Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Psalms and Proverbs: Battlefield of the Mind Edition by Joyce Meyer

                                                                                                                                                              Psalms and Proverbs: Battlefield of the Mind Edition 
by Joyce Meyer

This beautifully bound compilation of the Old Testament poetical books, Proverbs and Psalms, includes new insights from Joyce Meyer and powerful commentary drawn from BATTLEFIELD OF THE MIND BIBLE.

A perfect gift for yourself or someone you love, this gorgeously packaged book includes the poetic wisdom of Proverbs and Psalms. It will offer comfort and peace through the power of Scripture, along with new and existing insights drawn from #1 New York Times bestselling author Joyce Meyer's most popular teaching topic "Battlefield of the Mind." Readers will be inspired and empowered to change their thoughts and their lives.

My Thoughts:
I love having this small size leather book of Psalms and Proverbs in the Amplified Translation with commentary from Joyce Meyer in my purse. This is the perfect size to bring with you into the office or as you travel. I love many of the "Winning The Battles of Mind" by Joyce which help you apply Biblical principles to your life. I also enjoy the parts where she has "Speak God's Word", which makes the reader confess scripture outloud to have a victorious life. This little devotional is perfect for the person who is the on the go, but knows  they want to renew their mind and thoughts. If you want to have the mindset of Christ, you have to renew your thoughts by being in His word and this will help you on a daily basis. I really enjoy this commentary/ devotional Bible. I give this 5/5 stars. A favorable review was not required. I highly recommend this as a gift, especially for a graduate. 

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About the Author:

Joyce Meyer is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of the world's leading practical Bible teachers. Her more than 100 books have helped millions of people find hope and restoration through faith in Christ. Bestsellers include Living Beyond Your Feelings; Power Thoughts; Battlefield of the Mind; and The Confident Woman. 

Monday, May 29, 2017

Never Give Up: You're Stronger Than You Think by John Mason

 Never Give Up: You're Stronger Than You Think 
by John Mason

Everything worth doing is going to have some obstacles. Some people look at setbacks as evidence that whatever it is they've been striving for just wasn't meant to be. But according to bestselling author and master motivator John Mason, the moment most people give up is the moment of their greatest opportunity. 

In this inspiring book, Mason gives readers fifty-two keys to never giving up on their dreams. He shows them how to ask the right questions when they are on the verge of quitting, how to avoid unnecessary trouble, and how to keep their energy level up in the face of setbacks. Whether readers are building a business, a family, a portfolio, or relationships, they'll find the strength and motivation to go on, break through, and claim the prize.

My Thoughts:

"Never Give Up" is a book that I read like a devotional. It has 52 nuggets of truth and the chapters aren't long at all. They are about 3 pages, which broken down is about 5-10 minutes of reading every day. This is a great book jammed packed with wisdom about how to keep going when the odds are stacked against you. I really liked "nugget 34" which talks about how we need to always lift people up. In a society where we judge and criticize others, or we think we know what is going on in their lives, this nugget helped me to see that we need to BELIEVE the BEST in EVERYONE of our leaders! I love how this particular nugget talks about raising up influential leaders in the best way and that they don't need to be recognized by other people, but they are genuinely interested in others, always speaking praise, want to make other people better and have good reputations. This nugget stuck out to me as so many others did. I found this book to speak a lot of truth. I give this book a 4/5 stars. Thank you to the publisher for providing me a complimentary copy. A favorable review was not required.

About the Author:

John Mason is a national best-selling author, noted speaker and executive author
coach. He is the founder and president of Insight International and Insight
Publishing Group.

He has authored fifteen books including An Enemy Called Average, You’re Born An
Original-Don’t Die A Copy, and Know Your Limits—Then Ignore Them which have
sold over 1.5 million copies and are translated into thirty-five languages throughout
the world. These books are widely known as a source of sound wisdom, genuine
motivation, and practical principles. His writings have been published in Reader’s
Digest along with numerous other national publications. And four of his books have
reached the #1 spot on Amazon best-seller lists.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

The Story Cure: A Book Doctor's Pain-Free Guide to Finishing Your Novel or Memoir by Dinty W. Moore

The Story Cure: A Book Doctor's Pain-Free Guide to Finishing Your Novel or Memoir

