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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Momentum Influencers Blog Tour: CABRINI Movie Review and Giveaway




 From Alejandro Monteverde, award-winning director of 𝘚𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥 𝘰𝘧 𝘍𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘥𝘰𝘮,
comes the powerful epic of Francesca Cabrini, an Italian immigrant who arrives in New York City in 1889 and is greeted by disease, crime, and impoverished children. Cabrini sets off on a daring mission to convince the hostile mayor to secure housing and healthcare for society's most vulnerable. With broken English and poor health, Cabrini uses her entrepreneurial mind to build an empire of hope unlike anything
the world had ever seen.

Based on the true story of one woman’s fight for the equality, health, and
happiness of immigrant orphans.


                         

  • From the director, producers and writers of Sound of Freedom, the 16th highest grossing independent film of all time. Sound of Freedom came in #10 in the US box office and made over $240 million worldwide
  • Starring Academy Award nominated and Tony award winning John Lithgow. Lithgow is best known for "The World According to Garp" (1982), "Terms of Endearment" (1983), "3rd Rock from the Sun" (NBC, 1996-2001), and "Dexter" (Showtime, 2006-2013).
  • Cabrini also stars Academy Emmy nominated actor David Morse
  • Cabrini is the first biopic about the Patron Saint of Immigrants
  • Francesca Cabrini was born in northern Italy in 1850. She and six of her Missionary Sisters set off for New York City in 1889.
  • Cabrini had aquaphobia. Cabrini nearly drowned as a child, which spurred her fear of water. However, she overcame it as an adult when she made 23 transatlantic trips to do missionary work around the world
  • Mother Cabrini became a naturalized citizen in Seattle Washington on October 9, 1909
  • She was canonized in 1946 by Pope Pius XII and became the first American citizen to be named a saint. 
  • Four years later Cabrini was given the title of Patroness of Immigrants.
  • She died in Chicago on December 22, 1917 at the age of 67 of chronic endocarditis. 
  • Over the course of 34 years she established an astonishing 67 hospitals, orphanages, and schools. Her energy was fueled by an intense focus on serving Jesus in whatever he asked of her and her legacy still stands today.











I recently had the opportunity to see this movie before it is released to the Public. I truly enjoyed the movie and the message it gives. Cabrini was a very giving and determined woman who wanted to make sure the impoverished were fed, housed and clothed. She was met with opposition from the Mayor of NYC but she never took NO for an answer. Cabrini's knowledge of Business and Entrepreneurial Spirit really helped her in this feat. Cabrini was able to make changes in Society that many didn't think were possible. I really think everyone should see this movie, especially during this season of Lent. FANTASTIC MOVIE!  










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Many thanks to Angel Studios for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own.









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Monday, February 26, 2024

FrontGate Media Blog Tour: Timeless Truth Bible





Be anchored in the faith “once for all entrusted to the saints” (Jude v. 3) with timeless wisdom shared from church history.

The Christian faith is founded upon unchanging, timeless truth. From the days of the early church until the day of Christ’s return, all of Christianity proclaims that “Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:11). This is our unchanging and unceasing confession upon which all our hope and all our joy rests.

The Timeless Truths Bible will encourage you through the always timely wisdom of those who came before us. Devotional notes and commentary from trusted theologians and pastors from the second century up to the twentieth will stir your affections. The ancient creeds and confessions of the faith will grow your understanding of what we believe—and have always believed. And artwork created throughout the history of Christianity will deepen your worship of the one we call Lord.

