Sunday, February 18, 2018

Stay Fit For Life by Joshua Kozak



My review:
This book is a motivation to MOVE.  To keep getting stronger because the alternative is to lose what you have and just get weaker and weaker.  I really love how user-friendly it is with the setup.  You have targetted areas to go to and it details every exercise for you and the correct position to hold.  You then have programs and routines that are already lined up for you in the back of the book and this takes the thinking out and puts the motivation in for me. 


I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.




Hand Made by Melissa K Norris

Hand Made: The Modern Woman's Guide to Made-from-Scratch Living by [Norris, Melissa K.]

Here is the book summary:
Homemade Shouldn't Be Hectic
Do you wish you could slow down and create a home you and your family love and enjoy spending time in? Melissa K. Norris, author of The Made-from-Scratch Life and voice of the Pioneering Today podcast, offers down-to-earth tips and guidance to help you learn how to...
·        bake old-fashioned recipes (everything from biscuits to shepherd's pie) with quick, stress-free steps
·        grow, harvest, and preserve culinary and medicinal herbs (with DIY tutorials for soaps, salves, and balms)
·        make your own cultured and fermented foods at home following simple instructions for buttermilk, sour cream, sourdough, and more
·        simplify your routine and declutter your home with room-by-room guides and Depression-era wisdom
Open your heart to God-given rest and discover practical and tangible ways you can craft your home into a refuge for yourself and the ones you love.

And now, my review:
From the Great Depression to good old-fashioned hospitality to homemade delicious recipes from scratch of family hand me downs, this book is amazing.  I thought that Melissa’s sharing of what she has learned and is holding onto herself is inspiring.  I found her sharing very open and I was blessed to hear her experiences.  She really helps with what a home looks like if in the right balance.  Encouraging that last minute guests for dinner is a welcomed experience if balance is in place in the house…  YIKES!  A healthy alternative, with a frugal agenda, to all the processed foods in the store is SO needed in our culture today.  Way to go Melissa, A+ for this one!


I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.





Crochet Stories: J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan by Sarah Sloyer


Here is the book summary:
Travel to Never-Never Land with this "crafty" retelling of the adventures of the boy who wouldn't grow up. The book features a brief version of J. M. Barrie's classic tale, Peter Pan, punctuated with more than a dozen well-illustrated patterns for the beloved characters, plus a variety of accessories.
The ever-popular story opens in the London nursery of the Darling household, presenting patterns for Peter, Wendy and her brothers, and Nana the dog. Storybook chapters of the young Darlings' adventures in Never-Never Land follow, alternating with patterns for Captain Hook, Smee, the crocodile, Tinkerbell, the Lost Boys, the pirate ship, and other whimsical projects that range from easy to intermediate to advanced.

And now, my review:
I thought that Sarah had a clever way of putting together the characters of Peter Pan.  This book is well laid out and user-friendly to know all the steps to take to make a bunch of play toys to brighten a little ones day in the wonderful world of make-believe.  I love that she included chapters of the adventure in the book.  If you can follow a pattern, like Peter Pan, and are up for the challenge you’ll want to check out this one.  Happy crocheting.


I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  


Thursday, January 25, 2018

Bringing Maggie Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer


Bringing Maggie Home: A Novel by [Vogel Sawyer, Kim]
Here is the book summary:
Decades of Loss, an Unsolved Mystery, 
and a Rift Spanning Three Generations

Hazel DeFord is a woman haunted by her past. While berry picking in a blackberry thicket in 1943, ten-year old Hazel momentarily turns her back on her three-year old sister Maggie and the young girl disappears.

Almost seventy years later, the mystery remains unsolved and the secret guilt Hazel carries has alienated her from her daughter Diane, who can’t understand her mother’s overprotectiveness and near paranoia. While Diane resents her mother’s inexplicable eccentricities, her daughter Meghan—a cold case agent—cherishes her grandmother’s lavish attention and affection.
 
