Thursday, May 25, 2023

Forgiveness: A Surprising Way Forward

 

 


About the Book

 


Book: Forgiveness: A Surprising Way Forward

Authors: Mark Henderson and Michael Snuffer

Genre: Non-fiction; Interpersonal Relations; Religion

Release date: April 13, 2023

WHY AM I SO MISUNDERSTOOD? I am only trying to do what is right! Of course, I forgive, but I can’t seem to get past the pain. God seems distant. Does he even care about me?

Do any of these questions hit close to home? It may surprise you that the underlying cause is often hidden unforgiveness. Our closest relationships, emotional health, and perhaps even our faith seem to be crumbling around us, but most of us have no idea that forgiveness is the way forward. If we are honest, we don’t even know what forgiveness is. We may have a vague idea that it has something to do with “forgetting” or “letting go” but would be hard-pressed to come up with a working definition. Worse yet, we have no idea how to practice forgiveness in a way that brings lasting relief from the hurt we carry. Most of us are not trying to hang on to the pain, but freedom is elusive.

Freedom from your pain is within reach! Forgiveness is not a vague, esoteric concept, nor is it a lofty, out-of-reach ideal. Forgiveness: A Surprising Way Forward digs into the biblical definition of forgiveness, tells real stories of real people who have found healing, clears up some huge misconceptions surrounding forgiveness, and teaches us how topractice forgiveness. If we do not address the wounds of our past, they will shape our future. God has provided a powerful tool to help us find freedom—forgiveness is the surprising way forward!

Review:

This is not a book you're going to want to fly threw,so grab your favorite drink and snacks,get comfy and sit down for a indepth  pathway to forgiveness. I knew when I saw this book it was for me and I wasn't wrong, but I believe everyone can benefit from this book. I will definitely going back again and again for the thought provoking quotes and working through some past things and probably using it for future reference for years to come because we all face times of forgiveness whether big or small it is something we need often and probably why Jesus mentioned it in His example of how to pray. However, we may get stuck because of trauma or emotions and not know how to forgive or we may not even realize we're harboring unforgiveness until way later why life causes us to react from unresolved emotions from past unforgiveness or maybe we just need to keep forgiving until it becomes apparent that we've given it to God knowing He is the true fair judge and we're healed through his love and grace!

 

Click here to get your copy!

 

About the Authors



Mark Henderson received a Masters of Pastoral Counseling, was a licensed counselor, and served as a pastor of counseling for twenty years.

In Memory of Mark Henderson

Mark David Henderson, co-author of this book, passed away from cancer as this book was being finalized. Mark was a loving husband, father, and friend. He touched lives all over the world through his counseling ministry and often said he had a front row seat to God’s miracles. He always made sure the individual knew it was God’s healing, and Mark was simply the servant. His desire was to take what he learned and share it with others, which is the reason for this book.



Michael Snuffer has ministered as a counselor for more than ten years. Mark and Mike founded Equip2CounselTM, a ministry dedicated to providing simple yet powerful counseling tools globally to ministers.

 

 

 

More from Michael

Challenging relationships, frustration with unfair treatment, bursts of anger, and disconnection from God are persistent problems for individuals who carry burdens from their past. Most are unaware unforgiveness is an underlying cause. Time, by itself, rarely brings healing. Instead, the wounds fester and become more painful. Many feel stuck and see no way forward to joy and peace. For most, forgiveness is the first step to healing.

Modern culture and thinking have muddled the meaning of forgiveness. Most don’t understand what forgiveness is or how to practice it. The result? Relief remains out of reach. Forgiveness is a powerful tool which brings healing and freedom.

