Thursday, December 31, 2015

The Shock of Night by Patrick Carr

I was utterly delighted to hear Patrick Carr was starting a new series as I loved his previous works and this book certainly did not disappoint, if nothing else I might of liked this series even better. He truly is a gifted author, weaving fantasy, intriguing plot, fascinating characters and page turning action. Very few authors are of the same caliber as Mr. Carr and I am very happy with every book by him I have written.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck

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The Wedding Chapel(Zondervan, November 2015)
For sixty years, a wedding chapel sat silent, waiting for love. But times have changed and the hour has come when it just might be too late.
Retired hall-of-fame football coach Jimmy “Coach” Westbrook never imagined anything would come of his labor of love—the wedding chapel he built for Collette Greer, the woman he fell for back in ‘49. But now an offer has come to turn the chapel into what it was meant to be—a place for love—and Jimmy sees no reason to hang onto his dream any longer.
Photographer Taylor Branson is trying to make a life for herself in New York. Leaving her hometown of Heart’s Bend, Tennessee, she put a lot of things behind her, including her family’s abysmal marriage rate. But love surprises her when she falls head-over-heels for Jack Forester, a top ad man. Their whirlwind romance results in an elopement, and a mountain of doubt. Jack, while genuine in his love for Taylor, can never seem to overcome his own demons to find the words of his heart.
When Taylor takes an assignment in Heart’s Bend, the job does more than send her back to her hometown, but into a world of family secrets buried beneath the sands of time.
When Taylor’s journey intersects with Coach’s, they rediscover the heartbeat of their dreams and that the love they long to hold is right in front of them. And worth every waiting moment.
My opinion: What a beautiful story about lost love, the uncertainties of love and how love overcomes. This book was a delightful read filled with romance. excellent characters and an engrossing storyline. I loved how it wove two stories into one, it made it all the more interesting and I really cared about what happened to all of the characters. I loved all of the twist and turns the stories took and really enjoyed this book. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Under our skin by Benjamin Watson

What a insightful and though provoking book/. I was a bit apprehensive as to how much I would enjoy this book, but it was very interesting and really addressed some huge issues that our society is facing in instances like Ferguson, etc. I think Mr. Watson has a good grasp on the subject and can see and address issues on both sides. I had never heard of Benjamin Watson before but he hits the nail on the head in several instances.
I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

The Hot Bread Kitchen Cookbook: Artisanal Baking from Around the World by Jessamyn Waldman Rodriguez, Julia Turshen

What an utterly delightful cookbook and an even more delightful concept! This bakery is very unique in that it employees immigrant women and helps them towards a better life all the while incorporating different breads from the countries that these women came from. I love the concept and am loving this cookbook, there are so many delicious recipes that I am so eager to try. The variety of recipes is amazing and I feel like this is a one of a kind cookbook. Now I am eager to visit the actual bakery!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Like Father like Don by Pete Alwinson



Like Father, Like Son: How Knowing God as Father Changes Men (New Growth Press, November 2015)
Beyond trying to be a “real” man
What do men need in the twenty-first century? There are so many opinions–some think the answer is a masculine to-do list. Others give detailed directions on how to become a “real” man. Those things can be helpful, but do they get to the core of the identity issues that men are facing today? You can’t know who you are and who you are meant to be without knowing the love of your Father–that is, your Father in heaven. Without knowing the Father’s love and acceptance, men are adrift looking for identity in imperfect relationships or cultural norms about manhood. But knowing God’s fatherly love changes everything. A man who is forgiven and accepted by his heavenly Father is free to become like him. Living out of the love of God the Father changes everything for his sons.
Instead of telling men how to recover and reclaim their masculinity, Pete Alwinson invites men to recover and reclaim an intimate, growing relationship with their heavenly Father and live out of that identity in their particular calling as sons, fathers, brothers, friends. Using personal stories and anecdotes from his many years of men’s ministry, Pete shows men that the way forward in life and relationships is through their growing relationship with their heavenly Father.
My opinion: Even though I am not a Father myself, I really appreciated this book and how it gentle encourages and challenges men to draw closer to the Lord and how that in turn will make them the best Father's they can be. You can really tell that the author had spent years ministering to men and knows the unique struggles they face in this day in age. I love how he invites men to look towards God for their example of a wonderful Father and try to emulate him and not whatever standard the world has for a Father.  This book would make a fabulous gift for any of the men in your lives,such a treasure! I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

