Thursday, November 26, 2015

FREE Giveaway & review of Chris Tomlin's Christmas CD "Adore" #Adore #FlyBy

about the album....

This new Christmas album released on October 23, 2015.  It features classic Christmas songs with a mix of original Christmas songs.  There are special guest performances from Lauren Daigle, All Sons & Daughters, Crowder, and more on this album.   


1. He Shall Reign Forevermore
2. Adore
3. Midnight Clear (Love Song)
4. Noel featuring Lauren Daigle 
5. Hymn Of Joy 
6. Silent Night featuring Kristyn Getty 
7. What Child Is This? featuring Sons & Daughters 
8. It's Christmas
9. A King Like This
10. Bethlehem
11. A Christmas Alleluia featuring Lauren Daigle & Leslie Jordan of All Sons & Daughters 

my review....

It would be pretty difficult for anyone to argue with the fact that Chris Tomlin is one of the most prolific worship artists of our day and age, consistently offering up worship songs and albums that not only bring glory to God but are utterly singable at the same time. His latest release, "Adore", is a wonderful compilation of Christmas songs that are sure to put you in the holiday spirit, and turn your heart towards the true meaning of Christmas.

Since the CD arrived on our doorstep, our family has been enjoying praising along to brand new songs like "He Shall Reign Forevermore", or "Adore". My kids and I have especially liked rocking along to "It's Christmas", a fun arrangement that combines "Away in a Manger" and "Go Tell it On the Mountain" with some original lyrics, all wrapped around a tune that instantly had us snapping our fingers and dancing around the house. Probably one of my favourite songs is the simple lyrics of "A Christmas Alleluia" which I have played so many times at the loudest setting my stereo will go to that my family is probably getting sick of hearing it! Each song on the album is unique and different, and I love the combination of different voices and harmonies that are expressed in the songs. But I think what I most like about this album is that all of the lyrics have such rich meaning and capture the beauty and awe and joy of what Jesus did by coming to Earth to save us.

Listeners who typically enjoy albums from Chris Tomlin are going to definitely want to pick up a copy of "Adore". I award Tomlin's latest album a high rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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 about the musician....
Chris Tomlin is an American contemporary Christian music artist, worship leader, and songwriter who has sold nearly 30 million records.  Some of his most well-known songs are "How Great Is Our God", "Jesus Messiah", "Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)", "Our God", and "Whom Shall I Fear".  His 2013 album Burning Lights debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, only the fourth Christian album ever to open at No.1.  Throughout his career, Chris has been nominated for 32 Dove Awards (6 of them collaborative efforts) and he has won 19 of them.  


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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Julie Klassen’s ‘The Painter’s Daughter’ Coloring Contest

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Grab your colored pencils because Julie Klassen is hosting a coloring contest! Stop by the contest page to download and print The Painter's Daughter coloring page and channel your inner artist. One master colorist will receive a signed copy of The Painter’s Daughter, two grown-up coloring books (Enchanting English Garden and Live Loved), and a set of 24 Prismacolor colored pencils.

Scan and email your entry to Amy Green with the subject line “The Painter’s Daughter Coloring Contest” to enter the first round of judging by December 8. Then stop by Julie's Facebook page beginning December 10 to vote for your favorite (and tell your friends to vote, too)! The winner will be announced at Julie's Facebook event on December 15 at 7 p.m. CST. Ready? Set. Color!

Free song! "Angels from the Realms of Glory" by Paul Baloche

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Perhaps her best book yet: "DownFallen" by R. J. Larson


about the book....

He is a nobleman, a murderer, and a traitor, with no hope of redemption … Until he joins the fight to save a royal dynasty. 

Corban Thaenfall of Siphra is a fugitive from justice, separated by his own crimes from the woman he loves. Desperate to find peace for his warring soul, he resolves to make amends. But when he impulsively joins a fight to protect a family from mercenaries, Corban realizes that he risks his life and the chance to beg forgiveness for his crimes. 

Matteo of Arimna longs to repay his enemies for the massacre that nearly destroyed his family and Darzeq’s royal dynasty. But with the realm of Darzeq in chaos and all loyalties suspected, he and his cousin, Anji, must depend upon a renegade nobleman to help them reach safety. 

As they struggle to find peace, will they escape the Infinite? 

my review....

Filled with action-packed scenes and characters you will absolutely love, "DownFallen" is another tremendous book from the talented pen of R. J. Larson. I simply couldn't put this one down after I got sucked into the story (in the very first chapter!), as I had to find out the fate of Matteo after his family was tragically massacred, a sad testimony to the depths of human depravity in the quest for power. The pacing was spot on as I raced from scene to scene, and I greatly enjoyed Corban's role in the story, as he is hunted by the Infinite and is used in miraculous ways that could only be explained by the arrival of a power from outside of himself. I loved watching his journey to a place of belief, a theme many readers will resonate with, as we can all struggle with doubt and with believing that God exists and wants to use us to carry out his grand plans for the world. Matteo's quest to overthrow his grandmother from her stolen place of power provides a classic story of good versus evil, and I enjoyed every bit of that struggle, right up to the oh so satisfying (and bitter-sweet) conclusion to the story. As a male reader, I found the battle scenes particularly enjoyable and well-written. DownFallen truly has it all - heroes and heroines worth cheering for, romance done with just the right touch, and great dialogue that ties everything together. My only regret with the story is that it had to end!

