Guess a Quote (11.18.14)

Guess a Quote [Hinds Feet]Wow! I finally stumped you all again. :) The quote from last week came from Hinds’ Feet On High Places. How many of you have read it? I haven’t, but it sounds like it’s written in a style similar to Pilgrim’s Progress? Is it? Is it something I should add to my reading list?

Now for this week’s quote, recommended by Spencer R. I laughed just reading it! It’s from a popular classic.

Still, an Englishman’s ‘ouse is his Castle, and castles must not be busted ‘cept when done in war time.

Happy Guessing!

Book Review: God’s Smuggler

Gods SmugglerGod’s Smuggler was one of my favorite books of 2013. We’re now nearing the end of 2014, and I realized I never posted my review of this Brother Andrew classic. Oops! But, actually, that’s a good thing, because I didn’t have a chance to finish a book this week, so I’m happy to have such a good book to tell you about! Before I share my review, though, I’ll let the book talk for itself. God’s Smuggler has some fantastic quotes.

Whenever, wherever, however You want me, I’ll go. And I’ll begin this very minute. Lord, as I stand up from this place, and as I take my first step forward, will You consider this is a step toward complete obedience to You? I’ll call it the step of yes.

The enemy is fierce and he would like for you to think that he has on. Don’t believe his lie.

Why are we worried!” Rolf said suddenly. “This is God’s work. He’ll make a way for us.

Persecution is an enemy the Church has met and mastered many times. Indifference could prove to be a far more dangerous foe.

I have heard about this book for most of my life and, while I didn’t doubt the quality of the content, I expected it to be hard to read. After deciding to tackle it, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was easy to read and extremely engaging. Funny stories throughout the book made me laugh and people’s poignant desire for God’s word brought tears to my eyes on several occasions. Written in a style similar to The Hiding Place, I highly recommend this powerful story of a life of service, adventure and faith.

Have you read God’s Smuggler? If not, do you plan on adding it to your to-read list now? You should!

Guess a Quote (11.11.14)

Guess a Quote [21 Balloons]

I’m finally back with a new Guess a Quote! Have you been waiting in suspense? :) Only one person guessed our last quote. Amanda had shared with us a fun quote from The Twenty-One Balloons, by William Pene du Bois. Addyson guessed the correct book. I’m impressed! How many of you have read The Twenty-One Balloons or have it on your to-read list?

Here’s the quote for this week. It’s from a popular allegory.

She had the feeling that somehow, in the very far-off places, perhaps even in far-off ages, there would be a meaning found to all sorrow and an answer too fair and wonderful to be as yet understood.

Happy Guessing!

Facebook Launch Party!

launch_party_blogThe party starts in one hour, and now you can participate even if you don’t have Facebook! Brett Harris has opened up a place on The Rebelution for non-Facebook users to follow the excitement, ask Brett and I questions about writing and more, and enter giveaways. We’ll be hanging out on Facebook and The Rebelution from 9PM-10:30PM EST.

The Grand Prize giveaway is a book bundle containing Counted WorthyDo Hard Things, and Start Here! Hope to see you there!

If you’d like to read a new review of Counted Worthy before the event, check out this Newbery and Beyond review!

If you’re waiting for Guess a Quote to resume, check back tomorrow. I hope to have the winners from two weeks ago up and a new quote posted tomorrow afternoon. ;)

 

Book Review: Sacred Singleness

Sacred SinglenessBeing single is not something I personally struggle with. At this season of my life, I’m thankful God has blessed me with contentment for where He has me and willingness to wait and see what He has next. However, like most people my age, I have occasional questions about what God wants me to use this time for. I also have plenty of friends who struggle with singleness more than I do.

This book has been sitting on a shelf in our house for almost a year. I’d forgotten about it. But last week I read a blog post by a young woman serving as a foster mom to eleven special needs orphans in India. She expressed that one of the hardest things about being a foster mother was still being single. As I read the post, I thought to myself that I wished I had a book to recommend to friends and acquaintances struggling with being single. So I dug up this book by Leslie Ludy and started reading.

Sacred Singleness lays out the power and beauty of single years that are surrendered to Christ. It points out that while popular “wisdom” tells us to make ourselves available and “help God out” by seeking and attracting the attention of potential marriage partners, God tells us to be single-minded in His service and to wait for His timing. I loved the way Leslie casts a vision for being fully satisfied in our relationship with Christ and putting Him above all else.

Announcements!

Check out the final stop on the Counted Worthy blog tour. Lisbeth of Dancing in His Reign wrote a delightful Counted Worthy Book Review.

