Book review: My Heart Stood Still by Lori Copeland

My Heart Stood Still is a fictional story about one of the Sisters of Mercy Flats, which is actually another book written by Lori Copeland, a best selling author. In their many excursions and plans to gain money for a mission in Mercy Flats, the Mcdougal sisters seem obligated to help the mission they grew up in.

Set during the Civil War, the book starts off with the three sisters being carried off in different directions after an attack to their being transported to jail after selling stolen cows for money to give the mission in Mercy Flats. One sister, Anne-Marie, is taken by what seems to be an Indian man who she thought at first spoke no English.

Things turn sour when both of them land in jail and the Indian, Creed Walker, has a friend, John Quincy Adams (who claims his mother named him after the late President), who breaks them out of jail. Soon Anne-Marie learns Creed speaks English and the three now take off stealing stolen gold. What? Yes, gold coins were stolen and these three steal it!

With a handful of unfortunate events, it seems Anne-Marie is full of bad luck. But it turns out, she is what they need to get them and the gold to where they need to be.

Learn more about their adventure and read this wonderfully-written adventurous story about Anne-Marie, Creed, and Quincy in My Heart Stood Still by Lori Copeland.

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Book review: Hope for the Weary Mom by Stacey Thacker and Brooke McGlothlin

Published on February 1, 2015, Hope for the Weary Mom by Stacey Thacker and Brooke McGlothlin is a an amazing compilation of blog posts, thoughts, experiences, and scripture. Any mother has likely had weary moments, whether a mother of one or many, and it’s in those moments that blogs like The MOB Society was created, bringing moms from all over cyber sphere to come together rather than live their weary mom life alone.

When we do life together, we have the opportunity to build each other up, encourage one another. Each of us serve a different purpose in God’s kingdom and this is nicely stated in words I can easily relate to. The authors nicely portray how God didn’t create us to do everything, but a specific part of something. As weary moms we need to stop trying to be a mother we are not and focus on the mother we can be.

One chapter shared about a game called Clump. I had never heard of it called this, but certainly played it as a child quite often. This is a game of hide and seek, but as the hiders are found, they need to join the seeker in the seeking the others. In a similar manner, we should come together with others to get through our hard times. Depend on others to help lift us up. As a parent of a young child? It can be tiresome to attempt to be everything for the child yet be able to live a balanced life. I love how the authors addressed this common place of finding others in a similar lifestyle and situations in order to better connect.

There’s another chapter that describes the importance of taking time out of the morning, starting out with just 15 minutes, before anyone else wakes up, to connect with God through scripture, meditation and journaling. I’ve done this when my son was just a baby and it was an amazing time with my Creator. I am glad the authors thought to include this.

A couple chapters included some big heart breaking situations, but nothing God couldn’t heal. One is about miscarriage, something I’ve been through a couple times in the last few years and it was written as if they were speaking to me, even though I thought I’ve healed. The other is about a mother of a student at Virginia Tech who was a victim of the shootings several years ago. This gave me new light on how God really does not promise when our last day here on earth is. And the mother says her son was not murdered, rather he fulfilled what God had planned for him.

Hope for the Weary Mom by Stacey Thacker and Brooke McGlothlin is highly recommended for any parent or parent to be. It’s fantastically written and you should read it, too! Visit the site for the book: http://hopeforthewearymom.com

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Book review: The Emperor, His Bride and the Dragon Robe by Lisa Sankar-Zhu

NetGalley has books of various genres available by request from many different publishers. Usually, I prefer books of the genre of Christian, Christian fiction, historical fiction, and children’s books. One children’s book that caught my attention was The Emperor, His Bride and the Dragon Robe by Lisa Sankar-Zhu. The cover is full of color and has an Asian feel. The title on the cover seems to be glowing, even on my computer screen.

At first, I read this book from my Kindle Paperwhite, but I was sure there were beautiful, colorful artwork that I was viewing in black and white, and various shades of gray. The storyline is about an emperor who gave a dragon robe for his son while the emperor was on his deathbed.

The story goes on that the emperor is good to his people and is respected. He decided as he gets older that he should choose an empress. So he tells his people that he wants his empress to be beautiful, caring, and trustworthy. Two beautiful young women are brought to the palace, but each have very different personalities.

While one woman is kind and caring, the other is selfish and greedy. The selfishness includes summoning a wizard to change the looks of the kind woman. As several events transpires in the quest to become the empress, the emperor sees through all this and is confused. He tests the women to learn the truth before deciding who he will marry.

This story has great morals that cheaters and selfishness gets you nowhere and being kind and caring is an inner beauty that can never be changed even though outer features are different; it really is the inside that counts. The Emperor, His Bride and the Dragon Robe by Lisa Sankar-Zhu is a book I suggest for preteen and young girls, but it’s a great story for boys, too.

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Library resource day at kindergarten, again

Normally, I do not post more than once a day, don’t worry this one will be short, I promise!

