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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Psalms 91 – Part 1

30 01 2020

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3C74289C-EF42-48DB-8146-F8604FF6C897Today we will begin a series on Psalms 91.  This happens to be a favorite of mine, so there has been much study in this.  So, here we go!

Verse 1 – He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

We will begin with dwell.  Now, where do you dwell?  You dwell…or live…in your house.  So, here we will be dwelling in a secret place.  Now, when I was younger, I had a secret place behind the chicken coop!  But this secret place is much better than that.  If you are dwelling or living in God’s secret place, you will NOT be found!

But, now only are you dwelling, but you are abiding under His shadow!  That must mean our God is pretty big for us to abide in His shadow.  You’re not being pushed against the rocks.  You…

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DYING TO MEET JESUS

21 01 2020

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This was an interesting book that begins with the near death experience of the author, Randy Kay.  I personally thought it was going to be full of similar stories, but it wasn’t.  He then goes into teaching, which was okay.  The one that stuck in my head was about brokenness.  We need to allow to be broken to get into a closer relationship with Jesus.  If you are not going through anything, we are getting closer to Jesus.  So, yes, I do recommend reading this book.

 

Synopsis: Where is God when my suffering seems never-ending? Can I really find joy in this fallen world? This powerful book confronts these questions with stories of the author’s near-death experience, a daughter’s suicide attempt, mental illness, and numerous other gripping stories that demonstrate not only that God is present when we need him, but that through our trials we can find true intimacy with him.
Author Randy Kay recounts how, as a former devout agnostic, he survived a near-fatal accident while searching for the truth–and when he met the One he sought to disprove, his journey changed from a life of extreme trials into one of genuine joy. In these pages, Kay offers his testimony to show readers how God uses suffering and brokenness to build an intimate and indestructible relationship with him, while breaking down barriers and ushering the reader into an authentic relationship with the Author of love.

 

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Randy Kay is the Chief Learning Officer of PACEsetters (http://pacesetters.training), a leader in human development and the first to introduce a validated course on thriving skills. He is also Chairman and CEO of TenorCorp, a diversified strategic development firm.
Randy Kay is an author of six books, and the author of Dying to Meet Jesus, due for release in late 2019 by Chosen, a division of Baker Publishing.
Earlier in his career he served as CEO of a biotech company and a media company, commercial executive with companies like Johnson & Johnson, and chairman or board member for numerous philanthropic organizations.
Since graduating from Northwestern University, Kay has trained over one million persons and has been the leader for over twenty different organizations.

His first book, DAILY KEYS TO SUCCESS, covers every topic related to success – day-by-day – 366 topics brimming with ideas, tools, and tactics for living life to the fullest, and includes the collective experience of generations of success experts through one comprehensive book arranged by calendar day for daily growth. Subsequent books include The Power to Thrive, based on a 30 year multidisciplinary study of exceptional leaders; and, The 22 Most Important Things.
Kay has written for magazines including Forbes, Inc., and the Wall Street Journal, and has been interviewed by various broadcasting channels across the United States.

 

Dying to Meet Jesus became available for sale January 7, 2020.

 

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





THE MATCHMAKER’S ROGUE

17 01 2020

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This was a very good story, but I have put this as a 4-star because it was not one that would keep me glued to.  This is about Jesslyn Chance and Larkin Denby.  Jess is the hostess of the spa at Grace-at-the-Sea, which she took over after her physician father passed away.  Lark is undercover for the King to find the Lord of Smugglers.  Jess and Lark, in the past, had been, shall we say, friendly.  She is wondering first of all, why is he there and is he trying to pick up where they left off years before.  In near the center of the book, while going through a tour of a Castle How, it is found that that is the place where the smugglers are putting a beacon light in the window to show clear passage for the smugglers.  The question here is, is Jess’s brother a smuggler?  What will she do if that is found to be true?  Will Jess and Lark end up back in each other’s arms?  These and more are questions that will be answered when you read this book.  Good job, Regina, and another book well written!

 

Synopsis: Grace-by-the-Sea: Where romance and adventure come home.
Polished Jesslyn Chance has one of the most enviable positions in the little Regency coastal village of Grace-by-the-Sea. She is the hostess of the spa, arranging introductions and entertainments and playing matchmaker to the ladies and gentlemen who come to take the waters, promenade through the shops, and dance at the assembly. But when a rogue returns from her past, Jess finds herself suddenly at sea.
Always an adventurer, Larkin Denby left Grace-by-the-Sea to right the wrongful death of his father. Now he’s back on a mission: to identify the mysterious Lord of the Smugglers who allegedly sails from Grace Cove and takes England’s secrets to France. But Grace-by-the-Sea is the perfect little spa town, run by the still oh-so-perfect Jesslyn Chance. When the village’s future is threatened, Jess must work with Lark to solve the mystery and protect the town’s own. In doing so, the matchmaker of Grace-by-the-Sea may just find that the best match for her is the rogue who stole her heart years ago.

 

Regina Scott

 

Regina Scott started writing novels in the third grade. Thankfully for literature as we know it, she didn’t actually sell her first novel until she’d learned a bit more about writing. After numerous short stories and articles in magazines and trade journals, and a good kick in the backside from her husband, she got serious about writing. Since then, she’s had published more than 40 clean historical romances for adults and young adults. Her traditional romances have earned praised from reviewers and readers alike. Booklist calls her work “quietly compelling” and “impeccably written.” Huntress Reviews says, “Regina Scott delivers,” and “I will always buy a book with Regina Scott’s name on it.” Regina Scott is the author of the Frontier Bachelors series set in pioneer Seattle. She is also the author of more than two dozen sweet historical romances set in Regency England in such series as Fortune’s Brides, Uncommon Courtships, the Everard Legacy, the Master Matchmakers, and the Lady Emily Capers. She has twice been awarded best book of the year for her type of story from industry favorite RT Book Reviews. Regina Scott has learned to fence, driven four-in-hand, sailed on a tall ship, and dressed as a Regency dandy, all in the name of research, of course. She makes her home in the Puget Sound area of Washington State with her beloved husband. Find her online at her website http://www.reginascott.com, the blog she shares with author Marissa Doyle at http://www.nineteenteen.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/authorreginascott, and on Goodreads at www.goodreads.com/reginascott.

 

The Matchmarker’s Rogue became available for sale January 10, 2020.

 

I was honored to received a complimentary copy of this book from the author for my honest review.  Thank you Regina Scott!