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The Thorn Bearer

Renee Ann Smith —  May 19, 2015 — 12 Comments

“From the decks of the ill-fated Lusitania to the smoke-filled trenches of France, Ashleigh Dougall must choose between the forgiveness of her past, life in the present, and a Savior who can rescue her from them all.” ~Amazon blurb for The Thorn Bearer by Pepper Basham~

Pepper Basham

A few years back I met Pepper Basham at the American Christian Fiction Writers‘ Conference. At the time she was an unpublished writer—but not anymore! How fun to see Pepper attain her dream by earning publishing contracts for several manuscripts!

Recently, I was privileged to review Pepper’s historical fiction novel, The Thorn Bearer.

The Thorn Bearer is set during 1915 and focuses on Ashleigh Dougall, a young woman crossing the Atlantic on the Lusitania with two men—one she doesn’t love but can’t get rid of and the other she does love but can’t have.

Pepper’s novel reminds me of the dramatic, Gothic romances I read in high school. The story has a beautiful, innocent heroine who is hiding a painful secret, a conniving sister, a set of abusive, neglectful parents, and a hero who is handsome and good but takes half the chapters to realize he’s in love with the heroine! Thus Ashleigh must forge ahead in life without 20th century society’s normal protections—parents or husband—by relying on her own pluck and ingenuity.

In spite of these odds, we readers know Ashleigh will win the day because she has a pure heart and a grandmother who teaches her what’s right.

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.

I really enjoyed Pepper’s debut novel! The graphics in this post show some of my favorite quotes from story. Feel free to Pin, Tweet, or share them on Facebook!

Pepper Basham Thorn BearerPepper Basham Thorn Bearer****Don’t miss the chance to grab your copy of Pepper’s engrossing novel at this link. Right now it’s a $3 Kindle deal!

Pepper BashamAs 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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I love words—reading them and writing them. So it’s no wonder I enjoy being part of a writing group that helps me be better at both.

This writing group really gets to the heart of what all of our blog posts and essays and stories are supposed to communicate. 

Of course, I’m talking about Susan May Warren’s My Book Therapy, which is now at

(You may have noticed my affiliate link in the sidebar. More about that in a future post!)

What’s different about this program is how the authors who teach,
Susan May Warren, Rachel Hauck, and Beth Vogt,
focus on the emotional journeys their characters take
and how the lies they believe,
about themselves and about God,
shape how He shows up in their stories.

Isn’t that what our own faith journeys are all about?

Maybe that’s why the novels they write unfailingly touch so many readers’ hearts.

For example, Rachel Hauck’s How to Catch a Prince, which I recently read, is a gem!

What I especially enjoyed about the novel is how it pulled me into what the characters are thinking & feeling. And you know how we readers are—once the main characters have taken root in our hearts, we must see the story through to the end!

How to Catch a Prince is more than a story about an American heiress and royal prince. It’s a story about us—God and His children—and how He loves us well through every disappointment, trial, and heartache.

Check out these opening lines & tell me you’d be able to close the cover on this story!

“With each passing day, she remembered she had a secret. She’d lived in the fog of death until six months ago, when she crawled out, reaching for the first glimpse of life and light she’d encountered in five years.

It came in the form of a simple telephone call. A refreshing-breeze offer. But clearing the fog meant the memories surfaced. Ones she’d long since regarded as lost. Now they rattled around the empty corridors of her heart.

And recently, in the faintest ting or ping, like when elevator doors opened just outside her office, Corina remembered how she loved the glorious, rolling chimes of cathedral bells pealing through a crisp Cathedral City dawn.

And she ached. Deep in her soul. With a longing she couldn’t reach nor remove.”

Intriguing, right? Now you’re wondering what broke Corina’s heart and how God will bring peace and healing.

Here’s a hint of how the story turns out. This also happens to be my favorite quote from the book!

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And that’s a happy ending right there, isn’t it?

No matter what else Corina’s future holds.

You can check out Rachel’s royal wedding series & other books at this link.

