Friday, October 13, 2023

Star of Wonder: Read an Excerpt + Enter to Win


Star of Wonder JustRead Takeover + Review JustRead

Welcome to the Takeover + Review Blitz for Star of Wonder by Angela Hunt hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

About the Book

Star of Wonder Title: Star of Wonder 
Author: Angela Hunt 
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers 
Release Date: September 26, 2023 
Genre: Advent Devotional 

Come, Rediscover the Wonder and Reality of the Very First Christmas 

We all love the Christmas season, but have we buried the truth of the day? 

Bestselling author Angela Hunt weaves together visceral storytelling with overlooked biblical historical truths to help you rediscover the places, people, prophecies, and purpose of Christmas. Each of the engaging twenty-five devotions includes scriptural insights, historical facts, and personal application, which--along with weekly family activities--will have everyone saying, "I didn't know that!" as the Nativity comes to life anew. 

Explore Bethlehem and Nazareth. Walk with Mary, Joseph, and others. Be amazed by the words of the prophets of old. And be warmed by God's great purpose that culminated in the birth of the Messiah. 

Star of Wonder is perfect as an individual Advent devotional or for family and small group study. You will see Christmas with new eyes, create lasting holiday memories, and shine light on the wonder of that night so long ago. 

"This Advent devotional is written with passion, showing patterns and prophecies that filled me with renewed hope and wonder."--FRANCINE RIVERS, bestselling author of The Lady's Mine and Redeeming Love

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Book Excerpt

Chapter 19 – THE SHEPHERDS AND ANGELS (269 words, edited)

When I began researching my novel The Shepherd’s Wife, I was surprised to discover that few first-century families in Israel kept sheep. I had assumed most families kept livestock because Jesus told so many stories about sheep, lambs, and shepherds.

I then learned that at the time, arable land was too precious to designate for farm animals because it was needed to grow crops. Families or communities might keep a few chickens and a goat for milk and cheese, but few folks kept flocks of sheep.

Shepherds and tanners were almost always unclean because they were in frequent contact with dead or sick animals. They were forbidden to enter the Temple in a state of ritual uncleanness, and no one could touch them without becoming unclean themselves. So extreme was the prejudice against shepherds that they were considered liars and not allowed to bear witness in a court of law.

But when Jesus was born, our merciful God sent holy messengers, not to kings or priests, but to shepherds. He looked out at those fields, saw the lowliest of the low, and sent heralds to invite them to meet the newborn king before anyone else.

A Moment for Wonder

What did the shepherds do after hearing this amazing news? They ran out to find Jesus, then returned to their fields, wide awake with excitement. The next day they spread the news when they delivered the day’s sacrificial animals to the Temple courtyard. 

God gives everyone a voice . . . and a choice. Ask the Lord to show you how you can use both to honor Him this Christmas.

About the Author

Angela Hunt

Angela Hunt is a New York Times bestselling author of more than 160 books, with nearly 6 million copies sold worldwide. Angela's novels have won or been nominated for the RWA RITA Award, the Christy Award, the ECPA Christian Book Award, and the HOLT Medallion. Four of her novels have received ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Award, and Angela is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from both the Romantic Times Book Club and ACFW. Angela holds doctorates in biblical studies and theology. She and her husband make their home in Florida with mastiffs and chickens.

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Tour Giveaway

(2) winners will receive one Angela Hunt book released by Bethany House Publishers from the last two years (winner's choice)!

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Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight October 11, 2023 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on October 18, 2023. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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