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The Beloved Daughter is an inspirational suspense novel by Alana Terry, which tells the story of a young girl sent to a North Korean prison camp for her father’s faith. It has won awards from the Book Club Network and the Women of Faith writing contest. It is also currently one of the nominations for Book of the Year at bookfun.org.

The Beloved Daughter will be on sale for just $0.99 (regularly $3.99) from the Amazon Kindle store from December 26-30. As a special Christmas bonus, if you are one of the first three people to comment on this blog, you can win your own free kindle copy today! And if you’re feeling especially lucky, enter the giveaway for a $25 Amazon Gift Card! (GIVEAWAY now over.)

My Take: Beloved Daughter is a dose of reality wrapped in the suspenseful, adventure-filled story of Chung-Ca, daughter of an outspoken Christian father in the totalitarian state of North Korea. Amidst a people raised to be godless & cruel, the light of Christ shines through Chung-Ca’s father & the other characters who know Him. Though at times Chung-Ca’s light seems little more than a sputtering candle, her story helped me envision how even that amount of truth can give hope to those who encounter it. That makes this an important story for any thoughtful believer to make time for.

What I liked best: This story renewed my determination to pray for our many brothers & sisters in Christ, who are suffering in slavery & oppression around the world.

Also, Chung-Ca’s journey gave me hope for me—that though many days I falter in my faith, all I need is a mustard-seed-sized amount for God to use me. God’s grace is pretty amazing that way, isn’t it?

My Favorite Quote: “The Old Woman continued in her low, melodic voice. ‘Eventually word of my witnessing attempts, feeble as they were, reached the ears of the guards. I was put in detainment. It was then, in the midst of fear and persecution, that the words of our Master came to me in a vision. One night the Savior himself appeared in my cell and told me clearly, ‘Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.'”

‘From Matthew,’ I remarked, remembering how my father loved the first gospel and memorized it in its entirety.

The Old Woman looked over at me and furrowed her brow. ‘From the Bible? . . . I have not seen the Holy Book since I was younger than you, a child in my parents’ house . . . My vision of Jesus filled me with hope.'”

SAVE BIG: Get the ebook from amazon for 99 cents when you buy before Dec. 31. If you like audiobooks, you can buy the unabridged version narrated by 4-time Audie-award winner Kathy Garver from Audible, or get it from amazon for only $1.99 after you buy the ebook (save $18). Like paperbacks? Get The Beloved Daughter for less than $12 on Amazon.

Flash giveaway! How to win a free copy of The Beloved Daughter ebook:

1) Be one of the first three people to leave a blog comment below. (Comments by Alana Terry or the author of this blog don’t count.)

2) You must fill out this quick form so Alana knows where to send your prize ebook.

*All the prize copies claimed? No worries – get it from amazon for just 99 cents! Continue Reading…

As part of author Tricia Goyer’s launch team, I want to let you know about her latest project, a book called Lead Your Family Like Jesus, which she has co-written with best-selling authors Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges.

lead your familyHere’s the book blurb: Whenever you influence the thinking, behavior, or development of another person, you are leading. Nowhere, then, is your impact as a leader felt more dramatically than in your own family—no matter what role you play. What kind of legacy will you leave?

Lead Your Family Like Jesus reveals 12 priceless parenting principles based on the Savior’s life and teachings—from Say Yes to the Best and No to the Rest to Know the Difference Between a Crisis and a Bump in the Road. You’ll discover how your heart, head, hands, and habits can work together as you serve your way to a truly Christ-centered family.

Filled with practical examples and easily applied principles, this book lays out a dynamic H4 framework to help you align your heart, head, hands, and habits to Lead Your Family Like Jesus. When you do, leadership will become a joy—as your entire family benefits from ongoing feelings of safety, security, and satisfaction.

About the Freebies: If you pre-order your copy of Lead Your Family Like Jesus by March 20, you’ll receive FREE parenting resources from Focus on the Family—a $60+ value! Follow this link to pre-order and register.

