Posted in Chuck Black, God's Lessons, Pinterest

All is Love

Happy Valentine’s Day. :) I don’t really celebrate this holiday or give it much ‘stock’ myself, but it does bring to mind ‘love’ and ‘romance’ doesn’t it?

Pretty much my life as a whole. Unless they want to hear about what book I'm reading.

Haha, I do like to joke about my single-ness, but in truth I am not actually worried about it. Because I want the right man, not just a boyfriend.

Today I want to share something with you, doesn’t matter if you’re female, or male, single, or married, etc. This is for everyone:

You may be wondering why I am sharing The Articles of the Code (which is from Chuck Black’s books “The Knights of Arrethtrae” and “The Kingdom Series”) on Valentine’s Day. What does this have to do with love or romance? Well…quite a bit actually. I have this poster on my wall, and as I was reading it the other day, something hit me – these words are not only applicable to how I want to live my life, but what I want to look for in a future spouse. I want a man who will honor the King (our Lord) with his whole life and serve Him as God only. I want him to hold truth, justice, and honor as important. I want him to have a servants heart, always willing to serve, and ultimately living for the King above all else.  I don’t want him to abandon me – I want us to work side by side in all things. I want him to persevere in all fervency in knowing the Lord and fighting evil, and leading me and our family to do the same.

Every trait on that poster I want my future husband to have, and I also want to possess such admirable traits.

I am putting this to a spouse, but these traits can also be applied to our everyday life, no matter who we are, no matter what our situation is.

And any single young women reading this, I want to say to you: don’t give up. Don’t settle. If God wants you to marry, He will provide a way. Don’t be afraid if it takes longer than you would like – He hasn’t forgotten you, I give you my word! He will bring that right young man into your lives at the right time if that is His will. Be open to Him and He will guide you. He loves you more than any man ever will and will provide for you. If He wants you married, He will bring the right one to you. Trust Him. I know it’s hard. I know it can be scary, but please, wait for His best.

Also remember that no mortal man is perfect. God’s best for us will be perfect for us. That doesn’t mean he will be perfect – neither are we! But that he will be right for us just as we are right for them. :)

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May you all feel treasured by our Heavenly Father today and always!! His love is everlasting! <3

 

 

*First and third picture used from Pinterest; I claim no right to them

**The Articles of the Code belongs to Chuck Black, used here with permission. Please visit his website here: www.kingdomseries.com

The photo of The Articles of the Code used with permission came from this page where you may purchase your own copy: www.kingdomseries.com/page20.html

 

 

Posted in Book reviews, God's Lessons, Uncategorized

Book review: “Distorted Glass” by Sarah Holman

Distorted Glass: A Snow Queen Story

“Distorted Glass” a short story by Sarah Holman

A modern fairy-tale retelling

My rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

 

About the Book:

Sixteen-year-old Jared is sure that this Christmas season is going to be the worst ever for his family. His fifteen-year-old sister, Amber, is scaring their whole family with how little she is eating and her obsession with winning a beauty pageant.

When Jared seeks help from his pastor, he comes up with a plan to help his sister by Christmas. As the days pass and he sees no change in his sister, he wonders if he can reach his goal.

A Christmas short story about faith, family, and unconditional love.

 

My Thoughts:

This was such a fantastic and impacting little read. Truly inspiring. I love the godly truths and encouragement Miss Holman weaves through each of her books, novels and short stories alike. Absolutely God-glorifying. Though only seven chapters, this tale had me tearing up at the end and really ministered to me. The message of loving others even when it’s hard and it changing us really meant a lot to me.
Jared’s love for his sister was special, and I really appreciated the ending – read for yourselves and find out why! :) Oh and the message on modesty too was also lovely! Such deep meanings in just a short tale.
Beautiful book and I’m so glad to have read it in one sitting!

Posted in God's Lessons, My Abba Father, Pinterest

Following After Jesus Christ Only

As Christians, it is our desire to follow hard after Jesus Christ, isn’t it? That’s our main desire; to be more like Jesus. To be Holy as He is Holy. And that desire should reflect into every part of our lives. We should want that when people look at us, or hear us, or hear about us, they see Jesus. They see our love for Him and Him alone.

