Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Review: Gathering the Threads by:Cindy Woodsmall

 Gathering the Threads
About the Book:
After three months of draus in da Welt, Ariana has returned to Summer Grove, the Old Order Amish community where she was raised for twenty years, and life with her Brenneman family. Skylar Nash, the Englisch-raised young woman is working in Ariana s cafe while getting to know her birth family and their Plain way of life. Skylar's time in Summer Grove has changed her outlook, just as Ariana has grown to see her personal faith in God in a different light than the manner she was taught while growing up. Both women will have to make decisions about their paths and Ariana must decide what role her childhood friend, ex-Amish Quill Schlabach, will play in her life.
Gathering the Threads is the third and final novel in the Amish of Summer Grove series."

My Review:
 Ariana is getting an interesting outlook on the Englischer's way of life from Skylar as she was raised in an Englisch household. Because of Skylar's view of the way she grew up it has made Ariana very curious. Before long Ariana questions her parents authority as well as her surroundings which isn't a good idea.

 Skylar feels like her life is finally falling into place after all that she has gone through. Both of these girls share something truly unique and upon their 20th birthday they find out something earth shattering. One is longing for a different life and the other seems to be happy in the new life she has found. A truly remarkable story that will leave you speechless.

This book is part of a series and really shouldn't be read as a stand alone book. I would suggest reading the other two books in the series, Fraying at the Edge and Ties That Bind. It gives you more of Ariana's background and growing up which leads us into Gathering the Threads.

 The story had many unique twists and turns. I was reading along wondering how Cindy could keep the two separate stories running parallel yet intertwined. Cindy is truly a talented writer. She is my favorite and she keeps getting better and better.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Review: Beloved Hope by:Tracie Peterson

 Beloved Hope (Heart of the Frontier #2)
About the Book:
A Compelling Novel of Forgiveness and Hope from Leading Author Tracie Peterson

Hope Flanagan survived the massacre at the Whitman Mission, but at terrible personal cost. Safe now in Oregon City, she lives with her sisters, Grace and Mercy, and Grace's new husband, Alex. As she spends her days tending their flock of sheep, Hope's mind and soul are slowly healing. Yet, though she was once surrounded by suitors, she has no interest in giving her heart again after the man she loved died in her arms.

Hope's precarious new peace is shattered when those responsible for the massacre are captured and put on trial. She is asked to testify against them, but she's not sure she can bear to relive the events of those horrific days.

As Hope struggles to free herself from the pain of her past, Lance Kenner, an Army lieutenant, brings an unexpected ray of light into her life. But what will Lance think of her if he learns the truth behind her anguish? And what secrets lie in his past?

My Review:
 Poor Hope Flanagan, she is always looking onward and upward but lately its getting harder and harder to do. She survived a massacre some years back but it didn't come and go without a cost to her and reliving the pain comes easier than just moving on like it never happened. If this poor girl has not endured enough, there is a trail taking that brings the evil of that time back to her mind and heart. Things happened there that she would like to forget, but forgetting seems such a foreign concept at this day and time.

 Soon after Hope practically waves any hope of potential suitors away there is a man this will step into her life that doesn't want to step out, a man that won't give up so easily. Lance will have to get through a lot of pain and torment that Hope holds deep inside. Lance will also have to reveal to a very scared, heartbroken young lady the secrets he holds in his  heart, as well.

 Beloved Hope, is a great historical fiction novel that combines history with long awaited love after a heartbreak so big that it will be a miracle that it gets repaired. Beloved Hope is part of the Heart of the Frontier series.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Review: The Wisdom of God by:A.W. Tozer

 The Wisdom of God: Letting His Truth and Goodness Direct Your Steps
About the Book:
A.W. Tozer on Living in God's Wisdom

We were created by God and for God, and the only way to find true joy, peace, and contentment is by understanding and embracing his wisdom. Wisdom is not some highbrow philosophical concept, but rather a highly practical tool for living the best possible life.

