Friday, September 21, 2018

Orphans of the West | Blog Tour

My author friend, Faith Blum, is releasing more books again! This time, she's concluding her Orphans of the West series.

About the Books

Sing the Wondrous Story

an Orphans of the West novella
Jason was kicked out three years ago. His judgmental actions and decisions caused a rift and turmoil within his family, especially concerning his sister, Jessamine. Now God is leading him to return home—a home he isn’t certain he will be welcomed back to. The last three years has led to personal growth, he still has a lot to learn. Can he overcome his past mistakes or will he always be the black sheep?
Jessamine has popularity and the attention of many in town except the two men she wants to catch for herself. She lives for those moments of attention and needs to marry a rich man to buy all the pretty things she desires. There are two men who fit that and she will stop at nothing to find a husband to make her life perfect. When Jason returns and challenges her actions, will she be able to let go of her plan? Can she find love in more than herself?

He Leadeth Me

(Orphans of the West, #4)
Gage was eight when his parents died, but despite that, he has been content with his life. He misses the farm, though, and when his uncle gives him the deed and tells him to go back, he seizes the opportunity.
Almost a full day’s ride, Gage reconnects with his friend, Danny and settles into farm life. Then someone shows up claiming Gage’s long-dead father owed a large sum of money that has accrued thirteen years of interest.
What will Gage do when he learns of his father’s past? Will he let God lead him no matter what happens?

About the Author

Faith Blum is a small-town Wisconsin girl. She’s lived in, or outside of, small towns her whole life. The thought of living in a city with more than 60,000 people in it scares her, especially after some interesting adventures driving through big cities like Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota.
Faith currently resides in the middle of the state of Wisconsin with her husband and their cat, Smokey. She is blessed to be able to have writing as her full-time career with household work and cooking to do on the side. She loves to paint walls as long as she doesn’t have to do hallways or ceilings.
When not writing, you can find her cooking food from scratch due to food allergies (fun), doing dishes (meh), knitting, crocheting, sewing, reading, or spending time with her husband (yay!). She is also a Community Assistant for the Young Writers Workshop and loves her work there. She loves to hear from her readers, so feel free to contact her on her website.

Follow Along!

We have two weeks of amazing blog posts culminating in a fantastic Facebook party on the 26th, 1:00 to 2:30 PM CDT!

Wednesday, September 12th

Intro Post // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries Sing the Wondrous Story Spotlight // Faith Blum @ Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections Author Interview // Germaine Han @ The Writing Mafia

Thursday, September 13th

Book Spotlight // Kaylee @ Kaylee’s Kind Of Writes

Saturday, September 15th

Book Spotlight // Angela R. Watts @ The Peculiar Messenger

Monday, September 17th

Review of Sing the Wondrous Story // Abigail McKenna @ Novels, Dragons, and Wardrobe Doors

Wednesday, September 19th

Author Interview // Maddie Morrow @ What a Novel Idea Guest Post // Medomfo @ Writings from a God Girl

Thursday, September 20th

Guest Post // Rachel Rossano

Friday, September 21st

Book Spotlight // Amanda Tero @ With a Joyful Noise

Saturday, September 22nd

Review of Sing the Wondrous Story // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries

Monday, September 24th

Review of Sing the Wondrous Story // Grace Maples @ Proclaiming His Excellencies

Tuesday, September 25th

Review of Sing the Wondrous Story // Chloe @ Purely by Faith Reviews

Wednesday, September 26th

He Leadeth Me Spotlight // Faith Blum @ Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections Review of Sing the Wondrous Story // Hanne T @ RockandMinerals4Him Wrap-Up Post // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries

Giveaway Info

Enter the giveaway! The winner will receive a notebook, metal bookmark, and a paperback copy of one of the books (winner’s choice).

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Friday, September 14, 2018

God's Blessings Day by Day | Book Review

My Review
This is such an adorable little book. The cover makes me smile, and then each two-page spread is colorful and decorated with a cute little animal.

The devotions in this book are very short (can be read in about two minutes). The idea of family devotion time with children really pulled me to this book, but as I got to reading the devotions, I was a little disappointed in them, as they are really watered down. I can see them as good for a toddler, but children of 4-above can process things deeper than we give them credit for. The International Children’s Bible is the main text used for the devotional, and the verses don’t always mean the same thing from this paraphrased text as compared to other translations—which then means that the devotionals, while they have good thoughts, are not in line with the passage quoted.

