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 http://www.amazon.com/ 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 Amazon.com. 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 Amazon.com. 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!!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Max on Life

From the Publisher...
We have questions. Child-like inquiries. And deep, heavy ones.
In more than twenty-five years of writing and ministry, Max Lucado has been the receiving line for thousands of such questions. The questions come in letters, e-mails, even on Dunkin Donuts napkins. In Max on Life he offers thoughtful answers to more than 150 of the most pressing questions on topics ranging from hope to hurt, from home to the hereafter.
Max writes about the role of prayer, the purpose of pain, and the reason for our ultimate hope. He responds to the day-to-day questions—parenting quandaries, financial challenges, difficult relationships—as well as to the profound: Is God really listening?
A special addendum includes Max’s advice on writing and publishing.
Including topical and scriptural indexes and filled with classic Lucado encouragement and insight, Max on Life will quickly become a favorite resource for pastors and ministry leaders as well as new and mature believers.
Max on Life is broken down into seven sections:
Within those sections there are 172 different questions in a huge range of feelings, emotions, family, God, ect.
I normally LOVE Max Lucado and was very excited about this book, however upon reading it, I was...less than thrilled. Some of the question are answer with a plethora of God's word and bible verses. Then other questions are answered purely with Max Lucados opinion...frankly, I would rather hear God's thoughts on the issue rather than man's. In the aspect of Sex, weather it be abuse or premarital, man is man and will judge, where God will not. I felt a unbalance to the book. The book just isn't for me. I think there are a lot of people out there that would probably enjoy it. I would suggest to my family and friends to check for it at the Library or maybe barrow it before they buy.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Eat your Peas Daughter

A delightful book to encourage your daughter and show her she is always in your heart.
If you're looking for a meaningful way to encourage and inspire 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 your unending love and desire for the very best for her life. It's a wonderful keepsake and reminder that she'll forever and always be your girl.
Before "Eat Your Peas Daughters" I was not familiar with the "eat your peas" series. I have to tell you I am hooked! This may very well be one of my all time favorite books! Each beautiful page has a phrase, a paragraph or a word meant to uplift and encourage any daughter! I have in fact started reading it to my little girl.

"I Love you with all my heart and soul"

"Beauty comes wrapped in many packages:
a smile
a intelligent mind
a act of kindness
a loving heart
You are so Beautiful"

Hardcover: 80 pages Publisher: ThomasLanguage: English ISBN-10: 1404189831 ISBN-13: 978-1404189836

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

SisterChicks in wooden shoes

From the publisher...
A multi-tasking mama, Summer Finley has found ways to handle whatever life throws at her with grace and a grin. Until now, that is. An "abnormal" medical test result sends Summer into an emotional tailspin and prompts her to fulfill a life-long dream of "meeting" her best friend and pen pal since fourth grade, Noelle Van Zandt, face-to-face.

Their blissful week together in the Netherlands finds Summer and Noelle floating down a canal in Amsterdam, visiting Corrie Ten Boom’s Hiding Place, sipping decadent Dutch cocoa in Delft, and bobbing merrily along through a sea of brilliant, spring-fresh tulips. Each day takes them further from midlife anxiety and closer to trusting God in deeper ways.

When Summer finally confides in Noelle about the abnormal test results, Summer’s honesty prompts Noelle to share a long-held heartache. The two friends find they both needed to be together more than either of them realized. Could it be this adventure was tucked away in God’s imagination long before Summer bought her ticket to fly to the land of merry tulips and kalomping wooden shoes?
My review...
Summer and Noelle have been pen pals their entire lives, but they have never met face to face. When Summer receives a phone call from her doctor that has the potential to rearrange her well ordered world. Summer does something very out of character. She picks up the phone and books a ticket to fly to the Netherlands to finally meet her best friend and pen pal, Noelle. I love the encouragement her husband gives when she tells him that she is going! It reminded me of my husband.

After the relax and fall into the natural friendship which they have shared through childood, teenage angst, college years, getting married, children and daily lives. They spend one entire week getting to know each other's day to day personality. I would love to be able to visit the Corrie ten Boome home and experience what they experienced.

