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Having Tried Everything & The String Theory Beginning with Me Review and Giveaway

About the Books

Book: Having Tried Everything & The String Theory Beginning With Me

Author: Tonia Colleen Martin

Genre: Coffee Table Gift, Adult Fairytale Illustrated

Release Date: July, 2019

Having Tried Everything

Sleep often eludes. We try this and we try that. Still, the night gives a wake up call we’d rather not answer. “Having Tried Everything” is the story of a terminally lonely insomniac who does answer. Stepping from the rut of routines and rituals, moving from the known to the unknown, she discovers not only mercy and abundance but who she is and the travesty and redemption of what it means to be human. “Having Tried Everything” is at once actual, metaphorical, providential and inexplicably true. The “YOU” in the story is both the reader and the writer. The very act of embracing this narrative provides the first step toward the wonderland of connection, acceptance and gratitude. Where words abbreviate the astonishment of God’s signature on creature and creatures, the illustrations enhance and annotate. Suitable for all dreamers and courageous pragmatists.

 

The String Theory Beginning with Me

The String Theory Beginning With Me is an illustrated prose poem tracing the journey to freedom from an internal landscape of chaos and fear. Using specific images from the natural world, this story condenses and simplifies a very slow, methodical transformation indicative of those who consistently seek the larger experience of living both in and beyond the here and now. Because of its metaphorical language and its delicate presentation, The String Theory Beginning with Me, has a universal appeal and is an ideal gift for both contemplatives and the spirited.

 

Click here to to get your copy of Having Tried Everything and here to get your copy of The String Theory Beginning with Me.

 

My Thoughts

I must admit that this is a difficult review to write. I really wanted to like these books as I love poetry (Emily Dickinson is one of my favorites). I found myself lost at times as I was reading through both of the books. I did like some of the word choices she used to convey what she was thinking but I still found it hard to get into. As for the illustrations, my opinion is a mixed one. There were some that I absolutely loved (particularly the two of the dancing girl), and others I wasn’t as fond of. It could be that these books just weren’t my type of poetry though. I think if you are into the chaos/metaphorical type of poetry, then these would be books I would recommend to you, but if you are a classical poetry fan I don’t know if these would be for you.

I received a copy of these books from the author via Celebrate Lit. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

Tonia Colleen MartinWhile I was still feeble in my selfness and narrow in my horizons, I became a collector of words. Words often come and go all on their own. I do my best to arrange them in beautiful order. This particular arrangement is called Having Tried Everything: An exploration of redemption, hope and possibility through the eyes of a terminally lonely insomniac. It is at once actual, metaphorical, providential and inexplicable. The “YOU” in the story is both the reader and myself as the writer/artist. Thank You for stepping into this with me. The weight of this truth is surprisingly heavy and less accessible than I would like it to be. Divine Love and His intervention is the hope I often forget to cling. The Lie: You are alone and will end alone, has subtly confused me without my knowledge or consent for a very long time. My ability to escape its debilitating effects is in direct proportion to name it as a lie. The miracle of being designed for relationship with the living God despite my frailties continues to astound me. My value as a human being is not predicated on my good behaviors or bright countenance, but rather by God’s compassion and mercy. The unshakeable truth of my wealth given freely to me by nature of my design and God’s generosity is not mine alone. Thus, the You in the story is ours together. God bless you as you consider with me the miracle of God’s unmerited favor towards us based on nothing we’ve worked for or earned.

 

More from Tonia

On Labor Day morning, I woke up to an email reminding me I missed a deadline.

This is not the kind of message that incites creativity.

And now sitting here in my front garden, trying to imagine the sound of the neighbor’s leaf blower as that of a vigorous wind warming up to deliver an epic end-of- summer storm, I am face to face with a wordless me wondering how to communicate the enormity of what I want to be say…after all, what happens in these two little, tiny, shrunken, abbreviated, synthetic replications of what actually occurred in the chronological space of history crosses into speculative territory. And I haven’t even met you.

If you dream of traveling but time, money or fear has held you back, The String Theory Beginning with Me is a story boat meant to sail you safely into the intergalactic waters of your own lonely soul. If you worry about failure, Having Tried Everything  is an illustrated syllabus developed from a rubbing pressed against the gravestone of a dream, carefully framed by God’s healing light.  Both books are designed to give you a holiday from clock watching and move you into a space of heart throb time.

