“Impending Strike” ~ a JustRead Blog Tour & Giveaway (ends 6/27/22)

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Impending Strike JustRead Blog Blitz Welcome to the Blog Blitz for Impending Strike by Sami A. Abrams and Lynette Eason, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Impending Strike Title: Impending Strike Series: Elite Guardians Collection #2 Author: Sami A. Abrams and Lynette Eason Publisher: Sunrise Publishing Release Date: June 28, 2022 Genre: Christian Romantic Suspense

Protecting him just might cost her everything… Elite Guardian Charlie Lee knows that there is no future with the woman he loves—fellow Guardian Lizzie Tremaine. And, he gets it—as a single mom, Lizzie has to protect her daughter. But more than anything, he wants the chance to prove himself. Then, the unthinkable happens—while working undercover, Charlie is seriously injured…and his memory of the past four years is lost. Could it be the fresh start that he didn’t realize he longed for? Despite a friendship that’s turned flirtatious at times, Lizzie Tremaine has held Charlie at arms’ length. She’s lost all the men she’s ever loved, and is unwilling to risk her heart again. Still, she’s glad to keep an eye on him—as his bodyguard—and while she’s at it, help him put the pieces of his past together, including discovering who attacked him, and why. But Charlie seems to have forgotten their agreed-upon professional distance—and suddenly, all the rules are off the table. She’s seeing a side of Charlie she could possibly let into her heart. Problem is, the closer he gets to uncovering his memories, the closer he gets to trouble. It’s her heart…or his life. What will protecting Charlie cost her? Another edge-of-your-seat Elite Guardians thriller!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sami A Abrams

Sami A. Abrams grew up hating to read. It wasn’t until her 30s that she found authors who captured her attention. Now, most evenings you can find her engrossed in a romantic suspense novel. In her opinion, a crime plus a little romance is the recipe for a great story. Sami lives in Northern California, but she will always be a Kansas girl at heart. She has a love of sports, family, and travel. However, a cabin at Lake Tahoe writing her next story is definitely at the top of her list. Visit her at http://www.samiaabrams.com.

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Lynette Eason

Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of Life Flight and the Danger Never Sleeps, Blue Justice, Women of Justice, Deadly Reunions, Hidden Identity, and Elite Guardians series. She is the winner of three ACFW Carol Awards, the Selah Award, and the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, among others. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and has a master’s degree in education from Converse College. Eason lives in South Carolina with her husband and two children. Learn more at www.lynetteeason.com. CONNECT WITH LYNETTE: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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Impending Strike JustRead Giveaway

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Excerpts from Impending Strike

I think you’ll definitely want to read Impending Strike after getting a taste of the book, courtesy of these excerpts!

Excerpt #1
Lizzie struggled to maintain control against the long grass and uneven ground. She swerved to
miss a fence and struck a rut, sending the car airborne, and they flipped upside down. She
screamed just before the hood crashed into the ground and glass shattered around her. The jolt
forced her body forward, the seat belt stopping her forward motion and whipping her back against
the seat. The vehicle teetered and creaked and came to rest at an odd upside-down angle.
The seat belt cut into her shoulder, and her arms dangled from her inverted position. Blood
whooshed in her ears. She blinked and then blinked again while her mind scrambled to put the
pieces together.
The hiss of the engine pulled her from the depths of confusion. An accident. The tail she’d
picked up at the warehouse. Oh, no—Charlie.
A groan escaped her lips as she twisted to look at him.
Blood trickled from a gash on his forehead. Or was it the same cut from before that had
reopened? The man had more bruises than Lizzie dared to count and added more every day. She
stretched over and searched for a pulse. The strong thump against her fingers sent a wave of relief
coursing through her.
What if the person decided to make sure he’d succeeded in killing her and Charlie?
She had to get him out of here.

Excerpt #2
Each planned drug buy raked on Charlie’s nerves. The lifestyle wore on him. After a year of
setting up his presence in the drug scene and five weeks of full work undercover, he wondered how
much more he had in him to continue.
He shoved his hands in his pockets and fiddled with his burner phone. His touchstone. His
lifeline to the safe world. No names, only speed dial numbers of his Elite Guardians Agency
teammates and Quinn. The women had insisted that he include their numbers. He’d resisted, not
wanting to put the members of the agency in danger. But they’d reminded him that’s what a team did. They had each other’s backs. He was honored to be included among the top bodyguards in the
nation, even if he was the only male. Not that he had a problem with that. He trusted them more than
he trusted the police officers he’d served with on the Atlanta PD. And that said something.
Knowing that God was watching over him and that the team was a phone call away allowed
him to maintain his calm demeanor and play the part of the cocky, confident dealer of his alter ego,
Rod. He left the phone in his pocket and strolled down the sidewalk like he owned the neighborhood.
“I can do the hit.” A gruff voice drifted on the night air.
Charlie froze and scanned the area, searching for the source of the words.
“Not so fast,” a second man argued. “You can’t mess this up. We have one shot at killing her,
and if we miss, they’ll close ranks.”
The hair on the back of Charlie’s neck rose. He ducked behind a row of trash cans next to an
apartment building, grimacing at the strong garbage odor, a mixture between fish and rotten eggs.
Forcing himself to focus, he strained to hear the conversation, but the men moved out of earshot.
Charlie slipped from his hiding spot and clung to the shadows on the edge of the street,
following his targets. His ratty shirt and stained jeans, not to mention his unkempt hair, gave him the
ability to blend into the neighborhood, but a hinky feeling of being watched crept in and stayed.

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Enjoy! –Wren

Disclosure: “I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

“Coloring God’s Love for Me: 100 Devotions to Inspire Young Hearts” ~ a JustRead Bookstagram & Review Tour (& giveaway, ends 6/13/22)

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I’d love to invite you to learn more about Janae Dueck’s wonderful coloring book and devotional for children! Right now, you can even enter a giveaway to win a copy on Instagram (keep reading for more info on how to enter). First, let me tell you some book details about Coloring God’s Love for Me!

