Faith by Lyn Cote

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Knowing it’s much too dangerous for her to search enemy territory alone, Faith enlists the help of Colonel Devlin Knight, who is indebted to her for saving his cousin’s life. A career soldier, Dev is committed to the preservation of the Union but conflicted about freeing his own slave and confidant, who plans to enlist as soon as Dev gives him manumission papers.

Blazing a trail east with the rest of Grant’s army, Dev and Faith fight their personal battles―and a growing attraction to each other. When beliefs clash and passions flare, they quickly find that the only thing more dangerous than the war surrounding them is the battle within their hearts.

About the Author

An award-winning author of both contemporary and historical inspirational romance, Lyn Cote is an active member of RWA and the American Christian Fiction Writers. A 2006 RITA Award finalist for Best Inspirational, as well as a finalist for the HOLT Medallion and the National Readers Choice Award, Lyn lives with her husband in Wisconsin.

One Dress. One Year. by Bethany Winz

41FyFyW2POL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_How can one girl change the world? It all began with a heart for justice and a little black dress. In 2012, sixteen-year-old Bethany Winz decided to make a difference. To raise awareness, she determined to

– wear the same black dress every day for a year to bring attention to the lack of choices slaves have
– come up with new ways to accessorize the dress each day
– use her blog and pictures of her outfits to raise money for agencies helping those who were being trafficked

Her yearlong journey was one of hope, discipline, and sometimes disappointment. She celebrated some successes yet despaired at the depth of the problem. As she found her identity tied to the things she did, Bethany discovered that while she stood for freedom for others, she also struggled to find her own freedom in believing that she was loved just as she was. This moving book shows readers that their voices matter, they can make a difference, and sometimes the smallest gestures have lasting impact.

About the Author

Bethany Winz is studying social justice at Trevecca Nazarene University where she’s learning to love Nashville and urban farming. She already loves Jesus, hot tea, good books, and bacon. She processes the world by writing and blogs about the adventure of growing up and what she’s learning about justice at http://www.bethanywinz.com. She grew up in Orlando, Florida, with her parents and her brother.

Susanna Foth Aughtmon is the author of All I Need Is Jesus and a Good Pair of Jeans, My Bangs Look Good and Other Lies I Tell Myself, and I Blame Eve. She coauthored A Trip around the Sun with New York Times bestselling author Mark Batterson and Richard Foth. A pastor’s wife and mother of three, Susanna assists her husband, Scott, in various ministries at the church they planted in Redwood City, California, and blogs about life’s adventures at http://www.tiredsupergirl.com

My Thoughts

This is an amazing story and challenge to the reader to become proactive in your personal fights for others. It is also eye opening in that many do not understand one championing for a cause, and that taking a stand in not always easy. I recommend this book, especially to young women.

Thank you to Baker Books for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson

rea51jFA9AuDzL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_Marie Carrington is running from a host of bad memories. Broke and desperate, she’s hoping to find safety and sanctuary on Prince Edward Island, where she reluctantly agrees to help decorate a renovated bed-and-breakfast before it opens for prime tourist season.

Seth Sloane didn’t move three thousand miles to work on his uncle’s B&B so he could babysit a woman with a taste for expensive antiques and a bewildering habit of jumping every time he brushes past her. He came to help restore the old Victorian–and to forget about the fiancée who broke his heart.

The only thing Marie and Seth agree on is that getting the Red Door Inn ready to open in just three months will take everything they’ve got. Can these two wounded souls find hope, healing, and perhaps a bit of romance on this beautiful island?

Step into the Red Door Inn, a lovely home away from home tucked along the north shore of fabled Prince Edward Island. It’s a place where the wounded come to heal, the broken find forgiveness, and the lonely find a family. Won’t you stay for the season?

About The Author

Liz Johnson is a full-time marketing specialist for a Nashville-based publisher. She has been a freelance writer and editor for several publications, including CBA Retailers+Resources, Christian Fiction Online magazine, and Storytellers Journal. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, she is the author of several books, including The Kidnapping of Kenzie Thorn (an ACFW Carol Award finalist) and A Star in the Night, which was part of the New York Times and ECPA bestselling A Log Cabin Christmas Collection. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

My Thoughts

This beautiful book cover accurately depicts the beautiful story inside. I used to vacation in this area, and the author did a wonderful job of capturing the costal atmosphere. I encourage you to grab a copy for your summer reading.

I received this book from Revell in exchange for this review.

Would A Worm Go On A Walk? by Hannah C. Hall

“Would a worm go on a walk, if you could lead him down the street? / Would he wear his tiny tennies, if he had two worm-sized feet?”

So begins this humorous and imaginative picture book that introduces children to the idea that animals are uniquely created by a loving and wise God. Would a Worm Go on a Walk?, with its colorful, comical illustrations, is a fresh, fun way to teach young children that God created all things very good. He gave all the animals, and children, too, wonderful qualities and unique strengths. Children will giggle over the ridiculous scenarios presented, and they will come away with the knowledge that we all are loved and special. Ages 4-7.

About The Author

Hannah C. Hall is the author of bestselling children’s books, including God Bless You and Good Night, God Bless Our Christmas, and God Bless Our Fall, as well as an award-winning blog, HannahCHall.com.Hannah lives in Arkansas,with her husband, Josh, a worship pastor, and their four children.