Blog Stops

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 29

Just Your Average reviews, November 30

Simple Harvest Reads, December 1 (Author Interview)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, December 2

Texas Book-aholic, December 3

All 4 and About Books, December 4 (Author Interview)

janicesbookreviews, December 5

Mary Hake, December 5

Just the Write Escape, December 6

Blossoms and Blessings, December 7 (Author Interview)

A Reader’s Brain, December 8

Inklings and notions, December 9

Andrea Christenson, December 10 (Author Interview)

Artistic Nobody, December 11

Little Homeschool on the Prairie, December 12

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Tonia is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of each of the books!!

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

https://promosimple.com/ps/f1b7/having-tried-everything-and-the-string-theory-beginning-with-me-celebration-tour-giveaway

Made for Brave Review and Giveaway

About the Book

Book:  Made for Brave

Author: Alyssa Galios

Genre: Christian Memoir, Widowhood, Cancer

Release Date: November, 2019

From the testimony viewed over 100 million times on the internet:

“I am so sorry I have to deliver such awful news.” Shaking his head, the doctor muttered, “You are both so young.”

A young woman in her twenties with a future and a plan for her life comes up against a tragic nightmare when her handsome and otherwise healthy husband is suddenly diagnosed with a rare inoperable cancer. As her husband’s beliefs grow stronger, Alyssa’s dreams evaporate, and her faith slips away when the worst happens.

Experience soul-searing pain and miraculous moments of joy in this poignant true-life account. Journey with Alyssa as she grapples with life and death, faith and unbelief, disappointment and hope in a search for answers that takes her beyond grief to peace and a surprising new love.

Along the way, you’ll find answers to the questions you may be asking in your own life:

  • Where is God when it hurts?
  • Why doesn’t God answer my prayers?
  • Can God make something good come out of bad?
  • Does true love ever strike twice?

Made for Brave is a striking example of how God can create overwhelming good from even the worst of life when we choose to partner with Him.

 

Click here for your copy.

My Thoughts

I don’t really know how to start my review of this book. It was such an emotional roller coaster, and I had to put the book down several times because I couldn’t read the pages I was crying so hard. This is a must read book. Alyssa has such a powerful story to share, and I’m blessed that she chose to share it with people. This was such a beautiful testimony of courage, perseverance, and God’s sovereignty. I highly recommend this book to everyone to remind them that we should be faithful and trust God through every situation in our lives.

All opinions are my own. I received a free copy of this book from Redemption Press via Celebrate Lit.

 

About the Author

Alyssa Galios is a writer, speaker, social media influencer, and coach. Founder of the #MadeforBrave movement and CEO of the Made for Brave Company, Alyssa is known for helping countless people create better lives through faith, family, and fitness. Her life story has been featured on sites like Yahoo News, Christian Post, Fox News, HuffPost, and Viralized. Alyssa and her husband Jay run their business out of their home north of Seattle, where they happily raise their daughters. For more information, visit alyssagalios.com.

 

More from Alyssa

Some people come into your life as bright as shooting stars. They zip across your horizon then, all too soon, drop back into the blackness. Though you can no longer see them, you are forever changed by their brilliance. This is just as it was with Nicholas Magnotti. Six beautiful years changed the person I will always be.
Before my strapping, young and handsome 25-year-old husband got sick, I missed a large part of the point of living. I was a workaholic mainly; a worry wort often; and I got really good at playing the comparison game. As such, I spent the first three years of our marriage living in selfish fear. Nick’s presence in my life taught me something I won’t ever forget… It taught me that every single moment counts and that what we do in love for others is the only thing that truly makes a lasting impact. And, eventually, the strong faith he exuded through his trials would cause me to question and rebuild my own faith.
The day that I said yes to a blind date with a gorgeous man I had never met… the God of the universe set into motion a series of miraculous events that I couldn’t have possibly ever predicted. He didn’t cause the bad parts of my story. Not at all. But, He saw those parts, from way off in the distance and game-planned so that it would all still work together for good and for His glory. You’ll be amazed at all the good He was able to create. And, the craziest part? He is so not finished yet.
Made for Brave: A Journey Through Devastating Loss to Infinite Hope is an uncommon love story and, at times, a harrowing journey but, more than that, it’s my true life journey that I know I have been called to share. I hope you will walk it with me and come away knowing you have always been made for brave, too.

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, December 2

A Reader’s Brain, December 3

Reader’s Cozy Corner, December 4

Just the Write Escape, December 5

As He Leads is Joy, December 6

Simple Harvest Reads, December 7 (Author Interview)

For the Love of Literature, December 8

Artistic Nobody, December 9

Inklings and notions, December 10

Lots of Helpers, December 11

janicesbookreviews, December 12

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, December 13

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, December 14

Through the Fire Blogs, December 15 (Author Interview)

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Alyssa is giving away the grand prize package of  $25 Amazon Gift Card & a signed copy of the book!!

