Monday, February 29, 2016

The Prophetess by Jill Eileen Smith

Outspoken and fearless, Deborah has faith in God but struggles to see the potential her own life holds. As an Israelite woman, she'll marry, have a family, and seek to teach her children about Adonai--and those tasks seem to be more than enough to occupy her time. But God has another plan for her. Israel has been under the near constant terror of Canaan's armies for twenty years, and now God has called Deborah to deliver her people from this oppression. Will her family understand? Will her people even believe God's calling on her life? And can the menace of Canaan be stopped?

With her trademark impeccable research and her imaginative storytelling, Jill Eileen Smith brings to life the story of Israel's most powerful woman in a novel that is both intriguing and inspiring.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Sassy Pants Learns About Strange Creatures by Carol A. Brown Illustrated by Nada Serafimovic


Strange creatures are popping up all over the place on Farmer White's farm! What is a little pig supposed to do? Does she have to be polite? Should she just ignore them? And what if they're scary? How can you tell the difference between dangerous, or just different? That's what Sassy Pants has to learn when she wanders off by herself in places she isn't supposed to. But sometimes she learns the easy way, and sometimes the hard way. Which one will it be this time? And will she learn what's right in time to stay safe? Follow along with Sassy Pants and Friends, as they try to figure things out.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Always Watching by Lynette Eason

The bodyguards of Elite Guardians Agency have more than just skill and prowess in common--they're also all women. When it becomes clear that popular psychiatrist and radio personality Wade Savage has a stalker, his father secretly hires Elite Guardians in order to protect his son.

But when Wade's bodyguard is attacked and nearly killed, agency owner Olivia Edwards must step in and fill the gap. Olivia's skills are about to be tested to the limit as Wade's stalker moves from leaving innocent gifts at his door to threatening those closest to him. Olivia has the feeling that she's next on the list. And to complicate things even further, she realizes that her heart may be in as much danger as her client.

Bestselling author and fan favorite Lynette Eason drops readers right into the action in this fast-paced new series with a unique twist. Readers will love these strong female characters who put it all on the line to save lives.

Friday, February 26, 2016

The Gift of Friendship edited by Dawn Camp

Whether next door or in the next time zone, our friends provide some of our most important relationships. We cherish time spent with them, bemoan time spent apart, and look forward to the next time we can have coffee or rush to greet them as they walk toward our door. And nothing warms our hearts like stories of true friendship.

Collecting over fifty true stories from some of today best writers, Dawn Camp offers readers a chance to sit back and experience the gift of friendship. With its beautiful photographs and poignant prose, this collection is a great gift for a dear friend and the perfect pick-me-up any time you need a boost. Contributors include Crystal Paine, Liz Curtis Higgs, Tsh Oxenreider, Myquillyn Smith, Jennifer Dukes Lee, Lisa-Jo Baker, Jessica Turner, Lysa TerKeurst, Bonnie Gray, Holley Gerth, Renee Swope, and many more.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

VeggieTales Bible NIrV--Zondervan Kids

Grow with the Bible VeggieTales-style! Join Bob, Larry, and all the rest of the VeggieTales characters as they explore the most amazing book of all time. Filled with fun features, children will learn more about God and how he wants us to live.
Features include:

Veggie Stories feature 8 full-color, best-loved Bible stories as told in the VeggieTales videos, including Dave and the Giant Pickle; Rack, Shack, and Benny; and Esther, the Girl Who Became Queen.

Book introductions give important information about each book of the Bible.

“Veggie Values” teach lessons from the Bible like God made you special, God loves you very much, don’t be afraid, be kind to others, forgive one another, and many more.

“Remember This” highlights key verses of Scripture to remember.

A dictionary helps kids better understand key Bible words and concepts.

