Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The House that Love Built

Author: Beth Wiseman
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
April 2013
ISBN:  978-1595548894
Genre: Women’s fiction

Brooke has only loved one man, her late husband. Owen’s rebuilding after a painful divorce. Can a mysterious house bring them together for a second chance at love?

In the charming town of Smithville, Texas, Brooke Holloway is raising two young children on her own, supporting them by running the family hardware store. The last thing on her mind is falling in love. But she’s intrigued when a stranger moves to town and buys the old Hadley mansion. She’s always heard that house holds a secret—maybe even a treasure—and she can’t wait to see inside. When she meets the new owner and they spend time together, she can’t deny the attraction. Could God be giving her another chance at happiness? Or is she betraying her late husband’s memory by even thinking that way?

Owen Saunders bought the Hadley place to spite his cheating ex-wife. She’d always wanted to restore an old house in Smithville. Now he’s going to do it without her. But if anything needs restoration, it is Owen’s heart. Then he meets Brooke and her kids and finds himself tempted by love. Can he bring himself to trust a woman again?

Throw an eccentric uncle into the mix, along with the town’s teenage troublemaker, and even a finicky cat—and one thing becomes clear: God is bringing them all together for a reason.

THE HOUSE THAT LOVE BUILT is the second contemporary Ms. Wiseman has written. I didn’t quite enjoy it as much as I did Need You Now, but it still sang. Brooke and Owen are both still madly in love with their former spouses, one lost to death, the other to divorce. Owen put a lot of effort into doing things to spite his ex-wife, and maybe if he’d put that much effort into being a “yes-man” and trying to please her, they could’ve stayed together. Also, Brooke is very bitter and judgmental about her mother’s decisions, so she doesn’t even make an effort. I can’t blame her mom for moving out.

There is some distance between us and the characters. I didn’t connect with them the way I’d hoped, but it’s not as bad as some books I’ve read. At least it held my interest. Since Beth Wiseman is Beth Wiseman I’ll give the book 4 stars. Looking for a bunker hidden in the house, a hurting teen, and a finicky cat adds to the story line. $15.99. 352 pages. 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Scorned Justice

Author: Margaret Daley
Publisher: Abingdon Press
March 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4236-1436-8
Genre: romantic suspense

Texas Ranger Brody Calhoun is with his parents in west Texas when an unexpected attack injures the brother of Rebecca Morgan, Brody's high school sweetheart. The
local sheriff, a good friend, asks for Brody’s help. At first, it seems like an open-and-shut case.

As Brody digs deeper, he realizes the attack may be related to an organized crime trial Rebecca will be overseeing. With Rebecca's help, he compiles evidence involving cattle rustling, bribery, and dirty payoffs that shatter the entire community and put Rebecca directly in the line of fire.

Brody expects to protect her. What he never expects is to fall for Rebecca all over again, or for a murder to throw the case wide open. Is Brody's faith strong enough to withstand not only deep-rooted corruption and cattle rustling, but also love?

SCORNED JUSTICE is book three in Ms. Daley’s The Men of the Texas Rangers series, but it easily stands alone. I didn’t read books 1 or 2, Saving Hope or Shattered Silence and I had no trouble understanding what was happening.

The writing is more told than shown, keeping the reader at a distance. As a result I didn’t grow to care for these characters. There is romance, action, suspense, and mysteries included in this cowboy themed romantic suspense. Readers will be kept guessing whodunit until the end. $14.99. 370 pages. 

Monday, July 29, 2013

Priceless Stones

Title: PRICELESS STONES:  42 Days Of Hebrew Promises For Kingdom Living
Author: James Revoir
Publisher: Crosslink Publishing
February 2013
ISBN:  978-1-936746-37-8
Genre: Hebrew Language \ Christian Life
226 pages. $18.50.

Journey with the author on a forty-two day quest to unearth the amazing goodness of God which lies hidden in the original Hebrew language of the Old Testament. Along the way, you will discover...

His merciful forgiveness
His intimate love
His powerful protection

And so much more!

