Friday, December 9, 2011
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Lisa Tawn Bergren’s book “Mercy Come Morning” is an emotional story about Krista Mueller and her relationships. Krista Mueller is in a good place in her life, she has a successful career and she has put miles between her and her mother. Years of hurt and disappointment has made her want to stay away. She pushed Dane McConnell out of her life and everything she had known. She started over and was glad, but then her mother who is suffering from Alzheimer’s is now dying, stirring emotions to the surface that Krista doesn’t understand. Krista discovers she really needs healing.
This book really touched me. I am blessed to have a wonderful relationship with my mother and it breaks my heart to know that others have missed out on such a blessing. It’s never too late to make amends even when all seems hopeless. This book will make you focus on the blessings you have now and teach you not to take for granted those things that matter. Make every minute of your life count and let God lead you in your journey in this life. It will teach you the importance of opening your heart and your mind to others around you. It will show you that some things aren’t always as they seem.
The only con that I could find is this book is at times the book was a little slow and a little wordy but not so much to make me not want to read it. I would gladly recommend this book to others, but remember there are parts that will make you cry.
I received this book at no charge from Waterbrook Press in exchange for an honest review.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Lonestar Angel written by Colleen Coble is a story about Eden and Clay, a couple who married because of a pregnancy, then divorced when the baby died. To Eden’s surprise the divorce didn’t go as planned and five years later Clay gets a tip that their daughter is alive. Clay gives Eden a surprise visit and explains a plan to go undercover at a ranch for orphaned girls to find their child. Clay’s desire is to find his daughter and reconcile with Eden, but Eden just isn’t as sure.
This book is well written and I could hardly put it down. I finished it in just a couple of days. I loved the twist and turns. Although it was somewhat predictable it still kept me guessing. I really enjoyed the characters and fell in love with the little girls. Some things were just a little unbelievable (snake bite and I will leave it at that) but still I loved the book. I can’t wait to read other books by Colleen Coble.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Shadows on the Sand: A Seaside Mystery by Gayle Roper is a wonderful book. It is set in a seaside area of New Jersey. Carrie Carter is a small café owner in the small tourist town. Her life has been a difficult one. She had to run away as a young teenage girl taking her 10 year old sister with her just to protect them from more pain caused by their mother. They found themselves in New Jersey when they were taken in by a wonderful couple who owned the café at the time. Just when Carrie thought her life had returned to normalcy love, murder, and cults crept into her world. Will her life ever be normal? Will she be able to overcome her past? Will she ever find the life and love that she desires?
I really enjoyed reading this book and had a very hard time putting it down. I felt like the characters were realistic and the story had a great plot. The story could happen in any town in the world. If you are looking for an easy to read mystery with a little touch of love this is the book for you. I found myself drawn into the story and couldn’t wait to see what was next. I could envision myself on the coast of a small seaside town where everyone knows each other. I could almost feel the salty breeze and smell the smells of the ocean. It is really important for me to be able to get lost in a book and to be able to take a journey to another place and this one accomplished that. I know I will be looking for other books by Gayle Roper.
This book was provided to me at no charge by Waterbrook/Multnomah in exchange for an honest review
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo is one of my favorite books. I absolutely loved this book. Colton, a 4 year old boy has an experience when he goes under emergency surgery. He spends time in Heaven and sees people he didn’t otherwise know about and then relates what he has seen to is parents in pieces over time. His story amazes me. He gives us a real picture of Jesus and His plan for us. Jesus uses this little boy to tell us a vivid story of what Heaven is. Colton’s “visions” and experiences in Heaven are absolutely beautiful and thought provoking.
I read this book in a matter of hours. I just couldn’t put it down. It has given me a new outlook and a different vision of how I have always imagined Heaven. I can’t say enough good things about this book. I have read so many reviews of skeptics and I couldn’t disagree with them more. I believe Jesus uses the purity of children to help with His work here on earth. I believe this book will be life-changing to most all who read it. It is chocked full of biblical truths. I believe this family is a genuine family. I suggest reading it a passing it along to a friend. I can’t find any cons when reading this book other than I wish I had read it sooner.
