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FIRST: The Shadow of Colossus

It is time to play a Wild Card! Every now and then, a book that I have chosen to read is going to pop up as a FIRST Wild Card Tour. Get dealt into the game! (Just click the button!) Wild Card Tours feature an author and his/her book’s FIRST chapter! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today’s Wild Card author is: T.L. Higley and the book: Shadow of Colossus Broadman & Holman Publishers (August 1, 2008) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: T.L. Higley holds a degree in English Literature and has written three previous novels, including Fallen from Babel, and more than fifty drama productions for church ministry. A lifelong interest in history and mythology has led Tracy to extensive research into ancient Greece and other myth systems, and shaped her desire to shine the light of the gospel into the cultures of the past.. . .

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In the Shadow of Lions by Ginger Garrett

Glass Road Public Relations, LLC ph (615) 986-9516 fax (615) 986-9517 www.GlassRoadPR.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 8, 2008Contact: Rebeca Seitz(615) 986-9516; rebeca@glassroadpr.com MASTER, AWARD-WINNING HISTORICAL NOVELIST QUESTIONS: WAS ANNE BOLEYN A DEVOUT, MISUNDERSTOOD MARTYR? (COLORADO SPRINGS, CO) Ginger Garrett is a recognized expert in ancient women’s history, having received much critical acclaim for Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther and Dark Hour. Yet Garrett has now turned her attention from biblical women to that ill-reputed, oft-hated woman of history, Anne Boleyn. And the story Garrett weaves is anything but the story you’d expect. What if Anne was simply a frightened girl sent to make amends for herfamily’s soiled name? What if her refusal to succumb to the king’s sexualadvances wasn’t borne of manipulation for the crown but of obedience tothe demands of her faith? Remember, Anne was an enemy to the religious establishment of her time,espousing the virtue of. . .

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Shadow of Colossus by T.L. Higley: a review

Shadow of Colossus by T. L. Higley My review rating: 4 of 5 starsAfter reading this story, while reading a note provided after the story within the book I found that this really explained what I think as a whole about the tale. Weaving in and out of actual events, brushing lightly against the lives of characters from the pages of history, the Seven Wonders novels take us beyond man’s ingenuity and hubris to explore the Supreme Creator’s work in the ancient world beyond Israel. From the fall of the mighty Colossus of Rhodes to the destruction of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one thing becomes clear: The power of redemption will never be silenced, and the One True God still desires to draw all men unto himself. This novel might have taken place in 227 BC, but there is no doubt in my mind that it falls within a. . .

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The Moon Shines Down by Margaret Wise Brown and Linda Beck

Reading level: Ages 4-8 Hardcover: 48 pages Publisher: Thomas Nelson (November 4, 2008) Language: English ISBN-10: 140031299X ISBN-13: 978-1400312993 Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.8 x 0.5 inches For more information, click here to go to the Thomas Nelson product page. The Moon Shines Down by Margaret Wise Brown Illustrated by Linda Bleck Forgotten for decades in a dusty, tucked-away trunk, The Moon Shines Down brings to life once more the unmistakable voice of Margaret Wise Brown. This soon-to-be classic allows a whole new generation of children to discover, cherish, and enjoy the artistry of this beloved author. Never before published, The Moon Shines Down on children all over the world from right next door to across the sea, from where “a Dutch boy dreams” and “cowbells ring” to “across the sea in the Far, Far East”, through the familiar prayer: I see the Moon And the Moon sees me. God. . .

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Finding Home within the new House

As most of the boxes are unpacked, except for most of our movies, and some books (waiting on shelves to be anchored…) we are really starting to be able to enjoy our house. One of the greatest things (my opinion) is that there is a fireplace. Ever since I was a child, I loved to sit by the fire and just stare at it. My parents have an iron wood burning stove that sits out in the room a bit (the kitchen) on a large brick hearth. I have always loved that fireplace. In our house, we have a normal fireplace in the corner. And yet, it has never been used ever! There was one family that lived here before us and they never used the fireplace! Yet, they never hooked up Internet or television either… so… oh well. But so Sunday night was really cold, or was it Saturday?. . .