It took me a while to open this book...the two day's before it arrived were a wirlwind of emotions for me. A number of dear women in my life were told they have breast cancer. One of these women has the worst of the worst. When the book arrived I was so excited to read it. When I read the words written about Summer it stopped me in my tracks, almost too much to bear. I am a huge fan of the SisterChicks books and the Author, who I grew up reading...Gotta love Christy Miller:)
I would recommend this book to friends and family! I will be passing it on to my mom now!
*please note I was given this book in exchange for my honest reivew and opinion
288 pages Publisher: Multnomah Books; Original edition (May 5, 2009) Language: English ISBN-10: 1601420099 ISBN-13: 978-1601420091

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

God's Promises - Devotional Journal

Embrace the Promises God has for you!
More than 20 of our leading Christian authors including: Billy Graham, Max Lucado, Sheilia Walsh, Elisabeth Elliot and many more bring inspiration and encouragement every day of the year. Guided questions and commentary gently lead the way for personal meditation and reflection on God's promises for your life. At the end of each reading there is journaling space provided for recording your thoughts and prayers, and for promoting more quiet time alone with you and the Lord.
Wonderful devotional! I was thrilled at the opportunity to review this book! It is full of little tidbits of encouragement! Perfect for a busy mom like me, to be honest I haven't been reading this day by day as it is a 365 day devotional with the date posted. I have used it more as a down time devotional, like when my children are napping, when they are playing together. It is fantastic to get fed when I need it!
I would HIGHLY recommend this Devotional Journal to anyone. Weather you have 2 hours or 2 minutes you would truly benefit from this beautiful little book!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Izzy's Pop Star Plan - Devo/Novel

Product Description
Izzy Baxter has big plans-popstar plans
Ever since she was six, she's dreamed of becoming the world's next singing sensation. Now sixteen, her singing career is on the rise, and she's been selected to compete on the hit TV show International Popstar Challenge. As Izzy performs in far off locations such as Tokyo and Paris, it seems as if her plans are coming off without a hitch. But God has plans of His own, and Izzy will soon discover that living for Him is "way cooler" than megastar fame.
Presented like a daily blog, set up like a devotional, and read like a novel-this book will be an instant hit with tween girls. This cutting edge new product will meet girls where they are, and girls will love following Izzy on her incredible adventure. Plus, they'll get daily spiritual food to equip them on their own incredible adventure with God.

My Review...
Izzy's Pop Star Plan is one of the cutest books I have read in a long time. It is written like a devo/novel - and at the same time looks like a blog! Izzy 'posts' a entry everday. Talk about a bible verses and prays! I love this book now, I can't imagine how much I would have loved it when I was 12ish. Oh, another cool thing that every young girl will like is that this book is interactive!!! They have a website, so some of the blog entries say "go to the website" and there is actually really a website!!

I would HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone with a young woman in their life! It says for ages 9-12 on one website and on another it says 12-18 --- I think it would be perfect for ages 8ish to 16! However, the Moms will enjoy it as well! I am planning on ordering a half dozen copies to give as gifts. I also think that this book could be a really fun Mommy/Daughter study or for your daughter/granddaughter and her friends to read together and talk about it!
Get a copy and enjoy...I promise you will
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback: 256 pages Publisher: Thomas Nelson (January 4, 2011) Language: English ISBN-10: 1400316545 ISBN-13: 978-1400316540

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Lazarus Awakening

You believe that God loves the world…
but sometimes you wonder if He truly loves you.

For many of us, moving the truth of God’s love from our heads to our hearts is a lifelong process. As we consider our inadequacies or grieve our shattered dreams, we find it difficult to believe that God cares for us personally.

In this life-giving book, Joanna Weaver shows you how to embrace the truth that Jesus loves you apart from anything you accomplish, apart from anything you bring. Just as He called Lazarus forth to new life, Jesus wants to free you to live fully in the light of His love, unbound from the graveclothes of fear, regret, and self-condemnation.

Love is calling your name.

Combining unforgettable real-life illustrations with unexpected biblical insights, Joanna Weaver invites you to experience a spiritual resurrection that will forever change your understanding of what it means to be the one Jesus loves.

Includes 10-week Bible study (adaptable for 8 weeks) for both individual reflection and group discussion.
what I thought...
I have had the pleasure of reading the other Joanna Weaver books, Including 'Having a Mary Heart in a Martha world" which was great. I had high hopes from
Once again Joanna writes it a way that I am easily able to connect with. She is very much a normal person. I have read many books where the author is so caught up in a particular writing style that it is so difficult to connect with.
I was drawn to a part of the book on page 20. 'When Life doesn't make sense' "It wasn't supposed to be this way. Death, grief and pain..." How often I feel this way. There have been many time is my life when I have wondered and said "Why God!!" Jonanna reminds us that we were not made for this world, but we were made for Paradise. How sweet of a thought that is!!
another part that stood out...
John 11:20-27 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.
"Lord," Martha said to Jesus, "if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask."
Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again."
Martha answered, "I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day."
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?"
"Yes, Lord," she replied, "I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world."
Joanna reminds us: ‘Grave clothes consist of layers.’ You can experience a true awakening if you embrace the process!"
I would recommend this book! It is a quick read if you a pressed for time, or you can read as slow as needed and take in every single word day by day! I also recommed the other books from this series!

