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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Christmas is in the Air!!

Happy December my friends!
I hope this season finds you cheerful and full of the REAL Christmas spirit!! I know sometimes it can be so distracting with all of the push to "buy! buy! buy!". But as long as we keep JESUS in the heart of it all, gift giving can be so rewarding and satisfying! I know that for me, that is one of my love languages, so I don't really have a hard time with it.
Our Chick Lit Book Club met last weekend to discuss "Christmas at Harringtons" by Melody Carlson. Talk about a good read and a GREAT way to get us into the Christmas spirit! I am so excited and feel so blessed to have the important things in such an abundance, like family and friends and my faith in Christ!!
Our next meeting will be on January 1st, 2011. And we will be going over our book of the month "A Choice to Cherish" by Alan Maki. Another Christmas selection. It sounds like a really good book, I can't wait to get reading!
I pray that all of you have a wonderful Christmas and that you are surrounded by loved ones as you Celebrate the Birthday of our Savior, Jesus Christ!
Happy Reading!!
Deborah

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Christmas is Coming

Hello ladies*
I hope this post finds you all doing well and enjoying our book of the month selection "Christmas at Harringtons". I actually finished reading it in two days. I enjoyed it so much and could not put it down. I cannot wait to hear what the rest of you think about it.
I can see the stores are already getting all the decorations and Christmas trees all set up. I love the Christmas season, I do not like the commercialization of it all. It's just up to us to keep the true meaning alive and reminding those around us so they don't lose hope or get distracted themselves by all the gift giving and chaos that happens around the holiday season.
It can be a beautiful time of year when we spend time with family and friends, baking cookies, Christmas caroling, and just taking time to stop and spend time together, away from the TV, away from the video games, etc.
I am looking forward to some quality family time this year. Loving on my kids and grandkids. Nothing compare to that!
Happy Reading**
Deborah

Saturday, October 16, 2010

New Selections Have Been Chosen

The Chick Lit Book club met this morning at Starbucks. The day was beautiful, but a little crisp outside, a perfect fall morning. The coffee was delicious as always and the pastries were calling my name.
It was great meeting and discussing our book of the month "Beach Dreams" by Trish Perry. I know some ladies were concerned that reading a book about the beach in the "fall" seemed out of sorts, but it turned out to be a GREAT HIT! And I for one can never get enough of the beach.
We are excited for the next book selections that have been chosen for the next couple of months. The holidays are coming swiftly upon us and it will be good to get into the spirit.
Lucie and I are announcing the book selections in advance so everyone can start shopping for their books now. I already have mine ordered and they are being shipped out to me. I am so excited.
Here is the list:
For November:
"Christmas At Harringtons" by Melody Carlson
For December:
"A Choice to Cherish" by Alan Maki
For January:
"Choosing to See" by Mary Beth Chapman
For February:
"Face Lift" by Leanna Ellis

Each of these books are available now, some are cheaper than others because some are new and some have just been released.
I am really excited about the next couple of months, I hope you all will feel the same after you check out the authors and the book selections!
God's blessings and Happy Reading**
Deborah

Friday, October 15, 2010

Chick Lit Book Club Meeting

I am so excited about our book club meeting tomorrow at Starbucks. We just finished reading "Beach Dreams" by Trish Perry. Will be discussing it at tomorrow's meeting. I loved the book and finished it in four (4) days.
Our next couple of selections will help us bring in the Christmas holiday. I am looking forward to those selections, Lucie, our book club leader, will announce them at tomorrow's meeting. Then all of the ladies can get busy and get those books ordered and start getting into the holiday spirit.
Happy Fall and Happy Reading!
Deborah

Friday, September 24, 2010

Never Let You Go- A book review

Lexi Solomon is struggling to put her life back together. Ever since her husband Grant left her, she's barely made ends meet for her and her daughter. Suddenly, within a span of a few hours, everything she held dear threatens to fall apart. Erin Healy's first novel of her own, after co-authoring two with Ted Dekker, is a thrilling story about forgiveness, survival and spiritual warfare.

