The Bookworm’s Tag

Hello. Was May really the last time I posted?

I’ve had a good summer so far. It hasn’t been an easy summer, but God has been good. Isn’t that always the case? I look back at rough days, beautiful days, in-between days, and there is no denying that God is indeed good. I’m still discovering all of what that means, but I plan on learning more and more each day.

Today I am here with The Bookworm’s Tag, which my dear friend Amber @ Dancing for the Holy One tagged me for. She must know me well, for I love books. =)

Thank you for tagging me, Amber!!

The Rules:

  • Thank and link to the blogger who nominated you
  • Include the tag graphic in your post
  • Answer the ten questions the blogger asked
  • Nominate between five and ten bloggers
  • Ask your nominees ten book-related questions!
  • Don’t feel bound to these rules
  • (Most importantly) Have fun!

Here are Amber’s questions and my answers!

1.What is your favorite writing style?

That’s a bit of a loaded question. Probably the best way I could describe (one of) my favorite writing style(s) would be weaving. I love books that intricately weave a beautiful, impacting story together. I love books that leave you musing on them and soaking up the picturesque prose. The authors that I’ve found best exemplify this style would probably be Amanda Dykes, Susie Finkbeiner, and some of Charles Martin (I’ve heard not all of his stuff is like that). But I also like different writing styles depending on my mood, the genre, and a whole lot of other things.

2. On average, how long does it take you to read a 400-page book?

Often about 2 days. If we’re going for average instead of median, though, I’d say 3-5 days.

3. What is your favorite books series?

Heh. Like which one of my favorite series? The Wingfeather Saga, The Accidental Cases of Emily Abbott, and the Out of Time series are the top three if that’s narrow enough. 😉

4. If you were to write a book/novel, what type of book would it be.?

It would probably be contemporary, western, fantasy, or action genre (so narrow, I know 😉 ). Actually, it would probably be contemporary. And the 1st draft synopsis would probably look like this:

Lissa is a quiet but determined girl, wrapt up in a struggle bigger than she understands. She goes from business pitch to business pitch as an entrepreneur, now that she has finally finished her master’s degree. Worn-out, and a touch lonely, Lissa decides to enjoy the Tanzania country for two weeks before what she hopes will be her best business pitch ever. She little guesses that just after God opens a new door, he will close the door on her biggest dreams forever.

Jana grew up in poverty and her greatest dream is to escape it and live in America. When she rediscovers the God who changes everything, her dreams are turned upside-down. Then, when Jana meets a girl named Lissa, and the fulfillment of her dreams is finally in her grasp, Jana must choose between chasing her dreams, or surrendering to God’s dreams for her.

So yeah, that’s probably what it would be like. 😉

5. Do you take the dust jacket (or ‘book cover protector’) off when reading a book?

I have mixed opinions on this. On one hand, dust jackets are just plain impractical. Sometimes, if they are super slide-y they’re actually annoying because they won’t stay on or stay flat. They also tend to get wrinkled really easily if they aren’t slide-y, and plain books can be so much nicer. But then…sometimes they are so pretty! And nice to have on a new book. Sometimes I like them. And other times I can’t stand them.

6. If you could only read 3 books for the rest of your life, what books would they be?

How could you ask such a question??? Three books? 😦 Oh well. Let’s see…#1 The Bible, #2 Probably The Disciplines of a Godly Woman (don’t even own it, but when I read it was super instrumental in my life), and something fiction. Not sure what that “something fiction” is yet though. How about…Lord of the Rings? I haven’t read all of it and it’s nice and long. Not that I can actually choose just 1 fiction book, but yunno.

7. Is there a certain book that you thought you’d hate, but ended up really liking?

Well, usually it goes the opposite way. But I suppose two books I’m thinking of might qualify. A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers I was fully prepared to hate but ended up mostly liking it (still not sure if I’d fully recommend it because of some content issues). Dewdrops And Butterflies by Libby May is a book I was skeptical of (I mean…butterflies?) but turned out to be an impactful, awesome read about foster care. It’s on my top books list now. But I didn’t think I’d hate it…just was a little skeptical, so I don’t know if it counts.

8. Would you prefer to read in a library or a park?

Hmm…well, I love libraries. But I don’t really read in them…I mostly just love looking around for books and seeing lots of books and getting lots of books. So if there was a nice park with a nice place to sit I might prefer reading in a park to reading in a library. But I don’t know…I’ve never really tried either one, honestly, or thought about how I liked it.

I nominate:

If you choose to accept my nomination, here are the questions!

