Showing posts from January, 2015

Review: Mother Chicken's Eggs: Choosing to Grow into Greater Things

List Price: 14.99
ISBN: 0991007034
Release: January 27, 2015
Format: Paperback

"Mother Chicken's Eggs: Choosing to Grow into Greater Things" is the first in a series called the Fable Springs Parables. My friend and author Kathryn Ross, along with her illustrator Noah Berge, has compiled this wonderful 48 page parable everyone could learn from.
               I was drawn to this book by its beautiful illustrations. As I opened up the pages to the Fable Springs Village, I found a map to guide me on my way. It was a welcome surprise to find the familiar Old MacDonald's Farm.
              With the author's flowing words the reader is reminded that the lessons we learn help us grow into greater things. The author uses terms simple enough for a child, yet giving readers of all ages something to ponder on.
               The reader might be interested to note that this book was inspired by a quote from author C.S. Lewis literary gem "Mere Christianity&quo…

Review: Like A Flower in Bloom

Like A Flower in Bloom is a somewhat humorous novel about a female botanist and painter in the Victorian Era. Women were undoubtedly seen as only fit for marrying and child-bearing. I did enjoy this book, but it took me over a week to read it.
                        Charlotte Withersby had her sight set on helping her botanist father after the passing of her mother. Her uncle, the Admiral, had other plans for her.
                        I had to laugh when the character Mr. Edward Trimble appeared in the novel. He seemed distinguished yet a bit arrogant. It was interesting to read along as Charlotte was being taught the acceptable way.
                        My favorite quote from the novel is, "I had to believe that even the meanest of creations served God's purposes. And yet anyone could see there was a great difference between a thorn and a flower and no hope at all of one becoming the other." (pg. 98) It was also fun to learn new words like pedantic and ranunculus

Review: At Home In Last Chance

Author Cathleen Armstrong debuts her writing with the "A Place To Call Home" series. This is the third book in the series. Therefore I read the first two books to familiarize myself with the characters.
            The first book "Welcome To Last Chance" was a very hard book for me to read. It reminded me of a past I would rather forget. The second book "One More Last Chance" proved to be a bit more enticing.
             The last book of the series "At Home In Last Chance" could be read as a stand-alone book, since the characters are well developed. The reader should get a feel of the characters and flavor of the series just by reading this last book.
             Since this contemporary, 294 page, romance novel was my introduction to author Cathleen Armstrong I was unsure what to expect. However, I am pleased I stayed with the series and did not give up. I do not believe this series is for every reader as there are some touchy sit…

A Winter's Respite (January Read-A-Thon)

The week of January 26 - February 1 I will be participating in A Winter's Respite Read-A-Thon hosted by Seasons of Reading. The books listed below are my goals for this week. On February 2nd I will post a wrap-up letting you know how I did. I will also begin studying the Bible book of Acts in my year long quest of studying the New Testament.

(1) Marvelous (Travis Thrasher)
I am stepping out of my usual genre here. This is the first in the Books of Marvella series. It is a Tyndale Publishers YA.

(2) Mother Chicken's Eggs: Choosing to Grow into Greater Things (Kathryn Ross)
This is Book One in the Fable Springs Parables series by my blogging friend author Kathryn Ross. I love the illustrations and look forward to reading this. Review coming soon.

(3) 30 Events That Shaped The Church (Alton Gansky)
This book takes you on a journey throughout church history.
Beginning with Pentecost and culminating with The Rise of New Atheism.

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Hi, I am Michelle, of middle age, and a Christian. I am married to a wonderful Christian man & my best friend ever, in the world. We have 3 adult guys ~ still living at home. We live in the Peachy state of GA in U.S.A.  I Love to try new recipes using my cast iron cookware, read Christian books ~ fiction and non-fiction, crochet Granny Square afghans, and spend time with my family. This blog is mainly my review blog of new books and fun meme's. I love my blog for several reasons; to have a creative outlet through backgrounds and organization, to keep track of books I've read letting my readers know what works and what doesn't, meeting others around the world. So grab that cup of hot tea/coffee/cocoa prepare to stay awhile and enjoy your visit here.

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My Favorite Book of 2014

As a Reviewer, I occasionally come across a book that I just can't get enough of.  `The Secret of Pembrooke Park` by author Julie Klassen is one of those books. This is one book I would love to see turned into a movie. Although it's not yet a movie, author Julie Klassen and Bethany House Publishers have a few goodies for you. First, if you would like to read my review you may find it here.

