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Worth Living For — Twice! January 19, 2018

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As little girls we all long to be noticed. We twirl, we dance, we look our best. We long for our daddies to notice his little princess and to let us know he sees us. We thrive on this and sadly, it becomes part of our identity as adults. If we didn’t find that affirmation from our daddies we go looking at it from someone else, usually other men. But our quest to get noticed is never satisfied, we are always lefts wondering, “Am I noticed? Am I worth living for?”

My answer to those questions was “no.” My father told me many times that he had “no reason to live.”

This broke my heart. I wanted to ask him, “Aren’t I enough reason to live daddy?” But I never did and I lived my life trying to find someone who thought I was worth living for. As you can imagine I was never satisfied with any answer I received.

Then, one day, as I was mulling over the comment my father made to me over 20 years ago, I heard my Heavenly Father whisper my long-awaited answer. This is what He said, “Melissa, not only are you worth living for, but you are worth dieing for and living for again.” My heartbeat quickened as this truth sunk in. All this time the truth was right before me. What my earthly father could not confirm in my heart my Heavenly Father confirmed in me twice over.

This truth is not just for me but also for all of you who have ever questioned if you are worth living for. Think about your Heavenly Father and you will get your answer. You are so worth living for He lived for you twice, and even further than that He died for you so he could live with you forever.

That is the truth each us needs to embrace and live with. You are worth living for — twice!

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The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay January 18, 2018

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Mary Davies finds safety in her ordered and productive life. Working as an engineer, she genuinely enjoys her job and her colleagues – particularly a certain adorable and intelligent consultant. But something is missing. When Mary’s estranged childhood friend, Isabel Dwyer offers her a two-week stay in a gorgeous manor house in England, she reluctantly agrees in hopes that the holiday will shake up her quiet life in just the right ways.

But Mary gets more than she bargained for when Isabel loses her memory and fully believes she lives in Jane Austen’s Bath. While Isabel rests and delights in the leisure of a Regency lady, attended by the other costume-clad guests, Mary uncovers startling truths about their shared past, who Isabel was, who she seems to be, and the man who now stands between them.

Outings are undertaken, misunderstandings play out, and dancing ensues as this company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation, work out their lives and hearts.

My thoughts:

I have heard a lot of good things about Katherine’s books but I haven’t read them yet so I thought I would give this one a shot. I was really looking forward to it because I do enjoy some Austen.

I was disappointed. I didn’t really get into this for whatever reason. I really don’t know why exactly. I didn’t find the characters overly likable. I really struggled with the main characters best friend, Isabel. I didn’t like her much at all and couldn’t get a feel for what was going on with her. She was too moody for me. I also feel too much was told. There were times I didn’t know Isabel was in a bad mood except for Mary telling me she was, but I wanted to see it through facial express or the way Mary felt inside about it.

I did like the setting and enjoy the picture it painted. But for me I just didn’t get into this book.

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A copy of this book was given to me through the BookLook Blogger program. All opinions are my own. 

 

Avoiding the Greener Grass Syndrome: How to Grow Affair Proof Hedges Around Your Marriage January 17, 2018

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Extramarital affairs are certainly not the social taboo that they once were, and may be more prevalent now than ever. Unfortunately, Christians are not exempt. With the anonymity of the Internet and the privacy of personal mobile phones, the temptation to cheat on one’s spouse has fertile ground to grow.

After straying to the other side of this marital fence–and returning to find forgiveness and restoration–Anderson brings this practical book about predicting and preventing an extramarital affair. Based on the principle that the grass is always greener when it’s watered, Avoiding the Greener Grass Syndromefocuses on how to grow a beautiful marriage by establishing six protective hedges around it.

This second edition includes a new chapter on repairing marriage following infidelity, as well as an appendix considering the Andersons’ own marriage before and after the affair from Ron’s point of view.

My thoughts:

This is a very helpful and practical book. This book could be read before or after an affair, although I think reading it before would be best to keep you from jumping onto the “greener grass.”

The book starts with Nancy’s story. No one should compare their own story to hers. She was able to break away from her affair quickly. She made all the right choices. I had no desire to do that immediately, not that she had the desire, but she had the strength. It took me a few weeks before I was really ready to say, “Okay, I’m going to focus on my marriage.” But Nancy made that commitment almost immediately after her confession. And that might have made the difference. She confessed, I got caught. She had control, I didn’t. That probably plays a huge factor in how you handle it afterwards.