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

https://promosimple.com/ps/f1b9/made-for-brave-celebration-tour-giveaway

Be a Disciple, Make a Disciple Author Interview & Giveaway

About the Book

Book: Be a Disciple, Make a Disciple

Author: Ellie M. Littleton

Genre: RELIGION / Christian Ministry / Discipleship

The twenty-first century Church has the same Holy Spirit power and many more modern-day resources than the first century Church, yet the first century Church had greater success in making disciples. Why? They followed the plan Jesus gave them, and He blessed it. But the more worldly progress we’ve made, the more we’ve deviated from Jesus’s plan by choosing programs, entertainment, and socials with only surface-level encounters.  

We neglect to make a connection with the lost, and they see no real commitment from the church. So they come and go as we continue to meet and plan more programs. To end the cycle, we must go and make disciples as Jesus taught—investing our lives in the lives of others.  

Do you long to live the Great Commission and make disciples, but you’re not sure how? In Be a Disciple, Make a Disciple, Ellie Littleton offers biblical examples and concepts that break down the hard work of discipleship into sixteen thought-provoking lessons.  

So go and make disciples. “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples” (John 15:8 niv). 

 

Click here to get your copy.

 

About the Author

Ellie Littleton has spent most of her adult life teaching both high school and adult Sunday school. She is minister of Vision Teams at her church, and serves as an officer on the planning team of her church’s annual Women of the Word Conference. Her husband of twenty-one years and high school sweetheart, Brad Littleton, serves as minister of music at their church. Their daughter, Hannah Kate, has been active in AcTeens and children’s church. She plans to continue competitive cheer in college. Son, Grayson, is home from a six-month internship at Lifehouse Church in Tokyo, Japan, and is seeking a position as a youth pastor. Ellie and her family love their church, family-and-friend cookouts, volleyball, boat riding, and music. She also enjoys reading, women’s conferences, and sneaking away to occasional girlfriend getaways at the beach. 

 

More from Ellie

Eighteen years ago, I was blessed to be a part of a church plant in the community where I was raised and still call home.  The new church, South Shelby Baptist, gave me the opportunity to dig in and exercise the spiritual gifts given to me by the Holy Spirit.  As I begin to write and teach Bible lessons, a deep passion arose and bloomed within my heart to grow in the grace and knowledge of our LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18) and see others grow too.  I am a people-person and find great joy in connecting with people and seeing people connected, especially within the Body of Christ.  In the past five years, God has been and is pulling me out of that comfort zone of lessons into writing Bible studies.  My pastor, David Warren, leads the vision of our church- be a disciple and make a disciple.  He asked me a couple of years ago, to write a Bible study on the topic of discipleship for our folks as a resource to help us grow and activate the call to make disciples.  And that is how Be a Disciple, Make a Disciple Bible study began.  I wrote this Bible study for my church to use as resource to grow in discipleship, because my heart for ministry is in the local church, especially my local church, South Shelby Baptist.  But God.  God began prompting my heart with the dream to have Be a Disciple, Make a Disciple published… and here it is.  God is good and He is faithful; great is your faithfulness, O LORD!  It is my prayer that you can use it as a resource to help you and your local church grow in discipling others too.  To God be the glory and blessings to you in Christ,

Ellie

Q&A with Ellie

1. Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Writing energizes me mostly; it gets me excited about what the Lord is doing through me, excites me how the Holy Spirit works and excites me to use the gifts he had given me.  There are times when I have exhausted and pressured because life presents many demands, but I have to remember to be patient and trust God to provide the time and the revelation of what to write.

2. How did writing this book grow you spiritually?

In writing this study, God gave me more confidence to use the gifts he has given, reminded me that hard work, time and effort bring satisfaction of accomplishment.  My weakest academic skill in high school was writing. Writing this study and having it published epitomizes for me the verses in 1 Corinthians: 21-29, “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him.”  There is no way I could have written this study and had it published without the Holy Spirit. God has shown me with this publishing project that He makes a way there as humans we see no way.  The summer I signed the contract to publish I wrestled with time requirements of this project along with teaching, my full-time job.  That same summer I was offered a new position as an academic interventionist that had far less demands than teaching 3 different history preps.  The position seemed to come out of nowhere, but I knew it was an answer to my prayers.

3. What do you like to do when you are not writing?

I love life and sharing my life with family and friends at cook-outs, boating and water sports.  I enjoy going out to eat; I consider myself a foodie.  I love to eat and I enjoy cooking. I also like to travel; I enjoy the mountains, the beach and most anything historical.