About Coloring God’s Love for Me

⇒ Book Name Coloring God’s Love for Me: 100 Devotions to Inspire Young Hearts

⇒ Author Janae Dueck

⇒ Publisher Tommy Nelson

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Release Date: June 13, 2022
Genre: Children’s, Devotional, Journal, Coloring Book

Hold on to the Bible’s promises of God’s love, care, and protection with this coloring book devotional for kids. Each devotion includes Scripture, a reflection on the verse using kid-friendly examples, and a coloring page that illustrates the promise.

This activity book for kids ages 6 to 9 features

  • 100 promises based on God’s Word that encourage children to trust the Lord no matter what–through exciting adventures, new experiences, anxieties, challenges, and sad times
  • devotions that guide children toward a better understanding of who God is and His loving plans for them
  • illustrations to color on every page that represent the biblical truths in fun, creative ways

Enjoy hours of coloring God’s promises with

  • sturdy paper perfect for markers, gel pens, crayons, or colored pencils
  • short readings great for family and homeschool devotions, kids’ quiet times, or Sunday School lessons
  • notebook-sized pages that fit just right in a backpack or car seat pocket

Kids will love personalizing this keepsake devotional as they color their way through each promise and reflect on God’s goodness. Coloring God’s Love for Me is a hands-on devotional for kids that makes an encouraging gift for summer vacation, birthdays, Christmas, and Easter.

Giveaway

⇒ Giveaway – (2) winners will receive a print copy of the book via this giveaway–head over to Instagram to enter, following the directions below.

⇒  To Enter, LIKE and SAVE this post, FOLLOW these Instagram accounts: @janae.dueck @tommynelsonbooks @justreadtours, and let us know you did in a COMMENT. Add up to 3 friend TAGS in that comment for BONUS entries.

⇒ VISIT each hosted post of this tour for more entries. Schedule at @justreadtours. (US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics. Instagram is not affiliated with nor responsible for this giveaway. Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST on June 13, 2022.)

My thoughts about Coloring God’s Love for Me

What an incredibly lovely coloring and devotional journal! And I mean that, not only by the coloring pages in the book, but just as important, with the devotional thoughts and Scriptures that this book is organized around. I am a fan of the Bible journaling and coloring trend that’s been popular for years now; and Janae Dueck takes this trend and makes it accessible and wonderful for younger readers. This book is aimed at the 6-9 year-old age range, but I would say that older readers who enjoy Bible journaling will also enjoy it. (After all–I am a mom, and I loved it!)

In each of the 100 devotions, Dueck begins with a promise, like “Promise 12: God Carries My Worries.” She then offers a Scripture, which is printed on the page under the promise. Then, a devotional expanding on the verse and promise appears on the left side and a line drawing connected to them is on the right side.

The promises touch on many parts of the lives of Christians. Here are some precious promises that kids will love learning:

  • God Keeps His Promises
  • God Heals My Heart
  • I Can Discover Wisdom
  • God Brightens My Life
  • I Can Find Joy in God
  • and lots more!

The coloring pages range from parts of verses (like the book’s last page, modeled on Philippians 4: 19), to simple drawings of animals, to more intricate line drawings with lots of detail. Many times, the theme is echoed on the devotional page, so that coloring can happen on both sides. Children can read and color these devotional drawings on their own, or coloring and reading could easily become part of a parent-child craft and Bible time. Crayons, colored pencils, gel pens, and many markers can be used in this book (although you’ll want to test some markers on unobtrusive pages, just to ensure that you won’t be getting bleed-through).

I am so blessed and encouraged to see that authors, artists, and publishers are creating materials for children to use as they grow in their own faith. I loved the way that Janae Dueck presents ideas and Bible verses for kids, in language and in art form that little minds can comprehend and remember. I recommend Coloring God’s Love for Me for you and your family–especially if you have little ones who love to color and create art. What a beautiful way to weave Scripture into creative moments. Wonderful!

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

“Turn My Mourning Into Dancing” ~ a JustRead Tours Blog Blitz and Giveaway (ends 5/3/22)

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Turn My Mourning into Dancing JustRead Blog Blitz Welcome to the Blog Blitz for Turn My Mourning Into Dancing by Henri Nouwen, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

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Turn My Mourning Into Dancing

Title: Turn My Mourning Into Dancing Author: Henri Nouwen Publisher: Thomas Nelson Release Date: March 8, 2022 Genre: Christian, Spiritual Growth, Grief How do you find hope in hard times? Why is it important to have hope during difficult times? Turn My Mourning into Dancing will help you survive the difficult seasons and learn how to live a full life in the midst of them and beyond. With practical advice, Henri Nouwen will gently point you towards a way of life that is grounded in God’s constancy and rooted within eternal hope. In this updated edition, Turn My Mourning into Dancing discusses five movements we experience during hard times: • From Our Little Selves to a Larger World • From Holding Tight to Letting Go • From Fatalism to Hope • From Manipulation to Love • From a Fearful Death to a Joyous Life Healing begins with taking our pain out of its diabolic isolation and seeing our sufferings in communion with all humanity, and all creation. Nouwen teaches us that our little lives participate in something much larger. Turn My Mourning into Dancing is a must read for: • men and women looking for growth and insight on life • anyone going through the grief process and searching for real solutions • anyone who has experienced a loss, betrayal, or hard times Everyone grieves differently. It is a process, not a science experiment. Mourning shouldn’t last forever. Do you want the kind of life that allows you to dance even in the middle of the darkest night? Get the answers and find hope within your hard times with Nouwen’s works on spiritual growth.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Henri Nouwen

Henri J. M. Nouwen (1932-1996) was the author of With Open Hands, Reaching Out, The Wounded Healer, Making All Things New, and many other bestsellers. He was the senior pastor of L’Arche Daybreak in Toronto, Canada, a community where men and women with mental disabilities and their assistants create a home for one another.


