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Monday, September 5, 2022

About the Book

Book: Lakside Retreat

Author: Marci Seither

Genre: Devotional gift book

Release date: July 5, 2022

Close your eyes for a moment. Inhale. Can you smell the pine trees? Now listen. Can you hear the loon’s call echo off the water and the geese honking as they fly overhead? Now imagine tasting the smoke-tainted marshmallows straight out of the campfire. Think about feeling the warm summer sun on your skin and the cool breeze against your face.

Lakeside Retreat is an invitation to surround yourself with the majesty of God’s creation and wrap yourself in the warm blanket of Scripture’s wonderful, eternal truths.

Let this collection of vacation-themed devotions, recipes, and DIY projects transport you to a quiet place of rest, renewal, and connection with God.


Click here to get your copy!


About the Author

Marci Seither’s writing career began after her humor article about a cookie baking fiasco she experienced with her kids was published in a small-town newspaper. Since then she has authored two books and hundreds of articles for local papers as well as written for Guideposts, Light & Life, and Focus On The Family.

Besides writing, she enjoys teaching workshops, speaking, food photography, canning, and anything that involves using real butter.

Her biggest joy, besides being married to John and raising six kiddos, is being grandma to six of the cutest kids in the western hemisphere. She recently moved from CA to TN.


More from Marci

I don’t know about you, but there is something about being at a cabin, on a lake, or in the woods. The pine scented air is crisp; the water is refreshing, and lingering over a hot cup of coffee as the sun comes up over the tree tops causes one to just sit in AWE at God’s fingerprints in creation.

Growing up, some of my favorite memories were made camping with cousins and hanging onto an inner tube that was tied to the back of a ski boat, now, just listening the loon’s call echoing off the rippling water at sunset is something I savor, well, that and a perfectly toasted marshmallow for my  s’more.

This book was so fun for me to write. I spent two weeks at the cabin with one of my best friends, Ginger Vennerstrom and her two granddaughters. Our husbands were able to join us for the second week and that was when we went on our crazy kayak adventure. We baked yummy treats, took nature walks through the woods, sat around the campfire, and did a lot of swimming.

One of the highlights was to take the pontoon boat down to the point and see the eagle’s nest with the half grown eaglets squawking from the edge, hoping one of their parents would bring a freshly caught fish.

I loved learning about the area that had once been a logging camp and hear stories about the cabin that is lovingly named Swan Stuga and the people who made it special.

Besides the 40 devotions, there are journal prompts and 12 tutorials for things you can do with your family such as make a pinecone bird feeder, follow a recipe for the perfect berry cobbler, and how to experience the night sky in a way you might have never considered.

Most of the photos, including the picture on the cover, are ones that I took at the cabin so readers will not just read about the lake; they will feel like they have actually been at the restful shores of Lake Nebagamon.

Here is a 1 minute video that captures the joy of Lakeside Retreat.

The cabin is calling…


The cover captured my attention right away. It is an inviting cover and I felt peace  surround me. The book gives you a feeling of rest as you enter the pages filled with breathtaking pictures. Inside the book you are welcomed with subjects that encourage, strengthen, hope and a deeper relationship with God.

 The very first chapter made me  stop and examine my heart. Are we carrying around things that we shouldn’t be? I am guilty of worrying about everything. What I need to do is give my burdens to Him and learn to trust Him. I get so wrapped up in my problems I forget that God is in control.

I love how the book is designed with a scripture for each chapter, a topic we can relate to and a question at the end that allows you to put what you read into action. The chapters are short but does not lack in wisdom. It reminded me about things like remembering to pray for each other and be available when someone is in need. 

I have been to a cabin nestled in the woods several times and each time I had a hard time leaving. This book brought me back to those special times as I read the pages in this wonderful journey I am on with this book. It also includes a list of first aid items to help you pack for your trip as well as special recipes to enjoy as you take in God’s beauty in your special place. You will always find things to do with your family throughout the book like a scavenger hunt. I love how this book encourages family time with projects where you all work together. 

I highly recommend that you get a copy for yourself and grab a few extra ones to give as gifts. I am placing this book in my purse to take with me wherever I go. I love how it transports me to a place that reminds me that , “Storms are a reminder to be thankful for the  shelter that we have in the Lord.” 

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion. 

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Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 11

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Lily’s Book Reviews, September 12

deb’s Book Review, September 13

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, September 14

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, September 15

Mary Hake, September 15

Blossoms and Blessings, September 16

Cats in the Cradle Blog, September 17

The Adventures of a Travers Wife, September 18

Livin’ Lit, September 19

To Everything There Is A Season, September 19


To celebrate her tour, Marci is giving away the grand prize package of a canvas tote bag filled with Lakeside goodies that include a blanket, mug, signed copy of Lakeside Retreat, and a solar lantern for your next outdoor adventure!!

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


  1. Thank you for sharing your review of Lakside Retreat this sounds like a wonderful devotional

  2. Thank you for the review. Sounds like a good book.

  3. Sounds like a lovely book.

  4. This sounds like an excellent devotional for myself as well as a gift book.

  5. Wow! Sounds like a powerful book full of devotionals to touch the heart. Thank you for your review! Have a Nice Day! :)