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Remember when I shared a few weeks ago about how God allowed my income during the summer of 2013 to be reduced by a third? When income is reduced, that usually means (not always, though) the workload is lessened too.

 

God took the extra time I had in 2014 and used it to invite our family to publish six books that year. Just one of the many ways God turns what we may see as burdens into blessings. We got a crash course in self-publishing that year and that knowledge has been used many times since.

Spoken from the Heart: Connections was written as a way to honor those people in my life who have helped influence me. It was also a reminder that God wants us to be connected first to Him, and then to others around us for support, encouragement, and prayer.

 

The cover picture was taken on a different trail than the picture used for Spoken from the Heart: Taking it to the Next Level, in a different park. It reminds me, though, of that summer and fall when our family took extra time to enjoy being together, connecting.

 

Since then, our kids have grown and our lives have gotten busier, but we still take time on a regular basis to connect with each other … because family is important and connecting is essential for our physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being.

Whether an introvert (like myself) or an extrovert (like our daughter), connecting is important. The way it happens is as individual as each human being, but taking the time out of busy lives to connect brings more joy.

What are some ways you connect with friends? What are some ways you enjoy that feeling of community? Please share by hitting reply. I’d love to continue this conversation with you. 

 

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About the Book

Book:  God Did Not Do This To Me97816412345591-194x300

Author: Lisa Stringer

Genre:  RELIGION / Christian Living/Personal Growth

Release Date: May 4, 2020

Lisa and Doug Stringer were ministering in Massachusetts in March 2015 when a lump in Doug’s throat started to bother him. “I don’t feel well,” he told his wife. “The lump I felt in my throat a few days ago feels larger.” When they were able to see a doctor, they were horrified to learn that Doug had Stage 4 large B-cell lymphoma that was 80 percent aggressive.
Doug spent the rest of the day sitting in his car, alone in prayer. Finally, he called Lisa to tell her that he was on his way home and he wanted a family meeting and communion. Emotionally exhausted and noses still running from crying, Lisa, her mom, and Ashley gathered in the family room as Doug told them about his time with God.
“God did not do this to me—and if He did not do this to me, then it doesn’t belong to me!” he told them emphatically. It was just what they need to hear.
God Did Not Do This to Me is Lisa’s story of the family’s trials and triumphs through a cancer diagnosis. Putting on the armor of God, Doug was determined to turn his battle with cancer into an intercession for the country, even joking that the chemotherapy treatments made him resemble a bald eagle.
By the end of the year, Doug’s cancer was in remission.
“We know that the Great Physician heard the numerous prayers of our friends and spiritual family from all over the world, and blessed us all with a testimony of His healing power,” Lisa says. “We are forever changed through this experience. He has expanded my heart of compassion, taught me to pour out more grace, to be an even bigger giver, and to appreciate the little things all the more.”

 

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Lisa Stringer is the wife of Doug Stringer, the founder and president of Somebody Cares America/International, a network of organizations impacting their communities through unified grassroots efforts.
Lisa worked in the secular radio and music entertainment industry for seventeen years, becoming the first female program director of a top-40 station in a major market in the United States. Later, she became the vice president of programming and promotions of a radio group. Lisa has received numerous awards, including gold and platinum records for her contribution to the success of many highly recognizable recording artists and entertainers.
She homeschooled her daughter, Ashley, who is now enrolled in dual programs at a local community college and working on the release of her second EP.
Lisa travels with Doug as they minister to many around the globe, ranging from those of the persecuted church to those suffering in the aftermath of human tragedy, such as the Haitian earthquake, the tsunami in Japan, and Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. Lisa enjoys opportunities where she has been able to interpret for her husband as they minister throughout Central and South America. She and her husband are also regular guests on various television programs that air throughout the world.
Lisa has a heart for the less fortunate, widows, and orphans. She has served on various boards and has traveled to over thirty-four nations.
The Stringers live in the greater Houston area.