This book was provided to me at no charge from www.booksneeze.com for an honest review.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Softly and Tenderly by Sara Evans and Rachel Hauck is the second book in the Songbird Novel series. “Jade longs to begin a family with her husband, Max’ but she discovers he has an illegitimate son. Her mother’s health is failing and her life is falling apart. She tries to run but in her pain God shows His mercy and love.
I have to say I was almost finished with this book before I found out it was second in a series which is a good thing for me. I don’t like to read books out of order but this one could be a stand alone for anyone who hasn’t read the first one. The character’s names were a little odd to me but the characters were easily identifiable and had lots of personality. I enjoyed this book. The only con I really have with it was the characters were all supposed to be “Christian” but none of them were really living a life representative of a Christian and even though they seemed to find their way back to Christ there is never a mention of a real repentance just that they were changed but no reason for their change. I found it somewhat bothersome and can’t put my finger on it. I would have like to have seen more of a biblical stance for their belief not just that they were going to do better and therapy.
I would probably read more books by Sara Evans and Rachel Hauck. It is a good book to make you really think about your relationships and the importance of living your life building those relationships but lacks the biblical principles that I desire in a book of this genre. The ending also left off too abruptly as though it wasn't finished and I wasn't thrilled with that. I realize it is a series but I feel it should have a definite beginning and ending that makes sense not just a book with missing chapters.
This book was provided to me a not charge by www.booksneeze.com for an honest review.
Monday, October 3, 2011
“A high-school girl is found murdered in a park in Westchester County, New York. The shocking manner of her death confounds the town and intrigues forensic psychiatrist Dani Harris, who is determined to unravel the mystery. All the suspects are teenagers who were at a party with the girl—yet no one remembers what happened. Could one of them be a vicious killer? Or is something more sinister afoot—something tied to an ancient evil?”
Dani runs into Tommy whom she had a major crush on in high school but she thought he didn’t even know she existed. After a football injury ends Tommy’s NFL career he decides to study to become a private investigator. When Dani is assigned to the town’s mysterious murder her friendship with Tommy begins to grow. Will they make a love connection? Will they be able to solve the murder with all of its strange twists and turns?
If you like books written by Ted Dekker or Frank Peretti you will enjoy Waking Hours: An East Salem Novel written by Lis Wiehl with Pete Nelson. Although Waking Hours isn’t exactly written like A Dekker or Peretti novel. It doesn’t have the same type of symbolism but it is similar. Dekker and Peretti’s novels have a much deeper spiritual meaning. Waking Hours has more realism and less symbolism. It is in the realm of a crime mystery with some spiritual things happening. This book kept me interested to the very end. I read it quickly and thoroughly enjoyed it. I am looking forward to more books in this series .
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes crime novels. I received this book from www.booksneeze.com in exchange for an honest review.
Friday, September 30, 2011
”Grief brought Finley to Ireland. LOVE WILL LEAD HER HOME.” Finley Sinclair is an eighteen year old girl who is struggling with many emotional problems after the death of her brother Tim. She misses him so much and she decides to follow his footsteps by studying in Ireland. Just a few years earlier Tim had visited Ireland as an exchange student, he kept a journal of his experience. Now Finley is on a mission to follow him through his journal. She is trying to finish a violin composition to honor her brother.
While on her way to Ireland Finley meets Beckett Rush, a teen heartthrob. He is known for his wild escapades and Finley has had enough drama and wants to stay far away from him. Beckett on the other hand finds himself attracted to her.
Will Finley find what she is looking for in Ireland or will her trip destroy her? There You’ll Find Me, written by Jenny B. Jones is a wonderful read. It is supposedly written for a younger audience but I thoroughly enjoyed it. If you like a heart touching book you will love this one. This book is a quick and easy read. It is a very inspiring story for young adults or anyone who loves a good story. I am well passed my teenage years and I loved this book. The book would make a great gift or a nice addition to your own library. Jenny B. Jones is a new author to me but I will definitely read more of her books and I will introduce her to my preteen daughter.
