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Monday, October 26, 2020

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Taming the Dragons by Brenda Wilbee




Book: Taming the Dragons

Author: Brenda Wilbee

Genre: Christian Living / Women’s Interests

Release Date: May 12, 2020

 

Are you overwhelmed, in despair, heartsick, or in danger? Not sure which way to turn? Whom to trust? Once upon a time . . . the raging dragon . . . a damsel in distress. It worked out well in our fairy tales, but what about real life?

In this highly creative approach to problems all women face today and in varying degrees throughout their lives, Wilbee identifies six choices women have when beleaguered by conflict and challenge. She partners six biblical women with characters from The Wizard of Oz, naming choices for Innocent, Orphan, Pilgrim, Martyr, Warrior, and Wizard. She then skillfully weaves in characters from other stories and tales, accounts of women from history and today, and experiences from her own life to illustrate how these choices empower women in difficult times, moving them from want to abundance—for themselves and others.

Beginning with Eve the Innocent, Wilbee asserts that while some of us might want to go back to the garden of Eden, where innocence dwells, no one can. It’s only by making choices to tame our dragons—and by walking the metaphorical yellow brick road of our inner journeys—that we can, and do, find the happily ever after of our fairy tales and the abundant life Jesus promises us all.

Each chapter concludes with a motivational section that includes journaling pages, “Something to Ponder,” and prayers for courage and hope.

Click here to get your copy!


Struggles and Conflict are bound to come about in life. Women seem to find it very difficult to overcome those situations, as we tend to want to do it by our self. Tamingthe Dragons is a book that shows Women how to overcome the "battles" of life. 

Women do have choices in tackling the "Dragons" of life, whether they are smallor really big Dragons. Brenda Wilbee has written this book using Fairy Tales to relate to real life situations. I think she does that because Fairy Tales always have a strong story to tell and many involve women making choices and decisions. The Bible Stories and advice within the book are encouraging and show how the Strong Women of the Bible handled difficult situations. The end of each Chapter ends with a section of "Something to Think About" which gives Scripture to help apply the book to your own life. 

I really like the unique writing style of this book. I felt encouraged and truly
understood the book. I am ready to "Slay some Dragons" in my life! GREAT BOOK!




 

Brenda Wilbee is passionate about helping women in their everyday lives. The author of over 10 books with more than 700,000 copies sold, Brenda is a long-time contributor to Guidepost’s Daily Devotionals. Her work appears in Zondervan’s Women’s Devotional Bible, Inside Religious Publishing, and Guidepost’s Best Loved Stories. She holds an MA in professional writing, with an emphasis on myth, fairy tale, and folklore. She divides her time between the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, and the Canadian Yukon.

 

More from Brenda

Author Brenda Wilbee wrote Taming the Dragons to help Christian women understand that they have choices when up against conflict and challenge. In this highly creative approach, she partners six biblical women with the characters from Wizard of Oz, naming choices for Innocent, Orphan, Pilgrim, Martyr, Warrior, and Wizard. She then skillfully weaves in characters from other fairy tales and stories, accounts of women from history and today, and experiences from her own life to illustrate how choice empowers women to tame the many dragons they face. She contends that by walking the metaphorical yellow brick road of learning choice, women find inner healing and restoration.

 

She begins with Eve the Innocent, asserting that even though we might like to go back to a garden of Eden, where innocence dwells, we can’t. But by making choices to tame the dragons we encounter as either Orphan, Pilgrim, Martyr, Warrior, or Wizard, we can, and we do, return to the happily ever after of our fairy tales and the abundant life Jesus, in John 10:10, tells us is ours.

Each chapter begins and ends with narrative to first explain a choice and to then offer the caveat. An Orphan asks for help, but by doing so she learns self-reliance. A Warrior fights to save herself and those she loves but has to be careful lest she become like her enemy. Each chapter concludes with journaling pages for personal thought, a study guide with Scripture to consider, and questions to ponder.


Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 17

Emily Yager, October 17

Texas Book-aholic, October 18

For Him and My Family, October 19

Inklings and notions, October 20

Spoken from the Heart, October 21

deb’s Book Review, October 21

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, October 22

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 23

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 24

Ashley’s Bookshelf, October 25

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, October 26

Splashes of Joy, October 27

Artistic Nobody, October 28 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Sara Jane Jacobs, October 29

Mary Hake, October 29

Pause for Tales, October 30




To celebrate her tour, Brenda is giving away the grand prize package of a signed copy of the book and 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.

https://promosimple.com/ps/10259/taming-the-dragons-celebration-tour-giveaway





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Sunday, October 25, 2020

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Courage to Thrive by Robert D. Flanagan

 



Book: Courage to Thrive

Author: Robert D. Flanagan

Genre: Christian Living, Depression & Anxiety

Release Date: June 30, 2020

When wrestling with depression and anxiety, getting out of bed is a courageous move. When panic attacks and suicidal thoughts strike, finding victories in the small things of life and reframing feelings can help a person flourish even in the midst of mental health struggles. Rev. Dr. Bob Flanagan knows all about that—he’s spent two decades combatting mental illness head on.

In his first-person spiritual journal Courage to Thrive, Flanagan takes the reader with him as he traverses the dark and scary landscape of his mind and then the paths of faith that lead him to the Source of light and hope. Through a vulnerable look at the realities of a priest battling mental illness and still thriving, readers—whether dealing with similar mental health challenges or the stressors of everyday life—are left with a quiet confidence that assures them they too can thrive and enjoy the gifts God has given them.

Each of the forty reflections concludes with a heartfelt prayer that revels in God’s healing mercies. Join Flanagan on a journey to joy, peace, and hope.

 

Click here to get your copy!

Anxiety and Depression are very much on the rise in people of all ages, even more so with 2020 happenings. Anxiety is something that myself, my siblings, cousins andnow my son and nephew experience. For our family it seems to be hereditary. Anxiety can be debilitating for many. I know have had days where it is a struggle to get through it. 

Rev. Dr. Robert Flanagan has also struggled with Anxiety and Depression for many years. He had one point had suicidal thoughts. He has written, Courage to Thrive, as a devotionalfor those going through Anxiety, Depression, Panic Attacks and other Mental Health Issues. The Devotional is divided into 40 Chapters. The Chapters are about 3-5 pages long, cover a specific topic. They start with a Bible Verse, info about the Subject, has a Prayer and section to write down your thoughts about the chapter. The book layout is great and an easy read. I think this is a great devotional to read by yourself or with a small group. 

Courage to Thrive is a really encouraging book. Rev. Dr. Robert Flanagan shows in this devotional that you do not have to suffer through Mental Health Issues alone. Everyone who struggles with Mental Health, will have a different road to healing and good health. God cares for us and can heal us and help us through the struggles of Mental Health. I highly recommend this book for all those who are struggling or know someone who is 
struggling with Anxiety or Depression or other Mental Health issues. 








Rev. Dr. Bob Flanagan has struggled with mental illness and managed to thrive for over twenty years. He holds a doctorate of ministry degree in Christian Spirituality and is an adjunct faculty member at General Theological Seminary in New York City, teaching on Christian spirituality. He has served for over ten years as a state and federal advocate for and board member of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. His previous book, Growing a Sustainable Soul, won a bronze medal in the Reader’s Favorite International Book Contest. Bob lives with his wife, Lanie, in Bridgewater, Connecticut. They have two grown children.

 

More from Robert

Courage to Thrive: Finding Joy and Hope in the Midst of Mental Health Struggles is a pioneering and beautiful book that will help people feel better about themselves and their mental health struggles. I smile knowing that readers will feel the love of God and God’s healing mercies by spending time journaling about their own challenges.

As a priest who struggled with suicidal ideation during seminary and anxiety and depression at various times in my live, I feel this book is a way to change the conversation about mental health within the Christian community.

