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Drawn by the Frost Moon: Love the War Woman (Creek Country Saga Book 5)   ...   By April W Gardner


War woman Fierce Mink has loved Tall Bull as long as memory. He is beauty and power, but in the secret pockets of her spirit, he is vastly more. He is the brave to whom she swore her heart, the friend to whom she owes her life, and the chief to whom she will never be bound. Soon, he will be required to take a wife, but lamentably, Mink is severe, intimidating, hard-bitten by war—qualities a man appreciates in combat, not so under the bearskins. But perhaps it’s best he’s blind to her, for he clings viciously to the Beloved Path, and unbeknownst to him, she has joined her fire with Jesus.

Since his youth, Chief Tall Bull has treasured Mink. Even now, in their turbulent refugee world, she is comfort; she is home. Better yet, she shares his passion to preserve the Beloved Path and his fight to start anew in a land where they are no longer hunted. Then, a startling omen: before the blood moon, Tall Bull must make restitution for his transgressions, or the spirits will take payment. From her. A tragedy he would die to prevent.

Another portent looms—that of a horde of bluecoat soldiers pecking at their borders, threatening to drive the Red Stick Defiance into uninhabitable swamps. The Defiance will not go quietly, and as Tall Bull prepares for a brutal strike, he realizes the bluecoats aren’t his only enemy, and Mink’s life isn’t all he stands to lose.
 


OUR REVIEW

"Long have I loved you..." torturing her with his tender, broken voice. "In some fashion or other, I've loved you since the morning I saw wolf tracks in the dirt and knew you had saved me." Romance laced with a cool sensuality dominates this epic novel. Drawn by the Frost Moon: Love the War Woman (Creek Country Saga Book 5) by April W Gardner intertwines Drawn by the Frost Moon: Bitter Eyes No More (Creek Country Saga Book 4) with an emphasis on Tall Bull and Mink's tumultuous love story. 

In this saga, Gardner focuses with great detail the settings, events and native language used in the 1800's. I felt it was a little difficult to focus on the story while referencing the meanings of their cultural activities and their type of tribal interaction. I found it a bit lengthy but it was simply amazing as  Gardner meticulously introduced the cast of characters, timelines and clans to help the reader get the right perspective on the power that women held in their village..."the women were the neck that turned the head. And what a strong neck it was." This story is truly a work of love by Gardner!

A great opening scene brings us back to the heart of the story. Strong emotion flows within the battles, friendships and the intense love that deepens as the story grows with the Spiritual Journey. It was fun to recognize a couple of characters that I read in Bitter Eyes, joining the two sagas into one main story. Although this novel is in a series, it can be read as a stand alone.

If you enjoy Historical Fiction Romance with intense detail, this is a must for your reading list.





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                                              Love, Life, and the List ... By Kasie West


                                 
What do you do when you’ve fallen for your best friend? Funny and romantic, this effervescent story about family, friendship, and finding yourself is perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han.
Seventeen-year-old Abby Turner’s summer isn’t going the way she’d planned. She has a not-so-secret but definitely unrequited crush on her best friend, Cooper. She hasn’t been able to manage her mother’s growing issues with anxiety. And now she’s been rejected from an art show because her work “has no heart.” So when she gets another opportunity to show her paintings, Abby isn’t going to take any chances.
Which is where the list comes in.
Abby gives herself one month to do ten things, ranging from face a fear (#3) to learn a stranger’s story (#5) to fall in love (#8). She knows that if she can complete the list, she’ll become the kind of artist she’s always dreamed of being.
But as the deadline approaches, Abby realizes that getting through the list isn’t as straightforward as it seems . . . and that maybe—just maybe—she can’t change her art if she isn’t first willing to change herself.

MY REVIEW

This is going to be the most unusual review that I have ever done...why? Because I'm reviewing Love, Life, and The List by Kasie West without reading the end as of yet...why?...read on.

Will this story effect you the same as it did me, probably not as we are all in different places in our lives at different times, feeling the ups and downs that befall us. Ms. West  doesn't need to write with a ton of descriptions, as what she does give us through the story plays as a movie in my head with my own visions of the characters.

I absolutely loved the character development which I could easily relate too. (although they are young adult and I am not) My emotions were stirred as Cooper and Abby grew and changed, and how Abby's depth of feelings made her step out to become bolder and stronger and to take her rightful place in the art world. I also could see a new Cooper emerging even though it might not be a better one...we'll see at the end of the book.

