“Killing Lions” by John Eldredge and Sam Eldredge, book review

“Killing Lions” by John Eldredge and Sam Eldredge, book review

A guide through the trials young men face. This book is written in a casual and conversational style. It is a series of phone calls between father and son, both writers, as the son works through his early years out of college and the father offers advice and guidance.

Both son and father are open and honest in the areas discussed, which cover all highlights of a young man’s life, or for that matter, any age man. The title, Killing Lions, comes from the story about a man from Kenya. In his village a young man had to kill a lion as a rite of passage into manhood. In the US we do not have these type of rites, and young men sometimes flounder in their growing up time. This book is a guide to help a young man “kill a lion”.

The book is easy to read, but I did find the “back and forth” a format I could not easily follow. I do think it would be a wonderful resource for a man to go through with his older teen son, or for a Sunday School class for older teen age boys.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Nelson Books-Thomas Nelson. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Pur pitcher- water info- Break time!

Tip: Take several breaks throughout the workday to hydrate yourself with PUR filtered water. And don’t be afraid to have a little fun, too!  #WaterCritic  #contest  Arthur Tweedie has some great advice about drinking more water using the Pur pitcher.  Check out his blog.

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“Honor” by Lyn Cote, book review

Honor wants to free her family’s slaves and has promised to do this when she is the owner of the plantation. With her father dead and her grandfather on his death bed, she knows the time is near. But when her grandfather dies and the will is read, she is not the heir. She is given $100 and must leave the plantation. She travels with her maid, who she has freed to an distant relative’ home where she hopes for a new start.

Honor gets a new start, but not the one she had expected. Her relative, Miriam, lives with her grown son and grandson. But the son is deaf (resulting from a childhood illness) and Miriam is dying. The family has put their home up for sale and plans to move to Ohio, where they have purchased a home and Samuel will open his own glass blowing business. To keep up appearances, Samuel and Honor marry in a private ceremony prior to the move. Then Miriam dies and the family is in mourning again.

This story is one of family loyalty and devotion. It is wonderful to read how Honor stays true to her Quaker upbringing and honors her new husband even while making it easier for him by signing conversations so he can understand. There is conflict with the slavery issue and how this family deals with it is wonderful.

I enjoyed this story and learned more about Quakers as well as the deaf world. I recommend it.

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher, Tyndale House. All opinions expressed are my own.

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“The Forgiven Duke” by Jamie Carie, book review

Alexandria Featherstone is sure that her parents are still alive and since no one else will look for them, she continues her quest, in Iceland. With the help of Lord John Lemon, she is sure she can follow the clues and find them. But her hasty decision to marry Lord Lemon, is now weighing very heavily on her. Was it the right chose?

St. Easton takes her role of her guardian very seriously, and he wants to do what is best for her. But his lack of hearing is still bothersome, but he is learning how to deal with it.

This book picks up right where #1 left off, with the quest to find the Featherstones. But both Alexandria and Gabriel are learning to trust others and themselves, throughout the adventures and politics.

I enjoyed this book, but I really suggest reading #1 first. I am eagerly awaiting #3!

Disclaimer, I received a copy of this book from the publisher, B&H Publishers. All opinions expressed are my own.

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“never ever give up” by Eric Rees, book review

“never ever give up” by Erik Rees book review

When Erik’s daughter, Jessie, was diagnosed with a rare brain cancer, his whole world was disrupted. In the process of helping his family work through this time, Jessie wanted to help other children with cancer. To help her in this dream, the idea of making JoyJars was born.

This book was a real life look into the months of the Rees family dealing with the diagnosis, treatments and eventual death. It is real life! As the dad, he took his role of provider seriously, but was able to lean on and learn from others. He was quite honest and open in the book, sharing the good times as well as the bad. But in the end, he proclaimed that God was in control.

The book was well written and read easily. There were a lot of details, but not so many that I got lost or bogged down. I have to be honest and say that I cried when he told about Jessie’s death, even though I knew from the beginning that it would happen. The book tells the story of Jessie and really honors her! The fact that when she was so ill, she thought about helping others. I was impressed that the family worked together to make her dream come true. And now, her legacy continues.

This would be a good book to read if you have a friend whose child has cancer or other serious illness. There are so many ideas of ways to help these families. But do know that there are a lot of raw emotions, so have the tissues handy.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Zondervan and Handlebar publishing. All opinions expressed are my own.

