What should I Read if I like Jane Austen? Try the "Love is" Series for Modern Jane Austen-Like Books

On the anniversary of Jane Austen's death in 1817, I want to pay homage to one of my favorite authors of all time. Her novels have inspired me in so many ways, especially how her works have inspired my “Love is” contemporary Christian romance series.

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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

Gift Ideas for Christians, especially Christian readers and writers. Fiction, nonfiction, writing, technology and more. Especially helpful for Amazon Prime Day.

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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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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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