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FIRST: The Mission Minded Family

It is time to play a Wild Card! Every now and then, a book that I have chosen to read is going to pop up as a FIRST Wild Card Tour. Get dealt into the game! (Just click the button!) Wild Card Tours feature an author and his/her book’s FIRST chapter! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today’s Wild Card author is: Ann Dunagan and the book: The Mission Minded Family Authentic (July 1, 2008) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ann Dunagan lives with a passion for the LORD and the lost. She is a homeschooling mother of seven (ages 7 to 21), an author, and an international minister alongside her husband, Jon Dunagan. In 1986, the Dunagans founded Harvest Ministry, focusing on remote city-wide outreaches, church planting, National Evangelism Team Support (NETS), training orphans, and motivating others for missions. Ann has personally ministered in 29. . .

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CFBA: Beloved Captive by Kathleen Y’Barbo with REVIEW

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducing Beloved CaptiveBarbour Publishing, Inc (November 1, 2008) byKathleen Y’Barbo ABOUT THE AUTHOR: There’s never a dull moment in the Y’Barbo household! From hockey and cheer mom to publicist to bestselling author, Kathleen Y’Barbo somehow manages to do it all – and well. While wearing her publicist’s hat, Kathleen has secured interviews with radio, television, and print media for clients at NavPress, Hatchette, Integrity, Barbour Publishing, and Broadman & Holman, to name a few. She also brings her own unique blend of Southern charm and witty prose to the more than 350,000 award-winning novels and novellas currently in print. Her novels have been nominated for American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year in 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2006; and 2007 will see the release of her 25th book. Kathleen is a tenth-generation Texan and a mother of three grown sons and a teenage. . .

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Beloved Captive by Kathleen Y’Barbo: a review

Beloved Captive: Fairweather Keys Series #2 by Kathleen Y’Barbo My review rating: 5 of 5 starsAs my first book that I have read by Kathleen Y’Barbo I am quite the fan. From several author buddies, Kathleen’s books have been recommended and she has been called a great friend so I was excited when I was given the chance to review “Beloved Captive,” the second book in the Fairweather Keys series, even though I have not read the first. But after reading this one, I do believe I will go back to find the first as this was quite enjoyable. The title is absolutely perfect and captures the entire story. Characters are individually fabulous and entertaining. At first what I deemed to be a predictable story was actually full of unforeseeable twists and turns. Action and adventure with romance and pirates! What could be better?! A perfect vacation or weekend read. . .

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Mailbox Monday – November 24th

Whew! It is so good to be back online and I’m attempting to get back on my routine of things, especially special posts like this one, Mailbox Monday hosted by the PrintedPage. Of course, I’m missing a few things here and there, with the books that have arrived in the last couple weeks or so… A couple that I know of the top of my head are: From Paperbackswap.com – Stephen Lawhead‘s The Song of Albion Book #1 The Paradise War and Tracie Peterson‘s Kansas, a Barbour novella omnibus. Also, the first book I received at home was Christmas Promises by LeAnn Weiss curtesy of Tracy McCarter of TBBMedia.com. Other than that… let me think… Oh, there was The Jesus Who Never Lived, that one is for a FWC (First Wild Card) tour coming up soon… Deeper Water by Robert Whitlow, for a tour… A Taste of Murder by Virginia. . .

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FIRST: Enoch by Alton Gansky

It is time to play a Wild Card! Every now and then, a book that I have chosen to read is going to pop up as a FIRST Wild Card Tour. Get dealt into the game! (Just click the button!) Wild Card Tours feature an author and his/her book’s FIRST chapter! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today’s Wild Card author is: Alton Gansky and the book: Enoch Realms (October 2, 2008) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Alton Gansky is the author of twenty-one published novels and six nonfiction works. He has been a Christie Award finalist (A Ship Possessed) and an Angel Award winner (Terminal Justice). He holds a BA and MA in biblical studies and has served as senior pastor for three Baptist churches in California, with a total of over twenty years in pulpit ministry. He and his wife live in the High. . .

