What do you do when hard or painful circumstances turn your world upside down, resulting in a life you never expected? Andrew and Rachel Wilson grappled with this question after both of their children were diagnosed with regressive autism. Refreshingly honest, this book explores the highs and lows of raising children with specials needs, reflecting on the broader question of how to cope with suffering of all kinds. Sharing personal stories from their lives and encouragement rooted in the truth of God’s Word, Andrew and Rachel highlight lessons they’ve learned related to fighting for joy and thriving in the midst of trials—ultimately pointing readers to Christ, the One who promises to make all things new.
The book starts out with transparency as Rachel shares their vacation experience. With each mishap and missed injury or worse, Rachel reminds herself to breathe. With that honesty, I’m captivated and I join her and her husband as they share their story. They have two children with special needs. They use their own stories, great visuals (I love explaining their situation is like receiving an orange for dessert when everyone else gets chocolate,) Scripture and thoughts that provoke the reader beyond the last page.
They are upfront that although their story is about their children, the book is for anyone looking for hope, and I believe that. It was easy to partner with their story and find the hope to cling to. When they admitted this is the book they needed, I agree with them. When our daughter was first diagnosed with special needs, I saw a lot of academic type books, but none that addressed the million thoughts I had racing in every direction at all times. Although I’m a few years past that time, I still found the book refreshing. I felt less alone.
I absolutely recommend THE LIFE WE NEVER EXPECTED. In fact, I have one to give away (please remember if you comment, leave an email where I can reach you.) Please tell me why you should have this book. I’ll pick a winner July 5th.
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Two lost lives. Four lost crowns. It’s musical mayhem at the Alamo.
When the Sweet Adelines International Barbershop Competition brings Tina’s chorus to San Antonio, she kicks back. For a week, she can forget about her career as a police officer. Time for fun, glitz, and as much a cappella singing as she wants—and she wants to hear it all. Who knows, there may even be four winners’ crowns for their local quartet! But when two members die singing “Mister Sandman” in front of the Alamo, Tina discovers that bullets and barbershop are anything but a harmonious combination.
Although police work was the last thing on her mind, Tina sifts through racks of sequined costumes and whispered gossip, desperate to discover who might want the lead and bass singers dead. Could it be the protesters who hate that the Sweet Adelines turned the Alamo into a theater backdrop? The rival quartet that lost a contract because of their group? The director with a reputation as a ladies’ man and a bad habit of poaching the best singers?
As the notes and the stakes rise higher, it becomes obvious that the killer has more on his mind than a song, and Tina may be next in the crosshairs.
The book trailer for Murder a Cappella is this week’s featured video at juliearduini.com. Each week I post a book trailer from Christian authors and/or members from ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers.)
I love a good mystery, so this was fun to post.
Why not check it out? To purchase Murder a Cappella, click here.
By the way, I’m near my 100oth post. Yep, you read that right. It’s the 1000th post on this server/domain, I know I’m actually closer to the 2000th mark. I’d love to celebrate by sharing some books with you. I’ve been in a reviewing frenzy, and I’d love to send some books to you.
Change Before You Have To and Smitten Book Club are just a couple I have available. I’ll get the full list to you soon.
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Beth Prescott realizes there’s more to her new job with the Hammondsport senior citizens when her clients keep trying to match her with their grandsons. She wants to excel at her job and push past the memories of a bad romance.
Dean Kellerman returns to the area to help his grandfather and forget his mistakes.
The two run into each other and find the only thing they have in common is Walt Kellerman. As they work together can they enjoy a friendship, or, will their secrets divide them once and for all?
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Also, help COTT ring in the New Year by entering our giveaway for a chance at three novels! Entry instructions can be found at the conclusion of Carlene’s guest article. Enjoy!
Carlene Havel writes Christian-themed romances and historical novels set in Biblical
times. She’s lived in Turkey, Republic of the Philippines, and all over the
United States. Carlene worked for a banana importer, a software development
company, and everything in between. She attended several colleges and
universities, including one that–to her mother’s surprise–granted her a
diploma. Carlene and her husband live in South Texas, surrounded by their
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by Ruth Trippy
ABOUT THE BOOK:
“And the soul of the rose went into my blood…” This line from a Tennyson
poem enchants young Celia Thatcher, who supposes every woman’s heart hopes
to be the rose that captivates a man. Celia is searching for her own sense
of hope after the tragic death of her closest friend. Moving in 1876 to
work in a Massachusetts bookstore to start life afresh, she soon catches
the eye of not one, but two men: the elite but unkempt Edward Lyons and the
charming law student Charles Harrod. One is hiding from his past and from
God. The other promotes a religious belief Celia had never before
considered. Both leave Celia wondering if either are right for her. When
one of her suitors is accused of murder, Celia is challenged with a deeper
choice: should she follow her heart or her faith?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ruth Trippy was born in western Michigan to a Dutch family with values
similar to the Victorian era she loves. She left home to teach high school
language arts in Florida, focusing on American and British literature, and
also pursued her interest in apologetics. In addition, she worked as Public
Service Director for a radio station in Ft. Lauderdale.
Her writing originated from experiences in her marriage. Her husband was a
tough, adventurous Louis L’Amour type individual and needing encouragement
in the relationship, she found it in the pages of a 19th century romance
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