Tricia3About the author: Using her own experiences as a teen mother and leader of today’s generation, Tricia’s vision is to be a voice of hope and possibility for teenage girls, pregnant teen girls, mothers and wives through her educational and inspirational speaking, workshops and books. Her intention is to serve ordinary women by encouraging extraordinary things with God’s help. Tricia expresses real life, real hope, for real women.

She speaks and conducts workshops for women and teens around the nation, and offers programs to assist teens and teen moms. Tricia has been a workshop speaker for MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International Convention and Hearts at Home. She is the founder of Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Northwestern Montana.

In 2010, she was selected as one of the Top 20 Moms To Follow on Twitter by SheKnows.com. Tricia is on the blogging team at MomLifeToday.com and HopeforWomenMag.com. You can also find her at her website: www.triciagoyer.com

UPDATE: This contest is closed. Prizes have been mailed!

I’m glad you stopped by because this week we’re celebrating many 2012 Debut Authors with a Giveaway Blog Hop! All week long you can hop around from blog to blog and scoop up some great debut novels without leaving the comfort of your own home. This exciting event was organized by Inspired Kathy of the I Am A Reader, Not A Writer Blog.

The hop will run from Wednesday night, June 6th, to Wednesday, June 13th, at 11:59 pm. Do you remember how it works? You can enter my giveaway and then hop to any blog on the linky list (at the end of this post) to see what they’re offering. Who knows what wonderful prizes are out there!?

The Doorkeeper Prize: (US only) I’m giving away TWO wonderful debut novels. That means two winners! Just to show my appreciation for those of you who follow and visit my blog!

Choice One: Submerged by Dani Pettrey, which received 4 1/2 stars from Romantic Times. Bailey Craig vowed never to set foot in Yancey again. She has a past, and a reputation. She’s returned to bury a loved one killed in the plane crash and is determined not to stay even an hour more than necessary. But then dark evidence emerges and Bailey’s own expertise becomes invaluable for the case.

Cole McKenna can handle the deep-sea dives and helping the police recover evidence. He can even handle the fact that a murderer has settled in his town and doesn’t appear to be moving on. But dealing with the reality of Bailey’s reappearance is a tougher challenge. She broke his heart, but she is not the same girl who left Yancey. He let her down, but he’s not the same guy she left behind. Can they move beyond the hurts of their pasts and find a future together?

Choice Two: Wildflowers from Winter by Katie Ganshert, which received 4 stars from Romantic Times.  A young architect at a prestigious Chicago firm, Bethany Quinn has built a life far removed from her trailer park teen years. Until an interruption from her estranged mother reveals that tragedy has struck in her hometown and a reluctant Bethany is called back to rural Iowa. Determined to pay her respects while avoiding any emotional entanglements, she vows not to stay long. But the unexpected inheritance of farmland and a startling turn of events in Chicago forces Bethany to come up with a new plan.

Handsome farmhand Evan Price has taken care of the Quinn farm for years. So when Bethany is left the land, he must fight her decisions to realize his dreams. But even as he disagrees with Bethany’s vision, Evan feels drawn to her and the pain she keeps so carefully locked away. For Bethany, making peace with her past and the God of her childhood doesn’t seem like the path to freedom. Is letting go the only way to new life, love and a peace she’s not even sure exists?

They sound great, don’t they? Here’s how you can win one . . .  Continue Reading…

UPDATE: Giveaway winners announced here.

What is it about a wedding that turns even the most unsentimental heart to mush? Or that transforms an ordinary man and woman in a tux and white gown into emissaries of True Love Always? Maybe it’s the rich biblical symbolism that makes us swoon over bride and groom—because God so often uses the wedding metaphor to describe how He woos us. (“As a young man marries a maiden, so your sons marry you. As a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you.” ~ from Isaiah) Wherever the magic stems from, Rachel Hauck has infused it into her charming new book, The Wedding Dress.

