Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Wanda E. Brunstetter’s Amish Friends Farmhouse Favorites Cookbook: A Collection of Over 200 Recipes for Simple and Hearty Meals, Including Advice and Stories by Wanda E. Brunstetter

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Wanda E. Brunstetter’s Amish Friends Farmhouse Favorites Cookbook: 

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Ever feel as famished as a farmer and long for simple country cooking ideas?

Brand new, from New York Times bestselling author of Amish fiction, Wanda E. Brunstetter, is a must-have cookbook from the heart of Amish Country. Amish cooks, who know how to please their hard-working family members, contributed over 200 recipes in traditional categories from main dishes and sides to desserts and snacks. Also included are kitchen tips and stories from growing up on Amish farms. Encased in a lay-flat binding and presented in full color, home cooks of all ages will be delighted to add this cookbook to their collections.

My Thoughts:
I love getting Wanda Brunstetters cook books. I could not wait for this one to arrive in the mail. This cookbook is filled with beautiful photos and recipes alike. Filled with easy ingredients, you'll be sure to whip up a quick recipe in no time. I love that Wanda takes the time to fill these cookbooks with amazing stories. The pages lay flat too, with the spiral binding, which is perfect when you're following a recipe. I also love that this cookbook included a section on home remedies that are fun and helpful. Overall, this is another amazing cookbook to add to your collection. Pick up a copy today! 

About the Author:
Wanda Brunstetter is an award-winning romance novelist who has led millions of readers to lose their heart in the Amish life. She is the author of almost 90 books with more than 10 million copies sold. Many of her books have landed on the top bestseller lists, including the New York Times, USA Today, Publisher's Weekly, CBA, ECPA, and CBD. Wanda is considered one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre, and her work has been covered by national publications, including Time Magazine and USA Today.

Wanda's fascination with the Amish culture developed when she met her husband, Richard, who grew up in a Mennonite church, and whose family has a Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. Meeting her new Mennonite sister-in-laws caused Wanda to yearn for the simpler life. In their travels, she and her husband have become close friends with many Amish people across America. Wanda's desire to explore their culture increased when she discovered that her great-great grandparents were part of the Anabaptist faith.

All of Wanda's novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Many of her books are well-read and trusted by the Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.

Wanda's primary attraction to the Amish is their desire to live a devout Christian life that strives to honor God, work hard, and maintain close family ties. Whenever she visits her Amish friends, Wanda finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties, which is in stark contrast to the chaos and busyness that plagues so many modern "Englishers." Time and time again, Wanda loses her heart in the Amish life, and she hopes her readers will, too. For more information, visit: www.WandaBrunstetter.com

Monday, June 29, 2020

The Summer House By Lauren K.Denton

About The Summer House

Hardcover: 352 Pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (June 2, 2020)
Sometimes it takes losing everything to find yourself again.
Lily Bishop wakes up one morning to find a good-bye note and divorce papers from her husband on the kitchen counter. Having moved to Alabama for his job only weeks before, Lily is devastated, but a flyer at the grocery store for a hair stylist position in a local retirement community provides a refuge while she contemplates her next steps.
Rose Carrigan built the small retirement village of Safe Harbor years ago—just before her husband ran off with his assistant. Now she runs a tight ship, making sure the residents follow her strict rules. Rose keeps everyone at arm’s length, including her own family. But when Lily shows up asking for a job and a place to live, Rose’s cold exterior begins to thaw.
Lily and Rose form an unlikely friendship, and Lily’s salon soon becomes the place where residents share town gossip, as well as a few secrets. Lily soon finds herself drawn to Rose’s nephew, Rawlins—a single dad and shrimper who’s had some practice at starting over—and one of the residents may be carrying a torch for Rose as well.
Neither Lily nor Rose is where she expected to be, but the summer makes them both wonder if there’s more to life and love than what they’ve experienced so far. The Summer House weaves Lauren K. Denton’s inviting Southern charm around a woman’s journey to find herself.

