Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Story Behind the Story with Tamera Alexander

I'm so looking forward to reading Tamera Alexander's newest novel, A Beauty So Rare (hoping to get to it next week!!!). As you know, I love hearing authors share a little about the inspiration behind their books, so I'm excited to share this video of Tamera sharing the inspiration of A Beauty So Rare with you!

Have you heard much buzz about A Beauty So Rare? Are you planning to read it?

Waiting on Wednesday | Plain Faith

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is ...

Plain Faith by Ora-Jay and Irene Eash with Tricia Goyer
Zondervan | May 6, 2014

About the Book
This is the true story of Ora-Jay and Irene Eash, Amish farmers from northwest Montana whose lives changed in an instant when a semi-truck struck the family buggy, killing their two young daughters. After the accident, the couple turned to their Amish community for comfort, but they remained haunted by the thought that they might not see their girls again in heaven. Would their deeds be good enough? Eventually Ora-Jay and Irene learned that grace—not works—was enough to ensure their place in eternity. But with that knowledge came the realization that they could no longer live in an Amish community that didn’t share this precious belief. Could they sever their connection to the Amish family they loved? This is the story of their journey to the hope that is heaven, a hope stronger than the loss of children, family, and a way of life. Fans of Amish fiction will appreciate such a real-life look into the Amish community, co-written by bestselling author Tricia Goyer, and readers of all kinds will resonate with this tale of courage, resilience, and the redemption found in the grace of Jesus.

Why I Can't Wait to Read It
I read Tricia Goyer's Big Sky series a couple of years ago and loved reading a different kind of Amish story. At the end, I wondered if something like that could actually happen to an Amish family. So I was super excited to read that Tricia was going to co-write a book with the couple that inspired that series. So looking forward to reading Plain Faith!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

You Will Fall In Love With This Child ... Guaranteed

I'm so thankful that organizations like Compassion International make health care for seriously ill children available to families around the world. Find out how you can partner with Compassion to change the life of a child.

Top Ten Bookish Things That I'd Like To Own

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Top Ten Bookish Things (That Aren't Books) That I'd Like To Own

Ding dong! The witch is dead! I love this bookmark ... and would probably stick it in a book for decoration more than for actually marking my place. 

These invisible floating book shelves are fantastic. I've got a spot picked out for them in our guest room. Practical and decorative (my books will look much cooler than these!). And if I decide to try to make them, here's a DIY tutorial.

I saw this little gem in a magazine several years ago and have wanted one ever since. (I know, just buy it already!) It's called a Thumb Thing and helps you hold your book open!

These posters from Litographs are made using the words of the book. How cool! I'm hoping to get a few for our guest room and office. Little Women is my favorite book of all time, so this would be my first pick ... at least to start. :)

When we have kids, I'll definitely be putting up some rain gutter bookshelves. I love that they can be put on eye level for kiddos and show the covers of the books instead of just the spines. These would also be great for a classroom. (And here's a second tutorial.)

These paper flowers made out of book pages would be a great addition to my vase collection on top of the bookshelves in our library / dining room.

There was a doll shop near our house when I was younger, and they had a TON of Madame Alexander dolls. I always wanted the Little Women collection ... and still do. Aren't they cute? I guess I'll be stalking Ebay and Craigslist to find a set now that they don't make them anymore.

Now that our bathroom remodel is finished and has a spa-like feeling, I feel certain I'll be reading in the garden tub more often. This bathtub caddy with an adjustable book rack looks like just what I need to keep my books out of the water. :)

I love these e-reader cases from Hipster Haberdasher! I've bought one for myself and one for my mother-in-law, and we both love them!

I desperately want one to have a Little Free Library at our house! Hubs isn't sure that the HOA will approve, but I think it's such a fun idea ... and we all know I've got plenty of books to keep it stocked!

What bookish things would you like to own? Do you have any of the things on my list?

Monday, April 14, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?!

"It's Monday! What Are You Reading?" is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey where we share what we're reading and our goals for the week.

What I Read Last Week ...
Now before you all freak out over how much I read last week, quite a few of these are "episodes," e-shorts, or novellas. That said, though, I'm super-excited about all that I read! And SO many great reads at that!

What I'm Reading Now ...


What I Hope to Read This Week ...
This is going to be a super-busy week with lots of late nights at work, but I need to read Hope Runs and then am hoping to read as much of the Divergent series as I can!

That's what I'm hoping to read this week. What are you reading?

Sunday, April 13, 2014

World Watch List | Libya

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[ World Watch List Challenge #13 Libya ]
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This is a story of an amazing encounter from a Libyan Christian:

"Good to hear from you. I am still in Libya and I am doing very well. I am in the desert some hours away from Tripoli, and I think it is very safe here, praise the Lord", shares John.

"This morning I had an amazing experience. We were travelling by Jeep from one location to another as part of our plans to come out of this country. We were supposed to meet up with a local driver, and then he would escort us through the desert to our next location. We arrived in good time, and our escort had not arrived yet, so we waited for him."

We kept waiting and hoping our contact person would show up, because otherwise we would have to head the dangerous route back to our previous location and wait there for an opportunity to get out. Finally, our contact shows up, coming out of the desert. As he stops his car, we head to greet him. As he opens the Jeep's door, I think I recognize the music from his car as being Christian worship songs, but I cannot believe it. I try to listen better, and indeed, Samy was listening to a cassette of Christian worship. Songs like "Jesus, only you" and "Blessed are those who dwell in the house of the Lord". You can just imagine how happy and hopeful I got. I asked Samy what the music is about, and he replies, "Yes, we are free now!"

Indeed, this is deep in Libya, and may these people really experience in the coming days or weeks not only political freedom, but also personal and religious freedom. May they indeed be freed from the grip of Islam on their life, and respect a person's freedom to choose their faith. Keep praying for us. God be praised."

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Previous Rank: 17
Leader: Chairman Nouri Abusahmen
Government: Provisional government
Religion: Islam
Population: 6.5 million (35,000 Christians)
Source of persecution: Islamic extremism
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday | Bridge to Haven

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is ...

Bridge to Haven by Francine Rivers
Tyndale House | April 22, 2014

About the Book
To those who matter in 1950s Hollywood, Lena Scott is the hottest rising star to hit the silver screen since Marilyn Monroe. Few know her real name is Abra. Even fewer know the price she’s paid to finally feel like she’s somebody.

To Pastor Ezekiel Freeman, Abra will always be the little girl who stole his heart the night he found her, a wailing newborn abandoned under a bridge on the outskirts of Haven. Zeke and his son, Joshua—Abra’s closest friend—watch her grow into an exotic beauty. But Zeke knows the circumstances surrounding her birth etched scars deep in her heart, scars that leave her vulnerable to a fast-talking bad boy who proclaims his love and lures her to Tinseltown. Hollywood feels like a million miles from Haven, and naive Abra quickly learns what’s expected of an ambitious girl with stars in her eyes. But fame comes at an awful price. She has burned every bridge to get exactly what she thought she wanted. Now, all she wants is a way back home.

In this riveting and highly anticipated tale of temptation, grace, and unconditional love, New York Times best-selling author Francine Rivers delivers big-canvas storytelling at its very best.

Why I Can't Wait to Read It
I've loved all of Francine Rivers' previous novels, so I'm sure this will be another great read. Plus, since she only publishes a new book every two years, I've been waiting for a new book for a while! :)
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