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Hodgepodge Wednesday- It's Seasonal

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This is a weekly meme where Joyce asks the questions and bloggers answer.

(1) Are the leaves turning color where you live? Have they begun to fall?
Will you have to rake when it's all said and done? Is that a chore you love or loathe?
A- Yes, the leaves have begun to change color and fall. I have adult sons who do the chore of raking, but sometimes I help. It's a great time to be outside with my sons.

(2) When did you last shake like a leaf?
A- I am having a hard time recalling this act.

(3) After 20 seasons with the NY Yankees, Derek Jeter played his last official game Sunday afternoon. Jeter has been described even by opponents as a `class act`, both on and off the field. The NFL is back in action this month too, with several players in that sport also making headlines. What are your thoughts on athletes as role models? Should a professional athlete be expected to act as role model or is that going beyond their job d…

Top Books That Were Hard For Me

This week's Top Ten is brought to you by The Broke and The Bookish.
Top Ten (Six) books that were hard for me for various reasons.

(1) How To Read A Book (Mortimer Adler)

(2) The Stonewycke Trilogy (Michael Phillips & Judith Pella)

(3) War and Remembrance (Herman Wouk)

(4) War and Peace (Leo Tolstoy)

(5) The Birth of Britain (Winston S. Churchill)

(6) The Unseen Essential (James P. Gills, M.D. & Heartlight)

My Question: What top books were hard for you?

Sunday Praise (10)

I am linking up with Spiritual Sundays

Review: The River by Beverly Lewis


              This is a novel about two Amish women, Tilly and Ruth, who are living an English lifestyle. They have come back home to Eden Valley to celebrate their parents anniversary. The novel poses the question: "Is it better to give up the English way of life and go back to the Amish roots or stay English?"
               Beverly Lewis did a wonderful job describing the different characters and the views of the residents of Lancaster County. The author style makes the reader feel like they are in Lancaster County.
              The overall message is that of forgiveness. The reader may ask "Is it right to harbor resentment?" This challenged me to reconsider my own forgiveness of others.
              There are some unexpected, delightful twists in the novel, with a bit of suspense and romance. This is a wonderful stand-alone novel. I would recommend it to anyone seeking a novel that exemplifies forgiveness.  I give this book 5 out of 5*

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Top Ten Books To Read This Fall

This week's Top Ten is brought to you by The Broke and The Bookish
The Question: What are the top ten books on my Fall to read list?

(1) A Promise in Pieces (Emily T. Wierenga)

(2) Abraham (Charles R. Swindoll)

(3) Points of Power (Yolanda Adams)

(4) Feathers from My Nest (Beth Moore)

(5) Get Out of That Pit (Beth Moore)

(6) Be Anxious for Nothing (Joyce Meyer)

(7) Battlefield of the Mind (Joyce Meyer)

(8) Messy Beautiful Love (Darlene Schacht)

(9) Life after Art (Matt Appling)

(10) The Power of a Woman's Words (Sharon Jaynes)

My question is: What are the top books on your tbr list?

Sunday Praise (9)

I'm linking up with Spiritual Sundays.

Review: Steel Will

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                   After the 9/11 attacks Staff Sgt. (Ret) Shiloh Harris was motivated to enlist in the Army and to go to war. This book tells how he survived an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) explosion and how it affected him and his men. It makes the reader aware of PTSD and how the general public can help those affected and their families.
                    Something I liked about the book was the glossary printed before the first chapter. This is very helpful to the reader who knows very little about military life. There is also an extensive list of recommended organizations and ministries in the back of the book for warriors and their families to get the help they need.
                      The chapters are short yet concise. Several colorful photographs are included in this autobiography. They highlight several of Shiloh's key life points. Including a picture of his childhood in 1974 through his career as a military combatant.
                       This b…

Hodgepodge Wednesday - It's An Age Thing

Joyce, our host is celebrating a birthday this week. So her questions deal with aging.
Happy Birthday Joyce! You can click on the button to visit Joyce and participate.

(1) Douglas MacArthur is quoted as saying, `You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair.` Would you agree? If not why not?
A- Makes sense to me. So yes I agree.

