A Grand read

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

God can do it!

Untangled: Let God Loosen the Knots of Insecurity in Your Life

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.

Once Upon a Summertime

Once Upon a Summertime by Melody Carlson

I liked the book but not the ending so much.First in the Follow Your Heart series, Carlson takes readers to New York City and the exciting world of starting and running a hotel.

The literary quality was poor, the characters hard to relate to and the storyline lacking depth. Not only that, the romance was the most lame I have ever read.  You could ell the ending before it happened! If you like light, cheesy romances, then this is probably a suggested read for you.  Not one I would read again.

Note: I received a copy of this book from Revell’s Blog Tour Program for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
This is the first book by Melody Carlson that I have read.

Risking all in America for Jesus

Hiding in the Light.

This is an amazing true story which took place in America.  It shows one the mindset of a Islamic person wherever he or  she is.This story will build ones faith.   I was impressed by the quality and depth of this book.  I finished this book in one day! I couldn't put it down.Furthermore, I am deeply moved when I read about the strength and depth of the faith of these converts. This one had a new twist since we do not often think of these things happening in our own land.

 In her own words she tells you what is was like to be raised in a devout Muslim home in Sri Lanka and then have her whole family move to the United States. Rifqa does an excellent job of describing the emptiness of practicing the Islamic faith and how the lack of hope from this religion can turn a household into warring factions and how abuse, both physical and psychological, in the home can become the norm.

“After four years of hiding my faith from my family, I knew that it was time. I wrote with shaky hands, ‘Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. I refuse to deny him….’ There was no turning back now. I had to get out of that house if I wanted to live. Was this worth risking everything for? Yes.”
Rifqa Bary grew up in a devout Muslim home, obediently following her parents’ orders to practice the rituals of Islam. But God was calling her to freedom and love. He was calling her to true faith. He was calling her to give up everything.  

You will enjoy!

"I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."


Friday, May 22, 2015

A faith based guide for helping aging parents

  I was well pleased with this read. Based on wisdom and real life  experience,  I was taking care of elderly neighbors when I got this book and by the time I read it they were in a nursing home. I highly recommend this book for all adult children looking after an aging parent.   I also think everyone should read it to know what to do in advance.  Her style is very refreshing!!
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Monday, May 18, 2015

do not read

Tried to like this book but the characters, plot and language lacked . Also there were things in this book which should have been left out. This is a historical fiction book but it is more like a historical romance . Many of the facts don;t fit with the times.

As I read this book I struggled through the whole thing, trying to decide if I liked it. I knew I couldn't stop reading it. Wanting to read it everyday to see what was happening. So, why was it I couldn't say definitely that I liked or even loved the book? . \The writing is done very well and I did enjoy the book to a point but, I just couldn't fall in love with it, as I have books in the past. I am still very interested in reading other books from this author. I was in no way turned off by this book, it just wasn't the right fit for me. I encourage you to read it for yourself and make up your own mind.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell through Net Galley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed above 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. received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell through Net Galley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed above 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.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Perfect gardening book!

Every home gardener should read this and keep for references.  
One of the best and so easy to read and use! Try it today. I have not gotten too use the information yet as I never have enough newspaper but really want to!This is simply the best, most practical resource to anyone who wants to grow -- be you an urbanite, suburbanite, or farmer.


Saving Mossy Point by Donna Winters

Do you all think I have lost my love  for reading? Not so I have just been so busy!

I just finished a pretty  good book!     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  .  Donna did a great job.

  I thought the author wrote with wonderful style and skill. It is rare to find a Christian fiction book written in such a classic manner. I believe that is the crowning glory of this book. 
Donna Winters Bio
Donna adopted Michigan as her home state in 1971 when she moved from a small town outside of Rochester, New York. She began penning novels in 1982.
Her husband, Fred, a former American History teacher, shares her enthusiasm for the Great Lakes. Together, they visit historical sites, restored villages, museums, state parks, and lake ports purchasing books and reference materials, and taking photos for use in Donna’s research.

