First Line Fridays

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Happy Friday, friends!

What a delight and surprise it was to me to find this beautiful gem of a book in our church library recently! Though my family has benefited so strongly from the late Dr. Adrian Rogers’ sermons (more info on his ministry, Love Worth Finding, HERE), I never knew that his wife Joyce wrote. I gave this one to my mom to read first, and she flew through it, highly recommending it afterward.

The Book:

Lean Hard on Jesus: God’s Great Goodness in Your Darkest Night by Joyce Rogers

(One of the) First Lines (and a little more!):

You may be wondering a bit about the title of this book. You may be asking, When do we lean hard on Jesus?
In times of trouble, like when a spouse or child is gravely ill? Certainly then.
In times of national tragedy, like September 11? Yes, then we lean hard on Him.
In times of personal grief or pain? Most definitely we lean hard on Jesus then. Really hard.
But that is only part of the answer. For when we catch a glimpse of who we are in light of who He is, when we see rightly our utter dependence and need for Him, we will naturally lean hard on Jesus – in times when we see things working together for good and times when we don’t see anything but the darkest night.

 

I’m greatly looking forward to reading this one!
Now it’s your turn, friends ~ What are you reading this week, and what’s the first line?
Grace and peace in Jesus Christ,
Alicia Ruggieri
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Happy Friday, friends!
First off, the winner of last week’s giveaway of The Proving by Beverly Lewis is… Perianne Askew. 🙂
Now onto this week!
What a joy it was to receive this beautiful review book recently ~ Its blurb promises an even more beautiful story! I’m featuring it today in First-Line Friday.

 

The book:

Isaiah’s Daughter: A Novel of Prophets and Kings by Mesu Andrews

First line:

Songs are written of sons, but daughters are left to whispers.

Your turn, friends: Take a book near to you – or the one you’re currently reading! – and share the first line below! 🙂
Have a blessed weekend!
Grace and peace,
Alicia G. Ruggieri

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Hello, friends! 🙂

It’s not only First-Line Friday {which I haven’t had the chance to participate in for awhile, so it’s nice to be “back” 🙂 }, but I’m also reviewing and giving away the FLF novel featured below!

The Proving by Beverly Lewis

 

And the first line is:

“My first-ever night away from home, I struggled with sleeplessness, having abruptly left with two other Amish girls.”

The Back Cover:

Amanda Dienner hasn’t seen her Old Order family in five years when she receives word that her mother has passed away and left her Lancaster County’s most popular Amish bed-and-breakfast. Now an Englisher, Mandy is shocked: Her twin sister should have been the obvious choice! What’s more, the inheritance comes with a catch: The farmhouse inn will only truly be hers if she is able to successfully run it for twelve consecutive months.
Mandy accepts the challenge even though it means returning to Gordonville and the painful memories she left behind at eighteen. Still, she’s determined to prove she is more than capable of running the bed-and-breakfast, no matter that its loyal clientele are expecting an Amish hostess!
The inn isn’t Mandy’s sole test, however. Rubbing shoulders with her married twin sister reopens wounds that Mandy isn’t ready to forgive. And an Englisher guest with a difficult past of her own just complicates matters.
Can Mandy fulfill the terms of her inheritance? Or will this year in Amish country prove a dreadful mistake?

What I Thought:

I can always count on Beverly Lewis books to provide a heartwarming story. Though I prefer Lewis’ series to her standalones, I’ve found that even her standalone novels – which can appear simple at times – even predictable – always give a carefuly-wrought message interwoven seamlessly into the storyline.
And her newest novel, the standalone The Proving was no different in this regard. Mandy’s mishaps as she tries to run a B & B singlehandedly at times – all in an effort to spite her sister and prove that she is capable of succeeding independently – were funny enough at times to make me chuckle and smile, and her justifiable hurt feelings over the wrong done to her was depicted so well that I as a reader could definitely sympathize with her anger and grudge.
What I really loved was the way that the author took a situation that was “unfixable” – literally, there was nothing, aside from the death of one of the parties that could undo the wrong that had been done – and showed that God can make something very good from great wrong – can redeem it, in fact, and shower it with His blessings – as long as we forgive.
While this wasn’t my favorite Beverly Lewis novel – her Abram’s Daughters series takes that prize 🙂 – The Proving is still well-worth reading for Amish fiction fans and for anyone who loves a well-told, heartwarming tale.

