Friday, July 31, 2020

The Black Midnight by Kathleen Y'Barbo

I enjoyed this latest addition to the True Colors series, novels based on historical mysteries. Each novel is written by a different author so the quality and style of writing differs. I have read them all and this one is one of my favorites.

I am impressed at how Y'Barbo wove the known facts of the two 1880s serial murder cases, the first ones in Houston and the ones following in London, into a very readable story. I liked the fictional introduction of the two genuine Pinkerton detectives into the mix. I liked Alice Ann. I like how Y'Barbo crafted her as in the royal British line. She is a bright young woman with an investigative mind. While her father prevented her from pursuing her abilities in London, a friend gets her the Pinkerton job in Chicago. On assignment in Houston, she is paired with the handsome Isaiah. I liked that Alice kept her royal lineage secret. She wanted to be respected for what she could do, not for her royal identity. And the budding romance between Alice and Isaiah is done well and reminds me of the recent royal family experiences of marrying for love.

Y'Barbo includes information at the back of the book so we readers know exactly which parts of the book are fiction and which are factual.

I really enjoyed the novel. It was well crafted with a style of writing that kept me reading. There is suspense only at the very end but the pace of the investigation kept me interested in the unfolding details of the Houston and London murders. I'll be watching for the next novel by Y'Barbo.

My rating: 5/5 stars.

Kathleen Y'Barbo is the author of more than 100 books with over two million copies in print in the U.S. and abroad. She is a multiple Carol Award and RITA nominee. She is a paralegal and tenth generation Texan. She and her husband live just north of Houston. You can find out more at https://kathleenybarbo.com/

Barbour Books, 256 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Well, Girl by Jami Amerine

Wow. This gal has an attitude. She wants readers to be who God created us to be, irrespective of size and shape. We belong to Jesus and there is no one to accuse us, to shame us.

Amerine is honest about her own experiences. She's blunt on a number of subjects. She freely shares her opinions. She doesn't hide the scars and encourages us not to hide them too.

This is a book about being well, spiritually and physically. Amerine shares her struggles with weight, appearance, and exercise but also shares the freedom she has found in her relationship with Jesus. The bottom line she calls Beloved Living: Seek Jesus in all things, discern thoughts about ourselves and where they come from, and make peace with ourselves including who we are in Jesus.

My favorite chapter was the one on creativity. Amerine found that her painting and writing allowed her joy to come out. She was no longer trying to stuff down feelings or trying to make herself feel better with food.

And speaking of food, Amerine encourages us to get in tune with our Creator. She prays about it all, from food to medications to exercise. What freedom we can find when we listen to the One who designed us.

This is a good book for women who want to get off the diet and exercise treadmill and get on the path of living in relationship with Jesus, letting Him guide your lives. You'll be entertained with great stories and an honest writing style that is a breath of fresh air. And you'll be encouraged to pursue “the grand adventure He intended just for you.” (115)

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Jami Amerine has a Master's Degree in Education, Counseling, and Human Development. She is a popular blogger and speaker. She lives in North Houston with her family. You can find out more at https://sacredgroundstickyfloors.com/

Barbour, 256 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

The Silent Wife by Karin Slaughter

Every once and a while I read a mystery that has everything I like and think, this is how mysteries should be written. The characters are captivating with believable issues. The plot is engaging, alternating between a current murder investigation and an unfinished investigation from years ago. The original investigation is revealed in flash back chapters as the current investigation covers similar territory but with new evidence and insights. Then, about ten percent from the end comes the clue that blows the whole investigation wide open.

I've read a few of Slaughter's novels and have been impressed each time. This one is a long one at nearly 500 pages but I was never bored and the pace never lagged. It contains a good balance of character development and investigative procedure. I will be looking for the next novel from Slaughter.

My rating: 5/5 stars.

Karin Slaughter is a New York Times bestselling author with 35 million copies of her nineteen novels in print, in 37 languages. She is a native of Georgia and currently lives in Atlanta.

