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A Thanksgiving to Forget (A Short story included in the paperback version of Journey Back Home when you buy a copy today on Amazon)

What happens when a four-legged friend comes to visit when Jace and Simone invite both sides of their family over for their first married Thanksgiving?

Do you have some fun Thanksgiving memories you want to share?

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Today is the last day and I’ve loved having you learn more about the Coopers. Let me introduce you to Holly. Her day job is owner of a successful party planning business, Come to the Table. After working for years to get it up and running, she now has time to volunteer at the church, and picked helping Jace with the youth ministry. Having been in that position for the past two years, she’s gotten very comfortable with the youth pastor. When tragedy happens, Jace and his family learn more about Holly’s past than they had previously realized.

Holly has the gift of hanging with the guys or spending a day at the spa. Her favorite ice cream flavor, coffee toffee fits right in with either choice!

Since integrating herself into their family life, Jace started invited her on family ice creams runs. The more the merrier, right? Or not?

(If you, the reader, want to learn about Holly’s past before Jace, read Adventure’s Invitation here.)

Click here for your chance to win a copy of Journey Back Home PLUS a $5 Amazon gift card, giveaway SEVEN in the 7 days of giveaways!

Want to know more about Journey Back Home, the special eBook price, and the gift with purchase? Click Here.

Thanks for visiting with me and getting to know the Coopers for the last seven days. In case you missed meeting the rest of the family, be sure to stop by and learn about each of them and to enter their specific giveaway!

Meet Jace here

Meet Simone here

Meet Noah here

Meet Chloe here

Meet Logan here

Meet Olivia here

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Here’s Olivia, the baby of the family. When Journey Back Home begins, Olivia is still an infant but readers will love watching her personality blossom as they turn the pages. A beautiful child matching her beautiful name … except when it comes to sleeping through the night. She hasn’t figured that one out yet! With Jace as her dad, she begins eating ice cream sooner than Simone would like, and her favorite flavor is strawberry, maybe as a compromise to make it healthier than it is or could it be that pink is her favorite color?

Click here for your chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card, giveaway SIX in the 7 days of giveaways!

Want to know more about Journey Back Home, the special eBook price, and the gift with purchase? Click Here.

You’ve now met all the Coopers, but it’s time to meet Holly … and to find out why she’s been invited to join their ice cream runs. Oh, and don’t forget – another chance at a great prize! (There might even be a bonus prize because it’s the last day!)

If you missed Day One, be sure to read about Jace and his favorite ice cream here

If you missed Day Two, be sure to read about Simone and his favorite ice cream here

If you missed Day Three, be sure to read about Noah and his favorite ice cream here

If you missed Day Four, be sure to read about Chloe and his favorite ice cream here

If you missed Day Five, be sure to read about Logan and his favorite ice cream here

Come back tomorrow for the last day of fun and a chance to enter:

November 23 –  Learn more about Holly and why she’s invited to the ice cream runs

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Logan, the Loganator, is the youngest boy in the Cooper household. His passion for wrestling collides with his love of cuddles. At only three, he’s still developing his personality and readers alike will enjoy watching him grow and develop his interests and unique personality throughout the series. Part stubborn, part sweet, Logan’s favorite ice cream is cookies and cream.

Click here for your chance to win a copy of Adventure’s Invitation, giveaway FIVE in the 7 days of giveaways!

Want to know more about Journey Back Home, the special eBook price, and the gift with purchase? Click Here.

Tomorrow you get to meet baby Olivia! I love babies and she’s no exception! See you then for another chance to win!

If you missed Day One, be sure to read about Jace and his favorite ice cream here

If you missed Day Two, be sure to read about Simone and his favorite ice cream here

If you missed Day Three, be sure to read about Noah and his favorite ice cream here

If you missed Day Four, be sure to read about Chloe and his favorite ice cream here

Here’s a preview of the fun for the rest of the week:

November 22 – Learn more about the baby of the family, sweet Olivia

November 23 –  Learn more about Holly and why she’s invited to the ice cream runs

Click here to enter … 

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About the Book

Book: Help from Heaven

Author: Andrea Jo Rodgers

Genre: Christian Non-fiction

Release Date: September 1, 2020

Do You Believe in Miracles?