4. When did you start writing?

I started writing Bible lessons 18 years ago and Bible studies 5 years ago.

5. What is the most difficult part about writing for you?

The most difficult part about writing currently is time.  School is back in session and I have less time to just sit and think or study.

Thank you Ellie for you time in letting us get to know you better!

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, November 21

Through the Lens of Scripture, November 22

Mary Hake, November 23

Sara Jane Jacobs, November 24

CarpeDiem, November 25

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 26

Artistic Nobody, November 27 (Author Interview)

Discipling4Life, November 28

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 29

Texas Book-aholic, November 30

janicesbookreviews, December 1

A Reader’s Brain, December 2

Inklings and notions, December 3

Simple Harvest Reads, December 4 (Author Interview)

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Ellie is giving away the grand prize package of a Bible study copy of her book and a $50 Visa Card!!

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

https://promosimple.com/ps/ee20/be-a-disciple-make-a-disciple-celebration-tour-giveaway

Dreaming of the Majors Author Interview and Giveaway

About the Book

Book: Dreaming of the Majors

Author: Dick “Lefty” O’Neal

Genre: SPORTS & RECREATION / Baseball / History

Release Date: April 4, 2014

By all counts, Dick “Lefty” O’Neal didn’t have a chance of playing professional baseball. However, today he holds the distinction of being the only white baseball player to pitch for two teams in the Negro Leagues that flourished throughout the twentieth century. “Dreaming of the Majors” is his account of the dream he nurtured from the age of five to play Major League baseball, the people God brought into his life who shaped the dream, and the amazing and unexpected twists and turns Dick experienced along the journey toward fulfilling the dream.

 

Click here to get your copy.

 

About the Author

Lefty is currently an Adjunct Professor in Speech, Motivational Speaker, and MLB Scout. He is also a consultant for a possible movie, “Dreaming of the Majors,” which would be based on Dreaming of the Majors – Living in the Bush. He has two grown children, Amy and Adam. He and his wife Harriett have been married forty-plus years and live in Universal City, Texas.”

 

More from Lefty

“I wrote my story in order to pass on to my son and daughter what their father experienced in his walk through life as a Christian. I wanted them to understand that  if you have the right purpose, surrounded by the right people, you can make a difference if you listen to His guidance. Using a sports platform was perfect for me to share that whatever your dream is as you are growing as a ballplayer and a Christian helps you stand as an example for all who dreamed of playing a sport.

I had no idea the book would relate so well to anyone who dreams their dreams,  but more importantly, if it doesn’t turn out the way you thought it would they realize it was God’s plan to put them where they are. People have found that blooming  where they you are planted is right where God wants you to make a difference.

My story is one of hope, persistence, never give up attitude, and it encourages all of us to pursue our dreams regardless of the obstacles that stand in our path. But to remember that our Heavenly Father’s spirit has always been with us throughout the journey, wherever it takes us”.

Q&A with Dick “Lefty” O’Neal

1. How did writing this book grow you spiritually?

It helped me realize that everything I went through was all planned by my Heavenly Father and I realized He had a reason for me to experience each event and hurdle. It always helped someone else at the same time. He helped me realize even more so that He is my rock and the only answer to true life in eternity is through Him. By writing the book I became much closer to Him for sure!!!

2. What do you like to do when you are not writing?

I like to deliver speeches telling everyone my journey with Him. I use the Fellowship of Christian Athletes as my platform to change people’s lives. Mine is a story of hope.

3. Share something your readers wouldn’t know about you?

I stuttered in my child hood and I was labeled a slow learner. I married my wife of 47 years who just happened to be studying to be a Speech Language Pathologist. And the rest is history. Now the Lord is using this to have me tell my story to everyone. And by the way I also am an Adjunct Professor in Speech communications. God has a since of humor. He will use you one way or the other.

4. What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

Anything Mac Lacado writes. I also love sports autobiographies with a never give up theme. I have also enjoyed going through the Bible again with the help of Gene Getz’s video presentations. He has brought the Bible alive even more for me and my wife.

5. What is the most difficult part about writing for you?

Learning how to stay on one theme. I get carried away with writing so much but still being specific to my purpose of the book I am trying to write.

Thank you for taking the time to let us get to know you!

Blog Stops

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 18

Jacquelyn Lynn, November 19

Connie’s History Classroom, November 20

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, November 21

She Lives to Read, November 22

For the Love of Literature, November 23

Artistic Nobody, November 24 (Author Interview)

deb’s book review, November 25

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 26

Texas Book-aholic, November 27

A Reader’s Brain, November 28

janicesbookreviews, November 29

Inklings and notions, November 30

Simple Harvest Reads, December 1 (Author Interview)

Giveaway

To celebrate his tour, Dick is giving away the grand prize package of an autographed Dreaming of the Majors book along with two autographed baseball cards and 1 autographed baseball!!