William Morrow, 498 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Back to God Blog Tour and Giveaway


About the Book


Book:  Back to God
Author: Tim Witte
Genre:  Nonfiction
Release Date: January 27, 2020

Back to God: The Journey of Hope through a Broken World is a timeless, grace-filled message from the Bible to bring us back to God.

Sometimes we long not for escape but to find our way in the midst of the questions burning in our minds. Who can I trust? Do I have meaning? What hope do I have?

In a society where nothing is permanent, technological advances increase our sense of vulnerability, and relationships come and go, we long for one unchanging element in which we can trust and rest in wholeheartedly without fear. We long for hope. Author Tim Witte conveys just that with Back to God, offering foundational principles from the timeless truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ:
  • the message of unfailing hope that meets us in our broken world
  • a promise from the only one who cannot lie and who will not fail
  • a powerful word from God to bring us back to God
Back to God is neither academic nor profoundly apologetic but is a truthful, down-to-earth dialogue filled with illustrations that will resonate with readers who long for true answers from the Bible for life’s biggest problems.

Click here to get your copy!

My Review

This is a good introduction to the gospel and apologetic for this generation. Witte combines his own experiences and those of others with insights from the Bible to show the need for God in our culture. He shows that true meaning in life only comes when God is recognized and trusted with believing faith. This is a good book to give to those who understand that something is not right in the world. It will help them find what they are longing for, the grace of God and salvation in Jesus Christ. It is also a good book for believers to read, being refreshed in the truths of the gospel.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

About the Author


Writer and veteran Bible teacher Tim Witte holds a bachelor’s in Bible and Greek from Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee, and studied computer science at Austin Peay State University. He lives in northern Indiana with his wife of thirty years. They have three daughters, two sons-in-law, and two grandsons. Tim enjoys teaching Bible classes at his church, woodworking, barbecuing, and spending time with family.


More from Tim

If I Should Die Before I Wake

Next to a chainsaw, the most dangerous tool you could find in my hand is a rhyming dictionary. The good news is I have not touched a chainsaw for months. The bad news is I recently dusted off New Rhyming Dictionary and Poetry Handbook. My subject is prayer so maybe, with much prayer, I can do more good than harm.

A Child’s Prayer


Writing Back To God made me reflect on the people and events God used in preserving my life and leading me to faith in Christ. Though I did not have a clear understanding of the gospel as a child, my parents laid a good foundation with biblical truths about God and myself. One of my earliest memories is of my Mom stooping beside my bed and having me repeat this prayer:
Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep;
If I should die before I wake,
I pray the Lord my soul to take.
That nightly routine and the words of that little prayer helped establish a Godward orientation to my life. Not every child receives that. I learned some vital truths at a very young age:

  • I learned I could pray to God. What a concept! Many PhDs have not figured that out.
  • I learned I was not ready to go to sleep until I had said my prayers. I don’t speak of praying in that way now; it sounds more ritualistic than personal. Yet, it conveyed the priority of praying to God.
  • I learned that God could protect me, but I should not presume upon that protection. I should ask for it.
  • The third line presents the possibility of death. It would have been bizarre and borderline cruel if, night after night, my mother had said, “Now remember Timmy, you might die in your sleep. Good night!” However, prayer is serious business, and I can talk to God about the scariest stuff.
  • Additionally, I learned my eternal destiny was not to be taken for granted; it was to be a matter of prayer. Ultimately, God would decide where I ended up.

As one would expect, my prayers became more varied and improvised as I matured. For most of my adolescence, I continued a somewhat sporadic pattern of prayer at night.

Gospel-ignited Prayer


However, the time came while in the Army when I ceased to pray. I recount some of this in Back to God. My life was a sinful mess. The last thing I wanted to think about was what happens “if I should die before I wake.” For prayer to be possible one has to have hope, but I was hopeless. Prayer would only be reawakened in me when another soldier brought me God’s message of hope.
Interestingly, my evangelist started the conversation by asking, “Tim, do you know where you would go if you died tonight?” From there, he proceeded to share the gospel of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. That prompted me to read the Bible, and particularly the book of Romans. I was overwhelmed by the astonishing message of God’s grace. Then the flame of prayer was reignited when I read, “For ‘everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved'” (Rom. 10:13). God heard my cry that day, and now I have the Holy Spirit dwelling in me and teaching me to cry, “Abba! Father!” (Rom. 8:15).
So recited prayers can be powerful tools for instructing small children about themselves and God. Such prayers may help them form a daily habit of praying. However, only the gospel has power to kindle the eternal flame of prayer in our hearts.

