A Christmas In The Alps

A Christmas in the Alps: A Christmas Novella by Melody Carlson is a new Christmas novella. This hardcover book was short and an easy read. I personally did not love this book which just means that not every book is for everyone. If you are looking for a short book that is set in France then you may enjoy this one. I thought it was too short for where the plot was trying to go and it did not really read as a holiday book. A young woman sets off to solve a family mystery and there is romance and travel in the story. Thanks to Revell for this review copy.

About the Author:

Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books (with sales around 6.5 million) for teens, women and children. That’s a lot of books, but mostly she considers herself a “storyteller.” Her novels range from serious issues like schizophrenia (Finding Alice) to lighter topics like house-flipping (A Mile in My Flip-Flops) but most of the inspiration behind her fiction comes right out of real life. Her young adult novels (Diary of a Teenage Girl, TrueColors etc.) appeal to teenage girls around the world. Her annual Christmas novellas become more popular each year. She’s won a number of awards (including Romantic Time’s Career Achievement Award, the Rita and the Gold Medallion) and some of her books have been optioned for film/TV. Carlson has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and yellow Lab dog. To find out more about Melody Carlson, visit her website at http://www.melodycarlson.com/

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Help, I’m Drowning: Weathering the Storms of Life with Grace and Hope

Help, I’m Drowning: Weathering the Storms of Life with Grace and Hope by Sally Clarkson is a new Christian non-fiction book. This book is a timely read and one I needed in my own life. The author wrote this once the pandemic started and shares her life experiences with all of the hardships since it started and other storms that she has weathered over the years. I have read and enjoyed most of Sally Clarkson’s books and this one was no exception. Thanks to Bethany House Publishers for this review copy.

About the Author:

Sally Clarkson (www.sallyclarkson.com) is the beloved author of many bestselling books, including Awaking Wonder, Own Your LifeThe Lifegiving Home with her daughter Sarah, Desperate with Sarah Mae, and Different with her son Nathan. As a mother of four, she has inspired thousands of women through Whole Heart Ministries. She advocates relentlessly for the power of motherhood, the foundational importance of family, and the influence of home through her Mom Heart conferences, speaking to audiences on several continents. Mentoring women to understand how to love God in a more personal way and how to live a satisfying Christian life are threads through her messages. Sally’s podcast, At Home with Sally Clarkson and Friends, has more than 14 million downloads.

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The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery

My great grandparents had a small grocery store.

The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery by Amanda Cox is a new Christian fiction book. The book focuses on the lives of three generations of women over multiple timelines. The story is set around a grocery store that has been in the family for all three generations and has different memories for all three women. Glory Ann, the matriarch of the family, was my favorite character. You were able to know her life story throughout the book in the past and the present. The story was very well written and I really enjoyed it. This is the second book which I have read from this author and I would recommend both. Thank you to Revell for this review copy.

About the Author

Amanda Cox is the author of The Edge of Belonging. A blogger and a curriculum developer for a national nonprofit youth leadership organization, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Bible and theology and a master’s degree in professional counseling, but her first love is communicating through story. Her studies and her interactions with hurting families over a decade have allowed her to create multidimensional characters that connect emotionally with readers. She lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee, with her husband and their three children. Learn more at AmandaCoxWrites.com.

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High-Protein Plant-Based Diet for Beginners: Quick and Easy Recipes for Everyday Meals

High-Protein Plant-Based Diet for Beginners: Quick and Easy Recipes for Everyday Meals by Maya A. Howard is a new cookbook that I am really excited about. This new cookbook releases on September 21, 2021.The first recipe that I made from it was the Chickpea Tortilla Soup and it was so easy and delicious plus full of protein. Thank you to Netgalley for this review copy.

About the Author

Maya A. Howard is a wellness writer, self-taught home cook and plant-based recipe developer, digital content creator, and a full-time dietetics student pursuing a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist credential. She is the founder of Maya’s Healthy Day, an online destination that inspires, empowers, and educates women of color to live healthy and purpose-driven lives. She is from Inglewood, California.

Ariel Warren, RDN, CD, CDCES, is a leader in several diabetes organizations, an author, and a business owner of a telehealth private practice. While she spe­cializes in diabetes care, Ariel uses a holistic approach to help all her clients treat and prevent disease through whole-food plant-based eating.

