Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Book Review, Blog Tour, and Giveaway: "The Essence of Joy" by Lynn U. Watson

About the Book

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Book Title: The Essence of Joy
Author: Lynn U. Watson
Release Date: October 12, 2017
Genre: Women’s Devotional; Women’s Inspiration; Christmas/Advent Devotional
It’s Christmas in March!
The scents of Christmas invite our imaginations into the holiday season. What emotions flood your heart when the holiday aromas waft your way?
Did you know:
  • Many favorite holiday scents like cinnamon, citrus, and mint are found in the Bible?
  • There is a rich heart connection attached to many of the plant essences found in Scripture?
  • Myrrh is such an important essence, we can follow its trail from Genesis to Revelation with many significant stops along the way?
  • Women of the Bible have personal encounters with God bringing aromas of His love and joy into their lives?
  • Palm branches are an important part of Biblical celebrations beginning in Genesis and ending in the ultimate beach party around the Crystal Sea? (Christmas at the beach, anyone?)
In The Essence of Joy you’ll meet women of the Bible and contemporary women like you and me who will encourage you to discover the refreshing essence of a life lived in the presence of Jesus. Let JOY fill your heart with the aromas of His nativity.
Watch the book trailer here!
My Thoughts This book is unique and I haven't read others in this format. It gives a snippet of a story and then Bible verses that talk about a particular scent associated with Christmas. I liked how it told what the scent they are going to be talking about, what oil is diffusing, what snack they are eating, what song is playing, and what the verse of the day is going to be. It also gives "fun facts" and "Your turn" at the end of each section to help apply the ideas in your own life. I felt a little lost with the story snippets as I felt like I was just dropped in and was missing vital information. If I had read the first book (Essence of Courage) I may have not felt as lost. I did read the "Cinnamah-Brosia's Friends" section at the back of the book, but it mostly just confused me more. I also found the stories to feel like bullet points about what happened and didn't feel like I was actually there experiencing it. I also wondered who was telling the stories as it referred to 'us' or 'we'. I learned some interesting things about some of these scents that I did not think about before. It would be a nice addition to your Bible study during the Christmas season.
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 About the Author
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Lynn Watson combines many years’ experience in women’s ministry, love of essential oils, and her passion for God’s word to bring her readers freshly inspired encouragement for their walk with Jesus. Her devotional, The Essence of Courage, was recognized as a ‘must read’ by regional publishing industry leaders. Married since 1973, Lynn and Steve have filled their Bartlett, Tennessee home with handmade treasures and lots of love for family, especially their five beautiful (of course) grandchildren. Aromas of freshly baked bread often fill Lynn’s kitchen. Jasmine, her tuxedo kitty, enjoys sleeping in Lynn’s lap while she writes.
 Guest Post from Lynn Watson
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 A walk down memory lane on a snowy day (today) transported my thoughts to a Christmas shop our children and I visited every year. Open only for the holiday season, rich aromas reached out and drew you into this wonderland. The owners filled the space with unique treasures. A few we chose years ago remain prized member of my Christmas favorites close to four decades later.
My debut encounter with essential oils came many years later. I loved their aromas (including many of those Christmas scents) and studied their aromatic influences and potential benefits. Bible verses jumped to life in new ways. God created all plants and inspired the Biblical authors to include many. The desire to share my discoveries burned in my heart, until God finally released me to publish The Essence of Courage in December 2016. Before I completed the devotional based on Solomon’s locked garden in Song of Solomon 4:12-15, God reminded me just how many aromas and tastes of the Christmas season are found in the pages of His word, too.
Cinnamon, cedarwood, mint, citrus, myrrh, frankincense, rose, and figs are found in the pages of Scripture. So, are palms. They may not appear Christmasy unless you favor a tropical holiday, but they are an integral part of celebration in the Bible. The Essence of Joy offers discoveries of connections of all this plant life to Jesus’ nativity.
Looking back a dozen years to my first not-quite-inspired imaginings of a devotional book with aromatic offerings, I’m grateful God chose different timing. He presented me an unusual format for the collection. — one of those things easier experienced than explained. Contemporary women’s very real stories (fictionalized and often combined to create anonymity), stories from very real women living on the pages of Scripture, and a focused look at the botanical and its aromas, flavors, and essences as found in the Bible, are topped off with icing on the cake: ‘Fun Facts” and ‘Your Turn’ to invite the reader to more than read – to participate.
In The Essence of Joy you’ll encounter Scriptures in ways you had not considered before. Your faith will be enriched and stretched as you relate to the ancient women of the Bible and those that may be your next door neighbor today. You’ll be encouraged to breathe in the aromas of Jesus’ nativity, sample goodies from The Coffee Cottage’s specials of the day, and tune in to musical selections welcoming you into a posture of worship. I’m praying you are filled with His joy!
NOTE: Cinnamah-Brosia, the owner of The Coffee Cottage in the fictional stories asks readers at the very beginning of the book to be sure to read the introductory material. It helps set the stage for the book’s character and personality.

Blog Stops

Multifarious, March 3
Carpe Diem, March 4
Mary Hake, March 6
Bigreadersite, March 7
Reading is my Super Power, March 9 (Interview)
A Greater Yes, March 11
Pursuing Stacie, March 13
Simple Harvest Reads, March 15 (Guest post from Mindy)
margaret kazmierczak, March 15 (Interview)
Pause for Tales, March 16

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Lynn is giving away a grand prize of a “Choose Joy” hand made necklace, a “Cups of Joy” (adult coloring book) + set of 24 prismacolor colored pencils, a “Choose Joy Today” stamped silver-plated teaspoon,
flower Seeds, raspberry tea (it’s in the Cinnamah-Brosia story in the “Mint/Giving” section), a “Choose Joy” tote bag, and a signed copy of “The Essence of Joy”!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/ca47

"The Essence of Joy" is available in paperback:
  • Series: Cinnamah-Brosia's Inspirational Collection (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Lynn U. Watson (October 12, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 069296391X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692963913
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches

and in Kindle edition:
  • File Size: 1373 KB
  • Print Length: 195 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 069296391X
  • Publication Date: October 17, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0768PMCHW

I got a free copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and given voluntarily. No compensation was received for my review.

2 comments:

Arletta Boulton said...

I love the idea of promoting joy! What a great giveaway.

Lynn Watson said...

Arletta, I pray you are filled with the Joy of Jesus. I had such a great time putting together the giveaway package.