Hello everyone! I’m here today with a blog tour for a truly special story collection! And since two of the stories in this collection are World War Two stories, I felt it was the perfect day to post, since today is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. May we never forget…
Happy release day to Miss Faith Potts! Her brand new book Behold, a Christmas short story collection was one of my three beta-reading projects this year, and oh! I so enjoyed it!
A collection of short stories honoring the birth of the Savior
From two siblings caught up in the harrowing days of World War II to separated foster
children in the US…
From a memorable road trip across the Southeast to the reunion of a war-torn family…
You’ll be swept into the Christmas spirit with the endearing stories tucked inside these
pages. The storylines range from family to romance to the bond of community, with
settings scattered across America and beyond.
Behold the beauty of the Savior’s birth with this gathering of stories that warm the soul
and bless the heart.
Saved by God’s grace, Faith Potts is a teenage writer and homeschool graduate, living
with her family and beloved yellow labs in the North Carolina mountains. When she’s
not weaving stories, consuming large amounts of coffee, reading stacks of books, or
studying American Sign Language, she can be found laughing harder than is healthy,
daydreaming, and—of course—blowing dandelions.
Now, for my review of the book…
Oh, Behold was so sweet and a perfect Christmas read. Now, that being said, I didn’t read one of the stories…she told me ahead of time it had some minor spoilers for another of her stories I haven’t read yet ? So with that in mind…I read three of the four stories and instantly fell in love with the characters.
Home for Christmas
She so needs to make this one into a full length novel! Basicly, it’s about a nurse worrying about her MIA brother in the midst of WWII, a journey home, and the healing that God brings through family and friends. Warning: There is some kissing/handholding towards the end of the story and I think some hugs. Not a whole lot, but just saying.
Told in the first person (a new favorite of mine) this story was short and sweet. It's modern, but I'll admit, I wish there was a little more to this story, as it left me with a lot of questions about these foster kids (a topic near to my heart.) But oh! The end, y'all! It was sooooooo good!
MY FAVORITE IN THIS BOOK! Again, this needs to be a full length novel! I just loved this story so much! I mean, who doesn't enjoy a WWII Homecoming?!? I could read WWII Christmas stories all day long...any recommendations, lol?
So, even though I can't say what I thought of the fourth story, since I didn't read it, these three stories alone make it so worth it! Miss Potts is a very talented writer and I've enjoyed getting to know her over the last few months!
And now, for an interview! *Applauds as Miss Faith Potts takes center stage, setting in the cozy vintage chair I have set out for her across from me*
Ryana Lynn: Good morning, Faith! So, lets talk about this book! What inspired you to write Behold?
Faith: I love Christmas stories, and every year since I started writing, I’ve written at least one Christmas story during the month of December. Compiling them into a collection to share with the ‘world’ was an idea that came to be a few months ago, and it’s hasn’t left my mind since.
RL: Christmas Collections are the best! And I always enjoy your short stories! Which story was the hardest to write?
FP: Oh, wow. Surprisingly, I’d have to say the final story, which is a sequel/spin-off to my novella, Dandelion Dust. I had previously been able to write these characters so easily, but between the time apart (18+ months) and no longer being able to relate to Charity quite as well, it was difficult to find my groove.
RL: That is certainly a very real challenge...One I know all to well. Where did the title for this collection come from?
FP: The title came from several Bible verses, particularly a few in the Christmas story, that speak of “beholding” and being in awe of God, His glory and power, and the beauty of the story of Christ coming to earth to be our Savior.
RL: Don't those verses give you chills? He truly is an amazing God! How long did it take you to write it from idea to now?
FP: Being a collection of short stories, I wrote Behold over quite a lengthy span of time—nearly three years. Each story individually, however, took only a week or two to write.
RL: Impressive! What do you hope people will take away from Behold?
FP: I hope the readers remember to slow down this Christmas. Don’t get so caught up in the craziness—the gift-giving (or getting), the food and celebrations, the lights and displayed trees—that you forget why we celebrate at all. Take the time to slow down and “behold” the Savior.
RL: Wonderful advice and so easy to forget! What better way to slow down than with a good book? Any lessons, spiritual or writing related, that you learned from Behold?
FP: That Faith isn’t as invincible as she likes to think she is? ;) Quite honestly, I got a bit stressed out about the release of this book, when the blog tour dates were rapidly approaching and many things had not yet fallen into place. God showed me, though, to not stress. To let Him have control. They are, after all, His stories anyway.
RL: I think everyone can learn a lesson from that, Faith! We get so stressed so easily these days. It's great when we can learn to just hand it over to God. Any Writing Advice you'd like to share?
FP: Don’t stop. Even when you think your stories don’t have a purpose, or they aren’t any good, or your message is stupid… Don’t feed yourself those lies. Writing is a gift from God, and someone out there needs to hear what you have to say.
