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Join us—July Book Release Prayers

Morning, #Crazy4Fiction readers! We would like to reflect this Sunday and give thanks and praise for the books that are releasing this June.

 The true power of fiction is evident in inspirational novels, and we are continually pleased—and blessed—by the stories of people who are impacted by books like these.

Courtney Walsh, Just Look Up

Thank you for Courtney’s skillful hand at crafting enjoyable and meaningful romances. The reminder to put away our phones and connect with one another is vitally important in this age of constant busy-ness. We pray this novel reminds people to look up and connect with one another and with you, Lord. Amen.

Maybe what she’s been looking for is right in front of her—

if only she’d just look up.

After tirelessly climbing the ranks of her Chicago-based interior design firm, Lane Kelley is about to land her dream promotion when devastating news about her brother draws her back home to a quaint tourist town full of memories she’d just as soon forget. With her cell phone and laptop always within reach, Lane aims to check on her brother while staying focused on work—something her eclectic family doesn’t understand.

Ryan Brooks never expected to settle down in Harbor Pointe, Michigan, but after his final tour of duty, it was the only place that felt like home. Now knee-deep in a renovation project that could boost tourism for the struggling town, he is thrilled to see Lane, the girl he secretly once loved, even if the circumstances of her homecoming aren’t ideal.

Their reunion gets off to a rocky start, however, when Ryan can’t find a trace of the girl he once knew in the woman she is today. As he slowly chips away at the walls Lane has built, secrets from his past collide with a truth even he is reluctant to believe, putting Ryan at a crossroads that could not only alter his relationship with the Kelley family but jeopardize his future with the girl of his dreams.

Available in bookstores and online.

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Thank you, readers, for joining us in prayer.

If you’d like to join Courtney for a special Facebook Launch event, be sure to sign up now!

And visit the blog and our Crazy4Fiction Facebook page throughout the month of July for book giveaways, contests, quizzes, and much more. In the meantime, happy reading!

Build Your Own Homestead— Celebrating the Launch of Jolina Petersheim’s New Novel, The Divide

Would you be ready?

What would you do if the world as you knew it came to a standstill, and what we currently find valuable in our culture no longer had worth? The smartphone in your hand wouldn’t be able to reach into the void of cyberspace, connecting you to loved ones to find out if they were okay or even alive. Money would merely be the physical elements of paper, plastic, or metal—no longer exchangeable for anything you needed. And the only way to get from one place to another would be on foot or by animal, if any were left . . .

In The Divide, the gripping conclusion to The Alliance by bestselling author Jolina Petersheim, nearly six months have passed since Leora Ebersole’s Old Order Mennonite community fled to the mountains for refuge after an attack destroyed the power grid and altered life as they knew it. But when long-held beliefs are once again put to the test, Leora wrestles with the divide between having faith and taking action. Just how much will her shifting landscape change her?

Though Leora’s Mennonite community is used to living off the land, the world-altering effects of the attack have led to a grim reality for the Englischers as the deterioration of modern society poses a threat to their survival. And so you have to wonder . . . would you be ready?

While there are many scary realities to face in The Divide, this story is a reminder that though we often surround ourselves with busyness, it is through fellowship and God’s Word that we are sustained even through the harshest of times.

Join Leora and the cast of The Divide in the Montana mountains and imagine a simpler time.

Unencumbered by social media and the need to keep in contact 24-7, what might your family routine look like?

With more time to prepare, might you grow your own vegetable garden?

What would your garden look like if a beautiful bouquet of wildflowers was the only centerpiece for your table that money and time would allow?

Create your very own landscape and homesteading board on Pinterest and be entered to win:

  • GRAND PRIZE: Deluxe Organic Fruit Basket (Value $99.99)
  • SECOND PRIZE(S): a gift card to REI (we’ll offer TWO $25 gift cards)
  • a signed copy of the book

 

Here’s how to enter:

  • Fill out the Gleam form below.
  • Create a Pinterest board titled “The Divide Homestead.”
  • Click the red “Save” button on the pin above, and pin it to your newly made “The Divide Homestead” board.
  • Start pinning! What do you think the landscape and Mt. Hebron’s new community in the mountains would look like? What types of supplies and tactics would you use to live off the land? Be sure to include the hashtag #TheDivideHomestead in your pins.

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Good luck, readers!

Build Your Own Homestead—Celebrating the Launch of Jolina Petersheim’s New Novel, The Divide

When Fact and Fiction Merge: Author Melanie Dobson’s Call to Encourage and Support Refugees

Today on the blog we are talking about the intersection of fact and fiction. It’s always amazing how real-life themes can run through a novel. When Melanie Dobson penned Catching the Wind, she hoped that this WWII story would cause people to stop, think, and discuss the very real issue of refugees throughout history.

A refugee crisis is not anything new to modern times. Just as in today’s world millions of refugees are relocating across Europe from Syria, Iraq, and other countries, a similar refugee situation happened in Europe during WWII when many persecuted people fled Germany, Poland, and a host of other nations.

Fear of welcoming refugees was common then as well. Many countries were afraid that the influx of people would include Nazi sympathizers and Nazi spies hidden among their numbers. This scenario echoes what is happening in the world today.

It is important for us to remember how these types of humanitarian crises are not problems that belong to someone else—they are our problems, especially as Christians. Catching the Wind is a beautifully written reminder of the type of upheaval, fear, and uncertainty that affected those who had to flee Nazi dominance in their countries. Catching the Wind was inspired by Melanie’s historical research, which she adorned with the most endearing and honest characters that will touch your heart.

Read Catching the Wind and let Melanie remind you of the ordinary people who helped and intervened in order to resist the spread of evil in the 1940s. Then ponder the ways you might be able to respond to our present-day refugee crisis. Maybe you can play a part in helping displaced people.  Melanie has more information on her web site about how you can get involved.

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Thank you for stopping by today, readers!

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Join us—June Book Release Prayers

Morning, #Crazy4Fiction readers! As we do on the last Sunday of every month, let’s give thanks and praise for the books that are releasing this June.

 The true power of fiction is evident in inspirational novels, and we are continually pleased—and blessed—by the stories of people who are impacted by books like these.

Tessa Afshar, Bread of Angels

Dear Father, You are able to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. May You place this book in the hands of the ones You know would be blessed by it. Use this story to bring encouragement to the dismayed heart, hope to the despairing one, trust to the shaken soul. May you banish fear, anxiety, and self-condemnation in the hearts of those who read this book. Bless this simple novel to bring joy, laughter, and treasured friends to those who need it. I thank You, Jesus, for the privilege of writing for You.

Available in bookstores and online.

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Jolina Petersheim, The Divide

I pray that readers won’t be able to peel an orange, tuck a bulb into the soil, even put a load of whites into the washer, without rejoicing in the miracle of our convenient, modern-day lives. I also pray that Leora’s story–and the story of her community–will help readers understand that even the hardest crosses are easier to bear while surrounded by believers and friends who can help share the weight. Lastly, but perhaps most importantly, I pray the The Divide will encourage readers to contemplate the balance between having faith and taking action and will cause them to reflect on their faith journey and how they might deepen it by truly relying on the One who keeps our beautiful blue/green world spinning in orbit and that sacred breath filling our lungs.

Available in bookstores and online.

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Prayer from the #Crazy4Fiction team

Lord, we thank you for these talented authors. The stories they weave are both beautiful and steeped with truth; we pray those truths make their way into readers’ hearts. Amen.

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Thank you, readers, for joining us in prayer. Visit the blog and our Crazy4Fiction Facebook page throughout the month of June for book giveaways, contests, quizzes, and much more. In the meantime, happy reading!

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