A thousand shall fall by Andrea Boeshaar

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A Thousand Shall Fall: A Civil War Novel (Kregel, November 2015)
A story of love, hope, and healing set in the midst of the Civil War
Nineteen-year-old Carrie Ann Bell is independent and spirited. The only thing she really fears are the Union soldiers fighting against her Confederate friends. When her youngest sister runs away from home, brave Carrie Ann is determined to find her and bring her back. Disguised as a soldier, she sets off–only to find she’s fallen into the hands of the enemy.
Her childhood friend Confederate Major Joshua Blevins has warned her against these Yankees: they’re all devils, ready to inflict evil on unsuspecting young women. When Colonel Peyton Collier arrests her for her impersonation of an officer, it seems to confirm all her fears.
Soon, though, she finds herself drawn to the handsome, gallant colonel. He rescued her, protected her, and has been every inch the gentleman. Carrie Ann discovers that her foe has become her ally–and more than that, someone she could love. But the arrival of Joshua in the Union camp as a spy will test her loyalties. Will she protect someone who has been like family or be loyal to this stranger to whom she wants to offer her heart? When her world is being torn apart around her, whom should she trust?
Set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, A Thousand Shall Fall is framed around compelling characters and a very romantic setting in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Andrea Boeshaar’s extensive research guarantees historical accuracy and romance genre enthusiasts and Civil War buffs alike will enjoy the Christian perspectives on actual historical events.
My opinion: This was an engrossing historical fiction read. I am always interested in Civil War era books as it is one of my favorite time periods and this book certainly did not disappoint! It had everything a good historical novel should have, rich in historical detail, engaging characters and a page turner! I am super eager for the next book in the series and cannot wait for it to be published. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The knot outdoor weddings

Where was this book when I was getting married? For anyone who is even entertaining the idea of having an outdoor wedding this is a must. I think this would win pretty much anyone over to the idea of an outdoor wedding! Filled to the brim with lush photograph that is just oozing with elegance and beauty. I think the cover is just a wonderful teaser of what is inside. This book would make a wonderful gift for a bride to be or to have on hand just in case.:)
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Raising Grateful kids in an entitled world by Kristen Welch

What a wonderful book addressing something I know is a challenge many parents face today, I know with my 6 month I am already contemplating this issue as I already shower her with gifts! 
Author Kristen Welch really tackles the issues and doesn't shy away from anything. I know her chapter on Wants vs, Needs can be applied to myself as well and her chapter on technology is something  parents today really need to consider as technology is such a major issue and is so much more accessible than it was even 10 years ago.  I think the author really hits the nail on the head when talking about how often we get our kids the things we want for them.
This really is an outstanding book and I highly recommend it! I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Monday, November 30, 2015

The Five Times I Met Myself by James L. Rubart

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The Five Times I Met Myself(Thomas Nelson, November 2015)
What if you met your twenty-three-year-old self in a dream? What would you say?
Brock Matthews’ once promising life is unraveling. His coffee company. His marriage.
So when he discovers his vivid dreams—where he encounters his younger self—might let him change his past mistakes, he jumps at the chance. The results are astonishing, but also disturbing.
Because getting what Brock wants most in the world will force him to give up the one thing he doesn’t know how to let go . . . and his greatest fear is that it’s already too late.
My opinion: This is a great novel about regrets and more importantly redemption. This book is about a guy whose life is unraveling and it really deals with the what ifs and makes one think about the choices in ones life and how they can affect your life. This was a very though provoking, intriguing read and I highly recommend it. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. 

An endless Christmas by Cynthia Ruchti

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An Endless Christmas (Worthy Inspired, October 2015)
Too many people, too much snow, and too little room should be a recipe for disaster.
Christmas takes a very different turn when the guests of honor break up instead of announcing their engagement. Trapped with his family, they learn that love looks different than either imagined. Both in their eighties, Dodie and Wilson Binder celebrate every Christmas as if it were their last. This year, their grandson Micah is planning to ask his girlfriend, Katie, to marry him so they can celebrate with the whole family. But things go very wrong when she says, “no.” Now they are stuck. Too many people, too much snow, and too little room should be a recipe for disaster. But sometimes too much is just enough. Especially when it’s Christmas.
My opinion: I really enjoyed this little book and it was just enough to put me in the Christmas spirit. I found  myself falling in love with the story and the characters in it and finished it up really quick. It was a delightful little book filled with great characters and I totally loved it. I highly recommend this sweet little read to get you ready for Christmas. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. 

