Originally posted on Creative Madness Mama. The story of Augustine's human love Historical fiction is my favorite genre, one of the reasons is that I Originally posted on Creative Madness Mama. The story of Augustine's human love Historical fiction is my favorite genre, one of the reasons is that I love to dive within an atmosphere of history to experience what might have happened from someone's imaginings. This is the type of environment created with the deeply researched, in depth, and beautifully written story of a real person from our historical past. A simple question as a child in school provided the spark of interest for deep research and then an imagination run wild with a pen in hand, Suzanne M. Wolfe has created a story to captivate those that want to know about the woman behind the man of Augustine's Confessions. From my years in college studying, while earning my Bachelor of Religious Studies I spent a while reading book after book of which Augustine was a captivating character present with much talking about his spiritual love. Yet as a person, one does wonder about his human love. This is a story which presents an interesting account of what could have been. This review was originally posted on Creative Madness Mama....more
These last few weeks at my church in the Thursday morning Women's Bible Study, we've been reading together through 'Before Amen' by Max Lucado. Let meThese last few weeks at my church in the Thursday morning Women's Bible Study, we've been reading together through 'Before Amen' by Max Lucado. Let me tell you, I adore Max's writing, it always touches my heart and soul. Last year I endured through Ann Voskamp's 'One Thousand Gifts' and this year it was 'Before Amen'. Boy... Max and Ann really know how to grab your heart strings!
While I purchased the 'Before Amen' book from the church to go with the study, I was blessed to get my hands on the 'Before Amen Prayer Journal' from the publisher as well as a gift of some key fobs. What a wonderful gift! I gave out the key fobs to everyone in our class and it was a perfect number, God planned 'eh?
Max has come up with a miniature prayer to get the prayer rolling and the message is on the key fob so that it's always available to you if you need the inspiration. In much the same way the Prayer journal is written also with just enough prompting with lines in between to let your prayers flow on to the page.
Max Lucado has an incredible ministry of sharing in his books and while I'm not as in love with this one as say The Story or You'll Get Through This, Before Amen is a good book to read. So many times we cancel ourselves out of prayer, but why? In this little book (about nine chapter, I think off the top of my head...) you can travel through purposes, reasons, and ways to prayer.
Originally posted on Creative Madness Mama. The one who needs rescuing isn't always the one in the tower... Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any Originally posted on Creative Madness Mama. The one who needs rescuing isn't always the one in the tower... Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man. She paints beautiful flowering vines on the walls of her plaster houses. She sings so sweetly she can coax even a beast to sleep. But there are two things she is afraid her mother might never allow her to do: learn to read and marry.
Fiercely devoted to Rapunzel, her mother is suspicious of every man who so much as looks at her daughter and warns her that no man can be trusted. After a young village farmer asks for Rapunzel's hand in marriage, Mother decides to move them once again---this time, to the large city of Hagenheim.
The journey proves treacherous, and after being rescued by a knight---Sir Gerek---Rapunzel, in turn, rescues him farther down the road. As a result, Sir Gerek agrees to repay his debt to Rapunzel by teaching her to read. Could there be more to him than his arrogance and desire to marry for riches and position?
As Rapunzel acclimates to life in a new city, she uncovers a mystery that will forever change her life. In this Rapunzel story unlike any other, a world of secrets and treachery are about to be revealed after seventeen years. How will Rapunzel finally take control of her own destiny? And who will prove faithful to a lowly peasant girl with no one to turn to? I always know I will enjoy Melanie Dickerson's books! It was no surprise to me to discover vast enjoyment during my time reading Rapunzel's story in The Golden Braid. As a matter of fact reading this story brought a lot of the other Fairy Tale Retelling Romance stories and Hagenheim family tales together. While the story stands alone, it is a wonderful glimpse in seeing the lives of other characters I have come to appreciate and adore as they have changed and adapted after their own adventure and bouts with romance.
Thomas Nelson did an awesome job with the packaging of this book. As my copy is a jacketed hardcover. It is a beautiful cover and worthy of the writing within. The covers for Melanie's books are getting better and better. Christian Historical Fiction is my favorite genre, but I think it is safe to say that I absolutely love the genre of fairy tale retellings. Especially right now as a I have a princess-obsessed four year old daughter at home - seeing me reading such books has her now wanting to read to know what is happening in this adventure. !!
I'd recommend this read to anyone and definitely plan to hang on to it for my own girls to read one day. For now, we will read, Rapunzel by Sarah Gibb and other picture book varieties.
I love novella collections, I really truly do. I love them for vacation to carry a little bit of everyone with you. But I also love them for meeting nI love novella collections, I really truly do. I love them for vacation to carry a little bit of everyone with you. But I also love them for meeting new authors. In this instance, all four of these ladies are not new to me. Actually all four of these ladies find themselves on my favorites list.
Contains four sweeping stories from bestselling historical romance authors.
Provides novella-length releases between authors' full-length novels.
One-of-a-kind stories set in antebellum and post-bellum Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.
Includes Reading Group Guides.
Dorothy Love writes a good deep story. Even for a short story her writing can captivate an audience. It's amazing when a character can make you so angry... I was wondering if this was going to be along the lines of an unrequited until very later years love story like a Nicholas Sparks novel. Reading the whole of A Love So True I'm glad I kept going because at points I wanted to just walk away from the story out of frustration. I think that in the end I'm a satisfied reader however. It was also neat to be able to revisit Pawley's Island, the setting of Dorothy's Caroline Gold, with my own memories of the shore line of the Isle of Palms on my mind.
