Giveaway and Review: A Cowboy’s Touch (I wish it were a Hallmark movie blog series)

Renee Ann Smith —  April 15, 2011 — 38 Comments

UPDATE: A winner has been contacted!

What emotion is strong enough to affect our physical bodies, sabotage relationships, warp life purposes, and alter personalities?

If you guessed guilt, you’re right. And guilt is the secret emotion that burdens each main character in Denise Hunter’s delightful Women of Faith Fiction selection, A Cowboy’s Touch.

In the story, Abigail Jones is a workaholic journalist, who pens exposes for a column in her mother’s magazine. Though her column is called The Truthseeker, Abigail comes to realize that she has veered off from the truth in her own life. She plans a timeout  at her aunt’s in the-middle-of-nowhere Montana. There she meets handsome cowboy Wade Ryan, a brooding single father. Wade has a beautiful daughter, successful ranch, good friends and neighbors, but he’s lost the joy to be found in such a life.

As the characters meet and begin to fall in love, something they can’t quite put a name to prevents them from finding happiness together. Guilt in one form or another motivates them to hide what they’re truly thinking and feeling from each other—and even from themselves.

II Corinthians 7 mentions guilt this way: “For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us. Godly sorrow [true guilt] brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow [false guilt] brings death. See what this godly sorrow [true guilt] has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done.”

False guilt plagues us when we doubt God’s love or fail to trust His forgiveness. We needlessly beat ourselves up again and again over the things we’ve brought to God.

True guilt is produced in our hearts by the Holy Spirit for one purpose: to bring us to repentance. I John 1:9 promises, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins, and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

So once we confess something and God forgives, it’s over—no matter what our feelings tell us.

I love it when folks learn this truth and free themselves from the burdens they’ve been carrying, and this story is no exception. Abigail and Wade are characters I routed for, along with Wade’s endearing daughter Maddie. And although I’ve emphasized how to effectively deal with guilt, it’s not a heavy theological topic in the story—just an obstacle to be overcome in the characters’ lives. So don’t be afraid of picking up this book or sharing it with a friend as a cozy, grab-a-cup-of-tea read.

The spiritual themes are deftly woven throughout a light, heartwarming story with just the right amount of sweet romance. In fact, it’s another book I could easily picture as a Hallmark movie—complete with the happy couple riding off into the sunset at the end!

***Thanks to The B&B Media Group for providing my review copy of this book for free. You can read more reviews and purchase a copy of the book at this link.

Follower Appreciation Giveaway: I’m giving away my copy of A Cowboy’s Touch to one of you kind followers.

Simply let me know two things in your comment: 1. That you’d like to be included in the drawing. 2. How you follow—either by RSS feed, GFC, email, Twitter, Networked Blogs, or Facebook.

I’ll post the name of the winner on Tuesday, April 19th.

Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

38 responses to Giveaway and Review: A Cowboy’s Touch (I wish it were a Hallmark movie blog series)

  1. Thank you for sharing. I follow you on GFC.

  2. Love your post. Sounds like a great book. I follow you through Blogher. Although I’m new to blogging!

  3. I definitely would love to be included in this giveaway. What a great topic. Guilt/false guilt. Definitely different! I follow via GFC.

  4. Oh, please count me in. It sounds like such a lovely story and I’ ve been searching for a good read. Thanks for the giveaway. I’m your newest email subscriber. :) Keeping my fingers crossed.

  5. I would love to be entered in your drawing! I am pretty sure I follow you through all of the mediums listed! :)

  6. I’d like to be entered! I follow you through email and GFC :)

  7. Always looking for new Christian fiction and this book sounds great! I’m a new follower via GFC.

  8. This sounds wonderful, and I would love to be included in the drawing. I follow you through email and also on my blog feeds. Have a great day and thank you for sharing what looks to be an amazing story.

  9. I have loved everything I’ve read by Denise Hunter. I can’t wait to read this one too. (Not an entry, ordered it from Netgalley).

  10. This sounds like a great story. I have a thing for cowboys. I also enjoy stories involving kids. I’m an email subscriber and twitter follower.

  11. Oh, I have been wanting a copy of A Cowboy’s Touch. Thank you for the chance to win your copy. Please include me in your drawing.

    I am a GFC follower of your blog and I am also an email subscriber.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52[at]yahoo[dot]com

  12. would love to read this fabulous story…i have enjoyed all of denise’s novels very much 😉 ps…i’m an email subscriber, too.

  13. I’d love to be entered! I’m an email subscriber.

  14. please enter me in the draw! :)
    I follow via email
    Kim

  15. I would like to be entered. Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the chance.

    Follow on GFC
    Subscribe by email

    ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

  16. follow via google reader

    I”d like to win!!!! sounds great

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  17. would love to win this!
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  18. your email subscriber
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  19. Hi! I follow you several ways: FB, GFC, and Networked Blogs:)

  20. I forgot to let you know that I really do want to be included in this giveaway!

  21. I would like to be included and I follow on google friend!

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