Thankful Hearts Giveaway: Kara Isaac

November 13, 2016 Christian, contemporary, giveaway, Kara Isaac, romance, Thankful Hearts giveaway 114

 

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Welcome to Day 2 of the Thankful Hearts giveaway! What a fantastic response to yesterday’s kickoff! I know the authors were so encouraged by your comments and words of thankfulness for them.

Each day, from today until November 22nd, I will be featuring one of the giveaway’s authors, the book she is giving away, and a special note from her about thankfulness. You can keep up with all the posts in the giveaway series by clicking on the Thankful Hearts giveaway graphic in the sidebar. More chances to win each day!

Today, I am thrilled to bring you these gorgeous thoughts from the delightful (and very pregnant, due any day now) Kara Isaac!

What thankfulness means to me….

I received some bad news recently, followed by some more bad news, followed by a virus that left me weak and helpless. It’s easy to talk about thankfulness when everything is going right, when life is turning out as you had hoped, when the bible verses come easy. The truth is, things had been going pretty well for me over recent times, and when things are going well, it’s easy to get complacent in our thankfulness. It’s easy to take all the blessings that we have for granted.

But 1 Thessalonians 5:18 tells us to be thankful in all circumstances, not just the good ones. Thankfulness finds it’s true meaning when life is challenging, when things aren’t turning out how you’d hoped they would, and when you aren’t sure of the path that lies ahead. In a week that really wasn’t going well there was still plenty for me to be thankful for: the amazing eco-system in my body that was working to protect my unborn child even while I was unable to get out of bed, friends who stepped in with meals and to help care for my other two children, and being in financial circumstances that meant that having to take a few days off work didn’t threaten being able to pay the bills or put food on the table.

When I adopt a heart of thankfulness, no matter what my current circumstances are, I’m reminded that nothing comes to me before first passing through the hand of God. I can be truly thankful in my circumstances, because, He has me in the palm of His hand.

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the-book

One of the books included in the Thankful Hearts giveaway is Kara’s latest release, Can’t Help Falling.

can't help fallingA funny, heartfelt romance about how an antique shop, a wardrobe, and a mysterious tea cup bring two C.S. Lewis fans together in a snowy and picturesque Oxford, England.

Emelia Mason has spent her career finding the dirt on the rich and famous. But deep down past this fearless tabloid-reporter façade, there’s a nerdy Narnia-obsessed girl who still can’t resist climbing into wardrobes to check for the magical land on the other side. When a story she writes produces tragic results, she flees to Oxford, England—home to C.S. Lewis—to try and make amends for the damage she has caused.

Peter Carlisle was on his way to become one of Great Britain’s best rowers—until he injured his shoulder and lost his chance at glory. He’s determined to fight his way back to the top even if it means risking permanent disability to do so. It’s the only way he can find his way past failing the one person who never stopped believing in his Olympic dream.

When Peter and Emelia cross paths on her first night in Oxford, the attraction is instant and they find common ground in their shared love of Narnia. But can the lessons from a fantasyland be enough to hold them together when secrets of the real world threaten to tear them apart? Cobblestone streets, an aristocratic estate, and an antique shop with curious a wardrobe bring the world of Narnia to life in Kara Isaac’s inspiring and romantic story about second chances.

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the-author

kara-ellie1Kara Isaac is a romantic comedy writer who lives in beautiful Wellington, New Zealand. Her debut romantic comedy, Close To You, is about a disillusioned academic-turned-tour-guide and an entrepreneur who knows nothing about Tolkien who fall in love on a Tolkien themed tour of New Zealand. When she’s not working her day job as a public servant, chasing around a ninja preschooler and his feisty toddler sister, she spends her time writing horribly bad first drafts and wishing you could get Double Stuf Oreos in New Zealand.

She loves to connect with readers on her website www.karaisaac.com, on Facebook at Kara Isaac – Author and Twitter @KaraIsaac

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114 Responses to “Thankful Hearts Giveaway: Kara Isaac”

  1. Angela Burton

    My children is where some of my biggest struggles are but they are also some of my greatest blessings.

  2. Anne

    My wonderful grandchildren who are precious. Even though I struggle with major health concerns They give me hope.

  3. Rachel D.

    I am blessed that my son has a functioning immune system that is kicking the cold that he has! It’s been a long road…But I now can rest in peace when he starts getting the sniffles.

  4. Debbie Clatterbuck

    As is with most grandparents, my granddaughters are my blessings and greatest joy, besides my daughters, too. Thanks for the giveaway and good luck everyone.