 

Trivia

I was a top athlete during college.

My favorite type of dog is the Newfoundland. While that is the best dog in the world. I only have a cat right now.

I became a Christian when I was five and remember my baptism.

My wife and I are avid gardeners. We have a big garden that includes sunflowers, potatoes, and many herbs that can be used as medicines. Its based on the English physic gardens that pastors grew in the 1700s.



Texas Book-aholic, October 15

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 16

Sara Jane Jacobs, October 17

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, October 18

Captive Dreams Window, October 18

Artistic Nobody, October 19 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

deb’s Book Review, October 20

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, October 21

For Him and My Family, October 22

Ashley’s Bookshelf, October 23

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 24

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, October 25

Inklings and notions, October 26

Mary Hake, October 26

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 27

Writing from the Heart Land, October 28



To celebrate his tour, Robert is giving away the grand prize of 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.

https://promosimple.com/ps/10257/courage-to-thrive-celebration-tour-giveaway









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Saturday, October 24, 2020

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Glorious Mess by Mary McCullough

 



Book:  Glorious Mess

Author: Mary McCullough

Genre:  Christian Nonfiction/Biblical Studies

Release Date: March 10, 2020

 

A woman struggles with a messy home situation, brokenness, rejection, and shame.

Know a woman like this?

Are you a woman like this?

Hannah, a powerful biblical example, was just such a woman. Through her life women can glean answers for their own life problems. Hannah didn’t stay in her grief and pain. She came to the end of her own striving and poured out her heart to the Lord—who answered her prayer.

Experience God’s love and healing in your own “messy” situations as you explore Hannah’s heartbreak and struggles in a Bible study just for women who don’t have it all together. This interactive six-week daily Bible study will help you pray transparently, praise wholeheartedly, and break off the shackles of spiritual barrenness, the need for approval, and perfectionism.

Hannah’s story will empower you to rise from your ashes, leave your messes in God’s hands, and live in service to the King of kings.

Wounds you thought would never heal will become scars that no longer hurt but remind you of the journey from broken to beautiful. As you wait, healing will come. Your soul will find rest even when the situation doesn’t change.

 

Click here to get your copy!


Glorious Mess by Mary McCullough is a 6 week Bible Study that tells the Biblical story of Hannah and her struggles. The Author suggests doing this study with at least one friend, but it can also be done by yourself. 

Life is bound to give us "Messes" and we can chose to try to go at those "messes" alone or we can learn to trust God to help us through those messes. Glorious Mess is a GREAT Bible study that shows us how Hannah chose to allow God to helpher through her messes and how we can also choose that path. The Chapters areshort and include a Prayers and Questions for Discussion at the end of each Chapter. 

I was truly needing a Bible Study like this. I myself have "messes" in life and tend tobe one who looks to God "as a last resort" as I feel independent. I also tend to be a a perfectionist. God wants us to look to him first and help guide us through the messes of life. It is also OK to let go and LET GOD, especially for Perfectionist. 

Glorious Mess is the debut book by Mary McCullough. I can truly say she really has a WONDERFUL and Encouraging Book. I truly learned a lot from this Bible Study and I am encouraged! 



 



Mary McCullough worked as an elementary school teacher for twenty-three years and is now an assistant elementary principal and building administrator. The co-founder of God First Friends, a ministry that helps women flourish as disciples of Christ, she is a longtime Bible study and Sunday school teacher for children and adults. She and her husband have been married for thirty-two years and have four adult children and three grandchildren. They live in Decatur, Indiana. Glorious Mess is her debut book.

 

More from Mary

Glorious Mess is the Biblical study of Hannah. As a perfectionist and control-freak, I had a neat and tidy life. That is until everything fell apart, and I found myself crying out to God for healing when life got out of control in so many areas. The more my world spun out of control, the more I identified with Hannah. She taught me about authenticity, grace, and perseverance. Her rival, Peninnah, taught me how to handle mean-spirited people and brought my own flaws to the surface so God could deal with them.

