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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Welcome to the GRIT AND GRACE Blog Tour

About the BookHang in There, Mama!
For those moments when you think you’ll never live up to the Supermoms around you—when you’re elbow deep in the grind of diapers and laundry and peanut butter sandwiches—you need a good dose of Grit and Grace.

This refreshing collection of 90 daily devotions comes from two moms who’ve found themselves face-to-the-floor in need of encouragement and now offer it to you. Through humor and vulnerability, these short messages of truth remove the filters of perfection clouding your vision and bring clarity to your purpose as a mom. As you read the Scripture and prayer that accompany each day’s message, you’ll discover more fully who you are in Christ and how to raise your children to reflect His love to the world.

In giving yourself grace, you will find you have even more grace to give from the One who is present in your life right now and in every moment.   


I really enjoy devotionals because there is always something God has waiting for me to read. I was so excited when I found out for the first time that I was pregnant. Then reality hit and all these crazy things started running through my head. This book is a wonderful tool to use to encourage mothers as they find their way through motherhood.

I really like the chapter about "Hope in a Hopeless place." I had a similar scary moment with my youngest son. He started having seizures and we rushed him to the hospital. They then transferred him by ambulance to the Children's hospital. We found out after five days in ICU that he had an allergic reaction to mosquito bites. During that time I was so scared I couldn't even think straight. I did learn a valuable lesson through this experience. God is in control and I needed to trust Him with my children.

We can learn many things from our children and one of those is how much faith they have when sometimes we can't even have enough faith to believe our circumstances are not to big for God. Another chapter I liked was called, "Comparison versus Completeness." This chapter really hit home for me. I have always felt inadequate as a mom and see how other women make motherhood look easy. I found myself always tired and disorganized. This chapter reminded me that we are all different . We have been designed by God to be uniquely us. Everyone has different strengths and weaknesses .  When we learn to focus on or gifts and talents then, " We will experience a peace that surpasses all understanding that will guard your heart and mind."

I received a copy of this book from the authors and Read with Audra blogging program.


Suzanne Hadley Gosselin and Gretta Kennedy first met as roommates at Multnomah University. They are quick to admit they did not like each other when they first met due to opposite personalities. However, they worked out their differences and became best friends who roomed together for all four years of college. Two decades later, during a phone conversation, they realized God was laying on their hearts the desire to write a devotional for moms of young children to encourage and strengthen them in their role as mothers. It was then the idea for Grit & Grace: Devotions for Warrior Moms was born.

Suzanne Hadley Gosselin 
is a regular writer and editor for Focus on the Family and David C Cook and previously served as an editor for Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr. Gosselin has written books for Zondervan, Harvest House and Tyndale and is the author of Expectant Parents: Preparing Together for the Journey of Parenthood.
Gosselin lives in Bakersfield, CA with her husband, Kevin, and four children. The family enjoys escaping to the ocean.
Learn more about Gosselin at She can also be found on Facebook (suzannegosselinauthor)Twitter (@gosselinsh) and Instagram (@suzannegosselin)

Gretta Kennedy is a speaker, mentor and writer with a degree in women’s ministry from Multnomah University and over 20 years of ministry experience. She passionately supports her husband, Jay, and his full-time camp ministry. They are raising their three children on Vancouver Island and report their adventures on the travel blog Traveling Islanders.  
Grit & Grace is her first book.
Keep up with the Kennedy family’s adventures at and on Facebook (travelingislanders)Twitter (@traveislanders) and Instagram (@travelingislanders).
Fellow Grit & Grace Warrior Moms can connect on Facebook (gritandgracemoms)Twitter (@Gritandgracemom) and Instagram (@gritandgracemoms)

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

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About the Book

Book: I Love to Tell the Story
Author: Susan Barnett Braun
Genre: Memoir
I Love to tell the storyIs it possible to emerge unscathed from an evangelical upbringing? Yes, as surely as David slew Goliath!
I Love to Tell the Story is Susan Barnett Braun’s account of growing up Baptist in a small midwestern town, touching on many cultural icons common to those who came of age in the 1970s. Braun recounts childhood obstacles, which loom as large as the walls of Jericho in her eyes. She encounters a trio of Sunday school mean girls who make King Herod look tame. She worries about being “ugly as sin” due to her chubbiness, glasses, and braces. She’s so consumed with the idea of Jesus’ imminent return that she wonders whether it’s even worthwhile to brush her teeth at night.
Humorous, poignant, and ultimately triumphant, I Love to Tell the Story will stay with readers long after the last Vacation Bible School craft stick cross has fallen apart.