A Responsive Prayer


You may want to take cover now as I am about to wax poetic. Understanding the role that prayers can have in teaching important theological truths and the necessity of the gospel to ignite prayer in the heart, I recently composed a responsive bedtime prayer for my daughter and son-in-law to use with their young sons. I patterned it after the prayer my mother taught me, but I filled it with gospel hope.
Child:
As I lay me down, I pray,
Thank you Jesus for this day.
By your grace forgive my sin,
Make me true and clean within.
Parent:
Holy Jesus guard your sheep,
For you died our souls to keep.
Keep us trusting in your grace,
Till we see you face to face.

Blog Stops

Artistic Nobody, July 29 (Author Interview)
Simple Harvest Reads, August 1 (Author Interview)
My Devotional Thoughts, August 3 (Author Interview)
Library Lady's Kid Lit, August 6 (Author Interview)
Mary Hake, August 8
Blossoms and Blessings, August 9 (Author Interview)
God is Love, August 9

Giveaway


To celebrate his tour, Tim is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a signed copy of the book!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. My comments are an independent and honest review. The rest of the copy of this post was provided by Celebrate Lit.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)

Direct Threat Blog Tour


About the Book


Book:  Direct Threat
Author: Kimberly Rose Johnson
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: June 1 2020
One little girl.
Two bodyguards.
Only one chance to guard their hearts.

Protection Inc. co-owner, Carissa Jones, an ex-cop turned bodyguard, has one goal—keep her young client safe. When her business partner brings in a new guy to help, she discovers her heart desires more. Can she still do her job and follow her heart without compromising her client’s safety?

Marc Olsen, a former Military Police officer, struggles to find his way as a civilian. He agrees to help out an old friend for the summer. He gets more than he bargained for when he’s assigned to work with the feisty co-owner of Protection Inc.

When sparks fly faster than bullets, will the bodyguards be distracted from their task, or will they work together as an even stronger team?

Click here to get your copy!

My Review

I enjoyed this novel, heavier on the romance than the suspense. The job of protecting a tween might be hard enough but Olivia is a handful. I had trouble liking her and felt she could have been more responsible, knowing the danger she was in. I did like Carissa. She seems like a great character to run a protection company. I had trouble liking Marc as I felt he had too much testosterone running through him, distracting him from his job. My preference is a suspense novel where the romance is specifically put on the back burner until the case is over.

There were a few twists in this novel although most of them were easy to anticipate. Nonetheless, this is an enjoyable novel with a clear Christian faith message.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

About the Author


Award winning author Kimberly Rose Johnson married her college sweetheart and lives in the Pacific Northwest. From a young child Kimberly has been an avid reader. That love of reading fostered a creative mind and led to her passion for writing. She especially loves romance and writes contemporary romance that warms the heart and feeds the soul.
Kimberly holds a degree in Behavioral Science from Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington, and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.
You can sign up for Kimberly’s newsletter via her website at: https://kimberlyrjohnson.com/

More from Kimberly


Direct Threat is the first book in the Protection Inc. series. The series follows a group of bodyguards who are all either former cops or military police. They are on location in Lincoln City on the Oregon coast in book one, but their business is based out of Seattle.

I’ve been to Lincoln City more times than I can remember, but I took a research trip there with my husband, specifically for this book.

While in Lincoln City my husband and I walked the same beach my characters walk. I studied the access points to the cliffside homes from the vantage point of the beach, as this was an important aspect in the story. We also visited the ice cream shop mentioned in the book. You’ll understand significance of the shop when you read the story.

