Monday, July 16, 2018

Roaring Deals: Week of July 16th

Prime Day Deals!

Golden Valley Romance series, by Liz Isaacson

Eight cowboys and the women who can keep them warm in the snowy Montana winters... The complete Gold Valley Romance series, all in one collection!

Liz Isaacson is known for her clean romance stories.

NOTE: The Amazon title says that the series is 7 books, but the Amazon description that follows lists 8 titles.

Get the ENTIRE 8-book series for only 99 cents! WOW.


Unnatural Exposure, by Patricia Cornwell

Kay Scarpetta finds herself pitted against a possible bioterrorist in this suspense-filled read from #1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Cornwell.

When a woman turns up dismembered in a landfill, Scarpetta initially suspects the work of a serial killer she’s been tracking. But her investigation turns far more dangerous when she realizes the victim’s skin is covered in an unusual rash—and Scarpetta herself may have just been exposed to a deadly virus.

Sale price: $1.99


Kindle Paperwhite

(For Ebook Fans, and You ARE an E-book Fan, Right?)

Save 40% on Prime Day: Get a Paperwhite for $79.

To compare the Paperwhite with other Kindle e-readers (like my personal favorite, the Oasis) and to decide which is best for you, CLICK HERE.


Kindle Fire HD Tablet

If you prefer reading on a tablet rather than an e-reader, you may want a Kindle Fire HD.

The Fire has a 10.1" screen, 32 GB, and it's Alexa-enabled (that's the voice you ask questions of with the Echosee below!).

Prime Day slashes the price by 33%:
$99 instead of $149.


For Audio Book Fans: The Amazon Echo and Echo Dot

These smart devices can do so many things (play music, control the lights in your house, remind you to do things, save and add to your shopping list, and on and on), but one of the favorite things to do with them in our house is listen to Audible audio books.

The Echo remembers where in the book you are on your phone, so you can switch devices and stay in the same spot. You can tell it to stop in thirty minutes as your drift off to sleep, or you can increase the volume, back up thirty seconds, and more.

Prime Day sales: 
Echo Dot (not as powerful speakers) for only $29
That's 40% off. 
(Echo Dots usually retail for about $50, about the same as a Google Home Mini.)

Get the Echo Generation 2 for $69.
That's less than half of what our first Echo cost, and it's 30% off the current retail price!


always, by Sarah Jio

"A gripping novel about the kind of love that never lets go, and the heart’s capacity to remember, from the New York Times bestselling author of Blackberry Winter and The Violets of March"

“[Sarah] Jio’s novel is a fantastic read that explores the world of lost love in a poignant and beautiful way, while still being light and easy to digest. The protagonist is one whom readers can relate to. . . . Jio’s tale also beautifully blends stories from both the past and the present. . . . It’s a great read and comes with high recommendations.” —RT Book Reviews

Sale price: $1.99


Zaremba: Or Love and the Rule of Law, by Michelle Granas

An Amazon bestseller in World Literature and Eastern European Literature

Cordelia is disabled and painfully shy but none of that matters when a stranger desperately needs her help. Shaken out of a routine that centers on caring for her odd family in Warsawher father is an academic with no life skills, her brother never leaves the villa, and her mother has dementiashe is forced to act. Zaremba, a wealthy businessman, is fleeing arrest when he stops to save her father's life. Cordelia is grateful but wary. Is he truly being persecuted or is he deceiving her? Agreeing to aid him plunges her into new realms of emotion. When he disappears, she must gather all her courage and pursue the truth. Contains no graphic sex or violence.

Zaremba sale price: 99 cents.


Andrew Carnegie's Maid, by Marie Benedict

From the author of The Other Einstein, the mesmerizing tale of what kind of woman could have inspired an American dynasty.

Clara Kelley is not who they think she is. She's not the experienced Irish maid who was hired to work in one of Pittsburgh's grandest households. She's a poor farmer's daughter with nowhere to go and nothing in her pockets. But the other woman with the same name has vanished, and pretending to be her just might get Clara some money to send back home.

If she can keep up the ruse, that is. Serving as a lady's maid in the household of Andrew Carnegie requires skills he doesn't have, answering to an icy mistress who rules her sons and her domain with an iron fist.

On sale for $1.99.


Scandinavia: A History, by Ewan Butler

The dramatic story of Scandinavia: from its earliest Germanic origins and Viking sea raids to its battles for independence and its involvement in World War II. Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden, writes award-winning historian Ewan Butler writes, struggled through unions and separations, with both outsiders and each other, developing their own personalities and languages yet retaining their ancient connections.

Scandinavia sale price: $2.99


30 Sleep Hack for New Parents by Karen Kostohris

Oh, what I would have given for this book when my kids were little!

