Wednesday, June 21, 2017

An Outlaw and a Lady by Jessi Colter David Ritz

An Outlaw and a Lady: A Memoir of Music, Life with Waylon, and the Faith that Brought Me Home
An Outlaw and a Lady: A Memoir of Music, Life with Waylon, and the Faith that Brought Me Home
Renowned songwriter, singer, and wife of Waylon Jennings writes an intimate, enormously entertaining memoir of American music, of life with Waylon and the Outlaws, and of faith lost and found.


The daughter of a Pentecostal evangelist and a race-car driver, Jessi Colter played piano and sang in church before leaving Arizona to tour with rock-n-roll pioneer Duane Eddy, whom she married. Colter became a successful recording artist, appearing on American Bandstand and befriending stars such as the Everly Brothers and Chet Atkins, while her songs were recorded by Nancy Sinatra, Dottie West, and others. Her marriage to Eddy didn’t last, however, and in 1969 she married the electrifying Waylon Jennings. Together, they made their home in Nashville which in the 1970s, was ground zero for roots music, drawing Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Shel Silverstein, and others to the Nashville Sound. And Jessi was at the center of it all, the only woman on the landmark Wanted: The Outlaws album, the record that launched the Outlaw Country genre and was the first country album to go platinum. She also tasted personal commercial success with the #1-single “I’m Not Lisa.”


But offstage, life was a challenge, as Waylon pursued his addictions and battled his demons. Having drifted from the church as a young woman, Jessi returned to her faith and found in it a source of strength in the turmoil of living with Waylon. In the 1980s, Waylon helped launch the super group The Highwaymen with Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Kris Kristofferson, and the hits kept rolling, as did Waylon’s reckless living. Amid it all, Jessi faithfully prayed for her husband until finally, at Thanksgiving 2001, Waylon found Jesus, just months before he died.


An Outlaw and a Lady is a powerful story of American music, of love in the midst of heartache, and of faith that sustains.
 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Jesus Loves Me by Gynux /Thomas Nelson

Jesus Loves Me
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Read or sing along with your little one’s favorite song! Jesus Loves Me pairs sweet, snuggly illustrations with the text of the familiar children’s song. This newest board book in the beloved Sing-Along series also features a padded cover perfect for little hands, and is sure to delight children and parents alike.

Season of Heartbreak: Healing for the Heart, Brain, and Soul by Mark Gregory Karris

Season of Heartbreak: Healing for the Heart, Brain, and Soul
Season of Heartbreak: Healing for the Heart, Brain, and Soul


How to Overcome Worry by Winfred Neely

How to Overcome Worry: Experiencing the Peace of God in Every Situation
How to Overcome Worry: Experiencing the Peace of God in Every Situation

Do you struggle with worry or anxious thoughts on a regular basis? Does your mind get fixated on the same concern over and over? Do you know you should stop worrying but repeatedly fail to do so?

How to Overcome Worry presents a biblical and practical strategy for this exact problem. Dr. Winfred Neely, who has experienced his fair share of anxiety-inducing circumstances, walks you through Philippians 4:6–7 to help you:

Understand the difference between concern and worry
Use prayer as a means of grace to overcome worry
Cultivate gratitude and thanksgiving as an antidote to worry
Navigate changing seasons and circumstances without falling into worry
Employ practical strategies for experiencing the peace of God
Worry is one of the top issues in our world today, even among Christians, and this concise and biblical approach will offer real solutions. In His Word, God tells us to stop worrying, pray about everything, and expect His peace. This is a true promise of Scripture, and this book will help you to lay hold of it.

Monday, June 5, 2017

The Maggie Bright: A Novel of Dunkirk by Tracy Groot book review

The Maggie Bright: A Novel of Dunkirk
The Maggie Bright: A Novel of Dunkirk
England, 1940. Clare Childs knew life would change when she unexpectedly inherited the "Maggie Bright"--a noble fifty-two-foot yacht. In fact, she's counting on it. But the boat harbors secrets. When a stranger arrives, searching for documents hidden onboard, Clare is pulled into a Scotland Yard investigation that could shed light on Hitler's darkest schemes and prompt America to action. Across the Channel, Hitler's "Blitzkrieg" has the entire British army in retreat with little hope for rescue at the shallow beaches of Dunkirk. With time running out, Churchill recruits civilian watercraft to help. Hitler is attacking from land, air, and sea, and any boat that goes might not return. Yet Clare knows "Maggie Bright" must answer the call--piloted by an American who has refused to join the war effort until now and a detective with a very personal motive for exposing the truth.The fate of the war hinges on this rescue. While two men join the desperate fight, a nation prays for a miracle.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Faith in Crisis: How God Shows Up When You Need Him Most by Jim/Shirley Carroll

