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Kregel Tour: A Thousand Shall Fall (Shenandoah Valley Saga Book 1) by Andrea Boeshaar


About the Book:

A story of love, hope, and healing set in the midst of the Civil War

Nineteen-year-old Carrie Ann Bell is independent and spirited. The only thing she really fears are the Union soldiers fighting against her Confederate friends. When her youngest sister runs away from home, brave Carrie Ann is determined to find her and bring her back. Disguised as a soldier, she sets off—only to find she’s fallen into the hands of the enemy.

Her childhood friend Confederate Major Joshua Blevins has warned her against these Yankees: they’re all devils, ready to inflict evil on unsuspecting young women. When Colonel Peyton Collier arrests her for her impersonation of an officer, it seems to confirm all her fears.

Soon, though, she finds herself drawn to the handsome, gallant colonel. He rescued her, protected her, and has been every inch the gentleman. Carrie Ann discovers that her foe has become her ally—and more than that, someone she could love. But the arrival of Joshua in the Union camp as a spy will test her loyalties. Will she protect someone who has been like family or be loyal to this stranger to whom she wants to offer her heart? When her world is being torn apart around her, whom should she trust?

Set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, A Thousand Shall Fall is framed around compelling characters and a very romantic setting in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Andrea Boeshaar’s extensive research guarantees historical accuracy and romance genre enthusiasts and Civil War buffs alike will enjoy the Christian perspectives on actual historical events.

You can purchase your copy at Kregel.

About the Author:

Andrea Boeshaar is the cofounder of American Christian Fiction Writers and runs “The Writer’s ER,” a coaching service for writers. She is the author of thirty published works, including Threads of Faith, a finalist in the Inspirational Readers Choice Awards. Andrea is also the author of a popular devotional and regularly blogs on a number of sites.

You can connect with Andrea at her website, Facebook and Twitter.

 

My Opinion:

I am a huge Civil War history buff, visiting the historical sites and reading books set during that time or about that time gets my interest piqued so when I had a chance to read A Thousand Shall Fall by Andrea Boeshaar I had to join in the tour. The book takes place in the Shenandoah Valley of West Virginia, which ironically enough is where I’m writing this review at – in a city that is mentioned in the book several times – and others that I’ve actually visited. Carrie is the heroine that most of us like to read about, strong and confident and sure of her ability to save everyone – she dresses as a man in order to go after her runaway sister and in the hopes her mother may finally love her and welcome her back home. Colonel Peyton Collier is a changed man, although the only ones who believe that is his Aunt and her freed slave, Tabitha.

The book kept me turning the pages quickly and even waking up in the middle of the early morning to get more reading in, a source of frustration that there is no down time at work to read or I would have had it read sooner. I was swept up in the tale of the North and South forces as they battle to take town after town and those who are neither side and terrorize the citizens. Carrie’s story feels so real, the romance that forms after a lapse when she sutures the Colonel’s arm and her struggle to be a caring, loving daughter and sister even after the truth of her familial heritage is revealed. I can even ‘see’ some of the landscape, especially Harper’s Ferry that I’ve had the pleasure of visiting – the writing of Andrea Boeshaar is rich with feeling and descriptions that make it a wonderful read.

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Aneko Press: The Christmas Story in 40 Days by Christ Loehmer Kincaid


 

About the Book:

Do you know the story of the first Christmas, the entire story, not just what you have seen on Christmas specials or heard in Christmas hymns?

Take a few minutes each day for the next 40 days to read about the events leading up to this holiest of nights.  Meet the people who were there, Elizabeth, Zachariah, the Angel Gabriel, Mary and Joseph.  Travel across the Judean countryside to Nazareth and on to Bethlehem.  Witness the birth of Jesus as you never have before.

  • Spend 40 days strengthening your faith.
  • Spend 40 days drawing closer to God.
  • Spend 40 days getting to know your Savior Jesus Christ.

