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Review and Giveaway: Out of North Korea by Alana Terry August 20, 2018

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About the Book

Book Title: Out of North KoreaOut-of-North-Korea-188x300

Author: Alana Terry

Genre: Christian Thriller/Suspense

Release date: June 25, 2018

A single photograph could cost his life …

Ian McAllister has searched the world over, hunting for that all-elusive perfect photograph.

He finds it on a tourist trip to North Korea when he stumbles upon a young street kid foraging for roots.

Unaware that this single act will brand him a spy and cost his freedom, Ian takes the shot.

Now he must pay the penalty.

A true-to-life novel about an American imprisoned behind North Korea’s closed borders.

A gripping tale of courage, faith, and hope from award-winning Christian novelist Alana Terry.

 

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About the Author

alana-terry-300x300Alana is a pastor’s wife, homeschooling mom, self-diagnosed chicken lady, and Christian suspense author. Her novels have won awards from Women of Faith, Book Club Network, Grace Awards, Readers’ Favorite, and more. Alana’s passion for social justice, human rights, and religious freedom shines through her writing, and her books are known for raising tough questions without preaching. She and her family live in rural Alaska where the northern lights in the winter and midnight sun in the summer make hauling water, surviving the annual mosquito apocalypse, and cleaning goat stalls in negative forty degrees worth every second.

 

Guest Post from Alana Terry

Have you seen in the news that the leaders of North and South Korea have both publicly stated their willingness to promote peace on the Korean peninsula? It was certainly a historic moment, and this part of the world has earned its place in global headlines.
My interest in North Korea, however, goes back over a decade, when as a young mother I received a prayer burden for the people of North Korea. Fast-forward to five years ago when my debut novel was released. The Beloved Daughter follows the life of a young girl who is sent to prison camp because of her father’s Christian faith. In addition to winning several awards, The Beloved Daughter gave an expression to my prayer burden to see North Korea free to worship the one true God.
Out of North Korea is unique among my other titles because it’s the first story that focuses on an American in North Korea. Ian McAllister is captured and held in a Pyongyang prison because of a photograph he took of a young homeless boy. I hope the message leaves you as inspired and encouraged as I was when I was writing it.

 

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, August 16

All of a kind Mom, August 16

Multifarious, August 17

Mary Hake, August 17

Bibliophile Reviews, August 18

Just the Write Escape, August 19

Genesis 5020, August 20

Purposeful Learning, August 20

Margaret Kazmierczak, August 21

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, August 21

Inklings and notions, August 22

Blogging With Carol, August 22

Maureen’s Musings, August 23

proud to be an autism mom, August 23

Carpe Diem, August 24

A Baker’s Perspective, August 25

Texas Book-aholic, August 26

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 27

A Reader’s Brain, August 27

Janices book reviews, August 28

Jeanette’s Thoughts, August 28

Henry Happens, August 29

Bigreadersite, August 29

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Alana is giving away a grand prize of a $30 Amazon gift card!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/d06d/out-of-north-korea-celebration-tour-giveaway

My thoughts:

This is a book that I am glad I kept reading.

When I started the book I wasn’t sure if I wanted to get to know this Ian person. He was a bit to snarky for me and nothing overly interesting was happening.

My advice — don’t stop reading.

This book is truly beautiful. I came to care deeply for Ian and some of the other characters in this book.

This is a store of redemption and restoration. It’s a Genesis 5020 story! What the enemy wanted to use to harm Ian God will use for good.

This is not your typical read, it is something much deeper.

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

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

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A Desire For God’s Instructions August 18, 2018

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rhand-mccoy-754715-unsplashI read my four verses last week, just forgot to post them. So we will cover eight verses today. Here they are:

Psalm 119:13-20

13 I have recited aloud
    all the regulations you have given us.
14 I have rejoiced in your laws
    as much as in riches.
15 I will study your commandments
    and reflect on your ways.
16 I will delight in your decrees
    and not forget your word.

17 Be good to your servant,
    that I may live and obey your word.
18 Open my eyes to see
    the wonderful truths in your instructions.
19 I am only a foreigner in the land.
    Don’t hide your commands from me!
20 I am always overwhelmed
    with a desire for your regulations.

Right from the start of verse 13 it is telling us something important. It is vital to speak scripture out loud. To make decrees and declaration over your life. Speaking the words out loud might feel odd at first but I believe there is power in that act and verse 13 makes that clear.

As I read these scriptures and write them down I speak them as well and I make them my prayer. This has been powerful.

The writer has such a hunger for God’s instructions, he wants to know God’s heart. He rejoices in God’s law as much as in riches.

One thing God has been showing me lately is to not read the Word to see how I fail (I think we Christians do that too often) but to see how I can grow. God doesn’t want me beating myself up as I read these Words, he wants me to see that I can have this same desire. To be overwhelmed with wanting to know His heart more. So we pray into that.

