When Books Feel Sacred

April 2017 Inspirations

Have you ever read a book that feels sacred? A book that speaks so deeply to your soul that you want to hold your breath and release it gently because to exhale with great power would sweep it away? As most of you know, I enjoy reviewing books. I adore reading books. I can’t remember a time that I didn’t. Books have been my best friends, my best escapes, and the most crazy adventures. I’ve almost always wished to live...
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Author Interview (and Giveaway): Carrie Fancett Pagels

I met Carrie Fancett Pagels from the place where many good things come…the internet! We both attended an online party celebrating books, and I happened to win one of her giveaways. After reading her Christmas novellas, I knew I’d found a well-written author. So I’m thrilled to participating in a blog tour of her newest romance collection: Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order Husbands! Better yet, she’s agreed to answer a few of MY questions! Genre: Christian, Historical Publisher: Barbour Publication date: June...
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Book Recommendation: Wings of the Wind by Connilyn Cossette

Book Recommendation: Wings of the Wind by Connilyn Cossette

I love being a part of book reviewer groups because I meet so many new authors. Two things drew me to Wings of the Wind: the cover and the heroine. I have a soft spot for a woman who chooses to dress up like a man to fight in a battle. Basically, if that’s part of the story, I want to read it. Does anyone else have a similar bent? Cordially Barbara Review On a scale of cotton candy to...
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Book Recommendation: Just The Way You Are by Pepper Basham

10 Summer Reads for 2017

I “met” Pepper Basham through my little sister, but when I say met, I mean that my sister met Pepper and then told me to read Pepper’s first book, The Thorn Bearer. And just like that, I became one of Pepper’s friendly stalkers. And, I guess I’m proud to say that I continue to fangirl over her books and creep on her Facebook. What I love about Pepper Basham’s writing is that she creates characters with deep wounds and then she...
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Book Recommendation: A Lady in Disguise by Sandra Byrd

Book Recommendation: A Lady in Disguise by Sandra Byrd

If you’ve been following along with this website for a while, then you know that Sandra Byrd keeps topping my list of my favorite authors. Why? Because Sandra Byrd always delivers an intriguing plot, a sneaky villain, and a strong protagonist. Full disclosure: I receive a free copy of this book, but my opinions are my own. And I’m using affiliate links. While I love many authors, I promise that I’ll only ever share books that I really really liked...
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Book Round-Up: January-March 2017

February 2017 Inspiration

Truly, I think it’s the responsibility of every (great) reader to do a round up of recent favorite books. After all, it’s my chance to relive those books while sharing them with anyone who cares to take a peek. Of course, your To-Be-Read list probably rivals mine. I don’t know why we do this to ourselves. [by the way, i’ll be using affiliate links. this adds no cost to your purchases.] But come on. It’s because we love the book...
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Book Recommendation: Alongside by Sarah Beckham

Book Recommendation: Alongside by Sarah Beckham

Helping too review books is one of the great joys and difficulties in my too-full, yet rich life. When the emails arrive with book suggestions for review. I want them all. Full disclosure: I received this book free in exchange for a review. My opinions are my own. Alongside by Sarah Beckham struck me in all the choices that I had, though, because…well, have you read the subtitle? “A Practical Guide for Loving Your Neighbor in their Time of Trial”...
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Book Recommendation: The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green

10 Summer Reads for 2017

Nothing pleases me more than a fantastic book recommendation (come on, this is why we use Yelp and TravelAdviser when we’re checking out new venues, right?). And today, I’m pumped to share with you The Mark of the King. Not only did I learn history (the things we people do to each other) that I had no idea about, but I also wanted to read this book every minute of every day. Full disclosure: I received The Mark of the...
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Book Tour: Surround Me by Marguerite Martin Gray

Today, I have the opportunity to share with you an author interview with Marguerite Martin Gray. I’m always so interested to learn how authors gain inspiration and what the writing process looks for them. And, at the very end of this post is an opportunity to enter a book giveaway! Series: Revolutionary FaithGenre: Christian, Fiction, HistoricalPublisher: WestBow Press (Author)Publication date: September 27, 2016Number of pages: 277Set in 1773 Charles Town, Surround Me takes the reader into the lives of colonists confronting imminent change and unpredictable...
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Book Recommendation: Move Toward The Mess

Book Recommendation: Move Toward The Mess

[Book received from Blog About for a review. Opinions are my own. Affiliate links included.] Move Toward The Mess jumped out at me from the e-newsletter. When I saw the title, my thoughts went like this: “Oh, I’m a mess. I should read that because I need to figure out how to lean into my own messy existence and be okay with my mess.” (Also, I love Andy Stanley, and he wrote the foreword) And so, I requested to read...
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