It was one of those God taps that I wanted to ignore. Late last year I felt I was supposed to write a devotional using the surrender themes explored in my contemporary romance series, Surrendering Time. Not only that, but write it from the characters point of view. I’d never heard of such a thing, and by obeying, I knew I was delaying book 3, ENGAGED, even more.
But obey I did. It took longer than I thought with unexpected travel and child sickness, but it’s done.
FINDING FREEDOM THROUGH SURRENDER-A 30 Day Devotional, features short readings on surrendering fear, loss, change, regret, and the future. If you’ve read ENTRUSTED or ENTANGLED, you will visit with beloved characters like Ben, Jenna, Carla, Will, Sara, and more. If the series is new to you, no worries. The devotional will introduce you to the characters without spoilers. Then, once ENGAGED is released this spring, you will be ready to jump in.
It’s in eBook format, so download the free Kindle app and you can read on your phone, tablet, desktop, laptop, and of course, Kindle. It’s only available on Amazon.
I’d love for you to spread the word. Early feedback showed that many of the readings were exactly what readers were struggling with at that time. That’s God, and I’m grateful He allows me to write for Him.
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I’ve been working on a side project to help readers with the wait for ENGAGED and try something unique. I created a devotional, a set of readings meant to encourage readers as they surrender the very areas I write about in my Surrendering Time series.
Finding Freedom Through Surrender is a journey through surrendering fear, loss, change, regret, and the future. What I love is they are written through the point of view of ENTRUSTED, ENTANGLED, and ENGAGED characters. For readers familiar with the stories, the devotionals will be a fun look at their experiences and how you can find freedom for yourself. If you are new to the series, the characters give a little information to help you know them without giving away story spoilers.
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Thank you for being a faithful reader!
The car was shiny and a beautiful relic that I’m sure turned heads as it drove by.
And that’s when the Lord spoke to me.
The car was going in the opposite direction.
I was moving forward in my contemporary vehicle.
The historical car? Going the opposite way?
It was like it was going back to the past.
Where it belonged.
How many times
this year month week today have I taken a trip to the past where I had no business traveling? I needed to focus on the future. Moving forward. Not getting stuck. No spinning tires. Yet the temptation was there. Over and over again.
Seeing that car gave me the right visual to concentrate on. To be in the right lane heading to my destination while seeing a classic car traveling on our little two lane highway in the left, opposite direction, was exactly what I needed.
My mom has a great saying:
“It’s okay to look in the rear view mirror, but don’t stare.”
The picture is my dad and his car at the time.
Join the angels, Shirley Goodness and Mercy Grace, for an enchanting look at the Christmas Season from a very interesting perspective.
Fast forwarding to Christmas 2035, the small town of Serenity Cove has undergone many surprising and adventurous changes. Computers, microwaves and even books have become obsolete. X-Eagle hover cars are quite the rave. And using a food processor has taken on a whole new meaning. Yet some things, like young love remain the same.
Sarah Anne Delatorre loves the handsome Ian Caldwell, but marrying him means leaving the town and the people she loves. She refused his first proposal, now it’s up to Ian to find a way to change her mind.
Shirley Goodness suggests fastening your seatbelts, when the Delatorre family boards the new Mach IV for an off planet trip to Belletroyan.
This was a fun novella because we journey to the future and find out how Serenity Cove and the people in it, are doing. Travel has changed, technology continues to advance to the point of the bookstore being for sale because people in 2035 rarely read them.
I liked seeing familiar faces, Jezzica, Maggie, and Samantha. As much as things change, a lot I can relate to stays the same. The conflict of staying close to family. Wanting to be with the ones you love. Sarah Anne’s conflict with Ian rings true, no matter the year.
What sets this apart are the two angels, Shirley Goodness and Mercy Grace. We see Serenity Cove from their perspective, and I think they give an unique, whimsical spin on a future romance.
It’s a quick read that will leave you with a smile.
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I received Christmas Future as a gift from the author. There was no expectation from her for me to review this, and my words are my honest assessment.
There are past events in the lives of almost all of us we wish we could change – especially if the event was tragic, resulting in the death of someone we loved. Such trauma leads to soul-searching, trying to find a reason that makes sense of something that strikes us as senseless. Portals, at its core, explores a simple question: If I could change the past, would I? It sounds like a simple question. As the novel reveals, it isn’t. Wrapped up in the eight small words encompassing this question is the sum of our personal world view, the lens through which we interpret the world around us. Key to our perspective is what we believe-or don’t believe-about God. If we believe we are a product of time and chance working the miracle of life upon the material universe unguided, then how we respond to the question might be quite different from someone who contends that a loving God is actively concerned with our personal welfare? in spite of any appearance to the contrary.
For Jesse, the question is no longer rhetorical. His wife, Ellen, drowned in Stillman’s Lake when the two were celebrating their sixth anniversary . Now, three years later, Jesse is given a chance to go back and change the events of that fateful day. As with our own, Jesse’s world is made up of other people, each with his or her personal world view. Each with his or her own perspective on the questions we all have about where we came from, why we’re here and what the future may hold. It is through the hearts, minds, experiences, words and actions of these other individuals – some close to Jesse and others of more casual acquaintance – that Portals gives an opportunity to explore the merits of the varied opinions.
This is the second book review where I actually know the author, and it’s fun to match the person I know in real life against their body of work. In the case of Portals by Michael Kimball, his work reflects his personality. He’s a master storyteller and I found that to be true of his writing in Portals. He paints a beautiful picture on page one full of imagery and emotion, and he doesn’t let up. There are a lot of emotions and thought-provoking issues to dwell on long past the last page of Portals, and Michael does a great job telling the story, painting the scene, and leaving the reader with a vivid emotional experience.
My writer’s eye picked up on minor dialogue and editing issues that a seasoned critique group would be helpful, but in no way as a reader do those items take away from the storytelling aspect of Portals that I enjoyed so much.
If you enjoy a haunting, thought-provoking novel that makes you think long after the last page, I definitely recommend Portals.
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I received a PDF from the author in exchange for an honest review.