A New Season, A New Website

I’m finally doing it. Embracing a new season.
 
Not Without My Morning Coffee taught me something valuable. That in this season of motherhood, with two young-ins, I CAN write.
 
When I began my blog I had a 1 and 3 year old. Now, they are nearly 4 and 6… two and a half years later.
 
I am working on becoming published as a historical fiction author. That means that Not Without My Morning Coffee doesn’t serve me as a writer as well as an author page would. Self titled. So it’s time to say farewell to the old blog.
 
I’m not sure how long I’ll keep this site around, as for my Facebook Page, it will be deleted by November 30th. Please follow me at https://www.facebook.com/amyrenaudwriter.
My new website is amyrenaud.wordpress.com. I would love it if you would follow along, and please subscribe by email! Publishers love debut authors to have a healthy email list.  🙂
I’m just getting started on my new website, however, in the future there will be devotionals, book reviews, posts on my publication journey and neat historical facts I find as I research!
Thank you, readers, for your interest in Not Without My Morning Coffee.
Love
Amy
PS – This isn’t the last post on Not Without My Morning Coffee… but it is the beginning of the end, I suppose 😉

The Reluctant Warrior | Book Review

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One of my favourite things about book reviewing for Bethany House is finding new favourite authors.

That’s what happened when I read The Reluctant Warrior by Mary Connealy.

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Union army officer Cameron Scott is used to being obeyed, but nothing about this journey to Lake Tahoe has gone as expected. He’s come to fetch his daughter and nephew, and seek revenge on the people who killed his brother. Instead he finds himself trapped by a blizzard with two children who are terrified of him and stubborn but beautiful Gwen Harkness, who he worries may be trying to keep the children.

When danger descends on the cabin where they’re huddled, Cam is hurt trying to protect everyone and now finds Gwen caring for him too. He soon realizes why the kids love her so much and wonders if it might be best for him to move on without them. When she sees his broken heart, Gwen decides to help him win back their affection–and in the process he might just win her heart as well.

Continue reading “The Reluctant Warrior | Book Review”

A Step in the ‘Write’ Direction

I started this blog more than two years ago, in 2016.  At the time I felt like I had nothing to say.  I had worked for my local church full time wearing a few hats, one of the main ones was mission’s coordinator.  I had the amazing opportunity to travel the world with teams, but most of all I was a part of starting a children’s home in Guatemala.  Then I became a mom.  And my adventure looked a bit different.  Wonderful, rewarding, but quite different.

When my husband and I started a family (our first born is five) I left my position to stay home with our son.  I’m thrilled with that decision, though I do still very much miss missions work.

I stopped writing around that time.  I felt like as a mom Continue reading “A Step in the ‘Write’ Direction”

Love the Poor

Listen, my beloved brothers and sisters: has not God chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and [as believers to be] heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? But you [in contrast] have dishonored the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress and exploit you, and personally drag you into the courts of law? Do they not blaspheme the precious name [of Christ] by which you are called?

James 2:5-7
Amplified Version

This passage hit me hard today.  Or was it yesterday?  That’s mom life, when you can’t keep track of what day your on, what you did this morning… or five minutes ago…

But anyway.

I was convicted.

How many times do we judge the poor?  Or go the opposite direction when someone comes into church smelly or dirty.

And yet when the rich come Continue reading “Love the Poor”

A Teaser

I’ve been quiet for a while here in the blogging world, but it’s not for lack of writing, I assure you.  My love of writing isn’t going anywhere soon, that’s for sure.

I’m not ready to tell all about the project I’m working on, but I’m going to start giving some teasers.  Here’s one:

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Do you ever find yourself saying “oh how I wish I had paid more attention in high school”?  Well, I am finding myself saying this: “why didn’t I love history back then”.  Kind of like when I was in my early twenties traveling the world doing missions work… I didn’t do well in Geography class, but after all my travel and love of geography now, I would have been a Geography nut.

In a good way.

Pay attention in school, kids 😉

So here I am reading these books about amazing people that walked this country not that long ago…  If you haven’t figured it out from the names of those titles, I’m researching 1914-1920 ish.  Over the Great War (or World War I for Continue reading “A Teaser”

A Most Noble Heir, A Book Review

a_most_noble_heir_book_reviewI took January off from book reviewing, but when February rolled around and I received an email from Bethany House Publishers with the options for reviewing I decided to jump on board again.

A Most Noble Heir, by Susan Anne Mason.  Set to release June 6th of this year.

In terms of story line, plot, and how it’s written I was really impressed.  I loved how it was inspired by the author’s (Susan) own ancestors that were servants like Nolan and Hannah were.  And of course I love reading a good historical book about rags to riches, and I am definitely a sucker for hierarchy, diplomats and aristocrats.

I loved how Nolan and Hannah kept their relationship pure before marriage, his respect for Continue reading “A Most Noble Heir, A Book Review”

Love Does Not Seek It’s Own

As Valentine’s Day is coming tomorrow I thought it fitting to feature something hopefully we will all be celebrating in one way or another…

This won’t be a lovey dovey read, beware, if you are looking for gift ideas for your sweetheart you won’t find it here.  Actually this is probably one of the least Valentine’s Day posts you might read this week – but maybe one of the more important ones.

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Most of us know 1 Corinthians 13 as the love chapter.  If you have never read the chapter, I encourage you to do so, I have included it at the end of this post.

Today I’m going to focus on one particular section of this chapter.  I’m going to get a bit real with you, and share a bit of my journey.

Verse 5 of 1 Corinthians 13 says love “does not seek its own”.

This is something my husband and I discovered very early on in our marriage.  That if I served him, if I found ways to bless him, and him me, then somehow we would both be looked after.  My husband modelled this first, I believe.  It was easy for me to follow his lead.

When we stop looking at how we are being treated but rather how we are treating, how we are blessing, how we are serving those we love then we have a perspective shift Continue reading “Love Does Not Seek It’s Own”