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My Thoughts:
The Summer House by Lauren K. Denton is the perfect summer beach read.  Lily Bishop is left in home at Safe Harbor, where she has less than a week to stay and must figure out a new life as she is left unexpectedly with divorce papers. Devastated, Lily cannot believe what is happening in her life, but recognizes that she needs to make a new life for herself. Lily finds a job, begins to engage with the community and starts a new life for herself. In Safe Harbor she finds friends, forgiveness, love and community. No matter the age, Lily learns she can start over again and build a life that she loves.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was a light read and I loved the friendship between Lily and Rose. I read this book in two days and was cheerleading for Lily the entire time. Pick up your copy today, you will enjoy the power of healing and new beginnings in this book! 

About Lauren K. Denton
Born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, Lauren now lives with her husband and two daughters in Homewood, just outside Birmingham. In addition to her fiction, she writes a monthly newspaper column about life, faith, and how funny (and hard) it is to be a parent. On any given day, she’d rather be at the beach with her family and a stack of books. Her debut novel, THE HIDEAWAY, was a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Amazon Charts bestseller. Her second novel, HURRICANE SEASON, released in spring of 2018, is a USA Today bestseller. GLORY ROAD will release in March, 2019.
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Saturday, June 27, 2020

Afraid of the Light by Cynthia Ruchti

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She helps others manage their desperate lives--but who will help her? Clinical psychologist Camille Brooks isn't put off by the lifestyle of her hoarding clients. After all, she lost her mother to the crippling anxiety disorder. She'll go a long way to help others avoid the same pain and loss.
Despite Camille's expertise, her growing audience for her Let in the Light podcast, and the national recognition she's gaining for her creative coaching methods, there are some things she isn't prepared for. A client who looks far too much like her mom catches her off guard. And the revelation that she's also hoarding something sends her spinning.

Can she stand to let the light into her own life with the help of a friend who wants to stand by her for life and the God who created and loves her? Or will she find that defeating her demons proves too much to bear? 

My Thoughts:
Having read several books by Cynthia Ruchti, I was thrilled at the opportunity to get my hands on her latest book. This book offers light, hope and Jesus to anyone in who is working through fear, addiction and anxiety. This book focuses on a difficult topic with hoarding, but does it in a way that is respectful, clean and tasteful through a fictional story. 
I appreciate how Ruchti handles this book. While the reader has a realistic perspective, the details are handled at a careful pace, while being sensitive to the reality of what people deal with. She weaves a romance story in a beautiful way that captures the reader. She ultimately allows the reader to see that through difficult stories, we find our hope and trust in one person. This is an awesome inspirational fiction story and you will highly enjoy it. I loved the faith element and the story telling through this book.

About the Author:

Cynthia RuchtiCynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed-in-Hope through her novels and novellas, nonfiction books and devotionals, and through speaking for women's and writers' events. Her books have been recognized by many top industry readers', reviewers', library, retailer, and other honors. Cynthia is the Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and a literary agent with Books & Such Literary Management. She and her plot-tweaking husband live in the heart of Wisconsin, not far from their three children and five (to date) grandchildren.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

The White Rose Resists By Amanda Barratt


The White Rose Resists By Amanda Barratt

Inspired by the incredible true story of a group of ordinary men and women who dared to stand against evil

The ideal of a new Germany swept up Sophie Scholl in a maelstrom of patriotic fervor--that is, until she realized the truth behind Hitler's machinations for the fatherland. Now she and other students in Munich, the cradle of the Nazi government, have banded together to form a group to fight for the truth: the White Rose. Risking everything to print and distribute leaflets calling for Germans to rise up against the evil permeating their country, the White Rose treads a knife's edge of discovery by the Gestapo.
Annalise Brandt came to the University of Munich to study art, not get involved with conspiracy. The daughter of an SS officer, she's been brought up to believe in the F├╝hrer's divinely appointed leadership. But the more she comes to know Sophie and her friends, the more she questions the Nazi propaganda.
Soon Annalise joins their double life--students by day, resisters by night. And as the stakes increase, they're all forced to confront the deadly consequences meted out to any who dare to oppose the Reich.
A gripping testament to courage, The White Rose Resists illuminates the sacrifice and conviction of an unlikely group of revolutionaries who refused to remain silent-no matter the cost.