Slow Fires by Justin Smillie

What a cookbook! I have to say that the cover didn't do  much for me, honestly it looked kind of gross so I wasn't sure what I was going to think of this cookbook,but I must admit that it was much better than I was expecting.
I love how this book focuses on technique and the basics, making sure you have those down before moving on to more complex and challenging recipes. It really breaks things down and makes them much more manageable .
One of the huge downsides to this book is the lack of pictures, I really appreciate pictures but maybe they would be like the one on the cover which wasn't helpful.
Overall I liked this cookbook, it is not one I would see myself using everyday but it had some great recipes and I loved the techniques.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Black Friday!!

Smiley It’s that time of year. The time for buying presents, making wish lists, and planning New Year’s Resolutions. If any of those activities involve books for you, Indie Christian Authors has a perfect event for you. From Nov 27 (that’s today!) through Nov 30th, more than 70 independent Christian books are on sale. You can find free shipping, $0.99 ebooks, package deals, and more! And if your budget is depleted from Christmas shopping, they’ve got you covered with some freebies Think 70 books is overwhelming? Narrow it down and find the perfect books for you or someone on your Christmas list by using this quiz to generate a customized book list.> What awesome reads of 2015 are you grateful for? What books are you looking forward to reading in 2016?
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Acknowledgements: Thanks to Leah E. Good for her work organizing this sale, Gloria Repp for completing the time consuming job of uploading book info to the sale website, and Hannah Mills for her fantastic design work on the website graphics. Hannah can be contacted at hmills(at)omorecollege(dot)edu for more information about her design services.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Art Students League of New York on Painting

What a fascinating book! It feels like one is getting all sorts of art lessons straight from New York and you don't even have to leave your house! With some renowned artist that most of us would never get an opportunity to take lessons from this book is filled full of wonderful tips, divided into sections that look utterly fascinating this book is an art lovers dream! It would make a fabulous gift this holiday season or would be a wonderful addition to ones own personal library.
I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Another way home by Deborah Raney

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Another Way Home (Abingdon Press, October 2015)
Sometimes God’s ways are not at all what we expect . . . and exactly what we need.
Grant and Audrey are adding grandchildren to their family left and right, but middle daughter, Danae, and her husband, Dallas Brooks, have been trying for years with no baby in sight.
Though Danae is ready to consider adoption, Dallas will not even discuss it. Despairing of ever having a family of her own, Danae decides to pour her passion and energies into volunteer work with a newly opened women’s shelter in town. Looking for a good cause to fill her lonely days, she never expects to give her heart to the hurting women she meets there. She’s finally learning to live her life with gratitude, but then heart-wrenching events on Thanksgiving weekend threaten to pull the entire Whitman clan into turmoil—and leave them all forever changed.
My opinion: I have enjoyed the previous books in the series and was equally delighted with this one. I love how the author has so much going on and the stuff that is written about really causes you to stop and think. I also love how realistic and flawed the characters are, they are not perfect and make mistakes but I love the growth and development of them. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Monday, November 16, 2015