PRICELESS STONES forces the reader to contemplate the truths that are communicated through Hebrew words.  Author James Revoir tackles one word in each devotional, provides insight and analysis as to the importance of that word, and then invites the reader to respond to the Lord by means of Prayer and Dedication.

The Prayers and Dedications are written out and demonstrate to the reader points of real-life application that can be put into practice.  The Dedications are a breath of fresh air for the tired believer.  The meanings and importance of the words are understood, and the impact that it should have on the believer made clear.  Following the Prayer and Dedication, there are a number of Study Guide questions that are excellent for small-group discussion.

Whether for small-group Bible study, or personal devotions, PRICELESS STONES will bring the Hebrew language to life.  And you don’t have to know Hebrew to benefit from this excellent resource. I love devotionals, and this is a different twist on one, using Hebrew words as a basis. Recommended, whether you’re a lay-Christian, or a scholar.

5 stars

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Seal Under Siege

giveaway for a chance to win an autographed copy of the book if you leave a comment 

Author: Liz Johnson
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
September 2013
ISBN: 978-0373445547
Genre: Romantic Suspense


When Staci Hayes is rescued from a Mideast prison by navy SEAL Tristan Sawyer, she thinks the ordeal is over. But back in San Diego, a new threat arises. Staci has information that could prevent a hit on U.S. soil, and the terrorist will stop at nothing to silence her.

Tristan insists on being her bodyguard, but his constant presence makes her long for things beyond her reach. Protecting Staci is the second chance Tristan needs to put the past behind him. Yet with a spy on the naval base, anyone could be a threat. Can he offer her safety…and love? 

Men of Valor: These navy SEALS were born to excel….

SEAL UNDER SIEGE is part of Ms. Johnson’s Men of Valor series, but it easily stands alone. Readers will want to read Promised to Protect first so they don’t miss a moment of this series—plus its Matt’s and Ashley’s story.

I enjoyed reading SEAL UNDER SIEGE and trying to figure out who the bad guy was. Some parts I figured out early—others, not so fast. SEAL UNDER SIEGE is a book that will hold your attention. Look for it online or at your favorite retailer and don’t run a chance of missing it. $5.99. 224 pages

Saturday, July 27, 2013


Author: Christy Barritt
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
July 2013
ISBN: 978-0373445462
Genre: Romantic Suspense

“I did it for you."

The chilling words in the text message have Julianne Grace fearing for her life. She's sure that her abusive ex-fiancé has killed two people—and that she's the next target. But will anyone believe that her presumed dead ex is really alive?

The only man who can help Julianne is cool, aloof security specialist Bradley Stone. Not only does she need his protection, but he's also the link to finding answers about her ex-fiancé's death. And the closer Bradley and Julianne get to the truth—and to each other—the angrier the madman after Julianne becomes.

One wrong move and they could both fall prey to the killer's deadly scheme.

LIFELINE is the second book in Ms. Barritt’s Security Experts series, but it easily stands alone. Fans will want to read Key Witness though, simply because it’s a good book.

Bradley Stone thinks Julianne is crazy. How is a dead man possibly murdering people—and threatening Julianne’s life? Not possible—and yet, it is. The person behind the texts and acts claim to be doing it for love—but if you loved someone would you try to kill them? LIFELINE is nonstop action from page one. Readers who love suspense will want to read this one. A page-turner. $5.99. 224 pages. 

Friday, July 26, 2013

A Big Year for Lily

Authors: Mary Ann Kinsinger, Suzanne Woods Fisher
Publisher: Revell
July 2013
ISBN: 978-0-8007-2134-3
Genre: Young adult/Amish

Lily Lapp's family has settled into their new home in Pennsylvania, but life still holds big changes and big steps for Lily. Good changes, like once again living close to her beloved cousin and best friend, Hannah. Bad changes, like a mean girl who plays tricks on her. And no change at all where Lily would most want one--Aaron Yoder sits near her in school and relentlessly teases her. Surprises are in store for Lily as she learns, with Mama and Papa's help, to manage the ups and downs of growing up Amish.