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

Monday, May 11, 2015

God's work in the life of Ulrich Zwingli

This  figure who has been overshadowed, yet is tremendously important, is Ulrich Zwingli of Switzerland.Ulrich Zwingli (Jan 1484 - Oct 1531) was a leader of the Protestant reformation in Switzerland I was very thrilled with the wrtting in this novel and highly recommend this book.  This biography is composed of about 150 pages of text, and the pages are small, making this a brief introduction to Zwingli's life.Zwingli is someone I knew very little about, even though I have studied church history and the reformers fairly extensively over the last few years, so I was excited to read this book.  I found this book to be well written, factual, based on solid research, insightful in interpretation, and quite helpful in bringing to life the contextual situations, events, and facts of the life of this important Reformer. This book should be useful to those interested in this significant man, that historical period, the theology of the early Reformation, the history of Switzerland, etc. I recommend it for those readers

I would read today!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Cross Focused Reviews in order to provide this review.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Prayer book , worth the read!


A good short read!  Summary from the back cover:  

Faith Without Borders is a powerful book by Jeremy G. Woods that combines his previously published books, The Missing Ingredient in Our Prayer Life and Go For It! Motivating Christians to Do God's Will. The first part presents a blueprint for effective prayer---based upon God's Word. Jeremy G. Woods opens the door to three profound keys to prayer that turn "every day" prayer into mountain moving, miracle making prayer. The second part links prayer, missions, and ministry through poetry and creative writing. The third part, quite simply, teaches us to how to recognize God's will then do His will. The beauty of Faith Without Borders is that it addresses the most important aspects of our relationship with God. Jeremy G. Woods' no-nonsense look at our communication with God is long overdue and is a blessing to all who read it. Get your copy today and turn your faith walk into a prayer walk that will forever change your life!  

Getting up early in the morning to fix my eyes on Jesus through prayer and reading His Word is like setting my spiritual compass. 
These devotions are the perfect length to start each day. They would also be great as a family devotion at dinner time or at the end of the day. Each devotion is challenging and encourages the reader to do something or consider something that allows him or her to focus more on Jesus. We are encouraged to share more about Jesus, read the Bible to learn more about him, lean on His promises, and pray.

This is a great devotional book. The devotions are Biblically based and encourage the reader to really learn more about and rely more on Jesus. They are short, but full of a great deal of thought-provoking ideas. It is a lovely book that would make a wonderful gift as well.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Amazing make ahead baby food book

The Amazing Make-Ahead Baby Food Book   http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/240135/the-amazing-make-ahead-baby-food-book-by-lisa-barrangou-phd/

Please order this book for  any baby shower as you will love it!  The pictures are beautiful and the pages are filled with those colorful little frozen cubes! And the instructions are easy to understand. I would highly recommend you visit her website http://amazingbabyfood.com/

I love all the different ideas for  the combination of foods.  If you're willing to spend an hour or two a month to prepare cooked veggies, and a few minutes every two or three days preparing cereal, you can prepare a whole diet of extremely nutritious natural Super Baby Food..Amazingly well written; simple concise directions, and no elaborate equipment needed.Amazingly well written; simple concise directions, and no elaborate equipment needed.What an innovative way to take advantage of fresh food and have it for the baby as they start their journey of life. Simple recipes and no-fuss methods make this a time saver, too. Well presented. You can tell all these recipes were tried before the book came out. And it's a money saver as well.

Put knew foods on their diet like kale. Order now!  
"I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."

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It is worth the read for mature older girls if you want to get a true understanding of these people. well written and hard to put own.  Be warned will make  one cry!Side By Side" is an excellent fictional account of how many Christians are living in Sudan. Muslims who convert to Christianity many times have to keep it a secret from their family and live with the knowledge that if found they will be disowned or worse.  I really loved "Side by Side", and it really impacted me. I know it won't be one I will soon forget!  I highly recommend it.

I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Lifuse for the purpose of an independent and honest review