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CD Review and Giveaway: Whole Heart by Passion

An Invitation to Open Your Heart to God

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by Passion

Release Date: February 23, 2018
Label: sixstepsrecords
Length: 66:25


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1. Whole Heart (feat. Kristian Stanfill)
2. Almighty God (feat. Sean Curran)
3. God, You’re So Good (feat. Kristian Stanfill & Melodie Malone)
4. Reckless Love (feat. Melodie Malone)
5. Heaven (feat. Sean Curran)
6. More Like Jesus (feat. Kristian Stanfill)
7. Hallelujah, Our God Reigns (feat. Brett Younker)
8. Ghost (feat. Crowder)
9. Ever Almighty (feat. Melodie Malone)
10. Great Are You Lord (feat. Matt Redman)
11. All My Hope (feat. Crowder & Tauren Wells)

About The Passion Movement:
From its start in 1995 Passion has been rooted in the confession of Isaiah 26:8 – Yes Lord, walking in the way of Your truth we wait eagerly for You, for Your name and Your renown are the desire of our hearts – existing to glorify God by uniting students in worship, prayer and justice for spiritual awakening in this generation. Passion has encountered millions of students and 18-25 year olds, young people whose lives have been transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit.

One of the most impactful and stirring aspects of the movement, founded by Louie and Shelley Giglio, has been the sea of voices uniting together to lift up the name of Jesus, currently helmed by Kristian Stanfill, Brett Younker and Melodie Malone. The band has seen worship leaders such as Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, Crowder, Christy Nockels and more uniting over the years, writing, recording and leading arenas in worship.

Transcending the conferences, songs from Passion have become some of the most recognizable and unforgettable worship anthems of this generation. With more than 1.8 million units sold and a multitude of chart-topping singles such as “How Great Is Our God,” “God Of This City,” “One Thing Remains,” “Even So Come,” and “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord),” listeners across the world continue to be impacted by the music of Passion. Delivering new projects annually, songs from records such as Here For You, White Flag, Let The Future Begin, Take It All, Even So Come and Salvation’s Tide Is Rising have become timeless staples in the Church. Their newest offering, Worthy Of Your Name, is now available. The four-time Dove Award winners have had seven albums debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s Christian Albums Chart with two hitting the Top 5 on the Billboard 200.

Through it all, Jesus continues to remain at the center.


My Review

Your love
It comes with no conditions
You give us Your whole heart
My hope
Is in the blood of Jesus
I know who I am
Because of who You are
–“Whole Heart”

Whole Heart is the latest live recording to come out of  Passion Conference. Kristian Stanfill, Brett Younker, and Melodie Malone are joined by household names like Crowder and Matt Redman, as well as Sean Curran, and Tauren Wells, who many will remember as the former frontman of pop outfit Royal Tailor.

Stanfill opens the record with title track “Whole Heart”, singing about finding purpose and identity in Jesus. This is one of the stand-out songs on the project. I also thoroughly enjoyed both instances where Crowder makes an appearance: “Ghost” and “All My Hope”. The former is a song about the Holy Spirit (or holy ghost), and he lends a tone dark and mysterious enough to suit. The latter, where Crowder is joined by Tauren Wells, is the biggest departure for the album. This earthy, bluesy gem is joyful and would be equally at home alongside early Stevie Wonder or Southern Gospel.

Other memorable moments come on the simple, yet contemplative duet “God You’re so Good”, “Reckless Heart”, and “Ever Almighty” — all of which feature Melodie Malone. Malone, gifted with an emotive voice, sings with a delicate yearning and an honest vulnerability that can minister to a crowd better than any deep-chested shout.

Finally, I’d be remiss if I failed to mention Matt Redman. It has become commonplace to say that artists on stage singing worship songs are “leading worship”. However, like artists in any other genre of music, some folks on these types of stages do little more than entertain. On penultimate track “Great Are You Lord”, Redman truly leads worship by taking himself far enough out of the way to allow the collective voice of the crowd to predominate. At nearly 9 minutes, the track goes long. If you’re looking for diversion, you might lose interest. However, if you’ve come to be an active participant, Redman will give your heart the space it requires to cry out to Jesus.

