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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Here's to a New Year

I must apologize for not blogging for awhile now. I have been dealing with some major health issues which I hope will be coming to an end here soon.
With the New Year coming just around the corner I am so excited for what it holds. We have been blessed with a HUGE answer to our prayers with a wonderful new home to move into. It is time for a change-and we are so ready for it!! We have been in this home for 9 years, it has held some great memories and some not-so great memories, but definitely through it all-God has been with us.
I am looking forward to making some GREAT NEW MEMORIES in our new home. With Christ in the heart of it!
I have not been reading as much as I have liked because I have not been feeling well, so I am looking forward to getting back to myself again. I will be reviewing and posting my reviews again after the New Year.
I hope everyone has a blessed New Year surrounded by those that they love and care for.
God bless all of you!
Happy Reading~
Deborah

Monday, October 31, 2011

A True Inspiring Life!

When I first got Brenda Warner's book "One Call Away", I thought, "Oh this book will probably be a good read." I must tell you that is a true understatement. I could not turn the pages fast enough.
I know that each of us have a story to tell, God has called us to use each of our hurts and heartaches and even our joys to encourage others as they walk this journey called life. This is exactly what Brenda has done in this book.
I was so moved by her openness and honesty as she shared her story of her first marriage and the ups and downs and even as it led to the unfortunate disability of her son Zack. I was so impressed with the strength that Brenda showed to fight for her child to find out all the information that she could as he was growing up and not settle for what the doctor's would tell her. We do have to be advocates for our children, no one else will do it!
Having been through divorce and also the pains of adultrey, I could share some of the feelings of betrayal that Brenda described in her book. It brings to surface so many insecurities and lack of self confidence.
It was great that she had such an incredible support system, as did I.
Brenda goes on to tell how she met her second husband, Kurt Warner, who at that time was just starting to play football in college. Their story is very sweet and romantic. It was not without it's own trials, but as soon as they started giving everything over to the One who created everything, things definitely started going smoother.
Brenda was so great about sharing how life as a football wife was tough for her, she was an outspoken lady and it often made her very unpopular with the media and the coaches of her husband's teams.
I won't go into too much detail about the story, but I will say the two of them have huge hearts. As much money as they made, they loved to share and help out as much people as they could, and they still do that today.
The story that touched my heart the most was the one of Daniel. Brenda is part of a ministry where she goes to hospitals and rocks little babies that are abandoned and left to die. There was one that was pretty much brain dead as he was "shaken" by his birth father but the mother did not want him to be taken off life support because that would mean the father would go to prison for murder.(unbelievable!) Daniel was finally getting worse and was sent to a different hospital as he was on his last days. One night Brenda had a real strong feeling that she was to "go rock Daniel". She told Kurt about this and he said "GO!" long story short, Brenda listened to the voice of God and went to spend that time with Daniel holding him, rocking him, kissing him, singing to him, speaking to him softly, and telling him that he could let go and go home to Jesus, the One that loved him and created him. He died that night, but not alone....Brenda was holding him, but had she not listened, he would have died alone. WOW!!! I cried so hard when I read that part!
This book was amazing, Brenda is an amazing woman with such a heart for God. Her and Kurt both have such a great ministry that I admire! I loved this book and I hope someday to be able to share my story just like they did! I definitely recommend this book! You will be inspired!

Friday, October 14, 2011

The First Gardener-by Denise Hildreth Jones

When I got the opportunity to review this book from Tyndale House, I did not hesitate. I have heard such wonderful things about this author and I have had several of her other books on my wish TBR list as well. Including her Savannah series.

Jeremiah Williams has been taking care of the gardens at the Tennessee governors mansion for the past 25 years. He has cared and prayed for its residents as well. There is something special though about the current family. Jeremiah wonders if all the hurt and unjust treatment he's gone through in life have been so that he could be with this family at this specific time.

Governor Gray London and his wife Mackenzie, struggled with infertility and miscarriages for years. Now it seems that all their dreams have come true. Their miracle baby, Maddie, is heading off to kindergarten, and Gray is making a real difference as governor.

