Monday, March 19, 2012

Team Novel Teen Blog Tour: Halflings by Heather Burch

197After being inexplicably targeted by an evil intent on harming her at any cost, seventeen-year-old Nikki finds herself under the watchful guardianship of three mysterious young men who call themselves halflings. Sworn to defend her, misfits Mace, Raven, and Vine battle to keep Nikki safe while hiding their deepest secret—and the wings that come with. 

A growing attraction between Nikki and two of her protectors presents a whole other danger. While she risks a broken heart, Mace and Raven could lose everything, including their souls. As the mysteries behind the boys’ powers, as well as her role in a scientist’s dark plan, unfold, Nikki is faced with choices that will affect the future of an entire race of heavenly beings, as well as the precarious equilibrium of the earthly world. 


This is a debut novel. I love helping newly published authors get the word out about their books, especially if I liked the book. When I read the book I wasn't for sure it was a series so when it ended I was in sort of a tailspin. I really liked the book and wanted more. I am happy to say it is a three book series.

I have never read a book before about the fallen angels creating halflings with humans. I have heard that some people believe that is what actually took place. What a fun topic to explore and imagine what would have happened IF that were true. Would they be dark like their fallen angel side or would they have redeeming qualities? This series takes a look at one idea on that subject. It also addresses the evil forces at work here on Earth. 

I loved the characters. Nikki goes through so much. She goes after what she thinks she should, seems fearless at times. But she needs someone to help her and finally accepts that. The three teenager Halflings are very different from each other. You will have to form your own opinions of each one as you read. I do feel sorry for Raven and his struggles with good and evil, but he isn't my favorite of the three. 

As I read it and watched how things unfolded and the powers of evil were involved and were stalking Nikki, I just wanted to keep reading so I could find out how she handled it and how the Halflings helped or didn't help.  There is so much left untold in the story in part one that you just want more. There is a mystery going on and you get just a taste of it here and there. I can't wait to get book two and see that unfold a bit more. I love books that have things I can try to figure out as we go along and then at the end find out if I had it right or not.

This book is intended for age 15 and up. I think this would be a good book to read and use to get interest in angels started in your youth. Then you could check out what the Bible says about them. My husband has led a study with our kids on that subject. You could dig even deeper with a teen. I can't wait for books 2 and 3. 


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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Heart Echoes by Sally John

Only An Earthquake Could Shatter the Walls She's Built.

In the aftermath of a massive LA earthquake, the perfect existence Teal Morgan-Adams has built begins to crumble. Teal's daughter, Maiya, is determined to learn the identity of her biological father, despite the loving devotion of her stepdad, River Adams. But that's a secret Teal hoped would remain buried forever. She has never shared the truth with anyone--not her family, not River, not even Maiya's father.

As Maiya's prying reopens old wounds, Teal receives tragic news and must travel home to Cedar Pointe, Oregon--a place she's avoided most of her adult life. Will her already-strained marriage survive the distance and the secrets she'll be forced to face there? 

With wit and wisdom, bestselling author Sally John delivers a touching story about life's unexpected detours and courage it takes to erase the lies that can echo in our hearts.


This was the first time I had read a book from this author. I am not sure why. It might be because I am more into the historical and regency romance instead of the contemporary. She writes a very compelling story that draws you in. 

Teal is a very complicated person. Her love for her daughter is the strongest thing in her life. While she has protected her from some things in her life she has also been very open about other things and willing to listen to her when she has something to say. The struggles they go through as a mom and teen girl are minor compared to what some go through, because of the foundation they have. 

Her relationship with her sister is one that tugged at my heart. I have a half sister who is five years younger than me. We did not grow up together but I love her dearly and she always looked up to me as if I was on a higher level than her, like Lacey sees Teal. It was great to see how their relationship grew throughout the book. 

The life Teal thought was so perfect begins to crumble because it is not build on truth. As the truth begins to come out they are strong enough to pick up the pieces and keep going and become stronger than before. I really enjoyed this book about forgiveness and moving forward instead of living in regret. We can only move forward learning from our past mistakes. 


