Did your Dad cry when you disappointed him?

Margaret Kazmierczak reviews Forever Loved Eves Story by Joanna May Chee

Have you ever disappointed your Dad? If you haven’t then you are probably unique. You may not have made him cry, but I suspect like the rest of us, you have done something to disappoint him. So when Eve disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden did she make God cry?

My Penny’s Worth

Forever Loved, Eve’s Story by Joanna May Chee is a beautiful story about the Father’s love for His daughter. It opens the door to the Dad of all dads. If you don’t know the love of a dad then reading this book will show you just how much you are loved by the greatest of all dads.

What I loved

I loved the beautiful writing that drew me into the Garden of Eden. The words sang of God’s delight in Eve, His first daughter and the closeness of Creator and creation. I saw the beauty of Eden and its rest. Then the crushing reality that one act could destroy their bond. However, did it? Did Eve’s Dad cry; did this disappointment ruin their relationship? You will have to read the story to find out.

We were not created to enter his work. We were created to enter his rest. His eternal rest.

Would I recommend this book?

I received this as an ebook, but as it has so many beautiful statements, I want to buy the paperback. For me, it is like balm to my soul. I have highlighted so many sentences. Moreover, for those that feel they have disappointed their Dad to the point of no return, I would recommend this book.

He loves to come, even in your darkest moments.

Eve’s Story is only 140 pages long. However, it is packed with love.

I would like to give it 5*

Thank you, Joanna, for writing this book.

Don’t forget the GIVEAWAY at the end of this post.

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

This book review was brought to you by Margaret Kazmierczak author of “How to Make Victoria Sponge” And a contributor to Heart”wings” devotional.

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About the Book

Margaret Kazmierczak reviews Forever Loved Eves Story by Joanna May Chee

Title: Forever Loved, Eve’s Story

Author: Joanna May Chee

Genre: Christian Inspiration for Women

Release date: February 20, 2018

Publisher: Heartfelt Publications

Eve. First woman, First to be tempted and First to sin.

But what if there were more to her story than that?

Forever Loved: Eve’s Story is the story of Father and daughter, as told by Eve. It is a story of preciousness and beauty, of tender love and grace. Through Eve, God reveals his Father heart of love for you, his treasured daughter. He whispers to you now, and calls you closer.

Includes:
  • My Story: The author’s personal story of encountering God as Father.
  • Eve’s Story: A beautifully creative retelling of the Bible story of Eve.
  • Your Story: Encouragement and prayers to take you deeper into God’s presence.

Experience Eve’s story anew. Discover just how loved you are!

About the Author

Margaret Kazmierczak reviews Forever Loved Eve's Story by Joanna May Chee

Joanna May Chee gets excited about God! She loves to write and is often awake in the night with a million ideas for her next book or project. Joanna blogs at JoannaMayChee.com and MumsKidsJesus.com, where it is her heart to encourage and equip women to love their families and meet with God. She is author of Forever Loved: Eve’s Story, a creative retelling of the Bible story of Eve, and a #1 Amazon UK bestseller. Joanna lives near London with her husband, 4 teens, dog and 2 cats! Facebook.com/JoannaMayChee Facebook.com/MumsKidsJesus | Pinterest.co.uk/MumsKidsJesus

Guest Post from Joanna

True or False? Eve spent time with God before meeting Adam.

True or False? Eve wasn’t called Eve until after the Fall.

Does the Bible even say?

Until recently, I wouldn’t have been able to tell you, even though I’ve been a Christian many years, and thought I knew the Bible story of Eve really well!

It was during hot, sticky, jet-lagged nights, about four years ago, on holiday overseas, that God started giving me new and wonderful insight into Eve’s life. Words literally started pouring through my head: the story of Eve, but not as I’d heard it before!

I’d always had negative connotations of Eve – the first woman to be tempted, the first to sin. But the story God revealed to me during my sleepless nights was one of preciousness and beauty. It was the story of Father and daughter, of God’s incredible love for Eve, and His equally wondrous love for me.

As Eve’s story unfolded over several nights, I wrote it down; and God gave me a book I did not ask for (but am forever grateful for): Forever Loved: Eve’s Story.

