Category Archives: Inspirational

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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…

 


Behind the Book: The Willmakers (Kent Breazeale)

Summary:
Her love for God, her love for others, and overwhelming death all mark the story of Ann Wallace. In the spring of 1874, called by God, Ann sets out along the unsettled Natchez Trace. As those who later accompany are murdered at the hands of Maggot Mays and the other highwaymen, Ann begins to question her faith, her dedication, and her service to God. It is about twenty years later that Ann realizes the tragedy endured along the Natchez Trace was all part of a Divine plan and those who died for her mission were “the Willmakers.”

First, tell us a little about you – the writer and the man.
Writing fiction allows me to release my imagination.  I see what the characters see, I hear the sounds that they hear, I feel the emotions that they feel and I live the story as they live it.  I can’t imagine another form of writing that could be more satisfying.

What inspired you to write The Willmakers?  To choose the period you chose for this story?
Inspiration for The Willmakers came from a story told to me by a fellow missionary in Tanzania about a husband and wife who had lived their lives in a remote area of Africa as missionaries.  In retirement they left Africa feeling as complete failures because they couldn’t think of even one person they had led to Christ through the years.  Just before their deaths they were visited by a man they had taught when he was a child.  He had become an evangelist and was leading vast numbers to Christ.  Spiritual success is not always visible and faith in God, though not always easy, is always necessary.

I grew up on the Natchez Trace and for many years have been intrigued by it’s history and that a place that is so peaceful in present day has such a vicious past.  The years of the 1870’s to the mid 1880’s were the last remaining years of stronghold for the Highwaymen and the last remaining troubled years of the Natchez Trace.

Without giving story spoilers, tell us a little about Ann Wallace, the person.
Ann Wallace is a missionary of meager means and she is a single mother.  The odds are stacked against her even before she begins her journey.  The thing she has in her favor is determination.  And though she is unaware of it, God has already chosen her as a person to further His will – a willmaker.

The Natchez Trace and the history of how travelers were in danger of being robbed, raped or killed by highwaymen are prominent in your book.  What led you to these points in the book?
The Trace was a trade route to and from Natchez, Mississippi used by Indians, settlers and mail carriers known as post-riders.  The route was home to many bands of outlaws, some known to be inhumanly mean and vicious such as John Murrell and his gang.  But none were as notorious as the Harpe brothers.  Big Harpe and Little Harpe would kill and disembowel their victims; possibly to create a reputation so ferocious and terrible that even the lawmen of their era were fearful to come face to face with the Harpes.

What do you want readers to take away from having read your book?
I simply want readers to enjoy the story.  When I start a story, seldom do I know how it will end.  The characters come to life and move the story forward for me and I want it to be the same for the reader.  If a reader sees and feels what the characters see and feel then I’ve told a good story.

As many of us do, the characters in The Willmakers experience their weaknesses, their shortcomings and their doubt.  In the end I think that we may see that God is not so much concerned with out shortcomings as He is in how we strive to overcome them and that God is not so much concerned in how we start as He is in how we finish.

Other titles by Kent Breazeale
The Chosen One (5 stars; short story)
The Mind of Payne (in progress)

Connect with Kent Breazeale
@rkbreazeale
and on Facebook.
Go to Kent Breazeale’s author page.


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.