Monday, August 29, 2016

A Faithful Review of Jo Huddleston's Donna's Detour

A Faithful Review of

Donna's Detour

About Donna's Detour:

When Donna Turner and two girlfriends leave Alabama in 1956 and head to California on Route 66, Donna runs out of money. Her girlfriends continue the journey to Los Angeles, leaving Donna in Needles, California where a dream-come-true adventure is about to happen.

She worshiped the ground he walked on when she was fifteen, and now he shows up at the diner where she works. Will he remember her or does he still think of her as her brother's skinny kid sister? Will Donna be confident enough in herself to accept her dream?

Renee's Review:  * * * *

What a fun book! The author takes you back in time to the '50s and Route 66 in this wonderful novella.

Not one to give up on her dreams, Donna Turner finds a job in Needles, California when she runs out of money on her way to Los Angeles. She's plugging away in the cafe one afternoon when a dreamboat from the past walks in and turns her world upside down. Her brother's best friend from high school offers her a ride out of town, and her heart goes pitter patter. Her life is never the same after that!

Good job, Ms. Huddleston! I give this book four stars.

About the Author Jo Huddleston:

An Amazon Bestselling author, Jo Huddleston writes sweet Southern historical romance. Books in her completed West Virginia Mountains Series are Wait for Me, Trust Me, and Promise Me. Her endearing Caney Creek Series is a trilogy of That Summer, Beyond the Past, and Claiming Peace.

Jo's published nonfiction books are: Amen and Good Morning, God: A Book of Morning Prayers, Amen and Good Night, God: A Book of Evening Prayers, His Awesome Majesty: Praising God's Greatness, and America: Her Hope for the Future. She coauthored two published nonfiction books with Vickie Phelps: How to Write for the Christian Marketplace and Simply Christmas: Memories, Tradsitions, & Stories of the Season.

Jo likes to laugh with people but not AT people. The beach is her favorite vacation spot. Jo doesn't like to see or hear about people or animals being abused. She's a spectator fan of several sports, her favorite being tennis. Jo doesn't like being in the dark and is fearful of snakes!

Her more than 200 articles and short stories have appeared in over fifty different Christian and general publications, including Guideposts, Decision, and The Upper Room. Jo is a contributing writer to Christian Devotions Ministries (

She writes two blogs you can find at and at She also publishes a regular e-newsletter and wrote an inspirational newspaper column for seven years.

Jo's career has spanned a variety of work. She was a high school teacher and guidance counselor, a state political campaign secretary, two-time small business owner, and a real estate agent. 

Huddleston holds a B.A. degree with honors from Lincoln Memorial University (TN), and is a member of their Literary Hall of Fame. She earned a M.Ed. degree from Mississippi State University. Jo is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW).

Visit Jo's website at Sign up for her mailing list at to receive her free quarterly e-newsletter as well as timely updates and announcements.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Discover the Meaning of Love with Prism Book Group

Prism Book Group Depicts the Meaning of Love in their New "LOVE IS" Series.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Are you searching for the meaning of love? Look no further! Prism Book Group explores the very subject in their new "LOVE IS" series beginning with Hounded by Anita Klumpers.

The series is based on 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. This passage of scripture defines love and the series expound on it. Take the journey with us and learn what the true meaning of love truly is...enjoy!

1Co 13:4  Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 

1Co 13:5  does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 

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1Co 13:6  does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;

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1Co 13:7  bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 

1Co 13:8  Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. 

RACING HEARTS will be released October 28th, 2016! Sign up for my Newsletter for news regarding cover reveal, giveaways, and release information! Also, many more novellas are on their way!

Here's a bit more about Racing Hearts:

Full of hope for the future, a young couple sets off on an adventure and welcome their new home with open arms. The lakes sparkle, the mountains glisten, and deep within, a seed of life grows. But challenges arise in their newfound paradise and soon, their love faces a trial of almost insurmountable odds.

For the two Christians, placing the fate of their unborn child in the hands of God seems rather easy, but trusting each other? Now that may prove to be the largest challenge of hearts race in the Rocky Mountains.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Christine Lindsay Visits the Coffee Corner

The Coffee Corner Welcomes Christine Lindsay

Christine Lindsay

Hey, folks! We have a great guest today on Inspirational Moments. Meet Christian author Christine Lindsay.

Irish-born, she now hails from Canada. Christine is the author of multi-award-winning Christian fiction. Her writing is described as gritty yet tender, realistic yet larger than life, with historical detail that collides into the heart of psychological and relationship drama.

She's published a historical series Twilight of the British Raj which includes Shadowed in Silk, Captured by Moonlight, and Veiled at Midnight and a contemporary romance Londonderry Dreaming as well as an historical romance Sofi's Bridge. In addition, Finding Sarah, Finding Me, her own personal story released this August. 

Christine is currently writing a new fictional series set on the Antrim Coast of Ireland which will braid together a current day story with one from the past. 

Subscribe to her newsletter on her website and follow her Amazon page.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Faith for the Journey: Are You Free?

Are You Free?

