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Christ at the Coffee Shop by Nathan Ingram Review

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.

Author Nathan Ingram takes readers on a journey into faith through a series of short stories that speak to the everyday, ordinary moments that bring his faith to the forefront in the book “Christ in the Coffee Shop”. 

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The Synopsis

Christ at the Coffee Shop’s message speaks to the hearts of common people because it magnifies a God of the common places, the omnipotent Deity who happens to choose to make Himself known in the course of everyday events. Many of us would like to see God but can’t find Him, believing that He only expresses Himself through blinding insights of peak experiences of some sort. If we must travel to the mountaintops to see God most of us will miss Him. This book brings Him near.

Growing up on a small farm in Tennessee before earning degrees from Harding University and Tennessee Technological University, Nathan has spent a lot of time with simple living, hard work, and everyday people. In Houston, Texas, where he does most of his work nowadays, Nathan sees a different side of the world where life is a little more complicated and the labor is not with his hands, but the people themselves are not much different. Nathan lives his life among the commonplace and sees a tremendous need for a God who is comfortable there.

The Review

This was a unique and powerful read. The author did an amazing job of taking the ordinary and seemingly mundane actions of everyday life and giving voice to some powerful perceptions from the author’s point of view. The hope and kindness that pours out of the author’s stories were great to read, as it helped give voice to those who experience hardship through their everyday lives and not necessarily through more public events, and allowed readers to feel connected as well, as these situations were all things we either have or can experience at one point or another in our own lives.

It was the way in which the author wrote that really stood out to me. Whether you are a believer or not, you will enjoy the almost fable or parable (depending on one’s POV) that the author took with this direction of storytelling. The story of the man whose wife left him and the simple turn of phrase that the author utilized to help him was a short read, and yet made a powerful impact both emotionally and within the context of the narrative, making this book something many readers will want to be a part of. 

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The Verdict

Heartfelt, honest, and engaging, author Nathan Ingram’s “Christ at the Coffee Shop” is a must-read short story collection. The simplicity is layered with complexity and emotional development that very few books manage to capture in such a short amount of time, and yet the hopeful tone the author strikes and the ability for this book’s stories to transcend any one particular faith is a great thing to read. If you haven’t yet, be sure to grab your copy today!

Rating: 10/10

When Grace Found Me: Real Life Stories of Women of Faith Volume 1 by Kim Lengling Review

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.

Author Kim Lengling helps readers seek inspiration from powerful stories of women of faith in the book “When Grace Found Me Volume 1”. 

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The Synopsis

With the turn of each page, you will find words of encouragement, hope and God’s grace living within the twenty women who share their personal testimonies within this book. Through faith, perseverance, overcoming fear, anxiety and loss, the women who have shared their stories realize that God has been with them every step of the way. When Grace Found Me is a book for anyone who may be seeking a reminder of God’s unending love for us.

The Review

This was an inspiring and heartfelt read. The author really dug deep into a wellspring of emotions and personal experiences to touch upon the stories of these powerful women who became resilient enough to trust in themselves and their beliefs to overcome great odds. The honesty and conviction with which the author wrote and brought these stories to life was moving to say the least and did a great job of utilizing imagery and tone to elevate each story to the platform they deserved.

While I myself am not a particularly religious person, any time a person can overcome something in their lives, be it a tragedy, grief, or any sort of hardship, the means by which they do it matter little to me, but instead the journey and process they took to get to that place is what truly matters. I found these stories to be quite moving, and readers of faith will, in particular, connect to the authors writing as this short yet powerful read paints a vivid image of what happens when a person puts their strength and faith into an idea or belief system. 

The Verdict

Motivating, engaging, and thoughtful, author Kim Lengling’s “When Grace Found Me Volume 1” is a must-read nonfiction inspiration collection of stories. The heart and passion of the author’s writing when coupled with the moving stories of these strong women overcoming lifelong and daily life experiences created a truly strong and emotional reading experience readers won’t be able to put down. Be sure to grab your copy today!

Rating: 9/10

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About the Author

Kim coordinates and is the lead author on a collaborative 3-book faith series, When Grace Found Me, with additional collaborative efforts to come in 2021. She is the mother of one grown daughter and has a rescue dog named Dexter.

Her writing showcases her faith and her emotional interpretation of nature and life and what it can teach us as we traverse this journey.

Kim has been writing since 2004 as a writer, author, and freelance writer. She is a co-author of two published books and one soon to be published in 2021.

To learn more or to purchase a signed copy of any of Kim’s books, please visit www.kimlenglingauthor.com

Follow her podcast Let Fear Bounce on Anchor.fm https://anchor.fm/kim-lengling1

Living the Promises of God, Devotions of Discovery by J. Traveler Pelton Review

Author J. Traveler Pelton takes promises and messages from the Bible to help those seeing council or help throughout Lent to find the peace and help that God has promised everyone in the book, “Living the Promises of God, Devotions of Discovery”.

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The Synopsis

Lent is all about reflection, change, grace, and promises, and this devotional brings them all to you. Living the Promises of God, A Devotional of Discovery will take you on a journey into God’s realm of promises. You might not want to come back! If you need a change in your life, a release from boredom, and real adventure and growth, this is your spiritual emphasis book!

The Review

The educational yet personable way the author relays the information in this devotional was well done. The way the author is able to not only relay the faith-based knowledge of the book to the reader but connect with a wider audience over the struggles and strengths that we all hold within ourselves was widely felt in this book. 

This was the perfect read for those who enjoy faith-based devotional work and self-help/self-care. The author made sure to craft a short yet powerful read that was able to tap into the emotions and thought-processes of those who read the book and built a strong foundation for which those who seek to learn more about this subject can grow and learn to impart these practices and verses into their own lives.

The Verdict

Thoughtful, engaging, and educational, author J. Traveler Pelton’s “Living the Promises of God, Devotions of Discovery” is a must-read book for Christian and faith-based readers. The heart and passion for which the author connects with their readers and the thought-provoking details the author provides from the Bible itself and the stud of how this relates to our lives was a fantastic study of faith overall. If you haven’t yet, be sure to grab your copy today!

Rating: 10/10

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About the Author

J. Traveler Pelton was born in West Virginia in the last century. She is active in her home church and was the Nation’s Mother for her tribe for several years. She is still wife to Dan after 47 years (He is so long-suffering!), mother of six adults, a grandmother of nine, a Clinically Licensed Independent Social worker in private practice, a retired adjunct professor of social work at her local university, and an avid reader. She lives on a mini-farm with her husband, seven alpaca, a flock of spoiled chickens, five Siamese cats, four Pomeranians, a talkative Amazon parrot named Gizmo, and her aviary of canaries. Traveler enjoys the intersection of fantasy, possibility, creativity, and speculation. Join her on the other side of the imagination tree. She’ll be sitting there waiting for your visit.

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