Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Coming Soon...

More reviews will be forthcoming. Right now, I'm working my way through a family crisis.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Shadows on the Sand by Gayle Roper

Carrie Carter’s small cafĂ© in Seaside, New Jersey, is populated with a motley crew of locals … although Carrie only has eyes for Greg Barnes. He’s recovering from a vicious crime that three years ago took the lives of his wife and children—and from the year he tried to drink his reality away. While her heart does a happy Snoopy dance at the sight of him, he never seems to notice her, to Carrie’s chagrin.

When Carrie’s dishwasher is killed and her young waitress disappears, leaving only cryptic clues in her Sudoku book, Greg finds himself drawn into helping Carrie solve the mysteries … and into her life. But when Carrie’s own painful past becomes all too present, her carefully constructed world begins to sink.

Will the fragile relationship she’s built with Greg implode from the weight of the baggage they both carry.

My thoughts...

This is the first book by Gayle Roper I've read and I loved it! I read it in one day, it was that good. Roper is an excellent writer, she weaves her powerful characters into the storyline with ease and mystery.

This book has the right amount of romance and mystery, including a bit of tragedy. There is forgiveness and trust mixed in as well. Just a perfectly wonderful story.

The story of a girl who has been abused and neglected and finally gains the strength and courage to escape from that world. With her is her little sister. Their story will hold your interest.

I certainly hope there is a sequel in the works! I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

I received a copy of this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Wonder of Your Love by Beth Wiseman

Katie Ann lost the love of her life. Then God offers her a new beginning in Colorado.

Katie Ann Stolzfus lives in the small Amish community of Canaan, Colorado. At forty she is widowed and raising her first child. But baby Jonas will never know his father, and Katie Ann wonders if her Heavenly Father hasn't forgotten about her as well. Is it really God's plan for her to be a single parent?

Eli Detweiler has come to Canaan for a wedding and a long vacation. Having raised six children following the death of his young wife, Eli is finally an empty-nester. He's enjoying the slower pace of having no one to care for but himself.

When Katie Ann and Eli meet, there is an instant connection. Yet as strong as the attraction is, they both acknowledge that a romance would never work. He is done parenting, while she has just begun.

But as their friendship slowly blossoms into feelings that are as frightening as they are intoxicating, Katie Ann and Eli question if the plans they made for themselves are in line with God's plans.

Can Katie Ann entrust her heart to another man, and rediscover the wonder of God's love?

My thoughts...

Beth Wiseman's Land of Canaan series is a touching portrayal of Amish life. The characters she has created are interesting and enjoyable, people you would like to meet. I enjoy a book with great characters that come alive and make you feel as though you are right there with them.

The shame and pain Katie is feeling after discovering her deceased husband had been having an affair is described so well you feel it with her. God's love is the theme of the book, His love is amazing and the characters experience it over and over and want others to know Him and His love.

Overall a wonderful book. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

I received a copy of this book free from Booksnzzze in exchange for an honest review.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Living Beyond Your Feelings by Joyce Meyer

The average person has 70,000 thoughts every day, and many of those thoughts trigger a corresponding emotion. No wonder so many of us often feel like we're controlled by our emotions. Our lives would be much improved is we controlled them.

In LIVING BEYOND YOUR FEELINGS, Joyce Meyer examines the gamut of feelings that human beings experience. She discusses the way that the brain processes and stores memories and thoughts, and then - emotion by emotion - she explains how we can manage our reactions to those emotions. By doing that, she gives the reader a toolbox for managing the way we react to the onslaught of feelings that can wreak havoc on our lives.

In this book, Meyer blends the wisdom of the Bible with the latest psychological research and discusses: the 4 personality types and their influence on one's outlook, the impact of stress on physical and emotional health, the power of memories, the influence of words on emotions, anger & resentment, sadness, loss & grief, fear, guilt & regret, the power of replacing reactions with pro-actions, and the benefits of happiness.

My thoughts...

Meyer encourages people to not let your feelings determine how your day goes or how you make decisions, etc. Too many of us are living according to our feelings and as Christians we can't do that and live peacefully. Meyer says we must be careful what we say as our words effect us greatly. Our words impact our lives so speak positively and stop complaining and all negative talk.

Our choices can be difficult at times so don't be hasty, pray about them. Think positively. Don't let your feelings have a say!

Meyer brings in the 4 personality types... if you are choleric be careful you don't try to control people or situations. you are melancholy you tend to think a lot and want everything done a certain way. If you're phlegmatic, you tend to ignore things that should be confronted or get up and do something about that pile of laundry instead of just sitting in a chair. If you are the sanguine type you tend to be more serious and not very humorous. You become more balanced as you allow God to control your personality.

There are many interesting facts, lots of scripture to back up what she is saying. I enjoyed the book and highly recommend it. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

About the Author:
Joyce Meyer is one of the world's leading practical Bible teachers, with her TV and radio broadcast, Enjoying Everyday Life, airing on nearly 450 television networks and 400 radio stations worldwide, including ABC Family Channel, Trinity Broadcast Network, Daystar, and the Word Network.

Her bestselling books include Battlefield of the Mind, Look Great, Feel Great, The Confident Woman, Never Give Up! and Power Thoughts.

Joyce holds conferences approximately 15 times each year, worldwide, speaking to thousands.

Monday, September 26, 2011

A Lancaster County Christmas by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Jaime and C. J. Fitzpatrick began their married life as most couples do--in love and looking forward to a bright future together. But four years later they've drifted apart and are almost ready to call it quits.

Mattie Riehl was hoping to give her husband Sol the Christmas gift they have both longed for--news that a baby was on the way. But as usual, she is disappointed. The holidays bring an acute awareness to Mattie that her dream of a big family isn't likely to become a reality.

Then a winter storm raging outside blows the Fitzpatricks into the Riehl home--and into a much slower pace of life. Can these two couples from different worlds help each other understand the true meaning of love this Christmas?

My thoughts...

I absolutely LOVED this book! This is the second book by Suzanne I have read and believe me, I am not disappointed. She is a wonderful writer. What I really like about her writing is the way she tells the story and brings God into the picture and reveals His plans, she gets her message across in a wonderfully written story of a young couple in the midst of marital woes who become trapped in a snowstorm and end up spending Christmas with an Amish family. Both families touch each other's lives in an amazing way. The characters come alive and you get so attached to them.

Suzanne has an awesome gift for writing, you feel what she is describing. The hurt from a suspected affair, the fear of your child missing, the love for a pet, and the joy of celebrating Christ at Christmas.

This book is about an English couple and an Amish family but it's more about God working in the lives of these people. Truly a WONDERFUL book!

I give it 5 out of 5 stars and would love to rate it even higher!

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

About the Author:
Her interest in the Amish began with her grandfather, W.D. Benedict, who was raised Plain. She has many, many Plain relatives living in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, and travels back to Pennsylvania , as well as to Ohio , a couple of times each year for research.