First, I think this book had some great advice to offer the average person writing a book. If you are looking to do edits and re-writes he gives some very simple advice. Second, I thought he very helpful tips that I can use daily in writing. I think the doctor metaphor to writing was an interesting one that I never heard of and it gave a unique perspective, but it was a bit rundant. I also felt that although he touched on memoirs including some experiences that happened in his own life, it did not add to improving my writing. He included some writing exercises, but I didn't always find them helpful, nor were they engaging. I think this book has some practical and helpful advice, but I wouldn't buy it at the store. I give this book 3/5 stars. I think as a first time-writer I expected a lot more and this book fell way short of what it could have been.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Farmers' Market Mishap: A Sequel to The Lopsided Christmas Cake by Wanda E. Brunstetter, Jean Brunstetter + Giveaway

The Farmers' Market Mishap: A Sequel to The Lopsided Christmas Cake by Wanda E. Brunstetter, Jean Brunstetter + Giveaway 

New York Times Bestselling Author Wanda E. Brunstetter and Daughter-in-Law, Jean, Weave a Lighthearted Romance from Indiana’s Amish Country
Living alone for the first time in her life is lonely for Elma Hochstetler, whose twin sister Thelma recently married. Though they share the running of a general store, more and more of Thelma’s time is taken up by her growing family. Elma has dated some, but she wonders if she is just too picky to find love.
Through a mishap at the farmers’ market, Elma meets Ben Wagler and instantly likes him. But there is a problem. He lives in Grabill—50 miles away! But Elma has tried long-distance dating before, and it won’t work for her.  Besides the store needs her. Her sister needs her. Elma feels love will forever remain beyond her grasp.
Elma has a habit of putting others before her own needs. Can she learn to take a risk at following the desires of her heart?

How did Thelma meet her husband?  Find out in The Lopsided Christmas Cake.

My Thoughts:
Who knew that setting up a little stand at the neighboring farmers market and in Shipshewana could make for a particular encounter for the possibility of a romantic interest? It's fruit after all! However, Ben and Elma hit it off, but there are problems and it isn't just one.. Ben lives so far away and Elma won't leave her twin sister, Thelma it just won't happen, especially since Thelma is expecting. This book is headed for disaster and so is this couple. Will this couple make choices that will forever change their lives or will they go their own separate ways? I particularly enjoy the element of faith that Wanda includes in all of her novels. I give this book 5/5 stars. A favorable review was not required and I was given a copy by the author.

Giveaway Info:
To continue reading further, you may enter my giveaway by leaving a comment to my question below with your name and email address. I will email the winner by June 2, 2017.

Question: What would you give up for the love of your life? Do you believe God has a plan for your life? 

About the Author:

A nationally recognized authority on the Amish community, Wanda E. Brunstetter has sold more than seven million copies of her fiction and nonfiction books. Wanda enjoys an uncommon kinship with the Amish and continues to visit their communities throughout the country. Her books have won numerous awards and topped several bestselling charts.

Friday, May 26, 2017

The Turquoise Table: Finding Community and Connection in Your Own Front Yard by Kristin Schell

The Turquoise Table: Finding Community and Connection in Your Own Front Yard

My first initial impressions were that I loved the way the book feels in my hands. This isn't your normal book. It reads more like a small, yet beautiful coffee table book that you can shove in your purse. The pages are gorgeous and so inviting, just like the painted picnic table that the author created. I love how this book is one that creates spaces for community, relationships and to meet new people. The idea behind this is that you can invite people over and you don't have to worry about a clean home because your picnic table is outside. This book is so easy to read and is filled with stunning photos. You'll enjoy stories from others as they experience the Turquoise table and the delicious recipes. This book even has a book marker in it, which makes it even more fabulous. I love how Kristin paid so much attention to the details, which makes this a lovely read for the summer and even better to actually do. We should all be apart of the larger community of the the turquoise table. I give this book 5/5 stars and the opinions expressed here are my own. A favorable review was not required. 

To pick up your copy, head here! 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Adorned: Living Out the Beauty of the Gospel Together by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

Adorned: Living Out the Beauty of the Gospel Together by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

Known for her wisdom, warmth, and knowledge of Scripture, Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth has encouraged millions through her books, radio programs, and conferences. Now she’s back with a legacy work on Titus 2 and its powerful vision for women.

