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Review and Giveaway for Enduring Love

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About the Book

Book:  Enduring Love

Author: Danyelle Scroggins

Genre:  Christian fiction

Release Date: March 16, 2018

Enduring Love(FrontCover)completeNo one ever truly realizes the power of their love, until love is tested and they have to endure things unimaginable and sometimes hurtful. And if the truth is declared, no one wants to but…

Sometimes we find ourselves standing in the test of love and this is exactly where Priscilla Marshall finds herself. Married to Steven since she graduated college, together they were the perfect couple. Both making successful business moves, both loved their choices, but one had a secret that could change their lives.

Priscilla, now forced to make a plan to secure her future, finds out that a plan without God involved is not a plan at all because “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails” (Proverbs 19:21).

What will God use to make this woman’s plan come full circle with His own, and after the test, will they find that they truly do have an Enduring Love?

 

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Have you ever read a book that made you laugh, cry, and more throughout the pages?  This book is one of those books.  Priscilla is an incredibly strong and successful woman who has hard decisions to make.  But we do not realize what all those decisions are until later in the book.

Steven and Priscilla seem to have everything the world views as important:  money, a powerful and successful spouse, and a beautiful home.  Yet appearances can be deceiving.  An unexpected pregnancy seems to set off a tidal wave of destructive forces on their marriage.  Yet they are blessed to have faith in God along with faithful friends to walk beside them.

Regina, Priscilla’s assistant, plays a role in this story, but I can not wait to read her own story.  Nathan, a waiter, has a story of his own that is waiting to be told with Regina’s.  I look forward to reading it.

This book illustrates the power of faith, God, and friendship.  It shows how the prayers of the righteous can be answered.  The Biblical passages quoted, the prayers offered, the Women’s retreat and more come together to make this a powerful book of how God has power.

So I definitely suggest you check this book out for yourself.  It is the first book in a series, and I can not wait to read the next story.

 

About the Author

Danyelle ScrogginsDanyelle is the Senior Pastor of New Vessels Ministries North in Shreveport, Louisiana. She is a dynamic author of both Christian fiction and non-fiction books. She studied Theology at Louisiana Baptist University, has a Psychology Degree from the University of Phoenix, an Interdisciplinary Degree in Psychology /Biblical Studies, and a Masters in Religious Education from Liberty University. She owns Divinely Sown Publishing LLC.

 

More from Danyelle

I am so elated that you are a part of this awesome Enduring Love blog tour. I’ve always been a love child per se…loving all things romance. When my second grade teacher introduced me to Amelia Bedelia books by Herman Parish, I knew I would write. Then my mom introduced me to romance by Danielle Steels and the bad girl of books—Jackie Collins. Finally, I decided I’d be the Danyelle with the “y” who will write books about love.

Life has been so rewarding as I finally realize that everything I’ve ever faced was simply for my good. The good, bad, and the ugly now find itself woven in the corridors of my books and I’m grateful to be able to share stories with the world of God’s goodness, grace, mercy, and love.

And you know what’s even greater? We don’t have to be perfect to be a part of His family, to receive His love, or to be a recipient of His grace.

He has shown me that I can write about love, problems, situations, and circumstances that we face as humans but also show how we overcome the situations and circumstances we face, by the blood of the lamb and the words of our testimony.

As you read this book or any of my books, understand that they are in fact a testimony to God’s goodness, grace, mercy, and love towards His people.

Be Blessed, Danyelle Scroggins

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 12

Godly Book Reviews, March 13

Batya’s Bits, March 14

Artistic Nobody, March 15 (Author Interview)

Inklings and notions, March 16

Texas Book-aholic, March 17

A Diva’s Heart, March 18

Tell Tale Book Reviews, March 19 (Author Interview)

For Him and My Family, March 20

Just the Write Escape, March 21

deb’s Book Review, March 22

SusanK. Beatty, Author, March 23 (Author Interview)

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 24

Simple Harvest Reads, March 25

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Danyelle is giving away the grand prize package of all five (5) of the books from the E Love Series!!