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The Ology: Ancient Truths Ever New (New Growth Press, October 2015)
A page-turning storybook of theology for kids
In the cellar of the old stone cathedral, Carla and Timothy uncover a life-changing treasure, a carefully wrapped ancient book known as The Ology. What adults might describe as a beautifully illustrated storybook of systematic theology, the kids discover to be a story of adventure, mystery, and wonder that leads them to the truth about God, themselves, and the world around them.
Truth is for kids, not just for adults! So The Ology gives kids of all ages a beginner’s theology book to help them understand who God is and how we, as his children, relate to him. Arranged within a traditional systematic theological framework, each truth in The Ology is also connected to the larger redemptive story of Scripture. The doctrine of God, for example, is presented in the larger framework of creation, where the attributes of God are more clearly on display. The Ology takes abstract theological concepts and makes them easier to understand with the use of creative examples, illustrations, and analogies. The goal is not to say everything that could be said about a theological topic, but rather to share the key thoughts behind a theological concept. The Ology is a starting point to learning theology and aims to create a hunger and desire in children to learn more as they grow older.
Designed for six-year-olds through preteens, this flexible resource includes built-in adaptations for use with younger or older children, so that entire families can enjoy it together. Read The Ology to preschoolers, read it with grade-school kids, and let older kids discover the “hidden” truths by reading the corresponding Scripture passages for each section. However you read it, The Ology will give your children a gift that will last a lifetime—a solid foundation of life-changing biblical truth that will point them to the God who loves them and gave himself for them.
My opinion: This book was more than I was expecting, it was way more detailed and in-depth than I thought it would be, really digging in and explaining a lot more,which is certainly a good thing! It is beautifully illustrated and would make a great devotion book or would be good for homeschoolers to use for religion class. The nice thing is that it can appeal and work for quite a vast age range which is very much appreciated. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

The Elements of Landscape oil painting by Suzanne Brooker

Talk about breathtaking! This book is filled with so many amazing techniques to makes ones oil painting improve and I must say from reading the book that the author is amazingly talented, so many of the paintings look so realistic that they look more like photographs and it takes one a moment to realize they are indeed paintings.
I love how this book is broken down into sections, like Sky, Terrain,etc and it goes over concepts, palettes,brush techniques,etc. Then at the end it has a chapter that kind of pulls it all together. Such a well developed book that will really help the budding artist.
I receive a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion

Friday, November 13, 2015

Get your story straight by Kristen Hatton



Get Your Story Straight (New Growth Press, October 2015)
What’s your story?
We all tell stories to each other–stories about what happened when we were kids, stories about last night, and stories where we dream about the future. Some stories are funny, some are amazing, others are sad, but they all have something in common–each of us is the hero of our own story. Our thoughts, feelings, hopes, and dreams take center stage. But when it’s all about you, it’s also all up to you. You have to make life work, find meaning, and hope for the best even when you mess up or things go badly wrong.
But what if we were made for something different? What if the main character in our life story isn’t us, but it is the God who became like us and is now with us? What if being fully human means knowing him and growing to be like him? What if the way to be fully alive is to be caught up in Jesus’s story?
This 52-week devotional book and small group resource is designed to help you live with Jesus in his gospel story–the good news that your sins are forgiven, your future is assured, and following him is the only meaningful way to live. No matter your age, where you live, who your family is, or what your past, God wants you to experience the freedom that comes in being secure in his love.
Divided into three parts, starting with creation, each section progressively explores the idea that the whole Bible is the unfolding story of Jesus. Through this grid, who Jesus is and why we need him will shape your understanding of freedom and grace and how you grow to be like him. This yearlong study for teenagers and young adults is designed for individual devotional times, but a small group discussion guided by a mentor would help participants to absorb and live out the truths of each week’s teaching.
My opinion: This was a wonderful book that speaks well to young people, but appeals to older folks as well, which is a rare thing indeed! It was a wonderful devotional that is precise and short but totally unique and good. I like how each week is kind of themed and kind of builds on each other,it was really well done and interesting.  I also liked how the made the examples applicable to everyday life and into something that most teens can easily relate to. Well done indeed! I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Monday, November 9, 2015

