Monday, August 29, 2016

Me - A Compendium

 This is the cutest book ever. I mean, really, look how darling this is. Every page is a blank slate for your child to record priceless memories. I wish I'd had something like this when my children were little. How fun is this? One page has: How I looked when I was a baby, how I look today, and How I'll look when I'm fifty. Another has a spot for a family portrait. There are questions to answer and secrets to reveal. A perfect gift for your favorite imaginative little one.


Book provided for review by Blogging for Books

Monday, August 22, 2016

2016 Reading List

January

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)

February

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

March

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

April

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) 

May 
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

June
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

July
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

August
66. Without Warning by Lynette Eason
67. Once Beyond a Time by Ann Tatlock
68. The Bridezilla of Christ by Ted Kluck & Ronnie Martin
69. Random Acts of Deceit by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
70. The Long Journey to Jake Palmer by James L. Rubart
71. The Camera Never Lies by Elizabeth Goddard (Kindle)
72. Priceless by Luke and Joel Smallbone with Nancy Rue
73. A Good Party Can Kill You by Cynthia Hickey (Kindle)
74. The Quiet Little Woman by Louisa May Alcott
75. The Guest Book by Marybeth Whalen













































Friday, August 19, 2016

Grieving the Loss of a Loved on by Kathe Wunnenberg

 There is so much pain around us, people grieving loved ones and feeling like no one understands or cares. This devotional reminds the reader that she is not alone, that people care, and others have been there. The dark days of grief may be hard to climb out of but this book is insightful and full of wisdom from someone who has been there. Grief doesn't have a timeline, it takes as long as it takes. Be encouraged with this book that allows you the time you need and encourages you to turn to the One who created you. He alone can give you the comfort you desire.

This book provided for review by Book Look

Gratitude prayer & coloring journal

 This is a lovely book. The coloring and journaling pages are peaceful and delightful. There are prompts and prayers on nearly every page. This is perfect for the writer or deep thinker in your life. I am always looking for a new journal to write my thoughts and prayers in. This brings new life to the ho-hum of simple journaling. This makes it an adventure.
New from Tyndale, part of the Living Expressions collection.



This book provided for review by Tyndale

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Hope Prevails by Dr. Michelle Bengston

Hope Prevails by Dr. Michelle Bengston is a raw look at depression in the life of a doctor who spent most of her career diagnosing and treating this disorder. Walk with Michelle as she shares her story and gives hope for climbing out of times of despair. 
What I appreciated was how she teaches that depression is much more than just the workings of the body. She teaches how to treat and heal the spirit through the Word of God and through prayer and other biblical healing practices. This book shares how she treats the entire person, not just how to medicate depression. Very enlightening reading. 
What I loved about this book is the song list at the end of each chapter. 
While I've never dealt with depression I know people who have and if they'll read this book they'll find that it has power to help heal them and set them on a life of freedom.
This book provided for review by Revell

Friday, August 12, 2016

The Long Journey to Jake Palmer by James L. Rubart

 James Rubart continues to amaze me with the insightful stories he weaves. The Long Journey to Jake Palmer is so much more that just a story. It's about finding healing for things that have held you captive your whole life. About moving past the things spoken over you and done to you. It's fiction, yes, but it has the power to change lives. It teaches how to let go, be healed, and move on without being preachy. There are twists and turns and a lot of growth in the character of Jake Palmer. 
This is one of the best books I've read in a long time.
Published by Thomas Nelson, this is one you don't want to miss.
This book provided for review by Book Look

Monday, August 8, 2016

I WIsh He Had Come with Instructions by Mike Bechtle

 I Wish He Had Come with Instructions by Mike Bechtle is touted as "The Woman's Guide to a Man's Brain," and if I hadn't just read and reviewed If My Husband Would Change I'd Be Happy I probably would have enjoyed this one a little more but the aforementioned book was so impactful  and perfect that this one didn't do anything for me. It is written by a man for women and I couldn't relate to a lot of it. Somehow a book from a woman's perspective is easier for me to get into. This is still a man writing it and there are just some things that didn't communicate well for me. I thought it was just okay. 
This book provided for review by Revell