But what is pulling us away? What is causing our eyes not to see? Is it a book genre that isn’t as clean as it should be? Is it a TV show we don’t want to give up? Is it a person that intrigues us, but we know isn’t God-honouring? Is it a band we’re following after that is less than modest and Christ-like?Let us examine our hearts and find what’s truly being reflected. Myself included.

Today I want to focus on modesty, and  some bands that have my heart grieved. I won’t name names, but they are there. I see them, and I don’t see Christ. I see them leading so many astray – causing so many young people to want to become just like them, in how they act, in how they play their music, and how they dress. It is easy to be blinded by the glitter and glam. We all do it – we all fall prey to some deceiving situation. But we must be on our guard, and we must bring everything, no matter how much we live it and love it and don’t even think of it as being wrong, to the foot of the Cross.

How we present ourselves on the outside often shows what is inside. It is often a good indicator of where hearts are at.  Modesty is a big debate out there, and everyone’s perception of it is vastly different. But it can all be summed up in a few things:

Does is draw attention to us or does it point to Jesus?

Are we dressing to please ourselves and fellow man, or Jesus?

Does it cover ourselves, or reveal?

We ultimately should dress to impress Jesus alone. To glorify Him in our body. Maybe that doesn’t mean wearing skirts for you, but it should mean covering yourself appropriately. If our dress causes others, especially men, to gawk at us (and not in a good way), perhaps we should change. I have heard of quite a few young men that find modest apparel more eye-drawing, in a good way, than they do with the immodest low-cuts and short skirts/tight pants. It’s a statement, modesty is. And if you’re going to wear the tight, short, revealing clothing, you’re making a statement – even if you think it’s harmless and you’re just doing it for fun. That’s not how it comes across to the world. Again, I say, you’re making a statement, and if it’s not pointing to Jesus, it’s not a good one.

And it’s hard, because the Christian bands we look up to are not representing this in their clothing. They are dressing to look ‘cool’ to the crowd. But that’s not our goal. It is not our goal to be like the world. But to be like Him who created the world.

“He must increase, but I must decrease.” John 3:30

Let the world see LESS of us, and MORE of Him. In every aspect of our lives. “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” Colossians 3:17

 

Another topic that has my heart greatly saddened is how so often, we turn a blind eye to darkness and call it good. We watch things, and follow things, and read things, that aren’t of the light, but we make excuses. Why? Because we want what pleases us. I am including myself in this. For me, the stumbling block, the gray line, is books. I love books. I love reading. And sometimes the books I like contain things that aren’t really godly – they aren’t usually blatantly bad, but they sometimes slip the radar. And sometimes I don’t want to face it, because I like the books. For others, it may be TV shows and movies. For instance, the huge thing today is zombies, vampires, all the movies and shows that condone killing one another, etc. As much as we don’t want to admit it, there is nothing godly about that. They are fully evil. Not of God, but of Satan to pull us away from Him. My parents always say “garbage in, garbage out”, and the truth of it is that the Bible says not to set anything evil before our eyes. Not just some things, but all things. And we try to justify by saying it’s not that bad, or everyone else is watching it, but we are not to be like everyone else. We are to be set apart.

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” – Romans 12:2

One thing that defines us as a Christian is not always what we are willing to do for Christ, but what we are willing to give up for Him. To lay down our life and will, to please and honour our Lord. Because He’s worth it all. Right? If we have a hard time deciding what is right and wrong to watch, read, follow, let’s try to think of it this way: Would you honestly sit down with Jesus and watch this particular show, or read this particular book, or follow this particular person with Jesus watching right beside us?

He gives us grace (praise God!), but He also gives us discernment. “What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.” – Romans 6:15  

“What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?” Romans 6:1-2

 

So let us bring everything that we love, and live, and bring it to the light of Jesus – let His light penetrate all and give us a clear picture of His glory so that we may honour Him.

 

"You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Matthew 5:14

Posted in God's Lessons, My Abba Father, Spiritual beliefs

Numbing the Pain – it won’t do.

