Deal Alert–Book Addicts Take Note!

1622609_10201451816713111_1239213881_nHave I mentioned my husband put me on a book-buying budget? And that he instituted said budget when my daughter and I were perusing a used bookstore?

Considering my husband may is the most generous man I know, considering he takes me shopping routinely (yes, ladies, my man enjoys shopping with me! I know, I know–a real life hero.), that fact says a lot. About my book addiction.

When I share my schedule, numerous people have wondered how I find the time to read. If that strikes you as a completely irrational statement, then this post is for you. 😉

For those of you loading up your kindles or Nooks for summer vacation, or nighttime reading, or simply, um, life … When Dawn Breaks, a novel reviewers called hilarious and heartbreaking (but saturated with hope), is currently on 65eef-whendawnbreaks_n154102_300dpirgbsale in Kindle and Nook form for $2.99!

But the kindle version HERE! Buy the nook version HERE!

Here’s a bit about the novel:

A hurricane forces Jacqueline to evacuate, and her need for purpose and restitution propel her north to her estranged and embittered daughter and into the arms of a handsome new friend. However, he’s dealing with issues of his own, including a potential conspiracy at work that could cost him everything, and Jacqueline’s not sure she’ll be able to lean on him in the difficult days ahead. Then there are the three orphans to consider, especially Gavin. Must she relinquish her chance at having love to find restitution and embrace her purpose?

Read a free, 36-page excerpt HERE!

What readers and reviewers have to say about the novel:

“Jennifer Slattery’s second novel is a moving, powerful story. … I found myself laughing out loud one minute and one chapter later feeling heartbreak. I was drawn into the lives of these characters and found WhenDawnBreaks Evacuationmyself caring about each one. … This book is very well-written. It includes a romance but the greater love story in the book might surprise you.” ~ Susan Aken, writer and Novel Reviews reviewer.

“I loved this second novel by Jennifer Slattery! God’s hope, love, and grace resonate throughout her stories. No matter what we are going through, no matter our past, God can use us and our circumstances.” ~ Reviewer, Must Love to Read.

“This book is truly an amazing bit of writing, keeping characters in such different circumstances feeling real. … When Dawn Breaks is heart-wrench-gripping with exchanges of love coming from several different angles. Jennifer Slattery writes depth into romance. Here love means more than he-meets-she.
I laughed at myself, the reader, when at the end I felt I had seen and survived all aspects of Hurricane Gita; and then I remembered it was fictional. Convincing read!” ~ Harold Wolf, Amazon Reviewer

“This is the second book by this author that I have read and reviewed, and I must say she is fast becoming a favorite. When Dawn Breaks is an enjoyable read that I hesitated to put down, but did only because I had to, or work and chores would not have gotten done. I thoroughly enjoy Jennifer Slattery’s style of writing and the stories she weaves. Very unique. What makes her stories seem so relatable are that her hero and heroine are not perfect plastic people. Not that they aren’t attractive, but one character will notice something oddly unattractive about the other, such as hairy toes. … If you like authentic characters, unique plots and writing style, you’ll want to read When Dawn Breaks.” ~ Deb Piccurreli, Amazon reader.

 

Moving Past the Comfortable to the Extraordinary

Is your love for the convenient and comfortable keeping you from the extraordinary?

melodylodgekoct132_editedToday a sweet friend and talented author of Entrusted, Julie Arduini, challenges us to evaluate our life, opening ourselves up to God’s nudging, even if that nudging terrifies us or leads us well out of our comfort zones.

Moving Beyond the Comfortable by Julie Arduini

As Ruth worked the fields under the harsh sun and I suspect the wandering eyes of the fellow laborers, she wasn’t comfortable. The hours were long. It was dry and hot. Had I been out in those fields I confess it would take all of five minutes before the muttering would start. I would have imagined my life had I gone back home. Surely it would have been more…comfortable. I’d be angry thinking how Naomi would be home, not as hot and dirty, and although grieving, she’d still be what I was not.

Comfortable.

Ruth in the fields symbolized her faith walk. It was outside the comfort zone. She could have returned home. She stayed with Naomi. She could have refused to work the fields, but she didn’t. She could have kept the fruits of her labors for herself but she went home and gave the grain to Naomi.

