Tuesday, September 11, 2018

We Have Forgotten.

It's Tuesday morning.

September 11th.

8:46 AM.

If you weren't already aware, hopefully you now remember what today is. Seventeen years ago right now (supposing you're reading this within one hour and forty-two minutes of when I posted), a terrorist attack was taking place on American soil. The first since Pearl Harbor—sixty years prior.

Hijacked planes flew into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City.

Another hit the Pentagon—the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense—in Arlington County, Virginia.

A fourth, which was intended for the White House, was overtaken by heroic passengers and crashed in a field in Stonycreek, Pennsylvania.

2,996 people lost their lives—2,562 civilian victims, 343 firefighters, 72 law enforcement officers, and the 19 hijackers. Not to mention the over six thousand who were injured and lived to tell about it.

Was any of this news to you? Was a lot of it?

These are questions, among others, that I had to painfully answer as I did some research before setting out to write this post. There are a lot of things about that day and the subsequent war that I didn't know and still do not know.

But I want to know. Because, friends, although it may hurt, we need to know our history. We need to remember the sacrifice, the bravery, the heroism of our fellow Americans.

As Americans today, we have it so good. Anything we could want is at our fingertips. But in all that, we've lost sight of what really matters. We proudly proclaim 'never forget', but we have forgotten.

If one of our loved ones was killed that day, we would not have forgotten.

If a family member of ours was off fighting, we wouldn't forget about the war in the Middle East.

If we fully understood the magnitude of the sacrifices that have been made for the freedom we experience today, we wouldn't take it for granted.

Today, let's stop forgetting. Let's remember. Let's honor the flag and what it stands for. Let's say "never forget" and truly mean it, from the bottom of our hearts.

What will you do today to remember what happened seventeen years ago this morning? 

Monday, September 10, 2018

Goldfish Secrets by Kellyn Roth {Book Review}

~ Description 

Judy only has one friend: her goldfish, Marlie.

With Marlie gone, who can Judy rely on?

Goldfish Secrets is the short story prequel to The Lady of the Vineyard.

~ My Rating 

4 stars

~ My Review 

What a sweet little story!

Goldfish Secrets, a short story prequel to Kellyn's novella The Lady of the Vineyard, is a delightful look into the early days of Judy's life and relationship with her mother, Adele.

It was a darling story that would be perfect for any age! While reading it, I was thinking that it would be great for a read-aloud for small children. Although it was more enjoyable to me since I'm familiar with the characters, but it could be read as a stand-alone.

Definitely recommended! <3

**I received a free copy of this story from the author in exchange for my honest review.** 

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Hello September {blog tag}

Hello, readers! Welcome to September. <3 Wow, can you believe fall is here? I've fallen bid farewell to summer and now I'm welcoming in the season of apples, hoodies, cool weather, and bonfires. <3

My friend Amy Lane came up with a lovely tag to usher in fall! Let's get started. :)

How to participate... 

> Please copy these questions (below), answer them, and then write out new questions (or just copy these) for the people you nominate below your answered questions.
> Please nominate at least 3 bloggers, but try to avoid ones that you know have already been nominated.
> Lastly, include these guidelines in your post, and use the tag picture!


Windy or rainy autumn?
Can I choose both? Please? *angel face* If not, I guess I would go with windy.

Do you like chai tea?
Not sure I've ever had it!

Tea or coffee?
Coffee, all the way.

If you could go to one state in the U.S.A. just for autumn scenery, where would you go?
From what I've saw in pictures, Maine has some lovely autumn scenery. I would love to visit the New England states, all the way up to Maine.

Do you like any kind of soup in the autumn? What's one of your favorites?
Ooohh, yes! Potato soup is probably my favorite.

What color of leaves do you like best?
Reds and yellows. :)

If you could go to another country just for autumn scenery, where would you go?
I never really thought of traveling to another country to see autumn scenery! Hmm, probably England...or France...Germany, Scotland, Austria... Ya know, I may or may not have a list. ;D

Sweater or hoodie?
Hoodie! Preferably with long, floppy sleeves and a pocket big enough to cram a phone, earbuds, money, and anything else I might need into it.

A hazelnut or apple cinnamon candle?
I'm not sure I've ever smelled a hazelnut scented candle, but I love hazelnut coffee creamer... We'll go with that.

