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In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We
do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit
himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.

ROMANS 8:26

Now that I’m more than a decade down the motherhood road, I’ve realized that being a good mom doesn’t mean being a perfect mom. A perfect mom puts sand in a plastic box so her toddler can have a meaningful sensory experience and doesn’t care about the mess. A perfect mom plays board games for hours on end and makes hot chocolate bars with candy cane stir sticks and makes sure the milk is organic and the chicken nuggets are made only from chickens who were allowed to roam free in sunlit barns. She never loses her patience, never checks her text messages while her child is around, and is the president of the parent/teacher association while managing a Fortune 500 company before returning home to prepare a delicious, nutritious meal for her family.

In short, the perfect mom doesn’t exist. And if she did, we would all hate her.

The perfect mom is a unicorn, mythical at best. But a good mom is the velveteen rabbit, a little worn from use. And while I’m not confident in a lot of areas of my life, I’m confident that I’m a good mom—because what ultimately makes a good mom is the part that requires showing up. I’ve held back hair as she’s thrown up over the toilet and, I regret to say, all over me. I’ve wiped her bottom and her feverish forehead. I’ve stayed in the school parking lot long after she’s walked through the school doors, praying and hoping that today would be a better day. I’ve sat in the rain and the cold and in heat that rivals the surface of the sun to watch her play soccer. I’ve cried when she’s overwhelmed by joy, and I’ve cried
when disappointments have her down. I’ve yelled too much, lost my patience, and seen how many mornings I can get by with Frosted Flakes for breakfast. I’ve driven more carpools than I can count, attended Taylor Swift concerts, and spent many weekend nights with my house full of tween girls with high-pitched squeals who think cleaning up after themselves means putting half-empty soda cans under the bed. I’ve looked at my phone too often, set the clock ahead an hour so I could tell her it was time for bed, and pretended to have an upset stomach just so I could have a few minutes alone in the bathroom.

But I have no doubt that she knows she is deeply loved because I have faithfully shown up for the job for the last fourteen years. It hasn’t been perfect, it hasn’t always been pretty, and nobody is likely to turn our story into an award-winning movie. Being a good mom doesn’t really make the highlights reel because there is very little glamour in packing another peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch. It’s just about being faithful with what has been entrusted to you for such a short time. Read More→

Apr
02

An interview with Katie Ganshert, author of No One Ever Asked

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Tell us about your new novel, No One Ever Asked.

No One Ever Asked is a story about three very different women whose lives are brought together when an impoverished school district loses its accreditation and the affluent community of Crystal Ridge has no choice but to open their school doors. Camille Gray is the wife of a corporate executive, mother of three, and a long-standing PTO chairwoman. Jen Covington is a newly adoptive mom who’s struggling
with a happily-ever- after so much more difficult than she anticipated. And Anaya Jones is the first woman in her family to graduate college and a brand new teacher at Crystal Ridge’s top elementary school, unprepared for the powder-keg situation she’s stepped into. It’s a story that explores the implicit bias impacting American society, and asks the ultimate question: What does it mean to be human?

 

What inspired you to share this story?

A couple years ago, I was listening to an episode on a popular podcast called This American Life. The episode was titled, ‘The Problem We All Live With’, featuring investigative reporter, Nikole Hannah-Jones, who covers race in the United States. She was sharing about a modern-day integration story, wherein a Missouri school district comprised almost entirely of low-income, black and brown students lost their
accreditation, triggering a law that allowed these students to transfer to a mostly white, affluent school district nearby. The podcast included several sound bites from a town meeting held in one of the affluent district’s high schools, and the pushback from the parents was shocking. I couldn’t believe it was from 2013. It was a story that captivated me about a topic that impassions me. So when it came time to write my next novel, this was where my heart kept returning.

 

What message do you hope your readers will take away from No One Ever Asked?

I don’t think there’s any one message I want readers to take away with them as much as I just want hearts to be impacted. I hope the last page of No One Ever Asked will find hearts softer than the first. I hope eyes will be opened, defensiveness will crumble, and ears more willing to listen.

 

What are you currently reading?

I just finished listening to Every Last One by Anna Quindlen on audio, and holy buckets! Talk about heart wrenching. She captivated me with her honest prose, and when I reached the part in the book where the title is first mentioned, I literally gasped out loud. It’s definitely not a light read, but it is a moving one. I’m also reading Becky Wade’s Her One and Only, which has had me laughing out loud at several points, and smiling big throughout. She writes wonderful romance!