When Lexi's daughter, Molly, was only two, her drug addicted husband left her. Around that same time, a man named Norman Von Ruden murdered her sister. Now, seven years later, a low-life drug dealer gives Lexi an ultimatum. She must testify on Norman 's behalf at his parole hearing, or he'll harm her daughter. Then, Grant storms back into her life, trying to renew ties with his daughter. Further threatening Lexi's sanity is her father, who is in a mental institution, and her mother, who will have nothing to do with him.

Working two jobs and behind on utility payments, Lexi doesn't know if she'll make it. To make things worse, she's starting to see things and losing her grip on what is real and what isn't.

Knowing Healy's background with Dekker, I expected to there to be some sort of supernatural angle to NEVER LET YOU GO, and there is. It is powerful and gripping and gives you hope that good will ultimately prevail. My only complaint would be that some of the early hints of the supernatural elements were confusing.

Once the story gets rolling, it was hard to stop reading. Lexi's fight for Molly is both captivating and wrenching. The villains are pure evil, and the spiritual message is uplifting and hopeful. A must-read for Christian fiction fans who enjoy Dekker.
Thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishers for this copy of Erin Healy's book in exchange for my review.

My Review of Still House Pond

Lilly Gray Corbett loves living on Troublesome Creek, but she would much rather play with her best friend than watch her little brother and the twins. Her mama, Copper, is often gone helping to birth babies, and Lilly has to stay home. When Aunt Alice sends a note inviting her to visit in the city, Lilly is excited to go, and Copper reluctantly agrees to let her. Later, when they hear the news that the train crashed, Copper and her husband, John, rush to find out if their daughter is injured . . . or even alive.


I ended up really liking this book. It took me a while to get into it, but by page 100 I didn't want to put it down. I thought in the first half of the book, the character development was also a little slow. I didn't feel like I was getting to know anyone. In the second half it totally turned around and once I got to know the characters I loved them! There are really 3 main characters -
Copper - She is the town Midwife. She is a strong and smart woman. She takes sick, pregnant women into their home against her husbands better judgment. She nurses them back to health and teaches them how to care for their babies.
Lilly - An 11 yr. old girl who is carefree and a little mischievous. She intends on being a mature young lady but something is always tempting her away, puppies, people, listening and watching things she shouldn't, all these things are far more interesting than watching her siblings and doing chores. She is scheduled to visit her Aunt for a spell, which she is very excited about and feels very grown-up taking the train alone.
Manda - She is the 18 yr. old hired help. She has big dreams of falling in love. With stars always in her eyes, her mind is always wandering to a certain stranger, while at the same time her heart is wondering if her friend, Gurney could be "the one". I loved Manda, she was my favorite!
This takes place in Kentucky in 1896. This book has some great twists and turns, and in no way is predictable. Thank you Tyndale House Publishers for sending me a complimentary copy of this book to review.

Monday, August 23, 2010

A Little Glimpse....

Hello my fellow readers!
Here is a little glimpse of the newest book I have the pleasure of reviewing. It is called "Still House Pond" by Jan Watson

"Lilly Gray Corbett loves living on Troublesome Creek, but she would much rather play with her best friend than watch her little brother and the twins. Her mama, Copper, is often gone helping to birth babies, and Lilly has to stay home. When Aunt Alice sends a note inviting her to visit in the city, Lilly is excited to go, and Copper reluctantly agrees to let her. Later, when they hear the news that the train crashed, Copper and her husband, John, rush to find out if their daughter is injured . . . or even alive."

I will be posting my review shortly. Until then.....
Happy Reading!
Deborah

Thursday, July 1, 2010

My Review for Happily Ever Laughter

When I first chose this book I was hoping for an easy read, something funny, as I had just finished a few serious books. Let me just say; I was not disappointed. This book is compiled with stories from different authors such as; Chonda Pierce, Ken Davis, Jeff Allen, Kendra Smiley and others.
Let's face it, sometimes marriage can be serious, and like one person said, "sometimes it can be seriously funny".
This book is a quick read it, touches on so many subjects in marriage and makes us look at them from a funny side,for example;garage sales, home repairs, clogged toilets, babysitters gone bad, road trips, anniversaries, the before and afters of weddings (taking a look at ourselves 20 years or more down the line). And the list goes on. I found myself laughing out loud at times.
I know marriage does have it's time when you need to be serious, but God also has brought man and woman together to love and enjoy eachother, and that does include LAUGH together. Thank goodness for that or marriage would be quite dull.
This book was well written, I would definitely recommend it to marriages that are just beginning and to those that have been well seasoned. A great gift for any occasion!

