Saturday, January 19, 2019

5 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom by Dan Willis


About the Book



Title: 5 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom  
Author: Dan Willis  
Genre: Finances/Christian living  
Release date: January 8, 2019  
Publisher: Whitaker House

As a young and na├»ve pastor, Dan Willis maxed out twenty-three credit cards and ruined his credit to support his ministry. It wasn’t until massive debt caused the cards to stop working that he realized that God never asked him to do this. Through his candor and honesty, Dan reveals the five steps God showed him to get out of debt: stop spending, create a budget, develop a debt payoff plan, begin saving, and repair bad credit. This led him to becoming a thriving and financially-free ministry. Now, Dan is on a mission to teach this to the world. Using biblical principles, but not relying on miracles or “name-it-and-claim-it” theology, Dan provides easy-to-follow, practical steps that can be used by anyone to escape financial bondage. Finally, he encourages readers to use their financial freedom to help others and advance God’s kingdom, and to use their newfound fiscal wisdom to store up wealth. Without shaming those who struggle financially, 5 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom is the perfect combination of spiritual wisdom and practical advice for those who desperately need it.


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My Review

From Mr. Willis's personal experience, we get to get a first-hand account of a man's journey into massive debt and his spiritual and practical experience out of it. What I loved about this financial book is that it was simple, there were worksheets included, it was down to earth, and it was short. Mr. Willis presented each step from the Biblical perspective and then showed us how to do it pure and simple. Also, a prayer was included at the end of each chapter which I thought was nice considering that sometimes we tend to separate our finances from being a spiritual thing. I liked how he emphasized that this was not a "name it, claim it" approach and that tithing was of utmost importance. We can't afford not to tithe, because we can never truly prosper financially unless we obey the Lord with our finances since all good gifts come from Him in the first place. :) Like anything, I can't say I agree with 100% of this book, but it is a good, simple, practical, Biblical guide that any person could read (even people that don't like to read), and benefit from. If you want a Biblical, no nonsense, simple approach to handling finances, this is the book for you.

I received a complimentary copy of this book, and all opinions given are my own. 


About the Author



As a young boy, Dan Willis’s dreams involved entering the medical field until that fateful day when, at age sixteen, he was called to “temporarily” take over the pastor position of a local church. More than thirty years later, Dan is still there, serving as the senior pastor of The Lighthouse Church of All Nations in Alsip, Illinois. He took the small ministry of sixteen people and nurtured it into a thriving multicultural body of more than 1,500 people. Dan’s previous books with Whitaker House were Freedom to Forget: Releasing the Pain from the Past, Embracing Hope for the Future and Praise Is My Weapon.



Guest Post from Dan

Not 23 Ways to Money Greatness or 67 Options to Financial Well Being. Just Five Simple Steps to Financial Freedom. Why complicate this? Wipe out debt and create wealth.


Blog Stops


Robin is Bookish, January 11
Remembrancy, January 14
Texas Book-aholic, January 15
Bigreadersite, January 15
Aryn The Libraryan, January 16
Mary Hake, January 18
A Reader’s Brain, January 19
Carpe Diem, January 21


Giveaway



To celebrate his tour, Dan is giving away a $20 Starbucks gift card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d8d4/5-simple-steps-to-finical-freedom-celebration-tour-giveaway

Friday, January 11, 2019

Flights of Fancy by Jen Turano

About the Book


Miss Isadora Delafield may be an heiress, but her life is far from carefree. When her mother begins pressuring her to marry an elderly and uncouth duke, she escapes from the high society world she's always known and finds herself to be an unlikely candidate for a housekeeper position in rural Pennsylvania.

Mr. Ian MacKenzie is known for his savvy business sense and has built his reputation and fortune completely on his own merits. But when his adopted parents are in need of a new housekeeper and Isadora is thrown into his path, he's unexpectedly charmed by her unconventional manner.

Neither Isadora nor Ian expected to find the other so intriguing, but when mysterious incidents on the farm and the truth of Isadora's secret threaten those they love, they'll have to set aside everything they thought they wanted for a chance at happy-ever-after.

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My Review

Jen starts her newest series, American Heiresses, off with a bang! Miss Isadora Delafield is a truly complex, truly delightful, truly personable heroine that I wish I was friends with in real life. Constrained by high society, and her mother's determination to see her climb the social ladder even further through marriage, Isadora comes to the possibility of marrying a truly villainous duke (and when I say villainous, I mean villainous!) Our hero, Mr. Ian McKenzie has his own family struggles, and through Isadora's and Ian's meeting we find truly endearing, quirky family members to enjoy. I don't think I can praise this book enough, rather than to say it is simply stunning! The plot is one that keeps you glued to the page until you finish the entire book in one sitting. The romance blossoms beautifully and innocently, and the characters each develop beautifully in their own way. The history, the plot, the romance, the characters - I can not wait until the next installment in this series! Don't miss Jen Turano and her one of a kind, simply stunning novels!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, and all opinions given are my own. 






