Hidden Peril

Hidden Peril
By Irene Hannon

Back of the Book Synopsis

As teenagers, Kristin Dane and her two best friends took a vow to make the world a better place. Twenty years later, she’s fulfilling that pledge through her fair trade shop that features products from around the world. All is well until, one by one, people connected to the shop begin dying

Detective Luke Carter, new to the St. Louis PD, wants to know why. Before he can answer that question, however, the FBI weighs in and Kristin suddenly finds herself in the middle of international intrigue — and in the sights of the ruthless mastermind behind an ingenious and deadly scheme. Can this cold-blooded killer be stopped before more people die… including Kristin?

 

My Thoughts

I was hooked from the first page and the grip didn’t let go! Man, sad to see this book end. The plot and different elements of the story are so well developed, unique and well written. I love the romantic tension between the characters. It lightens the rather heavy story a bit. The suspense with the different elements of the story (both the regular storyline and the romantic thread) are well thought out. I did predict one element but it wasn’t a problem and I didn’t feel like it detracted from the story. Overall this story is amazing. I love Irene Hannon’s books and she has quickly become one of my favorite authors. Can’t wait to read other books by Ms Hannon.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This has in no way influenced my review. All thoughts are my own.

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A Duel for Christmas

About the Book

Book Title: A Duel For Christmas

Author: Rosanne E. Lortz

Genre: Regency Romance, Romantic Suspense

Release date: October 1, 2018

After seven long years in Devon, Lady Maud Worlington returns to London to reclaim life on her own terms, but a nefarious shadow and the prospect of financial ruin dog her steps. An impulsive and unforgettable kiss under the mistletoe creates a connection with Geoffrey, the handsome, young Duke of Tilbury. Yet as pleasant as it is to have a suitor, Maud is not sure how a boy of one-and-twenty can prove an equal partner in life and the equal of all the forces mounted against her.
The Duke of Tilbury considers himself as adept at managing matters as he is at swordplay, but his beautiful new acquaintance Lady Worlington has other ideas about how to manage her complicated life. Intrigued by their stolen kiss, Geoffrey pursues Lady Worlington’s affections, only to be foiled by the lady’s own doubts, by rivals for her hand, and by a sudden death that affects both their families. When Jacob Pevensey, the investigator from Bow Street enters the scene, the duke becomes a prime suspect in the murder case. Truths are unearthed that Geoffrey would rather keep hidden, and the twelve days of Christmas race toward a perilous end.

 

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My Thoughts

This was the first time I had read anything by Rosanne E. Lortz! I was excited to find a new author and was curious to read her work. I was not disappointed. Lack of having read the previous books in the series was not an issue. So don’t let that be a deterrent! Grab this book for a great read while snuggled under a blanket, drinking something warm and yummy. Regency era novels aren’t one of my most read genres but I did thoroughly enjoy this book! There was a little romance and mystery mixed in with the historical content and who doesn’t love a Christmas time story? For me, that makes for a great book. The characters were interesting and the plot moved at a pace that kept me interested and wanting to read more. I did feel this book was a little heavy on character introduction at the beginning before the plot developed in full force. It wasn’t a turn off but it would have just allowed more time for the plot to thicken and develop. I did love the relationship between the main characters. It was well written. There weren’t many spiritual elements so I don’ t know if I would classify this book as Christian fiction. It could probably be considered more clean fiction. I found myself at the end of the book hoping for more. I hope there will be more written about these characters.
I gave this book 3.5/4 out of 5 stars.
I received a digital copy of this book from the author via Celebrate Lit. This has in no way influenced my review. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author

Rosanne E. Lortz is a writer, editor, teacher, history-lover, and mom to four boys. She loves to read, sing, draw, compose, write, and create. Education is one of her passions, particularly a classical, liberal arts education. She has taught English composition and grammar, Latin, history, music, and various other subjects for ten years at both the elementary and secondary level and is currently the Director of Academics and Admissions at Paideia Classical Christian School in Gladstone, Oregon.
Rosanne’s first book, I Serve: A Novel of the Black Prince, released in 2009. This book explores the tumultuous landscape surrounding the Hundred Years’ War and the Black Death and is a tale of arms, of death, of love, and of honor. In 2015, Rosanne began her Pevensey mysteries, novels of romantic suspense set during the British Regency (with inspiration from medieval characters and events). The first three titles are: To Wed an Heiress, The Duke’s Last Hunt, and A Duel for Christmas.

