Monday, September 18, 2017

These Healing Hills by Ann Gabhart

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Set in Kentucky in the Appalachian Mountains during the time of the Frontier Nursing Service and the end of World War II comes a story that features love, adventure, and caring compassion. The Frontier Nursing Service was established by Mary Breckinridge and it still serves southeastern Kentucky and the midwifery school continues to train nurse-midwives. I really like when fiction books incorporate true history into their stories.

Francine Howard comes to the Frontier Nursing Service to run away from a botched relationship back home and, of course, you know what happens.

The book is more than that though too. There are tales of treating a moonshiner's accidental gunshot wound, Granny Em with her herbs and wisdom, a baby being born on the back of a truck in the middle of winter enroute to the hospital, and so on.

Francine embraces the mountain people, seeks to understand them and develops rich friendships because of that. She gets hopelessly lost very quickly in the mountains, but someone always comes along to rescue her.

There was a saying among the nurses that nobody comes there by accident. Isn't that true in life as well? We are not accidents. God has a plan for us and sometimes the way may seem muddled and we may feel lost, but God is there.

I enjoyed the book and thought it was well-written.

I received this book from Revell Publishers. A positive review was not required.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Adorned by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

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Living out the beauty of the Gospel Together

Many of you might know her as Nancy Leigh DeMoss, or as the founder, I believe, of Revive our Hearts. She has written a number of books, of which I have read very few. Right now I can't think of any other ones I have read. But I have listened to her broadcasts and inspired and challenged by what she has to say. This book was no different.

Taken from Titus 2: 1-5, 10, this is Paul's challenge for the older women to be "reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine." Then they are to teach the younger women "to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands." That is what Adorned is about, talking about each of these characteristics and encouraging the older women to get involved in the life of a younger woman, to not check out and think their work is done, but to mentor and teach. And to the younger woman, the encouragement is to seek out an older woman who will mentor them and provide wisdom and practical advice and encouragement in the day to day struggles of life.

There was some very thought provoking and challenging chapters in this book to be sure. Creating a home that is welcoming, loving your husband and children and being dedicated to mothering and being kind regardless, those are all needed reminders for me. It all is really.

Again a few quotes: "When we serve people, we serve Christ."

"Nowhere am I more tempted to be selfish and lazy than in my home with my closest relationships. Too often, we show more concern and kindness for a complete stranger than for those who live under the same roof with us." Ouch, this hits very close to home. It is so true.

"Self-control is both a lifetime need and a lifetime pursuit."

I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who wants to become a Titus 2 woman.

I received this book from Moody. I was not required to write a positive review.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

All She Left Behind by Jane Kirkpatrick

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This story is set in the late 1800's and is based on a true story. Jennie is a young woman married to an alcoholic. He divorces her and she goes to work as a caregiver/nurse for an older lady in failing health. In a bizarre turn of events, after the lady dies, her husband, a 64 year old man and Jennie, a 26-year old, fall in love and get married. She goes on to become a doctor and to say much more would be to give away some of the story line.  From what I was able to gather in the author's notes is that this is all true.

Knowing that this book was based on a true story does help the story line a bit, but I will have to say the book had a hard time pulling me in. There really seemed to be no plot, nothing that just grabbed my attention. The references to God were somewhat minimal, it didn't seem like a real relationship with God. There was a piece about guilt, where Jennie's friend would have said, you need to confess your failings to God, then forgive yourself, and rather than drowning in guilt over some supposed wrong, to pick up and move on and make something of yourself. Those are my own words, but I thought that was good. Sometimes, I think, we know, in our brain, that God forgives us, and yet we struggle to forgive ourselves thinking we aren't worthy of forgiveness.

So my final conclusion is that this is not my style of book at all. I'd like to think you could write a down-to-earth, true-to-life story and have it pull the reader in, this book did not do that for me at all. I can't really tell you what it was missing, but I was somewhat disappointed overall.

I received this book from Revell Books. I was not required to write a positive review.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Gobi by Dion Leonard

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Illustrated by Lisa Manuzak

A little dog with a big heart.

This is a hardback children's book that is beautifully illustrated and tells a true story. It's a standard hardback size, maybe around a 10x12 with a cover jacket. I'm not sure what kind of illustrations they are. The people are not real to life and yet they are not caricatures either or I wouldn't call them that anyway.

The story is about Dion's run through the Gobi Desert. On the second day of the race, a little stray desert dog finds the runners and attaches himself to Dion and runs the remainder of the race with him. Dion doesn't have extra food, but he shares a little with the dog. Other runners also share food with Gobi from their own stashes.

The dog wants to stick with Dion and be his forever friend. This is challenged when Dion goes to run through a river and the dog knows he couldn't make it. Just in time, Dion remembers and comes back and carries the dog across the river.

It's a nice story that can also bring home the character qualities of faithfulness and loyalty and kindness.

I received this book from Book Look Bloggers. I was not required to write a positive review.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Comments

Due to some spamming comments, I have changed the ability to comment. You now cannot comment anonymously, but need to have a Google ID and will have to do a word verification. Not that I get that many comments, but it has been very frustrating to have all these spam comments, some of which are very inappropriate.

Why would people want to spam my blog? I mean really, I am so active on it and it is such a money-making account and reaches so many people..... Okay, that's all. I just wanted to rant a little on it. Oh and if you ever need some risque comment ideas, you can check with me I can help you out.

5 Minute Bible Stories by Stephen Elkins

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100 stories and 100 songs

Created by Stephen Elkins
Illustrated by Tim O'Connor

100 Bible stories that are short and easy to understand and can be read in five minutes or less. Each story is accompanied by a song that goes along with the story. The book seems to be pretty comprehensive as far as capturing the popular Bible stories: Creation, Noah, Job, four stories about David, Jonah, birth of Jesus, some parables and miracles and ending with heaven. Some of the songs include Amazing Grace to go with the Beatitudes, Be Kind to go with the story of David and Mephibosheth, He is Lord with the story of Samson and so on.

In paging through the book, a lot of the songs look familiar to me and I am guessing you could find the music on YouTube for the ones that you don't know. I would wish there was either music to go with the songs, not just the lyrics or that there was a CD with all the songs on it. If someone doesn't know a lot of Bible songs or hasn't had a two year old who loves music and we listen to a lot of children's Bible songs, it would be rather time consuming to have to look up a lot of the songs on YouTube or some other place. There is a website www.wonderworkshop.com that is supposed to contain the full song lyrics as not all of the songs are listed in their entirety, but it appears to not be up and working yet. When I typed in that address, I got a message that the My Wonder Kids site is coming soon.

While I haven't read all the stories, they look interesting and like something my 2.5 year old will love. I'm not necessarily a good judge of ages for children's books as my daughter loves books and will listen to books that I thought she would find boring (too many words, not enough pictures). But I would say this book would be good for two year olds on up to lower grades in school as they would be able to read it for themselves.

I think this is a lovely book and I'm trying to decide if I will use it now or save it for a birthday or Christmas gift this coming year.

I received this book from Book Look Bloggers and was not required to write a positive review.

These Healing Hills by Ann Gabhart

Set in Kentucky in the Appalachian Mountains during the time of the Frontier Nursing Service and the end of World War II comes a story tha...