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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Sunshine Blogger Award


Today, I have a tag for you all! Thanks to Brooklyne for nominating me! :)

Rules:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog so others can find them. (Thanks, Brooklyne!!!!)
2. List the rules and display an award logo on your blog post.
3. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
4. Nominate 11 new blog to receive the award and notify them by commenting on any of their posts.
5. Ask the nominees 11 new questions.

Questions:

1. What is one thing you like about your middle name?
I like that it's origin is Hebrew. :)

2. If you could play any instrument without having to learn it, what would you play?
I would probably pick the Oud. Or the Tar. I love the sounds of these instruments!

3. What's your favorite veggie?
Acorn Squash.

4. How much would you have to be payed to go skydiving?
$1? Skydiving actually sounds like fun! :)

5. What is your favorite plant and why?
Desert Rose. Because they are able to withstand all kinds of weather- and their roots are deep and thick. The flowers are gorgeous, too!

6. What was the first thing you woke up thinking today?
I woke up praying...

7. Would you rather go swimming or lay out?
If I'm swimming with my siblings, I really enjoy it! :)

8. What is your favorite song to sing with your best friend?
I enjoy singing with my sisters! :) One of my favorite songs to sing with them is Hallelujah Here Below by Elevation Worship.

9. Can you do a cartwheel?
Nope. I haven't tried for a long time, either. ;)

10. What is your MBTI type?
ESFJ. (Not sure if this is a 100% accurate, but it's pretty close.) ;)

11. Do you keep your room clean or messy?
Clean.

For anyone who wants to do this tag, go ahead and comment! :)

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On a side note, I won a flash fiction contest! Head on over to Brooklyne's blog to read it! :)

Friday, September 13, 2019

"Thirteen Reasons Why" Blog Tour ~ Beloved Book Review


Behind the name, "Thirteen Reasons Why":
13 Reasons Why is a Netflix TV series centered around a young girl's suicide. There's debate about whether it promotes suicide or simply raises awareness, but the undeniable fact is that this show has persuaded others to take their own lives. Each episode explains a reason for the girl's suicide- 13 episodes, 13 reasons. Since both Freedom and Beloved deal with the topic of suicide, we decided to name our blog tour the 13 Reasons Why tour- but each day, we are giving reasons to choose life. We are fearfully and wonderfully made, loved beyond measure by our Creator. And that makes every day worth living. 


Synopsis


Life without love is hopeless.

Foster teen Cara Richards is unloved. With nothing left and nowhere to go, she is determined to find peace, no matter the cost. But despite her intentions, she's tossed into another foster family and this time, there's no going back to who she used to be. To make matters worse, one of her five new foster brothers is a Jesus freak, and she refuses to believe that God actually cares. 

Her world is thrown upside down in a way she never expects. Though she prides herself on a resilient heart, her mind is lost adrift among a sea of questions: Is death really the answer? Does God care about someone as unworthy as me? Can everyone truly be loved, no matter what?

Review 


This book follows about a years-worth of Cara's life. It was pretty cool to watch her be transformed from rejected, forgotten, and wounded by so many people, to an amazing young woman. So many people, especially teens, need to hear this message. 

I really appreciated the way the forgiveness theme was done. It showed how hard it is to forgive, instead of just, "oh, I forgive you, and now life is just amazing." No, this book shows the pain, the wrestling, and the struggle to forgive. And yet, it shows that with God's help, you can forgive.

Now, on to the characters. I didn't connect with Cara at all, which could be because for a good portion of the book she was so cold, closed off, and full of self-pity. However, I loved the brothers! Peter, Erich, Titus, Fergus, and Eddie. The banter, fun, encouragement, and confrontations were all well done!
Due to the topics discussed, I would not recommend this book for anyone younger than 14.

#R2L: And always remember- no matter what has happened, no matter what has been done to you- You are PRICELESS. You are loved by the Creator of the universe. 

Favorite quotes: “We’re human. Of course we’re not always going to feel loved. But
that doesn’t change the fact that we are."

“You are beloved, Cara; your name says it all.”

~Also, why I liked this novel is not specifically because it talks about suicide. (Although that is a topic that needs to be addressed.) I liked it because it shows that everyone is priceless, and cherished in Yahweh's eyes.~

*I received an e-copy of the book in exchange for a honest review.*

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About the author:



Kaitlyn is a farmer's daughter and a born-again believer in Christ with an obsession for books and music. It is these obsessions that led her to write her own stories. Psalm 46:10 gives her inspiration, her brothers make her laugh, and there's nothing quite like the excitement of opening an unread book for the first time. Her passion is to share the steadfast love of her Savior through the writing that takes up much of her free time, whether actual writing takes place or writer's block, in which case she's probably browsing Pinterest. 


And, there's a giveaway!!!