From the description:  This is a VERY PRACTICAL, HANDS-ON Survival Guide for parents - packed with ideas and proven tips and tricks from an experienced postpartum doula and mother of 5. If you have a newborn or are expecting a baby, this guidebook will be a game-changer for your family's sleep! It is a very quick and easy read - no "heady" or lengthy background information but very practical and useful information that you can apply today!

Sleep Hacks sale price: $3.99


Amazon's Audible Romance Package

Amazon has a new program for voracious readers, this time specifically romance fans. 

For about five bucks a month, subscribers get unlimited access to thousands of romance books. 

Search them by your favorite author, romance sub-genre, and even character (usually hero) type.


Regular disclaimer: If I find new deals throughout the week after the post has gone live, I'll update it and note anything new. As always, the responsibility to confirm any price before purchase is up to the reader. Titles listed in deals posts may or may not be ones I've read, and determining what books are right for you, including any content issues, is also the reader's responsibility. Posts include Amazon affiliate links. 

Monday, July 09, 2018

Roaring Deals: Week of July 9th

Weekly deals—AND A GIVEAWAY!

Regular disclaimer: If I find new deals throughout the week after the post has gone live, I'll update it and note anything new. As always, the responsibility to confirm any price before purchase is up to the reader. Titles listed in deals posts may or may not be ones I've read, and determining what books are right for you, including any content issues, is also the reader's responsibility. Posts include Amazon affiliate links. 

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Enter to win THREE of my books: 

SPIRES OF STONE (a romantic comedy, a retelling of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing set in the American West)

THE NEWPORT LADIES BOOK CLUB: PAIGE (My first novel in the co-written series; it can be read alone. Romantic women's fiction.) 

SONG BREAKER: A retelling of a Nordic fairy tale from the Finnish Kalevala.


(1) LIKE my Facebook page or FOLLOW me on Instagram.

(Do both for an increased chance of winning!)

(2) LIKE the giveaway post on the social media account you're following. 
Here's the post on my Facebook page.
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Nothing else is required to enter, but you can get an additional entry by tagging a friend in the comments of either post.

Winner will be announced by Saturday, July 14. Winner must contact me with a valid U.S. shipping address within one week of the announcement, or the prize is forfeited. Not sponsored or endorsed by Facebook or Instagram. All risk is assumed by the entrant. Decisions are final. And any other disclaimer I forget to add. :) See my complete post of policies on my website.


And now for this week's deals! 


The Woodcutter, by Kate Danley

From the description: Deep within the Wood, a young woman lies dead. Not a mark on her body. No trace of her murderer. Only her chipped glass slippers hint at her identity.

The Woodcutter, keeper of the peace between the Twelve Kingdoms of Man and the Realm of the Faerie, must find the maiden’s killer before others share her fate. Guided by the wind and aided by three charmed axes won from the River God, the Woodcutter begins his hunt, searching for clues in the whispering dominions of the enchanted unknown.

Blending magic, heart-pounding suspense, and a dash of folklore, The Woodcutter is an extraordinary retelling of the realm of fairy tales.


The Munich Girl, by Phyllis Edgerly Ring

From the description: 

Anna Dahlberg grew up eating dinner under her father’s war-trophy portrait of Eva Braun. Fifty years after the war, she discovers what he never did — that her mother and Hitler’s mistress were friends. Plunged into the world of the ''ordinary'' Munich girl who was her mother’s confidante — and a tyrant’s lover — Anna uncovers long-buried secrets and unknown reaches of her heart, to reveal the enduring power of love in the legacies that always outlast war.


Before I Let You Go, by Kelly Rimmer

From the description:

The 2:00 a.m. call is the first time Lexie Vidler has heard her sister’s voice in years. Annie is a drug addict, a thief, a liar—and in trouble, again. Lexie has always bailed Annie out, given her money, a place to sleep, sent her to every kind of rehab. But this time, she’s not just strung out—she’s pregnant and in premature labor. If she goes to the hospital, she’ll lose custody of her baby—maybe even go to prison. But the alternative is unthinkable.

As the weeks unfold, Lexie finds herself caring for her fragile newborn niece while her carefully ordered life is collapsing around her. In court-ordered rehab, Annie attempts to halt her downward spiral by confronting long-buried secrets from the sisters’ childhoods, ghosts that Lexie doesn’t want to face.

Before I Let You Go is on sale for $1.99.


FreeTime Unlimited for Kids

Amazon has a new program that I so wish they'd had when my kids were little: kid-friendly games, books, apps, and shows across devices for a single annual membership. Even better, they offer content in three age groups (ages 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12).