Faith in Crisis: How God Shows Up When You Need Him Most
Faith in Crisis: How God Shows Up When You Need Him Most
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On August 2, 1990 Iraqi forces, led by Saddam Hussein, invaded the tiny Persian Gulf nation of Kuwait. Jim and Shirley Carroll were missionaries on assignment when the first shots were fired. This is their story...

This is a true story of faith under fire.

This story is as unusual as it sounds. It is the autobiography of a man separated from his family because of the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. With his family in America and him in Kuwait, he had to live about four months not knowing when or if he would ever be able to see his loved ones again. This book also includes his wife's perspective, giving a well-rounded view of the experience. I thought this an interesting book. However, if was really too lengthy and detailed for the content. The author, having lived through this time remembered every detail and found them important but I think an editor or third author should have helped make this book more concise and flow better. The writing style is a little too simple for the length of the book. Also, the faith is not as emphasized as it could be. This is a detailed account of Jim Carroll's forced stay in invaded Kuwait. The author is obviously Christian and he is pretty humble throughout the book. However, it is not a life-changing story of faith. Although there is a good conclusion to the story, there is no specific climax either.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.


Vibrant India: Fresh Vegetarian Recipes from Bangalore to Brooklyn by Chitra Agrawal

Vibrant India: Fresh Vegetarian Recipes from Bangalore to Brooklyn
Vibrant India: Fresh Vegetarian Recipes from Bangalore to Brooklyn
From the acclaimed chef and owner of Brooklyn Delhi, a debut cookbook focused on the celebrated vegetarian fare of South India.

Another beautiful Indian cuisine cookbook now added to my family's collection of cookbooks! It is so hard for me to resist cookbooks which focus on Indian cooking. I find the flavors so unique and pleasing. As the name of this cookbook suggests, the recipes within are indeed vibrant. This particular Indian cookbook focuses on vegetarian recipes. Your experience in that realm might have been bland, but no longer! With the spices and techniques of the Indian culture, the simplest vegetarian dishes are taken up to an amazing level sure to please most people. As with most of the books from this publisher, the cookbook is full of beautiful photographs which make this book coffee-table worthy!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

Lifelong vegetarian and chef Chitra Agrawal takes you on an epicurean journey to her mother's hometown of Bangalore and back to Brooklyn, where she adapts her family's South Indian recipes for home cooks. This particular style of Indian home cooking, often called the -yoga diet, - is light and fresh, yet satisfying and rich in bold and complex flavors. Grains, legumes, fresh produce, coconut, and yogurt--along with herbs, citrus, chiles, and spices--form the cornerstone of this delectable cuisine, rooted in vegetarian customs and honed over centuries for optimum taste and nutrition.
From the classic savory crepe dosa, filled with lemony turmeric potatoes and cilantro coconut chutney, to new creations like coconut polenta topped with spring vegetables 'upma- and homemade yogurt, the recipes in Vibrant India are simple to prepare and a true celebration of color and flavor on a plate. Chitra weaves together the historical context behind the region's cuisine and how she brought some of these age-old traditions to life thousands of miles away in Brooklyn during the city's exciting food renaissance.
Relying on her experience as a culinary instructor, Chitra introduces the essential Indian cooking techniques, tips, and ingredients you'll need to prepare a full range of recipes from quick vegetable stir frys (corn, basil, and leeks flavored with butter, cumin, and black pepper), salads (citrus red cabbage and fennel slaw with black mustard seeds, curry leaves, and chile), yogurt raitas (shredded beets and coconut in yogurt), and chutneys and pickles (preserved Meyer lemon in chile brine) to hearty stews (aromatic black eyed peas, lentils, and greens), coconut curries (summer squash in an herby coconut yogurt sauce), and fragrant rice dishes (lime dill rice with pistachios). Rounding out the book is an array of addictive snacks (popcorn topped with curry leaf butter), creative desserts (banana, coconut, and cardamom ice cream), and refreshing drinks (chile watermelon juice with mint). Chitra provides numerous substitutions to accommodate produce seasonality, ingredient availability, and personal tastes. The majority of recipes are gluten-free and vegan or can be easily modified to adhere to those dietary restrictions.
Whether you are a vegetarian or just looking for ways to incorporate more vegetarian recipes into your repertoire, Vibrant India is a practical guide for bringing delicious Indian home cooking to your table on a regular basis.

