Monday, May 13, 2019

Restoration House: Creating a Space That Gives Life and Connection to All Who Enter by Kennesha Buycks

I was given a copy of this book to provide my honest feedback

I just wasn't impressed.  Most of what was in this book is just plain common sense or something that is easily found on he internet for free.  For example before you restore a piece of furniture clean it....  Or the page about low maintenance plants, this could easily be found with a google search.  I just feel like there wasn't enough to this book.  The reason I gave it two stars instead of one is there is some good advice about being yourself and making room for God.  But I was looking more for a DIY home book.  It fell short on that mark

Thursday, May 2, 2019

An Amish Reunion

The reason I like books like these is it forces me to read need authors and often times fall in love with their work!  If you love stories about sweet reunions this one is for you.

Their True Home by Amy Clipston
When Marlene Bawell moved from Bird-in-Hand ten years ago, she was in the deepest of mourning for her mother. Now her family has moved back so her father can seek employment after being laid off. To help save money, Marlene works at the hardware store owned by Rudy Swarey’s father. She knew Rudy growing up and had a secret crush on him, though he never seemed to notice her. But just as a friendship between them begins to blossom, her life is once again turned upside down. Will Marlene ever have a chance to find her own true home?
In Their True home Marlene returns to Bird In hand with her family were she is reacquainted with Rudy a boy she once had a crush on!

A Reunion of Hearts by Beth Wiseman
Ruth and Gideon Beiler experienced one of life’s most tragic events. Unable to get past their grief, the couple abandoned their Amish faith and went in different directions, though neither could bear to formally dissolve the marriage. When their loved ones reach out to them to come home for a family reunion, Ruth has reason to believe that Gideon won’t be there. Gideon also thinks that Ruth has declined the invitation. Family and friends are rooting for them to reunite, but will it all be enough for Ruth and Gideon to get past their grief and recapture a time when they were in love and had a bright future ahead of them?

A reunion of Hearts as a mom this one hit me hard.   A daughters death separated husband and wife who can't work their way through the grief.  They end up going their separate ways.  A family reunion brings the couple back together.  This one was heart breaking for me.  As a parent I don't even want to think of what I would do in their place.  It was hard to read about them working through the pain and finding each other again.

A Chance to Remember by Kathleen Fuller
Cevilla Schlabach, Birch Creek’s resident octogenarian matchmaker, is surprised when Richard, a man from her Englisch past, arrives in Birch Creek for a visit. While he and Cevilla take several walks down memory lane, they wonder what the future holds for them at this stage of life—friendship, or the possibility of something else?

A chance to remember this one is about a sweet elderly couple that finds love in the later years.  This one was cute and very heartwarming.  I found myself smiling quite a bit.  A perfect story for anyone who loves 2nd chance love stories

Mended Hearts by Kelly Irvin
At eighteen Hannah Kauffman made a terrible mistake. Her parents and members of her Jamesport Amish community say they’ve forgiven her. But she feels their eyes following her everywhere she goes with eighteen-month-old Evie. Thaddeus, Evie’s father, escaped this fate by running away from Jamesport. Now that Thaddeus is gone, Hannah’s old friend Phillip is stepping up to be by her side. He has waited patiently for Hannah to realize just how much he cares for her. But when Thaddeus returns after two years, Hannah can’t deny the love she feels for him. Does the fact that Phillip has waited patiently for her all this time mean that she owes him something? Can she trust either one of them? Can she trust herself? She has repented and been forgiven by the One who is most important—her heavenly Father. But is she willing to risk making more mistakes by opening herself up to love?

Mended Hearts  Hannah made some bad choices.  Her life gets turned upside down and worse yet the one person who should be by her side ran away!  Some one else steps up to help her, but man #1 turns back up....  Forcing Hannah to choose!
4 great stories for one great price.  Since they are all short stories they move a bit fast, but not so fast that you don't fall in love with all the characters

Saturday, April 13, 2019

With Winter's First Frost (An Every Amish Season Novel)

I was given products in this post for the purpose of review.  I was not paid to write this review.
With the coldest season comes the warmest of second chances.

