February 2, 2023

The Sacred Meaning of Everyday Work Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the THE SACRED MEANING OF EVERYDAY WORK by Robert H Tribken Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

THE SACRED MEANING OF EVERYDAY WORK
Author: Robert H Tribken
Release Date: January 31, 2023
Publisher: Faith and Enterprise Press
Formats: Paperback
Pages: 272

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon 

(An earlier version was published in 2021 as Sacred Rhythm: A Christian Spirituality for Our 21st Century Work Lives by Robert Tribken.)

It’s time to engage problems and opportunities with a new sense of purpose.

Work can sometimes feel like a pressure cooker, with painful levels of stress, interpersonal conflict, and the risk of burnout. We can lose track of our goals and maybe even feel as though our work is pointless and going nowhere.

Developing a deeper sense of purpose will help us overcome these problems and perhaps even flourish in our work lives.

Many of us have a deep, intuitive desire to connect with something deeper than ourselves; for many, this means a deeper awareness of God and the divine mystery as we go through the week. And we have a closely related desire to contribute to the greater good and the well-being of other people through our work.

These powerful desires can profoundly affect our work lives if we let them guide us to our deeper purpose.

The Sacred Meaning of Everyday Work will help you find this new sense of purpose and deal with your challenges and opportunities with wisdom, strength, and courage.

The author offers practical insights from multiple sources, including the Bible, contemporary research, and experience in business. He invites you to consider these in light of your own faith or spirituality and your own work experience.

This book will help you:

  • Find deeper purpose and meaning in your work and see its spiritual connection.
  • Cultivate the character strengths like courage, integrity, and compassion you need to lead in a time of uncertainty.
  • Overcome work-related problems like stress, burnout, and interpersonal conflict.
  • Adopt short spiritual practices that help you relax, turn your attention toward God, and focus on the work at hand with new energy.
  • Understand how your work contributes to the greater good and the well-being of other people.
  • See how the values you bring to your work can encourage the teamwork essential for success.
  • Learn what the Bible actually says about your work’s positive value and its contribution to human flourishing.


Your work is important for yourself, your family, your coworkers, and society as a whole. Finding its sacred meaning will help you work with a new sense of purpose.

Churches and Our Spiritual Needs in the Workplace

Churches have an opportunity to help people both inside and outside the church in an important area of their lives—their work lives. A church that does this in a helpful, constructive manner can engage with and help a much broader segment of the population than it currently reaches.

A good first step would be to understand the spiritual needs of people in their work lives. These needs, and their work more generally, vary greatly; it is critical to avoid over-generalizing. Nevertheless, we can point out some common spiritual needs as examples.

People seek a deeper sense of purpose in their work. Most people want to experience a sense of connection with something deeper or larger than themselves—for most, this means a greater awareness of God as they work. And many have a corresponding desire to contribute to the greater good and the well-being of other people. Understanding how they express these through their work can form the basis for a deeper sense of purpose.

People also face serious challenges in their work lives that get in the way of shalom. These come in the form of various sins, misfortunes, and adversities. Spiritual strength and insights can help them overcome these.

Many people are interested in prayer and other spiritual practices; a large percentage of people pray frequently. We can help them find practices that fit into the rhythm of their work and help them quickly turn their attention toward God. These practices can help them stay calm amidst stress and conflict, refocus their attention, and reconnect with their deeper purpose.

There are also needs involving the development of character strengths, spiritual aspects of professional growth, and building or finding a supportive community.

Churches can help in each of these areas. But the necessary first step is to develop an understanding of the needs themselves.

Adapted from The Sacred Meaning of Everyday Work, copyright 2023 by Robert H. Tribken, faithandenterprise.org.

Rob Tribken has been in business for over four decades and is the founder of several businesses. Along the way, he has had to deal with many of the most difficult issues people face in their work lives. 

Over the years, Tribken became interested in the connection between faith, spirituality, and work. Several decades spent working in business combined with several years studying theology and becoming acquainted with organized Christianity convinced him that there is a great need to find better ways for churches to minister to people in the vocational aspects of their lives. He launched the Center for Faith and Enterprise to meet this need and help people experience a new sense of purpose, fulfillment, and effectiveness in their work lives. 

