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Promo Blast for With You Here

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Holy Roman Empire, 1527
In the wake of Martin Luther’s religious reforms, Princess Christyne von Heidelbraum is compelled by her sense of duty to help ease the burden of her people. When she stumbles upon a dying man in the woods, she vows to aid him—even when she discovers the arrow shot in his leg was put there by a heretic hunter. With both her physical and spiritual well-being in danger, she must choose between conscience or adhering to the laws of the Empire.

Present Day
Doubting her calling to become a hospital chaplain, Amber Carrington takes time off from her theology studies to volunteer with refugees in Germany. Working with children, making a difference, reconnecting with the conviction that once drove her—these were her expectations. An instant attraction to a professional soccer player wasn’t a part of the plan…and she can’t let him distract her from her purpose.
As a new Christian, Seth Marshall is determined to put his popularity as a world-renowned footballer to good use. Unfortunately, old habits and public opinions are hard to overcome. When he falls hard and fast for Amber Carrington, his former life—and her no-dating policy—may block his perfect shot for the woman he loves.

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This book jumps from the Holy Roman Empire in 1527 to the Present Day.  I found it easy to connect with both Princess Christyne and Amber Carrington.  Princess Christyne lives in the Holy Roman Empire and is a Christian willing to step out and help a man injured because he was considered a heretic.  She has the power of God behind her because of her faith.  I loved the relationship that developed between Princess Christyne and her father’s betrothed.  The characters and relationships are well-developed in a way that pulled me into the story.

The other portion of the book examines Amber Carrington and her desire to follow God’s Will for her life.  Amber is the example of a real “good Christian girl” who believes in courtship rather than dating and desires to become a Hospital Chaplain.  She comes to Germany to help refugee children.  However, she finds more than what she was looking for when she meets a professional soccer play who is also volunteering.  The relationship between Seth Marshall and his sister adds a wonderful dimension to this story.

So if you like books with dual storylines, check out this book for yourself.

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

Sarah Monzon

Author bio:

A Carol award finalist and Selah award winner, Sarah Monzon is a stay-at-home mom who makes up imaginary friends to have adult conversations with (otherwise known as writing novels). As a navy chaplain’s wife, she resides wherever the military happens to station her family and enjoys exploring the beauty of the world around her.

 

Social Media:

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Link to purchase:

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Promo Blast for Missing Mercy

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Back cover copy:

The venture ahead could leave their friendship behind.

Made a safe-haven after the Civil War, Ironwood Plantation is a refuge of equality for former slaves. But twenty years and a new generation later, they have become an isolated community with little contact with the rest of the world.

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Mercy Carpenter is everything the world thinks she shouldn’t be. Educated and adventurous, she longs to make a life for herself beyond the beautiful prison of Ironwood. When she secretly submits an article to the Boston Globe under a man’s name and receives an enthusiastic response and an offer for employment, she’s determined to take advantage of the opportunity. But she isn’t prepared for a startling world that won’t accept her color or her gender, and her ambitions soon land her in grave danger.

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The privileged daughter of a plantation owner and an aspiring suffragette, Faith Harper is determined not to marry. Especially not her father’s opportunistic new business partner. She doesn’t want any man telling her what to do, least of all the annoyingly chivalrous Nolan Watson. But when Mercy goes missing, Faith will do anything to find her best friend, even if it means trusting a man she doesn’t understand. In a time where prejudices try to define them, Mercy and Faith must push the boundaries of their beliefs and trust in the God who holds the keys to freedom.

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I wish I could say I loved this book, but when I began reading it I found it hard to want to read more.  I would have to say initially, I found it somewhat dry.  But I have to confess, I am really glad I continued reading. It is the third book in the Ironwood Plantation series,  but the first book in the series I have read. Having not read the other books in the series, I have to say that you definitely should read the books in order.  But I still feel it can be read on its own. This historical novel is well-written, and I recommend anyone who enjoys reading historical fiction to check it out and form your own opinion.

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My favorite character is Faith because of her courage, determination, and persistence in trying to find her friend Mercy along with her tenacity with other things that happen.   I also came to appreciate Mercy as she grew from being an impetuous girl to a determined woman.

So check out this book for yourself.

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

 

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Author bio:

Award-winning author of seven historical novels, Stephenia H. McGee writes stories of faith, hope, and healing set in the Deep South. When she’s not twirling around in hoop skirts, reading, or sipping sweet tea on the front porch, she’s a homeschool mom of two boys, writer, dreamer, and husband spoiler. Stephenia lives in Mississippi with her sons, handsome hubby, three dogs, and one anti-social cat. Visit her at www.StepheniaMcGee.com for books and updates.

You can find Stephanie on Social Media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StepheniaHMcGee/

Facebook readers group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/McGeesFaithfulReaders/

Twitter: @StepheniaHMcGee

Instagram: stepheniahmcgee

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Review and Giveaway for Faith’s Journey

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About the Book

Book: Faith’s Journey

Author: Heather Greer

Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance

Release Date: February, 2018

Faiths Journey coverSometimes it’s the unexpected path that leads you on your journey back to faith.