The third of four charming novels that chronicle the gentle way of the Amish through the eyes of a young girl, A Big Year for Lily gives children ages 8-12 a fascinating glimpse into the life of the Amish--and lots of fun and laughter along the way. It combines Mary Ann Kinsinger's real-life stories of growing up Amish and the bestselling writing of Amish fiction and nonfiction author Suzanne Woods Fisher. With charming line drawings in each book, this series captures the hearts of readers young and old.

A BIG YEAR FOR LILY is book three in The Adventures of Lily Lapp series. Readers will want to read Life with Lily and A New Home for Lily first as the books are one continuing story. 

My daughter grabbed the book as soon as it arrived in the mail – and since she’s a fan of these books, I’m letting her write the review.  And so, in my daughter’s words:  “I absolutely love these books and I can’t wait for the next book A Surprise for Lily. These are great books about a silly and fun Amish girl who’s just my age. I’d like to get to know her in real life.”

If you have a daughter/granddaughter or a friend who’s eight and up and would enjoy reading about Lily, don’t miss A BIG YEAR FOR LILY or any of the other books in this series. It’s Amish for a whole new generation. Recommended. Its worth 10 out of 10 stars (according to my daughter).  $12.99. 288 pages. 5 stars.

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Meet Suzanne:

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of the Lancaster County Secrets series and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. She is also the coauthor of a new Amish children's series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Her interest in the Anabaptist cultures can be directly traced to her grandfather, who was raised in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner and a Christy Award finalist. She is a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. For more information, please and connect with her on Twitter @suzannewfisher. Get Amish proverbs delivered right to your iPhone or iPad! Download the Free App!

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

In Broken Places

Author: Michele Phoenix
Publisher: Tyndale
May 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4143-6841-2
Genre: contemporary

Shelby’s life isn’t glamorous, but it is predictable—and that’s the way she likes it. A survivor of her father’s violence, she has spent a lifetime creating a safe existence devoid of dependence. But her carefully managed world begins to break when, under staggering circumstances, she becomes a single mother to four-year-old Shayla.

In a drastic attempt to escape her childhood’s influence, Shelby moves to Germany, but she quickly discovers how intimately linked memory and healing are—and how honestly she must scrutinize her past in order to aspire to a richer future. As she juggles a new job, a new culture, a new daughter, and the attention of an enterprising man, Shelby’s fresh start becomes a quest for the courage to be not only a survivor, but someone who prevails.

IN BROKEN PLACES is the first book I’ve read by Ms. Phoenix. The story is well-written, but heart-wrenching. It isn’t set all in modern times, alternating between Shelby’s childhood and the present day. A victim of child-abuse, Shelby is desperate to start over—when her brother dies, leaving her care-giver to his young daughter. Shelby moves to a new country to work in a mission school.

The book was hard to read at times, but it has good message, and is well-written. This is not a quick read, but one to be read slowly. It really gives you a heart for someone who is fighting demons not of their own making. $12.99. 368 pages. 3.5 stars.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Freedom's Stand

Author: J. M. Windle
Publisher: Tyndale
June 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4143-1476-1
Genre: contemporary

Find something to believe in . . .

Jamil renounced a life of jihad when he encountered the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. But his new mission as an itinerant health worker in the hills of Afghanistan is met with skepticism and even violence.

Returning to Kabul, relief worker Amy Mallory is shocked by the changes in her organization—changes with dire implications for the women and children under her care. And concern for her former assistant Jamil weighs heavily on her heart.

Special Forces veteran Steve Wilson faces off against the riots and corruption of Afghanistan’s upcoming election. He’s looking for something that will give his life purpose but is confident that he won’t find it in Afghanistan.

All three are searching for love and freedom. But in a country where political and religious injustice runs rampant, the cost of either may be higher than they realize.

FREEDOM’S STAND is the sequel to Veiled Freedom.  I didn’t read Veiled Freedom first as I didn't realize that FREEDOM’S STAND doesn’t stand alone. It made it very confusing at times.

The subject matter is very real. The book is rather difficult to read as a result. It was almost like reading a true event and not a work of fiction. The author did an excellent job with conflict and resolution and real life scenarios.  However, she did jump point of views a lot and without clear transitions. I had to back up a few times to figure out who was talking. This is a book that you might have to read slowly, not a quick read. $13.99. 454 pages.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Rosemary Cottage

Book Info
About Rosemary Cottage:Amy came to Rosemary Cottage to grieve, to heal, maybe even find love. But there's a deadly undertow of secrets around Hope Island . . .