Friday, June 11, 2010

I Am Still Alive!

Wow! It seems like it has been forever since I have posted anything. Life has been so crazy in my house. To be honest, we have been doing some major praying for our kids, we have had teen troubles. But the power of prayer is AMAZING and God is winning the battle. My heart has been heavy for so long, so I have not been doing much reading at my normal times. I am finally feeling some relief and have gotten back into a routine. I feel a bit more normal again...if I ever was. lol! I feel bad for the dedication I gave to the reviewing, but I am giving it my best. The books are SO good. I am currently reading "Never Let You Go" as you can see on my blog sidebar. And it has held my attention. And I will be posting my review of another book "Happily Ever Laughter" in the next couple of days.
I hope everyone is happy and healthy. I am looking forward to a peaceful summer full of wonderful new books and authors!
Happy Reading**
Deborah

Friday, May 21, 2010

Book Club Meeting This Saturday

It's that time again, the Chick Lit Book Club & Review will be meeting this Saturday, May 22nd at Starbucks. The reviewers will meet at 10:00 and the regular members will meet at 11:00. We will be discussing "Intervention" by Terri Blackstock. We will also be announcing the next book selection for June as well.
Please remember that if you have not read our last couple of selections, you are still welcome to join us. New members are welcome at ANY TIME! You can hear the discussion and then pick up the current book and start reading! We have already marked the meeting dates for the next couple of months, so we will let everyone know those dates and you can start planning your summer calendar.
We have some fun events planned. Please come join us and see what you have been missing.
Happy Reading**
Deborah

Sunday, May 2, 2010

I Love More Hours of Sunlight!

Hello my friends!
I feel spring in the air! I am looking forward to shopping for my flowers that I will be planting this season. Last year was my first year that I enjoyed the fruits of my labor, watching petunias, cosmos and pansies and even two different rose bushes bloom and flourish as the season progressed. It was amazing to watch them develop the way that only our amazing God could create them to do. I even took pictures of their growth along each step and will be scrapbooking them. Those of you who know me will not be one bit shocked by that bit of information.
I am also getting excited for all the new books that are coming out this spring as well. Even though my TBR list is a mile long, there is no such thing as too many books to have don't you agree?
I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the books they are currently reading. I am currently reading Terri Blackstock's "Intervention" and it is very good.
Happy Reading**
Deborah

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Beautiful Things Happen When a Woman Trusts God*

Sheila Walsh is an incredible woman of God. When I first became a Christian she was one of my favorite artists. Then I saw her at a Women of Faith Conference. I loved her then. She really knows how to speak to a woman's heart. When I was offered a chance to review her book "Beautiful Things Happen When a Woman Trusts God", from Thomas Nelson Publishing, I jumped at the chance.
Sheila has an incredible way with her words, she makes you feel like you are right in the journey yourself, like it is your story. You can feel the pain and the happiness that is expressed so well in the book. Sheila's relationship with God is so amazing and her faith is unwavering.
Sheila is encouraging to the reader as she lets you know that anyone can have a close relationship to God, you just have to trust Him. I love that she doesn't hide the struggles she has experienced, but puts the focus back on the lover of her soul.
I also love how she takes several characters from the Bible and their stories and shows us how similar the trials and tribulations are with our own lives.
One of my favorite quotes from the book is: "We tend to think that if God is with us, things will fall into place in ways that make us feel comfortable and safe. That is what trust in God procures, right? Not at all. The logic is not; trust God and he will always keep you safe. Bad things-frightening things!-happen every day to those who love and trust the Lord. The truth is: what makes us safe is absolute truth that God is with us no matter what our circumstances."
I really enjoyed this book and the honesty and openness that Sheila shares with her readers. I am a fan of Sheila's and I look forward to reading more of her books.
Happy Reading**
Deborah

