Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door by Fretz and Barretta

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This is an adorable little children’s book. It is about a little boy Conrad, who goes to visit his uncle’s ranch. He things he is prepared with his Mega Ultimate Extreme First Aid Kit. He seems to get into trouble at every turn. You can just imagine all the things little boys can get into on a ranch!

Through it all, there’s the nosy little neighbor girl, Imogene. She likes to tell him how to do things, and to beat it all, that little girl is right most of the time. If only she could tell him before he gets into trouble.

In the end, Imogene needs a little help herself, and there comes Conrad, with his Mega Ultimate Extreme First Aid Kit!

I was given a free copy of this book by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

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Nowhere to Turn by Lynette Eason

Sometimes when you get a Christian suspense novel, it can be pretty predictable, and can even lack an original plot. Not so with this one! I could not put it down!

This is the morning! Dani is going to take her son and leave her abusive husband. She waits for him to leave for work and springs into action. Her brother-in-law abruptly stops by, throwing her off-guard. She heads to school for her deaf son, and runs for all she’s worth. Later that evening, safe in a motel, they see in the news that an FBI agent has been killed. Could it be her husband?

As she is released from her former life, she can make plans for a secure future, can’t she? But why do mysterious things keep happening? Who can she trust? 

Six months later, she finds herself in more danger than ever. Everywhere she turns, they are surprised by yet another person they thought to be loyal. She finally hires Adam Buchanan, of Operation Refuge to get to the bottom of her stalkers. Can this still be her husband’s fault?

I could not predict this book. Just when it seemed to be winding down, there were a couple more twists that I did NOT see coming! Five stars for this one!

I was given a free copy of this book by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

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A Light in the Wilderness by Jane Kirkpatrick

Freed slave Letitia holds onto her papers as if they were her very life. But they can’t save her from everything.

Letitia has recently been freed by her owner before he died, but other members of his family can’t seem to get it through their heads. As they set out to head west, Letitia starts to make the journey with them, helping with the children while being fed and cared for on the journey. But she can’t bring herself to go, so she turns to the only man who treats her like a human being, Irishman Davey Carson. Davey and Letitia come to an arrangement, and he soon lets her know of his plans to head west also. Because a black woman, free or not, cannot be married, they say their vows before God, and head on a grand adventure!

As they travel, they experience friendship, heartbreak, joy, trial, hunger and plenty. 

As I read this novel, based on a true story, I was so heartbroken at all she had to endure. Sure, she was free. But some states still didn’t recognize blacks as anything other than property. This was an eye-opening story of tragedy, fighting for what is right, and faith that only God provides.

I was given a free copy of this book by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

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The NIrV Adventure Bible

Before all my King James friends freak out, we do still use it! This is not a wandering around to find a Bible version I liked better, it was a simple product review.

I wasn’t sure about the reading level. If it had been lower, it would’ve been simple enough to be a “telling” of Bible stories instead of an entire translation. But the reading level was higher than I anticipated.

I LOVE the layout and extra sections in this Bible! It has a section called “What Is God Like?” In this section, it has common questions that children might ask, and then gives Scripture references to answer them. So great for kids!

If we used the NIV, I would be thrilled with this for my children.

I was given a free copy by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

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Moment Maker by Carlos Whittaker

I was so intrigued by the title and description of this book. I’m always looking for ways to make life special for my family. I love being intentional about showing love to my husband and kiddos. And while this book certainly held some great ideas, I was disappointed.

First off all, I’ll start with the positives: It is hilarious!! The author has a great way with words, and I laughed out loud numerous times. The entertainment value was a score! Also, there were many moments in the book that started out as accidents, but God taught a lesson through them. And I loved that!

But for the negative, I was annoyed and lost interest for a few weeks, when in the early chapters, the author described a time when he met a cross-dresser and then met her, along with her friends at a bar later. A moment was made, sure. The person felt like someone cared. However, I think you can care about someone without going “where they go.” Also, in later chapters, he bough a round of drinks at a bar for some soldiers who were returning home. Again, GREAT to care about someone, but there are other ways to show that besides participating in things the Bible clearly calls out as sin.

All in all, I’m glad I read it, but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it to anyone.

I was provided a free copy by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

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The Biggest Reason for Christian Education

When I was in college, I had a Homeschooling Seminar for a semester. It was so fun and interesting as we compared do’s and don’ts, all the different curricula, pros and cons, etc. I had NO idea there were so many types of textbooks, unit studies, self-teaching, online, and video programs. The possibilities are endless. At that time, my professor said, “The problem with secular schools is that they leave God out.” At that time, I jotted it down, nodding my head, but not fully understanding.

Fast-forward to a few weeks ago. 

I know a young lady who is 12 and just started home school for the first time. She had been in public school up until now, so I wanted to know how she was doing with it all. So, I asked her how it was going, and her answer was a light-bulb moment for me.

She said, “I love it. It’s just God, God, God everywhere!” She paired this awesome statement with a brush of her hand over her head, as if she were painting an invisible rainbow.She was smiling, and had a twinkle in her eyes. She was glad.