And Now for the Giveaway! 🙂

I’m giving away my copy {like-new} of The Proving! If you’d like to win it, enter by leaving a comment below. If you share this post in some way, let me know and you’ll get another entry. 🙂
Have a blessed weekend, friends!
Grace and peace,
Alicia G. Ruggieri

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of The Proving from the publisher and was not required to provide a positive review. All thoughts are, of course, my own! 🙂

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Welcome to First-Line Friday! 🙂 And Happy Fall!

The book I’m featuring today is:

Shadow of the Storm

{Out of Egypt, Book 2}

by Connilyn Cossette

And the first line is:

17 Tammuz – 4th Month Out from Egypt

Wild drumbeats rumbled through the ground like distant thunder, pulsing in defiant rhythms and vibrating the hollows of my chest. My fingertips echoed the beat against my knee until a glare from my mother across the tent stilled their dance.

I loved and recommend Connilyn Cossette’s debut novel in this Biblical fiction series ~ You can find my review for that HERE ~ and I’ve been wanting to continue reading the series ever since. 🙂 Now, with books 2 & 3 on my TBR shelf, it’s just a question of finding the reading time.

Now, it’s your turn! What’s the first line of your current book – or the one nearest to you?
Or let me know – What’s a Biblical fiction novel that you’d recommend?
Then head on over to find out what first-lines these other First-Line-Friday folks are sharing today:

All the Book Blog Names Are Taken ~ Bibliophile Reviews ~ Bookworm Mama ~ Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen ~ Faithfully Bookish ~ Fiction Aficionado ~ Lauraine’s Notes ~ Radiant Light ~ Reading is My SuperpowerRobin’s Nest ~ Singing Librarian ~ Kathleen Denly ~ With A Joyful Noise ~ A Baker’s Perspective ~ Joy of Reading ~ CJaneRead ~ Moments Dipped in Ink ~ Molly’s Cafinated Reads ~ Romances of the Cross ~ It’s Storytime with Van Daniker ~ Iola Goulton ~ Christian Fiction Girl Reviews ~ Book Reviews by Tima ~ Sprinkles and Pink

{Please note: linking up with these blogs isn’t an endorsement of the books/content featured. 🙂 }

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Welcome to First-Line Friday! 🙂

The book I’m featuring today is:

The Inheritance

{Secrets of the Shetlands, Book 1}

by Michael Phillips

And a line from the first chapter {no, not the very first line today 🙂 } is:

Earthly eyes do not always perceive eternal merit. Even the tiniest of these [birds] had worth for those who saw them as creatures imagined into being out of God’s fathering heart. The most insignificant of creatures – both birds and boys – had stories to tell.

I have been wanting to read this newer series of Michael Phillips for some (seemingly!) long while now, so I was so glad when a friend said that she had it. (Thanks, Amanda! 🙂 ) I’m only about 70 pages in – It’s one of those lovely, long books to get lost in 🙂 – and I just love it so much – the intensely interwoven story, the lifelike characters, the setting that you can nearly see and smell and feel. It’s a contemporary novel with the feeling of a historical. I am actually reading slower than usual so that I don’t finish it too quickly. It’s that good! Look for a review perhaps in the near future, friends.

