Monday, November 26, 2012

On a Quest for Christ: Tracing the Footsteps of Your Spiritual Journey by Lisa Aré Wulf

Genre- Religion/Christian Life/Spiritual Growth

Published by- Spiritual Formation House

Copyrighted- 2012

Number of pages- 148

Age Group- Adult

Description of book- paperback, listed price- $9.99, ISBN 978-1938042003


Have you ever explored your journey with God?  This 30-day devotional will guide you by covering such topics as: belonging, striving, pursuing, healing, forsaking, and resting.

This book contains:

  • thought provoking questions in each chapter.
  • Personal stories by Lisa Aré Wulf.
  • Pertinent Bible Verses.
  • Prayers to help you grow closer to God.

About the Author-

Lisa Aré Wulf currently lives in Colorado with her husband.  They have four grown children.

She has served on the Colorado Springs City Council.  After serving on the council  she entered the ministry and she has written different articles and has spoken to groups across the country.

Lisa Aré Wulf’s Website

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My thoughts-

Have you ever explored your journey with God lately?  Before I read this book I hadn’t.  And now I  see what my journey with Christ has been like.

There are many aspects I really enjoyed about this book.  The top three things are:

  • No matter where you are on your journey, On a Quest for Christ will help you explore where you’ve been.
  • Reading Lisa Are Wulf’s personal stories helped me have a better idea of what types of answers I should have in each chapter.  They also helped me learn about her.
  • I liked being able to write in the book.  It helped me to be able to write my thoughts down right away.

This book would be a perfect read if you are interested in learning more about your faith for your own benefit or if you want to write a book about it, to bless others.

I recommend On a Quest for Christ to anyone who wants to explore their faith.

You can purchase On a Quest for Christ on Amazon!

Disclosure of Material Connection-  I received a free copy of On a Quest for Christ: Tracing the Footsteps of Your Spiritual Journey by Lisa Aré Wulf to review.  I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.  I am part of The CWA Review Crew.   All links were current when posted.

The Weight of Mercy: A Novice Pastor on the City Streets by Deb Richardson-Moore

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Genre- Christian/Autobiography

Published by- Monarch Books

Copyrighted- 2012

Number of pages- 288

Age Group- Adult

Description of book- paperback, listed price- $13.99, ISBN 978-0-85721-229-0




After 27 years as a journalist Deb Richardson-Moore became a Baptist pastor.  She became the pastor at Triune Mercy Center.  At Triune she had to go through many different challenges.  She has had to deal with break-ins, people on drugs, the homeless, and prostitutes.  And among all the negativity, Christ was there protecting and changing the lives of all involved.  Deb Richardson-Moore took a difficult situation and made a safe place for all.

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About the Author-

Deb Richardson-Moore is the pastor of Triune Mercy Center in Greenville, South Carolina.  She is married and has three grown children.  This is her first book.






My thoughts-

I was very inspired by Deb Richardson-Moore and the work she has done and issues she has overcome at Triune.  She is such a strong woman and has had such courage to continue with her work as a pastor when there were so many difficult times.  I know that I couldn’t do everything she does with her inner-city church.

This book was well written and I had a hard time putting it down, because I wanted to know what would happen to her and the people involved with the church.  There are many people who are homeless who help her in different ways and there are other churches as well.  I ‘m surprised she was able to do everything and still develop a sermon.

I would have enjoyed reading a little bit more about her family life.  I know that she lived in an area that was a lot different than her church and more comparison would have helped me understand how different her life is. 

If you are looking for a book about inspirational women or pastors or a book about an inner-city church or all three then this book is for you.  Even if you aren’t looking for those subjects this book is still a must read. 

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Disclosure of Material Connection- I received The Weight of Mercy by Deb Richardson for free from the Kregel Publications’ Blog Tour.  All links were current when posted.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Crossovers by LeAnne Hardy

Genre- Fiction/Christian/General

Published by- BookSurge Publishing

Copyrighted- 2009

Number of pages- 158

Age Group- Juvenile Fiction

Description of Book- paperback, list price $9.99, ISBN 978-1-7392-6104-0


Ben Bradley, a star hockey player, wants to be a figure skater and his sister, Denise, wants to play varsity hockey in high school.  Ben doesn’t want anyone to find about about what he and Denise want to do.  Life doesn’t always work like that and soon Ben finds out. 

