Review: A Dream of Miracles

      `A Dream of Miracles` is a novel dedicated to Simon and Mary Thon who took in author Ruth Reid and introduced her to the Amish. This is a fictional novel based on the Amish life. It's about an Amish widow who vows to never love again.
      This would make a great book club novel to use with the Reading Group guide. There is also a glossary which helps interpret some of the Amish words.
      The setting begins at Dr. Wellington's office with a very sick 3 years old. He only speaks Amish which disappoints the doctor. The mother, a young widow, is trying to answer the doctor's questions while consoling little Nathan.
      Mattie Diener, a single mother with two children is accused of child abuse. Bo Lambright, an attorney with Child Protective Services,  investigates the child's family. The major theme in this novel is to declare Mattie Diener an abusive mother, or not. Another theme is Bo's mother finding him a wife.
      This was an easy book to get settled into with a bit of love and politics. The chapters are short and easy to read.  A great book to read during this season of politics. I recommend this book to adults only because some of the issues could be unsettling. I also recommend it to Social Services employees because it deals with child abuse and Protective Services.
Question: Without saying what it is, have you ever been accused of something? How did you handle it?

Disclaimer: I received this book from Litfuse Publishers for my honest opinion.

Review: Guys Slimline Holy Bible (NLT) Tyndale

Price:       24.99 
Trim Size:
5.313 x 7.625  
LeatherLike, Charcoal/Blue Chevron 
June 2015 

      The "Guys Slimline Holy Bible" is a Tyndale New Living Translation version just right for boy tweens and older. There is a ribbon attached to the Bible to help keep the reader's place. The Bible cover is durable, leatherlike and has a charcoal/blue chevron. I like the feel of the Bible in my hands and the ease of turning the pages. I believe the Bible will stand up to any everyday use.
      The inside is well organized with double-column pages, 8 full-color maps that give the reader an idea of how much rainfall an area received yearly, the modern name for a city, names of kingdom rulers, and the Ministry of Jesus. There is also a 53-page dictionary/concordance with the Bible verse and definition on the same line, a well-outlined and doable 365-day Reading Plan, Great chapters of the Bible, and Great verses to memorize. 
      I showed this Bible to my college age son and he liked it. I think this would make a great gift for a guy. However, I also think someone with limited vision would have a hard time reading the print in this Bible.

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Review: Country Cooking from a Redneck Kitchen

    "Country Cooking from a Redneck Kitchen" was written by Francine Bryson and Ann Volkwein. The cover is vibrant with color and has a mouth-watering picture of ribs.
      The reader visits the home of author Francine Bryson to get up close and personal with her cooking. There are 125 dishes and 60 color photographs, plus 3 chapters devoted solely to baked goods, including holiday sweets. The contents pages are divided into 8 categories (ex. burgers, Sunday suppers, and sweets and treats). Some of the recipes look very familiar while others are new-to-me. The author shares little tidbits about each recipe (ex. its origins and how to serve the dish).
      Each recipe has the ingredients posted in bold, solid black font for easy reading at a glance. The Table of Contents and index are well structured. The cooking instructions and ingredients lists are well organized and easy to follow. Each step of the instructions are clearly numbered. There are full color photos throughout the book, and as people say, `A picture is worth a thousand words.`
      I recommend this cookbook to any cook who wants to make some real, authentic southern meals. The cost is easily offset by the easy to understand directions and full color photos. I prefer a print cookbook, as opposed to the internet. Because a cookbook is at your side and easier to follow.

Disclaimer: "I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."

Hope Toler Dougherty’s ‘Mars . . . with Venus Rising’ Kindle Prize Pack Giveaway

Travel to the small town of Mars, where you'll find a meddling horse, paper bag floors, and a flying saucer on the town square—in Hope Toler Dougherty's book, Mars . . . with Venus Rising. Penn Davenport dreams of passing the CPA exam and moving away from the two aunts who reared her after her parents died in a plane crash. When John Townsend—full of life and the joy of living—moves to town, he rattles Penn's view of herself, her life, and her dreams . . . which isn’t such a bad thing until she falls for him and discovers he’s a pilot.

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Song of Silence (Cynthia Ruchti)

Song of Silence(Abingdon, April 2016)

As the music fades and a chasm separates her from the passion of her heart, will Lucy’s faith song go silent, too? Find out in Cynthia Ruchti’s new book, Song of Silence. The musical score of her life seems to be missing all the notes. When a simple misstep threatens to silence Lucy forever, a young boy and his soundless mother change the way she sees—and hears—everything.

Music taught Lucy love and beauty. Could silence teach her hope?
Lucy and Charlie Tuttle agree on one thing: they’re committed to each other for life. Trouble is, neither of them expected life to look like this. Charlie retired early, but Lucy is devoted to a long-term career . . . until the day she has no choice.
Forced to retire from her position as music educator in a small Midwestern K-8 school, Lucy can only watch helplessly as the program her father started years ago disintegrates before her eyes. As the music fades and a chasm separates her from the passion of her heart, Lucy wonders if her faith’s song has gone silent, too. The musical score of her life seems to be missing all the notes.
When a simple misstep threatens to silence Lucy forever, a young boy and his soundless mother change the way she sees—and hears—everything.


Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed in hope. She’s the award-winning author of 17 books and a frequent speaker for women’s ministry events. She serves as the Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers, where she helps retailers, libraries, and book clubs connect with the authors and books they love. She lives with her husband in Central Wisconsin.
Find out more about Cynthia at

“Cynthia Ruchti’s enthralling novels are always on my automatic buy list. Her beautifully written stories take me on a journey through my own heart and soul. Highly recommended!”— Colleen Coble, author of Mermaid Moon and the Rock Harbor series
“As a teacher who has experienced reduction in force (RIF), the emotions of the main character, Lucy, proved transparent and real. This book gripped my heart from the first page to the last with the reality of the situation. It taught me to ‘keep playing in the silence.’” —Cleo Lampos, M.Ed., special education teacher, speaker, author Teaching Diamonds in the Tough

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