The Golden Braid By: Melanie Dickerson

There are some stories that transport you, to a new time, to a new place, all of Melanie Dickerson’s books have the ability to do just that and her latest, the Golden Braid is no different. The Golden Braid is a new twist on the classic story of Rapunzel.

I’ve always loved fairy tales, but you’ve never seen or read this version of Rapunzel before, I love how Dickerson is able to take a story we all know and turn it on its side to be come a new story that is still true to the heart of the original. Dickerson has also found a way to weave Christ into her stories. I highly recommend all of her books.

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

-Elle

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#DarkHalo By: Shannon Dittemore

Dark Halo By: Shannon Dittemore

Jake is missing, the fight above Stratus continues and Brielle has a meeting with the devil where she is offered a choice.  Brielle has a choice to make.  One allows her to see the celestial, and the other will take away her site. With a war happening above Stratus, it is becoming more tempting for Brielle to choose the devil’s halo, a halo that will allow her to no longer see the fear creeping throughout her town, the hurt of each individual.

With the third and final book in Shannon Dittemore’s Angel Eyes trilogy Brielle has a decision to make, and the town of Stratus has a choice. Much like the first two books Dittemore has an amazing ability to craft words together that make you feel as if you are watching a movie rather than reading a book. With the rich detail you will dream of seeing the Celestial and hearing the Sabre’s song. The final book will keep you glued to the pages and take you on the adventure of a lifetime. Dittemore has combined the young adult genre and her faith in God to tell a beautiful story that will also challenge you to consider the meanings of temptation and how powerful worship and prayer can be.

If you enjoy a good YA novel, the Angel Eyes Trilogy is a must read! I am sad to see Jake and Brielle’s story come to an end, but hope to see more from Shannon Dittemore soon.

I received Dark Halo complimentary from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

-Elle

Enter to win an iPad Mini from @KristaMcGeeYA | “Anomaly” Giveaway!

Krista McGee is celebrating the release of Anomaly, the first book in her new YA dystopian series, with an iPad Mini Giveaway!


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One winner will receive:

  • An iPad Mini
  • A $25 iTunes gift card (download Anomaly to the iPad!)

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on July 31st. Winner will be announced at Krista’s website on August 2nd.

Spread the word about Krista and her giveaway HERE!

Lovelier than Daylight By: Rosslyn Elliott

Lovelier Than Daylight: The Saddler’s Legacy By: Rosslyn Elliott

The story of the Hanby’s continues in the third book from Rosslyn Elliott in the Saddler’s Legacy trilogy. Susannah Hanby looks up to her Aunt and Uncle and all that they have accomplished in their lives. She hopes to one day to be able to respond to every situation with love, but on her way to attend Otterbein college she finds her sister, Rachel, missing as well as all 5 of her nieces and nephews have been sent to the orphanage, she blames alcohol and what it has done to Rachel’s husband and family and worries that he has done something to hurt her sister. As Susannah attempts to get the children back she also finds herself alongside the town battling an incoming saloon that is sure to put the town in danger.

Than Susannah meets Johann, he has offered his help in finding out information and getting the children back. However, his family owns a brewery and Susannah is torn between what she believes is right and the chance to reunite her family and save the town.

Rosslyn Elliott concludes The Saddler’s Legacy with a captivating story of love between people from two different worlds and two different belief systems concerning alcohol. Although both believe in God they find themselves working to understand the others point of view. Elliott has created amazing characters and started a conversation about how being set in our ways and being unopen to the opinions of others and where it can lead. Elliott is an author to add to your must read list!

-Elle

I received this book complimentary from Thomas Nelson Publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Second Changes Everything. @IamSecond

It seems like many of us have grown up in a culture that tells us we should put ourselves first. We should strive to be in charge of our own future, to make first place on teams, to go after the promotion at work, to focus on me and what my needs are. Many of us have fallen into this trap of putting ourselves first, of never asking for help and relying on ourselves to get the job done, to provide for our families, to get to the next step in our lives, we lean on ourselves and see asking or seeking help as a sign of weakness.

Live Second tells you just the opposite. To go against the grain of what culture will accept as the norm, and look to someone else to provide, offer guidance, someone for you to lean on in time of trouble. Live Second will challenge you to step back and not put yourself, your family or your job first.  Live Second is a daily reminder to instead of putting things of this world and ourselves in first place, to change positions and place ourselves second and put Jesus first everyday.

