When trusting God is the only way forward

Trusting God

Trusting God or trusting others – I started making decisions for myself from an early age. My older brothers had built a wooden go-cart and talked to me about the thrill of freewheeling. With no brakes and only a piece of rope tied to the front wheels to steer the crude mode of transport, we found the biggest hill to try it out. “You coming?” they asked.

At four I loved excitement and decided to join my two brothers.  We jumped in and headed downwards on the road. All went well, the rush of wind blowing my golden locks all over the place. I squealed with delight, totally unaware of the danger.

Back in 1962, the roads were not as congested as they are today. You could count a number of cars on one hand that drove up and down that hill in a day.

Hurtling at breakneck speed, my brother saw a car turning right across our decent, with no breaks he swerved the go-cart to the left and hit the curb to avoid the car. I flew out and ended up slamming my head against a garden brick wall cutting open my head. I appeared to be the only one hurt.

Dragging the damaged cart, we walked back home. My brother carried me on his back all the way.

When we arrived, my parents were horrified to see my bloodstained face and quickly took me to the local hospital where I received stitches and a telling off.

Once home with the shouting finished, and the punishment dealt out, my father told me never to trust my brothers again. My mother, on the other hand, said that I must trust God in all things and that it was He who had kept me from a more severe fate.

My parents were opposites, one believed and the other didn’t just like Lydia’s parents. Read my penny’s worth further down of an incredible woman called Lydia whose trust in God led her to the truth.

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About the Book:

 

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Author: Diana Wallis Taylor

Genre: Biblical Fiction

Release Date: October 3, 2017

Smart, strong, and a follower of the Jewish God, Lydia has nonetheless quietly conformed to the expectations of the wealthy Roman society into which she was born. Her father marries her off at age fifteen to a much older man whom she dislikes. Despite an unpleasant wedding and a marriage that doesn’t improve with age, Lydia remains a dutiful and faithful wife. When her husband is killed, years later, Lydia vows to remain single and returns to her father’s house in Thyatira with her twelve-year-old daughter.

There, a new life begins to emerge as she is trained in the family dye business. Lydia displays an aptitude for trade in the male-dominated world of first-century commerce. Her brother, who had chosen service in the Roman army rather than work in his father’s business, is at odds with his sister. Jealous of her quiet success as she learns the dye business, he’s especially befuddled by what he considers to be Lydia’s obsession with the Jewish religion. When their father dies, Cassius inherits the family’s home; Lydia inherits the business, and unbeknownst to her brother, a small villa in the city of Philippi.

Lydia flees with her mother and daughter to Philippi where she sets up shop. At the mercy of a patriarchal society, Lydia needs a man to serve as the public face for her business. She discovers the right person in the handsome face of Greek man she’d hired — an employee with whom she develops a close friendship. The plot thickens as Lydia meets a strange man named Paul the apostle who is stirring up crowds in town. When Lydia’s brother shows up in Philippi, determined to force her to sell the business, he discovers plenty of fuel to accomplish his goals.

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My penny’s worthBook review for Lydia - When trusting God is the only way forward

Lydia has a great love for Adonai, a gift from her mother who is Jewish. Her father, on the other hand, worships the Roman Gods, so conflict is very much part of Lydia’s life. What I like about this book based on the woman of Philippi is the inner struggle that Lydia and her mother face. They are under the rule of husband and father, as this is a time when women obeyed men in all things. However, their hearts cannot be ruled in such a way. In their belief is their freedom – trusting God rather than household Gods to show them the way.

After the battle between father and son which culminates in Lydia taking on a role usually fulfilled by a man, she thrives and prospers, but her accomplishment has to be kept hidden. However, as the plot unravels, Lydia realizes that all is not down to her talent but a more significant hand guiding her to a higher future.

This period history is fascinating as it is just after Jesus rose from the dead. The author gives meat to the bones of the life Lydia may have lived.

I felt the excitement of Lydia hearing about Jesus from Paul and watched her grow strong after their encounters.

Sometimes the dialogue duplicated itself as Lydia retold her story, something that could have been hinted at rather than going over it all again. Apart from that I enjoyed this book and journeying with Lydia as she lived through turbulent and uncertain times.

Lydia trusted her abilities but trusting God became her source of comfort and strength and opened doors to a mention in the bible. She must have been one remarkable woman.

If you like biblical fiction then in mho you may like this book for its gutsy depiction of a brave and strong woman determined to succeed in a man’s world.

