Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Book Description: Embark on a journey through the Old and New Testament with Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson as they explore exotic and spice-laden places in search of clues.
The detective and the doctor travel back in time with the help of a Moriarty-designed time machine to investigate ten Bible destinations, unlocking clues to ten Bible mysteries. The most fascinating crime cases are those that are already solved, those that have been investigated by the police and brought to a swift, satisfying, and almost inevitable conclusion. So it is with Bible stories which the reader may consider familiar and unremarkable. But under close scrutiny these stories give up their hidden clues, their long kept secrets. Like a jewel newly polished, they sparkle and shine with a fresh, introspective light.
While traveling back in time to witness certain scenes, Holmes and Watson unravel ten different Biblical mysteries, including the following:
· The Hanging Tree: Why did Ahithophel hang himself?
· Righteous Blood is Red: Is Zechariah the son of Berekiah or Jehoiada in Matthew 23?
· You Miss, You Die: Why did David take five stones against Goliath?
· Dead Man Walking: Why did Jesus delay in coming to Lazarus in John 11?
My Thoughts: I am an armchair super sleuth. I love reading christian suspense and mystery reads! The joy of "figuring out" a clue and the anticipation of a new mystery spur me on to a greater challenge.
Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye is all about unlocking Bible mysteries. How cool is that!
Sherlock Holmes is one of my favorite detectives. So, when he and Watson travel back into the Bible . . . back into time . . . low and behold there are mysteries to solve.
What really wowed me about this book is the wonderful time my son and I had unraveling biblical clues. It was fun and this book actually got us deeper into the Bible. It's not a Bible study book but we were reading clues and searching and that actually made us delve deeper into God's Word.
I was looking for a good book for my son to read over summer vacation but he doesn't enjoy fiction so when this book came it solved the problem. *Just a note my son is 13 and has great critical thinking skills* so this book may not be fun for a younger child.
For all those mystery/suspense fans out there who love Sherlock Holmes and want to delve deeper into the mysteries of the Bible this may be a book you want t check out. We loved it!
*This book was provided for review by BookSneeze*
- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson (May 7, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0849964830
- ISBN-13: 978-0849964831
Monday, May 20, 2013
CAPTURED BY MOONLIGHT
Prisoners to their own broken dreams...
After a daring rescue goes awry, the parched north of India grows too hot for nurse Laine Harkness and her friend Eshana. The women flee to the tropical south…and run headlong into their respective pasts.
Laine takes a new nursing position at a plantation in the jungle, only to discover that her former fiancé is the owner…and that Adam has no more to say to her now than he did when he crushed her years ago.
Eshana, captured by her traditional uncle and forced once more into the harsh Hindu customs of mourning, doubts whether freedom will ever again be in her future, much less the forbidden love that had begun to whisper to her. Is faith enough to live on? Or is her Savior calling her home?
Amid cyclones and epidemics, clashing faiths and consequences of the war, will the love of the True Master give hope to these searching hearts?
* Review by Top Amazon Reviewer, Diana Flowers--"I have ten authors who are my favs...with Shadowed in Silk--Book One and Captured by Moonlight--Book Two, Christine Lindsay has made it into my top five!"
* Award-winning author Catherine West—"Christine Lindsay's attention to detail, witty prose and moving story line all blend together to create a treat for the senses, leaving the reader satisfied and completely satiated by the end."
* Award-winning, multi-published Author Jeanette Windle—"A worthy sequel to acclaimed debut novel Shadowed in Silk."
About the Author:Irish-born Christine Lindsay writes award-winning historical novels. InShadowed in Silk and Captured by Moonlight, Christine delights in weaving the endless theme of God’s redemptive love throughout stories of danger, suspense, adventure, and romance. The Pacific coast of Canada, about 200 miles north of Seattle, is Christine’s home.
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Thursday, May 16, 2013
Book Description: The tornado that devastated Kings’ Orchard pushed Rhoda, Samuel, and Jacob to make a new start in Maine. Are they strong enough to withstand the challenges of establishing an Amish community—and brave enough to face the secrets that move with them?On the eve of their departure to begin a new Old Order Amish community outside of Unity, Maine, Rhoda Byler is shocked to discover that choices made by her business partner and friend, Samuel King, have placed her and her unusual gifts directly into the path of her district’s bishop and preachers. She is furious with Samuel and is fearful that the Kings will be influenced by the way her leaders see her, and not what they know to be true—that Rhoda’s intuition is a gift from God. Jacob King won’t be swayed by community speculation. He loves Rhoda, believes in her, and wants to build a future with her in Maine. But when the ghosts of his past come calling and require him to fulfill a great debt, can he shake their hold before it destroys what he has with Rhoda? Samuel has a secret of his own—one he’ll go to great lengths to keep hidden, even if it means alienating those closest to him. Throwing himself into rehabilitating the once-abandoned orchard, Samuel turns to a surprising new ally. Book 2 of the Amish Vines and Orchards series asks: can the three faithfully follow God’s leading and build a new home and orchard in Maine? Or will this new beginning lead to more ruin and heartbreak?