Mark and I launched the Equip2Counsel™ ministry to provide powerful counseling tools which bring healing to hurting individuals around the world. We soon realized the limitations of in-person training and began to consider how written materials could extend the reach of these tools. We wrote Forgiveness: A Surprising Way Forward to provide a clear, step-by-step process. We wanted to share the stories of real people who found hope and healing through forgiveness. Whether you are a hurting individual or a counselor helping others, we hope many learn and apply the practice of forgiveness which brings freedom.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, May 22

Simple Harvest Reads, May 23 (Author Interview)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 24

For the Love of Literature, May 25 (Author Interview)

Book Butterfly in Dreamland, May 25

An Author’s Take, May 26

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 27

Artistic Nobody, May 28 (Author Interview)

Texas Book-aholic, May 29

Guild Master, May 30 (Author Interview)

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, May 31

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, June 1

Blossoms and Blessings, June 2 (Author Interview)

Vibrant Wings by Valerie, June 2

Becca Hope: Book Obsessed, June 3

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 4



Giveaway



To celebrate his tour, Michael is giving away the grand prize package of $50 Amazon gift card and a 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.

https://promosimple.com/ps/26263/forgiveness-celebration-tour-giveaway

Monday, May 22, 2023

Guess How Much God Loves You

 

About the Book

 


Book: Guess How Much God Loves You

Karen Ferguson

Genre: Children’s book (picture book)

Release date: July 19, 2022

Take a journey through the Bible with Lucy Lu, a colorful, creatively curious first grader who is starting to have serious questions about God.

Questions like: How old is He? Does He sleep? What does He do all day? And the biggest one of all – does God really love me?

After one very hard day, feeling like she doesn’t matter, Lucy sits with her Papa Joe who has promised to answer these questions and more, launching them onto an exciting journey to discover God’s never changing, never failing, never ending love.

What follows in this book series is a wild adventure through the Bible, where Lucy and her Papa find themselves in the middle of it all, on each page of the powerful story of God’s love and faithfulness for all people, throughout all history.

This first book is all about God’s Creation 

Guess How Much God Loves You is a vibrant, fun, and biblically based book that is sure to captivate young readers as it teaches them important Bible truths that will help them build a firm foundation in God and His Good Character – all through the lens of His unconditional love.

 

Click here to get your copy!

 

About the Author



Karen Ferguson is a freelance writer and small business owner with a background in K-8 education. A grateful wife, mom, and grandmom she loves words and the Word of God and is passionate about writing stories that grab and hold young readers’ attention, teaching them all about God’s unchangeable truths, and His unchanging love for them.

Her first children’s book, Guess How Much God Loves You, was released in July 2022 through Ambassador International and is available wherever books are sold.

 Review:

I did enjoy the way the Creative Story was told and think kids will find it interesting. However, the beginning of the book Lucy has some questions because of issues she's having at school, yet Granpa Joe picks up what looks to Lucy as a giant book and starts reading from the beginning to explain how much God loves us. I don't find these things to all be a coherent story but just situations and facts thrown together in a picture book. Don't get me wrong,it is a cute pictictue book story that young kids will find enlightening and a fun way to hear the Creation story,but as an adult the story itself is just three issues and themes thrown together to make a book: Lucy having mean things said to her at school and leading her to have many questions about God,Grandpa Joe's reading of the Creation story in a very kid friendly and illuminated way,and the fact that God really loves us.

More from Karen

Are you looking for God honoring books that will captivate your child’s imagination, teach them faith-building biblical concepts, and help them grow in their reading skills?

Then I have the perfect book for your young reader…Guess How Much God Loves You

This beautifully illustrated book introduces young readers to the Creation Account, through the eyes of seven year old Lucy Lu, a creatively curious first grader who is starting to have serious questions about God.

Questions like…

How old is He? Does He sleep? What does He do all day? And the biggest one of all – does God really love me?

After one very hard day, feeling like she doesn’t matter, Lucy sits with her Papa Joe who has promised to answer these questions and more, launching them onto an exciting journey through the Bible to discover God’s never changing, never failing, never ending love.

I wrote this book because I want every child to know their life matters. To know that the God of all things created them in His image, on purpose and for a good purpose.

Guess How Much God Loves You will have seven books in the series with each one covering an important Bible account critical to building an understanding of God’s character and His love for all people, including your reader!

This first book is about the Creation Account as recorded in the Bible. Future books will cover the Garden of Eden, Noah’s Ark, the Exodus and more.

I want children to understand these are not just stories about fictional characters, but historical accounts about real people they can relate to. People who experienced God’s power, love, and faithfulness.

