Sunday, December 23, 2012

Fall Into Reading Wrap Up

I had a great time participating in the Fall into Reading Challenge hosted by Callipidder Days. I finished nine of the books on my list, four of them I set aside, one  I decided to save til later, and one  I am still reading. Out of the ones I finished, my favorites were Everything by Mary DeMuth and All things New by Lynn Austin.I highly recommend both of these books.These challenges are always a lot of fun, and I am looking forward to doing the reading challenge in the spring,

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Book Review: The Choice

The Choice by Robert Whitlow is part legal thriller and part women's fiction. The plot of the story revolves around Sandy Lincoln and the decisions she makes after she finds out she is pregnant at the age of seventeen. The story explores the themes of the sanctity of life, the moral issues of the abortion movement, adoption and the bonds of motherhood.

The beginning of The Choice is set in 1974 just a couple of years after Roe v. Wade. Sandy discovers she is pregnant and is pressured by most of the people around her to have an abortion. One lone aunt offers to let Sandy live with her while she is pregnant and encourages her to put the unborn child up for adoption. This offer changes the course of Sandy and her unborn child's life forever. The second half of the book deals with the effects of the adoption on Sandy's adult life, and her relationship with an unwed pregnant teen at the school where she teaches.

I thought the author did a good job showing how precious life is, and how one decision can change everyone's lives for the better. There was a strange supernatural element to the story that I could have done without, but other wise I enjoyed the book. I would recommend The Choice to fans of women's fiction and/or legal thrillers.

I received this book for free from Booksneeze for the purpose of review.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

6x6 Challenge Update

Today is the last day of the 6x6 challenge that I participated in with Mary DeMuth's blog. I'm happy to say I completed all the things on my list. I enjoyed this small challenge. I found it very doable, and an easy way to put a time limit on some of those things I like to put off. Thanks Mary for the great idea!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Book Review: A Season for Tending

I enjoyed this Amish fiction book by Cindy Woodsmall. It is the first in the series Amish Vines and Orchards. In it we are introduced to the Byler and King families. The two families are sort of thrown together through dubious circumstances. I found this story to be different from a lot of fiction that I have read. The families are more business minded. They tend to come into contact with the outside world a little more often than they do in other Amish fiction books.

I found the characters interesting. They have a lot of secrets, some of which are revealed in this book. There is also a lot of tension between the characters as they struggle to understand and get to know one another.

Overall, I found it to be an interesting read. I would recommend it to any fan of Amish fiction.

I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah for the purpose of review.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Chick Flicks 3

It's been a while since I did a movie post. I was looking at my past chick flick lists here and here and realized there were a few that I missed, and there are a few new ones. Elin and I have recently discovered Hallmark Channel movies. If I can't find them on Netflixs, I can usually find them at the library. All of these should be reasonably clean flicks:

Love Comes Softly (and its sequels)
The Magic of Ordinary Days (the book is really good, too)
North and South (this is NOT the John Jakes mini-series)
Love Begins (prequel to Love Comes Softly)
While You Were Sleeping (my favorite Sandra Bullock movie)
You've Got Mail (my favorite Meg Ryan movie)
Have you seen any of these? What would you add to the list? Let me know in the comments.

Thankful Thursday

Today I am thankful for:
~ink stains on Adam's fingers
~the ability to be flexible
~breaks from school work
~blooms on the bottle brush tree
~new birds

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Fall into Reading Challenge 2012

It's the first day of fall which means it's time for the Fall into Reading Challenge at Callapidder Days. I have participated for a couple of years now, and it's always a lot of fun. Here is my list for this fall's challenge:
Everything ~ Mary Demuth
The Girl in the Glass ~ Susan Meissner
All Things New ~ Lynn Austin
The Choice ~ Robert Whitlow
The Winter Seeking ~ Vanita Hampton Wright
Wishing on Dandelions ~ Mary Demuth
Persona Non Grata ~ Ruth Downie
Into the Free ~ Julie Cantrell
Unwilling Warrior ~ Andrea Boeshaar
Talking to the Dead ~ Bonnie Grove
Les Miserables ~ Victor Hugo
Transforming Grace ~ Jerry Bridges
I think I have a little of everything on this list. Several of these books have been languishing on my shelves for years. As always, I reserve the right to change my list to suit my whims or ditch it all together. Happy fall, and happy reading!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Thankful Thursday

