A Crown to Our Husbands

It’s Christmas Day, and I’m sharing a book review. I know, it seems an odd choice. But since we’re assigned our days to post, I decided to make the most of it. =)

Honestly, though, I think this book would make the best Christmas gift for your husband. Not for him to read, but for you to read and to grow and learn to be the crown to your husband that Proverbs talks about.

*Disclaimer: I received this book for review from Celebrate Lit and Romans 8:28 Books.

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I first heard about this book from one of my favorite authors, Chautona Havig, when she posted about the book during it’s launch. I was intrigued by the review when I originally read it and jumped at the chance to get a copy of the book. It was even more exciting to have a paper copy sent to me instead of a Kindle copy. I much prefer holding a book in my hands to a digital copy.

If I hadn’t seen Ms. Havig’s review, I probably wouldn’t have asked for the book, in all honesty. The author, Nancy Kaser, is part of the Calvary Chapel movement, which appears to have ties to the Charismatics in terms of baptism of the Holy Spirit. I don’t agree with it but saw no evidence of that theology in this book. I did find it interesting that she runs a website to help homeschoolers with teaching Language Arts and History. It might be something I look into for my kids at some point.

Books on marriage are difficult. I struggle with most of them. And I’ve tried, I really have! A few years ago, I did my best to find books on being the wife God wanted that I could add to my book list for women here on the blog, because I think there are some really rich truths in the Bible that our culture glosses over about our role in the family unit.

I purchased a few on Amazon and was SO disappointed with the content. Some of them continue to be recommended by Godly women that I respect, but I can’t recommend them. When books tell us that we, as women, are required to be more that what God created us to be, I have an issue with that. The worst was the one that stated that we, as wives, are responsible for our husband’s spiritual growth! Completely un-Biblical!

This book was refreshing, to say the least. Everything I read was grounded in Scripture. Her writing style was easy to read and made me want to read more.

I liked how the book was separated into 6 categories of 5 lessons each. This book would be perfect for a Ladies’ Bible study in giving 30 weeks of lessons. Each chapter has a section at the end for answering questions that help you to dig deeper into your life to evaluate how you are doing in specific areas.

The first few lessons on Yielding she talks about the different definitions of the word “yield” (she does this in numerous places, actually, with different words) and opens our eyes to a different way of looking at that word. It’s not just about always putting ourselves under someone else (although that is part of it). I loved the analogy that yielding ourselves to God’s commands will yield us a bounty of blessings. Too many women see yielding as becoming a slave and fail to see the blessings that doing so can afford us.

The six sections are Yield, Help, Smile, Order, Gift and Increase. I mean, seriously, 5 lessons on “Smiling”? Which really is just a fun way of saying, We need to watch our attitudes, Ladies!

Honestly, this book is one that I think will be read over and over. I know I will need to remind myself of these truths often. Check out more about the book and the author below and enter the Giveaway to get your own copy.

About the Book

Book:  Crown

Author: Nancy Kaser

Genre: Christian Non-Fiction, Biblical Marriage

Release Date: August 20, 2019

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Whether you’re in the honeymoon stage or celebrating your fiftieth anniversary, you have never before been in this season of your marriage. Your family dynamics, finances, health, emotional state, location, ministry, employment status—all the factors of your life—are in a perpetual state of transition. As a married woman, you are continually wife-changing. The Scriptures never change, but they can always be freshly applied to every season of marriage.

Crown is a resource that combines solid Bible teaching, humorous and humbling tales from the author’s own marriage journey, and dozens of compelling stories from real women just like you. Based on Proverbs 12:4, “An excellent wife is the crown of her husband,” Crown includes concrete Scriptural truths and real-life examples that will equip you to be the excellent wife God created you to be. Complex issues such as biblical roles within marriage, physical intimacy, communication, forgiveness, and home management are all addressed with candid honesty, encouragement, and biblical substance. In thirty wife-changing lessons, you will be instructed, challenged, and motivated to walk in obedience to God’s beautiful design for marriage.

