You’re Beautiful (Surrendering Stinkin’ Thinkin’ Book 1) by Julie Arduini and Hannah Arduini

My Review

Hannah Arduini and her mother, Julie Arduini, created and co-authored a beautiful story that will resonate with a female of any age.

The story focuses on Hayley Atkinson and Sabrina Wayson. Hayley is in middle school struggling with fitting in and hurtful lies, while Sabrina, a college graduate, is trying to figure out where her life is going and resolve feelings of unworthiness. Both of them suffer from low self-esteem, brought on by similar, but very different reasons. They join Linked, a mentoring program started by Sabrina’s parents, Sabrina as a mentor and Hayley as a mentee. However, they feel like frauds who can not really contribute to the group.

The book has many teachable moments for adults and young adults. One example from the mentoring group, Linked, is especially powerful. As you read, it is easy to relate, absorb and readjust some of your own stinkin’ thinkin’. Of course, real change and adjustment come from sincere desire, repentance and prayer- which is perfectly illustrated in the narrative.

A positive, thought-provoking tale designed to encourage readers to re-think their thoughts and emotions, You’re Beautiful reminds all of us we are daughters of God, His princesses, a truth regardless of what anyone, including ourselves, tells us.

I can’t wait for the other books in the series to come out. I want to read them, too!

I received the book from the authors. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

Publisher’s Summary

Hayley Atkinson withdraws from her friends and new opportunities with the new mentoring group, Linked, after she is told a lie that she believes is true about herself. Sabrina Wayson is a mentor in Linked who feels she can’t help encourage girls because she’s struggling as much as they are. Can they surrender the lies and find freedom?

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Wednesday’s Words

Today’s Words Come from As the Tide Comes in by Cindy Woodsmall and her daughter-in-law Erin Woodsmall.

 

The book is scheduled to be released August 21st. I am honored to have been able to read an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) and will be publishing a review soon!

Loving Brock by Joan Deneve on Tour with Celebrate Lit-Book Spotlight

About the Book

Loving Brock

Title: Loving Brock

Author: Joan Deneve

Genre: Contemporary Christian Women’s Fiction & Romance

Release Date: April, 2018

For years, Brock Whitfield served God with joy and contentment at the mission hospital he founded in Angola.

When Joy Stockman joined their team as a surgical assistant, he found a woman whose zeal for God and heart for people equaled and in many ways surpassed his own. Before he knew it, his admiration and respect for her blossomed into love. After years of serving alone, Brock began to hope that God was giving him another chance to love and be loved in return.

A crisis arose within the family causing Brock to put his personal plans on hold. As he prayed for guidance, Brock’s faith and obedience were put to the ultimate test as God brings the perfect person into his life and then asks him to give her up.

 About the Author

Joan DeneveJoan Deneve enjoys being a wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, and author, but her favorite role and defining title is that of Christian. Joan teaches English in a Christian school and has a passion to help young people fall in love with Christ and equip them to become all God wants them to be.

Joan shares her life with Rene’, her husband of forty years. Together they reside in Prattville, Alabama, a quaint city with southern charm and hospitality.

Joan loves to laugh and spend quality time with family and friends.

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Libby (Ties that Bind Series Book 2) by Fay Lamb

My Review

Can I just say, I LOVE Libby? Fay Lamb has done an extraordinary job of writing about an adorably sweet, somewhat reserved young lady.

Libby is your typical girl next door. She has a hard time believing she is attractive and works at proving she’s not. However, everyone she meets knows she’s a diamond in the rough and just needs a little help to push her into the lovely woman she is.

I appreciate Libby’s love for the Lord and her relationship with Him. She endures so many sad situations, and yet she’s there for all her friends when they need her, she also prays for them mightily when they think they don’t need her or her guidance in all things of faith.

I laughed and cried when reading Libby. There are some circumstances in her past that broke my heart, as well as hers, and left her questioning her worth. Nonetheless, Fay Lamb was able to take these events and create a unique, loving person in Libby. Reading her story helped me to realize no matter how tragic or hurtful things in our past are, we can overcome.

I received Libby from the author. However, I was under no obligation to write a review.

