Missing Issac by Valerie Fraser Luesse

There was another South in the 1960s, one far removed from the marches and bombings and turmoil in the streets that were broadcast on the evening news. It was a place of inner turmoil, where ordinary people struggled to right themselves on a social landscape that was dramatically shifting beneath their feet. This is the world of Valerie Fraser Luesse’s stunning debut, Missing Isaac.

It is 1965 when black field hand Isaac Reynolds goes missing from the tiny, unassuming town of Glory, Alabama. The townspeople’s reactions range from concern to indifference, but one boy will stop at nothing to find out what happened to his unlikely friend. White, wealthy, and fatherless, young Pete McLean has nothing to gain and everything to lose in his relentless search for Isaac. In the process, he will discover much more than he bargained for. Before it’s all over, Pete–and the people he loves most–will have to blur the hard lines of race, class, and religion. And what they discover about themselves may change some of them forever.

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Journaling with Jesus: How to Draw Closer to God by Carol Round


“Journaling with Jesus is a creative call to an authentic, intimate relationship with Christ through the art of prayer-journaling. Author Carol Round openly shares her own intimate journaling journey, initially borne of pain, and now bathed in promise—the hope of healing in Jesus. Let her sensitively guide you along your own prayer path through balanced scriptural support, stories from the lives of women transformed through the power of journaling, encouraging explanations about the benefits of journaling, and timely tips about how to start. Allow Journaling with Jesus to take you deep into the heart of God, by showing you practically and inspirationally how to bare the depths of your own heart on the blank page. As you fill your journal with words of honesty, God will fill your heart with the wonder of His love.” —LYNN D. MORRISSEY, author of Love Letters to God: Deeper Intimacy Through Written Prayer “The initiative of God to restore relationship with every person requires our engagement. The age-old battle to create space to spend time with Him can be supported by the spiritual discipline of keeping a journal. Carol Round understands this. I encourage your pursuit of this commitment as you read Journaling with Jesus.” —STEVE LASWELL, author of The Journey–A Personal Journal and The Journey–Personal Notes from the Father

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The Coronation (The Tales of Tarsurella Trilogy, #1) by Olivia Jarmusch


Prince Addison is only several weeks away from inheriting the Kingdom of Tarsurella. The entire Palace is ablaze with excitement, as the Royal Family prepares for the event of a lifetime. Despite the exciting event which is near at hand, Addison and his younger siblings (all seven of them!) must carry on with their daily activities. Addison’s sisters, Princesses Bridget, Chasity, and Hope, have their struggles with being iconic European starlets of a modern day monarchy. The teen heiresses grace magazine covers, smile for photoshoots, and gracefully glide through important interviews–until a certain American popstar arrives on the scene. Kennetic Energy, the wildly popular band from the United States, is chosen to play at Addison’s Coronation. David Carter, the band’s handsome lead singer, fumbles through awkward moments with Princess Hope–in front of the cameras. When an embarrassing rumor sparks that Princess Hope is dating the young fellow, she is determined to get the band fired from their Royal gig. Meanwhile, Princess Chasity is dealing with her own fragile affairs of the heart. Her new security guard, Hanson Fletcher, is completely captivating, yet entirely frustrating. She attempts to keep the entrance of her heart firmly protected, while following the wisdom of Proverbs 4:23. But can she be successful in guarding her heart, from her security guard? The Coronation is Book #1 in The Tales of Tarsurella Trilogy.

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2018 Reading Resolutions

I decided to do the same reading resolution list as last year, but I’m also trying to read more nonfiction. 🙂

“For Nonfiction, I read” list: Note….read at least 30.

