Friday, April 30, 2010

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God's Truth Revealed by Kathy Howard

This book is a 12 week Bible study that deals with the most important truth in the world: a biblical understanding concerning the purpose of life, more important "YOUR LIFE". When the course is complete the student will have an understanding of their relationship with God. God has chosen to reveal Himself to us through His Word. Man must want to know the truth and be seeking for it though. John 8:31 & 32 ~ " Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." The only thing required is a real desire to know God.

The basic design of this study is to present the basic beliefs of Christianity using the Bible as the textbook and the Holy Spirit as the teacher. It can be used by an individual or in a group setting. Allow for at least 30 to 45 minutes per session.

The author uses scripture as well as personal stories to get her points across. Each session has a Find Out More section for more study on the topic discussed. At the end of the book are pages of useful resources and tools:
  • Churchy words dictionary
  • guides and plans
  • Bible reading plans
  • Bible memory plans
  • recommended resources
  • how to lead a study as well as a leader's guide for using the book

You may visit the author's web site here.

Note from the author:
Thanks so much for reviewing "God's Truth Revealed." I hope your readers will find the book and the resources on my website helpful! They can also see the book trailer and download the first session of the book at
Kathy Howard

Thanks to New Hope Publishers I have a copy of this book for giveaway. Visit the author's discipleship tool page here and come back and tell me which tool you think would be the most helpful. They are all pdf and doc files you can open and read if you like. Please US residents only. Drawing will be May 31st.

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Spring's Renewal by Shelley Shepherd Gray

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Spring's Renewal
Avon Inspire (April 2010)
Shelley Shepherd Gray


Since 2000, Shelley Sabga has sold twenty-six novels to numerous publishers. She has written a seven book contemporary series for Avalon books. She also published The Love Letter, a western for Avalon. Five Star Expressions published Suddenly, You in February of 2007. This novel is a historical western set in the mountains of Colorado.

Shelley has written nine novels for Harlequin American Romance. Cinderella Christmas, her first novel with them, reached number six on the Waldenbooks Bestseller list. Her second book with them, Simple Gifts won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice award for best Harlequin American Romance of 2006. The Mommy Bride, was chosen by Romantic Times Magazine as one of their TOP PICKS for May, 2008.

Under the name Shelley Shepard Gray, Shelley writes Amish romances for Harper Collins’ inspirational line, Avon Inspire. HIDDEN and WANTED the first two novels of her ‘Sisters of the Heart’ series, were chosen to be Alternate Selections for the Doubleday/ Literary Guild Book Club. FORGIVEN, book 3, has received glowing reviews. Avon Inspire will release four novels by Shelley in 2010.

Before writing romances, Shelley lived in Texas and Colorado, where she taught school and earned both her bachelors and masters degrees in education. She now lives in southern Ohio and writes full time. Shelley is married, the mother of two teenagers, and is an active member of her church.


Tim Graber arrives in Sugarcreek to help his aunt and uncle with spring planting. At first, Tim doesn't fit in with his many cousins and their crowded lifestyle. But when he meets Clara Slabaugh, the local school teacher, he understands why the Lord brought him to Sugarcreek.

Clara is shy and quiet. Scarred from a fire when she was small, Clara has resigned herself to living alone and caring for her mother, who tells her that no man will ever see past her scars, and that Clara needs to keep teaching in order to make ends meet.

Her father passed away years ago, and her mother depends on her. But the scars mean nothing to Tim. He appreciates her quiet nature and her wonderful, loving way with children. Yet Tim has a sweetheart back home in Indiana. As these two hearts struggle to determine their path, tragedy strikes, and every other worry seems insignificant in comparison.

Though they now face a life they never imagined, will Tim and Clara have the faith to step out and risk everything for a chance at true love?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Spring's Renewal, go HERE.


Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Anonymous Bride by Vickie McDonough

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Anonymous Bride
Barbour Publishing, Inc. (April 1, 2010)
Vickie McDonough


Award-winning author Vickie McDonough believes God is the ultimate designer of romance. She loves writing stories where the characters find their true love and grow in their faith.

Vickie has had 18 books published. She is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers, and is currently serving as ACFW treasurer. Vickie has also been a book reviewer for nine years.

She is a wife of thirty-five years, mother of four sons, and grandmother to a feisty four-year-old girl. When not writing, she enjoys reading, watching movies, and traveling.


How many brides does one man need?

It's been years, but Luke Davis is back--older and wiser--and still alone. Returning as Lookout's new town marshal, Luke is determined to face the past and move on. He flippantly tells his cousin he'd get married if the right woman ever came along. But then he discovers that the woman who betrayed him is now a widow, and all his plans fall at his feet.

Rachel has carried her guilty shame for eleven years. Her marriage to James Hamilton was not what Luke or the town thought it to be. Now James is dead, and her long-time love for Luke is reignited with his return to town. So when three mail-order brides appear, she panics.

Could they possible find love a second time?

Rachel begs his forgiveness, but Luke finds he has none to give.

