As many of you may know, I have had the privilege of visiting the Museum of the Bible in Washington D.C., not one, but TWO times. My first visit was in the summer of 2018 when I went with my mom, and the second was with Alysha from the blog For The Love of Christian Fiction during our trip to CFRR (Christian Fiction Readers Retreat) this past April of 2019. Both times have been amazing, powerful, and truly life-changing experiences, both for myself as a Christian, and as a Bi
I have been waiting on PINS and NEEDLES to finally share this review with you guys. Okay, well, maybe not pins and needles (more like couches and pillows, because… Comfort). But you guys! I am finally sharing with you all of the thoughts on Until The Mountains Fall, the latest installment of the Cities of Refuge series by Connilyn Cossette, and it was so good I’m not even sure if I can accurately describe it. Nevertheless, I shall try! Plus, stay tuned until the end of this p
Hey everybody and welcome back to the blog, Reading, Writing, and Living for Jesus! Today I am super excited to be bringing you an interview with author Eliza Noel, whose debut middle grade novel, Dawn Chandler, is releasing THIS WEEK. I had the opportunity to send Eliza an e-mail and ask her about all-things-Dawn, but before we get into that let me give you an introduction to the wonderful author and share all the details about the book and where you can pre-order it! Alrigh
Today I felt like it was time for a “proper” introduction post… More than a year after I started blogging! *Technically* I’ve done an introductory post, but I think that’s just a “blog” thing in general. Your first post you introduce yourself and your blog and what its going to be about, despite the fact that your blog isn’t really about anything yet because you haven’t written it! Yep, I did one of those posts. While it served it’s purpose then of being THE FIRST BLOG POST,
I’m sitting here working on my book, “UNTITLED,” because despite the fact that I’ve written 70,000 words, I still haven’t figured out which three I want on the front cover! Beside me is Alysha, fellow blogger and good friend from the blog For the Love of Christian Fiction, who is talking to her parents on the phone and telling them about the many mishaps and adventures we’ve had on our trip. I look up, there’s bugs on the ceiling. I look down, there’s holes on my bedding. The
Let me share with you the synopsis of this book before I get started with my review: The Old Testament book of Daniel comes to life in this novel for readers of Lynn Austin’s Chronicles of the Kings series or Francine Rivers’ Mark of the Lion series.
Survival. A Hebrew girl first tasted it when she escaped death nearly seventy years ago as the Babylonians ransacked Jerusalem and took their finest as captives. She thought she’d perfected in the many years amongst the Magoi and
The best endings are only the beginning! And the ending may have been my favorite part of this novel, because it wasn’t an ending at all. You all know the familiar tale of Ruth and Boaz. One of the great love stories of the Bible, the story of a kinsman redeemer who honored his duty and the story of a faithful young woman who refused to give up in times of hardship. These two figures come to life layer by layer in Tessa Afshar’s skillful writing, revealing deep spiritual trut
I was never a regency fan until recently, when I discovered the world of Pride and Prejudice and all things Austen. Fans of those classics, will also be fans of Julie Klassen’s writing. But before we get into my review, let me share with you the synopsis of this book: Sophie Dupont, daughter of a portrait painter, assists her father in his studio, keeping her own artwork out of sight. She often walks the cliffside path along the north Devon coast, popular with artists and poe
If you aren’t subscribed to my YouTube channel then there is a very good chance that you didn’t see my latest book series, called “Favorite Book Covers.” The idea is pretty self-explanatory. A list of my favorite book covers. Although, I didn’t come up with this video series idea on my own. Alas, I have to thank Alysha from the blog For the Love of Christian Fiction, who is a both gifted genius of a blogger and a glittering gem of a friend! I shared the first part of this ser
WOW! First of all, a humongous thank you to all of you who have shared such wonderful responses to my first writing “series” on my YouTube Channel. For those of you who DON’T know, I started a new posting schedule. I post new book reviews here on my blog on Mondays, book-fun videos on my channel on Fridays, and writing videos to my channel on Wednesdays (Get it? Writing? Wednesdays? WRITING WEDNESDAYS? Ok. Enough fun with alliteration). For my first few writing videos, I did
You all know about my *near* obsession with Biblical fiction. Let’s face it, the genre dominates my blog! No shame in that, everybody has their favorite books, tropes, genres, character types… You name it! Now, you also know that I struggle with the contemporary genre. Like, a lot. I know a lot of AMAZING contemporary authors, I’ve read and loved some truly inspired works of contemporary fiction, but it’s not my go to. It’s also not the genre I immediately gravitate towards,
However, there’s nothing like a charming book to take your mind away from the stressors of life. My Heart Belongs in the Shenandoah Valley: Lily’s Dilemma was just that for me! Here’s the synopsis, so that you have a good idea as to the plot of this book: Captain McAlister “Mac” Albright has purchased land in the Shenandoah Valley. However, the land belongs to Lillyanna Laughlin—or so she erroneously thinks. Mac sets her straight and despite a poor start, the two become frien
“You don’t know me at all.” That’s what my characters have been saying to me anyways. All day, every day. Yes, I wrote almost 80,000 words of their deepest thoughts and feelings. I spent almost an entire year in their heads, outlining and writing, and outlining again. Then I started editing after completing the most difficult draft of my life, and I realized, I didn’t know these characters at all. I had so many questions for them. Why did they take the actions that they chose
I know, I know. I’ve been featuring a lot of Christmas-themed books on my blog lately, and it’s January. Time to move onto the next thing, right? While the me from a few years ago would have agreed with you, no Christmas until AFTER Thanksgiving, the current me just has to celebrate the successes of my friends. Audrey Bodine has quickly become one of my best friends. We met on Instagram, and I think it was clear that we were meant to be more than just “likes” and “followers.”
Hello everyone and thank you so much for clicking over here. Today on my YouTube channel I published a video called “Healthy Habits for Writers.” These are little tips and tricks for things you can do to make sure you’re still being active and leading a healthy lifestyle, even if you have a desk job or don’t get out much (I mean, why would you want to get out, when you could be surrounded by books, am I right???). Hope you enjoy! Let me know what you think of this type of con
Don’t even get me started on how cute this book was! Well, actually do – because that’s the point of my whole-book-reviewing-blog thing! Alright, let’s get started. First, let me share with you the summary of this book: Robin McKay is determined to save the struggling Animal Shelter and head her hometown’s local Christmas event. but when plans go awry and Nate Ashford, Robin’s former best friend, are factors at play, will her Christmas wish come true? If that doesn’t sell you
Here’s the thing about writing… you thought you chose this career because you hate numbers, right? Wrong! Numbers are even more important to writers than they are to mathematicians! Example A:
A writer goes in to interview for a professional writing job…
Writer: I know my resume only has fast food worker on it, but I have a degree and I’m really talented!
Interviewer: oh that’s no problem, we accept entry-level people all the time. How’s your freelance writing going?