The manor behind `The Secret of Pembrooke Park`

The trailer to `The Secret of Pembrooke Park`

Just For Fun: Printable Regency Paper Doll

Disclaimer: I am a Bethany House Blogger Bonus Member. I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. 

I am also linking this post up as a `Freebie` to Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

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I don't know what kind of problems this will cause, or how it will effect my readers. So, please, I am looking for any and all input.
I signed up to receive blog posts through e-mail and that appears to work.
I cherish my readers and want to do what works best for you.
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Hodgepodge Wednesday ~ Whatever Happened To (?)

It's Time for Wednesday Hodgepodge. We had a week off, last week, to celebrate.
Our dear host, Joyce, was the Mother of the Bride. Congratulations!!
So we begin fresh, and new, this week with some great questions.
This is where Joyce asks the questions, bloggers answer the questions.
If you would like to participate please click the button. Thanks!

(1) What's your best piece of advice for a newly married couple? I'm asking for a friend.

A- Never go to bed mad. Pray together, daily.

(2) Before we're too far into the new year I wanted to post a question Teresa submitted during the December giveaway. Teresa blogs over at Being Refined as Silver, so everyone go say hi.

Teresa asks, "What were you doing on December 31, 1999?" and "Did you or your family make preparations for Y2K?"

A- I was on the computer, as usual, bringing in the new year. I wasn't concerned about Y2K, so we did not prepare for it. I have a lot of friends who did, tho. Some going …

Top Ten 2014 Books I Didn't Get To Read

This Week's Top Ten is brought to you by The Broke and The Bookish.
This week's Top Ten Tuesday question:
Top Ten 2014 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn't Get To

(1) In The Field Of Grace (Tessa Afshar)

(2) The Butterfly and The Violin (Kristy Cambron)

(3) With Every Breath (Elizabeth Camden)

(4) Butterfly Palace (Colleen Coble)

(5) Chateau Of Secrets (Melanie Dobson)

(6) The Dancing Master (Julie Klassen)

(7) Fearless Hope (Serena B. Miller)

(8) Love Comes Calling (Siri Mitchell)

(9) Bridge To Haven (Francine Rivers)

(10) Echoes Of Mercy (Kim Vogel Sawyer)

My Question:
What is your list of 2014 books you haven't read, yet?

Sunday Praise (24)

I'm linking up with Spiritual Sundays.

My Top Ten 2015 Debut Books

This week's Top Ten is brought to you by The Broke and The Bookish
This week's Top Ten Tuesday question:
What are my most anticipated debut books of 2015?

(1) like a Flower in Bloom (January 6, 2015)

(2) Beyond All Dreams (January 6, 2015)

(3) 30 Events That Shaped The Church (January 13, 2015)

(4) Home Is Where My People Are (January 16, 2015)

(5) The Trouble With Patience (February 17, 2015)

(6) Stay (February 24, 2015)

(7) Thick As Thieves (February 27, 2015)

(8) The Oxford Inklings (March 1, 2015)

(9) After A Fashion (March 3, 2015)

(10) I Want To Be A God Gazer (April  27, 2015)

My Question:
What is your list of debut books for 2015?

Sunday Praise (23)

I'm linking up with Spiritual Sundays.

Travel the World in Books

~Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge is hosted by Mom's Small VictoriesI'm Lost in Books, and Savvy Working Gal. The rules are, you make your own rules on how you will travel the world. There are, of course, suggested rules and guidelines which you can view here.

Following is my list of rules, for me (subject to change at any time):

(1) I plan to maintain this challenge for 1 - 3 years. I will follow my progress on my blog.

(2) I plan to visit at least (12) countries. The countries will be determined by book setting.

(3) My aim is to read both Christian fiction and non-fiction.

(4) This will be slow reading, as I will be reading these books to TW during breakfast.

List of my first (12) books and their countries:

(1) The Amazing Danis (David L. Scovill) Indonesia

(2) Behind the Veils of Yemen (Audra Grace Shelby) Yemen

(3) Waterfall: A Novel (Lisa Bergren) Italy

(4) Mama Edith (Edith Rebecca Millman) Zaire

(5) Voice in the Night (Pastor Surprise) Africa ~ continent