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Under Scottish Stars by Carla Laureano August 13, 2020

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Recently widowed Serena MacDonald Stewart focuses on her children to the exclusion of her career, her art, and her sanity. When her brothers ask her to oversee the family guest house on the Isle of Skye, it’s a chance to dust off her long-ignored business skills and make a new start. But her hopes for a smooth transition are dashed when the hotel manager, Malcolm Blake, turns out to be irritating, condescending . . . and incredibly attractive.

Malcolm Blake gave up everything—his home, his girlfriend, and his career—to return to Skye and raise his late sister’s teenage daughter. With few job opportunities available on the island, he signs on as the manager of the MacDonald family hotel, which he’s soon running successfully without interference from the owners. That is, until Serena shows up, challenging his authority and his conviction that there’s nothing missing from his new life on Skye.

Before long, Serena and Malcolm have to admit the spark between them is more than mere irritation. But as single parents, there’s more on the line than their own hearts. Will their commitment to family be the thing that draws them together or the only thing that could keep them apart?

My thoughts:

I have been waiting for this book for years and it was worth the wait. Carla writes some intense contemporary romance. I loved the first two book in this series and I was excited to finally get to read Serena’s story.

Carla did a wonderful of job of building intensity between Serena and Malcolm. It was also fun to see the old characters from the other books.

There was a line toward the end that I had to highlight and share with you, because I have so been there: “….you need to stop blaming God for all the heartache in your in life. Until you do, you will never hear His voice over the sound of your own hurt.” Loved that truth right there. I lived in that for so long and only recently came out of that.

This book can easily stand alone, so have no fear if you haven’t read the first too. However, that are all so good I am sure you will want to read all three.

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A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley. All opinions are my own. 

 

Unshackled Kathy DeGraw August 12, 2020

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Unlock Healing and Breakthrough for Your Life

Jesus didn’t come to earth just to save us from hell. He suffered, died and rose again for complete deliverance and healing. Soul wounds affect each of us and leave broken places in our lives. When we seek inner healing but don’t also close demonic doorways to the enemy, we simply mask the issues and may find ourselves in more bondage than we experienced previously.

A respected minister of deliverance, Kathy DeGraw will show you through biblical insights, real-life examples and practical instruction how you can
· discern and destroy the roots of fear, anger, addictions, rejection and other strongholds that just won’t go away
· use the tools of repentance, forgiveness and robust spiritual warfare prayers and declarations to walk into freedom
· minister deliverance and inner healing to others
· and more

The Holy Spirit wants to open your eyes to the strongholds that have kept you stuck. It’s time to be unshackled and free!

Disclaimer: A few weeks ago I watched American Gospel on Netflix. This has, and continues, to change my faith and is bringing my focus back to the Word and the Gospel. Unfortunately, I signed up to review several books by authors I don’t necessarily agree with any longer. In fairness, I am still trying to read them for gold, but now I am seeing a lot of things I never would have saw before that I no longer agree with or I am questioning. I think it’s only fair that I tell you that and the bias I am coming from.  

My thought:

I appreciated in this book that at the beginning of each chapter there was a quiz where you can reflect on if this is an issue for you. For me, in the past, I have struggled with pride and it was interesting to read that I still have things in this area I need to work on. Things that I normally wouldn’t consider prideful but definitely can be.

Each chapter ends with a lot of action steps, prayers and declarations you can do to “overcome” these shackles.

Unfortunately, there is a lot of prosperity gospel and “new age” type stuff in this book. On page 81 the author states the her disobedience could prevent a mighty act of God. I totally disagree with this. God can still move you just might not get to be part of that if you are disobedient. God is all powerful. He doesn’t need anything to move, but I believe He loves using those that will be obedient.

On page 112 I about wanted to throw the book away. The author says: “Through prayer and a series of events, the Lord affirmed that I could declare out and claim a Dodge Charger.” What?? To be fair, I used to believe this stuff and do it, which only led to me feeling entitled to things. This stuff makes me feel ill now. This is not the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus gave his life for me, for you and rose again. I don’t need a Charger, I only need Jesus.

So, I did like the reflecting on things that you might be dealing with but overall this is not a book I would turn to due to the false teachings that I find in here.

