Tag Archives: Love

Island Christmas Releases Soon

I know I don’t post here on Fridays, but I had to share this with you. The first review is out for Island Christmas. I couldn’t be more pleased. Many of you know I generally don’t read reviews of my books, but since this is the first one, I had to. 🙂

The review is written by Sally Shupe and can be found in it’s original form at this link if you’d like to view it there. Otherwise I’ve pasted it below for you. 🙂

Island Christmas CoverI loved this story by Kimberly Rose Johnson! Everyone has a past, but God loves us anyway. These characters are facing situations I could relate to with emotions I could sympathize with. I was pulled into the story from the first page, especially because of little Jason.

Rachel Narrelli has returned to the Wildflower Bed-and-Breakfast with her 3 year old son Jason. She is the new sous chef at Wildflower Fresh. When she’s invited to church, she thinks she can’t go with all the perfect people. What would they think of her?

Chris Campbell is looking for investment property. All the men in his family have died young from heart disease and that’s what he figures will happen to him. He is staying at the Wildflower Bed-and-Breakfast until he finds a place. Rachel and Jason capture his interest from the beginning; however, Rachel doesn’t share his faith.

Rachel’s husband died from cancer and she doesn’t want to marry another guy who will die young and leave her. Can she let go of her fear? What will Chris think when he finds out about her past? Can Rachel and Chris let go of their past and fears to embrace a future together?

Read this wonderful story today about forgiveness and trust in God for a great love story!

Thanks so much, Sally!

If you would like to pre-order a copy today at the discounted pre-order price the link is below. For those of you who prefer paperback books, it is coming, but it’s not yet loaded for pre-order. I expect to see it go live around the time the ebook goes live, so please don’t give up.

Amazon Link for Island Christmas: http://amzn.to/1VWMYCJ



Loving Others Even When it Hurts

Jennifer Slattery is our guest blogger for this week’s devotional. I must say this one really hit me on the head. Thank you, Jennifer for sharing your heart with us.

Panoramic of Yaquna HeadWe were like a combustion waiting to ignite. My goal—to leave the encounter without saying or doing something I’d regret. My preference would’ve been to avoid the individual entirely. She was angry, negative, hostile, and verbally combative. Quite frankly, she drained me. And irritated me something fierce!

Oh, to spend my life in my nice Christian bubble surrounded by those who look like me, talk like me, think like me, and actually like me!

Except early in this encounter, my heart sensed a whisper, one so soft, so gentle, I could’ve missed it. Or ignored it.

But I didn’t. Not at first, anyway.

Rather, I paused to pray, and that whisper grew to certainty. God had me encounter this person for a reason. The reason was simple: He wanted me to demonstrate His love and grace. The same grace He’d shown to me, back when I was angry, negative, and hostile.

I knew this, and yet, by the third encounter, I erected an emotional wall equal to hers. Frowning, I sat with my arms crossed, my words few, my ears closed.

So what happened? When did my surrender turn to avoidance?

The moment I took my eyes off my Savoir and His beloved—the hurting child of God hiding a wounded heart with hateful words—and placed it smack dab on myself, which is sadly where my view tends to land.

It wasn’t long before God called me out. The next day, my husband I attended an Art of Neighboring seminar where we learned how to be, well, good neighbors. We learned about being kind, helpful, compassionate, nonjudgmental…

“Yes, yes!” I thought, “I excel at these things! I take time to deliver meals and clean houses and send text messages…”

But before I got too far in my list of self-accolades, the woman I’d been called to engage but longed to avoid came to mind. Only it wasn’t her scowling or harsh conversation that rushed to the forefront. Rather, it was mine.

I’d fallen short. So very short, and in my self-sightedness, I’d ignored something so glaringly obvious, it’s like a punch to the gut: I ignored the evidence of the deep, deep wounds driving this woman’s behavior. I ignored the evidence of self-loathing and discouragement. Of incredible loneliness, a loneliness so pervasive, it causes her to spurn the relationships she longs for most.

