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The Wedding Chapel

Renee Ann Smith —  December 13, 2015 — 9 Comments

Rachel Hauck Wedding Chapel

Rachel Hauck’s The Wedding Chapel is one of those stories that has all the stuff I love—a connection to the past, a second chance at love, family drama, romance, heartache and healing, reconciliations—and lots of heart.

It’s about a young couple navigating the troubled waters of their marriage and an older couple who never gave their love a chance.

It’s about the games people play when they don’t trust their hearts to those they should be closest to,

How they build barriers to protect themselves,

Or manipulate to get what they want—even if they must rip it out of the hands of someone they’re supposed to cherish—

And after all that, how God can smooth over the pain that has been festering and leave peace and healing in its place.

It’s also about a chapel that takes its place as a special character in the novel . . .

“Majestic with her stone walls and weather-worn beam trim, the chapel drank in the sunlight through the cupola, then reflected it back out through the windows. The canopying beech and cottonwood trees stretched leafy branches over the slanted slate roof, creating a thicket of serenity.”

Coach Jimmy Westbrook had build the chapel for the love of his life . . .

“She was part of him, this place. He’d deposited his sweat, his tears, and his heart here. And buried them with time.”

But somehow Jimmy hadn’t ended up living happily ever after with the girl of his dreams . . .

Too late . . . The truth branded his brain. The twist in his back intensified. Of course it was too late. He was an old man.

Too late to do anything about unfulfilled dreams.

Too late to win a love that was lost.

Too late for everything the chapel represented.

He, a hall-of-fame football coach, had ridden the bench in the game of life, waiting to be called in for a play that never came.”

Wedding Chapel Rachel HauckI think that’s all I can share here without giving too much of this wonderful novel away. You’ll just have to read it for yourself. Grab a copy today & tuck it away to enjoy when you have time.

This sweet story plus a cup of your favorite hot beverage will help you carve out an oasis of calm in the midst of hectic holidays. 

My students & I love Rachel’s books. They’re so looking forward to the day I bring my copy to school & add it to our bookshelves.

The Wedding Chapel is a Romantic Times Top Pick and one of Booklist’s Top Inspirational Novels of 2015.

It makes a great gift for teens on up. Follow this link to order the copies you need.

Follow this link to enter Rachel’s $100 GIVEAWAY & you might also win a copy of the book!

Thanks for stopping by today, story lovers! Blessings, friends!

Wedding Chapel Rachel Hauck

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It’s All in the Deets

Renee Ann Smith —  November 15, 2015 — 17 Comments

I love words.

When I’m struggling, a well-chosen word can turn on the lightbulb for me.

Certain words and phrases create whole scenes in my head.

Of course, God’s Word is the ultimate. His Word gives life to my soul and steadies me when things gets rocky.

And I love that His Word is filled with stories—even fiction!

I’m thankful that my Heavenly Father is a storyteller.

Because stories are the language of my heart.

I’ve read many articles that describe the strong connection fiction—especially colorful words and phrases—forges within us as we read.

In fact, a recent New York Times article, Your Brain on Fiction by Anne Murphy Paul, states that “Keith Oatley, an emeritus professor of cognitive psychology at the University of Toronto, has proposed that reading produces a vivid simulation of reality, one that ‘runs on minds of readers just as computer simulations run on computers.’

C. S. Lewis said that fiction “enriches,” “adds to reality,” and “irrigates the desert our lives have become.”

Like Lewis, I don’t consider losing myself in a story as escapism. I view it as enrichment,

As preparation,

As affirmation of life.

So in the midst of all the chaos and hurt in the world, I hold out to my students a cup brimming with beautiful stories and invite them to drink.

And I pray that “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, excellent or praiseworthy” in the works we read will refresh and fill them.

And here on the blog I often talk about stories for the same reason.

Today I’m highlighting a novella I was privileged to preview—Love in the Details by Becky Wade.

What I love about Becky as a writer is that whether in a full-length novel or in a brief novella, her words always reach my heart.

I’m amazed at how quickly she pulls me into the hearts and minds of her characters, and this story of former high school sweethearts reuniting at a mutual friend’s wedding was no different.I enjoyed Josh & Holly’s sweet romance.

I pulled out my favorite quotes to show how even a short read about two old friends falling in love all over again can be saturated with truth and beauty.

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Hop on over to this link to grab your copy of Love in the Details. It’s a lovely read & easy to sip down in one sitting. For a deeper drink of Becky’s words, follow this link and view all of her stories.

