Glory Days By: Max Lucado Review and special pre-order offer!

Now through August 31, 2015, pre-order Glory Days and receive free gifts!

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Pre-order one copy of Glory Days (any format) AND one copy ofGod is With You Every Day (Max’s brand-new, 365-day devotional—any format), and receive both the abridged audio version of In the Grip of Grace and a paperback copy of Traveling Light by Max Lucado (U.S. addresses only).

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My Review:

The Hebrews wandered in the wilderness for years, wandering, searching for the promised land, when they could have been living in their glory days the entire time. In Lucado’s latest book “Glory Days: Living Your Promised Land Life Now,” he focuses on the book of Joshua and the time the Hebrews spent in the wilderness. While the Hebrews had escaped Egypt and Pharohs rule they were still full of fear and stuck in a season of wandering. Rather than focusing on the Promised Land and all that had been provided, they forgot God’s provision and His promise.

During the time of Joshua, the Hebews were in their glory days, and Lucado goes on to ask if you are living your glory days or are you stuck wandering in the wilderness? God has intended each of us to be living in our glory days, Lucado shows us through scripture and the story of Joshua how God wanted us to live in our inheritance, to live beyond our pasts and our hurts, beyond our stumbles and our pains.

The life God has planned for each of us is within our grasp, Lucado has always had a way with words, and a way of teaching and inspiring us to embrace and live the life that is awaiting us. Using scripture and practical life skills, Glory Days will show you that it is possible to get out of the wilderness and embrace the life that God has promised us.

I received this book complimentary through Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

-Elle

Resist By: Tracy Lawson Now Available!

Q and A with the author
Can you give us a brief summary of Resist?
The second volume in the Resistance Series, Tommy and Careen are no longer naïve, frightened teenagers who believe the Office of Civilian Safety and Defense can protect them from terrorist attacks. They’ve discovered the OCSD’s miracle antidote’s true purpose: to create a population bereft of free will, incapable of defying the tyrannical OCSD. They join the Resistance, but on their first mission, things spin out of control and soon they’re on the run, dodging the quadrant marshals in a headlong dash for the Resistance’s secret headquarters. Being part of the Resistance presents them with new challenges. Not everyone working for change will prove trustworthy, and plans to spark revolution go awry with consequences greater than they could’ve imagined. Tommy and Careen’s relationship is tested when their philosophical differences and the pressures of interpersonal rivalries and jealousy put a strain on their romance. Can they make time for each other while trying to start a revolution?
What was the inspiration behind The Resistance Series?
I was mentoring a friend of my daughter’s when the initial idea for Counteract came about. Chase is a pretty sharp guy and an excellent writer—and when he was in high school I had a lot of fun working with him and editing some of his short stories. We had finished working on a story about baseball, a broken nose, and a broken heart, and were ready to start
something new, when he suggested we write scenes in response to the prompt: “What if everyone were on LSD and all thoughts were communal?” It was certainly thought provoking! Chase created the characters Tommy and Eduardo, I created Careen, and rightaway, we knew we were onto something. Obviously, the story morphed and changed a lot
before it became the finished version of Counteract—but that was how it all began.
What do you enjoy about this series that cannot be found in any of your other books?
The Resistance Series is my first published fiction. My other book, Fips, Bots, Doggeries, and More, is based on a journal kept by my great-great-great grandfather during his family’s 1838 horse and wagon trip from Cincinnati to New York City. I did a ton of research before writing that book, and amassed two filing cabinet drawers full of information related to the 22=-page journal! During the publication process, I nearly went crazy double-checking all my facts and citations, and by the time the book went to print, I never wanted to see another footnote. Fiction? Yes, please!
Now that I’ve had a little break from footnotes, I’m enjoying writing another nonfiction history book. I’m planning to merge my two favorite genres and write some YA historical fiction sometime after I finish the Resistance Series.
The main characters in The Resistance Series are Tommy and Careen. Where did you find
your inspiration for them?
My characters are a little bit of me, and little bits of people around me, but as I spend time with them in the context of the story, they become less like people in the real world; I don’t stop developing them until they are individuals: unique and unlike anyone else. Chase created Tommy, and at first I wasn’t as close to him as I was Careen. That changed as I wrote more scenes for Tommy—especially the scene when he and Careen meet. His reactions and his choices came from inside me; before long, he was unique and independent of any outside influence.
You can get the behind-the-scenes scoop on all things Resistance Series, see book trailers,and check out the blog at
You can also find her on Twitter @TracySLawson and on Instagram as TracyLawsonAuthor
Look for Resist on Amazonand Barnes and Nobles, make sure to get your copies today!
-Elle