This Life I Live by Rory Feek

This Life I Live: One Man's Extraordinary, Ordinary Life and the Woman Who Changed It Forever

This Life I Live: One Man's Extraordinary, Ordinary Life and the Woman Who Changed It Forever

The love story that captured the heart of the nation

Joey and Rory Feek were enjoying a steadily growing fan base in country music when Joey was diagnosed unexpectedly with a rapidly spreading cancer. This vibrant and beautiful young woman would soon be on a unique journey for which no one is ever fully prepared. Her husband, Rory, and children, Heidi, Hopie, and Indiana, were beside her each step of the way. Rory, a prolific songwriter, entrepreneur, farmer, and overall tender man, has seen God bless his life in countless unexpected ways and had started a blog, thislifeilive.com, not really knowing its purpose other than he needed to write. That purpose soon became clearer when Joey’s cancer battle hit.

By inviting so many into the final months of Joey’s life, this astounding couple captured the hearts of millions with their powerful love story, the manner in which they were handling the diagnosis, and the inspiring simple way they had chosen to live their lives.

In this vulnerable book, Rory takes us into his own challenging life story and shows what can happen when God brings both his presence and the right companion into our lives. He also gives never-before-revealed details on what he calls “the long goodbye,” the blessing of being able to know that life is going to end and taking advantage of it. Feek shows how we all are actually there already and how we can learn to live that way every day. He then goes into detail toward the end of the book on what it’s like to try to move on with your life once you’ve “had it all.”  



 I had never heard of Rory and Joey Feek (having only become interested in country-style music recently) so I began this autobiography/memoir excited to get to know this couple. From the first few chapters, I was deeply interested. As I continued in the book, I couldn't wait to listen to their music and watch their videos. This book is a remarkable and touching story. But it is more than that. It is a wonderful testimony to God's work of salvation in Rory's life and the strength and faith which resulted. I love how this book shows a distinct Before and After. And it is obvious that the Rory in the Before was a totally different man than the Rory in the After. His testimony of salvation is bold and victorious. And he has so much joy and hope even after the loss of his beautiful and loving wife Joey. This book is a must-read. Men and women alike will love and learn from the story in this new book.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Brave Is the New Beautiful by Lee Wolfe Blum

Brave Is the New Beautiful

 Women of all ages need to read books such as this one. Brave is the new beautiful is eye-opening, inspiring, and encouraging. With all the stories of women who have fought through trials and tragedy, it is also convicting. It puts our personal disappointments in perspective when compared to women's stories of losing a child, health, etc. I love how the author, Lee Wolfe Blum masterfully blended all her thoughts and convictions into a sensible and rock-solid book for women. I appreciated how the author was open with her own story and thoughts. I was humbled and encouraged as I read this book! Basically, it gently tells women to look beyond the surface and the image the media tries so hard to ingrain in us as ''the right image''. We need to realize there is more to ourselves than our outward appearance. Because truly, brave is the new beautiful!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

Our culture bombards women with "thinspiration" messages and pressure to "do it all" while wearing the mask of perfection. 

Women are left feeling alone and overwhelmed. How can they stop comparing themselves to others? How can they live out who they really are?

Lee Wolfe Blum offers stories from everyday women who have answered these questions with their lives-and found true beauty in the process. In Brave Is the New Beautiful, Blum weaves reflections from her own journey with inspirational stories from everyday women who chose to take off their masks and live authentically. Through call-to-action questions and ideas, she encourages readers to be brave enough to be who

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

God's Easter Miracles: Adventures of the Sea Kids by Lee Ann Mancini

God's Easter Miracles: Adventures of the Sea Kids
God's Easter Miracles: Adventures of the Sea Kids
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Paul, Jimmy, Brian and the whole town, witness God's Easter miracles in this unique story.