Cookies or brownies?
Both? Oh, I can't do that again? Brownies, then. ;)

I tag... 

Brooklyne @ Showers of Blessings
Rebekah @ RebekahAshleigh
Kaylee @ Kaylee's Kind of Writes

Here's y'all's questions!

Windy or rainy autumn?
Do you like chai tea?
Tea or coffee?
If you could go to one state in the U.S.A. just for autumn scenery, where would you go?
Do you like any kind of soup in the autumn? What's one of your favorites?
What color of leaves do you like best?
If you could go to another country just for autumn scenery, where would you go?
Sweater or hoodie?
A hazelnut or apple cinnamon candle?
Cookies or brownies?

I'm scheduling this post ahead of time, as I'm going to have a table at a local author's fair at my library today. Prayers that all goes well would be appreciated! <3

Do you like autumn? What's your favorite tradition or pastime for this time of year? 


Saturday, September 1, 2018

Just Because // a poem

just because
someone acts okay
it doesn't mean they are

just because
their face doesn't show their hurt
just because
tears aren't streaming down their face
it doesn't mean they aren't hurting

just because
they haven't told you about
the burdens they carry alone
the tears they cry in silence
the battles they fight each night
the pain they fear will never fade
it doesn't mean they don't want to

be open, dears
be there for each other
be the listening ear
to the one who needs to talk
be a caring soul
to a heart that needs hope
be the shoulder
someone needs to cry on

just because
they don't wear their heart on their sleeve
it doesn't mean they don't want our love

let's love boldly
let's love until it hurts
let's love like Jesus loves

just because
one day you'll be the one
who needs someone to pray for them
but is afraid to ask

Sometimes I write poems on my phone at 11:40 PM and email them to myself so I'll find them in the morning... And sometimes I decide to share them with y'all a month later, just because maybe someone needs to hear this. 

Saturday, August 25, 2018

When Beauty Blooms by Victoria Lynn {Book Review + Blog Tour}

Happy Saturday, readers! Today I'm a stop on Victoria Lynn's blog tour for her new historical novelette, Where Beauty Blooms. It's a darling story with a super cute cover! <3


Revolutionary War Era England

Marjorie Kirk is a woman with no fortune, no prospects, no family, and no skills. Or so she thinks. She is awkward, shy, and the farthest thing from any semblance of a society lady. 

The new minister keeps turning up in the most awkward of places and she can’t help but feel that her life is doomed to one of embarrassment. But will her flaws actually be the thing that others find the most attractive? 

A story of a young woman with social anxiety and how she learned to bloom.


When Beauty Blooms was such a darling little story! Short and simple, but filled with whimsy and heart. This book holds a valuable lesson for every gal who's ever felt awkward or 'less than', especially in social settings. 

I felt for Marjorie as she—quite unknowingly—embarked upon her own journey toward discovering that she's beautiful and loved just as she is, how God created her to be. It was nicely done and quite relatable. 

On another note, her dear friends and their humorous attempts to 'help' Marjorie were amusing. I laughed and smiled through those parts of the book. 

The ending was about what I expected as soon as I met a certain character, but it was a sweet and satisfying conclusion to the story.

4 stars!

* I received an e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

Author Bio

Victoria Lynn is in her 20s and if she's not writing, she is probably sewing, singing, playing the piano, washing dishes, creating something with her hands, or learning something new. She has a passion for serving her Creator, encouraging others and being creative. She blogs at www.rufflesandgrace.com about writing, fashion, modesty, her walk with God and life. She lives in Michigan with her parents and 8 siblings.


One winner will receive a signed copy of the book and a $10 Amazon gift card! 

Have you read any of Victoria Lynn's books? Are you interested in this one? Favorite Revolutionary War era book? 


Saturday, August 18, 2018

Looking into the Future.

As every high senior or recent graduate can probably relate, I've got the "so what's happening next?" question about 92,745.3 times. (Not that I'm counting.) And, because I don't have a very good answer, I've given half a dozen different responses.

But in recent weeks, the answer to those questions (both the ones asked of me by others, and the ones asked by me of God) have became more clear. Not definite, but possible. And I currently have a slight idea of what my life will look like for the next few years, which is very encouraging to me.

