Saturday, March 17, 2018

Christian Paperback Sale!

Once again, I'm joining up with a few Christian authors with a paperback sale! Several of these are authors that I have--and have reviewed on this blog! If you've been waiting to read some of their work, this may be a great time to start. ;)

Usually I have way more personalization than this, but life is busy, so for now, I'm just gonna slip you the titles, authors, prices, and links. It's all quite self-explanatory. 

Christian Paperback Sale!
March 16-18, 2018

Title: Dandelion Dust
Author: Faith Potts
Price: $5.99 (40% off)

Title: Journey to Love
Author: Amanda Tero
Price: $7.99 (11% off)

Title: Befriending the Beast
Author: Amanda Tero
Price: $6.99 (11% off)

Title: The Secret Slipper
Author: Amanda Tero
Price $7.99 (11% off)

Title: Promise's Prayer
Author: Erika Mathews
Sale Price: 35% off! $8.42+shipping (regular $12.95)

Title: A Very Present Help

Author: Sharon K. Connell
Sale Price: $12.25 (normal $14.99)

Title: His Perfect Love
Author: Sharon K. Connell
Sale Price: $12.25 (normal $14.99)

Title: The Dressmaker’s Secret
Author: Kellyn Roth
Sale Price: $8.99 w/free shipping (regular $12.99)

Title: A Mighty Fortress
Author: Faith Blum
Price: $10 and free shipping

Title: Be Thou My Vision
Author: Faith Blum
Price: $10 and free shipping

Title: Amazing Grace
Author: Faith Blum
Price: $12 and free shipping


Title: Lily of the Valley
Author: Faith Blum
Price: $15 and free shipping


Title: The Solid Rock
Author: Faith Blum
Price: $14 and free shipping

Title: Hymns of the West Series (5 books)
Author: Faith Blum
Price: $55 and free shipping

Title: Savior, Like a Shepherd
Author: Faith Blum
Price: $10 and free shipping

Title: All the Way My Savior Leads
Author: Faith Blum
Price: $10 and free shipping

Title: He Hideth My Soul
Author: Faith Blum
Price: $10 and free shipping

Title: Orphans of the West Series (3 books)
Author: Faith Blum
Price: $25 and free shipping

Friday, March 16, 2018

The Proverbs Management Handbook | Book Review

Having recently begun reading through the Proverbs on a regular basis, and owning a few businesses, I was very eager to see what Mr. Guderian had to say.

There are a lot of verses referenced—I’d guesstimate that a good 1/3 of this book is quotes from Proverbs. I really like this aspect of the book; I always appreciate the use of God’s Word in books. I will mention that several different Bible translations were used. Though I prefer King James, reading books with various translations doesn’t usually bother me. This one kind of did, because he seemed to treat the translations as “this one represents what I want to say best, so we’ll use this one.” That seemed to be manipulating the use of God’s Word a little, too me, and some of the verses seemed to be stretched to fit into his agenda.

In some ways, sticking only to Proverbs limited the depth of this book. There are many other verses with valuable help on stewardship, financial wisdom, and giving, but because he stuck solely to Proverbs, these verses weren’t included.

The organizational structure didn’t really click with me. He had good things to say, but many times, it seemed a little stiff (e.g. a verse was quoted then a 1-2 sentence thought shared). And a few of the concepts were repeated throughout the book. Personally, I would have enjoyed it more in a different format, as the presentation itself hindered my flow in reading it.

However, this book did contain a lot of helpful nuggets with real-life examples and scenarios. I can see where it could help a lot of people in the business world—both as employers and employees.

*I received this book from Book Crash and happily provided my honest review*

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Writing Day #2

It's Writing Day at my house again! I'm hoping to be able to get some writing in. But before that, I had to do a little prep work. I try to do a simple assignment for my writing friends who meet up with me, and meanwhile, I share those assignments on Wordquill.

Today's assignment is Exploring Three POVs, which you can view here.

I say it in the post, but I'll repeat here: if you actually do the exercise, I would really like to hear your results! Either comment here or on Wordquill or email me directly at

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Hopping in Briefly...

So, I completely skipped last week. But the week prior, I got all of my goals (plus!) accomplished. Last week, life got crazy and I didn't write at all. This week is still going crazy, but I'm hoping for at least 1,000 words written. I would say some research reading as well, but that all depends.

Just a teeny, tiny post, in case you were wondering if I disappeared. Yes, I kind of have. ;)

Monday, March 12, 2018

Scripture Graphics #82

Do we often think on why God saved us, why Jesus died for us? To view salvation merely as “fire insurance” is to prove our ignorance of God. Jesus died to redeem us, but added to that, He died for our sanctification.

