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

An Emotional Baggage Check: Laugh, Love, and Look in the Mirror

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Emotional baggage check: Baggage is everywhere, and yet we’re often surprised by the effects of it.   It gets packed by us, and by others. We carry it around and as miserable as it makes us, it’s reassuring because it is familiar.   Then sometimes our baggage gets a little bit too full and heavy, so it explodes on those around us.   Making sure that we go see the Baggage Handler* with all types of emotional baggage is the best way to deal with our baggage.     ? Please note that this post contains affiliate links for your convenience.  If … Read More

Premeditated Serendipity: Can There Possibly Be Such A Thing?

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Premeditated Serendipity is today’s treat: an unforgettable read that handles forgiveness and second chances. And Wayne’s explanation of Daisies is awesome! About the Book Title: Premeditated Serendipity Author: Chautona Genre: Christian romance Release date: November 16, 2017 …make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you. ~ I Thessalonians 4:11 That’s all Reid wanted to do–just serve the Lord for a year before concerning himself with anything else. Yeah, the idea came from an odd “prophesy” one of the watchmen of Fairbury’s new Prayer Room spoke over him. … Read More

The Vintage Wren Confessions: One Reluctant Year of Green

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Thanks to Celebrate Lit, I get to review The Vintage Wren, which is a young woman’s personal 52 Week Challenge to go “Green” for a year. I’m excited to share this one with you guys! *Please note that this post contains affiliate links for your convenience. If you make a purchase through one, I may make a small commission at no additional cost to you. I did receive a free copy of the book, which does not influence my review. I share with you my honest opinions. About The Vintage Wren Book Title: the Vintage Wren Volume 1 Author: Chautona Havig Genre: Christian / … Read More

The Hidden Treasure of Jews in Austria

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I love historical fiction. It opens up new experiences. For example, in today’s book, Hidden Among the Stars, where we meet the Jews in Austria before World War II. Such a tough time in history, that was. Normal everyday people got caught in the chaos of the war. On both sides. The Jews were definitely targeted harder than most, as our enemy the devil has it out for God’s chosen people. I have not studied much about Austria, aside from my mom’s favorite movie, The Sound of Music. (Yes, I realize that great liberties were taken, and it’s nothing like … Read More

Just for Mom: 21 Days of Joy Devotional

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21 Days of Joy celebrates moms in a short story #devotional

One more Celebrate Lit Book Review for you, 21 Days of Joy, a short story devotional that is pretty much unforgettable! About the Book Title: 21 Days of Joy Author: Kathy Ide Genre: Non-fiction, Devotional Release Date: April 1, 2016 Tour Dates: April 28 – May 11 Oh, the joys—and struggles—of motherhood! 21 Days of Joy honors mothers of all varieties. Biological moms. Adoptive moms. Stepmothers. Grandmothers. Godmothers. “Second moms.” Even men who “mother” children when circumstances put them in that position. Whether you are a mother, have one, or know one, these heartwarming fictional stories will touch your soul and help you see that you are … Read More