Top 5 Wednesday: 5 Highly Anticipated Christian Fiction Releases This Spring

Top 5 wednesday christian book releases this spring

This top 5 Wednesday’s topic is - freebie. You are free to write about any topic you like! I thought I would share 5 Christian books I am most looking forward to reading this spring. This was also sooo hard because there are so many great books coming out this spring. However, these are my top 5. And I can’t wait to share their reviews closer to release date!

These books are all set to be released in March or April. So mark your calendar!

Here are the 5 books I am most looking forward to reading this spring:

Of Fire And Lions by Mesu Andrews

I am part of Mesu’s blogger BFF program so I received news of this book a few months ago. And oh my goodness, when I read the synopsis I felt like this book will be on my top favorites of 2019. I absolutely love Mesu’s books and I know this one will be absolutely amazing!

Synopsis:

Survival. A Hebrew girl first tasted it when she escaped death nearly seventy years ago as the Babylonians ransacked Jerusalem and took their finest as captives. She thought she'd perfected in the many years amongst the Magoi and the idol worshippers, pretending with all the others in King Nebuchadnezzar's court. Now, as Daniel's wife and a septuagenarian matriarch, Belili thinks she's safe and she can live out her days in Babylon without fear--until the night Daniel is escorted to Belshazzar's palace to interpret mysterious handwriting on a wall. The Persian Army invades, and Bellili's tightly-wound secrets unfurl with the arrival of the conquering army. What will the reign of Darius mean for Daniel, a man who prays to Yahweh alone?

Ultimately, Yahweh's sovereign hand guides Jerusalem's captives, and the frightened Hebrew girl is transformed into a confident woman, who realizes her need of the God who conquers both fire and lions.

Daughters of Northern Shores by Joanne Bischof

This is the second book in the Blackbird Mountain series. This cover is just absolutely breathtaking. I love a good view on a book cover! This series takes place after the civil war in the Appalachian area. I have briefly visited the Appalachian area a couple years ago and want to go back for a longer visit. It’s definitely a beautiful part of the US!

Synopsis:

Aven Norgaard understands courage. Orphaned within an Irish workhouse, then widowed at just nineteen, she voyaged to America where she was wooed and wed by Thor Norgaard, a Deaf man in rural Appalachia. That the Lord saw her along the winding journey and that Aven now carries Thor's child are blessings beyond measure. Yet while Thor holds her heart, it is his younger brother and rival who haunts her memories. Haakon--whose selfish choices shattered her trust in him.

Having fled the Norgaard orchard after trying to take Aven as his own, Haakon sails on the North Atlantic ice trade, where his soul is plagued with regrets that distance cannot heal. Not even the beautiful Norwegian woman he's pursued can ease the torment. When the winds bear him home after four years away, Haakon finds the family on the brink of tragedy. A decades-old feud with the neighboring farm has wrenched them into the fiercest confrontation on Blackbird Mountain since the Civil War. Haakon's cunning and strength hold the power to seal many fates, including Thor's--which is already imperiled due to a grave illness brought to him at the first prick of warfare.

Now Haakon faces the hardest choice of his life. One that shapes a battlefield where pride must be broken enough to be restored, and where a prodigal son may finally know the healing peace of surrender and the boundless gift of forgiveness. And when it comes to the woman he left behind in Norway, he just might discover that while his heart belongs to a daughter of the north, she's been awaiting him on shores more distant than the land he's fighting for.

A Silken Thread by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Kim is one of my top favorite Christian historical fiction authors. So naturally I am excited about her first book release this year. And this one sounds unique and I am excited to dive into the book! Look forward to a review closer to the release date.

Synopsis:

Eighteen-year-old Laurel Millard, youngest of seven children, is expected to stay home and "take care of Mama" by her older siblings, but Laurel has dreams of starting her own family. Operating a silk loom at the Atlanta Exposition will give her the chance to capture the heart of a man wealthy enough to take care of Laurel and any children she might bear, as well as her mother.

Langdon Rochester's parents have given him an ultimatum: settle down with a wife or lose his family inheritance. At the Exposition, Langdon meets Laurel. Marrying her would satisfy his parents's command, she would look lovely on his arm for social events, and in her besotted state, he believes she would overlook him continuing pursuing rowdy adventures with his unmarried buddies. Langdon decides to woo Laurel. Willie Sharp is not well-off and must take on an extra job at the Atlanta Exposition as a security guard. When mischief-makers cause trouble in the Women's Building, Willie is put in charge of keeping the building secure. He enjoys visiting with Laurel, who seems like the little sister he never had, but his feelings for Laurel change to something much deeper. Can Willie convince Laurel that he can give her better life--even with so little to offer?