 

Guest Post from Roseanne

The year is 1120. The place is the English Channel. A ship puts off from the French port. The passengers have been drinking, far too heavily. A submerged rock shatters the hull of the ship. The vessel goes down into the watery depths, and with it the heir to the English throne.

This incident from Medieval history was the inspiration for my Regency novel, A Duel for Christmas. Set in the early 1800s, the novel has a dash of suspense, a few tablespoons of murder mystery, and a heaping cup of sweet romance all blended together to make the perfect holiday read.

Lady Maud Worlington has just returned to London, determined to reclaim life on her own terms, but when an impulsive and unforgettable kiss creates a connection with Geoffrey, the Duke of Tilbury, she must decide if he can prove an equal partner in life and the equal of all the forces mounted against her. A watery death, financial ruin, and a nefarious shadow from the past dog their steps as the Twelve Days of Christmas race toward a perilous end.

Blog Stops

A Baker’s Perspective, October 13

Just Commonly, October 13

Blogging With Carol, October 14

Remembrancy, October 14

Carpe Diem, October 15

Inklings and Notions, October 15

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 16

Ashley’s Bookshelf, October 16

Where Faith and Books Meet, October 17

Texas Book-aholic, October 17

All-of-a-kind Mom, October 18

Wishful Endings, October 18

Faery Tales Are Real, October 18

More Of Him, October 19

Just the Write Escape, October 19

Bibliophile Reviews, October 20

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, October 20

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, October 21

Lis Loves Reading, October 21

Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, October 22

Mary Hake, October 22

Two Points of Interest, October 22

Simple Harvest Reads, October 23 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)

Book by Book, October 23

proud to be an autism mom, October 23

Reader’s Cozy Corner, October 24

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 24

Janices book reviews, October 25

Bigreadersite, October 25

Godly Book Reviews, October 26

Living Life Free in Christ, October 26

Have A Wonderful DayOctober 26

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Rosanne is giving away a $25 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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A Sparkle of Silver

 

A Sparkle of Silver
By Liz Johnson

Back of the Book Synopsis

Millie Sullivan plays a 1920’s-era guest during tours of a palatial estate on the shore of St. Simon’s Island, Georgia, where her great-grandmother was a real guest ninety years ago. When Millie learns of a lost diary that may contain the location of a hidden treasure on the estate and reveal the identity of her great-grandfather, she sets out to find the truth of her heritage — and the fortune she desperately needs. But it won’t be easy.

When security guard Ben Thornton discovers her snooping in the estate’s private library, he threatens to have her fired. Still, her story seems to ludicrous to be fiction, and her offer to split the treasure is too tempting to pass up.

Get ready for a romantic escapade through dark halls and dusty corners that will have you holding your breath and signing with delight.

My Thoughts

A Sparkle of Silver is a great story of present and past colliding in the most unexpected ways. It is the story of family, broken pasts, forgiveness, love, and new beginnings. The first 1/3 of the book was rather slow for me. I had a hard time staying engaged for some reason. I had some questions that I felt weren’t being answered and that was frustrating. I felt unsure about why the great-grandmother was at the Chateau. I don’t know if I just missed it somehow but I was left confused about it either way. I was still left unsure at the end but it didn’t really matter anymore the farther I got into the story. Someone mentioned that this book has one of the best clean first kiss scenes… I was a bit curious what they meant by that. At first this is what kept me reading when I was feeling disengaged. When would it come? What was so great about it? But as I kept reading I got reengaged and fell in love with the story. Then the scene came and it was spectacular. The last 2/3 of the story flew by and I found myself wanting to know more about the characters after the story ended. I loved the ending. It was unexpected and well written. I gave this book 4 stars out of 5.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This has in no way influenced my review. All thoughts are my own.

