Friday, November 30, 2012

The Christmas Bus

The Christmas BusThe Christmas Bus by Melody Carlson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When an elderly couple learns that their children are not coming home for Christmas they are heartbroken. But they decide to fill their inn with strangers in response to the scripture that says to be hospitable to strangers as you never know when you may entertain an angel unawares. With the colorful array of guests that arrive, Edith begins to question if she has made a mistake.
   This is a good little Christmas story. It is a little simple, but still very enjoyable. If you love Christmas and just want a quick story, you may like this.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Last Alliance

Today I finished painting some of the warriors of the Last Alliance. If you know "The Lord of the Rings", you know about them. If not, you're really missing out. But back to the point. I had a lot of fun painting these tiny little guys. It was a lot of hard work, a lot of stained fingers, and a lot of hours, but still a lot of fun. I used acrylic enamel paint, and a calligraphy pen and occasionally a tiny paint brush for the details. I did not have any skin tone for their faces, so I mixed bright yellow,pale ghost grey, and leather brown. I think it turned out pretty well. The bases were really neat also. I covered them in brown paint and rolled them in dirt for texture, then I glued little pieces of moss to it. Hope you enjoy them!
These miniatures are made by Citadel Miniatures!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Still Lolo

Still Lolo: A Spinning Propeller, a Horrific Accident, and a Family's Journey of HopeStill Lolo: A Spinning Propeller, a Horrific Accident, and a Family's Journey of Hope by Lauren Scruggs

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was an amazing book about an amazing girl. I really expected this book to be marginal to boring, I did not expect it to be encouraging, inspirational, and a really great story.
     Lauren Scruggs was a successful,confident young woman loving her life in the world of fashion.
After a horrific accident takes her arm and one of her eyes, she believes that her normal life is over. But with the love of her family and friends, she learns to accept herself for who she is and be confident in that.
   I love the candor with which this story is told. No one tries to polish over their mistakes, or act like they are perfect. They tell the truth, even the ugly parts of it. 

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Snow Angel

The Snow AngelThe Snow Angel by Glenn Beck

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Rachel has been abused and told that she is ugly until even she believes it. After her alcoholic mother died, she found herself in an abusive marriage. But she still has a few happy memories tucked away in her heart...
     This is an amazing story. Beck draws as realistic characters and settings as I think I have ever read about. You will definitely want to enjoy this Christmas story and embrace it's message of hope.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Hannah's Hope

Hannah's HopeHannah's Hope by Karen Kingsbury

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

15 year old Hannah learns that the man that she has called her father is not her real Dad. Now she is desperately searching for a man she barely remembers. She is praying for a Christmas miracle, and she must hold on to the courage to keep believing in spite of all obstacles.
     This was an amazing story. Absolutely stunning. Although I read this book in just a couple of hours, I don't think I'll forget the story anytime soon. You have to read this book this Christmas, I think you'll be glad you did!

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Lone Star Trail

Lone Star Trail (Texas Trails Series, #1)Lone Star Trail by Darlene Franklin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the touching story of how early Texas settlers struggled to overcome their prejudices against German immigrants. I liked how the author included German phrases throughout the story. It added a bit of realism, and it wasn't really all that hard to understand since a lot of the words seemed a bit similar to English. Texas Trails is an exceptional  series. I really appreciate how the writers honor God, and the characters in the story do the same.

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Oliver Twist

 Oliver Twist is the heart-rending story of an orphan who has been unloved and mistreated all his life. He falls into the hands of an evil band of thieves who  try to force him into a life of crime.
         I really liked this story. It captured my emotion and sympathy as few books ever have. I know now why it is called a classic. The characters seem so real; the struggles of some will break your heart, the villainy of others will anger you. It shows us the dark, evil hearts of mankind contrasted against the pure, innocent heart of a child and the effect that a little goodness can have on an evil world.
         I was also very impressed with the presentation of this audio book. Everything about it is beautiful, from the box to the discs themselves. And the dramatization is excellent, I almost felt as if I were watching a movie as I listened to this! I would definitely recommend this product. It will make a lovely gift, either for yourself or someone you love.
     I would like to give a special "Thank You" to Tyndale House Publishers for providing me with a complimentary copy of this audio book in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

HIghland Blessings

Highland BlessingsHighland Blessings by Jennifer Hudson Taylor

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Here is yet another exceptional book.
Akira Mackenzie is kidnapped on her wedding day by the clan that the McKenzies are feuding with. The man who took her forces her to marry him in hopes of bringing peace to their clans. The plan seems to work, until it is discovered that there is a traitor seeking to unravel everything. Now Akira and her clansmen are in danger. Who can they trust?
     This book is so good. Akira's faith in God is inspirational. The plot is exciting, and somewhat surprising. I really loved the history in this book as well.
     Highly recommend!

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Captive Trail

Captive TrailCaptive Trail by Susan Page Davis

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Taabe Waipu was captured as a little girl by the Comanche Indians. After many years she finally escapes. She is taken into the care of some Ursuline nuns and a kindly stagecoach driver. She desperately wants to find her real family, but the Comanche desperately want to find her!
This great story is filled with courage, love, and determination.
I enjoyed this book more than I have enjoyed a book in quite a while. It was realistic and engaging, and it touched something inside of me. I liked that the love story was not the only point of the book. I also loved the rich historical context. I actually learned a lot from this book.
  I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys good clean historical fiction.

