Rachel Rittenhouse

Christian fiction for ladies young and old

1 year-iversary!

April 30th, 2015

It is hard to believe that one year ago at this time Finding Faith had just been published! It has been wonderful embarking on this journey with you, my readers, and I want to thank you for all the support you have given me!

Carolyn, Bethany, Laura, and the rest of the Woodsmall family have been alive to me for so long and I am so grateful for the opportunity for you to meet them as well. I hope you have enjoyed knowing their likes and dislikes, celebrating with them in their joys and struggles, and living daily life with them.

To celebrate the 1 year-iversay, I have two special activities going on today yet to celebrate! The first is this rafflecopter giveaway. Go ahead and enter it for the chance to win a signed copy of Finding Faith (eligible to those living in the US only).

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In addition to the giveaway, the kindle version of Finding Faith is available for $0.99 today only!! Don’t miss out!!

Remember When…

April 23rd, 2015

have courage and be kind (1)There comes a time in everyone’s life when we must say good-bye to something that was important to us.

One such time has come for me — yesterday was my last day of choir.

I was privileged to be apart of Sola Gratia Musicians choir for 3 years, returning a fourth year as a mentor. Every year was different in that we all kept growing up. Friends would graduate. So many memories and friends were made to last a lifetime. 

And now it is time to move on to a new season of life.

I love the way our “good-bye” piece summed it up so well–

“And when we part and sorrow can’t be swayed, remember when, and let your heart be staid.” Omnia Sol (Z. Randall Stroope)

No matter how our journeys change, no matter where life takes us, we will always have our memories.

I will always remember the songs I sang, the friends I met, and how I grew musically and spiritually in choir.

150 Years Ago…

April 10th, 2015

I find it amazing to think that 150 years ago from yesterday (April 9), the Civil War ended. Isn’t it incredible to think how far our country has come in just 150 years?

The Civil War has always fascinated me…or maybe it was the time period. I love the 1800’s! I love reading books about the Civil War and continuing to learn about all the different sides there really were!

Some of my favorite books based on the Civil War are “To Whisper Her Name” by Tamera Alexander, “Candle in the Darkness” by Lynn Austin, and “The Brickmaker’s Bride” by Judith Miller.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are many other wonderful books set in this time period, but these are a few of my favorite!

I am also so excited that the third book in my series “The Diaries of the Woodsmall Sisters” will touch on the Civil War. Accepting Change seems a pretty fitting title for that book! Experience the affects of the Civil War for yourself with Laura and her sisters!

 

What about you? Do you have a favorite time period?

Have Courage and Be Kind

April 2nd, 2015

have courage and be kindThis past weekend, I had the opportunity to go see Disney’s Cinderella movie in the theater. It was absolutely amazing! It reminded me so much of the original fairytale, of course, with some believable extra scenes added. They only served to enhance the storyline.

 

 

What I loved most was the theme that seemed to run throughout the movie–Have Courage and Be Kind.

 

 

As Cinderella’s mother is dying, she tells Cinderella these words. Because she respects her mother, she takes these words to heart. Cinderella’s kindness to her stepmother and stepsisters is truly remarkable. Her courage in difficult situations almost never wavered.

 

 

Of course there were times when Cinderella wondered if this was all worth it. She was treated so cruelly and yet she was told to be kind?

 

 

Cinderella’s story reminds me of a verse in Psalms.

Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! -Psalm 27:14

 

In our Christian walk, we too are instructed to have courage and be kind. And we also have a difficult road ahead of us! It may not be the easiest path, but think of our reward.

 

We are waiting for the Lord. Our reward is spending eternity with our Heavenly Prince.

 

Just as Cinderella found her Prince and lived happily ever after.

Rachel Rittenhouse

Christian fiction for ladies young and old