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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow by Joyce Magnin


This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow

Abingdon Press (September 2009)

by

Joyce Magnin



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Joyce Magnin is the author of short fiction and personal experience articles. She co-authored the book, Linked to Someone in Pain. She has been published in such magazines as Relief Journal, Parents Express, Sunday Digest, and Highlights for Children.

Joyce attended Bryn Mawr College and is a member of the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Fellowship. She is a frequent workshop leader at various writer’s conferences and women’s church groups.

She has three children, Rebekah, Emily, and Adam; one grandson, Lemuel Earnest; one son-in-law, Joshua, and a neurotic parakeet who can’t seem to keep a name. Joyce leads a small fiction group called StoryCrafters. She enjoys baseball, football, cream soda, and needle arts but not elevators. She currently lives in Havertown, Pennsylvania.

The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow is her first published novel.


ABOUT THE BOOK

The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow is the story of an unusual woman, Agnes Sparrow. No longer able or willing to leave her home, where she is cared for by her long-suffering sister Griselda, Agnes has committed her life to the one thing she can do-besides eat. Agnes Sparrow prays and when Agnes prays things happen, including major miracles of the cancer, ulcer-healing variety along with various minor miracles not the least of which is the recovery of lost objects and a prize-winning pumpkin.

The rural residents of Bright's Pond are so enamored with Agnes they plan to have a sign erected on the interstate that reads, "Welcome to Bright's Pond, Home of Agnes Sparrow." This is something Agnes doesn't want and sends Griselda to fight city hall.

Griselda's petitions are shot down and the sign plans press forward until a stranger comes to town looking for his miracle from Agnes. The truth of Agnes's odd motivation comes out when the town reels after a shocking event. How could Agnes allow such evil in their midst? Didn't she know?

Well, the prayers of Agnes Sparrow have more to do with Agnes than God. Agnes has been praying to atone for a sin committed when she was a child. After some tense days, the townsfolk, Griselda, and Agnes decide they all need to find their way back to the true source of the miracles-God.

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow, go HERE


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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Teaser Tuesdays ~ Rebecca's Reward



Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along, so I thought I would play for fun! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!




A giggle from Inga turned his attention to the bedroom. "Sounds like a party in there."
"It is always a party when Inga is around"


~ p. 245, Rebecca's Reward by Lauraine Snelling



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Monday, September 28, 2009

An Invitation to Tea by Emilie Barnes


I have always loved Emilie's books. The pictures are just breath taking. This one is just the same, breath taking and inviting. In this book Emilie has supplied the reader with all kinds of goodies to help put on a tea. Tea for just yourself or for a two or three. Host it the proper way all dressed up and ready to go. There are ideas from invitations, to the menu, to inspirational sayings about tea time. It is just a neat little book to lay out on your table or share with a friend. Emilie shares stories and party ideas, poems and some history. If you're planning a tea or need help and ideas for planning a tea then this is the book for you. I know you'll love this book.



about the book:

The bestselling An Invitation to Tea (more than 80,000 copies sold) by beloved author Emilie Barnes and celebrated artist Sandy Clough has a fresh look and a new hardcover format sure to please longtime tea lovers and those new to the pleasures and benefits of gathering over the warmth and aroma of tea.

Alongside new paintings from Sandy are the treasures that made this a favorite from the start:

  • delicious recipes for desserts, meals, and tea brews to delight all palates
  • inspirational quotes and verses honoring good friends, conversations, and traditions
  • hospitality ideas for special holidays or simple get–togethers

Classy and classic, this is a refreshing gift for girlfriends, moms, grandmothers, teachers, or the hostess of a party.


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Friday, September 25, 2009

Fields of Grace by Kim Vogel Sawyer


This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Fields Of Grace

Bethany House (October 2009)

by

Kim Vogel Sawyer



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Best-selling, award-winning author Kim Vogel Sawyer is a wife, mother, grandmother, author, speaker, singer of songs and lover of chocolate... but most importantly, she's a born-again child of the King!

A former elementary school teacher, Kim closed her classroom door in 2005 to follow God's call on her heart to write and speak. Now blessed with multiple writing contracts with Bethany House, Barbour, and Zondervan Publishing, Kim enjoys sharing her journey to publication as well as the miraculous story of her healing from a life-long burden of pain and shame.

Kim's gentle yet forthright testimony lends credence to the promise of Ps. 117:2--"Great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever."


ABOUT THE BOOK

Will their Mennonite faith be shaken or strengthened by the journey to a new land?

With their eldest son nearly to the age when he will be drafted into military service, Reinhardt and Lillian Vogt decide to immigrate to America, the land of liberty, with their three sons and Reinhardt's adopted brother, Eli. But when tragedy strikes during the voyage, Lillian and Eli are forced into an agreement neither desires.

Determined to fulfill his obligation to Reinhardt, Eli plans to see Lillian and her sons safely settled on their Kansas homestead--and he's equally determined that the boys will be reared in the Mennonite faith. What he doesn't expect is his growing affection for Lillian--and the deep desire to be part of a family.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Fields Of Grace, go HERE


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Thursday, September 24, 2009

BTT: saddest recently read book




This week's meme: What’s the saddest book you’ve read recently?