I almost feel guilty for stating that DownFallen may just be my favourite Larson book yet, because I simply loved Ela from Larson's book, "Prophet". Maybe rather than choosing which one I like best, I will just encourage you to get your hands on a copy of "DownFallen" yourself. I guarantee you will enjoy it! I award "DownFallen" 5 out of 5 stars.
An ebook copy of this book was provided for the purposes of this unbiased review.

 about the author....

R. J. Larson

R. J. Larson is the author of numerous devotionals and is suspected of eating chocolate and potato chips for lunch while writing. She lives in Colorado with her husband and their two sons. The Books of the Infinite series marks her debut in the fantasy genre.

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Friday, November 20, 2015

A fascinating novel: The Five Times I Met Myself by James L. Rubart

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about the book...

What if you met your twenty-three-year-old self in a dream? What would you say?
Brock Matthews’ once promising life is unraveling. His coffee company. His marriage.
So when he discovers his vivid dreams—where he encounters his younger self—might let him change his past mistakes, he jumps at the chance. The results are astonishing, but also disturbing.
Because getting what Brock wants most in the world will force him to give up the one thing he doesn’t know how to let go . . . and his greatest fear is that it’s already too late.

my review...

James L. Rubart continues to blow my mind with the intriguing premises that characterize his books, and "The Five Times I Met Myself" is no different. I started the book only meaning to read a couple of chapters before carrying on with my day, but then found myself unable to put it down, such that I had to read it in snatches while trying to carry out the normal parts of life I just wanted to ignore so I could keep reading! The result is that I finished the story all in one day, having been captivated by the thought of being able to somehow change my life through my dreams. The amazing part is that over the course of the story I went from longing to try lucid dreaming myself, to then shuddering at the thought of what the true outcome would actually be in my life if I did so, back to wishing that there really were such a thing! As I watched Brock encounter the dark corners of his soul, I found myself squirming uncomfortably as I considered whether I too may struggle with tendencies towards selfishness and pride and putting myself before all others. From beginning to end, the writing is fantastic, and I have no doubt that Rubart's loyal fans are going to love this story, while those who haven't yet read a Rubart novel will find themselves unable to resist diving into this book!

"The Five Times I Met Myself" is a book that will not only fascinate you with its interesting plot and wonderful characterization, but will also challenge you spiritually to consider where you are at with your walk with God and how you impact the people in your own life. The story is a powerful portrayal of how God can redeem our rotten choices, and bring good out of the bad. Ultimately, that is a message of hope that we all need to hear! I highly recommend this book and award it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher, Thomas Nelson, and the Litfuse Publicity Group, for the purposes of this unbiased review.

about the author...

James L. Rubart
James L. Rubart is a professional marketer and speaker. He is the author of the best-selling novel “Rooms” as well as “Book of Days,” “The Chair,” “Soul’s Gate,” “Memory’s Door,” and “Spirit Bridge.” He lives with his wife and sons in the Pacific Northwest.
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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Cynthia Ruchti’s ‘An Endless Christmas’ and $100 Holiday Cheer Giveaway

There's no getting out of Christmas now, despite Katie rejecting Micah's marriage proposal. Cozy up this holiday season with Cynthia Ruchti's new novella, An Endless Christmas. The Binder family celebrates every Christmas as if it were their last. Too many people, too much snow, and too little room should be a recipe for disaster. But sometimes too much is just enough. Especially when it’s Christmas.

Celebrate the holidays with Cynthia and An Endless Christmas by entering her $100 Target gift card giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of An Endless Christmas
  • A $100 gift card to Target
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 30th. The winner will be announced December 1st on Cynthia's blog.

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Be prepared for tears: "Keeping Christmas" by Dan Walsh

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about the book....

Stan opened the ugly ornaments box and pulled out the top three ornaments, the ones wrapped in green paper, the kids' favorites, and set them on the coffee table. He picked up the first one, the biggest one--Anna's blue pinecone--and began to unwrap it. Without thinking, Judith walked up, stopped him, and gently took it out of his hand. She wrapped it back up, set it carefully in the box. Then picked up the other two ornaments, put them in the box, and closed the flaps.

"What's the matter?" Stan said. "Did I do something wrong?"

"I don't think I can do this."

