“Every Little Thing” by Payson Cosell Turner, book review

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Adult coloring books are all the rage, and this is another example of the reason why. This is a well drawn collections of retro wallpaper style line drawings just waiting for your colored pencils.

This book is a bit different than others I have used, as it is a wallpaper style book, with repetitive drawings that cover both pages when the book is open. Honestly, I did not enjoy coloring this style of drawings, as I felt I needed to make all the like objects the same all the way across the page, making it boring. Other, more creative types, will be able to use different colors and designs to make the pages very personal.

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

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“Beginnings” by Steve Wiens, book review

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“Beginnings” by Steve Wiens, book review

Using the 7 of creation as the basis for his book, Steve Wiens, takes the reader on a journey to begin again. He uses lots of personal examples to show how the way God created the world is the same way that He will carry you through whatever is a problem in your life.

The book is organized using the 7 days of creation, as detailed in Genesis. There is great detail in each chapter to the Genesis account. And many examples from his own life and other’s lives.

While I am familiar with the creation story, I did see some new ideas in this book. And the personal examples were inspiring. I did feel the pace of the book was a little slow, but ok.

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

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“Whatever is lovely” Adult coloring book, book review

“Whatever is Lovely” A coloring book for reflections and worship.

As most children I learned to color. And I actually enjoyed coloring books, as they had the black line pictures already drawn and I just had to add color. As an adult, I have spent a fair amount of time coloring, because as a preschool Sunday School teacher, the children like to color. And I found that if I sit in the little chair at the short table and color, the children will talk to me. So week after week, I lower myself into a short chair (BTW I am 5’9″- so these chairs are really short for me) and pick up the crayons and color.

Now, I have a coloring book just for me! “Whatever is Lovely” is a coloring book just for me. It contains black line illustrations for Bible verses, songs and quotes designed to help me understand and reflect on God’s Word. And it is a lovely book! I am excited to get me colored pencils out and begin. I wish the pages were perforated, as I think I would tear some of them out and put on my bulletin board above my desk for further meditation.

This would be an excellent book to include for an older elementary student to take to church to keep her hands busy while listening to the sermon.

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

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“Surprise the World!” by Michael Frost, book review

“Surprise the World!” by Michael Frost, book review

This is a small, easy to read book that challenges Christians to ramp up their missional attitude and behavior with 5 simple steps, called BELLS.

The steps are Bless, Eat, Listen, Learn and Sent. Frost devotes one chapter to each step with practical, Biblical and spiritual examples and rational. There is enough detail to understand how to carry out each step, but also allows for individuals to do it in their own way.

While the concepts are not new, some have been lost in our modern world, and therefore, bear repeating to this new generation of believers.

I enjoyed this book and was challenged to incorporate the 5 principles into my life.

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

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“The Mountain Midwife” by Laurie Alice Eakes, book review

“The Mountain Midwife” by Laurie Alice Eakes, book review

Ashley is the midwife that all the women on the mountain turn to when the time comes to have their babies. She has been catching babies for years. And comes from a long line of midwives, dating back 150 years. But she wants more, she wants to be a doctor so she can give these women more care. Years ago, she gave up her chance at medical school to care for her dying grandmother and to be the midwife for the mountain. Now, her chance has come again. She has been accepted into medical school, but before she can leave, she must have a replacement. Who?

After a chance adventure overseas is caught on camera and shown all over the world, he is an instant hero. All he did was grab a small child before she was injured. Then he received a phone call from a woman claiming to be his mother. But he has a mother. When he confronts his parents, they admit he was adopted. Now he is on a quest to locate his mother.

This is an interesting book of family loyalty, family dysfunction and forgiveness. I enjoyed the book and the characters. Good read, especially for those interested in Appalachian history and midwifery.

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

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(Un)Qualified, by Steven Furtick, book review

(Un)Qualified, by Steven Furtick, book review.
How God Used Broken People to Do Big Things

We are all broken, in one way or another. But, God will use us all to bring others to Himself, if we will let Him. Author, Steven Furtick, uses many personal and Biblical examples to show us that God can and use us in our brokenness.

“This book is about finding and embracing who you are in light of who God is. It’s a book about coming to terms with the good, the bad, and the unmentionable in your life and learning how to let God use your mess to your benefit.” (Furtick, 32.)

