Archive for September, 2010

A Hope Undaunted by Julie Lessman

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The winner of A Hope Undaunted is Jennifer!  Congratulations Jennifer….I will be emailing you :)

I took out Julie’s comment and re-numbered your comments then used random.org to choose a winner!

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A Hope Undaunted is the first book in Julie Lessman’s new series Winds of Change. The Winds of Change series continues the O’Connor family saga that the Daughters of Boston series started.

A Hope Undaunted is about the sassy youngest daughter of Marcy and Patrick O’Connor, Katie. The book takes place during the 1920’s where some pivotal events in our history take place. Julie choose a great decade for the backdrop of Katie’s story which made it interesting and unique.

If you have been reading my book blog for any length of time you know I am a Julie Lessman fan. For the last year or so my interest in Christian books has been waning some as it just seems some plots etc. get used over and over. Not so in Julie’s case! After I finished A Hope Undaunted and closed it with a heartfelt sigh I marveled at the mind of the delightful Mrs Lessman. It amazes me how one person can create a 500+ page novel that has all the twists and turns of your favorite roller coaster! Julie had me laughing, crying, and at one point mad enough to want me to throw the book across the room. Yet I kept reading because I was so attached to the characters….and I had to know what happened. In the end the reader is satisfied with not only an ending they want but with a story that is excellent and leaves you wanting more.

Sassy Katie has her hands full with her beau, Jack, an unwanted attraction to her nemesis, and a problem with her Dad and his holding of the purse strings. Katie’s growth from the beginning to the end of A Hope Undaunted is a testimony to the Grace of our God and to the fact that He never lets us go….and hope unfurled in our heart is enough for us to take the steps forward that must be taken even if it means letting go of the things we think we really want.

A Hope Undaunted is another 5 star story from Julie Lessman….and you get a chance to catch up with your favorite O’Connor girls and their families.

A Hope Undaunted is the start of a new series and can be read as a stand alone but I really do suggest that you read the Daughter’s of Boston series first…you will not be disappointed!

Now we just have to wait for the next book in the Winds of Change series, A Heart Revealed, which is definitely the hard part of being a Julie Lessman fan!

About the Book:

What happens when the boy she loved to hate … becomes the man she hates to love?

The 1920s are drawing to a close, and feisty Katie O’Connor is the epitome of the new woman–smart and sassy with goals for her future that include the perfect husband and a challenging career in law. Her boyfriend Jack fits all of her criteria for a husband–good-looking, well-connected, wealthy, and eating out of her hand. But when she is forced to spend the summer of 1929 with Cluny McGee, the bane of her childhood existence, Katie comes face to face with a choice. Will she follow her well-laid plans to marry Jack? Or will she fall for the man she swore to despise forever?

Special thanks to Revell for sending me a complimentary copy of A Hope Undaunted!

For fun…. A GIVEAWAY!

So I have an extra copy of A Hope Undaunted….what better thing to do that give it away to one of YOU!  Just leave a comment on this post and I will chose a winner with random.org on October 1st and send the book on it’s way to you via media mail!  Good Luck!

You can also check out some cool things Julie is doing to promote A Hope Undaunted HERE on my personal blog!

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Permission to Speak Freely by Anne Jackson.

I started following Anne on twitter a few months ago when she went to Moldova with Children’s Hope Chest (poor Anne became sick and had to return early but the impact she made on my heart while writing from there will be forever etched).

I like that Anne is challenging with her thoughts and words.  So when Permission to Speak Freely came available for review I jumped at the chance.

The first thing you will notice about the book is that it is beautiful.  The binding, pages, and print of the book are unique and I was immediately drawn to the artwork throughout the book. I immediately read the introduction and was intrigued. Then I put the book down. It held so many things I had lately been asking myself and it made me uncomfortable.
After struggling with the essential question Anne ask, What is one thing you feel you can’t say in Church?, for several weeks I picked up the book this past weekend and read. Permission to Speak Freely is thoughtful and insightful look not only into Anne’s life but also the life of many Christians who are struggling with brokenness and wanting acceptance in the very place that it should be most available. The Church. Through a series of essays about her own life and the stories of others we come away with invaluable knowledge of at least two things. We are all messily broken and we are not alone.
Anne’s unique look into this question and the results that follow held me captive on Saturday afternoon as I explored the book…the words and the art. As I closed the book it was with a profound relief of not feeling alone in my less than perfectness and my dissatisfaction….and hopeful that other people, including Anne, were wanting something more.

If you are struggling with questions about you, other Christians, and the Church I cannot recommend Permission to Speak Freely high enough. It is an engaging and transparent look at the heartbeat many people are beginning to feel. A unique stirring to want more for the Church….and more from ourselves.

About the Book:
“What is the one thing you feel you can’t say in church?”

In May 2008, Anne Jackson asked a question on her blog, “What is one thing you feel you can’t say in church?” Hundreds responded. Everyone had a story.

Permission to Speak Freely is the artistic collaboration and movement of author Anne Jackson, who is through with keeping brokenness in the dark. Bringing to light the original intent of God’s sanctuary as a place of help and healing, Anne reveals that through confession, both to God and to others, we can live lives that are whole and healed.

Told with disarming transparency, Anne shares what led to her own addictions and the ensuing lifestyle that left her wounded and withdrawn. She includes dramatic stories of others that also learned to lose their fear, pride, and masks; to identify their hurts; and to find the courage to speak freely. Readers will share in the opportunity to find their own redemption and freedom.

View a snippet of the book:

Buy The BOOK.
Visit the WEBSITE.
Anne on Twitter.
Flowerdust.net. Anne’s Blog.

***Thank You Thomas Nelson and Booksneeze for providing me with a complimentary copy of Permission to Speak Freely by Anne Jackson in exchange for my honest and thoughtful review****


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