Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Book Review

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

An Irishwomans' Tale

Kregel Publications (July 8, 2008)


Patti Lacy


Patti Lacy graduated from Baylor University in 1977 with a B.S. in education. She taught at Heartland Community College in Normal, Illinois, until she retired in 2006 to pursue writing full time. She has two grown children with her husband, Alan, and lives in Illinois.


Far away from her Irish home, Mary Freeman begins to adapt to life in Midwest America, but family turmoil and her own haunting memories threaten to ruin her future.

A shattered cup. Cheap tea. Bitter voices asking what's to be done with the "little eejit." Mary, an impetuous Irishwoman, won't face the haunting memories--until her daughter's crisis propels her back to County Clare. There, in a rocky cliffside home, Mary learns from former neighbors why God tore her from Ireland forty-five years earlier. As she begins to glimpse His sovereign plan, Mary is finally able to bury a dysfunctional past and begin to heal. Irish folk songs and sayings add color to the narrative.

Watch the Book Trailer:

If you would like to read the first chapter of , go HERE

My Thoughts: Of course could not put this one down. But that doesn't tell you anything. I started out thinking it would be a nice light hearted book to help
get me to sleep at night with pretty dreams. This book was one of those which
makes you sit up and turn the pages faster and faster. There was so much emotion
tied into this story and came with such pull that when I finished it I wanted to start all over again just to make sure I had not missed anything.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Book Review

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Less Than Dead

Thomas Nelson (September 9, 2008)


Tim Downs


Tim Downs is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Indiana University. After graduation in 1976 he created a comic strip, Downstown, which was syndicated by Universal Press Syndicate until 1986. His cartooning has appeared in more than a hundred major newspapers worldwide.

His first book, a work of non-fiction, was awarded the Gold Medallion Award in 2000. His first novel, Shoofly Pie, was awarded the Angel Award in 2004, and his third novel, PlagueMaker, was awarded the Christy Award for best suspense novel of 2007. First The Dead, the third book in this Bug Man series came out earlier this year.

Tim lives in Cary, North Carolina, with his wife Joy.


Some secrets just won't stay buried.
When strange bones surface on a U.S. senator's property, the FBI enlists forensic entomologist Nick Polchak to investigate the forgotten graveyard. Polchak's orders are simple: figure out the mess.

But Polchak, known as the "Bug Man" because of his knowledge of insects and their interaction with the dead, senses darker secrets buried beneath the soil.

Secrets that could derail the senator's presidential bid.

Secrets buried in the history of a quaint Virginia town.

Secrets someone is willing to kill to protect.

With the help of a mysterious local woman named Alena and her uncanny cadaver dogs, Polchak sets out to dig up the truth.

But with a desperate killer hot on his trail, he'll be lucky to wind up anything less than dead.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Less Than Dead, go HERE

My Thoughts:
Fast paced and right into the story. Before I knew it, I was hooked.
I first chose this book thinking it would be a good change from the romance ones
that I have been reading and I was not at all disappointed. The first page grabbed me by starting out with a entire town searching for a lost little boy. A page turner for sure. Very satisfying read.

Sunday, October 19, 2008


I found this great info that breaks down the energy use of each appliance per month etc.
Very interesting to see what everything uses. The tv especially! Have a look and see what you use:) Here.

*Side note*
It's an American site, but you can get the idea.

Friday, October 17, 2008


Our roof is finally coming off today!
I can hear it crashing to the ground outside my living room window.

The kids and I are home sniffling today-I didn't want to traipse back and forth
in the cold air and get more sick.

I missed The Office last night:( Because I went to bed so early.
Oh well, perhaps I can catch up and see it
on Global.

Emma is currently singing to Mika right now. Loudly.
Ok, I have run out of things. My brain is too clogged.

Hope you all are enjoying the Fall. We are almost in November!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Book Review

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

A Beautiful Fall

David C. Cook (October 2008)


Chris Coppernoll


Chris Coppernoll is the founder of Soul2Soul Ministries, with his interviews with Christian artists airing weekly on 650 radio outlets in thirty countries. He has conducted hundreds of interviews on faith issues with personalities such as Amy Grant, Max Lucado, Michael W. Smith, and Kathie Lee Gifford. He also serves as a Deacon at The People’s Church in Franklin, Tennessee, and is currently working toward a Masters in Ministry Leadership degree through Rockbridge Seminary.

His "Inspirations" column is published monthly in the mid Michigan newspaper, The Jackson Citizen Patriot.

Chris Coppernoll is the author of four other books including Soul2Soul, Secrets of a Faith Well Lived, and God's Calling. Providence, his first novel, is his fourth book.