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Renewed by Leigh Powers

About the Book

 

Book Title: Renewed

Author: Leigh Powers

Genre: Devotional

Release date: November, 2017

Ministry is a privilege, but it can also be a painful experience. Unrealistic expectations, church conflict, forced resignations, and our own struggles with burnout, loneliness, and insecurity can make church feel more like a place of wounding than a place of healing. How can wounded leaders find the courage to reject bitterness and keep loving the church?

Renewed is a forty-day devotional for women in ministry, ministry wives, and lay leaders who have been wounded by their congregations. You are not alone. God sees your pain. He knows your hurts. And he is waiting to bind up your broken heart. This forty-day journey into the healing love of Jesus will help you find the courage to stop hiding and start loving the church again.

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My Thoughts

Woah! Have you ever read a book and thought, this was written just for me? You can totally connect with the author and what they’re saying. It resonates on a deep level. She put words where you didn’t have any. This book was like that for me. Growing up as a pastors kid, being the wife of a worship leader, and being on church staff myself means I experienced many of the same things the author writes about in this book. She speaks truth with love and grace. She doesn’t sugar coat it. It comes out raw and ugly at times and many of us are afraid to say such things… we think them but who can we trust to hear our hearts? So we don’t dare say anything out loud! I love that Powers sends the reader to scripture and prayer. She encourages reflection and further contemplation through scripture. It’s not a self-help book. It’s based in the Bible; where all answers can be found! It doesn’t belittle or demean those who think or experience the things written in the book but it encourages full dependence on the Lord to grow and develop as a follower of Christ. It doesn’t encourage one to wallow in the hurt but to see victory through the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. This is a book I will read and reread. I love the detailed table of contents for the times when I need to read something specific. I can easily find the devotional for that particular thing and go right to it. I’m thankful for the author’s willingness to go there. This book is a blessing.

I received a copy of this book as a participant in the Celebrate Lit blogger team. This has in no way influenced my review. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author

Leigh Powers is passionate about helping women find hope and healing in God’s Word. A pastor’s wife and mother of three with fifteen years of full-time ministry experience, she is a freelance writer, Bible study and devotional author, and a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She blogs regularly at www.leighpowers.com. You can usually find her with either a book or knitting needles in her hand—and sometimes both.

Guest Post from Leigh

I love ministry life. Several years ago, a young woman from Southeast Asia came to my English as a Second Language class for a year. Her English wasn’t very good, and I had to tug to get a word out of her. She came every week, but I wondered how much she was getting from the Bible stories we did during each class. At the end of the semester, I asked our class to share what they wanted to tell their friends and family when they went home. She looked up at me with big brown eyes. “I want to tell people about Jesus.”

Those are the ministry moments that thrill us. It is a privilege to help people find freedom in Christ, teach God’s word, worship with the congregation, and walk alongside people in their moments of joy or sorrow. On those days I can’t imagine choosing another life. Then there are days that make me want to hang it all up and go work at Wal-Mart. Days when anonymous letters get slipped under the office door. Days when you’re the brunt of gossip, when loneliness is like an ache in your bones, or when you start sending out resumes for new positions because you aren’t sure how much longer you’ll have the one you’ve got.

Ministry can be tough. Over the years I’ve met many women who have experienced the painful side of ministry. Church conflicts, forced resignations, depression, loneliness, feelings of inadequacy, and our own struggles with faith can take a toll. That painful side of ministry can make us start looking for an escape hatch.

I wrote Renewed in the middle of a difficult ministry season. It was a hard season, but it was also a season where Jesus showed up for me in an almost tangible way. At the same time, I was also hearing stories from other ministry wives and women in ministry that sounded all too familiar. I started putting words on the page, hoping that somehow God would use them to bring healing to other women in the same way he had brought healing to me. That outpouring of hurt, healing, and hope eventually became Renewed.

