Book Review: The Guardians of Evernow (The Kingdoms of Evernow, #4)

  • Title: The Guardians of Evernow
  • Series: The Kingdoms of Evernow, Book 4
  • Author: Heidi Catherine
  • Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Sword & Sorcery, Epic Fantasy
  • Where to buy: Amazon (affiliate link – releases Sept. 6)
  • Would I recommend: If you haven’t started reading this series after my other reviews, what are you waiting for?! Go get all the books already!

From Goodreads:

Will he sacrifice everything for the one who sacrificed it all?

River is a Guardian, bred for courage and trained to fight. Her duty is to serve her King and her future was scripted long ago–marry a male Guardian and strengthen the bloodline of the next generation. But when the King decides his own bloodline must be strengthened, River’s bestowed the honor of marrying his son, and her future slips even further out of her grasp.

Tate is a Prince whose heart is as kind as River’s is strong. He’d rather protect the vulnerable and care for his reclusive sister than rule a kingdom. But he knows the time has come for him to step up. Marrying without love isn’t something he wishes for either, but he has no choice if he’s to take the throne and ensure the kingdom will live in peace.

But someone else has their eye on the throne… Someone who knows all about the tonics that are the key to the Guardians’ strength, and he’ll stop at nothing to bring the kingdom down so he can rule them all. Setting out on a path of destruction, he makes a cunning plan to marry the Princess and remove anyone standing in his way.

River and Prince Tate must work together as team to save the kingdom. As Guardians mysteriously die, boundaries are pushed and the threat of an invasion looms, they’ll discover if their marriage is built on more than just convenience. Is it possible that it’s also built on love?

With a story that will feed your imagination, the fourth book in the spellbinding The Kingdoms of Evernow series is a must-read by award-winning author, Heidi Catherine.

My review:

You might think that, after three books, the fourth book in a series might start to lag a little. Not so with The Guardians of Evernow. Heidi Catherine has a positive gift for creating amazing worlds and populating them with real, relatable characters. It just keeps on getting better with each book I read! I would give this one ten stars if I could.

The Guardians are the army of the kingdom of The Bay of Laurel. They’re strong and courageous, attributes enhanced by the tonics the kingdom’s herbalist, Ariel, prepares for them. The king wants his son, Tate, to have an heir that will embody the strength of the Guardians, so he selects a female Guardian for Tate to marry.

River has been raised a Guardian. She knows it is her duty to protect the kingdom, and she knows she’ll be called upon to marry another Guardian and strengthen their bloodlines. But when she is chosen to marry the Prince, she sees her future taking an unexpected – and not necessarily wanted – turn. Can this ever be a true marriage, to someone she doesn’t even know?

Tate and River are smart enough not to force their relationship, and Tate is smart enough to know he doesn’t want to be the kind of king his father is. But what they don’t realize at first is that there’s someone who aspires to take control of the kingdom, and who won’t stop at turning the tonics, the Guardians’ source of strength, against them. Edison, Ariel’s son, doesn’t want to be the next herbalist after his mother. He wants more. So very much more.

Each book in The Kingdoms of Evernow series deals with one of the five senses, and The Guardians of Evernow deals with taste/eating. We see the king’s gluttony. We see a gentle handling of the difficulties of eating disorders with Tate’s sister, Pip. We see the tonics, something consumed, used either to strengthen or to kill.

And we see the power of relationships, and what happens when they go bad. Tate and River give each other room to get to know each other before pushing to consummate their marriage, and it grows into something beautiful. The relationship between Tate and Edison, and Pip and Edison, was cut off when they were young, and Edison took it poorly. That shaped his future, his vision of how things should be, and he played on those old feelings when it suited him, misusing a past relationship.

The story is told partly in flashbacks, and I found this to be a very effective technique. It allowed the author to reveal at least one very significant plot twist that made me gasp aloud. I also really like how each successive story intertwines with characters from previous stories. It’s fun to see how the characters from the different kingdoms relate to each other. With that character crossover here, I cannot WAIT to get my hands on book 5!

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary advance reader copy from the author. All opinions expressed here are mine, and I don’t say nice things about books I don’t actually like.

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Book Review: Heartless (A Born Assassin, #2)

  • Title: Heartless (A Born Assassin, #2)
  • Author: Jacqueline Pawl
  • Genre: YA, Fantasy
  • Date: May 22, 2019
  • Would I recommend? Yes
  • Where to purchase: Amazon (affiliate link)

From Goodreads:

Still reeling from the Assassins’ deadly attack, Mercy, Tamriel, and Calum have no choice but to venture to the wild and war-torn Cirisor Islands for the one ingredient which may cure the deadly plague sweeping the country. They have no idea what they will face in the land of the fabled elves, except that the brutal Cirisians do not hesitate to kill any humans who trespass into their territory.

