Book Recommendation: The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green

Book Recommendation: The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green

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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2016 American Women Gymnasts and Their Favorite Books

Like most of the world, I’m enthralled by the Olympics. The team spirit, national pride, the best of the best competing, the ceremony—it’s amazing. For the summer Olympics, I most adore Gymnastics. I’m too tall to ever have been a gymnast hopeful, but I also have this fear of falling, especially when I’m standing (since I’m tall). So I decided to track down the books that these athletes profess to love (and their instagrams, too). The American Gymnasts for the...
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Book Recommendation: 6 Books on Writing

The life of a writer is lonely. I’ve heard it said by so many people and even written by other authors. I used to believe it. Sure, writing is something that you have to do alone, and yes, you often rewrite and edit alone, too. But I’ve learned that my writing improves when I release it to my community for their opinions and skilled edits. They challenge me to take my writing through another edit when I’m ready to be done...
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