This book was in a box of giveaways a friend at work put together as she was packing to move. I thought the title was interesting so I read the back jThis book was in a box of giveaways a friend at work put together as she was packing to move. I thought the title was interesting so I read the back jacket and realized it was an LDS themed story. I'm not a huge fan of LDS fiction; some of it comes across as preachy or saccharine. I figured I'd give this one a try, probably because it was by a man, Curtis Taylor.
Chris Young is a young husband and father who suddenly finds everything going wrong in his life. He's a truck driver with problems at work; his wife is acting strange and suddenly leaves him for a "better" life in LA; his parents are living in the dark (literally)and have very little contact with him because of his conversion to the LDS Church. That may have been enough to keep me reading this book past page 50, but what really kept me interested was the fact that Chris lives in Modesto, CA; my home town. Told in the first person, Chris was dropping street names, intersections and landmarks that I recognized and it made the story a little more personal.
The handling of Chris' problems was more realistic than other books I've read where the protagonist has to put his faith and religion to the test, even if the ending was a little too tidy. Chris finds the world closing in around him and we can feel his stress mounting as he tries to juggle his job, the kids, law suits and a missing wife. On the plus side, he has support from his in-laws and ward members and he learns to listen to the Spirit and lean on the Lord. He figures out what's important and makes decisions that might seem risky but his trust in the Lord becomes stronger the more he exercises it. He even takes steps to reconcile with his parents.
There were several points in the story where I stopped to ponder the situation and the consequences of actions, how the Gospel can guide our lives and how humility and forgiveness may be tough but are more than worth the effort.
I love to do all types of needlework and found this idea intriguing so checked it out of my local library for three weeks. The projects look delightfuI love to do all types of needlework and found this idea intriguing so checked it out of my local library for three weeks. The projects look delightful; the instructions concise and easy to follow, the photography lovely. I was getting really excited to gather up some new supplies and give it a try. The fantastic metal stencils for use as templates to pierce the paper have alluded me. I have looked around the internet and haven't found anything quite like what was used in the book. I did find some great sites where one can down load patterns to print and pierce for embroidery and I tried a couple of the free ones. I love it! I will continue to try to find a source for the stencils she uses. The book is great and would have garnered a 5 star rating if there had been a "sources" section!...more
This second of three books was as enjoyable as the first. This is one of those stories you can float above and just meander along with the tale or youThis second of three books was as enjoyable as the first. This is one of those stories you can float above and just meander along with the tale or you can sit and ponder the meaning of the universe. There were times I caught myself coming just that as well as my place in it. I think this book and its trilogy partners would be interpreted differently at different ages and stages of life. I enjoyed the love story but it took a willing secondary role to the discovery of self for the young characters. I enjoyed the pithy quotes at the beginning of each chapter and the flip movie of the creation of a pot! The creative layout enabled a chance for mind wandering and thinking about things; little distractions that kept things interesting. Others have adequately recapped the story, do I won't do that here. Suffice to say I am glad I didn't have to wait between installments and got to read them one right after the other. Good story telling....more
I found this book by chance while browsing the library. What a fun way to craft with a child! There are twenty fun projects to make for a doll; specifI found this book by chance while browsing the library. What a fun way to craft with a child! There are twenty fun projects to make for a doll; specifically the 16-18 inch American Girl-type dolls. The crafting requires basic skills and the text is geared toward 8+ kids. The supplies are generally available around the house or already in the doll's wardrobe. A few of my favorite activities were: Make Sock Puppets for Your Doll (from doll socks!); Mittens and Ear Warmers, Box Doll Closet and Un-stuffed Animal Costume (where you sacrifice a Teddy Bear or other stuffed toy to make a doll costume!). The crafts are easy for older kids but do-able with a little adult supervision for younger ones. Kathy Ross' instructions are clear and perfectly illustrated by Elaine Garvin. These will be treasured accessories for years....more
I suppose when you've read as much romance fiction as I have, you know how the story will end but it's still fun to take the journey. Susanna has justI suppose when you've read as much romance fiction as I have, you know how the story will end but it's still fun to take the journey. Susanna has just been dumped by her boyfriend of 12 years (!) and realizes she should have pulled the plug herself long ago but was trying to "stay the course!" She has used the time wisely to get a degree and work in her chosen profession of landscape architect on the Eastern sea coast island of St. Simons. After a chance meeting with Nathanial, a summer visitor, she determines to take things VERY slowly now that she has some thinking, and praying, to do about her future. Nate, also, has an uncertain future but what Susanna does not know is he is the Crown Prince of a small island country in the North Sea called Brighton. The Prince tries to deny his growing feelings for Susanna because the law of Brighton does not allow him to marry a foreigner. To complicate matters, there is a political situation brewing that may force him to marry a woman he doesn't love. Both use prayer and faith to try to determine God's will for their lives but, like most of us, struggle with what that might be. I had a completely different solution in mind to overcome the obstacles to love, but the one used by Rachel Hauck was better. This is a clean romance and an enjoyable read....more
I am so glad I kept these books after the children grew up and brought back grandchildren! I have a set of 36 "Just Ask" books that answer all sorts oI am so glad I kept these books after the children grew up and brought back grandchildren! I have a set of 36 "Just Ask" books that answer all sorts of questions like "What Is a Rainbow" or "Why Do Leaves Change Color." These books have colorful illustrations and are hosted by a field mouse called Christopher. He and his animal friends find the answers to science questions and they are explaned well for K-2nd graders but are not dumbed down. In the "Leaves" book,the word chlorophyll is used and the light/carbon dioxide to chlorophyll/oxygen cycle is explained and illustrated. My children enjoyed these books and I still refer to them now. Most recently to remind myself that it is shorter days, not cooler temperatures, that result in the fall colors. I was thinking of sending one or two of them to my granddaughter and got to thinking about buying a second set for the other family. It would take a substantial investment and none of the sets for sale had 36 volumes! I guess I'll keep them at Nana's house for now and they can read them when they visit. Featured this month: "...Rainbows" and "...Leaves..." since those have been topics of conversation. I'll mix them up accordingly in the future. If you happen to see these at 2nd hand stores or yard/garage sales, don't fail to pick up the volumes you may not have! You won't regret it. ...more