Thanks for stopping by today. Blessings, friends!

Becky WadeAbout the Author: Becky Wade is a native of California who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and moved to Dallas.

She published historical romances for the general market, took time off to raise her children, then felt God nudging her to pursue contemporary Christian fiction.

Becky’s work has been a finalist for both a RITA and an INSPY Award.

You can connect with Becky . . .

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Just Show Up

Renee Ann Smith —  October 19, 2015 — 13 Comments

“Hi, my name is Kara Tippetts, and I may not be alive when you read this book. I hope so, but I don’t know. That decision is in the hands of the Author of life—His name is Jesus. I trust Him with every ounce of who I am. The reality is I am dying, and some of that story is told in my book The Hardest Peace.” ~from Just Show Up by Kara Tippetts and Jill Lynn Buteyn~

Kara Tippetts Just Show UP

Kara Tippetts was a boisterous believer, an author, a wife, and a mother of young kids, when she died of cancer on March 22, 2015. She gathered around herself a large and loving community, both in her local Colorado Springs area and online.

She began writing her story on her blog, continued it in her book The Hardest Peace, and finished it in the book Just Show Up.

Here’s a bit of the story of Kara’s last days in her own words from the book Just Show Up . . . “The long good-bye. Cancer has afforded me that, and I have tried to live faithfully in light of that dark gift. Never, at the age of thirty-eight, did I expect to be living under such fearsome blow after fearsome blow with each new diagnosis flattening us out. It is hard to recover to intentional living after each painful remind of the limit on my days.”

“The kids will one day see it as the long good-bye that it is. But right now they are simply the receivers of all the big love I have to give. Each day I fight the limitations this disease has placed upon me to love my children. It should not have taken cancer to cause me to abound in more and more love, but that is what Jesus chose to use to prompt my heart to extend the borders of me to love my people with more love than I could have otherwise known.”

“Big love. It’s one of my favorite phrases. It’s really the only way I know how to love. And it’s certainly become more focused since my initial diagnosis. Like Jill said, my time is limited. So I’m trying to squeeze every drop of life out of every day, because like that movie tries to tell us every year at Christmas, it really is a wonderful life. I don’t know how much more time I have. But the truth is, none of us do.” ~Kara~

I was one of the many touched by Kara’s faith journey—I think especially because her life and words sparked sweet reminders of my own best friend, who died of breast cancer several years back.

Breast Cancer suffering

Like Kara, my friend Nancy celebrated community as both a joyous boon and vital base of her faith journey.

She opened her heart to others in all her living, and it was no different in her dying.

I was privileged to walk by my friend’s side during her vicious battle against cancer. Those last months of our twenty year friendship changed me forever.

So I’m a witness to the power of just showing up in a suffering friend’s life and how that step of faith brings blessing after blessing.

My friend would’ve agreed with Kara’s view of Christian community . . .

Kara writes: “Friends. Community. It is the only way to know and be known.

It’s where we see our own humanity and frailty, our gifts and our weaknesses.

When we show up for one another, we invade each other in love and become witnesses to the truth that trials and sickness and pain are not the whole story.

There’s more, so much more.

We can remind one another that our lives are not a mistake. And, most importantly, that we are loved with an everlasting love.” ~Kara~
breast cancer suffering

The book Just Show Up shares Kara’s journey of suffering from two perspectives: Kara’s and her friend Jill’s.

Jill details how showing up for Kara changed and challenged her, along with some practical advice for those who find themselves faced with a similar privilege.

Just Show Up urges us to follow Kara Tippett’s legacy. May we abound in big love and be ever grateful for beautiful, messy life.

Let’s keep looking for glimpses of glory today! Blessings, friends!

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About the Authors:

Kara and Jill

The late Kara Tippetts was the author of The Hardest Peace and blogged faithfully at mundanefaithfulness.com. Cancer was only a part of Tippett’s story. Her real fight was to truly live while facing a crushing reality. Since her death in March 2015, her husband, Jason, is parenting their four children and leading the church they founded in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Learn more about the life of Kara Tippetts at www.mundanefaithfulness.com or follow the site on Facebook.

Jill Lynn Buteyn is the author of Falling for Texas, an inspirational novel, and a recipient of the ACFW Genesis Award for her fiction work. She has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Bethel University. Buteyn lives near the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her husband and two children. Learn more about Jill Lynn Buteyne and Just Show Up at www.jill-lynn.com and on Facebook , Instagram and Twitter .