"In God's Easter Miracles, the sea kids learn that Easter isn't just about the Easter bunny or candy. It's about Jesus Christ giving up His life for all of us, and how we are to sacrifice ourselves for others. Paul, who is autistic, struggles with relationships. Jimmy doesn't want to share and Lenny clings to life due to a terrible boat accident. "
~from back cover
 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Food52 Ice Cream and Friends: by Editors of Food52


Food52 Ice Cream and Friends: 60 Recipes and Riffs for Sorbets, Sandwiches, No-Churn Ice Creams, and More
Food52 Ice Cream and Friends: 60 Recipes and Riffs for Sorbets, Sandwiches, No-Churn Ice Creams, and More
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   The must-have ice cream book if you love ice cream, love friends, want to learn more about ice cream or expand your ice cream palate or want to widen your dessert horizons in general. Basically, this book will not disappoint! I am an avid ice cream maker (if that's a thing) and so I was extremely excited about this book. One main thing which pleased me about this cookbook is that it is not simply a repeat of basic ice cream recipes. It will accompany my original tried-and-true ice cream basics book beautifully. It is full of unusual recipes not found in typical ice cream how-to books. Not only unusual, there are also amazing and delicious-looking recipes such as smore's ice cream sandwiches, coffee frozen custard, cinnamon roll ice cream, avocado gelato, the richest chocolate treats I have ever seen....there is something for everyone and I am so excited about this book!
For those of you who are wanting more details, the book is organized into different sections: Chocolate, Vanilla & company; Nutty; Fruity; Herbs & Spices; Drink Riffs; and Savory. There are a decent amount of recipes per category.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

He Will Be the Preacher: The Story of God's Providence in My Life by Erwin W. Lutzer


He Will Be the Preacher: The Story of God's Providence in My Life
He Will Be the Preacher: The Story of God's Providence in My Life


Saturday, May 6, 2017

Let's Be Real: Living Life as an Open and Honest You by Natasha Bure

Let's Be Real: Living Life as an Open and Honest You
Let's Be Real: Living Life as an Open and Honest You
From singer, model and YouTube celebrity Natasha Bure, the daughter of Candace Cameron Bure, comes a real, honest conversational book that doesn’t hold back. Everywhere she goes and every video she posts has one basic message: this is real, this is life, and we all go through it. Whether it’s acne, boyfriends, faith, stress, or having fun, Natasha’s view is to simply be honest, simply be real, no matter what you face. Natasha’s real and relatable tone paired with personal notes and stories will help readers see that living a “real” life is the best life.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Under the Cover of Light by Carole Engle Avriett and Thomas Jerry Curtis

Under the Cover of Light: The Extraordinary Story of USAF Col Thomas "Jerry" Curtis's 7 1/2 -Year Captivity in North VietnamUnder the Cover of Light: The Extraordinary Story of USAF Col Thomas "Jerry" Curtis's 7 1/2 -Year Captivity in North Vietnam
This is the amazing autobiography of a colonel shot down down over North Vietnam in 1965. Colonel Thomas ''Jerry'' Curtis' life was changed as he endured the next 7 1/2 years in brutal captivity. That alone should be enough to make anybody want to read this biography, right? Add to it the fact that this account is a testimony of how a true Christian's faith is strengthened under hardships and trials such as this. Over and over again I was astounded by the fortitude Jerry showed. I absolutely loved how this book emphasized God's faithfulness and the hope Jerry had through Christ. This is a must-read! At first it took me a while to get into the book but for some (good) reason by the third chapter I was fully interested and didn't want to put the book down. I believe the reason I wasn't as engaged at first was that there are so many foundational details the author (Carole Avriett) is trying to lay down in the first chapters before getting to the action as it were. I found the writing style a little choppy (especially after being spoiled by Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken). However, I think the writing style definitely improved further into the tale! One thing I loved about this book was the absence of foul language and crude names which were given by the Americans to their tormentors. (''Unbroken'' includes all the rude names given to the torturous captors and many of them are unrepeatable) I found this more appropriate for younger readers. The descriptions of the tortures, sickness and hardships made me cringe and weep and wonder how those men lived through them but are not unacceptable for even young teenage readers (thinking girls here :) ) to read. This book will make a perfect gift for anyone, especially for Dad's this upcoming Father's Day!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