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Side Road Series:
Ransomed Dreams
Desert Gift
Heart Echoes

Safe Harbor Series:
A Time to Mend
A Time to Gather
A Time to Surrender

The Beach House Series:
The Beach House
Castles in the Sand

In a Heartbeat Series:
In a Heartbeat
Flash Point
Moment of Truth

The Other Way Home Series:
A Journey by Chance
After All These Years
Just to See You Smile
The Winding Road Home

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To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Heart's Safe Passage by Laurie Alice Eakes

One Woman Takes The Treacherous Journey Towards Redemption...And Love

All Phoebe Lee wants out of life is to practice midwifery in Loudon County, Virginia. But when she refuses to accompany her pregnant sister-in-law to help save her husband from prison during the War of 1812, Phoebe finds herself pressed aboard a British privateer. 

Captain Rafe Docherty promises to get Phoebe's brother-in-law out of prison in exchange for information Rafe needs to exact revenge on the man who destroyed his family. As he realizes his attraction to Phoebe, she determines to get ashore before her patient goes into labor -- and before her own heart is in danger. But an enemy in their midst threatens to end their plans -- and their very lives.

This is the third book I have read from Laurie Alice and I find myself loving each book even more than the one before and wondering how that is even possible. One of the biggest draws for me is the characters. Her characters are so alive and real. They grab my heart and I struggle right along with them throughout the story. The other thing that really grabs me is her settings and the history surrounding the characters. I have become so wrapped up in history of late that when I read these books I love finding historical events that I can say "I remember learning about that!" 

Phoebe is such a beloved character. She is strong and caring yet quiet because she has learned to be for her profession of midwifery. Yet she hides a part of herself away, buried under a mountain of pain and fears. The tenderness she shows others is something we should all strive for. I love how she is able to draw Rafe out of his hard shell with her gentleness. Ugly rumors follow her but behind the rumors there are truths that no one knows.

Rafe is a mystery but we see glimpses of his real self from time to time. While he is lead by revenge he still cares so much for his friends and others in his charge. He struggles to not fall in love with Phoebe but longs to have a normal life with her and a family. A thought he quickly puts from his mind over and over again. He is a gentle man but one that can command a crew with authority and strength of character. He not only struggles with the love growing inside his heart for Phoebe, he struggles with a lost faith in God. Phoebe makes it her "mission" to bring him back to the Lord. 

This is a wonderful book and I recommend it highly. And don't forget to get book one in this series, Lady in the Mist. I can't wait for book three to come out, plus her other books. 


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Jersey Brides

Lady in The Mist: Book 1 in the Midwifes series

Printed on My Heart in Highland Crossings January 2012

A Necessary Deception: Book 1 in The Daughters of Bainbridge House series

Over a Barrel in Colonial Courtships May 2012

Monday, February 27, 2012

Team Novel Teen Blog Tour: The Wishing Pearl by Nicole O'Dell

Sixteen-Year-Old Olivia Mansfield Dreams Of A Land Far, Far Away...

Olivia Mansfield can’t wait to escape the confines of her home, which promises nothing but perpetual torment and abuse from her stepfather while her mother turns a blind eye. She dreams of being accepted into a prestigious music school far, far away. . .but until she graduates from high school, Olivia must make the best of her dire situation. 

When poor choices lead her to the brink of a complete breakdown and she finds herself dealing with the unexpected death of her best friend, Olivia comes to a crossroads. Will she find the path to ultimate hope and healing that her heart longs for? Or will the demons from Olivia’s past prove too much to bear?


This is not the first book I have read from this wonderful YA author. But so far it has to be my favorite. Nicole has such a connection with teen girls and it comes out in her writing. Olivia reminds me of so many teen girls in her actions and her desires. The struggles she has within herself to do the right thing or do what will "make it all go away" are things we all face at that age and beyond, if we are honest. 

Diamond Estates is a wonderful place filled with caring people. What a great concept that should be implemented all over this country to help lost teens. I loved the fact that it was a community of people that helped get the center started and kept it going with prayer and support. I also loved the fact that the girls dealt with real life situations. It wasn't painted over. Things were hard and needed to be faced head on. And each one had to deal with things instead of letting someone else do it for them, in most cases. 

It shows us how each person has their own burdens and hardships. Things that we have gone through or are going through that sometimes even seem impossible to live through. But it also shows us that we are not fighting against things of this world, not even the person that is doing terrible things to you. We are up against Satan and his evil forces. In order to battle that we must call upon a force much greater than ourselves. Without Jesus we cannot hope to win the battle or the war. 

I think this is a great book to share with teen girls in your life. I also think it is a great book to share with women of any age who have a desire to reach out to teens and might be looking for avenues to do that. What an awesome thing it would be if women all over this country joined together, with their spouses and others in their churches, to start places like Diamond Estates to help teens find Christ. Share this book with someone this year! It will be worth every penny!