Why Is God Ignoring Me? a book review

When I first requested a copy of Gary R. Habermas' book "Why Is God Ignoring Me", it was at a time when I too was going through some tough times in my life. In this book, Gary shares insights of his own struggles with the feeling of silence from God. He shares some of the reasons why we may be experiencing the silence, and also ways that encourage someone to stay strong and not give up. Of course we know that God is always there,but sometimes the answers we are waiting for don't come as quickly as we would like them to. But He always responds in the way that is best for us, according to His will for our life.
Gary has a direct way of pointing to reasons why God will choose to use His silence as an answer. Scripture shows us that no answer to us, is actually an answer according to God. He spares us from the things that will lead us into danger or sometimes even death.
I felt this book was easy to follow and comprehend. It will be helpful for others to read and apply to their lives, also reading it helps to know that what we are going through others have gone through and survived. I would definitely recommend it to others.
This book is available to purchase on Amazon.com, CBD.com, or anywhere Christian books are sold.
Happy Reading**
Deborah

Thursday, March 18, 2010

A little Info About the Author of our Book of the Month*

About Me

Christa Parrish graduated high school at 16, with every intention of becoming a surgeon. After college, however, her love of all things creative led her in another direction, and she worked in both theatre and journalism.
An Associated Press award-winning reporter, Christa gave up her career after the birth of her son, Jacob. She continued to write from home, doing pro bono work for the New York Family Policy Council, where her articles appeared in Focus on the Family's Citizen magazine. She was also a finalist in World magazine's WORLDview short story contest, sponsored by WestBow press.
If you want to order a copy of this book and join our discussion of it at the April meeting, you can click on the sidebar photo of the book and go directly to Christa's website, or purchase it from Amazon.com. I am already enjoying the book. I hope you will come and join us!
Happy Reading**
Deborah

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Our Interview for Christian Fiction Online Magazine!

Hello Ladies-
I am so excited to share the good news with you about our interview with Nora St. Laurent. She wanted to interview our Chick Lit book club and publish it in the Christian Fiction Online Magazine. To read the whole interview, here is the link:
http://christianfictiononlinemagazine.com/biz_bookclub.html
I feel so blessed to be apart of such a great group of ladies, you help encourage me and hold me accountable in my walk with Christ. You can't put a price on that. I hope you know how much Lucie and I appreciate each and every one of you ladies.
Enjoy the interview.
Happy Reading**
Deborah

Monday, February 15, 2010

Always an Adventure!

I love books! It is such a thrill to open up the pages of a new book. It is always like beginning a new adventure, for me, that is. As you begin to get to know the characters, you feel like you are apart of their life, even if for a short time.
The one thing I enjoy about reading Christian books is that I am always drawn closer to my Creator, Jesus Christ. There are always lessons in each book that make me think about my own life, the road I have been on before and where I am going now with Jesus as my pilot! There have been healings in so many areas and growth that I would not have been able to do if I had continued in the other direction.
That is why I choose to read Christian books. There are many talented authors out there, but reading those who write with the same faith as myself, makes is so much more inspiring and enjoyable!
I look forward to each new adventure and the things that Christ will teach me along the way.
Happy Reading**
Deborah

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Meeting This Saturday

Hello ladies*
I am really looking forward to our Chick Lit Book Club meeting this Saturday, February 13th, at Starbucks. We have some sweet surprises for everyone who attends, and we will be choosing the next couple of books that we will be reading. Remember book reviewers meet at 10:00, and the regular meeting begins at 11:00.
If you have not read the Book of the Month, please don't let that stop you from coming to the meeting. You will still be just in time to start the new book for February and March.
If you have never been to one of our meetings and you are looking for a great Christian Womens Book Club to be apart of, come check us out! We always welcome new members! And you can see for yourself what the fun is all about!
Happy Valentines to you and your loved ones, keep in mind as you celebrate this day of love, that we have the best Bridegroom ever in Jesus Christ, and He loves us more than any human can ever try. He will never let us down or break our heart. In fact, He is the healer of the broken hearts and His love is never-ending!
Blessings and Happy Reading**
Deborah

