In Review with Jon S. Lewis | Grey Griffins Series

September 28th, 2013

It’s been awhile since we’ve done an In Review post and gotten a feel for what books are on the horizon. Time to fix that! Joining us this week is author Jon S. Lewis to tell us what’s happening in the YA realm and how you could become a published author in the Grey Griffins anthology! Keep reading to learn more about Jon’s kickstarter campaign.



I vowed to stop writing after my last book. I had an epic case of writer’s block that I thought I’d never get over, but eventually my creativity returned. I didn’t want to write alone, though. It felt overwhelming, so I asked some friends if they’d write with me. So while I write Grey Griffins: Night of Dragons, they’re writing Grey Griffins short stories. Forget that it’s set in a world that I helped create (although I… read more »

Sunday Refreshments | Review of ‘One Thousand Gifts’ (Plus a Giveaway!)

September 8th, 2013

Are you in need of a break? Has life got you feeling weary and stressed? Ann Voskamp shares her story and how to live fully where you are in One Thousand Gifts. Our Nester, Christen, shares a bit about the book and her reactions to it below. Haven’t read One Thousands Gifts? We’d love to gift a copy of the book and these beautiful botanical notebooks to get one reader started on a eucharisteo journey! Leave a comment below letting us know what you are thankful for, and you could win!

About the book

Just like you, Ann Voskamp hungers to live her one life well. Forget the bucket lists that have us escaping our everyday lives for exotic experiences. “How,” Ann wondered, “do we find joy in the midst of deadlines, debt, drama, and daily duties? What does the Christ-life really look like when your days are gritty,… read more »

In Review with Krista McGee I New Adult VS Young Adult

August 17th, 2013

Welcome to a special edition of In Review with Krista McGee, author of Anomaly. Have you heard of the emerging genre called new adult? Perhaps you were like us, scratching our heads wondering what’s the point when we already have a young adult genre. Krista joins us today to give us the scoop on new adults.


What’s the difference between new adult literature and young adult literature? Cora Carmack, a new adult author who recently signed with HarperCollins, says, “Young Adult books are about surviving adolescence and coming of age. New Adult is about how to live your life after that.” She goes on to say, “College is the new high school, and as such that ‘growing up’ phase has been stretched to include a few extra awkward years.”

Carmack’s statements—and her rumored “high six-figure” deal—confirm the fact that new adult literature is more… read more »

In Review | ‘Everyday Easy Recipes’

August 3rd, 2013

Easy Everyday Recipes
by Better Homes and Gardens

About the Book

“More than 200 quick-to-the-table recipes.

If you crave fresh, easy recipes that are fast to make, you’ll savor this photo-filled collection of dishes that can be prepared in 20 minutes or less. Recipes use just a few simple, fresh ingredients, so it’s a snap to make delicious meals like Cornbread-Crusted Chili, Sesame and Ginger Chicken, and Herb-Garlic Beef Roast. You’ll find:

•    Quick and simple everyday recipes for poultry, beef, fish, one-pan and no-bake meals, soups, sandwiches, salads, and more
•    More than 140 gorgeous color photos offering mouthwatering inspiration
•    Readily available, budget-friendly ingredients to yield recipes that satisfy cravings and maximize savings!”

In Review

I. Love. Cooking. First of all, it involves food (hard to go wrong there). And second of all, it involves food. I do love experimenting with different foods and creating dishes I’ve never tried. As much as I… read more »

In Review with Cynthia Ruchti | ‘Havah’

July 20th, 2013

Last Saturday Cynthia Ruchti gave us an insightful look at what makes a good (and bad!) review. You can read it here. She joins us again this week to share a review of her own! After her evaluation, Cynthia dissects her own review and explains how the different aspects are beneficial to others.


by Tosca Lee

About the Book

Click here to watch a book trailer for Havah.

In Review

From the early pages of Tosca Lee’s Havah, an imaginative retelling of the story of Eve from the Bible, I knew I held a treasure in my hands. I also knew it would change my thinking—not away from biblical truth, but to a far deeper understanding of the missing details that flesh out the bare bones story of the first man and woman, their relationship with each other, and their relationship with God.

Havah (the Hebrew name for the woman… read more »

In Review | ‘Critical Care’

June 22nd, 2013

Critical Care
by Candace Calvert

About the Book

“After her brother dies in a trauma room, nurse Claire Avery can no longer face the ER. She’s determined to make a fresh start—new hospital, new career in nursing education—move forward, no turning back. But her plans fall apart when she’s called to offer stress counseling for medical staff after a heartbreaking day care center explosion. Worse, she’s forced back to the ER, where she clashes with Logan Caldwell, a doctor who believes touchy-feely counseling is a waste of time. He demands his staff be as tough as he is. Yet he finds himself drawn to this nurse educator . . . who just might teach him the true meaning of healing.”

In Review

Candace Calvert’s Critical Care offers a heart-warming story, delving deep into the characters’ lives as they struggle with life’s universal issues. Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) says, “‘For I know… read more »

In Review | Women of the Old Testament

June 8th, 2013

Women of the Old Testament
by Gladys Hunt

About the Book

“They were ordinary people. Most would not make headlines in any other history book but God’s. Yet the women of the Old Testament made critical choices that led to extraordinary outcomes. Through faith and strong character, they rescued their families, led people out of bondage, gave birth to kings and even saved a nation.

As you explore with Gladys Hunt the stories of twelve Old Testament women, you will come to understand the far-reaching consequences of your own everyday choices and actions.”

In Review

When I learned my small group was going through a book about women in the Old Testament, I was immediately excited. I couldn’t wait to be inspired by the lives and learn lessons from the great women of faith from long, long ago. My excitement turned to bafflement when I received the teeny tiny book in the mail…. read more »

In Review | ‘Rebecca’

May 25th, 2013

by Daphne du Maurier

About the Book

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again. So the second Mrs. Maxim de Winter remembered the chilling events that led her down the turning drive past the beeches, white and naked, to the isolated gray stone manse on the windswept Cornish coast. With a husband she barely knew, the young bride arrived at this immense estate, only to be inexorably drawn into the life of the first Mrs. de Winter, the beautiful Rebecca, dead but never forgotten . . . her suite of rooms never touched, her clothes ready to be worn, her servant—the sinister Mrs. Danvers—still loyal. And as an eerie presentiment of evil tightened around her heart, the second Mrs. de Winter began her search for the real fate of Rebecca . . . for the secrets of Manderley.”

In Review

Written in 1938, Rebecca was a hit from the beginning… read more »