Monday, April 23, 2018

The Way of Abundance By Ann Voskamp Giveaway!



What do you do when you wake up and feel like you're not enough for your life? Or when you look out the kitchen window as dusk falls and wonder how do you live when life keeps breaking your heart?
As Ann Voskamp writes, “great grief isn't meant to fit inside your body. It's why your heart breaks.” And each of us holds enough brokenness to overflow—to be given as the greatest story of our lives.
In sixty vulnerably soulful stories, The Way of Abundance moves from self-weary brokenness to Christ-focused givenness. Drawing from the critically acclaimed, New York Times bestseller The Broken Way and Ann's online essays, this devotional dares us to embrace brokenness as a gift that moves us to givenness as a way to draw closer to the heart of God. Christ Himself broke like bread, giving Himself to us so we might have a lifelong communion with Him. Could it be that our brokenness is also a gift to the world?
This gentle but exquisitely profound book does nothing less than take you on an intimate journey of the soul.
As Ann writes, "The wound in His side proves that Jesus is always on the side of the suffering, the wounded, the busted, the broken." Discover how surrendering in unexpected ways is the first step toward receiving what you long for. Discover the good news that your beauty is not in your strength but in your fragility. Discover why your healing shines radiant through your wounds—and how only in brokenness will you ever be whole—and find the way to the abundance you were meant for.


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https://www.amazon.com/Way-Abundance-60-Day-Journey-Meaningful/dp/031035031X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1524431401&sr=8-1&keywords=the+way+of+abundance+by+ann+voskamp


Ann Voskamp is wife of one good farmer, the home-educating mama to a seven exuberant kids, and author of the four New York Times Bestsellers,  The Broken Way, The Greatest Gift, Unwrapping The Greatest Gift, and One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, a New York Times 60 week bestseller which has sold more than one million copies, the royalties of which the Voskamp family has given all away, the joy always in giving the gift back.
Named by Christianity Today as one of 50 women most shaping culture and the church today, and a partner with Compassion International as a global advocate for needy children, Ann's a regular loser of library books, usually has a sink full of soaking pots, sees empty laundry baskets rarer than a blue moon, and believes that the sky and fresh mercy over the farm is large and all is grace. Her blog, one of the Top 10 Christian blogs on the web, has become a daily well for the weary and soul-thirsty: www.aholyexperience.com.

My Thoughts...

So insightful, inspiring and uplifting. Ann did not disappoint.
This is a devotional I would call it more a journey we all need to take book.  
This is not to be missed and I would say share it with those you love.
What a way to spend your quiet time with Jesus.
So much depth in this one little book.
4 star gift book  that I hope everyone gets a chance to read.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Adamant By Lisa Bevere



By ancient definition, the adamant was known as both a diamond and a mythical stone of indestructible wonder. In more modern terminology, it describes a posture of unshakeable resolve and determination. If there was ever a time for us to be adamant about love and truth it is now. God is Love. God is Truth. Both love and truth are timeless, transcending our current trends and opinions. Sometimes the most loving thing we will ever do is to speak the truth, but speaking truth begins with living it.

Using the mediums of Scripture and story, New York Times bestselling author Lisa Bevere takes readers on a journey into the Mountain of God, to the one place they can learn not only to abide in God's unshakeable truth and love, but become adamant--people who are unmovable, determined, and steadfast. With conviction and passion, Lisa unpacks the concept of the adamant for readers, linking together the grand story of Scripture and God's purpose in their lives. Readers will see that God's plan is revealed as we dwell in him, it is there that we are forged and shaped. As we abide in Christ our Cornerstone we are shaped into the image of the adamant.


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Lisa Bevere’s authentic, passionate, and hilarious approach weaves profound biblical truths with practical application. Her books—which include Fight Like a Girl, Lioness Arising, and Girls with Swords—are in the hands of millions worldwide. Lisa and her husband, John, are best-selling authors and the founders of Messenger International. She is a grandmother and Sicilian mother of four sons.

Connect with Lisa Bevere:

Blog: http://www.lisabevere.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/LisaBevere
Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/lisabevere.page

My Thoughts...

I am a huge fan of Lisa's. She writes the most convicting books.
This book was wrote just for me. So much truth and so much to chew on. Makes you dig deep, that's for sure.
I have read it twice since I got it and I plan to read it again.
This is a must read for everyone.
I gave this book 5 stars and I HIGHLY recommend this book.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Friday, April 20, 2018

