review of Hadassah

I was very disappointed with this fictional account of the life of Queen Esther, a Jewish girl born as Hadassah. Each of its few positive traits was tainted by a negative. Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this book. Perhaps someone else will find it charming and love it. But I just didn't enjoy much of anything about it.

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Review of Risking Love by Toni Shiloh

I absolutely loved this novella! This was my first by Toni Shiloh, and it will not be my last!

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Start Big, End Small: A Step-by-Step Process for Editing that will Eliminate Repeated and Wasted Steps

Have you ever carefully edited an entire chapter or section of your manuscript, revising word-by-word for punctuation, spelling, and grammar, only to end up cutting out the entire section? I have, and it's not fun. It feels like a complete waste of time. And it is. But I've tweaked a process that many writers use to avoid wasting time editing sections that will eventually get cut.

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Christian Fiction Book Bundle Giveaway

This Christian Fiction Book Bundle Giveaway is only available June 24-30, 2019. Hurry and enter for lots of chances to win historical and contemporary Christian novels, plus bookmarks, a Hardback journal, and a handmade tote bag .

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Word of the Year 2019: Part 3: Rest

How Resting in Jesus Will Help with Enjoying, Embracing Freedom, Reflecting Light, & Giving Grace: If you need to learn more about how to rest in this hustling world, here's how resting will help enjoy life more, give more grace, embrace freedom, & reflect the light of the Son:

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Word of the Year 2019: Part 2: Freedom, Light, & Grace

How Resting Will Help You Give More Grace, Live in True Freedom, & Reflect the Light of Jesus.. Are you struggling to break free of a “besetting sin” that you thought you had conquered already? Are you battling the world's darkness and feel like you're losing to either fear, despair, or carnality? I was, too. Join me on my journey to resting in grace, freedom, and light.

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Word of the Year 2019 Part 1: ENJOY

Do you find yourself struggling to trust the Lord about something? Or struggling to put down your phone or laptop to just stop and smell the roses? Or struggling to forgive a certain someone? All of these struggles have something in common: you're not resting in something—or should I say, you're not resting in Someone for a particular thing. You too can rest in the Lord, trusting Him for physical rest, mental rest, and spiritual rest.

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Review of Dear Mr. Knightly by Katherine Reay

I reviewed Katherine Reay’s latest release (the Printed Letter Bookshop) last week. When I saw the opportunity to review her newest, I was really excited because my first experience with her novels made such a good impression on me. That first experience while reading Dear Mr. Knightley is what I will describe now:

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Review of the Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay

The POV is unique in that each chapter has not one, not two, but three distinct first-person POVs. We get the story from Madeline's, Janet's, and Claire's perspectives. The author does a wonderful job of keeping these voices distinctive. I want to re-read this book later and see if I can just read each person's story from beginning to end (just from Madeline's perspective, then just from Janet's perspective, and then just from Claire's perspective). It was almost like having three stories in one, though they did intertwine quite a bit.

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Review of 2 Children's Books

WhiteSpark Publishing is thrilled to bring readers young and old two delightful stories all about color! Isaac’s Ice Cream Tree and When God Made Color are two cute stories based around teaching kids colors.

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A Day in the Life of an Indie Author

If you've ever thought about making a career out of writing, pull up a chair, pour your favorite beverage, and listen to these 5 practical tips I've learned to keep my time managed to at least a sane and manageable stress. ;)

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Review of Weddings, Willows, & Revised Expectations

I absolutely adored the humor and “meta” references! Apryl and Chance were both so witty that I don't know how many times I laughed out loud! I could go on and on, but I won't. You have to read it for yourselves. Do yourself a favor and buy this book!

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Review of Everything Old by Amanda Hamm

In spite of the few things I didn’t like, I still will probably read this again because I loved the main characters so much. I would recommend this book for those who enjoy sweet romances, especially those who enjoy a new adult feel, young twenty-something characters who live at home.

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Experiences from a Creative Mind: How do Artists Think?

I think it's a good idea for us to learn about people who react differently and think differently from us. We can always learn something new that we can use to improve ourselves, even if it doesn't come naturally. As Christians, we know that what we should do definitely does not come naturally, and we have to work at it. For those of you who don't understand how creative people think, here are a few snapshots that highlight common experiences for us artists and will help you understand and feel empathy for those who are different.

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Review of the Baggage Handler

Excellent! The quality of writing is excellent, drawing me in from the first page. The tone of this contemporary allegory somehow reminded me of the Shack, but, thankfully, without the violent images left stamped upon my very impressionable imagination. The Baggage Handler was handled much better (pun obviously intended).

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Review of A Very Austen Valentine

As an Austen junkie, I really enjoyed this collection of novellas overall. I took the average of all 6 novellas and rated it a 4-star. On the whole, I enjoyed them, though I did find it a little confusing to go back and forth between timelines in the same Austen world.

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Review of An Unpresentable Glory

An Unpresentable Glory, a contemporary Christian fiction, somewhat literary in flavor, is definitely not a book for those of us who just want a light romance to escape with. This book is for those who want to think hard, to be challenged in their beliefs, and to not escape from our current world but be confronted with several of its gritty issues.

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God is the Ultimate Example of Parenting

Now that we've seen we need to balance between the two extremes of permissive friends and restrictive authority figures with our children and how and when to say “yes” to our children, now we move on to the ultimate example of good parenting – God Himself. Both God the Father and Jesus the Son show us traits we need to be observing and replicating in our own Christian parenting.

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Christian Parenting with Generosity: Should we Say "Yes" or "No" More to our Kids?

In case you missed it, this is part two of my March Parenting series, a more practical continuation of my blog post last week, balancing permissive friendship with restrictive authority. Please read part one first if you haven't already. Do you want to know what a balanced Christian parenting style looks like? Taken from Jesus' parable in Matthew 7, here's a way to weigh our parenting, using the scale of giving, whether we answer with “yes” or “no” more.

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Christian Parenting: What Should our Relationship be with Our Children as Christian Parents?

The phrase “friend of God” has been so overused. I identify more with “beloved child.” But then I realized something. I am both. It's not an either/or question. It's a both/and. You are, too. You are God's child. You are God's friend. And, ding, ding, ding! The light bulb came on! I can be both to my children, too. I can be their parents while I'm their friend. You can, too. Here’s how:

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