Succour (boethes) – to aid or relieve
When someone has faced something and been victorious over it, that’s someone I want to help me. Jesus knows what temptation is like, and He is ready to help us be victorious over it.
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)

How often do we truly apply this verse against ourselves? Do we really believe God’s Word is quick (alive) and powerful TO CHANGE US? Do we believe it will acutely divide between soul/spirit and joints/marrow? That it will discern the thoughts and intents of our heart? With this knowledge, do we then avoid it? Or do we lay open our hearts before this operation of God’s Word—realizing that when He is finished, we will be a cleaner, more useable vessel?

It is amazing to think on what Jesus, the Son of God, suffered. He suffered human limitations, weariness, and sorrow. From others, He suffered rejection, envy, and unbelief. And this does not even touch what He suffered on the cross. He is Creator God, Lord of the Universe, and He suffered—yet learned obedience. What audacity do we have that, when we suffer, we then blame God and act as though we deserve better than His Son did while on earth?

What verses about Jesus Christ help you today?

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Sibley Postcards | Review

When I saw these painted postcards come up for review, I was excited. Not only are postcards convenient to have on hand, having a variety of them is also fun. There are fifty postcards in this set, printed on sturdy paper. The backs of these postcards are blank, which gives enough room for a nice message and address--that is, if you want to send them, and not just keep them for collection/decoration. They are truly beautiful drawings, organized into five groups: waterfowl, woodpecker, wading birds, songbirds, and owls and raptors.

*I received this from Blogging for Books and happily provided my honest review*

Friday, March 9, 2018

Every Day With Jesus | Review

I have enjoyed the adult devotional books by Charles Stanley, so when I saw this children’s daily devotional available, my interest was piqued.

The book is sturdy, colorful, and attractive. There is one short devotional per page that takes less than five minutes to read.

Each devotional begins with a verse, gives practical application, then ends with a one-sentence prayer and challenge for the day. The devotional covers topics such as trusting God, forgiving others, reading the Bible, believing God, doing the right thing, and more. It is written in a way that is very easy for children to understand.

Personally, I find the devotionals best suited for children 3-5. However, they could very easily be expounded on for children a little older, and lead the way to have good discussion about what various verses and commands mean.

The Scripture verses used are primarily from the International Children’s Bible, and I prefer to stick to the King James (yes, even for children). From the devotions I read, it would be easy to read the verse from my own Bible and the lesson still apply.

*I received this book from Book Look Bloggers and happily provided my honest review*

Monday, March 5, 2018

Scripture Graphics #81

Two practical ways of how to love our neighbor as ourselves (a command reiterated in the New Testament).

Paul had gone through countless trials and adversities, yet he had calm assurance and steadfast trust that, no matter what he went through, God would always be with him. Can we say the same? Or have we allowed circumstances to mar our trust in God?

Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God. And ye shall keep my statutes, and do them: I am the LORD which sanctify you…And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the LORD am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine. (Leviticus 20:7-8, 26)

Anyone can make a profession, but a heart that truly *knows* God will lead their actions to match their profession. Looking at the Greek to define words—a true believer in Jesus Christ will live a life that does not deny (contradict) their profession. His works will not be abominable (detestable, idolatrous) or reprobate (unapproved, rejected worthless). Do our actions prove that we are a Christian, or do they contradict our profession?

What verses help you find comfort and assurance?

Friday, March 2, 2018

The Sea Before Us | First Line Friday, Book Review

When I think of WWII fiction, the name Sarah Sundin comes to mind. I've only read a few of her books, but she has capture WWII perfectly. I am completely transported back in time!

First Line:
Wyatt Paxton never realized coming home 
could be so bittersweet as leaving.

My Review
Wyatt had me from page one. He was more of the quieter hero, the one who made terrible mistakes, was overly-protective… YET… he learned. He was a hero with flaws, but not without progress. He understood forgiveness, but still had to learn it on other levels. He understood the importance of God’s love more than human love. I totally liked Wyatt.

But this story was only half of him. The other half was Dorothy. She made me want to both knock sense into her and kindly point her in the right direction. Her character was very well done. She was naïve in some points, but believably so.

So when you combine two amazing characters like Wyatt and Dorothy into a story, you’ve got a pretty good start. And then, there was WWII. Sundin does such a fantastic job at capturing the inner workings of various groups in the WWII. I find that very intriguing.

The spiritual side of the story was very solid. Wyatt was a firm believer in Jesus Christ, and he honestly desired for others to follow Him too. In fact, I was impressed, because Wyatt yearned more for Dorothy to have a right relationship with God than for them to be together as a couple.