Today, I'm going to give y'all an insider glimpse into my plans for the future...


Even before those last, bittersweet months of high school, I knew that writing wasn't something I would be giving up with the receiving of a diploma. Although 'author' or 'writer' was never (read: N.E.V.E.R.) on my list of possible careers, it's became a dream of mine.

And it seems to be the only thing I have total peace pursuing at this time. For now, that means writing the story God lays on my heart, indie authoring, and looking into pursuing traditional publishing.

Will I still be cranking out books 10 years from now? I don't know, but that's okay. I'll have the answers when I need them, not when I want them. 


When I tell people that I'm not going to college this month, a second question usually follows. Namely, whether I'm going at all. And I honestly don't know the answer to that right now. I think so. I want to, next year. But I'm not sure yet.

I want to pursue American Sign Language interpreting and become a licensed interpreter. Theoretically, I could be licensed by the time I'm 21, if I start next fall. But as I said, I'm not 100% sure that this is what God wants yet. 

So I'm taking a third year of ASL this fall, looking into interpreting license requirements, and waiting for a definite yes or no from the Man upstairs.

Will I ever go to college and get a degree? I don't know, but I have an idea of where I'm headed. And for now, that is enough. 


Over the past year and a half some radical changes have taken place in my walk with God. I crave time spent in the Word. I pray more, deeper, and better. And mostly, I'm content. I'm not freaking out of what the future may or may not hold. I know He holds the pen to my life story in His loving hands. He loves me unconditionally and has a beautiful plan. Who am I to doubt that? 

Will I ever have an answer to some of the questions I ask? I don't know, but He is enough. He is my answer. <3


Recently, God has been teaching me a lot about love. (No, not just guy-girl love. Contrary to popular belief, I'm not ready for marriage. xD) About what love is, and about what it isn't. About how I should love Him and others. 1 Corinthians 13 type love.

It's my heart's desire to shine a light, to touch people, to show them His goodness and point the way to the one who loves them no matter what they've done.

I want to love deeply and boldly. I want to love the unlovable and show them grace. I want to love like He loves.

Will I make a difference in the world? Influence lives? I don't know, but I'll follow Him and leave the outcome in His hands. 

Let's talk. <3 When you look into your own future—for this year or next year or 2056—what do you see? 

On another note, I realized I never did a post about the missions trip back in June. Anyone interested in that? xD

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Mere Hope by Jason Duesing {Book Review}

~ Description

How are Christians to live in such difficult times?

Unique of all people, Christians are called to embrace a hopeful outlook on life. Mere Hope offers the core, Christ-centered perspective that all Christians share, and that Christians alone have to offer a world filled with frustration, pain, and disappointment. For those in darkness, despair, and discouragement, for those in the midst of trials, suffering, and injustice, mere hope lives.

The spirit of the age is cynicism. When our leaders, our families, and our friends let us down at every turn, this isn't surprising. But we need another perspective; we need hope. Rather than reflecting resigned despair or distracted indifference, author Jason Duesing argues, our lives ought to be shaped by the gospel of Jesus—a gospel of hope.

~ My Rating

5 stars

~ My Review

An insightful look into the hope we have in Christ, Mere Hope was an encouragement to me that came exactly when I needed it.

When this book showed up on my dashboard for review, I almost skipped it. I had several other nonfiction books that I wanted to read soon, so I didn't see any sense in requesting another that I may end up dreading having to trudge through. But when I saw the title, I knew I needed this one—Hope has became 'my word' in recent months. (Plus, the cover is lovely, so #win <3)

Through this little book, author Jason Duesing challenged me to dig deep into the truths of God's word, to intricately study the beauty of a 'mere' hope, divided into sections of hope's foundation, flourishing, and focus.

Not following the definition of the word that suggests mere hope is a mere, hardly existent topic, but rather to mean it is real, true, and the core to which modern Christianity should be clinging.

