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To Every Thing a Season-Guest post by Amanda Tero

Hello everyone!

As she wraps up her three month blog tour, Amanda is doing a guest post on seasons.

Am I the only one who has this dogged determination to finish something? And quickly, at that. Uncompleted projects, to me, seem like a character flaw. I wasn’t diligent enough, or I didn’t persevere enough.


If I’d had my way, I’d have published “Protecting the Poor” in 2018 and would be in the middle of another book—or maybe have finished that book and be in the middle of yet another.


But that’s not what God had in store.


In writing “Protecting the Poor,” the lesson that had the most impact on me is summed up in one word: seasons.


Just when I was planning to focus on finishing “Protecting the Poor,” God led me to start college (as a “non-traditional” student—aka, old ;)) and I had to put writing aside almost completely.In this delay, though, I have noticed how God has used the waiting period to strengthen my story ideas and to grow me as a Christian. And you know what? I wouldn’t have changed it for anything. They’ve not been easy lessons and I’ve not fully learned them, but I hope sharing with you my lessons will help you in whatever season of life God has you today.


Accept this season of life

You might be a teen girl wanting to finish school and get married. A highschool graduate considering a job or deciding about college. A college kid. A stay-at-home daughter. A sister.A fiancée. A wife. A mother. A grandmother. It doesn’t matter who you are, you’re in a season. And tomorrow’s season will be different than today’s season. Regardless what season we’re in, it’s easy to look at someone else’s season and wish we were there—which is the root of discontentment. As long as I’m discontent with where God has me, I will not see the beauty of the season I am in. The best way to handle today’s season is to graciously accept this season God has placed me in—to be content.


Let your conversation be without covetousness; 

and be content with such things as ye have: 

for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

(Hebrews 13:5)



Learn in this season of life

Each season has its special package of lessons for us. The things I’ve learned as a college student are completely different than the things I had to learn when I was still at home every day. And they’ve all been good lessons. When I am content in this season of life and have accepted where God has me today, I will be a teachable student. Each season is the opportunity to learn so we can be prepared for the next season God has for us.


Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me;

for I am meek and lowly in heart:

and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

(Matthew 11:29)


Grow in this season of life

If we compare life’s seasons to nature’s seasons, there will be times to plant, to water, to weed, to grow, to harvest, to rest, to enjoy, and to wait. Just because nothing “seems to be happening” doesn’t mean that you’re not growing. Think of a seed germinating—you can’t see it growing, but as soon as the right season hits, a bright, cheery sprout pops up from the ground, and then we see expediential growth. As long as you resent the season you’re in, you’ll be struggling, not growing.


But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and SaviourJesus Christ. 

To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

(2 Peter 3:18)


How has God helped you in your seasons of life? What lessons have you learned?

Thank you so much Amanda for an awesome blog post! If you want to learn more about her latest release, Protecting the Poor, then read the blurb below:

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Family is Important- guest post by Faith Blum

Hello everyone!

I’m so excited that Faith Blum is guest posting today as part of her blog tour for Sing the Wondrous Story.

So without further ado, here is Faith!

Family is Important

Family has always been important to me. I grew up in a wonderful family and know I was blessed to do so. When I started figuring out what kind of books to publish, I knew I wanted to write books that were family oriented. What I didn’t know at the time was that I would eventually come up with a more expansive idea.

I published my first book in November 2013. That series followed two different families as the main characters. As I started planning my next series, I realized something. A book I had written, but not published, many years before could be adapted to fit into this whole thing. The only problem? It was set in 2004.

Then my expansive idea came. What if I followed the families I had already introduced throughout the centuries? First comes Hymns of the West set in the 1870s and 1880s, then Orphans of the West in the 1880s and 1890s. My next series following these families will be set in WWI and WWII and that series is titled Soldiers of the West. At the moment, I don’t have plans for anything set between 1950 and 2004, but that may change by the time I finish the Soldiers of the West series.

After Soldiers of the West, my plan is a contemporary/futuristic trilogy following one young man’s journey and then moving on to his family. None of my families are perfect. In fact, I will quite likely have some very dysfunctional families especially as I move forward in time.

However, through it all, these families are, and will be, learning from their mistakes as often as can be made realistic. No matter how dysfunctional the family, I will always strive to show just how important family is, but more than that, I show how important God is. Without Him, nothing is possible.

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May 2018’s Books of the Month Part 1

Hello everyone!

I’m so excited to be doing TWO book reviews as part of Livy Jarmusch’s celebrations for her new book release, The Rebellion- The Tales of Tarsurella Part 2.

