Major Disappointment! I would have received a deeper spirituality if someone just bang a bible over my head repeatedly. I "Yawn" and "Eye Rolled" throMajor Disappointment! I would have received a deeper spirituality if someone just bang a bible over my head repeatedly. I "Yawn" and "Eye Rolled" throughout the book....more
WOW! If we had this book in my history class I would have paid more attention. A great piece of written work where actual historical documentation an WOW! If we had this book in my history class I would have paid more attention. A great piece of written work where actual historical documentation and history is seemingly blended in with a great piece of vampire fiction. I rate this five stars and awesomely amazing!!!...more
A more unique approach to an Amish plot & setting. It is an enjoyable read for around the Holiday Seasons and a book to enjoy between heavier piecA more unique approach to an Amish plot & setting. It is an enjoyable read for around the Holiday Seasons and a book to enjoy between heavier pieces of work. I enjoy reading it as a more lighter read and to help motivate me into the Christmas season. I also purchased this book as a gift for a friend of mine and fellow Catholic. She too enjoy its quaintness and simple charm and she also thought it was a delightful read to help bring about a Christmas Spirit within ourselves. A Good Holiday Read for sure!...more
**spoiler alert** A story line that could be plausible within the last few years in America. A husband looses his job, thus the family looses their fi**spoiler alert** A story line that could be plausible within the last few years in America. A husband looses his job, thus the family looses their financial security and their home. The family has to leave everything behind and they are set off to live with the dreaded in-laws (the Wife's family). Some of the storyline is sugary sweet. It is almost like City vs Country moral's and living. Though the 'modern' family don't fully live in the city but enjoying the high life of material wealth. They end up in a country simple family "Amish" where everything seems Utopia. There is a hint of a rebellion Teenage Amish Son, but he comes back because he felt all his morals and goodness within the Amish Culture. It is a light read, I had it read less than 3 days and probably could have it read in one day if I had the time to do so. Some of the story line seems rush and you felt like there should be more story development and be more in depth with the plot and some parts is hard to believe. Overall, a great Holiday Read and like any typical fuzzy Christmas Story it is meant for you to feel good about your life, being grateful and remind you what Christmas is all about....more
**spoiler alert** I gave this book a 3 Star rating. I loved her book "gods of alabama'. The Girl Who Stopped Swimming did grab my attention from page**spoiler alert** I gave this book a 3 Star rating. I loved her book "gods of alabama'. The Girl Who Stopped Swimming did grab my attention from page 1 towards the last two chapers of the movel. Ms. Jackson has a way to keep you enthralled into her story line, yet I felt this book was lacking the sparkle she has shown in her previous works. The Girl Who Stop Swimming reminded me of a daytime soap opera clashing with a late night original Lifetime Movie. Towards the end of the book I could not find the story line plausible. However, those who have been victims of childhood sexual molestation could relate to the feelings one feel. Especially those who had a mother who knew about it but never did anything to protect their daughters or even showed rage against it. An interesting book, the dialogue is entertaining, yet not Ms. Jackson's best work....more
**spoiler alert** I am giving a standing ovation to "Violets of March" by Sarah Jio. It is about history, a woman's life past mirroring a future woman**spoiler alert** I am giving a standing ovation to "Violets of March" by Sarah Jio. It is about history, a woman's life past mirroring a future woman's present. Violets of March embraces love's loss- love's found, mysterious disappearance, love,hope,redemption, and second chances. This is a book about family secrets that must be unlocked in order for a woman to choose her future and others may find forgiveness and peace. Violets of March was so popping wow, I ravished every word. I would backtrack and comb through each sentence again. I wanted to breath every moment of the book and at the same time anxiuos to press forward to discover the secrets and the roads a woman will choose to follow. Violets of March is definetly coming to a 32inch screen tv near you. I know Lifetime,Hallmark,Inspiration,Or OWN will make an orginal hit move out of it! It is a book that should not go unread!!!...more
I believe Jodi Picoult is a mainstream writer that has tackled an issue we see debated on network news, in our churches, at the grocery store, and anyI believe Jodi Picoult is a mainstream writer that has tackled an issue we see debated on network news, in our churches, at the grocery store, and anywhere when people gather. Sing You Home is a story of traditional relationships and untraditional love measured by society standards. Picoult challenges both side of the arguments of homosexual marriage, homosexual couples adopting children, their right to hold down employment without the threat of being fire due to sexual orientation and other rights they do not have. A story which draws you into each character’s life and no matter which side of the argument you side with, you will find yourself crying, laughing, rejoicing, and feel the heartaches for all parties. You feel you are part of each character’s life and at the end of the day you will be hoping for each of them. ...more
**spoiler alert** Ninah is a naive girl, who believes Jesus is loving her through her boyfriend and when she becomes pregnant, she states she has not**spoiler alert** Ninah is a naive girl, who believes Jesus is loving her through her boyfriend and when she becomes pregnant, she states she has not fornicated and the baby she is carrying is Jesus' baby. Growing up in a cult like religoius community,where one is forced to sleep in a grave as punishment, or perhaps to sleep on nettles and thorns on your bed, (even for the slightest transgression of falling asleep at the table after a long day working in the tabacco field and 'forgetting' to say your prayers before passing out into exhausted sleep), Ninah fears what will happen to her and the expected "Messiah". Reynolds portrays a family that is trying to find the 'light' as Ninah's pregnancy progresses, and more so when the "Messiah" is born, a new way of living is coming to the surface and old laws and fears are being questioned. A quirky coming of age story that will having up all night reading unti you are finished. My one complaint is the ending seem 'weak' but it does leave you with a glimmer of hope that the Ninah and her baby will continue to bring her family out of tyrany and into a new way of life....more
“The Sweet By And By” is Todd Johnson’s emotional stirring of the bonds