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Mysteries, polka dots, California Rolls, TJ Maxx, cozy blankets, rainy days and getting the first spoonful of peanut butter out of the jar make me smile. Spiders, rude people, cold fingers and toes, baby leashes, people that don't wrap their packages before going to the Post Office, poison ivy and Math (pretty much all of it) make me want to scream. My perfect day would be spent with my wonderful husband and sweet girls- watching movies in our jammies! Of course, having the movie theater to ourselves would be great, too. Please pass the popcorn and M&M's.:) I am saved by the grace of God. He is my constant companion and hears my every prayer. What a blessing! I'd love to hear from you! Lori at toosillysisters@cox.net

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The Peaceful Wife by April Cassidy

My Thoughts:

April Cassidy and I are kindred spirits. My goodness, I could have written this book (not anywhere as well as she has done, but you get the idea). Yes indeed, until I got my hands on The Peaceful Wife I had a HUGE list of unwritten expectations for my husband- and we've been married almost 25 years! I bet if you're honest with yourself you do, too. I recommend that every woman, married or single, read this book. It's an easy to read book with ideas on how to honor your husband that will only make your marriage better. Is your husband distant? Does he not communicate like he used to? Does he watch a lot of TV? If you're like me, you may have unintentionally distanced yourself from him by giving him the "silent treatment", forcing him to agree with you, undermining his authority, having a long list of unwritten expectations among other things. I love how April Cassidy shows us through the Bible how to improve our relationship with our husbands and repair the damage that may have occurred over the years. It was a big wake up call for me. God's way is not the way of the world, my friends. Get your hands on this book!

The Peaceful Wife 

Living in Submission to Christ as Lord 

What happens when a woman becomes the wife God desires her to be?

In today's world, women are often rewarded for having type A personalities. Driven, demanding women achieve higher positions, better salaries, and praise for their ambition. They learn to be confident, take-charge leaders who can handle anything on their own. Yet when it comes to their marriages, those same traits can backfire. After all, no one goes into marriage hoping for a promotion. What is a wife to do?

April Cassidy knows this struggle firsthand. She thought she was a great Christian wife and begged God to make her passive husband into a more loving, involved, godly leader. Instead, God opened her eyes to changes that she needed to make, such as laying down her desire for control and offering genuine, unconditional respect--not just love--to her husband. The Peaceful Wife focuses on Cassidy's experience and its life-changing properties, providing a template for others to follow.

Cassidy's conclusions may be as shocking to readers as they were to her, but she backs up her own tale with stories from her blog readers, and also includes recommendations for further study. She walks through baby steps on how to change, addressing questions such as:

  • What is respect?

  • How can you show respect?

  • How is being respectful different from being loving?
In the end, The Peaceful Wife is a powerful path to God's design for women to live in full submission to Christ as Lord.
*I was given a copy of this book from Kregel in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received.*

Keeper of the Stars by Robin Lee Hatcher

My Thoughts:

Keeper of the Stars, by Robin Lee Hatcher, is a heartfelt love story with a focus on the harsh realities of grief and forgiveness. Penny Cartwright lost her mother at a young age and now, at the beginning of the book, she's struggling with the tragedy that took the life of her younger brother, Brad. Trevor Cartwright survives the car accident but blames himself for that night. The beauty of this book are the flashbacks on Brad Cartwright's life. I loved reading about his tremendous faith in God and how just by living for the Lord he was able to lead Trevor to Kings Meadow. I believe that's how God works in this life- every person fits together like pieces of a puzzle. It's not always easy to see the big picture but Robin Lee Hatcher delights and comforts us with this wonderful story of God working through tragedy and joy. 

About the book: 

Keeper of the Stars (Thomas Nelson, January 2016)

Because it's not always love at first sight!

When her mother died from pneumonia, Penny Cartwright was heartbroken. But now, after burying her younger brother just 12 years later, she is devastated. Anger, guilt, and sorrow cloud Penny's mind, and the last thing she wants is to be reminded of her pain---but that's exactly what happens when a stranger comes to town.

Trevor Reynolds has been chasing fame for more than a dozen years, but his musical career can't get off the ground. While on the road, an accident kills his young drummer, Brad Cartwright. Trevor wasn't behind the wheel, but he still blames himself . . . and so does Brad's sister, Penny. Now Trevor finds himself in Kings Meadow, determined to follow through on his final promise to his friend.

