Saturday, December 24, 2011

Just What You Need

The Perfect Love
By Ruth Meyers

The Perfect Love By Ruth Meyers is everything I had hoped it would be! Honestly, a lot has been going on in my life that has made me doubt a lot of things. I knew that when I read the description for this book that I had to read it. I had to find some kind of perfect love because of so many questions and hurts and heartaches I am experiencing right now.

God’s love is perfect. It is perfect because He is perfect. Ruth Meyers does an amazing job incorporating scripture into every aspect of God’s perfect love. She uses many different translations which I find to be amazing. I had so many things underlined and bookmarked that I know I will be reading this again and again, not only when I am experiencing times of doubt or loneliness, but also when I am experiencing times of joy. God’s love abounds in all things and in all ways. This book was exactly what I needed for this time in my life. Perhaps you are not in this place; a place of loneliness or doubt. Even so, this book can be exactly what you need no matter your feelings and place in life.

I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah's Blogging for Books program in exchange for my honest opinon of this book.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Bittersweet Surrender

Bittersweet Surrender
By: Diann Hunt

Bittersweet Surrender by Diann Hunt was heartwarming and a little heart wrenching at times, as I could relate to some of the characters, and not in the best ways either. Carly is the owner of a chocolate spa and while you are reading this book, all you want to do is eat chocolate and go to the spa! However, while this sounds amazing, she has had some difficult circumstances in her life. She suffered from breast cancer and her husband left her while she was battling the cancer. She is overweight and has a difficult time looking at herself in the mirror because all she sees is someone not fit to be loved due to the cancer. She works with her best friend Scott who is managing her finances and taking care of her taxes. He was married to Carly’s best friend that died in an auto accident. Carly and Scott as you can imagine have a great relationship as friends and tend to miss all of the signs that the are meant to be together.
This book has interesting twists that you don’t see coming, which adds just a little added suspense to the romance side of things. As always I enjoy a good romance novel and especially when the author uses scripture and prayer to guide the characters lives, I always find that to be engaging for me. There were several references to prayer and scripture that I was able to take away and store in my mind for later, while reading this book.
Diann Hunt also included a reference to the town Smitten, from the novel that she wrote with three other authors I previously read, Smitten. She writes with such ease that you wouldn’t even know she was referencing another book if you hadn’t already read it. I enjoy reading stories from Diann Hunt, and look forward to another!
I received a copy of Bittersweet Surrender from Booksneeze, and received no compensation for my thoughts.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Break is Here!!!!!

Well, as you may or may not has been a rough four months. BUT....the break has finally arrived! Unfortunately, I am not even half way through with the school year. I hope things start to go better come January. BUT (again) we are not going to think about that, because it is Christmas Break!

So, here are some of my plans for the break:
1. Clean! Yes, I said clean...I have already gotten a head start...I am working on the office and I washed my car today! :)

2. Read! Well, that isn't too hard for me to do. I have found that I am a very good multitasker...I can read while walking 2 dogs! :)

3. Craft! I want to finish my amazing blanket that I started last year at this time, and I really want to make my hubby a new scarf in Grizzly Colors. Go Griz! :)

4. Pray! I need to find quiet time and start up a habit again of finding time to spend with God. I just got a new book that I am reviewing called The Perfect Love! I can't wait to get into it, because it is all about God satisfying our need for love, rather than seeking that need elsewhere, which I have been known to do. :)

5. Bake! I need to try some new recipes, however, tomorrow, I plan to do my signature....Apple Pie! I am making little mini pies for my amazing spin classes! Boy do they know how to keep me in shape! :)

I am determined to find joy this break. So if you see me with a frown, help me turn it upside down!

Monday, December 12, 2011

A Good Christian Mystery!

Shadows on the Sand

By: Gayle Roper

Shadows on the Sand by Gayle Roper was a wonderfully written book. I enjoyed every minute of it! The setting of this book takes place near a beach/ocean, which is my kind of perfect lifestyle! The characters are very believable and have significant backgrounds. Carrie, the main character owns a café. She and her sister ran away from their mother at young ages, because her mother was a drunk and brought home men who were less than ideal. However, they made a life for themselves and really turned things around. It is interesting to note that the man Carrie has fallen in love with is a widow and has baggage himself. In fact, he barely says two words and while Carrie is madly in love with him, it appears he has absolutely no interest or idea she is even alive, besides going to her café everyday. There is also a mystery involved with this story. You think and the characters think it is going to go one way, but it turns out to go completely different. However, about 2/3’s or even ¾’s of the way through, you start to figure it out. The only part I did not care for was the reference to the polygamist lifestyle. However, scripture and prayer was interwoven seamlessly to show that they author did not condone this, it simply added to the plot of the entire story.

This was the first book that I have read by Gayle Roper and I would be very interested in reading more by her!

I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah's Blogging for Books program in exchange for my honest opinon of this book.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Amazing Books!

Here are two books that I have been reading! One has been by my bedside and the other on my Kindle while I have been running at the gym. What a great way to not only relax before going to sleep but keep my focus while at the gym. Here are two great books that I highly recommend!

