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Thursday, August 10, 2017

"The Blue Little Moon," A New Children's Book by Kelssee Colleen

Book Review from Amazon
ByKara U. on July 6, 2017

The author is serious about helping people embrace their gifts and be who they were designed to be. Through delicate prose, author Kelssee Colleen has woven a parable to explain the light cast from the moon, using the story as an allegory for the readers to bridge to their own life experiences. But even those too young to fully grasp the significant of the text will be mesmerized by the cadence of the author’s tone.

Whimsical, elegant and expressive-faced illustrations by Heidi Thompson enhance the story and will appeal to the intended audience—God’s children of all ages. 

Children will identify with the Little Moon as she strays from the role God made her especially for… with little reason or temptation beyond sheer curiosity. The expressions worn by the Little Moon inspire inquisitiveness and empathy in children. However, this book will also make a great gift to a high-school or college-aged young person due to the subdued “Prodigal Son” theme.

To all potential readers: this book is a cozy reminder of the source of the moon’s light on nights when we feel alone in the darkness.

A portion of book sales goes to help with food and medical care for the children at The GEM Foundation in Uganda.


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Newest from Deborah Heal

Holding On (Love Blooms at Bethel, #1)

About the book:

A modern retelling of the Old Testament story of Ruth—a sweet romance about courage, loyalty, and second chances.

When Julia passes through the small town of Coldwater, driving her screeching pickup with her mother-in-law and everything she owns in the RV they’re towing, all she wants is to get Helen settled on what’s left of the family farm and hurry back to civilization.

Julia’s still mourning her husband, and so romance is the last thing on her mind. But whenever Neil Ashe shows up, the attraction between them flares—even though his divorce has left him leery of city women, and she’s not interested in muscle-bound farmers, no matter how handsome they may be.

Julia soon realizes she’s going to have to stick around to help Helen hold on to her forty-acres because someone is after them. Besides, how could she leave her mother-in-law to the tender mercies of the legalistic bullies who have taken over Bethel Church? They pick at Helen like Job’s “friends,” telling her God has cursed her. Why else would her husband and both sons die in tragic accidents?

Julia is determined to deal with everything on her own, just as she’s been doing ever since Lucas died. But Neil thinks it’s his job to make all their problems go away. Will Julia stubbornly go it alone, holding on to both her pride and the memory of her husband, or will she ask Neil to come to the rescue—and into her heart?

Lisa's review:

I was a Deborah Heal fan before I learned she was working on a series of Biblical fiction set in contemporary times. This story of Ruth and Naomi is a beautiful and timeless story perfectly fit for today. I learned a lot about the setting and fully enjoyed the characters as they played out the loyalty, despair and love that go along with making a forever commitment. I adore too-good-to-be-true heroes, even though they make me sigh into tomorrow and realize they're not perfect. That only makes them sweeter. We don't get to know Boaz's inner angst in the Bible, but the author of Holding On made an excellent and determined effort to show it.

No, it's not the time traveling adventure of her earlier series, but show Heal's versatility, and you a way, we do time travel here in this story that parallels the biblical romance of Ruth and Boaz. Recommended for teens and up. Told from multiple viewpoints.

3.99 eBook
11.99 Print

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