Some of you reading this are nodding along right now because you’ve been there too. You love the church, but you’ve seen how ugly it can be when we get it wrong. You’ve got wounds of your own, and sometimes you wonder if you can ever risk your heart again. If that’s you, I want you to know that there is hope. God has not abandoned you. God sees your hurt, he knows your pain, and he is waiting to bind up your broken spirit. He’s waiting. Turn to him, and may you find your spirit renewed.

Blog Stops

Bibliophile Reviews, October 6

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A Baker’s Perspective, October 7

The Becca Files, October 8

Mary Hake, October 8

Living Life Free In Christ, October 9

Genesis 5020, October 10

A Reader’s Brain, October 11

More Of Him, October 12

proud to be an autism mom, October 12

Godly Book Reviews, October 13

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 14

Carpe Diem, October 14

Kelly Harrel, October 15

Texas Book-aholic, October 16

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 17

Bigreadersite, October 17

Janices book reviews, October 18

Real World Bible Study, October 19

Little Homeschool on the Prairie, October 19

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Leigh is giving away a grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d4ee/renewed-celebration-tour-giveaway

A Secret To Die For

A Secret to Die For
By Lisa Harris

Back of the Book Synopsis

When one of her clients is murdered, Grace quickly realizes that computer security specialist Stephen Shaw wasn’t suffering from paranoia. What she doesn’t know is that someone believes Shaw gave her a vital piece of information before he died — and they are ready to silence her at any cost. Her only hope may be an old friend, Detective Nate Quinn, who has just been cleared for active duty after a bombing killed his partner and left him dealing with PTSD.

With her signature pulse-pounding suspense, bestselling author Lisa Harris takes you deep into the heart of fear in this race against the clock.

My Thoughts

This was the first Lisa Harris book I’ve read and it won’t be the last! I love a story that grabs you and demands that you continue reading as fast as you can until you finish. I really liked Grace’s back story. It was rather untraditional and unexpected which was nice. I did feel, however, that sometimes the story was a little predictable. It was like there was a Mary Poppins bag that followed the characters around and gave them what they needed right when they needed it. Like why were the binoculars just right there? Why did she just get out of that situation so easily? And now she’s in another situation? I felt like there was a lot of well written and interesting situations all strung together. It might have been a little more realistic to have only a few longer situations with more details included instead of a bunch of short ones. I liked the relationship between Grace and Nate but wished it was developed a little more deeply at the end. It was kind of sudden. Good but sudden. I also would have liked to read more about the villains. Why were they doing what they were doing? Who were they? I found the explanation at the end good but a little confusing. I wish there was just a little more detail and explanation. Overall I really liked how the book kept my interest. I liked it and definitely want to read more by this author.

I received a copy of this book from Revell as apart of the blogger program. This has in no way influenced my review. All thoughts are my own.

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To find out more about Lisa Harris visit her website here.

Jesus Calling for Christmas

Jesus Calling for Christmas
By Sarah Young

 

Are your holidays too hectic? Take a few minutes to savor the season with this beautiful Christmas edition of Jesus Calling®devotions, a perfect gift that includes 50 short selections along with festive and breathtaking imagery.

Jesus Calling® for Christmas is a compilation of 50 seasonally appropriate devotions from Sarah Young’s bestselling brand. In addition to the heartwarming devotions, enjoy the Christmas story from the Bible, Old Testament prophecies about the birth of Jesus, and exquisite images.

Whether a self-purchase to enhance your observation of Advent and the birth of the Christ child or a natural gift for friends and loved ones, Jesus Calling® for Christmas will prove an annual treasure for celebrating the season.

My Thoughts

I have been reading the Jesus Calling book for a long time so I was excited to see a Christmas themed book. I am excited to add it to my advent reading. My very first thoughts about this book upon opening it up was how beautiful the images were. They are all Christmas/Winter in theme and are gorgeous. The book is very appealing to the eye.  The devotionals are the perfect length for a quick read. They leave you pondering the content for the rest of the day. The verses are perfectly matched. My only issue with the book is the layout. It’s not consistent. This was very distracting as I wasn’t sure what went with what. The days reading wasn’t clearly defined. This in my mind makes it more of a coffee table book than a devotional. I still love the content but I wish it was a little better structured inside. Overall the book is beautiful both speaking of images and of the writing. I enjoyed reading this book and will definitely put it out on a coffee table during the Christmas season.

