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Monday, July 20, 2015

All The Single Ladies by Dorothea Benton Frank - my review

All The Single Ladies by Dorothea Benton Frank is a fun and fast read for summer (or anytime).

Three middle-aged ladies trying to start life over.  Told from the viewpoint of Lisa, who is a geriatric nurse. When one of her favorite patients, Kathy, dies of cancer, she ends up becoming friends with Kathy's best friends, Carrie and Suzanne. Throw in an elderly grandmother, Miss Trudie, who everyone loves and would love to have as their own grandmother. Lisa, Carrie, and Suzanne, try to find out the secrets of Kathy's past and prove that her landlord is trying to steal from her at the same time. All while they are each dating new men in their lives.

I enjoyed this witty book, and highly recommend it, especially to middle-aged women such as myself. I received a FREE copy from LibraryThing in exchange for my honest review.


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Discerning the Voice of God by Priscilla Shirer - my review

Discerning the Voice of  God: How to Recognize When God is Speaking by Priscilla Shirer is a fantastic book that shows ways that God does still speak to us today if we will only take time to listen.

Ms Shirer does an absolutely amazing job in explaining how we can hear God through his word, how God may use others to confirm what He is trying to tell you.

There are interesting chapter challenges at the end of each chapter for us to try that will bring us closer to God and recognizing when He is speaking to us.

I personally remember a time when I thought a person was crazy that said that they had heard from God, but He does still speak to us His word his very much alive!

I enjoyed this book from start to finish, as it confirmed for me what I was already experiencing. Can't wait to share this book with others who want to learn how to tell when God is speaking.

One of my favorite quotes from the book is...
"He speaks. God speaks. Your Lord and Savior speaks. To you. So wake up expecting. Arrive expecting. Come expecting. Live expecting. Never stop...Expecting."  

I received a free copy from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest review.




Thursday, May 28, 2015

Last One Home by Debbie Macomber - my review

Last One Home by Debbie Macomber is an awesome stand-alone novel. As everyone knows, I am a huge Debbie Macomber fan, and she didn't disappoint me with this one. Starting with the gazebo on the cover that made me want it in my yard.

Cassie ran away from home at the age of 18 to marry Duke. A man who quickly becomes abusive, cutting Cassie off from her family. Including her two sisters, Karen and Nicole, who were once all three incredibly close.

Cassie eventually ends her difficult marriage and moves to Seattle with her daughter, Amiee. Both sisters Karen and Nicole have their own problems as well. After receiving a letter from Karen, it leads to a possible reunion of the sisters. Things start looking up for Cassie and Amiee.

A story of forgiveness, compassion and new starts.

I received an ARC (advanced readers copy) from LibraryThing in exchange for my honest review.


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hearts Made Whole by Jody Hedlund - my review

Hearts Made Whole by Jody Hedlund is #2 the Beacons of Hope Series, but it is a great stand-alone book as well. Takes us back in time, to 1865,  and the  Windmill Point Lighthouse in Michigan when the rules for women were so much different than today.  I felt many emotions as I read this book, one that I quickly became involved in the story and couldn't put down! I had not read the first book in the series yet, so yes you can read this one without having read the other. Although I will admit NOW I will be going back to read the others.   Out Of The Storm #.5   and  Love Unexpected #1  


Caroline Taylor is left to take care of the lighthouse and her siblings after the death of her Father. She does an excellent job at it and loves doing it. Then along come Mr. Finck to remind her that this is not a job for a woman, he has hired a man for the job.  Ryan Chambers, a civil war veteran, who has his own set of problems, doesn't really know how to run the lighthouse. Caroline and Ryan help each other, becoming closer to each other everyday. Then mysterious and creepy things start happening, that they can't explain. 

This story is full of drama, suspense, tender moments. It kept me reading into the night as I didn't want to lay it down, yet was disappointed when I got to the end only because I didn't want the story to end. I loved it! The story is also loosely based on a true story which makes it even better. I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a good heart-felt read. 

I received an ARC (advanced readers copy) from Bethany House for my honest review, be it good or bad.  Thank you . 


Thursday, May 7, 2015

How To Enjoy Reading Your Bible by Keith Ferrin - my review

How To Enjoy Reading Your Bible by Keith Ferrin is full of tips to help you understand and enjoy reading the Bible. Instead of just reading a few verses or a chapter or two a day, he suggests reading it as you would with any other book, reading it straight through. Lets know God and have a relationship with him instead of just trying to learn about him!

One of my favorite quotes from this book is....
"After all, isn’t that the point? Isn’t our time in God’s Word primarily about spending time with Him? Being with Him. Knowing Him. Sitting with Him. Learning from Him. Laughing with Him. Hanging out with Him." page 5

He has several tips for different books of the Bible for you to start reading along with family or friends, someone you can discuss it with. I have read through his book, and now I am ready to go back and try out some of his tips. This is an easy to read book, which the author suggests that if you follow his tips you will memorize parts of the Bible without even trying! How cool is that? I am anxious to go back and start with some of his suggested tips for reading the Bible.

I will update this review after I have tried some of these tips out and let you know if I have memorized parts without trying.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who would like to get more from reading their Bible.
I received an ARC (advanced reader's copy) from Bethany House for my honest review be it good or bad.




Friday, May 1, 2015

Until the Harvest by Sarah Loudin Thomas - my review

Until the Harvest by Sarah Loudin Thomas is an awesome read, set in the Appalachian mountains of West Virginia , in the 70's. The author takes us back to the town of Wise, where everyone knows everything about everyone else, or thinks that they do. Until the Harvest is part of the Appalachian Blessings series, but can also be read as a stand-alone book.

 Margaret takes care of her younger sister, Mayfair, taking her with her to work.  Margaret works as a helper for an elderly lady named Emily, who has a grandson named Henry. When Margaret and Henry meet at his grandmother's house, she is not so sure if she likes him, although he and Mayfair strike up an immediate friendship.  Mayfair, a diabetic, with a heart of gold, and a unique gift that makes her a big interest to others. Henry, a young man who loves to play the fiddle, gets himself mixed up with the wrong kind of people when his father passes away.  Margaret and Henry soon find themselves depending on each other though as troubles arise for both. This book has a bit of action, mystery, love, farming, and enough prayers to be called spiritual. One of my favorite parts is when Henry takes Margaret to see his father's tombstone, absolutely LOVED what is inscribed on it! I won't tell you what it says, I will let you read that for yourselves as it is truly a blessing.

The author has done a beautiful job of setting the scene to take the reader back in time to when things were different, and although had it's own share of troubles, was still a bit simpler.  I enjoyed this visit to Wise, West Virginia and all the characters that I met along the way.

I received an ARC (advanced readers copy) from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review, be it good or bad. Thank you.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

After Abel by Michal Lemerger - my review

After Abel and other stories  by Michal Lemerger was a book that I thought I would like based on advance praise I read.  I'm sorry to say that after several attempts to read this I was unable to finish it.

When I read a book based on biblical stories I don't expect to see some of the language that was used in at least one story. As I could not bring myself to read the entire book, I can't say if it is only one story or more.

The story of Lot's Wife doesn't mention God, and was totally different from what the Bible teaches.

I only rate this book one star, because I have to rate it. It is not one that I would recommend to anyone.

I received a free copy from Library Thing in exchange for my honest review, rather it be good or bad. Thank you.