Sunday, September 27, 2009

Intervention by Terri Blackstock

This book though completely fiction was written after Terri Blackstock dealt with her own daughter's addiction to prescription drugs. Find a copy of this novel and journey inside the desperate world of one addicted to drugs. As an added bonus, Terri shares resources for families of addicts at the end of her book and on her web page. Terri's books always pack a punch and encourages readers to consider their individual relationship with the Lord.

Inside Jacket says:

It was her last hope—and the beginning of a new NIGHTMARE.

Barbara Covington has one more chance to save her daughter from a devastating addiction, by staging an intervention. But when eighteen-year-old Emily disappears on the way to drug treatment—and her interventionist is found dead at the airport—Barbara enters her darkest nightmare of all.

Barbara and her son set out to find Emily before Detective Kent Harlan arrests her for a crime he is sure she committed. Fearing for Emily’s life, Barbara maintains her daughter’s innocence. But does she really know her anymore? Meanwhile, Kent has questions of his own. His gut tells him that this is a case of an addict killing for drugs, but as he gets to know Barbara, he begins to hope he’s wrong about Emily.

The mysteries intensify as everyone’s panic grows: Did Emily’s obsession with drugs lead her to commit murder—or is she another victim of a cold-blooded killer?

In this gripping novel of intrigue and suspense, inspired by her own experiences with a drug-addicted family member, Terri Blackstock delivers the page-turning drama that readers around the world have come to expect from her.

Terri Blackstock
Hope for Families of Addicts

ISBN: 978-0-310-32198-9





Thursday, September 24, 2009

Leaving Yesterday by Kathryn Cushman

Another great piece of fiction by Katie Cushman. Leaving Yesterday deals with several tough issues - marital separation, murder, family problems, drug addiction, etc. In my mind's eye I made some different decisions for characters in the book, but I liked the ending. I'm not going to tell you what happened because that would ruin the experience for you - so find a copy of this book at your local bookstore or library and enjoy a good read that will encourage you in your faith as you consider what you might have done if you were one of the characters in this story.

There is room for growth in all of the characters and it would be neat to see a sequel. (hint, hint Katie).

Back of Book Says:

Her prodigal son has returned!
But has he truly left the past behind?

The police car outside triggers Alisa Stewart's worst fear--her son, Kurt, is dead, his life lost forever to addiction. Instead, the officer is just following a lead on a crime. And when Kurt calls to say he's checked himself into rehab and found a healing faith, Alisa feels a hope she'd given up on.

It's like her son has been brought back from the dead.

But then the cop returns, asking dark questions about the murder of someone Kurt once knew. Alisa is terrified. Her boy is different now. He's changed and deserves a second chance. But as his old life refuses to stay buried, Alisa finds herself facing an impossible choice:

keep silent and keep her son
or risk everything in a quest for the truth.

Discussion Questions - Spoiler Alert

ISBN: 978-0-7642-0382-4
Bethany House or call 800-877-2665
Kathryn Cushman

Friday, September 18, 2009

A book is...

"A book is good company. It is full of conversation without loquacity. It comes to your longing with full instruction, but pursues you never."

~ Henry Ward Beecher

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Good children's literature...

"Good children's literature appeals not only to the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child."

~ Anonymous

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


"Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures."

~ Jessamyn West

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Read the best books...

"Read the best books first,or you may not have a chance to read them at all."

~ Henry David Thoreau

Monday, September 14, 2009

Books Are...

"Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations."

~ Henry David Thoreau

Sunday, September 13, 2009

The more you read...

"The more that you read,the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."

~ Dr. Seuss

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Books Are...

"Books are the quietest and most constant of friends;they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors,and the most patient of teachers."

~ Charles W. Eliot

Friday, September 11, 2009

Rare Intellect

"If we encounter a man of rare intellect,we should ask him what books he reads."

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Mental Exercise

"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body."

~ Joseph Addison

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Books are...

"Books are standing counselors and preachers, always at hand,and always disinterested; having this advantage over oral instructors,that they are ready to repeat their lesson as often as we please."

~ Oswald Chambers

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


"I cannot live without books."

~ Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

Monday, September 7, 2009

Town Library

"Perhaps no place in any community is so totally democratic as the town library. The only entrance requirement is interest."

~ Lady Bird Johnson (1912-2007)

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Cradle of Democracy

"There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the Free Public Library, this republic of letters, where neither rank, office, nor wealth receives the slightest consideration."

~ Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919)

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Courts of Last Resort? No Never

"Throughout my formal education I spent many, many hours in public and school libraries. Libraries became the courts of last resort, as it were. The current definitive answer to almost any question can be found within the four walls of most libraries."

~ Arthur Ashe (1943-1993)

Friday, September 4, 2009

Community Treasure Chests

"Libraries are community treasure chests, loaded with a wealth of information available to everyone equally, and the key to that treasure chest is the library card. I have found the most valuable thing in my wallet is my library card."

~ First Lady Laura Bush

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God By Francis Chan

I received a Wowbrary email about a book my library recently purchased and I can't wait to read it. I ask myself these very questions and can't wait to read what this author has to say...

Content of Email:

Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God By Francis Chan. From David C. Cook. (110 reviews)

'Sometimes I feel like when I make decisions that are remotely biblical, people who call themselves Christians are the first to criticize and say I'm crazy, that I'm taking the Bible too literally, or that I'm not thinking about my family's well-being. . . When people gladly sacrifice their time or comfort or home, it is obvious that they trust in the promises of God. Why is it that the story of someone who has actually done what Jesus commands resonates deeply with us, but we then assume we could never do anything so radical or intense?

Check out the book's website for more information, description, table of contents and sample chapter.

See what Wikipedia has to say about Crazy Love.

ISBN-13: 9781434768513

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Books, books, books...

"Books, books, books had found the secret of a garret-room
piled high with cases in my father's name;
Piled high, packed large, -- where, creeping in and out
among the giant fossils of my past, like some small nimble mouse between the ribs of a mastodon, I nibbled here and there
at this or that box, pulling through the gap, in heats of terror, haste, victorious joy, the first book first.
And how I felt it beat under my pillow, in the morning's dark.
An hour before the sun would let me read!
My books!"

~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Terri Blackstock Give A Way

I received an email from Terri Blackstock regarding her newest book - Intervention. It is on my hold list at our local public library and I'm looking forward to reading it since I used to work at a Christian counseling center in both counseling and crisis response before having children. Enter the "It's Time for Intervention" Contest—Terri Blackstock is Giving Away Five iPod Shuffles!

Below are Book Details Listed at Terri's website:

It was her last hope—and the beginning of a new nightmare.

Barbara Covington has one more chance to save her daughter from a devastating addiction, by staging an intervention. But when eighteen-year-old Emily disappears on the way to drug treatment—and her interventionist is found dead at the airport—Barbara enters her darkest nightmare of all.

Barbara and her son set out to find Emily before Detective Kent Harlan arrests her for a crime he is sure she committed. Fearing for Emily’s life, Barbara maintains her daughter’s innocence. But does she really know her anymore? Meanwhile, Kent has questions of his own. His gut tells him that this is a case of an addict killing for drugs, but as he gets to know Barbara, he begins to hope he’s wrong about Emily.