The story begins with Charlotte Malone, a bridal boutique owner who dresses brides for a living yet can’t summon any enthusiasm for own wedding. Charlotte attends an estate sale and feels compelled to bid on a mysterious battered trunk. When she finally breaks through the trunk’s welded lock, she discovers a vintage wedding dress. The book then moves from present day to 1912 so we can understand how the unusual dress came to be through suffragette Emily’s story. As Charlotte works out the history of the dress, we learn about Mary Grace in 1939 and Hillary from 1968. But it’s the connection between Emily and Charlotte and what they learn about true love that really makes this story special. Though I knew there had to be an HEA (Happily Ever After) coming, I enjoyed every discovery and lover’s quarrel and sweet reconciliation along the way. I’d love to see this as a Hallmark movie!

I adore my Kindle. However, I keep hard copies of favorite stories so I can share them with my friends. And I’ve already thought of several folks I want to pass this book along to—a few of my avid teen readers at school, a friend who has cancer and delights in heartwarming stories, and a recently engaged bride-to-be. Now that I think of it, I may need more than one copy! How about you?  You can purchase your pass-along-copies of The Wedding Dress at this link.

***Thanks to Litfuse and Thomas Nelson for providing my review copy.

What is “true” beauty? Join the conversation at Rachel’s Author Chat Party Event Page. On the eventing of 4/19 we’ll gather to talk about inner and outer beauty and share moments of beauty in our lives.

In the meantime, celebrate with Rachel by entering her True Beauty Giveaway!

One “beautiful” winner will receive:

  • A $200 Visa Cash Card (Treat yourself to a spa day or weekend get-away!)
  • The Wedding Dress (by Rachel Hauck)

Winner will be announced at Rachel’s “True Beauty” Facebook Party on  4/19. Rachel will be hosting an evening of beauty (inner/outer) chat, fun trivia, laughter, and encouragement – bring your friends! She’ll also be giving away some GREAT prizes: gift certificates, books, and a Book Club Prize Pack! (Ten copies of the book for your small group or book club and a live chat with Rachel via Skype.)

About the author: Rachel Hauck is the bestselling author of Carol Award winner Sweet Caroline, and RITA Finalist Love Starts With Elle, and of the critically acclaimed fiction collaboration with multi-platinum country artist Sara Evans, The Songbird Novels.

She lives in sunny, though sometimes hurricane-plagued, central Florida with her husband and their ornery pets. Rachel earned a degree in Journalism form Ohio State University and is a huge Buckeyes football fan. She is the past president of American Christian Fiction Writers and now sits on the board as an adviser. Visit her web site at www.rachelhauck.com to read her blog and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

UPDATE: A winner has been emailed!

The Bible says that the Holy Spirit living inside a Christian is like a treasure hiding in an earthen vessel. What happens when the fragile vessel housing that precious treasure cracks and breaks? The brokenness provides an even greater opportunity for God’s Spirit to shine.

Just so, my friend’s mother, who suffered from Alzheimer’s, could not remember her own name but somehow knew every word of her favorite hymns and Bible verses. Or my learning-disabled student, who could barely retain enough information to pass a class, was able to memorize Bible verses and understand biblical concepts. Or take the example of Jen Barrick.

Jen Barrick

What is Jen’s story? On the night of November 5, 2006, the Barrick family was driving home from church when their van was struck by a drunk driver. Fifteen-year-old Jen suffered multiple skull fractures and severe brain trauma and was not expected to survive the night. But against all odds, she did. As she lingered in a coma, doctors warned that if Jen ever woke up, she would be cursing and screaming in confusion due to her brain injuries.

The doctors told her mother, Linda, “Brain injury patients are agitated, confused, and in pain. Often reviving patients are violent, lashing out with arms and legs, fighting and swearing, using words you couldn’t imagine the person even knew.”

But that’s not how it happened for Jen.

Instead, she woke at 3 a.m., praying.

Though Jen could not communicate with her family beyond a few slurred words, she remembered whole portions of the Bible and every praise song she’d ever learned—and spoke them clearly.

