{review} The Mark of the King

About The Book:

Sweeping historical fiction set at the edge of the continent

After being imprisoned and branded for the death of her client, twenty-five-year-old midwife Julianne Chevalier trades her life sentence for exile to the fledgling 1720s French colony of Louisiana, where she hopes to be reunited with her brother, serving there as a soldier. To make the journey, though, women must be married, and Julianne is forced to wed a fellow convict.

When they arrive in New Orleans, there is no news of Benjamin, Julianne’s brother, and searching for answers proves dangerous. What is behind the mystery, and does military officer Marc-Paul Girard know more than he is letting on?

With her dreams of a new life shattered, Julianne must find her way in this dangerous, rugged land, despite never being able to escape the king’s mark on her shoulder that brands her a criminal beyond redemption.

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About the Author:
Jocelyn Green inspires faith and courage as the award-winning author of ten books to date, including Wedded to War, a Christy Award finalist in 2013; Widow of Gettysburg; Yankee in Atlanta; and The 5 Love Languages Military Edition, which she coauthored with bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman. A former military wife herself, her passion for military families informs all of her writing as well as her numerous speaking opportunities. Jocelyn graduated from Taylor University with a BA in English and now lives with her husband and two children in Iowa.
My Thoughts:
This book was the perfect read for our Christmas vacation! I hadn’t ever learned the history behind how Louisiana was settled and found the historical backdrop of this novel so very interesting. Julianne is a strong, determined character that held my attention through this novel. The story was much more than just a romance novel – that is a minor part of the overall story, really. I loved that the main part of the story was Julianne and every part of her personality – her work, her brother, her community. The writing style was lovely and the imagery really brought the settlement of New Orleans to life.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys historical novels. It was interesting and shed light on a side of history that I knew nothing about.
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{I received this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and no guarantees were made.}

{review & giveaway} Bible Journaling Kit

A fun review and giveaway, just in time for the holidays!

Ellie Claire, a division of Worthy Publishing, has created a great product for any Bible journaling enthusiast:

Create a work of art on the pages of your favorite Bible. Draw, color, or journal your thoughts, dreams, and prayers. Highlight your favorite verses or the encouragements that speak to your heart with pencils, stickers, and tabs. Kit includes:

  • 4 sheets of word stickers
  • 4 sheets of alphabet stickers
  • 24 tab stickers
  • 8 colored pencil twists
  • 1 journaling pen
  • One (1) pouch with adjustable strap to fit Bibles of all sizes
  • 1 ruled page protector mat with tracing lines

My Thoughts

This Bible Journaling kit is so much fun! I’ve used it in my Bible, as have my daughters, but I’ve also used the products in my planner and on my calendar. It is so handy to have stickers, pens, and colored pencils all neatly organized in one little pouch. I love embellishing my planner and calendar with stickers or little illustrations, so this kit has been great for that as well! The stickers are pretty, as well as super functional especially the alphabet pages. I love that there are two distinct fonts in the alphabet stickers, one more traditional and one that’s more fun.

 

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This Bible Journaling Kit is available now at the following retailers:

Barnes & Noble

Amazon

Books-A-Million

Christian Book Distributors

I’m happy to be able to share one of these fun Journaling Kits with one lucky reader! To enter, leave a comment telling me if you’ve done much Bible Journaling and how you like it. Share on social media for an extra entry! (Just remember to leave a comment and let me know you did!) The giveaway will end on Dec 1 at 8pm. Winner will be notified by email so leave a current address.

And a bonus! If you head over to the Ellie Claire site, they’re giving away FIVE Bible Journaling Kits!

 

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Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

{review & coupon} Music in Our Homeschool

I’m sure that the last thing on your homeschool mom mind is adding something new to your lesson plan. The holidays are swiftly approaching and we all just want to soak up family time! But those couple of weeks in limbo between Thanksgiving and Christmas can’t just be filled with cookies and playing in the snow, for most of us. With older children, we have to do some school. Bummer, I know. You moms with little ones have it good, don’t forget that! One thing I did a few years ago was what we called Christmas School. Keeping up with the foundational things – math, phonics/English, spelling – but then adding in special courses that made things a bit more fun. When I heard about Music In Our Homeschools, I was hoping they’d have something we could use that everyone would enjoy. And of course they did – Intro to Musicals.

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{review & giveaway} Total Family Makeover

I’ve read a lot of parenting and mothering books. After leading a moms’ book study for 6 or so years – I feel like I have every book on the subject! Sometimes, as a first-generation Christian, it was hard to relate to everything that was written in these books. Maybe it’s just my personality, but I wanted a book that would clearly lay out how to do daily life in a Christian home. Yes, I know the Bible is our instruction book for life. Don’t get me wrong. But I always wanted a clear set of steps for how to turn this faith inside of me into something that filled our home and our children without piling on unrealistic expectations and Momguilt. When I read this, I realized that I had the very book I’d been searching for in my hands:

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{review & giveaway} The Afters: Live On Forever

I love music reviews! And I love sharing great, new music with my readers so let’s get to it —

About the Album

aftersIt’s easy to assume stories of trial and triumph are just for the Bible or the history books. But miracles still happen, even when adversity hits hardest. Just ask Josh Havens, guitarist and lead vocalist of The Afters. He relates how the band’s latest effort, Live on Forever, began during a season of tragedy.

Just as the band regrouped to record, Havens witnessed the wife of a close friend contract cancer. Drummer Jordan Mohilowski (who produced the new album) had a brief health scare, and a close companion in his church—part of the worship team—was hit and killed by an impaired driver. She was a young woman, Havens says, who had unlimited potential.

But Live on Forever–the band’s fifth with the Fair Trade label-still took shape as a celebration of faithfulness, protection and promise—one that shimmers with strong rhythms, undeniable energy and compelling pop hooks. The album finds Havens in strong, soaring voice as he invites listeners to find shelter and strength in God.

“We worked on this record for almost two years and over those two years, it was a real season of loss,” Havens recalls. “But in the end, Live on Forever is about moving us to trust God, to stand up against fear. It’s an ‘ante up’ record, an anthem for people’s lives: ‘God you are with me in all this. I’m not alone.’”

Our Thoughts

I haven’t kept up with The Afters music in recent years, but we have listened to it int he past and I’m so glad that I was able to review this album. Live On Forever has become our soundtrack while driving, with it’s perfect balance of good lyrics that I like and the driving, well-produced sound that my daughters like. The songs are catchy and worth repeating, unlike most pop music out there today. I really like The Afters sound, even though it’s not my usual favorite. It really is something that our whole family enjoys, which pretty much never happens!

The first single off this album is Live On Forever. You can see their official music video hereThe Afters also recorded some info videos, giving us a glimpse into their heart behind the song. But just read some of the lyrics first. They’re so good.

Dark days are gonna go away
They won’t have the final say
These bones were always gonna fade
Cause we were made for another place
The moment of our final breath
When all our fears are put to rest
Every tear will disappear
Heaven is real

So now for the fun part! You can win a copy of The Afters Live On Forever CD! To enter, the usual drill, three ways to earn entries –

  1. 1) Leave a comment. Tell me if you’ve heard The Afters other music and what your favorite song is!
  2. 2) Share on Facebook and leave an additional comment, letting me know.
  3. 3) Retweet or Regram my posts about this giveaway on Twitter and Instagram. No need to comment again for this one.

Giveaway will end on September 14 at 8pm. Winner will be notified by email so please leave a valid address. Now go enter! 

This giveaway has ended. Winner is comment #1 – Katie!

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Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the
Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.