Suzanne has a great admiration for the Plain people and believes they provide wonderful examples to the world. In both her fiction and non-fiction books, she has an underlying theme: You don't have to "go Amish" to incorporate many of their principles--simplicity, living with less, appreciating nature, forgiving others more readily-- into your life.

When Suzanne isn't writing or bragging to her friends about her first new grandbaby (!), she is raising puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you just can't take life too seriously when a puppy is tearing through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.

Suzanne can be found on-line at:

To celebrate the release of her first Christmas book, Suzanne Woods Fisher has teamed up with her publisher, Revell, to bring you the "Christmas in September" iPad Giveaway! The winner will be announced on 9/27 at the A Lancaster County Christmas Facebook Party! Details below. Tell your friends and join in the fun (9/7-9/27).

Oh and be sure to follow the blog tour here - many of the bloggers have copies of the book to giveaway!

Suzanne and Revell will be presenting one merry winner with a Christmas Prize Pack (valued at over $600):

A Brand New iPad 2 with Wi-Fi
$25 gift certificate to iTunes
A copy of A Lancaster County Christmas

To enter, click here But, hurry the giveaway ends on 9/26.

But, wait! There's more! The winner will be announced at the A Lancaster County Christmas Facebook Party on 9/27 at Suzanne's author page. During the party she'll be revealing something *BIG* - you won't want to miss it. She'll also be hosting a book chat, trivia contest and giving away a few early Christmas presents! Hope to see you there.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

FIRST Wild Card Blog Tour + My Review: Megan's Secrets by Mike Cope

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today's Wild Card author is:

Mike Cope

and the book:

Megan's Secrets: What My Mentally Disabled Daughter Taught Me About Life

About The Author:

Mike Cope is an author, blogger, professor, minister and magazine editor. He has written four books, including What Would Jesus Do Today? and One Holy Hunger. He was a minister for many years at the Highland Church in Abilene and now works with Heartbeat Ministries. He and his wife, Diane, live in Abilene, Texas, and have two surviving children: Matt, a resident in internal medicine at Duke University, and Chris, a junior in high school.

Book Decsription:

Mike Cope's best teacher was his mentally disabled daughter—Megan. In her ten years of life, she taught her father secrets more profound than anything he'd learned in college or seminary. In his moving remembrance, Megan's Secrets: What My Mentally Disabled Daughter Taught Me about Life, Cope shares those secrets in a way that will make readers laugh, cry and find new hope.

Megan was a beautiful pint-sized girl whose only spoken words were "I'm Megan!" Although a child of few words, the best scholars in the world could not teach what she did in her brief life. Her life exposed some of the insanities of the world and revealed some life-giving secrets such as:

We are often fascinated with things that are impressive from the outside but which may not be that important to God.
What really matters has to do with the heart: keeping promises, seeking justice in a brutal world, learning to see those in greatest need and living with courage, joy and unconditional love.
God uses our brokenness to His glory.

This unique inspirational book wraps these secrets and more into stories that will restore hope to those grieving. All readers who long to see modern-day examples of the "little ones" Jesus held on his lap and loved will be inspired and moved to exult in God's incredible wisdom. What Mike discovers is that life with Megan, who slept only three hours a night, was exhausting, challenging, and even disappointing but also filled with joy and truths.

Max Lucado, best-selling author and minister, says, "The world would look at Megan Cope and her brief little life and see limitations. Imperfections. Inabilities. Her dad, just like her heavenly Father, saw something else entirely. Joy. Big heart. Love. Wisdom. Raising a disabled daughter, and then saying goodbye after a brief ten years of life, Mike knows the struggles, triumphs, pain, everyday miracles. . . and the secrets. Secrets God shares with those who care for the least among us. In Megan's Secrets, my friend Mike shares the wisdom he learned from loving Megan."

My review:

What an inspiring and beautiful story! It will bring tears to your eyes and touch your heart in such a way that you will be aware of God even more in your life. Mike's daughter, Megan, touched many lives during her ten years on this earth and through her story she will touch many more. Oh, that we all could be like Megan and show others the love of God and just how much He cares for us.

The book contains stories shared by family and friends, such a blessing she was to everyone she met. Cope shares lessons his family learned after Megan's death reminding us that God chooses what the world considers the least in society.

I highly recommend this book and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

From The GardenTo The City By John Dyer

Believers and unbelievers alike are saturated with technology, yet most give it little if any thought. Consumers buy and upgrade as fast as they can, largely unaware of technology's subtle yet powerful influence. In a world where technology changes almost daily, many are left to wonder: Should Christians embrace all that is happening? Are there some technologies that we need to avoid? Does the Bible give us any guidance on how to use digital tools and social media?

My thoughts...

Technology has rocketed the last several years, both for the good and not so good. It all comes down to how you use it. In this book Dyer has written
about the power of technology and whether it is liberating or corrupting users.

Texting, instant messenging, social websites, millions of users. These things are taking the place of seeing each other face to face. Our children are on the internet playing games instead of outdoors playing baseball or riding their bikes. If not kept in check hours will be spent online instead of socializing with friends and can be destructive for children as well as adults.

I found this book to be very informative, eye opening as well as one of those "make you stop and think" books and highly recommend it. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

John Dyer (ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary) has been a web developer for more than ten years, building tools for Apple, Microsoft, Harley Davidson, the Department of Defense, and Dallas's NPR affiliate. He currently serves as the Director of Web Development for Dallas Theological Seminary and lives near Dallas, Texas, with his wife, Amber, and two children, Benjamin and Rebecca. You can find out more about his coding and writing at

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Vigilante by Robin Parrish

Nolan Gray is an elite soldier, skilled in all forms of combat. After years fighting on foreign battlefields, witnessing unspeakable evils and atrocities firsthand, a world-weary Nolan returns home to find it just as corrupt as the war zones. Everywhere he looks, there's pain and cruelty. Society is being destroyed by wicked men who don't care who they make suffer or destroy.

Nolan decides to do what no one else can, what no one has ever attempted. He will defend the helpless. He will tear down the wicked. He will wage a one-man war on the heart of man, and he won't stop until the world is the way it should be.

The wicked have had their day. Morality's time has come. In a culture starving for a hero, can one extraordinary man make things right?

My thoughts...

When I selected this book I had no idea it was a story about a superhero. I put it off til the last minute to read. Imagine my surprise when I discovered this to be a suspenseful, explosive, thriller that held my interest from the beginning!

Good entertainment yet thought provoking. Questions about justice arise and I thought Parrish answered it perfectly. There are numerous violence scenes throughout.

The book is about organized crime, corrupt police officers, families that are destroyed, the evil devour whatever they want, all hope is lost. Who will help? One man takes on the responsibility, a man with incredible faith and a desire to be an example of goodness and show love to the world. Nolan Gray is that man. He begins the fight to change the world.

I found it to be a compelling story and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Hawaiian Sunrise To Sunset by Randall Ng

You might think that living in Hawaii and working with kids all day sounds like Paradise. But the reality of working as a middle school counselor, servicing kids in a low-income neighborhood, is very different.

