Thursday, August 16, 2018

Beginnings, Middle, and Endings ~ Sally Chambers ` #Giveaway

Beginnings, Middles, and Endings

by Sally Chambers

(with a giveaway - details below)



My prayer as I begin to write this for Peg’s blog—a prayer close to the one I whispered when I began to write in earnest many years ago. "Lord, help me share a little of my writing story. May Your words flow through Your mind and heart into mine that You may be lifted up."

Nothing like retiring from a long, wonderful career in insurance and deciding that the writing you so dearly love doing for fun is suddenly free to become a passion!

Even while running my office, I’d been writing occasional articles for small magazines and a local newspaper, devotionals for The Upper Room, and fiction for KidzChat, Sunday school lessons, even attending the Florida Writers Conference. Maybe I could try writing a novel.

A few years later, I’d been working on my nearly-finished first book, The Stonekeepers, and was already looking forward to doing something new and different. But before beginning something new shouldn’t I complete what I started? Was I jumping ahead of the Lord’s plans for me?

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV).

On a cool, sunny Florida morning in December, I walked into the mall to pick up our favorite brand of coffee. I’d been thinking and praying over the second novel taking shape in my mind. Characters evolved. Settings imagined became final. The story would launch from Solvang, California, move to Sao Paulo, Brazil, then Manaus, Brazil and the beautiful Amazon rainforest. I’d been doing tons of research, mind-wandering through ideas and looking for confirmation, wondering if all this work was within the Lord’s will.


I passed a small travel agency. Beside the open doorway, a display table sat laden with slick, full-color brochures. Sensing a firm nudge that there was something on that table I needed to see, I stopped, retracing my steps.

I had to smile, standing there studying those brochures. In the center of the display, a pamphlet on South America all but invited me to pick it up. I flipped through the pages amazed at descriptions and offers of tours in Brazil—with featured visits to both Manaus and Sao Paulo. No, I wouldn’t be taking a tour, but to me, this was vivid assurance I was on the right track.  

Thanks, Lord! How could I not accept such sweet confirmation? I’ll pray and think about it.

Not only did I pray and think, I received more confirmation. Like friends who knew a missionary couple who’d served in both Manaus and in the Amazon rainforest. Could I interview them? I could, and I did.

I’ve had so much encouragement in the time between then and now. I’m grateful for friends and family, for workshops and critiques courses, and more as the story grew into the 300 plus page novel it is today. Out of the Shadows, was released by my publisher, Deb Haggerty’s Elk Lake Publishing, Inc., last month.

I enjoy taking my time to write my contemporary inspirational suspense with its heartwarming thread of romance. I like doing the research, am challenged with brainstorming over what happens next. My novels are woven through time. As I did when I had a career, I write around and through life as it happens. Not the way to become a prolific writer, but I wouldn’t change a thing. Writing has increased my faith and kept me closer than breath to my heavenly Father.

To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1 NKJV)

Some final thoughts. You’re never too old to begin something new. When you aren’t sure what to do next, lay out everything before the Lord, ask, listen and expect then wait and watch and receive. He is with you in your walk, always. No one loves you more. 

View the video book trailer of Out of the Shadows.




About Sally:
My husband, Jerry, and I live in sunny, sub-tropical Florida. Happy to have our two married children living within driving distance, our grandchildren and great grandchildren visit from the UK and Colorado. Since retiring from my career in insurance, I’ve focused on my love of writing.
An author of Christian fiction, I enjoy writing for women of all ages, creating suspenseful, faith-filled stories with a dash of romance. I was thrilled to be a finalist in the American Christian Fiction Writer’s inaugural First Impressions Contest and have won awards for poetry and short stories.
One of my favorite things to do is to walk on the beach and anywhere there’s a trail. I love reading to children, writing, reviewing and editing for writer friends, having fun taking photos with my iPhone, and reading, especially mystery, suspense, adventure.

Purchase Link: https://amzn.to/2vNOxtZ 
Giveaway info:
If there are ten or more comments, Sally will give away TWO Kindle eBooks – Out of the Shadows. If less than ten comments, she’ll give away one Kindle eBook copy.
Optional question for fun: A reply to the following question:
Have you ever used a bow and arrow or paddled a canoe?
(Not answering the question won’t affect your eligibility to win.)
Leave your comment below with your name and contact information (so we can contact you if you're the winner) to enter.
Giveaway ends one week from today on August 23 at Midnight CDT.
Note: If you follow this blog (see sidebar) and make note of it in your comments, you'll get an extra entry in the giveaway.



Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Humor and the Beholder ~ Thomas Albaugh ~ Giveaway

Humor and the Beholder
by Thomas Albaugh

(#Giveaway details below)


Brief Synopsis of Book
When a reality TV scout “discovers” Walter in a diner near the hospice where his father has been placed, his life has reached a low point. His father is dying, his college teaching career is under threat, and his life is adrift. The scout wants him for a reality show about religion. In a more self-assured period of his life, Walter would have rejected her offer, but now he wavers and allows himself to be drawn in. Maybe this is the jolt of energy his life needs. Maybe, if the show succeeds, his university will be so impressed that they’ll finally treat him with respect. Maybe the show will even be what the producers promise it will be, a serious inquiry into faith. Maybe he’ll become famous.

The show brings Walter attention, but for all the wrong reasons. He is misquoted, misinterpreted, misunderstood, and then shot after he has been dragged across the country in an increasingly frustrating and absurd series of challenges. Will his career and reputation survive the publish protests? Will his marriage survive the hints of affairs on the road? Will any kind of “reality” emerge to restore his self-respect?

Thomas here: 
One of my favorite teachers once pointed out that comedians never laugh. The next time I watched a comedy sketch, I realized he was right. The audience was laughing. The host was laughing. But the comedian appeared to be suffering.

“Comedy is serious business,” they say. Comedians may lead lives of pain or they may not. But they do find out what makes others laugh.


So I hesitate to call Apocalypse TV, my first novel, comedic, or even funny. In fact, I’ve long learned as a writer to stop “trying to be funny.” I’ve found it best to simply write my way into a scene, and if I stay awake to what one friend calls “life’s little ironies,” sometimes the humor surfaces. But even then, not everyone is going to “get it.” Everything depends on the reader.

I have noticed also that the best comedy dwells very close to the tragic. Readers of Shakespeare have long noticed that what sometimes separates his tragedies from his comedies is the ending. My favorite comedic novels often have a serious side. People still die in them or have bad things happen to them. But it is the seriousness that leads us to recognize the grounds for what is humorous.

For the most part, I can claim that my novel, Apocalypse TV, is comedic for some people. My book begins seriously enough with the death of the narrative character’s father. In this shadow, the action takes place on a reality show that is low comedy, even as it takes place in the setting of some serious American history, like the Plymouth Colony replica, a setting and subtext meant to show how the first pilgrims to this continent lived. So the puzzle game played by the reality show contestants happens on ground that might have raised questions about grace, the end of the world, and how the pilgrims saw their “red” neighbors. In this situation, of a religious reality show being played out on the American continent, the trivial and the momentous are never far from each other.

I don’t know that anyone ever just sets out to write humor any more than anyone can intentionally write something that is holy. We can provide the story and the forms, but everything depends on our audience. For example, when I’ve read in public a line on the first page of my novel, it has sometimes elicited laughs. Sometimes it hasn’t. I’m not sure why either reaction has happened.

My hope, finally, is that my readers will enjoy the story. Laughter is always welcome.

Thomas Allbaugh is an associate professor of English at Azusa Pacific University, where he has taught Composition and Creative Writing since 2001. Currently, he lives in Southern California with his wife and their three surviving children.  Apocalypse TV is his first novel.


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About the Giveaway:

Thomas is offering a free print copy of Apocalypse TV to one of this blog's readers. Entering is easy. Just leave a comment below with your contact information and your name goes in the hat. Giveaway ends one week from today on Wednesday, August 22, at Midnight CDT. 
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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Return of the “Mean Girl” ~ Engaged ~ Julie Arduini ~ Giveaway


Peg here: I'm pleased to once again welcome back author Julie Arduini as she takes us behind the scenes in the writing of ENGAGED, the third and final book in the Surrendering Time Series. Julie is also offering a free copy of this book. Details below.


Return of the “Mean Girl”



ENGAGED: Surrendering the Future
Book 3, Surrendering Time Series
Trish’s Story

Trish Maxwell returns to Speculator Falls with crushed dreams, egg on her face, and the chance to make a new start with the very people and places she used to make fun of.