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

 

Hope in the Balance by Jim Baton August 11, 2020

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The small town of Hope is shaken when teenagers Kelsey and Harmonie uncover its skeletons of the past. Will those secrets tear the town apart, or will they become a path to healing? Meanwhile, it appears someone is willing to use any means necessary to take over their town. The girls look for new allies to save Hope. A House of Prayer arises to confront demonic forces, leading to glimpses of angelic activity. As the intensity of the warfare increases, people on all sides are being pushed past their limits. The future of Hope hangs in the balance.

The Hope Trilogy is written for those who are hungry for God’s revival and transformation of their communities.

My thoughts:

This was an intense book two in this trilogy. What I find so interesting that this book was written before any of the issues our world is currently in. But it is extremely timely.

There are definitely a lot of supernatural things taking place and the book ends with a bang that will leave the reader wanting to see what will happen next and how can the town of Hope be saved? Because right now it doesn’t look so good.

I love Kelsey’s faith and how she is learning to rely on God and how God want to use her to help Hope.

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

 

Review and Giveaway: No Small Caper by Cynthia Hickey August 10, 2020

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Book: No Small Caper

Author: Cynthia Hickey

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Release Date: May 3, 2019

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“No one does a final suspense scene like Cynthia Hickey!” – Stewart Writing Services

A rash of burglaries?

What kind of job had she been hired to do?

CJ Turley is excited to begin her new life as overseer of Heavenly Acres, a tiny house community in the Ozark mountains. As she’s handed the keys to her new house, by a woman who seems far too eager to leave the job to someone else, CJ is told the community is experiencing a rash of burglaries and she should visit the nearby Park Ranger for help.

Can CJ and her new friends stop a thieving murderer before they lose something far more precious than jewels? Their life!

From first day, to spending time with handsome ranger, Eric Drake, to a cast of quirky characters who are all suspect in CJ’s mind, you’re bound for a fun, hilarious, romp in this first book of a new small town, cozy mystery series by best-selling and award-winning author.

 

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About the Author

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Multi-published and Amazon and ECPA Best-Selling author Cynthia Hickey has sold close to a million copies of her works since 2013. She has taught a Continuing Education class at the 2015 American Christian Fiction Writers conference, several small ACFW chapters and RWA chapters, and small writer retreats. She and her husband run the small press, Winged Publications, which includes some of the CBA’s best well-known authors. She lives in Arizona and Arkansas, becoming a snowbird, with her husband and one dog. She has ten grandchildren who keep her busy and tell everyone they know that “Nana is a writer”.

 

 

More from Cynthia

I’ve always been fascinated by tiny houses and love writing cozy mysteries. What’s better than a cozy mystery series in a tiny house community? Not an inch of space wasted. You’ve got to be creative with your storage. Even hiding things in the floor which occurs when CJ Turley takes over as manager of Heavenly Acres. The pup she inherited when her grandmother died has a nose for diamonds. Who’d guess there were so many places in a tiny house to stash things?

I don’t live in a tiny house, but my husband and I downsized from a 2100 sq. ft home to a 1,000 sq. ft. home. Guess which one we prefer? The smaller one 😊 We always know where things are, it’s easier to keep clean, and no stairs to go up and down when we forget something. I’m pretty sure I couldn’t live in anything less than 400 sq. ft. if I lived alone, but it was fun to write about those who do.

I’ve watched so many tiny house shows, I’m pretty sure I could design one with everything I’d need. We even told our son that if he moved where we live, we’d build him one in the backyard! He wasn’t amused.

On a serious note, just kidding. While my cozy series have humor, they also have murder and mayhem with quirky characters and a dash of romance. I like my readers to chuckle as the characters strive to take down the culprit without too much danger to themselves.

Happy reading!

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For Him and My Family, August 16

Mary Hake, August 16

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, August 17

Ashley’s Bookshelf, August 18

CarpeDiem, August 19

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Cynthia is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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My thoughts:

Sometimes you just need a good cozy mystery, and this fits the bill.

First I loved the tiny house community concept and campground since that is something my family enjoys.