Right now, Prime memberships can get FreeTime subscriptions for $2.99/month or less.

Click here to check it out and get a free one-month trial.


Whisper Me This, by Kerry Anne King

A phone call blows apart the precarious balance of single mother Maisey's life. Her mother is in a coma, and her aging father faces charges of abuse and neglect.

Back at her childhood home, Maisey must make a heartrending life-or-death decision. Her confused father has destroyed family records, including her mother’s final wishes. Searching for answers, Maisey uncovers one unspeakable secret after another when she stumbles upon a shattering truth: a twin sister named Marley.

Maisey’s obsession with solving the mystery of her sister forces her to examine her darkest memories and triggers a custody battle with Elle’s father. 

(This is a pre-order. Book releases on August 1.)


The Aliso Creek 5-book Series, by Heather B. Moore


The five titles in this romance series is on sale right now for only 99 cents each.

Or click on the individual titles below: 


If you're aware of a deal I've missed, let me know!
And if you're an author with a book on sale, drop me a line with the details. I just might feature it! 

Monday, July 02, 2018

Roaring Deals: Week of July 2

Weekly deals below! 



Weekly disclaimer: If I find new deals throughout the week, I'll update this post and note anything new. As always, the responsibility to confirm any price before purchase is up to you. Titles listed in deals posts may or may not be ones I've read, and determining what books are right for you, including any content issues, is also your responsibility. Post includes Amazon affiliate links. 

NEW DEAL: The Captive, by Julie Coulter Bellon

An American diplomat is kidnapped. A former Navy SEAL and the daughter of a notorious Algerian negotiator are sent in to rescue him. What could go wrong?

This RONE finalist for Best Suspense is the first book in the Griffin Force series of romantic thrillers, and it's on sale right now for only 99 cents.

Get it here.


NEW DEAL: The Aliso Creek 5-book Series, by Heather B. Moore

Each title in the series is on sale right now for only 99 cents.

Or click on the individual titles below: 


A Timeless Romance Anthology: Summer in New York

This collection contains SIX clean romance stories, all set during summer in the Big Apple. 

Featured authors: Janette Rallison, Heather B. Moore, Luisa Perkins, Sarah M. Eden, Annette Lyon, and Lisa Mangum.

Sale dates: July 2 - 6 (Monday through Friday)

Click here to get it on sale for 99 cents.


Fractured Sea

Fairy tale re-tellings are so much fun, and this volume has four of them, all based on Hans Christian Andersen's classic The Little Mermaid

The authors: Jo Schneider, Adrienne Monson, Teri Harman, and Lehua Parker. (Isn't the cover gorgeous?)

The book will launch on August 31, selling for $4.99.

Pre-order it now for only 99-cents.


The Viscount's Rose, by USA Today bestselling author Meara Platt

From the book description: 

Abducting your best friend's brother is never a good idea. Unfortunately, Rose Farthingale has no choice.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding meets Pride and Prejudice in this laugh-out-loud, romantic Regency romp. This is a stand alone book. The Farthingale series can be in any order. 

Regular price: $3.99

Get is now for 99 cents here.


The Shop on Main, by Kay Correll

The first in a sweet romance series featuring three friends as they navigate the heartaches and triumphs of love and life in the small Southern town of Comfort Crossing.

From the description: Bella Amaud is desperate when she learns her business and the home she lives in with her two boys are about to be whisked out from under her. As she scrambles to maintain her fragile financial security and independence, she fears she may lose more than just The Shop on Main and her home.

Nothing is working out like Bella planned—she finds out the man she is falling for, Owen Campbell, is the businessman at the center of all her problems.

Regular Kindle price: $3.99. 

Get it here for FREE.


One Last Dance, by Eileen Goudge

A shocking murder forces a family to come to terms with its past.

When three sisters return home for their parents’ fortieth wedding anniversary, they hardly expect to be confronted with murder. Their father is dead, and their mother was found with the smoking gun. As she goes on trial they struggle to solve the mystery of why their mother, a seemingly devoted wife, would murder their father in cold blood, uncovering family secrets that threaten to tear them all apart and confronting their own unhappiness along the way.

Get it here for $1.99.


If you know of a deal I've missed, let me know!

And if you're an author with a book on sale, drop me a line with the details. 
I just might feature it! 

Monday, June 25, 2018

Roaring Deals: Week of June 25

For the last couple of weeks, I've posted e-book sales here, and readers appear to appreciate them, so I plan on continuing them! 

I do my best to keep the prices updated, but it's the reader's responsibility to confirm the price of any book before purchase to be sure a deal hasn't expired. 


