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(Review) A Most Inconvenient Marriage by Regina Jennings

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Publication Date: December 2, 2014.
Publisher: Bethany House/Baker Publishing.
Genre: Christian fiction, Civil War.
Pages: 336.
Source: Free copy from Bethany House in exchange for a review.
Rating: 3 stars for good.

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Summary:
Late winter, 1865, Missouri.
Abigail Stuart is a nurse caring for Confederate soldiers in a prison. She developed a "brief" friendship with a wounded soldier named Jeremiah Calhoun. He asked her to care for his Ozark farm, and ill sister, in the event of his death. Further, she accepted his proposal of marriage. After arriving on the Ozark farm, caring for the ill sister, mother-in-law, and farm is hard work. Life becomes complicated when a haggard and wounded soldier named Jeremiah Calhoun arrives at the farm. He states he is the "real" Jeremiah Calhoun.

My Thoughts:
What I did not like:
I don't care for the front cover, it's silly. I don't care for the beginning plot. I cannot imagine a young woman of any era, meeting a man…

(Review) Finding Me by Kathryn Cushman

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Publication Date: April 7, 2015.
Publisher: Bethany House.
Genre: Christian fiction, identity.
Pages: 336.
Source: Free copy from Bethany House in exchange for a review.
Rating: 3 1/2 stars for good to very good.

Summary:
Kellie Huddleston is a young woman in her early twenties. When the story begins, she looses her job, her parents have recently died, and the estate her father left is meager. In cleaning out her parents home, she finds paperwork kept hidden for many years. Kellie leaves California and drives to Tennessee to discover her true identity.

My Thoughts:
For the most part, I really liked this story.
The main theme of "identity crisis" is new in Christian fiction. I welcome the change as compared to the usual light romantic main theme.
In Finding Me, a romantic element is brought in to the story, but it is not a main theme, and frankly I feel it is not needed.
A business owner in a small town in Tennessee hires Kellie. People call him Kenmore. He is a link to her …

(Review) The Biggest Story: How The Snake Crusher Brings Us Back To The Garden by Kevin DeYoung and illustrated by Don Clark

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Publication Date: August 31, 2015.
Publisher: Crossway.
Genre: Nonfiction, story of the Bible-OT to NT.
Age: 5-11.
Source: Self-purchase.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent.

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Summary:
Beginning with Adam and Eve living in the garden, to their thrust from the garden, and their eldest son who murdered his brother, the reader is swept into the story of the Bible.
The emphasis of The Biggest Story is how Jesus is the snake crusher promised in Genesis chapter 3. Jesus is our redeemer, our Savior.
Other Bible characters covered are:
Noah
Abraham
Moses
Saul
David
Solomon
A divided kingdom
Prophets
Jesus

My Thoughts:

Several beginning elements I love about The Biggest Story:
The title. Kids can relate to small, big, biggest. The title is aptly, The Biggest Story.The pages are thick and sturdy.Bold and vivid colors are used in the illustrations. The shapes used in the illustrations are squares, rectangles, circles, and triangles. At first thought, this might be a minor point, but for a child, …

(Review) The Plain Choice by Sherry Gore with Jeff Hoagland

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Publication Date: August 25, 2015.
Publisher: Zondervan
Genre: Nonfiction, biography.
Pages: 192. Pages 9-188 is the story.
Source: Free copy from Book Look Bloggers/Harper Collins, in exchange for a review.
Rating: 3 1/2 star rating for good to very good.

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Author's page at Amazon

Books by Sherry Gore:
Me, Myself, and Pie
Made With Love
Simply Delicious Amish Cooking
Taste of Pinecraft

Sherry Gore is the editor and chief of Cooking and Such magazine. The website is under construction.

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Summary:
The Plain Choice is the biography of Sherry Gore. Sherry grew up in a dysfunctional home. As a young person she rebelled and made poor choices. In mid-life, Sherry made an about face change and became an Amish-Mennonite.

