SALE: 40-50% Off Must-Read Books

by jessicaturner on July 3, 2015


Amazon is having a big sale and has marked a bunch of Christian books down 40-50% off. If you are looking for some books to add to your summer reading list, or to give to friends, now is the time to stock-up. Affiliate links are used in this post.

The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You: only $8.49, regularly $14.99
If you haven’t had a chance to snatch up my book, this is the lowest price we have seen in MONTHS. The Fringe Hours also make a great gift for that busy woman in your life.

Savor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are: $8.90, regularly $16.99 (hardback)
This is probably my favorite deal on this list. Shauna Niequist’s new devotional is exquisite and makes a lovely gift.

Anchored: Finding Hope in the Unexpected: $8.83, regularly $14.99
Kayla Aimee’s new must read memoir for moms just released this week! I read it cover to cover in just over a day.

Anything: The Prayer That Unlocked My God and My Soul: $8.37, regularly $15.99
Jenni Allen’s book about her one-word prayer that changed her life is inspiring and uplifting. I am reading it now!

The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands: $8.99, regularly $16.99
This might be Lysa Terkeurst’s best book. A lesson that we all need – when to say yes and when to say no.

Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church: $8.90, regularly $16.99
I’m a huge fan of Rachel Held Evans and have this book on my summer reading list.

Make it Happen: Surrender Your Fear. Take the Leap. Live On Purpose.: $9.16, regularly $15.99
Lara Casey is one of the most inspiring people on the internet. Another book I have on my summer reading stack. I love her heart.

Living Well, Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life: $8.37, regularly $16.99
For those of you looking to impact your budget, this book is a must-read.

PRE-ORDER: These three books release later this summer, but pre-order them now so you get this awesome price. Best part? You aren’t charged until the books release.

Wild in the Hollow: On Chasing Desire and Finding the Broken Way Home: $9.73, regularly $16.99 (hardback)
Amber Haines’ forthcoming memoir about trusting God is one I can’t wait to read.

For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards: $12.04, regularly $22.99 (hardback)
Jen Hatmaker’s latest book will surely be one of those books I read again and again. With her signature humor mixed with a call for grace, not guilt? YES, PLEASE.

Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World: $8.58, regularly $14.99
I love anything by Emily Freeman, and the concept of slowing down and moment living is one I want to fully embrace.


Throwback Thursday: Growing Up in Target

by jessicaturner on July 2, 2015

Growing up in Target
Last week, I shared my big newsThe Fringe Hours is going to be available in Target stores starting around this coming Monday, July 6.

I cannot believe it.

I have been a Target girl literally since I was in my mother’s womb. You see, my parents met at Target, where they both worked, in the 70s. My Dad spent 25 years with the company and my mom is still employed by Target today. Mom has always told me that people used to read the policy and procedure guides to her stomach when she was pregnant with me.

Target runs in my blood.

In honor of Throwback Thursday, I thought I would share a few of my many fond memories growing up in Target.

Decorating trees at Target: Target wasn’t always open late on Sundays. In the old days, the stores would close at 6 or 7. On one of those fall Sundays, employee families were invited to come help decorate the trees in the Christmas department. It was so fun to trim the trees with the newest decorations.

Growing up in Target
For several years, Target was in the local Christmas parade and my sister and I got to ride on the float. It was magical!

Target stuffed animals: In the late 80s – early 90s, Target had exclusive stuffed animals every Christmas, including Tweaks the mouse and Snowden the snowman. We would be so excited to get them every year. One year, Target had an employee coloring contest featuring Tweaks and my sister won for her age group. I was so jealous because she got the stuffed animal.

Growing up in Target
Celebrities at Target:
When a new Target would open, Target would always have a celebrity attend the celebration (often a soap star). My Dad opened the Oshkosh, Wisconsin store in 1992 and Melody Thomas Scott from The Young & The Restless attended. My sister and I were all dressed up and people thought we were her kids!

Indy car racing
: For many years, a perk of my dad being a store manager was that we got tickets to go to the Indy Car races to cheer on the Target Chip Ganassi team. We would always go with another Target family and made so many happy memories. (Check out my Instagram feed for a picture of me in an Indy car.) We met the Target racing team and many other famous Indy car celebrities at the time including Tim Allen, Paul Newman and Mario Andretti.

Growing up in Target
Target would also have the racers come to their stores. We met many including Arie Luyendyk (pictured above. Remember when his son was on The Bachelorette?), Michael Andretti, Jimmy Vasser and Alex Zanardi (he was my favorite – pictured on the scooter above).

Easter petting zoo: At Easter, my dad would hire a petting zoo to come to Target. It was so fun to see all the little animals. I remember little lambs in the men’s department! You would never see that in a Target today.

Take your daughter to work day: My sister and I loved doing take your daughter to work day with my parents. From going in the stock room to helping on the lanes, it didn’t seem like work to us!

As you can see, Target isn’t just my favorite store. It isn’t just a place where I get great deals. It’s part of my story, which is why it is such an incredible honor to have my first book on Target shelves next week. I can’t wait!

Next week we will be celebrating The Fringe Hours in Target with exciting giveaways and special posts. I hope you’ll join in the fun – and if you pick up a copy when you are at Target, be sure to snap a photo and tag it #FringeHoursinTarget.


A Must-Read Memoir for Moms

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Best News Ever: TARGET!

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I was in a meeting at work when I received the email. The subject line said “Target Recommends & Lifestyles”. I quickly opened it, my heart pounding. And there it was… a short note from my publisher saying that The Fringe Hours was going to be in Target stores nationwide. I could hardly contain myself. […]

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Creating Cardboard Box “Cars” + Free eBook

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A Quickie: 5 Minute Kid Photos

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Happy 4th Birthday, Adeline

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The Perfect Summer Chocolate Milkshake

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3 One-Day Only Deals Not to Miss

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I received emails for all of these deals last night and wanted to put together a quick post in case it will help you save some money! All of these end today, June 17, 2015, so be sure to act right away. These are all things that our family uses and loves, which is why […]

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