When tragedy strikes again and again, the London's are thrust into circumstances they don't know if they can survive, and they're not sure they even want to.

What is God doing in their life? Is he really even there? How could he love them and let these kinds of things happen?

It's a real story of life . . . and death, forgiveness,faith, depression and broken dreams.

One of my favorite quotes from Jeremiah was when he said in his southern accent " . . . Maybe this what the last thirty years been for. Maybe this why I gone through ever'thing I gone through, see ever'thing I see, hear ever'thing I hear. `Cause this family need me. 'Cause there be some way I can make a difference, even if it's only prayin' for an ornery ol' woman..."

This story is packed with emotion. The characters literally leap off the pages and into your heart. You will definitely need a box of kleenex as you prepare to read the book.
I definitley recommend the book, but it is not an easy, lighthearted read. Although it is not one you will forget anytime soon!
I look forward to reading more of Denise's books. She is a very gifted author who knows how to tell a story.
I want to thank Tyndale for trusting me with a copy of this book to give my honest review to post on my blog and share with others.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Enter to win "The Chair" by James L. Rubart

Hey Everyone-head on over to Nora's blog at http://psalm516.blogspot.com/2011/10/chair-giveaway-james-l-rubart-interview.html and you can enter to win a copy of James L. Rubart's book "The Chair". He also wrote a great book called "Rooms", another MUST READ!
For those of you who don't know, Nora did an interview awhile back with Lucie and I for the Chick Lit Book Club for "Christian Women Online Magazine". She is amazing and so talented.
I hope you will head over and check out her blog and enter the contest!
Happy Reading~ Deborah

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Sometimes Being Bold Pays Off!

So I was on Twitter awhile back and saw that an author shared about a book he had written. I took a bold step and tweeted to him. I said, "I blog about books and I am in a book club and if you would send me a copy of your book I would love to write a review and post it for you on my blog and on Amazon for you, along with discussing it at our next Book Club meeting." I waited thinking this would be a long shot, put it didn't take long for the author Michael Barnett to contact me to let me know he was sending me a copy of his book "Eden Fading" to review.
The story is set in 1961 the main character is a little boy named Danny, who at this time is only three years old. The story is told from the view of what I perceive to be as guardian angels who are watching over the little boys. Danny has two younger brothers named Wayne and Eddie. The boys like to play together and then Danny likes to "go overboard" with his imagination and rough housing, to the extent that you don't know where the lines of good and evil are anymore. He definitely has some spiritual battles going on, even at three years old. Danny has become the king manipulator and also great at getting his younger brother Wayne to join in on his plans. It is either join him or fall victim to his plans.
Mom and Dad have gotten to even "fear" their own boys, and at one point in the book go to the extreme of strapping the boys to their beds at night so they don't sneak out to create more trouble.
As the story progresses and the boys get older, so does the extent of their creativity and dangerous mischief. Their brother Eddie is now joining in on the fighting and trouble and they now have another little brother name Lee who has fallen victim to their antics. Some are laugh out loud funny, some are shocking that I wondered how any child could survive, except Guardian Angels watching over them.

The story kept my attention, I wanted to know what was going to happen next. Hoping nothing "horrible" was going to happen. I have a favorite part at the end of the book a moment between Danny and his mother. It made me smile, warmed my heart.I have one son, and two daughters. My son was totally accident prone, and I know he must have had a couple Guardian Angels watching over him to survive some of the things he did. It makes me laugh to think about it now, but I was not laughing back then.
I think Danny, Wayne, Eddie and Lee's mom must have been an incredible woman, she went through so much with those boys! That woman deserved an award!