My Thoughts:
I debated on whether to give The Plain Choice 3 stars or 4 stars. After careful thought, I decided on a 3 1/2 star rating.
At first sight, The Plain Choice is a slim volume for a biography. Slim equals brief. I feel the biography needed to be longer. Th…

(Review) The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands by Lysa Terkeurst

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Publication Date: August 19, 2014.
Publisher: Thomas Nelson. 
Genre: Nonfiction, Christian living, time management.
Pages: 272.
Chapters: 19.
Source: self-purchase.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent.

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Summary:
The back cover of the book does not share the thrust of the book's emphasis. I purchased the book because of the author, secondly for the title and subtitle. The subtitle states the summary of the book perfectly: Making Wise Decisions In The Midst Of Endless Demands. If you ponder the subtitle, making wise decisions is what most Christians want to make; however, how can this be achieved? Lisa Terkeurst examines, explains, and answers the question of making wise decisions.

My Thoughts:
The Best Yes is one of those books where in the beginning, I'm not quite sure what I've gotten myself into; however, before long I'm glued to the pages and cannot lay the book down until the last page.
I wish I'd had …

(Review) Irish Meadows, Courage To Dream Book One by Susan Anne Mason

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Publication Date: July 2015.
Publisher: Bethany House.
Genre: Fiction, horse farm, family saga.
Pages: 384.
Source: Free paperback copy from Bethany House in exchange for a review.
Rating: 2 stars for okay.

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Summary:
Two sisters, Brianna and Colleen, live under the heavy control of their father. Their father, James O'Leary, is anxious and determined his girls will marry wealthy men.
James O' Leary owns a Long Island, New York horse farm named Irish Meadows. The year is 1911.
Meanwhile, two young men join the cast of characters. Their presence adds conflict. Gil Whelan, who once lived at Irish Meadows, returns to work with the horses. Rylan Montgomery has just finished seminary.

My Thoughts:
The story is okay, but over-all fell flat.

Characters, story line, and added elements (most of them) were predictable. Gil Whelan is not a strong character (disappointing.) I yearned for more oomph, or chutzpah from him. There was a twist in the story and…

Bible Reading Update

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(Review) Oswald: Return of the King, The Northumbrian Thrones II by Edoardo Albert

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Publication Date: July 27, 2015.
Publisher: Lion Fiction/Kregel.
Genre: Historical fiction.
Pages: 448.
Source: Free paperback copy from Kregel in exchange for a review.
Rating: 4 stars for very good.

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Further links for reading:
Wikipedia
Justus, Anglican
Britannica
England Northeast, a timeline



Summary:
Oswald, Return of the King, is book two, in The Northumbrian Throne series. In book one, Edwin is king of Northumbria (kingdoms of Bernicia and Deira.) He is killed in battle. After a battle with Cadwallon, Oswald becomes the King of Northumbria, reuniting the two kingdoms. Oswald's brother is Oswiu. Their mother is Acha, the sister of Edwin.
The time period of Oswald's life is AD 605-642.

In Oswald, Return of the King, Oswald's life is portrayed from the point he finds out Edwin has been killed in battle, until the final battle between Oswald and Penda. Penda is king of Mercia (Midlands.)

My Thoughts:
I've loved this series of books. I'd rea…

(Review) NKJV Journaling Bible

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Publication Date: September 2015.
Publisher: Holman/B and H Publishing Group.
Genre: Bible.
Pages: 1376.
Source: Free copy from B and H Publishing in exchange for a review.
Rating: 4 stars for very good.

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Summary:
I'm a Bible journaler. I'm currently reading the ESV journaling Bible for daily Bible reading. I've shared in several posts my Bible doodling/art work and Precept symbol notations. I utilize these elements while reading through the Bible. Bible journaling is a new interest I began in January.

The NKJV is one of my favorite translations. The reading of the translation is beautiful, flowing, and pleasant to read. It is a favorite translation for daily Bible reading.

The NKJV Journaling Bible had been set for publishing in July, but it is now set for a September publishing date.

Features of the Bible:

Eight point text.The margin size is 1.75 inches. I measured the entire side length and it is longer, a little over 2 inches. The lines that are on t…