Thank you, Diana Wallis Taylor, for writing Lydia.

*I received this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.*

About the Author:

Diana Wallis Taylor is best known for her DianaWTaylorRedcreative stories based on women in the Bible. Thousands have read and enjoyed her books including Mary Chosen of God, Ruth, Mother of Kings, MarthaJourney to the WellMary Magdalene, and Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors with the San Diego Library naming her one of 12 “Writers to Watch” in 2017 for Mary, Chosen of God. Her books have received Gold and Silver Medallion Awards for Christian Fiction and she is a San Diego Christian Writer’s Guild “Writer of the Year.” Mary, Chosen of God is a 2017 Christy Award nominee. An inspirational speaker, Diana also leads creative writing and poetry workshops. She lives in San Diego with her husband, Frank. They have six grown children and ten grandchildren

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Grand Prize Package: Lydia, Woman of Philippi, “Give Thanks” painting on plate by Donna White for The Hearthside Collection, Inc., commemorative Whitaker House/Anchor Distributors coloring book (not in photo).

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Chief of Sinners by Caryl McAdoo impressive to the end

I am the Chief of Sinners, walking my path, doing my own thing. Hence, when trouble hits who do I blame? Taking responsibility is an adult decision – my child’s voice wants to blame others or ignore that I had any part in the sin.

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My Penny’s worth

Chief of Sinners

Chief of Sinners is an excellent book in dealing with sin and consequences. The wonderfully portrayed character of Buddy Nightingale, a Christian man dogged with lust and remorse, whose intentions are good but his actions questionable makes me wonder if he can be saved? – Yes, he did disappoint me. Furthermore, how can a sinner sing the praises of God and still make such a mess of his life – sound familiar?

Relationships

Caryl McAdoo writes gritty novels with real life drama, and this is no exception. A relationship with three never works in reality; someone will always get hurt. And this story keeps the reader guessing. Buddy walks with the devil on one shoulder and an angel on the other – who will he listen to?

A book that hooks

The book Chief of Sinners had me hooked from the start. My allegiances kept changing, how I desired the characters to sort themselves out and live happily ever after. However, that is not how the world works, nor how God plans the finale.

Support characters

However, there is not just one main character and in mho, each person plays an important role in this story – from the father who is strict and unwavering to the soldier who seeks revenge. Each provided a rich chemistry and as I read the last word I wanted more. These characters had become real, friends whom I cared about and a part of my life.

Would I recommend this book?

The book is one I would recommend, as it requires you to think and perhaps reassess your view of God’s incredible ability to love and forgive. We all sin and the verse from Matthew 18:22 when Jesus answers the question, “How many times must I forgive” he replies: “I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.” – thus indicating the extent God will take to forgive us. 

*I received this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.*

Coming soon 22nd September – My interview with Caryl 

About the Book

Book title: Chief of Sinners Book review for Chief of Sinners by Caryl McAdoo

Author: Caryl McAdoo

Release date: September 6, 2017

Genre: Historical Fiction

Obedience can overcome ruinous choices, and with repentance of wicked ways, God’s faithful forgiveness and mercies never fail.

Set in the afterglow of the Azusa Street Revival, this epic addition to the Texas Romance family saga sweeps through three decades of triumphs and tragedies—from the Texas Hill Country to the beaches of Normandy and beyond.

The faithful flock to his father’s tent where Buddy Nightingale leads praise and worship, but like King David, the young psalmist battles a generational curse, lust. On his first night back in Marble Falls, Texas—the place he heard the angels sang fifteen years prior—he beholds Sandra Harris, an eighteen-year-old beauty, attending strictly for the entertainment of the Spirit-filled meetings. Love strikes both, but her Church of Christ father wants no part of any holy roller.

Sometimes choices we make take us places we never intend to go, but God . . .

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About the Author

Caryl McAdoo prays her story brings God glory, and a quick scroll throughEYES her novels’ rankings by Christian readers attests to the Father’s faithfulness. She loves writing almost as much as singing the new songs He gives her—look her up on YouTube to hear a few. Her high school sweetheart husband won her heart fifty-one years ago, now they share four children and seventeen grandsugars. Ron and Caryl live in the woods south of Clarksville, seat of Red River County in far Northeast Texas, waiting expectantly for God to open the next door.