When secrets, betrayals, and misplaced trust threaten to tear their group apart, Mercy finds herself caught between her desires to protect Tamriel and to expose Calum’s crimes—secrets the sharp-tongued blacksmith will kill to keep hidden. After a Cirisian clan leader takes them hostage, the three of them must work together to ensure that Cassius Baccha’s vision of the cure comes to fruition. They’ll do anything to save Tamriel’s people and right the wrongs the mad king has committed, but first, they have to survive the Islands—and each other.

My review:

Another page-turner from Jacqueline Pawl! Heartless picks up where Merciless left off. Mercy, Tamriel, and Calum, along with a squad of soldiers, head for Cirisor, where it is believed they can find a cure for the plague that has stricken Sandori. Tamriel knows that Mercy was sent to kill him and is barely speaking to her – never mind the fact that she burned all her bridges with the Daughters when she killed two of them. And she can’t tell him the truth about the contract on his life.

Things don’t really get much better once they reach Cirisor. The Cirisian elves have no reason to trust humans, given humans’ disdain for and mistreatment of them. But they appear willing to take Mercy in as one of their own, if only she is willing.

This book is a humdinger! We jump back into the world of Merciless, replete with incidents and “accidents”, hints and allegations. There is tension – between Tamriel and Mercy, between Mercy and Calum, between elves and humans, between the right choices and the wrong ones. There is intrigue, an unexpected evil, and betrayal. Secrets are revealed and alliances are built. And we get to go along for the ride.

When I read Merciless, the use of third person present tense was a little distracting at first. This time, that caused no such issues. We learn more about the main characters, and the book leaves off in a spot where I have GOT to have the next one in the series to find out what happens next. Ms. Pawl does an excellent job of continuing to flesh out this universe and develop her characters into multi-faceted, and fascinating, people. Well done!

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy from the author. All opinions expressed here are mine, and I don’t say nice things about books I don’t like.

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Book Review: Curse Breaker (Kingdom of Runes, #2)

  • Title: Curse Breaker
  • Series: Kingdom of Runes, #2
  • Author: Audrey Grey
  • Genre: Fantasy, Dark Fantasy
  • Where to buy: Amazon (affiliate link)
  • Cover: Smashing!
  • Pacing: Brisk
  • Would I recommend: Only if you enjoy swords and sorcery, light versus dark, and plot twists to make your hair fry. Yes. Go get it already.

From Goodreads:

All magic has a price. 

Haven survived the Devourers, but she isn’t any closer to breaking the curse. Meanwhile, her forbidden magic rages brighter and more dangerous every day. 

To control her powers and stand a chance against the Shade Queen, Haven made a bargain with two enemy immortals. Now her waking hours are spent fighting alongside the Sun Lord, but her dreams belong to the Shade Lord. 

Only the closer she ventures into the wicked Shadow Kingdom the more her magic shows itself—and the more she struggles with whom to trust. The golden but wounded Sun Lord or the darkly charismatic Shade Lord. 

Both are off-limits. 

And both have the ability to save her . . . or destroy her. 

With the Shade Queen closing in and Bell’s time nearly up, Haven will sacrifice everything to break the curse—but will it be enough to stop the mortal realm from falling into darkness forever? 

Welcome to the Kingdom of Runes where immortals and humans clash, light and dark magic reign, and mythical creatures lurk in the shadows. If you like fierce heroines, enemies-to-lovers romance, wild plot twists, and endearing characters that stay with you long after you reach the end, you need to discover the book readers are calling dark fantasy at its best. Just make sure to clear out some space on your calendar first! 

My review:

Curse Breaker jumps right in where Oath Taker left off and takes the reader on another fast-paced adventure. Haven and the group of Solis she’s been traveling with continue to fight their way through the Ruinlands to get the things they need to break the Curse. It seems like nothing can ever be easy for them, and Haven is trying to master her forbidden hybrid magick while they fight one battle after another. And she is determined to save Bell, no matter what it costs her.

In this book, we get a bit more insight into both Archeron and Stolas. We learn that they aren’t just what they appear to be on the surface, and I enjoyed getting to know more about them. Bless Haven’s heart, she has feelings for both of them. I’m curious to see how the love relationships play out in book three. We also learn more about Bell and about the prince who was responsible for bringing the Curse down in the first place, and we learn more about the Noctis and the Shade Queen from Bell’s point of view.