I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers. This has in no way influenced my review. All thoughts are my own.

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An Amish Family

An Amish Family

About the Book

In An Amish Family, beloved author of Amish romance, Kathleen Fuller, invites readers into the lives of four Amish families.

Building Trust

Grace Miller and Joel King are in love. They’ve dated secretly for the past year and when he proposes marriage, Grace eagerly agrees. But when she tells her parents about the wedding, she’s shocked when her father tells her she can’t marry Joel. Can Grace get to the bottom of her father’s animosity toward Joel so they can have the happily ever after she’s always dreamed of?

A Heart Full of Love (also in An Amish Cradle)

Ellie’s mother hasn’t stopped meddling in her personal life since Ellie lost her sight—and she’s taken it up a notch now that Ellie’s pregnant. When Ellie gives birth to twins, her mother insists on moving in to care for them. But when her mother’s behavior becomes unbearable, Ellie is forced to take a stand . . . and finally find out why Mamm can’t let go.

Surprised by Love

In a desperate move to evade her match-making mother, Emily Shwartz announces that she’s already seeing someone: Reuban Coblentz. The trouble is, Reuban is barely even a friend. Seeing how desperate she is, Reuban plays along. But when the past sneaks up on them, will this temporary arrangement turn into everlasting love?

A Gift for Anne Marie (also in An Amish Second Christmas)

Anne Marie and Nathaniel have been best friends since they were kids. Now things are evolving . . . in ways everyone else predicted long ago. But when her mother suddenly decides to remarry in another state, Anne Marie’s new chapter with Nathaniel looks doomed to end before it begins.

 

My Thoughts

Kathleen Fuller writes the best Amish short stories I’ve ever read!  They are so well balanced, perfectly paced, and super fun too. I often struggle with short story collections because the stories take so long to develop and then boom they’re over just as you feel like you’re getting somewhere. This is NOT the case with the stories in this book. They are the perfect length for a quick read. The characters are well developed and the storylines are detailed but simple enough to allow for a shortened story. I didn’t feel the endings of any of these stories was rushed. I loved the themes throughout the stories. It helped bring the Amish lifestyle from something we romanticize down to earth. The characters struggled with real challenges, with real emotions, with real reactions to those challenges and emotions… This book is great to pick up and read when you only have a few minutes at a time. The stories are easy to jump into and jump out of. They’re easy to remember and when one story is done I feel finality. Sometimes stories in short story collection books tend to blend together and I have a hard time going from one story to the next. This book is not that way! I will definitely be on the look out for more short story collections from Kathleen Fuller.

I received a copy of this book from BookLook blogger program. This has in no way influenced my review. All thoughts are my own.

For more information about Kathleen Fuller visit her website http://www.kathleenfuller.com/

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A Christmas By the Sea

A Christmas By the Sea
By Melody Carlson

“When Wendy Harper inherits her family’s beachside cottage in Seaside, Maine, she sees it as a way to finally pay off the debts that have mounted since her husband died. But before it can be sold, the neglected property must be renovated. She and her 12-year-old son Jackson move in–temporarily, she reminds him–in order to do the work themselves, even though Christmas is coming. The charming town, along with local craftsman Caleb Colton, pulls on both Wendy and Jackson, who even registers himself for school in a bid to get his mom to move them there permanently. Wendy knows that the most responsible thing to do is to sell the cottage and return to Ohio, but the lure of the sea is hard to resist.”

My Thoughts

I love the cover of this book. It’s so quaint and inviting. I found myself wanting to visit that little cottage. The author has exceptional attention to detail. I can picture scenes in my head, hear the dialogue and feel what the characters are feeling. I loved this about this book. What was more of a struggle for me was how descriptive everything was. I felt like the beginning of the book moved so slowly. I wanted the ride in the car at the beginning to be done much quicker than it was. I felt the details were great but it slowed down the story. Especially at the beginning of the story, when the reader is trying to get the pace and understand the characters and what’s going on in the plot, a bit faster moving would have been more interesting in my opinion. I kept going and the story fell into a nice rhythm. I enjoyed it. Great book for reading on a cold night with a blanket and a cup of something warm. Love these shorter Christmas books. They don’t take a super long time to read and are just fun stories. I would love to read Ms. Carlson’s other works.

