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Significantly Bitter

A few days ago while sitting next to my husband, he says to me, "Rob, hon, you are bitter." I laughed and said, "How can you say I'm bitter? You know that can't be true." But even as I said these words the tears began flowing. Oh, I already knew, but  his words  hit the spot. He didn't say them to be mean. He said them with grace. His love for me overflows, and on this day, his words overflowed into my heart. You know, that deep spot no one knows. No one that is except our Lord Jesus. As our conversation continued my husband shared, "Hon, you are so hurt and angry." I reply with a mighty, "Yes, I am". And there is was. He says, "You know that hurt and anger has created bitterness". 
It killed me to hear those words. I've never been a bitter person. If you know me at all you know I am that mercy that connects with others. I'm that encouraging girl next door. But lately..well..over the past two years, hurt has been b…

Runaway Saint by Lisa Samson

You know the saying, "We can choose our friends, but our family chooses us"? If you have a perfect family you may not understand, but if you are part of a family that struggles, you are going to find yourself within these pages. 
This story will bring you to ask yourself, "What do we do with secrets?", and "What do we do when our family is..well..strange?" Lisa Samson has brought an exceptional story to us. First of all, the cover is what got me to request this book. The title is intriguing and as we read we total get it. I love the shadow behind the woman on the cover. The closed umbrella. It all says so much about the poetry Lisa writes. 
This wasn't a quick read for me. It was one to soak in and figure out the characters. Sara, the main character, has a hard time saying no. But when she accepts the visit of her Aunt Bel into her home, things begin to quickly change. Early into the story Sara is having a conversation with her mom and Sara shares th…

Unquenchable by Carol Kent

I have heard Carol Kent speak and I must say that this precious woman of God is transparent as they come. She opens up her life, her heart, her struggles, and the blessings. It is apparent she is on a mission. A mission of sharing God's love through the fire.

I encourage you to visit Carol's website and learn more about her. Once you do you will want to read this book and every book she has penned with such grace and beauty.

In Unquenchable she shares the story of her son's imprisonment and how this has impacted her life. He is living his life in prison, but his life is much more than his surroundings. Of course this wasn't God's plan, but through this fire, God is bringing beauty from ash.

Carol shares more of her life through these pages than I have seen in other books. This is a woman I admire greatly. I can say with honesty that I'm sure I would be where she is today with all that has happened in her life. Trial and tragedy can bring us to a dormant faith.…

William Henry Is A Fine Name by Cathy Gohlke

The first book I read penned by author Cathy Gohlke was, "Promise Me This". I instantly fell in love with her writing. I went on to read, "Band of Sisters", which I equally loved. I had seen many talking about her first books. "William Henry Is A Fine Name", and "I Have Seen Him In The Watchfires."  People were saying wonderful things about this Civil War series. I had to add these choices to my bookshelf. I just finished reading, "William Henry Is A Fine Name", and I can tell you I was blown away. Cathy Gohlke is a master story teller. She weaves a story like poetry. It's as though a fire ignites as your reading and your pulled in to a time long ago, but yet with her writing style it's as though your right there with the characters. 
In this first book of the series my heart was captivated by these young characters. William Henry is indeed a fine name, but as you will see, the name Robert Leslie Glover is also a fine name. Th…

Book of Days written by James L. Rubart

"Book of Days" is spectacular! James Rubart is a favorite author of mine. He has a style of writing that draws the reader in to the unknown. Once I begin reading one of his books I am swept away into another place. I continue to turn pages in complete anticipation. I trust him to give me a story that will remain in my ponderings for days to come. He is one of those writers who takes you for a roller coaster ride. You have no idea where your going, but  you know the ride is going to be exhilarating. 
In "The Book of Days", James Rubart begins with this scripture: "All my days were written in Your book and planned before a single one of them began." Psalm 139:16 So, that gives you the premise for the story line, but Rubart's storytelling is masterful. This book was not only an unputdownable for me, but left me pondering many questions about my own walk with the Lord.

So, if you could see this 'book' and know your today and everything in your fu…

Are You Ready To Live?

If you knew today was your last day here on this earth would you be ready? Yes, your day has been long. Work has been difficult. The drive home insane. You walk in the front door to face the chores undone. The dog is waiting. Dinner is waiting to be prepared. You have calls to make. Promises to keep. Shopping to be done. Beds to be made. The list goes on and on, but today at 7:45 you are going to breathe your last breath. That quick. Are you ready? 
Would you be ready to leave everyone and everything behind knowing you gave your all or would you stand in regret, wishing for more time to do all the things you didn't make time for?
Just maybe there is a reason we don't know when we will breathe our last. Would we wait until the last minute to fill in all the blanks? It seems we waste such valuable time on nothings. Nothings that amount to anything, but end wishes for more time to truly live life. 
We dream big. We wish mighty. But we let them go as pixie dusk. Time floats throu…

Anticipation for Your Arrival

A few days ago I watched a beautiful documentary on the Amish who decide to leave their family home and travel onward experiencing a life of Christ in a new way. As the program came to a close fresh tears formed and fell. 
One particular young man explained that the Amish set a place at the table for those who are not present. No one sits at their place. This empty chair doesn't go unnoticed, but is there, set and prepared, in anticipation of their return. 
Picture a table set by the Savior. Your name is beautifully written for your place setting. He knows your favorites and has prepared the very best for you. He has sent out your invitation with anticipation of your RSVP. He knows exactly what it's going to take to get you there. The journey may be long, but your travels will not be made alone. 
He hasn't just invited a few. He has invited all to join Him. 
"In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place …