The characters in this book all interesting. Now, because it is a cozy mystery it is a lighter read with not a lot of depth to the characters (meaning we don’t get into a lot of heart wounds, or who Jesus is really working in their lives) but I still enjoyed them. With that being said, there is murder and robbery going on, so it isn’t entirely light.

I will definitely read more in this series. I can’t wait to see what happens in these characters lives next.

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

 

Review and Giveaway: The Gentleman Spy by Erica Vetsch August 6, 2020

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He only wanted a duchess for a day–but she’s determined to make it a marriage for life

When his father and older brother suddenly pass away, the new Duke of Haverly is saddled with a title he never expected to bear. To thwart the plans of his scheming family, the duke impulsively marries a wallflower. After all, she’s meek and mild; it should be easy to sequester her in the country and get on with his life–as a secret agent for the Crown.

But his bride has other ideas. She’s determined to take her place not only as his duchess but as his wife. As a duchess, she can use her position to help the lowest of society–the women forced into prostitution because they have no skills or hope. Her endeavors are not met favorably in society, nor by her husband who wishes she’d remain in the background as he ordered.

Can the duke succeed in relegating her to the sidelines of his life? When his secrets are threatened with exposure, will his new wife be an asset or a liability?

About the Author:

Erica Vetsch is a New York Times best-selling and ACFW Carol Award–winning author. mail (2)She is a transplanted Kansan now living in Minnesota with her husband, who she claims is both her total opposite and soul mate.

Vetsch loves Jesus, history, romance, and sports. When she’s not writing fiction, she’s planning her next trip to a history museum and cheering on her Kansas Jayhawks and New Zealand All Blacks.

A self-described history geek, she has been planning her first research trip to England.

Learn more about Erica Vetsch and her books at www.ericavetsch.com. She can also be found on Facebook (@EricaVetschAuthor)Instagram (@EricaVetsch) and Pinterest (Erica Vetsch).

 

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My thoughts:

I loved the first book in this series and was so excited the second book came out so soon after the first. It made it much easier to remember everything that had happened previously. Not that you have to read the first book to enjoy this one, but it was really good.

I am happy to say this one didn’t disappoint either. Such a good read. I love Marcus, he is a wonderful hero. And I couldn’t wait for Charlotte to really express herself. Although she does a good job of that she also lives in fear of her father.

It was also nice to meet characters from the first book and see how they were doing.

Now I can’t wait for the third book!

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

 

Corona Crisis by Mark Hitchcock August 5, 2020

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In Corona Crisis, professor Mark Hitchcock shares how the current coronavirus outbreak is related to the vivid, end-time biblical prophecies about plagues, pestilences, and pandemics.

Jesus listed “pestilences in various places” as a sign of his coming (Luke 21:11).In the prophecy of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse, the fourth rider kills one-fourth of the earth with pestilence and the “wild beasts of the earth.”Many believe that “wild beasts” refers to plagues that come from animals, as we’ve seen in recent decades with AIDS, SARS, MERS, the bird flu and swine flu, and now COVID-19.

Hitchcock believes the coronavirus is not the fulfillment of these events that will occur during the tribulation period but a foreshadowing of what lies ahead. Corona Crisis puts the current situation in perspective in relation to previous plagues, like the Spanish flu, while giving an overview of the major signs of the end times.

The book also discusses how the rise of globalism contributes to the spread of plagues. In our global environment, events can happen suddenly that send shock waves around the world.

My thoughts:

You never know what you are getting into when a book has the world apocalypse on the front. But this was honestly, a very even keeled and well balanced look at what is going on now and the end times.

The author does a great job of not putting fear in the reader and just presenting facts as he knows them. The Word is heavily relied on and he turned to many other pastors for their perspective too.

If you are looking for a bit more insight into the pandemic we are currently in you might find this an interesting read, I did.

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A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley.com. All opinions are my own.

 

 

Review and Giveaway: Love’s Mountain Quest by Misty M. Beller August 3, 2020

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About the Book

Book:  Love’s Mountain Quest

Author: Misty M Beller

Genre:  Historical romance

Release Date: June 30, 2020

LovesMountainQuest-194x300After losing her husband in the Rocky Mountain wilderness, young widow Joanna Watson is struggling to make a new home for her five-year-old son, Samuel, in the little mountain town of Settler’s Fort. When she returns home from work to find Samuel and the woman watching him missing–and the sheriff dead–she enlists a man she prays has enough experience in this rugged country to help.