From Nancy:

"Cross-generational community between women is the biblical antidote for being chronically, hopelessly overwhelmed, as so many of us are.

When older women come out of their protective cocoons to invest themselves in the lives of younger women, whole families and churches feel the blessing. When young moms and singles widen their peer groups to include women who have already braved the same rapids and lived to tell about it, both sides of the relationship are strengthened and grow. We all, in different ways and in different seasons, need to be on both the giving and receiving end of this life to-life process.

So I invite you to join me as we look to God’s Word for His perspective on the charactercommitments, and attitudes of godly women—and His prescribed process for helping us live out these virtues not only today, but from generation to generation."

My Thoughts:
This book is so wonderfully crafted and articulated. It reminds us that no matter the age, that women need one another. In "Adorned," this book shows women how to live out Titus 2. This book will give you simple and practical solutions to being the woman God created you to be as well as living you convicted about areas you want to change in your life. It will also show women how to live out Biblical womanhood. I really enjoyed it and felt that it was filled with grace. I truly enjoyed this book and felt it was a great book to help me examine areas in my heart where I need Christ to reign and continue to utilize Godly mentorships with other women to help walk through the journey . The church needs to wake up and realize that women can't walk alone and that women value community. I give this book 5/5 stars. A favorable was not required. Thank you to the publishers for providing me a complimentary copy for review. 

About the Author:
Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth also known as Nancy Leigh DeMoss is the host and teacher for Revive Our Hearts and Seeking Him, two nationally-syndicated programs heard each weekday on over 1,000 radio stations. She is a mentor and spiritual mother to thousands of women and a leader of the True Woman movement.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sacred Privilege: Your Life and Ministry as a Pastor's Wife by Kay Warren

Sacred Privilege: Your Life and Ministry as a Pastor's Wife

Life as a pastor's wife offers meaningful opportunities to play a significant part in God's work, to witness and participate in the beauty of changed lives. Yet it also carries the potential for deep wounds and great conflict that can drain the joy out of service. Is it worth it? Oh, yes, says Kay Warren, wife of Pastor Rick Warren and cofounder of Saddleback Church. It is more than worth the risk--it's a sacred privilege.

Drawing on more than forty years in ministry in every possible size church, Kay provides encouraging principles and life lessons, along with intimate personal stories, that will give readers the confidence needed to lead and live well. 
Pastor's wives learn to

- accept who they are
- adapt to change
- help their children survive and thrive
- protect their private lives
- deal with criticism
- live with integrity
- develop an eternal perspective

Whether she is excited, struggling, or feeling broken and tired, every pastor's wife will find hope and encouragement for their calling in Kay's warm and wise words.

My Thoughts:
First my review of this book comes with a bias. I have friends who are pastor's wives and I also assist a pastor on a daily basis. I have had the honor and have seen how God uses the wife of a pastor. These women are courageous, gracious and are the most unselfish people I have ever met in my life. Their husbands are responding to a call on their lives to lay down everything and in turn their wives are doing the same. I love how Kay is authentic in her ability to share her experiences as a pastor's wife, mom and daughter. Her role in ministry is so important too. There are so many people that this book brought to my mind as I read it. I just know so many would find this book to be helpful in ministry and in their lives, especially pastor's wives. If you're not a pastor's wive, you can still learn from this book. It gives you a real look into the life of ministry and it will allow you to look at your pastor's family different. This is a great tool for your church. I give this book 4.5/ 5 stars. A favorable review was not required.

About the Author:
KAY WARREN cofounded Saddleback Church with her husband Rick Warren in Lake Forest, California. She is a passionate Bible teacher and respected advocate for those infected and affected by HIV and AIDS, as well as orphaned and vulnerable children. She founded Saddleback’s HIV/AIDS Initiative. Kay is the author of Choose Joy: Because Happiness Isn’t Enough, Say Yes to God and coauthor of Foundations, the popular systematic theology course used by churches worldwide. She has three children and five grandchildren.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Weaver's Needle by Robin Caroll + Giveaway

Weaver's Needle by Robin Caroll

Two recovery specialists.
One murder.
A hunt for the Dutchman's Lost Gold Mine becomes a race of survival.


AboutFormer Army MP Landry Parker fell into the recovery specialist role quite by accident—to help her ailing father. Now that she’s on her own, she is determined to prove herself and honor her family legacy.

