Oct 3, 2017

That We May Be One: A Gay Mormon's Perspective On Faith and Family

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A Gay Mormon's Perspective on Faith and Family
by Tom Christofferson

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This book is very tastefully done and filled with amazing insight!
Tom Christofferson gives counsel on how to act with, and around, someone who has expressed feelings of gay tendencies.
I love how supportive his family is-- very inspiring!
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"'A happy gay Mormon.' That's the shorthand I often use to describe myself," writes Tom Christofferson. "Some of my gay friends—as well as some of the LDS friends—are a little surprised that I think it's possible to be a gay Mormon."

In That We May Be One, Tom Christofferson shares perspectives gained from his life's journey as a gay man who left The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and then returned to it. After having asked to be excommunicated from the faith he was raised in, Tom spent two decades in a loving relationship with a committed partner. But gradually, the love of family, friends, and strangers and the Spirit of the Lord worked on him until he found himself one night sitting in his car in front of the bishop's house...

This book is about the lessons Tom, his family, and his fellow Saints learned while trying to love as God loves. It is about the scope and strength of this circle of love and about how learning the truth of our relationship with God draws us to Him. For anyone who has wondered how to keep moving forward in the face of difficult decisions and feelings of ambiguity; for anyone who needs to better understand the redeeming power of our Savior, Jesus Christ; for anyone who seeks to love more fully; this book offers reassurance and testimony of God's love for all of His children.

Sep 12, 2017

Snowdrift

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SNOWDRIFT
by Debra Erfert

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This book is FANTASTIC!
Unique circumstances bring these two together and the path is rocky, with Abigail falling into multiple mishaps, but your heart will be entwined with theirs as your root for their love to grow. 
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS ONE! IT'S A MUST-READ!
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Artist Abigail Carson crashes off the deserted highway during a Wyoming blizzard while driving to reach her dying mother. Carbon County Sheriff Jackson Reynolds rescues her, leaving her Jeep in the snowdrift as the storm becomes a whiteout. They’re trapped at his ranch for the week leading up to Christmas, along with his two young daughters, a protective mother-in-law, and a bitter memory of his dead wife.

Tensions rise as Abby’s attraction grows for the tough sheriff. She must crack through his emotional wall before the storm breaks or lose her only chance for real love. But if the storm doesn't stop soon enough, Abby may lose her opportunity to ask her mother's forgiveness for running away almost ten years before.

Snowdrift is a story about love, faith, and forgiveness.

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Sep 1, 2017

Tuned In

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TUNED IN
by Jack Marshall

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You will laugh out loud with this one!
How are you and your family handling the media--
Are you an "addicted media junkie?"
Can you go 24-hours without any media at all?
Do you allow the media to dictate you thoughts, or self-image?
Do you listen to media more than you listen to the Holy Ghost?
This talk will really make you think about your media habits.
Let's all "fight the good battle."
SO. SO. SO. GOOD!
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"We are so tuned in on electronic things, it may be very difficult for us to tune into the spirit."

While the fight between good and evil is nothing new, Satan is constantly adding modern weapons to his armory in his attempts to bring down today's youth. In this entertaining and thought-provoking talk, popular speaker Jack Marshall shares insights into how to overcome today's high-tech temptations. "Your generation is challenged with something no other generation has been challenged with," says Brother Marshall, "and that is high technology and how the adversary uses it for your downfall.

One of the last great battlefields down here is the media-the negative use of television, movies, radio, Internet, billboards, and iPods-there really is not escaping the reach of this Goliath if we're not careful."

With inspiring stories and quotes, personal examples, and teachings from the scriptures, Brother Marshall helps arm the youth with an arsenal of real tools to help them be "battle ready." In a world filled with mixed signals and confusing clamor, Tuned In will be a welcome message for every Latter-day stripling warrior.


Check Me Out

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CHECK ME OUT
by Becca Wilhite

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This book is SO ADORABLE!
You will love it from the very first page as the setting is in a LIBRARY -- what a perfect place that we all cherish!

The writing is fantastic with lots of humor and wit.
The texts that go back and forth are heart-capturing.
Do you have a "history crush?" Greta does--
Wait until you find out who it is :)

Grab a copy and then come back and tell me what you think of 
Greta, Will, and Mac

LOVED. LOVED. LOVED. THIS ONE!
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Greta loves her job as assistant librarian. She loves her best friend, Will, the high school civics teacher and debate coach. She even loves her mother despite her obvious disappointment that Greta is still single.

Then she meets Mac in the poetry section of the library, and she is smitten. Mac is heart-stoppingly gorgeous and showers her with affection, poetic text messages, and free hot chocolate at the local café where he works. The only problem is that he seems to be a different person in his texts than in his face-to-face conversation.