Linda writes, “While her battered body lay in a hospital room in Virginia, her spirit stood in the throne room of the Almighty.”

Those who heard Jen’s first middle-of-the-night prayers thought God was going to take Jen to heaven right then. But Jen’s prayer gave Linda hope. “Whatever happened from now on, I [Linda] knew that Jen was the Lord’s and He had blessings to shower upon her along with great work to do in His name.”

Miracle for Jen chronicles Jen’s journey through brokenness. Though she lost much, she gained a connection with God that few have while here on earth and a powerful ministry. Jen’s story renewed my appreciation for God’s gift of life and reminded me why I can trust Him with all that I am. It would be difficult to read this book and not be changed. Here are two ways to get your hands on a copy . . .

(1) Enter this drawing. Leave a comment on this post to be entered to win a coupon for a free copy of the book. For bonus, you can “like” my new Facebook page here and then let me know in the comment you leave. The drawing will remain open until next Wednesday, April 18. (2) Follow this link to purchase the book.

***Thanks to Tyndale House for sending Miracle for Jen for me to review.

The Season’s of Love Progressive Blog Party is drawing to a close. If you’re a book lover, you’ll want to stop in at the various sites and sign up for the drawings the bloggers are hosting.

Saturday’s party post features first-time author Jody Hedlund. I loved her book The Preacher’s Bride, which was based on the life of Elizabeth Bunyan, John Bunyan’s second wife. You can read an interview with her at this link to Dark Glass Ponderings. Julia and Jody are giving away a copy of Jody’s book. I believe they’re also giving away Godiva chocolate!

Sunday’s post features one of my favorite authors, Laura Frantz. Laura writes inspirational historical fiction that will not only take you to another place and time but will also touch your heart with the truths of God. You can find Laura, plus a 3-book giveaway, at this link for the Black and Gold Girl’s Book Spot. Bookmark the spot so you’ll remember to visit after church!

And to remind you to return later, here are Laura’s book covers for you to enjoy . . .

July 2011

Also, I think it’s not too late to get in on some of the previous giveaways. Here are the links: Continue Reading…

Emily with daughter Bella

Here at Doorkeeper, we celebrate those who are opening doors for others, either through mentoring, mothering, teaching, writing or more. From time-to-time I’ll be interviewing a faithful Doorkeeper—especially if she’s a fellow booklover—and giving away a book by her favorite author.

You’ll find giveaway details for The Thorn by Beverly Lewis at the end of this post. But first, take some time to get to know a fellow Christian fiction enthusiast!

This week’s booklover, Emily DiRenzo Steele, wanted to be a Broadway singer when she grew up, but God, it seemed, had other plans.

You won’t find Emily on a New York City stage, entertaining an adoring crowd before flitting off to sample the night life. But you just might find her driving the back roads of her quiet hometown, singing a duet of Mighty to Save

Emily and daughter Gabi

with her three-year-old daughter Bella, while fifteen-month-old Gabbi looks on. Two beautiful daughters are all the adoring crowd this young mother needs!

Emily and her husband Jon are members of First Baptist Church of Rhinebeck, New York, and together they head up the youth ministry. Emily also teaches the teen girls’ Sunday school class.

Emily’s take on church life: “Being in the Youth Ministry means that Jon and I are always busy. But it also means that my girls get to have the influence of some awesome, Godly young people. We like when the teens are in our home, eating, and hanging out. It brings all that we do together.”

True Life Romance

Emily on her wedding day

Emily first met Jon on a Word of Life Youth Mission trip to South Africa. They became fast friends, along with two others on the team. After the trip, Emily returned to high school in New York, and Jon returned to Michigan.

On a long weekend, Emily traveled to Michigan to visit her new friends. That was when she and Jon began dating.

Emily says, “I don’t know that there was one single moment where I thought he was ‘the one.’ I just knew in my heart that this young man loved the Lord. That serving God was important to Jon.”

Emily and Jon today

“And,” she adds, “I think being ten hours apart was the best part about dating. It truly made us get to know each other. I remember getting snail mail from him and smiling from ear to ear, just reading about his week. He was my best friend.”

