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Audrey Grant

Thursday, May 31, 2012

My Shame Has Been Interrupted!

Shame Interrupted: How God Lifts the Pain of Worthlessness and Rejection Shame Interrupted: How God Lifts the Pain of Worthlessness and Rejection by Edward T. Welch
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is hard to describe...It was, and is, the book I needed. I have lived with shame of many kinds that this book talks about for many years. Some since I was a young girl, some through my entire adult life.
The wonderful thing this book helped me with, (and will continue to do so, because for me this will be an ongoing process and I am going to have to read it over and over)is understanding that I have been living with two kinds of shame. Shame from what others have done and Shame at myself for not being able to stop it. So I was double whammy with the shame, for each event. I was taking their guilt and turning it into my shame and then my own shame at what had happened or been done, and compounding the problem!
I know that sounds confusing. But for me it makes a LOT of sense and it helped so very much! I know I still have a long way to go, but I am so very thankful that The B&B Media Group,Inc. sent me this book to read and review! It has made a huge impact on my life!

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Married Idiots ~ 5 Stars

We All Married Idiots: Three Things You Will Never Change About Your Marriage and Ten Things You CanWe All Married Idiots: Three Things You Will Never Change About Your Marriage and Ten Things You Can by Elaine W. Miller
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I won this book and now I get to read it! I am excited and can't wait to read it and give a review! Two of my favorite things, Marriage and Humor!!
Marvelous!! Start to finish this book is packed with yumminess! You must read this book! My only wish is that she would have used KJV1611 Bible so I could read it in book.
I have already marked my copy up with underlining and notes, read parts to my Hubby and we are going to go back through it together! I recommend this book.

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Monday, May 28, 2012

Fatal Judgement a Good Read!!

Fatal JudgementFatal Judgement by Hannon, Irene
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As I am sure you know by now, if you have looked at my reviews or book lists at all, I love a good suspenseful mystery. Irene Hannon is fast becoming one of my top Christian Authors in this genre. And this book did not let me down!
Fatal Judgement does one thing I often do not like and that is tell you very early in the book "who dun' it". But the way this one was written it worked because she used it to tell both sides of the story. You are following the people around the perpetrator and the victim. It is a unique way of writing. I don't think I have ever read a book that had you so involved in the people around the bad guy before, in this way.
One quote from the book really stood out and made a huge impression on me. "...she believed every day was a gift to be cherished and enjoyed. ...she never lost hope, even when things weren't going well. LIVING FOREVER IN THE SHADOW OF GRIEF WOULDN'T HONOR HER MEMORY."


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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Crossing gets 4 Stars for PTSD

The CrossingThe Crossing by Serita Ann Jakes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was a doozie. It is not easy to live either as a Preacher's daughter nor with PTSD, whatever the cause may be. And when you put them together it can be a frightening and painful time.
As my friend would say, been there, rode the ride, got the tee shirt! BUT... Isn't there always a but in real life vs. fiction?
Just because life throws you scary curves and sometimes you don't know what your next move is or the next step to take, does not mean you leave your husband, daughter and morals behind while you go do what you want. Then when you want it all back just snap your fingers and no consequences.... Boom everything is wonderful!! In fact, let's reward you with the thing you have been wanting most!
A good author with wonderful writing abilities but I don't agree with the main character.
This book was sent to me by Blogging for Books for the express purposes of my reviewing it. These statements are my only my own opinion.

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Children of the River, not for Children

Children of the River (Laurel-Leaf Contemporary Fiction)Children of the River by Linda Crew
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was suggested to my daughter. I read it first to check it out. She will not be reading it. The story it's self is a pretty good one. But I find no need for a fourth level reader for little girls to have cuss words and talk about the possibility of premarital pregnancy.
This book was way beyond the level of a child in my opinion and should have a warning on it for parents that it has this kind of content so parents can make wise choices for their children.

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Disappointment from "Samuel Lake"

The Homecoming of Samuel Lake: A NovelThe Homecoming of Samuel Lake: A Novel by Jenny Wingfield
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Thank you! I can't wait to get it and read it!

Well I got it, and I read...

I found myself offended, infuriated, disgusted and very angry.

I am a Christian, a Preacher's daughter, a southerner & a Baptist. This book did nothing but make a mockery of all I hold Dear and my whole past and history.

While I know this is fiction it is a terrible story in my opinion. A house that divided will not stand.

I thank you for sending me the book, I wish I could have loved it.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Tasty School 5 Stars!

