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Julie Arduini’s Favorite Kindle Read from 2013 is…

Posted by Julie on January 2, 2014 in About Me, Book Review, Julie Arduini |

I think I received my Kindle three years ago, and I wasn’t sure. I’m a die hard book reader. Well, I love my Kindle. I still have the basic model, and it serves me well. I still read “real books” but for those times I’m stuck in a waiting room, I can get a lot of Kindle reading done.

This category is a little different compared to my 2013 Fiction and Non picks of the year that I did earlier this week. My Kindle pick doesn’t necessarily mean it was published in 2013, but it was usually free read I picked up at the time and loved it.

I chose a fiction and non fiction Kindle read.

First, fiction.

Fugitive by Shirlee McCoy. This was published in 2013 and I’m not positive how I came across it–free or not– but I’m glad I did. 51k8wZ2I3mL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-68,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_

“Help me.”

When she opens her door to a wounded, handcuffed stranger, Laney Jefferson is terrified…until she recognizes her unexpected visitor. Thirteen years ago, Logan Randal was there for her when she desperately needed a friend. Now the wrongfully convicted lawman needs the widow’s help. On the run from the law and guided only by Laney’s unswerving faith in Logan’s innocence, their mutual attraction begins to break down the barriers around Laney’s heart. But the real culprit is much closer than they imagine…a cunning enemy determined to keep the past—and the truth—buried forever.

I remember this had constant conflict and sparks. I was rooting for Laney and Logan from the get-go. If you like romantic suspense, this is for you. To purchase, click on the link above.

Now, my favorite non fiction Kindle read of the year.

Beyond Ordinary by Justin and Trisha Davis. At the time it was a free read and I was blown away by the transparency the two share in their marriage. It could be anyone’s story, but they are the two that had the courage to share their journey in hopes of helping others. I thought their experience shed light on what pride and insecurity can do. I’ve seen and lived it time and time again. There was so much going against this couple, but by the grace of God, they have a story to tell that is all about hope, healing, and forgiveness. Don’t miss this. The link is above.

51n3PBHKa8L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-64,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_How safe is your marriage? The answer may surprise you. The biggest threat to any marriage isn’t infidelity or miscommunication. The greatest enemy is ordinary. Ordinary marriages lose hope. Ordinary marriages lack vision. Ordinary marriages give in to compromise. Ordinary is the belief that this is as good as it will ever get. And when we begin to settle for ordinary, it’s easy to move from “I do” to “I’m done.” Justin and Trisha Davis know just how dangerous ordinary can be. In this beautifully written book, Justin and Trisha take us inside the slow fade that occurred in their own marriage—each telling the story from their own perspective. Together, they reveal the mistakes they made, the work they avoided, the thoughts and feelings that led to an affair and near divorce, and finally, the heart-change that had to occur in both of them before they could experience the hope, healing, and restoration of a truly extraordinary marriage.


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Julie Arduini’s Favorite 2013 Non Fiction Read of the Year Is…

Posted by Julie on January 1, 2014 in About Me, Book Review, encouragement, Writing |

Happy New Year! 

Today I’m sharing my favorite non fiction read of the year. I choose this out of the reviewed books I tackled in 2013. Yesterday I unveiled Raspberries and Vinegar as my favorite fiction read.

Again, this wasn’t an easy choice.

I loved Undaunted: Student Edition, as well as God is Able.





However, the standout for me is Janice Thompson’s Writing and Selling the Great American Novel.





Janice covers everything an aspiring author like me needs to know. It was easy to read and chocked full of information. I mentioned then and it still holds true: I have this as a reference book.

Purchase your copy of Writing and Selling the Great American Novel today.

Next up: My favorite Kindle read of 2013.


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Julie Arduini’s 2013 Favorite Fiction Read of the Year is…

Posted by Julie on December 31, 2013 in About Me, Book Review, encouragement, Julie Arduini |

I can’t believe we’re looking at the last day of 2013. It’s also the celebration of my surrender. Seven years ago I promised God I’d give Him my fears of rejection and start writing for Him. I created a blog that very night. And the rest they say is history.

