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Book Review ~ Under The Shade Of The Banyan Tree by Angela Pisaturo

About the Book Julia DeLuca had a six figure job, penthouse apartment overlooking Central Park, and a boyfriend who was climbing the corporate ladder. So why was she unhappy? Julia felt life had more to offer than prestige and fancy things; she needed to explore that possibility. But she had one major obstacle; her controlling father who did not hide his disappointment of her. In a bold move to find purpose, Julia leaves it all behind for a chance to serve in the missions of India. A heart-warming saga of finding purpose, love and forgiveness set against the backdrop of India. Category Christian/Fiction Genre Contemporary Romance Rating 2 Stars Review Under the Shade of the Banyan Tree has an easy and engaging flow to the reading experience, which helps carry a reader to the end. The first few pages showed some vagueness in some parts of its narrative and poor transition between some of the sub-scenes. Overall, there was also some inconsistency in the use of tenses and POVs. In some instances, there was lack/misuse …

Book Review ~ Caregiver Defined By Michael Fortuna

About the Book Winner of Today’s Caregiver Magazine 2017 Caregiver Friendly® Award. “Think of this book as a casserole for caregivers, an awkward but sincere gift left on the doorstep that will make them feel more understood and validated.” The humble casserole holds a special place in the world of empathy – when you don’t know exactly what to say to someone going through trying times, a casserole perfectly articulates your concern. It is in that spirit that Michael Fortuna wrote Caregiver Defined, a beautifully illustrated book that honors caregivers by defining them through a vocabulary of words that are associated with the care they provide, and the wide range of emotions connected to it. Inspired by his own caregiving experience, but also aware that every caregiving encounter is unique and deeply personal, he devotes a single paragraph to each word, finding a meaningful way to relate it to the caregiver. The text is simple, thought-provoking and inspirational, and the illustrations by professional illustrator, Peg Lee, add a richness to the overall content. You know whom the caregiver cares …

Book Review ~ Simplify Your Life From The Inside Out by Mark Wayne Smith

About the Book Simplify Your Life from the INSIDE OUT: The 7 Keys to Finding Inner Peace “I just wish things could be simpler!” If that has been your lament, and if you still haven’t found anything that really helps…or lasts…you are not alone. As the world gets busier and faster, your life can easily become more complicated, but it doesn’t have to be that way. In Simplify Your Life from THE INSIDE OUT: The 7 Keys to Finding Inner Peace, you will find the practical and effective advice that you’ve been seeking: ✔ How to rediscover the peaceful way to live. ✔ How to recognize and overcome the barriers to a life of simplicity. ✔ The 7 Keys that will guide you in your journey and help you stay on your path. Category Christian/Non-fiction Genre Self-help Rating 4.5 Stars Review This book is interestingly candid…like a direct, concise, but necessary conversation between two people who are not unaware of each other’s struggles, however unique these struggles may be to each individual, with the endgame of one …

Book Review ~ Worth Fighting For By Emily Camp

About the Book Declan Light is certain that since he chose to dedicate his life to God that God will bless him. His plan to marry his high school girlfriend, Miley, and get his Bible college degree are right on track. So it is a surprise to him when things start to look less than ideal. When his confidence in his relationship and God falter on the tails of a tragedy, Declan wonders if there’s anything left worth fighting for.       Category Christian/Fiction/New Adult Genre Contemporary/General Fiction Rating 4 Stars Review This story takes off a few months from where it left off in Here Comes The Light, Cambrooke Series #1. Declan and Miley are married and discover that they’re going to have a baby sooner than they’d prepared. This leads to a series of events, and a tragedy soon strikes, which tests the strength of their love for each other, and puts each one of them on a path different than they’d originally planned. Miley would have to learn what it means …

Book Review ~ The Thing With Feathers By Anne Sweazy-Kulju

About The Book As the inhabitants of Cloverdale, Oregon, welcomed in the twentieth century, they were not unaccustomed to hard times and thorny situations. Small communities banded together for protection and hope. Heroes and villains were often difficult to decipher. When an itinerate Baptist preacher arrived with his baby daughter and a wife lost on the trail, there was no one prepared to suspect what lurid secrets and heartbreak he might be concealing. As the preacher sets his sights against those who might oppose him, the names and the lives of the good people of Cloverdale may not be spared. Yet in the midst of the machinations of a mad man, virtue and valor can persist. The Thing With Feathers is known to fly through wars, depressions, and natural disasters. Will the Marshall clan and the good people of Cloverdale find it in time? Category Christian/Fiction/Adult Genre Historical/General Fiction Rating 5 Stars Review A truly heartrending story that inspires hope, The Thing With Feathers was written with a softness that is incredulously brilliant, andwith a …

Book Review ~ North Star Home By Megan Easley-Walsh

About the Book Ann Scarlet is no thief, but when the Yankee sheriff catches her she might just steal his heart. Ann Scarlet has a single goal when journeying from her home in Savannah to Red River Rocks Falls, Nebraska in 1875: find Whittaker and get back the land deed he stole from her brother. It seems simple enough, until Sheriff Crambert finds her with her hands full of money as she rifles through a pile of land deeds. Nathaniel Crambert has loved and lost before. Ann seems harmless enough and he decides to rehabilitate her into society. Falling for her? That’s not part of the plan. Falling for him? That’s not what she intended either. With the help of Mol, the woman who raised him, and Quiet Dove, his Lakota friend, Ann and Nathaniel may finally get over the burden of their heavy pasts. If Whittaker appears, Ann will have to follow that trail. But, what about following her heart? Category Christian/Fiction/Adult Genre Historical Romance Rating 4 Stars Review This is a sweet story …

Author Scoop ~ Interview with MaryLu Tyndall

I’m delighted to introduce to you, on TBAP today, renowned author, MaryLu Tyndall (although, she needs no introduction)! MaryLu is one of my top five authors of ALL time, and I’m honored that she would stop by on TBAP today to pay us visit. This anointed and gifted woman of God has a lot of wisdom to share, it’s quite marveling! Follow our conversation below and learn more about this amazing woman! Miranda ~ Hello MaryLu! It’s wonderful to have you visit TBAP today! Please tell us a bit about yourself. MaryLu: Hi Miranda! Thank you so much for having me!  Goodness, not sure what to say about me. I’ve been an author for 15 years. I have over 20 books published. I’m a mother of 6, grandmother of almost 4! I live in California now but grew up in South Florida. I’ve been married for 25 years and I take in stray cats! LOL I’ve been a follower of Jesus for 23 years, and I’ve never once looked back to my old life which …