While Whole Heart, clocking in at over an hour, is brimming with music, it’s not the kind of record to knock your socks off with innovative bells and whistles. For the most part, it’s fairly mellow, subtle, and workmanlike. You’ll get out of the listening only what you bring to it. So if you’re looking to be entertained rather than making the effort to personalize your worship experience, I would suggest you look elsewhere. If you come at Whole Heart with your heart open, however, you’ll find earnest singers giving their all to praise a mighty God who gave His whole heart. Are you willing to give yours in return?

His love is like lightning
Cracking through the sky
And burning though the rage
Burning through the pain of a billion scars
– “Ghost”

— Dawn Teresa


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4 of 5 Hearts. An Invitation to Open Your Heart to God.

Whole Heart is a slow burn, taking time and attention to sink in. But the listener who gives it both will be rewarded.




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Interview with Amy Clipston (Plus Giveaway!)

A Mother’s Day Q&A with Author Amy Clipston

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Amy Clipston with sons Matt and Zac

What was your favorite Mother’s Day? 

My favorite was after Matt was born because I had my two wonderful boys.

What was your most favorite book to read to your boys when they were little?

Zac absolutely loved Big Joe’s Trailer Truck by Joe Mathieu! He knew it by heart! It’s the cutest book, and I read it to Matt also. We kept it and will pass it on if they have children.

Do you get any book ideas from your sons’ shenanigans?

I haven’t really included any of their shenanigans, but I did model a character after Zac. In my young adult book Roadside Assistance, Logan, who is Whitney’s younger brother, was inspired by Zac. Logan likes Star Wars and video games, and his room is decorated similarly to how Zac’s room used to look.

What’s one of your favorite memories/stories of your boys with your books?

For the past four years I’ve spoken to the 6th grade at my boys’ middle school. I don’t think I embarrassed them too badly when they were members of the audience. One of my sons doesn’t tell many people that I write books, but my other son proudly shares it with friends and teachers. He frequently comes home from school and tells me that the girls in his classes are reading my books. I’m thankful he’s not embarrassed by me or my books.

As a mother, what is your prayer for your boys?

My prayer is that they stay healthy and they find a profession they love. I also pray that if they chose to marry, they find someone who is nice and who will treat them with love and respect. I tell them repeatedly that love should never make them feel bad about themselves. I pray with all of my heart that they will be happy.

About Amy


Amy Clipston is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery series. Her novels have hit multiple bestseller lists including CBD, CBA, and ECPA. Amy holds a degree in communication from Virginia Wesleyan College and works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, and three spoiled rotten cats.

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Book Tour, Giveaway, and Review: Unsinkable Faith by Tracie Miles

A Valuable Guidebook to Transforming Your Mind and Strengthening Your Faith

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by Tracie Miles

Publication Date: April 1, 2017
Publisher: David C. Cook
Length: 224pp
ISBN-13: 978-0781414364

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Publisher Synopsis

For many people, remaining optimistic and feeling positive about themselves and their lives is a constant battle — especially when circumstances are difficult and life is hard.

For others, negativity is something that only sneaks up from time to time, yet still wreaks havoc in their hearts. Regardless of the root causes, once pessimistic thoughts permeate our minds, our feelings and emotions begin to control us instead of us controlling them. Eventually it doesn’t seem possible to stay positive, happy, and full of joy, and negative thought patterns shake our faith, causing us to sink emotionally, mentally, and spiritually over time. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Despite what storms roll in, hearts anchored in God don’t sink. When we change the way we think, we can change the way we feel and live, even if our circumstances remain the same. Intentionally embracing the opportunity to experience a transformed heart and a renewed mind opens the door for a changed life, because a positive mind will always lead to a more positive life.

In Unsinkable Faith, author and Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker Tracie Miles offers hope for women who struggle with negativity. Each chapter explores Tracie’s and other women’s personal stories, showing how they rose above their circumstances by transforming and renewing their minds.