                    When you are thankful, you affirm the central truth that I am good ~ Jesus Calling
~saving a little money
~belly laughs around the table
~unexpected money
~beautiful weather
~new faucets

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

6x6 Challenge

Mary Demuth posted this challenge on her blog, and I thought it was a great idea. The point is to come up with six tasks to complete over the next six weeks. The challenge starts today and lasts through October 23rd. Here is my 6x6 list:
~ cook 3 never-been-tried-before meals
~ complete nine weeks of lesson plans
~perform 2 new offertories
~walk 20 miles
~read 6 books
~ get a mammogram
I have my list written out on an index card so I can keep it in my memory for the next few weeks. I'll post a follow-up when I'm done and have (hopefully) completed the challenge.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Summer is Gone ~ School Has Begun

This summer has zipped past us, as all summers seem to do. We started school last week. This school year is so different than the previous ones. The most obvious change is that Adam has graduated. I still have trouble wrapping my head around that thought. I have an eighteen year old, high school graduate. I remember holding him on my 22nd birthday and thinking that when I turned thirty he would be eight, and that was very, very far away.

Another change this year is that I have done very little planning. I'm actually just writing things down as I go. I have a lot of things planned in my head...they just haven't made it to paper yet. For the most part, we are in a rhythm. We just move on to the next level or the next subject. I always try to be flexible, and allow for interest led learning, so the girls have chosen some of their own subjects this year. Here is a break down of what we are learning this year:

Elin ~ 10th grade
Geometry ~ Teaching Textbook
Chemistry ~ Apologia Science
*English 2 ~ Alpha Omega
Spanish 2 ~  Alpha Omega
Home Ecomomics
 Bible ~ Family Reading Bible, church
Speech ~ CEF Training Class
*I usually do my own literature units for high school using a reading list and Spark notes. This year, I let Elin choose what she wanted to study. She chose: Romeo and Juliet, Persuasion, Alice in Wonderland, and The Scarlet Letter.
Anna ~ 5th grade
Math 5 ~ Teaching Textbooks
Language Arts ~ Easy Grammar, Beyond Five in a Row
Science ~ Five in a Row Nature Studies, Beyond Five in a row, interest-led unit studies
History ~ Beyond Five in a Row, interest-led unit studies
Bible ~ Family Reading Bible, church
I still have a few more things to purchase, but we are off to a good start. I'm hoping to get a lot accomplished and maintain a good schedule through out the year. We'll see how that goes.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Book Review: God is More Than Enough

God is More Than Enough by Tony Evans is a great little book packed with powerful reminders of God's love, protection, and provision. This book can easily be read in one sitting, but is message is deep and profound. Mr. Evans breaks down the 23rd Psalm to show us God is more than enough to meet our spiritual, directional, emotional, physical, and eternal needs. He also shows us that the 23rd Psalm is more than just beautiful poetry. It is also a study of God's character and how He interacts in the Christian life. I highly recommend this book.

I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah for the purpose of review.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Book Review: An Unlikely Suitor

I had been looking forward to reading An Unlikely Suitor by Nancy Moser for a while. I've read a couple of other books by this author and enjoyed them. I thought this book was a fun summer read. It's set during the gilded age and centers around the friendship between a young working class woman and a New York socialite. Both feel like they are on the outside looking in in their respective societies, and both crave true friendship.

I thought the characters were well fleshed out and easy to sympathize with. I did have to suspend my disbelief with the upstairs/downstairs romances. There were several. I found it a little hard to believe there would be so many in one circle of people, but it all worked out in the end as any good romance does. This was a good book for my Downton Abby withdrawals, but I preferred the other books I read by Nancy Moser, Mozart's Sister and How Do I Love Thee, both fictional biographies.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Book Review: Need You Now

Need You now is a contemporary story set in a small town in Texas. It deals with the struggles of Darlene Henderson and her family. The Henderson family has left the big city in hopes of raising their children in the safe environment of a small town.They learn throught the story that trouble isn't confined to the city and sometimes the "perfect" child is the one with the real problems.

Darlene Henderson is at a very vulnerable place in life. Her children don't need her as much as they use to. Her husband has a long commute and works long hours to provide for his family. She has moved to a new community and has left her old friends behind. She takes a job at a special need school to fill her days and bring in some extra money. At the school she becomes interested in the father of one of her students. Much of the story line deals with this attraction and the emotional affair she struggles with. Another main part of the plot dealt with Darlene's middle child, Grace. Grace struggles with the move, and begins a downward spiral into self destructive behavior. There is also a third plot dealing with a bitter neighbor.

