“Will Not See” by Chautona Havig (Tour, Book Review & Giveaway)

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About the Book

Book title: Will Not See

Author: Chautona Havig

Release date: August 29, 2017

Will-Not-See-sm-200x300Genre: Christian Fiction / contemporary / suspense (light)

When Vikki Jeffries wakes up in a Rockland hotel with no idea of who she is and why she can’t remember… well, anything, the Rockland medical community begins to take a closer look at what may have happened to cause a second case of inexplicable amnesia.

But for Vikki, this is more than a medical anomaly–it’s her life. What is she doing in Rockland, thousands of miles away from her home in Apache Junction, Arizona? Who is she? Why is no one looking for her? Or are they?

Will Not See: Not everything is as it seems.

media-headshot-240x300About the Author

Author of the Amazon best-selling Aggie and Past Forward Series, Chautona Havig lives and writes in California’s Mojave Desert. With dozens of books to her name, Chautona spends most of her time writing, but when she takes the rare break, she can be found reading, sewing, paper crafting, or sleeping and dreaming of finishing the dozens of books swirling in her overly-active imagination at any given moment.

 

MY THOUGHTS

 

Good news! My husband Leon is much better now, and it is with much pleasure that I put forward my review.

Jo’Anne

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Having read “None So Blind” by Chautona Havig, I just had to raise hand to read and review the second book in the “Sight Unseen” series, “Will Not See”.

download (1)I assumed that this book would be a continuation of Ella (Dani) and David’s journey. That would have been lovely, however “Will Not See” is the best of both worlds, so to speak.

In this brilliant book, we are introduced to Vikki, Brandon, Tammy, and some other not quite so desirable characters. Ella and David also feature in this suspenseful story.

downloadBoth Vikki and Ella have inexplicable amnesia, so they have similar but different problems. Ella realized that she wasn’t happy with the person she was, and strived to reinvent herself, causing a plethora of ramifications for herself and those who loved her. Vikki, on the other hand, was terrified to learn too much about her past, being certain that she had good reason to be afraid of what she may find. Ironically, she was aided by a journal which surfaced, carrying with it sensitive details of her early past. Although painful to read, it was also therapeutic. Her dear friend Brandon also played an enormous part in bringing back the Tori he knew. In fact, he was a vital instrument.

download (2)I relate to Vikki (Victoria) on many levels and understand her completely, nevertheless, Ella is the woman I aspire to.

Chautona writes with a gentle and faithful style, her characters being well rounded and credible. I feel what her characters are feeling at every twist and turn. I love reading her ‘suspense novels’, which always contain adequate amounts of psychological confusion and lashings of clever wit.

download (6)I did find the dialogue difficult to follow in places, however in terms of keeping the reader glued to the page … “Chautona, you have nailed it once again!”

Both books in this series so far, have kept me consumed as a reader with their mindful suspense and captivating style. I cannot wait to read the third book in this series “Ties that Blind”. Not every loose end has been tied into a neat bow, the conclusion is quite a way off with all kinds of revelations, I am willing to bet. Wow, what a story! You’ll really want to read all three books, and any more if Chautona writes them.

I received an ARC from the author via CelebrateLit, which I happily read being under no obligation to provide a positive review. I have not been paid for this review.

Guest Post from Chautona Havig

The circle of death swirls on the screen and it shifts. The bank balance appears, and with it, my heart sinks. It’s been a tough few months, financially. The bottom line proves it.

My reaction? Inhale. Exhale. “Okay, now we know the worst. We can do something about it.”

My husband, on the other hand, suffers a definite blow. Kevin might not sleep that night. Instead, he’ll mull over what we could have done differently, how we can make changes if he’s a failure at this thing called life. He’ll pray—for hours.

They say ignorance is bliss. And sometimes, that’s true. It’s also a personality thing, I think. I tend to be a “let me have your worst” kind of gal. But when the negative arrives, I also tend to want to shield Kevin from it all. I don’t know how he can worry so much. He can’t fathom how I can turn it off.

But sometimes those personality things go deeper—into what can be serious faults. It has been said,

“There are none so blind as those who will not see. The most deluded people are those who choose to ignore what they already know.”

Or, in the words of Jeremiah,

“Now hear this, O foolish and senseless people, who have eyes but do not see, who have ears but do not hear.”

WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH NOT SEEING?

As I work on the Sight Unseen series, one recurring theme happens, of course. Memory loss—the removal of all insight into one’s past. You can hear who you were, be informed of what you did and why others think you did it, but you can’t know your own self the way you once did. It’s a fresh slate, and it can be a good thing in some respects.

Those around you can now see the difference between habits and personality traits—true dislikes and those conditioned by life. What might have been a fear once could be gone if the cause of that fear is blotted out.

But even for these fictional characters, truth doesn’t change. In None So Blind, Ella takes her memory loss and uses it as an opportunity to reinvent herself, if you will.

And you know what? If you asked her family about it, they’d tell you that it fits her personality. That take-charge gotta get ’er done attitude Dani may have used in different ways, but both “manifestations” of the woman had those qualities. Sure, Ella’s was tempered by recent experience, but not much.

VIKKI JEFFRIES, IS ALMOST THE ANTITHESIS OF ELLA IN THAT RESPECT.

The past is in the past. It scares her. Is it because she doesn’t know it? Because she’s frightened by the unknown? We don’t know. But what we do know is anything associated with that past, even the few very personal items she finds, she rejects. It’s as if ignorance of them will protect her from them. Where Ella runs to face her problems, Vikki runs from them.

But despite those differences, I find it interesting that both women did the same thing, basically—just at different times.

Before her “episode,” Ella chose to blind herself to her faults. She knew them. Lived with them daily, but couldn’t face or address them. So, she “refused to see.”

Vikki—we don’t know. But I think the story shows that she couldn’t blind herself to the truth before her episode. As much as she might have ached to, she just couldn’t. Now that the opportunity is here, however, she grasps it and if she insists on squeezing her eyes shut indefinitely, it may cost her everything—her life. Her soul.

PHILIPPIANS 4:8, “…WHATEVER IS TRUE.”

They say ignorance is bliss. Well, “they” also say, “Truth hurts.” And sometimes it does. But so do the consequences of that ignorance. I guess the next time the bank balance dips low, I won’t be handling the fallout alone. Then again, one can always pray that it doesn’t dip low! I think we’ll start there.

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Kerfuffle by Kristin N. Spencer (Review, Blog Tour, and Giveaway)

 

Kerfuffle Front Cover v3About the Book:

Book title: Kerfuffle

Author: Kristin N. Spencer

Release date: June 1, 2017

Genre: Young Adult

 

Olive’s best friend needs her now more than ever, but can she piece together everything in time to help him?

When an anonymous email circulates through Normandie High, everything Olive knows about her family, church, and friends will change. In the midst of controversy, Olive finds she has been entrusted to protect her best friend and his secrets, though revealing them would make her life much easier. Meanwhile, she struggles to figure out what the Bible teaches about homosexuality while the members of Revive church lobby accusations back and forth, threatening to cause a church split.

In a twist that even Olive couldn’t anticipate, family relationships waiver as Olive tries to decode her mother’s mysterious behavior. When the past stirs up new accusations against Olive’s family, she learns that some secrets are more painful to reveal than others.

Though a helpful guy in Spanish class has her attention, Olive realizes that boy problems are the least of her worries. Can she balance drama, schoolwork, and still be the supportive friend and daughter God wants her to be?

Kristin Author Photo 2017About the Author:

Kristin N. Spencer is an American expat living in a 68 square meter flat with her husband and three kids near the Aegean Sea. When she isn’t wifing, mothering, counseling, discipling, or writing, she enjoys sewing cosplay costumes for her family, baking, and hanging out with other geeks. She writes whatever she wants, including Non-Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Sci-Fi, and Fantasy.

MY THOUGHTSKerfuffle! Wow, what a book!

You can tell from the title that there will be conflict and difficulties, but not to the extent that surfaces within this story. It’s not a light read, but Kirstin has addressed many issues that touch the lives of young people and families in general.

The story is told mostly through Olive’s eyes, but her interaction with the other characters plumps the story out for an interesting and informative read.

The main issue is regarding same sex attraction (SSA), but also and more importantly the issue of the church’s reactions.

“We all go through things, Adam. Having a hard season doesn’t mean you’re a failure. It just means you’re human.”

The question remaining for many … “Is temptation just as much a sin as the sin itself?”

I would recommend this book to both young adults and mature adults, even younger people with supervision.