The panic level rises as the mysteries intensify: Did Emily’s obsession with drugs lead her to commit murder—or is she another victim of a cold-blooded killer?

Friday, August 28, 2009

My Library Card

"When I got [my] library card, that was when my life began."

~ Rita Mae Brown

This is also true for my children. On their fifth birthdays we make quite the deal of getting their own library card. My children own our library (at least they think they do).

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Through the Fire by Shawn Grady

I was browsing in our public library's new books section and came across a book by an author I hadn't heard of yet - Shawn Grady. As I perused his book, I saw favorable comments from two authors I appreciate - James Scott Bell and Kathryn Cushman, so I decided to give this new author a chance. I'm so glad I did. Through The Fire gives an insider's view of fire fighting in addition to giving the reader an excellent story with well-developed and interesting characters.

Back of the Book says:

Even Smoke Runs From the Fire.

Firefighting burns in Aidan O’Neill’s blood, but his innate gift for reading flames has made him overconfident and sometimes puts lives in danger. When one call goes horribly wrong and a rookie is hurt, Aidan ends up suspended and finds himself questioning everything.
It couldn’t have happened at a worse time.

An arsonist is targeting Reno, leaving a scorched path of destruction. The department calls Aidan back, but his return is troubled. The gift he relied on for so long has gone silent and it’s as though the fires are coming for him, hunting him down. Teaming with a beguiling fire investigator who may know more than she’s saying, Aidan must discover where his trust rests as the flames burn ever closer.

To learn more check out the author's web page.

Chapter 1 Excerpt

Bethany House

Monday, August 24, 2009

Wonderful thing about a book...

A wonderful thing about a book, in contrast to a computer screen, is that you can take it to bed with you.

~ Daniel J. Boorstin

Thursday, August 20, 2009

The failure to read good books...

"The failure to read good books both enfeebles the visionand strengthens our most fatal tendency--the belief that the here and now is all there is."

~ Allan Bloom

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Offworld by Robin Parrish

I enjoy reading books that aren't a repeat of everything else and Robin's fourth book, Offworld was definitely different and interesting. I thought he did a good job developing the characters and the plot. Its great to find an author who knows how to weave a story in such a way to keep me reading. I'm looking forward to reading the next book Robin Parrish writes.

Back of Books Says:


Commander Christopher Burke and his crew are humanity’s greatest explorers. They’ve finished their mission on the red dirt of Mars and now they just want to get back to Earth. To see friends, family, and loved ones. To be home.

But even with communication to ground control cut and a perilous landing, nothing could prepare the crew for what they discover when they step foot back on planet Earth.


It’s not a dream. It’s not a trick.

Now Burke and his team have one mission: find out who or what is behind the disappearance of all mankind.

Bethany House
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0606-1

Monday, August 17, 2009

Books had the power...

"Books, I found, had the power to make time stand still, retreat or fly into the future."

~ Jim Bishop

Saturday, August 15, 2009

When we read...

"When we read a story, we inhabit it. The covers of the book are like a roof and four walls. What is to happen next will take place within the four walls of the story. And this is possible because the story's voice makes everything its own."

~ John Berger

Friday, August 14, 2009

Human Nature

"Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?"

~ Henry Ward Beecher

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Taste, Swallow, Chew, Digest...

"Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention."

~ Francis Bacon

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

23 Minutes in Hell by Bill Wiese

I borrowed this book from a friend at church (thanks Roz) and let me tell you it packs a powerful punch. The author tells of his personal experience and backs everything with Scripture. From what I've read in the Bible his description of hell sounds accurate. It is definitely a place I want to avoid.

Romans 5:8 tells us that Jesus died for us while we were yet sinners. His sacrifice makes it possible for us to live eternally with HIM and to leave hell for those it was created for the devil and his fallen angels.

Ephesians 2:8-9
reminds us that we are all saved by grace and not one of us can boast that our merits or works saved us.

Back of Books Says:
Bill Wiese saw the searing flames of hell, felt total isolation, and experienced the putrid and rotting stench, deafening screams of agony, terrorizing demons, and finally, the strong hand of God lifting him out of the pit.
Wiese's visit to the devil's lair lasted just twenty-three minutes, but he returned with vivid details etched in his memory. Since this life-changing ordeal, he has spent the last seven years studying the Scriptures to find answers and has listed more than 150 Bible verses referencing hell.
Everyone is curious about the aferlife, and now Wiese shares his insights to commonly asked questions such as:
* Is Hell a literal burning place?
* Where is Hell?
* Do you have a body in Hell?
* Are there degrees of punishment in Hell?
* Are there children in Hell?
* Can demons torment people in Hell?
* Can "good" people go to Hell?

"Even if you don't believe my story, I hope you will believe the Scriptures and avoid hell just the same."
Check your local library or bookstore for this book that could change what you think about hell and guide you along the path to alter your eternal destiny.

ISBN: 1-59185-882-8

I've been where...

"I've traveled the world twice over,
Met the famous; saints and sinners,
Poets and artists, kings and queens,
Old stars and hopeful beginners,
I've been where no-one's been before,
Learned secrets from writers and cooks,
All with one library ticket
To the wonderful world of books."

~ Anonymous

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

If you can read...

"If you can read this, thank a teacher."

~ Anonymous Teacher

Monday, August 10, 2009

Save Gas...

"Save Gas. Stay Local. Travel by Book."

~ Sign in front of the Red Hook Public Library
Red Hook, New York

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Randy Alcorn's August Giveaway

This month Randy Alcorn is giving three winners a “Share Heaven” pack that includes Randy’s books Heaven and TouchPoints: Heaven, along with a Heaven booklet and a packet of 25 Heaven tracks. In the Heaven tract, Randy explains that Heaven isn't our "default destination" and that specific preparation must be made if we are to safely arrive in Heaven.

Here’s how to enter: Leave a comment on Randy's post by Sunday, August 30. Three randomly drawn winners will be announced in a blog post on Monday, August 31, so be sure to check back and see if you won.

To check out Randy’s other Heaven titles, visit the EPM website. All Heaven-related books are on sale from EPM during the month of August at a 40% discount. (Sale excludes the Heaven Study Guide, Heaven Bible Study Workbook, Heaven Group Discussion Guide, Heaven booklets and Heaven tracts.)

Monday, July 20, 2009

Smoking by Alvin Silverstein, Virginia Silverstein, and Laura Silverstein Nunn

My daughter read a book about smoking in the My Health series by Dr. Alvin Silverstein, Virginia Silverstein, and Laura Silverstein Nunn that would be a great book for any upper elementary aged child to read because it teaches about the health problems associated with smoking.

Back of books says:

Have you ever heard someone say, "at least I have my health?" Staying healthy is very important to us. If you've ever had a cold, the chickenpox, or a broken bone, you know that it's hard to be happy when something is wrong with your body. A cold makes you feel lousy, the chickenpox makes you itch, and a broken bone is very painful. The books in this series will help you learn more about the minor health problems we all face at one time or another. Along the way, you will also learn how all the parts of your body work together to keep you healthy most of the time.