A book that changed my life

These new insights into Eve’s story have been life-changing. God has brought me deeper into His love than I could ever have imagined. (In the introduction of ‘Forever Loved: Eve’s Story’ I share something of the deep hurt and insecurity I experienced growing up – including the time I got into BIG trouble with my teacher – my cry to know God as Father, and how God’s love has brought healing and freedom.)

It’s my prayer that ‘Forever Loved: Eve’s Story’ touches the lives of women around the world, that women may come into deeper experience of God as Father, and know just how beautiful and precious they are to Him.

So, back to the True/False questions at the beginning of this post! What do you think?

A free copy of a devotional

I’d love to share with you what I’ve discovered by giving you a free copy of a devotional I’ve written called ‘Treasures Hidden in the Story of Eve’.

This devotional explores some of the amazing truths God’s shown me about Eve, and the wonderful implications for us as women today (and includes extracts from ‘Forever Loved: Eve’s Story’). Download the devotional for free here.

I pray God touches you as deeply as He has me, as you explore the Bible story of Eve afresh. May you encounter the love of Father God as never before.

Joanna xx

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Margaret Kazmierczak, January 30

All-of-a-kind Mom, January 31

Mary Hake, January 31

Godly Book Reviews, February 1

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Giveaway

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A refugee flees for his life because of Jesus

Do you know a refugee?

Actually, you do, and he/she is closer than you think.

Whoa, hang on there what do you mean? I mean that you and I are refugees, so it stands to reason that you are closer to one than you realize. Really?

How?

Earth is not our home, (okay we have a strange one here, thinks she is an alien!)

We are!

Now hang on a minute. Isn’t that taking things a little too far, there are no such things as aliens.

Aren’t there? We are all aliens.

Okay, I’m off, and you certainly are.

Before you go just bear with me.

We are all refugees and aliens. As in Earth is not our home. We were created to live here, but it is a passing residence. It is not permanent, so we are refugees on a journey to our true home – Heaven. We are not naturalized citizens of Earth, thus aliens, until we return to our heavenly home.

Ah, now I see. I thought for one moment you had cracked.

No dear reader, I am just reminding us all that every one of us is a refugee, and as such, we bear a responsibility towards those that are fleeing persecution. Because we are all united as aliens as we traverse the Great Journey.

Therefore we must take Leviticus 19:33-34 (KJV) at its word:

And if a stranger sojourn with thee in your land, ye shall not vex him. But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.

The Long Highway Home by Elizabeth Musser is about a refugee; it may be fiction but no doubt based on truth. I wonder if you my dear reader would have responded to his call for help if you had met him on your journey.

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My Penny’s Worth

So what’s the fuss about The Long Highway Home?

Elizabeth Musser has carefully constructed a fiction book about a reluctant refugee called Hamid. His innocent daughter whom Truth emboldens plunges the family into chaos and fear. However, you don’t just get his story, but the characters of his family and those helping him escape from a closed country. Each narrative fills out the broader saga, so the reader gets into the head of those involved in the telling.

There are many words of wisdom

Bobby who starts the story has a battle of her own to fight. But, she comes out with some wise one-liners.

“Each day is a twenty-four-hour adventure.”

“Do you think it’s fair to accept only the good and not the bad in life?”

Rasa the instant believer whose childlike faith warms the reader with wisdom beyond her years. Only a child could see beyond the fear and put trust in a God she had only just met.

Hamid who loves his ancient proverbs.

“If one has to jump a stream and knows how wide it is, he will not jump. If he does not know how wide it is, he will jump, and six times out of ten he will make it.”

A theme to encourage

Throughout the story the theme of pushing onward no matter what came bursting through.

“Thank the Lord that He respects our feelings, and yet He sees fit to push us forward in spite of them.”

Many of the characters questioned whether to go on or not. Their trials appearing insurmountable at times.

However, “Eyes of faith see potential. They look behind and know that the past was just a stepping-stone for the future.”