Told as the story of a typical working day, Hawaiian Sunrise to Sunset gives an inspiring, eye-opening, and sobering view into the life of a man who has dedicated all his resources to making children's lives better. Randall Ng's students run the gamut from gifted to gang members; from at-risk to motivated; from safe in loving families to abused by parents and caregivers.

Randall knows that to make a difference in the lives of these kids, he has to go above and beyond the call of duty, and he has to think outside the box. Randall transcends the typical role of school counselor, as he visits students at home, confronts them and their parents with the truth, finds wildly creative solutions to problems with no easy answer, and steps in as a father figure to children who have never known a reliable and caring authority.

Surprising, shocking, fascinating, and ultimately deeply redemptive, this book shows you what tough love looks like, and what it can accomplish in the lives of children at risk.

My thoughts...

Ng shares his story of working with students in a low income neighborhood school. He faces many types of social issues such as teen pregnancy and gang violence with the students and does his best to help them work through their problems and situations. He does his best to keep the students on the right track when it seems everything around them is negative.

The writing could've been better but overall it's an interesting story of Ng's 30 years as a middle school counselor. He received the 2005 Hawaii State Teacher'a Association's "Friend of Youth" award and an award from the Hawaii State Senate for his counseling department's effore to promote a safe, healthy, and drug free lifestyle in 2002.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars. I received a copy of this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Hell is Real (But I Hate To Admit It) by Brian Jones

Does hell matter? Pastor Brian Jones wants readers to know the truth.

Jones believes that the reason most Christians don’t tell their friends about Jesus has nothing to do with not knowing how—it’s because they don’t think they need to. As Jones writes, the first four years he was a pastor, he didn’t believe in hell himself. Today, he shares his story of discovering the truth that hell exists—and why many Christians are afraid to believe in it.

Hell Is Real motivates Christians who have grown complacent in their view of hell. Drawing on the teachings of Jesus, Jones leads readers into a head-on collision with apocalyptic urgency—the all-consuming, inspiring conviction that will overcome readers when they realize that hell is real and they can help save people from going there.

My thoughts...

Jones answers four questions about hell and whether it is real. There are lots of scriptures to prove it is a real place. A place you do not want to go nor do you want anyone else to. He tells his story of how he didn't believe in hell until four years after becoming a Pastor. For me, this was a surprising fact. Christianity is based on Jesus' dying on the cross to become sin for us and to reconcile us to the Father so that we do not spend eternity in hell.

Jones uses the last chapters with ways to share and not to share your faith. The advice he gives is practical. Christians should be telling the lost about hell and how to avoid it. This book doesn't give graphic descriptions but he does get his point across. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Hurt No More by Kelly Ann Evers

In Hurt No More! A Journey of Healing from Abuse, Kelly Ann Evers reaches out to abused and battered women with her own compelling and inspirational story.

After escaping from her abusive husband, she was unable to enjoy her new found freedom because of the emotional, physical, and spiritual scars left from years of domestic violence that kept her feeling hopeless, defeated, and depressed.

Determined to set herself free from her suffering, she found the courage to search for true happiness and a meaningful life. It was through the Word of God and prayer that she finally attained deep healing from the abuse--and so much more! Today she can honestly say that she lives a beautiful life!

With love and wisdom, and through personal experience, Kelly helps readers discover the power of prayer that heals the deepest pain of abuse. With 1 out of every 3 women in our nation experiencing abuse, women are looking for answers to healing. Her desire is for you not to give up or settle for anything less than God’s perfect purpose for you.

“Hurt No More!” gives you the desire to put one foot in front of the other – trusting God with all your concerns – and teaches you how to tap into His strength by soaring above life’s tests and trials through prayer and the Word of God.

My thoughts...

Evers has written a wonderful book about healing from abuse. She experienced physical abuse in her marriage and writes of the emotional pain she endured as well as physical. Upon leaving her husband for good her story of healing begins. It didn't happen overnight, took much prayer, and help from many, especially God, for Kelly to heal. The hardest part was forgiveness. It can be done and she is proof.

The book contains prayers, affirmations, scripture, and more. What I thought was especially helpful was the chapter on recognizing different types of abuse. Many don't recognize the signs and this should help friends and family of those being abused as well as the victims themselves.

There are numerous resources listed at the end of the book and a checklist of items to pack when leaving an abuser. Lots of great information.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher through Crazy Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

Heaven Revealed by Paul Enns

There are so many questions in life... but few are as universal as: "What is the afterlife like?"

For those who have put their hope and trust in Jesus Christ here on earth--Heaven awaits. Addressing questions as basic as What will we do there? and What is it like?, theologian Dr. Paul Enns dives deep into the Scriptures while reflecting on the very personal nature of what is to come. Heaven Revealed is concurrently a helpful, easy-to-read guidebook for Christians as well as an encouragement for those of us who are left here on earth after our loved ones who are Christians pass away.

Follow along as Dr. Enns succinctly leads you through what the Bible has to say about Heaven.

In grief, we all need hope--hope for our loved ones who are now gone, and hope for ourselves as eternity looms closer. Heaven should be something to look forward to, not something to be confused about.

My thoughts...

After losing his wife of 45 years, Enns began to think more and more about Heaven. He searched the scriptures and wrote "Heaven Revealed". I can't say I believe everything he wrote is correct, I feel it's more his opinion but what he wrote is heartwarming and inspiring. Scripture doesn't tell us much about what Heaven is like, we won't know until we get there.

The book is easy to read, full of scripture, and would be good for group discussion. Enns asks many of the same questions most people do after losing a loved one, he put in personal experiences to help with understanding.

I think the book will instill hope and comfort to readers. I give it 4 out out of 5 stars.

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

A Place To Belong by Lisa Troyer

Looking for “a place to belong”? Find it in a community of women fostering relationships through authenticity, affirmation and accountability—find it in the Circle of Friends.

Your outlook will never be the same as you explore the ministry potential of a dynamic group of “women helping women,” and catch their vision to be women committed to Jesus Christ, obediently seeking God’s will, and fulfilling their life mission as Christ-followers.

My thoughts...

Lisa has endured some very painful experiences in her life, from being sexually abused by a teacher to losing a child through miscarriage. She has come through them with the help of Jesus and has established "A Circle of Friends" ministries as a result. Here women learn the concepts of Acceptance, Authenticity, Affirmation, Accountability, and Action.

Lisa says that first we must accept the fact that God sees and cares about us. We are valuable to Him. Next we must be authentic, be ourselves. Trust God and trust one other person that you can be real with. Don't pretend everything is ok. Every one of us has problems of some sort.

Being truthful with others will cause them to be truthful (real) with you. They will respect you for who you are. Then, be accountable. Find an accountability partner who will point you in the right direction... toward God and His Word.

Finally, step into action. God has a plan for your life and to fulfill it you must get started.

There are questions to reflect on throughout the book and a discussion guide for small groups at the end. Lisa has included a Bible reading guide, goal setting tips, recommended reading and much more!

