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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.

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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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JOIN THE FUN

  • 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!

ABOUT THE BOOK

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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.

Find it on Amazon!

Add to Goodreads

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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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 restinglife.com.

Website: restinglife.com

Blog: writtenrest.wordpress.com

Instagram: instagram.com/ErikaMathewsAuthor

Facebook: facebook.com/ErikaMathewsAuthor

Amazon: amazon.com/-/e/B06XK4TFQL

Goodreads: goodreads.com/resterwen

Pinterest: pinterest.com/resterwen

 

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Read a free chapter!

🌟 Free chapter! 🌟⁠

In honor of Resting Life’s release THIS WEEK, I’m giving you a sneak peek! Visit restinglife.com/chapter1 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!⁠

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Giveaway Time!

 

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

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PRIZE PACK

✨ 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

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

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HOW TO ENTER
✨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!

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Resting Life Book Launch Kick-Off!


Hello friends!
We are deep in the release for Resting Life: Jesus’ Rest for the Busy or Burdened Believer, and so many exciting and encouraging launch events are happening! Thank you so much for your prayers and support for us! Only 18 days until this book hits the shelves!
If you’d like to follow along on the countdown to release or join in the fun, there are several ways to do that:
  • Pray. Most importantly, talk to God about the book launch. Pray that He will bring the book to those who need it. Pray for His blessing on the release and His kingdom to go forth and prosper.
  • Spread the word. If you’d like to share online about the book but don’t have the time to put together a social media post or blog post or email to send to your friends, we’ve got you covered! Let us know here and we’ll send you some premade post options (complete with links and images!) ahead of release day. All you have to do is copy, paste, and post! This is a need we have that we’d be delighted if you could fill!

 

  • Join the Resting Life Photo Challenge on Instagram. Simply use the day’s prompt to make a post directly or indirectly related to that prompt – your choice! Each post will be a giveaway entry to win a copy of the book and a related prize pack.

  • Join the Rest Contest. Post a unique or creative photo that includes the word “rest” somewhere and use the hashtag #RestContest. There will be awesome restful prizes!

  • Follow along with the Resting Life Daily Word StudyEach weekday will focus on a different Hebrew or Greek word meaning “rest.”

  • Watch the Chapter Study videos. Each weekday until release day, Erika will post 2-5 minutes of video teaching on key concepts in the chapters of the Resting Life book. Follow along on Stories on Instagram or Facebook.
  • And don’t forget you can preorder the book here.

We hope you have a blessed and restful March! Keep looking unto Jesus!

ABOUT THE BOOK
Can your busy, stressful reality truly transform into the abundant, restful reality of the kingdom of God? The Bible says yes. Through rest in Christ, your life can be fulfilled, productive, peaceful, and free to give and receive love.
But just what is Biblical rest, and how can it seamlessly fuse with your modern life?
In Resting Life: Jesus’ Rest for the Busy or Burdened Believer, 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.
Preorder today, and the book will show up automatically on your Kindle or Kindle app on March 20!
Ebook preorder
Did you know you can preorder the paperback too?
Signed paperback preorder

 

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Resting Life Cover Reveal and Preorders!

Friends, a gorgeous cover for an encouraging Christian living non-fiction book is being revealed today! Resting Life: Jesus’ Rest for the Busy or Burdened Believer is my latest upcoming release!

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But first, all the details.

RELEASE DATE: March 20, 2020! Mark your calendars!

…but you can skip the calendar part if you preorder the ebook on Amazon. You’ll automatically get the best price, and the book will appear right on your device bright and early on release day! (And Amazon is kind enough to notify you, so you can be among the very first to read the book if you wish!)

PREORDER HERE!

But do you actually want to preorder already? What is this new book about? Is it worth your time?

ABOUT THE BOOK

Can your busy, stressful reality truly transform into the abundant, restful reality of the kingdom of God? The Bible says yes. Through rest in Christ, your life can be fulfilled, productive, peaceful, and free to give and receive love. But just what is Biblical rest, and how can it seamlessly fuse with your modern life? In Resting Life: Jesus’ Rest for the Busy or Burdened Believer, 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.

Now go preorder. 🙂

But why preorder at all? Why not wait until the book is released? Besides the fact that you’ll automatically get the lowest price, and besides the fact that you won’t have to actually remember to order the book later, did you know that preorders stack up and count as sales on release day? Multiple preorders alert Amazon that this book is popular, and the more popular Amazon’s system sees the book is, the more people Amazon will suggest and show it to, and the higher it will rank in what people see. This means this book – and the message of this book – will be able to reach many more people. This is immensely helpful for visibility in the thousands of books for sale. So if you’d like the ebook, preordering is the way to go.