Taste of Home: Cooking School Cookbook: 400 + Simple to Spectacular RecipesTaste of Home: Cooking School Cookbook: 400 + Simple to Spectacular Recipes by Taste of Home
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a beautiful and delightful cookbook! I have loved "Taste of Home" magazine for years and any time I could get my hands on one I knew I was going to find good recipies! But this Cooking School cookbook takes it a step above and beyond!
I read this as a pdf download preview for reviewing the book and fell in love!! As a cookbook collector this is going at the top of my wish list!
With recipe's like Lavender Lemonade and Chai Tea from scratch!! How to make fluffy dumplings like my Grandmother used to make instead of the hard lumps mine seem to always be!! This book is a feast for the eyes and makes me want to create a feast for my family to eat!
YUMMY!

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Shridula ~ 3 Stars

The Hope of Shridula: Blessings in India Book #2The Hope of Shridula: Blessings in India Book #2 by Kay Marshall Strom
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book helped me understand more about what has been going on in India in the politics and fighting and all the news, history and everything else combined. Kay has a way of putting her characters into the opposing sides while right under the same roof so that they discuss and argue it and help you see all the sides of it!
And all the while the main character is the lowest "caste" of them all not seen or heard, watching and listening and learning it all. Being and becoming smarter than them all!
The very abrupt ending drove me crazy!! It left everyone in the whole book hanging in limbo. No one finished anything...there was no answers or closer at all. And from what I read in the preview of the next book it isn't going to answer them because it starts years and years later!
I found myself frustrated at spending my time reading a story I now am left wondering what happened. This book was supplied through the Abington Press website for me to review and give my honest opinion.


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Monday, May 21, 2012

Enjoyable Read ~ 4 Stars

Skip Rock ShallowsSkip Rock Shallows by Jan Watson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a good book if a bit predictable. I enjoyed the faith and trust in God, with which the main Character walked each day, waiting for God to show her what she should do.
And yet she wasn't perfect and sometimes would realize she was having a bad day because she hadn't had her quiet time with God that day.
I did find it a bit odd that she didn't recognize the boy who grew up next door to her and saved her life. That would have made a huge impression and even years later I think she would have recognized him a lot sooner, especially as much as the area made her think about the incident.
It also seemed that for a Dr. who was trying to prove herself to the people she spent an awful lot of time going home to rest and off by herself while others watched her patients. Ned spent more time with her patients than she did, by a long shot, and back then..it was pretty unheard of to have a male nurse, even more so than a female Dr. and for him to keep sending her home to sleep while he was still 1/2 a patient himself seemed selfish. That part just didn't ring true.
Other than that I loved the book and can't wait to read the next book by Jan Watson! Great Writing! I really enjoyed reading it!
This book was sent to me by Tyndale Media Center for the purpose of giving my honest and personal opinion and review. All statements are mine and mine alone.


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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Waiting for Morning ~ 5 Stars

Waiting for Morning (Forever Faithful, Book 1)Waiting for Morning by Karen Kingsbury
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Heartbreaking...lost in pain and anger, hate and bitterness this woman goes from a happy wife and mother to a "Warrior with a Cause"! And is so doing starts loosing everything thing that she has left in life!
In her tunnel vision she turns her back on everything she loves and holds true and precious in her crusade against one man.
This is so often the case in so many Christian lives, sometimes not to such a drastic extent, sometimes even more so. But this book shows how easy it is to go from safe and happy to scared and foundering in a heartbeat.
This book is staying on my bookshelf to become an old friend to be revisited over and over as a warning of what to watch for and be aware of.
Thank you Karen for this book! I was given this book by Blogging for Books for my review. The statements here are the way I feel about this book.


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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

5 Stars for Pearl in the Sand

Pearl in the Sand: A NovelPearl in the Sand: A Novel by Tessa Afshar
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I so very much enjoyed this book! I love reading the books that make the Bible come alive in a whole new way! Stories that I have loved and that have fascinated me since my childhood. To have them researched and placed in time and history with details that make them jump off the page and come alive in my mind's eye is a true delight for me!
Tessa knows how to do this in a way that stays as true to God's Word as possible while still making it an entrancing and captivating read! You can almost feel the hot desert sand and wind and smell the rose water and taste the spices and sweet cakes.
I love the research and descriptions into the medical techniques they used and why.
And the way she made the emotions and feelings of Rahab so poignantly real. She was in her head and heart! It was as if she KNEW what it was like to live with that kind of shame and confusion and the strain it puts on even a Godly marriage when both are trying to do right and protect the other and in so doing are hurting each other more!
I highly recommend this book, wholeheartedly, 100% to every woman! This will be a part of my Home library ASAP!!