By: Colleen Coble, Kristen Billerbeck, Denise Hunter, and Diann Hunt

I LOVED reading Smitten by Colleen Coble, Kristen Billerbeck, Denise Hunter, and Diann Hunt. The four authors did such a good job merging four stories together; it did not feel like you were reading a book by four different authors! Before reading, I read their introduction to the story. The authors decided that they would write about four friends, each with personalities similar to their own. This idea was unique in and of itself and made me more intrigued to read the story. I had only read one other story by Colleen Coble, and truly enjoyed it. As I was reading Smitten, I related most to the characters that Colleen Coble and Diann Hunt wrote about, Natalie and Reese. This also made it more interesting to read, figuring out which character I was most like!

The four girls are best friends in the story. Their town, Smitten, is “going under”. The mill where many people in town worked is closing down and the town looks as if it has no hope for a future, until the girls and the town decide that they can use the name of their town, Smitten, to get tourist there. They are going to turn their town into a romance destination. Each girl has a man in their life. Natalie and Carson are both town members and help decide things for Smitten, Shelby and Nick are really good friends of about 4 years, Julie and Zac are high school friends and Zac and Julie’s brother are best friends, and Reese and Griffen are childhood friends.

The romance between the couples is a little bit predictable, but still very enjoyable to read! Also, the authors did a great job incorporating scripture and prayer into each story. I found myself taking a moment to say a prayer for my own life several times while I was reading. When this happens, I know the book is hitting home!

I enjoyed reading Smitten! Thank you Booksneeze for yet another wonderful opportunity!

I received a copy of Smitten from Booksneeze. I did not receive compensation for my thoughts.

Here Burns My Candle
Here Burns My Candle
By: Liz Curtis Higgs

Here Burns My Candle by Liz Curtis Higgs was written prior to Mine is the Night. I read Mine is the Night first and FINALLY had the opportunity to read Here Burns My candle. These are two books that I will definitely be reading again. They are written so well and the characters are developed very nicely. It is easy to get right into the story. Liz Curtis Higgs does a wonderful job incorporating historical fiction into her writing. She engages her readers from the very beginning.

As I mentioned in my previous review for Mine is the Night these books do not have to be read in order, however, Here Burns My Candle does set up the next story. It was nice this time to be able to have some of my questions answered and to have more background information for some of the Scottish History. I have read many historical fiction books and it is always nice to view different locations and the history that is present there.

I highly recommend both books!

I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah's Blogging for Books program in exchange for my honest opinon of this book.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Another Review! :)

Well, it is 10:00 at night, and tomorrow I plan to wake up at 3:15 to get a run in at the gym and then shower, put on make-up blow dry my hair and be ready by the time my mom picks me up to head to the airport! I should probably get to BED!!! But...I love to read! :)

By: Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, and Kelly Long

An Amish Wedding, by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, and Kelly Long was written into three books, with each author taking a book and putting their personal flair and touches to it. It was a very easy read with a very simple plot line. I would really have liked to see more climax to each of the stories as well as more thought out problems that occur in life. The problems that each of the bride-to-be’s faced was so simple, it was almost funny. I kept thinking to myself, “Man, these authors need to walk in my shoes for a day and they might come up with something more!”

Besides the simplicity of it, it was a good read. The characters were well developed and the writing was nicely done. Also, if you are not familiar with the Old Order Amish ways of life, each author does a good job describing some of the most important details with their readers.

One last thing that I enjoyed was how the books were interwoven. This made for an easy flow from one book to the other as each had a connection to the others. However, that being said, the first books connection was not as prevalent or woven in as the other two.

Overall, it was an enjoyable read.

I received a copy of An Amish Wedding from Booksneeze. I did not receive compensation for my thoughts.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

No Wonder They Call Him the Savior!!!

No Wonder They Call Him the Savior

By: Max Lucado

Max Lucado never disappoints. In his book, No Wonder They Call Him the Savior: Experiencing the Truth of the Cross, Lucado looks at three parts of the Cross. Part 1 of the Cross is about It’s words, Part 2 of the Cross is about It’s witnesses, and Part 3 of the Cross is about It’s wisdom.

Each chapter was to the point which is something I love about Max Lucado’s writing. He gives you just enough to think about and when he has said what he needed to say, he moves on. Some authors that I have read on Spiritual Growth and Christian thought tend to drag on each chapter to the point that I have wanted to skip the rest of it. “I get the message” is something I want to say, but never with Lucado. Each chapter brings me in to the wisdom and insight he has gained through his ministry as a missionary, a pastor, and as an author.

It is hard to pick out one part of this book that stuck out to me. This is one that I intend to read over and over as it takes such a profound look at the Cross and our Lord and Savior. I am in awe of what the Lord has done for me, someone who is undeserving of His Grace, yet, he took that long walk and died the death that was mine. All I can say is “No wonder they call Him the Savior!

I received a copy of this book through Booksneeze. I did not receive compensation for my thoughts.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Always Inspirational

When God Whispers Your Name

When God Whispers Your Name

By: Max Lucado

I have always enjoyed reading books by Max Lucado. I have read many of his children’s stories, including all of his Wemmick stories, and several Spiritual Growth and Christian Thoughts books. I was happy to have the opportunity to read When God Whispers Your Name. In this book, like many of his others, Lucado gives you a glimpse into his own lives and the lives of those around him whom he has had the opportunity to minister to and some who have written to him specifically.