I know that this all may seem harsh to say, but if you feed a child physical food with little nutrients, the child will grow up weak and sickly. The same with spiritual nourishment. If you just give them tiny nibbles of the truth (“love Jesus and you’re His child”) rather than what the Bible says in full (that we must repent of our sins and trust in Jesus Christ as our way to heaven), it will stunt their growth as a Christian (I have heard of many people who didn’t really know the true plan of salvation, because they were taught to just do good and love Jesus). Not all of the devotions are as vague as that (yes, there are several that just say “love Jesus and you will have the Holy Spirit”); some of them do go more into detail, but you’d almost have to pick and choose from them.

I do understand that in such small devotions, it is difficult to expound on deep doctrinal truths. So I suppose it is all about what you’re looking for in a devotion book. If you’re just looking for a reminder for children to be good and kind, this fits the bill. But if you want something deeper, you may have to find another book.

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

About the Book
God’s Blessing Day by Day is a trustworthy devotional compiled by renowned pastors and church leaders. Edited by Johnny Hunt, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, this devotional is the perfect way to introduce your children and grandchildren to a legacy of faith.
One of the greatest gifts - and greatest challenges - of raising children is introducing them to the ways of God. As parents and grandparents, we want to impart our faith to the children we love so dearly, and it can feel more difficult than ever in the fast-moving, instant-access culture in which we find ourselves.
God’s Blessing Day by Day,compiled by Johnny Hunt and more than 50 pastors and church leaders, is the perfect way to build faith through gratitude.
This easy-to-understand, child-friendly devotional is the perfect way to engage your family. Each devotion is written on topics children care about and includes great prayers and takeaways that will spark conversation as the timeless Word of God instructs and inspires your children.
Impart a deeper connection with the Lord in your children, help them establish healthy habits of devotion and prayer, and equip them with the tools they need to grow their faith.

Purchase on Amazon

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

If Only it Were Yesterday | Blog Tour and Giveaway

One of my dear author-friends is releasing her new, ultra cute and charming book!! If you're a lover of history, you so want this book! I'm serious! 

My Review
Things were so much better in times before us... weren’t they? I’ve been as guilty as Liz Cooke in wishing for simpler times and fantasizing them. Liz learns a timely and much-needed lesson in here.

Yes, this is a time-travel book in a sense—through a dream. I thought the author did a fantastic job at keeping things realistic and interesting at the same time. I’m not a fan of time-travel, but there were absolutely no weird overtones in this book.

The spiritual message was solid and very applicable. Many Biblical principles were presented and Liz was super real as a struggling human. Yet she learned and grew.

The romance... Liz was definitely a hopeless romantic. But even in this, she learned reality. I was personally rooting for her and the man she ended up with, because it was just so natural and not all-consuming passion.

I had the privilege of beta-reading this book, but I liked it so much that when the manuscript was polished for publication, I read and enjoyed it just as much the second time in one year. It’s not a super long book, but it is a super cute and enjoyable book.

About the Book
Liz Cooke has two problems in life: Her social media is filled with brewing political conflict and her idea of a perfect man seems to have gone extinct a century ago. Inspired by the contents of an antique trunk, Liz dreams she time-travels to 1885. As she sets out to enjoy the Victorian era in all its glory, armed with knowledge gleaned through historical novels and period dramas, will she find the past to be all that she thought? And does the right man for her exist only in her dreams or has he been in her life all along?
Loosely inspired by Alice in Wonderland, A.M. Heath brings you a fun read chock-full of humor and whimsy with a special message for the avid reader in all of us.

 What's a release without a giveaway? And A.M. Heath has a fun giveaway that totally fits the book!

About the Author
Besides being an Indie Author, I’m a wife, mother of four, children’s Sunday School teacher, sweet tea drinker, history fanatic, romantic, bubbly, lover of broccoli, and cake decorator who has a soft spot for Christmas trees, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
What I’m not is a laundress (or at least not one who keeps up very well), a duster, tall, or patient in a doctor’s office.

Author Links: 
You can visit me online on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest, and my blog. *Note: I’m most active on Facebook and my blog.
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Release Day Spotlights: 
Sept 4: 
Amanda Tero @ With a Joyful Noise
Becky Dempsey @ Blossoms and Blessings 
Alicia G. Ruggieri @ A Brighter Destiny
Reviews for If Only It Were Yesterday:
Sept. 5:
Laura Wilson @ Blue Eye Books
Sept. 6:
Alicia G. Ruggieri @ A Brighter Destiny
Sept. 10: 
Karen Hadley @ Karen Sue Hadley
Sept. 11:
Becky Dempsey @ Blossoms and Blessings
Sept. 12: 
Virginia Winfield @ Bigreadersite
Sept. 13:
Heather G. @ Blue Jeans and Teacups
Sept. 17:
Raechel Lenore @ God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae

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