I try not to read too sad of books. I like happy things. I guess if I had to pick sad it would be Rain Dance by Joy DeKok. Why? Though this book is a fictional book. It's sad in the fact that Joy takes you through the lives of a woman who lives a life of infertility and a woman who lives with the memories of having an abortion. However, this book does have a happy ending.

You may read my full review of the book here. On Oct. 26th, I will be hosting an author interview and book give away through the Virtual Book tour at my blog.






I like the memes sometimes it's hard to find a recently read book that fits the description though. Thanks.


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Perseverance by Carolyn Rubenstein


About the Book:

Can you imagine being in high school or college and suddenly learning you have cancer? You thought you had a lifetime ahead of you and the whole world at your feet, but suddenly you’re told… maybe not. How would you cope?

That’s the question the twenty young people in this book had to answer when they were diagnosed with childhood cancer. Perseverance shares life lessons learned through their stories and educates the reader on how to incorporate them into his/her life. It tells of their trials and tribulations, of their triumphs, and of the unique challenges that day-to-day life brings them. Perseverance also provides an intimate look at the lives and journeys of these young people and how their courage and strength have affected the lives of others.

These honest, first-person accounts lend amazing depth to the inspiring stories of these young men and women. Inside, you’ll meet Zac York, who tells of climbing Mount Whitney—on crutches—after battling brain cancer. You’ll meet Alex Oden, who—just days after brain surgery—gave his 8th grade peers a graduation speech called “A Day Well Spent,” in which he challenged them to make a difference in just one day. You’ll meet Kristen Jones, who, while battling leukemia, was able to pass the MCAT and pursue her dream of becoming a pediatric oncologist.

Twenty unique and fascinating stories, with one common theme: perseverance. The stories of these heroes demonstrate how anyone can learn to live with energy and passion, regardless of the obstacles to be faced, and will remind us all that now is everything.

Get more information about this book here.

My Review:
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom,.." Do you think you can learn from a child? Well, if you answer No to that question you'd better think again. In this book Carolyn interviews 20 now young adults that survived childhood cancer. In this book you well learn from these survivors many things. Most of all you'll find that they were fighters and persevered. They refused to give up hope. They were able to rise to the challenge that cancer had for them and they beat it. You'll find each person's story inspirational in its own way. Here are 10 things that you should be able to come away with after reading these 20 life stories:
  • Attitude counts
  • Live a healthy lifestyle
  • Find out what your options are
  • Get a support team
  • Ask for help
  • Laugh
  • Have faith
  • Enjoy life
  • Don't give up
  • Help others
Time and time again these survivors resound with a positive attitude. Though going through much pain and suffering in their treatments they were determined to beat cancer and they did. They had many challenges along the road but they overcame. They Persevered! They conquered. They all want to give back to others because they were given to in time of need. They all resound they wouldn't change their past if they could. Like Dickens they can say,
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom,..








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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

One Imperfect Christmas by Myra Johnson


This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

One Imperfect Christmas

Abingdon Press (September 2009)

by

Myra Johnson



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Making up stories has been second nature to me for as long as I can remember. A select group of trusted friends back at dear old Mission High waited eagerly for the next installment of my "Great American Spy Novel" (think Man from Uncle) and my "All-American Teen Novel" (remember Gidget and Tammy?). I even had a private notebook of angst-ridden poetry a la Rod McKuen.

The dream of writing persisted into adulthood, although it often remained on the back burner while I attended to home and family and several "real" (read paying) jobs along the way. Then in 1983, while recovering from sinus surgery, I came upon one of those magazine ads for the Institute of Children’s Literature. I knew it was time to get serious, and the next thing I knew, I'd enrolled in the “Writing for Children and Teenagers” course.

Within a year or so I sold my first story, which appeared in the Christian publication Alive! for Young Teens. For many years I enjoyed success writing stories and articles for middle-graders and young adults. I even taught for ICL for 9 years.

Then my girls grew up, and there went my live-in inspiration. Time to switch gears. I began my first women's fiction manuscript and started attending Christian writers conferences. Eventually I learned about American Christian Romance Writers (which later became American Christian Fiction Writers) and couldn't wait to get involved. Friends in ACFW led me to RWA and the online inspirational chapter, Faith, Hope & Love.

So here I am today, still on this crazy roller-coaster ride. Still writing. Still hopeful. Writing, I'm learning, is not about the destination, it's about the journey. My current projects are primarily women's fiction and romance . . . novels of hope, love, and encouragement. Novels about real women living out their faith and finding love in the midst of everyday, and sometimes not so everyday, situations.


ABOUT THE BOOK


Graphic designer Natalie Pearce faces the most difficult Christmas of her life. For almost a year, her mother has lain in a nursing home, the victim of a massive stroke, and Natalie blames herself for not being there when it happened. Worse, she's allowed the monstrous load of guilt to drive a wedge between her and everyone she loves-most of all her husband Daniel. Her marriage is on the verge of dissolving, her prayer life is suffering, and she's one Christmas away from hitting rock bottom.

