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A Must Read for your Tween Daughter October 15, 2013

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discover truthMy Name is Erin: One Girl’s Journey to Discover the Truth:

Is truth real? How do you define truth? What happens when your definition of truth is not the same as your best friend? Or your parents? Whose truth becomes the real truth?
See a problem?
The culture says truth can change. God’s Word says Truth is solid.
In My Name is Erin: One Girls Journey to Discover Truth you will be guided by Erin to learn
-Truth is not defined by your circumstances, your heart, or your mind
-Truth can be discovered – not created
-How to protect yourself and your friends with Truth
-Lies that masquerade as Truth
-How to make invisible spy ink

discover who she itMy Name is Erin: One Girl’s Journey to Discover Who She Is:

Come meet Erin. Like you she has struggled with many questions about being a girl.

Why does it matter that God created men and women?

Why did God make guys and girls so different?

Why does gender (that’s just a fancy word for the traits that make girls girls and boys boys) matter anyway?

So, she set out on a journey to learn who she is. From the only place she could – God’s Word. After all, He was the one who made her and the only One who could really answer her questions.

And she learned that whether you’re a mega tomboy, a pretty-pretty princess, or someone somewhere in between, God has a plan for your girlhood that goes way beyond ribbons and curls. You were made to bring God glory and the purpose of your design is to point to Him.

make a differenceMy Name is Erin: One Girl’s Mission to Make a Difference:

Do you often wonder why? Why am I here? Do I serve a purpose? God says yes. No matter your age or your circumstances – you have a powerful purpose. Do you have a passion for something? The poor? A country? Justice?  Because you are in school doesn’t mean you can’t do something about it now. Your purpose and your passion intersect. For a reason. Read My Name is Erin: One Girl’s Mission to Make a Difference and:

  • Discover and replace your fake purpose with your real purpose.
  • Learn how to stop waiting and live as a mission-minded girl NOW.
  • Be inspired by stories of girls like you that said “Yes, Lord.”

radical fathMy Name is Erin: One Girl’s Plan for Radical Faith:

Maybe you’ve had a moment-a time in your history when God did something radical in your heart. Putting your faith and trust in Him certainly feels like taking a giant leap, but really it’s just the beginning of the exciting, and-yes-radical journey that comes with agreeing to live as God calls you to.
What does being radical look like? In the Bible, the common characteristics are:
* They trusted God.
* They listened to God’s voice and then obeyed-even when it cost them.
* Because of their faith, they lived lives that looked different from everyone else’s.
That’s a short list and a tall order, but basically it means you can be a radical too. There’s nothing on that list that is impossible for you. There’s nothing on that list that requires you to be older, or more financially stable, or to have a college degree. No matter who you are or where you live you can live a radical faith.
Meet Erin, she has learned practical ways to do just that.

My thoughts:

This is an awesome series for your tween. I would say eleven to fourteen(ish)-year-olds would enjoy these books.

Erin writes in a way that will resonate with young girls. She doesn’t shy away from tough issues but doesn’t go places that would make moms uncomfortable either.

I love that the books has places for reflection for the girls to actually write in the book and think about what they are reading.

The books are small and cute (just what a girl likes) and a quick read. For me I could read each book in about an hour but for my daughter I would suggest reading a chapter a day so she can reflect on each chapter.

As always, I think reading it with your daughter or before you give her the books will give you a greater benefit so you can have conversations with her about what she is reading.

If you are looking for ways to open up conversation between you and your tween (and what mom isn’t?) this could be what you are looking for. I highly recommend this series 🙂

Grab your copies at your local book store, Amazon, Barnes and Noble,, or Books-A-Million.

Visit Erin’s website here. A great place for moms and girls.

