Bible Studies, Non-Fiction Books

Chazown

Chazown

Craig Groeschel

 

About the Book:

You Can’t Really Live Without It
 
“Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18, kjv)

Tired of living half a life—or even a waking nightmare? Struggling to find meaning in a job you don’t like? Facing graduation or mid-life changes in a faltering economy? Wishing you could rekindle a dream you gave up long ago?

It’s time to get your vision checked!

In this practical, energizing guide, pastor and author Craig Groeschel shows how to live life fully by finding, naming, and achieving your unique, God-given goal. The secret: knowing your chazown, a Hebrew word for “vision,” “dream,” or “revelation.”

You’ll see how to identify your chazown by taking a fresh look at your core values, spiritual gifts, and experiences. You’ll understand the big picture—and the vital details. In this book—now newly revised and updated—you’ll find . . .

·         A brand new introduction
·         Step-by-step instructions to uncover your chazown
·         Personal stories that show the principles at work
·         “You’re the Author” activities to help you apply what you’re learning
·         “Key Thoughts” that capture and make it easy to remember crucial concepts
·          A lively, thought-provoking study guide for individuals or groups

“Is something missing from your life? Are you aware that God has more for you? Seek Him. He will give you a chazown. And not just any, but one that is tailored specifically for you.”
—Craig Groeschel

Hard to Pronounce, Easy to Discover
 
Chazown (kha-ZONE) is the Hebrew word for the dream, revelation, or vision God was thinking about when he made you. You’re one of a kind, placed on earth with a plan that’s yours alone to carry out. God isn’t hiding it. He wants you to know and embrace it!

Fulfilling your chazown is one of the most enjoyable, rewarding things you’ll ever do—because the blueprint is customized by your architect, the One who knows you best. That doesn’t mean it’s always easy though, which is why author Craig Groeschel provides plenty of battle-tested ways to stay on course.

Why waste another day aiming for the wrong target—or none at all? Take your first steps toward pursuing God’s chazown for you!

About the Author:

Craig Groeschel is the founding and senior pastor of Life.Church. Meeting in multiple locations around the United States, and globally at Church Online, Life.Church is known for the innovative use of technology to spread the Gospel.

With a passion for serving the Church and partnering to reach people for Christ, Life.Church develops and shares resources and applications with churches worldwide. Life.Church also developed YouVersion and the Bible App. Created to help increase access and engagement with the Bible, the Bible App has been installed on more than 250 million devices and in every country of the world.

Craig and his wife, Amy, have six children and live in the Edmond, Oklahoma area where Life.Church began in 1996. He speaks frequently at conferences worldwide, hosts the Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast, and is a New York Times best-selling author.

 

My Review:

We go through life feeling like there is so much more we can offer. Sometimes we even feel like what we do doesn’t matter, we feel lost. I’m guilty of feeling this way, sometimes I sit and think why is my life so mundane. It wan’t until I picked up Craig Groeschel’s book, Chazown: Discover and Pursue God’s Purpose for Your Life that I found the true meaning of my life. First of all, I know you are probably wondering what Chazown means: Chazown (kha-ZONE) is a hebrew word for the dream, revelation, or vision God was thinking about when he made you. (taken from the back cover)

Psalm 139:14 says, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (NIV) We are made in God’s image, we are one of kind, there is no one else like us. We each have a purpose, a plan that is ours to carry out, God has trusted us with it. Sometimes we are uncertain of those plans. Chazown will help you to understand that plan for our lives.

Pastor Craig Groeschel provides for us step by step instructions to uncover our chazown, there is personal stories that show these principles at work, there is also “You’re the Author” activities, along with “Key Thoughts” that capture and make it easy to remember crucial concepts and a study guide that can be used individually or with a small group.

Overall, this is a great book, a real eye opener to me. It has helped me to see the purpose for my life.

I received a copy of this book for free, a favorable review was not required, all opinions expressed are my own.

 

 

Bible Studies, Non-Fiction Books

The Will of God IS the Word of God!

The Will of God IS the Word of God

James MacDonald

About the Book:

Is God’s will top-secret?