Isaac Bowen wants nothing more than a quiet, invisible life in these mountains, far away from the bad decisions of his past. But he has a strong suspicion of who’s behind the kidnapping and murder, and if he’s right, he knows all too well the evil they’re chasing.

As they press on against the elements, Joanna fights to hold on to hope, while Isaac knows a reckoning is coming. They find encouragement in the tentative trust that grows between them, but whether it can withstand the danger and coming confrontation is far from certain in this wild, unpredictable land.

 

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About the Author

Beller_Misty-1-220x300.jpgAfter working for 13 years in the corporate world, Misty M. Beller (mistymbeller.com) is now the author of fourteen independently published Christian historical romance novels. Raised on a farm in South Carolina, she combines her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life by writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters. She lives outside Charlotte, North Carolina, is an active member of ACFW, and teaches regularly at conferences and writing groups on effective book marketing.

 

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The Story Behind the Story: Love’s Mountain Quest

Love’s Mountain Quest was one of the hardest books I’ve ever written, even though I LOVE Isaac and Joanna and their story. What made this book so hard was the fact that I wrote most of the story during my third trimester of pregnancy with our son!

 Our little Matthew is our fourth baby (and first boy), so I was VERY heavy with child during the last three months I carried him, and that was the time that I’d scheduled to write Love’s Mountain Quest. Needless to say, the words were not flowing very well. My creativity was as exhausted as the rest of me! I could see Isaac and Joanna’s story in my mind, but showing it for readers using real words was the hard part.

Thankfully, I have an amazing editor at Bethany House (waving at Jen Veilleux!) who helped me massage the first draft, pushing both me and the story to be the very best we could be. Unfortunately for her, the edits for this book were the first bit of writing I did after taking a short maternity leave after the birth, so my brain was still a bit mushy from all the post-partum hormones and lack of sleep a newborn always brings. Jen’s patience through the process was remarkable, yet I so appreciate her determination not to stop until we had the very best book possible.

Our little Matthew just turned one, and Love’s Mountain Quest is finally making its way out into the world. Because of Jen, I’m so excited to share it with you! I can’t wait for you to meet the characters and story I love so much.

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Betti Mace, August 5

Blossoms and Blessings, August 5

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For the Love of Literature, August 6

Adventures of A Travelers Wife, August 6

Daysong Reflections, August 7

Labor Not in Vain, August 7

Jeanette’s Thoughts, August 7

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Through the Fire Blogs, August 9

Pause for Tales, August 9

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Wishful Endings, August 11

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, August 11

Lighthouse Academy, August 11 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)

Artistic Nobody, August 12 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Bizwings Blog, August 12

To Everything There Is A Season, August 12

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Misty is giving away the grand prize package of Love’s Mountain Quest, Hope’s Highest Mountain, and a bath bomb!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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My thoughts:

I really enjoyed this second installment of this series and now can’t wait to see what book three will be about, although I have my ideas and I hope I’m right.

This is really a beautiful story of not being identified by the sin of your past. We are all guilty of holding things against others based on their past mistakes, but what about when it effects us personally? Can we move past that? Joanna had to deal with that very thing.

This book is one adventure after another, never a dull moment. I enjoyed getting Laura’s perspective as well.

If you like mountain adventure then I am sure you will like this read.

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

 

The Key to Everything by Valerie Fraser Luesse July 31, 2020

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Peyton Cabot’s fifteenth year will be a painful and transformative one. His father, the heroic but reluctant head of a moneyed Savannah family, has come home from World War II a troubled vet, drowning his demons in bourbon and distancing himself from his son. A tragic accident shows Peyton the depths of his parents’ devotion to each other but interrupts his own budding romance with the girl of his dreams.

Struggling to cope with a young life upended, Peyton makes a daring decision: He will retrace a journey his father took at fifteen, riding his bicycle from St. Augustine, Florida, all the way to Key West. Part declaration of independence, part search for self, Peyton’s journey will bring him more than he ever could have imagined–namely, the key to his unknowable father, a longed-for reunion, and a calling that will shape the rest of his life.

