Sunday, June 7, 2015

LOVE ARRIVES IN PIECES GIVEAWAY!

Enter to win an autographed copy of my brand new release 

LOVE ARRIVES IN PIECES 

It's simple :)  

Just leave a comment on this blog answering any (or all!) of the  prompt questions below,
and ta-da! You'll be all signed up. I'll draw a winner Monday, June 22nd!

Prompt questions:

Do you believe there is truth in fiction? (why or why not?)
Was there ever a time when your life was significantly impacted by a novel? (if so, tell me how!)
Why do you love to read?


31 comments:

  1. Of course there is truth in fiction! That's like asking if someone's heart was broken when they wrote a sad love song. Fiction is like a reflection of truth in a carnival mirror. It's there, but it presented from a different perspective.

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  2. Why do I love to read? Reading takes me into the life another and out of my own. It causes me to focus on the story in front of me and become part of something exciting, suspenseful, scary, romantic, or many other emotions wrapped up in the pages.

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  3. Why do I love to read? It takes me to a place where God alone can touch my deepest thoughts and desires, a place for Him and I, to regain my strength. A place to tell Him of my brokenness and a place to mend my romance.

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  4. Yes, there is truth in fiction. That truth could have been directly or indirectly observed. I'm currently reading a book about a woman who lost her husband. It's nourishing because, from her memoir, I know great love between a man and a woman can exist. It reaffirms my decision to not compromise or settle for less than that.
    I read to either be inspired or to have the pleasure (hopefully) of getting lost, kind of like wandering through pages and pages of verbal woods.

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    1. Yes! Don't settle. I'm not either. Love absolutely exists, and settling for less puts us in a place we didn't have to be in. Being alone truly is better than being with someone we're not matched well with. There's too much stress and disappointment and ceaseless striving for naught in those situations. It's miserable! Single and walking with Jesus, even witht he lonely pangs, is much better than the constant torment and strife of being outside of God's will. You're doing great, Joy! Hang in there and keep praying for the man God has for you. Thanks for sharing on here!

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  5. I believe there is truth in fiction because most times the writer is writing because of some kind of life experience.
    I enjoy reading because it gives me a glimmer of hope that all though things may not be what I want them to be, there is hope that God can take our mess and turn it into His message.

    And right now I am truly trying to believe that. I was 15 when i moved in with my husband and he was 24. We were married Sept 12 1992 and he left me Aug 2nd 2014 on our grandson's 4th birthday....a month before our 22nd Anniversary and my 40th birthday :'( He had our oldest daughter and her husband move him into their house and is still living with them.
    I feel broken, alone and lost....i lost him, his family and our friends and it hurts terribly :'(

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    1. Carrie, there is always hope. ALWAYS. You are seen and held by our heavenly Father. He loves you and weeps with you and has a plan for your life that no man can undo. Jeremiah 29:11. Your story is NOT OVER.

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  6. Yes I do I believe that I can be bas ed on someone life experience. Yes because I might have been going through that same situation. I love to read because it teaches me. It enhances the mind. I read some books that make you hmmm

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  7. Yes, I do believe there is truth in fiction. My past married life is like a book I read and when I got to the end I could lay it down and walk away knowing I had done my very best. Books allow us to be taken away to a time and place in someone else's life. It's funny how we see ourselves in their life.

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  8. Yes, I do believe there is truth in fiction, because I believe the word of God is truth without haven seen HIM in person without seeing nor knowing anything about those who wrote HIS word. I have read a novel which was telling my story, it was great and sad. I had a mirror in front of me and I saw "my faults" I was led to an other view. sometimes we think for the other which lead to big problems and I was impact. I love to read stories that are real, stories which I can learn out of it, stories that has a message.

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  9. Yes, there is truth in fiction. Ideas for fiction have to come from somewhere. Real life events ignite an idea which is embellished and becomes the fictional work.

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  10. There is a lot of truth in the fiction I read. Sometimes that truth is a little easier to take when it's couched in a story, rather than just flat out being told. I love to escape into a story, For me, reading is almost as necessary as breathing. My parents (especially my mother) are readers so I grew up reading in a house full of books. I've passed this on to my kids, reading to them since they were babies.

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    1. That's so great! Love a heritage of readers :)

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  11. I absolutely believe that there is truth in fiction and that books can touch us at just the right time!! The most significant ones that have impacted me as of yet are Angels Walking by Karen Kingsbury and The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron. I read both of these only a few months after I was blindsided by the guy who I thought I was going to marry, I was absolutely devastated and trying to function again. I learned that there is always hope even in the worst of circumstances and that you have to keep moving no matter how much it hurts, because giving up means losing everything in the long run. Books that move me like this are my favorite!

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    1. Abby, you're one of my very favorites!

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  12. I definitely believe there is truth in fiction! On more than one occasion I've found answers to my own very real dilemmas through the life changing, spirit lifting counsel that the protagonist in a novel was given. While going through a difficult divorce, and reading purely for pleasure, I've stopped, grabbed my journal and recorded words from novels that guided me during tough times which either mirrored or parallel the characters' experiences! Often the scenarios were radically different, yet the related emotional, mental, and spiritual struggles were identical. Given these moments of personal enlightenment, How could I not love to read?

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    1. That's so great Deb! Thank you for sharing :)

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  13. I have alllllways had a love for reading, dating way back to elementary school. I never had very many friends, was not popular in any way throughout my whole life. Reading helps in so many ways. I know my comments do not sound as educated as the others, but nontheless, I do love reading ALL types of things. It fills my mind, keeps it occupied, distracts when needed, and so many other reasons.

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    1. You sound perfectly perfect! Thanks for entering :) It's so nice to hear from passionate readers!!

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  14. Karen Kingsbury's novels and the Christy miller series definitely impacted my life. The Christian romances I read introduced me to amazing Christian male characters which gave me hope that the Christian man of my dreams existed. They gave me something to hope for. They helped me not to settle but to wait for a man that I deserved. One of the reasons I love to read is because reading is like being in a whole different world.

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  15. Story of my life right now.. making god my husband has been best choice ever...

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  16. Truth in FIction: Definitely. The Christian author who loves and seeks God won't be able to keep from sharing truth no matter what they write.

    Influential novel: The Mark of the Lion Series. I love the trust the main character has in God no matter her circumstances.

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  17. If the intro is anything like the book....then I would have to say that there is definitely truth in fiction! God is able to speak into the heart through many different ways. He knows that we are all made in his image and all have the same needs. This book is one of those.

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