My writing career has taken some twists and turns. When I first began writing in 2006 I wrote romantic suspense. Then switched over to writing contemporary romance, which turned out to be the genre of my first contracted book and many more after that. After writing several romantic mystery novels for my publisher, I decided to dust off my romantic suspense manuscripts and publish them. Direct Threat is one of those manuscripts.

I absolutely love reading and writing suspense as well as romance, so joining the two together comes naturally for me. I hope you will read and enjoy this story.

You can learn more about Kimberly Rose Johnson and her books at https://kimberlyrjohnson.com/


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I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. My comments are an independent and honest review. The rest of the copy of this post was provided by Celebrate Lit.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)

Saturday, July 25, 2020

The Power of Small by Aisling Leonard-Curtin and Trish Leonard-Curtin

Getting this this book is a life time investment. I like the premise. We want a big change – all at once. We get going then crash and burn. The authors suggest small steps are the answer. These are manageable steps taking 5-10 minutes a day.

There is a great deal of information this this book on a variety of personal issues. One of my favorites was preventing end of life regret. A practical suggestion is to connect with what is important to us on a daily basis, even if it is only for a few moments. (Loc 1526/3137) Something else I like is the emphasis on writing, such as daily journaling.

And you'll need a journal. This is not only a book to read. It is a book to work through with tons of questions to answer and practical strategies to consider. A variety of suggestions are presented to help work through personal issues. They might be small shifts in perspectives or habits. They might be questions to work through to help take small steps toward a better self

I am glad the authors are realistic as well as practical. They note that some of these strategic practices might make us feel worse before we feel better. They point out that if all this growth felt good, there would be no need for counselors and self-help books. (Loc 2113/3137)

I highly recommend this book. Grab a notebook and get to work. This is not a book about why small steps work. It is rather a book to help you identify the small steps you need to take to be the best you. I think you will be impressed with the suggested practical steps to take from clarifying your values to changing your thinking.

You can read an excerpt here.

My rating: 5/5 stars.

Aisling Leonard-Curtin is a chartered psychologist, international speaker, trainer and author. She is a peer-reviewed acceptance and commitment therapy trainer and a functional analytical psychotherapy trainer.
Dr. Trish Leonard-Curtin is a psychologist, speaker, trainer, and author. She has trained in dialectical behavior therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and functional analytical therapy. She serves as co-director of ACT Now Purposeful Living.

St Martin's Essentials, 384 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)

Friday, July 24, 2020

The Beautiful Ashes of Gomez Gomez Blog Tour


About the Book:

When his wife, Angel, is killed in a head-on collision, Gomez Gomez feels he can't go on – so he doesn't. He spends his days in the bushes next to the crash site drinking Thunderbird wine, and his nights cradling a coffee can full of Angel's ashes. Slow, sure suicide, with no one for company but the snakes, Elvis's ghost, and a strange kid named Bones.

Across town, Father Jake Morales plays it safe, haunted by memories of the woman he left behind, hiding his guilt, loss, and love behind a thick wall of cassock and ritual. Then a shady business deal threatens the town – and his good friend Gomez Gomez – and Father Jake can't just stand by and watch. But what happens when the rescuer is the one in need of saving?

The Beautiful Ashes of Gomez Gomez is quirky, heartfelt, and deeply human. Lives and hopes collide in the town of Paradise, stretching across decades and continents in this epic story of forgiveness, redemption, and love.

You can read an excerpt here.

My Review:

It took a long time for this book to grab me. It was not until about the last 40 pages I was really happy I was reading it. While I appreciated the ending and was moved by it, I am not sure it made up for the slow pace of the rest of the book. I just could not find the characters engaging. They almost seemed liked caricatures of real people. Each of the characters was flawed but almost to a debilitating extreme. And the plot seemed absent, void of structure for much of the novel. The story just seemed to ramble along for quite some time.

I was not amazed at Storm's writing style. The novel seems to be something like magical realism with talking snakes and the ghost of Elvis appearing often. Some of the writing was lyrical in almost an other worldly way but the pace was slow. For much of the novel I wondered if something really life changing would ever happen.

