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I recently received a She Reads Truth Bible to review and I decided to use it for my Colossians Bible study.
First impressions: The one I was sent was a poppy linen version that I’d describe as mango. Normally I’m not a fan of the texture of linen covered books, but this one was surprisingly smooth. I received an indexed version, which is great since I usually have to add those separate tabs otherwise.
Inside: There are wide margins if you like to take notes or journal in your Bible. I haven’t written in it yet, but I put some scripture stickers and arrows in to highlight certain passages. I saw some reviewers say they felt the pages were thin, but I use gel highlighters and didn’t have an issue.
This was my first time reading a Christian Standard version (CSB) and I found it very easy to read. I tend to like the New Living Translation (NLT), so this was nice as it is also easy to follow and understand.
There are a lot of devotionals in the Bible that tie into the readings. It also contains maps for each book and reading plans that include, “supplementary passages for added context and deeper understanding.” That was a great bonus feature for those times when you want to dig a little deeper into a section.
Pros: The reading plans, maps, and section describing the gospel all made this a standout. I also liked the fact this version was indexed.
Cons: The font could be a little bigger.
Overall, this is a great Bible no matter if it’s your first time exploring the Word or if you’re a veteran of Bible studies. It’s easy to read and has a great section that tells you how to go about reading the Bible. This would be a great gift for someone who wants to start reading the Bible as it’s not overwhelming at all and has a lot of helpful way to start your study. This is a great choice to use for a Bible study.
*I received this Bible from BH Publishing and Lifeway in return for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
My name is Valerie Howard. I'm a wife of a pastor, the mother to young boys, the owner of beagles, and an author. I love summer, flip-flops, and chocolate, but since I live in Maine, I can only enjoy one of those things all year round.
I write books about women who face impossible situations and the God Who loves them. My fiction books each star a woman who has had to overcome extreme obstacles – unplanned pregnancy, slavery, homelessness, abuse, death of a loved one, etc. – but their struggles always lead them to learn about a God Who cares and Who can help them deal with whatever life throws at them.
My New England Inspirations books all feature a different New England state as the setting.
Deep Blue Sea is set in Maine. It tells the story of Jamie Walker, a 30-year-old who is dealing with depression and anxiety as the cold case of her missing cousin is re-examined.
Carry Me Home is set in Vermont. It tells the story of Amanda Holbrook, a nurse who struggles to stay afloat as she loses her job and home – and meets the most difficult patient of her life.
Picking Daisy is set in New Hampshire. It tells the story of Elise Gilpatrick, a first-time foster mom, and the troubled 15-year-old girl, DJ, who comes to stay with her.
Books 1 through 3 of the New England Inspirations series are all FREE for the first time ever on November 3.
I am so excited to host my friend, Tara LaDue, this week. She is truly such a bright light in this world and has such an open heart. It's rare to meet people like that, but I knew when I saw her in New York that she had the gift to help so many people with her work. It has been amazing to witness her on her journey writing a book and I'm excited that, Came to Believe, A Journey of Trust, Faith and Perseverance, has just released! She also has the cutest dog you've ever seen, so check out her Instagram for pics of Chester:
Take a moment to read her letter to her younger self.
When I was asked to write a guest blog for my Spirit Junkie sister, Krysten Lindsay Hager, specifically a letter to my little girl, I thought, "Oh wow what would I tell her?" Then so many things flooded my mind and heart that I so wish someone told me when I was younger. It made me think about what I would tell my niece. She is seven now, such a precious age when a little girl is coming into her own person. This is also the time when a child can be so influenced to be who her parents want her to be or who the world tells her she should be. One of my favorite quotes is, "Do you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be?" by Charles Bukowski. So here goes, my letter to my younger self.