Click here to get your copy.

About the Author

Susan BraunSusan Barnett Braun earned a BS in retail management from Indiana University and an MA in education from the University of Alabama. She taught for eight years in northeast Indiana, earning a Lilly Endowment Teacher Creativity Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Study Scholarship. Susan has had work published in Parents, Children’s Ministry, and The Secret Place. She also writes online for Fort Wayne Visitor’s Bureau and blogs at Girls in White Dresses. She is married with three wonderful young adult daughters. Susan enjoys reading, playing piano and organ, and spending her time with her family and pets (currently three rabbits and a chinchilla).

Guest Post from Susan

One of the reasons I began blogging, ten years ago now, was to document my childhood memories for my kids. Why? When I was a teacher, before I had kids, I used to tell my students stories from my youth. They loved them and begged for more. Same thing when I had my own kids. I wanted to document these tales, but the problem always came in finding the time and the motivation to actually get around to writing them down.
Childhood Memories Friday posts on my blog helped get me moving in the right direction. Eventually, I began thinking I’d like to compile a bunch of the memories into book form. Since many of my most vivid memories revolved around church, I decided that that was the perfect theme. And “I Love to Tell the Story” was born. Each chapter is titled with a hymn that reflects its theme. As I delved into the writing, I had a lot of fun reliving the decidedly memorable life I had led as a youth :). I realized, too, that many aspects of my conservative midwestern upbringing don’t exist anymore in the 21st century. I became nostalgic thinking about the many cultural markers of the 1970s — Lawrence Welk, the Flintstones, — even macrame and latch-hook!
Another goal in writing this book was to put out a positive Christian memoir. So many that I read started out fine, but then dissolved into abuse, disillusionment, or even worse. I began to wonder if anyone had grown up in the church and actually enjoyed the experience … surely I wasn’t alone, was I?
Treat yourself to a stroll down memory lane. It’s my hope that you’ll enjoy yourself.


I enjoyed reading this book and thought it was interesting to read about the author' s upbringing. I grew up in a Baptist church and remember Sunday school. My dad was a Baptist preacher and it was so hard for other kids to want to be friends with me. I don't know if they were scared I would tell the preacher on them which was my dad or that I just wasn't liked. 

The memories flooded back to me as the author talked about songs I use to sing in Sunday school. This Little Light of Mine was a favorite and the author including it was a treat for me. Being in church was where I felt safe. I loved everything about church and knew that while I was there I had a friend named Jesus. The author takes us on a vivid journey as she grows up in church. I loved reading about the stories from the bible she was taught and the special prizes she won for memorizing scriptures. It brought back a memory of me attending Sunday school and how happy I was when I was there. I remember receiving a brand new bible one Sunday for memorizing scriptures. My prize was so special to me. When I started looking through my new bible, tucked between two pages was a brand new one dollar bill. The smile I had on my face that day probably was the only time I really smiled. 

Reading this book was fun and it brought up so many things from my childhood that I had forgotten. Church was always fun for me because there was so much to learn and the Sunday school teachers were nice. I remember having dinner on the ground as we called it after church on a special Sunday. Everyone would bring a dish and we would all line up at the tables filled with yummy foods. We sat with our family and ate and then the kids would all get up and start playing. 

The book is a great account of the author as she grows up going to a Baptist church. I loved the bible stories she mentioned and how readers were allowed to go down memory lane with her. It is a book that gives us a glimpse into a young girl's life as she shares her faith  and great love for Jesus. 