You don’t want the ebook?

There’s a place to preorder a paperback too!

You want to know more about the author first?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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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. She wrote Resting Life out of meditations and prayers during her three years at Bible School. 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 restinglife.com.

Ready to preorder (Kindle) (Paperback) now?

Of course not. You came here for the cover…and so the cover you shall have.

ISN’T IT GORGEOUS?

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Design credit goes to Sarah Grace Grzy.

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And enjoy the back cover, since back covers don’t often get as much love:

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*Applause! Cheering! Throwing of confetti! Cookies for all!*

*Deep sigh of contentment*

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Thank you so much for attending this reveal party. Watch my Instagram this month for release celebrations, Bible studies based on Resting Life, and giveaways. May the blessings of the Lord be upon you today!

And now you can safely preorder. 🙂

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No Chance Meeting Blog Tour: Interview+Review

Looking for a clean romantic read? Check Jaye Elliot’s newly released book, No Chance Meeting. You can read all about it below, and don’t forget to enter the giveaways!

About the Book
Alex Jennings is done with life. After losing her brother in Afghanistan, everything has collapsed around her. Getting laid off from her day job and failing in her art career, she has nowhere left to turn. She once had faith to believe that all things would work together for good, but that faith died with her brother. Now she just wants the pain to end.
Riley Conrad served thirteen years in the military until three bullets sent him home. After a year and a half of physical therapy and scraping together a living, all he wants is to live a simple life and perhaps even open the coffee shop he dreams about. However, the weight of failing his parents’ expectations doesn’t make it easy, and working as a bartender isn’t getting him anywhere fast.
Could a “chance” meeting between Alex and Riley set them both on the path God always intended?
Available now from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and more!
20% of all February sales will go to the Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs.

My Review

Disclaimer: I had the privilege of beta reading an early version of this book a year and a half ago, and, while I quickly read the updated copy prior in preparation for this blog tour, I have not yet thoroughly read the final version. Because of that, I’m focusing this review mainly on what I enjoyed about the book.

What I Loved

Pace and flow: I loved the overall pacing of the story! It’s a long story, but it’s interesting. I loved how it didn’t necessarily follow a typical romance novel structure. I loved how there wasn’t major conflict between Alex and Riley –  there seems to be too much of that in most romance novels I’ve read. Instead, this book was a slower upward journey for both characters. There was conflict, change, growth, turmoil, and happiness, but I could feel the upward slow climb all the way until the biggest crisis (apart from the opening scene). The slow journey style carried me right with the characters, and I enjoyed seeing their small daily victories and successes. 
Characters: The characters were quite vivid. I LOVED Joe. I liked Zach, too, though he didn’t end up having a huge unique part – mostly just Mindy’s sidekick or the guy Riley talked to while Mindy and Alex talked. The families were well-described as well. The author did a great job giving everyone unique interests and styles.
Spiritual focus: The characters’ spiritual journeys were excellent. They weren’t forced or rushed; they seemed entirely natural. I loved how God is shown as the most essential One underlying all else.
Happy daily life: I loved the little glimpses of everyday fun. 🙂 And the coffee shop, even though I’m not a coffee drinker. 😉
Respectful romance: The romance was well-written. I loved how the main focus was who Riley and Alex were as people – their maturity and personality – and not so much the physical aspects. We need more romance novels with the focus on the person/spirituality/character/manliness or ladylikeness! So many books rush too fast into romance or proposals, but this wasn’t one of them. I loved how the author allowed the characters to develop individually as well – the characters had lives besides just the romance. That made the characters much more realistic and relatable. People are more than their love life, which so many romance novels forget.
Family closeness: I loved the growth of the family relationships! So many books lack family bonds. At first, I wasn’t sure what direction the parent-subplot was going – the relationships looked so bad to start with. Too many books portray the parents as the bad guys and don’t give readers a chance to get to know them as people too. And if you love holiday scenes, you might love this book.
What I Didn’t Love

I wasn’t a fan of the bar that figured so prominently. It’s a personal conviction that will be widely different for everyone: for me personally as a Christian, to supply people with the means for drunkenness would not sit right with my conscience. I will say, however, that since it was in the story, the author did a good job handling it. And this book does not come across to me as being okay with drunkenness.