Unsinkable Faith is a breath of fresh air for anyone longing for a heart full of joy, an unbreakable smile, and a new, more optimistic perspective on life. This book will equip you to:

-Replace pessimism with positive thinking by becoming the captain of your thoughts;
-Learn how true joy and happiness are based on choice, not circumstances;
-Overcome unhealthy habits of negative thinking by intentionally implementing three easy mind-renewing steps;
-Stop feeling hopeless and pitiful, and start feeling hope-filled and powerful instead; and
-Discover that when you change the way you think, you change the way feel, and in turn you can change your life completely.

About the Author
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Tracie Miles is a national speaker with Proverbs 31 Ministries and a bestselling author who’s spent the last twelve years inspiring women to become who God called them to be. She’s the author of Your Life Still Counts and Stressed-Less Living, and a contributor to Proverbs 31 Ministries daily devotions.

 My Review

I’ll be the first to admit it — I don’t have unsinkable faith. Though I’d like to think I’m tough, when the waters of life start to rise, I start flailing. Like Peter trying to walk to Jesus over the sea, my attention is focused on anything and everything that could go wrong. Consumed with negative thoughts and worse-case scenarios, my own doubts, fears, and insecurities weigh me down like a sack of rocks tied to my feet. It’s only when I’m gasping for breath and nearly gone under that I finally remember to look to where my help is — Jesus.

Words have the power to heal or the power to harm. Similarly, our thoughts — essentially words we speak to ourselves (or sometimes words we’ve heard from others that we’ve internalized) — have the power to weaken or strengthen us. We can’t change our circumstances, but we can change how we think and respond. In fact, Miles uses support from neuropyschology to show us that science and God’s word are in agreement:

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2)

Our minds can be reshaped and remade! With Unsinkable Faith, Tracie Miles shows us that we already have the tools we need to change our thinking and renew our minds and live more peaceful lives. With work, we can find that unsinkable faith. Fortunately, all we need is already at our disposal. What are the two main tools to defeat negative thinking? Scripture and prayer.

Miles makes the process clear through conversational language and repetition through various examples and scenarios. It’s a three step process – 3 R’s: recognize, reject, and replace. First, be aware of the negative/false thought or belief when it occurs. Next, compare what you’ve been telling yourself is “true” to what God’s word says is true. Reject the lie as contrary to God’s truth and, finally, replace it with words from scripture that will buoy you rather than pull you down. And by all means, pray for help releasing what you need to let go of.

Miles is part of the Proverbs 31 ministry, and if you’ve read other books from Proverbs 31 authors, some of what you find in Unsinkable Faith will be familiar. And that’s okay, because it takes repetition to break down fallacies in our mindset and start to rewire our thinking. I believe Miles had this in mind when she structured her book. She uses three stories from different women to help illustrate her points with each chapter.

At the end of each chapter, Miles hands over the oars and lets your “row your boat” and do the work. She includes prompts for “mind transforming reflections”, “mind renewing memory verses” from scripture for you to write down and commit to memory, and “chapter challenges” that ask you to take action or find practical applications for the skills you’ve been learning.

Miles acknowledges that renewing our minds is hard work. Habits take time to break and we must recognize that embracing positivity is a lifestyle, a continued effort, rather than a destination goal that, once reached, blankets you with uninterrupted peace of mind. You’ll slip, you’ll slide, and you’ll fall. But remember to get back up, dust yourself off, and keep looking up.

Ready to banish negative thoughts? What are you waiting for? Think you’ll fail? Miles knows we’re going to mess up. So in what is perhaps the most valuable section of Unsinkable Faith, she aims to help us avoid common traps she calls “whirlpools”. She lists ten of these hazards giving examples and explanations, then provides a lifeline from scripture we can use to stay afloat should we encounter any of these dangers. So, with a little reflection, you can close the book already equipped with some weapons with which to slay your own personal dragons!

— Dawn Teresa


5 of 5 Hearts. A Valuable Guidebook to Transforming Your Mind and Strengthening Your Faith.