My thoughts:

This is a beautiful coming of age story.

Peyton, honestly, seemed a bit too mature for a fifteen year old (I know many) but that made him more likeable. If we could all be more like Peyton we would all be better for it. He easily gave to others without thought for himself.

I didn’t love this story, because there were a lot of big coincidences that seemed pretty far-fetched but never the less it was a sweet story with a good message. I even had to hold back some tears at the end.

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A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley. All opinions are my own. 

 

Review and Giveaway: Irish Encounter by Hope Toler Dougherty July 30, 2020

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About the Book

Book:  Irish Encounter

Author: Hope Toler Dougherty

Genre:  Sweet, inspirational romance

Release Date: May 7, 2015

Irish-Encounter-FC-194x300After almost three years of living under a fog of grief, Ellen Shepherd is ready for the next chapter in her life, perhaps an adventure during a visit to Galway. Her idea of excitement consists of exploring Ireland for yarn to feature in her shop back home, but the adventure awaiting her includes an edgy stranger who disrupts her tea time, challenges her belief system, and stirs up feelings she thought she’d buried with her husband.

 

After years of ignoring God, nursing anger, and stifling his grief, Payne Anderson isn’t ready for the feelings a chance encounter with an enchanting stranger evokes. Though avoiding women and small talk has been his pattern, something about Ellen makes him want to seek her—and God again.

 

Can Ellen accept a new life different than the one she planned? Can Payne release his guilt and accept the peace he’s longed for? Can they surrender their past pain and embrace healing together or will fear and doubt ruin this second chance at happiness?

 

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About the Author

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Inspiration Behind Irish Encounter

A few years ago, I was staring at the first day of the rest of my life. My oldest daughter was set to graduate high school in less than a month. Two years later, her sister would march right behind her, followed in two years by their twin brothers.

Life as I’d known it for the preceding eighteen years was about to change enormously.

Throughout my tenure as a stay-with-my-children mom, I’d written for publications—sporadically—but I had a portfolio of articles with my byline in print.

That May afternoon, I decided to write something for Guideposts, a magazine filled with inspirational, faith-filled stories. I’d just completed “The Life of Moses” with Bible Study Fellowship, and I envisioned sharing wisdom and insight gleaned from thirty two weeks of study.

I penned What I learned from Moses on the top line of a yellow legal pad. As soon as I wrote this fascinating title, I immediately began daydreaming—about Ireland, not Moses.

In my daydream, a woman in an Irish café scribbled in a journal. A little old man in a tweed vest approached her, introduced himself, and began talking about his late wife.  I saw the wooden buttons on his vest and the Irish cap clutched in his hands.  Suddenly another man, dressed in dusty safari clothes, appeared to the woman’s left, lounging at his table and eavesdropping on their conversation.

This scene interested me infinitely more than the Moses idea. I turned the page to a fresh sheet and wrote everything I saw and heard in that Irish coffee shop.

Irish Encounter began that day. I didn’t know it yet, but God did. I just hurried back every morning to my desk to see what happened next. Before writing, I’d recite Bible verses from the Moses study, like Exodus 3:12 “And God said, ‘I will be with you’” and Exodus 4:12 “Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” (NIV)

I’d pray for guidance and help, and then I’d travel to Galway.

God led me onto this writing journey with a lot of prodding and pulling and nudges toward those interesting characters. I’m thankful every day He did, and I hope readers will enjoy the trip to Ireland with Ellen and Payne, too!

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Ashley’s Bookshelf, August 5

Betti Mace, August 6

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, August 6

Locks, Hooks And Books , August 7

Maureen’s Musings, August 7

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, August 8

Pause for Tales, August 8

Just the Write Escape, August 9

Read Review Rejoice, August 9

Emily Yager, August 10

A Good Book and Cup of Tea, August 10

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour Hope is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card & a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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My thoughts:

I read another book by Hope and loved it so I was eager to read this one.

Obviously, the setting was beautiful and I loved Payne’s indifference that you could tell really wasn’t indifferent.