Overall I enjoyed the book. It was a quick summer read with a good story and interesting, imperfect characters. I thought it dealt realistically with marrital problems and perfectionism. It was a good reminder to me that no child is perfect, and that the one child you think has it all together, may be the one who is falling apart. I think my complaint about the story is that it had too much going on. It seemed like I was reading a condensed version of a series. I would recommend this book to women who enjoy family dramas.

I receive this book for free from Book Sneeze for the purpose of review.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Book Review: Beloved Enemy

I was really hoping to enjoy this book. It is set during the Civil War, and I love a good Yankee/Rebel romance. Unfortunately, I could not get into the plot of this book. I found the characters stiff and the dialogue to be silly and melodramatic. The main female character was supposed to be a spy, but she did very little spying. There was a lot of historical detail given, and the Battle of Bull Run was covered very thoroughly. I just found it all rather dry. This book was part of The Battles of Destiny series, but it worked well as a stand alone title.

I received this book from WaterBrook Multnomah for free for the purpose of review.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Spring Reading Thing 2012 Wrap Up

I can't believe spring is over! It went so fast. To celebrate I got a sunburn last weekend. I'm beginning to wonder if it will ever go away. Anyway, the end of spring means the end of the spring reading challenge hosted by Callapidder Days. I'm happy to say I completed my entire list. Of the original eighteen books, I read fourteen and had four dnf's (did not finish). Here is my original list with ratings:

                                                   The Muir House ~ Mary DeMuth ~ 4/5

Martha ~ Diana Wallace Taylor ~ 3/5

A Most unsuitable Match ~ Stephanie Grace Whitson ~ 3/5

Romey's Place ~ James Calvin Schaap ~ dnf

Love Charleston ~ Beth Webb Hart ~ dnf

Silence ~ Shusaku Endo ~ 4/5

Mozart's Last Aria ~ Matt Rees ~ 3.5/5

Broken Wings ~ Carla Stewart ~ 4/5

Cottonwood Whispers ~ Jennifer Erin Valent ~ 3.5/5

Catching Moondrops ~ Jennifer Erin Valent ~ dnf

O Pioneers ~ Willa Cather ~ 3.5/5

Passionate Housewives Desperate for God ~ Jennie Chancey ~ dnf

Please Don't Eat the Daisies ~ Jean Kerr ~ 3.5/5

A Busy Woman's Guide to Prayer ~ Cheri Fuller ~ 5

Finding Our Way Home ~ Charlene Ann Baumbich ~ 3/5

Wings of Refuge ~ Lynn Austin ~ 3.5/5

A Light to My Path ~ Lynn Austin ~ 5

                                                          The Story ~ GOD ~ 5

I read some great books this spring, and really got my to-be-read pile down to a more manageable size. I'm already looking forward to the Fall Into reading Challenge in September!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

WORDful Wednesday: Galatians

I have been reading the book of Galatians this month. I have been looking for something new to do for my Bible reading and decided to do what John MacArthur suggests, which is read an entire book of the Bible for an entire month. I decided to read my way through the General Electric Power Company books (that's Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians). I read it through a couple of times without really stopping and doing any real studying. Then I read it through in my study Bible a few times, reading the notes, and writing down what I found interesting. Now I am reading it in several different versions. There is a lot packed in this little book, including: the fruit of the Spirit, Paul telling off Peter, the verse about being crucified with Christ, and the comparison between Hagar and Sarah.

The central theme of the book is righteousness by faith, not the law. This is something I am so thankful for. I don't have to live under the rules and regulations of the Old Testament. I don't have to live under the rules and regulations of some person who thinks the are God's mouth piece, and can tell people what to do. I live in the freedom of the grace of God under the blood of Christ.

My favorite verse in Galatians is 3:26-27: "For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes." I love that picture of coming up out of the water after baptism all clean and ready for a new life.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

WORDful Wednesday: Who is God? Part Two

Here is the rest of the "who is God" list:

God is Holy and Righteous ~ 1 John 1:5
God is Love ~ Romans 5:8
God is Faithful ~ Hebrews 10:23
God is Unchangeable ~ Malachi 3:6

If you are interested in learning more about who God is and what he is like, I would recommend reading On Who is God: A Book You'll Actually Read by Mark Driscoll. It's very short, but really packed with information. There are several books in this series, but this is the only one I have read. If you read it, let me know what you think.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Velma is Very Quotable

Some people judge a book by it's cover. I judge a book by its opening lines. Last night I started a book that a had a great opening line. It made me want to get to know the main character, and see what she had to say.