(This is a re-posted review for our Team Novel Teen Blog Tour.)


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Series Description:
Diamond Estates: Three girls are on a journey to find hope and healing. Each coming to Diamond Estates seeking solace...Each with her own unique set of struggles...And each capturing hearts and challenging the faith of teen girls.

The Wishing Pearl, Book One 2011
The Embittered Ruby, Book Two 2012
The Shadowed Onyx, Book Three 2013

Scenarios For Girls, Interactive Fiction
Dare to Be Different (Truth or Dare and All That Glitters) 2011
Risky Business (Magna and Making Waves) 2011
Swept Away (High Stakes and Essence of Lilly) 2011

Girl Talk: 180 Q&A (for Life's Ups, Downs and In-Betweens) 2012


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About Team Novel Teen:
 We are a group of bloggers dedicated to spreading the word about clean teen fiction. Check out other posts about Lost in Dreams by Roger Bruner by clicking on the links below, and check out the Team Novel Teen page for more information.
See what the Team had to say about The Wishing Pearl. Click on each link to view their blog post about the book.

My Life with a Mission • ADD Librarian • Audacious Reader • The Book Fae • Book Nook 4 You • Bookworm Reading • Colorimetry • Gillian Adams • Jill Williamson • Katie McCurdy • The Librarian’s Bookshelf • The Pen and Parchment • Rachelle Rea • Terri Harr • Virtuous Girlhood

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Girl Talk by Nicole O'Dell

Girl Talk: 180 Q&A (for Life's Ups, Downs, and In-Betweens)It's Time for Some Girl Talk!....

Popular blogging trio--mom, Nicole O'Dell, along with daughters, Emily and Natalie--offer trustworthy, biblically based advice for all your ups, down, and in-betweens. Selected from actual questions they've encountered on their blog site, this fabulous resource offers real-life helps for issues including relationships, character, body image, fashion, gossip, and more. You'll find 180 questions along with answers and related scripture selections that will both encourage and challenge you in your faith walk. 


Girl Talk has over 200 pages. It is a full-color book filled with questions from teen girls. The pages are glossy and beautiful. Nicole and her daughters, Natalie and Emily answer the questions. This book can be used in different ways. A teen can read it by herself, with her sisters or friends or even for some great mother-daughter time. That is how I am using it in my home with my preteen daughter. We are going through it a page at a time and talking about the topic and the answers that were given. I let her share with me what she thinks and then I share a bit more of what I think and what the Bible says about it. We go a bit deeper with the answers given in the book and take it into whatever questions along that line my daughter might have.

It is a wonderful book. Nicole has a love for teens that shines through in her writing. I recommend this book and any other books you can get your hands on by Nicole. You can't go wrong with any of them!

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Nicole O'Dell enjoys speaking at churches and to youth and parenting groups to offer insight into godly navigation of those rough teen years. Over the years, Nicole has worked as a youth director, a Bible study leader for women and teens, a counselor at a crisis pregnancy center, and was a veteran camp counselor for over a decade. Her writing includes teen fiction and devotionals and Bible studies for women of all ages.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

The Fire In Ember by DiAnn Mills

The Fire in Ember: A NovelBetween One Woman's Life And One Man's Heart...


Bert believed returning a stolen horse was the right thing for her to do. But she never imagined rand hands would mistake her as a horse thief, then sentence her to hang. She couldn't tell them the truth. Neither did she want to die.

Deputy John Timmons's middle name is responsibility. He's been caring for his mother and younger brothers on his ranch for five years. He thought he was saving a boy from a hanging--his duty. But when he learns Bert is a girl, a whirlwind of emotions send his heart spinning. 

Cattle rustlers have invaded the northern Colorado ranchers, leaving murder in their wake. Bert is a suspect, especially when she refuses to give her real name or reveal what she's running from. John knows she's afraid of something, but what? He sees a sweet spirit, not a woman who's deceiving his family.

How can John arrest her when she's stolen his heart?

Twists, turns, and unforgettable characters make this action-packed page-turner a historical romance with fire.


I have read several of DiAnn's books and love her writing style. This one is in Colorado, a state I love. She makes the words come alive when she describes the surroundings. It is almost like you are there. And her characters are rich with personality. 

John is a strong man with determination to do the right thing and provide for his mom and younger brothers. He has put off his dreams because of that and focused only on doing everything needed for others. But he is not without compassion or the sense of right and wrong. He goes about things in an honest way.