About the Author

Named One of the Funniest Voices in Inspirational Romance by Booklist, Jen Turano is a USA Today Best-Selling Author, known for penning quirky historical romances set in the Gilded Age. Her books have earned Publisher Weekly and Booklist starred reviews, top picks from Romantic Times, and praise from Library Journal. She’s been a finalist twice for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards and had two of her books listed in the top 100 romances of the past decade from Booklist. When she’s not writing, she spends her time outside of Denver, CO. She can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jenturanoauthor/ or visit her on the web at www.jenturano.com. She is represented by the Natasha Kern Literary Agency.


Thursday, January 3, 2019

Not So Happily Every After by Susan Barnett Braun


About the Book



Title: Not So Happily Ever After  
Author: Susan Barnett Braun  
Genre: Young Adult  
Release date: July 12, 2012  
Publisher: Self-published

Think history is boring? Then you’ve never met Mad King Ludwig, who inspired Walt Disney with his magnificent castle in the clouds. He ruled the German kingdom of Bavaria for twenty-two years, inspiring his people by his support for the arts. And yet, “Mad King Ludwig” rarely appeared in the capital or attended any government functions. He slept most of the day and stayed awake all night. He dined with his horse and waved pistols at servants. He created a fantasy world inside his castles, complete with caves and trap-door tables. To this day, no one is sure exactly what caused his untimely death in a lake. Who was this man: fairy tale king? Insane eccentric? Mad King Ludwig’s life followed many twists and turns on its way to Not So Happily Ever After. The book’s intended audience is young adults, but it is perfect for adults wanting to learn more about Ludwig also.
 


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My Review

As a history buff, I had expectations for Not So Happily Ever After, and what I found within fully exceeded those expectations. "Mad King Ludwig" was certainly a worthy hero to dive deeper into- filled with eccentricities that made him a true individual. His life through this book reads as a fiction novel, but it is so much more satisfying knowing the plot found within is actually real history. It is amazing how one person in history can influence so much that they never dreamed possible. The way the book is written in short chapters with quotes, anecdotes, and the storyline is seamlessly woven together to produce a delightful read that even non-history readers will enjoy. This would be appropriate for young adult audiences, as well as adult history buffs or adult readers in general as the way the book is written makes it easy to read and provides a truly captivating plot. Mystery still eludes us to this day around this character of history, and I can promise you his story is not one to be missed! Not So Happily Ever After will thrill the history buff, and make readers into history buffs alike!

I received a complimentary copy of this book, and all opinions given are my own. 





About the Author



Susan Barnett Braun earned a BS in retail management from Indiana University and an MA in education from the University of Alabama. She taught for eight years in northeast Indiana, earning a Lilly Endowment Teacher Creativity Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Study Scholarship. Susan has had work published in Parents, Children’s Ministry, and The Secret Place. She also writes online for Fort Wayne Visitor’s Bureau and blogs at Girls in White Dresses. She is married with three wonderful young adult daughters. Susan enjoys reading, playing piano and organ, and spending her time with her family and pets (currently three rabbits and a chinchilla).



Guest Post from Susan

I first learned about King Ludwig II of Bavaria, Germany, while I was a high school German student. He fascinated me then, and he has continued to through several decades now. Ludwig is a hero to the Bavarian people. In America, we too have our heroes: George Washington, Abraham Lincoln. But Ludwig was different. He was so eccentric and unusual that I found him impossible to ignore. As a teacher, I taught my students about this fascinating king each year. They, too, loved him. I decided to write Not So Happily Ever After so that teens could be introduced to Ludwig as I had been. However, since the book has come out, a majority of its readers have been adults. What makes Ludwig so compelling? Oh, where to begin? There are many quirky anecdotes about him: he once invited his favorite horse to dinner in the palace, complete with china and crystal. Ludwig insisted on hiding behind large floral arrangements when he was forced to attend state dinners. He preferred to work at night and sleep during the day. The king built wonderful castles. His most famous, Neuschwanstein, inspired even the talented Walt Disney. If you’ve visited Disneyland or Disney World, the castles at those parks are the Disney version of Ludwig’s real-life home. Ludwig has an air of mystery too, continuing to his still-unexplained death. ”I want to remain an eternal mystery to myself and others,” he once famously said. You’ll have to read the book to learn more. I can pretty much guarantee that this king, who has been dead now for over 130 years, will pique your interest. I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if you decided to start planning a trip to Bavaria to see Ludwig’s castles in person once you finish reading …


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Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Susan is giving away a grand prize of a world/globe necklace and a paperback copy of the book!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d8a1/not-so-happily-ever-after-celebration-tour-giveaway