The charming Rosemary Cottage on the beach offers Amy Lange respite she needs to mourn her brother, Ben. She's even thinking of moving her midwife practice to the Outer Banks community. It's always been a refuge for her and her family. She also wants to investigate Ben's disappearance at sea. Everyone blames a surfing accident, but Amy has reason to wonder.

Coast Guard officer Curtis Ireland has lost a sibling too. His sister, Gina, was run down by a boat, leaving him to raise her infant daughter. If anyone knew who little Raine's father was, Curtis could lose his beloved niece. Yet he can't help being drawn to Hope Beach's new midwife, Amy. He even agrees to help her investigate what happened to both Ben and Gina.

Can two grieving people with secrets find healing on beautiful Hope Island? Or will their quest for truth set them at odds with each other . . . and with those who will go to any length to keep hidden things hidden?

My thoughts:   I have long looked forward to reading Rosemary Cottage and it didn't disappear. Ms. Coble is a master at suspense and romance.  This book will be going on my keepershelf.  Don't miss Rosemary Cottage, or the first book in the series Tidewater Inn. 

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Meet Colleen: Best-selling author Colleen Coble's novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, ACFW Book of the Year, RWA's RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers' Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has nearly 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers and is a member of Romance Writers of America. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana.

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Adventures in Odyssey - devotional giveaway

For moms with kids in school, the most hectic months of the year are usually September and May. The
end of the school year involves parties, playoffs, and final projects. The beginning of the year has moms
and kids feeling overloaded with shopping trips, sign-ups, and new schedules.

Establishing healthy, positive routines is a tough job. Too often, music lessons, sports practices, and
after-school clubs can overshadow the routines that build family and healthy habits—both physically
and spiritually.

One of the great new Adventures in Odyssey products released this year is 90 Devotions for Kids,
aimed at kids 8 to 12.  This soft-cover book draws you in with illustrations, puzzles, and kid-friendly
applications. It also includes a daily Bible verse, daily challenges, words of encouragement from different
AIO characters, and more. Even if your kids aren’t already Adventures in Odyssey fans, they’ll enjoy
these daily devotionals, and get to know the Odyssey crew along the way.

This devotional, and the edition coming this fall (90 Devotions for Kids: Life Changing Values from the
Book of Matthew) are great tools to help your kids put a regular pause in their day for Bible reading,
prayer, and thoughts about God. If you start now—by the first day of school, you’ll already have a
spiritual component scheduled into your kids’ routine. After that, everything else will hopefully just fall
into line!

·         A giveaway of 90 Devotions for Kids. Must have ten (10) people sign up for giveaway. Include contact information.  Leave a comment. 

·         FREE download of an excerpt from 90 Devotions for Kids, downloadable from this private link:

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Growing Pains

Author: Diann Hunt
Publisher: Guideposts
Genre: Women's fiction

The end of summer is nearing and Charlotte has an opportunity to go on a girls' weekend with Hannah. Charlotte isn't sure, though, about taking time for herself. What if the family needs her while she's gone?

Everyone maybe pursuing their own  interests-- Bob has a part-time job at A A Tractor, Emily  is babysitting a young cousin
to earn extra money, and Christopher has joined the church youth group--but Charlotte would worry anyway. How will the family show her it can stand on its own two feet when she's away?

Meanwhile, Sam starts classes at the community college, but it's not what he imagined. Will he be able to stick it out when the going gets rough?  

As the family grows together, they're all reminded that the answers to their troubles can come in unexpected ways. 

Charlotte and Bob are raising their three grandchildren after their daughter dies. The series shows how a loving family can get through difficult times and come out ahead.  

The older books are available through Amazon or you can wait for the new releases (beginning later this year) to get started on the series. Recommended for anyone who loves women's fiction. 