(2) What remarkable feat, interesting piece of trivia, or historical event occurred on your birth day and month? Not necessarily in your birth year, just the same date/same month.
A- According to
The Mayflower Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock. (1620)

(3) Describe a time or circumstance where you wanted to `have your cake and eat it too.`
A- Can't think of any right off the top of my hat

(4) What's something that makes you feel young? Something that makes you feel old?
A- Going to an all day Christian concert …

Ten Authors I've Only Read One Book From...

This week's Top Ten is brought to you by The Broke and The Bookish
The Question: Ten authors you've read only one book from and need to read more.

(1) Randy Alcorn: The Chasm

(2) Lynn Austin: Though Waters Roar

(3) Patsy Clairmont: Kaleidoscope

(4) W. Dale Cramer: Levi's Will

(5) Chris Fabry: Almost Heaven

(6) David Gregory: The Last Christian

(7) Kristen Heitzmann: The Rose Legacy 

(8) Jerry B. Jenkins: Twas the Night Before

(9) Michael Landon Jr. (Cindy Kelley): The Silent Gift

(10) Francine Rivers: Leota's Garden

My question is: which authors do you need to read more of their books?

Sunday Praise (8)

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Hodgepodge Wednesday - A Time in History

Hodgepodge Wednesday brought to you by Joyce at From This Side of The Pond

(1) On Thursday we pause to remember a dark day in history - 9/11
Will you mark it in some special way?
A- I am usually not one in marking special days. However, I meet with a group of ladies on Thursdays. So, I'll see what they have planned. My husband plays in a band on Thursday's and this Thursday will be special music night.

(2) Do you ever/still...listen to an actual radio? Watch a videotape (VCR)? Look up a number in a phonebook? Refer to a map while traveling? Set an alarm on an alarm clock as opposed to your phone?
A- Yes, I still listen to a real radio. However, I love the choice of listening to music on the computer. Either for when the radio gets staticy or if I want to hear particular music. I have a VCR for watching video tapes. So, yes I do still watch them periodically. Even though DVD's seem to be taking over. I am finally learning that most numbers I need can be found quicker, and …

Books That Made Me Cry

This blog post was inspired by The Broke and The Bookish
The theme is to list 10 books that made you cry.
I have to say, not many books make me cry.
Here is a short list of those I recall.

(1) Unlocked (Karen Kingsbury)

(2) Like Dandelion Dust (Karen Kingsbury)

(3) Shattered Dreams (r. William Rogers)

Which books have made you cry? Do books make you cry?

Sunday Praise (7)

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Review: Kindle Paperwhite

An Amazon Kindle is a very useful and enjoyable device to own. I make good use of my Kindle Paperwhite on long road trips, at doctor office appointments or just around the house. The internal battery has a long life, capable of going several days, sometimes weeks on a charge. I am an avid reader so times may vary for someone else.
                  It has a small built-in light, making it useful for travels at night without disturbing the driver. The light has an adjustable brilliance control. I have over 1,000 books on my Kindle with room for more. Organizing the books into collections is simple. I personally have an estimated 105 collections.
                  Some books may be loaned to other Kindle users for a specified amount of time. However, not all books are loan-able. Many public libraries have Kindle books to loan also.
                   My personal collections include biography, humor, motivational, Christian living, and many more. There's always some…

Books I wish I had Read

This week's Top Ten was inspired by The Broke and the Bookish.
I am also linking up with the Cozy Reading Spot.

Top Ten books I wish I had read as a child.

(1) Ride on the Wind (Alice Dalgliesh)

(2) The Courage of Sarah Noble (Alice Dalgliesh)

(3) Charlotte's Web (E. B. White)

(4) Stuart Little (E. B. White)

(5) National Velvet (Enid Bagnold)

(6) Thimble Summer (Elizabeth Enright)

(7) Mr. Popper's Penguins (Richard & Florence Atwater)

(8) The Door in the Wall (Marguerite de Angeli)

(9) The Story of Dr. Doolittle (Hugh Lofting)

(10) The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)

What books do you wish you had read as a child?
What books do/did you read-aloud to your child(ren)?