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Defunct computer? Defunct Life? I am having to say Goodbye to blogland. Our computer has gone AWOL...for the last time. We may be up and running again one day. xoxo

Skit Guys - God's Chisel Remastered


Review: The Road to Becoming

`The Road to Becoming` is a Christian Living non-fiction book written by author Jenny Simmons (lead singer of Addison Road).  Jenny tells you how to become whole from a position of unraveling. This book is intended for the bewildered and broken.
              Jenny Simmons relives her own life in this book and I enjoyed listening to songs mentioned in the book, especially the songs by Patsy Cline and Michael W. Smith. Perhaps from different genres, but I enjoyed them. I think I realized more than ever how much musicians go through just so the listeners may enjoy the show.
             Jenny taught me that nothing is so minute that its passing would not be grieved. I would recommend this book to someone who is in the doldrums of life.

I am linking up to Literacy Musing Monday

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Disclaimer: I received this book free from Baker Books through the Baker Books Blogger program.

What's On Your Nightstand

Five Minutes for Books hosts `What's On Your Nightstand` every fourth Tuesday of each month. Where readers share what they have read, what they are reading and what they plan to read for the next month.

Well, this has been a rough few months, surprising I read anything or even published anything. First, I was in the hospital, next hubby has been laid off for (3) months due to medical reasons, then lightening struck our modem, and then our router went out (2) days after the warranty guarantee. I have unavoidably learned how to schedule posts and learned more tricks about my tablet. Oh, the tire blew out, while our son was driving, an hour away. He learned how to change a tire and he had to change it with the smaller size spare. That was probably the longest hour he's seen.

Oh my, weren't we talking about books? Tally-ho...

What I read:

Glory Days(Max Lucado) my review

God For The Rest of Us (Vince Antonucci) my review

Through Waters Deep (Sarah Sundin) my review

The Potter&#…

27 Questions

Q:  Do you take the little shampoo's and conditioner's from hotels?
A: Yes!! Didn't we pay for them with the cost of the room?
I never take the coffee, tho!

Q:  Do you like post-it notes?
A:  Yes! Anything I can write on actually.

Q:  Do you cut out coupons but never use them?
A: I do cut out coupons. Some are used, some not.

Q: Would you rather be attacked by a big bear or a swarm of bees?
A: Doesn't matter to me, really!

Q: Do you have freckles?
A: Yes!! Doesn't everybody? Even northerners when they get enough sun!

Q: How many hours did you sleep last night?
A: 7

Q: Is it ok for guys to wear pink?
A: Yes, of course!!

Q: Do you still watch cartoons?
A: Sometimes

Q: What do you drink with supper?
A: Water or sweet tea

Q: Ever had a speeding ticket?
A: Nope

Q; Ever run out of gas?
A: Yes, actually I think I was driving on fumes.

Q: Favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
A: Depends on my mood.

Q: Are you lazy?
A: Yes!!

Q: Do you have any magazine subscriptions?
A: Yes…

Review: Glory Days

Author Max Lucado stresses leaving fear and worry behind. Fight from Victory, not for Victory. Even if you fail, remember your Commander and heed what He says. "Joshua wasn't sent to take the land but to receive the land God had taken." (pg 18) The victory was God's.
                   Although I am still learning it gives me great joy and peace knowing God has already won my battles. When I go at it with my own strength I fail. But when I realize God has won the battle I know the Victory is mine through God. The intended audience for this book is for believers. I had a bit of difficulty understanding some aspects of the book. I felt like I could not review it, until a friend pointed out that Max Lucado writes as from friend to friend, sipping some nice fresh tea, conversing with the believer. This is not a book to be devoured in one sitting. But, devoured slowly as from friend to friend.

Disclaimer: I received `Glory Days` complimentary for review.

Erie Canal Song (Thanks, Linda Kay)


What R U Reading?

I found what r u reading @ Christian Novels

So here is my TBR list:

Healer of Carthage (Lynne Gentry) 

The Road to Becoming (Jenny Simmons)

Gather Around the Amish Table  (Lucy Leid)

Review: God for the Rest of Us

`God for the Rest of Us` written by Pastor Vince Antonucci is about a God who loves us all. Pastor Vince tells of people in his church who he witnesses to. A God who loves everyone from prostitutes, to addicts, and to dysfunctional families. He speaks against bullhorn Christians. Showing you can make a presentation the same way bullhorn Christians do, but by proving God is a loving God.
                        Pastor Vince Antonucci pastors Verve, an innovative church that seeks to reach people who work on, and live around, the Las Vegas Strip. The television series `God for the Rest of Us` chronicles Vince's work. Vince's new book will help you see that Jesus didn't come for those who have it all together, He came for those who need love, grace, and forgiveness.
                         My first impression of this book was questionable at the least. Asking myself, `Do I measure up? Exactly who are the Rest of Us? Do I pass? Is this book for me? I agr…

Halloween Party!!