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“The Guardian Duke” by Jamie Carie, book review

“The Guardian Duke” by Jamie Carie, book review

Alexandria has been holding down the fort or castle as it were since her parents left on their latest job almost a year ago.  While it is not uncommon for them to be gone for several months, this is the longest, and she is beginning to become a bit worried.  Then a summons to come to London and be cared for by her appointed “guardian” the Duke of St Easton, and she is worried.  Before she can be drug to London, she sets out to find her parents.

Gabriel, the Duke of St Easton, has always loved knowledge and learning.  He studied all subjects but has a true love for music.  After attempts to become a musician failed, he has learned to love attending the opera and other concerts. But when a freak accident or illness takes his hearing, he is thrown into a silent world he cannot escape.

Alexandria and Gabriel find themselves at odds with each other, trying to accomplish a quest, but working against each other.  Can they find a way to work together?

I enjoyed this book.  The characters are developed really well and as the reader I was able to understand their troubles and hope for a quick and peaceful solution.  I am eager to read the second book in this series.

Disclaimer:  I received a copy of this book from the publisher, B&H.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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“Lyre and the Lambs” by Sydney Avey, book review

“Lyre and the Lambs” by Sydney Avey, book review

This is the 2nd book in the series about Dee’s family. We are taken to the 60’s, where life in America is quickly changing for everyone, including Dee and her family. Her daughter, Valerie, builds a modern house on the land where her grandmother’s home once stood, but the neighbors don’t know what to make of it. Dee finally marries and moves in the Valarie and her husband. Then the almost adult children start arriving from all over the world. And the neighbors are quite concerned now.

Father Mike is still the spiritual advisor and when his church closes its doors, he continues his work with teens, meeting at the Glass House. Now the neighbors are upset.

Continuing where the 1st book (Sheep Walker’s Daughter) left off, this new book continues the story of these family members as they learn to work together, depend on God and help each other.

I did like the book. It was easier to follow than the 1st one, as Dee is the only narrator. While I was a child in the 60’s I do not remember most of the historical items shared in the book, but my parents do. It was interesting to read about that time and how this family endured.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, HopeSpringsBooks. All opinions expressed are me own.

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“Thief of Glory” by Sigmund Brouwer, book review

“Thief of Glory, by Sigmund Brouwer, book review
Jeremiah Prims was 10 years old when his life changed, forever. He lived with his family in the Dutch West Indies where his father was headmaster of the school. But in 1942 the Japanese invaded the Southeast Pacific. His father and older brothers were taken to work, while the rest of his family was interned. In the camp, Jeremiah was the head of his family, as his mother was a little mental unstable (now we might call it bipolar).

Through out the weeks, months and years, Jeremiah does what it takes to care for his family, even at his own peril.

This book is quite honest and open with the cruelty and brutality in the camp, sharing in shocking detail. I was not quite prepared for the detail. While it was true, it was still shocking. Reader beware.

The opening and ending are interesting, and show how experiences in childhood can haunt or encourage us into adulthood. I do not want to give away the ending, but needless to say, it has an interesting ending.

I did enjoy the book, shocking details aside. It was a page turner, as I wanted to know what would happen next. The plot was thick, with many characters, but well written. I would recommend to history buffs, especially WWII.

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher, Waterbrook Press. All opinions expressed are my own.

This week, the 

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance 

is introducing 

Thief of Glory 

WaterBrook Press (August 19, 2014) 


Sigmund BrouwerABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Sigmund Brouwer is the best-selling author of nearly thirty novels, with close to 4 million books in print. Based on his inspiration for Thief of Glory, which Sigmund wrote as a way to learn and honor the his parent’s stories, especially of his father’s boyhood in a Japanese concentration camp, Sigmund leads The Chapters of Our Lives memoir seminars across the United States and Canada. Sigmund is married to recording artist Cindy Morgan and has two daughters.


A boy coming of age in a time of war…

the love that inspires him to survive.

For ten year-old Jeremiah Prins, the life of privilege as the son of a school headmaster in the Dutch East Indies comes crashing to a halt in 1942 after the Japanese Imperialist invasion of the Southeast Pacific. Jeremiah takes on the responsibility of caring for his younger siblings when his father and older stepbrothers are separated from the rest of the family, and he is surprised by what life in the camp reveals about a woman he barely knows—his frail, troubled mother.