Copies of these books were given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


Review and Giveaway: Dangerous Passage by Lisa Harris October 14, 2013

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Dangerous Passage


Lisa Harris

From the back cover:

When two Jane Does are killed on the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia, detective and behavioral specialist Avery North discovers they share something in common–a tattoo of a magnolia on their shoulders. Suspecting a serial killer, Avery joins forces with medical examiner Jackson Bryant to solve the crimes and prevent another murder. But it doesn’t take long for them to realize that there is much more to the case than meets the eye. As they venture deep into a sinister world of human trafficking, Avery and Jackson are taken to the very edge of their abilities–and their hearts.

My thoughts and giveaway:

A read a review on this book by another reviewer before I read Dangerous Passage. I find I usually agree with this reviewer so when I read a not-so-great review I was expecting not to like this book very much.

I was wrong.

I really enjoyed this book and think Lisa Harris is a great author. She had me flipping pages to the point that I was surprised when I was halfway done and then when I only had fifty more pages to go I was dying to know how she would wrap this up.

Both of the main characters are great. Avery is a strong, career-minded woman who is very busy (what woman can’t relate?) but wants to give time to her daughter and to Jackson, the guy she has been dating.

Jackson adores Avery and will do whatever it takes to protect her and win her heart.

This book has romance, action and suspense and I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys this type of read.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble,, Deeper Shopping or Books-A-Million.

Visit Lisa’s website here.

To win a copy leave a comment by October 20th  at 5:00 pm to be entered in the drawing. (U.S. residents only)

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


Highly Recommended October 11, 2013

Filed under: Melissa's devotions/articles — Melissa Finnegan @ 10:03 am
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Before I share today’s thought, I just wanted to let you know there will be no post next Friday. I will be serving on a Walk to Emmaus. Pray for all the women who will be there, it will be an unforgetable experience for them.

I was at a music conference many years ago and saw one of my old professors. I had been with her all through my undergraduate work. She watched me student teach and then she wrote a letter of recommendation for me. She was very impressed with all the growth I had made through the years and thought I would make an excellent elementary music teacher.

I looked right at her and she didn’t know who I was. Now maybe if I went up to her and asked her she would have remembered me but I am a quiet person and didn’t say anything.

I am sure we all have done this. We know someone so well but then you go years without seeing them and then don’t even know who they are.

The sad part is, we do the same think to God. When we first come to know Him we are so excited we want to share the good news with everyone.

We “highly recommend” this Jesus person. We see Him at work in our lives in other’s lives. We know Him when we see Him. 

But after a few years, the newness wears off. We stop talking about Him to anyone who will listen, we don’t want to offend anyone. We stop seeing Him work in our lives. 

Before we know it years have passed and we haven’t seen Him and the fact of the matter is we wouldn’t even recognize Him if we did because we have gotten so far away from Him that WE have changed. 

Not him.  Jesus never changes, He never moves, He is the same yesterday, today and forever.  

But we change. We allow the things in this world to take us away from Him. We don’t know notice when He is standing right in front of us, looking at us.  And like me with my old professor, He isn’t going to jump in your face and force you to look at Him.

Do you still see God everywhere you look? He is there. Do you still highly recommend him to others? You should. Don’t allow yourself to get so far away that you don’t even see Him anymore or recognize him when He is standing  right in front you. 

He’s smiling kindly, He’s thinking…remember me, we were once very close, I want to be close again, I am here waiting, whenever you are ready, I am here.

If this is you I urge you to look around and see Him, He is right there beside you.  Do you recognize Him?

Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And at that moment he disappeared! Luke 24:31 NLT

Where you are seeing Jesus in your life right now? Please share, we love hearing about it 🙂


Review and Giveaway: An Honest Heart by Kaye Dacus October 9, 2013

Filed under: Book Reviews — Melissa Finnegan @ 10:02 am
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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Honest Heart
B&H Books (October 15, 2013)by
Kaye Dacus


Humor, Hope, and Happily Ever Afters! Kaye Dacus is the author of humorous, hope-filled contemporary and historical romances with Barbour Publishing, Harvest House Publishers, and B&H Publishing. She holds a Master of Arts in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, is a former Vice President of American Christian Fiction Writers, and currently serves as President of Middle Tennessee Christian Writers. Kaye lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she is a full-time academic advisor and part-time college composition instructor for Bethel University.

