Fresh Book Smell

Last night I was looking at my email and one of my favorite book stores had sent me an ad. After I looked through it I realized the only ones that interested me were ones I already had but haven’t gotten around to reading yet. I have two bookshelves overly filled with books, I mean I have books lined up nicely with books stacked on top of those book. In some places I also have another row in front of them. I’m the kind of person that prefers an actual book in my hand that I can touch and smell, not that I don’t occasionally read on my kindle. I just prefer a paperback.

I’m also the type that finishes one book and then gets five more to add to my list. So I decided this morning to go through my bookshelf, writing down all of the books I haven’t gotten to yet or have partially read. After these I added to them my yearly reads, you know those series that you love and read at least once a year. Okay, that might just be a bibliophile problem. You have to re-read the series though because there is a good chance that a new book for that series was released through the year. Two pages later and 77 book written down I sadly wrote Reading list for 2018 on the top. I assure you I’m happy I have 77 unread books or books to be re-read on my shelves, but I’m sad because I will likely be through this list by Spring. Which also means I will be storing those ones that my heart doesn’t scream I must read again. Of these books usually friends or family go through and take what they would like and we often swap books that we don’t want to hang on to.

This list is different from my past list though, this one actually holds more than fiction. This time I have several self improvement, christian living, business,  parenting, marriage, and lifestyle books. Most importantly my number one book on the list, The Bible. Now this is something that I actually began a few weeks ago, and I read some nightly. I know this will take me months to actually accomplish, but I’ve never been so eager to read a book in my life.

In case you are looking for a few suggestions I highly suggest picking up any book from Priscilla Shirer, Tony Evans or Joyce Meyers.

As much as I could carry on about books all day long, I better cut this short because I’m sure my children would like a warm ride home from school. I look forward to posting some new book reviews in the future though!

God Bless!



Echoes of Mercy

By: Kim Vogel Sawywer

Caroline (Carrie) Lang is sent to a Chocolate factory in Sinclair, Kansas to investigate after an accident that kills her co-worker. Carrie ends up befriending the owner’s son unknowingly, Oliver Dinsmore. Ollie is working undercover in the factory to get to know the factory inside and out. With an immediate attraction, they begin wondering how they can do the job they came there for and not become distracted. Distraction soon comes for them though when the child Miss Lang befriended needs help. The child continues to draw them closer together, yet make them realize how different they truly are. Realizing the two are getting close Gordon Hightower suspect something is going on. He can’t risk them digging too much and ruining his future. After the child and her brothers go missing, Carrie and Ollie team up to not only find the children but to find the truth about the happenings of the factory. Will they find the children? Will Gordon Hightower take care of things before his plot is ruined, or will devastation change Carrie forever? Pick up Echoes of Mercy for a read that will have you hooked immediately.

Echoes of Mercy

For those following the Book Club, I wanted to give updated information since it starts in just a few days. 

  1. We begin January 1st
  2. We will read 7 chapters a week 
  3. On Sunday at 7pm we will get together in the FamilynFaith chatroom 
  4. At that time you may discuss opinions, and work on answering the questions in the back of the book. 

Thank you for joining us, I’m sure we may have to change a few things as we go but we will figure this out together. 

God Bless

New Year, Better you

This time of year I often hear people setting their New Years resolutions, and it has really made me think this year.
Some of the more common I have heard:
*I’m going to lose x amount of weight
* I’m going to eat better
*I’ll go to the gym
*I won’t drink so much
*I’m giving up pop
The list just continues to go on, but one thing I’ve realized is I never hear, I will grow closer to God. I will read my bible everyday, I will pray every day. Most people I’m sure would say they could improve their relationship with the Lord somehow. I’m not saying you should make these your New Years resolutions, lets face it most of those are forgotten about in a week. Instead make a promise. Sit down and pray for guidance, let God lead you to what you need to do to grow closer to him. I personally do have my favorites, and maybe they can help inspire you too.

1. Bible Reading:
I find it relaxing to sit down with a cup of coffee and my Bible. What better way to become closer to the Lord than by reading the book that is here to Guide you through everything in Life! I also prefer to have more than one version with me when reading. I like to read the NIV Bible, but when something sticks out to me I also go and re-read it in my KJV. I mark scripture in both bibles and write little notes. Even if it’s just a few minutes a day, pick up your bible, I bet it makes your day better too.

2. Bible Study:
You can participate in a Bible Study in many ways. There are often groups available at your church, you can order individual studies, or you can participate in online studies. The current Bible Study I’m doing is the book of Ephesians, however next week we will start the Present over Perfect study, this is a dvd/study guide package. If you would like to join us you can go to my home page for the link to purchase this. I try to keep the studies affordable, and will bounce between ordering materials or picking a book in the bible and studying it daily.

