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Want to win these 10 yet-to-be-released titles from Thomas Nelson and Zondervan?

Thomas Nelson / Zondervan Fall Promo
DATES: 9/16 – 9/30

Who's excited for fall? Changing leaves, cooler temps, warm drinks, bonfires — and new book releases! Thomas Nelson and Zondervan Fiction have a great lineup of new books slated to release this fall, and you have the chance to win them!

Above you'll find ten of the fall releases with their authors and titles missing. Your job is to figure out which book cover belongs to each author and title. Simply follow the instructions on the widget below.

You have until Sunday, September 30, at 11:59 p.m. to get your entries and guesses in. They will reveal the correct titles and authors and announce the winners on our Facebook Page on October 1st. The winner will receive all ten releases!

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Three Liebster Awards

Over the past two weeks I've won three awards. All three are Liebster Awards. Two were won for Impressions in Ink, one for my other blog at A Well-Watered Garden. I am appreciative of this and want to thank personally those who nominated me.
Cathy at
Samantha at
Tammy at

Each of them passed ten questions along to me. A total of thirty answered questions would cause a yawn with my readers. I have edited them.

1.   What's the last book you thoroughly enjoyed start to finish?
A book I reviewed today that will post tomorrow, Degrees of Courage by Shari Vester

2.   Are you outgoing or reserved?
Reserved and an introvert. I can be chatty with family or close friends. I prefer the quiet, although the sound of rain falling is soothing. I enjoy listening to classical or ja…

[Review] God's Big Picture: Tracing the storyline of the Bible by Vaughan Roberts

Title: God's Big Picture: Tracing the storyline of the Bible by Vaughan Roberts
Author: Vaughan Roberts
Publisher: Inter-Varsity Press 2003
Genre: Non-fiction
Theme: Understanding how the Old Testament and New Testament are in-sync together, the emphasis on the kingdom of God and salvation given only through Jesus Christ.
Format: Paperback
Age: Adult
Pages: 160
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Self-purchase through Ligonier Ministries bookstore.

Link to read an excerpt

Link to hear author speak on Vimeo: God's Big Picture Part One

From page 10:
"My aim is to provide all Christians, from the new convert to the mature believer, with an overview of the whole Bible that will help them see how the different parts fit together."
Every once in a while I'll read statistics on how many Christians read their Bible? How many read their Bible daily? How many are in an on-going Bible study?
The results a…

Weekly Readings, August 5th-September 14, 2013

I've not written a "Weekly Readings" post since early August.
Link for last post:

Over the past forty-one days I've read:
Matthew 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28.
John 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21.
All above Scripture read from the ESV Crossway Study Bible.

Mark 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16. Scripture read from The Common English Study Bible. 

Revelation 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22. Revelation was read from the Holman Illustrated Study Bible HCSB version. This was the 8th time this year to read Revelation. I plan to read from The Interlinear Bible Greek/English version next.

"Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is i…

[Review] A Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund

Title: A Noble Groom
Author: Jody Hedlund
Publisher: Bethany House a Division of Baker Publishing April 1, 2013
Genre: Fiction
Theme: 19th Century German settlers living in Michigan.
Format: Paperback
Age: Adult
Pages: 368
Rating: 2 stars
Source: Open Book from Bethany House provided this copy for me for purpose of book club reading or published review. 

The Noble Groom is based on the history of German settlers living in Michigan in the 1880s. They brought with them the stern "old" ways of tradition.
Annalisa Werner is a young woman married to a selfish and dominant man named Hans. They have a two year old daughter named Gretchen. Annalisa is pregnant. Hans and Annalisa have a small farm. Her parents live nearby. They've been living in America a short time. They have toiled and built a small farm hopeful of paying off the loan acquired. Han's death places further strain. Annalisa's father decides she will marry her cousin that is living in Germany, unt…

[Review] Death On Lindisfarne: The Aidan Mysteries by Fay Sampson

Title: Death On Lindisfarne: The Aidan Mysteries #2
Author: Fay Sampson
Publisher: Kregel Publications/Lion Fiction
Genre: Fiction
Theme: Murder in a Celtic historical setting.
Format: Paperback
Age: Adult
Pages: 256
Rating: 3 1/2 Stars
Source: Free copy from Kregel Publications for the purpose of review.