What I liked about the book

Even though there are many characters each plays a role in the developing jigsaw. As the story goes from one piece to another, you want to find the next piece that links the same story. It made you turn the pages. To care about different people. Reading about a refugee on the run is bound to pull you into the early hours of the morning, as you just want to finish the next chapter.

What I didn’t like

The smell of chickens – Check out the book to find out why!

You know what is going to happen

But, it doesn’t matter because it is how the story is told that is important and the lessons we learn by taking a chance and trusting in God. Because let’s face it:

“I don’t think God gets surprised very often.”

Would I recommend this book?

The book is about making good out of evil. “What men mean for evil, God can change into good.” This is a book of hope in so many ways. Lives may seem ruined but the truth remains: “So much of the time, the story God is writing goes on behind the earthly scene, somewhere in the heavenlies. But every now and then the Lord pulls back a curtain-slice of the sky and we get to see the bringing together of all the plot lines in real time.”

I would recommend The Long Highway Home for its revelations about the refugees and their struggle for freedom. For the amazing work, people do to help, often at their own risk, and to bring awareness of the plight of refugees.

“Courage is fear that has said its prayers.”

*I received this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own. I was not requested to give either a favourable or unfavourable review.*

I would like to give this book 5 *****

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This book review was brought to you today by Margaret Kazmierczak author of “How to Make Victoria Sponge” And a contributor to Heart”wings” devotional.

About the Book

Margaret Kazmierczak reviews The Long Highway home by Elizabeth Musser

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (19 Jan. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1542362725

Sometimes going home means leaving everything you have ever known. When the doctor pronounces “incurable cancer” and gives Bobbie Blake one year to live, she agrees to accompany her niece, Tracie, on a trip back to Austria, back to The Oasis, a ministry center for refugees that Bobbie helped start twenty years earlier. Back to where there are so many memories of love and loss.

Bobbie and Tracie are moved by the plight of the refugees and in particular, the story of the Iranian Hamid, whose young daughter was caught with a New Testament in her possession back in Iran, causing Hamid to flee along the refugee Highway and putting the whole family in danger. Can a network of helpers bring the family to safety in time? And at what cost? Filled with action, danger, heartache, and romance, The Long Highway Home is a hymn to freedom in life’s darkest moments.

About the Author

Margaret Kazmierczak reviews The Long Highway Home by Elizabeth Musser

ELIZABETH MUSSER writes ‘entertainment with a soul’ from her writing chalet—tool shed—outside Lyon, France. Elizabeth’s highly acclaimed, best-selling novel, The Swan House, was named one of Amazon’s Top Christian Books of the Year and one of Georgia’s Top Ten Novels of the Past 100 Years (Georgia Backroads). All of Elizabeth’s novels have been translated into multiple languages and have been international best-sellers. Two Destinies, the final novel in The Secrets of the Cross trilogy, was a finalist for the 2013 Christy Award. Her new novel, The Long Highway Home, has already been a bestseller in Europe and is a finalist for the Carol Awards.

Mission Work

For over twenty-five years, Elizabeth and her husband, Paul, have been involved in missions’ work in Europe with International Teams, now called One Collective.  The Mussers have two sons, a daughter-in-law and three grandchildren. Find more about Elizabeth’s novels at www.elizabethmusser.com and on Facebook, Twitter, and her blog.

I hope you have enjoyed this book review. Let me know in the comments – many thanks, Margaret.

21 days of Joy – moms, life, love, and relationships

Why are moms so important? Perhaps when we boil everything down to the bones, we realise how important they are. Our experiences can be positive, negative, or ambivalent depending on our relationship with the person who carried and bore us into this world. That first bond welcoming or not form our view of love and life from within the womb.

Margaret Kazmierczak reviews 21 Days of Joy Compiled by Kathy Ide

My Penny’s Worth

21 days of Joy is an open door to stories of “moms” in all their forms, from different writers. Some stories will resonate with the readers as they did with me, but all show the love moms have for their children.

Great writing

There are paragraphs such as “Maybe if she’d looked closer at the fine print, she would’ve known constant noise was included in the all-American dream. Or that by the end of the day she’d look like the flowers Paul had given her last week did now – wilted and tired.” I think we all feel like that at times! (Quote taken from Pieces and Quiet by Barbara Curtis) I think this is my favourite short story as it reminded me of the days when my children were young.

