SA Book Review: Ante Up by Chautona Havig

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Category: Contemporary Fiction :: Target Audience: Christians

Ante Up,” the final installment in the Aggie’s Inheritance Series is frustratingly real.

I have been an Aggie fan since I read the first book several years ago, and I was ecstatic when I read that author Chautona Havig was going to write a fourth book for the series.

If I’m being completely honest, I would say that this book is not at all what I expected. I wanted to see Aggie and Luke together, overcoming problems, and living in victory over their past difficulties. I know real life isn’t always like that, and I think that was what the author was trying to portray in this book. Although I found this story heavy and depressing, I don’t think that means you shouldn’t read it. It is well written and deals with difficulties that every family faces at one time or another. Aggie’s struggles broke my heart for her and the rest of the family. Sometimes I just wanted to shake her. But that is how life can be.

We all have seasons of joy, and sometimes we indulge ourselves in dangerous seasons of pity and bitterness. God is always there waiting. I will say that I hope we get another book where we get a version of Aggie that is more familiar, but has also grown through her struggles. There are important story lines for the other characters in the family, especially Vannie, Tavish, Kenzie, and Laird. Plus we get a hint as to what is going on with Tina and William, which I found exciting. Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that lives in the real world, where God is constantly making us into vessels for His honor.

I received a free copy of this book so that I could write an accurate review based on my personal opinion.

Happy reading and sincerely adorned,

Kristin

Newfangled – Free Today!

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I’m really excited to announce that my newest book, Newfangled, is free on Amazon today. The reviews have been really encouraging, and I’ve decided to move the next book in the “Decisions & Desires” series up in my writing schedule. I was going to wait until next November to start writing it, but now I’m thinking I will start sometime this summer.

If you haven’t already joined Olive in her adventures in Normandie, California, today you can get your own copy for free 🙂 (any downloads help my Amazon ranking, so please consider sending this link to anyone you think may like this book). I want to thank Jacky and James for helping me iron out the last few errors, inconsistencies, and typos. Thank you, friends!

Happy reading,

Kristin

“Newfangled” Coming Soon!

Launch day for “Newfangled,” my new novel, is set for April 3rd, 2016. As I get ready for the final round of edits and start formatting the digital and print versions, there are a few things I need from you, my support people.

Choose The Cover

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All you need to do is comment below with which number you like the best, 1, 2, or 3. I definitely have a favorite, but I want to hear from you! Which one do you like?

Join The Launch Team

If you want to help me get this book in the hands (or e-readers) of people you think will enjoy this book, post about it. Tweet, Facebook, or Instagram about it. Here is the link for the Launch Team page. Thank you in advance for all of your help!

Happy reading!

Kristin

Newfangled

“Newfangled” Launch

Navigating through life as twelve-year-old girl growing up in Southern California can be tricky. Embracing the ginger, sci-fi loving, introverted girl God created her to be — well that’s even trickier. Join Olive on her quest to figure out who God wants her to be, while dealing with the social pressures and problems she encounters at school, church, and in life in general.

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Welcome to the “Launch Page” for my new book, “Newfangled,” the first book in my new series, “Desires and Decisions.” This Young Adult Fiction was inspired by my own life experiences, being plunged into a totally different school district after the private school my brother and I attended had to close due to financial difficulties. I have always wanted to write a book that would help my own children navigate the awkward pre-teen years, and that is when I came up with the character of Olive. Although she goes through a few situations that I experienced, this fiction is set in the modern day Southern California, and Olive deals with current events and struggles that today’s 12-year-old girls and boys can relate to. I hope that this book will touch the hearts of young and old alike as you get to know Olive, the Callis family, and the many friends and enemies that keep Olive tethered to the Lord in prayer.

Join The Team

For a free digital copy of “Newfangled” before the official release on April 3rd, 2016, please email me at kristin.n.spencer [at] gmail.com

All I ask in return is for your honest review on Amazon and Goodreads (if you use Goodreads). And in your review please make sure to add something like, “I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.”

If you would like to be an official member of the “Newfangled Launch Team,” please email me and let me know you are interested. You can help by posting about the book, sending information about the book to friends you think would like it, or blogging about it on your blog. You will also be noted in the “Acknowledgements,” at the end of the book, so make sure to send me your name so I can include you. I wouldn’t be able to properly launch this book without a team to support me, so thank you!

Here are some images you can use on social media to link to the main Newfangled page.

