Fight Back With Joy

Fight Back With Joy: Celebrate More. Regret Less. Stare Down Your Greatest FearsFight Back With Joy: Celebrate More. Regret Less. Stare Down Your Greatest Fears by Margaret Feinberg

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Great Joy Waits in Life’s Greatest Battles. Joy is stamped on coffee mugs, sewn onto decorative pillows – even displayed on dish soap. But what if there’s a deeper power and purpose to this mighty virtue? Through vulnerable story telling, a difficult diagnosis, and a good dose of humor, Margaret Feinberg revels how joy is more than whimsy. Its’ the weapon you can use to fight life’s battles.”

This is an extraordinary book that will take you by surprise. When I read the first few pages of the first chapter, I though to myself… here we go, another book that is going to try to teach me the how’s and why’s of being joyful. And then came chapter two. Continue reading

Heaven Touches Earth

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“She had been killed in an automobile accident. Her husband was in route to the hospital. I met their minister in the hospital corridor. In utter desperation, he cried, “I feel so uncomfortable coming to the hospital. It’s such a foreign environment. I don’t know what to say or do. I’ve never done this before. Please tell me what to do.” The patient said,” My pastor doesn’t make hospital visits. He can’t handle hospitals.”

When the unexpected arises and you find your parishioners hospitalized, are you equipped to support them effectively? Difficult situations can catch us off guard and unprepared. This concise “how to handbook” is a succinct resource of clear insight into hospital practices/protocol useful in training volunteers, parish visitors, pastors/chaplains and a helpful refresher guide for those that have studied hospital ministry. You will proceed with confidence as you minister to the sick and suffering.”

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The Impressionist

I don’t often read fiction, but the title of this little book intrigued me.  Is it fiction?  It says so…  but it’s really so much more.

The ImpressionistThe Impressionist by Tim Clinton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Middle aged, disappointed and self-loathing, Adam Camp is anything but the picture of a successful man. With his wife threatening to leave him and their son addicted to drugs, Adam teeters on the verge of absolute despair – questioning his own existence and purpose for living.

After an explosive argument with his wife, Adam searches for an escape as he sets out on a journey that will dramatically recolor his world.” Continue reading

If God is Good, then

If God Is Good: Faith in the Midst of Suffering and EvilIf God Is Good: Faith in the Midst of Suffering and Evil by Randy Alcorn

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Every one of us will experience suffering. Many of us are experiencing it now. As we have seen in recent years, evil is real in our world, present and close to each one of us.

In such difficult times, suffering and evil beg questions about God–Why would an all-good and all-powerful God create a world full of evil and suffering? And then, how can there be a God if suffering and evil exist?

These are ancient questions, but also modern ones as well. Atheists such as Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and even former believers like Bart Ehrman answer the question simply: The existence of suffering and evil proves there is no God.

In this captivating new book, best-selling author Randy Alcorn challenges the logic of disbelief, and brings a fresh, realistic, and thoroughly biblical insight to the issues these important questions raise.” Continue reading

SuperGal vs. God

I’ve thought for years, that I should write my story….  the story of those 56 days that started in December 2005.  The story of my husband’s home-going.  As I read this book, I thought that I was reading my own story.  This author, Lori Hynson,  she get’s it.  She was so able to write not just my story – no matter how similar the circumstances – but the story of every SuperGal out there.  This book has left me thinking through alot of old lately.  Memories I should have put away a long time ago.  Thank you Lori. Continue reading

Praying Through Hard Times

As I am writing the review of this book…  I am trying to keep myself from thinking about the appointment that I have tomorrow morning for a breast biopsy.  I’m not sure that this book could have come at a better time.

With an ovarian cancer diagnosis 4 years ago…. and Praise Jesus, no reoccurence… I have been struggling with this appointment – playing out all of the worst case scenario’s over and over in my thoughts

But after finishing this book this morning… all I can do is take my heart and my fears to Him.  To take them to His throne, and at that throne… I find my strength.

I found solace in the words of this book… I pray that you do too. Continue reading

Home Behind the Sun

I will let this book review speak for itself… there is nothing more that I can add.
Home Behind the Sun: Connect with God in the Brilliance of the EverydayHome Behind the Sun: Connect with God in the Brilliance of the Everyday by Timothy D. Willard

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Home Behind the Sun – Connect with God in the Brilliance of the Everyday – by Timothy Willard and Jason Locy.

