The Ellie Claire Art Journals of Faith & Lettering, The Illustrated Word and Illuminate Your Story
Have you ever wanted to journal with the vibrant illustrations or lettering you see in older manuscripts? These three journals provide a roadmap guide of how to do precisely that. I can’t begin to describe the richness and beauty of the Ellie Claire art journals and trust me when I say – the pictures honestly don’t do them justice. The covers are brightly colored and heavily bound with embossed letters creatively accented with gold foil.
In Illuminate Your Story, the style taught is illuminated letters. Illuminated letters, as described by many references, is a technique in which the first letter of each page or the first paragraph, begins with initials, borders and miniature illustrations. The letter, always of an enlarged variety and color, has gold lettering in some areas, while the text itself remains black. In addition, the letters sometimes include a variety of enhancements, such as plants or animals. (Illuminated Letters Introduction-Slide Share, Wikipedia, Illustrated Manuscript.) Along with all the other features, it has a pretty elastic band to keep the journal closed, along with a holder on the side for your pens, an attractive bookmark and a pocket for your keepsakes! How cool is that?
The Faith and Lettering Journal focuses on hand lettering Bible verses. The journal is a rich resource of illustrated verses, giving you guidelines for different techniques to help develop and enhance your skills in lettering while memorizing Bible verses. The journal helps you discover your creative side, as it also draws you into the Bible and closer to the Lord. Beautiful illustrations of Bible verses and quotes are uniquely drawn and colored. There are pages to trace, practice and draw your own copy of the included verses or quotes. Plus, a place to hold your pens or pencils, too.
The Illustrated Word takes you deeper into the illuminated letter style. Each page that is illustrated either gives you a chance to color and decorate the page while following the journal’s illustrations or to create your own. There are pages of beautiful illustrations to provide you with ideas for your thoughts and pictures while helping you to feel a closeness to the Lord through the Bible. This is the most complex and detailed journal of the three. Within its pages, you find more complex pictures and mosaic-like illustrations highlighting Bible verses, and every page – or every other page in some cases – there are lines for journaling.
The covers of each book feature a lay-flat binding. Two of the journals come furnished with thick color-coordinated elastic to hold your drawing or journaling implements. The pages are thick to ensure there is no bleed-through from pens or paints.
I am so excited to receive the journals. I plan on giving each of my two sisters one. I have one sister that loves to draw, so The Illustrated Word is perfect for her! My other sister, like myself, loves to doodle, so I think the Faith and Lettering Journal will be perfect for her!
I honestly cannot adequately describe Ellie Claire’s journals. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to receive and review these wonderful books of Biblical journaling.
About the Book
Book: The Light Before Day
Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher
Genre: Historical Fiction
Release Date: October 2, 2018
“Henry, this . . . fortune, this sudden wealth . . . I fear it will change our lives. And I don’t want my life to change.”
After three years on a whaling voyage, Henry Macy returns to Nantucket to news that his grandmother has passed, bequeathing her vast fortune to him and his sister, Hitty. And it was truly vast. But Lillian Coffin was no fool. The inheritance comes with a steep cost, including when each should marry and whom—a Quaker in good standing, of course. But if they relinquish the inheritance, it all goes to Tristram Macy, their father’s thieving business partner.
As Hitty and Henry seek a way to satisfy the will’s conditions, they’ll be faced with obstacles on every side—and it may be that Lillian Coffin will have the last word after all.
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Hetty and Henry Macy’s waspish and irascible grandmother left them a huge inheritance-with many stipulations-which both surprised and dismayed the twins. They didn’t want the inheritance, but the alternative to refusing was even worse than if they accepted.
The Light Before Day is well-written and exceptionally well researched, shedding light on the early Quaker religion in our burgeoning country. Fisher conveys a vivid legacy of Nantucket as shown through the eyes of many resident’s love for the island. Nonetheless, life on the island wasn’t idyllic; there was a deep undercurrent of poverty, racism and bigotry. The novel sheds light on problems inherent in a changing and growing time, and her use of Great Mary’s journal juxtaposed with the lives of the twins helps set the tone for the book.
