The Restorer’s Journey by Sharon Hinck

FIRST – The Restorer’s Journey by Sharon Hinck It is March FIRST, time for the FIRST Day Blog Tour! (Join our alliance! Click the button!) The FIRST day of every month we will feature an author and his/her latest book’s FIRST chapter! This month’s feature is: Sharon Hinck and her book: The Restorer’s Journey Navpress Publishing Group (February 7, 2008) ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Sharon Hinck holds a BA in education, and she earned an MA in communication from Regent University in 1986. She spent ten years as the artistic director of a Christian performing arts group, CrossCurrent. That ministry included three short-term mission trips to Hong Kong. She has been a church youth worker, a choreographer and ballet teacher, a homeschool mom, a church organist, and a bookstore clerk. One day she’ll figure out what to be when she grows up, but in the meantime, she’s pouring her imagination into writing.. . .

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Shattered Justice by Karen Ball: a review

Shattered Justice by Karen BallBook #1 in the Family Honor Series If you’re in the mood to read something that will pull you through the absolute worse grief by introducing you to multiple characters and then brutally killing them off one by one, then by all means read this book immediately. Once again, I have to say that the reason that I read Christian fiction is for the uplifting joy of realizing again and again that God is there. I guess I’m weak and need an escape and that is what I need fiction for, but I can not handle books like this. Shattered Justice is real life in a fictious story. Real things like this happen, life like this happens. This story does have some terrible turn of events and God does get to show his love and it does end on a wonderfully happy note. It’s just not. . .

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Stuck in the Middle by Virginia Smith

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingStuck in the MiddleRevell (February 1, 2008)byVirginia Smith ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Virginia Smith left her job as a corporate director to become a full time writer and speaker with the release of her first novel Just As I Am. Since then she has contracted eight novels and published numerous articles and short stories. She writes contemporary humorous novels for the Christian market, including Murder by Mushroom (Steeple Hill, August 2007) and her newest release, Stuck in the Middle(Revell, February 2008), book 1 in the Sister-to-Sister Series. Her short fiction has been anthologized, and her articles have been published in a variety of Christian magazines. An energetic speaker, she loves to exemplify God’s truth by comparing real-life situations to well-known works of fiction, such as her popular talk, “Biblical Truths in Star Trek.” Virginia is a speaker, and an avid Scuba diver. She and her. . .

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Adam by Ted Dekker

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingADAM(Thomas Nelson April 1, 2008) byTed Dekker ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ted is the son of missionaries John and Helen Dekker, whose incredible story of life among headhunters in Indonesia has been told in several books. Surrounded by the vivid colors of the jungle and a myriad of cultures, each steeped in their own interpretation of life and faith, Dekker received a first-class education on human nature and behavior. This, he believes, is the foundation of his writing. After graduating from a multi-cultural high school, he took up permanent residence in the United States to study Religion and Philosophy. After earning his Bachelor’s Degree, Dekker entered the corporate world in management for a large healthcare company in California. Dekker was quickly recognized as a talent in the field of marketing and was soon promoted to Director of Marketing. This experience gave him a background which. . .

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The Oak Leave by Maureen Lang

I read the first chapter of this book, The Oak Leaves, online several weeks ago, and was finally able to get it from inter-library loan this past week. I started the book last night, and could not put it down. I did sleep, but once I woke up this morning, I did not even get on my computer. I just read, stopped to make a PB&J and read. It is now almost four in the afternoon and I am finished. Maureen Lang has quite the affinity for story telling. I was completely entranced by the family heritage story that she was unrolling and could not stop until there was no more. (I’m glad there is a sequel!) As a genealogist myself, I’m very interested in learning of other peoples adventures into their heritage through newspaper entries, letters, or in this case an old diary. Natalie, or Talie as everyone calls. . .

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The Shadow and Night by Chris Wally CSFF

Chris Wally, the Welsh geologist, teacher, and writer may be found many places… Sometimes Wales, Lebanon, and northern England for a few, but also on Wikipedia, Facebook, and his own area of webspace his website and his blog. This week the Christian Science Fiction & Fantasy Blog Tour for February is The Shadow and the Night by Chris Walley. This tour will run through from Feby. 18-21. Click on any of the links below to see other participants in the tour’s input. The Shadow and the Night is speculative fiction, pure and simple, learning “to fight evil without becoming evil.” This book and the following sequels are not children’s fiction. For me personally, I have never read a book quite like it and I must admit, as I am not finished, it is quite difficult to put down, because of the curiosity factor of what else and what next this. . .

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My Name is Russell Fink by Michael Snyder

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingMy Name is Russell FinkZondervan (March 1, 2008)byMichael Snyder ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Michael Snyder has spent the bulk of his professional career in sales, has fallen in love, and continues to struggle with the balance between art and vocation. He’s never investigated a murder, much less that of an allegedly clairvoyant dog. ABOUT THE BOOK: Russell Fink is twenty-six years old and determined to salvage a job he hates so he can finally move out of his parents house for good. He’s convinced he gave his twin sister cancer when they were nine years old. And his crazy fiancée refuses to accept the fact that their engagement really is over. Then Sonny, his allegedly clairvoyant basset hound, is found murdered. The ensuing amateur investigation forces Russell to confront several things at once-the enormity of his family’s dysfunction, the guy stalking his family, and his. . .