  1. What’s are two books you would and have recommended over and over again?
  2. What’s a fictional book that helped you understand God better?
  3. What are two authors that you think have a very similar style of writing?
  4. Have you ever almost guessed every single plot twist in a book? What book was it?
  5. What are two fictional characters who could almost sum up your personality?
  6. Are you the person constantly getting more book recommendations than you could ever keep up with or are you the person always recommending tons of awesome books? Or something in-between?
  7. Has a book ever made you appreciate something (or a food, in particular) more than you did before? What was it (the book and the “thing”)?
  8. What is a book that has made you both laugh and cry? (If you don’t have one, you could pick one for each, I suppose).
  9. What’s one book (fiction or nonfiction) other than the Bible that you wish every single person on the planet would read?
  10. Would you consider yourself a bookworm? If so (or if not), how many books do you read each month?

Have fun! Feel free to do this tag on your own blog, even if I didn’t tag you. I’d love to see your answers!!

“Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.”

-John 21:25

Have a splendid day! The Lord be with you.

The Glimmer of Light

Hello faithful blog readers! Thought I’d pop in and say hi.

[Also note that the majority of this post was written around a week ago.]

Life is crazy but pretty awesome nonetheless. For one thing, last week was Crazy Writing Week. What’s crazy writing week? Basically a competition to write a bunch. I wasn’t going to join, but I ended up using it as motivation to tackle all of my school-related writing. Which means I now have time to write one blog post.

So where have I been? What have I been doing? What’s up?

Life’s pretty much the same as it has been for the past year. Too much time staring at a screen. Tired of being limited because of a pandemic. But there have been ups and downs.

This week I feel motivated. Pumped. Happy. Next week I might feel discouraged and buried under schoolwork. But life is still good. All I have to do is look up from my computer to see it. In fact, I don’t even have to look up from my screen to see it. In the corners of my PC desktop are Word documents titled “Dear Lord” or “Dear God.” They are combinations of letters and prayers to God, and every word reminds me of how faithful He is. Things I didn’t see then I can see now. Things I still don’t understand I can now place in His hands.

Life’s been the same. I’m pretty much just the same, too. Same struggles, same discouragements. But I think I am growing. Slowly, painfully, I am learning some things.

I’m not finding the answers I always wanted. I still haven’t figured out the secret to being motivated, the secret to smiling when you’re down, or the secret to getting mountains of tasks completed. But I’m learning to place all those things in His hands.

I don’t understand the mysteries of the universe. I don’t know the answers to the questions vibrating through my brain. And yet, I can write letter after letter to my Father in Heaven asking and asking and asking, and He’s still listening. At the end of the day, I may not get the satisfaction and peace of having figured out just the right solution, of having perfectly put the puzzle pieces together, but it’s okay. Because His peace is the peace that surpasses understanding.

My heart might be filled with sadness, disappointment, and confusion, yet in it all his perfect peace can shine through and light up the darkness.

I’ll keep pressing on to that glorious light. I’ll keep seeking His face. I’ll never stop wanting to understand. But that twinkle of light sparkling from the corners of my mind is enough. It only takes a spark to destroy the darkness and as long as I have Him, I’ll never be without that glimmer of light.

So hold onto that glimmer and don’t let go.

At Her Fingertips Cover Reveal

Hello friends and random readers! It’s been awhile. In fact it’s been almost two months.

But today, I’m here with something super exciting: a cover reveal!!!!! Kellyn Roth is an awesome author with awesome books. One of the things I appreciate about her is how she balances resolved/happy endings with realistic ones. Her stories never end “happily ever after.” Instead, her endings leave you with wonder and fill you with hope. She doesn’t sacrifice truth for a perfectly happy ending.

And now, this Feburary 23rd, I am excited to be part of cover reveal for her release of At Her Fingertips.

What is At Her Fingertips? It’s the 3rd book in The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy, following the lives of two sisters in the Late Victorian Era.

If you haven’t read the first two books or seen their gorgeous covers, you absolutely need to!

#1: The Dressmaker’s Secret

If they knew who she was they’d never accept what she’s become.

The Dressmaker's Secret (The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy Book 1) by [Kellyn Roth]

#2: Ivy Introspective

In a world that doesn’t understand her, how can she grow?

Ivy Introspective (The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy Book 2) by [Kellyn Roth]

And don’t forget the new in-between book (#2.5) Becoming Miss Knight!

Becoming Miss Knight: an Alice and Ivy novella (The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy) by [Kellyn Roth]

Aren’t those covers so awesome?? Are you ready for #3?

First, a little bit about the author!

~About Kellyn Roth~

Kellyn Roth is a Christian historical women’s fiction & romance author from North-Eastern Oregon who has independently published multiple novels, the most notable being The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy series. You should definitely call her Kell.

Kell lives on family-owned property outside an unmemorable but historical town with her parents, two little brothers, arbitrary cat, precious border collies, a dozen cows, and lots of chickens. She also possesses a classic, vintage aesthetic which does not at all speak to her country girl side, but such is life.

When not writing, Kell likes to blog, teach writing to her various students, have day jobs which allow her to keep her car properly insured, and spend lavish amounts of money on Dairy Queen french fries. She also likes to talk about Keira Knightley and her own books way too much.