I stopped at a particular point in the book (not giving any spoilers) where Abby and her new friend make a plan to claim what she thinks she really wants, to step forward and realize the person she really is and what to do about it.

I myself realized what a new found freedom can come from just looking inside yourself to find the real you (as Abby did with her List) and to see what you are made of. Confusing?  Not really! When I come home tonight after using MY new found freedom and rightful place, I plan to curl up with Love, Life and the List and see how their ending turns out, no matter which way it goes, hoping they will be as happy as I plan mine to be.

So...strange as this review is, this is an amazing read for all ages...full of fun, youthfulness and great insight.




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The Logos Life: (Missionary Stories) ... By Natalie Vellacot


Natalie Vellacott took a two-year break from her job with Sussex Police and joined the Logos Hope Christian missionary ship. The ship, staffed by volunteers from sixty-five different countries, was sailing the waters of Asia. Natalie began by serving visitors in the mayhem of the International CafĂ© before moving to the isolated recesses of the ship’s dangerous freezers as store-keeper. Having fallen in love with a group of street teens addicted to solvents in the Philippines, she ended her commitment as administrator of the largest floating book-fair in the world. Join Natalie on her often hilarious adventures amidst an inevitable multitude of cultural catastrophes as she attempts to bring knowledge, help and hope to the people she encounters along the way.


OUR REVIEW

The Logos Life by Natalie Vellacott was a pouring out of  heart and soul of her incredible stint on a Christian missionary ship, Logos Hope. The ship was already filled with dedicated workers, but God opened a door for her to serve and work doing a multitude of tasks.

Getting prepared for this work was not easy, as Vellacott had to take a total of nine injections which made her incredibly sick, but still pressing on and facing many hardships she encountered an almost humorous reaction amongst friends that serving on this kind of ship was some kind of luxury cruise. Not the case!

While reading this book, I highlighted many passages that jumped out at me or seemed quite amazing but decided to read this story as a journal that could have been sent to me by a friend, detailing the many adventures, mishaps, happiness and sadness that had befallen her.

Thankfully, Vellacott had a two person cabin due to her age and background in Police work while having her being selected to have a "family" to be connected with ... "we are one body made up of many parts, each and every one is important and dependent upon the other." Cor. 12:12-31

After intensive training, the group was off and as prepared as possible, with so many interesting interactions amongst staff and visitors. Fighting off a scary sickness possibly from some kind of bit was only one of many incidents that I found almost too much for one person to bare. The wrap up of this adventure was very touching and heartfelt, as I'm sure it will be in Vellacott's memory forever.

An enjoyable read that you can put down and take up again, not missing a beat as a young woman's dedication to make a difference in the lives of others, really DOES make a difference with God directing her path.


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                                                         The Siren .. By Kiera Cass


A sweeping stand-alone fantasy romance from Kiera Cass, author of the Selection series.
Kahlen is a Siren, bound to serve the Ocean by luring humans to watery graves with her voice, which is deadly to any human who hears it. Akinli is human—a kind, handsome boy who's everything Kahlen ever dreamed of. Falling in love puts them both in danger . . . but Kahlen can't bear to stay away. Will she risk everything to follow her heart?
Originally self-published, The Siren has been completely rewritten and redesigned.



OUR REVIEW

You never know how strong true love is until you've met your soul mate. Kahlen, a beautiful Siren cursed to serve the Ocean, finds love where words are not allowed and relationships are forbidden. She knows living in his world would definitely kill him. What she didn't know was he consequence of living without him.
 

Debra Sue        
Kiera Cass, author of the Selection Series, has a way of bringing her readers into the story by allowing us to feel the wide range of emotions from the character. We cry with them, endure their sorrow and sometimes even rejoice at the little accomplishments along the way. Siren is a novel that allows us to see love in a mythical fantasy.
 
 
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Ghosts in the Old Attic (A Sam Cooper Adventure Book 6) ... By Max Elliot Anderson


Sam Cooper is about to get the surprise of his life. His parents plan to leave Harper’s Inlet and move to Louisiana, where they will open a bed and breakfast.

