Tuesday, November 11, 2014

2014 Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide with Lori Benton! + 2 Winner #Giveaway!

Today I am pleased to introduce to you all, Lori Benton. I first read one of her books a couple of months ago and totally fell in love. I felt like I had entered a new world and I finished the book within the day. Then I promptly went to the library and checked out her other book. Now anxiously awaiting Lori's next novel!! Needless to say I was super excited when she offered to host a giveaway for my gift guide! And I am sure you all will love it as well. If any of you have read Laura Frantz, these books are so much written in the same vein. Excellent novels!



The Untamed God: Embracing The Adventure of Faith

“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”
— C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

As I wrote The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn, the titular character’s clothing became a metaphor. Gowns, petticoats, hose, shoes, and stays—the choosing of them, the altering of them, the discarding and creating of them—reflect the changes taking place in Tamsen’s character as she navigates her challenging—and often unsafe—circumstances. Clothing is a joy to Tamsen, yet when the reader first meets her she feels imprisoned in the beautiful gown she’s forced to don to win a wealthy husband—and a life that deep down she doesn’t want. A life God doesn’t plan for her.
In an outward rejection of that unwanted life, she burns the gown. Tamsen will go through several more changes of garments before all is said and done. Each outward change presents a picture of Tamsen’s attempt to hear God’s voice leading her ever further into a life radically different from anything she’s known. At the end of that path is the woman she desires to be. To reach it, she has to trust in a God who often seems less than safe in His handling. Yet step by step (gown by gown) He’s transforming her, giving her revelation of herself as she pursues Him, until, having reached a place so far beyond the boundaries others once set for her, she joyfully creates a set of clothes unlike any she ever imagined wearing.
God invites His sons and daughters to take His hand and trust Him to lead them through challenge, uncertainty, blessing, hardship, and triumph, embracing the individual adventure He has in store. Not reluctantly, or fretfully, but with the joy that comes in knowing that though He may not be an altogether safe God, He is Good, forever weaving the brilliant hues of mercy and grace through each life’s tapestry.

By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned… in a strange country…
Hebrews 11: 8-9

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God…

Romans 8:28


THE PURSUIT OF TAMSEN LITTLEJOHN

Frontier dangers cannot hold a candle to the risks one woman takes by falling in love 

In an act of brave defiance, Tamsen Littlejohn escapes the life her harsh stepfather has forced upon her. Forsaking security and an arranged marriage, she enlists frontiersman Jesse Bird to guide her to the Watauga settlement in western North Carolina. But shedding her old life doesn’t come without cost. As the two cross a vast mountain wilderness, Tamsen faces hardships that test the limits of her faith and endurance. 

Convinced that Tamsen has been kidnapped, wealthy suitor Ambrose Kincaid follows after her, in company with her equally determined stepfather. With trouble in pursuit, Tamsen and Jesse find themselves thrust into the conflict of a divided community of Overmountain settlers. The State of Franklin has been declared, but many remain loyal to North Carolina. With one life left behind and chaos on the horizon, Tamsen struggles to adapt to a life for which she was never prepared. But could this challenging frontier life be what her soul has longed for, what God has been leading her toward? As pursuit draws ever nearer, will her faith see her through the greatest danger of all—loving a man who has risked everything for her?

READ THE FIRST TWO CHAPTERS

The Pursuit of Tamsen LittlejohnBehind the Scenes  

YOU CAN PURCHASE LORI'S BOOKS ON THE FOLLOWING SITES

WHO ARE THESE FOR?
These books are great for women who like good historicals. The ones that draw you in and don't let go until the very end. Excellent gifts for any woman!!

THE GIVEAWAY!
Lori Benton has offered to giveaway two copies of her newest book, The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn. Two winners will receive one book each. USA ONLY!! Giveaway will end 12/2. Winners will be chosen through Random.org and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

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24 comments:

Ken Ohl said...

love 1776. thankyou, ken pohl19@comcast.net

Jessica White said...

At the moment, my favorite historical fiction book is your Burning Sky. Why? The history is woven in but rich in detail. The characters decisions are never simple and they each change and grow with the story. And I could see the hand of God working through it all. Keep writing.

Connie Brown said...

I like your books Lori and would be pleased to win this one. I like historicals and women who are strong enough to make hard choices.

Mary Hart said...

I have not read any of Lori Benton's books, but would love to!

Caryl Kane said...

Charity, thanks for introducing me to Lori Benton. I've not read any of her books. Thanks for the opportunity to win/read The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn.

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Rachael Koppendrayer said...

Choose just one?! The Frontiersman's Daughter by Laura Frantz is spectacular, but so are so many others!

Pam K. said...

I can't choose a favorite historical novel. I've read so many wonderful books. However, one I've read recently that I rate very highly is For Such a Time by Kate Breslin. It's a powerful retelling of the book of Esther, but set during World War II in Germany.

Rochelle said...

Both of Lori Benton's novels are excellent. They are rich with detail and absolutely captivating! I cannot wait for next April when The Wood's Edge comes out!

Sharon Timmer said...

My favorite historical novel id The Governess of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky

Robin Mason said...

I've wanted to read this from the first time I saw it - and now after reading this post / blurb about it, I want to read it even more!! I love the analogy of inner changes represented with outer changes!

Janice Hopkins said...

I would be thrilled to win this book by an author new to me! I love Laura Frantz, so if it's anything like her novels, I'd love it and give it a grand review on amazon.

Gail H. said...

I've read about this book and I so want to read it! Keeping my fingers crossed. Have just got into recent historical's. Dawn Crandall has a couple of great ones out now. The Hesitant Heiress and The Bound Heart.

Joan Arning said...

I've not read any of Lori's books but this sounds great and I like the cover!

Anonymous said...

I have not read anything by her. But would love to. Name is Jennifer Davis email is moseylion@aol.com

Maria K said...

Favorite historical book is Tale of Two Cities.

Kristie said...

I love "Girl with a Pearl Earring." Tough choice! kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

Nancy said...

My favorite historic book is The Diary of Anne Frank or in fiction - Leon Uris' book Exodus.

Nancy
allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

Robyn-coolestmommy R said...

For movie, I love Gone with the Wind. I have so many favorite books that are historical...can't pick just one.

Cindy Goar said...

I don't have just one historical favorite. I love almost all historical fiction that I read!

Sharon Timmer said...

I would love to win a copy of Tamsen Littlejohn to give to a friend for Christmas!

Anne D. said...

I'd say my favorite is "These is My Words" or "John Adams" (although that's probably nonfiction)
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patti said...

I love Lori Benton and her writing! It is fun to enter something, and more fun to win something !Patti Iverson pattiiverson@gmail.com

SArah Thomas said...

Loved the first book, looking forward to reading about Tamsen!

John Dallal said...

My favorite movie is Citizen Kane

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