30 April 2017

Pegg Thomas - Overcoming Rheumatoid Arthritis

Author Pegg Thomas and Trooper

Pegg, welcome to Overcoming With God.  We appreciate your willingness to share your testimony of overcoming with our readers. 

Would you tell us about the one of the most difficult things in your life you have had to overcome, with God’s help? 

Starting about 2008 I knew something was wrong with me, but I couldn’t put it into words. Some statement from a writer, eh? The symptoms were vague at best. I’d lost my energy, my focus, and there were physical things like hair loss and swelling in my hands. I went to the doctor and got nowhere. I’m pretty sure she had me down in her book as a hypochondriac. After a couple of years, I started to agree with her. Then I put my foot down, grew a little backbone, and asked for blood tests. They came back positive for both an autoimmune disease and Rheumatoid. I started seeing a Rheumatologist and, even though I may never get a definitive diagnosis on the autoimmune disease, I’m able to do most of the things I want to do again taking just one medication and reorganizing my time and resources.

What passages in the Bible have been most helpful to you in those times?

My go-to passage is always John 10:27-28
My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. 
The reassurance that I am His and nothing can change that is what keeps me balanced.

What helped you get through or helped you cope with this difficulty?

My husband. He’s been my rock through it all.

In this latest work, do you have any topics useful for bibliotherapy, or therapeutic influence through reading about a disorder or situation? 

Embattled Hearts starts with the heroine escaping from a domestic violence situation. She’s hurt—both physically and mentally—and has lost her faith in God. No spoilers here, but God uses some interesting characters to reveal His love for her and draw her back to Him.

Pegg Thomas lives on a hobby farm in Northern Michigan with Michael, her husband of *mumble* years. A life-long history geek, she writes “History with a Touch of Humor.” Pegg’s debut story will be published by Barbour in April of 2017. When not working on her latest novel, Pegg can be found in her garden, in her kitchen, or on her trusty old horse, Trooper.

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Book blurb:
Alannah Fagan escaped from a battle she wouldn’t survive. Stewart McCann left behind a battle he couldn’t face. Thrown together at Horseshoe Station, can they find something worth fighting for?

GIVEAWAY: We're giving away a copy of The Pony Express Romance collection this week! Answer Pegg's question to enter! Question: There are some special characters in Embattled Hearts that are of the four-footed variety. I’d love to hear from readers who have had a special animal in their lives and how that has shaped who they are today.

20 April 2017

Teresa S. Mathews Reviews "BEHIND THE SCENES" by Jen Turano

Review by Teresa S. Mathews
5 Stars*****

Once again Jen Turano has penned a tale guaranteed to entertain and delight and I will go so far as to say, tickle your funny bone. This is book one in a new series titled Apart From the Crowd and it was filled with many interesting characters of whom are a part of New York's High Society. Our lovely main character Permilia Griswold had her debut later in life than most young ladies and the only place there seemed to be for her was with the wallflowers, and so the fun begins!

Wallflower,” most young ladies born into wealth would rue being called that but not strong-willed, independent Permilia. In fact it fit her purposes quite well, no one would ever think she was taking notes at all the balls and publishing them in the local paper under the pen-name Miss Quill. So, Permilia trying her best not to be noticed while taking notes, sees a terrible accident in the making, rushes to help and being the epitome of her usual gracefulness, is almost flattened by a falling object until she is rescued by Asher Rutherford.

Asher Rutherford, a well standing member of society despite being the owner of a department store. Most of his influential peers think it odd that a man of his family's wealth would stoop to running a business, thankfully no one knows the real reason and he would like to keep it that way. As Asher is making his way through the crowd at the latest ball his attention is caught by none other than the feisty, beautiful but somewhat awkward Permilia Griswold. That was the beginning of an interesting evening filled with all types of adventure, intrigue, and even an overheard murder plot. And if you were to believe the report published in the paper the next morning, Permilia and Asher were the talk of the ball, but not necessarily in a good way! 