About the Author:

As I was growing up, I dreamed of accomplishing two things with my life: write a book and change the world. You might think that the book was the easy part, but who can change the world?

While I was publishing my memoir of my mission trip to Kenya, “A Time for Every Purpose Under Heaven”, that I realized my dream of changing the world is not so foolish. Like every item on anyone’s bucket list, this too could someday be crossed off my list. I have come to realize that to change the world means to change one person’s world.

My daughter and I returned to Kenya in the spring of 2013 and while there met many more men, women and children who need positive change in their lives. My daughter began working on a nonprofit organization to help these people, to empower them and improve their way of life. Tumaini Volunteers, Inc., was born and remains a work in progress.

In addition to my writing and involvement with Tumaini Volunteers, I work fulltime in the medical field, mentor a Kinship kid, mentor my church’s college students, and sponsor a Compassion child.

I am not anyone special, but I now know that change is possible. The world can be a better place. We just need to get out there and do the work that God has given us to do.

My Opinion:

I know it’s late and I’m so sorry about that – life happened and so this got put on the back burner along with some other things. If you’re looking for a short but meaningful devotional for the Christmas season then The Christmas Story in 40 Days is definitely one that I would recommend. It is suggested that in order to finish by Christmas Eve to begin this devotional on November 15th, and if you buy it now you’ll have plenty of time when November rolls around again. I also want to note that the Bible passage given at the beginning of each day’s reading is from The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language. I don’t like to use The Message but it isn’t hard and doesn’t add any time to grab my own Bible and read the passage listed.

Each devotion takes five minutes or less unless you want to go deeper or you use the notes section to make your own notations – it can be used as you see fit for your or your families needs. There is no denominational bend so just about anyone who is Christian can use this devotional through the Christmas season, of course we should always remember Christ’s birth and His death and resurrection every day so maybe this shouldn’t be just a ‘Christmas’ devotional. I like that while the readings are short, they are also deep and meaningful and really help one focus on Christ’s coming and what all that entailed both then and now.

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Litfuse Publicity: A Thousand Shall Fall (Shenandoah Valley Saga #1) by Andrea Boeshaar


About the Book:

A story of love, hope, and healing set in the midst of the Civil War

Nineteen-year-old Carrie Ann Bell is independent and spirited. The only thing she really fears are the Union soldiers fighting against her Confederate friends. When her youngest sister runs away from home, brave Carrie Ann is determined to find her and bring her back. Disguised as a soldier, she sets off—only to find she’s fallen into the hands of the enemy.

Her childhood friend Confederate Major Joshua Blevins has warned her against these Yankees: they’re all devils, ready to inflict evil on unsuspecting young women. When Colonel Peyton Collier arrests her for her impersonation of an officer, it seems to confirm all her fears.

Soon, though, she finds herself drawn to the handsome, gallant colonel. He rescued her, protected her, and has been every inch the gentleman. Carrie Ann discovers that her foe has become her ally—and more than that, someone she could love. But the arrival of Joshua in the Union camp as a spy will test her loyalties. Will she protect someone who has been like family or be loyal to this stranger to whom she wants to offer her heart? When her world is being torn apart around her, whom should she trust?

Set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, A Thousand Shall Fall is framed around compelling characters and a very romantic setting in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Andrea Boeshaar’s extensive research guarantees historical accuracy and romance genre enthusiasts and Civil War buffs alike will enjoy the Christian perspectives on actual historical events.

Purchase your copy here.

About the Author:

Andrea Boeshaar is the cofounder of American Christian Fiction Writers and runs “The Writer’s ER,” a coaching service for writers. She is the author of thirty published works, including Threads of Faith, a finalist in the Inspirational Readers Choice Awards. Andrea is also the author of a popular devotional and regularly blogs on a number of sites.

You can connect with Andrea on her website, Facebook, and Twitter.

