Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Men of Sunday

Editor review:

Step into the locker rooms and living rooms of NFL players and their families. See how a close relationship with God guides football's biggest stars. In a behind-the-scenes, off-the-field glimpse into one of America's most beloved sports, Men of Sunday reveals how Sunday's greatest rely on God to face issues such as drug abuse, family crises, injuries, and temptations resulting from fame and fortune. Compiled from dozens of interviews, Men of Sunday marks the intersection of two Sunday traditions: faith and football.
Inspired by the league's "systemic shift" toward embracing Christianity, Bloomberg writer Curtis Eichelberger shows how God is a source of comfort when facing the unique challenges of life in the NFL and the everyday challenges of maintaining strong families and building character.
Featured personalities include: Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy, Former Chicago Bears middle linebacker Mike Singletary, San Diego Chargers chaplain Shawn Mitchell, New York Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson, and Danisha Rolle, wife of former Tennessee and Baltimore defensive back Samari Rolle.
Men of Sunday is a must-have for any football fan, teaching the invaluable lesson of trusting in the Lord - both on and off the field.

My review:
This is a wonderful book! I really emjoyed it myself but...My husband loved it and was daily telling me something new that he had learned from it! He would like to get it for his brother who is not a Christian but a HUGE nfl fan!!

we sometime believe that football stars and coaches as men who care very little about anything but themselves. Some are just that way...but I love that Men of Sunday shows us that there are some really great men out there! Our sons can look up to men who are reading their bibles and praying rather than sleeping around, or doing drugs! 
I would highly recommend this book for the NFL fan in your life...believer or not!
 *I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review, instead encouraged to write what I think

Monday, December 31, 2012

MMM The Southern Foodie

"The Southern Foodie" by Chris Chamberlain, book review. Subtitle: 100 Places to eat in the south before you die (and the recipes that made them famous).

Southern Food, mmmm my mind full of golden fried chicken, mashed potatoes, hush puppies, collard greens, mac and cheese, chocolate cake, and sweet tea! If yours isn't you have never been to the south, because these are the staples of the Southern kitchen or church potluck. But restaurants, well, they have done all these and more.

Author Chris Chamberlain, a native of Nashville, has compiled an impressive book listing 100 restaurants in the southern states from TX to FL with their stories and a signature recipe from each. Living in Tennessee, I read that chapter first and was pleased to see that I had been to two of the restaurants on the list.

This book is a combination tour guide and cook book. The author has included a detailed description of each restaurant including its history and cuisine. Then he includes a recipe from the menu, past or present. Don't make the mistake of reading this while hungry, because the descriptions and photos are mouth-watering!

This would be a excellent gift for the traveler in your life!

Monday, August 20, 2012

JACKSON - The Iron willed Commander

Jackson - The Iron-Willed Commander By Paul Vickery
There are many books in The General Series. Each one is special to me due to historical importance, being the big fan of history. I must admit just knew a few things about Andrew Jackson,but after reading this book i've gained so much more knowledge on the man he was.Paul Vickery has done his homework on this book.Backed up by facts and truths he digs deep into this man of many titles,and lets you feel his achievements as you read along.Anyone who loves history i highly reccomend you buying this book. you will not be dissapointed.I think this book would make a great christmas or birthday gift for anyone who truly enjoys history! We homeschool and this book {as well as others from the series} will be used in our curriculum!!

I received a copy of Jackson - The Iron-Willed Commander By Paul Vickery from Thomas Nelson/ BookSneeze. It is part of The Generals, a series about powerful Christian leaders. 

Monday, June 4, 2012

Heaven is for real Kids

Heaven is for real Kids captures little kids attention and makes them imagine what Heaven is like. It makes them think about what it will be like to see Jesus and it reminds them how much He loves them.

Heaven is For Real for Kids is written in Colton's own words about his experience. Young kids will easily be able to grasp Colton's simple phrasing and descriptions, and once again, each page is illustrated beautifully. The message of love will surely bring peace, comfort, and joy to all who read it.

