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Regal Hearts Blog Tour-Halee’s Bookshelf

“Here we go again. Exhibit A of how the shallow waters of Hollywood works, as you get attacked by the media sharks. First, they compliment you, allow you to put your guard down, and then SNAP! The mousetrap slams down on the innocent cheese taker.”

Watch out people, because the evil of this world is using our media! Whether we like to admit it or not, books (among other things) are strongly influenced by the culture, and these negative and ungodly things are being mindlessly fed to our young people through popular series. They may grab your attention, keep you on the edge of your seat, and may capture you with its romance and fantasy, but it’s not wise material to be putting time into.

Thank God though, because as this generation of young people comes in, so do Godly young writers who are eager to share their writing talent to hungry readers around the world! ^_^ 

I introduce to you, Livy Jarmusch, founder of Crown Of Beauty Magazine!! Livy is an amazing world changer in this generation, touching countless young girls for the glory of God, and she’s also producing TONS of clean and positive media that establishes a firm foundation of biblical content. She has written several books: Secrets Of RoyaltyWhen Life Feels Like A Taylor Swift Song, and a magazine article bind up called Beauty, Boys, and Ballgowns.

Now, with her new “episode-style” story coming up, you’ll be in love with the vivid, relatable characters, the powerful plot, and the need-to-read messages presented.


I’ve read the first two chapters, and let me tell you, I can’t wait to read more!! It’s such an exciting series with so many twists and turns.

Written especially for girls, Livy hits impacting issues straight on, in an amazing way…..

“No more crying. Listen to me. You are a brave, strong-willed woman. You have been asked to do something against your will, something that will require all the courage and faith that you possess. But God will help you! We will pray, and pray, and pray again, and He will see you through every test and trial that presents itself to you. You must begin to gather your head about this, child.” 

I have to say, my favorite character so far is Emma, with her spunky personality and bookworm/wallflower personality, I can’t help but relate! But I am really enjoying diving into the other creative storylines woven into the big picture…(aka, the whole series.)

I hope you’ll pre-order Livy’s first “episode” in the Regal Hearts series! It’s on Amazon right now: click here.

~By His Grace,

Halee Westbrook

(P.S. Want to read the other blog posts in this blog tour? Check out this following links below, and don’t forget to peruse Livy’s website, Crown Of Beauty!)

 

The synopsis: 

Following the dramatic birth of her royal daughters, the Queen of Bella-Adar is murdered by the merciless sword of an evil usurper. The helpless princesses are placed in the care of the URIA, an undercover organization who safely extracts and protects the girls from a tragic fate. Sixteen years later, Lena Bodner encounters a stranger who uncovers secrets from her past…

Embark on these regal adventures, as Episode 1 launches an exciting, riveting mini-series of 25 pages released in a periodical, episode format. Reading Regal Hearts is like watching a TV show unfold in your mind, so you’ll have to be patient for the release of each new episode!

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“The List”…….?

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So, the title of this blog post either got you excited or struck fear into your soul…..If the latter, you’re probably a guy, and if the former, you’re more than likely a girl. BUT, this post is for EVERYONE. And I’m about to debunk the LIST. 

In a Christian arena full of hormonal teenagers, what is one of the most buzzed about topics of this generation? “The List”. I’m not sure when this started, or really, why it started in the first place, but what I want to know so badly, is why  it caught on so quickly…And why in the world did it get so….So… Necessary?

Not familiar with the list? It goes something like this:

  1. Patient
  2. Kind
  3. Wise with money
  4. Great with kids
  5. Still a virgin
  6. Loyal
  7. Content
  8. Loves God
  9. Forgiving
  10. Sense of humor
  11. Wise
  12. Bold

And the list goes on and on and 0n…..

Now, I know what you are probably thinking…These “lists” are very key to praying and preparing for your future spouse, to plan out what you really need and have an answer when someone is interested in you. I get it! It’s totally legitimate. BUT, are the run-on lines needed to craft a Christ-centered marriage? If we don’t have a list, are we clueless as to how or what we’re looking for a mate? No. And here’s why:

I’ve come to the realization (after much pondering and thinking), that almost every single quality on these lists, can be made a whole lot more simple.

Pray that your future husband/wife will be Godly. That’s it. If someone is totally committed to the Kingdom, lives for nobody but God, and truly strives to be more and more like Jesus every day, I’m pretty sure that covers all the bases.

Now, like I said, making these lists and praying for certain character qualities is NOT  bad thing, as a matter of fact, I have a list…And I strive to grow in each of the things I’m praying my husband will have.

But I honestly think it boils down to this: Don’t get obsessed with lists, but pray daily that your future spouse will become more and more like Christ.

That’s it! Pray for patience and kindness, but remember, it’s all about being Christ-LIKE, NOT perfect.

~Halee

Keep the conversation going! What do you think about “The List”? Do you think it’s a bit overrated? Let me know what you think in the comments, I’d love to chat with you! 

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5 Things To Do While Waiting For “The ONE”

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Abbie Corbin blogs about life as a Christian teen and her adventures, struggles, and growths in life! She also occasionally dips in health, essential oils, and cooking.

Enjoy this post from my beautiful friend, Abbie. ^_^
 

“But when?”

“When will I meet THE guy?”

I find myself wondering this a lot and it doesn’t take my mind long to wander into panic about my future, doubts about the possibility of any guy liking me enough to want to get to know me, and frustration with myself for being so shy around young men my age.

But then, I’m reminded of 4 words: God has a plan. I have no need to worry because God knows what He’s doing. I get such peace from Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (NKJV) But that doesn’t mean I should just sit around doing nothing until something happens! Here are 5 things we can do to prepare ourselves for marriage and help us during times of singleness.

  1. Read God’s Word – you could do a study on Godly women in the Bible, true Christian, sacrificial love, or marriage in particular. Read the promises of God, remember Psalms 37:4 “Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” (NKJV) 
  2. Write letters or journal entries to your future husband. Write about how you are growing in Christ, big milestones in your life, when you’re thinking a lot about him and your future, or just when you’re feeling lonely. They don’t have to be love letters, they don’t have to be romantic or mushy gushy, they should just be what’s on your mind and heart. You could write down prayers for him too, or Bible verses you’re praying for him. 
  3. Learn useful skills. What if your future husband is called to be a missionary? You could prepare now by learning things like first aid, teaching skills, and even a different language to practice for when you may have to in the future. Or what if he is called to be a pastor? Study your pastors wife, or any Godly pastors wife. Learn about the sacrifices they make as a couple for their flock. Learn how to be gracious to difficult people. Learn how to be a good listener and a hard worker. Even if he turns out to have a completely different calling, these are still good life skills to have. Other essential skills are financial bookkeeping, hospitality, cooking, cleaning, basic health care, organizational and managing abilities, and childcare (especially if you don’t have younger siblings). 
  4. Follow God’s calling for your life. God calls all people from all ages and stages in life to serve Him. Don’t chase boys, follow Christ. 
  5. Pray. I think that praying for your spouse is very important, whether you’re married or not. When I feel overwhelmed with thoughts and desires, I pray for my future husband. That God would grow him into a man of faith and that He would protect him and keep him from temptation. Pray these things for yourself too. 

Galatians 5:24-25 says “And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” You can glorify God in your singleness, in your waiting. Remember your sins were crucified with Jesus. Remember to walk in the Spirit. You won’t regret it.

~Abbie Corbin

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