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this is too cute!

This book was so sweet and the pictures are incredibly detailed I couldn’t help but enjoy reading this with my children.

The Rumpoles and The Barleys – A little story about being thankful by Karen Hunt.  If you find a moment check out  Karen’s website: www.karenalainehunt.com It is an amazing site!  You’ll be surprised at what you find!

Now about the book!  ahhh I love children’s story that actually have purpose.  I mean they are great when they’re silly and fun!  But EVEN  better when they are well crafted with a purpose of bringing an issue that we can subliminally teach our children through.  This sweet book brings attention to being ungrateful and how we need to be grateful for what we have. It gives a positive message, with delightful imagery — almost magical!  The pictures matched the story and what was being told.

My children each understood an element of the story and have been asking to read this book over and over again!  I think I need to purchase one for my new little nephew to enjoy too!  I hope you’ll take a peek at it!

I’m a fan!

Do you ever pick up a book and not want to put it down? You want to read the prequel and the sequel though they are not any! (HINT HINT) My poor children had to fend for themselves with crackers, popcorn and fruit while I devoured this book! I was like.. “ju..st… a…min….ute…. babies…shhhhh…… almost…. can’t stop…”I mean the worst part about the book was that it was finished!

Whispers of the Bayou by Mindy Starns Clark was so delicious! It was fast, it was written in a style that I love, the characters were quirky and wonderful. The history and the sense of searching runs through the book that kept me going more. I was wonderfully surprised and drawn in immediately by the main character. Mindy’s writing really captured me. It was like talking to a friend, yet better… it was something I was thinking was a good movie in my mind.. when I put the book down I was still going “OH NO… what will happen….” and playing out the scenerios that would take place.

A little more about the book! It’s a suspense, so those who love an edge of your seat kind of book but not really scary this one is great!

Miranda can’t remember her past — zip, zilch, nadda. She’s in a marriage in which she doesn’t know how to love. From her life in New York, she ends up following her roots to Louisianna and learning so much about who she is. “Follow one woman’s search through the hidden rooms of a bayou mansion, the enigmatic snars of an ancient myth, and the all-consuming quest for a heart open enough for love — and for God.”

Mindy, I’m a huge fan now after this book!

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smart mouth?

I’m a verbal vomiter sometimes… you know.. I hold it all in and than all of a sudden I can’t control it… I release and say things I don’t mean, or I’ve totally messed up what I was saying by running off on a rabbit trail with words that I really didn’t mean… filling in the space b/c I felt I had to…

So…

this book appeals to me..

How to get a Smart Mouth – The power of using your words wisely by Robin Chaddock.

I so need the help! So why do I like this book? (hehe, noticing my over use of the word “so” already ) Other than my verbal vomiting problem (yes, you can laugh) is Robin’s straight forward help. She provides godly counsel to those of us who have read a gazillion self-help books but can’t seem to grasp that help we so badly need. She takes the issues we KNOW we need to deal with, but she does it with encouragement and most importantly JESUS!

This book can help with evaluating your own speech, encouraging others, communicating more clearly and effectively, developing stronger relationships, and even in the way we share Christ.

I like the way the book kicks off.. for example here’s a savory taste of what Robin writes:

“Apparently Jesus thought telling the truth was important. He starts speaking with the phrase, “I tell you the truth” at least 26 times in the gospel of John alone!

Honesty comes right after Wisdom in establishing the foundation for what it means to have a smart mouth. When Ephesians 4:25 declares, “Therefore each of you must put off false hood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body,” we are reminded that truth is something we are not just something we say. Good character is key to good communication. We also see the affirmation that honesty’s end result is a good, strong community….”

I just love that she isn’t scared to talk about Jesus and has actually done the # search on his usage (I do that when I think a topic is important too.)   Robin provides great questions that will get your brain pumping at the end of each chapter. They are relevant to the chapter and more importantly if you are struggling with “words” they are useful in discovering more about yourself. I think Robin had done a great job with this book. It touches “touchy” subjects like gossip, that some of us have a hard time dealing with (yes, me included –some days! ;p ) Her search of the Bible to help us with this is really great, I can’t stress it enough.

She ends each chapter with a prayer, which is fantastic as well, as we know that if we can have God bless our studies we will find them 10X more beneficial than just reading them on our own.

I love the little quotes Robin has laced throughout the book. I think my favorite is the one from Carlo Carretto:

We are the wire, God is the current.
Our only power is to let the current pass through us.

I think regardless of your communication style or techniques you’ve already acquired there are points of interest for everyone in this book. I’ll leave you with a tease from an interesting and fun section at the end of the book is “50 great questions to ask others”. Though you’ll only get five.. enough to give you something to taste and test out!!

  1. How may I pray for you?
  2. What do you do when you need to recharge your batteries?
  3. What makes you smile?
  4. What is stopping you?
  5. What’s your favorite way of learning something new?

I’m hoping to test a few out this week myself!