 

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Happy Friday! It’s time to party!

Today I’m part of a Cover Release Party for author Pepper Basham’s second historical romance, The Thorn Keeper, set to release in February 2016.

I read and reviewed Pepper’s debut novel, The Thorn Bearer, and really enjoyed it. You can read my review here.

Here’s my bottom line: “The Thorn Bearer has all the good stuff that makes it fun to while away a day or so in another world—with the added benefit of Spiritual Truth! Exactly what those grand adventures I read as a teen were missing.”

And here are a few of my favorite quotes from the book . . .

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Maybe now you can see why I’m looking forward to the second book’s release! The blurb below shares some details about how the series continues . . .

“With her past in shambles, how can she fashion a future of hope?

Catherine Dougall’s past of manipulation has left her future in threads. With a new faith, she longs to take the remnants of her life and make something beautiful, but shame, societies’ judgments, and the natural consequences of an unplanned pregnancy test her newfound hope. Dr. David Ross doesn’t help either.

His kindness, sacrifice, and tenderness tempt her to impossible dreams.

A fallen woman doesn’t merit a fairytale.

David Ross has made every effort to keep his life above reproach. His passion for the sick pumps fresh purpose through his choices, but without financial support to maintain his war hospital, all is lost. When his notorious aunt offers an easy solution, David is tempted to give in to her demands. But his growing affection for the reformed flirt, Catherine Dougall, breaks down the carefully constructed wall around his heart and offers him an unexpected choice.

When the worst of war tears them apart, can love renew the memory of what was lost? Or will tragedy steal away their hope forever?

From the beautiful Derbyshire countryside to the trenches of World War I, Catherine and David must learn to trust in a God who designs a masterpiece out of brokenness and fashions hope in the most unlikely places.”

Sounds like a fun story! So now without further ado, let me introduce The Thorn Keeper – available February 28, 2016 from Vinspire Publishing!

Pepper D. Basham The Thorn Keeper

Pretty cover, right? Here’s your chance to get your hands on a copy!

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment for your chance to win a digital advanced review copy of The Thorn Keeper, which Pepper will send to the winners near the end of November!!

***Follow this link to purchase The Thorn Bearer for $3.03!

Thanks for stopping by today. Blessings, friends!

Pepper BashamMeet the author: As a little girl, Pepper D. Basham fell in love with storytelling while listening to her granny share oral history. A native of the Blue Ridge Mountains, mom of five, speech-language pathologist, and lover of chocolate, Pepper enjoys sprinkling her native Appalachian culture into her fiction wherever she can. She currently resides in Asheville, NC, where she works with kids who have special needs, searches for unique hats, and plots new ways to annoy her wonderful friends at her group writing blog, The Writer’s Alley.

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Making It Home

Renee Ann Smith —  August 24, 2015 — 11 Comments

EMILY WIERENGA MAKING IT HOME

This post is part of Emily Wierenga’s Making It Home series, leading up to the release of her next memoir on September 8th. You can check out Emily’s new book by clicking here: Making It Home: Finding My Way to Peace, Identity, and Purpose.

I grew up a daydreamer, spending many lonely hours imagining how different I would be in another place or at another time or with another family.

Not because home was bad. Our house was a comfortable, busy place. But I was a timid, fearful child and viewed home more as a safe little cage than a launching pad.

I wished for the courage to break free and spread my wings but never found it in real life—only in my dreams.

Then I came to know Jesus, and He showed me something better than wishing away my life.

For He had dreamed me before I was even born.

“My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place,
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”
Psalm 139:15&16

At the touch of the Spirit, gifts, talents, abilities I didn’t even know lay within me blossomed. I focused on Jesus, knowing Him, serving Him, putting Him first, and found peace, purpose, identity—and even some courage. Courage enough to leave home, move states away to attend college, move again for various short-term jobs, and finish a teaching degree.

Finally the day came when I stepped into a classroom of my own, and everything clicked. Teaching at a small Christian high school, mentoring students, ministering to families seemed the fulfillment of what God had dreamed for me. Over the years, my co-workers, my students, and their parents became my extended family.

I was happy with who I was and where I was.

I was home.

But life goes on and difficulties arise and dreams fray . . . To continue reading this post & to pick up today’s graphic, follow this link to Emily’s blog!