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

https://promosimple.com/ps/ee19/dreaming-of-the-majors-celebration-tour-giveaway

Reclaimed Book Review and Giveaway

About the Book

Book: Reclaimed

Author: Stephanie Broersma

Genre: RELIGION / Christian Ministry / Counseling & Recovery

Release Date: August 21, 2019

Stephanie Broersma lived a charmed life . . . until the day she discovered a deleted online conversation between her husband and another woman. When confronted, he confessed to a ten-year addiction to pornography and multiple affairs. Yet even as her world crumbled, Stephanie refused to allow Satan to turn her marriage into another dismal statistic.  

Reclaimed: Finding Your Identity after Marital Betrayal is Stephanie’s story—from revelation to reconciliation and all the pain and confusion in between. But it’s also a guide for those whose lives have turned upside down—a raw and honest look at the emotions, decisions, and difficulties women face in marital betrayal. It’s a collection of stories shared by real women, a journal with leading questions to help put words to feelings, and an encouraging compilation of Scripture verses to give strength to the weary. 

Stephanie’s goal in sharing her story is that you will realize that you are not alone. That you are not without hope despite the chaos and pain around you. That you will find healing from the shame, anger, and brokenness that overwhelms you. That you will gain confidence as you rebuild trust and self-worth. And that you will walk out of this fire with your head held high, giving God the glory for the amazing, reclaimed story of your life. 

 

Click here to get your copy.

 

My Thoughts

I’ve always found books that give you something to read every day for a month to be extremely helpful for me. Between work and school it’s often hard to find time to read a lot, so having a small amount each day makes is easy for even those of us who are really busy to make it through a book like this. I think books like this are extremely important because it’s hard to know how to respond when situations like this arise. Now, I’m not married, but this book has given me a good insight on how to help others who are struggling with this in their marriage. I loved how open and honest the author was. I think one of the best things about this book was that the author said, “All I had was my faith in Christ—and as I looked to Him to me, I had no idea what the next steps toward healing would be . . .” What a wonderful testimony. While we may not know the next step in our own struggles, we can always lean on Christ.

I received a copy of this book from Redemption Press via Celebrate Lit. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

Stephanie Broersma is a living example of how God brings beauty from ashes in the lives of His children. Married since 2002, she and her husband, Tim, have walked through the valley of marital betrayal and come out the other side stronger, more in love, and fully devoted to Christ. She now heads Reclaimed Ministry, an organization that seeks to help other broken brides recover from the pain and devastation of marital infidelity. For more information or to find help, visit reclaimedministry.com. 

 

More from Stephanie

FUN FACTS about the book and Stephanie:

– In keeping identities private, Stephanie had to come up with a system to replace names when sharing stories from other women. She replaced the names with cast members from her favorite TV series, The Office.

– Stephanie has walked in two Susan G. Women 3 Day breast cancer walks and has ran in races with distances from 5k-50k.

– Her goal is to run a race in every state by the age of 50. She’s welcome to invitations and races with causes.

“Reclaimed is here to walk you through your season of brokenness. To support you with authentic tools and scripture based guidance that supports you and meets you exactly where you are. My name is Stephanie and I also have come from a place of dark despair. I created these materials to guide you on the path to wholeness and living a redeemed identity.

If your husband has had an affair… if pornography or sexual addiction has hurt your marriage… if you have discovered an emotional affair… then this message is for you.

Here’s why…

The problem is most women don’t know where to go for help when they discover an affair. Many will get counseling. Some will talk to close friends and family. Many will hide and pretend everything is fine. But none of that brings about the healing we need.

  • We need to connect with a community that understands what we are going through.
  • We need to discover the healing available through Jesus Christ.
  • We need a life that doesn’t feel out of control.

What happens if you don’t find healing? If you just keep doing what you have been doing? You remain stuck in brokenness and shame and may even continue enabling the same patterns of abuse.

My heart is for you to

  • Find your true identity
  • Develop confidence
  • Learn to love again”

Blog Stops

CarpeDiem, November 19

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 20

Book Love, November 21 (Spotlight)

Artistic Nobody, November 22

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 23

A Baker’s Perspective, November 24 (Author Interview)

Texas Book-aholic, November 25

janicesbookreviews, November 26

SusanK. Beatty, Author, November 27 (Author Interview)

A Reader’s Brain, November 28

Inklings and notions, November 29

Andrea Christenson, November 30 (Author Interview)

Quiet Quilter, December 1

Simple Harvest Reads, December 2 (Author Interview)

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Stephanie is giving away a $250 Amazon gift card and a signed copy of the book!!