 

More from Lisa

Doug continued to listen to whatever the doctor was telling him. I could tell something wasn’t right because Doug’s countenance had changed. It was obvious he was not receiving good news. Whatever it was, at no time did I ever imagine it to be cancer. Doug would not look at me; his eyes were locked in a forward gaze. That alone had my heart beating a tad faster.
I then heard him say, “How bad is it?” Oh, my goodness, was my heart beating right out of my chest! How bad is it? How bad is what? This can’t be bad! I was not expecting bad! Then I heard the heart-wrenching, horrible “c” word come out of my husband’s mouth. He still had his eyes fixed forward. That in itself was painful, not because he wasn’t acknowledging me, but because he was hurting and I knew that if we made eye contact, one or both of us would break down at this point.
We had been on an emotional roller coaster and we were about to take a drop from one of the scariest peaks on one of the worst rides people can experience. I was struggling with everything in me to not allow tears to stream down my face. After all, I was still only hearing one side of the conversation. I recall Doug getting choked up and his voice cracking as he fought back the natural reaction to bad news. He then asked, “What kind of cancer is it?” My heart stopped. I felt like I had been shot and life was moving in slow motion. I could feel every nerve in my body. A deep pain set in…

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My Review of God Did NOT Do This to Me!

This book was packed full of wonderful faith-filling truths. It was the story of Doug and Lisa’s family battle with Doug’s cancer, but it was truly about a lot more! It was about faith, speaking words of life, and keeping God’s mission front and center despite whatever the enemy throws at individuals. It was about a strong family unit and their humanness (that was awesome to see that they weren’t perfect walking through the journey) but their faith and actions were so inspiring and encouraging. I truly loved reading this book and was filled with encouragement and hope when turning the last pages. Even, or maybe especially the part about survivor’s guilt spoke volumes to me.

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit but was not under any obligation to write a review. All opinions are strictly mine.

Thanks for stopping and connecting here at Spoken from the Heart: If you want to subscribe to my email to receive the latest updated information or to just be encouraged, sign up here: www.cheriswalwell.com

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Don’t forget to check out the other blog spots listed below for your convenience.

 

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 13

Artistic Nobody, June 14 (Spotlight)

For the Love of Literature, June 15

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, June 16

Texas Book-aholic, June 17

Andrea Christenson, June 18 (Spotlight)

Inklings and notions, June 19

Through the Fire Blogs, June 20 (Spotlight)

For Him and My Family, June 21

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, June 22 (Spotlight)

deb’s Book Review, June 23

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 24

My Devotional Thoughts, June 25 (Spotlight)

Spoken from the Heart, June 26

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Lisa is giving away the grand prize of a $20 Starbucks gift card!!

 

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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As I explained last week, Spoken from the Heart: Take it to the Next Level was published as a result of God inviting me to have a closer relationship with Him.

 

Spoken from the Heart: Digging Deeper was where God and I naturally went after that initial invitation. I found, for me, the more I learned about God, the more I wanted to learn about Him. It was published in March 2014, a month after Spoken from the Heart: Take it to the Next Level was published.

 

The more time I spent with my Heavenly Father, the more I missed those times when life got busy and I hadn’t spent quality time with Him for a couple of days.

 

I’ve spoken about how my family is closely involved in the publishing aspect of our books, and I mean it. The cover of this particular book reminds me of that every time I see it.

This picture was taken during the summer of 2013, when we were first attending what is now our church home. Every Sunday we drove down the same road to get to church and we saw this marshy area.

 

I remarked to my husband how beautiful it was and how I thought it would make a great book cover. He kept his eye out and waited patiently until the colors were just right, then one Sunday, pulled over on the side of the road and we took pictures until we captured the one that you see here.

 

When I see this cover, it not only reminds me of the sweet time when I was growing more and more in love with my Heavenly Father, but it reminds me of the amazing man God blessed me to share life (and ministry) with.