The Wisdom of God captures Tozer's teaching on this topic as a way to understand the well-lived Christian life. God's wisdom is a part of his character, inseparable from his love and grace, and knowing this wisdom means drawing closer to him. It will change your decisions, attitudes, and relationships, setting you on the path to becoming all God wants you to be.

My Review:
 Tozer was a brilliant human being. He has been quoted and quoted and still his words ring true even in this crazy world. I would first like to point out that there's a difference between knowledge and wisdom. In The Wisdom of God, Tozer points out that it is very important to understand and obey the wisdom of God. When we understand the how and why behind God's word we start to understand Him so much more better.

 Tozer had a way of driving home the point. It is and was important to win souls for Christ and he had no qualms about it. He states in his writings that we shouldn't be worried about the world around us only a growing wisdom of the Father. We should fight to learn such wisdom in an effort to learn more about Him and His ways. And in turn not only will this draw us closer to Him but in that we will learn more about what He created us to be.

 A great starter book for anyone that has never read Tozer's work. The editor did a fabulous job!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Review: A Secret Courage by:Tricia Goyer

 A Secret Courage (The London Chronicles #1)
About the Book:
A Mystery Brought Them Together.
Will Secrets Destroy Their Love?

Dive into WWII history in this well-researched story of international intrigue, heartwarming romance, and profound courage.

American Emma Hanson is one of a dozen women sent to work in London as a cryptographer—decoding German secrets at the height of World War II. Her job as a member of the Women's Army Corps gives her a way to fight back against those who killed her brother. The only distraction she needs is a good book for the long nights of bombing that threaten her fragile peace.

Englishman William Brandt's mind is full of the secrets he knows and the spies he must keep tabs on to ensure the safety of the people and nation he loves. But there might just be room in his heart for a pretty WAC worker with a sweet spirit—and a curiosity that could threaten all his plans.

Emma's and William's paths cross in the aisle of a London bookstore as they reach for the same Agatha Christie novel. But such an innocent beginning could have deadly consequences...

My Review:
 Love is forever and long lasting. We were created to love other individuals and that is what we do even at not the most opportune times or when its convenient. During WWII, romance was still alive and running it didn't stop just because of the war that we were involved in. It doesn't even stop among the soldiers that are fighting for us. Emma, an American was an officer that set to work decoding secrets from the enemy and she was really good at it. She did her job well. She lost her brother and she does what she can to give back as a member of the Women's Army Corps.

 Enter the love interest, William he is a double agent of sorts and his work is not only serious but very dangerous. He and Emma cross paths and when they do William feels a spark there that makes him even more enthralled with this woman. He is such a dedicated man and at the opposite Emma is dedicated and loyal in her own right. These two will have to really think about going forward with this match because it could get them both killed.

 A great summer read, especially if you enjoy history.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.

Litfuse Review: Hiding From the Kids in My Prayer Closet by:Jessica Kastner

 Hiding from the Kids in My Prayer Closet: Finding Grace and Laughter When Motherhood Gets Real
About the Book:
Soon after Jessica Kastner became a mother, she wondered if she was the only mom who found pretend play more boring than watching playdough harden and who dreaded yet another friend s Instagram post of homemade deliciousness.
In Hiding from My Kids in the Prayer Closet, Kastner shares her experience as an unmom a mom who loves her kids more than she loves the daily experience of mothering. She helps readers laugh at the ridiculous, delight in the unpredictable, and enjoy being the mothers God made them to be."

My Review:
 We have all been there. That place that seems to sneak up on us from behind. We have all these children all around us one is screaming and hasn't stopped all night long. The 5 year old has spilled his milk for the millionth time this morning, and the two tweens fighting and arguing over who can spin that annoying little toy faster and better. The phone is ringing and the washing machine is done. And all of this is going on all at the same time as the phone begins to ring.

