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Review: A Sparrow in Terezin

"A Sparrow in Terezin" is book two, in the `Hidden Masterpiece` series. It opens in present day California with a wedding - on the beach. This volume continues following the lives of two women as protagonists from different eras. Sera James lives in present day California, while Kaja Makovsky was forced to leave behind her half-Jewish family in Nazi-occupied Prague (1939).
              Author Kristy Cambron created a great work with this series. She did not rehash the first book's content. Although it may be helpful to read the first novel, it is not absolutely necessary. Sera James is a protagonist in both books. I would have liked the author to expound upon William Hanover at the onset of this story.
               This novel does have some twists and turns. Since this is a historical fiction story about WWII perhaps there is nothing surprising exposed. To lighten the mood there is a bit of romance.
                I recommend this series to readers of WWII Historica…

Our Homeschool Song (Michelle F)

FEBRUARY 4, 2009 Sung to the Tune of the "Addams` Family" (A re-post)
Our house is mainly boys,
We have a lot of joys,
And sometimes radio noise,
Our homeschool family. We learn at home,
Dad likes his pocket comb,
Mom would like a whispering dome,
We all would like an observation dome,
Our homeschool family. (silly) (chilly) (peace lily) We have three cats,
But no gnats,
We all like family chats,
Our homeschool family. We’re learning about Creation,
Geology tells of its formation,
We give God a standing ovation,
Our homeschool family. The librarian knows our name,
We like to play a card game,
There is never a day the same,
Our homeschool family. This is a song we came up with while we were Homeschooling. It's a lot of work going through posts, making sure they are safe! But, it's also rewarding when I find tidbits like this!

Is America A Christian Nation, Mr. President?

Please watch to the very end. Thanks! (Update: I am still in the process of making myself, and family, safer online. Thank you for your patience and understanding)

I Am A Dreamer

You are a DreamerYou tend to have your head in the clouds. You love to be drawn in to a whole other world.

You are a rational person. You like to think through ideas, and you like the thoughts that books spark.

You are a person with a few deep interests. If you're drawn to something, you learn everything about it.

You are a person who loves to acquire possessions. You can't resist a sale, and you own a lot of things.
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Online ID Theft

It has come to my attention that several people are dealing with stolen identities through FB accounts & blogs. I apparently am dealing with this, also. Please Note: I will be keeping up my blog as-much-as-possible, during this transition! There are still many book reviews on the way  <3(Michelle) SO... Update: I am going through and cleaning up my blog (& FB account) due to some posts I have read about yucky people grabbing your pic and creating new FB account, blogs, etc. to look like you and steal your identity. I am also removing references to where I live, other than my home state, and removing photos of friends and children. One blogger stated her C-hild's photos ended up in creepy ways on the internet, and when her hubby shared he was L-eaving town, P-redators put 2 and 2 together to figure she was home alone...she found large boot prints leading from the street to the side of her house! Note - I am putting extra spaces in some words to discourage searches of spe…

PRESS RELEASE: A Flicker of Hope Found in a War-Torn World

Bound together across time, two women discover a powerful connection through one survivor's story.

Seattle: Just like a single candle can brighten a dark room, a glimmer of hope can sustain the soul in dark times. In her highly-anticipated second novel, Kristy Cambron shines a light on the resiliency of the human spirit in A Sparrow in Terezin 

A Sparrow in Terezin shares the heart-wrenching truth of the Terezin concentration camp during WWII. Of the approximate 150,000 prisoners who passed through Terezin, nearly 90,000 were deported to extermination camps. Of the 15,000 children sent to Terezin, fewer than 100 survived. Despite the lack of basic sanitation, food and clean water though, an arts community thrived there, even among the children. “The art of these children refused to leave my heart,” Cambron admits. “The images are so heart-wrenching, they beg for a voice. It’s because of them that Sophie and K├íja’s story was born.” In parallel stories, readers are introduced in the p…

An Interview with Kristy Cambron

Author of A Sparrow in Terezin

Just like a single candle can brighten a dark room, a glimmer of hope can sustain the soul in dark times. In her highly-anticipated second novel, Kristy Cambron shines a light on the resiliency of the human spirit in A Sparrow in Terezin.

Q: Your new book has a unique title — A Sparrow in Terezin. Where is Terezin, and what happened there?

