But God: Choose Faith Over Fear and Rejoice!

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Life can be scary and full of stressful things, whether natural like hurricanes and tornadoes and viruses, or manmade like terrorist activities and wars. But the God who created the world HAS NOT ABANDONED US! I’ve always been fascinated by the many times in Scripture where something awful is happening and then, my 2 favorite words:   But God (But The Lord)   But Jesus   Then the whole story changes. There is rescue. There is hope. A miracle. We can choose Faith over Fear, and REJOICE   What does that mean, though? Well, let’s look at a few of my favorite scriptures, … Read More

What Makes a True Friend? Visit the Land of Twilight and See

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Middle school is a tough age. (And probably every age group after that, too…) When you’re going through all of that, you really need a friend. But what makes a true friend? How would you describe a true friend in 10 words or less? And then, the hardest question. Do you show any of the qualities of a true friend yourself? Journey to Twilight with 6th Graders Lorna and Sam to find out more!

#1 New Wizard of Oz Allegory: No Space Like Home

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Swirling Starfield

I’ve encountered more than one Wizard of Oz allegory in my life, and more than one of them has been very Sci-fi in nature. I especially enjoyed the movie on the Sci-fi network a few years (decades) back. I have to say, though, that today’s book, No Space Like Home is by far the best. This book takes on a Wizard of Oz Allegory with both futuristic/spacetravel fun, and the Good Shepherd into the bargain. It’s like a perfect collection of my favorite elements! Were you a fan of the Wizard of Oz movie growing up? I’m sure the splash … Read More

Finding Joy In The Lord (and a Great Book!)

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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!

100+ Best Middle-Grade Books of All Time

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Today let’s talk about how to determine the best middle-grade books of all time. (and yes, I plan on tackling a quality high school reading list soon, too) The Best middle-grade books of all time are timeless – the story isn’t so bogged down in some issue that would not apply 20 years later. Ageless: Tthe best books for middle school students are truly enjoyable (and understandable by) 1st graders and grownups alike. The best middle-grade books of all time are personable – it is easy to connect with the characters, both the kids and the adults. Moral lessons discovered, … Read More

Can You Untangle The Glittering Web of Deception?

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Today is #ChristianBooktober, Day 14: Enter a web of deception in The Glittering Web by Richard and Linda Nathan. This futuristic fiction delves into some deep territory! We can far too easily be deceived by what’s normal and accepted if we’re not careful in our study of the Word of God! I have not read the book, but I believe it’s worth spotlighting here. If I’m not mistaken, it will give any reader much to think about. If you enter the giveaway, you have a chance of winning a copy of The Glittering Web to read for yourself!  About This … Read More

Stitches in Time By Susan Woods Fisher

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Stitches in Time

It’s #ChristianBooktober Day 4: Stitches in Time. This Amish Fiction novel has a Foster-Family theme. During #ChristianBooktober, we get to check out all kinds of different books through Celebrate Lit Spotlights. I was able to get a copy of Stitches in Time from NetGalley, and I was very impressed. There’s so much more to this story than I thought at first! The last book I read by Susan Woods Fisher, Phoebe’s Light, was fantastic, so I knew that I would like this one is too! I am entering the giveaway down at the bottom of the post, I hope you … Read More

The Trouble with Nancy & The Pony Express

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Welcome! It’s #ChristianBooktober Day 3: The Trouble with Nancy Oh, boy, you are in for something of a wild ride here! I don’t know about you but I grew up watching Disney Channel movies in the late 90s / early 2000s. Movies like Motocrossed. If you enjoyed that movie, where a girl pretends to be her brother in a physically demanding and dangerous situation for a very good cause, then you’ll love The Trouble with Nancy. Just add the Pony Express! ? I received an advance copy of The Trouble with Nancy from the author. Since I am Not officially … Read More

Haven of Rest: Trusting God in the Midst of Trials

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Haven of Rest trusting God in the Midst of Trials

#ChristianBooktober 2019, Day 2: Haven of Rest. If you’re looking for a great example of trusting God in the midst of trials, read this book! This bit of Biblical fiction is very believable, funny, sad and makes you think. As part of #ChristianBooktober, Haven of Rest is one book that I chose to purchase myself. I did not receive anything from Celebrate Lit, as I did not officially sign up for the tour. All thoughts are my own, and I truly enjoyed it! (Bet you would never have guessed I picked a new Biblical Fiction Author for the first book … Read More

Will you Stand by Your Convictions? Hashtag Rogue

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Hashtag Rogue cover

Come and experience a lesson in how to stand by your convictions in the latest book from Chautona Havig: Hashtag Rogue. 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!! Go by her website and sign up for her emails if you want to … Read More