An Amish Heirloom by Amy, Kathy, Kelly and Beth Four Novellas





A Legacy of Love by Amy Clipston
Local volunteer fire fighter Leon King agrees to repair his ex-girlfriend Susie Bontrager’s grandparents’ antique rocking chairs for her future home with her fiance and is forced to acknowledge that his feelings for her have not quite gone away. As Susie spends time with Leon, she begins to recognize she is marrying the wrong man for all the wrong reasons.
The Cedar Chest by Beth Wiseman
Decades after inheriting her great grandmother’s cedar chest, Emma Fisher decides to pry it open only to discover a beautiful love story in the form of letters between her great grandparents. But as Emma immerses herself in their story, family secrets are revealed, and she must decide whether to share them to preserve family history or honor her great grandparents’ decision to leave them hidden.
The Treasured Book by Kathleen Fuller
For the past two years, Shane Broyles has felt God leading him to join the Amish. He’s staying with his friends Noah and Ivy Schlabach in Birch Creek, OH, where he is reunited with Lucy Fisher, an old friend of Noah’s family. Shane and Lucy have never revealed their feelings for each other, but when they stumble upon an antique Bible at a flea market, they feel drawn to each other and to the mystery of the contents found within.
The Midwife’s Dream by Kelly Irvin
Iris Beachy serves as a midwife in her district where she longs for a family of her own. When her friend’s brother Mahon Kurtz seeks her help in delivering the baby of two young teenagers who have sought refuge in their town, they begin to see each other in a different light. Unprepared for parenthood, the young couple leave their baby girl behind in an antique crib quilt resembling the one destined for Iris when she becomes a mother. Mahon and Iris come together to take care of the baby as they try to find her parents, and they begin to see new possibilities for their future.

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https://www.amazon.com/Amish-Heirloom-Legacy-Treasured-Midwifes/dp/031035188X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1523580080&sr=1-1&keywords=an+amish+heirloom+clipston

My Thoughts...

I normally am not a fan of novellas, but these four were not your normal novellas. I really enjoyed them.
I must say that you are going to want to dive into them and see which one is your favorite. I will share mine The Legacy of Love and The Treasured Book, Duh of course you know I'm going to love that one and the Midwife's Dream  I read them all in one sitting one evening.
This book was a 4 star book. I recommend giving it a try.
Clipston, Kelly, and Fuller did not disappoint.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Pirate Bride By Kathleen Y'Barbo




Can a former privateer and a determined heiress find lost treasure in 1725?A brand new series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees.


 
Pasts Collide in New Orleans when a Treasure Goes Missing
The last time New Orleans attorney Jean-Luc Valmont saw Maribel Cordoba, a Spanish nobleman’s daughter, she was an eleven-year-old orphan perched in the riggings of his privateering vessel proving herself as the best lookout on his crew. Until the day his infamy caught up with them all and innocent lives were lost. Unsure why he survived but vowing to make something of the chance he was given, Jean-Luc has buried his past life so deep that no living person will ever find it—until a very much alive and very grown up Maribel Cordoba arrives on his doorstep and threatens all he now holds dear.

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https://www.amazon.com/Pirate-Bride-Daughters-Mayflower-Book/dp/1683224973/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1523574718&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Pirate+Bride+By+Kathleen+Y%27Barbo


A certified paralegal and tenth generation Texan, Kathleen has also been nominated for a Career Achievement Award as well a Reader's Choice Award and several Top Picks by Romantic Times magazine. To find out more about Kathleen or connect with her through social media, check out her website at www.kathleenybarbo.com.

My Thoughts...

I could not get into this book. The characters were dry and not well put together, never mind that the romance did not take place until almost the end of the story. 
The story felt rushed and the authors storytelling was not up to par.
I hate that I did not like this book in the Daughters of the Mayflower series.
I also hate that I had to give this book 2 stars, it was not MY cup of tea. Be on the lookout for my review of the next book in this series, you don't want to miss it.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Weaver's Daughter by Sarah Ladd



Kate's loyalties bind her to the past. Henry's loyalties compel him to strive for a better future. In a landscape torn between tradition and vision, can two souls find the strength to overcome their preconceptions? Loyalty has been at the heart of the Dearborne family for as long as Kate can remember, but a war is brewing in their small village, one that has the power to rip families asunder -- including her own. As misguided actions are brought to light, she learns how deep her father's pride and bitterness run, and she begins to wonder if her loyalty is well-placed.Henry Stockton, heir to the Stockton fortune, returns home from three years at war hoping to find a refuge from his haunting memories. Determined to bury the past, he embraces his grandfather's goals to modernize his family's wool mill, regardless of the grumblings from the local weavers. When tragedy strikes shortly after his arrival, Henry must sort out the truth from suspicion if he is to protect his family's livelihood and legacy.Henry has been warned about the Dearborne family. Kate, too, has been advised to stay far away from the Stocktons, but chance meetings continue to bring her to Henry's side, blurring the jagged lines between loyalty, justice, and truth. Kate ultimately finds herself with the powerful decision that will forever affect her village's future. As unlikely adversaries, Henry and Kate must come together to find a way to create peace for their families, and their village, and their souls - even if it means risking their hearts in the process.

