Have you been asked the question “Have you read this?” I was asked that earlier this week by a person who surprised me when she recommended this particular book,”Save the Date.” Perhaps it was the cover, making the protaganist (writers jargon) look like a cheerleader that had me originally pass this by; but knowing my friend has great taste in books, I dove into “Save the Date,” and couldn’t put it down until the last page.
Jenny B. Jones won two 2010 Carol Awards for her works Just Between You and Me and I’m So Sure in the Charmed Life Series . Save the Date has also garnered 16 (now 17, with my vote) 5 star reviews on our CBD website. The story line is hilarious, but to add an even greater dimension to the book, Jenny B. Jones talks about a very real problem in our society today. When the kids get out of the foster care system at 18, many still have no life skills AND nowhere to go. Jenny B. Jones artfully addresses this issue while having you and Alex wrapped around her little finger with her funny witticisms. You’ll love the book!
Have you watched a movie like Pretty Woman, where impossible relationships are possible? Sprinkle in the magic dust of God’s love and power and you’ve got Lilies in Moonlight by Allison Pittman; a charming love story mixed a bit of flapper, the gilded age, God’s wonderful power to heal broken hearts and spirits. Lilies in Moonlight will hold a gentle spot in your heart.
After I slowly read Freedom’s Stand, to try and assimilate every word and understand the surrounding elements of the story; from the cultural norm that the women have to endure, to their danger just walking the streets unescorted. What an eye-opening experience it is to journey through Freedom’s Stand. To better understand the back story and the amazing author behind the story you must read Jeanette Windle’s equally compelling interview. Here’s a small excerpt:
What is your greatest achievement?
Wow, that is quite a question since I’ve never considered anything I’ve done a particularly noteworthy accomplishment. Beyond the delights and challenges of raising to adulthood four children while maintaining reasonable sanity, I would say that the achievements that bring me most joy–and they are hardly mine, but God’s!–are the human souls, especially the children, I’ve seen come to Christ during thirty-plus years now of ministry. When I first opened a FaceBook account a year or so back, I was astounded to get an FB message from Bolivia, where we served in missions for sixteen years. The writer posted: “Do you remember when you were my AWANA commander in Sucre [Bolivian highlands]? When I was ten years old, you were the first person ever to tell me I could possibly become a pastor someday. I am sending you a picture of my church. I am now the senior pastor.”
As a non-techie, I will admit to reluctance in jumping on the social network bandwagon, but I have been delighted to hear from so many children and adults with whom I’ve ministered around the world who are now serving God in ministry, as pastors, even missionaries–and who most astoundingly now have access to internet and FaceBook in their distant corners of the planet. They are one achievement I can look forward to rejoicing over face-to-face when we all reach heaven-side.
You won’t want to miss reading the entire interview! If ever there was a book that should be used in Book Discussion Groups Veiled Freedom should be a first choice selection!
Have you ever wondered why King David, a man so intimately connected with God, could commit adultery and murder? Jill Eileen Smith does a remarkable job in Bathsheba painting a plausible picture of how this could happen. Depression, vulnerability and loneliness all play a part of David’s…and Bathsheba’s very human weakness. Bathsheba transports you back to that point in time and immerses you into the life of King David and Bathsheba. Jill Eileen Smith is a truly gifted writer!