Lila's Top Christian Books of 2018 Awards

Out of the 125 books I read in 2018, these are the ones I rated 5 stars. Check out the honorable mentions and then walk the red carpet to see who won the awards for the best in each category: Favorite Old West Historical Fiction, Favorite Contemporary Novella, Favorite Christian Allegory, Favorite Christian Nonfiction, and more!

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13 Worship Songs for Christian Writers

Are you a Christian writer? Have you been in a slump lately? Maybe writer's block? Maybe you're struggling with inadequacy: “Who am I to write this message?” Inspiration for writers block: let me share some songs that were instrumental in helping me to push past the fear and inferiority to share this gift God has given me. I think they'll motivate you, too.

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Day 3 of the Quote Challenge

If you've been weary in well-doing, I hope this quote from Summer Lacey will motivate you...

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Day 2 of the Quote Challenge

Today’s quote is one of my favorites from one of my favorite Bible study leaders, Lysa TerKeurst, from her book Unglued, a book about anger management and self-control of emotions that really resonated with me.

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Day 1 of the Quote Challenge

I’ve been tagged for the 3-day quote challenge! Today I have a favorite from Max Lucado, a help against stress and worry and anxiety, from his book Anxious for Nothing.

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Amazon Prime Day Ideas for the Christian Reader

Today and tomorrow (July 16 at 3 pm - July 17) is a special sale on Amazon Prime products. I thought I would give you some of the best books I've recommended over the year that I have been blogging. :) These are all books I've read and enjoyed and can testify to their benefits.

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Created in Canva by Lila Diller.

For those of you who already are Amazon Prime Members:

Clean Fiction:

  1. The Complete Works of Jane Austen

  2. Or, if all 7 novels intimidate you, you can wet your feet with my favorite, Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

  3. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

  4. The Love Comes Softly Series by Janette Oke

  5. Quest for Leviathan by Amanda Tero

  6. No Other Will Do (#1 in the Ladies of Harper's Station series) by Karen Witemeyer

Writing Help:

  1. Style: 10 Lessons in Clarity and Grace by Joseph M. Williams

  2. Elements of Style by Strunk & White

  3. The Story Grid by Shawn Coyne (I haven't read the book, but I've found his excerpts and blog very helpful)

Marriage Help:

  1. Marriage Roots to Fruits by Matt Pavlik

  2. The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman

Parenting Help:

  1. The Five Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman

Christian Walk Help (Christian nonfiction):

  1. His Word Alone by Summer Lacy

  2. Unglued by Lysa TerKeurst

  3. UnInvited by Lysa TerKeurst

  4. Why Her? By Nicki Koziarz

  5. Life Lessons from the Book of Ruth by Susan Elliott (I haven't read this one yet, but I've enjoyed the quotes & excerpts I've seen and want to get this one next.)

Technology & Bible Study Tools for Bible Study Help:

  1. Amazon Echo Dot (2nd gen.)

  2. Kindle Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet, 8" HD Display, 32 GB, Blue Kid-Proof Case

  3. Inspire Bible NLT for Bible journaling & coloring

  4. The Interlinear Bible: Hebrew-Greek-English (English, Hebrew, and Greek Edition)

These are all my Amazon Affiliate links. Since my family is going through a tough financial situation, I would appreciate you using the links here to help me receive a small commission (at no added cost to you). Thanks in advance!

For those of you who are not Amazon Prime members:

Here are some bonuses you gain access to with Prime Membership. The first two are well-known and worth it for most people to join, just because of these two. But the rest are lesser-known and yet valuable, in addition.

As always, as an Amazon Affiliate, if you sign up to become a member of Amazon Prime through this post, I will earn a small commission to offset the cost of my author business. I would appreciate your support, and it costs you nothing extra.

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1. Free Shipping

“The benefits start with free shipping for all merchandise, and you don’t have to meet a certain dollar amount to receive this benefit. You just have to be a member.” - Sara at the Holy Mess

2. Movies & TV Shows

As a member, you will be able to access thousands of free videos, movies, and TV shows. You will also have the option of buying movies, too. Need to relax with a good movie or binge-watch a good series? 

3. Music

In addition to movies and videos, you also gain access to free music downloads and streaming. Amazon offers a wide variety of free downloads plus streaming songs on Prime Music. So you always have access to your favorite artists. My husband would binge on TobyMac, if I let him. ;) Who doesn't want more worship music? 

4. Special Credit Cards

“As an Amazon Prime member, you have access to both a Rewards Visa Signature and an Amazon Prime Store Card. These offer special savings that you won’t get with other credit cards. For example, you’ll get five percent back when you use these cards to buy from Amazon and there is no annual fee for either one.” - Sara at the Holy Mess

5. Amazon outlet & warehouse centers

As a member, “you can find a wide variety of overstocked or slightly used items at discounted prices when you shop at the Amazon outlet and warehouse centers. If you buy a used item and you’re not satisfied with it, Amazon has a great return policy.” - Sara at the Holy Mess

6. Cloud Storage

Instead of backing up your hard drive, you can access Amazon’s Cloud Drive. Not only does it come with 5GB of cloud storage for free, but you also get free unlimited photo storage with Amazon Photos.