Haven’t read book one? Don’t worry, today’s first review will tell you all about it 😊

About the book

Prince Addison is only several weeks away from inheriting the Kingdom of Tarsurella. The entire Palace is ablaze with excitement, as the Royal Family prepares for the event of a lifetime. Despite the exciting event which is near at hand, Addison and his younger siblings (all seven of them!) must carry on with their daily activities. Addison’s sisters, Princesses Bridget, Chasity, and Hope, have their struggles with being iconic European starlets of a modern day monarchy. The teen heiresses grace magazine covers, smile for photoshoots, and gracefully glide through important interviews–until a certain American popstar arrives on the scene. Kennetic Energy, the wildly popular band from the United States, is chosen to play at Addison’s Coronation. David Carter, the band’s handsome lead singer, fumbles through awkward moments with Princess Hope–in front of the cameras. When an embarrassing rumor sparks that Princess Hope is dating the young fellow, she is determined to get the band fired from their Royal gig. Meanwhile, Princess Chasity is dealing with her own fragile affairs of the heart. Her new security guard, Hanson Fletcher, is completely captivating, yet entirely frustrating. She attempts to keep the entrance of her heart firmly protected, while following the wisdom of Proverbs 4:23. But can she be successful in guarding her heart, from her security guard? The Coronation is Book #1 in The Tales of Tarsurella Trilogy.

What I loved:

Oh. My. Gosh! Can I be adopted by the Royal Family? Please? It was so lovely reading about Prince Addison and his family because it reminded me that all famous families are human as well, and we all have feelings and go through many similar situations.

Age Range: 12+

If you love princesses with a Christian tween/teen girl twist, you’ll love The Tales of Tarsurella or anything that Livy writes for that matter 😊

Why I recommend this book:

This is such a beautiful book with so many Biblical lessons: Love, Forgiveness,Family, Friendships, Relationships, Judgement, Jealousy, Internet Safety and the list just goes on. I definitely recommend this book if you need to read about any of the themes mentioned or if you simply want some cuteness and adorableness in your life.

Where to buy this book :

You can buy it on Amazon in any country in paperback or as an ebook. Just search Olivia Lynn Jarmusch, and you will find her author page with all of her books 😊

How about you?

Have you read The Coronation yet?

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Camp NaNoWriMo Prep #5-Good luck

Hello everyone!

Today is the last day of March, and it’s also the last day before Camp NaNoWriMo.

All that I’m going to say is good luck, and stay motivated.

Join a cabin on the Camp NaNoWriMo website if you haven’t already and start talking to your cabin mates.

Tell your friends on Goodreads, or in your writing groups. They love writing and books as much as you do, and they’ve already been with you on some or all of your writing journey.

If you’re feeling low or unmotivated, take a break from writing and watch a movie, or even better read a book. Hang out with the people that make you feel special and don’t give up.

I know it sounds cheesy, but you’ve got to keep going, and know when you need to work and when you need to rest.

I can tell you from last year, it feels amazing finishing that first draft, and being in an environment where everyone else has the same goal as you. And even if you don’t finish that draft, remember-it’s a draft, not an entire polished manuscript! You’ve got many months and many more NaNo events to finish this book. April is just one of the motivators 😊

So good luck, stay motivated and remember that you’ve got a whole year to get this book done.

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Radiant Hearts Magazine Launch

Hello everyone!

I’m so excited to announce that one of my friends Leonora Ruth has launched her magazine for teen girls, Radiant Hearts!

About Radiant Hearts

Radiant Hearts Magazine is a quarterly publication, to be published in February, May, August, and November. The goal for this magazine is to “Encourage Girls to Shine Radiantly for Christ.” RHM is an online only magazine for the time being, and everyone will be able to view this it for free! Articles are to be aimed at ages 12-25, but they will be helpful to all ages. Included in the magazine will be (Lord willing) the following things (and more!):

• articles written by Christian young ladies and women

• book/movie reviews and recommendations

• recipes for delicious food

• “Story Behind the Hymn”

• pictures of girls serving the Lord, and

• encouraging notes from girls just like yourself!

About Leonora Ruth

Leona Ruth is a teenage young lady. Leona asked Jesus to be her Savior at a young age, and is striving to serve Him with all that she does. She loves reading, and has a blog where she posts book reviews: Great Books for God’s Girls. Some of her other hobbies are graphic designing, photography, baking, playing violin, piano, and organ, and writing.

I hope you can read the issues and be blessed by them.



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Author Tribute: Meg D. Gonzalez

Hello everyone

Today, we are going to look at another amazing author who’s been an inspiration to me this year.

About Meg

Meg D. Gonzalez is a tea-sipping, adventure-seeking, pug-loving kind of girl. She’s crazy for God and wants to share His love with awesome young women around the globe.

She started her first novel at the age of fourteen (it will never see the light of day and that’s best for everyone), but her writing really came alive two years ago after she moved to Mexico. The crazy, wonderful people and culture she encountered inspired the story of Sketchy Tacos.