Year after year, I cried out for the healing I so desperately wanted at the foot of the cross. Mistreatment from others, the pain of watching others hurt, and my own weaknesses led me back to Hannah’s story time and again. It was Hannah’s journey from broken to bold and beautiful that kept me going. I wanted her confidence in the Lord. I wanted to stand up from my pain and never look back again on the pain but to know the God she knew. Some may think pain is in vain, but the Lord never wastes anything if we allow him to use it. I have learned of his kindness, faithfulness, and goodness beyond understanding. I’ve learned what it is like to be broken, and now I know what it means to be whole.

It is my prayer that each individual who goes through this study will be changed for eternal glory!

I’ve learned that your messes don’t define you, but they will refine you if you will lay them at the foot of the cross.



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Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 15

Captive Dreams Window, October 15

Texas Book-aholic, October 16

Rebecca Tews, October 17

For Him and My Family, October 18

Inklings and notions, October 19

deb’s Book Review, October 19

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 20

Remembrancy, October 21

Ashley’s Bookshelf, October 22

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, October 23

Mary Hake, October 23

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, October 24

Artistic Nobody, October 24 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 25

Godly Book Reviews, October 25

Splashes of Joy, October 26

Sara Jane Jacobs, October 27



To celebrate her tour, Mary is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon 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/101f8/glorious-mess-celebration-tour-giveaway





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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

JustRead Tours Blog Blitz: Dance with Me by Tope Omotosho

Dance With Me Blog Blitz 

Welcome to the Blog Blitz & Giveaway for Dance with Me by Tope Omotosho, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Dance with Me

Title: Dance with Me 
Author: Tope Omotosho
Publisher: Beautiful Feet Publishing
Release Date: January 19, 2020
Genre: Inspirational Fiction

The past is a tricky place. For some, it's a place to be desperately held on to, for others a place never to be revisited. 

For Micah Oramah, the pain of a profound loss has caused his faith to be shaken. Blinded by grief, he questions if serving God is actually worth it. 

Tomboy and makeup artist, Zainab Baruwa-Phillips is head over heels in love with God. The only cloud is her past which she is desperate to erase. However, she'll learn that her past is a strength God is looking to use for his glory. 

In Dance With Me, you'll experience the beauty of our individuality to God.

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Shola had called five times that evening and still, Tobi wasn’t ready to talk to him. It was only a matter of time before he came looking for her.  

Tobi popped some pop-corn into her mouth, a novel in another hand.

“Your ringtone is beginning to irritate me. It’s either you turn the phone off or put it on silent.” Detan complained, his eyes refocusing on the basketball game.

“Sorry,” she muttered.

“Who’s calling you sef?”

“Shola.”

He looked at her again. Eyes narrowed. Disbelief on his face. “Pick his call nau. Abi wetin happen? You guys are fighting again?”

“Somehow.”

Detan muted the game and faced her. “What happened?”

“It’s not that serious for you to mute your game.” She picked her phone and decided to send her husband a text. “We will be fine.”

“Talk jere.”

“I’m serious. Married couples have misunderstandings all the time.”

Detan raised his hairy brows. “Okay.” He turned and resumed watching the game. The sounds of the commentators filling the room once more.

“Did you tell him you are here?”

“Yes.” A lie.

 


Tope Omotosho 
Tope Omotosho is passionate about impacting the world through timeless wisdom and knowledge found in her thought-provoking stories. Her stories and articles cut across love, relationship, and romance in a way that does not deny the relevance of God in our everyday life. 

She is a devoted Christian passionate about bringing people to the knowledge of God’s true and unfailing love. You can read more about her stories and articles on www.lifegodandlove.com

CONNECT WITH TOPE: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram




(1) winner will receive an ebook copy of Dance with Me!