So now what will I do with this new-found clarity?

Hopefully, I’ll begin to look deeper, listening for more than words but for heart-whispers that call out for hope and healing. And then I’ll begin building relational bridges, even if it means taking a few hits in the process, because sometimes relationships get messy, but that doesn’t mean we throw in the towel. Rather, it means we go for reinforcements, and the best reinforcement we’ll find is Christ living in us. If we’re a believer, He’s already there. Our role is simple: to get our eyes—our thoughts—of ourselves and surrender to the One who loved my neighbor and my enemy so much, He gave His life for them.

We all have nasty neighbors, those folks that seem to feel a special thrill in making us squirm. But what if that’s not their motivation at all? What if rather, their behavior is but a symptom of something deeper, something broken?

Will we take the time to find out?

What about you? As you read this, I imagine a name or face rushed to mind—that person you’d do anything to avoid.

What if that’s the very person God’s asking you to love? Will you? Not just today, not just for a week or a month, or until you lose patience?


***Jennifer Slattery writes missional romance for New Hope Publishers, Christian living articles for Crosswalk.com, dramas for Christ to the World Ministries, and devotionals for Internet Café Devotions and her personal blog, JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud. She also manages the social media and blog for Takin’ it to the Streets, an Omaha Metro ministry for the working poor and homeless. When she’s not writing, she enjoys hanging out at the mall with her teenage daughter, going on long walks with her husband, or losing herself in a great book.

BeyondIDocoverBeyond I Do (available for preorder at a discounted price): (Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Beyond-I-Do-Jennifer-Slattery/dp/1596694173/ref%3Dsr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1397064427&sr=1-1&keywords=Beyond+I+Do+New+Hope)

Marriage . . . it’s more than a happily ever after. Eternally more.

Ainsley Meadow’s encounter with a woman, her child, and their abuser sparks a passion that threatens her engagement. Will seeing beyond the present unite her and her fiancé or tear them apart?

Raised by a hedonist mother, who cycles through jobs and relationships like wrapping paper on Christmas morning, falls into a predictable and safe relationship with Richard, a self-absorbed socialite psychiatrist. But as her wedding nears, a battered woman and her child spark a long-forgotten dream and ignites a hidden passion. One that threatens to change everything, including her fiancé. To embrace God’s best and find true love, this security-seeking bride must follow God with reckless abandon and realize that marriage goes Beyond I Do.



Oregon Outback

Oregon Outback by Elizabeth Goddard is an entertaining collection of  four romance novellas. Each novella features one of the Love brothers.

In book one, A Love Remembered,  FBI agent Jonas Love returns home to Oregon. He doesn’t have a clue what is next for him in life, but wants to rekindle a love he once had. However the object of his affection isn’t sure she wants him back. Then trouble follows him endangering the woman he loves.

Book two, A Love Kindled is about a rancher whose cows have been stolen. Calvin is a prideful man and doesn’t like that the woman he loves is the local sheriff. He believes it’s too dangerous. The two are constantly at odds because of his negative attitude toward her chosen occupation. However when a hundred head of cattle go missing he is forced to enlist the Sheriff’s help.

In book three, A Love Risked, Lucas Love owns an ATV store. He is all about fun and isn’t interested in settling down. However, when Sierra answers his add of a book keeper things change. For the first time ever he cares about something other than having fun.

Book four, A Love Recovered, Justin Love heads to Oregon to find a fugitive. He’s been gone for three years and doesn’t want his brothers to know he is back. He stays at a lodge where is meets the fugitive’s sister. He has something in common with the fugitive, they are both running, but Justin in finished running and ready to face the past.

I enjoyed each of these stories, but without a doubt the last was my favorite. I wish I could say why, but I’m not sure what caused that one to be my favorite.  They all had a touch of suspense, but not over the top. If you are in the mood for a quick, light read then Oregon Outback is a good choice.