I received this book at no charge from booksneeze.com in exchange for an honest review.
Friday, September 23, 2011
The Corruptible: A Ray Quinn Mystery written by Mark Mynheir is a wonderfully written mystery. This is the second book in the series. Private Investigator Ray Quinn who is an ex-homicide detective finds himself in a tangle of criminal activity, murder, and betrayal. “Retired from the force and living with a painful disability, Ray’s options are limited.” He starts his own P.I. business paired with his trusty sidekick Crevis. The two make a wonderful team. Ray is offered a job with a shady client, who he feels isn’t being totally honest with him. Armon, the client, offers him a hefty amount of money that makes it hard for Ray to refuse so he takes the case. He’s trying to find Armon’s “valuable” information and trying to find who killed an ex-cop that was somewhat shady himself.
I really enjoyed The Corruptible and am looking forward to reading more in this series. Mark Mynheir did a wonderful job with this book. I had not read The Night Watchman and although this is the second book in the series it didn’t matter it was easily followed and it wasn’t necessary to read the first one in order to enjoy this one. The pros of this book: The characters were believable and I could easily connect with them. The story line and plot was easy to follow and left you wanting to know what happens next. The only con that I can think of is that the book is a little predictable but still has some twists and turns that you don’t expect.
Overall, if you love mysteries this is one that you will want to read. I can’t wait to read more books by this author.
This book was provided to me at no cost by Waterbrook/Multnomah for an honest review.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Life Everlasting: An Alexia Lindale Novel, book 2 by Robert Whitlow is a Christian fiction novel about a family who has their share of troubles. Baxter Richardson clings to life after a fall during a hike with his wife. His wife has secrets that she is trying to hide. His brother wants to control the family “empire” and his father fights to keep him alive. Alexia, a lawyer, agrees to help Rena, his wife, but she has no idea the twists and turns that this woman will cause.
It took me a long time to get through this book. I had a really hard time identifying with the characters and a hard time getting to know them. I feel like maybe if had read the 1st book in the series, Life Support, that it would have helped. Other than that the book is well written and has the potential to keep ones interest. Although this book can be read and fully understood without reading the 1st one I would suggest reading them in order. I enjoyed the budding romance between Alexia and Ted but for some reason it just didn’t feel right to me. It seemed almost an afterthought and didn’t mesh well with the story. Again, it may be because I haven’t read the other book. I may go back and read the 1st in the series and might feel differently about Life Everlasting.
I will try more books by Robert Whitlow because I feel like the reason I wasn’t crazy about this book was my fault. He seems to really be a good author and I did want to finish the book to see what happened. The ending obviously leaves you with the understanding that there will be a 3rd book because many of the book’s secrets weren’t revealed.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review by booksneeze.com.
Friday, July 15, 2011
Mine is the Night by Liz Curtis Higgs is set in historic Scotland in the 1700 circa and based on the book of Ruth. I had not read her other book before reading “Mine is the Night”, but I really don’t think it mattered. I had a hard time getting into the book at first. It took me several chapters before I really started enjoying it, but once I got into it I loved it and had a hard time putting it down. Now it may have just been me and not having a lot of time to put into it at first and not just the material itself. The author did an excellent job of researching the area and the subject material. It is a true love story: a daughter-in-laws love for her mother-in-law but mostly her love of God. She devoted her life to God and He led her paths and because of her devotion she was blessed beyond anything she could imagine.
The characters were real and believable, the setting was beautifully described and the story was wonderful. The book was pretty long to read and took me a while to get through it but part of that was the limited amount of time I had to spend on it. Although it was long after the first few chapters it kept my attention and drew me in. This is the first book I have read by Liz Curtis Higgs but it will not be my last. She is truly an amazing author.
If you love historical romance novels you will love this one and you must put it on your list of great books to read.