Click here to get your copy.

About the Author

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Nancy Kaser is a passionate pastor’s wife and veteran missionary. For over twenty-five years, she has taught women’s Bible studies, provided biblical counseling, and been a dynamic women’s conference speaker. Based in Southern California, Nancy teaches literature and history classes at The Writtenburg Door. She and her visionary husband also lead short-term mission trips with the Calvary Chapel movement and run a child-sponsorship organization.

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Closing the church door after my seventh counseling appointment that week, I was overcome with the realization that every appointment had been relatively indistinguishable. The women I counseled from our congregation were generally unsatisfied, disappointed, and disillusioned with their marriages, and some were downright rebellious in their role as wives. The same anxieties, the same troubles, (and the same sins creating the anxieties and troubles) came up in almost every meeting. Though these church ladies may have been well-versed in the scriptures, no one had taught them how to live out biblical principals in their everyday lives.

As a pastor’s wife, I wished I could meet with every married lady in my church and offer practical discipleship with this hope: that a glorious, fulfilling, and God-honoring marriage—to the same guy she is married to right now! —is absolutely possible through obedience to God’s word.  

Crown – 30 Wife-Changing Lessons is a resource that combines solid Bible teaching, humorous and humbling tales from my own marriage journey, and dozens of compelling stories from real women just like you. Based on Proverbs 12:4, “An excellent wife is the crown of her husband,” Crown includes concrete, scriptural truths and real-life examples that will equip you to be the excellent wife God created you to be. Complex issues such as biblical roles within marriage, physical intimacy, communication, forgiveness, and home management are all addressed with candid honesty, encouragement and biblical substance.

Whether you’re in the honeymoon stage or celebrating your fiftieth anniversary, you have never before been in this season of your marriage. Your family dynamics, finances, health, emotional state, location, ministry, employment status— all the factors of your life—are in a perpetual state of transition. As a married woman, you are continually wife-changing. The scriptures never change, but they can always be freshly applied to every season of marriage. In thirty wife-changing lessons, you will be instructed, challenged, and motivated to walk in obedience to God’s beautiful design for marriage.

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To celebrate her tour, Nancy is giving away the grand prize package of 2 copies of Crown and a $50 Amazon gift card!!

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But God – Hope and Healing at Christmas

*Christmas is often a hard time for people as memories of the holidays with loved ones who are gone can sometimes swallow us up. This year I wanted to share Hope for those who are struggling. I asked a friend of mine, Dianne, if she would share her story with you all, and she very graciously agreed. It is not an easy story to share but if you can get to the end I trust you’ll walk away feeling the healing that she experiences every day and the hope she wishes to share with others.

 “It’s about time you knew the password for our online banking,” stated my husband as he walked down the hall into the living room and sat down beside me on the sofa.  Little did I know that in less than twelve hours he would be gone forever from this life and that the information he shared with me would be critical in the days ahead.  December 21st, 2016 will be a day I will never forget and one that shattered my life into pieces.  It has been said to me that “Nothing can prepare you for such a tragedy” and yet, as I have lived these past three years I see how God had prepared me every step of the way. It is true, my life was shattered that day but God has been taking those broken pieces and one by one strategically placing them together to create a beautiful masterpiece that glorifies Him.

Christmas is not a merry time for everyone. 

For those who have lost someone close to them it means remembering all the happy times and family traditions that are gone forever.  Our first Christmas that year was a blur as it was spent planning a funeral.  All the family was home but we were just going through the motions in shock that our pastor, son, brother, husband and dad was now gone.  How would God use this for His glory? 

He used Kevin’s death to bring one soul to Christ over that Christmas season! Aren’t you glad for those two words that we find over and over in Scripture, “But God”!  This gives us a hope, not a ‘hope so’ but a guarantee that God is not finished with what He has begun.  Do not lose hope in your life when your flesh fails or when your heart is broken or discouraged – God is your strength! He is strong when you are weak.  People may look at you and even say to you, as they do me, “you are so strong!”  I reply, no, I am very weak but I have a God who is my strength!  