Action, tension, attraction, a tragic true love story, and twists and turns you don’t see coming. That’s Curse Breaker, a smokin’ good read and an excellent continuation of the Kingdom of Runes series. The third book cannot get here fast enough for me!

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy from the author. All opinions expressed here are mine, and I don’t say nice things about books I don’t actually like.

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Book Review: The Empress of Evernow (The Kingdoms of Evernow, #3)

  • Title: The Empress of Evernow
  • Series: The Kingdoms of Evernow, Book 3
  • Author: Heidi Catherine
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Where to buy: Amazon (affiliate link – releases August 6)
  • Would I recommend: Oh, heck, yes. Heidi Catherine’s world-building and characterization are second to none.

Goodreads Synopsis:

How can she rule a kingdom, when the kingdom rules her every move?

Rani is heir to a kingdom where human touch is outlawed. Surrounded by a harsh desert and ruled by a vicious Board, every twenty-eight turns of the sand, the women must submit to a siring to save the declining population. Rani has no say in any of this, forced to comply or be released into the desert and left to die.

But Aarow knows there’s another way to live. That touch is no longer deadly. That it’s time to break down generations of fear. All they need to do is start a revolution…

As love sparks in the hot desert sands, Rani and Aarow will need to unite and lead a battle to set the people free. Free to live the life they choose, free to raise their own children and free to place their hands on the people they love.

Read this series in order or dive in at any book! Each story stands alone but interconnects with the others.

With a story that will set your heart ablaze, the third book in the spellbinding The Kingdoms of Evernow series is a must-read by award-winning author, Heidi Catherine.

My review:

Heidi Catherine knocks it out of the park with the third book in the Kingdoms of Evernow series. In The Empress of Evernow, Rani is the future empress of the Sands of Naar. Her father is but a figurehead, and the Chairman of the Board governs with a brutal hand. Rani is now of age to participate in her first siring, a passionless process carried out with the hope of conceiving children to replenish the kingdom’s diminishing population.

Touch is outlawed in the Sands of Naar. It was supposedly banned years ago to prevent the spread of disease, but it’s gone far beyond that. Children are conceived, birthed, and raised with the bare minimum of physical contact, and never skin touching skin. 

When the Chairman insists that he will be the one to participate in Rani’s first siring, the Emperor is powerless to stop him. Rani, appalled at the prospect, takes matters into her own hands and flees into the desert. Even knowing she faces the very real possibility of death in the burning sands, that is preferable to staying where she is.

Aarow lives in a secret colony underground, made up of Reborns – those who have escaped and made a way to survive in the desert. He knows there’s a way to live without being under the Council’s domination, that touch doesn’t kill. He rescues Rani, and convinces her that there is a way to free those in the city. They must start a revolution.

This is such a good book! Each book in the Kingdoms of Evernow series deals with the misuse and abuse of a particular sense, and in this book, it’s touch. Imagine a world without high fives, without hugs, without lovers’ embraces, without a mother’s gentle hand. That’s where Rani lives. At the start, she is quiet and reserved. But the thought of allowing the Chairman to try to father a child on her is the straw that breaks the camel’s back, so to speak. That moves her to action. I loved seeing her become a passionate advocate for her people.

The book is part of a series, and there is some crossover with other books in the series, but this can be read as a stand-alone work. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I can’t wait for book 4!

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary review copy from the author. All opinions here are mine, and I don’t say nice things about books I don’t like.

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Book Review: A Charming Misfortune

  • Title: A Charming Misfortune
  • Author: Tonya Kappes
  • Genre: Paranormal Cozy Mystery, Southern Cozy Mystery
  • Where to buy: Amazon (affiliate link)
  • Would I recommend: If you like a delightful cozy mystery with just a touch of magic, absolutely!

There’s mystery afoot in Whispering Falls. A group of Audubon Society birdwatchers has descended after learning of a sighting of the elusive Spangled Smoky Momoko. The rare bird sighting also attracts Adam Vedder, a zoologist with a zoo specializing in exotic animals, hoping to capture the Spangled and breed it in captivity. June is sensing something about misfortune. Madam Torres, her crystal ball, keeps chirping, and Mr. Prince Charming, her godcat, has brought her a bird charm. And what is this about a crow flying at midnight?