My greatest desire is to see this next generation trust the Bible and enjoy reading it. More than ever, young readers need to hear the message that they are valuable, loved unconditionally by the One who created them and gave them the best gift of all, His Son Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world.

Blog Stops

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, May 18

Lots of Helpers, May 18

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, May 19 (Author Interview)

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, May 19

Cover Lover Book Review, May 20

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 21

Texas Book-aholic, May 22

Book Butterfly in Dreamland, May 22

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, May 23

Pause for Tales, May 24

Locks, Hooks and Books, May 25

Bliss, Books & Jewels, May 25

Vicky Sluiter, May 26

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, May 27

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, May 28

JESUS in the EVERYDAY, May 29

Mary Hake, May 29

Labor Not in Vain, May 30

For Him and My Family, May 31

Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Karen is giving away the grand prize package of a $30 Amazon gift card, one signed hardcover, one eBook, and one digital activity workbook that will help to reinforce the learning concepts in a fun way!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/26071/guess-how-much-god-loves-you-celebration-tour-giveaway

Tuesday, May 9, 2023

The Babel Apocalypse

 

Welcome to the book tour for The Babel Apocalypse by Vyvyan Evans. Read on for more details!

The Babel Apocalypse Book cover

The Babel Apocalypse (Songs of the Sage #1) Expected Publication Date: May 2nd, 2023
Genre: Sci-Fi/ Cyberpunk/ Dystopian 
Publisher: Nephilim Publishing “They who control language control everything.” A dystopian, cyberpunk, sci-fi odyssey that will make you think about language in a whole new way. Language is no longer learned, but streamed to neural implants regulated by lang-laws. Those who can’t afford language streaming services are feral, living on the fringes of society. Big tech corporations control language, the world’s most valuable commodity. But when a massive cyberattack causes a global language outage, catastrophe looms. Europol detective Emyr Morgan is assigned to the case. His prime suspect is Professor Ebba Black, the last native speaker of language in the automated world, and leader of the Babel cyberterrorist organization. But Emyr soon learns that in a world of corporate power, where those who control language control everything, all is not as it seems. As he and Ebba collide, Emyr faces an existential dilemma between loyalty and betrayal, when everything he once believed in is called into question. To prevent the imminent collapse of civilization and a global war between the great federations, he must figure out friend from foe—his life depends on it. And with the odds stacked against him, he must find a way to stop the Babel Apocalypse. "A perfect fusion of SF, thriller, and mystery—smart speculative fiction at its very best." - Kirkus Add to Goodreads Purchase Here

Review:
A phenomenal unique exhibition of sci-fi,thriller and mystery rolled into a elaborate story about language as a commodity and a world where global corporations control it.The book was fast paced,invigorating and thought provoking read with an extensive world building, complex characters and an unforgettable story. 

About the Author

Vyvyan Evans

Dr. Vyvyan Evans is a native of Chester, England. He holds a PhD in linguistics from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., and is a Professor of Linguistics. He has published numerous acclaimed popular science and technical books on language and linguistics. His popular science essays and articles have appeared in numerous venues including ‘The Guardian’, ‘Psychology Today’, ‘New York Post’, ‘New Scientist’, ‘Newsweek’ and ‘The New Republic’. His award-winning writing focuses, in one way or another, on the nature of language and mind, the impact of technology on language, and the future of communication. His science fiction work explores the status of language and digital communication technology as potential weapons of mass destruction.

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Monday, May 8, 2023

Tour:Reinception by Sarena Straus

 


If you enjoyed the Divergent series or The Uglies, you are going to want to read ReInception by Sarena Straus! Read on for more info and a chance to win a fantastic giveaway!