If you haven't read one of Jen's books yet, let me encourage you to do so. From start to finish you will be thoroughly engrossed with her lively characters and their even livelier antics, and I promise you will find yourself laughing out loud on more than one occassion! I always finish up Jen's books feeling like I was a part of a grand adventure! 

***Thanks to Bethany House and NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion***

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment and your email address and you could be the blessed winner of a signed copy of this exciting book that Ms. Turano has graciously offered. US RESIDENTS ONLY. 

***For those of you who have never read one of Jen Turano's books here is the links on Amazon to two of her free e-book novellas. ***

16 April 2017

I AM THE RESURRECTION by Teresa S. Mathews


Jesus cried “It is finished” the Son of GOD was gone.
Satan shouted out in glee; he thought that he had won!

They took Jesus' broken body and placed it in a tomb,
His family, his friends, his disciples, all were filled with gloom.

As hell was rejoicing, loudly celebrating Jesus death,
There was a sound that was heard that made them hold their breath.

Down the corridor of hell walked a man bright as day,
He was coming to claim the keys of death and take it's power away!

Death, hell and the grave had to bow to His decree,
"Every Saint held captive here is coming home with me!"

When Sunday morning began to dawn with the brightness of the day,
The angels descended and rolled the stone away!

The One who freely gave His life so that we might be saved,
Was the One that triumphed over death, hell and the grave.

The One who made the promise, "In three days I will Arise"
Is now the One Proclaimed THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE!

© Teresa S. Mathews 2017 

 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die... JOHN 11:25-26

Easter Blessings from Carrie, Bonnie and Teresa

13 April 2017

Audiobook of Renee Ryan's " Journey's End: Gilded Promises"

Renee Ryan's Journey's End: Gilded Promises
I listened to this as an download.

Loved this Gilded Age story set in New York City.
Five Stars *****
Five Stars ***** for Narration, also -- the narration was stellar.  Loved this narrator - Karen Peake

This is my first book of Renee Ryan's that I have read and it was lovely and won't be the last. According to her website book page, she has over twenty books to choose from!  I ordered the second book in this series, through Audible, and am listening to the sequel so watch for an upcoming review! 

The narrator, for this novel, Karen Peakes, was fantastic. I loved her narration and it was perfect for enhancing this beautiful story. Renee and Karen should get an audiobook award, (they are called Audies) for this fantastic job they did. 

The story: Caroline St. James comes to New York to bring what she believes is justice to her grandfather, who she believes is responsible for abandoning her mother when she sought his aid.  Although from a  wealthy family, Caroline has grown up in a terrible section of London, always fighting for survival. 

Jackson Montgomery's life is going great. He's brought his family out of scandal, is successful in business, and hopes to soon be engage.  But then a young Englishwoman arrives and impacts his world. 

Sizzling romance and tension throughout  this story. Two alphas butting heads and growing in their spiritual arcs. A sigh-worthy story. But can Caroline disrupt her cousin Elizabeth's life by falling in love with the man everyone has thought would become Elizabeth's husband? You'll have to read to find out if they can get past their obstacles -- and will they be willing to face the consequences for all?

09 April 2017

How Does She Do It? Beverly Lewis on Tour & Giveaway

How does she do it? Last year, I'd read a blog post that described how Beverly did her tours (I think maybe her agent posted it) and I was floored. They said Beverly Lewis had several book signings a day across multiple cities and states! WHAT?!!! I can barely manage a single book signing, one location, for a couple of hours! I figured she must have supernatural assistance from the Holy Spirit to manage this. I still do think that. Because -- guess what -- she had another tour this year that came through my area.