 

My Opinion:

I am a huge Civil War history buff, visiting the historical sites and reading books set during that time or about that time gets my interest piqued so when I had a chance to read A Thousand Shall Fall by Andrea Boeshaar I had to join in the tour. The book takes place in the Shenandoah Valley of West Virginia, which ironically enough is where I’m writing this review at – in a city that is mentioned in the book several times – and others that I’ve actually visited. Carrie is the heroine that most of us like to read about, strong and confident and sure of her ability to save everyone – she dresses as a man in order to go after her runaway sister and in the hopes her mother may finally love her and welcome her back home. Colonel Peyton Collier is a changed man, although the only ones who believe that is his Aunt and her freed slave, Tabitha.

The book kept me turning the pages quickly and even waking up in the middle of the early morning to get more reading in, a source of frustration that there is no down time at work to read or I would have had it read sooner. I was swept up in the tale of the North and South forces as they battle to take town after town and those who are neither side and terrorize the citizens. Carrie’s story feels so real, the romance that forms after a lapse when she sutures the Colonel’s arm and her struggle to be a caring, loving daughter and sister even after the truth of her familial heritage is revealed. I can even ‘see’ some of the landscape, especially Harper’s Ferry that I’ve had the pleasure of visiting – the writing of Andrea Boeshaar is rich with feeling and descriptions that make it a wonderful read.

If you’d like to see what other bloggers thought please visit the Litfuse Landing Page.

 

 

The search for her runaway sister goes awry when Carrie finds herself arrested during the Civil War for impersonating an officer in Andrea Boeshaar’s A Thousand Shall Fall. Soon, though, she finds herself drawn to the handsome, gallant colonel who arrested her. Carrie Ann discovers that her foe has become her ally—and more than that, someone she could love. Will she protect someone who has been like family or be loyal to this stranger to whom she wants to offer her heart? When her world is being torn apart around her, whom should she trust?

Andrea is celebrating the release of A Thousand Shall Fall with a Kindle Fire giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A copy of A Thousand Shall Fall
  • A Kindle Fire HD 6

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on December 10th. The winner will be announced December 11th on Andrea’s blog.

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Kregel Tour: 52 Original Wisdom Stories by Penelope Wilcock


About the Book:

These 52 loosely related fictional stories about the large themes of life, nature, and faith follow the liturgical year and are an ideal resource for public worship.

Sid and Rosie are an older married couple with several children and grandchildren. Through a series of short, engaging narratives, we learn about their faith, their feelings for one another, their hopes and dreams, and their perception of how God speaks to them through the events of their lives.

Each story stands on its own; their sequence follows the rhythm of the church’s year from Advent through Christmas, Easter, Pentecost, and Harvest Thanksgiving. With an open tone of wonder and reflection, author Penelope Wilcock explores the ordinary and extraordinary topics of daily life: falling in love, marriage, birth, education, illness, farming, adversity, hospitality, homemaking, and work.

This beautiful large-format paperback is suitable for personal reflection or as a refreshing resource for church and small group discussions.

Permission to photocopy is included.

Purchase your copy at Kregel Publications.

My Opinion:

I was excited to get this book and maybe learn more about celebrations that aren’t necessarily ideas that my church celebrates such as Pentecost. However, as I started reading many, many red flags went up – such as knowing the fictional Rosie has left the church and sometimes goes but doesn’t really see a need for it and then her husband, Sid, converting from Catholicism to Quaker and their embracing of all different thoughts and religions as long as it points to Christ. They forget the line in the Bible from Christ that no one gets to Him except through the Father – that means no Mohamed, Buddha or astrology – there is only One Way to God and ultimately to Heaven.

Knowing that the Wise Men used their knowledge of astronomy when the star pointed the way to the Christ child and the followed it had me shaking my head as the author has Rosie and Sid discussing how, Christians hate astrology but yet we believe the wise men used astrology. Astrology and astronomy are two very different ideas – one being science based and the other based in mythology and the occult. There was much more I found wrong about this book so I urge caution should you read it and use a discerning attitude and weigh everything discussed against the Word of God.