Hardcover: 240 pages Publisher: WaterBrook Press (February 8, 2011) Language: English ISBN-10: 0307444961 ISBN-13: 978-0307444967
Lazarus Awakening. I was not dissapointed.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Read and Share: The Ultimate DVD Bible - Volume 2

Read and Share: The Ultimate DVD Bible - Volume 2
Full of bite-sized stories in both book and DVD. This volume contains more than 100 beloved Bible stories, including time-honored favorites like Joseph, Moses, Balaam, The Promised Land, Solomon, Elisha, Daniel, Jonah, The Boy Jesus, Miracles of Jesus, Jesus' Death and Resurrection, and many more.

What I thought...
This is kind of a 6 in one - half dozen the other review, because I have a 6 year old and 17 month old twins.

Bible Only:
First of all Read and Share: The Ultimate DVD Bible - Volume 2 is beautifully illistrated. It also does a great job of teaching each Bible story in a way that small children can grasp and easily understand. However, the age range for Read and Share is 4-8...I totally disagree with this age range. I have a 6 year old and almost 17 month old twin. While reading The Read and Share Bible, my oldest told me that "this is a perfect bible for the twins" He found it boring and toddler like. My twins on the other hand sat and listened, pointed to pictures, we talked about each story...they loved it, and have been bringing it to me to read! Another thing that I was very disappointed in was the lack of a prayer or bible verse at the end of each story. At the beginning of each story it tells where out of the bible it is taken from, but that's it. I felt it to be just a "story book" Rather than a "BIBLE" story book. To twart this, we say a prayer at the end of each and read more out of another bible to make it a little more, bible focused. With all this being said, I think The Read and Share: The Ultimate DVD Bible - Volume 2 would be good for ages 18 months - 3. If you have a older child I would recommend looking for something else.
Now, the DVD's on the other hand held my 6 year olds attention, and he loved them. He sat down and watch each from start to finish...in silence. I like being able to watch the stories. My twins like the dvd's as well, but they only watched a few before that went off to play.
I think that if you have children of different ages from 1-8 you would probably like this, but if not, I still maintain my suggestion of age 18 months - 3.

Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 224 pages Publisher: Thomas Nelson (February 15, 2011) Language: English ISBN-10: 1400316146 ISBN-13: 978-1400316144

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Save the Date

When Alex and Lucy pick out wedding invitations, they wonder if they can be printed in vanishing ink.

Former NFL star Alex Sinclair is a man who has it all--except the votes he needs to win his bid for Congress. Despite their mutual dislike, Alex makes Lucy a proposition: pose as his fiancee in return for the money she desperately needs. Bound to a man who isn't quite what he seems, Lucy will find her heart on the line--and maybe even her life. When God asks Alex and Lucy to scrap their playbook and follow his rules, will they finally say, "I do"?

What I thought...
I have really enjoyed this book! It the story of a young woman (Lucy) who wonders what is going to happen to her Girls home after she loses funding. She strikes up a deal with a Ex-NFL hero (Alex) who needs Lucy to get elected...Its kind of The Proposal meets Sweet Home Alabama...but with a Christian perspective.
Throughout Save the Date the "agreement" causes a roller coaster of emotions, not only between Alex and Lucy, but Alex and his brother, Lucy and Matt, plus her Grandmother and deceased Father she never knew.
Lucy finds her self surprised when the things don't turn out the way she assumed they would. Lucy seeks the Lord's guidance through the book...and finds her self surprised at who else is seeking the Lord as well!
At the beginning Save the Date talks about how Lucy runs a girls home for young women who have been in the foster care system, but are now 18 and have no where to go...expect Saving Grace. Saving Grace is a big part of this book and I really like that, all too often I read a book where the main woman is kind of a blur...who is she, does she have friends? a job? Jenny B. Jones did a wonderful job making Lucy feel like a friend! Alex...I actually really liked Alex from the beginning. He was rough and hard around the edges, but I knew something great was on its way! He's a twin, which I like, since I have twins.
Save the Date is funny, Witty, and keeps you wondering what is going to happen...all the while surprising you! I would highly recommend this book!!
ISBN: 1595545395
Page Count: 320
Retail Price: $14.99

Please note that I was given Save the Date for free from the Publisher in exchange for a honest review!