You can find Kellyn on:

And now for At Her Fingertips!!!

~At Her FingerTips (What it’s about)~

She’s willing to do anything to follow her plan.

Debutante Alice Knight is ready for her first social season in London. She’s determined to impress society and her mother with an affluent match, at last escaping her past and embracing a future of her own making.

Peter Strauss, an American reporter visiting England, isn’t exactly what Alice had in mind. However, his friendship proves invaluable as Alice faces the challenges of her debut. Almost immediately, she attracts the attention of a well-born gentleman—perfect save for the simple fact that he’s not a Christian.

The life she longs for is finally at her fingertips, but between her own heart and the convictions of her faith, she isn’t sure she ought to grasp it.

When is it Releasing?

At Her Fingertips by Kellyn Roth is releasing on July 17th, 2021. (It feels so far away…).

Where Can I BUY It? Can I Preorder it?

Yesss!!! You can preorder it now on Amazon and have it delivered to your Kindle as soon as it releases!! You can find the link at the end of this post.

Where’s The Cover? What does it look like???

And now…for the cover reveal!

Behold the dots…

















And now for the absolutely beautiful cover!!!!!

At Her Fingertips

She’s willing to do anything to follow her plan.


I’m so excited!!!!

Now for all the other fun jazz.

And now, finally, how to get it!!

You can preorder At Her Fingertips here!!!

Isn’t it so pretty? Are you excited for the release? Are you planning on preordering it?

Have an awesome week!

“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.””

-John 8:12 (ESV)

12 Days of Christmas | Day 9 | In Which I Attempt to Write a Christmas Story

Hello everyone! Can you even believe that there is only 3 more days until Christmas!!?!?!? I’m starting to wonder if my to-do list is even capable of being completed. 🙄

Also…today I am going to try and write some flash fiction. I haven’t even decided what it will be about. Annd…I haven’t really written fiction since October maaybe early November. So I’m feeling kind of rusty and reluctant. Maybe a little bit of nonexistent writer’s block is in there as well??

To be completely honest I kind of hate (*ahem* I meant strongly dislike) my own writing currently, but I will try to just write SOMETHING and still share it. It’s a challenge, right? I can be competitive.

*rubs hands together*

*stares at remaining blank screen*

*begins staring at ceiling*

*glances back at computer*

Riight…so about that story…

Uuummm…I’ll be back. In a little bit. Just have to think for a while…

(This won’t really be that bad, right?)

*Ahem* I’m back again. Still not sure what I’m going to write, but I may as well write the first few sentences.

Once Upon a Time…

Kalea stared at her dim laptop screen in the darkness of the living room. Well…except for the Christmas lights in random corners of the room.

She continues to stare at her blank document. Somehow she could write analytical overviews for a living, yet she couldn’t manage to a single line of fiction.

I’m pretty sure my imagination no longer works.

Kalea’s friend Lissa, a budding entrepreneur, said she’d read somewhere that changes in environment sometimes helped with Writer’s Block.

So here she was. Instead of writing in a cheery office at 8 o’clock in the morning she was attempting to write at 10 o’clock at night. On her couch. Three days before her “unique” Christmas story was supposed to be finished. At least she wasn’t actually becoming a nightowl.

Somehow nighttime just wasn’t doing the trick in sparking her imagination.

Kalea pulled out her phone to message Lissa.

“Still trying to brainstorm ideas for that Christmas story I promised I’d write.”

A second later there was a ding. Well…to be exact it was a short portion of Carol of the Bells…you know cause everyone sets something like that for a notification ringtone.

Me too. Working on brainstorming a unique design for my business pitch a week from now”

Kalea sighed. There was a big difference between designing a product and writing a story. Not that she could do either. But writing a story should be easy…right?

“I’m actually getting pretty convinced that my imagination is dead. Like seriously.”

Kalea pressed send and turned her phone off. After staring into the distance for a while and thinking about everything else that needed to be done before Christmas, she got up from the couch. Definitely no words spouting out of her brain right now.

She walked into the dark kitchenette of her apartment and stared out the window lost in blank thought.

Literally all she wanted for Christmas was to finish this nonexistent story.

Somehow Lissa had an imagination but she didn’t. And while Lissa said she believed in God and Jesus and all that “church stuff,” she seemed to get really uncomfortable when Kalea talked about it.

Would her friends listen to her about Jesus if she could write stories? Since she’d become a Christian she’d found that even if her friends said they believed the same things as her, they never wanted to talk about it.

They like to read her reports though…and she thought they were more than “pretty” dry. They were horrid. Would they read a story?

Well if the Lord hadn’t given her an imagination, that wasn’t likely to work out. What was she supposed to do about the deadline? Ugh.

Kalea startled as she heard a knock on her window. On the fourth story. How was that even possible?