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Chick Lit anyone?

ahhh sometimes I enjoy light reading. Don’t you? I mean one of those books you can read like you’re watching tv? The latest book I have been into has been

Moon Over Tokyo by Siri L. Mitchell

This book was yummy. It gave you culture and fun combined into one! Not to mention a little romance without getting trashy.

The story is about a young woman who moved to Tokyo to get away from life and become a reporter. As her friend moves back home she prays for someone else to be her friend. You can guess what happens from there… she gets a friend of course, but not one she was expecting!

I think you can relate to the main character Allie well, and it’s interesting to meet her friends/nemisis and her opinions about the others and her life in general. I think it’s the “mind” struggles so many of face.

Anyhow, like I said it is a nice Chick lit book that would be great for say reading at the beach, or just to take a breather and lose yourself in another culture! I will be searching out more Siri Mitchell books I think! The extremely neat thing is if you visit Siri’s website: http://www.sirimitchell.com/allie’s_japan.htm you can see pictures of the places she was talking about in the book! How cool is that?? It really throws things into perspective!

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Spa Treatments for your body and soul!

Spa Treatments for Your Body and Soul Tranquil Moments to Refresh Your Spirit by Janie Seltzer

Stressed?  This small, but powerful gift book can give you a little boost!

This is a wonderful book for you, or one of your girlfriends!  The artwork in here is lovely, the words are refreshing, Bible based, and some neat lovely ideas to refresh your spirit!

I have it in my bathroom for visitors looking for something to enjoy.. give my room that spa-ish feeling!  It is enjoyable for a short read, and easy to use a starter for your own devotions.  It is encouraging, and a wonderful reminder that we need to take care of ourselves inside and out!

A great gift idea for one of your friends (or sisters) – especially paired with a spa gift certificate, or spa treats!

I must admit the art in this book is my favorite part about it.. I’d be lying if I said otherwise.  It’s inspiring for me not only for my own art, but also the pictures for my bathroom lol.  The whole book is just one beautiful artwork as far as I’m concerned.   Which is a spa experience for me!!  (more affordable too! *S*)  Any of my friends who enjoy WFW will love this book!

The quote from the book that I like is (please remember it’s not as pretty as it looks in the book!  She has it written so neat!):

In solitude, I gather up all the loose ends of my soul like yellow chicks that scurry and flurry in all directions.  I gather each one and tuck them under my wings where they must wait to be reordered according to some grand scheme that I cannot see and do not know but works when I trust and follow it.

God Bless and happy Thursday!!

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You Mean That isn’t in the Bible?????

Yes, you know, those questions you’ve either asked or you’ve heard someone ask in conversations?

You Mean That Isn’t in the Bible?10 Popular Beliefs That Simply Aren’t True by David A. Rich

Mr. Rich talks about those questions, those lurking questions someone asks. I know you’ve heard them. My husband and I have led care groups/small groups for a long time and these questions often come up with new believers and believers who vary in their walks of faith. This book is a great resource for some of those questions! It dispels the myths that some of us believe in or “think” are in the Bible.

Some of the popular beliefs he dispels are:

  • There are many roads to heaven
  • God helps those who help themselves
  • Christians aren’t perfect, just forgiven (gulp, how often have I said that!!)
  • Pray hard and God will answer
  • God is our co-pilot

And several more! There are a few that I read that I went oh yeah, knew that one — but “Christians aren’t perfect, just forgiven” made me think oh oh, what have I been saying all these years? I think the most powerful thing that hit me was this quote:

“At the time Jesus died on the cross, how many of your sins were future sins? the obvious answer is, they were all future sins. Jesus died, and paid the price, for all the sins you may commit in the future. He knew them then. You can’t surprise Him with a sin He didn’t see coming. He’s forgiven sins you don’t know about, sins you would never imagine committing, and ones you aren’t even aware of. Sure, you’ll repent whenever you do commit a sin, but it’s already been forgiven. You repent because sinning is against your identity. You feel bad and guilty because it isn’t who you are. If you’re identity were still “sinner,” you wouldn’t feel bad about it. Remorse is the way you can tell it’s contrary to who you are…..”

I could go on.. it really doesn’t do the book justice just with that post, but it really touched me. Because I think thought that way about me. I’m just a sinner forgiven…

