is an inspirational speaker and author of the popular book series, Too Blessed To Be Stressed, with over 250,000 copies sold. Her passion is sharing an off-beat blend of biblical truth gift-wrapped in humor, encouragement, and unconventional wisdom with women of all ages. She believes that the stresses of life become manageable when we truly understand God’s blessings. Deb’s wit and insights have helped thousands of women.
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Book Description: If you’ve ever been given empty clichés during challenging times, you know how painful it can feel to be misunderstood by well-meaning people. Far too often, it seems the response we get to our hurt and disappointment is to suck it up, or pray it away.
But Scripture reveals a God who meets us where we are, not where we pretend to be.
My Thoughts: I rarely read a non fiction book but the title of this book, No More faking fine, caught my attention and as I began reading the first chapter I was hooked.
I've never thought of myself as a person who fakes being fine. I think I'm a rather straight shooter kind of person with straight forward words. But as Esther Fleece points out we all have moments of lamenting where we need to own up to emotions and the consequences of hurts in our lives. Sometimes its not the hurts from others but the hurts that we cause other people that we need to give to God. I love the definition that Esther gives to the word lamenting, "expressing honest emotions to God when life is not going as planned." If we all were honest with God and went to Him with our fears and concerns, our relationships with others would be o.so.much.better.
The total premise of what I got from this book is that we all need to quit pretending. We need to quit faking fine by being honest with God.
This is one of those books that would be great for a ladies Bible study or Sunday School class. This is a fantastic read that all should read.
If you only read one non fiction book this year, I hope it will be this book. 😊
*This book was provided for review by BookLook*
Posted by Tammy G. at 10:50 AM
Friday, January 27, 2017
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Book Description: Heidi Troyer cooks up the idea of teaching classes in the art of Amish cuisine in her Holmes County, Ohio, home. But is it a recipe for drama when five very different men and women answer the advertisement?
Join a class of unlikely Ohioans who take cooking lessons at Lyle and Heidi Troyer’s Amish farm. A woman engaged to marry, an expectant mother estranged from her family, a widowed mom seeking to simplify, a Vietnam vet who camps on the Troyer’s farm, and an Amish widower make up the mismatched lot of students.
Class members share details of their disappointing lives, work to solve a mystery, and stir some romance into the pot. Soon Heidi’s cooking lessons turn into life lessons as they each share their challenges. . .and their souls are healed one meal at a time. Is this what God had in mind when Heidi got the idea for cooking classes?
My Thoughts: I was so excited to receive Wanda Brunstetter's newest book, The Seekers. This new "series" of the Amish Cooking Class is SOOO good! And the recipes at the back of the book are great, too.
The Amish Cooking Class is actually about an Amish woman, Heidi Troyer, who can cook well and she decides to open a class for those who need to learn to cook. To be in the class one does not have to be Amish.
The students are a mix of unlikely people.
The class members not only learn to cook but they share life experiences with these in the class. And they solve a mystery.
I LOVE this read! And can't wait for the next one.
If you are a lover of Amish fiction mixed with wisdom and mystery, then this is the book for you!
And this makes for a great Valentine's present for that reader on your list!
*This book was provided the author and I received an advanced copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review* 😊
Posted by Tammy G. at 7:39 AM
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Book Description: At the age of twenty-four, postmistress Grace Cristler has all but given up hope of finding a husband among the narrowing group of eligible men in her town of Fairland, Kansas. But when her uncle decides to retire from the pulpit, Grace is responsible for corresponding with the new preacher set to take his place. She can’t deny the affection growing in her heart for Reverend Rufus Dille—a man she deeply admires, but has only met through his letters.
Theophil Garrison is on the run from a past and a label he’s desperate to escape. Ten years ago, his outlaw cousins convinced him to take part in a train robbery, but Theo fled the scene, leaving his cousins to face imprisonment. Now their sentence is complete, but the plan for vengeance has only just begun. Branded a coward and running for his life, a chance encounter could provide Theo with the escape he needs.
But the young man’s desperate con might come at an enormous price for the tenderhearted Grace—and the entire town. Will Grace’s undeserved affection and God’s mercy make something beautiful from the ashes of Theo’s past?
