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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Book Review - ON THE RAILS by Linda Shenton Matchett

This is a very nice inspirational historical romance about one woman who joins the Harvey Girls (waitresses at railroad town elegant restaurants).

Katherine Newman is a schoolteacher with dreams of becoming Mr. Henry Jorgenson, but when he jilts her, she takes the train to Williams, Arizona to become a Harvey Girl. The rules are strict and the work is hard, but the pay is good. Almost good enough to erase the heartache. She does works hard, and it isn't long before she becomes a head waitress.

But then Henry's sister Alice also becomes a Harvey Girl, and it's all Katherine can do to be civil to her, let alone fair. She's ashamed, but not enough to make the first move toward friendship. Not even the second or third.

She's not only washed Henry out of her hair, but also the entire Jorgenson family. Nothing can make her change her mind. She's sure of that.

You can buy this lovely historical from Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

I received a free copy of this novel from the author. Opinions and evaluations are my own.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Book Review - HEART STRINGS by Lynne Waite Chapman

Goodness me, this book nearly sent me to the cardiologist! Murder mystery, inspirational romance, or romantic suspense. Take your pick. It's all good.

Widow Lauren Grace Halloren didn't ever intend to go back to her hometown, Evelynton, Indiana, but her aunt willed her a house and Lauren was near homeless and hopeless. Along with the house came an avacado-green 1975 Chrysler New Yorker station wagon, one very scary neighbor who shoots his shotgun at prowlers, and some very nice ones who don't even own guns.

But she'd only stay long enough to pay off some bills. As a writer, her earnings were scarcely enough to put food on the table, but at least she could write from anywhere. And no way was she going to the class reunion.

Except her best high school friends Anita and Clair insist. And one of her classmates (one who always use to hug the background) doesn't match his picture. Could he really have changed so much?

Local gossip abounds at the local hair salon, but one lady, Patsy, hardly ever says a word. Especially after her husband is found dead.

A tall, dark, handsome guy keeps showing up. So, is Jack Spencer one of the good guys, or is he....

Things only get worse. Dash on over to Amazon and grab a copy. You won't be sorry.

I was given a free copy of this from the author. Opinions and evaluations are strictly my own.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Book Review - WHISPERS OF MY HEART by Kathy Collard Miller

This is a women's Bible study in the Daughters of the King series. For me, I need to participate in a group study to know if the study meets needs or not, so my evaluation might not be "right on." I'm also cautious of studies (or other books) that have the author giving messages from God, although I didn't see anything that sent my "not scriptural" radar humming. Even given all that, I'd still say this deserves four stars.

Kathy Collard Miller has obviously put her heart into this study, and equally obvious is that she cares deeply for the hurting women who so need the encouragement that often only God can give.

This study may be purchased from Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

I received a free copy of this book from the author. The opinions and evaluations are my own.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Monday Morning Devo - Open My Heart, Illumine Me

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. Mark 16:15, NKJV

The "gospel" means the good news. What good news? That Jesus loved you and me enough that if we were the only ones deserving punishment, He would take that punishment for us, and did.

Some folks argue that they've never done anything worthy of death. And it could be they're right. Some folks have done good things all their lives--with only one or two or a dozen slip-ups. Nobody's perfect (except Jesus, that is). But there are some folks that definitely could fit into the worthy of capital punishment. Serial murderers. Child rapists (yes, I do put them in that category). War mongers.

It's enough for me to know that He loves me enough to forgive me for some terrible stuff. And He loves the others, horrible though they may seem to you and me. If they honestly repented and asked forgiveness--Jesus took those stripes and that trip to the cross for them too.

Because He was perfect--totally without sin, without failures like the rest of us have--His death was counted by God the Father to be the final sacrifice.

The biggest good news I want to tell the world is that God loves, and God earnestly desires to forgive. All we have to do is ask, and He gives. That's so awesome I can't even grasp it in my tiny little brain. That, my friends, is the gospel He wants us to share with every creature.

I don't think that means all the bugs and mice and alligators. I believe that means all His creation. Every person on earth is His creation, so far as I know. And those who accept Him as their Lord and Savior, He adopts as His own beloved children. More good news!

Dwell on the last verse of the song I've been sharing for almost a month.

Verse 4: Open my mouth, and let me bear,
Gladly the warm truth everywhere;
Open my heart and let me prepare
Love with Thy children thus to share.
Refrain 4:
Silently now I wait for Thee,
Ready my God, Thy will to see,
Open my heart, illumine me,
Spirit divine!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Book Review - BE THE MIRACLE by Delores Liesner

This is such a good book! I'm not sure what to label it. Devotional? Inspirational personal stories? Bible Study? It could be used as any of the above.

I was entranced by the story in each chapter. Each one was a real-life happening in this author's life. I know I could relate a couple of events in my life I considered miraculous, but thirty-two? And each one more wondrous than the one before. Delores Liesner is indeed blessed and a blessing.

If you purchase this book (Amazon or Barnes and Noble), I believe you will also be blessed.

I received a free copy of this book from the author. The opinions and thoughts expressed are my own.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017


This is a spook-tacular young adult suspense novel that I think teen boys will really enjoy.

Nick is a foster kid. The present foster folks weren't too bad--they let him do a lot of stuff as long as he didn't get the cops excited. He's an orphan, he thinks maybe. He knows his mom is dead--she died giving birth to him--but his dad just disappeared. Nice guy.

But wait--we have to take a short trip to the distant past. Khemid is the second son of Pharaoh Ramses. He wants to be a pharaoh too, but the first-born son gets first dibs. When that guy Moses does away with his father and older brother, he thinks he's got it made. He really wants that staff Moses waved around. It could become a snake, kill off first-borns, and push a path through the Red Sea. If he only had that staff, he could rule the world. He'd give his soul to possess it....

Through the ages, the devil and his ugly-minded cohorts have sought that staff. Now, his unholiness has the reins of an earthly company whose sole purpose is to retrieve that staff, SETECH. His father , Jim, purportedly worked as an anthropologist for them, looking for artifacts all over the world.

Nick gets an envelope in the mail with a key in it. He takes it to his dad's best friend and Nick's mentor--probably the only person in the world who cares about him.

You might say all ach-ee-double-toothpicks broke loose about then. That key unlocks a box that SETECH wants. Wants bad enough to kidnap Nick to lure his father out of hiding. Wants bad enough to send bad guys after all of them with murder and mayhem on their minds. It's a hot mess.

Hurry to Amazon or Barnes and Noble and grab this one. Right now it's free for Amazon Prime, so don't hesitate, okay?

I received a gift copy of this book from the author. All opinions and recommendations are mine alone.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Monday Morning Devo - Open My Mind, Illumine Me

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. John 14:26, NKJV

I really love this song. The woman who wrote it, Clara H. Scott, had to have had a close relationship with the Lord. Was she thinking about Jesus's promise that the Holy Spirit would teach us about God? I don't know, but she was definitely onto something.

I remember when I first started reading the Bible daily. (Don't laugh--it ain't easy to remember 40-some years back.) I was reading the King James Version because that's what I had, and it felt like I was reading through a dark fog. Nothing really made sense.

It wasn't long until I was baptized in the Spirit, and it was as though someone turned the light on. Quite suddenly, I was reading and understand. So, at least for me, the Holy Spirit made the difference.

I hope these verses will turn the light on for you:

Open my mind, that I may read
More of Thy love in word and deed;
What shall I fear while yet Thou dost lead?
Only for light from Thee I plead.
Refrain 3:
Silently now I wait for Thee,
Ready my God, Thy will to see,
Open my mind, illumine me,
Spirit divine!