I would recommend when reading this book with you children having your bible near by and read the verses your self with you child! I would recommend this book to parents and grandparents who have kids and grandkids who are non-believers

Book Description
Publication Date: November 8, 2011 | Age Level: 4 and up
Heaven is for real, and you are going to like it!
Colton Burpo came back from his trip to heaven with a very important message: Jesus really, really loves children. In an effort to reach even more families with this eternally significant story, this runaway bestseller is now told from Colton-kid to kids! Children will receive the same comfort and assurance that so many adults have received from the trade book.
Beautifully illustrated under Colton's direction, he shares his experiences in first person and comments on things that will be important to kids. A letter to parents is included to guide them as they talk to their children about heaven. Scripture along with a Q&A section with answers from the Bible are also included in the book.
Product Details
  • Reading level: Ages 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Gift edition (November 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140031870X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400318704

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

spring for susannah by catherine richmond

I'll be honest, normally I'm not a fan of the whole historical romance novel. However I found   the description on Spring for Susannah very intriguing - the mail-order bride scenario seemed a little different than what I usually read. Spring for Susannah is set in the 1800's on the frontier in the Dakota territory.The characters were very likable and interesting, I loved Jesse from the moment he was introduced and I truly felt the chemistry between Jesse and Susannah. After reading the book I can tell you that it's not your typical mail-order setting but more of a 'last resort' for Susannah. She knew this was her last alternative to even hope for a husband and home.

When Susannah left the home she knew she had no idea what she was getting herself into, she still got on the train and headed west. She was nervous and afraid. She assumed her new husband would have a home like she was accustomed to and she would take care of it and her husband as her mother taught her. In these pages of this book you will find out that she got something very different.

Can you imagine? Put yourself in her place: leaving everyone you have known your entire life and going out into the total unknown. I loved how patient and kind Jesse was with Susannah.
The only CON I really is have I felt the story being rushed with little to no emotion. I was little was disappointed with the ending, maybe another chapter or two. However, its a great story leaving the reader wanting more!! I hope there will be a sequel! She is a great new author!

Yellow Book Shelf grade: A
YBS recommends this book

Product Description
Hundreds of miles from home, Susannah faces an uncertain future as a mail-order bride on the untamed Dakota prairie.
When her parents die suddenly, and no suitors call, Susannah resigns herself to the only option available: becoming a mail-order bride. Agreeing to marry her pastor's brother, Jesse, Susannah leaves the only home she's ever known for the untamed frontier of the Dakota Territory.
Her new husband is more loving and patient with her than she believes she deserves. Still, there is also a wildness to him that mirrors the wilderness surrounding them. And Susannah finds herself constantly on edge. But Jesse's confidence in her-and his faith in God's perfect plan-slowly begin to chip away at the wall she hides behind.
When she miscarries in the brutal Dakota winter, Susannah's fledgling faith in herself and in God begins to crumble. Still, Jesse's love is unwavering. Just when it seems like winter will never end, Susannah finally sees the first tentative evidence of spring. And with it, the realization that more than the landscape has changed.
She looks to the future with a renewed heart. Yet in her wildest dreams, she couldn't predict all that awaits her.

Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (June 14, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1595549242
ISBN-13: 978-1595549242

Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson, and was not required to present a positive review in return. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

knitting knee-highs by: barb brown

Product Description
In this book, author Barb Brown takes sock knitting to new heights by teaching you the ins and outs of knitting kneehighs, a popular sock, but one that needs more explanation than most books and magazines give it. Here, in the first book on the topic, you will learn how to size these socks as you knit them, with 20 great patterns to pick from. Each of the 20 knee-high patterns comes with a variation that features that design in a different color and style of sock, perfect for knitters who want to mix up their sock drawer.
About the AuthorBarb Brown is the owner of Wild Geese Fibres, an online business specializing in natural fiber yarns for socks and lace. She teaches knitting and lace-making at yarn shops and community colleges. Her work has appeared in magazines A Needle Pulling Thread, Yarn Forward and Twists and Turns as well as in the book Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn.

Peek inside Knitting Knee-Highs HERE!!!

