Life On The Family Farm

Life on the Family Farm: Under an Open HeavenLife on the Family Farm: Under an Open Heaven by Tom Heck

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“You are the most God-gifted writer I’ve ever had,” Tom’s college professor told him. However, Tom quit college; his love of farming drew him back to the farm. Thirty years later, Tom picked up the pen again, drawing readers into farming adventures with him. In these exciting and uplifting true stories, he shares his love of farming, family, and God. His unique writing style brings the reader right alongside him and his family as they work on their northern Wisconsin dairy farm. Tom’s stories have spread like wildfire from his hometown newspaper to papers across America. Readers tell him, “Please don’t quit writing.” Others ask him, “When are you going to make it a book?” Due to popular demand here it is.”

This book, Life On The Family Farm, is a series of short stories that the author, Tom Heck, has compiled over the years. In this book there are 76 stories in total and I fell in love with every one of them. While we all know that the American Farmer is a rare breed, and their days are filled with backbreaking, never-ending work, Mr. Heck almost makes me want to sell it all and become a farmer. Continue reading

A Rooster Once Crowed – Leader’s Guide

A Rooster Once Crowed: Leader Small Group Study GuideA Rooster Once Crowed: Leader Small Group Study Guide by Bryant Cornett

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“A Rooster Once Crowed was built for group study. If you loved the commentary on the greatest story ever told, you’ll love it even more in community. Leading a study can be daunting. Or if you’ve done it before, you know that the time involved in preparation can be a barrier. Consider this Leader Small Group Study Guide like a guidebook to a city written by a friend who loves it and has spent years exploring it. This Leader Small Group Study Guide guarantees a deeply profound experience for you and your group.”

This Leader’s Guide is a great addendum to the book – A Rooster Once Crowed. The Leader’s Guide – via e-book – is packed full of resources that will make the Leader’s role a lot easier. The author has supplied thought-provoking questions for discussion in your small group. In addition, there are Leader’s Only pages with downloadable materials, as well as prayers and a music playlist to go along with the lessons.

It really is a complete guide especially helpful for a novice leader where more time can be spent on the subject versus the overwhelming task of putting together the study, notes, etc. Great job!

*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through the “For Readers Only” group at The Book Club Network, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.

*Reviews of this book were posted at the following locations:
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This e-book is available at the Author’s website at
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Surviving Henry

I asked to read and review this book based on the front cover.  My neice recently adopted a dog that looks just like Henry (Henry is a dog, btw).  From time to time my neice will post pics of Daphne (her dog) and her antics ie… pile of flip flops with just one of each pair eaten, etc.  I remember my days of raising a border collie pup and the boundless energy that never ends.  So, the other day this book arrived…  OH MY GOODNESS!!!!  This is the funniest book that I have ever read.  The author has an amazing writing style that brings you right into her life, her home, her car, the vet office HA!…  You are immediately swept away by Henry.

Do yourself a favor, pick up this book if not for yourself, then for your neighbor, co-worker, whoever…  let those that are temporarily suffering with raising their own pup that they are not alone.  You will love this book!!!! Continue reading

An Aria for Nick

As I’ve said many times before, I’m not a huge fan of fiction.  I find so much of it “full of fluff”.  However, once in a while an author comes along that challenges that.  This is the second novel that I’ve read by author, Halle Bridgemen and I am truly enjoying her work.  I look forward to reading more from her in the future.


An Aria for Nick (Song of Suspense #2)An Aria for Nick by Hallee Bridgeman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“The only man who can save her life has been dead for a decade. Raised in a loving home, Aria Suarez dreamed of becoming a professional pianist happily married to her high school crush. After the only boy who ever caught her eye dies a hero’s death and her wrist is shattered along with her future plans, she turns her brilliant musical mind to nuclear engineering and solving mysteries of science.

Abandoned to an abusive father at five, Nick Williams grew up dreaming of escape; of enlisting in the Army and leaving his wretched life behind; of proving himself worthy of the girl he loves. But the crucible of combat offers only the escape of death. A decade later, Aria uncovers a nuclear plot that threatens the heart of our very nation. Sinister forces surround and threaten her when, out of nowhere, the man who reportedly died so many years before returns as if from the grave — intent on protecting her.” Continue reading

Are You Ready to Transform History

Are you ready to transform history?  This is the HUGE question that is posed by author, William L Ford III, in his book “Created for Influence“.

This is a powerful book that doesn’t pull any punches.  I knew from the first page of the first chapter that I was in for an interesting and challenging read.