A powerful and applicable book. Definitely recommended. <3

** I received a complimentary copy of this book from B&H/Lifeway in exchange for my honest review. ** 

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The Missing Piece by Libby May {Book Review}

~ Description 

K.C. was the girl of the summer in her youth group. She had a lake for her backyard, friends who loved to hang out, and a boyfriend who honestly loved her.
But she wasn't happy. Deep inside she longed for something more. Her relationship with her Savior seemed empty and she did everything in her power to gain His favor, but to no avail. There never was any sort of confirmation.
Will K.C. ever find the piece that's missing in her heart? Or will she drain herself of meaning and forever wallow in this lake we call despair?

~ My Rating 

4 stars

~ My Review 

What a darling little story!

In The Missing Piece, our main character K.C. has everything she could ever want—plenty enough to complete her life—yet she feels that something is lacking. She doesn't know true happiness. 

I loved reading about her journey toward finding the missing piece of her life. I also appreciated the subtle message near the end of the short story—that just because God didn't give you an immediate 'yes', that doesn't mean the answer is 'no.' Sometimes it's 'not yet', 

A well-rounded story about finding our completion in Christ alone. <3 

Favorite Quote ~ "God doesn't need you to mass achieve for Him. He just wants your heart." 

**I received a free copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.**

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Outpourings of a Beloved Heart by Joan Embola {Book Review + Release Day}

Happy Wednesday, dear readers! 

I feel like I wasn't around here at all last month...which is basically true, aside from a few blog tours. But today I'm here with the new book release of an Instagram friend, and I'm hoping to have a 'quality' post up every week this month. Thanks for sticking with me! <3

Let's dive into Joanny's book now, shall we? ;)


The name "beloved" refers to one who is dearly loved and deeply treasured. God called Jesus His Beloved Son in whom He is well pleased and because of Jesus, we have been accepted into God’s family and given the right to be called His children. So we are deeply loved by our Heavenly Father and He loves us as much as He loves Jesus. But do you believe that with all your heart? What about when you are surrounded by the worries and cares of life? Are you still sensitive to His love then? Do you feel you are too imperfect to be loved by a perfect God? Do you feel you carry so much garbage that His love can't possible take away? Well here's a chance to know more about the Father's love for you through poetry and reflections. It is a chance to find peace, comfort and joy in His presence. A chance to be reassured that His love for you never fails even in the storm. These are the outpourings of a heart that has found true solace in the arms of a loving God.


Outpourings of a Beloved Heart: A 30 Day Poetry Devotional about God's Love is a well-written, inspiring, and encouraging devotional centered around and focusing on the love of God. 

I really loved how the interior of the devotional is set up. Each day is arranged with a title, a scripture passage or inspiring quote that relates to the day's theme, an original poem written by the author, a suggested Bible reading, and text that correlates the entire reading and connects the Bible passage to the theme—often including other scripture references. 

While reading this book, I thumbed back and forth all over the Old and New Testaments to read the suggested passages, and look up and compare other references. It dives deep into the character of God, the sacrifice of Christ, and God's all-compassing love for us, His children. The segments on hope and waiting were especially lovely and spoke to me. 

If you're looking for a wonderful, month-long devotional that speaks to the soul, this one is for you! 

5 stars! 

* I received an e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. *

Author Bio

Author Joan N. Embola is a Cameroonian/Nigerian girl born and raised in Cameroon. She currently lives in the UK and is studying in London. When not revising or preparing for exams, she loves to write, blog, journal and make videos for her YouTube channel where she encourages others in their Christian journey. She is the founder of “Love Qualified” - a ministry dedicated to encouraging others to experience the sovereign love of the one true God who has qualified us to be His beloved ones. She hopes that God uses her work to richly bless and encourage you. You can connect with her on the various platforms below.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Finding Christmas Joy by Amanda Tero {Blog Tour + Book Review}

Hello lovelies! I'm here today with Amanda Tero's latest release, a Christmas short story in participation with the Christmas in July collaboration. Finding Christmas Joy releases tomorrow, so snag it soon and enjoy a snowy read amidst the hot weather—or save it for the Christmas season! 

~ About the Book 

Melonie Brown just wants to get away from all of the pain and heartache that this year has brought upon her, and Starlight Lodge seems like the perfect place to do so. With no plans beyond a Christmas escape, she drives out to the lodge. Can she bottle up the peace and joy that she finds in this special place to help her face the challenges she may have in the upcoming year?

