First up, I am very excited to be back with the Wonderful Wednesday crew. It’s something I loved on my previous blog and I am looking forward to getting back into it again over here on The Crooked Bookmark. Anyone who follows me on social media will probably have seen me waxing lyrical about my Gratitude journal recently. It was something a friend gave me for my birthday last summer and I will admit I had avoided using as I didn’t see the benefit at all – but I have done very much a 180 in the last month. I have now got myself into a little routine where I take time every night before I go to bed to take five-ten minutes to just sit with my thoughts and decide what I am grateful for from that day, sometimes the words flow easily, sometimes not so much but I… View Post

Most of us are regular people who have good days and bad days. Our lives are radically ordinary and unexciting. That means they’re the kind of lives God gets excited about. While the world worships beauty and power and wealth, God hides his glory in the simple, the mundane, the foolish, working in unawesome people, things, and places. In our day of celebrity worship and online posturing, this is a refreshing, even transformative way of understanding God and our place in his creation. It urges us to treasure a life of simplicity, to love those whom the world passes by, to work for God’s glory rather than our own. And it demonstrates that God has always been the Lord of the cross–a Savior who hides his grace in unattractive, inglorious places. Your God Is Too Glorious reminds readers that while a quiet life may look unimpressive to the world, it’s… View Post

‘Ambulance and police. Something’s happened. I don’t know what. But my little girl.’ A sob choked off the sentence… ‘It’s my daughter.’ When a young girl disappears from the edge of the local forest, the Gloucestershire police are convinced she’s been taken by the same killer who stabbed to death beautiful, young Emily Risman eighteen years ago. They’re desperate to finally have the evidence to put him away. To save another girl before it’s too late. Only Detective Anna Gwynne thinks he isn’t the real killer. Anna can’t find proof and as time is running out, she realises she needs to get inside the killer’s twisted mind. And she knows just who to ask. Hector Shaw, in prison for killing the six men who caused his own daughter’s death. Can Anna get what she needs from Hector before another life is lost, or could he lead her down a path… View Post

Twenty-five-year-old Bea is a hopeless romantic – with a hopeless love life. She’s been single ever since her awful ex broke her heart, and the only thing she gets up to in bed is watching rom coms on her laptop. When Bea meets Dan, who is basically the man of her dreams, she knows she can’t let him get away. They might not have fireworks, but not everyone can be fighting and (loudly) making up every night, like Bea’s housemates. But Bea can’t shift the feeling that something just isn’t right. As time goes on, Dan seems less like Mr Right, and more like Mr Couldn’t-Be-More-Wrong… Will Bea be brave enough to change her dreams – and dare to ask for more? A laugh-out-loud tale for anyone who’s ever dreamt of a fairy-tale romance and found a real-life happy ending, for fans of Giovanna Fletcher, Cate Woods, and Mhairi McFarlane.

Most of us believe in God’s power. Yet few of us see evidence of his supernatural gifts in our everyday lives. What are we missing? Everyday Supernatural explores what the spirit-empowered life looks like for every Christian. God intended for each one of us to consciously depend on the Holy Spirit and use supernatural gifts as everyday tools. Relying on the Holy Spirit is not weird, full of hype, or something for only certain parts of the Church. It’s for anyone who wants to know God more fully – and make every day naturally supernatural.