This book has a questionnaire that children can give to friends and family to learn more about the effects of smoking. There is also a page that shares information from the American Cancer Society that describes how a smoker's health improves after he or she quits smoking.

My Health Series
ISBN: 0-531-12193-3

Monday, July 6, 2009

Apologetics for a New Generation - Sean McDowell - General Editor

I found this book on the current release section at the public library and thought it sounded interesting. It's important as parents that we help our kids form a Biblical worldview before sending them into a world full of questions.

Back of Books Says:

“I feel so lost…I’m not sure what I believe anymore. Can you help me?”

For every teenager or college-age person who shares these thoughts, many more hide similar feelings inside. This generation’s faith is constantly under attack from the secular media, skeptical teachers, and unbelieving peers. You may wonder, How can I help?

Working with young adults every day, Sean McDowell understands their situation and shares your concern. His first-rate team of contributors, including Dan Kimball, Josh McDowell, and Brian Godawa, shows how you can help members of the new generation plant their feet firmly on the truth. Find out how you can walk them through the process of…

· Formulating a biblical worldview and applying scriptural principles to everyday issues.
· Articulating their questions and addressing their doubts in a safe environment
· Becoming confident in their faith and effective in their witness

The truth never gets old, but people need to hear it in fresh, new ways. Find out how you can effectively share the answers to life’s big questions with a new generation.

Apologetics Websites from the book’s appendix

Editor’s Website -
Publisher’s Website -

ISBN 978-0-7369-2520-4

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Game Plan for Life by Joe Gibbs

The following is taken from Randy Alcorn's Eternal Perspectives Newsletter regarding a book that will be available on July 21, 2009.

The Game Plan for Life: Your Personal Playbook for Success is the fulfillment of a long-time vision of Joe Gibbs, three-time Super Bowl winning head coach of the Washington Redskins and owner of a three-time NASCAR championship team.

Randy writes, "Joe drafted a team of men to specifically address 11 key areas that men age 20 and older struggle with, focusing primarily on what the Bible says about these issues. He called me to ask if I would write about Heaven. Joe said the Heaven book had meant a lot to him, and I told him I was glad to contribute a chapter."

Click here to watch a video of Joe Gibbs talking about Heaven and his visit with Randy Alcorn in May.

The Game Plan for Life is available through Be sure to check out for resources on all the topics the book covers.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Free Book to School Library


Karen Kingsbury wants to Give Your School Library a Free Book! Karen's grandmother was a librarian, but she died of cancer before Karen was born. In addition, Karen's brother, Dave, loved to frequent libraries. It was his belief that all people should have access to books -whether they could afford them or not. After Dave died in 2005, Karen made a promise to donate as many books as possible to libraries.

As of February 1, 2009, Karen is grateful to announce that she will now donate books to any school library who wants them! The donation can be for a public or Christian school - at any grade level. Simply ask your school librarian to send Karen a written request on school letterhead paper.

Karen is currently donating her title: Between Sundays in hardback form. Karen will cover the cost of the book and the postage for any librarian who sends in a written request to:

Karen Kingsbury
800 NE Tenney Road, Suite 110
PMB 506
Vancouver, WA., 98685

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Boyhood and Beyond by Bob Schultz

I bought this book for my husband and son because it discusses some characteristics I'd hope to see in my son as he becomes a man.
Back of Books Says:

Boys who are on the road to becoming men of honor, courage, and faith will greatly benefit from the heartfelt encouragement and sound advice from the heartfelt encouragement and sound advice offered in Boyhood and Beyond.

Bob Schultz, a carpenter by trade, has written a timeless book for boys. Wisdom and common sense are gleaned from short chapters covering topics such as authority, inventiveness, and honesty as well as learning to overcome things like fear, laziness, and temptation. Boyhood and Beyond motivates boys to build their lives on a foundation of strong moral principles. Most importantly, these chapters will encourage boys to become the men God wants them to be as they develop a relationship with Him. This is a "life" books designed to be read and lived out in a boy's life, thus becoming one of his building blocks to godly character and, ultimately, manhood.

Boyhood and Beyond can be read alone, used with a journal, or read aloud in a group. There are discussion questions at the end of each chapter.

ISBN: 1-883934-09-5

Friday, June 12, 2009

Shadows of Lancaster County by Mindy Starns Clark

I enjoyed this book because it had a little of everything. Amish novels are a pleasant reminder of my childhood home since many Amish live nearby. This book mixes modern day complexities with a peaceful Amish community.

The Walmart near my dad is just a bit different than the Walmart near my home. Our Walmart has a big parking lot with lots of parking spaces and the one near my dad has that in addition to a large section with hitching posts so the Amish can park their buggies. They even have special lanes for the Amish to drive sometimes, but often they share the road with the Englishers which can be quite dangerous for all involved.

Back of Book Says:

What Shadows Darken the Quiet Valleys of Amish County?

Anna Bailey thought she left the tragedies of the past behind when she took on a new identity and moved from Pennsylvania to California. But now that her brother has vanished and his wife is crying out for help, Anna knows she has no choice but to come out of hiding, go home, and find him. Back in Lancaster County, Anna follows the high-tech trail her brother left behind, a trail that leads from the simple world of Amish farming to the cutting edge of DNA research and gene therapy.

During the course of her pursuit, Anna soon realizes that she has something others want, something worth killing for. In a world where nothing is as it seems, Anna seeks to protect herself, find her brother, and keep a rein on her heart despite the sudden reappearance of Reed Thornton, the only man she has ever loved.

For Discussion Questions, to read the first chapter and more, check out the author's website.

ISBN: 978-0-7369-2447-4

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Raising a Modern-Day Knight by Robert Lewis

I read about this book in a catalogue and then found it at my local library. I checked the book out and have been perusing it. Raising a Modern-Day Knight is full of ideas that can help fathers as they guide their sons into manhood.

Back of Book Says:

What Does It Mean To Be A Man?

Moreover, how do you as a father instill that notion in your son? By Raising a Modern-Day Knight.

The medieval custom of knighthood offers a unique approach to shaping a boy into a man. In those days, lads were trained from an early age, being equipped with a masculine vision, a code of conduct, and a cause in which to invest their lives. Ceremonies were held in their honor, celebrating the boys' progress. Objectives were set, goals achieved, and along the way, these boys became men.

In much the same way, Raising a Modern-Day Knight will show how you, too, can confidently guide your son to authentic, biblical manhood.

Complete with illuminating Scriptures, eye-opening illustrations, and the personal experiences of others, Raising a Modern-Day Knight provides a clear understanding of mature masculinity - a vision you can pursue together with your son! You'll be armed with tools, methods, and ideas to help you raise him into a chivalrous, godly man. Plus, you'll have all the necessary know-how to proactively guide and commemorate his growth.

A Focus on the Family Book Published by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

ISBN 1 56179 716-2

How to Hug a Porcupine Edited by June Eding

I love the title and subtitle - How to Hug a Porcupine: Easy Ways to Love the Difficult People in Your Life. I came across this book in the new release section of my library and thought it would be beneficial for me. The books is full of suggestions on how to deal with the people in our lives that often rub us the wrong way. Find a copy of this quick read and discover some tips to make the relationships in your life that may be challenging just a bit better...