Verity by Lisa Bergen

This is the second book in the The Sugar Baron’s Daughter series. What is unique about this series is that it takes place in the Caribbean in the 1700s. This was the height of the sugar business and it was booming. I wasn’t too impressed with the first book in the series so I am hoping the second one is good!

Synopsis:

After leaving England behind for a new life in the West Indies with her sisters, Verity Banning wants something to call her own. Her affinity for animals inspires her to set up a business importing horses, as well as other goods in demand by the island residents. But when she arrives in the Colonies to purchase her goods, unexpected news of Captain Duncan McKintrick awaits her--as does the captain's handsome brother, Ian--whose sympathies lie with the fledgling Patriot cause.

You can read my first book in the series —-> HERE

Flight of the Raven by Morgan Busse

I featured the first book in this series on my Instagram. The fantasy genre is making a come back in the Christian fiction genre and I am not complaining! I love seeing new authors come up with new and exciting books for Christian fiction fans. And how gorgeous is that cover?!

Synopsis:

Selene Ravenwood, once the heir to House Ravenwood, is now an exile. On the run and free of her family's destiny, Selene hopes to find the real reason her family was given the gift of dreamwalking. But first she must adapt to her new life as wife to Lord Damien Maris, the man she was originally assigned to kill. 

While adjusting to her marriage and her home in the north, her power over dreams begins to grow. As the strongest dreamwalker to exist in ages, her expanding power attracts not only nightmares but the attention of the Dark Lady herself.

With a war looming on the horizon and a wicked being after her gift, Selene is faced with a choice: embrace the Dark Lady's offer, or search out the one who gave her the gift of dreamwalking. One path offers power, the other offers freedom. But time is running out, and soon her choice will be made for her.

What books are you looking forward to reading this spring? Share in the comments!

the caffeinated bibliophile

Book Review: The Rancher's Unexpected Baby by Jill Lynn

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Synopsis:

After his marriage ended, Gage Frasier vowed he'd never remarry or have children - but now he's guardian of an orphaned baby boy. Thankfully, his friend's sweet sister, Emma Wilder, offers to nanny while Gage seeks a more suitable family for the child. But soon Gage finds himself bonding with his new son...and with Emma. Parenthood surprised Gage, but will love sneak up on him, too?

  • Genre: Christian Contemporary

  • Published: 02/01/19

  • Publisher: Love Inspired

  • Pages: 224

  • Goodreads Rating: 4.79 Stars

the rancher's unexpected baby jill lynn book review
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
— John 13:34

Why I Chose This Book

Jill reached out to ask me if I would like to review the second book in her series. I absolutely adored the first book in the series so of course I said yes!

First Initial Thoughts

Gage is a young worker on the ranch. His good friend Zieke passed away unexpectedly and left his son Hudson in his care. Emma is another resident of the ranch and knows Gage as a friend. At first Gage is reluctant in taking care of Hudson. He doesn’t want to have children, he feels that he could not provide Hudson with a good life. Emma then tries to persuade Gage to try it out, secretly hoping that Gage will change his mind.

Emma, I liked her but she kind of got on my nerves a little. She was sweet, don’t get me wrong. She just seemed a little too perfect. I think there should have been a little more hesitation at first. As a person who doesn’t have children; even with motherly instincts, I don’t know everything under the sun on taking care of a baby. It felt like she knew exactly what to do - even though she herself didn’t have children. So I would have liked to see a little bit of a flaw at first.

Setting

It was nice to return to the Colorado ranch in this series. Jill reminds me how peaceful and beautiful Colorado is. I have been to Colorado before and it’s a beautiful state! I also chuckled when she mentioned how much the weather shifts out west. One day it’s below freezing and the next day it’s 50 degrees!

Final Thoughts

Even though this is a series I don’t think you have to read the first one to understand this one. The author catches you up on what happened to the main characters from the previous book. Speaking of the main characters, Cate and Luc. It was nice to catch up with them. I also appreciated that even though they were included in this book, Jill didn’t put too much focus on them. It helped the reader focus on Gage and his story.

