Archive for November, 2009

A Forever Christmas by Missy Tippens

Sigh.  I love Christmas…and nothing makes me happier than books with a Christmas setting!  I was also thrilled that we were able to visit the lovely town of Magnolia again.  I so enjoyed His Forever Love so it was great to see some of the same characters as the story of the Jones family continued.  As I mentioned yesterday one of my favorite things about Missy’s books is the underlying truth combined with a fabulous story.  I always enjoy a book that get’s your emotions involved and A Forever Christmas definitely got my emotions involved….I was sad and frustrated and happy….all within the course of 224 pages :)  I found myself hurting for Sarah and her pain….and Gregory and his pain.  It’s amazing how pain can bring people together to learn from one another…and grow.  Growth and Love….that’s what A Forever Christmas is about.  It’s another fantastic read from Missy….and I am hoping for another visit to Magnolia in Missy’s next book!

About The Book:

Sarah Radcliffe’s quiet Christmas back in her hometown will be lost if she agrees to direct the church’s Christmas pageant. But when she meets two little boys determined to gain their father’s attention, Sarah agrees to help. Then she discovers that the dad in question is Gregory Jones, the man she loved and lost.

The single dad is working himself to the bone to give his boys the Christmas of their dreams, when all they want is some family time. Time that includes a new mommy. If Sarah can learn to open her heart, she may receive the most wonderful present of all—a family of her own.

 

 

About The Author:

Born and raised in Kentucky, Missy met her very own hero when she headed to grad school in Atlanta, Georgia. She promptly fell in love and hasn’t left Georgia since. She and her pastor husband have been married twenty-plus years now and have been blessed with three wonderful children. Missy is an award-winning writer and, after ten years of pursuing her dream, she made her first sale to Steeple Hill Love Inspired in 2007. She still pinches herself to see if it really happened!

For more information on Missy and her books visit her website!

Thank You, Missy, for sending me a copy of your book!

Her Unlikely Family and His Forever Love by Missy Tippens

I love a good meaty book….but sometimes I want a good story and a short story.  That is why I love the Love Inspired Line!  You get a great story from wonderful authors with a satisfying ending.  I had the wonderful opportunity to have lunch with Missy and some others this past summer.  It was a wonderful experience and Missy is as genuine and authentic in person as you would think after reading her books and visiting her website.

Her Unlikely Family is Missy’s first book for LI.  I found it to be a unique and fun story with some great lessons. I enjoyed the setting of Gatlinburg Tennessee…what a fun place to set a book!  I found myself really enjoying Josie.  She is different but has a beautiful heart….and Michael…the strong tough single vision man reminded me of so many fellows in my life!  One of my favorite lessons of the book is to never judge a person by how they look or how they live.

His Forever Love has quickly become one of my favorite LI books.  As a Georgia girl I love that it was set in a small Georgia town…it was similar to the small town I live in.  One of my favorite characters in this book is Bill’s granny!  She is wise and a hoot at the same time.  I enjoyed reading the byplay of Lindsay and Bill…it was funny and heart wrenching at the same time.  One of the reasons this is a favorite is because I understood what was driving Bill so much.  Love and wanting the best for others…the way you see it…instead of seeking out the view points of those we care for!  This is a beautiful story of love and understanding….and learning!

About The Books:

Her Unlikely Family:

Take responsibility for his orphaned niece, yes. Raise her himself, no. A good boarding school was what the girl needed, not an uncle who was never home. But then Michael Throckmorton’s niece ran away. And the big-hearted, beautiful diner waitress who’d taken her in wasn’t letting her go so easily. Josie Miller had a few conditions for Michael. Oddly enough, he was willing to listen. Yet days later, why wasn’t he hauling the teen back to school and himself back to the city? Could it be that an unlikely family was forming?

His Forever Love:

In Magnolia, Georgia, local legend says that a couple who holds hands around the “forever” tree will have an unending love. Even so, Bill Wellington held Lindsay Jones’s hands around that tree years ago…and then left her behind. He chose the big city, and now he wants to bring his grandmother there. But to his amazement, he finds that Granny has a boyfriend–and a vibrant life. A life that includes Lindsay, Granny’s caregiver. Bill never thought he’d want to come home, yet Magnolia clearly has its charms. As does Lindsay, who makes him long for a second chance at forever love.


About The Author:

Born and raised in Kentucky, Missy met her very own hero when she headed to grad school in Atlanta, Georgia. She promptly fell in love and hasn’t left Georgia since. She and her pastor husband have been married twenty-plus years now and have been blessed with three wonderful children. Missy is an award-winning writer and, after ten years of pursuing her dream, she made her first sale to Steeple Hill Love Inspired in 2007. She still pinches herself to see if it really happened!

For more information on Missy and her books visit her website!

Tomorrow I will be introducing you to Missy’s newest book, A Forever Christmas!

New Jesus Movie

The Jesus Movie for
the Next Generation

www.NewJesusMovie.com

Guest post by Bruce Marchiano, producer of Jesus…No Greater Love
The truth of the gospel never changes. But Christianity has many faces. They reflect the customs and cultures and the beautiful diversity of the global church. They are lined with the wisdom of age and vibrant with the passion of youth. One gospel for all the world…but how will we deliver it in a way that reaches the whole world? How will we reach the next generation? Young Christians today are more like St. Francis of Assisi than a circuit riding preacher. “Preach the gospel at all times and when necessary, use words.” This is a generation focused on being the hands and feet of Christ and meeting the physical needs of those in both the local and global community. They are building houses, planting gardens, taking food and clothes to the poor and helping the widows and orphans… and then they are sharing the gospel. And they are using technology like never before. They communicate the message through audio, film, video and the internet, and they strive for excellence within those mediums. They must. This is how they will reach their generation for Christ. I share their passion. In the film, The Gospel According to Matthew, we were able to capture the heart of Christ that is so often missing in Christian films, but the quality of the film making was constrained by an $800,000 budget. Now we are inspiring a movement that will bring Jesus to film in a version that literally leaps off the screen and into the hearts of viewers.
Jesus…No Greater Love, the new Jesus movie, (http://www.newjesusmovie.com/) will be a word for word, verse by verse film adaption of the Gospel according to John. The gospel is the power of God unto salvation. That’s really our concept, that the gospel would go out in the power of the film medium, unaltered by any human script writer. The budget for a typical Hollywood production is $100-110 million. Actors’ salaries account for much of that cost. Because the new Jesus movie will be not be paying big name actors, our team believes we can produce a world class, state-of-the-art film incorporating the latest cutting-edge technology for just $45 million. The production will be shot on location in Jerusalem and shot digitally using CGI backgrounds and a green screen stage, providing unlimited potential for sharing the gospel for generations to come. We are inviting people from all nations and all generations to join this movement to bring the gospel to all people. A movement made of 4.5 million people contributing a tax deductible donation of $10 each would fund the cost of the film. The Gospel belongs to everyone, and the new Jesus movie will be produced expressly so it can be accessed by everyone, no matter their financial situation. Our team’s vision is to see the film translated into as many languages as possible and supplied to mission organizations and churches all over the world. You can become a part of the movement to reach the next generation. Please help us spread the word to your friends and family. If you would like to make a donation, you can do so at http://www.newjesusmovie.com./

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Bruce Marchiano is an actor, author, international speaker, and the founder of Marchiano Ministries, a non-profit organization reaching out to people both spiritually and practically in the USA and across the world. He is best known for his joyful, passionate portrayal of Jesus in the film, The Gospel According to Matthew.

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