Back of book says: "Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around." ~ Leo Buscaglia

Andrew Flach, the book's publisher wrote, "Other people challenge us. Other people improve us. Other people make us better human beings."

ISBN: 978-1-57826-293-9

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Elyon by Ted Dekker and Kaci Hill

This is the last book in The Lost Books, the young adult/teen series. I'm looking forward to reading Green in the overall series to bring it all full circle. If you haven't read any of the books by Ted Dekker, I recommend you start with Black. He says you can start anywhere in the series. For an entire listing of all the books in the larger series Books of History Chronicles, see the previous post (Lunatic). Elyon does complete this series, but there are questions left unanswered... This book (actually the whole series) is not something I would have read ten years ago, but after reading Black the first book written in the Books of History Chronicles, I wanted to see where the story went - it sure has been a ride.

The Lost Books
Book 1 – Chosen
Book 2 – Infidel
Book 3 – Renegade
Book 4 – Chaos
Book 5 – Lunatic
Book 6 – Elyon

Back of book says:

Elyon’s Lakes have turned blood red. Is it a curse… or the cure?

Shaeda has one blue eye and one purple eye. No one fully knows her story, but her mere gaze eats away at the core of one’s being. In his quest for power, Johnis now finds himself in her intoxicating grip.

Assumed identities, a magic amulet, control of the fearsome Shataiki bats, and a troubling alliance with the Dark Priest all converge against the three remaining chosen.

Only Elyon knows what will happen when the forces of ultimate good and evil clash in their final battle. Dive deep with them in this epic conclusion to the Lost Novels – if you dare!

ISBN: 978-1-59554-374-5

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Lunatic by Ted Dekker and Kaci Hill

This book is one that you may find yourself greatly confused in unless you have read other books in the mega series - Books of History Chronicles (see end of this post for complete listing. The Lost Books are part of the overall series geared toward young adult/teens. I'd recommend starting with Black to gain an understanding of the whole series, but Ted Dekker says you can start anywhere in the series. He has a new book coming in September that he says is both the beginning and the end of the series. I look forward to reading it.

The Lost Books

Book 1 – Chosen
Book 2 – Infidel
Book 3 – Renegade
Book 4 – Chaos
Book 5 – Lunatic
Book 6 – Elyon

Back of Book says:

Fight with the Horde… or die with love.

Separated by time and space, our heroes finally return home. But five years have passed and they find a nightmarishly changed world.

The despised Horde are now in control. The healing lakes of Elyon are now blood red. And mighty Thomas Hunter and his Forest Guard have disappeared.

Dive into a journey among the Horde whose sole mission is the destruction of the Circle. Come face-to-face with an enchantingly beautiful creature with unearthly powers – and questionable motives.

Take a stand with the chose but be wary, for not all is as it seems. How the chose themselves are questioning their very sanity. For the only way to win may be to lose. The only way to live may be to die. And the one to lead may be a lunatic.

ISBN: 978-1-59554-373-8

Books of History Chronicles

The Lost Books
- Chosen
- Infidel
- Renegade
- Chaos
- Lunatic
- Elyon

The Circle Series
- Black
- Red
- White
- Green

The Paradise Books
- Showdown
- Saint
- Sinner

House (with Frank Peretti)

Monday, June 8, 2009

June Giveaway

This month Randy Alcorn is offering blog readers the chance to win a fiction book of their choice. For a list of the books you can choose from and more info on each, visit his website - Eternal Perspectives Ministries. I've read all of Randy's fiction and enjoyed them all tremendously. To read my thoughts on his books, just type Randy Alcorn into my blog search.

Here’s how to enter: Leave a comment on Randy's post by Sunday, June 28 indicating which book you would like to win. The three randomly drawn winners will be announced in a blog post on Monday, June 29, so be sure to check back and see if you won.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The Atonement Child by Francine Rivers

This was a great piece of fiction with a powerful message. I'd like to see this book become a movie because it's message could impact many and it seems more people are willing to spend a couple hours watching a movie instead reading.

Back of Book Says:

In one horrific, terrifying moment, Dynah Carey’s perfect life is shattered by rape, her future irrevocably altered by an unwanted pregnancy, her doting family torn apart. Her seemingly rock-solid faith is pushed to the limits as she faces the most momentous choice of her life- to embrace or end the untimely life within her.

Discussion Questions - Spoiler Alert

Pages 375-376 in the book shares the following support groups:

The following national organizations have information and referrals for postabortion counseling and support groups in your area:

American Rights Coalition
P.O. Box 487
Chattanooga, TN 37401
Please call 1-800-634-2224
for referrals for medical,
legal, and emotional

Care Net
109 Carpenter Drive
Suite 100
Sterling, VA 20164
Please call 1-800-395-HELP
for a referral to the closest
Care Net Crisis Pregnancy
Center in your area.

Heartbeat International
7870 Olentangy River Road
Suite 304
Columbus, OH 43235-1319

National Office of Post-
Abortion Reconciliation
and Healing
P.O. Box 07477
Milwaukee, WI 53207-0477
(Will give referrals to Project
Rachel programs in
Catholic dioceses)

Open Arms
P.O. Box 9292
Colorado Springs, CO 80932

Victims of Choice, Inc.
P.O. Box 815
Naperville, IL 60566-0815
(Offers guidebook for
one-on-one abortion-
recovery counseling

Life After Assault League, Inc.
Kay Zibolsky
1336 W. Lindbergh
Appleton, WI 54914
Phone: 920-739-4489
Fax: 920-739-1990

ISBN-10: 0-8423-0052-X
ISBN-13: 978-0-8423-0052-0

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Exposure by Brandilyn Collins

This was a suspenseful book that I really enjoyed reading because I didn't have it all figured out in the first chapter. I'm not going to post a lot about the book because I don't want to spoil a great read for those of you who take pleasure in deciphering the clues the author shares. The story is well written and the characters are developed in such a way that you might like to be neighbors or friends with them. I will definitely look for more books by Ms. Collins.

Back of Book Says:

When Your Worst Fear Comes True

Someone is stalking Kaycee Raye. But who will believe her? Everyone knows she's a little crazy. Kaycee's syndicated newspaper column pokes fun at her own paranoia and multiple fears. The police in her small town are well aware she makes money writing of her experiences. Worse yet, she has no proof of any threats. Pictures of a dead man mysteriously appear in her home - then vanish before police arrive. Multisensory images flood Kaycee's mind. Where is all this coming from?

Maybe she is going over the edge.

The real danger strikes someone close to Kaycee. And her own disturbing incidents escalate. Are the two series of events related? Is she responsible for it all.

High action and psychological suspense collide in this story of terror, twists, and desperate faith. The startling questions surrounding Kaycee pile high. Her search for answers may prove more than she can survive...

Visit the author's website or blog.

