Monday, April 16, 2018

Book Recommendation: Fifteen Minutes by Karen Kingsbury

About the Book

"Zack Dylan has a dream. He wants to sing on the biggest stages, for the biggest crowds, and he’ll do whatever it takes to make it come true. But Zack also made a promise to his college sweetheart when he left Kentucky to compete on the popular TV show, Fifteen Minutes: If he made it, nothing would change him or his faith in God.

Overnight, Zack becomes the nation’s most popular contestant, a country singer comparable to a young Tim McGraw. As his star rises, Zack is often asked to compromise and quiet his beliefs. Just as he’s on the verge of winning it all, his choices lead him to the brink of personal disaster.

Meanwhile, a former Fifteen Minutes  winner is searching for meaning amidst her own private losses. Can she warn Zack about the real price of fame? Or will Zack lose everything he loves for his fifteen minutes of glory?"

Why I'm Recommending This

I've seen lots of commercials for various talent shows on television recently and they always make me think of the book Fifteen Minutes by Karen Kingsbury. It's been a few years since I've read it so I don't feel like I can give it a full review, but it's a book I highly recommend. I've thought about this book many times over the past few years.

The main character, Zach, achieves success and makes choices not consistent with his faith. Those choices affect his life and the lives of his family and friends he left behind to chase his dream. Ever since I've read this book, I've wondered how people's lives are changed by sudden fame. 

Although you and I might not achieve success that comes from doing well on a national talent show, how often do we leave God behind when things are going well? If we have a big success at work, our children have a great achievement, or even if a ministry we've been nursing along takes off, how does that affect our walk with the Lord? We might not make choices we regret (or we might!), but we might not walk as closely with God as we should. 

If you like contemporary Christian fiction, I recommend this book. If you like watching talent shows on televistion and reading contemporary Christian fiction, I highly recommend this book!

Monday, April 9, 2018

Review: A Borrowed Dream by Amanda Cabot

From the Back of the Book

Catherine Whitfield is sure that she will never again be able to trust anyone in the medical profession after the local doctor's excessive bleeding treatments killed her mother. Despite her loneliness and her broken heart, she carries bravely on as Cimarron Creek's dutiful schoolteacher, resigned to a life without love or family, a life where dreams rarely come true. 

Austin Goddard is a newcomer to Cimarron Creek. Posing as a rancher, he fled to Texas to protect his daughter from a dangerous criminal. He's managed to keep his past as a surgeon a secret. But when Catherine Whitfield captures his heart, he wonders how long he will be able to keep up the charade. 

With a deft hand, Amanda Cabot teases out the strands of love, deception, and redemption in this charming tale of dreams deferred and hopes becoming reality. 

Friday, April 6, 2018

First Line Friday - April 6, 2018

Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books! Do you have any special plans for the weekend? We're planning a pancake breakfast with my mom on Saturday. I'm hoping for some quality reading time, too. 

Let's talk about first lines! I picked up Winning Miss Winthrop by Carolyn Miller at the bookstore today (I had to special order it because it wasn't in stock!!!) and that's where my first line is from this week. I am looking forward to reading it. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Review: Spread Too Thin by Ellen Miller

About the Book

You know the drill. Somebody asks, “How are you?” and you respond automatically: “Crazy busy!” “I’m exhausted!” “Running too fast.”

And it’s no wonder! Between the breakneck speed of your job, the one million family activities on the calendar, the volunteer luncheon you signed up to host, the growing to-do list on your phone, and the workout you’ve been meaning to get to for weeks—if you ever stopped long enough to think about it, you’d be curled up in the fetal position on the floor.

Life these days. It’s exhausting, isn’t it?

Ellen Miller gets it—and she wrote Spread Too Thin just for you. Whatever stage of life you find yourself in, you don’t have to live it frantically. Written for women who care deeply and extend themselves selflessly, this 90-day devotional offers an honest look at the obligations that have drained us and then point us toward a more abundant life with Jesus. Through personal stories, practical insights, and classic Ellen humor, you’ll discover that it is possible to find hope—and even peace!—throughout your harried, overcommitted days.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Review: The Heart's Appeal by Jennifer Delamere

From the Back of the Book

Strong-minded and independent, Julia Bernay has come to London to study medicine and become a doctor--a profession that has only just opened up to women. When she witnesses a serious accident, her quick action saves the life of an ambitious young barrister named Michael Stephenson. It’s only later that she learns he could be instrumental in destroying her dreams for the future.

Coming from a family that long ago lost its status, Michael Stephenson has achieved what many would have thought impossible. Hard work and an aptitude for the law have enabled him to regain the path to wealth and recognition. His latest case puts him in the middle of a debate over the future of a women’s medical school. He’s supposed to remain objective, but when the beguiling and determined Julia reappears with an unexpected entreaty, he begins to question what he’s made most important in his life. As the two are tangled into spending more time together, will their diverging goals be too much to overcome?

First Line Friday - March 30, 2018

Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding BooksHow was your week? I am looking forward to celebrating Easter! Do you have special plans? Our church has a special Good Friday service which we are planning to attend today. We're planning a small family lunch after church on Sunday. 

It's time to talk about our first lines! Yay!

My first line today is from A Borrowed Dream by Amanda Cabot. 

"It was only a dream."

Now it's your turn! Leave the first line of the book closest to you in the comments below then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is sharing first lines on their blogs today. 

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Jan Drexler blog tour

Welcome to The Amish Nanny's Sweetheart blog tour and giveaway, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


the amish nanny's sweetheartTitle: The Amish Nanny's Sweetheart  
Author: Jan Drexler
Publisher: Love Inspired Historical
Release Date: March 1, 2018  
Genre: Inspirational Historical Amish Fiction
Love in Plain Sight

As nanny for her nephew, Judith Lapp’s finally part of a vibrant, joyful Amish community instead of living on the outskirts looking in. But teaching her neighbors’ Englischer farmworker to read Pennsylvania Dutch wasn’t part of her plan. And the more time she spends with Guy Hoover, the more he sparks longings for a home and family of Judith’s own.

Guy figured he would never be truly accepted by his Amish employers’ community—even though the Mast family treats him like a son. But Judith’s steadfast caring shows him that true belonging could be within his reach…if he and Judith can reconcile their very different hopes—and hearts.