When the family arrives, Sam’s cousins have some pretty wild-eyed stories to tell about a “haunted” mansion nearby. He and his cousins begin exploring the creepy place. Where were those noises coming from and the strange lights at night? There is also a rumor that the reason this place is “haunted” is because there is buried treasure hidden someplace.

As the cousins are investigating, Sam’s parents have been looking for an available property they can afford.

Sam was in for another surprise when he found out about the rundown mansion his parents finally chose to buy. Who is trying to discourage them from moving in and why?

Will the family be able to open the bed and breakfast before it’s too late, or will they lose all their money?



OUR REVIEW

"It's okay to be a little scared. But if you wake up every morning and tell God you need Him to help you in your day...He will." What a great theme that runs through Ghosts In The Old Attic (A Sam Cooper Adventure Book 6) by Max Elliot Anderson. This is such a great book for all ages, although I would think middle school kids would related to the adventures of Sam and his cousins.

I particularly liked that the "ghosts" kept the adventure moving, while Dad helped explain that there is a dark side to life which people battle with and accept, but if you dig deep enough you'll always find that God has the real answer you are looking for.

I did jump into this series, but it is a stand alone story, fast paced with easy to like characters with a realistic setting. An excellent read!

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                        Be: Biblical Wisdom for Children ... By L.A. James




A unique, Christian, read aloud book designed to enable parents and grandparents to easily share Biblical wisdom with the children in their lives.
Don’t read it once and put it on the shelf. Take the book further. Each purchase comes with the ability to download free resources, which will enable you to impress God’s word into the minds and hearts of the children you love.



OUR REVIEW

Absolutely breathtaking illustrations that enhance a corresponding  bible verse presented in a simple but yet inspiring text.  Be: Biblical Wisdom for Children by L.A. James captures each scripture with amazing art that will make you feel the connection with God's holy words.

It will capture the imagination of children and hopefully open dialogue with an adult about the wonders of God. This is not only a book for children, but adults will appreciate the peacefulness that seems to deepen as you read on.

I fell in love with Be Discerning (Mathew 10:16) and  the corresponding art, but by the time I reached Be Renewed (Psalm 103) my heart opened with joy!

This is an amazing, unique book that can bring about conversations or just relax and enjoy God's beauty.


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                                             Bridgers: A Parable ... Angie Thompson


Three boys. One choice. No turning back.

Peyton is a rising star in the church who is well on the way to reaching his biggest dreams. Levi is a pastor's son struggling to live up to his faith under pressure from all sides. DaVonte is a kid from the wrong side of town who would be content if he and his friends were just left alone.

When an act of violence presents a sudden decision, each boy's answer will shake the community to its core and shape its future forever. Love and truth face off against fear and pride in this modern extension of one of Jesus' best-known parables.



OUR REVIEW

"I guess I look like the kid you wouldn't want to meet in a dark alley, ..." With an opening like this, I knew the young adult  Bridgers: A Parable by Angie Thompson was going to tell me a story that would hold conflict and most likely trouble.

The Parent's Note in the beginning give parents the option of reading the book first, explaining the reason why Thompson used the references she did. 

I found the story to be extremely realistic, the fact that it could have taken place in any major city or small town was right on spot. Thompson's characters were true to life and surprisingly I understood their actions although they were a bit shocking at the beginning, as you would never have thought Christians would act the way they did.

The story takes two version of one incident and intersects them at a surprising point. What happens next should make Christians dig deep in their hearts and open their eyes to what God has taught us as opposed to what the world has taught us.

I loved the name of the book and the explanation of how it came about bringing in the meaning of the cover. This is an excellent read for all ages, as we find that the power of God can overcome any prejudices developed over the years.


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                                     Reuben's Big Test ... By Natalie Vellacott


Nine year old Reuben is being bullied. He wants to be brave but he’s afraid. He doesn’t know where to turn or who will help him. What about a teacher or his close friend Joseph? Should he ask God for help and is he sure that God will hear him?

What will Reuben do when it seems he is being forced to choose between God and science at school? Should he answer the questions as his teacher wants him to, or stand up for his faith?

Does Reuben have the courage to report a crime he has witnessed or confront a thief by himself? Is his final decision brave or just really dangerous?

Join Reuben on his final interactive adventure as he learns what it means to be brave in different situations and as he faces up to his biggest test of all.



