• A Most Unsuitable Match

    A Most Unsuitable Match By Stephanie Grace Whitson Published by Bethany House Publishers Nice relaxing read.  I thoroughly enjoyed being swept away in time and place from sophisticated St. Charles, Missouri, into the wild Montana Territory, late 1800’s. The story opens as free-spirited, eighteen-year-old Fannie Rousseau grapples with making her own way out of her sheltered world with only her lifelong handmaid and friend left at her side.  As Fannie uncovers a bundle of letters written to her recently deceased mother, topped with an unfamiliar photograph, she embarks on an adventure that proves to be the journey of her life. The beginning did start out just a bit slow, switching…

  • Gabby, God’s Little Angel

    Gabby, God’s Little Angel By Sheila Walsh Published by Thomas Nelson Gabby, God’s Little Angel, by accomplished author and speaker Sheila Walsh, presents the story of Gabby, an angel in “guardian angel training”, and her “new assignment”, Sophie, a fun-loving girl who needs lots of guarding.  The book is based around the Biblical scripture Psalm 91:9 & 11: The Lord is your protection. . . . He has 
put his angels in charge of you. They 
will watch over you wherever you go. The story opens with a depiction of Gabby’s sometimes clumsy enthusiasm through what she calls a “musical mishap”.  As she learns of her new charge on earth,…

  • One Call Away

    One Call Away Answering Life’s Challenges with Unshakable Faith By Brenda Warner with Jennifer Schuchmann  Published by Thomas Nelson Thoroughly enjoyed this book! One Call Away is the inspiring life story of Brenda Carney Warner.  Though her life journey has included a myriad of difficult circumstances, Brenda gives God the credit for her perseverance in the face of both loss and abundance.  One Call Away is a captivatingly well written memoir.  As Brenda reveals the struggles she has faced at various points throughout her life, she also reveals how her faith in God, founded from childhood, ultimately brought her through and led her into an amazing life living within His…

  • Espresso For Your Spirit

    Espresso For Your Spirit Hope and Humor for Pooped-Out Parents By Pam Vredevelt Published By Multnomah Books Espresso For Your Spirit is a nice little book full of inspiring stories, motivating encouragement and humorous illustrations.  Author Pam Vredevelt, writes from her experience as a counselor, pastor’s wife and mom of three, including one special needs child. Each chapter opens with a relevant scripture from The Bible and closes with a “Power Perk” of either quips of humor in “A Sip of Humor” or quotes of encouragement in “A Taste of Hope”.   Vredevelt writes with a witty and heart-felt style.  The genuine emotion she portrays when writing about events relating to her…

  • The Chocolate Diaries

    The Chocolate Diaries Secrets for a Sweeter Journey on the Rocky Road of Life By Karen Scalf Linamen Published by Waterbrook Press Inspiring little book with practical advice packaged in light-hearted humor Author and speaker Karen Scalf Linamen delivers uplifting stories from her own life and others.  Each of the fifteen chapters digs into a unique aspect of coping with the bumps we all experience at some points along this road we call life. Each chapter also closes with a few “Food for Thought” questions useful for more in-depth individual or group study.  Scattered throughout the book Linamen includes quick and easy chocolate recipes for those inevitable times when emergency chocolate intervention…

  • Money Secrets of the Amish

    Money Secrets of the Amish Finding True Abundance in Simplicity, Sharing, and Saving By Lorilee Craker Published by Thomas Nelson In Money Secrets of the Amish, established author Lorilee Craker embarks on a journey to reveal the secrets to the financial success of the Amish people.  From Mennonite lineage herself, Craker delves into the Amish culture with a fresh but somewhat experienced perspective.  She meets and interviews successful Amish families as she journeys into Pennsylvania Amish communities.  Craker soon finds more than simple answers to her questions and discovers some welcoming and generous friends in these genuinely humble people. The financial advice Craker receives, and then relays to her readers,…

  • The Waiting Place

    The Waiting Place Learning to Appreciate Life’s Little Delays By Eileen Button Published by Thomas Nelson I loved it! I have to admit, I started reading The Waiting Place with a bit of a critical attitude.  After reading the book description, I had formed the idea that this book was going to consist of a collection of inspirational stories surrounding the “waiting” theme.  It sounded a little like just another themed devotional, but probably worth my while. However, once into the first chapter or two, I was pleasantly surprised to be reading more than another devotional.  The Waiting Place is more a collection of essays relating the author’s life story…

  • How To Be God’s Little Princess

    How To Be God’s Little Princess: Royal Tips of Manners and Etiquette for Girls By Sheila Walsh Pub by Thomas Nelson Wonderful little guidebook for “God’s Little Princesses.” In How To Be God’s Little Princess, Sheila Walsh compiles practical suggestions and discussions on princess-worthy topics such as wardrobe, jewelry and accessories, hair, poise, manners, friendship, dining, parties, time management, attitude, and (my personal favorite) inner beauty. Each topic is initially presented with a related Bible verse and presented in such a way that would make the “Proverbs 31 Woman” proud. Walsh provides practical and biblical advice packaged in cute “girly” format that will appeal to young girls of any age.…

  • Trusting Your Feelings

    I’ve heard it said some people have head-knowledge of God without heart-knowledge.  Never allowing what’s in their head to move to their heart. This morning I was reading a blog post from a friend of mine, Beth Moore. Don’t you just love the way technology allows us to have “friends” who wouldn’t know us from Adam if we met on the street? Anyway, my friend Beth was discussing “knowing” God is real. In her subsequent related post she sums it up as “The question conveyed on the post was about the time when you moved from believing God exists (Hebrews 11:6) to knowing (2 Timothy 1:12).” That struck a chord…

  • The Shelter of God’s Promises

    The Shelter of God’s Promises By Sheila Walsh Pub by Thomas Nelson When the inevitable storms of life move in, where do you turn for direction and hope? In The Shelter of God’s Promises, Sheila Walsh points us directly to God’s Word to find enduring hope. Sheila selects ten promises from scripture “as foundation stones” upon which to build an unshakable faith that will withstand life’s most devastating storms. Through personal and biblical stories Sheila unfolds these timeless truths. Being familiar with Sheila Walsh as a Women of Faith speaker, I have been blessed by her transparent, real faith. I am happy to say that she relates the same to…