Still feeling the pain of Brad's death, Penny and Trevor must learn that forgiveness is the only thing that can heal their hearts. And if they do forgive, something beautiful may rise from the ashes of heartbreak.

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About the author: 

Best-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heart-warming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. The winner of the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction, the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance, two RT Career Achievement Awards, and the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award, Robin is the author of over sixty novels.

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*I was given a copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received.*

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Comeback by Louie Giglio- It's never to late and you're never too far.

My Thoughts:

"It's not too late and you're never too far." Wow. Written on the cover of The Comeback, by Louie Giglio, I had to dive in and hear more. As I read the reassurance of God's love and forgiveness throughout this book I often wept tears of joy. God is SO good and the Bible is filled with examples of "the comeback". Why is that? It's because God writes the story of our comebacks! We only need to call on Him.

"When we are at our absolute lowest and weakest, Jesus invites us to hand him everything we have left. He invites us to give him our little, whatever our little is. When we give away our little, we place our confidence in him." Ever experienced your lowest? Your weakest? It's terrifying. I've been there, my friend. But you know what? When life is at it's darkest, God shines His brightest! He truly gives hope to the hopeless. He has wonderful plans for you- a comeback, fresh start, new beginning. Trust Him. Pray. Look what God did for Paul, David, Abraham and Joseph (the author masterfully details their stories, among many others, in the book.) God is the master of comebacks today, too.

Louie Giglio points out that "Spiritual death is something the enemy constantly seeks to bring to our lives. His plans is short and simple. He wants to 'steal and kill and destroy' (John 10:10) Please don't let him trick you into giving up! God has a comeback for you! Talk to the Lord and believe that there IS hope.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is feeling defeated, is enduring harsh or pain, if you've made mistakes, are grieving in the midst of impossible circumstances and/or have lost your way. It's filled with hope, help and truth. Louie Giglio honestly shares his personal experiences and trials and how God was there every step of the way. The Lord wants to be there for you, too. It's never too late, dear one.

Book Description

Have you ever longed for a comeback?
We all know what it feels like to have life disappoint us and not work out as we’d hoped. We all know what it’s like to long for something different, something better, something more.
The Comeback celebrates new beginnings. It offers encouragement and perspective, and it’s for you if you feel frustrated or confused, if you’re sorrowing or in pain, if you’ve made mistakes or are grieving, if you’re disappointed or feel as though life doesn’t make sense.
The good news is that God is in the business of giving fresh starts to people. He gives hope to the hopeless. Direction to the directionless. Help to those who need help. God is always good, all the time, and God’s plans will always prevail, even when our plans don’t.
God already knows what the solutions are. No matter what kind of disappointment or grief or pain or trouble or heartache you encounter, God always offers a new beginning, a change of heart, or a powerful spiritual turnaround. God offers the way forward, and his pathways are always good.
Your current circumstances will not get the final say in your life. God is the God of the comeback, no matter what kind of challenge you’re facing.
And your story can become a great comeback story too.
About the Author
Louie Giglio is the pastor of Passion City Church in Atlanta, Georgia, and founder of Passion Conferences-a global movement of college-aged people living for the fame of Jesus Christ. A dynamic and effective communicator, Louie holds a master of divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Shelley, reside in Atlanta. For more information about Passion City Church, visit passioncitychurch.com, and for more about Passion Conferences, visit www.268generation.com.
*I was given a copy of this encouraging book by BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received.*

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Secrets She Kept by Cathy Gohlke- I saved the best of 2015 for last!

My Thoughts:

I've saved the best of 2015 for last. I had no idea it would be the best book of the year- but it's truly going to be hard to top this story. Secrets She Kept, by Cathy Gohlke, is an exceptionally thrilling story that I couldn't put down. I read until I was exhausted and couldn't keep my eyes open any longer. It begins in the 1970's with Hannah Sterling whose mother has recently passed away- and with her so many questions of the past remain unanswered. Why was her mother so distant and cold? Why did she hate Hannah's father? Secret letters come to light and Hannah travels to Germany to pursue the answers she seeks. What she discovers may free her or destroy her.  

Go on a journey of your own to WWII with beautiful, young Lieselotte (Hannah's mother).  Her father and brother have high hopes for Germany and actively participate in the Nazi party while Lieselotte begins a secret life of aiding hidden Jews.  Hitler demands full participation in the Reich and this includes all members of the family. Lieselotte nears the age of marriage and life becomes very frightening as her heart belongs to a young man that her father does not approve of...

