Monday, July 27, 2015

Mini Review and Blog Tour: Tattered and Mended (+ Giveaway!)


Release Date: July 7, 2015
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Genre: Christian Non-fiction
Pages: 208
Format: eBook
Buy It: Amazon
For years, society and especially the church required that we hide our brokenness and pretend that all was well, even when it was terribly broken. Now, people have become comfortable with our tattered edges, our character weaknesses, our “old, familiar sins,” and forgotten that God doesn’t intend to leave us in a state of disrepair. God calls us to something other than the wild pendulum swing from hiding our scars to flaunting them. Rather than resigning ourselves to desperately clinging to shreds of recovery, or discarding the broken, threadbare, scarred relationships, we can engage in the process of healing through Christ. Jesus reclaims what we fear was damaged beyond repair. His soul-mend leaves hope where the wound once was. And, as we engage in the process of healing, we grow in appreciation of how God tends and transforms our wounds.
This book was a glass of fresh water on a parched soul. Often in traditional Christian churches today, we are taught to struggle though past experiences and pretend they never happened. In reality, those experiences often tear us up and make us ripped or shattered.

As we try to heal from those experiences, it can be hard to know how to move forward when everything seems to be holding you back. This book artfully draws us from start to finish in the healing process, and helps the reader learn to love all flaws, while still healing them. An excellent read!

I received this book free for review through Litfuse Blog Tours. I was not required to post a positive review, and the thoughts contained herein are my own.


How can the wounds that keep us from living the life we want to live be mended and healed? In Tattered and Mended, Cynthia Ruchti walks readers through a gallery of reclaimed and restored art as well as broken and restored lives of those who have gone before us. With a gentle touch and personable wisdom, Cynthia shows how even the most threadbare soul can once again find healing and hope.

Celebrate the release of Tattered and Mended with Cynthia by entering to win her Reclaimed Treasures giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on July 27th. The winner will be announced July 28th on Cynthia's blog.

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Plus, now through mid-July, sign up for Cynthia's mailing list for a five-day virtual tour around Madeline Island for the chance to win a Hemmed in Hope prize pack. Each day begins with an email from Cynthia that introduces where you'll be “visiting” that day (all key places from As Waters Gone By) with various interactive elements, including“I wish you were here” postcards, trivia quizzes, and an ongoing Island scavenger hunt. The person who interacts the most will win a Hemmed in Hope prize pack (valued at more than $200).

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That includes:
  • The letterpress block Hope sign from DaySpring
  • A set of 6 Hemmed in Hope notecards showing a hope-themed Bible verse
  • A leather “I can’t unravel, I’m hemmed in hope” journal
  • Signed copies of each of Cynthia’s books, fiction and non-fiction

Sunday, July 26, 2015

IMM and Stacking the Shelves: 7/26/15

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme previously hosted by the Kristi at The Story Siren, and Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga from Tynga's Reviews. We share books we received this week, whether we bought them, got them in the mail or checked them out from the library.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

IMM and Stacking the Shelves: 7/19/15

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme previously hosted by the Kristi at The Story Siren, and Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga from Tynga's Reviews. We share books we received this week, whether we bought them, got them in the mail or checked them out from the library.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Review and Blog Tour: Picture Perfect Love


Release Date: May 26, 2015
Publisher: Zondervan
Genre: Christian Romance
Series: A Year of Wedding #7
Format: eBook
Buy It: Amazon
They’ve helped orchestrate the perfect day for countless couples. Now twelve new couples will find themselves in the wedding spotlight in the second Year of Weddings novella collection.


When image becomes everything, it’s up to love to refocus the heart.


Photographer Jenna Harrison wants every bride and groom to look picture perfect on their special day, putting her heart into every wedding to give the couple memorable images of their love. But her own heart is still broken, the unworn wedding dress hanging in her closet a reminder that relationships aren't always as perfect as they look through her camera lens. But Jenna has faith that she will find true love. Until then, she must be patient and trust in God's plan and His perfect timing.


Attorney Ashton Vance is the one that got away.  When an embarrassing Photoshopped picture of put an end to his political aspirations, he blamed Jenna. So what if the photo led to his being offered a dream job and changing his life for the better? Jenna betrayed his trust, and two years later, Ashton's heart still hasn't recovered.


