The Heart of Religion: Spiritual Empowerment, Benevolence, and the Experience of God’s Love by Matthew Lee, Ph.D., Margaret M. Poloma, Ph.D., and Stephen G. Post, Ph.D. {Preview}

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today’s Wild Card author is: Matthew T. Lee, Ph.D., Margaret M. Poloma, Ph.D., and Stephen G. Post, Ph.D. and the book: The Heart of Religion: Spiritual Empowerment, Benevolence, and the Experience of God’s Love Oxford University Press, USA (December 12, 2012) ***Special thanks to Rick Roberson for. . .

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Perfectly Percy by Paul Schmid

Perfectly Percy by Paul Schmid Genre: Juvenile Fiction / Animals Ages 4 to 8, Grades P to 3 Pages: 40 Hardcover Date Published: January 29th, 2013 Publisher: HarperCollins This is Percy. Percy loves balloons. Balloons are fun! But Percy has a small problem… and to solve it, he’ll need a really BIG idea!! Paul Schmid, the author and artist of Hugs From Pearl, presents a story about an adorably prickly character with a big heart. Percy shows that there is no problem too big for a plucky porcupine to solve! This is a very pretty pastel book and just right for the youngest audience in logic learning. Percy is a porcupine that loves balloons and must figure out the best way to play with his favorite thing. It’s cute and funny and got an easy smile out of my preschooler. *Thanks to HarperCollins for providing an ARC for review.* Paul. . .

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The Skinny Budget Diet {Preview}

Get the strategy that was created in the kitchen of a 300-pound wife and mother who couldn’t afford another expensive weight loss plan. There was no more room in the family budget for ordering diet foods and supplements through the mail, no money to buy ongoing weekly support, and no way to pay for a high-priced weight loss surgery. Linda Goff had to find budget-friendly way to lose half of her body weight and keep it off for good. The Skinny Budget Diet was born.

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Short, Humor-Filled Readings that Offer Refreshing Insights

This February, inspirational humorist Debora M. Coty encourages women to join hands and hearts and approach the quest to conquer life’s worries with faith, a girlfriend, and a smile in Fear, Faith, and a Fistful of Chocolate. Following the same lighthearted but heavy-hitting formula as Too Blessed to Be Stressed and More Beauty, Less Beast, the first two books in Debora’s self-proclaimed “Take on Life” series, Fear, Faith, and a Fistful of Chocolates is tailored to women worn down by everyday fears—financial, health, relationships, loss, pain, the unknown, the what-ifs—both real and imagined. In an age of uncertainty, women are actively seeking peace and hope for a better future. Coty encourages them to join hands and hearts and approach the quest to conquer life’s worries with faith, a girlfriend, and a smile. About the Author Debora M. Coty is a popular speaker, columnist, internationally published writer, and award-winning author and. . .

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Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909 (Picture Book) by Michelle Markel {Review}

When Clara Lemlich arrived in America, she couldn’t speak English. She didn’t know that young women had to go to work, that they traded an education for long hours of labor, that she was expected to grow up fast.

But that did not stop Clara.

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Coming Soon from the Pen: Please Welcome Historical Authors Aaron McCarver and Diane Ashley!

What made you interested in writing Christian Historical Fiction? Aaron has loved this genre since reading Gilbert Morris’s The Honorable Imposter when it first released. Diane grew up reading Regency stories and Grace Livingston Hill. We just combined these loves into a shared interest. Do you write any other genres? While all of our co-written works are historical, Diane’s first published work was a contemporary novella, “Santa’s Prayer,” in the collection, A Connecticut Christmas. We do have stories lurking in the backs of our minds that are in other genres, and we hope to tell them someday. Are there any other Christian Historical Fiction authors that you think your readers would enjoy? Oh my, there are so many we love. Tracie Peterson is of course fantastic. We love Janet Lee Barton, Rhonda Gibson, and Sylvia Barnes, also. To mention a couple of newer ones that your readers may not be. . .

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The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow (Avenue of Dreams) by Olivia Newport

The whole world is coming to Chicago. Charlotte’s whole world is coming down around her.

While the rest of Chicago focuses on the enormous spectacle of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, Charlotte Farrow’s attentions are entirely on one small boy-her boy-whom she has kept a secret from her wealthy employers for nearly a year.

When the woman who has been caring for her son abruptly returns him to the opulent Banning home, Charlotte must decide whether to come clean and face dismissal or keep her secret while the Bannings decide the child’s fate. Can she face the truth of her past and open her heart to a future of her own? Or will life’s struggles determine her path?

This compelling story of courage, strength, and tender romance captures the tension between the glittering wealthy class and the hardworking servants who made their lives comfortable.

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Peepsqueak Wants a Friend! by Leslie Ann Clark

Peepsqueak is back-and this time, he’s searching high and low for a new friend.

The sun comes up and the animals on the farm are ready to play-two by two, they skip and flutter out into the barnyard. But little Peepsqueak is just one! If he can’t find a friend on the farm, he’ll just have to search in the woods, too. But what if little Peepsqueak finds a big, BIG friend?

Leslie Ann Clark is back with another bright and colorful Peepsqueak adventure. Young picture book readers will root for the adorable little chick with a big heart.

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Waiting for Spring (Westward Winds) by Amanda Cabot

After the loss of her husband and the birth of her baby, Charlotte has had a long, hard year. But when a notorious robber believes she knows the location of a long-lost treasure, she flees to Cheyenne and opens a dressmaker’s shop to lie low and make a living. When wealthy cattle baron and political hopeful Barrett Landry enters the shop to visit her best customer, Charlotte feels drawn to him.

If Barrett is to be a senator of the soon-to-be state of Wyoming, he must make a sensible match, and Miriam has all the right connections. Yet he can’t shake the feeling that Charlotte holds the key to his heart and his future.

Soon the past comes to call, and Barrett’s plans crumble around him. Will Charlotte and Barrett find the courage to look love in the face? Or will their fears blot out any chance for happiness?

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