And there were a couple of pet peeves in this novel. One is a dream Gomez Gomez had. We don't find out it is a dream for some time. I thought it was a flash back at first. I don't like it when an author does not identify a dream right off. And then there was the confusing way of addressing Paradise Chief of Police Matthias Galt. Sometimes he was identified as Officer Galt in the text, not just in dialogue. I can see people referring to him in various ways in dialogue but not the author doing so in the text.

The last 40 pages or so of the novel made it into a story of forgiveness, restored love and new beginnings. Readers who don't mind a rambling story leading up to that point will appreciate the novel.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

About the Author:

Buck Storm is a critically acclaimed author and musician whose stories have found friends around the world. His nonfiction work includes Finding Jesus in Israel, and Through the Holy Land on the Road Less Traveled. His novels include The List, The Light, Truck Stop Jesus, and The Miracle Man. He and his wife live in North Idaho and have two married children. You can learn more at www.buckstorm.com and find him on Facebook (@buckstormauthor), Twitter (@buckstormauthor) and Instagram (@buckstorm).

Kregel Publications, 352 pages. 


I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review. The rest of the copy of this post was provided by the publisher.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)

Thursday, July 23, 2020

God on the Brain by Bradley L Sickler

This book turned out to be a little different than what I was expecting. Based on the subtitle, I was expecting a report on the latest findings of cognitive science as they relate to my Christian faith. When I came to this quote, I knew the book would be something different. “At present only a small number of studies exist on the relation between neural activity and religious behavior,” Sickler says. (Loc 996/2505) The studies mostly revolve around meditating, not the accounts we read about in the Bible where people encounter God. There seem to be no definitive results, Sickler says, as there are a variety of ways spiritual practices can affect various processes in the brain. (Loc 1026/2505)

The book really isn't about cognitive science as much as it is about science in general and how it philosophically relates to faith. Sickler explores what scientists says about the existence of the soul, the non-material aspect of humans, and argues for its existence. He explores truth and whether science is the only way to know truth. He explores the nature of materialism, the arguments from evolution, and the nature of knowledge. He also has a good exploration of free will.

Sickler argues that humans are meant to know God and be in a relationship with Him. He explores morality and concludes moral action is meaningless in the naturalistic sphere and only makes sense when we recognize God has wired us for morality.

One argument of his was new to me. Some might argue that the whole concept of God arises in the human brain and therefore God does not exist objectively. Sickler suggests that, just because the concept of God passes through the brain, it does not mean the concept originates in the brain. It is the same as an awareness of seeing a giraffe. That the awareness of the giraffe's existence is in the brain and that the awareness can even be replicated by stimulation does not mean the giraffe does not exist objectively. (Loc 1157/2505)

This is a philosophical look at what science (in general) says about the brain and belief in God. If you are looking for the findings of recent cognitive science studies in relation to faith, you may be disappointed. If you want a philosophical argument that science in no way precludes faith in God, then this is your book.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Bradley L Sickler (PhD, Purdue University) is an associate professor of philosophy and the program director for the master of arts in theological studies program at the University of Northwestern, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Crossway, 208 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Inspired Artistry Blog Tour


About the Book


Book:  Inspired Artistry
Author: Pamela Poole
Genre:  Non-fiction, Devotional
Release Date: March 30, 2020

Spirit-filled creative expression is an outreach for Christians to be ambassadors of the Kingdom.
This insightful devotional explores how the imprint of our Creator on all mankind makes it natural for Christians to embrace their unique gifts. Through Scripture, true stories, prayer, and study questions, readers will explore how every person born has a meaningful gift to contribute joy and beauty in the world. Led by the Holy Spirit, believers can live higher than the corrupting influences that distort Christ’s intent for our personal Inspired Artistry.

The pages of Inspired Artistry contain delightful illustrations and pages for readers who journal to write their own “Inspired Musings.”

Click here to get your copy!

My Review

I was pleasantly surprised with the depth of the devotionals in this book. I liked her emphasis on the spiritual nature of one's work and that it is not to be “self expression.” That caught my attention and made me think about it. A devotional topic that surprised me was on the problems that will come with artistic expression, both internal and external.