Bert (or Ember) is a young woman who has only known cruel and harsh treatment, with a minimal amount of real love from a brother who died years before. When she finds love and acceptance with the Timmon's family she dreams of what life could have been like had she been born in another family, a family like theirs. But the lies she has been told all of her life fill her head and her heart and fear keeps her from telling the truth. 

Read it to see how learning about God, someone she has never known or even heard about, changes her life and how she sees and handles things. This is a great book. I recommend it if you love a great historical set in the west United States. 


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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Never Been Kissed by Melody Carlson

Never Been Kissed

New School = New chance for that first kiss

Summer is ending, and for once that doesn't seem like such a bad thing to Elise. She's hoping that starting fresh at a new high school will turn her first-kiss prospects around. New guys, new friends, and a new lease on life.

What she wasn't counting on was all the new pressure--to hang with the right crowd, wear the right clothes, and date the right guy. Just when it seems she's on top of the world, everything comes crashing down. Could one bad choice derail her future?


This book is written from the point of view of a sixteen year old girl who has, you guessed it, never been kissed. It has all the attitude and sassy-ness of a sixteen year old girl. It shows how much pressure a girl can be under to say what others expect and how that can lead to more lies to cover that up. It also shows how we can misunderstand things. Things aren't always as they appear to be. It is hard when you are trusting of others. The world can have some people who are out for themselves and don't care who they hurt to get what they want. 

This is a cute book for young teens to help them understand how to make the right choices and how to handle things if they are going through a really hard and challenging situation. Standing firm when no one believes you isn't always easy, but God is there to help you through it.


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Monday, January 30, 2012

Replication by Jill Williamson: Team Novel Teen Blog Tour

When Your Life Is Not Your Own

Martyr - otherwise known at Jason 3:3 - is one of hundreds of clones kept in a remote facility called Jason Farms. Told that he has been created to save humanity, Martyr has just one wish before he i scheduled to "expire" in less than a month. To see the sky.

Abby Goyer may have just moved to Alaska, but she has a feeling something strange is going on at the farm where her father works. But even this smart,confident girl could never have imagined what lies beneath a simple barn. Or what would happen when a mysterious boy shows up at her door, asking about the stars. 

As the reality of the Jason Experiment comes to light, Martyr is caught between two futures-the one for which he was produced and the one Abby believes God created him to have. Time is runny out, and Martyr must decide if a life with Abby is worth leaving everything he's ever known.


This was a book that was a bit different than the ones I usually read but the subject was interesting and since I am dedicated to spreading the word about great Christian fiction for all ages, including teens, I wanted to read it and find out if it was one I wanted to recommend. IT WAS! 

I don't know if you have ever really thought about the whole issue of cloning people but this book will certainly change that if you haven't. Martyr  may be a "clone" but it only takes a few paragraphs to find out he is a character you care about and don't want to see "expire". 

Abby is a strong and spunky teenager. She has a strong faith despite the fact that her father seems to have none. Loosing her mother to cancer brought her closer to God but it had the opposite effect on her father. As she struggles to fit in at a new school she finds a good looking young man with a giant ego trying to get her attention at every turn. When she meets Martyr she thinks it is the boy from school. But they act very differently. Questions arise....

The writing in this book is very well done. I was on the edge of my seat a lot of the time wondering what was going to happen. There were some interesting twists to it that I didn't quite expect but made perfect sense. It really made you think about human life and who has the right to use it for their purposes or is all life valuable and meant to be preserved? I had never thought a lot on the subject until now. But the whole idea of using human embryo's has never set well with me. I think we need to be very careful about what we say we are doing under the pretense of finding a cure to save people. Are we testing on others to save someone else? Since this book is centered around teenagers it makes a good story for the next generation to read and think about, but it is done in a fun way. 

I loved it! I am going to encourage my teenage son to read it. I really think he will enjoy the adventure and excitement of this story. I would recommend everyone, teens and adults alike, to read this. You will enjoy it but it will also make you think. 


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 We are a group of bloggers dedicated to spreading the word about clean teen fiction. Check out other posts about Lost in Dreams by Roger Bruner by clicking on the links below, and check out the Team Novel Teen page for more information.
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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

More Precious Than Gold (Sangre De Cristo) by Lynn Dean

More Precious Than Gold (Sangre de Cristo)The bullet that killed Eliza Gentry's fiance shattered her dreams as well. Clinging to her battered faith, she heads west to escape her grief and runs headlong into the man who caused it.

