5 Books I’m Thankful For + An Awesome Sale!

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Like most other bookworms, great books make their way onto my “things I’m thankful for” list every year. It’s hard to choose favorites, but I went ahead and picked five books I read in 2015 and am thankful for.

  1. The Word Unleashed, by Steve Rzasa: This book really encouraged me in my faith and helped me through a period of change in my life. I deeply believe that quality fiction is one of the most powerful ways to communicate truth and inspiration. This book was proof of that to me.
  2. The King’s Scrolls, by Jaye L. Knight: Like Rzasa’s The Word Unleashed, my brother read this first and insisted that I needed to prioritize it on my to-read list. He has good tastes! I adore Jaye’s characters.
  3. When Sorry Isn’t Enough, by Gary D. Chapman: This is the non-fiction book that impacted me most this year. It’s due for a re-read since I can’t remember all of the concepts very well at this point.
  4. Priscilla & Aquila, by Lois T. Henderson: This is the last book I read, and I’m thankful for it because it bumped me out of the dystopian reading rut I’ve been in. Don’t get me wrong. I still adore dystopian and gravitate to it, but it’s always good to get a change of scenery. I’m currently working on Ruth by the same author.
  5. The Maze, by Will Hobs: I’m grateful for this book because it was really fun and relaxing to read it while I was traveling through the very place the story was set in. It was a great, surprisingly good find in a Grand Canyon visitor’s center.

I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to another great year of reading! Speaking of more reading, here’s one more thing to be grateful for. Books on sale! In honor of Thanksgiving and Black Friday, a group of independent Christian authors banded together to offer over seventy discounted books on Nov 27-30. There’s literally something for everyone.

Every single book listed on Indie Christian Books (Including my two books, Counted Worthy and Stories for God’s Glory) is on sale in one or more ways. Find discounted paperbacks, dozens of books offered with free shipping, $0.99 ebooks, package deals and more. Even if you have a budget of $0, new reading material awaits you.

Don’t know what to pick? The fearless Indie Christian Books team created a quiz that will generate a book list perfect for you! Check it out!

Book Quiz

What awesome reads of 2015 are you grateful for? What books are you looking forward to reading in 2016?

A note on the Ebooks Only page. All books are listed as “Sold Out.” This only refers to paperback copies of these titles. Please click onto the product pages to find descriptions and links to discounted or free ebooks.
Acknowledgements: Thanks to Leah E. Good for her work organizing this sale, Gloria Repp for completing the time consuming job of uploading book info to the sale website, and Hannah Mills for her fantastic design work on the website graphics. Hannah can be contacted at hmills(at)omorecollege(dot)edu for more information about her design services.

Stay Tuned

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Hey everyone! Just wanted to pop in to let you know I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth. Quite the contrary. I’ve just been buried by a landslide of work going into organizing the magnificent Black Friday sale coming up!

We’ll get back to our normal Guess a Quote/Friday post routine next week, Lord willing. For now, do any of you bloggers want to get free books and help spread the word about the sale this Friday?

Guess A Quote [11.16.15]

Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving [GAQ]

Hi everyone! Hope your Monday has been going well. Since I’ve been working on organizing the Black Friday Sale (only two more weeks, eek!) it feels like the holiday season is setting in early this year! Have any of you started Christmas shopping yet? I have a few gifts tucked away, but I need to get cracking in earnest!

Last week’s quote came from An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving by Louisa May Alcott. You can get a free kindle version of the story and the movie is pretty great too! 🙂 Kudos to Lina-Ruth, conniepsaunders, and MissPeet for getting it correct. Great job to Amanda, also, for getting the author right! 😀

This week’s quote isn’t specifically from a Thanksgiving story, but it is set during the right time period and the right season. It was a treasured “I CAN READ” book when I was little.

“You suppose it’s a real owl, Matt? Suppose it’s Indians! We might get scalped! Pa told me Indians sound just like that sometimes. Like owls, I mean.”

Happy Guessing!

Don’t Forget

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I’m hosting a Jamberry party with a friend of mine who is a consultant for them. It would be awesome if you could join us. Even if you can’t, you can still take advantage of some of the benefits of the party. Katie graciously made free shipping available, so if you order wraps from her before November 23rd and mark “Leah’s party” during checkout, you won’t have to pay shipping!