When she’s not writing, she’s learning to play video games with her husband (she’s horrible), taking hikes in beautiful parks with her pug Pascal, crocheting, and watching way too much TV.

My tribute

Megan, wow. Seriously wow. The number of emails and questions that I’ve asked you from research for writing travel books to advice on platform and what kind of writer to be has been a lot. But you’ve been so gracious to reply and talk to me, and I really appreciate it. Your books opened my eyes to a new genre that I actually love, and your adventures have made me want to go out and explore different places, and even write in the genre of YA travel. Thank you for being such a kind person, and for supporting me throughout this year.

Meg D. Gonzalez’s books

Megan has written two ebooks in the International Adventures Series( with more on the way!)

You can find them Here if you’re British or Here if you’re American.

Here are the sneak peak of the covers:


Don’t they look fun?

I’ve read both of them, and I’ll do a review on them very soon.

Where you can connect with Megan

You can connect with her on her website.

How about you?

What kind of books do you like?

Do you write in any specific genre?



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Author Tribute: Nancy Rue

Hello everyone

This week, I’m writing short tributes to my favourite authors who’ve inspired me throughout this year concerning my writing.

I’ll be writing them in chronological order of whom I found first.

Enough talking. Let’s go.

About Nancy

Nancy Rue has written over 100 books for girls, is the editor of the Faithgirlz Bible, and is a popular speaker and radio guest with her expertise in tween and teen issues. She and husband, Jim, have raised a daughter of their own and now live in Tennessee.

My tribute:

Miss Nancy, thank you so much for founding the wonderful community Tween You And Me where I could connect with other Christian girls my age who were similar to me. Your books and blog posts have really helped shape me into who I have become. Now as I’m growing up, I know that somewhere in your books, I can find something for a situation. Your funny, bubbly style inspired me to start writing. When I first started writing, I thought, “If Miss Nancy can make tween and teen girls go on crazy adventures whilst growing in their faith, then so can I.” I can’t say anything more without repeating myself. So, once again, thank you Miss Nancy, and may God continue to bless you in all you do.

Nancy Rue’s books

As it says in her bio, Nancy( or Miss Nancy to many of the girls that she’s helped) has written a shedload of books. SO if you want to read any of her books, you can find them here:

Nancy’s author Amazon profile in Britain

Where you can connect with Nancy

You can connect with her on Tween You And Me ( you have to be a Christian girl from 8-12, but if you’re older, just email her and ask) or you can connect with her on Her website

I believe it is the same format on Amazon in other English speaking countries as well, ( some of her books are even in German and Spanish!)

How about you?

Who are your favourite authors?

Why do you like them so much?



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Using Your Talents

Hello everyone!

It’s Christmas, the season of giving and everybody’s out shopping finding presents for each and preparing for the big day.

But today, I’m thinking of a different kind of gift; a gift that God gave to us from birth that we can use again and again.

And from the title of this blog post, you already know that this gift isn’t Jesus, although He is the greatest gift God ever gave us.

I’m talking about talents. We’re all good at something. Sometimes, we enjoy developing our talents. Other times, we don’t.

But what are talents supposed to be used for? Are they meant to be used for our gain?

When we look at the Bible, it clearly shows us that this is not the case. And while the storied show us that people benefit from their gifts, their initial use of them is to BLESS OTHERS.

Here are a few exampled of what I’m talking about.

David was a good soldier, and he won many battles as well as getting rewarded greatly with riches and popularity.

Tabitha, a.k.a Dorcas, was a good seamstress, and happily made clothes for the poor and needy around her. Then when she died, many people came to mourn for her loss and displayed all of the work that she had done. But by God’s grace, she was raised back to life again when Peter prayed over her.

When you give, you are always going to be blessed in return, even if it isn’t immediate.

But what if we don’t enjoy practising our piano every day? The teacher is really annoying. What if we don’t enjoy going to sports practice? We lose at every match anyway.

Here’s a Bible verse that might help you:

Cool huh? Because God gave us the gifts, we should do our work unto Him FIRST. Then we can start seeing the joy and rewards coming out afterwards.

When I read this verse, I thought of all of the talents that God had given me, and how I don’t use them all. But God has given me these abilities. It seems ungrateful of me not to use them.

I think that’s what Jesus was trying to say when He told the story of the Three servants and their Talents , Matthew 25:14-30. Two of the servants went and invested in the talents which their master had given them, and got double what they had started off with. But the third servant who only had one, just buried the talent and did nothing. This angered the master greatly and he punished that servant and rewarded the others.

No matter how many gifts we get, do them to the best of your ability and unto God. THEN you’ll start to see those blessings.