There were other surprises in the book, such as Poole's discussion about listening to music, whether sacred or secular. There were experiences with galleries, such as having her work displayed next to objectionable paintings. She also shares the pitfalls in joining artistic groups when they contain people who are not like minded. The gift of creativity is a blessing, Poole notes, but sharing it with the world will cost you something. (Loc 929/1246)

You will find good encouragement in this devotional to pursue the gifting God has given you. You'll find a realistic look at the artistic world today. You'll get some good lessons in ethics. You will also be challenged to develop your gift for the glory of God alone.

“You have a purpose for existing and gifts to share for the time you are given to walk this earth.” (Loc 254/1246)

My rating: 4/5 stars.

About the Author


Pamela Poole’s love for the South inspires all her books and paintings. She and her husband Mark currently live in Raleigh, NC, but she’s hoping to get back home to the Lowcountry of SC someday.
If making her fictional stories public was a step of faith, writing her first devotional was a leap! Believing all Christians have a sphere of influence, she wanted to be certain that sharing her views was a process grounded in Scripture. Pamela believes nothing is wasted for a child of God. Using examples learned through challenging experiences, she reveals accounts of true events that only her family knew about before. Years of teaching art, teaching Bible Studies, leadership roles, membership in guilds and associations, mentoring, painting, exhibiting, and writing books has provided her with a wealth of hard-won lessons to share.
Pamela lives life loving Jesus and her family as a wife, mother, and Gigi, and she is blessed with true friends. She is a member of the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society and PaintNC. Readers and art enthusiasts alike can enjoy her Youtube channel for painting demos, art history lessons and projects, and peeks into an author’s life. Her blog can be found on her art and publishing websites. Her illustrations for FREE coloring pages are her contribution to a cause she cares about, the healing that happens through art, and they can be downloaded on her websites. To enjoy the latest content, sign up for her newsletters and follow Pamela Poole, Artist and Author and Southern Sky Publishing on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

More from Pamela


“I don’t have a talented bone in my body.”
“I can’t even make stick people.”
“I’ve never taken art classes.”
As an artist, teacher, author, and craft lover, I’ve heard statements like these all my life. My favorite is when my art students came to the first class saying, “I can’t even draw a straight line!” Flashing them my most engaging smile, I would respond brightly, “Me, either! I always use a ruler.”
Every person on the planet has a special gift of creativity. It is the stamp of our Maker, in whose image we are made. From the opening verses of the Bible, creativity is the first attribute that God reveals about Himself to mankind.
Christians have talents, but they do not think of them as creativity or as having any value in their faith or outreach to the world. Inspired Creativity—Embracing the Creative Calling is my first devotional, written to encourage my sisters and brothers in Christ to discover and develop their unique gifts. I base the book on the authority of Scripture, and I use personal stories to apply the biblical principles to real situations.
Many people shy away from their talents because of the rejection and ridicule they could face from those whose tastes run differently. I understand this well and have the scars to prove it after decades of participating in professional organizations, art exhibitions, classes, art galleries, and the online book market. Readers can look at any author’s reviews and see they will range from mean and scathing to helpful and glowing. By publishing this devotional, I have set myself up for criticism by sharing what I’ve learned and how it all fits into a biblical Christian worldview. Knowing how vulnerable creative Christians feel, I point out in this book that if we are abiding in Christ and following His lead, our work is inspired as both a healing, spiritual growth activity for our souls and something He may call us to share. We must get past our dread and remember we work to please Jesus, not mankind. Since when did Christ’s enemy not attack those who talk about Him or reach out in His name?
When writing Inspired Artistry, I faced a few scary moments when relating experiences in my creative life that only my husband and son knew had happened. But nothing is wasted when believers walk with Christ, and I obeyed the tug on my heart and the spiritual certainty that I traveled those roads for such a time as this. It is my prayer that readers will discover and embrace their creative gifts for their role as ambassadors of the Kingdom to come!
Note to readers who color and journal: the print version of this devotional has coloring and journaling pages.


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I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. My comments are an independent and honest review. The rest of the copy of this post was provided by Celebrate Lit.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)