I’ve never had to work a field but I have been challenged to step outside the comfort zone. With writing I remember the day God whispered it was time to say goodbye to writing the newsletter for the local Mothers of Preschoolers group. There wasn’t a bad thing in what I was doing, but God was calling me to do more. I had no idea what that more looked like, and walking in obedience was definitely a leaving the comfort zone experience.

I’ve left the comforts of a life I thought I would spend the rest of my days. We were an Upstate NY family, it was all I knew. When the financial fallout of 9/11 hit our area my husband’s job changed. An opportunity came in the exact time frame his job was ending but it was nearly 300 miles away. It meant leaving everything and everyone in a season where our baby was very ill and my dad passed away. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do.

BeyondIDocoverIn Beyond I Do, Ainsley’s life is a fairly predictable package. Things are planned out. Her life, her future is…comfortable. How tempting it is to ignore His call and bulldoze forward on our own strength and hopes. Ainsley’s choice is what Ruth had to face. What I had to surrender was the comfort zone.

It isn’t easy but Ruth’s story offers a great look at God’s heart. When Ruth obeys and surrenders the comfort zone she has a protector and provider named Boaz. He makes sure she receives food, drink, the most fruitful land, and stalks that had already been pulled out for her.

The very first day we moved to Ohio our daughter, severely delayed at the time because of her sickness, pulled herself to stand. Our son blossomed in his new school. My husband thrived and had dreams fulfilled at church.

Ainsley received a happy ending.

Leaving the comfort zone isn’t easy. It’s a choice nearly every minute to fight resentment and grumbling. But eternal rewards are there and as Ruth 2:1-17 show, favor is abundant.

That’s the zone I want. How about you?

Could you relate to Ruth and her obedience to leave a comfort zone by working the fields?

Do you tend to resent people who don’t seem called to leave the comfort zone?

Have you ever been in Ainsley’s position with a future mapped out but God was calling you in a different direction?

Describe a time when you felt God’s favor and protection.

What do you sense God is asking you to do with what you’re reading in Ruth 2?

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Julie Arduini is an author with a passion to encourage readers to find freedom through surrender. Her first Adirondack contemporary romance, Entrusted, gives readers hope to surrender fear. A Walk Through the Valley will soon be available as an infertility devotional with 5 other authors. She blogs every other Wednesday at Christians Read and is a frequent contributor to Jasmine’s Place. To learn more about her writing and love of chocolate, visit http://juliearduini.com. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children.

Entrusted FRONT Cover_editedEntrusted:

Jenna Anderson, sassy city-girl, plows–literally–into Adirondack village, Speculator Falls with a busted GPS. She gets a warning from the sheriff but has ideas for the senior center to prove she belongs in town as their director. Town councilman Ben Regan is as broken as the flower box Jenna demolished. He’s grieving and wants to shut down the center before there’s too much change and heartbreak. They work on community projects and build a slow relationship, but the council needs to vote on the senior center’s future. Can Jenna show Ben both her and the center are worth trusting?

livingbygracepic.jpLet’s talk about this. I often tell our daughter, I’d much rather receive God’s blessings than consequences. What I mean is, I’d rather be walking in His will then venturing away from it. There’ve been many times when following God’s will has been difficult, uncomfortable, and frightening. Moving to Papillion was one! (You can read about that here.) But in every trial and triumph I’ve learned God is good, loving, and faithful. He truly does have our best in mind.

Share your thoughts in response to Julie’s questions here, via our study email, or at our Beyond I Do Bible Study Facebook group. If you’re not a part of our email loop or Facebook group and would like to be, simply shoot me an email and I’ll get you added. 🙂

WhenDawnBreakspreliminaryBefore I go, I wanted to share some exciting events in my world. I recently learned my novel, When Dawn Breaks, is available for pre-order at 25% off! You can get it here.

As the hurricane forces Jacqueline to evacuate, her need for purpose and restitution forces her to head north to her estranged and embittered daughter and into the arms of a handsome new friend. Dealing with his own issues, Jacqueline isn’t sure if he will be the one she can lean on during the difficult days ahead. And then there are the three orphans to consider, especially Gavin. Must she relinquish her chance at having love again in order to be restored?

Read a free, 23 page excerpt here.