When it comes to God’s will, you may live in fear that He is holding out on you somehow. Yet, the Bible clearly reveals God’s will for your life. You only need to listen.

When it comes to discovering God’s will, author and pastor James MacDonald finds historic misunderstandings among Christians:

•           “Can you ever be sure about what God wants you to do?”
•           “What if you discover you’ve been doing something other than His will?”
•           “If you somehow stepped out of God’s will at some point, can you ever get back on track, or is your situation hopeless?”

Are you in God’s will now?  Is a confident answer to that question ever possible?

About the Author:

JAMES MACDONALD is founding pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel, a suburban Chicago church composed of many new Christians that has grown to more than 6,000 worshipers in its fourteen-year history. He has spoken extensively at retreats and Bible conferences and is the author of three other books, as well as articles in noted Christian magazines. He can be heard daily through the half-hour radio broadcast, Walk in the Word, which is aired on more than 500 stations around the country. A new one-minute feature with James, called Listen Up, is now in syndication and is heard on more than 1,000 stations nationwide.

My Review:

All of my Christian walk, I have been asked “Do you know God’s will for your life?” I would always answer that I’m unsure, how do I know what God’s will for my life is. Only to get the answer, you will know what God’s will is for your life. I will say that I always had a small sense of what God’s will is but wasn’t always certain. It wasn’t until I picked up a copy of James MacDonald’s new book, The Will of God is the Word of God that I understood completely the answer to that question we all ask, “What is God’s will for my life?”

Pastor James MacDonald takes you through questions and answers and then explains how we will know what God’s will is. The answer is simple and one we never would have imagined. He also finds historic misunderstandings among Christians, gives us scripture that is misquoted. This book has been an amazing part of my walk with Christ and has helped me tremendously. It is one I will go back to often. I promise you that The Will of God is the Word of God is one book you will want to read.

I received a copy of this book for free, a favorable review was not required and all opinions expressed here are my own.

Non-Fiction Books

Talking With God

Talking with God

Adam Weber

About the Book:

Life is crazy. Prayer is simple.

Prayer seems like it should be so simple. Yet when it comes to actually praying, it often feels awkward and complicated.

I mean, what should you actually pray about? What do you say? Is there anything you should or shouldn’t say? Do you have to speak out loud? Where do you even start?

To make matters worse, we’ve heard about prayer for so long that we feel awkward asking about it. It’s like having to ask a person’s name after knowing them for years. We’re embarrassed to ask because we really should know their name by now.

Then comes the reality and craziness of life. Between work, parenting, walking the dog, a full inbox, keeping up on social media—who has time to pray?

The truth is, prayer is simple.

It’s like talking; talking with a good friend. Here’s the best part: No matter where we are in life, God can’t wait to talk with us.

What does it look like to pray in the midst of your life?
What do you say when you don’t know how to pray?

I’m asking the same questions. Let’s talk.

About the Author:

Adam lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He likes typewriters, drives a Rambler, cheers for the Cincinnati Bengals, has 4 chickens, and a dog named Daisy. He’s the Lead Pastor of Embrace, a 10-year-old church that has grown to 6 campuses in two states. He and his beautiful wife, Becky, have four kids. Fun fact: He once made worldwide news when a turkey vulture fell out of the sky and onto his back porch during an ice storm. Google it.

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My Review:

I have always been afraid of praying out loud. Afraid that I won’t say the right thing or that I might sound stupid. I would pray to myself or just not speak and let God hear what’s on my heart. When I was given the chance to read Adam Weber’s book, Talking with God: What to Say When You Don’t Know How to Pray, I knew this book was for me. Talking with God really opened my eyes and I learned that praying is like having a conversation. Just like that, it hit me. What have I been so scared about? Prayer is just having an open and honest conversation with God. Just like I have a conversation with my husband, kids or best friend, I can have that same conversation with God.

I feel a lot better about praying out loud now. I highly recommend this book to anyone, whether you don’t know how to pray or do know how. This book is a real eye opener.

I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required of me, all opinions expressed here are my own.

