It is one of those things that makes me think to myself, I wonder why I am surprised. When I first started this book as a PDF ARC, I got over 64% with...more It is one of those things that makes me think to myself, I wonder why I am surprised. When I first started this book as a PDF ARC, I got over 64% within one reading, much like with it's predecessor Before the Scarlet Dawn where I had read 50% of that one in one sitting. However in this case, I read and did not sleep that night, oh wait - that's what happened then too! . It's just too good. There is just too much to walk away from. I just have to turn the page. The only way that I got myself to stop was that I finished part two, and the next page was to start part three and I figured that at 5 AM, I might get at least two hours of sleep before the girls woke up. After that it was a couple days before I went back, because I was dying to read it and wanted it to be a sweet and uninterrupted time because I could not imagine my frustration and dire need to know what was happening next with my little interruptions (preschooler and almost toddler!). The second time that I picked it back up it was 2:30 in the morning when I finished. Beside Two Rivers is the second book in the Daughters of the Potomac Series and I'm sure you could try to read it alone, but to really get the benefit of the underlying issues, drama and true love levels you really need to read Before the Scarlet Dawn , the first book in the series. After this one I tell you that I am literally pining for the third novel Beyond the Valley expected in early 2013.
A little background, incase you haven't read my review of Before the Scarlet Dawn [link back http://creativemadnessmama.com/blog/2...] . Rita Gerlach is one of the reasons I love hosting www.Christian HistoricalFiction.com . When I read her first novel Surrender the Wind in August 2009 I was enthralled, enchanted and craving for more from the language and imagery. She delivers so much in just 400 pages and on and on I can repeat that I cannot wait to read her next book and her next - she is an absolute favorite author for me. Many times when you read a Christian Historical novel as a reader you find yourself delving into a life and learning some facts and details and having a generally good romance with a bit of intrigue. Rita's characters and their lives come to life off the page. Her story brings in thoughts that I cannot hardly imagine which way I want this to end, much less how to get there. It's like Francine Rivers epic touching hearts and souls like the Marta Legacy Saga.
Coming from loving being behind Eliza and her turmoil to a calm in the storm it's hard to think that I could get behind her daughter's perspective in this book, but I found myself even more drawn to Darcy than I thought was even possible. And Ethan... oh Ethan! Parts of me scream, speak! say something! but then other logic in me says to just leave it. (You have to read it! to know what I mean without too many spoilers.) Darcy's story is full of what ifs and questions and is told in so a captivating way. But then at the same time, Beside Two Rivers is more than just Darcy's story. It is also Eliza, Ethan, and the Morgan family... With evil on the lines of Tracie Peterson and Kristen Billerbeck villains each page just has to be turned to get to the end! Oh, and again. You feel like it could not possibly ever get better or happy ever again and that there is no possible solution or way out of a situation and then you see the light is coming back. Surrender. There is no possible way without God's love. He is always there, every step of every direction. If he gives it to you, you can handle it but not maybe in the way you expected. This is quite real and fascinating. The sins of the father, or even mother seem to be visiting the children, but no matter what circumstances are making life difficult or confusing, giving it to God heals it all.
If you do not want to be moved, don't read this book. Don't even start the series if you cannot open your heart and set your soul along side these characters. Rita's prose will open you up and take you for a journey and educate you in history reminiscence. Just the way I love it with a bit of America and a bit of England as well. This is the epitome of romance with a flavor of Persuasion. I definitely had a flavor of regency in the wilderness that touched me like no other. Bring in a mix of Jane Austen with a kick of Laura Frantz and I'm on every page. Goodness, just looking back at my thoughts I feel like Rita Gerlach is presenting the best of all my favorite authors on the page! That and with Darcy's wit she even gives me a humor worthy of Mary Connealy. Could it get any better? Now, how am I suppose to wait until Beyond the Valley ? How can there be more?! Yet, oh please let there be plenty more!
*Thanks to Abingdon Press for loaning me a digital ARC - hoping to get a real copy soon...*
I've told you how neat the Rock-a-Bye Toddlers and Twos kit is and I doubt you will be surprised to hear how neat the Babies and Woddlers Nursery Mini...moreI've told you how neat the Rock-a-Bye Toddlers and Twos kit is and I doubt you will be surprised to hear how neat the Babies and Woddlers Nursery Ministry Guide is as well.
