Read Truth from Taerna books for free

Greetings, friends! I’m at an exciting stage of writing the last four Truth from Taerna books – the point where I need readers to give feedback in advance of publication!

I’m opening up the opportunity for you to apply for the chance to read any or all of these books for free. Once you sign up and are accepted, I’ll send you the book(s) of your choice with 5-7 specific questions on areas I’m looking for reader feedback on. Your job? Read the book and give me your thoughts, comments, and feedback on it!

I’ve decided to open up all four books for signup! Choose the one that sounds most interesting to you, or several, or all of them! Reading the other books in the series is not required – they are loosely connected standalones. More information for each book (length, content, genre, and more) and the signup form can be found at the links below:


Surrender’s Strength (#3):
I hope to have this ready to send in September.
What happens when a young woman with a passionate hatred for all things academic is mistaken for a rich countryside orphan?
Laelara’s always been in charge, and she’s always liked it that way. She’s been able to manage her family’s financial and farm struggles quite successfully on her own terms. But now she, the girl who despises academics, has been sent to Academy. Can she stay on top of the many new challenges awaiting her in Syorien? An unexpected boost from a new friend places her in an advantageous position, but she can’t seem to figure him out. When the job she covets is challenged, she’s able to work the situation to her advantage—but when accusations of false play are leveled at her, can her own plans stand? More worryingly, if her double life is discovered, will the life she’s worked so hard to build for herself come crashing down—and endanger her entire family? In the midst of life’s crushing issues, to what will Laelara surrender, and where will she find the strength to persevere?
Click here for info and signup for Surrender’s Strength.

Sustainer’s Smile (#4):
I hope to have this ready to send in September.
A helpless newborn . . . that’s exactly how twenty-four-year-old Liliora Ellith feels in her efforts to speak up on behalf of the youngest members of Taerna’s pleasure-driven society. Her tender heart for the defenseless and deep aversion to conflict throw Liliora’s soul into turmoil when tragedy opens her eyes to the quiet yet heartrending war on Taerna’s babies—both born and unborn. Adon Olam’s word coupled with a secret in her own past fuel her determination, but the challenges ahead of her threaten to send her spiraling into hopeless depression. At the very end of herself, can her own utter insufficiency be anything less than the catalyst for complete disaster?
Click here for info and signup for Sustainer’s Smile

Memory’s Mind (#5):
I hope to have this ready to send by the end of the year.
Behind his big brown eyes, Kelton holds a lifetime of secrets. When the sudden death of co-king Daemien throws all Taerna into turmoil, Kelton’s memories prove crucial and his hyper-analytical skills essential. But will his quiet, home-loving soul crumble under the pressure of intense public scrutiny? And why does he disappear for two hours every day?
Click here for info and signup for Memory’s Mind 

Romance’s Rest (#6):
I hope to have this ready to send by mid-August or September.
Kethin Ellith knows the meaning of love. After all, he loves everyone, be it person or animal, and everyone loves him. The whole town knows he can choose any wife he likes. But only one has captured his big heart, and winning her seems entirely impossible. In the midst of rejection, grief, and longing, a much bigger question faces him: does he truly know what love is? And what is this new concept he keeps encountering, covenant relationship with Adon Olam? As his struggles in this new relationship with Adon Olam intertwine with the struggles of his heart, Kethin comes face to face with the reality of life itself – and a decision that costs him everything.
Click here for info and signup for Romance’s Rest


Promise’s Prayer Has a New Cover!

Guess what! My book Promise’s Prayer (Truth from Taerna Book 1) is getting a second edition this fall, complete with new formatting, polish, and a brand new cover!

The cover is gorgeous, and I’m so excited to see the new edition. But until then, I’m holding a celebratory sale on signed first edition copies this weekend only! It’s only $11 . . . and to make it even better, I’m doing something I’ve never done before: FREE SHIPPING! Hop over here to order a copy.

That said, you get to see the new cover today!


He promised to save the land. She received a divine calling. But how can mere prayer quench his restlessness and her fears?

Walking behind a plow day in and day out gets boring for a nineteen-year-old who longs for nothing more than adventure. In the midst of the rampant lawlessness and love of pleasure that drive their country, Kaelan Ellith longs to make a difference. When a promise at his mother’s deathbed gives him the impetus to do just that, he’s off to the capital city to bring back the knowledge of Adon Olam. But despite his natural leadership skills, his schemes keep going awry, and lost people keep passing into eternity without hope. How can he ever keep such an impossible promise?

Shy and devoted Carita Kostan spends her days seeking Adon Olam, raising her bookish orphaned sister, and helping others. Carita knows the voice of Adon Olam, and she desires nothing more than to follow His calling: “Love. Serve. Pray. Persevere.” Yet how can she minister His love to her neighbors when her soul is simultaneously tormented by their unmet needs and handicapped by her own paralyzing fears?

When the true nature of the promise and the call begins to surface, Kaelan and Carita just might discover how saving the world is entirely different than they imagined . . . if they have the humility and the courage to receive it.