My Thoughts: I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the title to Kim Vogel Sawyer's new book, Grace and the Preacher. Simply because my mother's name is Grace and my dad was a preacher. But that's where the family resemblance ends. 😊😊
However, this is the best book that Kim Vogel Sawyer has written. And not just because it reminds me of my parents.
Grace Cristler is the ripe old age of twenty-four and has given up hope of marrying.
But when her uncle decides to retire and give up his pulpit/church Grace is the one who has to correspond with he new preacher, Reverend Rufus Dille.
And there is Theophil Garrison aka Theo, an outlaw...running from his outlaw cousins who are seeking revenge. Theo lands in Grace's territory and things get complicated, I mean, interesting. 😉
Oh.My.Lanta! This was such a great read!
I loved the interaction of the characters, the romance and the life moments.
God's mercy can make life moments so much better!
*This book was provided for review by Waterbrook/Multnomah*
Posted by Tammy G. at 8:42 AM
Monday, January 23, 2017
Book Description: ER nurse Sloane Ferrell escaped her risky past―new name, zip code, job, and a fresh start. She’s finally safe, if she avoids a paper trail and doesn’t let people get too close. Like the hospital’s too-smooth marketing man with his relentless campaign to plaster one “lucky” employee’s face on freeway billboards.
Micah Prescott’s goal is to improve the Hope hospital image, but his role as a volunteer crisis responder is closer to his heart. The selfless work helps fill a void in his life left by family tragedy. So does a tentative new relationship with the compassionate, beautiful, and elusive Sloane Ferrell.
Then a string of brutal crimes makes headlines, summons responders . . . and exposes disturbing details of Sloane’s past.
Can hope spring from crisis?
My Thoughts: When I read my first book by Candace Calvert a few years ago I was hooked.
I like the Candace incorporates the medical field into a suspense story.
In maybe it's you Sloan Ferrell who is an ER nurse must escape her risky past. New everything...zip code, housing, and job. Sloan must not trust anyone.
Micah Prescott is dealing with a family tragedy but he has a goal to improve Hope hospital's image. Micah likes everything by the book but some things in life just aren't cut and dry. Some things take time to deal with and then there's forgiveness.
Then there is the smooth talking campaign man who has campaign to plaster an the one lucky employee's all over the interstate billboards.
Interesting read as Sloan tries to work and hide, Micah tries to work and find forgiveness, and then that unrelenting man who tries make Sloan's life somewhat miserable.
I think this is my favorite Crisis Team read!
I loved the suspense and just a little bit of romance, makes for one wonderful read!
*This book was provided for review by Tyndale*
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Book Description: Many lives were changed the day a fire burned down Faith Community Church, devastating the small town of Sugarcreek, Ohio.
Now a young Amish widow, Lydia Gruber faces an uncertain future. Her husband, a craftsman and volunteer firefighter, always took care of everything, keeping her isolated from others in their community. Without anyone or any skills, how will she survive?
With the death of her beloved aunt Rose in the fire, single mom Jessica Holtz inherits Rose’s Knit One Quilt Too cottage. Though determined to keep the shop open in her aunt’s memory, she doesn’t know the first thing about knitting and quilting and begins to see her aunt’s dream slip through her fingers.
When Liz Cannon lost her dear friend Rose, she also lost her partner in the Secret Stitches Society―the name they gave themselves while delivering gifts of hope to troubled folks in the dark of night. Liz convinces Jessica to keep the anonymous society going, despite the younger women’s inadequacy with knitting and sewing needles. But soon Liz has problems of her own as the life she has rebuilt for herself begins to crumble again.
When Liz and Jessica choose Lydia for their first mission, the three women cross paths and form an unlikely friendship in the aftermath of tragedy. As they walk together through triumph and heartbreak―through grief and new chances at love―they begin to discover that with friends by your side, a stitch of hope can be found anywhere.
My Thoughts: Three women's paths cross after a tragedy. They become The Sisters of Sugarcreek.
And as they walk the paths of tragedy to heartbreak, they also become each others cheerleaders as they walk from tragedy to triumph.
