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An Invitation to Join My Book Promotion Team

Home Is Where God Sends YouDear readers,

I need your help! God only blessed me with one voice—and it’s kind of quiet. I’m not complaining. I like being a quiet person. But I have a new book to promote.

Thankfully, God has also blessed me with friends and readers who have voices, too!

Do you see where I’m going with this?

I need a book promotion team!

Interested?

If so, and if you are a woman who is getting ready to move/has recently moved/moves often/finds life rather unsettling, here’s what you can do:

1. Send an e-mail with your name, address, moving status, and a list of ways you’d like to help me promote my book to Janet [at] WildflowerFaith [dot] com. (Choose at least three ideas from the list below or suggest ideas of your own.)

2. Receive a free, signed copy of Home Is Where God Sends You from me.

3. Read the book.

4. Post a review of the book on Amazon.com, preferably within four weeks of the day you receive it.

5. Tell others about the book using some of the ideas below or new ideas of your own. (I give out lots of points for creativity! Just ask my boys!)

I can’t wait to hear from you!

Janet Benlien Reeves

[Note: This offer is available until December 5, 2013 or until I run out of books. I reserve the right to choose the members of my book promotion team from the e-mails I receive. I will notify you by e-mail if I’ll be sending you a book. In order to comply with federal trade commission regulations, please mention in any review you post that you received a complimentary book in exchange for an honest review.]

Ideas for Helping Janet Promote Home Is Where God Sends You

1. Post a review on your blog. Include a link to Wildflower Faith’s Books page or to the book’s page on Amazon.

2. Post a review on BN.com.

3. Add the book to your Goodreads shelf and post your review there. (You can also follow Janet on Goodreads!)

4. Like Janet’s Facebook page and tell her about your review, so she can post a link there.

5. Post a link to your review or a book recommendation on Twitter. Use the hashtag #FridayReads to recommend the book to people who especially love to read.

6. While you’re reading the book, post quotes you like on social media sites such as Google+, Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

7. Recommend the book to friends you know who are preparing for a move. Or, better yet, give a copy of the book to these friends as a farewell gift. Home Is Where God Sends You includes devotionals to encourage them from the day they get the news they’re moving until they finally feel all settled in.

8. Donate a copy of the book to your church library.

9. Recommend it as a farewell gift from your church to women who must move out of town.

10. Write a review for a newsletter or your local newspaper.

11. Invite the author to write a guest post on your blog.

12. Pin the book’s cover to one of your Pinterest boards from Wildflower Faith’s Books page.

13. Talk, talk, talk, talk, talk! If you enjoy the book and tell your friends who are moving, they’ll want to read it, too.

Thank you! Thank you!

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Book Review: The Cutting Edge

Books!The Cutting Edge by Ace Collins is the story of a popular supermodel who has just received the offer of a lifetime, a dream contract that will make her career. Unfortunately, accepting this offer will require that she compromise moral standards she’s mostly managed to cling to in spite of pressure from her industry. Leslie decides to head home to talk with her parents before making any decision. Before she can get there, though, she’s brutally assaulted in a dark alley. Her attacker leaves her for dead, yet hopes that she’ll live, knowing he stole something that probably meant more to her than life: her beautiful face.

As you’ve probably already figured out, the rest of the book is about Leslie and her family learning to cope with this loss and Leslie discovering the source of true beauty.

The story has potential, but fell a bit short of reaching it. To be fair, I’m writing this review from an unedited ARC (advanced reading copy) that I received from the publisher (Abingdon Press) in exchange for this honest review. The final version may shine. We’ll see what a great editor can do!

The sequence of events leading up to the climax and the final resolution were good. Through the rest of the book, though, characters didn’t always act believably. For example, though Leslie was from and in a small town, she’d been living alone in New York City. She would have known better than to leave the lighted area of a mostly abandoned airport in the middle of the night and to approach a strange vehicle pulling up to the curb. Even though she had called a taxi, those vehicles are clearly marked. A single woman who’d been living in New York City would have known to be cautious. It would have been instinctual. Further, Collins implies that Leslie had no choice but to live with her parents after her attack because she had nowhere else to go. I didn’t understand this. She lost her job because of the attack, but she wouldn’t have lost her bank account. She’d been a successful supermodel. Where did all her money go? Elements like this made it hard for me to engage with this story.

I did appreciate the opportunity to read it, though. And, as it’s the second in a series, I’m curious to read Leslie’s cousin’s story, Darkness Before Dawn. Meg, the cousin, encourages Leslie throughout The Cutting Edge.

