To be chosen, To be loved, To be Free!!!

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The Choosing by Rachelle Dekker

The long awaited day that Carrington Hale has prepared for has arrived and standing along the wall she watches as all the others are chosen in the Choosing Ceremony. As her heart falls she realizes that her worst fear has happened, now she has to spend the rest of her life as a Lint, part of the unwanted women; the lowest part of society. Never to have another chance to have a family of her own or to see her family again. Walking as if in a fog, she hears of rumors of a rebellion that is stirring up feelings all round her. The whispers going around her makes her feel that the way of life that she has been taught is wrong and there is a chance for her to have a new life. When Carrington is offered a second chance for the life she has longed to have since she was a child, she can’t shake the feeling that something is not right here. Is what the Authority says to do the right way to live their lives or is what Aaron is teaching a lifeline for all who believe? Also how can a killer keep on running free picking off Lints one by one? Will Carrington be able to uncover the truth behind everything in time to save herself from death?

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Q and A with Rachelle Dekker:

1.Throughout the book, Carrington struggles with understanding her identity and worth and what is true. Why did you decide to write about the theme of identity?
Someone once asked me. If you could leave one message for your younger sisters, what would it be? The answer was always the same: I would pray they knew what they were worth. Identity is everything. There isn’t a theme that doesn’t start with identity or circle back to identity. Knowing who you truly are is the greatest journey we face. Am I enough am I worth it? I believe everyone faces these questions, and I sought out to explore them through this story.

2.Do you think women tend to struggle with identity more than men?
I don’t think women struggle with identity more then men. Not at all. I just think we struggle differently. As a woman I understand the identity struggle from a female perspective more, but I think most men wonder if they’re enough just as much as women do. WE are all the same at our core, really. We are on this earth for a short time, trying to figure out our
purpose and worth. Searching for recognition, usually in all the wrong places. The truth I am
discovering is that there is no need for searching. The truth already resides inside of us. The Father has already marked us as chosen, worth it; He has already given us a purpose. It’s
only a matter of looking inward to the soul and to the Creator of that soul to find our worth.
3. What would you say to the person who is struggling, trying to find their identity in
temporary, unsatisfying places?
I would say we have all been there, and that those places will only serve as a prison in the
end. They may seem like happiness now, but eventually they will become suffering. But
that’s just part of the journey of identity. Some people need to learn the hard way-I did for
sure! I searched for significance in darkness and somehow the Father still led me to the
light. So when I see people gong through what I did, I empathize, but also know that in a single moment  they can discover their true identity.

A Big Thank you to Tyndale and Rachelle Dekker for including my blog in on “The Choosing Blog” tour. I enjoyed getting the chance to review an amazing read, that I could not put down without wanting to get right back to reading it. Can’t wait for the second book to come out to see what is in store next for Carrington.
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Blooming Love grows!!

As Love Blooms by Lorna Seilstad

The third installment to “The Gregory Sisters” series is about the youngest Gregory sister and her search for her place in life. Having studied horticulture at the ladies college she was attending and a love of gardening, Tessa Gregory pursues a job at the Como Park. But in a time period when women are not accepted in certain positions and jobs, she is turned down for the job. Upon meeting Reece King a very handsome gardener that worked in the Como Park things start looking up for her. Donning a masculine costume to hide her feminine looks she is able to assist Reece on the newest garden project in the park. At the same time Tessa uses her talents to  drum up financial support for the new world class Conservatory in the park, with the hopes that the park superintendent  will change his mind about hiring her. As Reese and Tessa work together to create a new garden, their feelings for each other grow. Will be they be able to set aside their own goals and pursue a life together as a couple?

Received this book for free for blogging by Revell Reads.

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A page turner!!!

No Place to Hide

No Place to Hide by  Lynette Eason

The third installment to the Hidden Identity series opens with the heroine Jackie Sellers breaking into a house. Her past had come back into her life, when she had seen a picture of her childhood friend flash across the tv screen as a wanted person. Ian Lockwood, her one time crush;  was wanted in connection to a terrorist plot. Determined to help the one guy who had made her smile during her struggling childhood, she chooses to put her life on the line. But it seems that it is not only the FBI that wants to capture Ian, the bad guys are also after him and they want him dead. Nothing will stop the bad guys from their plan to release a deadly virus on to a city, not even Ian and Jackie. Each time they seem to find a place to shelter them, it seems like someone catches up with the fugitives. Can they both stay alive long enough to figure out who is after them and can they trust FBI to help them stay alive.

This is a nail biting page turner, you will not want to put it down.

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Peacemaking and Forgiveness

The Heart Of The Amish by Suzanne Woods Fisher

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This book is a very powerful read for everyone, it opens your eyes up to how much the Power of forgiveness affects our lives. There is so many lessons that can be learned from the Amish culture, if there is only one we learn it should be this one-Forgiveness. Compiled up of several stories each of them deal with many different situations in life and a couple we may have heard of on tv. I recommend for everyone to take the time to read this amazing book, it will bless you and can be very much a life changer.

I received this book for free in exchange for a Review from Revell.

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Wedding Dreams!!!

Every Bride Needs a Groom by Janice Thompson

The First Installment in the Brides with Style Series, hooks you from page one. It pulls your heart strings as you follow a small town girl on a journey toward foloowing her heart. Katie Fisher has been planning her fairytale wedding as long as she can remember. When the chance comes to win the wedding dress of her dreams, she enters the contest. The day she gets a phone call saying she has won the contest, is the same day her long time boyfriend breaks up with her. With her world turned up-side down, she has to choose does she go thru with the dress or let her dream go. Does she go to Dallas and hide the truth from the son of the wedding dress designer?

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A Delve into the Story of Moses.

“The Pharaoh’s Daughter ” A Treasures of the Nile novel by Mesu Andrews

The Pharaoh’s Daughter is the first installment of the “A Treasures of the Nile” series. It follows the life of the daughter of Pharaoh who found the little baby Moses in the Nile River. Delving deep into a very dark time period of the Hebrews journey toward freedom, this story follows the life of the one who saved the bay Moses from a pending death. Growing up in a culture that seen their king as a God and with a fear of being snatched to the afterlife, Anippe has carried a dread of childbirth. The time has come for her to marry and start a family of her own. To protect herself from the gods, she chooses to create many deceptions and lies, while involving a slave people  called the Hebrews. While bathing in the river, she finds a baby, which it seems that the gods had answered her prayers. But unbeknownst to her she was chosen to protect the leader of the Hebrews from death, the very same thing she feared.

As time passes, bloodshed increases, politics change with the death of a ruler, Anippe starts to wonder if the child she rescued could become the next ruler of Egypt or does the one true God, El Shaddai have bigger plans for the boy she calls son.

Mesu Andrews takes deep into the culture and world that the boy Moses would have grown in.

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The Legacy!!!

The Legacy by Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley

In a search for independence from his parents, Doug Anderson chose to go to school away from home. At school he chose to become a very different person then the one his parents had see at home. The more his parents reach out to him, the more he seems to be pulling away and going down a very dangerous path. Christina understands more than Doug realizes about taking the wrong path in life. Taking a big step, she reaches out to him and offers her friendship even if there is a possibility of her heart being broken in the midst. Will Doug be able to see what he is missing and turn from the path that is leading him toward danger?

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