In 1965, Col. Thomas "Jerry" Curtis's helicopter was shot down over North Vietnam. He was immediately captured and spent 71/2 years confined in a filthy 5′ x 7′ cell at the notorious Hanoi prison camp. Thousands of miles from home and unable to communicate with his wife and children, Jerry endured months of solitary confinement, suffocating heat, freezing cold, grueling physical and psychological torture, constant hunger, and unimaginable mental duress. And yet, time and again, the Light that darkness cannot overcome became his beacon of hope. Now, for the first time in print, Jerry shares the full story of his 2,703 days in captivity and what he learned about faith, hope, and the indomitable power of the human spirit.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Beauty Begins: Making Peace with Your Reflection by Chris Shook, Megan Shook Alpha

Beauty Begins: Making Peace with Your Reflection
Beauty Begins: Making Peace with Your Reflection

Thursday, April 27, 2017

KJV, Thinline Bible, Compact, Cloth over Board, Navy/Gray, Red Letter Edition by Thomas Nelson

KJV, Thinline Bible, Compact, Cloth over Board, Navy/Gray, Red Letter Edition
KJV, Thinline Bible, Compact, Cloth over Board, Navy/Gray, Red Letter Edition
Designed to be a convenient Bible for reading and travel, the KJV Compact Thinline Bible features the timeless beauty of the trustworthy King James translation. The KJV Compact Thinline Bible easily fits in purses, backpacks, or glove compartments. This easy-to-carry Bible comes with features that will enhance your reading experience, including an all-new typesetting in the elegant and readable Thomas Nelson KJV Font, double ribbon markers, full-color maps, and the words of Christ in red.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

review of book Chasing Famous by Lisa Lloyd

Chasing Famous: Living the Life You've Always Auditioned for

KJV, Thinline Bible, Large Print, Cloth over Board, Green, Red Letter Edition by Thomas Nelson

KJV, Thinline Bible, Large Print, Cloth over Board, Green, Red Letter Edition
KJV, Thinline Bible, Large Print, Cloth over Board, Green, Red Letter Edition

Monday, April 17, 2017

my favourite reads 2016

Extremely random....but extremely important: the best of all the books I read in 2016!!!

It was a wonderful reading year.
I got in a LOT of reading the first half while we were driving from our old home to our new with a van packed full of belongings and siblings...my reading definitely dropped the second half of the year because of my job and the amazing outdoors which does actually trump books (shocking, I know!).
so here they are...

I found some pretty life-changing books in 2016...
Colors of Goodbye
I Don't Wait Anymore
Hunting Hope
Hope Heals
It Was Beautiful

....as well as some other great ones....
Strong and Kind
20 Things We'd Tell our Twenty-Something Selves
If My Husband Would Change, I'd be Happy
Tying the Knot
One Minute After You Die

...and some autobiographies...
Unbroken (again)
Swimming with Faith
Young and Beardless
The Good, The Bad and the Grace of God

not to forget some awesome fiction...
The Perilous Gard
The Sherwood Ring
The Last Ride
Shades of Gray
The Book Thief (again)
From Anna
The House on the Hill

A couple lovely editions of the Bible
an impressive photography book

and because it's adorable:
I Love You Just Because (get this book. you will cry. the illustrations are that sweet)


Hunting Hope: Dig Through the Darkness to Find the LightColors of Goodbye: A Memoir of Holding On, Letting Go, and Reclaiming Joy in the Wake of LossShades of Gray
KJV, Journal the Word Bible, Large Print, Hardcover, Black, Red Letter Edition: Reflect, Journal, or Create Art Next to Your Favorite VersesI Love You Just Because   The NKJV, Study Bible   Photographs from the Edge: A Master Photographer's Insights on Capturing an Extraordinary World    If My Husband Would Change, I'd Be Happy: And Other Myths Wives Believe    Tying the Knot: A Premarital Guide to a Strong and Lasting MarriageYoung and Beardless: The Search for God, Purpose, and a Meaningful LifeSwimming with Faith: The Missy Franklin Storyhouse on the hillThe Perilous GardI Don't Wait Anymore: Letting Go of Expectations and Grasping God's Adventure for YouHope Heals: A True Story of Overwhelming Loss and an Overcoming LoveThe Last Ride (Circle C Milestones #3)

