Review and Giveaway for A Marvelous Redeemer

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About the Book

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She knew the decision would change her life. But she didn’t know she’d have to fight to survive. When Amira put her faith in Christ, she knew life wouldn’t be easy. But hiding her conversion from her Muslim family soon becomes the least of her worries. Forced to leave the only home she’s ever known, she travels to the island of Gabeburough, trying her best to make a fresh start. Two escaped convicts and a treasure map. A leafy paradise that becomes her home. Amira begins to wonder, where is her Redeemer when she needs Him the most? Caleb Haddington is prince of Carpathia. Life should be perfect, but he can’t get a certain dark-haired girl out of his mind. Amira was his best friend when he lived in France, but her letters to him have suddenly stopped. Her last letter is filled with terror that her faith will soon be discovered. Only a single hope keeps him alive; when the time is right, he’s going after her. He’ll bring her back and prove to the kingdom that he’s a man. But the journey proves to be more perilous than he’d ever imagined. Ridicule, comfortless days and the threat of a hurricane are just the start of his problems. Lying becomes easy for Caleb until his own life crumbles before him. Brought to his knees under the pressure of his actions, he comes to realize the sweetness of his Savior. Forgiveness, grace, and mercy are granted fully to those who ask. Caleb and Amira soon discover that they don’t just serve a gracious Savior, but a wonderful, magnificent, marvelous Redeemer.

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A Marvelous Redeemer is the third and final book in the Light for Christ trilogy.  Having read the first two books, I was looking forward to reading this third book, and it did not disappoint.  The story picks up the tales of Anna, William, Caleb, Charlotte, and the rest of the characters I had come to know in the previous books.

This book focuses primarily on Caleb and his friend Amira (a Muslim girl turned Christian).  Caleb feels like he is being treated as a boy when he feels he has become a man.  But as the story unfolds, he will come to realize he is not quite ready to be on his own yet.  Amira is forced to leave her family’s home because she has become a Christian.  She faces many obstacles and difficulties as a 14-year-old on her own.  The worst of these is when two men who have escaped from prison take her hostage.

In the background of the story of Caleb and Amira, Anna, Charlotte (Anna’s sister-in-law) and their family and friends try to keep life as normal as possible when Anna is queen and her husband William is king.

My favorite part of this book is the ending which demonstrates that Caleb has grown up and become a man.  So if you like Christian fiction full of danger, adventure, family,  and friendship, check out this book for yourself.

I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.

About the Author

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ALEIGHA C. ISRAEL writer of inspirational fiction and poetry is an author of multiple books and enjoys sharing God’s love through the powerful art of storytelling.

Aleigha loves being a Community Assistant at the Young Writers Workshop and teaching writing classes to her talented students.

When she’s not daydreaming about a new story idea or playing with her sidekick “Marley” (a Pomeranian mix) she can usually be seen traveling with her family’s gospel bluegrass band, “Fret Not” or making personalized author swag for her business Literary Treasures.

She doesn’t have to search very hard for inspiration.

Living in the Israel household, it’s guaranteed there’s an adventure waiting around every corner!

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I’m beyond excited to finally share Caleb’s Song with you all!!

Something I love doing with my stories, is writing songs that become the character’s life songs.

I’ve done it for most of my books.

In A Marvelous Redeemer, Caleb suffers his way through learning several valuable lessons. But His Redeemer never left his side for a single moment.

We don’t have to try and make it through this world alone, because Jesus walks beside us all the way.

Through Jesus, we can find freedom, victory, peace, love and forgiveness. We can find ultimate joy in the sweet presence of our gracious, Marvelous Redeemer.

I hope you enjoy Caleb’s Song!

You can also check out his song on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXykDvOTGVc

And read an exclusive interview with Caleb Haddington and more of the royal family on my blog: https://thepenofthewriter.weebly.com/character-fun.html

(And even have the chance to ask Caleb a few questions of your own!!)

Caleb’s Song:

“A speck on the horizon, nothing big, nothing tall.
Just an ant on this earth,

trying to break down this wall.
A trembling wind, a small ship on the sea,
Understanding this world is not all about me.

Trying to fix all my problems, trying to right all my wrongs.
I just need someone stronger to carry me along.

I can build up walls, and hide within,
but the pain is still there, with no way to win.

I need love,
I need a Savior,
I need the Prince who was born in a manger.
I need strength, in all my weakness.
I need a light to chase all my darkness.
I need Jesus, I need Jesus.

My well is so empty, my spirit is dry.
No relief from this pain, though I try and I try.
I can’t do this anymore, my life is a mess,
I just want to win this battle, nothing more, nothing less.