I remember when we were attending a church that hired outside daycare professionals under contract to run the nursery classes while we adults were in church or Sunday School. The ladies were great and very involced in wanting to share about numbers and colors and general nursery rhymes with the itty bitties, but there was not an ounce of Bible lesson or ministry coming from them. As one worker told me they were hired out from a secular fulltime daycare and just continued the same lessons.
...Yet then another scenario I have encountered is where they do not teach anything in the nursery age classes and just consider the wee ones to young to learn. Just listen to lullabies, snack time and play with whatever toys.
While both encounters is safe and a generally positive environment... knowing that classes with a ministry guide like this are possible I wish there was one like it available near us.
Babies and Woddlers is full of ideas to teach faith in the nursery. From having a teacher full on prater to dividing the areas inti different ministry spots and discovery areas. Full of great posters and inspirational messages, this guide is very useful. It even has monthly messages to share with appropriate short activities and verses.
Going from birth-18 months, your child is never too young to be wrapped in the message of God's love and learning that Jesus is their friend.
Typed on NookColor. Thanks to Abingdon Press for providing a copy for review.(less)
Awesome. The first word to enter my mind upon completing the premier novel of author Ariel Allison is awesome. Already, I can devotedly tell you I am...more Awesome. The first word to enter my mind upon completing the premier novel of author Ariel Allison is awesome. Already, I can devotedly tell you I am a fan and cannot wait for more. You better believe that I am going to check out those side novels with the continuing stories of those of which their lives has been touched by the Hope Diamond. Starting this book, I was a little hesitant, and that is completely related to formatting. The font was a different one than I am used to and all was bold text, it was very distracting and I must admit profoundly that I was not a fan. Font and formatting aside. This was a great novel. Going back and forth between facets of history that intersect the life of, what we generally know as, the Hope Diamond and contemporary day to day of Abigail Mitchell. The transitions were incredible and desperately messed up my theory of "DH just let me finish this chapter." Not possible! I was so pulled in. When she would end one segment I was dying to know what would happen next, only to turn the page and find that she changed time periods and went to the other plot. WHAT!? No!! I was ridiculously hysterical and had to keep going.
With all that said, obviously I highly recommend the novel "eye of the god". I cannot wait for more!
*This book was provided for me to review thanks to Abingdon Press, part of Cokesbury.*(less)
When I first started this book as an ARC, I got over 50% in within one reading. Then the sinus stuff happened as well as other book review deadlines a...moreWhen I first started this book as an ARC, I got over 50% in within one reading. Then the sinus stuff happened as well as other book review deadlines and I just never got quite back to it. Well the other night I did not go to sleep, because I was up all night trying for just one more page to see what happens next. First let me tell you I love having Rita Gerlach and her books on my blog, she is one of the reasons I love hosting www.ChristianHistoricalFiction.com (see some posts here: http://creativemadnessmama.com/blog/t...) At the beginning of February, she stopped by an answered a few questions as well as shared a book trailer video for Before the Scarlet Dawn. (You can also sneak a peak at the first chapter too.) When I heard that she had this Daughters of the Potomac series coming out I was quite excited.
*sigh* When I read Surrender the Wind in August 2009 I was enthralled, enchanted and craving for more from the language and imagery. At that time I felt the book went a little too fast and wanted more detail, but as I said then in 400 pages an author can only provide so much. I loved that book and knowing that was a debut I couldn't wait to see what might come next. Now, now I know you want my opinion, but wait. In the afternoon, I watched a rented movie from Netflix, it was Australia with Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman. I had briefly seen previews and was not very interested, but I'm on a Hugh Jackman kick and it was necessary. Oh my. I'll provide a real review of it later if I can form the words, but in short there was so much to happen, so much to absorb and learn from and experience along with the characters. It was a film that made me cry harder than I have in a while for a movie and afterwards you just have to kinda sit in silence to try to really take in everything. That is how I feel after reading Before the Scarlet Dawn.