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

Blog Stops

Artistic Nobody, March 8 (Spotlight)
The Becca Files, March 18


I Love to tell the story
To celebrate her tour, Susan is giving away a grand prize of a copy of the book and a $20 Barnes and Noble 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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About the Book

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Book: Mending Fences
Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher
Genre: Christian fiction, Amish, Mennonite
Release Date: February 5, 2019
Every saint has a past. Every sinner has a future.
Luke Schrock is a new and improved man after a stint in rehab, though everyone in Stoney Ridge only remembers the old Luke. They might have forgiven him, but nobody trusts him. He has been allowed to live at Windmill Farm under two conditions. First, he must make a sincere apology to each person he’s hurt. Second, he must ask each victim of mischief to describe the damage he caused.
Simple, Luke thinks. Offering apologies is easy. But discovering the lasting effects his careless actions have caused isn’t so simple. It’s gut-wrenching.
And his list keeps growing. Izzy Miller, beautiful and frustratingly aloof, also boards at Windmill Farm, and Luke’s clumsy efforts to befriend her only insult and annoy her. Eager to impress, Luke sets out to prove himself to her by locating her mother. When he does, her identity sends shock waves through Stoney Ridge.
“A funny, heartwarming story of friendship, love, and the possibility of happily ever after.”—Amy Clipston, bestselling author of Seat by the Hearth
“Suzanne Woods Fisher has written a sweet and poignant story you won’t want put down. Definitely a must read!”—Kathleen Fuller, bestselling author of the Amish of Birch Creek series

About the Author

suzanne woods fisherSuzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than two dozen novels, including the Nantucket Legacy, Amish Beginnings, The Bishop’s Family, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series. She is also the author of several nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish. She lives in California. Learn more at and follow Suzanne on Facebook @SuzanneWoodsFisherAuthor and Twitter @suzannewfisher.

More from Suzanne

A Friend in Need

“A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.” –Walter Winchell
Luke Schrock was nearly friendless. He returned to Stoney Ridge in Mending Fences after a stint in rehab only because his bishop, David Stoltzfus, strongly encouraged him. And everybody knows you didn’t say no to your bishop.
But nobody else in town wanted anything to do with Luke. They forgave him for the trouble he’d caused in his last downward spiral, the one that went too far. The one that even scared Luke. Forgiving him was the easy part. The Amish of Stoney Ridge were intentional forgivers. It was their trust—that’s what he would have to earn. Trust was a fragile thing. Once broken, it wasn’t easily mended.
Somehow, David was still able to look past the behavior to see the best of Luke Schrock. He didn’t stop there. He found a family who was willing to take Luke in, and he spent hours with him—at times as a mentor, at times as a father figure, but mostly as a friend.
A loyal friend can have a powerful impact. Consider those friends in the town of Capernaum, who carried their paralyzed friend to Jesus for healing—so determined to get to Him that they dragged his stretcher up onto a roof, broke through the roof tiles, and lowered him down. Can you imagine being in the crowd, listening to Jesus, as straw and tile pieces and branches and bugs started to drop down from the ceiling? A shocking display…of devoted friendship. And what a miraculous outcome for that paralyzed man!*
I won’t tell you how Luke’s story ends—only that he works hard to find ways to make amends to those he hurt, to regain trust. Especially the hard-to-earn trust of a brown-eyed beauty named Izzy.
Do you have a real friend like David Stoltzfus, who walks in when the rest of the world has walked out? Or maybe the better question, for you, for me, is to ask ourselves if we are friends to others like David Stoltzfus was to Luke Schrock. I know I want to be.
*This miracle is reported in three gospels: Mark 2:1-12, Matthew 9:1-8, Luke 5:17-26.


Wow! That's the first thought I had after finishing this book. The book starts a new series for the author and I already can tell it will be a best seller. I was talking with another author and we both agreed that this is the authors' best book yet. It filled my soul with hope and sprinkled my cheeks with tears. I had a hard time deciding who my favorite character was because two of them I easily related to. 

Luke has come home after a period in rehab. He has worked very hard to change but he knows he has a long road ahead of him. I related to him because I have stumbled and made a mess of my life. I turned away from God and did some pretty awful things to people. Luke is not exactly welcomed home but after reading the story I finally have a better understanding of some of the Amish ways. They are quick to forgive but trusting is something you have to work on. I loved that the Bishop believed in Luke and helped him on his journey. Luke has a list of people he has hurt and will have to go to them and make amends. I loved how the author shows readers the consequences of a person's bad decisions and how devastating it could be to someone. We become so selfish at times that we forget that our actions could affect someone else in a negative way. 