This world offers answers that only appease for a day.
But I’ve finally found my life source, the only One, the only Way.
My burden’s now been lifted, I’ve found a life boat on the sea.
My walls are broken down, I’ve found victory!

In His love, in my Savior, in my Prince
who was born in a manger.
He is strength, in all my weakness.
He is the light to chase all my darkness.
I’ve found Jesus, I’ve found Jesus.

Blog Stops

Real World Bible Study, May 30

Texas Book-aholic, May 30

Bigreadersite, May 31

janicesbookreviews, May 31

Carpe Diem, June 1

Girls Living For God’s Glory, June 2

Through the Fire Blogs, June 3

Stephanie’s Life of Determination, June 4

Mary Hake, June 4

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 5

Inspired by Fiction, June 6

For the Love of Literature, June 7

Pause for Tales, June 8

For The Love of Books, June 9

A Reader’s Brain, June 9

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 10

Aryn the Libraryan, June 11

God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae, June 12

Inklings and notions, June 12

 

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Aleigha is giving away a grand prize package that includes “My Foolish Heart” by Susan May Warren, “The Blessing” by Wanda E. Brunstetter, “Hidden Treasures” by Aleigha C. Israel, Song of the Mountains candle by @BookBurnCandles, a $10 Amazon gift card, and chocolate!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/e2a7/a-marvelous-redeemer-celebration-tour-giveaway

Review for Life With Dog from Mill Creek Entertainment

 

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For our family movie night, we watched Life with Dog from Mill Creek Entertainment.  As a parent, I am always on the lookout for quality movies for our family to watch, and the Christian movie, Life with Dog fulfilled our requirements.  We received a physical copy of the movie as well as a code to allow us to digitally download the movie from the site.

Mill Creek Entertainment is a provider of value-priced DVD movies and compilations.  Their product line includes both contemporary and classic films, television series, documentaries, kids programming along with independent films, fitness, and more.

This dramatic film is one hour and forty-six minutes long. Therefore I feel it may be better suited for older children and teens.  However, the film does not have an actual rating, I believe it is appropriate for ages 12 and up.  However, families can use their own discretion.  This drama opens with a scene of a bicycle crash and first-responders loading someone into an ambulance.  The film then changes to a scene of Joe Bigler, who is alone and missing his wife who died recently.

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This movie does an excellent job of showing how God meets us where we are in a way that is meaningful to us.  Joe’s wife Alice had all the faith, while Joe had all the doubt.  Without her and without faith in God, Joe lost his way.  Joe and Alice’s daughter, who also has faith, tries to reach her father but is unsuccessful.  She then tried to get their pastor to reach Joe, but that does not work either.  Joe completely resists all attempts to bring him to God.

Finally, a dog mysteriously appears in Joe’s yard and refuses to leave.  “Dog” as Joe names it succeeds at reaching Joe and helps him to start healing and finding faith.  Like many who suffer from horrible events, Joe wants nothing to do with God and religion.  I have to say our family appreciated how the storyline developed and details slowly emerged.

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There is a couple of scenes where Joe wields a gun while trying to get answers about his wife’s death.  But nothing he does seems to get him answers or closure.    In addition, to his wife the mysterious circumstances surrounding her death, we learn Joe and Alice also lost a son years ago.  These two instances helped develop Joe’s resistance to God and religion.  He reached out to God in both instances for help and did not get the answer he was looking for at the time.  However, Dog is able to help Joe find God and the peace he has been looking for in the end.

Our family appreciated Dog’s personality.  We loved how he nodded and more at various points in the movie.  He truly was the right dog for the job.  We also appreciated the scene where Norm comes to see Joe about buying the house, and Joe decides his name should be Chad instead.

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The most prominent and important message found in the movie for our family is one of forgiveness.  By forgiving the man who accidentally hit Joe’s wife which results in her death, Joe is able to move on with his life.

Oh and be sure if you watch the movie to not think things are immediately over when the credits begin to roll, or you might miss one of the best parts of the movie.

You can find Mill Creek Entertainment on Social Media at the following links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MillCreekEnt
Twitter: https://twitter.com/millcreekent
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/millcreekent

So if you are looking for a Christian movie for your Family Movie Night, check out Life with Dog from Mill Creek Entertainment for yourself.  You can also find the movie on Amazon for rent or sale here.

Other members of the Homeschool Review Crew are also reviewing this movie this week, so click here or on the graphic below to read reviews by other members of the Crew.