UPDATE 6/27!!! Once Upon a Time Travel, by Sariah Wilson

I was just made aware of a price drop on Sariah Wilson's Once Upon a Time Travel, which is currently a #1 bestseller. 

Her work is fun romance that you can feel comfortable handing to your teenagers.

The Loring-Abbott Series Box Set, by Elizabeth Johns

This collection of Regency romances includes FIVE full-length books for only $3.99. (That's about 80 cents per book!)

Readers may recognize Elizabeth's name, as she has participated in some of the Timeless Romance Anthology collections: A Season in London and The Orient Express.

Snag this 5-book collection for $3.99 on Amazon.

Yes, Please, by Amy Poehler

From the description: In her first book, one of our most beloved funny folk delivers a smart, pointed, and ultimately inspirational read. Full of the comedic skill that makes us all love Amy, Yes Please is a rich and varied collection of stories, lists, poetry (Plastic Surgery Haiku, to be specific), photographs, mantras and advice.

NOTE: This title is on sale in the Google Play store. You can easily download Google's reading app, Play Books, and read on your phone, tablet, or computer. 

Sale price: $2.99

The Devil Wears Prada, by Lauren Weisberger

The basis for the popular movie of the same name, starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway.

"A delightfully dishy novel about the all-time most impossible boss in the history of impossible bosses."

Get for for $1.99 on Amazon.

Seabiscuit, by Laura Hillenbrand

#1 New York Times bestseller, a universal underdog story, and the inspiration for the movie.

"Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail. Three men changed Seabiscuit’s fortunes."

Get it on Amazon for $1.99.

All the Breaking Waves, by Kerry Lonsdale

"From the bestselling author of Everything We Keep comes a gripping tale of long-buried secrets, the strength of forgiveness, and the healing power of returning home for good.

After a harrowing accident tore her family apart, Molly Brennan fled from the man she loved and the tragic mistake she made."

This book has a bit of magical realism, which I enjoyed.

Sale price: $1.99 on Amazon

A Brief History of Time, by Stephen Hawking

From the book description:

"Told in language we all can understand, A Brief History of Time plunges into the exotic realms of black holes and quarks, of antimatter and 'arrows of time," of the big bang and a bigger God—where the possibilities are wondrous and unexpected. With exciting images and profound imagination, Stephen Hawking brings us closer to the ultimate secrets at the very heart of creation."

Deal price: $2.99

Pride and Precipitation, by Heather Horrocks

A fun, PG-rated romantic comedy about a meteorologist, the diva who takes her on-air slot, and the clashes with the new station manager.

Written by a USA Today bestselling author, this is the first book in the Chick Flick Clique series.

Get Pride and Precipitation for FREE on Amazon.

Heart of Clay, by Shanna Hatfield

Will love be enough to overcome deception and betrayal? 

This book is a sweet contemporary Western romance, and the first title in the The Women of Tenacity series.

FREE on Amazon.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Timeless Romance Deal Alert: Updated 6/21!

First off, don't miss the two giveaways hosted by I Am a Reader:

Here's the $100 giveaway.

And here's the $25 giveaway on my spotlight.

Now for the sales:

The California Dreamin' Collection

This anthology features romance stories by me, Heather B. Moore, Sarah M. Eden, Shannon Guyman, Kaylee Baldwin, and Jennifer Moore.

Each story has a California theme, yet they're all so different from one another that they're all fresh and fun.

It's on sale this week for only 99 cents! 

This price is good through Friday, June 22nd.

Get your copy here

Talking as Fast as I Can, by Lauren Graham

Memoir by Gilmore Girls star Lauren Graham is on sale for $2.99. No idea how long the sale will lost. This is a must-read!

Find the sale here.


Janette Rallison has a new volume out that has two novellas inside: My Fair Lacey and A Perfect Fit. They're both classic Janette. Her fans will love both!

It's on sale briefly for 99 cents.

Get it here.

Her Big Fat Dreamy Billionaire Ex

This one comes from New York Times bestseller Victorine Lieske.

Get it for only 99 cents

Love Unexpected, by G. G. Vandagriff

Read it for FREE with Kindle Unlimited or purchase it for $2.99

Find it on Amazon here.

As always, be sure to double check the price before purchase to be sure the sale for any given title hasn't expired. 


Sunday, June 10, 2018

E-Book Sale Alerts!

I've found some awesome e-book deals that are going on, many through June. 

Be sure to check the price before purchase, as some of the sales may end earlier. 


Princess of the Midnight Ball, by Jessica Day George

Jessica is such a great writer, and she kicked off a series of fairy-tale retellings with this book, a new twist on "The Twelve Dancing Princesses."

Regular e-book price: $7.99
Sale price: $1.99

Get Princess of the Midnight Ball here.

Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow, by Jessica Day George

It's never fair to pick a favorite book by an author, but this one just may be my favorite by Jessica,
and that's because it's a re-telling of a Nordic myth and that it's set in Norway. (For readers who don't know, I have a big Scandinavian & Norse heritage!)

This one is based on "East o’ the Sun, West o’ the Moon," about the Polar Bear King.

Side note: Shortly after finishing reading it, I just knew I had to write a retelling of my own, based on a Finnish fairy tale. So I did, with Song Brekaer.

Regular e-book price: $7.99
Sale price: $1.99

Get Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow here.

The Hundredth Queen series by Emily R. King

If you haven't heard of Emily's books, you're not alone; she burst onto the
scene about a year ago. But you will be alone soon if you haven't read her work. She's a rising star, and her writing is gorgeous.

The first two books in her series, The Hundredth Queen and The Fire Queen are both on sale.

Bonus: If you buy the Kindle version, the audio edition is available for only another $1.99.

Get them here: 

The Hundredth Queen

The Fire Queen 

When (not if) you're hooked, here are the third and fourth books in the series: 

The Rogue Queen                             The Warrior Queen

If you're a romance fan, you'll want to snag these titles while they're discounted: 

Drops of Gold, by Sarah M. Eden

This one is so good. It grapples with postpartum depression in a time when no one fully understood it, and before it really had a name.

But the book is about finding joy and happiness (those drops of gold!).

E-book sale price: $1.99

Get Drops of Gold here.

A Timeless Regency Anthology: Summer House Party 
Featuring novellas by Regina Scott, Donna Hatch, & Sarah M. Eden

The Regency romance novellas in this collection are significantly longer than the typical Timeless Romance Anthology volumes.

Each story centers around, per the title, a summer house party.

These three authors are excellent!

Get Summer House Paerty here.

Sweeter Than Any Dream, by Annette Lyon

This story is reminiscent of L. M. Montgomery's The Blue Castle. It's set in the Regency period (roughly a century before The Blue Castle), so fans of Jane Austen and the Regency period itself, along with fans of L. M. Montgomery (most famous for Anne of Green Gables) will enjoy this one.

The sale on this one is shorter, lasting only from June 10 - June 14.

Regular e-book price: $2.99

Sale price thru June 14th: $1.99

Get Sweeter Than Any Dream Here.

Happy summer reading! 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Love Never Vanishes: Moroni 7 in Finnish

On a recent social media post, I shared some verses from the Book of Mormon that struck me in Finnish more than they ever had in English. I promised to explain, so this is a bit of that.

I think one of many reasons that the Finnish speaks to me in scripture is that while the text is, for the most part, more formal Finnish than you’d hear in casual conversation, it is still modern Finnish. Written Finnish is relatively new, historically speaking, while the English of the Book of Mormon is more like the King James Bible, which was published some 400 years ago, so the language and sentence structure is more in line with what you’d find in a Shakespeare play.

Add to that the fact of words’ meanings changing even in the last 200 years, and you’ve got a situation where the English won’t necessarily be as clear or powerful to the 21st century reader.

Finnish as a language tends to be direct and to the point. Some would call it blunt. Combine that clarity with modern language, and for me, that equates greater understanding.

One small example: When I first began reading the Book of Mormon in Finnish, I was surprised at how often a verse began with the word “katso” (“look”). Then I glanced at the English and realized that “behold” was in the English at those same spots.

And yes, “behold” does means “look,” but I’d never thought of it as an instruction. I’d seen the old-fashioned English word so many times that it had become almost invisible, a transition word that really didn’t mean anything.

Now, “behold” means something different to me: that the writer wants the reader to pay attention, and they’re saying something important. “Look!”

A caveat: I am not an expert in Finnish. While I attended public school in Helsinki for three years and became pretty fluent, that was over 30 years ago, and only in the last year or so have I really be studying to reclaim the language. The translations and notes below are my personal understanding. A native, or anyone with a better handle on the language, might disagree with my interpretations.

Moroni 7

The passage I quoted in the social media post is near the end of the Book of Mormon, written by Mormon’s son, Moroni. Some of the wording mirrors what Paul taught in 1 Corinthians 13:4–10. We’ll be looking at the English and Finnish of Moroni Chapter 7, verses 44–48.

Verse 44

In English:
If so, his faith and hope is vain, for none is acceptable before God, save the meek and lowly in heart; and if a man be meek and lowly in heart, and confesses by the power of the Holy Ghost that Jesus is the Christ, he must needs have charity; for if he have not charity he is nothing; wherefore he must needs have charity.

