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The Healing Quilt ~ Review

Posted by bloomingwithbooks on August 29, 2014 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (0)

The Healing Quilt
Return of the Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club
By Wanda E. Brunstetter

Emma is bored, she's not made for a life of leisure, searching the beach for shells.  She misses her students and her quilting classes.  When her husband Lamar suggests starting up classes in Florida, Emma agrees.

But this may be her most difficult class yet.  One young woman, Erika, is paralyzed, wheelchair bound teen who sees no future for herself.  Kim, a waitress, is determined not to fail yet again.  Mike, who is at loose ends, is filling in for his wife.  Jennifer is a soon-to-be mother whose husband is out of work.  And then there is Noreen a widow at loose ends and BJ who is keeping his declining health a secret.

But 6 weeks of caring instruction and fellowship just might be what everyone needs.  And Emma is always willing to offer a listening ear and a word of encouragement and prayer.

It is interesting that when each person looks outside of their own concerns that their attitudes improve and they actually are happier.

There are several former students who play important roles throughout, sharing what Emma had given them.  And there is even romance in store for one former student and a current one.

This is a feel good book.  There are problems, but they aren't drag you down depressing,  If you want an enjoyable week-end read this is one you'll want to pick-up and then share with a friend.

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher through Handlebar in exchange for my honest review.

About the Book:

Join retired Amish newlyweds Emma and Lamar Miller in Florida for the winter as they lead another quilting class with a new group of unlikely students: Jennifer, a pregnant new mom; Mike, a charter boat owner; Erika, a wheelchair bound teen; Kim, a waitress; Noreen, a newly-retired widow, and BJ, an artist facing illness. When old friends visit from Indiana, will romance also become a subject of class discussions?

Anomaly ~ Team Novel Teen Blog Tour

Posted by bloomingwithbooks on September 23, 2013 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

 

 

 

Anomaly

By Krista McGee

 

 

Question.

 

 

 

 Feel.

 

 

 

Believe.

 

 

 


 

 

 

Thalli is an anomaly.  She thinks.  She questions.  And she feels!

 

 

 


 

 

 

In a world where emotion has been eliminated Thalli is a threat not only to herself but to Pod C.  Emotions destroyed the world but for the few that managed to survive below the surface.  Pod C is the third generation to be created and emotion was to have been stripped from their genetic make-up, but something is wrong with Thalli - she feels.

 

 

 


 

 

 

With minutes left before her life is ended Thalli must decide whose truth she is going to believe.  Is the truth that she has been taught her whole life true?  Or should she believe John, a man from before when times were primitive, a man who believes in The Designer a being who is not human?  Even more intriguing John speaks of emotions and feelings as if they were a blessing and not a horrible disease.  And what about Berk her childhood friend that has tried to protect her and save her life?

 

 

 


 

But The Ten are determined to save the world that they have created and if Thalli's death will help them accomplish that goal so be it!

 


 

 

 

Anomaly is the first book in a new dystopian trilogy from Thomas Nelson, who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  If you like books that hook you with the climax at the beginning of the book you will LOVE Anomaly, just don't let The Ten know or this may be the last book you ever read!

 

 

 


 

 

 

Though of a different genre than her previous works, Krista still hits the mark with an entertaining and enjoyable reading experience.  She creates characters that one truly cares about and doesn't mind spend time getting to know them.  Though the target audience is Young Adult I would say that adults and some older J Fiction readers will find much to capture their attention as well.

Book blurb: 

 

Thalli has fifteen minutes and twenty-three seconds to live. The toxic gas that will complete her annihilation is invading her bloodstream. But she is not afraid. 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Decades before Thalli’s birth, the world was decimated by a nuclear war. But life continued deep underground, thanks to a handful of scientists known as The Ten. There they created genetically engineered human beings who are free of emotions in the hope that war won’t threaten the world again. 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Thalli is an anomaly, born with the ability to feel emotions and a sense of curiosity she can barely contain. She has survived so far by hiding her differences. But then her secret is discovered when she’s overwhelmed by the emotion of an ancient piece of music. 

