ARCADE AND THE TRIPLE T TOKEN

31 05 2019

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This is an addictive book and I had problems putting it down.  Even though it is a preteen book, this adult got into it!  If I could rate it higher than a 5 I would.  I am looking forward to book 2 coming out.

Arcade is a young boy who is living in NYC.  Having just moved there with his parents and older sister, Zoe, he starts school in March.  Being put in teams for a career expo, Arcade is being bullied by the Tolley twins.  But at the same time, this token, which was given to him while in the library, is transporting Arcade and Zoe to different places and they are “working”  at different jobs – and they are adults!  Where do they go and what are they doing?  How will the bullying of the Tolley twins turn out?  You will need to read the book to find out!

In Arcade and the Triple T Token, eleven-year-old Arcade Livingston has a problem. Several, actually. The Tolley twins, a.k.a. neighborhood bullies, are making Arcade’s move to a new city even harder than it needs to be. They expect him to do their research papers and interactive displays for the sixth-grade career expo’s theme: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Besides doing their work, Arcade doesn’t even know his own answer to that question.

While at the library—Arcade’s favorite place to chill—a mysterious old woman gives him a golden arcade token that grants him a unique gift. A gift that allows him to time travel between different places including his own future. From sitting in the dugout with Babe Ruth, to hanging on to the back of a bucking bull, to performing life-saving surgery on a dog, Arcade has no shortage of adventure! Together with his older sister, Zoe, Arcade explores life’s biggest thrills and challenges, and the two also have a big mystery to solve. Who is the rightful owner of the incredible Triple T Token that leads to such astounding adventures?

Arcade’s circle of friends begins to widen as the Triple T Token hangs from his neck. Pulsing. Beckoning another adventure. The question for Arcade, Zoe, and their new friends is no longer, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s, “Where will we go next?”

RASHAD JENNINGS

I was surprised and impressed that this was written by a NFL football player.  Rashad Jennings did a great job with this and kept me glued!

New York Times bestselling author and retired NFL running back, Rashad Jennings is an impactful influencer, inspirational speaker, and nationally recognized personality. Throughout his successful eight-year career in the NFL, as well as during his championship-winning Season 24 “Dancing with the Stars,” Rashad gained the love and support of fans throughout the country. Today, Rashad is driven to make a national impact and lasting legacy through The Rashad Jennings Foundation, established in 2013. This award-winning foundation is dedicated to inspiring youth through the foundation’s Flagship Literacy program which is currently successfully implemented in 12 of the 32 NFL cities, in addition to providing mentorship and promoting health and fitness nationwide. Follow Rashad on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook.

Arcade and the Triple T Token became available January 29, 2019.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Harper Collins for this review.

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EL ELOHE YISRAEL

31 05 2019

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El Elohe Yisrael: “the mighty God of Israel,” an altar of Jacob
Original Word: אֵל אֱלהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל
Part of Speech: Proper Name
Transliteration: El Elohe Yisrael
Phonetic Spelling: (ale el-o-hay’ yis-raw-ale’)
Definition: “the mighty God of Israel”, an altar of Jacob

Genesis 33:19-20 (Berean Study Bible)
19And the plot of ground where he pitched his tent, he purchased from the sons of Hamor, Shechem’s father, for a hundred pieces of silver. 20There he set up an altar and called it El-Elohe-Yisrael.

The Mighty God of Israel
This brings an awe to me. Our God is Mighty. Makes me think of a song: Mighty is our God. It is difficult for me to put into words what is in my heart. I am humbled to serve such a mighty God. He is so mighty that he humbled Himself to become a baby…to become human. He loved us that much. Just think on that.

Blessings on you today.





WALKING WITH HENRY

28 05 2019

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This was an enjoyable book.  You feel for Rachel, the author, with all she goes through with the donkeys.  At first I was put out with this book because you have the story of the donkeys and then she goes into the lesson she learned in life from them.  I then warmed up to this because her life lessons were very interesting and sometimes clicked with what I had gone through in life.  I was not impressed with the Common Book prayers, but I was not brought up on them.  That was just me, so that is why I rated it a 4 instead of a 5.  This book will make you laugh and cry.  Enjoyable.

Just when you think it’s the end of your story . . . grace shows up.

Sometimes it arrives as a moment of joy in the middle of despair. Sometimes you find it next to a trusted friend along an old, well-trodden path. And sometimes, grace has fuzzy ears, a bristled mane, and hope for a new start.

Join Rachel Anne Ridge, author of the beloved memoir Flash, in a journey back to the pasture. As she adopts a second rescue donkey as a little brother for Flash―a miniature named Henry―she finds that walking with donkeys has surprising lessons to teach us about prayer, renewing our faith, and connecting to God in fresh ways.