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/f6e6/enduring-love-celebration-tour-giveaway

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Review and Giveaway for In the Garden

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About the Book

Book:  In The Garden

Author: Whitaker House Editorial

Genre:  Christian non-fiction, Biblical history, cultural, Biblical reference

Release Date: January 10, 2020

In The Garden CoverConsider not only the lilies of the field, but all the plants, trees, herbs, shrubs, and flowers that play a role in the biblical narrative through this illustrated guide. From the barley Ruth harvested to the hyssop David craved, from the frankincense the wise men brought to Jesus to the sycamore tree Zacchaeus climbed, the Bible is peppered with allusions to the plants that were a part of daily life in the ancient Near East and in New Testament Israel. With original illustrations, this beautiful gift book clarifies the biblical references to fifty plants and provides delightful new insights into the Word of God. Includes indexes to each plant and its corresponding Scripture references, a calendar of Jewish festivals and the growing seasons in Israel, and tips for growing your own biblically inspired garden.

 

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This book caught my attention because I am very interested in learning about the plants mentioned in the Bible and how they were used.  This book does an excellent job of tying the plants themselves, the Biblical references, and the uses altogether.  The color pictures in this book bring the book to life.  More importantly, I appreciate how there are tips for growing a Biblical garden.

I feel this book would be perfect for picking a plant a day to read about and then study more in-depth both from the Bible and from a gardening perspective.  Wanting to grow my own garden, I found this book worth reading.

This book provides a beautiful way to spark one’s imagination between Biblical truths, God’s presence, and growing one’s own garden.  So if you are interested in learning more about the plants in the Bible, developing a deeper relationship God the Master Gardener, or want to grow your own Biblically-based garden, check out this book for yourself.

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

 

More from Whitaker House

Rather than being a dictionary of the plants mentioned in the Bible, In the Garden, with its original illustrations and plant descriptions, is meant to spark the reader’s spiritual imagination. It is our hope that these pages about the plants of the Bible will prompt your imagination and inform your study of the precious Word of the living God

Blog Stops

She Lives To Read, March 11

Texas Book-aholic, March 12

For the Love of Literature, March 13

For Him and My Family, March 14

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 15

deb’s Book Review, March 16

Mary Hake, March 17

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, March 18

CarpeDiem, March 19

Inklings and notions, March 20

Robin’s Nest, March 21

Tell Tale Book Reviews, March 22

Mamma Loves Books, March 23

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 24

Giveaway

To celebrate their tour, Whitaker House is giving away the grand prize package of a $20 Starbucks gift card and finished copy of the 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/f6fd/in-the-garden-celebration-tour-giveaway

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Review and Giveaway for Balaam’s Curse

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About the Book

Book:  Balaam’s Curse

Author: C.L. Smith

Genre:  Biblical fiction

Release Date: 2016

Balaam's Curse front coverUnfathomable evil grips the ancient homeland of the Children of Israel. When Yahweh, Most High God, led his people out of slavery in Egypt to confront it, they failed miserably and spent the next forty years wandering homeless in the desert. Now they are ready to try again. But before they can cross the Jordan River to enter the Promised Land, the prophet Balaam is summoned from Babylon to stop them. Joining forces with supernatural powers, he unleashes a plot so twisted that the name of Balaam is used as a synonym for seductive evil a thousand years later in the Book of Revelation.

Aided by the ruthlessly ambitious Princess Cozbi, the prophet gathers a coalition of five Midianite kings who will stop at nothing to defeat Israel and prevent a crossing that will change the world. Balaam’s Curse, Book One of The Stones of Gilgal, is an epic telling of the resulting deception, revolt, plague, and war. Familiar biblical characters—Moses, Caleb and Joshua—stride through this tale of mayhem and miracles. But this is the coming-of-age story of the next generation, young people nurtured in a simple wilderness life who suddenly find themselves caught in a vortex of violence and upheaval beyond anything they could have imagined.

 

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Balaam’s Curse is the first in a three-book series, and I have to say I had a hard time getting into this book.  The introduction did not capture my imagination or attention.  I love reading from my King James Version Bible because the stories seem to flow, but this book seemed dry, choppy, and disjointed.

I tried picking it up and ended up putting it down more times than I wanted to do.  I think part of my problem was that it jumped around too much for my liking.  Just when I thought I might start enjoying a particular storyline, it seemed to abruptly change to a different character’s story.

I wish I could say I recommend this book, but I can not.  What I will say is for you to check it out yourself and form your own opinion.

 

About the Author

cl smithC.L. Smith, retired junior high school English and history teacher, former missionary, and lifetime student of the Bible, has been captivating audiences around the world for years with the timeless thrill of biblical tales. More than twenty years ago while reading the books of Joshua and Judges, Othniel caught her attention and then his future wife, Acsah. They are only mentioned in a few short verses, but there were a lot of possibilities embedded there. They lived through an exciting era peppered with some other fascinating minor characters of the Bible. The more she thought about them, the more it seemed they were begging her to tell their story. Well, Acsah was. Othniel didn’t say much. He’s pretty quiet. But they convinced her that their impressive and important story had been buried too long among the spectacular events of the time of Joshua. It was about time someone told it. The idea for a biblical novel quickly grew into The Stones of Gilgal series. Balaam’s Cursewas published in 2016, A River to Cross in 2017, and Trouble in the Ruins in September, 2019.