When you go through a tragedy in your life, having confidence in who God is and what He is doing in your life makes a significant difference.  Without this foundation, I know I would have been struggling with so many questions – not to say that I did not have many!  One doctrinal truth that I learned long ago but became alive to me during this time was: God is sovereign. 

That is to say, God knows the beginning and He knows the end.  Praise God!  This brought me comfort knowing that God was not taken by surprise by this event that happened in my life!  He knew it would happen and even prepared me for that day!  There are many things that took place before my husband’s death to prepare me, my children and even our church family. 

Even on the morning of his death as I was headed out to work the Lord told me to call ahead and tell work that I was going to be late because I needed to wait for my husband to return from his early morning paper run just to make sure he was safe. 

As I listened to the radio and heard of an accident in the area he was in; I knew he was involved.  I did not know he had died but I knew he was involved in that accident.  As the police officers drove into my driveway I met them and was told he had lost his life in that accident.  God gave me a calmness and I immediately thought of his parents and how I would break the news to them and then to my two youngest children that were at work.

God was not taken by surprise by the events that happened that tragic day!  How I am thankful for this everyday.  This reassures me that God has a plan for my life! Romans 8:28 has been my life verse since He called me into full time Christian service.  “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” 

All of the things that have happened, even the things I call ‘bad’ – all the hurts, pain and, yes, even a great loss; God can take and work them together for good.  If I was God there are many things in my life, that if I could, I would erase.  But God in His Omniscience has allowed those things to be a part of the beautiful pattern that we call ‘life’.  He has a purpose in all those ‘broken pieces.’  All that He designs in my life is only for my benefit and growth as a daughter of the King. 

As I meditate on these truths from the Scripture I can not do anything else but praise God for all that He has done in my life. Psalm 73:26 has been such an encouragement for me as I enter yet another Christmas season.  “My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.” My life was shattered into a million pieces three years ago when my husband was tragically killed in a motor vehicle accident; but God has taken those ‘broken pieces’ and little by little is creating a beautiful picture of His grace through my life. 

My prayer is that you will not look at my life and lift me up but that it will cause you to look to Christ who can work all things together for His good and His glory!

Surviving After the Loss of a Child

*Disclaimer: I received this book as a review copy from Celebrate Lit. All opinions expressed are, however, my own.

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Miscarriage and infant loss are really hard subjects for people to talk about. Having experience two of my own, I can honestly that the experience taught me a lot about people and their response to early pregnancy miscarriages. I haven’t talked much about it here before now, but I believe it is a topic that needs to be talked about.

This book review came at a time when I felt the Lord pressing on me the need to tell my story. While I won’t be doing that today. I do feel that giving you my opinion on this book is a good jumping – off point for this discussion going forward.

I’m actually looking forward to sharing more about surviving the grief and I hope that this blog can be a safe place for some real discussion on the matter.

This book, was amazing. It brought me to tears and it taught me, and I’m so thankful to the author for writing this. I think this book will be important for all lay-people and those in ministry to read, to be able to understand the process that parents go through when grieving the loss of a child.

When I first started the book, I felt that it was very clinical and I almost felt detached from what the author was saying. I’m not sure if it’s because of where I was at mentally, but I had to set the book aside for a couple of weeks and come back to it, and I’m glad I did. When I returned to the book, I found my heart opening to the words she had written and I could think through each of the steps of grief as she described them.

She talks about a miscarriage being like a puncture wound, that is tiny and often unseen to the naked eye, but goes deep and can be very painful. On the flip side, the loss of an infant (whether hours, days, or weeks old) is like a slash that everyone can see and share in the pain of. Both can take a long time to heal!

And her analogy of the stages of grief compared to the events that happened while Christ on the cross (darkness, veil being ripped in the Temple, etc) was so fascinating. As was her description of the tears having different chemical components depending on the reason for the tears (sorrow versus pain, etc).

