"....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

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

"Crown of Fire" by Craig and Janet Parshall

Crown of Fire by Craig and Janet Parshall is an amazing book!  It is about part of the Scottish Reformation with John Knox as one of the main characters.  Ransom Mackenzie is swept up in the reformation and has to struggle with what God's role for him is.  He also needs to decide if he is supposed to marry the refined, young lady from London, or the wild young lady from the Highlands, who has captured his heart?
The book follows young Ransom from when he is a young teenager who has to become an adult too soon due to the rebellion and his father being arrested for printing the scriptures through him becoming an adult and how he plays a role in the reformation. 
I cannot imagine what our forefathers of the Christian faith had to go through to bring God's written Word to the common people.  Did you know it used to be against the law to own a Bible?   Good men and women died to give us that freedom, yet Christians are standing by doing nothing while our religious freedoms are slowly being stripped away again.  Would you be willing to be burned at the stake for your beliefs?  You need to read this book that is chock full of history, yes it is a fiction book, but there is a lot of historical fact in the book also.
You can find out more about Craig Parshall in this interview I found about him:
Here are two resources to buy the book:

I believe there are more books in this series, but don't worry about being left hanging at the end because it wraps up very nicely.  Here are more of his books:

I am sure you will enjoy this book as much as I did!
Happy Reading!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

"When the Soul Mends" by Cindy Woodsmall and Winner Announced!

I just finished the last book in the series "Sisters of the Quilt"  When the Soul Mends does an excellent job of wrapping up the series.  You really become a part of the character's lives and I did not want the series to end!  LOL  Since it is the third book in the series, if I tell you too much about it, then I will give away endings for the other two books.  
Hannah struggles with forgiving her father for not being there when she needed him.  He had tried to help her, it just came out wrong and had the opposite effect of what he wanted.  He still won't allow her in his home even though they have forgiven each other.  I can understand how she feels.  My Dad won't let me come visit him (he's in his 70s).  We talk on the phone, when I call.  He says he loves me, but he has always been "set apart" from me since I've been an adult.  I still do not understand why he does not want me in his home, but it is something I accept.  I still love him and he still loves me, God has a plan for this situation. 
If you have not read one of Cindy's books, you need to go get one right now and read it!
Okay, are you ready for the winner?  The winner is Barb Shelton!  Congratulations, you get to pick one of Cindy's books to read and she will autograph it for you!
Happy Reading!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Cindy Woodsmall contest

This is a post to remind everyone that Cindy Woodsmall is giving away a book, you get to choose the title.  Go to my last my blog entry here:  http://bodaciousbookworms.blogspot.com/  and leave a comment and let me know whether you have read any of her books and what book you would like to win.  Did I mention she will autograph it?  You need to be a follower of my blog to win.  If you share the contest on facebook or your blog, you will receive a second entry, be sure to let me know if you do!  Don't forget to give me your email address so that I can let you know if you win!  I will have the drawing when I finish reading When the Soul Mends, the third book in the Sisters of the Quilt series.  Maybe by Saturday.  You can go here to find a list of her books:  http://www.cindywoodsmall.com/  You can also "like" her on FB here:  http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/authorcindywoodsmall?ref=ts  .  She has contests and stuff on FB sometimes.
I'm going a little crazy today.  Yesterday, my friend's baby pressed down on the pedal on my sewing machine while I was threading the needle, scared the living daylights out of me!  Then my cat found a SNAKE in my bedroom at 3:30 this morning. Praise the Lord for cats!  Now my printer won't work and I cannot print my material for my kid's class at church tonight.  Sigh, what a couple of days!  LOL
Thanks for listening to my ramblings today and be sure to read one of Cindy's books!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

"When the Morning Comes" by Cindy Woodsmall and a contest!


I just love the "Sisters of the Quilt" Series by Cindy Woodsmall.  I just finished reading When the Morning Comes again.  It is a great book!  I can't wait to read the next one!  The book continues with the story of Hannah Lapp.  She is now living in the Englischer world trying to adapt to a new life.  The book does a great job of interweaving the life that Hannah is now living and also the happenings with all of  the characters in Owl Perch.  Is Hannah's life now with her Aunt Zabeth or does she need to return to her past and go back to Paul and Owl's Perch?  Should she shun all her Amish beliefs and embrace the English world?  What would God want for her to do?  It is a poignant book that is very hard to put down.  Be sure to go buy a copy, you can get one here:   http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/easy_find?Ntt=when+the+morning+comes&N=0&Ntk=keywords&action=Search&Ne=0&event=ESRCN&nav_search=1&cms=1
or go to your local bookstore to get a copy.

Here is some great news!  Cindy has agreed to do a giveaway on my blog!  I don't know which one of her books yet, but it will be a good one!  To enter the giveaway you must be a follower of my blog and leave a comment.  Let me know if you have read any of her books and what you thought of it?  You will get an extra entry if you share this giveaway on FB or on your blog.  Be sure to let me know, if you share it on your blog please be sure to give me link so I can check your blog out!  I forgot to add that I will draw the name when I finish the next book.  Don't forget to give leave your email address so that I can contact you!

Happy Reading,

Thursday, September 2, 2010

"When the Heart Cries" by Cindy Woodsmall

I love Amish fiction, especially when the author is a good author!  I read When the Heart Cries "Sisters of the Quilt" series book one by Cindy Woodsmall when it first came out years ago.  You know it is a good book when you pick it up and read it again!  Both times I read it I sobbed!  Cindy is able to take you and put you in the place of the main character as if you are feeling and experiencing what the main character is.  It is a heart breaking story about a young Amish girl, Hannah, who has fallen in love with a Mennonite.  She tries to do the right thing and what everyone expects of her, but sometimes things happen out of our control.  Hannah has to learn some pretty harsh lessons and grow up faster then she wanted to.  Her life is confused by jealousy, gossip, accusations and unfounded blame.  Will she be able to endure what life throws her way?  Will she learn to lean on God, or will she turn away from him?  I will start reading the next book When the Morning Comes tonight.  This is a must read for anyone who likes Christian Fiction whether you are an Amish enthusiast or not, does not matter.  You will love this book  -be sure to have a box of tissues handy!
You can go here to find out more about Cindy and her books:
If you are on Facebook, be sure to "like" her!
You can buy her book here:

Happy Reading and be sure to tell me if you have read any of her books!