Thursday, August 31, 2017

Daring to Hope: Finding God's Goodness in the Broken and the Beautiful by Katie Davis Majors, Katie J. Davis


Daring to Hope: Finding God's Goodness in the Broken and the Beautiful

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My Thoughts:
I cannot recommend this book enough! One of the most challenging, powerful, gut-wrenching reads you'll ever read and yet, you'll fall in love with every single person you meet along the way. You won't be able to put this book down. You'll absolutely be excited to hear what Katie has been up too after her first book came out and you'll turn the pages fast. This is a great read and I feel privileged to have read this book early. I can't wait till the rest of the world gets to read this remarkable book by this amazing woman who loves Uganda and the story God has for her life. Grab a comfy chair, a good drink and get ready to meet Katie's amazing family. You don't want to miss this book! I give this book 5/5 stars and I highly recommend it. A favorable review was not required.

Pre-order her newest book here! 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Promise of a Letter (Amish Letters #2) by Kathleen Fuller


The Promise of a Letter (Amish Letters #2)

Best-selling author of Amish fiction. Also a wife, mother, crafter, coffee addict, football fan, and chocolate aficionado.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Essential Instant Pot Cookbook Fresh and Foolproof Recipes for Your Electric Pressure Cooker by Coco Morante


The Essential Instant Pot Cookbook

Fresh and Foolproof Recipes for Your Electric Pressure Cooker

by Coco Morante

About:
Authorized by Instant Pot and filled with beautiful photographs and more than 75 simple, well-tested comfort food recipes, this indispensable book is the ultimate collection of delicious weekday meals.
The best-selling Instant Pot has been a runaway hit, with an almost cultlike following and users who swear by it. But finding delicious, well-tested, weekday-friendly recipes that are both inspiring and trustworthy has proven difficult, until now. The Essential Instant Pot Cookbook covers each meal of the day, offering plenty of tried-and-true classic recipes, such as spicy beef and bean chili, a whole roasted chicken with mushroom sauce, and decadent New York cheesecake, alongside a hearty array of contemporary meals, such as Greek-style Gigantes beans with fresh feta, braised pork loin with balsamic vinegar and caramelized onions, buttery cauliflower mashed potatoes, pork adobo, and more! Whether you're looking to expand your pressure cooker recipe repertoire or seeking the ultimate gift for the Instant Pot aficionado, this is the book to have.

My Thoughts:
If you own a Instant pot and want to cook meals immediately, this is the book for YOU! With wonderful recipes that are simple, easy and a variety of different meals to meet the entire needs of your family, this recipe book will do the trick. This book has some great tips and techniques to get you started on using a instantpot or will help you learn new ways of cooking if you are already an expert. I also love the amazing photos! This cookbook is a gem and I highly recommend it for those who love their insta pot. I give this book 5/5 stars. A favorable review was not required. 

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Maverick and Me by Katherine Schwarzenegger, Harris Phyllis

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Maverick and Me

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dog, which is great. I love how Karen has written the story about Maverick who is a neglected puppy in need of a home and how he is found by a carrying lady who brings him to the pet store. The owner of the store decide to take him home and clean him up. One day, Maverick has the opportunity at his "Forever Home." Will Maverick find it or will he continue to stay unadopted? The only way to find out, is to buy the cute and wonderful book. You'll love the illustrations and the color. This book is gorgeous! The message of this book is incredible and gives a great message to children too about the importance of taking care of pets, but also what it means to adopt a dog too. I give this book 5/5 stars. Thank you to Worthy Publishing for providing me a copy. A favorable review was not required. 

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Here's Some Happy: A Coloring Journal to Lift the Soul by Gina Graham



Here's Some Happy: A Coloring Journal to Lift the Soul

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Season of Deception (The Seasons, Book 2) by Sara Jane Jacobs



Season of Deception (The Seasons, 

Book 2)

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She comes up with a plan that is sure to break Amanda’s devotion to Tyler, sending her right into a future with one of the world’s wealthiest bachelors and giving Amanda the kind of life Phoebe feels that she deserves.