Features include:

  • The complete text of Scripture in the New English Translation
  • Margin notes featuring devotional and theological commentary from notable figures throughout church history including 
    • Irenaeus, 
    • Justin Martyr, 
    • Augustine, 
    • Martin Luther, 
    • Ulrich Zwingli, 
    • Origen, 
    • John Wesley, 
    • Charles Spurgeon,
    •  John Bunyan, and 
    • John Calvin.
  • Forty-six full-page biographies of church leaders
  • Text from some of the creeds and confessions of the Christian faith that have shaped our beliefs for generations, including:
    • The Apostles' Creed
    • The Nicene Creed
    • The Chalcedonian Definition
    • The Athanasian Creed
    • The Augsburg Confession
    • The Belgic Confession
    • The Westminster Catechism
    • The Lausanne Covenant
  • Book introductions for every book of the Bible
  • Full-color tip-in pages of artwork from the history of Christianity
  • Line-matched, single-column typesetting
  • Clear and readable 9-point NET Comfort Print

The Timeless Truths Bible features the New English Translation (NET) which is faithful to the original text, clear for everyday reading and presented with unparalleled accountability. Enrich your reading experience of Scripture with the NET: Faithful. Clear. Accountable.


I was  not familiar with the NET(New English Translation) of the Bible until recently. I personally prefer the ESV Bible, but I did find the NET very interesting. 

The Timeless Truths Bible is a very unique Bible and one that caught my attention. I really love the inclusion of the Creeds and Confessions. I grew up learning and knowing many of the Creeds. The commentaries from well known Theologians throughout the Bible are a wonderful asset and encouraging. The Illustrations are very colorful and vivid. I am very impressed by the layout and truths throughout this Bible. I will probably use it every now and then as I have my Everyday bible already.

I would HIGHLY recommend this bible to those who enjoy Study Bibles and the Theologians that are in this Bible. WONDERFUL RESOURCE! 





Matt Capps is the Senior Pastor of Fairview Baptist Church in Apex, NC, and general editor of the Timeless Truths Bible. Matt earned his B.A. at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, an M.Div. with Biblical Languages at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, a D.Min. in pastoral theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and is a Ph.D. candidate at Ridley College (Melbourne). Matt and his wife Laura have three children.























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JustRead Tours Blog Tour: When the Flames Ravaged by Rhonda Dragomir


Welcome to the Blog Tour for When the Flames Ravaged by Rhonda Dragomir, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!



Title: When the Flames Ravaged
Series:
A Day to Remember
Author:
Rhonda Dragomir
Publisher:
Barbour Publishing
Release Date:
March 1, 2024
Genre:
Christian Historical Fiction

Will Faith Perish in the Big Top’s Flames?  

Introducing a new series of 6 exciting novels featuring historic disasters that transformed landscapes and multiple lives. Whether by nature or by man, these disasters changed history and were a day to be remembered. 

Evelyn Benson’s husband perished in the Bataan Death March but not her faith. The World War II Gold Star widow is taken in by her brother and soothed by the love of his wife and children. Evelyn refuses to cower to grief. She may not understand God’s mysterious ways, but she has never questioned Him—until the circus fire. 

The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus train chugs into Hartford, Connecticut, on a sweltering day one month after the Allies invaded Normandy. Among the roustabouts is a reluctant clown, Hank Webb. He may hide from his murky past behind grease paint as Fraidy Freddie, but God wants to offer Hank a chance to be found. Though first, what little Hank believes about God will endure a fiery trial. 

On Thursday, July 6, 1944, a devastating blaze of unknown origins consumes the circus tent along with Evelyn’s hopes and Hank’s anonymity.  



When the Flames Ravaged by Rhonda Dragomir is a Chrsitian Historical Romance book. It is Book 2 in a new 6 part series of historic American disasters that transformed landscapes and multiple lives. Whether by nature or by man, these disasters changed history and were a day to be remembered. The Series is written by Various Authors. 

The Setting is 1944  in Hartford, Connecticut. Evelyn Benson is a World War II widow who lost her husband in the Bataan Death March. She has stayed strong in her faith and has moved in with her Brother, his wife and children. Being with family uplifts her and gives her courage to move forward in life. Hank Webb is a clown, affectionately named Fraidy Freddie,  with Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Hank Webb has a past that he would rather not remember so he lives his life behind the clown gear. Hank has a little faith in God and he feels God wants him to trust his plans. July 6, 1944 would be a life changing day for Hank and Evelyn, as the Circus Tent goes up in flames. Will Hank be able to trust God and learn to leave the past in the past? Will there be a relationship between Evelyn and Hank? 


