Saturday, May 31, 2014

Come on, Get Hap-py!



Sometimes when life gets especially hard, you just have to pray, cry it out a bit, read the book of Job(because that always puts things in perspective), and think about the things that make you happy.

These are a few of my favorite things(that make me happy):

My family, of course!


(taken by our family photographer)

I love the way my Grasshopper laughs so hard at his own jokes before finishing that we don't even know what the joke was.

I love the way my shy Firefly, every once in awhile, forgets that others are watching and really lets his personality loose.

I love the way my little Bumblebee crinkles up his nose, and snorts when he's especially happy.

I just love my husband, period. He's worked so hard this past month trying to get our home fixed. It seems as though if there was a problem to happen, it happened, though I know it could have been worse. He's kept moving forward!

This song. It always makes me want to dance around like a child.

Our new "butcher block" counter top that my handyman hubby made. I'm pretty proud! (I'll plan for a tour of our little home once flooring and touch-ups are finished.)

Peach popsicles(in the only brand I'll eat)!

The boys wanting to play "hide and stink".

(Sink is also "stink". At the doctor's office, Grasshopper proclaimed, "You have a stink!" After a little bafflement/amusement from the doctor, I explained he couldn't pronounce that word "sink" correctly.) Jonathan and I always laugh at the mispronunciation, though.

The MOMENT the power comes back on after an outage.

Winning a book I REALLY want to read.

A book I've REALLY wanted to read finally arriving at my library. (The Golem and the Jinni , I'll see you shortly! All 800+ pages of you. :O)

Loving Your Husband by Patsy Loden((amazing (work)book, y'all!))

Deactivating Facebook(cutting those strings is always freeing!)

Watching the little pair of Cardinals steal dog/cat food off the porch together. (the adventures of married life as a bird=fun times)

The rare quiet time in the morning when I can hear nothing but the birds singing.

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What makes you happy?

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Made by God: Curious Creatures



Curious Creatures: 4 Books in 1 (Made By God)

Zonderkidz (May 6, 2014) 128 pages

My Rating: 5/5 stars

My Thoughts:

Growing up, Creation based teaching was very mixed up in my mind with Evolutionist teaching, which is what is taught in schools. For example, it took me far longer than I want to admit to realize that dinosaurs and humans HAD to have existed at the same time. When I thought of dinosaurs, it was a human-less world. Of course, I know the truth now, but any book that combines nature study with Creationist learning is well appreciated by me. It makes my job teaching my boys a little easier when I don't have to edit and mark out and reword. Though I will continue to do so with other books and continue to teach them the truth, I really like this book!

Within this book, there are 4 of the Curious Creatures I Can Read books.

Rain Forest Friends
Jungle Beasts
Polar Pals
Curious Creatures Down Under

For us, this isn't a book to just sit down and read straight through. It IS great to occasionally look at animals and facts, but I like it best for a supplement to teaching about a group of animals at a time. For example, if we're studying about rain forest animals, we can turn to that section and look at some of the animals within the rain forest group. If we're talking about elephants, we can turn to the pages specifically for elephants. There are lots of facts and pictures throughout, and best of all, God is always mentioned as The Creator.

Even when I'm not reading it to them, my boys have enjoyed looking through the pictures and making up stories to go with the animals(which is always fun). :)

We give this book a highly recommended for little ones!

*We were provided a review copy in exchange for our honest opinion.

Until I Found You by Victoria Bylin



Until I Found You by Victoria Bylin

Bethany House Publishers (April 29, 2014) 352 pages

Description:

Finding each other was only the beginning . . .

When Kate Darby swerves off a mountain road to avoid hitting a California condor, she ends up trapped in her car, teetering on the edge of a cliff. Terrified, she breathes a prayer that changes her life.

It's Nick Sheridan who comes to Kate's rescue. Nick is handsome and confident, and he seems to develop a habit of rescuing her, but Kate is in town only until her grandmother recuperates from a stroke. She's not planning to get involved with one of the locals.