Lucado writes very brief chapters in this book, which is his overall goal; because he knows that our time is precious to us. Because of the brevity of these chapters, it not only makes the reading very easy, but it also allows you to instantly reflect on what he is saying and to take something away from each chapter without being bombarded by fact after fact. I had several chapters that I bookmarked in order to go back to when I want something specific to read or when I want to use the book as a book study or devotional. This is also possible, because included with the book are discussion questions, verses to look up, and thoughts to pray about related to the book.

As always, Lucado never disappoints. I am heading back to download another of his!

Thanks to Booksneeze, I received a free copy of this book and received no compensation for my thoughts.

Monday, October 24, 2011


So, I find it interesting that I have time to write reviews but nothing else! This is because I have to get out all of my frustrations at the gym, and what better way to get some reading in than on my Kindle on a treadmill! So, here is another one!

By: Jon S. Lewis

Invasion by Jon S. Lewis was a thrilling comic book-like tale. When I first had the book downloaded, it was downloaded to the end of the book. So I decided to flip through the last few pages, they were sketches of some of the “alien type” characters from the book. My initial thought was “What have I gotten myself into? This isn’t my type of book.” And truly, it wasn’t, however, I was very pleased with the story line and the opportunity to read it.

The story opens with Colt going to a military academy that he is unaware of, and his dad gives him no information on. Then, Colt loses his parents in a car accident and has to move to Arizona to live with his grandfather. Colt reconnects with one of his childhood best friends, Danielle, and quickly makes a new friend, Oz, whose father runs the CHAOS academy that Colt attended. Colt is completely out of the loop on things, yet is the most promising student from the academy. It helps that his entire family was CHAOS trained, and his grandpa was/is a legend. Events begin to take place that force Colt to ask questions, and then answers are found and the thrilling tale begins.

This book truly kept my attention and I was interested to keep reading. I found it odd that the author made a big deal about the military academy in the beginning, but Colt never went back. I am sure this will take place in one of the next books since he will be older. I look forward to the opportunity to continue the series in the near future.

I received a copy of Invasion from Booksneeze. I did not receive compensation for my thoughts.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Very Engaging!

Lonestar Angel
By: Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble is a new author to me and her book Lonestar Angel was amazing! I really enjoyed the plot of the story and the many twists and turns that the story seemed to take. It was one where you could predict the outcomes but then had to change your mind because something else would come up to change your prediction. And, surprisingly enough, none of my predictions were true, which made it very enjoyable from cover to cover!

Eden is in the middle of getting a marriage proposal from Kent, when her “ex-husband” comes to their table and shows them a picture of their daughter (with a note) whom they thought was dead five years ago. It appears as though she is still alive and attending a camp at a ranch in Texas with other girls that are in the foster system. Clay, Eden’s “ex-husband” gives here the good or bad news that they are still married and she needs to come with him. She forgets about the marriage proposal and goes with Clay. They end up becoming counselors at this camp so they can be close to all five foster girls and so they can try to figure out which girl is their lost daughter.

With different twists and turns along the way, Eden suddenly becomes the target and has murder attempts against her. Clay will do anything to not only save her but find their daughter, even when Eden resists him.

This truly is a story about how God’s love never fails and how he is always in control of our lives even when we think he is deserting us.

I received a copy of this book from Booksneeze. I did not receive compensation for my thoughts.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Summer Reading Continued... :)

Well as some of you know, my father requested that I read all of his favorite books, The Kent Family Chronicles before he dies. HAHA.... I certainly did just that and with LOTS of time to spare! :) In my most recent book review, I had the opportunity to read a Civil War Novel (love story) and was able to connect some of the knowledge I learned from The Kent Family Chronicles to this story....Dad would be soo proud! :)

His Steadfast Love
By: Golden Keyes Parsons

When I start a book that I don’t want to put down, that usually is a GOOD sign! I loved reading His Steadfast Love by Golden Keyes Parsons. This is a Civil War Novel that intertwines the concept of war with the concept of God’s never failing love. This story is a good reminder for anyone who might be struggling with their commitment to the Lord, their faith, or just their understanding of how great God’s love is for each of us.

Amanda Belle is a Southern woman who meets a Union Officer before the Civil War begins as he is stationed in Texas for a short time. He (Kent Littlefield) gets to know her family and inevitably falls in love with Amanda. He declares that he will come back for her and wishes to write her as well as get her father’s blessing, except that her father does not agree due to him being a Union Officer. Amanda and Kent correspond in secret until Amanda’s father passes away. Not only does the story focus on their love for each other, but it also focuses on aspects of the Civil War, and the main reason for all the fighting. The South wants the “choice” to keep their slaves without being bothered, and the North wants to end slavery completely. We see how Amanda is changed by the war (not that she was hard on her slaves, in fact she and her siblings had a very unique relationship with their slaves), and becomes devoted to her beloved Kent, even if it meant going against her brother Daniel, who also fought in the war, on the Confederate side.

As God’s message of love and forgiveness are woven into this story, so do the characters that Parsons writes about develop. It is an enjoyable story of love and commitment to your country and your family. I look forward to reading many more books by Golden Keyes Parsons!

I received this copy from Booksneeze. I did not receive compensation for my thoughts.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Favorite Author Delivers!

Waiting for Morning
By: Karen Kingsbury

Karen Kingsbury is one of my favorite authors, and I was thrilled to see a book available by her! Waiting for Morning was an amazingly written story about the power of forgiveness and God’s mercy and grace.

