The Reality of Parenting by Champ Thornton

November 19th, 2017

There’s no doubt about it . . . parenting is complicated. In the midst of the wonderful busyness of raising children, Champ Thornton challenges parents to remember a simple instruction—help your children live in reality. Keep reading to find out what this looks like and how the Proverbs can help! Plus, be sure to grab of copy of Champ’s latest book, Pass It On!

“Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children. Now I have six children and no theories.”

This quip supposedly comes from 17th-century author John Wilmot, but most any parent could echo its sentiment. Parenting is complicated. Every child is made in the image of God, unique, and multi-faceted. The complexity grows as each additional child enters the family.  And complications multiply as the relationship between each child and every other family member also requires attention. No wonder parenting is one of the… read more »

What Happened When I Finally Opened the Gift by Lucinda Secrest McDowell

November 17th, 2017

With the holidays coming up, don’t miss out on opening the most important gifts. Lucinda Secrest McDowell joins us today to about share about the ordinary graces waiting for you each day. Plus, celebrate the release of Lucinda’s new book, Ordinary Graces,  and grace your holiday season with a $75 Etsy gift card giveaway! Click here to learn more and enter.

From his fullness we have all received grace upon grace~ John 1:16

“Sometimes I blurt out words that hurt other people. In trying to hide my insecurity, I become bossy, controlling and impatient. With ears tickled by the praise of others, my mood can fluctuate from joyful to despondent on the whim of someone’s opinion. But I don’t want to be this way! I often

wonder if anyone will ever really love me.”

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I was “that girl.”

Striving. Enslaved. Rigid. Yes, a Christ-follower. Carrying around God’s… read more »

Story Spotlight on ‘Murder in Disguise’

November 15th, 2017

A story of murder, a rumored secret life, and anonymous threats—don’t miss book three, Murder in Disguise, of Donn Taylor’s Preston Barclay Mystery series! Visiting professor Preston Barclay decides to investigate the department chairman’s mysterious death. The more Press questions, the more dangerous the threats against him become, and the more determined he grows to clear his friend’s name. Can Press’ stumbling efforts prevail against the entrenched forces of the police, the campus radicals, and an unseen but powerful criminal organization that increasingly puts lives in danger?

Keep reading to learn more about Donn and get a sneak peak at what he’s working on next! Plus, be sure to grab a copy of Murder in Disguise!

Donn Taylor’s Writing Favorites

What are your ideal writing conditions?

They are internal rather than external, and they are not entirely within the control of the writer. There are times when the mind is hitting on… read more »

Winner Announced from Hope Toler Dougherty’s ‘Rescued Hearts’ Giveaway

November 14th, 2017

Hope Toler Dougherty, author of Rescued Hearts, is pleased to announce the winner from the Kindle Fire Giveaway.

Congratulations to the winner:

Sheila Hall

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The Story Behind ‘Ordinary Graces’

November 14th, 2017

Are you ready to receive gifts of ordinary grace and abundant life from God and His Word? Join Lucinda Secrest McDowell in focusing on one word a day through devotional readings and short benedictions in her new book, Ordinary Graces. God has given us many gifts, such as his grace—the gift we don’t deserve and can never earn. Promises from the One who declares we are already loved, already accepted, already created in his image. The question becomes, will we truly receive that gift? Will the reality of it actually change the way we think and notice and reach out?

Plus, celebrate the release of Lucinda’s new book and grace your holiday season with a $75 Etsy gift card giveaway! Click here to learn more and enter.


Tells us a bit about your book—what inspired you to write it?

Ordinary Graces offers 120 daily devotions that are simultaneously short yet… read more »

The Story Behind ‘Rescued Hearts’

November 8th, 2017

In Hope Toler Dougherty’s new novel, Rescued Hearts, children’s clothing designer Mary Wade Kimball’s soft spot for animals leads to a hostage situation when she spots a briar-entangled kitten in front of an abandoned house. Discovering the kidnapped woman ratchets the complications for undercover agent Brett Davis. Brett forsakes his three-month mission and helps her escape, the bent-on-revenge brutes following behind . . . and then Mary Wade’s safety is threatened once more.

Read the story behind Rescued Hearts to learn more. Plus, cozy up this fall with Hope’s new book and enter to win a Kindle Fire! Click here to learn more and enter.

Tell us a bit about the story behind your latest novel. Where did you find inspiration?

I live in the country on land that’s been in my family for generations. For exercise, I ride my bike on our two-lane roads. One afternoon a couple of years ago, I… read more »

Winner Announced from Hayley DiMarco’s ‘A Woman Overwhelmed’ Giveaway

November 6th, 2017

Hayley DiMarco, author of A Woman Overwhelmed, is pleased to announce the winner from the $75 Visa Cash Card Giveaway.

Congratulations to the winner:

Melissa Storms

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Character Interview Hazel Blackwell DeFord from ‘Bringing Maggie Home’

November 6th, 2017

Dive into the story of a seventy-year-old unsolved mystery spanning three generations of women in Kim Vogel Sawyer’s new book, Bringing Maggie HomeWhen a traffic accident forces Meghan to take a six-week leave-of-absence to recover, all three generations of DeFord women find themselves unexpectedly under the same roof. Meghan knows she will have to act as a mediator between her headstrong and contentious mother and grandmother. Will Meghan also be able to use her investigative prowess to solve the family mystery and help both women recover all that’s been lost?

Read our character interview with Hazel to learn more!

What is the most interesting thing about you?

I can’t imagine anyone finding any part of my life or myself terribly interesting. I come from a humble background, and I try to live a simple life that pleases my Lord and Savior. If there’s anything of interest hiding in my day,… read more »