  5. Kara Isaac

    Hi Everyone, thank you so much for saying hi today! As you may have heard, New Zealand had a pretty big earthquake overnight. Turns out 38 week pregnant women can move very fast when they need to! My family and I are all fine (though we haven’t braved a look at the outside of our house yet!) but there has been widespread damage and some loss of life. I’ll be back in later in the day once we’ve had a chance to check in with family and loved ones 🙂

    • Carrie

      So glad you are safe, Kara!!! I have been praying for you and your country since I saw the news <3

    • Winnie Thomas

      Another earthquake? Seems like there have been a lot of those in NZ in the past few years. I’m so glad you’re safe. Praying for you and your family, Kara!

      • Kara Isaac

        Yes, we have some fault lines that have decided to become very active the last few years! Fortunately, the one that Wellington is built on hasn’t (yet!) but it’s probably only a matter of time. I really should stock up our emergency supply kit!

    • Beth Erin

      You and your family were my first thought when I heard about the earthquake. So thankful you are all unharmed and baby didn’t decide to make an early appearance. Prayers continuing to be lifted up for New Zealand <3

  6. Andrea Stephens

    One of my big blessings is High-Speed Internet. Sounds strange I know, but it allows me to see pictures of and video chat with the biggest blessing in my life. My daughter and two little boys that call me Grammy. It also allows me to connect with some very wonderful people, bloggers, authors, and other readers. I can still do some of those things with lower speed internet, but not nearly as well.
    I’ve also been blessed with a neighbor kid who calls me Mom. I used to pay him to shovel snow and mow the lawn, he does that now for free. He brings my mail in, the takes the trash out. He carries in the groceries, (sometimes he goes to the store for me.) If we go out of town, he loads the luggage and medical stuff into the car, then unloads it all when we get back. I shouldn’t call him a kid, though, he’ll be 22 next month. He has a full-time job now, after working 6 extra long days this week, he brought my mail to me at 8:30 pm last night and asked if there was anything else I needed before he went to bed.

    • Carrie

      you definitely have such a treasure in your neighbor!!!! And I’m so thankful for the internet too – and the friends it brings me 😀

    • Kara Isaac

      What a treasure you have in your neighbour, Andrea! And I agree with you – high speed internet is a huge blessing. Both sets of our grandparents don’t live in the same city with us so our kids being able to Skype and FaceTime them is a huge blessing to their relationship!

  7. Sonnetta Jones

    I am thankful to be loved by a God who is faithful, a protector, refuge, stronghold and who is always with me in the food and bad times.

  8. Jocelyn

    The Lord has always been faithful in whatever circumstances I face. He blesses me when I am unloving, discontent, unkind, and just being the sinner that I am. HE is ALWAYS good, faithful, kind, forgiving and fulfilling. I am thankful for ALL His blessings even though I do not deserve them.

  9. Jen

    So well put, Kara. The heart that is set on gratitude, even in the midst of trials, remains tender toward God. I think of Paul and Silas in chains, bringing praise to their Savior in the midst of their agony. Such an example to push toward!

    Prayers to you and your family as you make this giant shift in life–and I’m thankful you are okay after the earthquake!

  10. Annie JC

    Well said, Kara! Your heart of gratitude is surely felt. For me, the blessing of knowing HIM despite my upbringing astounds me. He chose me! And I pray every day that my family will follow Him too. Thank you.

  11. carylkane

    Well said, Kara! We must daily choose to be grateful. The Lord has blessed me with loving Pastors and church family. He has also given me dear friends that are true gems. 🙂

    Praying for you and your family as you transition in this season. ((((HUGS)))))

  12. Beth Erin

    Kara, I hope you are completely recovered from the nasty flu! Thank you so much for your heartfelt words.

    I’m so thankful for my husband and kids! Even when they drive me bonkers, I still have Jesus and he knows exactly how crazy I am 🙂

  13. Winnie Thomas

    I’m thankful we have so many wonderful CF authors that share their talents. I LOVE Kara’s books! They are sooooo much fun! I gush about them a lot! <3

    I'm blessed in so many ways, but the most important thing is my family. My husband, kids and grandkids are awesome, as are my extended family. I'm also blessed with amazing neighbors and friends (including lots of FB friends).

    My grandkids delight me. Last night my sweet little 4-year-old granddaughter, Ellianna sent me a FB message saying, "I love you, Grandma", then she started sending me stickers. I would send her one, and she'd send one back. We must have sent at least 50 each. It was so much fun, and my daughter said Ellie was giggling constantly.

  14. Bonnie Roof

    The blessings of trials for me have always been the lessons I’ve learned through them, the ability to better relate and reach out to people sharing the same trials, a closer relationship with God, and the peace that comes from trusting Him to work all things to my good.