In Unsinkable Faith, Tracie Miles shows us that God’s word can help us overcome negative thinking and strengthen our faith even in the roughest waters.

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I would like to thank LitFuse Publicity Group for providing me with a copy of Unsinkable Faith in exchange for a fair and honest review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Tracie Miles’ Unsinkable Faith Prize Pack Giveaway!

Have negative thought patterns overtaken your life and shaken your faith? Learn how to anchor your heart in God despite what storms roll in in Tracie Miles’ new book, Unsinkable Faith. Each chapter explores Tracie’s and other women’s personal stories, showing how they rose above their circumstances by transforming and renewing their minds. Unsinkable Faith is a breath of fresh air for anyone longing for a heart full of joy, an unbreakable smile, and a new, more optimistic perspective on life.

Join Tracie and other readers on April 25th for a fun Facebook Live event and the Anchored in Faith Prize Pack Giveaway (details below)!

One grand prize winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 25. The winner will be announced at the Unsinkable Faith Facebook Live event. RSVP for a chance to connect with Tracie and others searching for unsinkable faith, as well as for a chance to win other prizes!

RSVP today and spread the word-tell your friends about the giveaway via social media and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 25th!


Christian Chapters – A Beauty Refined: Review, Blog Tour, Giveaway, and Facebook Party

Well-Researched But Less Than Satisfying Historical Romance

A Beauty Refined
by Tracie Peterson

Series: Sapphire Brides (Book 2)
Publication Date: July 5, 2016
Publisher: Bethany House
Length: 315pp
ISBN-13: 978-0764213250

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About the Author

Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than one hundred books. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Montana.


Publisher Synopsis

What does it take to reveal the true beauty of a hidden gem?

Phoebe Von Bergen, the daughter of a German count, is excited to visit America for the first time while her father purchases sapphires in Helena, Montana. Little does she know, however, that her father’s intentions–both for her and the gemstones–are not what she thinks.

Ian Harper, a lapidary working in Helena, finds the dignified young woman staying at the Broadwater Hotel more than a little intriguing. Yet the more he gets to know her, the more he realizes that her family story is based on a lie–a lie she has no knowledge of. And Ian believes he knows the only path that will lead her to freedom.

Meeting Ian has changed everything for Phoebe, and she begins to consider staying in America, regardless of her father’s plans. But she may not be prepared for the unexpected danger that results when her family’s deception begins to unravel.

My Review

A Beauty Refined, best-selling author Tracie Peterson’s latest release, is the second in her Sapphire Brides series. Although part of a series, the book can be read as a standalone without any trouble. The heroine, Phoebe Von Bergen, travels to the American West with her father, a German count. On a business trip to purchase sapphires, the count is quickly revealed to be not only unscrupulous and demanding, but abusive.

This is my second experience with Tracie Peterson’s work, the first being Treasures of the North. Award-winning Peterson has written over 100 books and has a large, faithful following. Still, I guess I’m either the odd-girl out, or I’ve had bad luck as far as selection goes, because each has left me unsatisfied. Of course, a novelist with such an abundance of works can’t hit a home run every time, and A Beauty Refined is not without merit.

First, let’s talk about where Peterson succeeds. Her research on the time period, the sapphire business in the American West and Ceylon, and the process of stone-cutting, shines through. Additionally, a Prussian character makes reference to the unification of Germany. Little details like that help make the setting come alive.

Quickly paced, the novel is an easy read that can become a page-turner. Peterson’s fast-moving plot gives her reader a desire to find out what happens next. Whether readers will be emotionally invested in those outcomes, however, is less certain. Peterson’s writing puts plot ahead of all else, at the expense of character development, dramatic and emotional tension, and plausibility. Ultimately, the underdevelopment of these elements works to undercut another of the novel’s desired intentions — Christian teachings.

While A Beauty Refined began with potential, for the reasons above, and other qualms which I can’t specifically disclose without heavy spoilers (I’ll just say I often didn’t agree with choices made by characters or the rationales behind them), I was less than thrilled with the end product. By the time I had turned the final page, I was more relieved than satisfied. It’s a shame, too, because under different circumstances, the novel’s lessons about faith, trust, honesty, and love might have had more impact and a broader reach.

