Thank You

After trying to run at full throttle for the past two years, I’ve decided it’s time for a break. I have several projects I’d like to finish this year. I’m not sure when I’ll be back. But one thing’s for sure, I’ll miss you, dear reader.

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But before I go, several bloggers have nominated me for different blogging awards this past year, and I want to thank each person who recognized me. I also want to apologize for being so far behind! Please forgive me for not posting each award as a single post.

Thank You

Ruby Mae O’Dell ~ Truly Inspired Books

RobbyeFaye ~ Captive Dreams Window

Savannah ~ Rejoicing in Hope

Tim ~ The Profit Dare

Julie ~ Julie Dibble Writes

Anne ~ The Naptime Author

 

Blogs to Follow

Here are some sites worthy of a blogging award.

Melinda ~ Melinda Inman

Wendy L. Macdonald ~ The Green Light Lady

Patty Anne ~ Patty Anne Art

Lightroom

Sheila Dougal ~ Sojourning Sheila

Jeanne Takenaka

Beholding Him Ministries

Melissa McLaughlin

Until next time . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warrior ~ Linda K. Rodante

The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it. ~ James Bryce

Linda Rodante WarriorFor three years, Kati Walsh has hunkered down at a new place of worship to dab at church-inflicted wounds. Her one outreach is to her kickboxing friends at the gym, but she’s been praying for God to stir her heart again. But she’s not sure that the new assistant pastor and his friend Reece Jernigan are what she asked for—because Assistant Pastor Josh Corbin plans to win the hearts of the north-side neighborhood, mostly described as “the hood.”

When Josh plans a prayer walk in the neighborhood, both the congregation and the police are wary, but Josh insists that prayer works. He believes in spiritual warfare—prayer, praise, and the Word of God. Reece, on the other hand, has been on the streets before, and his weapon of choice is a 9mm Glock. Two close friends with differing perspectives and both with an eye on Kati. But they’re not the only ones—the gang leader from the north side has taken an unexpected interest in Kati, too.

My thoughts:

I enjoyed this story. The characters were believable. The plot was plausible, ripped from today’s headlines. And the spiritual warfare was perfect. Not overdone or underdone for this story.

The setting is a local congregation. There are two heroes, one heroine, and several supporting characters. My favorite scenes were the church services. During the preaching, I wanted to stand and shout, “Yes! Praise the Lord!” The call to service, I cried, “Lord, help us.” And during the prayers, I whispered, “Yes, Lord.”

One of my favorite quotes came from Pedro.

 

“Are those in our neighborhood not worthy of your love and concern? Where is this Christianity you talk about? Is it only for you? Your family and no one else? Or is it for everyone, as Jesus has said?”

Although the suspense and the spiritual threads were more than satisfying, I wasn’t crazy about the romance thread. However, I am incredibly picky when it comes to this subject. As a reader, I know what I like and don’t like. As a writer, I struggle in this area. I suggest reading the book for yourself.

This review is based on the suspense and the spiritual threads alone. And for those two threads, I give the book 5 stars because it made me question my love for others and my willingness to share the gospel. Am I doing enough?

We’ve all lived so long with Satan’s attacks that we no longer see them as such. We possess weapons of divine power that can demolish strongholds, and yet we don’t use them. Prayer, praise, God’s word. The name of Jesus. Weapons. He’s calling us out of our comfort zones, out of our safe zones, and asking if we are willing to take up the fight for our families, our neighbors, and for Him.~ Josh Corbin, assistant pastor at New Life Church

See what I mean?

In Warrior, Linda shares the truth of the Word and explains how to wield the weapons of the Spirit. Through her characters, she teaches us how to love the lost in our communities. I seldom find a book that challenges my heart and mind as much as this story did. It’s been two weeks, and I can still hear several quotes.

To you, dear reader, I apologize. I know I have to be the weirdest reviewer ever. I tend to judge a book by what I take from it, not on what I like or dislike about it. If it touches me emotionally and spiritually, well then, the writer has done her job. And in the case of Warrior, Linda did a great job.

Now . . . if you’d like to read an awesome review of this book by someone who knows what she’s doing, then please visit readingismysuperpower.

Warrior is free! That’s right! From today 10-26 until Monday 10-29. Check it out.

Linda’s Christian romantic suspense novels can be found on sale at Amazon. http://amzn.to/2rcrWHK Author website and blog: http://lindarodante.com/ Personal Blog: Writing for God; Fighting Human trafficking: https://lindarodante.wordpress.com/

Share the Love ~ October

 

Good morning. Yesterday, the temp was 41 degrees. A nice break from the 80s!

There was so much to choose from this month, but I finally whittled it down to the following links. I hope you’ll find a book, writing tidbit, or a little inspiration to encourage on your journey. Happy reading and writing, dear friend.

Reading

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Lady of a Thousand Treasures ~ Christian Fiction Girl

The Christmas Heirloom: Four Holiday Novellas of Love through the Generations ~ JenGalaxy4 Christian Book Reviews

A Daughter’s Inheritance (The Broadmoor Legacy Book 1) ~ Purely by Faith Reviews

Writing

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Under-Pricing Ebooks ~ Hallee Bridgeman

Everything I Need to Know About Mysteries I Learned from Scooby Doo ~ JPC Allen

My Failure Landed on the Cover of My Book ~ Liz Johnson

Inspiring

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Joy of Autumn ~ Angela Arndt

My Life Like a Castle ~ Peculiar Miss Darcy

Do You Love Autumn? ~ Bridget A. Thomas

Click to Tweet: Share the Love ~ October @GailJohnson87 #reading #writing

Photo

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