A Chameleon, a Boy, and a Quest by J.A. Myhre

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A Chameleon, a Boy, and a Quest (New Growth Press, October 2015)
A Boy Named Mu, an African Journey, and You
Mu, a ten-year-old orphan, has lived his entire life in the heart of Africa. For as long as he can remember he has served in the household of a great-uncle where he is unloved and ignored. In his drudgery-filled life, Mu has little hope of happiness, and little hope that anything will ever change.
But one day, everything does change. On his way to draw water one morning, Mu is astonished when a chameleon greets him by name and announces that they will embark on a quest together. And what a quest it turns out to be! Mu faces danger and finds unexpected allies as they journey through a fascinating and ever-changing landscape.
A Chameleon, a Boy, and a Quest blends magical realism with a compelling story. The exciting story line combines an orphan’s journey to find a home with the plight of child soldiers and the dangers of the Ebola virus and, along the way, highlights universal themes of integrity, loyalty, faith, and love. Written by long-time medical missionary J. A. Myrhe, the artful story is laced with subtle gospel themes and handles cross-cultural issues with grace and sensitivity. Kids will encounter good and evil and learn the truth about hope, happiness, and what it means to be human in this page-turning first book in a new series.
—A page-turning children’s action and adventure story set in a fictional African land
—Blends magical realism and compelling storytelling with gospel themes to draw kids gently into the truth
—Deals with real-life but (seemingly) faraway themes like the plight of orphans, the duties of child soldiers, and the reality of the Ebola virus
—Written by a long-time medical missionary to Africa who handles cross-cultural issues with grace, sensitivity, and love
My opinion: I wasn't sure what to expect with this book, it was such a slim novel, written for a younger audience, so I was a bit skeptical, but upon starting this little gem I was utterly delighted. The story was unique and sweet, the illustrations perfect for the book, all in all it was a stellar read. I appreciated  the message and that it would appeal to young readers and older ones alike. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

The War for the Waking World by Wayne Thomas Batson

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Would you be willing to fight for your dreams?

Fifteen-year-old Archer Keaton has the ability to enter and explore his dreams. He is a Dreamtreader, one of three selected from each generation. Their mission: to protect the waking world from the Nightmare Lord who dwells beyond the Slumber Gate. But as Archer’s dreams become more dangerous and threatening, so too does his waking life.
In this fast-paced conclusion to the exciting fantasy trilogy, the dream world and the waking world bleed into each other when a rift is formed between the two. People in the real world suddenly find their waking lives resemble their wildest dreams. Now it’s up to Archer and his fellow Dreamtreaders to race to reverse the rift before too much damage is done and to battle Archer’s ex-best friend, Kara, who sits on the throne of the Nightmare Lord. Kara is building an army of her own. Will Archer be strong enough to stand against her?
My opinion: I had not read the previous books in this serious, but despite that was still utterly enthralled with this book and found it to be a wonderful read. I love fantasy and am so happy that there are more Christian fantasy authors out there. The characters were riveting, the authors description of everything was enthralling and it just really kept me on the edge of my seat! I cannot wait to get my hands on the previous 2 books. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Olympia Provisions

What a gorgeous book! Everywhere from the cover to every single recipe and the lush photography, this books is pretty darn amazing. I felt this book was so much more than just a cookbook as it was delightful to read the little blurbs in it as well. A lot of the recipes are a little more time consuming and advanced than I tend to prefer, but they results are amazing. Certainly not for the faint of heart!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Street God by Dimas Salaberrios

What an absolutely riveting and extraordinary read! This book really captures ones attention from the get go and is hard to put down. I know for me when I was reading it that it completely blew my mind that this was a true account. The things that this man went through are incredible and it goes to show what an awesome God we a have that this man survived the self destructive lifestyle he was engaged in and that he was redeemed. 
It was so sad to me the tender age he was exposed to such horrid things. Selling drugs at 11?  I know at that age I was still playing with dolls and was blissfully unaware of drugs or anything like that. 
I think this is a beautiful story of redemption and how nothing can separate us from the love of God.
I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Valley of decision by Lynne Gentry

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Every choice has a consequence in the explosive conclusion to the Carthage Chronicles as Lisbeth returns to third-century Carthage for a thrilling final adventure.
Thirteen years ago, Lisbeth made an impossible decision—leave third-century Carthage and her husband Cyprian behind for good. She knew it was to protect her daughter Maggie, so Lisbeth gathered the strength to move on with her life.
All these years, Lisbeth has thrown herself into her work and raising her headstrong daughter, all to live up to the promise she made to Cyprian. But Maggie is sick of being protected. In an act of teenage rebellion Maggie decides to do what her mother can’t—secretly returning to the third century on a quest to bring her father back, leaving Lisbeth no choice but to follow.
With Maggie’s surprise arrival in Carthage, chaos ensues. She finds her grandmother on trial for murder and attempts to save her, but instead the diversion sparks a riot that nearly destroys the plagued city. Only one thing will appease the wrath of the new proconsul of Carthage: the death of the instigator.
Will Lisbeth arrive in time to save her daughter from the clutches of Rome? How can God possibly redeem such a slew of unwise decisions and deep regrets? Filled with heart-wrenching twists and riveting action, Valley of Decision brings the romantic adventure epic, The Carthage Chronicles, to an electrifying conclusion.
My opinion: This is the satisfying and exciting conclusion to the series. Usually I am not a fan of time travel and the previous books in the series were not my favorite, but this one was in my opinion the best in the series with a lot more going on and I really liked how they brought Maggie into the story and focused on her more.I thought this book was very engaging and loved the conclusion. I highly recommend the series for lovers of historical fiction as the author does a fabulous job at weaving in a lot of history into the book. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Miracle Drug by Richard Mabry, MD