This is so me!

However, Martha Bolton’s “You Can Take this Job and Love it!” is also a lovely piece of writing and could be used to help youngsters understand the nature of motherhood. I particularly enjoyed this part, “If a mother does all that work, the pay must be terrific!” The clerk laughed so hard she held her side. “Did you say…pay?” “She does get paid, doesn’t she?” “Of course! She gets to keep all the change she finds in the washing machine.” – Brilliant I do love a good laugh.

Would I recommend this book?

There are so many great words in this collection to ponder on, and at the end of each story, Kathy Ide gives you some thoughts to chew on backed by Bible references. 21 days of Joy is certainly a good book to give any mother figure and one that they will find something to laugh, empathise and maybe cry about. It is also worth reading if you are a daughter too.

I would like to award this book 4 stars.

Thank you, Kathy, for your book.

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

Click here to purchase your copy.

About the Book

21 days of joyTitle: 21 Days of Joy

Author: Kathy Ide

Genre: Non-fiction, Devotional

Release Date: April 1, 2016

Tour Dates: April 28 – May 11

Oh, the joys—and struggles—of motherhood!

21 Days of Joy honors mothers of all varieties. Biological moms. Adoptive moms. Stepmothers. Grandmothers. Godmothers. “Second moms.” Even men who “mother” children when circumstances put them in that position.

Whether you are a mother, have one, or know one, these heartwarming fictional stories will touch your soul and help you see that you are not alone. The work you’re doing will have an impact for eternity. And those rewards will make the trials all worthwhile.

God knows every sacrifice you make for the children He has brought into your life. So take a few moments out of your busy schedule to read this book, and get a glimpse of your daily routine from a divine perspective.

Compiler and editor KATHY IDE has written fiction and nonfiction books and is the author of Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors. She is a professional freelance editor and the founder and director of two organizations for editorial freelancers. She has ghostwritten ten nonfiction books and a series of five novels. Kathy makes her home in Orange County, California.

About the Author

Kathy Ide-square_300x300Compiler and editor KATHY IDE has been a published author since 1989. She has written fiction and nonfiction books and is the author of Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors. Ms Ide has ghostwritten ten nonfiction books and a series of five novels. Furthermore, she also writes columns of writing and editing tips for blogs and newsletters. Kathy makes her home in Orange County, California.

Q & A with Kathy Ide

Tell us a little about yourself.

I’ve been writing for publication since 1989 and I’ve been a full-time freelance editor since 1998. I teach at writers’ conferences across the country, and I’m the director of the Orange County Christian Writers Conference here in Southern California. I’m also the founder and director of two organizations for freelance editors: the Christian Editor Connection and The Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors Network.

You’ve created a Fiction Lover’s Devotional series. What inspired you to gather a collection of short fiction stories to be used as devotions?

I’ve always loved Christian fiction, and I’ve seen the power of fiction to touch hearts and change lives, both firsthand and hearing about the experiences of others. But you know, in my quiet times with the Lord, reading a chapter from a novel just doesn’t seem quite appropriate. So a devotional with short fiction stories seemed like a great solution.

Tell us about the books in this series.

Each one contains 21 short fiction stories, followed by brief life applications, each written by a different author. Some contributors are best sellers, some are mid-range authors, and some are new writers. The first book was 21 Days of Grace: Stories that Celebrate God’s Unconditional Love. That came out June 1st of last year. The second book, 21 Days of Christmas, released on September 1st21 Days of Love came out January 1st.

Tell us about this third book, 21 Days of Joy.

21 Days of Joy: Stories that Celebrate Mom contains stories about mothers of all varieties. Biological moms. Adoptive moms. Stepmothers. Grandmothers. Godmothers. “Second moms.” Even men who “mother” children when circumstances put them in that position. It makes a wonderful Mother’s Day gift. And it’s a great way to boost your spirit when dealing with your kids—or your mom—becomes challenging.

Tell us about some of the stories in 21 Days of Joy.

