About The Book   Note: Links in this post may include affiliate links which provide me with a small commission at no expense to you. Church should be a safe place, right? Then why do so many get hurt there? Ray Beeson and Chris Hayward combine their years of ministry experience to address head-on the elephant in the room: church members and church leaders hurt Christians. All the time. And the long-lasting effects—rejection, shame, despair, loneliness, fear—can be devastating. The authors have witnessed the rise of the “dones,” those who are just done with God thanks to scars from church. With first-person stories of hurt and loss,Read More →

About The Book Note: Links in this post may include affiliate links which provide me with a small commission at no expense to you. She’s bent on fun. He’s bent on faith. Till true love bridges the gap. Cat O’Bryen is the prodigal daughter unhappy with God. First, the father with whom she reconciled dies of cancer and now her twin sister and best friend marries, leaving Cat at home with a newlywed mother, her new husband, and a little brother. But when Cat moves in with a roommate of questionable morals, her family is worried, certain she’s on a path that could damage herRead More →

Welcome to First Line Friday! I hope you have a great weekend. I have a feeling our weekend will be filled with tissues, sleep, and cranky children as we handle a little bit of a summer bug the kids had no problem sharing. Today I’m sharing the first line from Becky Wade’s debut novel. This is the first book I read by her, and from then on I was hooked. She’s one of my favorite authors and I can’t get enough. Note: Links in this post may include affiliate links which provide me with a small commission at no expense to you. About the Book:Read More →

About The Book Note: Links in this post may include affiliate links which provide me with a small commission at no expense to you. Rosemary Gresham has no family beyond the band of former urchins that helped her survive as a girl in the mean streets of London. Grown now, they are no longer pickpockets—now they focus on high value items and have learned how to blend into upper-class society. Rosemary’s challenge of a lifetime comes when she’s assigned to determine whether a certain wealthy gentleman is loyal to Britain or to Germany. How does one steal a family’s history, their very name? As EuropeRead More →

Welcome to First Line Friday! I can’t believe how quickly July is flying by. My husband and I are celebrating a late anniversary this weekend while friends watch our little ones. Note: Links in this post may include affiliate links which provide me with a small commission at no expense to you. I can’t get enough of this beautiful cover! Watch for my review coming soon. About the Book: A news anchor intern has it all planned out, and love isn’t on the agenda. Brooke Endress is on the cusp of her lifelong dream when her younger sister persuades her to chaperone a mission tripRead More →

About The Book Note: Links in this post may include affiliate links which provide me with a small commission at no expense to you. Publisher: Zondervan Release Date: March 28, 2017 Thirteen years ago, Natalie lost a part of herself when her twin sister died. Will traveling back to the family winery finally put the memory to rest, or will it completely destroy her? When Natalie Mitchell learns her beloved grandfather has had a heart attack, she’s forced to return to their family-owned winery in Sonoma, something she never intended to do. She’s avoided her grandparents’ sprawling home and all its memories since the summerRead More →

Welcome to First Line Friday! I hope your weekend finds you worshiping God, spending time with family, and maybe even burying your nose in a favorite book. Note: Links in this post may include affiliate links which provide me with a small commission at no expense to you. The first page had me laughing. I highly recommend this book filled with sweet, endearing characters.  About the Book: Escaping home to Oxford, Mississippi, seemed like a good idea. Until it wasn’t. A year after a tragic accident in Los Angeles flipped her world upside down, advertising guru Sarah Beth LeClair is still hiding away in herRead More →

Summer is the perfect time to catch up on reading. Of course, as a stay-at-home mom my schedule is pretty much the same, but I still like to squeeze in a few more books. I’m dividing this into two sections. Books I’m Re-reading I am a chronic re-reader. As much as I love the first journey with new characters, I like to go it again. As a writer, I find myself noticing the little hints the author gives, and I learn so much about the writing craft. This is one of the first books I read by Becky Wade. It’s also her debut novel. It’sRead More →

I hope you all had an amazing 4th of July. Sadly, I spent most of the day sick in bed. My husband took the kids to the park and they had a blast. Jared told me that there were hardly any other kids, and that it was brutally hot. Park But, I felt a little better that evening so I did go with them to see fireworks. Brookie told me that birthdays meant fireworks. Considering my birthday is near New Years and her birthday is in just a few days, no wonder she thinks that. Waiting for Fireworks It took some time for the fireworks toRead More →

It’s First Line Friday–when we share first lines from our favorite books. Note: Links in this post may include affiliate links which provide me with a small commission at no expense to you. This is a busy weekend for us. Tomorrow is my anniversary and Sunday is my daughter’s 4th birthday. Since it’s my daughter’s birthday weekend, I’m sharing the first line from my daughter’s favorite book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. First Line: “A told B and B told C, “I’ll meet you at the top of the coconut tree.” About the Book:    When all the letters of the alphabet race one another upRead More →