For more inspiration, you can follow Rachel on Facebook, on Twitter, and at her website.

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The God Who Sees

Renee Ann Smith —  January 19, 2015 — 18 Comments

We live in a culture that focuses on outward appearance. Some days it seems like everyone around me worships youth and exalts physical attractiveness.

And sadly I too often find myself falling into the trap of looking no further than the surface of people and things and missing the true beauty buried underneath.

I remember first reflecting on this years ago, the day of Princess Diana’s funeral, September 6, 1997. Every major network covered the event. All day long the news anchors talked about Diana. They showed videos and photos of her hobnobbing with celebs, playing with her boys, and visiting the less fortunate—even HIV patients. They tracked her changing style and talked about how much her gowns cost and who designed them. Later those same gowns would be auctioned off for charity.

In an odd twist, Mother Teresa had died the day before—just five days after Diana. Though they died the same week and the world would honor both of them in some way (India would give Mother Teresa a state funeral on September 13.), the two women could not have been more different when it came to outward appearance.

I doubt any young women intentionally copied Mother Teresa’s hair style. She didn’t have a bikini body to show off for the paparazzi. Celebs weren’t lining up to dance with her at state dinners or writing songs for her. No former lovers were tapped to write tell-all books. I couldn’t think of anyone who would bid for a garment she’d worn on Ebay.

Yet I wondered how Mother Teresa looked in God’s eyes . . . 

Did her incredible heart outshine the physical beauty He’d given Princess Diana?

Did God smile as He replayed images of Mother Teresa hugging an orphan or washing a beggar’s feet?

Did He see a trace of His beloved Son in every wrinkle and gray hair of this woman who had spent her whole life serving Him?

I’m so thankful that our Heavenly Father is the “God Who Sees.” He views what no one else can—the real us, the part of that will live for eternity, the part of us that bears His Image.

Perhaps that thought should scare me, but it doesn’t.

Like the woman at the well, I’ve looked into the eyes of Him who “knew all about the things I did, who knows me inside and out” and seen only love there.

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“She gave this Name to the Lord who spoke to her, ‘You are the God Who Sees Me.’” ~Genesis 16:13, The Message~

A story I read recently—Rachel Hauck’s A Brush with Love—reminded me of this truth.

The novella focuses on hair stylist Ginger Winters. Though Ginger has an uncanny ability to bring out the beauty in others, she can’t see anything attractive in herself. Scarred by a childhood tragedy, Ginger is content to hide behind her many scarves and never reveal her true self—until preacher Tom Wells comes back into her life.

Tom invites Ginger to see herself as he sees her and—more importantly—as God sees her.

The result is a sweetly romantic story that resonates with a profound message:
God sees the true beauty in every one of us.

Are you or someone you know in need of soaking in that message today?
You can
download Rachel’s novella for less than $5 at this link.

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Let’s celebrate the God Who Sees Us!

Thanks for joining me on this awesome journey! Blessings, friends!

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The Gift of YES

Renee Ann Smith —  December 9, 2014 — 5 Comments

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“Maybe, however, you’re Mary & God is asking you to be willing to say YES to whatever He asks.”

~Susan May Warren, Evergreen~

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~Luke 1:38 & 46-55, The Message~

And Mary said, “YES, I see it all now: I’m the Lord’s maid, ready to serve.
Let it be with me just as you say.

I’m bursting with God-news;
    I’m dancing the song of my Savior God.

God took one good look at me, and look what happened—
    I’m the most fortunate woman on earth!
What God has done for me will never be forgotten,
    the God whose very name is holy, set apart from all others.

His mercy flows in wave after wave

    on those who are in awe before him.

He bared his arm and showed his strength,
    scattered the bluffing braggarts.
He knocked tyrants off their high horses,
    pulled victims out of the mud.
The starving poor sat down to a banquet;
    the callous rich were left out in the cold.
He embraced his chosen child, Israel;

e remembered and piled on the mercies,
piled them high.

It’s exactly what he promised,

    beginning with Abraham and right up to now.”

