Wednesday, August 14, 2013

grandma's bookshelf - The Broken Window - I'm Giving One Away!

This past March I reviewed the book, The Blue Door by Christa Kinde. I said, "When it comes to books; particularly novels, for older elementary children and young teens, it can be a tremendous challenge to find anything they will be engaged by and which you still want them to read. Far too often there is a lot of garbage out there for this age to read. So what options do you have to give them stories which are well written? Stories which will capture their imagination? Stories which they will want to read? Stories which will challenge and encourage their walk with God - which of course, is the most important thing?

Well, I'm absolutely delighted to share a new series of books with you! First of all, please allow me to "introduce" you to the author; Christa Kinde. I need to let you know, I know Christa. I worked for her husband for a few years and attended the same church as they did. I can assure you Christa is a genuine lady who loves God and her family; she is a delight to know! Christa has a gift for putting a smile on your face - she so often seems to have one on her own. She is the kind of friend we all hope to be blessed with; and who we want to be to others as well. So, when I had the opportunity to review her book I was very happy to do so!"

Today, I'm delighted to let you know book three in her Threshold Series, The Broken Window  is about to release; Christa sent me one to review and is making an autographed copy available for me to give away! In the Broken Window, Prissy Pomeroy is getting ready to celebrate Christmas, finds herself challenged to be a friend to Ransom, has her eyes opened even more to the spiritual warfare which is going on around her and experiences a loss of friendship when others gossip about her. I appreciate how Christa wove in a clear presentation of the Gospel in this story and crafted a story which has a very real situation many young teens find themselves in as they navigate the difficulties of relationships at school.  Christa has Prissy growing in her walk as she begins to understand the power of prayer and Ransom makes a most important decision - there is a lot going on in The Broken Window so you can be sure whoever reads it will not be able to put it down as they re-enter the world of the Threshold Series where a young girl finds she is neighbors with real angels! As I said before; "Children will be challenged and encouraged as this book deals with family, friends, peer pressure, temptation, betrayal, choices, who they are and helps children get an idea of Who God really is! The Broken Window will leave children - and adults looking forward to the release of The Garden Gate so they can find out what happens next!" I for one, can not wait to see how the series ends - January 2014 seems a very long way away! The good thing about the time between now and then, is if you have not yet read the entire series, you have the time to do so! (By the way, the Threshold Series would make a wonderful Christmas gift for your grandchildren 11 years old and up!)

I'm very happy to say, not only did Christa send me one copy of her book to review, but she is making another available for me to give away . . . and she will personally autograph it as well! (USA only) If you'd like to be in the drawing for The Broken Window, which will be on August 22, 2013,  please comment below to let me know if you have followed on Google+, Google Friend Connect, followed by liking on facebook with the tab at this link (not just liking the post) and/or have followed grandma's cookie jar by email. For each of these which you have done you will receive one entry. In addition, if you "share" this post, you'll receive an additional entry (please let me know if you share). This will help me be able to draw names from among people who would like to win The Broken Window and it gives you several ways to enter the give-away!

Rough and Tumble

And, as I said in my last post about The Blue Door, Christa has also written a series of stories which she has gifted to anyone who wants to read them . . . Rough and Tumble! To follow along, subscribe to Christa's blog at this link

While you are there be sure to check out her other story, Galleries of Stone which you can also read for free on her blog! I have to say, I absolutely LOVED Galleries of Stone! It is one of the best stories I have ever read - I had to sit down and read it all in three days time . . . Christa wrote this series by taking the Word of the Day from each day for one year and wove it into the story. This story has 366 chapters . . . I wish there were more!!! You can find out more about this story as I posted about it back in March, where I said, "The story is unexpected, interesting and for me it is fun to see how Christa works the "word of the day" into each day's chapter! I'm a writer, but the very idea of taking a year to write a story which you add to each day based on the word of the day is one which leaves me beyond impressed!

Not only is this a wonderful story, but it is free! It is a gift from Christa to anyone who wants to read it! All you have to do is follow this link to Christa's site and begin your journey to the Statuary on Morven; you'll be oh so glad you did! 

And, keep in mind, if you have older elementary age or teen grandchildren, this could be a very fun story to read through together! Make it a challenge - the days you spend together, read a chapter with the challenge for each of you to read another chapter each day until you spend time together once again. Then you can talk about the story, and continue the challenge each day for a year! How much fun would this be!!!Enjoy your visit to the Statuary on Morven!

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