The Path to a Modest Lifestyle | Book Review



About the Book

When you’re obeying His commands and serving the Lord there is a certain satisfaction that you feel. Serving Him brings you great joy and pride. But what about giving yourself and your life to Him entirely? In giving Him your life, that includes giving Him your appearance, your attitude and your heart’s desire. You are a daughter of the one true King. It’s time to step into the life that God has meant for you to live; one filled with confidence in your natural beauty and grace. Let His glory shine through you, bringing His light to the world. Within these pages you’ll learn to unlock your natural beauty that God has given you.


My Review

This is a short and easy book to read (I read it while getting distracted from editing a book ;)), but I enjoyed every minute of it. Amanda covers a lot of ground in a few short words–from accepting the body God has made you in to embracing the role of womanhood.

Not only does Amanda cover Biblical reasons for modesty, she gives some very practical insight in how to change one’s wardrobe. The simplify chapter was very organized and had a great list of questions to determine what to keep or get rid of.

A quote that stood out to me:
“[Wearing dresses] has become a wonderful daily reminder of the thought and hard work God put into making me who I am: a woman.”

*I received a complimentary copy of this book to read*

About the Author

Amanda started writing at the age of 13, already an avid reader, she decided it was time she tried her hand at the craft. Just a few months after beginning to write she became a regular contributor at The Link magazine. After starting high school, Amanda put her writing career on hold and went on to be a normal teenager. It wasn’t until Amanda entered college that she started her first book Searching for Summer. Now twenty-three, Amanda is an avid writer, and reader. Her love of books whether written by herself or others has immensely grown since her childhood. She now runs her blog, A Pinch of Faith and her online business AmandaLeite.com. She has recently published her first book The Path to a Modest Lifestyle and has plans for many more books in the future.


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Word Wednesday #100

Therefore now flee thou to thy place: I thought to promote thee unto great honour; but, lo, the LORD hath kept thee back from honour. 
Numbers 24:11
Obeying God may cost us earthly promotion, but nothing can compare to the spiritual peace and blessing that comes from steadfast obedience.
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The Solid Rock | Blog Tour

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I am excited to be part of this blog tour for a new Christian Western! Faith Blum joins us today to talk about her new release, The Solid Rock. It is about a talented detective with a mission to find his kidnapped colleague who finds himself working undercover with a heinous outlaw who has more plans than first meet the eye. I had the chance to read this book as a beta reader, and it sure is exciting!

About the Book

3D The Solid RockJoshua woke with a quiet groan. As his senses woke up one at a time, he cracked his eyelids open. Sure enough, there was a silhouetted form standing at the foot of the bed. From the smell, the person was either from the brothel down the street or had recently left one. He forced himself to breathe evenly and reached for the knife in his thigh holster. With as tough and evil a voice as he could imitate, he spoke, “State your intentions.” Pinkerton detective, Joshua Brookings, is sent on a job that seems simple on the surface. His fellow detective has been kidnapped and his boss, William Pinkerton senses foul play. Joshua is sent to investigate Edward’s case in hopes of finding the kidnapped detective and helping solve the case that has taken over ten years to investigate. Arriving in Cheyenne, Joshua finds much more than a simple kidnapping. Yet again, he must go undercover, something he made his boss promise never to make him do again. The only Christian in the outlaw group, Joshua falters and almost loses faith in God’s providence. Will he stand on the solid Rock or drown in the sinking sand?

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Excerpt

Quotable #5 
Elizabeth nodded. “The notes are on the desk. I’ll be around the house most of the day. Let me know if you need anything.”
Joshua turned to her. “Before you go, can you tell me what you know?”
Elizabeth leaned against the doorway and crossed her arms. “Father was hired by a man named Allen Reese who had informally investigated some strange outlaw activities. He has paid Father for the last ten, almost eleven, years to slowly investigate whatever is going on. Recently, Father has been preoccupied and distracted unless he’s working on the case. About a week before his kidnapping, he warned me something might happen. He knows some of the people involved, but doesn’t have hard evidence and he wants to catch them all. He also doesn’t know exactly what they are planning. He did leave a list of people we can trust if it comes to that.”
“You said the house was ransacked. Was there anything missing?”
Elizabeth shook her head. “Not that I could tell. They broke a few things and they didn’t touch my room.”
Joshua sat in the chair behind the desk. “So they were only after your father.”
“As far as I know. Father said they would probably kidnap him so he couldn’t get any closer.”
“Which means their plans for this crime must be almost finalized.” Joshua stared at the desk for a minute. “Thank you, Elizabeth. I’ll try not to bother you for a while.”
Elizabeth smiled. “Thank you for helping.”
“My pleasure. I love mysteries.” As long as they don’t involve lying or going undercover.