 

 

 


 

 

 

The Ten quickly schedule her annihilation, but her childhood friend, Berk—a scientist being groomed by The Ten—convinces them to postpone her death and study her instead. While in the Scientists’ Pod, Thalli and Berk form a dangerous alliance, one strictly forbidden by the constant surveillance. 

 

 

 


 

 

 

As her life ticks a way, she hears rumors of someone called the Designer—someone even more powerful than The Ten. What’s more, the parts of her that have always been an anomaly could in fact be part of a much larger plan. And the parts of her that she has always guarded could be the answer she’s been looking for all along. 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Thalli must sort out what to believe and who to trust, before her time runs out.

 

 

Interview with Krista McGee 


 

 

1) What inspired you to write Anomaly

 

 

 

I have always loved dystopian stories, from books like 1984, Brave New World and The Giver to movies like Gattica and Matrix. But I always wished a dystopian story would be told from a Christian worldview. When my publisher asked if I'd be willing to tackle just that, I jumped at the chance!

 

 

 


 

 

 

2) How was writing Anomaly different than First DateStarring Me, and Right Where I Belong? And do you have a preference in the these two genre? 

 

 

 

Writing Anomaly was different in so many ways. In my first books, the world in which my characters lived was real, and the time period was now. In Anomaly, the world is fictional and it is set in the future. Also, in my first books, the plots were taken from biblical stories. In Anomaly, the plot was all mine. So there was much more creative freedom in Anomaly, but it was more difficult to write. I love both genres, though. I don't think I could pick a favorite.

 

 

 


 

 

 

3) What 3 adjectives would you use to describe Anomaly?

 

 

 

Unflinching, Unpredictable, and Underground

 

 

 


 

 

 

4) If you had to pick one character that you most closely related to in Anomaly, who would it be and why this character? 

 

 

 

I am probably most like Thalli - as a teen, especially, I felt different from everyone around me. I also love music, and God has used music to draw me closer to him. And I can sometimes be a little too curious and overly emotional :).

 

 

 


 

 

 

5) You open Anomaly with the line "Fifteen minutes and twenty-three seconds. That's how long I have to live." This opening just pulled me right into the story and I have to admit kept me up until 4:30, because I wanted to know what happened. Did this opening come to you early in the process of writing this book, or did it come later? 

 

 

 

That line was actually there from the beginning. When I sat down to write the proposal for this novel, it was there. I knew readers would need to be pulled in immediately - especially since the setting and characters are so different from setting and characters in contemporary novels. What better way to grab the reader than by giving them a countdown to death?

 

 

 


 

 

 

6) Will this be a multi-book series or will there just be two? 

 

 

 

This is a trilogy - the second book, Luminary, will release in January and the third, Revolutionary, is out next July.

 

 

 


 

 

 

7) Which of your characters(any book) would you most like to spend the afternoon with? Why this character? 

 

 

 

 

 

Great question! I'd probably go back to Right Where I Belong and hang out with Brian. He was my favorite character to write, partly because he is a projection of what I think my son, Thomas (age 10), will be like when he is 18. I'd enjoy listening to his antics and hearing his stories.

 

 

 


 

Author bio

 

 

 

When Krista McGee isn’t living in fictional worlds of her own creation, she lives in Tampa and spends her days as a wife, mom, teacher, and coffee snob. She is also the author of “Anomaly,” “First Date,” “Starring Me,” and “Right Where I Belong.” Learn more about Krista at www.KristaMcGeebooks.com or connect on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Anomaly is available from Amazon

 

 

 


 

 

 

Be sure to check-out all the Team Novel Teen tour stops:

 

• ADD LibrarianAudacious ReaderBlooming with BooksBookworm Reading

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Team Novel Teen is a group of bloggers dedicated to spreading the word about clean teen fiction. Check out other posts about Anomaly by Krista McGee by clicking on the links above. 

 

The Sword Series: Second Timothy ~ Review

Posted by bloomingwithbooks on September 9, 2013 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

 

 

 

The Sword Study is a unique way to involve all ages in the family in the study of the Bible.  The series that I was sent to review focused on II Timothy.  This is a 10 week study (FYI many of the activities in the Level 5 Leader's guide include activities that lend themselves to a summer type setting.  But these are merely suggestions and not you have to-do this.  Some of activities are also not something to do last minute so the parent/leader might want to go through the guide ahead of time to be sure that whatever activity they decide to go with they can have the materials on hand, such as suggested DVD's, games, books, etc.)


