Wrapped in God’s Grace by Barbara Bras with a giveaway

This is a well written and enjoyable memoir. Each person in this memoir learns how to keep God in their lives even during adversity. I enjoyed each section that was really about different people. I received this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion.Wrapped in God’s Grace Banner  

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The crushing pain of seven years of unanswered prayer for a child. A miraculous adoption story, followed by unforeseen challenges and heartbreak.
Barbara Bras begins her memoir by sharing God’s answer to her prayers and the difficult times that followed. Although God does not provide an easy fix, the intricacies of God’s plans reveal themselves to her, and she relives her life in a new light.
Bras then recounts the stories of her grandfather Arshag and her grandmother Gulle, survivors of the atrocities of Armenia in 1915. Arshag, sent to South America for his protection, returns as a soldier of the Armenian Legion to fight for his country. Gulle is the only member of her family to survive the death march into the desert. Through God’s grace they find each other, marry and move to America in 1921. Bras is their first grandchild.
The final section of the memoir follows Bras as she marries and moves to Hawaii, only to return as a single mother to teach school in a small town. It is there she finally realizes that God has provided her with protection and direction. Bras discovers that once we truly surrender our will to God, His plan always produces blessings beyond our wildest dreams!
About the Author
In 2015, Barbara Bras left her career to pursue her dream of serving God. She believed that her first step would be to share the amazing ways God had blessed her. As she wrote of her son’s miraculous adoption and the challenging years that followed, it led to the rediscovery of her entire life, including the history of her grandparents’ remarkable survival in Armenia and her search for purpose and love. Her memoir led to her first novel, which she hopes readers will find engaging and memorable.
Guest Post from Barbara Bras
An Unanswered Prayer
I struggled for many years with one unanswered prayer. It was my “go to” request every time I came before the Lord.
Convinced that with God nothing is impossible, I also knew that the Lord may say “Not now” many times, even before he says no. I acknowledged that the Lord probably had a much bigger and better plan in mind for me, but none of that offered any comfort. As I struggled year after year with my unanswered prayer I found more questions than answers.
Was I fooling myself and ignoring God’s “No”? Could my lack of faith be the reason I couldn’t hear the Lord? And if not now, then when dear Lord?
Then I discovered that the Lord said “Not now.” because he had a miracle waiting for me, more amazing than I could have ever imagined. Like Hannah, God finally answered my prayer for a child. And through that miracle I learned that surrendering my will to God allows Him to bless me beyond my human understanding.
To my further surprise, I discovered that the miracle didn’t mean the end of the story. Experiencing a miraculous adoption didn’t come with a guarantee or a promise that the rest of my life would be free of heartache.
After all of those years of unanswered prayer, I found myself back on my knees with a new daily prayer request. The Lord had something else to teach me through this new struggle, a lesson that took me another fifteen years to learn.
Not only did those fifteen years lead me right back to where I started, surrendering my human will to His and trusting in His greater plan, but it convinced me that the Lord wanted me to share my story.
Wrapped in God’s Grace, a Life Rediscovered begins with my unanswered prayer for a child, but as I wrote it, God’s plan for me became clear. The second section of the book recreates the events surrounding the survival of my grandparents through the Armenian Genocide of 1915. Their immigration to America in 1921 led to my existence. The book closes with the Lord blessing me with a loving husband in spite of the many missteps I made directing my own life. A reviewer found this nonlinear sequence of events unusual, and I am fine with that, since that’s how the book unfolded before me.
Captured by St. Paul in 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, I now view my writing as a tribute first to the God who comforts and strengthens all of us in hardships and trials, and second as my mission to encourage others.
A photo gallery for Wrapped in God’s Grace, a Life Rediscovered can be found on my website AuthorB.Bras.com. Click here to view the Photo Gallery
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October 11: Bibliophile Reviews
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October 22: Mary Hake
October 22: Simple Harvest Reads (Spotlight)
October 23: Christian Bookaholic
October 24: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations
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A Christmas Bride by Hope Ramsay

I loved this romantic Christmas story. I loved Willow but didn’t really like David at the beginning since he was so wimpy with his mother. I am glad he grew up in the story. I look forward to the next book in this series. I received a copy of this from Grand Central publishing for a fair and honest opinion.