Terezin (or Theresienstadt in German) was a small fortress and garrison city converted to a ghetto and concentration camp during WWII. Positioned just an hour automobile ride north of Prague in what is now the Czech Republic, the 18th-century fortress was an ideal place for the Nazis to set up a Gestapo prison for political prisoners early in the war. By 1941, the camp was converted also to a ghetto and transport camp for mainly Czech, but also Soviet, Polish, German and Yugoslavian Jews. Of the approximate 150,000 prisoners who passed through Terezin during the course of the war, nearly 90,000 were deported to Auschwit…

Review: A Heart's Obsession

"A Heart's Obsession" is book two of author Colleen Coble's "Journey of the Heart" series. The reader may recall our introduction to the series. The first edition was set in the year 1865, in the pristine locality of Wabash, Indiana as America celebrated the end of the Civil War.
                   Author Colleen Coble begins book two during the Indian Wars of the late 15th Century. Colleen did an excellent job of describing the characters and their emotions, as well as the elaborate scenes.
                   It took six years for a publisher to pick up the original series. This more recent series is a reprise of the original.
                   I vouch for this series to be read by Bibliophile's who enjoy Christian Fiction. I recommend this series be read in sequential order. Be sure to look for my review of the 3rd book, "A Heart's Danger", coming sometime in May. There are a total of six books in the complete series.

Disclaimer: "I…

Moma Walking on Streets of Glory

Our mom, Barbara, went to be with her Lord and Savior today (4/15/2015) Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers, especially during this time.
In lieu of flowers we are asking you send donations to:
Attention: Haven Hospice Roberts Care Center  6400 St. John's Avenue Palatka, Florida 32177

Barbara (85), of Crescent City, passed away April 15, 2015 in Palatka, Florida
Visitation will be held at Howe Memorial Methodist Church on April 17, 2015
1:00 - 2: 00 p.m.
Funeral service will held at Howe Memorial Methodist Church on April 17, 2015   with Retired Pastor Dwain Roberts of Barry Manor officiating. 
2:00 p.m.

Interment will follow at Eden Cemetery  Johnson Overturf Funeral Home is handling the funeral arrangements.
The family will return to Howe Memorial Methodist Church after the interment. Anyone who would like to come support the family and share happy memories is welcome.
For more information you may visit the Book of Memories
You may also light a memory candle at this sit…

Who Would Dare To Love Isis?

A letter to IsIs from people of the Cross. 
Jesus died for you, too!
We are all born sinners. Christians are saved by their faith in Jesus.

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Review: After A Fashion

Bethany House
ISBN: 9780764212758
Dimensions: 5.5 X 8.5
Publication Date: March 2015

 "After A Fashion" is a stand-alone historical novel set in New York City in 1882. The prominent characters are Miss Harriet Peabody, who is a milliner and Mr. Oliver Addleshaw,  a  salient businessman.
                   I found this novel to be laborious and boring, by the eighth chapter I was still waiting for some excitement. Harriet Peabody's boss, Mrs. Fienman, is aloof. Mr. Addleshaw's fiancee, Lily Birmingham, is a spoiled brat. The story did not seem to flow smoothly, for me. There did seem to be a bit of humor which helped make the novel more interesting.

Disclaimer: I received this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review.

Emergency Trip

Dear Readers:
My family and I are making an emergency trip to Fl. My mom is under the care of hospice, they only expect her to live another week. She has sepsis and her throat is closing up.
I am sorry I have not been blogging or commenting on blogs lately. After the funeral things should get back to normal. This week's review may be postponed.
Thank you for your generous thoughts and prayers during this time.
God Bless!!

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Review: Halo Found Hope

Dog Ear Publishing
December 11, 2014
ISBN: 9781457531330

  `Halo Found Hope` is the memoir of Helo Matzelle and how she found hope through faith in God. Helo had surgery, at age 46, for a rare brain tumor. Miracles occurred during the surgery and afterward.
               My thoughts while reading author Helo Metzelle's memoir was that Helo appears to be a woman who loves God. She isn't much different from the reader, but has a deepened awareness of the love of God. This is shown by her frequent use of scripture throughout the book.
               Helo includes a notes page, at the back of the book, where the reader can observe the list of scripture used, at a glance. They are in order and placed under each chapter heading for easy reference.
               Knowing in advance that Helo survived the surgery and any possible complications from the brain tumor encouraged me and did not distract from the reality and concerns of the brain tumor.
               I found…

An Interview with Helo Matzelle

Author of Halo Found Hope

Helo Matzelle thought her relationship with God was as good as
it could get. As a busy stay-at-home mom and devoted wife,
she would have described her life as beautiful. Then, one Friday
afternoon in 2011, her life changed. In her new book, Halo Found
Hope: A Memoir, Matzelle shares how her life went from
planning ahead for the weekend to relearning basic skills after
being diagnosed with a rare brain tumor. What’s most
remarkable is not what she endured physically, but how she
grew spiritually.

Q: Halo Found Hope is a memoir written about an especially harrowing time in your life.
Can you share a bit about what led you to write this book?

I never thought I’d write a book. This one started out as a simple diary, on a yellow pad, hidden in a drawer. . . . Private notes written to God helped carry me through a difficult time. I’d scribble down my fears, doubts and frustrations and then lift them up in prayer. I often included verses from His word for encouragement.…