After being shot in the line of duty, former police officer Nickolai Baptiste became a recovery specialist, and he’s good at his job—maybe even the best.
A potential client pits Landry and Nickolai against one another to find the Dutchman’s Lost Gold Mine map that was stolen from her murdered husband, and the potential payday is too enticing to pass up. The trail takes them from New Orleans to Weaver’s Needle in Arizona where legend claims the mine is hidden. Landry and Nickolai are no strangers to adventure, but the unlikely partners quickly discover there’s someone after the treasure and there are those who want to ensure the lost mine in Arizona’s Superstition Mountain stays lost forever.

Can Landry and Nickolai work together despite their distrust of each other to save the legend before more innocent lives are lost? Will they find the real treasure isn’t the gold, but something more valuable. . .true love and understanding?

My Thoughts:

Weavers Needle is a book sure to capture your attention that is non-stop packed adventure. It is a mystery filled with excitement, danger, romance and faith. Carol writes with all the elements of an amazing story that will have the pages flying in no time and you won't believe this book is done! It is the perfect summer read as it encompasses so many different aspects of an exciting read. I love the mystery and intrigue behind every single line in the story. It unlike any other. I love the romance aspect of this book too! Folks, this book has all the elements! I could gush about this one. This book is filled with interesting characters, but I think Landry was my favorite. I give this book 5/5 stars. A favorable review was not required. You will love this book. 

I am giving a copy away. To be entered, please answer the following question and provide your email address. Random.org will select a number and I will email the winner, send you out your book. Happy Reading! 

Q: How have you worked towards becoming less materialistic in your life? Are you a minimalist? 

About the Author:
Born and raised in Louisiana, Robin Caroll is a southerner through and through. Her passion has always been to tell stories to entertain others. She gives back to the writing community by serving as Conference Director for ACFW. Her books have finaled/placed in such contests as Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice, Bookseller's Best, and Book of the Year. To learn more about this author of deep South mysteries of suspense to inspire your heart.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Twenty-Two: Letters to a Young Woman Searching for Meaning by Allison Trowbridge

Twenty-Two: Letters to a Young Woman Searching for Meaning


Allison Trowbridge harnesses the power of story in a series of letters to an imagined young woman wrestling with the questions that arise as she stands on the precipice of adulthood.

Our life’s journey is our life’s destination.

Never in history has a young woman had so many options before her, yet never has she had less direction or guidance on what to do with them. A woman at the precipice of adulthood often finds herself with more questions than answers, with more disenchantment than direction. How is she supposed to “lean in” to a successful career while also building deeply meaningful relationships? How can she care for the community around her while simultaneously developing a global mindset and changing the world? How can she be all that she is destined to be without feeling paralyzed by the pressure of so many prospects?

Allison Trowbridge knows this dilemma well. She remembers stepping into her twenties and wishing for a mentor to guide her through this dizzying season of life. In Twenty-Two, she becomes the mentor she was looking for. Drawing from her own experience and from the wisdom of others, she offers advice and counsel in a series of personal letters to “Ashley,” a fictional college student looking for mentorship from someone one step ahead in life.

Over the course of twenty-two letters, Trowbridge addresses a wide range of practical issues and ties them to larger concerns such as identity, loss, social impact as a lifestyle, wisdom in the ordinary moments, and the profound way God’s work is realized in how we live every day. Subtly weaving in today’s pressing social concerns—from poverty in our neighborhoods to human trafficking across the globe—Twenty-Two will inspire a greater sense of mission and a passion to live more fully as young women embark on their own remarkable journeys.

My Thoughts:

"Twenty Two" is a book where you spend time sinking your teeth into the letters between Allison and Ashley. I love how authentic this Allison is in her writing about not having her life all together, but is just super honest about the things she is going through when she is writing to Ashley. Our world could learn from her vulnerability and ability to express herself. I found this book to be refreshing and also would be perfect for the graduate in your life. 
Additionally, if you choose to read this book, I recommend taking time as you go through the letters. It will help the experiences that these two women share with one another, allow you to reflect on your own journey. This book can bring up great memories and did from my college years, but it also brought up some painful memories. I loved the premise of this book about having a mentor. I think we all need someone who is further along in the journey than we are. I think this book is inspiring and will allow you to live more passionately as you become more vulnerable with women in your community. I give this book 4/5 stars. A favorable review was not required.