Fiction Books

Finding Hope in Savannah Blog Tour with Giveaway

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My Review:

Finding Hope in Savannah is a Christian Suspense/Romance novel written by Melissa Wardwell. Liz Thompson enjoys her life with her son but when she is the witness to something horrifying and dangerous, they are forced into hiding and her life changes. Settling down in the small community of Isle of Hope, Georgia, Liz realizes that her heart and life are still hanging in the balance.

Jake Andrews is now an officer in the town of Savannah. His life is to protect the people that he serves that is until someone from his past shows up again, bringing up feelings he thought he had pushed away. But soon, the danger follows Liz and now her and Jake must put all their trust in God and each other.

This was a wonderful book that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. I give it 5 out of 5 stars and recommend to all.

I received a copy of this book for free, a favorable review was not required. All opinions expressed are my own.

About the Book

Book: Finding Hope in Savannah

Author: Melissa Wardwell

Genre: Christian Suspense/Romance

Release Date: September 15, 2016

Elizabeth “Liz” Thompson liked her quiet, predictable life with her son. When she witnesses something horrifying and dangerous, they are forced into hiding. She seeks refuge in the small community of Isle of Hope, Georgia only to find that her life and her heart are still hanging in the balance.

Officer Jake Andrews, dedicated his life to protect and serve the people of Savannah. In the back of his mind always wondering “what if?”. The arrival of a young woman from his past forces him to face a long-buried secret, that will change how he sees his future.

As danger comes to Georgia, Liz & Jake must learn to trust God and each other, to see their way out of the situation.

About the Author

Melissa resides in a small mid-Michigan farm community with her husband and three children, all of whom they home school. Besides writing, she enjoys reading, taking photos, and motorcycle rides with her husband. Her hope is that each story touches your heart, gives you hope, or just gives you a moment away from the chaos of life

Guest Post from Melissa Wardwell

Finding myself though “Finding Hope in Savannah”

Writing this book opened my eyes to quite a few things about myself. It opened a door to a need to discover new places and try new things. To step outside of my shell and not be afraid to discover what I am capable of as a wife, mother, and a Christian Woman. In one scene, I have “Liz” talking about how she wishes she could be brave enough to face things without being so fearful of the outcome. I was reminded that when we are moving in Christ’s will for our lives, there is nothing to fear.

When I came up with the idea for “Finding Hope in Savannah” I wanted a location that was unlike any place I have ever been. All my other books take place in my area. So, I set out to find images of some place warm and southern. I came across images of this little community on the outskirts of Savannah Georgia called Isle of Hope. I loved the looks of this little haven so much, I made it the location of this book.

Writing the descriptions on the location was a bit of a stretch of my imagination. I hadn’t seen it, smelled it, or touched it in any way. The writing of this book just so happened to be the same year as when our family would be driving to Florida for a family vacation. After expressing my frustration in not getting the feel of the place right, my darling husband suggested leaving a bit earlier and spending some time in Savannah on the way down. I am so glad we did and I discovered for myself why it is considered the most beautiful city in the United States.

This book isn’t just a love story or a story about a woman in hiding, but about a single mother of a tween boy who is trying her best to find her way in this world. Having two teen boys of my own I know how fun, as well as gross, boys can be but to get the right mind set for “Liz” I had to do some homework. It took watching and talking to my friends who are single mothers, hear their concerns about life and managing their time. I admire those who have to play both roles every day and still have a smile on their faces. With my husband’s job, I am on my own with the kids part of the time, but it is only part time. I couldn’t imagine raising my three all by myself. My hats off to all the single mommies of the world.

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April 10: Captive Dreams Window

April 11: A Greater Yes

April 11: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations

April 12: Bigreadersite

April 13: Blogging With Carol

April 14: Carpe Diem

April 15: my site/autism mom

April 16: Quiet Quilter

April 17: Through the Open Window

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Melissa is giving away one print copy of “Finding Hope in Savannah” as well as a $10 Amazon gift card!! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/b2b9

Fiction Books

Just the Way You Are Blog Tour and Giveaway


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My Review:

Just the Way You Are is the first book by Pepper Basham that I have had the privilege to read. A nice, sweet romantic read you will thoroughly enjoy. A Contemporary Romance novel about a single mom, Eisley Barrett who prefers to keep romance safely housed, travels to England to unearth a secret meets an actor who offers her a different type of discovery.