Level 1 is a one page activity per day while the other levels 2-5 are several pages that involve reading II Timothy in depth the first week.  Successive weeks focus on the individual chapters and verses and supporting Biblical references.


By the time the ten weeks have passed one will have an in depth understanding of II Timothy, Paul and the world at that time.  Between each week the reader is introduced to various persons who have upheld the Christian faith through their lives including Amy Carmichael, Eric Liddell, William Tyndale, and others.  There crossword puzzles, word searches, times lines and more to help get those in Levels 2-5 more involved.  Readers are also introduced to the advantages of using a concordance and Greek Lexicon when studying the Bible.  All in all it is a good study guide for a family setting.  I can also see that this would be an excellent study for a church or homeschool group as well.


I was provided a copy of this study series by Glass Road Media and Management in exchange for my honest review of these materials.

 

 

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If you have tried to study the Bible together as a family, you are painfully aware that it has been impossible to find a study that suits every age level in your family...until now.   The Sword Study series from the Shelby Kennedy Foundation is now available to help you and your family become students of the Word together. The Sword Study series includes materials for everyone from ages 4 to 104.


About the Study:

Organized into different levels according to age, each study provides in-depth material from the same book of the Bible. Each study book is synchronized to cover the same truths at the same time but with graphics and learning tools appropriate for the age group.


Level 1, for ages 4-7, is an activity book with coloring, drawing, matching and other fun learning tools.

Level 2, for ages 7-10, contains light reading, fill-in-the-blank, and application sections.

Level 3, for ages 11-14, involves more investigation and questions for the student to answer.

Level 4, for teens and adults, steps up the reading and the depth of study including the definition of several Greek or Hebrew terms.

Level 5, is for the parent or study leader with guidance and background to lead a group of all ages includes a copy of Level 4.


The Sword Study series, originally created for competitors in The Shelby Kennedy Foundation's National Bible Bee, is now available to everyone for the first time.  Families no longer have to compete in the Bible Bee to establish family discipleship in the home with this one-of-a-kind study.  The Sword Study available for this tour is II Timothy.  I John is also available to the public and I Peter is scheduled for release in the fall of 2013. A new study is scheduled to be released each year. For more information visit www.swordstudy.org.

TNT Daughter of Light Blog Tour w/Giveaway

Posted by bloomingwithbooks on August 30, 2013 at 1:35 AM Comments comments (3)

 

 

 

Daughter of Light

By Morgan L. Busse


Daughter of Light opens with a woman running for her life.  A woman, named Mercia, who is trying to save the life of her daughter by getting to the White City.  But her time has run out...


Approximately 20 years have passed since Mercia's attempt to reach the White City when we are introduced to Rowen Mar, Captain Lore, Caleb Tala, and Nierne - four very different people from the various corners of this world.  Rowen has just lost her father to war.  Captain Lore is Captain of the Guard for Lord Gaynor Celestis, High Lord of the White City.  Caleb Tala is an assassin for his cousin Lord Corin. Nierne, a scribe at the Monastery of Thyria, was rescued by Father Roth when she as a child.


When a mark appears on Rowen's hand she is accused of being a witch and exiled upon pain of death should she ever return to Cinad.  When she is offered a position as varor Rowen is provided a means to escape the village that has just thrown her out.  But to become varor for Lady Astra will require training - physical training.  Can Rowen keep her mark and her frightening power a secret?


Captain Lore, tasked with overseeing Rowen's training, is puzzled by Rowen's demeanor.  He senses that something in her past has hurt her though he doesn't know what.


Meanwhile in Thyria something evil is moving in, an evil that most had forgotten had ever walked the land. An evil known as the Shadonae who bring with them the Mordra.  Only by calling upon the Word does Nierne survive the utter destruction of city.  With the only possible hope for stopping this ancient evil lying in the White City, Father Rath and Nierne are tasked with the mission.  But they are being hunted by the very beings they are hoping to stop.  Do any Eldaran yet live or has Nierne taken on a hopeless quest?