— Dawn Teresa


3 of 5 Hearts. Well-Researched But Less Than Satisfying Historical Romance.

The most interesting aspect of A Beauty Refined is the look the reader gets at the sapphire business in Montana in 1907. But characters who too often make unrealistic, illogical, or just plain dumb choices and a too easily resolved plot undercut the Christian message.

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I would like to thank Litfuse Publicity Group for providing me with a copy of A Beauty Refined in exchange for an honest review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Blog Tour, Giveaway, and Facebook Party!!

Join author Tracie Peterson in celebrating the release of A Beauty Refined by entering to win her Precious Gems giveaway (details below) and by attending her author chat party on August 9!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 8/9. The winner will be announced at A Beauty Refined Facebook party. RSVP for a chance to connect with Tracie and fellow fans of historical fiction, as well as for a chance to win other prizes!

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DVD Giveaway: When Calls The Heart, Season 2: Movies 1, 3, 4, 5

Congratulations to Angela W. for winning

The Luck o’ the Hearties Giveaway!

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We at ReadLove are huge fans of the Hallmark Channel original TV series When Calls the Heart. But we know we’re only two of thousands of Hearties, so when we got our hands on an extra copy of 4 of the 5 movies from season two, we knew we had to share the wealth. So here’s what one lucky winner will receive:


WCTH Giveaway

(Please note: We do not have Movie 2, but you may easily round-out your collection at the usual online stores!)

How to Enter The Luck o’ the Hearties Giveaway

  1. Visit our Facebook page: ReadLove on Facebook.

  2. Like and Share this post there.

  3. Leave a Comment on the post saying that you Liked and Shared it.

  4. That’s it! But please read the Giveaway Details below before entering!

** Giveaway Details **

The giveaway is open to residents of the United States only, age 13 and older.

The giveaway will end at 11:59pm ET on Thursday, March 17, 2016.

The prize includes four new, sealed DVDs, one of each of the following:

Movie 1: WCTH: Trials of the Heart
Movie 3: WCTH: Heart of the Family
Movie 4: WCTH: Heart and Home
Movie 5: WCTH: Follow Your Heart

The winner will be notified on March 18, 2016 via Facebook IM and is required to respond within five days with the address where the DVDs should be shipped. If no reply has been received by noon on March 23, then a new winner will be drawn.

Disclaimer: The Luck o’ the Hearties giveaway is sponsored solely by ReadLove and is not affiliated in any way with When Calls the Heart or the Hallmark Channel.

Kids Corner: Review and Giveaway – Jesus Today: Devotions For Kids by Sarah Young

A Wonderfully Accessible Devotional Tool For All Ages

Jesus Today: Devotions For Kids
by Sarah Young
(adapted by Tama Fortner)

Publication Date: February 2, 2016
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
Length: 368pp
Age Range: 6 – 10 years
ISBN-13: 978-0718038052

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About Sarah Young

Sarah Young’s devotional writings are personal reflections from her daily quiet time of Bible reading, praying and writing in prayer journals. With sales of more than 14 million books worldwide, Jesus Calling has appeared on all major bestseller lists. Sarah’s writings include Jesus Calling, Jesus Today, Jesus Lives, Dear Jesus, Jesus Calling for Little Ones, Jesus Calling Bible Storybook, Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids, and Peace in His Presence — each encouraging readers in their journey toward intimacy with Christ. Sarah and her husband were missionaries in Japan and Australia for many years. They currently live in the United States.

Publisher Synopsis

Jesus is the Friend who is always with you. Jesus Today: Devotions for Kids will pour this powerful truth into your children’s hearts as they learn that He knows everything about them and loves them more than they can imagine. Each devotion is based on Scripture and is written as though Jesus is speaking, assuring that He is in control, that He is good, and that an amazing future awaits all who put their hope in Him. Adapted from ECPA Gold Medallion–winner Jesus Today, this devotional has the same themes as the adult version, as well as written-out scriptures. It is a great choice for families to read and discuss during devotional time together.

