Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Quilts of Love

My mother is a quilter. She quilts by hand, by machine, using scraps of fabric and even tshirts.
Whenever she sees a quilt, she turns it over to se the label, and read the story of the quilt.

This new series of books gives you stories of the quilts and their creators. Each book has a different author, a different style and a new voice, just as quilts are a kaleidoscope. There are 19 books in the series so far, enough to keep you warm all winter, even the coldest winter in 20 yrs!

Scraps of Evidence is book#14
This one tells the story of the Quilt itself, and how it is linked to mystery. Two detectives are trying to track down a serial killer and solve a cold case. Of course there is some romance thrown in like a brightly coloured fabric to add to the depth of a quilt. A quick read that will warm your heart.

A Sky Without Stars is book #15.
As 1/16th Lakota, I connected to this story. One of the things I love about Native American culture is there isn't the "how Indian are you?" question. You are Lakota, no matter how small it appears on paper work. We could use more of that acceptance in our world.
The author brought out the struggles that still continue to this day on one of the poorest reservation communities in our nation. The mystery and the pattern chosen for this book were done well.

Maybelle in Stitches is book #16
This story is of a WW2 era woman, fighting at home while her husband fights over in Europe.
Poor Maybelle!, Her mother unexpectedly dies, her husband is missing Surrounded by other military wives and widows, her circumstances force her into a new role. With High School Home Ec haunting her, she decides to finish a quilt her mother started.

"Quilts tell stories of love and loss, hope and faith, tradition and new beginnings. The Quilts of Love series focuses on the women who quilted all of these things into their family history. Featuring contemporary and historical romances as well as women's fiction and the occasional light mystery, you will be drawn into the endearing characters of this series and be touched by their stories."

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

500 hats

We seem to be lacking "older women to teach the younger women." Joyce makes a conscience effort to be a Titus 2 woman with this book. 
This book is full of  advice on loving your husband,  that marriage is not all about you, and on raising children. She discusses being a servant, and looking for ways to interact with the older and younger generations.  Joyce Ellis helps you see how your "hats" come together, and how you can make a difference in your world.

Monday, March 10, 2014

When Courage Calls

As an 11 yr old, I would steal my mom’s Janette Oke books and read them late at night. My teenage daughters now watch the Hallmark series. I love that this new book combines the writing of both Mother and Daughter. It is perfect.
3 generations of my own family have read or watched generations of Marty’s family grow. This book does not disappoint. 
The Canadian West series was always my favourite. I wanted to run off to the Canadian Rockies and find mine own adventures. I am so glad that Janette and Laurel continued the story!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Real Women Leading

After the first few babies arrived, I never expected to do much outside of our home. I had no idea I would be spinning wool or creating things to keep my family warm, or use those things in a marketplace setting.
I feel like I am gathering things from afar. This year as my husband decreased his pay in order to keep the ministry afloat, I generated income almost matching what his pay cut equaled. Not bad for someone who doesn't have a real job. But it has been a great struggle to find balance. Homeschooling high school students, packing lunches and sending elementary students off in the mornings, and business trips, not to mention all the "mission trips" this year, has left me feeling stretched thin. 
I was able to find good advice in this book.

"Timing is truly important when we look at the context of responsibility." (Your timing, not mine)

"I've indeed been used as a vessel of created delivery, and have accepted responsibility for the seed that I carried." (as some one who is constantly in a state of creation and design, I love this line applied to more than child birth) 

"Most Christians associate the virtuous woman described in Proverbs 31 as the ideal wife and mother whose place is within the home. However, are we not seeing the full picture? In their book, Real Women Leading: With Proverbs 31 Values,executive sales director Lisa Troyer and chief executive officer Dawn Yoder share principles for women in the real world who want to have personal fulfillment and a meaningful impact on their spheres of influence, wherever that may be."

Lisa Troyer and Dawn Yoder present in their book:
The 10 Key Principles for Women
1. Understanding People
2. Being Responsible
3. Being Forgiving
4. Having a Good Attitude
5. Resolving Conflict
6. Showing Restraint
7. Being Honest
8. Being Generous
9. Being a Wise Planner
10. The Value of Applying Influence

Thursday, March 6, 2014

The Thief by Stephanie Landsem

The Thief by Stephanie Landsem is the second book in the Living Water series. Don't worry, it is more of a stand alone book than a sequel. The Thief is a fictional retelling of "the day Christ died", with a romance between a Jew and Roman thrown in. Well researched and beautifully written, you will love reading this book. Stephanie Landsem is a new favourite author. 