 

 

 

["With the songs on <i>Cathedrals<\/i>, Tenth Avenue North encourages us to get off our self-made islands of isolation, to break the chains of shame that have kept us there and to find communion with God and each other. Tenth Avenue North encourages us to realize God's spirit doesn't dwell in buildings, He dwells in us - for we are His cathedrals. <br><br><b>Track Listing:<\/b><br>\r\nNo Man Is An Island\r\n<br>Stars In The Night\r\n<br>Iesu, Dulcis Memoria (feat. Audrey Assad)\r\n<br>Cathedrals\r\n<br>I Need You, I Love You, I Want You\r\n<br>The Spark\r\n<br>Heaven\u2019s Sound\r\n<br>Stay\r\n<br>We Won\u2019t Numb The Pain\/Fire\r\n<br>Closer\r\n<br>All The Earth Is Holy Ground\r\n"] $9.99

(click above image to go listen to the song, and continue reading – below lyrics are some thoughts!)

“We won’t numb the pain” – Tenth Avenue North

We’re taking paths of least resistance
And never feel our soul’s persistence
Turn on the radio
We don’t wanna know
Keep on running in cruise control

We were never meant to live like this
So much has happened and too easy to miss, yeah
Cheap thrills, social media thrills, use sex like a drug and we can’t keep still

Distracted, distracted
Keep ourselves so distracted
We want more

We won’t numb the pain
Hands reaching to the sky
Hearts ready for the fire
Eyes open till we die

We won’t numb the pain
Slow down inside your life
Stand still against the tide
Keep fighting for the silence
We won’t numb the pain

I talk influence and being strategic
But all I’m feeling is narcissistic
Use recognition, but the adrenaline won’t stop long enough to hear this conviction

We were never meant to live like this
Stand up for anything and be dismissed
We don’t want it real, we keep it trivial
Objectified sex it gives a greater feel

We won’t numb the pain
Hands reaching to the sky
Hearts ready for the fire
Eyes open till we die

We won’t numb the pain
Slow down inside your life
Stand still against the tide
Keep fighting for the silence
We won’t numb the pain

We want the cure, not a medication
We’re gonna deal with it now
We want the cure, not a medication
We’re gonna deal with it now

We won’t numb the pain
Hands reaching to the sky
Hearts ready for the fire
Eyes open till we die

We won’t numb the pain
Slow down inside your life
Stand still against the tide
Keep fighting for the silence
We won’t numb the pain

Gonna feel my,
Gonna feel my,
Gonna feel my heart now

Let me get a taste of your sweetness
Give me one glimpse of your lovely light
Lord, be my joy and treasure
My delight

Let me have a sense of your presence
May I trust your mercy all my life
I just wanna be a fire burning in the night

Fire, fire, fire, fire
Fire in my heart, fire in my soul
May the fire of your love burn away control
Satisfy my heart, cause I don’t wanna steal
Or give in to my lust just to feel

Fire, fire, fire, fire

 

Change your heart

 

I like this song a great deal, but it I just realised how close to home it hits as I try to hide from pain. Sure, I face quite a bit of physical pain daily, but that is not what I fear. It’s the emotional and heart-hurting pain that I fear. It’s the letting go and letting God – I don’t want to get hurt. So I numb the pain, even as I sing this song.

What if God doesn’t want me to numb the pain? What if He wants me to experience it, so I can grow from it, heal from it, and seek Him more? I think that is the truth. But it’s scary.

What kind of pain are you afraid of? Admit and reveal it to God. It’s what I’m working on too. Thankfully, we have a God who does not judge or condemn – He helps us and strengthens us. He knows what we’re feeling and what we’re facing before we even understand it ourselves.

“For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.” – John 3:17

Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10

He is your God. He is my God, and He will help you. He will help me. Because He loves us greatly. He will help us identify this pain we fear, and He will help us face is – help us conquer it, because through Jesus, we are more than conquerors! ”

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written:

“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” – Romans 8:37

Hallelujah. :)

This post turned out a lot different than I first thought, but I will leave it here. May He fill the rest of this post with His words!