Nothing is more beautiful than family

For the first time since their children were born, empty nesters Judith and Stan Winters spent Thanksgiving without the kids, and it's looking like Christmas will be the same. Judith can't bring herself to even start decorating for the holiday; her kids always hung the first ornaments on the tree, ornaments they had made each year since they were toddlers. Sure, the ornaments were strange-looking--some were downright ugly--but they were tradition.

With Judith refusing to decorate the bare spruce tree in their living room, Stan's only hope for saving the holiday is found in a box of handmade ornaments . . .

my review....

I don't know about you, but as Christmas approaches and the cold weather sneaks in, there is nothing I like more than curling up with a good book. And Dan Walsh's latest novel, "Keeping Christmas", certainly fits the bill! I flew through the book in short order, partly as it's not too long at just over 200 pages, but also because it was simply so enjoyable that I wanted to stay in Stan and Judith's world until I could see how things ended. The characters have been drawn with depth and emotion, and readers who struggle with difficult emotions around Christmas time will find much in common with these characters' experience. Sadly, the truth is that what should be a joyful holiday for all is quite commonly one of the hardest times of the year for so many of us, as it can remind us of what we have lost or of what's missing in our lives. For readers dealing with these types of emotions, Walsh especially offers up a heartfelt story that will not only capture reader's hearts, but will infuse them with joy as they are reminded of what really matters in the Christmas season. The story also offers a good challenge to us male readers, as Stan is portrayed as a husband worth emulating as he puts his wife's needs before his own. As you can see, Walsh has penned a book with characters that you will grow to care about and even learn from, and for me this is the best type of fiction indeed. And for those of you who require a happy ending, especially in your Christmas themed books, well let me assure you that you are going to love this story.

A beautiful story that will put you in the mood for the Christmas season, "Keeping Christmas" is another keeper from Dan Walsh. I award it a solid rating of 4 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. 

 about the author....

Dan Walsh

Dan Walsh is the bestselling author of several books, including The Unfinished Gift and The Restoration Series with Gary Smalley. He has won three Carol Awards, and three of his novels were finalists for the RT Book Reviews Inspirational Book of the Year. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Dan served as a pastor for twenty-five years. He lives with his wife in the Daytona Beach area, where he's busy researching and writing his next novel. Learn more at

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Great historical/contemporary novel: My Brother's Crown by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould

My Brother’s Crown

about the book....

France, 1685. Catherine Gillet knows her brother, Jules, wants to protect her from the sinister threats of the French crown. But Jules is involved in a potentially deadly enterprise, one connected with an encoded document. When his actions put the whole family at risk, will Catherine find a way to save them?

Virginia, present day. Renee Talbot, a direct descendant of Catherine’s, is fascinated by the document that’s been part of her family legacy for more than three centuries. Certain its pages hold hidden secrets, she takes a closer look—and makes a shocking discovery. But when memories of a childhood trauma are rekindled, she’s forced to seek answers of a different kind. Inspired by the faith and bravery of Catherine, can Renee find the truth and face her deepest fears at last?

From the authors of the Christy Award–winning The Amish Midwife comes an epic story of two women, centuries apart, each discovering her own hidden bravery, standing for what she believes in, and finding love in unexpected places.

my review....

The first book in the "Cousins of the Crown" series, "My Brother's Crown", is a wonderful blend of historical and contemporary plot-lines. The authors do a great job at grounding the reader in each world, and weaving them together into a cohesive story that I quite enjoyed. Although the contemporary sections featured some interesting sub plots (and some romance female readers will especially no doubt enjoy), I have to say that it was the historical scenes that really caught my interest. The plight of the Huguenots in seventeenth century France is not one I have read about before, and I was saddened to see how a lack of religious freedom led to their persecution. I can only imagine how difficult that must have been for people to face a seemingly impossible choice, of converting to Catholicism or risking losing their home, their friends, their family, and even their lives. The authors did a tremendous job of setting the scene and bringing history to life with vivid details that showcased the obvious research they put into making things feel authentic. The character of Renee in the present day felt a little more one-sided than the other characters from the past, but I did like her spunk and her determination to find justice regarding the murder scene she and her cousins stumbled upon in their youth. Although that particular sub-plot is not wrapped up in this book, it leaves a nice tie-in for a future novel, as it appears that Renee's grandma knows more about the murder than she let on when Renee was a child. I look forward to seeing what mystery is uncovered!

With likeable characters, a fascinating historical setting, and an intriguing plot that kept the pages turning, "My Brother's Crown" is another winner from the dynamic writing team of Clark and Gould. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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 about the authors....

Mindy Starns Clark
Mindy Starns Clark is the bestselling author of more than 20 books, both fiction and nonfiction (more than 800,000 sold) including coauthoring the Christy Award–winning The Amish Midwife. Mindy and her husband, John, have two adult children and live in Pennsylvania. 

Leslie Gould
Leslie Gould, a former magazine editor, is the author of numerous novels, including Beyond the Blue and Garden of Dreams. She received her master of fine arts degree from Portland State University and lives in Oregon with her husband, Peter, and their four children. 

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