Growing Pains is number 23 in the Home to Heather Creek series. The books were previously released with different authors—such as Diann Hunt, Tricia Goyer, Leslie Gould and others, but they are being released starting later this year with a penname for all the authors in the series to share—so they appear to be written by one person.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Ragged Hope

Book Info
About Ragged Hope: "What a beautiful book ! So readable, the pages practically turned themselves. Ragged Hope is filled with stories; written for those who are weary, worn and wounded. It offers each of us exactly that-hope that God can do a mighty work even with those of us who carry the ugliest of scars."
 --- Debbie Macomber, #1 NYT bestselling author 

Where do we find hope when it's clouded by the ashes of other people's choices? 

What do you do when your life is affected by someone else's choices? Where is God when you are doing everything right yet, because of someone else, everything is wrong? This insightful and hope-giving guide will comfort, support, and encourage you through whatever situation you must face. 

Cynthia Ruchti, who has walked this road herself and has spoken to hundreds of people through her radio show, assures readers that God is ever present and offers unwavering love. There is hope, grace, and a future in every situation-even (and especially) those we did not cause but now live. Vetted by professional counselors and caregivers, this is the one guide you need to thrive no matter what you are facing.

My thoughts:

This is a book for anyone who has ever been negative affected by someone else's choices. And who among us hasn't?   A must have in every church library and Christian counselor's office.   Invaluable resource. 

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Meet Cynthia:Cynthia Ruchti has more than three decades of radio broadcast experience with "Heartbeat of the Home" radio and currently serves as Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers. 

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Friday, July 19, 2013

A Bride for All Seasons

Book Info
More about A Bride For All Seasons:
It All Started with an Ad in a Mail Order Bride Catalogue . . .

Melvin Hitchcock of the Hitching Post Mail Order Bride Catalog isn't dishonest---not exactly. If he tweaks his clients' applications a bit, it's because he's looking out for their best interests.

This charming bouquet of novellas introduces four Hitching Post prospects in the year 1870, each one eager for second chances . . . and hungry for happiness. Year in, year out, they'll learn that love often comes in unexpected packages.

And Then Came Spring by Margaret Brownley
Mary-Jo has been unlucky all her life. But who would guess she'd travel halfway across the country to meet her match . . . only to find him dead!

An Ever-After Summer by Debra Clopton
Ellie had no idea she's not what Matthew ordered. And what's wrong with being a "Bible thumper" anyway? She's determined to show him she's tougher than she looks---and just the girl he needs.

Autumn's Angel by Robin Lee Hatcher
Luvena would be perfect for Clay if she didn't come with kids. But kids are a deal breaker, especially in a rough-and-trouble mining town. The trouble is, there's no money to send them back. . .

Winter Wedding Bells by Mary Connealy
David's convinced he's not long for the world. He needs someone to mother his boys when he's gone---nothing more. Can plucky Irish Megan convince him to work at living instead of dying?

My thoughts

This book had three of my favorite authors in it, and it sounded like a fun read. I did enjoy it, loved the humor, and the premise. I won't tell you which story was my favorite and which wasn't, but I enjoyed the whole book and recommend it to anyone who loves novellas filled with historical romances and humor. 

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Meet the Authors:

Margaret Brownley is a NEW YORK TIMES best-selling author and has penned more than twenty-five historical and contemporary novels. @margaretbrownley

Robin Lee Hatcher is a Christy and RITA award-winning author. Her books often appear on bestseller lists. @robinleehatcher 

Mary Connealy is a Carol Award winner, an a RITA, Christy and Inspirational Reader's Choice finalist. @MaryConnealy 

Debra Clopton is an award winning author of sweet, heartfelt, western romance that face life with a smile. With over 2 million books in print, Debra has her first book coming as a movie starring LeAnn Rimes. @debraclopton

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Ignite: The Bible for Teens

Title: IGNITE: The Bible for Teens: New King James Version
Author: Various
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
July 2013
ISBN:  978-1401677145
Genre: Holy Bible

Make the Bible relevant to your life! How can a book that was written thousands of years ago help teens with the challenges they face every day? IGNITE is an interactive Bible that will introduce today’s teens to the Word of God in a fresh and unique way with features that introduce parts of the scriptures that are often overlooked or ignored. IGNITE will deepen both understanding and devotion.