Katie McGowan left her parents and their faith behind years ago. However, when faced with a devastating betrayal, Katie is ready to go back to Carbondale, Illinois to help her elderly parents despite their tempestuous relationship. Drained by the constant friction, Katie finds emotional support and encouragement in Austin. His practical, simple faith speaks to Katie, and she finds herself yearning for a new connection to God. As their friendship grows, so does the attraction between Katie and Austin.

Before her fledgling faith and thoughts of romance have a chance to take root, Katie’s cheating fiancé returns, remorseful and promising change. Can her tentative faith strengthen their past love? And if her heart breaks again, will Katie’s journey to faith end before it has really begun?

 

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Sometimes we walk away from those we love, but when something horrible happens we want to go back to the familiar – even if you have had a difficult relationship in the past.  But faith can move in people and change hearts, so when Katie has her heartbroken and dreams shattered, she goes back home after finding out her mom injures herself.  The tumultuous relationship between Katie and her mother bring a depth and reality to the book.

Austin is the perfect friend, baker, and unexpectedly he has another job that suits him perfectly. When he befriends Katie, he desires for Katie to restore her relationship with God.  Truly, he is an excellent example of a Christian.  So when Jacob, Katie’s cheating ex- shows up, I wanted her to have nothing more to do with him.

I will say the ending of this story fits perfectly with the entire book, and I love how Katie owns a bookstore and Austin owns a bakery.  So if you want a book that examines the restoration of relationships with God and family, check out this book for yourself.

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

About the  Author

Heather GreerHeather Greer is a pastor’s kid and pastor’s wife from southern Illinois. Though her nest is quickly approaching the empty stage, with three of her four children out on their own, she enjoys the times she gets to spend with all her children, husband, and grandson. Equal mix geek and romantic, you could as easily find Heather watching an episode of Doctor Who as the latest Hallmark movie. Of course, you may find her baking, reading, or crafting too!

Heather’s writing and teaching ministries revolve around a passion to see believers grow in their faith. Though God has used her most often with teens and adults, she has worked in ministries reaching all age groups through the years. It is Heather’s prayer for God to use what she writes in her books and on her blog to challenge and encourage readers in their faith walks.

 

More from Heather

What happens when a person raised in church begins to see the failure of those within the church to live their faith every day instead of on Sunday morning? Often, the truths of scripture are pushed aside in favor of blanket statements like “churches are full of hypocrites” and “I don’t want to follow a God whose people are like that”. In frustration, they walk out the church doors in frustration. Sometimes they walk out with their beliefs intact, but other times faith gets left in the pew they vacate.

That’s what happened to Katie in Faith’s Journey. And when she left home for college disappointed with the people in the church she was raised in and at odds with her mother, it was all too easy to listen to the voices in her life telling her religion and God made no difference in life.  Deciding she knew better than anyone what her life should be, Katie makes her own decisions without considering the God she left behind.

It takes a return home for Katie to start realizing there may be more to God than the people in the pews. Maybe she was quick to see the failures of others to live their faith but slow to see her own problems with the same issue. And maybe it’s time to acknowledge that regardless of how others are living out their faith, God has plans for her and desires a relationship with her that defines who she is every day.

While the original idea that sparked Faith’s Journey was what happens when someone you love betrays you, I quickly realized Katie’s story was more than that. In a sense, the first betrayal she needed to face wasn’t the one with her boyfriend. It was the perceived betrayal by those in the church who failed to live faith outside the church walls. It’s a feeling I believe many Christians have to face since there isn’t a perfect person in any pew.

I pray Faith’s Journey may be an encouragement and give a new perspective to those who currently struggle with the idea of church. And I hope it’s also a challenge to those of us faithfully in the pews each week to make our time there about more than religion or habit. I pray Faith’s Journey challenges us to evaluate the depth of relationship with have with God and let Him change the way we live every day, not just on Sunday.

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, January 24

Through the Fire Blogs, January 25

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 26

Inklings and notions, January 27

janicesbookreviews, January 28

Artistic Nobody, January 29 (Author Interview)

For Him and My Family, January 29

For the Love of Literature, January 30

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, January 31

Quiet Quilter, February 1

Older & Smarter?, February 2

Emily Yager, February 3

Godly Book Reviews, February 4

Pause for Tales, February 5

A Baker’s Perspective, February 6 (Author Interview)

Batya’s Bits, February 7

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Heather is giving away a Cozy Winter Nights giveaway including a $15 Amazon gift card, a mug, assorted teas and hot chocolates, chocolate, and a fleece blanket to create the perfect reading experience on cold winter nights!!

