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Review of the (in)courage Devotional Bible

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I confess I am a Bible collector, so I am always on the lookout for new Bibles to add to my stash. Also, I have been following the (in)courage blog for quite a while. So when I found out about the (in)courage devotional Bible, I knew I wanted the opportunity to review it.

While I love the concept of the Bible and the features it contains, I found myself tremendously disappointed by the font used and the size used. In an ideal world, everyone would have perfect vision, however. I have not been blessed with perfect vision. So I struggled with being able to read the text in this Bible.

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As much as I really wanted to love this Bible, I just can not in good conscience say that I do.  If a company is going to print a Bible, they need to recognize that not everyone has perfect sight.  So font size and styles should take visual impairments into consideration.  I do have to say I love the feel of the hardback cover and the fabric used to cover it.  I also love the various features of the Bible, but I would have been happy to actually be able to read it.  Click on the banner below to enter to win a copy of The CSB (in)courage Devotional Bible.

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Review and Giveaway for Love’s Christmas Blessing

About the Book

Book: Love’s Christmas Blessings

Author: Laura V Hilton, Rachel J Good

Genre: Christian Fiction, Amish, Christmas

Release Date: November, 2018

Publisher: Celebrate Lit Publishing

Winter’s Treasure

Paris Kauffman believes she is about to embark on her family-tradition birthday treasure hunt, but for the first time ever, her daed is sending her to various businesses and homes in the community. Little does Paris expect that when she enters the bakery to collect her gift, the bus will drop off none other than her old crush, Aquila Stutzman, the man she’d done everything except cartwheels and handstands to get his attention. And failed. Of course, Quil doesn’t remember her.

Quil was offered employment working on his grandparents’ new tree farm in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Since he’s recovering from a broken heart when his longtime girlfriend Priscilla up and married his cousin, a move Quil never saw coming, he decides to take the job. This will give him time to separate himself from the hurt and maybe, eventually, move on.

Paris and Quil have sparks from the beginning, especially since his appearance causes a vicious rivalry between friends. But who can resist when a chance meeting beginning with donuts and coffee ends with a missing person, puppies, a skunk, and a sleigh ride—not to mention a trip the Amish young people plan to Niagara Falls. Could it also involve falling in love?

Mistletoe and Miracles

Daniel Graber has spent years caring for his aging parents. Now Daed’s in rehab with a broken hip and a bad case of irritability. He snaps at the workers and complains about doing physical therapy, so Daniel is grateful for the new aide, Fern Chupp, who uses her sweetness and charm to convince Daed to cooperate. Turns out, Daed isn’t the only one she charms.

As a widow, Fern is grateful for her new job at Fairview Rehab Center, even though it meant relocating to Ephrata, Pennsylvania, with her nine-year-old daughter, Lyddie. But Lyddie is grieving the recent death of her grandfather and dislikes leaving her Ohio home. Lyddie’s shyness also makes it difficult to make friends or recite school lessons.

When her class goes to the rehab center to interview patients, Lyddie’s too scared to do her assignment, so she runs away. During the hunt for her missing daughter, independent Fern learns to accept and appreciate Daniel’s help and support. By the time they discover Lyddie, she’s made a very unusual friend, and Fern and Daniel have developed a . Can four lonely heart create special bonds to make it a Christmas to remember?

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About the Authors

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Laura V. Hilton is an award-winning, sought-after author with over twenty Amish, contemporary, and historical romances. When she’s not writing, she reviews books for her blogs, and writes devotionals for blog posts for Seriously Write.

Laura and her pastor-husband have five children and a hyper dog named Skye. They currently live in Arkansas. One son is in the U.S. Coast Guard. She is a pastor’s wife, and homeschools her two youngest children.

When she’s not writing, Laura enjoys reading, and visiting lighthouses and waterfalls. Her favorite season is winter, her favorite holiday is Christmas.

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Inspirational author Rachel J. Good writes life-changing, heart-tugging novels of faith, hope, and forgiveness. The author of several Amish romance series, she grew up near Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the setting for many of her stories. Striving to be as authentic as possible, she spends time with her Amish friends, doing chores on their farm and attending family events.