If you are growing in your relationship with God and want to know Him better, maybe picking up this book and reading one short “story” a day will help you on your journey.

How would you describe your relationship with God? What are some special routines you have with God that you look forward to every day? Please share with us by hitting reply. I’d love to continue this conversation with you.

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About the Book

Book:  The Killing Tide

Author: Dani Pettrey

Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense

Release Date: August 2019

When one Coast Guard officer is found dead and another goes missing, Coast Guard Investigative Service special agent Finn Walker faces his most dangerous crime yet. His only clues are what little evidence remains aboard the dead officer’s boat, and the direction the clues point to will test Finn and the Guard to their limits.

When investigative reporter–and Finn’s boss’s sister–Gabby Rowley arrives, her unrelenting questions complicate an already volatile situation. Now that she’s back, the tug on Finn’s heart is strong, but with the risks she’s taking for her next big story, he fears she might not live through it.

Thrown together by the heinous crime, Finn and Gabby can’t ignore the sparks or judgments flying between them. But will they be able to see past their preconceptions long enough to track down an elusive killer, or will they become his next mark?

 

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About the Author

Praised by New York Times best-selling author Dee Henderson as “a name to look for in romantic suspense,” Dani Pettrey has sold more than half a million copies of her novels to readers eagerly awaiting the next release. Dani combines the page-turning adrenaline of a thriller with the chemistry and happy-ever-after of a romance.

Her novels stand out for their “wicked pace, snappy dialogue, and likable characters” (Publishers Weekly), “gripping storyline[s],” (RT Book Reviews), and “sizzling undercurrent of romance” (USA Today).

She researches murder and mayhem from her home in Maryland. For more information visit www.danipettrey.com

 

More from Dani

Pettrey kicks off her new Coastal Guardians series with an intense blend of suspense, love, and faith. The Killing Tide features romance that’s as thrilling as the action, and faithful characters integrated seamlessly into a complex web of crime.

— Kate Campos BookList

 

The Killing Tide is the first book in my Coastal Guardian series. My husband was Navy, so why am I writing about the Coast Guard? Because I think their mission to keep our waters and our country safe should be highlighted more. Before I started writing The Killing Tide, I’ll admit I knew little about the Coast Guard. I had a friend in high school who joined the Guard right after graduation, but that’s about the depth of my experience with them. Then, my husband and I watched a movie called The Finest Hour.

 

If you haven’t seen it, I highly urge you to. It’s the true story of one of the most dangerous and daring rescue attempts in Coast Guard history. Boatswain’s Mate First Class Bernie Webber takes a small team to rescue the crew of the Pendleton T2 oil tanker, which split in half off the coast of Cape Cod during a brutal nor’easter in 1952. I won’t ruin the ending for you, but let’s just say it’s a wonderful testament to courage in adversity. After watching it, I knew I had to write a series about the Coast Guard. I began researching and came across the Coast Guard Investigative Service and my interest was highly peaked. After talking with Coast Guardsmen, both newly in the service and those long retired, I began to see the story weaving together like a movie in my mind. I hope you enjoy reading the CGIS Wilmington teams’ adventures, cases and…of course, romances.

 

My Review of The Killing Tide:

I have been wanting to read Dani Pettrey’s books for a long time and am so glad I chose to start with this series. You are thrust into the action from the first page and continue with it until the last. She has a way of helping you want to get to know the characters on a deeper level and feel as though you connect with them. I was glad to see this was part of a series and look forward to the next one. This book is a good balance of characters, plot, suspense and mystery, all leaving the reader wanting more.

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit but was not under any obligation to write a review. All opinions are strictly mine.

Thanks for stopping and connecting here at Spoken from the Heart: If you want to subscribe to my email to receive the latest updated information or

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Don’t forget to check out the other blog spots listed below for your convenience.