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/f52e/faith-s-journey-celebration-tour-giveaway

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Review and Giveaway for Legion by Shadia Hrichi

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Book: Legion

Author: Shadia Hrichi

Genre: Bible Study

Release Date: Oct 8, 2019

Legion Final CoverHow far will Jesus go to rescue one lost soul?

Tormented, chained, and living in a graveyard, the man known only by the name of the demons that tormented him had no one to help him–no one to intercede for him. No one but Jesus. Climb into the boat with Jesus as He heads into enemy territory. Witness Jesus’s power and passion as He battles violent storms and armies of demons in order to rescue . . . one . . . lost . . . soul.

Through this six-week, action-packed Bible study, you will experience God’s relentless love as you celebrate the impassioned Savior Who moved heaven and earth to rescue you.

 

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Shadia Hrichi has written a Bible devotional about Legion, the one who lived inside a man tormenting him all the time.  I have always been fascinated by this story and Jesus’ response.  This six-week study is broken down into days, and each day is estimated to take about 30 to 45 minutes to complete.

I feel this study would work well for either an individual study or as a group study.  I personally think this would be an excellent study to do in a group because it would allow you to bounce ideas around and see what stands out to other people.

I loved how she even includes tips for scheduling the study broken down by commitment levels of light, moderate, in-depth, and even an all-in.  So if you have a day where you do not have a lot of time you could do the light

So if you are looking for a study that not only looks at Legion but examines how God could allow all the suffering on this earth to take place.  Check out this study for yourself.

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

 

About the Author

shadia“SHADIA HRICHI is a passionate Bible teacher, author, and speaker who has a heart for seeing lives transformed by the power of God’s Word. She has received a master’s in biblical and theological studies from Western Seminary as well as master’s in criminal justice from the State University of New York. In addition to LEGION, Shadia is the author of several Bible studies, including HAGAR and Worthy of Love. Shadia is often invited to speak at churches, conferences, and other events. Her insightful, witty, yet vulnerable teaching style reveals a compassion for the hurting, love for Jesus, and uncompromising commitment to the truth of God’s Word. Visit shadiahrichi.com.

 

More from Shadia

If there is one universal truth, it is that every human heart longs for paradise. A perfect world without death, pain, or sorrow. A world at peace, where each of us is secure, treasured, and loved. But the reality is that the world as we know it will never deliver; it cannot. Scripture tells us that “the whole world lies in the power of the evil one” (1 John 5:19).

As a result, you and I live in a broken world. A world that has been drifting off course ever since that slippery serpent enticed our first parents to reject God’s authority in that garden paradise so long ago. In that moment, they unwittingly handed over dominion of the earth to Satan on a silver platter. But this then begs the question. Why was God willing to risk rebellion in the Garden? And why would God allow His perfect creation to fall victim to the enemy’s schemes? And if God is good, why does He allow evil to exist?

Through this six-week study, you and I will explore the answers to these questions and more as we step into the fascinating story of the man known only by the name of the demons that tormented him. To be honest, I don’t know why I am attracted to the hard stories in the Bible. The messy stories. I suspect it stems, in part, from my own broken past. I can relate much easier to the broken people. The ones who experienced times when they felt unseen, or unloved, or unwanted. At the same time, their stories captivate my heart because when God reveals what He is doing behind the seen, His power and glory are displayed in ways that make my spirit soar!

So I invite you to come with me as we climb into the boat with Jesus and head into enemy territory. We will witness Jesus’s power and passion as He battles violent storms and armies of demons in order to rescue . . . one . . . lost . . . soul. Tormented, chained, and living in a graveyard, the man had no one to help him. No one to intercede for him. No one but Jesus. As a result:

  • A demoniac becomes a disciple.
  • A house of demons becomes a dwelling for the Living God.
  • The chained becomes a champion of good news.

You and I live in a world crying out for rescue. And just as Jesus was willing to cross the sea and rescue one man from the enemy’s chains, He crossed the heavens to rescue you and me from a fate even worse: eternal chains. But praise God that through His sacrifice for sin, Jesus conquered all the forces of evil and opened up the gates of paradise to all who embrace His mercy. So come with me. Let’s rediscover the God Who Rescues Me!

“For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son.” —Colossians 1:13 NASB

Blog Stops

The Power of Words, January 21

Robin’s Nest, January 21

Genesis 5020, January 22

Older & Smarter?, January 23

For the Love of Books, January 24

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 24

Texas Book-aholic, January 25

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, January 26

janicesbookreviews, January 27

Quiet Workings, January 27

Inklings and notions, January 28

Aryn the Libraryan 📚, January 29

Godly Book Reviews, January 29

Through the Lens of Scripture, January 30

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, January 31

Lights in a Dark World, February 1

D’S QUILTS AND BOOKS, February 1

Pause for Tales, February 2

Emily Yager, February 3

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Shadia is giving away the grand prize package of 1 book of Legion, 1 book of Hagar and a $50 gift certificate to two winners each!!

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/f4a5/legion-celebration-tour-giveaway