Seriously, I enjoyed this book. It was different than I thought it was going to be, but it was real and well written! I recommend it and I hope the author had success with it. I appreciate the trust that was given to me in sending me a copy and in letting me write a review!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Surrender the Heart-by MaryLu Tyndall-Our Book of the Month

I just finished reading our Book of the Month selection-"Surrender the Heart" by MaryLu Tyndall. It was AMAZING!! So enjoyable, romantic, ministering and a page turner! I can't wait for our book club meeting to see what everyone else thought of it!
I am looking forward to reading more of this authors books, she is so talented and definitely did her homework with the knowledge and history of life on the high seas! If you have not read this book or heard of this author-I recommend you check it out!
You won't be disappointed~~~
Until we meet again~Happy Reading!
Deborah

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Canary List-A Book That Will REALLY Get You Thinking!

From the back cover:

Protected by the dark of night, Jaimie Piper runs. But is anywhere safe when Evil is hunting you?

She’s just a twelve year-old girl, bumped around between foster homes and relegated to school classes for challenged kids, those lagging in their test scores or with behavioral issues. But her real problem is that she can sense something the other kids can’t—something dark. Something compelling her to run for her life.

All Crockett Grey wants is to mark the anniversary of his daughter’s death alone.

But when his student Jaimie comes to him, terrified, her need for protection collides with his grief, and a tangled web of bizarre events sends them both spiraling toward destruction.

Crockett’s one hope of getting his life back is to uncover the mysterious secrets of Jaimie’s past and her strange gift. It isn’t long before his discoveries lead him to a darker conspiracy, secrets guarded by the highest seat of power in the world—the Vatican.


I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading this book. It was not at all what I had expected the storyline to be. I did not find much of a Christian message in the book at all. I did learn quite a bit about the Catholic church and some of their ceremonies. Even though this book is fiction, I found some of the information to be very possible and probably not far off the mark. EVIL is everywhere, even in the Vatican and Catholic church. Think of all the crime committed against children that takes place in the Catholic church...that is evil alone.
I think this book was interesting-but it may not be for everyone. I think this book was interesting, definitely a story that will really get you thinking. I had to finish it to see what would happen in the end and even then I was not very satisfied with the finale.
A good read but not one which I would give five stars to.
This book was given to me by Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Company to review, I was not paid or rewarded for my review in any way.

Deborah

Friday, July 15, 2011

June Bug by Chris Fabry-My Review

Back Cover Description:

June Bug believed everything her daddy told her. That is, until she walked into Wal-Mart and saw her face on a list of missing children. The discovery begins a quest for the truth about her father, the mother he rarely speaks about, and ultimately herself. A modern interpretation of Les Miserables, the story follows a dilapidated RV rambling cross-country with June Bug and her father, a man running from a haunted past. Forces beyond their control draw them back to Dogwood, West Virginia, down a winding path that will change their lives forever.

This book was very different from any book I have read before. It keeps you turning the pages just to see what is going to happen. Told from a child's perspective, it touches your heart from the beginning and bonds you with the characters right away. I thought as I was reading the story that I knew where it was going, what the secret was that her "daddy" was keeping from June Bug, but I was pleased to know I was wrong. I am glad it was not so predictable! As I read to the last page I found tears streaming down my face; mixed with emotions of happiness and sadness.
I definitely recommend this book, it is another one that I will not forget about.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Everyone Welcome!

Hello ladies!
It has been a crazy winter. We weren't sure we were ever going to see the sunshine. The Chick Lit Book Club and Review has taken a break for a little while, but we have all still been reading some wonderful books.
We will be joining back up and meeting again to discuss these books this Saturday, July 16th at Starbucks. We will be meeting at our regular time of 11:00 a.m. Due to the fact that we will be discussing our last 3 books, be prepared to have the meeting go a little longer than in the past.
It should be fun and full of some good conversation.
At that time we will be letting you know what books have been selected for the next couple of months. Lucie and I have really put a great deal of thought into the variety of what we read. I know you ladies will be as excited as we are!
I look forward to seeing you there!
Happy Reading**
Deborah

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Max on Life-Real Answers to Real Questions

Max On Life: Answers and Insights to Your Most Important Questions

Product Description:


We have questions. Child-like inquiries. And deep, heavy ones.