Live Second is not your normal book or devotional, it is a daily reader that will challenge you to put Jesus first in every circumstance, but unlike other daily devotionals Live Second also uses social media to continue the discussion of what you learn each day and to share with others what being second means.

Live Second is broken down into different sessions with an over-arching theme and focus, each daily reading will provide you with Bible passages, questions to help you to dig deeper into the passage as well as questions to encourage you to implement what you learn into your everyday life.

Live Second is a book like no other that combines a daily devotional with social media to help you to grow in your walk with God and to teach you what it means to be second. This is an amazing book that will change who you are and how you respond to the world around you. Be prepared to see a change in your life and take the steps to becoming Second, I am Second, are you?

-Elle

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

The Red Letter Revolution By: Tony Campolo and Shane Claiborne

The Red Letter Revolution: What if Jesus Really meant what He said? Through this book Tony Campolo and Shane Claiborne strike up a conversation about what Christianity would look like if we followed the words of Jesus rather than rooting ourselves in the ‘traditions’ of the church. This book is not a regular book it is a dialogue between the two authors, a transcript of the conversations that they have had on a range of topics from money, politics, missions, immigration, to giving.

This book brings up a lot of discussion and gives you something to consider and to think about, although you may not agree with the views of either author the discussion is informative and helps us to realize that sometimes we base things on what we do by tradition and forget to look into what the Bible says. The Red Letter Revolution also introduces us into a new way of living in community with one another and taking steps to really read what Jesus said.

This book has  received a range of reviews from extremely positive to extremely negative, it is understandable that this book may make you angry and you may disagree with some points made throughout the book, I encourage you to approach this book with an open mind and to listen to what is being said and you may just find some points to take to heart.

-Elle

I received this book complimentary from Thomas Nelson through the Booksneeze program in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

The Trouble with Cowboys By Denise Hunter

Forgiveness. It is never easy, and sometimes we are never prepared for the situations we are placed in that makes us realize it may be time to let go of the past and forgive someone in order to be able to move on into the future. And that is exactly what Annie Wilkerson is learning.

Annie Wilkerson has been struggling financially, helping her younger sister through college as well as raising her son on top of being a local horse trainer and the column she writes Annie still struggles to make ends meet.

When she gets the news her column is being changed to a lovelorn column she is not sure what to do, writing about relationships is something she has never been good at but she needs the money, but when a local cowboy has a horse in trouble she offers a trade for her help, only problem is that Annie does not trust cowboys. The more time she spends with Dylan the more she is realizing there is something more to it. Annie is unsure if she can put behind her the past hurt and pain from the previous cowboys in her life and let Dylan in.

As the third installment of the Big Sky Romance Series, Denise Hunter has done it again. Not only has she created a brand new story but she brings back some of our favorite characters. Hunter does an amazing job of drawing you into the characters and there is always a character you will find much like yourself. This book as well as the other books in the trilogy are worth the read, although each can be read as a stand alone novel I recommend them all. With this final book Hunter has not disappointed her audience, The trouble with cowboys is a nice mix of romance, family problems, forgiveness, moving on, cowboys and Montana air. The perfect book to read on a cool fall day.

This book was provided complimentary as part of the Litfuse program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

-Elle

To celebrate the release of The Trouble with Cowboys Denise is hosting a fun Author Chat Party on Facebook. She’ll connect with readers and give away some amazing prizes – including a Kindle Fire!
Save the Date for October 11th!”"
Grab your copy of Denise Hunter’s latest book and join her for an Author Chat Party on October 11th at 8:00 PM EST (that’s 7:00 Central, 6:00 MST, & 5:00 PST)!

Haven’t read The Trouble with Cowboys yet? That’s okay, don’t let that stop you from coming to the party! (You may win a copy!)
During the evening she’ll be sharing the story behind the book, posting discussion questions, testing your trivia skills, and of course, there will be plenty of chatting and fun giveaways – books, gift certificates and – a Kindle Fire! She’ll also be giving you a sneak peek of her next book too!

RSVP today and then come back on the 11th … and bring your friends!

The River By: @MWNeale

The River By: Michael Neale

“The River is alive and moving all around us”

Whenever I have reviewed a book I have always given a brief overview, but this time I don’t think I can. I don’t think I can sum up this book in the right words beyond Wow. This book deserves your undivided attention, I have never read a book that has captivated me so much and left me awake at night hours and days after finishing a book and thinking about what I had just read. This story will make you think, it will make you re-evaluate what you go through day in and day out and the things that you take for granted each day.