Tom Ryan and his two daughters, Alicia and Jenny are on their way home from a camping trip when they are hit by a drunk driver. Tom and Alicia are killed almost instantly, leaving Jenny and her mom, Hannah Ryan left to face the consequences of the drunk driver. Kingsbury delivers a powerful message throughout this story and writes with such passion that you feel you are part of the lives of the Ryan family. While Hannah struggles with her anger over the situation and her hatred for Bryan Wesley, her daughter struggles with the fact that she is left with a mom who just doesn’t seem to care for her anymore.

I recommend this book and any book by Karen Kingsbury. She gets you involved with each character and writes in such a way that you feel you know them personally. Kingsbury has written a powerful message on the implications of drunk driving, but even more powerful, the message of forgiveness not only for each other and our faults, but forgiveness from God. As part of the Forever Faithful series, this is book number one with two others that follow suit on how our Lord and Savior is first and foremost forever faithful in our lives.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Love Stories...Make me Happy... :)

Yeah! Another love story to read! :)

The Wonder of Your Love (Land of Canaan Series #2)

The Wonder of Your Love
By: Beth Wiseman

I really enjoyed reading The Wonder of Your Love by Beth Wiseman. This novel is based on the Amish, and with any other Amish story I have read, it was very predictable, yet enjoyable. I was engaged from the very beginning because the characters are very believable and we are welcomed into their community from the start.

Katie Ann is a new mother and recently became single, however, it is not in the Amish Heritage to divorce. Her husband left her for another woman, did not know she was pregnant, and passed away before The Wonder of Your Love began. Martha, Katie Ann’s best friend is a true character! I just loved the fun that she brought to the novel, being that she was an English woman, and not Amish. If she had something to say, she let you know what was on her mind! Eli, a man who has just finished raising his children and is ready to travel and be independent, also finds love that he is unsure of, love for Katie Ann.

The story continues to unfold as we see Katie Ann and Eli figure out their relationship, with help from everyone around them. If you enjoy a love story….this is a good one!

I received this book from Booksneeze. I did not receive compensation for my thoughts.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Becoming a Reading Maniac!

So if you read my blog, you will see that I just keep posting my reviews and getting more FREE Books! I love it! It is all thanks to my Papamoose (daddy) who bought me my Kindle! I can download them and GO! Literally....GO! I take it to the gym and just run, run, run! :) Thanks Pops! So, here is yet another review....this one....a good one! :)

The Baker's Wife
By: Erin Healy

I really enjoyed The Baker’s Wife by Erin Healy! It was a good mix of suspense and Christian wisdom that I had not had the opportunity to read before. It was definitely a page turner!

Healy introduces us to Audrey, a woman who is lead by God and who is directed to show compassion to others by God. When she does not show follow him completely her life takes a turn. We are introduced to Diane who is just leaving prison after 25 years and has a story of her own. She is in search of one thing and ends up finding much, much, more. Jack is a man who is deeply troubled, yet he thinks he is following God’s leading. However, when an accident occurs he looks everywhere but to the One who can truly give him peace and save him.

As I said, this book was a page turner for me! I really enjoyed thinking through this book as I was reading it. I tried to figure out what was going to happen next or what the outcome might be of something happening as I was reading. In my opinion, that is what makes a great book! I look forward to reading many more stories by Erin Healy. She captured my attention right from the beginning and kept it to the end!

I received this copy of The Baker’s Wife from Booksneeze. I did not receive compensation for my thoughts.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Not Recommended :(

The Canary List by Sigmund Brouwer, was not my cup of tea. I had a difficult time following the story line. Perhaps the reason for this was because this was a genre of writing unfamiliar to me. There were many characters introduced fairly quickly that I had a hard time remembering who was who. Also, based on the back cover, what was stated in regards to the book had me thinking the book would be about something else entirely. Finally, the title really isn’t understood until you reach the last 10 pages, and this was hard for me to accept as a reader.

It is my hope that you will come to your own conclusions about this story by reading it for yourself. This is not one that I would not recommend to my closest friends, nor would I read again. However, the writing is well done and the development of characters is good. I simply had a difficult time following it and getting into it, which does not interest me as a reader.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Sweet Love Story!

There You'll Find Me

By: Jenny B. Jones

I love a good love story! And Jenny B. Jones knows how to deliver! There You’ll Find Me has its ups and downs for main character Finley Sinclair. She takes a trip to Ireland two years after her brother’s death in order to find something, anything, herself. After battling depression and seeking counseling, Finley is far from perfect and far from whole. She struggles with letting anyone in, including a “dreamy” Hollywood Actor, Beckett Rush. But Beckett is persistent, which would make any girl fawn over him, myself included! Which is why I say I love a good Love story!

Jenny B. Jones writes with simplicity but with a clear message that God will never leave us nor forsake us. Throughout the entire story, she goes back to the Biblical passage that “In all things, I am more than victorious” which is a constant for Finley that she needs to survive her daily battles, which seem to grow as the book progresses.

With great characters and a great plot, I highly recommend this book by Jenny B. Jones! I was excited to read another of her novels and can’t wait for another one to become available!

I received There You’ll Find Me from Booksneeze. I did not receive compensation for my thoughts.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Wake Up Your Soul!