Sunday, January 16, 2011


From Publishers Weekly
Cymbala's fourth book supports his thesis that God will favor those whose hearts are genuinely open to him. In six brief chapters, Cymbala alternates between biblical and contemporary stories many about his parishioners to illustrate simple, powerful messages about how people have succeeded and failed in efforts to live a blessed life. He does a fine job of making Old Testament stories accessible to a wide audience, and in doing so shows how kings such as Uzziah and Josiah interacted with God and reaped both blessings and sorrows, depending on the condition of their hearts and the choices they made. Mixed with these stories are snippets of information about the Brooklyn Tabernacle, Cymbala's astoundingly successful church, but for a fuller story of its humble beginnings and miraculous growth, readers would do better to read Cymbala's first three publications, as well as Carol Cymbala's book (reviewed below). Cymbala's tone is refreshingly earnest, and while he does not downplay God's ability and willingness to allow human suffering, he and Sorenson emphasize above all God's tenderness and deep love for everyone. Also admirable is the absence of vitriol in this book; Cymbala imitates the godly gentleness he extols and repeatedly warns against the pride and hardness of heart to which those who are blessed can fall prey. While some of Cymbala's rhetoric may superficially appear to echo the gospel of health and wealth, even the most cursory reading reveals that he speaks of blessings much less tangible and more enduring than money and material well-being.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

My thoughts...
This is a amazing book! Totally uplifting! Althought small and a fairly quick read it is like nothing I have ever read! The Life God Blesses is full of God wonderful blessings. Some of the stories Pastor Cymbala writes about just left my jaw dropped...all the while sitting in amazment of what our wonderful Lord can do! We have a wonderful, LOVING father who wants to show us. The Lord does great things every single day. After reading this book, I have such a fire for the Lord!
God is searching for people to bless. Find out how to have a heart that God cannot resist and you will become a channel of his blessing for your family, your church, and your world.

About Jim Cymbala:
Jim Cymbala has been the pastor of The Brooklyn Tabernacle for more than twenty-five years. He is also the author of the bestselling titles Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire;

Fresh Faith; Fresh Power; Breakthrough Prayer; The Life God Blesses; The Church God Blesses; and The Promise of God’s Power.

Publisher: Zondervan (September 1, 2001)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0310242029
ISBN-13: 978-0310242024 128 pages

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Shelter of God's Promises

From the Publisher:

For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ. And so through him the "Amen" is spoken by us to the glory of God. "In a world of uncertainty, pain, and struggle, where do you find solid assurance and unshakeable truth?
Gifted Bible teacher and inspiring Women of Faith speaker Sheila Walsh offers powerful, heart-filled teaching on ten bedrock promises of God, providing the foundation for daily confidence, joy, and hope.

In The Shelter of God’s Promises, Sheila searches Scripture for what God has promised us, what God's promises mean, and how encounters with Christ are the eternal fulfillment of His unrelenting commitment to us. In this riveting walk through some of the Bible's most compelling stories, Walsh unveils ten foundational promises of God that secure our lives during even the most difficult times. Sheila weaves her hallmark storytelling, inspiring personal experience, and Scripture to help readers gain a trust in God that will sustain them for a lifetime.

 My Review:
I will be honest this is the very first book I have read by Sheila Walsh. Through the years I have never been able to make it to Women of Faith for one reason or another. All I can say is I have truly been missing out on this Awesome woman of God!

The Shelter of God's Promises is a amazing book,
The book is broken down into categories of God's Promises:

Promises, Promises- I Need Something to Hold On To
Provision- I Don't Have Enough
Peace- I'm Afraid and Feel Alone
Confidence-I Can't See God's Plan in this Pain
Love- I Don't Believe that Anyone Could Really Love Me
Grace- I Have Failed
Hope- I'm Broken
Strength- I Feel Things Are Crashing Around Me
More- I Know There's Something Better
Home- I have a Future

This book reminds us of the truly Unconditional Love that our heavenly Father has for us. No matter what we do, his promises remain. 

This book came to me at the perfect time in my life. From the very first page I was hooked. Sheila has a beautiful gift from the Lord and shares it in a way that is very clear and understandable. In the very first chapter she speaks of her father-in-law and Moses

A few days ago my Mother who lives alone lost her Job. She is afraid of the unknown and not sure what God is going to do in her life. I think that this book would be absolutly wonderful her. Or the close family friend who is facing Breast Cancer know that her Husband may not survive till morning. I WILL be recommending the book to Family and Friends.