Was is a bird? It couldn’t possibly be Santa Claus…but maybe something else? Did someone try to jump off the roof? Did someone manage to climb a ladder or ride one of the lifter machine thingimajigs to knock on her window? What would they want?

She quickly reached for where she had set her phone when she came into the kitchenette and opend her Lissa’s contact.

“Umm…I think someone just knocked on my fourth story window.”

She texted frantically.

“Do you think it might be a thief? How would someone knock on a window that high up anyway?? Or could it somehow have been a bird…maybe the bird was looking at someone else??”

After a few seconds Lissa messaged her laughing emoji.

“What’s so funny?”

Kalea texted back.

“Read the text before your last two.”

Lissa replied almost instantly. Kalea scrolled up on her phone, still confused.

After a few long, drawn-out seconds Lissa offered a bit of an explanation.

“At first you were like ‘I don’t have an imagination’ then you’re like imagining all sorts of ways a knocking sound could have come from the direction of your window. 😀”


Kalea struggled to wrap her brain around it, but when she did she burst out laughing.

Texting back a cringing emoji and a laughing emoji, she looked around for her light up clock. She should probably keep brainstorming. Maybe she could manage to write at least one sentence.

I mean…it could even be about someone trying to knock on a fourth story window.

Kalea grinned.

Where is that clock anyway? She wondered peering closer at the wall it usually was.

Walking closer she realized it was face-down on the ground. Right by the window.

And that’s when she realized her imagination was most definitely not dead. Nothing had knocked against her fourth-story window. Her clock had fallen down.

The thought caused her to break down laughing.

And already a story was forming in her mind. Maybe even a story her friends would read. And think about.

Time to get writing.


Okay that was actually fun once I got started. While that probably wasn’t very exceptional writing, I hope you enjoyed it too!

And seriously, the best solution to Writer’s Block is to write about Writer’s Block. Works pretty much every time. You should totally try it next time you just can’t seem to get any words on the page.

(I’m sorry it wasn’t as Christmasy as I was hoping!)

Also this is literally my absolute favorite example of writing about Writer’s Block. You’ve got to check it out.

Hope you enjoyed, see you tomorrow, and have an awesome and blessed Christmas!

Song of the Day:

I had a lot of trouble choosing this one today. On one hand, “3:42 AM (Writer’s Block)” by MercyMe seemed to match best. On the other hand…I was kinda going for Christmasy songs. So I guess I’ll have to pick two?

3:42 Am (Writer’s Block) by MercyMe

Be Born In Me by Francesca Battistelli (have you noticed I like Francesca Battistelli?😉).

“I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

-Philippians 3:14

“Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.”

-James 1:12

“Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, set your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

-1 Peter 1:13

*All scripture quotations are from the NASB translation

**Also…hoping there aren’t any super back typos cause I didn’t even really edit this one. 🙂

12 Days of Christmas | Day 3| Christmas Recipes

Hello and welcome to day 3 of the 12 Days of Christmas blog tour 2020!

My idea for today was to share some Christmas recipes! I love to cook and I love Christmasy foods, but when I actually thought about it, I found it was harder than I expected to come up with Christmas recipes that don’t involve leaking some major secret recipe. 😉 Or breaking copyright rules.

Around Christmas, we tend to have mashed potatoes and turkey (which is also a Thanksgiving thing), gingerbread cookies (which are not entirely accepted as delicious), Christmas cookie (aka sugar cookies with frosting on them), hot chocolate, and peppermint candy ice cream.

But we don’t always use the same recipe or even make all those by hand. Plus I’ve become more and more relaxed about exact measurements in certain recipes. So I figured, instead of giving you cut-and-dry recipe instructions, I’d give more of a rough overview with lots of tips for a few of these!

Mashed Potatoes

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First you peel and wash your potatoes, then boil them. You’ll want to cut in half any particularly large potatoes so they all boil evenly.

Once the potatoes have boiled until soft (about 20 or 25 minutes, depending on their size), and have been drained of the water, the very next thing you’ll want to do is add butter. Lots of it.

If you make sure and add butter first thing, before mixing it and cutting it up more, it can help ensure against the possible consequences of overmixing. Plus butter is yummy (at least on/in something). 🙂

Unless you are mashing by hand, you might want to put the potatoes in a mixing bowl at this point (maybe before you put the butter in). Then you mix it all up, cutting larger chunks down so they don’t come flying out of the mixing bowl, and you can add some salt and pepper.

The final addition is the most important addition of all. And sadly, I have become aware that it is *gasps* often neglected!! You MUST add sour cream. Not milk. Not cream. Not mashed-potato-mix-thingimajigs. Only sour cream.

Then, viola! Super yummy mashed potatoes.

Note: gravy is an entire different entity that shall not be discussed in this post. Just know that anything but homemade gravy is disgusting. 🙂

Hot Chocolate

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Hot chocolate is extremely simple. In it’s basic form, it involves milk, cocoa powder, and sugar.