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FIRST: The First Escape by G.P. Taylor

It is time to play a Wild Card! Every now and then, a book that I have chosen to read is going to pop up as a FIRST Wild Card Tour. Get dealt into the game! (Just click the button!) Wild Card Tours feature an author and his/her book’s FIRST chapter! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today’s Wild Card author is: G.P. Taylor and the book: The First Escape SaltRiver (August 20, 2008) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: A motorcyclist and former rock band roadie turned Anglican minister, Graham Peter (G. P.) Taylor has been hailed as “hotter than Potter” and “the new C. S. Lewis” in the United Kingdom. His first novel, Shadowmancer, reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller list in 2004 and has been translated into 48 languages. His other novels include Wormwood (another New York Times bestseller which was nominated. . .

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FIRST: In Charge by Miles Monroe

It is time to play a Wild Card! Every now and then, a book that I have chosen to read is going to pop up as a FIRST Wild Card Tour. Get dealt into the game! (Just click the button!) Wild Card Tours feature an author and his/her book’s FIRST chapter! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today’s Wild Card author is: Myles Munroe and the book: In Charge: Finding the Leader Within You FaithWords (November 10, 2008) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Myles Munroe is the founder of the Bahamas Faith Ministries, a network of outreaches and churches headquartered in Nassau, Bahamas. He is a gifted orator and speaks to audiences around the world as both a preacher in church and parachurch settings and as a motivational speaker at large business gatherings and for other non-church organizations. He’s authored more than a half-dozen books. Visit. . .

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Gingham Mountain (Lassoed in Texas, Book #3) by Mary Connealy: a raving review

Gingham Mountain by Mary Connealy My review rating: 5 of 5 stars Wow! This is the best from Mary Connealy yet, and quite possibly the best book I have ever read (under 300 pages). You have to understand… This is one of those books that you read when you have some time by yourself. First off is the matter of time, because once you start I promise it is impossible if not painful to put it down. Then, secondly, by yourself because otherwise you are going to be quite embarrassed by the looks that you will earn. I read it with only my two cats nearby and they still looked at me as if I were crazed. *snicker* Upon starting the story there are a couple little giggles, but shortly there after they turn in to little chuckles, and then every once in a while a snicker. Once, finally it. . .

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Children’s Book: Night’s Nice: a review

Night’s Nice by Barbara Emberley My review rating: 5 of 5 starsWhat a perfect bedtime book! I absolutely love this little book and I am not giving it up. *grin* “Caldecott Award winners Ed and Barbara Emberley capture the wonder of nighttime in this reissued bedtime classic.” Little many many reasons of why night is a nice thing, the sound and rhythm of this short story is relaxing and is sure to work some wonders on aiding your little one to sleep. I highly recommend it for all homes! View all my reviews. Reading level: Ages 4-8 Hardcover: 32 pages Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers; Library Binding edition (November 1, 2008) Language: English ISBN-10: 0316066230 ISBN-13: 978-0316066235 Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 7 x 0.3 inches

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The Beginner’s Guide to Bears: a review

The Beginner’s Guide to Bears by Gillian Shields My review With the squishy cover, it’s already a favorite for my shelf to share with nieces and nephews and one day my own kids. This book is a great tool for bedtime reading or anytime cuddly reading. From discussing what a teddy bear is, to what they can do, to preferences for teddy bear toys to teddy bear doctors and teddy bear sleep, this book is a great educational story that will leave readers child and adult alike wanting to snuggle with their teddy. View all my reviews. Reading level: Ages 4-8 Paperback: 32 pages Publisher: L,B Kids (December 1, 2008) Language: English ISBN-10: 0316032735 ISBN-13: 978-0316032735 Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 10.1 x 0.6 inches

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