 

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Litfuse Publicity: Fatal Trauma by Richard L. Mabry, M.D.


About the Book:

Hang on to your seats! Richard Mabry’s latest medical thriler , Fatal Trauma, will have you reading long into the night!

A gunman who has nothing to lose faces a doctor who could lose it all to prove his innocence.

When Dr. Mark Baker and Nurse Kelly Atkinson are held at the mercy of a dangerous gunman, the lives of every emergency room patient are at stake. At the end of the evening three men are dead. One of them is a police officer who couldn’t be saved despite Mark’s best efforts. The other two are members of the feared Zeta drug cartel.

Though the standoff is over, the killing is not, because when the drug cartel loses its members, revenge is not far behind. Facing an adversary whose desires are dark and efforts are ruthless, Mark finds himself under suspicion as a killer, yet still a potential victim. When he turns to his high school sweetheart, attorney Gwen Woodruff, for help, Kelly helplessly looks on, as she hides her own feelings for the good doctor.

At the height of the conflict, three questions remain: Who is the shooter? Who will the next victim be? And can Mark prove his innocence before the gun turns on him?

You can purchase a copy of the book at Abingdon Press.

 

About the Author:

A retired physician, Dr. Richard Mabry is the author of seven critically acclaimed novels of medical suspense. His previous works have been finalists for the Carol Award and Romantic Times Reader’s Choice Award, and have won the Selah Award. He is a past Vice-President of American Christian Fiction Writers and a member of the International Thriller Writers. He and his wife live in North Texas.

Richard’s website.

 

My Opinion:

If you enjoy edge of your seat suspense, who-dun-it plots and Christian fiction then get ready for Richard Mabry’s newest book Fatal Trauma. I enjoy all the above and I’ve enjoyed Mr. Mabry’s other titles as well, and so when this one came up for review I knew I had to get this one in my hands, and I was not disappointed. As soon as I began the book I knew I’d have a hard time putting it down. From the beginning I was grabbed up into the story and probably would have finished it sooner if I didn’t have other things and children calling my attention. There were times when some of the medical jargon was a bit too much, but seeing as how Mr. Mabry is a retired doctor, it’s normal for him to write, think and act that way so it wasn’t hard to get through that – just sort of made it a bit more slow moving at times.

Since it is Christian suspense you’ll not find bad language or adult scenes, although the initial criminal act in the book is full of heart racing action some may find it to be hard to read but having read secular suspense and crime books this one is a walk through the park. Mr. Mabry makes his characters come alive, through the actions of both the ‘good’ one and the ‘bad’ ones the characters are fully developed and it seems like you are really looking into their lives as they live it, heart pounding by heart pounding beat. I think too that is why the medical jargon doesn’t throw me as much as it would some because his characters are just that well rounded and seem so real so it’d be normal to hear a doctor or nurse speak as they do in the book. I do recommend this book or any of his others if you’d like something to keep you awake at night, or if you’re already awake to keep you company.

To see what others thought please visit the Litfuse Landing Page.

 

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Can Mark find out who the shooter is before he becomes the next victim? You won’t want to miss the suspense in Richard Mabry’s new book, Fatal Trauma. Facing an adversary whose desires are dark and efforts are ruthless, Mark finds himself under suspicion as a killer, yet still a potential victim. When he turns to his high school sweetheart, attorney Gwen Woodruff, for help, Kelly helplessly looks on, as she hides her own feelings for the good doctor.

Richard is celebrating the release of Fatal Trauma by giving away The Perfect Prescription Prize Pack!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on June 20th. The winner will be announced June 22nd on Richard’s blog.

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Litfuse Publicity: How Many Time Do I Have To Tell You? by Rachael Carman


About the Book:

How Many Times Do I Have to Tell You? (Apologia Educational Ministries, September 2014)

You’ve probably said these things to your kids, but have you listened to what you’re saying?

