Showing posts from January, 2018

Re: Books I Can't Believe I Read

Top Ten Tuesday originated with The Broke and The Bookish, Beginning January 30, 2018, it has moved to The Artsy Reader Girl. Each week bloggers are given a top ten, in books, to blog about. This week features Books I Can't Believe I Read, which may be ten or so. That's not to say whether I liked a book, or not. They may just be out of my regular works to read.

(1) War and Peace by author Leo Tolstoy

(2) The White Horse King by author Benjamin Merkle

(3) When Heaven Comes Down by author Che` Ahn

(4) Thin Places by author Mary E. DeMuth

(5) Evolving in Monkey Town by author Rachel Held Evans

(6) Under Magnolia by author Frances Mayes

(7) Sunborn Rising by author Aaron Safronoff

Review: Plum Tea Crazy

`Plum Tea Crazy` is a Tea Shop Mystery by author Laura Childs. With a name like Plum Tea Crazy it sounds like a funny story. It is actually a light-hearted, cozy mystery. There is not a lot of blood and guts. It is a who-done-it story and the female protagonist, Theodosia is determined she will find out who did it and why.

        It was hard to decide who the real suspect was, the story was written so well. What I liked most about the book is that the second I thought I knew who did it a different character would show up in the story and lead me astray. Halfway through the story I still couldn't figure out who it was. That kept me wanting to read the book.

        Some of the characters had unique names that made the reader picture what they looked like. An example, Miss Dimple had a plump five-feet-one-inch body whose whole body went into motion when she laughed. There was also a florist named Floradora.

        I learned `receipt` was the old-timey Southern way of sayi…

Re: Books I Loved But Can't Remember

Well, I am combining this post with two other blogs. Top Ten Tuesday originates from That Artsy Reader Girl and the blogger at fictionaficionadoblog has revised it. Today's post was to be Top Ten books I liked but can't remember. It was revised to Books I Liked But Can't Remember. So I am going to list my top 15 books I liked but can't remember. Which means I need to read them again. :)

(1) Levi's Will by author W. Dale Cramer

(2) The Noticer by author Andy Andrews

(3) A Measure of Mercy by author Lauraine Snelling

(4) The Silent Gift by author Michael Landon jr.

(5) Saving Cicadas by author Nicole Seitz

(6) Fearless by author Max Lucado

(7) Buried Alive by author Roy Hallums

(8) Rick and Bubba's Big Honkin Book of Grub by authors Rick Burgess/Bill Bussey

(9) Dancing With My Father by author Sally Clarkson

(10) Friendships For Grownups by author Lisa Whelchel

(11) The Last Christian by author David Gregory

(12) I Am Hutterite by author Mary-Ann Kirkby

(13) Lov…

Q & A with author Francine Rivers

1.You often say that each of your novels is prompted by a faith-related question. What question inspired The Masterpiece? Were there particular Scripture verses or stories that guided your writing of this novel? The question that came up for me was whether two people from severely dysfunctional backgrounds could have a healthy relationship. Grace and Roman both come from abusive childhood experiences and developed different coping mechanisms to survive. The past often intrudes and sometimes blocks people from moving forward, but we are all ultimately responsible for the choices we make. Each of us must decide who Jesus is. That choice decides where we spend eternity. It also makes a difference in our life in the here and now. When abuse occurs, a child’s view of God is twisted. That raises other questions. What might need to happen to open the door to the true God and faith in Him? What if someone grows up knowing nothing of God other than as a curse? I had questions enough for several…

Review: The Lacemaker

AboutIt is the eve of a new age of freedom in the colonies. 
But can a proper English lady dare hope for her own independence?

        `The Lacemaker` is a historical romance novel by author Laura Frantz.  The year is 1775, almost June, summertime. I found it enlightening that one of the families mentioned is the Shaw family, some of my ancestors are known by that name and they are of English descent.

        Lady Elisabeth Lawson's marriage was an arrangement by her father. But, does she want to marry the groom her father picked? Does she just want to stay single? This novel is rich in history and must be read from that standpoint. I found it to be rather dry and it did not suit me. However, I think it would make a good book study for anyone interested in the 1700's.

Disclaimer: "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own." Where to PurchaseBaker Book HouseAmazonBarnes & NobleChristianbook.comExcerptDownload PDF Paperback


Headlines: `Drawn to You`


Acclaimed singer, songwriter and author Audrey Assadreleases today the third single from her first new album of all new songsin four years,Evergreen. The song, “Drawn to You,” as well as “Wounded Healer” and first single, “Deliverer,” are available now atiTunes, Spotify and more digital outlets globally from Fortunate Fall Records with Tone Tree Music distribution.