When Willow Petersen loses her job, her boyfriend and her self-confidence, she has no choice but to move back home to Liberty Falls where her mom soon points out, Willow needs a job. ASAP. David Lydon has withdrawn from the world since his wife Shelly’s death in a boating accident, leaving his mother to raise his five-year-old daughter and no one to run failing Magnolia Hill Manor. Shelly was Willow’s friend growing up, so Willow takes the job to fulfill Shelly’s dream of restoring the old chapel and hosting weddings there. Having Willow around is a painful reminder of the wife he’s lost but as the chapel books its first wedding on Christmas Eve, she helps David see that it’s time to deal with his grief and begin living life again to save the manor and his family.

Cowabunga Christmas by Anna Celeste Burke

This is a fun cozy mystery. The two characters are a lot of fun. They had a very interesting honeymoon. I hope to read more of these books in this series. I received an ebook copy from the author for a fair and honest opinion.

It’s a Cowabunga Christmas in Corsario Cove for newlyweds, Kim and Brien. Surf’s up at the exclusive resort they’ve chosen as their honeymoon destination. The Sanctuary Resort and Spa at Corsario Cove has everything: a spectacular location with scenic views of the Pacific Ocean, luxurious accommodations, 5-star cuisine, spa services, and a staff that aims to anticipate and meet your every need. A romantic midnight swim in the Club Level terrace pool changes everything when an unexpected guest drops in wearing a Santa Suit with a couple bullet holes in it! Who killed Santa? Kim and Brien are soon swept up in murder and mayhem trying to unravel the mystery.

The Babel Conspiracy by Sylvia Bambola

This was a good dystopian romantic thriller. I really liked Trisha but wasn’t too thrilled with Audra. These women are trying to create a new type of engine to fly airplanes. The world is going crazy with oil being very expensive and many bad things going on with terrorists. How will the world keep going through all of this. How can the United States keep going? The world is going crazy. This was an interesting story. I received this book from bookcrash.com for a fair and honest opinion.

The Babel Conspiracy is a tale of intrigue and love. Two women engineers struggle to develop the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft amid ever intensifying global terrorism and muddled personal lives. Trisha Callahan has an abiding faith in God, and “those roots of middy blouses and pleated skirts, prayer books and incense-filled churches went deep.” This faith is tested when she finds herself in love with a married man. Audra Shields sees herself as a modern Lady Chatterley, “liberated but not forsaking breeding, intellect, or femininity.” When she becomes involved with a dangerous stranger, she begins to question her lifestyle.
Both women try sorting out their personal problems while racing the clock to finish a project fraught with sabotage and murder. And who’s behind it all? When the Department of Homeland Security and the Mossad finally figure it out, the answer surprises everyone.

Mary, Chosen of God by Diana Wallis Taylor with a giveaway

This was a fantastic take on Mary’s view of what happened to her, Joseph and Jesus. This made Mary real to me. What would you do as a 14 year old girl when you are told that you will have a child that will be God’s son. I don’t believe that I would handle it well at all. This takes us from before the birth of Christ to the death and resurrection of Jesus. Well done. I received this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion.

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“Blessed are you, Mary, chosen of God.”
Mary is ordinary girl from Nazareth. She helps her mother with household chores, she daydreams about a handsome carpenter’s son named Joseph, and at night she lies on the roof and contemplates the stars.
But one evening, a heavenly visitor comes with unexpected news—and her life is changed forever.
Experience the life of the Messiah from the perspective of his mother, who must place her trust and obedience in Adonai, the Most High, as he fulfills centuries of prophecy in the middle of her daily life. Walk with Mary as she witnesses Yeshua grow, mature, minister, and even be crucified—and then raised again, to the kindling of her new faith.
About the Author
DianaWTaylor_HSRedDiana Wallis Taylor has written eight biblical novels, including Mary, Chosen of God, Martha, Journey to the Well, Mary Magdalene, Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate, and Ruth, Mother of Kings. Well-known in the Christian book industry for her biblical fiction, her most recent five books have received over 3,000 ratings on Goodreads. Taylor is a former San Diego Christian Writer’s Guild’s “Writer of the Year” and her biblical novels have earned her a variety of awards. Diana lives in San Diego with her husband, Frank. They have six grown children and ten grandchildren.
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October 13: For the Love of Books
October 13: Mary Hake
October 14: Splashes of Joy
October 14: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations
October 15: Bigreadersite
October 16: Henry Happens
October 17: His Grace is Sufficient
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First Heist by H. B. Moore

This would be the way to learn about Omar and Mia. This is a novella about how Omar and Mia first met and had their first job together. This was a good story. I always look forward to the next book in the series. I received this book from I Am a Reader for a fair and honest opinion.