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ReInception Publication Date: October 2022 Genre: NA Sci-Fi/ Dystopian REINCEPTION WILL CHANGE YOUR MIND...whether you want it or not A hundred years in the future, ReInception is used to modify the brain and eliminate unwanted behaviors--everything from overeating to the worst criminal impulses. Unmodified 20-year-old Leandrea Justus feels ordinary compared to her perfect friends who like living in a ReInception world. Not everyone is in favor of modification--some remain quiet, while others are outwardly insubordinate. After a protest turns violent, a rogue member of the serving class known as The Prole saves Leandrea and exposes a new reality to her: The true purpose of ReInception may be far more nefarious than advertised. Now, her free will may be her greatest asset. But Leandrea's discoveries about ReInception are putting her life at stake. Can she save society or will the secrets she uncovers start a Civil War? ReInception is a fiction-debut, the first in a new, action-filled sci-fi trilogy with surprising twists, and a story that may be closer to reality than we think.
Review:
The premise of the book was very intriguing and thought provoking. The beginning was a little slow as I had to get use to the lingo,which isn't uncommon in sci-fi/dystopian or even some fantasy books,after that the story flowed well and kept me hooked with it's twists and turns. The characters are relatable, especially our main character,Leandrea, whose grappling with the feeling of being ordinary in a world where people can modify their flaws and wanting to make a difference in the world. The book opens on her 20th birthday,which marks the age where she can choose for herself if she wants to be modified. She in one in few who have no had any modifications in childhood by parents, wants to know more about the lives and hardships of the Prole but as she goes down the rabbit hole of ReInception things become more dangerous as she discovers the truths hidden behind it.
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About the Author

Sarena-Straus

I write novels for the curious and adventurous, for people who are intrigued by a “what happens if,” scenario, and who like to explore the outcomes. My characters are ordinary people who find out that they are capable of extraordinary things and discover that one person can truly make a difference. After receiving a BA in art history and political science from Barnard, I graduated from Fordham University School of Law. I then worked for five years at the Bronx District Attorney’s Office (BXDA), where I prosecuted sex crimes and child abuse cases. After leaving BXDA, I published a true-crime memoir, Bronx DA: True Stories from the Sex Crimes and Domestic Violence unit (Barricade, 2006). In 2010, my book sold as a TV Pilot to CBS/Paramount. I’ve gone on to publish numerous legal articles and works of poetry, and I was an editor for a legal magazine. For a few years, I was also a talking head, commenting on current criminal cases in the media on tv and radio. Today, I live in the Hudson Valley, NY with my husband, our two children (also budding writers), two naughty Labrador retriever ladies, and two barn cat boys. I’m now working on sequels to my debut novel ReInception and will keep you posted about them on my site. When not writing or lawyering, I love to scuba dive, take photographs, and travel off the beaten path. I’ll swap diving or courtroom stories with you all day long or happily talk to you about books–writing them or reading them!

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See @rrbooktours & @purpleshadowhunter for a chance to enter and check out book tour schedule hosts 

Book Tour Schedule

May 8th

R&R Book Tours (Kick-Off) http://rrbooktours.com

@books.and.salt (Review) https://www.instagram.com/books.and.salt/

Book Butterfly in Dreamland (Review) http://purpleshadowhunter.blogspot.com/

@purpleshadowhunter - https://www.instagram.com/purpleshadowhunter/

Books + Coffee = Happiness (Spotlight) https://bookscoffeehappiness.com/

Rambling Mads (Spotlight) http://ramblingmads.com

Cocktails & Fairy tales (Spotlight) https://www.facebook.com/CocktailsFairytales

May 9th

Cheryl’s Book Nook (Review) https://cherylsbooknook.blogspot.com/

@beastreader - https://www.instagram.com/beastreader/

@squeakeysundergroundlibrary (Review) https://www.instagram.com/squeakeysundergroundlibrary/

@brandikaedesigns (Spotlight) https://www.instagram.com/brandikaedesigns/

@sabireads1984 (Spotlight) https://www.instagram.com/sabireads1984/

May 10th

I Love Books & Stuff (Spotlight) https://ilovebooksandstuffblog.wordpress.com

Fiction Lux (Spotlight) https://fictionlux.blogspot.com/

@kemalareadsbooks (Spotlight) https://www.instagram.com/kemalareadsbooks/

Stine Writing (Spotlight) https://christinebialczak.com/

May 11th

@ameliaveganreader (Review) https://www.instagram.com/ameliaveganreader/

@fathomsamidstthelines (Review) https://www.instagram.com/fathomsamidstthelines/

The Faerie Review (Review) http://www.thefaeriereview.com

@amber.bunch_author (Spotlight) https://www.instagram.com/amber.bunch_author/

May 12th

@amanda_coffee_books (Review) https://www.instagram.com/amanda_coffee_books/

@jayjay_pjkw (Review) https://www.instagram.com/jayjay_pjkw/

@takealookatmybookshelf (Review) https://www.instagram.com/takealookatmybookshelf/