Chapter 1 Excerpt

ISBN 978-0-310-27643-2

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Note II by Angela Hunt

I'm not usually interested in love stories, but I decided to read this because I read the first book The Note a few years ago and then I found the movie recently. I enjoyed the book more than the movie and will watch the movie for this book soon. I do prefer to read the book before watching the movie since I generally enjoy reading more than watching.

Back of the Book Says:

After covering the story of an ill-fated Pan World flight, newspaper columnist Peyton MacGruder returns to her job as the Heart Healer with two new loves in her life - Kingston Danville, a sports editor, and Christine Lugar, the daughter she surrendered to an adoption agency nineteen years before. When a reader challenges Peyton's advice to "let caution trump passion," Peyton determines to learn the reason behind the woman cynicism... and, in the process, discovers an answer to her own heartrending dilemma.

This book isn't typical of Angela Hunt's style. She generally isn't afraid to eliminate beloved characters or those that are on the verge of "getting it" which makes her books resemble real life. The first book, The Note ended in a way that left a measure of sadness although a lot of learning took place for the predominate character. The first movie ended with more of a happily ever after type feel which felt good, but isn't always the way life goes. Her books have more depth and offer suspense, but this book was pretty simple to figure out probably because the author wrote the book based on the first movie rather than the first book.

Discussion Questions
ISBN 978-1-4143-3295-6
Tyndale Fiction

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

I Wish by Robin Parrish

On May 15th I received a newsletter from Robin Parrish, a Christian, suspense, author whose work I discovered at my local library and it contained the following:

I wish life were simpler.
I wish so many of us didn't have to work so hard for so little.
I wish some of us didn't have to live with endless aches and pains.
I wish we didn't ever have to face tragedy, or hopelessness, or loss.
I wish our bodies and minds didn't deteriorate over time.
I wish there were never things that needed fixing, mending, or cleaning up.
I wish so many didn't have to live alone.
I wish my loved ones didn't have to worry or suffer.
I wish my little boy didn't have to grow up in a world that's going to bring him some measure of sorrow.
I wish feelings never got hurt, misunderstandings never occurred between friends, and hearts would never be broken.
I wish life was never hard.

But then... how could we fathom the beauty of spring if we did not first live through the stark, icy winter?It's not the pain that defines us, my friends. It's not what this world throws at us. It's the knowledge, the belief we hold in our hearts that this is not all there is. That nothing we go through is in vain.And that we are bought and purchased by he who is greater.


Sunday, May 24, 2009

The Case for Christ: The Film by Lee Strobel

My friend, Laura loaned me a movie today that I look forward to watching - I usually prefer to read the book, but this time I'll be watching. I'll most likely read the book too...

Back of case says:

Based upon the Gold Medallion award-wining best-seller, The Case for Christ documents Lee Strobel's journey from atheism to faith through his two=year investigation of the Bible and the life of Jesus Christ.

Strobel, the former legal editor of the Chicago Tribune, draws upon his investigative skills to examine the historical accuracy of the Gospels, the personal claims of Jesus and His resurrection from the dead. Is there evidence to confirm that Jesus of Nazareth was indeed, the son of God and the savior of the world?

This remarkable film features interviews with 10 leading Biblical scholars form North America and England, cutting-edge apologetics, and a compelling original music score.

2007 LaMirada Films

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Evidence for the Resurrection by Josh McDowell and Sean McDowell

This is a book on my to read list like so many others. I feel inadequate at times when people ask some of these hard questions. Skimming through this book and Lee Strobel's book, The Case for the Real Jesus, I have found some great information. Check out these books to learn more.

Back of Book Says:

Did Jesus Rise from the Dead?

When Jesus died on the cross, it seemed that all had been lost. Death had won. But after three days in a rich man’s tomb, Jesus appeared… alive! The news was so shocking that his followers refused to believe it until they saw him with their own eyes and touched his wounds with their own hands. Then Jesus made an amazing claim: In the future, they would have resurrected bodies like his, bodies that would never deteriorate, age or perish. They would have new life without death or pain, in the presence of a loving God forever.

But can we believe his promise? For that matter, can we really believe that the promise was made by a man who rose from the dead? In this fascinating look at the claims of the Gospel writers and 2,000 years of believing Christians, bestselling author Josh McDowell and his son Sean invite you to examine the compelling and abundant evidence that Jesus Christ conquered death and the grave. And they challenge you to answer this question: If Jesus rose from the dead 2,000 years ago, what does it mean for me today?

Publisher: REGAL BOOKS
ISBN: 0830747850

Monday, May 11, 2009

A Cousin's Promise by Wanda Brunstetter

Wanda Brunstetter has a new Amish series that is similar to her other series and those of Beverly Lewis, but different. This book actually makes the Amish seem a bit more realistic that some of the other books that make them seem close to perfect. Wayne's mother has some overbearing and not too Christian attitudes which makes her seem more like the rest of the world. If you enjoy reading Amish fiction, give this new series a try.

I like to read Amish stories because I grew up close to an Amish community. When I go home to visit my family, I like to shop at the Amish grocery stores (very similar to whole foods or health foods stores near where I live now). The people are kind and willing to share from their knowledge. I appreciate their simple life.

Indiana Cousins Series

Book 1 - A Cousin’s Promise- March 2009
Book 2 - A Cousin's Prayer - Sept. 2009

Back of Book Says:

When a group of eight cousins and friends leaves their Indiana Amish community for a weekend getaway, a horrific accident brings them home forever changed.

Permanently disabled by the accident, Wayne Lambright struggles to take care of himself. He can’t imagine being able to be the kind of husband his fiancĂ©e, Loraine Miller needs. Determined to sacrifice his happiness to give her a better life, he breaks their engagement.

Loraine refuses to believe Wayne doesn’t love her anymore. But when her old boyfriend Jake Beechy returns from exploring the English world, Wayne does everything in his power to help Jake regain Loraine’s love.

For better or worse, Loraine wants to be Wayne’s wife, but if he won’t agree, should she promise her love to Jake? How will God work to bring Loraine the true desires of her heart?

Discussion Questions - Spoiler Alert

ISBN 978-1-60260-060-7

Thursday, May 7, 2009

The Case for the Real Jesus by Lee Strobel

Check out this book by Lee Strobel if you have questions about Jesus and wonder what the truth really is then this is the book for you. Maybe people are asking you for proof regarding your beliefs that you take by faith alone - well here's some research to back your faith.

Back of Book Says:

Today, the traditional picture of Jesus is under an intellectual onslaught from critical scholars, popular historians, TV documentaries, Hollywood movies, bestselling authors, Internet bloggers, Muslim debaters, and atheist think tanks. They're capturing the public's imagination with a radical new portrait of Jesus that bears scant resemblance to the picture historically embraced by the church.

How persuasive is this new image of Jesus? Is it based on well-supported facts and arguments - or does it fade away when exposed to the hot light of scrutiny?

In this dramatic investigation, award-winning writer and former legal editor Lee Strobel explores such controversial questions as:

* Did Christianity suppress "alternative gospels" that portray Jesus more accurately than the New Testament?

* Did the church distort the truth about Jesus by tampering with early biblical texts?

* Have fresh insights and explanations finally disproved the resurrection?