Kaye Dacus (KAY DAY-cuss) is an author and educator who has been writing fiction for more than twenty years. A former Vice President of American Christian Fiction Writers, Kaye enjoys being an active ACFW member and the fellowship and community of hundreds of other writers from across the country and around the world that she finds there. She currently serves as President of Middle Tennessee Christian Writers, which she co-founded in 2003 with three other writers. Each month, she teaches a two-hour workshop on an aspect of the craft of writing at the MTCW monthly meeting. Kaye lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she is an academic advisor and English Composition instructor for Bethel University.


Set during the Industrial Revolution and the Great Exhibition of 1851, An Honest Heart is a “sitting-room romance” with the feel of a Regency-era novel but the fashions and technological advances of the mid-Victorian age.

Featuring dual romance stories, the main plot involves seamstress Caddy Bainbridge and the choice she must make between two men: one from the aristocracy, the other from the working class. Award-nominated author Kaye Dacus pinpoints the theme of honesty—both men in this love triangle have deep secrets to hide, and Caddy’s choice will be based on which of them can be honest with her.

Courtship . . . cunning . . . candor. Who possesses an honest heart?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Honest Heart, go HERE

My thoughts and giveaway:

An Honest Heart is the second book in  The Great Expedition series. This is also the second book I have read by Kaye Dacus and I have to say I might have found another favorite historical romance writer.

Although this book is the second you will not feel lost if you haven’t read the first. I didn’t realize this until I started reading the book, but it runs at the same as the other book took place, just from different characters perspectives. I loved visiting the characters from the first book and remembering what was going on in their lives while I was reading the new book.

Caddy Bainbridge, the heroine, is a lovely character. She’s a strong woman who is career minded and knows what she wants…kind of 🙂 Of course she is a bit confused when it comes to the two men in her life vying for her attention.

Speaking of those two men, there is the doctor, Neal and the high and mighty, Oliver.

Neal has secrets that is keeping him from giving his heart to Cadence. This will keep you reading so you can find out what it is he is running away from.

Oliver merely wants Caddy’s attention to say he can have it, his motives aren’t pure in the least. You will find yourself flipping pages and hoping Cadence sees through his lies.

An Honest Heart is a great read for anyone who likes historical romance and I highly recommend grabbing a copy.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble,, Deeper Shopping or Books-A-Million.

Visit Kaye’s website here.

Win a copy by leaving a comment by October 15th at 5:00 pm. (U.S. residents only)

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


Can You Find Grace in 40 Days? October 8, 2013

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40 days

40 Days of Grace


Rich Miller

From the back cover:

Rich Miller has spent his ministry trying to help people accept, and then keep accepting, God’s perfect grace. As president of Freedom in Christ Ministries he helped develop the Grace Course which teaches this concept. In 40 Days of Grace, he has gathered his lifetime of reflections into devotional readings that thoroughly explore what it means to live a grace-filled life.

Rich has seen, time and time again, that so many of us start out excited and grateful for God’s saving, rescuing grace, and yet somehow we take a wrong turn. It’s as if we gradually get tricked into believing that somewhere God changed the rules and it’s actually up to us to make the Christian life work. We are drawn into self-effort and forget what it is to live by grace.
40 Days of Grace is a powerful reminder of the Father who loves us and runs to meet His wayward children–a chance to rest in His grace.

My thoughts:

The funny thing about this book was that I often felt like I wasn’t getting anything out of it but then as I would talk to my Bible study group I would remember something I read that totally applied and share it with them.

This book is full of nuggets of wisdom. Little things you will grasp and not want to let go of.

I discovered, through this book. that I really don’t have a very good understanding of grace and I still feel unworthy of what I do understand.

