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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

12 Days of Christmas - Christmas Movies


Today's post is going to be on some of my family's favorite Christmas movies.


This is probably one of the most accurate and well done Nativity movies I have ever watched. The music and singing was great too! 


My family and I have watched this quite a few times over the years we've had it. The sweet family relationships and true meaning of giving was so special! I especially loved the part about the horse! ;)


What I liked about this one was the little bit of humor, and the sense of community in the town. :) 

(Don't forget to head over to Faith's blog and check out her post and other blogger's posts!) :)

Sunday, December 16, 2018

12 Days of Christmas - The Blessing (book review)


Today I have a review about a winter-y book. :)


Synopsis


May Somerville has suffered a year worthy of the Bible's Job, and the man who unknowingly prompted all her troubles has fallen in love with her.

Isolated in Colorado's rugged mountains, her beloved family shattered by tragedy and loss, May Somerville questions her Creator amid her struggles to survive. Beset by unexpected storms, both physical and spiritual, May seeks blessings-reasons for hope as she works to restore her family. 

Separated from May by unforeseen circumstances and the expectations of others, Alex Whittier is determined to reverse injustices suffered by the Somervilles. But is it to late to redeem himself for the sake of the courageous young woman he's been unable to forget?

My Review


I thoroughly enjoyed The Blessing! The setting was unusual and interesting. After learning that the book was based partly on real life events in the late 1800s, I thought it was even more interesting.

May was an amazing character. She was the usually serious, cautious big sister to her siblings. Her strength after all that happened to her family was incredible.

May's other siblings, Harry, Leonie, Will, and adorable little Andy, were so fun to read about! I loved the family relationships between the kids.

Alex Whittier. At first, I grew exasperated with him. ;) However, as the book continued, I liked him more.

The setting was fascinating! The majority of the book is set in a small mining town in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado; late 1800s.

The Blessing had a strong theme of trusting God and believing that He will help you get through anything. The book did have quite a bit of sad parts in it; but it was really sweet too. 5/5 stars! :)

(Don't forget to head over to Faith's blog and check out her post and other blogger's posts!) :)

Friday, December 14, 2018

12 Days of Christmas - Favorite Christmas Music

Hello! This year I am participating in the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Party, hosted by a fellow blogger, Faith Potts. Be sure to check Faith's blog for her introduction post! :) Here is my first post of the tour! ;)


Today's post is on some of my favorite Christmas music. :)


Barlow Girl - Angelic Proclamation 


For King and Country - Baby Boy


Francesca Battistelli - You're Here


Meredith Andrews - Behold the Savior


BarlowGirl - Hallelujah (Light Has Come)


Francesca Battistelli - Heaven Everywhere



Lauren Daigle - Light of the World 


For King and Country - O Come, O Come Emmanuel


And, there's a giveaway! :)


First Place: The Christmas Secret by Wanda Brunstetter (paperback), Behold by Faith Potts (paperback), Christmas: God with Us (Jeremy Camp CD), surprise goodies

Second place: Seek by Angela R. Watts (paperback) & Coffee Shop Christmas by Ryana Lynn Miller (ebook)

Friday, December 7, 2018

Behold Blog Tour - Review


Faith Pott's book, Behold, releases today!!! I've had the privilege of reading this sweet little novel for its blog tour! :)


Synopsis 


A collection of short stories honoring the birth of the Savior

From two siblings caught up in the harrowing days of World War II to separated foster children in the US...

From a memorable road trip across the Southeast to the reunion of a war-torn family...

You'll be swept up in the Christmas spirit with the endearing stories tucked inside these pages. The storylines range from family to romance to the bond of community, with settings scattered across America and beyond. 

Behold the beauty of the Savior's birth with this gathering of stories that warm the soul and bless the heart.



Author Bio


Saved by God's grace, Faith Potts is a teenage writer and 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. 


Review


An adorable collection of Christmas short stories. I arranged this review by writing a little about each short-story. :)

Home by Christmas

A sweet story about two siblings in World War II. I really liked the way things were handled in this story, since Doug (one of the characters) was severely wounded. 

Unexpected Blessing 

Loved this story about three foster siblings- twin girls, and an older brother. The siblings' relationships were so special! 

Christmas Homecoming 

A heartwarming story about a war-torn family reunion. The part where Jamison puts Jamie, his little kid, in his coat was hilarious! ;) The family relationships were so fun!

What Matters

Enjoyable story about what really matters- loving others, the way Jesus loves them, and taking the time out of your day to show others His love.

Overall rating: Definitely 5/5 stars! ;)

I really enjoyed reading each and every one of these short stories, although my favorite is probably Unexpected Blessing. The writing was beautifully done and easy to follow. 5/5 stars! :)

Giveaway 


First Place: paperback copy of Behold
Second Place: ebook copy of Behold


Tour Schedule


Wednesday, December 5th 

Brooklyne @ Showers of Blessings >> interview
Abigail McKenna @ Novels, Dragons, and Wardrobe Doors >> review
Victoria G. @ Victoria's Book Nook >> spotlight & interview
Jana @ Reviews from the Stacks >> spotlight & review & excerpt

Thursday, December 6th

Janelle @ The Ramblings of a Bookworm >> review
A. Kaylee @ Kaylee's Kind of Writes >> review & interview & excerpt
Kaitlyn Smith @ Maidens for Modesty >> review excerpt
Hannah Marie @ Silver-Lined Ramblings >> review

Friday, December 7th (release day!)