7. Coupon Site

You can save lots of money on tons of products when you use Amazon’s easy coupon site. Simply choose the coupons you're interested in and redeem them whenever you’re ready, automatically applying the discount to your order. 

8. Sharing Program

This is one I hadn't even heard of. You can actually share your Amazon Prime benefits with two other adults in your household so that you don’t all have to pay for separate memberships.

9. Free Books

Amazon offers a variety of eBooks on Kindle for free only for Amazon Prime members, as well as some comics and magazines periodically. The free books and periodicals change often, so be sure to check in regularly to see what's available.

Bonus benefits for Amazon Prime members:

  • Anyone can get a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime membership with free two-day shipping. You can try it for 30 days and then cancel. This might be especially good to sign up for before Amazon Prime Day (July 16-17), Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving), and Cyber Monday (the Monday after Thanksgiving)!

  • College students get a free 6 month trial of Amazon Prime Student.

  • Buy groceries with Amazon Pantry. Learn how to get a free $5 credit by using no-rush shipping. Also, to save money try their $5.99 flat fee shipping for pantry items.

  • Use Amazon Family (formerly Amazon Mom) to get 20% off on diapers, shipped right to your door. Create a child profile to unlock even more savings.

  • Have trouble with a delivery? When you talk to customer service, request a month of free Prime membership in exchange for the 2-day delivery guarantee not being met.

  • Say goodbye to cable when you invest in the Amazon Fire Stick. Thousands of TV show options are available.

  • Prime Members get early access to deals. (Remember the Instant Pots that sold out in an hour on Black Friday and Amazon Prime day? Be sure you get the deals you want as a prime member.)

  • Baby on the way? Sign up for Amazon Baby Registry and receive a welcome box full of gifts.

Conclusion:

With all these added bonuses, a yearly membership to Amazon Prime is extremely valuable, saving lots of money. Again, if you decide to sign up, even for the 30-day trial, please use one of my links in this post, so that I can receive a small referral fee to offset my costs. I only offer this, because it's so valuable, and I truly believe it could help you save money on things you're already paying for. If you sign up, feel free to let me know how you like it.

The Best 20 Rising Christian Romance Authors (according to Lila)

I don't know about you, but even though I've always considered myself an avid reader, I have a hard time keeping up with new Christian authors. While searching for some new authors in the Christian romance genre, I came upon these new-to-me authors that I can't wait to read!

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Diller Family's Top 10 Restaurants (in the Statesville/Troutman, NC area)

My family's favorite top 10 restaurants in our area...

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The Diller Family's Top 10 TobyMac Songs of 2018

My husband came up with a fun activity today. We all wrote down our favorite TobyMac songs, and he tallied them up to make a Top Ten Countdown List. We then played them from 10 to 1 and danced and sang together. It was a blast!

It was so fun that I thought I would share it with you. Maybe you can modify it to fit your family's tastes.

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Answers to Sense & Sensibility Quiz

Here are the answers to the Sense & Sensibility quiz at http://www.liladiller.com/blog/sensesquiz. Please don't cheat and look at these before you've written down or printed out your answers from the quiz. ;)

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QUIZ: Who Spoke these Famous & Cheeky Lines in Sense & Sensibility?

Take this fun quiz I made! Do you think you know Jane Austen? Here's your chance to prove it: Who Spoke these Famous & Cheeky Lines in Sense & Sensibility?

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How to Start Living Loved Today (with a Giveaway)!

Have you ever felt rejected?  Alone, unwanted, unwelcome, an outcast, uninvited?  Even if these words aren’t the defining descriptions of most of our lives, we have all felt them at times.  How do we deal with past rejections?  How do we deal with present hurts?  How do we protect ourselves from future disappointments?  In her book Uninvited, Lysa TerKeurst dives personally into her past rejections and shows us how she moved from begging for scraps of love from everything she could to living from a place of abundance in the love of God.

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Ultimate Guide to Lila's Favorite Verses

Do you have a “Life Verse”?  Whenever I hear that phrase, I get a little squirmy, because I don’t have one Life Verse.  I have a dozen! 😊  I always have a hard time choosing favorites of anything, because it’s comparing apples with oranges—each one has something unique and beneficial about it.  But here are a few of my favorites, verses I return to time after time for hope, encouragement, and reminders (which I need often). 

I believe that at least some of these verses will encourage you to hope and trust in the Lord, as they have for me. 

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Repeated Terms and Abbreviations:

Unfortunately, we don’t all define the same words in the exact same ways.  I assume you understand what I mean when I use a phrase over and over, but you might understand it differently.  So here are the terms and abbreviations I use often on my blog and what I mean by them:

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Top 20 Favorite Novels of All Time!

If I am what I read, then here is who I am: this list of my favorite novels have shaped me into who I am today.

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My Current Reading List

The fiction and non-fiction books I'm currently reading, as well as a list of to-read-next books.

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