My Thoughts:

Wow! This book was not what I thought it was going to be, but even better! This is one of those books that does not leave your heart soon. The characters feel very real and you feel as though you know them. This book came to life for me as Amanda Barratt told this heroic story. I was not able to put this book down. It kept me up late at night. If you like historical fiction, you will love this book! Pick up a copy today. You will have this book read in no time! 


About the Author:
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ECPA best-selling author Amanda Barratt fell in love with writing in grade school when she wrote her first story—a spin-off of Jane Eyre. Now, Amanda writes romantic, historical fiction, penning stories of beauty and brokenness set against the backdrop of bygone eras not so very different from our own. She's the author of over a dozen novels and novellas including The White Rose Resists: A Novel of the German Students Who Defied Hitler and My Dearest Dietrich: A Novel of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Lost Love.

Amanda lives in the woods of Michigan with her family, where she can be found reading way too many books, plotting her next novel, and jotting down imaginary travel itineraries for her dream vacation to Europe.

Connect with her on Facebook and visit her online at amandabarratt.net.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

LET THEM BE KIDS by JESSICA SMARTT

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About Let Them Be Kids: Adventure, Boredom, Innocence, and Other Gifts Children Need

Paperback: 256 Pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (June 9, 2020)
As every parent hopes to raise kids with good manners and values, Jessica Smartt’s practical guide fills the gaps of uncertainty and provides tips on how parents can equip their children in purity, faith, and creativity.
Former English teacher and homeschooling mother of three, Jessica Smartt felt the weight of helping prepare her kids for life, especially with all the outside pressures and influence of the world. She struggled with how she could raise her children with a sense of adventure, self-confidence, manners, faith, and the ability to utilize technology wisely.
Let Them Be Kids is Jessica’s offering of grace and confidence to moms, giving them practical ideas to meet these challenges. Her well-researched, tested methods, woven together with her personal stories and witty humor, deliver wisdom on the tough topics of life, such as
  • family time vs. outside activities,
  • being “cool” or not,
  • boredom,
  • technology usage
  • sexual purity, and
  • showing grace when kids disobey.
Part story and part guidebook, every chapter includes doable strategies and encouragement for the journey.
Let Them Be Kids helps moms feel confident and equipped with ways to provide a safe, healthy, Christ-centered childhood for their children. It leads them to conquer fear and find truth that transforms them and their families as it reminds them how to enjoy and cherish the special memory-making moments of building family values together.

Purchase Links

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My Thoughts:

Let Them Be Kids by Jessica Smartt is a book that explores family traditions, experiences, memories, adventure, imagination, family values and creating life habits. I love how many of the concepts in this book are laid out in a simple fashion that allow the reader to be able to pray and implement in their family. I love the chapter on boredom. I think in a culture where busyness has become an idol and god in our families between sporting events, school and home, this chapter was refreshing. I love the idea that your children should be allowed to get bored because boredom creates and sparks imagination. In a culture where we hand our children devices to pacify time, I am re-thinking about how we allow our children to experience boredom. This chapter really stuck out to me and I thought this is something I would want to implement in our home.
Overall, this book is a great read for parenting and provides practical things that we want our children to experience. I highly recommend picking up a copy today!

About Jessica Smartt

Jessica Smartt is a former English teacher turned homeschooling mama of three. A week after her first baby was born, she began her motherhood blog “Smartter” Each Day. Jessica and her husband live in beautiful North Carolina, where she loves hiking with kids (mostly), steaming coffee in the afternoon, family bike rides, and anything that’s ever been done to a potato.

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

Carolina Breeze By Denise Hunter

About Carolina Breeze 

Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (August 2, 2020)
A jilted bride. A struggling innkeeper. And a romantic mountain getaway that changes everything
Rising Hollywood star Mia Emerson is looking for a safe place to land in the wake of a public breakup and celebrity scandal, and she finds it in the lake town of Bluebell, North Carolina—the location of her canceled honeymoon. She wants nothing more than to hide and wait for the tabloids to die down.
Soon after her arrival at the Bluebell Inn, Mia meets Levi Bennett, who runs the inn along with his two younger sisters. Drawn to one another from the start, Mia trusts Levi to keep her location from the press, and Levi confides in Mia about the precarious financial state of the inn—a secret he’s been keeping from his sisters.
When Mia and Levi discover an old journal that hints at a rare diamond necklace hidden in the inn, they set off on a treasure hunt to find the long-lost heirloom. What they don’t expect to surface are feelings they thought were safely locked away. Mia and Levi must decide if falling in love again is too big a risk—or if it will uncover a treasure of its own instead.