Trish Maxwell’s back in Speculator Falls with egg on her face and a lot of apologies to make. She left the mountain town for her dream job in New York City, only to come back unemployed. With no prospects, she works at her mom’s department store and makes amends as she finds a new passion creating window displays for Adirondack businesses. She works hard and tries to convince the people of Speculator Falls she’s changed for the better.

As Trish pitches in with community events, she meets paramedic Wayne Peterson, the one man who doesn’t seem to judge her. She even makes friends with Jenna Regan, who helps Trish when people demand to know what’s next in Trish’s life. Living in New York City has been her goal, but the more she’s around Wayne and the Adirondack area, the more she’s drawn to revising her plans. Just when Trish thinks the plan for her life’s coming together, a second chance comes her way that could give her every career goal she’s ever wanted, but threaten to tear her and Wayne apart. Can Trish surrender fears about her future and discover God’s plan for her?

 Part of the fun in writing the third book in my Surrendering Time series was making the “mean girl” from Book 1, Entrusted, the heroine of Engaged. Trish Maxwell started out as the scandal of Speculator Falls, a small mountain village in the Upstate NY Adirondack Mountains.


Trish grew up in Speculator Falls and the residents and her high school boyfriend, Ben Regan, assumed she’d get married and stay in the area. Trish couldn’t contain her longing to leave the county so rural it was labeled pioneer land, and the first opportunity she had, she left Speculator Falls for New York City. Without saying goodbye. Without handing in her job resignation at the senior center. Even during a quick visit, it was too easy for Trish to make sure the new girl in town, Jenna Anderson, realize she was the darling of Speculator Falls and Ben’s life.

Fast forward and by the time Engaged begins, Trish is back in Speculator Falls without a job. She’s living with her parents again, working part-time at the department store. New York City life wasn’t as glamorous as she thought it would be. Now that she’s back in her hometown, she has no idea what she’s going to do.

And she has to face the same people she refused to say goodbye to when she left.
I loved Engaged because it was born in conflict. Right away Trish has to face one of the senior citizens who has a long memory and is bent on making sure Trish faces consequences for leaving the senior center without a director. She has to watch all the people she rejected move on without her. When paramedic Wayne Peterson comes to her rescue, she has a second chance. He’s one person who hasn’t been affected by her selfish choices. He understands scandal and how to overcome it. He sees Trish with a bright future when everyone else is focused on her pas

There was conflict for me as well. I had to create a transformation where Trish lets go of her mean girl qualities and becomes a woman who works well with others. There were times she had progress, and yet took a step back as a defensive mechanism. Winning her neighbors, Ben, Jenna, and the senior citizens over wasn’t an easy task.

Thankfully, readers loved Trish’s story as much as I enjoyed writing it. Trish was the perfect character to complete the Surrendering Time series with.




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The Giveaway:
What do you think of heroines who have a tarnished reputation? If you leave a comment, Julie will choose one winner to receive a copy of Engaged. US winner can choose either print or eBook. If you’re an international winner, it will be an eBook. Giveaway ends one week from today on Tuesday, August 20, at Midnight, CDT.


Friday, August 10, 2018

Feeling Small ~ Donna Schlachter ~ Giveaway


Peg here ... I'm so pleased to once again bring you author Donna Schlachter. Read about her trip to Peru and her reactions to that visit. She's also offering a giveaway. Scroll down for the details.

Feeling Small in a Great Big World

By Donna Schlachter

Machu Picchu Peru - Image courtesy Pixabay.com

I recently went to Peru on a mission trip with my church. As a right-brain thinker—after all, I’m an accountant by training—I had a list of things to accomplish: paint a Sunday school class; install playground equipment; visit a halfway house for recovering addicts; teach English to Spanish-speaking students; visit Machu Picchu and see as much of the country as I could.

My first mission trip, my first visit to South America—all neatly bundled up in a To-Do list.

Nothing went according to plan. Or let me rephrase that—nothing went according to MY plan. No paint or rollers or brushes on hand; walls not finished or dry-walled for the playground area; spent more time than allotted at the halfway house; traffic was really bad; I was really sick; and I couldn’t communicate in Spanish because I only knew about six words.


Failure, right?

Wrong.