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(1) winner will receive two print copies of Turn My Mourning into Dancing (one to keep, one to give!)!

Turn My Mourning into Dancing JustRead Blog Blitz Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight April 26, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on May 3, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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Excerpts from the book

If you’ve ever gone through a time of mourning or suffering, you know that one of the things you long for is for it to be over. Henri Nouwen speaks words that those facing challenging times can take and, I hope, be encouraged. Here are two excerpts so you can explore the riches in this book.

Excerpt 1
“Joining in the Larger Dance

Mourning makes us poor; it powerfully reminds us of our smallness. But it is precisely here, in that pain
or poverty or awkwardness, that the Dancer invites us to rise up and take the first steps. For in our
suffering, not apart from it, Jesus enters our sadness, takes us by the hand, pulls us gently up to stand,
and invites us to dance. We find the way to pray, as the psalmist did, “You have turned my mourning
into dancing” (Ps. 30:11), because at the center of our grief we find the grace of God.
And as we dance, we realize that we don’t have to stay on the little spot of our grief but can step beyond
it. We stop centering our lives on ourselves. We pull others along with us and invite them into the larger
dance. We learn to make room for others— and the Gracious Other in our midst. And when we become
present to God and God’s people, we find our lives richer. We come to know that all the world is our
dance floor. Our step grows lighter because God has called out others to dance as well.
A friend wrote me a letter to recount his discovery. He had decided to spend the week following
Christmas with his father, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. One morning, when he met his father
at the day program in which he takes part, he found him very anxious and agitated. His father was
worrying that his own mother, who had died long before my friend was born, needed his help. The
worries were clearly an expression of a deep anguish that he could not express directly.
My friend took his father for a drive for more than an hour through the countryside. Very few words
were spoken between them, but my friend noticed how his father’s anxiety diminished, and he became
more relaxed. After not speaking for nearly an hour, the father turned, looked directly at his son, and
said, “Well, we haven’t had such a good visit in a long time.” The son laughed and realized that his father
was right. Anguish had become peace; loss had become gain. Even the silence between them held
healing. So much of our movement through suffering has to do with such unexpected moments.
Moments that come as gifts amid our waiting or struggling. Moments that often have much to do with
the people God puts in our path.
We do not, then, attempt our movement from our little lives into God’s larger grace by simple resolve or
lonely effort. When our needs lead us to grab desperately for a place, when our unhealed wounds
determine the atmosphere around us, we become anxious. But then we let our hurt remind us of our
need for healing. As we dance and walk forward, grace provides the ground on which our steps fall.
Prayer puts us in touch with the God of the Dance. We look beyond our experience of sadness or loss by
learning to receive an all-embracing love, a love that meets us in everyday moments.

Taken from “Turn My Mourning into Dancing: Finding Hope During Hard Times” by Henri Nouwen.
Copyright 2001 Estate of Henri Nouwen. Preface Copyright 2001 Timothy Jones. Used with permission
from Thomas Nelson Publishing. http://www.thomasnelson.com

Excerpt 2
From Holding Tight to Letting Go

For years I have loved watching trapeze artists. The love began when my then- eighty- nine- year- old
father came for a visit. Let’s go to the circus, we decided one day. That evening we watched five South
African trapeze artists—three fliers and two catchers. They danced in the air! The fliers soared and all
was dangerous until they found themselves caught by the strong hands of their partners. I told my
father that I had always wanted to fly like that, that perhaps I had missed my calling!
I am constantly moved by the courage of my circus friends. At each performance they trust that their
flight will end with their hands sliding into the secure grip of a partner. They also know that only the
release of the secure bar allows them to move on with arcing grace to the next. Before they can be
caught, they must let go. They must brave the emptiness of space.
Living with this kind of willingness to let go is one of the greatest challenges we face. Whether it
concerns a person, possession, or personal reputation, in so many areas we hold on at all costs. We
become heroic defenders of our dearly gained happiness. We treat our sometimes inevitable losses as
failures in the battle of survival.
The great paradox is that it is in letting go, we receive. We find safety in unexpected places of risk. And
those who try to avoid all risk, those who would try to guarantee that their hearts will not be broken,
end up in a self- created hell. C. S. Lewis wrote in The Four Loves,
To love at all is to be vulnerable…If you want to make sure of keeping [your heart] intact, you must give
your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries;
avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket of your selfishness. But in that casket— safe, dark,
motionless, airless— it will change. It will not be broken—it will become unbreak-able, impenetrable,
irredeemable…The only place outside of Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from the danger of love

is Hell.

In so many ways, the more we insist on control and the more we resist the call to hold our lives lightly,
the more we have to deny the reality of our losses and the more artificial our existence becomes. Our
belief that we should grasp tightly what we need provides one of the great sources of our suffering. But
letting go of possessions and plans and people allows us to enter, for all its risks, a life of new,
unexpected freedom.
How can we live with greater willingness to let go? Another step in turning our mourning into dancing
has to do with not clutching what we have, not trying to reserve a safe place we can rest in, not trying to
choreograph our own or others’ lives, but to surrender to the God whom we love and want to follow.
God invites us to experience our not being in control as an invitation to faith.
Taken from “Turn My Mourning into Dancing: Finding Hope During Hard Times” by Henri Nouwen.
Copyright 2001 Estate of Henri Nouwen. Preface Copyright 2001 Timothy Jones. Used with permission
from Thomas Nelson Publishing. http://www.thomasnelson.com