Father, I want to be overwhelmed with a desire for your instructions. Don’t hide your commands from me but open my eyes that I may see all You want to reveal to me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

 

Review and Giveaway: The Hope Jar by Wanda E. Brunstetter August 16, 2018

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About the Book

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Book Title: The Hope Jar (The Prayer Jars, Book 1)

Author: Wanda E. Brunstetter

Genre: Amish Fiction

Release date: August 7, 2018

A Brand-New Series from New York Times Best Selling Author Wanda E. Brunstetter.

What happens when making an elderly Amish couple very happy means going along with a lie that gets bigger by the day?

Michelle Taylor is not who her new family in Lancaster County believes her to be. The Lapps were looking for their long-lost granddaughter when they met Michelle and she assumed the identity of Sara Murray. Once homeless and hopeless, Michelle has come to love her new Amish friends and even considers the idea of romance among them.

Finding an old blue jar in the barn that is filled with slips of paper containing thoughts, quotes, and prayers by an unknown author becomes a boost to Michelle’s budding faith— but also convicting. How can she tell the truth without hurting the ones she has truly come to love?

 

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About the Author

Wanda-Brunstetter-262x300New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Wanda E. Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre. She has written close to 90 books translated in four languages. With over 10 million copies sold, Wanda’s stories consistently earn spots on the nations most prestigious bestseller lists and have received numerous awards.

Wanda’s ancestors were part of the Anabaptist faith, and her novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Her books are well-read and trusted by many Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.

When Wanda visits her Amish friends, she finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties. Wanda enjoys photography, ventriloquism, gardening, bird-watching, beachcombing, and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Richard, have been blessed with two grown children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

 

Make your own Prayer Jar!

Want to make your own prayer jar to pass along to future generations? CLICK HERE to download a printable template you can use to write your sentiments on. Simply cut out each strip of paper when you’re finished and put them in the jar of your choice.

Blog Stops

Janices book reviews, August 14

Among the Reads, August 14

The Avid Reader, August 14

Reflections From My Bookshelves, August 15

Just Commonly, August 15

Genesis 5020, August 16

Mary Hake, August 16

Bigreadersite, August 16

Lighthouse Academy, August 17

Seasons of Opportunities, August 17

Christian Bookaholic, August 18

Luv’N Lambert Life, August 18

Random Thoughts From a Bookworm, August 19

Blossoms and Blessings, August 19

Splashes of Joy, August 20

SusanLovesBooks, August 20

Ashley’s Bookshelf, August 21

Because I said so — adventures in parenting, August 21

Two Points of Interest, August 22

Southern Gal Loves to Read, August 22

Cafinated Reads, August 23

Quiet quilter, August 23

Have A Wonderful Day, August 24

Carpe Diem, August 24

A Baker’s Perspective, August 25

Bibliophile Reviews, August 25

proud to be an autism mom, August 26

Texas Book-aholic, August 26

Reader’s Cozy Corner, August 27

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 27

Jeanette’s Thoughts, August 27

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Wanda is giving away a grand prize that includes a $25 Amazon Gift Card, jar-shaped notepad, and a copy of The Hope Jar (with an autographed book plate inside).

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d19e/the-hope-jar-celebration-tour-giveaway

My thoughts:

I don’t read a lot of Amish fiction but I always enjoy the inside peek into the Amish way of life. It’s obvious Wanda has done a lot of research and does a great job of painting the picture.

It was hard to be mad at Michelle. Even though she was deceiving all of these people you knew her story and wanted good things for her. But I didn’t like her sneaky way of doing things.

I’m honestly a bit torn with this book. I did like it but I wasn’t fully invested in it. But the overall story was interesting and I liked the characters.

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 me through the Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own. 

 

Set Free and Delivered by Sophia Ruffin

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Too often Christians say the sinner’s prayer, only to fall back into the sin from which they were saved. Others fear the same fate as they struggle to resist old temptations and habits. We blame God, as though He didn’t save us completely. When doubts come to the surface, we feel it’s impossible to stay a faithful Christian.

The truth is, the spiritual warfare you experience is not because you are not free. You’re attacked because you are free. You are now a threat to the darkness, so the opposition increases. The enemy knows you are instrumental in spreading the gospel and in advancing God’s kingdom.

It is possible to stay in the light and never go back into the darkness. As the Bible says in John 8:36, “If the Son sets you free, you shall be free indeed” (MEV). Sophia Ruffin uses her personal experience of overcoming homosexuality, rage, bitterness, and so much more to bring you the tools and strategies to maintain your deliverance. Put on the armor of the Lord, and develop a proactive strategy to overthrow the enemy’s agenda. Set Free and Delivered features prayers, confessions, and Ruffin’s inspiring testimony to prepare you for the battles that come after giving your life to God.

My thoughts:

After the altar.

What happens after the altar? After we have been delivered?

So many people I know go back to their sin. Even I have had to fight my old urges and thoughts. Without staying in the word and having my time with Jesus I would easily go back.

This book can be life changing and save you from going back to old patterns. Once you have been saved you have been delivered. We live in a place of victory but we let the enemy trick us into going back to the things that will ruin us.