With the full album set to release internationally Feb. 23 and available now to pre-order at iTunes and Amazon.comEvergreen stems from a season of renewed creativity for Assad. Forging through the flames of personal pain in the deepest corners of her broken heart, new songs of rebirth, identity, the rebuilding of trust and discovery of joy and love have taken shape.
“Faith and belief are not things that come easily to me at all. It’s become one of the battles of my life to not feel ashamed about that,” admits Assad.

“I lose my faith a lot, and find…

Review: Oath of Honor

AboutA murdered partner. A missing brother. Will Isabelle's silence protect those she loves . . . or delay justice?

        `Oath of Honor` is a romantic suspense novel by author Lynette Eason. While reading this novel, which is book one of a series, I realized how hard a cop's life can be. It makes more thankful for their protection. The novel also reminded me of some of the t.v. shows that portray a cop's life.

        From the beginning of the novel, there was page-turning suspense as three armed men enter a warehouse, a cop is down and back-up was late. This is an organized crime mystery and whoever stood in their way was gunned down. The book is summed up by the quote on page 148 which says, "God, I know you're sovereign, you can bring good from evil, but sometimes it's hard to remember that."

Where to PurchaseBaker Book HouseAmazonBarnes & ResourcesExcerptDownload PDF Disclaimer: "I was provided a free copy of this bo…

Review:Sacred Rest

`Sacred Rest` is a Christian living book by author Saundra Dalton-Smith, M.D. I think the author was motivated to write this book on rest because much of America's culture is rush, rush, rush. Even while sleeping our minds could still be at work, instead of rest, which makes us feel fatigued throughout the day. So many people turn to stimulants to keep them awake.

        `Sacred Rest`  is a 30-day journey on resting the body, mind, and spirit. If we don't rest our bodies we are sure to burn-out. Part one uses stories, research, reflection, and application as tools to understanding rest. Part two discusses the spiritual side of rest and part three is the Promises of Rest. I decided to review this book to learn about the spiritual side of rest.

        At the back of the book is a `Personal Rest Deficit Assessment` tool. This tool is used to define what type of rest you need. Seven of the twenty-five chapters in the book are each dedicated to a type of rest. So the re…

Review: Missing Isaac

AboutIsaac believed in luck. But from Pete's point of view, Isaac's luck had all run out.
When Pete McLean loses his father in the summer of 1962, his friend Isaac is one of the few people he can lean on. Though their worlds are as different as black and white, friendship knows no color. So when Isaac suddenly goes missing, Pete is determined to find out what happened--no matter what it costs him. His quest will lead him into parts of town that he knows only through rumors and introduce him to a girl who will change his life. What they discover together will change the small Southern town of Glory, Alabama--forever.         `Missing Isaac` is a Christian fiction novel by author Valerie Fraser Luesse. I wanted to read this book because it's about the 1960's when I spent most of my childhood. The author mentions the showing of respect which sadly seems to be missing these days. An example is a funeral procession. Those in the procession are shown respect by others as the…

Review: The Captive Brides Collection

`The Captive Brides Collection` is a historical fiction collection by several different authors. This is a great way to learn about each writer and their writing style. There are a total of nine stories and nine authors.

        The first story, `Love's Labours Found`, takes place in Montserrat, West Indies in 1655 by author Jennifer Allee. The female protagonist, Temperance, was an indentured servant. Her master was cruel to his slaves. Temperance runs away looking for a better life. There was suspense in this story, suspense that made me want to cry. Will Temperance be killed or live in safety?

        `His Indentured Bride` setting is Ayr, Scotland in 1773-1774 by author Angela Breidenbach. Because of the difference in English spellings, it was difficult for me to understand, which made me not like this story as much.

        `The Suspect Bride` by author Susan Page Davis, is set in Oregon, 1890. This is a unique story in that the mail order bride, Verity Ames, was acc…

Review: Unstuck

About the Book

Title: Unstuck
Author: Chris Dupre
Genre: Self-help, personal growth
Release Date: November 14, 2017

Do you feel like you missed the boat? Are you burnt out? Have your feet been dragging the sidewalk? Do you catch yourself dreaming of what could have been? Of if-only-I-had, or if-only-I-hadn’t? This book is for anyone sitting in the audience who should be on stage, anyone reading blogs who should also be writing them, anyone supporting ministries who should be leading them. It’s for the Christians who know there is a better life, but who are just stuck in the one they’re living. Saved in the Jesus Movement of the seventies, Chris DuPré connected with countless Christians across the world. Yet too many of those Christians, Chris discovered, have years later lost the fire and stepped back from living out their faith. Why? Because they got stuck—stuck in rejection by others, stuck in fear of the unknown, stuck in loving a comfortable life, stuck in scores of similar ruts. Wh…