The Voices of SilenceOne Minute After You DieAnd It Was Beautiful: Celebrating Life in the Midst of the Long Good-ByeStrong and Kind: And Other Important Character Traits Your Child Needs to SucceedFrom AnnaThe Book ThiefThe Good, the Bad, and the Grace of God: What Honesty and Pain Taught Us About Faith, Family, and Forgiveness20 Things We'd Tell Our Twentysomething SelvesUnbroken by Laura HillenbrandThe Sherwood Ring

review Adorned: Living Out the Beauty of the Gospel Together by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth


Adorned: Living Out the Beauty of the Gospel Together
Adorned: Living Out the Beauty of the Gospel TogetherI was so excited to receive this book to read and review. Nancy Leigh DeMoss made such an impact in women's lives with her books Lies Women Believe and others. For me personally, her book Choosing Gratitude really made a difference in my life when I first read it. In fact, I am currently rereading that very book and making my own book study out of it. Now that Nancy is Mrs. Wolgemuth, I was excited to hear that she had penned yet another book.
It seems natural that Nancy, who has helped thousands of women through her ministry and writings, pen a book such as Adorned which focuses on the Biblical relationship women should have amongst each other. Using such passages as Titus 2, Nancy explains how younger Christian  women should learn from older, more experienced saints and how those older women should invest in younger lives.
I would say this book is especially helpful for older women (of all ages!) in encouraging them to share wisdom with younger ones. Of course this book is directed towards women of all ages. I loved how Nancy opened the book, using a description of her wedding- how it looked and how she felt and the love Robert has for her as a picture of the gospel. It is too hard to explain here, but Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth is has been so gifted in writing that the reader understands and benefits from the Biblical wisdom she shares.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.


Known for her wisdom, warmth, and knowledge of Scripture, Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth has encouraged millions through her books, radio programs, and conferences. Now she’s back with a legacy work on Titus 2 and its powerful vision for women.

From Nancy:

"Cross-generational community between women is the biblical antidote for being chronically, hopelessly overwhelmed, as so many of us are.

When older women come out of their protective cocoons to invest themselves in the lives of younger women, whole families and churches feel the blessing. When young moms and singles widen their peer groups to include women who have already braved the same rapids and lived to tell about it, both sides of the relationship are strengthened and grow. We all, in different ways and in different seasons, need to be on both the giving and receiving end of this life-to-life process.

So I invite you to join me as we look to God’s Word for His perspective on the charactercommitments, and attitudes of godly women—and His prescribed process for helping us live out these virtues not only today, but from generation to generation."

Book review God Loves Mommy and Me by Bonnie Rickner Jensen

God Loves Mommy and Me by Bonnie Rickner Jensen
God loves Mommy and me, He knows we love Him too, When we pray we always say, “You’re so good, God—thank You!”

This is a sweet children's picture book from Thomas Nelson publishers, just in time for mother's day! Both mothers and little ones will enjoy looking at the delightful illustrations and reading the fun text. Even the youngest of children should be reminded who created them and where the love they receive from their mommy comes from!
I think this a lovely gift for young ones to give their mommy for mother's day!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

NKJV Woman's Study Bible review

NKJV The Woman's Study Bible
Receiving God's truth for balance, hope and transformation

What makes this Bible different from other study Bibles? This Bible is geared towards women since it highlights the various women of faith in the Bible. Women of all ages will benefit from the illustrations and lessons emphasized in this version of God's Holy Word. With the timeless New King James Version, one will be able to gain more wisdom than can be summed up in words through reading the text of God's Word. One feature about this Bible that pleased me are the included articles by Anne Graham Lotz, Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Linda Dillow and other women. This will make the perfect gift for a friend, wife, sister or daughter. The packaging is beautiful and the Bible itself even more so. It is brown leather and will hold up well through years upon years of reading.


I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.




