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Shades of Blue – Karen Kingsbury

Shades of Blue

Karen Kingsbury

Brad and Emma made a bad decision followed by an even worse one.  Now 10 years later, and only weeks before his marriage, Brad decides he must go back.  Back to Emma and apologize for his part in their decisions.  But will this ruin his relationship with Laura?? Will Brad fall in love with Emma again??  Will Brad and Emma be able to put the past behind them??

This book is  about abortion, and post abortion syndrome.  I am very prolife I think Karen did a wonderful job of showing how easy it would be for a young woman and her partner to feel like they ‘had’ to have an abortion, even with both of their hearts crying NO.  Because it is such an emotional topic (Karen Kingsbury is the author) it was without a doubt a very emotional book.   This book opened my eyes a bit wider to the hurt others have suffered after having had an abortion.

I am going to give away my copy of this book, I know that I won’t be reading it again, but I know that it might be something that someone else needs to read, or you know someone who might need to read it.  Leave a message telling me your favorite Karen Kingsbury book (or that you would like to read this) and your name will be entered to win this book.  (make sure you leave me a way to contact you!!)

*Opps, I forgot to tell you when, I will draw for this on Friday September 10th, and notify the winner on Saturday the 11th.

* NOTE – This book was provided to me by Zondervan free for review purposes.  I was not asked to write a positive or negative review, all opinions are my own.

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Posted by on September 3, 2010 in Fiction


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The Edge of the Divine – Sandi Patty

The Edge of the Divine

Sandi Patty

The Edge of the Divine is Sandi Patty’s story.  The story of how she allowed God to change her life.  She was overweight, and stressed out with so much going on in her life.  She was having health problems, and knew that her life must change.  After seeking council from her family and her Dr, Sandi decided to make a life change.  Diet, exercise, forgiveness, and the lap band all played into the changes made in Sandi’s life.

Sandi is very open in her book about her past, and the things going on in her life right now (or when the book was written).  She tells of some sin issues the Lord has helped her with and given her strength to overcome.

The book is all about keeping your eyes open for the times where the Lord is going to make a change in your life (kinda like a threshold to a door way).  Sometimes you can see it before, sometimes after.  About how we are moving and allowing the Lord to work in our lives!

Congratulations Sandi, on your hard work!!  I know that you put a lot of work into your weight loss!!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Posted by on September 1, 2010 in NonFiction


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The Yada Yada Prayer Group – Neta Jackson

The Yada Yada Prayer Group

Neta Jackson

From the back cover :

What do an ex-con, a former drug addict, a real estate broker, a college student, and a married mother of two have in common?

Nothing, or so I thought. Who would have imagined that God would make a group as mismatched as ours the closest of friends?

I almost didn’t even go to the Chicago Women’s Conference–after all, being thrown together with five hundred strangers wasn’t exactly my “comfort zone.” And being placed in a prayer group of twelve women from such diverse backgrounds seemed completely awkward.

But something happened that weekend to make us realize we had to hang together. The “Yada Yada Prayer Group” was born, and we decided to meet regularly to pray for each other: knocking off each other’s rough edges and learning to laugh and cry along the way! And when I faced the biggest crisis of my life, God used my newfound girlfriends to help teach me–Jodi Baxter, longtime Christian “good girl”–what it means to be just a sinner saved by grace.

My thoughts:

Ok, I have to admit (I didn’t really want to read this book, cough).  Don’t get me wrong, it has a super cute cover, and looked like a lot of fun. . .  but I just could NOT get into it.  I think it took me two weeks to get past the first 3 chapters. . . BUT then in the last day and a half I finished it, and I can’t wait to see if the library has the second book.  I think the part that was the hardest part for me is that there are soo many distinct personalities, and I have a hard time keeping up.  There were a lot of surprises, and it was a lot of fun.  I’m glad I stuck with it. (p.s. I am very conservative, so the way some of the gals worship was a bit much for me, but not wrong in my opinion, just more than I’m used to 😉 )

Note:  The author, publisher, and have no clue who I am, and have not asked me to write this review.  I wrote it because a friend loaned it to me 🙂 Thanks!

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Posted by on August 11, 2010 in Fiction


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White Chocolate Moments – Lori Wick

White Chocolate Moments

Lori Wick

Archineh (Arcie) is 11 when she is in a car accident that kills her parents. She moves in with her Grandfather whom she adores and who adores her.  But now she must deal with a very jealous cousin, who finally drives a wedge between them.  She finally decides to leave, and runs away at the age of 18.  She learns to work, and works very hard, living a life completely different from the one she grew up.  Arcie grew up very privileged when her parents were living, and even more so when she moved in with her business tycoon Grandfather. 

White Chocolate Moments covers more than 13 years of Arcies life in a very detailed way.  You feel like she is one of your best friends, and that you have watched her through the years, seeing her triumphs and her struggles. 