"Knitting Knee-Highs" is not just for the lover of knee-high stockings: the 20 great patterns are shown with variations of the non-knee-high variety, for those who like their socks shorter, there is even a pattern for leg warmers!
I was thrilled to get this book! I love knitting, but I have never branched out to socks...until now! Knitting Knee-Highs is full of beautiful and just plain stunning socks. The patterns are lovely, and the directions for customized fit are good. If you like knee-socks, you'll love Knitting Knee-Highs!
Some of my favorites that I will be sporting this fall:
Flora Knee High Page 59.
These sock are stunning! I cannot wait to get these started!
Counterpane Knee High Page 99
Beautiful and delicate! LOVE!
I'd be lying if I told you those are the only socks I like! I think that I'm completely in love with every single pair in this book! I'm sure my husband and I will have over flowing sock drawers come fall!
If you're a sock knitter, a lover of stranded patterns, looking for more than ho-hum socks or love new and interesting techniques and folk-inspired patterns, you will absolutly love this book. Even if you are a beginner, I think you will still love this book! It's always fun to learn something new!!
Happy Knitting:)

Paperback: 128 pages Publisher: Krause Publications; 1 edition (February 24, 2011) Language: English ISBN-10: 9781440213694 ISBN-13: 978-1440213694 ASIN: 1440213690

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


She's been there since the beginning, always by your side when you need her. She is the glue that holds everything together, your biggest cheerleader. No one can compare...she is Mom! -ALSNS

My mom is my very best friend. She always has been, I can tell her anything and everything! I've been truly blessed with the most understanding, loving and caring mom! There are so many thank you's I want to give her, so many words of love I want to tell her.

I was thrilled to be given the oppertunity to review and share EAT YOUR PEAS for Mom : a 3 minute forever book (the newest book from Cheryl Karpen)

Mom's heart will smile through the pages filled with affirmation, appreciation, and gratitude expressed for all the ways she loves and cares for you. Each page is artfully hand-illustrated for a charming and homespun feel. It's a perfect keepsake and reminder for Mom to hold onto forever. Available at and at selected retail stores.

My Q and A with Cheryl Karpen...

Which book is your favorite?

That's a tough question because so many of the titles have woven their way into my heart! Although I have never had children (biologically, that is). I love the art and sentiments in Eat Your Peas for New Moms and I can hardly wait until it is published in the new hardcover keepsake edition by Thomas Nelson. New mothers need and deserve all the cheering on they can get!

Okay, here's another favorite. I wrote Eat Your Peas for Moms (not to be confused with New Moms) as a love letter to my own mother. When Mom read it for the first time she broke down and cried (a rarity in front of her kids) and told me she was glad she lived long enough to hear the words in that book. She'll turn age 90 in a couple of weeks.

Have you ever thought about doing a book for Mother's of Multiples or Parent's of Multiples for that matter?

Any title is worth considering. Thank you for the idea!

Where does your inspiration come from?

My inspiration comes from listening to people's stories: their dreams, aspirations, heartaches, sorrows and their joys. Including my own.

Simple Truths and Happy Insights...

EAT YOUR PEAS for Mom is a wonderful book full of insight, advice, tips, truths and treasured thoughts. It's a Thank You note and letter of Love all rolled into one for your Mom, and it's a book full of encouragement for new moms! Full of beautiful heartfelt words of love. Every page is a precious reminder of how much a Mom is loved. Written beautifully to capture how wonderful she truly is. As a Mother, I absolutly LOVE this book, I love the art and sentiments, I love the size, the textured pages, the colors, I love everything about it! As a Daughter, I love the words, truths and promises inside the pages, it is like the words and thoughts were taken from me and written down for my wonderful Mom!

EAT YOUR PEAS for Mom is laid out beautifully, with a picture and a blank area on the left, and a wonderful tid bit of wisdom on the right. EAT YOUR PEAS for Mom is a adorable square size, bright purple, green swirls & polka dots. I am all about the first impression when it comes to books, and EAT YOUR PEAS for Mom is Fantastic!