Junior-high basketball coach Daniel Pearce is at his wit's end. Nothing he's done has been able to break through the wall Natalie has erected between them. And their daughter Lissa's adolescent rebellion isn't helping matters. As Daniel's hope reaches its lowest ebb, he wonders if this Christmas will spell the end of his marriage and the loss of everything he holds dear.

If you would like to read the first chapter of One Imperfect Christmas, go HERE


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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Teaser Tuesdays ~ the Sound of Sleigh Bells



Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along, so I thought I would play for fun! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!



"...The carving hadn't caught her eye, as he'd said. It had snagged her heart..."

~ p 59; The Sound of Sleigh Bells by Cindy Woodsmall

Just for the records: I'll be holding a book tour on this book the week of Oct. 12th with a book giveaway.





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my fall book challenge list



The Sound of Sleigh Bells by Cindy Woodsmall
(read my review here)
One Imperfect Christmas by Myra Johnson
Plain Promise by Beth Wiseman (read my review here)
Captive Dreams by Cara C. Putman (read my review here)
A Man of His Word by Kathleen Fuller (read my review here)
Allison's Journey by Wanda E. Brunstetter
The Winter of Candy Canes by Debbie Viguie (read my review here)
My Son Jon by Kathi Macias (read my review here)
Rebecca's Reward by Lauraine Snelling (read my review here)
The Outsider by Ann Gabhart (read my review here)
Words @ Work by Lynda McDaniel (read my review here)
Learning Disabilities by Etta K. Brown (read my review here)
these three titles are all in one book:
Little Dutch Bride by Kelly Eileen Hake
An English Bride Goes West by Therese Stenzel
The Cossack Bride by Linda Goodnight


What's On Your Nightstand
Last month's night stand here.

This post is going to kill two birds with one stone. I always forget to post my once a month nightstand meme. Jennifer over at 5 minutes for books hosts this every month. Go here to see what others are reading.


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Monday, September 21, 2009

Guest Author Kay Marshall Storm


Stolen Identity by Kay Marshall Strom

Enormous eyes in a bony-thin face, and a baggy green dress that dragged the ground. Because of all the cast-off children at the village school in India, the raggedy girl stood closest to our translator, he gently asked her, "What is your name?"

The girl stared.

"Your name. What is it?" the translator asked again.

The girl whispered her answer: "I have no name."

A child with no name. A little girl abandoned so young she could not even remember what her parents had called her. She grew up begging at the train platform, snatching up the scraps harried passengers dropped, watching other children picked off by traffickers. Now that she was seven or eight--perhaps even a scrawny nine--the traffickers had come for her. But the girl screamed and kicked and clawed so ferociously that someone called the police. Someone with clout, evidently, because the police came and pulled her away from the traffickers. Somebody in the crowd suggested that instead of putting the child in jail, the police might take her to the village school, which they did. They dropped her at the door and left.

Human trafficking, especially sex trafficking, is rampant around the world. We think of it as an eastern European problem, or Indian or Nepalese or Thai. It is. But it's also a Western problem. The U.S. State Department estimates between 14,500 and 17,500 people are trafficked into the Untied States each year, but concede that the real number is far higher. According to the U.S. Justice Department's head of the new human trafficking unit, there is now at least one case of trafficking in every state.

The little girl with no name was fortunate that someone responded to her screaming pleas. What would you do if you heard a child shriek for help? Of course, if she were a trafficking victim in this country, she wouldn't likely scream or kick. She would probably shrink away in terror, or act submissively. You might see wounds--cuts, bruises, burns. Perhaps what would catch your attention would be the constant work: babysitting, cooking, washing dishes, scrubbing floors--never just being a child. Or maybe you couldn't say exactly what was wrong--only that something about the child's situation made you profoundly uneasy.

Please, please, if you suspect a person is being trafficked, call 911 and report it. Yes, it is okay. Yes, even it you are mistaken. In fact, eighteen states require citizens to report possible child abuse or neglect of any kind.

In the 1700s, Quakers led the fight against the African slave trade. In 1885, the Salvation Army took up the abolition banner, and since then it has led the fight against a different kind of slavery. More and more, 21st century abolitionists are followers of Christ determined to see slavery of all kinds ended in our day.

Oh yes... Before I left the school in India, I asked if we might give the little girl a name. She is now Grace.

About the Author:

Author Kay Marshall Strom has two great loves: writing and helping others achieve their own writing potential. Kay has written thirty-six published books including Daughters of Hope: Stories of Witness and Courage in the Face of Persecution and In the Presence of the Poor. She's also authored numerous magazine articles, and two screenplays. While mostly a nonfiction writer, the first book of her historical novel trilogy Grace in Africa has met with acclaim. Kay speaks at seminars, retreats, writers' conferences, and special events throughout the country and around the world. She is in wide demand as an instructor and keynote speaker at major writing conferences. She also enjoys speaking aboard cruise ships in exchange for exotic cruise destinations.

Schedule Kay for an interview or request her book for review by contacting Kathy Carlton Willis Communications at WillisWay@aol.com or call 956-642-6319.

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