Thursday, August 28, 2008

Wild Goose Chase

I'm giving away a copy of Wild Goose Chase by Mark Batterson, author of In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, so leave a comment to be included in the drawing.

Ever yearn to hear more from the Holy Spirit? Ever feel like you may be "missing it," missing God's direction and God's will for your life? Well, Mark Batterson encourages you to leave your life of self-absorption and irresponsible responsibility and live a life of "chasing the Wild Goose."

On page 11, the author says "Jesus' disciples didn't just live an exciting life post-Pentecost; they turned the world upside down. And that's what you can be a part of, too. Wild Goose Chase is an invitation to be part of something that is bigger than you and more important than you."

On page 16 he says, "I'm not convinced that your date of death is the date carved on your tombstone. Most people die long before that. We start dying when we have nothing worth living for. And we don't really start living until we find something worth dying for."

If you're looking for your own "spiritual adventure," then start with this book. It's a challenge to break out of your life's routine and start living in the spirit--a life of action and adventure.

Leave a comment if you want to win my extra copy! I'll pick a winner next Tuesday.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Before the Season Ends

I was intrigued when I heard about this book by Linore Rose Burkard. She self-published this Christian Regency Romance and somehow it caught the attention of an editor at Harvest House, and now they are releasing it in December. I've never heard of this happening--a self-published Christian fiction book "making it" to be published by a big-name Christian publisher. To see the Harvest House cover and description, click here.
To see the self-published cover, which is quite beautiful and captures the spirit of the heroine, click here.

In September I will interview the author here on my blog and will ask her how that happened. Now here is my review of this excellent story.

Do you like a funny, exciting plot and quirky, memorable characters reminiscent of Jane Austen? If so, you’ll love this story, Before the Season Ends, by Linore Rose Burkard.

Miss Ariana Forsythe, a nineteen-year-old beauty, is being packed off to her wealthy aunt’s home in London to escape an unsuitable match in her little hamlet of Chesterton. Ariana, excited about this new adventure, is also wary of the lack of morality she’s afraid of meeting with in fashionable London. She must guard herself against all the blackguards and rakes, especially the infamous Mr. Phillip Mornay.

Ariana is a delightful heroine, artless and funny and worthy of her sparring partner, Mr. Mornay. The two of them are so good together, I couldn’t help being reminded of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett. The story zips along and never fails to entertain and delight. The author, moreover, has obviously done her research, and the whole thing is full of authentic speech and clothing and descriptions, enough to make you feel you are right there in Regency England.

I thoroughly enjoyed this Regency romance from beginning to end. It’s exactly the kind of story I like to read but rarely ever find. Funny, touching, romantic--I highly recommend it.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Winner of Children's Books

The winner in my random drawing for the three beautiful children's books is Debbie!

Congratulations, Debbie!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

God Gave Us Heaven

I'm giving away three beautiful, hardback children's books this week. So please leave a comment to be included in the drawing.

Here is another sweet picture book from Lisa T. Bergren entitled God Gave Us Heaven. When a young polar bear asks the questions that all little ones wonder about heaven, her parents give her the answers in language she can easily understand.

God Loves Me More than That and When God Created My Toes, both by Dandi Daley Mackall, are two more adorable children's books. In fun rhyming fashion, a little girl celebrates God's love for her, and His love for all of us.

If you have little ones, or little grandchildren, I highly recommend these beautiful picture books. Very relaxing reading for parent and child.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

New Releases, August 2008

Here are the August releases as compiled by Jill Eileen Smith. Thanks, Jill!

We've got 14 new Christian novels this month. Though technically summer lasts into September, August holds more hot, kick-back days to read to your heart's content! And we've got plenty of good choices to pick from!

Also, don't forget to check out my new Spotlight on best-selling author Rachel Hauck!, who also happens to have a new release this month.

1. A Lady of Secret Devotion, Ladies of Liberty series Book 3 (independent series where each book stands alone) by Tracie Peterson from Bethany House Publishers. Cassie Stover gets caught up in an intriguing mystery that may cost her her heart, if not her life.

2. An Irishwoman's Tale, First book of related books by Patti Lacy from Kregel Publications. A family crisis sends an impetuous Irishwoman and her chatty Southern friend back to the breathtaking cliffs of County Clare.

3. Bluegrass Hero by Allie Pleiter from Steeple Hill Love Inspired. Farm owner Gil Sorrent has his hands full when bathshop owner Emily Montague's soaps clean up his farmhands.

4. Criminal Obsession by Tamara Tilley from Evergreen Press. The most terrifying part was she knew it was just a game to the killer.

5. Double Jeopardy Book 2 of The McClains: Bound by faith, honor and love by Terri Reed from Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense. Anne Jones witnessed a murder. Now she’s in hiding. But someone knows where—and who—she is. Her new handsome boss has vowed to keep her safe. Yet she will have to disappear again lest she put both their lives in jeopardy...

6. Hidden Deception by Leann Harrison from Steeple Hill. Haunted by the past, Elena struggles to trust God for the future.

7. Hidden Treasures Book Two of the McBride Sisters' series by Kathryn Springer from Steeple Hill Love Inspired.
Searching for a valuable painting on the Halloway's estate is risky business for photographer Meghan McBride . .but when she comes face to face with Cade Halloway, who's there to sell the former family vacation home, she discovers the real risk is losing her heart.

8. Love Starts With Elle Lowcountry book 2 by Rachel Hauck from Thomas Nelson. Elle Garvey loses everything to gain it all. Heath McCord heals from his painful past in order to find true love a second time.

9. Miss Aggie's Gone Missing The Misadventures of Miss Aggie: Book One by Frances Devine from Barbour Publishing's Heartsong Presents Mysteries. In attempts to rescue Miss Aggie Pennington-Brown from her many misadventures, Victoria Storm and her elderly boarders find hair raising and sometimes hilarious adventures of their own.

10. Quills & Promises Delaware Brides, book 2 by Amber Miller from Barbour/Heartsong Presents. Separated from Madison when he leaves to fight the French and Indians, Elanna Hanssen must choose between her heart and her head, especially when Madison's integrity is questioned.

11. The Falcon and the Sparrow by M.L. Tyndall from Barbour Publishing. Against the European upheaval of the Napoleonic wars, a young timid lady is forced to betray her own country or watch her brother die.

12. The Flower of Grass by James E. Robinson from Monarch Books (Kregel in the U.S.). A classic love story framing deeper themes of mortality and passing time, the true nature of faith, and the delicate balance of human relationships.

13. The Fruit of My Lipstick All About Us series by Shelley Adina from FaithWords. Teenager Gillian Chang is prepared for anything boarding school can dish her--except love.

14. Unbridled Dreams by Stephanie Grace Whitson from Bethany House Publishers. Liberty Belle's dream to be a headliner for Buffalo Bill's Wild West has come true. . . so why isn't she happy?

Happy reading ~