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It’s hard for me to sit down and soak in God’s Word at times. I want to rush through and not really listen to what He’s saying. Being so busy is to blame for that. Reading Joanne Weaver’s latest devotional At The Feet of Jesus, I’ve managed to slow down and actually hear what both God and the author are saying as I read the Scripture and the devotional provided for each day.
I think the best part of the daily devotions is the REFLECT questions. It causes me to think about what I just read and how it can be applied to me personally.
The devotional is a collection of bits and pieces from a few of Joanne’s other books turned into devotions. I would like to read those books now!
I received a copy of the book from Litfuse Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
About the Book
You were made for more than serving God; you were made to know Him.
Intimacy with God—to know Him and be known by Him. It is what our hearts desperately need, but somehow life conspires to keep us busy and distracted.
For anyone who struggles when it comes to daily devotions, At the Feet of Jesus extends an irresistible invitation to set aside your duties and find the amazing peace and incredible joy that come from time alone with Him. Drawn from Joanna Weaver’s beloved Bethany trilogy, each reading in this 365-day devotional includes a Bible reading passage and reflection question. All-new material and “Going Deeper” sidebars are also woven throughout.
Discover for yourself the riches that come from spending a portion of each day alone with God. At the feet of Jesus—where true life begins!
Includes a unique One-Year Bible Reading Guide.
About the Author
Joanna Weaver is known the world over for her transparent and life-changing books, Having A Mary Heart in a Martha World and Having a Mary Spirit. Joanna has appeared on a wide variety of nationally syndicated radio and television broadcasts. She is also a highly sought after speaker and shares her message at intimate gatherings and several high profile events each year. But Joanna’s greatest joy is found in being a wife and mother and her role as a pastor’s wife.
Katie Ann lost the love of her life. Then God offers her a new beginning in Colorado.
Katie Ann Stolzfus lives in the small Amish community of Canaan, Colorado. At forty she is widowed and raising her first child. But baby Jonas will never know his father, and Katie Ann wonders if her Heavenly Father hasn’t forgotten about her as well. Is it really God’s plan for her to be a single parent?
Eli Detweiler has come to Canaan for a wedding and a long vacation. Having raised six children following the death of his young wife, Eli is finally an empty-nester. He’s enjoying the slower pace of having no one to care for but himself.
When Katie Ann and Eli meet, there is an instant connection. Yet as strong as the attraction is, they both acknowledge that a romance would never work. He is done parenting, while she has just begun.
But as their friendship slowly blossoms into feelings that are as frightening as they are intoxicating, Katie Ann and Eli question if the plans they made for themselves are in line with God’s plans.
Can Katie Ann entrust her heart to another man, and rediscover the wonder of God’s love?
About the Author:
Beth Wiseman is hailed as a top voice in Amish fiction. She is a Carol-award winner and author of numerous bestsellers including the Daughters of the Promise series and the Land of Canaan series. She and her family live in Texas.
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This Mom’s Review:
I didn’t want this book to end! I enjoyed following the blossoming friendship between the main character and her new friend. The interfaith relationships in this book reminded me of the love God has for all mankind, regardless of cultural or religious backgrounds. At times I wish we could live simpler lives like the Amish; however, they are just like us and can lose their trust in God, if they aren’t careful, like the main character in this book.
My curiosity peeked a few times when the Amish in this book did things I didn’t think they were allowed to. I’m going to see what I can find out, even if this is just a fiction book!
Beth Wiseman has been added to my list of favorite authors. I’m looking forward to reading more of her books!
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Grab a copy and enjoy!
My friend Narita and I can’t get enough of christian fiction! Once again, she has offered her time to let us know what these things of the book Spring for Susannah.
It is the 1870’s and thirty year old Susannah has never married, never been courted or even had a man interested in her. On top of that she is shy and never had close friendships with girls. Her parents suddenly both die and she is left alone. Her pastor suggests she become a mail order bride to his brother in the wild frontier of the Dakota Territory.
This is quite a culture shock from having lived all her life in a large city in Michigan. Adding to her discomfort, Susannah was not only a loner as far as friendships went, but she was an only child raised by cold unaffectionate parents. She had been attacked and almost raped before leaving Michigan. All this leaves her ill prepared for an isolated life with a friendly, outgoing, loving, faith filled man like her new husband, Jesse.
