Saturday, January 24, 2015

Review: A Broken Kind of Beautiful by Katie Ganshert


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About the book:
Sometimes everything you ever learned about yourself is wrong

Fashion is a fickle industry, a frightening fact for twenty-four year old model Ivy Clark. Ten years in and she’s learned a sacred truth—appearance is everything. Nobody cares about her broken past as long as she looks beautiful for the camera. This is the only life Ivy knows—so when it starts to unravel, she’ll do anything to hold on. Even if that means moving to the quaint island town of Greenbrier, South Carolina, to be the new face of her stepmother’s bridal wear line—an irony too rich for words, since Ivy is far from the pure bride in white.

If only her tenuous future didn’t rest in the hands of Davis Knight, her mysterious new photographer. Not only did he walk away from the kind of success Ivy longs for to work maintenance at a local church, he treats her differently than any man ever has. Somehow, Davis sees through the fa├žade she works so hard to maintain. He, along with a cast of other characters, challenges everything Ivy has come to believe about beauty and worth. Is it possible that God sees her—a woman stained and broken by the world—yet wants her still?

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Interview & Giveaway: Jaye L. Knight | Author of Resistance!

 
 
 photo JayeAuthorPhoto_zps07af0a22.jpgWelcome to Christian Bookshelf Reviews, Jaye!! Will you tell us a little about yourself? 

Thank you so much for having me! I’m a single girl in my mid-twenties. I’ve been a full time author for a couple of years now. That takes up most of my time, though I do run a jewelry shop on Etsy on the side. I was homeschooled K-12, which was excellent in fostering my love for writing. I’m not sure if I would have pursued it seriously if I hadn’t been homeschooled and had the time. I’m a Wisconsin country girl. I love everything about the outdoors, except for winter. They don’t call it the Frozen Tundra up here for nothing. It’s been COLD. This time of year I hole up inside and don’t set foot outside unless I have absolutely to.

What is your novel, Resistance, about?

Resistance is the first book of a new adult, Christian fantasy series called Ilyon Chronicles, which will have six books total. It mostly centers around two main characters—Jace, a half-blooded former slave/gladiator who struggles with his mixed blood and whether or not he has a soul, and then Kyrin, a young woman who has a perfect memory and struggles with the demands of society. Though it’s fantasy, parts of it have an almost dystopian feel. I also tied in a lot of historical inspiration, especially from ancient Rome, since I’m also a big history buff. This is the book’s logline.

When a cunning emperor threatens the lives of any who refuse to worship his false gods, a half-blood haunted by his bloodstained past and a young woman with a perfect memory must overcome their own fears and conflicts with society as they become part of the resistance.

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I started out writing when I was eight years old. My mom is also an author. Seeing her writing and collecting old magazine photos for her characters must have looked really fun to me so I had to try it. I was fourteen when I decided I actually wanted to pursue writing seriously. It was just after the first time I read The Lord of the Rings. I wanted to write and share stories like Tolkien.

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk? 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Review: Found by Shelley Shepard Gray


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About the book:
A murder is solved and a quiet Amish community must deal with the repercussions. Amid the surprising revelations, can a newfound love survive?

As the search for Perry Borntrager's killer continues, Jacob Schrock feels like his world is about to crumble. Right before Perry went missing, he and Jacob got into a fistfight. Jacob never told anyone what happened that terrible night. He's good at keeping secrets—including his love for Deborah, Perry's sister. But when Deborah takes a job at his family's store and their friendship blossoms, Jacob senses everything is about to be revealed.  

Deborah has been searching for a slice of happiness ever since her brother's body was discovered. When the police start questioning Jacob, Deborah can't believe that the one person she's finally allowed in could be the one responsible for her brother's death. Will she believe what everyone seems to think is the truth . . . or listen to her heart, and hope there is still one more person who is keeping secrets in Crittenden County?
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Review: Overwhelmed by Perry Noble


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About the book:
Stressed out? Anxious? Overwhelmed? Good news—you’re not alone!

No one ever said life was going to be easy. Between financial struggles, marital issues, health scares, and the regular, run-of-the-mill problems of everyday life, it’s easy to feel weighed down and trapped by your circumstances. In times like these, it’s tempting to just throw in the towel and quit. Well, don’t do it!

Perry Noble has stood at the edge of the abyss himself, and in Overwhelmed, he shares the keys to unlocking the chains of anxiety and despair once and for all. Building on the premise that when we shift our focus from our circumstances to Christ, everything changes, Perry walks readers through a life-altering plan for overcoming stress, worry, depression, and anxiety so we can be free to enjoy the abundant, joy-filled lives we were created for.

God knows we’re frustrated. He knows we’re tired. He knows we’re struggling. But He also knows how things are going to turn out. He is greater than anything you are going through . . . so don’t give up on God. After all, He’s never given up on you.
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