Tall and headstrong, Eliza expected to remain an "unclaimed treasure." Devastated in the wake of the war, she sets out for New Mexico's Sangre de Cristo mountains in search of peace and new purpose but finds that the western frontier is a wild place where former enemies--Yankees and Rebels, Freedmen and Indians--square off in the quest for land and gold.

Eliza must confront her prejudices and fears, and Jacob Craig embodies that conflict. The mountain man wins her trust with his gentle strength, but he harbors a secret. As a Union sharp-shooter, he met her fiance on the field of battle and cost him his life. Eliza must learn that she will not find purpose or peace anywhere until she finds in God a faith more precious than gold.

A real ghost town comes to life in this award-winning story of love, forgiveness, and the sovereignty of God.

I got this book on my new Kindle because of the reference to the Sangre de Cristo mountains. I fell in love with those mountains in Colorado. The part of them in this story are actually in New Mexico. This was a wonderful book. The characters are great. This is a book about loss and starting over. God sees our whole lives from start to finish but we can't see how certain things are going to work for good like He can. It is also a book about how we can be a light to others in the world. We can make a difference even if it is just planting a small seed. God can use that small seed and bring it into full bloom.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Switched by Bill Myers

Still on their quest to teach TJ Finkelstein the life lessons she’ll need to be a great world leader, 23rd-century goofballs Tuna and Herby are brewing up even more trouble for the new kid in Malibu. As the boys try to repair their futuristic gadgets, a little glitch in their Thought Broadcaster Pen lands TJ in the body of her nemesis, TV star Hesper Breakahart . . . and vice versa. And the plot thickens when Tuna and Herby decide to put TJ’s new look and superstar power to use. The time stumblers set up a concert for “Hesper” as a diversion while they sneak aboard a nuclear submarine and borrow a plutonium power pack—one of the items needed to fuel their time pod and get them out of TJ’s life. Meanwhile, Tuna and Herby are hounded by their own nemesis, Bruce Bruiseabone, who’s having a little trouble with forgiveness . . . a lesson that TJ realizes she might also need to learn as she walks a mile in Hesper’s shoes—and body!


TJ and The Time Stumblers is a series of books. The kids in the story are out to save the world but end up in troublesome situations. They are for ages 7-10. TJ is switched with her worst enemy, a beautiful and snotty TV star. Herby and Tuna have time-traveled back from the 23rd century to help her but end up making more trouble. Other people end up switched around in the process. Walking in others shoes helps show how that person feels and forgiveness is a big theme in this book.

My son, 13, read it and said it was good but for younger kids, he felt. He said it had a good story line but really wasn't something he would choose to read on his own. My daughter, 10, liked it a little better than he did. With the main character being a girl I think that made a difference to her. They loved the funny names that the writer used for the different characters. 

I received a copy of this book free from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. I received no other compensation.


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Monday, January 16, 2012

What Your Son Isn't Telling You: Unlocking The Secret World Of Teen Boys by Michael Ross and Susie Shellenberger

 Keys to Understanding Your Son's Heart and Mind

 Your son struggles with the constant pressure to prove himself--in the classroom, on the playing field, and especially among his friends. And while he may put up a tough exterior, deep inside he hungers for family support and connection. You long to be there for him, but chances are he's put up a formidable wall of silence, leaving you wondering how to break through.

In What Your Son Isn't Telling You, teen experts Michael Ross and Susie Shellenberger offer a rare glimpse into the secret lives of teen boys--behind-the-scenes footage you might miss in the day-to-day life of your son--accompanied by practical advice on how to provide the support and connection your son desperately needs. 

Packed with real-life stories and emails from teen guys, this must-read will give you a new understanding of what your son isn't telling you.

What Your Son Isn't Telling You provides a rare look at the secret lives of teen boys--a world characterized by loneliness and peer fear; one in which measuring up as a man means conforming to a code of always being a tough guy, never showing weakness, and never expressing true feelings. Too many boys feel the constant pressure to prove themselves in classrooms, on playing fields, and especially among their friends. Deep inside they hunger for family support and connection--and long to be accepted by their peers. Each chapter of this must-read book is packed with real-life stories and emails from teen boys that will give parents a new understanding of what their sons aren't telling them.


I got this book because I have a son who will be 13 in a matter of months. I do have an older son already grown and out of the home, but I wanted to be able to understand my younger son better than I did my older one. The whole learning from our mistakes and making better choices as we grow was my motivation. 