Fresh Brewed Life:A Stirring Invitation to Wake Up Your Soul

By Nicole Johnson

I really enjoyed reading Fresh Brewed Life by Nicole Johnson. Anytime someone can be witty and charming while writing “real stuff” is my kind of person! Nicole Johnson is just this. She invites you to a wake up with what better thing that “Fresh brewed coffee”! I love coffee…if it has a lot of cream in it and was thrilled with the opportunity to read this.

In Fresh Brewed Life Nicole Johnson takes the time to look at different areas of our life that may have become stagnant…or day old coffee. She invites us to take a look at these areas with her own thoughts, her own “fresh brewed adventures” and her ideas for journaling so that we can get out of the doldrums and begin to live a life that God wants us to live! Her writing and sense or who we are as humans allows your soul to waken and allows you to begin to really think about your own life and if you are living each day drinking day old coffee or living each day drinking fresh brewed coffee. You have to read it to truly understand, which I recommend for anyone that wants to wake up from their life of ordinary and begin to live extraordinary!

I received this copy from Booksneeze. I was not given compensation for my thoughts.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Meet the New Kinder Teacher!

Well if you haven't heard yet....I'm teaching Kindergarten this year!

I have struggled with teaching for the last two years, thinking this isn't what I want to do...but after all my complaining and grumbling...I think I have fallen in love again....

This is what it should have been like from the beginning! I AM SO EXCITED for the school year! I got to meet about 24 of my little Kinder friends yesterday, and I can honestly say my cheeks hurt after smiling so much!

There will be songs to sing and letters to learn! It will be a BIG change, but I am looking forward to it. So, here I to write some amazing lessons for what is sure to be an amazing year! :)

Stumbling into GOD's Grace

Stumbling Into Grace: Confessions of a Sometimes Spiritually Clumsy Woman by Lisa Harper: Book Cover

Stumbling Into Grace-Confessions of a Sometimes Spiritually Clumsy Woman
By: Lisa Harper

Witty and Fun, Stumbling Into Grace, written by Lisa Harper, keeps you engaged as you read through tales and stories that are real as well as Gospel accounts. Lisa Harper has a way of writing that is fun and engaging. When you think you have read all the stories there are to read about Jesus, here is one more take/angle on it. Lisa Harper first engages the reader with a tale of her own. Sometimes about others, but mostly about her, which really captures you as the reader. You gain an understanding that we all make mistakes, but that our Savior is in fact there to lift us up from those mistakes by His Grace.

There were a few chapters that were not as engaging for me, simply because I didn’t see the correlation between the “tale” as I like to call it that you read first with the Gospel account that you read second. However, there were other chapters that I have dog-eared to go back and read and to really take the time to make it a devotional setting for myself.

Lisa Harper includes a prayer and questions as well as a journal entry prompt. All of which are great to do as a devotional for yourself or with a group. I think this would make a great group Bible Study as there can be a lot of conversations about how we stumble, but by God’s Grace alone we are given a second chance.

I would love to read more books by Lisa Harper. She reminds me of Liz Curtis Higgs in many ways. Only through Booksneeze would I have had the great opportunity to read these two amazing authors! Not to mention the SUPER CUTE cover of this book!

I did not receive compensation for my thought. I received Stumbling Into Grace from Booksneeze.

Thursday, July 28, 2011


For those of you who know me and those of you who don't I have many things going on in my life right now. Some are good, some are bad and I would like to share them with you now:

1. My husband has an opportunity to go to D.C. to interview with the FBI...he is one of over a hundred, but I know he will do great! :)
2. I have been learning how to coupon and getting some AMAZING deals! :)
3. I will be starting some new doctor said it might make me very moody, depressed, and all that jazz....but she is confident it will work! :)
4. I have to go back to school this fall...but...I found out that I will be at Clyde Cox Elementary (not too far away...but further than Elizondo was-but get this...on the way home I can stop at the cheap gas station if I need gas and the Commissary is close by in case I need to make a trip!) The good thing about the school I am located at is that I will be first grade. Looking forward to that.
5. I am not sure I want to continue personal training, so we will see how it goes with the new job before I make any decisions.

Thanks as always for the prayers! I am so very blessed.

My First "Law" Read-Pretty Good!

Water's Edge

Water's Edge

By: Robert Whitlow

I generally do not purchase for myself books that are written about law, even though I enjoy watching TV shows about it. However, I was interested in Water’s Edge by Robert Whitlow.

I was quickly brought into the book by the character Tom Crane who had everything going for him. Whitlow did a great job making this character’s life seem perfect in every way only to have it quickly torn apart in more ways than one. The book slowed down for a bit after the initial set up was given and once Tom Crane got to his hometown city of Bethel. It was difficult for me to get excited about the book. It seemed to go without any sort of climax. However, the last 100 pages I was very interested in as the book certainly did reach a climax and gave you a definite turn of events. Some of the events in the book were slightly predictable, however, all in all, it was a good read.

I would be interested to read more books by Robert Whitlow. He did a great job creating his characters and the setting. He made the story understandable for those of us who do not have a background in law. I look forward to reading more books by this author.

I received a copy of Water’s Edge from Booksneeze. I did not receive any compensation for my thought.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Witty and Informational

 Bad Girls of the Bible by Liz Curtis Higgs

Bad Girls of the Bible

By: Liz Curtis Higgs

I absolutely love the summer months because it gives me the opportunity to read, ReAd, READ! After finishing yet another of my dad’s Kent Family Chronicles, and a library book by my favorite author, my new freebie book arrived, from Blogging for Books (by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group)….and once again…I like it!