Features include:

  • Find It Fast—A table of contents and topical index on the inside cover so it’s easy to find what you need
  • Spotlight—In depth features about the big story of God and His people
  • White Hot Topics—Articles that deal with major issues that teens face today
  • Flash Points—Smaller articles that introduce teens to topics and stories they don’t know are in the Bible
  • SparksHighlights of Bible promises to deepen faith
  • Soul Fuel—Relevant verses pulled out for memorization

Part of the Signature Series line of Thomas Nelson Bibles

The New King James Version®—More than 60 million copies sold in 30 years

IGNITE is a great study Bible for Teens who are seeking God and what God’s plan for their life is. Available in a ‘traditional’ New King James Version, it is for those who want the more modern language than a KJV and not a NIV. It includes in depth tools for studying God’s word.

Included in the Bible are summaries of each chapter with key information about the author, the time period, the purpose, and an application. There is also an area called “Spotlight” which focuses on a specific part of scripture and applies it to our life today. “Flashpoint” is a feature that focuses on issues that teens struggle with and ties that into scripture. “Soul Fuel” is another feature which includes highlighted Bible verses. There is so much more included in this Bible.

Recommended for teens and young adults. $24.99. 1600 pages. 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Giveaway!!! Sammy Experiences God / Dear God, Please Heal Mommy's Cancer

Giveaway of two children's books if you leave a comment with contact information:  Sammy Experiences God and The Pirate, the Princess, & the Precious Treasure.  

Two winners.  Sammy (boy book) and the Princess (girl book)  so specify boy or girl when you enter

review for The Pirate, the Princess, & the Precious Treasure can be found here:

Plus if you want Dear God, Please Heal Mommy's Cancer specify you want this book and I'll include it in the giveaway.  I know this one is kind of specific.....

Authors: Tom Blackaby and Rick Osborne
Illustrator: Isabella Kung
Publisher: B&H Kids
May 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4336-7980-3
Genre: Childrens

Sammy Experiences God is a classically illustrated children's book inspired by the Experiencing God teachings of Henry Blackaby. It will help kids begin to understand that God is not far off or hiding from them, and that they can experience his love and involvement in their lives as they follow him.

One evening when little Sammy announces after his bedtime prayers that he is going to look for God, his parents soon enough understand that the boy literally means what he said. When events like a night of camping under the stars and a hike up a small mountain don't bring Sammy what he's looking for, mom and dad try to explain that God is everywhere. But discouragement and a lack of understanding follow.

One day Grandpa Henry figures out what everyone else is missing. Sammy wants to have an encounter with God like the ones he has read about in the Bible -- like Abraham under the stars and Moses at the burning bush after climbing a mountain. Like Jacob, like Elijah, like the disciples.

Grandpa tells Sammy of another Sammy from the Bible (Samuel at age 12), reaching the child with a simple explanation of how we can all experience God's love, wisdom, and help right in the middle of everyday life.

SAMMY EXPERIENCES GOD is a cute picture book relating to children. They hear the Bible stories, but why isn’t God setting bushes on fire to talk to them like He did Moses? Why aren’t they having dreams like Jacob? Why isn’t God meeting to talk like He did with Abraham?

Sammy wonders the same things. And he goes camping and uses a rock for a pillow. He goes hiking and looks for a bush. He prays for rain and it’s a starry night. Sammy gets more and more depressed until Grandpa takes him fishing and has a talk with him about God, helping Sammy to understand.

Little boxes in the story (on each page) helps the child to interact. How many frogs can you find on this page?  What is your favorite Bible story? There is also a discussion guide for parents (or grandparents) to use when reading the book with their child. Recommended. $14.99 hardcover. 32 pages.


Author: Barbara McCoskey
Publisher: Truth Book Publishers
ISBN: 978-1-937089-93-1
Genre: childrens / cancer

How does a family face the shock of cancer together? How do parents answer the tough questions? “Mommy, are you going to lose your hair?” “Daddy, Is Mommy going to die?”

This story is told through the eyes of a child. It will guide you through the stages of a family’s journey. You will read how through faith, prayer, song, family unity, and community, they faced t heir fears and the unknowns of cancer.