Giveaway

TSR Release Giveaway Meme 

 Faith is giving away a full set of paperback books! Fill out this form to earn entries to the giveaway. Each entry gives you one point, plus there are opportunities for bonus entries.

AMF Availability  If you haven’t read any of my books and would like to try one for free, I am working on getting A Mighty Fortress available for free on all formats. It is currently free on Barnes and Noble, iBooks, and Kobo. If you also wouldn’t mind helping me get it free on Amazon, I would appreciate that. To help, all you have to do is grab 1, 2, or 3 of the links where it is free and go to AMF’s Amazon page, click on “tell us about a lower price” and submit a link or three. Thank you!

Facebook Party

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 To celebrate her release, Faith is holding a Facebook party on March 31st from 2-4 Central time. You can join her and 3 other authors here. There will be fun, games, giveaways, excerpts, and more. Some of the giveaways will stay open through Friday evening, April 1st. Fun fact: the other three authors are all homeschool moms.

About the Author

Author Picture 2015-2016 croppedFaith Blum started writing at an early age. She started even before she could read! She even thought she could write better than Dr. Seuss. Now that she’s grown up a little more, she knows she will probably never reach the success of Dr. Seuss, but that doesn’t stop her from trying. When she isn’t writing, Faith enjoys doing many right-brained activities such as reading, crafting, writing, playing piano, and playing games with her family. One of her dreams is to visit Castle City, Montana someday to see the ghost town she chose for her characters to live in. She currently lives on a hobby farm with her family in Wisconsin. Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Faith-Blum/e/B00GSPBHW6Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HymnsoftheWestTwitter: https://www.twitter.com/Faith_BlumPinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/FaithBlumAuthorWebsite: http://www.FaithBlum.comBlog: http://www.FaithBlum.wordpress.com

Tour Schedule

March 26
Writing Dreams-Excerpt and Spotlight
Tee Garner-Excerpt, Spotlight, Interview
March 28
George’s Shorts-Spotlight, Review
Karan Eleni-Excerpt, Spotlight, Review
BlondeRJ-Excerpt
Zerina Blossom’s Books-Excerpt, Spotlight
March 29
In the Bookcase-Excerpt, Review
Kelsey’s Notebook-Review, Interview
With a Joyful Noise-Excerpt, Spotlight
Melanie D. Snitker, Author-Excerpt, Spotlight
March 30
Jaye L. Knight-Excerpt, Spotlight
Stories by Firefly-Excerpt, Spotlight, Interview
Kendra’s Thoughts-Excerpt, Interview
Frances Hoelsma-Excerpt, Spotlight
March 31
David Todd-Interview
Reading in June-Excerpt, Spotlight
Rachel Rossano’s Words-Excerpt, Spotlight
Trust and Obey-Guest Post, Spotlight
April 1
Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections-Tour Wrap-up, giveaway announcement

Biblically Speaking – Ways of Men (vs. God’s way)

Part 20 in my study on what is abomination in the sight of God.
Recap:
Many believers have fallen into accepting that which is abomination in the sight of God. Unless we study God’s Word to learn His Mind on what is abominable, how will we know to purge ourselves from abomination? Lord willing, I will be posting the fruits of my study on the word “abomination,” but feel free to leap ahead of me and study it for yourself. What is an abomination to God?

Ways of Men (contrary to ways of God)
Luke 16:15 – And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.
In context, this verse follows Luke 16:13-14, No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him.

The Pharisees had their list of rules of “right and wrong” however Jesus reminded them that God’s ways are higher than man’s ways. We can refuse to listen, but that does not change God’s laws and His ways.

Shapes and Swirls | Graphics Design

Last week, I pushed all of my fonts on you. This week, I’m going to introduce something that I have SO MUCH FUN with! Some are under the category of “Dingbat,” others are just swirls and designs. All of them plug into your fonts on your computer.