Amidst starvation, brutality, sacrifice and generosity, Jeremiah draws on all of his courage and cunning to fill in the gap for his mother. Life in the camps is made more tolerable as Jeremiah’s boyhood infatuation with his close friend Laura deepens into a friendship from which they both draw strength.

When the darkest sides of humanity threaten to overwhelm Jeremiah and Laura, they reach for God’s light and grace, shining through his people. Time and war will test their fortitude and the only thing that will bring them safely to the other side is the most enduring bond of all.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Thief of Glory, go HERE.

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“Miracle in a Dry Season” by Sarah Loudin Thomas, book review

1954- Casewell Phillips is satisfied with his life as a bachelor.  He has a good business building furniture.  He helps his dad with the cows and the farm.  He is active in his church and loves to have dinner with his parents, especially when his mother sends home leftovers.  But life changes when a drought hits the area.  The fields and wells dry up.  Folks want to place the blame on someone.

At this same time, Perla Long and her daughter Sadie arrive to stay with her aunt and uncle a while.  She helps out at the store and with chores at home, including cooking.  And can she cook!  It is wonderful what she makes, and there are always left overs.  So when the drought is really getting bad, the town works together to see that no one goes hungry and Perla is the cook.  But some in town are suspicious of her talent and the rumors begin again.

This is an interesting and enjoyable book.  It explores how people work together and often how hurtful words can be.  Another theme is miracles, and while we see them in the Bible, we may discount them in modern times.  I hope there is another book that continues the story.

Disclaimer:  I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, as a member of the Christian Fiction Bloggers group.  All opinions expressed are my own.

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Miracle in a Dry Season

Bethany House Publishers (August 5, 2014)


Sarah Loudin Thomas


Sarah Loudin Thomas grew up on a 100-acre farm in French Creek, WV, the seventh generation to live there. Her Christian fiction is set in West Virginia and celebrates the people, the land, and the heritage of Appalachia. Her first novel, Miracle in a Dry Season, releases August 2014 through Bethany House. Sarah is represented by Wendy Lawton of Books & Such Literary Agency.

A graduate of Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC, Sarah once dreamed of being a marine scientist. But her love for words won out and she has spent much of her career in public relations and marketing. She currently oversees fundraising and communications for a Christian children’s home in Black Mountain, NC.

Sarah and her husband Jim live in the mountains of Western North Carolina with Thistle–the canine equivalent to a personal trainer pushing them to hike, run, and throw sticks. Sarah is active in her local church and enjoys cooking and–you guessed it–reading.


In a Drought, It’s the Darkest Cloud

That Brings Hope

It’s 1954 and Perla Long’s arrival in the sleepy town of Wise, West Virginia, was supposed to go unnoticed. She just wants a quiet, safe place for her and her daughter, Sadie, where the mistakes of her past can stay hidden. But then drought comes to Wise, and Perla is pulled into the turmoil of a town desperately in need of a miracle.

Casewell Phillips has resigned himself to life as a bachelor. . .until he meets Perla. She’s everything he’s sought in a woman, but he can’t get past the sense that she’s hiding something. As the drought worsens, Perla’s unique gift divides the town in two, bringing both gratitude and condemnation, and placing the pair in the middle of a storm of anger and forgiveness, fear and faith.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Miracle in a Dry Season, go HERE.


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“A Grand Design” by Amber Stockton, book review

” Grand Design” by Amber Stockton, book review

Alyssa used to spend every summer on Mackinac Island with her grandmother.  But 15 years ago was the last time.  Now, she is returning.  Surely it will be ok.  On a dare she entered a contest to win a 2 week stay on the island and won.  She and her best friend Libby are enjoying all the activities including the attention of 2 island employees, who are nice young men, in the words of her Grandmother.

Alyssa’s grandmother has a project for the girls, collecting quilt squares from her long lost friends on the island.  With the help of Scott, Alyssa travels the island and meets fascinating women and hears stories of the old days.  She is really enjoying her vacation and getting to know Scott.

But then the past reappears and it is just as bad as she remembers it!

I enjoyed this book.  The characters are well developed and the plot moves along.  Great summer vacation reading.

Disclaimer:  I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Abingdon Press.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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