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Monday, October 15, 2018

Monday Morning Devo - THINGS ARE LOOKING UP

Lord, I cry out to You;
Make haste to me!
Give ear to my voice when I cry out to You.
Let my prayer be set before You as incense,
The lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. Psalm 141:1-2, NKJV

Why is it that our eyes are often drawn upward when in prayer? I know, sometimes it's downward--toward our folded hands, but my thoughts go upward anyway.

We say things are looking up when there's a positive view of the future.
Lifted up when someone helps us out of the mire.
Offer up when we sacrifice for someone else's benefit.
We can be prayed up when we have sought the Lord's wisdom and strength for a task.

And the list goes on.

Mostly, up is good. Jesus looked up to pray before healing a deaf-mute. He lifted up the bread and wine for blessings. David lifted his hands in sacrifice to God. People lift up their hands to offer praise to the Lord. We give someone a hand up when we help them. Give up when we're ready to surrender.

What do you need to give up, lift up, or help up?

Lord, please show me today what I can do to lift up or give up, or who needs to be prayed up, or when I need to look up. Help me to give and to accept gifts as You need or give. We love You, Lord of Lords. For Jesus's sake, Amen.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Cover Reveal for Roseanna White's Newest!

I really, really can't wait until this book arrives and I can read it. But it hasn't, so the best I can do is read the back cover blurb, stare at the picture, and repeat, "Lord, please don't do the rapture until after I read this book." (Kidding, of course, Lord.) So here's the blurb. Now you can also anticipate another really great book from Roseanna M White!

Three years into the Great War, England’s greatest asset is their intelligence network—field agents risking their lives to gather information, and codebreakers able to crack every German telegram. Margot De Wilde thrives in the environment of the secretive Room 40, where she spends her days deciphering intercepted messages. But when her world is turned upside down by an unexpected loss, for the first time in her life numbers aren’t enough.

Drake Elton returns wounded from the field, followed by an enemy that just won’t give up. He’s smitten quickly by the too-intelligent Margot, but how to convince a girl who lives entirely in her mind that sometimes life’s answers lie in the heart?

Amidst biological warfare, encrypted letters, and a German spy who wants to destroy not just them, but others they love, Margot and Drake will have to work together to save them all from the very secrets that brought them together.

The first time I met Roseanna was online, as a lot of friendships begin these days. I was going to attend a conference of some six or seven hundred people, few of whom I knew. Roseanna took pity on this little ol' lady and invited me to tag around with her and her friends. That was before Reseanna became this fantastically famous writer. I friended her on facebook, and there was this face of a maybe sixteen-year-old girl staring back at me. Well, she looked sixteen, but actually she was in her twenties with two adorable toddlers. She hasn't changed. She's just as personable (and looks about the same age) as she was almost ten years ago. Thank you, Roseanna. You are truly a beautiful person, inside and out! Not to mention being one of those writers that other authors wish they could be like.

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Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary. You can learn more about her and her stories at

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Monday Morning Devo - SACRIFICIAL LOVE

For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.  For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:6-8, NKJV

Stories of sacrificial love stir me more than any others. Jesus, of course, personified that aspect of love. We hear stories all the time of heroes who risk their own lives to save others--or give up their own lives for that cause.

I remember many many years ago hearing a newscast of a young lady who was babysitting. The two toddlers had managed to lock themselves in the car and it began to roll down a slope to a lake. The teenage babysitter tried to stop the car and couldn't, and then she went that final extra mile. She put herself in front of a wheel of the car to stop it. 

I've been wondering over the last few days, how does that tie in with Agape' love--you know, the love God has for every last one of us? The love that doesn't require emotion to act?

I've about come to the conclusion that it takes more. I read a story by a cancer center nurse who admired the mothers who spent every available minute by the sides of their children who had cancer--even sleeping on the floor to be next to them. I think about the fathers who neglect friends and other family members to go to a piano recital where they proudly applaud and cheer for their child who plays not exactly like a concert pianist. The mothers who give their own beloved babies, the ones they held next to their hearts for almost a year, up for adoption so that that baby will have a better life. 

Things that tear your heart to shreds. I think that takes Agape'-love plus all the parent-love possible. And that has got to have emotion tied into the mix.

How can we ever equal up to that? I don't think we can, not without a healthy dose of God's help.