“I will not die but live, and proclaim what the LORD has done. Psalm 118.17 (NIV)

As a fellow victim of cancer, I could relate to the topic of DEAR GOD, PLEASE HEAL MOMMY’S CANCER.  And it was nice to meet the author at ICRS.  My youngest child was three-years-old when I was diagnosed with breast cancer and we faced all the questions addressed in this book. What I really liked is that there were pictures included of the various machines in there so the child could “excerience” the journey. If the parent is going for radiation, then they can see the picture of the machine that does it.

If a parent, grandparent, or friend gets cancer then DEAR GOD, PLEASE HEAL MOMMY’S CANCER is a great book. I couldn’t find it on Amazon when I looked, but it is available here:

$18.95. 61 pages.   Proceeds are going to The Homeschool Foundations Widows Fund

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Good Girl

Author: Christy Barritt
Publisher:  White Fire
June 2013
ISBN: 978-1939023025
Genre: Cozy mystery

Tara Lancaster can sing Amazing Grace in three harmonies, two languages, and interpret it for the hearing impaired. She can list the Bible canon backward, forward, and alphabetized. And the only time she ever missed church was at seventeen because she had pneumonia and her mom made her stay home. 

But when her life shatters around her and her reputation is left in ruins, Tara decides escape is the only option. She flees halfway across the country to dog-sit, but the quiet anonymity she needs isn t waiting in her sister s house. Instead she finds a knife with a threatening message, a fame-hungry friend, a too-hunky neighbor, and evidence of...a ghost? 

Following all the rules has gotten her nowhere. And nothing she learned in Sunday School can tell her where to go from there.

THE GOOD GIRL is an example of a book that you can’t judge by the cover. Just looking at it, I thought it would be a sweet romance. I didn’t notice the gun. And it is a sweet romance—but there is a definite mystery. This book dabbles in New Age mysticism, and it does get rather spooky at times.

I really enjoyed reading Ms. Barritt’s THE GOOD Girl and I recommend it to anyone who loves a good cozy mystery. I did not figure out who did it in this book. I had my suspicisions – but I was wrong. It is a great read. $14.99. 254 pages. 5 stars.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Dolled Up to Die

Author: Lorena McCourtney
Publisher: Revell
July 2013
ISBN:  978-0800721596
Genre: Cozy mystery

Cate's not sure just what she expected . . . but she knows it certainly wasn't this.

When Cate Kinkaid receives a frantic call about a triple homicide, she drives to the scene against her better judgment--aren't triple homicides more up the police department's alley?--only to find that the victims are not quite who she expects. Now she has a new rule to add to everything she's learned in her short stint as an assistant private investigator: always find out if the victims have human DNA. Because these three do not.

But who would shoot this nice lady's dolls? What possible reason could the shooter have? And then there's the startling discovery of another victim, who definitely does have human DNA . . .

I enjoyed reading DOLLED UP TO DIE and couldn’t put it down. I had to find out what happens. The book does have a lot of New Age mysticism involved (included in the mystery) and parts are a bit scary.

I did guess who might have done it early on, but there were enough red herrings thrown in to keep me guessing as to who really did it. I was initially right though.

With tension that is matched only by humor, DOLLED UP TO DIE is the exciting second book in Lorena McCourtney's Cate Kinkaid Files. You won't find a place to stop and take a breath in this fast-paced story. Readers will want to read the first book, Dying to Read, before this (even though this one stands alone) to be brought up to date with how Cate landed in PI work.

If you love cozy mysteries, then pick up DOLLED UP TO DIE. It is a great book by an award-winning author. $14.99. 320 pages. 5 stars. 

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Kingdom Racing at the Grand Prix of Houston

Kingdom Racing at the Grand Prix of Houston,
October 4-6, 2013

Houston- October brings a special opportunity to go behind the scenes with Kingdom Racing while taking in the excitement of the Grand Prix of Houston as it returns to the Reliant Center.

As its founder and co-owner, Houston businessman George Del Canto shares his passion for its ministry and the life-changing ways it touches hearts for God. “Our mission, to ‘Deliver God’s Word through Motorsports,’ means we’re all about winning hearts and lives for Christ.” 