Through Waters Deep By: Sarah Sundin

Through Waters Deep

Through Waters Deep By: Sarah Sundin

I have been seeing Sarah Sundin’s books pop up on my feeds and have been recommended them many times, however, this is the first time I have read one of her books nd I must say that I am disappointed I had not started reading her stories sooner! Through Waters Deep is based in the pre-WWII era where there is evidence of sabotage in the Boston Naval Yard. Mary who works at the Naval yard (and who has enjoyed many a Nancy Drew story) decides to start taking noted about the people she works around, as a secretary and someone who is quiet many don’t realize when she’s around and do not give it a thought when she is writing things down. Jim, a high school friend of Mary’s is in the navy and has decided to help Mary in her investigation, however, the closer they get to finding an answer the more challenges they face that lead them into dangers path.

I’ve truly enjoyed this book and love Mary’s character who is super relateable. I was so in love reading this story where the main girl was more introverted and introspective over anything else and dealt with a fear of being in front of others. Mary is a character that I could see myself in. Sundin has done amazing with her historical research, character development and just creating a captivating story. I can’t wait to find the time to read some of her others!

I received this book complimentary through the Lituse Publicity Program in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

-Elle

The Wonder of You By: Susan May Warren

The Wonder of You By: Susan May Warren

Amelia has returned from her adventures in Europe feeling like she has failed, that she is not doing what she is supposed to do. The guy she’s known all her life is ready to settle down with her in Deep Haven, while Roark, the boy she met in Prague hs traveled across the world to Deep Haven to find her. Now Amelia has to decide if she is meant to live in Deep Haven and settle down or if God is calling her to something bigger, to something more.

My reviews for the Christiansen Family Novels contine to read the same, there is nothing more that I can do than rave about how much I love these novels, about how much I love the writing of Susan May Warren, her characters feel so real and deal with things we each deal with on a regular basis. The Christiansen’s will feel like friends and inspire and challenge you with following your heart and what God has planned for each of us.

I cannot say enough good things about Susan May Warren and these books, the only negative is that there is only one book left for Christiansen kids and I am not sure if I am ready to say goodbye to these characters.

I received this book complimentary in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

-Elle

Tattered and Mended: The Art of Healing the Wounded Soul By: Cynthia Ruchti

In recent years we have all seen the trend of tattered clothes, that it is cool to buy clothes that are pre-ripped and torn. Tattered things have become the popular thing to have, however, Ruchti’s book reminds us that we were never called to be tattered and that God wants to mend the tattered and broken parts of our lives.

Ruchti has done her research about the art of mending and restoring items and weaves them into the stories of people and herself as she shares the need for each of us to heal.Ruchti doesn’t ignore the pain and hurt that happens in life, she also points out that it is also difficult and a process to heal. This book is a must read, for those struggling in their everyday, or for those that don’t even realize that they may need healing. Ruchti does an amazing job of telling stories as well as sharing how we can go about healing from the things that have made us tattered.

I was provided this book complimentary through the Litfuse Publicity Program in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

-Elle

How can the wounds that keep us from living the life we want to live be mended and healed? In Tattered and Mended, Cynthia Ruchti walks readers through a gallery of reclaimed and restored art as well as broken and restored lives of those who have gone before us. With a gentle touch and personable wisdom, Cynthia shows how even the most threadbare soul can once again find healing and hope.

Celebrate the release of Tattered and Mended with Cynthia by entering to win her Reclaimed Treasures giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on July 27th. The winner will be announced July 28th on Cynthia’s blog.

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Plus, now through mid-July, sign up for Cynthia’s mailing list for a five-day virtual tour around Madeline Island for the chance to win a Hemmed in Hope prize pack. Each day begins with an email from Cynthia that introduces where you’ll be “visiting” that day (all key places from As Waters Gone By) with various interactive elements, including“I wish you were here” postcards, trivia quizzes, and an ongoing Island scavenger hunt. The person who interacts the most will win a Hemmed in Hope prize pack (valued at more than $200).

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  • The letterpress block Hope sign from DaySpring
  • A set of 6 Hemmed in Hope notecards showing a hope-themed Bible verse
  • A leather “I can’t unravel, I’m hemmed in hope” journal
  • Signed copies of each of Cynthia’s books, fiction and non-fiction

Summer’s List by Anita Higman

Summer’s List

Summer’s List By Anita Higman

In recent years creating a bucket list has become one of the ‘cool’ things to do, but what if instead of creating your own bucket list, someone did it for you and challenged you to complete that list. Would you be able to? That is exactly what Summer is asked to do by her grandmother, a wise woman full of godly wisdom.