Today my son came home from school with s book in his bag. This means they visited the library. Hmmm, why does he always borrow a Pokemon book? He loves so many things, but what is it about these Pokemon that he’s constantly bringing these books home?

I suppose if he’s doing the reading, then at least he’s reading. But when I have to read it to him because there’s too many words he doesn’t know? I think we need to discuss this a little further. Could we read this one this time and next time look for something different?

Why not something karate like My Grandma’s a Ninja? Or something about the sport he plays, soccer? What’s with these Pokemon?

Book review: My Grandma’s a Ninja

Last night I was scrolling through some books for children and middle school-aged children on NetGalley and found a couple books that sounded interesting. One of these books was titled My Grandma’s a Ninja by Todd Tarpley.

After downloading this book onto my laptop, I called my 6 year old son and asked him if he wanted to read the book. When he heard the title he raised his eyebrows in confusion.

In the first few pages of the book there were various images of this grandmother doing karate moves. My silly son would not let me go on until he demonstrated each pose! He laughed and posed for a good ten minutes before we even got to the title page.

As I read the words to my son, he enjoyed the pictures and thoroughly enjoyed the story. Many young boys will enjoy imagining this grandmother coming down from the ceiling or demonstrating karate moves at recess. We both giggled throughout the story and he wants to read it again tonight!

I highly recommend this book! Both adult and child will enjoy it!

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Reading two books at once…well, three…

Currently, I am reading 2 books simultaneously. No, wait, 3 books. It makes me wonder, though, would I finish a book quicker if I just read ONE at a time? As a child, I read two books at the same time and switched back and forth as if I were watching a television series, a chapter here and a chapter there for the different scenes. I loved being in two worlds at the same time.

However, right now, the books I am reading doesn’t really take me into different fiction worlds. The books I’ve been reading on my Kindle Paperwhite include: Keep it Shut by Karen Ehman, Hope for the Weary Mom by Stacey Thacker and Brooke McGlothlin, and My Hearth Stood Still by Lori Copeland. All three books are a bit intense and deep. But I love them nonetheless!

Each book that I am reading now are at various points of the book, so it’s highly likely that I will finish the books in a different order than I started them. But that works perfectly for me! Maybe I’ll even get started on more books as I finish each?

Keep it Shut I am reading as a study with a Proverbs 31 Online Bible Study. I’ve completed a couple studies with Proverbs 31 last year and enjoyed it. Sometimes you can even join a study group, if you’re signed up early enough! Regardless, even just reading along and checking out their videos and blogs keep the participant fairly engaged. I do feel a bit behind as I have not read for this week yet and it is likely I will finish reading a few weeks after the study is over, but it’s all good. I still can look back on my emails and track myself with their blog.

The other two books I received from NetGalley, where reviewers can get books before it’s even published. Both of the other books I am reading I received through NetGalley, one published already and the other will be publishing soon. Stay tuned for reviews for each of the books!

What do you do to get more reading squeezed into your day?

With five books currently on the list to get read, I’m finding myself in need of more time in a day to read! How do working people actually have time to read? Is this why I take so long to read books?

My coworker mentioned she can speed read. Maybe I need to take some speed reading lessons so I can accomplish more reading! If I recall, there’s an app for that! I believe I had an app at one point where the user can practice speed reading. It was like training your eyes to read quicker. I should look for it and start practicing!

In the meantime, I read during my lunch hour at work, while I’m eating. I also try to read at least an hour at night before bed. Last night we had company until pretty late so I was lucky to read for a half hour. Hopefully, I can get more reading in tonight to make up for it!

What do you do to get more reading squeezed into your day?

Book review: The Amish Clockmaker by Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner

Delightfully written with amazing descriptions and humble characters, The Amish Clockmaker takes the reader into two different time zones, but on the same property, sixty years apart. There are three parts to the storyline that pull the reader into the different times, yet similar community of Amish.

Matthew Zook is newly married and his wife is pregnant. They live on a property bought by Matthew’s grandfather some sixty years prior. The Zook family turned the shop on the property into a tack shop that Matthew would like to expand. When the nearby resort construction informs Matthew that they’re looking for a Clayton Raber, who happens to own the property between the Zook’s and the resort, Matthew races the construction company to find Clayton Raber. While the construction company and resort search for Clayton the new technological method, Matthew seeks the old Amish way of communication.

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The story suddenly turns to sixty years prior sharing about the Amish clockmaker, Clayton Raber, and his family. The story shares about his love for his neighbor, Miriam, and how eventually comes to marrying her to keep her from shame. Things turn ugly for Clayton and everyone seems to turn against him.

When the writing turns back to Matthew, it shares how he gains a lead to find Clayton. Can Matthew reach Clayton and offer him what he needs to continue his tack shop expansion or will the resort find Clayton first and offer him hundreds of thousands of dollars?

Totally worth the read and I highly encourage this book to be read. Don’t worry about the spouse and children, they can handle without you for a few hours while you whisk yourself away to an Amish community. Just published today, I found The Amish Clockmaker by Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner for $9.99 on Amazon.com.


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