Wes Harrison has a past that he doesn’t want to confess to. He has avoided any type of romance until he meets Eisley Barrett. She has this kindness about her that melts his heart. Will he open his heart to her or will his past cause him pain yet again?

A great read, you will not put down until your finished and it will leave wanting more.

I received this book for free, a favorable review was not required. All opinions expressed are my own.

About the Book

Book: Just the Way You Are

Author: Pepper Basham

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Single mom, Eisley Barrett, prefers to keep romance safely housed within a centuries-old mystery, but when she travels to England to unearth the secret, an actor with a sordid past offers her reluctant heart a very different type of discovery.

Wes Harrison has a past he’s ashamed to confess. Suspicious and cynical, he’s managed to avoid romantic entanglements since a tragedy upended his career and life, that is until American Eisley Barrett comes along. Her authenticity and kindness upend his bitter assumptions and send his heart into unscripted territory.
When his past threatens to ruin a second chance at love, can some Appalachian matchmaking and letters from the grace salvage their unexpected romance?

About the Author

Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes novels inspired by her love for history and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Her Penned in Time series has garnered recognition in the Inspys, Grace Awards, and the ACFW Carol Awards. Her contemporary romance novel, A Twist of Faith, received 4-stars from Romantic Times, and most recently, her newest release, The Thorn Healer, received a Top Pick from RT with 4 ½ stars. Her newest contemporary romance, Just the Way You Are, releases in April 2016. You can get to know Pepper on Facebook, or over at her group blog, The Writer’s Alley, or Instagram.

Guest post from Pepper Basham

Thank you so much for featuring my newest novel, Just the Way You Are, on CelebrateLit. I am THRILLED to be a part of this and to share a story that is very dear to my heart.

Just the Way You Are is my first ‘true’ Britallachian romantic comedy. Even though I’ve written comedy in some of my other novels and included elements of both Appalachia and Britain, this one embodies the tag #britallachian to the core. For those of you who’ve read some of my previous books, you know I’m a big fan of my native Blue Ridge Mountains and the Appalachian culture. You may also know that I’m a proud Anglophile.

Those two loves met in Just the Way You Are – and I tossed lots of other things I love best into the mix. What are those ingredients, you might ask?

Well, let me just tell ya! Just the Way You Are is a blend of Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian culture, big (hilarious) family dynamics, matchmaking, Britain, a swoony English hero, a quirky, magnanimous heroine, a bunch of adorable kids, Scooby Doo and Indiana Jones references, lots of humor, a historical mystery, a devious villainess, stately manor houses, secret rooms, love letters, and matchmaking all rolled into one…oh, and did I mention brain-numbing romance?

(Did anyone else feel the need to add “fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, miracles, true love….” From the Princess Bride?) I don’t think I included torture, giants, or monsters in Just the Way You Are…but I may have the other elements in this novel.

Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating about the brain-numbing, but I do have a tendency to err on the side of overly dramatic.

Within the pages of Just the Way You Are, you’ll meet people from my own family, people from my imagination, and some people who stepped into the story without one ounce of my planning to ever meet them. This story came out of my desire to write something I love reading – spicy romance, clean humor, culture clashes, the big love of family, and redemption.

How did my heroine Eisley Barrett evolve? Out of thin air. I was washing dishes one afternoon and staring out the window into our small backyard with the Blue Ridge Mountains painting a purplish-blue frame on the horizon when I closed my eyes. Into my imagination came this ginger-headed woman walking through Heathrow International Airport pulling a hot pink bag behind her…and then, she tripped and fell. That was it. That’s how I was introduced to my insecure, hilarious, romance-loving, single-mom heroine.

And the dashing hero? Okay, this may sound ridiculous, but I was watching an interview about Richard Armitage (Thoron Oakenshield, Guy of Gisborne, etc) regarding his lovely costume drama North and South where he plays a very dashing British hero. Anyway, he was SUCH a gentleman to watch during the interview. So polite. Kind. Funny, in a sweet way, and then, out of the blue, he said the word ‘gosh’. I know, that may not be a big deal to anyone but me, but after watching celebrity interviews where every other word needed a censor, the very fact that this elegant man used the word ‘gosh’, sent my writing brain into motion. My first internal question? What if a movie star with a tender heart had been burned by the pretension and expectation of celebrity status? What kind of woman could touch a heart who’d lost his faith in love’s authenticity?

