Friday, August 29, 2014

Reach: Five Minute Friday

It's the end of the work week, which means it's time for Five Minute Friday, hosted by Kate Motaung at heading home.  For all the details, click through here to Kate's blog.

Today the writing prompt is REACH.


The mission statement for our church is about loving those in our church family, reaching our community with the love of Christ, and spreading the Gospel throughout the world.

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Loving those in our church family is easy.  We're a lovable bunch. :)  Really, we're family, and it's not hard to love family.

Spreading the Gospel around the world isn't the hardest part.  We send and support missionaries who do a wonderful job of loving and serving people as well as sharing the Gospel.

The challenge for us is reaching into our community.  How do you reach a community that wants for nothing?  (Seriously, if you have any ideas, please let me know.)  We have a weekly soup kitchen; we do service projects for individuals and organizations; we give clothes and school supplies to those who need them; we send teams to impoverished areas to provide food, clothing, and hope.  The challenge is reaching everyone else--people in an affluent community who don't need those kinds of help..  We have programs for children:  VBS, a harvest event, an Easter event.  Youth from outside of the church are always welcome at youth group.  But what about the rest of the people and the rest of the year?


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Giveaway: Collection of Books from Pure Amore (ends 9/2)

As I mentioned in my review of Aileen's Song, Pelican Book Group is launching a new imprint of romance novels promoting abstinence before marriage.  Aileen's Song is part of the "Sisters in Spirit" series, a set of shorter books released as a preview of the Pure Amore imprint.

The Pure Amore books will be offered on a subscription basis in both ebook and paperback formats.  The first title, Just One Kiss, will be released on October 1.  Early subscribers will receive one book per month for an entire year, plus the "Sisters in Spirit" series for no additional cost.  The first 500 subscribers will receive a 25% discount by using the code PA500.

Thanks to the publisher, today I have the privilege of giving away a one-year subscription to the Pure Amore books.  The winner will receive one title every month.  So without further ado, I bring you the Rafflecopter widget:

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Aileen's Song (Book Review)

Aileen's Song by Marianne Evans is part of the "Sisters in Spirit" series, which is a preview of sorts for the Pure Amore imprint, coming soon from Pelican Books.  (See my next post for the chance to win a collection of ebooks from this imprint.)  I received an ebook of this title, at no cost to me, for review purposes.

This is the publisher's description:
Aileen, Siobhan, Kassidy and Maeve–long ago they made a purity pledge to God and a friendship vow to one another. Now this quartet is about to embark on the journey of a lifetime...
All her life, Aileen Brewer has dreamed of singing on stage and winning the heart of Liam Douglas. When she sings, she exudes confidence and charm. Away from the spotlight, she's the shy, curvaceous woman who has always tried to maintain a sweet, Godly spirit despite her radical upbringing and a sense that she's not quite good enough.
During a music festival at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Aileen takes the stage with her three best friends, and Sisters in Spirit is born. 
Liam, a Christian record producer, is captivated by the wallflower of his youth who has blossomed into a magnetic performer. He champions a record deal, and a quest for Aileen's heart begins, but can she find confidence enough to take command of the group...and accept Liam's love? Can Liam help her see the beauty of the woman she has become? 
Dreams just might come true in ways only God could orchestrate...
Pure Amore will be the first romance genre imprint to promote abstinence before marriage.  Aileen's Song fits right into that purpose.  Aileen has low self-esteem, not helped by her parents' attitude toward her.  However, she is a gifted singer and performer.  She and her three best friends return to their hometown and reunite as young adults.  Soon afterward, they unexpectedly have the opportunity to perform at the music festival fundraiser.  Aileen's Song intertwines the friendship between Aileen and Liam with the development of the musical group, Sisters in Spirit.
Aileen's Song is a sweet story of friendship and romance.  I could relate to Aileen's lack of confidence and difficulty with accepting compliments.  I appreciated her conviction to do what she believes is right.  I enjoyed the friendship among the four girls.  I think this is a good book for young women, especially, but also for women who want to read a romance story without the steamy scenes that appear in so many other books.
For more information, a short excerpt, and the opportunity to purchase the ebook, visit the Pelican Book Group page for Aileen's Song.  And don't miss the chance to win a collection of Pure Amore books!