A Grand read

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Happy Cooking by Giada De Laurentiis

Happy Cooking
Happy Cooking: Giada's Recipes and Tips for Making Every Meal Count...Without Stressing You Out
 The title of this book says it all.  A very happy book full of over 150 recipes. you will love because not only are they healthy but they are so easy to make on any week night,  Not your  normal heath book with recipes you say : I should  make because they are healthy.: In this book you will  prepare a dish and  everyone will rave about it  not knowing it is healthy!  This is  myy first cook book from this  world famous  chef and it will make a great Christmas gift for some one special;.  Note There are some pictures  that are not modest but for the most part it is great~!

Giada’s book contain recipes for breakfast, snacks, salads, pastas, weeknight recipes, vegetables and side dishes, recipes for weekends and holidays, some treats and sweets. She indicated recipes for gluten-free, vegetarians, and vegans. They will be easy to find. The recipe ingredients are practical and easy to shop for.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, December 10, 2015


The Longevity Kitchen

The Longevity Kitchen

It is great to have a new heath book around this time of the year because we will need it in January! Lots of recipes with over 120 ones you will make over and over.   I felt like this book was well researched . Since I have gotten it , I have  made  over half the recipes and loved every one of them. Even the 3 year old and 15  month old  children I watch like the recipes. In fact the three year old asks to cook  from my special book with the white bowl  full of yummy carrots on the front.     Get as Christmas gifts because everyone will rave over it!

I also reviewed her other grand book!The Healthy Mind Cookbook

Saturday, November 21, 2015


The Chili Cookbook

Think of winter foods and you will love this book!  Lots of ides for everyone!  It has a great amount of pictures too! Not only that but the history about this food was fascinating!  With about 60 recipes you can make chili with bean or with out.  This would  be a perfect gift with a chili spice mix!  Order today on amazon/
 You will find these chapters!


Chile Identification Guide  

PART 1 Chili’s Family Tree
CH 1 Lobster Chili in Old Mexico  
CH 2 Christmas in New Mexico  
CH 3 Goulash, Kima, and Tagine  
Melting Pot Chili  

PART 2 Tex-Mex Traditions
CH 4 Longhorns, Chili Queens, and the Cradle of Texas Chili  
CH 5 Comida Tex-Mex  Chili Cook-Offs  

PART 3 Chili Road Trip
CH 6 Route 66 and Other Kicks  
Chili with Beans  
CH 7 Coneys and Three-Ways: Greek-American Chili Traditions  
CH 8 Half-Smokes and All That Jazz: African-American Chili Traditions 

PART 4 Modern and Vegetarian Chilis
CH 9 Modern Chili  
CH 10 Vegetarian Chili  

Epilogue: How to Throw a Chili Party  

Monday, October 26, 2015

The time chamb

The Time Chamber  This is a very fun book for adults !  It is also very  god for the mind  to use this book.  The pictures are lovely!  This is a great book to color on a winters evening. Not your typical coloring book.  Ir has lots of beautiful art for your imaginatin to sail away with. Join the adult coloring craze this winter.
"I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Monday, October 12, 2015


Every one likes short stories about  animals and this one warms the heart!I think everyone should read this book. It will really touch your heart I enjoyed reading the various stories. Some were much more interesting to me than others. I'm sure other people would feel the same, but select other stories as favorites. This really covered the ground in terms of horse careers.

Well written ans a  nice read. Great for the cool fall evenings!  Wish for a horse !!

I received this book free from the publishers and was not required to write a positive review.

Streams of Mercy

StreaStreams of Mercyms of Mercy is a good read for those looking for romance fiction!  I hope that the next book has some twists to it since the ending is very predictable! The entire plot was well written and it is worth picking up but I  do not think it is one of those books a person would return to for once you have read it/

I think the author will surprise us in the next book, so I may read it. Never judge  some one till ou have read more than two books of theirs.
Streams of Mercy is the third book in the Song of Blessing series.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Thanks! 