Publisher’s Summary

****The author is donating 100% of her royalties from this book to hurricane relief through Samaritan’s Purse.

Libby Overstreet can’t see herself as anything but shy and socially awkward. She’s nearing thirty, and she’s never even been on a date. Then she meets the man of her dreams, but Libby knows he would never be interested in a wallflower like her. All she wants to do is to buy that garden nursery on the outskirts of town and settle down with the life she has always dreamed about. Evan Carter has been watching the sweet woman in the coffee shop for weeks when his friend tells him that the object of his affection plans to buy a garden nursery and needs Evan’s expertise as an architect/contractor. When they meet, Libby is more enamored of Evan and even more convinced that he would never look at her as anything but a friend. However, that’s far from the truth. Evan would love to get to know the innocent beauty God has placed in this path. Trouble is, he fears that a lovely flower like Libby will wilt under the sins of his past, and he’ll do everything in his power to keep that from happening.

The Bronte Plot by Katherine Reay (A Guest Review)

Guest Review

A few days ago, I listened while my wife, Robbie, streamed a Katherine Reay book event. Katherine was interesting and intelligent.  Robbie said Katherine always writes about the Bronte sisters, Jane Austen, and their cohort of nineteenth-century British authors.  Pulling my nose out of a Tom Clancy novel, she handed me Katherine’s The Bronte Plot.  I got busy.  It was, for me a quick four or five days read.  Robbie would have consumed it in three hours flat.

I enjoyed the book, an endearing story, but was left wondering, “What Bronte plot?”  As I read, I had been alert for a scheme, nefarious machination, or other “plot” involving the Bronte sisters.

Katherine’s protagonist, Lucy Alling, like Katherine, loves Bronte novels, and Jane Eyre is a favorite.  So I googled Jane Eyre and delighted in finding a new term – Bildungsroman.  It turns out that Jane Eyre is an exemplar of the Bildungsroman genre, a novel in which the plot’s action occurs in the soul of a protagonist, as she grows psychologically and morally.  Epiphany! Bronte novels have Bildungsroman plots.  The protagonists’ souls grow in moral strength.  Katherine Reay telegraphs foreshadowing for savvy readers (unlike me) that the action in this book occurs within the soul of Lucy Alling.

It spoils little to reveal that Lucy Alling is inveterately dishonest.  Sometimes she is so ruthlessly and sometimes with premeditation, but often she simply cannot help herself.  Yet she is a sympathetic protagonist we readers come to love and identify with – reminding us, perhaps, that each of us, too, is a sinner.

Lucy, twenty-eight, acquires an octogenarian companion, Helen Carmichael, who is determined to unearth and make right wrongs she thought she had buried forever when she was Lucy’s age.  Helen’s quest takes them from their homes in Chicago to London, to the Brontes’ home in Haworth on the English moors, then on to a necessary rendezvous of Lucy’s own.

The pages of The Bronte Plot are saturated with literary allusion to the nineteenth century British greats – Austen, Dickens, Gaskin, Wordsworth, and eminently, Emily, Charlotte, and Anne Bronte. Initiated readers will revel in recognizing them, as I did when the occasional mention of Dostoyevsky or C.S. Lewis struck a chord with me. As we revel in Katherine Reay’s literary pilgrimage, we marvel at the inner, moral journey Lucy travels.  We are reminded that dealing honestly with others always demands a little courage. To be honest with others whom we have not been requires us to muster unimaginable depths of courage.

You will absolutely love The Bronte Plot if you have read Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and other Bronte plots.  You will also love The Bronte Plot if you have not yet read any Bronte plots, but you will resolve to read some.  I had not, but I will.

Publisher’s Summary

When Lucy’s secret is unearthed, her world begins to crumble. But it may be the best thing that has ever happened to her.

Lucy Alling makes a living selling rare books, often taking suspicious liberties to reach her goals. When her unorthodox methods are discovered, Lucy’s secret ruins her relationship with her boss and her boyfriend, James—leaving Lucy in a heap of hurt and trouble. Something has to change; she has to change.

In a sudden turn of events, James’s wealthy grandmother, Helen, hires Lucy as a consultant for a London literary and antiques excursion. Lucy reluctantly agrees and soon discovers Helen holds secrets of her own. In fact, Helen understands Lucy’s predicament better than anyone else.

As the two travel across England, Lucy benefits from Helen’s wisdom as Helen confronts ghosts from her own past. Everything comes to a head at Haworth, home of the Brontë sisters, where Lucy is reminded of the sisters’ beloved heroines who, with tenacity and resolution, endured—even in the midst of impossible circumstances.

Now Lucy must face her past in order to move forward. And while it may hold mistakes and regrets, she will prevail—if only she can step into the life that’s been waiting for her all along.