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Review and Giveaway for The Famine of the Human Dream

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About the Book

Book: This Famine of the Human Dream

Author: Benjamin Mester

Genre: Christian Inspiration; Essays and Poems

Release date: May 2015

An uplifting and thought-provoking look at life from a poet’s perspective. The Famine of the Human Dream will challenge you to live with greater passion, to throw off those trifling ambitions that ever grope for our attention, and learn fight for things worth fighting for. The great theologian, CS Lewis, once said:

“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”

The ultimate goal of life isn’t a search for happiness. The ultimate goal of life is learning how to fight for things worth fighting for. All of life is a battle. But the battle that defines each one of us isn’t primarily between right and wrong, as you would think. Rather, it’s something much more surprising. Find out what in the inspiring pages of The Famine of the Human Dream.

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The Famine of the Human Dream is a compilation of essays and poems designed to inspire the reader.  The first part of the book is a collection of essays that include Scripture references designed to make the reader think and connect with God on a deeper level.  It also encourages the reader to delve deeper into the material for themselves while drawing their own conclusions.
The second part of the book is a compilation of poems including some by himself as well as masters like Robert Frost, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Edna St. Vincent Millay and more.  The poems contained such powerful words and dramatic imagery, it was impossible to put this book down.
Of the two sections, I have to say both stood out in very different ways.  The essays were thought-provoking on a research-based level, while the poetry spoke more directly to my soul and spirit.
So if you are looking for a book to make you think and research while also diving into poetry, check out this book for yourself.
I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.

About the Author

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Benjamin Mester is an author and poet, with a passion for seeing people break away from small and shallow living and to step into the full measure of what the Lord has prepared for them. The destiny prepared for each one of us is to live a life of love and deep gladness. Benjamin Mester was born and raised in sunny San Diego, but can often be found wandering the woods of northern Minnesota, pen and paper in hand. His lifetime goal is to one day build a house in the woods, expanding it over time into a retreat center for authors, artists and others bursting with creativity. God is the most creative being in the entire universe, and as children made in His image, Mester hopes to inspire His people to explore the wonderful gift of creativity placed in each one of us.

More from Benjamin

The Famine of the Human dream was written as a response to something…a quote from a great theologian, CS Lewis.
It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.
When I read that, my heart began to burn. For though, as a younger man, I had often felt a passionate stirring to live my life to the full, though I didn’t quite know how and always felt myself slipping back into the mundane of mere survival. And so, I voraciously began to explore the many facets of life. I studied art, poetry, philosophy, beauty, and theology, prompted by Solomon’s declaration in the Proverbs, Whatever else you get, get understanding! I desperately wanted understanding of a very particular sort. I wanted to understand how to live my life to the full…this precious, brief slice of life we so often take for granted. I wanted true wisdom.
Contained within the pages of the Famine of the Human Dream are a poet’s reflections on life and the struggle to suck the marrow out of life, as Thoreau put it. This book is also an attempt to give the reader a passion for the study of poetry, which has dwindled much in modern society. The second portion of the book is a collection of my own poetry and poetry from other lovers of life that has touched me deeply. My biggest hope is that the reader will come away from this book with a renewed passion for life and an eager desire to dive deeper into poetry, beauty, and the heart of the Father.

Giveaway

To celebrate his tour, Ben is giving away a $50 Amazon gift card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/e515/the-famine-of-the-human-dream-celebration-tour-giveaway

Weekly Wrap-Up for June 2, 2019

Weekly Wrap-up

Today is the second day of June, and I am not sure where this year has gone to right now.  It seems to be speeding by at times while dragging at other times.  This week saw four of our family members participate in a Memorial Day event with the Crossroads Community Band we are part of, and our second son came to watch us.

The week before, our daughter came to see us perform at an indoor venue.  With us living in Texas, I can not say I blame her for her choice.

Percussion & Piano Lessons for our son

This coming week will see one activity resume – our youngest son will be participating in a beginner band class for percussion as well as private lessons for piano.  I am interested in seeing how much he learns during the 6 weeks.

Flute Lessons

At some point during the next week, I am going to see when I can begin flute lessons with one of the members of the Community Band who also teaches (and teaches flute specifically).

Other than these music lessons we have very little planned for this summer beyond decluttering and organizing our home in preparation what should be our last duty assignment.  Although, we are just preparing for the inevitable time when it will come.  However, we have no idea of when we might actually see those orders.  We will also be doing a light summer school schedule with our youngest two who are 18-years-old and 16-years-old respectively.

So what is going on in your world this summer?  I would love to hear from you.