“How often do you encounter the healing and beauty, the hope and the Glory of Christ? Home Behind the Sun offers us a glimpse of joy in the daily grind or work, relationships, and parenting: healing for our suffering: forgiveness in the midst of our hurts; and purpose through the journey. We can live each and every day with an eternal perspective. And we can share this light with the world around us.”
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Persecuted – I Will Not Be Silenced

Okay… I’ll admit it.  I am a news junkie.  and okay… I’ll admit this too.  I am a middle-age conservative Christian woman that resides in the liberal region of New England.  I don’t usually spout my political beliefs here, but from time to time they do slip out.  I will not try to persuade anyone to my beliefs, but I’ll be more than glad to share my truths with you if you ask.

That being said, I just finished a great book that could – in my opinion – be ripped from today’s headlines.  There are too many stories – week after week – that we hear about that Christian’s – group, individuals, business or organizations – are being charged with some sort of perceived intolerance.  From the push to remove “Under God” from our Pledge of Allegiance ( and the removal of “In God We Trust” ( from our paper currency to the yearly assault to remove Christ from Christmas (  It feels like it is never ending.

And it is not just within our country that this is happening.  Nope, the radical abortion lobby is demanding the U.N. treat pro-life speech by church leaders as torture (

There are just too many instances of Religious Persecution.  I would urge you to visit the American Center for Law and Justice – ACLJ – website  and look at the cases that they are working on and if you are so inclined – join in the cause.

As for the book that I just finished… Yes, it’s fiction.  But could it be true.  In my opinion, yes I do believe that it could be.  Take action… or not.

As with all books that I receive, I am require to post an online review… below is that review. 

 Persecuted: I Will Not Be SilentPersecuted: I Will Not Be Silent by Robin Parrish

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“The question is not IF attempts will be made to limit religious freedoms. But when. And when that day comes, will you stay silent?

“The most popular evangelist of his day, John Luther simply wants to share the Gospel and enjoy a quiet life with his family. He never asked to be at the center of a political controversy, but an ill wind has been blowing through the halls of Congress, and supporters of a new religious equality bill see Luther’s endorsement as critical. But when Luther refuses to lend his support, he unknowingly sets in motion an explosive plan bent on destroying his reputation and undermining everything for which he stands.”

Persecuted – I will not be silenced – is a book with a plot line so much like what we hear that is going on in our nation today that it could almost be ripped from the front page of any newspaper today. Based on the film by the same name (scheduled to be released July 2014), this political thriller is fast paced read with multiple story lines that blend together seamlessly to bring this story together. It is a page-turner that will certainly hold your attention. I don’t know which came first – the book or the movie – and I don’t think that matters. I, for one, truly enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to the movie

It should be noted however, that there are descriptions of sex and violence. While these scenes are not gratuitous, they nonetheless are there and sensitive readers should be aware.

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*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.

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God is just not fair

If you’re like me, I’m sure that more than once you’ve wondered and perhaps even said out loud…  God why do you let bad things happen?  Why do “bad” people seem to be having it all when all I seem to do is struggle?  Why do you allow us to suffer?  Why didn’t you stop that murder?  How can you allow this cancer diagnosis? 

These are the huge questions of life that most, if not all of us, don’t have an answer to.    Sure we have the pat answer that “God was there when that mom lost her unborn baby”… or “God was right there weeping when that young girl was killed”…  or “God was holding you as you said your final goodbye to your husband” or my favorite…  “Your husbands work on earth was done and God needed him in Heaven, more than you needed him here”!!!  But to me, that is all they are …  simple, pat answers that really don’t mean anything when you are in the midst of it all. Continue reading

God, Grace and Gumption

It wasn’t my plan, but I spent the entire day yesterday reading a most amazing book – Miss Brenda and the Loveladies by Brenda Spahn and Irene Zutell.

As the subtitle reads…  “One woman’s brush with prison… A community of women fighting the odds for survival on the outside…”

Some years back in another life, I had a family member end up in prison after being convicted of murdering her sister.  She ended up in prison at the young age of 18.  Scroll forward 15+ years…  unable to cope with the free world, with no skills and no one to give a second chance to a murderer…  and then wondering why she ended up back in prison??  Continue reading