10 Summer Reads for 2017

As the summer approaches, it’s time to grow our reading lists. And I’m on the lookout for wonderful books to sweep me away just as the sunny weather will. So I figured I’d share with you some perfect summer reads (and yes, this is a biased list of some of my favorites). [affiliate links in use. thank you for supporting my website.] 10 Summer Reads for 2017 At one time, I’m likely to have 2-4 different books going at once....
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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 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 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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Book Recommendation: Conspiracy of Silence (The Tox Files) by Ronie Kendig

Book Recommendation: Conspiracy of Silence (The Tox Files) by Ronie Kendig

[I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers for a review. This review is my own opinion. Affiliate links used.] Conspiracy of Silence by Ronie Kendig is a book outside of my preferred genres, but I love reading outside those genres. No matter what type of book you gravitate to, you can ALWAYS recognize excellent storytelling. Truly, I believe this. Book Recommendation: Conspiracy of Silence by Ronie Kendig Where do I even begin with this book?...
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What Should I Read For Christmas?

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Cozying up under a thick blanket with a cup of tea and wonderful book is undeniably one of my favorite things about the Christmas holidays. And the best thing is that Christmas reading has become so much easier, whether it’s a quick Amazon download or a library borrow. Unlimited Christmas reading options. Last year was my very first Christmas away from home. It was weird. But, that’s when I discovered Christmas novellas. If I couldn’t be with my family, I...
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Author Interview: Tessa Emily Hall (& Giveaway!!)

Today, I’ve a special treat for you all! For the first time ever, Cordially Barbara has the chance to be a part of a Book Blog Tour! *waves excitedly* Hi! In May of this year, Tessa Emily Hall and I were in the same writers’ conference, but you know, I don’t think she and I ever met. But, I kept seeing her on the social media hashtags. Isn’t social media sometimes the best? After stalking Tessa and reading Purple Moon,...
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Book Recommendation: Waves of Mercy by Lynn Austin

Book Recommendation: Waves of Mercy by Lynn Austin

Before we get started, I need to let you know that I received a free copy of Waves of Mercy from Bethany House to read and review honestly. I’ll also be using affiliate links. Now, keep reading! On a scale of cotton candy to Brussel sprouts, Waves of Mercy by Lynn Austin is a crock pot Parmesan garlic chicken and potatoes. It’s hardy. And the flavors are deep and well-blended. I’ve been sitting on this book for a while here...
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Three Authors of Romance Who Swept Me Off My Feet (again and again)

Three Authors of Romance Who Swept Me Off My Feet (again and again)

Three authors of romance who swept me off my feet (when I thought I knew it all as a heavy consumer of all romantic fiction) and deposited me on the fainting couch (or something like that) must be noted. Are you one of those readers who’s kind of sort of definitely read it all? You read books because you love it, not because the story is going to really surprise you anymore? Girl meets boy. Girl hates boy. CONFLICT. Girl and...
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Live Into Your Purpose

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Have you ever wondered why some professions are considered better than others? Naturally, a CEO has lots of responsibilities but so does the intern. If the CEO stops doing her job, the intern’s going to have difficulty completing his job, and if the intern stops doing his job, he causes difficulties for those above him. Everyone has a role to play. We need each other. 1. Imagined Reality vs. True Reality I grew up in the church, where my idols...
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