Blog Stops

Through the Fire Blogs, June 17

Back Porch Reads, June 17

Losing the Busyness, June 17

Older & Smarter?, June 18

Genesis 5020, June 18

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 19

Worthy2Read, June 19

For Him and My Family, June 20

deb’s Book Review, June 20

Inklings and notions, June 20

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 21

Texas Book-aholic, June 21

Pause for Tales, June 21

Betti Mace, June 22

Read Review Rejoice, June 22

Spoken from the Heart, June 22

KarenSueHadley, June 23

Ashley’s Bookshelf, June 23

The Christian Fiction Girl, June 24

Life of Literature, June 24

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, June 24

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, June 25

Blossoms and Blessings, June 25

A Good Book and cup of Tea, June 25

Emily Yager, June 26

Splashes of Joy, June 26

Just the Write Escape, June 27

Blogging With Carol, June 27

Moments, June 27

Stories By Gina, June 28

Cathe Swanson, June 28

Daysong Reflections, June 28

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, June 29

Mary Hake, June 29

Lights in a Dark World, June 29

With a Joyful Noise, June 30

Inside the Wong Mind, June 30

 

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Dani is giving away the grand prize package of a Kindle, $20 Amazon gift card and a signed copy of The Crushing Depths!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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About the Book

Book:  Dead Silence

Author: Robin Caroll

Genre: Christian Suspense

Release Date: June 2020

 

Political games can be deadly…

Elise Carmichael is a court sign language interpreter who reads lips all the time. As a widow with a young son who is deaf, lip reading is simply second nature, until the day she reads the lips of someone on the phone discussing an attempt to be made on a senator’s life—a senator who just happens to be her mother-in-law. Before she can decide what she needs to do, she receives the information that her son is rushed to the ER and she must leave. Then she later sees the news report that her mother-in-law has been shot and killed. But when she comes forward, her life, as well as her son’s life, may now be in the crosshairs of the assassin.

Click here to get your copy!

 

About the Author

“I love boxing. I love Hallmark movies. I love fishing. I love scrapbooking. Nope, I’ve never fit into the boxes people have wanted to put me in.” Robin Caroll is definitely a contradiction, but one that beckons you to get to know her better. Robin’s passion has always been to tell stories to entertain others and come alongside them on their faith journey—aspects Robin weaves into each of her twenty-five-plus published novels. When she isn’t writing, Robin spends quality time with her husband of nearly three decades, her three beautiful daughters and two handsome grandsons, and their character-filled pets at home. Robin gives back to the writing community by serving as executive director/conference director for ACFW. Her books have been recognized in such contests as the Carol Award, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, RT Reviewer’s Choice Award, Bookseller’s Best, and Book of the Year. You can find out more about Robin by visiting http://www.robincaroll.com.

 

 

More from Robin

Hi, there. . .Robin here. I’m getting so excited for the release of my thirty-fourth novel, DEAD SILENCE. I have to say, I love this book. The heroine is strong, yet flawed. Her love for her son—willing to do anything to protect him is a mother’s instinct I relate to so well, having three daughters and two grandsons. The love of a mother for her child is so ingrained in me that I wanted to share that in a story.

I’ve been asked why I opted for a heroine who is an ASL translator and who has a deaf son. Many years ago, I became friends with someone who is deaf. She shared with me some of her frustrations, but also how her way of life is in comparison to mine. It got me to thinking that being deaf could be thought of as a disability but could also be used as an advantage…it was all in how you looked at it. My friend shared many stories of how she “eavesdropped” by reading lips and learned much about people and how they reacted to issues, enough that it led her into her career field today—a counselor, specializing in providing therapy for the hearing impaired as they live in a hearing world. I hope that I portrayed my characters in this positive light.

While I’m a Louisiana girl at heart, I reside in Little Rock, the capitol city for Arkansas. Since Bill and Hilary Clinton lived here and claimed it home before Bill was President, we have many political plans and posturing here. I saw it as a perfect backdrop for this particular story with the political undercurrents running rampant throughout the story.