Bad Girls of the Bible, by Liz Curtis Higgs, looks at 10 women from the Bible that we as humans would label “Bad”. I read one other book by Lix Curtis Higgs, Mine is the Night and absolutely loved it. This book has a much different “personality” but is great!

Liz Curtis Higgs takes each woman’s story and begins with a fictional story that we can all relate to. Something that we have either “read before” or have “seen in a movie” or may have “had happen to us”. She wants us to see that these women from the Bible are just like us, but even if they didn’t, we can learn a lesson from them.

After writing a fictional story of each woman, Liz Curtis Higgs then takes the passage from the Bible and breaks it down for us. She lets us in on insights that she has had or that other researchers have thought of. She also uses a quirky way of getting her message across which I found delightfully entertaining! Finally, she talks about lessons we can learn from each “Bad Girl” and some thoughts to consider, which is great for a discussion with a book study or just with friends.

I think I might be finding a new author that I really enjoy! Add that to the list of great things accomplished this summer!

Monday, July 4, 2011

This one was Ok...

God's Love Letters to You

By: Dr. Larry Crabb

God’s Love Letters to You, by Dr. Larry Crabb, is a 40-Day Devotional Experience that allows the reader to have a glimpse into what our Lord may have been saying in the books of the Bible.

Each Letter begins with a verse that “sums up” the book from the Bible. Then, it transitions into a love letter from God. This love letter is to be an intimate conversation between the Lord and You, his child. Each love letter allows you to discover love the way the Lord intended it to be. Following the letter are some questions that really get you thinking. These questions are a guide that can be used in your own daily devotional experience or in a small group study. Finally, each devotional ends with a prayer that allows you to be centered and focused on the meaning behind the love letter.

Dr. Larry Crabb did an excellent job writing each of these love letters. However, I felt that they were all too short and did not give enough biblical context that I thought they would. Because of this, I did not really get into answering the questions thoughtfully and using this as a devotional for myself. I would have liked to see more insight into each love letter, which I think he may have covered more of in his 66 Love Letters Devotional rather than this one.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of God’s Love Letters to You through Book Sneeze. I received no compensation for my thought.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Hot Savings!

Because of my new found obsession with Hip2Save, I have scored some awesome deals! But these two were just too great to not share:

Living in Vegas, we are always in need of sunscreen, and Target had a great $2.00 coupon that I was able to pair with a $1.00 manufacturer coupon. So, $3.00 off...but...check out this picture:

So, I knew this was the one to get, especially priced at $11.88 (which was about $1.50 off the regular price for the 2). Now, you can get some pretty amazing people at the checkout lane, and the woman I had was pretty amazing (she definitely made it into my thankfulness journal for the day). I was able to use 2 sets of $3.00 combo coupons, which means my 2 pack of Coppertone only cost me $5.88!!!! SCORE!

Then, Hip2Save posted this awesome deal:

At Walmart, this Dad's Day travel bag and FULL size items was priced at only $7.00. With a $4.00 coupon for a Gillette Razor burning a hole in my pocket, I got the whole thing for only $3.00 (plus tax of course)! SCORE AGAIN!!!!!

So, let's see, what else can I obsess about?!?!?

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Summer Ambitions

Summer is upon us and unfortunately the school year is going to be starting again, but before it does, here are just a few things I am hoping to do this summer:

1. Make an Apron (check! This one is done!)
2. Read, Read, and Read some more
3. Read books 4 and 5 of the Kent Family Chronicles (my dad's favorite...if I get 4 and 5 done, I will only have 2 more to go...whew!)
4. Hang out with friends
5. Teach, Teach, and Teach more classes at the gym (I picked up 2 aqua classes this summer and I was finally given the TKB class on Saturday morning...sooooo Excited!)
6. Work on my devotional time (this really isn't number 6, more like number 1!)
7. Lay at the pool (at least once a week is the plan...with sunscreen on of course!)
8. Clean the house?!?! (or at least organize different areas....which ones will come later)
9. Learn to Coupon and SAVE MONEY! (I am doing pretty good at this for being a newbie)
10. RELAX!!!!!

Love My Colts!

I know that it is summer, but I have always wanted to make myself an apron. Thanks to my mother-in-law, I had an apron pattern just sitting around, and thanks to my mom, I had a 50% off coupon at JoAnn's! As I was walking around JoAnns, I stumbled across COLTS fabric and knew what I wanted for my apron!

I had some fabric left over....YEAH! So, I made two place mats to go on my table. I had a heart pattern already, so I used that and my mom helped me create these awesome looking place mats!

I did not make these today, but my friend Kari taught me how to do the Granny Square stitch, and I made these COLTS themed coasters! Jeremy and I use them daily.

Can't wait for the Football Season to start! Go COLTS!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Free Martha Stewart on my Birthday!