OUR REVIEW

Reuben's Big Test by Natalie Vellacott is the last of a three part series. We find Reuben facing the most challenging issue today in schools...bullying.

By reading each section and asking the choices that are given in the book help us discover how our own children may feel and possible react to any given situation that encourages bullying or being the end result of bullies.

The book also touches on God's creation and just how much kids may know. "Children, look. The Big Bang is one theory about how we came to be here. Reuben and Joseph have provided another theory from the things they have read in the Bible. Is that right boys?"  I think this opens the door for a great discussion in a group of kids and their friends, or even the classroom by bringing questions in on an elementary level.

This story is a great sharing activity to help children be brave and find the courage to make the right choices with God's help and teaching.


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                                   Destitutio Quod Remissio ... By Brett Armstrong


For decades, Roman Senator Marcus Servius labored to become a wealthy and admired patrician man. But now, his world is shattered. After he is exposed as a Christian during a time of intense persecution, his home, wealth, and prestige are stripped from him. The most painful loss of all is that of his beloved wife, Cassandra. Destitute and wary, Marcus prays he will be delivered from his enemies' hands as he struggles to realize a new path.

In desperate need of help, Marcus disguises himself and embarks on a dangerous journey to find Benjamin Truvias, the leader of a hidden church and the man responsible for Marcus's conversion. After Benjamin offers aid, Marcus's life finally finds needed direction. Yet, the more he helps the church through persecutions, the closer he comes to finding who betrayed him. Caught in a maelstrom of intrigue and deception, should Marcus discover the awful truth of who caused his fall, he must choose between vengeance and forgiveness--a decision that will affect the fate of all the believers in Rome.

Destitutio Quod Remissio is the timeless epic tale of a man's struggle to rebuild his life amid ancient Rome after he loses everything he loves and his faith is tested in ways he never imagined.



OUR REVIEW

"Incapable of moving. Incapable of speaking. Incapable of perceiving the destruction wrought upon him, in full." Let's face it, readers by now will know they are in for a complete enthralling mystery. Destitio Quod Remissio by Brett Armstrong has done his research of Christian pain and suffering in Roman times.

The detailed descriptions of the building profiles with their angular bases, ornate inscribed reliefs, and creamy stone columns puts us right at home in this setting and ready to walk along side the characters. The opulence of the wealthy magnifies the slavery of the lower class, as well as the danger and possibility of death of being a Christian.

The main character is Marcus, who has lost his beloved wife in a treacherous fire and now on the run to find particular people that could answer many of the questions of betrayal. Each character is brought to life, making me really feel their intense stress of each situation Marcus puts himself in.

Without giving away any spoilers, I have to say I didn't see the twists that came during his search, and a credit to the author that I did get angry at a couple of characters for the parts they played. My reaction was...seriously, how could you did that?!

Strength of overcoming the fear of being found out to be a Christian was sheer terror and how the characters in the novel handled this was very diverse and interesting.


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A Missionary in Manila: (Missionary Stories) ... By Natalie Vellacot




Natalie Vellacott, a former police officer, set off from England hoping to make a difference as an independent missionary to the Philippines. After a bumpy beginning in Olongapo City, she settled in the nation’s capital Manila becoming quickly immersed in Filipino culture. Attached to an evangelical church in Cubao, she worked with the homeless people for several years.

How do you deal with a landlord who wants immediate access to your dwelling at all hours of the day and night? What to do when a large group of barely clad homeless people are eagerly awaiting a Bible study in the middle of a typhoon? Or when the bus you were hoping to travel on has a list of suspended conductors? Where to turn when an eight months pregnant, homeless lady faces the very real prospect of giving birth in the street? Or when a little beggar girl says that a relative put her in a sack and threw it in the river? Who will win the battle for supremacy, the kitten, the cockroach or the ever- growing numbers of mice that have invaded? And of course, what has happened to the “rugby boys” addicted to solvents?

Find answers to these questions and others as Natalie seeks to bring the Good News of saving hope in Jesus to Manila’s urban poor.
 



OUR REVIEW

"This account is a true story. However, some names may have been changed to protect the identities of individuals." Oh yeah, when I read that I knew I was in for a treat. Even the cover of  A Missionary in Manila: (Missionary Stories) by Natalie Vellacot grabbed my attention with those suspiciously sweet looking  mischievous little guys.