 We all as moms have had many days like this one. I have a 19 year old, a 14 year old, a 12 year old, and a 7 year old and I still have days like this. Except as they get older the fighting is worse. Some days I just want to disappear. But if I do where will they get their guidance from? The world is where. And this momma ain't having that!

 In Jessica Kastner's book entitled, Hiding From the Kids in My Prayer Closet she reminds us where our strength comes from. She says instead of hiding and just praying they don't realize you're gone you need to pray. You need to pray for yourself and for them. Jessica shares from her heart and she shares the raw, the emotional, and the determined side of being a mom. The picture isn't always pretty and it definitely isn't always easy, but raising our babies into normal, happy adults is worth it, especially if we follow God's plan for them.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Review:& Giveaway: KIWI:Season One DVD by:N Circle Entertainment

 Kiwi: Season 1
About the DVD:
It s time to learn phonics skills with Twiki and Twini! In this collection of twenty six episodes, Twiki and Twini will take us on fun and educational adventures to discover new words and new sounds. In each episode, Twiki and Twini encounter different objects themed together such as animals, trucks, and more! As each object is presented in the episode, your little one will then watch as Twiki and Twini spell the word out phonetically in fun, illustrative letters that resemble the word being spelled out with their friends.

For instance, when spelling out chicken the letters resemble a chicken with it's feathers and legs. Each adventure continues with a total of four to five words being spelled out in each episode. In this Season 1 collection, your little one will learn how to spell colors like red and blue to food words like fruit to animal words like snake. The fun and learning never end with Twiki and Twini! Get ready to enter into an unexpected universe comprised of sounds, words, and images.

My Review:
 My 7 year old son is my last baby. He has had the hardest time learning how to read. We are keeping our fingers crossed that this year, his second grade year will be the year that it finally happens. He has really struggling trying to learn phonics and his alphabet. But videos such as KIWI help my baby as well as many others with word picture association.

 He really enjoys this show and this DVD includes all of Season One which totals to be 26 episodes. His favorite episode was Merry Christmas. With each episode you child will learn some new words that will help him on his reading journey. Twiki and Twini will be your guide and the dvd is lots of fun in learning.

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**Disclosure**This DVD was sent to me free of charge for my honest review by N Circle Entertainment. All opinions are my own.

Review & Giveaway: Mily Miss Questions Season One DVD by:N Circle Entertainment

 Mily Miss Questions: Season 1
About the DVD:
Join Mily, a funny and inquisitive 8-year-old girl, as she embarks on adventures hoping to answer the many questions she has about life, people, and the world. In this collection of twenty four episodes, join Mily and her friends as they investigate everyday situations from learning how to deal with fear to playing by the rules to using your imagination and so much more. Whenever a particular situation raises a question worthy of examination, Mily is immediately on the case! From one episode to the next, through everyday situations, Mily introduces young viewers to the art of questioning in order to further develop an inquisitive mind.

My Review:
 I have a 7 year old son and he is the most curious child I have ever known. He wants to know about everything around him and he isn't afraid to ask you wants going on and how he can help. He always says we are Christian and we aren't suppose to act that way. He is so incredibly funny and very intelligent. He examines the world around him and isn't afraid to investigate this great world and what its all about.

 Much like Mily he is a good example to his peers and he often makes me wonder where all his curiosity comes from. But I remember as a child, my sister being drove crazy by my endless questions. I think its great that a child will question those around him so much--that is all a part of learning.

 Mily takes everyday situations and takes uniform and reason and tries to make sense of them. She teaches life lessons that prove to be very beneficial to children and adults, too. My son really enjoyed the different episodes. His favorite was Singing the Truth. Mily's friend tells her his opinion about something and it hurts her feelings and this episode explains how she deals with the truth when it hurts.

 Season one includes 24 fun filled episodes.

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**Disclosure** This DVD was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from NCircle Entertainment. All opinions are my own.