I hope that you enjoy reading DEAD SILENCE as much as I enjoyed writing it.

My Review of Dead Silence:

This book was wonderful. I think it’s the first I’ve read from this author and it won’t be the last. She hooked me from the first page through to the end. I found myself thinking about the characters and wanting to read when I had to work, sleep, eat, parent – you get where I’m going. When I was younger, I learned some sign language and have a love for the deaf community. I can relate when the author talks about her friend eavesdropping on other’s conversations … I’ve done that myself sometimes, but it was with the use of sign language instead of reading lips. I think reading lips is difficult; I give a lot of credit to those who do it and do it well.

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit but was not under any obligation to write a review. All opinions are strictly mine.

 

Thanks for stopping and connecting here at Spoken from the Heart: If you want to subscribe to my email to receive the latest updated information or

to just be encouraged, sign up here: www.cheriswalwell.com

 

As my way of saying thanks, you will receive a free eBook – Spoken from the Heart: Choosing Grace

Just sign up at: www.cheriswalwell.com

Don’t forget to check out the other blog spots listed below for your convenience.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, June 19

deb’s Book Review, June 19

Texas Book-aholic, June 20

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 20

Emily Yager, June 20

For the Love of Literature, June 21

Rebecca Tews, June 21

By The Book, June 22

Spoken from the Heart, June 22

Genesis 5020, June 22

KarenSueHadley, June 23

Hebrews 12 Endurance, June 23

Betti Mace, June 24

Remembrancy, June 24

Older & Smarter?, June 24

Inklings and notions, June 25

Read Review Rejoice, June 25

Through the Fire Blogs, June 26

Splashes of Joy, June 26

HookMeInABook, June 26

For Him and My Family, June 27

Mary Hake, June 27

Simple Harvest Reads, June 28 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, June 28

amandainpa, June 28

Worthy2Read, June 29

Pause for Tales, June 29

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 30

Hallie Reads, June 30

Daysong Reflections, July 1

Lights in a Dark World, July 1

Quiet Quilter, July 2

Locks, Hooks and Books, July 2

Maureen’s Musings, July 2

 

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Robin is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Here’s a fun fact you might not have known about the Spoken from the Heart series. Two of its books were actually published by a small company in December 2012. They were sold under a different title: A 40-Day Habit Between Friends.

I’m so grateful for that experience. Without it, I don’t think God would’ve given me the confidence for our family to pursue self-publishing, and self-publishing is definitely a family ministry. The first book was republished as Spoken from the Heart: Taking it to the Next Level, in February 2014.

While this was officially the second book our family self-published, it was the first book of 32 devotions I wrote. The title actually came from a great friend of mine, the same talented woman who graciously took all the headshots I still use today. She kept telling me she was helping me “take it to the next level,” and that phrase stuck!

Taking it to the next level was significant for this book for a variety of reasons. It was during a period in my life when God was nudging me to take our relationship “to the next level,” which included our family taking our ministry “to the next level,” even though we had no idea what that meant. We chose to obey even though we didn’t have the complete map.

Every time I see the cover picture, I’m reminded of that summer and fall when God gave our family back the gift of taking regular hikes. At that time in our lives, God used that form of family exercise to help me take my physical health “to the next level” as well.

This book holds many great memories for me. That picture was taken during one of our regular Sunday afternoon hikes at our favorite park close to our house.

If you are exploring a relationship with God and want to “take it to the next level,” I’d like to invite you to start with this one. I would also suggest reading Spoken from the Heart: Digging Deeper directly following because it might bless you as well.

Have you ever been invited by God to “take (an area of your life) to the next level?” If so, what was it and how did you respond? Please share with the group by hitting reply. I’d love to continue this conversation with you. 

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In the fall of 2018, God gave me the opportunity to attend a women’s conference at my church. During that weekend, He issued me the invitation to surrender my dreams, goals, and vision for what my life would look like to Him and give Him total control.