Nick is a reformed veteran of life in the fast lane, a new Christian, and a travel writer. When he sees a car dangling on the edge of a cliff, the daredevil in him jumps into action. He doesn't expect to be swept off his feet by the car's occupant. He's made a vow--no dating for a year--but keeping that vow is going to be a lot more difficult now that he's met Kate Darby. . . .

My Rating: 3/5 stars

My Thoughts:

This is a story that I had actually somewhat read the description. I knew it was about a man that had sworn off dating for a year, but meets a girl. It sounded cute. More than anything, it was the cover that pulled me into this book, though. Isn't it pretty and springy?!

Nick is a "bad boy", turned "good boy" kind of guy. Due to the drastic turn his life has taken, he promised himself and God that he wouldn't date for a year. I liked him. He's trying hard to honor his promise. I DO think he could have made it easier on himself by not putting himself in certain situations, but mostly, I felt he was trying.

Kate, unfortunately, didn't win me over. She knows about the promise Nick has made, and yet she still asks him to "cuddle" at one point in the story, because she's had a rough day. ((sigh)) I have little tolerance for women who don't respect a man trying to stay pure and honor promises.

The highlight of the story, for me, was Leona. She is Kate's grandmother, and through letters, we learn a little about her past life. Condors are a large part of the story, too. They're ugly creatures, in my opinion, so I'm glad there are people out there willing to look out for them! ;)

There was a great deal of theological differences of opinions between me and the characters. Especially when it comes to salvation, I think the story left room for a lot of confusion with those who don't know what the Bible teaches or are new to the Christian life.

Overall, this is a cute story, and I truly believe most fans of Christian fiction will love it!

*I was provided a review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

"Quick Thoughts" Book Reviews



She Shall Be Praised: A Women of Hope Novel

FaithWords (January 7, 2014) 397 pages

Description:

When socialite Emma Crowell stops the carriage on the way to Portland to 'exercise' her new puppy, the last thing she expects is to be left behind in decidedly unsuitable attire, let alone kidnapped. Fortunately, she is soon found by local rancher Peter Lowery. Unfortunately, he has no intention of abandoning his livelihood to take her back to civilization until the fall. He will, however, provide food, shelter and safety, and in return he expects Emma to earn her keep.

Emma is surprised to find she enjoys the challenges of life at the cabin and feels drawn to Peter and his young son Robby. But though willing to learn, no matter how she tries, she never seems to live up to expectations. As Emma seeks God's guidance and aspires to the picture of womanhood shown in the 31st chapter of Proverbs, Peter comes to realize that he may be underestimating the strength and character behind this woman's beauty.

Quick Thoughts:

I'm always drawn to anything in relation to the Proverbs 31 woman. I saw that this story was somewhat based on her, so it went on my reading list.

Honestly, though, the story just kind of rubbed me the wrong way. Emma starts out clueless on how to run a home. I still liked her, though. It was a sweet, innocent kind of clueless. I'm not a feminist at all! (If you are, I really don't think you'll like it at all.)Still, though, Peter's attitude in pushing Emma to be a homemaker just made me mad. I didn't like him at all, and that really hurt my liking of the book, in general.

Otherwise, it's a cute story.

*I was provided a review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.




A Captain for Laura Rose by Stephanie Grace Whitson

FaithWords (March 4, 2014) 324 pages

Description:

Laura Rose White's late father taught her everything he knew about piloting a Missouri River steamboat. He even named their boat after her. Despite that, it seems that Laura will forever be a "cub pilot" to her brother Joe, because in 1867, a female riverboat captain is unheard of. That is, until tragedy strikes and Laura must make the two month journey from St. Louis to Fort Benton and back in order to save her family's legacy, her home, and the only life she's ever known.

The only way for her to overcome the nearly insurmountable odds is with the help of her brother's disreputable friend Finn MacKnight, a skilled pilot with a terrible reputation. Laura loathes having to accept MacKnight as her co-pilot, especially when she learns she must also provide passage for his two sisters. Straight-laced Fiona has a fear of water, and unpredictable Adele seems much too comfortable with the idea of life in the rough and tumble environment of the untamed river and the men who ply it. Though they are thrown together by necessity, this historic journey may lead Laura and the MacKnights to far more than they ever expected.