 

Review and Giveaway for Just a Train Ride

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About the Book

Book: Just a Train Ride

Author: Elizabeth Wehman

Genre: Historical Christian Fiction

Release Date: September 1, 2017

She was born during the Great Depression, dated a soldier shipped across the world into the upheavals of war. Despite the haunting scars of battle, she married that soldier when he returned. After the loss of her husband of sixty years, an annual trip to visit her grandson in Chicago always helped ease her loneliness. Yet in the face of ailing health, Callie had boarded a train and now needed to make her way back home to Michigan. She’d made the same trip many times before, yet this time it was clear to Callie it would be her last. That’s when she met Blaine. The young, agitated woman appeared to be seeking an escape which inspired Callie to remember her own struggles in life and love. Had their lives merged for a reason? They had a train ride from Chicago to Lapeer to find out.

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MY THOUGHTS (1)

Just a Train Ride is one of those books that captured my attention from the beginning.  Callie’s story intertwines with Blaine’s in a way I did not necessarily expect to happen.  As Callie told Blaine about meeting her husband for the first time, the details of how their relationship developed captured my imagination.

The characters were well-developed and interesting to read about as the story progressed.  Because Callie was telling her story to Blaine, the changes from present to past and back again were clear and easy to follow.

The details of living and loving during the time of World War II truly were interesting to read about. The relationships between Callie, her parents, and her sisters during their initial meeting and courtship were incredible in depth and breadth.

The descriptions of the train station created stunning pictures in my mind. I could picture the details in my mind. I also have to say I loved how the majority of the story took place during the train ride Blaine and Callie took together. I wanted Blaine to come to the realization of who God is and why He matters. I also wanted Blaine to realize how important is to find the right person to share the rest of her life with since it is supposed to be forever.

So check this book out for yourself.

I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.

About the Author

Elizabeth Wehmand

Raised in Michigan, Author Elizabeth Wehman loves to incorporate cities in the state for her inspirational fiction. Famous Michigan flowers adorn the back covers of her books from peonies to lilacs and apple blossoms. Her first novel, “Under the Windowsill,” reflects the tranquility and hidden treasures of Mackinac Island for a much-needed hideaway for Kenna, a young girl raised in Iowa. This coming-of-age story uses the growing pains of a quiet, country girl to reflect the dangers and unknowns of breaking away from family and security. From the frustrations of trying to make it alone, Kenna’s experience cements a permanent trust of the goodness of her past and a true hope for the future. Elizabeth’s second novel reflects the tumultuous relationship between sisters in “Promise at Daybreak.” Two elderly sisters are forced together by illness which leads them to fulfill a pact they made at their mother’s grave. The story reflects the storms of dealing with dementia and the results of fulfilling a promise, despite its drawbacks. The setting for this novel is Elizabeth’s hometown, Durand complete with its historic depot and the thunderous noises of a train town. Both novel settings share historical and distinctive aspects of both Michigan cities. Elizabeth’s third novel, released the summer of 2017, and will be entitled, “Just a Train Ride.” All of her novels are clean reads, with a clear inspirational message for her readers. Elizabeth’s home is in Owosso. You can find more about Elizabeth at www.elizabethwehman.com or on her Facebook page – Elizabeth Wehman/Author.

 

More from Elizabeth

Just a Train Ride is a fictional version of my parent’s love story from the 1940’s. My father fought in WWII and he returned from his fighting experience after having a nervous breakdown. He suffered repercussions of that throughout his entire life. My mother sent off a different man than the one who returned home to her, but she was faithful to her promise to marry him. Their story and his experiences were a private matter, so I waited until after his death to write their story. Some of it is based on facts, other parts are just my imagination…filling in the details. I included the train ride as a major part, due to the fact that my mother had gone on a train to see my father just before he shipped off to war. My main purpose in writing JATR was to show how you can be faithful in marriage, despite the setbacks, sorrow, and fateful events that can ravage even the best of marriages. This is my third inspirational novel.