Izzy has had a difficult childhood and still carries the pain of not being wanted by her mother. The feeling of abandonment is strong in her life and she has never felt wanted. I think I related to her because I know that feeling of not being wanted by your parents. They didn't abandon me physically but definitely emotionally. Izzy's desire to find her mother was a roller coaster ride at times. I would wonder if she found out where her mother was, would it heal her wounds or hurt her more. It is hard for Izzy to have a relationship with anyone, but her relationship with God was one I worried about the most. 

The author has written a book that deals with forgiveness, acceptance, making amends and finding your way back to God. The journey is hard for these two characters but along the way they have a chance to change their lives and experience unconditional love.

"You're a pearl of great price to God."

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

Blog Stops

The Avid Reader, March 4
Quiet Quilter, March 5
CarpeDiem, March 5
Among the Reads, March 6
BigreadersiteMarch 8
Splashes of JoyMarch 10
EmpowerMoms, March 10
Vicky Sluiter, March 13
Mary Hake, March 15
Pause for Tales, March 16
Hallie Reads, March 17
The Becca Files, March 18


To celebrate her tour, Suzanne is giving away a grand prize of an Amazon Kindle!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

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About the Book

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Book: Storm Proof
Author: Carol McLeod
Genre: Religion/Christian life/Woman’s issues
Release Date: March 5, 2019
Go “storm chasing” through the pages of the greatest Book ever written! 
What storm has blown into your circumstances? Are you—or someone you love—suffering from the trauma of plans that have been washed away, relationships that have been uprooted, or security that has been devastated? Many believers have been known to ask, “God, where are You in this storm?” or, “Lord, did You send this storm into my life?” Just what does a believer do during a stormy season? StormProof: Weathering Life’s Tough Timestackles these and other tumultuous questions.
Author Carol McLeod is a storm survivor—more than that, a victor—over infertility, depression, and cancer. She understands the spiritual, emotional, and physical challenges of the trials we face in our lives. A gifted Bible teacher, she provides “life preservers” of hope and faith through the eternal, practical wisdom found only in God’s Word.
By examining key storms in the Bible, and the lives of those affected by themCarol guides you to uncommon comfort for your own storms, offering the shelter of hope, joy, and faith. In StormProof, you will step out of the boat to walk the waves with Peter, knowing that Jesus always comes to be with you in the midst of your storms; you will be rocked aboard a wind-driven ship with the apostle Paul, in danger of being smashed against the rocks, but be preserved by God’s power; you will watch the gathering storm clouds with Noah, holding on to faith in God’s purposes. You will also experience Jonah’s self-inflicted tempest while affirming God’s unconditional love, sit in silence with Job and ponder his questions about the greatest storm of testing, and huddle with the disciples as their boat is swamped by surging waves—only to hear Jesus’s eternal words, “Peace, be still.” You will also hear about storms of harsh circumstances that others from recent history have encountered and overcome.
Storms are common in every season of life. Yet, for a believer in Christ, the damage such storms cause can be contained, depending on how we navigate their tumultuous waves. There is a way—a triumphant way—to encounter the fierce gales of life and then exit the tempests with strength and resilience. There is a definitive way to walk through the most devastating of circumstantial tornadoes and emerge with grace, empowered for the future. There is a way to be StormProof.