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

https://promosimple.com/ps/ee1b/reclaimed-celebration-tour-giveaway

Considering Others Author Interview and Giveaway

About the Book

Book: Considering Others

Author: Jungu Olobia

Genre: RELIGION / Christian Living / Personal Growth

Release Date: March 4, 2019

Good manners and etiquette begin in the home, or wherever a child is taught or mentored. From an early age, children learn how to behave, and as they grow, how to interact in their relationships at school, church, and in their communities. Though etiquette varies between cultures, practicing good manners is a kindness that extends across cultures, because the way we treat one another matters. 

We want to raise and train our children in safe, healthy environments, but the daily encounters of a fallen world make it challenging. Much has been written on good etiquette, but this practical, captivating book points readers to Jesus Christ as the Lord and the Holy Spirit as the Teacher of good manners, clearly illustrating that the Bible is the Life Manual for good behavior that comes from God’s heart. 

From biblical examples to personal examples, reflection verses and practical steps, and prayers and Scriptures to pray over children, Considering Others: Good Manners to Glorify God will help parents, teachers, and mentors shape and develop godly character and good manners in children so they may lead healthy, successful adult lives in their sphere of influence around the world. And there’s plenty of takeaways for adults too! 

 

Click here to get your copy!

 

About the Author

Jungu Olobia is a wife and mother, with two degrees in business and informational technology. A Sunday school teacher for over sixteen years, she teaches children ages three to twelve. She enjoys volunteering in her children’s school and in her community. She and her pediatrician husband live with their two sons in Keller, Texas.  

 

More from Jungu

As parents and guardians, we want to raise and train our children in safe, healthy environments, but the daily encounters of a fallen world make it very challenging. Much has been written on good etiquette, but how many books point to Jesus Christ as the Lord and the Holy Spirit as the Teacher of good manners? After almost two decades serving and teaching as a Sunday school teacher, about a decade working in an IT position at a College, and with much encouragement from my beloved pastors and family, I wrote Considering Others: Good Manners to Glorify God.  Thank you so much for joining me today! It has been such a privilege and honor to be with you. We all love and care for our children very much, so thank you for allowing me to talk about my book, Considering Others: Good Manners to Glorify God. Writing my first book has been a walk of faith that has been both painful and joyous as I found out a lot more about my family history and how much I needed to pray!  Thank God, however, for His love and gift of His son, our Lord Jesus.

 Here is a question for us: What legacy do we want to leave our children?  Proverbs 13:22 tells us that good people leave an inheritance to their descendants. That scripture speaks to more than a financial or natural inheritance. It also speaks to passing on virtues that build character.

Q&A with Jungu Olobia

  1. Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Writing energizes me. When I write I’m like a child in a candy store; everything is a sweet world of new revelation and great adventure.

  1. How did writing this book grow you spiritually?

I did a lot of biblical research including using the Bible concordance and studying the original biblical languages in Hebrew and Greek. All that research has given me a greater understanding of God’s Word and His great love for us.

  1. What do you like to do when you are not writing?

I love to cook for family and friends.

  1. What is the most difficult part about writing for you?

Remembering and researching family history took a lot of prayer because some of the material was very disturbing, painful and difficult to write about. Nevertheless, I was able to bring the shock and the trauma to God in prayer, plus, I understand better why, for example, I struggled with insecurity issues for so long. It has also been a great opportunity to pray for my unsaved family members in an even more focused and intent way, and, at the same time extend love, grace and mercy to them. In addition, I’m a better, more mature Christian for writing this book.

  1. How do you do research for your books?

    • Various Bible versions to get a better or deeper understanding of a story, a character or topic.
    • Online Christian resources such as the biblegateway.com
    • The Bible Concordance.
    • Other authors’ books and works such us by Derek Prince, my personal favorite.
    • Medical studies and journals by the American College of Pediatrics. I also leaned on my husband’s pediatric experience and knowledge.
    • Family and national history.
    • Other studies and journals on education, family, by respected study-groups, colleges, etc.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, November 14

Mary Hake, November 15

Vicky Sluiter, November 16 (Author Interview)

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 17

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, November 18

Creating Relationship, November 19

Artistic Nobody, November 20 (Author Interview)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 21

Texas Book-aholic, November 22

By The Book, November 23 (Author Interview)

janicesbookreviews, November 24

A Reader’s Brain, November 25

All 4 and About Books, November 26 (Author Interview)

Inklings and notions, November 27

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Jungu is giving away a copy of Considering Others to two winners!!

