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When I Pray for You by Matthew Paul Turner–Book Review

As a parent you pray for your children constantly. This book puts perfectly just how parents pray for their children, and in just the perfect way for children to understand and enjoy! My girls truly loved this book as I read it to them! Plus the illustrations are absolutely beautiful! I know you and your children are going to love it too!

**I received a free copy of this book. I was not required to write a positive review and all thoughts and opinions are my own.


Atoning for Ashes by Kaitlin Covel–Book Review

Back Cover Copy

Josie Chadwick dreams of marrying for love in Cornwall, England, but with her father’s debt threatening to destroy all she holds dear, her romantic options are dwindling. When her elder sister Delia is disowned, Josie finds herself heiress of Chadwick Park, torn between dreams and duty. After sacrificing her heart to atone for Delia’s sin, Josie clings to the hope she will learn to love a distant husband, whom she fears is incapable of requiting her affection.

Charles Radcliffe’s heart has been scarred and hardened by rejection. He fears hurting his new bride, but his fears of betrayal and rejection are stronger, making it impossible for him to trust her love―let alone the love of her God.

As Josie and Charles face their new life together, ominous events warn of dark family secrets that could shatter them both. More than a loveless marriage is at stake if they cannot stand as one. They must learn to trust God and each other before it’s too late. Will they turn to God for answers as He redeems their past and restores their future?

With Wings As Eagles – Guest Post by Kaitlin Covel

Isaiah 40:31

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Eagles must be near and dear to God’s heart because He makes many allegorical references about them in His Word as noble, majestic creatures. Perhaps that is why the Bald eagle was selected as the national emblem of the United States of America by our founding fathers.

Our God is a loving Heavenly Father whose understanding is infinite (Psalm 147:5) and whose compassions fail not. (Lamentations 3:22) Yet, as His children, how many times do we doubt His wisdom? It is easy to trust Him on the mountain top, but when we pass through the valley’s shadows our trust wavers like a flame in the wind. It is in those times we must choose our focus: to contemplate who our God is or to rely on ourselves.

Eagles are a beautiful illustration of “tough love” as parents. In raising their chicks, they have faithfully provided for their every need. They built them a safe nest, hunted for their every meal, and shielded them from predators and the elements beneath the shelter of their wings. The God-given instinct instilled in the eaglet’s body makes him restless as he begins to outgrow the nest he calls home and beat his growing wings to strengthen the muscles in preparation for flight. This nest is the only world he has ever known, but beyond the nest a beautiful world beckons, waiting to be explored. Then the fateful day arrives in the young eaglet’s life when he must learn to fly.

As the eaglet peers over the edge of the nest, his vision collides with the imminent danger. He is so focused on the dizzying height and jagged rocks below that he fails to recognize that his very survival depends on his ability to fly. However, his parents coax him closer to the edge, knowing this in their maturity of years. When the eaglet fails to jump, his parents shove him out of the nests with their beak. The eaglet panics in the thin air as he begins his plummeting descent, realizing he must learn to do this on his own. He begins to flap his wings madly in an effort to save himself.

Meanwhile, his parents take flight and circle above him, prepared to swoop beneath him and catch him on their wings if his wings aren’t strong enough to fly yet. Only in trying will the eaglet discover his ability to fly.

God gives us abilities. He is the same God who formed us in our mothers’ wombs and the same God who knew our name before the beginning of the world, but in his sovereign wisdom, He knows that we will only discover our ability when we are forced to step out of our comfort zone in a leap of faith.

He knows the time has come for us to experience growth, but growth makes us uncomfortable. We don’t want to leave the safety of our cozy, warm nest. In His wisdom, God allows us to take a “leap of faith”. We may think He has abandoned us as we focus on the terrifying sensation of “falling”, but He hovers over us with tender loving patience, prepared to catch us.

Exodus 19:4-5

Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself. Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:

Deuteronomy 32:11-12

As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: so the Lord alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him.

Are you tumbling in a terrifying free-fall wondering where your God is right now? May I encourage you, dear reader, to look up? He is hovering over you, prepared to catch His beloved child and bear you up on eagles’ wings.