Tribken’s educational background helps him explore the connections between faith, spirituality, and work. He earned an MBA from The Harvard Business School and an MA in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. Tribken is pursuing a Doctor of Ministry in Faith, Work, Economics, and Vocation at Fuller. He has also spent considerable time researching positive organizational psychology and has incorporated findings in his writings. 

Tribken has led retreats, taught classes, led groups engaged in contemplative practices, and spoken on the subjects of spiritual practices, connecting faith and work, business as a calling, and the role of business in ending poverty. In addition to his work with the CFE, he has been involved with several other non-profit organizations dealing with the connection between faith and work. In past years, he has served as a volunteer Chairman of the Board of Partners Worldwide, a board member of the Max DePree Center for Leadership, and an advisor to entrepreneurs. 

Website | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon

(1) winner will receive a finished copy of THE SACRED MEANING OF EVERYDAY WORK - US Only.

Ends February 18th, midnight EST.


Tour Schedule:

Week One:

1/30/2023

Mythical Books

Guest Post/IG Post

1/31/2023

Two Chicks on Books

Guest Post/IG Post

2/1/2023

The Momma Spot

Guest Post

2/2/2023

A Dream Within A Dream

Guest Post

2/3/2023

#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

Spotlight/IG Post

2/4/2023

Writer of Wrongs

Excerpt

Week Two:

2/5/2023

Lady Hawkeye

Excerpt/IG Post

2/6/2023

Two Points of Interest

Review

2/7/2023

Review Thick And Thin

Review/IG Post

2/8/2023

@carlysunshinebooks

IG Review/LFL Drop Pic

2/9/2023

Rajiv's Reviews

Review/IG Post

2/10/2023

Fire and Ice

Review/IG Post

2/11/2023

@allyluvsbooksalatte

IG Review/TikTok Post

Week Three:

2/12/2023

the book near me

Review/IG Post

2/13/2023

OneMoreExclamation

Review/IG Post




January 29, 2023

One Girl in All the World Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the ONE GIRL IN ALL THE WORLD by Kendare Blake Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

ONE GIRL IN ALL THE WORLD (In Every Generation #2)
Author: Kendare Blake
Release Date: January 31, 2023
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Pages: 352

Find it: Goodreadshttps://books2read.com/ONE-GIRL-IN-ALL-THE-WORLD

"A worthy successor to the Slayer stories." ―Booklist (starred review for In Every Generation)

Into every generation, a slayer is born. One girl in all the world...sort of.

Frankie Rosenberg is the world's first slayer-witch, but she doesn't have that slay-life balance figured out just yet. She's still reeling from the deadly explosion at the annual slayer retreat―and new evidence that some slayers may have survived. And while she's defeated her first Big Bad, Frankie soon realizes it was just a warm-up act. Bigger, badder forces of evil are just getting started.

The Hellmouth has been reawakened and its calling old friends home. Portals are opening between Sunnydale and other dimensions. And the Scooby Gang has too many demons to contend with―real, metaphorical, and sometimes absurdly hot.

Then an oracle warns of a new foe on its way: the Darkness. Could this be what attacked the slayers? And is it coming for Frankie?

New York Times best-selling author Kendare Blake takes readers back to the demon capital of the world in this sequel to In Every Generation.

Grab book 1 IN EVERY GENERATION now!

One Girl in All the World is the second book in a new YA series set in the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It's not mandatory that you read the first book before this one, but I would highly suggest it. There are many references to people and things that happened in the first book and it might be a bit confusing if you're not caught up on the storyline that continues into this novel. I've been a huge fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer since I watched the series on TV and I was really excited to learn they were writing a series set in that same world. The first book was great and I really enjoyed it. I was excited and had high hopes for this book - and I'm happy to say that I wasn't disappointed.

The author does a beautiful job of bringing everything in this world to life for the reader. The characters are realistic and easy to connect with, the setting is vibrant with vivid imagery and detailed descriptions, and the plot flowed seamlessly throughout the book. I loved the main character, Frankie, and really liked getting to know her. She's smart, strong, determined, and doesn't shy away from the demands of being a slayer. I connected with her right from the beginning of the book and loved seeing the story unfold alongside her.