While the birdwatchers are camping out, looking for the Spangled, Adam Vedder is found dead. All of the birdwatchers, plus a beloved Whispering Falls resident, fall under suspicion. Oscar has 24 hours to solve the crime or else the mortal police will have to be called in. He and June are up against a deadline as they try to figure out who is responsible for Adam’s death. Luckily, they’ve got some help from the other residents of Whispering Falls.

I really enjoy the Magical Cures Mystery series, and this book was no exception. Ms. Kappes spins a lively yarn that hooked my interest and made this a very quick read. June and Oscar are adorable, and the other residents of the town are so quirky, it’s just delightful. I wish I could visit Whispering Falls for real!

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Book Review: Light from Distant Stars

  • Title: Light from Distant Stars
  • Author: Shawn Smucker
  • Genre: Contemporary Christian Fiction
  • Where to buy: Amazon (affiliate link), Books A Million
  • Would I recommend: It isn’t a light, easy read, but it is a well-crafted story that makes you think.

From Goodreads:

When Cohen Marah steps over the body of his dead father on a cold spring morning, he steps into a labyrinth of memory. In the week that follows, he must confront his traumatic past, a violent present, and the most frightening question of all-did he kill his father?

My review:

Cohen Marah finds his father Calvin, nearly dead, in the embalming room of the family’s funeral home. Is Cohen responsible? If so, in what way? As he waits in the hospital for his father to die, Cohen must deal with a rush of emotions and memories brought to the surface by this traumatic experience.

Shawn Smucker takes us back to Cohen’s childhood to explore a son’s relationship with his father, first as a child, then as a man who sees his father’s flaws. Life has happened, often in unpleasant ways, and as Calvin lingers on the threshold between life and death, Cohen feels terribly distant from him. The story of Cohen’s past comes forth in memories and emotions, interwoven with his present.

I’ve seen some reviews talk about this being a dark read and not liking it for that reason. But the darkness, the struggle, is an integral part of the story. This was not a quick read, nor was it always an easy read. But once I was drawn into it, it was hard to put down. The languages flows beautifully and is compelling, even when it doesn’t feel like a roller-coaster ride. Cohen struggles with questions of faith, of feeling like God is distant from him or even gone, while he tries to resolve his complicated feelings for his father. While I’m not a son working through a complex relationship with my father, I have had my own difficult times of wondering why God doesn’t seem to be present anymore. That’s heavy stuff. And as Cohen wrestles with his guilt and grief over his father’s impending death, a memory is jogged loose and revealed that will change how he sees Calvin and will indeed change Cohen himself.

“Maybe that’s the problem with fathers and sons – they lose each other.”

The tale told here is one of struggle, loss, and ultimately redemption. Light will find its way to us through the darkness, and so it is with Cohen.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher. All opinions expressed here are mine, and I don’t say nice things about books I don’t like.

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Book Review: A Ghostly Suspect

  • Title: A Ghostly Suspect (Ghostly Southern Mysteries #8)
  • Author: Tonya Kappes
  • Genre: Cozy Mystery, Southern Mystery
  • Where to buy: Amazon (affiliate link)
  • Would I recommend: If you like cozy mysteries with Southern charm, definitely.

From Goodreads:

A funeral, a ghost, a murder . . . It’s all in a day’s work for Emma Lee Raines . . .especially when the ghost turns out to be someone very dear to her heart. Debbie Dually, psychic and friend who has guided Emma Lee since the she was bopped on the head from a falling plastic Santa, local undertaker Emma Lee Raines is told she’s suffering from “funeral trauma.” Debbie Dually is the one who informed Emma Lee that she wasn’t crazy, she was a Betweener, someone who can communicate with ghosts with the not-so-dearly departed. In fact, she told Emma Lee how she was the only one that could help solve their murder to help them rest in eternal peace.This time Debbie Dually finds herself needing Emma’s help. This means solving her own murder. Emma goes deep undercover as a fake psychic in order to see into the past and help Debbie cross over. Emma Lee doesn’t realize this opens up a whole can of new Betweener clients that refuse to leave her alone.When Emma Lee is tagged as the number one suspect in Debbie Dually’s death, her handsome state trooper boyfriend, Jack Henry, has no choice but to come back to Whispering Falls and get to the bottom of what is going on before it’s too late and Emma Lee goes to the state pen for a very long time. 

