Saturday, November 28, 2015

Sneak Peek Link Up #7

Welcome to Sneak Peek Saturday on Sunrise Avenue! 

Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List  a glimpse into what I am reading currently
This is a link up with me and Marissa from The Reading List!

Current book:

A Thousand Shall Fall
by Andrea Boeshaar

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Forgiven {Review}

Forgiven: The Amish School Shooting, a Mother’s Love, and a Story of Remarkable Grace
Forgiven by Terri Roberts
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Publisher: Bethany House
Publishing Date: October 6, 2015

After a son does the unthinkable, how can a mother go on?

On October 2, 2006, a gunman entered an Amish one-room schoolhouse, shooting ten girls, killing five, then finally taking his own life. This is his mother's story. Not only did she lose her precious son through suicide, but she also lost her understanding of him as an honorable man. It was a trauma that none should ever have to face.

But the biggest headlines came when her Amish neighbors did the unimaginable, reaching out to the family of the shooter with comfort and forgiveness. Today Terri lives in harmony with the Amish and has built lasting relationships beyond what anyone could have thought possible. From the grace that the Amish showed Terri's family from day one, to the visits and ongoing care Terri has given to the victims and their families, no one could have foreseen the love and friendship that have been forged from the fires of tragedy.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

My Murder Mystery Party

*Prepare yourself for a lot of words and some disorganization as this perfectly describes me and my brain during the whole process*

Once upon a time, in August, I went to my friend's house for the day. Now this friend is a 'go-getter' in she never stops moving, doing, or thinking. Ever. Not a drill people. So sure enough, my friend had the brilliant idea of having a murdery mystery party. How fun! Right? Five seconds later she had somehow talked me into hosting it at my house (fine) but also WRITING THE WHOLE THING MYSELF. How does she always manage to talk me into stuff? 

So we settled on a 1920's theme and researched some of the biggest names of that time period to use as our characters. Then she sent me on my merry, and innocent, way. 

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Sneak Peek Link Up (#6)

Welcome to Sneak Peek Saturday on Sunrise Avenue! 

Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List  a glimpse into what I am reading currently
This is a link up with me and Marissa from The Reading List!

Current book:

Whispers in the Reading Room
by Shelley Gray

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Five Times I Met Myself {Review}

The Five Times I Met Myself
The Five Time I Met Myself by James L. Rubart
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Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publishing Date: November 10, 2015
What if you met your twenty-three year old self in a dream? What would you say?

Brock Matthews’ once promising life is unraveling. His coffee company. His marriage.

So when he discovers his vivid dreams—where he encounters his younger self—might let him change his past mistakes, he jumps at the chance. The results are astonishing, but also disturbing.

Because getting what Brock wants most in the world will force him to give up the one thing he doesn’t know how to let go of . . . and his greatest fear is it’s already too late.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Get Yourself Organized for Christmas {Review}

Get Yourself Organized for Christmas: Simple Steps to Enjoying the Season
Get Yourself Organized for Christmas by Kathi Lipp
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Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publishing Date: September 1, 2015
Have you lost your Christmas joy? Does the thought of jam-packed malls, maxed-out credit cards, overcrowded supermarkets, and endless to-do lists give you the feeling that maybe Scrooge was on to something?

In Get Yourself Organized for Christmas, Kathi Lipp provides easy-to-follow steps to reduce the stress of the holiday season, including tactics for how to put together a holiday binder you'll use year after year determine a budget that won't break the bank gather your elf supplies get your gift list together (including ideas for various ages and relationships)collect your recipes and prep your kitchen

By putting into practice Kathi's tricks and tips, you'll finally be able to fully enjoy this most wonderful time of the year.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Every Little Thing {Review}

Every Little Thing
Every Little Thing by Deidra Riggs
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Publisher: Baker Books
 Publishing Date: October 6, 2015
Everyone has had that moment--we see a need in our church, our school, our neighborhood, our family, or our world and we think, Someone really should get to work on that, never imagining that we might be the answer to that need. We don't have the time, the expertise, the money. We've got careers to manage, bills to pay, meals to prepare, and families to attend to. Besides, who are we to think we can change the world?

In this encouraging and empowering book, Deidra Riggs calls readers to accept God's invitation to join him in making a difference right where they are, regardless of their current life stage. She shows readers that they were created with a purpose and with the capacities to fulfill that purpose. And she reminds them that it's not up to us to fix the world, but it is up to us to join God--and the rest of his people--in his redemptive work. For when God calls and we look over our shoulder and answer, "Who, me?" God always emphatically answers, "Yes, you."