My Thoughts:
Sara Jane Jacobs does it again! Written to capture your attention, you'll turn the pages on this book and you'll be sad to see it end. First, I highly recommend that you read the first book in this series, Seasons of Hope. It explains a lot to book 2 and isn't to be missed. You could read Seasons of Deception, but this book wouldn't be the same without the background knowledge. 
Seasons of Deception is exactly as the the title sounds. You'll be in for a whirlwind of emotions as Aunt Phoebe tries to mettle in Amanda's love life, leaving the person Amanda truly cares about to wonder if she has forgotten him for good. Aunt Phoebe is wiling to go to all extremes including sending her to Europe for a short period of time. Will Amanda find love or will she end up heartbroken? Will Phoebe mettle just enough that the damage will done? This book will have you turning the pages and will make you a fan of Ms. Jacobs work! Don't wait to get your copy of this book! I give this book 5/5 stars. A favorable review was not required. 

Head here to purchase it today! 

About the Author:
Sara Jane lives life Coram Deo along the Emerald Coast of Florida with her cat, Selah. She enjoys being with family and pretty much anything that involves the great outdoors. One of her favorite ways to relax is spending the day with her grandsons, Noah and Elias. She lives a short drive from the beach and considers frequent trips to put her feet in the sand a necessary part of routine health maintenance.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Love Heals By Becca Stevens


Love Heals

By Becca Stevens 

About:
We all have a story. Whether written from the hardships of deep wounds, grief, or longing for justice, yours can overflow with hope.
In Love Heals, you’ll find principles that have transformed lives. Each chapter brings encouragement and practical steps for anyone going through a difficult season or searching for a deeper faith.
Love heals by the mercy of God.
Love heals with compassion.
Love heals during the act of forgiving.
Love heals past our fears.
Love heals across the world.
Along with other ways that love heals, read true stories of healing and joy, where brokenness is transformed into compassion. And believe the truth that you, too, can be changed and grateful for this life you live.
You are loved.

My Thoughts:
Love Heals is the true story of places where those who are survivors have experienced encouragement, hope and have been transformed by the Gospel at  Thistle Farms. This book is beautiful in the way it is formatted and yet raw in the  words on the pages. The imagery and the way the book is designed is a one of a kind. It doesn't feel like a book, yet these are the very kind of books I love to read. My eyes had tears and I was excited as I experienced healing throughout the pages as I read them one by one. This book is perfect for anyone going through a difficult season, someone exploring their faith, looking to go deeper or experiencing the Gospel for the first time. Get ready to sit down and read a book that is full of wisdom, laughter and where you feel that time is endless. Personally, I got lost in this book and couldn't believe how long I had been reading it until I got so tired that I couldn't hold it anymore. I love what Becca Stevens has created with the community at Thistle Farms and I wish I could see it for myself after reading this book. You can't help but be hopeful and have a sense of wonder after reading "Love Heals." I am so thankful for the opportunity to read this book. I give this book 5/5 stars. A favorable review was not required. 


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Annie's Recipe (Hope Chest of Dreams #2) by Lisa Jones Baker

Annie's Recipe (Hope Chest of Dreams #2)
 by Lisa Jones Baker

About:

Three young Amish women, each gifted with a hand-carved hope chest, find that one by one, with patience and faith, their most blessed dreams for the future can come true... 

Annie Mast and Levi Miller were best friends until his father was shunned by the church. Now, ten years later, Levi has returned to Arthur, Illinois, for a brief visit, and he and Annie discover their bond is as strong as ever. Spending as much time together as possible, Annie finds herself dreaming of a future with Levi. And Levi is soon dreaming of building a home on a beautiful local hillside--to live in with Annie. Yet their longings are unlikely to become reality... 
Levi is part of the English world, and while Annie cannot see herself there, she knows she must reveal her heart's truth to him. And Levi, strongly reminded of his Amish roots, knows he must heal the bitterness of the past. And together, with love on their side, they just may find their way to an answered prayer.