Spend time with Jesus today . . .

My Review

A friend gifted me a copy of Jesus Calling for Christmas. I’ve much enjoyed and benefited from my daily readings of the book. So, naturally, when I had the chance to check out the children’s version of Sarah Young’s sequel to Jesus Calling — Jesus Today: Devotions For Kids — I was excited.

Though it’s not a strict day-by-day devotional (which can be good, as not everyone starts a new book on January 1st), Jesus Today, like its prequel, is presented in such a way as to make the reader feel like he/she is having a quiet heart-to-heart chat with Jesus. One difference in the sequel, which I find extremely helpful, is that rather than just referencing scripture by listing the book, chapter, and verse, Jesus Today prints the quotations on the facing page, so you don’t need to flip through your Bible or use your Bible app to look up the related verses to each day’s devotion.

Tama Fortner has expertly adapted Sarah Young’s words and design to make Jesus Today more accessible to children (suggested ages 6-10). Though the language is simple, the content is neither dumbed down nor diminished. In fact, the integrity of the content is so well maintained that I’d venture to say that, in addition to being a useful tool for moms and dads to guide their young ones toward spending time with Jesus and studying scripture, this could serve as a wonderful guidebook for new or “young” Christians of all ages — even adults! That’s why it makes such good sense to include the printed scriptures rather than just providing reference, because new believers or explorers may not yet have taken the leap of buying a Bible.

This is a book that all ages may use without trepidation. Rather than being daunting or intimidating, it speaks plainly and directly, with most of the translations (unless otherwise noted) being taken from the International Children’s Bible. The design, color, and format help underscore the hopefulness that the entries inspire. Sarah Young wrote Jesus Today during a tumultuous time of illness, so the book particularly speaks to and encourages readers in times of struggle, darkness, despair, and doubt, reminding us that Jesus is ever-present, ever ready to help, and always in control.

– Dawn Teresa


5 of 5 Hearts. A Wonderfully Accessible Devotional Tool For All Ages.

Easy enough for kids, yet robust and meaningful enough for teens, or even adults, Jesus Today: Devotions For Kids is a special text that takes the struggle out of growing closer to Jesus and will likely make quiet time something kids not only enjoy but look forward to.



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Christian Chapters – Review and Giveaway: A Thousand Shall Fall by Andrea Boeshaar

A Compelling, Civil War Era Historical Christian Romance

A Thousand Shall Fall
by Andrea Boeshaar

Series: Shenandoah Valley Saga  (Book 1)
Publication Date: November 27, 2015
Publisher: Kregel Publications
Length: 287pp
ISBN-13: 978-0825443817

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About the Author

Andrea Boeshaar is the cofounder of American Christian Fiction Writers and runs “The Writer’s ER,” a coaching service for writers. She is the author of thirty published works, including Threads of Faith, a finalist in the Inspirational Readers Choice Awards. Andrea is also the author of a popular devotional and regularly blogs on a number of sites.

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Publisher Synopsis

A story of love, hope, and healing set in the midst of the Civil War

Nineteen-year-old Carrie Ann Bell is independent and spirited. The only thing she really fears are the Union soldiers fighting against her Confederate friends. When her youngest sister runs away from home, brave Carrie Ann is determined to find her and bring her back. Disguised as a soldier, she sets off–only to find she’s fallen into the hands of the enemy.

Her childhood friend Confederate Major Joshua Blevins has warned her against these Yankees: they’re all devils, ready to inflict evil on unsuspecting young women. When Colonel Peyton Collier arrests her for her impersonation of an officer, it seems to confirm all her fears.

Soon, though, she finds herself drawn to the handsome, gallant colonel. He rescued her, protected her, and has been every inch the gentleman. Carrie Ann discovers that her foe has become her ally–and more than that, someone she could love. But the arrival of Joshua in the Union camp as a spy will test her loyalties. Will she protect someone who has been like family or be loyal to this stranger to whom she wants to offer her heart? When her world is being torn apart around her, whom should she trust?