Her past leaves her feeling distrustful, unlovable and never able to measure up to what she thinks are Jesse’s expectations. Her hardships have caused her turn her back on God and doubt His love too. Even though the young couple faces unbelievable adversities and pain, Jesse’s love, patience and faith in God help Susannah heal from her past and become the woman she truly was.
I especially liked this book, not only for its great story line, but also how much historical information I gleaned on mail order brides, and life in sod houses settlers built on the prairies.
I have always tried to imagine what it must have been like for those brides to travel across the country to marry someone they had never met and face unbelievable hardships. Through Susannah I was able to experience the fear, doubts, discomfort and awkwardness. Many brides came from large cities like hers where they had life’s luxuries, only to move and live in very primitive conditions. These were extremely trying conditions for any newlyweds.
I found it very interesting how they lived and functioned in a small soddy, with just the bare necessities. I could almost feel the darkness and dampness not to mention claustrophobia as she first saw her new home.
Ms. Richards does a wonderful job of conveying not only the emotions but physical experiences of the characters. I saw such insight into the heart and mind of someone who has been raised in a dysfunctional family and how it affects their interaction with others. It was wonderful to see what Susannah was thinking and where she was coming from, plus how others perceived her actions. It made me think of how misunderstood some people are.
The only thing I did not like about the book was many references to their intimate relationship in the bedroom. There was also a very explicit part where a doctor discussed birth control with Jesse. I was a surprised to see this in a Christian novel. Otherwise, the book was excellent and I thoroughly enjoyed it. So much so I read all 343 pages in just 2 days!
About the Book:
Booklist says, “Inspired by [folk] lyrics, Richmond arrives on the inspirational fiction scene with a moving debut novel. Readers will be filled with hope that Susannah will learn the true meaning of love. Highly recommended where inspiring, romantic historical fiction is in demand.”
Hundreds of miles from home, Susannah faces an uncertain future as a mail-order bride on the untamed Dakota prairie.
When her parents die suddenly, and no suitors call, Susannah resigns herself to the only option available: becoming a mail-order bride. Agreeing to marry her pastor’s brother, Jesse, Susannah leaves the only home she’s ever known for the untamed frontier of the Dakota Territory .
Her new husband is more loving and patient with her than she believes she deserves. Still, there is also a wildness to him that mirrors the wilderness surrounding them. And Susannah finds herself constantly on edge. But Jesse’s confidence in her-and his faith in God’s perfect plan-slowly begin to chip away at the wall she hides behind.
When she miscarries in the brutal Dakota winter, Susannah’s fledgling faith in herself and in God begins to crumble. Still, Jesse’s love is unwavering. Just when it seems like winter will never end, Susannah finally sees the first tentative evidence of spring. And with it, the realization that more than the landscape has changed.
She looks to the future with a renewed heart. Yet in her wildest dreams, she couldn’t predict all that awaits her.
About the Author:
Catherine Richmond was focused on her career as an occupational therapist till a special song planted a story idea in her mind. That idea would ultimately become Spring for Susannah, her first novel. She is also a founder and moderator of Nebraska Novelist critique group and lives in Nebraska with her husband.
Enter to Win!
To celebrate her debut novel, Catherine and her publisher, Thomas Nelson, have teamed up to give away a Spring For Susannah Prize Package worth over $150!
One grand prize winner will receive:
* A brand new Latest Generation KINDLE with Wi-Fi and Pearl Screen
* Spring for Susannah by Catherine Richmond (for KINDLE)
To enter just click one of the icons below and then tell your friends! But hurry, giveaway ends on June 27th. Winner will be announced on Tuesday, June 28th at 5 PM (6PM MST, 7PM CST, & 8PM EST) during Catherine’s Spring for Susannah Book Club Party on Facebook! Catherine is rustling up some fun for the party – she’ll be chatting about the story behind her novel, hosting a book club chat, testing your mail-order bride trivia skills, and giving away some GREAT prizes! Don’t miss the fun and tell your friends!
Are you a ‘Doing it all’ or ‘Do what matters’ woman?
Whether a stay at home; or working mom, an airplane-hopping executive, an empty-nester caring for multiple generations or a single juggling high demands of career and personal life, today’s fast-paced modern world leaves women gasping for balance. We as modern Christian women want to look to the Bible for guidance on how to manage our lives — but because the world of women looks so different today than it did when the Bible was written, it is hard to find chapter and verse that seems to apply to our situation today.