Thursday, October 8, 2015


Very well done. A book to make you smile wih cute sayings beside adorable pictures of some of the most charming pets ever.  Would cheer any sick person.http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/258962/cute-emergency-by-tony-heally/
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review
Cute Emergency

Monday, September 28, 2015


Owls by Matt Sewell A very cute book with different drawing s by artiest Matt Sewell!  Matt Sewell is an outstanding illustrator who has published several illustrated books. Being an Ornithologist.. Sewell focuses his work on BIRDS!
I think it is the judicious selection of text, with the detailed illustrations, and the factoids distributed throughout, that makes up her winning formula. Especially liked the identification of the different types of owls and the illustrations 

Monday, September 14, 2015

what to eat

What to Eat When You're Pregnant  This is a book all pregnant ladies should have!  so many tips and advice  for every week. Keeps you knowing how healthy the baby will be! What to Eat When You're Pregnant has a;ready been put to use by a friend.

It even has recipes in the book!There are not many books out there that explain WHY it's so important to eat certain foods at each stage of pregnancy and breastfeeding.This very well written book provides practical and realistic guidance to supplement your providers advice when you are contemplating or working on becoming pregnant, through those tied groggy days of little sleep, breast feeding, and temptation to grab that Snickers.  Week by week, pregnant women learn the why, the what and the how from a point of view that is at once scientific and nurturing. What more empowering way for prospective mothers to begin the act of creation than to healthfully bite into it?

i got this to review!

Saturday, September 5, 2015


A very uplifting  book.  This makes a good wedding gift. I am giving it to a bride to be .This is  read all brides need. The battle is raging and we need all the help we can get!
This book is not only for new brides but will benefit any woman who feels defenseless in the midst of a raging battlefield. Jennifer is vulnerable and real about the war being fought and how it must be won. She shares from her personal experience and then she provides Scripture after Scripture to build you up and give you confidence.

It is well worth the read for any age.  fathers might even consider giving it to their daughters before their wedding!
I thank cross Focused books for the free book.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Fun book

My first \hands on Biblehttp://
This is a cute kids book/  It is  a fun way to show kids Gods words! It is perfect for  three and 4 year old children especially girls. I am suing it at lunch time for the little girl I nanny. She looks forward to one chapter a day, eating her lucnh and then doing the activities.

Thanks for the review copy !

Monday, August 31, 2015

Avenue of Spies

Avenue of Spies

The leafy Avenue Foch, one of the most exclusive residential streets in Nazi-occupied France, was Paris's hotbed of daring spies, murderous secret police, amoral informers, and Vichy collaborators. So when American physician Sumner Jackson, who lived with his wife and young son Phillip at Number 11, found himself drawn into the Liberation network of the French resistance, he knew the stakes were impossibly high. Just down the road at Number 31 was the "mad sadist" Theodor Dannecker, an Eichmann protégé charged with deporting French Jews to concentration camps. And Number 84 housed the Parisian headquarters of the Gestapo, run by the most effective spy hunter in Nazi Germany. 

I found this to be a very good read and so has my sister who is still into it!  It is a true story that makes you feel like it is a fiction story,.You will be wondering can all this happen to one person!  This true story of an  American family in Paris aiding the French resistance from an apartment only a few doors down from the Paris headquarters of the SS will probably be made into a film very soon. i would really like to see it as it would be very good but the book will always be the best I am sure.

I am very thankful for this book to review!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Heartbreak Trail

 I have always been an avid reader. Growing up, I loved historical fiction. Now that I am an adult, I still enjoy speed-reading books for a younger audience in the hopes of finding new favorites for my siblings as well as my future children. Although there are many wonderful books for children and young adults which are not particularly Christian (think Little House and such), it is always great to be able to provide books for your children which reinforce Biblical truths and grace. I have found that Susan's books stay true to the Christian faith without becoming fake or unrealistic.
Unusually for Christian works of fiction, her books are also quite exciting. These books make splendid read-aloud as well as personal reading books. my sisters  9-17 REALLY ENJOYED THIS STORY.

Check out hr other grand  books!

Thanks for free book to review!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

stand up!