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

https://promosimple.com/ps/edec/considering-others-celebration-tour-giveaway

A Precious Loss Author Interview & Giveaway

About the Book

Book: A Precious Loss

Author:Sharon Fox

Genre: RELIGION / Christian Living / Death, Grief, Bereavement

Release Date: July 8, 2016

Losing a child is the worst tragedy a parent can experience. And yet it happens to many from various causes, including Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), death from illness, stillborn birth, or miscarriage. A Precious Loss offers those who have experienced such a death a window into the grief process. It presents the biblical grief model and the emotions to expect after a loss, and it includes the steps to move forward toward peace and contentment. 

While each parent’s experience is unique, this book is written with deep insight and strong compassion. It provides grieving parents with: 

·         Concrete steps to coping and recovery, including how to care for your health and your relationships and how to cope with emotions and behaviors you can expect to experience 

·         Biblical support for finding comfort and hope in your darkest hours

Recognition of the hard questions you may have, such as these: 

·                     Why me? 

·                     Was this my fault? 

·                     Is someone to blame? 

·                     Is this some sort of punishment for things I did or did not do? 

·                     Is there a purpose for my child’s death? 

·                     Can I trust God? 

If you or a loved one is grappling with the devastating loss of a child, this book will provide hope and encouragement to press on, knowing that God will sustain you through this painful experience. 

 

Click here to get your copy.

 

About the Author

Sharon Fox is a wife, author, speaker and co-founder of Brave Penny (non-profit). Her heart for those who mourn and struggle with loss has led her to write and teach about God’s model of grieving the death of his son, Jesus.  

 A Precious Loss, was written for families who have experienced miscarriage, SIDS, infant death and stillbirths. (Spanish – Una Perdida Preciosa) 

Sharon published Reframing Adoption, (also in Spanish) and a children’s Christmas book, The Stone Carver’s Son. 

She has led a grief recovery ministry for over twenty years. Sharon is a certified grief facilitator and has been a speaker at the National Conference on Adoption and the Anglicans For Life Summit. 

 

More from Sharon

Precious Loss (Una Perdida Preciosa– Spanish) was written to present a Christian perspective on the survival of families when a miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death (SIDS) have occurred. A miscarriage or infant death is strikingly harsh and so many times unknown by others, which leaves the mother and family without support or understanding.  The statistics tell the story.  One in four conceptions end in miscarriage.  Seventy Five Percent of the marriages end in divorce when a child under three dies.

How do families survive the death of a child, a miscarriage, or tragic illness or accident that is such a sacred, personal and bewildering lossevent?  A Precious Loss is packed with sage advice, coping skills, presentation of God’s Model of Grieving, the Gospel, helpful, authentic recognition of the emotional overload of loss.  The book presents the blueprint from chaos, sadness, upheaval, questioning, new and strong emotions to contentment. It presents the pathway to the reach contentment and live abundantly again.

Q&A with Sharon Fox

1. How did writing this book grow you spiritually?

A Precious Loss was written to help those who have experienced miscarriage or infant death.   My first book, Reframing Adoption, was written for birthmothers who had chosen to gift their child through adoption to another family.

The foundation of both books and the entire ministry of Brave Penny Non-Profit (I am the founder of Brave Penny) is God’s Model of Grieving.  What happened when Jesus died?  How do the events on Friday afternoon through Sunday morning blueprint the pathway to contentment for those who have had significant losses in their life? These questions are answered in God’s Model of Grieving.

Reaching beyond the normal type of losses that are common topics for books, (death of a parent, spouse, sibling), A Precious Loss was written to support the very personal and often private death of a baby.  It was my honor to offer to those who struggle a Christian perspective on the death of a child, understanding of God’s compassion for those who grieve and helpful and healthy tips on how to cope.

My spiritual life changed radically about twenty-five years ago.  My sister, Penny Scaggs, was murdered by her husband in 1996.  Four television programs were produced about her murder. Clint Richmond wrote a book about the murder and trial titled: The Good Wife. Her death and the impact of the shocking circumstances revealed in a three-week trial, was the beginning of a personal search for understanding of what had happened in my life as I grieved. I began a search for information about grief.  I joined the American Academy of Bereavement and became a Certified Grief Facilitator.  I also wanted to find biblical truth about how to move from the chaos of loss into contentment.  But as I studied scripture, I found the secular materials and the biblical patterns matched in many ways. The pathway to contentment was described in Matthew which I describe as God’s Model of Grieving.   I then began to create a program on grief recovery for general losses (Shadowlands), such as death of a parent, sibling, adult child, pet, adoption, abortion, loss of home due to fire or flood, suicide and forced retirement. I realized that very few people understand the emotional impact of loss.  A few years later, I compiled another program for families who had experienced the death of a child from miscarriage or infant death (Precious Losses) and that program was the starting point for the book.