Father, You alone may hold the answer to this conundrum. Us? We're only human, but somehow you hand that superhumanity to us when it's most needed. For that, Lord, we give You more praise than we can humanly express. In Jesus's provision, Amen.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Book Review - BROKEN by Peggy Blann Phifer

This book is so much more than a Christian Romance. It's a book that reveals the author's heart for the lost and abandoned, for teens, for mourners--Peggy Blann Phifer, you truly have a beautiful heart! Four solid stars.

Rozene (aka Rozie) Gentry is one of those souls, and I suspect that if we probed deep enough, we would see Peggy's heart beating in Rozie. Rozie's a widow, you see, whose mourning almost cripples her. She continues to run the restaurant left to her deceased husband by his parents, but all she can think of is ... not just Ross, that wonderful man, but how she blamed him most of his life for the death of their three-year-old son so many years ago. Guilt and grief threaten to drown her.

And then she meets a teenage girl who is her mirror image--bitter, sad, fearful. Plus, like Rozie herself, part Cherokee. They might well be related. Literally. Misty, though, lives at a group home for girls. She's sixteen, and she's too old to be adopted. She'll never have a forever family.

Or so she thinks.

Oh--and there's another character coming through, Mike Carson. He's grieving a dead son, but he has to rise above it. You see, he's a pastor. Has to preach a meaningful sermon every week. Like trying to fly with a broken wing.

What happens when you mix all these together? Well, the novella is available from Amazon. You might just as well get your own copy and form your own opinion.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Book Review - AVALANCHE by Gayla K. Hiss

There's something about a Christian romantic suspense that feeds the book hog inside me like nothing else. This one, set in the beauty of the Cascade Mountains in Washington, really fills the bill. Er, snout. Excellent quality writing and editing. Five stars. Avalanche is the first of the Peril in the Park Series.

Jenny Snowfeather is a law enforcement park ranger, and she carries a SIG sauer 9 mm semi-automatic handgun.

Chase Matthews is a friend of her brother Joel, a US marshall, and he packs a Glock.

Both of them together may not have enough firepower to stop a murderer loose in the park. Or the avalanche barreling in their direction. God help them.

Available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Get it while it's hot. (Or cold, as the case may be.)

Friday, September 28, 2018

Book Review - THE SHARD by Victoria Simcox

This is a Christian YA Novel, the second in The Bernovem Chronicles. I also reviewed the first in the series, The Warble, a couple of months ago. They're books full of intrigue, heroes, heroins, and a smidgen of romance. There are some writerly punctuation errors, but I'd give it a solid four stars.

In The Warble, Kristina finds herself dumped into another world called Bernoven along with two of her favorite enemies, Hester and Davina, and with her pet rat, Raymond. Together with the help of the crown prince, Werrien, they save that world from the power of a bad woman who has imprisoned the real monarchs. This book finds the same trio of girls dumped back into Bernoven a few years later for another adventure.

This time Werrien is in his rightful role as the crown prince, but there's a problem. Sometimes he's the old friendly, kind, and attentive (not to mention handsome) boy Kristina remembers--but sometimes he seems distant and different, especially when he's looking at that shard.

Your kids will no doubt enjoy this fantasy. You probably will too. Available from Amazon.

I received a free copy of this book from the author, but my opinions are, as usual, my own.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Book Review - BESIDE STILL WATERS by Tricia Goyer

Sometimes I wonder how long the attraction to Amish novels will hang in there. The trend has extended far beyond most agents' and editors' prediction. Maybe it's that the simple life appeals to some core of our own lives. I enjoy historical novels, and the Amish stories are sort of like that. The blend of modern-day equipment and livelihoods contrasting with--and sometimes colliding with--life as it was a couple of hundred years ago is a treat. I'd give this one five stars because it's (a) so well written and (b) so unique in its genre.

The novel begins with a tragedy and a blessing: two little girls killed in a horrific crash and one little girl born too soon who lives, even though premature. That one little girl,Marianna, imagined all her life that she had to make up for two girls lost. She tried so hard, but she knew she could never achieve her goal.

Now her parents want to move away from the only life she's ever known, far away to the wilds of Montana. She not only would have to leave her friends but also the developing relationship with an Amish boy, Aaron. With him she could start new, not having to make up for two any more. She prayed with all her heart that they would not go. But, sometimes God's answer to our pleas is "No."

Available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.