Mia Golding, an undercover agent is about to make a handoff to co-agent, Omar Zagouri. But before she can complete her assignment, her cover is blown, and she finds herself escaping with Omar. The only problem is, her boss warned her about Omar and his sketchy history of landing himself in the middle of danger. After losing her mother in an attack planned for Mia, pulling off any heist with a man like Omar is the last thing she needs for her career . . . or her life.

Kookabuk Shares His Shovel by Kevin Howard and Jesse Howard ;  illustrated by Lorain Dean

This is a very nice story. Kookabuk and Emily are friends. Kookabuk doesn’t always make friends easily because he has some learning problems. This book helps Kookabuk learn to share with Emily. I liked the illustrations also. I received this ebook from Smith publicity and Netgalley for a fair and honest opinion.
Continue to follow the Kookabuk Shares his Shovel blog tour tomorrow with “Black is the new AP Style.


Kookabuk Shares His Shovel

By Kevin Howard & Jesse Howard




​What does it take to make a positive impact on someone in need? As Florida State wide receiver Travis Rudolph demonstrated, sometimes something as simple as sharing a lunch table with a lonely child can make all the difference. Social stories such as this one can have a widespread impact, educating and inspiring us on how to act with compassion towards those who need it most.  

Enter The Kooky Adventures of My Friend Kookabuk series by brother-author duo Jesse and Kevin Howard, an inspiring, educational collection of social stories created as a guide to help parents and their special child approach new experiences and challenges in a positive, enriching way. The series, inspired by Kevin’s experiences with his son and Jesse’s background as a special education teacher, utilizes creative storytelling and unique illustrations to teach children to act with understanding and compassion in challenging social situations.

In Kookabuk Shares His Shovel, the first installment of the series, heroine Emily helps her friend Kookabuk learn how to share one of his most prized possessions—a green shovel. While most children are inherently very protective of their toys, Kookabuk’s reaction against sharing is elevated and prolonged. Fearful that Emily is confused and afraid to play with her son, Kookabuk’s mother steps in to guide their social interaction.

The stories featured in The Kooky Adventures of My Friend Kookabuk series are not the only things inspired by real-life situations; Kookabuk himself was modeled after a figure near and dear to the heart of co-author Kevin Howard.

​”Kookabuk was a doll given to me during an extended stay in the hospital as a little boy,” Kevin reveals. “One morning in the hospital a friend of my father’s woke me. Hanging on the curtain rod around my bed was a wiry monkey doll. My father’s friend proceeded to tell me a wonderful story about how Kookabuk was there to help me get better. Of course I loved Kookabuk from that moment and he became an indelible source of friendship and strength. Fast forward to adulthood, I always wanted to write children’s stories using Kookabuk to help others as he helped me. I really never knew the storyline, but knew that I wanted to share Kookabuk with everyone.”

A unique take on a children’s illustrated book, Kookabuk Shares His Shovel features beautifully drawn illustrations on top of photographs, inserting the magic of Kookabuk into the real world. A must-have for librarians, educators, parents and relatives of both special needs and neurotypical children everywhere, topics and themes explored in Kookabuk Shares His Shovel include: 

• The power of using social stories as tools to help children prepare to succeed in new situations

• Why it is important for parents and caregivers to act as facilitators of social interactions for their special children

• See the child first— a reminder for parents and caregivers to see the child before the special needs

• Emily (the neurotypical child in the story) as a hero that other children like her can learn patience, understanding, and compassion from


Jesse Howard is a special education teacher in Westchester County, NY who received his Masters in Education (Childhood/Early Childhood/Students with Disabilities) from Manhattanville College. Raised in a family of special education teachers who embraced their passion to live a life devoted to the well being of all children, his career has focused mainly on early childhood and students with disabilities. He made learning creative and experiential for his students and developed a strong connection with parents. Realizing the importance of the role of the parent as “First Teacher,” Jesse encouraged parents that time spent reading with children was a critical as well as a rewarding experience. From these experiences, plus his love of writing, grew the foundation of his philosophy surrounding the Kookabuk series. 


Kevin Howard graduated twice from the University of South Florida, receiving both a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Education. He spent the first 14 years of his early professional life in private industry, and is now approaching his 20th year as a public school teacher, trainer, and coach. While his resume is packed with a wealth of experience and education, Kevin confesses that his most rewarding experience has come from fatherhood and being the parent to a child with Autism. Kevin created and co-authored The Kooky Adventures of My Friend Kookabuk to share the knowledge he gained raising his son. The Kookabuk series is a collection of social stories that serve as a source of information, inspiration, and guidance for parents and children alike.


For more information, connect with Jesse and Kevin on their website, as well as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Kookabuk Shares His Shovel is now available on Amazon and CreateSpace.