 

Where can readers find more information about No One Ever Asked?

Readers can subscribe to my Stay in the Loop email list for all the latest news, as well as exclusive giveaways. You can sign up on my website, www.katieganshert.com.

 

About No One Ever Asked

When an impoverished school district loses its accreditation and the affluent community of Crystal Ridge has no choice but to open their school doors, the lives of three very different women converge: Camille Gray–the wife of an executive, mother of three, long-standing PTA chairwoman and champion fundraiser–faced with a shocking discovery that threatens to tear her picture-perfect world apart at the seams. Jen Covington, the career nurse whose long, painful journey to motherhood finally resulted in adoption but she is struggling with a happily-ever-after so much harder than she anticipated. Twenty-two-year-old Anaya Jones–the first woman in her family to graduate college and a brand new teacher at Crystal Ridge’s top elementary school, unprepared for the powder-keg situation she’s stepped into. Tensions rise within and without, culminating in an unforeseen event that impacts them all. This story explores the implicit biases impacting American society, and asks the ultimate question: What does it mean to be human? Why are we so quick to put labels on each other and categorize people as “this” or “that”, when such complexity exists in each person?

About Katie Ganshert

KATIE GANSHERT is the author of several novels and works of short fiction, including the Christy Award-winning A Broken Kind of Beautiful and Carol Award-winner, The Art of Losing Yourself. Katie lives in eastern Iowa with her family.

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Mar
26

An Interview with Kim Vogel Sawyer, author of Beneath a Prairie Moon

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Tell us about your new novel, Beneath a Prairie Moon, and how the idea for it came about.

Several years ago I wrote a book called A Hopeful Heart which featured women from the east coming to a Kansas herdsman school to learn the skills necessary to become ranchers’ or farmers’ wives. Readers enjoyed the humor of watching these Easterners try to brand cattle, cook for a “whole passel of men,” or take care of chickens. Over the years, I received several requests for another mail-order bride type story, so I was always contemplating it. Then I thought, the last book taught the women how to be good wives; why not write one about the ranchers learning to be good husbands? And Beneath a Prairie Moon came to life in my imagination.

The main character, Abigail Grant, finds her life turned upside down when her father is imprisoned for illegal business dealings. How does her story speak to God’s plans for each of us when things don’t turn out the way we expect?

There as so many things I appreciate about God, but His ability to make beauty out of ashes is definitely close to the top of the list. How many times have we felt as if our happiness was ending, only to find ourselves on the precipice of a brand new and even brighter opportunity for joy? The thing is, God doesn’t see the way we do, with blinders on. He sees how yesterday, today, tomorrow, and every day of our lives work together, and He uses each of our days to weave the most glorious plans for His children. Of course, we have to be willing to let go of some things so our hands are open to receive the greater gift He wants to bestow. I think that was Abigail’s biggest challenge: to release the known and receive what could be.

It takes a long time for Abigail to warm up to Spiveyville and its residents, mostly due to her feelings of superiority. How can we learn to love and appreciate those who are different than ourselves?

Yes, poor Abigail had lost so much, she couldn’t bring herself to let go of the only remaining part of her former life: her stringent behavior model. Of course, this model was of little use, as far as most people were concerned, on the plains. I think the only way we can learn to love and appreciate those who differ from us is to get to know them beneath the surface. When we look past the exterior to the heart underneath, we discover the similarities all humans possess—the desire to love and be loved, to
feel valued, to be accepted, to have a place of belonging. Read More→

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Mar
16

An Interview with Carrie Turansky, author of Across the Blue

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Tell us about your new novel, Across the Blue.

Across the Blue is a historical romance set in Kent, England, in 1909. It’s the Edwardian era, and the dawn of aviation. The hero, James Drake, is a young aspiring aviator who dreams of being the first to fly across the English Channel. He hopes winning that race and prize offered by the Daily Mail will help him gain a respectable reputation and the love of Bella Grayson. Bella longs to become a journalist and write for one of her father’s newspapers. She especially wants to write about aviation and the race to fly across the Channel. But her parents want her to focus on developing a relationship with a wealthy, young aristocratic who will help them step up in society. It’s a story of high-flying adventure, family drama, romance, and inspiration, and I’m excited to share it with reading friends.