It can also include a small amount of vanilla extract, a few marshmallows, and lots of whipped cream.

In essence, the best hot chocolate is made on the stove top with whole milk. Raw Jersey milk tastes best but….regular pasteurized Holstein 3% milk such as is regularly sold at stores works fine.

First you must heat the milk up and then you add a mixture of sugar and cocoa until it is chocolatey enough. We tend to use a ratio of 3 parts organic cane sugar to 1 part cocoa powder. I think it tastes better with a ratio of 3:2, but that’s probably just me. Saco premium cocoa and Ghirardelli “Majestic” premium cocoa powder are the best.

If you want to put a teeny-tiny bit of vanilla extract in, this is the perfect time to do it. You could also add some peppermint syrup for a pepperminty hot chocolate.

Once you the milk is heated up and you add your desired amount of sugar and cocoa, whisk it (or just casually stir it) until it is dissolved and then pour it into cups (or preferably, mugs…although half-filled quart jars are great too).

If you so desire, top with whip cream and a tiny sprinkle of cocoa powder. Enjoy!

Christmas Cookies

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First off, pick your favorite starting cookie recipe. Christmas cookies are usually made with sugar cookies for a base, but you can do whatever you want.

Also pick your favorite Christmasy cookie cutter shape(s)! I think we have a tree shape, a bell shape, a gingerbread man shape, and a star shape.

Once you cook them, it’s time to decorate! We don’t tend to do any fancy (and we don’t have a piping bag) so we tend to just spread frosting on top with a butter knife.

The absolute best kind of frosting is cream-cheese frosting. There just isn’t another kind of frosting that compares!

You can do a lot of fun stuff to decorate using sprinkles, powdered sugar, different colored frosting, piping bags, et cetera.

But because you absolutely have to at least try cream-cheese frosting we’ll move onto that next! Don’t worry, it’s super easy.

Cream Cheese Frosting

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To start, put a package of cream cheese in a food processer or mixer. Or double that if you’d like a bigger batch.

Next add anywhere from 3-1 cup of powdered sugar (per package of cream cheese). We use about 1 1/2 cups and I think it’s about perfect.

You can also add 1/4-1/2 stick of softened butter if you want, but we often just skip it.

Finally add a little bit of vanilla extract (1-2 tsps.) or whatever other flavoring you want (for example melted chocolate or lemon extract), and pulse (in the food processor) or mix (in the mixer).

To color your frosting either add it along with the vanilla or divide up your frosting up into smaller portions so you can have more colors. Just add a drop or two at first then mix it and then, if you want more, you can add some more later.

That’s all for today y’all!!! Hope you enjoyed!

I’ll be back tomorrow with a words study on the word “gift.” Can’t wait to see what I find!

Song of the Day: “Christmas Is” by Francesca Battistelli

“But rejoice, all who take refuge in You,
Sing for joy forever!
And may You shelter them,
That those who love Your name may rejoice in You.

-Psalm 5:11 (NASB)

12 Days of Christmas | Day 2 | Christmas Books

Welcome back to Day 2 of the 12 Days of Christmas blog party!!

I love reading books. If it’s possible to read too many books, I might read too many books. I also love sharing books I love with other people! Maybe it’s why I like reading books outloud so much. 🙂

So today I’d like to share my favorite Christmas books and stories! Most of them are short stories, but they were all super fun to read.

*Disclaimer: these books/stories are not arranged randomly and the order they appear in means nothing*

1) Behold by Faith Potts

Not only is Faith Potts an awesome blogger and the hostess of this awesome blog tour, but her books are AMAZING! This is a collection of 4 awesome sweet stories centered around Christmas and the birth of the Savior of the world!! I enjoyed every minute of it.

2) Finding Christmas Joy by Amanda Tero

I read this one just a few days ago and I liked it even more than I expected. It was a lot different than other things I’ve read from Amanda Tero, so it was a nice surprise. Nice short Christmas story that focuses on the true and deep meaning of Christmas.

3) Kind by Kellyn Roth

Kellyn Roth’s short stories are always THE BEST so I knew I was going to enjoy this short story. I was a little confused at first though (probably from only partly reading the blurb), so just know that it is about an American soldier stationed in Germany (not a German soldier).

4) Unwrapping Hope by Sandra Ardoin

This one is more of a novella, and I loved it! Here’s my review:

Unwrapping Hope (Widow's Might #0.5)Unwrapping Hope by Sandra Ardoin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was surprised by just how much I enjoyed this short story. The plot, the timing, the themes, I just loved it all! It ends with Christmas, so it’d make a good Christmas read. I really appreciated how the MC’s were honestly flawed, but learned to admit their faults and find healing. While romance is probably, technically the main plot I felt like it didn’t overdo it and it was definitely complex enough to be interesting and enjoyable to someone who doesn’t usually read romance. I highly recommend it.

Note: I received this as an ARC from StoryOrigin in exchange for an honest review.

