Monday, November 30, 2009

Miracles by Karen Kingsbury + Giveaway

Are you looking for a nice book for a Christmas gift? Let me recommend Karen Kingsbury's book Miracles.

This is a book of 52 different stories of miracles compiled from five of Karen Kingsbury's other books. Each miracle also includes a scripture passage and two other verses related to the miracle.

I enjoyed reading these miracles. There were all different types of miracles. Many involved unexplainable visits from angels. There were stories of healing, safety, and answer to prayers. It really did encourage me to read this book and see how God is at work all the time around us.

Would you like to win a copy of this book? Hachette Book Group is giving away five copies of this book! Please leave a comment on my original post about this giveaway at Raindrops & Rainbows for an entry. Here are the rules: 5 winners, no PO Boxes, US and Canada only.

This would make a great book for you to read or to give as a gift (The publisher is not guaranteeing shipment to receive by Christmas but possibly.) Five winners will be chosen this Friday, December 5.

Have a day of blessings!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Levi's Will

Levi's Will
W. Dale Cramer
ISBN 978 07642 07129

Contemporary fiction

WIN this book! Leave a comment on this post any time before Wednesday next and you could win the book.

This was a very good book about an Amish family and the choices they face. I have read a lot of fiction books about Amish and Mennonite people and sometimes they can be a little patronizing of the faith that these communities hold. Sort of an "aren't they so cute?" attitude. I admit I was worried that this book would be similar in that regard.

I was pleasantly surprised, however, to see the true respect and care that the author took towards the Amish faith. There was little, if any, patronizing attitude, and I felt that the author really loves and adores his Amish heritage. I appreciated the realism that was present in the book. The author speaks about his ancestry and I could really tell that this was a near and dear topic to his heart.

The book flips back and forth between two or three times in the protagonist's life in which pivotal things happen. He ends up leaving the Amish faith in a way that means he ought to be shunned. I felt this was a great book.


WIN this book! Leave a comment on this post any time before Wednesday next and you could win the book.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Mothering Heights: A Novel Approach for Christian Mothers

Mothering Heights: A Novel Approach for Christian Mothers by Keitha Smith and Susan Brereton is a new novel from Judson Press that I'm happy to share with you.

From the website:
This encouraging book uses the charm of timeless literary works and the wisdom of the Bible to reconsider what is seen today as a classic role.

My thoughts:
I found Mothering Heights to be an enjoyable book that was easy to follow. Each chapter is titled after a classic literary work, such as Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, and Great Expectations. A few quotes are used from these books throughout the chapters. One thing I appreciated was the comments from mothers relating real experiences to the information discussed in the chapter. Each chapter ends with a short list of questions. One of the chapters I enjoyed was about the expectations we face as mothers...expectations of our spouses, our children, others, ourselves and God. What I learned from this book was to be reminded of my role as a Mom is valuable even in the tasks that seem menial at the time and taking care of my family is a way I can serve God right now. This book was encouraging to me, and I would recommend it to other Mom's. It seems it would be a valuable book especially for new moms to read so they will realize that they are valuable and what they are doing is important. We all need to be encouraged from time to time and reminded of our purpose. This book does that.

Thank you to Kim Shimer at Judson Press for sending me this book for review. You may purchase it at this link.

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Bringing Up Boys + GIVEAWAY

James Dobson is a practical author who deals with philosophy of family and parenting matters from a Christian perspective. His book Bringing Up Boys has some ideas of how to teach your sons to be great men.

I haven't personally read it but my friend told me that it has more to do with philosophy and less to do with specific strategies.

If you would like to own this book please leave a comment and I will randomly choose a winner on Thursday next.

Chapter Books for children

I have spoken before about my quest to find appropriate books for Emlyn to read. She's a few grade levels ahead of her actual age, so it can be difficult to find books that aren't too mature and that are enjoyable to read. I've compiled a list of some of my favorite authors that I've discovered. I'm not going to include most of the well-known and popular authors because most people can find them fairly easily.

I don't have the time today to put these in reading level order; you may have to go look and figure it out yourself. I would still suggest reading one from each author before you let your kids free with that author, to make sure their stories are not too mature for your kid. Most authors have many books that they've written. If your child likes one they most likely like the rest.

Here we go:
Ralph Moody "Little Britches" and following series
Lois Gladys Leppard "Mandie" books
"Encyclopedia Brown" series
Brisley "Milly-Molly-Mandy"
Spyri "Heidi" books
Frances Hodgson Burnett "A Little Princess," "Secret Garden," and "Lost Prince"
Speare "The Bronze Bow"
Carolyn Haywood
Eleanor Estes "Ginger Pye"
Elizabeth Enright "Thimble Summer" and "The Saturdays"
George Selman "The Cricket in Times Square" and series
George MacDonald "The Princess and the Goblin," "The Light Princess," "At the Back of the North Wind"
Old Nancy Drew
Old Hardy Boys
"The Penderwicks"
Maud Lovelace "Betsy-Tacy"
Julie Andrews Edwards "The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles"
Andrew Lang "Fairy books"
Baum "Oz books"
Grandma's Attic series

The following are recommended by my dear friend Shannon but I have not read them:
"All of a Kind Family"
Marshall history books "This Country of Ours"
"Trumpeter of Krakow"
Padereic Colum
"Hans Brinker"
Howard Pyle
Robert Lawson
Porter "Pollyanna"
"Little Pilgrim's Progress"
Susan Coolidge
Dodie Smith "101 Dalmatians"
Susan Bauer "The Story of the World"
"Johnny Tremain"
"Plain Girl"
Elizabeth Goudge "The Last Unicorn"
Arthur Ransom

Go forth and read! Rest assured, at least one of these authors will pull your child out of Junie B Jones and Magic Treehouse and Judy Moody. I promise.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Snow Melts in Spring by Deborah Vogts

I have finished another book! It is called Snow Melts in Spring by Deborah Vogts and published by Zondervan. It is in the Seasons of Tallgrass series.

Main character Mattie Evans is a young veterinarian who is trying to save a horse named Dusty after he was badly injured in an accident. Dusty belongs to the quarterback of the 49ers Gil McCray. Mattie's close friend John McCray is Gil's father. Gil ends up back home at the ranch, exactly where he doesn't want to be, because of Dusty's injury and his father's failing health. He wants to return to California but there are issues at home that he realizes he needs to confront. Mattie is somewhat stuck in the middle of trying to help both Gil and his father.

One thing I appreciated about this story was the important role of a couple of the minor characters, Jack (a ranch hand) and Clara (Mattie's friend). This is a well-written story of love, renewal, and forgiveness.

This one was enjoyable from beginning to end. It made me think of my friend from elementary school, Kelli, because her family raised horses and always went to horse shows. I apologize that it took me a while to actually read it. I had several I've been reading and this one got pushed aside. I do recommend this book and look forward to more from this author.

Have a day of blessings!