Guest Post from Caryl McAdoo

Trial 3Here’s the funnest part of this launch—book ten, the last story of my Texas Romance Family Saga that covers five generations of three families over more than a century—CHIEF OF SINNERS was the “first” one written over twenty-five years ago!

When we wrote CHIEF—yes, “we”; my husband Ron (of 49 years!) and I write everything together, have since the beginning. Neither of us would ever have made it on our own, but together, we had ten books published by five houses, including Howard Books before we went Indie. Why isn’t his name on the covers?

Nov 2015Our Benjamen Cash McAdoo (the fourteen-year-old grandson we reared who came home to our house from being born) asked the same thing and didn’t much like it. One night I was writing at the computer and turned and asked Ron a question about the story. Ben spoke up. “Don’t help her, O’Pa! Your name’s not on the book!”

The answer though is that our New York agent AND the Simon and Schuster editor both said only one name was better and that it should preferably be female. So, we took their advice. It works great for us since he doesn’t like marketing, while that’s a favorite part for me—getting to make so many new friends, bonding with readers from all over the world.

So, back to the CHIEF; when Mary Sue Seymour (God rest her precious soul) told us to write a historical Christian romance set in the 1800s, Ron and I started talking about our heroine and where she’d come from and what her crisis would be. As the premise formed, the Lord gave us the wonderful idea to use the same last names as our characters in CHIEF OF SINNERS.

We figured as we wrote one novel to the next, we would eventually get to 1926 when CHIEF opened with hero Buddy Nightingale and his father Nathaniel pitching their revival tent in the small Texas Hill Country town of Marble Falls.

Twelve in 1926, Buddy is the fourth generation from Rosaleen ‘Sassy’ Fogelsong Nightingale Baylor, heroine of book two in the series HEARTS STOLEN. Buddy’s father is the son of Charley Nightingale—Sassy’s four-year-old who readers fall in love with in her story.

MIGHTY TO SAVE, book nine, 1921-1924, was the one where all the loose ends had to be tied to get us into the 1926 circumstances of CHIEF. Only a few dates and minor details had to be changed editing CHIEF, but things had to happen in MIGHTY to open CHIEF OF SINNERS.

My characters are not perfect people. They sin as we all do.

Some of them have disappointed readers—some also disappointed me. No doubt I did things to disappoint my mother. Every one of us face battles and bad choices we have to live with. What is important for all (us and my characters) is coming to repentance, turning back to God, then walking in obedience from that point forward.

I hate to think CHIEF is the last. I still can’t imagine leaving these families behind. The next story, SON OF PROMISE coming in January, is a story of Travis and Emma Lee Harris Buckmeyer’s life together (readers meet them in CHIEF), so there will be guest appearances by many readers will recognize.

And I—we—have started KING OF TEXAS, a new contemporary romance, with “Patrick” Henry Buckmeyer, named after his great-grandfather my readers know as Henry. So, maybe they will always be with me after all with a new story here and there.

I pray God blesses you and that you enjoy CHIEF OF SINNERS!

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Grand Prize: ALL TEN books in the Texas Romance series!

1st Prize: Four first books in four of Caryl’s series

2nd Prize: Ebook of Chief of Sinners

3rd – 7th Prize: Print copy of A Vow Unbroken

8th prize: Ebook of Chief of Sinners!!

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Prejudice and bullying – A Name Unknown book review

A Name Uknown Book Review by Margaret Kazmierczak

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Names have decided the fate of many people – especially a foreign name!

My father-in-law was born in Poland but after the second world war could not return to his home country. He settled in the UK, but when he started dating, his surname and accent gave away his international routes. A gentle man and war hero, he suffered prejudice because of it and on two occasions denied the right to court a young lady. Proud of his name he refused to change it like so many of his countrymen. Jan did not give in to the bullies. Instead, he stood firm and held his head high.

A Name Unknown is a book about prejudice, bullying, and the misconception of the person behind the surname. It is a tale close to my heart.

About the Book

A Name Unknown book review by Margaret KazmierczakBook title: A Name Unknown

Author: Roseanna M. White

Release date: July 4, 2017

Genre: Historical Romance

She’s Out to Steal His Name.

Will He Steal Her Heart Instead?

Rosemary Gresham has no family beyond the band of former urchins that helped her survive as a girl in the mean streets of London. Grown now, they are no longer pickpockets—now they focus on high value items and have learned how to blend into upper-class society. Rosemary’s challenge of a lifetime comes when she’s assigned to determine whether a certain wealthy gentleman is loyal to Britain or to Germany. How does one steal a family’s history, their very name?