Thanks to Hip2Save and a friendly reminder from my good friend Amanda, I just scored a free year subscription to Martha Stewart Magazine for my birthday! How cool is that?! I hope it comes soon! :)

Also, isn't God so great to give us amazing friends. I love birthdays. It is a great reminder of not only how blessed I am by Savior, but also how nice a friendly message is on your birthday from friends near and far. Thanks everyone for making this birthday and every birthday a good one.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Another Read

The Daughter's Walk
By Jane Kirkpatrick

The Daughter's Walk

The Daughter’s Walk by Jane Kirkpatrick had its ups and downs for me. The book is written in three parts; Family, Exile, and Reunion. Family was all about the walk that mother (Helga) and daughter (Clara) took in order to raise money to save their farm. On their journey they had many encounters both good and bad, but while they were successful with their completion it wasn’t enough. The second part of the book looks at the daughter’s life and what she does once she is exiled from her family. I had a difficult time getting into this because the plot moved very slowly and I found the work that the daughter did to be boring. However, once she discovered her true gift, the book started to pick up and was excited to see what the outcome would be.

This book was all about personal revelations for Clara, the main character. She overcame so many struggles throughout her life that it kept me reading to find out how the story would end. She was not presented gift after gift on a silver platter, rather she had to work to accomplish her goals. I believe this is important for every woman (or man) to see play out, as it helps to give us all a sense of purpose.

This is not a book I would read over and over again, due to the slow moving plot. However, it was a good story of endurance and love. Thank you Water Brook Multnomah for providing me with this book to read.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Las Vegas Garden

Well after living in our Las Vegas House for 4 1/2 years, my husband had discovered the art of gardening! It took awhile to get the sprinklers working right and to keep the dogs away, but look at the awesomeness that is our beautiful Las Vegas Garden! My in-laws should be so proud! :)


Isn't it beautiful! Now we just need to figure out how to keep those pesky bugs away!

We also have peppers! Supposedly this one is a Red pepper...we will see if it turns color!


I certainly can't wait to start using them in my cooking! Perhaps this will help me save even more money?!?!?

Monday, June 6, 2011


A Reluctant Queen the Love Story of Esther

A Reluctant Queen by Joan Wolf: Book Cover

I could not put down A Reluctant Queen the Love Story of Esther, by Joan Wolf. It was beautifully written, taking Historical Biblical fiction, and writing it as a love story, which if you have read any of my other posts, I absolutely love a good love story. I do not normally read the Author’s note, however, I found it to be helpful reading this version of the book of Esther. The author wanted to create believable characters that would transform the original book from the Bible into a love story. She succeeded! The characters were very believable, and the plot moved quickly, so quickly in fact that I had to slow down in order to savor the book!

I enjoy reading my Bible, and I am looking forward to rereading the book of Esther to make some comparisons from this story. I encourage everyone to read this story when given the chance. Thank you Booksneeze for the opportunity to read such a great book!

Disclosure: I received a review copy of A Reluctant Queen the Love Story of Esther through Book Sneeze. I received no compensation for my thought.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Historically Accurate Fiction: Recommended!

Fairer Than Morning

By Rosslyn Elliot

Fairer Than Morning, by Rosslyn Elliot is a book based on a real family and their journey during the 19th century. I have always enjoyed the opportunity to read novels of Historical Fiction because I was never big on learning history. As my dad points out to me numerous times, I can learn a lot by reading a Historical novel, and I have.

Rosslyn Elliot did a wonderful job displaying character emotions and building her characters up so that you felt for them every step of the way. I found the beginning of the book to be a bit slow to get in to, however, as the book began to climax my desire to get to the end to see what would happen between Will and Ann did not allow me to stop reading! Will Hanby, an apprentice, found his life to be truly difficult due in large part to his controlling and powerful master. Ann Miller, is of higher status yet works on a farm and cares for her younger sisters. Both prove to be hard workers and very passionate when it comes to friends and family. I found this story of love very refreshing.

As this is the first book in the Saddler’s Legacy, I look forward to reading more of these tales by Rosslyn Elliot.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of Fairer Than Morning through Book Sneeze. I received no compensation for my thought.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Mine is the Night to Read Into the Night!

I can see why many people love Mine is the Night by Liz Curtis Higgs! I did not have the opportunity to read Here Burns My Candle before reading the sequel, however, it was fairly easy to pick up on what was going on. I really enjoyed reading this story and seeing how the characters developed. As always, I enjoy a good love story and anytime there is conflict involved with finding love, it is fun to figure out how the story will play out. I can’t wait to read the first book followed by this one again, in order!

Liz Curtis Higgs has taken the Biblical story of Ruth and written Mine is the Night in 18th century Scottish text. As my father always tells me when I read a novel that has any historical fiction base to it, “It is a great way for you to learn your history!” Therefore, I truly enjoyed this story of love and hope.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Daily Devotions

I used A Conversation with God for Women, by Marcia Ford, as a devotional tool. Rather that reading it cover to cover, I found questions that pertained to me that day or things that were heavy on my heart. Recently, I have had many setbacks in my life and feel that I am full of worry all the time. I looked specifically for a section about worry titled; “How Can We Stop Worrying so Much?” This was a glorious section for me to read because of the many footnotes that accompanied it. I had my finger in the back of the book where the author has placed references to the Bible for each section. I constantly flipped back and forth to read what God had to say in his word. This not only was helpful for me to see how much God takes care of me and how little I need to worry, but it was a breaking point for me, helping me to realize that I needed to commit more of God’s word to memory. “All scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true” (2 Timothy 3:16).