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Erika Mathews is an author and editor who lives in the farm country of Minnesota with her husband and children. She’s a homeschool graduate with a Bachelor’s in Communications, a Master’s in Biblical Ministries, and a passion for sharing Jesus Christ and His truth. When she’s not working with books, she enjoys reading, outdoor activities, piano and violin, organizing, and using the Oxford comma. You can connect with Erika at


Design credit goes to Megan Mccullough.

Thank you so much for attending this reveal party. Watch my Instagram this month for celebrations and release news, or hop over to for all the updates plus a free short story.

 May the blessings of the Lord be upon you today!


Truth from Taerna Book Updates!

Hello friends! Erika Mathews here, and I have author updates on my entire series!

Promise’s Prayer: My debut novel is getting republished with brand new formatting, a new cover, and minor editing! The new cover reveal is this weekend! Watch for that and for release date information . . . possibly as early as this fall! Meanwhile, you can grab a signed paperback of the first edition on sale this weekend: only $11, along with something I’ve never done before: free shipping!

Victory’s Voice: I’m excited about this book, and currently it’s with the editor! I just received the cover from my designer, and it’s gorgeous! Watch for cover reveal and release information – I’m hoping launch day will happen not long after the re-release of Promise’s Prayer!

Surrender’s Strength: I finished the draft of this book in April and now it’s with the editor! Cover design is coming in the next few weeks. I hope to make some progress on this book in the fall. Release coming hopefully in 2021.

Sustainer’s Smile: This book is near to my heart and so close to being ready. I’m currently editing this one. Cover design and formatting will be coming soon!

Memory’s Mind: This book is about 75% written. I hope to finish the draft sometime this year.

Romance’s Rest: The final book in the series is about 95% written and I’m planning to finish the draft this week!

For more information on any of these books, click here.

Also, there’s a huge YA book Facebook party happening this weekend, and I have the 3:00 PM CST slot on Friday, July 24. Join me there for numerous giveaways, fun games, and bookish conversation. And bonus . . . if you attend the party, you’ll get to be the first to see the brand new cover of Promise’s Prayer!

If you want to join the cover reveal, I’m accepting signups until tomorrow at 1 PM CST . . . so hurry over!

Which Taerna book are you most excited to read?


Jayne’s Endeavour Review + Giveaway


Life in 19th century Australia overflows with hardship . . . Will Jayne have the courage to find the answers?

Lauren Compton is releasing a brand new historical fiction book, and it’s a treasure for fans of Christian stories that encourage and inspire. In this post, I’ll be sharing my review and an excerpt from the book as well as an amazing giveaway!

About the Book

Genre: Historical Christian Fiction
Page Count: 276
Age Range: 12-18
Series: Book 1 of The JOY Series

Mysterious strangers, a Scripture verse, and a threat.

“Reids never give up.” The words once held so much truth. But at eighteen, Jayne Reid is beginning to wonder if she can live up to that standard.

When puzzling strangers appear and odd things start to happen, Jayne and her two younger sisters must find a solution—or lose everything.

What mystery lurks in the shadows of the Australian bush? Who is the man in town who thinks he can buy and bully anyone he wishes? And is it all somehow connected to their new farmhand?

Journey with Jayne as she struggles to change fear into boldness and boldness into a trusting relationship with her Heavenly Father. What adventure lies ahead?

The JOY Series

The JOY Series follows three sisters on a quest to keep their parents’ legacy and dreams alive. Loaded with 19th century Australian adventure, it’s a series full of intrigue, adventure, and faith for ages 12 and up!

My Review

Jayne’s Endeavour is a sweet story of joy, trust, hope, and family. I enjoyed reading the 19-century tale of Australian farm life.

Initially, I was drawn to this book by the series title: The JOY Series. While this book didn’t fit that in quite the way I expected, it fit it in an even deeper way. The struggles of the girls, their dependence on God, and the bits of mystery and danger throughout the book wove together into an encouraging and inspiring story. I can’t wait to read how some of the additional plot threads are tied up in future books in the series. 
I recommend this book to fans of historical fiction and clean Christian books with a hint of mystery. 
And the cover is stunning and gorgeous!

Exclusive Excerpt

After the final hymn, Jayne began winding her way towards the back of the building, where a group of women she recognised stood chatting together. She was partway there, when someone called her name. Before she could turn around, two hands clasped her arm.

“I’ve been hoping all morning that you’d come. I’d nearly given up hope, but here you are. Just spotted you this very instant,” said Mrs Arthur, gasping to catch her breath. 

Jayne didn’t have time to respond before she was being hurried along to a more secluded spot near the wall, wondering what she might have done to arouse the talkative woman’s attention. Bracing herself, Jayne waited for Mrs Arthur to say her piece. She didn’t have to wait long.

“You know that new worker of yours? The one Mrs O’Donnell told me about.” Mrs Arthur looked around, then leaned her stout body closer. “Tall, dark hair, Irish brogue?”