 

More from C.L. Smith

The light of God’s love dispels the darkness obscuring the era of Joshua and the violent conquest of Canaan. Be inspired by this epic series of biblical novels illuminating the murky mists of ancient time with truth applicable to modern life.

 

Balaam’s Curse

The first book of the series plunges the reader into a nightmarish tale of terror instigated by an evil prophet from Babylonia. If you think you remember the story of Balaam and his talking donkey from Sunday School, think again. When God puts words of blessing in the prophet’s mouth, thwarting his attempt to curse Israel, Balaam joins forces with supernatural powers in a scheme so twisted that his name is used as a synonym for seductive evil a thousand years later in the Book of Revelation.

 

Forming a coalition with five Midianite kings and the ruthlessly ambitious Princess Cozbi, the evil prophet unleashes a deadly plot against the twelve tribes of Israel. He will stop at nothing to prevent them from crossing into the Promised land to claim their inheritance. This is a gripping tale of the seduction, revolt, plague, and war that traps the Children of Israel in the Valley of Acacias east of the Jordan for months. Well-known Biblical heroes—Moses, Caleb and Joshua—stride through its pages, but the story unfolds primarily through the eyes of the next generation, young people born and nurtured in the simple wilderness life of the forty-year Wanderings. Suddenly, on the brink of their new life in the Promised Land, they find themselves in a life or death struggle that tests their strength and batters their faith before they’ve even crossed the river.

 

The Story Behind the Story

This series of biblical novels began with a new interest in Othniel, the first of the biblical hero-judges. His love story with Acsah and his heroic adventures are summarized in only a few words of scripture, but I saw a lot of possibilities embedded in those brief verses. Digging deeper, I realized that Othniel and Acsah came of age during the turbulent era of Joshua along with a handful of other fascinating minor biblical characters. The more I thought about Othniel, Acsah, and friends, the more I was convinced that their impressive and important story had been buried too long among the spectacular events of the time of Joshua and it was about time someone told it. The result is the six-part Stones of Gilgal saga showing how the obstacles overcome in their youth shape each character for their ultimate roles in the story of the settlement of Canaan. The series ends with Othniel rising to save Israel from an oppressive enemy as the first and most noble of the hero-judges.

 

The Dark Side

The Stones of Gilgal saga includes several “tales of terror,” dark episodes standing in juxtaposition to some of the Bible’s most dazzling miracles. I see these stories as dark and light puzzle pieces, making sense only when viewed within the framework of the Great Cosmic War. Whether read as ancient history or truth-teaching myth, these incidents are chapters in the epic story of the entire Bible, a good God working to save humanity from the forces of evil.

 

The Characters

Six of my characters are minor but real characters found in scripture who lived during the era of Joshua, experiencing the transition from the Wilderness Wanderings to the Promised Land. They all crossed the Jordan, witnessed the fall of Jericho and the sun standing still at a word from Joshua—life-changing events that prepared them for leadership roles in the book of Judges.

 

  • Othniel, who becomes the first hero-Judge of Israel
  • Acsah, only daughter of the heroic Caleb
  • Phinehas, grandson of Aaron, future high priest
  • Jonathan, grandson of Moses whose story appears in Judges 17-18
  • Salmon, prince of the tribe of Judah, who appears only in genealogies as the husband of Rahab
  • Rahab, the courageous Canaanite harlot not only saved by faith but honored with a place in the lineage of King David and Jesus Christ.
  • Plus Abihail, fictionalized daughter-in-law of the biblical Achan

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 20

For Him and My Family, March 21

Texas Book-aholic, March 22

My Devotional Thoughts, March 23

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 24

The Forgiven Former Feminist, March 24

Inklings and notions, March 25

Betti Mace, March 26

For the Love of Literature, March 27

Mary Hake, March 27

deb’s Book Review, March 28

Rebecca Tews, March 29

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, March 30

Bigreadersite, March 31

Emily Yager, April 1

Batya’s Bits, April 2

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, C.L. is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

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/f6eb/balaam-s-curse-celebration-tour-giveaway