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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Guest Review & GIVEAWAY ~ God's Provision in Tough Times

God’s Provision in Tough Times, Lighthouse of the Carolinas (July 2013)

Are you in the midst of tough times? Perhaps you're unemployed, underemployed, or having financial difficulties that leave you feeling hopeless and helpless. Do you question if God is aware of your circumstances? Are you wondering if there is a way out of your situation?

Cynthia Howerter and La-Tan Roland Murphy have both experienced God's provision in tough times. Along with guest writers, they candidly share their own personal stories of unemployment and financial despair.

You will find encouragement and hope as you read each story. Like you, many of these writers have lost their income, savings, homes, and health insurance. Some have found themselves on public assistance while others faced homelessness. Their faith and trust was refined and strengthened as God provided a successful path through their tough times.

Each writer's personal story demonstrates the power of God who knows exactly what you are going through and who promises to care for those who put their faith and trust in Him.


God's Provision in Tough Times includes personal accounts by guest writers Alycia W. Morales, Beth K. Fortune, Carrie Fancett Pagels, Cecil Stokes, Dan Walsh, Deborah Raney, Dee Dee Parker, Eddie Jones, Eva Marie Everson, Felicia Bowen Bridges, James L. Rubart, Ramona Richards, Roger E. Bruner, Tamara D. Fickas, and Torry Martin.

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God’s Provision in Tough Times, 
Lighthouse of the Carolinas (July 2013)

Reviewed by Carrie Fancett Pagels

Yes, I am one of those contributors but I’d like to tell you that you will find so many touching stories in this compilation.  I particularly enjoyed Ramona Richard’s story because she has a child with a severe disability and as a single parent truly had to rely on God completely to get her through.

Eva Marie Everson’s story is so touching because of how she learned to cope with not only financial distress but betrayal.  I had known about Cynthia Howerter’s story because she’d shared it with our writing group in Virginia. She has spoken about losing everything and being homeless before large groups also, as a speaker.

I loved Jim Rubart’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” analogy with his own story. Torry Martin shares about his life (in Alaska, too) in his trademark humorous way! 

Alycia Morales shared about how God provided at what seemed to be the last moment.  Cecil Stokes’ story made me cry!  I could really relate to his story because I, too, have a word, each year from the Lord and I’ve also had to get my arthritic body down on the floor crying out to Him for help.

You will find stories in this book for all types of situations.  I encourage you to get a copy for yourself, to encourage your church to use it for a study group, and share a copy with a friend going through hard times.

Giveaway:  Leave a comment with your email address for a chance to win a paperback or ebook copy of the book (winners choice but non-USA winner ebook only.)

(Anne here) Y'all, Carrie is offering a copy because she truly has a beautiful and generous heart! Please be sure and thank her for her generosity.

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Bio: Carrie Fancett Pagels is the author of Return to Shirley Plantation: A Civil War Romance, a top-rated Amazon Civil War book.  Carrie was a psychologist for twenty-five years.  Besides her contribution to God's Provision in Tough Times she also has an upcoming short story "Snowed In: A Northwoods Christmas" in Guidepost Books A Cup of Christmas Cheer in October 2013.

29 comments:

  1. CARRIE, Thank you so much for contributing this review here! It sounds like a book that so many of us could relate to and benefit from. And your generous heart is one of the biggest I know!

    Love you, sweet friend & encourager!

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    1. Anne, I pray you are continuing to write on your nonfiction pieces. So great hanging out with you at BR!!! Thanks for having me on again!

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  2. Thank you, Carrie, for this wonderful and informative review - the book sounds like a treasure and definitely a must-read.

    And thank you, dear Anne, for having Carrie on your blog :)

    Hugs!

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    1. This is a wonderful book, Stephanie, and I know Cynthia's and LaTan's efforts will be blessed by the Lord!

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    2. Hey Stephanie, Thanks for coming by and entering. I appreciate your visit :) Blessings for a win! {{hugs}}

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  3. Hi Carrie, so good to see you over here! :-) Would love to read this book... :-) Thanks for for the opportunity!

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    1. Hey Gwen, great to see you here, too! I always smile when I see your smiling face! Hope u will be at ACFW!