There are a lot of misinterpretations as to the true meaning of God’s love and forgiveness, and I feel that Kirstin has covered this with gentleness, understanding, and wisdom.

“Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.”                   ~ James 1:12

I have given this book 4 Stars.

You may purchase a copy of this amazing book right here

I was provided with an ARC from the author via CelebrateLit. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own, and I was not under any obligation to give a positive review.

Giveaway:

kerfuffle giveawayTo celebrate her tour, Kristin is giving away a grand prize of all three of her books: Newfangled, Flummoxed, and Kerfuffle and a T-shirt of your choice from the WritersLife Artist Shop ( https://writerslife.threadless.com)!! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/bb66

Guest Post from Kristin N. Spencer:

Retrospective thoughts are so powerful, aren’t they? Now that I’m an adult I often look back on my adolescence and think, “Why didn’t anyone tell me?” As a YA author, I read a lot of books in my own genre, and I’ve noticed a pattern. Though many of the secular YA authors are brave enough to talk about the tough stuff, not many Christian authors go after the real world difficulties that face our young people. The passage of time constantly rips through generations creating new problems and situations. The world that my children are growing up in is very different from what I experienced, and the challenges that they face as Christians are also different. The Desires & Decisions series was born out of the need for me to able to address these controversial topics with my own children. Olive, a teenage girl growing up in Southern California, serves as the lens of perspective as we see almost everything from her point of view. Her world provides a safe, fictional place for Christians to flesh out these thoughts and think through what the Bible teaches about topics like racism, bullying, loving one’s neighbor, what real love is and addiction.

Kerfuffle specifically explores the complex emotions associated with the Church and the temptation of same sex attraction. We get to experience the conflict Olive feels and also witness the varied reactions from different generations through Olive’s parents and other members of Revive Church. This issue isn’t going away, and as a Church, we must be able to talk about it without alienating ourselves from those that struggle with this temptation. There is hope for every person through the blood of Jesus Christ, whether you struggle to love those who experience same sex attraction or you struggle with that temptation yourself. I hope Kerfuffle encourages you as you seek to walk closer to Christ.

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“A God of All Seasons – Walking Toward Mercy, Grace and Hope” by T.H. Meyer and Amy Breitmann. (Blog Tour, Review, and Giveaway.)

A-God-For-All-Seasons-r1-ebook-cover-197x300About the Book

Book title: A God of All Seasons

Author: TH Meyer & Amy Breitmann

Release date: August 28, 2017

Genre: Non-fiction

What if your spiritual life landed in the grip of a wintered soul? How does one’s faith survive?

Discover the beauty and challenge of spiritual seasons as Tammy & Amy remember parts of their stories in order to draw out your own. Learn to perceive God’s companionship even when you don’t sense His nearness. And unearth, not only a God who created the seasons but one who also walks you through them.”

Book Trailer Video: A God of All Seasons

MY THOUGHTS

How often have I foolishly relied more on my own life-vest or efforts? Or …

How often has God called me to plunge off the board of faith or has asked me to leap from my safe seat, only to discover I’ve been too fearful?

 We must listen carefully, and remember that He always knows best.

What an amazing book. I felt privileged and honored to read this lovely book. Amy and Tammy do such a complete job of reminding us (me) that no matter the season of our lives, God always has our back. In fact, He’s got it before we even realize there’s a problem”.

“A God of All Seasons” is beautifully written with such honesty. We are able to see our own lives in many of the trials and tribulations that are discussed within. Superb analogies are presented throughout the book, most of them so wonderful that I found myself highlighting so much of the content.

Our lives resemble a jig-saw puzzle, each piece of life unique in its properties and characteristics. We cannot even imagine what the final picture will look like, but He knows …

I love the way this book is set out, broken into essays, personal testimonies, words of encouragement, and relevant Bible verses. I particularly loved the story about the ‘Brave’ bracelet. How beautiful and how true it is that sometimes, no make that often, God is speaking to us through His Holy Spirit. We won’t always understand His reasoning, but we must trust in Him. We often won’t even hear Him, but we must learn to listen more carefully.

“We savour the small moments like sunken treasure because these days will be the golden ones.

 I like the end of chapter questions for reflection at the end of every chapter. There are also some clever analogies awaiting the reader here. And yes, I have highlighted all these questions, to remind myself to write these in my own journal, and hopefully, answer them one day.