I appreciated this book, both for the healing it brought to my own puncture wounds, but also for the treasure box of information that I can use to help others walking through similar pain. I highly recommend this book and like I stated earlier, I think that everyone involved in ministry or in ministering to the needs of others should read this book! <3

About the Book

Book: A Precious Loss

Author:Sharon Fox

Genre: RELIGION / Christian Living / Death, Grief, Bereavement

Release Date: July 8, 2016

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Losing a child is the worst tragedy a parent can experience. And yet it happens to many from various causes, including Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), death from illness, stillborn birth, or miscarriage. A Precious Loss offers those who have experienced such a death a window into the grief process. It presents the biblical grief model and the emotions to expect after a loss, and it includes the steps to move forward toward peace and contentment. 

While each parent’s experience is unique, this book is written with deep insight and strong compassion. It provides grieving parents with: 

·         Concrete steps to coping and recovery, including how to care for your health and your relationships and how to cope with emotions and behaviors you can expect to experience 

·         Biblical support for finding comfort and hope in your darkest hours

Recognition of the hard questions you may have, such as these: 

·                     Why me? 

·                     Was this my fault? 

·                     Is someone to blame? 

·                     Is this some sort of punishment for things I did or did not do? 

·                     Is there a purpose for my child’s death? 

·                     Can I trust God? 

If you or a loved one is grappling with the devastating loss of a child, this book will provide hope and encouragement to press on, knowing that God will sustain you through this painful experience. 

Click here to get your copy.

About the Author

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Sharon Fox is a wife, author, speaker and co-founder of Brave Penny (non-profit). Her heart for those who mourn and struggle with loss has led her to write and teach about God’s model of grieving the death of his son, Jesus.  

 A Precious Loss, was written for families who have experienced miscarriage, SIDS, infant death and stillbirths. (Spanish – Una Perdida Preciosa

Sharon published Reframing Adoption,(also in Spanish)and a children’s Christmas book, The Stone Carver’s Son. 

She has led a grief recovery ministry for over twenty years. Sharon is a certified grief facilitator and has been a speaker at the National Conference on Adoption and the Anglicans For Life Summit. 

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Precious Loss (Una Perdida Preciosa– Spanish) was written to present a Christian perspective on the survival of families when a miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death (SIDS) have occurred. A miscarriage or infant death is strikingly harsh and so many times unknown by others, which leaves the mother and family without support or understanding.  The statistics tell the story.  One in four conceptions end in miscarriage.  Seventy Five Percent of the marriages end in divorce when a child under three dies.

How do families survive the death of a child, a miscarriage, or tragic illness or accident that is such a sacred, personal and bewildering loss event?  A Precious Loss is packed with sage advice, coping skills, presentation of God’s Model of Grieving, the Gospel, helpful, authentic recognition of the emotional overload of loss.  The book presents the blueprint from chaos, sadness, upheaval, questioning, new and strong emotions to contentment. It presents the pathway to the reach contentment and live abundantly again.

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Why I Couldn’t Recommend this Book

*I received this book to review from Celebrate Lit. All opinions expressed are my own.

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In all of my years of writing book reviews, I don’t think I have actually gotten a book that I so strongly disagreed with that I had to stop reading it. The sad thing is that I really wanted to like this book. Many of you know that I sell essential oils and that one of my passions is sharing about how God created these oils to help us and support our bodies. So when I saw the title of this book I thought for sure it would line up with what I wanted to share with the world!

The first problem I really had was at the very beginning of the book. I prefer to recommend books that are non-company specific (I do not share about a brand or specifics here on the blog). Nowhere in the “about” section told me this would be anything less. However, the foreward and much of the beginning of the book felt like a tribute to a specific company and founder of said company. This was automatically a huge turn-off for a book that purported to be about understanding “God’s” provision for us. But I plugged on, because I figured I could probably recommend the rest.

