Thursday, December 22, 2016

Requilted with Love by Carrie Fancett Pagels from The Blue Ribbon Brides Collection, a review

I recently downloaded The Blue Ribbon Brides Collection to my Kindle. The Blue Ribbon Brides Collection is a group of nine novellas written by nine different authors including Carrie Fancett Pagels, Cynthia Hickey, Gina Welborn, Jennifer Allen, Angela Braeidenbach, Darlene Franklin, Amber Stockton, Niki Turner and Becca Whitham.

I decided to start with the first novella in the book, Requilted with Love by Carrie Fancett Pagels.  I had heard good things about it and I LOVE quilting, quilts, and fairs-- so this was the perfect start!! Not only was the story engaging and entertaining, but I also learned some things I didn't know before (about hot air balloons and quilting).  Requilted with Love is a short (novella), easy to read story that is perfect for a quick escape and a lesson in trusting God.


Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Pattern Artist by Nancy Moser, a review

"Born into a life of hard work, English housemaid Annie Wood arrives in New York City in 1922 with her wealthy mistress.  Wide-eyed with the possiblilities America has to offer, Annie wonders if there's more for her than a life of service."

I recently picked up The Pattern Artist for an enjoyable read... and it was indeed enjoyable! I love how the author weaves together a story of servitude, exploration, frightening experiences, joy and historical events.  The Pattern Artist is about Annie Wood, a housemaid who is very handy with a needle and thread.  Unbeknownst to her, life as she knows it is about to change.  In a whirlwind of events, both good and bad, her life changes and she is suddenly more than she ever thought she could be, but all that God planned for her.  

The biggest surprise for me was on page 272-- I won't tell you what it is, but it had me worried for several pages.  I thought, "NO! It can't end like this!", although, it totally could have ended there and still would have been a good lesson for us all.  

If you have a sewist in your life that loves to read also... that will thoroughly enjoy this book!!  The cover is why I was drawn to the book in the first place-- I sew and just seeing that made me want to know MORE! Even if you don't sew, the book is interesting and entertaining as well as enlightening. I hope you enjoy as well.

For more information on Nancy Moser and her other books, please visit her website, Facebook or follow her on Twitter or Pinterest!

disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Amy Grant: Tennessee Christmas, a review and GIVEAWAY

Yes, it's that time of year.... when we wax nostalgic and gather family around food, a tree and, hopefully, Christ -- the reason we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28). I love this time of year... filled with joy, music, family and friends and maybe some snow!!

With this time of year, comes the decorations and the baking and the scurrying about to find the right gifts, but one of my favorite parts is pulling out the seasonal music and movies.  Imagine my joy at being offered the chance to receive and review Amy Grant's new Christmas album, Tennessee Christmas!  I have been a fan of Amy's since the 80's... back when she and Michael W. Smith were friends forever and on tour together!!

Photo Credit Ladette Kerr WOF2012
I've been listening to Tennessee Christmas for a week now.  I have two favorites and two that I don't really care for.  Amy includes in this CD the old faithfuls-- Tennessee Christmas, White Christmas, Joy to the World, Baby, It's Cold Outside (Feat. Vince Gill) and O Come, All Ye Faithful, as well as some that I wasn't as familiar -- Melancholy Christmas, Christmas For You and Me, Still Can't Sleep and Another Merry Christmas.  In all, there are 13 tracks and I think there is something for everyone.

My favorite track?  To Be Together:

I love it!!  It is about my childhood... and my children's childhood.  Traveling to family for Christmas-- they don't care what you look like, they just want you there!! And then, there is this line: "I'm singing out this song 'Til every lonely soul has heard We're not alone 'Cause Love has put His arms around the World." To me, this song sums up Christmas. the music lovely and melodic, just what you expect from Amy Grant.  

I will say, I wasn't expecting the talking that happens throughout the album and I don't care for it as I think the talking distracts from the mood being set by the music.  I would say my least favorite song is Track 3: Christmas for You and Me, which is where we first hear her talking-- it sounds forced and unnatural.  And, honestly, I like the song UNTIL the talking.  

All in all, I think this is a good album to add to your collection. It probably won't be my favorite, but I still love Amy's voice! So, when your family gathers 'round to bake cookies and decorate, throw this CD into the mix of your music shuffle and enjoy your time together.

IF, you would like a chance to win a copy of Amy Grant's Tennessee Christmas, please leave ONE comment and your email address (in this format: yourname[at]webserver[dot]com/net/org) and I will randomly choose a winner on December 8th!!  I'm sorry, but this giveaway is only for residents of the continental US.