Psalm 103:2-5

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

In the free-falls of life, we find the Heavenly Father who loves us too much to leave us in our comfort zone, but delights in providing a safe place for us to land in our journey of growth.

As we exercise the abilities He has given us to strengthen them the way an eaglet does his wings, may we remember that He has created us to soar beyond the reach of the troubles of this world. May we seek Him out as our safe place to land, trusting the Heavenly Father who has promised to never leave us nor forsake us. He will renew our strength as He bears us on eagles’ wings until we mount up with wings as eagles.

My Review

You are sure to enjoy this gripping story. I loved every minute of it. So many unexpected twists, and each one has you wondering what will happen next. I fell in love with Josie. I think my favorite aspect of Josie is her faith in God. I loved how no matter what happened, she gave it to God. Sometimes she had to ask for forgiveness for trying to do things her way first, but she always remembered that God is in control, and can work in ways she can’t. Charles I fell in love with in a different way. From the beginning you know that he is struggling with something, you just don’t know what, or to what extent it has affected him. Throughout the story you can see his struggle to love Josie the way he knows she deserves to be loved, and to get over his past. Find out if they can overcome the past, and get their happily ever after. You won’t be disappointed, I promise.

**I received this book from the author for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts an opinions are my own.

Author Bio

Kaitlin Covel has a thirst for adventure much like the heroines of her stories. She is an old-fashioned romantic, and if she could time travel to any historical period, it would be the Regency Era. Here in the 21st century, she is a certified Nutritional Therapy Technician, but writing is her passion, whether it’s fiction or non-fiction. She has honed her craft since childhood, benefiting from the insights of other writers through professional writing associations such as the Jerry Jenkins Writer’s Guild and Hope*writers. She lives with her family in Maine, where she enjoys teaching the teen Sunday school class at her church. Her favorite things are family, books, history, chocolate, music, the ocean, and strong cups of tea.


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Who Do You Say that I AM? by Becky Harling–Book Review

This Bible Study focuses on the I AM statements of Jesus Christ. It’s an 8-week study focusing on deepening your faith in Jesus. I love the way the publisher summarizes it on the back cover of how the study will help readers to:

  • Realize the truth of who Jesus really is
  • Grow in their ability to trust God and rely on Him fully
  • Find the calm and peace promised in Scripture despite life circumstances

I learned so much through this study! I know there were some things God was obviously speaking to me about because several times what I’d been learning through this study was reiterated somewhere else, in my Mom’s Connect Group, in church, etc. I loved the questions to help you dig deeper into the Scriptures and each I AM statement. I tend to learn best through studies like this that have workbooks to guide me. I highly recommend this study to any woman who wants to dig deeper into who Jesus really is to them.

**I received this book free from the publisher for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

God Bless You and Good Night by Hannah Hall–Book Review

Book Description

God Bless You and Good Night is now available as a touch-and-feel book! This beloved bedtime classic has touched more than 315,000 families, and this touch-and-feel edition offers even more fun as little ones prepare for bed.

Bedtime can be a precious time of connection for you and your little one. Enjoy those snuggly moments together as you read this classic bedtime book while exploring all the fun touch-and-feel elements, from the polar bear’s soft fur to the elephant’s leathery skin to the silky grass of the African grasslands.

In God Bless You and Good Night Touch and Feel, sleepy little ones are reminded of God’s blessings and how much they are loved. The delightful rhyming story takes readers through several scenes of snuggly animals who are getting ready for bed from putting on pj’s, brushing teeth, and saying good-night prayers. Now with added touch-and-feel elements, children can engage with the story even more. God Bless You and Good Night Touch and Feel will be a favorite part of the bedtime ritual for parents and children.

Whether for a baby shower or birthday, or as a heart-melting way to surprise the grandparents-to-be, God Bless You and Good Night Touch and Feel is the perfect touch for any celebration.

My Review

I simply loved this board book! It will be perfect for my baby for Christmas! I know he’ll love to feel the different touch and feel parts of the book, especially as he grows older! The illustrations were beautiful and perfect for children, and the rhyme will keep your younger kids engaged. Plus, I love books specifically for bedtime, and so do my kids. This would be perfect for Christmas for the little ones in your life! We have one or two of the other God Bless books, and I love each one I’ve read, they won’t disappoint!