This Bible contains the complete text of the New International Reader's Version (NIrV). Written at a third-grade level and specifically designed to help early readers discover the Bible for themselves, it's the perfect steppingstone to the NIV.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Tuesday Tidbits

Hello Everybody!
Another busy week has been had around here. There has been sickness in my house and so again this week the reading has been slow. Slowly but surely these awesome books I have been reading will be reviewed for you.

Friday, February 19, 2016

The Ladybug Buddies Incredible Skydiving Adventure by Jason Graham Illustrated by Brian Beausoleil

Get ready for the LADYBUG BUDDIES as they head out on their Incredible Skydiving Adventure! No ladybug has ever flown so high or gone so far from the pop shop before, but they are trying to find out what it really means to be a buddy. That's what they think, anyway. Except it's a lot harder than they thought it would be. And it isn't long before they get into trouble they can't get out of. Not all by themselves. Or, can they?

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Tuesday Tidbits on Wednesday

I know, I know, this is supposed to be a Tuesday thing but yesterday kind of got away from me.
This week has been fairly quiet as far as interesting things go. We had some work done on our vehicles this past week. Just some standard maintenance.
I spent some time with my youngest brother this weekend since he was in town.

The biggest and busiest day was yesterday! Thus, my late post.
We had our homeschool group yesterday, my oldest daughter had archery with her 4-H group and I had band practice with the Bluegrass band I've been invited to join. So yesterday was jam packed.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Raising Uncommon Kids by Sami Cone

The single greatest lesson parents teach their kids isn't anything they say--it's what they do. And while most parents would say they want to raise compassionate kids, they might be surprised to discover just how little they're actually modeling the behaviors they hope to pass on--qualities such as unconditional love, gentleness, forgiveness, patience, gratitude, humility, and more.

In this unique book, Sami Cone shows parents a new way to look at molding their children, one in which focusing on adding good behaviors and attitudes is more powerful than eliminating bad ones. Grounding her advice in Scripture--specifically the twelve characteristics found in Colossians 3:12-17--Cone offers plenty of stories from her own life to show these principles in action. And she offers practical things parents can do right now to create a home and family that exhibits love, harmony, and generosity of spirit in a self-centered world.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Thin Ice by Irene Hannon

After losing her parents in a car accident and her sister to a house fire, Christy Reed has been mired in grief. Life is finally starting to feel normal again when an envelope arrives in the mail--addressed in her sister's handwriting. And the note inside claims she is still alive.

FBI Special Agent Lance McGregor, a former Delta Force operator, is assigned to reopen the case, but he's coming up with more questions than answers. If Ginny Reed is still alive--who is the woman buried in her grave? Where is Ginny? And is Christy a pawn in a twisted cat-and-mouse game--or the target of a sinister plot? As he digs deeper, one thing becomes clear: whoever is behind the bizarre ruse has a deadly agenda.

Bestselling author and two-time Christy Award finalist Irene Hannon warms readers' hearts as they root for a romance between Lance and Christy, but she pulls out all the stops as this high-stakes thriller chills to the bone in a race to the finish.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Peaceful Wife by April Cassidy

Product DetailsWhat happens when a woman becomes the wife God desires her to be?
In today's world, women are often rewarded for having type A personalities. Driven, demanding women achieve higher positions, better salaries, and praise for their ambition. They learn to be confident, take-charge leaders who can handle anything on their own. Yet when it comes to their marriages, those same traits can backfire. After all, no one goes into marriage hoping for a promotion. What is a wife to do?
April Cassidy knows this struggle firsthand. She thought she was a great Christian wife and begged God to make her passive husband into a more loving, involved, godly leader. Instead, God opened her eyes to changes that she needed to make, such as laying down her desire for control and offering genuine, unconditional respect--not just love--to her husband. The Peaceful Wife focuses on Cassidy's experience and its life-changing properties, providing a template for others to follow.
Cassidy's conclusions may be as shocking to readers as they were to her, but she backs up her own tale with stories from her blog readers, and also includes recommendations for further study. She walks through baby steps on how to change, addressing questions such as:
  • What is respect?
  • How can you show respect?
  • How is being respectful different from being loving?