Grand prize: Signed paperbacks of Freedom and Beloved
2nd Prize: Signed paperback of Freedom or Beloved
3rd Prize: Ebook of Freedom or Beloved 


Saturday, September 7, 2019

"Thirteen Reasons Why" Blog Tour ~ Freedom Book Review


Behind the name, "Thirteen Reasons Why":
13 Reasons Why is a Netflix TV series centered around a young girl's suicide. There's debate about whether it promotes suicide or simply raises awareness, but the undeniable fact is that this show has persuaded others to take their own lives. Each episode explains a reason for the girl's suicide- 13 episodes, 13 reasons. Since both Freedom and Beloved deal with the topic of suicide, we decided to name our blog tour the 13 Reasons Why tour- but each day, we are giving reasons to choose life. We are fearfully and wonderfully made, loved beyond measure by our Creator. And that makes every day worth living. 


Synopsis


Having just returned to American soil from the desert sands of the Middle East, James Greene is done with his life. "Double amputee' doesn't seem like a strong enough phrase to label the physical and emotional pain he bears. Add the lack of love and communication with his family members, the demons that haunt him day and night, and he can find nothing worth living for. Ending it all is the only way out.

Alexandria Lorance is a not-so-ordinary physical therapist, content with aiding in her patients' recoveries. Her work gives her fulfillment, but alone in the silence, she still endures the hidden scars of a past, unhealthy relationship. Reminding herself that true healing is found in Christ alone, she seeks to show kindness and love to everyone she meets. 

When these two broken ones' paths intersect, the spark of friendship is ignited, bringing hope and joy to both. Can they step out of the darkness of suffering and into the freedom of grace?

A Marine, broken by war. A therapist, scarred by words. A chance meeting in a parking lot bonded them together. But can love grow in these two hurting hearts? Or are they truly too broken to ever find lasting happiness? 


Review


Wow. This book was amazing! The struggles and the triumphs in this book played out beautifully!

I really liked how PTSD was explained. Many people don't talk about it, or shy away from explaining it. I really appreciated that it was talked about in this novel. I also really enjoyed the physical therapy aspect in it!

Alex, James, Uncle Joe and Aunt Gloria, not to mention Lester, Brian, and Callie, were such great characters! I really connected with Alex and James- especially Alex. I loved Alex's tender heart towards the hurting. Alex and I are actually a lot alike. :)
I really appreciated how both Alex and James looked at who each other were on the inside, and not on the outside. They weren't obsessed with outward appearances. It was so sweet how Alex loved James through it all.

The banter and teasing between the characters was hilarious, and added some lightness to some of the chapters. 
I really liked how they turned to God with their problems first instead of to each other.

Due to the topics discussed, I would not recommend this book for anyone under 14.

And now for a few favorite quotes. ;)

Favorite quotes:

“But I know Someone who does understand what you’re going through,
Corporal. He’s been where you are, and He feels your hurt, because you’re His
child. He’ll sustain you and go with you through every trial of life, if you’ll only
let Him in. He’s my Savior, and His name is Jesus Christ.”

It’s not the absence of trouble, trials, or hurt. It’s the
Presence that remains with me no matter what comes."

“But in my search for
purpose, I found Someone greater than all my troubles, pain, and fears. I found
hope, a steadfast anchor in the turbulent sea of life.”

~Also, why I liked this novel is not specifically because it talks about suicide. (Although that is a topic that needs to be addressed.) I liked it because it shows that everyone is priceless, and cherished in Yahweh's eyes.~

*I received an e-copy of the book in exchange for a honest review.*

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About the author:



Saved by God's grace, Faith Potts is a teenage writer and a homeschool graduate, living with her family and beloved yellow labs in the North Carolina mountains. When she's not weaving stories, consuming large amounts of coffee, reading stacks of books, or studying American Sign Language, she can be found laughing harder than is healthy, daydreaming, and--of course--blowing dandelions.


And, there's a giveaway!!!


Grand prize: Signed paperbacks of Freedom and Beloved
2nd Prize: Signed paperback of Freedom or Beloved
3rd Prize: ebook of Freedom or Beloved


R2L: And always remember- no matter what has happened, no matter what has been done to you- You are PRICELESS. You are loved by the Creator of the universe.

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Saturday, August 31, 2019

"The Torch Keepers" ~ Release Celebration! ~ Author Interview


Hello! Today I have a special treat for you all! Hosanna Emily, author of The Torch Keepers, is joining us today with an author interview! The Torch Keepers releases TOMORROW!!!

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Hi Hosanna! Welcome to my blog!

Hey Molly! Thank you so much for interviewing me; you picked great questions, and it’s a huge blessing getting to share here. ♥

1. What is the most important thing God taught you while writing The Torch Keepers?

He can.