Unfortunately, there were two HUGE ways I disagreed with this book (outside of those beginning thoughts).


One of the things this particular company likes to promote is that essential oils were used in the Bible. This is something I actually disagree with, for various reasons. I just don’t believe essential oils existed back then. Her argument is that distilleries existed during that time period. However, Dr Eric Zielinski, a renowned essential oil expert, believes that while museums have “three-thousand-year-old terra-cotta distillation appartuses on display (essential for creating alcoholic beverages)…the likelihood that anyone could have extracted essential oils from plants is slim to none.” (Healing Power of Essential Oils, page 15). The aromatic usage of plants is not disputed but they would have been applied through poultices, salves, and tinctures during that time period.

Ms Seacrest goes on to use many un-Biblical examples and analogies to explain why she believes we should be using essential oils. Examples like: “Imagine standing before Heaven’s gatekeeper and being told, ‘You know, you were not due here for another twenty years. Your mansion may not be ready yet. Just a minute, I’d better go check.'” (referring to the fact that essential oils can improve our quality of life) There is zero Biblical basis to even use this analogy (even though I completely understand what she is saying). The Bible is clear that our times are in the hands of the Lord. Acts 17:25 and 1 Timothy 6:13 both state that HE gives us life. James 4:14-15 clearly tells us that our life is a vapour (it has nothing to do with how healthy we treat our bodies) that only lives for a short time and then will vanish away. We can only say, “If the Lord will, we shall live…” The above example (and others she used in the book) could lead people to believe that they have a part in deciding how long they live. The lives of those around us have proved over and over that sometimes really unhealthy people live for a really long time and really healthy people often die young, simply because our lives are in the hands of the Lord.


When it comes to actual usage of essential oils, I also found her recommendations to be dramatic and, maybe even unsafe. My biggest thing is the safe use of essential oils. Most who use essential oils have heard that one drop of peppermint oil is equivalent to 28 cups of peppermint tea. Who drinks 28 cups of tea a day? Some things, to me, are just common sense. If you’re sick or suffer from chronic digestive issues, okay, maybe I could see being a little more free with our use. But for everyday issues I tend to err on the side of caution.

One recommendation she makes near the front of the book is to put 10 drops of Lavender oil in the bathtub and soak in it. Honestly, I’ve never had to use 10 drops of anything in the bathtub to create an amazing experience. I don’t think I’ve even used 5 drops of anything! Plus, most safety recommendations are to add the oils to something (like coconut oil or epsom salts) because the oils will not mix with the water and will essentially float on the surface of the water. The second problem with recommending 10 drops of Lavender is that there is no disclaimer that this is probably the only oil you could actually do that with and get away with it. Water is a driver, so if you were to add peppermint or something else to the water you could actually burn your skin stepping into 10 drops of peppermint. It would be very unpleasant and could have serious side effects. I don’t even want to think about what cinnamon oil would do!

I’ve also read studies that lavender oil may lower blood pressure (it is a calming oil) so even using this amount with lavender could have serious side effects. 7 drops of oil is the most I have seen recommended and that was for a detox bath (that included other ingredients to make the oils emulsify in your bath better – see: https://naturallivingfamily.com/essential-oils-for-detox-bath/ )

The part that really made me cringe, though, was when she talked about the anointing oil in the Bible. First, the author takes a quote from a science professor, David Stewart, that says, “The word ‘precious’ was never applied to olive oil alone, but always indicated the use of essential oils such as cassia, hyssop, and frankincense.” (page 56) and makes it sound like this is proof that the anointing oil was just essential oils. Which is not what he says. She never tells us what the recipe actually was for the anointing oil and implies more than once throughout this section that it was essential oils, which is not true.