Here is the opening line of Velma Still Cooks in Leeway by Vanita Hampton Wright:

"When I was a young girl, strange fevers would fall upon me. All of a sudden my temperature would rise and carry me away."

As the grandfather in Princess Bride would say, "Isn't that a wonderful beginning?"

Thankful Thursday

~ belly laughs around the table
~ unexpected money
~ beautiful weather
~ new faucets
~ something costing a lot less than it was supposed to

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Wordful Wednesday: Who is God?

I got a great reminder of who God is recently in my devotions. I enjoyed relearning His attributes and seeing how big he is. Here are a few of God's personality traits and the scriptures where they can be found.

God is the Creator ~ Gen. 1:1, Ps. 1:27
God is eternal ~ Ps. 90:2
God is everywhere ~ Jer. 23:24
God is almighty ~ Dan. 4:35
God is all-knowing ~ Luke 12:7, Gen 16:13

Just a few mind boggling things to think about. I will share the rest of the list later. Feel free to share any othe attributes and/or scripture you think of in the comments.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Thankful Thursday

~ belly laughs around the table
~ unexpected money
~ beautiful weather
~ new faucets
~ something costing a lot less than expected

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Book Review: Finding Our Way Home

Sasha Davis is a professional ballerina who suffers a career ending injury that leaves her angry and bitter.Evelyn Burr is an optimistic young women just starting out in life. When Sasha hires Evelyn as her assistant she has no idea that this women will become her catalyst for healing. This is the premise of Finding our Way Home by Charlene Ann Baumbich.

Finding Our Way home has a good plot and likable characters. It is an enjoyable book with themes of grace, loyalty, and forgiveness. I thought the two main characters were well developed and believable. I would recommend this book to women who enjoy stories of about faith and friendship.

I received this book for free for the purpose of review from Waterbrook Multnomah.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Thankful Thursday

~watching the birds come back
~Anna's music
~house calls
~people surprising me in a good way
~saving a little money

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

A Gentle Reminder

Here are a few things God reminded me of in my devotions today:

I am loved with an everlasting love ~ Jeremiah 31:3
I am carried through every storm ~ Mark 4:35-41
I am wonderfully made ~ Psalm 139:14
I am watched over day and night ~ Psalm 121: 1-8
I am forgiven ~ 1 John 1:9
I am rejoiced over with singing ~ Zephaniah 3:17
My name is engraved on the palm of His hand ~ Isaiah 49:16

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Thankful Thursday

~ one working faucet
~ tax returns
~ being able to teach
~ new ministry opportunities
~ really good chocolate cake

Monday, March 26, 2012

Five Terrific Things About My Husband

This is a spin off of an earlier post.

1 My husband will take me anywhere I want to go.
2. He gives great back rubs.
3. He is willing to sit through a silly chick flick.
4. Having Anna was totally his idea.
5. He works really hard so I can stay at home and focus on our children's education.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Thankful Thursday

This week I am thankful for:
~ spare change
~ easy offertories
~ generous in-laws
~ a pat on the back and some sympathy
~ Anna's ear getting better on its own

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring Reading Thing 2012

It's time for the Spring Reading Thing challenge hosted by Callapidder Days. I have made my list and checked it twice. I have added and taken away, and I have come up with 18 books to read this spring. Once again I plan to use this challenge to weed through books I own and have been meaning to read. Fourteen books are hard copies and four are on my Kindle. Here is my list:

The Muir House ~ Mary DeMuth
Martha ~ Diana Wallace Taylor
A Most unsuitable Match ~ Stephanie Grace Whitson
Romey's Place ~ James Calvin Schaap
Love Charleston ~ Beth Webb Hart
Silence ~ Shusaku Endo
Mozart's Last Aria ~ Matt Rees
Broken Wings ~ Carla Stewart
Cottonwood Whispers ~ Jennifer Erin Valent
Catching Moondrops ~ Jennifer Erin Valent
O Pioneers ~ Willa Cather
Passionate Housewives Desperate for God ~ Jennie Chancey
Please Don't Eat the Daisies ~ Jean Kerr
A Busy Woman's Guide to Prayer ~ Cheri Fuller
Finding Our Way Home ~ Charlene Ann Baumbich
Wings of Refuge ~ Lynn Austin
A Light to My Path ~ Lynn Austin
The Story ~ GOD

We'll see how it goes. I reserve the right to drop, discard, and deviate from this list as I see fit. What are all of you reading this spring?

