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Thursday, February 25, 2021

The In-Between Place by Kat Armstrong: Blog Tour & Giveaway with JustRead Publicity Tours

The In-Between Place JustRead Blog Tour 

Welcome to the Blog Tour for The In-Between Place by Kat Armstrong, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

The In-Between Place

Title: The In-Between Place
Author: Kat Armstrong
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: January 5, 2021
Genre: Christian Life/Spiritual Growth

Jesus’ journey to the woman at the well in Samaria offers insights and hope for women today to make peace with the past, find hope in the present, and step into the future. 

God wants us to move toward the goodness He has planned for us. But what do we do when challenges stop our forward momentum? What’s the next step when we fall into a pit of despair with the determination knocked right out of us? 

On his way from Judea to Galilee, Jesus traveled through Samaria, a broken place everyone knew to avoid. In Samaria he stopped in Shechem, where evil had gained such a foothold of power that it eventually reigned. Yet the place once condemned as somewhere no one wanted to visit—let alone hang out in for a while—was the location of one Samaritan woman’s most hope-filled encounter with the Savior. 

The In-Between Place offers deeply important insights to anyone who feels stuck and can’t see a way forward. It is for the person who feels that if she looks left, her face will be scraped by an immovable boulder, and if she looks right, she’ll see nothing but hard to handle. It’s for the person who feels lost and is not sure she is worth the effort to be found, for the person who feels overlooked and unfulfilled. Because sometimes Jesus saves our greatest spiritual breakthroughs for our in-between places.

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I'm pleased to share an excerpt from The In-Between Place but my review can be seen HERE


EXCERPT


Twenty years as a Christian has taught me that following Jesus means abandoning our own way. If I’m honest, I don’t naturally like the fact that surrendering is required to follow in Jesus’ footsteps. But I have come to love it, even glory in it. Jesus had to show me how everything I was doing to survive was actually keeping me from living life to the fullest. He did the same thing with the woman at the well in John 4.


As Jesus’ conversation with the Samaritan woman progressed, he asked her to go and call her husband and come back with the man in tow. It was a request Jesus knew she couldn’t manage. Her response was truthful; she didn’t have a husband. Thanks to the historical context study of great Bible scholars, we see that her circumstances were not a result of rebelliousness. In fact, she was just trying to survive. Jesus affirmed her truth telling with this statement: “You’ve had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband” (v. 17). What I hope we will see together in this woman’s story is that none of us can thrive in life independently. And unless our survival technics include surrendering to Jesus, we will hitch ourselves to people and provisions that won’t meet our deepest needs.



Taken from “The In-Between Place” by Kat Armstrong. Copyright 2020 by Kat Armstrong. Used with permission from Thomas Nelson.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Kat Armstrong 

Kat Armstrong has been emboldening women to be all-in for Jesus for twenty years as a speaker, Bible teacher, author, and podcast host. As cofounder of The Polished Network, a nonprofit connecting and gathering professional women to navigate career and explore faith, her mission is to create holy curiosity.

Kat holds a master of Christian education from Dallas Theological Seminary. She and her husband, Aaron, have been married for eighteen years, and live in Dallas, Texas, with their son, Caleb. They attend Dallas Bible Church, where Aaron serves as the lead pastor. 

CONNECT WITH KAT: WebsiteFacebook | Instagram | Twitter

TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a print copy of The In-Between Place and No More Holding Back!

The In-Between Place JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight February 22, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on March 1, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Obsession (Natchez Trace Park Rangers, #2) by Patricia Bradley

Obsession (Natchez Trace Park Rangers, #2)ABOUT THE BOOK

Natchez Trace Ranger and historian Emma Winters hoped never to see Sam Ryker again after she broke off her engagement to him. But when shots are fired at her at a historical landmark just off the Natchez Trace, she's forced to work alongside Sam as the Natchez Trace law enforcement district ranger in the ensuing investigation. To complicate matters, Emma has acquired a delusional secret admirer who is determined to have her as his own. Sam is merely an obstruction, one which must be removed.

Sam knows that he has failed Emma in the past and he doesn't intend to let her down again. Especially since her life is on the line. As the threads of the investigation cross and tangle with their own personal history, Sam and Emma have a chance to discover the truth, not only about the victim but about what went wrong in their relationship.
 



MY THOUGHTS.....







'It was so hard to believe that she could be the object of some man's obsession.'

Whew! This book kept me invested until the very end and even though I thought I knew the villain, I was never absolutely sure. In fact, I was wrong several times! Natchez Trace Ranger and historian Emma Winters has trouble committing to a long term relationship but there is apparently someone who believes that he can change her feelings. What follows is a nail-biting, pulse-altering story that kept me guessing, with its twists and turns and multiple characters who appeared to be guilty. The only person that I was sure about was Ranger Sam Ryker and I couldn't believe that Emma wasn't falling into her ex-fiance's arms!

This is labeled as romantic suspense, so you can count on some clean romantic chemistry but Obsession is first and foremost a mystery/suspense novel. There is also a strong faith thread that runs throughout the story, with forgiveness as the key element. Emma needs to forgive herself for lashing out at her twin brother shortly before he disappeared and she also needs to forgive Sam for not being completely open about events from the past. Sam himself has an issue with forgiveness and it seems that he will never be able to forgive the physical and emotional abuse that his father subjected him to during his childhood. Will Emma and Sam realize that they can never truly be free from the past if they withhold forgiveness? Isn't forgiveness a requirement for those who profess to love God?

If you're looking for a story with well-developed characters and an absorbing plot that keeps you turning the pages, you will want to read Obsession by Patricia Bradley. It's the second book in the Natchez Trace Park Rangers series and I certainly look forward to the next installment!

I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. There was no obligation to write a favorable review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Winner of an Inspirational Readers' Choice Award in Suspense, Patricia Bradley lives in North Mississippi with her rescue kitty, Suzy. Her romantic suspense books include the Logan Point series, the Memphis Cold Case Novels, and the Natchez Trace Park Rangers series. She also has written sweet romances for Harlequin Heartwarming available as ebooks
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