Rachel’s Amish series include Sisters & Friends (Charisma House & Harlequin), Love & Promises (Hachette/Grand Central), Hearts of Amish Country (Annie’s Book Club), and the forthcoming Surprised by Love (Kensington). She also has several anthologies in print as well as the Amish Quilts Coloring Book.

To learn more about Rachel, visit her at www.racheljgood.com.

Coconut Potato Fudge Recipe:

Ingredients:

1/2 cup plain, mashed potatoes, either instant or one medium potato, cooked

1/8 cup finely chopped (or crushed) almonds (optional)
3 cups powdered sugar
1 cup shredded coconut
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate
give3 tablespoons butter

Instructions:

Beat powdered sugar and coconut into warm potatoes; then add the vanilla extract and almonds.

Press into a lightly-greased 8-inch square pan; set aside.

In a saucepan over low heat, melt chocolate and butter, stirring occasionally. When melted, pour over top of the potato mixture.

Refrigerate until set and then cut into squares.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Blog Stops

Vicky Sluiter, November 11

The Avid Reader, November 11

Bigreadersite, November 11

Among the Reads, November 12

Wishful Endings, November 12

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 13

Britt Reads Fiction, November 13

Reading Is My SuperPower, November 14

Maureen’s Musings, November 14

Quiet Quilter, November 15

Blossoms and Blessings, November 15

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, November 16

Jeanette’s Thoughts, November 16

Random Thoughts From a Bookworm, November 17

Through the Lens of Scripture, November 17

Bibliophile Reviews, November 18

Splashes of Joy, November 18

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, November 19

Mary Hake, November 19

Miss Tina’s Amish Book Reviews, November 20

Just the Write Escape, November 20

Moments, November 21

Bukwurmzzz, November 21

Blogging With Carol, November 22

Texas Book-aholic, November 22

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 23

Janices book reviews, November 23

Carpe Diem, November 24

A Baker’s Perspective, November 24

 

Giveaway

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To celebrate the tour, Celebrate Lit Publishing is giving away

Grand prize of $25 Amazon gift card

1st place: Paperback copy of Love’s Christmas Blessings

2-4th place: eBook copy of Love’s Christmas Blessings!!

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/d8a0/love-s-christmas-blessing-celebration-tour-giveaway

My Thoughts

This book contains two different stories – the first is Winter’s Treasure and the second is Mistletoe and Miracles. Of the two stories, I have to say I prefer the second one to the first one.

In Winter’s Treasure, I loved the idea of Paris’ parents sending her on a birthday treasure hunt. I know the memories she experienced were ones worth treasuring. Quil also demonstrates an amazing ability to show self-control and remarkable restraint. The back story of the two knowing each other when they were younger captured my interest and my heart. More importantly, I loved Quil’s grandparents.

I have to say I also found a deep respect for some of the other “youngies” meaning people who were Paris’ and Quil’s ages. The bishop and his wife provide great wisdom throughout parts of the book. I loved the bishop’s off-hand comments that sometimes caused Paris to wonder what he meant.

In the first story, I immediately and unapologetically developed an immediate dislike for Paris’s “supposed” best friend, Sarah. Sarah demonstrates her ability to manipulate people and her disregard for how people think or feel constantly. She consistently shows how fake and phony she is. Without Sarah, I realize the book would have lost something, but it does not mean I disliked her character any less.

The second book had no characters I disliked. Having a grandfather who lived for many years after my grandmother died and who could be quite a grump at times, I could relate to Moses. My heart broke for Fern and Lyddie, who had lost everyone they loved including Fern’s father most recently.

The setting of the rehabilitation facility captured my attention since my oldest son currently works as a Certified Nursing Assistant. The individuals at the facility in the book seemed incredibly realistic and caring to me. When Lyddie goes missing, the fact that everyone searches for her pulled at my heartstrings.

I also loved when Daniel provided snacks to both Lyddie and Fern without knowing they were mother and daughter. The Christian love demonstrated in the book pulled me in and kept me reading to find out how the story ended.

I recommend this book. I would love to hear from you if you decide to check it out for yourself.

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