 

Bella Grayson, the heroine of the novel, lives on a grand country estate with her family. Was this inspired by a real location? If so, which one?

I had Broadsworth Hall in Doncaster, England, in mind for the Grayson’s family estate when I was writing Across the Blue. I changed some things about the house, so I called it Broadlands. It’s a lovely home, and I hope to visit some day. I have several photos on my Pinterest board. I hope you’ll take a look: https://www.pinterest.com/carrieturansky/across-the-blue/

A central topic in Across the Blue is the race to make the first flight across the English Channel. How was your interest in early aviation sparked?  I visited the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in 2016, and I enjoyed the displays about the Wright Brothers and early aviation. I saw a poster for the First International Air Meet in Rheims, France, and I noticed it took place in 1909. That’s the time period I enjoy writing about, so I decided to do some more research. That’s when I found out about the race across the Channel. The more I read about the race, the newspaper owner who sponsored the prize, and early aviation, the more the story came to life for me.

What was the most fascinating information you discovered in your research for this book? I loved learning about those early aviators and how they designed the first airplanes. Their determination to come up with a design that would actually fly was very inspiring. We take air travel for granted today, but only a little over 100 years ago flying machines were brand new and piloting an airplane was an amazing feat. I was surprised to learn that more than 200,000 people attended the first International Air Meet in Rheims, France, in 1909. The crowds went wild watching those first aviators demonstrate their skills. I enjoyed including that air meet in the book.

What do you hope your readers will take away from Across the Blue? I hope readers will be inspired by James and Bella’s pursuit of their dreams and enjoy the journey with them. I hope their imaginations will be sparked and they will look for ways to reach for their dreams. Most of all I hope their faith will be deepened and they will see how God’s work in their own lives.

What can you tell us about what you are working on next?

I’m working on a new English historical series set in the early 1900s and focused on British Home Children—poor and orphaned children who were sent to Canada not to be adopted but to become indentured workers on farms and as household servants. It will include family drama, adventure, romance, and inspiration.

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

Set in Edwardian England and ideal for readers who enjoy Julie Klassen novels, this romance about an English aviation pioneer and the girl who falls in love with him is filled with adventure and faith.

Isabella Grayson, the eldest daughter of a wealthy, English newspaper magnate, longs to become a journalist, but her parents don’t approve. They want her to marry well and help them gain a higher standing in society. After she writes an anonymous letter to the editor that impresses her father, her parents reluctantly agree she can write a series of articles about aviation and the race to fly across the English Channel, but only if she promises to accept a marriage proposal within the year. When James Drake, an aspiring aviator, crashes his flying machine at the Grayson’s new estate, Bella is intrigued. James is determined to be the first to fly across the Channel and win the prize Mr. Grayson’s newspaper is offering. He hopes it will help him secure a government contract to build airplanes and redeem a terrible family secret. James wants to win Bella’s heart, but his background and lack of social standing make it unlikely her parents would approve. If he fails to achieve his dream, how will he win the love and respect he is seeking? Will Bella’s faith and support help him find the strength and courage he needs when unexpected events turn their world upside down?

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Dec
04

Review: She Reads Truth Bible

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I recently have had the opportunity to review the She Reads Truth Bible and I have enjoyed it immensely. To start off, the cover is just gorgeous (I received the orange “poppy” version) and really draws the eye.

Upon opening the Bible, I was please to see not one but two bookmarks. I know this might seem minimal, but I love reading in both the Old and New Testaments and often read a little each day in both. So, two bookmark ribbons was an unexpected bonus for me!

The She Reads Truth Bible offers helpful introductions to every book of the Bible, giving details about the book’s author, a synopsis of each chapter’s content and even a reading plan for each book. It also contains numerous devotionals throughout to aid you in applying what you read to your daily life.

I love the She Reads Truth Bible  and will be continuing to use it daily for my quiet times. 🙂 #SheReadsTruth #ReadYourBible

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Nov
09

Recipe: WHITE CHICKEN CHILI WITH CILANTRO AND LIME

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By Amy Nelson Hannon

Oh my word. Y’all, it’s finally Fall! Fall is my favorite! If I had to list all the things I love about Fall in order of what I love best, it’d be nearly impossible. Football, crisp mornings, jeans and boots, apple everything, pumpkin everything, adding more blankets to the beds, and the anticipation of the holiday season! I mean, how’s a girl to choose?!