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Thankful Thursday

~I am fearfully and wonderfully made
~that my children are growing up strong and healthy
~Anna's freckles
~strong cold medicine

Monday, March 12, 2012

Our Old Friend Homer

This week Anna is finishing a six week literature unit based on Homer Price by Robert McCloskey. This unit is always a little sentimental to me because I remember reading the "diamond bracelet in the doughnut story" when I was in elementary school. And this will probably be the last time I do this unit. That makes me a little sad.

Some of the topics we covered were:

highway signs
the history of radio and television
simple machines
fictional story formats
The Iliad and The Odyssey
chemical elements and the periodic table
telephones ~ history and how they work
history of the Red Cross
fiction writing
county fairs
birds and eggs
political parties
Rip Van Winkle
women's suffrage

I kept lousy records on this unit, so that's something I will need to work on with next one which will be about Betsy Ross. Homer Price was really a lot of fun and very low stress. We'll take a couple weeks off before we start Betsy, and I will let Anna pick a history and science topic to study on her own.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Mawwidge is Waht Bwings Us Togever Today

The Generous Wife had a post today about The Love Dare. I have never read it, but it reminded me of my favorite marriage books, For Women Only and For Men Only by Shaunti and Jeff Feldhahn. Russty and I read these together and got a lot of them. Some of the subjects covered are:

What goes on in a man'/women's mind
How important is sex
What your husband/wife wants you to know

Both books are short and easy to read. This was key for us because Russty has a short attention span when it comes to books. I would definitely recommend reading this as a couple, but if your spouse isn't game, just read the one meant for you. You'll learn a lot about the person you're married to. Do you have any marriage books that have helped you?

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

WORDful Wednesday

Russty asked me to do something for him this morning. It was a simple task. Look in the box under the bed that has all the CD's in and find a particular song. I knew the song and what CD it was so it was a fairly easy task. What I didn't know was that I would be thrown into a fit of 90's nostalgia that would have me creating playlists and looking up artist web sites all morning. I remembered being a twenty year old bride and leaving home for the first time, becoming a mom, and fumbling through a faith that was finally my own and not just something I believed because I was raised to believe it.

Move in Me by Michael W Smith is a song that reflects my faith journey. I couldn't find a good video of it, but the lyrics are amazing by themselves. The song is on the album My Utmost For His Highest which you can download here, and the lyrics are below.

I am only human
Struggling to find
Confidence in all that I believe
You are only holy
You are love defined
And you have said to ask and I'll recieve

So I have come to pray
That you will come and fill
The hunger here inside me to grow
Stronger in the faith
There's a longing and a need
To have you ever closer
Come fill me

Cause when you move in me
It's like a symphony
The timeless melody
That soothes my soul
Though silent I can tell
That you're alive and well
Cause I can feel you move
In me

What they try to tell me
Is that your love is false
And faith is just a way
I choose to feel
And that there was no meaning
To You upon the cross
And I should reach for something that is real
And when those words are said
The questions in me start
And I don't have any answers
Until I stop thinking with my head
And start listening to my heart
And there I find my assurance
I tell them

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Everlasting God

             This song has such a great message. I'm trying to remember these truths right now.
~He reigns forever
~He's our hope and deliverer
~He's the everlasting God
~He doesn't faint or grow weary
~He defends the weak
~He comfort those in need

Monday, March 5, 2012

Isn't That a Wonderful Beginning?

As I said in an earlier post, I tend to judge a book by its opening lines.

"Alice pouted as she looked out her bedroom window" doesn't really pique my interest too much. I have actually written down some of my favorite opening lines so I can go back and enjoy them later. Does that make me strange? Possibly. Or maybe just quirky. Anyway, here are some of my favorite opening lines.

It was ironic. I lay in my jail cell on a squeaky iron bunk, gazing at the stained mattress above me, and I remembered the day I first understood the meaning of the word ironic. (Though Waters Roar ~ Lynn Austin)

"Ah you ladies! Always on the spot when there's something happening!" The voice belonged to Mr. Mallett, one of our church wardens, and its roguish tone made me start guiltily, almost as if I had no right to be discovered outside my own front door. (Excellent Women ~ Barbara Pym)

While Pearl Tull was dying, a funny thought occurred to her. It twitched her lips and rustled her breath, and she felt her son lean forward from where he kept watch by her bed. "get..." she told him. "You should have got..." You should have got an extra mother was what she meant to say. ( Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant ~ Anne Tyler)

Waiting is a complicated longing. I lost my father when I was fifteen, and I've been waiting ever since.(After the Leaves Fall ~ Nicole Baart)

So what are your favorite opening lines?