The Quilted Heart (Three Novellas in One) by Mona Hodgson

There's an easy reason as to why I chose this book for review. I grew up in St. Charles. Living in the very same areas as in Mona Hodgson's newest gem. For this reason I was excited to begin reading . For this same reason I felt a little disappointed. I kept waiting for Mona to describe the St. Charles I know and admire. I grew up in a small farm town and I know the rich history behind St. Charles. I wanted to envision myself among these characters. For the lack of descriptive writing I felt a little disconnected. 
Now, with that being said, I really enjoyed these sweet characters living in a different time and place. Each title has meaning and I will leave that up to you to discover. These novellas take place in the years of 1865-1866. These ladies face everything imaginable. Moving to a new country. Being away from their family. The death of a spouse. Finding their way in a new land. Faith is interwoven within these pages. I found the author invited us to know each character…

The Storm Inside by Sheila Walsh

Upon receiving this book I put all others down and opened it and didn't stop reading until I was finished. I devoured this book. To myself I kept repeating, "Oh, this is good. This is good. This is so good". I had to grab a highlighter. I had to make notes. It was as if this book was written for me. I immediately texted a friend and said, "Girl, of all the books I have encouraged you to grab up, this one is for you." Yes, it's one to share. It's one to purchase for every person you love. 
I have been blessed to hear Sheila Walsh speak. I have read most of her books. I must tell you, by far, and her books are all amazing, this one exceeds all the others. Maybe it is because it is a book every single person can relate to. If you haven't been in a storm, you will be. Maybe your in a storm right now. Life will never be perfect. It is an absolute that storms will touch our lives. The key is in how we respond. 
Sheila is transparent. She shares that it&#…

Shadows of The Past by Patricia Bradley

How awesome to read an author's debut novel! First just let me share with you that Patricia Bradley is an author to be on the lookout for. This being her first novel, I cannot wait to see what is next for this new author. We can catch the next installment of the Logan Point Series, entitled, "A Promise to Protect", in the fall of 2014. 
After reading the words, Death unfolds like a budding flower, tentatively, sweetly. Unfurling in majestic power. Until then, my love...until then, I knew I was in store for a fantastic ride. And the author didn't disappoint. She held my attention throughout the story. As the story progressed it grew more entertaining. The suspense was terrific and kept me turning pages into the night. 
The romance was sweet too. It was slow moving. Building always without fizzing out. The characters are those we can relate to. Characters that grew with the story. The two main characters both carry a past they are not over my any sort of imagination. …

Be On Guard of Creeping Sin

Sin doesn't often just happen. It creeps in slowly. It sneaks up and as you finally see the danger it's ugly teeth are showing. Yesterday I went outdoors to care for Gunner, our Red Bone. As I was kneeling down and filling his bowl with food he moves quickly behind me. Before I see the danger I hear it. It wasn't to be ignored. It was our neighbor's Pit Bull that had gotten loose. I froze. Gunner is sweet and lovable. He's the kind of watch dog that would watch thieves come in and steal us blind, while waiting to see if he too could go along with them. 
I stood slowly and as I rose up the neighbor's dog was now trying to get on top of Gunner. I picked up his water bucket and with the metal food scoop in my hand I chased that dog away with everything in me. I still had more to do outdoors so I ran inside and grabbed a bat just in case he returned. Sure enough as I was ready to walk out the door he was waiting and his tail was not wagging. I was fearful for Gunn…

The Sentinels of Andersonville by Tracy Groot

The Sentinels of Andersonville is extraordinary. I was fascinated, intrigued, and appalled. With great sadness I must admit I had not heard of this prison in Georgia. I received this book and shared with my husband about my great anticipation to begin reading it. Of course, he knew of Andersonville, and shared a great interest in reading the book when I was finished with my review. As a history lover I found this book to be so rich in history. 
Tracy Groot is a new author for me. Her writing is profound and gets in your gut. This isn't one of those romance novels that is gushy. It is faith bound, but wrapped in exquisite story-telling that is top rate. These characters were easy to fall in love with. I wanted to stand with them and fight this monstrosity of horror that lie in wait for these men of this prison. The war was horrific enough, but to put these valiant   men through more is just too much. This was father fighting son, brother fighting brother, neighbor against neighbor,…

You're Going To Be Okay by Holley Gerth

I have been blessed to read every book penned by Holley Gerth. Each book although totally different all have the same theme; pointing us closer to our Jesus. Through Holley's words we truly see a woman of God. A woman with a passion to reach other women for the glory of God. 
Holley shares such encouragement. She inspires us by sharing truths from her own life. In reading the words penned by Holley you really do feel like she is a friend. A sister in Christ we can truly connect with because she is real and transparent. 
"Once you know who you're not, it's time to ask God one of the most important questions of all: "Who am I?" Perhaps there's no more important time for seeking these answers than when we're in the middle of a bad day or a hard season. We lean into God's heart and ask, "Who am I in spite of this? Tell me what's true about me no matter what happens." I love how Hebrews reassures us, "It is impossible for God to lie&q…

With Autumn's Return by Amanda Cabot

What a wonderfully written end to the, Westward Winds Series. Amanda Cabot was a new author for me when I opened the pages of the first book in this series, "Summer of Promise", (take a peek at my review. I missed reading the second book of the series, "Waiting For Spring". Although with reading this third book I am finding that it can be read a stand alone novel, it would suggest you grab the first two books, so you get a greater understanding of why this sister, Elizabeth Harding, joined her two sisters in the wild area of Wyoming. 
Boy, the winds certainly do blow with each season. With this new season of life for Elizabeth is an uncertainty of just what to expect. She hears from her sisters of the beauty this country beholds, but nothing can compare until she experiences this on her own. 
This novel flowed easily for me. Amanda Cabot is a wondrous story teller. She places together many characters each having an impact on the outcome of the story. They are tight…