Religious/Spiritual

Campsite Six by Jan Fallon

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Author's Synopsis

Campsite Six is about Evie Clayborn, a young professional who wants to get away. She escapes the city to find some rest at a secluded campsite, but Campsite Six isn't as secluded as she thinks. She has to run. Her life depends on it. Now she wonders, which is worse--being lost or found?

Evie wants to quiet the noise from her past, with a mother who keeps it all too fresh, and a dark secret that goes with her everywhere.

Had her imagination run wild, or was she being followed?

It seemed everyone, in heaven and on earth, was searching for Evie Clayborn--but one had the worst of intentions. They had to find her first. It was her only hope.

Evie's only choice is to face her past with a courage she doesn't know she has, and a restored faith that helps her fight an enemy who wants nothing more than to leave her dead in the woods and in eternal darkness.

Campsite Six invites readers to root for Evie during her most vulnerable moments, to care deeply about her loss and life, and identify their own fears and faith through a fantastic lens that lets their minds wonder about redemption, eternity, and the nearness of God.

Similar to books by C.S. Lewis and Madeleine L'Engle, Campsite Six involves the lives of everyday people, who are offered a chance to see life through the lens of possible, yet fantastic, scenarios that lead to life changing experiences.

Campsite Six is a speculative suspense novel with a simple yet plausible storyline drawn from Biblical references, that uses the unknowns in its pages as the entry points of fiction and fantasy.

Genre(s): Fiction, Mystery/Thriller, Religious/Spiritual
Format(s): Soft cover, Kindle
ISBN/ASIN: ISBN-10: 0989278220, ISBN-13: 978-0989278225, ASIN: B07B1SMCXX

Holy in the Moment: Simple Ways to Love God and Enjoy Your Life by Ginger Harrington

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MWSA Review

Let’s face it—holiness is no easy topic to write about! The whole concept of holy can feel esoteric, unwieldy and largely irrelevant to our daily lives. We tend to think of holiness as something that resides in the realm of the divine rather than the rough and tumble of daily life, right? 

Well, not exactly. After all, the Word is clear, “Be holy, as I am holy.” But how?

Perhaps this is what makes Holy in the Moment work. Ginger Harrington is no advocate for pious perfectionism or holier than thou religious endeavor. Holy in the Moment aspires to practical life strategies and meaningful moments that create patterns of holy living and right alignment with God. Harrington’s approach to holiness is less about religion than real life choices and meaningful relationship.

Holy in the Moment is a reminder of Richard Foster’s powerful insight into what he calls the principle of indirectionWe do not become holy by trying to be holy; we only become holy by growing into right relationship with God (Celebration of Discipline). God takes our small daily offerings of ourselves and makes something that far exceeds our wildest expectations. 

Harrington translates the spiritual disciplines into something less about regimen than real life choices and faith in action. Through her own journey of discovery, Harrington offers simple reminders and holy habits to enable us to live less self-centered and more God-centered lives.

Get real with God about your true feelings. Set the atmosphere in your home. Choose holiness over legalism. Count the cost of perfectionism. Make the sacred choice to forgive. Call someone else's unrecognized gift to the surface. Extend the gift of invitation. Get rid of toxic attitudes.

This pragmatic approach to holiness lays out a road map of intentional moments, daily behaviors, and practical decisions that reorient our lives and put us on the path to deeper relationship with God. Holiness is fruit--the supernatural byproduct of incremental change, daily surrender, and simple obedience. Only God can make us holy.

“Sacred simplicity is a secret to a life well lived,” the author writes, “when we make the most of all our moments for God to change our lives one spiritual choice at a time.”

Review by Dana Tibbitts (August 2018)


Author's Synopsis

Enjoying life (zoe) in Christ comes in the choices we make moment-by-moment. Transparently sharing her struggles with anxiety, fear, and insecurity, Ginger Harrington invites women to discover how intentional choices made in the moment can become holy habits that open the door to healing and freedom. With a refreshing perspective, she shows that holiness isn’t a rigid standard to keep but a gift to receive through a vital relationship with God, who makes us whole. Holy in the Moment explores the practical power of choices to grow in holiness without the pressure of perfectionism. Through gentle encouragement, biblical insights, and applicable ideas learn to discern feelings and overcome distractions and shame, adapt God’s equation for obedience, live a praying life, discover methods for practicing holiness in parenting and the importance of rest, embrace biblical love and forgiveness, and understand how work becomes holy. Find healing and wholeness with simple choices to love God, embrace truth, and enjoy every moment of life with practical ways to be holy by choosing to trust God, rely on his wisdom, and live from his resources.

ISBN/ASIN: ASIN: B074KM3D2W, ISBN: 978-1501857805
Book Format(s): Soft cover, Kindle
Genre(s): Religious/Spiritual
Review Genre: Collections—Religious/Spiritual
Number of Pages: 227
 

Let Go The Movement Process, by Sean Wyman

MWSA Review
Let Go the Movement Process, by author Sean Wyman is a short but heartfelt memoir and self-help book.  

Wyman's earnest recounting of his childhood is definitely gut-wrenching.  The author chronicles his parents' split-up; various short stays in a series of foster homes; his attempts to cope with an abusive, drug-dealing stepfather; and having to defend himself from repeated violent episodes in school.  He also provides details about how he continued to face adversity and challenges as he grew up and entered the work force.  

To overcome many obstacles in his life, the author relied on his faith and a motivational series of steps, which he codified into an acronym involving the letters of the word "movement."  Having successfully navigated his own life's challenges, the author offers to share his system, so that others can "Let Go the Movement Process."

This book might appeal to those looking for help overcoming adversity or learning how they might discover a path towards a purpose-filled life.  However, the reader should be warned that the version of the book submitted for review requires a significant amount of editing.
By John Cathcart, MWSA Awards Director and Reviewer

Author's Synopsis:
So many people today refuse to let go of their past and it keeps them from having the life they deserve. They hold onto the self-doubt, fear, and insecurity that holds them hostage from having a purpose driven life. In this book, I share my story of being held hostage by my past, finally realizing it, and a finding a movement process through divine intervention to let it go. Now I have been called to help you discover this process so you can let go of your past and move forward with your life. It took me over 40 years to discover what you will learn in a much shorter period of time in this book. So as you get started, allow me to be the first to say "Welcome to the Movement"

ISBN/ASIN: 978-1539414360
Book Format(s): Soft cover, Kindle
Genre(s): Nonfiction, Memoir, Biography, Religious/Spiritual
Number of Pages: 102