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Book Review: How to Talk to a Skeptic

If you’ve ever found yourself challenged by a skeptic, you know it can be a daunting experience. If the skeptic simply wants to share ideas in a mutually respectful manner, the conversation can be beneficial for both of you. Sometimes, however, the discussion can take a nasty turn, so that suddenly, you find the skeptic no longer presenting ideas and trying to understand yours but determinedly trying to destroy all your beliefs. Even if you’re standing on rock solid ground regarding your understanding and practice of faith, this situation can be more than intimidating.

Dr. Donald J. Johnson’s book can help prepare you for this. His goal is to help you, when discussing the Christian faith with skeptics, to keep the conversation on pleasant and mutually respectful ground. I gave my highlighter a workout as I read this book.

In the first section, Johnson helps readers understand that the Christian faith is not a product to be sold. It’s simply the Truth. Our job as believers is not to sell this Truth, but to present it. Those who listen will choose whether to accept it or not. God’s Spirit does the hard work of helping us present the Truth and in drawing others to believe. Johnson goes on to present ideas on how to go about doing your part effectively.

In the second section of the book, Johnson talks about some common misconceptions about what Christians actually believe. I recommend this section to every Christian since many, as Johnson points out, buy into these themselves. Johnson does a fantastic job of presenting Christian doctrine clearly and solidly, according to God’s Word.

In the third section, Johnson gives examples of how to talk with a skeptic by presenting a few possible conversations that might come up and how he would handle them. He makes it very clear at the beginning of this section that it is in no way comprehensive. He has just chosen a few familiar topics as illustrations for readers to consider and learn from. He closes this section with a deeper look into the mind of the skeptic, so readers can better understand what motivates this attitude and, therefore, handle it more compassionately or recognize when it’s time to walk away.

I appreciated the information in this book and enjoyed reading it, too. Bethany House Publishers sent me a complimentary copy for this honest review. It’s one I recommend.

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Book Review: An Untamed Heart

If you’ve never read Lauraine Snelling’s Red River of the North series, you’ll want to read the newly released prequel  An Untamed Heart  first. If you have read this series—and the three series that followed it—you will love reading how it all began.

The Red River of the North series begins as newly married Ingeborg migrates to America with her new family. An Untamed Heart tells readers about Ingeborg’s life in Norway before that big move.

Personally, I loved reading about life in Norway, for both the middle and upper-class, near the end of the 1800’s. Most of the story was set at Ingeborg’s family’s seter. I felt like I was reading Little House on the Prairie set in Norway. I also thought that my three boys would have loved to have been able to spend their summers as Ingeborg, her siblings, and her cousins did. Snelling gives her readers a beautiful glimpse into Norwegian culture at this point in time.

She also gives more insight into some of what made Ingeborg into the beautiful person she becomes as her series, and the ones following it, develop. We see her learning unique skills and building a relationship with God. It’s not just about a girl growing up and finding a spouse.

I know I won’t have to recommend this book to existing fans of the Red River of the North. Like me, they’re probably pretty excited about the book’s release. If you haven’t yet discovered this series, though, I recommend you start with An Untamed Heart.

Bethany House Publishers sent a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

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Book Review: Take Flight!

Take Flight! a Sisterchicks’ Devotional by Robin Jones Gunn and Cindy Hannan is short and sweet, but just right for times when a woman needs just a little extra encouragement in her walk with God and friends. The book has 14 devotionals arranged in four sections: Bird’s Eye View, On a Wing and a Prayer, Take a Flying Leap, and Under the Shadow of His Wing. Robin writes the first part of each devotional: a story from her own life related to a quote from one of her Sisterchicks books. Each story explains a lesson Robin has learned and wants to teach. Cindy writes the second part of each devotional giving readers a deeper understanding of the idea Robin introduced, followed by Bible verses for further study, personal journaling space, a quote or two by a well-known Christian woman, and suggested activities for friends to do together, putting the idea into practice.

I enjoyed reading this book and appreciated its ideas and insights. I especially loved reading about Robin’s practice of setting a day a year aside for concentrated prayer and journaling and her story of becoming a missionary to Nairobi without actually ever going there. Our God offers such wondrous surprises when we follow Him faithfully. Robin and Cindy’s devotionals encourage Sisterchick readers who long to do this well.

I received a complimentary copy of Take Flight! from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers in exchange for this honest review.