Miracle Drug (Abingdon, September 2015)
Overcoming these odds will take more than a miracle drug—it will take a miracle.
The infection wasn’t supposed to happen, but it did. The treatment was supposed to take care of it, but it didn’t. Then Dr. Josh Pearson discovers why—his patients, including the former President of the United States, have been dosed with a different strain of the original virus, one that is universally fatal. The only chance for survival is treatment with an experimental drug, but the manufacturer might already have discarded its supply.
As if treating the President of the United States isn’t stressful enough, the situation goes from bad to worse when Rachel Moore, a nurse Josh is falling in love with, falls ill. With the nation’s eyes on him, Josh must pull off a miracle to save a man who holds a good deal of power and the woman who holds his heart.
My opinion: As always, I enjoyed this book by Dr. Mabry, it was a delightful blend of medical drama, character development, religion and romance. This book really kicks up the suspense and drama a notch! I loved the fast pace action and could hardly put this book down. I enjoyed the characters in the book even if they are a bit too brilliant and too beautiful, but it still was an excellent read. An excellent book that keeps you guessing until the end. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

This Is Camino

What a delightful and fun cookbook. I had never heard of Russel or Allison before, but this book was excellent and had so many delightful recipes. I have done some cooking on an open fire before due to historical reenactment and I can attest to the fact that food prepared over an open fire really is uniquely flavored and is wonderful.
This book has brilliant photography and lush recipes, with varied skills needed, there is some difficult recipes to be sure and yet there are many that are deliciously simple that even I feel confident to attempt.
I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Monday, October 26, 2015

The Splendor of Ordinary Days by Jeff High

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The pastoral charm of small-town Watervalley, Tennessee, can be deceptive, as young Dr. Luke Bradford discovers when he’s caught in the fallout of a decades-old conflict.
After a rocky start as Watervalley’s only doctor, Luke Bradford has decided to stay in town, honoring the three-year commitment he made to pay off his medical school debts. But even as his friendships with the quirky townsfolk deepen, and he pursues a romance with lovely schoolteacher Christine Chambers, several military veterans’ emotional wounds trigger anger and unrest in Watervalley.
At the center of the clash is the curmudgeonly publisher of the local newspaper, Luther Whitmore. Luther grew up in Watervalley, but he returned from combat in Vietnam a changed man. He fenced in beautiful Moon Lake, posting “Keep Out” notices at the beloved spot, and provokes the townspeople with his incendiary newspaper.
As Luke struggles to understand Luther’s past, and restore harmony in Watervalley, an unforeseen crisis shatters a relationship he values dearly. Suddenly Luke must answer life’s toughest questions about service, courage, love, and sacrifice.
My opinion: This book was a delightful read about small town living, at least that is all it seemed like at face value but it is so much more than that. This book is a quaint story that deals with Vietnam vets and other issues. The characters are utterly charming and the author does such a good job at making endearing characters that it makes you wish that you could meet many of them! A wonderful read with a warm center that one really enjoys. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Just show up by Kara Tippetts

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Kara Tippetts’s story was not a story of disease, although she lost her battle with terminal cancer.
It was not a story of saying goodbye, although she was intentional in her time with her husband and four children. Kara’s story was one of seeing God in the hard and in the good. It was one of finding grace in the everyday. And it was one of knowing “God with us” through fierce and beautiful friendship.
In Just Show Up, Kara and her close friend, Jill Lynn Buteyn, write about what friendship looks like in the midst of changing life seasons, loads of laundry, and even cancer. Whether you are eager to be present to someone going through a difficult time or simply want inspiration for pursuing friends in a new way, this eloquent and practical book explores the gift of silence, the art of receiving, and what it means to just show up.

