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Wednesday, November 16, 2016


Dina Leiman holds an MA in professional writing from Regent University and a BA in communications with a minor in English from oral Roberts University.  Over the past twenty years, she has had opportunities to teach college writing and literature, as well as high-school and elementary classes in English, humanities, and fine arts.  She lives in Virginia with her husband and three children. She can be found online at

Will they trust God's call even when it leads to the most unexpected places?

Inspired by the vision of the young Lady Sapphira, Rosalind of Ipsworth joins a group of men, women, and children as a defender of the cross, seeking to free captives from prisons near Tripoli.  She'll gladly give herself to the cause, as she's haunted by a tragic mistake and feels she no longer deserves such joys as marriage and family might bring.

Sir Randel Penigree was reared to serve in the church but has always dreamt of protecting the innocent as a Templar knight.  Joining a crusade to escape humiliation at home, he finds himself drawn to Rosalind as they partner to train and protect a group of adolescents.  When faced with political intrigue and an unknown enemy bent on their destruction, they are forced to reconsider their priorities and the very nature of the God they serve.

My Thoughts:
I did not read the previous two books in Sleiman's Valiant Hearts series, but I sure wish I had! Courageous was an encouraging and inspiring book.  Sleiman gives readers a peek into the Crusades from the perspective of women and children.  She adeptly weaves into the story a picture of the importance of prayer and leaning on God for strength to journey through challenges and hope for personal restoration in grace.  The transformation of Rosalind and Sir Randel personally is worthy of the read alone and the developing romance between the two is icing on the cake!  Don't miss this series or this book in particular.

*I received a complimentary copy of the book and all opinions stated here are my own.

Happy Reading Ya'll,