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For Facebook

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You Aren’t Worthless – Truth About Godly Confidence Update

Hey everyone, I wanted to write and tell you a little bit about the changes I made to “The Truth About Godly Confidence,” my first book ever. When I wrote the book, it was something I was really passionate about, and I think you can tell that, but if I’m being honest, I didn’t really know what I was doing. Because of that, I have been wanting to make certain changes to the title, cover, and add some new things into the content of the book.

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I am really excited to share these things with you. The first edition of this book will always be a pleasant memory for me, but I’m even more excited about the second edition. If you have the digital version, all you need to do is update it on your device and you will have the new content. The new title is, “You Aren’t Worthless: Unlock the Truth to Godly Confidence.”

There is a new section in chapter 5 called, “Your Personal Journey,” which is a guide to help people who have struggled to have deliverance from spiritual and physical insecurities. The new introduction explains the goals of the book more clearly, and the new cover is more of an attention getter. I want to make sure that this free book gets into as many hands as possible, and this was one way to make sure people that saw my book would understand what it is all about.

I hope you enjoy the new digital edition, and that the book helps you in your journey towards godly confidence. (The new edition of the print version will be available soon)

Sincerely adorned,

Kristin

The Truth About Godly Confidence

Today, August 1st, “The Truth About Godly Confidence,” will be free for Kindle on amazon.com. With that in mind, I thought today would be a good day to write about my first book, its origin story, and the general response to it so far. For your free copy, click here.

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Quotes from readers:

“This book is going to help many women and perhaps men too in their walk with God.”

“She handles the topic so carefully and beautifully.”

I took two months off of blogging this year. I am constantly working on various writing projects, and one in particular had been under the working title, “The Gift of Godly Confidence.” The book was supposed to follow the first book in my youth fiction series about a girl named Olive. In fact, one of the most important scenes in the first Olive book will be based on a real life vision that God gave me about flowers.

Then, as my husband and I were planning for a 10-day team to come out last May, one of my friends from the Mommy fellowship I attend of asked if I would be willing to have the team help with a one day seminar. They would watch the kids while I would teach two sessions for some of the women that couldn’t afford to go to the Evangelical Women’s conference. Right away, I knew what I wanted to teach about. Godly confidence had been a recurring theme in my personal journey with God, and I knew that I should share about what He had shown me. God put it on my heart to collect everything I had written about this topic in preparation for the Olive books. I thought it would be great to have a booklet to go along with the teaching, as a gift for the women attending. Now that I look back, I find it humorous that what started as a booklet, turned into a full fledged book. God always has new ways of making me laugh.

In all of the feedback I have received about this book, there are two persistent comments. First, I hear the word honesty over and over again. Some people have said that in this book I am “painfully honest.” I think that is a fair description. My husband and I believe that transparency is one of the most important tools we have in ministry to others. The book follows that train of thought. I share about various experiences in my life including various deceptions, hurts, and the freedom that I finally found in godly confidence. The second thing I hear is that this book often produces tears. It seems to be touching people’s hearts in a particular way. On the back of the book, the heading for the description reads, “Have you ever felt worthless?” Well, people that have felt worthless are often in a great deal of pain, and the healing usually comes through much prayer, the learning of important biblical truths, and much weeping.

The Truth About Godly Confidence

Through the process of writing this book, I felt that God was leading me to dispel certain lies that Christians accept about self-esteem and confidence. Halfway through, I felt that God wanted me to change the name of the book to, “The Truth About Godly Confidence.” In my research on this topic I found many books, sermons, and articles that teach lies about confidence as if they were biblical truths. The point of this book is teach the truth, and set free those hearts which are enslaved by feelings of inadequacy and worthlessness. God loves you, and He wants you to know the truth about His feelings for you. He also wants to warn you against the dangers of pride, which ensnare so many of us unknowingly.

This book is unfortunately serious, but for such a serious topic, it didn’t seem right to include any humorous anecdotes. I hope that doesn’t take away from it as a work, but there you have it, my major regret as far as this effort is concerned. That doesn’t mean there is a lack of happy writing, because God’s love for us is the best news, and I hope my sincere enthusiasm for that topic shines through the pain. I also hope that constant washing of forgiveness rather than bitterness will soothe you as you confront some of the most severe moments of my life, and yours.

I would love to hear any comments or questions that you have, and I hope that my recollection of these personal (and formerly private) struggles will encourage discussions about confidence for years to come.

Happy reading,

Kristin