Cathy Gohlke does a masterful job of leading us through time between WWII and the 70's. My heart ached for both Lieselotte and Hannah as betrayal, love, secrets and lies steal their innocence and cause them to question themselves and those they trust. I absolutely adored how the author incorporates Corrie and Betsie Ten Boom into the story. They introduce the beautiful message of hope and forgiveness that God offers to all of us. You'll be entranced as this story unfolds. Cathy Gohlke always delivers an incredible tale but this is her best so far. I highly, highly recommend!

About the Book:

All her life, Hannah Sterling longed for a close relationship with her estranged mother. Following Lieselotte’s death, Hannah determines to unlock the secrets of her mother’s mysterious past and is shocked to discover a grandfather living in Germany.

Thirty years earlier, Lieselotte’s father is quickly ascending the ranks of the Nazi party, and a proper marriage for his daughter could help advance his career. Lieselotte is in love—but her beloved Lukas is far from an ideal match, as he secretly works against the Reich. Yet Lieselotte never imagined how far her father would go to ensure her cooperation.

Both Hannah’s and Lieselotte’s stories unfold as Hannah travels to Germany to meet her grandfather, who is hiding wartimes secrets of his own. Longing for connection, yet shaken by all she uncovers, Hannah must decide if she can atone for her family’s tragic past and how their legacy will shape her future.

*I received a copy of this wonderful book from Tyndale in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.*

Friday, December 11, 2015

Falling for Snowflakes- Pulse Pounding Danger & Pulse Racing Mistletoe Moments!

My Thoughts:

Falling like Snowflakes, by Denise Hunter, is a thrilling romance that will make your heart pound! I fell in love with the cover and couldn't wait to begin reading! Eden, a young mother, and her son are desperately on the run, but why? And from whom? As fate would have it, their car breaks down in the snow filled town of Summer Harbor, Maine, and if matters couldn't get worse, Eden's purse is also stolen and they're left stranded and terrified. Don't despair, dear reader, as there are hunky young men (brothers!) that live in Summer Harbor. They run a Christmas tree farm and have just discovered they need a caretaker for their irritable (but endearing) aunt who's recently injured her leg.�� See where this is going? But don't even begin to think this story is predictable- not for a second. A dark past haunts Eden that has caused her son to become mute. There's also the tiny issue of our very attractive leading man, Beau, already having a girlfriend. Whoa. All I will tell you is that Falling Like Snowflakes is full of mystery and pulse racing danger (as well as memorable moments under the mistletoe). Tenderness, passion, bravery and humor are all wrapped up in this fabulously romantic book! I absolutely loved it.

Book Description

When the Christmas season finds Eden in Summer Harbor, Maine, she's on the run from trouble. Romance is the last thing on her mind.
Riding in a bus in the thickly falling snow, Eden Davis wonders how it ever came to this-fleeing under cover of night with young Micah sleeping fitfully in the seat beside her. When a winter storm strands them in Summer Harbor, Maine, Eden wonders if what might have been the end could be a new beginning.
Beau Callahan is a habitual problem-solver. He's recently left his job with the sheriff's department to take over the family Christmas tree farm to save it from insolvency. But he's flummoxed. During the busiest season of the year, he's shorthanded. Then Eden shows up looking for work, and Beau believes he's been rescued. Competent, smart, and beautiful, Eden's also guarded and quiet. He soon figures out she comes with a boatload of secrets. But Beau can't seem to help himself from falling for her.
As Christmas Eve approaches, Beau discovers he'll do anything to keep Eden safe. But who's going to protect his heart from a woman who can't seem to trust again?
About the Author
Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 20 books, including Dancing with Fireflies and The Convenient Groom. She has won The Holt Medallion Award, The Reader's Choice Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist. When Denise isn't orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking green tea, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband are raising three boys. You can learn more about Denise through her website DeniseHunterBooks.com or by visiting her FaceBook page at facebook.com/authordenisehunter
*I was given this book by BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received.*

Saturday, November 21, 2015

An Endless Christmas by Cynthia Ruchti!

My Thoughts:

One of the blessings of 2015 has been discovering Cynthia Ruchti. Truly, her books are beautiful with stories of hope, forgiveness, love and the Lord. They are unique and engaging while her characters are flawed in a realistically endearing manner. I find myself identifying with so many of the personalities and remembering them long after the book is closed and their stories have been told. Please- if you can get your hands on An Endless Christmas- do so! It would be lovely to read anytime but especially meaningful the month of December. The story revolves around the Binder family Christmas, their beloved traditions, and imperfect pasts filled with grace. On the first page Micah Binder proposes to his girlfriend, Katie, who has just met his family of 20+ for the first time. And her answer is... No.  What follows is nothing you would ever expect but I believe it will cause you to reflect on your own life, your heart and your Christmas experience. 