In more than twenty-five years of writing and ministry, Max Lucado has been the receiving line for thousands of such questions. The questions come in letters, e-mails, even on Dunkin Donuts napkins. In Max on Life he offers thoughtful answers to more than 150 of the most pressing questions on topics ranging from hope to hurt, from home to the hereafter.

Max writes about the role of prayer, the purpose of pain, and the reason for our ultimate hope. He responds to the day-to-day questions-parenting quandaries, financial challenges, difficult relationships-as well as to the profound: Is God really listening?


The one thing I liked best about this book was how REAL and HONEST Max Lucado is. He doesn't hold anything back, but he is also gentle with his answers-all of which are backed up with scripture. It is often said that there are no "dumb questions", the only thing that is dumb is not asking the question.
In this book so many of the questions we want to ask have been addressed. The answers are easy to understand and help set your mind at ease.
Sometimes things happen in life that we don't understand and we ask "Why?" For example, one of the questions #66 to be exact: "I applied for a job and got rejected. I asked my grandmother for a loan: She turned me down. My boyfriend says we should split up. I'm having a hard week. Is God even listening to me?"
And the answer....well you will just have to get the book and read it.
This book will be one that anyone can keep and use as a reference as life continues for us and we need to have those answers.
I believe this book will be very useful especially for New Believer's and people who are in counseling groups.
Max has once again done a GREAT job!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Here Burns My Candle-My Book Review

I was excited to read my copy when I received it for review from Waterbrook Multnomah Blogging for Books for a couple reasons.First, I am a fan of Liz Curtis Higgs and I also had heard so many good things about this book.

The novel follows the Kerr family in 1745, the story focusing on Lady Elisabeth Kerr and her mother-in-law, the dowager Lady Marjory Kerr. The bonny Prince Charlie and his army of Jacobites have ridden into town and are preparing to take back their land. The Rising has a profound effect on Elisabeth and her husband Lord Donald, his brother and sister-in-law Andrew and Janet, and Marjory. The family is initially mixed in their loyalties- do they throw their support to Prince Charlie or stay loyal to King George? Elisabeth worries her Highlander loyalties, and thus to the bonny Prince, will divide her against her family. Each character's reaction to the turmoil around them sets the course for our tale.

Liz Curtis Higgs's historical novels trace a Biblical story. "Here Burns My Candle" is the first in a two-book series. This time around, the story is based on Ruth, Naomi, and Orpah.

The story moved quickly, for me, thanks to the dynamics between Elisabeth and Marjory. Marjory starts off as a snobby, critical, domineering mother-in-law. Watching her grow, seeing her reclaim her faith as Elisabeth comes to know who God is, was beautiful. I don't want to say much more than that. It is easy to say, I was captivated from the start. I'm very excited to dive into the sequel: Mine is the Night.
If you are a fan of historical fiction you will love this, but be prepared to look back in the glossary to try to decipher some of the words that Liz uses. It can be pretty crazy!

Deborah

Review for " Broken Wings"

From the back cover:
Mitzi tenderly cares for her husband, Gabe, as he suffers from Alzheimer's. When not visiting him at his care center, she spends time volunteering at the local hospital. It is here that she meets Brooke, a young woman with a seemingly perfect life. But Mitzi quickly discover's Brooke's secret, and is determined to help her regain control of her life. Both women learn, through each other, how to mend their own broken wings.
Onstage, the singing duo of Gabe and Mitzi Steiner captured America's heart for more than two decades. Offstage, their own hearts have throbbed as one for sixty years. Only now, Gabe has retreated into the tangles of Alzheimer's, leaving Mitzi to ponder her future alone.

On the other side of Tulsa, everyone believes Brooke Woodson has found the perfect man--a handsome lawyer with sights on becoming Tulsa's next District Attorney. If only Brooke felt more sure. If only her fiancé could control his anger. If only love didn't come with so many scars.