"A Place To Belong" is a great guide for ministry. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

You can find out more about Lisa's ministry at The website includes a blog and daily inspirational readings. Visit the author's website at

Getting Back Up When Life Knocks You Down by Jeremy Kingsley

This uplifting book meets people when they are down, helping them to transform their lives. In each chapter the author explores a response to a crisis and shows how working through crises can lead to strength, peace, forgiveness, and hope.
Kingsley offers snapshots of different people and their responses to difficult situations, including his own tough times and how he has overcome. This faith-based book will appeal to a wide range of readers, both Christians and non-Christians.

My thoughts...

This is a self help book, it has encouraging words that attempts to lift you up when you're down. There are some good things in it but I didn't particularly enjoy it. It's simple steps to get one back on their feet are just that...simple. It isn't easy getting up when you're down and for me it would take more than what this book offers to help me get up again. His advice needs more depth. There is too much repetition in the book and not enough Biblical content.

I feel that Kingsley points readers more to self than to God. True healing comes from above and we should focus more on the truths in His Word. God uses our pain to teach us and help us grow.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars. I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

While There Is Still Time by Terrell Dunnum

God always sends messengers to warn his people before a special event. He sent Noah before the flood. He sent angels before the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. He send John the Baptist before the arrival of Jesus Christ.

In the same way God spoke to Noah and John the Baptist, he has spoken to Terrell Dunnum. Terrell had released the Lord’s messages into a book of poetry that will bring hope and healing to all who read it.

While There is Still Time is filled with poetry that is enjoyable both for its messages and its unique rhythms and rhymes. The poetry in While There is Still Time will touch all people, whether saved or unsaved. The lost will be drawn back to God, the weak in faith will be strengthened, and all readers will find encouragement and inspiration.

My thoughts...

This is a small book with 74 pages and is divided into sections. The first section is titled I AM which contains six poems. On the page opposite each poem there is a space for reflections. I really like this about the book as I like to write notes as I read and reflect.

As far as the poems themselves, there are a few that I liked. However, many sound as though they were written by a child. I feel the writer's attempt to rhyme botched the poems. For example..."I am warmer than milk and sweeter than honey, With words of love as gentle as a little baby bunny". I didn't find that poem to be prophetic at all.

Other poems were very nice, glorifying our Lord Jesus Christ. All were pretty much scriptural based. It bears repeating, if the writer had not rhymed each line I think the poetry would have been much more inspiring. I give 3 stars out of 5.

I received a copy of this book free in exchange for an honest review.

About the author
Terrell Dunnum is the founder of Total Freedom Ministries, Inc., an organization that provides mentoring and biblical counseling to youth and families in crisis. He holds a master’s degree in Christian counseling from American Bible College and Seminary. While There is Still Time is Mr. Dunnum’s first poetry book.
At the age of 12 he began to teach Sunday school and help his mother prepare for her missionary license. Terrell’s unique message is one that has inspired, educated, and challenged individuals of all ages in making life changing choices.

At the age of 18, Terrell Dunnum’s mother died from an aneurism and a year later his father died from a coronary heart failure. Finding it difficult to continue with life and questioning God about the traumatic events left Terrell in a confused and depressed state. Terrell graduated from High School and continue through college receiving a bachelors degree in education through the help and encouragement of his older sibling,

Terrell says,” it was not easy, but I had to let go of the past, and learn to trust God in ways that my intellectual mind could not understand.” Through prayer and fasting, Terrell began to witness the miraculous effects of forgiveness and faith. Terrell later received his master’s degree in Christian Counseling from the American Bible College and Seminary.

Terrell Dunnum now encourages others as a motivational speaker. He has a gift to touch the hearts and minds of individuals struggling with identity crisis and relational barriers. He has helped thousands of young men and women find true meaning and purpose in life

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Lovely Blog Award

What a wonderful surprise to be awarded a lovely blog award, thanks to Crystal at Just Another Book Lovin' Girl. Thank you Crystal!

There are two simple rules, but required in order to accept the award.

Rule #1 - Share 7 facts about yourself
Rule #2 - Award 15 other blogs!

So here are 7 random things about me...

1. "Criminal Minds" is my favorite show.
2. Love to travel.
3. I'm a pen freak (nurses usually are).
4. I think morning is the best time of day.
5. Like to play in the snow.
6. Drink a lot of tea.
7. Peaches and Kitty are my cats.

Now to award 15 other bloggers. In no particular order I'm awarding:

1. A Book Lover
2. WV Stitcher
3. Writing for Christ
4. Trinity Rose's Garden
5. To Read or Not To Read
6. Thoughts From A Compulsive Reader
7. The Parchment Girl
8. Tammy's Book Parlor
9. Shoopette's Book Reviews
10. Quiet Quilter's Blog
11. Moments
12. Journey Through The TBR Pile
13. A Path Of Joy
14. Black and Gold Girl's Book Spot
15. Careless in the Care of God

The blogs I've listed are lovely so please visit!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Lt. Raymond Novak prefers the pulpit to the cockpit, but at least his stateside job training B-17 pilots allows him the luxury of a personal life. As he courts Helen Carlisle, a young war widow and mother who conceals her pain under a frenzy of volunteer work, the sparks of their romance set a fire that flings them both into peril.

After Ray leaves to fly a combat mission at the peak of the air war over Europe, Helen takes a job in a dangerous munitions yard and confronts an even graver menace in her own home. Will they find the courage to face their challenges? And can their young love survive until blue skies return?

My thoughts...

This is the first book I've read by Sarah Sundin and it definitely will not be the last! I found this to be such a wonderful, touching story. The characters are believable, each going through hardships due to the war.

The main character, Helen, a war widow, is hiding a secret and it's destroying her inside. She meets Ray and he brings out the secret bit by bit trying to help her heal. He falls in love with her but after one horrible evening when painful memories invade her, she throws him out telling him he is a coward and is never to come back. Crushed, Ray decides to leave his position as supply clerk and fly fighter jets. Helen is horrified when news of his death in a crash reaches her.

What these two people go through is absolutely terrible. Helen learns to trust God and rely on Him for strength. She makes plans to take her son and leave the town she loves but something happens that stops her in her tracks.

Sundin has done a magnificient job of keeping this story interesting, I didn't want to stop reading once I started. I believe you will fall in love with the characters and feel their pain as well as their joy. I give Blue Skies Tomorrow 5 stars.

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Sarah Sundin received the 2011 Writer of the Year Award from the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, and her second novel A Memory Between Us is a finalist for an Inspirational Readers' Choice Award. Her stories are inspired by her great-uncle who flew with the U.S. Eighth Air Force in England during World War II.

Sarah lives in California with her husband and three children. Visit with Sarah online at

Wednesday, August 31, 2011


Congrats to Brenda at WV Stitcher on winning Dry As Rain by Gina Holmes! It will be mailed this week.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Getting Back Up When Life Knocks You Down by Jeremy Kingsley

When hardships like job loss, debilitating diseases, or financial collapse come unannounced, they can wreak destruction on our world. In his uplifting new book, Jeremy Kingsley offers grace, encouragement, and realistic, time-tested guidance for working through these hard times. Having been through the fire before, he shows how you can transform your life to face the future with fresh hope and renewed strength.