As the Temanins take their war to the very walls of the White City, Caleb is determined to destroy, in one night, the power of both the White City and that of Avonia.  Caleb's attack forces Rowen to use the powers that she has been hiding.  Will the White City now, out of fear, turn on the one person that could save it from the danger it will soon face?


To be perfectly blunt there is no way to review this book to do it justice to it without giving too much away.  I just finished up the CSFF blog tour for Patrick Carr's A Cast of Stones and The Hero's Lot and other tour participants were commenting on how little Christian Speculative Fiction is written for adults, well here you go!


This book has all the elements you could want.  A misunderstood outcast.  A heroic figure who calls upon God.  Danger.  An impossible mission (several in fact).  A closely guarded secret.  A hero is disguise.  A chance at redemption.  A world in the balance.  And a touch of romance.  Something for almost everyone.


The characters are an intriguing and compelling group.  Some you develop a fondness for, others you would run the other way if you saw them coming.  Daughter of Light  drew me in and held my attention to the very end.  Looking forward to reading book 2 Son of Truth sometime in the near future.


I was provided a digital copy of this book for the purpose of honestly reviewing it for this blog tour.

 

 


 

Be sure to check-out all the TNT tour stops:

ADD Librarian •  Blooming with Books •  Colorimetry •  CTF Devourer •  Jill Williamson

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Book blurb: 

 

 

What if with one touch you could see inside the soul? 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Rowen Mar finds a strange mark on her hand, and she is banished from her village as a witch. She covers the mark with a leather glove and seeks sanctuary in the White City. She lives in fear that if she touches another person, the power inside her will trigger again, a terrifying power that allows her to see the darkness inside the human heart . . . But the mark is a summons, and those called cannot hide forever. For the salvation of her people lies within her hand. 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

About the author: Morgan L. Busse writes speculative fiction for the adult market. She is the author of Daughter of Light and Son of Truth, the first two books in a series from Marcher Lord Press. Morgan lives in the Midwest with her husband and four children. You can find out more about Morgan at www.morganlbusse.com.

 

 

 


 

 

 

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Enter to win an eBook of Daughter of Light runs August 30 - September 6, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Letters ~ Review

Posted by bloomingwithbooks on August 7, 2013 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

 

 

 

The Letters

The Inn at Eagle Hill ~ Book 1

By Suzanne  Woods Fisher


When newly widowed Rose Schrock needs to find a way to support her family, an overheard conversation seems to be an answer to her prayers.  A couple in need of a place to stay for the night opens Rose's eyes to the need of an inn in Stoney Ridge.


With the need to pay off her late husband's debts and needing to care for her ailing mother-in-law, in addition to her children most would think that Rose already had more than she could handle.  But with the help and encouragement of her neighbor, Galen King Rose is able to open the Inn at Eagle Hill.


But The Letters is more than a story about a bed and breakfast.  It is a story of a family struggling to come to terms with the sudden and unexpected changes that have come into their lives.  Rose uses her gift of caring to help others, including the hurting people who come to her home seeking rest. Her caring brings unexpected blessings and Eagle seems to be a place of miracles.


Some of your Stoney Ridge favorites are back, though in minor background characters.  The Letters brings back Jimmy Fisher who may finally start to grow-up while under the guidance of Galen King.  And Jimmy has some more adventures with horses (If you've read Suzanne Woods Fisher's Stoney Ridge Seasons series you know what I'm talking about).   And of course, Jimmy has found a new girl in his life, again!


The Letters is a story about finding joy in the simple moments of life.  But it is also a story about love - love of family, love of God, and a love of others around us.  And The Letters is a story of forgiveness and second chances.


I received a copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review.


Available August 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Be sure to enter the giveaway being offered by Suzanne either by entering on her website here or on Facebook.  Contest runs August 1 - 17, 2013 with 6 winners.

 

 


 


 

 


 

About


Welcome to a place of unconditional love and unexpected blessings...


When widow Rose Schrock turns her Amish farmhouse into a bed and breakfast, she expects there might be problems. The reaction of her cantankerous mother-in-law for one. Disapproval from the church for another. But what she doesn't expect is that the guests at the Inn at Eagle Hill will spill their problems into her life and into her heart. She also never expects the kind of help and support she gets from Galen King, the quiet and rugged horse trainer next door. Love, Rose discovers, can bloom in the most unexpected ways.