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Healing Stones by Stephen Arterburn & Nancy Rue

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingHealing Stones (Thomas Nelson January 1, 2008) byStephen Arterburn & Nancy Rue ABOUT THE AUTHORS: Stephen Arterburn is the founder and chairman of New Life Ministries—the nation’s largest faith-based broadcast, counseling and treatment ministry—and is the host of the nationally syndicated “New Life Live!” daily radio… By 1996 Nancy was a full-time writer. The Christian Heritage Series made that possible. She was writing those books from the early 1990’s until 2000. And then a new opportunity came along–the Lily series. If she ever doubted that she was going to make it as a writer, man, that little red-head put those fears to rest! And, of course, Sophie followed Lily, with some teen and grown-up books in between — plus the non-fiction books designed just for you. Nancy and her husband live in Tennessee now, overlooking a beautiful lake, lots of sycamore trees, and the. . .

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Reluctant Smuggler by Jill Elizabeth Nelson: a review

From the back cover:They say keep your friends close and your enemies closer…but what if you can’t tell the difference?For security consultant Desiree Jacobs, the assignment was simple: make off with an ancient Mayan artifact and hand it over to the good guys in time to plan her wedding to ultra-fine FBI agent Tony Lucano. Yet, in a world where no one is as they seem, Desi must decipher who the good guys are–before she ends up in the hands of a ruthless enemy. Suddenly, artifact recovery turns into archaeological espionage, and the woman who finds all the answers must now ask questions: Who’s looting priceless antiquities underneath the nose of the baffled Mexican government? And what does a violent gang of drug and human traffickers have to do with missing artifacts? Even with Tony on her side, Desi will need way more than luck to survive against the odds.. . .

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Batik Stars

This year, I am putting together my first BOM (Block of the Month). Mine is Batik Stars. January’s block is all finished, and here is a picture of the store example of what the finished quilt will be. All stars will be on point and not squared. – MJ

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A short meditation during lent…

A short meditation during lent… What is crucifixion? A medical doctor provides a physical description: The cross is placed on the ground and the exhausted man is quickly thrown backward with his shoulders against the wood. The legionnaire feels for the depression at the front of the wrist. He drives a heavy, square wrought iron nail through the wrist deep into the wood. Quickly he moves to the other side and repeats the action, being careful not to pull the arms too tightly, but to allow some flex and movement. The cross is then lifted into place. The left foot is pressed backward against the right food, and with both feet extended, toes down, a nail is driven through the arch of each, leaving the knees flexed. The victim is now crucified. As he slowly sags down with more weight on the nails in the wrists, excruciating fiery pain shoots. . .

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Sisters, Ink by Rebeca Seitz – CFBA

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingSister’s InkBroadman & Holman Books (February 1, 2008)byRebeca Seitz ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rebeca Seitz is Founder and President of Glass Road Public Relations. An author for several years, PRINTS CHARMING was her first novel. Rebeca cut her publicity teeth as the first dedicated publicist for the fiction division of Thomas Nelson Publishers. In 2005, Rebeca resigned from WestBow and opened the doors of GRPR, the only publicity firm of its kind in the country dedicated solely to representing novelists writing from a Christian worldview. Rebeca makes her home in Kentucky with her husband, Charles, and their son, Anderson. ABOUT THE BOOK Sisters, Ink marks the first in a series of novels written by, for, and about scrapbookers. At the center of the creativity and humor are four unlikely young adult sisters, each separately adopted during early childhood into the loving home of Marilyn and. . .

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Sisters, Ink – My Review

This month’s FIRST (Fiction in Rather Short Takes) February First book is Sisters, Ink written by author Rebeca Seitz. It is also a CFBA (Christian Fiction Blog Alliance) book for next week February 6-8th. Read the first chapter by looking at my previous FIRST post… or come back later next/this week for more info and stuff on the book from CFBA. My Review:This was an absolutely adorable book and I do look forward to the sequel. I usually do not enjoy contemporary Christian fiction, but I really got into this book with plenty of giggles. Only two downfalls in my mind for this novel: one, two name switched editing errors, but not bad enough to destroy the book just caused a double take of confusion; two, I’m not a fan of Hollywood drama referencing, but that’s just my personality. In the past year I’ve been getting into crafts more and. . .

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Sisters, Ink by Rebeca Seitz

It is February FIRST, time for the FIRST Day Blog Tour! (Join our alliance! Click the button!) The FIRST day of every month we will feature an author and his/her latest book’s FIRST chapter! This month’s feature is: Rebeca Seitz and her book: SISTERS, INK B&H Books (February 1, 2008) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rebeca Seitz is Founder and President of Glass Road Public Relations. An author for several years, PRINTS CHARMING being her first novel. Rebeca cut her publicity teeth as the first dedicated publicist for the fiction division of Thomas Nelson Publishers. In 2005, Rebeca resigned from WestBow and opened the doors of GRPR, the only publicity firm of its kind in the country dedicated solely to representing novelists writing from a Christian worldview. Rebeca makes her home in Kentucky with her husband, Charles, and their son, Anderson. AND NOW…THE FIRST CHAPTER: One Tandy’s purple stiletto heel tapped in. . .

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A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingA Passion Most Pure(Revell January 1, 2008)byJulie Lessman ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Julie Lessman is a debut author who has already garnered writing acclaim, including ten Romance Writers of America awards. She is a commercial writer for Maritz Travel, a published poet and a Golden Heart Finalist. Julie has a heart to write “Mainstream Inspirational,” reaching the 21st-century woman with compelling love stories laced with God’s precepts. She resides in Missouri with her husband and their golden retriever, and has two grown children and a daughter-in-law. A Passion Most Pure is her first novel. ABOUT THE BOOK She’s found the love of her life. Unfortunately, he loves her sister … As World War I rages across the Atlantic in 1916, a smaller war is brewing in Boston. Faith O’Connor finds herself drawn to an Irish rogue who is anything but right for her. Collin McGuire. . .

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