The allure of beautiful weather has been pulling me away from reading to enjoy photography, neighborhood jogs, and sunset hikes over the past few weeks. There’s nothing quite like the first hints of spring. When we had our first warm day here in Connecticut, it was all people at work could talk about. God’s creation is truly amazing! I struck me that, even though we live in a culture where people are easily bored with things they’ve experienced before, the changing of seasons still ignites excitement and wonder.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s November, and that means it’s Counted Worthy’s birthday! The first year of it’s existence has been a wild ride. 🙂 Wild, but very good. I know a lot of you are hoping for a sibling to come along soon in the form of a sequel. That’s been a consistent bit of feedback on the Bookish Needs survey. The next book is in the works. Hopefully 2016 will be the year!
But, back to the celebration. Of course, when a birthday comes around, it’s time to celebrate. I want you, my dear guests, to enjoy this party. So check out the party favors!
For 36 hours only (starting at 6PM on November 3rd), get 50% a paperback copy of Counted Worthy. You must use this link in order to apply the discount code to your order. Christmas shopping anyone?
I thought about including a link to an awesome cake recipe in the post, but I’m the queen of ruining from-scratch cakes, so I decided to skip that. Those $2 box mixes at the store might not have bragging rights attached, but they sure do taste good!
Anyway. Next up. A present for the birthday book!
Give Counted Worthy a Present
If you haven’t already left an Amazon review for Counted Worthy, a birthday review would be well appreciated! If you’ve already left a review, maybe you know someone else who enjoyed the book. Ask them to take a few minutes to leave one.
What are your favorite Counted Worthy memories. Favorite scenes? Something you learned from reading it? How it impacted you or someone you know?
Thanks for celebrating with me! And more thanks to Counted Worthy’sAunt Amanda for reminding bad-mommy-me that today was its birthday.
Counted Worthy meets Ender’s Game in this epic intergalactic tale tale built on a solidly Christian foundation.
My brother read this book before I did and promptly insisted that it should rise to the top of my to-read list. “It’s just like Counted Worthy,” he said, “but with more sci-fi elements.” He was right. Steve Rzasa’s space odyssey depicts a society where Christians desperately cling to the last fragmented antiques of God’s word. Many of those struggling to remain faithful have only faint memories of the gospel they wish to live by. The military division dedicated to suppressing religion is growing in strength, forcing those who mistrust it to formulate drastic plans. Just in case.
Unlike Counted Worthy, the main characters of The Word Reclaimed are not Christians. They live in a world where Christ followers are rare, God’s word is rarer, and religion–though officially tolerated–is a dangerous stigma. Nevertheless, a chance discovery and treachery that threatens everything they know will bring surprises and revelations to everyone.
If you enjoy meticulously crafted fictional worlds, tactical details, and a strong Christian message, this book will be an immediate favorite.
Hello everyone! I promise haven’t forgone being thankful in exchange for diving into the crazy, American shopping spree that is Black Friday. However, I do want to make you all aware of some really great sales being hosted by Christian indie authors (myself included) before it’s too late. So I’ll be posting my grateful list tomorrow. In the meantime, check out these Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. Some of the sales require coupon codes. Some are built into the price you see. And for some you’ll be able to see the original price and price reduction. The Cyber Monday sales might not be visible or available until Dec 1st (but they’ll be great, so be sure to check back!). Without further ado.
DISCLAIMER: I have not read most of these books. Inclusions of titles in this post does not equal a personal endorsement from me. Read the descriptions and decide for yourselves if they meet your standards.
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.
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
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
I have been eagerly anticipating this day ever since I made the decision to self-publish Counted Worthy. So, readers, I’m pleased to introduce you to the official cover of Counted Worthy. And to make things better, it’s now available for pre-order!
Thanks so much to all of you who have encouraged me along the way, supported this project through Kickstarter, and joined the team of beta readers and editors. I appreciate every single person who is reading this post.
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Heather Stone lives in fear of repeating the past, yet she continues doing the one thing that could trigger another disaster. When the police trace an illegal Bible to her house, Heather’s world begins to crumble.
Her father’s life hangs in the balance. No one with the power to help knows or cares. If she tries to save him, she could lead her friends to their deaths. If she does nothing, her father’s fate is certain. Can she evade a hostile police force and win public sympathy before it’s too late?