Question: Can we make a deal or agreement with God? e.g. “If you answer me … I’ll keep praying.”  What do you think? Can we bargain with God? And if we could, would we really want to, knowing He knows best anyway?

“A God of All Seasons” brings so much comfort to the reader. It’s tender words gently walk us through all the autumns, winters, springs, and summers of our earthly life.

I received a free ARC of this book from the authors. I am not obliged to give a positive review. All words and thoughts are entirely my own.

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Giveaway

13c9ba50-c32a-4f8b-9d0c-9805e3beb56dTo celebrate her tour, T.H. Meyer is giving away a Kindle Fire!! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/bd4e

 

About the Authors

Tammy H MeyerAfter living in Asia and Europe, T.H. Meyer’s family planted roots on their Texas farm in 2008 where they live among fields of Rye and Bermuda. Tammy is a writer and creative strategist who also moonlights as a social media specialist. She’s the mother to three children and author of, A Life of Creative Purpose: Embrace Uniqueness, Explore Boldness, Encourage Faith and Social Media Strategies: Discovering Powerful Tools of the Trade without Losing Your Soul for Christian entrepreneurs maneuvering the daunting and soul-sucking world of online marketing.

Join Tammy on her website: The Art of Fear Not: An Adventurous Life of Faith http://www.tammy-h-meyer.com/.

Or stay in touch with her at:

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/hendricksmeyer/pins/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tammy.h.meyer/ for personal photos and thoughts from home.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tammy.hendricksmeyer

Or Twitter: https://twitter.com/tammy_h_meyer/lists & find out what’s on her Twitter “Lists.”

Amy BreitmannAmy’s (Amy Breitmann) Bio: Amy weaves together ministry and writing alongside her husband and two children in Augusta, GA. She is a writer, speaker, and founder of “The Lydia Project,” a national ministry for women facing cancer and is a storyteller for ViBella Jewelry, an international company that employs artisans in Haiti and Mexico. Her published works include pieces in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Mosaic: Sojourners of Faith, and Guideposts Magazine.

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Wounded in the Church by Ray Beeson & Chris Hayward (Review, Blog Tour & Giveaway)

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About the Book

Book title: Wounded in the Church

Authors: Ray Beeson & Chris Hayward

Release date: March 14, 2017

Genre: Non-fiction

 

Wounded in the ChurchA church should be safe, right? Then why do so many get hurt there?

Ray Beeson and Chris Hayward combine their years of ministry experience to address head-on the elephant in the room: church members and church leaders hurt Christians. All the time. And the long-lasting effects—rejection, shame, despair, loneliness, fear—can be devastating. The authors have witnessed the rise of the “dones,” those who are just done with God thanks to scars from a church.

With first-person stories of hurt and loss, this book is a wake-up call for any who deny woundedness in the church but is also a redemptive message for any who hurt from church wounds. Leaders and laypeople alike will learn how to grieve over abuse, to leave unhealthy attitudes and patterns that cause pain, and to trust in God’s real, delivering work through churches that build up, not tear down.

Thanks to the grace of God, there is always hope beyond the pain.

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MY THOUGHTS

When I first saw this book, I wasn’t keen to read it.

Yes, I have been wounded by a church but how could anyone really understand?

“God’s divine nature is offered to everyone. God added to Christ the human nature that we might have the divine nature added to us.”

Ray Beeson and Chris Hayward have nailed it!

This book is the first I have seen that covers the many issues that exist within and out of the church (no matter what denomination one belongs to). Ray and Chris have dealt with this subject in the most respectful and humane way possible. Mere human beings as we are, don’t think the same way that God does, therefore it would be unreasonable to assume that we can ever achieve divine perfection while stationed on this earth. It would also be irrational to assume that what people say, especially many people’s interpretations of the Word of God (The Holy Bible), are correct.

There have been many different interpretations of the Holy Word, some due to ignorance, others due to that human need to be in control. More people have been hurt badly or even been damaged by human applications of the Bible by the church, than the entire number of hairs on my head, that I will have during my lifetime.

There are too many types of wounding discussed within this informative book for me to cover them here, so I have decided to cover Ray and Chris’ words on ‘Guilt and Shame’.

