Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Winner of Do Hard Things

And the winner of my drawing for a copy of Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris is...

Grateful Gramma! Congratulations.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Do Hard Things--Teens Fighting Low Expectations

Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris is a must-read for all teens and their parents. The first paragraph reads,
Most people don't expect you to understand what we're going to tell you in this book. And even if you understand, they don't expect you to care. And even if you care, they don't expect you to do anything about it. And even if you do something about it, they don't expect it to last.
Well, we do.

These two boys have walked the walk. They moved across country when they were only sixteen to intern at the Alabama Supreme Court. At seventeen, they directed the grass-roots campaign for Alabama state politicians. They "recruited teenagers at almost every level of the capaign and encouraged them to take on high-level responsibility.... By the time the campaign was over, teens had not only worked tousands of hours on the campaign, but had also put together the largest grass-roots operation in any Alabama race that season."

What did you do last summer?

These nineteen-year-old homeschooled twins want to challenge their entire generation to do "hard things." Society doesn't expect much from teens, but that doesn't mean teens aren't capable. Alex and Brett want to challenge you to change the world. "It's about something God is doing in the hearts and minds of our generation.... It's about rebelling against low expectations."

Join the Rebelution!

I'm giving away a copy, so leave a comment to be entered in the drawing.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Hearts in the Highlands by Ruth Axtell Morren

I recently read this delightful historical romance, set mostly in London, England. The ending is SOOOOO ROMANTIC! I highly recommend it.

Maddie Norton works for the demanding hypochondriac, Lady Haversham, as her paid companion. Maddie's parents were once missionaries in the Middle East, and Maddie longs for that kind of adventurous life again. Instead, she faithfully sends her wages to her missionary brother, believing God has destined her for this life of service, since she's nearing thirty and has never married.

When Reid Gallagher comes to London to visit his aunt, Lady Haversham, Maddie gets a glimpse of his exciting life as an archeologist in Egypt. A widower who plans to never marry again, Reid believes his initial interest in Maddie is strictly platonic. But things get complicated when his aunt falsely accuses Maddie of trying to trap her nephew.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story, which, at the end, is pleasantly reminiscent of Jane Eyre in its plot twists. This author has such a talent for heart-tugging romance.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Scavenger Hunt

Okay, the scavenger hunt is back up and running and a winner will be chosen this Friday! So if you want to win these fabulous reads, go to Roseanna White's to get started.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

New Releases, April 2008

1. A Bride So Fair, A Fair to Remember, book 3 by Carol Cox from Barbour. Take a trip on a spellbinding thrill ride of intrigue and suspense at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.

2. Courting Emma, Third and Final book in: The Little Hickman Creek Series by Sharlene MacLaren from Whitaker House. Emma Browning, boardinghouse proprietor, will give her heart to no one, least of all the preacher who takes a room in her house. What will it take to soften her?

3. Hearts in the Highlands by Ruth Axtell Morren from Steeple Hill Love Inspired Historical. Confirmed widower who's led an Indiana Jones life among the Egyptian ruins returns to England and meets a spinster whose goodness and enduring faith crumble the walls around his heart.

4. Healing Promises Defenders of Hope book 2 by Amy Wallace from Multnomah Publishers. When a life-threatening illness strikes and a serial kidnapper remains elusive, a Crimes Against Children FBI agent and his wife both question whether God can truly be trusted.

5. Searching for Spice by Megan DiMaria from Tyndale House Publishers. Why can’t a woman enjoy a sizzling affair—with her husband?

6. Summer Snow by Nicole Baart from Tyndale. Summer Snow is about the unexpected, about finding grace amid the ruins of a life gone wrong and learning to see beauty in brokenness.

7. Sweet Forever Book one of Indiana Brides series by Ramona K. Cecil from Barbour Publishing Heartsong Presents. The unbelieving daughter of a riverboat gambler and a young minister unsure of his calling find love in an 1845 Indiana river town.

8. The Big Picture A Katie Parker Production, Act III by Jenny B. Jones from Th1nk. Bobbie Ann Parker has come to claim her daughter. Can Katie leave behind all she loves in In Between for the new life her mother promises?

9. The Convenient Groom by Denise Hunter from Thomas Nelson. Nationally syndicated advice columnist Dr. Kate is dumped at the alter at her own wedding and marries Nantucket native Lucas Wright to save her reputation.

10. Where the Truth Lies by Elizabeth Ludwig and Janelle Mowery from Barbour. A case of suicide leads a web designer on a trail of deceit and corruption.

11. Witness by Susan Page Davis from Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense. A woman who witnesses a murder can't convince the police she's telling the truth.

Happy reading ~

Thanks to Jill Eileen Smith for compiling this list of new releases every month. You can check out Jill's blog and her spotlight on Lynn Austin this month.