And then the brides arrive. Three of them--ordered for Luke through newspaper ads by his incorrigible cousins. The only place in town for them to stay is Rachel's boardinghouse. And none of the ladies is willing to let Luke go. When choosing a bride becomes a contest, the chaos that ensues is almost funny.

When the mayor forces Luke to pick a bride or lose his job, will Luke listen to his heart that still longs for Rachel or choose one of the mail-order brides?

Will Rachel find the courage to tell Luke that she loves him? Or take an anonymous part in the contest for his hand?

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Anonymous Bride, go HERE.


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

New Hope blog blast freaturing No Greater Love by Kathi Macias

About the book:

Forbidden romance, an unlikely martyr and an even more unlikely hero. Orphaned four years earlier when their parents, active in the African National Congress (ANC) movement against apartheid, were murdered—16-year-old Chioma and her 15-year-old brother Masozi now live and work on an Afrikaner family’s farm.
When Chioma and Andrew, the farm owner’s son, find themselves attracted to one another, tragedy revisits their lives. Chioma escapes to join an ANC rebel band in her effort to survive and gain revenge for her family and culture. When cultures clash in life-or-death struggles, Chioma must choose between violence and revenge—or forgiveness and selfless love.
Loosely based on historical events and set near Pretoria, South Africa, in the violent upheaval prior to ANC leader Nelson Mandela’s release from prison in 1990 and his ascendance to the presidency of South Africa, this story of forbidden romance produces an unlikely martyr who is replaced by one even more unlikely.

you my visit Kathi's web site here.

Read my review here.

Flying the flag of Apartheid by Andrea Mullins article here.

For more information about this book click here.


Teaser Tuesday ~ Green, American Style

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!

Green is patriotic, It's the new red, white, and blue. Going green isn't about giving up. In fact, it may be our best chance to preserve our way of life for the future.

p. 15; Green, American Style by Anna M Clark

I thought I was doing my part by writing letters to my elected officials and recycling our trash. I had even shed genuine tears over drowning walruses in the melting Arctic. But then I would climb into my gas guzzler and go on my merry way without even realizing I was a hypocrate. Waking up to this cold truth one day, I felt paralyzed.

p. 104; Green, American Style by Anna M Clark

Check out this books tour, my review and a giveaway here.


Monday, April 26, 2010

follow MaryLu's article link here....

Author MaryLu Tyndall at the Cross and the Cutlass has hit the target with her post today. Go over to her site and read her article. It is good.

10 reasons to not sleep with your boyfriend.

Read the article here.


Asking for Trouble (book 1) by Sandra Byrd

My teen daughter and I read this book together. Here is a joint effort review from a teen's point.

Story plot: Savannah Smith better known as "Savvy" is a 15-year-old, want-a-be journalist. She and her family have just moved from America to the London area because of her father's job transfer. Savvy is trying to fit in at school and make new friends.

Favorite character: was the dog, who seemed to be tormenting, torturing or provoking Savvy. The dog's name was Giggle, but Savvy always refereed to him as Growl.

I liked that Savvy used scripture verses and her knowledge of the Bible when dealing with others and applied them to her own life.

Something that baffled me not that it changed any thing or hurt the story just a question I had ~
If the Wexburg Academy Times, which was the school's newspaper, was in such dire straights and on the rocks, why is it they distributed the school paper on Thursday morning and then picked up those that didn't get taken on Thursday afternoon? If I were on the newspaper staff I would have suggested leaving them out for the whole week since it was a weekly newspaper. Then more students would have probably have picked one up and read it.

I loved this book and would recommend it to I would say 10-15 year-olds; probably girls, I don't think boys would like it. The genre more chicky-lit catagory.

Author Interview

Tell us about yourself and why you got into writing.

When I was a kid I wanted three careers: to be a hair stylist, to be a waitress, and to be an author. After I mohawked my Barbie and gave myself a bad red dye job I knew I wasn’t cut out for the hairstylist career. I actually was a waitress in a Jewish deli when I was a teenager, and I worked for a caterer. Although I loved talking to my customers, especially Holocaust survivors, and watching them slice a clover-stained cow's tongue, writing was the real passion. And it stuck!

You actually write books for both adults and teens. What do you like about writing for both groups?

I love writing for women of all ages - young women, i.e., tweens and teens, and adult women all the way into their eighties. Funnily enough, even though we all mature in so many ways, a lot of the concerns we have as young women stick with us. We are relational, we are emotional, we seek to find our unique place in the world in whatever situation and during whatever age we find ourselves. And because women ARE relational I often hear from them via my website after they read my books. I love that!

Your new series is London Confidential. Book 1 is called Asking for Trouble. Savvy Smith moves to with her family to London. How would you describe the journey she goes through in the book dealing with her new surroundings?

I think she finds out a lot about herself, her family, and her God. Each of us can relate to not fitting in, and Savvy certainly finds out that while everyone speaks English there are many things she has to learn about living in London. This series is really a fun series, though. Lots of excitement, mishaps, friendships, fashion, and good times.

Why did you write the London Confidential series?

Each of us, as women, remember what it's like to be a young woman, struggling to find our place in the world. Some girls have family issues, some have friendship issues, some have school issues, most of us have more than one concern. Whenever I write for young women I hope to provide them with an enjoyable read that validates their concerns, shows them that they are not alone, and provides encouragement to stay the course and see what wonderful things the Lord has just around the next corner.