When an accident lands Brooke in the hospital where Mitzi volunteers, the two women quickly develop an unlikely friendship birthed by providence and bathed in grace. And with Mitzi's help, kindness, and insight, Brooke learns how to pick up the broken pieces of her life.


I adore the love story of Mitzi and Gabe, and I liked the way the story was revealed, bit by bit, weaving past with present. This story touched my heart so deeply and made me very well educated of how difficult it would be dealing with someone suffering from Alzheimer's. It is such a heartbreaking disease.

Carla Stewart does a good job at getting you attached to the characters of this book, you feel so connected to them it is sad when the book comes to an end. I loved this book for the story and for the delicate, yet truthful ways she unfolds the issues of Alzheimer's and Domestic violence.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants a story to read that will tug at their heart and make them think about friendship, struggles and how the two can beautifully intersect. There are many books out there that are good reads, and then there are some that are great and will stay with you long after you read the last page; for me, this book is one of those!

Deborah

Monday, June 27, 2011

This Book Will Grab You and Not Let Go!

I just finished Tracey Bateman's book "Thirsty". Talk about a book that is a real pages turner! I finished it in one day because I had to keep reading it to see what was going to happen. The storyline was well written and had you on the edge of your seat. It was not your average predictable suspense. And I liked that!
Here is a little of what the book was about:

Nina Parker was married and is now divorced with two children, her demons comes flying at her in every possible moment on the pages. After hitting rock bottom, Nina's sister, Jill, takes the broken woman in. Jill lives in Nina's hometown of Abbey Hills, Missouri, and has arranged for a job for Nina as a waitress until she can get back on her feet. Nina was a vet before alcoholism took over and is hoping to save enough to return to Houston one day and open up her own practice.
Returning to Abbey Hills is a difficult idea for Nina as it's a place she hasn't seen in 16 years. She left one terrible night when she was only 18 years old, not yet realizing that she had become pregnant. She hadn't faced her parents in all that time, and they had never met her children. They are overjoyed to get the opportunity now, but it's a hard situation for Nina to face.

Nina's daughter, Meagan, accompanies her for a week-long trip, the stay being arranged by her dad is an attempt to repair an extraordinarily strained mother-daughter relationship. Though Meagan is furious about the forced trip, she has lost faith in her mother long ago, Nina still holds on to the hope that she can begin to make up for years of hurt. The only catch is that Meagan's real father also lives in Abbey Hills and Nina doesn't want him to know about her. And there have been disturbing events on the news, with some animals nearby having been found mutilated and a young woman murdered. The community is in a state of panic, and the situation has escalated enough to make both Hunt, Nina's ex and Nina nervous.

Nina becomes friends with Markus who is her sister's neighbor, and who seems charming enough, but he is holding a dark secret as well.

Nina, Markus, Jill, Meggie and Hunt became so real that I felt that I knew them. I found myself having to put the book down for a few moments several times in order to catch my breath as events unfolded. The authors ability to develop the relationship between Nina and her daughter was so believable for anyone that has raised a teenage daughter.

Ok, I have to stop or I will tell you too much about the book. You have to read it! You will either end up liking it, or not. But it definitely will keep you in suspense. I think Tracey did a great job with this one!

Happy Reading**
Deborah

Monday, June 20, 2011

The Convenient Groom-by Denise Hunter, A Book Review

"Kate wrote the book on finding the right mate. But she couldn't write the chapter on true love . . . until now. Kate is always used to having this so planned out and perfect and when things are falling apart right in front of her she is finally left without a plan.
Five hours before her Nantucket beach wedding, Kate receives the worst news of her life, her fiance's decides not to marry her, that's right, he won't be showing up. And this is all happening on the same day her big book launch.
Along comes Lucas Wright, who offers to stand in for the missing husband-to-be and marry her. Kate's desperate enough to agree,although she's sure this Mr. Wright is completely wrong for her. They might just be able to pull this off. But Kate has one crucial question: what's in it for him?
I enjoyed this book from the very beginning. It had you voting for your favorite characters and wanting to yell at some of them to "wake up and smell the coffee". It also showed good points of what happens when you rush into things without going to God in prayers first.
I could actually see this made into a movie.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

My Review of "Fade to Blue"

We all loved Julie Carobini when she wrote "Chocolate Beach" and the sequel "Truffles by the Sea". Now she has another book as part of the Otter Bay Series called "Fade to Blue"
"Suz Mitchell is a determined dreamer, and won’t allow her ex-husband’s jail sentence to ruin their young son Jeremiah’s life. An accomplished artist, Suz moves with her child across the country to California’s central coast, and lands a job restoring priceless art for the historic Hearst Castle overlooking the sea.