One other favorite of mine during this season is sturdy soups – a bowl full of earthy, warm goodness that gets at my soul. What’s the difference between regular soup and sturdy soup you might ask? Sturdy soups have girth. They are spoonfuls of hearty bites. And they fill bellies way up. You know, they’re sturdy. They can stand alone served with only a few fixins on top. Have I got a sturdy soup for you!

This recipe is an adaptation of one found in my church cookbook. Y’all know that if you can ever get your hands on a church cookbook, then it’s a keeper. Church cookbook recipes are those tried-and-true, time-tested, crowd-pleasing dishes. I know, because I’m a pastor’s wife, and I’ve been feeding people for more than 20 years. So you learn what’s good, what people come back for, and what people request recipes for. And this White Chicken Chili meets the criteria for sure! It is so creamy and loaded with flavor, and the texture is divine with hearty bites of tender chicken and white beans. Sturdy. This recipe is the first soup that my family asks for when the weather officially turns cooler and there’s football on TV. Here’s to fall! And here’s to full bellies and full hearts! – Amy Nelson Hannon, author of Love Welcome Serve: Recipes that Gather and Give

 

WHITE CHICKEN CHILI WITH CILANTRO AND LIME

{serves 6-8}

 

2 Tablespoons olive oil

1 ½ – 2 cups yellow onion, chopped

5 cloves garlic, chopped

3 teaspoons dried oregano

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 teaspoon powdered ginger

3-4 cups chicken stock

½ cup dry white wine like Chardonnay (optional)

1 bay leaf, broken in half

3 cups cooked, shredded chicken

3 cans white beans of your choice, drained

3 jalapeno peppers, minced

3 cups fresh grated Monterey Jack cheese

1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper

Salt to taste

3 Tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped (plus more for topping)

The juice of 3 limes

Heat olive oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven (around 5-6qts). Add the onion and sauté over medium heat until they’re tender and just starting to get color.  Add the garlic oregano, cumin, and ginger, cooking for one more minute. Stir continuously so the garlic doesn’t burn!  Add stock, wine (if using) and bay leaf.  Cook uncovered for 5 minutes over medium heat until somewhat reduced.  Add chicken, beans, and jalapenos. Simmer uncovered for ten minutes, stirring occasionally.  Read More→

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Nov
07

Review: ENCHANTED CHRISTMAS

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Photo: Credit: Copyright 2017 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: Fred Hayes

Can you feel it? That little edge of crispness in the air and the undercurrent of excitement in the stores? The holidays are right around the corner and you know what that means. Decorations, baking and family? Uh…no. It’s time to tuck into snuggly pajamas, grab a steaming cup of cocoa and curl up on the couch with your favorite holiday movies!

Every year, Hallmark Channel outdoes itself on the family movie front and this year is no different. With TWENTY-ONE new holiday features premiering on the network’s “Countdown to Christmas” this season, there is plenty of sweet, family friendly goodness to go around.

One of these movies in particular has piqued my interest. It’s called Enchanted Christmas*. Here’s the description of the movie:

Young widow, Laura Trudeau (played by Alexa PenaVega) was a remarkable dancer. Now working as a project manager in LA, she is tasked to renovate a rundown hotel lodge, in her hometown of Rosemont, Utah and have it ready by Christmas eve. She is stunned to run into her former love and dance partner Ricardo Archuleta, (Carlos PenaVega) who she discovers is in rehearsals for The Christmas Eve shows grand finale, with his new dance partner Taylor (Chelsie Hightower, “Dancing with the Stars”).  When Taylor has an audition abroad, Laura once again finds herself back in Ricardo’s arms. Feelings are rekindled, and with both the hotel opening and the show in jeopardy, Laura has to make some difficult decisions, both personally and professionally.

You can check out the trailer here.   http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/videos/preview-enchanted-christmas

Doesn’t that look great? Who doesn’t love ballroom dancing? And you throw in Christmas? Seriously! 