Evaluate the evidence for yourself as leading experts grapple with the latest objections from today's foremost critics. Then reach your own verdict in The Case for the Real Jesus.

Find answers to your faith questions at Lee Strobel's website.

ISBN-10: 0-310-24210-X

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

At Home for the Holidays by Meredith Efken

I read this book after I read the third book in the series, but it was still fun to read about the endeavors of the characters I've grown to identify with and love. For a quick and entertaining read check out the whole series.
Book 1 - SAHM I am
Book 2 - @ Home for the Holidays
Book 3 - Play It Again. SAHM

Back of the Book Says:

'Tis the season to be jolly?

Sitting by the fireside, humming carols and knitting mittens…not! For these stay-at-home moms, the weeks before Christmas are anything but mellow. How can you balance housework, home crises and the husband without losing your mind? Plug in your laptop!

Meet Dulcie, Zelia, Jocelyn, Rosalyn, Veronica and the rest of the women of SAHM I Am. An e-mail loop of stay-at-home moms, they’ve seen each other through months of domestic drama: babies who won’t come, bills that won’t leave, kids who won’t listen and spouses who won’t talk. Now, as the yuletide approaches, the SAHMs are on hand once again, bearing gifts of sisterhood, sanity, and the real Christmas spirit.
Discussion Questions - Spoiler Alert

ISBN: -10: 0-373-78570-4

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Free Book

I received an email newsletter from ChristiaNet regarding an offer for a free book - Revolution in World Missions by K. P. Yohannan, the founder and president of Gospel for Asia, a mission organization involved in evangelism and church planting in the unreached regions of Asia. See ChristiaNet's email below:

Revolution in World Missions isn't really a book about missions. It's about what God can do with your heart when you let Him.

The book is free. And by that we mean completely free. No shipping or handling and no hidden fees.

So, there has to be a catch, right? Well, sort of. You need to give us two things. One is your mailing address, so we know where to send your free book. The other is your email address. We know you're wondering what we'll do with that. We don't blame you — we feel the same way about giving out our email addresses.

We will send you a confirmation email. We won't sell or rent your name to anyone and we won't get you on a spam list.

We're giving this book away because it changes people's lives!

Get the book for free.

For more information go to the website for Gospel for Asia.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Randy Alcorn's Monthly Giveaway

This month, Randy Alcorn is giving away a book gift set (The Grace and Truth Paradox, The Purity Principle, and The Treasure Principle) to three randomly drawn winners. All three books pack a powerful punch. To learn more about Randy's non-fiction books check his website.

To enter this months drawing: Leave a comment on Randy's post by Friday, May 22. The three randomly drawn winners will be announced in a blog post on Tuesday, May 26, so be sure to check back at Randy's blog to see if you won.

The Grace and Truth Paradox Study Guide
The Purity Principle Study Guide
The Treasure Principle Study Guide
The Treasure Principle Bible Study

Monday, April 27, 2009

The Case for Christ for Kids by Lee Strobel and Rob Suggs

There is much information available for adults who wish to investigate who Jesus was, but its a lot for a child to try to digest. Check out this kid-friendly (ages 8-12) book to help children in their search to learn more about Jesus. The Bible should be our first and foremost text to learn about our Savior, so this book is for those who want additional research.

Book Says:

You meet skeptics every day. They ask questions like:

Was Jesus really born in a stable? Did his friends tell the truth? Did he really come back from the dead? Here’s a book written in kid-friendly language to give you the answers.

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 96
Vendor: Zonderkidz
Publication Date: 2006
ISBN: 0310711479

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Jesus: Dead or Alive?: Evidence for the Resurrection Teen Edition by Josh McDowell and Sean McDowell

Great book for teens and pre-teens who want to research the facts about Jesus' resurrection with Josh and Sean McDowell.

Back of Book Says:

You’ve never seen anybody come back to live after being dead for three days. Nobody you know has ever seen anybody come back to life after being dead for three days. But that doesn’t mean it’s never happened.

No one debates the fact that a Jewish peasant named Jesus was put to death in Palestine 2,000 years ago, but there’s been plenty of debate ever since about what happened next. Two thousand years of believing Christians have never seen anybody come back to life after being dead for three days, that’s exactly what happened: Jesus rose from the grave (not like in a zombie movie – he was really alive). Now you can see for yourself the evidence that has persuaded hundreds of millions of people for a couple thousand years… and you can find out why (if it really happened) Jesus’ resurrection changes everything.

For more info on Josh McDowell's ministries and books, check his website.

ISBN: 0830747877

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Boneman’s Daughters by Ted Dekker

This book is something else. I never like to share too much when it comes to books especially when the author does such a good job keeping the reader guessing. Oftentimes when I read books, I have everything figured out well before the end. With this book there were so many possibilities to consider and I missed one major possibility. There are some graphic details, but mainly left to the readers imagination. You would hear worse listening to the evening news, unfortunately. If you like suspense and mystery this may be a book you will want to read.
Front Jacket says:

Would you kill an innocent man to save your daughter?

They call him BoneMan, a serial killer who’s abducted six young women. He’s the perfect father looking for the perfect daughter, and when his victims fail to meet his lofty expectations, he kills them by breaking their bones and leaving them to die.

Intelligence officer Ryan Evans, on the other hand, has lost all hope of ever being the perfect father. His daughter and wife have written him out of their lives.

Everything changes when BoneMan takes Ryan’s estranged daughter, Bethany, as his seventh victim. Ryan goes after BoneMan on his own.

But the FBI sees it differently. New evidence points to the suspicion that Ryan is BoneMan. Now the hunter is the hunted, and in the end, only one father will stand.

For the story behind the story check out Ted's website.

ISBN: 978-1-59995-195-9

Monday, April 20, 2009

How to Live Through a Bad Day by Jack Hayford

A while back I read this short book and recommend it to any who would like some encouragement from Jesus' words on the cross.

Back of Book Says:



Through the words of Jesus as He was dying on the Cross, Jack Hayford unfolds the secret of triumphing over the ultimate season of suffering. Establishing a framework for dealing with hardship. How to Live Through a Bad Day challenges you to examine the way you handle trials and encourages you to focus on the power that frees - the Cross.

You will read real life stories of individuals who triumphed over their "bad days." You will be heartened by their stories of bravery and integrity - even while facing the anguish of marital infidelity or financial collapse. How to Live Through a Bad Day does more than encourage you to endure; it inspires you to overcome.

ISBN 0 -7852-6617-8

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Eat This Not That Supermarket Survival Guide

Back of Book Says:

Eat all of your favorite supermarket foods - and watch the pounds disappear!

You can burn fat and sculpt the body you've always wanted - and even save money in the process - without dieting. All you need is the insider's guide to smart, healthy, low-cost food choices. And now, the right choices are simple!

From the produce section to the frozen-food aisle, the modern supermarket is loaded with 50,000 food choices, all vying for your hard-earned money. Now wonder it's hard to know what to buy. But with EAT THIS, NOT THAT! SUPERMARKET SURVIVAL GUIDE, the smart answers are right in your hands. No more fake "healthy" foods. No more rip-off supermarket "bargains." No more disappointing meals. And most important of all, no more extra pounds!