Kregel Blog Tour: September 9th-13th.

Death On Lindisfarne takes place less than a year after book one The Hunted Hare. In The Hunted Hare beloved wife of Aidan, and mother to Melangell, died of cancer. In Death On Lindisfarne Aidan and Melangell travel to Lindisfarne-Holy Island, in Northumberland (northeast England). Aidan and Melangell walk the Pilgrim's Way across the wet sand, timing their walk with the receding ocean water. The trip to Lindisfarne is an adventure and yet a respite for them. The murder at Lindisfarne places further stress in their lives.
After arriving they meet several guests. Lucy is a young woman that has recently become a Methodist minister. …

[Review] Facing Death And The Life After by Billy Graham

Title: Facing Death And The Life After
Author: Billy Graham
Publisher: Word Books in Waco, Tx 1987
Genre: Non-fiction
Theme: Dealing with death and the afterlife.
Format: Hardcover
Age: Adult
Pages: 280
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Borrowed from library.

In the front cover of the book we are reminded that culture and society places emphasis in trying to prolong a youthful looking body. Billy Graham teaches that this life will end period. No amount of chemicals or money can keep us alive indefinitely. When death comes, and it will, where will our spirit go?

My Thoughts:
I've read remarks (criticism) on Billy Graham's writing style. I've heard opinions that he does not write theology in a deep manner. I feel that his writing style is one of the best features about him: Billy Graham speaks and writes on a level any person can understand.
Unless you are new to my blog you are aware that my precious daddy died on August 18. Because I am a reader I look for books that addr…

Blog Hop Week, September 9-13th, for the new Inscribed Studies

It's Blog Hop week for the new Inscribed Studies. The Facebook page for this group:

InScribed Studies:

YouTube video introducing the women who are apart of this new set of Bible studies by women and for women.

Day One: An introduction to Bible study teacher and author Jenifer Jernigan. Her interview is over @

I've known Jenifer for a few years and have taken part in her Bible studies. She has a sweet spirit and an infectious smile. Her love for Jesus Christ and His Word is encouraging and motivating.
Jenifer's website is @
Her Bible study will be available March 4, 2014.
Link @ Amazon:
Paperback $11.20

[Review] 7 Steps To Knowing, Doing and Experiencing The Will of God For Teens by Tom Blackaby, Mike Blackaby and Daniel Blackaby

Title: 7 Steps To Knowing, Doing and Experiencing the Will Of God For Teens
Author: Tom Blackaby, Mike Blackaby, Daniel Blackaby
Publisher: B and H Publishing Group May 1, 2013
Genre: Non-fiction
Theme: Experiencing God formula for teens.
Format: Paperback
Age: Youth
Pages: 288
Rating: 5 stars
Source: Free copy from B and H Publishing Group and Blackaby Ministries for the purpose of review. This review was published at The Christian Manifesto.

The Millennial Generation is between the ages of twelve and thirty-two. Sobering statistics tell us that many of them have walked away from the church and from their belief in God. Young people who have grown up going to church and being active in a youth group is not a predictor of whether or not they will continue to go to church as adults. Social media has given atheists vocal power for young people to hear. Unless the young person is grounded in their faith and God has become real to them through a personal relationship, the chances of them…

[Review] Experiencing God At Home by Tom and Richard Blackaby

Title: Experiencing God At Home Author: Tom & Richard Blackaby Publisher: B&H Publishing Group May 1, 2013 Genre: Non-fiction Theme: Utilizing Experiencing God realities in the home. Format: Paperback Age: Adult Pages: 256 Rating: 5 Stars Source: Free copy from B and H Books and Blackaby Ministries for the purpose of review. This review was posted at The Christian Manifesto.

Link @ Amazon: Kindle Price is $2.99

Tom and Richard Blackaby's father, Henry Blackaby, wrote Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God Bible study in the early 90s.
Henry Blackaby taught that there are “Seven Realities.” "God is always at work around you. God invites you into a love relationship with Himself. God invites you to become involved with him in his work. God speaks by the Holy Spirit through the Bible, prayer, circumstanc…