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https://www.amazon.com/Weavers-Daughter-Regency-Romance-Novel/dp/0718011880/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1523576262&sr=8-1&keywords=the+weaver%27s+daughter+by+sarah+e.+ladd


Sarah E. Ladd has always loved the Regency period — the clothes, the music, the literature and the art. A college trip to England and Scotland confirmed her interest in the time period and gave her idea of what life would’ve looked like in era. It wasn’t until 2010 that Ladd began writing seriously. Shortly after, Ladd released the first book in the Whispers on the Moors series. Book one of the series, The Heiress of Winterwood, was the recipient of the 2011 ACFW Genesis Award for historical romance.

My Thoughts...

Looking for a sweet romance? Swoon worthy romance? Then this is your book.
I enjoyed the whole story I hated that the kids had to work to help the family. But that was part of life back then.
Ladd never disappoints, so you have to grab a copy and see if you like that it told from two points of view. I really thought it was very well written.
I gave this book 4 stars.
 The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Refuge of the Heart By Ruth Logan Herne





District Attorney Mitchell Sanderson lost his family to tragedy. He became a dogged prosecutor with an enviable conviction rate. But when faith, conscience and love of a troubled refugee ripple the smooth waters of his existence, can Mitch risk everything for love? Magdalena Serida fought her way out of a government-quelled uprising in Chechnya. The church-sponsored refugee knows the horrors of war first-hand. Now in America with her five-year-old sister, Lena is uncertain who to trust. Her Christian faith has maintained her through the loss of her family, but when Mitch Sanderson shows interest, Lena longs to take a chance. Should she open herself up to this man of law and order, a man who imprisons women like her? Or slip quietly back into the shadowed fringe of anonymity? Choices slip away when Mitch’s friend spews half-truths about Lena, rumors that cost Mitch his new love and possibly the election. Can he find his way to a faith deep enough to love again, and to offer Lena the refuge of his heart? Reflecting the world’s turbulence and the plight of global refugees, award-winning author Ruth Logan Herne shrinks the vast numbers to the story of one woman… one child… the travesty of war and the grace of peace in this Maggie Award-winning book of faith, hope, love… and freedom. Lena’s story won’t just touch your heart… it will stir your soul.

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https://www.amazon.com/Refuge-Heart-Ruth-Logan-Herne/dp/1986246191/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1523162074&sr=8-1&keywords=refuge+of+the+heart+ruth+logan+herne


Best-selling, multi-published author Ruth Logan Herne is the author of over thirty novels and novellas through traditional publishers and her own independent works. She loves God, her family, country, coffee, chocolate and dogs, and wishes possums would leave the cat food on the side porch alone. With over 3/4 million books in print, Ruthy is living her dream of touching hearts and souls by writing the kind of books she likes to read. She is also part of Mighty Finn Creations with her photographer/editor daughter Beth Jamison, and their new series "The Adventures of The Mighty Finn" has just released.

She loves chatting with readers through her website blog http://ruthloganherne.com and hanging with readers and writers in Seekerville... www.seekerville.blogspot.com where coffee is always hot, fresh and good! She loves playing in the kitchen, too, with a wonderful group of regionally-inspired inspirational authors at the Yankee Belle Cafe www.yankeebellecafe.blogspot.com. On Goodreads, she's (yes, you guessed it!) Ruth Logan Herne, and that's how to find this prolific author on facebook, too!

My Thoughts...

Wow, this book was hard to put down. I could feel the emotion from the characters. I was pulled in from the beginning.
I loved Mitch and  Lena and Anna. Thiers is a story that I won't soon forget. This is not your typical love story, but it is oh so good.
I plan to share this book with many friends.
I gave this book 4 stars and I highly recommend it.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Her Texas Cowboy By Jill Lynn




When Rachel Maddox returns to her hometown of Fredericksburg, Texas, avoiding her ex is much easier said than done. Still nursing the broken heart Rachel caused years earlier, rancher next door Hunter McDermott figures he can be cordial for the brief time she’s in town—maybe they can even be friends. But how do you forge just a friendship with someone you’ve always pictured as your bride?

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https://www.amazon.com/Her-Texas-Cowboy-Love-Inspired/dp/1335509496/ref=tmm_mmp_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1521146189&sr=8-1


Jill Lynn lives in Colorado with her husband and two children. She has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Bethel University and is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers group. In 2013, she won the ACFW Genesis award. Jill enjoys reading and writing stories filled with grace, humor and happily-ever-after. When she’s not plotting her next book, she can be found hanging out with her entertaining family.

My Thoughts...

I will be really honest this Author should not be writing Love Inspired Books. She is to good to be writing short stories.
I LOVED this book from beginning to end. You must read Hunter and Rachel's story. You will want to find out if they can be friends or maybe even more than friends.
This is not your predictable love story that everyone is writing. This is a fantastic read. You can read it in an hour and if you are like me you will be left wanting more.
I gave this book 5 stars two times. I HIGHLY recommend it.
 The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.