The world feels a little depressed right now, too. I wanted to provide a happy, hopeful read and not a heavily issues-driven series. The London Confidential books are, I hope, fun to read.

What are some of the biggest struggles for teen girls today? What do you hope teen girls will take away from the series?

Truly, as Eccelsiastes says, there is nothing new under the sun. The issues that young women had when I was growing up are the same ones that my daughter has. Who am I? How can I make a difference? Where do I fit in? Am I loved? Why are people hurtful? While they may have different formats, for example, the internet, texting, or movies, the issues remain essentially the same.

But that's good news! That means that we women have walked these paths and have hopefully found our way. It enables us to be Girl Guides, the British world for Girl Scouts, in a physical, emotional, and spiritual sense. Just as we're instructed to do in Titus 2. We can do this in person, or we can do it by buying a good book to pass along to our daughters, granddaughters, nieces, and friends.

You say books can bring mothers and daughters together. How?

Books provide a non-threatening, impersonal forum for mothers and daughters to discuss issues. A mother can ask questions like, "What do you think of her choices? Is that a temptation kids at your school face? Do kids act that way in your school? Is the way these girls acting normal? Do you think those girls should be allowed to date?" That way you're not pointing to or calling our your daughter's behavior, specifically, but you're allowing her to express what her world is like. Just be sure not to offer a correction or comment to her every response!

Why did you decide to set the series in London?

I think, at heart, we are all fantasy travelers, excited about visiting new places - especially places that speak English! London is such a fun, cosmopolitan town. They speak English, but with an enchanting accent that American girls often imitate because it sounds so, well, posh! I noticed there is a facebook group that some of my readers are members of called, "I wonder if British people sit around trying to talk in American accents." We love their royalty, their history, the fact that they are both very similar and yet different from us.

The girls who read the London Confidential books may not be able to visit London in person this year, but they can go there via the book. And then plan the REAL trip to follow.

What can readers look forward to in the final two London Confidential books?

The final two books in the series release on September 1, 2010 and talk about good friendships and bad, why it's important for Christian girls to stick with only liking, even crushing on, Christian boys, how to persevere in times of trouble, and taking your first adult steps in your faith. When girls open any of the books, they'll find a girl who is a lot like them, with dreams and hopes and fears like theirs, and God who works things out in ways they would not have imagined. There are friendship ups and downs, school ups and downs, guy ups and downs, family issues and lots of fun. I wanted to write books that would be fun to read, and yet still be meaningful. I hope the girls find the books to be just that.

New Series Takes American Girls on London Adventure

Fifteen-year-old Savannah “Savvy” Smith is an American teen who finds herself living outside of London at the start of her sophomore year (or year 11, by British standards) because of her father’s job transfer. The transition isn’t easy as Savvy tries to fit in at her new high school and a different, more “proper” culture.

An aspiring journalist, Savvy thinks the school newspaper may become her ticket to acceptance.
Unfortunately, she doesn’t have any journalism experience, and Jack, the paper’s handsome editorin-chief, isn’t looking to train anyone.

The London Confidential series by Sandra Byrd takes teen and tween girls alongside Savvy as she finds her place in her new, English home, dealing with fashion, guys, and friendships along the way.

The first two books release from Tyndale House Publishers in April 2010.

In Asking for Trouble (book 1), Savvy ends up delivering papers for the newspaper staff but offers to write an advice column—anonymously. Savvy’s Christian faith is put to the test as she uses the Bible to dole out acceptable answers and then learns to “walk the talk” when challenged to follow her own advice. Savvy tells readers to not look at outward appearances in her first column.

In Through Thick & Thin (book 2). Meanwhile, she scores a much-desired pass to cover an important fashion event, but the newspaper staffer who is assigned with her doesn’t fit the “fashionable” prerequisite. Now Savvy has to decide whether to help the staffer—who has been less than friendly to her—or to find a way to have the newspaper replace her with another, more stylish representative.

Teen and tween girls will relate to many of the issues Savvy deals with, like desiring to be popular while also wanting to live out their Christian faith.

Watch a trailer for the London Confidential series by Sandra Byrd here.

Read first Chapter here

More information about this book here

After earning her first rejection at the age of thirteen, bestselling author Sandra Byrd went on to publish more than three dozen books including her widely-acclaimed adult fiction debut, Let Them Eat Cake and it's sequels, Bon Appétit and Pièce de Résistance. Her new series, releasing this month, is a tween/teen fiction series, London Confidential.

A former textbook acquisitions editor, Sandra is also an accomplished non-fiction writer and author. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications such as Radiant, Focus on the Family's Clubhouse Magazine, Christian Parenting Today, Today's Christian Woman,
Pockets, Decision, and Guideposts. During the past eight years Sandra has mentored hundreds of students through the Christian Writer's Guild.
She lives in the Seattle, Washington, area with her husband and two children. Visit her Web site at

A copy of Asking for Trouble was provided for review by
Tyndle House Publishing