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The spiritual life of a reader

2017-09-18T14:45:36+00:00 March 14th, 2016|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Books & Reading, On Writing|Tags: , , , |

I remember the first Christian novel I ever read. It was Love Comes Softly by Jeanette Oke. I was in high school, and my spiritual life was a mess. Around this time I was also reading things like The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough and Pet Cemetery by Steven King—books that truly vexed my soul. Reading [...]

Wild Hope (2 books and 3 e-books to be won)

2016-07-15T14:15:54+00:00 November 25th, 2015|Categories: Books & Reading, Overcoming, Perseverance, Seasons of Life, Testimony, Video, Walking in Faith|Tags: , , , |

Carol makes you feel as though you are on the journey with her I'd been keen to meet Carol Alexander for a while. She'd been writing some of the most popular posts on the Beauty for Ashes blog, in spite of the fact that she's a very busy woman. She's a preacher, she's a college [...]

Resilient: Your Invitation to a Jesus-Shaped Life

2016-07-15T18:29:06+00:00 October 30th, 2015|Categories: Bible Study, Books & Reading, Faith, God's Perspective, Heart Issues, Purity, Suffering, Trusting God|Tags: , , , , , |

  After a particularly painful period in his life, which he shared with us at the Beauty for Ashes women's conference in May 2015, Sheridan Voysey decided to read Christ's Sermon on the Mount (Matthew chapters 5 to 7) every day for a month. He had questions about faith and life and about the meaning [...]

A Heart for Orphans

2016-08-07T22:55:21+00:00 July 12th, 2015|Categories: Books & Reading|Tags: , , , , , |

I’m not sure what sparked the idea to write a story involving orphans when asked to contribute a novella for the SPLASH! boxed set with eight other international authors. Perhaps it was because my mother was an orphan. At the tender age of eight, she lost her father. Because they were a family of eleven [...]

Working together to make a SPLASH!

2016-08-07T20:55:13+00:00 June 26th, 2015|Categories: Books & Reading|Tags: , , , |

In January this year, nine beloved international authors of contemporary Christian romance banded together to offer a limited-time collection of all-new romance novellas perfect for summer vacation reading pleasure. For those southern hemisphere readers stuck in the middle of winter, this doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy this refreshing collection of faith-filled stories. Too cold for [...]

Helsinki Sunrise (book review)

2017-01-08T13:06:08+00:00 August 19th, 2014|Categories: Books & Reading|Tags: , , , , , |

Helsinki Sunrise, a Passport to Romance, blog tour follows on from the second author interview yesterday with Shirley Corder in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Review of Helsinski Sunrise by Aldyth Thomson Today I’ll be reviewing Marion Ueckermann’s debut novelette, Helsinki Sunrise, a fun romance set in Finland. This charming Christian love story with feisty heroine, [...]

Author interview with Nancy Kimball and e-book giveaway

2016-07-21T20:22:19+00:00 May 29th, 2014|Categories: Books & Reading|Tags: , , , |

Interview with Nancy Kimball Marion: Wednesday I had the privilege to interview author, avid reader and shameless hero addict, Nancy Kimball on International Christian Fiction Writers. Yesterday I posted a book review on Beauty for Ashes and International Christian Fiction Writers about Nancy’s debut novel, Chasing the Lion—a first century gladiator historical—which officially launches 1 [...]

Book review and giveaway (autographed) – Chasing the Lion

2016-07-21T19:49:03+00:00 May 28th, 2014|Categories: Books & Reading|Tags: , , |

Chasing the Lion Jonathan Tarquinius will steal your heart from the moment you meet him as a fatherless boy of twelve trying to escape the village bullies, to the sixteen-year-old son of a nobleman sold into slavery by his cruel step-brother, and finally as the brave gladiator destined against all odds to become the champion [...]

Thin Places: A Memoir by Mary DeMuth (book review)

2016-07-12T13:55:27+00:00 May 6th, 2013|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Books & Reading, Testimony|Tags: , , , , |

This is honestly one of the most beautifully written books we have read for a long time. Mary was sexually abused and neglected as a child. This is the wonderful story of God's restoration and redemption of the 'thin places' of her life. Mary was interviewed about her story and about this book on The [...]

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