My opinion: What a very emotional read, knowing that Kara had lost her battle with cancer and left a young family behind, this book was hard to pick up and yet I am glad I did. While the book does deal with Kara's battle with cancer it is about so much more than that, it deals with being a good friend, during the good times and the rough times and how vital that is. I feel like Kara really opened up about her struggles and her faith in God and was able to praise Him till the end. This book was amazing and I am still so encouraged by it. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

What to eat when you're pregnant by Nicole Avena PhD

What a wonderful book that I very much wished I had when I was pregnant with my bundle of joy. I tried eating healthy but after reading book I realized that I really had no idea what the heck I was doing! This book is full of wonderful advice and had a lot of information that most people don't think about. I loved how it was broken down by trimester and what was best to eat when and why it was good to eat while pregnant.
I think it would make a great present for an expecting Mom, very different and yet essential.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Phoenix Claws and Jade Trees: Essential Techniques of Authentic Chinese Cooking

What a unique and interesting cookbook. I wasn't so sure about this cookbook at first, I love Chinese food, but find it to be so involved and certainly not something that you can easily do with a demanding 4 month old. This book really helps break Chinese food down and make it seem less daunting and more simplistic. With more than enough photos and a great step by step approach this book made Chinese food seem much more doable. I also love the wide range of recipes for chefs of various skill.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion

Monday, October 5, 2015

Pass it on by Jim Burns and Jeremy Lee

Pass it On PK


Pass It On (David C. Cook, September 2015)
Parents often experience a “freak out” moment when they realize their children’s view of God will primarily come from what they learn at home.
Most parents spend more time helping their kids succeed at academics or athletics than infusing shared spiritual experiences into the rhythm of everyday family life.
While the idea of strategically passing down our faith can seem intimidating, the annual Rites of Passage Experiences contained in Pass It On make it easy for your family to celebrate milestones from kindergarten through high school graduation. Forever change the direction of your family’s spiritual legacy . . . starting now!
My opinion: I feel this book is so vitally important to this day and age where many Christians are wondering how they are going to pass their faith on to their children. There are so many temptations and things that can pull children away from the faith so parents need to be super vigilant and make sure their children are exposed to the gospel daily. I really appreciated this book and the suggestions that were found in it, I feel this is an important book for any parents out there.

The Methuselah project by Rick Barry

Methuselah Project


The Methuselah Project(Kregel, September 2015)
Nazi scientists started many experiments. One never ended.
Roger Greene is a war hero. Raised in an orphanage, the only birthright he knows is the feeling that he was born to fly. Flying against the Axis Powers in World War II is everything he always dreamed—until the day he’s shot down and lands in the hands of the enemy.
When Allied bombs destroy both his prison and the mad genius experimenting on POWs, Roger survives. Within hours, his wounds miraculously heal, thanks to those experiments. The Methuselah Project is a success—but this ace is still not free. Seventy years later, Roger hasn’t aged a day, but he has nearly gone insane. This isn’t Captain America—just a lousy existence only made passable by a newfound faith. The Bible provides the only reliable anchor for Roger’s sanity and his soul. When he finally escapes, there’s no angelic promise or personal prophecy of deliverance, just confusion. It’s 2015—and the world has become an unrecognizable place.
Katherine Mueller—crack shot, genius, and real Southern Belle—offers to help him find his way home. Can he convince her of the truth of his crazy story? Can he continue to trust her when he finds out she works for the very organization he’s trying to flee?
Thrown right into pulse-pounding action from the first page, readers will find themselves transported back in time to a believable, full-colored past, and then catapulted into the present once more. The historical back-and-forth adds a constantly moving element of suspense to keep readers on the edge of their seats
My opinion: I was super excited to get a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest opinion as it had such an excited description and was very different from what I usually read, I have to say it did not disappoint. I loved the main character and the premise of the story, there was just the right amount of mystery, romance and suspense to keep one interested and on the edge of your seat. I thought the author did a fabulous job of really drawing one in and I loved it!