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A Love Like Ours

Renee Ann Smith —  June 1, 2015 — 19 Comments

BeckyWade Becky Wade’s most recent novel highlights how God enables us—not just to survive hardships and heartaches—but to embrace life through them.

A Love Like Ours is about people who have messy lives.

A soldier weighed down with PTSD.

A single mom willing to take a chance on creating a family for her son in spite of a scarred heart.

A dad, once resigned to a solitary life after his wife abandoned him and her children, experiencing new love.

Parents who find a way to bring sunshine and sweetness into the life of their severely handicapped daughter.

God helps these characters find healing, joy, romance, redemption, happiness, and hope—which makes A Love Like Ours exactly the kind of novel I love to share with my students!

Yes, the romance takes center stage in this novel. Yet the story also shows us that only through Jesus can we take an honest look at ourselves, each other, and the state of the world—yet live, laugh, and love with abandon.

That’s what abundant life is all about.

Here are some of my favorite quotes . . .

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And here’s the book blurb from Amazon to give you a few more specific details. “Former Marine Jake Porter has far deeper scars than the one that marks his face. He struggles with symptoms of PTSD, lives a solitary life, and avoids relationships.

Then Lyndie James, Jake’s childhood best friend, lands back in Holley, Texas.

Though Jake and Lyndie have grown into very different adults, the bond that existed during their childhood still ties them together. Against Jake’s will, Lyndie’s sparkling, optimistic personality begins to tear down the walls he’s built around his heart. A glimmer of the hope he’d thought he’d lost returns, but fears and regrets still plague him. Will Jake ever be able to love Lyndie like she deserves, or is his heart too shattered to mend?”

You can grab your copy of this hope-filled story at this link.

Becky WadeAbout the Author: Becky Wade is a native of California who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and moved to Dallas.

She published historical romances for the general market, took time off to raise her children, then felt God nudging her to pursue contemporary Christian fiction.

Becky’s work has been a finalist for both a RITA and an INSPY Award.

You can connect with Becky . . .

at her website

on her Facebook page

on Twitter

Thanks for  by stopping by today! Blessings, friends!

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Feast for Thieves

Renee Ann Smith —  October 22, 2014 — 7 Comments

I guess I was predisposed to love Marcus Brotherton’s Feast for Thieves for two reasons . . . 

feast for thievesFirst, the Band of Brothers connection:

I’m a great admirer of Richard Winters and the men he fought side-by-side with during World War II. I can’t count how many times I’ve watched Band of Brothers, the docudrama that memorializes their lives.

Author Marcus Brotherton—who wrote books about Band of Brothers heroes Shifty Powers & Buck Compton, and then shared the men’s personal memories in A Company of Heroes and untold stories in We Who Are Alive and Remainbased his Feast of Thieves main character on a real life, little-known paratrooper from the 506th.

Second, the bad boy hero with a heart of gold:

Rowdy Slater is a grown up Huck Finn type main character. He looks like the rest of the disobedient boys, but his crimes have a noble cause at the root. He’s been damaged by the dark side of life, yet always finds compassion in his heart for those around him.

He’s one of those men who know violence well and could easily end up on the wrong side of the law when defending their own and how can you not love them? . . . Think Sawyer from LOST, Tim Riggins from Friday Night Lights, Hook from Once Upon a Time, Raylan Givens from Justified . . .

Yeah, Rowdy Slater is that kind of guy . . .

Until the day he learns that Jesus’ 1st congregation consisted of 2 thieves

. . . and that maybe there’s hope for him, too.

What’s the story? Sergeant Rowdy Slater, formerly the most incorrigible paratrooper in Dog Company during WWII, finds himself beholden to the desperate sheriff of a crime-riddled town. He’s offered an odd choice: serve one year as the town minister or go to jail. Though he’s the most unlikely candidate imaginable, Rowdy takes the deal. Fortunately, the sheriff’s pretty daughter knows a thing or two about training up a preacher. Unfortunately, a ruthless criminal with a hold over Rowdy, is hot on his heels.

What I liked best . . .

  • Rowdy’s open & honest search for meaning and desire to change
  • The quirky characters Rowdy meets up with in Cut Eye, Texas
  • Especially, the poetry-spouting sheriff’s daughter
  • The heartbreaking four-year-old who holds Rowdy’s heart in her delicate hands
  • The action-packed plot & fun dialogue
  • The water motif—various creative “baptisms” mark Rowdy’s inner growth & faith journey

My favorite quotes . . .