I took the first book Reframing Adoption to a pregnancy center in Frisco Texas.  The director said they did not see very many women after they chose adoptions for their child.  However, she asked me if I could provide any Christian materials for those who had had a miscarriage.  At the time all they had to offer their clients was a pamphlet on physical recovery post miscarriage. It did not meet the mark, she said, for emotional comfort and biblical truth about their loss.  I knew instantly that I could write a book to help those grieving families.  Within a few months A Precious Loss was written and published.

2. What do you like to do when you are not writing?

My husband and I love to travel.  We have been to Italy, Russia, Scotland and Greece.  I enjoy reading light-hearted mysteries and I crochet prayer blankets which are taken to nursing homes and hospitals.

3. Share something your readers wouldn’t know about you.

  • I am a pie baker – peanut butter pie is my specialty.
  • I have flown twice at an indoor sky diving venue.
  • I have kissed the Blarney stone, stood in Red Square in Moscow and walked the same path that Jesus walked on his way to His crucifixion.
  • I was born on St Patrick’s Day
  • My Anniversary is July 4th! I have been married 51 years.

4. Favorite quote?

Because I have been doing Grief Recovery for over twenty years, I always want to offer encouragement and hope that, even in the midst of a tragic grief event – God can be glorified.  Here are two of my favorites:

Jesus said when Lazarus died –

 John 11:41  “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”

The Apostle Paul wrote in the book of Romans about taking courage in the face of disappointment –

  Romans 8:28  “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

In my own personal loss and in the lives of those who grieve, I see over and over God’s comfort and healing. His mercy and compassion ultimately reflect His glory. God has been glorified in my life as the grief programs and the books would not have been written if my sister, Penny, was still alive.  Her death although tragic, has provided a ministry which has helped thousands.

5. What is the most difficult part about writing for you? 

I want those who read A Precious Loss or the other books I have written to come to understand that God loves them.  I wanted to ensure that the presentation of God’s Model and how it applied to this very private loss was clearly presented.  I wanted to base the understanding of the loss on a biblical truth that God knows what grief feels like and wants to comfort and walk with us during the journey from loss to contentment.  If the reader does not know about Jesus, or the Holy Spirit’s comfort, I want them to know about those concepts when they finish the book.   Ensuring that the words I used to explain the Holy Trinity were clear and could be used to process the loss they had experienced was very important to me.  I wanted the reader to know they are God’s child and they can not only survive but thrive after a loss.

I want to make clear that I did not write this book on my own.  It is my sincerest explanation that God wrote the book – He dictated it.  I sat at the keyboard and transcribed His words and thoughts.

 I did include advice on how to manage strong emotional and physical reactions as well as helpful steps to reach contentment, which I learned about through the vast secular research on grief which has been conducted in the last thirty years.  I also wanted to make clear the biblical truth, that the essence of God’s love is His compassion for each of us.

One in four conceptions end in miscarriage.  Seventy-five percent of the marriages end in divorce when a child dies under three years of age. If married couples know about those statistics, the risk of an additional loss – that of their marriage can be avoided. There is a chapter devoted to sex after a miscarriage to encourage couples to communicate openly about their relationship and hope for more children.

I recognize that miscarriages and infant death cross all nationalities, cultures, religious and geographic spectrums.   I chose to publish the book in Spanish (Una Perdida PRECIOSA) to reach one of the populations of non-English speaking grievers.

Thank you Sharon for your time in letting us get to know you better!

Blog Stops

Quietworkings, November 16

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 17

Artistic Nobody, November 18 (Author Interview)

Mary Hake, November 19

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 20

Simple Harvest Reads, November 21 (Author Interview)

As He Leads is Joy, November 22

Texas Book-aholic, November 23

For the Love of Literature, November 24 (Author Interview)

janicesbookreviews, November 25

A Reader’s Brain, November 26

My Devotional Thoughts, November 27 (Author Interview)

Inklings and notions, November 28

Just the Write Escape, November 29

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Sharon is giving away the grand prize of a $100 Amazon gift card!!

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

https://promosimple.com/ps/ee18/a-precious-loss-celebration-tour-giveaway