  1. Secret Keeper Girls: The Power of Modesty for Tweens by Dannah Gresh
  2. 10 Ultimate Truths Girls Should Know by Kari Kampakis
  3. Journaling With Jesus: How to Draw Closer to God by Carol Round
  4. *currently reading -Liked: Whose Approval Are You Living For? by Kari Kampakis

Rules for the reading resolutions:

•Read as many books as you’d like, but please only list one for each goal.
•The book has to be read in 2018.
•Don’t skim the books you are reading. It’s way more exciting to enjoy them and go at your own pace. 🙂

So far, 6/72 completed. Also I keep adding to the list. 😛 Notes: ✔ and

  1. Read a book where the author is from your home state.
  2. Read a book where the main character has the same eye color as you.
  3. Read a classic.
  4. Read a historical fiction.
  5. Read a graphic novel.
  6. Read a book that you read when you were a child.
  7. Read a book with a red cover.
  8. Read a book where the main character is a child.  Meet Molly: An American Girl
  9. Read a bestseller.
  10. Read a book set in a different country.
  11. Read a mystery.
  12. Read an award-winning book.
  13. Read a book that has been on the “to read” list for a very long time.
  14. Read a book that your favorite author recommends.
  15. Read a teen book.
  16. Read a book from the inspirational section.
  17. Read a book recommended by a friend or blogger.
  18. Read a non-fiction book that is not in the Dewey 900s.
  19. Read a biography.
  20. Read a fantasy.
  21. Read a book with a one-word title.
  22. Read a children’s picture book.  Pinkie Pie Throws a Party
  23. Read a youth fiction book.
  24. Read a youth non-fiction book.
  25. Read a play or script.
  26. Read a book that is over 500 pages.
  27. Read a holiday book.
  28. Read a book where the main character is a boy.
  29. Read a book that has been made into a movie.
  30. Read a book set in a war era.
  31. Read a book published in 2018.
  32. Read a book that has a title that makes you go, “Hmm”.
  33. Read a book that is over 400 pages.
  34. Read a book set in the future.
  35. Read a book with a horse in it.
  36. Read a book that has an animal on the cover.
  37. Read a trilogy.
  38. Read a book from a genre that you typically do not read.
  39. Read a book that was originally written in a different language.
  40. Read a book you chose because of the cover.
  41. Reread your favorite book.
  42. Read a book that was published before you were born.
  43. Read a book that has been banned before.
  44. Read a book that you own but never read.
  45. Read a short story or a novella.
  46. Read an autobiography.
  47. Listen to an entire book on CD.
  48. Read a book that has a title that starts with “W”.
  49. Read a poem.
  50. Read a book by an author that you have never read before.
  51. Read a book that takes place during your favorite season.
  52. Read a book that is set in a place that you would like to visit.
  53. Read a book that was published in the year you were born.
  54. Read a book that starts a series.
  55. Read a book that ends a series.
  56. Read a nonfiction book.  Journaling with Jesus: How to Draw Closer to God
  57. Read a book that has a cover with your favorite color.
  58. Read a library book.
  59. Read a debut novel.  Missing Issac by Valerie Fraser Luesse
  60. Read a book that is less than 200 pages.
  61. Read a fairy-tale retelling.
  62. Read a fictional book based off of the Bible.
  63. Read a book that you think would become a great movie.  Batman: Nightwalker
  64. Read a book based off a movie/TV franchise (such as Disney, Star Wars, etc).
  65. Read a romance novel.
  66. Read a book based off of a video-game franchise.
  67. Read a Christian book.
  68. Read five LEGO Ninjago books.
  69. Read twenty Star Wars novels. Return of the Jedi – Beware the Sith by Tom Angleberger
  70. Read a book written by an independently published author.
  71. Read a book published in the year one of your parent/guardians were born.
  72. Read an unpublished short story. A Blazing Seal of Approval (IDIA, #1.5)

Secret Keeper Girl: The Power of Modesty for Tweens by Dannah Gresh


Is your tween prepared for what’s ahead?

It used to be that middle school was the time to talk to kids about topics like modesty and body image. Unfortunately, the at-risk demographic for distorted views on the body is now girls ages 8–10. Fortunately, Dannah Gresh has provided a resource for this need.