Dear Sweet Tara,
Girl, if you want to wear your clothes inside out and backward, go with your bad ass self. Don't let other people tell you that you can't. Also, if you accidentally spill food on your clothes, who cares? Don't *Not* wear white because you are terrified to get it dirty. (This is funny today because this old limiting belief is what kept me from becoming a Kundalini Yoga Teacher for so long because I was scared to wear white because I was messy. So silly.)
What do you like to do? What do you have so much fun doing that the time goes by without you even noticing it? Do that. Life is too short to do things that make other people happy. It's your life, live it your way.
It's okay if you are not the smartest in school and you don't make those honors classes that your friends are in. It doesn't make you any less than. There are plenty of people who have done big things in their life who weren't in honors English and math. (Like me, I wrote a freaking book, I am a published author, and I struggled in English.) The important thing is you do the work. You do the best you can. And, that you have fun in school and not be so busy with your nose in a book that you miss life happening right in front of you.
Speak up. When you know in your gut that something isn't right, speak up! Don't be scared. Trust that intuition that God gave you, that inner knowing that will guide you for the rest of your life. It is never wrong. Please, tell someone. And if that person won't listen, tell someone else. Your voice matters. (This last bit brought me to tears.)
Also, as a young girl going through puberty, I had no idea what was happening to me. I was so embarrassed to ask any questions or talk to my Mom. This shame made me feel uncomfortable in my own skin. This not knowing why all these changes were happening to my body made me incredibly insecure as a young girl, especially because I developed so young. Talk to your Mom. Or your big sister if you have one. Make them explain to you how beautiful it is to become a woman. It is nothing to be embarrassed or shameful about.
Go to college and pay for as much of it you can, yourself. You will appreciate it more. Work hard and make friends. The friends you make in college will last your lifetime. And, if you can, go away to college. (Because I had to make this college thing work under my minimal tight budget I wasn't able to go far, but going to school a state away provided me so many more experiences if I would have stayed in my hometown.)
Lastly, be you. You are a gorgeous light, inside and out. Don't try to conform to everyone else. Don't do what everyone else is doing. Do what moves you. One's authenticity is so vital today. If you can't shine in your radiance, if your Aura can't glow the way it wants to, what is the point of this life? (That last line is on page 191 of my spiritual memoir, Came to Believe, A Journey of Trust, Faith and Perseverance.)
You are lovable, and you are worthy of anything that you want. Just go for it. You can do it.
Bio: Tara LaDue is the author of Came to Believe, A Journey of Trust, Faith and Perseverance. She is a Social Media Coach for Spiritual Entrepreneurs all over the world. She has written a Social Media Guidebook with all her own tips and tricks used to grow her following. Tara is a Certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher. She also is a Certified Angel Card Reader™ and Angel Intuitive®. Tara has taken Gabrielle Bernstein’s Spirit Junkie Masterclass Level 1 and 2. She is the proud mommy of her fur-angel, Chester Harold LaDue. For more information on Tara’a work, visit www.taraladue.com.
~~ Fresh Beginnings ~~
by Iris Blobel
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♥♦♥ BLURB ♥♦♥
Jared Fraser, a landscape business owner in Hobart, Australia, sets out for a holiday to the USA to travel along the Route 66 in a motorhome. Looking forward to his first holiday overseas, he’s excited as he prepares himself for the journey. But little could’ve prepared him for crossing paths with a beautiful hitchhiker.
Will he be able to put his past aside and grab onto happiness?
Ivy Bennett thought leaving her boyfriend would be the hard part. It doesn’t take long to figure out how wrong she was. As she struggles with making a new start in her life, the last person she expects to lead her to happiness is a laid-back Australian on vacation.
But she will have to say goodbye again? And not only to Jared.
♥♦♥ EXCERPT ♥♦♥
Ivy enjoyed being with Jared. During their drive towards the Grand Canyon he told her of his home and described as much of Tasmania as possible.
“I always imagined Australia to be hot with white beaches and beautiful water.”