My Thoughts: The Winnowing Season by Cindy Woodsmall is book 2 in the Amish Vines and Orchards trilogy. I read A Season for Tending the first book in this series and was so glad I did. I think one could read this book as a stand alone because Cindy Woodsmall writes each book as it's own story but I like to read books in order if I can. Also, there are references that come from the first book and it's nice to know what is going on. It also makes for a much better story!
Cindy Woodsmall is a wonderful writer of Amish fiction bringing the characters to life on the written page.
There is a love triangle throughout this story. But the "meat" of the story is about the Amish "pilgrims" who travel to Maine to restore and 80 acre apple orchard. Plus, raise live stock, gardens, children and fix meals. The Amish are very hard working and when they set their minds to a task it is completed.
They are also very family and faith oriented. However, Rhoda's gifts are not entirely made clear except that they are leadings from the Holy Spirit.
The reader keeps wondering which brother Rhoda will end up marrying? Jacob and Samuel both have great character and are hard workers.
It seems that this was a trip for the younger set as no grandparents are mentioned, no weddings but a lot of hard work and some great food!
*This book was provided by Waterbrook/Multnomah for review*
- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: WaterBrook Press (April 2, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307730042
- ISBN-13: 978-0307730046
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
I saw this recipe for Miranda Lambert's meatloaf ( actually I believe that her mom, Bev, makes it but it's the family fav!)in a magazine.
We are not fans of meatloaf
but I wanted something different for supper.
WOW! It's great!
Miranda's Meatloaf Recipe
2 lbs. ground beef
1 lb. ground breakfast sausage (mild or regular)
1/2 sleeve of finely crushed saltines or Ritz crackers
1 dash of Worcestershire
1 tsp. prepared mustard
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. ketchup
1/2 c. finely chopped bell pepper
1/2 finely chopped onion
Mix all the above ingredients together ( use two hands for better mixing).
Put into a baking dish (casserole or loaf style).
Bake at 350° for 1 hour.
Prepare topping while baking.
Topping: Blend together 1 c. ketchup and 1/4 c. brown sugar.
After baking, pour grease off of loaf. Spread topping over meat generously. (If using a large pan you may need extra...follow above measurements).
Place pan back in the oven for 15 minutes to bake.
Let cool for 5-10 minutes before cutting.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Summer's just around the corner, which means you, dear reader, need to be thinking about which books you're going to get lost in while lounging at the pool. Today, Clash of the Titles offers you a few excellent suggestions.Fresh from the editor's desk, these five new titles are some of our favorites this month. They're hugely diverse. Set in exotic locations such as India and Brazil, and ranging in time period from the 1800's to present-day, at least once of them is bound to catch your fancy!So have a quick virtual browse, then vote on which you think will most likely make it into your beach bag.
How do you start a new life when you don’t know who you are? Lydia doesn't have a clue, but when she discovers the man who identified her in the train wreck has been lying, she must decide whether to listen to her heart, or her head.
Wings of Glass tells the story of Penny Taylor, a young wife who feels trapped in an abusive marriage until two women from two very different worlds help open her eyes to the truth of who she is, what she deserves and lend her a backbone until she can find her own.
Two women, one Indian, one English, flee to the tropical south of India only to be captured and imprisoned by their respective pasts—Eshana by her traditional Hindu uncle for her faith in Christ, the other, Lieutenant Laine Harkness by her former fiancé who crushed her heart years ago. Amid cyclones and epidemics, tigers and tiger cubs, clashing faiths and consequences of war, will the love of the True Master give hope to these searching hearts?
For Ellie O'Brien, finding the perfect partner for other people is easy, but now the townsfolk of Peppin want to return the favor by matching her with Lawson Williams who Ellie deems least likely to court a tomboy with a guilty secret. Lawson doesn't see marriage with anyone in his future, but what if his childhood friend has become the woman who can chase away the clouds of his past?
After witnessing the death and destruction caused by the Civil War, Colonel Blake Wallace is eager to leave his once precious Southern homeland for the pristine shores of Brazil and the prospect of a new utopian community. Harboring a dirty secret, Widow Eliza Crawford seeks a fresh start and passage on Wallace’s ship, but will dangers from the sea and from man keep them from the peace and love they long for?