The HEDGES advice is great and every marriage should be following it to build a strong marriage. I also enjoyed hearing from Ron at the end and his preservative on things. Their marriage is definitely a Genesis 5020.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own. 

 

The Ladies of Ivy Cottage by Julie Klassen January 15, 2018

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Return to Ivy Hill as friendships deepen, romances blossom, and mysteries unfold . . .

A gentlewoman in reduced circumstances, Miss Rachel Ashford lives as a guest in Ivy Cottage. With her meager funds rapidly depleting, she is determined to earn her own livelihood . . . somehow. Her friend Jane Bell and the other village women encourage her to open a circulating library with the many books she’s inherited from her father. As villagers donate additional books and Rachel begins sorting through the volumes, she discovers mysteries hidden among them. A man who once broke her heart helps her search for clues, but both find more than they bargained for.

Rachel’s hostess, Mercy Grove, has given up thoughts of suitors and finds fulfillment in managing her girls school. So when several men take an interest in Ivy Cottage, she assumes pretty Miss Ashford is the cause. Exactly what–or whom–has captured each man’s attention? The truth may surprise them all.

My thoughts:

I enjoyed the first book a lot. I loved the setting and I felt like I was really there. So I liked going to back and visiting again. It took me a while to remember all of the characters and who they were. But once I got there I easily fell back into the story.

We get to catch up with the characters we met in the first book and get a deeper look into there lives.

And there was all these potential romances going on, it kept it very interesting.

I think I liked this book even more than first because of the deeper  aspect into each character and getting to know them even more. I do think you need to read the first book in the series to fully appreciate this one.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own. 

 

New Blog Announcement and a Song January 13, 2018

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As most of you know I have been on this journey to better health. It’s been on my heart of while to start a blog that focuses on that. I don’t want to muddy Genesis 5020 up with that because that wasn’t the point of this blog. Although, reviewing books wasn’t the point either but it still lines up with my title and tag (My Story for God’s Glory).

So I have started a new blog, a place to share my journey to healthy living, recipes and hopefully review some cookbooks. It is called Eat or Drink and the tag is  For the Glory of God. This comes from the verse 1 Corinthians 10:30: Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it for the glory of God. 

I have been to a lot of health blogs but none that keep the focus on Jesus. And for me that’s where it needs to be so I thought I would start one. Obviously, if this doesn’t interest you don’t pop over there but if it does I hope you will join me.

Here is the link.  Eat or Drink.

I also wanted to share a song with you. It’s actually not new, but new to me. It’s been speaking to my heart this week and I hope it will speak to yours as well. Have a blessed weekend.

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A Song of Home by Susie Finkbeiner January 12, 2018

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Pearl Spence has finally settled into a routine in Bliss, Michigan, far from her home in Red River, Oklahoma. Like all the other kids, she goes to school each day, plays in the woods, and does her chores. But there’s one big difference: Mama is still gone, and doesn’t seem to have a thought for the family she’s left behind.

Escaping from her worries is another part of Pearl’s new routine, whether that’s running to Aunt Carrie’s farm, listening to the radio with Ray, or losing herself in a book. In fact, a chair in the stacks, surrounded by books, might be her favorite place on earth–until she discovers swing dancing. The music transports Pearl to a whole other world.

When Mama unexpectedly returns, it isn’t the happy occasion Pearl had imagined. Mama is distant and Pearl can’t figure out how to please her. And the horrible way she treats Daddy is more than Pearl can bear. Seems life would be better if Mama would just stay away.

Finkbeiner’s portrayal of both tragedy and everyday life in times of great change is charged with a raw beauty that will haunt readers. Fans of the two prior Pearl Spence novels won’t be disappointed!

My thoughts:

Yeah. I really liked this one.

Susie has a very unique voice and I love it. The way she takes everyday things and turns them into something beautiful is truly artistic.

I did not read the first book in this series, but I did read the second and now this one. I loved picking back up with Pearl and the changes she was going through, her struggles with loving Mama, yet not liking what she did or even who she was at time. There is a surprise in there that I didn’t see coming either. Things I could relate to in repairing a marriage that has been torn apart.