High-powered Boston attorney Emma Madison is celebrating her latest courtroom victory when she gets a call from a number she doesn't recognize. Area code 803 home. Juneberry, South Carolina eight hundred miles, twelve years, and a lifetime away from Boston. Emma's father has had a serious heart attack. Emma rushes to his bedside, and a weekend trip threatens to become an extended stay. She has to work fast to arrange the affairs of his small-town law practice so she can return to her life and career in Boston.

And then Michael Evans shows up. They'd shared hopes, dreams, and a passionate love as young college students during a long-ago summer. But Emma walked away from Michael and from Juneberry to finish college and start a new life. Michael has never forgotten her.

Enveloped in the warmth of family and small-town life and discovering that she still cares for Michael Emma knows she'll have to make a choice between the career she's worked so hard to build and the love she left behind.

If you would like to read the first chapter of A Beautiful Fall, go HERE

Monday, October 13, 2008

Book Review

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Home Another Way

Bethany House (October 1, 2008)


Christa Parrish


Christa Parrish graduated high school at 16, with every intention of becoming a surgeon. After college, however, her love of all things creative led her in another direction, and she worked in both theatre and journalism.

A winner of Associated Press awards for her reporting, Christa gave up her career after the birth of her son, Jacob. She continued to write from home, doing pro bono work for the New York Family Policy Council, where her articles appeared in Focus on the Family’s Citizen magazine. She was also a finalist in World magazine’s WORLDview short story contest, sponsored by WestBow press. She now teaches literature and writing to high school students, is a homeschool mom, and lives with her family in upstate New York, where she is at work on her second novel.


After her mother’s death and her father’s abandonment, tiny infant Sarah Graham was left to be raised by her emotionally distant grandmother. As a child she turned to music for solace and even gained entrance to Juilliard. But her potentially brilliant music career ended with an unplanned pregnancy and the stillborn birth of her child.

In an attempt to escape the past, Sarah, now twenty-seven, is living life hard and fast–and she is flat broke. When her estranged father dies, she travels to the tiny mountain hamlet of Jonah, New York to claim her inheritance. Once there, she learns her father’s will stipulates a six-month stay before she can receive the money. Fueled by hate and desperation, Sarah settles in for the bitter mountain winter, and as the weeks pass, she finds her life intertwining with the lives of the simple, gracious townsfolk. Can these strangers teach Sarah how to forgive and find peace?

A story of grace, of God’s never-ceasing love and the sometimes flawed, faithful people He uses to bring His purpose to pass.

If you would like to see a video book trailer of Home Another Way, go HERE.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Home Another Way, go HERE

My Thoughts:
It's been a long time since I wanted to grab a highlighter and dog ear every page. This book had so much to say to me that I wanted to mark all the passages and come back to them later so I could re-feel them. I loved this novel because it made me FEEL. It was realistic and life like. I love that in a book. One part in particular jumped out at me and of course I applied it to my own life. There was a verse from John 9:1-3
Of course I related that verse to my own life with Oliver. I've had to defend him/myself time and time again to people saying that it's okay for him to be going deaf when people persist and say that certainly there must be another way. He should not be this way. I always responded with "He was born with it. How can he help that?"
Now am equipped with "Perhaps God is showing us something else (which I fully believe!). This book was more than just words for me, it was a tool box. Plus it doesn't end the way I thought! That made me love it even more.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Excuse me, did you say 39?

I just got off the phone with the bank.
Don't be afraid, the fella on the other end was
doing his job properly and he was actually very good
at customer service:) I had initially called regarding
another matter but while I had them on the phone, I wanted
to ask about doubling up on our mortgage payments.
The guy on the phone did some math for me and if we just
plod along and never change a thing EVER it will take us 39
years to pay off our home.

Of course, most of you know that I would rather die first.
So, I asked him to run the numbers for double payments.
That would bring us down to only 10 years.
Are you inhaling as sharply as I did?
I knew it would be staggering, but
until the actual man from the bank told me, I wouldn't
believe it for myself. That is a great number:)

Thanks for listening. I try not to talk about money on here
too much for a few reasons. It's taboo.
People get bored. And...the judgments.
So thank you for letting me get excited about this.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Book Review

My Thoughts:
A great read. One that took me back to the days when my Dad would watch game after game...after game on the weekends. It was not just about football though, otherwise I never would have bothered:) It was about obstacles in life and how to overcome them and still be a whole person in the end. Overall, a good intertwining of the sport and faith. Quite enjoyable. And of course my Dad can not wait to read it.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008


I've been tagged by Jodi
I am supposed to tell you all 7 random things about myself and then tag seven others, but I am not going to tag anyone because I am having a hard enough time with this.