3. Reading:
I love to read, which is also why I offer reviews on here. I read a lot of Christian books that are Fiction, Lifestyle books, Parenting, Marriage, and family books. Tony Evans, Pricilla Shirer, and Stormie Omartian  are a few of my favorites when it comes to Christian marriage, parenting and family books. My husband and I have recently started the Kingdom series by Tony Evans. We have the couples devotional, Kingdom Man and Woman, Raising Kingdom Kids and The Resolutions for both Men and Women. I will admit this is also why I haven’t been putting out reviews almost daily, I am currently reading at least 2 books at a time. For those of you that travel for work, I would suggest getting audio books to listen to in the car.

4. Devotionals
A daily devotional is a great way to get the good word and doesn’t take much time. If you are married I would suggest a couples devotional. We really like the Kingdom Marriage, it has a  very short daily passage and then follows up with 3 questions for you and your spouse to answer. Quiet times for couples is another favorite of ours, and we recently received the Love Dare devotional so we are excited to begin that one too. My husband enjoys the Duck Commander devotional and my daughter likes her 3 Minute Devotional for little girls. I personally use the Daily Wisdom for Women everyday in addition to my couples devotionals.

My point is that there isn’t one set way to do a little more. Without my faith I’m not sure how I would have gotten through the holidays. I used to shut down when grieving. I’m not saying that the depression didn’t creep in and make me want to crawl in a hole, it did. But I prayed, over and over, for strength and peace. I knew I needed to be there for others as well and we needed to lean on each other. My husband played a big roll in helping me through it. He dropped everything and stayed with me, he prayed with me, and was there when I needed to just cry.  1 Corinthians 13:2 really stood out to me ( If I have the gift of prophesy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. ) Without love you truly have nothing, and one thing that I realized I am truly blessed with is the ability to love so many people and have so many people who love me. Love and the Lord  is what got me through the holidays this year. If that’s not blessed then I don’t know what is.

God Bless and travel safely home!

Crazy little thing called Love

Grab some hot tea and a blanket because Beth K. Vogt captures your heart with this book. Vanessa is a paramedic, engaged to a handsome E.R. Doctor Ted. But ghost of her past soon become reality while planning her wedding. Going back to Florida where her family lived while her father was in the military renews relationships she thought were long forgotten.  After swimming to a kids rescue she comes face to face with Logan, her high school sweetheart, and ex-husband. They were married two short years due to the complications of young romance, storm chasing and different plans. Once she was done planning her wedding with high school friend, and matron of honor, Mindy, things soon become chaos. A hurricane hits the Gulf coast leaving Logan and Vanessa stranded in Florida, and as luck would have it, at the same shelter. Leaving a mess to clean up, they are soon thrown together again helping an elderly couple they both once adored and “for old time sake” soon becomes the question. While reminiscing Vanessa begins to wonder, is there such thing as a second chance? That is until Ted surprises her, finding her on the back of Logan’s motorcycle. Once the man that was always calm and collected suddenly became a man she no longer recognized. Vanessa soon realized it was time to turn to God and ask for help. Does prayer and guidance help her? Will Logan ever leave the storm chasing? Will Ted forgive her and what happens to the wedding in April? Curl up and get comfortable because you won’t want to put this book down. I am excited to read more from Beth.


A Table by the Window

Hillary Manton Lodge has a wonderful ability of capturing her readers from the very start of this book. She combines food and romance leaving you hungry for more. Food descriptions leaving you salivating while picturing that perfect dish, thankfully she does include those wonderful recipes. Juliette D’Alisa is a thriving food journalist who longs to go back the restaurant career she once had. Her past relationship with her brothers sous-chef leaves her cautious though. Her romance gone wrong ruined the L’uccello Blu, or so she thinks. Everything changes though when she begins going through her grandmothers belongings and finds a mysterious photograph. Noticing familiarity in the man she begins searching for answers. She soon finds a past full of secret love affairs and truths that will change everything. Struggling to keep the mystery from her family, everything becomes much harder when her mother announces she is ill. Juliette finds an unexpected friendship in a Immunologist in Memphis but as she continues to confide in him a romance begins to blossom. Can a long distance relationship work, or does she risk the new restaurant for yet another sous-chef? Would it be worth the risk leaving journalism behind and teaming with her brother to start another restaurant? Who is this mysterious man and why was he so important to her grandmother? Dive into this enchanting book to be swept away with the amazing recipes, nosy siblings and a swoon worthy romance. I know that reading Reservations for Two, the second book in the series simply cannot come soon enough.