About the Author:

Allison Trowbridge is a writer and social entrepreneur who has spent her career working against human trafficking and modern-day slavery—both through nonprofit and for-profit enterprises.
Allie is a graduate of Westmont College in Santa Barbara and is currently working on her MBA and British accent at the University of Oxford.
You can find her at @Alliebridge.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Friends, Partners, and Lovers: What It Takes to Make Your Marriage Work by Kevin A. Thompson

Friends, Partners, and Lovers: What It Takes to Make Your Marriage Work by Kevin A. Thompson 

Great marriages don't just happen--they're made, intentionally, day by day. Yet most of us enter the covenant of marriage thinking that the role of spouse will be easy, natural, effortless. Rarely is this true. In fact, the number one cause of divorce isn't adultery or finances or disagreements. It's apathy--a lack of intentional emotional, physical, and mental investment in the relationship.

With engaging stories and clear, simple language, pastor Kevin A. Thompson explains the three critical roles of a spouse--friend, partner, and lover--and shows how to nurture those roles in order to keep a marriage healthy and strong. Using solid biblical principles, he helps couples understand how to grow their friendship, be a supportive partner through the good times and the bad, and develop a healthy and satisfying sex life.

Friends, Partners, and Lovers offers essential insight for couples at any stage of marriage but will be especially helpful to those who are struggling and those who are engaged or newly married and looking to start their marriage on strong footing.

My Thoughts: 
Marriage is hard work, there is not doubt about that. There are few people who do this very well or who write books that I love. This is a book that is well balanced, for the couple that is looking to grow in their marriage, the couple that is struggle in their marriage or the couple that is just starting out. "Friends, Partners & Lovers" is a book that practical, simple and yet thought provoking. I like how the chapters are laid out and I enjoy the questions at the end of the each chapter. I enjoy how Kevin shares stories from his own marriage and experiences. It makes me feel like he more authentic and real, which is important to me when reading a book and relating to it. This book will make your marriage and relationship so much better. I recommend this book to anyone who is dating, engaged or those who are married. I give this book 4.5/5 stars. Thank you to the publishers for providing me a copy. A positive review was not required. 

To purchase your copy, go here! 

About the Author:
His first book, You Turn: For When the Nearest Exit is Behind You, was published in 2015 and is available on Amazon. Kevin's second book is Friends, Partners, and Lovers released in 2017. He is currently working on several other projects including another marriage book which should publish in 2018.
While  he loves writing, his first passion is public speaking. From marriage or parenting conferences to corporate events to speaking in churches, he loves the eye-to-eye connection which speaking provides.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Big Deal of Taking Small Steps to Move Closer to God by Vashti McKenzie

The Big Deal of Taking Small Steps to Move Closer to God

My Thoughts:
This book is surely to impact your life with practical tools as you follow Christ! Bishop McKenzie isn't trying to make us change dramatically in one day like a fad diet that doesn't last long, rather she offers truths on how to make practical changes in our every day life to draw closer to God. These small changes such as sharing your testimony, being positive, identifying a regular time and place to read your Bible, mediate on scripture, create a place for worship, give your tithe, be the church and so many other great ways to grow. I love the practical application in this book, which is so simple. This book could be used as a  small group study with a group of women. It could be used as a home group study with married couples to help one another grow. I love how this book takes the word of God and then uses it to apply to everyday situations. I love the truth and application behind this book. I give this book 5/5 stars. Thank you to Faith Words for providing a complimentary copy for review purposes. A favorable review was not required.

About the Author:

Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie serves as bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She is the national chaplain for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Ebony Magazine included her in its Honor Roll of Great African American Preachers and The Huffington Post honored her as one of 50 Powerful Women Religious Leaders. Described as an "electrifying preacher" she is the author of five books. She has been married for more than forty years to former NBA player, Stan McKenzie. They are the parents of three adult children and have one grandchild.