Content Advisory: intentions of suicide, PTSD-type issues, mild kissing, creepy drunk speaks inappropriately to a woman before being interrupted, a person gets beat up

Romance novels are popular today for good reason. There’s something about a “feel-good” happy story and happily ever after endings. While the market is saturated with novels that don’t uplift the Christian reader to the best thoughts and meditations, I’m glad for one like this with Christian values and depth of character growth.

Interview with the Author!

What’s the story behind your series title No Chance Love? (I know it wasn’t your original title.)

At first, I had no series title because, well, No Chance Meeting wasn’t supposed to be anything more than a standalone novella that came upon me by surprise. But, being the writer that I am, my ideas tend to grow a bit out of control. I was barely into writing NCM when I started to have ideas for two more loosely connect stories. These two followed the “No Chance” title theme, so I wanted the series title to as well. Book three (which has since shifted to book two) took on the title “No Chance Romance.” I thought that fit well for the series as well and would work fine since that was the last book. Or so I thought. Many more ideas later, a fourth book idea jumped into the mix and book three became book two. After that, the series title didn’t seem to work as well anymore, so I changed it to No Chance Love. The entire theme of the series is that nothing in our lives happens by chance. God is always working behind the scenes. That includes bringing people into our lives who we come to love.

What’s the hardest part for you of writing romance?

I love writing romance. As long as I know my characters well and they are well developed, it comes pretty easily and naturally to me. I think the hardest part doesn’t come in the writing, but in wondering how readers will respond. Everyone has their own set of standards and views. For writers, you put a huge part of yourself out into the world to essentially be judged. Romance is definitely a topic that people can have strong opinions about.

How does romance rank on the genre scale for what you prefer to write?

I’m not sure I can rank it. Everything I write has romance in it. I may predominately write fantasy adventure stories, but there is always at least one romantic subplot. However, I would say that I like writing a mix of romance and adventure more than straight up romance most of the time.

About the Author

Jaye Elliot is an award-winning author, country girl, and hopeless romantic at heart. She loves a good hero and will always sigh happily during the lights scene in Tangled. She writes from her home in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, which she shares with three cats she considers her kids. When not writing romance novels, she pens fantasy and adventure stories as Jaye L. Knight.

Giveaway #1
To celebrate the release of No Chance Meeting, Jaye is giving away a reader bundle that includes a signed copy of NCM, a hand-painted watercolor bookmark, a coffee mug, and a bag of Dove chocolates! Enter using the form below. U.S. entries only. Not open internationally.

 

 

Giveaway #2

 

For her second giveaway, Jaye is offering 3 ebook copies of No Chance Meeting. Open internationally!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tour Stops
 
Friday, February 14
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Tour Intro at Jaye Elliot
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Review &
Author Post at
Reading
Anyone
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Review at Losing the Busyness
Saturday, February 15
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Author Interview at Angela R. Watts
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Review & Author Interview at Resting Life
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Author Post & Excerpt at Lady Grace: A Quiet and Gentle
Spirit
Sunday, February 16
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Spotlight at The Music of a Story
Monday, February 17
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Author Post at Morgan Elizabeth Huneke
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Author Post & Excerpt
at
A Day In The Life
Tuesday, February 18
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Review at Tricia Mingerink
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Review and Excerpt at Read Review Rejoice
Wednesday, February
19
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Review & Author Post at Leah’s Bookshelf
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Book Spotlight at The Page Dreamer
Thursday, February 20
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Review at Stories by Firefly
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Review &
Author Post at
God’s
Peculiar Treasure Rae
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Author Interview & Post
at
Read Review Rejoice
Friday, February 21
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Author Post at Backing Books
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Review at Poetree
Saturday, February 22
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Tour Wrap Up at Jaye Elliot

 

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A Gorgeous Cover Is Coming! (Help Needed!)

The book I’ve been working on for nearly eight years has a cover reveal date!

I can’t wait to share this gorgeous cover (AND the book will be available for preorder!) on February 18, and I’d like you to help with the excitement in spreading it all over the internet. Would you be willing to post the cover for Resting Life: Jesus’ Rest for the Busy or Burdened Believer on social media or your blog? More information here – click to sign up: https://forms.gle/yvrGfuEBbmg5ije98

 

THANK YOU! I can’t wait for you to have this book in your hands!