This book was provided to me by Waterbrook/Multnomah for free in exchange for an honest review.
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Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Okay, can I say I just love this book. Strike it Rich with Pocket Change is chocked full of information on how to spot pocket change that may or may not be worth lots of money. I know I will look at my change with different eyes. I'm the crazy person who picks up pennies on the ground and now I will make sure I do it more often. You never know when you may pick up a treasure. The illustrations in this book are superb and are very detailed so you know just what to look for. This book tells you about different coinage including pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, and dollars. It shows you what "flaws" to look for from the mint and tells you which ones are more collectable vs ones that aren't collectable at all. I read through this book in less than 2 hours and then started looking at my coins. I've not struck it rich yet but it sure is fun to hope.
I would advise anyone who wants to collects pocket change to give this book a try. I received this book in e-book form to review but wish I had gotten it in physical book form. I will be purchasing another copy of this book for a birthday gift for a coin collector in my life. I receive this book at no charge from Booksneeze.com in exchange for an honest review and honestly it is one of my favorites so far.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
“God’s Love Letters to you” by Larry Crabb is a nice little devotional. It has 40 days of “letters” from God based on different books in the Bible. I really enjoyed reading each of the devotions and look forward to doing them one at a time. After each devotion there is a list of questions to make you think about your passage that day, and then a short prayer.
I understand the author’s concept of the letters being directly from God to each person individually and he writes the “letter” as though it is written to you directly by God in first person. I however find this a little bothersome because it is still Mr. Crabb’s opinion of the way the scripture should be interpreted. Although, I mostly agree with his opinion it still is his opinion and I’m just not sure if I like him using “I” in his letters. He starts each letter “God Says:” then continues on with the letter. With that being said I still enjoyed the letters and would like to think the things he has written is what God actually has in mind for each of us and his use of first person wouldn’t make me not want to read the devotions.
I would recommend this devotional to others. The cover has a wonderful feel and look to it and as I said it is a well written. The questions are thought provoking and there is scripture to go along with each devotion.
This book was given to me by Booksneeze.com in exchange for an honest review.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
I haven't shared files in a while so I thought I would do a file for the upcoming 4th of July. I hope you enjoy. As you can see I have also started reviewing books. If you wouldn't mind I would love for you to rank some of my reviews for the books from Waterbrook Publishing; it helps me get more books to read. Land of the Free
Friday, June 17, 2011
Spring for Susannah by Catherine Richmond is a wonderful love story. Susannah a city girl who is left alone after her parents die is forced to make a decision of what to do with her life. Her pastor’s brother is looking for a bride and writes to his sister-in-law to see if she knows anyone who would be a perfect mate for him. Feeling as she has no other choice Susannah becomes a mail order bride and marries Jesse. Her Victorian upbringing cause her to be so timid with her new husband that it tries his patience but Jesse knows her potential and shows her nothing but love. Will Susannah ever return his love?
I really enjoyed reading Spring for Susannah. The author kept pulling me in. She did a really good job of bring out how hard life was for homesteaders after the war in the late 1800s. She showed that life in the Dakotas was very unpredictable, especially for a city girl who appeared to be afraid of her own shadow. This book really kept my attention and was never boring. I would have really like to have seen an epilogue at the end. I was left with only my imagination to come up with an ending for many of the secondary characters, although that isn’t a problem for me I enjoy reading what the author has in mind for these characters. Then the author left you wondering about some in the story which only adds to the reality people most likely faced in those times.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good historical, Christian romance. It is very well written and an enjoyable read. This book was provided to me by Booksneeze.com for free for an honest review.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Miranda Hanford, a widow with 6 children has a dilemma; she is stuck in a legalistic, cult-like church. The pastor knows secrets about her and she fears the secrets will cause her to lose her children. After an accident her brother-in-law steps in to help her out. Miranda and Jack both have secrets that they are afraid will destroy their chances at any kind of relationship.