When this story was a tiny idea, God did everything. He took the little flame of a dream and inspired a whole book. When I ran out of ideas and went to His Word, He spoke. When editing got long and publishing got stressful, He provided as soon as I stopped and went to Him for help.


God wants to be the entirety of our lives! And through writing The Torch Keepers, He showed me how He provides; He can do everything. We just have to let go and let Him take us away.


2. What is the main thing you want people to take away from your book?

I want readers to know that no matter what, they are loved and sought after. That the King has a purpose for every single life. Which ties into the next question…

3. What inspired you to write The Torch Keepers?

This story started way before I even thought of writing it down. Years ago, I read an article about two beautiful, teenage girls who left their homes to become terrorists in a foreign country.

I was shocked, wondering how someone so full of life, talents, a future, could leave everything to live such a dark life. To do something so horrible. It hurt as I gazed into the girls’ faces. I wanted to grab them, stop them from those decisions.


But I couldn’t. So I kept living in my own world, so far away from theirs.


Until God had me write their story. In a school assignment, I penned a short story that mirrored the girls’ lives. I wrote about someone who chose to leave their pure life to do terrible things. I never meant to write a story off that article I read so long ago—God simply gave me a story.


That’s why the story has so much purpose: God used me to write the book I wish those girls could have read. That they are loved. They have a purpose. They are valued and treasured, no matter what mistakes they made. The King is there searching for them.


4. What is your favorite book of the Bible?


Ohh, hard question! I would choose either Psalm (because what beautiful, heartfelt poetry!) or 1st John (that heart for Love the author had! It inspires me so much.)

5. How has your relationship with God grown over your years of writing?

Wow. Where would I start?

Every story has revealed a little more of Jesus to me. The Torch Keepers taught me to trust Jesus more fully, and it also helped me discover the powerful, overwhelming love that He has for His children. Thus, specifically in this newest novel, the way I’ve grown is by getting to know Him more closely.


Maybe that’s what all Christians discover after seeking Jesus over the years: there’s still more of Him to learn, find, be enamored and overwhelmed with. ♥


6. Which character is your favorite, and which one best fits your personality?


ALL OF THEM.

*cough* Okay, so this question is way too hard. Every single character is so special to me, and they all have little pieces of my heart in their stories.


But if I HAD to pick one…


Rek√©m is a favorite. He struggles a lot, and many readers are going to see him as some dark, horrible villain. But I really like this guy. He is searching, like so many of us are. And behind the hard, hurt shell he hides behind, there’s a heart for peace. So yeah. =)


And a character that’s like me? I suppose it would be my other main character, Kadira. Honestly she makes mistakes, forgets how loved she is. Kadira lives radically for what she believes in, and usually makes the wrong decision. But, in the end, she remembers where she came from. And that she is so treasured.


We’re similar in that we both want to live hard-core for what we believe in. We also sometimes lose sight of what’s important. Yet the King always draws us back to His heart. ♥


7. What is the theme song for The Torch Keepers?


Oh no… Every character in The Torch Keepers has a theme song, but somehow I forgot to choose one for the book itself? So I guess I’ll have to go with one of Kadira’s soundtracks,“Nuvole Bianche” by Ludovico Einaudi or another character’s, called “Time (Inception)” by Hans Zimmer. (epic soundtracks are so much fun!)


8. What is your favorite Bible verse?


“You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” – Jeremiah 29:13


“The LORD your God is in your midst; the Mighty One will save. He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you with His love; He will rejoice over you with singing.” – Zephaniah 3:17

Because He does love. He does treasure you. And if you search for Him, He will be found and be your Best Friend.

Amazing answers, Hosanna! Thank you for allowing me to interview you! :)


The celebration is still going! Don't forget to check out Hosanna's blog, and hear about the amazing characters! :)

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Saturday, August 24, 2019

focus on the Savior- not the storm

Life brings us all storms. Some storms can be literal tornadoes, hurricanes, etc., but others are physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental storms. 
Storms can be so hard. They can be cruel, horrible, and devastating. And they can feel as if you will never get out. In the storm, do you cry, "why me?" Or do you focus on Yeshua, and not on the storm?

Matthew 14:22-33 says, "Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, "It is a ghost!" and they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, "Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid."

And Peter answered him, "Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water." He said, "Come." So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, "Lord, save me." Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?" And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God."'

How many times have we, like Peter, focused on the storm, instead of on Yeshua? Yeshua saved Peter, even though he doubted, but Yeshua did ask, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?" Why do we doubt? We need to trust Him, and know that He will see us through any storm.

No matter where you are at in life, it's not promised to be easy, but if you focus on the Savior and not the storm, it will draw you closer to Yeshua and make you stronger. Look to Yeshua- never look down, back, or from side to side- just look to the King.
So focus on the Savior- not the storm.