 

 

Huh, funny. I didn't mean to click on this but then read it and found it's good timing. :)

 

Posted in Author Interview, Books, God's Lessons

Author Interview with MacKenzie Morganthal, author of “Not Abandoned”

Hello Readers! I hope you had a good Independence day and weekend. =) Did any of you get to see any fireworks? I was house-sitting, so I didn’t see any on the 4th, but our town puts on fireworks this next weekend along with their parade. So I’ll see those, most likely! :)

Today I have a special treat. My lovely and talented kindred spirit, MacKenzie Morganthal, has agreed to do an author-interview with me today! Isn’t that exciting? I am really glad you guys can get to know this gal – she is someone I hold as dear as a sister to me. So, without further delay, please enjoy this interview with…MacKenzie Morganthal, author of her newly released, “Not Abandoned”!

 

Welcome back to my blog, Miss MacKenzie! I’m truly delighted to have you here for this interview. :) I know you’ve been here before, and have thus shared a bit about yourself, but in case anyone is reading this for the first time, would you please introduce yourself?

 

Thanks for having me back, Rae! :) Sure, I’d love to. I’m an eighteen year old, homeschool graduate, and I love to write pretty much anything. I love the Lord with all my heart and have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ. When I’m not writing, I love to keep busy as a worship leader and Creative Artist. My debut novel “Not Abandoned” just came out at the end of May, and that was a huge dream come true for me! :)

Amen! It is a dream come true indeed, and I am so happy for you!

How long have you been writing for and what first spurred you on to write?

 

I’ve been writing for around eight years. My Mom is actually the one who first encouraged me to write. She gave me an assignment in about 4th grade to write a short story about what I was learning in history. If you can believe it, I didn’t really want to do the assignment at first! But my Mom kept encouraging me to do it, and once it was completed, I fell in love with writing. So I’ve been writing ever since and I have my Mom to thank for that ;)

 

Your new debut book, “Not Abandoned” is about the heavy subject of human trafficking; where and how did you first find out about this terrible crime?

 

I first found out about human trafficking from my sister. She had read a book discussing this topic and then had shared the information with me. While the news was heartbreaking to hear, it wasn’t until awhile later when I heard an interview with a trafficking survivor that God placed the burning desire in my heart to do something about this atrocity.

 

Do you have any ‘tips’ for people about how to get involved in putting a stop to this modern-day slavery?

 

Well, the first tip I would say is definitely to educate yourself. Take time to learn about trafficking and make yourself aware of what is actually happening in the world around us. The first step in stopping modern-day slavery is prevention, and you can’t have prevention without awareness and education. Another tip I have is to get involved with one of the many great organizations fighting against human trafficking. That’s what they’re here for, and they’d love to help get you involved in the fight to end this! One of my favorite organizations is the A21 Campaign. :)

These are really good tips of help – thank you! 

How long did it take you to write “Not Abandoned”?

 

Haha, ya know, I actually can’t remember the ‘exact’ date that I started writing it. How terrible of me. :P When I first started writing it, I didn’t really think it would go anywhere or I would ever even finish it. But a few months after that is when God really placed the desire in my heart to continue with this story. So it was around mid-January of this year when I really started working devotedly on this story, and I completed the first draft on February 23rd. :)

That’s not terrible of you, worry not. I have projects like that. And wow, that’s a fast write, Kenzie! Although, I already knew you were a super fast writer – you got talent girl! God-given talent, and what a blessing it is that you use it for His glory!

Do you have a favourite character from it that you relate to most?

 

Definitely Haley Hampton, the college student/police officer in training. She’s strong-willed, and very determined. When she sets her mind to something, not much can stand in her way! She’s got a kind heart, and can be a bit daring. She also has a habit of jumping into things without always thinking them through. Most of my friends, especially you Rae, can attest to the fact that I tend to do that too, more often times than not. ;)

Haha, funny. ^.^ And also, Haley’s my favourite character too – she’s a great character!

You self-published: did you experience any troubles going that route, or are you entirely happy with it?