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Simple Pleasures

Since it is the "Month of Love", I wanted to take a moment to express how important it is to tell those that you love and care about how you feel while you have the chance. So many times in our lives we will think there is another day to make that phone call, or send that card that tells someone special in our life how we feel. We know that sometimes those moments don't happen, and other times we take simple pleasures for granted. I have been known to be very good at expressing my emotions. But I am not perfect and I have learned from my mistakes. I really value the close relationships that I have been blessed with. I choose my friends wisely as I have been hurt so bad in the past.
Someone whom I am really thankful for is my Best Friend Lucie. I am so blessed to have such a good relationship with her. We have shared a lot of life's ups and downs in the short time that God has blessed us with our friendship, and I don't know what I would do without her. When they made that saying along time ago, "A friend is someone who knows everything about you and loves you anyways." I know it was perfect for my friendship with Lucie. I am so blessed also to help Lucie with our Chick Lit book club and feel so honored that God has called us to such a fun and fulfilling ministry.
So as you celebrate this "Month of Love" we do celebrate our Valentines, but also stop and think about those other people around you whom you may need to make that overdue phone call to. It may just be what they need to get them through the day!
Blessings**
Deborah

Saturday, January 30, 2010

So Many Books, So Little Time!

I have been so blessed lately by the books that I have won in the various blog contests. Thanks to all the bloggers who have made those opportunities available. I too am going to start doing giveaways on my blog as well. You have to return the favors. I have only just learned how to do this blog the correct way, so I am finally getting it slowly, but surely. I am also committed to the blog tours, which I love so very much. I feel priviledged to review a book and post it on my blog. I try not to take that for granted.
What I am really frustrated with currently though, is that my "to be read" list is growing quite large and it seems like I do not have enough hours in the day to tackle the stacks of books like I would like to.
Am I alone in this? Does anyone else feel this same way? I do work full time, and my attempts to read at bedtime, still does not get me through the average novel as quickly as it used to. But I will keep reading on as my love of books is like my love of life itself. There are so many great authors out there to discover it is like a great adventure everyday!
Here's to the journey ahead of us...even though we have those yield signs and bumps in the roads and stop signs that keep us from finishing those books faster than we would like.
Deborah

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Book Review-Saving Cicadas by Nicole Seitz

Saving Cicadas is a book unlike any book that I've ever read. It's the story of a single mother, Priscilla Macy, who learns she has become pregnant with a third child. It is an unwanted child that she carries.Feeling like she is at a crossroad in her life, she packs up her family,8 year old daughter,Janie,17 year old Rainey who has Down Syndrome, Mom, Mona, who is the meanest grandmother in the world (at least it seems to Janie) and Father Poppy, into the car and begins a journey of searching for answers.
The trip seems aimless until Janie realizes they are searching for the father who left them years ago. When they can't find him, they make their way to Forest Pines, SC. Priscilla hasn't been to her family home in many years and finds it a mixed blessing of hope, buried secrets, and family ghosts.
Through eyes of innocence, Janie learns the hard realities of life and the difficult choices grownups make. And she must face disturbing truths about the people she loves in order to carry them in the moments that matter most.
Seitz chose to tell this story using the voices of eight-year-old Janie and her grandma, Mona. I thought Janie’s voice was totally believable, and the story worked with her telling it. I didn’t think Mona worked as well, mostly because of her reserve. Mona told information that was vital to the story, but her character was mean and cold, a major difference to Janie’s. I understand why Seitz used Mona to tell the story, but the only reasoning I could come up with for the harshness of the transition was that some of the story matter itself was harsh and Mona was the one who exposed it. Although I believe Seitz’s story was well worth the telling, I found myself not believing the book, and that made it a less enjoyable read.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Great Interview

Hello my friends!
Our Book Club had a great speakerphone interview today with author, Mary Connealy. We found her to be very delightful and funny. I was not surprised, of course. It was so easy to pass the phone around and everyone had several questions that they wanted to ask her. She was snowed in at her home in Nebraska, so she was not planning on going anywhere today. We all learned more about her, how she got started writing, that she wrote for several years before she finally got published, but she did not give up. We are so glad she did not, because she is a very talented and gifted author! The ladies in our group look forward to reading more of the books that she has written and has in the works, as well.
We also voted on the books for the next 2 months. February's Book Selection will be "Ruby's Slipper's" by Leanna Ellis, and for March we will be reading "Watch Over Me" by Christa Parrish. Both of these books are going to be GREAT reads. Those of you who were not able to make it today, you were sorely missed, but please get your books and join us these next few months, we are going to have a fun-filled reading year!
If you go over to Lucie's blog, she will be doing a giveaway for "Watch Over Me" and you might be the lucky winner of that book!
Blessings* Deborah

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