When a traffic accident forces Meghan to take a six-week leave-of-absence to recover, all three generations of DeFord women find themselves unexpectedly under the same roof. Meghan knows she will have to act as a mediator between the two headstrong and contentious women. But when they uncover Hazel’s painful secret, will Meghan also be able to use her investigative prowess to solve the family mystery and help both women recover all that’s been lost?

And now, my review:
Bringing Maggie Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer is an amazing, can’t put down until you’re finished book about love, loss and God’s grace.  A most horrific event turned around realistically.  I felt that this author did a great job of painting an authentic, lifelike story that touches the heart.  There were times that this story had me cringing and other times where I wanted to pray for the lost in the story.  When victories came around it had me jumping for joy as tears streamed down my face.  If you’re looking for a book that has hard issues, mystery, and a very honest presentation, I recommend this one.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.





The Long Ride Home by Susan R. Lawrence

The Long Ride Home by [Lawrence, Susan R. ]

Here is the book summary:
The Long Ride Home recounts the journey of two young children from New York to the farmlands of Iowa. Families are willing to adopt young orphans like Emma, but Bert might have to find work on a farm. He has a lot to learn about farm life. Each day brings new lessons, from milking cows to being kind, and new fears. More than a place to live, he needs a family to love. Will he find a home in Iowa with his sister? Or will he take the long train ride back to New York?

And now, my review:
The Long Ride Home by Susan Lawrence is a great read aloud!  Our family really enjoyed the ups and downs of this story and the author has a way of making you experience many emotions while you’re reading.  My daughter says that it sucks you right in.  The historical aspect was really sobering in the area of thinking of the challenges that little ones faced back in the day if they found themselves orphans.  The story really tugged at our hearts and we are really blessed to have read it.  I’m sure that we will be reading it again in the future. 

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.




An Asian Harvest by Paul Hattaway

An Asian Harvest: An Autobiography by [Hattaway, Paul]

Here is the book summary:
An autobiography by Paul Hattaway, a high school dropout from New Zealand whose love for God and commitment to the peoples of Asia has led him to provide 10 million Bibles to China alone, and to sponsor more than 1500 Asian missionaries through the ministry Asia Harvest. Paul is a gifted speaker, but in obedience to God he has focused for many years on his writing, notably telling the story of Chinese Christian Brother Yun in his book The Heavenly Man, which has sold over one million copies and been translated into nearly 50 languages.

And now, my review:
An Asian Harvest by Paul Hattaway is an incredible book about surrender to God and walking in the will of God.  We read it out loud as a family to each other and we were all blessed!  God doesn’t call the equipped but He equips those He calls.  This is a great example of that truth.  I felt that the author was authentic and vulnerable to share with his readers some tough things.  This book blessed me, challenged me, kept me reading, and I found myself right along with him in his heartbrokenness for the adversity that he has faced but it’s not surprising to anyone who is in His Word.  Pick up your copy today.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  





Godspeed by David Teems

Godspeed: Voices of the Reformation by [Teems, David]

Here is the book summary:
For the Protestant reformer, times were treacherous. The reformer lived, moved, and exercised his or her faith within the shadow of a powerful church that dominated Western culture. Many of these men and women paid the ultimate price for their faith. 

Celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, Godspeed is a 365-day devotional that features the words of prominent reformers, including Martin Luther, William Tyndale, John Calvin, and others, thoughtfully illuminated by best-selling author David Teems with both historical precision and charm. 

Godspeed: Voices of the Reformation possesses a startling relevance for today’s reader, offering a word of hope and comfort. The reformer’s voice is clear and bright and comes to us with the authority of heaven.

And now, my review:
Godspeed is a devotional book based on the reformation and having just passed 500 years of celebrating it, I found a great interest in reading this book.  It also just so happens that at the same time of reading this book it fit so nicely with the historical studies that were going on in our classroom at school.  I found that the author adds bits and pieces of so many voices over the time of the Reformation.  They are written in such a way that really makes you think and ponder and read them more than once to get the concept at times of what he’s saying.  Personally, to me, I thought there were great devotional writings scattered throughout. 

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.