My review:

Emma Lee Raines owns Eternal Slumber, one of two funeral homes in Sleepy Hollow, Kentucky. She’s also a “Betweener” – she can communicate with the spirits of the deceased in order to help solve their murders and allow them to cross over. In A Ghostly Suspect (eighth in the Ghostly Southern Mysteries series, but my first to read), we learn that things have been quiet on the Betweener front for a while. Emma Lee has had some time to grow her business at Eternal Slumber. But then Emma Lee’s psychic, Debbie Dually, comes to visit her, acting very strangely, insisting that Emma Lee admit that she can see dead people. When Debbie is found dead not far from Eternal Slumber, and her spirit comes to visit Emma Lee, it makes sense. Emma Lee has to help solve Debbie’s murder, before the police pin it on her!

This is a fun book! It works well as a standalone. Even without having read others in the series, I was able to get enough of a sense of the backstory for things to make sense. And I do love the characters in Tonya Kappes’ books. They’re so very Southern, and they are my people. Emma Lee is a hoot. She’s always skating right on the knife edge of getting herself into some serious hot water, but manages to pull herself (or have herself pulled) out of harm’s way. And Granny. Have mercy. I want to go visit her, because she is a riot. She’s got the men running themselves in circles over her!

The book has a little bit of everything – tension and high stakes, humor, romance, and twists and turns to keep any mystery lover happy. I didn’t see the ending coming, for a fact. And that’s my favorite kind of mystery, the one where I don’t realize what’s going to happen until BAM! It does. If you’re a cozy mystery fan, you’ll want to give this one a read.

Disclaimer: I received an advance reader copy from the author. All opinions here are mine, and I don’t say nice things about books I don’t like.

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Book Review and Giveaway: More For Mom

  • Title: More For Mom
  • Author: Kristin Funston
  • Genre: Christian Families, Personal Growth
  • Where to buy: Amazon (affiliate link), Barnes & Noble, Christianbook.com
  • Would I recommend: If you’re a mom who feels like you just can’t balance it all, yes, absolutely

From Goodreads:

More for Mom will encourage women to stop believing the lie that more is needed from them, and start living with the truth that more is available for them.

With real-life talk, humor and convicting biblical truths, Kristin Funston helps hard working mamas to look at each day and each facet of their life to discover what happens when they believe God has more for them than what they think the world needs from them.

And what He has available is a whole and holy life, just waiting to be claimed – a salvation and day-to-day reality complete just as it is. The pieces of each mom’s life -the work life, mom life, social life, etc. – are mended together through Christ to complete her one whole life, set apart because of Him.

This book is a stepping stone to help working mothers reset their spiritual and emotional health, habits, and relationship with God. There are performance pressures at work, home, and mind-sets that affect a mom’s ability to feel complete and live more closely aligned with God. This book includes the beginning steps for moms to walk in wholeness and holiness by asking God for more. 

My review (AND A GIVEAWAY!):

When I start highlighting in the first chapter, you know it’s gonna be good. Women today struggle with feeling like we aren’t enough – our houses aren’t clean enough, our bodies aren’t thin enough, our cars aren’t fancy enough, our kids aren’t well-behaved enough or socially adjusted enough or outside in the fresh air enough. If we work outside the home, we feel like we aren’t committed enough at work because we have families, but yet we’re torn in feeling like we aren’t enough for our families because we’re working. Everywhere we turn, we’re bombarded with social media showing us what we should be and do and look like to be enough.

Kristin Funston writes More for Mom to gently remind us that we don’t have to strive to make the various pieces of our life “enough”. Why? Because in Jesus, we are already whole and holy, and there is more FOR us if we will just rely on and rest in Him.

This book was a breath of fresh air for me. I’m a control freak of the first order. I want it all right, all the time, right when I want it. Clearly, life doesn’t play that way, and I sometimes find myself striving after “more”. Gotta get up early to get in that quiet time – check. (Never mind the seventeen times I hit snooze on the alarm.) Gotta make healthy meals that my kids will love – check. (Okay, not really. At least one of my kids finds some reason to express displeasure with what’s on the table almost every single night.) Gotta have the house spotless – check. (BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA NO.) More for Mom was written for me. The author spoke to my weary soul, reminding me that I’m not the bits and pieces of my life slapped together in a jumbled whole. I’m already whole and holy – yes, holy – me, with the sarcasm and the crazy hair and the car that usually looks like a trashcan on wheels – because of what Jesus did for me on the cross. She uses Scriptural truths and personal stories to convey her message, and it was like sitting down for coffee with a friend – a friend who will hug you when you need it and kick you in the pants when the occasion calls for that.