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

3 Stars for "Sew,"

Sew, It's a QuestSew, It's a Quest by Kendra E. Ardnek
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was such a mixed up book! Very confusing. It is listed in the Christian list but I found no Christian references at all, unless I just missed one by accident.
To me this wasn't original writing so much as putting a lot of well known stories in a blender and pouring out a new book from the pages. Kind of like making paper from several old books.

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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Lady of Hay ~ Disappointing, 1 Star

Lady of HayLady of Hay by Barbara Erskine
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I just couldn't finish this book. If it had of been the current story or the history but I don't believe in reincarnation and regression and all of that and the further they got the more tangled and mixed up and twisted the story line became to the point that I felt creepy as a Christian reading it and had to stop.
Therefore I can't give more than one star. I am giving one star because the Author has done an amazing amount a historical research!

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

4 Stars for "A Man of Christ"

J. Hudson Taylor: A Man in ChristJ. Hudson Taylor: A Man in Christ by Roger Steer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hudson Taylor has long been one of the missionaries that I most look up to. He was a man that having a weak body, had a strong faith in God, love for lost souls and a heart for China! He truly poured his life out on the mission field of China.
Burying his first wife and four of his children there and many years later he himself died at 73 years of age. 39 years after he first stepped foot on China's shore and was himself buried there.
One of the most amazing things about Hudson Taylor, after his faith and trust in God, was the way he continued through sickness, danger, heartache and opposition to beg God for, search and ask for, trust and constantly receive, more and more workers to help reach China! He had a heart to reach ALL of China and knew it was far too big for one man so he spent his whole life as a missionary doing two jobs. Reaching Chinese for Christ and reaching Christians for China!
This book sometimes reads slow like a history book, because there is so much detail and information with dates and world history and sooo many people involved in his life and ministry. But it is so worth it!

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Sunday, May 6, 2012

5 stars for Kentucky Brothers #2

The Healing (Kentucky Brothers, #2)The Healing by Wanda E. Brunstetter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am loving this series! While I wish there were less tragic ways for these stories to come together. I know that in real life. This is what often happens. Death of a spouse, giving a child up for adoption, misunderstandings between parents and children and husbands and wives. All these lead to change and often years of heartache and suffering.

But God is still in control and even with our human failings and mistakes he turns our mourning into rejoicing and our sorrow into joy!

Wanda does a wonderful job of telling that in these Kentucky Brothers books! I can't wait to read the next one!

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Crochet Giveaway!!

The Best of Interweave Crochet Book Giveaway The Best of Interweave Crochet: A Collection of Our Favorite Designs Gifted By: Interweave ISBN: 978-1596683020 Reviewed By: Christine Weiher, Editor for AllFreeCrochet.com Customer Service-CW customer.service@primecp.com 3400 Dundee Rd. Suite 220 Northbrook, IL 60062 847-205-9375 Main - 847-513-6099 Fax www.FaveCrafts.com www.FaveCraftsBlog.com The Interweave Crochet magazine has put together this fabulous collection of their favorite designs. From scarves to tops, blankets, animals, home decor and more you will find 20 of the very best crochet patterns by top designers.

Split Opinion On Split Person

BurnBurn by Ted Dekker
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book up until the last 1/3 of it. It was an intriguing book with a great story line and fascinating characters. Until It got weird with the split person. Once he got into the two people being the same one. One being the good half and one being the bad. It just lost me for interest and believablity both. I finished the book, but was disappointed that this was the way he chose to decide on ending and resolving this book.
Not a favorite.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

5 Stars for "Where Lilacs Still Bloom"

Where Lilacs Still Bloom: A NovelWhere Lilacs Still Bloom: A Novel by Jane Kirkpatrick
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a wonderful read of a woman with determination, brilliant mind, a love of God's creation with a scientists curiosity that drove her to explore and experiment for years with nothing more than an 8th grade education, what her dad had taught her and what she learned from trial and error and years later from reading.
What makes this book so good is the fact that it is a true story. That this family really lived these struggles for all these years. I find it sad that it took so very long into their marriage for her to realize how very much her husband understood and loved her and her drive and heart. I think she missed out on a LOT by hiding so much of herself from him for so long. (Or rather, thinking she was).
I am very thankful that I was sent this book by Blogging for Books for my review. Because otherwise I might never have read it and I would have missed out on a real treasure! I have lived in Lynnwood, WA. and have family that lives in Woodinville, WA. It was great to read history about that area! I am going to recommend they read this book ASAP!!

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