Too Loved to be Lost by Debora M. Coty – Book Review and Tour

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About the book: In Too Loved to Be Lost (Barbour Books, October 2014), you’ll find simple, practical steps for healing, refreshment, and revitalization of spirit, body, and faith. Whether you’re struggling with issues related to trust, depression, patience, relationships, hurts, or hopes. . .this humor-filled volume will deliver a much-needed smile and equip you with simple-to-implement tips for attaining the kind of guidance and belonging you crave—the kind that can only be found in the unconditional love of Papa God.
Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/CSJKG
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About the author: Debora M. Coty is a popular speaker, columnist, lifelong Bible student, internationally published freelance writer, and award-winning author of numerous books, including Too Blessed to Be Stressed, and More Beauty, Less Beast. She’s also an orthopedic occupational therapist, writing instructor, and tennis addict. Mother of two grown children, Debora lives and loves in central Florida with her husband, Chuck, and desperately wicked pooch, Fenway.
Find Debora online: website, Facebook, Twitter
The above is from the publisher.
My Thoughts:
I really tried to like this book. However, after reading half of it I just couldn’t stomach it any more.The first thing that bothered me was she uses the Message paraphrase frequently. I hate that so many use that as though it is a reliable source of God’s Word. I should have known from that that it would just be fluff and irreverent but I decided to keep going. She calls God Papa throughout the whole thing. I understand her reasoning but in my humble opinion that is not showing God the honor He is due. To sum it up this book is just a bunch of stories of experiences with some fluffy, girly stuff mixed in. It is in no way theologically sound or deep.
I received a free copy of this product from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.


Mom Seeks God by Julia Roller – Book Review and Tour

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About the book: The first months and years of motherhood can be the most challenging and disorienting of your life—and faith. When you’re surrounded by the happy chaos of children, how do you spend quiet time with God if the only quiet time you get is while you sleep? How can you demonstrate a solid spiritual life to your children if you don’t have time to pursue one yourself?
When Julia Roller discovered that her spiritual growth had been stunted by the busyness of life with her toddler, she embarked on a yearlong journey through ten spiritual disciplines: prayer, fellowship, submission, study, simplicity, silence, worship, fasting, service, and celebration. As she focused on each discipline, she discovered practical ways to observe them—even in the chaos of her every day.
Purchase a copy and find out more about Julia at: http://www.juliaroller.com
JRoller-206About the Author: Julia Roller is an author and editor. Her books include Mom Seeks God (Abingdon Press), A Year with God (with Richard J. Foster), A Year with Aslan, and 25 Books Every Christian Should Read. Working with Renovaré, she has also co-authored four spiritual formation guides. She has written study guides for authors such as Desmond Tutu, Richard J. Foster, Henri Nouwen, Jenna Bush, and Rob Bell. Her articles have appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, Street Spirit, Group, Rev.!, and Children’s Ministry. She and her family live in San Diego, California.
The above is from the publisher.
My Thoughts:
 I really wanted to like this book. The premise sounded fabulous. I could really use some more Spiritual discipline in my life. However, I started the first chapter and it started how with talk of prayer. I was excited to learn more as this is an area I could use much growing in. But she starts out talking about contemplative prayer. The act of sitting silently and emptying yourself of all thoughts and waiting for God to lead your thoughts or speak to you. This is so heretical and I just couldn’t stomach it. I mean if she couldn’t get this right than I truly didn’t want to take her advice on other issues.
I received a free copy of this product from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.


Beside Bethesda: 31 Days Toward Deeper Healing by Joni Eareckson Tada – Book Review

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Beside Bethesda: 31 Days Toward Deeper Healing is a devotional written by Joni Eareckson Tada. If you are not aware of who Joni is she is an amazing speaker who is a quadriplegic. She also has a ministry for others who are facing physical limitations. So when she writes about “deeper healing” she doesn’t mean in a physical sense. She is talking about the deeper healing that comes in our hearts and lives through the tribulations of life, be it a physical one like hers or just the hardships we are promised in this world.

This book is chock full of great stories and messages to help encourage you to keep on keeping on and to look to Jesus for all you need. I struggle with constant pain and fibromyalgia and this book was a great encouragement to me. For this review, I had to read it straight through but I will definitely be reading it again one day at a time to really absorb the fabulous nuggets of truth therein. I would highly recommend this book. It would make a great gift this Christmas.

I received a free copy of this product from Tyndale in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.


Evergreen: A Christiansen Winter Novella by Susan May Warren – Book Review

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Evergreen: A Christiansen Winter Novella by Susan May Warren is a novella that fits into the Christiansen family series. It is a fabulous little book about the parents of the Christiansen clan. Ingrid is now facing an empty nest and is having a hard time with that. All she’s ever known is being a mom. But at the same time her husband, John, is excited about the new stage and wants to whisk her away for Christmas to Europe. This is a story of a couple who is trying to find how to just be two after so many years of being more. It’s also a story of dealing with past hurts that haven’t been dealt with and finding forgiveness and intimacy once again.

As one would expect from Susan May Warren this book is fabulous! I have loved the Christiansen family for quite awhile and I love Christmas novellas. I read the whole book in one night without putting it down. It is a great story and will help you remember to be selfless and to always try to stay in tune with your spouse. I highly recommend this book this Christmas season.