This book is a great eye opener for parents into the world of a young man struggling to become a man while still dealing with things as a teenager. I think every parent, mom and dad, should read this book and then take the time to apply what they learn from it. 


Author Bio

Michael Ross is a veteran youth communicator and former editor of Breakaway, a national magazine for teen guys published by Focus on the Family. His online advice column--"HEY MIKE!"--was read by thousands worldwide each month. Michael is also the author of more than 18 books for young people, including the Gold Medallion winner BOOM: A Guy's Guide to Growing Up and a bestselling devotional, Faith That Breathes. He and his wife, Tiffany, live in Colorado Springs with their young son, Christopher, and two cats.

Susie Shellenberger founded Focus on the Family's Brio magazine for teen girls and served as editor for more than two decades. A former youth pastor and a high school teacher, she has written more than 40 books (including What Your Daughter Isn't Telling You) and is in demand as an international speaker for women's groups and teens. She also started the Brio Mother/Daughter Cruise for Focus on the Family. She has been featured on numerous media outlets including It's a New Day, HomeWord with Jim Burns and Moody's Midday Connection. She recently launched Susie, a magazine for teen girls. She lives in Colorado Springs and, in her spare time, enjoys walking her 150-pound St. Bernard and sometimes eating cereal for dinner.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness by Candace Cameron Bure

Millions first met Candace Cameron Bure when she costarred on the hit television series FULL HOUSE. Today, she is that rare Hollywood working mom who maintains a normal life -- no trainer, no nanny, no chef -- and is outspoken about her Christian faith and how it has helped overcome certain a serious struggle with food.

More than a biography, Reshaping It All is a motivational tool putting you on the right track toward a better physical and spiritual fitness regimen that really lasts. In addition to practical advice and fun stories from her family and career, Candace offers a biblical perspective on appetite and self-control that will encourage any woman who longs to reach a new level of freedom.

Embracing a healthier lifestyle begins by moving faith to the forefront, making some wise fundamental choices, and finding your worth in the eyes of God.

This candid account of maintaining a healthy outlook on weight despite the toothpick-thin expectations of show business and the everyday busyness we all feel will reshape your life as well. 


This book has helped me so much to realize some of the road blocks in my life towards a healthy body and mind. She is honest and upfront about the things she went through. She doesn't pretend to be a perfect person who has it all figured out. She just points you in the right direction, to God and His answers to life's issues. 

I would and have recommended this book to anyone that feels they need to reshape their bodies and beyond. I am still working on my fitness goals but with this books they have become less difficult or seem more attainable. 


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Monday, January 2, 2012

A Look Forward

I can't believe that I read over 50 books in 2011. There were many weeks that I didn't read anything but my Bible. There were many weeks that I read 3 books in one week. I LOVE to read. 

Sadly, I didn't do much writing in 2011. I had many excuses for NOT writing. But none of them were really good reasons. It is something I really want to do. I am a member of the national and local Christian Fiction Writer's groups and am on several great email loops for writers. I have many GREAT books on writing. But all of that isn't good for anything if I don't put it into practice.

For 2012 I have set some goals for myself in the area of books. 

Read and review MORE than 50 books. I got a Kindle Fire for Christmas and I download every free book that I find (Christian book). I also will buy books that I know the author is amazing and the price goes down to something I can afford. I also get many books from authors to read their books and review them. I love books! (I said that already, didn't I? It's worth repeating.)

Read all of the writing books I own. I have many great books on the art of writing. Not only do I want to simply read the book but put into practice what they are teaching in each chapter. 

Spend time each day writing. Write at least 1,000 words a day. Doesn't matter what I write at first as long as I can get into the habit of writing each and every day. 

Go to the Dallas Writer's Conference in September. This is a chance the I won't have every year. It is actually in my state, less than an hour from me. It is my chance to learn some great things and to meet some of my wonderful new friends in person! It will cost a bit but it will be so worth every penny. PLUS, I won't have to pay for airfare. I may not get to go the next year depending on where it will be. 

Have a book finished by conference. I can't imagine writing something as good as I have read this year from some fabulous authors but I will allow the Lord to work through me, like they have, and give me the words to put down. 

I think that is more than enough goals for the new year. I am excited about what God has in store for me this year in this area of my life. I can't wait to sit here a year from now and look back on it. It is my prayer that I will have met each of these goals and gone beyond them in some way. 

What goals do you have for the new year?