Morning reading: John Chapter 8:25-58

Thoughts to consider:

It’s amazing how we can spend years believing, well, in anything. What happens when we are confronted about those beliefs? (v. 33) Like the Jews in John, we may turn away or worse, attack those delivering the message (v.59). Why would we? Justification? Rationalization? Some common ones are lack of faith, threats to our comfort zones, and infringements to our “rights.”
Freedom is an assumed requirement for mankind’s contentment, but in the end, human nature inevitably leads to bondage. Such things as doubt, envy, wrath, hopelessness, and lust invade and lead to darkness. Without His Light to drive them away, we face a life of pain and suffering, even as Christians. We must stand strong in the Lord and keep our eyes and ears open to discern His truth amidst a world of deception.

John 8:32 “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

Questions to ponder during the day:

Is it to be assumed that the Great I AM (v.58) will let His children meander about the earth, calling themselves by His name, spouting things of Heaven at church and about their daily lives, and not challenge their worthiness? (v.50) Are you “comfortable” in your worldly life? Do you live in bondage or has the truth set you free?

Evening Prayer Time: Ask God to show you areas that Jesus Christ is Lord of your life and those which you may not be willing to relinquish. Ask Him to break those bonds so you can be a complete vessel used to spread His light to the world.

Freedom on earth is an illusion. Freedom with God is a fact. His name is Jesus.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Faith for the Journey: Faith or Fairy Tales

Faith or Fairy Tales

Passage for this devotional taken from the NKJV: John 20:24-31

Why do you believe what you do? It’s an important question in this day and age. Do you have an answer?

John 20:25 The other disciples therefore said to him, "We have seen the Lord." So he said to them, "Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe."

In this passage, Jesus appeared to the disciples when they were hiding. Well, everyone except Thomas. When they announced the glorious news of the Savior’s resurrection, he was, for lack of a better word, a skeptic. Their experience wasn’t acceptable for this disciple. Thomas needed tangible evidence to dispel his lingering doubt. (v.25) Jesus appeared, and Thomas believed. (v.27)

What does it take for us to believe in a resurrected Savior? Is it a fairy tale or is it faith? Fiction or Truth? False or founded? 

The skeptics of this world say the Christian harbors a blind or empty faith, like what you experience with a fairy tale or magic. Either that, or we’re delusional. They say that they need something more substantial . . . physical. They need "proof."

In the passage above, Thomas reacted much the same way when his friends told him that Christ had risen from the dead. He firmly stated the only way he would believe would be if he touched the man’s wounds with his own hands. If that isn’t telling someone “I don’t believe you,” I don’t know what is!

And God didn’t shy away from his challenge. He appeared to Thomas and offered his hands, feet, and side, thereby confirming that He was indeed risen. (v.29) Was that His only reason for appearing the way He did, or did Jesus have a higher purpose for this demonstration to Thomas?

John 20:29 Jesus said to him, "Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."

As Christians in the modern age, we trust that Jesus Christ rose from the dead, but it’s not because of a fairy tale or leaps of blind faith. We know MORE than one person ate with him, listened to him speak, touched him, and watched him perform miracles, not only before but AFTER he’d lain in a tomb for three days. God doesn’t expect us to believe in fictitious stories. He gives us the evidence of His existence. It’s up to us to use it with wisdom.

As for accepting Him and the transformation of our lives? Those eye-witness accounts are as unique and varied as the people who tell them. And as a new creature in Christ, we should always be prepared to give the answer for how and why!

We stand ready because our faith in the Lord is not blind. It’s not empty, because a Christian’s faith is founded in the resurrection of Jesus Christ and that, my friend, is a documented fact. Whether you agree with it or not, believe it or not, it’s the truth. It happened. As for God transforming your life, that’s up to you. It is truly a liberating and amazing experience, but He won’t go where He’s not invited.

John 20:30-31 And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Inspirational Moments: Faith for the Journey - Do Good to All

Do Good to All

Morning reading: Galatians Chapter 6.

Thoughts to consider:

What does it mean to do good to all? If we think our actions or mere worth in this world is enough to give us credence in His sight, we are deceived (v.3). But nor should we be discouraged. We are not alone in our walk as servants of Christ, nor should we act like it. The people around us matter. Our steps with the Father are not easy and neither are the steps of those we see in church pews on Sunday morning, much less those we know nothing about on our city streets. If life with the Master is hard, can you imagine the struggle without Him? If a man professes a life of roses and unicorns, is it true? His soul is condemned unless he knows the Savior Jesus Christ. That fact alone should cause the Christian to pause before turning away.

Gal 6:9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

Questions to ponder throughout the day:

Is it scriptural to ignore a person in need possibly at the price of your own discomfort? To let a child go hungry when we have the food to feed him? Or to dole out money to an addict when we know it will be used to simply potentiate his habit? Can an act of kindness glorify or in turn, mock God?

Evening prayer time: Ask the Lord to reveal opportunities (v.10) to do good, especially for your fellow Christians, as well as the wisdom to know how to act for His glory.

May your days be filled with courage and strength to do good deeds to all in His Name.