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Review: Poets and Saints

New album `Poets and Saints` by GRAMMY and Dove award nominated worshipers All Sons and Daughters releases Sept. 2, 2016. This album focuses on poets and saints of the past, something to connect modern believers to those of the past. Alongside the album is Pastor Jamie George's book `Poets and Saints: Eternal Insight, Extravagant Love, Ordinary People` and a full video-based curriculum and study guide great for Connection Groups or older homeschoolers.

For additional information on All Sons & Daughters, Poets & Saints, their touring, free chord charts and more, go to http://allsonsanddaughters.comFacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

Disclaimer: I received the above information free from Rick Hoganson, Hoganson Media Relations

I am linking up to Saturday Sharefest and Friendship Friday.

Review: Sunborn Rising

​Book Details:
Book Title:  Sunborn Rising: Beneath the Fall by Aaron Safronoff
Category:  YA fiction,  385 pages
Genre:  Fantasy Adventure
Publisher:  Neoglyphic Entertainment
Release date:  May 2016
Available for review in:  Print or ebook (gifted Kindle copy, ePub, PDF or mobi file)
Will send print books:  USA
Tour dates:  July 4 to 29, 2016
Content Rating:  PG (No sexual content, drugs or bad language. Some mild violence, and there is a death in the book.)

        `Sunborn Rising` is an action/adventure novel written for early teens, written by author Aaron Safronoff. The cover looks mysterious with a bit of a tease of what the book may contain. This is book 1 of the `World of Sunborn Rising` series. Author Safronoff was born and raised in Michigan, later moving to California. Aaron is co-founder and Chief Storyteller of Neoglyphic Entertainment.

        The setting of the novel is fictional, and so are the characters whose names are quite unusual. There are plenty of colorful pictures, a…

Review: Murder Comes by Mail

        `Murder Comes by Mail` is a fictional mystery/suspense/thriller book written by author A. H. Gabhart. She is the author of many books including `Murder at the Courthouse`. Ann grew up in a small rural town much like the town in this book.
        The setting for this book is `Hidden Springs`. The book begins at a local Hidden Springs bridge. A man going by the name of Jack wants to commit suicide, until the towns deputy rescues him. However Jack left the deputy with a warning that he would be sorry he saved him. Mail begins to show up with pictures of the deceased. 
        Hidden Springs reminds me of a Mayberry-type town, until evil comes to visit. I like mystery/suspense books, but this book is more like a depressing, creepy thriller. It spooked me as I read it.  There are things happening that are too close for comfort.  The characters in this book are well-portrayed.
        The detectives believe they know who the suspect is they just can't find him. As more characters a…

Review: Girl Defined

ISBN9780801008450Dimensions5.5 x 8.5Pub. DateApr 2016SRP$14.99
        `Girl Defined` is a Christian Living book for women written by Kristen Clark and Bethany Baird. The tagline reads, `God's radical design for beauty, femininity, and identity.  Authors Kristen and Bethany are sisters who are lifelong friends and the founders of Girl Defined Ministries. This book is geared toward young women. The reason they wrote this book is to give the reader a radically better vision for what true womanhood is all about.

        The authors goals: (pg # 21)
*Why God created the female gender
*What your purpose as a woman is
*How to obtain lasting worth
*What true beauty looks like
*How to apply femininity to your romantic relationships
*What God's idea of a working woman looks like
*How to leave behind a lasting legacy that doesn't fade with time

        This book is like a lot of biblical books for women in that they mention the biblical role for women, their femininity, unlike the r…

Review: Miriam and Daniel (flip-over book)

`Miriam and Daniel` flip-over book is written by author Victoria Kovacs and illustrated by Mike Krome. Both stories are a short 14 pages, and the text is organized into simple sentences and short paragraphs. Both stories can be read by a boy or girl.

        There are colorful illustrations on the covers, and throughout the book. The cover of Miriam shows her holding the papyrus basket her baby brother is in, for safe keeping. The story will tell more about the illustration. The cover of Daniel shows him praying to the one true God. Once again, the story will tell more about this. The primary medium for both covers is colorful drawings.

        At the end of each story is a `Parent Connection` section. Parent's connect with the child by first reading the story to them, asking the child 2 questions pertaining to that story, and lastly, ponder over the story with a special Bible verse.

Disclaimer: "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own."

Review: From This Moment

`From This Moment` is a historical fiction novel, taking place in the Boston high society of 1897, written by author Elizabeth Camden. The topic is the death of Gwendolyn. Gwendolyn is the female protagonist's, Stella West, sister. How did a proficient swimmer drown in 5' of water? It's up to the reader to figure out how Gwen died. Gwendolyn had discovered some corruption and now her sister, Stella, is sitting at the same desk, and seeing the same people Gwendolyn saw.