With guilt comes shame. It shouldn’t be that way, we do need to feel guilty when we have done something wrong, have the opportunity to show remorse, and endeavor not to make this mistake again. We most likely will make the same mistakes repeatedly, because we are imperfect human beings, and the power of the enemy is strong. But in His wisdom, God knows this and always gives us the chance to return to Him.

Shame is an entirely different player in this life struggle.  With shame comes fear and blame.

“The first blame-game in human history occurred when Adam implied that it was God’s fault that he was in a mess, for having given the woman to him.”

We have continued to blame others for our shortcomings ever since.

Ray and Chris discuss the various forms of shame: hereditary, personal, generational, inflicted, induced, discriminatory, and unwarranted or false shame. “Unhealthy leaders may use shame for the purpose of manipulation. People will do almost anything to avoid being shamed.”

 “Shame only becomes a horrible thing when it is activated by sin.”

 Then there is the issue of ‘secret shame’. The secrets we keep to ourselves, but God knows of our remorse because we have confessed directly to Him, and by the power of Christ’s Blood we are forgiven and saved. Both Ray and Chris agree that to be a good Christian or follower of Jesus, we do not always need to tell all.

“Righteousness has nothing to do with performance, but with who we become.”

 Ray and Chris eloquently point out the dangers of our tendencies to judge and shame each other, and the damage it has done down through the ages. Their book is interspersed with personal testimonies from good people who have been treated badly by the church, whether by church leaders or fellow followers of Christ. This book doesn’t fix any problems; however, it is comforting to know that if we have been hurt, we are not alone.

“Sin and grace are the crux of the practical Christian life” we sin and it is only by God’s grace that we can be forgiven and saved. It is never up to us as members of the church community to place judgment, punishment, and shame on others.

“Perfectionism is the result of focusing on sin.”

“Wounded in the Church” is a wonderful tool to bring us closer to realizing that there is always hope beyond the pain.

 From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.

Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!”

But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”

~ Matthew 16:21-23

I wouldn’t say that I enjoyed reading “Wounded in the Church” the same way I would reading a romance novel, however, I must say this book held me until the end because I was able to relate to many of the discussions and testimonies. It was a painful read, but a comforting journey.

I was provided with an ARC by the authors via CelebrateLit in return for an honest review.

About the Authors

ray-beeson-300x235Ray Beeson is the director of Overcomers Ministries, a teaching ministry with a special emphasis on spiritual warfare and prayer. Ray teaches seminars on spiritual warfare, prayer, and Christlike living and is the author of numerous books including Signed in His Blood (Charisma House, 2014) and The Hidden Price of Greatness (Overcomers, 2000). Ray and his wife, Linda, live in Ventura, CA.

 

chris-hayward-201x300Chris Hayward has had over thirty-six years of pastoral ministry and is currently serving as president of Cleansing Stream Ministries, a discipleship ministry that works with the local church around the world. He is also the author of God’s Cleansing Stream (Chosen Books, 2004) and The End of Rejection (Chosen Books, 2007). Chris and his wife, Karen, live in Castaic, CA.

 

Giveaway

GiveawayTo celebrate this tour, Whitaker House is giving away

Grand Prize: Kindle Fire and Wounded in the Church by Ray Beeson and Chris Hayward

First Place Prize: Walking by Faith mug with matching pen OR Bouquet of Blessings mug and Wounded in the Church

Second Place Prize: Walking By Faith pen and Wounded in the Church

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Guest Post from Ray Beeson & Chris Hayward

imagesWhen we tell people we’ve written a book entitled “Wounded in the Church,” many nod knowingly. Sadly, the pain and heartache that happens in churches is all too common. Collectively, the two of us have spent more than 70 years in ministry. During that time we have seen neglect, tactlessness, and blatant insensitivity fostered by some leaders and congregations resulting in the wounding of others. We realize it is not prolific in every church, but the wounding is significant and it needs to be exposed. That is why we wrote this book – we share real stories of real people who were wounded in church, a place that should be a shelter of God’s love and peace. Sometimes people are abused by leaders or church members. There are also times when leaders are abused by people within the congregation. As you read, perhaps you’ll identify with some of the situations described. If so, be assured you are not alone. images (1)If you have been wounded, it is our hope and prayer God uses this book to facilitate healing. Because of Jesus Christ, there is hope beyond the pain.

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