When the Franklin Library is threatened with closure, Greta leaps into action. She arranges for a "battle of the bands" book jam, hosts a book signing by a famous author, and finally, stages a protest that raises more than a few eyebrows.

Through it all, she slowly realizes that it is Will, not Mac, who she turns to for support and encouragement. Mac has the looks; Will has the heart. How can she choose between them?

Check Me Out is a contemporary romance--with just a hint of Cyrano de Bergerac--that reminds us that it is what's on the inside that matters most.

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Redefining Joy in the Last Days

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REDEFINING JOY IN THE LAST DAYS
by Chris Stewart

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Life can be HARD!
Books like this one help us remember to look at the big picture.

Chris Stewart is an amazing writer!
He shares personal experiences in this book that will really help you relate to what he is teaching-- and show you how to find JOY.
 SO GOOD! DO NOT MISS OUT ON THIS ONE!
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What is the purpose of our being? 
How much joy are we supposed to feel in a troubled world? 
Can our trials make us happier as well as stronger? 
If joy is the absence of sorrow or disappointment, 
then how could God be happy (because surely He has reasons for both!)? 

Drawing on unforgettable real-life experiences and rich examples from the scriptures, Chris Stewart offers suggestions for reorienting our lives in order to achieve greater joy and happiness — even in the most challenging times. 

Redefining Joy looks at some of life’s most difficult questions. But be prepared. The answers may surprise you.

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Aug 28, 2017

Sweet Romance Giveaway

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Authors Cami Checketts, Taylor Hart, Lucy McConnell, Jennifer Youngblood, and Jeanette Lewis have teamed up to bring you a chance to win $300 ... Just in time for back to school! 

There are lots of ways to enter (no purchase necessary). 
The more things you do, the more chances you'll have to win!

(Authors will contact winner)
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Aug 26, 2017

All That Makes Life Bright

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ALL THAT MAKES LIFE BRIGHT
by Josi S. Kilpack

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I am really liking these "Proper Romance" stories Josi S. Kilpack is putting out-- very interesting to read the love stories of some of the more famous people from our history. I was so excited to learn the love story of Harriet Beecher Stowe. I didn't know much about her and have such a greater appreciation now. 
I really liked this book! Wonderfully written!
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When Harriet Beecher marries Calvin Stowe on January 6, 1836, she is sure her future will be filled romance, eventually a family, and continued opportunities to develop as a writer. Her husband Calvin is completely supportive and said she must be a literary woman. Harriet's sister, Catharine, worries she will lose her identity in marriage, but she is determined to preserve her independent spirit. Deeply religious, she strongly believes God has called her to fulfill the roles of wife and writer and will help her accomplish everything she was born to do.

Two months after her wedding Harriet discovers she is pregnant just as Calvin prepares to leave for a European business trip. Alone, Harriet is overwhelmed-being a wife has been harder than she thought and being an expectant mother feels like living another woman's life. Knowing that part of Calvin still cherishes the memory of his first wife, Harriet begins to question her place in her husband's heart and yearns for his return; his letters are no substitute for having him home. When Calvin returns, however, nothing seems to have turned out as planned.

Struggling to balance the demands of motherhood with her passion for writing and her desire to be a part of the social change in Ohio, Harriet works to build a life with her beloved Calvin despite differing temperaments and expectations.

Can their love endure, especially after "I do"? Can she recapture the first blush of new love and find the true beauty in her marriage?

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Other "LOVE STORIES" based on true accounts by Josi S. Kilpack

Aug 24, 2017

Even This

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EVEN THIS
by Emily Belle Freeman

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I LOVE Emily Freeman's works and read everything from her!
I was really intrigued with the thought on the cover --
"GETTING TO THE PLACE WHERE YOU CAN 
TRUST GOD WITH ANYTHING"

Are you like me???
Do you want to be in charge of your life?
Do you want to be in control of how it should play out?
Are you afraid to trust for fear of what He will do with your life?
If so-- then you, like me, need this book!
Learn to "LET GO" and "HAVE FAITH"

LOVED. LOVED. LOVED. THIS BOOK!
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In Even This, Emily Belle Freeman shares her own deeply personal experiences of feeling forgotten by God—from the fear of abandonment in a dark hospital room to the desperation that followed months of unanswered prayers. In a moment of honesty, she found herself asking the question she had been afraid to consider: “Where is God in this?”

Through biblical insight, genuine realness, and beautiful prose, Emily will help you discover how to:

  • Diminish the power of doubt by coming to understand why the place of deepest asking is where the believing begins.
  • Stop letting fear dictate the depth of your belief through daily reflections that will restore your confidence in God.
  • Let go of your need to control by discovering what is holding you back from being completely vulnerable with God.
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