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Timeless truth in a changing world

When Money Gets in the Way

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There were a dozen reasons to say no. The family asking for help with their bill was well-known around town. They didn’t make wise use of money, often asked for handouts, and were generally looked upon with suspicion. People didn’t trust them, and for good reason. Besides, it’s not good to enable people, right? Let them learn from the consequences of their actions. You don’t want to risk them coming back to you again and again. It’s best not to get involved at all.

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Award-Winning Novel

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Exciting news! Hope Alone won a bronze medal in the 2019 Reader’s Favorite Book Reviews and Award Contest in the Christian-Romance-Contemporary genre! If you haven’t read Hope Alone yet, order your copy today, and if you’ve already read it, I’d love to hear your feedback. Please leave a review, and be sure to recommend the book to others! Readers are the best publicity for any book. Thanks for your support!

Contest Time!

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With all the excitement of new releases for the Sola Series, it’s easy for my first book to get lost in the shuffle! Six years ago this week I received a contract for Our Faith from A to Z, the children’s book that made me an author! But despite good sales for the book, it has relatively few reviews. Potential buyers often read reviews to help them make their final decision. So it’s time for another contest! Everyone who reviews Our Faith from A to Z will be entered into a drawing to receive a signed advance copy of Stand Alone! (Official launch date is Sept 23, but the winner of the contest will receive it before then!) You can leave a review on multiple sites for multiple entries into the drawing: CPH, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Goodreads. Once you’ve left a review, sign up via the contest form. Contest runs through Sunday, September 8, and the winner will be announced on Monday morning. Enter today! (And while you’re at it, leave a review for the Sola books as well! 🙂

A More Effective Workout Routine

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Apparently I’ve been exercising all wrong. According to my teenage son, who fancies himself an expert on fitness, there are three phases of strength training one ought to do in order to maximize the benefits. Silly me, I’d just been following the number of reps and sets suggested in my program, gradually increasing the amount of weight for each exercise. But my son set me straight. One ought to rotate strength, hypertrophy, and endurance workouts for the best results. With a strength workout, you add as much weight as possible, enough that you can only lift 2-6 reps for each set. Hypertrophy is the “normal” workout, where you do 8-12 reps with a challenging but doable amount of weight. And endurance is a slightly less challenging weight so you can do 15-20 reps per set. All three of these work together for the best results.

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Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?

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1. What do you call a group of crows?

2. Often seen at the end of a sentence, the three trailing dots that indicate the omission from speech or writing of a word or words that are superfluous or able to be understood from contextual clues are known as…

3. How many kingdoms are part of the United Kingdom?

4. Solve the following equation: 5 + 3 * 4 / 2 – 1 = ?

Can you answer these questions? All were featured on the show Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? What made the show funny was that college-educated adults went head-to-head with fifth-grade students and usually had to admit, “I am not smarter than a fifth grader.” Only two contestants actually won the $1,000,000 grand prize. Of course, the students had more recently studied all the subjects, and as the expression goes, “If you don’t use it, you lose it.” I am never more aware of that then when I’m helping my middle-schooler with math. Every time I have to look up the difference between rational numbers, irrational numbers, whole numbers, and integers. My son will ask, “Mom, didn’t you have to learn all this?” And I reply, “Of course, but that was years ago.”

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God’s First Words

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First words are a milestone. Parents encourage their babies to make meaningful sounds when they start babbling, coaxing them to say “Mama” or “Dada.” When the baby finally does say his or her first word, proud parents share the news and brag to their friends about how smart their child is, perhaps even teasing each other about which parent got the honor of being named first. It makes me wonder what Jesus’ first word was. The Bible doesn’t see fit to tell us, but it is interesting to read God’s first recorded words in Scripture.

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Starbucks Gift Card Giveaway!

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Who doesn’t love a good cup of coffee to go with a good book? I’m giving away a $10 Starbucks gift card, and you can enter the contest multiple ways! Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, or this blog, or tweet a message about the giveaway. Contest runs through midnight on Friday, August 9, so enter today!

Far From Home

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Having returned not long ago from a 4000-mile, three-week family trip, we’ve seen our fair share of license plates. In our part of rural Texas, we see mainly other Texas plates, with an occasional out-of-state plate from Louisiana or Oklahoma. But in the Northeast, our destination for this trip, seeing another Texas plate was rare. We took an overnight camping trip to Maine while on our trip, and seeing another Texas plate in the campground was really exciting. We felt an instant bond with the other Texas family that had made the long haul north. The further away you are, the more exciting it is to see someone from home.

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Make an Author’s Day (and Your Own!)

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Whether you’ve read any of my books yet or not, you can still make my day per the list above! I finally caved in and started an account on Twitter and Instagram, so find me on both under @ruthmeyerauthor. I’m also on Facebook and Goodreads, and you can get my monthly newsletter as well. But I’d like to make someone’s day too! One lucky winner will win a $25 Amazon gift card as part of the Hope Alone blog tour! Be sure to catch up on any posts you missed from the tour in the wrap-up post, and enter the giveaway while you’re at it! The entry period ends tonight at midnight (Eastern time zone!). And of course, you can really make my day by ordering Hope Alone today if you haven’t already! Happy reading!

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