Some of the stories are about the struggles moms have dealing with their kids at various ages and stages. Others are about women dealing with their aging mothers. One story is about a young woman who thinks her dreams of having lots of kids are shattered when her fiance dumps her right before the wedding. There are a couple of stories about adopted kids meeting their biological moms. One story is about a barren woman who realizes she actually has lots of children. And one story, written by one of Bob Hope’s comedy writers, is a humorous tale of a woman who applies for the job of mother.

How do you hope readers will use 21 Days of Joy?

This book makes a great gift, with its beautiful debossed hardback cover, full-color interior, even a ribbon page marker. With stories about all kinds of mothers, it’s great for anyone who is a mom, has a mom, or knows a mom.

Like the other books in this series, 21 Days of Joy makes a wonderful daily devotional. And if you want to go deeper, you can get a Study Guide with additional questions about each of the stories. It will be available soon as a free PDF download at FictionDevo.com or as a 99-cent e-book from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

What do you hope readers will get out of reading 21 Days of Joy?

I’m praying the Holy Spirit will speak to the hearts of everyone who reads this devotional about how much God has shown His love for them through the mothers in their lives, and what a tremendous impact women have in the lives of the children God has given them to love.

What is unique about this series?

Most devotionals contain true stories. And those are great! But so many believers today are big fans of Christian fiction … because fiction can be a powerful way to soak in spiritual truths and apply them to our daily lives. In this devotional, the authors share the themes and messages they see in the pieces they’ve written, and encourage readers to look for those types of things in these devotional stories as well as in other fictional things they might read.

What life circumstances worked together to put you in a position to be able to create this series?

Since I’ve been a professional freelance editor for several years, I’m able to edit the submissions I choose to use, polishing them without losing the author’s unique voice. And since I’ve been teaching and speaking at writers’ conferences across the country, I’ve connected with several authors at all levels, including well-known best sellers. So there are a lot of people I can personally ask about submitting to the books in this series. And I’ve developed a strong social media presence, so I can get the word out to other writers as well.

What other books have you written?

I wrote Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors, to help writers and editors learn how to proofread manuscripts for typos, inconsistencies, and errors in punctuation, usage, grammar, and spelling, according to the industry-standard guidelines.

What do you do besides write?

Read, of course. And go to movies. I also love to travel with my husband. We visit our out-of-state relatives (when they’re not visiting us—which happens often since we live in Southern California). We also enjoy going jet skiing, and camping in our RV.

Can you share some of the names of the authors who have contributed stories to the devotional?

Absolutely! 21 Days of Joy has chapters written by well-known, best-selling novelists, including Deborah Raney, Lynette Sowell, Mary DeMuth, Sherry Kyle, and New York Times best-selling author Cindy Woodsmall. There are also stories by writers you may not have heard of. At the end of each chapter is an author bio that gives some background information, and usually the author’s website. So if you really like a story in the devotional, you can find out what else that author has written. You may just find some new names to add to your favorites list.

And if you haven’t read much Christian fiction, this devotional will give you a small taste of several different authors and genres, without having to commit to reading an entire novel. You might just discover that you actually love Christian fiction!

Where can people purchase the books?

They’re available online at Amazon, ChristianBook.com, Barnes & Noble, and other websites. If you go to FictionDevo.com, you’ll find several links that will take you directly to the ordering pages for all of the books in the series. You can also find them at many Christian bookstores and Barnes & Noble stores.

Blog Stops

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Jeanette’s Thoughts, May 3

Moments Dipped in Ink, May 4

Simple Harvest Reads, May 4 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)

Bibliophile Reviews, May 5

Carpe Diem, May 6

A Baker’s Perspective, May 7

Bigreadersite, May 7

Pursuing Stacie, May 8

Margaret Kazmierczak, May 9

proud to be an autism mom, May 10

Beck to Basics, May 10

Aryn the Libraryan, May 11

Giveaway

 

28f95839-d2ba-4523-adc0-3fdf63df4a5cTo celebrate her tour, Kathy is giving away a hardback copy of 21 Days of Grace and an eBook copy of 21 days of Joy to two winners!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/cc8e