With this simple illustrated guide to thousands of food - along with the nutrition secrets that lead to fast and permanent weight loss - you'll make the smartest choice for you and your family, every time!

For more info go here.

ISBN - 13: 978-1605298382
ISBN - 10: 1605298387

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Free Book!

Taken from an email from Voice of the Martyrs:

It was the book that shocked the nation. After surviving 14 years in communist prisons, Pastor Richard Wurmbrand came to America to proclaim the trials and testimonies of our persecuted brothers and sisters.
In Tortured for Christ, Wurmbrand tells of his imprisonment for his work with the underground church and introduces the work of The Voice of the Martyrs. Forty years later, The Voice of the Martyrs remains true to its calling to be a voice for persecuted Christians, to serve with them in their time of need and to assist them in their efforts to proclaim the gospel.
We would like to extend this special opportunity for you to request a complimentary copy of Tortured for Christ for your Christian friends and family members. Help spread the message of today's persecuted church. Simply follow the link below.

I would like to request a complimentary copy of Tortured for Christ for my friend(s).

If you would like to view a list of resources on the persecuted church and online specials from VOM, please visit

This online offer is being presented by The Voice of the Martyrs. For additional information, you may contact us by
clicking here or calling our order line at 800-747-0085.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Randy Alcorn's Giveaway of the month: Theology of Money DVD class and Money, Possessions and Eternity

This month, three randomly drawn winners will receive Randy Alcorn’s Theology of Money DVD class along with Money, Possessions and Eternity.

The Theology of Money Class is a 6-DVD set (12 one-hour sessions) of Randy Alcorn teaching at Western Seminary. The class explores the biblical doctrine of money and possessions, with special emphasis on using them to impact lives for eternity. With a view toward God's glory and eternal rewards, it includes practical application and attention to the stewardship of money in churches, families, and personal lifestyle choices.

Money, Possessions and Eternity, one of the course texts, is a practical and refreshing theology of money that contains topical and Scripture indexes, a study guide, and five helpful appendices. The class handouts, syllabus, scripture study, and PowerPoints, as well as mp3s of the class and links to recommended supplemental books, are all available for free at the EPM website.

Here’s how to enter:

Leave a comment on Randy's post by Friday, April 24. The three randomly drawn winners will be announced in a blog post on Monday, April 27, so be sure to check back at Randy's blog to see if you won.

Monday, April 6, 2009

This Side of Heaven by Karen Kingsbury

The author lists this book as a stand alone title, but it could also be read as part of the Cody Gunner Series since many of the characters from the series are mentioned in this book. A detail in This Side of Heaven actually hit me by surprise. Each time I read one of Karen's books, I feel challenged to be a better person and desire a closer relationship with Jesus. If you enjoy books that are heartwarming and challenging, get a copy of any of Karen Kingsbury's books.

Back of Book Says:

A story of family secrets, broken relationships, and a love strong enough to span a nation.

Annie Warren always wanted the best for her son, Josh. But years of failure and bad choices created a heartbreaking distance that has grown far worse since the day Josh was hit by a drunk driver. Now on medical disability, Josh has put his life on hold for years, waiting for the insurance company to send a settlement that never seems to come. Worse, he believes the story of a scheming woman who claims they have a seven-year-old daughter named Savannah. Despite the unlikelihood and complete lack of evidence, Josh dreams of being a father and is determined to one day claim the child. His family doesn't know the full story. They don't know what happened the night of the accident that was worth the chronic pain Josh suffers every waking minute, or that he is turning his life around. They haven't seen that Savannah's eyes are his, and they don't know how desperately the little girl needs her family. When the settlement that rightly belongs to Josh is threatened, Annie sets out to defend her son. But she might find a treasure more valuable than money, one she never expected, one that is the greatest gift her son could ever give her--THIS SIDE OF HEAVEN.

At the end of the book, Karen gives a wonderful offer to anyone who needs a Bible, but is unable to purchase one... Send her an email at and write the words "New Life" in the subject line and send her your address and she will mail you a Bible.

Author's Website

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Breach of Trust by DiAnn Mills

I found this book at the library on the current release shelf. Previously, I read, The Nile Runs Red, and I plan to look for more books by DiAnn Mills. I enjoy reading suspense books and of course Christian books, so this books gives me both.

I was able to figure things out before the end of the book, but it was still a good read. This is the first book in a new series and I plan to read any that follow as well.

Call of Duty Series

Book 1 - Breach of Trust
Book 2 - Breach of Security

Back Cover of Book Says:

Paige Rogers survived every CIA operative’s worst nightmare.

A covert mission gone terribly wrong.

A betrayal by the one man she thought she could trust.

Forced to disappear to protect the lives of her loved ones, Paige has spent the last several years building a quiet life as a small-town librarian. But the day a stranger comes to town and starts asking questions, Paige knows her careful existence has been shattered.

He is coming after her again. And this time, he intends to silence her for good.

Chapter One Excerpt
Spoiler Alert - Discussion Questions - Spoiler Alert
Check out the author's website here.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Inside Cinderella's Castle by Janet Britton

My brother, David told me about a book a friend from his church wrote that is yet to be published. Below in italics you will find information about her book and how you can support her in a contest through Amazon that just might be her ticket to publication with Penguin.

Her book is listed under historical fiction, since Amazon didn't have a category for Christian fiction. The book immediately takes you to the present disillusionment of marriage through the eyes of a young woman as she tells her mother that her marriage is over. The mother listens and remembers her past and then begins to tell a story... for more go to this link.

As you might already know, after my last book, To Live Each Moment, I’ve worked on a novel, though life has always taken precedence.

When I finally finished the novel, Inside Cinderella’s Castle, on a whim, I asked our former foster daughter to help me enter the's Breakthrough Novel Award for 2009. (She put it under historical since it takes place in 1967-68 and there was no Christian category. How surprising!) At that point I decided to quit tormenting myself with writing. After a week at Myrtle Beach, praying about what direction God would have me go, I returned home to an e-mail notification that Inside Cinderella’s Castle had made the cut for quarter finalists (800 out of the 5000+ entered). This tier is like the American Idol for authors. I laughed and told God I would work hard at soliciting positive reviews for two weeks, just in case this was His answer to what I am to do for Him. March 24th I started marketing myself—opened a Facebook account to get in touch with former students, made arrangements to open a Web page, had an interview with local paper. . . all extremely out of my comfort zone.

I’m writing this because I need your help. I need as many positive reviews as I can get. If you feel comfortable supporting me, please write a positive review on the website.

Here’s how to write a review:

I. If you have bought from and have an account, you simply go to and log into your account. In the search box to the right of "books” type in Janet Britton and you will see To Live Each Moment and a browse Historical Fiction. Click on Inside Cinderella's Castle, download for free. You will receive a notice of the cost of $0.00. . . (If you wish just skim the first couple of pages and say you're excited to read the rest of the novel. The contest just counts number of positive reviews.)

