“Woman of Courage” by Wanda Brunstetter, book review

“Woman of Courage” by Wanda Brunstetter, book review

After being left at the alter, Amanda and her father set out for the Nez Pierce Indian tribe to work at the Quaker mission. But the trip proves to be to much for her father, who dies from a heart attack near the beginning. And her guide is tragically killed by a falling tree during a storm. Amanda quickly finds herself alone in the wilderness with few provisions and no guide.

God provides Buck, a mountain man, to guide her to the home of Jake and Mary, who nurse her to health. Amanda holds out hope that someone, maybe Buck, will take her to the Indian mission as soon as the weather permits. She encounters many of the hardships of wilderness living including bear attacks, illness, and weather. But God is faithful and protects her.

This is a fascinating book of adventure and courage. There is a fair amount of heart ache, but also forgiveness. I enjoyed the story and hope that there is a continuation of the story.

Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book from the publisher from the Handlebar group. All opinions expressed are my own.

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“Knitting Reimagined” by Nicky Epstein, book review

“Knitting Reimagined” by Nicky Epstein, book review

Knitting is not just for Grandmothers any more!  And while many knitted articles are clothing, they are not just the boring knit and pearl pattern sweaters from Red Heart yarn with large plastic buttons down the front.

This book is full of wonderful patterns and beautiful pictures to inspire the novice to experienced knitter to pick up those needles.  None of these project are for beginning knitters, they are not too complicated that someone with a moderate amount of experience can complete, especially if she has access to an accomplished knitter.

Several of the patterns were quite contemporary, and may not appeal to all, but there is something for everyone!

This book would make a wonderful gift for your knitting friend or to donate at a craft auction.

Disclaimer:  I received a copy of this book from the publisher as a member of the blogging for books club.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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“Dixie Belle” by Debby Mayne, book review

“Dixie Belle” by Debby Mayne, book review

Cissy Hillwood really needs to leave her small Alabama town.  After the conviction of her boyfriend for domestic violence, she was shunned by the residents.  She takes this opportunity to work for her uncle in New York City.  Uncle Forest owns Zippers Plus, a wholesale sewing notions company and he offers her a sales position.

While Cissy adapts to the New York City life quickly, she is challenged by her relationship with Tom, the owner of Uncle Forest’s competitor.  She keeps this budding friendship a secret from her uncle, as there are bad feelings between them.

Tom is learning how to be a Christian at work as well as at church on the weekend.  He has recently come out of the Wall Street work force, which is very cut throat, and he has found it difficult to be a Christian, for fear of losing money or business.

This book was easy to read!  This book would be especially interesting for any one who has experience in sewing or sales.

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

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“NIV God’s Word for Gardeners Bible” Book Review

“NIV God’s Word for Gardeners Bible” Book Review

This new Bible has 52 weeks of lessons from the Bible relating to gardening, growing plants and working with plants.  The lessons are outlined in the introduction, then spread through out the book as they appear in the text.  Each lesson includes Bible reading, and then an explanation of some gardening/ horticulture aspect of the reading.

For those who are interested in plants, gardening, farming or horticulture, this Bible with the lessons will bring more meaning to your Biblical understanding.  As a culture we are often very removed from where our food and fiber are grown, and so do not understand the lessons or hardships detailed in the Bible.

I with there were color pictures to illustrate the plants, maps and vegetables described in the book, but the white and green color scheme is pleasant.

This would make a great gift a gardening friend or relative.

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

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Mom’s Day on the Farm- Register now!


Are you interested in touring a working cattle farm?  This is your chance!!!  The National Cattle Women are sponsoring a series of farm tours just for moms.  Best of all, it is free!!

Check out all the details here


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Spellbinders Celebrations- product review

Spellbinders Celebrations by Richard Garay- product review

I love to sew and am learning to quilt, but scrapbooking and other creative papercrafts are difficult for me, I just do not feel creative enough to use all the little papers, charms, ribbons, etc. that are provided. But Spellbinders Celebrations has a large collection of supplies to make any day special.

I received 2 Spellbinders Celebrations kits to review. The directions and pictures were very clear and easy. I was able to make the card and bag decorations.

spellbinders craft 1

And look at this one?

spellbinders craft 2

For the crafting challenged like me, this was really easy. And I used both cards to decorate gifts that I am giving this week. What do you think? Do you like crafts with lots of directions or do you like to make it up on your own?

Disclaimer: I received the Spellbinders Celebrations papercraft kits to review as a member of the Purex Insiders Program. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Hannah’s new adventure

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“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11.

This story is a long time coming. Hannah graduated from University of Tennessee at Martin in May 2014 with a BS in Animal Science- Pre-Vet concentration. And she has landed her dream job! Later this month she begins a 2 year position with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Church. She will begin with 2 months of orientation in Richmond, Virginia, then travel to Asia for her assignment. We are so excited for her and anticipate the Lord working mightily in her life, as well as the people she will be ministering to. Due to security concerns, I am unable to share more details about her location.

