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? ;)



Synopsis 

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.



Review

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.**


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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

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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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Giveaway

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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
19


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,
~Faith 

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.**