About the Author

Carol McLeodCarol McLeod is a popular speaker at women’s conferences and retreats through Carol McLeod Ministries. She is the author of ten books, including Guide Your Mind, Guard Your Heart, Grace Your Tongue (Whitaker House, 2018), Joy for All Seasons (Bridge-Logos, 2016), Holy Estrogen (Harrison House, 2012), and Defiant Joy (Thomas Nelson, 2006). Carol hosts a daily podcast, A Jolt of Joy! on the Charisma Podcast Network, and a weekly podcast, The Joy of Motherhood, which is listened to by thousands of moms around the world. Her blog, Joy for the Journey (formerly A Cup of Tea with Carol), has been named in the Top 50 Faith Blogs for Women. After her 2013 devotional 21 Days to Beat Depression had nearly 100,000 downloads in the first month, YouVersion picked it up, where it has been read over 500,000 times in five years. She also has ten other devotionals on YouVersion, including Guide Your Mind, Guard Your Heart, Grace Your Tongue. Carol writes a weekly column for Ministry Today and often writes for Charisma magazine. She is also a frequent guest on and has cohosted 100 Huntley Street. Her teaching DVD The Rooms of a Woman’s Heart won a Telly Award in 2005 for excellence in religious programming. The first Women’s Chaplain at Oral Roberts University, she currently serves on the university’s Alumni Board of Directors. Carol has been married to her college sweetheart, Craig, for nearly forty years and is the mother of five children in heaven and five children on earth. Carol and Craig are now enjoying their new titles as “Marmee and Pa” to seven delicious grandchildren! She and her husband will soon be moving to Oklahoma, where Craig serves as the North American Director for Global Partners, a missions organization that plants churches in remote areas of the world.

More from Carol

I wrote this book and dedicated it to a lifetime friend and a woman who has survived the worst of life’s storms.
”You have danced in the sunshine…
been drenched by circumstantial downpours…
been threatened by windy situations…
and been attacked by the blinding blizzard of events.
But through it all, you have been faithful.
You have been a warrior.
You have been a worshipper.
You have kept your eyes on Jesus.
You have been StormProof.
You haven’t just weathered the tough times in life…you have rejoiced through them!
There is no one I would rather share an umbrella with than you, my friend.”


I know I have weathered many storms in my life. There were times I wasn't sure if I would survive, but with God's help I became stronger and more dependent on Him. Today as I read this book, I am faced with the biggest storm I have ever had. It has taken me by surprise and at times I'm not sure I can go on. God knew just what I needed and provided this book at the right time for me. 

From the beginning of the book I was encouraged by reading, " Not only does a storm have the power to introduce us to God, but it also has the capacity to introduce us to ourselves!" I have always said that I would not change a thing I went through because it made me stronger. It has also helped me to share my story with others to help them understand that God never leaves us.  I loved the story about Jesus grieving for his friend who had just been murdered. Like many of us, He wanted to be alone, but Jesus chose to embrace those who were waiting for Him to give them compassion and help them. There are times I have wanted to run away and be by myself, but my family needs me so I continue to draw strength from Him. I have never felt His presence more than at this storm I am going through. It really has stirred a yearning to seek Him and spend more time soaking in His presence. 

There is so much great inspirational tools in this book I want to share it all with you. What I will do is tell you how much this book has blessed me, encouraged me and helped me cry tears that were healing. I sometimes feel alone in this journey but know God has me just where he want me.  It is so true that when you take your eyes off Jesus in the midst of a storm, anxiety, bitterness and anger try to take over our thoughts and mind. I have been guilty of saying, "Why God? Why are you doing this to me?" As I walk through this difficult storm I an leaning more on Him and not asking why as much. I'm trying to get my faith stronger and let Him hold me up. 

The author writes with clarity and encouragement.  This one statement hit me hard, "When you choose fear over faith, and self over sacrifice, the waves of your storm can violently splash upon the people whom love you dearly."  We need to look around us and be aware of others who are standing with us. Are we making the right choices? Am I seeking God's advice? Am I allowing loved ones to pray with me or am I shutting them out?

As I read this book, I kept thinking about one of my favorite songs, " The Anchor Holds." It is a powerful song about the storms we battle but the anchor holds which is Jesus. I highly recommend this book to everyone facing difficult times. It is a powerful tool to help you as you go through storms. The author includes many scriptures which are helpful and encouraging. I know I will face more storms, but now I feel better equipped to go through them with God standing beside me.

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

Blog Stops

Mary Hake, March 11
Carpe Diem, March 13
The Becca Files, March 19
A Diva’s HeartMarch 20
Kelly Harrel, March 21


To celebrate her tour, Carol is giving away
Grand prize of a $20 Starbucks Card and a Woman of God Umbrella
1st Place prize of a copy of Guide Your Mind, Guard Your Heart, Grace Your Tongue, and Whitaker House/Anchor adult coloring book!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.