Ben soon learns that the the truth is best and he should have come clean from the beginning.  Will his family and team members accept both of them for what they want to do?

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Here is a link to LeAnne Hardy’s website!

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LeAnne Hardy has lived all over the world.  She has enjoyed many different cultural experiences.  She uses her experiences to write her books.



My Thoughts-  LeAnne Hardy did a wonderful job in this book of portraying the life of a young man who wants to figure skate and play hockey.  I was very impressed.  I think this book is a must read for all young men who want to participate in activities that usually are not done by their gender.

I enjoyed the addition of Ben’s sister, Denise, and how she had a similar problem.  She wanted to play varsity hockey in high school with the young men.  It was a good idea to add a young lady with a similar problem, so the young men who read this book can empathize with her.

We all need to learn from Ben that , it is better to take pride it what we do, no matter what others may say.  I’m glad that he was able to understand that what he enjoyed so much could be enjoyed by others.

I would recommend this book to all young men.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Crossover by LeAnne Hardy for free from Leanne Hardy. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Gratitude Challenge 2012- Day 9

I am grateful for my pickup!

We have a 2000 Dodge Dakota two-wheel drive crew cab and it is my favorite vehicle.  Since we are on a trip this weekend it is what we took.  I know we would have gotten better gas mileage if we had taken the car, but the kids and I love our pickup.  We have lots of space and we have a tape/cd player.  We pack it in the summer with our footlockers and dog kennels when we go out West.  This pickup just has everything we need.  I almost have no words to explain how grateful I am for it.

Thank you God for our pickup.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Gratitude Challenge 2012- Day 8

I am grateful for audio tapes!

This weekend we are taking a trip to see my grandmother and my sister.  This trip will take us five hours and we took advantage of the library this week to stock up on some audio tapes.  We always use the library for our audio tapes.  The kids and I enjoy being able to pick what we listen to and sometimes there isn’t anything to listen to on the radio.  We are going to be listening to Henry Huggins, Boxcar Children, and Swiss Family Robinson.  I know we won’t be able to listen to all of them, but we will have fun with what we do listen to.

Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Gratitude Challenge Day 7

I am grateful today that God gave us the ability to have faith in Him and for the faith I do have in Him.

Wordless Wednesday- November 7


Read-Aloud Tuesday November 6- Still Plugging Away

Last week I had a cold and then a cough, so we are still plugging away at the same books.  We have been reading consistently during school this week, since this is our flex week.  I am hoping that with this week of consistent reading that we will be caught up.  At this point in time we are almost done with Courage Undaunted.  I plan on reading the book about Odysseus for the next couple of days.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Gratitude Challenge 2012- Day 6

I Am Grateful for Water!


I’m grateful today for water, and whatever type of precipitation it comes in.

I spent a very dry summer in Wyoming watching the forests and plains burn, then I cam back to the Midwest and I saw dry trees and sun burnt crops and grass.  I know that over the United States there wasn’t enough precipitation this summer, which has lead to many fires and crop failures. 

I am praying to God that the dry areas of the United States receive enough precipitation this coming winter and spring to begin to replenish what has been lost. 

We need our aquifers and springs refilled.  We need better hay, corn, wheat, soybean, etc. crops.  I would also like to be able to plant a larger garden this coming summer.

The Hunted Hare by Fay Sampson

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Series- The Aiden Mysteries

Genre- Mystery/Suspense

Published by- Monarch Books

Copyrighted- 2012

Number of pages- 286

Age Group- Adult

Description of book- paperback, listed price- $14.99, ISBN 978-0-85721-204-7






The Davison family has come to the House of the Hare to see if there can be healing for Jenny, who has advanced cancer.  The House of the Hare, a new hotel, is located in Pennant Melangell which lies in a mountain valley in North Wales.

This area is sacred and known for healing and is one of the areas of the Celtic world, where time blends together.  Will Jenny be healed or with this remote location be a place of death.

Excerpt from the book!

About the Author-

Fay Sampson has written many books, with a focus on fantasy and Celtic history.  She is a winner of the Barco de Vapor award and has been shortlisted 3 times for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize.


My thoughts-

I’m glad this isn’t going to be the only book in this series, because I was captivated the entire time.  I couldn’t put it down, so it was a good thing supper was cooking in the oven.