Feast for Thieves“Bobbie called this grand idea grace. It was all about giving a man a favor he didn’t deserve . . . Grace meant a man could truly change with God’s help, no matter what the fella had done.”

Feast for Thieves“Once I was so hungry, so scared, so desperate, and a tree broke loose like a strong hand moved it. A tangle of branches passed over my head, and I shot to the surface from the river of destruction.

That’s when I heard him. I swear I did . . .‘Hey, fella! You want to live?’

How that man’s voice was reaching me so far under the water, I couldn’t rightly fathom, but there under the river, caught as I was and speeding along in the current of destruction, I nodded my head . . .

‘Then find the good meal and eat your fill.’”

What you should do next . . .

Follow this link to grab your copy of Feast for Thieves.  It would make a great Christmas gift for the avid readers on your list—teen boys included! ***Thanks to Marcus Brotherton & Side Door Communications for providing a copy for me to review.

Thanks for stopping by today. Blessings, friends!

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About the Author: Marcus Brotherton is a journalist and professional writer known internationally for his books and literary collaborations with high-profile public figures, humanitarians, inspirational leaders, and military personnel. He has authored or coauthored more than 25 books.

marcus brotherton Notable works include We Who Are Alive and Remain, a New York Times bestseller, A Company of Heroes, which ranked No. 1 in the country among World War II/ Western Front books, and the widely-acclaimed Shifty’s War.

Collaborative works include projects with Lt. Buck Compton (one of the original Band of Brothers), apologist Dr. Ravi Zacharias, NFL quarterback Colt McCoy, speaker Dr. Bruce Wilkinson, youth ministry expert Doug Fields, radio show host Steven Arterburn, youth speaker Ryan Dobson, university chancellor Rev. Wayne Cordeiro, and more.

Born in Canada in 1968, Marcus earned a bachelor’s degree in biblical education and journalism from Multnomah University in Portland, Oregon, and a master’s degree in practical theology and writing from Talbot Seminary at Biola University in Los Angeles, where he graduated with high honors.

Marcus lives with his wife and children in Washington State.

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On Prayer & Heartbreak

Renee Ann Smith —  September 22, 2014 — 5 Comments

“God, to some, is the ultimate heartbreaker.” ~Max Lucado, Before Amen~

This line from Max Lucado’s new book wrapped itself around my heart & wouldn’t let go—because I have felt this way. Have you?


I know that God cherishes me with the tender lovingkindness
and unconditional devotion of a parent.
But when He doesn’t answer my prayers in the way I had wished Him to,
my heart is easily deceived (as Jeremiah 17 points out).
And that’s when I doubt His love.

My wayward heart makes me prone to wander.
So again & again I must be pointed to the truth about my Heavenly Father’s love.
Max Lucado’s book did just that. I devoured it in one sitting.

Max reminded me that most of us “suffer from small thoughts about God. In our desire to understand Him, we have sought to contain Him.” But even a glimpse of His goodness can change us. Prayer—simply talking to our Father—is how He keeps us close & shows us His goodness. Prayer is vital for handling life, counteracting doubts, healing hearts, and changing the world.

Jesus made sure to teach His disciples to pray before He left them. As Max writes, “The first followers of Jesus needed prayer guidance. In fact, the only tutorial they ever requested was on prayer.”

If you need a practical, pointed, easy-to-digest tutorial on the power a simple prayer can unleash in your life & the lives of those you love,
Before Amen is just the shot in the arm you’ll appreciate.

My two favorite quotes . . .

#1. “God’s power is unsurpassed. And His heart is unblemished.” ~Max Lucado~

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Max Lucado Before Amen

Stop back in on Wednesday to see my quote #2!

More favorite quotes . . .

“If you are still waiting for healing, trust Him. Your suffering is your sermon.”

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“God will turn your tomb into a womb out of which you will be born with a perfect body into a perfect world.”

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What you should do next . . .

You can order a copy of Before Amen at this link. ***Thanks to Max Lucado & Litfuse PR for providing a copy for me to review!

Enter the Before Amen iPad Mini giveaway. AND if you pre-order a copy of Before Amen by 9/29, you’ll receive a FREE ebook copy of Max’s best-selling Second Chances: More Stories of Grace. Just click on the image below . . .

Max Lucado Before Amen

Max Lucado Before AmenAbout the Author: More than 120 million readers have found comfort in the writings of Max Lucado. He ministers at the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Denalyn, and a sweet but misbehaving mutt, Andy.

You can connect with Max . . .

At his website

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