The only issue I had with the novel was the writing style. Don't get me wrong - the writing is incredibly well done and there's nothing wrong with it. The author told the story from the third-person point of view, which I don't like. I personally prefer the first-person POV because of the deeply personal connection the reader makes with the narrator. I never get that from third-person writing. Again - this is just my personal opinion and doesn't reflect on the book or author in any way. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I can't wait for the next one in the series to come out. I highly recommend it to fans of YA fantasy, paranormal/supernatural, contemporary fiction, and action/adventure, as well as fans of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer universe.

Kendare Blake is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels and short stories. Her work is sort of dark, always violent, and features passages describing food from when she writes while hungry. She was born in July in Seoul, South Korea, but doesn’t speak a lick of Korean, as she was packed off at a very early age to her adoptive parents in the United States. That might be just an excuse, though, as she is pretty bad at learning foreign languages. She lives and writes in Gig Harbor, Washington, with her husband, their cat son Tyrion Cattister, red Doberman dog son Obi-Dog Kenobi, rottie mix dog daughter Agent Scully, and naked Sphynx cat son Armpit McGee.

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon | BookBub

 

(1) winner will receive a finished copy of ONE GIRL IN ALL THE WORLD - US Only.

Ends February 21st, midnight EST.


Tour Schedule:

Week One:

1/23/2022

Kait Plus Books

Excerpt/IG Post

1/24/2022

YA Books Central

Excerpt/IG Post

1/25/2022

Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Review/IG Post

1/26/2022

Lisa Loves Literature

Review/IG Post

1/27/2022

a GREAT read

Review/IG Post

1/28/2022

Books With A Chance of Traveling

Review/IG Post

Week Two:

1/29/2022

A Dream Within A Dream

Review/IG Post

1/30/2022

The Girl Who Reads

Review/IG Post

1/31/2022

Ohyouread

IG Post

2/1/2022

Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

Review/IG Post

2/2/2022

pluvioreads

Review/IG Post

2/3/2022

Wanderingwitchreads

TikTok Review/IG Post

2/4/2022

A Blue Box Full of Books

IG Review/LFL Drop Pic

Week Three:

2/5/2022

popthebutterfly

Review/IG Post

2/6/2022

@novel.novice

IG Post

2/7/2022

Eli to the nth

Review/IG Post

2/8/2022

@amysbookshelf82

IG Review

2/9/2022

@froggyreadteach

IG Review

2/10/2022

Emily Ashlyn

IG Review/Facebook Post

2/11/2022

A Bookish Dream

Review/IG Post

Week Four:

2/12/2022

travelersguidetobooks

IG Review

2/13/2022

Book Briefs

Review/IG Post

2/14/2022

@readerofthewrittenword

IG Review

2/15/2022

@thebookishfoxwitch

IG Review

2/16/2022

@drew_ambitious_reading

IG Review/TikTok Post

2/17/2022

Fall Between the Pages

IG Review/TikTok Post




January 26, 2023

Southern-Fried Woolf Blog Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the SOUTHERN FRIED WOOLF by Drēma Drudge Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

   

   

SOUTHERN-FRIED WOOLF
Author: Drēma Drudge
Release Date: January 23, 2023
Publisher: Wit & Whimsy
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 288

Find it: Goodreadshttps://books2read.com/SOUTHERN-FRIED-WOOLF      

Briscoe Chambers is not only the  manager of her country music star husband, but a graduate student trying to  complete her Virginia Woolf thesis by fall - the same time her cheating husband, Michael, has an album due to avoid being in breach of contract. No problem, right? 

Except his co-writer will be Velvet Wickens, his idol who has been opening shows for him. And who happens to be the  one he's cheating with. Now Briscoe has been asked by their record label to  ensure the album gets finished on time. To accomplish this, they must all live together for the duration of the writing of the album.

And by the way, Briscoe knows.

Fans of the writing of both Taylor Jenkins Reid and Virginia Woolf will enjoy this novel that has plenty of sweet tea, country music, Virginia Woolf, and heartache.   