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Praying Mom

Praying Mom by Brooke McGlothlin is a new Christian non-fiction book for mothers. This book was not my favorite book that I have read for moms about prayer. Not every book is for every reader. Part Two was more practical and had specific topics with verses and prayers. This section would be a great resource for parents. Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for this review copy.

About the Author

Brooke McGlothlin (www.millionprayingmoms.com) has encouraged thousands of moms toward a richer prayer life for over a decade. She is the cofounder of Million Praying Moms, a popular online ministry that exists to help moms make prayer their first and best response to the challenges of parenting. Brooke is the author of several books and resources for moms and lives in the mountains of southwest Virginia with her husband and their two sons.

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100 Best Bible Verses to Overcome Worry and Anxiety

100 Best Bible Verses to Overcome Worry and Anxiety by Bethany House Publishers is a new Christian book. I really appreciate that each verse had a small explanation to go with the verse and make it applicable to our lives. This is a great resource and tool for those struggling with worry and anxiety. Thanks to Bethany House Publishers for this review copy.

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Help Your Kids Learn and Love the Bible

Help Your Kids Learn and Love the Bible by Danika Cooley is a Christian parenting book. This book had so many wonderful practical tips for parents to utilize to encourage their kids to read the Bible. The tips given are for all ages and will make a great resource for parents. Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for this review copy.

About the Author

Danika Cooley (www.thinkingkidsblog.org) and her husband, Ed, are committed to leading their children to life for the glory of God. Together, they have worked to study and memorize the Bible with their kids. Danika is an award-winning children’s author and Bible curriculum developer. Weekly, she encourages tens of thousands of parents to intentionally raise biblically literate children. Danika is a homeschool mother of four with a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Washington. Follow her on Pinterest at danikacooley.

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Love-Centered Parenting

Love-Centered Parenting: The No-Fail Guide to Launching Your Kids by Crystal Paine is a new Christian parenting book. I have been a follower of Crystal’s blog (Money Saving Mom) for a few years and appreciate her tips on saving money. Her ministry has evolved over the years and now I really enjoy her openness at sharing about what she is learning from God as a parent as well. This book is honest and has great practical advice. I especially liked chapters 5-7 and will revisit this book again as a parenting resource. I highly recommend this book to parents. Thanks to Bethany House Publishers for this review copy.

About the Author

Crystal Paine is a New York Times bestselling author known widely as the Money Saving Mom. Crystal is a wife, biological mom of four children, and a foster mom. Her desire is to help women around the globe live with more joy, purpose, and intention in their everyday lives.

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The Last Bookshop in London

The Last Bookshop in London: A Novel of World War II by Madeline Martin released on April 6, 2021. This new historical fiction book set in London during WWII has wonderful characters and is great for book lovers. I really liked the main character, Grace, who was a young woman that moved to London and began working in a bookshop. I would highly recommend this book for fans of historical fiction. Thank you to Hanover Square Press via Netgalley for this review copy.

About the Author:

Madeline Martin is a USA TODAY Bestselling author of historical romance and historical fiction.

She lives in sunny Florida with her two daughters (known collectively as the minions), one incredibly spoiled cat and a man so wonderful he’s been dubbed Mr. Awesome. She is a die-hard history lover who will happily lose herself in research any day. When she’s not writing, researching or ‘moming’, you can find her spending time with her family at Disney or sneaking a couple spoonfuls of Nutella while giggling over cat videos. She also loves to travel and attributes her love of history to having spent most of her childhood as an Army brat in Germany.

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Flooded: The 5 Best Decisions to Make When Life Is Hard and Doubt Is Rising

Flooded: The 5 Best Decisions to Make When Life Is Hard and Doubt Is Rising by Nicki Koziarz is a new Christian non-fiction book. The author uses examples from Noah in the Bible and makes it relevant to things we experience in our own lives. Life is hard and she shares from her own life, the hardships she has endured and how God is faithful. I highly recommend reading this book. It will be one that I will return to as a reminder of God’s faithfulness and when I need encouragement. Thanks to Bethany House Publishers for this review copy.

About the Author:

Nicki Koziarz is an author and speaker with Proverbs 31 Ministries. She speaks nationally and hosts her own podcast. Nicki and her husband own a small farm just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina, they affectionately call the Fixer Upper Farm. Follow her at http://www.nickikoziarz.com.

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