“I remember the day you were born.”

“Turn down the music!”

“This is going to hurt me more than it’s going to hurt you.”

“Hold my hand.”

Your heavenly Father wants to tell you many of these same things. Rachael Carman knows how noisy it can be when you’re raising children—she has seven! But this lovely devotional book will help you to hear God’s still, small voice amid the chaos of carpools, cut fingers, and carpet crawlers. You’ll learn how to recognize God’s instructions for you, even as you seek to follow His example as a parent.

You can purchase your own copy at Amazon.

 

About the Author:

Rachael Carman is an author and speaker for Apologia Educational Ministries. The wife of Davis and the mother of seven children, Rachael challenges parents to live by reckless, obedient faith. As a direct reflection of her heart’s desire to encourage, inspire, and celebrate motherhood, Rachael also leads Real Refreshment Retreats, weekend events that energize and invigorate homeschooling mothers with meaningful worship and speakers plus practical encouragement for the homeschool journey.

 

You can find Rachael online at her website, Twitter and on Facebook.

 

My Opinion:

I must not have read the book description very well because I truly thought I was getting a book that would help me with all the sayings that I say each day and somehow improve my parenting.  I got something much better than a parenting book, I got a book that helped me with my walk with the Lord by using the sayings that I often say to my children, the Lord can use those same things to get our attention.  It’s amazing to me how the Lord has been speaking to me through His Word as I journal it and through books I’ve been reading lately.  Some of the chapters had me about ready to cry, like “Let’s Go For A Walk”:

“When he says, “Let’s go for a walk,” taking Him up on His offer is an act of trust on my part.

It’s saying yes to Him and His wisdom.  It’s choosing His perfect peace in the middle of the storm. 

It’s putting my relationship with Him first and not substituting a cheap imitation.” page 151-152

My life has had drastic changes in the last few months and I’ve noticed that God wants to take a walk with me, whether that walk consists of me actually getting out of bed when I don’t want to and walking down the stairs to get a coffee and spend some time in His Word or a real walk in nature – I can feel Him around me as I walk with Him.  This wasn’t the only chapter that spoke to me though, there were many, many others and I know it will take re-reading this book to really get all out of it that I can.  At the end of each chapter are “a moment of introspection” which asks a few couples that pertain to being a parent and also to our walk with the Lord, a great way to put into thought and action about what you’ve just read.

Rachael shares not only Scripture but also her stories, some are funny, some are painful and some are just real life and how God uses those things to speak to us.  Using sayings that are so cliche for parents to their children, Rachael speaks to the heart of every mom who has yelled, “turn down the music”, “take out the trash”, or “I’m the parent and that’s why”, and more.  It’s quick to read, whether you just commit to one chapter a day and it’s introspection questions or just sit and read it all the way through and then re-read it, I can say the Lord will and can speak to you through these stories that come from Mrs. Carman’s heart, from one mom to another this book will give you a bit of quiet to just listen for the Holy Spirit.

If you’d like to read what others thought about this book please visit the Litfuse Landing Page.

 

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Litfuse Publicity: A Stitch in Crime (Quilts of Love series) by Cathy Elliott


About the Series:

Quilts tell stories of love and loss, hope and faith, tradition and new beginnings. The Quilts of Love series focuses on the women who quilted all of these things into their family histories. A new book releases each month and features contemporary and historical romances as well as women’s fiction and the occasional light mystery. You will be drawn into the endearing characters of this series and be touched by their stories.

About the Book:

Thea’s first quilt show is coming apart at the seams!

Thea James has accepted an assignment as co-chairperson for Larkindale’s first quilt show extravaganza. Juggling the new assignment with running her antique business, she’s already feeling frayed when things start to unravel.

Mary-Alice Wentworth, a much-loved town matriarch, respected quilt judge, and Thea’s dear friend, is covertly conked on the head during the kick-off Quilt Show Soiree, throwing suspicion on her guests. It also appears that a valuable diamond brooch has been stolen during the attack. The family is furious. But is it because of their mugged mother or the missing diamonds?