My Thoughts:
I have been anxiously waiting to sit down and write this review. Annie's Recipe is the second book I have read by Lisa Jones Baker and I know it won't be my last. First, I love the character depth that the reader gets to view as they get front row seats to Annie and Levi. While they were the best of childhood friends and then something happens, which I won't ruin, the reader is invited on a journey. One of the unique aspects of this book, is how strong willed and how much faith Annie has despite circumstances. I love that about her. I also am super fond of Sam and the gift that God has given him to create. The pages were fast for me on this one and I couldn't put it down once I had it in my hands. This book reads as a stand alone, but I loved hearing about Rebecca from the first book in the Hope Chest of Dreams. If you love a great Amish book that is faith based and a great read, pick up book by Ms. Baker, you'll love her books!
I was given a complimentary copy of this book of this book, but a favorable review was not required. I give this book 5/5 stars. 

To purchase a copy head here! 



About the Author:
Lisa Jones Baker grew up near a small Amish town in Illinois that she frequented with her family on weekends. She's also a dog lover and a fan of Scottsdale, Arizona, where she spent nearly two decades. Lisa graduated from Illinois State University with a French major, has been on 5 out of 7 continents, and considers her parents the best in the world. Raised in a Christian home, Lisa has always been blessed with love and support.

Monday, August 21, 2017

THE CHILD SAFEGUARDING POLICY FOR CHURCHES AND MINISTRIES BY GRACE

THE CHILD SAFEGUARDING POLICY FOR CHURCHES AND MINISTRIES BY GRACE

Does your church or ministry need help developing a policy to keep children safe? The GRACE team with multi-disciplinary knowledge, headed by Boz Tchividjian, a lawyer and former child abuse prosecutor, want to help you create a plan with their new book and resource, The Child Safeguarding Policy for Churches and Ministries. Creating a policy can seem too overwhelming, and it feels like an impossible task to plan for every contingency. This handbook is designed for use by a group that will be formulating policies and procedures to protect children and deal with possible child abuse in their ministry, school, and/or church. Working through this book will assist churches and ministries to assess their current child abuse polices and then guide them through each step they need to take to address the safety of children under their care.

{MORE ABOUT THE CHILD SAFEGUARDING POLICY FOR CHURCHES AND MINISTRIES}

The Child Safeguarding Policy for Churches and Ministries (New Growth Press, August 2017)
Churches have always sought to be a safe haven for children and families, but many today are dealing with the tragic reality of child sexual abuse.
This handbook, authored and edited by a multidisciplinary team of child abuse experts, is designed for use by a group that will be formulating policies and procedures to protect children and deal with possible child abuse in their ministry, school, and/or church. Working through this book will assist churches and ministries to assess their current child abuse polices and then guide them through each step they need to take to address the safety of children under their care. It will cover vitally important topics including:
—Protecting the children in a Christian environment from child abuse
—The warning signs of child abuse
—Crafting and implement a child protection policy
—Responding to abuse allegations
—Caring for victims of child abuse
—The legal implications and requirements for churches and Christian ministries
Written by a GRACE team with multi-disciplinary knowledge, headed by Boz Tchividjian, a lawyer and former child abuse prosecutor, this handbook will be an invaluable resource to Christians who are seeking to educate themselves and others about child abuse and how to best protect the little ones under their care.
My Thoughts:
As a licensed social worker who works in a church, I found this book to be imperative to the church. Often, the church shys away from this topic, but in doing so, children aren't protected or lay pastors don't know the signs. This is a wonderful resource for all pastors and children's pastors to help them understand how to help those who are victims of abused or those who are healing from past trauma. This is an invaluable resource that is a great tool to help educate the church and guide staff through understanding how to keep children safe. I think this is a very informative tool that every church should be aware of. Due to my back ground and degree + the fact that I work in a church, I give this book 5/ 5 stars. I think this book will save the lives of so many children if people are willing to open their eyes and take action. Thank you to the publisher for providing me a complimentary copy. A favorable review was not required.
GRACE

{MORE ABOUT GRACE }

(Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment) is a nonprofit organization made up of highly trained, experienced multidisciplinary professionals who seek to educate and empower the Christian community to identify, confront, and respond to the sin of child abuse.
Find out more about GRACE at http://www.netgrace.org.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Convicted by Jameel Zookie McGee & Andrew Collins

Convicted 
by Jameel Zookie McGee & Andrew Collins 

About:
Jameel McGee: “For the next three years not a day went by that I didn’t think about my son who I had never seen and the cop who had kept me from him. And for most of those three years I promised myself that if I ever saw this cop again, I was going to kill him. I intended to keep that promise.” 
 