Oh, and this isn't just a book! In the back there is a in-depth Bible study for each chapter...
*Memorize this Week
Thus turning this great book into a 10 week Bible study.

"For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God."
-2 Corinthians 1:20

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Lioness Arising

From the Publisher:
Awaken.The lioness rises from her slumber, a magnificent image of strength, passion, and beauty. Her mere presence
commands the landscape, protects her young, and empowers the lion. In groups, lionesses become a creative and strategic force to be reckoned with, acting as one to change the world around them.

You too are a lioness.
In Lioness Arising, author and speaker Lisa Bevere offers the life and image of the lioness as a fierce and tender model for women. Revealing the surprising characteristics of this amazing creature, Lisa challenges women to discover fresh passion, prowess, and purpose.

Learn what it means to:

• be a stunning representation of strength
• fiercely protect the young
• lend your voice to the silenced
• live in the light and hunt in the dark
• raise a collective roar that changes everything

Packed with remarkable insights from nature and a rich depth of biblical references to lionesses, Lioness Arising is a call for women to rise up in strength and numbers to change their world.

Jesus is, after all, the lion of the Tribe of Judah.

We are his lioness arising.

My Review...Lisa Bevere's newest book, Lioness Arising Steams from a vision that God gave her years ago, Bevere introduces the lioness as a point of comparison to illustrate women's potential power, passion, prowess, and purpose once they are stirred awake.

When I first selected this book to review I had high hopes. While waiting for the book to arrive I was able to read the 1st chapter HERE.

Bevere speaks to the many roles of women, such being wives, mothers, sisters, and daughters of God. In addition she encourages women to be 'fierce' like a lioness in protecting all children, to use night vision to rescue those caught in darkness, to nurture and encourage other women, and to advocate for the voiceless!!

"This book introduces a change into the landscape of Christian thinking concerning women's role in ministry. It has been anticipated by countless women who have known deep down inside that they have been created to be world-changers. As a true spiritual mentor bent on helping women realize that they are God's creative answer to the problems the world is facing, Bevere shares sketches of personal experiences in her own spiritual journey. With solid biblical grounding throughout its entirety, this book will motivate women to awaken, rise up, lift their individual and collective voice and fulfill their God-given purpose to make a difference in the world."

"who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions," Hebrews 11:33

Monday, January 10, 2011

This Little Prayer of Mine

Nothing Compares to Childlike Faith
From the Publisher:

I know you're up in heaven, God,
and can hear my voice from there.
I'm just a little child.
Will you answer my short prayer?

So begins this delightful book that affirms God's readiness to answer our prayers, no matter what our age.

With engaging rhymes and beautiful illustrations, This Little Prayer of Mine assures children that God is always near--watching, listening, caring, and eager to respond to their requests. They'll also learn that prayer isn't just about asking for things, but about sharing their feelings of sadness and uncertainty as well as of thanksgiving and joy.
Most importanly, This Little Prayer of Mine reminds children—and those who love them—that they can trust God to tenderly care for them, no matter what the future holds.

This Little Prayer of Mine
I love this:
"And when my heart is very sad,
and tears roll down my face,
please help me be happy
so a smile take their place."
and this:
"For puppies, pies and Ice Cream,
my family and my friends.
But most of all I'm grateful
for you love that never ends."
I think that
Please Note this book is from my personal library and I was not comphensated in any way for this review
is a very sweet book. My son loves it. He will be 6 tomorrow, he is able to connect with every part of this prayer. Happiness, sadness, pain, ect. and the illastrations are beautiful & perfect, from a little girl with a broken doll, to a little boy being left out. I think Anothony DeStefano did a great job with This Little Prayer of Mine. My son and I both love the way the words flow together from page to page...like a poem, or even a song. This Little Prayer of Mineis a VERY easy read and he is able to read it on his own, which I love!This Little Prayer of Minewould be a perfect additon for anyone who has little one who is learning to read and loves Jesus!! :)

My review:

Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Faith of Ronald Reagan

From the Publisher:
Explore the life and personality of President Ronald Reagan through the lens of his deep-felt Christian beliefs. With warmth and insight, Mary Beth Brown delves into the spiritual journey of America's 40th president and offers profound stories of God's providence in Ronald Reagan's life-from first making it as an actor to winning the presidency, from surviving an assassination attempt to eventually changing the face of world politics. With the support of Reagan's own words and writings and firsthand interviews with his family, friends, and co-workers, Brown weaves a magnificent story of Reagan's quiet, strong devotion to God, sure to both inform and inspire.
Timed for the Reagan centenary in 2011 and released in a season of intense political unrest, The Faith of Ronald Reagan is strikingly relevant for today's reader.