Light-bulb! “The problem is that they leave God out!”

Most people think we home schoolers are trying to hide our children from everything, that we are simply trying to keep our children from being offered cigarrettes or drugs. That we want to keep them from negative peer pressure. That we don’t want them to be bullied.

But although, I’ve known it in my heart all along, I’m just now able to grasp that actual words of what Mrs. Kiser said all those years ago. 

Home schooling, or Christian education is not about what we don’t want our children to learn. It’s about what we do want our children to learn.IMG_20140812_104518

Keeping our children away from all those things mentioned above are definitely a factor. But when that child  grows into an adult, those things will definitely be present in life! But a firm foundation in God, as children, will keep them strong as adults.

You see, everything begins with God. History – God created the world, and you can see God’s hand all throughout history. All throughout the settling of our nation, the wars, you can see God’s hand in it. History has often been referred to as “His story”, and that’s exactly what it is.

God is a God of order, and you can see that in Math and Music.

Science supports Biblical Creation. 

EVERYTHING begins with God! 

Giving my children this firm foundation will help them be strong. Some may say that you can’t shelter them from the world because they have no idea how to act when they reach adulthood. But in our home, their Daddy is a pastor, and people call us or knock on our door almost every week because they are in trouble. These are life lessons for our children, and we try to make them teachable moments when they know that sin is in the world, and it causes trouble for people. They can understand what is going on without being forced into the middle of it every day, all day, without their parents’ guidance.

Let me say, I know there are some awesome public school teachers who are doing a tremendous job to make a difference! But a lot of them have told me they are glad we are home schooling our kids!

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Love Comes Home by Ann Gabhart

Love Comes Home is a sweet continuing story of the Merritt sisters. I did not read the first in this series, but I read the second and loved it. I really liked this one as well, but it didn’t seem to have as much content on its own, as the other did. It seemed to not quite get somewhere.

Although that was the case, I still enjoyed the continuing story. The war is now over. Victoria’s Sammy did not come home, and Victoria has to learn how to live all over again, raising their precious daughter. Evangeline is as fussy as ever. And when Mike comes home, she seems even more discontented than before, even though she has everything a beautiful preacher’s wife could ever want.

Then there’s Kate and Jay. As Jay returns, Kate is eager to start a family and get on with their lives.

Lorena is growing up, not the little girl she used to be. Can she find her birth family? The sisters worry it cannot be a happy ending.

The family portrayed by these books are made up of caring, simple, and refreshing characters. They are the family everyone wishes they could belong to. Join in and take a trip to Rosey Corner.

 I was provided a free copy by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review

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Death Takes a Ride by Lorena McCourtney

The second I’ve read by this author, this book was not disappointing. It’s a cute, action-packed who-dunn-it that I loved!

Cate arrives at H&B Restorations to give a friend a ride, but an unbelievable crime takes place, sucking Cate into investigating. Although her uncle’s private investigating business doesn’t “do murders,” that seems to be what Cate can’t stay away from.

Along the murder mystery, there is Mitch’s business that is for sale. Can he be planning to move out of town when the business sells? Can there be a future for Mitch and Cate?

I was surprised by the ending of this one, and you will be too!

I was provided a free copy by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

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Blind Trust by Sandra Orchard

Kate Adams cannot seem to stay out of trouble no matter where she goes. Ever since Daisy’s death, she has seemed to have a nose for investigating… and she’s usually right!

Detective Tom Parker gets called into a suspected counterfeit situation and who does he find? Kate of course! How did she end up with this money? Her neighbor gave it to her, of course.

But the plot quickly takes off and much more than counterfeit bills begins to worry Tom, as an anonymous note shows up on his car warning, or threatening Kate.

Also, Kate can’t stay away from hoping her Dad was innocent all those years ago. Can the two cases be connected?

This was a great book!

I received the book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

 

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A Place in His Heart by Rebecca DeMarino

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A Place in His Heart was an intriguing book. Mary is a young lady who is grown up, and ready to marry. But her father wants her to marry a young man she grew up with; one whom she just can’t love. Barnabas is a young widower who needs a wife for his children. He is a good man who will respect Mary and love her. But is there room in his heart? His beloved Anne was so perfect for him in every way. With Barnabas’ new “Puritan” thinking, Mary’s father just isn’t sure they are a good match. And on their wedding day, talk of making a new life in the New World is overheard. Can it be true?

Is Mary ready to start anew in a place she has never seen? They do, in fact make the voyage to the Americas, and life becomes incredibly difficult. Work from sun up to sun down is the norm, and Mary works hard to make a house a home for her little family. Even though Barnabas respects her greatly and takes precious care of her, she just feels like she can’t get into his heart, no matter how hard she tries.

I loved this book for its historical value. I was glued to the pages, imagining what life was like for those first settlers in New England. I look forward to the next in this series!

For a giveaway of this book and other prizes, click here. :)

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