  I received a complimentary copy of this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest review. You can get your copy here

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Gideon's Gift

Gideon's Gift: A NovelGideon's Gift: A Novel by Karen Kingsbury

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A young girl with Leukemia is praying for something so big, it will have to be a Christmas miracle. When she reaches out to a angry homeless man, no one could imagine just how big Gideon's Christmas miracle will be!
   This is such a touching Christmas story. It is a small book, but the story is terrific. A definite Must-read for Christmas!
    Highly recommend to any one!

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Friday, November 16, 2012

The Endless Knot

The Endless Knot (The Song of Albion, #3)The Endless Knot by Stephen R. Lawhead

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I honestly did not read all of this book.I read some of the beginning and skipped ahead to see how it ended. First of all, it was boring and unnecessary.  This series only needed the first book. Secondly, it was a little too PG-13 for my liking. There were some very suggestive moments, and one scene went a little beyond that. Also it was kind of um, different. ***Spoiler!!!!* For instance the story is written through the main character's point of view. When he is killed, the story still continues through his point of view.  It is like, "They carried my body to the grave mound. My wife was weeping." I just thought that was weird, although I guess he was only dead in the "otherworld".
    My advice is, read the first book and stop. My sister tells me that the second book is very boring, and she didn't even want to read the last book. I filled her in on the ending, and I think we were glad to be done with these books. This has really ruined my appetite for  anymore Stephen Lawhead books.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Paradise War

The Paradise War (The Song of Albion, #1)The Paradise War by Stephen R. Lawhead

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Paradise War is a very well though out and captivating fantasy. It tells of how two Oxford students find themselves transported to the " Otherworld", a world that is ancient but dependent upon the modern world as the modern world depends on it. The ancient Celts put no difference between the real world and the otherworld. And so it is in this story; two separate worlds are delicately intertwined, and both are equally real.
      I pretty much skipped the first 6 chapters because they were peppered with mild profanity, and that bothers me. Some of the violence was a little much for me, but I have a pretty low tolerance level. I think I will skip book 2 and read book 3. I want to see how it ends, but I don't think I want to suffer through all of the warfare in the second book.  

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Garden Guru

Garden GuruGarden Guru by Stan-Lee

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Seriously, is this really a book? There is very little actual information about how to grow a good garden. And a great percentage of the pages are clippings from various magazines and newspapers. They are clearly photocopied and some are so blurry they are not completely legible. In places a page will end with an unfinished sentence and the next page will start a completely different subject. Furthermore, there is a fair amount of material that has nothing at all to do with gardening. For example" Examples of honey in The Bible", "That Hot Dog Place That Makes History"," Amazing Medical Facts About Vinegar". Then there are colored charts in the back illustrating "North American Insects", " Butterflies and Moths", " Song and Perching Birds", etc.
This book is very unprofessional and not very helpful. I would have been  extremely upset if I had purchased this book. I received a complimentary copy of (Garden Guru) as a member of the   

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

By the Light of the Silvery Moon

By the Light of the Silvery MoonBy the Light of the Silvery Moon by Tricia Goyer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I have read Tricia Goyer's WW ll fiction and loved it. However, I was sadly disappointed with this book. It was interesting and entertaining, but also unrealistic and unbelievable. **************SPOILER ALERT!!!!************************************************************
     Amelia Gladstone is traveling to America on the Titanic to meet a man who has paid for her passage. They are not officially engaged,but they are thinking of marriage. On the Titanic,  over the course of about 4 days, Amelia starts falling for 2 other guys and has already made up her mind by the end of the voyage. First of all, I thought Amelia should have been more loyal to the first man. Secondly, falling in love in only 4 days seems kind of far out. Finally, one of the men Amelia likes is not a Christian at first and I thought it should at least have been mentioned that she wouldn't marry an unbeliever.
     Then there is the painfully obvious "Prodigal Son" element here. Now don't get me wrong, I love The Bible. But a couple of the characters use Scriptural speech as a common way of speech in places. For instance, a man is reunited with his estranged father and the first thing he says to him is" Father, I have sinned against Heaven and against you. I am no more worthy to be called your son." Really? Would anybody really say it that way?
Anyway, I definitely liked Tricia Goyer's WW ll fiction much better!

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Monday, November 5, 2012

3 bean Casserole

  1  15 oz. can Chili Beans                   1     28 oz. can Pork and Beans
  1  15 oz. can Lima Beans,drained         1/2 c. white sugar
  1/2 c. Ketchup                                         Hot Sauce or BBQ sauce to taste
   Pinch of Garlic                                     Your favorite biscuit dough or cornbread mix
  1 pkg. cooked crumbled bacon     and/or       1 lb. cooked Hamburger Meat

Mix all ingredients together and pour into an ungreased   13x9 casserole dish. Top with bread dough, and bake at 375F  30-45 min. or until crust is golden brown. Enjoy!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Count Of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte CristoThe Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Edmond Dantes, at only 19 years old, has the world by the tail. He has a beautiful fiance, and is soon to be
Captain of a merchant ship. What he doesn't know, however, is that he has enemies who, blinded by greed and envy, are seeking to destroy him. On the morning of his wedding he is arrested for a crime he did not do and is sent to prison. While in prison, he discovers who has betrayed him and vows his revenge. After 14 long years, he finally escapes. And Edmond,now the "Count of Monte Cristo" sets out to repay his enemies!
    This book was extremely well written and engaging. And especially towards the end, I could not put it down. The Count of Monte Cristo is a fascinating character. He is so mysterious and no one seems to know who he really is. The supporting characters were also very good.
    This book also contains an excellent lesson. Edmond sets about his revenge feeling that God is on his side and is using him to bring about justice. In the end though,he is crushed and broken when he realizes what he has done."'Fool that I am,'said he' that I did no tear my heart out on the day that I vowed my revenge.'"

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