“That’s up in the north in Queensland,” he explained. “We have spectacular beaches as well. Tasmania is a small island in the very south. The last step before the Antarctica, so to speak.”
“That sounds cold!”
He laughed. “It clearly isn’t Queensland.” Settling his gaze on her, he continued, “But it has beautiful beaches as well. And a wonderful marine life. And the mountains. We have some stunning mountains in Tassie.”
“It sounds beautiful.”
He agreed. “Yes, it is. One of the best places on earth.”
Once they arrived at the National Park, they found a parking spot and walked towards the edge of the Canyon. She touched his arm to get his attention. Not that she needed to. His attentive nature drew her to him, and she couldn’t get enough of listening to him.
“I feel bad that you pay for everything,” she said in a low voice.
Jared waved his hand. “Nah. It’s only money and luckily the Australian dollar is—”
“Whether you can or can’t afford it, it doesn’t matter. I don’t like it.”
He stopped and turned towards her, causing heat inside her body. Her breath caught but she kept walking, yet, it took him only a few steps to catch up with her and, by way of placing his hand on her shoulder, to stop her.
“Wanna tell me why?”
Avoiding his stare, she lifted her shoulder in a casual shrug.
“A shrug is not really an answer, ya know that, right?”
Yes, she knew that. How could she tell him that she’d left Dylan because he’d spent all the money she’d worked so hard for? She didn’t want to be in the same situation, as in spending someone else’s hard-earned money. But deep inside she didn’t want to hurt Jared, either. She was enjoying her time with him so much, she wasn’t ready for it to end because of some silly pride.
Out of the corner of her eye, she spotted a little squirrel in the bushes and despite some guilt inside, it was a perfect distraction.
“Look!” she said louder than she’d intended. “A squirrel.”
With great relief, she noticed how her devious plan had worked. Jared quickly grabbed his camera and kneeled down to get the best shot possible of this little creature.
Kneeling next to him, she asked, “Don’t you have squirrels?”
Still trying to get that perfect photo of the little creature, he whispered, “Nope.”
♥♦♥ MEET THE AUTHOR ♥♦♥
Iris Blobel was born and raised in Germany and only immigrated to Australia in the late 1990s. Having had the travel bug most of her life, Iris spent quite some time living in Scotland, London as well as Canada where she met her husband. Her love for putting her stories onto paper has only emerged recently, but now her laptop is a constant companion.
Iris resides west of Melbourne with her husband and her two beautiful daughters.
Next to her job at a private school, she also presents a German Program at the local Community Radio.
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Love's Full Circle by Cherry Christensen
Tagline: Every heart deserves a second chance.
In spite of, maybe because of, the way her love life had gone, Kayden James works hard to become a successful Marriage and Family Therapist. The last thing she needs is for her ex-boyfriend Liam to stroll into her office and stir up old feelings. Especially after the way he treated her all those years ago. She would rather remain a single cat lady than risk her heart again.
Liam hopes to make amends, but worries he won’t be able to melt Kayden’s icy exterior enough for her to see how much he has changed. Initiating their reunion, he sets out to prove that their relationship never was a game to him… to convince Kayden to continue traveling love’s full circle.
Cherry hails from the Great Lakes state of Michigan, where she lives with her husband and two adorably mischievous cats. She does most of her writing at night because she is not a morning person, and wholeheartedly agrees with the anonymous saying, “I could be a morning person, if morning happened around noon.”
In addition to writing, Cherry has traveled overseas, exploring castles in Scotland, soaking in the sights of London, and gazing at the beautiful English countryside out a train car window. Closer to home, she’s gone dolphin watching and parasailing in Florida.
Cherry’s husband is also an author, but he doesn’t share her love of football. Her favorite teams are the Michigan Wolverines and Denver Broncos. Go Blue! Mile High Salute! So, what’s better than watching football? Eating chocolate chip cookie dough during a game!