As I read the story, I could see the island, smell the ocean and feel its mighty strength and reflect on parts of our country’s legacy. I came to understand and appreciate the challenge intrinsic in whale hunting, and the fear of the loss of livelihood as the whale population was diminishing. I could empathize with everyone trying to make a better life for people perceived to be of a lesser value than others. Although there is a romantic aspect woven into the story, there is so much to digest and reflect on that I feel one reading doesn’t do the story justice.
The Light Before Day completes the Nantucket Legacy Series. The book could be read as a standalone. Yet, to truly appreciate the storyline, I would suggest reading the first two books in the series, Phoebe’s Light and Minding the Light.
About the Author
Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than two dozen novels, including Phoebe’s Light and Minding the Light, as well as the Amish Beginnings, The Bishop’s Family, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series. She has also written several nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish. Fisher lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow her on Twitter @suzannewfisher and Facebook @SuzanneWoodsFisherAuthor.
Guest Post from Suzanne
The Mortgage Button
In each story of the ‘Nantucket Legacy’ series, there’s a reference to a mortgage button in the newel post of a stairway. Phoebe Starbuck, the main character in Phoebe’s Light, made a point to notice it in the captain’s house on Orange Street, the famous residences of sea captains. In Minding the Light, Daphne Coffin touched the mortgage button on the newel post of her horrible mother’s grand house each and every morning. Hitty and Henry Macy were well aware of the absence of their childhood home’s mortgage button—and all that its absence symbolized—in The Light Before Day.
Mortgage buttons meant something to each of those characters. It made a statement to anyone who walked into a house.
Have you ever seen a mortgage button? It’s a very Nantucket-y tradition. In fact, some say the mortgage button originated on Nantucket Island, thirty miles out to sea.
Supposedly, when a house’s mortgage was fully paid and there were no liens against the property, the homeowner drilled a hole in the newel post of the main staircase, rolled up the mortgage document, put it inside, and capped the hole with a decorative plug of scrimshaw.
Scrimshaw is a term for an American folk art developed during the 18th and 19th centuries. Whaling in New England was an industry that lifted Nantucket Island to become the world’s wealthiest port. After a whale’s oil was rendered, the ship’s captain would give his crew the sperm whale’s teeth or bones to carve during long tedious hours at sea. Whaling had its exciting moments, but they were far and few between. As a pastime, sailors carved all kinds of useful gifts to bring home to their loved ones: needles, combs, games, clothespins, busks…and mortgage buttons.
But let’s jump back to the mortgage button. Some legends say that the actual mortgage papers were ceremoniously burned and the ashes stashed inside the drilled hole before sealed with the button. However, as appealing a thought as that might be, it is most likely a myth. There’s never been any evidence of ashes or even hidden mortgages found in salvaged newel posts. Still, mortgage buttons are common among Nantucket homes, and the tradition has spread to other parts of the country. In southern states, for example, they’re called brag buttons. Whether myth or truth, today it’s more a matter of a charming nostalgic custom than a nod to your healthy (or…not so healthy) net worth.
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During a snowstorm, Betty Tanner finds herself stuck with her estranged husband. Spending Christmas with Glenn wasn’t what she had in mind, and her mind reluctantly travels back three decades to their first Christmas together, when another snowstorm caused her to wreck her car outside the Tanner home …
1954: Stranded with the Tanners over Christmas, Betty is forced into the company of Glenn, who had spurned her for years. But as the snow falls outside, the walls between Betty and Glenn begin to crumble, revealing a side of him she never knew existed. A side she longs to know better.
Pride and bitterness can make a beast out of anyone. And the hardships they face in their relationship are of their own making. But can following Christ’s ways lead Betty and Glenn to the reconciliation they long for?
A.M. Heath invites you to spend Christmas with the Tanners in a dual-timeline novel loosely inspired by Beauty and the Beast. You’re sure to fall in love again and again.
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Spotlight and Interview
Have you ever read a book and felt like you just stepped right into the story and became a part of it, either as a fly on the wall or as one of the characters? That is how I felt when reading A. M. Heath’s Yesterday’s Christmas.
Loosely based on Beauty and the Beast, Yesterday’s Christmas is written with a dual timeline between 1954 and 1985.