Kingdom Racing focuses on two dynamic outreach ministries at the race track. Miles of Smilesreaches out to individuals experiencing difficulties or loss as identified through local organizations and churches. “We treat them like rock stars,” Del Canto nods, “giving them deeply personal VIP access to the racing team for the entire day, ministering to them, loving them. To reach the entire racing community, our track-side Fan Festivals feature show cars, autograph sessions, top Christian entertainment and more—offering experiences and resources that touch people in a comfortable way, giving them an opportunity to think about God.”

For a LIMITED TIME ONLY, Kingdom Racing is offering exclusive ticket packages with VIP access to the Kingdom Racing Hospitality Unit and to meet & mingle with team personnel before the race.
  • Two (2) Reserved seats in Grandstand 1 for either Saturday or Sunday (please specify)
  • Two (2) Access Passes to the Kingdom Racing Hospitality Unit the day of the event. Food and drinks included.
  • In addition, the first 25 orders will also receive a free gift from Kingdom Racing.
This offer is limited in supply and must be reserved and paid in full by Monday, July 15, 2013.

Packages are $1,000.00 USD each and may be purchased by calling Charles West at
(214) 709-6123, emailing , or by accessing our Donation Page,

Watch Kingdom Racing founder George Del Canto on Restoration Road:

*Please specify the amount in multiples of $1,000.00 and note the number of ticket packages desired in the comment field upon submission.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Spelling Mechanics

Spelling Mechanics
Kindergarten through sixth grade. Price $39.99 through $239.99
Mattman and Cowan

Are you ready to teach your children spelling? Spelling Mechanics is a new program for homeschoolers that can be used on a simple computer disc. The lessons are set up for teachers, such as for the kindergarten level, you introduce them to the vowels and it lists a bunch of activities for the teacher to do with the student. Introduce the individual vowels or consonants to students, demonstrate words that have the sounds in them, and share that every word will have a vowel.

Spelling Mechanics includes games to be played with spelling, tells you what manipulatives you will need, and it includes website links for suggested lists of words for your grade level, and words for extra practice or reteaching.

Tests are included that can be printed off for your student, and an answer key is included.

Spelling Mechanics is not interactive for students. It is premade lesson plans so a busy mom doesn’t have to come up with her own lesson plans and tests for this subject. A great spelling program.


Friday, July 12, 2013


early elementary. Price $4.99

Are you ready to teach your children grammar? Grammaropolis is a new program that involves books, music CDs and the internet. I couldn’t get into the internet program without buying a membership ($3.99 a month, $19.99 a year, or $39.99 forever) so I browsed the sections I could, which is a basic information about the parts of speech. A common noun is a person, place or thing. An action verb is action.

I was sent two Grammaropolis books and one cd.

Ø                Vinny the Action Verb & Lucy the Linking Verb. This includes basic verb information – I’m darting! I’m sprinting! It also introduces state of being verbs such as I feel great. I’m being. Told in cartoon story form (a basic story, like you read, with a lot of cartoon bubbles all over the page). At the end of the book are worksheets the children can fill out. Answers are upside down on the bottom of the page. There also some bonus questions.

Ø                Nelson the Noun introduces common nouns, compound nouns, proper nouns, concrete nouns, abstract nouns and collective nouns. Pronouns are introduced as well. There are worksheets at the end, and the book is also in cartoon story form like the verb book.

Ø                The CD is by Doctor Noize. It uses all types of music sounds, such as rap, rock, country, ballad, etc to put the different parts of speech. The songs are kind of cute and catchy. Like the noun one has a chorus going “Noun, noun, so profound, everywhere you go they can be found.” The verb one uses verbs to also teach valuable life lessons, such as “You catch on fire, what do you do? Stop, drop, and roll.” Songs are included on adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, interjections, prepositions, and more.

Ø                Other books are available on adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, interjections, prepositions, etc, probably in the same format.

You can find more information on the Grammaropolis series at There are also tests, videos, and performance tracking of up to five students. Grammaropolis is a fun approach for your elementary students to learn the parts of speech. 

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