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Enjoy! –Wren

Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

“Inheritance of Secrets” ~ a JustRead Blog & Review Tour (& giveaway, ends 4/26/22)

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Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Inheritance of Secrets by Robin Patchen, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

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Inheritance of SecretsTitle: Inheritance of Secrets Series: Coventry Saga #6 Author: Robin Patchen Publisher: JDO Publishing Release Date: April 19, 2022 Genre: Christian romantic suspense From a USA Today bestselling author comes the latest in the edge-of-your-seat Christian romantic suspense series that will keep you reading all night long. “I didn’t do right by your mother. Or by you. Find her and do what I never had the courage to do.” Her father’s deathbed confession changed everything for Aspen Kincaid. The mystery of her mother’s disappearance was unsolvable, or so she’d believed. It seemed her dad had lied to her all her life. After inheriting a house in New Hampshire—a house Aspen hadn’t known her father owned—she travels thousands of miles, desperate to fulfill his dying wish. But some residents of Coventry don’t want Jane Kincaid’s daughter digging into things they think should remain buried forever. Renovating the secluded old house on the mountain should be the next step in Garrett McCarthy’s contracting career, but Aspen’s arrival in town stirs up old animosities in Coventry that he’d known nothing about. All he wants is to complete the job, hoping it’ll open doors to new opportunities. But when he’s asked to keep an eye on Aspen’s activities, he feels he can’t refuse. How can he honor his beautiful, vulnerable client and remain loyal to the people who need his help? Join Aspen and Garrett as they attempt to solve a thirty-year-old mystery—without becoming its latest victims. Page-turning suspense, heartwarming romance, and a plot-twisting mystery that’ll keep you guessing until the very end. Preorder Inheritance of Secrets today. PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | BookDepository | BookBub

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Robin Patchen

Robin Patchen is a USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of Christian romantic suspense. She grew up in a small town in New Hampshire, the setting of her Nutfield and Coventry Saga books, and then headed to Boston to earn a journalism degree. Working in marketing and public relations, she discovered how much she loathed the nine-to-five ball and chain. After relocating to the Southwest, she started writing her first novel while she homeschooled her three children. The novel was dreadful, but her passion for storytelling didn’t wane. Thankfully, as her children grew, so did her writing ability. Now that her kids are adults, she has more time to play with the lives of fictional heroes and heroines, wreaking havoc and working magic to give her characters happy endings. When she’s not writing, she’s editing or reading, proving that most of her life revolves around the twenty-six letters of the alphabet. Visit https://robinpatchen.com/subscribe to receive a free book and stay informed about Robin’s latest projects.

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(1) winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card and paperback copies of the first 5 books in the series, Glimmer in the Darkness, Tides of Duplicity, Betrayal of Genius, Traces of Virtue, and Touch of Innocence!

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My thoughts

Well, there’s nothing like starting with book #6 in a 6-book series, is there?

Really, I’m totally kidding. While this really IS the first book in the Coventry Saga that I’ve read, Patchen’s novel works truly well as a stand-alone. She gives just a bit of “here’s what happened before” in Aspen’s new home. (Spoiler alert: it’s horrifying.) But it’s really only as a reference for why certain things are the way they are in the multi-story home, and in its basement. Garrett, the handsome construction & remodeling pro who’s working on the house gives her the tour and the story. It’s a lot. But Aspen is there just to solve a mystery, get the house redone and sold before she heads off to her next adventure.

But the mystery is a whopper. As her dad was on his deathbed, he asked his daughter to find her mom. Well, Aspen doesn’t even remember her mom. And how does one go about finding someone who doesn’t want to be found? As she moves from Hawaii (where she’s always lived) to New Hampshire (brr!), she finds townspeople who range from those who shoot her suspicious glances, to those who angrily confront her and tell her to get out of town.

Other than Garrett, and a few others, that has been Aspen’s experience. But she has found out some terrible things about her mother, and her mom’s and dad’s (and the town’s) history. But are those sparks flying between her and her remodeler? Yep. And even better, he is a godly man of faith. But as the mystery deepens and Aspen’s very life seems to be at stake, should she stick around or run?

Well, I’m not going to tell you the answer to that question! But I will say that I thoroughly enjoyed the characters. And the mystery. The story is a well-plotted book and is an enjoyable read (well, except perhaps for those “this happened before THIS book” references. But they really are just references, to help you get your bearings around Coventry.). If you like lots of suspense and mystery with a little love interest thrown in, this is a book you’ll want to read!

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.`

Max Lucado’s “You Can Count On God” ~ a JustRead Bookstagram & Review Tour (& giveaway, ends 3/3/22)

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I was so happy to get a chance, courtesy of JustRead Tours, to read Max Lucado’s new devotional for kids, You Can Count On God. JustRead Tours has provided some more information about this book for you that you’ll want to know; then, I’ll share some of my thoughts. And, you can enter the giveaway (but do that quickly; it ends March 3, 2022!).

⇒ Book Name You Can Count On God: 100 Devotions for Kids

⇒ Author Max Lucado

⇒ Publisher Tommy Nelson

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⇒ Book Blurb 

From New York Times bestselling author Max Lucado, these 100 devotions will help kids worry less, bravely try new things, and draw closer to God as they learn to trust His faithfulness.

Adapted from the encouraging devotional for adults, You Can Count on God teaches children that they can count on God because He will never leave them, and will love them unconditionally. Give your child the gift of knowing that they can count on God, no matter what.

With a ribbon bookmark, presentation page, attractive textured hardcover, and bold color interiors, this hope-giving devotional for kids is the perfect gift for any child needing courage for a new challenge, peace from anxieties about the future, or relief from disappointment, insecurity, and overwhelm. You Can Count on God will guide children into a deeper relationship with God as they learn about His faithfulness in the past and build confidence that they can always trust Him to help them.

