BETTER OF BALD

28 02 2020

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I call this a must read.  We have all been touched by cancer one way or another.  At the least, we all know someone who has or is going through it.  We need to read this, not to read about someone we never knew, but to see what people go through.  This is a memoir of the author, who has written this in story form.  This is about Adrienne, the author’s sister, whom the author was also the guardian.  This begins with just before the diagnosis of liver cancer.  Adrienne was only 15.  She had a good attitude throughout this whole ordeal.  Very well written.

 

SYNOPSIS: Adrienne Wilson is a depressed, suicidal teenager—until the day she receives a diagnosis of stage IV liver cancer. Facing the fight of her life, Adrienne discovers just how much she wants to live.

 

As Adrienne’s legal guardian, Andrea acts as her parent, sister, friend, and guide. In Better Off Bald: A Life in 147 Days, Andrea Wilson Woods tells a brilliant, touching story that captures the reader’s heart and attention with clarity and grit.

 

This emotional true story is a beautifully written, insightful, page-turning book on how we connect as humans and why life—no matter how truncated—is worth living.

 

Among smiles and tears, this heartwarming and heartbreaking memoir will touch your soul and change your life.

 

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Andrea Wilson Woods is a writer who loves to tell stories, and a patient advocate who founded the nonprofit Blue Faery: The Adrienne Wilson Liver Cancer Association. Andrea is the CEO and co-founder of Cancer University, a for-profit, social benefit, digital health company. With Cancer U, Andrea synergizes her talents of coaching, writing, teaching, and advocacy. For over ten years, Andrea worked in the education field as a teacher and professor for public and private schools as well as universities. Andrea obtained her master’s degree in professional writing from the University of Southern California; her nonfiction writing has won national awards.

 

I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from BookSirens for my honest review.





TWO STEPS FORWARD

24 02 2020

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This is a very interesting book.  This is my 3rd book by Suzanne Woods Fisher, so it was nice getting reacquainted with these characters.  Two Steps Forward concentrates on two story-lines.  This first is of Jimmy Fisher, an Amish boy who is returning from Colorado.  He comes home broke and without a job.  You then have Sylvie Shrock, who is raising her sister’s illegitimate son, Joey.  Her husband, Jake, who is a relative of Jimmy, has passed away, so Sylvie is on her own.  She is very naive in finances – or really, anything!  She is like a child herself.  Jimmy ends up working for her, but are there sparks flying?

 

The other story has to do with Luke and Izzy.  Izzy is wanting to meet her biological father, but he seems no where to be found.  In the meantime, she is also wanting to help the girls on the streets who become pregnant and no where to turn.  Instead of abortion, can the Amish community take in those babies?  These stories with their questions will be answered when you read the book.

 

I rate this a 5-star, as it is a very good book.  Another book well done, Suzanne Woods Fisher!

 

SYNOPSIS: Back and broke in Stoney Ridge, Jimmy Fisher has coasted as long as he could through life on charm, good looks, and deep-set dimples. They always worked just fine for him–until they didn’t. His smile has no effect on the violet-eyed beauty he met at the Bent N’ Dent, the one with that stunning horse. She’s offered him a job, but nothing else. The last thing Sylvie Schrock King needs around Rising Star Farm is a grown boy working for her, especially her neighbor Edith’s son. The woman holds a serious grudge against Sylvie and her son, and hiring Jimmy Fisher will only fan the flames of Edith’s rancor. But Sylvie is desperate for help on the farm, and Jimmy understands horses like no one else. While Jimmy’s lazy smile and teasing ways steal Sylvie’s heart, Edith is working on a way to claim her land. Has Sylvie made another terrible mistake? Or is it too late to outfox the fox? More importantly. . . just who is the fox? Writing with both wit and warmth, Fisher delivers a supremely satisfying conclusion to the popular Deacon’s Family series.

 

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Suzanne Woods Fisher has a specialty: she writes about real people living in faith-based communities. With over 750,000 copies of books sold worldwide, she is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than twenty-five books, ranging from children’s books to novels to non-fiction books. When Suzanne isn’t writing, she’s probably playing with puppies. She’s been involved with Guide Dogs for the Blind for over fifteen years. Raising puppies, she says, is like eating a potato chip. You just can’t stop at one. Readers are invited to stop by Suzanne’s website at: www.suzannewoodsfisher.com.

 

Two Steps Forward became available for sale February 4, 2020.

 

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

 

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SAINTS: BECOMING MORE THAN CHRISTIANS

5 02 2020

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I knew this was going to be a good book because I have enjoyed Addison Bevere’s parents’ books.  So to start off, this is not a book that you can just sit and read.  This is one that needs to be done with your Bible open.  He begins in explaining what saints really means.  Then he goes on that this is not the “Christian” name, but a life-style.  We can become saints here on earth.  You don’t have to die to have the “title” put on you.  This all comes from living for God.  Good job Addison!

 

SYNOPSIS: The Bible uses the word Christian to describe followers of Jesus a grand total of three times. But there’s another identifier that fills the pages of the New Testament–a word we’ve mistakenly reserved for the halo-wearing elite, losing something profound in the process.

Saints.

Wrapped in this ancient word is a divine invitation to discover who God created you to be and awaken to the life you were meant to know. Using Scripture and stories from his own experience, Addison Bevere makes a compelling case that the life you desire is found in the mystery of this sacred identity.

If you want to exchange lifeless religion for the wonder of following Jesus, this book will spur you onward in your journey.

 

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Addison Bevere is a man who appreciates the simple things in life—time spent playing with his four kids, late-night conversations with his wife, interesting words that no one uses, a meaningful day of work, and, of course, a good book. Addison is also the COO of Messenger International, an organization that impacts millions of people in over 150 countries through its various initiatives, and the cofounder of SonsAndDaughters.tv.

 

Saints became available for sale January 20, 2020.

 

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

 

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Psalms 91 – Part 2

2 02 2020

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Let us continue in this psalm.  Today’s text is verse 2:  I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”

He is my refuge and my fortress.  What does this really mean?  He is your safety.  Your safety net!  When you are about to fall, there He is.

He is my God.  Can you say that?  And mean it?  Is He your God in EVERYTHING?  He needs to be your God in the thick of things…even when things are not going good for you…in the storms of life.  Go to Him.  He is waiting for you!

In Him will I trust.  The amplified bible says I will confidently trust.  Wow!  Confidence!  Like, if you are falling, you know He will catch you!  Remember when you were just a kid.  You had complete confidence that your parents would take care…

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