Quick Thoughts:

I just haven't been overly in the mood for Christian fiction right now. That has nothing to do with my Christianity or anything. I once mentioned that in my current mood, I was glad a certain book I read wasn't Christian fiction, though I was expecting it to be. Wording it that way made me seem to be rebelling against my Christianity, and I assure you that wasn't the case. Christian fiction typically has a distinct style, and I'm just not in the mood for it at the moment. Life has been *super* stressful lately. I'm not complaining. It happens! ;) Still, stressful times changes my reading moods drastically.

Otherwise, I feel that I could have liked this book more than I did. The story had a hard time keeping my interest right now, though.

I DO like that it wasn't completely predictable. There were some surprises thrown in the mix along the way.

If you like stories were a woman makes her way in the world, despite roadblocks, particularly from men, give this one a try!

*I was provided a review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Resistance by Jaye L. Knight (With GIVEAWAY!!!)




Make sure you stop by the landing page for this blog tour for extras and to see what everyone else is saying about Resistance!




About the Book:

“Don’t you know? Animals like you have no soul.”

Could God ever love a half-blood all of society looks upon with such fear and disdain? Jace once believed so, but when a tragic loss shatters the only peace he’s ever known, his faith crumbles as the nagging doubts he’s tried to put behind him descend on his grieving heart. With them come the haunting memories of the bloodstained past he longs to forget, but can never escape.

Taken from home at a young age and raised to serve the emperor, Kyrin Altair lives every day under a dangerous pretense of loyalty. After her unique observation skills and perfect memory place her into direct service to the emperor, Kyrin finds herself in further jeopardy as it becomes increasingly difficult to hide her belief in Elôm, the one true God.

Following the emperor’s declaration to enforce the worship of false gods under the penalty of death, many lives are endangered. But there are those willing to risk everything to take a stand and offer aid to the persecuted. With their lives traveling paths they never could have imagined, Jace and Kyrin must fight to overcome their own fears and conflicts with society as they become part of the resistance.

Available for purchase on Amazon May 20th!

View book extras at www.ilyonchronicles.blogspot.com.

My thoughts coming soon!!!!



About the Author:

JAYE L. KNIGHT is a 25-year-old independent author with a passion for writing Christian fantasy and clean NA (New Adult) fiction. Armed with an active imagination and love for adventure, Jaye weaves stories of truth, faith, and courage with the message that even in the deepest darkness, God's love shines as a light to offer hope. Jaye is a homeschool graduate and has been penning stories since the age of eight. She was previously published as Molly Evangeline. You can learn about her latest writing projects at www.jayelknight.com.

Giveaway:

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The Lens and the Looker by Lory Kaufman( with The Verona Trilogy GIVEAWAY!!!!)



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The Lens and the Looker (The Verona Trilogy) by Lory Kaufman

Description:

BOOK #1 of The Verona Trilogy:

Young Adult, Post-Dystopian Fiction

It’s the 24th century and humans, with the help of artificial intelligences (A.I.s), have finally created the perfect post-dystopian society. To make equally perfect citizens for this world, the elders have created History Camps, full sized recreations of cities from Earth’s distant pasts. Here teens live the way their ancestors did, doing the same dirty jobs and experiencing the same degradations. History Camps teach youths not to repeat the mistakes that almost caused the planet to die. But not everything goes to plan.

In this first of a trilogy, we meet three spoiled teens in the year 2347. Hansum almost 17, is good looking and athletic. Shamira, 15, is sassy, independent and an artistic genius. Lincoln, 14, is the smart-aleck. But you don’t have to scratch too far beneath the surface to find his insecurities.

These three “hard cases” refuse the valuable lessons History Camps teach. But when they are kidnapped and taken back in time to 1347 Verona, Italy, they only have two choices; adapt to the harsh medieval ways or die. The dangers are many, their enemies are powerful, and safety is a long way away. It’s hardly the ideal environment to fall in love – but that’s exactly what happens. In an attempt to survive, the trio risks introducing technology from the future. It could save them – or it could change history.

Series Overview:
The Lens and the Looker is the first book of The Verona Trilogy. It’s followed by The Bronze and the Brimstone and The Loved and the Lost.