The quote above merely states that “precious oils” does not refer to olive oil alone. This is because they were infused oils, which are vastly different from essential oils. The problem with implying different is that Ms Seacrest goes on to talk about the anointing of Aaron and his sons and how the oil ran down into his beard and through his clothes. If we understand her meaning to be that it was essential oils, then we will go on to read this part:

“Aaron and his sons were all anointed and set apart for the service of the Lord, through the anointing of oil in a most dramatic way. I believe the fragrance created an atmosphere absolutely thick with joy on that day. Remember, God is extravagant! So when you use your oils, choose to be extravagant with yourself. God is watching as you breathe in the life-giving fragrances.” (Page 62).

as saying that we should be extravagant with our essential oil. It could be taken, that one should pour a bottle of essential oil over ourselves so the oil runs down our faces into our clothes!

The fact is, anointing oil was made up of pure forms of the plant being infused in approximately 1 gallon of olive oil (Exodus 30:22-25), something completely different from essential oils. The equivalent would be approximately 6 drops of essential oil to 1 ounce of carrier oil (presumably olive).

See: https://feastingonjoy.com/diy-holy-anointing-oil/ and https://naturallivingfamily.com/12-healing-oils-of-the-bible/ and https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+30%3A22-33&version=LEB;CEB

There are so many references in this book that I disagree with on a Biblical and Physical level that I can’t even list them all. In the interest of disclosure, I did only read 1/3 of the book, but the fact that there is literally nothing I could recommend in that 1/3 is what led me to put the book down. I just can’t recommend something that goes against Biblical teaching and could potentially harm someone with the oil recommendations.

**Disclaimer: I am not an essential oil expert or a doctor but I respect the recommendations of those who are. I also respect the oils and their potency and as such, believe certain safety guidelines should be followed.

About the Book

Book: Essential Oils

Author: Terri Secrest

Genre: Christian Non-fiction, Alternative Therapies

Release Date: October 8, 2019

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Have you ever wondered why the wise men brought frankincense and myrrh for the baby Jesus? As a curious and highly enthusiastic child, health and wellness coach Teri Secrest asked everyone she knew and met, but no one could tell her. She grew up thinking it was just a nice little story…but never stopped wondering.
This thirst for knowledge sparked Teri’s twenty-three-year quest to learn about essential oils. It has taken her to the far corners of the world—from Croatia and France to Oman, Israel, and beyond.
Teri has written this book to share the mystery, the romance, and the ageless intrigue of essential oils. She hopes you experience the Father’s love as He continually lavishes His children with these exquisite oils and you feel this rich, biblical history come alive in your spirit. Teri wants you to see how miraculous your body is and how it’s designed to heal itself when given proper nourishment and support.
Essential Oils: God’s Extravagant Provision for Your Health offers practical how-to’s that you can use immediately, including the use of oils for romance, balancing hormones, cooking, cleaning, pets, children, and fragrance, as well as health concerns such as stress, negative emotions, trouble sleeping, weight gain, and anxiety. You will find practical guidance to regain and maintain health naturally.
As you gain this understanding, Teri believes you will change the next generation as you discover the hidden secrets of these biblical plants and how to incorporate them into your everyday life.

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

Terri Secrest

Teri Secrest is a health and wellness expert whose passion is to teach simple and proven methods for vibrant health to people around the world. That passion is rooted in her early experiences of learning about whole foods and herbs in her family’s organic garden and her mother’s passion for good food as the owner of a French cooking school. These early lessons guided Teri to a healthy path for herself and her own family, yet it was her first astonishing experience with essential oils as a young mother that ignited her lifelong passion for learning, practicing, and teaching people to take hold of God’s extravagant provision for their health.
Teri has traveled around the world to learn from leading experts about the beneficial uses of essential oils, research the promises and properties of each essential oil, and develop a deep working knowledge of their applications for daily health and wellness.
Teri loves to share the simple, practical principles that will help you live in vibrant health through her international keynote speeches, training programs, and best-selling books. She is a sought-after speaker who delivers her message of vibrant health with such enthusiasm, humor, and joy that she has gained the nickname “Ambassador of Joy” around the world. Connect with Teri at http://terisecrest.com

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My purpose in writing this book is to inspire you with the mystery, the romance, and the ageless intrigue of essential oils. My hope is that you experience the Father’s love as He continually lavishes His children with these exquisite essential oils and that this rich biblical history comes alive in your spirit. I also hope you will see how miraculous your body is and how it’s designed to heal itself when given proper nourishment and support.