I did find out the setting of this book is based on the town in which I live and grew up. I couldn’t help trying to picture my little town so many years ago. Thinking Pearl lived here when my grandparents where young adults. Obviously, this story is fiction but it was nice to imagine.

This book is truly a piece of art and the words paint a beautiful, heartbreaking picture.

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A copy of this book was given to my by the publisher. All opinions are my own. 

 

Review and Giveaway: A Song Unheard by Roseanna M. White January 11, 2018

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About the Book

Title: A Song Unheard

Author: Roseanna M. White

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

Release Date: January 2, 2018

Willa Forsythe is both a violin prodigy and top-notch thief, which makes her the perfect choice for a crucial task at the outset of World War I—to steal a cypher from a famous violinist currently in Wales.

Lukas De Wilde has enjoyed the life of fame he’s won—until now, when being recognized nearly gets him killed. Everyone wants the key to his father’s work as a cryptologist. And Lukas fears that his mother and sister, who have vanished in the wake of the German invasion of Belgium, will pay the price. The only light he finds is meeting the intriguing Willa Forsythe.

But danger presses in from every side, and Willa knows what Lukas doesn’t—that she must betray him and find that cypher, or her own family will pay the price as surely as his has.

Click here to purchase your copy!

About the Author

Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary. You can learn more about her and her stories at www.RoseannaMWhite.com.

 

Guest post from Roseanna White

I started playing the piano when I was 7. I didn’t discover any long-dormant genius or anything, but I liked it. When my sister quit, I kept playing. In middle school, I switched teachers, and moving from the lady at my church that I knew so well to someone who was just my piano teacher made a difference in how I applied myself. It deepened my love of music.

We all know how some random moments stand out forever in our memory. One such for me happened on the school bus. I was sitting with my best friend, talking about the new piano piece I was learning. “Via Delorosa” means Road of Sorrow, and it’s a song that tells musically about Jesus’ journey to Golgotha—ending with the faint chime of the nails being driven into his palms. As my beloved Mrs. Peto went through this song with me the night before, I remember her circling a D♯ that I’d missed and saying how important that note was. That it made the whole line weep.

That it would make the hearers weep. An epiphany so huge I had to share it with my friend. A well placed sharp could make music weep! Who knew?

That was but one lesson Mrs. Peto taught me in how music could evoke things words never could. A woman of strong faith, she also taught me how a song could preach the Gospel. Music can be medicine. It can be hope. It can be tears. It can be truth. Music can be Jesus to a hurting heart that turns its back on words.

This is a lesson I never forgot, and I had it always in mind as I was writing A Song Unheard. In this story, both my hero and heroine are musicians—violinists. But Willa (who is SO STUBBORN) wouldn’t listen to words of faith from any of the people in her life “suddenly spouting such nonsense.”

But then, in her darkest hour, she hears a slip of melody. And she realizes it’s the Lord.

I pray as readers move through the story of Willa Forsythe—violin prodigy and top-notch thief—that their spirits’ ears hear more than words, more than just a story. I pray they hear the Lord whispering that ultimate song. The one that says, “I love you.”

Want to hear the song Willa eventually wrote in the book? You can! The violin music in this trailer is officially dubbed “Willa’s Song” and written specifically for this book. I hope you enjoy it! http://bit.ly/ASongUnheardTrailer

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Roseanna is giving away a Grand Prize Package of a signed copy of the book as well as a lovely album of soothing songs based on the Scriptures called Hidden in My Heart (winner’s choice of CD or digital download)!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/c72a

My thoughts:

Roseanna is one of my favorite historical romance authors, and that list is short. She never lets me down with her work. I know when I pick up one of her books I will be transported back in time and fully immersed in the story world she has created.

Willa is a strong young woman with an amazing talent that doesn’t go unnoticed. But she is stuck in a life that isn’t okay, although her heart is in the right place. She has trouble keeping her focus where it needs to be because Lukas is distracting her, even though he is the one she needs to get close to, but not in the way she feels herself drawing close.

I really enjoyed seeing Lukas’ sister’s perspective. Being inside her mind was interesting as she sees things so differently than the rest of us. The tension surrounding that part of the story kept everything engaging and there was never a dull moment in this book.

Visit Roseanna here.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to my through the Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own.