 

Blog Stops

Back Porch Reads, May 25

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, May 26

Just the Write Escape, May 26

Jeanette’s Thoughts, May 27

Retrospective Spines, May 28

janicesbookreviews, May 28

Stephanie’s LIfe of Determination, May 29

Mary Hake, May 29

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, May 30

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 31

Bigreadersite, June 1

A Reader’s Brain, June 1

For Him and My Family, June 2

Inklings and notions, June 2

Pause for Tales, June 3

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, June 4

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 5

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 6

Texas Book-aholic, June 7

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Elizabeth is giving away a grand prize of a Michigan-themed basket!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/e1c2/just-a-train-ride-celebration-tour-giveaway

Review and Giveaway for The Inn at Hidden Run

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A Father-Daughter Genealogy Team Link Present to Past on Family TreesMeri flunks out of medical school—and runs from her parents. Genealogist Jillian Parisi-Duffy’s digging traces the family long tradition of doctors to an ancestor saved during a yellow fever outbreak in Memphis in 1878. As Meri’s family closes in, Jillian gets the final puzzle pieces in place just in time for them all to learn the truth. The Inn at Hidden Run is the first book in the Tree of Life series. Readers will come back to backdrop of a lovely mountain town of Canyon Mines again and again to explore and celebrate unforgettable family stories that inspire them to connect with their own family histories and unique faith journeys.

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MY THOUGHTS (1)

I would love to be able to say I loved this book, but I can not.  The general story of the book is one that intrigued me.  A woman whose family has a long history of being doctors fails out of medical school.  Meri runs as far away from her family in Tennessee as she can, and escapes to Canyon Mines, Colorado and takes a job at an inn.

Jillian Parisi-Duffy and her father, Nolan are both genealogists who come to Meri’s aid.  The part of this book that I did not care for was how it jumps back and forth through time.  I understand the pressures parents and family members can place on having the right job in the right field.  If my father had been able to convince me, I would be some kind of engineer today.  But instead, I followed my own path.  So I was rooting for Meri to succeed at following her own path.

This is the first book in The Tree of Life Series.  While I did not enjoy the jumping back and forth in time, I did enjoy the rest of the story.  So check out this book for yourself.

I received a copy of this book for your fair and honest review.

About the Author

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Olivia Newport’s novels twist through time to find where faith and passions meet. Her husband and twentysomething children provide welcome distraction from the people stomping through her head on their way into her books. She chases joy in stunning Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where daylilies grow as tall as she is.

More from Olivia

Of Family Lines and Family Lore

I suppose it all started in a cemetery.

Once, while a group of relatives were visiting a cemetery, one of my cousins and I wandered off and looked at all sorts of graves, speculating about the names we read and the lives they represented. We were duly scolded both for separating from our families, which caused some consternation, and for being disrespectful—though I think the second accusation was a false one!

Just because we were young children didn’t mean we were disrespecting the dead. Quite the opposite. We were respecting lives long forgotten with our curiosity about who they were and what legacies they left.

These days a lot of people are interested in genealogy. Entire TV series spin around the theme, and DNA kits show up in Christmas stockings. Lost branches of family trees find the main trunk—sometimes with big surprises.

My new Tree of Life series is set in the backdrop of a lovely Colorado mountain town I hope you’ll want to visit often, where a father-daughter genealogy team link present to past on family trees and characters learn about who they are, where they come from, and their unique faith journeys as they discover their own Tree of Life.

It all starts with The Inn at Hidden Run. When Meri arrives in Canyon Mines because she wants to run away from her family, true answers come from understanding the past that generations have forgotten—the accounts from another time and place no longer handed down but that still form the backbone of the family’s story.

What’s the backbone of your family’s history? How is it shaping your own future?

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, May 18

The Avid Reader, May 18

The Power of Words, May 18

Daysong Reflections, May 19

Texas Book-aholic, May 19

Through the Fire Blogs, May 20

Lighthouse Academy, May 20

A Baker’s Perspective, May 21

To Everything A Season, May 21

Reflections From My Bookshelves, May 22

Pause for Tales, May 22

Hallie Reads, May 22

Bigreadersite, May 23

By The Book, May 23

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, May 23

All-of-a-kind Mom, May 24

Connect in Fiction, May 24

Maureen’s Musings, May 25

Seasons of Opportunities, May 25

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Tell Tale Book Reviews, May 26

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 26

Godly Book Reviews, May 27

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Retrospective Spines, May 28

Mary Hake, May 28

Quiet Quilter, May 29

A Reader’s Brain, May 29

Remembrancy, May 30

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 30

Just the Write Escape, May 31

Moments, May 31

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Olivia is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of The Inn at Hidden Run!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/e1c1/the-inn-at-hidden-run-celebration-tour-giveaway

Review of Supercharged Science’s e-Science Homeschool Science Curriculum

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Homeschool science can be so intimidating for moms to teach but Supercharged Science makes it easy with their fun e-Science Homeschool Science Curriculum. With a sixteen-year-old daughter who is not a fan of the majority of homeschooling science textbooks, I am always on the lookout for new and exciting ways to make science come alive for her.  I have been following Aurora Lipper’s science videos for a number of years. However, when I saw she now offered the ability to go through either grade-level courses or to go by topics, I knew we needed to try this online homeschool science material.