RL: Wonderful advice! I don't know how many times those very lies pop into my head and then God sends someone to encourage me in my writing. This can also apply to any form of ministry you do for the Lord! Thank you so much Faith! It's been a blessing to have you here at Life of Heritage Corner!
And now for the giveaway!
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And don't for get to check out Faith's blog for a list of other participating bloggers! (I would have linked them here, but when I copied them over, the links didn't work and...I didn't have time to relink them all. Sorry about that! #stillgettingthehangofthis
Until Next Time,
Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
King James Version
Hello everyone! So glad to get to spend another Friday with you! Our 10TRF series is back and I'm so excited to share with you some facts about this sometimes over looked Battle, Chickamauga! Enjoy!
1. What does it mean? The name Chickamauga is an Indian word, we all agree on that, but is it Cherokee for "Bloody River" or "River of Death" or is it Creek for "Dwelling Place of the Chiefs?" No one really knows, but the one I hear the most is Bloody River. Which leads us to...
2. Bloody Pond. According to the men who fought in this battle, the fighting was so fierce and men were so desperate for water, they dragged themselves over the Chickamauga Creek for relief. There, their blood mingled with the water and supposedly turned the creek red. Pretty scary!
3. Mother Vs. Officer. During the fighting, Confederate soldiers became so hungry, some of them raided a potato patch at a nearby farm. An officer quickly ordered them to stop, reprimanding them for stealing. Mrs. Deborah Thedford, the lady of the house intervened, saying, "Hold on, Mr. Officer. They are my potatoes and they are my boys. Let 'em take 'em." Among the raiders were her sons. Mrs. Thedford opened her home to the many wounded during the battle, among them two of her boys. She became known as the Mother of Chickamauga.
4. Costly. This was a Confederate victory, badly needed after a crushing defeat like Gettysburg, but it wasn't won without a high price. 16,170 Union soldiers were reported dead, wounded or missing/captured, 18,454 for the Confederacy. It is ranked as the second costliest battle of the Civil War second only to Gettysburg.
5. The Traitor. Gen. George "Pap" Thomas, nicknamed "The Rock of Chickamauga" following the battle, was actually from Virginia and left his home state high and dry to join the Union.
6. Old Pete to the Rescue. Chickamauga is considered a Western battle, so many may be surprised to find Gen. Longstreet, a famous Eastern theater fighter, listed among the Southern commanders of this battle. Following the Battle of Gettysburg, "Gloomy Pete" loaded his men on trains and came to the aide of Gen. Braxton Bragg in Georgia.
7. A Nod to a Hero. While Braxton Bragg is not know for being the best fighting General of the Confederacy, he was indeed a fighter and Southern hero, worthy of respect. He is one of 10 Confederates who have U.S. Army forts named after them, his namesake being Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, N.C. What better way to honor men who served their country than with a fort?
8. Welcome to the Peach State. This was the first battle fought in Georgia. But it would not be the last.
9. On the closing day of fighting (the battle lasted from September 19th to September 20th, 1863) confusion occurred when the Confederacy attempted to encircle three Union units. A fourth federal outfit opened fire to aid their comrades in escaping (A few did, but most were captured). When Southern units turned to fire on the federals, they accidentally opened fire on a Confederate Unit coming to help them. Thankfully, things were straightened out before things got too bad.
10. Where did this happen again? If you look up the Chickamauga National Battlefield, you may be confused as to why part of the park is in Tennessee. Since the battle was fought in the Northern most corner of Georgia, fighting spilled over into Tennessee. Most of the fighting took place in Georgia though.
This battle and much more are covered in my newest book, "The Rivers of Sorrow."
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
King James Bible
Until Next Week,
Happy Veterans Day! November 11th is the day we set aside each year to remember and thank our servicemen for their service to our country, but do you know why the date is so important?
November 11th this year is the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War One. The horrors of trench warfare were over, but not soon to be forgotten. Originally known as Armistice Day, it was a date set aside to work towards World Peace (like one day was gonna do that?) since WWI was called “The War to End All Wars”. Unfortunately, this failed to stop WWII, The Cold War (which includes Korea and Vietnam), The Gulf War, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Over the years, since it was quite obvious world peace was impossible, Armistice Day morphed into Veterans Day. This is something we can accomplish, thanking our Veterans and making sure they know we love and appreciate their service and sacrifice.
A few fun facts about the blog graphic: The flower is a poppy, the international flower of World War One Remembrance :_ And the Phrase "Lafayette, We are Here!" is what many American soldiers said when they arrived in France. They were referring to Gen. Marquis de Lafayette of France, who came to the Colonies to aide us in our American Revolution. Our troops were announcing when they arrived that they were here to return the favor, over a hundred years later!
If you are a Veteran, thank you for your Service!
Have a blessed Day!