* Note: This review has not been paid for. Lori Wick,,  & Harvest House have no clue who I am, and have not asked me for this review.  (and now I really want some White Chocolate!! Yumm)

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Posted by on July 23, 2010 in Books, Fiction


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How to Get Your Child off the Refrigerator and on to Learning – Carol Barnier

How to Get Your Child off the Refrigerator and on to Learning

Carol Barnier

*From the back of the book

Which child is yours?  The super-wiggly? The highly charged? The focus-challenged? The impulsive? The spirited? The passionate? 

However you define the qualities in your special child, it’s obvious that the methods used to teach quite, compliant children don’t work for these energetic or just plain distracting kids.

. . . .

Direct those wandering thoughts and bodies into educational success with:

  • Creative reproducible activity aids that you’ll want to use right away
  • a phonics program where every lesson is a quick game kids love
  • instructional games, manipulatives and motions that will help you work with, not against, your child’s learning style
  • math strategies that make even a workbook fun
  • many more effective, fun solutions to the daily dilemma, “how do I teach my child tomorrow?”

My thoughts

First of all, let me say that I have 5 children, and I’m only officially homeschooling one (but working with two more, and playing with the others).  And my oldest is a mild version of the super-wiggly, highly charged. . .  so this book will help us, but we are by no means dealing with ‘on top of the refrigerator’ energy.  Second, I heard Carol Barnier speak at our local homeschool convention, and knew that some of her ideas would really help us out, so I went and bought it.  Many of her speaking ideas are in the book, just with a bit more detail. 

The book has lots of ideas for helping with learning, but all are very ‘mom intensive’, so get ready to work!!  Most can be reused, but all will take time to set up. Lots of tips to make games that help make learning fun and actually happen!

I liked the chapter “I can’t take him anywhere” where she talks about how energetic children multiply the energy of the kids around them! (Mine does that, even just with siblings, which is why we tend to keep a tight rein on energy levels)

There are 13 different pages that have reproducible pages (some of them are two pages to one activity) but they are all activities that she talked about in the book.

If you have a distractable child, then this is a good resource for you.  not all of it will be useable for everyone, but I’m sure you will find something to help!!

*Note:  This book was purchased by me, and Carol Barnier, Emerald Books, and have no idea who I am.  This review was written because I wanted to 🙂

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Posted by on July 19, 2010 in NonFiction


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The Protector – Carla Capshaw

The Protector

Carla Capshaw

Quintus was a successful merchant before he was arrested for his faith in Jesus, but now he is a servant and a gladiator forced to fight against difficult odds just to live.  Adiona is the widow who turns the heads of all the men around her, and she in turn gives them an icy glare.  When Adiona’s life is being threatened she must depend on Quintus to protect her, when she would rather not depend on anyone, let alone a male. 

As a ‘monthly reader’  this book was a big surprise.  First of all, it was long!! (almost 300 pages) and it was very well written.  This was the second book of what appears to be a series, but you don’t feel lost if you have not read the first (which I have not).  There were a few twists and turns in the book that I didn’t predict at all, making it very a surprising read.

*Note:  The opinions of this review are my own, and I have not been asked to write this review by anyone, including the author or  publisher.

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Posted by on July 16, 2010 in Books, Fiction


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The Hands on Bible – and a GIVEAWAY!!!

The Hands on Bible – NLT


Tyndale sent me the Hands on Bible to review.  It is a complete bible with descriptions in the margins that help young readers understand more of the time frame and some customs in Bible times.   Many of the side margins give ideas for sharing Jesus with friends and family, in ways that young people can do. It also has about 8 activities for young people and a friend to do.  Best for 8-13 year olds. 

There are Introductions to each Book with cool facts and info from that book. Hands on Experiences with ideas  of things to do.  Bible Bios with info about people in the bible, written as if it were straight from them.  And Hands-On Bible activities (see the give away at bottom for more information).

This Bible is great when you are looking for extra ways to help explain points to kids, but I think it would be distracting for regular use.  I particularly liked the information in the side bars!

Two possible ways you can get this free!!

1. Leave a comment on this post telling who you would like to share this bible with and I will randomly draw one winner on Friday July 23. The winner will recieve a certificate good for a free bible which they must take to your local christian book store.  (US only, the winner will be responsible for any taxes and please remember to leave a way for me to contact you)  Enter before Noon Friday and I will have winner posted sometime before 5 pm Friday!!      

Using, the random winner is number 1.  thearcherfamily.   I will contact you to get you your gift certificate!!  Thank you for entering!!

2. Go to this will also show you a few pages on the inside.  you have until Aug 16, 2010. 

*Note Tyndale sent me a copy of Hands on Bible for my family and a Bible certificate to be given away.  All  reviews on this bible are my own opinion, not those of the publisher or writers of this bible.


Posted by on July 14, 2010 in Books, Children's, NonFiction


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