In the end, The Peaceful Wife is a powerful path to God's design for women to live in full submission to Christ as Lord.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Tuesday Tidbits

So I'm a tad bit late on my post this evening.
Another busy week has been had again! School and normal everyday stuff plus a fun mommy-daughter date night on Saturday. Then, of course the Super Bowl!

So, Saturday my girls and I went with a church group to an amazingly fun, just for girls outing. We went to an event called Secret Keeper Girl. This event is for girls ages 8-12 and focuses on modesty, purity, self worth and being unique in todays be like everybody else culture.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Under Our Skin by Benjamin Watson with Ken Petersen

Can it ever get better?

This is the question Benjamin Watson is asking. In a country aflame with the fallout from the racial divide―in which Ferguson, Charleston, and the Confederate flag dominate the national news, daily seeming to rip the wounds open ever wider―is there hope for honest and healing conversation? For finally coming to understand each other on issues that are ultimately about so much more than black and white?

An NFL tight end for the New Orleans Saints and a widely read and followed commentator on social media, Watson has taken the Internet by storm with his remarkable insights about some of the most sensitive and charged topics of our day. Now, in Under Our Skin, Watson draws from his own life, his family legacy, and his role as a husband and father to sensitively and honestly examine both sides of the race debate and appeal to the power and possibility of faith as a step toward healing.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Grace's Forgiveness by Molly Jebber

A handsome newcomer with secrets shows a yearning Amish woman a chance at happiness—but their love will need all their courage to keep . . .

Grace Blauch is skilled at midwifery—and crafting quilts that help others pass on messages of enduring family love. But a disfiguring birthmark keeps the young Amish woman from a husband and home of her own—until Mark King arrives from another community. His helpfulness and independent nature earn Grace’s respect. And he finds her outspoken ways and determination to do right irresistibly appealing. Soon Grace is planning a wedding quilt of her very own . . . until her father discovers that Mark’s shunned brother is hiding somewhere in town . . .

Grace can well understand why Mark took such a risk once she hears his wrenching reasons. But she fears even prayer will not convince her father to restore his blessing on their union. She wills herself to face the end of her dreams, but sudden danger and an impossible act of generosity will show her that abiding hope can inspire the most precious of miracles . . .

"Endearing characters and a delightful story make this a keeper for fans of Amish romance." --Emma Miller on Change of Heart

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Tuesday Tidbits

Man! What a week! Nothing stressful this week just lots and lots of fun. Almost too much fun. Last week I went and auditioned for a blue grass band. Talk about a super good time. I had so much fun fellowshiping and singing with a great group of people. Then, on Saturday my girls and I spent some time with our good friends at the park here in our little town. That was a lot of fun since our weather here has been amazingly beautiful and warm.

Sunday was of course church and then my husband sprung a surprise on me and our two girls. We took them to a water park resort here in Tennessee called the Wilderness at the Smokies.  If you've never taken your kids there you should. It's a lot of fun even in winter with an indoor water park that has four different water slides, a wave pool, a regular pool, a jungle gym kid area and an indoor outdoor hot tub. Plus during the summer they have two large outdoor parks as well.

We only stayed one night but that was enough. The girls played and played. We had a hard time getting them to leave. But of course I also had to do some shopping! You can't go to Pigeon Forge and not go shopping! All in all it was am awesome week. I have been steadily reading but hit a snag with one of my books and got bored. Oh no! So I'm a little behind. When am I not?! I  have finished Whispers in the Reading Room and am plugging away at the next few on my list.

Grace's Forgiveness (A Keepsake Pocket Quilt Novel)
This one will be reviewed on February 7th. So come back and check it out.

Thin Ice: A Novel (Men of Valor)
This one is really good so far. I'm hoping to have it done soon.

This is a somewhat controversial subject matter, but so far this book is very interesting.

I hope y'all have a great week.

Do it WELL!
Happy Tuesday!