Vellacot runs the reader non-stop with amazing vignettes of her missionary work in the Philippines. Even though I have never been there, I truly caught the flavor of the country and people. Being a true story, my jaw dropped many times with what she had to deal with, some happy some sad and some just plain crazy! Some of her English translations made me laugh as she tried to explain that "Jesus was living in my cat," or "My coffee likes to drink me."

How Vellacot described the sadness of homeless children, the everyday substance abuse, pregnant young girls and a multitude of other everyday lifestyle will make you admire those who are serving God for His glory.

I think it takes special people called by God to do missionary work, serving others and helping meet their needs just to live a basic life. As Vellacot states: "We are a product of the culture we live in...We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. We stand in need of His rescue."

Whether you are called to be a missionary or not, this book will sink into your soul at how the mighty power of God works within us.

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 Coming Out Of Egypt (The Egypt Series Book 1) ... By Angela Joseph


When Marva accidentally kills her father while trying to protect her younger sister June from him, she anticipates a new beginning far from "Egypt" where they once lived. But her new life is fraught with fear and anxiety. She has become the detective's chief suspect, her teenage sister is too beautiful for her own good, and her supervisor wants to teach her more than her job requires. In addition, she has to sort out her mixed feelings for her childhood sweetheart. It's enough to drive a girl to drink - which she does - until Cicely, Marva's former teacher intervenes. She patiently mentors the girls and leads them to Christ.
But Cicely has problems of her own, and as Marva watches her deal with and overcome heartbreak, she begins to understand the true meaning of love, forgiveness and faith in a God who can bring her "out of Egypt." But the noose still hangs over her head. Will Marva be punished for her crime, or will she find compassion and understanding? The dark matter covered in this book is offset by the exotic setting and the rich, cultural references of Trinidad and Tobago.



OUR REVIEW

Coming Out of Egypt (The Egypt Series Book 1) by Angela Joseph is not your typical mystery, romance Christian novel. The main content was very painful and I believe after reading the author's notes, based on gathered facts from Joseph.

The story is centered around two sisters that endured a horrific childhood, and the consequences that happened. The subject matter was intense and very sad for me to read, and I will refrain from giving out any spoilers. Be aware that this is an adult book with a lot of emotional and spiritual turmoil.

I did like the questions at the end of the book to use as guidelines for open discussions about forgiveness and deliverance, but I felt the writing could have been a little more polished and needed to flow a bit more evenly.
 
 

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                              The Other Side of Freedom ... By Cynthia T. Toney



In a southern U.S. farming community in 1925, thirteen-year-old Salvatore and his Italian immigrant father become involved against their will in a crime that results in the murder of an innocent man and family friend. Will Sal keep the secrets about that night as his father asks, or risk everything he and his family cherish in their new homeland, including their lives?

Amidst bigotry, bootlegging, police corruption, and gangland threats, Sal must discover whom he can trust in order to protect himself and his family and win back his father's freedom. Sal's family, their African-American farmhand, and the girl who is Sal's best friend find their lives forever changed as dreams are shattered and attitudes challenged in a small community called Freedom.



OUR REVIEW

"Strangers. And none of them dressed like farmers." A tingling that creeps down 13 year old Sal's hairline, a stern look of warning from his dad to stay back and the glint of a revolver from the men on his porch sets this novel into action. The Other Side of Freedom by Cynthia T. Toney is a remarkable story of love and loyalty amidst the hardship of families in the 1920's.

The mystery evolves and builds, adding characters that enhance and move along the flow of the story. I loved that Toney did not go overboard with excessive details and let me picture life and struggles of that era. Seeing life from a 13 year view and trying to understand exactly what the family was facing was an eye opener.

Who children trust and how much they understand is quite the dilemma that they to face, even in this day. I loved how Toney quietly lays out ways to handle situations, still having the fear of reaping the consequences of their actions.

I was not expecting the way the story wrapped up with it's twists, which added to the pleasure of reading this book. An easy read for middle school and up, a must read for all ages.



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Planet Police: Never a dull moment policing the streets of Britain (True Stories Book 27) ... By Natalie Vellacott


Natalie Vellacott worked in Sussex Police for almost a decade, during which time she investigated almost every type of crime from traffic offences, thefts and minor assaults to burglaries, rape and murder.