II. If you have not bought from Amazon before, you will have to go to, fill out proper spaces with name, address, purchasing info, and wait 24 hours to enter a positive review that will cost $0.00. (Several have said they had to purchase one item before voting – that I’m not sure.)

III. My excerpt can also be found on the following link: .

At first I thought the contest requirements were bogus, but I see that they’re just good business. Penguin, offering a publishing contract as the prize, will be able to see what author will market her work. Amazon potentially gets an enlarged customer base by requiring that voters first register as customers. In the publishing world today, writing the novel is only the first step. Marketing is essential. I guess this will tell me if I'm willing to do the rest of the job.Well, I'm not sure what God is saying to me, but I'm trying to listen so I'll know what my purpose is when I grow up. I appreciate any help you can give me.


Thursday, March 12, 2009

Play It Again. SAHM by Meredith Efken

This enjoyable book was found by accident on the new books shelf at my library. Unfortunately it's the third in a series and I haven't read book two yet. Reading the third book second definitely spoiled book two for me (I know many of the secrets), but it won't stop me from reading it as soon as I can get my hands on it. A friend is reading book two now and enjoying it immensely. The author knows how to bring humor and insight into issues that moms deal with on a daily basis.

Book 1 - SAHM I am
Book 2 - @ Home for the Holidays
Book 3 - Play It Again. SAHM

Back of Books Says:


After years of friendship, the women of the SAHM I Am e-mail loop are finally meeting in person. But with two new moms trying to blend in with Dulcie and the gang, there's bound to be trouble!

Earth-mother Iona and young mom Hannah are thrilled to join the weekend getaway sans hubbies and kids. But sparks fly when Hannah's know-it-all attitude clashes with the Queen of Ego, Rosalyn. When things go from bad to worse, one mom must step in to save the weekend from total disaster!

For more info check the author's website.

ISBN: 0373786468

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Audio Book Giveaway from Randy Alcorn

For this month’s giveaway, Randy Alcorn is offering blog readers the chance to win an audio book of their choice. Many of Randy's titles are available on audio, including several that were read by Randy himself: Heaven for Kids, 50 Days of Heaven, the Heaven Booklet, Why Prolife, The Grace & Truth Paradox and Law of Rewards. They’re perfect to take along on Spring Break or summer trips, or even on your morning commute. For more information and to listen to samples from each of the audio books, visit the EPM website. (All audio books are also on sale during the month of March at a 40% discount .)

Here’s how to enter:
Leave a comment on Randy's post by Friday, March 27 indicating which audio book you’d like to win.

The three randomly drawn winners will be announced at Randy's blog on Monday, March 30, so be sure to check back and see if you won.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Eat This Not That! by David Zinczenko with Matt Goulding

This is the second book in the series that I reserved from my library and I have one more on hold. I've enjoyed flipping through the pages and finding out that some of my favorite foods are not so good. Many are common sense, but others are tricky - for instance you might think eating a Lean Cuisine dinner is a good option (although you'd still be hungry when you are done - just my opinion) but the authors on pages 230 and 231 suggest that it would be better to eat Birds Eye Pasta Primavera instead. The Lean Cuisine meal actually has more fat, sodium and calories than the Birds Eye meal.
One thing I noticed is that sometimes there is no great option listed because they are comparing two items that aren't necessarily good for you. BUT if you are planning on eating at XYZ restaurant anyhow it's best to know your options.
Check your local library or bookstore for a copy of this useful book. For more info, a quiz, a book preview and more check out the book's website.
ISBN 1-59486-854-9

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

One Perfect Day by Lauraine Snelling

I read this book a while back, but haven't had time to post about it, since I've been spending my free time snuggling my precious baby.

This book indirectly encourages its readers to consider organ donation. It is something that can be easily done by checking a box on the back of your driver's license. The reader also is able to glimpse the grief of hurting and rejoicing women. Yes, I meant to say the grief of a rejoicing woman - read the book and you will understand...

Back of Book Says:

Nora Peterson is determined to make this Christmas perfect. Next year her twin teenagers will be off to college, and their lives will never be quite the same. With her husband delayed on a business trip abroad, Nora’s nerves are already frazzled when she gets the news of a car accident that will not only change the Petersons’ lives forever, but also those of another family whom they’ve never met.

As a nurse, Jenna Montgomery has always struggled with balancing her personal and professional lifer. Her daughter, Heather, has suffered from a heart defect for most of her life. Now that Heather is twenty years old and still on the organ transplant waiting list, Jenna must find a way to accept that this is likely their last Christmas together. Then the miracle Jenna has desperately prayed for becomes a reality in an instant, and Heather’s health is restored.
While Nora struggles with depression and grief, Jenna discovers that miracles aren’t always easy to receive.
ISBN: 13: 978-0446582100

For more information check out the author's website.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Eat This Not That for Kids by David Zinczenko with Matt Goulding

I found this book for parents at my library by David Zinczenko with Matt Goulding. This book is full of common sense eating advice and many surprises. I was shocked to learn that some things I considered good for me are not the best choices. The authors list good and bad or okay and better choices for many restaurants that kids frequent. They also give lots of helpful advice for parental nutrition as well. There also tips on grocery shopping and surviving the school cafeteria. The last chapter lists activities the whole family can do to shed unwanted weight and develop a healthy lifestyle.

Find a copy of this book and help your kids on their way to becoming fit for life.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

February Book Giveaway - Dominion by Randy Alcorn

Since February is Black History Month, Randy Alcorn giving away three signed copies of his novel Dominion. To enter for your chance to win, leave a comment on Randy's post by Friday, February 27. The winners will be announced in a blog post on Monday, March 2, so be sure to check back and see if you won.

I read Dominion (Deadline, Dominion and Deception share quirky, yet lovable characters) after some initial hesitation because the front cover gave me the impression that the book would be too intense. It was intense, but it made me consider some issues that I had previously chosen to ignore. Dominion delves into racial issues in a way that people of all races can learn from and appreciate. Randy develops his characters and story line so well that when you finish the book you may find yourself wishing you could continue reading. All three books are terrific and I highly recommend them. To learn more about Randy's books, check out his web site.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The Flexitarian Diet by Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, LDN

I found this interesting book in the new books section at my library. The idea of eating less meat, but still having lean meat occasionally appeals to me. As I skimmed through the book I saw that they list the recipes as vegetarian and tell you how much meat you can "flex" into your diet. I plan to try some of the recipes and adapt them as they suit my needs.

The Back of the Book Says:

READY, SET, FLEX! If you'd like to have all the health benefits of a vegetarian diet - but can't imagine giving up meat... If you'd like to lose weight, increase energy, and boost your immunity - but can't stand following a bunch of rules and restrictions... The Flexitarian Diet is just for you!

I'm good at eating lots of whole grains and fiber rich foods, but I need to increase the vegetables in my diet. I used to have a menu that I followed and it really helped me stick to healthier eating rather than rummaging through the refrigerator and eating whatever I laid my eyes on first. I'm going to try to plan my menu around lean protein, grains and vegetables with occasional treats. One hint from the book says to brush your teeth immediately after finishing your meals eliminating the need for something sweet after eating. I definitely need to do that.

For more information check out the author's website.