It was me. His younger sister's three words turn Ashton's world upside down. He must ask Jenna’s forgiveness, but can he risk his heart a second time? Even if Jenna can forgive him, dare he hope for a second chance at her love?  
I didn't realize how much I love second chance love stories before reading this novella. From the beginning, I was rooting for Ash and Jenna. Badly. Almost unhealthily, haha. I didn't want to put it down!

My main concern with this novel was the pettiness of the Vance family. They were so focused on Ash's campaign that they were willing to hurt both him and Jenna to do it. Then when he tries to get Jenna back, it happens all over again. It was just annoying to read.

Overall, I loooooved this novella! It was refreshing to read a fiction book after so much time spent reading non-fiction, and the shortness of it made it a fun and quick read. Definitely recommend!



I received this book free for review through LitFuse Blog Tours. I was not required to post a positive review, and the thoughts contained herein are my own.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Review: The Healer's Apprentice


The Healers Apprentice by Book Author

Release Date: September 15, 2010
Publisher: Zondervan
Genre: Christian Romance
Series: Fairy Tale Romance #1
Pages: 272
Format: Paperback
Buy It: Amazon
Two Hearts. One Hope. Rose has been appointed as a healer’s apprentice at Hagenheim Castle, a rare opportunity for a woodcutter’s daughter like her. While she often feels uneasy at the sight of blood, Rose is determined to prove herself capable. Failure will mean returning home to marry the aging bachelor her mother has chosen for her—a bloated, disgusting merchant who makes Rose feel ill. When Lord Hamlin, the future duke, is injured, it is Rose who must tend to him. As she works to heal his wound, she begins to understand emotions she’s never felt before and wonders if he feels the same. But falling in love is forbidden, as Lord Hamlin is betrothed to a mysterious young woman in hiding. As Rose’s life spins toward confusion, she must take the first steps on a journey to discover her own destiny.
I'll be honest, I read the second book in this series before the first. (The order doesn't matter.) I had been avoiding this series for awhile, mainly because the hype in the Christian book blogging community was so high for this book! I know see why.

I was hooked from the first page! I seriously did not want to put this book down. While the ending was predictable, I was found myself screaming at the characters through most of the book to realize the true situation and not stress out about unnecessary things.

The one thing I really did not like about this novel was the love triangle. I'm sorry, it's just so overdone! Especially when it is two brothers. It just needs to stop.

This series is a great option for anyone who loves fairy tale re-tellings, especially romances! Definitely pick them all up.



I received this book free for review through a giveaway. I was not required to post a review, and the thoughts contained herein are my own.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Review: Date or Soul Mate?


Release Date: August 30, 2005 (Revised Edition)
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Christian Non-fiction
Pages: 224
Format: Paperback
Buy It: Amazon
He feels a strong attraction to her. She wonders if he could be "the one." In the glamorous haze of early romantic attraction it's hard to know whether a relationship will lead to true love-or to a negative or even catastrophic relationship. This book helps men and women who want healthy and satisfying marriages identify the early warning signs of an unhealthy relationship. Dr. Warren shows readers how to hold out for God's best for their lives instead of settling for the first one to come along and outlines the factors that increase the chances for marital success. For those who want to become wiser in their relationship choices, this practical guide will help them find the love they want and avoid the pain they don't need.
I didn't dislike this book, but I wasn't blown away by it either.Dr. Warren uses basic dating and relationship principles to stress matching with others who are nearly identical to you. He firmly believes our ideal soulmates are basically the same person as ourselves, just the opposite gender.

I don't agree with this. While I feel our soulmates, and mine specifically, do have a lot in common with us/myself, we aren't 100% identical. We have differences. We disagree on things. That's what makes us human, and that's what makes us perfect for each other. We balance out each other's flaws.

I'm not saying this book isn't worth it; it's a great book on finding what you truly want in a partner and how to find that person. But don't expect to agree with everything in this book; we all have our own opinions on relationships.



I received this book by purchasing it. I was not required to post a review, and the thoughts contained herein are my own.
 
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