Title: The Gracious Wife
Author: RaeBeth McGee-Buda
Genre: Christian Living
Publish Date: Feb. 5, 2017
Marriage can be surreal, unpredictable, and enticing all at the same time. We find and fall in love with our best friend, and all of our dreams seem to be coming true. We've heard of the princess being rescued by her prince and they ride off into the sunset to live happily ever after. Unfortunately, this isn't how marriage is in real life, especially when you're trying to be what God has called you to be. Marriage is two self-centered individuals coming together to live as one.
Given all the foes and dips that may come with marriage, this book gives the basic understanding of marriage the way God intended and not as the way fairy tales has made it out to be. It's meant to help wives be more self-sacrificial toward their husband by acting in grace, love, and forgiveness. In this journey with our best friends, we can work toward being more humbling and giving. It takes more than love alone for a great marriage. The basis of a great marriage starts with a strong spiritual foundation, a strong friendship which grew into a strong romance, along with tons of work, sacrifices, and submission by both partners to make it last.
This book provides Rae-Beth's opinion with communication, getting through the tough times, fair fighting, and keeping God the center of the marriage. Dive in and see marriage from one wife's perspective
Tell us a bit more about your new book,
The Gracious Wife...
The purpose for my writing this book is directed at all women in all walks of life. My goal is to help those who are looking forward to getting married one day, those who are engaged, and those who are married. As I wrote this book, I included so very personal details about the darker side of my marriage in hopes of giving someone else the opportunity to learn from my mistakes. I feel that we are so focused on what society thinks is a great marriage over what God wants for our marriage. In the past, I was so focused on doing things my way and pointing out where my husband was going wrong; while I did this, I forgot to focus on what God had planned for me as a wife. The transparency and honesty within the pages of this book are to show those who are struggling what I overcame and that it's possible for them to overcome them too.
God wants and desires for us to be the gracious wife he intended. I pray that each person who reads The Gracious Wife can relate to several areas within the book and see their marriage in a different light by the end of their reading. I encourage all women to read this book, even if they're looking to strengthen their joyful marriage. We all know that marriage doesn't come with a manual, but I think this book will make a great engagement gift to a Christian bride to be, a Christian wife who wants to better herself for God and her spouse, and for the struggling wife. There are a lot of Bible references that are there to help guide and direct the reader toward the ways that God intended. I believe this book will be great to refer back to often throughout marriage to help keep us on our intended path.
So, join me in being your husband's crown as you journey with me into being a gracious wife.
The Gracious Wife
(Taken from Chapter one)
Most little girls dream about their wedding day. They want the perfect dress with the perfect pair of shoes for the big walk down the perfectly decorated aisle where their prince charming is waiting to sweep them off their feet and run away to paradise. However, this is where the dream usually comes to a screeching halt; at least for me, it did.
Growing up, I was a very imaginative little girl. I made a castle out of blankets, cars out of boxes, a field into a battlefield, and two rooms in the same house into a neighborhood. But thinking about it, I never went on to dream of how my life would be once I was married. Let's face it, most Disney movies stop once the princess married her prince. (Until years later when the second movie comes out for the second generation and those that saw them aren't interested in fairytales anymore.)
I was married on August 11, 2012, to my prince charming who loved me for the previous eight years. When I walked down the aisle to become Mrs. Buda, it never crossed my mind on what kind of wife I wanted to be for this man I was forever uniting within the eyes of God. It's a little sad to say, but I started thinking about these three years after I was married, and after a handful of problematic situations had occurred, which almost ended my marriage, what I actually wanted for my marriage. Shouldn't we be thinking of the values of a wife/husband before we say I do? I think so.
About the Author
RaeBeth McGee-Buda was born in southwestern Pennsylvania in 1987, the second daughter of Rachel Yost and Arthur Curtis McGee. RaeBeth grew up loving to read and write poetry, as well as short stories. Her childhood dream was to become a teacher. Rae Beth's dream of writing was created in her eleventh-grade literature class where writing became her passion.
RaeBeth married in August 2012 to her husband, Gregory Stephen Buda Jr. and resides in a small West Virginia town of Farmington. RaeBeth is a full-time mother of one beautiful little girl, an angel in heaven as of May 27th, 2013, and her rainbow baby son.
She graduated from American Intercontinental University in 2010 with her associates in business administration. She enjoys spending her time writing and feels that connecting with readers is her main goal.
One of the things I look forward to this season are Hallmark Christmas movies. They can be lighthearted and fun, a bit sad, or a little kooky, but almost always, Christmas magic is found throughout.
The tone, the setting, the Season; everything about Sugar Cookie Kisses reminded me a bit of a Hallmark Christmas movie.
I can picture Holly Haven clear as day.
I can see Katy Sullivan and her store.
I can almost taste her cookies!
I imagine how Caleb Kendrick must have looked like the first time he saw her.
Their shared history and past hurts can easily be imagined in this Christmas movie in my head. I was "filming" this book with each page, each gaze, and read it in one sitting.