Monday, May 15, 2017

The Ibs Elimination Diet and Cookbook: The Proven Low-Fodmap Plan for Eating Well and Feeling Great by Patsy Catsos

The Ibs Elimination Diet and Cookbook: The Proven Low-Fodmap Plan for Eating Well and Feeling Great

balance, which controls everything. Did you know that your gut controls your immune system, your hormones, your endocrine system and so much more? Well, it does and getting it under control is a game changer! This book is a must have for anyone who is looking to find the right diet. It is user friendly and will help heal your gut! I give this book 4/5 stars. Thank you to the publishers for providing me a complimentary copy for my honest opinion. A favorable opinion was not required. 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Power of Significance by John C. Maxwell

The Power of Significance

John C. Maxwell, #1 New York Times bestselling author, shows you how to achieve a life of purpose and significance in this compact new book derived from his previous title, Intentional Living.
We all have a longing to be significant, to make a contribution, to be a part of something noble and purposeful. But know this: you don't have to be a certain age, have a lot of money, or be powerful or famous to make a real difference. You can be significant starting today--if you know your purpose.

In THE POWER OF SIGNIFICANCE, you will find the pathway to a life that matters. Drawing on over 50 years of experience helping people around the world, John Maxwell gives practical guidance and motivation to get you started on your unique personal path to significance. Learn how to find your why, start small but believe big, and live every day as if it matters--because it does!

My Thoughts:
Maxwell once again shows that the size of the book doesn't matter, but the content. In less than 120 pages, he breaks down the power and purpose of our lives into being something significant. We don't have to have obtain a huge name for ourselves or be of a certain age with wealth, we just have to know our purpose. Many people wander through life not knowing the purpose. When you don't know your purpose it is easy to get lost, it easy to get stuck. I have had several people say to me" I don't know what my purpose is?" Think about the things that you enjoy and how they influence people, the world at large. Why would you want to do anything different? Why would you want to spend your day at the office sitting at a desk if you enjoy decorating people's houses? Often we look for our purpose in the wrong spot and then we cannot find our significance in the world around us. I love how Maxwell talks about starting small. I am learning that the small steps continue to make the most big changes. One ways he talks about it is to watch your words. Does anyone else struggle with that? Shut your mouth! Amen? This little book is jam packed with nuggets of truth that I know you will love and enjoy. Thank you to the publishers for providing me a copy for review purposes only. I give this book 5/5 stars. A favorable review was not required.
To order your copy, head here! 

About the Author:
John C. Maxwell is an internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, and author who has sold over 16 million books. His organizations have trained more than 2 million leaders worldwide. Dr. Maxwell is the founder of EQUIP and INJOY Stewardship Services. Every year he speaks to Fortune 500 companies, international government leaders, and audiences as diverse as the United States Military Academy at West Point, the National Football League, and ambassadors at the United Nations. A New York Times , Wall Street Journal , and Business Week best-selling author, Maxwell was named the World's Top Leadership Guru by Leadershipgurus.net. He was also one of only 25 authors and artists named to Amazon.com's 10th Anniversary Hall of Fame. Three of his books, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership , Developing the Leader Within You , and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader have each sold over a million copies.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

My Heart Belongs in the Superstition Mountains: Carmela’s Quandary (My Heart Belongs) by Susan Page Davis

My Heart Belongs in the Superstition Mountains: Carmela’s Quandary (My Heart Belongs) by Susan Page Davis

Journey now to Tuscon, Arizona, and into the Superstition Mountains of 1866, where... 
 A Chance for Escape Takes Two Unlikely Allies on a Romantic Adventure Along a Desert Trail
Since orphaned at age twelve, Carmela Wade has lived a lie orchestrated by her uncle, pretending to be a survivor of an Indian kidnapping and profiting from telling her made-up story on the speaker circuit. But as she matures into adulthood, Carmela hates the lies and longs to be free. On a stagecoach in Arizona Territory, Carmela and her uncle are fellow passengers with US Marshal Freeland McKay and his handcuffed prisoner.

The stage is attacked. Now a chance to make a new life may suddenly be within Carmela’s reach. . .if she can survive the harsh terrain and being handcuffed to an unconscious man.
Will Carmela’s wish come true, or will she forever be branded by her past?

My Thoughts:
Get ready to go on a Western Adventure of a life-time! This book is fun, but don't get swept up in the current of romance as Carmela faces difficulties as child. This book is intriguing, entertain and will sure to have you flipping the pages. And, most of all, I think you will like Freeland. Although this book seems small, there is a lot packed into the pages and it is filled with great story content. I think you will love this Western and even historical book. I give this book 5/5 stars. This is my first read by Susan Page Davis. I was very impressed and cannot wait to read another book by her. Thank you to the publisher for providing me a complimentary copy. A favorable review was not required. 