So when I checked out the new tour schedule, I asked my friend, Anne Payne, "How does she do it?" Because I just couldn't imagine.  We went to see Beverly Lewis at the Newport News Lifeway store. You can check out the schedule here: Click here.
Authors Carrie Fancett Pagels and Beverly Lewis

NINETEEN events across Virginia and North Carolina in ONE WEEK!!! When I got my chance to speak with Beverly, who was very kind and is even prettier in person, I didn't ask her about how she got her stamina. I feel pretty certain God alone, along with the Holy Spirit, and Jesus, keep her going.

God put a lovely Personal Assistant alongside her, who helped Beverly with the event. She even took our picture, left.  She took pictures for readers throughout the event. What a blessing!

The novel being promoted is The Ebb Tide. You still have a chance to catch Beverly on this booksigning tour, which will be going on through Good Friday, with the last event in Cary, North Carolina. You can purchase a copy of The Ebb Tide at Lifeway stores, at Barnes & Noble, Christian Book Distributors, at independent Christian bookstores, and online at Amazon. The Ebb Tide is available in multiple formats, including audiobook, as well as paperback, hardcover, large print, and ebook.

The Ebb Tide by Beverly Lewis
A new reader friend I met in the (long!) line, held my book for me -- see right. These book signing events are an encouragement to readers who love Beverly's books. And since what she writes, is God-honoring, should I be surprised that she can keep that schedule? Yes, I still am -- and I still think its amazing that she can do that. It's a God thing for sure!

Giveaway: For a chance to win a SIGNED copy of The Ebb Tide by Beverly Lewis answer this question: When has God given you supernatural energy or stamina to accomplish what He has planned for you to do?

06 April 2017

When Angels Cry by MaryLu Tyndall - Guest Review by Noela Nancarrow

Guest Review by Noela Nancarrow
Ransom Press (April 3, 2017)

5 Stars *****

Thrilling End-Time Drama!

If you were to read only one more book this year, then hands down this should be the one. For when a novel is so powerful and compelling that it has the potential to save and transform lives, all while delivering a fast-paced, unpredictable, suspenseful romance…then it is not a book to be missed!

Set in the not-too-distant future, the world as we know it is drawing near to a dramatic end. Biblically prophesied signs and wonders are shaking the world, and yet many continue to live in deception soaking up the lies of the world. Including the world-famous charismatic pastor Daniel Cain, who preaches a diluted gospel to thousands, unaware his own light has also drastically weakened. Daniel still cares deeply for ex-girlfriend Angelica, but he refuses to listen to her and her friends who illegally witness on the beach. He knows if he is not careful, she could bring his charmed life crashing down. So what will it take to bring him to his knees before the Almighty? 

Angelica knows God’s voice well, sees easily into the spiritual realm, and frequently receives visions. But when God tells her to speak warnings to Daniel, the man who broke her heart, she struggles to obey. Angelica has a strong faith, but like many of us she also has flaws and weaknesses. When dire threats and terrifying danger begin to overwhelm Angelica and she is fully tested by her greatest weakness—can she find the faith to overcome?

MaryLu Tyndall’s ‘When Angels Cry’, gripped my spirit and instilled within me a renewed passion to pray for the lost. It was also a much needed reminder of the principalities and powers in high places that persuade and deceive the masses. This battle of light and dark is so very real! The author of this book helps us to see the unseen. End-time scriptures scattered throughout and at the conclusion will have you devouring the Word anew. For all that I thank you, MaryLu Tyndall. This book has an exciting Peretti flavour and a chilling relevancy to current times! Highly recommended!!
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and was under no obligation to post a review.
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*Click on the link on the title or the book cover to be taken to Amazon to purchase your copy.

GIVEAWAY: MaryLu Tyndall is generously giving away TWO giveaways! Simply read the review and leave a comment for your chance to WIN one of two giveaways of either an AUDIO CD of MaryLu Tyndall’s last release, ‘She walks in Power’, OR an E-BOOK of ‘Charity's Cross’! Let me know your preference. And be sure to leave your email so that we can notify you should you win!

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