Enter my red-head single-mom toting her pink bag through Heathrow and you have the very beginning of Just the Way You Are – a story of forgiveness, second chances…and a little bit of movie magic.

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April 16: Book by Book

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April 17: Splashes of Joy

April 17: Christian Bookaholic

April 17: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations

April 18: Karen Sue Hadley

April 18: History Mystery & Faith

April 18: Through the Open Window

April 19: Henry Happens

April 19: Baker Kella

April 19: Daysong Reflections

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Pepper is giving away a Grand Prize consisting of:
A ‘chest’ – in JTWYA historical letters are discovered in a chest that relates to the historical storyline, so all of these lovely goodies are going to be safely inside this chest.

Chocolate – several references take place in JTWYA that compare the hero to chocolate 😉

A plaque about family – because that’s a main point of importance in JTWYA

A Spider-man zipper pull – Pete, the heroine’s son, is a major Spider-man fan.

English Breakfast Tea – The hero is English…swoony English

A dishcloth – again, something that relates to a scene in the book regarding the hero and dishes (twice)

Stirring spoon and measuring cups – food and cooking are a big part of Appalachian culture and fellowship, something celebrated in JTWYA

A notebook – Eisley (the heroine) is taking notes about a historical family mystery

A lovely container full of cloth flowers (for fun, and beauty) – the container says – Love and you will be loved. Loving others has an amazing way to find its way back to us (as is what happens in JTWYA)

A little plaque that reads “You are Loved” – a theme of this story

A beautiful lace doily from England (the English part of the story)

Some “Pixie Dust” a fun visualization of the ‘magic’ of romance in this story

and A copy of Just the Way You Are!!

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Fiction Books

Let Love Spring Blog Tour with Giveaway


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My Review: 

Let Love Spring: A Historical Spring Collection is a collection of three novellas written by three amazing authors. I absolutely loved this book, each story is written to leave you wanting more. The theme of each story seems to be Love and Forgiveness.

An Angel for the Cowboy: Essie Love is about to loose her home and is prepared to do whatever she can to save her home and provide for her sisters. Jud Steele is wanted for a crime he didn’t commit. He is wounded and finds himself on the doorstep of Essie. As she nurses him back to health, Jud realizes what he needs his  a home and a family.

Spring Recaptured: What happens when the love of your life comes back into your life after disappearing for six years? Ren Klinghoffer can’t believe who he just seen, the only girl he has ever loved is back but its not the same, she has a child.

Andrea Vandermere Radcliff returns to Springdale to stay with her aunt. She is has a secret that could bring harm to her family and she doesn’t want to face the man whom she loved so many years ago. Can Andrea and Ren put aside the anger and learn to forgive or will it destroy them both? Can their love spring up again?

A Love Not Forgotten: Allison White is getting married but there is one problem, she is not thrilled and still loves her fiancé, Chaz. Charles “Chaz” Powell was shot down over enemy territory, even though the war is over its still raging for him. As a result of the crash, Chaz has amnesia and the only thing he has that can bring any clue to his identity is a love letter without a return address. Will Chaz regain his memory in enough time to be with Allison or will he have to forge a new life?

Overall, this is a great collection of novellas. Released at the right time.

I received a copy of this book for free. A Favorable review was not required, these opinions expressed are my own.

About the Book

Book: Let Love Spring

Author: Jodie Wolfe, Sandy Faye Mauck, & Linda Shenton Matchett

Genre: Historical Romance

Release Date: March 30, 2017

An Angel for the Cowboy

When the bank threatens foreclosure on Essie Love’s home, it’s up to her to provide for her sisters. She’ll do whatever it takes to save them, even if it means marrying a stranger.

Jud Steele is wanted for a crime he didn’t commit. Wounded and left for dead, he lands on Essie’s doorstep. While she nurses him back to health, he finds himself longing for a home and family.

Can two desperate people find a path that leads to what they both need?