These revealing and often humorous stories from the frontline of policing address the questions Natalie is most frequently asked as a former "cop": what is the worst incident you dealt with? the funniest? the craziest? the most serious? She also shares personal life experiences, showing how these impacted the way she dealt with issues that arose in police work.

A fascinating read; hard to put down!




OUR REVIEW

Have you ever wondered what the police really think and do in all those crazy and/or wild situations that we hear about? Planet Police: Never a dull moment policing the streets of Britain! (True Stories Book 27) by Natalie Vellacott gives us the inside scoop. Natalie became an officer while just nineteen, but I felt while reading this book her maturity was way beyond her age. She gives us some highlights from the many departments during her years on the force, some good and funny and some that were a bit sad.

At first I found it a tiny bit hard to related to the humor of the  towns and counties that Vellacott was describing, but easily fell into the flow of the story. Training was hard and demanding, but came into good use as some of the incidents the officers came upon were quite astounding. From six year olds damaging cars, teens "borrowing" stolen furniture, child abuse, death and rapid promotions, working on the force began to take it's toll.

Author Vellacott reveals the inside turmoil and events that lead up to a major decision in her life. Curious about the "inner circle" of officers and detectives, this is a must read for you.


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Blessed Are the Contrarians: Diary of a Journey Through Interesting Times ... By S.R. Piccoli



Blessed are the contrarians, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. But they must be very, very careful in these Interesting Times! Contrarians are those who go against the current (as the dictionary states), who take opposing stands from the majority: in the stock markets they buy when others sell and vice-versa; in religious matters, if they are Christians, they continue to believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, in spite of the Zeitgeist, and if they are not they have the utmost respect for what Christianity is all about and for its contribution to civilization. In matters of culture, education and lifestyles, they are “old-fashioned” while the rest of the world seems to be hell bent on transmuting order into chaos. This book is a kind of diary of a journey through our time—politics, culture, lifestyles, worldviews, etc.—and back home again, where “home” stands for a sense of belonging to something stronger than the spirit of our times. In other words what this book represents is a sort of explanation—though not a systematic one—of why the Author disagrees with certain mainstream views in several domains. And this from a conservative and Christian point of view, that is to say the perspectives that come under severe attack from secular and progressive ideologies, the over-influential schools of thought of our time.


OUR REVIEW

Blessed Are the Contrarians: Diary of a Journey Through Interesting Times by S.R. Piccoli was quite the eye opener for me. It revived old memories of past events, some that I could relate to and some new enlightening facts. After reading the dedication I knew this was going to be a most unusual read for me.

The diaries are compilations of his past blogs of actual current events at the time of writing these blogs, infused with his point of view.  "The "diary" entries are not arranged in any chronological order, but in accordance to subject pertinence."

Piccoli is an extraordinary writer and sometimes a bit over my head as I am not a very detailed related reader, but these blogs where brimmed with various opinions and facts and a few stood out for me. Loved the blog about the Monks (who will replace them), the Shroud of Turin, and the Saudi Women's sexy eyes.

A few thoughts were given on Obama, Rubio and Romney and human cloning...nicely done.

I recommend Blessed Are the Contrarians: Diary of a Journey Through Interesting Times by S.R. Piccoli for readers who enjoy bits and pieces of current history presented in a casual format.


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Reuben and Joseph: A Make Your Own Decisions Book (The Adventures of Reuben Sense 2) ... By Natalie Vellacott


Reuben is happy with his small circle of school friends. Their families all have money and they can visit each other's houses and borrow each other's things. Reuben likes hanging out with the popular boys and thinks things will always be this way.

Is Reuben's comfortable friendship group about to be invaded by the sudden arrival of Joseph, a poor boy who doesn't seem sure when his birthday is, let alone anything else? How will Reuben and his friends respond to him? Will Reuben be willing to share the things he has with someone who seems to have nothing or will he avoid him at all costs? Will he offer heartfelt friendship or angrily obey a teacher's instruction?

Will Reuben get close enough to Joseph to find out why he is dirty and wearing ragged clothes? Will he be able to help him if he does find out? How will his Christian faith impact the decisions he makes? What would Jesus do in this situation?

Join Reuben on another interactive journey as he learns the importance of caring for others and sharing what he has with those less fortunate. Struggle with him as he makes tough decisions and learns some painful lessons!