I wanted to jump into the pages of this book! The Binder family is precious with their delightful traditions: Bonfire of Regrets, Christmas pageant, family charity gift, and Grandma Binder's "No Technology Rule". The one bathroom situation (well, there is a second one in the barn) for 20 people adds a delightful element of chaos as does the sleeping arrangements (Katie slept in the kitchen window seat). Nothing can stop Christmas week- not a blizzard, lack of electricity, ER trips or even broken hearts. I was a puddle of tears when Grandpa Wilson told the Christmas story- just beautiful. 

An Endless Christmas was just what I needed to remember what Christmas is all about. I highly recommend reading this precious tale as an escape from the craziness of the holidays. It will put your heart in the right place, comfort your weary mind and bless you greatly. ❤️

Thank you, Cynthia Ruchti, for this beautiful story.

About the book: 
An Endless Christmas
 (Worthy Inspired, October 2015)

Too many people, too much snow, and too little room should be a recipe for disaster.

Christmas takes a very different turn when the guests of honor break up instead of announcing their engagement. Trapped with his family, they learn that love looks different than either imagined. Both in their eighties, Dodie and Wilson Binder celebrate every Christmas as if it were their last. This year, their grandson Micah is planning to ask his girlfriend, Katie, to marry him so they can celebrate with the whole family. But things go very wrong when she says, "no." Now they are stuck. Too many people, too much snow, and too little room should be a recipe for disaster. But sometimes too much is just enough. Especially when it's Christmas.

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About the author:
Drawing from 33 years of on-air radio ministry, Cynthia Ruchti tells stories of hope-that-glows-in-the-dark through her novels and novellas, nonfiction books and devotionals, and speaking for women's and writers' events. Her books have been recognized by Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Awards, Selah Awards, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, Christian Retailing's BEST Awards, and Carol Award nominations, among other honors, including a Family Fiction Readers' Choice Award. She and her plot-tweaking husband live in Pittsville, Wisconsin, not far from their three children and five grandchildren.

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There's no getting out of Christmas now, despite Katie rejecting Micah's marriage proposal. Cozy up this holiday season with Cynthia Ruchti's new novella, An Endless Christmas. The Binder family celebrates every Christmas as if it were their last. Too many people, too much snow, and too little room should be a recipe for disaster. But sometimes too much is just enough. Especially when it’s Christmas.

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    *I was given a copy of this fabulous book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received.*

    The Five Times I Met Myself by James L. Rubart

    My Thoughts:

    The Five Times I Met Myself, by James L. Rubart, is a delightfully compelling and thought provoking story. Have you ever wished you could go back and change the past? Make a few different decisions? Brock Matthews uncovers a way to change his past mistakes through intense dreams. Meetings with his younger self, wife, brother, as well as others, results in surprising changes in his life- both positive and negative. His marriage, career, relationships and wishes are all on the line. It kept me guessing until the last page and even venturing down memory lane contemplating a few of my own life choices. 

    The book is a bit like the heartwarming movie, It's a Wonderful Life. One life choice has a chain reaction to other aspects of our world as well as other people's lives. I loved reading this story and the resolution at the end. I truly had no idea what was going to happen but I definitely enjoyed the ride! James L. Rubart focuses on the beauty of God's redemption and His ability to bring restoration. I highly recommend this book for adults of all ages.

    About the book: 
    The Five Times I Met Myself
     (Thomas Nelson, November 2015)

    What if you met your twenty-three-year-old self in a dream? What would you say?

    Brock Matthews' once promising life is unraveling. His coffee company. His marriage.

    So when he discovers his vivid dreams---where he encounters his younger self---might let him change his past mistakes, he jumps at the chance. The results are astonishing, but also disturbing.

    Because getting what Brock wants most in the world will force him to give up the one thing he doesn't know how to let go . . . and his greatest fear is that it's already too late.

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    About the author:
    James L. Rubart is a professional marketer and speaker. He is the author of the best-selling novel Rooms as well as Book of DaysThe ChairSoul's GateMemory's Door, and Spirit Bridge. He lives with his wife and sons in the Pacific Northwest.

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    *I was given a copy of this wonderful book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received.*