Wow! I can not say enough good things about this read!I would recommend this book to every Christian, it is well written .  It makes you think twice about the many people who claim to follow Christ but are drawn into witches with Harry Potter and Twilight.  They must be warned,  The author touches on important things that are going on in our nation today. Although I felt a tinge of hopelessness and helplessness while reading this book, I came away in the end feeling hopeful because he showed us what to do". I found this to be helpful in that he describes what he believes we can do to change the state of things in our nation.“If this doesn’t wake us up nothing will! Excellent and scary. Well documented, challenging and eye opening. I

I really like this authors books http://davidfiorazo.com/2015/03/it-is-indisputable-there-is-a-cost-to-our-silence/
 I received it in the mail to review (thanks, Aneko Presshttps://anekopress.com/the-cost-of-our-silence-blog-tour/

Amish boy

I tried to get picture to lad with out success.  This is a short true story.  Good but not the best written volume.

I enjoyed it but don't know how many will pick up this volume and recommend it to others.  It is one of those books you would read when nothing else was at hand and only continue it in hopes it will get better. About the Book
An Amish Boy and a Mother’s Prayer takes readers into the heart of Daviess County, Indiana, where Glen Graber was raised. His family was swiftly kicked out of the Old Order Amish church when Glen’s dad bought a rubber-tired tractor. Then Glen’s mother died, and left him with a request: She had been praying for a business that would alleviate the family’s financial hardship, and asked Glen to take responsibility for the family’s future. Despite the pressure, Glen and his family found hope and humor each day as God miraculously answered their mother’s prayer.
More than a biography, this book is about a boy being determined to change his place in the world, and the miraculous reversals of misfortune. It’s about the prayers of a mother, the idiosyncrasies and love of a father, and the strength of a family. It is, in other words, the story of us.
I got this free to review

Monday, August 3, 2015

Secrets or lies...

The First Family Detail   Every one has a hidden life  but this book exposes  some White house  lies.  Some of this book was great but others were  better left in the dark.  In some parts the author could have done better as he repeats himself a lot.  Same lies  told about different people. Lots of grammatical errors ( and I who is not a great speller noticed that!).I was expected insight to how the Secret Service operates,

There are parts of this book that are informative on the Secret Service and its services but it seemed to be searching for a theme.  |I wanted to like  no love this read but it left me feeling trashy!

I received this book from Blogging for Books.

A few good tips

Gaining by Losing by J.D. Greear

This book had a few good points but most of it lacked the depth I was looking for!  Some of the points that struck me were Every church can be a sending church. J.D. freely admits that the call to send is often a painful call, and it’s one that’s fraught with land mines along the way. However, he challenges the reader that change is possible through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. “If you are in a church resistant to new ideas, change only what you need to in order to reach a few new people, and then, as you do, celebrate those stories. That will help you get the capital you need to ‘purchase’ the next round of changes.” (p 199)

I was made to think people should  know your church is there!

I loved how  people could serve in their work but what I did not like was his swing on reaching people with  modern music. I won't say this book was totally a waist of time but the first few chapters about three  out of  12 chapters were profitable. 

I am still thankful for the book

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Too Mny to jail

Too Many to Jail (The Story of Iran’s New Christians)
Author: Mark Bradley

This book tells the history of Christians in Iran, the struggles they've been through, and are still going through, and the miracles of more people coming to Christ in this Islamic country. There have been some Church building allowed to stand for a while, but later being closed with people being arrested and in some instances being jailed for a long time o killed.
 Excellent book about the Christians and church in Iran. It has lots of information about house churches, the evangelism methods of the Christians and even stories of how some of the leaders of the house churches came to know Christ.

Some portions further on in the book were rather descriptive and graphic but important in the journey to realisation of what our brothers and sisters in foreign lands endure for the name of Christ!

Thanks or the free book Kregel

Monday, July 27, 2015

A Bride at last...

While the description of the book makes it seem that the whole plot of the book will be fighting over which man will “win” the paternity case of Anthony, this actually is a small section of the book. The author does not even include the court case in the novel. Anthony learning to trust Silas would be a more appropriate description of the novel. But I would say it has a lot of romance thrown in, I think if you want to read books  with mail order brides in it read Sara Plain and Tall instead.

This was too much of a romance novel for me.

I don't recommend this book to anyone. I received a free copy of this book from Bethany Publishing House in exchange for my honest review.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

In the Summer of 1945....

I am excited to  share witth you a boo that will be  for sale next month. A very cute story which gives you a good  inside into the lives of a solider an a nurse.  A story of how faith kept them going.This is a true story!