Secret Keeper Girl is geared to helping tween girls understand their dignity in Christ. It features a creative self-help text format that includes sidebars, quizzes, games, exploded quotes, and graphics to help them absorb the message.

Here’s what author Dannah Gresh has to say about the motivation behind the book: “My past fifteen years of studying at-risk teen and tween behavior has over and over again led me to good news: girls who are exposed to an age-appro­priate, Bible-based understanding of beauty and fashion between the ages of 8-12 tend to be less likely to engage in early sexual activity or have body image issues. They are also more likely to have healthy friendships, excel academically, and become positive social contributors in their com­munities, all while expressing their beauty and value appropriately.

“It’s not rocket science. It is social science paired with a whole lot of prayer and Bible study. We can change what tween girls see when they look in the mirror by changing what’s inside their hearts.”

This is the heart behind Secret Keeper Girl:a desire to teach tween girls how valuable they are and how to honor their God-given dignity. Ultimately, it’s about grounding girls in their identity in Christ so the tumultuous teen years don’t uproot them.

This book pairs with Secret Keeper Girl Mom-Daughter Devos, allowing moms a helpful resource for walking through this formative time with their tween girl.

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Beneath A Prairie Moon by Kim Vogel Sawyer



Readers rabid for the sweet historical romances of Tracie Peterson and Tamara Alexander will flock to best-selling author Kim Vogel Sawyer’s prairie-set heartwarmer of high society cast-off and the western town that welcomes her.

Abigail Brantley grew up in affluence and knows exactly how to behave in high society. But when she is cast from the social registers due to her father’s illegal dealings, she finds herself forced into a role she never imagined: tutoring rough Kansas ranchers in the subjects of manners and morals so they can “marry up” with their mail-order brides. Mack Cleveland, whose father was swindled by a mail-order bride, wants no part of the scheme to bring Eastern women to Spiveyville, Kansas, and he’s put off by the snooty airs and fastidious behavior of the “little city gal” in their midst. But as time goes by, his heart goes out to the teacher who tries so diligently to smooth the rough edges from the down-to-earth men. How can he teach her that perfection won’t bring happiness?

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Out of the Ordinary by Jen Turano


When shipping magnate Harrison Sinclair’s mother catches Gertrude Cadwalader, paid companion to the light-fingered Mrs. Davenport, returning a pilfered item, she comes to the wrong conclusion. However, Harrison is eager to mend fences once he realizes the error. After a real thief starts preying on society, can Gertrude and Harrison catch the culprit?

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Renegades (Recruits) by Thomas Locke

Not to be confused with Marissa Meyer’s recently published Renegades.

Twins Sean and Dillon are using their transit abilities for good–but not everyone sees it that way. Arrested and imprisoned by a clandestine group within the highest reaches of the Human Assembly, Sean and Dillon are forced to choose sides between those who wish to serve and those who seek to rule.
At the same time within a distant outpost system, a young soldier is coming into his own. Logan has known since childhood that he possessed a special ability–a distinct form of transiting called ghost-walking. Though ghost-walking has been outlawed for centuries, Logan is secretly drawing together a crew for a risky quest.
The fates of these three young men will lead them, along with the entire Assembly, to the brink of destruction in this inventive tale of adventure, honor, and the things worth fighting for.

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Land of Silence by Tessa Afshar



Before Christ called her daughter . . .

Before she stole healing by touching the hem of his garment . . .

Elianna is a young girl crushed by guilt. After her only brother is killed while in her care, Elianna tries to earn forgiveness by working for her father’s textile trade and caring for her family. When another tragedy places Elianna in sole charge of the business, her talent for design brings enormous success, but never the absolution she longs for. As her world unravels, she breaks off her betrothal to the only man she will ever love. Then illness strikes, isolating Elianna from everyone, stripping everything she has left.

No physician can cure her. No end is in sight. Until she hears whispers of a man whose mere touch can heal. After so many years of suffering and disappointment, is it possible that one man could redeem the wounds of body . . . and soul?

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