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Supercharged Science is the creation of Aurora Lipper, who is a mechanical engineer.  Because my father was a draftsman and designer when I was growing up. her background impressed me.  The company offers science education to both families and teachers and helps people have fun while learning science.

 

There are two main ways to use this program:  first is by topics – so families can pick and choose what information they wish to study or second is by grade level.  Supercharged Science takes all the guesswork out of what to cover and arranged the material into appropriate grade level courses.  All of the high school materials are consolidated into the “Advanced Topics” section for the grade level material. 

The materials may be used as a stand-alone science curriculum or used in conjunction with your existing science materials.  In the case of using the material with an existing science material, deciding to use the topic arrangement will probably work better for your family.  However, if your family is using this program as a stand-alone product, then deciding the use the appropriate grade-level choice might be a better selection.

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With videos, worksheets, experiments and more this curriculum has something for everyone for K-12.  Because we are in the midst of finishing up our science curriculum for the year, for this review, we decided to select topics that interested our daughter.  I loved the fact the material is meant to be self-directed, so it required little preparation or oversight from me.  I love how this online homeschool science curriculum can be used by students of all ages.

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The videos included are of high-quality. We loved the variety and abundance of experiments to choose from for all of the topics.  However, I believe the sheer number of experiments could be overwhelming to many parents.  I love the advice of starting with an experiment or two to hook the students before moving into the videos and workbook pages.  We loved the advice of keeping a Science journal and taking pictures while completing the experiments.

Our daughter was more interested in watching the videos to gain scientific knowledge rather than doing the experiments.  Because we were using this as a supplement to our existing curriculum, I was fine with that decision.  She primarily concentrated on the Sound and Light units along with the Life Science units.  My plan is to have her do more of the experiments this summer when her father has more freedom and flexibility to do them with her.  Science and math are two subjects she prefers to do with her father rather than me.

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We are including pictures and videos for two of the experiments.  Our daughter wanted to make a lava lamp, but we ran into some difficulty because we had to improvise for the food coloring.

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The second experiment we are sharing is the Bull Roarer from the Sound unit.  For this experiment, we did not have any cotton string, so we tried some nylon string as well as some cotton yarn.  Here are some photographs from our experiment.

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My one wish for this curriculum would be the option of having the ability to complete the worksheets online rather than having to print everything out.  Because we are a military family and every pound counts when we move, I am trying to make our homeschool as digital as possible. So the idea of having to consistently print things out somewhat bothers me. I understand the logic behind having a notebook to use as reference material or to demonstrate what material was covered, but I would prefer to be able to keep those records digitally so our family does not have to worry about anything happening to the pages. For right now, our solution was to have our daughter answer many of the questions orally rather than writing them out.

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Review and Giveaway for On a Summer Tide

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About the Book

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Book: On a Summer Tide

Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher

Genre: Christian Fiction Romance

Release Date: April 30, 2019

Sometimes love hurts—and sometimes it can heal in the most unexpected way.

Camden Grayson loves her challenging career, but the rest of her life could use some improvement. “Moving on” is Cam’s mantra. But there’s a difference, her two sisters insist, between one who moves on . . . and one who keeps moving.

Cam’s full-throttle life skids to a stop when her father buys a remote island off the coast of Maine. Paul Grayson has a dream to breathe new life into the island—a dream that includes reuniting his estranged daughters. Certain Dad has lost his mind, the three sisters rush to the island. To Cam’s surprise, the slow pace of island life appeals to her, along with the locals—and one in particular. Seth Walker, the scruffy island schoolteacher harbors more than a few surprises.

With On a Summer Tide, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher begins a brand-new contemporary romance series that is sure to delight her fans and draw new ones.

Click here to purchase your copy.

 

About the Author

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Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than thirty books, including Mending Fences, as well as the Nantucket Legacy, Amish Beginnings, The Bishop’s Family, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, among other novels. She is also the author of several nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish. She lives in California. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Facebook @SuzanneWoodsFisherAuthor and Twitter @suzannewfisher.

MY THOUGHTS (1)

For quite a while I have enjoyed reading books by Suzanne Woods Fisher, so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review On a Summer Tide.  As someone who is estranged from her own sister, the message of this book resonated with me.  I loved watching how the sisters and their relationships developed in the story.  I also loved the idea of buying, restoring, and renovating a camp for both children and families.