Experience the heart-pounding drama of real-life emergencies. Veteran EMT and physical therapist Andrea Jo Rodgers shares this all-new collection of accounts from her 30-plus years as a volunteer with her town’s local first aid and emergency squad.

Arrive on the scene with Andrea and encounter…

  • Lou, a dedicated war veteran who is granted a new tour of duty from God.
  • A fearful flock of ducklings that slip down a storm drain during a false alarm.
  • Everett, a resilient older man who goes for an unexpected ride on the hood of an intoxicated driver’s car.
  • Jenna, a young woman whose dangerous heart condition is both physical and emotional.
  • Frank, a husband whose nasty fall down a flight of stairs earns him instant angel status from his devoted wife, Doris.

As you discover these and many more unforgettable stories, you’ll be reminded that miracles do happen, whether it be through the heroic efforts of first responders, the Lord’s divine intervention, or, often, both.

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

Michele Pulford trained and worked as a fashion designer and textile lecturer from 1982 to 2009. After attending evening Bible school, she was further trained at MES Aksie, an evangelical missions ministry, before doing missionary outreach and relationship building among the locals in the Maghadighadi Pans of Botswana from 1990 to 1996. A marketplace intercessor and teacher on prayer, she makes her home with her husband Charles in South Africa. Their family consists of a son Cyle-jay, his wife Natasha, and grandson, Asher Ethan; and a daughter Brontii-ann.

More from Andrea

I’ve been blessed to volunteer as an emergency medical technician for more than thirty years and to work as a physical therapist for more than twenty-five. Help from Heaven: True Stories of Miracles, Rescues, and Answered Prayers from a First Responder  relates inspirational and memorable first aid and emergency calls from my years on the rescue squad. First responders have a unique opportunity to assist people in moments of crisis when they walk along a tightrope between heaven and earth. Over the years, I have witnessed miracles in which people have been saved  from danger with what I believe to be divine intervention. By sharing my experiences, I hope to comfort or inspire others. 

Have you ever been absolutely scared out of your wits? It happened to me several years ago, when my son and I survived a life-threatening elevator accident. When we escaped death, I decided  we were saved with help from our guardian angels and the Lord. The accident marked the first time that rather than responding to an emergency call, I was the 911 call. After working through the pain and fear, I realized something good came out of the accident, for it inspired me to start writing. As a result, my first book, At Heaven’s Edge: True Stories of Faith and Rescue,  was born. 

I live in a small town. Without a doubt, I can say that some of the most precious moments in my life have occurred precisely when I was volunteering to help others. Participating in the rescue and  resuscitation of fellow community member is an incredible blessing. Seeing people I’ve helped biking, shopping, or receiving a text from them makes all the nights of broken sleep and  interrupted family gatherings worthwhile. 

I’m currently the Lieutenant and training officer on my squad. Facing the COVID-19 crisis  has catapulted us into unprecedented times. The outpouring of love and support from our community helped my fellow squad members and I to hang in there, face our fears, and do what we need to do to help those in need of assistance. As a first responder, all I can say is thank you! I hope you enjoy reading Help from Heaven. Maybe it will inspire you to find a way to volunteer in some capacity.

My Review of Help From Heaven:

My father is a police chaplain and I have many friends who are EMTs, firefighters, and police officers. I have a great respect for their line of work and what they experience on a daily basis. And I truly believe that God is working in their midst. These stories were full of hope, encouragement and reminded me how personal the God we serve is. I loved this book, would read any other books by this author and if you want to be uplifted and encouraged, this is a great book to read.

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit but was not under any obligation to write a review. All opinions are strictly mine.

Thanks for stopping and connecting here at Spoken from the Heart: If you want to subscribe to my email to receive the latest updated information or to just be encouraged, sign up here: www.cheriswalwell.com

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Don’t forget to check out the other blog spots listed below for your convenience.

