Why Writers Really Hate Book Releases

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If I could, I would skip book release day all together. It's like birthdays when you're young or New Years Eve in your twenties. Too many expectations. Too much fear of rejection. Plus, there's my control freak's worry about sharing my words with the world.  Have I done enough? Will the world be friendly? What did I get wrong? It reminds me of my oldest child’s first day of preschool, so many … [Read more...]

50 Reasons You Should Work at Camp This Summer

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Summers at camp are unlike anything else. If you don't have plans for this summer, try it. Apply with the nearest camp....or look for one across the country. Need some reasons to spend the summer at camp? Last Summer at Eden's Launch Team helped me think of 50 of them. You should work at camp this summer because.... 1. So many hours of sunshine! 2. If you live, work, and play with the same … [Read more...]

It Only Takes A Spark….

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A friend who just finished Last Summer at Eden mentioned she was surprised by all the romance in the book. She wrote this note across the top: "Isn't it unlikely that hooking up would happen so much at a Christian camp?" I was confused. Because, of course. Camp love stories are as common as the chigger bites and buttered corn. Right? Then I learned that my dear friend had never been to camp, … [Read more...]

Join Last Summer at Eden Launch Team!

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Hello! I am so happy to announce that my new fiction book, Last Summer at Eden, will be out in a couple months. This book is my absolute favorite because it’s a celebration of so many of my loves: camp, Jesus, teens, and romance. For years, I've wanted to share this story with the world and I can't believe this book is finally ready to find its audience. Check out this book trailer. I LOVE it. It … [Read more...]

Dying on the Inside

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No one is ever really ready for a dog. You think you are, but you can’t imagine the bolt-upright-in-bed terror you’ll feel when your new puppy enthusiastically guards against the evil snow at three in the morning. You can’t prepare yourself for how much your dog will stink when he finds a dead rat and covers his fur in its stink. But these are nothing compared with the two hardest parts of … [Read more...]

House Hunters

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Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away om evil. It will be healing to your esh and re eshment to your bones. —Solomon in Proverbs 3:5–8 Looking for a new house started out as a lot of fun. It was like a reality show … [Read more...]

The Endorphins Will Carry You

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“I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” —God in Ezekiel 36:26 Summer was coming, and I needed to lose some weight. During our busy spring, I had gotten in the habit of grabbing fast food and skipping the gym. Now our calendar was filling up with bathing-suit activities, and my … [Read more...]

Holy Work

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When we talk about church, we usually assume we all mean the same experience, but church looks different to each of us. I don’t just mean the ways different denominations celebrate, and I don’t mean pipe organ versus electric guitar. I mean what we get out of church. You’ve probably had seasons when you show up like a brittle sponge, ready to soak up the goodness of friends, your favorite worship … [Read more...]

Real Sunshine & The Chick-Fil-A Drive-Through

{This is an essay from my new book, Love Rules. To spread love this Valentines Day, I'm giving away gift-wrapped copies to anyone who leaves a reivew at Amazon, cph.org, or goodreads. Click HERE for more information. Thank you! } For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and … [Read more...]

Share a Review of Amazon, cph.org, or GoodReads (& Receive a Free Gift!)

Let's Spread Some LOVE this Valentines Day! I want to send a woman you love a copy of my newest book, Love Rules. Please leave a review on Amazon, cph.org, or Goodreads to help share Jesus love with other women who need it. After you write your review of Love Rules, take a screenshot of it and email it to me at christina@christinasbooks.com. Include your mailing address and I'll send you … [Read more...]