Life in 1954 wasn’t without its hardships, but young love conquered all. I laughed so hard when Betty Marshall was stranded at Glenn Tanner’s house and was forced to make breakfast for him and his grandfather. I saw my Mom and Dad, newly married in 1953, when my Mom couldn’t even boil water without burning it (though for very different reasons than Betty). I cried when Betty and Glenn were in 1985. I thought of my parents again, still married, but facing a lot of problems.
Heath has packed a lot of story and Biblical wisdom in her newest book. How many times as a wife did you feel your husband neglected you for work, or sports or any of a myriad of other reasons; and how many times as a husband did you feel your wife didn’t appreciate or understand why you worked so hard or needed to decompress with TV, or sports or whatever.
Betty had slowly but surely let anger and bitterness take over her life. However, God had a wake-up call for her; she just needed to listen and remember…” The secret to happy marriage is this: It’s never the wrong time to dance with your beautiful bride.”
Yesterday’s Christmas is book two in A Season Passed Series, but it works very well as a standalone.
I received a copy of this book from the author. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.
Besides being an Indie Author, I’m a wife, mother of four, children’s Sunday School teacher, sweet tea drinker, history fanatic, romantic, bubbly, lover of broccoli, and cake decorator who has a soft spot for Christmas trees, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
What I’m not is a laundress (or at least not one who keeps up very well), a duster, tall, or patient in a doctor’s office.
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About the Book
Book: Chosen People
Author: Robert Whitlow
Genre: Legal Drama
Release Date: November 6, 2018
Bestselling author Robert Whitlow dives deep into the legal ramifications of a tragic event half a world away and how it affects two lawyers in Atlanta from vastly different backgrounds.
When Hana Abboud walked into the conference room, she was unprepared for the images of a horrific terrorist attack near the Western Wall in Jerusalem. But after watching a courageous mother sacrifice her life to save her four-year-old daughter, Hana knew she needed to help attorney Jakob Brodsky represent the family’s pursuit of justice against those who perpetrate acts of violent jihad. As an Arab Israeli lawyer trained at Hebrew University, Hana is uniquely qualified to step into the gap.
But they need a third partner, an investigator on the ground to help them unravel the snake pit of connections between the terrorists and an organization or company that can be sued in the American courts. Hana returns home to Israel and meets with investigator Hamid Hasan who quickly becomes more than a crucial part of the litigation team.
As Jakob and Hana investigate the case in the US, he is stalked on the streets of Atlanta by affiliates of a terrorist organization. Their pursuit of truth can only be resolved where it began: the streets of Jerusalem. But who can they trust? How deep does deceit go? Can two lawyers and a shadowy investigator impact the kind of violence and terror that has become common in our broken world?
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About the Author
Robert Whitlow is the bestselling author of legal novels set in the South and winner of the Christy Award for Contemporary Fiction. He received his J.D. with honors from the University of Georgia School of Law where he served on the staff of the Georgia Law Review.
Guest Post from Robert
Inside the Story
Chosen People—a title that reflects both the Biblical designation for the Jewish nation as well as converted Christians—opens during a terrorist attack near the Western Wall in Jerusalem. A courageous mother sacrifices her life to save her young daughter, leaving behind a grieving husband and a motherless child.
Whitlow’s many trips to Israel and his in-depth research into the culture and laws of the Holy City are evident throughout the story. Furthermore, his experience as a lawyer gives him keen insight into the mind of his main character Hanna Abboud, an Arab Christian Israeli lawyer working in Atlanta.
“This book provides a unique perspective to this region and its peoples through the eyes of an Arab Christian who believes that the faithfulness of God and truths of the Bible are unshakable realities,” says Whitlow. “This viewpoint is rarely expressed, yet it is one that needs and deserves to be heard so that it can become part of our framework for understanding this vital part of the world and the people who live there.”
I did not read this book. I have PTSD and feared it would trigger too many things for me. However, I can say, I have read MANY Whitlow books and have yet to be disappointed. I’m sure you will enjoy this one, too!
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I heard earlier today that a dear Facebook friend passed away. I never met her, but she was such an encouragement to everyone that knew her. She loved to read and was an amazing encourager to authors and readers. She organized and brought together so many authors and readers, both online and off.