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    2. Hey Gwen!!! I am praying that I'll see your name on a book cover soon because I LOVED that online story :) {{hugs}}

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  4. Great review as always, my sweet friend, CARRIE! I am entering for my daughter who doesn't have a computer and truly NEEDS this book! She needs some hope right now. Thanks, Anne!

    My mom is Diana Flowers. I was just talking with her about this very subject. I know that I need to learn to TRUST God in all aspects of my life, not just financially. I need to get your book! Thank you for sharing and giving encouragement and hope.

    Tammy F.

    Tflow342[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Hmm, I want to make sure Tammy gets a copy, Diana! I won't enter her for contest--I will mail her one as I am so appreciative of her Prayer Warrior efforts, some on my behalf! Blessings!

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    2. You are a sweet pea, Carrie! I was going to get it for her if she didn't win it here...she still might! lol

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    3. Tammy, So glad you are getting a copy! I hope the Lord blesses you greatly through the testimonies in this book. Your mama is a doll and I love her precious heart!

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    4. Awww---thank you, Anne! And the same goes for you!

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  5. Not feeling too good today but I am delighted that y'all are so interested in this book! Spread the word!!! I am looking forward to reading my copy. The Lord is so good to give us encouragement from our brothers and sisters in Christ!

    Carrie, I haven't written anything or worked on any of my project the last week or so. Just feel awful. Thanks for your continuing encouragement. Love you!

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    1. Prayers going up for my dear friend, Anne. <3

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    2. I pray you are feeling better soon, Anne! So sorry but I know God will give you relief! Quicker would be better!

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    3. Thank you both! I have some relief finally, and can get a little done now :) I appreciate the prayers. Love you two :)

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  6. Thanks Anne for having Carrie, who ia dear friend of mine. And I hope you are much better real soon. And my sweet Carrie. I am going to try and win this book. It sounds very good and encouraging. I would love to read it and have others to share it with, including my daughters, all three. Please put my name in. Sending love. MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. Hi Maxie, Thanks for coming by and entering the drawing! You are blessed to know Carrie. I have enjoyed our friendship and sisterhood in Christ!

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    2. Hey Maxie!!! We've got to get you a signed copy! Now if I can get Mother of the Bride Cynthia over here to Yorktown to sign some! Thanks, Maxie!

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  7. Thanks for your review of this book Carrie. Boy, oh, boy, I am sure we have all been through tough times, I know we have. I could have probably added a story myself to this book! God does provide and it is wonderful how He comes through just at the right time. I think this book would be one to read and share. How encouraging it would be for others that are struggling. I would definitely love to win a copy.

    Thanks Carrie and Anne!

    Blessings!
    Judy B
    judyjohn2004(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hey Judy, So glad to see you here today! Yes, I believe we have all been through some difficult and discouraging financial times. I'm sure this book is going into the hands that need it most. The Lord has a great way of doing that :)

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    2. Thanks Judy! I agree--we all go through tough times. Thank God He is always with us. Blessings!

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  8. Thank you so much, Anne, for posting gifted writer Carrie Fancett Pagel's review! And thank you from the bottom of my heart for doing a book giveway for "God's Provision in Tough Times." May you and the winner be richly blessed!

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    1. Cynthia, I can't wait to read my copy! Such a blessing to meet you at BR. Thanks for stopping by today ~ Blessings for a joyful weekend!

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    2. Oh you are so sweet, Cynthia! I admire all that you did getting this book to press and with all these contributors in such a short time! Hugs!

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  9. Oh, WOW, Anne and Carrie ... I am NOT nonfiction reader generally, but HOLY COW, this book sounds AWESOME, and I would SO love to win it for somebody I know who is really struggling right now. Thanks for the opportunity -- I know if Carrie's a contributor, it will be AWESOME!!

    HUGS,
    JULIE

    gsus (at) charter (dot) net

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    1. JULIE, How are you ever going to read anything I write if you don't read nonfiction?! So far, this book is awesome! There are so many struggling right now. Best wishes for a win :)

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    2. There have been so many people who have said they know someone who could benefit from this book. Thanks so much, sweet Julie, for coming by!

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