I received a copy of this book as a member of the Revell bloggers program. This has in no way influenced my review. All thoughts are my own.

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About the Author

Visit Melody Carlson at her website http://melodycarlson.com/index.shtml

 

It’s Momplicated

About the Book

Book Title: It’s Momplicated

Author: Debbie Alsdorf * Joan Edwards Kay

Genre: Non-fiction

Release date: September 4, 2018

Let’s face it: when it comes to mothers and their daughters, things can get a little . . . complicated. Momplicated, you might say.

Whether your relationship with your mom has been wonderful or stressful, redeemed or broken, close or nonexistent, it’s one of your life’s most important and defining connections. Its effects have probably followed you into adulthood.

If you have conflicting feelings toward mom—or if you wish you could get past some of the baggage that holds you back—this is your book. Combining spiritual disciplines and the best of current therapeutic practice, It’s Momplicated will help you discover

  • How your early connection with your mother may have impacted your sense of self and your other important relationships—and what you can do to break the cycle
  • Why you and your mother have the relationship you have—the underlying reasons that may be contributing to strain and unease
  • Tools and exercises to help you cope with some of the most common effects of a broken relationship, including anxiety, depression, lack of confidence, and trust issues
  • How to be the daughter and mother God wants you to be even if your mom wasn’t who you needed her to be.

It’s never too late to love, never too late to heal, and never too late to trust God to turn the pain in your story into a redemption song. As you read It’s Momplicated, you’ll realize that while God doesn’t promise to fix all your circumstances, He does promise to uphold you and lead you to a healing place of knowing you are truly precious and loved, no matter how your past has affected you

 

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My Thoughts

Everyone has a mother in some shape or form… whether she was around and loving, around but distant, hardly around, or never around. Our relationships are different but since no one is perfect, we are all sinners, there are bound to be thorns among the roses. This book is for everyone! It’s Momplicated addresses many situations but doesn’t speak in a negative condescending tone. It’s one of grace and forgiveness. One of healing and beautifying. The thought provoking questions at the end of each chapter can be done individually or with a group. They cause the reader to really dig into their past and deal with it instead of just tossing it to the side thinking that that alone will remove it from their life. There are so many examples! I loved the way the book didn’t leave you to stew in your hurt but gently guides the reader through examples, scripture, and encouragement towards restoration. There are practical ways we can relate to our moms and accomplishable next steps. It’s hopeful and realistic but not in a fake impractical way. I can’t wait to go back through this book slowly and allow God to use it to change my life.

I received a copy of this book from CelebrateLit. This has in no way influenced my review. All thoughts are my own.

About the Authors

pic_LG_Alsdorf_DebbieDebbie Alsdorf: For the past twenty-five years, through her speaking and writing, Debbie Alsdorf’s mission has been to help women live a better story by leading them to the heart of God’s love and the truth of his Word. Debbie is a biblical lay counselor, a Christian life coach, and the founder of Design4Living Ministries. She and her husband, Ray, have raised a blended family of four adult children. Today Debbie’s favorite role is being a grandma to ten little ones.

pic_LG_Kay_JoanyJoan Kay Edwards: Joan Edwards Kay is a licensed marriage and family therapist in the East Bay of San Francisco and has been an adjunct professor at Western Seminary. She received her bachelor’s degree from Vassar College and her master’s degree from Western Seminary. She is happily married with two adult daughters, four stepdaughters, and five grandchildren.

 

Guest Post from Debbie and Joan

Mom. Mother. Mommy.

What do those words evoke in you? Wonderful memories of home cooked meals? A longing for nurture that was never fully met? A sense of not being enough? Gratitude? Sadness and loss? Anger and resentment?