Purchase Links

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My Thoughts:

If have never read a Denise Hunter novel, I recommend going to Amazon and purchasing one immediately. Carolina Breeze was a beautiful contemporary romance book that I could not put down. I finished this book in one setting and was up way to late, but it was so good! Denise Hunter has the ability to take each novel and make it better than the last, especially as she writes books in a series. However, this book can be read as a standalone. I love the premise of this novel with Mia Emerson needing a place to escape where the media isn't able to follow her. She is kept in secret by Levi and his sisters, at the Blue Bell Inn. This book also has a bit of mystery intwined in a budding romance. I simply could not put this book down! Grab a copy today! 

About Denise Hunter

Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 25 books, including A December Bride and The Convenient Groom, which have been adapted into original Hallmark Channel movies. She has won The Holt Medallion Award, The Reader’s Choice Award, The Carol Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist. When Denise isn’t orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking green tea, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband are rapidly approaching an empty nest.

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Sunday, June 7, 2020

Breathe Again: Inhaling God's Goodness, Exhaling His Blessings by Ed Newton

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Breathe Again by Ed Newton is a refreshing title on the importance of breath and how when we breath, it can change our life. God desires for us to have a full life filled with his blessings and grace. This book explores the understanding and relevance of breath.
For me, reading Breathe Again is a very timely word. My Chiropractor told me that I am not inhaling and exhaling deep breaths. So, I began to set an alarm on my phone to help me with my breathing and to slow it down. As I have begun to explore this concept in my own life, I was then encouraged by this book. The very breath in me, holds the power of the Holy Spirit and the presence of God. With that same breath and spirit, we are able to be victorious because of who lives in us. 
This book is transformative in the way you think and respond. It is an easy read, but filled with truth and scripture through out the book. I really enjoyed reading this book and have lots of pages highlighted. I highly recommend reading this! Pick up your copy today! You won't be disappointed. 

Saturday, June 6, 2020

The Key to Everything by Valerie Fraser Luesse

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This is my second read by Valerie Fraser Luesse and each book from her, gets better and better. This book is about a young boy who goes on a bike ride to discover more information about his family. Peyton goes on a journey of a lifetime as he bikes to Key West, Florida. Not only does Peyton go on a ride, but the reader goes an unforgettable journey as well. This story is incredible and one not to be missed. I couldn't help my self from finishing this book quickly. If you enjoy historical fiction, you will enjoy this book.

About the Author: 
Valerie Fraser Luesse

Friday, June 5, 2020

Planted with a Purpose: God Turns Pressure into Power by T D Jakes

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#1 New York Times bestselling author T.D. Jakes wrestles with the age-old questions: Why do the righteous suffer? Where is God in all the injustice?
Planted with Purpose by T.D. Jakes packs a punch. This little devotional book, no larger than 5 inches can easily be mistaken as just "another devotional", but rather it is a small book with bite size chapters that will change your mind. The message of this book is exactly what we all need to read when we are going through difficult times. 
The purpose of this book is to have the reader keep their eyes on Jesus despite the crushing and refining happening in our lives. This is where God is pouring out His greatest blessing. This little book will challenge and grow you in your difficulty. I highly recommend picking up a copy today, as this is such a prevalent book that speaks into our current situation today. 

About the Author:

T. D. Jakes T. D. Jakes is the CEO of TDJ Enterprises, LLP; founder and senior pastor of The Potter's House of Dallas, Inc., which has over 30,000 members; and the author of the New York Times bestselling Making Great Decisions and Reposition Yourself. Time magazine and CNN referred to him as "America's Best Preacher." His TV show, The Potter's Touch, reaches 67 million households per month. He has been the host of national radio and television broadcasts and is regularly featured on the highly rated Dr. Phil show. He lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife, five children, and two grandchildren.

Visit T. D. Jakes online at www.tdjakes.com.