Spring Recaptured

The seed that falls in the dead of winter sometimes becomes the seed of life that rises in spring.

Late winter’s chill heats up quickly when Ren Klinghoffer sees the only girl he’s ever loved coming back into town after disappearing one dark night six years ago. The rumors of her being widowed and having a child appear to be true.

Andrea Vandermere Radcliff nervously returns to Springdale to stay with her aunt, afraid of only two things—keeping the secret that could harm her family and facing the beloved man she was stolen from.

Anger and unforgiveness plague the once betrothed couple. Will their broken hearts mend enough to bring them to the place of God’s peace and hope? Or will the sins of others permanently destroy the love that once bloomed in the spring of their lives?

A Love Not Forgotten

Allison White should be thrilled about her upcoming wedding. The problem? She’s still in love with her fiancé, Chaz, who was declared dead after being shot down over Germany in 1944. Can she put the past behind her and settle down to married life with the kindhearted man who loves her?

It’s been two years since Charles “Chaz” Powell was shot down over enemy territory. The war is officially over, but not for him. He has amnesia as a result of injuries sustained in the crash, and the only clue to his identity is a love letter with no return address. Will he ever regain his memories and discover who he is, or will he have to forge a new life with no connections to the past?

About the Authors

Jodie Wolfe creates novels where hope and quirky meet. She’s been a semi-finalist and finalist in various writing contests and is a member of ACFW. When not writing she enjoys spending time with her husband in Pennsylvania, reading, walking, and being a Grammie. Learn more at www.jodiewolfe.com.

 

Sandy Faye Mauck writes character driven historical fiction with a romantic heart and a sprinkle of humor. God’s truth is woven throughout her stories bringing hope and new life. She and her writer husband live in their own happily ever after on the Pacific Coast that holds their hearts.

 

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry, Linda Shenton Matchett has lived in historical places most of her life-from Edison, New Jersey (named for the famed light bulb inventor) and Washington, DC to Wolfeboro, New Hampshire (reputed to be the oldest summer resort in America). A freelance writer for over ten years, her articles and devotionals have appeared in numerous print and online publications. She is a volunteer docent at the Wright Museum of WWII and a Trustee for the Wolfeboro Public Library. She lives in NH with her husband, Wes and her fur-baby, Ben. Visit her at http://www.lindashentonmatchett.com./

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March 30: Lighthouse Academy

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April 2: Back Porch Reads

April 3: Blossoms and Blessings

April 4: Blogging With Carol

April 5: A Greater Yes

April 6: Jeanette’s Thoughts

April 7: Carpe Diem

April 8: A Baker’s Perspective

April 9: Reading Is My SuperPower

April 10: Christian Bookaholic

April 11: Karen Sue Hadley

April 12: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations

Giveaway

To celebrate the tour, Celebrate Lit Publishing is giving away:

A Grand prize of a Historical themed Gift bag valued at $50
1st – 5th places: An eBook copy of “Let Love Spring”

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Fiction Books

Baggage Claim Blog Tour with Giveaway

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My Review:

Baggage Claim is full of suspense, mystery and learning to trust God. Ben Taylor doesn’t know who he can trust, being a widower and father to four children, Ben has always enjoyed his life until he tries to seek out his biological children and finds so many tangled roots and broken branches. Then his life takes a nose dive when he gets involved with a criminal network and fraud at his job. All he wants to do his find a safe place for his children before he even tries to clear his name.

Teresa Cooper has hidden herself for 10 years and decides she is safe now and is ready to move on. Being the many to Ben Taylor’s children she never thought he would ask her to take his children to a relative in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and stay with them. This puts her new life to a stop. She finds her self in hiding again but this time with four children. Being a city girl, will she be able to enjoy God’s country? Will her past catch up with her? Who exactly did Ben trust with his children?

Baggage Claim is A Great Lakes Novel written by Cathe Swanson. A great mystery/suspense novel that you will throughly enjoy. I don’t read a lot of Suspense novels, Baggage Claim is one I enjoyed.

I received a copy of this book for free, a favorable review was not required. All opinions expressed are my own.

