Ideas for Great Book Nooks

We talked last week about why books can impact us so deeply. This week I wanted to inspire you to take some extra time before the holidays and curl up with a good book. Here are some great ideas for book nooks, book corners, and reading escapes to get you in the mood for a relaxing read.

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"Book Hangovers:" Why Books Impact You Long After You've Finished the Last Page... and What to Do With that Impact

Reading books is my number one way to relax. But when I finished the last page and close the book, something happens inside me. I often need some time to work through the emotions and ideas stirred within me by the author. That processing time is called a “book hangover.” What about you? Have you ever felt like this?

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Questions Every Christian Should Ask Yourself Before Your Marriage

What I Wish I Had Known Before Getting Married + 3 Facts To Help You Set Realistic Marriage Goals. Though perfect marriages aren't possible, happy marriages are. To avoid being blindsided by reality, like I was, and blaming your husband for your unrealistic expectations being disappointed, like I did, please take these three facts to heart. Though marriage is hard, it's not impossible.

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Birthday Sale of the "Love is" series!

Friday will be my big birthday, and I’m not looking forward to it! But, to help celebrate, I’m giving you two surprises! Read to accept the gifts…

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Review of 12 Gifts of Christmas

Anyone looking for merely a clean romance but can't handle religion will not like this book. God, church, Jesus’ birth, missions, and prayer are all mentioned regularly without any apology, which I love.

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13 Worship Songs for Christian Writers

Are you a Christian writer? Have you been in a slump lately? Maybe writer's block? Maybe you're struggling with inadequacy: “Who am I to write this message?” Inspiration for writers block: let me share some songs that were instrumental in helping me to push past the fear and inferiority to share this gift God has given me. I think they'll motivate you, too.

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Review of Dare to Begin Again

I gave this book 4-stars, because though not quite as practical as I had hoped, the motivation and inspiration were great, as were the Bible studies for each chapter's lesson.

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Review of A Tale of Two Hearts

I don't know how anyone could not love this book! I finished it in two sittings, as well. I loved it so much that I will be adding this book to my favorites to re-read every Christmas!

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Overcoming the Joy-Sucker of Financial Struggles

I don't think I'm the right person to try to teach others about joy. It's one of the fruits of the Spirit that I have the hardest time with. Not that any of them are easy, but joy is one of the harder ones for me. God has always provided. I know that. I've seen Him do it time and again. But every time we lose income, every time we have financial trouble, I fall right back into that habit of worrying.

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Review of 6 Hearts of Intimacy (Love Languages for the Sexual Relationship)

Looking for renewed passion in your Christian marriage? This book gives insights on how to better know your partner and deepen your physical and emotional bonds.

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Review of Gone To Texas

Though there were a few things I didn’t like, I eventually came to care for several of these characters. And as you may know, characters are the most important aspect of a story for me.

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Help me choose!

Help me choose the new covers for my redesign of the “Love is…” series! A contemporary Christian series, the “Love is…” series follows the story of Morgan from her perspective, from dating to engagement, and past marriage into the Happily Ever After that doesn’t end the story in real life.

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First Time 11-Day Launch Strategy & Results

How I made my first launch strategy. Marketing for the beginning author. Before, I just hit publish and blasted my email list and all social media platforms at once, and that was it. This time, I had to exercise a little planning and patience. Here’s my plan for you to copy and tweak as you need.

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How 90 Days Can Change a Man Struggling with Purity

In retrospect, it really wasn't for me or for my son. But I do believe that the content is very helpful--for men who have already struggled and fallen into sexual sins. If this is you, or you know someone who is struggling, you can recommend this 90-day devotional as a great starting tool for men who want to begin again with purity.

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Day 3 of the Quote Challenge

If you've been weary in well-doing, I hope this quote from Summer Lacey will motivate you...

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Day 2 of the Quote Challenge

Today’s quote is one of my favorites from one of my favorite Bible study leaders, Lysa TerKeurst, from her book Unglued, a book about anger management and self-control of emotions that really resonated with me.

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Day 1 of the Quote Challenge

I’ve been tagged for the 3-day quote challenge! Today I have a favorite from Max Lucado, a help against stress and worry and anxiety, from his book Anxious for Nothing.

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The Big Announcement

Contemporary Christian Romance new release, #3 in the “Love is” series by Lila Diller. Love is Patient continues Morgan’s first-person saga of realistic relationships, with small town atmosphere. An easy-to-understand and relaxing story full of faith and fun.

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Review of Monstrous Beauty

I was privileged to be selected as an ARC reader for a new clean romance novel, Monstrous Beauty by Carol E. Keen, a re-telling of the Beauty and Beast tale. Here are my honest opinions

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Create More with this Crafting Bundle

I've been talking mostly about books for a while, because I know you enjoy reading. But many of you also enjoy using your hands to create some kind of craft, too, right? Why do you like crafting? It’s happy, soulful work that helps you unplug, recenter, and restore — and I want to help you do more of it!

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