The only thing that bugged me just a tad was that Emma seemed a little too obvious. She really liked Gage and she didn’t hide it. Gage at first wasn’t sure if he liked Emma. While I am all for sharing your feelings, there is a point it’s too much. However, what I did appreciate from Emma is that she was always there for Gage. She helped him learn how to take care of a baby, and most important of all, be a father. Gage had no idea what he was doing, so it was nice to have someone there for him at that difficult time.

Gage I think grew the most. He was really holding himself accountable for his failed marriage when it really wasn’t his fault. That marriage really tore him up emotionally. He needed to heal and learn that what his ex-wife did was not his fault. I think people who go through adultery and divorce, they need to take time to heal and learn to forgive. Emma really helped him see that there are good people, and there is a chance for happiness. He needed that. Gage also grew while taking care of Hudson. He learned that he could be a father, despite what happened in the past. And he was a good one at that!

Even though this book was straight forward, I enjoyed the sweet romance between Gage and Emma. They just seemed so cute together and fit well together. I hope Jill continues this series! It would be nice to catch up on this couple after all the events!

Would I Recommend?

Yes, most definitely. This is a short sweet romance story perfect to read over the weekend. I think anyone would enjoy reading this sweet pick me up.

You can purchase the book —-> HERE
You can read my first book in the series —-> HERE

the caffeinated bibliophile


Note: I was provided a copy from the author to review. All opinions are my own.

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Lose Weight With The Help of These 8 Christian Books

Christian books to read to help you loose weight

Loosing weight can be challenging. One day you finally got it down- you exercised, eat 3 healthy meals, and didn’t snack too much. Then the next day you fall off the bandwagon and eat a slice of pie and maybe a few other sweets. We all have been there. I have been there! What’s important is that we move forward and continue to try to live a healthier lifestyle. And know that it’s ok to treat yourself once in a while. ;)

It’s important to have God along with you when you decide to loose weight or live a healthier lifestyle. Having him there along the way will help you tremendously. He will help you navigate through your fears, doubts, and worries.

And books can be helpful too. There are so many fitness/health related books out there, that it’s so hard to know which one’s to choose! And it’s hard finding one’s that focus specifically on God.

Therefore, here are 8 Christian Books to read to help you live a healthier lifestyle!:

Healthy By Design by Cathy Morenzie

If God truly cares, then why does food feel like an unending battle that you're fighting alone? You want to believe the next diet will be different but it feels like you're never really going to keep the weight off. Truth is, God deeply cares about every aspect of your being and has created you to be healthy by design. Somewhere along the line you've gotten off-track, without knowing it, so what you know should be easy; feels impossible. This 21 day daily devotional teaches you essential spiritual truths about your weight loss journey in simple, easy to digest, daily readings and exercises. This is not a how-to book, but instead shows you the patterns that have kept you in bondage, and the biblical truths that will set you free. Shifting your perspective and focus so weight loss comes naturally from a place of self-love and Godly devotion instead of endless diets and will-power that lead to despair and self-loathing. Stop fighting the battle, let God be your guide.

Freedom From Emotional Eating by Barb Raveling

Do you eat when you’re bored? Or when you're worried or stressed out? Is it something you do for fun or to avoid doing something else? If so . . . the truth will set you free!

In this Bible study, you’ll get hands-on experience with taking off the lies that make you overeat and putting on the truth that will set you free from the control of food. Through daily Bible studies and practical renewing-of-the-mind tools such as truth journaling and Scripture prayers, you’ll develop a habit of going to God rather than food for help with life.

Think & Eat Yourself Smart by Dr. Caroline Leaf

Science is beginning to understand that our thinking has a deep and complicated relationship with our eating. Our thoughts before, during, and after eating profoundly impact our food choices, our digestive health, our brain health, and more. Yet most of us give very little thought to our food beyond taste and basic nutritional content.

In this revolutionary book, Dr. Caroline Leaf packs an incredible amount of information that will change readers' eating and thinking habits for the better. Rather than getting caught up in whether we should go raw or vegan, gluten-free or paleo, Leaf shows readers that every individual is unique, has unique nutritional needs, and has the power to impact their own health through the right thinking. There's no one perfect solution. Rather, she shows us how to change the way we think about food and put ourselves on the path towards health. 

