Sunday, January 13, 2013
Publisher: Summerside Press (January 1, 2013)
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Singer Ginny Marshall is one signature away from the recording contract of her dreams—a deal that would guarantee success for the former foster child, who still struggles to bury the memories of her painful childhood. But Ginny needs advice from the one person who will look out for her best interests—her former fiancé, Brett Miller. She travels to the remote town of Glacier Bay, Alaska, where the town’s colorful characters and stunning scenery provide respite from LA’s pressures.
In Glacier Bay, Ginny discovers a box of old letters and is swept up in the love story between Clay, an early missionary to Alaska Territory, and Ellie, the woman who traveled there to be his children’s governess. When Ginny is reunited with Brett in Glacier Bay, will she discover—as Ellie did—that healing and love are sometimes found in the most unexpected places?
I have a confession to make. I hardly ever read love stories. I don't even listen to love songs either. I typically would not choose this genre to read or review. But, I love the authors and decided why not.
I'm so glad I did because I would have really missed out. I was completely blown away by Love Finds You In Glacier Bay. Yes, it's fiction and yes, it's a love story. Yet, it's also so much more than that.
I laughed, I cried, I mean, really crying. I was on the bus reading it and tears were streaming down my face. I just couldn't help it.
This story is beautiful, enriching, fascinating, deep, life transforming, redeeming and victorious. The characters were so real and as I read, I could envision each one and feel what they felt too.
I was hooked by the first page, without exaggeration. I did not want to put this book down and I certainly did not want it to end.
I know this will sound peculiar, but I even sensed the presence of God when I read this book.
Love Finds You In Glacier Bay, Alaska was healing for me. This story spoke truth to my heart, mind and spirit.
I highly recommend this book. I promise you won't be disappointed.
Tricia Goyer (triciagoyer.com) is the award-winning author of more than thirty novels. She and her husband have six children and live in Arkansas.
Ocieanna Fleiss (ocieana.com) is a published author and editor. She lives with her husband and their four children in the Seattle area. This is the authors’ third book together.
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (January 8, 2013)
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Desperate is for those who love their children to the depths of their souls but who have also curled up under their covers, fighting back tears, and begging God for help. It's for those who have ever wondered what happened to all their ideals for what having children would be like. For those who have ever felt like all the "experts" have clearly never had a child like theirs. For those who have prayed for a mentor. For those who ever felt lost and alone in motherhood.
In Desperate you will find the story of one young mother's honest account of the desperate feelings experienced in motherhood and one experienced mentor's realistic and gentle exhortations that were forged in the trenches of raising her own four children.
Whether you are a first time mom, or an experienced mom, Desperate will inspire you to be a part of the ultimate goal of the book, to be a part of the no-more-desperate-moms movement.
I do not typically read books on parenting or motherhood. It just isn't one of my interests, even though I'm a mother.
I was pleasantly surprised at how good this book is. I would have loved to read this helpful and encouraging book after I had my first child.
I enjoyed how each chapter begins with correspondence between Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson. After you read about each one's personal experience on a particular topic of motherhood.
I gleaned a lot from this book even though my children are not babies anymore.
Desperate is informative and a unique read; balancing two perspectives: Sarah's experience as a young mother versus Sally's years of experience and wisdom.
I also learned the value of younger women having older women as mentors from this book as well.
I did not have any help when I had my children. My husband and I did it all ourselves.
I look back now and know it was by the grace of God we survived and got through very difficult times.
Desperate offers biblical wisdom and practical advice which I recommend for mothers, especially, young mothers.
sarahmae.com), listed as one of the Christian Broadcasting Network's "Six Women Leaders to Follow on Twitter," is an influential blogger, conference host, and author of the best-selling ebook 31 Days to Clean: Having a Martha House the Mary Way. She makes her home in the beautiful Amish country of Pennsylvania where she celebrates life with her husband and three children.
Sally Clarkson (itakejoy.com) is the author of several books, including The Ministry of Motherhood, Seasons of a Mother's Heart, and Dancing with My Father. She and her husband, Clay, are the cofounders of Whole Heart Ministries, which encourages and equips Christian parents. The Clarksons live in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado Springs, CO.