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Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Afters: Live On Forever, a review

I recently received Live On Forever by The Afters for review. I've had it about a week and we listened to it last Sunday on the way to church, but between the kids and crazy traffic we really didn't hear most of the album. So, today we are on a trip to visit family and decided to pop the CD in again. Wow, what a great CD. It's uplifting, upbeat and full of praises to God. I really cannot say enough good about this CD.  

Morgan Kerr, a pastor in Savannah said,"Most albums have two or three hits and the rest seem to be more of filler songs. This CD is ALL hits!"

The Afters - Live on Forever Bio:

It’s easy to assume stories of trial and triumph are just for the Bible or the history books. But miracles still happen, even when adversity hits hardest. Just ask Josh Havens, guitarist and lead vocalist of The Afters. He relates how the band’s latest effort, Live on Forever, began during a season of tragedy. 

Just as the band regrouped to record, Havens witnessed the wife of a close friend contract cancer. Drummer Jordan Mohilowski (who produced the new album) had a brief health scare, and a close companion in his church—part of the worship team—was hit and killed by an impaired driver. She was a young woman, Havens says, who had unlimited potential.

But Live on Forever–the band’s fifth with the Fair Trade label-still took shape as a celebration of faithfulness, protection and promise—one that shimmers with strong rhythms, undeniable energy and compelling pop hooks. The album finds Havens in strong, soaring voice as he invites listeners to find shelter and strength in God. “If any theme has emerged, it would be ‘inspiration and motivation,’” Havens says. 

Havens himself felt a deep need to hold on after another loss struck: The band’s longtime soundman, Anthony Martinez, saw his newborn daughter die in infancy. 

Ask Havens to pick out a song that sums up the spirit of the album, and he chooses “Battles.” “It was the last song we wrote and the fastest we wrote,” he says. “We don’t typically write songs fast; we’ll change lyrics and melodies and craft our songs carefully. But ‘Battles’ poured out, the music and lyrics, in one day. It’s about standing up against fear and knowing God is always with us,” Havens explains. “It’s one of the takeaways we hope people get: ‘Don’t give up to fear.

Havens shares how, half a world away from his home in Phoenix, he caught a small glimpse of heaven’s reassurance. The place: downtown Amsterdam. The occasion: a dinner between shows with band members and spouses—including soundman Martinez and his wife. For their baby daughter, the Martinez couple had chosen an unusual moniker with an unusual spelling: Pieper. Against all odds, it also happened to be exactly how the intimate restaurant they dined at spelled its name. Still, no one was prepared for what happened at the end of the meal. “We were talking about baby Pieper, and as we got up to leave, we noticed that the only thing on the walls—the only thing—was a framed document, an award for hospitality. And the date on the award—the only date in the place—was Pieper’s birthday. Her mother just started bawling.” Havens sums up the reassurance all took home that night: “We thought, ‘This is where God’s angels fly: right in the middle of the loss.’ God gives us little glimpses to show us he’s here.”

“We worked on this record for almost two years and over those two years, it was a real season of loss,” Havens recalls. “But in the end, Live on Forever is about moving us to trust God, to stand up against fear. It’s an ‘ante up’ record, an anthem for people’s lives: ‘God you are with me in all this. I’m not alone.’”

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Jesus Today, Devotions for Kids by Sarah Young, a review

About Jesus Today: Devotions for Kids
Jesus is the Friend who is always with you.  Jesus Today: Devotions for Kids will pour this powerful truth into your children's hearts as they learn that He knows everything about them and loves them more than they can imagine.  Each devotion is based on Scripture and is written as though Jesus is speaking directly to you, assuring that He is in control, that He is good, and that an amazing future awaits all who put their hope in Him.  Adapted from the ECPA 2013 Christian Book of the Year-winner Jesus Today, this devotional has the same themes as the adult version, as well as written-out scriptures.  It is a great choice for families to read and discuss during devotional time together.  

Hardcover: 368 pages
Age Range: 6-10 years 

About the Author: 

Sarah Young's devotional writings are personal reflections from her daily quiet time of Bible reading, praying and writing in prayer journals.  With sales of more than 14 million books worldwide, Jesus Calling has appeared on all major bestseller lists.  Sarah's writings include Jesus CallingJesus TodayJesus LivesDear JesusJesus Calling for Little OnesJesus Calling Bible StorybookJesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids, and Peace in His Presence -- each encouraging readers in their journey toward intimacy with Christ.  Sarah and her husband were missionaries in Japan and Australia for many years.  They currently live in the United States.  

My Take: 
I have thoroughly enjoyed using this devotional with my 9 yr old daughter.  It's easy for her to understand and remember.  She reads the devotions and I read the Bible verses and pray for a close.  It's the perfect devotional for us to do together.  
I would definitely recommend Jesus Today, Devotions for Kids  for kids aged 6-10. It makes a great gift for nephews, nieces, grandchildren, children or friends.  

"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”