Reviews:

"Southern-Fried  Woolf is an uproariously funny, deeply insightful, and engagingly  complex novel on many levels." - Rick Neumayer, author of Journeyman and Hotwalker 

"A  celebration of how books and music can help one transcend life's daily trials,  Southern-Fried Woolf is a quick-witted and erudite novel, drenched in a love of  literature and music." Self-Publishing Review  

"Drema  Drudge has taken a typical novel outline and made it into an even more exciting  and unique story. From Briscoe's thesis being woven into each chapter to being  a part of every thought and emotion she has, the story captivates the audience  from start to finish."- Literary Titans

"Drudge  pitches us into Nashville's vivid world, full of fascinating characters and  expertly depicted settings. You can almost taste the sweet barbecue beans and  hunks of honeyed cornbread."- Maggie Humm, author of prize-winning  novels Talland House and Radical Woman: Gwen John  & Rodin 

"A  cleverly plotted, character-led novel combining country music and Virginia  Woolf. Now there´s a mix!"- A 'Wishing Shelf' Book Review

Drēma Drudge  is the award-winning author of the novels Victorine (March 2020) and  Southern-Fried Woolf (January 2023). A graduate of the Naslund-Mann Graduate  School of Writing, she and her husband, musician and writer Barry Drudge, have  two grown children, a new granddog, and live in a picturesque town in Indiana.  They also host the podcast MFA Payday. Learn more about Drēma and get a free  literary fiction short story at: www.dremadrudge.com

Check out Drēma’s  blog and get recipes from SOUTHERN FRIED WOOLF! https://dremadrudge.com/blog/

Website | Twitter  | Instagram | TikTok | Goodreads | Amazon

(1) winner will win a $25 Gift Card from Bookshop.org - US Only.   

(2) winners will receive an eBook of SOUTHERN FRIED WOOLF - International.

Ends  February 21st, midnight EST.


Tour Schedule: 

Week One:                                                                         

 

1/23/2023

 
 

Mythical Books

 
 

Excerpt/IG Post

 
 

1/24/2023

 
 

Two Chicks on Books

 
 

Excerpt/IG Post

 
 

1/25/2023

 
 

#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

 
 

Excerpt/IG Post

 
 

1/26/2023

 
 

A Dream Within A Dream

 
 

Excerpt/IG Post

 
 

1/27/2023

 
 

Sadie's  Spotlight

 
 

Excerpt/IG Post

 
 

1/28/2023

 
 

Books and Kats

 
 

Excerpt

 
 

Week Two:                                                                                       

1/29/2023

 
 

Writer of Wrongs

 
 

Excerpt

 
 

1/30/2023

 
 

Rajiv's  Reviews

 
 

Review/IG Post

 
 

1/31/2023

 
 

A Blue Box Full of Books

 
 

IG Review

 
 

2/1/2023

 
 

@more.books.yes.please

 
 

IG Review/TikTok Post

 
 

2/2/2023

 
 

the book near me

 
 

Review/IG Post

 
 

2/3/2023

 
 

Books  With a Chance

 
 

Review/IG Post

 
 

2/4/2023

 
 

The Momma Spot

 
 

Review

 
   

Week Three:                                                                           

 

2/5/2023

 
 

Review Thick And Thin

 
 

Review/IG Post

 
 

2/6/2023

 
 

@carlysunshinebooks

 
 

IG Review

 
 

2/7/2023

 
 

@allyluvsbooksalatte

 
 

IG Review

 
 

2/8/2023

 
 

Emily Ashlyn

 
 

IG Review/Facebook Post

 
 

2/9/2023

 
 

Fire  and Ice

 
 

Review

 
 

2/10/2023

 
 

OneMoreExclamation

 
 

Review/IG Post

 
 

2/11/2023

 
 

Brandi Danielle Davis

 
 

IG Review/TikTok Post

 
   

Week Four:                                                                          

2/12/2023

 
 

Ogitchida Kwe’s Book Blog

 
 

Review/IG Post

 
 

2/13/2023

 
 

pick  a good book

 
 

Review

 
 

2/14/2023

 
 

@jypsylynn

 
 

IG Review

 
 

2/15/2023

 
 

hodophile_z

 
 

IG Review

 
 

2/16/2023

 
 

@froggyreadteach

 
 

IG Review

 
 

2/17/2023

 
 

@enjoyingbooksagain

 
 

IG Review