Busy Busy by Eileen Spinelli

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Sometimes, when life gets hectic and schedules get crowded, children may feel a little lost in the shuffle. In this new board book, the animals are all quite occupied. Beaver is busy; squirrel is busy; frog is busy. Mole is digging, bear is fishing, and cat is pouncing. And like many parents, Mama is busy too. But she’s not too busy for a hug! Children will love the busy animals and the warm conclusion. This lighthearted, lyrical book will gently reassure children that, in spite of how busy their families are, there is always time to share love. Ages 2-5.

About the Author

Eileen Spinelli is the author of numerous children’s books, including Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch, God’s Amazing World, and Two to Cuddle. Eileen lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

My Thoughts

This hard page book will give the reader an opportunity to read a dear story and also review names of animals and colors. It is a teaching tool, showing how animals work. It is also a gentle reminder that Mom always has time for her children, no matter how much she needs to get done. I highly recommend this beautiful book for your little one, to give as a gift, or to place in a local preschool or church nursery.

Thank you to the author and Worthy for a copy in exchange for this honest review.

Annabel Lee by Mike Nappa

honeststo Revelllook forwardit is spookyFourteen miles east of Peachtree, Alabama, a secret is hidden. That secret’s name is Annabel Lee Truckson, and even she doesn’t know why her mysterious uncle has stowed her deep underground in a military-style bunker. He’s left her with a few German words, a barely-controlled guard dog, and a single command: “Don’t open that door for anybody, you got it? Not even me.”

Above ground, a former Army sniper called The Mute and an enigmatic “Dr. Smith” know about the girl. As the race begins to find her, the tension builds. Who wants to set her free? Why does the other want to keep her captive forever? Who will reach her first?

Private investigators Trudi Coffey and Samuel Hill need to piece together the clues and stay alive long enough to retrieve the girl–before it’s too late.

With its stunning writing and relentless pace, Annabel Lee will captivate readers from the first page.

About the Author

Mike Nappa is an entertainment journalist at PopFam.com, as well as a bestselling and award-winning author with more than one million books sold worldwide.

After publishing the suspense novel, ANNABEL LEE, several readers asked Mike if it was “too violent” for religious readers. Unable to answer the question on his own, Mike assembled a fiction round-table with Ted Dekker, Lynette Eason, and Vicki Crumpton to talk it over. Read their conversation at: http://www.beliefnet.com/Entertainment/Books/Whats-Too-Violent-for-Christian-Readers.aspx.

Learn more about Mike at: http://nappaland.com

My Thoughts

If it has been awhile since you read a spooky, creepy, page turner, this is your next book! It is not overly violent, so the teen in your life will enjoy this story line, but it is spooky, as in Edgar Allen Poe “spooky.” It kept my up til 2 am on a work night, but I just couldn’t put it down!

The characters are eclectic, strong, and vivid. Told in the third person, the chapter’s focus on one character’s feelings, views, feelings, makes this story less complex.

The questions posed to the readers in the first chapter, namely, “who is Annabel Lee, how did she end up living with Uncle Truck, and where did he come from?” are all answered. The conclusion was a total surprise and unexpected.

I look forward to the next Coffey & Hill thriller. Thanks to Revell for a copy in exchange for this honest review.

The 30 Day Faith Detox by Laura Harris Smith

51sA7470ZjL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_In our fallen world, invisible toxins like doubt, disappointment, and discouragement can contaminate even the strongest of faiths, leaving behind symptoms that affect our entire being–body, mind, and spirit.

Using a one-month detox structure, spiritual wellness expert and certified nutritional counselor Laura Harris Smith uncovers 30 universal faith-toxins that affect us all. Each day you will discover Scripture, prayers, and faith declarations to cleanse yourself spiritually and emotionally with truth and a biblical perspective. In addition, she includes a simple, corresponding nutritional cleanse using detoxifying foods from your own kitchen.

Prayer by prayer, thought by thought, day by day, refresh and refuel your faith and bring healing to the whole temple–spirit, mind, and body.

About the Author

Laura Harris Smith is a certified nutritional counselor and the founding co-pastor of Eastgate Creative Christian Fellowship in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband, Chris. Mentoring young writers all over the world in her online creative writing classes (LauraHarrisSmith.com), she is a playwright, poet, actress, media dynamo, was a TV host on the Shop at Home Network and is the author of multiple books. Laura and Chris have been married for 32 years and have six children, eight grandchildren and reside near Nashville, Tennessee.

Having always had one foot in ministry and one in media, Laura speaks and ministers internationally and is known for bringing a light-hearted look at the heaviest of life’s topics. To book Laura to speak, go to http://www.LauraHarrisSmith.com

Laura’s last book, “Seeing the Voice of God: What God is Telling You Through Dreams and Visions” rose to the top of Amazon’s Best Sellers List and held the #1 spot in several Christian Categories, with its Kindle version alongside it as #2 on the list.

Married for 32 years, Chris and Laura have 6 children and a growing list of grandchildren that now outnumbers the kids.

My Thoughts

While this book contains a lot of information on good health, I felt it was more about a 30 day detox, rather than 30 days to strengthen your faith.  It would take  lot to tackle this plan.  Because of the side effects, I do not know if one could continue to work and do this cleanse. I would strongly suggest that all who attempt this cleanse, first talk to their physician and get their input on any health risks.

This book was provided by Chosen.