When Sparrows Fall by Meg Mosely is a story of fear, courage, and triumph. I felt this was a really good read. At times I just got frustrated thinking how does anyone live in this kind of fear but after a while I began to understand. The book was enjoyable but somewhat predictable. There were a few surprises that I didn’t see coming. I was glad to see Miranda work through her fears and become triumphant. Unfortunately there are religions out there that try to control the people of their “churches” but thankfully this book brings out true Christian love among people and shows that Christianity is a choice given freely.
Overall I would recommend this book to anyone who really likes a good love story and an easy read. It was heartwarming and very touching.
This book was provided to me for free by Waterbrookmultnomah.com for an honest review.
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Monday, May 16, 2011
In The Final Summit written by Andy Andrews, David Ponder is a “traveler” who is assigned the task to lead a group of travelers in a final summit to try to save mankind. They must answer a question correctly in order to determine the fate of mankind. Will it be possible for them to do this?
I really enjoyed this book. It has some interesting historical figures and facts that I found fascinating. Although, in some parts I seemed to lose interest in the talk between the characters because I felt there was too much information that wasn’t really pertinent to the story and I found myself just wanting to get through to the point and the answer to the question.
The writer really made the characters come to life. I could picture myself sitting in the room where the summit was held. I could visualize the furniture, the people, and the ambiance of the room. I could hear the people talking and coming to life in my head. I am a very visual person so it is always a plus for me when an author can draw me into the book this way.
The book brought forth some really good self-help advice and information. Some really good points to help one cope with different situations in real life were presented. I was really disappointed in the answer to the question even though it is good advice I would never imagine it to be the answer to mankind’s problems. I feel that Jesus Christ is the one and only answer in our lives.
Overall, I would suggest this book to others with the opinion that it has some good ideas and advice but still missing the point.
This book was provided to me for free by booksneeze.com for a honest review.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
31 Days of Power: Learning to Live in Spiritual Victory by Ruth Myers and Warren Myers is a wonderful daily devotional. There is 31 days of prayers/praise verses each including scripture to back them up. I see myself referring back to these prayers regularly.
The book reminds me of the spiritual warfare that goes on around me daily. It reminded me who is actually in control. I sometimes find myself falling into a rut and feeling down. I know that it is the enemy. 31 Days of Power gives me the prayers I need for obtaining the spiritual victory that Christ has so freely given me. It also reminds me to pray for others.
The 1st part of this book is the 31 prayers meant to be a daily devotional. Part 2 of this book describes the dynamics of spiritual warfare. In Part 2 the author spells out how spiritual warfare is happening around us all of the time and also how Christ is always victorious and in control. Satan has always tried to exert his power but God is in total control and Satan has no power but what is allowed by God. God is victorious and always will be.
I would recommend this book to everyone. It is very enlightening and will help you to understand the warfare going on in our world and our lives. I read this book in one evening. I look forward to going back and doing the devotionals day by day and really reflecting on the words written and studying the scripture more in depth.
I received this book for free from waterbrookmultnomah.com for an honest review.
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Monday, May 2, 2011
This is the first Tim Downs book that I have read. I really enjoyed this book. If you like crime mysteries this is a book that you shouldn't miss. The story is about Dr. Nick Polchak, entomologist, he is getting ready to embark on a new chapter in his life. He is engaged to be married in just a few days to Alena when he is contacted by an old friend who wants him to come to a Vidocq meeting in a different state just days before his marriage. Alena feels like he is running from there impending marriage.
Dr Nick Polchak is a strange character who can relate better with bugs than with people. He is head strong and oblivious of the feelings of others. He can be irritating and obnoxious and he lets his work absorb him and will not stop until he finishes what he starts. Will it cost him his girlfriend and soon to be wife?
Alena is also a loner who doesn't like to be around people. She would much rather spend her time with her trained dogs. The town of Endor considers her to be a witch because she is so different. She communicates with her dogs like no one else. The dogs are perfectly trained for all kinds of work. Nick and Alena seem to be perfect for each other. But she is fed up with Nick's antics.