View all my reviews

5) The Least of These by Kate Willis

This is a Christmas story that goes along with Kate Willis’ book “Kiera.” It’s awesome.

6) Red Boots by Kate Willis

This one was super short, it felt like, but really heartwarming and sweet. Great for a five minute read.

7) The Christmas Blessing by Melody Carlson

I’ve been debating putting this one on here. For one thing, I know other people haven’t liked this story. But I really enjoyed it. Sure, it could have been better, but the plot had me almost squealing at times. But I can’t say any more or it will ruin it!! I feel like it could have been a lot longer and that some scenes were skipped simply to keep it novella length, but it really could have been much longer (and it would have been nice). You would most likely enjoy, but it wouldn’t hurt to check out some other reviews first.

And that’s it for today! Hope you enjoyed!

Have you read any other these books? Are there any that look cool?

Have an awesome day. 🙂

Song of the Day:

These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. And you shall repeat them diligently to your sons and speak of them when you sit in your house, when you walk on the road, when you lie down, and when you get up.”

-Deuteronomy 6:4-7 (NASB)

Don’t forget to check out Stories by Firefly for the giveaway and all the other blog party posts!

And if you’d like to see more of my review you can check out my (still) growing Goodreads account here.

I’ll be back tomorrow with Christmas…recipes!!

12 Days of Christmas | Day 1 | Word Study on “Lamb”

Hello everyone! Today is the first day of the 12 Days of Christmas blog tour and I’m starting it out with a word study on the word Lamb!

Thanks so much for voting, everyone! I really appreciate your feedback, and I was super happy to see what words y’all wanted me to do!

Well…turns out there are a lot of Hebrew words for “lamb.”

Here’s what I found on BibleHub for Strong’s conncordance:

Keseb (כֶּשֶׂב)- translated lamb or sheep; seems to be found in places referring to Old Testament sacrifices (in Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy), as well as where Joseph is multiplying his flock despite Laban’s interference (Genesis 30).

Kebes (כֶּבֶשׂ)-translated lamb, but often specifically translated as male lamb; also found in places with instructions for Old Testament sacrifices (throughout Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers).

Kibsah or Kabsah (כִּבְשָׂה)- translated female lamb or ewe; found refering to the gifting (or taking in some cases) of a lamb, with a few references to Old Testament sacrifices (found in Genesis, Leviticus, Numbers, and 2 Samuel).

Seh (שֶׂה)- this one is a little different from the other words, because it means one of a flock and can be translated as either a lamb, sheep, or goat.

Found in the classic passage where Abraham is instructed to offer up his son as a sacrifice, both where his son asks “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” (Gen 22:7) and where Abraham answers “God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son” (Gen 22:8).

Interestingly enough, when God does physically provide a “lamb” to Abraham it uses a different word that doesn’t directly translate to lamb. The word is “ayil” (אַיִל) and instead, it translates as ram or “leader of the flock.” Ayil is sometimes even used to describe people, as in a mighty leader (i.e. Exodus 15:15 regarding the Moabite leaders).

I find this kind of cool. It’s almost like Abraham asked for just “one of the flock” but the LORD gave him the “mighty leader of the flock.” Like they were sacrificing seh after seh (“one of the flock”), but until the true and greater Ayil (leader of the flock) was sacrificed we could not have true salvation. Interesting, right?

Tson (צאֹן)- translated as flocks, either of small cattle, goats, or sheep. Has 274 occurrences throughout the Old Testament, and is used pretty much everywhere to refer to flocks. For instance Genesis 4:2 says that “Abel was a keeper of flocks,” or keeper of tson. Or in 1 Samuel 17:34, David tells Saul that he was “tending his father’s sheep” or tending his father’s tson.

Some other less significant words meaning lamb, that have very few occurrences are:

  • Immar (אִמַּר)- meaning “a lamb” or lambs, has 3 occurrences in the Old Testament.
  • Taleh or tela (טָלֶה or טְלָא)- meaning “a lamb,” has 3 occurrences in the OT.
  • Kisbah (כִּשְׂבָּה)- means “a ewe lamb” or a female lamb, has 1 occurrence in Leviticus.
  • Dekar (דְּכַר)- means “ram” or male sheep. Corresponds to word “zakar” meaning male (e.i. “male and female He created them” Gen 1:27).

Alrighty! That was a lot for the Hebrew. 🙂

Now for the New Testament Greek stuff. There are also a lot of words for “lamb” in Greek, but not quite as much and they’re a little more specific. I’ve parred down to what I think are the most important three.

Arnion (ἀρνίον)- means a little lamb or just “a lamb.” Specifically it refers to someone innocent and pure, particularly those suffering unjustly. Most occurrences are in the book of Revelation, but it is also the word Jesus uses before his ascension when he asks Peter “do you love Me more than these?” and then commands him to “tend My lambs” (John 21:15).