I found the book very uplifting, and I’d recommend it to any mom who feels like she’s pulled in too many different directions and just can’t get it all together. Jesus is what keeps us all together, sisters. Read this book and be encouraged.

GIVEAWAY TIME!!! I’ve got one copy to give away. Comment on this blog post with a contact email to enter. The giveaway is good for today, June 27, 2019, only.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the BlogAbout Blogger Network. All opinions here are mine, and I don’t say nice things about books I don’t like.

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Book Review: Together on God’s Mission

  • Title: Together on God’s Mission: How Southern Baptists Cooperate to Fulfill the Great Commission
  • Author: D. Scott Hildreth
  • Genre: Christian Ministry, Missions, Non-fiction
  • Where to buy: Amazon (affiliate link), Christianbook.com
  • Would I recommend: This will not have broad popular appeal, but if you’re interested in learning more about the cooperative mission of Southern Baptist churches, this is a worthwhile read.

From Christianbook.com:

The Southern Baptist Convention has a rich heritage of cooperation. However, in recent years, the SBC Cooperative Program has suffered significant decline in local church participation, leading some to question if we still believe in its mission. Together on God’s Mission is a plea to all Southern Baptists to reclaim the power of cooperation. For a new generation, Scott Hildreth tells the story of Southern Baptist cooperation, what will be lost if it is dissolved, and reveals how the Southern Baptist Convention is uniquely positioned to take the gospel to the nations.

My review:

I grew up Southern Baptist. I grew up hearing about the Cooperative Program and giving to the Lottie Moon and Annie Armstrong mission offerings. I heard about the importance of reaching the lost, of the Great Commission: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19).” But I didn’t really think about how my church’s giving was part of a larger effort, and about what might be lost if that cooperative effort ever faltered.

In Together on God’s Mission, Scott Hildreth gives insight into the history of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) and the Cooperative Program. He details the struggles the program has faced in more recent years as churches have participated in smaller numbers. Though we are still tasked to carry out the Great Commission, churches in the SBC are autonomous, and one denominational umbrella covers a wide range of beliefs and opinions as to how funds should be utilized.

The book also puts forth the theological basis for missions and gives examples of how early churches, as documented in the Bible, worked together to give cooperatively. Finally, Hildreth closes with ideas as to how Southern Baptists can unite to fund and advance the missionary effort in the future. That’s something we are called to do, to be a light to the nations, and we can do that far more efficiently and effectively working together than working as individual churches of varying sizes.

This isn’t a casual read, but it is also not a deep, weighty theological tome. I found it interesting, as it gives me more insight into the denomination I’ve been part of all my life, and emphasizes the importance of cooperative giving.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher. All opinions here are mine, and I don’t say nice things about books I don’t like.

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So I’m putting this out there…

If y’all have paid attention to my blog for any length of time, you probably realize that I read. A lot. (This year’s Goodreads goal is 120 books.)

What you may not realize is that I have a strong natural inclination to correct errors in the written word. My mama would tell you, were she alive to do so, that I’ve been catching errors in written material since I was old enough to read (age 2 1/2 or thereabouts, if I recall correctly). I majored in English in undergrad, and if I could go back to talk to my college-age self, I’d tell her to skip law school and get the master’s in English, with an eye toward a career in editing. Sadly, I don’t have a TARDIS, so time travel is out of the question.

But it’s not too late for this not-terribly-old dog to learn new tricks, or start a new thing. I’m looking to build up a proofreading and editing business. If it’s a thriving side hustle, that’s good, but if it turns into a full-time job that can get me out of the commute and office grind at some point, that’s even better. I’ve had the opportunity to work with a handful of people to help polish their work. Here are some of the things they’ve had to say:

“Lisa found errors in my novella that twenty other early readers missed! She shared her critique in a positive, helpful way. ” – Carol Beth Anderson

“Lisa is my go-to typo and final quality assurance editor for every one of my books. I would not dream of releasing a book without her! She finds all the small details that my brain somehow seems to miss, and can motor through a book quickly and efficiently. I cannot recommend her enough to anyone seeking editing help!” – S. Usher Evans

“Lisa not only finds the grammatical mistakes that are common in my writing, but also notices those sentences that just need some tweaking. Her ability to understand the meaning behind what I am writing and thus make suggestions that are helpful and powerful is an essential tool to my success as a writer. ” – Kelli L. Moore

So help a girl to live her dream. If you’re an author, or you know authors, and you or anyone you know needs a proofreader/copy editor, I would surely appreciate it if you’d help me get my name out there. I’m on Facebook at Capital Editing Services and working on a website.

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