The book held my attention and I enjoyed the twists and turns of the plot. Although some of it isn't realistic it was entertaining. I liked the surprises of the twist I didn't see it coming. There were parts that were a little unblievable but all in all the story worked together. I thought it interesting that there was a slight reference to her being a witch living in Endor (the witch of Endor) but it really didn't have anything to do with the plot. This is an easy read and I will read more of Tim Downs work. I would recommend this book to others.
I downloaded Tim Downs' book Nick of Time. A book from his Bug Man series. I received the download for free for an honest review from Booksneeze.com, publisher Thomas Nelson.
Friday, April 22, 2011
Departures by Robin Jones Gunn is a unique book that includes two books in one. Christy Miller, Now Boarding at Gate 10 is a story about a young girl on a self discovery, making decisions that will effect her life. It is a refreshing story of a young Christian girl who wants to do the right thing.
The second story, Sierra Jensen, In the Event of a Water landing is about a group of teens who are finding their way. Sierra also wants to make right decisions, struggling to know what is best.
I really love the Christian message of this story and the positive role model Christy and Sierra play. One thing that was a little dissappointing was the ending of Christy Miller's story. It seemed to end abruptly leaving you to want a little more of the story but the author pulls you directly back into the book in the second story. I love the segway to connect the two books. I would recommend this to pre-teen, and young ladies everywhere. It is a nice, easy read.
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Tuesday, April 12, 2011
I've not forgotten the blog or my blog followers. I've just been really busy lately. I decided to make and sell Survival Bracelets and sales have taken off. I have been making bracelets non-stop for weeks and still have several orders to fill. Here is a sample of a few that I have made. If anyone is interested in purchasing one leave me a comment and a way that I can contact you. They are $9.00 + shipping.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
I've earned several gift cards. Swagbucks is a great way to earn free stuff just for searching Start earning today. It is completely free and there are no strings attached. I have many friends who have started earning. Just click on the picture and follow my link and start earning. It's fun and easy.
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Friday, March 4, 2011
I am posting some Saint Patrick's Day files for your use. I hope you enjoy them and good luck & great blessings to you this year. May you find your pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
MTC Pot of Gold
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Monday, February 7, 2011
A great big thank you to Jega http://jegaspassion.blogspot.com/2011/02/i-won-stylish-blogger-award.html#comment-form for the Stylish Blogger Award.
I'm supposed to tell you 8 things about myself.
1. I live near the mountains and love God's beauty that surrounds me, there is no other place on earth that I would rather live.
2. I'm a SAHM and love it, but on the side I'm a substitute teacher.
3. I've crafted off and on most of my life
4. I love to scrapbook but I probably collect more than I actually do.
5. Photography is my passion.
6. I'm beginning to learn to crochet - like I need a new hobby.
7. I dabble in genealogy - another hobby to take up my time.
8. The most important thing in my life is my relationship with God, then my family.
You have been chosen for the Stylish Blogger Award:
Nubian Crafter: http://nubiancrafter.blogspot.com/
Kraftee Kween: http://www.krafteekweens.blogspot.com/
For the winners that I chose here are the instructions to post on your blog:
Save the image to your desktop (to put on your blog and to use when you award your picks)
and then pass this award to 8 other people. On your blog you are to also tell 8 things about yourself.
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Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Friday, January 14, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Okay now when you download this file it should be the only one attached to the link. (Remember if you downloaded it before it is there it is just on the tab that says "default page")
I'm not sure how I did this but when you download this file it also hast the Be Mine Bear on it. There are 2 pages of the file. Click on the "default page" on the MTC file to see this one. Thanks everyone for letting me know there was a problem. If you have downloaded it will appear to look like the Be Mine Bear but the heart is there too. I will try to resave the image and fix the link so that you only have this 1 file as soon as I have time to mess with it.
It will soon be Valentine's Day so here are a few Valentine files.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
I'm snowed in right now so it is a great time to make some files. I hope you like this little fellow. There is a seperate layer for his pupils but they will be very small. You may just want to use a marker for them.