The River is a story of forgiveness, family, and finding your purpose and where you belong. I don’t have the words to explain how great and eye-opening this book is and how much of a reminder it is that we cannot simply sit on the shore but we need to fully immerse ourselves into the River. Neale, as a first time author has scripted a marvelous story, I’ve read some negative reviews but this book isn’t simply about a story being written to be sold, it isn’t simply about the River it is about the life each of us are living every day and I believe this is a must read book that everyone needs to read.

I received this book complimentary from Thomas Nelson through the Booksneeze program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, that being said, you should really read this book.

-Elle

To learn more about The River check out http://www.theriverexperience.com/

Conquer Your Fears and “Live to Give” Webcast with @AustinGutwein


Thomas Nelson Author and Hoops of Hope founder, Austin Gutwein, to host September 6 online event to focusing on themes his latest release, Live to Give.

On September 6 at 8 PM EDT, Austin Gutwein will be hosting a live Facebook web event to encourage participants to conquer their fears and use their talents to help others. The webcast will center on the themes Gutwein writes about in his latest release “Live to Give: Letting God Turn Your Talents into Miracles(Thomas Nelson/August, 2012). At the conclusion of the webcast, the winners of a month-long social media fueled “Get and Give” contest will be announced, including the winner of a Kindle Fire and $250 donated to the winner’s charity of choice.

Join Austin on the evening of Thursday, September 6th as he shares about his own experiences and encourages others to conquers their fears and “live to give”. Austin will also be taking audience questions and interacting with participants. PLUS – there will be several “Live to Give” giveaways – books, gift certificates and much more! RSVP today and tell your friends.

Based on the John 6 story of Jesus feeding the 5000, in “Live to Give” Gutwein challenges his readers that regardless of age and talent, God can use them to make a difference. Even though God could take care of everything Himself and doesn’t really need our help, He desperately WANTS us to help Him care for others. Gutwein walks young people through discovering and embracing their unique God-given strengths and abilities, then figuring out how to use those talents to help others. Sometimes doing that takes a leap of faith on our part, and often becoming fearless in the process.

More about Austin: At eighteen years old, Gutwein speaks with wisdom and has the experience to reinforce his message. When Austin was just nine years old, he watched a video that showed children in Africa who had lost their parents to AIDS. Gutwein realized these kids weren’t any different from him—except they were suffering. Feeling called to help, he took his love of basketball and decided to shoot free throws to raise money for orphans in Zambia. On World AIDS Day in 2004, he shot 2,057 free throws to represent the 2,057 kids who would be orphaned during his day at school. Through sponsorship from parents and friends, Gutwein raised over $3,000 that day to give hope to eight orphans in Zambia.

Over the past eight years, Gutwein’s efforts have created Hoops of Hope, the largest free throw marathon in the world. With an estimated 40,000 people in more than 25 countries participating, Hoops of Hope has raised more than $2.5 million to build schools, medical clinics, dormitories for orphanages, and the only computer lab in Zambia.

Enter to win a Kindle Fire and have $250 donated to your favorite charity.

Click for the banner for details and entry or visit http://litfusegroup.com/blogtours/13528976/livetogive.

Learn more about Austin and Hoops of Hope at www.AustinGutwein.com and www.HoopsOfHope.org.

Stress Point By: Sarah Francis Martin

Stress Point: Thriving through your 20’s in a Decade of Drama

The 20’s are a stressful time, no doubt about it. From graduating college and finding a career, moving out to live on your own, developing new relationships, starting a family, discovering who you are and trying to figure out how to pay off  debt it is a trying time. So many things are happening through your twenties, there is a lot of stress and questions and more to handle than you could have imagined. Sarah Francis Martin tackles the issues that cause the most stress while in our twenties and continually reminds us to bring them to the feet of the King in her new book Stress Point.

Stress Point is an easy-to-read-interactive devotional for the up and coming generation full of case studies from various women as well as topics to journal that will allow you to reflect and remind you to bring it all to God.

I liked that this devotional also printed the scripture within the chapters, so that if you didn’t have a Bible on hand you could see the passages being referenced. I think that this devotional would be great for those in their early twenties that are just beginning to tackle some of these issues. It would be a great book to use as group study.

I received this complimentary from Thomas Nelson through the Booksneeze program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

-Elle