The Daniel Plan by Rick Warren

Here’s the secret sauce: The Daniel Plan is designed to be done in a supportive community relying on God’s instruction for living.

When it comes to getting healthy, two are always better than one. Our research has revealed that people getting healthy together lose twice as much weight as those who do it alone. God never meant for you to go through life alone and that includes the journey to health.

Unlike the thousands of other books on the market, this book is not about a new diet, guilt-driven gym sessions, or shame-driven fasts. The Daniel Plan shows you how the powerful combination of faith, fitness, food, focus, and friends will change your health forever, transforming you in the most head-turning way imaginably―from the inside out.

God Cures by Damon Davis

The numbers are staggering. More than a billion people live with chronic pain. Yet the perfect human body was created to repair and heal itself. Why are so many millions of people living well beneath healthy? Why does homeostasis seem so far from our experience?

Damon Davis believes there is a way to connect all the dots for a life of wholeness and balance that reaps the benefits of God’s natural path of the interplay of spirit, soul, and body. Davis offers an in-depth profile of his life and health history and explains how sickness is often an accumulation of emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual wounds that take their toll over months and years. Readers take hold of the knowledge, tools, and motivation to leverage God’s curing design.

Let Food Be Your Medicine by Don Colbert

Most of us think God is not concerned with what we eat, but the Bible actually offers great insight and instruction about the effects of food on our bodies. Dr. Colbert introduces a revolutionary sugar detox method, combined with an anti-inflammatory form of the modified Mediterranean diet that resolves a broad spectrum of diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, dementia, cancer, and osteoarthritis. Just imagine -- understanding how food alone can produce mental clarity, balanced weight, and longevity. Includes meal plans.

Seven Sundays by Alec Penix

So many of the books within the diet and fitness space focus on vanity or superficial reasons for striving for personal health and wellbeing. Is it any wonder then that a motivation that’s so surface-level has such a slim chance of working long-term? But Alec Penix believes that all things are possible if you use faith as your bedrock.
Seven Sundays is a six-week program that shows you how easy it is to undergo your own total transformation. The book is organized as a day-by-day journey in the same manner as a daily devotional. Over the course of each week, you will work on the “6 Pillars of Purpose” that build up this strength. You will also enjoy “Faith-Full” foods and explore a new spiritual theme each week. Ultimately, you’ll undertake a meaningful journey that will finally connect your body and spirit.

Reshaping It All by Candace Cameron Bure

Bure’s healthy lifestyle has been featured in US Weekly and People magazines as well as national talk shows including The View and NBC’s Today. In Reshaping It All, she continues the story, inspiring women to embrace a healthier lifestyle by moving faith to the forefront, making wise choices, and finding their worth in the eyes of God. Candace shares a candid account of her struggle with food and ultimately her healthy outlook on weight despite the toothpick-thin expectations of Hollywood.

More than a testimony, here is a motivational tool that will put readers on the right track and keep them there. In addition to practical advice, Candace offers a biblical perspective on appetite and self control that provides encouragement to women, guiding them toward freedom.

Have you ever gone through weight loss? If so, how did you loose the weight? Share in the comments and inspire others!

the caffeinated bibliophile
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Book Review: With This Pledge by Tamera Alexander

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Synopsis:

History takes on vivid life in the stunning first full-length installment of Tamera Alexander's new series, The Carnton Novels.

On the night of November 30, 1864, a brutal battle in Franklin, Tennessee, all but decimates the Confederacy and nearly kills Captain Roland Ward Jones. A decorated Mississippi sharpshooter, Jones has a vision on the battlefield and, despite the severity of his wounds, believes his life will be spared. But a life without his leg, he can't abide. He compels Elizabeth "Lizzie" Clouston—governess to the McGavock family at the Carnton mansion—to intervene should the surgeon decide to amputate. True to her word, Lizzie speaks on his behalf and saves not only the captain's leg but also his life.

When a fourteen-year-old soldier dies in Lizzie's arms that night, the boy's final words, whispered with urgency, demand that Lizzie deliver them to their intended recipient. But all she has is the boy's first name. And, as she soon discovers, there's no record of him ever having enlisted. How can she set out alone across a land so divided by war and hatred to honor her pledge? Even more, does she dare accept Captain Jones's offer to accompany her? As he coalesces at Carnton, romance has blossomed between him and Lizzie—a woman already betrothed to a man she does not love.