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Picking Daisy by Valerie Howard
Available for pre-order now! Release date: October 2, 2017
Elise Gilpatrick is a divorced potter and a brand-new foster mom. When she gets the call asking if she'll accept a placement with 15-year-old DJ, coming straight from the police station, she doesn't know what to expect. But over the course of DJ's stay, Elise finds out that motherhood is messier than she ever thought possible. As their temporary arrangement takes them through a rocky journey, both DJ and Elise learn that it's never too late to find the love of a family.
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Valerie Howard is a native of Southern Maine and has been writing since she was in second grade. She's the wife of a pastor, the mother of two young boys, and the owner of two lazy beagles. When she's not writing, she enjoys eating chocolate and wearing flip-flops, preferably at the same time!
THE CELL phone shrieked a piercing tune, making Elise jump out of bed.
What time is it?
She fumbled around in the darkness looking for her cell. A pair of pants lit up from their spot on the chaise.
Elise cleared her throat and looked at the clock as she dug the phone out of a back pocket. A little after two in the morning. If this was Percy asking an inane question about the grocery store at this hour, she was going to kill him. Or maybe it was Michael. Her little brother had been in trouble before, but nothing that had ever warranted a two o'clock in the morning phone call. “Hello?” Her heart was pounding, and she pressed her hand to her chest as a woman's voice greeted her.
“Hi. Elise Gilpatrck? This is Linda calling from the Department of Health and Human Services. We have a placement for you tonight. Can she be brought to your house?”
Elise rubbed her eyes. Tonight? Now?
“Do you have any other children placed with you? We have you down for foster only, and emergency placements ... is that correct?”
Elise tried to shake the dust from her sleepy brain. “No, I mean, yes ... I. No, I haven't had any other kids here yet. Sure, sure, yes, she can come here. Right now?”
“Yes, she needs a placement tonight.”
“Okay, I'll go turn on the outside light.” Elise grabbed the pants and pulled them on under her nightgown. “Is there anything you can tell me about her? How old is she? What do you know about her? Anything?”
“Her name is DJ. She's 15. And all I know right now is that they're bringing her from the police station.”
Elise flinched and dropped her phone. It hit the floor and the battery popped out.
What did I just agree to?
She yanked on a light sweater over her nightgown and stepped into some slippers, then went downstairs to start the coffee, turn on the outside light, and pray.
Author: Sara R. Turnquist
Title: The Lady and the Hussites (The Lady Bornekova Book 2)
Tag Line: When the heart is at war, can love conquer all?
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Karin and Pavel have found their way safely to his parents’ home, but things are not as well as they seem. There are secrets between them. A wall goes up. And then Pavel is called into battle.
Radek and Zdenek find themselves pulled into the conflict despite their best efforts to remain neutral, while Stepan finds himself ready for bloodshed. With tensions mounting within their circle and throughout their country, what will become of Pavel and Karin? Can they find their way back to each other?
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Title: West from the Cradle
Author: Brigid Amos
Genre: Young Adult Historical Fiction
Publisher: Clean Reads
Tag line: If the West doesn’t kill you, it’ll make you stronger.
About the book:
Travis Cooper was not meant to be a prospector. Small for his age, he has never been much help on the family farm in Missouri. How could he survive the journey west to take up such backbreaking work? But when he sees a copy of the California Star in the fall of 1848, everything changes. One shining word jumps off the page: GOLD! Now staying alive is a struggle. Keeping his partner from getting himself killed is even harder!
Travis bounded out of the house. He rubbed the two lead oxen on the jaw and muttered some nonsense to them. The animals’ eyes brightened in response, and they tried to nuzzle his face with their wet noses. “No, you don’t,” he giggled, jerking his head back and out of reach. “Just take care of my brother.”
Fighting back a smile, Jonas also found it necessary to blink back a few tears at the same time. “Do you wish you were going with us?” he asked his brother.
Travis sighed and said, “I wish I were going and staying at the same time.”