The IMB provides full funding for this missionary job, including health insurance, transportation and support in her new country. But she will need a HUGE prayer team! Would you join? Please commit to pray daily for Hannah and the family she will be serving along-side. She will send periodic email updates about her work and include specific prayer requests.

Please email with your name, mailing and email address.(twolters@bellsouth.net) And thanks for loving on my daughter.

A little history: when the children were younger I would read aloud many books each month, and when Hannah was in about 3rd grade we read several missionary stories. These books really peaked her interest and she continued to read others in the series on her own. She was fascinated with her grandparents’ mission trips to Africa, New Guainía, etc. And by the time she graduated from high school she knew she wanted to be a missionary. Each summer she traveled to different states and countries: Canada, Oklahoma, Philippines , Paraguay, and others. These trips have prepared her for her new “job.” Her future plans include returning the states, attending seminary and returning the mission field permanently.

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“Annie’s Stories” by Cindy Thompson book review

“Annie’s Stories” By Cindy Thompson, book review- Ellis Island book #2

Annie has arrived in New York to flee the troubles in Ireland. She is befriended by the owner of a boarding house who is a friend of the family priest. She and her father had traveled Ireland as he was a story teller. He would tell wonderful stories of the legends of Ireland to all who would listen. But when he becomes ill and dies, Annie is left penniless. Her relatives take her to the nuns who were to care for the less fortunate, but it was torture for the girls. They worked in the laundry, but were abused by the workers and doctors who were to care for them. Fortunately, Annie was rescued and sent to America, but not before she lost all trust for others, including men.

As she gets established, working as the house keeper in the boarding house, she begins to trust again, slowly…The mail man is a young man who is trying to make good on his family’s debts( paying the undertaker for burying his parents and brother), but finds it difficult to make ends meet. He finds the red haired house keeper at the boarding house quite lovely, and tries to get to know her as he walks his route.

The story is wonderful and easy to read. Those interested in writing or the publishing process will especially enjoy it.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Tyndale House. All opinions expressed are my own.

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“The Mix and Match Guide to Companion Planting” book review

“The Mix and Match Guide to Companion Planting” book review

We live on a farm and raise sheep. We also plant a garden each year. A couple of years ago we built a green house from a kit we bought from Home Depot and had delivered. It is just wonderful to start seeds a little earlier than it is safe to start them out side. But when it is time to plant outside, where to put them? Which will grow well together? Or not? Which will help with insects or other pests? (Rabbits, deer, etc?) And do some plants just like to be near others, or not?

This colorful and functional book has so much information about lots of common and some not so common plants. The pages are cut in thirds- similar to the children’s books that you could make silly pictures, so you can easily determine which plants have similar characteristics or various functions.

This book is good for beginners or more experienced gardeners. The gardeners at my house were quite pleased with the book, its information and ease of use.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher as a member of the blogging for books program. All opinions expressed are my own.

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“Hope Deferred” by Elizabeth Maddrey, book review

“Hope Deferred” by Elizabeth Maddrey, book review

Sisters June and July have spent the last year trying to start a family, but with a lot disappointment. But now they both have decided to consult a specialist and begin some medical intervention. As each couple works through their own infertility issues they deal with emotions, disagreements and financial issues. And while their desire have a family is noble and honorable, some fear that the use of medical assistance is not.

Through the process continues the couples become closer together, although the road is a little rocky at times. And while the paths begin the same, it quickly diverges and becomes more difficult. When one couple has good news it is hard to be excited while the other couple has received bad news.

This book was easy to read and had a lot of detail about infertility issues. If you are dealing with infertility, it may be hard for you to read or may be comforting.

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

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Hope Deferred

HopeSprings Books (July 1, 2014)


Elizabeth Maddrey


Elizabeth Maddrey is a semi-reformed computer geek and homeschooling mother of two who loves a good happily ever after.

Elizabeth Maddrey began writing stories as soon as she could form the letters properly and has never looked back. Though her practical nature and love of computers, math, and organization steered her into computer science at Wheaton College, she always had one or more stories in progress to occupy her free time. This continued through a Master’s program in Software Engineering, several years in the computer industry, teaching programming at the college level, and a Ph.D. in Computer Technology in Education. When she isn’t writing, Elizabeth is a voracious consumer of books and has mastered the art of reading while undertaking just about any other activity.

She lives in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. with her husband and their two incredibly active little boys.


Christian fiction for women.

Can pursuit of a blessing become a curse?
June and July and their husbands have spent the last year trying to start a family and now they’re desperate for answers. As one couple works with specialists to see how medicine can help them conceive, the other must fight to save their marriage.
Will their deferred hope leave them heart sick, or start them on the path to the fulfillment of their dreams?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Hope Deferred, go HERE.

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