About the Book

Book: Baggage Claim

Author: Cathe Swanson

Genre: Christian Suspense/Romance

Release Date: February 14, 2017

There had to be at least one healthy branch on his family tree…

Who can he trust?

Ben Taylor, widower and father of four lively children, enjoys his easy, uncomplicated life. He likes his work and has a competent nanny to manage his household. Everything is good until he decides to seek out his biological parents and discovers a family tree with tangled roots and broken branches.

His comfortable life crumbles when he gets caught up in a criminal network of fraud and conspiracy at his new job. When Ben is forced into a dangerous alliance, he scrambles to find a safe situation and protection for his children before setting out to clear his name—all without getting himself killed in the process.

A nanny with a past…

Becoming a nanny was the perfect solution when Teresa Cooper needed a place to hide ten years ago, but now that she’s no longer in danger, she’s ready to move on and make a new life for herself. When Ben asks her to take the children to an unknown relative in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, she finds herself in hiding again, this time with four children in tow.

As the children explore the wilderness of the Upper Peninsula, Teresa begins to wonder about God’s plan for her future. Who is this stranger Ben trusts with his children? Why here? Can a city-bred nanny find joy in this wild corner of God’s creation?

About the Author

Cathe Swanson lives in Wisconsin with her husband of 32 years. They enjoy spending time with their family and being outdoors, kayaking, hiking, birdwatching and fishing, but summer is short in Wisconsin, so it’s important to have indoor hobbies, too. Cathe has been a quilter and teacher of quiltmaking for over 25 years, and she enjoys just about any kind of creative work, especially those involving fiber or paper. She enjoys writing stories with eccentric characters of all ages. Her books will make you laugh and make you cry – and then make you laugh again.

Guest Post from Cathe Swanson

When I was in high school, I thought I might like to become an occupational therapist. Instead, I got married, had babies, raised the children and launched them into the world. I took a few years to regroup, and then I started thinking about what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.

Shortly after that, my dad had a stroke, and when he came home from the hospital, I was fascinated by the work of the visiting therapists. I did some research and learned that physical and occupational therapy assistants make pretty good money and are able to do the best part of the job – the therapy. Therapists are often bogged down in paperwork and periodic assessments. The assistant has all the fun, and it’s just a 5-semester program.

So I trotted on down to the local community college and asked what I had to do to get signed up. The counsellor talked for a while about prerequisites, petitions, waiting lists, internships, and other such things. Eventually I realized she was trying to tell me that I was too old to embark on this career. Too taken-aback to be offended, I went home and wrote a book about it instead. After all, I’d invested a lot of time in research.

I’d been writing stories for years, and already had the bones of Baggage Claim. Once I gave my young hero a job as a physical therapy assistant, the story took on life. My mother’s interest in genealogy had sparked a question: What if a nice, normal person wanted to track down their biological family and it blew up in their face? So that’s where I sent my hero, and as one of my reviewers said, “It was not a Hallmark moment.”

I’m very happy as an author and have no real interest in becoming an occupational therapist. Indeed, that rejection was a turning point for me. I could have pushed forward and got that degree, but instead I went home and wrote. I have no regrets.

Blog Stops

March 28: Books. Books. And More Books.

March 28: Book Reviews From an Avid Reader

March 29: Chas Ray’ s Book Nerd Corner

March 29: A Greater Yes

March 30: Genesis 5020

March 31: Reading Is My SuperPower

April 1: Quiet Quilter

April 2: autism mom

April 2: Avid Reader Book Reviews

April 3: Moments Dipped in Ink

April 3: Faithfully Bookish

April 4: Inklings and notions

April 5: Blossoms and Blessings

April 6: Blogging With Carol

April 7: Carpe Diem

April 7: A Baker’s Perspective

April 8: Christian Bookaholic

April 8: Karen Sue Hadley

April 9: History, Mystery and Faith

April 9: Bigreadersite

April 10: His Grace is Sufficient

April 10: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Cathe is giving away Grand prize themed gift box that will include:
A decorative suitcase box
Earl Grey Tea
A handmade mug rug
A pretty mug
14 handmade all-occasion cards
And a paperback copy of Baggage Claim!! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/b2c8