of women friendship that crosses age, race, and education in life. Johnson wea“The Sweet By And By” is Todd Johnson’s emotional stirring of the bonds of women friendship that crosses age, race, and education in life. Johnson weaves a heartfelt story that leaves a mark of great depth of gratitude, renewal, and newfound wisdom one the reader’s soul. The author navigates the water of faith, eternal life, beliefs, and seeking of knowledge as we all travel the road of life until there is no life itself and we must all find our own version of faith, of what we need to hold on to that will last beyond our own lives as we go into the unknown journey of death. “..By and By” was a reading journey that I will not forget and I wanted to absorb every moment this book and the words it held, it was rich in spiritual wisdom and Johnson came over authentic without fluff or cheap similes and bumper stickers faith phrases. April, the daughter of Lorraine and one of the protagonist in the novel, describes how my journey of reading of this book when speaking of her mama’s coconut cake “…which was her [Lorraine’s] specialty because it was so moist that it sort of rolled around in your mouth without falling apart. You didn’t want to chew and you didn’t want to swallow, you wanted to taste the butter, coconut, cream, and vanilla, until finally they melted away and you were dying to raise your fork another bite”. Exactly how I felt about this book, I wanted to experience the richness of this book and I was given a new appreciation to taste of what life has to offer, to take time and appreciate and experience all life has to give to me and I to life, and believe we were created for more important things in life, even greater than the stars.
If you want a book that brings you a spiritual revival without the preaching this book is a must read. You will shed a couple tears, you will feel the pain of these women, experience their joy, laugh with them, and see yourself in them and they in you and when you close the book you are not saying goodbye but saying hello to life and all the wonders it holds. ...more
Chime by Franny Billingsley is a novel received free by GoodReads First Reads. Chime by is a novel that involves witchery, magic, set in the era wher Chime by Franny Billingsley is a novel received free by GoodReads First Reads. Chime by is a novel that involves witchery, magic, set in the era where the industrial age is beginning in England. Briony is a teenager who hates herself and her Step-Mother made sure Briony learned that lesson well to hate herself. She carries a secret, a secret she feared killed her Step-Mother and made her twin sister, Rose, forever set in a childlike mind and if her secret comes out, that she is a witch, she can be sentenced to death. Actually Briony character begins opening the first chapter of the book asking to be hung for the crimes she has supposedly committed. Briony also has difficulties of not only accepting her true self and to like and love herself for whom she is, but she also has a hard time to love others and accepting love. Through all this Briony must take care of her sister and come to terms that their father, a pastor, has no real concern for them and does not pay to mind the struggles they are facing. Pros of this book that is has a lyrical quality in it is writing and the story line is great to introduce into a classroom or in any setting with teens and young adults, due to the fact it deals with accepting oneself, finding oneself, and dealing with the struggles in life and accepting consequences. Furthermore, it does have lessons to be learned that is clearly lay out. Overall the story was unique and does not seem to fit a formula type writing or concept. The reader is engaged on a level where they must piece together the story, the little puzzles, and how it all fits in with the plot. Cons of this book that is gets bogged down in details and the extravagance in its writing that it takes away from the story and makes the book to drag out. This is definitely a slow pace read and it is hard to fit together all the pieces to figure out the plot and overall story. Another problem is a reader should be able to connect to the protagonist and it was hard to do so with Briony. The landscape view of this book that it does blend life struggles, self-acceptance, witches, magic, spirits, and fairies with a touch of paranormal romance to keep a young reader entertained. Therefore, this book I will rate 3 out of five stars. ...more
Can I Get an Amen, for this book? AMEN! Authour Sarah Healy’s début ‘Can I Get an Amen?” is a delightful read that will make you say AMEN! Ellen wentCan I Get an Amen, for this book? AMEN! Authour Sarah Healy’s début ‘Can I Get an Amen?” is a delightful read that will make you say AMEN! Ellen went to Jesus Camp growing up, endure her mother’s Holy Roller ways, and yet right now when she needs faith the most she cannot find it. Her husband left her, her job laid her off, and she finds herself back home in her 30’s living with her very staunch rightwing Christian parents and dealing with her arch nemesis from high school. Until a mysterious man enters her life and then her life starts to take a different turn. The plot was simple yet the storyline was delivered with great strength and character. I cry, I laugh, and though at times the plot was very predictable the authour’s writing let you continued to read as if you were in the midst of Ellen’s life and family and at the end you become best friends with her. This is a rare book where I felt contented and satisfied how it ends, and I felt warmth and completeness within my reading soul. How this novel ends was perfect for Ellen’s life and you sense she is moving forward and thus actually the ending of the novel is the beginning of her new life and new found version of her faith. AMEN! ...more
Forrest Carter weaves a story of his young childhood being raised by his Cherokee Grandparents in the Appalachian Mountains during the 1930’s depressiForrest Carter weaves a story of his young childhood being raised by his Cherokee Grandparents in the Appalachian Mountains during the 1930’s depression era. Carter moves the reader in the spiritual elements of how Little Tree is taught to live with Mother Earth and see the signs that she is rebirthing, he also learns how to plant by the signs of the moon, and listen to the birds call. He also is able to speak to trees and observe Mother Nature’s cycles and all life that she holds. Little Tree also learns the Cherokee lessons in dealing with people with respect. Lessons he learns through the Cherokee ways is that one teaches a person how to do something because if you constantly give to a person that person will depend on you and not able to stand on their own two feet and what happens we have taken away that person’s dignity. Carter shows elements of Mark Twain’s writing style and I can easily see Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer striking up a ‘kinship’with Little Tree. This book was at times humorous, heart wrenching, awe-inspiring, and delightful read that no one should miss.
