How is this blog different from other blogs? When Carrie interviews authors she asks what difficulties they have overcome, through time, with God's help. We hope that you will come into our virtual home, have a nice cushy seat, and "listen" to testimonies. And then ask questions. And have them answered!
This is meant to serve as an example and an encouragement to readers. We can learn from each other's testimonies of God's faithfulness in bringing healing to our lives. To a certain extent an author's books reflect the author's life experiences, good and bad, and how the Lord has brought them through that. And it is my belief that a writer's work needs to bear evidence of the faithfulness of God in their life.
Our inspirational verse is John 16:33 (NIV) "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
How are your reviews any different from someone else's book reviews?
Carrie looks at the bibliotherapy aspect of the book.
We normally review books we choose ourselves, either through request, such as through NetGalley, or which we have purchased to read for review. We rarely review books sent to us from a publishing house unless the author is a personal friend of one of the contributors. Diana reviews from the viewpoint of a Christian historical fiction fan, as does Teresa. Marian is a reviewer (for possible publication in the Dutch language for a publisher) in the Netherlands, so she offers an international perspective as well as considering the craft of the writing. Carrie will occasionally comment on craft issues, also, as a writer. Marian reads in more genres, such as suspense, also.
What is bibliotherapy? This is the use of media to bring about a therapeutic result. Thus, counselors, psychologists, and other helping professionals might want to recommend a certain book because it addresses a specific mental health issue. Or the book reviewed may deal with major life events or developmental life issues that would help some readers. For example, let's say a book includes veterans' reactions to trauma - that book might be recommended for those recovering from PTSD.
What if I am just looking for a great inspirational read?
We are picky! You won't find a book reviewed by a contributor if it earns a three star (an okay book but we don't want to spend our time reading something that is just so-so -- and we bet you don't either! And Carrie doesn't normally finish reading a book that is not at least a 4 1/2 star because of her time constraints with her writing--so you'll rarely see a 4 star rating because it will have been set aside, normally.)
We welcome you to Overcoming With God! Have a seat on the sofa, grab a cup of tea or coffee, and come visit with us for a while. We want you to feel like you are at home, with old friends! Blessings!