Ray's faith was put to the test when his Bible was taken from him.  See how  God was still his all in all in this well written book.

In between Ray's story, Betty's letters are integrated every few chapters. The letters begin as her letters to her parents at the beginning of the war describing her life as a nurse in France, and they end with her letters to her future husband, 

A must read !  Very good front n this touching story. Thanks Tyndale for letting me review this  fantastic chapter book!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Direct Hit

I love world war I an d II books  so this one was right up my alley. Also it reminded me of a Sherlock Homes book!  . The mystery begins with the discovery of a dead man in a van during the German blitz. Jago recognized the victim, a Mr. Charles Villiers, a magistrate and owner of a printing company. Mr. Villiers had cuts on his wrists, which was consistent with suicide. However, Jago found a stab would on Villiers chest and began treating the case as a murder. Before he could get the police doctor and photographer to the scene of the crime, a German bomb struck the van and obliterated all evidence. Later, Fred Cooper, the last person to see Villiers alive, is also found murdered!

Being a mystrery I can not disclouse more info but I am very thankful that Krengel let me review this fantastic read!
The author has obviously done his research well with a great attention to detail that brings both the characters and the environment alive.

Your Sacred Yes

Your Sacred Yes by Susie Larson is a Christian living and women's issue book that gets at the guilt and shame that women have in saying "yes" to all sorts of obligations and needs that cause tiredness, fatigue, and a feeling of being overwhelmed. This book was a book on how to let go to fill more happy and blessed  in life. It did not seem, to help one know how to let go of the right things.

I found this  book shallow and all the verses were from the Message which is one of the poorest  versions of the Bible.  She is very redundant in her writing  She is trying to write a good sized  book when she should have stuck to a very short booklet instead.

She talks a lot about falling in love with Jesus which is a poor term to use. She does not know  the right doctrine  so should  be careful in her wording.  Falling in love is a " all about me" love which is what I get she is saying a life with Christ. Basically do nothing and get blessed.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015



This  was a book that I thought would be good but it just lacked something in it. I tried to read it again , because I wanted to enjoy it but I could not find myself fitting in to it.

Perhaps the writing style got to me. It was a very negative book showing the life of Daniel. It did not seem as practical as it could be.  Also the theology was a bit wrong- showing we do not have top get involved.

*I was given a complimentary copy of the book for the purpose of giving this review. all opinions are my own.

Monday, July 20, 2015

The Lost Garden

This is a story of love, grief and forgiveness. of making sacrifices and fresh starts. It is a book that goes from area to another.  It was alright. Probably wouldn't read it again-because I would want to skip to the end. It has a lovely ending to an otherwise sad book. 

This is about two women who are put together for  reason, which is unknown to either of them.
 At their new home, they discover a door rusted shut and once opened, they discover a neglected garden. Sound familiar ( that is why I chose this book- I wanted to see if it could be as good as th classic one we all love? Like the Frances Hodgson Burnett classic, The Secret Garden, this area has been grossly neglected and holds secrets of its own. As Marin tries to make sense of her new role as guardian and weathers the testy waters of her niece's adolescent years, the garden becomes a place of solace and rejuvenation.
Mixed in with the story of Marin and Rebecca, the reader also learns about the life of the house's previous occupants and the events that led to the creation of the garden. I love the dual story line and the glimpse at how each character deals with the tragedies in their life. This book will appeal to a variety of readers: fans of English settings, coming of age struggles, history enthusiasts and even mystery lovers.
*This book was provided for review by Kregel Publications*

The Good Spy

The Good Spy by I was thrilled to read this book I love to learn about the life and times of well know  people!

he Good Spy is Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Kai Bird’s compelling portrait of the remarkable life and death of one of the most important operatives in CIA history – a man who, had he lived, might have helped heal the rift between Arabs and the West.
On April 18, 1983, a bomb exploded outside the American Embassy in Beirut, killing 63 people.  The attack was a geopolitical turning point. It marked the beginning of Hezbollah as a political force, but even more important, it eliminated America’s most influential and effective intelligence officer in the Middle East – CIA operative Robert Ames.  What set Ames apart from his peers was his extraordinary ability to form deep, meaningful connections with key Arab intelligence figures. Some operatives relied on threats and subterfuge, but Ames worked by building friendships and emphasizing shared values – never more notably than with Yasir Arafat’s charismatic intelligence chief and heir apparent Ali Hassan Salameh (aka “The Red Prince”). Ames’ deepening relationship with Salameh held the potential for a lasting peace.  Within a few years, though, both men were killed by assassins, and America’s relations with the Arab world began heading down a path that culminated in 9/11, the War on Terror, and the current fog of mistrust.