With inspiration from a true story and her signature plot twists, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites you back to Stoney Ridge for a fresh story of simple pleasures and strong faith in a complex world.

Anomaly ~ Review

Posted by bloomingwithbooks on August 6, 2013 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (0)

 

 

 

Anomaly

by Krista McGee


The opening of Anomaly grips you from the very beginning.  Thalli has just over fifteen minutes left to live.  Her whole life she has spent as an anomaly because she has feelings and curiosity.  Thalli can't follow the rules, not because she intends to break them but because she isn't the same, she's malformed.


In a world where sameness is necessary to a productive, efficient society that is struggling to survive in post nuclear war Thalli is a threat! And threats must be annihilated for the good of the State.


But Thalli has a friend - Berk.  But this is a forbidden friendship because friendships are based on emotions and emotions are what destroyed the world above.  Can Berk and Thalli hide their friendship as Berk works to convince the Ten to spare her life and instead study her?


As Thalli struggles to understand her feelings she is confronted with different truths than she has been taught all her life.  But whose truth should she believe?  The strange man who speaks of the Designer?  Berk?  The scientists who saved their world?


Anomaly is a thought provoking look at a world where feelings have been removed from humanity for the betterment of humanity.  But can lack of feelings truly make for a better world?  Yes hatred and fear can drive some to the brink of war, but love and fear can also hold us back.


I think the saddest aspect of this book is the lack of family.  Children of the State, created by and for the State.  Children whose very existence is at the State's arbitrary will.


But where other YA titles have a similar theme most don't offer hope of something more.  As Thalli says at the end of the prologue Death is only the beginning, and Anomaly will take you on a journey of discovery with Thalli as she discovers what this beginning is.


This title is perfect for teens who want a dystopian book that is clean reading.


The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through BookSneeze in exchange for my honest review.



 

 

Book Description

 

 

 

Thalli has fifteen minutes and twenty-three seconds left to live. The toxic gas that will complete her annihilation is invading her bloodstream. But she is not afraid.

 

 

 

Decades before Thalli’s birth, the world ended in a nuclear war. But life went on deep underground, thanks to a handful of scientists known as The Ten. Since then, they have genetically engineered humans to be free from emotions in the hopes that war won’t threaten their lives again.

 

 

 

But Thalli was born with the ability to feel emotions and a sense of curiosity she can barely contain. She has survived so far thanks to her ability to hide those differences. But Thalli’s secret is discovered when she is overwhelmed by the emotion in an ancient piece of music.

 

 

 

She is quickly scheduled for annihilation, but her childhood friend, Berk, convinces The Ten to postpone her death and study her instead. While in the scientists’ Pod, Thalli and Berk form a dangerous alliance, one strictly forbidden by the constant surveillance in the pods.

 

 

 

As her life ticks away, she hears rumors of someone called the Designer—someone even more powerful than The Ten. What’s more, the parts of her that have always been an anomaly could in fact be part of a much larger plan. And the parts of her that she has always guarded could be the answer she’s been looking for all along.

 

Thalli must sort out what to believe and who she can trust, before her time runs out…

Finding the Good in Grief ~ Review

Posted by bloomingwithbooks on August 2, 2013 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

 

 

 

Finding the Good in Grief

By John F. Baggett

Rediscovering joy after a life-changing loss...

Why did this happen to me?  Have you ever experienced a loss so great that you thought you'd never recover from it?  And have you asked why me?

In this book John Baggett attempts to help you deal with and overcome your grief and to find the good in it.  Loss is a normal part of life and thinking that we are exempt because we are good people or because we have a relationship with God is unrealistic. 

How we deal with our loss is what is important.  Do we allow grief to control our life or do we use it to grow?  Grief is a journey and John looks at it in the context of faith and the spiritual struggles we now face. 

There are 11 chapters that each have a personal story dealing with various stages/reactions of and to grief. At the end of each there are questions to help you the reader to work through your grief.  John also shares his personal experience with grief so you know he isn't just giving you textbook answers to what you are going through.  He himself dealt with the these feelings of loss, he knows pain and grief.

