Sweet Like Jasmine is Named 2022 Christian Book Award Finalist by the ECPA!

By August 11, 2022 Leave a Comment

Dear Friends, I want to share some very exciting news to glorify what God has done, through your support and love!!

AWARDED BY The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA

“The Christian Book Award® program recognizes the highest quality in Christian books and Bibles and is among the oldest and most prestigious awards program in the religious publishing industry. Presented annually to the finest in Christian publishing since 1978, the Christian Book Award® program honors the “best of the year” in 12 categories.”

Earlier this summer, to my surprise – and to God’s glory and only because of YOUR support for this book’s release and ministry as an author –– I officially got the amazing news that my new book Sweet Like Jasmine has been selected as a finalist in the Memoir Category for this industry award!! Here are the finalists.

Who would have guessed that a little girl born in San Francisco Chinatown to a teenage mail-order bride from Hong Kong for a mother who was abandoned by a father who worked in a noodle-shop could ever publish a book about her stories of faith and the hope of the Gospel?  It is only by God’s amazing grace through your support of reading, gifting, buying and sharing about my book– writing reviews and recommending and inviting me to speak. It is only because we have this amazing connection as sisters in Christ, who are loved by the same Loving Savior Jesus, that you have opened your heart and been generous to support me.

Have you read Sweet Like Jasmine yet?  Pick up a copy for yourself or encourage a friend! Looking for a book club pick or small group study? Read it with other women in your book clubs!! The book is designed with discussion questions in each chatper to help women share their stories of faith and to encourage each other by exploring how a woman’s true worth and how God makes beauty out of brokenness!!

Check out reviews women shared here and hear how has encouraged them! Thank you for such kind reviews that bless my heart! To God be the glory! 

Thank you especially to my Patreon supporters who provide funds for this newsletter, the podcast, and my ministry as an author who keep me going. If you’ve been blessed by my ministry, I invite you to consider joining as a Patron! I’ll be doing a book club for Sweet Like Jasmine to read this book together with Patreon members in the summer! Learn more by clicking here.

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