Breaking it down: English first, Finnish next, then my alternate translations/notes:

If so, his faith and hope is vain, for none is acceptable before God,
Muuten hänen uskonsa ja toivonsa on turhaa, sillä kukaan ei ole otollinen Jumalan edessä,

“None is” is translated as “kukaan ei ole” (“no one is”), which makes perfect sense. Moroni is clearly talking about people, not things. To me, “no one” sounds more personal than “none is.”

“Acceptable” is translated at “otollinen,” which also means “favorable.”

Before God
Jumalan edessä

The Finnish feels like we’re talking about being physically in front of God, facing him on His throne—again, it feels personal. Literally, it’s almost “in God’s front.” It implies a close physical proximity. The English certainly can mean the same thing, but the same English phrase could also refer to God’s view or opinion about someone.

To me, this section says that only those who are capable of withstanding God’s glory will be able to stand in front of Him. If we aren’t found “favorable,” we won’t be there.

Up next, we learn the qualities of those who will be able to stand in front of God:

save the meek and lowly in heart;
paitsi sydämeltään sävyisät ja nöyrät;
(Except for those into whose hearts are mild/tame/even-tempered and meek/humble)

The Finnish flips the phrasing, putting the heart (sydän) first instead of last and conjugating the word as roughly “into the heart,” specifically referring to a singular third person (he/she). Finnish has one third person pronoun, “hän,” and all singular third person endings are the same, so this could refer to any individual.

That gender-neutral pronoun, “hän,” is similar to “one” in English, except that it’s used in everyday conversation, which, of course, “one” isn’t.

The verse so far says to me that those who can stand before God are those who bring into their hearts the qualities of being mild, meek, and humble.

and if a man be meek and lowly in heart,
ja jos ihminen on sydämeltään sävyisä ja nöyrä
(And if a person takes into their hearts mildness and meekness)

No matter how often you remember that “man” in scripture refers to all human beings, it’s a nice reminder when it's translated as “a person” (“ihminen”).

Then we return to the third person singular individual: if a person has the qualities of mildness, meekness, and humility in their heart . . .
and confesses by the power of the Holy Ghost that Jesus is the Christ,
ja tunnustaa Pyhän Hengen voimasta, että Jeesus on Kristus,
(And acknowledges, with the Holy Spirit’s power, that Jesus is the Christ,)

The Finnish word for “confess” is “tunnustaa,” which, yes, does mean “confess.” But it can also mean “acknowledge” or “recognize.” 

I suppose, “confess” can mean those things in English, too, but I hadn’t thought of the word in those terms. To me, “confess” has some baggage in English, making that statement feel forced or somehow shameful on the part of the person saying it.

“Tunnustaa” is also related to “tuntua,” which means “feel.” So individuals will not only be acknowledging Jesus, but they will also feel that He is their Christ.

Another element here is how English does a weird thing with the word “of.” So often, we lose the concept of ownership and instead just have two things that are closely related. In this case, “the power of the Holy Ghost” puts Spirit at a distance for me, as if the power is something out in the universe somewhere in an unknown nebula or something.

However, saying, as it does in Finnish, “the Holy Ghost’s power” suddenly makes me picture something new and different, something more, well, powerful. Many languages use the regular possessive in situations like this (for example, The Book of Mormon is translated as Mormon’s Book). In cases like this, I prefer that construction.

Let’s combine the two concepts (first, acknowledging Christ and second, doing so with Holy Ghost’s power): In Finnish, I get the sense that acknowledging Christ is something that takes strength. Perhaps this means actually seeing Him, being in His presence, as we acknowledge that he is our personal Savior.

In that case, it would make sense that we’d need heavenly power, that from the Holy Ghost, to withstand Christ’s glory to make such an acknowledgment.

he must needs have charity; for if he have not charity he is nothing; wherefore he must needs have charity.

hänellä täytyy olla rakkautta, sillä ellei hänellä ole rakkautta, hän ei ole mitään; niinpä hänellä täytyy olla rakkautta.

(He must have love, for if he/she doesn’t have love, he/she is nothing; he/she needs to have love.)

The archaic English gets in the way here. Sure, we know that “he must needs have” means “he must have,” but having it stated so clearly in Finnish is a good reminder.

Also, remember that it’s not “he” in Finnish. It’s “hän” which can refer to any individual. We must all have charity.

The word “charity” in English, as we saw with “confess,” carries baggage that I don’t think was intended. In Finnish, it’s translated simply as “love.” It’s the same word you’d use when talking about a parent or child or your best friend, so it means a lot more than doing a big service project for people in another country. It’s caring for those directly in your sphere and loving them all in word and deed.

