Win a “Women Helping Women” $200 Shopping Spree from @TheQuiltsofLove & @Emily_Wierenga | “A Promise in Pieces” Giveaway!

The latest Quilts of Love release, A Promise in Pieces by Emily Wierenga is receiving glowing reviews.



Emily is celebrating the release of her debut novel with a “Women Helping Women” shopping spree giveaway.

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One winner will receive:

  • $200 to spend at Emily’s favorite shops, Noonday Collection & Vibella (Click through to learn more about how these companies exist to make a difference in the lives of women!)
  • A Promise in Pieces by Emily Wierenga
  • A Stitch and a Prayer by Eva Gibson
  • Rival Hearts by Tara Randel

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 10th. Winner will be announced on the Quilts of Love blog on May 12th. Then be sure to stop by the Quilts of Love Facebook page on May 29th for the “Quilting Bee” Facebook party with Emily and other Quilts of Love authors. RSVP for an evening of book chat, quilting tips & tricks, prizes, and more!

Spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning.

Book Review: Love Idol

Love Idol
by
Jennifer Dukes Lee

This is hands-down one of the BEST books I have ever read. I’m pretty sure the last time I did this much underlining in a book I was in college. We’ll not talk about how long ago that was….haha.

All of us, men and women alike, are striving for approval in our lives – approval from spouses, peers, family, friends, even strangers. This desperate search for approval often leaves us battered and bruised, falling apart on the inside while trying to hold up a facade of being fine and having it all together. It’s exhausting! Throughout the course of her life, Jennifer Dukes Lee has faced this same struggle. She’s put up a facade and wondered what people would think if they knew the real her, who she really was at home, and how not perfect her life really was. She’s been right where we are, searching for human love and acceptance when all along we’re loved and unconditionally accepted by the God who made us! It seems like such a simple concept realizing  that we have been pre-approved by God, there’s no need to strive for approval, it’s right there waiting for us to take hold of it – such a simple concept, yet somewhat hard to conceive of. But a life fully lived in this unconditional acceptance and authentic love is one that shines bright, one that is free and unhindered by the world’s opinion. If we can truly grasp this our lives will be forever changed and fuller than we could have ever imagined possible.

In Love Idol, Jennifer tells her story and takes us on her journey to this realization of joy and freedom found in God’s unconditional love. Her story is inspiring and her words encouraging, speaking life and truth into the reader. There is so much in this book that even after finishing it a few days ago, I’m still processing it all and trying to take hold of all the truth and wisdom it holds. The words it holds make me want to live my life free and unhindered – not connected to anyone’s opinion but God’s, the one who made me, loves me and in whom I am already pre approved.

To give you just a taste of what you’ll find in Love Idol, here are a few of my favorite quotes:

“Eyes cannot look in two different directions. I want mine on Jesus – not on yesterday’s failures or successes, not on today’s agenda, and definitely not on the world’s scorecards. Eyes. On. Jesus”

“I have been preapproved. Already approved. Already accepted. I have nothing to prove.”

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Check out this short video to learn even more:

Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own.

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Book Review: Nashville Sweetheart

Nashville Sweetheart
by
Rachel Hauck

When I saw this book available for review on BookLook I was pretty excited – I love reading books by Rachel Hauck and I have little bit of an infatuation with Nashville. (If you ask my husband, he may say it’s more than a little bit of an infatuation….haha) Anyway, I was pretty stoked to be given the chance to read and review a book by an author I enjoy that is set in a town I’m pretty fond of. What I didn’t realize was that this is actually a re-release of a book Rachel put out in 2007 under the title Diva NashVegas. Not that it matters, I was just unaware that she had released books set in Nashville in the past.  If I had known they were out there, I probably would have read them sooner. :)

Nashville Sweetheart tells the story of Aubrey James, a so-called queen of country music. Aubrey rose to fame after the tragic death of her parents who were pioneers in gospel music – music has been a part of her life forever. After being at the top of the charts for over a decade, Aubrey’s life starts to unravel.  A former band member betrays her and sells lies to the tabloids, she calls off her engagement to a high-profile Nashville resident and she fights with her label when they don’t respect her wishes. Her world is even more shaken when a reporter from Inside NashVegas digs up someone from her past, someone she wishes she could forget. Then she finds herself falling for this same reporter. With her past and present colliding right in front of her, Aubrey realizes it’s time to stop tackling everything on her own and turn back to God, the one she can count on through thick and thin.

I think it goes without saying that I really enjoyed this book. I’ve yet to read a book by Rachel Hauck that I haven’t enjoyed. I was able to lose myself in Nashville for a while as I was reading this book and even found myself relating to some of Aubrey’s struggles, her character is totally relatable even if her career is not. I can’t wait to get my hands on Nashville Dreamsthe other book in Hauck’s Nashville Collection. Even more, I can’t wait to find myself back in Nashville….for real this time. :)

Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own.

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Book Review: Girl at the End of the World

Girl at the End of the World
by
Elizabeth Esther

Girl at the End of the World is Elizabeth Esther‘s account of growing up in, and eventually escaping from, a Fundamentalist Christian cult – her description, not mine. As the granddaughter of the founder of The Assembly, Elizabeth’s childhood included daily spankings, adherence to strict rules, regular humiliation and an intense Apocalyptic fear. When her efforts to be perfect were not enough she took drastic measures, including self mutilation. As she grew older she began to question whether or not what The Assembly taught her to truth was actually the Truth. After she married, Elizabeth and her husband, Matt, began to search their souls on the issue and made the decision to leave The Assembly even if it meant never seeing her family again. Life on the outside wasn’t always easy, as Elizabeth and Matt soon discovered. Slowly, but surely, they started to settle into a new normal and even a new church, the Catholic Church.