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Review: Through Waters Deep (Book One)

Sabotage on the Atwood. Riveting WWII adventure. `Through Waters Deep` written by author Sarah Sundin. Franklin D. Roosevelt was president. President Roosevelt calls Charles Lindbergh a defeatist, because Lindbergh rallys and says, "The only way to save our country is not to fight."
             At the introduction of Jim Avery and Archer Vandenberg, in `Through Waters Deep`, I tried to reason whether either one was the culprit of suspense. Was it one of them or neither of them. Mary Stirling has a secret spy skill, known only to Americans.
             It appears there is more than one story in this novel. I wish the story-line would have followed only one problem at hand. Than the twists and turns throughout the book.However, since this is book one of the Waves of Freedom series it may make more sense as the novels develop. I reviewed a Christmas book co-authored by Sarah Sundin and found it to be amazing.
             At this point I am not sure who to recomme…

Adventures in Odyssey August Special

It's August, which means it's nearly time for your kids to pack up their pencils, zip up their backpacks, and hop on the school bus. Aside from prepping them for their new teachers, new classes, or maybe even a new school, it's important to prep their faith. Sign your whole family up for Adventures in Odyssey's Odyssey Adventure Club for a special price of $9.99/month. The club is an essential tool to teach your children to share their faith at school, to be bold, and to grow in their relationship with God.

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Review: The Potter's Lady

It's Spring 1872 and Rose McKay is on her way home from `Philadelphia School of Design for Women.` She is most certainly glad to be going home because of the way her peers treated her. I can relate because of my own school peers. On their way home her brother, Ewan, and herself, stopped by a pottery place and a brickyard. Ewan is deciding to buy one or the other.
          I was not aware they knew about lead poisoning in the 1800's.(pg 63) The skilled workers hire unskilled workers to do their work for them(pg 63), usually women and children unskilled laborers. Hired children were not given a chance for education. It was either work so you can sleep in a warm bed and eat a meal, or neither at all. The protagonist, Rose, is set to see that the children learn from school.
          Although I liked this book well enough, I would have done better if I would have read the destination at the beginning of each chapter. Not doing so made me lose interest as I read ahead.

Top Ten Tuesday

I'm a bit late for this Top Ten Tuesday, I could list so many more..
This TTT is brought to you by The Broke and The Bookish.

Question: What (10- or so) authors you cannot resist?

Nick Vujicic

Judith Miller

Max Lucado

Siri Mitchell

Sarah Sundin

Julie Klassen

Colleen Coble

Kristy Cambron

Lysa Terkeurst

Tracie Peterson

Karen Kingsbury

Shelley Shepard Gray

AND: I could name so many more.....

Q & A with Sarah Sundin

Sarah Sundin is the author of With Every Letter, On Distant Shores, In Perfect Time, and the Wings of Glory series. In 2014, On Distant Shores was a finalist for the Golden Scroll Awards from both AWSA and the Christian Authors Network. In 2011, Sarah received the Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. A graduate of UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy, she works on call as a hospital pharmacist. During WWII, her grandfather served as a pharmacist's mate (medic) in the Navy and her great-uncle flew with the US Eighth Air Force in England. Sarah lives in California with her husband and three children.

What made you decide to start writing WWII fiction? The era has always fascinated me. Ordinary people were thrust into situations they never could have imagined---challenges and dangers and horrors---and they learned they could do extraordinary things. World War II showed the very worst and the very best of humanity, which serves both as…

Review: Think Like Heaven

Author Bob Hazlett's ideas are clear and concise. As he compares God to time. Bob says, `We cannot see God with our natural, physical eyes...we cannot see time or hold it in our hands, but we see its effects.
               The theme of `Think Like Heaven` is a prophetic reality based on Kingdom truth (pg 19). The genre is Spiritual Growth. This quote from page (73) sums up the book. "When the accuser tells us to hide, we know better than to listen to him. We know that we are not called to be ashamed; we are called to climb up on Daddy's chair."
              At the end of each chapter are in-depth "Thinking of Heaven" study questions. Great for individual or group study. Each participant could use one day to think about and ponder each question for that week. I am not sure everyone would agree with all the author's objectives. Such as speaking in tongues when you don't know what to pray. Personally, I have not come to a definite conclu…

Among the Fair Magnolias (Thomas Nelson, July 2015):

More about Among the Fair Magnolias (Thomas Nelson):

In the most turbulent decade of our nation's history, four Southern women---destinies forged by birth, hearts steeled by war---face near impossible choices on their journeys in life . . . and in love.