At the same time, there were a lot of kisses and romance was kind of a strong thread in the story. Unlike some of Sundin’s other books, there wasn’t detail on compromising moral situations. There was a rather shocking revelation of a side character, but it didn’t go into detail and was portrayed as the heartache that it was.

I’d recommend this for conservative readers above twenty.

*I received this book from Revell Books and happily provided my honest review*

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

My Jesus, I Love Thee | Music Video

I love it when my students request a special arrangement. And I love it even more when they request it because they’ve been asked to play at an event! One of my violin students was asked to play violin at her church’s Valentines’ Banquet! I very happily provided her this arrangement.

Note: Video is recorded by me

Available on WAJN

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

On the Upswing!

Last week's writing went far better than I anticipated!! It was the final week of Author Olympics and that pushed me to do a lot more than I would have initially.

So, here are my goals and what really happened:
This week, I'm not anticipating such a big writing/reading week. Not only is the sick season dwindling out so I can teach again (praise the Lord!!), but I also have some busy weekend plans.

I will, however, make some goals. Because, as I've indicated before, if you don't reach for something then you will get nowhere. So, my goals for this week are...
  • Write 2,500 words
  • Read 30 pages (in other words, start another research/writing book)

From My Feed

This is needful on so many levels, both spiritual and physical. 
For today, I’m thankful for a friend who challenged 
me to go above my writing goals for today. 

Why yes, I go downstairs for the evening prepared. 
By the way, this crochet bag my mom made for me 
is perfect—it fits not only my crochet, 
but also other delightful things... 
like books and kindles and notebooks... 

This series holds a special place in my heart. 
I first borrowed and read the “Love Comes Softly” 
books from my Grandma Carpenter (the classic 2-in-1 copies). 
Later, I inherited the first four books of this series 
(pictured) from my Grandma Tero when she passed away. 
So... this series connects me to both grandmothers. 
I’m not usually sentimental, but here I just may be. 
One of my goals this year is to re-read the 
“Love Comes Softly” series. Tonight, I intend to start it!

<Added note: I finished reading it and posted my review here>

Saturday reads/current review reads. It’s a lazy 
Saturday after a very long week, for 
which I’m grateful. I’m really looking forward 
to chilling out today! What are your weekend reads?

And then from my Instagram Stories... regular updates on my writing and such:

So, there's my glorious report from last week! Next week shan't be quite so glorious, I imagine, but that's okay. To each week there is a purpose. ;)

What do you hope to accomplish this week in writing? 
Or... do you have some non-writing goals for the week?
Are you reading any good books? Any research books?

Monday, February 26, 2018

Scripture Graphics #80

Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe. (Philippians 3:1)
We need all of the reminders that we can get to rejoice because our flesh gets weighed down too easily with the cares of this temporal world. To have a reminder to rejoice everyday is but a safeguard for our focus.
Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. (Philippians 4:4)

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. (Philippians 4:11-12)
Just a few verses prior is exhortation to rejoice always (vs. 4), be careful for nothing (vs. 6), pray with thanksgiving (vs. 6)—those are the standard for our living, whether it be in times of abundance or poverty, satisfaction or need.

Sometimes, the issue is not about us holding fast sound doctrine, but in *how* we are holding fast. We can do so in pride and an attitude that is unloving toward other believers, or, by Christ Jesus, we can do so in love and faith.

Two types of people are displayed in the latter half of 2 Timothy 3: “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof… Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. These also resist the truth…” (2 Timothy 3:5, 7, 8)
All of these handled God’s truth one way. Compare to how others handled God’s truth:
"But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus." (2 Timothy 3:14-15)
Instead of resistance, there was continuance.
Instead of denying God’s power, they were made wise to salvation.
Instead of “ever learning” without fruition, there was learning, assurance, and knowledge.
Into which category do we fit?
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works." (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

What verse(s) encourages you in you Christian walk?

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Short Story Success | Wordquill article

I'm on Wordquill again! This time, with an article dedicated to the process of short story writing. Even though I've written several short stories, I still have a lot to learn in the area. Here, I'm just mentioning the starting basics. I hope they're helpful to you!

Short stories, like all aspects of the written word, have taken their rise and fall in the course of time. Today, we not only have the timeless short stories of the past, but we also see writers daily adding to the plethora of short stories on the market. The short story is not a dying art, but it just may be suffering the abuse of many thoughtless writers.  

Continue reading here...

Article at a Glimpse...
What is a short story?
Is Your Idea Short-Story Worthy?
What to Cut
And What Not to Cut
Start Your Story
Fill Your Story
End Your Story
Benefits of Writing Short Stories
Downfalls of Writing Short Stories
Write Your Short Story!

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