From the pages of history and the personal accounts of those who endured the Battle of Franklin, Tamera Alexander weaves the real-life love letters between Captain Roland Ward Jones and Elizabeth Clouston into a story of unlikely romance first kindled amid the shadows of war.

  • Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

  • Published: 2/8/2019

  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson

  • Pages: 448

  • Goodreads Rating: 4.48

with this pledge tamera alexander book review
I lie awake thinking of you, meditating on you through the night, Because you are my helper, I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings, I cling to you; your strong right hand holds me securely.
— Psalm 63:6-8

Why I Chose This Book

Tamera first came out with the Christmas novella - Christmas as Carnton in 2017 and it was one of the first few books I reviewed here on the blog (you can read my review —-> HERE). That book took place after the Civil War, and this book takes place during the Civil War so I was excited to re meet some of the characters - The McGavock’s.

First Initial Thoughts

Elizabeth Clouston is the governess of the household for the McGavock’s children. In the beginning it starts off with a beautiful day of teaching but then all of a sudden Elizabeth starts seeing officers walking in the field ready to battle. The opening part of the book reminded me of the opening battle scene of Saving Private Ryan. Yes, Tamera went into that much detail in the horrors of battle.

The Battle mentioned in this book is Battle of Franklin. And it did actually occur near their plantation. It was one of the worst battles in the Civil War with over 6 thousand killed on the confederate side, and over 2 thousand dead on the Union side. What I couldn’t believe is that many of these kinds of battles took place so close to people’s plantations/homes! And often, the owners were forced to use their home as a “hospital” for the wounded because there really was no where else to put them. And worst of all these horrid conditions were exposed to the children of the household. I couldn’t imagine!

Captain Roland Jones is a young man who recently lost his wife and child due to influenza. He almost looses his right leg and looses part of his hand due to a cannonball. His other leg was also injured, therefore he is immobile. He then begins to have a relationship with Elizabeth while she takes care of him.

Elizabeth is engaged to Towny, a man she knew from her childhood and is her best friend. But he is just that - her best friend. She doesn’t feel romantic feelings towards him but she tries to convince herself that she will begin to love him overtime. She feels desperate to marry because she is 27 years old and wants to have children. If you remember, at that age during that era, 27 was starting to be too old to have children.

Setting

Whew, Tamera did not shy away from the obscenities of war. The aftermath - she described it in such horrid detail, the injuries, the smell, the pleas and crying out in pain. Even though it was quite hard to read, I appreciated that Tamera did this. It makes us realize the horrible result of war and what it does to the families of the victims. Tamera really brought the reader into the world of Carnton, and what it felt like living at that time.

War, at the best, is terrible, and this war of ours, in its magnitude and in its duration, is one of the most terrible.
— Abraham Lincoln

Final Thoughts

What I found quite impressive about this book is that Tamera did extensive historical research on this novel. All the characters, letters, the battle itself, were real. Yes, all the people in this book were real people! You can check out more about her research process, view some pictures of the characters, and read her Q&A —> HERE.

I really liked the relationship between Roland and Elizabeth. I absolutely adored their conversations together and I felt that they fit so well together. Despite their differing views on slavery. I think without Roland, Elizabeth wouldn’t have started to second think her engagement to Towny. To not settle and lean on God to know on what to do. I also liked that she didn’t make Roland a Union soldier, I think that would have been to cliche.

Elizabeth, I really enjoyed seeing her development throughout the novel. In the beginning though I have to say, she was so brave in taking care of the wounded and assisting Dr. Phillips in the surgeries. I couldn’t imagine, never doing any kind of medical work, assist in surgeries, but not only any surgery - but amputations. I give her big round of a plause!

I think the main message of this book is to know that bad things happen but what you do after that is important. We don’t know why God lets bad things happen but we have to trust in him that all things happen for a reason and he has a plan for us. I also believe Tamera wanted to shine a light on the affects of war and what it does to one person.

Would I Recommend?

Most definitely! However, this book can be very graphic in terms of war. if you are quite sensitive (or have PTSD due to being in war) to not necessarily the act of battle, but it’s aftermath, then you might want to pass.


You can purchase the book —- > HERE

the caffeinated bibliophile

Note: I was sent an ARC copy of this book from the publisher to review. All opinions are my own.

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