One of my favorite things to do here is to choose my favorite reads of the year. To the author it gives them bragging rights if they want, but for me, I love looking back. I choose among the books I reviewed in fiction, non, and Kindle categories. My Kindle category is free reads I chose for me and might not have been published in 2013.

Let me tell you, choosing my favorite fiction wasn’t easy. 

Afterall, there were these great reads:


Letters of Love

Deliver Us

Fiery Secrets

Love Finds You in Glacier Bay, Alaska

Stress Test

Take a Chance on Me

and so much more.

I was torn between two.

Runner-up is A Marriage in Middlebury by Anita Higman.

This book has romance, a quaint town, wonderful friends. It was refreshing and sweet. If you haven’t read it, please do.

I ultimately chose this book as my favorite fiction read of 2013:

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Even months after reading it, Raspberries and Vinegar still comes to mind. Often. I loved this farm lit romance that used processed vs organic food as part of the conflict. I love strong senior citizen characters. The romance was as natural as the food, and fun to watch blossom. I enjoyed everything about this book.

I think you’ll love Jo and Zach, too.

Purchase your copy today.

Come back tomorrow to learn my favorite non fiction read of the year.

Have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve!


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Thanksgiving 2013: Perspective and Abundance


Thanksgiving speaks so many things to me.

Pumpkin pie.


Thanksgiving parade.


Time passing on traditions in the kitchen.

No matter where we are, Ohio or New York,

just the four of us or extended family,

I always try to take extra time to reflect on our blessings.

The word God gave me for 2013 was abundance.

What a beautiful word.

And what a faithful God.

Abundance of healing after losing my mother-in-law.

Abundance of family time with a vacation we saved years for.

Abundance of unity with fellow believers as we chose forgiveness together.

Abundance of God’s provision as we have a new pastor we know God handpicked for such a time as this.

Abundance of time to write so I could finish my first novel.

Abundance of prayers from others to help direct my writing steps.

Abundance of laughter as I navigate life as a wife, mom, writer, mentor.

Abundance of healing as my wrist is well.

Abundance of unexpected blessings as I was able to travel to the Adirondacks with my mom.

Abundance of new opportunities as we close doors and open new ones, with His leading.

Abundance of clothes on our backs and closets.

Abundance of food on the table and in cupboards.

Abundance, abundance, abundance.

I also realized this season to have abundance also means choosing perspective, perspective, perspective.

May your perspective this Thanksgiving be about abundant blessings!

Thank you for reading today. I appreciate you!

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Sabbath Sunday: Ah, Temptation


Ah, temptation.

Each Sunday I post my own amateur nature picture with a thought or two about God’s love for you.

I love this one, and to give credit, my mom was the photographer on this one, but the subjects are mine.

I think they give a good visual on 2012.

It’s tempting to take the hurt and feelings of last year and keep hurling them at someone else.

After all, hurt people hurt people, right?

It doesn’t have to be in 2013.

Put the snowballs of hurts, anger, and unforgiveness down.

Let Christ deal with it.

And have a Happy New Year!

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My 2013 Word of the Year

Posted by Julie on January 5, 2013 in About Me, encouragement, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, Nature, photography |

My 2013 Word of the Year

Each fall I seek the Lord for a word or phrase to embrace for the coming year. This year’s word came pretty early and has been confirmed many times before the calendar page even turned.


With that word often comes joy, but I feel I’m supposed to focus on abundance. Honestly, I don’t have an interpretation for that. I know my heart struggles in even in lack, I live in abundance. I see His abundance. I want to operate out of the flow of His abundance.

So it will be interesting to see how this word weaves throughout my life as a wife, mom, writer, speaker, and whatever else God opens for me.

Mary DeMuth wrote an inspiring post about the word of the year. I’m a visual gal, so I wanted in.

2013 word






I think you should join in. These are my own amateur nature pictures, but Mary gives great resources for free pictures if you need them.

I hope the first few days of 2013 have been full of abundance for you!

To share your picture for the year, click here.

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