Present Joys
Emily describes their family life as crazy—in a good way. Jon works second shift at the Dutchess County Jail (on the Corrections Emergency Response Team). So it’s an event to have him home for dinner, and a special treat for the four of them to pray together before putting the girls to bed.

Since Emily was saved at age four (cousin Tara prayed with her to receive Christ during a sleepover), she understands how vital those first years are in a child’s faith journey. She

Mom and Bella explore the world

loves when life offers an opportunity to open the “faith” door with her girls—and not just through church, AWANA, Scripture memory, or praise music. And her efforts are paying off. Recently while watching the Narnia movie, Bella exclaimed, “Aslan is like Jesus. He died and came back to life!”

One of Emily’s special joys is hosting Thanksgiving for her siblings, a job which she inherited from her grandfather. “I would sit with Poppy and memorize how he made the stuffed mushrooms and prepared the turkey. Now I make everyone’s favorites, and it literally makes my heart happy when we all sit down to eat. I love it!”

Past difficulties
Though Emily’s life is presently rosy, it hasn’t been without its thorns. (Notice the title of the book giveaway!)

Emily with girls from her youth group

During her high school years, she realized she’d gotten in with the wrong crowd and needed to flee the bad influences. The insightful teen begged her mother for a chance to attend Northern Dutchess Christian School, and Mom made it happen. Emily enrolled, blossomed, and stayed for three years before graduating.

During her adult years, Emily has also had to work through some residual issues caused by her parents’ divorce, which she sees as hugely impacting her life. Emily comments, “I know my parents love us kids so much, and I have a great relationship with both of them. Praise God that He’s been so good to us . . . The divorce has shaped me, though.”

Everyday Struggles
Emily wrote, “Last week I sang a song in church, and one of the lines said, ‘When anything that’s shattered is laid before the Lord, just watch and see. It will not be, unredeemed.’”

“God is so much more capable than I am! Yet I always try to do things on my own. I am a worrier, and I am borderline obsessed with getting things done yesterday.

God uses those weaknesses to bring me to my knees often! Whether it is my shattered attempt at conquering the world, or my shattered attempt at being humble and asking forgiveness, He is always able to redeem, and always able to do it FAR beyond what I have ever imagined.”

Family vacation photo

Future Goals
“I would love to see my kids firmly rooted in the Lord! I want the same for my marriage. I don’t know that I can think of any other goals for myself. Though, opening my own hair salon and keeping my laundry from piling up would be wonderful!”

Favorite Books
The Last Sin Eater by Francine Rivers: “This book illustrates how the weight of our sins was removed by Christ, our Last Sin Eater. I loved Cadi, and her desire to understand God’s forgiveness. This book grabbed me with its characters.”

This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti: “I love the way that he paints a picture of the war for our souls! Incredible book!”

Shades of Blue by Karen Kingsbury : “Covers the topic of abortion and all the healing that God can do through even our sinful choices. I read this one in two days—couldn’t put it down!”

Emily enjoying snow camp with youth group

The Centurion’s Wife & The Hidden Flame by Janette Oke & Davis Bunn: “This is the latest series I have read, and I’m so glad it’s not finished! An awesome look into the time of the disciples. It brings Scripture to life!”

ANYTHING by Beverly Lewis: “I have read everything she has written! I think she is one of the greatest authors ever. I have NEVER been disappointed.”

Book Giveaway:
In honor of Emily, I’m giving away a brand new copy of The Thorn by Beverly Lewis. If you haven’t read this, sign up today and get reading. Then you’ll be ready for the sequel, The Judgment, which will be out in April!

Steps To Enter the Giveaway:
1. Join this blog through email or Google Friend Connect. To join by email, enter your email address in the space provided on the sidebar. But you’re not done yet! Look for an email from Feedburner in your personal email account. Follow the link provided to verify your subscription.