OUR REVIEW

Are you looking to spend some quality time with your children? This book is for YOU!  Reuben and Joseph by Natalie Vellacott is a fabulous inter-active story to teach your child how to handle situations and dilemmas that might happen in real life.

I read this book twice. Once to get the "feel" of the complete options, and then followed through with making a decision on the story problems to complete the ending.

Since iPads are in most of the schools today for learning use, I feel this book would be a great teaching aid as the Kindle form of Reuben and Joseph could be used effectively with adult supervision, answering even more in depth questions about faith and making the right decisions that might arise. Also, a great gift to a child who would enjoy the "choosing" of the adventure. A book that can be read many times over.



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                                            The Golden Locket ... By Aurora Manderville





Rose and her brother Ferdinand receive scholarships to the most prestigious college in the whole country, only to find themselves caught in a strange turn of events.







OUR REVIEW

I was in for a real surprise while reading The Golden Locket by Aurora Manderville. The adventure started out giving me a feeling that I already felt comfortable with the setting of this story without author Manderville  even describing it yet. Loved the simple descriptions of the main characters...Rose with her dark chocolate curls, Ferdinand being "stubborn" as a mule, and best of all Maria, a strong mother determined to see her children make the best of their lives.

As Rose and  Ferdinand accept their letters of entrance to prestigious Tolken University, the tone of the story blossomed before me...it was a different genre then what I was expecting!

As I found out the meaning of the title, the story zipped along in a fast pace, enjoying the flow of the adventure.

A simple, sweet, and clean read book, I could recommend this to middle school level and up. Love to have a sequel to see what happens to the main characters.


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Some people can only dream of living out their fantasies. Cupcake shop owner Denie Shaw is the exception to the rule. This young, witty and charming woman seems to have a perfectly balanced life. Years of making bad relationship decisions had given Denie, owner of Icing, the opportunity not only to become a strong, successful business woman, but also managed to involve her three best friends in her crazy cupcake adventures. Denie’s sweet life gets turned upside down when she meets her crush, Tom Billingsly, right wing for the Cleveland Monsters hockey team. Together, Denie and Tom strike up a relationship that seems to have all the right ingredients. Will Denie allow the fear of heartache to guide her choice, or will she take the leap of faith and trust God to provide a solid recipe for her life?



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NEW BOOK REVIEW


Manners And Customs of Bible Lands ...by Fred H. Wight




A study of the manners and customs of Arabs of Bible lands invaluable. For many years the Arabs were the custodians of Palestine. In the seventh century, an army of Arabs broke away from Arabia and invaded the Near East. They brought with them the habits of life inherited from countless generations before them. Since they have lived in these lands ever since, they have largely become the conservators of the manners and customs of Bible times.

During the centuries, Arab customs largely unchanged. There are three classes of Arabs in these lands. First, there is the Nomad or Bedouin Arab, who is a shepherd and lives in tents. Second, there is the Peasant or Fellahin Arab, who is a farmer and usually lives in a village one-room house. Third, there is the City or Belladin Arab, who as a rule engages in business in the larger cities. The Belladin Arab has come in contact with western civilization more than the other classes, and therefore his manner of life has undergone a certain amount of change. On the other hand, the Peasant Arab has changed his customs very little, and the Nomad Arab practically none at all. Through the centuries the Arabs have for the most part considered it to be morally wrong to change their ancient customs. For this reason the manners and customs of Bible-land Arabs are very much the same as the Jews of Bible times. There are some exceptions to this rule, and most of those have to do with religious observances.



OUR REVIEW

Have you ever wondered the who, what and why of Bible life? Manners and Customs of Bible Lands has most of your answers! I used this book in our Bible Leadership Class, as we tried to understand the customs that would help explain some of the Bible verses.

The most widely used vegetables in Bible times were beans and lentils.

Milk in bible times was considered, not simply as something that was added to their food in cooking, but was regarded as a
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substantial food for all ages.

Meat was eaten on special occasions.

To sleep without a light is considered by most villagers to be a sign of extreme poverty.

There was great fear of the ocean, since they had no charts of the seas or compass to guide them.

All interesting facts, each backed up with scriptures. This is a handy guide to learning more about life and living in Bible times.
   
                                                                        


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