At age seventy-three, Laura Kauffman knows she is closer to the end of life than the beginning. If God willed it, she would join her beloved late husband soon. Even so, Laura wonders what purpose God might have for her in this winter of her life—and why this season seems so lonely.
Widower Zechariah Stutzman is facing his own barren season, despite the great-grandchildren swirling around him. With his Parkinson’s worsening, he had no choice but to move in with his grandson’s family, though now he feels adrift and useless.
When Laura offers to help with Zechariah’s five great-grandchildren after their mother has a difficult childbirth, Zechariah is unsure how he will adjust to the warm but tart demeanor of this woman he has known since grade school. But soon Laura and Zechariah learn they are asking God the same questions about loss and hope. And they begin to wonder if He is providing answers after all.
With Winter’s First Frost reminds us that God’s purposes always bear fruit—and sometimes love is sweeter with age.

My favorite part about this series is the fact all the characters are relatable!  And the don't seem far fetched.  I smiled so many times when reading because it made me think of my grandfather.  At 83 he still is tryin his hardest to do the things he done as a young man.  He just wants to be useful and be part of what is going on.  This book proves that love can happen at any ages.  And that we all makes mistakes and just how powerful forgiveness can be 

Friday, March 15, 2019

When Faith Fails: finding God in the shadow of doubt

Disclaimer I was given a copy of this book for the purpose of review  I was not paid to write this review 

How do you deal with the hard questions about God, the church, and the Bible? Where can you find a safe place to openly and honestly wrestle with your faith without being criticized or judged? If you have ever struggled with doubt, you are not alone.

Writing with humor and candor out of his own experiences, and incorporating Scripture, literature, and accounts of others who have doubted, Dominic Done argues that not only is questioning normal, it is often a path toward a rich and vibrant faith. Whether your struggle is with tragedy, the difficult parts of the Bible, the intersection of science and faith, or even God’s silence, you can move through doubt into a deeper, fuller faith—a faith that doesn’t run from questions and the hard work of honest wrestling but instead embraces the mysteries of belief.

We all have our moments of doubt.  And most of us feel guilty when we do, but did you know when you doubt that is a great opportunity for growth?  Well only if you seek answers that is.  This book does just that, helps you find God even when you doubt him the most.  The best part is the author is relate-able.  i don't feel like I'm being shamed for my doubt, instead I feel like i'm being offered tools to deal with my doubt.

Friday, February 22, 2019

The Theft of America's Soul: Blowing the Lid Off the Lies That Are Destroying Our Country by Phil Robertson

I was given a copy of this book for the purpose of review,  I was not paid to write this review 
It’s time to take back what the devil has stolen and put God back into our culture.
Phil Robertson, patriarch of A&E’s Duck Dynasty and one of the most recognized voices of conservative Christianity in America, believes that little by little, generation by generation, America has allowed the lines of morality, decency, and virtue to be erased. Our values have disappeared as we began to believe lies—such as that God is dead, truth is relative, and unity is impossible—that have brought discord, division and protest.  But Phil also believes that things can change.
Writing with captivating storytelling and unflinching honesty, Phil shows how to make America a God-honoring nation once more: by dropping the ten central lies that rule our day and taking up the ten truths that will bring peace of mind, harmony, and prosperity back to our country. 
The Theft of America’s Soul is a prophetic wake-up call for all who desire to see our nation thrive. And it is also an invitation to experience the life-giving, peace-filling, wholly-transforming love of God.
This is my first book by Phil Robertson and I can safely say I LOVE IT!  I got this book for my hubby he is a fan of the show, but after seeing him reading it nonstop I knew I had to give it a try.  After the first chapter I couldn't put it down.  Phil is real, he shares his past mistakes and holds nothing back.  It doesn't shine him in to good of a light at first, I love that he didn't hold back.  We all have baggage and he doesn't keep his secret instead he uses it to show us God's glory and how God worked in his life. Phil tells it how it is.  There is no sugar coating and if you are looking for a book that dances around your feelings this one isn't for you.  Phil is honest and what I love most about him is he writes in a way that even the average person understands.  He is a man who loves God and his love for God shows in this book!  His message is clear and honest.