1.I have an addiction to personal finance and an aversion to debt.
Some people laugh at us for our way of life, but if it means
paying off our house early and living without the weight of
creditors calling us then I am all for it.

2. Monday afternoons I have started a new job
up at the University.
It is only for two hours or so but it is
unbelievably fun. I get to pretend that I am a client
coming in to see a social worker with all sorts of issues
and sometimes I can be an old lady with dementia or
a young woman with no kids or anything is possible.
It helps the social work class learn by delving into the

3. Seven things? This is really hard!

4. I wonder what next year will bring. Both kids will be in
school full time and yes, I could get a heartier job. OR,
I could actually be here for my children when they come home from school.
We'll see how things play out. I like volunteering at the school and would miss it
if I got a job.

5. This one may come out wrong, but I hope not.
I am thankful for Oliver's hearing loss. It has opened my eyes
to a whole new world and forced me to slow down and change directions.
I have realized that life is not always going to go the way I plan it:)
Which is a blessing!

6. Real friends won't laugh AT you, they laugh WITH you.
There is a big difference. It takes a while to figure that out.

7. I don't think that life is a contest but if you want to brag to
me about how advanced your children are, I will grin and bear it with love.

That is all I have for today.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Book Review

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

A Constant Heart

(Bethany House October 1, 2008)


Siri Mitchell


Siri Mitchell graduated from the University of Washington with a business degree and worked in various levels of government. As a military spouse, she has lived all over the world, including in Paris and Tokyo. Siri enjoys observing and learning from different cultures. She is fluent in French and loves sushi.

But she is also a member of a strange breed of people called novelists. When they’re listening to a sermon and taking notes, chances are, they’ve just had a great idea for a plot or a dialogue. If they nod in response to a really profound statement, they’re probably thinking, “Yes. Right. That’s exactly what my character needs to hear.” When they edit their manuscripts, they laugh at the funny parts. And cry at the sad parts. Sometimes they even talk to their characters.

Siri wrote 4 books and accumulated 153 rejections before signing with a publisher. In the process, she saw the bottoms of more pints of Ben & Jerry’s than she cares to admit. At various times she has vowed never to write another word again. Ever. She has gone on writing strikes and even stooped to threatening her manuscripts with the shredder.

A Constant Heart is her sixth novel. Two of her novels, Chateau of Echoes and The Cubicle Next Door were Christy Award finalists. She has been called one of the clearest, most original voices in the CBA.


In a world of wealth, power, and is the only forbidden luxury.

“Trust was a valuable commodity at court. Traded by everyone, but possessed by no one. Its rarity was surpassed only by love. Love implied commitment and how could any of us commit ourselves to any but the Queen? Love implied singularity and how could any of us benefit another if our affections were bound to one in exclusivity? Love was never looked for and rarely found. When it was, it always ended badly.”

In Queen Elizabeth’s court where men and women willingly trade virtue for power, is it possible for Marget to obtain her heart’s desire or is the promise of love only an illusion?

A riveting glimpse into Queen Elizabeth's Court...

Born with the face of an angel, Marget Barnardsen is blessed. Her father is a knight, and now she is to be married to the Earl of Lytham. Her destiny is guaranteed ... at least, it would seem so. But when her introduction to court goes awry and Queen Elizabeth despises her, Marget fears she's lost her husband forever. Desperate to win him back, she'll do whatever it takes to discover how she failed and capture again the love of a man bound to the queen.

If you would like to read the first chapter of A Constant Heart, go HERE

My Thoughts:
Siri Mitchell paints a very clear picture of what it was like to live during these times. I can not even fathom! The women were married off for position, not love.
I even googled a bit to be sure and yes indeed this is true of that age. *Shiver*
How wonderful that Siri persevered and pushed through her rejections to get this book! There are all sorts of eye opening wonders on these pages.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

I don't like thinking of creative titles for posts, so ....I won't:)

Yesterday was such a beautiful day. Fall has certainly come and it is very brisk outdoors. I love it.

Oliver has been enjoying his long hair these days and has been styling it himself for school in all different ways. He's really showing his personality.

Emma is loving the second grade and falling into place nicely.
She needs a little support with her emotions at the end of the day,
because she is exhausted, but she is still happy as a pig in mud.

I was able to finally get answers regarding Oliver's hearing aide
funding yesterday. It turns out that we will receive full funding
for the aides and an FM system (which is a microphone that I wear).
We are doing the happy dance!

This morning we are enjoying family time and having a great Saturday together.
Have I mentioned that I love the Fall? It is so beautiful here!