As you can see from the verses above,
Mary enthusiastically embraced God’s plan—
in spite of the censure, ridicule, judgment & emotional pain it would bring.

What a beautiful gift she poured out before the Lord.
May we all seek to trust His heart with that same, resounding YES!

I’ll be posting Christmas quotes & Scriptures every day this week, so I hope to “see” you again soon.

You can find my other Christmas/Winter graphics here . . .

The Gifts We All Can Give

His Radiance

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Thanks for stopping by today. Blessings, friends!

***Photo Backstory: I made this graphic from an iPhone pic of my school’s elementary nativity play from years gone by. (It features a dear friend & former student’s daughter, who is growing up so quickly!) Of course, PicMonkey, is my editing tool of choice. Feel free to Pin, Tweet, download & share.

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***And, YES, Susan May Warren’s novella Evergreen is a great Christmas gift idea! My high school students loved it! Order the book here.

Here’s another version of the same quote, where I went for a Christmas card look . . .

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When I was offered the opportunity to become an affiliate for the Ultimate Christian Living Bundle, I jumped at the chance!


Three reasons . . .

1. Books
2. Books
3. And More Books!

What’s a Bundle? 75 ebooks plus ecourses, audio files and bonus gifts—a bundle of resources (nearly $1,000 worth!)—in one place for one great price of just $34.95 (PDF version) or $39.95 (eReader version), FOR 5 DAYS ONLY.

What I like best about it . . . Quality books by classic authors.
These 22 books alone by authors I know & love would make the bundle worth it  . . .

  1. Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murray
  2. All of Grace by Charles Spurgeon
  3. Answers to Prayer by George Mueller
  4. Fellowship of the Burning Heart by A. W. Tozer
  5. Names of God by Nathan Stone
  6. Power, Passion & Prayer by Charles G. Finney
  7. Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God by Jonathan Edwards
  8. The Classic Collection on Prayer by E. M. Bounds
  9. The Holy Spirit & Power by John Wesley
  10. The Incomparable Christ by J. Oswald Sanders
  11. The Overcoming Life by D. L. Moody
  12. Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
  13. Extraordinary Grace by Gary Chapman & Chris Fabry
  14. One Kingdom Under God by Dr. Tony Evans
  15. One Minute After You Die by Erwin W. Lutzer
  16. Mornings with Tozer by A. W. Tozer
  17. The Quiet Place by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
  18. Pearls in the Sand by Tessa Afshar
  19. The Turning by Davis Bunn
  20. Financial Parenting by Larry Burkett
  21. How to Know God Exists by Ray Comfort
  22. The Way of the Master by Ray Comfort

A few stand outs . . .

one-minute-3-229x300One Minute After You Die by Irwin Lutzer is one of the 5 books that made me understand, love, long for Heaven. It’s a keeper & here it is in the middle of the Bundle! You can read my review at this link.

Pearl in the Sand is award-winning author Tessa Afshar’s first novel.I love how this book beautifully portrays the story of Rahab. You can read my review here.

Answers to Prayer by George Mueller is the testimony of a godly man who entrusted himself & all he loved to God’s care. Each time I read his account of how he approached daily life, I’m inspired to bathe my days in prayer & cast worry aside.

Right now my Bible study is working through a book by Nancy Leigh DeMoss & I can’t wait to read her devotional book—which is part of this Bundle.

Plus, Tozer & Spurgeon & Moody . . . not to mention the new authors & teachers whose books are included.

Here’s a great quote from Gary Chapman’s book  . . .

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“Love doesn’t erase the past, but it makes the future different.” ~Gary Chapman~

The Christian Living Bundle is basically a whole library of books that will build my faith & help me grow in Christ. What’s not to like?

If you’re interested, what should you do next?  

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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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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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Evergreen: Life Flourishes

Renee Ann Smith —  September 15, 2014 — 9 Comments

I don’t think Christmas should ever be perfect.

Maybe because my most treasured Christmas memories seem to be the times when God helped me find joy in the midst of far from perfect circumstances . . .