Hope did a good job of depicting Olivia’s (Ellen’s daughter) reaction to her mother spending time with another man and the ups and downs of that.

I did feel like that first kiss happened awfully fast, although, I think that was the point, it took everyone by surprise, but I wasn’t really feeling it yet. However, the following kisses really did help develop the budding relationship.

I appreciated Ellen’s faith and her complete reliance on God and that was shown throughout the book.

Overall, a nice read and I enjoyed the story.

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

 

Review and Giveaway: Fierce Wholeness by Robin Meade July 29, 2020

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Book:  Fierce Wholeness

Author: Robin Meade

Genre:  Nonfiction

Release Date: March 5, 2020

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When the Bible talks about the third- and fourth-generational curse, that’s so true. If the curse is not broken by you, then who will stop it dead in its tracks? Dealing with forgotten pain, things you stuff down just to survive, is serious business. But that’s what Robin Meade did. Growing up, she was criticized, put down, and stomped on—by her own family. She chose to bury her pain.

Fierce Wholeness: Finding Myself after Childhood Emotional Trauma is Robin’s story—in all of its raw and messy but authentic and beautiful transparency as she unpacks the trajectory of her life from childhood to adulthood and seeks to repair the dam that had been busted, the riverbed that had been washed away, the landscape that had been obliterated by her family of origin.

Readers who grew up in the clutches of the branches of emotional abuse will be empowered by Robin’s story because of the freedom that Jesus gives. Robin’s story is raw and authentic, and readers will be encouraged by how they too can find fierce wholeness in Christ.

 

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About the  Author

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Robin Meade grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, but now she walks with God in the beautiful suburbs of Chicago. For nearly five years she has led and taught as part of the women’s ministry team at New Life Brookfield Church. She loves her dog and great food, but mostly she loves Jesus, and strives to encourage people to experience God’s restorative healing and for God to be glorified through it.

 

 

 

More from Robin

There’s a level of ‘fierce’ that we all need to reach in our journey with Christ; to be real about the journey.  When you experience abuse as a child, there is a ‘normal’ way of perceiving your surroundings that’s set, and if not corrected, stays with you into adulthood.  My desire for this book is that people who have suffered childhood emotional abuse know they are not alone, that they can experience of healing through a relationship with Jesus Christ.  The Bible talks about being ready to give an account and running the race striving for first place and working out our salvation with fear and trembling – some of that has been lost in our Christian culture.  Jesus isn’t a wimp or a doormat because he is kind and forgiving and neither should we be.  I hope my story will be a blessing to many in their faith walk, to get to their level of ‘fierce’.

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, August 3

My Devotional Thoughts, August 4 (Author Interview)

Genesis 5020, August 5

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 6

Blossoms and Blessings, August 7 (Author Interview)

deb’s Book Review, August 7

Locks, Hooks and Books, August 8

For Him and My Family, August 9

Simple Harvest Reads, August 10 (Author Interview)

Artistic Nobody, August 11  (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Ashley’s Bookshelf, August 12

For the Love of Literature, August 13 (Author Interview)

Inklings and notions, August 14

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, August 15

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, August 16 (Author Interview)

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Robin is giving away the grand prize package of a basket with a signed copy of the book, the Fierce Wholeness Companion Journal, and $10 gift cards to Joann’s, Starbucks, Amazon and a stuffed moose!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/fe95/fierce-wholeness-celebration-tour-giveaway

My thoughts:

I enjoyed reading about Robin’s testimony and the realness of it. It wasn’t a quick fix, Jesus didn’t fix everything immediately. Although,  I know that can happen but I don’t think that is the norm. Often there is a maturity we need to go through and I think that happened with Robin. She knew Jesus but she wasn’t letting him have complete control of her life right away.

I did take issue with something she said on page 64: “I knew there had to be more to walking with God than salvation.” Yikes, isn’t that enough? I mean if we really understood that work of the cross that should be enough. I admit, I use to think the same thing, but I see the error in my thinking and I think a lot of Christians can fall into this trap. Salvation is all we need anything else is just icing on the cake.

Overall, it is a story of hope and God leading a child back into his arms and that is what really matters.

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