July 2017 Inspiration

July 2017 Inspiration

Despite knowing that July was coming, somehow it snuck up on me. But who can be mad at July for that? After all, we’re looking at a long weekend to celebrate the 4th of July! So it’s always fun to come up with these inspiration points. Of course, it also makes me scratch my head and wonder, “Is anything inspiring me?” What I’m Being Inspired By My life feels boring these days without the constant travels that I did while...
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Author Interview (and Giveaway): Sarah Jane Jacobs

Author Interview (and Giveaway): Sarah Jane Jacobs

One of my biggest delights as a reader, and now a book reviewer and blogger, is discovering new authors. It’s so fun to meet people who have dreamed up another world and then put the work in to create the story. And I just love the chance to ask them questions, usually just five. Today, I’m excited to introduce Sarah Jane Jacobs, author of Season of Hope. About the Author of the Season of Hope I began writing as a hobby...
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Book Recommendation (and Giveaway): Hope Prevails by Dr. Michelle Bengtson

Book Recommendation (and Giveaway): Hope Prevails by Dr. Michelle Bengtson

Depression hounds the most unlikely people. As humans, we often make rash judgments on others based on social media and other factors, but we can’t truly know what struggles are hidden under the Snapchat filters. The reality of Depression shadows my life (I have loved ones with Depression) and the lives of others. In college, I recall a crush explaining to me that someone who had Depression just must not have enough faith in God to get better. Fury boiled...
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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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One Instant Doesn’t Define You

One Instant Doesn't Define You

Like most, I try to shake mistakes off and move on. I like to offer other human beings the benefit of the doubt: maybe that guy who just cut me off has a in-labor wife, maybe that snippy comment stemmed from a sleepless night, maybe my friend is too busy to text me back. Some days, I pick up litter and keep up with the news with TheSkimm. But sometimes, I don’t even realize that my thinking has gotten a little whacked...
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June 2017 Inspiration

June 2017 Inspiration

I’m late for June’s inspiration post because I had too many wonderful books to share! I just wrote about Wings of the Wind by Connilyn Cossette and Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order Husbands by Carrie Fancett Pagels. Both authors are pretty amazing. But I so enjoy creating this inspiration posts each month. So here’s JUNE! What I’m Being Inspired By I’m still in love with circus performance arts if you’re curious, but I’m trying not to overwhelm this space with...
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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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What I Learned By Attending A Writers Conference

What I Learned By Attending A Writers Conference

Almost three years ago now, a friend encouraged me to attend the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. Yes, that is a mouthful. And so is #BRMCWC. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve mixed up the words and letters of this conference. What I Learned By Attending A Writers Conference Never have I ever been a team spirit kind of girl. I don’t like big gatherings of people, and I just have no team spirit. Some of this...
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What To Do When You’re Not Athletic

LIVE OUT grace

Hi, I’m a book nerd, and for at least twenty-five of the years I’ve been alive, I’ve been a non-athlete. When others suggested any type of exercise, I grabbed a book and mumbled, “I’m not athletic.” Sure, my 13 years at a dance school count for something, but that was once a week and non-competitive. I didn’t practice at home, and I didn’t train at home. Basically, exercise was not on my radar. I’m not athletic. What To Do When...
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