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My thoughts

How I wish that devotionals like You Can Count on God were being published when I was a child! Max Lucado’s wonderful new kids’ devotional includes 100 devotionals written in Max’s signature clear, easy-to-understand conversational style. Each devotional includes a title, a Bible verse and its address (printed out in the text), and facing pages with Max unpacking what kids can learn about God, the verse, and life. Last, each devotional reading closes with questions for kids to think on, a prayer, an activity to do, or something important to remember. The devotionals have some deep material in them but they’re written so clearly that kids will understand, whether they experience You Can Count on God as a family read-aloud or if the child reads it alone.

I love this devotional so much. It covers so many topics (after all, the Bible contains a LOT of ideas in its 66 books!) and helps kids to understand where God is, how He can be found, and how deeply He cares for all of us. It teaches readers ideas (what to do when we mess up; how we can love others; how we can meet God; how God brings provision, fellowship and community; and more). It also brings stories about Bible characters to life (like Hagar, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Naomi and Ruth, and of course, Jesus!). All of these are written with humor and kindness, and also quite vividly, so that kids will remember them.

Max also shares Scriptures quite liberally. There are verses which headline each devotional. But there are also a number of verses sprinkled within each one. This is fantastic, because this practice helps expose kids to more of the Bible as well as showing them that it really does apply to everyday life. And, that it can help them in good moments and difficult ones; and it can become a guide for helping them make decisions.

Some of my favorite parts are…

I have to share some of my favorite passages with you from this lovely devotional. Here they are!

  • “Why did God let all those bad things happen? Why did he let Joseph be sold as a slave and then get thrown into prison? Because that wasn’t the end of Joseph’s story. God worked through all those terrible things to do something wonderful…So the next time you’ve got troubles and you don’t see how things could ever be good again, don’t give up. Trust God. He’s got a plan. And he’s always working for your good.”
  • “How much does God love you?…His love for you stretches farther than the edge of outer space. It’s bigger than the mountains and wider than all the seas. God loves you like he loves Jesus, his own Son (John 17:23). And he’s made you part of his family (1 John 3:1).”
  • “I AM had a special meaning in the Hebrew language, the language of the Israelites. It means that God always lives and is always with his people. Always. That means back there in the desert with Moses, and it means right here today. Whenever you’re worried or upset or scared or just having the worst day, call to him. Then remember that I AM is with you and he will lead you to a better place.”
  • M is for meditate. And meditate is just a fancy way of saying think about. God wants you to “think about the things that are good and worthy of praise” (Philippians 4:8). Because when your mind is all filled up with thoughts of good things, there’s no room for worry.”

When I was reading You Can Count on God, I remembered that when I came to Christ as a 9-year-old, I had three resources; the King James Bible, the Living Bible, and The Chronicles of Narnia. I would be the first to tell you that it took me awhile to gain any traction in my walk with God! But today’s generation of children and teens has a wonderful library out there to help them grow in their faith, and Max’s new kid devotional is a wonderful addition to it. Why don’t you purchase a copy of You Can Count on God. It might be just what your kids are looking for!

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

“In Search of a Prince” ~ a JustRead Bookstagram & Review Tour (& giveaway, ends 2/15/22)

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Brielle Adebayo is fully content teaching at a New York City public school and taking annual summer vacations with her mother to Martha’s Vineyard. But everything changes when her mom drops the mother of all bombshells–Brielle is a princess in the kingdom of Oloro Ilé, Africa, and she must immediately assume her royal position, since the health of her grandfather, King Tiwa Jimoh Adebayo, is failing.

Distraught by her mother’s betrayal, Brielle is further left spinning when the Oloro Ilé Royal Council brings up an old edict that states she must marry before assuming the throne or the crown will be passed to another. Uncertain who to choose from the council’s list of bachelors, she struggles with the decision along with the weight of her new role in a new country. With her world totally shaken, she must take a chance on love and brave the perils a wrong decision may bring.

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My thoughts

First of all, I just have to say: THAT COVER! It is SO beautiful! That dress, the background, that lovely woman–what a dream of a book cover.

I was so thrilled that the inside of that cover was just as wonderful as the outside!

What if you were an American woman, raised by a single mom in rich, diverse, New York City…and then discovered that all along (and quite unbeknownst to you), you were the heir to the reigning king of a foreign country? And that you, the only living heir of his family, would perhaps need to to assume your position as crown princess…later to be queen?

To say that would be shocking would be an understatement.

And yet, Brielle’s story is written so warmly, and believably! Toni Shiloh’s descriptions of the young teacher’s story; of her emotions, reactions, her responses to her newly-found grandfather’s need for an heir, her interest and growing love of the kingdom of Oloro Ilé–are all so captivating and readable. In fact, I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next to Brielle; which kept me turning page after page. Rapidly!

I appreciated the faith Brielle clung to as she navigated this incredibly unusual, and sometimes challenging situation. Brielle may be entering a sort of fairy-tale world, but her feet (and her grandfather’s) are planted on the foundation of the Rock, Christ Jesus.

In addition–within a palace–there must be some intrigue. Suddenly Brielle, even as she is navigating learning about this new royal world as well as a trying to master a foreign language, is told that she must marry before her grandfather’s passing. She is not even DATING anyone!

Fortunately, Bri’s dearest friend Iris has come along on this journey. So she has Iris’s support, her grandfather’s, and a few others’ here and there. Where on earth, though, will she find a husband on short notice–a prince?

I’m not going to tell you any more. I promise you will want to read this yourself. It’s a wonderful journey. You will love Brielle, her story, and the kingdom she may rule over some day. (In fact, I was hoping to read at the end of the book that a second book about Brielle was in the works!) Toni Shiloh has a warm and genuine voice. I am certain that I will be reading more from her!

