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A simple book review turns into a moving, emotional journey

The title lured me. I knew I had to read it. The review part was a bonus.

Read how Kim West’s Peaceful Passages touched my heart and led to the healing I didn’t know I needed. Read the review…

 


Short and Sassy; Carrie Daws’ “Crossing Values”

In her debut novel, Crossing Values, Carrie Daws seems to have accomplished what she intended: a book that reinforces accountability among unmarried men and women, healing from past hurts, and family uniting in difficult circumstances.CrossingValues

A “sweet” and quick read, Crossing Values offers its share of conflicts as the well-rounded characters find that anything worth having is worth fighting for and that sometimes the fight may well be an internal one.

At first thought, I wondered if such a short book –not to mention one from a first-timer– could pack the punch I wanted. It did. And then some.

Daws successfully penned a novel that has strong “crossover” appeal (pun intended). The author’s voice is impressive –especially in a debut novel.

The sequel, Ryan’s Crossing, was released on August 20, 2012 (Paperback and Kindle). Can’t wait to see where this story goes and follow this author’s progress.

Crossing Values and the sequel Ryan’s Crossing on Amazon 

ISBN: 1935507923
ISBN-13: 9781935507925
160pp; Jan. 2012
Formats: Paperback, Kindle
Where to buy: ChristianBook.com, Amazon.com, BN.com and other retail bookstores and CarrieDaws.com.

On the author’s website, get a 7 Day Devotional and A Discussion Guide to go along with Crossing Values.

Connect with the author @CarrieDaws and on FB.

Disclaimer: This is an uncompensated review completed as part of the CWA Review Crew. The opinions are solely those of the reviewer –unbiased and straightforward.


Kate Battistelli’s “Growing Great Kids” helps parents grow, too!

Ok. I have to be honest. I am a Francesca Battistelli fan so when I came across Kate Battistelli’s book Growing Great Kids I immediately made the mother-daughter connection and knew that I just had to read it.

Boy am I glad I did!

Of course, considering Francesca’s witness for Christ and her talent, there is no doubt that she must have been raised by awesome parents, right? She definitely was, but the connection is much, much deeper.

In Growing Great Kids, Kate Battistelli offers a large part of herself, her family, and her walk with God to illustrate what it means to be a Christian parent. She goes a step further and, in my opinion, has now left a written legacy that we (other Christian parents) can follow to be the example God intends for us –not just as parents but as people in this world.

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Kate advises readers to “partner with God to cultivate His purpose in your child’s life” and that is exactly what I will recommit to do.

I won’t give away too much, but… I especially love the “Questions to Think About” where we readers can look deeper inside ourselves to question our role, our application of biblical principles, and the importance of Christ in our families. Two specific questions that hit home (and might for you, as well) are: “what are the absolutes in your house?” and “what are you modeling?”.

As a Christian mother, it is important that I make the absolutes clear and to model Christ’s example in every area of my life. Certainly, I fail in many areas, but as Kate lovingly illustrates: we go through “seasons” and it is in the myriad of seasons that we grow both as parents and Christians, and it is also in the seasons that we learn to interpret God’s seasons in our child’s life.

To quote Shelly Ballestero, author of Beauty By God, “Growing Great Kids [is] an inspiration to all who have the privilege of raising God’s children”.

Thanks, Kate, for allowing your readers to get to know you and your family on a more personal level and, most of all, for reminding parents just how important our roles are in molding today’s child to become tomorrow’s Godly adult.

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Growing Great Kids: Partner with God to cultivate His purpose in your child’s life can be purchased at most major retailers; through Amazon.com; or order a discounted, autographed copy direct from the author at www.katebattistelli.com. Follow Kate @katebattistelli

ISBN: 967-1-61638-654-2 | List Price: $14.99 | Format: Softcover | Page Count: 238

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Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book/ebook/product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.


Review: Fruit of My Spirit by Deanna Nowadnick

It’s been a while since I read a memoir that is so down to earth and moving. In Fruit of My Spirit: Reframing Life in God’s Grace (Rhododendron Books, 2012), Deanna Nowadnick ‘s voice is easily relatable to most readers’ personal and spiritual struggles. 

In life, we constantly face trials and tribulations that, often, leave us feeling unworthy of God’s love, mercy, and forgiveness. When these feelings of inadequacy are combined with the roles and responsibilities of motherhood and family, the everyday events of life can seem insurmountable.

Deanna takes the reader on a personal journey by revealing the most intimate aspects of her life –and her walk with Christ- in ways that give the reader hope, inspiring us all to stay strong in the Lord.

Rev. Dr. Robin J. Dugall describes Fruit of My Spirit as “…part Bible study, part memoir, part confessional”.  I call it a tool, inspired by God to reach others who might be struggling with the overwhelming issues of living in today’s world.

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Fruit of My Spirit: Reframing Life in God’s Grace (Paperback, Kindle)can be purchased online at Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble or direct from the publisher.

Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.