Mr. Hillerman arrived on his horse Starlight, so named because he was black with a star-shaped splash of white in the middle of his forehead. Even from a distance, Jonas could see the white splotch bobbing up and down, twinkling like a star on the horizon. The shopkeeper was dressed in a brown frock coat and a derby with a high crown, as if he were on his way to church, except he carried a rifle at his side.
“Morning all,” Hillerman called. “I see we’re all ready to hit the trail. Good work, Jonas. Quite efficient.”
“Won’t you stop a spell and have some breakfast?” Emily asked.
“I’ve already had my breakfast, thank you,” he answered. “But what about you, Jonas?”
“Oh, I just ate some of the hardtack. The part that got wet in the storm,” Jonas answered, feeling he had to explain why he was already dipping into the supplies.
“Is that all that got wet?” Hillerman asked with a look of concern.
“That’s all. Everything else is dry as a temperance meeting,” Waylon said.
“A credit to Emily’s handiwork,” Hillerman said. Turning to Jonas, he added, “Young man, it’s time for you to say your goodbyes.”
Jonas kissed his sister, hugged his little brother, and then held out his hand to his father, unsure of the gesture and wondering if more was expected in this case. Waylon took his son’s hand and held it steady for several moments.
“Jonas, wait here a moment. I have some money saved up I want to give you.”
“That’s all right, Waylon,” Hillerman said. “I plan to cover all the boy’s expenses.”
“Just the same, I’d like for him to carry a little cash of his own. I’ll just run upstairs and get it.” Waylon hurried into the house.
Moments later, they heard a loud thumping sound coming from inside. It was followed by a low moan. Hillerman dismounted as the three Cooper children stumbled over each other to get through the front door.
They found Waylon slumped against the wall at the bottom of the stairs, cradling his right forearm, his face racked with pain.
“It’s broken, I’m afraid,” Waylon said, breathing heavily.
“I’ll go for Doc Anderson,” Jonas said.
“No!” Waylon shouted, and then grimaced as a fresh current of pain flowed through him. “You two have a wagon train to meet in St. Joseph. Don’t worry about me. Travis can go for the doctor.”
“But Pa,” Jonas whispered, squatting down next to his father and leaning in close to his face, “what about after the doctor comes? Sure, maybe he can patch up that arm, but you ain’t going to be able to use it for a while. Who’s going to take care of the farm in the meantime?”
Emily, the only one clearheaded enough to notice her father was still sprawled on the floor in an undignified fashion, stepped forward to help him up. “Let’s talk about this in the kitchen,” she snapped. As she led her father toward the kitchen, she shot Jonas an accusing look.
This is all my fault, Jonas thought. I’m to blame, and I have to make up for it.
After they settled Waylon as comfortably as possible in a chair, Jonas said to Hillerman in a determined voice, “It looks like I won’t be going to California with you. I’ll be needed here at the farm. I’m sorry.”
Hillerman stood by with a stricken expression. Then he sighed and said, “If that’s the case, I won’t be going either. At least not this year.”
“I can take care of the farm,” Travis offered.
“No, you can’t,” Jonas answered. “Not on your own. You’re too small and weak. We all know it.”
After a few seconds of silence, Travis spoke up again. “Am I too small to go to California with Mr. Hillerman?” Everyone looked at him in shock. It was an idea no one had even considered.
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Brigid Amos’ young adult historical fiction has appeared in The MacGuffin, The Storyteller, Wilderness House Literary Review, and Words of Wisdom. Her first novel, A Fence Around Her, was published by Clean Reads in 2016. A produced playwright, she co-founded the Angels Playwriting Collective and serves on the boards of Angels Theatre Company and Women Writing the West. She is also an active member the Nebraska Writers Guild. Although Brigid left a nugget of her heart behind in the California Gold Country, most of it is in Lincoln, Nebraska where she currently lives with her husband.
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