With a father who was obsessed with his job, I could relate to the girls’ thoughts about their father being gone while they were growing up. Cam’s obsession with her job and trying to juggle the care of Cooper, the son she received when her best friend died, pulled me into her story. From juggling teaching in a public school and trying to raise three children with the help of my husband, I cannot imagine trying to do it on my own.  I really wanted Cam to wake up and put her son first as well as her family by helping to develop her father’s vision for the island.

Maddie’s obsession with protecting Cooper among other things made her my least favorite character.  I felt like she was causing many of the issues Cooper suffered from throughout the story.  I also intensely disliked her “fiance” and his mother for trying to dictate their wedding plans.  I felt like they were overbearing and irritating on many levels, even though they were not in the story that much.

The so-called “quirks” of Cooper intrigued me.  As a teacher and now a homeschool mom, I loved the approaches and methods Seth Walker used to teach the students.  Those methods truly followed the ideas of Charlotte Mason to have students explore nature for themselves.  Blaine’s abilities and skills in both organizing and in the kitchen helping Peg with the lunch counter brought a tremendous amount to the story.  As the younger sister, I could relate to the reactions and responses she received from her sister.

I have to say, I truly enjoyed reading this book and would highly recommend reading it.  So check it out for yourself.

I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.

More from Suzanne

Oh-So-Maine Blueberry Buckle

 

Summer in Maine means plump, tart blueberries are everywhere. Here’s a family recipe that is nearly fool-proof….and so delicious! Especially with a scoop or two with vanilla ice cream.

 

Ever wonder how it got the name Blueberry Buckle? While the batter rises as it bakes, but the blueberries and crumb topping weigh it down. This causes the surface of the cake to buckle…hence the name.

 

 

Batter:

¾ cup sugar

¼ cup soft butter

1 egg

½ cup milk

2 cups sifted flour

½ teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 cups drained blueberries

 

Crumb Topping:

½ cup sugar

½ cup flour

½ teaspoon cinnamon

¼ cup softened butter

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

 

Mix sugar and butter with egg. Stir in milk Sift together and stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Carefully blend in blueberries. Put on topping before baking. Pour in a greased and floured 9” square pan.

 

Bake 45-50 minutes.

 

 

 

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Little Homeschool on the Prairie, June 5

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Suzanne is giving away a grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/e540/on-a-summer-tide-celebration-tour-giveaway

Review and Giveaway for The Pages of Her Life

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About the Book

Book: The Pages of Her Life

Author: James L. Rubart

Genre: Christian fiction – suspense

Release Date: May 21, 2019 Pages of Her Life cover

Award-winning and bestselling author James L. Rubart explores the way our memories shape us . . . and how they affect our beliefs.

Allison Moore has no idea why she got out of her car on that rainy March afternoon and picked up the soaked journal laying on the side of the road. Brought it home. But she did. It was empty. Except for two lines scrawled in the front, too washed out to read. And a Jesus emblem inside the back cover. Something about the journal compels her to start writing in it, capturing thoughts about her newly acquired job that she thought would be heaven, but has turned into hell. Then one day, she finds words in the center of the journal. Words she didn’t write: Mene mene tekel upharsin. After her heart stops hammering, Allison Googles the phrase, and reads the story of Belshazzar’s Feast, where a hand from God writes on the wall, and the king is slain. Fear grips her, certain God is coming after her for what she did twelve years back. What she’s done wrong her whole life. She vows to make things right. Then she discovers more phrases appearing underneath each of her journal entries. Those phrases take her on an emotional roller coaster that forces her to look at everything she believes about her past in a new light, and opens her eyes to a supernatural realm of staggering consequence.

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MY THOUGHTS (1)

The Pages of Her Life contains characters that made me want to read more.  The idea of having a journal that took the words I had written and personalized them with a message especially for me intrigued me.  In some ways, I found this book hard to get into at times.  While other parts made me want to keep reading.  I think this is one of those books that even if you do not find it completely enjoyable to read has something that every reader can take away from the book.

Even though my own dad and mom divorced, I can relate to Allison having to help her mother adapt, adjust and start living again.  While I can not say I give this book a “5”, I still think it is a book worth reading.

About the Author

Rubart JamesJames L. Rubart is a professional marketer and speaker. He is the author of the best-selling novel Rooms as well as Book of Days, The Chair, Soul’s Gate, Memory’s Door, and Spirit Bridge. He lives with his wife and sons in the Pacific Northwest. Website: www.jameslrubart.com Twitter: @jameslrubart Facebook: JamesLRubart

 

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Giveaway

To celebrate his tour, James is giving away a finished copy of The Pages of Her Life!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/e4f2/the-pages-of-her-life-celebration-tour-giveaway

Review and Giveaway for The Printed Letter Bookshop

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About the Book

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Book: The Printed Letter Bookshop

Author: Katherine Reay

Genre: Women’s fiction, romance

Release Date: May 14, 2019

Amid literature and lattes, three women come together and find that sharing one’s journey with best friends makes life richer.

