Tag: LitFuse

Dec 06
LitFuse Blog Tour Review: The Gift Of Christmas Past by Cindy and Erin Woodsmall

LitFuse Blog Tour Review: The Gift Of Christmas Past by Cindy and Erin Woodsmall

Title: The Gift Of Christmas Past Publisher: Stonewater Books Publish Date: October 10, 2017 ISBN: 978-0998753805 Source: LitFuse Blog Tours Pages: 208 Rating: 4 stars Purchase: Amazon About The Book Arson wasn’t the only fire that ignited between them.   Promises shattered. Lies spoken. She was arrested. He returned to the safety of his wealthy parents. Almost ten years later, Hadley and Monroe are both specialists in the field of speech therapy. They meet again . . . thrown together to help a four-year-old-girl rendered mute after being rescued from a fire. Years of secrets and anger beg to be set free as Hadley and Monroe try to push aside past hurts and find common ground in order to help the traumatized child and her family. Can the love of Christmas past drift into the present, bringing healing and hope for all? My Thoughts As a long time fan of Cindy Woodsmall, I was excited to see what she what co wrote with her DIL. It was a book that I wouldn’t be used to by her, as she’s a wonderful Amish fiction novelist, and this is a contemporary novel. But, I was pleasantly surprised with this collaboration by these… Read more »

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Dec 05
LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Christy by Catherine Marshall

LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Christy by Catherine Marshall

Title: Christy Publisher: Evergreen Farm Publish Date: October 17, 2017 ISBN: 978-1683701262 Source: LitFuse Blog Tours Pages: 512 Rating: 5 stars Purchase: Amazon About The Book New edition of Catherine Marshall’s inspirational classic! The train taking nineteen-year-old teacher Christy Huddleston from her home in Asheville, North Carolina, might as well be transporting her to another world. The Smoky Mountain community of Cutter Gap feels suspended in time, trapped by poverty, superstitions, and century-old traditions. But as Christy struggles to find acceptance in her new home, some see her – and her one-room school – as a threat to their way of life. Her faith is challenged and her heart is torn between two strong men with conflicting views about how to care for the families of the Cove. Yearning to make a difference, will Christy’s determination and devotion be enough? My Thoughts When I think of timeless classics, I think of books like this. This book, this amazingly written, profoundly captivating novel of a young woman who seeks to help the children of a small Tennessee town. Growing up, I remember watching Christy on TV with my mom. We would snuggle on the couch and watch as Kellie Martin and… Read more »

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Nov 29
LitFuse Blog Tour Spotlight: World View by Marvin Olasky

LitFuse Blog Tour Spotlight: World View by Marvin Olasky

Title: World View Publisher: New Growth Press Publish Date: November 6, 2017 ISBN: 978-1945270833 Source: LitFuse Blog Tours Pages: 208 Purchase: Amazon About The Book How could our world be different if Christians were recognized for not only speaking the truth, but also demonstrating mercy? What would our lives be like if we reacted to our common culture with not just biblical facts, but also grace and compassion? For more than 25 years, Marvin Olasky has offered this kind of viewpoint in his columns as the Editor-in-Chief of World Magazine, the leading news magazine written with a Christian perspective. In this collection of far-ranging columns, Olasky’s commentary on world events and affairs, as well as his own personal interactions, encourages readers to respond with both grace and truth in every encounter. A leading voice for standing for biblical truth in the public square, Olasky also believes Christians should incorporate the biblical virtues of humility, kindness, and mercy in all of life. His call for biblical values to include both truth and mercy makes his voice stand out in a world that often falsely divides those goals and settles for a poor imitation of the robust Christianity described in Scripture. These… Read more »

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Nov 17
LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Ordinary Graces:Word Gifts For Any Season by Lucinda Secrest McDowell and GIVEAWAY!

LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Ordinary Graces:Word Gifts For Any Season by Lucinda Secrest McDowell and GIVEAWAY!