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 7

Jeanette’s Thoughts, November 7

Texas Book-aholic, November 8

Inklings and notions, November 9

For Him and My Family, November 10

deb’s Book Review, November 11

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 12

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, November 13

Artistic Nobody, November 14 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Mary Hake, November 14

Ashley’s Bookshelf, November 15

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, November 16

Sara Jane Jacobs, November 17

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 18

Splashes of Joy, November 19

Spoken from the Heart, November 20

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Andrea is giving away the grand prize package of signed copies of At Heaven’s Edge: True Stories of Faith and Rescue and Help from Heaven: True Stories of Rescues, Miracles, and Answered Prayers from a First Responder as well as a $25 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/10357/help-from-heaven-celebration-tour-giveaway

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Anyone been called a “sassy second child?” Meet Chloe, oldest daughter but second child of Jace and Simone: Chloe. As beautiful as her name, she’s part sweet and part spice with a mind of her own. She has a habit of speaking before she thinks! Two years younger than Noah, she thinks she should have more freedom than she does. She has always wanted to grow up faster than her biological age. She shares her dad’s zest for life which creates a challenge for her mom to keep her reined in. Always up for an adventure, Chloe’s favorite ice cream is birthday cake, with plenty of sprinkles! Every day, in Chloe’s mind, should include a party!

Click here for your chance to win a copy of Journey Back Home, gift FOUR in the 7 days of giveaways!

Want to know more about Journey Back Home, the special eBook price, and the gift with purchase? Click Here.

Below you’ll see the rest of the Coopers you haven’t met yet, and if you missed a few days, you can catch up at the links provided! See you tomorrow for another chance to win a great prize!

If you missed Day One, be sure to read about Jace and his favorite ice cream here

If you missed Day Two, be sure to read about Simone and his favorite ice cream here

If you missed Day Three, be sure to read about Noah and his favorite ice cream here

Here’s a preview of the fun for the rest of the week:

November 21 – Learn more about Logan, otherwise known as the Loganator

November 22 – Learn more about the baby of the family, sweet Olivia

November 23 –  Learn more about Holly and why she’s invited to the ice cream runs

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Blessings

What is one way God blessed you in 2020?

Please share with me.

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Meet Noah, the oldest child of Jace and Simone. He’s entering into his middle school years and his personality takes after his mom. He’s on the introverted side, which means he’d rather not have his picture taken. However, when he’s with people he trusts, his dad’s sense of humor and love of life shines through. Simone relies on his help when Jace is off playing sports or at his many youth group activities. Noah’s is a great big brother to his three younger siblings and loves leveling up on his favorite videogame, Alien Wars, with his best friend Drew. Noah has a sweet tooth that rivals his dad’s and is always up for an ice cream run. His favorite flavor is mint chocolate chip, dependable, yet with a hint of fun.

Click here for your chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card, giveaway THREE in the 7 days of giveaways!

Want to know more about Journey Back Home, the special eBook price, and the gift with purchase? Click Here.

I hope you’re having as much fun as I am! See you tomorrow for your chance to win another great prize!

If you missed Day One, be sure to read about Jace and his favorite ice cream here

If you missed Day Two, be sure to read about Simone and her favorite ice cream here

Here’s a preview of the fun for the rest of the week:

November 20 – Learn more about Chloe, the Cooper’s spunky girl

November 21 – Learn more about Logan, otherwise known as the Loganator

November 22 – Learn more about the baby of the family, sweet Olivia

November 23 –  Learn more about Holly and why she’s invited to the ice cream runs

Click here to enter … 

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About the Book

Book: Vibrant

Author: Carol McLeod

Genre: Christian Living, Women’s Interest

Release Date: November 3, 2020

Have you ever met someone who possessed a quiet radiance so rich, so dynamic, that you ached for more, someone whose presence is so compelling you feel refreshed by a single conversation with them? If you know someone like this, you anticipate your times together. You realize their joy is contagious, their peace is deep, and their compassion is engaging.

Such people are “vibrant.” Regardless of their socioeconomic status, their education, their marital status, or their health, these people are determined to live joyfully, seeing each obstacle as an opportunity for growth. The vibrant individual’s persona is attached to their convictions rather than their circumstances.

Author Carol Burton McLeod believes everyone can choose to be Vibrant: Developing a Deep and Abiding Joy for All Seasons—and such a life begins by emulating Jesus. His life was filled with challenges and yet people were drawn to Him. Every character trait that we are called to embrace, every action of kindness or love, and each word of compassion or tenderness is a telling reflection of Christ within us. We are called to be a vibrant show-and-tell of what God is able to accomplish through one ordinary person.