~ My Review

Finding Christmas Joy is a sweet salvation story, written through the eyes of a young woman with a broken heart. Her struggles over finding purpose and joy in her life were dear and delicately shown.

The setting of Starlight Christmas Lodge was so darling!! Christmas is my absolute favorite time of year, and I loved reading about the lodge and the family who ran it.

I would've liked to see more details of Melonie's past and of her breakup. I understand that that wasn't the focus of the story, but I would've been able to feel for her easier if I knew more of what she'd been through. I also would've liked for her ex-fiance to have at least been mentioned after her salvation. Christ brought joy to her heart, but those heartaches still shaped her and brought her to that time in her life.

While not my favorite by this author, Finding Christmas Joy was an enjoyable read with a message I appreciated. Recommended to anyone who loves a good Christmas story!

**I received a free copy of this story from the author in exchange for my honest review.**

~ Giveaway 

~ Blog Tour 

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Overrun By Your Love by Erika Mathews {Book Spotlight + Blog Tour}

Greetings, friends! Today I'm here in celebration of indie author Erika Mathews latest release! :) 

Blog Tour - Overrun

Overrun By Your Love, a collection of inspirational poetry by Erika Mathews, has been released! Join in the excitement with the giveaway below, and don't forget to check out the other blog tour stops here.

About the Book

2 Cor 4

kindle cover overrun
Immerse yourself in a lyrical, artistic story older than time: the story of the kingdom of God.

Receive encouragement and refreshment in your spiritual walk with a collection of poems on our awesome God, trusting God, family, God’s creation, special occasions, and ministering Christ.

Inspirational and joyful poetry hones in on Biblical truth in a meditative manner.  

 About the Author

Erika Mathews Author

Erika Mathews is the author of Promise’s Prayer and an editor who lives in the farm country of Minnesota with her husband and young children. She’s a homeschool graduate with a Bachelor’s in Communications, a Master’s in Biblical Ministries, and a passion for sharing Jesus Christ and His truth. When she’s writing, she enjoys letting God’s message shine through her, crafting pleasing sentences, and using the Oxford comma. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, outdoor activities, music, and organizing. She's been writing poems since she was four years old. Swings, hammocks, fields, waterfalls, and lakes near her Minnesota home are her favorite places for Scripture meditation. You can connect with Erika at restinglife.com.

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

It's America. {2018}

Hope y'all had a fabulous 4th of July! God bless each and everyone of you, and God bless America. <33 

It's a kid with a chance 
It's a rock 'n roll band
It's a farmer cuttin' hay
It's a big flag flying in the summer wind
Over a fallen hero's grave

It's a man on the moon
And fireflies in June
And kids selling lemonade 
It's cities and farms, it's open arms, one nation under God
It's America 

On the days those Twin Towers came down
His whole world turned around
He told them all, 
"Can't play ball, there's a war on now"
Marched right in with a few good men
And joined the Marines
At 19

He's somebody's son 
In a hole with a gun 
In a foreign land
Trying to hold on to his American dreams

Yes, I'm a day late. But honestly, can we celebrate America too much? 

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Another Adventure.

Happy weekend, readers. (Do I start every post that way? Well, probably...)

Yes, I'm leaving y'all again, as you may have guessed from the title. A group from my church is leaving today for a missions trip, and we'll be returning next weekend. (We're participating in the same ministry as we did last June, which I talked about here and here. ;))

Because of this, there will be no 'real' post here today or next Saturday. I look forward to getting back into the groove of things in July, which will include sharing with y'all about this trip! 

Prayers for safety and a God-filled week would be appreciated! <3

Off to another adventure,

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Letters from Home by Gracelyn Buckner {Book Review}

~ Description 

It is well that war is so terrible, otherwise we should grow too fond of it.
~General Robert E. Lee, CSA

Marigold Ruth Bryant and Rueben Collins lived the life of farmers in Western North Carolina during the early 1860s. But times are changing. With the attack on Fort Sumpter, Marigold and Rueben’s lives are turned upside down. Meeting legendary figures in the war, they must decide what they truly believe. Follow the steps of these simple farming families and discover more about the lives of those impacted by this conflict.

~ My Rating 

3.5 stars

~ My Review 

Letters from Home was a nice story, that fairly accurately showed every day civilian life during the Civil War. The fact that it's set near my home made it more enjoyable, as I recognized town and landmark names. 