Amnos (ἀμνός)- means “a lamb,” but refers to innocence and sacrifice. Often refers to a one-year-old lamb (without blemish) such as would be used for a sacrifice. Used by John when he declared as Jesus walked by “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29).

Pascha (πάσχα)- this word refers specifically to “the Passover lamb” and can be used to refer to Passover in general. For instance, when the disciples are discussing the upcoming Passover with Jesus shortly before his betrayal they asked “where do You want us to prepare for You to eat the Passover?” they used pascha to refer to the Passover. So while pascha means Passover lamb, it can also simply refer to Passover overall.

That’s about all for the Greek!

In the Bible, lambs were used for food, money (aka livelihood), gifts, and sacrifice. But they are very important to us, because when Jesus came innocent and unblemished at Christmas, he came as the true and greater Ayil (ram, leader) come to take our place, and he came as the true and greater Pascha (Passover lamb) to make a way for our Salvation. So behold the lamb of God!

Have an awesome day!

“The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”

-John 1:29 (ESV)

“Conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.”

-1 Peter 1:17-19 (ESV)

And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”

-Revelation 5:13 (ESV)

Song of the Day:

Behold the Lamb of God by Andrew Peterson

See you tomorrow for lots of Christmas-y books!!! I’m looking forward to it.:) I hope you enjoyed today’s post despite all the lengthy Hebrew and Greek stuff. 🙂

Also, make sure to check out Faith’s fun Flash Fiction Challenge here and enter the Giveaway! From there you can check out all the other people participating in the blog party. Enjoy.

*All Bible quotations are from the NASB translation unless otherwise noted

12 Days and a Name

Hello everyone! Did you know that in the entire history of this blog, before this year I had never posted anything in December? Well, I’m planning on doing something about that this year.

Today I have two updates or rather announcements for you. I’ll need a little help from you for the first one. And the last one is pretty exciting, but you might already know…or at least suspect, but either way, you’ll want to stick around for it!

But first, my other big update! This year I’ve decided to join Faith Potts’ Christmas blog party, the 12 Days of Christmas. I am super, super excited for it!!!

Basically, starting the 14th of December (about three days from now) you can expect a bunch of fun, awesome posts all the way through Christmas Day! And lots of other awesome people will be joining as well. I’ve never joined an official blog party before, so I can’t wait.

And here’s where I need your help…

Throughout the other fun Christmas posts, I’m planning to do about four words studies on Christmas related-words in the Bible.

[Here, here, and here, are examples of when I’ve done word studies before.]

But I can’t decide which words to do!

So what do you think? Vote below!

And now for my other update….

My name in the blog-realm has always been kind of complicated. Originally, my blog was called “Faith on the Farm” (still is) and had a super complicated url that went kind of like this:


Not good. So I changed it to what it is currently,

But the name of my blog is still Faith on the Farm, and people tend to call me that as well. “Faith” works pretty well as a name, even if Faith-on-the-Farm sound a little long and confusing.

And then…as I looked into writing other stuff, I tried to develop a proper penname with a proper last name. And eventually…after some other stuff, I came up with “Faith Gilliosa”.

The name Gilliosa originally came from my ultra-secret document (well…maybe not ultra-secret) with potential character names. Gilliosa was a Scottish name I found here that meant “servant of Christ.” So when I was musing over my yet-to-be-found penname and glanced at my list, it seemed perfect. There you go.

But I sort of neglected to tell y’all. I started signing certain stuff by that name (sort of randomly) but I never exactly connected it to this blog, right here.

In fact, I posted a poem I wrote back in June here and signed it “Faith Gilliosa,” and it wasn’t until I friend pointed out that it looked like someone else wrote it (not me) that I realized how confusing it was.

Thus…the announcement. And now, for the official record:

My (pen)name is Faith Gilliosa!!

Faith on the Farm

Hope that clears up any confusion you may have had!!

Also, what do you think? Should I start going by Faith Gilliosa on this blog (and update my about page), or should I keep with Faith/ Faith-on-the-Farm?

Do you think I should change my blog name to Farmgirl4Jesus, or just stick with the Faith on the Farm that I originally wanted? (I’m inclined towards the later option).

What do you think?

And that wraps it up for today!! See you on Monday for day one of the 12 Days of Christmas blog party.

Have a blessed Christmas season.

Glory in his holy name;
    let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!

-1 Chronicles 16:10 (ESV)

The Avid Readers Award Tag

Hello everyone!

My friend Martha, from Beyond the Literary Horizon nominated me for the Avid Readers Award Tag! It looks super fun and I’m really excited to jump in!

Here are the rules:

1. Display the blog award logo on your blog.

2. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you.

3. Do not forget to link to their blogging website.

4. List your 5 favorite books.

5. Answer all the questions they have given you.

6. Nominate 4 bloggers of your choice.

7. Ask them 10 questions.

Thank you so much, Martha! Here is the link to Beyond the Literary Horizon (her blog).