For some reason, I am intrigued by the culture of Fundamentalist religion, I’m not sure why but I find it really interesting. When I saw that this book was available for me to review, I got ahold of it as soon as I could. Elizabeth’s story is very interesting and provides great insight about life in a Fundamentalist Christian church.  Her memoir is well written and kept my attention from cover to cover, I think I read it in about 2 days. I was surprised by the fact that she ended up joining the Catholic Church, but as I read more I was able to understand her decision a bit better. This is a beautifully told story, one told without holding anything back, that will capture the attention of every reader.

Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own.


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Book Review: Through the Deep Waters

Through the Deep Waters
by
Kim Vogel Sawyer

I’m a big fan of Kim Vogel Sawyer’s works of historical fiction, I really enjoy the fact that she bases the stories around actual places and events. It makes the story so much more meaningful and interesting. Kim’s latest novel, Through the Deep Waters, is no different.

Born to a prostitute in a Chicago brothel, Dinah Hubley has lived a life full of secrets and shame. Determined to escape her past, Dinah sets her eyes on becoming one of the world famous Harvey girls, waiting tables at a fancy restaurant. When she’s just seventeen, and a bit too young to become a Harvey Girl, Dinah’s mother passes away leaving her to find her own way through life. In an effort to get her foot in the door with the Harvey company, Dinah takes on a job as a chambermaid for the Clifton Hotel in Florence, Kansas.

Life at the Clifton offers Dinah a life she never expected, full of friends and the prospect of love, but Dinah can’t seem to get over her past so that she can embrace her future. While working at the Clifton, Dinah meets a young man named Amos who takes an interest in her.  Soon after the two begin courting Dinah’s past is thrown right into her face in the form of a sleazy businessman who becomes a customer at the Clifton. Just when she thinks her life is beginning to work out, it all starts spiraling downward. Will Dinah find the forgiveness and restoration she so desperately desires?

I’ve yet to find a book by Kim Vogel Sawyer that I didn’t enjoy reading, but I think this is one of my favorite books by her. I found myself lost in Dinah’s story, cheering for her when it looked like her world was crashing down. The love story of Dinah and Amos is beautifully crafted, despite its ups and downs. If you’re a fan of Christian historical fiction, you need to get your hands on a copy of this book.

Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own.


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Book Review: Raw Faith

Raw Faith
by
Kasey Van Norman

After a string of hard times, Kasey Van Norman’s life felt like it was back on track, like she was getting a new beginning. Kasey and her husband were starting life over in a new town, on the precipice of some exciting ministry opportunities when it all came crashing down.  During an emergency hysterectomy, doctors discovered a cancerous mass in Kasey’s abdomen. She was told that her type of cancer was incurable and was given around 5 years to live. Throughout this struggle, including a prescription for 8 chemotherapy treatments, Kasey was forced to decide if she believed her own message of God’s love. Raw Faith consists of bits and pieces of Kasey’s story, including journal entries, as well as stories from the Bible that tell of times when those biblical heroes we know and love had to come to grips with their own faith – a raw faith. Through it all, Kasey opens the readers eye to the ever faithful God we serve and how to embrace life with raw faith even when our circumstances seem to make that unbearable.

Kasey has an amazing story to share and I enjoyed getting a glimpse into her life and her relationship with Christ. Much like her previous book, Named By God,  I wished that she’d have shared a little bit more of her story. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed reading this book and was challenged to live a life of raw faith, but I really wish I could get to know Kasey a little better through her books. I’m sure there is so much more to her story than she had space to share in the book. That being said, I really appreciate Kasey’s honesty in Raw Faith, she wasn’t afraid to share her struggles and what she was really thinking during her illness. It’s written in a super relatable way, it tackled some deep issues but it wasn’t hard to read.

There is a Bible study guide that goes along with this book, I think it would be an amazing study to share with a group of women.  Check out the following trailer to learn more about Kasey Van Norman’s latest book.

Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own.


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Book Review: Murder Simply Brewed

Murder Simply Brewed
by
Vanetta Chapman

After the sudden death of Amish Artisan Village coffee shop manager, Ethan, two unlikely forces come together to investigate. While the death has been ruled a natural death, Amber Wright and Hannah Troyer suspect that it’s more than that. Amber, manager of the Amish Artisan Village, hires Hannah to take over Ethan’s job as coffee shop manager. As the days go by, Amber and Hannah start to see signs that point to Ethan’s death being a murder and begin some investigating of their own. What they find is surprising and even suggests that Ethan may have suspected what was coming his way. When they enlist the help of their friends Tate and Jesse, they begin to find the answers they were seeking. That might not be all they find though, after spending large amounts of time with Tate and Jesse, they just might find some feelings they didn’t know they had buried deep down inside.

I’ve read Amish mysteries and regular mysteries, but this is the first I’ve read that combines the Amish and Englischer worlds in a mystery novel. It was interesting because it didn’t read like a traditional Amish fiction novel, nor did it read quite like a traditional mystery – it was an amazing blend of both. This book did a good job of keeping me guessing about what would happen next, but I guess that’s easy to do when working with some of the crazy characters introduced in the story. I really enjoyed reading this book, it’s another great story by Vanetta Chapman.

Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own.


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