As Europe moved closer to World War I, rumors swirl around Peter Holstein. Awkward and solitary, but with access to the king, many fear his influence. But Peter can’t help his German last name and wants to prove his loyalty to the Crown—so he can go back to anonymously writing a series of popular adventure novels. When Rosemary arrives on his doorstop pretending to be a well- credentialed historian, Peter believes she’s the right person to help him dig through his family’s past.

When danger and suspicion continue to mount, though, and both realize they’re in a race against time to discover the truth—about Peter’s past and about the undeniable attraction kindling between them.

My Penny’s worth

What a beautiful blend of opposites there are in this book – wealth and poverty, faith and none, lack of experience and street wise, fear and strength. All these knit together to create a tale of intrigue as a thief takes on a commission to steal secrets from a gentleman of status.

The Characters

Rosemary is a wily young lady, older than her years, and dedicated to looking after her street family – a noble trait even if it is on the wrong side of the law. But I like her determination, to make the best of what life has dished up for her. She has depth and a moral code, not to steal from the poor.

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So when a commission comes her way to steal a wealthy man’s secrets I couldn’t but admire her tenacity and resourcefulness.

Peter Holstein, Rosemary’s target is nothing like she imagines. A quiet gentleman, full of God’s love. He keeps himself to his study day in day out which is a mystery to Rosemary. Both dance around each other in a cautious way.  Peter suffers prejudice due to his surname, something he finds very distressing as he has always been fair to his staff and neighbours.

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There are also other strong characters, and I particularly liked the housekeeper, who is profusely protective of her employer. I could see her striding down the hallway on a mission to keep Peter safe from Rosemary! And then there is the mysterious person watching – who is he?

What I liked

The story line tackles prejudice, calling attention in particular to those who are different. The author takes care to craft believable heroes in their own right, with strengths as well as faults and failings. There are dramatic and sensitive scenes which remind me of Catherine Cookson and her tales of impossible relationships.

Would I recommend this book?

If you are looking for a book that deals with injustice, love, forgiveness and prejudice set in pre-war England, then I would recommend this book.

Thank you, Roseanna M. White, for writing this book.

*I received this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.*

About the Author

A Name Unknown book review by Margaret Kazmierczak

Roseanna M. White pens her novels beneath her Betsy Ross flag, with her Jane Austen action figure watching over her. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two children, editing and designing, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of over a dozen historical novels and novellas, ranging from biblical fiction to American-set romances to her British series. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to make their way into her novels…to offset her real life, which is blessedly boring. You can learn more about her and her stories at http://www.roseannamwhite.com.

Guest Post from Roseanna White

It’s always a challenge to make a historical setting authentic—especially when it’s set in a region you’ve only ever read about. As I was writing A Name Unknown, I learned so much about Cornwall—all the more when I had the opportunity to visit the gorgeous Penzance region while the book was still in edits! I quickly learned that I had far too many trees in my story, and hadn’t quite captured the uniqueness of the coastal setting. I dove into rewrites with excitement and gusto, ready to make my fictional Cornwall more like the real one.

I studied the Cornish accent, Cornish foods, typical Cornish coloring in hair and eyes. I’ve now gotten rather proficient at making pasties (beef hand pies) from scratch, I’ve special-ordered ingredients to make Cornish ginger cookies called fairings, and I’ve spent quite a lot of time listening to videos of people speaking in a Cornish accent.

Delving into this rich region and its history was a blast! And I’m so excited to get to share the culture of Cornwall—and a taste of their unique flavors—with you. In a special Celebrate Lit giveaway, I’ll be offering not only a signed copy of my book, but also some homemade ginger fairings! Here’s the recipe I used . . . after special ordering the Mixed Spice (reminiscent of pumpkin pie spice) and Golden Syrup (a thick syrup with a bit of a toffee flavor) from Amazon. 😉 (I have a gram scale so did use the weight measurements rather than volume—also, English teaspoons and tablespoons are a bit bigger than American, so I heaped them, and I turned out deliciously.)

GINGER FAIRINGS RECIPE

100 grams butter, cold and diced

225 grams all-purpose flour

¼ heaping teaspoon salt

2 heaping teaspoons baking powder

2 heaping teaspoons baking soda

1 heaping teaspoon ginger

2 heaping teaspoons mixed spice

100 grams superfine (caster) sugar

4 heaping tablespoons golden syrup

Preheat oven to 375 F. Grease baking sheets or line with parchment paper.