What I liked best in The Good in Grief is what one man related in his story of loss, that in the midst of pain and loss he and his wife made a point of finding their happy moment each day.  If we can find something that brings us happiness each day we can get through our grief and find healing.

Grief is our time of change, it cocoons us so that we can come through it renewed and strengthened if we will allow God to help us and accept the support others offer us.

Keep a copy of this book on hand to share with anyone you know who has experienced a loss.  This would also be an excellent addition to your church library so that you can reach out to those who are grieving.

I was provided a copy of this book by Kregel Publications in exchange for my honest review.

Aquifer ~ Review

Posted by bloomingwithbooks on August 2, 2013 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

 

 

 

Aquifer

By Jonathan Friesen


Truth lies just below the surface....


Water is a scarcity in 2250, and for generations one family alone has known the path to the only source of water.  The water lies deep below the surface guarded by a mutated race of beings known as Water Rats. This is Luca's destiny - to become the next Deliverer.


Emotion is forbidden.  Art is illegal.  Freedom is outlawed. Possession of books is unheard of.  And to break the law is to risk being undone!


One the day that Luca turns 16, something goes wrong and the role of Deliverer falls on him before he is ready.  The secret that Luca carries in his head is the only hope for a world that depends on the annual negotiations for water.  Having never completed this trip into the unknown except in his mind Luca struggles to control his fears as his world is about to come undone.  With time running out can Luca find the Aquifer before the world above falls into chaos?


The world of the Water Rats is something that Luca's father never told him about and nothing prepares him for the unknown world that he is about to enter.  But someone wants the knowledge that Luca guards and they will do anything to get it.  Relying on the help of new acquaintances and a inner Voice Luca is in a race against time and the Amongus to keep the water flowing to the world of the Toppers.


Aquifer is page turning excitement that you won't want to put down.  Not only will you want to re-read it again, but you'll want to share it with all your friends!  Add it to your want to read list today, you won't regret the time you spent reading it.


I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher Blink / Zondervan through Z Street Team in exchange for my honest review.



About Aquifer:

In the year 2250, a ruling class controls the entire world by controlling the only source of hydration, buried deep underground—and they also control the flow of knowledge. While the Wise Ones can monitor the Topper world above and the “Water Rat” mines below, there’s one boy they can’t watch, and he has the passion and knowledge to find a crucial prophecy and potentially change the world.


 

 

 

 

 

Ever After ~ Review

Posted by bloomingwithbooks on July 30, 2013 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (0)

 

 

 

Ever After

By Vicki Courtney


Life lessons learned in my castle of chaos...


Ever After takes a look at marriage and the ever after after you say I do.  We live under a delusion that we will have a happily ever after just like in a Disney fairy tale, but how many Disney tales show the ever after after The End.  One assumes it's happily.  Or is it?


Our modern culture has idolized the wedding at the expense of the marriage.  What comes after the I do's is more important than the perfect dress or the rehearsal dinner.  If your marriage isn't built on a foundation of friendship you will have problems.


Chapter 2 opens with a quote from C.S. Lewis that everyone should take to heart. "A woman's heart should be so close to God that a man should have to chase Him to find her." Don't you just love that sentiment.  Marriage should be not a union of two but of three.


But Ever After isn't all serious though there are some serious topics discussed throughout.  There are some humorous moments as the author takes you through her trials-and-errors as both and wife and mother.  I think a picture my mom had when my sisters and I were little would be a good motto that would fit in with this book.  Cleaning and scrubbing can wait til tomorrow, for children grow-up we've learned to our sorrow.  


This sentiment is apt for both marriage and parenting.  Don't be everything to everybody except your family.  Make an investment at the beginning of your Ever After so that you will have an Ever After in your future.  Take and make time for you and your spouse, don't put it off until later.  Your marriage should not revolve around your children.  It is not "of the children, by the children, and for the children."  The foundation is the marriage and if it is not maintained and shored up it will crumble.  This isn't to say that you should ignore your children, but don't focus on your children to the exclusion of your marriage.  Your identity should be more than the parent of so-and-so, you are also a husband or wife. 


I loved reading about Vicki's cooking adventures and last minute school projects with her children.  And her thoughts on Proverbs 31 are enlightening no matter how many times you've delved into the virtuous woman.