Set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, A Thousand Shall Fall is framed around compelling characters and a very romantic setting in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Andrea Boeshaar’s extensive research guarantees historical accuracy and romance genre enthusiasts and Civil War buffs alike will enjoy the Christian perspectives on actual historical events.

My Review

 A Thousand Shall Fall is the first in a new series by Andrea Boeshaar – The Shenandoah Valley Saga. This Civil War era tale, which begins in August, 1864, is also my first experience reading Boeshaar’s work. The novel’s title is inspired by Psalm 91:7:

“A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.” Psalm 91:7, KJV

Contextually, this biblical quote is part of a prayer recited by one of the characters, Aunt Ruth, as several females (with differing loyalties) take shelter in a Winchester, Virginia home while a battle rages outside. While Aunt Ruth is a loyalist and abolitionist living with a freed woman as her housekeeper and friend, the neighbors and longtime friends (or “frenemies,” perhaps?) support the Confederate cause. As it happens, both Aunt Ruth and Carrie Ann, our protagonist, an aspiring journalist who prides herself on her independent stance at the novel’s outset, turn out to be the most objective people concerning the war. So Aunt Ruth petitions God on behalf of the men on both sides when she offers up her prayer.

As a quick aside, I found it interesting that Psalm 91 plays a significant role in this book, as I have personally turned to that Psalm for comfort recently, just days before I began reading the novel.

It’s clear that Boeshaar did extensive research on the Civil War. And though I feel she tried to give a fair and balanced account, I have to admit that I’m a bit disappointed that, for the most part, the Union soldiers and loyalist civilians are portrayed in a positive light, while the opposite can be said about the Confederates and their sympathizers. Still, there are mentions of misdeeds and atrocities being committed on both sides, so I’ll give the author a pass.

Admittedly, being Louisiana born and a resident of Virginia for the past 20 years, I have my own biases. But I fear that too often history is viewed through today’s cultural eyes. It’s altogether too common to make value judgments on people from times gone by based on today’s standards and norms. In that light, I think it can oversimplify things to present the Union cause as both the abolitionist cause and the Christian cause. Certainly there were devout Christians on both sides, and certainly not all Union loyalists were abolitionists. I did, however, like that even loyalists in the novel referred to General Lee as a gentleman.

Though the premise requires some suspension of disbelief, Ms. Boeshaar presents a thoroughly engaging, well-plotted book. Carrie Ann and Aunt Ruth are both delightfully headstrong and feisty women, whom I always delight in meeting in historical fiction — especially if they appear a touch anachronistic. Additionally, Colonel Peyton Collier is a worthy romantic love interest. So much that this Southern girl may have swooned for the valiant “Yankee”.

I particularly enjoyed the novel’s familiar (local, for me) setting as well as the many humorous and lighthearted moments which offset the weight of the serious subject matter. The Christian elements never feel obtrusive or unnatural; similarly, the romantic thread is carefully woven (there is no instant, sudden love) and main characters are treated in sufficient depth.

I was able to sympathize with and care for Carrie Ann and her counterparts. There were even instances that really pulled at my heartstrings. Ultimately, Carrie Ann’s story is one of hope amid heartache, faith amid struggle, and love amid enmity.

At the novel’s conclusion, the war is not yet over. Though we know the outcome of the war, I’d enjoy reading more to find out how Carrie Ann’s story turns out.

— Dawn Teresa


4 of 5 Hearts. A Compelling, Civil War Era Historical Christian Romance Starring a Headstrong Southern Woman with Independent Leanings.

Since it’s nearly impossible to write an unbiased account of any historical event, despite my quibble concerning Union bias, A Thousand Shall Fall served as an enjoyable foray into the Shenandoah Valley during the Civil War. It’s evident that Andrea Boeshaar did much research in order to carefully craft a historical tale of faith, hope, and love that also communicates the heartaches and hard realities of war.

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I would like to thank LitFuse Publicity Group and Kregel Publications for providing me a free copy of this title. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”



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