        The author did a great job of weaving more than one plot in this novel. The leading plot is that of Gwendolyn's death. Two secondary plots are as follows: The managing of a magazine (Scientific World) between two cousins; Romulus M. White and Evelyn Brixton. Also, Evelyn's husband has come back to Boston. Evelyn and her husband, Clyde, have been separated for six years. Clyde was not to return to Boston. Will he move on, or will Clyde and Evelyn reunite?

Disclaimer: "I was provid…

Review: Regina Shen: Endurance

`Endurance`, written by Lance Erlick, is the 4th book in the Regina Shen series. Will Regina find her sister in time to save her? Will she learn the secrets of her mom? These books are best for YA sci-fi readers. However, I would read them again. The cover of the 4th book intrigued me. There is clean language all through the series.

        The year is 298 ACM (After Community Movement), and Regina is in the Alaska wilderness. Regina is part Hispanic and part Chinese. She has a donor father but doesn't know who he is. The World Federation still wishes to control her. Regina, and her friend Ester, find shelter in caves and get water to drink from rainwater they collect. Regina realizes she can make it on just food and water, and maybe a blanket for the cold air.

        I recommend this series of books to YA readers.
Disclaimer:  I received this book free from iRead Book Tours, for my honest review.

Resilence (Book 1~Review)
Vigilance (Book 2~Review)
Defiance (Book 3~Review)

Dispelling the common myths of marriage

Rhonda Stoppe reveals the truth about marriage and helps wives live with no regrets. 
Seattle: Do you know a couple who has been married for a long time and are still deeply in love? You might find yourself wondering what their secret is or how that woman was lucky enough to find such a perfectly wonderful man. However, in If My Husband Would Change, I’d Be Happy & Other Myths Wives Believe (Harvest House, August 1, 2015, ISBN 978-0-7369-6286-5), Rhonda Stoppe shows readers the secret to a happy marriage isn’t related to how “ideal” a spouse is, but rather having a relationship grounded in a love deeper than their own. 
“Dating, courtship and planning the wedding are all glorious experiences for most women,” Stoppe writes. “But after the honeymoon, when the wedding gifts are in their proper place and life begins to happen, often the glorious experiences fade into the endless routines of to-do lists, juggling finances and learning to serve one another.” 
It’s not long before doubts…

Review: Every Bride Has Her Day

`Every Bride Has Her Day` is a contemporary romance book written for single women, written by Janice Thompson. The female protagonist, Katie Fisher, is determined she will get married.

        Katie is engaged and it seems everyone wants to do the planning for her. Her fiance's mom wants an elegant Bridal shower and wedding. Katie's mom is planning the wedding at their hometown country church. Brady, Katie's fiance, just wants Katie to be happy. Katie's parents are retired and always traveling, so how could her mom help plan the wedding? Meanwhile, totally unrelated, the hometown splits over a riff. Can everyone come together and pull off the most wonderful of weddings for Katie?

        Each chapter opens with a quote from Audrey Hepburn. My favorite one is, `I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.`

This novel is light, airy, and lots of fun!

Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any way for my honest review.

Author Bio:

Janice Thompson

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Review: Rescuing the Gospel

`Rescuing the Gospel` is a church history book written by author Erwin W. Lutzer. Author Erwin W. Lutzer has been senior pastor of Moody Church in Chicago for thirty-six years. He has written many other books, including: `The King is Coming` and `When a Nation Forgets God`.

        The book opens to a very detailed, colorful map of the Holy Roman Empire. It includes the Atlantic Ocean, France, Spain, and more.

        The reader is asked to join the author on a journey. The reader will visit Wittenberg, Worms, Erfurt, Geneva, and Zurich. They will walk through cathedrals and listen to a sermon. There are several detailed pictures the reader will see along the way.

      The book answers many questions humans ask. Such as, how good do we have to be to get to heaven, to what extent should we accept tradition in our church life and belief systems, or what does it mean to say that Christ is "the head of the church"? Rescuing the Gospel is written easy enough for any lay…

Review: The Glass Castle

`The Glass Castle`, a fantasy novel, is written by Trisha Priebe and Jerry B. Jenkins. It is dedicated to Andrew, Max, and Lincoln, who know the long road home and have enriched the authors` lives immeasurably for taking it.
        The first chapter grabs my attention just by the title, `Captured`, along with the font for the title. This is one book I anticipate reading as a simple walk in the woods turns dangerous. The female protagonist, Avery Godfrey, is 13 and she has no desire to do chores. When a walk in the woods seems more desirable. She starts walking with her brother, only to be captured and taken to The Glass Castle.
        Avery remembers listening to her mother tell tales at bedtime and now she is living the tale. How did her mother know this tale to be true? Avery was there for a reason, now she had to find out why.
        This book kept me riveted to my chair. Every time I was called to do a chore I could hardly wait to get back to the book. This is one book…

The Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt (Guest Post)

-Two-thousand sixteen marks the 60h anniversary of Disneyland resort. The diamond celebration has brought new excitement to the theme parks and with that, announcements to a whole new generation of attractions. This continues the vision of founder Walt Disney who stated Disneyland would never be finished as long as the is imagination in the world.
My vision for The Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt is to bring a new level of magic to visitors of the Disneyland resort. Walt Disney created a world where parents and children could interact together to experience the stories he had brought to the silver screen decades earlier. Unfortunately, in this fast paced society, most guests miss so much of the loving details he included within the gates of his theme parks.
First time guests and families with small children will have the opportunity to enjoy the park décor and see attractions missed on most vacations.
Did you know there is a wishing well where you can make your own dreams come true a…

Review: Mothering by Heart

`Mothering by Heart` is a book for mom's written by author Cheri Fuller. Author Cheri Fuller says she has not arrived as a parent and there is something in each season. Her children are all adults now and she is still learning as a mother-in-law and a grandmother. She says, "Maybe these ever-changing seasons of motherhood are God's way of continually drawing us to depend on Him and not ourselves. I believe that because the author has been where we are, or at where we are, she is the perfect author to write this book.
          There is a list of nine characteristics parents should know. If you, the reader, feel as you have done everything you know to be right and loving, yet your child is still temperamental maybe you should check out there characteristics. Learn about your child's unique activity level, their response to new situations, or their positive or negative moods. There are several characteristics to learn about and remember each sibling is different. Very f…

Review: Loving My Actual Life

`Loving My Actual Life` is a Christian Living/Personal Growth book written by author Alexandra Kuykendall. The reader follows the author on a 9-month experiment to really love her life.

         By intentionally adding quiet to your life you can actually come to love your life. This means turn off Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and email. The author focuses on two areas: actual quiet and virtual quiet. Actual quiet could include 30 minutes of intentional alone time, daily.

          The author started this 9-month experiment right in the middle of the Christmas season. (December 1) On top of that her husband gave her an early Christmas present, a new phone.

           In the Kuykendall home Sundays are not necessarily church days, because they want to raise the children by the Spirit of the Sabbath, not the rule of it. So the next time I see someone fishing on a Sunday I may have to think who is more in the Spirit, them or me.

           The book reads like a diary, but Alexand…

Review: More Than Rivals

`More Than Rivals` is a steady-paced biography of Eddie Sherlin and Bill Ligon, written by Ken Abraham. It's a true story about two guys who grew up on the opposite sides of the tracks, and how they became best friends. The story takes place in Gallatin, Tenn. in the 1960's.

        This book was written in dedication of: Anna Bransford Ligon (mother of Bill Ligon), Jimmy H. (Bo) Sherlin, Jr. (brother of Eddie Sherlin), Dan P. Herron (former principal of Gallatin High School), and Professor John V. Malone (former principal of Union High School).

         In the 1960's Gallatin, Tenn. had no problems with African Americans. It was a small town and everyone just stayed in their own territory. In 1954 when the U.S. Supreme Court declared schools should be fully integrated several white folk balked at this Brown V. Board of Education ruling.

         In 1963 Gallatin was probably the first to have a mix of white and African Americans playing a game of pick-up basketba…

Review: Words That Heal

`Words That Heal` was copyrighted in 2015 by Back to the Bible authors Michael Ross and Brian Doyle. The genre is worship and devotions. The topic is how we use our words. Do we heal or harm? The authors' position is to use our words to heal, love and praise God. The context is healing words for the church, healing words for the workplace, healing words for the family, and healing words for the community.  The style is written point-of-view.

         Words said by mean peers can hurt your whole life through. As one who has suffered from words of mean school kids I can attest to that. I would like for at least one school peer to come to me and say, `I am sorry, I was a Bozo`.

         A large percentage of Christians are frustrated with church. Our own family has switched churches several times because we couldn't agree with everything going on in the church.

         In working with co-workers, and bosses, this book suggests `Healing Steps`. Such as, nurture the opposite of p…

The Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt

Book Description:
See the enchantment of the Disneyland resort in a whole new way with "The Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt." From Main Street U.S.A. to New Orleans Square, Walt Disney lovingly designed every detail to immerse guests in the magic of his theme parks.
See Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure through new eyes when you discover fantasy, thrills, and dreams around every turn. Whether you’re perusing the shops, waiting in line, or riding attractions, there’s plenty to uncover for even the most knowledgeable Disney fan.
If this is your first visit or your five hundredth, you will discover something new with "The Great Disneyland Scavenger Hunt."
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Author's Bio:
Catherine Olen has enjoyed a love affair with the magic of the Disney theme parks for as long as she can remember, counting herself among Disneyland passholders for the last twenty-five y…