My thoughts...

All of us go through tough times, trials, temptations, adversity. There are times when we don't even feel like getting up out of bed. Kingsley's book is packed full of information that will inspire you to get back up!
He has endured much as he began his career as well as his marriage. Being poor is one of his toughest. He gives us steps to getting back up when we are down.

Forgiveness is one of the big points he makes, stop blaming others. It's purpose is to make you angry. It's not worth it, just let it go! Not only will these things hurt you spiritually but physically too.

The book is an easy read, I finished it in one afternoon. I appreciated Kingsley's honesty about his own problem times. We all handle things differently but he does give basic steps to follow. I found the book inspirational and the timing perfect. In this day and age, many have lost their jobs, their homes. I believe this book will give you hope. It gets 5 out 5 stars from me!

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Surprised By Oxford by Carolyn Weber

A girl-meets-God style memoir of an agnostic who, through her surprising opportunity to study at Oxford, comes to a dynamic personal faith in God.

Carolyn Weber arrives for graduate study at Oxford University a feminist from a loving but broken family, suspicious of men and intellectually hostile to all things religious. As she grapples with her God-shaped void alongside the friends, classmates, and professors she meets, she tackles big questions in search of love and a life that matters.

This savvy, beautifully written, credible account of Christian conversion follows the calendar and events of the school year as it entertains, informs, and promises to engage even the most skeptical and unlikely reader

My thoughts...

Weber writes of her first year at Oxford and her journey from agnostic to Jesus. She grew up in Canada with a dysfunctional and very poor family, wins a scholarship to study literature.

Weber is a lonely soul at first, she meets an American student who introduces her to email. This same man later introduces her to Jesus. I found the story to be well written and interesting. I've always enjoyed hearing how others come to know the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal savior. This one was enjoyable as well. Her journey to the Lord is interesting, the many questions, her struggles to understand and her reluctance.

4 out of 5 stars. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Book Giveaway!

Win a copy of Gina Holmes "Dry As Rain". See review for details!

Waiting for Morning by Karen Kingsbury

“I’m afraid there’s been a car accident...”

As Hannah Ryan waits for her family to return home from a camping trip, she realizes she has everything going for her—a husband other women admire, two charming teenage daughters, and a loving Christian home. As the sunny afternoon turns into twilight, her uneasiness grows along with the shadows. Then a car pulls into Hannah’s driveway, bringing two police officers...and devastating news that shatters her life forever.

In the days that follow, Hannah struggles with unspeakable feelings of sorrow and rage—feelings that fuse into one chilling purpose for living: revenge against Brian Wesley, the drunk driver who has caused all her pain.

In her fury, Hannah shuts the Lord out of her life. She’s determined not to forgive Wesley or the God who allowed this tragedy to happen. Can two caring people help Hannah rediscover her faith...before bitterness destroys her.

My thoughts...

Kingsbury has been a favorite author for many years. Her books began to get predictable and that is something I dislike. "Waiting for Morning" is a book about bitterness and anger against God and learning to forgive and go on with life.

The book has brought twinkles to my eyes, it held my interest, kept me turning pages to see what would happen next. A fast paced and heartwarming story.

A terrible tragedy fills Hannah with unforgiveness, Kingsbury writes in such a way that you feel this characters anger and the need for revenge. Also as she realizes her need to forgive and the need to let go and let God take control.

I give it 5 of 5 stars.

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, August 22, 2011

The Day Satan Called by Bill Scott

THE DAY SATAN CALLED is Bill Scott's account of an excruciating 18-month period in his life. Out of Christian love he and his wife invited a young lady who was demon possessed and the member of an active satanic network into their home. They prayed with her and naively believed that they could help redeem someone who had witnessed and experienced unimaginable abuses.

What happened instead were death threats and the loss of their home as a sanctuary. Voices. Death threats. Objects falling and moving. Strange visitors and callers. A loving church falling into turmoil. And yes the voice of Satan. Every day was filled with the dread of nightfall. Once you've invited someone filled with demons that aren't leaving her into your home what do you do next? Where do you send her? How do you protect yourself and your family? What do you do after she's finally gone but the demons haven't left?

This is the account of a terrifying and incredible phenomenon. But ultimately, it is a testament to the power of God's love, even over evil spirits.

My thoughts...

I'm not sure I can come up with words to describe this book... frightening is one, fascinating is another . Satan is real and his intentions are real... to destroy people, churches, marriages, and anything else he can.

Bill Scott's story is amazing, everything he and his wife went through beginning with the phone call from a young girl asking for help to exorcism shows us many of the ways the enemy uses to blind people. This young girl wanted to be free from a witches coven and demonic possession. Scott and his friends start a wild journey to help this girl be free and live a life serving the Lord Jesus Christ.

One thing I found interesting is that there are items people have in their possession that can attract demonic spirits. Ok, some of you aren't going to believe any thing in this book and that's your perogative. Scripture does tell of those who were demon possessed (Mark 5 and Matthew 8). I believe it still happens today.

Read the book, if nothing else it will make you think. I give it 5 of 5 stars.

I received a ecopy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

The Gathering by Jim Rosemergy

Prayer is a challenge for many of us. What should we ask of God? Is anyone listening? Why aren’t our prayers being answered? The hard truth is this: God doesn’t fulfill needs. For thousands of years, humanity has brought needs to God with little success, often resulting in disillusionment.

Now is the time to try something new: A nine-step prayer practice called The Gathering. The Gathering will lead you to the avenues through which God’s power and presence can be expressed.

You’ll see that prayer isn’t something you do; rather, it’s an experience of God’s presence. Having seen thousands truly connect with God and transform their lives through prayer, author Jim Rosemergy believes The Gathering is divinely inspired. Whether practiced individually or within a group, in just 40 days, The Gathering will become your foundation for a genuine, ever-deepening experience of God’s imminent presence and unlimited power.

My thoughts...

Rosemergy writes a 9 step journey to powerful prayer which includes a 40 day guide. It will make you think about your relationship with almighty God. This book is good for self or group study.

Prayer is a challenge for a lot of Christians, The Gathering is a way to jumpstart or increase a meaningful journey of fellowshipping with God if you're not already doing so.

Rosemergy explains how important prayer is and how it effects us when we speak to our Heavenly Father. There are challenges along the way that will make you stop and think.

I give it 4 stars. I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Barcelona Calling by Jane Kirkpatrick

From bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick comes this relational story about a close-knit group of five women and their pursuit of life goals. You'll be encouraged and entertained!

In the tradition of Neta Jackson's Yada Yada Prayer Group series, Kirkpatrick invites you into the lives of five women friends who promise to help each other achieve their life goals.

Annie Shaw's goal is far from simple: become famous. But she's in trouble after quitting her day job to write full-time. Her second novel tanked, and her new editor wants her to re-write the ending of her latest work to ensure this one is more successful. In order to pursue fame and an elusive bestseller, Annie travels to Chicago, acquires a rambunctious dog, and participates in antics better suited to a television reality show than real life.

