Saturday, March 19, 2011

Thank You, God, for Mommy

Thank You, God, for Mommy

Two adorable pandas take you on a journey into thankfulness in the delightful board book by Amy Parker entitled, “ Thank You, God, for Mommy.”

Little Panda tells you and your child why he is thankful for his mommy in this sweet story for the infant and toddler crowd. He speaks of his mommy and her caring nature, patience with messes, and boo-boo kisses with deep love and affection. The beautiful illustrations help the children see the characteristics spoken by Little Panda. The author points the reader to the expressions of faith shown by Mommy Panda in her words and actions and shows these actions vividly in the illustrations.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it for all parents of infants and toddlers who want to reinforce Christian principals when they share stories with their children. The last illustration in the book tells it all when it shows Little Panda covering up Mommy as she lay sleeping. By doing so, he is showing his love for her even as she showed her love for him.

This book was provided to me free of charge from Thomas Nelson Publishers for review purposes.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Mine is the Night

Mine is the Night

Step off the coach and enter the world of the Kerr women in the gripping conclusion to the story of Ruth as told by Liz Curtis Higgs in 2 consecutive books. Elizabeth and her mother in law were introduced to the reader in Here Burns My Candle. The author now continues their story, based on the book of Ruth from the Old Testament, as they arrive title less and penniless to live with a poor relative in Marjory’s small Scottish home town. Elizabeth returns to sewing for a tailor in town to keep food on the table. Marjory, her mother in law, cooks and keeps the small one room house while Cousin Ann teaches lace making to wealthy young ladies. Their unfailing trust in the Lord sees them through rough times until they meet Captain Jack who has a profound influence on all their lives.

I could not put this book down once I started reading it. The author again creates real people with such skill that you immediately are drawn into their stories and can not wait to follow their lives to the conclusion. Her attention to detail is again obvious and her descriptive skill exceptional as she creates the world that existed in 17th century Scotland. I encourage everyone to take the time to read this wonderful novel. You will not be disappointed if you do.

This book was provided to me free of charge from Waterbrook Multnomah for review purposes.

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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Here Burns My Candle

Liz Curtis Higgs is a best selling Christian author who writes historical novels. She sets her novels in Scotland and uses detailed descriptive language to draw the reader into the time period with which she is dealing.

Here Burns my Candle is the story of the Kerr family and is based on the Book of Ruth from the Old Testament. Lady Elizabeth Kerr is a Highlander and a keeper of secrets. She is married to Lord Donald who has secrets of his own. Lady Marjory is Donald’s widowed mother who loves her position in society and dotes on her 2 sons. As Prince Charlie and his rebels try to over throw King George, the Kerr family secrets begin to unravel one by one. The consequences for the Kerr family are harsh and the loss of position and title lead to big changes for them all.

I was immediately drawn into the story told by this author because of her fine descriptive skills and beautiful use of language. The parallels to the Book of Ruth are subtle at first but become more and more obvious as the story progresses. I highly recommend this author and this story. You will not be sorry that you took the time to read about the Kerr family in Here Burns My Candle.

Saturday, March 5, 2011


My daughter just posted a new entry on her blog. It was well written as usual, and about our family so it was personal which I tend to enjoy reading. She has a real gift for writing and I am convinced that it is a gift from the Lord and that she will always make good use of this special gift. She brought me to tears with her words because they were about me. I miss my family each and every day and hold them up before Jesus so that He will continue to guard and keep them. They are my best blessings and the greatest gifts that the Lord ever gave me so they are all precious to me.

Her blog entry dovetailed with the 2 books that I have read and am ready to review for Waterbrook Multnomah. These books of Christian historical fiction are by Liz Curtis Higgs and are based on the book of Ruth. They follow a Scottish family living in the 1700's and the working of the Lord in their lives.

I hope to get these reviews written and posted by Monday so please check back. Both of these books touched me deeply and I am eager to share them with all of you.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

News from Greetinggirl66

I am waiting to return from a mini vacation in the Dells to see if my next book has arrived. This book is Historical fiction from Liz Curtis Higgs. I am reading the book that precedes the one that I am to review so that I can get a better picture of the characters that fill both novels. This author writes about Scotland in the 1700's and I have found her writing style really easy to read. I am almost finished with this book and will post a review as soon as I can. I will then read the new book and review it too so keep on checking the blogg.

I love sharing these books with you and hope that you can read some of them too. I have found all the books from Waterbrook Multnomah to be first rate and am really glad that I stumbled into Blogging for Books. It has been a fun ride.:)

Friday, February 25, 2011

The Bridge of Peace

Brew yourself a cup of tea and find a comfortable chair then pick up a copy of The Bridge of Peace and let it transport you to the world of the Amish.

Lena Kauffman is a young Old Order Amish schoolteacher with a facial birthmark on her cheek. She has learned to deal with this birthmark by asserting herself and pouring her love for teaching into her Amish students. She is independent and tries unorthodox methods that bring her into conflict with parents and school board alike.

Grey Graber is a member of the school board and a life long friend of Lena. He and his wife are experiencing difficulties in their marriage due to his wife’s fear that she carries defective genes. They are in the process of resolving their problems when tragedy strikes their family.

The author uses this tragedy to bring Lena and Grey together but rumors and secrets threaten to destroy their friendship and their future.

This is a well written and gripping story. From page one the author draws you into the lives of the characters and their struggles. She also gives a modern portrayal of the life of the Amish and the challenges it holds for those who follow this faith and life style. I highly recommend this book and this author. I look forward to reading more books that she has written.

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Same Life, New Story by Jan Silvious

Same Life, New Story is a 10 week Bible study for women written by a Christian author, speaker and professional life coach. Using the lives of 10 women from Scripture, the author helps us understand how a small change can have life long effects.

Each chapter of the book is based on the life of a woman from Scripture. The author uses the lives of Naomi, Leah, Rahab, Hannah, Abigail, Elizabeth, Jehosheba, Anna, Deborah and Naaman’s servant girl to guide women in their search for a new direction in life. We may have the same life but with God’s help, we can write a new story for all to read.

Because I am an older woman, I especially identified with her use of Elizabeth as a woman who in her old age wrote a new story. God used her as the mother of John the Baptizer and thereby changed her story and her life. The author pointed out that until we die there is always more of our story to write. In living our lives, we leave a legacy for those who will follow after us and how we live determines that legacy. Elizabeth lived a life of hope and passed that hope down to those who followed her.

I really enjoyed each of these Bible studies and would highly recommend this book to everyone who wants to expand their understanding of Scripture and how it is applied to our everyday lives. There is much to be learned from Same Life, New Story.

This book was provided to me free of charge by Thomas Nelson Publishers for review purposes.