Though she wanted to roll her eyes, Jayne gave the expected nod. It wasn’t as if she owned a large station with a dozen farm hands. But if she had information, this auburn-haired woman would find some way to proclaim it. Sometimes she wondered why Mam had invested so much time in Mrs Arthur, but that was Mam—loving the hard to love. 

“Well he came into the hotel when I was working yesterday, just as nice as pie and sly as a fox. And do you know what he did?” Mrs Arthur paused for effect. 

Jayne fought a grimace. Whether or not she wanted to know, she was about to be enlightened. 
–Chapter 8, Jayne’s Endeavour

About the Author

Lauren Compton lives in Australia on a sheep farm—surrounded by mountains and plenty of Aussie wildlife! From a young age she has loved books and writing-related things (yep, that includes spending ages in the writing supplies department!). Now she has embarked on a mission to write books that both entertain AND encourage. Her desire is to weave stories that point readers to her Heavenly Father while at the same time being a whole lot of fun!

Connect with Lauren

Blog | Goodreads |Amazon | Newsletter

Purchase Links

Direct from Author | Amazon | Book Depository | Add to Goodreads shelf

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Rebekah @ Read Another Page |Review and Author Interview

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Kassie @ Soldier Girl Stories |Review and Exclusive Giveaway
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Amanda @ With a Joyful Noise | Book Spotlight, Guest Post

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Ryana Lynn @ Life of Heritage |Review, Author Interview, Exclusive Giveaway

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The Resting Life Book Is Released!

IT’S HERE! Today, the message that God first placed on our hearts ten and a half years ago is available as a book. Reaching this moment has been more work than I’d ever have imagined, and yet on every step of the journey, God has taught me so much more about Himself.


A resting life is truly the life He designed for us…and as you read this book, I pray you may receive the depths of resting life that He has for you. My prayer is that the entire world would know and embrace the fullness of His glorious rest!

I’ll be doing a live video on Instagram at 3 PM CST in which I’ll announce the giveaway winner and answer questions about the book, my writing process, rest, or any other random question you’d like to ask. Join me there!

Welcome to the shelves, Resting Life: Jesus’ Rest for the Busy or Burdened Believer!

You can pick up the paperback and ebook on Amazon here.

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  • Click here to read the first chapter for free!
  • Buy the paperback or ebook here. And if you do (or if you preordered), let me know what you think! Leave a review! Post your thoughts on social media and tag me!
  • Watch the Rest Study highlight on Erika’s Instagram profile for a chapter study of the book.
  • Check out the short Hebrew and Greek word studies on different words that mean “rest” on her blog or Instagram.
  • Catch up on the Resting Life challenge.
  • Join the Live Q&A at 3 PM CST today on Erika’s Instagram!


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Can your busy, stressful reality can truly transform into the abundant, restful reality of the kingdom of God? The Bible says yes—but how can Biblical rest can seamlessly fuse with your modern life? Bible teacher Erika Mathews addresses this question. Discover the unification of rest with practical daily life, relationships with others, spiritual warfare, ministry, witnessing, prayer, meditation, fruitfulness, and personal abiding. Through understanding and embracing God’s rest, you too will be uplifted, challenged, encouraged, and freed to live life as He intended—within Him.

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Erika Mathews is an author and editor who lives in the farm country of Minnesota with her husband and children. She’s a homeschool graduate with a Bachelor’s in Communications, a Master’s in Biblical Ministries, and a passion for sharing Jesus Christ and His truth. When she’s not working with books, she enjoys reading, outdoor activities, piano and violin, organizing, and using the Oxford comma. You can connect with Erika at










Read a free chapter!

🌟 Free chapter! 🌟⁠

In honor of Resting Life’s release THIS WEEK, I’m giving you a sneak peek! Visit to read a full chapter for free! ⁠

If you haven’t preordered the whole book yet, here’s your final reminder – there’s still time! You’ll be one of the first to read the book once it’s launched! Link in bio.⁠

The #RestContest is still going on until Friday noon, so don’t forget to enter! Everyone who enters gets a discount on a paperback as well as entries into the grand prize giveaway. Simply post a creative photo of the word “rest” with the #restcontest hashtag. OR – if you’re not on Instagram, send your photo to erika [[at]] restinglife [[dot]] com.

Meanwhile, happy Sunday and enjoy the free chapter! May you embrace the rest of our Savior today.

Let me know in the comments what you think of chapter 1!⁠


Giveaway Time!


In celebration of the #RestingLifeBook launch on March 20, we’re hosting a giveaway!


✨ Signed paperback of Resting Life (an official copy, not the proof copy pictured 😊)
✨ Peach Tranquility Tea from @teavanatea. 15 tea bags! ☕️ So delicious-looking, and doesn’t it sound restful?!
✨ Blue and white teacup and saucer

✨ Dark green tea mat/doily – hand crocheted by me
✨ “He hath made everything beautiful” art
✨”The Lord is My Shepherd” wooden home decor


✨Hop over to this post to find out how!

Giveaway closes at noon on March 20.
May your day be blessed with the rest of the Lord!