When a renowned textile expert goes MIA and the famous Wentworth heritage quilt disappears, Larkindale’s reputation as a tourist haven is at risk. Thea attempts to piece the mystery together and save the town’s investment in the quilt show before Mary-Alice is attacked again . . . with far worse results.

Learn more about this book and the series at the Quilts of Love website.

About the Author:

Author and speaker Cathy Elliott nourishes her night-owl habit by creating cozy mysteries and more on her trusty laptop in Anderson, California. Like the protagonist in her new mystery, Cathy is an avid quilter. Besides collecting (too much) cool fabric, she also enjoys hunting for antique treasures.  Connect with Cathy on Facebook and her website.

My Opinion:

I wish I could just say that I loved this book and leave it at that but alas I have agreed to give you a longer review than that so I will try to convey with simple words what it is that I loved about this book.  First of all, I loved that it wasn’t an in your face romance with gushy love stuff.  Even though Thea has a boyfriend there is no date nights or passionate kisses, in fact she has a hard time accepting that he likes her and not the pretty mayor of their town.  At this point in my life I’m not up for romance or reading about someone’s romance so this book was the right one at the right time.  The next thing I enjoyed was the whodunit – it really did keep me turning the page to figure out who did the crime and I won’t give spoilers but it was HUGE surprise as to who knocked Mary-Alice over her head and who stole the priceless heirloom quilt!

Unfortunately, while I totally enjoyed this book there were a few things I thought were dull and didn’t add much to the story such as all the details of the clothing that some of the women were troubling themselves over.  Nonetheless, the book was a great mystery and one with a good overall Christian theme, which appeals very much to me as well.  I’ve not read any of Cathy Elliott’s other books before but given the way this one read and flowed I will have to be checking out her other works as I’m sure to find them just as enjoyable, if not more.  If you enjoy a Christian mystery with mayhem but without blood and gore then this book will be one that you’ll want to grab and begin reading right way – and as with all Quilts of Love books it stands alone so you don’t have to read the others one but once you read one you might want to read the rest.

To read what others thought about this book, please visit the Litfuse Landing Page.

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Don’t miss the newest Quilts of Love book, A Stitch in Crime by Cathy Elliott. Thea’s first quilt show begins to fall apart at the seams. Will she be able to piece the mystery together and save the town’s investment in the quilt show before another attack happens . . . with far worse results.

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  • Masterpiece Marriage by Gina Welborn
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Litfuse Publicity: Masterpiece Marriage (Quilts of Love series) by Gina Welborn


About Quilts of Love:

Quilts tell stories of love and loss, hope and faith, tradition and new beginnings. The Quilts of Love series focuses on the women who quilted all of these things into their family histories. A new book releases each month and features contemporary and historical romances as well as women’s fiction and the occasional light mystery. You will be drawn into the endearing characters of this series and be touched by their stories.

 

About the book:

He wants to save his business. She wants to be a professor. But are they asking for more than they can really have?

After a flood damages the looms at Zenus Dane’s Philadelphia textile mill and the bank demands loan payment, Zenus turns to his aunt for help repurposing his textiles. Trouble is . . . his aunt has already been hired by the lovely yet secretive Englishwoman Mary Varrs.
Eager to acquire his aunt’s quilt patterns, Zenus attends the summer Quilting Bee, a social event his aunt has uniquely designed with the secret purpose of finding Zenus a wife. However Zenus only has eyes for Mary, but Mary has no such desire for him.

Though his aunt is determined to design a masterpiece marriage, both Zenus and Mary will have to overcome their stubborn ways. Can he realize that love requires stepping out of his routine? And will she recognize that following her heart doesn’t mean sacrificing her ambition?

Learn more about this book and the series at the Quilts of Love website.

