From This Day Forward REVIEW

I got married in the fall of 1996 with the traditional vows, a purposeful decision on my part. I wanted to say, “To have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love, honor, and cherish, till death do us part.”

Okay, so part of me needed to say these vows. I wanted to mean them, even though, quite honestly, I struggled with them. Now, more than twenty years later, I recognize that my struggle was with the enormity of what I was promising to do, even though I only had a vague understanding of the words at the time.

I read a wide variety of books, and occasionally, I like to pick up one on marriage. I like to finetune what I’m already doing, improve on weak areas, and generally learn more so I can love my husband even better. So, I looked forward to reading Craig Groeschel’s book, From This Day Forward: Five Commitments to Fail-Proof Your Marriage.

Best Reads 2019 … So Far

Most readers love to hear about great new books and favorite authors, so here’s a list of my best reads of 2019 so far, both fiction and nonfiction!

Shadow of Death RELEASE!

I can’t even tell you how excited I am to announce that Shadow of Death: Learning to Thrive through Tragedy and Uncertainty is available for purchase!

Does God Care?

What happens when your life doesn’t go according to plan? What happens when tragedy strikes? Could you still look at the Bible and see that God cares?

Remembering Memorial Day

This weekend, many across the United States will be celebrating Memorial Day with picnics and cookouts. But there are some things we should remember…

Want to See the Cover for Living in the Shadow of Death?

Exciting news! My newest nonfiction book is almost ready to release! Here’s the cover for Shadow for Death!

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Why Isn’t Prayer Working?

Sometimes a difficult person or situation comes up in life. You ask God for help but it seems like prayer isn’t working. What’s going on?

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The Right Friends and Wrong Friends

Due to a family emergency, Carrie is unavailable to write. Please enjoy some of her more popular posts from the past!

Friends. You may know that I’ve moved a lot throughout my life. Yet I’ve been fortunate at each new home to find one or two close friends. Many I’ve lost contact with, but I fondly remember their names and some of the things we did together.

Not every friendship ended well, though. In fact, some splits were downright painful and left me scarred and hesitant to trust again.

How can we tell the difference between safe and not-so-safe people around us?

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How Can I Say No?

How many times have you agreed to do something when you didn’t want to? Said yes when you’d prefer to say no. Let guilt rule. Is it biblical to say no?

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Many times, biographies inspire me or challenge me. A very few number enflame a passion within me. On Fire by John O’Leary makes that short list of books.

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The Internship

Some of you really liked my short stories for the Crossing series. Well, I’ve made some for the Embers series! Check out my newest one, The Internship!

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Winning the Prize

How competitive are you? Too much? Not enough? Which is it?! Where’s the happy medium where we go about winning the prize?

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International Book Giving Day

This Thursday is the second-best holiday of the year, one you probably haven’t heard of: International Book Giving Day! Let me show you how to celebrate!

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Is Pain Good for Us?

Let me be honest. I don’t like pain. At all. And I tend to avoid its possibility if I can. But what is the true purpose of pain? Is pain good for us?

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God Said It. That Settles It.

“God said it. I believe it. That settles it.” Hmmm. That sounds good, right? Or does it? Is there something amiss about this popular catchphrase?

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Declutter Now! REVIEW

If life feels stressed and overwhelming, Declutter Now! by Lidon and Sherry Gareis might be a great book for you. Check out my review!

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