I dove right into the storyline and it grabbed my attention right away. Evelyn is an amazingly strong woman and I really LOVE that her faith was strong also. She could have felt so lost, but her brother and family really helped with that also. Hank Webb seemed a little down and out, but he had a bit of faith. The Circus Tent Fire was a part of History that I was unaware of and it is a very intriguing part of the History. I really LOVE the History in this book and the author did a GREAT job at making it real. I I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Historical Romance Fiction. AMAZING BOOK!






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Rhonda Dragomir

Rhonda Dragomir is a multimedia creative who treasures her fairy tale life in Central Kentucky, insisting her home is her castle, even if her prince refuses to dig a moat. She is an award-winning author with published works in several anthologies and periodicals, and she co-wrote numerous Bible studies used weekly by more than 20,000 women worldwide. 

Barbour Books will release her debut novel, a historical romance, March 1, 2024. She is often invited to speak at writers' conferences on topics related to technology and graphics. 

Connect with Rhonda by visiting rhondadragomir.com to follow her on social media and sign up for email updates.




(2) winners will each win a signed, print copy of When the Flames Ravaged by Rhonda Dragomir and a print copy of The Hartford Circus Fire: Tragedy Under the Big Top by Michael Skidgell!

When the Flames Ravaged JustRead Tours giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight February 26, 2024 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on March 4, 2024. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US/CAN only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

Giveaway is subject to JustRead Publicity Tours Giveaway Policies.

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Sunday, February 25, 2024

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Dial V for Valentine by Linda Shenton Matchett

 



Book: Dial V for Valentine

Author: Linda Shenton Matchett

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

Release Date: February 14, 2022

Valentine’s Day is perfect for a wedding. If only the bride will agree.

Being part of the military is not just a job for Fergus Rafferty, it’s a calling. He’s worked his way up the ranks and doing what he loves best: flying Apache helicopters. The only thing that will make his life complete is marrying Celeste. After he transfers to a unit scheduled to deploy in three months, he’s thrilled at the idea of marrying before he leaves so they can start their new life. Except Celeste wants to wait until he returns. Can he convince her to wed before he leaves?

Celeste Hardwicke has just opened her law practice when she finally accepts Fergus’s marriage proposal. Not to worry. She has plenty of time to set a date, then plan the wedding. Until she doesn’t. But a quickie wedding isn’t what she has in mind. Besides, why get married when the groom will ship out after the ceremony? When she stumbles on her great-grandmother’s diary from World War II, she discovers the two of them share the same predicament.

At an impasse, Celeste and Fergus agree to call into WDES’s program No Errin’ for Love. Will DJ Erin Orberg’s advice solve their dilemma or create a bigger divide? One they’ll both regret.

 

Click here to get your copy!

 


I have been a fan of Linda Shenton Matchett for a few years. Dial V for Valentine is the latest book by Linda Shenton Matchett that I have read. 

Fergus Rafferty is in the Military and he knows it is calling to be there. He has climbed the ranks and then gets transferred to a new unit. The new unit is set to deploy in 3 months and he has only one dream to fulfill before deployment. He would LOVE to marry Celeste before he deploys. Celeste Hardwicke wants to marry Fergus and has accepted his marriage proposal. She just opened a Law Practice and wants to get settled with her Law Practice before marrying Fergus. She also wants to plan a nice wedding not a quick wedding. Celeste has some thinking to do when she discovers her Great-Grandmother's diary from WWII and finds out that her grandmother had to make a wedding decision just the same as Celeste is in right now. Fergus is really trying to convince Celeste to marry before he deploys. Will Celeste make the same choice her Great-Grandmother made? Will Fergus and Celeste marry before deployment? 