Combine flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and spices in a stand mixer. Add the butter and beat until mixture forms coarse crumbs. Stir in sugar.

In a small saucepan, warm the golden syrup until it’s clarified a bit; stir into the flour mixture until a dough forms. Roll the dough into walnut sized balls and put on prepared baking sheets a few inches apart.

Bake 8-10 minutes, until golden. Cool a few minutes on the trays and then transfer to a cooling rack.

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Giveaway

A Name Unknown book review by Margaret Kazmierczak

To celebrate this tour, Roseanna is giving away a grand prize of a paperback copy of A Name Unknown & 2 dozen cookies from Roseanna!!! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! Congratulations to the winner.

Read all about it Blog Tour and Giveaway: For Love & Honor Jody Hedlund

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About the Book

Author: Jody Hedlund

Book: For Love & Honor    
Genre: Young Adult Historical
Release Date: March 7, 2017
Lady Sabine is harboring a skin blemish, one, that if revealed, could cause her to be branded as a witch, put her life in danger, and damage her chances of making a good marriage. After all, what nobleman would want to marry a woman so flawed?
Sir Bennet is returning home to protect his family from an imminent attack by neighboring lords who seek repayment of debts. Without fortune or means to pay those debts, Sir Bennet realizes his only option is to make a marriage match with a wealthy noblewoman. As a man of honor, he loathes the idea of courting a woman for her money, but with time running out for his family’s safety, what other choice does he have?
As Lady Sabine and Sir Bennet are thrust together under dangerous circumstances, will they both be able to learn to trust each other enough to share their deepest secrets? Or will those secrets ultimately lead to their demise?

 My penny’s worth…

 
Margaret Kazmierczak reviews For Love & Honor by Jody Hedlund

Background

 

For Love and Honor is set in Medieval England, where superstition abounds. The Aristocracy own patches of Land and defend them with their own army. Keeping peace with one’s neighbour is important and at times skirmishes break out over a matter of honour.


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Characters

 

Enter the Heroine Lady Sabine and the Hero Sir Bennet. Both characters have a great sense of humour which hides their real emotions. Lady Sabine hides a blemish that if seen could put her life in danger and therefore wears a pair of long gloves to hide it. Sir Bennet is charming, handsome and a gentleman, but he is uneasy about marrying for money. Indeed money seems to hinder his mindset rather a lot. I felt like saying, “get over it” lad and move on, there is a woman to woo.

Then there is the Dowager, now she is a woman not to tangle with. Her intentions and conniving are delicious. Is there nothing she won’t do to get her own way?

Margaret Kazmierczak reviews for Love & Honor by Jody Hedlund.


Historical accuracy

Eager to begin this book I dived into its pages. Then I began to sink – Carriage’s in Medieval England, with compartments under the seats? 
 
I have to admit that this image had me scrolling through Google to find pictures. Being English I dislike inaccuracies in books written by Authors from another country. It took a while but eventually, I found a carriage of sorts. It was like a farmers wagon, heavily made of wood, with side seats and a frame of sorts over the top covered with material. But no door as depicted in this book. 
 
In my mind, from the description, all I could think about were carriages in use in the days of the highwaymen. And yes the same happened when bandits arrived on the scene, again my imagination summed up the classic highwayman of old England. For days the ebook remained unopened, then I remembered that I had agreed to do an honest review for the Author. Picking it up again and burying the previous images I continued – and I am so pleased I did…
 

The meat on the bones

 

Accepting an invitation to visit Sir Bennet, Lady Sabine and the Dowager set off from their home to his Castle with different motives.

Constant self-doubt badgers Lady Sabine during her visit while a chivalrous Sir Bennet fights between duty and love. Sabine asks why the handsome Sir Bennet, who could have any lady in the land, would want to spend his time with a plain Jane like her?


Chapter after chapter the main characters pick daisy petals – he loves me, he loves me not like in the Disney fairy tales.

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Which Character spoke to me the most?

 

I can’t make up my mind which character I liked the most, Sabine for her strength or Bennet for his honourable nature. Or perhaps the Dowager who would do anything for her Granddaughter. The first two charm and frustrate the reader at the same time. Sacrifice is the main theme running throughout and both characters have their own fair share of it.  

