Thursday, July 28, 2016

Mommy Needs a Raise by Sarah Parshall Perry

 Do you need to laugh? I mean really laugh? If you're a mom then you need laughter about as much as you need sleep because there are Just. Some. Days. when you can't even remember breathing because everything was so demanding. Sarah Parshall Perry's new book Mommy Needs a Raise is full of laughter along with lessons. One of the funniest and most touching books I've read in a long time. This book is full of wisdom and anecdotes from real life, including work force stories and mommy stories. This is the perfect book to have on your night stand when you can only concentrate on a few pages at a time. Loved it!
This book provided for review by Revell

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

2016 Reading List


favorites are in bold 

1. They Almost Always Come Home by Cynthia Ruchti (kindle)
2. Broken on the Back Row by Sandi Patty
3. An Open Heart by Harry Kraus (kindle)
4. Love in Disguise by Carol Cox (kindle)
5. Undaunted Hope by Jody Hedlund
6. The Deepest Waters by Dan Walsh (kindle)
7. From Bags to Riches by Sandra D. Bricker
8. Astray (Gated sequel) by Amy Christine Parker (kindle)
9. Every Waking Moment by Chris Fabry
10. The Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn
11. The Amethyst Heart by Penelope J Stokes (re-read)
12. Solemnly Swear by Nancy Moser 
13. Face of Betrayal by Lis Wiehl (Kindle)
14. To Heaven and Back  by Mary C. Neal, MD (I don't recommend)


15. Offworld by Robin Parrish
16. The Offering by Angela Hunt
17. Risen by Angela Hunt
18. Vigilante by Robin Parrish
19. Song of Silence by Cynthia Ruchti
20. Just Jane by Nancy Moser
21. Life Lessons From a Bad Quaker by J. Brent Bill
22. Stars in the Night by Cara C. Putman
23. The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck
24. Murder at Granite Falls by Roxanne Rustand
25. The Charm Bracelet by Viola Shipman
26. If I Run by Terri Blackstock
27. The Chair by James L. Rubart
28. Appalachian Serenade (novella) by Sarah Loudin Thomas (kindle)
29. I Want it All by Gwen Smith
30. For the Love of Pete by Debby Mayne


31. Playing the Part by Jen Turano
32. Unforgettable by Trish Perry
33. The Hearts We Mend by Kathryn Springer
34. A Fool and His Money by Sandra Orchard 
35. Sister Dear by Laura McNeill
36. That's Not Hay in My Hair by Juliette Turner
37. Try Dying by James Scott Bell
38. Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife by Ruth A. Tucker
39. Try Darkness by James Scott Bell
40. Try Fear by James Scott Bell


41. Tiffany Girl by Deeanne Gist
42. I Said Yes by Emily Maynard Johnson and A.J. Gregory
43. The Midwife's Dilemma by Delia Parr
44. Burning Bush 2.0: How Pop Culture Replaced the Prophet by Paul Asay (not recommended)
45. Unplanned by Alana Terry (Kindle)
46. Paralyzed by Alana Terry (Kindle) 

47. Together at the Table by Hillary Manton Lodge 
48. Medical Judgment by Richard L. Mabry, M.D.
49. Fading Starlight by Kathryn Cushman
50. The Valley of the Dry Bones by Jerry B. Jenkins
51. The Longing in Me by Sheila Walsh 
52. Every Bride Has Her Day by Janice Thompson
53. Smash & Grab by Amy Christine Parker
54. Anchor in the Storm by Sarah Sundin

55. Kill Devil by Mike Dellosso
56. All Summer Long by Melody Carlson
57. Sea Rose Lane by Irene Hannon
58. Murder Mezzo Forte by Donn Taylor
59. God Bless Us Every One by Eva Marie Everson
60. Close to Home by Deborah Raney

61. No Other Will Do by Karen Witemeyer
62. Missing by Lisa Harris
63. The Promise of Jesse Woods by Chris Fabry
64. If My Husband Would Change, I'd Be Happy by Rhonda Stoppe
65. Every Frenchman Has One by Olivia de Havilland

Sunday, July 17, 2016

The Promise of Jesse Woods by Chris Fabry

 I've read every book by Chris Fabry and this is second in my mind only to June Bug. This book made me wrestle with feelings I thought I had abandoned a long time ago. From the deceitful people at church to the racism from the same people, reading The Promise of Jesse Woods was like reliving some of what we went through ten years ago at our last church. At times it was hard to read, especially knowing that the nasty characters never changed because they didn't in our real-life experience either. Though not the main story, it impacted me greatly.
Jesse's story also impacted me and I put the book down with tears and a feeling of satisfaction. Beautifully written. If you read one book this year make it this one. 
This book provided for review by Tyndale

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Every Frenchman Has One by Olivia deHavilland

 A re-release of a book written in the 1950s by one of classic Hollywood's favorite film stars? Yes please. 
I wasn't sure what to expect with the book, but it is mild compared to what is written today. Olivia writes in almost a prose style and her words are to be read slowly and to be savored. This book is a delight. I love looking at France through her eyes. Her honesty probably wouldn't hold up well to today's age of political correctness where we have to be nice to everyone or risk offending them. This book is her truthful observations and I love it. It's a small volume but holds up well. Fun getting to know her in these pages.
Olivia just celebrated her 100th birthday! Happy birthday Olivia....wherever you are!
This book provided for review by Blogging for Books

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Missing by Lisa Harris

 Missing, by Lisa Harris, is the second in the Nikki Boyd Files series. While reading it I couldn't remember if I'd read the first in the series or not but it didn't matter because this reads fine as a stand-alone. This book drew me in immediately and kept me guessing and on the edge of my seat throughout the story. It also reminded me that God uses even fiction to meet you where you are. I was able to send a picture of a page to a friend going through a hard time. The line, "Being scared is normal. Being brave isn't about not feeling scared at all. It's feeling scared inside, but not letting it stop you from doing what you need to do." is one that she needed to hear today. It was a blessing to her and this book provided it. Christian fiction, like this, is so very important and I'm thankful that Lisa Harris puts out books that reflect her Christ-like values. This is a fast-paced, action-packed clean read that I highly recommend.

This book provided for review by Revell

Monday, July 11, 2016

No Other Will Do by Karen Witemeyer

 I still remember the first time I came across Karen Witemeyer. Her first book had just been released and for me it was love at first read. I've been a fan ever since and have snatched up her books as soon as they come out. No Other Will Do is the story of Emma Chandler who runs a town built to empower and protect women abused or abandoned. Emma's town is left alone for the most part until an ominous threat begins to attack. She calls on her old friend Malachi for help and the war is on. War with the enemy and war with her feelings. 
This book moved a little slow for me but was still enjoyable. Clean and easy to read. Karen Witemeyer writes historical fiction like few others. Nice summer read.
This book provided for review by Bethany House