Readers all over the world fell in love with Flash and with Rachel’s thoughtful, funny, and poignant stories about what life with a donkey can teach you. Now, meet Henry and join him on a walk that could change everything about how you hope, trust, and move forward from past regrets.

rachel anne ridge

Rachel Anne Ridge is an artist and writer in Texas. Together with her husband, Tom, she bootstrapped her way through the Great Recession, raised three kids, and rediscovered God in the midst of the everyday juggle of life. Her blog, HomeSanctuary.com, helps women around the world find beauty and faith in the unexpected, and often unappreciated, moments life brings. Rachel’s Book, Flash, The Homeless Donkey Who Taught Me About Life, Faith, and Second Chances, reveals how God uses ordinary, sometimes humorous means to help us see Him—and to change our lives forever. She is now a Nana to 5 littles, and has two adopted donkeys.

Flash (the book) has been optioned as a movie by PureFlix Studios.

Walking With Henry became available for sale March 5, 2019.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for this review.

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LIVE IN HARMONY

28 05 2019

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As you can see by this picture not all stones are the same size or shape. The same with us. We are all different. We come from different backgrounds. Some have been deeply hurt in the past by words, abuse of any kind. Some may be “handicapped” in some form – either by birth or other means. We were all made in God’s image. So how can we be so different? Remember Babel? Yep, that’s how we became different. So are we to be mean to someone because they are different than us? No! We are Christ’s ambassadors. We are to be Jesus to others. We may be the only Bible that some people see! So, we are to show love, not indifference.

What about in the church? Ouch! I see many “clicks” in the church, just like there are in schools. I have been in all sizes of churches, and even in the smallest, you still have your clicks with someone being left by themselves. This should not be! We need to welcome everyone. Don’t say welcome and then walk away, either. Show the love of Christ to them and let them into your life.

Let us go out today in the love of Jesus and let people into our lives. Let’s be that Bible!





THE REFUGE

18 05 2019

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This was a very good book and kept be enraptured. You have two stories entwined into one and it keeps you trying to figure out how they are going to get together. You have Darcie and Walter who move into the Shaker community in 1849 to escape the cholera epidemic. Walter dies in an accident and leaves Darcie alone. She never had the chance to tell him she was expecting and she needs to find a way to get out of there before the elders separate her from her baby.

You then have Flynn, a widow, who has a daughter, Leatrice. They are living with his father-in-law, Silas. Flynn ends up putting Leatrice in the Shaker community temporarily. But Leatrice ends up helping Sister Darcie with the baby and Flynn meets her when he comes to visit his daughter.

Will there be a way that the two get together? Will Darcie and her baby be separated? You will need to read this book to find out!

When Darcie and Walter Goodwin hear of a new cholera epidemic sweeping the area, they join the Shakers whose villages seem immune to the disease. It’s meant to be a temporary stay, but Walter is killed in a riverboat accident. With no family and no money, Darcie has little choice but to stay with the Shakers. To complicate matters, she is expecting a baby conceived before she and her husband came to the Shaker village. Marital relationships are considered sinful in this celibate community, putting Darcie in a unique–and lonely–position. Can the arrival of widower Flynn Keller and his headstrong daughter offer Darcie the hope of happiness . . . and family?

Ann Gabhart

Ann H. Gabhart grew up on a farm in Kentucky. By the time she was ten she knew she wanted to be a writer. She’s published over twenty novels. She and her husband have three children and nine grandchildren. She still lives on a farm not far from where she grew up. She loves playing with her grandkids, walking with her dog, reading and, of course, writing. Her Shaker books, set in her fictional Shaker village of Harmony Hill in the 1800’s, are popular with readers. The Outsider was a Christian Fiction Book Award Finalist in 2009. Her Heart of Hollyhill books are Small Town, America books set in the 1960’s. Angel Sister, a Rosey Corner book set during the Great Depression, will be followed by Small Town Girl. Visit Ann’s website at annhgabhart.com.

The Refuge became available for sale April 30, 2019.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for this review.





WHY DID WE DO IT?

4 05 2019

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ADAM

Can I tell you now why I took that fruit? No. I knew it was wrong. I knew that God said not to eat it. But yet, the deed was already done. Eve had done it. I could not believe she had gone against what God has said not to do. Why? Then she tells me that the serpent told her to do it. Really? You are going to believe an animal over God? Really? At first I was really upset with her. Then she tells me how good and juicy it was. That fruit really did look good. Well, maybe just a taste. Oh, how I wish I had not done that. Yes, the taste was good, but….. I felt so ashamed. I had never felt that before. I did not sense God anymore. The peace that was in the Garden was gone. Why did I do it?

Now we are banished from the Garden to never return. The ground is not as vibrant as it once was. The beauty that I used to behold is gone. I tried to go back to the Garden, but God had placed His guards there. No way to return. Oh, how I miss the Garden. I also miss walking with God every day.

Every time I look at Eve I get upset. Why did she do that? But I also didn’t have to take that fruit from her, so part of the blame comes to me. I am trying to forgive her. That is easier that forgiving myself.

Do we struggle with some sort of sin that separates us from God? Forgiveness is the key. May we all be known as forgivers.

Genesis 3:6
6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.