 

There were definitely some bumps in the road, but in the end I’m entirely happy with my decision. In the beginning of my self-publishing journey, I was trying to mostly go through the process alone and figure everything out myself, and I don’t ever recommend doing that, haha. I got in touch with some awesome authors who have already gone through the process and they were able to help tremendously, which I am so thankful for! So my advice to anyone else going the self-publishing route would be to ask lots of questions and seek help from others who are in the business. It makes it a much better experience than trying to figure it out alone. :)

Good idea – I’m definitely keeping that in mind when I publish too. :)

What are your writing plans for the future?

 

Right now I am in the process of writing a sequel to “Not Abandoned”. I’m about 72 pages and almost 18,000 words in, so we’ll see where this one goes. :) I also regularly enjoy being a monthly magazine columnist for my sister’s e-mag, and also a bi-monthly columnist for a friend’s e-mag.

Yes!! I cannot wait for this sequel. I love it already (yes, be jealous readers, because I’ve already read some of it! ;)).

Thank you so much for visiting and taking the time to answer these questions, MacKenzie! I wish you a heart-felt congrats on your new release and look forward to many more of your splendid, God-filled books!
Thanks so much, Rae! :)

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That was fun, wasn’t it? Below you will find more information about the author and her book. Please do check it out!

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Human trafficking… These two words will change four different lives forever. Especially for Haley, a police officer in training, who is thrust right into the heart of an organized human trafficking ring when a family friend is mysteriously abducted. Once the problem hits even closer to home, Haley will stop at nothing to see justice prevail. With no way out once trapped inside the trafficking ring, is there any hope for rescue? When trouble arises and Caryn’s life is compromised, will she be able to survive or will help come too late? Strength is tested and trust is broken in this mystery of seemingly impossible rescue and God’s loving redemption. After hearing those words, human trafficking, these girls will never look at their lives the same way again… and neither will you.”

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MacKenzie Morganthal is an eighteen year old, Christian, Homeschool graduate. She loves writing, music, and most importantly Jesus. She resides in Pennsylvania where she keeps busy as a freelance author, worship leader, and creative arts director. She also loves going to concerts, and all things chocolate. While some people say she can be a little crazy, she always takes that as a compliment. She has been writing stories for eight years, and “Not Abandoned” is her first self-published novel.

CreateSpace estore: http://www.createspace.com/5427955

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/069243688X

Website: http://www.kenziebooks.weebly.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14073307

Facebook: Click THIS for link.

 

Posted in Book reviews, God's Lessons, Human Trafficking, Reviews, Spiritual beliefs, Writing

Book Review: “Not Abandoned” by MacKenzie Morganthal

Hello readers! Today, as part of the blog tour, I have a very special review – this book was recently published by “my very good friend Richard W. Cornvelt MacKenzie Morganthal”!! (Okay, so I admit I just used a quote from the kid show “Choo-Choo Bob” but since it is often on in my house, I can use it). But truly, I am so honoured to be able to review this gem! So, without further ado, read on for the review!

 

 

 

“Not Abandoned” by MacKenzie Morganthal

Review copy source: the Author

My rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

About the Book:

Human trafficking… These two words will change four different lives forever. Especially for Haley, a police officer in training, who is thrust right into the heart of an organized human trafficking ring when a family friend is mysteriously abducted. Once the problem hits even closer to home, Haley will stop at nothing to see justice prevail. With no way out once trapped inside the trafficking ring, is there any hope for rescue? When trouble arises and Caryn’s life is compromised, will she be able to survive or will help come too late? Strength is tested and trust is broken in this mystery of seemingly impossible rescue and God’s loving redemption. After hearing those words, human trafficking, these girls will never look at their lives the same way again… and neither will you.

My Thoughts:

I love this book. Truly I do. And I am not just saying that because I know and love the author like a sister. “Not Abandoned” is an amazing piece of art, showing the realism of Human Trafficking in a deep but gentle way. And there’s also a bit of a mystery to it! There were things I wasn’t even expecting. And even in my second read through of it, knowing the end, I was still reading as fast as I could, on the edge of my seat because it is that good.

