Tuesday, March 7, 2017

YBC Book Review - Gabby Care by B.A. Coots

My recent reading time was spent with a cute fun mystery

Gabby Rendon is the director of her church's after school program, and a truly sweet, and naive person.  Struggling with the demons of her past, she is trying hard to find love.  But what she finds is one serious problem after another.  Before she knows it, she is being framed for a crime she didn't commit.  But don't let that fool you, this is a fun story, while still being suspenseful.
Surrounded by her quirky friends, Gabby plays sleuth to try and clear her own name, but just gets in deeper and deeper.  It was hard to believe that one person could have so much bad luck.
But in the end, and with help, Gabby clears her name and enjoys a bright future.

I highly recommend this book for your fun and light summer reading list.

Be blessed,

*I received a copy of this novel from BookLookBloggers for my honest review.*

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

My Post-Chemo Vacation Dreams

One thing I'm learning on my cancer journey, is to take it one day at a time.
And plan for the future.
I've already decided on long hot pink hair IF mine should decide to fall out.
My next plan is my post-chemo vacation.
A place where I can relax and recoup with no stress, no iv bags, no tubes or needles or nausea.
So, where should I go?

Local to NC of course, and my favorite rest spot
See that soft tan sand?
The beautiful blue green water?
The softly lapping waves?

And right in the middle of this picture,
picture me,
laying in a hammock 
in my hot pink wig.

I am a history buff, I love stories of how this country started.
So what's a trip without a little learning?
We have talked about seeing this every
time we go to the beach, and never get there.
But since this trip I am not going to be in
hiking form, sitting and watching
Ghosts of The Lost Colony
is a good choice.

Now when I'm tired and just need some quiet time, I'll send Chuck and the kids to
Jockey's Ridge State Park,
the world's largest sand dune.
I'll be sitting on the beach again,
having some alone time with my son who I never get to see as much as I want since he grew up and moved out of state.

And for our last night there,
nothing is more fun than some interactive
action.  And this
OBX Mystery Dinner
looks like a blast.

Does any of this look like fun to you?
Be blessed,

Friday, January 27, 2017

YBC Book Review - "The Returning" by Rachelle Dekker

"It's in the forgetting that we remember."
"Life is a cycle of forgetting and remembering."

This is what I feel is the main theme of The Seer Series by Rachelle Dekker.
And "The Returning" is the exceptional end to an amazing story.

The Returning
The story starts 20 years after Elise had been kidnapped from Remko and Carrington Brant while they were fighting the darkness enveloping The Authority City.  A lot had happened in those 20 years, and since Elise was just a baby when she was taken, she has lots of questions of her past, but no answers.  But, there is a light in her, that has always been in her.  Just as it is always in each one of us.  The light of the Father that loves us and created us, and has a destiny for each of us.

That's why the theme, forgetting to remember, is so important.  We must forget what we think we are to remember what He knows we are, forget what others call us and remember what He calls us.  And we need to forget what we tell ourselves, and remember to hear His voice amongst the clamor of our lives.  I don't want to give away details, because this story is so worth savoring, but I can tell you that just like the first 2 books, this is full of love, action, romance, fear, and a calling to us, the reader, from our Father.  Just listen and remember.

Here's a few facts about the author, Rachelle Dekker.  If the name sounds familiar it's because she is the uniquely talented daughter of Ted Dekker.  I say uniquely because while you can see traces of her dad in her writing, Rachelle is a talent all her own.

Let's look at some answers that Rachelle provided for this book review tour.

What themes are explored in this book?
Identity is something I am always exploring, so that’s no different in The Returning. But in this
novel I took a really hard look at forgiveness and how that relates to our journey of discovering
who we really are.

How have Carrington and Remko developed as characters throughout this series?
Well, we meet them as young adults, just out of their teen years, and we find them middle-aged in
book three. So we’ve journeyed quite a bit of life with them. They have grown and changed, as
people do, and even in this last novel they struggle with remembering their true identities. I
believe life is always stretching us and showing us different ways to love, so their growth reflects that.

You talk about the power of belief in the book. What is the purpose of faith, and what
makes faith so powerful in people’s lives?
Belief and faith are everything. We form our own realities. We make judgments based on the past
and what we think the future will bring; then we shape our idea of what we are capable of around
those beliefs. Imagine if we truly believed we were infinite sons and daughters of the creator. How 
different would the world look then? When we believe and have faith in who the Father calls us, then the world looks pretty different.

How do you hope this book will resonate with your readers?
I hope, as with both of the other books, that the reader sees themselves in the characters and
that the story causes them to look inward. To ask hard questions like, Who am I? What am I
capable of? Do I see myself the way the Father does? Can I? I hope it challenges their idea of
identity and then gives them hope to see themselves and others more clearly. Because that’s
how these stories have impacted me, and we are all really just the same.

I resoundingly give this novel 5 thumbs up....5 stars....and and enthusiastic yahoo.

Be blessed,

*I received a copy of this book from Tyndale House for my honest and original review,*

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Time For Another Weird and Wacky Wednesday

And where else to find weird and wacky?
Why, Pinterst, of course.
Buckle your seat belts, it's going to be a crazy ride. 
ok, I know I talked about getting a hot pink wig, but this? No thanks.
Someone could get seriously hurt by that horn. 
Yep, that's my house too.
They needed some of these at the recent Woman's March. lol

And that's enough for me today.

Be blessed,

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