She will be truly missed. However, I rejoice knowing she’s in heaven, no longer in pain!!
Exactly one week ago today, I lost another dear Facebook friend. It was unexpected (at least for me). She too was a great encourager to authors and readers, alike.
She will be greatly, missed, also. I know she’s in heaven and no longer in pain.
It’s strange, I have many, many WordPress and Facebook friends that are closer to me, even though we have never met, than friends that are ones I see face to face. I have grieved over many, as I’m sure many of you have as well.
It is raining where I am today (actually storming), it seems appropriate that the heavens would weep for us, even as they rejoice.
For all who have lost friends, both online and off, I pray for you.
About the Book
Book: The Kitchen Marriage
Author: Gina Welborn & Becca Whitham
Publisher: Kensington Publishers
Genre: Inspirational romance/Historical America set in the old west
Release Date: September 25, 2018
A bright future awaits the women of courage and faith who boldly chase their dreams across the wide-open Montana Territory, prepared to embrace adventure and forge their own destinies . . .
When French immigrant Zoe de Fleur is forced out of her position as household cook for a high society New Yorker, the pretty and talented chef seizes an unexpected chance to head west for a new beginning. She pursues what she thinks is a prestigious job in the frontier’s “finest kitchen,” but instead finds herself in a matchmaker’s agency . . .
Isaak Gunderson is one of Helena, Montana’s most eligible bachelors, but he’s too focused on running for mayor and his family’s business to think about a wife and family. His twin brother, Jakob, is supposed to be too busy as well, yet sends for a mail-order bride anyway. Isaak doesn’t want to fuel an ongoing rivalry with his twin, but this tempting newcomer can’t be ignored. If only she’d come to Helena a different way and loving her wasn’t a betrayal . . .
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About the Author
GINA WELBORN is the bestselling author of sixteen inspirational romances. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and American Christian Fiction Writers, and serves on the ACFW Foundation Board. Sharing her husband’s passion for the premier American sports car, she is a lifetime member of the National Corvette Museum and a founding member of the Southwest Oklahoma Corvette Club. Gina lives with her husband, three of their five children, several rabbits and guinea pigs, and a dog that doesn’t realize rabbits and pigs are edible. Visit her online at GinaWelborn.com.
BECCA WHITHAM (WIT-um) Multi-published author, paper crafter, and Chai tea lover, Becca and her twelve-foot-long craft cabinet follow her husband of more than thirty years to wherever the army currently needs a chaplain. In between moves from one part of the country to the other, she writes stories of faith that touch the heart. She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a Genesis Contest finalist. Connect with her online at BeccaWhitham.com.
Guest post from Gina & Becca
What’s better than fulfilling a dream? Why…taking the journey with a friend, of course. And we have the army to thank for it. Gina, whose father spent most of his army career at Fort Sill, had just moved back to Lawton, Oklahoma when Becca’s husband received orders to Sill. We were both looking for friendship and found a kindred spirit.
When we first conceived the Montana Brides series over Frappuccinos (Gina) and Chai Tea Lattes (Becca) at our local Starbucks, we set out to make our make our mail-order bride stories different.
The first thing we decided on was setting our series in Helena, Montana because, in 1888, the city boasted the most millionaires per capita in the United States. We liked the idea of a former mining town grown into a cultured city and that it wasn’t the usual isolated ranch setting for a Western.
We also wanted to create stories of mail-order bride romances gone wrong. In fact, our original series title was Mail (Dis) Order Brides. We brainstormed all the ways a mail-order bride story could go sideways and settled on our top three: a widow before a wife; two brothers, one bride; and a deceitful—though well-meaning—matchmaker. The Kitchen Marriage is the second book in this series and puts our heroine, Zoe de Fleur, between twin brothers, Isaak and Jakob Gunderson. Like our first bride, Emilia Stanek (The Promise Bride), Zoe shows up in town knowing no one. Does that sound familiar? As a former military kid and current military wife, we are very familiar with needing to start over, forge new friendships, and make strangers into family.
Thank you for taking a journey into the past with us. We pray you find our stories filled with hope, humor, and happily-ever-afters.
Gina Welborn and Becca Whitham
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