Andrew Collins: “I watched this angry man march through a crowd, a little boy and another man struggling to keep up with him....The man walked straight up to me, stopped, and stuck out his hand. I took it. “Remember me?” he asked in a tone that sounded more like a threat than a question. 
Somehow, a name came to me. ‘Jameel McGee,’ I replied.” 
 
It reads like a gripping crime novel…except this story really happened.
 
Racial tensions had long simmered in Benton Harbor, a small city on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, before the day a white narcotics officer--more focused on arrests than justice—set his sights on an innocent black man. But when officer Andrew Collins framed Jameel McGee for possession of crack cocaine, the surprising result was not a race riot but a transformative journey for both men. 
 
Falsely convicted, McGee spent four years in federal prison. Collins also went to prison a few years later for falsifying police reports. While behind bars, the faith of both men deepened. But the story took its most unexpected turn once they were released--when their lives collided again in a moment brimming with mistrust and anger. The two were on a collision course—not to violence—but forgiveness.  
 
As current as today’s headlines, this explosive, true story reveals how these radically conflicted men chose to let go of fear and a thirst for revenge to pursue reconciliation for themselves, their community, and our racially divided nation.



My Thoughts:

"Convicted" is a compelling and gripping novel that will have you turning the pages as you read the story of Jameel and Andrew. Jameel was convicted of a crime and Andrew was the police officer who arrested him. However, the story doesn't end there, but starts there. This is the story of how two men had an experience where their lives would forever be changes when they each surrendered their lives and turned to God. It is a powerful story of forgiveness, redemption, reconciliation and the gift of new life. I love how the story is told is present tense as we hear the first accounts by both Andrew and Jameel. This book is perfect because it relates to how the world and Christian culture are handling things today. We need to be more willing to forgive and move on, instead of being angry and holding on to hate. This book would be perfect for a church who has a prison ministry as it offers hope to those who are convicted of crimes they did not commit. It is also encouraging as it shows that people are failed, broken and need a savior even if they are in high positions in the world, such a police officers. It shows that no one is better than another. We are all equally loved by our creator. Thank you to Waterbook Multnomah for providing a complimentary copy for review. A favorable review was not required. I give this book 5/5 stars. 


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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Unseen The Gift of Being Hidden in a World That Loves to Be Noticed By Sara Hagerty

Unseen 

The Gift of Being Hidden in a World That Loves to Be Noticed

By Sara Hagerty 
Published by Zondervan

About:
Every heart longs to be seen and understood. Yet most of our lives is unwitnessed. We spend our days working, driving, parenting. We sometimes spend whole seasons feeling unnoticed and unappreciated. So how do we find contentment when we feel so hidden?

In Unseen, Sara Hagerty suggests that this is exactly what God intended. He is the only One who truly knows us. He is the only One who understands the value of the unseen in our lives. When this truth seeps into our souls, we realize that only when we hide ourselves in God can we give ourselves to others in true freedom—and know the joy of a deeper relationship with the God who sees us.

Our culture applauds what we can produce, what we can show, what we can upload to social media. Only when we give all of ourselves to God—unedited, abandoned, apparently wasteful in its lack of productivity—can we live out who God created us to be. As Hagerty writes, “Maybe my seemingly unproductive, looking-up-at-Him life produces awe among the angels.”

Through an eloquent exploration of both personal and biblical story, Hagerty calls us to offer every unseen minute of our lives to God. God is in the secret places of our lives that no one else witnesses. But we’ve not been relegated to these places. We’ve been invited.

We may be “wasting” ourselves in a hidden corner today: The cubicle on the fourth floor. The hospital bedside of an elderly parent. The laundry room. But these are the places God uses to meet us with a radical love. These are the places that produce the kind of unhinged love in us that gives everything at His feet, whether or not anyone else ever proclaims our name, whether or not anyone else ever sees.

God’s invitation is not just for a season or a day. It is the question of our lives: “When no one else applauds you, when it makes no sense, when you see no results—will you waste your love on Me?”


