Monday, August 4, 2014

Book Review: Child of Mine

Beverly Lewis is a favorite author of mine. When I was about ten years old, her pen introduced me to the world of Amish fiction. Over the years I have read many of her books. This one is by far my favorite.

Child of Mine is the story of a woman's search for her child who was abducted as an infant. She has spent much of her life, all her money, and much of her health in desperate search for her daughter. She is about ready to give up, but decides she'll follow one last lead.

As you read this book, you may think that you know what is coming next, but David and Beverly Lewis lead you on an unbelievable and unpredictable journey. I found the book fascinating and had a hard time putting it down.

You can find out more by buying the book at CBD, Amazon, or wherever Christian books are sold.

***** I received this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and there was no other compensation.

Book Review: Woman of Courage

Journeying to the West was tough. It was even more tough if you were a lady travelling with just your father and a guide. It became tougher still if both your father and the guide died tragically on the journey. Most people would give up. Woman of Courage by Wanda Brunstetter tells the story of a young Quaker lady who, after being jilted by her fiance, joins her father to become a missionary to the Indians.

This riveting story includes elements of danger, surprise, romance, and faith. It is certainly an interesting read and is not really the normal predictable romance novel. As you read, you'll see Amanda grow from a timid young lady into a brave frontier woman. Her faith compels her in her journey and others see and are changed.

Woman of Courage has 315 pages and is published by Shiloh Run Press. You can find it on Amazon, CBD, or wherever Christian books are sold.

***** I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Handlebar publishing. All thoughts and opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any other way.

A New Endeavor

Over the last few weeks, I've been trying to prepare as much as possible for going back to school. It won't be long before I'll be back with my little munchkins. This year, I'm taking the time to list some of the things I'm making and using in my classroom on Teachers Pay Teachers, a website for teaching materials. Here's one of my most recent creations:
I'm hoping to make a bit of extra income that can go toward classroom supplies.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014


Recently we planted a mini garden of sorts. It consists of long planters on our front porch because we were concerned that animals would get into our plants if we put them in the back yard. The plants are doing as well as can be expected considering they have limited depths for their roots. They are growing and blooming, but not with nearly the vigor they would if we planted them directly in the earth. They can not grow deep roots because they are limited.

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Our garden makes me think of Christians. Sometimes our growth toward the Son is limited because of the situations around us.

Sometimes we are limited by others and their opinions. We don't grow deeper because they hinder us.  What should we do? Well, when another plant is hindering one of my sprouts from growth, I put distance between the two of them. Sometimes we need to distance ourselves from others and their harmful opinions.

Sometimes we are limited by the amount of nourishment we get. There is a direct correlation between how well my plants grow and how much sunlight and water they get. If we want to truly develop our relationship with God, we must be sure to soak up the water of His Word and spend time drawing near to His Light in prayer.

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Sometimes we're limited because we are in our comfort zone.  Seedlings will fail to thrive if they are left in their starter pots forever. It can seem harsh to pull them up out of the only place they have known and replant them in a tougher new environment. Sometimes we have to be removed from what is familiar to us and be transplanted into what may seem like a harsh new reality so that we can grow in the way the Father intended.

As God has been bringing these thoughts to my mind, I decided to share them with you. I hope that you search through the garden of your heart and with God's help, remove any limitations that may have been keeping you from realizing your full potential of growth in Him.
Have a blessed day.

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Book Review: Plain Faith by Irene & Ora Jay Esh



When I got the opportunity to review this book, I thought that it would mainly be a motivational religious book with some interesting tidbits of Amish life. Boy, was I wrong!

This book tells the life story of an Amish couple who felt led by God to leave the Amish community and to worship Him by developing a deeper, more intimate relationship with Christ.

The book does share lots of interesting information about the Amish lifestyle. As a matter of fact, I learned more from this book then any other Amish book I’ve read, and I’ve read quite a few.

Irene and Ora share the poignant story of losing their daughters in a buggy accident. They write of the hopelessness they felt as the Amish people around them told them over and over again that IF they lived a good enough life, they would be able to see their daughters again in Heaven.

They share the burden of their hearts to learn more about what God had to say about things and their attempts to live a Biblical, God-pleasing life in the Amish community.

They published letters from friends and family warning them about the consequences of their “new” ways.

I enjoyed this book immensely, and I think that you will to. You may find it on Amazon, CBD, or wherever Christian books are sold.

***** I received this book in exchange for an honest review as a part of the BookLook blogger team. If you’re interested in reviewing books for them, check them out at the link above. All opinions are my own and there was no monetary compensation for this post.

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