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

“After the Prodigal Returned” ~ a JustRead Blog & Review Tour (& giveaway, ends 2/7/22)

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Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for After the Prodigal Returned by Cassandre Brissot, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

After the Prodigal Returned Title: After the Prodigal Returned Sequel to: Six Years and a Quarter Way Through Author: Cassandre Brissot Publisher: Independently Published Release Date: November 5, 2021 Genre: Christian fiction/romance The sequel to Six Years And A Quarter Way Through, After The Prodigal Returned, is a relevant tale about the guilt that condemns and the remorse that leads to repentance. Leah Albanese thought the hard part was over. Little did she know it had only just begun. It’s been seven months since Leah heeded God’s voice and returned home to the life she was all too happy to flee. She quit Star Quality, the reality show that was her best and possibly last chance at stardom. Leah gave back the six-carat diamond engagement ring and sent Trenton Shaw packing. When filming for the reunion episode brings familiar faces back into her life, some welcome some not, Leah begins feeling the same tugs at her heart that led her to stray from God in the first place. Can Leah resist temptation, or will she go back to the things, future, and fiancé she gave up? Leah came back. She never imagined staying would be the real challenge. What happens after the wayward daughter returns home? PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon

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Cassandre Brissot

Cassandre Brissot is a Brooklyn, NY native. She earned her bachelor of fine arts in television and radio production at the City University of New York Brooklyn College. Cassandre is the author of Six Years and A Quarter Way Through. When she’s not writing for her blog, she enjoys dance parties with her nieces.

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My thoughts & experience with After the Prodigal Returned

Author Cassandre Brissot has an unusual ability to weave life lessons, applicable Scripture, and an appealing and fast-moving story together to create a fantastic book. As well as timely; this is definitely the first time I’ve heard of a book about a young woman who’d starred in a glamorous yet intrusive reality show! Cameras and lighting on in every room; every conversation, argument and interaction recorded, day or night. Cassandre’s show, Star Quality, was “supposed” to be about acting talent, with characters being given roles or scenes to learn and present, while instead, conflict was created (on purpose) behind the scenes: movie roles promised; scenes given to one actor, which had been promised to another, who then had to improv something completely new on a moment’s notice; and relationships betrayed. Upon seeing the ultimate betrayal with her own eyes, Leah Albanese quit the show and fled home to Brooklyn, to her mama’s house.

While Leah had made some friends among her costars (even as she was presented onscreen as the bad, mean girl of the show), she knew that she had to flee the Star Quality and Trent, its executive producer, to maintain her own integrity and honestly, to be able to look at herself in the mirror. She’d left home with such dreams and plans, and she returned home with nothing (except a large amount of shame). She’s trying to rebuild her life. She knows that God is part of that equation, but how exactly is she supposed to follow God?

Leah’s story is a remarkable one. She leaves the glamour, the financial promises, and the glittering lifestyle she’d been promised by its executive producer; and she breaks her engagement to that same man, Trent. Back at mom’s place, she finds a job at a retail boutique and tries to pick up the pieces of her life. But how is she supposed to put them back together?

I cannot tell you how I devoured this book. I loved its first-person perspective; we get to see Leah’s experiences and feel her emotions as she has to return home, and then back to Star Quality for some post-production filming. And, an inside look at the world of reality shows is a fascinating one. Britton deftly tells readers the story of the prodigal (the story is found in Luke 15:11–32 in the Bible) and what comes after; what the prodigal does after all the material wealth is gone. For Leah, that’s the moment when God begins to work in her life in ways that are visible even to her; the way the Father is waiting to see that prodigal and runs to him or her. Leah’s spiritual journey, alongside the two friends who are on the same path, is honest; sometimes raw, sometimes glorious, but heading to Jesus and embracing Him even as He longs to embrace us.

Wise, wonderful, personable book. It is a great story with the most beautiful moments of Scripture and biblical teaching. It will touch your heart and remind you of the God who loves us and pursues us, but gives us the absolute free will to say “Yes!” or “No.” to Him. (Oh, and there’s also a lovely, gentle romance as well with a guy who really should write “how-to” books for Christian suitors.) Don’t miss this incredible book. You’ll love getting to know Leah and those around you; and I guarantee, you will be spiritually edified and encouraged at the same time!

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

“Stone” Bookstagram & Review Tour (& Instagram giveaway, ends 2/2/22)

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About the book

⇒ Book Name Stone

⇒ Author Ronie Kendig

⇒ Publisher Task Force Press

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⇒ Book Blurb 

She cost him everything. Now, he’s forced to protect her.

Stone Metcalfe embodies the Metcalfe legacy—blue eyes, an unfair amount of good looks, and hardcore patriot-laced character. But a foolish lapse in judgment dismantles his name and career. Humiliated and furious, he retreats to his mountain lodge to hide from media hounds and eke out a new life. However, one phone call from an old Army buddy upends Stone’s best-laid plans.

Supermodel Brighton Buchanan had designers and men eating out of her hand until a terrible mistake trapped her in the soul-eating world of human trafficking. Years later, she is used by her captors to take down the best man she’s ever known. The man she loves. Hope lost, she’s unexpectedly freed—and thrown back into Stone’s life. Being forgiven is out of the question considering how much he hates her.

Believing danger and her are one wrong move away, Brighton will do anything to keep him from being ruined again—even if it means going back to that life. As everything is falling apart and threats mount against Brighton, Stone realizes forgiveness is the easy part. Protecting her—and his heart—is another story.

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About the book

I’ve got a soft spot in my heart for many genres of books. But I especially love the fast paces of suspenseful thrillers, police procedurals, and action mixed with a bit of romance. Stone fits in the contemporary action/adventure category. But it’s romance that got the titular character in such big trouble in the first place.