The characters were well-done and mostly relatable. There were a lot of them to keep track of however—something that usually bothers me—but the character list near the beginning of the book helped with that. 

There were a few inconsistencies throughout the book that caused me to lower my rating a bit. 

*Spoilers through the next two paragraphs*

A man from town comes to the home of the main character, nearly frozen from the weather, to tell the family of a raid that just took place. Instead of asking the poor man what happened, prompting him to traipse through a snowstorm to tell them about it, Marigold's mom sends her out in the storm. She walks to town, visits two families, and ends up drinking ice tea with the colonel's wife, with no mention made of the cold weather. Wait...what about the blizzard? :P

There was also a Charles mentioned a couple times...I never did figure out who he was.

Toward the end of the book, Marigold receives a letter saying that Rueben was captured by the enemy and she worries about. But up until that time, she hadn't heard from him in months and she was 'okay' with that. So...why the sudden worry, when you at least know he's alive now?

*end of spoilers*

Inconsistencies aside, I did enjoy the story, the peek into the horrors of Civil War POW camps, and the inclusion of real events. If you enjoy stories about the Civil War, you'd probably like this one! :)

**I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.**

Monday, June 18, 2018

In Bloom by Kayla Aimee {Book Review}

~ Description 

At some point in life, every woman struggles with feelings of insecurity and inadequacy. Whether fueled by a culture of makeover shows, by the lingering memories of mean girls, or by events and regrets much more wounding to the soul, our thoughts can become so conditioned by self-doubt that it's often the primary lens through which we view ourselves or expect to be viewed by others.

But what if we could rewrite the narrative? What if we could exchange our uncertainty for an abiding confidence? And what if in unearthing our worth, we uncovered our purpose as well, becoming free to unleash our gifts within community and find ourselves in complete communion with our Creator?

In this fearless, funny, and refreshingly relatable chronicle of her own metamorphosis from the insecurity that once held her captive, author Kayla Aimee unfolds the blueprint for women to:

• Identify the deep-seated sources of our assumed inadequacy and replace them with steadfast truths of affirmation
• Embrace the boldness and courageous confidence of who we are in Christ
• Replace our need for approval with the promise of an enduring acceptance
• Uncover our purpose, unlock our potential, and celebrate our unique personality

To every woman who longs for belonging, this journey through Kayla's inviting prose, biblical promises, and journaling prompts will help guide her from restless insecurity to a beautiful becoming. We weren't made for being captives; we were made for being captivated, for fully embracing the truth of who we've been created to be.

~ My Rating 

5 stars

~ My Review 

Wow. That's literally what I thought every time I sat down to soak up some more of this book's goodness. While reading this beautiful book, I alternately laughed until I physically hurt and blinked to keep the tears at bay.

I read the author's first book a few years ago, and having followed her blog ever since and falling for her way with words, I jumped at the chance to review her new book. And I'm so glad I did.

With her signature southern charm, Kayla Aimee tackles the tough topics of shame, insecurity, self-doubt, and inadequacy. Instead, she encourages women of all ages to live with purpose, boldness, and unabashed confidence in who they are in Christ.

She doesn't shy from the hard stuff, but rather lays it all bear, open and raw before a world of readers. Throughout the book, she even goes as far as to open up about vulnerable areas in her own life and past—mistakes she made and decisions she now regrets.

One woman's story of embracing life and love in the way God meant it to be is full of twists and turns and heartache. It's real, it's raw, but it's so beautiful.

In Bloom is 200 pages of confidence-building, grace-offering encouragement. I would recommend it to any woman or young lady who's ever felt like she didn't measure up, like she wasn't enough, like she didn't matter. <3

**I received a free copy from B&H/Lifeway in exchange for my honest review.** 

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Father's Day 2018 + Giveaway Winners

Happy Saturday!

(Actually, happy Friday night, as a very tired Faith is writing this ahead of time because tomorrow will be too busy to think about blog posts. xD)

First off, a happy Father's Day to all the beloved dads out there. Y'all are super special. The protector, the leader of the home, the head of the family, and the one who's to hold it all together. I don't know what we'd do without ya. <3

Am I forgetting something? *innocent smile* Ahh, yes, the giveaway winners. Probably the only reason some of y'all are reading this. xD

Okiedoke! First place (the journal and pens) goes to Abigail Harder. Second place (books and bookmarks) goes to Kaitlyn K.!