The flow of the book

 

I did find I struggled at times with the character changes at the beginning of the chapters. Now reading at a pace and eagerly turning the pages I would be Sabine one moment and then have to switch to Bennet. Having said that it was interesting getting inside their heads and hearing from the other perspective.


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What did I like about the book?


Once it started to run, I enjoyed the teasing between Sabine and Bennet. The workings of The Dowager’s mind, out to get her own way, flowing in and out of the pages like a motherly hen; and Bennet’s mother who too is looking for a suitable outcome. Then the blemish that could destroy everything, so neatly hidden by a glove, but ever rearing its ugly head wanting to be accepted and finally Sabine’s desperate desire to be loved for who she really was. 

 My conclusion


This is a good book for emphasising the importance of honour in love for young adults. The role model depicted by Sir Bennet has almost been ditched by young men today along with the emphasis that women deserve to be respected. The book tackles the pull of early love and how the heart, emotions and physical attraction can be a challenging mountain to climb. Apart from the love story, there is action, reaction and superstition to entertain the reader. 
 

Would I recommend this book?

 

Personally, I think this book would be a great read to get young people talking about today’s relationships. There is plenty of meat to chew on and in the end whether the lad gets the girl or not it is a good moral story. I would, therefore, recommend it and shall award it 4 stars as I liked it. Oh, that carriage and the highwaymen, I still can’t get the image out of my head – but that is my problem! 


Margaret Kazmierczak reviews For Love and Honor by Jody Hedlund


 

A word of thanks

 
Thank you, Jody Hedlund, for writing this book and bringing a moral dilemma into action.

*Thanks to Celebrate Lit for a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are my own.* 

 

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Jody Hedlund is a best-selling and award-winning author who loves fairy-tales and happily-ever-afters. She makes her home in Midland, MI with her husband and five teen-aged children. When she’s not writing another of her page-turning stories, you can usually find her sipping coffee, eating chocolate, and reading.

Guest Post from Jody Hedlund

 
Is Chivalry on the Brink of Extinction?
By Jody Hedlund
With the release of Fifty Shades of Grey movie and its popularity, I can’t help but wonder about the long-term consequences that such ideology will have on how people view relationships.
Already, too many couples struggle to maintain happy, healthy relationships. In fact, it’s become almost a weekly occurrence to get news of another friend or acquaintance who is dealing with a spouse cheating or leaving.
Mutual respect, loyalty, honor, and self-sacrifice have become out-dated, forgotten, or tossed aside in place of short-term pleasure that often leaves people feeling hollow and empty.
I honestly can’t help wondering where chivalry has gone, and not just the man-doting-on-the-woman chivalry. But mutual chivalry, the kind where each person in the relationship puts the other in high esteem, uplifts them, and makes a concerted effort to protect and cherish (both emotionally and physically).
Has chivalry become antiquated in our modern society? And even if it has, should it be outdated and on the brink of extinction? Should we be making more of an effort to reclaim mutual respect in relationships?
The kind of respect that does things for someone with no thought of getting anything in return.
The kind of respect that is graciously honest about problems instead of sneaking around and being unfaithful.
The kind of respect that is willing to sacrifice and see the needs of others instead of demanding our way and our own needs be met first.
As my teenage children enter into dating relationships, I worry about the influence of movies like Fifty Shades of Grey. I worry that they’ll see dysfunction as the norm. I worry that they’ll settle for a lot less than they should in their relationships. I worry that they won’t even know the meaning of chivalry.
Of course, we’re having candid conversations about all of these issues. Of course, my husband and I attempt to model mutual respect. And of course, I’m praying my teens work on growing their own character so that they can be strong and ready for whatever they might face.
But one of the things I’ve done over the past couple of years is write a young adult (YA) series that is aimed at some of these very issues The third book, FOR LOVE & HONOR, just released this spring (and can be read as a stand-alone). Since the story is set in medieval times amidst castles, knights, and ladies, chivalry is already a huge part of that era.
More than giving readers a glimpse of chivalry, however, I hope the book sparks some discussion about what it means to have healthy, respectful relationships. The book contains reader questions at the end that youth groups, moms and daughters, or friends can use together.
It’s not just another dating book. Instead, it’s a fun and entertaining story that can hopefully facilitate discussion regarding what it means to truly demonstrate chivalry in our relationships.
So what do YOU think? Is chivalry on the brink of extinction? What are some ways we can make sure that we don’t lose it?
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For love & Honor Celebration Tour
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