The first time I looked at this title it reminded me of my Indian Studies class in University. One of my professors began to belittle Christianity and tell about how the “white” wedding dress and it’s symbol of purity originated from the Bible. I sat in my class aghast! I politely raised my hand and told him he was wrong. He began to call me some obscene words and challenged me to prove it. Being the girl that I was (and little known to my professor) there was a thing called online referencing. I took the word “white” entered it into my computer (remember this was 1997 when the Internet was just getting popular.. but not totally popular yet.. before crosswalk and bible gateway.. it was an actual program), and printed out the pages with white, as well as every reference I could find that contained it. Seeing my mother was getting married at the same time, I happen to have a lot of wedding information handy. Now, some of you might not know “Miss Manners”, but in my mind she is the expert authority on wedding and manners, and through her I came to the sound knowledge that the white wedding dress came from the Victorian Era and was a sign of power as it was expensive to bleach the fabric, and it was really a show to have a white dress. If your interested the Wikipedia has an interesting post on this and ironically includes Miss Manners info on it! (didn’t know that before I was writing this). Anyhow – before I get too much off into a rabbit hole, I brought back my information to my professor — a rather large stack of paper with the references as well as several other non religious resources and said “Okay. Here is every reference to the word “white” in the Bible. I didn’t see one reference to a bride must be wearing white as a sign of virginity, and the only reference I found to white from my Haley’s Bible hand book it says that “white” in the Bible refers to a bright vivid color, not necessarily the actual color “white”. Than I showed him the other references and asked if he could show me where in the Bible he was referring too, as I was still unclear of where he got his information from (yes, I was the student teachers probably hated lol). Needless to say, I think he rethought he attitude and knowledge of Christianity at that point. He did publicly apologize to me for calling me names and for being “uninformed”. Now, don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t doing that to be mean. It was university, and I did not want someone who was ill informed telling people — my fellow classmates about something he had no knowledge of. Maybe this is a question for Mr. Rich’s next book!

To conclude with my review (sorry for the rabbit hole there lol) I think Mr. Rich does a nice job at laying out the answers for these questions. This book would be a nice resource to keep around for others to read.. in fact I think it may be going with me to care group this week coming up! It was an easy read, easy for referencing as each question is a chapter. Mr Rich puts it nicely at the end of his book by saying “The bottom line to most popular beliefs is that they give too much power and credit to man and not enough to God…”

Amen Mr. Rich. Amen.

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Mmmmmmmm Chocolate Kisses

no, I’m not talking about those little yummy candies.. though it does have that feeling.. I’m talking about a book!

This book is hilarious! I was laughing and lovin it so much, hubby had to read it along side of me! I was actually surprised he wanted to. So that alone was encouraging!

Each chapter contains questions at the end to answer, a scripture verse, a “good night kiss” (something you should be saying to your spouse), and a funny quote. Cindy has laced the book with humor, personal experience, quotes from respected Christian authors such as Dr. Leman, but mostly the desire to show Christ in your marriage. Not to mention it is extremely funny that her husband has the same name as mine, so it really felt like I was reading some of my own experiences from the past years as she describes them.

We worked through some of the questions, and found Cindy’s questions really relevant to our marriage life. Cindy is insightful and her experience, information she provides is extremely relevant in today’s marriages. This is a book that i wish I would have read 10 years ago… and if I read it 10 years ago, I wish I would have been smart enough to take the advice and practice the ideas given in the book. She dispells some of the myths that WE ALL HAVE about marriage.. and oh will you laugh!! BECAUSE YOU KNOW YOU’VE BEEN THERE! I love the fact through the humor there is truth. We’re not alone in our struggles and many many of experience similar paths one way or another.

My favorite parts are the “good night kiss”. It made me smile and my husband smile every time I said them.

This is a book that I think any Christian couple could benefit from -whether you’ve been married 1 year, or 50 years. It is encouraging and will bless your marriage.

I think you can read this book a few ways. She suggests to read a chapter a week. We sort of just started reading, spent time on the stuff we needed to work on.. used some of the charts, questionnaires, but mostly read together and talked.

Type: Marriage manual/guide/help

rating: I’d rate this book a 5! I read it, enjoyed it, and will probably give out at future weddings I attend!

As a fun ending, I’ll leave you with a wonderful list from Cindy’s book.

“Instead of “50 ways to leave your lover,” lets look at 50 ways to love your husband (I’m giving you the first 15 20 cuz they are pretty fun! You’ll have to check out the book for the rest!!)

  1. Buy his favorite ice creame.
  2. Shave your legs.
  3. Buy satin sheets and initiate a surprise passionate encounter.
  4. Brag on him when others can hear you.
  5. Pray for him
  6. Keep his confidences.
  7. Do the unexpected.
  8. Be hospitable to his friends.
  9. Pick a day and let him sleep in.
  10. Send him a cookie bouquet at work.
  11. Wake him in the middle of the night to make love –set the alarm if you have to.
  12. Admire his muscles without laughing.
  13. View him as if from another woman’s eyes.
  14. Keep a list of the things he says he wants, or would like to do–whenever possible do something from the list for him.
  15. Begin to fulfill that list a little at a time.
  16. Laugh together, especially at your own private jokes.
  17. Rent old movies. Watch it together in bed with popcorn and cocoa.
  18. Take a walk in the rain holding hands.
  19. Sleep without your pajamas on.
  20. Hold hands as you fall asleep.

ooooooooo i could go on.. because the list gets better and better! lol but I’ll stop there!

I challenge you to pick one from the list and do it today/tonight! 🙂 and don’t forget to say “I’m so glad I married you.” It really does an amazing thing…

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