You can tell that this book was entirely God-guided and I find that so remarkably powerful. His hand was through every page.
The story following these girls as victims of the sex-slavery pulled you right along – you hurt with them, you cried with them. And in the end, you hoped with them.
All of the characters were constructed very nicely. I think my favourite of the characters was Haley, the cop-in-training. I also really liked another character, but that person surprised us in doing something wrong. I won’t say who or give names, but that one was a favourite. I hope to see said character in the sequel!

Honestly, this book is hard to review because of the deep subject, but let me assure you it was handled with such grace while still exposing the terrible crime that is Human Trafficking. Millions of girls are in slavery, and I feel that this book helps give them a voice. This is a real thing, not to be handled lightly, and that is shown perfectly in “Not Abandoned”.

So I highly, highly recommend this book to older readers – I believe she has ages 14 and up – I might go a little higher than that, only because my little sister is so sensitive that I wouldn’t want her reading anything before she’s ready – but for others, 14 might be just fine :)   Anyway, I do suggest picking up this little gem!  It is definitely on my ‘favourites’ list!  (No bias, truly!)

And let me also just say, the cover is astounding! So perfect for the story and extremely eye-catching!

 

Congrats, Kenzie, and thank you for allowing me to read and review this fantastic book!

 

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review which I have given.

Posted in blog tour, God's Lessons, Guest Post, Heather Day Gilbert, Human Trafficking, lists, reading

Blog Tour Kick-Off “Not Abandoned” – Guest post by author, MacKenzie Morganthal

Today begins the blog tour for my sister-by-heart’s first published book, “Not Abandoned”! She has written the post to start of this exciting blog tour, so please read on!

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Hello, everyone! I am so excited that today is the first day of my blog tour for “Not Abandoned”! A special thank you to my amazing friend, Rae, for allowing me to start this tour with a guest post on her blog, since I don’t have a blog of my own. :)

As I prepare for this week long blog tour, I think back on the journey of writing and self-publishing that God has brought me through. He has opened so many doors for me through this process, and whenever a door closed, He always gave me a window in its place. I’ve been thinking about this verse a lot lately:

Psalm 118:24 “This is the day that the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”

He has known of this day even long before I started writing “Not Abandoned”. Through all the long nights of writing, and through the frustrated tears I shed during the editing and publishing process, He was right there already knowing of the beautiful outcome it would have. And He has made this day so amazing for me! Eight years of dreaming about becoming a published author, and now that day is finally here! :)

“Not Abandoned” is a very dear story to my heart because it gives readers a peek into one of my deepest passions. From the day I heard a human trafficking survivor telling her story in an interview, I knew that I had to do something to bring more of an awareness to the subject. It is truly heart breaking to me, and when God told me to write a story dealing with this topic, I was actually terrified of the idea! I wasn’t sure I’d be able to write the story well enough and I really didn’t even have a clear idea of where the story plot was even going. But God guided my hands to write this story, and it turned out so much better than I ever could’ve imagined, thanks to having Him as my co-author.

So because I’m not the greatest at writing things like this, I’m going to end here by saying: Never be afraid to give God your everything. He will always make something beautiful out of it!

Thanks for joining me on this opening post of my first ever blog tour! I hope you’ll stick around the rest of the week to learn more about the story of “Not Abandoned”. :)

 

Curved, Lines, Curves, Black And White, Strings

The Book:

“Not Abandoned”

ebook

 

Two words….human trafficking.

Four different lives…are altered forever.

Haley, a police officer in training, is thrust right into the heart of an organized human trafficking ring when a family friend is mysteriously abducted. Once the problem hits even closer to home, Haley will stop at nothing to see justice prevail.

With no way out once trapped inside the trafficking ring, is there any hope for rescue? When trouble arises and Caryn’s life is compromised, will she be able to survive or will help come too late?

Strength is tested and trust is broken in this mystery of seemingly impossible rescue and God’s loving redemption. After hearing those words, human trafficking, these girls will never look at their lives the same way again… and neither will you.