WOW, I truly enjoyed this book from the beginning to end! The book was short but sure packed a lot of romance and intrigue. I LOVE that Fergus and Celeste call the Radio DJ to help them make their decision and the DJ was very encouraging to them. The Great-Grandmother's diary really helped Celeste understand Military Life and encouraged her as she was much like her Great Grandmother in many ways. The book is one of Faith, Family and LOVE! I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Historical Romance. GREAT BOOK!







Linda Shenton Matchett writes about ordinary people who did extraordinary things in days gone by. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, she was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry (of Star-Spangled Banner fame) and has lived in historical places all her life. She is a volunteer docent and archivist at the Wright Museum of WWII and a former trustee for her local public library. She now lives in central New Hampshire where she explores the history of this great state and immerses herself in the imaginary worlds created by other authors.

 

 

More from Linda

My mom was born on February 14th, so when I was growing up, Valentine’s Day wasn’t about romance and falling in love. Instead, it was a celebration of my mother. When I was asked to participate in the multi-author project, You are on the Air, I was hesitant to accept because of having little connection to the holiday and the books in the series are contemporary romance. I primarily write historical romance. But I loved the concept: the stories revolve around couples who call into a Christian radio station for relationship advice. I spent about two weeks mulling over (and discarding) ideas, then I realized the plot was right in front of me.

I had just finished putting together an exhibit with the curator at the museum where I volunteer. One of the display items was a wedding gown made from a parachute. Included with the dress was a photograph of the couple, and their names and wedding date, but nothing else. The lack of information got my mind going, and I wondered about their story. Why did they wait until the end of the war to marry? Why not wed before the groom shipped out? Did they regret waiting? I realized that members of today’s armed forces might deal with the same situation and decided to combine the two plot lines. (See? I can’t leave my historical roots behind!)

In Dial V for Valentine, Celeste and Fergus struggle with the sacrifice that comes with true love. Not the you-can-have-the-last-cookie kind of love, but a love that puts another’s needs and wants above one’s own. What they learn is that we can only love successfully when we understand that love comes from God. We are capable of loving (mates, significant others, friends and the unlovely) because “He first loved us.” Love is an emotion, but it is also an act of obedience.


Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 14

Texas Book-aholic, February 15

Simple Harvest Reads, February 16 (Author Interview)

She Lives To Read, February 17

Locks, Hooks and Books, February 18

Artistic Nobody, February 19 (Author Interview)

The Lofty Pages, February 19

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 20

For Him and My Family, February 21

Fiction Book Lover, February 22 (Author Interview)

Holly’s Book Corner, February 23

Back Porch Reads, February 24 (Author Interview)

Karen Baney Reviews, February 24

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, February 25

Where Crisis & Christ Collide, February 26 (Author Interview)

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, February 27 (Author Interview)



To celebrate her tour, Linda is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Visa Gift Card and signed copy of the book!!

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/29db9/dial-v-for-valentine-celebration-tour-giveaway







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Saturday, February 24, 2024

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Leading Ladies: Discover Your God-Grown Strategy for Success by Amber Weigand-Buckley & Lisa Burris Burns





Book: Leading Ladies: Discover Your God-Grown Strategy for Success

Authors: Amber Weigand-Buckley & Lisa Burris Burns

Genre: Christian Leadership and Religious Leadership

Release Date: May 25, 2023

SISTERS, IT’S TIME TO GET DOWN TO BUSINESS!

Find out how to step up to God’s calling as these daring women redefine what leadership looks like. Authentic and heartfelt stories of world-changing women leaders of every hue, background, and job description, teach us by example how to battle to find our passion, connect with our gifts, and maintain forward-focused momentum in every season of life.

Join authors Amber Weigand-Buckley and Lisa Burris Burns — along with Babbie Mason, Candace Payne, Jacquelyn Marushka, Martha Bolton, Katy Nichole, Kymberlie Joye, and so many more powerhouse women–as they explore leadership purpose, and living a life that counts.

