On good gifts, undeserved favor, and a giveaway

Renee Ann Smith —  July 6, 2011 — 80 Comments

Though Mine is the Night by Liz Curtis Higgs focuses on three female characters, in some ways it tells the tale of all women because it’s patterned after the book of Ruth. The story reminded me of this unchanging truth: No matter the culture, time period, or circumstances, God sees each woman’s most-cherished dreams, hears the cries of her heart, and works His plan into her life—if she will let Him.

The drama opens in Scotland circa 1746. Anne, Marjory, and Elizabeth have each experienced painful pasts and find themselves in unfamiliar circumstances. They’ve lost their wealth, societal position, and family members to the failed Jacobite Rebellion. As they begin new lives, they expect no special treatment and determine to accept whatever hard work and deprivation the future may require. However, God—who delights in bestowing so much more than His children could ever ask or think—fills their lives with favor, abundant joys, and unexpected love.

As I read the story, I couldn’t help but think of the many times God has surprised me with His good gifts. The accompanying verse that kept running through my mind was I John 3: 20: “For God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do ourselves.”

One Caution for Gentle Readers of This Tale: I opened this book in the late afternoon, thinking I’d take a short break before getting back to work. So quickly and effortlessly did I become immersed in the story world that I didn’t return to “real life” until many hours later. My advice: don’t pick up this engaging read until you’re prepared to loose yourself within its pages!

About the author: This author’s website is entitled, Liz Curtis Higgs, An Encourager. And it’s true! I watched Liz Curtis Higgs give several video talks online and would love to tune in to a “Liz Channel” for some godly encouragement each day. Since that’s not available, I guess her books and dvds are the next best thing. She’s written many excellent women’s devotional and Bible studies, which are now also available as dvds. Follow this link to Liz’s website and check them out!

***Many thanks to WaterBrook Multnomah for providing a copy of Mine is the Night for me to review. I so enjoyed it!

Giveaway: This is a giveaway post. A comment on this book review can include you in the July giveaway: a $10 Amazon Gift Card.

Rate my review: I reviewed this story for the Blogging for Books Program. If you rate my review, it opens the way for me to choose another book. Rating is a two-step process. 1. Rate my review here.

2. Check your email account for a message from Blogging for Books and click their link to verify your email. 3. Let me know that you’ve verified your email, and I’ll enter you again in the giveaway or simply say, Thanks!

As always, you can leave a comment just to say Hi!

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!

80 responses to On good gifts, undeserved favor, and a giveaway

  1. Oh my, I like Liz Curtis Higgs. And winning that gift card doesn’t sound too bad either :] I loved your review. I agree, the drama really draws in its readers when Ms. Liz is the author.

  2. great heads up about choosing reading time for this one! sounds great ~
    and i did verify my rating of your review
    so please do count me in for 2 !! thx “))

  3. besides loving the sound of this book,
    please drop by FHC for some great currently free book downloads ! here’s to HaPpY Summer Reading “))

  4. Thanks so much for sharing the review (and the “warning” πŸ™‚ with NOBH…that’s totally me…I pick up a good book and can’t put it down.
    ~Kara @ The Chuppies/NOBH

  5. thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel πŸ™‚

  6. I haven’t read anything by yet, but this book sounds interesting and what a lovely cover πŸ™‚

    Thank you for the great review!

    stella.eylibris (at) gmail (dot) com

  7. ps: I also rated your review!

    I love those kind of books which grip me and I don’t even notice time fly by πŸ˜€

  8. Sounds like a great book, hope to get a chance to read it soon.
    I rated your review and am waiting for the verification email.

  9. This book looks great. Thanks for the review and awesome giveaway!!

  10. I rated your review. I find it odd that you have to click an email link, because I have never gotten any email from them to confirm my review. Odd!

    Thanks for the review, it was good. πŸ™‚


    • Thanks for rating my review, Casey! When I rate your reviews, I get an email from them for me to verify. Maybe your email verification is going to spam or maybe your email has been on file longer than mine has, and you don’t get the verification emails any more??

  11. Oh, Renee Ann, I ran right over as you’re reviewing my favorite historical:) And you can just guess how I rated your review – fun! Love your insights and Scriptural thoughts. So true and uplifting. Liz is an amazing writer and encourager. I’d love to meet her in person. Please don’t enter me in the drawing. Just wanted to follow up with you here! God bless you!

    • I agree–Liz is an amazing writer. I tried to study her technique when I wasn’t immersed in the story . . . I’m always glad when you have time for a mini-visit here, Laura! You must be getting excited and nervous about the new book coming out. I know from how much I loved your other books, that this one will not disappoint. And thanks for rating my review πŸ™‚

  12. Not having read a book by Liz, I would love to win it. Losing one’s social status must have been devastating. I love the promises of God revealed through the story line.

    I rated your review and confirmed the email re same. (I would have liked a little more info).

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

    • Thanks for rating my review, Linda! I sometimes struggle with how much info to give in a review. I used to always include a summary and then thought that people can read those on Amazon and I’m always hearing that my posts are long . . . But, anyway, we each do what we can! . . . And, you’re entered twice in the drawing for the gift card. We’ll see who wins at the end of July πŸ™‚

  13. Oh, I adore Liz Curtis Higgs work. I can’t wait to read this one. Thanks for sharing your review with us, and thanks for stopping by my review and commenting.

    Have a great day!

  14. Hi Renee Ann,

    I wanted to stop by and say thanks for stopping by my blog. I love your blog! Thanks for the review too. I was also wondering how you got the “rate my review”? It seems really neat to have. Would you mind if I used it?