Curved, Lines, Curves, Black And White, Strings

The Author:

MacKenzie Morganthal is an eighteen year old, Christian, Homeschool graduate. She loves writing, music, and most importantly Jesus. She resides in Pennsylvania where she keeps busy as a freelance author, worship leader, and creative arts director. She also loves going to concerts, and all things chocolate. While some people say she can be a little crazy, she always takes that as a compliment. She has been writing stories for eight years, and “Not Abandoned” is her first self-published novel.

You can find out more about MacKenzie and her book through these links:

CreateSpace estore: http://www.createspace.com/5427955

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/069243688X

Website: http://www.kenziebooks.weebly.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14073307

Twitter: @authorkenzie

Curved, Lines, Curves, Black And White, Strings

More Stops on the Blog Tour: 

Be sure to stop by these blogs participating in this book release! And a big thank you to the bloggers themselves who have generously offered to help! We appreciate you!!

June 14th:

God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae (tour introduction) – you’re here!

June 15th:

Claire B. The Overactive Imagination

    Heather FitzGerald (character interview)

June 16th:

Alicia R. A Brighter Destiny

      Shantelle H. The World of the Writer

June 17th:

      Amada C. ASC Book Reviews

         God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae (book review)

June 18th:

Valerie Howard Books

June 19th:

Faith Blum (author interview)

  Heather Day Gilbert (book excerpt)

June 20th:

 God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae (tour wrap-up)

Curved, Lines, Curves, Black And White, Strings

Note from Rae: Thanks Kenzie for allowing me to be apart of this! Congratulations on your book release!!

 

Posted in Book reviews, BookCrash, God's Lessons

BookCrash book Review: “For the Joy set before us” by Erica Fye

http://www.amazon.com/For-Joy-Set-Before-Us/dp/1633570029/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1427728952&sr=8-1

 

“For the Joy Set Before Us” by Erica Fye

Nonfiction, missionary book

Review copy source: BookCrash

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

About the book:

Ever wonder what your calling is? Do you feel burdened for the nations? If you are willing to follow where God leads you, the road ahead may be challenging, but it will be well worth it if you do not give up. In For the Joy Set Before Us, Erica Fye invites you to journey with her to get a glimpse into the life of a missionary, and to offer insight into what God may have in store for your life.

My Thoughts:

I was so impressed and encouraged by this book! I love missionary books as it is, but this one was spectacular, with so many deep truths. Erica Fye really gets it.

An honest, good look into what it means to be a true missionary of Christ – and this can be anywhere, doesn’t just mean in the field. We are missionaries in our homes. I know many say that, and it’s easy to pass off – I’ve done that – but it’s true. Wherever God places us we are missionaries, because His light shines through us. He is in us.

I really liked that she hit hard with the fact that people think you can just run off to be a missionary, without thinking about the consequences, the lifestyle, what it means to be in Christ and show Christ to others and just the raw truth of it all. I had to stop and think about it myself, and pray that God would put the purest, right motivation in my heart. As she says, our main goal in missioning should be because we love Jesus. Only Him. He has to be our motivation, our desire, our light, and everything will flow out of that.

This book deeply challenged me, and really helped me.  There were times where I had to set it down to think about what the author was saying. I really love seeing people who are so emptied of themselves and filled utmost with Christ. I want to be that way.

Erica Fye gave real-life examples, and she wrote of it all so well. She was real and so filled with the Holy Spirit, and that showed through her amazing, yet humble writing. It was so good.

I would encourage all to read this book – even if you aren’t planning on going out as a missionary. This book has soooo many amazing Biblical truths and I just loved it. I know I will be looking back on it in the future, many times. It was humbling, teaching, and inspiring.

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookCrash in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and unbiased.

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Posted in Books, God's Lessons, Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking is real, and oh-so serious. How many of us take the time to actually think about it and pray for those that are trapped in it? I forget too often, though it is something that weighs heavily on my heart.  Today I want to share a music video on the topic. Please watch and listen till the end, and please, please, please, keep these victims in your prayers!