Carol explores what it means to follow Jesus in a world filled with disappointment, rejection, and discouragement. And she provides gentle encouragement and suggestions from Scripture to help us do just that.

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

Carol McLeod is a popular speaker at women’s conferences and retreats through Carol McLeod Ministries. She is the author of more than a dozen books, including Significant: Becoming a Woman of Unique Purpose, True Identity, and Irrepressible Hope; StormProof: Weathering Life’s Tough Times;Guide Your Mind, Guard Your Heart, Grace Your Tongue; and Joy for All Seasons.

Carol hosts a twice-weekly podcast, A Jolt of Joy!, on the Charisma Podcast Network, and a weekly podcast, The Joy of Motherhood, which is heard by thousands of moms around the world. She is also launching a new podcast entitled Significant Women. Her blog, Joy for the Journey, formerly A Cup of Tea with Carol, has been named in the Top 50 Faith Blogs for Women. After her 2013 devotional 21 Days to Beat Depression had nearly 100,000 downloads in the first month, YouVersion picked it up, where it has been read by over a million people. She has authored nearly twenty additional devotionals and is among YouVersion’s most popular authors. Carol writes a weekly column for Ministry Today and often writes for Charisma magazine as well.

Carol served as the first women’s chaplain at Oral Roberts University and served for many years on its Alumni Board of Directors.
Carol has been married to her college sweetheart, Craig, for over forty years and is the mother of five children in heaven and five children on earth. Carol and Craig are now enjoying their new titles as “Marmee and Pa” to their captivating grandchildren. The couple live in Oklahoma, where Craig serves as the North American Director for Global Partners, a missions organization that plants churches in remote areas of the world.

More from Carol

Vibrant provides a roadmap to living a joyful life, viewing each obstacle as a stepping stone to becoming a better person and thus emulating Jesus.

Thanks for stopping and connecting here at Spoken from the Heart: If you want to subscribe to my email to receive the latest updated information or to just be encouraged, sign up here: www.cheriswalwell.com

As my way of saying thanks, you will receive a free eBook – Spoken from the Heart: Choosing Grace

Just sign up at: www.cheriswalwell.com

Don’t forget to check out the other blog spots listed below for your convenience.

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, November 6

She Lives To Read, November 7

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 8

Inklings and notions, November 9

Simple Harvest Reads, November 10 (Spotlight)

deb’s Book Review, November 10

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 11

For Him and My Family, November 12

Artistic Nobody, November 13 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Ashley’s Bookshelf, November 14

Sara Jane Jacobs, November 15

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 16

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, November 17

Spoken from the Heart, November 18 (Spotlight)

Mary Hake, November 18

Godly Book Reviews, November 19

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Carol is giving away a $20 Starbuck’s gift card and finished copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/10356/vibrant-celebration-tour-giveaway

 

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Today, I’d like you to meet Jace’s wife, Simone. She’s a second grade teacher and also the youth pastor’s wife of a growing church in the community. They have been married for over a decade and have four children. She’s organized, responsible, and, by default, has to wear many hats, no matter how tired she becomes. When she lets herself relax, after all her chores are done and everything’s ready for the next day, she enjoys the ice cream runs as much as the rest of her family. Simone’s favorite ice cream is butter pecan, a little sophisticated, rich and creamy, just like her.

While Simone fell in love with Jace’s fun-loving side, after ten years of marriage, is she wishing he would choose to step up and take some of the weight off her shoulders?

Click here for your chance to win a copy of Adventure’s Invitation, gift TWO in the 7 days of giveaways!

Want to know more about Journey Back Home, the special eBook price, and the gift with purchase? Click Here.

Here’s a preview of the fun for the rest of the week. Come back tomorrow for a chance to win another great prize!

If you missed day one, be sure to read about Jace and his favorite ice cream here

Here’s a preview of the fun for the rest of the week:

November 19 – Learn more about Noah, the oldest Cooper child

November 20 – Learn more about Chloe, the Cooper’s spunky girl

November 21 – Learn more about Logan, otherwise known as the Loganator

November 22 – Learn more about the baby of the family, sweet Olivia

November 23 – Learn more about Holly and why she’s invited to the ice cream runs

Click here to enter … 

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