Tammy's characters are always so amusing, yet real in my opinion.
When as a reader you approach a novel by Elizabeth Musser, one often knows not to expect a light read. Her books are full, filled to the brim with emotion and relatable experiences.
On our shelves we have Max Lucado board books, a treasury, The Story for Little Ones, The Story for Children, and T Perfect gift-book! Review below.
On our shelves we have Max Lucado board books, a treasury, The Story for Little Ones, The Story for Children, and The Christmas Story for Children so I was delighted when I saw a gift-worthy treasury of prayers.
Teaching our children poetry, and teaching them to pray is so valuable and a special part of our lives. This treasury is a beautiful tool to help do so. The Lucado Treasury of Bedtime Prayers presents classic rhyming prayers and Lucado originals in a gorgeous presentation for any family to use.
An excellent gift idea! Anyone with a young child will benefit so well from this book and I couldn't recommend it more highly. ...more
It has been years since I got my hands on Really Woolly Bedtime Prayers, but I love it still. I'm delighted to be blessed with the opportunity to reIt has been years since I got my hands on Really Woolly Bedtime Prayers, but I love it still. I'm delighted to be blessed with the opportunity to review Really Woolly 12 Little Blessings. This new book is the same size padded board book and just as cute to boot! Counting down from twelve to one with a scripture verse, number appropriate example, and a little prayer with adorable images this is another great one. Read it through each day, or just random pages and requests this is a great book anytime. Full of color and flowers this could be the perfect addition to your littlest ones Easter basket or book pile.
I have to admit Mary Connealy is one of my all time favorites and I started "Autumn's Angel" but was just a little“Winter Wedding Bells”—Mary Connealy
I have to admit Mary Connealy is one of my all time favorites and I started "Autumn's Angel" but was just a little too eager so I skipped over to "Winter Wedding Bells". I read it during the girls' nap time and loved every second of it! Just watching the characters unfold little bits of their history makes me want more, I want a whole series dedicated to David (Stewart) Laramie's past and future in Wyoming. After reading of this one it makes me want to go back through Lassoed in Texas and Montana Marriages again because her characters are just that fun. While I think this is the first Irish lass I've found from Mary, she was appropriate and quaint and of course amusing. The children in this story just happen to be there, but the real events are between David and Megan. It's just great for a short story.
All of the stories in here are based on one man Hitchcock's Hitching Post mail-order bride catalogue. It is funny and a great starting point. After the end of the stories there is a section with reader discussion questions and then a five way interview which is delightful to read and see where these authors came from and how they became connected on this opportunity to write a collection book. I give it four out of five stars, because one story just wasn't for me, but the rest I loved!
Okay first, just look at the cover and think for a minute. Just how tough is concrete? How thick is concrete usually? Now how delicate is a bud of anyOkay first, just look at the cover and think for a minute. Just how tough is concrete? How thick is concrete usually? Now how delicate is a bud of any plant. Be it a tree, or be it a daisy weed? Now think of the concrete busting and cracking just a little to get that faint plant, proof of life, through the harsh environment. Striving for sun, or like us for the Son. You'll Get Through This. This is the title and this is the message, that no matter where you are, and what you are facing, you WILL get through this. Reading this book is an event.
Turning the pages has me near to jumping in my seat, saying yes yes! exactly that! And woah, I didn't think of it that way. And hmm... maybe there is hope for me. Life can be rough, it can be turbulent from time to time and this Max Lucado book is a bit of Hope and Help. Using the life of Joseph and tangents into other Biblical and modern day short stories Max Lucado scratches a bit of the paint away from the painted over window glass and gives an aspect that maybe you haven't considered. For as the light starts to shine through that paint on to your furniture, or even your soul again you might see a glimpse of hope for another day.
Interestingly I picked up this book the same time as Lynn Austin's 'Pilgrimage' and shortly after discovering Ann Voskamp's 'One Thousand Gifts'. You can see my thoughts at that point in the archives.
Usually outside of theological texts I'm not much of a non-fiction person, but surprisingly, all of the sudden several have caught my eye and watching a similar theme wrap them in places just shows how God is working in my life and the things he wants to point out to me at this time. Lots of God moments and Bible underlining for this girl lately. I'm also collecting a lot of quotes.
'You'll Get Through This: Hope and Help for Your Turbulent Times' by Max Lucado is another one that is absolutely perfectly timed in my life for reception. It's main theme is Joseph, but oh my goodness I truly believe this is a book that everyone should read. Anyone can benefit from this no matter your difficulty. I've love Max Lucado's writing since I was but a pre-teen and each one I get sucked into, I enjoy his books more. I have underlined in the book (Kindle Fire digital copy) and gone on to write quotes in my journal and underlined scripture in my Bible as well as have made so many new notes that I can tell you my heart smiles with this little book.
I think God is trying to tell me something and he is doing it in a beautiful way. Now if only I can remember that from day to day, instead of looking at the darkness...
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This big, well, medium-sized padded board book is filled with adorable and cozy illustrations. Reminiscent of All Kinds of Kisses, this little animalThis big, well, medium-sized padded board book is filled with adorable and cozy illustrations. Reminiscent of All Kinds of Kisses, this little animal families bedtime book is perfectly appropriate for snuggling before bed with even a prayer in the end. Definitely a keeper.
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