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Book Giveaway!

Good morning and happy Monday! We are less than a week away from celebrating Easter and all Christ accomplished through His resurrection. I didn’t purposely time this post for this week, but I’m glad –and think it’s fitting—to do something a little bit joyful on my blog today.

It has been too long since my last book giveaway, so I’m offering up this brand new copy of Saving Amelie by Cathy Gohlke. (Did you read my review of it? Check that out here.) It’s all crisp edges and smooth pages… just the way I like a new book to feel. To make it yours, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post with the name of a Christian fiction book you think I should read.
I need inspiration!

This giveaway is only open to entrants with a U.S. mailing address (I’m so sorry if that excludes you! For shipping reasons I’m keeping things simple.) Feel free to give me more than one book suggestion if you like, but only one comment/entry per person please. Next Monday morning (4/22/19) the giveaway will close and I will use a random number generator program to choose one winning comment. If you’re the lucky winner, I’ll contact you through email to get your mailing address so I can send you your lovely prize! ❤


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He Leads Me

I don’t usually write about non-fiction on this blog but I recently discovered a new company producing Bible studies and other tools that I thought you might enjoy hearing about– The Daily Grace Co. I’m not sponsored in any way, I just stumbled across their website, http://www.thedailygraceco.com, and I thought they had some beautiful, enriching products.

Since Daily Grace happened to be having a warehouse sale at the time, I bought a number of different things to try– a few studies, some highlighters designed to not bleed through the thin pages of your Bible, and a set of Bible verse cards. So far I’ve only worked through one study, so I’m not ready to vouch for the quality of their entire line… but I really liked this study on Psalm 23 called “He Leads Me.” It’s a short study, meant to be finished in two weeks, and works carefully through each verse and line of the beloved chapter.

The study includes prompts to read and write out the chapter, as well as including the daily lessons on each verse or individual line. Almost every day includes three or so questions to help you think through and absorb the meaning of the section. I appreciated that the study was encouraging and refreshing to my soul, but it didn’t feel fluffy/lacking in substance.

Keeping that in mind, I did sometimes wish there were a little more content for days when I had time to do a longer study (maybe optional cross-reference suggestions? Bonus questions in the back of the book for further reflection?) but seeing as this was only designed to be a two week study I really can’t fault it much for that. I’d like to try another Daily Grace study on the book of Isaiah next and see if that gives me more meat to chew on.

If you check out their website, let me know what you think. Also, what Bible studies do you recommend and use often?

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Christian Fiction Gifts for Men!

Readers, it’s December 3rd, and Christmas is nearly upon us– but there’s still time to order a few presents or take a trip to your local bookstore to grab something special for someone you love! That said, I’ve wanted to make up a “Christian fiction gift ideas” post for quite some time, and I’ve geared this list specifically to men. Why? Personally, I find it much more difficult to find Christian fiction for guys than for gals. I don’t know how many times I’ve done google searches trying to find something for my truck-fixin’, burger grillin’ dad that isn’t stuffed to overflowing with sappy romances or mainly female characters. I’ve read most of these books myself (so women can enjoy them too) and a few I haven’t read yet came highly recommended for this post by my father. (Thanks dad!)

I hope you find just what you need for the man in your life!

(These are in no particular order)

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If he would enjoy heartfelt historic fiction set in WWII,  try:

 1. Whose Voice the Waters Heard, by Robert Vaughan

Or, instead, a Civil War coming-of-age story:

2. William Henry is a Fine Name (and its sequel), by Cathy Gohlke

Maybe he’d prefer something fast-paced, like this suspense/psychological thriller:

3. Centralia, by Mike Dellosso

Set in the early church days–with plenty of action and political intrigue– is:

4. The Last Disciple, by Hank Hanegraaff and Sigmund Brouwer

In a different vein, a humor-filled and nostalgic piece of Americana:

5.  Eden Hill, by Bill Higgs

And a contemporary novel that’s lighthearted and down to earth:

6. Summer of Light by W. Dale Cramer (also, check out his other works, such as Bad Ground and Sutter’s Cross)

 

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