My Thoughts:
I can't stop thinking about "Unseen" by Sara Hagerty. This is a phenonmal book! In a world where the focus is always centered on us, this book reminds us to find our focus and life on Him. It allows us to get back to find our way back to Him and that everything we do, He see's. A single moment in our life doesn't go unnoticed by our creator, which is pretty impressive to me. This book helps us a people to continue to realize that we don't long for a earthly home, but a heavenly home where we seek closeness and oneness with God, the way he created us for! Ultimately, I think this book is beautiful and reminds us of God's faithfulness, His promises and that He works everything together for His good! I want to thank Zondervan for providing me a complimentary copy. This book was amazing and I give it 5/5 stars. Unseen is another favorite book that I have read this summer!

Sara Hagerty
About the Author:
Sara Hagerty is the author of Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet, a wife to Nate, and a mother of six, including four children adopted from Africa and one toddler who’s found his voice amid them all. After almost a decade of Christian life, she was introduced to pain and perplexity and, ultimately, intimacy with Jesus. God met her and moved her when life stopped working for her. His Word and His whisper took on new shape and form to her in the dark. Sara writes regularly about life delays, finding God in the unlikely, motherhood, marriage, and adoption at www.SaraHagertyAuthor.com.

Friday, August 18, 2017

The Holy Land for Christian Travelers: An Illustrated Guide to Israel by John A. Beck


The Holy Land for Christian Travelers: An Illustrated Guide to Israel

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imagine going to Israel without it! I have pages with sticky notes and others that have notes come out of it because I learned so much about the historical sites, some of the inccuarcys, etc. This book is truly a gift and I highly recommend you reading it. I give this book 4/5 stars. Thank you to the publisher for providing me a complimentary copy. A favorable review was not required. 

About the Author:
John A. Beck has always carried a passion for reading God's Word as well as a passion for exploring the natural world. His zest for both combines and comes to life in his clearly written books which challenge Bible readers to mature their understanding of the physical geography, human geography (culture), and natural history (plants and animals) of the biblical world. The Holy Spirit speaks geographically. Bible readers who tune their understanding of this language will never read their Bibles the same way again. 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Whole Bible Story: Everything That Happens in the Bible in Plain English by William H. Marty


The Whole Bible Story: Everything That Happens in the Bible in Plain English

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required. Thank you to the publishers for providing a complimentary copy. 

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A Disruptive Generosity: Stories of Transforming Cities Through Strategic Giving by Mac Pier


A Disruptive Generosity: Stories of Transforming Cities Through Strategic Giving

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bout:
It can seem like all you ever hear these days is bad news. Yet in the midst of contentious political posturing and stories of communities in trouble are stories of love, reconciliation, and restoration. Through a variety of innovative programs and initiatives, and flying mostly under the national news radar, Christian business leaders are bringing hope to blighted urban communities in our greatest cities. A Disruptive Generosity shares their inspiring stories. 
Purchase your copy here !



Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Long Run: A Memoir of Loss and Life in Motion by Catriona Menzies-Pike


The Long Run: A Memoir of Loss and Life in Motion

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My Thoughts:
As a runner, this book stood out to me as one that I might enjoy, so I couldn't wait to get my hands on it and read it. Catriona is a captivating writer who writes from a place of experience through loss. She is able to reinvent herself through the art of running, which is where she begins to find healing. As you read "The Long Run" you will some of your own pains or burdens may come up, but you will leave them on the trail if you lace up your shoes and go out for a jog. This book is incredible and will make you look at running and life differently. I truly enjoyed this book and the author's authenticity. Thank you to the publisher for providing me a complimentary copy. I give this book 5/5 stars. A favorable review was not required. 