About the Author:

Gina Welborn is the author of several novels and novellas, including The Heiress’s Courtship. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers; the president of Faith, Hope and Love; and a founding member of InkwellInspirations.com. She lives in Cache, Oklahoma, with her pastor husband and their five children. Visit her online at her website.

 

 

My Opinion:

I will have to admit this was not my favorite Quilts of Love series book, I found it too hard to try to relate to Mary Varrs who seems to be quite liberated in her day and age.  She’s not seeking marriage and so when handsome Zenus arrives on the scene she isn’t prepared for the feelings that come over her – especially since Zenus’ Aunt wants him paired with another woman.  I found Mary to be so wrapped up in building a career for herself that she forgot to look around her to see what God wanted and I honestly found her to whiny for such an independent woman.  Zenus was the same way though, whiny in a way only men can be – he was brooding over losing the woman he loved to another and then ultimately her death.

I will say I still gave this book a 5 star on Goodreads because I enjoyed the setting, late 1800’s always has appealed to me in regards to settings and historical content.  Even though I couldn’t relate to the characters as much I still enjoyed the characters around them that built up the stories especially Zenus’ Aunt who had a level head and sought to be hospitable to those who entered her home and desired to help those who truly need it – of course she asked that they help in return.  Although this wasn’t my favorite Quilts of Love book I still recommend it because, like for me, it opened me up to a new author, I’ve never read Gina Welborn other books, and it does have a quaint charm like other books set in the late 1800’s.

 

To see what other bloggers thought about this book please visit the Litfuse Landing Page.

 

 

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FlyBy Promotions: Susie’s Hope DVD (and giveaway)


About the movie:

Based on the true story that successfully passed Susie’s Law in North Carolina, which seeks stricter punishment for animal abusers, Susie’s Hope brings to life the inspirational relationship between pit bull attack survivor Donna Lawrence and Susie, a pit bull-mix puppy found beaten, burned and left for dead. Recognizing reflect and abuse were to blame for the tragic attack that nearly claimed her life 10 months earlier, Donna resumes the battered animal and accepts her as family. Together, they learn to heal, love and forgive as they lead a historic effort to seek justice and protection, not only for Susie, but all animals. Starring Emmanuelle Vaguer (40 Days and 40 Nights), Burgess Jenkins (Remember The Titans) and Andrea Powell (Ender’s Game, The Twighlight: Breaking Dawn Saga: Part 2), Susie’s Hope is an incredible story of love, loss and redemption.

You can purchase your own copy on Amazon.

About Susie:

Susie was found nearly dead in Greenfield Park in Greensboro, North Carolina on August 20, 2009. Just a puppy, Susie had licked the face of her owner’s newborn baby. Her owner became violent—she was beaten so severely her jaw was broken. That wasn’t enough, though. She was then set on fire and left for dead. Incredibly and against all odds Susie survived. Donna Lawrence adopted her two months later. Susie is now a trained therapy dog and event won the American Humane Association’s American Hero Dog this year!

My Opinion:

My family loves animals so when I had the chance to receive this movie and my oldest was like, yes, I want to watch it I knew I’d like to review it.  That said, this is a great movie although it’s quite a tear-jerking movie so make sure you have tissues ready and if you have extra sensitive children then maybe watching first yourself would be a good idea.  The whole family watched this movie, including my almost 13 year old, 10 year old very sensitive child and 8 year old – we were pulled into the story as two friends know of a dog who is suspected of being abused.  One night, the friends go to check on the dog and find him left without food and out of reach of his empty water bowl – the dog appears friendly so Donna returns the next morning to give the dog more water and food.  Unfortunately, something has conditioned the dog at the sight of a water hose and he attacks Donna – this scene showed ‘blood’ and did show the dog bite Donna’s leg, she then stumbles down the street where her friend finds her and rushes her to the hospital.