I love how “wherefore” is translated. It could have been simply “niin,” but instead, it’s “niinpä.” Those extra two letters (–pä) add urgency and emphasis to what comes next, almost saying, “No, really, you must have love. It’s a requirement. That’s just the way it is.”

Verse 45

Here’s where we get into the direct parallels with 1 Corinthians: defining and describing charity. Again, in Finnish, the word used is simply “love.”

And that fits for Latter-day Saints, because we believe that charity is the pure love of Christ—a definition that comes from this passage in a bit. To me, swapping “charity” out and adding “love” helps emphasize that meaning.

Also note that each time something is listed as a characteristic that charity/love is not, the Finnish adds another emphasizing syllable. “Not” could be just “ei” here, but it’s “eikä,” making it roughly “also not” and with a “really, it’s not” sense.

I’m going to break this verse down phrase by phrase, with the English on top, the Finnish beneath, and my translation of the Finnish in parentheses after that, along with any other notes or thoughts.

And charity suffereth long
Ja rakkaus on pitkämielinen
(And love is long-minded)

and is kind
ja lempeä
(and kind/gentle)

and envieth not
eikä kadehdi
(doesn’t envy)

and is not puffed up
eikä pöyhkeile
(isn’t arrogant)

seeketh not her own
ei etsi omaansa
(doesn’t seek for his/her own)

This is another verse where the archaic English stands in the way of an otherwise clear meaning. The imagery of actively searching something out comes across clearer to me in the Finnish.

is not easily provoked
ei vihastu helposti
(doesn’t get angry easily)

thinketh no evil
ei ajattele pahaa
(doesn’t think bad things/of badness)

and rejoiceth not in iniquity
eikä iloitse vääryydestä
(doesn’t rejoice in unrighteousness)

but rejoiceth in the truth
vaan iloitsee totuudesta
(only rejoices in the truth)

beareth all things
kaiken se kestää
(everything, it endures)

The word “kestää” doesn’t have a simple English translation. It definitely means “endure,” but it means much more than that. When you “kestää,” you are holding on. You have strength.

Inanimate things can “kestää” (or not), too. If you’re walking over icy snow, and then suddenly it breaks and your boot goes through, the snow didn’t “kestää” under your weight. So “kestää” implies a strength and resilience that “endure” doesn’t.

believeth all things
kaiken se uskoo
(everything, it believes)

hopeth all things
kaiken se toivoo
(everything, it hopes for)

endureth all things
kaiken se kärsii 
(everything, it endures/suffers)

“Kärsii” implies pain, so while it does mean “endure,” it’s a different kind of endurance than the kind implied by “bearing” all things.

Verse 46

Wherefore, my beloved brethren,
Jos siis, rakkaat veljeni
(If so, my beloved brothers)

if ye have not charity, ye are nothing,
teillä ei ole rakkautta, te ette ole mitään,
(you don’t have love, you are nothing)

for charity never faileth.
sillä rakkaus ei koskaan katoa.
(for love doesn’t ever vanish/disappear)

This is one of my favorite parts. The LDS women’s organization, Relief Society, has “Charity never faileth” as its motto, which took on much greater meaning for me when I thought of it as “Love never vanishes/disappears.”

Wherefore, cleave unto charity,
Pitäkää sen vuoksi kiinni rakkaudesta,
(Hold on tight because of that to love)

which is the greatest of all,
joka on suurin kaikista,
(which is the greatest of all)

for all things must fail—
sillä kaiken täytyy kadota—
(for everything must vanish/disappear)

An interesting note: 1 Corinthians 13:8 in the King James Version of the Bible reads like this (emphasis mine): 
Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
Where in English we have “faileth” and “vanish away,” Finnish uses the same word: “katoa,” meaning “vanish away.” 

Love from God will never leave you alone. It will never disappear.

Verse 47

But charity is the pure love of Christ,
mutta aito rakkaus on Kristuksen puhdasta rakkautta,
(but authentic love is Christ’s clean/unpolluted/innocent love)

How cool is this one? This is the one time that the English “charity” isn’t translated directly as “love.” I imagine that’s because the next needs to be more specific; it’s distinguishing types of love.

And real, genuine, authentic love is Christ’s love. Christ’s love is clean and pure and innocent.

and it endureth forever
ja se kestää ikuisesti
(and it endures/lasts/holds on with strength eternally)

Remember what I said about “kestää”? We see it again here, and it means so much more than enduring with gritted teeth.
and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day,
ja kenellä sitä havaitaan olevan viimeisenä päivänä,
(And whoever is detected to have it on the last day)

it shall be well with him.
hänen käy hyvin.
(He/she will be well/good/fine.)