**I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.


Who Sang the First Song? by Ellie Holcomb–Book Review


Get yours today! Perfect for Christmas!

Kids discover who sang the first song. This book guides them through who sang the first song, was it the sun? or maybe it was the whales? or the waves? by the end children will discover that while those are good guesses, it was God who sang the first song! His creation is to make a joyful noise to Him!

Again I got this book for a Christmas present, but I know my kids are going to love it! The illustrations were absolutely beautiful! I loved the message of the book, and I loved the different places the kids can interact, like when the lion says ROAR! or the thunder goes BOOM! This book is perfect for little kids! I can’t wait to read it to them! Highly recommend this one! Go grab yours today!

**I received this book free for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.


Seek and Circle Bible Battles–Book Review


Book Description

(From the back cover)

Maybe you’ve heard about the battle of Jericho and David’s battle against Goliath, but what about the day the sun stood still? Inside this book, explore six of the major battles from the Bible, filled with dozens of items for you to seek and circle! Every battle scene also has something to tell us about God’s plan for His people through His Son, Jesus.

For an added challenge, look for the six pieces of the armor of God as you explore each battle.

Use a wipe-on, wipe-off marker to seek-and-circle over and over again!

My Review

I got this book for my oldest daughter for Christmas. I’m so excited to give it to her. My kids love these search and find books, and I love that this one will teach her about major battles in the Bible. I especially love that
this is a wipe clean book that she can do over and over again. These are my favorite type of activity books. I know my daughter is going to love it too. The illustrations are wonderful! I’d say this book would be perfect for older kids around 6ish just because it’s a little harder of a look and find book. Your kids are going to love it!


**I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for review. I was not required to write a positive review and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Delayed Justice by Cara Putman (Blog Tour)



About the Book

Book Title: Delayed Justice

Author: Cara Putman

Genre: Legal Romantic Suspense

Release date: October 15, 2018

She had long given up the desire to be loved. Now she only needed to be heard. index

Jaime Nichols went to law school to find the voice she never had as a child, and her determination to protect girls and women in the path of harm drives her in ways both spoken and unspoken. As Jamie, now a criminal defense attorney, prepares to press charges against someone who wronged her long ago, she must face not only her demons but also the unimaginable forces that protect the powerful man who tore her childhood apart.

Chandler Bolton, a retired veteran, is tasked with helping a young victim who must testify in court—and along with his therapy dog, Aslan, he’s up for the task. When he first meets Jaime, all brains, beauty, and brashness, he can’t help but be intrigued. As Chandler works to break through the wall Jaime has built around herself, the two of them discover that they may have more to offer one another than they ever could have guessed—and that together, they may be able to help this endangered child.

This thrilling installment of the Hidden Justice series explores the healing power of resolution and the weight of words given voice. And as Jaime pursues delayed justice of her own, she unearths eternal truths that will change the course of her life.


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My Review

This is book 3 in the Hidden Justice series by Cara Putman. Just like before, this book did not disappoint! I have absolutely loved this series! I’ll be honest, I tend to shy away from books with sensitive topics like this in them. I’m afraid I’ll get too many details, and have horrible nightmares! However, the way Putman handles this topic is superb. She has a way of making you fall in love with a character, and empathize with them. Because what Jaime experienced is reprehensible, you quickly find yourself rooting for her to see justice served on her uncle. I really loved how she shows the healing power of God, and how He can truly give freedom to those who have experienced these traumas. There’s drama, suspense, and a little romance all in this book. While I can’t say from experience, in my opinion, I believe she did a wonderful job portraying what must go through the minds of those who have experienced sexual abuse. She shows the struggle to let true love in, mentions the therapy Jaime needed to be strong enough to confront her past, the struggle to trust any man, etc. It will capture your interest from the beginning, and you’ll be rooting for Jaime the entire way through. I know I was! I truly loved this book, and can’t wait to read even more of Putman’s books! I highly recommend this entire series!