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Sneak Peek Linkup (#5)

Welcome to Sneak Peek Saturday on Sunrise Avenue! 

Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List  a glimpse into what I am reading currently
This is a link up with me and Marissa from The Reading List!

Current book:

The Wrath and The Dawn
Renee Ahdieh

Friday, November 13, 2015

Another Way Home {Review}

Another Way Home (Chicory Inn #3)
Another Way Home by Deborah Raney
Chicory Inn #3
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Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publishing Date: October 1, 2015
Grant and Audrey are adding grandchildren to their family left and right, but middle daughter, Danae, and her husband, Dallas Brooks, have been trying for years with no baby in sight.
Though Danae is ready to consider adoption, Dallas will not even discuss it. Despairing of ever having a family of her own, Danae decides to pour her passion and energies into volunteer work with a newly opened women’s shelter in town. Looking for a good cause to fill her lonely days, she never expects to give her heart to the hurting women she meets there. She’s finally learning to live her life with gratitude, but then heart-wrenching events on Thanksgiving weekend threaten to pull the entire Whitman clan into turmoil—and leave them all forever changed.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Shades of Doon {Review}

Shades of Doon (Doon, #3)
Shades of Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon
Doon #3
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Publisher: Blink
Publishing Date: September 1, 2015
After cheating death, Veronica Welling is determined to savor every moment in her idyllic kingdom with both her true love and best friend by her side at last. At the same time, Mackenna Reid is enthusiastically building her new life and a theater with her prince. But just as their dreams of happiness are within reach, the world Vee and Kenna have chosen is ripped away, leaving them to face their most horrific challenge yet—their old lives.

Thrust out of Doon, the best friends are confronted with tormentors from their past and no way to return to their adopted land. When the MacCrae brothers rush to their rescue, the girls' situation turns from nightmare to modern-day fairy tale. But their happiness could be short lived: unbeknownst to them, someone in their closest circle is aiding the witch of Doon in her bid to destroy the kingdom once and for all.

Monday, November 9, 2015

October 2015 Recap

What I lived in the month of October? DISEASE. I was completely wiped out of commission for two full weeks. The only good part about this was that it fell right after Baby Girl's birthday party and I was 95% better before my big murder mystery party. Apparently being pregnant and having a cold is a bad combo because it takes forever to get better with your lungs compressed. 

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Sneak Peek Link Up (#4)

Welcome to Sneak Peek Saturday on Sunrise Avenue! 

Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List  a glimpse into what I am reading currently
This is a link up with me and Marissa from The Reading List!

Current book:

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3)
Marissa Meyer

Friday, November 6, 2015

The Ology {Quick Review}

The Ology: Ancient Truths Ever New
The Ology by Marty Machowski
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Publisher: New Growth Press
Publishing Date: October 19, 2015
Truth is for kids, not just for adults! So The Ology gives kids of all ages a beginner’s theology book to help them understand who God is and how we, as his children, relate to him. Arranged within a traditional systematic theological framework, each truth in The Ology is also connected to the larger redemptive story of Scripture. The doctrine of God, for example, is presented in the larger framework of creation, where the attributes of God are more clearly on display. The Ology takes abstract theological concepts and makes them easier to understand with the use of creative examples, illustrations, and analogies. The goal is not to say everything that could be said about a theological topic, but rather to share the key thoughts behind a theological concept. The Ology is a starting point to learning theology and aims to create a hunger and desire in children to learn more as they grow older. 

Designed for six-year-olds through preteens, this flexible resource includes built-in adaptations for use with younger or older children, so that entire families can enjoy it together. Read The Ology to preschoolers, read it with grade-school kids, and let older kids discover the “hidden” truths by reading the corresponding Scripture passages for each section. However you read it, The Ology will give your children a gift that will last a lifetime—a solid foundation of life-changing biblical truth that will point them to the God who loves them and gave himself for them.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Destined for Doon {INSPY Review}

Destined for Doon (Doon, #2)
Destined for Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon
Doon #2
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Publisher: Blink
Publishing Date: September 2nd, 2014
In this sequel to Doon, Kenna Reid realizes she made a horrible mistake-choosing to follow her dreams of Broadway instead of staying in the enchanted land of Doon. Worse, she's received proof she and Duncan are meant to be, along with torturous visions of the prince she left behind. So when Duncan shows up and informs Kenna that Doon needs her, she doesn't need to think twice. But even if Kenna can save the enchanted kingdom, her happily ever after may still be in peril.

The Doon novels are a part of Blink, HarperCollins Christian Publishing's new YA imprint that delivers empowering and heartening literature while maintaining a tradition of imaginative and impactful storytelling.