But even dreams have shocking twists. To her surprise, a serious old flame, Seth, works at the castle and jumbles the new aspirations in Suz’s heart. While sorting through their past and a palette of spiritual differences, an even bigger brush with yesterday awaits. Suz must learn to let God be the true restorer of all that once seemed lost."

I really enjoyed the book, it was a quick read, and one that kept me waiting to see what would happen next.
There was a little bit of everything in this book, mystery, romance, suspense. I love Julie's writing style, she really allows you to put yourself in the scenes like you are a part of the characters life, one of her friends.
I am looking forward to the next book to see what other adventure lies ahead.

My Review of "Heaven is For Real"

From the first couple of pages of "Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back" by Todd Burpo,& Lynn Vincent, I was drawn in, I could not put the story down. The story is well told and just grips you deep inside your soul.
Heaven Is for Real is the true story of the four-year old son of a small town Nebraska pastor who during emergency surgery slips from consciousness and enters heaven. He survives and begins talking about being able to look down and see the doctor operating and his dad praying in the waiting room. He tells of meeting his sister that was miscarried of whom he was never told any details about from his parents, and a Grandfather that he had never met, who had died 30 years prior. He goes on to tell of other incredible things he experienced while being dead for those three short minutes, including sitting on Jesus' lap and hearing the angels sing.
This story is told by Todd Burpo,the father, but often in Colton's own words.
What I found to be true is that even if a the father were to have embellished on Colton's recollection of his visit to Heaven, so that you were to have doubts, then you would have to have doubts about your faith and the Bible and what God's word says. This story was nothing short of AMAZING!!!
When I finished reading it, I was so deeply moved I wanted to buy copies for my friends and family.
I do recommend it for all to read, sceptics included!! I dare you to believe!!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Incredible Book!!

Hello Everyone!
I just had to post about a book that I just finished reading. I read it in 3 days on my Kindle. It is titled "Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back" by Todd Burpo. If you have not heard of it or read it, I definitely recommend it!
I will be giving my review to the ladies of our book club and posting on my blog here as well, but I just wanted to put a little blurb on here real quick. I was so moved by this book.
The first time I had heard about it was from my pastor, and then I saw it for sale on Kindle for only $6 so I decided to go ahead and get it. I was not disappointed.
Again, I will post my review within the next couple of days!
Happy Reading**
Deborah

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

All I Can Say is Wow!!

Hello ladies! I can't believe that May is already here. Our book of the month selection is "Deceit" by one the most amazing suspense writer's in the business, Brandilyn Collins. We had the honor of interviewing her when we read "Eyes of Elisha". We learned so much from her plus some amazing true life stories. This book is the first book I have gotten to read on my Kindle-I was so excited and I not only LOVE my Kindle, but I was hooked on the book right away! I have to admit it was "edge of your seat suspense" and I have already finished it! That's right! I could not put it down. Any free time I got I was reading. All I can say is "Wow!!"
I know we are still waiting to discuss "Redeeming Love" and that is going to be an amazing meeting. But when we discuss this book we are going to have a lot to discuss as well. I believe this summer is going to be a wonderful adventure with the Chick Lit book club and I for one am so glad to be apart of it!
Blessings and as always.
Happy Reading**
Deborah

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Another Great Meeting-Another Great Book Choice!