When Stone Metcalfe’s political career comes crashing down after he’s discovered to have been using an escort service, he resigns, adopts the pseudonym of Jackson Mulroney and opens Bexar-Wolfe Lodge in northern Virginia. He even grows a beard to change his appearance. He’s trying to pick up the pieces of his life after his disastrous “relationship” (that he actually thought was real) destroyed his hopes of making positive change. His beloved black Belgian Malinois is his closest friend and companion as he attempts to get his lodge up and running.

And the woman he’d loved, Brighton, was still in captivity. Trapped into an unending and soul-crushing life of human trafficking, being used as a pawn in order for her “employer,” Brighton’s days and nights are a nightmare. The one good and honest man, who’d treated her as a person of worth and value, was the one whose life she’d destroyed. Not of her own choice.

Suddenly, they are together again; to her shame, and to his furious anger. Both never thought they’d see the other again. And it’s very possible that Brighton will either lose her own life or be recaptured by the one she fears above all others, unless Stone helps her.

My thoughts

What a fantastic beginning to a book! I have loved Ronie Kendig’s work since the first time I read one of her books. But this new series might be the beginning of some of my favorites of hers. Stone Metcalfe is one of a large number of siblings (two of them you might have met in Kendig’s Wolfsbane and in Book of the Wars), and Stone’s story begins the new The Metcalfes series. Other books will feature Stone’s siblings.

But back to Stone. A good man’s career is destroyed by human traffickers with a lot to lose. And everyone seems to know how he messed up. He leaves his position and retreats to his Bexar-Wolfe Lodge, recreating it in the form of a fine hotel/getaway in the Virginia mountains. He hopes that his name change and beard will hide him from his recent past and its notoriety. But those hopes are demolished when Brighton shows up on his doorstep, accompanied by some men he trusts implicitly, after they’ve rescued her from her trafficking prison (disguised as a beautiful home). She is literally the last person on the planet that he’d want to be in the same room with. And now he has to watch over her. For a week or so.

But, it turns out there is major unfinished business; not only between the two of them, but between Brighton and her former captor. How does a person bridge that kind of divide, or to heal the hurts caused by the destruction of a lifetime’s work (on one side) and the destruction of a person (on the other)? Kendig’s exploration of these seems right on target, and they provide compelling reading as well. Stone and Brighton are admirable and fascinating, and actually very easy to root for. I was reminded a bit of the Bible’s Old Testament book of Hosea as I read. That, too, is a highly compelling story, about a similar subject.

For at its core, Stone is about rescue. Rescue of broken victims from human trafficking. Rescue of a seemingly strong person, from his own decisions which had long-reaching results. Rescue of a young woman trapped into a horrific life. And the God who is the author of Rescue, in the form of Jesus and also for His great love of the captives and His desire to set the captives free.

I wholly recommend Stone to you. It is a gorgeous story about two people who need rescuing, and who will in part rescue each other; but also about a bigger story which will be continued in coming books: the rescue of innocents from the prisons of human trafficking. Stone is fantastic. Get a copy for yourself, and consider Ronie’s exhortation at the end to pray for and support the rescue of those locked in captivity.

–Wren

Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

“Anxious for Nothing” Young Readers Edition ~ A JustRead Bookstagram & Review Tour (& giveaway, ends 10/18/21)

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Today, I have the privilege of sharing with you Max Lucado’s new book, Anxious for Nothing Young Readers Edition. Cowritten with Andrea Lucado and published by Tommy Nelson, this 11-chapter book talks about anxiety in a loving and understandable way that’s just perfect for kids and teens.

Our kids are under tremendous stress and pressure, with a rapidly changing culture demanding more and more from them. More attention, more screens, more intensity, more fear. Anxious for Nothing helps young people overcome the anxiety and pressures of today’s world and come to a deeper understanding of God’s loving presence as promised in Philippians 4:6-7, drawing on content from Max Lucado’s bestselling book of the same name.

In this chaotic age of social media, packed schedules, and an increasing awareness of the world’s problems, it’s normal for young people to feel overwhelmed sometimes. But the good news of the gospel has not changed. This encouraging book will help tweens and teens take control of their feelings and choose to focus on God’s truth.

Practical, motivating, and biblically grounded, Anxious for Nothing (Young Readers Edition) is a timely book for kids who feels overwhelmed, lonely, or anxious, or who simply want to experience God’s abundant joy and peace.

  • In this young readers adaptation of Anxious for Nothing, Max Lucado uses honest stories, relatable Bible study, and practical helps to encourage tweens to receive God’s peace as they let go of anxiety, depression, and loneliness.
  • This much-needed book adapts content from You Are Not Alone and Anxious for Nothing. With the warmth and authenticity that has made him a beloved pastor and writer, Max Lucado middle graders and tweens:biblical hope and powerful strategies to help them flourish amidst struggles
    encouragement that God is near, He cares, and He listens
    truths to claim for themselves in difficult moments
    practical ways to work through their worries and rely on God’s faithfulness
  • This special edition of Anxious for Nothing also includes:a note to kids from author Max Lucado
    application questions, journal prompts, and activities that guide kids in Christ-focused mindfulness
    callouts and infographics featuring relevant Bible verses, and takeaways
    sidebars addressing technology-related stress

PURCHASE LINK: You can purchase Anxious for Nothing Young Readers Edition at Amazon by clicking on the highlighted link. #ad

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You can enter to win a copy of Max Lucado’s Anxious for Nothing! This is an Instagram giveaway. So, just go to JustRead Publicity Tours’ Instagram page @justreads by clicking on the highlighted link.Then, follow @maxlucado @tommynelsonbooks @justreadtours & Tag 2 friends in the same comment on this post or any other hosted post of this tour. Enter up to 3x per post. 

One (1) winner will receive a print copy of the book. (print US only, ebook international. Void where prohibited by law or logistics. Instagram is not affiliated with nor responsible for this giveaway. Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST on October 18, 2021.)

