Great Summer Reads

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Rita Gerlach is the author of seven inspirational historical novels that include her stand-alone novel, Surrender the Wind, and a new series through Abingdon Press, The Daughters of the Potomac. Visit her at her website. Rita is releasing her first three novels, which have been out of print for some time. Her first inspirational historical romance The Rebel’s Pledge is …

Drama … for Better or Worse

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Drama. In a house with three teen/preteen girls, drama is not usually a good thing. It’s something to be circumvented, squashed, avoided at all costs. You tell the kids it’s bad, and you try to teach them better ways to settle conflict. But the last month or so, drama has begun to mean something different to me. A writer friend …

The Best Christmas Gift Ever

Carole Towriss Parenting 6 Comments

My oldest daughter graduates from high school next week. It’s hard to believe. I won’t repeat the old cliché that it feels like only yesterday we brought her home from the hospital, because it doesn’t. Not that they’ve been a hard eighteen ½ years—just that I’ve enjoyed living every one of them.   It took us eight years to get …

Random Act Of Kindness BLITZ!

Carole Towriss Writing 2 Comments

A smile. An encouraging word. A thoughtful gesture. Each day people interact with us, help, and make our day a bit brighter and full. This is especially true in the Writing Community. Take a second to think about writers you know, like the critique partner who works with you to improve your manuscript. The writing friend who listens, supports and …

Angry with God

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I recently had a conversation with a friend about being mad at God. I think this friend was mad at God for allowing a tragedy in her life, but didn’t want to be. Some people believe you can’t be angry with God because He’s … well … God. After all, it’s not like you can walk into the Oval Office …

Carla Olson Gade’s The Shadow Catcher’s Daughter

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Eliana Van Horn loves taking pictures with her father. The only problem is, in 1875 it isn’t proper—or safe—for a young woman to travel the west. So on their expedition to photograph the Four Corners area, she dresses as a young man. Yiska Wilcox, the half-Navajo man hired to guide them, is drawn to the beautiful photographer’s assistant—and to her faith. But …

Roseanna White’s Jewel Of Persia

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Jewel of Persia is a heart-breakingly beautiful rendition of the story of Esther—except that Esther is a minor character in this almost epic tale. The main character is Kasia, a young Jewess noticed by King Xerxes and claimed by him as his concubine. She desperately loves him, and he falls deeply in love with her. How to love a pagan …

What Good is Citizenship?

Carole Towriss International Adoption, Parenting 2 Comments

On Sunday, our church had a special moment to celebrate one member becoming a US citizen. He’s been in the country for many years as a permanent resident, but a few years ago he lost his livelihood when all non-citizens working for certain government agencies lost their jobs. He had to wade through all the background checks, fingerprinting, and paperwork …

D M. Webb’s Mississippi Nights

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D. M. Webb’s debut novel Mississippi Nights is a tale of a southern family torn apart by tragedy. One brother has allowed that tragedy to define him, nearly destroy him, and now it’s up to the other to decide if he wants to help bring him back from the brink. Firefighter David Boyette’s fiancée died in a car fire, and he …