Our book club meeting on Saturday was really good as usual. We had a full group, including a new member-Welcome Sandy! I was just telling Lucie the other day-if we get any bigger, we may have to start looking for another place to meet. THAT is a good thing! Lucie and I are so excited! It is so nice to read a book and then get together with friends and discuss the book together. That is exactly what The Chick Lit Book Club does. We also get the chance to interview the authors from time to time, and we consider that a real privilege! You know what makes it even more special? The authors consider it a real privilege to be interviewed by us as well! I love that!
The next book selection is one that I have been hearing nothing but GREAT things about. It is "Redeeming Love" by Francine Rivers. I have already started reading and I am looking forward to diving deeper into this new adventure.
Here is a little description of what the book is about....



California’s gold country, 1850. A time when men sold their souls for a bag of gold and women sold their bodies for a place to sleep. Angel expects nothing from men but betrayal. Sold into prostitution as a child, she survives by keeping her hatred alive. And what she hates most are the men who use her, leaving her empty and dead inside. Then she meets Michael Hosea. A man who seeks his Father’s heart in everything, Michael Hosea obeys God’s call to marry Angel and to love her unconditionally. Slowly, day by day, he defies Angel’s every bitter expectation until, despite her resistance her frozen heart begins to thaw. But with her unexpected softening come overwhelming feelings of unworthiness and fear. And so Angel runs. Back to the darkness, away from her husband’s pursuing love, terrified of the truth she can no longer deny: Her final healing must come from the One who loves her even more than Michael Hosea does…the One who will never let her go. A life-changing story of God’s unconditional, redemptive, all-consuming love.

I hope you will pick up a copy of this book and join us at our next meeting on April 30th at Starbucks.
We will be reading half for the month of April and the remaining half for the month of May-because the book is so thick, and we don't want to rush through it.
Happy Reading**
Deborah

Thursday, March 17, 2011

A Facelift for March

With that description....do I have your attention now?
That is actually the title of our book selection for March. Facelift by Leanna Ellis.
Here is a little about the book:

A ‘can do’ kind of woman, who runs her own business and raises her teenage daughter alone, takes into her home her ex-mother-in-law after a botched facelift. She turns Kaye’s world upside down. Kaye receives her own emotional facelift when she learns joy isn’t tacking on a happy face but relying on her sovereign God who has a plan for her life.

Our next meeting is scheduled for Saturday, March 26th-11:00 at Starbucks. Anyone is welcome-even if you have not read this book for the month, come join us and get in on the discussion. You can find out what the next book choice will be, purchase that book, start reading it and when you come to next month's meeting you will know what to expect. We are always taking new members!!!
Until we meet again**
Happy Reading
Deborah

Friday, February 25, 2011

February's Book Club Meeting

Tomorrow is our book club meeting for February. We will be discussing our book selection, "Love Finds You in Bridal Veil Oregon" by Miralee Ferrell. Our regular meeting begins at 11:00 at Starbucks and the reviewers will meet at 10:00. I am looking forward to getting together with the ladies. We always have great discussions with every book we read.
Just want to let everyone know that we are always open to new members. So come join us for a cup of delicious coffee and some great female conversation.
As always-Happy Reading and God's sweet blessings**
Deborah

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Will You Just Sit There? Or Make a Difference?

I have always been a fan of Max Lucado. He definitely has a gift with his writing. God has blessed him with the way he is able to use his words. Sometimes he makes us laugh, sometimes we even cry.
I knew when "Out Live Your Life" hit the shelves it was going to be a book that would do nothing less than challenge me.
He eliminates any excuse the reader might have about whether he/she can make a difference. He uses examples in history as well as from the Bible to prove that we indeed can make a huge impact on this world if we choose to. He shows us that anything is possible with Divine Guidance. Lucado challenges us to get out of our self-absorbed worlds and out into the needy world around us. He tells about enough worthwhile causes/activities that most anyone can find a few they can do. You don't have to be rich or a foreign missionary or even talented to make a lasting difference in this world....and the next (Heaven). "Are you more dinghy than cruise ship?...More blue jeans than blue blood? Congratulations. God changes the world with folks like you." While Lucado may not spell out exactly what you personally should be doing this book should aid you in your reflection.
Max Lucado incorporates each chapter with biblical examples and scripture to help the reader grasp the reality that God can and will do extraordinary things through ordinary people.
You will not be able to sit comfortably by after reading Out Live Your Life if you have allowed any part of this book to soak in. I definitely recommend this book! I received this book from Booksneeze.com in exchange for my review.