Now, it’s your turn! What’s the first line of your current book – or the one nearest to you? Or let me know – do you have a favorite book or series of Michael Phillips (He’s written a lot!)?
Then head on over to find out what first-lines these other First-Line-Friday folks are sharing today:

All the Book Blog Names Are Taken ~ Bibliophile Reviews ~ Bookworm Mama ~ Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen ~ Faithfully Bookish ~ Fiction Aficionado ~ Lauraine’s Notes ~ Radiant Light ~ Reading is My SuperpowerRobin’s Nest ~ Singing Librarian ~ Kathleen Denly ~ With A Joyful Noise ~ A Baker’s Perspective ~ Joy of Reading ~ CJaneRead ~ Moments Dipped in Ink ~ Molly’s Cafinated Reads ~ Romances of the Cross ~ It’s Storytime with Van Daniker ~ Iola Goulton ~ Christian Fiction Girl Reviews ~ Book Reviews by Tima ~ Sprinkles and Pink

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Happy Friday, friends!

Wow, this week went by quickly! It’s already time for another First Line Friday. 🙂
The book I’m featuring today is:

Mission to the Headhunters: How God’s Forgiveness Transformed Tribal Enemies by Frank and Marie Drown

And the first line is:

As the plane droned over the jungle of the Oriente in eastern Ecuador, taking me back to join Marie in the coastal city of Guayaquil, my mind was a tumbling kaleidoscope of vivid new impressions.

This book comes highly recommended from friends and also from Elisabeth Elliot, so I am really looking forward to burrowing into it. 🙂

Now, it’s your turn, friends! What’s the first line of your current book – or the one nearest to you? Or let me know a missionary-themed book that you’ve read and enjoyed.  🙂
Then head on over to find out what first-lines these other First-Line-Friday folks are sharing today:

All the Book Blog Names Are Taken ~ Bibliophile Reviews ~ Bookworm Mama ~ Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen ~ Faithfully Bookish ~ Fiction Aficionado ~ Lauraine’s Notes ~ Radiant Light ~ Reading is My SuperpowerRobin’s Nest ~ Singing Librarian ~ Kathleen Denly ~ With A Joyful Noise ~ A Baker’s Perspective ~ Joy of Reading ~ CJaneRead ~ Moments Dipped in Ink ~ Molly’s Cafinated Reads ~ Romances of the Cross ~ It’s Storytime with Van Daniker ~ Iola Goulton ~ Christian Fiction Girl Reviews ~ Book Reviews by Tima ~ Sprinkles and Pink

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Happy Friday, friends! 🙂

You know how the first line of a book can really hook you? One of my favorite first lines comes from C.S. Lewis: “There once was a boy named Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.” 🙂 {From The Voyage of the Dawn Treader} You can tell a lot about a story from its first line, and there are lots of books that I read that I don’t have the time to review here but would love to share with you!
So, with that in mind, I’m joining in on something new to me this week: First Line Fridays, in which I {and several other bloggers/writers} share the first line of the nearest book to us – which, in my case, is the one on the top of my TBR pile each week.
The book I’m featuring today is:

The Promise of Dawn by Lauraine Snelling {Under Northern Skies #1}

And the first line is:

“Mor, a letter from Amerika!”

Since this is a review book, you be seeing more of it soon! 🙂

 

Now, it’s your turn, friends! What’s the first line of your current book – or the one nearest to you? Let me know in the comments below!
Then head on over to find out what first-lines these other First-Line-Friday folks are sharing today:

All the Book Blog Names Are Taken ~ Bibliophile Reviews ~ Bookworm Mama ~ Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen ~ Faithfully Bookish ~ Fiction Aficionado ~ Lauraine’s Notes ~ Radiant Light ~ Reading is My SuperpowerRobin’s Nest ~ Singing Librarian ~ Kathleen Denly ~ With A Joyful Noise ~ A Baker’s Perspective ~ Joy of Reading ~ CJaneRead ~ Moments Dipped in Ink ~ Molly’s Cafinated Reads ~ Romances of the Cross ~ It’s Storytime with Van Daniker ~ Iola Goulton ~ Christian Fiction Girl Reviews ~ Book Reviews by Tima

{Please note: linking up with these blogs isn’t an endorsement of the books/content featured. 🙂 }

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