My thoughts

This is now officially my new favorite Max Lucado book.

It is written in the kindest, most loving fashion, which is just what kid and teen readers need if they’re struggling with anxiety already. The cover is beautiful and the book is sized just right for smaller hands. It’s filled with sidebars, familiar kid situations, and infographics, plus lists of actions readers can take to calm down and train their minds to not be ruled by anxiety.

I loved reading Anxious for Nothing! The book is based on Philippians 4:4-8, which is a familiar passage to many of us. The author, Paul, wrote Philippians while he was incarcerated in a Roman prison. So, if anyone had reason to be anxious or worried, Paul did! But he exercised vastly different mental choices. He chose to focus his mind in a different way; on habits he could cling to, truths about God, not letting the enemy feed him harmful or damaging ideas. And Max Lucado takes these Scriptures, and formats them into ways today’s teens and kids can make different choices as well. Reading books about mental health can feel overwhelming or daunting, but this book gently and clearly puts these Scriptures into portions, exercises, and activities that really can benefit anyone; and can help us grow in Christ at the same time.

Here are some of my favorite passages:

  • “Paul’s writing in the Bible shows that he was convinced of the steady hand of a good God. He was protected by God’s strength. He was cared for by God’s love. He lived beneath the shadow of God’s wings.”
  • “He (Jesus) cares about your problems too–no matter how small–because you care about them.”
  • “You may be facing the perfect storm. But Jesus offers the perfect peace.”
  • “Fix your eyes on the face of the One who can calm the storm….God is merciful. His grace is great. He has forgiven us through His Son, Jesus. Because of this, we don’t have to feel guilt or shame.”

Aren’t those wonderful words?

Anxious for Nothing would be fantastic for families to read together; for devotional times; or for kids and teens to read on their own. I think this book could provide rich and helpful conversations and truly help its readers. I even recommend it for parents; I learned so much myself, and others in my family will be reading it as well!

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

New devotional by Sadie Robertson Huff: “Live on Purpose” ~ A JustRead Bookstagram & Review Tour (PLUS Flash Giveaway, ends tonight 10/11/21)

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JustRead Publicity Tours was kind enough to send me a gorgeous hardback copy of Sadie Robertson Huff’s new devotional, Live on Purpose: 100 Devotions for Letting Go of Fear and Following God. Published by Tommy Nelson, this book is a rich, beautifully-written guide for readers to think on Scripture, compare what it says to what we face in our daily lives, and purpose to believe God and follow Him. Let me tell you more!

About Live on Purpose

Learn how to celebrate every moment in life while living enthusiastically and following your God-given passions with New York Times bestselling author Sadie Robertson’s devotional Live on Purpose. Teens and young adults will reach new depths of faith as they discover how to live life to the fullest with Sadie’s 100 meaningful devotions.

Live on Purpose takes the life-changing themes from Sadie’s bestselling books Live Fearless and Live and helps you apply those truths through Scripture, prayer, and her passionate message to live well.

Live on Purpose is a valuable message for anyone eager to make a difference in the world and is a perfect gift for a graduation, a birthday celebration, the holidays, or a faith anniversary. This book will help you discover that when you follow your God-given passions, nothing can stop you from living your most enthusiastic, purposeful life.

  • Live on Purpose, Sadie Robertson’s confidence-inspiring devotional based on her bestselling books Live Fearless and Live, offers intention in your everyday time with God and helps you make the most of your amazing, one-of-a-kind life.
  • In each entry, Sadie shares her personal journey with God and gives you practical tools for . . .
    Overcoming fear and living with confidence
    Living without limitations by setting aside fear, anxiety, and comparison
    Authentically celebrating every moment in life
    Replacing temporary highs with the promises of God
    Dreaming big and living like it’s on purpose!
  • With a social media audience of more than 6 million, Sadie is a wholesome role model and enthusiastic voice for her generation. Sadie’s fanbase follows her hit podcast, WHOA That’s Good; watched her become runner-up on season 19 of Dancing with the Stars; or read her bestselling books including Live, Live Fearless, Live Original,and Life Just Got Real.

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This giveaway ends tonight, at 11:59 EST, so enter now!

This is an Instagram giveaway, so head over to JustRead Publicity Tours’ Instagram page and enter there! Live On Purpose devotional giveaway link

My thoughts about Live on Purpose

I thoroughly enjoyed Sadie Robertson Huff’s (with Tama Fortner) devotional. It is such an encouraging book. And I have to admit to you: I read it more as a book than as a devotional! Meaning, I sat down, opened the book to its first devotional, “On Purpose and With a Purpose,” and read from there. Of course, I also used it as a devotional on given days, but reading it in chunks enabled me to see some of its overall aim: to connect readers not only WITH God, but with His incredible purpose for our lives. Isn’t that an amazing thought, that He has a calling into life with Him for each of us, but then also, amazing work that we can do with our lives as we flow with Him?

Sadie has a good grip on these ideas, and she communicates them so kindly and lovingly to the reader. She starts each devotional page with a Scripture, then talks about how we can believe it and act upon it in our lives. She also reminds us that God is good. Period! With the struggles and challenges life hands us at times, sometimes we can be tempted to believe the opposite, which our enemy would love to see happen.

Over and over, Sadie uses Scripture, snippets from her books, and moments from her own life to remind us that God is so good, loves us so deeply, and has an awesome plan for our lives. All we have to do is answer His invitation…and then go on the adventure with Him. He may call us to do what we feel are impossible things. Sadie reminds us that yes, they might be impossible…but never for God, who’s at work in us to act!

Live on Purpose is a wonderful book, and a devotional with an important message for people today: “You matter. God loves you so much. And He has an incredible life He’s inviting you to.” That is so different from the messages we get from the world (or from social media). It’s something everyone needs to hear!

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.