Verse 48

Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart,
Rukoilkaa siis, rakkaat veljeni, Isää koko sydämen voimalla,
(Pray then, my beloved brothers, to Father with your all of the heart’s power.)

Note that the -kaa added to the first word (“rukoila,” meaning “pray”) is another intensifier, making it an important instruction.

that ye may be filled with this love,
että täyttyisitte tällä rakkaudella,
(that you may be filled with this love)

which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ;
jonka hän on suonut kaikille Poikansa Jeesuksen Kristuksen tosi seuraajille;
(which he has bestowed to all His Son’s, Jesus Christ’s, followers)

that ye may become the sons of God;
että teistä tulisi Jumalan lapsia;
(that you may become God’s children)

Again with the possessive “of.” For me, if a sentence is put into regular possessive, it’s more powerful. I can become one of God’s children. Wow.

Also note that the Finnish says we may become God’s children. Not just sons.

that when he shall appear we shall be like him,
että me hänen ilmestyessään olisimme hänen kaltaisiaan
(that we, when he appears/is revealed, may be what in his likeness)

WOW AGAIN. We can be like Him when He appears! The Finnish “ilmestyessään” is more active, and can also mean “when he is revealed” Much more powerful for me. than merely appearing.

for we shall see him as he is;
sillä me saamme nähdä hänet sellaisena kuin hän on;
(for we’ll be able to see him in the way that he is)

Hard to explain why the Finnish affects me so much on this one, but it does; the idea that we’ll be able to see God as He actually is amazing—and it’s a reminder that our tiny mortal brains have no clue what God is really like. That whatever mortal blinders we’ve lived with will be removed, and we’ll be able to see eternity and God as they really are.

that we may have this hope;
että meillä olisi tämä toivo;
(that we may have this hope)

that we may be purified even as he is pure.
että meidät puhdistettaisiin niin kuin hän on puhdas.
(That we may be cleansed as he is clean)


Now for something rather vulnerable. (As if discussing my faith weren't already!) For anyone wanting to see the whole thing altogether, hear it, and/or follow along: Below is the full Finnish text of this passage as well as a recording of me reading the passage in Finnish.

44 Muuten hänen uskonsa ja toivonsa on turhaa, sillä kukaan ei ole otollinen Jumalan edessä, paitsi sydämeltään sävyisät ja nöyrät; ja jos ihminen on sydämeltään sävyisä ja nöyrä ja tunnustaa Pyhän Hengen voimasta, että Jeesus on Kristus, hänellä täytyy olla rakkautta, sillä ellei hänellä ole rakkautta, hän ei ole mitään; niinpä hänellä täytyy olla rakkautta.

45 Ja rakkaus on pitkämielinen ja lempeä eikä kadehdi eikä pöyhkeile, ei etsi omaansa, ei vihastu helposti, ei ajattele pahaa eikä iloitse vääryydestä vaan iloitsee totuudesta, kaiken se kestää, kaiken se uskoo, kaiken se toivoo, kaiken se kärsii.

46 Jos siis, rakkaat veljeni, teillä ei ole rakkautta, te ette ole mitään, sillä rakkaus ei koskaan katoa. Pitäkää sen vuoksi kiinni rakkaudesta, joka on suurin kaikista, sillä kaiken täytyy kadota—

47 mutta aito rakkaus on Kristuksen puhdasta rakkautta, ja se kestää ikuisesti; ja kenellä sitä havaitaan olevan viimeisenä päivänä, hänen käy hyvin.

48 Rukoilkaa siis, rakkaat veljeni, Isää koko sydämen voimalla, että täyttyisitte tällä rakkaudella, jonka hän on suonut kaikille Poikansa Jeesuksen Kristuksen tosi seuraajille; että teistä tulisi Jumalan lapsia; että me hänen ilmestyessään olisimme hänen kaltaisiaan, sillä me saamme nähdä hänet sellaisena kuin hän on; että meillä olisi tämä toivo; että meidät puhdistettaisiin niin kuin hän on puhdas. Aamen.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

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WHO: Annette Lyon, Nancy Campbell Allen, and Elizabeth Johns, the three authors included with Victorian romances in the collection.




Olivia Wallington is firmly established as a spinster, but that doesn’t stop her from dreaming about the perfect man. Ever since her father’s death, Olivia has been forced into seclusion by her mother. When her brother and his wife come for a visit, they discover the extent to which she lives under their mother’s thumb. 

With their help, Olivia sneaks out to attend a local ball, where she meets Edward Blakemoore. For a few divine moments, all of her dreams seem possible. But even someone like Mr. Blakemoore would be hard pressed to get past Mrs. Wallington’s fortress of protection—or past Olivia’s pride.



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