The series takes readers along on the life-changing journey of three 24th century teens. While the three protagonists appear quite immature in the first half of The Lens and the Looker, this is not a series aimed exclusively at young teens. Lory Kaufman says he writes for readers 13 to 113, (and precocious 12-year-olds) This is borne out by the fact that about half the readership of the series is adult.

What many readers say they love about this series is its wonderful mix of science fiction (the future) and historical fiction (the past). While there’s time travel, there are also sword fights, and while there are detailed descriptions of ancient technologies, the story also includes many colorful characters who just happen to be artificial intelligences. There’s allusions to a Romeo and Juliet love story and also characters who have murderous intentions toward the lovers. And the setting? Many readers are praising the accurately described historical setting of 14th century Verona Italy, where much of the story takes place.

My Rating: 3/5 stars

My Thoughts:

The Lens and the Looker starts out in the future. This part of the book passes quickly, so I was curious to see more of that world. I was especially curious to learn more about the A.I.s(artificial intelligences). Life in this time period involves history camp, which sounded kind of neat, except for the fact it was used as a punishment.

It's not until about a fourth of the way through the book that true time travel happens and it was then that the book grabbed my attention more. It was interesting to see what life in Italy was like in the past. There's lots of details about "discs for the eyes"(glasses), and how they were made. Honestly, I kind of skimmed over that, but I imagine some of you would find it fun to learn. ;)

As it says in the description, this book hints at a "Romeo and Juliet" relationship. I'm curious how this will turn out through the next two books. I'm still hoping to see a little more of the future, but I guess I'll just have to wait and see how that turns out, too.

There were parts of this book that seemed more like a middle grade read. Honestly, I feel that an older middle grade reader would be the best target, EXCEPT for the profanity. There were more words as the story progressed.

If you'd like a mixture of futuristic dystopian, time travel to Italy, and a bit of a history lesson, definitely give this series a try!



About the Author:

Lory Kaufman lives and works in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. His post-dystopian novels and their positive bent come from his interest in environmentalism, sustainability, population studies, history, and wanting to have a serious discussion about the future. Plus, he likes to have a good time.

Connect with Lory:

Website
Facebook
Twitter

Buy the Verona Trilogy:

Amazon
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Book Depository
Indigo

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Candle Bible Handbook



Candle Bible Handbook

Candle Books; Revised edition (March 14, 2014) 256 pages

My Rating: 4/5 stars

My Thoughts:

This is a *wonderful* Bible study tool to have. It's target age is for elementary/middle age children, but even as an adult, I've found it useful!

This book is packed full of beautiful, realistic(ish) pictures. Many of these give us a good idea of what things back then might have looked like. For example, there's a section on musical instruments. While I knew that instruments back then would have looked very different, it's still neat to see what they might have looked like.

It's also packed with outlines, maps, timelines, frequently asked questions about things from the Bible, and descriptions. It's simply packed full of beneficial studying things!

Note: This book is presented with a "faith only" salvation plan, which goes against what I believe the Bible teaches. I believe it's made clear baptism is required(full submersion under water at an accountable age). (John 3:5: Mark 16: 16: Galatians 3: 26-27: Matthew 7: 21: James 2:14, 17: Luke 6:46 and so, so many more!!!!)

Keeping in mind that I disagree with that portion, I *highly* recommend this book!

*Thanks to Kregel Publications for providing me with a review copy, in exchange for my honest opinion.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

We Choose Virtues (Part 1)



I was really excited when our set of We Choose Virtues Parenting Cards arrived. As with anything paper-wise we want to survive in our house, these made a quick trip through the laminator.



Each laminating sheet was a perfect fit for 2 cards. It was just a simple cut through the middle to separate them.



What's on each card?

On the front of each card is the virtue in discussion. (I am....gentle/self-controlled/diligent/etc) There's a brief definition of what each virtue is and isn't. There's also a Bible verse, along with a person and object/animal to help your child make a "virtue" connection.