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Five Terrific Things About My Marriage

I got this blog idea from The Generous Wife blog.

~We still go out on dates.
~We still find each other very attractive
~We can't stay mad at each other for long
~We both love music and movies.
~We both dislike onions and peppers.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Pomp and Circumstances

My son, Adam, is graduating this spring. MY SON ADAM IS GRADUATING THIS SPRING!!!! I'm just a little freaked out. Not too bad. Not yet anyway. We have spent a lot of time over the past few days, filling out paperwork, crossing T's, dotting I's. We still don't know where the money for college will come from. We have almost half of it covered, but it really seems like an insurmountable amount left. He is starting to lose heart, and so am I.

I know that God has a plan for Adam, and I know that plan will happen. It's just that I don't how or when. I don't like not knowing. It stinks.

I also know God is at His most amazing when things look the worst. I know that he will provide. It may not be in the way I think he should, but it will be in the way that's best for Adam.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Thankful Thursday

~little red painted toenails
~wondercards from Anna
~all of the birds returning
~access to a wonderful library system
~generous relatives

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

WORDful Wednesday

I was reading John 1 today. Whenever I think about Jesus being the Word made flesh, I think of this song:

Monday, February 27, 2012

Ten Uncool Things About Me

I got the idea for this post from Mary Demuth. She's one of my favorite authors. Check her out.

~ I listened to and loved every uncool singer and band growing up I could get my hands on.
~My nose runs all the time. I am not exaggerating.
~I love word games.
~I love classical music, and have a secret crush on Bach.
~I refuse to play anything that remotely resembles a sport.
~I keep three lists of the books I read each year, and I update them constantly.
~If my book lists do not match up, it bothers me.
~My idea of chick lit is Jane Austin.
~Everytime I go into Walmart I want to curl into the fetal position and suck my thumb.
~I love cats.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Book Review: Beyond Molasses Creek

Beyond Molasses Creek by Nicole Seitz is southern fiction that is set in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. It covers such themes as war, forbidden love, loss, death, prejudice, and friendship. The main character, Ally Green, is a free spirted, retired flight attendant who has travelled the world. She has returned to her home to bury her father. While she is home her feelings for her neighbor, Vesey are rekindled. She loved Vesey throughout her childhood. This unrequited love was one of the reasons she left home at a young age.

Beyond Molasses Creek is written in first person mostly from Ally's point of view. Some of it is told in flashback and in diary entries. The entire story covers forty to fifty years. Also woven throughout is the story of Sunila Kunaro, a Nepali woman of low caste who is trying to find out where she came from. I enjoyed this part of the story most of all. I felt the author did an excellent job of revealing Sunila's part in the story.

If you are looking for a story where God is obviously present and easy to find, this isn't the book for you. Faith in this story is very subtle, and there is a lot of symbolism. There really is only one Christian character in the book, but there is hope for the other characters in the end because of his testimony and the strength of his integrity.

Overall, I enjoyed this book very much. The story was interesting, and made me want to find out what was going to happen. I thought the characters were well written and I cared about what was going to happen to them. I would recommend this book to women who enjoy literary fiction.

I received this book free from Book Sneeze for the purpose of review.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Book Review: Eye of the Sword

I recently read Eye of the Sword by Karen Henley. I received this book from Waterbrook Multnomah for the purpose of review.

Eye of the Sword is a YA Fantasy novel. It is the second book in the Angelaeon Circle. Unfortunately, I did not read the first book in the series. This made it difficult for me to follow what was going on. It was obvious I missed a lot of back story. I thought the plot moved well, and the author did a good job with the characters. It was very well written. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys YA Fantasy stories. I would, however, recommend reading the previous book in the series first.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Book Review: The Perfect Love

Recently I was given the opportunity to review The Perfect Love by Ruth Myers. I have read several devotionals by this author and was looking forward to seeing what she had to say about God's love. I think Ms. Myers did a good job of explaining God's love and giving examples of His love by using scripture, hymns and stories from her own life. I did find the book hard to read, and the length of the chapters rather daunting. I would have enjoyed this book more if it was set up in more of a devotional style.

I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah for the purpose of review.