Sunday, February 27, 2022

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~ MMGM YOU CAN COUNT ON GOD DEVOTIONAL ~

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~ MARVELOUS MIDDLE-GRADE
MONDAY CHRISTIAN DEVOTIONAL ~
--  'YOU CAN COUNT ON GOD'  --
AUTHOR MAX LUCADO
~Post Includes:  Book Spotlight +
Link to Excerpt, Author Bio & Review~

 


ABOUT THE BOOK:

Publisher: Thomas Nelson 

Release Date: Feb 15, 2022

Genre: Juvenile Devotional, Christian

From New York Times bestselling author Max Lucado, these 100 devotions will help kids worry less, bravely try new things, and draw closer to God as they learn to trust His faithfulness.

Adapted from the encouraging devotional for adults, You Can Count on God teaches children that they can count on God because He will never leave them, and will love them unconditionally. Each of the 100 entries includes a comforting Bible verse and a short devotion that show an example of God's faithfulness presents the message that God is trustworthy in a way that children, ages 6 to 10, can understand reassures kids that God can help them with their challenges, sorrows, and questions offers a takeaway section with a key point, reflection question, or prayer to guide kids in understanding and applying the biblical truth is perfect for families to read together or for older readers to enjoy alone Give your child the gift of knowing that they can count on God, no matter what.

This kids devotional is perfect for families who want their children to feel secure in their faith a present to commemorate a decision of faith, baptism, or confirmation an Easter basket gift. With a ribbon bookmark, presentation page, attractive textured hardcover, and bold color interiors, this hope-giving devotional for kids is the perfect gift for any child needing courage for a new challenge, peace from anxieties about the future, or relief from disappointment, insecurity, and overwhelm. You Can Count on God will guide children into a deeper relationship with God as they learn about His faithfulness in the past and build confidence that they can always trust Him to help them.

** READ A PREVIEW OF THE BOOK COURTESY OF THE PUBLISHER:

https://preview.aer.io/You_Can_Count_on_God-NDIwNzIz

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Since entering the ministry in 1978, Max Lucado has served churches in Miami, Florida; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and San Antonio, Texas. He currently serves as Teaching Minister of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio. He is the recipient of the 2021 ECPA Pinnacle Award for his outstanding contribution to the publishing industry and society at large. He is America’s bestselling inspirational author with more than 145 million products in print.

Visit his website at MaxLucado.com

Facebook.com/MaxLucado

Instagram.com/MaxLucado

Twitter.com/MaxLucado

Youtube.com/MaxLucadoOfficial

The Max Lucado Encouraging Word Podcast

 
REVIEW:
As I read each of the devotions in this book, I felt uplifted by the author's positive words, his relevant anecdotes from life, the scripture he chose for each devotion, the Bible stories he shared to illustrate the theme of the devotion, and the prayer or other tip he included at the end of each devotion.
 
The best elements of this book are the simplicity and candor with which these lessons and thoughts are shared with children ages 6 to 10. The lessons focus on what concerns them, wherever they are at in the life and spiritual walk with God.
 
As to be expected, many of the chapters deal with being bullied, feeling alone, feeling different, feeling abandoned, and worrying about things that are out of their control. I was struck by how many of these issues are concerns for teens and adults, too.
 
The devotions are reassuring, and I believe they will help youngsters realize they are not that different from everyone else in what they are feeling. More importantly, they will come to realize that they are created in God's image and that God loves them unconditionally.
 
The practical side of these devotions is that each one has a theme, a short scripture, a narrative about the theme which may include anecdotes from real life or the Bible, and an 'action' step  (Pray, Remember, or It's Your Turn) at the end of the day's lesson.
 
The book is formatted in a user-friendly manner with clear graphics and a consistent layout for each day's devotion. The hardcover style will stand up to the wear and tear a child who uses this book on a regular basis will give it. The book launches with 'A Letter From Max'--a heartfelt, warm, friendly note from the author to welcome readers to the book.
 
Highly-recommended to parents, grandparents, church libraries, youth group leaders, Sunday school teachers, and adults who wish to be uplifted by the positivity presented in this book.
 
I received a print copy of this book from the publisher through JustRead Publicity Tours. All of my opinions and thoughts shared here are solely my own.
 
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Thursday, February 24, 2022

~ GREAT ESCAPES THE BLIND SPLIT ~

 ~ FRIDAY FICTION FEATURE ~
--  'THE BLIND SPLIT'  --
AUTHOR LYN FARRELL
~Post Includes:  Spotlight + Excerpt,
Author Bio & Giveaway~
 

 

The Blind Split (A Rosedale Investigations Mystery) by Lyn Farrell

 

About The Blind Split

 

Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series Setting - Rosedale, Tennessee  
Camel Press (January 11, 2022)  
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 216 pages  
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1942078730 ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1942078739
 Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09HF1X2V4 

 

A new client, Lexie Lovell, brings Rosedale Investigations a compelling mystery. Her father died and left his estate to be split between her and her brother, Teddy. Lexie never knew she had a brother until the will was read and nobody has a clue where the boy and his mother are. Lexie can’t get her money until the boy is found and Rosedale Investigations keeps coming up empty.