On the back, there is a challenge to use in connection with each virtue. There's another mini definition of the word, along with an apology prompt. We get an explanation of the person on the front of the card, along with their object or animal. It's almost like a mini devotional. There's a section that has several suggestion on how to teach your children this virtue. (For example, on the gentleness card, it suggests making cookies and letting your children put "gentle" into practice. We substituted with "moon dough", though I'm sure cookies would have been less messy. ;))

They have been a huge hit with the boys(and me!) so far. Having a certain number of words, versus lots of words, have helped the boys. Also, having a person, with a name, and an object or animal to help them remember has helped them keep the connection better.

For example:

The card for "gentle" has a girl named, Jill. There's also a gerbil(which looks like an opossum to me, but the boys call it a mouse, so that's what we're calling it). Every time the boys are being mean to each other, mainly in the hitting/biting area, we pull out this card, or I say "Remember how we've talked about being gentle?" Grasshopper usually responds, "Like the mouse?"



I think it's easier for the boys to comprehend when I'm using the word "gentle", instead of "don't hit", "don't bite", "don't sit on your brother", "don't throw things". Of course, I still say those things, but it's now labeled under the word "gentle". It's simplified the process for them and for me.

We're loving these cards, and I can assure you I need the lessons and reminders just as much, if not more, than my boys.

A few things to note:
-These cards ARE thick and bigger than the average flashcard at 8.5" X 5.5". (I laminate anything, no matter how thick, if I want it to last awhile at our house.)
-This set comes with 13 cards.
-You can choose between NIV OR KJV Bible verses(Old Testament).
-This set comes with a free character assessment download.
-You can grab a set of We Choose Virtues Parenting Cards HERE.

Stay tuned for Part 2! I'm working on a project to help incorporate these cards into our days even more, with more Bible verses handy. I'm excited to finish that and share how it turns out.

*I was provided a set of the Parenting Cards, in exchange for an honest review.

Alaskan Courage: Silenced by Dani Pettrey(Book/Giveaway Spotlight)

Enter the RUGGED ROMANCE Sweepstakes from Author Dani Pettrey!

This giveaway starts May 1, 2014 and ends May 21, 2014 @ 11:59 pm (PST).
Entry is open to US residents only, age 18 and over. Winners will be selected Friday, May 23, 2014, and announced at DaniPettrey.com.

About the Prizes:



GRAND PRIZE:

ALASKAN AIR ADVENTURE

In SILENCED, Kayden’s adventurous nature and skills as a pilot come in handy as she and Jake race to uncover the truth. If you’ve always dreamed of hopping on a plane to chase your own adventures, but don’t have a well-trained pilot and a Cessna at your disposal, we’ve got the perfect prize for you.

Our Grand Prize winner will receive: a $250 gift certificate to Alaskan Airlines, good toward travel to multiple destinations across the Continental US, Alaska, and Hawaii



SECOND PRIZE:

DENALI DEVOTION WALL ART

As Jake and Kayden crisscross the Alaskan wilderness looking for answers, they also see some of the most glorious scenery on earth: soaring mountains, crystal clear lakes, and incomparable wildlife. Could there be any better setting for a glowing romance? Now you can share in the romantic scenery, even if you don’t live in Alaska.

Our Second Prize winner will receive: The Kiss at Wonder Lake 31″ x 23″ Framed Art Print



THIRD PRIZE:

RUGGED ROMANCE PICNIC PACK

Kayden has always been practical, no-nonsense, and slow to trust. She’s definitely not a romantic-at-heart who longs for a handsome man to whisk her away for a picnic in the mountains. Right? ; )

If you, like Kayden, have secretly dreamed of a romantic mountain-top picnic, this is the prize for you.

Our Third Prize winner will receive: The ultimate picnic pack for a romantic afternoon. This insulated backpack includes silverware, plates, napkins, plastic long-stemmed glasses and a wide selection of gourmet picnic snacks

How to Enter:

Go to http://www.danipettrey.com/rugged-romance-sweepstakes/ and complete the entry box, anytime between May 1 and May 21.

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I read(and loved)the first two books in the Alaskan Courage series(Submerged and Shattered). I have the third, Stranded, on hold at my library, and I can't wait to read the fourth, Silenced! These books are the perfect amount of mystery and suspense for this scaredy cat(and sweet romances).