Here’s an example:

My friend’s dad is a software engineer. But he also is a very goo musician, so he gets paid to do gigs and performances, even though his main job and strength is software engineering. Now, people are enjoying his playing, and he is getting extra pay from a hobby!

Isn’t that awesome?

How about you?

What are your talents, and how can you use them to bless others and honour God?



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December 2017’s Series of the Month-Part 4

Hello everyone.

I know, I know, I’ve already posted a review today, but as I was resting, I thought- hey, why don’t I just finish it off now? So that’s what I’m doing.

So, I now present to you book 3 of the Altered Hearts Series.

Drum roll please…

About this book:

Kim Hartlinger is majoring in Spanish to do missions. Aleesha Jefferson is studying music and drama and aiming for Broadway. But Jo Snelling doesn’t know what she wants to do. She doesn’t even have a dream. No wonder she feels overshadowed by her BFFs. What is she good at doing, anyhow? Reading? Hmm. Not a career possibility. What’s that, Pastor Ron? Lead a team of three on a mission trip to Nicaragua? Don’t you know I’m not a leader? But Jo gives in and lets God take her out of her comfort zone and deposit her in the most poverty-stricken area imaginable, where she’s responsible for teammates Aleesha and mid-teen Daphne. Each girl has a problem Jo can’t solve. And Aleesha’s problem makes her question Jo’s leadership every time she makes a mistake. And then there’s the pride-stricken leader of the other team they’re supposed to work with. Better to leave him alone and pray he doesn’t do too much damage. But at least she’s able to teach her host pastor an important lesson about helping the helpless, resulting in a miracle of near-biblical proportions. Although the three girls come home changed, the problems they had before haven’t disappeared. God helped them face the challenges in Nicaragua. Will He help them deal with their problems now?

What I loved:

I really enjoyed seeing one of Kimberly’s friends take the lead of this book and explore her purpose in Christ.

Reading about another mission trip with different personalities placed together was fun for me, and seeing how they overcome or even change those differences was lovely.

The biggest thing that I loved about this book was that the author addressed the fact that even us Christians get it wrong sometimes, and it’s important as a community to confront and help each other change.

Age Recommendation: 12+

This was a really sweet read that I think any age can read. However, as it is a YA novel, the reading ability factor is the only breaking point age wise.

Why I recommend this book

This is such an amazing book and series, and if you want to see just some of the ways God can work through us, you should definitely read this.

Where to buy this book

Once again, this book is on Amazon as a paperback and ebook, as many things are!, for all English speaking countries.

If you are in Britain, here is the Link .

How about you?

Do you enjoy reading?

Do you write book reviews?

I hope you’ve enjoyed all of these reviews, and I hope you will read some wonderful things this Christmas.



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December 2017’s Series of the Month-Part 3

Hello everyone.

Today, we are on part three of book reviews this month ! Are you enjoying it so far? I am.

So this book is book 2 of the Altered Hearts Series. Drum roll please…

About this book:

When eighteen-year-old Kim Hartlinger trips on some pebbles in the San Diego airport, her new friend Aleesha cautions her that Christians are susceptible to a “Season of Pebbles,” a series of problems they can’t “prance” victoriously across without a lot of God’s help. Kim doesn’t take Aleesha’s words seriously. Now that the mission trip is over, she’s sure God will let her lead a normal life. Without even small problems. She flies home expecting only the best. Immediately upon Kim’s arrival, her life starts taking turns for the worse. An accident. Grief. Guilt. Horrible nightmares. Debilitating fatigue. Jealousy. And fear. Fear of admitting the truth about the accident to her father. When Kim and her friends are invited to help build a visitor hostel for a prison in the California mountains, she springs to life again. But guilt and nightmares follow her to California. And prison ministry has pebbles of its own. Kim can’t prance across the pebbles in her path without her Heavenly Father’s help. And her father’s help as well.

What I loved:

I loved the fact that Kim’s friendships were really realistic, and that they grew throughout the book. Friendships aren’t always perfect, and Roger presented that theme very well.

I really felt for Kim throughout this book, as she was seriously having a hard time. But the way that she kept going, and trusting in God was amazing.

And finally, I was really fascinated with the prisoners. I’d heard that there were sometimes issues in prison, and this book opened my eyes to a few of them.

Age Recommendation: 13 +

This book is entered around dealing with bereavement, divorce, and threats in the prison cells, which may be upsetting for younger children.

Why I recommend this book:

Again and again, I have to be reminded of how important it is not to face your problems alone. If you’re struggling with anything, tell your parents/guardians, your pastor, your friends, and most importantly God. He is the only one who can make things possible.

Where to buy this book:

You can buy this, again, on Amazon as a paperback and ebook. For the British people, here is the Link to the paperback version.

How about you?

How do you determine age for a book?

Do you have a criteria when you are reviewing a book?