When it became apparent that my plan was out the window, I tore up the list and resolved to ‘go with the flow.’ So we only painted one-quarter of the wall for the Sunday school class—I was blessed to spend time with my fellow travelers as we dipped our hands in paint and decorated a sweatshirt. The playground was indoors, not outdoors as I’d envisioned, but we did end up painting the walls in vibrant, happy colors. And all that was required for me to teach English was to read a book with the students and help them with their pronunciation.

All of this became so clear when I stood at the base of Machu Picchu, beside a river, and just waited to hear God in the midst of the roaring water. I gazed up at the gigantic mound of granite facing me, marveling at the rocks as big as cars and buses. I enjoyed the sun on my face and reveled in the lush jungle growth.

And then my eyes were drawn to the ground. Peeking out from between the rocks was this tiny plant struggled for a toe-hold to survive.

I felt so small in the face of a so-big God. All my plans, my ideas, my lists—poof! Gone.

If God could care enough for this tiny bit of greenery that He would ensure it had enough sunlight, enough soil, enough water to survive, surely He cares enough about me—and you—to give us what we need.

What we don’t need are more plans, ideas, and lists. What we do need is more time with God, in His presence, listening for His voice. We need more fellowship with other believers and less time in front of our television. We need more service for His kingdom and less work for our own. We need more quiet and less noise.

When we feel small in a great big world, we need to run to our Father and climb up in His lap, enjoying the feel of His arms around us. And pretty soon, we’ll understand just how important we are to Him.


 About Transformation:
If you've ever wished you could start a devotional at some time throughout the year other than January 1st, then this is the devotional for you!

Each day is numbered, so you can start any day of the year and still walk through the Bible in a year. 

If you like to start out the year on the right foot on January 1st, then this is the devotional for you! However you like to structure your quiet time, today is the absolute best time to start!


About Donna:
Donna lives in Denver with husband Patrick. She writes historical suspense under her own name, and contemporary suspense under her alter ego of Leeann Betts. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Sisters In Crime; facilitates a critique group, and teaches writing classes. Donna ghostwrites and edits, and judges in writing contests. She loves history and research, and travels extensively for both. Donna is represented by Terrie Wolf of AKA Literary Management.


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About the Giveaway ---
Question for readers: Briefly share a time when God spoke to you about how much He loves you.

A randomly-drawn winner will receive a free eBook copy of Transformation: A yearly devotional.
To enter, leave a comment below with your name and contact information. Giveaway ends one week from today at Midnight, Friday, August 17, CDT. 




Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The Timeoess Act of Waiting ~ Lauralee Bliss


 It is my great pleasure to bring you a thoughtful post from author Lauralee Bliss, and, as the title indicates, the act of waiting. Welcome, Lauralee.

The Timeless Act of Waiting


By Lauralee Bliss

Image from Pixabay.com


“Trust in the Lord and do good.Dwell in the land and feed on His faithfulness.Delight yourself in the Lord,And He will give you the desires of your heart.”  - Psalm 37: 3,4  NKJV


How important it is to wait on God for the next dream in life, to be content with where we are, to remember His faithfulness until it’s time to move on. So it is with the hero and heroine in my new novella, The Belle of the Congaree, in the Southern Belle Brides Collection. Mason and Elisa are at crossroad in their lives during a difficult time in the post-Civil War era. They wish things were different and desire change yet it requires selfless action on their part while waiting for God to fulfill their dreams.

Sometimes we desire to move ahead to get out of the trap of trials. We want circumstances to change as quickly as possible. But instead of waiting on His perfect timing for the desires of our hearts, we forge ahead on our own. And oftentimes we end up in a worse situation because of it. Too often that has happened to me. I am naturally an impatient person when it comes to waiting on God. Of seeing Him bring to pass the work I feel called to do, especially when years have passed. I try to jumpstart the idea. Can You speed this process up a little, Lord?  Or try to do something out of His will. But He is the Creator of all, not only of this world but also of the hopes and dreams we each have. His desire is to move us from glory to glory, but only He knows the perfect time. And it is our duty to stay in faith and dwell where He has placed us for now.

So it is with Mason and Elisa. Both desire to move past their current situations. They meet and take time to discover things about each other and themselves. But when secrets are uncovered, it appears unlikely anything will work out for good. Which can lead to impatience, frustration, and anger. And we all know where that can end … to nothing good …

I enjoy writing stories that convey the essence of what I am going through. We do not exchange modern times for the ninetieth century but instead realize we are all human with weaknesses, but the God of yesterday still moves and directs us today.