“Abdicating our responsibility of preserving the customs, institutions and general moral conscience that prevent a society from decaying will leave the culture to rot all around us.  At times the Church stares in sickened fascination at what is decaying, longing for the Rapture, as God — and even creation– longs for our Savior to be manifest on the earth through us.”  Created for Influence page 17. Continue reading

The Singing Quilt

Every once in a while a book comes along that touches your heart.  The Singing Quilt by Kathi Macias is one such book.  It is not often that I read fiction, but I have to say that I did not want this book to end.  I wanted to know more about the lead charecter… I wanted to follow along with her new life in Christ.  Sadly though… the book came to an end.

Below is my public review of this book


The Singing QuiltThe Singing Quilt by Kathi Macias

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Can another woman’s courage inspire the impossible? Jolissa Montoya, a shy, young Hispanic girl, believes God is calling her to work with disadvantaged children in the inner city. She is convinced that what God has spoken to her heart is impossible. Until one day when she shares her concerns with a confidante who shows her a quilt – a quilt that depicts the life of a courageous woman.” Continue reading

Hope Runs

Hope Runs: An American Tourist, a Kenyan Boy, a Journey of RedemptionHope Runs: An American Tourist, a Kenyan Boy, a Journey of Redemption by Claire Díaz-Ortiz

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“She went to Kenya to climb a mountain. But God has other plans. When Claire-Diaz-Ortiz arrived in Kenya at the end of an around-the-world journey, she decided to stay the night, climb Mount Kenya, and then head back home. She entered an orphanage, seeing it as little more than a free place to spend the night before her mountain trek. Hope Runs is the emotional story of one American tourist, one Kenyan orphan, and how one day became one year that would change the course of both their lives forever.” Continue reading

The Princess Within

The Princess Within for Teens: Discovering Your Royal InheritanceThe Princess Within for Teens: Discovering Your Royal Inheritance by Serita Ann Jakes

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“It’s time to get ready for the ball. Girls of all age want to feel like Cinderella at the ball. But, maybe o feel more like Cinderella before the ball – overlooked, inadequate, hurting, maybe even used and abused. Sometimes it’s heard to fell beautiful, in God’s eyes or your own, when something or someone has robbed you of your inner beauty.”

From time to time, I will pick up a book that isn’t totally relevant to my life or me at the time. Such was my thoughts on this book – The Princess Within for Teens – Discovering Your Royal Inheritance… for full disclosure – note that I am a 50+-year-old woman.

However, I did enjoy reading this book. Yes some things are different than when I was a teen – social media, etc. That being said, the message of this book is relevant. I do remember feelings of rejection, being hypercritical of myself, knowing that I was made for more, but not knowing how to get there.

So, in truth, perhaps a few peripheral things have changed, but the thought process of the Princess within each of us really hasn’t.

*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through the Bethany House Blogger Review Program, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.

*Reviews of this book were posted at the following locations:
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Love. Period.

Love. Period.: Loving Those Who are Not Like YouLove. Period.: Loving Those Who are Not Like You by Rudy Rasmus

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“What would happen if we truly loved those who are different from us in race, background, abilities, gender, economic status, identity, or physical condition? How would our communities change if we stopped being afraid of those who don’t fit our definition of “loveable”? How would our hearts find greater joy if we acknowledged the risk of living without conditions – and did it anyways?”
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Sincerely Yours

Sincerely YoursSincerely Yours by Jane Kirkpatrick

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Four unexpected letters. Four intrepid women. Four lives changed forever. Spanning a century and a continent, these romantic novellas will lead you on a journey through the landscape of love. Four young women find their lives altered after each receives a letter that set her on a new path From a Hudson River steamboat to a lush drawing room, from a carousel carver’s workshop to a remote hospital, you’ll be swept into the lives of women who are making their way in the world and finding love where they least expect it.”

Sincerely Yours is a collection of four novellas penned by four different authors – Jane Kirkpatrick, Amanda Cabot, Laurie Alice Eakes, and Ann Shorey.

Each of these four stories introduces us to four different women with one thing in common… each receives an unexpected letter. With each letter, lives are changed as these women set out on a path of discovery, redemption, mystery, romance and suspense. To say much more, will rob the reader of the twists and turns of each story.

I did enjoy these four stories. Each of them is under one hundred pages and yet, while that may seem too short… the skill of the authors in the character development and story telling brings the feeling and completeness of a novel twice it’s size. Very well done.

*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through the “For Readers Only” group at The Book Club Network, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.

*Reviews of this book were posted at the following locations:
Amazon, Christian Book, Deeper Shopping, and Goodreads

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