  15. Pam Lunsford

    I am thankful I have two grown children who still want to hang out with me. Haha! Thankful for my mom and husband for taking care of me these past ten years. Also thankful for CF authors.

    • Carrie

      i have a husband who takes care of me, too, Pam. Something that I won’t take for granted anymore <3

  16. Pam K.

    I live alone, am on the upper edge of middle age, am somewhat low income, and have almost nil fix-it skills. So, when things go wrong at my house, like the garage door opener failing a week ago, I have to humble myself and ask for help. The blessings come in when my church family responds. I put a request for help on our church women’s Facebook page. Then I pray and wait. I am learning it is really kind of fun to see who God has respond with help for me. It never would have occurred to me to ask them for help, but I sure appreciate it when they do.

    • Carrie

      i love that perspective, Pam – of waiting to see how God responds & who He uses. Such a blessing!

  17. Liz

    I was single for a long LONG time, but God blessed me with a husband more wonderful than I could have imagined (even though it took a lot longer than I wanted it to!).

  18. Melissa M.

    I have a great many blessings! My family is a big one–though my father died 10 years ago, I have a great Mom living, as well as many siblings. The biggest blessing of all is God’s great love and saving grace through Jesus!

  19. Connie Scruggs

    Strangely enough, having RA has brought me some blessings. (Also some things I’m not as thankful for, but I try not to focus on those.)
    I’ve always been sympathetic to other peoples struggles, but now I can be empathetic also. I can understand and listen to friends, and sometimes strangers :), when they need to talk. I also think it’s made me more patient.
    I am not exactly thankful for RA, but I am thankful for the ways it has changed me. And I’m thankful for all the advances that have been made over the years that have provided me with great quality medical care and treatment. And I’m thankful for a wonderful, caring doctor.

    • Carrie

      yes, Connie, I can totally relate to this! What can easily be seen as a curse, God has a way of turning into a sweet blessing, doesn’t He?

  20. Margaret Marcy

    I am thankful for my two children and a loving husband who mean the world to me. As well as an amazing job at my local library that I am so blessed to have.

  21. Brittaney B

    I am thankful for authors who create a world that seems real, with characters who feel like friends. Also, because historical fiction is my favorite genre, I am thankful for the detailed research that these authors do which help me learn while reading!

    • Carrie

      isn’t it amazing how much you can learn from reading fiction, thanks to all their wonderful research? 🙂

  22. Julie Jobe

    My children and my husband are my blessings. The changes God brings about in me when I do go through tougher times and struggles are also my blessings and things I can look back on and remember He came through then and He’ll do it again. It reminds me that there’s purpose in what He allows to happen in my life and I know that He can redeem anything for His glory.

  23. DeAnna Dodson

    So glad you and your family are okay, Kara! Bless you all!

    I’m in the middle of Can’t Help Falling, and I’m loving it so far. The ex-girlfriend has just made her appearance. Ooooh!

    As a Narniac, I can’t wait to see how this turns out.

    Any more literature-inspired stories in the works?

    • Kara Isaac

      Hi DeAnna! So glad you’re enjoying it – Sabrina was fun to write 🙂 There isn’t at the moment. I’m trying to work out where one goes after Tolkien and Lewis so if you have any ideas feel free to send them my way! M agent does have two other book proposals but neither of them have a literary theme. Also, I only signed a two-book contract and my publisher is waiting to see how CTY and CHF do with readers before they make a decision about another contract *chews nails*.

      • DeAnna Dodson

        I know how you feel. I’m finishing up the last book of my second three-book contract (under my Julianna Deering pen name). Will that be all? I don’t know. I guess it depends on how the books do in the near future. Yes, it’s agonizing. But what a great opportunity!

        I can’t wait to see what you do next. I’m not that much of a contemporary reader (I much prefer historicals!), but I couldn’t resist the Tokien and Lewis tie-ins, and your books are so tasty in and of themselves. Here’s to more! 😀

  24. Heidi Robbins

    My husband and I knew that we wouldn’t be able to get pregnant but after six years of marriage we adopted our first daughter, then seven years after that adopted another girl! We feel so blessed even after dealing with the heartache of infertility.

  25. BHriv

    Thankful that I’m able to be a stay-at-home-mom with my children 24/7…it’s a blessing in so many ways, but then again…I’m with my children 24/7…;) Soooo…that’s where my get-away in Christian fiction comes in…my blessing is my children, my getaway as needed is books by awesome Christian authors 🙂 Thanks to you and others like you!!

  26. Cindy Shaffer

    I am blessed to have healthy kids, that my husband works so I can stay home and homeschool, that my older kids away from home have phones and we can easily keep in contact.

