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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?



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December 2017’s Series of the Month-Part 2

Hello everyone.

Yes, it’s part 2 of this month’s books reviews. And today, we are going to look at book one of the series( by the way, the series is called Altered Hearts, which sums the purpose of the series quite nicely).

Drum roll please…

About this book

Spoiled eighteen-year-old Kim Hartlinger arrives late to orientation for a mission trip to Mexico—she carelessly missed her flight—only to learn the project has changed. Construction in a remote village without plumbing and electricity rather than evangelism in a medium-sized town with numerous souvenir and fast food places. Kim’s negative overreaction to the change angers the project leaders and her teammates and immediately makes her the least popular team member. She’s determined to do better, though. And to be obedient to God. When Kim breaks her arm, she feels useless. She wants to do evangelism, but the team didn’t bring a translator and the villagers don’t speak any English. Kim knows nada Spanish, and her “dual-language Bible” turns out to be Spanish-only. Kim undertakes two one-handed projects. The first is her own idea. The second is God’s, though, and it sounds crazy. Crazier than crazy. But will it touch the villagers’ hearts with the Gospel? How can she even find out?

What I loved:

I really enjoyed the fact that Kimberly was at first really spoilt, so when she went to Mexico, that contrast was really evident for me, making me feel as a reader seriously appreciate what I have.

I also loved that almost every character in the book goes on a journey and they, the mission team and the Mexicans, all change by influencing each other, despite the linguistic barriers.

And the way the themes were all twisted together was amazing, and I took a lot away from reading the book.

Age Recommendation: 12+

This was a completely clean read, but I think because of the reading standard that it should be 12+. Of course, if you are younger and very good at reading, go ahead and read it. But there is a slight level of maturity, like with most YA books, that you ought to be aware of, whether it’s a comedy or tragedy.

Why I recommend this book:

As a girl who want do to do missions herself, I was so inspired by Kim’s change of attitude and her willingness to not only listen to God, but to obey Him as well which made a huge impact on the people around her. And this book, and series actually, just shows that people can change, and your actions can have very positive effects.

Where to Buy this book:

It’s on Amazon as a kindle and ebook. If you are British, here’s the Link to the Paperback version

Are you enjoying these reviews?

What books are you enjoying this month?

What books would you like for Christmas?



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December 2017’s Series of the Month- Part 1

Hello Everyone.

This week, I’ll be reviewing a book series which I really recommend reading. Today, I’ll be looking at the prequel of the series, because why not?, so without further ado…

Do you like the cover? Cool, right?

About this book:

Can a young Mexican woman forgive the villagers who rejected her years earlier and help them find a better way to live…and to survive?

Sixteen-year-old orphan Rosa No-Name has grown up in the remote Mexican village of Santa María, where the villagers resentfully meet only her most basic physical needs. Unwilling to offer love or guidance, they not only refuse to answer Rosa’s questions about who her parents were, they don’t bother to teach her what she needs to know about the facts of life.

Tomás del Mundo, who smuggles the village “produce” to San Diego and spends only a small part of the proceeds on things the villagers want and need, gets Rosa pregnant. The villagers decide to rid themselves of their responsibilities to the unwed mother-to-be by coercing Tomás into taking Rosa back to San Diego and marrying her.

Rosa and Tomás don’t love one another. Their marriage is one of uneasy convenience for her and open resentment for him, and she soon finds herself captive to his violence and egotistical whims.

Returning to Santa María after discovering part of the truth about her mysterious background, Rosa must overcome her resentment toward the villagers and help them solve a generations-old problem. At the same time, she begins a quest for the “god” she has only heard about casually.

R0SA NO-NAME is the stand-alone, coming-of-age prequel to the award winning 2011 Young Adult novel FOUND IN TRANSLATION.

What I enjoyed

Firstly, I love the fact that it was the prequel of an awesome series about mission and God’s love!

As I had vaguely met Rosa in book 1, Found in Translation, I was really excited to get to know her and see how a certain someone changed her as part of her journey.

The second point was that I was so fascinated with the contrasts of poverty in San Diego and a remote village in Mexico. It really opened my eyes as to how lucky we are in the West in general.

Thirdly, I just loved seeing how God’s love was present throughout Rosa’s journey, whether she knew it or not, and how he helped her even in the darkest of situations.

Age Recommendation: 14 +

The reason for this is because, despite it being written in the most cleanest and non-graphic way possible i.e. one to two sentences at a time, there are some topics that I think you have to be mature for:

Illegal Immigration, Drugs and Rape.

But as I said, it was written in a very clean manner and these scenes were brief and not frequent so that even I didn’t exactly realise until after a couple of minutes.

Why I recommend this book

For me, seeing how us Christians can make an impact on others and reading an example of a possibly real salvation story was really lovely and comforting for me, because I never know who I’ll make a minor or major impact. But, if you read on for the rest of the series, this message will crop up a lot.

Where to buy the book

It’s on Amazon, in paperback and Kindle version.

For the British readers, here’s the Link to the ebook.

And if you want to know more about Roger Bruner, you can visit His website

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, and be sure to look out for the rest of the books in the series this week.



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November Reflections and December Resolutions

Hello everyone!

Phew, it’s been a busy week and a busy month. And guess what? It’s going to get busier!

So, November. The month of NaNoWriMO. I was supposed to finish the edits of my first draft for my novel.

Hehe. I managed to outline my novel and figure out a title, I think, but that was it.

Oh well. I’ll try again.

Of course, I was blogging a lot, and as you know, I was celebrating one month for the blog last week, which was really good.

I did do a lot of commenting on blog posts, which was one of my November Resolutions, which is a plus, and I’ve met some amazing bloggers this month.

I was part of a blog tour this month, which was new for me and really fun. I strongly recommend doing this, as you get to meet new people and interacting with authors in a way you don’t usually do.

It was very musical this month, what with getting into SYO, singing workshops, going to my brother’s orchestra concerts and going to concerts in general!

As for my studies and Duke of Edinburgh, I’ve really improved this month in my subjects, and I’m feeling confident to continue with my GCSE studies. I’m getting there with Duke of Edinburgh. I just need to face the Physical assessments!

Overall, this month was a brilliant success, and I’m really grateful to God for helping me along the way.

Now, for December Resolutions:

1. Try to get to Chapter 10 in my edits, ( I’m already on Chapter 5 with editing, as I slowly began editing the book in August!)

2. Meet up with some of my friends for Christmas, and simply get Christmasy this year.

3. Start listening to more French music( I’m working on being fluent in French as a life goal, and my friend who’s fluent in French suggested reading books, watching films and listening to music all in French.)

4. Do a lot more blogging than normal for Christmas, as well as write some Christmas stories and poems for you guys!

How about you?

How was November?

What are your Resolutions for December?