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Review and Giveaway for Faith Forward Family Devotional

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For quite a while, I have been a follower of Ruth Schwenk’s blog and also a reader of her books.  I love having the opportunity to read books she collaborates with her husband on writing.  As a Christian parent, I love having family devotionals that the entire family can participate in together.

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Faith Forward Family Devotionals contain 100 devotionals suitable for today’s busy parents.  Each devotional contains key verses from the Bible, a devotion that is suitable for the whole family along with discussion questions along with a family prayer.  Each devotional also has a box with a key idea for the day. Click here to read a description of the book.

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The topics range from “God Creates” to “Worth the Wait” to “Joseph and His Dreams” as well “God Welcomes All” and more.  I truly feel this devotional is one that families can dig as deep as they want to and spend as much time as they feel is necessary.

I feel this devotional is one that would be perfect for families with children of all ages.  Older children and teens could use the devotional as a springboard for deeper studies. After all, parents are told in the Bible to train up children in the way of the Lord.

Click here or on the graphic below to enter a giveaway for your own copy of this book.

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So check out this devotional for yourself, and then come back and let me know what you think of it.

 

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Review and Giveaway for Wings Like a Dove

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Book:  Wings Like A Dove

Author: Camille Eide

Genre: Historical fiction/romance

Release Date: December 1, 2019

Wings like a Dove coverCan the invisible walls that separate people ever come down?

In 1933, Anna Leibowicz is convinced that the American dream that brought her Jewish family here from Poland is nothing but an illusion. Her father has vanished. Her dreams of college can’t make it past the sweat-shop door. And when she discovers to her shame and horror that she’s with child, her mother gives her little choice but to leave her family. Deciding her best course of action is to try to find her father, she strikes out…hoping against hope to somehow redeem them both.

When Anna stumbles upon a house full of orphan boys in rural Indiana who are in desperate need of a tutor, she agrees to postpone her journey. But she knows from the moment she meets their contemplative, deep-hearted caretaker, Thomas Chandler, that she doesn’t dare risk staying too long. She can’t afford to open her heart to them, to him. She can’t risk letting her secrets out.

All too soon, the townspeople realize she’s not like them and treat her with the same disdain they give the Sisters of Mercy—the nuns who help Thomas and the boys—and Samuel, the quiet colored boy Thomas has taken in. With the Klan presence in the town growing ever stronger and the danger to this family increasing the longer she stays, Anna is torn between fleeing to keep them safe…and staying to fight beside them.

Oh, that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest

 

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Wings Like a Dove opens with Anna Leibowicz working hard and trying to help her sisters, brothers, and mother.  They had immigrated to the United States from Poland with plans of being reunited with Anna’s father.  Being a woman and a Jew brought difficulties, but when Anna realizes she was pregnant, and an unwed mother.  Refusing to allow her mother to railroad her into moving into a home for unwed mothers and giving up her child to potentially horrible circumstances, she winds up deciding to head to Chicago where rumors state her father has gone.

She finds her way to Indiana where she finds some young boys and their guardian to live with and to teach.  Her relationship with the boys and Thomas brings life to the story.  However, the hate from members of the community brings heartbreak to their community.  The story pulled me into the story.

So check it out for yourself.

I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.

About the Author

Camille EideCamille writes poignant, inspirational love stories some call “more than a romance.” She lives in Oregon with her husband and is a mom, grandma, office admin, lead foot, cinnamon roll baker, and a bass guitarist. She’s a fan of muscle cars, tender romance, and Peanut M&Ms.

 

More from Camille

If Only I Could Fly Away…

“Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest. I would flee far away and stay in the desert; I would hurry to my place of shelter, far from the tempest and storm.” -Psalm 55:6-8

What do you think of when you read this passage from Psalms? Does the idea of escape tempt you? Have you ever cried out for relief from life’s storms?

In Wings Like a Dove, Anna faces growing difficulties in her life. Psalm 55:6 is brought to her attention and she ponders it more than once, especially as the difficulties in her life steadily increase.

As Polish Jews in the early 1900s, Anna’s family lived in constant upheaval, so fleeing danger is nothing new to her. The problem is that Anna craves connection and community. While she was often uprooted, at least Anna enjoyed the security of family—until now. As the story begins, she is turned out of her home and must journey across the country alone, a heartache that only intensifies the persecution she faces as a Jew, an immigrant, and an unwed woman with child.

But her journey is temporarily delayed out of necessity, and she quickly falls in love with those who have taken her in. The idea of leaving them is as painful a prospect as leaving her own family, but because of the troubles that follow her, it seems she has no choice.

Psalm 55:6 isn’t tempting Anna to leave her surroundings; it tempts her to escape the negativity that robs her joy.

For Anna, and for the rest of us, we can’t flee trouble any more than we can grow wings and fly. The desire for relief is understandable. But what if there is a purpose in the difficult situations we face? What if we are called to more than simply outlast life’s storms? What if our weakest moment is exactly what God wants to use to show his power, love, mercy, and grace?

What if God is waiting for us to stop fluttering our wings and find joy in knowing that we are in the very place we need to be, for a purpose, for such a time as this?

Quote from Anna:

“If these past months have taught me nothing else, they have taught me that though I am only a seed blowing in the wind, I must still be fruitful wherever I land. I have learned that wherever we find ourselves, we must have the courage to stretch out roots and produce something useful, even in times of difficulty. We must bloom boldly in whatever field our seed has fallen.”

 May you find the sweet spot of joy and purpose in the midst of your storm!

 

-Camille

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Camille is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon card & a signed book!!

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/f2ec/wings-like-a-dove-celebration-tour-giveaway