To Mend a Dream by Tamera Alexander
Savannah Darby would do almost anything to revisit her family home. So when new owner, Aidan Bedford, a Boston attorney and former Union soldier, seeks to redecorate the house for his fiancée, Savannah jumps at the opportunity. But the clock is ticking. Can she find the box her father supposedly hid there during the war before her assignment is completed? And before she sees yet another battle lost on the home front. This time, one of the heart.

An Outlaw's Heart by Shelley Gray
When Russell Stark returns to Fort Worth, he's determined to begin a new life. But when he arrives at his mother's homestead, he discovers she's very ill, and the woman he loved is still as bea…

Litfuse Interview ~ Through Waters Deep`

Tell us a bit about the story behind your latest novel. Where did you find inspiration?
Through Waters Deep came from twin inspirations. I wanted to tell the story of two old friends who slowly fall in love. And I wanted to tell a story set in America in 1941. Although the United States was neutral, her warships escorted Allied convoys across the Atlantic—and battled U-boats—before Pearl Harbor! Meanwhile, a debate raged between isolationists and interventionists, and rumors of sabotage ran rampant. A perfect setting for action and mystery!
What was the hardest part about writing your latest novel: Getting started? Keeping it going? Finding the perfect ending?
This was my first novel that contained a mystery plotline, which challenged me. At least a dozen suspects were acting, often at cross purposes, and Suspect 1’s actions would cause Suspect 2 to change his plans . . . and vice versa. To wrestle it all into submission, I finally resorted to making a chart. Because that’s w…

The Piano Guys (Awe Struck)

I saw this on my friends site (Create With Joy) and decided to share. Have Fun!

Review: A Heart's Home

`A Heart's Home` is the last fictional book in the Journey of the Heart series.  Each book, written by author Colleen Coble, is short, easy to read and concise. Colleen is adept at opening up the primitive land and its dangers to the reader. The books are based in Wyoming Territory, mid 1860's.
Although I did like the series, I believe it would be better as a novel. My favorite book is the last one, number 6. It brought everything to a climax. This was my introduction to Colleen Coble, I would read her works again.
This 6th booklet poses the question: What would you do if you made a promise to a friend and they passed away. Would you honor that promise? Even if it meant missing out from something else that would be so much better in the long run?
A Journey of the Heart series
(1) A Heart's Disguise (2) A Heart's Obsession (3) A Heart's Danger (4) A Heart's Betrayal (5) A Heart's Promise (6) A Heart's Home
Disclaimer: "I was provided a free copy…

Review: At Any Cost

"At Any Cost" is a personal memoir of a couple who adopted eight siblings from Sierra Leone. Their family is known as, "The Jones Dozen" They already had two young biological boys.  Author's Mike and Hayley Jones gave each child a new name with special meaning. An example is Zion, which means `Jesus returns for His people.' His return will be on Mount Zion.
                  It is amazing how God worked in Mike and Hayley's life. First with their biological children, then with their adopted children. I am reminded how God is working in and through my life.
                  It took three years for the adoption to go through. Most of the book is about the process of adoption. Which may be fine for those going through the adoption process. However, I do wish there would have been a chapter written from the children's point of view.
                 My favorite quote is from page 212. "You don't need a Savior unless you need to be saved from s…

A Heart's Home (Preview)

A hidden pregnancy, a promise sure to break hearts, and a tragic loss at Fort Phil Kearny: Don’t miss the gripping conclusion in book six, A Heart’s Home, of Colleen Coble’s A Journey of the Heart series. With the Sioux Wars threatening outside the fort, Emmie’s solemn vow threatens her happiness from within. Will she honor a promise sure to break her heart—and Isaac’s? Or is there another way to find a home for her heart?

Details about a Conversations with Colleen giveaway coming soon!

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Sea Red, Sea Blue

I thought this was beautiful. I know nothing about the book. So, this is not necessarily an endorsement for the book. The genre is Mystery/Suspense.

Review:Skinny Life

"Skinny Life" is a personal growth book written by author Crystal Dwyer Hansen. She writes her thoughts on the secret to physical, emotional, and spiritual fitness, as her subtitle states.  I did not pick out this book for weight-loss, although it leans heavily in that area. However, I picked it out for spiritual and emotional fitness. I recently read, and reviewed, "Real Food for Rookies" which is a great book to read along with `Skinny Life`. Crystal Hansen states that her book is not about diet or workout, but about changing your mind (thinking).
                 I found this quote on page 14, "We spend almost $60 million per year on diet and weight-loss products, yet people are heavier than ever before in history." "Skinny Life' raises the question, "How many diets have you been on? Did they work?" It's time to acknowledge the connection between your mind, body, and spirit (pg 18). The more you are willing to embrace change, th…

The Making of a Book