Thankfully, God has given us exactly that timeless, unchanging guidance for how to find peace, clarity, and God’s best for our lives once we know where to look! The Life Ready Woman: Thriving in a Do-It-All World, reveals a profound biblical roadmap for how each of us can find the abundant life we are longing for, rather than the stressful, torn, how-do-I-balance-it-all life we often feel like we are trying to keep up with today. Actually being a LifeReady Woman means that you are clear about your life, bold in your faith, and able to find God’s best for you, and the end result will be that you not only survive but thrive in our do-it-all world.
God has given every wonderfully unique woman different skills and abilities, different desires, and different temperaments — and every woman around the planet and through the ages is certainly living in different circumstances. But no matter what a woman’s life looks like, the Bible says that God has an individual mission and plan that He’s carefully designed for each of us. And He wants us to find it. Starting January 2011, The Life Ready Woman and the Life Ready Woman Video Series will help every wonderfully unique woman to thrive as she identifies and courageously pursues God’s unique design and callings for her. LifeReady Woman puts you on a roadmap to make decisions that will lead to relief, delight, and fulfillment instead of regret.
About Shaunti Feldhahn:
Shaunti Feldhahn is a former Wall Street analyst, best-selling author of the book For Women Only, national speaker, and regular commentator in the media. She has been featured on The Today Show, PBS, TNT and Fox News- to name a few. You can learn more about her many activities by visiting her website Shaunti.com or get some great mom advice from her at MomLifeToday.com. She and her husband live with their two young children in Atlanta , Georgia and enjoy every minute of living at warp speed.
About MomLife Today:
At MomLife Today you will enjoy community with real moms experiencing every age and every stage of MomLife—right alongside you.
Moms need friends we can walk through life with, but more importantly we need friends who will encourage us and equip us in our role as moms in an honest and transparent way … and that’s just what you’ll find by becoming part of our MomLife Today community! We believe that every MOMent counts!
We admit it, being a mom 24/7 is not easy. Rather than lament the role of motherhood, however, we choose to embrace that role and learn from each other how to make it through each day with the right attitude. Come share the joys, sorrows, insanity, and special moments of motherhood with us as we live it and candidly write about it…we’ll have lots of fun along the way! Join us, and do tell… What’s happening in your MomLife Today? www.momlifetoday.com.
This Mom’s Review & Giveaway [Ends 03/10/11]:
This book is a keeper. When I first selected the book, I thought I’d be getting the reminder of where my priorities should be. You know, 1st – God, 2nd – husband, etc…
I’ve always tried to number (or rank) my priorities… God first, hubby second, children third, home fourth, and not ever sure where to place my health or other things such as extended family and outside ministries.
Well, the author fixed my problem and I will no longer number these priorities! Instead, I will use her biblical advise to align my life with God’s plan and purpose for me. Shaunti shows us how to weave them into whatever season of life we’re in.
What I Like Most About The Book:
- I was given a clear road map to following God’s plan and purpose for my life, including the What, When, Where, How, and Why.
- I saw that even thought I can’t do it all right now, there is a time and place for most of the things I want or feel called to do in this life time.
- I realized the importance of using my earthly life for eternal purpose, seeing how some of what I currently do is just a waste of the time and resources on loan to me from God.
- I found some things in the book that do not agree with my current beliefs. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. It has prompted me to dig into the Bible to find the truth, so that I can either change my beliefs to match God’s truth or know that what I do believe is biblical.
- That the voices of the book includes both male and female. I learned some things from a man’s perspective, which will hopefully help me in relating to my hubby.
This is definitely my new favorite book in the department of priorities and life/time management!
If you’re a US resident and you’d like to win a copy of The Life Ready Woman, then share with me the season(s) of life you are currently in (from the book):1. Single Adult 2. Single and Engaged 3. Newly Married, No Children 4. Married with Preschoolers 5. Married with Grade-Schoolers 6. Married, Young-Adult Children (this includes teens) 7. Married, Empty Nester 8. Married In-Law, Grandparent 9. Late-in Life Widow 10. Glorified Saint (If you’re in this category, then you’d better not post!)
I’m in seasons 5 & 6.
Thanks to LitFuse for the review and giveaway copies in exchange for This Mom’s honest review.
The winner is Annette W. who will be contacted by email. The winner has 7 days to respond.