Very well written and informative. It also has a section with photographs from his life
This is mostly a story of the Mid-East in the 1970s-80s, an era we've basically forgotten. It has some of the life of Robert Ames thrown in. I thought it was very cleaverly written so one can learn about two things at ounce.
 "I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."

Marriage on the Mend

I highly recommend this book for any couple who is having issues weather in marriage or not. The authors went through divorce and separation for many years and ended up getting remarried and they tell of their hardships and advice on getting back on track with your relationship to help heal it. It shows the Biblical way of not getting remarried after a divorce.  I greatly appreciated their take on what I think is a Biblical issue so many avoid!

The authors write, “there is no relationship in such a state of ruin that it remains beyond God’s reach”. The Braggs were divorced eleven years and “He raised their relationship from the dead in 2002″. It is not easy. It will take work. Compromise. Forgiveness. Understanding. But it can be done.  Great book for Bible studies.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Kregel Publications. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

God can do it!

Not a bad book but for some reason even though Carey shares from her heart I feel like I could not really connect with the author. She does have a beautiful writing style.This book was pretty good!  Carey Scott writes with such honesty and truth .  . However this book did not fulfill my personal needs;Personally, I found this book hard to get in to. It requires a full attention span and dilligence in reading; something I am sure many Bible scholars have a full store of. I do usually, but sometimes I run into books I just can't quite digest as well. Nevertheless, I read the entire book and thought it was interesting. I simply must re-read it at a different time and concentrate on each chapter more thoroughly.. Instead I read pages after page of people's faults. I didn't see God's love and mercy in the book like I had hoped.
Thank you Revell publishing for giving me a complimentary copy of this book for review.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

This book was a gift from Revell for sharing my review with you.

Friday, June 19, 2015

To capture her heart

I would like everyone here to know that To Capture her Heart is the second book in the Southold Chronicles and if you want to read this one you REALLY need to read the first one, A Place in His Heart.

Heather flowers struggles were very real, and the historical accuracy is very good in this book, and I found it interesting that Rebecca DeMarino based it off her own family members who settles here so many years ago. Unfortunately I think in her attempts to put all that in one book the story was left lacking. There were a lot of characters in this book, and I found it a little confusing. New charters pop up which have nothing to do with the story!

A good read
I received a complimentary copy from Revell Books for this review.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Beyond the ashes

Beyond the Ashes (Golden Gate Chronicles #2) I did not like how it started out.

Ruby originally came to San Francisco to watch out for her younger brother, and to work in the hospital. However, she seemed to spend less and less time in the hospital as her relationship with Gerald progressed, which didn’t seem like responsible nurse (or doctor) behavior. The pace slowed in the middle, then increased rapidly before reaching an abrupt end—perhaps too abrupt. It felt like I’d missed something. It was a sacrificial ending but still not as realistic as it should be.

Will be for sale this week.I did think this book was very heartfelt and compelling. It was uplifting to see characters start to trust in God and learning a few things along with them

I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are entirely my ow

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Heart made whole

Hearts Made Whole by Jody Hedlund is book two in the Beacons of Hope series. The book is a historical fiction novel set in 1865 in Windmill Point, Michigan. Caroline Taylor has been running the Windmill Point Lighthouse on her own, while caring for her younger siblings, after the death of her father.Overall, the story is about Ryan Chambers’ and Caroline Taylor’s relationship.This is definitely not the best Jody Hedlund book.  Characters were enjoyable, but not much in the way of suspense.

In an unusual turn for this author, it does have a few steamy scenes which weren't too bad but I felt unnecessary.This book was a departure from the former writing style of this author and was disappointing as a historical Christian fiction book.

DISCLAIMER: In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising” we would like to note that we received an electronic of “Hearts Made Whole” provided by the publishers, Bethany House, in exchange for our honest review.