  27. Camilla Cruz Uphaven

    I am blessed that God can make “beauty for ashes” and He makes “All things work together for good…” He strengthens us in our weakness as we lean on Him. He gives joy, hope, encouragement, and strength as we face our challenges with faith and confidence in His faithfulness, goodness, power, and love.

  28. Terrill Rosado

    My husband struggles with PTSD and there were a few years when our kids were in grade school/middle school that he had to be hospitalized a few times. During that same time, I was homeschooling and then found out I had a tumor. Needless to say, it was a very stressful time and took a toll on everyone.

    What I’m thankful for is – a nearly 18 year old daughter and 15 year old son who have been strengthened by these circumstances and are now bold and courageous young adults. After my daughter graduates this year, she will be leaving for 9 months with YWAM – beginning her goal of world traveler, but doing it for the Lord. It is truly a blessing to see how God uses trials to shape us into the followers He intended us to be.

  29. Jan Hall

    I am blessed to have my father as a wonderful example. I am blessed to have family and friends who have lifted me up in prayer since the death of my husband.

  30. Kathryn Voss

    Jesus and my family are the greatest gifts – especially in the hard times. I’m so thankful for them!

  31. Tina Radcliffe

    My life is a blessing. I am alive. Anything after that is really gravy. I have a list of people I pray for a mile long. When you open your prayer journal and realize how some folks are literally fighting for their life on a daily basis. You know how blessed you are. After ten years as an oncology nurse I take nothing for granted.

  32. Melissa Romine

    I am blessed with still having my mom around! She has always prayed for me – as a child, as a teen, as an adult, as a mom. She also taught me how important prayer is in my life. It’s the way I get through many difficult times!

  33. Donna B

    I have many blessings including family and friends. I have been dealing with health issues for several years and have been blessed to have my needs met even though I’m unable to work.

  34. JACKIE MCNUTT

    I have had several major setbacks this year in my health and other areas but I am thankful for the blessings of faith, family and the gift of life.

    • Carrie

      God is good to give us blessings even during the tough times, isn’t He? Praying for you, Jackie! <3

  35. Lucy Reynolds

    My greatest blessings is my husband with whom I face all the difficulties life throws at us.

  36. Becky Smith

    My husband, my children, and my grandchildren are my biggest blessings – besides being able to see so I can read books!

  37. Rachael

    It’s truly a blessing and comfort to be able to look back and see that the Lord has ALWAYS been faithful–in both small things and big–and that whatever the circumstance, He will continue to be.

  38. Dana Michael

    Life is so hard and it is so hard to be thankful during those times. That’s why I think the Bible says to give a sacrifice of Praise. To be grateful and praise the Lord when you don’t feel like it. Just do it any way.

  39. Karen

    I’m grateful for my family, even when they drive me crazy. I can’t imagine being a part of a family that doesn’t talk to each other or get along. My siblings and I still talk and text regularly, and my husband, daughter, and I have so much fun together as a family too!

  40. Bekah

    Love what Kara said! Keeping 1 Thessalonians 5:18 in my favorite verse pile. Well, I’ve had some setbacks with school and work, but I’m grateful for this flexible period in my life where I am able to spend time with my family, friends, and loved ones! I’ve been able to go on spontaneous trips and do so many wonderful things this year because I have three part-time jobs instead of a conventional full-time one. I need to remember to be more grateful for this season of my life instead of constantly stressing over where I could be. 🙂

    • Carrie

      that’s a great perspective, Bekah! And who knows what awesome job God is preparing you for through these three part-time ones! 😀

  41. Rachael Merritt

    Can’t have children, but adopted our beautiful Abby!! An amazing miracle I wouldn’t change!

  42. Kirsten Rinehart

    One of my favorite blessings is my 6 younger siblings that the Lord has graciously put in my life. Even though we fight, we always know that we will stand up for each other.

  43. Kelly Blackwell

    Oh there are so many blessings. About two years ago the radio ministry I was working for had the horrible news that we were closing and all our assets were being sold. We all were pretty freaked out but were grateful to have time and a job for however long the sale would take place. It was the worst and best at the same time as we all tried to support one another. My husband of course was a huge blessing during that time of uncertainty. My co-workers were incredible and great blessings. Our listeners were outstanding blessings as they too prayed for all of us. God provides.

  44. Nancy M

    So much to be thankful for. Scripture tells us to be thankful in all things. So I’ll say my salvation. It’s my foundation of thankfulness. Jesus. I build upon everything else. Even when life is extremely difficult I can always be thankful for Jesus.

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