Mark Batterson's Chase the Lion

My review:

Once again I am thrilled to get the chance to review and promote Mark's newest book. As always, when it comes to Mark's books, they are not fast "eating" I have to chew on it awhile. Think about it, let the ideas roll around in my brain, and just let it all sink in. This book is no different. Personally, it is not a fast read for me, because there are too many nuggets. So I thought I would share some of those nuggets.  I am not going to go through every chapter but just name a few that stuck in my mind.
  • "In every dream journey there comes a moment when you have to quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death. You have to go after a dream that is destined to fail without divine intervention." 
  • "To an infinite God, all finites are equal. There is no big or small, easy or difficult, possible or impossible." 
  • "Dream dreams. That's the natural, supernatural by-product of being filled with God's Spirit." 
  • "Mismanaged success is the leading cause of failure. Well-managed failure is the leading cause of success." 
  • "We start dying the day we stop dreaming. And ironically, we start living the day we discover a dream worth dying for." 
  • "Sometimes you have to take a stand by taking a step. And when you do, that one small step can turn into a giant leap."  
  • "The goal isn't winning. The goal is God's glory. And that isn't contingent upon the final score. That is the final score!"
  • "Destiny predates birth. Destiny postdates death."
This book is filled with so many nuggets it is hard to choose them, but as usual Mark's books are life changers, cheer-you-on books that make you just want to do kingdom work and achieve great deeds for the Lord.
Most definitely a book to keep in your library and read over and over. 5 stars from this reviewer. 
This book was provided by the publisher and author for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review. These thoughts are my own thoughts and honest feelings about this book. 


Gratitude A Prayer and Praise Coloring Journal

About the Book:
Gratitude: A Prayer and Praise Coloring Journal invites you to bring creative journaling and the calming act of coloring into your quiet time with God. This beautifully designed interactive prayer book from Tyndale’s Living Expressions collection helps guide your thoughts as you pray about concerns such as health, overcoming stress, personal relationships, and more. Gratitude gives you a way to celebrate and give thanks to God for the many blessings he provides. Filled with over 100 designs to color, plenty of space for journaling and sketching, and 40 needs-based prayers, Gratitude helps you express your devotion to God with your whole heart!
My Thoughts:
I am doing a picture review of sorts for this review. This book is beautiful, I have included one of the journal pages that I colored with ink pens. The artwork in the journal is perfectly doodle-perfect. I am really torn between whether I like the coloring pages or the blank drawing and journaling pages best. Amazing quality, beautiful prayers to begin your day. This book is definitely a book for anyone who loves art, loves to doodle or just loves to color. I have enjoyed the past week of reading a prayer each morning. It took me a few days to become brave enough to actually color in my book. It is so pretty, I wasn't sure if I wanted to add to it. A great devotional, meditation tool. 5 stars from this reviewer. I have included a few pages illustrating the artwork of the book.. 
This book was provided by Tyndale for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review. 


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Some fun questions with Author Amy Clipston

What inspired the setting for you latest series? 

Amy ClipstonThe setting for my Amish Heirloom Series came out of a meeting I attended at my publisher, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, in Nashville. I sat with the team members and brainstormed ideas for the series. It was so fun to discuss ideas with all of the folks who make my books a reality!

Who was the hardest character for you to write and relate to in The Courtship Basket?

I’ve had my heart broken and have been cheated on by a boyfriend, so I could easily relate to Rachel and her trust issues. I’ve been a caregiver for a dialysis patient and also had to be the breadwinner at the same time, so I could easily understand Mike. I’ve lived with someone who was on dialysis, so I could relate to Raymond’s point of view as well.

I haven’t, however, been a child who lost a parent and had a chronically ill parent, so John was the most difficult character for me to write. I tried to put myself in his shoes and imagine all of his confusing and conflicting emotions. I hope that John’s issues come across well in the book.

How many non-Amish books have you written, please include the names of them (I will link them on my blog)

I have written a three-book contemporary young adult series:

Roadside Assistance

Destination Unknown

Miles from Nowhere

I have also written a non-fiction book detailing my husband’s journey with kidney disease, and my journey as a kidney donor.

The Gift of Love

Share a bit about how you write, since you work a full time job, besides your writing career.

I’m very organized. I start out with a synopsis, and after my editor approves it, I write a very detailed outline, going chapter by chapter, scene by scene. I use this as my roadmap when I’m writing. The story grows and changes, but I know where I’m headed. This helps prevent the dreaded writer’s block.

I write for deadlines, meaning I take breaks and enjoy time with family when my books are done. I’ll write late into the night and all weekend long when I’m finishing up a book. My family is very patient and understanding when I’m on deadline. I’m grateful that my mother lives with my family, and she keeps the household running. My husband is also very supportive, and he takes the boys to youth group and their music lessons during the week. I couldn’t balance working full-time and writing five books per year without my supportive family!

Share a fun memory/experience from your teenage years that will show a side of you, the fans and readers will be surprised to hear about. 

When I was in high school I was crazy about 1960’s music! I loved the Monkees and the Beatles the best. I saw the Monkees in concert several times, and I met Davy Jones twice. I used to make tie-dyed shirts and beaded necklaces. I was a modern-day flower child. It’s funny to think back on that now.

 About the Author

Amy Clipston has been writing for as long as she can remember. Her fiction writing "career" began in elementary school when she and a close friend wrote and shared silly stories. She has a degree in communications from Virginia Wesleyan College and is a member of the Authors Guild, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Romance Writers of America. She is the author of the bestselling Kauffman Amish Bakery series with Zondervan, which is part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing. An advocate for organ and blood donation, Amy donated a kidney in 2011 at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Through her donation, her husband received a second kidney transplant. Amy and her husband matched another couple and swapped kidneys with them. Amy's memoir, A Gift of Love, will be available in early 2014. She hopes her story inspires others to become organ and blood donors. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, mother, and four spoiled rotten cats. You can find her on the web at www.AmyClipston.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AmyClipstonBooks.

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