Also, don’t forget to RSVP for the Counted Worthy Facebook launch party! We’ll be having a bunch of giveaways, including a “grand prize” set of books that includes Counted WorthyDo Hard Things, and Start Here!

Today Is the Day! Counted Worthy Release

CW_Cover MediumCounted Worthy hit the shelves this morning! You can buy it at…

If you’ve already read it, please consider leaving a review on Amazon. Amazon reviews are very important, especially to self-published authors. If you want to help out even more, consider:

  • Asking your library to purchase a copy
  • Posting a video review to YouTube
  • Tweeting, Facebooking, Pinning, etc. about Counted Worthy
  • Writing a blog post about Counted Worthy
  • Adding Counted Worthy to an Amazon Listmania or Goodreads Listopia list.
  • Attend and invite others to attend the Facebook Launch Party next Monday.

If you implement any of these ideas (or come up with ideas of your own) let me know and I’ll be sure to give you Story Shop points.

Release Day Fun

I’m not the only one celebrating today. Check out the release day fun going elsewhere in the blogosphere and beyond.

Dreaming Hobbit: Author Interview
Ivory Palace: Author Interview
Writing to Inspire: Author Interview
The Rebelution Facebook Announcement
Christian Bookshelf Review: Interview and Giveaway

Praise for Counted Worthy

CW_Mockup Medium Only three days left until the Counted Worthy release date! Last night I ordered copies for everyone who contributed to the Kickstarter campaign, and I’ve been working on some author interviews for the blog tour. Speaking of the blog tour, Christian Bookshelf Review featured an author interview and book giveaway.

It’s been exciting to share Counted Worthy with some beta readers over the past few weeks and get their feedback. Here’s what they’ve had to say.

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Every generation must discover its own storyweavers. Leah Good is one of ours and we are fortunate. Counted Worthy is a thrilling work of inspirational fiction that perfectly complements the message of Do Hard Things. Grab a copy for yourself, grab a copy for a friend, and help spread the word about this phenomenal debut. Counted Worthy belongs in the hands of every Christian teen and story lover in the country. It’s that good. –Brett Harris, bestselling author of Do Hard Things

This is a timely novel during a year that international persecution of Christians has regularly made headlines. –Woody Robertson, co-founder of CollegePlus

 Page-turning, tersely written dystopia about the power of words and the ultimate power of THE Word. A great first novel from an author I hope we’ll see more of. –Rachel Starr Thomson, author of The Oneness Cycle, The Seventh World Trilogy, and other novels

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Counted Worthy is quite possibly the best contemporary Christian fiction I’ve ever read. The strong, beautiful message is clearly conveyed without the slightest bit of preaching; something exceedingly rare in today’s Christian market. The premise, both unique and familiar, shines like a candle in the dark, forcing you to re-evaluate just how far you’d go with your faith. Ultimately, it instills a desire to follow God to the end of this world. Eagerly awaiting Miss Good’s next novel! –Catsi E, reader

 Radical. Intense. Compelling. Leah Good’s dystopian novel, Counted Worthy, powerfully embodies the message that today’s young people need to hear: the Reason we have to die to self, pursue the impossible, and when all else fails, to stand. This is the message that has the potential to turn a generation of complacency into a generation of inspiration. –Melody van Achterberg, reader

 Intense. Even if you’re not religious, you can still find appreciation, inspiration, and will wait in anticipation reading this novel. –R. Stars, reader

Guess a Quote (10.27.14)

Guess a Quote [Hamlet]

Last week’s quote came from Hamlet, by William Shakespeare. For some reason, I’ve never been able to get into Shakespeare. I think it’s the poetry. Don’t get me wrong, poetry is great. At least the kind that actually rhymes is. But stories told in verse don’t seem to click with my brain.  What about you? Do you love stories told through poetry, hate them, or waver somewhere in between? Have  you read any stories besides works by Shakespeare that rely on poetry to communicate the entire story?

Anyway, many of you enjoy Shakespeare, which makes Hamlet a great work to pull a quote from. Jennifer Sauer, Mark, Elisabeth Sullivan, Emily Ruth, starshining4ever, and Aubrey Lidden all got it right. Good job everyone!

Here’s the quote for this week. Amanda was kind enough to share it with us.

There are two kinds of travel. The usual way is to take the fastest imaginable conveyance along the shortest road. The other way is not to care particularly where you are going or how long it will take you, or whether you will get there or not.

Happy Guessing!