I made the choice willingly and to say it changed my perspective would be an understatement. I hadn’t realized how much I had been holding on to the false assumption I could control situations around me, and how negatively that was impacting my life until I gave it all over to Him and said, “Everything I have is Yours, God, show me what You want me to do with it all.”

It was during that time God showed me the adventure our family was on wasn’t finished. He had more to show me and as a result, Spoken from the Heart: Journey of Complete Surrender was published in the spring of 2019.

The cover used for that book came from a dear friend who graciously allowed our family to use it. The rainbow speaks clearly about how when we completely surrender to His plans, the beauty that results is more than we could have hoped for.

I’ve realized as long as we continue to pray for God to use our family in whatever way He chooses, we will continue to be adventuring as long as He allows this side of Heaven.

Have you ever made the decision to surrender everything in your life to God? If so, what was your experience like? I’d love for you to share even one story with the group and keep this conversation going.

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I have found, for me, and for my family, when we whisper a prayer that goes something like this, “However You want to use me and my family, Lord, we’re Yours,” it’s safe to say God will answer.

In 2015, Spoken from the Heart: Journey from Fear to Faith was published, followed by two books in 2017 about how God had invited our family into an adventure and we had a choice: we could enjoy the journey or we could spend the time grumbling and complaining. I hate to admit it, but I did a little bit of both.

Three years later, in 2018, I realized that while our family was still on the adventure, God had been teaching me an important truth – one that seemed to take longer to sink in than the lesson about trusting Him.

He took the time to show me it was more about the journey than about the destination. Spoken from the Heart: Choosing a Faith-Filled Adventure was published and in it I stated, “this book, I believe, is the conclusion to (our) adventure.”

When choosing a cover for this particular book, I wanted a picture that would tie the first book, Spoken from the Heart: Journey from Fear to Faith with the next two, Spoken from the Heart: Embracing the Adventure and Spoken from the Heart: The Adventure Continues.

My brother-in-law and sister offered the perfect picture – one which blends the harshness of rocks with greenery and the soothing sounds of a waterfall.

Isn’t that what adventures are? Life will always involve trials; yet, God is always there to offer rest and refreshment in the midst of the harshness of life.

What have been some blessings God has given to you during challenging times in your life? Please share by hitting reply. I’d love to keep this conversation going.

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Spoken from the Heart: The Adventure Continues was published only seven months after Spoken from the Heart: Embracing the Adventure.

To say our pastor’s words of “Some people will experience more trials/challenges this year than most” described our family well that year; however, God also showered us with more blessings than we deserved.

I was able to take two trips out to California that summer, within three weeks of each other. The first was to visit my sister and her family who had moved out there the previous summer and the second to help honor my dad as he received national recognition for his faithful service as a police chaplain.

God used those trips to teach me even more about how to fully trust Him, lessons I’m still reaping the benefits from today.

The cover picture for this book is another one my brother-in-law graciously allowed us to use. And after having been out there to visit them that summer, it made both pictures of both books even more special to our family.

The picture for the first book, Spoken from the Heart: Embracing the Adventure, has more greenery in it and the second book cover, Spoken from the Heart: The Adventure Continues, looks hotter, drier, and just makes me tired thinking of traveling that trail. That was purposefully planned because that is how the adventure felt to me at the time.

While God continued to bless us as a family and continued to be there, always, there were extended periods of silence, many days that could only be described as “hard,” and I got tired. Really tired.

I found myself complaining and grumbling more because I wasn’t reaching the “promised land” as fast as I thought I should.

This set of stories shares more of the pruning God had to do in my life in order to learn to trust Him fully. I hope they encourage you if you’re going through a season of adventure in your life too.

Maybe you’re a little like me. It’s easy to be thankful and see the blessings when you think the trial is short. However, the longer it continues, does grumbling and complaining set in? How do you deal with long waits in your life? Please share by hitting reply. I’d love to continue this conversation with you. 