Most women have a complex reaction when asked to think about their mothers–a mix of positive and negative, gratitude and hurt, happy and sad memories. Our relationships with our mothers are unique, rich, and complicated.

Allow us to introduce ourselves. We are Debbie Alsdorf and Joan Edwards Kay, friends who have written a book together that explores the issue of moms and their profound effect on daughters. It’s Momplicated: Hope and Healing for Imperfect Daughters of Imperfect Mothers releases this September 4th, 2018. Since every woman is a daughter, this book is for every women.

Every daughter receives less-than-perfect programming from her mother. The messages may be about our value, or how to relate to others, or even about how we think about bodies. However, God is our perfect parent who wants to rewrite that imperfect programming with his truth. Many of us don’t realize the wrong messages that are deep in our souls.

I (Debbie) grew up with a mother who was cold, distant and unavailable. I have one sister who was in her teens when I was born and married by the time I started school, leaving me to be raised as an only child. I grew up wondering what was wrong with me, “Why didn’t mom want to spend time with me? Why didn’t she hug me and hold me close like other moms did? Why was nothing I did to earn her approval good enough?” I was deeply imprinted with wounds of rejection and carried them through most of my adult life, even though I pasted on a smile, kept trying to do better, and could be the life of any gathering. On the inside, I was sad for as long as I can remember. Through working on this book, I have experienced a phenomenal inner healing, the exposing of lies long held secretly in my heart, and the ability to see the way the enemy of my soul has tried to use the “not enough” belief against me. I am beyond excited for other women to have the courage to own their own story, inviting Jesus to meet them in any points of pain and any relationships that need healing.

I (Joan) had a stay-at-home mom who cooked dinner every night, took us to the library and the beach, did art projects with us, and made me feel safe and happy. However, when I was nine years old, my father and then my brother both died of cancer within a year and my relationship with my mother changed. Understandably, she struggled to just hold herself together, but in my young mind I felt abandoned by her. I didn’t have the capacity to deal with all the loss and she didn’t have the strength to help me. I felt emotionally lost and alone. I longed for my mother to comfort me and show me how to overcome my pain. In retrospect, I wish she had shown me faith in a God who could bring hope and meaning to the devastation that had hit our family. But she was not a believer and did her best to stuff away the feelings and soldier on. I was deeply imprinted with the belief, I’m alone and can only depend on myself. As I worked on this project, the root of many of my struggles became clear to me and God has been comforting those young, lonely parts of me with his presence and his love.

What is your story with your mother? What false beliefs has this important relationship imprinted on your heart, and how does God’s truth rewrite them? It is our hope that every woman, as God’s daughter, will learn the beauty of who she is and receive her own healing so she can leave a legacy of faith, hope and beauty to the generation of women that follow.

One thing we know for sure: there are no perfect moms, just women partnering with a perfect God.

Blog Stops

A Baker’s Perspective, September 8

Texas Book-aholic, September 8

Carpe Diem, September 9

Lighthouse Academy, September 10

Luv’N Lambert Life, September 10

Life Faith & Health, September 11

Real World Bible Study, September 12

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 13

Multifarious, September 14

Reading is my Superpower, September 14 (Interview)

Ashley’s Bookshelf, September 15

proud to be an autism mom, September 16

Bigreadersite, September 16

Bibliophile Reviews, September 17

All-of-a-kind Mom, September 18

For the Love of Books, September 19

Janices book reviews, September 19

Reader’s Cozy Corner, September 20

margaret kazmierczak, September 20 (Interview)

Living Life Free In Christ, September 21

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 21

Giveaway

 

 

 

 

 

 

To celebrate their tour, Debbie and Joan are giving away a grand prize of a “I’m Not Like a Regular Mom” T-Shirt!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d56c/it-s-momplicated-celebration-tour-giveaway

The 6 Hearts of Intimacy

About the Book

Book Title: The 6 Hearts of Intimacy

Author: Bob & Cheryl Moeller

Genre: Christian Non-fiction

Release date: September 11, 2018

Understand the way your spouse gives and receives love for greater passion in your marriage.