 

Click here to get your copy!


I really enjoy reading Christian Self-Help books. Leading Ladies: Discover Your God-Grown Strategy for Success by Amber Weigand-Buckley & Lisa Burris Burns is the most recent book that I have read. 

God calls us to different things in our lifetime and sometimes Women find it difficult to cultivate their God given talents. I really LOVE that Amber and Lisa have put together this VERY Encouraging book. The book is filled with over 30 Personal Stories of women who have learned how to become leaders and use their God Given Talents and Gifts to help others. The stories come from many Influential Christian Women and are very inspiring. Each Story has a Pause and Reflect section that challenges us to spend some time in prayer about what God wants to encourage us in. I was truly encouraged and inspired by this book as I am not one who likes to be in leadership, or so I though. Leadership can be many different things, it doesn't have to mean "being a boss leader". I highly encourage Woman to read this book for encouragement and strength! GREAT BOOK!






Meet Amber

Amber Weigand-Buckley is an author, speaker, multi-award-winning magazine editor, and art director, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (awsa.com) marketing director, Bold Vision Books’ creative director, and owner of #barefacedcreativemedia (barefacedcreativemedia.com). The Springfield, Missouri native navigates bipolar and anxiety disorder while embracing her best life. At its peak, her mental illness almost caused her to take her own life. Amber is a mental health advocate who knows that a diagnosis does not disqualify you from God’s leadership call.Amber, whose vision birthed Leading Ladies: Discover Your God-Grown Strategy for Success, is energized by helping world-changing women of all hues, backgrounds, and walks of life to find their wings, hone their skills, and take their God-call to the next level.

She has two grown daughters, Saffron, Imogen, and one teen Penelope, with Philip, her British hubby of 28 years, two Great Pyrenees pups—Stanley and Stuart, and a zoo of exotic pets.

Meet Lisa

The diagnosis of an autoimmune disorder initially shattered LISA BURRIS BURNS’ ministry dreams as a vocalist and worship leader. Despite this, God opened opportunities for her journey and abilities to expand beyond what she ever anticipated for herself — to acting, stage performance, set design, and writing. As a vocal and performance coach with K.C. Superstar, a Kansas City-based competition likened to “American Idol,” she is passionate about fine-tuning artists’ creative expressions. Lisa thrives on the artistic process, especially everything yarn and crafty.

This avid Kansas City Chiefs fan lives with her husband, Randy, in Blue Springs, Missouri. The Burns have served in marriage and family ministry since 1988. They have six fantastic children, two amazing son-in-loves, and five adorable granddaughters.

More from Amber and Lisa

Are you ready to discover your God-given gifts and move in forward in all that He’s called you to be? Leading Ladies: Discover Your God-Grown Strategy for Success will help you identify your unique leadership abilities.

For a limited time, get the inspirational song “Lead Me On” recorded by Michaelah Weaver for FREE when your register as a Leading Ladies VIP at leadingladies.life.

Let “Lead Me On” be your empowering anthem as you read Leading Ladies and learn to boldly walk in your purpose. Download the song and book excerpt now at leadingladies.life!


Godly Book Reviews, February 16

Artistic Nobody, February 17 (Author Interview)

Fiction Book Lover, February 18 (Author Interview)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 18

Simple Harvest Reads, February 19 (Author Interview)

She Lives to Read, February 20

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, February 21 (Author Interview)

Texas Book-aholic, February 22

Beauty in the Binding, February 23 (Author Interview)

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, February 24

For the Love of Literature, February 25 (Author Interview)

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 26

Tell Tale Book Reviews, February 27 (Author Interview)

Cover Lover Book Review, February 27

Locks, Hooks and Books, February 28

A Reader’s Brain, February 29 (Author Interview)




To celebrate their tour, Amber and Lisa are giving away the grand prize package of a copy of the book and 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/2a0cf/leading-ladies-celebration-tour-giveaway







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