I’m torn about how I feel about this book. It was a good book and I enjoyed the story but it was hard to get into the story and connect with the characters. The story was lacking in areas and didn’t quite get to where I wanted it to. I will try more of Anita Higman’s books, but as for Summer’s List I will have to stay middle of the road with it.

I received this book complimentary through the Litfuse Publicity Program in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

-Elle

Unoffendable by: Brant Hansen

Mike Donehey may have said it best when he said “this book hurts so good.” Unoffendable is a book that will take the way you respond and what you have thought and turn it on its head in the best way possible. Hansen challenges us that we need to get rid of anger. He states that “forfeighting our right to anger makes us deny ourselves, and makes us others-centered. When we start living this way, it changes everything.”

Brant Hansen has taken simple concepts that are not so simple to live out and challenged us to be unoffendable. To let go of anger and embrace forgiveness. Everyone needs to read this book, it is written simply and as an easy read, but the context is strong and at a level that will challenge you and having you re-reading this book and noticing the things that offend you in the everyday and seeing them differently. This book will change something as basic as being cut off in traffic and you will start seeing and approaching things in a new light.

Read this book.

I received this book complimentary from the publisher through the BookLook Blogger Program in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Either way you need to read this book.

-Elle

Swagbusters Team Challenge

Swagbucks just announced a new Team Challenge: Swagbusters! From now through June 19th at 12pm PDT / 3pm EDT, earn as many points as you can for your team & get bonus SB! 

There are 4 teams, and all members who join and contribute at least 100 points to their team will be rewarded with more SB:

  • 1st place team: 80 SB
  • 2nd place: 50 SB
  • 3rd place: 30 SB
  • 4th place: 20 SB

Contributing points is easier than you think, and there are many ways to earn SB AND contribute to the Team Challenge:

  • Encrave – Discover great content, earn SB, and contribute 25 pts to your team! 
  • Search – Grab rewarding search wins through the Swagbucks Search Engine & contribute 20 pts to your team!
  • SwagButton – Just by having the SwagButton on your desktop browser, you will contribute 15 pts to your team each day of the Team Challenge.
  • Swagstakes – Are you feeling lucky? Redeem your SB for a Swagstakes entry! Contribute 15 pts to your team.
  • Referrals – Spread the Swagbucks love! Contribute 15 pts to your team when you have a referral register during the Team Challenge.
  • Special Offers – Earn SB discovering Special Offers! Contribute 10 pts to your team.
  • Mobile Offers – Have a busy lifestyle? Earn SB on the go with Mobile Offers! Contribute 10 pts to your team.
  • Mobile Videos – Waiting in line at the grocery store? Watch SBTV Mobile anywhere and anytime! Contribute 10 pts to your team every time you fill up your SBTV meter.
  • Swag Codes – Redeem daily Swag Codes through the SwagButton browser extension or the Swagbucks Mobile App! Contribute 5 pts to your team.

Not a Swagbucks member yet? It’s how I get gift cards to spend on shopping, holiday gifts and more with my earnings I have paid for vacations, swimming with dolphins, my kindle and so much more! And with many different SB-earning opportunities like the Swagbusters Team Challenge, you can get your first gift card even faster. Sign up here.

Falcon By: @RonieKendig

Falcon By: Ronie Kendig

Falcon is book 3 in the Quiet Professionals series, as a forewarning, make sure to read the first two Raptor 6 and Hawk before reading Falcon. I promise you won’t want to put any of them down. Kendig has always had an amazing way of weaving a story and Falcon will not disappoint. In this third and final installment we finally get to find out who is responsible for the attacks on the team.

This book will take you on quite a journey, you will not want to put it down. This book is amazing from start to finish! Put this at the top of your reading list (Or third if you haven’t read the others). This is not a series you will want to miss!

I received this book complimentary in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

-Elle

Big Tractors with Casey and Friends

Big Tractors with Casey and Friends

Vehicles have always been a big hit with kids and this new book will be one they enjoy, Casey is a farm girl and through this book she introduces you to all her friends on the farm and what they do on the farm. One of the things I enjoyed about this book is that although Casey and some of her friends are cartoons the pictures of the tractors and farm equiptment are all photographs of actual farm equiptment. Kids that love farms, tractors, and vehicles will absolutely love this book.

I received this book coplimentary from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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