About the Author:
My husband, Jim, and I moved to his birth state, Oregon, for a while after we were married, but decided to move back to Maine and be near my family. It allowed our six children to grow up feeling close to their cousins and grandparents, and some of Jim's family have even moved to Maine!

Our children are all home-schooled. When Jim retired from his vocation as an editor at a daily newspaper, we moved from Maine to Kentucky.

I've always loved reading, history, and horses. These things come together in several of my historical books. 
Another longtime hobby of mine is genealogy, which has led me down many fascinating paths. I'm proud to be a DAR member! Some of Jim's and my quirkier ancestors have inspired fictional characters. 

For many years I worked for the Central Maine Morning Sentinel as a freelancer. This experience was a great help in developing fictional characters and writing realistic scenes. I also published nonfiction articles in several magazines and had several short stories appear in Woman's World, Grit, and Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Marvelous Pigness of Pigs: Respecting and Caring for All God's Creation by Joel Salatin

The Marvelous Pigness of Pigs: Respecting and Caring for All God's Creation

From Christian libertarian farmer Joel Salatin, a clarion call to readers to honor the animals and the land, and produce food based on spiritual principles.
What on earth is THE MARVELOUS PIGNESS OF PIGS? It's an inspiring call to action for people of faith . . . a heartfelt plea to heed the Bible's guidance . . . .
It's an important and thought-provoking explanation of how by simply appreciating the marvelous pigness of pigs, we are celebrating the Glory of God. 
As a man of deep faith and student of the Bible, and as a respected and successful ecological family farmer, Joel Salatin knows that God created heaven and earth and meant for all living organisms to be true to their nature and their endowed holy purpose. He intended for us to respect and care for His gift of creation, not to ravage and mistreat it for our own pleasure or wealth. 
The example that inspires the book's title explains what Salatin means: when huge corporate farms confine pigs in cramped and dark pens, inject them with antibiotics and feed them herbicide-saturated food simply to increase profits, they are not respecting them as a creation of God or allowing them to express even their most rudimentary uniqueness - that special role that is part of His design. Every living organism has a God-given uniqueness to its life that must be honored and respected, and too often that is not happening today. 
Salatin shows us the long overlooked ethics and instructions in the Bible for how to eat, how to shop, how to think about how we farm and feed the world. Through scripture and Biblical stories, he shows us why it's more vital than ever to look to the good book rather than corporate America when feeding the country and your family. 
Salatin makes a compelling case for Christian stewardship of the earth and how it relates to every action we take regarding our food. He also opens our eyes to a common misconception many Christians may have about environmentalism: it's not a bad thing, and definitely not just the province of secular liberals; it's really a very good thing, part of heeding God's Word. 
With warmth and with humor, but with no less piercing criticism of the industrial food complex, Salatin brings readers on a fascinating journey of farming, food and faith. Readers will not say grace over their plates the same way ever again.

My Thoughts: 
This book is very eye- opening and interesting. Since I love pigs, I was interested in the book for that reason, but what got my attention more was when the author started to talk about how we need to care for our bodies, and what we eat. While food is super important, so is taking care of creation. I often don't think of the two going hand in hand, but they do. I found it extremely interesting how he goes in depth about the chemical side of plants being sprayed and the earth. I also found it interesting about how Joel goes into the details of what everything means. You don't have to be an expert to find this book interesting on the food side of things or on how creation needs to be cared for. This book was very interesting, but I can also see how a person would take this too far and go to the extreme, so I think careful balance is necessary as well. Overall, I give this book 4.5/5 stars. Thank you to Faith Words for sending me a copy for my honest opinion. A favorable review was not required. 

About the Author:
Joel is a nationally renowned speaker on organic farming and "relationship marketing." He is on a mission to develop emotionally, economically and environmentally enhanced agricultural enterprises, and facilitate their duplication around the world. Part of that goal is to produce the best food in the world.

Joel espouses an agricultural paradigm shift that sees plants and animals as partners rather than units of production. "Let the plants and animals fill their natural niche with full distinctive expression. The starting point for animal husbandry is to let the animal express its uniqueness."