**I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

About the Author

Since the time she could read Nancy Drew, Cara has wanted to write mysteries. In 2005 she attended a book signing at her local Christian bookstore. The rest, as they say, was history. There she met a fellow Indiana writer Colleen Coble. With prompting from her husband, Cara shared her dream with Colleen. Since those infamous words, Cara’s been writing award-winning books. She is currently working on book 30 and 31.

Cara Putman is an active member of ACFW, and currently serves on its Executive Board. She has also been the Indiana ACFW chapter president and served as the Area Coordinator for Indiana.

Cara is also an attorney, lecturer at a Big Ten university, active in women’s ministry, and all around crazy woman. Crazy about God, her husband and her kids that is. She graduated with honors from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Go Huskers!) and George Mason Law School, and Krannert School of Management. You can learn more about Cara at www.caraputman.com


Guest Post from Cara

Delayed Justice was a hard story to write.

I’d known from Beyond Justice that Jaime had a hard story, but I wasn’t sure exactly what it was. She tried to hide from her past. She tried hard, but in the end it slowly spilled out. A young girl wounded deeply by someone who should protect her. And now as a professional young woman, Jaime is still fighting the shadows.

She believes she’s okay, or as okay as she’ll ever be.

Instead, she has to learn that there’s so much more waiting for her. Freedom from the chains of a past she didn’t choose. A love that will never end. And a God who has always loved her even when she questions His existence because of her past.

I think we’ve all lived that. There’s a place in our hearts that seems beyond His reach. For some of us, it’s a barrier to knowing Him. To others of us, it makes us question what we thought we knew about God. And for others of us, it presses us deeply into Him. Jaime’s book, Delayed Justice, explores this space. The space where some days we scream at the heavens Where are you, God? And the days we just curl into ourselves because life is too hard.

And in that space of shadow and light, God ultimately shines brightest. This is a truth that is slowly revealed through friends and The Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, September 29

Fiction Aficionado, September 29

The Avid Reader, September 29

The Power of Words, September 29

The Christian Fiction Girl, September 29

The Lit Addict, September 30

BBHfiction, September 30

Painting with Words, September 30

Real World Bible Study, September 30

Janices book reviews, September 30

cherylbbookblog, October 1

Where Faith and Books Meet, October 1

Back Porch Reads, October 1

Cafinated Reads, October 1

Faithfully Bookish, October 1

Because I said so – adventures in Parenting, October 2

Lighthouse Academy, October 2

Livin Lit, October 2

Inklings and notions, October 2

Bigreadersite, October 2

All-of-a-kind Mom, October 3

Reading Is My SuperPower, October 3

The Becca Files, October 3

Blogging With Carol, October 3

Lights in a Dark World, October 3

Genesis 5020, October 4

Cathe Swanson, October 4

Spoken from the Heart, October 4

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, October 4

100 Pages per Hour, October 5

Multifarious, October 5

Book by Book, October 5

Splashes of Joy, October 5

Rockin’ My Mom Jeans, October 6

Mary Hake, October 6

Godly Book Reviews, October 6

Two Points of Interest, October 6

C Jane Read, October 7

Daysong Reflections , October 7

Bibliophile Reviews, October 7

Buy, Borrow, Skip, October 7

The Mimosa Blossom, October 8

Ashley’s Bookshelf, October 8

Book Bites, Bee Stings, and Butterfly Kisses, October 8

Maureen’s Musings, October 8

Just the Write Escape, October 9

Simple Harvest Reads, October 9 (Guest Post from Mindy Houng)

Remebrancy, October 9

Carpe Diem, October 9

Quiet Quilter, October 10

Margaret Kazmierczak, October 10

At the Fence, October 10

By The Book, October 10

God is Love, October 11

A Baker’s Perspective, October 11

proud to be an autism mom, October 11

Texas Book-aholic, October 11

Henry Happens, October 12

Little Homeschool on the Prairie, October 12

Have A Wonderful Day, October 12

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 12



To celebrate her tour, Cara is giving away a grand prize package that includes a Courage Dear Heart bracelet, a The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe print, a copy of Delayed Justice, and a box of Turkish Delight!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d5c4/delayed-justice-celebration-tour-giveaway