Congratulations, girlies! I'll be contacting you shortly to get your mailing addresses, and prizes will go in the mail first of the week. ^_^

Have a blessed weekend, y'all! <3

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Quest for Leviathan by Amanda Tero {Book Review + Blog Tour}

Are sea monsters a real thing? What about fire-breathing dragons? According to the Bible, there is a fire-breathing sea creature who really existed: the leviathan. Amanda Tero brings this dragon to life in her newest short story, "Quest for Leviathan." Join Anath and his crew of ninety-nine rowers as they face the waves of the Mediterranean Sea and the power of Leviathan.

About the Story

Leviathan took the life of his father.

Anath has spent three years preparing for the voyage that will end the threat of Leviathan. Yet as the Valor launches into the depths of the Mediterranean, an inward quest also begins, taking Anath to depths he is not willing to face.


I've been pleased with every short work I've read by Ms. Tero. This fictional take on the tale of the leviathan from Job 41 was no exception. 

The story itself was great, offering clear detail without being wordy. The setting was well researched and I enjoyed the connection to Job 41, a chapter that has always intrigued and yet confused me. 

The theme and message of God's plans above our own was tastefully done, speaking to me without overloading the few short pages. 

4.5 stars! 

A favorite quote ~ “I prayed the Lord would bring you home alive. That He would reveal to you the greatness of His plans above your own.”


Amanda is giving away TWO print copies of "Quest for Leviathan" to one winner — one for you, and one for your friend!

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About the Author

Amanda Tero began her love for words at a young age—reading anything she could get her hands on and penning short stories as young as age eight. Since graduation, she has honed her writing skills by dedicated practice and study of the writing craft. She began her journey of publication with a few short stories that she had written for her sisters and continued to add to her collection with other short  stories, novellas, and novels. It is her utmost desire to write that which not only pleases her Lord and Savior, but also draws the reader into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. 

You can connect with Amanda on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Goodreads, Amazon, her website, her blog, and by email (amandaterobooks@gmail.com).


June 8 – With a Joyful Noise (Release Day Post)
               Resting Life (Spotlight, Review) 
              The World of the Writer (Review) 
              Authoring Arrowheads (Review)
              Purely by Faith Review (Review, Interview)

June 9 – Victoria’s Book Nook (Spotlight, Review, Giveaway)
              Bekah’s Books (Spotlight, Review, Interview)

June 11 – Clothed with Scarlet (Spotlight, Review, Giveaway)
              Reveries Reviews (Review)

June 12 – Chosen Vessels (Spotlight, Review)
              My Purple Pen (Review)
              Read Another Page (Review)

June 13 – Once Upon an Ordinary (Review)
              Maidens for Modesty (Review)
              Yahweh Sisters (Review)

June 14 – Honey Rock Hills (Review)
              Life of Heritage Corner (Spotlight, Review, Interview, Giveaway)
              Kaylee’s Kind of Writes (Review, Interview)

June 15 – The Red-Hooded Writer (Review)
              Blossoms and Blessings (Spotlight, Review, Interview, Giveaway)
              Lit Aflame (Review, Interview)

June 16 – The Left-Handed Typist (Review)
              Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen (Review, Interview, Giveaway)

June 18 – Great Books for God’s Girls (Review, Interview)
              Peculiar Miss Darcy (Character Interview)

June 19 – Done in Love (Spotlight, Review, Interview, Giveaway)
              Creating Romance (Spotlight, Review, Giveaway)

June 20 – Keturah’s Korner (Review, Interview)
              Rock and Minerals 4 Him (Spotlight, Review, Giveaway)

June 21 – A Baker’s Perspective (Review, Giveaway, Character Spotlight)
              Christian Author: A.M. Heath (Review, Interview)

              Views from the Window Friend (Review)
              Hunting for Truth (Spotlight, Review, Giveaway)

June 23 – Reading on the Edge (Spotlight)
              Summer Snowflakes (Review, Giveaway)

June 25 – With a Joyful Noise (Giveaway Winner Announced)