Book Summary:

A relaxing day of rock climbing takes a disturbing turn when Kayden McKenna’s route leads her to a face-to-face encounter with a dead climber. Is it a terrible accident or something sinister? When the case is handed to the overburdened sheriff, he turns to Jake Westin. With Jake’s past now revealed, he’s ready to use his talent for investigation again-–but he could never prepare for where the case will take him.

Kayden and Jake soon realize that the death was no accident. And worse, it seems the killer is on to them. When strange things begin happening in Yancey, Jake is terrified that once again his world may put someone he loves in danger.

But the truth is far worse than either of them imagine.


Book Info & Sample Chapter:

Can be found at http://www.danipettrey.com/books/

Book Links:

Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Indiebound
Books-a-Million
Christianbook



About the Author:

Dani Pettrey is a wife, home-schooling mom, and the acclaimed author of the romantic suspense series Alaskan Courage, which includes her bestselling novels Submerged, Shattered, Stranded, and her latest release, Silenced. She feels blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things she loves–the thrill of adventure, nail biting suspense, the deepening of her characters’ faith, and plenty of romance. She and her husband reside in Maryland, where they enjoy time with their daughters, son-in-law, and super adorable grandson.

Author Links:

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Launch Tour for Until That Distant Day by Jill Stengl(With Interview and Giveaway!!!)



I'm thrilled to be a participate in the Launch Tour for Jill Stengl's newest novel, Until That Distant Day!



Our Interview:

Me:

What songs would you include if Until That Distant Day had a soundtrack?

Jill:

This was a harder question to answer than you might think! I love music, but my taste tends to be quite eclectic and has little to do with my writing.

However, after some thought and searching around on the Internet, I settled on these songs for various themes and moments in the book.

The Ça ira was a popular dance of the Revolution. Here is “Ah! Ça Ira,” if you’d like a taste of what Colette heard at the first Tuileries demonstration. This was originally a country dance tune, to which an early revolutionary wrote fun lyrics. As the revolution progressed, new lyrics were written that are considerably less pleasant! (Both sets of lyrics are on Wikipedia, btw.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-srLjMRjoVI

If I were to choose a theme song for this novel, it would be Jeremy Camp’s “There Will Be a Day.” Even the titles nearly match!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8gkDiTvloc

Colette’s change of heart comes gradually as God makes His presence and love known to her amid tragedy and confusion. My daughter suggested Keith Green’s classic song “Your Love Broke Through,” which expresses clearly what Colette must have been feeling and thinking.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h89-3_kIRDA

I suppose I am showing my age with these choices. But beautiful music and powerful lyrics are timeless! I hope you enjoy these musical snippets.

Me:

Thank you, Jill! It's always fun to see book and music "match-ups"! :)

Back Cover Description:

Colette and her brother Pascoe are two sides of the same coin, dependent upon one another in the tumultuous world of the new Republic. Together they labor with other leaders of the sans-culottes to ensure freedom for all the downtrodden men and women of France.But then the popular uprisings turn bloody and the rhetoric proves false. Suddenly, Colette finds herself at odds with Pascoe and struggling to unite her fractured family against the lure of violence. Charged with protecting an innocent young woman and desperately afraid of losing one of her beloved brothers, Colette doesn’t know where to turn or whom to trust as the bloodshed creeps ever closer to home.Until that distant day when peace returns to France, can she find the strength to defend her loved ones . . . even from one another?

"Jill Stengl is one of the rare authors with the ability to transport the reader to another world--a delightfully rich world of scent and sight and sound.” – Kim Vogel Sawyer, bestselling author of Echoes of Mercy

“Award-winning author Jill Stengl has created her greatest work yet in the inspiring and moving Until That Distant Day.” Jill Eileen Smith, bestselling author of the Wives of King David series.



Author Bio:

Jill Stengl is the author of numerous romance novels including Inspirational Reader's Choice Award- and Carol Award-winning Faithful Traitor, and the bestselling novella, Fresh Highland Heir. She lives with her husband in the beautiful Northwoods of Wisconsin, where she enjoys her three cats, teaching a high school English Lit. class, playing keyboard for her church family, and sipping coffee on the deck as she brainstorms for her next novel. She blogs at Books, Cats, and Whimsy. Do stop by and follow her to keep up with all her writing and reading-related activities!