There was an underlying sadness though the book, because of Jenny’s cancer.  (I wish cancer wouldn’t occupy so many books.)  The cancer was a large part of the book and it almost took over the murder mystery, but fortunately it did not.

I could see how Pennant Melangell was one of the places in the world where there is a fine line between the old world and today.  Fay Sampson did a wonderful job of showing it through her descriptions.

I would highly recommend this book to all mystery fans.  I’m looking forward to the second volume in the series.

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Disclosure of Material Connection- I received The Hunted Hare by Fay Sampson for free from the Kregel Publications’ Blog Tour.  All links were current when posted.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Gratitude Challenge 2012- Day 4

Today I want to show pictures of my favorite state





Friday, November 2, 2012

Gratitude Challenge 2012- Day 2

Today I am grateful for my family.  My youngest sister is spending part of the weekend with us and my mom called today.  Those are both pretty special, because my youngest sister is in her first year of college and this is her first time coming to our house by herself and since my mom works, it is hard to get a hold of her.  I am very grateful for both of them.

Next week we will being traveling a few hours to visit my grandmother and my other sister.  We haven’t been to their place since this spring, so it will be nice to have a chance to visit with them.

Last weekend we went to my in-law’s house to celebrate my mother-in-law’s birthday.  That was a lot of fun and we got to go “shopping” in the basement for yarn.  In two weeks we will go back to their house to see them, because we will be celebrating my father-in-law’s and my daughter’s birthdays.  They happen to be the same day (benefits of a scheduled c-section, it’s hard to forget both birthdays then).

In a little bit more than a month we will be going to to the ranch where we will be seeing my dad, mom and my brother and his family.  That is a lot of fun, plus a long car ride with my youngest sister.

And in the next couple of months we will be able to celebrate the birthdays of my husband, son, stepson, and sister (the one we are going to see).  A lot of fun!

I am very thankful for the rest of my extended family as well.  I enjoy visiting with them and talking with them.  And I hope to see a lot of them soon, as a lot of them live near the ranch or come to the ranch.

Thank you God for family.

Read Aloud Tuesday- October 30, 2012

Our family reads a lot of books both silently and aloud. I try to read other books as well, but we have not been doing a lot of that in the past weeks. It is something we need to start doing again, it just seems as if there is not enough time in the day.  And we are still reading the books from the past week!


Of Courage Undaunted

We are reading Of Courage Undaunted by James Daugherty for American History. This book is excellent. It is about Lewis and Clark and their trek across the United States. We are spending three weeks on this book and B always wants to read more.







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The Children’s Homer is what we are currently reading for World History. I’m not sure when we will finish it in our school year, but it has been fun for us so far.







Archimedes and the Door of Science (Living History Library)

Archimedes and the Door of Science by Jeanne Bendick is so much fun to read. I didn’t know that he knew so much. I don’t think I spent much time learning about him when I was in public school. It is hard for us to only read two chapters a week, because this book is so well written and Archimedes was so smart.  We have now finished this book!  Can’t wait to see what we will be reading for our next term.







Goal for next week- I would like to finish reading the book, Tom Jefferson by Helen Albee Monsell.

Hawaiian Hamburgers

We have had this recipe only once before, but they were delicious!  And when we have the pineapple we will have them again.

2 pounds ground meat

1/4 tsp. pepper

1/2 tsp. ground ginger

2 T. soy sauce

Mix the ingredients and cook as is best for you.  Garnish with pineapple chunks and flaked coconut.  Enjoy!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

2012 Gratitude Challenge – Day 1

This year I am taking part of the gratitude challenge and I will be linking up with Garden of learning gratitude challenge.  Please join me through my 31 days of gratitude. Thank you.

I have had a cold for the past couple of day, so today I’m grateful for a generally healthy family.  Having our health is very important.  I find that whenever I have a cold it is very difficult for me to complete our daily schoolwork.  Our daily schoolwork involves a lot of reading and since my children are young, I am the one who has to do the reading. Sometimes for our history class I have to read every single day and it plugs up my head to read.  I find that I have to resort to videos or audio tapes when I have a cold and it is not accomplishing our curriculum.  I will be very glad when this cold is over.  Come and I hope the kids don't get this cold because I will just stop school even more.  And so bring on the health which I am so thankful for!