Some of the dingbats/swirls I have on my computer and use often are Kfon, Nymphette, WW Floral Corner. 

For example, here is the banner I created for Orphan Journeys:


You can see it on the top of Journey to Love.


Compare the new Orphan Journeys series banner to my former thought (which was…no banner).


How did I create the new and improved? Let me introduce you to my favorite “font,” Nymphette. I probably overuse it, I like it so much!

First, I kept “Orphan Journeys” in the font Cinzel. Then, using good ol’ font Times New Romans I placed a line on top and on bottom of my text (yeah, I could have just drawn a line, but this is just how I do things the hard way).

THEN, the fun part! I used Nymphette letters KL (capital, yes) to create the double swirl. Then, I copied those, flipped them horizontally, and here ya go.


It is simple, but adds so much! Here are a couple of other designs in which I’ve used Nymphette to embellish:

What do you use to embellish your work?

Do you have a link to something you’ve designed? Share it in a comment–I’d love to stop by and see it!

A Dream Not Imagined | Book Review

I read A Dream Not Imagined a few months ago…but it is one of those sweet reads that I highly recommend and, as I had an empty “book review” slot, decided that it’s a great option to fill in for today.

About the Book

A Maid, a Prince, and a Duke. A Gardener, a Stepmother, and a secret… 

Ellie Abbington, a beautiful yet unassuming young woman, quietly longs for her life to change. Too privileged to associate with the servants—too underprivileged to associate with her own family; she dreams a dream of a prince and a happily ever after. 

But it could be that her own stepsisters, conniving Dezmarie and easily-influenced Adelaide, are dreaming the same dream…of the same prince. 

In the end, are dreams even all they’re made out to be? Especially with deep and long-hidden secrets about to be unearthed? 

A Dream Not Imagined is a non-magical fairytale novella based loosely on the classic tale of Cinderella.

My Review

I thought this was such a sweet, innocent story. For a Cinderella retelling, there were a couple of surprising plot twists which I thoroughly enjoyed. In a way, it kept me guessing, but at the same time, I could still figure out what would LIKELY happen. There was a sense of mystery with Lady Abbington’s actions–and I did figure out what that mystery was a little bit before it was spilled. 😉

All in all, I really enjoyed this book. It wasn’t overly romantic. In fact, I don’t even think they kissed–“the man” (which you’ll have to read to discover who HE is ;)), just kissed her forehead, from what I remembered.

I greatly appreciated the concept portrayed in this book–which this quote does so well in summing up:
“There comes a time,” Lottie went on gently, “when we need to stop and let God write our love stories. In that moment, something will happen; you’ll stop ruining your life.” She chuckled softly, then went on with steady eyes, “And a dream will come true. A dream you’ve not imagined.”

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About the Author

Shantelle Mary Hannu was born in the mountainous west, spending her golden childhood years there. Since then, she has relocated time and again with her parents and seven siblings, making cherished memories in both the South and Central United States.

A Christian homeschool graduate, Shantelle has a passion for writing and all things books. From a young age she’s been penning tales with a hope of sharing with the world adventurous and soul-stirring stories that bring glory to God.

A Dream Not Imagined, a fairytale novella, is her first published book. She’s currently preparing a full-length fantasy novel for publication as well, and working on its sequel.

Shantelle blogs at A Writer’s Heart:  http://shantellemaryh.blogspot.com/ about her stories, favorite books and movies (with reviews), healthy wheat-free recipes, and hosts fellow authors, among other things. One of her joys is connecting with fellow writers and readers! You can also find her on:

Facebook: Shantelle Mary Hannu, Author (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shante…)
Twitter: @shantellemary (https://twitter.com/shantellemary)
Goodreads: Shantelle Mary Hannu (https://www.goodreads.com/author/show…)
Google+: Shantelle H. (https://plus.google.com/1017721315637…)
Pinterest: Shantelle H. (https://www.pinterest.com/h0160/) 

Word Wednesday #99

And the LORD said unto Moses, Is the LORD’S hand waxed short? thou shalt see now whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or not. 
Numbers 11:23
The Lord’s hand is not slack–but it must be according to His promises. We must be careful to not guarantee that God will do something that He has not promised in His Word. He is able to do the impossible, but that is according to His promises–not ours.
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