Also feel free to enter the Rafflecopter drawing for a free Jamberry Application kit. 😉

Guess a Quote [11.10.15]

Squanto [GAQ]So. I guess I stumped all of you last week with the guess a quote. No one figured it out! Still, I’m sure your families–a few of them, at least–have this book on their shelves. Last week’s quote came from Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving, a book that shines the spotlight on God as the hero of the first Thanksgiving.

Here’s another seasonal quote to puzzle over this week. 😉

They were poor in money, but rich in land and love, for the wide acres of wood, corn, and pasture land fed, warmed, and clothed the flock, while mutual patience, affection, and courage made the old farm-house a very happy home.

Happy Guessing!

Countdown to Books on Black Friday!

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You guys have told me that one thing you struggle with is being able to afford the books you want. Well, I’m working hard to make that a smaller problem and twenty-two other independent authors are joining me! We’re planning a huge Black Friday sale featuring around 70 individual titles, but we need your help.

What do you want to see this Black Friday? Take a moment to tell us what will make these books most accessible to you.

Take the Survey

Our normal guess a quote post will go up tomorrow. 😉

Guess a Quote [10.5.15]

Pride and Prejudice [GAQ]Last week we hit on a quote that plenty of people could “fangirl” over. As many of you already guessed, the quote came from Pride and Prejudice, the beloved Jane Austen classic. Lina-Ruth, Sneha, Elisabeth, Morgan Huneke,Victoria NightSky, proverbs31teen, Brooke, Emily Ruth, Addyson, Amanda Beguerie, littlebookblog, Amanda, Hanna R, and emilydm544 all got it right! Great job, all of you!

Something that particularly amused me last week was two alterations of the original Austen quote. Morgan Huneke provided a “Whovian” version:

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a mad mad in possession of a blue box must be in want of a companion.

And Amanda Beguerie provided a short-girl version from Water Princess, Fire Princess:

It is a fact universally acknowledged that a short girl in pursuit of something above her head must be in want of some young man to get it down for her.

Those fun alterations gave me an idea. In addition to guessing the quote this week, make up your own variation of last weeks quote (you may submit up to three variations). At the end of the week, I’ll compile them and put it up so everyone can vote for a winner. The winner will get a free book or two from me. Go!

And now for this week’s quote. It’s another well-known quote, and one I’m quite fond of.

…there I have another name. You must learn to know me by that name. This was the very reason why you were brought [here], that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.

Happy Guessing!

Book Review: The Methuselah Project

Methuselah Project, TheThis book is Gunner’s Run meets Captain America: The Winter Soldier meets Jill Williamson’s Replication. Young Roger Greene was born to fly and fated to crash. Stranded in Axis territory, he is quickly captured and escorted to a cell, but he hasn’t been delivered to any ordinary POW camp. Roger finds himself one of seven men subjected to an experiment designed to extend mans’ lifespan to match Methuselah’s. Unfortunately for Roger, it works.

The mashup of history, sci-fi, and flat-out adventure story in this book made for a fast paced ride, even when Roger was spending a lifetime languishing behind bars. At the beginning of the story, overly informative dialogue got distracting quickly but gradually wore off as the story progressed. The last 100 pages or so kept me up until one in the morning. Imagine combining an epic, cross country chase and manhunt combined with a WWII era guy trying to figure out McDonald’s and cell phones.

Overall, if you’re willing to overlook some clunky dialogue, strap on your seat belt and get ready for a wild ride.

DISCLAIMER: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Guess a Quote [9.29.15]

Alice in Wonderland [GaQ]Our last Guess a Quote was challenging. So challenging that even I’m a little confused, and I picked it! The quote was,

Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.

We got three different answers for which book it came from. Some of you said Alice In Wonderland, some said Through the Looking Glass, and some said The Princess Bride. I plugged the quote into Google when I began writing a new post, and it the first result said it came from Through the Looking Glass. However, on Goodreads it says it’s from Alice in Wonderland and I’m pretty sure I grabbed the quote from Goodreads. Since Hanna R. mentioned seeing it in Alice in Wonderland at the store, I’m going with Alice in Wonderland as the right answer. Oh the irony of being confused by a quote from Lewis Caroll since I find his books supremely befuddling!

Melody, Andrew Abraham, and Hanna R., congratulations on getting it right. Honorable mention to WriteKat who said Through the Looking Glass. For all I know, you’re correct.

This week’s quote is a salute to my Texas roommates. They adore the book this quote comes from.

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

Happy Guessing!