Title: Ordinary Graces: Word Gifts For Any Season Publisher: Abingdon Press Publish Date: October 17, 2017 ISBN: 978-1501841828 Source: LitFuse Blog Tours Pages: 272 Rating: 5 stars Purchase: Amazon About The Book Everyone loves to receive a gift. And God has given us many, such as his grace—the gift we don’t deserve and can never earn. Promises from the One who declares we are already loved, already accepted, already created in his image. The question becomes, will we truly receive that gift? Will the reality of it actually change the way we think and notice and reach out? God’s Word will stand forever, in any season of life. These truths prompt us to respond with compassion and courage. Through inspiring devotions, Lucinda Secrest McDowell reveals biblical blessings that remind us that: God’s promises give us strength, God’s grace can be most evident at our weakest points, a proper response to our abundance of blessings is simply gratitude, and the “more” we are all looking for is the same abundant life that Jesus came to give us. Would you like to receive these gifts of ordinary grace? Join Lucinda in focusing on one word a day through devotional readings and short… Read more »

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Nov 16
LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Murder In Disguise by Donn Taylor

LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Murder In Disguise by Donn Taylor

Title: Murder In Disguise Series: Preston Barclay Mysteries, #3 Publisher: Lamplighter Mysteries Publish Date: October 16, 2017 ISBN: 978-1946016263 Source: LitFuse Blog Tours Pages: 312 Rating: 4 stars Purchase: Amazon ~ BN About The Book Official verdict: Suicide. But why would that vigorous department chairman kill himself? To avoid disgrace? Those rumored ventures on the dark side? Some other secret life? Visiting professor Preston Barclay wonders. But his questions bring no answers, only anonymous threats. He has enough problems already, proving himself on a strange campus while radical faculty do all they can to undermine him. Worse yet, that sexy siren assigned as his assistant complicates his courtship of the beautiful Mara Thorn. While Press keeps asking questions, Mara’s research reveals a cancer of criminal activity that permeates the community and even the campus itself. The more Press questions, the more dangerous the threats against him become, and the more determined he grows to clear his friend’s name. But can Press and Mara’s stumbling efforts prevail against the entrenched forces of the police, the campus radicals, and an unseen but powerful criminal organization that increasingly puts their lives in danger…? My Thoughts This book is the first book by this… Read more »

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Nov 15
LitFuse Blog Tour Review: The Gift by Shelley Shepard Gray

LitFuse Blog Tour Review: The Gift by Shelley Shepard Gray

Title: The Gift Series: The Amish Of Hart County, #3 Publisher: Avon Inspire Publish Date: November 7, 2017 ISBN: 978-0062469144 Source: LitFuse Blog Tours Pages: 272 Rating: 5 stars Purchase: Amazon ~ BN ~ Christian Book About The Book A special Christmas story about love and blessings in the next book in the Amish of Hart County series The Schwartz family is happy to be spending Christmas on their new farm in Hart County. But when Susanna Schwartz hears gunshots that causes her buggy to overturn, and then her little sister falls through a wooden bridge into the icy creek, it becomes clear from these dangerous “accidents” that someone wants them gone. Neil Vance has been heartbroken ever since his parents lost their family farm. He knows it’s not the Schwartz family’s fault, but he can’t help but be resentful. Until he meets Susanna. She is kind-hearted and bold, and Neil can’t stop thinking about her pretty green eyes. Neil thinks the accidents are just that, but Susanna’s father is convinced the Vance family is responsible. Susanna refuses to believe Neil would do anything to harm her. She’s fallen in love with him and knows he is a good man…. Read more »

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Nov 13
Litfuse Blog Tour Review: She’s Got The Wrong by Deepak Reju

Litfuse Blog Tour Review: She’s Got The Wrong by Deepak Reju

Title: She’s Got The Wrong Guy Publisher: New Growth Press Publish Date: October 16, 2017 ISBN: 978-1945270093 Source: Kregel Publications Pages: 192 Rating: 3.5 stars Purchase: Amazon About The Book The control freak. The angry man. The lazy guy. The unteachable guy. The promiscuous man. The unbeliever. The lone ranger. The unchurched guy. The new convert. The commitment-phobe. For any woman who has struggled with failed relationships, this may seem like a familiar list. These are the men your friends and family have in mind when they think, “she’s with the wrong guy.” And while the reasons women choose these types of men are complicated and varied, ultimately, they will all let you down. In She’s Got the Wrong Guy, Deepak Reju offers a different kind of dating book, discussing the types of guys women should not marry and offering biblical reasons why they aren’t suitable spouses. Writing from his years of experience as a pastor and counselor, Reju shares with women his perspective on how to assess a relationship’s strengths from the beginning, how to identify possible pitfalls, and how to have the courage to wait for a relationship that will be a blessing for both of you. Using… Read more »