2. Leave a comment here to let me know that you are a follower or subscriber. Be sure to put your email address in your comment. However, write it like this jenniebee [at] yahoo [dot] com and NOT like this jenniebee@yahoo.com. (This helps keep your email safe from spammers!)

Confused? For blog newbies, if you’re reading this on the main page, look for the tiny words “Leave a comment” in the notes at the end of this post. If you’re on the post page, you should see a large box in which to leave a reply.

So whether you’ve known Emily a long time or just met her today, why don’t you leave a comment to encourage her? And if you’d like to view more of her photos, check out the Sidebar Photoblog. Simply click on the cover photo so view the rest of the pictures.

How about you? Do you have a list of favorite books you’d like to talk about, some family photos to share with us, a life story you’d like to tell? Maybe we’ll be reading about you here at Doorkeeper in the future!

Follow this link to view the website of author Beverly Lewis.

Follow this link to view or pre-order The Judgment by Beverly Lewis.

Follow this link to read an excerpt or to purchase a copy of The Thorn by Beverly Lewis.

If you’re new to this site, follow this link to read the inspiring true story of A Woman’s Miraculous Faith in the Jungles of World War II!

Amazon.com book summary of The Thorn:
Lancaster County, with its rolling meadows and secret byways, may seem idyllic, but it is not without its thorns. THE ROSE TRILOGY is the stirring saga of two Amish sisters on the fringes of the church, and the unforeseen discoveries that change their lives.

Rose Kauffman, a spirited young woman, has a close friendship with the bishop’s foster son. Nick dresses Plain and works hard but stirs up plenty of trouble, too. Rose’s sister cautions her against becoming too involved, but Rose is being courted by a good, Amish fellow, and so dismisses the warnings. Meanwhile, Rose keeps house for an English widower but is startled when he forbids her to ever go upstairs. What is the man hiding?

Rose’s older sister, Hen, knows more than she should about falling for the wrong man. Unable to abandon her Amish ways, Hen is soon separated from her very modern husband. Mattie, their young daughter, must visit her father regularly, but Hen demands she wear Amish attire–and speak Pennsylvania Dutch, despite her husband’s wishes. Will Hen be able to reestablish her place among the People she abandoned? And will she be able to convince Rose to steer clear of rogue neighbor Nick?

Blog Sense

Renee Ann Smith —  October 11, 2010 — 1 Comment

Maybe some of you are interested in what’s going on in the blogging world, but you don’t have time to search it out for yourselves. If so, this post is for you! I’d like to bring to your attention some of the great reads and resources that are available through blogs. Take a few minutes to visit these sites. (If you’re reading this by e-mail, you’ll probably have to come to the site to follow these links, but you’ll be glad you did!)

Encouraging Readings
Follow this link to read God as My Restorer by Sharon Hinck.

This original fable by Max Lucado touched my heart. It’s a quick read. Follow this link to read Finding Father Benjamin: A Fable by Max Lucado.

Devotional Thoughts Combined with a Dash of History Follow this link for history buff Laura Frantz’s inspirational thoughts. (You can find her books here: The Frontiersman’s Daughter and Courting Morrow Little.)

Follow this link for author Sarah Sundin’s blog, which combines inspirational thoughts with a This Day in World War II section. (You can find her books here: A Distant Melody and A Memory Between Us)

Book Giveaways
Check out some of these great book giveaways. All you have to do is leave a comment to enter the various drawings.

Follow this link for The Amish Way: 10-Book Giveaway.

A high school senior named Carman keeps a list of Christian Book Giveaways on her blog of the same name. Follow this link to view the latest giveaways. (If you leave a comment on her main blog, tell her Renee Ann sent you!)

Free E-books
When I was looking up an old devotional I remembered enjoying, I found it at Manybooks.net. Follow this link to browse a site filled with many categories of e-books, which you can download for free.

All Giveaways
The internet is filled with other great giveaways. Follow this link to browse Giveaway Scout, a site which list giveaways in various categories, such as fashion, home & garden, jewelry, and, of course, books.