Can Annie's best friends help her achieve her goals without destroying her future?

Award-winning author Jane Kirkpatrick, known for her superb historical novels, writes this bold, fresh, contemporary story she always threatened she'd one day "put down on paper to make people laugh and consider the true treasures of their hearts."

My thoughts...

"Barcelona Calling" is a book with humor throughout. A story about a writer with one bestseller and two not so good.

Annie and her friends know that the way to get her book noticed is for it to be one of Oprah's book club picks, so they start trying to get on her show.
The stunts they pull in an attempt to meet her are hilarious, from adopting a dog and making an appointment at a grooming salon because Oprah brings her dogs here to putting sideboards on her car (which catches fire) are just a couple of ways these ladies come up with in hopes of running into her.

The funny thing is that they do get a fleeting glimpse of Oprah and one of the friends does make it on the show! But the book doesn't even get a mention. All of Annie's money is spent trying to make Oprah aware of her book. The way she finally does hear about it is the best!

Best friends who want nothing more than to help Annie. You've got to read this book and see what happens, you won't be disappointed!

I give it 4 out of 5 stars. I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The Healing by Wanda Brunstetter

Can a man burdened by memories of yesterday find hope in the land of tomorrow?

Samuel Fisher of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, now a single father of four, is in a state of shock following his wife’s untimely death. When his brother, Titus, talks him into moving to Kentucky, hoping a fresh start will help heal Samuel’s grief, Samuel packs up the kids and heads to Bluegrass Country.

Esther Beiler helps watch Samuel’s children while he works with English contractor Allen Walters on a bed and breakfast owned by Englisher Bonnie Taylor. Soon Esther develops a crush on Samuel and a true affection for his children, but is there room in Samuel’s heart for Esther? Or has the pretty innkeeper already taken residence there? When misconceptions take the forefront, jealousies arise.

Will peace-loving Samuel and Esther bow to the apparent competition or fight for their newfound love? How will God manage to untangle these star-crossed lovers before any damage is done?

My thoughts...

This is the second book in the Kentucky Brothers series. Samuel sinks into despair after losing his wife and unborn child. He feels he must get away from PA. and the home they had shared so he uproots his family and moves to Kentucky to be near his brother, Titus.

Shortly after settling into his brothers home he meets Esther, a young Amish woman. Hiring her to care for his children while he works he begins to have feelings for her but a promise he made to his wife stops him from courting her and he decides to move back to PA to escape Esther. However, something happens before he can move.

This book, like the first one, is predictable. There are no surprises, the characters are simple, the writing style is dull and tiresome. Quite a boring book.

I received an e-copy of this book from the publisher free in exchange for my honest review.

Dry As Rain by Gina Holmes & Giveaway

From the bestselling author of Crossing Oceans comes a powerfully moving story that tests the limits of love’s forgiveness.

Like many marriages, Eric and Kyra Yoshida’s has fallen apart slowly, one lost dream and misunderstanding at a time, until the ultimate betrayal finally pushes them beyond reconciliation.

Just when it looks like forgive and forget is no longer an option, a car accident gives Eric the second chance of a lifetime. A concussion causes his wife to forget details of her life, including the chasm between them. No one knows when—or if—Kyra’s memory will return, but Eric seizes the opportunity to win back the woman he’s never stopped loving.

My thoughts...

Wow, Gina Holmes has now been placed on my favorite author list, I absolutely loved this book. First off, it written from the man's point of view, I think it's very well written. A thought provoking, touching, story of grace and forgiveness. A story of one man's determination to save his marriage.

I won't go into detail about the story line, you will enjoy finding things out for yourself.

I enjoyed getting to know the characters and felt like I knew them well by the end of the book. Christians make mistakes and fall into sin, thankfully we have a Heavenly Father who will forgive and restore us. Healing comes with forgiveness.

I'm excitedly awaiting Holmes next novel and highly recommend this one. I give it 5 out of 5 stars!

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Enter to win my gently used copy by following on GFC and leaving a comment below with your email addy. Ends Sunday, August 28.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Too Blessed To Be Stressed

If you often find yourself struggling with the stresses of finances, health, career, relationships, self-image, or family, then this humor-filled volume is just what you need.

With simple, practical tips for attaining the peace you crave—the peace that passes all understanding—you’ll discover healing, refreshment, and revitalization for your spirit, body, and mind.

My thoughts...

A fun, lighthearted book full of encouragement. Debora Coty gives us important keys to see us through tough times. We've all had stressful days, weeks, and even months. Take the time to read how to manage your time, develop a sense of humor, cultivate relationships and to focus on faith. There are practical ways given at the end of each story to find the peace your heart longs for, thought provoking questions.

This would be a great gift for anyone that is stressed out. This book is easy to read, nice to look at, filled with personal stories and insights, enjoyable. I give it 4 stars.

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Blessings Abound

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose." -Romans 8:28 NIV

In Blessings Abound, Sherry's shares spiritual principles, personal anecdotes, and applicable Scriptures to remind others that the Lord Jesus Christ is the great "I Am" and is an everlasting presence for all who seek His wisdom.

Jesus has been a constant companion in Leonard's life since she first accepted Him in eighth grade; she soon learned how completely He knew her heart and the best ways she could serve Him. By sharing nuggets of truth from her own unique and complex spiritual journey, Sherry helps others discover the significance of prayer, the importance of forgiveness and redemption, and the power of implementing God's Word in all aspects of life.

Sherry offers guidance in all aspects of daily living including proper communication in marriage, effective ways to teach children about God, and methods to live an abundant life reflective of God's divine plan.

Blessings Abound offers an inspirational guidebook for anyone seeking to bring honor and praise to Jesus.

My thoughts...

Sherry has filled the book with key scriptures about blessings and living for the Lord with little nuggets of her experiences thrown in.

I didn't find the book helpful at all, there was nothing that offers any wisdom or spiritual insight into life or the Word of God. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy reading the scripture, it's just that I expected more than what was in the book. I think it would be a good asset to new believers or those wanting to renew their relationship with Christ.

I give it 3 stars. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Across The Wide River

Freedom. Some take it for granted. Others consider it worth dying for.

Lowry Rankin knows all too well the cost of freedom; after all, his family’s red brick home is the first stop on the Underground Railroad north of the Ohio River.
He’s seen friends beaten for the color of their skin. He’s watched simple farmers make a difference. He’s even risked his own life transporting escaped slaves to the next "station". But will Lowry be able to conquer his greatest fear when he’s called to speak out?

My thoughts...

Lowry's family assists runaway slaves in getting their freedom. Lowry, age 13, transports slaves from his house to the next station, this happens during the night and takes several hours by horse. He usually returns just before dawn, piles into bed and sleeps for an hour then gets up to do chores and go to school. Lowry complains about having to do this but each time he sees the fear in the eyes of the slave he knows he must help this person get to Canada. His family believes his calling is to be an abolitionist minister, Lowry doesn't think so but does attend seminary briefly.