This book addresses how that happens then Sophia gives you powerful prayers and declarations to speak over your life.

I found myself highlighting so many things in this book. If you struggle with returning to the very things you know God delivered you from read this book and take it seriously. Pray the prayers, speak the truth out loud. We have been set free!!

Visit Sophia 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 me through Netgalley.com. All opinions are my own. 

 

Review and Giveaway: Called to Protect by Lynette Eason August 14, 2018

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She’ll have to draw on all of her resources to crack the case–and guard her heart.

After being dumped by her fiancé, Chloe St. John has decided that the only male she likes is her K-9 German shepherd partner, Hank. But being over the whole romance thing has perks–like giving full attention to her job. Attention she’s definitely going to need because a case of human trafficking with connections to her missing cousin just landed in her lap.

Deputy US Marshall Blake MacCallum is in a race against the clock to rescue his kidnapped daughter when Chloe and Hank are asked to be a part of the task force assembled to bring down the traffickers. Chloe finds herself attracted to the silent, suffering man. But can she trust him? And can Blake trust himself around this firecracker of a woman?

Buckle in. This fast and furious ride will have your heart pumping from the very start.

My thoughts and giveaway:

Lynette Eason rarely disappoints and she definitely did not with this book.

This story has so many twists, turns, and unexpected moments that you will be the edge of your seating as you read.

The romantic portion of this book was very small, which I thought was perfect. I think if it had been played up more it would have taken away from the story. The romance between our two main characters was only dabbled in until the end and it worked perfectly.

This book reminded me a lot of Taken, a movie that deals with human trafficking and I really enjoyed.

If you like fast-paced on the edge of your seat books you will enjoy this one!

Visit Lynette here.

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

Leave a comment by August 21st for your chance to win a copy. One winner will be chosen by random.org. (U.S. addresses only. I will not replace books lost or damaged in the mail.)

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

 

A Contradiction to His Pride by Leanna W. Smith August 13, 2018

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James Parker charms women.

He’s done it all his life.

And he knows exactly how he’s going to charm Corrine Baldwyn; but then the bank is robbed.

Now her heart lies as shattered as the red stains spilled around her in the snow

…blood spilled from James’s hands.

From the moment James met Corrine as they traveled the Oregon Trail, in Smith’s best-selling debut novel Leaving Independence, he couldn’t resist trying to win the sharp-mouthed beauty’s affections.

Now, as the core group of pioneers in Colonel Dotson’s wagon train begins to settle in Baker City, Oregon and build homesteads, James is restless to make his fortune so he can stake his own claim and win Corrine’s hand with honor.

But when James takes Corrine on an outing designed to impress her, things go tragically wrong. James foils a bank robbery and unwittingly sets a series of events into motion that shatter Corrine’s heart and now threaten her life, along with his and her older brother Charlie’s.

Soon there are several folks heading back down the trail—James, Charlie, Corrine, Harry and Tam Sims, the Baker City Sheriff, a newspaper man, a notorious criminal family, and Hoke Mathews—all set to collide in a final showdown in a Colorado mining town as outlaw Duke Walden seeks to make James pay for his heroic actions.

My thoughts:

I just read the first book in this series last week (loved it) and was excited to read this book.

Oh. My. Yes. This book was amazing. I loved it, too.

I adored James and his heart and who he was.

Corrine was so sassy in the first book I wasn’t sure how much I would like her in this book. I like her so much. Such a strong young woman.

The romance between these two was hot.

The message of not judging others is strong in this book, God’s forgiveness and redemption.

I highly recommend this series.

Visit Leanne here.

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

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

 

Leaving Independence by Leanne W. Smith August 10, 2018

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Abigail Baldwyn might not be a widow after all…

Ever since she received word that her husband, Robert, was killed in the Civil War, Abigail has struggled to keep her Tennessee home and family together. Then a letter arrives claiming that Robert isn’t dead, yet he has no plans to return. Desperate for answers, Abigail travels to Independence, Missouri, where she joins a westbound wagon train to find him.

Leading a company along the Oregon Trail isn’t part of Hoke Mathews’s plans. But then the former cavalry scout gets a glimpse of Abigail—so elegant compared to the rest of their hardscrabble wagon community, yet spirited and resilient. Through every peril they encounter—snakebites, Indian raids, fevers, dangerous grudges—his bond with Abigail grows.

Abigail knew this journey would test her courage. Now it’s testing her marriage vows and her heart, daring her to claim a future on her own terms in a land rich with promise.

My thoughts:

I love finding new to me authors and loving them. Such is the case with Leanne. Why have I not heard of her? She has created and amazing story that is full of romance, adventure and is just raw and honest.

I adored this journey on the Oregon trail and getting to know these interesting characters.

The cool thing about this book was that the reader knew some inside information and that Abigail was headed toward disaster but we couldn’t warn her.

I loved Hoke, his strength and his sense of right and wrong made him the perfect hero.

I can’t wait to read the next book in this series (coming to you next week). I highly recommend this one.

Visit Leanne here. 

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