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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 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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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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Take Four – Above the Line – Karen Kingsbury

Take Four – Above the Line

Karen Kingsbury

Keith and Dayne are getting ready to make a new movie about the book Unlocked (Karen has actually wrote this book, and it will be out October 12, 2010), and this story is about the filming of that movie.  Bailey has many choices to make about relationships, and is offered a surprising job, which allows her to be of great influence.  Andi must make a tough choice about the baby she is carrying, will she give it up for adoption or raise it herself. 

Take Four is the final book of the “Above the Line” series, and  I really enjoyed the book,  love the characters, but the book didn’t have a real end in my opinion.  She gave it a ‘closing’, but I felt like the story was left hanging.  This is not a story you will want to read ‘by it’s self’, because you will need to finish the next book/series to have an end.  I am excited to read the next series (the Bailey Flanigan series), but this series just did not seem complete. 

Baxter Fan Club extra chapter:   A month or so ago I mentioned that my mom and I became members of the Baxter family club, and with that you are mailed the book, and it has Karen’s signature on the cover.  Also included is an extra chapter that is emailed to the ‘club’.  I was super excited to get this, and actually got the email while I was out, so I was very anxious to get home and read it!!  I was slightly disappointed though when I read it.  The extra chapter really had nothing to do with this particular book, but was about the Baxter family only (which is neat) and really it was just a recap of the reunion that Karen had of all of the fan club in Indianapolis in June.  I’m sure that anyone who was able to go to it was excited to read this chapter, but I found it a bit of a let down for my expectations. 

*Note:  This book review has not been paid for., Karen Kingsbury and zondervan have no clue who I am.  All opinions are my own.

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Posted by on July 12, 2010 in Books, Fiction


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Fireproof (the book) Eric Wilson


Eric Wilson
Based on the screenplay by
Alex Kendrick and Stephen Kendrick

Based on the movie by Sherwood Pictures, this book was written after the movie, so it follows exactly how the movie goes.  Yeah!!  But not only do you have the story and message of the movie, you have all of the background information that you wondered about but didn’t know.  Details that give the story more feeling and more emotion and more substance (and they did a great job on doing that with the film).

Fireproof is the story of  young fire Caption Caleb Holt and his wife Catherine. Caleb and Catherine are married, but leading very separate lives.   The are both living for their own needs, apart from God and each other.  With a divorce in the near future Caleb’s dad asks him how willing he is to save his marriage.  and challenges him to take the next 40 days to do a “Love Dare”  and learn to love his wife.  Caleb takes the challenge grudgingly and we get to watch as he changes over the next days and weeks. 

I LOVED the movie, so when I saw the book, I wasn’t sure what I would think of it, but I decided to give it a shot, and see what it was like.  I really liked it!!  I love how I could see the movie in my mind as I read it, but I wasn’t correcting it.  I would recommend this a  great weekend read!!

* Note, this is a book I found at the church library, and decided to share with you 🙂  Sherwood Pictures, its author, the Kendrick brothers, Amazon, Thomas Nelson, etc have no clue who I am, and have not paid me to write this review (positive or negative)

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Posted by on June 18, 2010 in Books, Fiction


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Webster the Scaredy Spider- Hermie and Friends Max Lucado

Webster the Scaredy Spider- Hermie and Friends

Max Lucado

Webster is a spider, who is afraid of everything.  When Webster arrives at the Garden he doesn’t realize that Spiders are not welcome, because everyone there is afraid of spiders.  Hermie and Wormie are the only ones to give Webster a chance, and they want to remind Webster that God is there for him. 

Hermie and Wormie try all kinds of ways to trick everyone into giving Webster a chance, but everyone is just afraid of him.  Until Hailey and Baily (lady bug twins) decide to see if he really is friendly and leave to find him.  They end up getting stuck, and heading down a river.  Wormie is scared, but he takes a leap of faith and helps them.  After that, everyone decides that Webster might not be so bad and they take time to meet him.   Webster thanks God for giving him bravery to save the twins.

I don’t think I’ve ever read a Max Lucado children’s book I didn’t like.  The Hermie and Friends are kind of simple, only because they are based on a movie.  My kids enjoy these books, and they can watch the movies to get extra bits of the story. 

*Note, Max Lucado, Thomas Nelson, and have not paid me to write this review, and I only write it because. . . well, I wanted to 🙂

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Posted by on May 24, 2010 in Books, Children's, Fiction


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