My Review...
My mom has told me the same story since I was a little girl. A story about how I was going to be named
Hearing this my whole life, sparked a interest in
 President Ronald Reagan quotes:
Reagan. She loved the name and she loved Ronald Reagan both as a actor first then as President. When she shared that she was thinking about naming me Reagan she was made fun of and worried that I might be as well...so here I am Britni.Ronald Reagan at a young age. I have always Admired him. Democracy is worth dying for, because it's the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man. -

Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged. -

A personal favorite that means something very special to me...
Ronald Reagan
Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall! -

I remember watching the wall come down- Nov. 9th 1989 - my older brother Troy lived in Germany at the time, and called when the wall was coming down.

Not only are these all things that I admire about Ronald Reagan, but his spiritual life and marriage to Nancy have always been intriguing to me!
I absolutely LOVE this book! Mary Beth Brown did a beautiful job. This book is Jam packed full, of President Ronald Reagan's life. His life as a child, his marriage to adorable and Godly Nancy, His Children...ever thing. I just can't say enough, it is just wonderful. Through out the book there are a number of photos from is life, I really enjoyed seeing him as a child. Among others there is the emotional section about his farewell handwritten letter to the Nation and telling them (us) about his Alzheimer's disease.

"I intend to live the remainder of the years God gives me on this earth doing the things I have always done. I will continue to share life's journey with my beloved Nancy and my family. I plan to enjoy the great outdoors and stay in touch with my friends and supporters....In closing, let me thank you, the American people, for giving me the great honor of allowing me to serve as your president. When the Lord calls me home, whenever that may be, I will leave the greatest love for this country of ours and eternal optimism for its future.
I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life. I know that for America there will always be a bright dawn ahead.
Thank you, my friends.
Ronald Reagan"

Now, this is a man that truly had Jesus in his heart. I am so happy to have known about him, and I will be teaching my Children about our wonderful 40th President!
Not only was Mr. President a Believer, a Husband, a Father, and a Amazingly Caring Man. He was also a gifted writer:

taken from page 46
"One of his stories, entitled "Gethsemane" was about a football game. It begins with these words, "To every man comes Gethsemane!...Some fight the battle when old age is creeping on like a silent clinging vine."

taken from page 192
"Reagan was earnestly seeking God's will for his life and for his dearly love country. It worked. In a 1984 speech he said. "Saint Paul wrote a verse that I have always Cherished,'Now abide in faith, hope, love, these three: but the greatest of these is Love' May we have Faith in our God and in all the good that we can do with His help. May we stand in the Hope of making America all that she can be-a nation of opportunity and prosperity and a force for Peace and good will among nations. And may we remain steadfast in our Love for this green and gentle land and the freedom that she offers."

I would like to get this book for a number of people I know who think would TRULY enjoy it as I. Please get your self a copy! You will be so happy you did!

In Closing...
Page 202

"Upon his arrival in Heaven, I am sure Ronald Reagan finally saw his Lord Jesus Christ face-to-face and heard him say, "Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the Joy of the LORD."

Simply Beautiful!

Please note that I was given this book for free in exchange for my honest review

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Voices of the Faithful Book 2

 Sometimes life takes over, we are tricked into believing that where we live is all the exists. A busy life of kids, work, marriage, life, death, family, friends and church can cause us to lose site of the outside world. Voices of the Faithful - Book 2 (By: Beth Moore, Kim P. Davis)is a year devotional full of the the beautiful uplifting heart warming stories of faith of missionaries, and the love of our Lord. If you have a heart for missionaries,and their service to God you will Love this book!Many the stories shared brought tears to my eyes...our Lord is so faithful and wonderful. I have been searching for a Devotional like this for so long. I would recommend this book to anyone weather they are a new Christian or have been serving the Lord for 75 years. This book is near and dear to my heart, I have many friends who are full time Missionaries all over the world.
 A little peek inside