I’m not going to give away the whole movie, I will say there are moments of heartbreak because of the dog attack Donna suffers massive injuries and complications, her husband blames her friend and becomes angry at everything.  When Donna and her friend find Susie her husband doesn’t understand why she’d want to help a pit bull mix in it’s healing.  There is also one brief scene where the husband and his friend is in the bar and shows them taking a sip of beer, I know I have some readers who would appreciate knowing that.  My children handled the whole movie very well, of course they can’t believe that there are people who would do what was done to Susie out there, even after the dogs we took in killed our guinea pigs, we did not beat them or abuse them.  We all enjoyed the outcome which was stricter laws in North Carolina in regards to animal neglect and abuse and Susie’s abuser was given jail time for his acts of cruelty but only because Susie was regarded as another person’s property.  Overall, a great movie and one we’ll more than likely watch a few more times when we need a heart tugging movie that also makes one feel good and want to help out.

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FlyBy Promotions: Lumo Project The Gospel of John


About the film:

FOUR GOSPELS. FOUR FILMS. ONE JESUS STORY. FOR EVERYONE.

A ground breaking, multi-language biblical film resource transforming the way we discover, study and engage with the life of Jesus through the four New Testament Gospels.

The Lumo Project is a ground breaking, multi-language biblical film resource transforming the way we discover, study and engage with the life of Jesus through the four New Testament Gospels: redefining the standard of visual Biblical media. The Lumo Project presents four films – one for each Gospel account – that will revolutionise the way we all experience the story of Jesus and the world of First Century Palestine in which he lived.

THE GOSPEL OF JOHN

The Gospel of John takes the story of Jesus from John’s gospel with its own unique characteristics. For John, Jesus is the Word of God made human. John is clear that that when encounter Jesus, we encounter God.  The gospel writer points to the miracles (the ‘Signs’) and teachings as evidence of Jesus’ special relationship as the divine Son of God.

This full-length feature film about the life of Jesus takes the actual Gospel text as its script, word for word, unedited. Five years in the making, this epic production has been critically acclaimed by leading religious scholars as a unique and highly authentic telling of the Jesus story. Narrated by leading British actor David Harewood (‘Homeland’, ‘Blood Diamond’, ‘Merchant of Venice’) it is based on the latest theological, historical and archaeological research. With specially constructed sets and the extraordinarily authentic villages and countryside of rural Morocco, it immerses the viewer in the world of first century Palestine.

My Opinion:

The Lumo Project is onto something and it’s something great – bringing the Bible to life using the Bible and historic areas in Morocco to make it real as could possibly be.  Even though when I accepted this review I knew that the Bible was going to be used as the text and used word for word, I still wasn’t prepared for what I was going to see and hear as I began watching this film.  I could follow along in my own Bible or just chose to watch – I did follow along at some points just to make sure because I’m a bit OCD like that!  I can assure you that the NIV Bible I used and the narrator were word for word correct, I can’t wait to watch the King James Version as well.  Even my children, were wanting to watch but it was their bed time so I promised them we’d find it on Netflix to watch so we can all enjoy it.

I got the feeling of actually being there as John recounts the story of Christ in his own words – be there at the Wedding in Cana as Jesus changes the water into wine, be there as He calls His disciples, and continue on the journey all the way to the not so very end – I say that because it’s not the end, is it – until we get to our Heavenly reward.  What I appreciated as well was that the actors playing the parts weren’t drop-dead gorgeous celebrities, they were regular people and what I can envision Jesus, His family, His disciples, the Pharisee looking like back in that time.  The actors do speak but the narrator blocks their voices out except at a few moments where some of the actors languages break through, which makes for great symbolism and I liked it.  I will be urging others to watch The Gospel of John on Netflix and you can chose the KJV or the NIV which makes it great for those who want a more traditional sounding narration or a more modern English sounding one.

Please check out the Lumo Project on social media: Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.  Also, please watch on Netflix – let’s keep this streaming!

(c) 2014, Sarah Bailey/Growing for Christ, All Rights Reserved, Unauthorized Duplication is a Violation of Applicable Laws

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