When attorney Madeline Carter inherits her aunt’s bookstore in a small town north of Chicago, she plans to sell it and add the proceeds to her nonexistent “investment portfolio.” But plans change when Madeline discovers the store isn’t making money and she gets passed over for promotion at her firm. She quits in protest, takes the train north, and decides to work at the store to prep it for sale. Madeline soon finds herself at odds with employees Jessica and Courtney; when she also finds herself attracted to an affianced man, it only confuses the entire situation.

After blowing up her marriage two years earlier, Jessica has found solace working at the bookstore and a kindred spirit within its owner, Maddie Cullen. But when Maddie dies and her niece, Madeline, barges in like a bulldozer, Jessica pushes at the new owner in every way-until she trips over common ground. Soon the women are delving into online dating and fashion makeovers, and Jessica feels the pull to rediscover her art, a love she thought long behind her.

After a night of bad decisions leaves the store in peril, Courtney arrives and tries to save the day. While she, too, found sanctuary in the little bookstore, she knows it’s under-insured, in the red, and will never survive. When she discovers her teenage daughter has played a part in vandalizing the store, Courtney taps into strength she didn’t know existed-or had long forgotten. The quietest of the three, she steps up and finds a way to save her family, the store, and the precious friendships that have grown within it.

The Printed Letter Bookshop is the story of friends who find each other-and themselves-in a place none of them ever expected.

Click here to purchase your copy.

MY THOUGHTS (1)

The Printed Letter Bookshop looks at life, death, family relationships and more.  When families become estranged from one another, it provides the basis for numerous unexpected paths to be taken.  Divorce, estrangement, and difficult family relationships all play a role in this book, but my favorite part is the bookstore itself.  It seems to be the type of place to build community in its heyday, while being the stuff heartbreak comes from in later years.

When Madeline inherits her estranged aunt’s bookstore, she initially wants only to sell it.  As a highpowered attorney, she only has dreams of making partner.  But when she is passed over for that promotion, she decides to manage the bookstore while preparing it to sell.

Jessica has faced divorce and more.  Courtney has her own family problems as well.  But can these three women save the bookstore?  Read the story to find out for yourelf.

I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.

About the AuthorReay Katherine

Katherine Reay is the national bestselling and award-winning author of Dear Mr. Knightley, Lizzy and Jane, The Brontë Plot, A Portrait of Emily Price, The Austen Escape, and The Printed Letter Bookshop. All Katherine’s novels are contemporary stories with a bit of classical flair. Katherine holds a BA and MS from Northwestern University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and isa wife, mother, former marketer, and avid chocolate consumer. After living all across the country and a few stops in Europe, Katherine now happily resides outside Chicago, IL. You can meet her at www.katherinereay.com; Facebook: KatherineReayBooks; Twitter: @katherine_reay; or Instagram: @katherinereay.

More from Katherine

Don’t you love bookshops?

Every time I walk into a bookstore, it feels like a rainbow cracked open and rained a kaleidoscope of light, life and possibilities before me. I find worlds within the world and a call to adventure.

Each bookshop tells a different story. It tells of its loyal beloved customer base. It reflects the personality of its owner and staff. It carries the aura of the stories it offers to us.

And it was the perfect place to dig into lives, hearts and book loves of Janet, Claire and Madeline. These three women, at different stages in life, meet at the Printed Letter Bookshop, with all the romance and wonder it holds, and learn to work through their challenges together. They become the friends that each didn’t know she was missing.

There is also a fourth woman I loved spending time with in the Printed Letter Bookshop — its original owner, Maddie Carter. Maddie doesn’t step onto the stage even once, but her presence, her love and her guiding hand are apparent from page one as Janet, Claire, and Madeline grow in friendship and in faith.

The Printed Letter Bookshop is a love letter to books, a testament to the beauty of new beginnings and a sweet reminder of the power of friendship. I hope you savor your time with these three women — And, book lovers rejoice, there is a list of all the books they allude to in the back of the book!

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Katherine is giving away a paperback copy of The Printed Letter Bookshop to one lucky winner!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/e4f1/the-printed-letter-bookshop-celebration-tour-giveaway