@bookdragonstbr (Review) https://www.instagram.com/bookdragonstbr/

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Lost in Wonderland

 


About the Book

 


Book: Lost in Wonderland

Author: Tabitha Bouldin

Genre: FantasySteampunk, Christian

Release date: March 14, 2023

If you make a deal with evil, be prepared for the consequences.

When a metal dragon kidnaps Alice, Hatter gathers the troops and charges off to rescue her. If only things were so uncomplicated. In the Ivory Kingdom, they find upheaval of the worst kind and all heading to civil war spearheaded by a man known as the Bandersnatch.

Turmoil and the terror of fighting against a giant wolf, the Bandersnatch is bad enough, but when the Ivory Queen’s secrets are exposed, Hatter and Alice face off in a battle of wills and points of view. How can Alice trust a woman who deceived them?  Why can’t Hatter see the bigger picture? If they don’t reconcile their differences, more could be at risk than the Ivory Kingdom.

More questions than answers bombard them in their quest for truth and freedom for all. Who is stealing children? What dark secret overshadows the Ivory Kingdom? Can they avoid the Bandersnatch’s clutches? And most important of all, who can they trust?

Join forces with Alice, Hatter, old friends and new, and be prepared to discover that trust and risk are often two sides of the same coin in this next Beyond Wonderland novel.

 

Click here to get your copy!

 Review:

A very interesting twist on one of my favorite classic stories! Now I read this book without reading book 1 but I highly suggest you read it first, although I got the gest of the storyline it is always best to read a series in order. Steampunk is not my usual genre but I have read a few and have enjoyed them,much like I enjoyed this twisted adventure! It will definitely keep you on your toes and I absolutely loved Alice in this epic adventure. Plenty of secrets to uncover and dangerous to maneuver as Alice and her friends seek to uncover the truth. I definitely look forward to the next installment of the series!

About the Author



Tabitha Bouldin is a student at Southern New Hampshire University, where she is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s in Creative Writing. As a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), she works with critique groups and provides endorsements for other authors. Tabitha’s genre of choice is Contemporary Christian Romance which she describes as: Adventure with heart. Tabitha spent ten years working as a Medical Assistant before God opened the door which allowed her to become a stay-at-home-homeschooling-mom and author.

 

More from Tabitha

Writing Lost in Wonderland was such a wonderful creative outlet for my imagination. After writing Madness in Wonderland, I knew I wasn’t ready to let these characters go. They were anxious for new challenges and new adventures that allowed them to explore more of the world they’d just freed.

Of course, new characters were a must, and Scarlett stepped right up to have her story told.

While Madness in Wonderland is an Alice in Wonderland and Frankenstein mashup, for Lost in Wonderland, I went with a Through the Looking Glass and Red Riding Hood mashup that gave a deeper well of storytelling for Wonderland and brought all sorts of new creatures into the mix.

Alice and Hatter face new obstacles in their journey, and Scarlett is not one to be left behind. Especially when he has her loyal guard Faolan by her side.

Prepare to set sail across a new Wonderland.

Blog Stops

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, April 29

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 30

Holly’s Book Corner, May 1

Library Lady, May 2

Back Porch Reads, May 2

Texas Book-aholic, May 3

Locks, Hooks and Books, May 4

By the Book , May 5

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, May 6

Tell Tale Book Reviews, May 7

Sylvan Musings, May 7

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, May 8

Book Butterfly in Dreamland, May 8

Simple Harvest Reads,

May 9 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)


Where Faith and Books Meet, May 10


For Him and My Family, May 11


Happily Managing a Household of Boys, May 12

Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Tabitha is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a 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.

https://promosimple.com/ps/25ae1/lost-in-wonderland-celebration-tour-giveaway