 

 

I had a dream the other night that I was trapped in a human-trafficking ring, and I woke up with my heart beating rapidly, reminding me to pray for those who are caught in it. For them, it is not just a dream, but a living nightmare.

 

Sex trafficking generates $ 27.8 billion every year. Learn more about these great organizations working to combat sex trafficking and forced prostitution: Apne Aap Women Worldwide, Girls Are Not For Sale, International Justice Mission, New Light and Somaly Mam Foundation: www.halftheskymovement.org  Breaks my heart

Books I’ve read (fiction) about it:

http://www.amazon.com/Priceless-Novel-World-Tom-Davis-ebook/dp/B005S2CMQA/ref=sr_1_9?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1427553255&sr=1-9&keywords=priceless

“Priceless” by Tom Davis. This was my first real entry into the world of Human Trafficking, and it broke my heart. This book was amazing, and sad, and redemptive, and you should read it.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Visible-Threat-Janice-Cantore-ebook/dp/B00E1O7O3W/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1427553347&sr=1-1&keywords=visible+threat+by+janice+cantore

“Visible Threat” by Janice Cantore. Again, eye-opening, and heart-wrenching. I reviewed this book here.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Deliver-Me-Evil-Kathi-Macias-ebook/dp/B008FBMQ9O/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1427553450&sr=1-1&keywords=kathi+macias

“Deliver me from evil” by Kathi Macias.

 

“Not Abandoned” by MacKenzie M. This is, God-willing, in the process of being published by my kindred spirit. I was so blessed and privileged to be one of her first readers, and I cannot wait to share this book with you all. She captured the topic/situation of Human-trafficking beautifully, and yet showed the heart-breaking truth of it, and God just completely took over.

 

As for non-fiction, this book was really good:

http://www.amazon.com/White-Umbrella-Walking-Survivors-Trafficking-ebook/dp/B008B9VJM0/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1427556109&sr=1-1&keywords=white+umbrella

“White Umbrella: Walking with Survivors of Sex Trafficking” by Mary Frances Bowley (I also reviewed this one here).

 

And I might’ve read other books, but these are the ones that come to the forefront of my mind.

Thank you for taking the time to read through this, and remember the victims in your prayers!

Posted in Book reviews, God's Lessons, Writing

Book Review: “Brothers and Betrayal” By Sarah Holman

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“Brothers and Betrayal” by Sarah Holman

#2 in The Tales of Taelis Series (click the link to go to Amazon and purchase!)   Releases March 28th 2015

My rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

About Sarah Holman:

Sarah Holman is a not so typical mid-twenties girl: A homeschool graduate, sister to six awesome siblings, and author of three published books and counting. If there is anything adventuresome about her life, it is because she serves a God with a destiny bigger than anything she could have imagined.

 

About the book:

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My Thoughts:

Once again, Sarah Holman has spun a marvelous tale, giving light to the many virtues the Lord desires to cultivate in us. In “Brothers and Betrayal”, the main theme is forgiveness and mercy. It’s oftentimes a hard lesson, but so important. I think it was shown beautifully in this book.

The characters were very like-able (except for the bad ones, but they were still well-crafted!), and I enjoyed reading from a couple of the characters’ different points of view. I found myself very intrigued by The Archer, and Brianna was another favourite character as well. Oh, and the character, Sarah was cute. :)

“Brothers and Betrayal” was a very enjoyable tale, and I am very much looking forward to the next in this lovely series! I really appreciate how Sarah Holman writes God-honouring tales that portray His goodness and is clearly woven in faith. I think these books would be a great read for all, but especially young readers, to encourage them in their walk with the Lord. I wish there were more books such as these!

So with that being said, I highly recommend these books to anyone and everyone! It is so refreshing to read such clear, godly, enjoyable books.

Marvelously done, Miss Holman!

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Readers, make sure you check out Sarah Holman’s blog for more info and fun! Link is provided when you click on either her name at the top also the very top image. :) And click on the link below to go to the Rafflecoptor Giveaway!!!

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I received a complimentary ecopy from the author in exchange for my honest review, which I have given. I was not paid to give a positive review; all thoughts are my own.