***Like that winter during my childhood when I was sick for every holiday. Dad carried me outside to see the Christmas lights my brother and sisters had set up. On the way back in, he slipped on the ice and fell, cushioning me with his body.

And I learned that I would always be safe in his arms—no matter how often we failed to see eye-to-eye in later years.

***The first Christmas after my dad died, decorating our mother’s house because she hadn’t the strength. My sisters dragged an ugly Charlie-Brown tree out of the woods and gave it a makeover. The tree made my mother cry, and we cried with her.

And we discovered that we could cry and laugh and eat and live, even though we never stopped missing the one we had lost.

***That time I went Christmas shopping with my best friend of twenty years. She dashed around Walmart on a scooter, spreading smiles and laughter like a holiday elf, and we shared a joy made bittersweet by knowing it was her last Christmas on earth.

And I saw that breast cancer can’t stop a child of God from rejoicing in her Savior—or keep a determined woman from one last shopping spree!

I’m thankful for those Christmases. And also for the ones that were mediocre or boring or left me with a feeling that surely there was more to the holiday—or life—than this. Because they taught me that what our hearts long for will never be satisfied by anyone or anything on earth, by anything less than Christ Himself.

So for me a “real” Christmas is when we’re able to celebrate the coming of the Christ-child no matter what pain or problems plague our hearts.

And isn’t that why Jesus came in the first place? To fill up all those empty places inside us and make something beautiful out of our messy lives.

This is the truth that threads throughout Susan May Warren’s lovely winter novella, Evergreen . . .

Evergreen Susan May Warren“In the wake of good-byes, life endures. Even flourishes.”

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The story focuses on empty-nesters Ingrid & John Christiansen and their efforts to thaw the “chill that has settled over their marriage” by creating the best Christmas ever—even though their adult children are spread far and wide, beloved family members are struggling with heartbreak & abandonment & addictions, and their own hearts have grown cold towards each other & God.

As sad as Ingrid and John’s situation might be, the storyline that sucked me in & had me grabbing for the tissue box involves a beautiful lost boy named Romeo. His hungry heart & sweet spirit change every character—and reader!—he comes in contact with.

Though this novella is short enough to be read in one sitting, it’s impact will last long after finishing that final page and leave you with a few gems to stir your faith & warm your heart. 

And whether or not your church has ever tried to pull together a Living Nativity, you’ll vicariously enjoy the event at the Christiansen’s church!

Evergreen Susan May Warren“Maybe, however, you’re Mary & God is simply asking you to be willing to say yes to whatever He asks.”

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GIFT SUGGESTION: Evergreen would turn a gift basket into something special or be a great stocking stuffer. If you’re gifting a reader, you could pair it with an Amazon gift card or the rest of the Christian Family Series. Good for any age—my high school students LOVE the Christian Family books!

Purchase your copies of the novella at this link. ***Thanks to Susan May Warren & Litfuse PR for providing a copy for me to review.

About the author: Susan May Warren is the bestselling, RITA Award-winning author of more than forty novels, whose compelling plots and unforgettable characters have won acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. Susan May WarrenShe served with her husband and four children as a missionary in Russia for eight years before she and her family returned home to the States. She now writes full-time as her husband runs a lodge on Lake Superior in northern Minnesota, where many of her books are set. She and her family enjoy hiking, canoeing, and being involved in their local church.

Several of her critically acclaimed novels have been ECPA and CBA bestsellers, were chosen as Top Picks by Romantic Times, and have won the RWA’s Inspirational Reader’s Choice contest and the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year award. Five of her books have been Christy Award finalists.

In addition to her writing, Susan loves to teach and speak at women’s events about God’s amazing grace in our lives. She also runs a writing community for authors.

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***Photo Backstory: I made these graphics from iPhone pics—of our church decorated for a winter wedding & my dear friend’s daughter playing Mary in our school chapel a few years ago. And, of course, PicMonkey is my tool of choice for tweaking & adding text. Feel free to Pin, Tweet, download & share. Continue Reading…