You Shine, IShine, We All Shine For Jesus!

I was really excited when I got the opportunity to review this Bible. I knew it was going to be perfect for our daughter. The IShine Bible we received was the pink one with the leather cover with stars and girls joining hand-in-hand on it. The size was perfect to fit in a purse, backpack, ready to take anywhere.
Looking inside we were really impressed with the question and answer section. It dealt with all the issues that tweens deal with today. Self esteem, anger, teachers, peers, even questions about their own faith.
The Bible version itself was the New Living Translation, and it was very easy for a tween to read and understand. I know that for anyone that has a difficult time understanding the Bible and what it is saying, this would make it so much easier. My husband and I really loved the colored sections that emphasized that each tween is a V.I.P. in God's eyes. "V: you have value in God's eyes. I: your identity is found only in Jesus Christ-and wow does that mean a lot! P: because of the V and the I, you have a special purpose in the world."
Our daughter lives in another state with her mom and step-dad, so when the IShine Bible arrived in the mail,I immediately called her up and told her about it. I read to her the back of what V.I.P. meant and a little of the colored pages, she was so excited and said "when are you going to send it to me?"
I know she will love it as much as we did. I would recommend it to all tweens and even older teens who have trouble understanding the Bible.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

We're Off To A Great Start!

Our first book of the New Year, "Choosing to See" by Mary Beth Chapman was incredible! It was touching, inspiring, and a book that I will remember for a long time. We are off to a great start with our book choices for 2011. I am excited to read our February book selection "Love Finds you in Bridal Veil, Oregon" by Miralee Ferrell. She was one of our first speaker phone interviews, and quickly became one of our favorite authors. Being that February is the "Month of Love" Lucie and I thought this book would be fun and filled with adventure. I hope everyone enjoys it.
Here is a little about the book:

Love Finds You in Bridal Veil, Oregon
Amidst a backdrop of thievery and murder in historic Bridal Veil, Oregon, a schoolteacher is torn between the memories of a distant love and the man who could be her future. Margaret Garvey had given her heart to Nathaniel, but he left town six years before. Now she’s giving love another chance, but her decision to build a new life with Andrew is shaken when Nathaniel steams back into Bridal Veil on a riverboat to work at the nearby sawmill. When disaster strikes the town and threatens the welfare of its citizens, Margaret will be faced with the most important choice of her life.



I look forward to hopefully welcoming back some of our members that have had to take a break for awhile. Once a member always a member. All you ladies are important and valuable to the group! Just get the book-read it and join back in, it's that simple.
Until we meet again, Happy Reading**
Deborah

Friday, January 14, 2011

What An Inspiration!!

Hello ladies*
Our book of the month selection, "Choosing to See" by Mary Beth Chapman, is nothing less than inspiring. I didn't get past the forward and I was already in tears. I am looking forward to finishing this amazing "gift" that she has given us. By gift I mean, the fact that she opened up her heart and allowed us to see deep into her life, the happiness, the pain, the struggles, the anger-all of it! To be so vunerable and yet so strong at the same time is incredible to me. Something only our AMAZING God can make happen.
All of us has suffered some sort of loss, and we know that life does go on. Sometimes you wonder how, or if it is even fair to allow yourself to feel good again. It is so wonderful to read about the hope that can come out of something so tragic. God is in control of everything, whether people want to believe it or not, even in our deepest pain.
I look forward to discussing this book at our next meeting on Saturday, January 22nd at Starbucks. It is the first non-fiction book we have read and I know it will be very interesting.
Happy Reading**
Deborah

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