Nissa goes from contemplating pick pocketing for survival to watching the call to stone the woman caught in adultery. In the midst of all of this turmoil, her brother shows up, her blind brother. Like in real life, we get to witness how a miracle has ripple effects to others, and not just the one "healed" or experiencing the miracle first hand. This is a story of forgiveness and the healing of hearts and souls. 

Book Overview
Longinus is a Roman centurion haunted by death and failure. Desperate to escape the accursed Judean province, he accepts a wager. If he can catch the thieves harassing the marketplace before Passover, he’ll earn a transfer away from the troublemaking Jews.
Nissa is a Jewish woman with a sharp tongue and no hope of marriage. Only with the help of Mouse, the best thief in Jerusalem, can she keep her blind brother, Cedron, fed and a roof over their heads.

When a controversial teacher miraculously heals Cedron, Longinus longs to learn more about the mysterious healer. Instead, his journey leads him to Nissa, whose secret will determine the course of both their futures.

Unexpectedly caught up in the arrest, trial, and crucifixion of Jesus, they wonder who this teacher is who heals others but does nothing to save himself. Is the mercy he offers in his teachings real, or just another false promise? Can Nissa and Longinus overcome their pasts to find a future free of their shackles?

The Thief is an evocative story of two people trapped in their circumstances and the life-changing power of forgiveness and love.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

InScribed Collection By Donna Gaines (Leaving Ordinary), Wendy Blight (Living "So That"), Heather Zempel (Amazed and Confused), Jenifer Jernigan (Dive Deeper)

Before the business trip this weekend (which I am still sore over!!!!!!) I received in the mail a set of Inscribed devotional books.
I was expecting small workbook Bible Study booklets. These are some hefty books. I was really impressed.
The ones I received are the first 4 in the series (due out March 3), and 3 more will be published later in the year. If you want these for your church, Thomas Nelson has some great specials for buying in bulk for your church.

Donna Gaines' book Leaving Ordinary was birthed from a study on the Tabernacle.

Amazed and Confused by Heather Zempel "The book starts with a general overview of Old Testament history and exegetical tools for reading the minor prophets. Then, it launches into a play-by-play of the book of Habakkuk." Yes Habbakkuk! When did you last do a study on Habbakkuk?!

Heather says: "Why did I write a book on Habakkuk? The title, Amazed and Confused, is a play off God’s exhortation to the people of Judah in Habakkuk 1:5 where He says, “Look around at the nations; look and be amazed!” He continued to outline a series of tragedies that were about to befall His people. Amazing? Yes. But in a way that left them completely confused. I wrote it for a few reasons:
When people meet Habakkuk at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, I want them to be able to say, “Yes, I read your book!”
The minor prophets carry some of the most compelling and relevant messages for our generation, and yet they are the least read pages of our Bibles.
Sometimes life doesn’t go well and God doesn’t seem to play nice, but He’s given us His promises and His presence to cling to.
We can let what we know about our circumstances dictate how we view God’s character or we can let what we know about God’s character dictate how we view our circumstances. The book of Habakkuk helps us start with God’s character."

Another one of the books in the series is  Living So That....

"Living faith-fully comes down to choices. We can make “faith-filled” choices, or we can make “faith-less”choices. Faith-less choices come easier and occur when we react quickly out of our emotions and do what comes naturally. They lead to a frazzled, highly charged, chaotic life."

From Wendy's Blog :

Faith-filled choices are more challenging. They require patience and occur when we react not out of our emotions but out of a Spirit-led heart and mind. They lead to a peaceful, content, more fulfilled life.
God’s Word meets us in the middle of our mess.
In Living So That, you’ll find prayers, biblical teaching, personal stories, application questions, “going deeper” sections, and calls to action to put into practice what you have learned.

The last book of the four is Jenifer Jernigan's Dive Deeper.
DIVE is an acronym

"Equip yourself to fall deeply in love with God’s Word through this unique, interactive Bible study. Delving into the book of Ephesians, Dive Deeper is a tool for women—those who might be satisfied and content with their Bible study and for those who find themselves fearful or numb—to d.i.v.e.(define, investigate, visualize, embrace) deeper into the living and active Word of God.

Dive Deeper comes from Jenifer Jernigan’s heart. As a preacher’s daughter, she grew up with some pretty heavy expectations to live up to. Jenifer found herself becoming numb to the things of God because the Bible stories were all too familiar. She longed to break through the serene surface of her safe place and d.i.v.e. deeper into scripture."

Monday, March 3, 2014


Author is sick.

Very sick. Rx and Doctor ordered rest is on the menu.

Will be back soon.

(pre-scheduled posts will post themselves)