I enjoyed having this book. While I did not read it cover to cover it was nice to see the reactions that might come from God and Jesus based on each question. While there were questions I wish the book would have contained answers to, I felt that it gave a good devotional outlook on many topics that women have concerns and struggles with.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of Conversations with God for Women through Book Sneeze. I received no compensation for my thought.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Another Read

The Bridge of Peace by Cindy Woodsmall, is an Old Order Amish story that is a continuation in a series. I did not have the opportunity to read the first book in the series, however, it was not necessary to understand the plot of this story. I always admire that in books, to be able to pick up a new title and not question things that have already occurred.

There were many characters in this story and I had to continually look to see how they were related in the back of the book, but each character was developed very well. I found that there were characters I was more excited to read about than others in the story, which I always enjoy having favorites. I enjoyed the story line also, however, it did take a bit to get into the book. The last 100 pages though were very good and kept my interest.

I enjoyed the obstacles that had to be overcome in order for the characters to develop into whom they were written to be. I can anticipate which characters are going to be emphasized in the next story, and I am looking forward to the opportunity to read it.

Thursday, February 24, 2011


I like to think that I am a good decorator....but that just isn't the case! However, I do love going to Kohls and finding festive holiday placemats! These are my latest ones for Spring. They do a great job brightening the room!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


I feel that in the past month I have been LAZY!!!
1. I have not posted on my blog...
2. I have not updated on facebook....
3. I have not been working out very hard....
4. I have been taking naps....
5. I have been reading A LOT (Which would explain all my book reviews!)
So, while it is GREAT to have time to RELAX, I will enjoy not being quite so LAZY!
(But it is enjoyable while it lasts!)

Read with Ease

Review of What the Heart Sees, A Collection of Amish Romances
In What the Heart Sees, a Collection of Amish Romances, by Kathleen Fuller, simple stories are brought to life and the message that God wants us to know and understand are evident in the message of each story.

Each story in this collection, A Miracle for Miriam, A Place of His Own, and What the Heart Sees are beautifully written stories that allow the reader to reflect on the simplicity of life as the Amish do. Growing up in Indiana I often came in contact with the Amish and was able to witness their basic lives, but without observing their humility and their dedication to the Lord and their work. Therefore, reading these stories, I was able to picture the characters in my mind as Kathleen Fuller did a great job bringing each of them to life.

I enjoyed reading all three stories, however, as a collection the stories began to reflect a similarity with the previous ones. While I enjoyed them, I would have enjoyed a little more complexity with each of the characters and the plots of the stories. Even so, I truly enjoyed the collection of stories and would read more books written by Kathleen Fuller if given the chance.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of What the Heart Sees through Book Sneeze. I received no compensation for my thought.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

God is Love

Review of Blind Hope

Blind Hope, by Kim Meeder and Laurie Sacher, is a sweet story about a blind dog and her ability to change a woman just by being present in her life. I enjoyed reading this story as I have a very big heart for dogs in need of rescue. I have two dogs that I have adopted. My babies do not have any problems, they simply did not have a home. By letting them into my life, my life has changed because of who they are and how they love unconditionally. This is what Laurie Sacher, one of the authors found to be true with her dog Mia.

The story is written much like a memoir, which threw me off at first and actually kept me a little disinterested in the story itself. But once I started reading, I fell in love with this dog Mia and who she was. Also, interwoven in the story is the message that God is always with us, that God forgives all of our faults (just as a dog would), and God is ever loving no matter what our past might look like. It was a true reminder of God’s love and grace. And sometimes, just that message alone makes a book worth reading.

“No one ever warned me that when you rescue a dog, the life you save just might be your own!”

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Don't Wait to Read...Save the Date!

I loved, loved, loved this book and could not put it down! Jenny B. Jones, author of Save the Date has written a real winner!

Lucy and Alex, two very unpredictable people to put together are in it for the long haul….simply because they both need each other in their life. This story is funny and witty. It is charming and beautifully written. It speaks to you and opens your heart to the Love of God and His saving Grace. Once you open it and begin to read you will not want to put it down.

I hate to say too much about the book itself because I don’t want to ruin any of the details, but just when you have everything figured out, something happens to take you for a little spin. I am ready to read it again! Enjoy!!

Disclosure: I received a review copy of Save the Date through Book Sneeze. I received no compensation for my thought.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Love to Read

I am so glad that my friend Amanda introduced me to Booksneeze! It is so fun waiting in anticipation for a new book! Here is my latest read:

Softly and Tenderly by Sarah Evans with Rachel Hauck is the Second Novel in the Songbird Series. I did not have the opportunity to read the first book, which usually makes me hesitant to read the second or third book in a series knowing that I have already missed so much, however, this book could be stand alone because of the way it is written. It quickly captures your attention and gives you enough detail to know what is happening.

I have only read one other Rachel Hauck book, which I truly enjoyed. When I received this book and saw the comment on the front that fans of Karen Kingsbury would love it, I was trilled to dive in. It tugged on my heart strings in so many ways, as I was able to relate to the main character, Jade. She struggled with so many things in this story, even the message that our Savior has sent. However, through encouragement, prayer, and devotion, she found her way in more ways than just one. I am hopeful to catch up on the first novel and have the opportunity to read the third, as I am encourged to see how her journey ends.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of Softly and Tenderly through Book Sneeze. I received no compensation for my thought.