If you're still out Christmas shopping and need to get a friend or family a present, I recommend gifting a book. Make some sugar cookies and wrap this book along side it. It's short and sweet. And in between those Sugar Cookie Kisses, this book will reminds us about forgiveness, and healing hearts. Well done, Mary Manners.
This book seemed like an episode of something I've seen on television. You know the one. The rom-com sitcom where you're already invested in the characters and want to binge watch entire seasons after only catching one episode? Yeah, this was it. I was hooked and couldn't stop reading! Ariadne and Jess aren't exactly like Ross and Rachel but in an alternate reality, they could have easily been. They both are longtime family friends. Ariadne sounded a bit like an earlier episode of Rachel - both a bit lost after a breakup. But Jess is nothing like lovable, oblivious Ross. He sounded more sure, more grounded. I'm starting to wonder what those writers were thinking when they started character developments.
Much like every romantic comdies out there, you knew what was going to happen in the end, but you keep watching or reading, in my case, to find out how they get there!
Right under your nose is a cliche book about two best friends who always seem to have the wrong timing with each other. The title even says it. What does it take for someone to realize that all they ever needed was right under their nose? With a bit of Christmas magic, it doesn't take much.
I loved this little "episode" wrapped up in a book. And since I'm already involved, I can't wait to find out what happens next. Cute, and easy read!
Right Under Your Nose
by Holly Tierney-Bedord
Genre: Chick lit
Age category: Adult
Release Date: November 13, 2015
This is a novella length book.
Ariadne Daniels seems to have it all: A successful career as a pastry chef, a Victorian home in a trendy neighborhood, and her dedicated boyfriend Scott who she's been with for years.
Her life is great until the day she stops by Scott's apartment to surprise him and finds out that he's not so dedicated to her after all. Shocked and too depressed to celebrate, she decides to skip Christmas. Her best friend Jess does his part to convince her otherwise, but Ariadne's determined to wallow in her misery, at least until spring.
Life has other plans for her, however. Some helpful meddling from a new friend at a local bookstore, along with some questionable behavior on the part of Jess’s girlfriend, turn Ariadne’s ho-hum holiday plans on their head.
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Holly Tierney-Bedord lives in Madison, Wisconsin. She's the author of over a dozen books, from thrillers to chick lit to cozy mysteries.
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Today is the cover reveal for Four of a Kind by Kellie Sheridan. This cover reveal is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The cover is designed by Katzilla Designs: https://katzilladesigns.wordpress.com
Four of a Kind (Four of a Kind #1)
by Kellie Sheridan
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: January 4, 2017
The odds of giving birth to identical quadruplets: 1 in 13 million.
The population of Fairview, a town where all anyone talks about is the Fairview Four’s return after fourteen years: 47,327.
The chance of Reagan meeting a guy who sees her as one of a kind: better than she thinks.
Following in her sisters’ footsteps—and, all too often, their shadows—is nothing new to Reagan. But a disastrous first day at Fairview High forces her down a new path, one that could lead to seeing herself as more than just someone else’s sister. Things aren’t going as smoothly for Reilly, Reece, and Rhiannon though. How can Reagan let herself be happy—or dare to fall in love—when she may be the only one who can bring her family back together?
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants meets Gilmore Girls in the first novel of a heartwarming new series about first loves, family, and finding your way.
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The Fairview Four on social media
The Fairview Four have big plans for 2017 and we want you to be a part of it! Read the books, and get to know the girls by following them on Tumblr (https://4fourofakind4.tumblr.com/) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/rayreeryerhi/)! You can also follow each of the Donovan sisters on their personal Twitter accounts—Reagan (https://twitter.com/RayStarrDonovan), Reece (https://twitter.com/ReecesPieces01), Reilly (https://twitter.com/ReillyDonovan6) & Rhiannon (https://twitter.com/RhiDonovan). The fun starts January 1st, 2017! And don’t forget to read the first book, currently available to pre-order for only $0.99!
About the Author:
Kellie Sheridan been in love with stories in all of their forms for as long as she can remember. Admittedly, sometimes that means falling into places like Stars Hollow and Sunnydale, but books have always been her true love. In early 2011 she began writing a book blog in order to share my favorite reads with book lovers. From there, the bookish community encouraged her to stop sitting on her own stories and share them instead. Her first novel, Mortality released in March of 2013, and she’s been publishing ever since.
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Get Your Free copy of Where We Were!
For a limited time, download the free ebook prequel of Four of a Kind, Where We Were!
About Where we Were:
Our entire lives have been shaped around our identity as identical quadruplets. Four sisters, all with the same face, but totally different personalities. We are four of a kind, and there has never been a time when we didn't have each other to lean on. But, when our parents announce that we'll been moving away from the city and back to the town where we were born, we can no longer be certain of anything but change.
This is where we were.
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Right Under Your Nose
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Leila's 2018 Challenge
I use Goodread's rating scale
1 star – didn’t like it
2 stars – it was OK
3 stars – liked it
4 stars – really liked it
5 stars – it was so amazing, it's on my reread pile!