Dance with Me JustRead Giveaway

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight October 21, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on October 28, 2020. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

JustRead Tours Blog Tour: Softly Blows the Bugle by Jan Drexler

Softly Blows the Bugle Blog Tour 

Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Softly Blows the Bugle by Jan Drexler, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!




Softly Blows the Bugle
Title: Softly Blows the Bugle 
Series: The Amish of Weaver's Creek #3 
Author: Jan Drexler 
Publisher: Revell 
Release Date: October 20, 2020 
Genre: Christian Historical Amish Romance 

Welcome back to the Amish community at Weaver's Creek, where the bonds of family and faith bind up the brokenhearted. 

When Elizabeth Kaufman received the news of her husband's death at the Battle of Vicksburg in 1863, she felt only relief. She determined that she would never be at the mercy of any man again, even if it meant not having a family of her own. Then along came Aaron Zook . . . 

Despite the severity of his injuries, Aaron has resolved to move west and leave the pain of the past behind him. He never imagined that the Amish way of life his grandfather had rejected long ago would be so enticing. That, and a certain widow he can't get out of his mind. 

Yet, even in a simple community, life has a way of getting complicated. Aaron soon finds that while he may have left the battlefield behind, there is another fight he must win--the one for the heart of the woman he loves. 



Amish Fiction is my favorite Genre to read. I especially enjoy when it is adds in Historical Fiction.  Jan Drexler is an WONDERFUL Author and I thoroughly enjoy her books and Softly Blows the Bugle was no exception. 

Elizabeth Kaufman is a new widow, her husband dying in War. Elizabeth felt
relief instead of grief in the loss of her husband. He was not Amish, like her, and the marriage was a struggle. Elizabeth isn't interested in marrying again, that is until she meets Aaron Zook, a friend of her brother. Aaron's Grandfather rejected the Amish faith, but Aaron is growing fond of the Simple Life of the Amish faith. He is struggling though to win the heart of Elizabeth, especially since there is another man, Samuel, trying to win her heart. Although, it seems Samuel has devious intentions and really only wants her land, not her love. Will Elizabeth allow her heart to be open to love again? Is there love in the horizon for Aaron and Elizabeth? 

I truly enjoyed this book, from the very first chapter. Amish usually marry 
Amish and it was surprising that Elizabeth's first husband wasn't Amish. 
The characters in this book have a good connection and the book flows
well. This is book #3 in The Amish of Weaver's Creek series, but it a GREAT stand alone novel. I have not read the first 2 in this series, but I intend to now. I look forward to more books from Jan Drexler. Cozy Book! 










Jan Drexler

Photo Credit: Roaming Reflections Photography

Jan Drexler brings a unique understanding of Amish traditions and beliefs to her writing. Her ancestors were among the first Amish, Mennonite, and Brethren immigrants to Pennsylvania in the 1700s, and their experiences are the inspiration for her stories. Jan lives in the Black Hills of South Dakota with her husband, where she enjoys hiking and spending time with her expanding family. She is the author of The Sound of Distant ThunderThe Roll of the DrumsHannah's ChoiceMattie's Pledge (a 2017 Holt Medallion finalist), and Naomi's Hope, as well as several Love Inspired historical novels.

CONNECT WITH JAN: Website | Facebook | Instagram




(1) winner will receive a Softly Blows the Bugle prize package including: "The Amish of Weaver’s Creek" three-book series (The Sound of Distant Thunder, The Roll of the Drums, and Softly Blows the Bugle), Winter Mug & hot cocoa packets, Lavender Hand Lotion Bar from Fairchild Lamb & Wool (Canby, Minnesota), “One Minute with God” perpetual calendar, Thanksgiving Turkey shelf sitter, Laura Ingalls Wilder notepad, Jan Drexler sticky notes, bookmarks, and pen!

Softly Blows the Bugle JustRead Giveaway

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour as well as our Softly Blows the Bugle Takeover Tour (October 28-30) for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight October 19, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on November 4, 2020. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

ENTER GIVEAWAY HERE


 

Follow along at JustRead Tours for a full list of stops!

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