God Made all of me



God Made All of Me: A Book to Help Children Protect Their Bodies (New Growth Press, September 2015)
“God made every part of you!”
It’s easy to convey the message to children that their bodies—or particular parts of their bodies—are shameful. This misconception fuels confusion, embarrassment, and secrecy, and often prevents children from recognizing or reporting sexual abuse.
God Made All of Me is a simply-told, beautifully-illustrated story to help families talk about these sensitive issues with two- to eight-year-old children. Because the private parts of our bodies are private, the home is the ideal environment where a child should learn about his or her body and how it should be treated by others.
God Made All of Me starts from the fundamental truth that God created everything and applies that truth—the doctrine of creation—to kids and their bodies. It equips parents to talk with both boys and girls about their bodies and to help them understand the difference between the appropriate and inappropriate touch of others. God Made All of Me allows families to build a first line of defense against sexual abuse in the safety of their own homes.
God Made All of Me is the first children’s book written by Rid of My Disgrace authors Justin and Lindsey Holcomb. Parents of young children themselves, the Holcombs regularly counsel victims of sexual abuse and are profoundly aware of the dangers kids face. Their simple and relatable story, designed to help children protect their bodies, will be an important resource for every family with young children.
My opinion: With a 4 month old little girl I was beyond excited to receive this book in exchange for my honest opinion. Knowing that it is so important and yet difficult to talk to ones children about such issues I was excited there is a book, and a Christian one at that, to help parents talk to their kids about appropriate and inappropriate touches. This book really is a must for parents as it does a great job explaining appropriate touches and it is told in a simplistic manner easy for kids to understand. I wish it was not something that one has to talk about with their kids, but in this day and age it is vitally important and this book is a valuable resource.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Trim healthy Mama Plan

Since I received a copy of the Trim healthy Mama cookbook I have been eagerly awaiting my copy of the plan book in exchange for my honest opinion and I really could not be happier with it!
I had heard their first book was cumbersome as it was over 600 pages and I am glad to say this book is much more manageable!
This book talks about the THM (trim healthy mama) plan and ways to implement it into your own life.
I am encouraged and inspired by this book and am eager to try out this meal plan for myself!

Monday, September 28, 2015

God and Churchill by Jonathan Sandys and Wallace Henley

A very powerful book about one the most powerful leaders of the 20th century who helped guide his nation into victory during one of its most troubling times. I have always admired Churchill for his leadership and his wit, but this book allowed me to catch a glimpse of another side of Churchill, the God fearing man who saw it as his divine destiny to guide Britain during one of its darkest hours. This book was utterly enthralling and well written, drawing upon many resources this book was written by Churchill's great-Grandson so I would consider him a good authority on the matter.:)
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

A noble masquerade by Kristi Anna Hunter

I wasn't sure what to think about this book at first, I guessed right away who the valet was and I was not super impressed if that is what the big mystery was because it was pretty darn obvious. That being said I was pleasantly surprised that there was so much more to this book and that who the valet was came out pretty early on and was not at all the big mystery, With a cast of wonderful characters and intriguing secondary characters this book was a  excellent read and I am excited that a new historical fiction author of such quality has come to light. I look forward to reading more books by this author. Let it also be noted that the cover of this book is so gorgeous and certainly did help pique my interest.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.




Intersect DVD (Awaken Movement, July 2015)
Follow the journey of five individuals as they tell authentic stories of circumstances that have forced them to examine how God might fit into their lives.
This five-week small group resource helps spark spiritual conversations. Starting spiritual conversations with those outside of the church is a worthy, yet often difficult and intimidating task.Intersect was designed to help overcome those barriers. It is an easy-to-use resource, perfect for sharing with co-workers, friends, neighbors, and family to enter into meaningful conversations.
Each film is accompanied by thought-provoking questions designed to encourage participants to examine the world in which they live and the life they are pursuing, always ending with a conversation on how Jesus intersects the current topic. Allow this powerful new film resource to engage those you are in relationship with and then propel them forward in their next step with Jesus.
My opinion: This video was amazing and so very thought-provoking. I was very impressed with how professional the films were and how well put together.  I loved the real life stories that were so easy to relate to and the applicable lessons that related to things that many people have gone through and are dealing with.  I love how it is a 5 week course, so long enough to get people engaged without being overwhelming. Beautifully put together and wonderfully executed this is a wonderful resource for any churches library. I received a copy of this in exchange for my honest opinion.