Ever After is the tool you need to add happily to your ever after.


I was provided a copy of this book by Shelton Interactive in exchange for my honest review.


About the Book:

Most every woman dreams about having a family and a building a home. We grow up on a steady diet of fairytales and chick flicks that drive our dreams . . . and leave us with a sugarcoated version of reality. We want it all: the prince, the kiss, the proposal, the ring, the castle, and eventually, the kids in smocked rompers playing cheerfully on the perfectly manicured lawn. Our hopes and dreams are pinned on the world’s version of happily-ever-after.


The problem is, the fairytales and chick flicks end where real life begins. We never see that follow-up scene where the prince and princess argue at 3 a.m. over who will get up with the colicky newborn. Or the princess reluctantly returns to work to help pay the bills and feels the stress of juggling work and family. And you certainly won’t see that part where the princess moves her last child into the dorm and realizes the bulk of her identity has been based on being a mother.


The truth is, marriage and motherhood are hard. Few of us are prepared to handle the balancing act of being a good wife and a good mother, without one or the other getting the short end of the stick. No matter how much we give or how hard we try, we never quite feel like it’s enough. And heaven help us, we always imagine every one else is doing a much better job.


In Ever After, best-selling author Vicki Courtney addresses the realities of marriage and motherhood, the difficulties and the blessings. It offers women a behind the scenes glimpse of what a fairytale really looks like on the average day for the average wife and mom. Poignant, funny, and even cathartic, Vicki shares mistakes made, lessons learned, and memories to keep. Most of all, she reflects the hope and promise that God meets us in the middle wherever we are in the journey.

The Brotherhood Conspiracy ~ Review

Posted by bloomingwithbooks on July 27, 2013 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

 

 

 

The Brotherhood Conspiracy: A Novel
by Terry Brennan


When peace seems within the realm of possibility in the Middle East, a earthquake rocks Jerusalem.  The resulting shock waves could destroy the fledgling beginnings of a peace treaty signed mere days before.  Behind the scenes the Muslim Brotherhood, the Mossad, and the US government each pursue their own agendas to thwart or stabilize the peace initiative.  Control of the Temple Mount and the scroll and mezzah could determine the fate of the world.


What follows is an exciting and intense race to discover the truth about what truth is hidden on the mezuzah that protected Abiathar's scroll for all those centuries.


A search for the Tent of Meeting in pivotal in the this desperate bid to control the Temple Mound.  But there is a personal hatred behind the Brotherhood's efforts.


The cost is high and it will be personal as the team that found the Third Temple is called on to act.  But they are given no choice in the matter as they and those they hold dear again become targets of the Prophet's Guard.  But more than Israel and the Middle East are at stake - the world is the ultimate prize.  God's hand is is directing them if they can only trust Him to lead them to the truth in time.


The Brotherhood Conspiracy is excitement and intrigue combined with loss.  Reading this one has to ask how far would I go to get to the truth?  When would I say the cost is too high?   The ending sets the reader up for a third book and I for one can't wait!


I received a copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for my honest review.


About the book:


 

 

Tom Bohannon's discovery of an ancient scroll led him on an international adventure and through mysteries of faith and politics, ending in a place not even he could imagine: the Third Temple of God hidden under Temple Mount in Jerusalem. But soon after his remarkable discovery, the future of the world changed again. Tom watched as a chasm tore apart Temple Mount, as new rivers swept through the Kidron Valley and into the streets of Old Jerusalem, their discovery swallowed by an earthquake, crushed under tons of stone and debris. A biblical prophecy realized. The final days were upon them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wondering how to recover from such a momentous find and such horrendous destruction, Tom's adventures are not over. No one knows how much time is left in these last days--a year? A hundred years? A thousand? Plagued by murderous dreams, Tom fears members of the Prophet Guard--killers who wear the Coptic cross with a lightning bolt slashing through it--are back and looking for him. But they are not the only threat to Tom and his team. Forces behind the Arab Spring have sinister plans. And underestimating their determination would be a fatal mistake.

 

 

 


 

 

 

The same fast-paced, page-turning prose that readers loved in The Sacred Cipher is back in Terry Brennan's eagerly awaited sequel, The Brotherhood Conspiracy.