If you thought you recognized the main character, Laura, you probably did. Alexa PenaVega skyrocketed to fame in the Spy Kids series of movies. Now she’s all grown up and co-starring with her husband, Carlos PenaVega. They even contributed their musical talents by recording one of the songs for the movie. Is there anything they can’t do?

Enchanted Christmas airs on November 12th on Hallmark Channel at 8:00 pm/7:00 central. Don’t miss it!

*Enchanted Christmas is a Mission Pictures International and Gabriel Productions, LLC production. Cindy Bond and Gene Davis serve as Executive producers. James Wilberger and Jarrod Phillips are producers. Terry Cunningham directed from a script by Rick Garman and Catherine Y. Friday.  #HallmarkChannel #EnchantedChristmas #CountdowntoChristmas #Missionpicturesintl

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May
29

Review: Life Verse Creative Journals

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life-verseThe Life Verse Creative Journals by Jana Magruder and Morgan Grace Magruder are a great way to both relax and spend time in God’s Word.  The set comes with both a blank journal for writing (or drawing if you are more talented than I am) and a coloring book full of verses and pictures.  It’s a great set to kickstart a new journaling habit or to give as a gift.

life-verse-insideI’ll admit, I wasn’t so sure that I would enjoy coloring as an adult. As a child coloring drove me crazy because I could never get the pictures to look as pretty in real life as I imagined them in my head. And I was so concerned about staying in the lines, that it was more stressful than relaxing.  However, I do find it to be more therapeutic now that I’m older.  I do still stray out of the lines once in a while, and the pictures are still prettier in my head, but I am much more relaxed about it. Especially since I don’t plan to ever show them to anyone else. 🙂

These journals are a nice way to spend some quality time meditating on Scripture, talking to the Lord, and relaxing.

 

 

* I received these books from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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Aug
11

Review: Justified

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23168525Justified by Varina Denman
Radiant Lit Blog Tours
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Publisher: David C. Cook
Release Date: June 1, 2015

In a small Texas town ruled by gossip, Fawn Blaylock believes others are justified in condemning her untimely pregnancy. Stifled by guilt, she yearns for grace while the local football coach treats her with gentle respect.

This book really surprised me.  I thought it would be such a heavy topic that it might be hard to get through, but it turned out to be such an encouraging book that I enjoyed it thoroughly.  It definitely covers tough topics, but Denman does so in such a way that you love the characters and love the story.

Fawn is easy to connect with. We’ve all done things wrong, things that made us feel unworthy of God’s love … or anyone else’s love for that matter. Fawn is convinced that she’ll never live down the shame or condemnation of the people living in her town.  She also knows that she has been guilty of being the one judging others, and believes she doesn’t deserve grace because of it.

Justified paints a beautiful portrait for us of how we can love others as Christ loved us – and how we often find His grace when and where we least expect it.

Varina Denman is a native Texan who spent her high school years in a small Texas town. Now she lives near Fort Worth with her husband and her five mostly-grown children.

 Justified is available for purchase here from Amazon.com.

 Note: I received this book as part of the Justified  blog tour from Radiant Lit.  I received no compensation for this review and only received a copy of the book for review purposes.

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Jul
16

Book Review: Five Days in Skye

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skyeFive Days in Skye by Carla Laureano
Reviewed by: Jill Hart
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: David C. Cook
Publication Date: June 2015

Andrea Sullivan finally has life all figured out. She’s on track for a promotion to VP in her career as a hospitality consultant. She has a great apartment in New York and travels around the world helping her clients make their hotel properties better and more prosperous. She’s known as being the absolute best at what she does.

James MacDonald is the best in his field, too. He’s a celebrity chef with his own TV show and string of restaurants. Now he’s looking to open up a hotel near his hometown on the Isle of Skye. When his brother, Ian, brings in Andrea as a consultant to make sure everything is in order, James resents it at first. However, as he gets to know Andrea he realizes there is much more to her than meets the eye. Can he convince her to give him a chance? He only has five days with her on the island in order to do so.

This book has everything a reader could want. It will make you laugh, make you cry and make you think about your own life and what you hold most important. Laureano keeps the tension high throughout the book and the characters come alive as you learn more and more about thier pasts and what makes them tick.

I couldn’t put this book down – I sailed through it in a matter of hours. The writing flows smoothly and you’ll forget where you are, transported to Scotland through the detailed imagery. I loved this book and I can’t wait for the book two in this series!

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