 

 

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About the Book

Book:  Women of the Bible Speak Out

Author: Marlo Schalesky

Genre:  RELIGION/Christian Living/Women’s Interests

Release Date: June 2, 2020

With the recent headlines about gender-based abuse, power, harassment, and assault, it seems as if everyone is searching for answers. Marlo Schalesky provides a biblical response to the tough questions raised by these issues. She explores the stories of twenty women in Scripture, including Eve, Sarah, and Bathsheba—women who were betrayed, abused, endangered, blamed, and shamed. As she leads us in studying the biblical text, she draws our eye to God’s responses to these women and their situations:  Eve: The Way It Was Supposed to Be

Sarai: Betrayed

Hagar: – Used

Lot’s Daughters & A Levite’s Concubine: Abused

Two Tamars: Rejected

Hannah: Devalued

Abigail: Endangered

Bathsheba: Sexualized

Esther: Dominated

Mary & Martha: Oppressed

A Samaritan Woman: Shamed

A Sinful Woman: Scorned

A Woman Caught in Adultery: Blamed

Women at the Tomb: Disbelieved

She points out a way to healing, wholeness, and freedom. In the midst of today’s #MeToo conversations, this book will give new voice to the remarkable women of Scripture—and new hope to many, many women today.

Click here to get your copy!

 

About the Author

Marlo Schalesky is the founder and president of Wonder Wood Ranch, a California charitable organization that brings hope through horses to hurting kids. She’s had over one thousand articles published in various Christian magazines, is a regular columnist for Power for Living, and is an award-winning author of twelve books. Schalesky has a master’s in theology with an emphasis in biblical studies from Fuller Theological Seminary. She lives with her husband and six children in a log home on California’s central coast.

More from Marlo

1) Why did you write this book?

When I was first asked to consider writing a book about women in the Bible who experienced abuse, oppression, gender-based bias and discrimination, sexualization, and more, I didn’t know how their stories would intersect with mine and the experiences of women today. I thought I would find only horror, but beyond that I found a surprising hope; a God who is always seeking to redeem, to heal, and to make right where mankind has broken and betrayed.

This book is for others like me, for women who have been hurt, whose wounds sometimes seem too deep to heal. I wrote it for those who know that while justice is necessary, it is not enough. We need to see God. We need Him to see us. We need an experience with the God of Scripture whose fierce love is the only thing that can heal those hurts that lie deep within.

2) What do you hope your readers will take away from reading your book?

I hope they experience a renewed hope. And a deeper understanding of the God who loves them. I want readers to know that God sees them, and He sees what they’ve suffered, and He does not look away. He does not make excuses.

After reading Women of the Bible Speak Out, I hope readers will see that instead of winking at the repression of women, the Bible exposes it. And the Bible reveals a God who not only shares in our suffering but seeks to redeem it.

 

My Review of Women of the Bible Speak Out:

Marlo Schalesky uses a variety of women’s stories from the Bible to help modern-day women heal from betrayal, abuse, healing, and more. She uses a different approach with her devotional which some may find quite appealing. She takes liberty to fill in the missing thoughts and emotions of the women during the parts of the story the Bible isn’t specifically clear about what may be going through their minds and hearts by using a first-person dialogue. I love the variety of women she showcases, from the more well-known Eve, Sarai, and Esther, to the lesser thought about Lot’s daughters, Tamar, and “A Sinful woman.”  This book definitely got me thinking about the positions the women in the Bible were placed in, but more importantly, how God sees women and values and loves them, and we can always trust Him to help us out of situations we find ourselves in, whether they are circumstances of our own doing or due to circumstances beyond our control.

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit but was not under any obligation to write a review. All opinions are strictly mine.

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Marlo is giving away the grand prize package of a copy of the book plus a $10 Amazon gift card!!

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