While Surrender the Wind had more people and city interaction, outside of the very first introduction chapters Before the Scarlet Dawn takes place in a secluded environment, much as Catherine Richmond's Spring for Susannah. At first I felt that perhaps this would be similar with a marriage that did not exactly start in love. Let me stop here, I'm quite uncertain how to express myself clearly in this novel and to not give away too many spoilers. I'll try my hardest not too, but if I give something away I apologize. Now, back to my thoughts... Eliza is the daughter of the village Parson and quite smitten with the local gentry and as a turn of events plays out she is meant to be his wife and they venture to America. Out breaks war and life is thrown into turmoil. Something after another in a realistic and stressful manner seems to take place as the personalities of the characters come out intertwine and clash. Real emotions are shared as the reader gets to peak inside the mind and wonder what would I do in that situation. Such impossible events.
I keep starting a sentence and deleting it to not give things away. While Eliza's husband Hayward is gone fighting, she is annoyingly (in her opinion and mine) pursued by the bachelor neighbor Halston who is quite useful from time to time. From the shores of England to America and back to England again, there are twists and turns that keep your imagination trying to stay ahead but continuously catching up with the plot. Things change and happen that you really do not know and can hardly guess who the proverbial good guy and bad guy might be. I promise in the end, you'll be surprised as to how things end. But then at the same time, it's not over.
Not only do we meet Eliza and share her joys and burdens, but we also come across her daughter Darcy - who I cannot even begin to image how everything is affecting her! - and also a new friend Sarah. Luckily, even though it feels like it ended, there is more in a second book for Darcy's story (Beside Two Rivers) and then a third to hear of Sarah (Beyond the Valley).
Back to my mention of the film Australia. Before the Scarlet Dawn is about so much, just when you think things are coming to a close and settled you realize you still have several hundred pages left. Then you feel like it could not possibly ever get better or happy ever again and that there is no possible solution or way out of a situation and then you see the light is coming back. Surrender. There is no possible way without God's love. He is always there, he is there every step of every direction. If he gives it to you, you can handle it but not maybe in the way you expected. This is quite real and fascinating, yet uncomfortable much in the way of Lady of Milkweed Manor. It's fabulous and keeps you going and enticed. How on earth can anybody stand to wait to read the next book to find out what happens next?
*Thanks to Rita and Abingdon Press for providing an electronic ARC on loan until a real copy could arrive in the mail for review.*(less)
This Common English Bible translation Bible is full standard size, National Geographic maps, Reading Challenge List, Devotions List, Notes Index, topi...moreThis Common English Bible translation Bible is full standard size, National Geographic maps, Reading Challenge List, Devotions List, Notes Index, topic index, a dictionary, and a presentation page are only SOME of the benefits to this adventure, I mean kid's Bible. A navy blue ribbon marker make keeping your page place all the easier. This is a different type of Bible experience. In this Bible, your child reader is not alone. Three kiddos are joining right along, the Deep Blue crew. This is an amazing first Bible to really jump in and learn what all this scripture stuff is about. Various in-text notes and other features take this ancient text and make it truly approachable for the younger sect.
Dive deep and learn starting with a visual friendly contents separated by book type, use the alphabetical Books of the Bible list to learn where they are, continue on reading through the Bible basics section, navigational points list and even an abbreviations glossary just to get you started. All this is before the actual scripture begins. Once it does be prepared to be amazed in this full-color, often illustrated, interactive map of salvation in the word of God.
The language and imagery in this book is enough to have me craving for more from author Rita Gerlach. The one downfall to this book was that I felt th...moreThe language and imagery in this book is enough to have me craving for more from author Rita Gerlach. The one downfall to this book was that I felt that things went so fast and there was not always enough depth as I would like, but with a 400 page book and so many things happening, one can only fit in so many words. Bringing forth the best of an English native land as well as a post-Revolutionary America hosts an exciting setting for this story of romance, betrayal, heart break, and adventure. The interweaving of the characters past, present, and future is beautiful and believable. I loved the main character and it was so good to have a book that followed a man's point of view for once instead of a woman.
I am really excited about the new publishing house of Abingdon Press and this cover is absolutely to die for!