This is an easy to read, almost conversational style book, that helps the reader realize that no matter how much he feels he has failed, God will redeem and use him.

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

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“The Forgotten Recipe” by Amy Clipston, book review

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“The Forgotten Recipe” by Amy Clipston, book review

In an instant, Veronica’s life is shattered! Her fiancé, Seth, is killed in an accident at work. Now she feels lost and does not know how she can go on. In an effort to cope, she cleans and bakes. After cleaning the whole house, she begins to tackle the attic. There, she finds her grandmothers recipe box, and decides to make the raspberry pie, as their garden has an abundance of raspberries this year. It is an instant hit, and she begins to sell them as fast as she can bake them.

Jason worked with Seth and feels responsible for his death, because he stepped away from the work site to get them both a water bottle, when Seth falls to his death. He decides he must tell Veronica about his part in Seth’s death, but when he meets her is in attracted to her. After buying a pie for his mother, he begins a cautious friendship.

But will his part in Seth’s death tear this fragile friendship apart?

This is the first book in the series “Amish Heirlooms”. It is an easy to read book and the characters are easily likable. I look forward to reading the next books in this series and following the characters.

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

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“Happy Cooking” by Giada De Lourentiis, book review

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“Happy Cooking” Making Every Meal Count…Without Stressing Out by Giada De Laurentiis, book review

We should all be happy to cook and then eat, but sometimes it is just hard work. And then some part of the meal just fails. But in her new book, Giada, shows us how to be happy when cooking and not stressed out.

This beautiful book has lots of new recipes along with pictures that make us hungry just reading it. This book is good for the experienced cook looking for new inspiration or a beginning cook just getting started. Would make a great gift too.

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

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“Hand-Me-Down Princess, by Carol Moncado, book review

The Prince is getting married! The kingdom is excited about the royal wedding. But who is this girl who is to be the princess? No one knows, but Jessabelle Keller is going along with it as her last act to her dying father.

This is a modern fairy tale with all the drapings of a classic, but set in modern times with fast cars, cell phones and ipads. Thankfully, no evil step-mother, but there are several closely held family secrets that come to light following the wedding that make life difficult for the new royal family. But the prince and princess learn to love each other and depend on God.

I really enjoyed this book. It was light reading and full of wonderful adventure.

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

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“A Father’s Second Chance” by Mindy Obenhaus, book review

“A Father’s Second Chance” by Mindy Obenhaus, book review

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Celeste has moved to a small town to take over her grandmothers café. She has fond memories of being here with her grandmother, and is eager to make it go. She has grand plans to renovate and open a bed and breakfast, using as much of the original materials as possible to keep the charm of the place.

Gage is a single dad of two precious daughters, who can be a real handful at times. Gage and Celeste meet at a wedding- Celeste is the caterer while Gage is related to the wedding party. When one of Gage's daughters threatens a melt down, Celeste is able to head it off and calm the situation.

They meet again when a bear invades Celeste's garage and she runs across the street for help. As the two get to know each other, they become friends and perhaps a bit more.

This was an easy to read, rather predictable romance, with some great characters.

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

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

A Father’s Second Chance

Love Inspired (July 21, 2015)

by

Mindy Obenhaus

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

A Word from the Author: To steal a line from Donny and Marie, I’m a little bit country, a little bit rock-n-roll. I’m trapped in the city, but prefer the country or the mountains.

I love Jesus, my family, and just about anything sweet.

I believe Jesus died for my sins, rose three days later, and will one day return. He has carried me through some of my darkest hours. Without faith in Him, I would be nowhere.

I have a penchant for chocolate, clothes, and shoes. When I’m not penning romance novels, I enjoy cooking, decorating and shopping.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Businesswoman Celeste Thompson has one goal: to make her restaurant and hotel a success. She doesn’t need any distractions, even from handsome contractor Gage Purcell and his two adorable little girls. Besides, single dad Gage is just biding his time before a big job at the mines comes through. But as Celeste’s project springs to life, their arguments transform into attraction. Gage isn’t looking for romance, especially not with another career-driven woman like his ex-wife. But openhearted Celeste is more than just another work-consumed client. She might just be his happily-ever-after.

If you would like to read the first chapter of A Father’s Second Chance, go HERE.

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