I love a lot of books. So it’s super hard to choose just five. But I will do my best.

Annnd…I might stretch the rules a bit and include two series’ rather than books.

My five “favorite” books:

  • The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson
  • The Green Ember Series by S. D. Smith
  • Romanov by Nadine Brandes
  • God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew
  • Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis Majors
  • + a ton of other books 🙂

Here are my answers to Martha’s questions (and they were really good questions):

1. What is the weirdest book you’ve ever read?

Ummm…probably like this old-time travel book I started reading once (I think it might have possibly been H. G. Well’s The Time Machine). Also, I thought the second book of The Space Trilogy by C. S. Lewis was pretty weird (I didn’t finish it either) but maybe I need to reread it sometime.

2. Who would you say is your #1 favorite character of all time, and who is your #1 least favorite character?

My #1 least favorite character (to answer out of order) is currently Mrs. Bennett (in Pride and Prejudice). Or maybe Diana (or whatever her name is in White Christmas). 🙂 As for my #1 favorite character of all time…ugh I don’t even know. I’m really liking Parvin Blackwater (from the Out of Time series by Nadine Brandes) but there are far too many other competitors and I haven’t even finished the series so I couldn’t really say. 😁

3. What is at least one book which you wish you could change the ending of?

There are lots of books I’ve thought that of, but I can’t recall most of them at the moment. One book where I struggled with the ending was “When Tomorrow Comes” by Janette Oke. This is what I wrote in my review:

When Tomorrow Comes (Canadian West #6)When Tomorrow Comes by Janette Oke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was not expecting this book to end the way it did. At first, I was almost disappointed. But when I thought it over it seemed…right somehow. It was how it should have ended and after struggling through it (like few other books I’ve read) I finally agreed with Christina. As a Christian, life’s not about following your heart, even in romance and dreams. Sometimes we have to give up what we think is most important and walk in God’s will.

You’ll probably want to read #5 in the series, but you don’t need to read 1-4 to enjoy this, even if it makes you appreciate why Christina loves the North so much. Highly recommend this book. Probably more like a 4.5 rather than a 4 star, but I couldn’t bring myself to put a 5 star simply because I don’t like to give too many 5 stars. 🙂

View all my reviews

So while I wanted it to end one way, after mulling over it for a while, I decided it was best the way it was.

4. Have you ever cried over a book? If so, which one(s) was it?

Haha, yes I have definitely cried over a book. Some books that come to mind are The Warden and the Wolf King by Andrew Peterson, A Time to Die and A Time to Speak by Nadine Brandes (also Romanov by Nadine Brandes), and the Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers, and the If I Run series by Terri Blackstock. And a bunch of others.

5. What is your favorite book that has been made into a motion picture? If you can’t think of any, give your favorite motion picture which you know was made off a book, even if you’ve never read it.

I love the Narnia series by C. S. Lewis and This Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare, and I know both of them have been made into a motion picture.

6. If you could travel into a story, which character(s) would you want to meet the most?

Hmm…maybe Nia Wingfeather from the Wingfeather Saga, but I’m really not sure.

7. Have you ever read a book which has a character strangely similar to you? If so, which character and book was it?

I mean there is Jo from Little Women. There are parts of Janner from the Wingfeather Saga that I relate to. And then Parvin Blackwater from the Out of Time series felt strangely similar to me.

8. Who is your favorite bad-guy-turned-good-guy character?

Well, there is Will Reynolds from the Beyond the Mask movie, but someone already mentioned that and it’s a movie after all. Then there is Ky from the Unblemished series, but I don’t really think he’s my favorite. So maybe Kaphtor from the Out of Time Series?

9. What is your favorite genre?

Generally historical fiction, but I also like contemporary, fantasy, and an occasional extremely well-done romance, and a very occasional exceptional dystopian (like The Out of Time* series).

10. What are some books that have covers you really like?

Hmm…let’s see…some of the ones that come to mind are A Time to Die, Never Say Goodbye, Unblemished, Dandelion Dust, Ivy Introspective, Untitled (which I haven’t read yet), and The Girl Who Could See (which I also haven’t read).

And I think that wraps up the questions!

Now for nominations. I nominate:

Here are my questions for you!

  • What is the #1 worst beginning to a book you have ever read?
  • What is a book you read almost every year (except for the Bible)?
  • Which do you tend to enjoy most: Prologues or Epilogues?
  • How many books do you tend to average every month (or year)?
  • What book do you first remember reading (all by yourself)?
  • What is the most boring book you’ve ever read?
  • What was the last book that made you laugh out loud?
  • What is a book that you are constantly referencing?
  • What’s your favorite quote from a book published before you were born (again…with the exception of the Bible)?

Have fun! Hope you enjoyed this post.

“Truly, truly, I say to you, the one who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.”

-John 5:24 (NASB)