This book wasn't what I expected, it was slow and there wasn't much to hold my interest, it was a chore to read. However, I did finish it and wasn't impressed with the ending either. I don't feel that Reed expressed enough emotion in the characters or the story. Lowry was a complainer, he was boring. Overall, I was very disappointed and give it 2 stars.

I received a free copy of this book from Kregel Tours in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Summer Hop Giveaway WINNER!

Congrats to #36 on the generator, Lora1967 has been notified by email. Another giveaway coming soon, watch for it!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Homeward by Melody Carlson Glassroad PR Tour

From bestselling author Melody Carlson comes this award-winning story of three generations of Lancaster women.

For twenty years Meg Lancaster has avoided Briar Hedge, the Lancaster family estate. Now she has been drawn back to her grandmother's home to uncover secrets that have been hidden for decades and to try to regain the family she long ago abandoned.

My thoughts...

Meg Lancaster takes a leave of absence from her high powered job after finding out her fiance, who happens to be her boss' son, is cheating on her. She decides to go home to visit her sick grandmother after being gone for 20 years.

Meg gets involved in the family cranberry bog intending to restore it. However, there is someone that doesn't want this to happen and is determined to destroy the bog. Meg has an almost constant battle on her hands but she enlists help.

The characters in this story are so friendly, sincere and entertaining, the beach town so homey it makes me want to live there.

Melody has written an inspiring story of how Meg tries to reconnect with God after adversity strikes again and again. He is always there waiting for us to come back.

"Homeward" is a RITA award winner and is now available as an e-book for $2.99! Definitely worth it!

"Homeward" gets 5 stars. I received a free ecopy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Softly and Tenderly

Happily married and owner of two successful boutiques, Jade longs to begin a family with her husband, Max. But when she discovers that Max has an illegitimate son - who he wants her to help raise - Jade's life is turned upside down.

She flees to her childhood home, a rambling Iowa farmhouse, with enough room to breathe. There - while her mother's health grows fragile, and the tug of her first love grows stronger - Jade begins to question everything she thought she knew about family, love, and motherhood. In the wide-open landscape, Jade begins to see a future that doesn't rest on the power of her past, but in the goodness of God's tender mercies.

My thoughts...

Jade Benson has more on her shoulders than anyone should have. Her husband is a recovering addict, she discovers her father in law having an affair, and her mother has been diagnosed with cancer and wants to spend her remaining days at their old home. These are just a few of the major events happening in her life and the lives of her loved ones. She also has issues from her childhood to deal with.

This is not your usual sweet story, the writing is full of emotion, fast paced. It keeps you guessing.

The characters are interesting, real people that you and I feel like we know. You find yourself rooting for them. I did not like the way you are left hanging at the end, the next installment in the series won't be out till late 2012.

I give it 5 stars! You won't be disappointed.

I received a free ecopy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Treasuring Emma

Emma always put the needs of others ahead of her own. When will it be her turn to be treasured?

Adam was her first love and best friend. But then he went away. Determined to experience the freedom of living in the Englisch world, he left Emma heart-broken. How could he have chosen the world over her?

Now Adam is back in Middlefield and Emma can't seem to keep him away from her family's farm. But this time she's determiend to guard her heart. It might be love that keeps him there . . . or perhaps just guilt.

When a newcomer arrives in town and shows an interest in Emma, she dismisses Adam's insistence that she be cautious. All this attention is new to her and she doesn't know quite how to accept it. Emma knows her Heavenly Father treasures her. But will her new beau?

My thoughts...

Emma has lost her mother to cancer after having been her caregiver for the last year. She needs peace and relaxation due to the strain of the past year.

Because of financial struggles Emma decides to help her sister in the family fabric store even though she was against the idea at first and she is also caring for her ailing grandmother not to mention the family farm.
Emma always puts the needs of others first

The characters are all dealing with trials, they are interesting and enjoyable folks. The story involves a lot of conniving and secrecy involving a newcomer.

If you like Amish fiction you will like Treasuring Emma. I give it 4 stars.

I received a ecopy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an hhonest review.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Enemies of the Heart by Andy Stanley

Break free from the destructive power of guilt, anger, greed, and jealousy.

Divorce. Job loss. Estrangement from family members. Broken friendships.

The difficult circumstances you are dealing with today are likely being fed by one of four emotional forces that compels you to act in undesirable ways, sometimes even against your will.

Andy Stanley explores each of these destructive forces—guilt, anger, greed, and jealousy—and how they infiltrate your life and damage your relationships. He says that, left unchallenged they have the power to destroy your home, your career, and your friendships.

In Enemies of the Heart, Andy offers practical, biblical direction to help you fight back, to take charge of those feelings that mysteriously control you, and to restore your broken relationships.

My thoughts...

Enemies of the Heart is one of those books that make you say "Wow!" Stanley has a way of getting his point across, easy to understand. Expect tears and lots of prayer as you read it. He includes personal stories that further enhance his points.

There are four enemies of the heart... guilt, greed, anger, and jealousy. If we do not deal with them they will take us over. Most of us struggle in one way or another in one of these areas. Stanley offers a solution for for ridding ourselves of these negative areas by confessing to God, giving Him thanks, and being forgiving and generous to others.

Give your heart an assessment. God CAN free us!

This one gets 5 stars. I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

River's Song

Her relationship with her daughter in shambles and tensions mounting with her mother-in-law, Anna Larson returns to her childhood home on the banks of the Suislaw River to sort out her parent's belongings and put the pieces of her own life back together.

Embracing her native heritage for the first time since childhood Anna transforms her old family home into Shining Waters Inn, a place she hopes will give her family a new beginning.

My thoughts...

At first, I didn't think I was going to like this book, it starts out a little slow but I'm so glad I kept reading. After a few pages my interest picked up. What a charming story it is!

Anna Larson's mother has passed away and Anna is returning to her childhood home to settle things. Once there, memories of her parents and growing up start to fill her mind and she begins to relax.

She meets an interesting woman, Hazel, and their friendship takes off. Anna decides to turn the house into an inn and with the help of Hazel's son changes happen fast. With Melody's description I can picture how lovely the inn and surrounding area is and can imagine myself visiting The Inn at Shining Waters . I especially liked the neighbors, so friendly and down to earth, always wanting to help each other out.

Anna has her problems of course, such as a monster mother in law who degrades Anna and treats her like a servant. She eventually turns Anna's daughter against her. I liked the way Anna dealt with her mother in law and this situation, she is a strong woman. I recommend this book if you're in the mood for a delightful easy read. It will leave you feeling good! I'm anxiously awaiting the next book in the series!

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Monday, August 1, 2011

New Kid Catastrophies

This six-book series centers around two 23rd century goofballs, Tuna and Herby, who travel back in time to study TJ Finkelstein for their history project. TJ will someday become a great leader who demonstrates honesty, integrity, thoughtfulness, self-sacrifice, respect for others—all traits she hones and grasps through her adventures in this series. Unfortunately, Tuna and Herby get stuck in TJ’s time (modern day), so she has to deal with their schemes while juggling the normal issues of a seventh grader who has moved to a new city, is trying to fit in, and is coping with her mother’s death and her family’s new life.