December 24:
Christmas Dreams
"Where is the newborn King of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him." Matthew 2:2 (NLT)
"My sister -in-law, 'Holly', will be visiting from my country. She is having dreams about Jesus. May I bring her to the play?" My wife and I looked at each other as "Alan", on of the Middle Eastern English students, mentioned the upcoming Christmas Eve event. We had invited our entire class to attend the children's Nativity play at a local church. Knowing that Muslims often dream about Jesus when God's Spirit is working in their loves, we replied, "We would lobe that!"
While waiting for our friends to arrive on Christmas Eve, we pursed the program. Instead of the traditional story in Bethlehem, the play was set in the American Old West. Would this be confusing for our friends? When Alan and his family came in, we saw Holly stop abruptly. She then spoke quickly, using sweeping hand motions. She pointed to the altar, where the manger was placed. Alan translated, "This is the exact location of her dream. She walked down this aisle. She saw Jesus standing there, with his arms open for her. She bowed to Him there." Alan pointed to the manger.
We gave Holly a Bible, and she hugged it to her heart. We needn't have worried; juggling Chimpanzees could have been in the play, and Holly wouldn't have noticed. She sat smiling, reading her Bible the entire time - a dream come true!
-Tim, Central Asian Peoples

Hardcover: 452 pages Publisher: Integrity Publishers (August 1, 2005) Language: English ISBN-10: 159145364XISBN-13: 978-1591453642
"A willingness to go is all they have in common," exclaims Beth Moore, speaking of her friends on the front lines spreading the gospel around the world with whom she collaborated to create Voices of the Faithful.
This brilliant new 365-day devotional from the International Mission Board features incredible stories of God’s faithfulness in the face of uncertainty and danger, written by hundreds of missionaries worldwide. Readers will be blessed, igniting a passion in their hearts for living by faith as they meditate on these inspiring stories of courage from Christians serving around the world.
About the AuthorBETH MOORE is a writer and teacher of best-selling books and Bible studies too numerous to list! Her engaging, practical style coupled with in-depth Biblical study has made her a favorite of small group and church Bible studies across the United States and the world. Moore leads Living Proof Ministries, based in Houston, Texas. She and her husband have two children.

Please note that I was given this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Unto the Hills

When I was 18 my mom gave me a daily devotional for Christmas. For the last decade that is what my husband and I have used, reading it over and over all these years. I love the devotional, but a few months ago I found my self searching for something new and fresh for us. Unto the Hills: A daily Devotional by Billy Graham is just what I have been looking for. Each day is filled with Bible passages and encouraging words to help guide believers in their day to day lives. This is a great book, I would love to get it for all the Christians in my life.

A peek inside:
December 19
Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ.
He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts
as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
2 Corinthians 1:21-22 NIV
As we trust in Christ, God gives us the Spirit not only as a seal. He is also our pledge, or, as some translations read, "ernest" or "guarantee," according to such passages as 2 Corinthians 1:21 and Ephesians 1:14.
"Now He who established us with you in Christ anointed us in God, who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge" 2 Corinthians 1:21-22 NKJV.
In the apostle Paul's day, businessmen considered a pledge to do three things: it was a down payment that sealed a bargain, it represented an obligation to buy, and it was a sample of what was to come.
Suppose you were to decide to buy a car. The pledge would first be a down payment sealing the transaction. It would also represent your promise to pay the rest of the purchase price. This is what the Holy Spirit promises when we receive the "earnest of our inheritance" Eph. 1:14
As the great missionary statesmen Adoniram Judson once said, "The prospect is as bright as the promises of God."
Please note I was given this book for free from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Deliverd with Love

Delivered with Love

From the Publisher:
When 23-year-old Claire finds a 35-year-old love letter in the glove compartment of her inherited '72 Volkswagen bug, she decides to leave her life in L.A. and visit the town of Capitola, California. She just has to meet the man who sent that letter to her mom . . . whether he wants to be discovered or not! 352 pages, softcover from Abingdon.

My Review...
Claire finds old love letter 35 years after it was written at her mother's Memorial service. Starts Claire on a journey down the California coast to find the sender, this boy who seemed so in love with her mother. Along the way she meets many wonderful people...all of them just happen to be Christians! The Little the old couple who help her out and the young woman who becomes a friend when she needs one, all are always saying, "God will Provide"! When she gets to where she is going she finds a house to rent with a somewhat familiar realtor with a very familiar Mother. Her Neighbor is a handsome police officer.
I LOVE this book! It is 352 pages and I read it within 8 hours. Delivered with Love is full of God's love and forgiveness. Forgiving others is a very large part of this book. Note* There is a VERY tragic part of the story towards the end of the book, where I had to stop reading because I was crying. I really liked how through out the entire book the "The Lord with Provide" was mentioned. God's love is so amazing. Just reading about someone accepting Jesus into their heart was so powerful...I cried. The Author did a amazing job of creating characters with such depth. I have no favorite person in this book...they all are. Once the book is released in April 2011, I will be adding it to my library!

Availability: This product will be released on 04/01/11. You may order this item now and we will ship it to you when it arrives.