Everyone, I must start this post with a disclaimer 😊 I always have been and always will be loyal to the Army, first and foremost 😉 My Grandfather and Great-grandfather were both Army veterans, the man who bought my first laptop for me was in the Army National Guard, my favorite figures in history were in the Army…you get the point.
Today is not Army day; Today is Navy Day! And where would we be without our dear guardians of the sea? No rhyme intended😆
I must say, the Navy does fascinate me. I mean, honestly, who doesn’t look up to the Navy SEALs? So today, I’m going to give you five times the Navy came through for America in Amazing ways!
The Turtle. Many of you have probably seen a submarine whether in real life or in pictures. But have you ever wondered when the first one was invented? In 1775! Yep, that’s right! David Bushnell built the Turtle, the first submersible vessel ever created! (Click here for more information.) It’s goal was to plant a bomb under the HMS Eagle, and while their mission didn’t go quite as planned, they did succeed in loosening the blockage the British had imposed!
Ironclads. Developed by both the Confederate and Union Navies, respectively, these ships showed everyone that the future of Naval warfare was in iron ships, not wooden ones. Nothing like American ingenuity!
Razzle Dazzle Camouflage. While this was actually an idea shared with us by the British during WW1, this is an amazing Naval feat! I’ll link the article here, but the idea was to paint the ships in ridiculous patterns and use the contrasting colors to make the distance and type of ship hard for the enemy to judge. Truly fascinating!
Uncle Sam Wants YOU! Avenge Pearl Harbor! Following the attack on our Hawaii Military base, damaging several ships, costing 2,335 lives (2,008 of those belonging to the Navy) and dozens of planes, there was an outcry for our men and boys to join the Navy. And they showed up! There were even politicians who left office to support the cause! Hats off to those boys in “Bell-Bottom Trousers, Coat of Navy Blue” 😊
May 2nd, 2011. While I would never celebrate the death of a non-believer, I must say that the day Osama bin Laden was announced dead, I gave a sigh of relief. I felt safer, knowing that at least this man could no longer bring pain and suffering to American servicemen or to his own people. As a child, I remember praying that he would come to know Christ as his Savior, but unfortunately, that never happened. Thank God for the U.S. Navy SEALs who brought a little more safety to the world as we know it!
Take a moment to thank God for all of our servicemen, but especially our Sailors.
Happy Navy Day!
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Happy Friday, everyone! I’m back from the Southwide Independent Baptist Fellowship and let me tell you, it was amazing! God is so good, and the services were so encouraging. Plus, we were able to give out information about FBN and sell some of my books!
Today I am returning to my series on Soldier Life. In case your new, the Soldier Life series (click here for last post) is a series currently dealing with the American War Between the States. The purpose of this series is to help out fellow writers and researchers, helping them avoid the hunt and peck method for information that I experienced 😊 I do occasionally recommend some books on the topics I cover, but I generally try to give basic info on the topic, along with some not so well know information. Today, we’re talking about Chaplains.
What is a Chaplain? A chaplain is a preacher, for the army 😉 Their job was to minister to the soldiers the same way a pastor would. Let’s check out some of those jobs.
Preaching. Obviously as a man of God, it was the job of the Chaplain to preach the word of God to the soldiers. Many units canceled unnecessary duties on Sundays to support the church services. In the Confederate Army starting in 1862, revival broke out in camp. With this came daily services in many places and an increased soulwinning effort. This lasted until the war ended and was the last great revival our Nation has seen.
Counseling. During war, many men take time to look at their lives, seeing things that need to change. The chaplain was often the one they turned to with spiritual questions.
Ministering to the wounded and dying. We all know that scene in a film were the preacher is called in to pray with the dying man, usually using the Lord’s Prayer or Psalm 23 to comfort. That’s not far from the truth. While they may not have only used those portions of scripture, the scene was seen frequently during the war. Also, Chaplains hovered near the surgery tents to pray with the men before losing a limb or undergoing operations.
Singing. There were no song leaders hired in the army😆 While some of the men in camp could serve in this capacity, it often fell to the chaplain to lead the singing in camp services.
The Shoulder to Lean on. While a comrade in arms, a family member or even the doctor often filled this role, the chaplain was more times than not the man to turn to when you were struggling mentally, spiritually, physically and emotionally.
Librarian. Not literally, but if you needed something to read, find your chaplain 😉 They collected donations from citizens to provide reading material for the troops: Books, Bibles, Newspapers, Tracts, whatever you could think of.
A Few Books You Should Check Out:
Christ in the Camp by J. William Jones (Robert E. Lee’s personal Chaplain). This book focuses on the Religion in the army, not on the causes of the war, though it briefly touches on this. No matter who you think was right in the War Between the States, you should read this book!
Chaplains in Gray by Charles Pitt. Another good one! This book is shorter than the first book, but every bit as informative!
Hope this helps you in your pursuit of knowledge 😊
Have a Blessed Day!
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