Friday, April 7, 2017

review of Andi Saddles Up and Andi Under the Big Top by Susan K Marlow

Andi Saddles Up


Image result for andi saddles up susan marlow



   I have always been an avid reader. Growing up, I loved historical fiction. Now that I am an adult, I still enjoy speed-reading books for a younger audience in the hopes of finding new favorites for my siblings as well as my future children. Although there are many wonderful books for children and young adults which are not particularly Christian (think Little House and such), it is always great to be able to provide books for your children which reinforce Biblical truths and grace. I have found that Susan's books stay true to the Christian faith without becoming fake or unrealistic.
Unusually for Christian works of fiction, her books are also quite exciting. These books make splendid read-aloud as well as personal reading books.
Andi Saddles Up is a delightful story for children. Even I loved reading it, and I am an adult. I thought it an excellent story of growth and maturity.

Andi Under the Big Top was very interesting as it highlighted the circus of that time period. The story had me quite interested and of course young readers will love it even more!

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Thank you!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Help sponsor me as I raise money for Joni and Friends this Saturday!!!

    I am so grateful God created me able to move and run and dance and work hard. My goal is to glorify Him with my mobility and to help others who don't have as much strength or ability to move!

Thus, I was so excited when I heard about an event which will help Joni and Friends- an organization which supports disabled children and adults! This Saturday I will be walking for hours in order to help raise money for Joni and Friends! But I need sponsors, in order to make my walking actually raise money for this organization! PLEASE consider sponsoring me (even a little bit helps!) as I participate in this event THIS SATURDAY April 8th! Thank you so much!

My fundraising page

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

review of Yellow Owl Workshop's Make It Yours by Christine Schmidt

Yellow Owl Workshop's Make It Yours: Patterns and Inspiration to Stamp, Stencil, and Customize Your Stuff
Yellow Owl Workshop's Make It Yours: Patterns and Inspiration to Stamp, Stencil, and Customize Your Stuff
Transform everyday objects into handcrafted pieces to wear, share, and display.
 
   Coming from a family of artists and crafters and DIY-ers, this book caught my attention. I absolutely love adding personal touches to things in my home. I love making something beautiful or even just unique out of something plain. I love using my imagination to create new things. This book helps one make amazing things and will inspire both amateur and professional artist and crafters. I personally liked how several of the designs in the book were ethnic. Most of the projects and designs contained in this book look like something from a store. 

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.


In Yellow Owl’s Make It Yours, you’ll learn techniques for bringing personal touches to objects all around your home. Upgrade your plain scarf with a colorful abstract design. Turn a dresser into an eye-catching art deco showpiece. Whip up a desert-inspired quilt to enliven your living room. Expert printer and Yellow Owl Workshop founder, Christine Schmidt, shares her trade secrets for creating gorgeous projects using unexpected materials, from gold leaf to cake fondant. What’s best: the included Yellow Owl Workshop templates and techniques can be mixed and matched to create countless more projects! Featuring inventive ideas for every room, skill level, and time constraint, Yellow Owl’s Make It Yours will teach you to print, stamp, stencil, and dye your way to a personalized life.
 
Projects include:


   • Monogram Leather Clutch
   • Roll Stamp Table Linens
   • Fruit Shoji Blinds
   • Shibori Dyed Bed Linens
   • Plaid Tote
   • Upholstered Chair with Hand-Printed Fabric
   • DIY Delftware
 

Monday, March 20, 2017

And Still She Laughs: Defiant Joy in the Depths of Suffering by Kate Merrick


And Still She Laughs: Defiant Joy in the Depths of Suffering
And Still She Laughs: Defiant Joy in the Depths of Suffering
Kate Merrick faced the crippling grief that life can bring when her five-year-old daughter was diagnosed with cancer. Three and a half years of suffering followed, accompanied by fervent prayer, hospital stays, emotional agony, and teeth-grinding fear. And in the end, her baby girl was gone.


How was Kate to believe again, to hope again? To find out, she turned to stories in the Bible of real women who dealt with pain and survived. How did Sarah, after twenty-five years of achingly empty arms, learn in the end to laugh without bitterness? How did Bathsheba, defiled by the king who then had her husband killed, come to walk in strength and dignity, to smile without fear of the future?


In And Still She Laughs, Merrick writes poignantly and transparently about finding joy in sorrow and shows how we—just like the ordinary women seen in the Bible—can rise above unbearable circumstances and live fully. In the middle of whatever hardships we face, we can smile, cry, and come away full—laughing without fear and eagerly looking for what is to come.