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Nov 11
LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Rescued Hearts by Hope Toler Dougherty

LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Rescued Hearts by Hope Toler Dougherty

Title: Rescued Hearts Publisher: Mantle Rock Publishing Publish Date: September 2, 2017 ISBN: 978-1945094231 Source: LitFuse Blog Tours Pages: 320 Rating: 4 stars Purchase: Amazon About The Book Children’s clothing designer Mary Wade Kimball’s soft spot for animals leads to a hostage situation when she spots a briar- entangled kitten in front of an abandoned house. Beaten, bound, and gagged by the two thugs inside, Mary Wade loses hope for escape when a third villain returns with supplies. Discovering the kidnapped woman ratchets the complications for undercover agent Brett Davis. Weighing the difference of ruining his three months’ investigation against the woman’s safety, Brett forsakes his mission and helps her escape, the bent-on-revenge brutes following behind. When Mary Wade’s safety is threatened once more, Brett rescues her again. This time, her personal safety isn’t the only thing in jeopardy. Her heart is endangered as well. My Thoughts First, I have to say, I totally love reviewing books from local authors. Hope Toler Dougherty lives very local to me, so I’m very excited about being able to be a part of this tour for her. I was very pleased with this book! The characters within these pages are beautifully chiseled and… Read more »

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Nov 05
LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Descriptions And Prescriptions by Michael R. Emlet

LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Descriptions And Prescriptions by Michael R. Emlet

Title: Descriptions And Prescriptions Publisher: New Growth Press Publish Date: September 4, 2017 ISBN: 978-1945270116 Source: Kregel Publications Pages: 112 Rating: 3.5 stars Purchase: Amazon~BN~ChristianBooks About The Book Descriptions and Prescriptions: A Biblical Perspective on Psychiatric Diagnoses and Medications (New Growth Press, October 2017) OCD, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder . . . these are no longer just technical terms and medical diagnoses, they are part of our common vocabulary and culture. As Christians, we shouldn’t isolate ourselves from this discussion or dismiss these important issues. But we also should be careful not to accept the entire secular psychiatric diagnostic and treatment enterprise without question. What we need is a balanced, biblically (and scientifically) informed approach that neither blindly accepts nor harshly dismisses psychiatric labels, diagnoses, and medicines that are prescribed to help those who are suffering. As both a Biblical counselor and medical doctor, Michael R. Emlet, MD, gives readers a Christ-centered approach to psychiatry and guides both lay and professional helpers through the thicket of mental health labels and treatments with a biblical lens. In a clear and thoughtful way that puts the person experiencing mental health issues at the forefront, Emlet uses Scripture to show how the Bible engages… Read more »

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Oct 09
LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Many Sparrows by Lori Benton

LitFuse Blog Tour Review: Many Sparrows by Lori Benton

Title: Many Sparrows Author: Lori Benton Publisher: Waterbrook Press Publish Date: August 29,2017 ISBN: 978-1601429940 Pages: 400 Rating: 4 Stars Purchase: Amazon~BN~ChristianBooks About The Book Either she and her children would emerge from that wilderness together, or none of them would. . . . In 1774, the Ohio-Kentucky frontier pulses with rising tension and brutal conflicts as Colonists push westward and encroach upon Native American territories. The young Inglesby family is making the perilous journey west when an accident sends Philip back to Redstone Fort for help, forcing him to leave his pregnant wife Clare and their four-year old son Jacob on a remote mountain trail. When Philip does not return and Jacob disappears from the wagon under the cover of darkness, Clare awakens the next morning to find herself utterly alone, in labor and wondering how she can to recover her son . . . especially when her second child is moments away from being born. Clare will face the greatest fight of her life, as she struggles to reclaim her son from the Shawnee Indians now holding him captive. But with the battle lines sharply drawn, Jacob’s life might not be the only one at stake. When frontiersman Jeremiah… Read more »

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