    Also, I just want to mention this, I’m not sure if you know this or not. When I clicked on the “I’m a glass road blogger” widget it does not go to the website that you want it to go to. It just brings me to a new page with the picture only. Just thought you might want to know that.

    I am now a follower of your blog on Twitter, GCF, and I liked your Facebook. To answer your question about Goodreads, Yes I am on Goodreads, all you need to do is to click on my widget in my sidebar.

    Can’t wait to get to know you and see more review’s you will have!


    • Thanks for coming by, Tammy! I found you on Goodreads and am following your reviews. Thanks for all the follows πŸ™‚

      The rate my review embed only relates to books I review for WaterBrook Multnomah, a publisher of Christian fiction and non-fiction. You might enjoy signing up with them. Their link is here http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/bloggingforbooks/. Also, I fixed the link to Glass Road. They also having a great blogger review program you might be interested. At least now you can check them out! . . . Have a great day!

  15. Thanks for the giveaway!
    littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

  16. Great review! I rated your review also.

    Several people have told me that I should read this book, I just have so many books to review that I haven’t had time!

    • Thanks for rating my review, Sara! You’re entered twice in the giveaway . . . I hear you about the review books. I tried to keep myself to only a handful for each summer month, but it hasn’t worked out so well πŸ™‚

  17. Allison Gardner July 7, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    I would love to win this book.

  18. Thanks for this review. I enjoy stories that parallel lessons from Bible stories. And it is always wonderful to recognize how God blesses us beyond what we expect.
    I rated your review and confirmed the email.

    • Thanks so much for rating my review and for sharing your thoughts here, Martha! I enjoyed visiting your beautiful blog. You’re entered twice in the drawing. Blessings!

  19. Here’s another book I can’t wait to get my hands on! Awesome review Renee!

  20. I enjoyed reading this review. thanks

    I’d love to read this book. Love the chance to win it.

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  21. I ranked your review.

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  22. Thanks! I rated and received my email.

  23. Great review! I rated and got the e-mail!

  24. Renee, I loved your review! I have read Mine is the Night, so don’t enter me in the drawing for it, although I still want to be considered for the gift card for sure. I rated your review with 5 stars, thought it was awesome. Just wanted to let you know and say hi! πŸ™‚

  25. I rated you a 5.

    I love Liz Curtis Higgs. She is my favorite Author. I haven’t read this one. Thanks!

  26. Here’s my attempt to pick my favorite literary device. Also, I’d like to invite you to throw your name into the hat for a $25 Amazon gift certificate in Readerbuzz’s July Giveaway!It’s international!

    I’d love to win your giveaway. I hope you will enter mine.

    I always follow back.

  27. Hi Renee! Thanks for stopping by at The Writer’s Reverie! I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to your place and your review of Liz Curtis Higgins latest. Love her tartan! I was especially encouraged by the scripture you quoted from 1 John about worry. Man – do I need that these days! I’m looking forward to following your ventures in bookland – a place I reside, myself. I know what you mean about getting immersed and reading for hours – isn’t that just the way it’s done? Perhaps, when my school year settles (lots of new changes coming up) I may try my hand at this review writing as well. As a Literary Enrichment Artist I do this via performance programming – and primarily in schools and libraries where there is precious little of contemporary fare that I can recommend. Books, creativity, and the arts are my domain, though, and God is so good to make some use of me there. Visit again!
    Miss Kathy

    • I loved reading about all your activities. I teach in a Christian school and have taken my English classes to productions such as you described on your About Me page. They so enriched our program! . . . And you should get into reviewing! Use the buttons on my sidebar to check out the publishers who will send you books for free as long as you post a review on your blog. I love the written word and have been so blessed by the books I’ve received over the past year.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts here! Blessings!

  28. Oh! Almost forgot – I rated you – little Miss Five Stars – and verified it through the e-mail. Love to enter give-aways – and I’ve won a couple of times, too!
    Kathryn Ross

  29. This sounds like a great read. Hope you have a lovely day.

  30. I like taking books with good plots like that on trips, because then I have nothing better to do than just read for hours and hours! I’d love to win the gift card, I’ve got my eye on a few books!

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  32. Hi! Thanks for the great review! You’ve been ranked! Weekend Hopper and new follower! Please stop by http://aboutamom.com πŸ™‚

  33. Hi, I found you through Wild Card Weekend Blog Hop 7/9/11 and I am following through twitter.
    I hope you all stop by my site http://www.madamedeals.com I even have an ipad2 to giveaway..

    Thank you

  34. Lovely review of a very interesting sounding book. And what a clever idea to put that rating box there. I also participate in Blogging for Books and never thought of that. Thanks for the idea. πŸ™‚ Have a blessed and beautiful Sunday.

    • Thanks, Kaye! I had been participating in Blogging for Books for months and not having anyone rate my reviews. I noticed that the list of books available to me was becoming smaller and smaller. The folks in charge told me lack of rated reviews was why. So I had some friends rate my old reviews and decided to use the embed code for this one. It’s much easier! Let me know the next time you need a review rated:)

  35. Great review, Renee! I have this book on my TBR stack (I actually won it from Renee C.!), so I’m excited to read it sometime. πŸ™‚

    I also wanted to let you know that you were “tagged” on my blog today. πŸ™‚ No need to participate if you don’t want to, but if you’re interested here’s the URL:



  36. Great review. Sounds like a very interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

  37. I stopped by your blog today

  38. I stopped by and was a part of blogging for books. Thanx

  39. Reviewed and verified! And you are brilliant. I quit using Blogging for Books when they went to this format because I didn’t know how I’d get people to read my reviews!

  40. I love this review! It reeally made me want to find the book and read it! It sounds so interesting. I rated your review and confirmed in my email. I hope you get a lot more books to review!

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