Make sure you see all the other stops in this tour!!

Until That Distant Day Launch Tour Schedule:

May 5
Tales of Goldstone Wood
Edgy Inspirational Romance
Fullness of Joy
The Inkpen Authoress
Covers and Ink

May 6
Blooming with Books
Quoth the Girl
The Wonderings of One Person

May 7
The Writer’s Window
Jill Eileen Smith
The Writer of Dream Things

May 8
Letters from Annie Douglas Lima
Rina’s Reading
To Find a Castle

May 9
JLMbewe.com
To Be a Person
Writings of Rosie

May 10
Seasons of Humility
Notes by Oywen
The Overweight Bookshelf

May 11
Too Read or Not Too Read
Fictionally
Bluerose’s Heart

May 12
Mel’s Shelves
Labor Not in Vain
Creative Madness Mama

May 13 – Giveaway Winner Announced
Tales of Goldstone Wood

Until That Distant Day Sale:



For a limited time(through tomorrow, May 12th), you can grab your copy of Until That Distant Day for only .99!


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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Cats are Part of His Kingdom, Too by Cindy Vincent




Cats are Part of His Kingdom, Too: 33 Daily Devotions to Show God's Love by Cindy Vincent

Mysteries by Vincent, LLC (June 19, 2013) 85 pages



About the Book:

As Christians, sometimes it’s hard for us to comprehend the love our Heavenly Father has for us, His Earthly children. Author Cindy Vincent began to realize the depth of His love after caring for several rescued cats and then bringing them into her home. That’s when she began to notice the parallels between her relationship with these precious felines and God’s relationship with us. After all, as a pet Mom, she works in so many behind-the-scenes ways to make life wonderful for her little feline family, much like God works behind the scenes to make life wonderful for us. Yet much like her cats have no comprehension of all that she does for them, we have no comprehension of all that God does for us.

Before long, she began to see lots of parallels, and decided to put these down in the form of Daily Devotions, to demonstrate just how very much God loves us.

My Thoughts:

Confession: I love animals! I really do! I am a vegetarian(and not for health reasons), after all. Since having 3 little ones that take up a large chunk of my time, though, my tolerance for animals has went way(wayyyyy) down. I still love them dearly, but they don't pull my heartstrings like they once did. I'm just tired, y'all! ;)

I say all that to say, I didn't know how much I would like this book. I was hugely, amazingly surprised at just how much I did end up liking it! It was one of the most precious, adorable, sweet books I have ever read. It made it onto my "hugworthy" list, it was so precious.

There are 33 devotionals within this book. Each one starts with a story about one of the author's cats. There's then a little devotional that compares the story with our relationship with God, and ends with a Bible verse. While the devotionals are super short, I thought the connections made were pretty creative! The love the author has for her feline friends is obvious right away, and that just makes me smile.

If you love animals, especially cats, I have to highly recommend this one to you! It's super precious!

*I was provided an e-copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

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About the Author:

Cindy Vincent was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and has lived all around the US and Canada. She is the creator of the Mysteries by Vincent murder mystery party games and the Daisy Diamond Detective Series games for girls. She is also the award-winning author of the Buckley and Bogey Cat Detective Caper books, and the Daisy Diamond Detective book series. She lives with her husband and an assortment of fantastic felines. You can learn more about the Buckley and Bogey books at www.buckleyandbogey.com.




Help us spread the word about Cindy's sweet devotional book for a chance to win a Swarovski cross necklace or a set of the Buckley & Bogey Cat Detective Capers! To enter, read Cats Are Part of His Kingdom, Too: 33 Daily Devotions to Show God's Love; write an honest review; submit your review to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and/or Goodreads; and let us know you did so by filling out the Rafflecopter form below. The giveaway will be open for entries throughout the whole month of May, so you have plenty of time to read this short and encouraging book and review it. :) If you have any questions, please email the publicist (Amber) at amberstokes@editingthroughtheseasons.com.

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