I received a free copy of this product from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.




THE BACHELOR By Stephanie Reed | Kindle Giveaway and Facebook Party!

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Don’t miss Stephanie Reed‘s newest book in the Plain City Peace series, The Bachelor. This compelling second book deftly weaves together the strands of a solid, simpler time with the turmoil of an era of change, revealing the strengths of both in its powerful narrative.



Join Stephanie in celebrating the book’s release by entering her Kindle giveaway and RSVPing to her Facebook launch party on October 28th!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire
  • The Bachelor by Stephanie Reed

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 11/9. RSVP for the Facebook launch party today for a chance to connect with Stephanie and Amish fiction fans and a chance to win some great prizes! Winner will be announced November 10th here.


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“Too Loved to be Lost” Kindle HDX Giveaway and Facebook Party with @DeboraCoty!

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In our world a woman’s acceptance so often seems contingent on her looks, behavior, or talents. This can lead to fearing loss of acceptance, trying to outperform one another, and a warped view God as a ruthless, judgmental, stern entity just waiting for us to crash and burn. Debora M. Coty‘s new book, Too Loved to Be Lost: Discovering God’s Intentional, Unconditional, Without-Limits Loveoffers women simple, practical steps for finding healing, security, and revitalization of spirit, body, and faith.



Celebrate being “Too Loved” by entering Debora Coty’s HDX giveaway and RSVPing to her Facebook party on November 6th.

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One winner will receive:

  • A Kindle HDX
  • Too Loved to Be Lost by Debora Coty

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 6th. Winner will be announced at the Too Loved to Be Lost Facebook author event on 11/6. Join author Debora Coty for a humorous and encouraging evening centered around God’s unconditional love. Debora will be hosting a fun chat, giving away prizes, answering your questions, offering an exclusive peek at her next book, and much more!

 
So grab your copy of Too Loved to be Lost and join Debora and friends on the evening of November 6th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)


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Don’t miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 6th!


The Hardest Peace by Kara Tippetts – Book Review and Tour & GIVEAWAY!!

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The-Hardest-Peace-PKAbout the book: 

A young mother battling cancer invites readers to embrace grace in every season of life.

Kara Tippetts knows the mundane but rich days of mothering four kids, the joy of watching her children grow.and the devastating reality of stage-four cancer.

In The Hardest Peace, she invites readers to see the grace of the everyday in all seasons of life and to live well even when the living is hard. As the thousands of readers of her blog know, Tippetts explores the hardest questions of life with rare beauty and honesty. Most of all, she draws them back to the God who is present, in the ordinary and the suffering, and shapes every life into the best story of all.
Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/Cgo5s
440About the Author:
Kara Tippetts and her husband, Jason, have four children and lead a church in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Cancer is only part of Kara’s story. Her real fight is to truly live while facing a crushing reality.
Find Kara online: website, Facebook, Twitter
The above is from the publisher.
 My Review:
This book was amazing!! Kara Tippetts explains life struggles and walking with God through them so poignantly. I have been going through a hard time right now with my fibromyalgia and back issues and reading this book really gave me a greater outlook on suffering. Although she has cancer which is far worse than the things I go through, I never felt like she was making her suffering look bigger than others. The advice and encouragement she shared through her real life circumstances where like healing balm to my soul. I would highly recommend this book to anyone in any stage of life. This is one of those books I’d buy a ton of copies of and pass out if I had the funds. It was life changing.
Also, I just want to share that Kara is still fighting this battle. The cancer is in her brain now and has come back strong. You can read more on her blog (above) but I would encourage you to pray for her and her young family. The continuing days of her life won’t be easy for anyone. We need to lift our sister up in prayer. Pray that God gives her and her family moments of joy and of making great simple memories. Pray that God would not allow the brain cancer to alter her personality. That she would be who she is for as long as possible so her children can have the best possible memories of her.
As part of this tour we were also asked to answer one of several options for questions doing with the topics in this book. I chose the question,
Who has God sent to walk with you through your pain? Has He asked you to walk with someone else in his or her journey?
For me some of my hardest days in the past was when I was walking through my first husband’s affair and subsequent divorce. Those days were long and dark and hopeless. But God sent my Aunt, well actually my ex’s aunt, to walk with me through that whole thing. Plus so many other people. When we go through hard times God really does bring people out of the wood work to hold our hands up like Joshua did for Moses.
More recently, I have gone through a miscarriage which I shared about openly on my facebook page. It is amazing the people I still run in to who were praying for me because a friend of a friend shared that request. It is awesome how far reaching and caring the community of God can be. I know God has called me several time to walk with certain people through their darkest days. Most of them are people who are suffering through something such as I have like a miscarriage or affair or divorce. God uses the hard things in our lives to allow us to minister His love to others.
Giveaway:
The publisher has given me an extra copy of this book to give away. The giveaway will be open to the US and Canada only. To enter just answer the question above in the comment section below. I will use random.org to randomly pick a winner. You have until November 1st to enter and I will draw the morning of the 2nd.

I received a free copy of this product from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.