Note that I got this e-book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 1426708661
ISBN-13: 9781426708664

Sunday, January 2, 2011

God Gave Us So Much

Three Adorable Tales for Children of All Ages!

All three books are available in this exclusive treasury for the price of two!

God Gave Us the World
A brand new addition to this series.
For a limited time, available exclusively in this treasury!
God Gave Us Love
God Gave Us Heaven

Through the eyes of a curious little polar bear, young readers are invited into engaging journeys through the Arctic North Pole to explore some of their most tender-hearted and important questions.

Mama, Papa, and Grampa Bear, the ever-loving and wise guides for Little Cub’s adventures, share with her the incredible miracles of God’s creation and the depths of His love for her.

This limited edition treasury of the best-selling God Gave Us series includes three complete charming tales—one of which is brand new to the series. With heart and humor, the stories reveal the beauty of diversity throughout the world, the incredible gift of love, and the

wonderment of our Heavenly home to come.  

We were first introduced to this adorable little Polar Bear and Family, about two years ago when we found out we were having twins in a routine ultrasound. The ultrasound took place 5 days before my birthday. The Night of my birthday our doorbell rang, it was my dear friend Sharon dropping off a gift for my Birthday...a book. The Book was 'God gave us two' in the book the sweet Polar Bear's Mama gives birth to twins a boy and a girl. The gift was made even more special months later when, we learned we were too having a boy and a girl!

The Little Polar Bear Family quickly became a favorite in our home.
We were so excited to rip opened the package and start reading this 3 in 1 book! My 5 year old son was in love with this book from the moment he saw it! He loves that there is a old Polar Bear cub, and twin Polar Bear cubs...He said it's "Just like Us" :) These books are perfect for him.  He loved this "God might get mad if we hurt our world," Little Cub said.
"I get mad when the twins hurt my stuff." He was able to see that others feel the same way as him:)

I personally love this from God gave us Love:
"God gave us Love, all kinds of love.
The Love of mamas and papas,
the Love between friends and family.
And his Love too."

This would be the perfect addition to any family! These are wonderfully illustrated and full of Gods love! I look forward to adding all the Little Cub books to our family library!!
*God Gave Us So Much:
This is actually a 3-in-1 Limited Edition that includes "God Gave Us the World", "God Gave Us Love" and "God Gave Us Heaven".

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are 100% my own.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball a Novella

From the back cover of Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball a Novella:

"Every year, the Matchmaking booksellers of the Sage Street bookshop host a enchanting, old-fashioned Christmas Ball for the Romantic matches they've decided to bring together."

Enchanting...is the Perfect word to describe Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball a Novella

Favorite Quote: page 83

Sandy's words- "This is what Jesus said: 'Let the little Children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like little a child will never enter it.' Then the bible says Jesus took the children in His arms and blessed them. That means that people who think like a little child are special to God." The words of sweet Sandy gave me chills and tears. In my family we have our own special and very sweet "Sandy" and I love the way this is approached by Donita...Just beautiful and sweet!

Two Tickets to the Christmas is Ball a Novella is a whimsical book about, a very different pair (Cora and Simon) with very different families, a peculiar street, a few odd shoppes and owners. Donita K. Paul has hit the jackpot with Two Tickets to the Christmas is Ball, she uses fun whimsical names like Wizbotterdad & Booterbaw, with a old fashioned feel, in addition she paints a fantastic picture that makes you feel as if you are a part of this whimsical adventure.

From the moment I saw the cover of Two Tickets to the Christmas is Ball I knew I would love it! From the very first word I was hooked. Without realizing it, I found my self half way through the book in only one short hour, I found my self laughing out loud many times. This is the kind of book you don't want to put down. When I did put it down, I found my self wondering what was going to happen and how events were going to play out!

Two Tickets to the Christmas is Ball beautifully tells a story of God's Divine plan, and how events can play out to show us what has always been right in front of us! I found my self identifying with Cora's Family and Simon's family both at the same time. Sandy will make you smile & the Booterbaw Sisters will make you laugh! Two Tickets to the Christmas is Ball is a fun loving, whimsical, funny adventure that I would recommend to everyone! The book is filled with tons of smart quotes. It is a perfect book for a cold night when the kids are in bed, or by the fire.

By Donita K. Paul
ISBN-13: 9780307458995
Pub. Date: October 2010
Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
Format: Hardcover, 340 pages
Single women/Fiction
Please get your self a copy of Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball a Novella, you will be so happy you did!

Two Tickets would be a perfect gift!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are 100% my own.