"....but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine."
I Timothy 4:12, 13

Friday, July 23, 2010

The Centurion's Wife by Janette Oke and Davis Bunn

Let me just say that Janette Oke is one of my all-time favorite authors!  I have most of her books, I am missing a few that I still need to get though.  She has collaborated with Davis Bunn (I also have a lot of his books)on several books.  I have all of the Song of Acadia Series they wrote together, and Heirs of Acadia which is the continuation written by Davis and Isabella Bunn, and now they are writing the Acts of Faith Series, the first one being The Centurion's Wife.
I just finished the Centurion's Wife and as usual I was not disappointed!  It is a great book!  Have you ever wondered what it must have been like in Jerusalem right after Jesus was crucified?  The Sanhedrin trying to cover up the facts about Christ's resurrection, Pilate and Herod trying to find out what happened to Jesus's body, and the disciples and His followers trying to figure out everything else.  There must have been a lot of confusion, speculation and hope going around the city.  This book covers all of it. 
We follow the lives of Leah, Procula's servant(Procula is Pilate's wife).  She is ordered by Procula to find out what is going on with the Judeans, but Leah finds a lot more then Procula bargains for.  We also follow Alban, a Roman centurion who is ordered by Pilate to get answers about what happened to Jesus's body.  He gets a lot more answers then he expected also.
I already have the Hidden Flame, book 2, sitting here waiting for me to start on tonight.  You can get a great deal on the book for only $5.99 at christian book.com
It looks like Damascus Way, the third book will be released in December, but I don't know if I can wait that long to read it!  It sure will be a great Christmas present for me though!
I know you will enjoy this book as much as I did!
Happy Reading and remember to honer God in all you read!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Never Say Never by Lisa Wingate

"Never Say Never" by Lisa Wingate is a hilarious book!  I laughed through the entire book.  If you need a good laugh, then I would recommend this book.
The story is about a young lady, Kai, and an older lady, Donetta, and what happens when their paths cross.  Kai's life is changed forever and she learns that God does truly care about her.  Kai has never had "roots" anywhere.  Her dad was a wanderer while she was growing up, so she thought she needed to be also.  A hurricane taught her a few things about God, friends, and family.  Be sure to go to the library or store and get your copy to read today!  The book is part of a series, but can easily be read without reading the other books first.   You can also get a copy here: 

Here is Lisa's website, check it out!

Happy Reading!

Monday, July 19, 2010

We have a winner!

Okay everybody!  I wrote down all the names of everybody who left a comment and put it in my penguin shaped box, put the lid on and shook it real good!  Then I closed my eyes and pulled out Carol's name from Carol N Wong.  Carol, I sent you an email, I need you to send me your address please!
Thank you to everyone who participated.  I will definitely try to have more giveaways - this was fun!
For those of you who did not win, be sure to go and get Marlo's book to read.  :)
Happy Reading!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

My first book giveaway!

Hey y'all, I am so excited!!! Marlo Schalesky will be giving away a free autographed copy of her book, Shades of Morning, to one of my followers! I posted my review of her book yesterday and I just loved her book. It touched my heart and I know it will touch yours also! The giveaway is pretty simple, I have a couple of different ways you can follow my blog on the side bar. Become a follower and leave a comment letting me know you follow my blog! Please let me know if you have read any of her books and what you think of them. I will put all of the comments in a hat and have a little girl pull a name out for the winner on Monday, July 19, so make sure your comments are in by Sunday night!

Marlo has written several other books also: Fiction: Shades of Morning, If Tomorrow Never Comes, Beyond the Night, Veil of Fire, Only the Wind Remembers, Freedom's Shadow, and Cry Freedom. Nonfiction: Empty Womb, Aching Heart ( I suffer from infertility also and I cannot wait to read this book).

I want you to get to know Marlo a little better.
Follow her blog http://marloschalesky.blogspot.com/

or check out her website http://www.marloschalesky.com/

you can also follow her on FB http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/MarloSchalesky?ref=ts

Here is an interview I found on YouTube, she is discussing her book Empty Womb, Aching Heart and about the struggles she faced with infertility.

Don't forget to leave a comment and follow my blog so you have a chance to win her book!

Happy Reading,

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Shades of Morning by Marlo Schalesky

This is the first book of Marlo's that I have read.  Multnomah sent me the book to review and blog about.  Shades of Morning is one of the best books I have read in a while.  The book is about Marnie Wittier who has had a hard life and a lot of regrets.  She puts all of her regrets in a box and hides it on a shelf.  Her sister, who she had not talked to in fifteen years suddenly dies and Marnie becomes the guardian of her 15 year old nephew, that she never knew about.  When he gets there, he is a down syndrome boy whom she has no idea how to take care of.  All of her memories from the past that she has tried to hide away comes back to the surface, including her old love, Taylor.  Marlo does a great job of of showing every body's point of view and feelings in this book.  It also has an ending that you will never expect.  I could not put this book down and I read it in two days.  This is a must read book!
If you are on FB be sure to friend Marlo Schalesky, she is a very nice lady.  http://www.facebook.com/MarloSchalesky
Here is her blog: http://marloschalesky.blogspot.com/
Her website: http://www.marloschalesky.com/
There are a lot of places to find out more information about her and her books.
You can go here to buy the book:  http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/results.php

I can not wait to read more of her books!
Happy reading!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Blind Hope by Kim Meeder and Laurie Sacher

Blind Hope is a true story of a young lady, Laurie, and her quest to be loved and accepted by the world.  She adopts an ugly, blind dog with bad breath, Mia.  Through Mia, Laurie learns that no matter how ugly and blind we are, God is always there to guide us and love us through life. She needed to learn to trust and obey her master , just as her blind dog also needed to learn these lessons. It is a short book and an easy read.  It is not to "weighty" like some self help books are.  This is a book that can be read by teenagers and adults, men and women, although it is written by women so it would appeal more to the way a woman thinks.  It's a pretty good book, here is a quote:  "Just like Mia chose to trust me, it was time for me to choose to trust God.  I needed to demonstrate confidence, not only in my heart but also with my actions, that God would lead me with His light.  It was time for me to believe that no matter how far I had fallen away from God, there was no darkness so deep that I could fall beyond his willingness to be my light."  The book is full of all kinds of truthful insights that would be a blessing to anybody.
Multnomah sent me this book to review and share with you!  You can go here:  http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/catalog.php?isbn=9781601422804 to find out more about the book and to purchase it. 
Kim Meeder operates Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch, where Laurie Sacher also works as a team leader.  You can go here:  http://www.crystalpeaksyouthranch.org/  for more information.
Happy Reading!