As you gain this understanding, I believe you will change the next generation, as you will know the hidden secrets of these biblical plants and how to incorporate them into your everyday life.

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lso respect the oils and their potency and as such, believe certain safety guidelines should be followed.

Twins and a Deadly Christmas Pretense

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Confession: I was reading Christmas stories in August, hah! A Christmas story about TWINS!

I love Christmas! I love Christmas movies, books, and music (and, at the appropriate time, decorations!). So who wouldn’t love the chance to review a fun Christmas book? I always loved Christmas holidays because it meant more time for reading! It’s the best time to have a good, fictional book to read.

Deadly Christmas Pretense by Dana Mentink was an enjoyable read for me and one that would fit that holiday feel for me. It has all the elements of a good mystery, twins, the big switch, and more (did you ever wish you had a twin to make the switch with?). The main character is an amazing cook, who takes the place of her twin sister in order to save her life!

Twins: seriously. I always wanted to have twins – identical, because I’m weird like that. Now that I have kids, I realize that twins would have been a completely unreasonable addition to our family, hah, for my own sanity. But still, the thought of twins always makes me smile.

You know what else the book has? A cowboy! Lol. My daughter has decided she is going to become a cowgirl…because horses! Any book that has horses has my vote! However, I can’t even imagine falling in love with my sister’s ex, hah, but I loved how this story turns out: the bad twin versus the good twin.

I did find it a little hard to follow at times as the author only gives a little information regarding the mystery at a time. It took me a while to grasp the whole picture, not completely a bad thing, just frustrating for this brain who likes to put the pieces together before the ending, hah.

I really did enjoy this book, though, with its seaside, ranch setting. All the elements of a story I could get in to! I recommend it for your Christmas reading list!

Read below for more information on the author, the book, a RECIPE and a GIVEAWAY!

 About the Book

Book: Deadly Christmas Pretense

Author: Dana Mentink

Genre:  Christian Suspense, Mystery, Romance

Release Date: November 4, 2019

Deadly Christmas Pretense Cover

A cowboy to her rescue…but she’s not who he thinks she is.

Posing as her sister for Christmas is the only way to save her, but Maggie Lofton needs help—even if it means working with her twin’s cowboy ex-boyfriend, Liam Pike. But between the bull’s-eye on her back and the dangerous connection she’s forming with Liam, Maggie’s mission is harder than expected. Will their tenuous partnership be enough to shield her when the killer closes in?

Book #2 in the Roughwater Ranch Cowboys series

Click here to get your copy.

About the Author


Dana Mentink is a two time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and a Holt Medallion winner. She is a national bestselling author of over forty titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming and Harvest House. Dana was thrilled to be a semi-finalist in the Jeanne Robertson Comedy With Class Competition. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, teen bear cubs affectionately nicknamed Yogi and Boo Boo, Junie, the  nutty terrier, a chubby box turtle and a feisty parakeet. You can connect with Dana via her website at danamentink.com, on Facebook, YouTube (Author Dana Mentink) and Instagram (dana_mentink.)

More from Dana

I just love Christmas, don’t you? In our area we have a lovely holiday train. It’s an old steam type train which is decked out in lights for festive holiday tours. I was so thrilled that this cover features just such a train. Of course, in the novel the train is the scene of hair raising danger! Maggie, our heroine in this novel, is a cook. She serves up some mouth watering dishes (when she’s not dodging a killer.) I thought perhaps you might enjoy a Mentink holiday family recipe! God bless you as we enter this holiday season!

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To celebrate her tour, Dana is giving away the grand prize package of a  a book necklace, Amazon gift card, and a paperback 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.