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Blog Tour + Giveaway! — Far Above Rubies

6 Jul

Far Above Rubies JustRead Blog Tour
Welcome to the Blog Tour for Far Above Rubies by Jolyn Canty, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Far Above Rubies: The Story of Louisa MacDonaldTitle: Far Above Rubies: The Life of Louisa MacDonald
Author: Jolyn Canty
Publisher: Azure Star LLC
Release Date: April 14, 2021
Genre: Biography

Her husband — a friend to Mark Twain, mentor to Lewis Carroll, and the man C.S. Lewis called his “master” — was one of the greatest Christian writers of the Victorian era. She was his hidden gem, the bulwark and bastion on which he could lean. Though she was an accomplished musician and singer, an advocate for the poor and neglected, and a published author, she didn’t need the spotlight, but was content to be her husband’s biggest fan and companion. She bore eleven children and adopted and cared for several others. Enduring hardships few of us will ever experience, this petite woman faced them with courage and strength.

Her name was Louisa MacDonald.

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As George wrote and taught, Louisa sang and prayed, nursed and loved.  She lived by example the things she most wanted her children to learn: to be industrious and willing to do the next thing; to be filled with God’s Spirit so they could pour out His love to those around them; to discover their gifts and use them to bless others; to care for the poor; and, most importantly, to always keep their hearts and homes open to any child in need.


Jolyn Canty

Jolyn Canty is the wife to her beloved Earle, the mother of six, and the adoring Nana of three grandchildren. She is a talented artist, a passionate quilter, and a long-time devotee of George MacDonald.



(1) winner will receive a signed copy of Far Above Rubies by Jolyn Canty and a $25 Amazon gift card!

Far Above Rubies JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight July 6, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on July 13, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Print copy US only. Ebook and gift card available for international where available. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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Book Review: Would You Do What They Did?

4 Apr

eab2958cba373493cea36258ea08aeeaCome, tame a wolf, flee from the wrath of the king, feel the horror of impending doom on a ship, and the uncertainty of one’s own salvation with these great heroes of the faith. Would You Do what they Did? Great Christian Leaders from our Past is a creative nonfiction collection of biographies of Martin Luther, Francis of Assisi, John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Church, and Thomas Becket. It is written in plain, modern English for the average reader to enjoy.



46e545dc60960a8c0b122e.L._V354082481_SX200_William Dean Hamilton writes This Week in Christian History. He has also published two biographies about Val Kilmer and Robert Downey Junior, and over 1,000 articles, short stories and poems in magazines, literary journals and websites. Mr. Hamilton has degrees from Des Moines Area Community College and Upper Iowa University.


My Impressions:

Are you looking for a way to teach your children about dedication and commitment to a life in Christ? What better way than through the example of godly men of the past. Would You Do What They Did? (Great Christian Leaders from Our Past) is a great way to introduce your older elementary and middle school kids to heroes of the faith. Consisting of four biographies (Francis of Assisi, Thomas Becket, John Wesley and Martin Luther), William Dean Hamilton brings these influential men to life. Using the literary form of creative non-fiction, the author takes the reader into each man’s life and supplies notes at the end of each biography to let the reader know just what is fact and what is fiction. The biographies are realistic depictions of these men’s life and do not contain the supernatural stories often attributed to the men. Easy to read and easy to understand, the book, in the author’s words, brings truth to life and shows God’s hand in the lives of these Christian leaders. Perfect for the homeschool or for family time reading, Would You Do What They Did, can serve as a means to show your children what a faithful life in Christ really looks like.

(Thanks to BookCrash for a review copy. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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