The 6 Hearts of Intimacy is a “Love Languages” for sex in marriage. Rather than focusing on techniques, it unlocks the secret to true sexual fulfillment by revealing the unique way each spouse gives and receives love. Various books describe the distinct ways in which people express and accept love, but this idea has never before been specifically applied to intimacy in marriage.

Marriage experts Bob and Cheryl Moeller present six biblically based and proven ways to enhance your relationship with your spouse as they describe the Romantic Heart, the Giving Heart, the Guardian Heart, the Companion Heart, the Worshiping Heart, and the Ecstatic Heart. They also expose the “counterfeit hearts” that are present in many people’s marriages, leaving their sexual relationship self-focused and empty.

Many couples spend a lifetime attempting to express their love yet fail to achieve true intimacy. Sensitively written with practical advice and humor, The 6 Hearts of Intimacy shows husbands and wives how to successfully resolve conflicts in their relationship and how to care daily for their spouse’s unique heart of sexual love.

 

Click here to purchase your copy!

My Thoughts

The absolute best thing about this book is that it guides the reader to center their relationship around Christ. Through scripture, personal examples, examples of others and years of wisdom the authors tell the reader not only why its important but how it’s possible to have greater intimacy in marriage. The tone of the book is refreshing and relatable. I loved the inclusion of scripture to back up their points. They present doable application and questions to bring forth discussion and self reflection. The appendix has great evaluation tools. I love that this book can be used individually or in a small group. I learned so much from this book. There are so many things that I want to apply to my marriage. This book is greatly needed in our society today.

I received a copy of this book from CelebrateLit. This has in no way influenced my review. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author

Bob and Cheryl Moeller are the cofounders of For Better, For Worse, For Keeps Ministries, which is dedicated to healing hearts and restoring marriages, especially in under-served communities. Each is the author or coauthor of a number of books. Bob is also the author of numerous articles. The president of For Better, For Worse, For Keeps, Bob is a conference speaker, seminar presenter, and international guest preacher and teacher. He also hosts the television program, Marriage: For Better, For Worse, which airs on the Total Living Network and was awarded Best Television Teaching Show by the National Religious Broadcasters. Cheryl serves as the ministry’s Director of Marketing, Social Media Coordinator, and Director of Prayer Ministry and is a speaker and literary agent. Bob and Cheryl have been married for almost 40 years and have six children and four grandchildren.

Guest Post from Bob and Cheyl

You have God’s permission to enjoy sex within your marriage. He invented sex; He thought it up to begin with. You can learn to enjoy it and, husbands, you can develop a thrilling, happy marriage with ‘the wife of your youth.’ If your marriage has been a civil-war battlefield or a dreary wasteland, instead of a lovers’ trysting place, all that can change. You see, God has a perfect plan for marriage, which we may choose to step into at any time, and the mistakes of the past can be dealt with and left behind.

Indeed, the Ecstatic Heart finds its fulfillment in the intoxicating experience of joyful physical intimacy with your spouse that God Himself ordained, created, and blessed. The Ecstatic Heart celebrates married physical intimacy as a gift from God.

Blog Stops

lighthouse Academy, September 15

A Baker’s Perspective, September 15

A Reader’s Brain, September 16

Bigreadersite, September 16

Living life free in Christ, September 17

Reading is my Super Power, September 17 (Interview)

Life Faith & Health, September 18

Power of Words, September 18 (Spotlight)

All-of-a-kind Mom, September 19

margaret kazmierczak, September 19 (Interview)

A Rup Life, September 20

Mary Hake, September 20

proud to be an autism mom, September 21

Artistic Nobody, September 22 (Spotlight)

Texas Book-aholic, September 23

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 24

Creating Romance, September 25

Janices book reviews, September 26

Carpe Diem, September 27

Reader’s Cozy Corner, September 28

Pause for Tales, September 28

Giveaway

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To celebrate their tour, Bob and Cheryl are giving away a grand prize basket that includes a Pomegranate Body Wash from Abba Products and Bath Salts from Divinity Boutique!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d5c8/the-6-hearts-of-intimacy-celebration-tour-giveaway