the book we’re going to highlight today, well, it’s a ton of fun, but it will absolutely challenge you to stand up and act on some of your Biblical convictions. When God Convicts Your Heart: Biblical Convictions To Live By When God convicts your heart, whether it’s something big or small, you’ll regret it … Read More

Oh, Gracious: A Modern Old Fashioned Relationship!

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Wondering if an old fashioned relationship would still work in the modern world? Do you want to see one lived out in all its old fashioned values? Well, Grace and Nolan have a few things to tell you. No. Not tell you. Show you. Because a good story shows the actions, relationships and feelings, instead of just telling you what happened. And Oh, Gracious is definitely a good story, with more than one wonderful old fashioned relationship, showing how old fashioned values never go out of style! About This Old Fashioned Relationship Story Book:  Oh, Gracious! Author: Chautona Havig Genre:  Christian fiction, contemporary … Read More

How to Find Joy: 2 Tools for Finding Joy In The Lord

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Yellow Background, Finding Joy: It's a Choice, It's a Lifestyle

“Finding Joy” by J.C. Lafler is a story about the challenge of finding joy in life’s most trying circumstances, and corresponding verses in the Bible that lead us to choose joy.

This book is inspiring, and filled with hope in the midst of trials. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a light read, willing to accept a personal challenge, and not afraid of a few tears!

The Painted Castle: Kristy Cambron’s Castle Series is The Best!

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A trip to The Painted Castle should do us all some good! Kristy Cambron does an excellent job with the travel arrangements! I mean, traveling about the world, and back and forth through time should be exhausting. But Kristy takes us on the adventure with a smile and a wink, and the only jetlag involved is that which comes from staying up too late reading (again)!!! (Who, me? Would I do such a thing?? Yes. Absolutely! 100%) This book is on tour with Celebrate Lit, and we are privileged to share a spotlight from them. I also received a copy … Read More

Do You Have the Courage of Your Convictions Today?

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Come and experience a lesson in how to stand by your convictions in the latest book from Chautona Havig: Hashtag Rogue. To have the courage of your convictions is not easy, but well worth doing! I’m a long-time fan of Chautona’s work, for several reasons. First, because everything I’ve read of hers (yes, even her one kids Christmas story that’s Santa-based) makes me think and grow as a Christian. Second, she writes well, and she writes a lot!! I think she publishes between 4-6 books a year. And she’s generous. Most Fridays she offers one of her books for free!! … Read More

Carrie Stuart Parks Latest Novel: Fragments of Fear

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Carrie Stuart Parks latest book, Fragments of Fear is one that pulls you in. You are not likely to be a passive bystander with this book! Tavish the grieving artist will take you with her to places you would not expect, and with determination that surprises even herself. I’m not sure how it all works, but Celebrate Lit book tours are great fun to be a part of!  About the Book: Fragments of Fear Book: Fragments of Fear Author: Carrie Stuart Parks Genre: Suspense Release date: July 23, 2019 From award-winning author Carrie Stuart Parks comes a new novel with danger that reaches from … Read More

Culture Shock: How One Girl Challenges Assumptions

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I’ve seen Culture Shock examples a few times, but until I read Past Forward, I had no idea how many cultural assumptions there are in my own life! Nothing quite as dramatic as Willow’s but: If you want me to know something, you will tell me. (drives a few people in my family crazy, because they ask me questions and all I can say is “I don’t know, I didn’t ask” ) It’s hard to Enjoy downtime  because my brain is thinking of all the things I “should” be doing. I’m still trying to connect the Christian churches in the … Read More