Rebekah @ RebekahAshleigh >> review
Ryana Lynn Miller @ Life of Heritage >> review & interview
Rebekah Morris @ Rebekah's Reading Room >> review & excerpt
Molly Anne @ Qadash - Set Apart, for Him >> review

Saturday, December 8th

Angela Watts @ The Peculiar Messenger >> spotlight
Gracelyn @ Literatura >> spotlight
Serethiel @ The Book Sprite >> spotlight & review
Abigail @ Books, Life, and Christ >> spotlight & review

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Seek Blog Tour - Author Interview & Review


Today I am participating in Seek's blog tour! There's an author interview and book review. :) And for all who celebrate Hanukkah, Happy Hanukkah! :)


Blurb


Angel Cutler's routine life is overturned when local ganglord Viktor Marino tries to kidnap her. When she finds her adopted sister is back in town and working with Viktor, Angel has to run away with the protection of two total strangers. Can Angel have faith in God to protect her family when she can't?

Elijah Davis has seen Viktor bleed once, and to save his family, he'll make it happen again. But who is the One Eli can turn to when he realizes he can't protect his loved ones alone?

Hiding from gangsters and gunfire, the trio struggle to seek God above all else and trust that His plan is greater than their own. Or Viktor Marino's.


Author Bio


Angela R. Watts is a Christian fiction author who strives to glorify the Lord in all she does. She's a homeschooled highschooler living at Step By Step Sanctuary, Tennessee, though with Gypsy and Norwegian in her blood, she tends to travel. She's been writing stories since she was little, but also enjoys chores, painting, and watching sunsets. 

Website / Reveries Co.
Facebook / AngelaRWattsauthor
Twitter / PeculiarAngela
Instagram / angiewatts


Author Interview 


(Questions are in bold, Angela's answers in regular text). :)

1. What inspired you to write Seek?

A sort of weird dream in which I was introduced to Eli, Asher, and Viktor! It was one of those vivid dreams, and I knew it was from God, so I wrote the story.

2. How has your relationship with God grown over the past years of writing Seek?

In so many ways... God has helped me heal from lots of pain as I wrote Seek. Instead of seeking love or acceptance from people, He taught me to go to Him for all things. He taught me that forgiveness is not only possible, but a must. God's Love is very real and that was unveiled to me as He helped me write this novel.

3. What character is closest to your personality?

Probably Angel, haha! While I relate or understand the other characters in different ways, my reactions and personal journey most resemble Angel's.

4. When is your favorite time to write?

I think it varies. I write in the morning, evenings, and nighttime, so I suppose I don't have a favorite time!

Thanks Angela for the awesome interview! :)


Review


Seek was a fascinating book! It was action packed and suspenseful.

First, I'll mention some of characters. Angel had some funny moments throughout the book. She was also determined to protect her family, and would do almost anything to keep her family safe.

Eli was an interesting character. He needed to let go of the past and find forgiveness.

Asher was absolutely hilarious! His lightheartedness, (for the most part), and his funny food quirks, added that needed lightheartedness to the story. I loved how Asher just lived his faith, talking and acting like Jesus would, without a second thought. He is probably my favorite character. ;)

Eli and Angel's relationship seemed really sudden. For instance- they meet in an unpleasant situation, and one week later they are kissing. Not to mention they were running away from gangsters and in car chases for over half that time. Their relationship seemed very physical-attraction related, as they hardly knew each other. So, that wasn't my favorite. However, the epilogue scene was pretty sweet. (And by then, they had gotten to know each other way better, too.) :)

The Biblical messages were so good! This book paints a beautiful example of how God will never leave you nor forsake you. One of the parts I really enjoyed was the Hanukkah scene in the epilogue! ;)

Seek is an amazing book! I would recommend it to a friend, however, due to the issues talked about in the book, I'd recommend it for 15+.


Giveaway Links 



1st Place: A signed paperback of Seek and a mug with a Scripture verse on it!
2nd Place: An ebook copy of Seek!


Tour Schedule 


Saturday, December 1st

Book Spotlight / Gracelyn Buckner, Literatura

Guest Post / Abigail Harder, Books, Life, And Christ

Book Review / Loretta, Just Writing

Sunday, December 2nd 

Book Review + Author Interview / Molly Anne, Qadash - Set Apart, For Him

Author Interview / Shine, HauntingGhostTown

Monday, December 3rd

Guest Post + Book Spotlight / Liz, Home With The Hummingbirds

Book Spotlight + Author Interview / Michaela Bush, Tangled Up In Writing

Tuesday, December 4th

Book Spotlight / Faith Potts, Stories By Firefly

Guest Post / Grace Maples, Proclaiming His Excellencies 

Wednesday, December 5th 

Book Review / Kellyn Roth, Reveries

Book Spotlight + Guest Post / John-Clement Gallo, JC's ShadowBlog

Guest Post / Medomfo, Writings From A God Girl

Thursday, December 6th

Book Review + Author Interview / A. Kaylee Harrison, Kaylee's Kind of Writes

Book Review + Guest Post / Parker Hankins, Pencils and Pianos

Guest Post / Sara, R535

Friday, December 7th 

Book Review / Hannah Gridley, Heart Of The Rose

Book Review / Chloe, Purely By Faith