Make it your own...

You can personalize the textured left pages inside the book! As a Mom, I could write my dreams, hopes, aspirations for my kids, in addition milestones, such as the first time my twins say "I love you too, mommy" or the first time my son rides his bike without training wheels, things that are special to me! Then as my children grow I can look back at my special memory book, and smile thinking about how blessed I am as a Mom of my little ones! As a daughter. I could write personal message to my Mom, a memory, a thought, or something inspirational for her. In the case of my Mom, she would love something as simple as a doodle, we have alway shared a love for art, she is who taught me to draw! Wow, the possibilities are endless! EAT YOUR PEAS for Mom is not just another gift book, it will not be forgotten or abandoned on your bookshelf.

More than just for Mom...

Each of the 21 titles in the series begins with a promise to be there for a loved one throughout life’s hilarities and heartaches. Karpen calls the act of gifting these hardcover books a “peas promise.” With nearly one million copies sold, she acknowledges that one book purchase has inspired another - people want to pay the promise forward. **Eat Your Peas books will make great fundraisers for your non-profit group or organization. Call 877-224-7886 to learn more!

EAT YOUR PEAS for Mom is the perfect gift for your Mom this Mother's Day! She will be touched by the precious words inside. She will love how special you have made her feel! A copy of EAT YOUR PEAS for Mom is wrapped in a beautiful ribbon, with a personalize note, ready for my Mom to open for Mother's Day!

EAT YOUR PEAS for Mom book info...

  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Gift edition (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140418984X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1404189843
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 7 x 0.6 inches
Other Eat Your Peas books...

I am truly looking forward to the relese of EAT YOUR PEAS, Girlfriend

A delightful way to show a girlfriend that she is truly special!

If you're looking for a meaningful way to encourage and inspire that special girlfriend in your life, look no more! Eat Your Peas®, Girlfriend is a 3-minute read with a forever message. Small doses of encouragement and affirmation are graced with charming hand illustrations to transform your friend's day into a bright shining beacon of love. It's a wonderful keepsake and reminder that she is truly special!

I cannot wait to get this book for some of my best friends!

*This title has not yet been released.You may pre-order it now and it will be delivered to you when it arrives.

Ships from and sold by Gift-wrap available.

Another Eat Your Peas Book that is not released that I am really excited about is EAT YOUR PEAS Faithfully, Love Mom

If you're looking for a meaningful way to encourage and inspire that special daughter or son in your life, look no more! Eat Your Peas® Faithfully, Love Mom is a 3-minute read with a forever message. Small doses of godly wisdom and simple truths are graced with delightful hand illustrations to transform your child's (young or adult) glimmer of faith into a bright shining beacon of hope. This keepsake is a reminder to your children that they are loved-by God and you!

I already plan to get all three of my children this book! I can't wait!

*This title has not yet been released.You may pre-order it now and it will be delivered to you when it arrives.

Ships from and sold by Gift-wrap available.

EAT YOUR PEAS, Faithfully

If you're looking for a meaningful way to encourage and inspire that special someone in your life, look no more! Eat Your Peas® Faithfully is a 3-minute read with a forever message. Small doses of Godly wisdom and simple truths are graced with delightful hand illustrations to transform anyone's glimmer of faith into bright shining beacons of hope. It's a wonderful keepsake and reminder that they are loved-by God and you!

This is a wonderful book that is so sweet that everyone would love to have on their book shelf!


If you're looking for a meaningful way to encourage andinspire that special daughter in your life, look no more! Eat Your Peas® Daughters is a 3-minute read with a forever message.Small doses of simple truths and insights are hand-illustrated to express yourunending love and desire for the very best for her life. It's a wonderfulkeepsake and reminder that she'll forever and always be your girl.

This year for my birthday my mom gave me EAT YOUR PEAS, Daughter! It is the sweetest book, and it means so much, because I know that the word inside this little book are words from my Mom to me! I love it and have been reading it with my daughter!

Happy Mother's Day and don't forget to EAT YOUR PEAS!!