Monday, August 14, 2017

She's Still There Rescuing the Girl in You By Chrystal Evans Hurst

She's Still There Rescuing the Girl in You By Chrystal Evans Hurst 

About:

What’s a woman to do if her life is not taking shape the way that she thought that it would? What happens when she looks at herself in the mirror, lingering just a little longer than usual and realizes that she no longer recognizes the person staring back at her? What does she do when she sees that, somehow, her life has drifted away from all her original hopes, dreams, or plans?
Speaker, blogger and writer Chrystal Evans Hurst wrote this book because she was that woman. One day she realized that she had somehow wandered away from the life that she had purposed to live a long time ago.
Chrystal since discovered that this moment of awareness happens to lots of women at different seasons of their lives. Poor decisions, a lack of intentionality or planning, or a long-term denial of deep hopes and dreams can leave a woman, old or young, reeling from the realization that she is lost, disappointed, or simply numb.
And she just needs encouragement.
This woman simply needs someone to hold her hand, to cheer her on, and to believe with her that she is capable of still being the person she intended to be or discovering the girl she never knew was there in the first place.
Chrystal uses her poignant story of an early and unexpected pregnancy, as well as other raw and vulnerable moments in her life, to let readers know she understands what it’s like to try and find your way after some missteps or decisions you didn’t plan on. In She’s Still There Chrystal emphasizes the importance of the personal process and the beauty of that path as it is shared authentically from one girlfriend to another. It’s a book of “me toos”, reminders of the hoped for, and challenges for the path ahead—to find direction, purpose, and true satisfaction.
My Thoughts:
Do you ever look at your life and know that you were created for more? Or better yet, you have these dreams and desires, but they haven't been accomplished. Do you sit in your current life knowing that you are complete in Christ, but feeling like you should be further along in the journey or, you're disappointed that you aren't where you thought you were supposed to be? I love the authenticity of this book because it is real and I can't imagine not one woman feeling this way at some point or another. Rather than being discouraged with where we are in life, this book encourages the reader to be encouraged with who and whose they are. It encourages us to wrestle with our story and not to be bogged down by the drifts that come into our lives, but to take every single thing and live intentional. I truly enjoyed this book and was challenged by the writing prompts. I give this book a 5/5 stars. I am excited to start listening to Chrystal's podcast. Thank you to the publisher for providing a complimentary copy for review. A favorable review was not required. All opinions are my own.
About the Author:
Chrystal Evans Hurst is the author of She’s Still There and co-author of the best-selling book, Kingdom Woman, with her father Dr. Tony Evans. She reaches a wide audience speaking at conferences, sharing on her blog and podcast, and teaching and leading women in her home church.
Chrystal is an energetic, life-loving “girl-next-door” who loves encouraging others to fulfill their potential. With humor and vulnerability, Chrystal tells-it-like-it-is but does so with grace, integrity, and love. 

In addition to her work and ministry, Chrystal is a COO (Chief Operating Officer), cultivating hearts and commanding chaos at home. She is a mother of five and homeschools three boys around the kitchen table while hugging two adult girls, a son-in-love and a granddaughter every chance she gets. Chrystal is grateful to share her life with a gentle giant named Jessie in their home just outside of Dallas, Texas. You can find Chrystal and the chronicles of her life at chrystalevanshurst.com


Sunday, August 13, 2017

Freedom's Ring by Heidi Chiavaroli


Freedom's Ring

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Freedom's Ring quickly has become a new favorite book of mine. Between going from both moments in history of the Boston Marathon to the Boston Massacre, I easily lost myself in the pages of this book. The time flew by and the pages were melting at my fingertips as I couldn't put the book down.  The research aspect of this book is remarkable and will have you in awe of the facts. This book will have you stop to think about your own family heritage and will make you ask questions, it will also help you discover true freedom in America and even freedom in Christ, if you choose to look at it that way . I loved both Liberty and Annie. Both such different characters, yet Heidi did a fantastic job at connecting the past with the present and so forth. For a debut novel, I am certainly impressed and I think Ms. Chivaroli is an author to keep your eye on. She is a fantastic writer. I look forward to more books from her in the future. I cannot say enough good things about "Freedom's Ring." Thank you to the publisher for providing me a complimentary copy. A favorable review was not required. I give this book 5/5 stars and all opinions are my own. I highly recommend that you grab this novel before the summer is over.

About the Author:
Heidi Chiavaroli is a writer, runner, and grace-clinger who could spend hours exploring Boston's Freedom Trail. She writes Women's Fiction and won the 2014 ACFW Genesis contest in the historical category. She makes her home in Massachusetts with her husband, two sons, and Howie, her standard poodle. Visit her online at heidichiavaroli.com.