In New Kid Catastrophes, TJ accidentally makes an enemy of Hesper Breakahart, the superstar who attends their school. And Tuna and Herby’s attempts to help just lead to one disaster after another. In the end, TJ is still very unpopular, but she learns the value of looking past appearances and gains a few friends—and the attention of the most popular boy in school.

My thoughts...

This is a great book for tweens. TJ's family have moved to California and she has started a new school which has your usual nerdy kids and of course celebrity kids. She is able to see two kids who are invisible to others. These two get her into all kinds of crazy situations.

The book is entertaining, the situations are comical, and the characters are loveable. TJ does learn about friendship and having patience with others. However, there was very little in the book that signifies christian.

I rate it 4 stars.

Rumors of God - a review

Perhaps one of the biggest issues all women face is their own insecurity. Beth Moore, one of today’s most admired and trusted Christian writers, wants women to be free from the insecurity trap.
So Long, Insecurity will strike a chord with women everywhere, as Beth speaks truth into the lives of readers, showing them how to deal with their innermost fears, rediscover their God-given dignity, and develop a whole new perspective—a stronger sense of self.
Women of all ages and backgrounds will resonate with this message of security and discover truths that will free them emotionally and spiritually and lead them to a better life as they walk with God.

My thoughts...

Beth Moore books don't disappoint, she has written a book that will help those who suffer from insecurity. Her desire is to see the bondage of insecurity broken in women's lives and to bring healing.
You will be challenged to dig deep and search the scriptures to discover how the roots of insecurity start.

"So Long Insecurity" is inspirational, Moore's insight comes from her own insecurities she battled. She is an excellent teacher and will walk with you through the book.

I give it 5 stars. I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Mail I've received...

Since my schedule was so hectic the last couple of weeks I haven't had time to show you the books I received in the mail. I also downloaded several for kindle, three for review and two just to read.

Nobody's Child... A Review

For Laura Ann McGehee, her body represents the one remaining financial resource that can save the family farm. For Sophia McQuistion, Laura Ann’s unusual sacrifice fulfills her own dream of having a child. Weaving together bioethics and faith in a heart-rending tale of love lost and loves found, Nobody’s Child dramatizes the ethical question we can no longer ignore in medicine: Just because we can do something … should we?

My thoughts...

Laura Ann's father dies right before Christmas. Her Uncle Jack, a vicious man, will do anything to get a share of the farm. While fighting to keep her farm from the bank and Uncle Jack, a woman arrives and shocks Laura Ann with the news of why she is there. Due to a flash flood the two spend time getting to know each other. Before the woman can go home a severe medical issue arises and just as a new life begins an old one passes away.

This was a nice, though very predictable, read. The beginning is slow and throughout the book there are places where the story gets a little boring. Overall, I give it 3 stars.

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Summer Giveaway Hop

Summer Giveaway Hop runs August 1-7 and I'm going to keep it simple. All you have to do to be entered to win this book is be a follower thru GFC and leave a comment with your name and email address. One entry per person. US only please.
I will use random. org to choose a winner on Aug 8th and notify the winner by email and on my blog. Check out the participating blogs for more goodies to win!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Reviews coming soon!

My work schedule has been hectic and I haven't had time to write reviews but there are several coming. Also watch for my Summer Hop Giveaway!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Craving Grace by Lisa Velthouse

For Lisa Velthouse’s whole life, Christianity had been about getting things right. Obeying her parents. Not drinking. Not cursing. Not having premarital sex. Vowing to save her first kiss until she got engaged, even writing a book called . . . well, Saving My First Kiss. (This, it turns out, does not actually help a girl get a date.) Yet after two decades of trying to earn God’s okay, she found her faith was lonely, empty, and unsatisfying. So she turned to more discipline, of course: fasting! By giving up her favorite foods—sweets—Lisa hoped to somehow discover true sweetness and meaning in her relationship with God. Until, one night at a wedding, she denied herself the cake but failed in such a different, unexpected, and world-rocking way that it challenged everything she thought she knew about God and herself. Craving Grace is the true story of a faith dramatically changed: how in one woman’s life God used a bitter heart, a broken promise, and the sweetness of honey to reveal the stunning wonder that is grace.

My thoughts...

In this book the author wants to understand God's grace and begins to search for it. She has ideas such as she has to earn God's grace or be good enough so that He will bless her. She tried making deals with God. Of course, in the end she understands she cannot earn it, that His grace is a gift... no strings attached. Velthouse writes of fasting, which is what we as Christians should be doing on a regular basis. This book is her story of how she searched for His grace and her understanding that came from it.

Lisa writes in an alternating time line style which was somewhat confusing, there is also quite a few pages talking about her dating life which I didn't feel added to the book's theme. I don't feel I can add anything else other than I was disappointed and didn't find the book insightful.

List Price:16.99
Trim Size:
5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Release:May 2011

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Satan, You Can't Have My Children by Iris Delgado

We fight in a spiritual war that can only be waged with spiritual weapons. Satan and his demons would like nothing better than to break up our families and disrupt the lives of our childen. Every home is a target. We cannot remain passive.

In Satan, You Can’t Have My Children, Iris Delgado provides an essential guide for anyone who wants to win the spiritual battle for their children. Filled with practical principles and Scripture-based prayers, this book gives you the confidence and faith to stand firm against the influences and attacks of the devil.

My thoughts...

Iris Delgado has written a wonderful tool to equip Christians to do battle, in this day and age we must pay special attention to our children and guide them correctly. "Satan, You Can't Have My Children" gives us prayers to pray, scriptures to read and back up what she has written as well as insights into spiritual warfare.

This book will help build your faith and help you to know how to pray for your children. Spiritual warfare is real, Satan tries to get hold of children through television programs, video games, and the books they read.
Parents have responsibilites and one of those is to do battle for your children. Raise them in the fear of the Lord. Be equipped to do spiritual warfare. This book will help you do just that. I recommend it for every parent.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Life Everlasting by Robert Whitlow

Though Alexia's client's life no longer hangs in the balance, eternal questions linger.

The music stopped, the room emptied, and Baxter Richardson opened his eyes for the first time in months. He should have died from his involuntary plunge off a cliff. But he's alive, and mortal danger remains. Familiar enemies stalk him. New ones hover close at hand.

Meanwhile, haunted by accusing apparitions and the tightening dragnet of criminal investigation, Baxter's wife, Rena, is losing her patience. And quite possibly her mind.

Caught in the middle of it all is Alexia Lindale, a lawyer forced to find her way through deceptive alliances, uncertain romances, and courtroom intrigue. It's a struggle of life, death . . . and life everlasting.

My thoughts...

Another gripping novel by Whitlow, I've yet to be disappointed. Full of suspense, exciting, and amidst all this he shows us our need to rely on God and trust Him.

The characters are fabulous, I love the way Whitlow portrayed Rena. It's like he knows these people inside and out and there's always moral issues to deal with.

The ending was too quick, I felt it was wrapped up in just a few short pages. Life Everlasting is worth the read though. I give it 5 stars.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review.