When Wayne finally finds little Teddy in an abandoned farmhouse, his mother isn’t there. What could make a mother leave a toddler alone to starve to death? They find no evidence of drug use or mental illness. Has she been kidnapped? The trail goes cold until she is found comatose in a rural hospital. The doctors say she’s unlikely to regain consciousness.

Lovell’s attorney is stalling on giving Lexie her inheritance, (or paying Rosedale Investigations’ fee) and was the only person in the hospital room when Lexie’s father died. Did he commit murder to get his hands on Lovell’s money? And how did Lovell, an accountant in solo practice, assemble a multi-million dollar estate? This one’s a real page-turner that will keep you guessing right to the end.

EXCERPT:

It was the day Billy Jo called, “The Mother and Child Reunion,” an old song by Paul Simon, even though they all knew that Teddy would never see his mother again. He would have his aunt Poppy, though, and being his mother’s identical twin would help him enormously. In time, given that he was so young, the two could even blend to become one in his heart. And he would have a grandmother, as Gramma Lovell was already living in the Delaney farmhouse.

The day had dawned clear and blessedly cool, with a light wind blowing from the north. They reached the turn-off to the lane and drove in.

“Look at the blackberry bushes, you guys. They were covered with white flowers just a couple of weeks ago. Now the blossoms are completely gone and there are already berries on the canes,” Billy Jo said.

“They turn from red to a shiny patent leather black before they are ripe. I remember my mother making blackberry syrup for me and Pansy when we were little,” Poppy said in a nostalgic voice.

They parked the car in front of the garage and the three principals from Rosedale Investigations got out and stood by the garage. Half an hour later, they heard the sound of a car coming down the laneway.

“It’s them,” Dory said and clutched Billy Jo’s hand tightly. “All I want today is for Teddy to say something, anything. Even if he just laughs, it will be perfect.”

They watched in excited silence as the car pulled in. Dr. Juanita Marsh got out and lifted Teddy Lovell from his car seat. She set him down on the far end of the stone walkway. He was dressed in dungaree overalls and a blue shirt. He wore blue socks and sneakers.

“I got him that outfit,” Dory whispered.

Poppy, Lexie, and Gramma Lovell stepped off the porch and waited. Standing at the other end of the walkway, Teddy looked all around until he spotted Poppy. The sun lighted her red hair and Teddy began to walk, faster and faster until he was running flat out, his arms fully extended like an angel’s wings. She stepped forward and reached out her arms. And at that moment Teddy Lovell, who hadn’t said a single word in weeks, gave a happy shriek. “Mommy!” he cried. Then, only moments later, he looked at her more carefully and said, “Aunty Poppy,” and smiled.

Lexie walked over to stand beside Poppy. “I’m your big sister, Teddy. My name is Lexie,” she said, handing him her teddy bear from when she was a baby.

“Sissy,” Teddy said happily.

Billy Jo hummed, “The Mother and Child Reunion.”

Dory, Hayley, and Juanita jumped up and down in jubilant screaming.

Wayne took a deep life-saving breath, as if he had been trapped too long underwater, and managed, at last, to burst through to air. Seeing Teddy smile contentedly in Poppy’s arms even brought the old Detective to tears. There wasn’t a dry eye in the bunch.


About Lyn Farrell

Writing as both Lia Farrell and Lyn Farrell, I’ve been publishing books since 2013. I decided to become a writer in the seventh grade. My home life was chaotic and I found peace spending summers at my grandmother’s dairy farm. With little supervision, I wandered the hundred and twenty-acre farm and discovered the beauty and healing power of nature. Today, when I need inspiration for my stories, I take long walks. My memories of the time I spent at the farm resulted in a novel The Cottonwoods released 8/21.

My first marriage had ended in divorce, leaving me with two young children. Five years later, I fell in love with a divorced professor with six children. Raising that many kids required working full-time. When I retired from Michigan State University, I returned to my original dream of becoming a writer. My daughter, Lisa, and I wrote the “Mae December mysteries” using the penname of Lia Farrell. They are amusing, mental puzzles called cozies, with an element of romance. Cozies are the gentlest subset of the broad genre of crime writing. It's a comfort read that leaves you satisfied and at one with the world.

Now writing solo as Lyn Farrell, I recently published "The Blind Switch" (January 2021). It's the first in a series about a private detective agency, Rosedale Investigations. Two of my readers’ favorite characters from the Mae December mysteries, Dory and Wayne Nichols, have starring roles in these books. “The Blind Split” (released 1/11) is the second in the series.  

Author Links:
Amazon Author Page:https://amzn.to/3qkiKxr  
Author Web Page: https://www.lynfarrell.com/  
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