Fanny’s Hope Chest Scavenger Hunt

Welcome to the Hope Chest Scavenger Hunt! Today, I’m taking part of this fun event and giveaway to celebrate the release of Sarah Holman’s new book Fanny’s Hope Chest. I had the privilege of reading an early copy of this short book, and it was amazing. Well worth reading by anyone, married or single, old or young.

Here’s how to play:

1.     Go to Tangled up in Writing or The Destiny of One and get the full list of items to search for and blogs taking part

2.     Find the hidden item on each blog

3.     Go to Tangled up in Writing or The Destiny of One and enter the giveaway with your completed list.

4.     Tell your friends about the scavenger hunt

5.     Watch to see if your name is drawn on February 16th for 1 of five giveaway winners!

Time to see if you can find the item I’ve hidden here at Resting Life:

Did you find it? Don’t forget to enter the giveaway. There will be five winners!

Interested in Fanny’s Hope Chest? Grab it for $0.99 through the 14th (Price will go up to $2.99 after)

How old is too old for a hope chest?

When Ellie starts a new job as a home health aid, she doesn’t expect to meet a woman in her eighties looking for her hope chest, nor a house as messy as Ellie’s own emotional state. But as she cleans up Fanny’s house, she begins to wonder if Fanny’s hope chest might hold the answers to her questions about disappointed dreams and holding on to hope.

That is, if she can face both the mess and her own heart.

Find it on Amazon.


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!


Resting Life Front Cover 2.8.20

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









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!


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!)


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


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?


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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

Ready to preorder (Kindle) (Paperback) now?

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


Resting Life Front Cover 2.8.20

Design credit goes to Sarah Grace Grzy.


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

Resting Life Back Cover

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

*Deep sigh of contentment*


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


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:


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



Cover and Title Reveal for Sarah Grace Grzy’s Latest Novel!

Sarah Grace Grzy is releasing a sequel to Live Without You . . . and today I’m revealing the title AND the cover!

I read Live Without You this year and was so impressed by the professionalism of the story. It’s hard to believe I’m friends with the author of such a top-notch book. It reads like a traditionally-published best-seller . . . further proof that indie books can be real quality!

Without further delay, I present the sequel’s TITLE!

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Five Fall Favorites: Top Five for 2019


It’s a gorgeous fall day here by the lake, and here in the Boats room we have a variety of rowboats for your use as we go through these books. So hop on board, grab an oar . . . and let’s push off from the shore. Ripples echo against the sides of the boats, tiny whirlpools swirl away in the deep blue as oars rise and fall, orange leaves hover on the surface, and sunbeams glitter in a thousand reflections off the water.

Welcome to the last day of Five Fall Favorites, a week-long book party hosted by Read Another Page with party “rooms” at various literary blogs! Each blog had a different theme for the day and each blog shared five favorite books each day in a specific genre.

Things are winding down at the Literary Lodge – giveaway winners will be announced as well as other exciting happenings. But today we have a special treat for you: free and cheap books! So be sure to read to the end to find them.

Today I’ll be sharing my top five books of 2019! These are actually my top books of only the first eight months of 2019, because I’ve read nearly twenty more books since I drafted this list, and some of them rivaled these. 🙂


Once we reach the center of the lake, oars still and all eyes turn to the boat in the center to see what the first book of the day will be.

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Night is Coming

I read this picture book to my daughter multiple times this year, and every time I’m amazed at the peaceful, restful beauty of the text. The story describes a young girl’s perspective of watching night come to her grandpa’s farm as they sit quietly together on the front porch. I can’t read the text aloud in anything other than a hushed, relaxing tone, and every time, the cadence of the words lulls us into rest and calm. Night is coming . . . the world is going to sleep . . . calm is the heart. Adding to this are the gorgeous illustrations of the farm – detailed and consistent in showing different perspectives, close and far away, of the land. Despite the fact it’s a picture book, this has become one of my favorite new books this year.

The Accidental Cases of Emily Abbott

To quickly change the tone, here’s a series that’s the opposite of relaxing, calm, and quiet! This new series by Perry Kirkpatrick is adventurous, fast-paced, humorous, and so much fun! The characters are quirky; the plot is clever; the interactions are hilarious; everything about these little mysteries is enjoyable! Emily didn’t mean to become a spy, but when she gets accidentally caught up in an encounter in the coffee shop she works in, she finds the life – and the spy himself – a lot of fun. These are super clean, light, and family-friendly. I read the first book in one sitting, then quickly devoured the next two. I’m looking forward to reading the last two books in the series as well.


War. This is a book of war. A strategy guide. Personal, practical, profound. But war. If you want a book on the doctrine of prayer, look elsewhere. If you want a Bible study on prayer, this isn’t the book. If you want a manual on how to pray, you probably won’t find it here. This is a book to actually make you pray. It’s a guide to the enemy’s schemes, because we are not ignorant of his devices—or at least shouldn’t be. The enemy DOES desire to have you, and this book is filled with pointed wisdom on knowing and targeting his methods in ten areas. These ten areas are SO applicable to daily life. Almost every chapter, I was nodding along, seeing each tactic in my own life, and moved to make these areas prayer targets even before finishing each chapter.  If you pray or want to start praying and are willing to DO IT, read this book as a guide to begin targeting specific areas of your life with prayer. Use it to get beyond the grocery list of prayer needs and into the heart of God.  Because that’s the reason for standing against the enemy. Because our God delights in us and desires intimacy with us each moment of each day—and this relationship is possible as we seek His face in prayer.

Stepping Heavenward

While I read this several times as a teenager, I have been wanting to reread it now that I’m in the season of wifehood and motherhood. It was just as inspiring, challenging, encouraging, and relatable this time around, and I was indeed able to better understand some of Katy’s struggles as a wife and mother. May God work that likeness of Himself in me! This book is a journey. Katy doesn’t always make the right choices or have the right view of God or herself, and therefore everything she says in this book must be weighed against Scripture. Yet God changes her many flawed ideas of Him until she is indeed resting in His work in and through her. May I rest in His work in me so!

War Room

This book is excellent motivation for prayer and meditation – and the real power of prayer. It’s a story written for adults, filled with powerful truth. When we realize that God works in answer to the prayers of His people – and that’s how He invites us to partake of His presence and power – how can we be silent? 

Today we announce the giveaway winners . . . so click the button below to hop over to Literary Lodge central to find out who won!

Also at Literary Lodge central are links to pages with free books and books on sale for 99 cents!


The oars slap the water gently as the boats are propelled back to the shore . . . amid splashing, the riders debark and disperse.

Thank you all for joining me today as we launched the boats into the beautiful waters of Top Five Lake! It’s been an enjoyable autumn week, and I can’t wait to see you all at a future book launch!

Have you read any of these books? What did you enjoy about them? Which books sound interesting to read? What are your top books of 2019? What were your favorite parts of this party?