I hope you enjoy Mason and Elisa’s journey to God’s perfect timing and how we too can wait in faith, even when it’s difficult. Be sure to pick up a copy of The Southern Belle Brides Collection with seven stories of a time long past but God’s working hand still active today.

  
About the Book:

The Southern Belle Brides Collection—where seven sweet and sassy ladies of yesterday experience romance in the southern states.

In The Belle of the Congaree, Mason Bassinger reluctantly travels to war-torn South Carolina, seeking lands his carpetbagger brother can buy. Elisa Anderson barely survives after her family’s plantation is destroyed. She welcomes visits by the handsome and wealthy Mason, who makes the cottage by the Congaree feel like a home. But when Mason’s true purpose is revealed, will her heart be broken by betrayal?





Find The Southern Belle Brides Collection at:



About Lauralee:

Lauralee Bliss is a published author of over twenty romance novels and novellas in both historical and contemporary with nearly 600,000 units sold. Lauralee enjoys writing books that are reminiscent of a roller-coaster ride for the reader. Her desire is that readers will come away with both an entertaining story and a lesson that speaks to the heart and soul.

Lauralee enjoys traveling this great nation, having been to 49 out of 50 states and learning unique historical lessons to incorporate into her books. She makes her home in the historic state of Virginia with her husband and dogs Eve, Buddy, and Skye. 

To find out more about Lauralee and her books online, visit:

Twitter:  @LauraleeBliss



Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Motivating Teens to Pursue Christ ~ Tessa Emily Hall


How Can Teens Be Motivated to Pursue Christ?
 by Tessa Emily Hall

There’s no denying that the youth culture today is in desperate need of an awakening. There are teens who are yearning for identity, approval, role models, and intimacy—yet they’re searching for this in the wrong areas.

Of course, this longing—to belong, find connection, and be understood—isn’t planted inside of teens only. However, it seems like it becomes more pronounced in the teen years. This longing only enhances as teens are faced with the typical issues that often arise in high school—such as bullying. Depression. Temptation. Pressure from school, friends, and home. Add this to emotional angst brought on by hormones, as well as life-altering decisions they often face during this time.

This is why so many teens today turn to the world in attempt to fill this void. To give them the identity, approval, and intimacy that they long for.

Yet what they’re really searching for is hope in the midst of pain, peace in the midst of chaos, and a friend to walk with them in their heartache.

Yes, what they’re really searching for is Jesus.

My desire is to tap into this longing within teens and show them that this is an emptiness that only Christ can fill. I want teen girls to experience the fulfillment that comes from having a relationship with Him. To know what it’s like to have Him bring meaning to every day.

This desire is what drove me to write COFFEE SHOP DEVOS: DAILY PICK-ME-UP FOR TEEN GIRLS (releasing September 2018).

I wanted to write a devotional for teen girls that could be non-intimidating and inviting. Because if we preach at teens by pointing at their sins and telling them they need Christ, they’ll most likely be motivated to run in the opposite direction. However, if we instead introduce them to Him by already tapping into their needs, then I believe they’ll be more willing to listen.

The devotions in COFFEE SHOP DEVOS are conversational and relational. This is why I chose coffee as the theme—in hopes to provide a warm and familiar atmosphere for the devotions.

Each devotional was written in a way that, hopefully, will show teen girls that God is the One they’re longing for. Through His eyes, we are understood. Accepted. Loved. Forgiven. And it’s from this relationship that we can receive the peace, love, joy, and hope that we long for.

In other words: Everything the world attempts to provide us can only be found in Christ. 

In this book, teens will have the opportunity to find devotions that speak to their current situations. The “menu” (table of contents) is categorized by their daily needs—Latte, Comfort in Trials; Espresso, Joy for the Moment; Americano, Everyday Issues, etc.

In each chapter, teens will find a coffee recipe based on that chapter’s specific drink. Then, at the end of each devotion, they’re invited to continue the devo’s conversation by answering a question on social media and posting a photo of their beverage using the hashtag #CoffeeShopDevos

This is all in hopes that girls will find what they’re searching for—and along the way, understand that a life with Christ isn’t restricting; in fact, it’s the opposite. It’s nourishing, satisfying, and fulfilling.