However, being suspicious how a child of one so young could recall profound details and inner wisdom spirituality that I had to Google if this story was legit. Unfortunately, Forrest Carter is really Asa Carter whom was a member of the KKK and wrote for George Wallace and is known for "Segregation now! Segregation tomorrow! Segregation forever!"With this knowledge I found it difficult to wrap my mind around how such a man who wrote a beautiful story was also a white supremacist racist? Furthermore, I was dishearten to find out the story was also fictional and not non-fictional and found it disturbing that Carter used a culture to exploit his own book and career, that capture a nation with his story that was truly a sham. Then I came to terms with this and realize everyone has good in them. Asa Carter has a gift that came from God, a gift to weave stories that can move a person’s heart. Therefore, though I do not believe in prejudice or discrimination for any reason, creed, race, colour of skin, gender, or sexual preferences, I still will promote this book and give it 4 out of 5 stars! This story was Popping WOW no matter what circumstances it was written under!!! Please Pick up a Copy and read it!!! ...more
Fireflies in December by Jennifer Erin Valent is a novel based in the early 1930’s of Virginia. The plot itself is very intriguing. A white family ra Fireflies in December by Jennifer Erin Valent is a novel based in the early 1930’s of Virginia. The plot itself is very intriguing. A white family raises a black girl along with their biological daughter. Needless to say, the town does not like this. Unfortunately, that is how far the novel goes in actually being considered ‘interesting’. Ms. Valent makes a common mistake many specific Christian Genre authour’s make. She is so focused on the good moral the book wants to portray that every situation is overly descriptive in making sure every single value, moral, or ethical situation is defined. It becomes redundantly hard to read. You want to roll your eyes out of spite. Though some may liken this novel to “Kill a Mockingbird” and there are some parallel resemblances, the writing style cannot be compared in the same light. The Characters in “Fireflies” are one dimensional, there is not much growth. The same expressions are constantly being repeated. Then to make it even worse when there is some ‘bad action’ taking place, the authour does not allow it develop and all is taken care of at the end and it keeps side stepping the real issue at hand and bring in other non-essential sub-stories into the plot. Therefore, it really does not get that bad and thus not making the whole situation believable nor the characters. I gave this book two stars because the originality of the story line and the historical quality of the time period it portrays....more
I won this book through GoodReads Giveaway Free Reads!
When reading this novel I kept thinking how amazing that one singular event that can seem tragI won this book through GoodReads Giveaway Free Reads!
When reading this novel I kept thinking how amazing that one singular event that can seem tragic for a few people can gather so many peoples and affect their lives. A novel about an insightful stranger comes into a town in Michigan. He seems to ‘know’ people, able to reach them, and yes he performs a few miracles as well. Like a stone thrown into a pond, it creates little circles and those little circles reach out further into the pond creating larger circles. This is what the combination of the event of the church’s cross being hit and burned and the stranger entering town did. It created a ripple effect of revelation, miracles, and faith that affected many lives and changed so many hearts. Though this book was intriguing with all angles and facets of individuals’ lives and struggles of faith and belief, it could not keep my attention at times. I rarely stop a book to pick up another, but I found myself I had to do this. The storyline at times was so predictable and it echoed remnants of other similar stories I have read in the past such as “Joshua” by Joseph Girzone; which is another story about a mysteries stranger that enters a small town, who is also a carpenter by trade, and seems to know people, help them recapture their faith and perform miracles as well. The positive aspects I loved about this book that faith was defined from different angles. It questioned the reader how they believe. For myself, I kept asking do I picture God as someone if I pray to Him hard enough he will grant my every wish? Do we believe in a God that performs miracles? Do we trust in a God that no matter what the answer he gives us is the right one? Faith is so simple we can complicate it at times. To me the words of wisdom echoes through this book “Only Believe”. Believe Christina that God is looking out for the Best for You and no matter what He will never abandon you it is all for a Greater Good! ...more