I really liked when the author talked about guilt is a fact not a feeling. Wow. So often as a child I felt guilty. Now I know I felt that way because of abuse done to me, but I wasn’t guilty. You can be guilty and never feel that way. This is a nugget I will remember.

I enjoyed how the author used a very relaxed tone with his prayers at the end of each days reading. They sounded like something I would cry out, not forced and fake.

A good book for a deeper look at God’s grace.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble or

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


Dark Justice by Brandilyn Collins October 7, 2013

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Dark Justice
B&H Books (October 1, 2013)
Brandilyn Collins


Brandilyn Collins is a best-selling novelist known for her trademark Seatbelt Suspense®. These harrowing crime thrillers have earned her the tagline “Don’t forget to b r e a t h e . . .”® Brandilyn’s first book, A Question of Innocence, was a true crime published by Avon in 1995. Its promotion landed her on local and national TV and radio, including the Phil Donahue and Leeza talk shows. Brandilyn’s awards for her novels include the ACFW Carol Award (three times), Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice.

Brandilyn is also known for her distinctive book on fiction-writing techniques, Getting Into Character: Seven Secrets a Novelist Can Learn From Actors (John Wiley & Sons). The Writer magazine named Getting into Character one of the best books on writing published in 2002.

When she’s not writing, Brandilyn can be found teaching the craft of fiction at writers’ conferences.


If I’d had any idea what those words would mean to me, to my mother and daughter, I’d have fled California without looking back.

While driving a rural road, Hannah Shire and her aging mother, who suffers from dementia, stop to help a man at the scene of a car accident. The man whispers mysterious words in Hannah’s ear. Soon people want to kill Hannah and her mother for what they “know.” Even law enforcement may be involved.

The two women must flee for their lives. But how does Hannah hide her confused mother? Carol just wants to listen to her pop music, wear her favorite purple hat, and go home. And if they turn to Hannah’s twentyseven- year-old daughter, Emily, for help, will she fall into danger as well?

Pressed on all sides, Hannah must keep all three generations of women in her family alive. Only then does she learn the threat is not just to her loved ones, but the entire country . . .

If you’d like to read the first chapter of Dark Justice, HERE.

My thoughts:

If you have read Brandilyn Collins do I really need to say more than her name?

This is only the second book I have read by her. I loved the first and hoped I would love the second.

I do.

Brandilyn knows how to write page turning suspense so well, it is A-mazing.

Hannah, your main character, is overwhelmed with taking care of her mother who suffers from dementia. She is headed home from a good weekend with her mom when they come upon an accident. The man they find laying on the side of the road says things that don’t really make sense but Hannah’s mother is convinced they must do what he asked.

Soon strangers are knocking at Hannah’s door claiming to be the FBI but something doesn’t feel right. Before Hannah can get a good nights sleep she is packing her mother up and running from her home.

If you like suspense with strong female characters you will love this book. You really need to grab a copy and getting reading — with the lights on so you don’t get scared 🙂

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble,, Deeper Shopping or Books-a-Million.

Visit Brandilyn’s website here.

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for an honest review.


Lord, I Need You October 4, 2013

Filed under: Cool videos — Melissa Finnegan @ 10:00 am
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prayer-close1[2]Hi everyone.

Since I still don’t have a Genesis 5020 for you (hint, hint) and I will run out of devotions if I keep posting them every week I thought I would share a video with you today. I might do that every other week or so, we’ll see.

I would love a Genesis 5020 and I know you have one. Has God been asking you to share and you are ignoring Him? Is now the time to listen? Share your story at: 5020genesisstories(at)gmail(dot)com

Anyway, I love Matt Maher’s song Lord, I Need You but I also love how it reminds me of the hymn I grew up singing I Need Thee Every Hour. I found this video of the hymn. It is so beautiful and gives me chills. Hope you enjoy it! Sit back and worship.

You can find it here.

What do you need God for right now? What are you asking Him for? Strength, hope, faith, love, joy?