Even more so than their favorite lattes. ;)

Each of the 180 challenging and motivational devotions will leave you feeling refreshed and reinvigorated--almost as though you've shared a steaming pot of brew at a coffee shop with your Creator.

There’s no denying that the youth culture today is in desperate need of an awakening. There are teens who are yearning for identity, approval, role models, and intimacy—yet they’re searching for this in the wrong areas.

Of course, this longing—to belong, find connection, and be understood—isn’t planted inside of teens only. However, it seems like it becomes more pronounced in the teen years. This longing only enhances as teens are faced with the typical issues that often arise in high school—such as bullying. Depression. Temptation. Pressure from school, friends, and home. Add this to emotional angst brought on by hormones, as well as life-altering decisions they often face during this time.

This is why so many teens today turn to the world in attempt to fill this void. To give them the identity, approval, and intimacy that they long for.

Yet what they’re really searching for is hope in the midst of pain, peace in the midst of chaos, and a friend to walk with them in their heartache.

Yes, what they’re really searching for is Jesus.

My desire is to tap into this longing within teens and show them that this is an emptiness that only Christ can fill. I want teen girls to experience the fulfillment that comes from having a relationship with Him. To know what it’s like to have Him bring meaning to every day.

This desire is what drove me to write COFFEE SHOP DEVOS: DAILY PICK-ME-UP FOR TEEN GIRLS (releasing September 2018).

I wanted to write a devotional for teen girls that could be non-intimidating and inviting. Because if we preach at teens by pointing at their sins and telling them they need Christ, they’ll most likely be motivated to run in the opposite direction. However, if we instead introduce them to Him by already tapping into their needs, then I believe they’ll be more willing to listen.

The devotions in COFFEE SHOP DEVOS are conversational and relational. This is why I chose coffee as the theme—in hopes to provide a warm and familiar atmosphere for the devotions.

Each devotional was written in a way that, hopefully, will show teen girls that God is the One they’re longing for. Through His eyes, we are understood. Accepted. Loved. Forgiven. And it’s from this relationship that we can receive the peace, love, joy, and hope that we long for.

In other words: Everything the world attempts to provide us can only be found in Christ. 

In this book, teens will have the opportunity to find devotions that speak to their current situations. The “menu” (table of contents) is categorized by their daily needs—Latte, Comfort in Trials; Espresso, Joy for the Moment; Americano, Everyday Issues, etc.

In each chapter, teens will find a coffee recipe based on that chapter’s specific drink. Then, at the end of each devotion, they’re invited to continue the devo’s conversation by answering a question on social media and posting a photo of their beverage using the hashtag #CoffeeShopDevos

This is all in hopes that girls will find what they’re searching for—and along the way, understand that a life with Christ isn’t restricting; in fact, it’s the opposite. It’s nourishing, satisfying, and fulfilling.

Even more so than their favorite lattes    

Back Cover Copy
There's something special about spending time at a coffee shop with a friend--engaging in a meaningful conversation, then leaving refueled and ready to tackle the rest of the day. What if your quiet times with God energized you the same way?

Coffee Shop Devos offers a warm atmosphere that will inspire you to discover your God-given purpose and live to your greatest potential. Choose your devo flavor in the Menu of Contents based on your current need. Then lean into deeper intimacy with Christ through reflection and prayer. Along the way, you'll pick up tips and recipes for making your own coffee-shop beverage--regular or decaf--to enjoy while you read. And don't forget to share your journey with your friends! #CoffeeShopDevos

Each of the 180 challenging and motivational devotions will leave you feeling refreshed and reinvigorated--almost as though you've shared a steaming pot of brew at a coffee shop with your Creator.


How do you motivate teens to pursue a relationship with Christ? What are some approaches that don’t seem to work? 

Available for pre-order now! Release date is September 18 2018.

 
Author Bio:
Tessa Emily Hall writes inspirational yet authentic books for teens to show them they’re not alone—and because she remembers the teen life like it was yesterday (or a few years ago). In addition to being a frequent contributor to both online and print publications, Tessa’s debut novel was published while still in her teens. She’s the founder and editor-in-chief of PursueMagazine.net, a Christian teen magazine, and enjoys mentoring other young writers. She’s guilty of making way too many lattes and never finishing her to-read list. Tessa’s favorite way to procrastinate is by connecting with readers on her blog, email list, and social media. See links below.


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