Amish widow, Lydia Gruber, single mom, Rose Holtz, and Liz Cannon all have a common thread. They all lost someone who gave them hope and love.
When the three women cross paths they, too, feel the need to bering hope to others in Sugarcreek.
Lydia and Rose know next to nothing about quilting and knitting but when they meet Liz, Liz gives them lessons and hope as they begin to quilt and knit. Not only does this bring hope to these ladies but it brings hope and closeness to the Sugarcreek community as the women share from their labors. I love the camaraderie these three women share. They care for one another and for those in their community. Their tragedy turns into a win win for all involved.
A lovely read that crosses the barriers of "blood" family showing that strangers can become sisters.
These sisters of Sugarcreek bring a whole new meaning to love, laughter, and family.
*This book was provided for review byTyndale*
Posted by Tammy G. at 2:57 PM
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Book Description: Allie left the love of her life at the altar - to save him from a lifetime of heartbreak. When a Valentine's Day wedding brings them back together, she struggles against her family's destructive history. Can Allie ever realize that a marriage is so much more than a wedding dress?
- File Size: 1381 KB
- Print Length: 80 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
- Publisher: Zondervan (January 28, 2014)
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
- Language: English
Monday, January 16, 2017
Book Description: A story of intrigue, an unsolved mystery, a warning ignored--draws the reader into the lives of Becca Nelson and Leigh Wilcox, who stumble into the center of a dark plot.
Posted by Tammy G. at 6:20 AM
Book Description: Cassidy Ivanoff and her father, John, work at the new and prestigious Curry Hotel outside Mt. McKinley. While John will be expedition and wilderness exploration guide for the wealthy tourists, Cassidy has signed on as a cook's assistant. Both are busy as the hotel prepares to welcome the president of the United States on his way to drive in the golden spike to officially complete the railroad.
Allan Brennan travels to the Curry Hotel to be an apprentice of a seasoned Alaska mountain guide. Ever since his father's death climbing Mt. McKinley, he's worked to earn enough money to make the trek to the Alaska territory himself. His father's partner blames their guide for the death of his father, but Allan wants to find the truth for himself. He finds an unlikely ally in Cassidy, and as the two begin to look into the mystery, they suddenly find that things are much less clear, and much more dangerous, than either could ever imagine.
My Thoughts: I've always loved books authored by Tracie Petersen and now she has teamed up with Kimberley Woodhouse to write a great story set in Alaska.
Cassidy Ivanoff and her father, John, are in Alaska to work at the famous Curry Hotel which is within view of Mt. McKinley.
Cassidy is working as a cook's assistant and her father will be a guide in the wilderness for wealthy guests.
Then Allan Brennan comes along to be an apprentice as a mountain guide.
This historical romance was fascinating! And Cassidy's cooking skills...as well as, the mountain guides adventures was a fun lesson for this reader.
There is a bit of a mystery in this read too. Allan's father's guide blames the death of his father on their guide but Allan is there to be an apprentice so he can to find out the truth concerning his father's death.
Meeting Cassidy and finding that she is a great partner in helping him find out the truth in this somewhat dangerous mystery.
Then the president of the USA is making a stop at the hotel as he travels to drive the golden spike to complete the railroad.
A lot of history and mystery combined with some sweet romance.
*This book was provided for review by Bethany House*
Book Description: Poppy Denby, arts and entertainment editor at the Daily Globe, covers an exhibition of Russian art, hosted by White Russian refugees, including members of the surviving exiled Romanov royal family. There is an armed robbery, a guard is shot, and the largest Fabergé egg in the collection is stolen. While the egg itself is valuable, the secrets it contains within are priceless--secrets that could threaten major political powers.
Suspects are aplenty, including the former keeper of the Fabergé egg, a Russian princess named Selena Romanova Yusopova. The interim Bolshevik Russian ambassador, Vasili Safin, inserts himself into the investigation, as he believes the egg--and the other treasures--should all be restored to the Russian people.
Poppy, her editor, Rollo, press photographer Daniel, and the other staff of the Globe are delighted to be once again in the middle of a sensational story. But soon the investigation takes a dark turn when another body is found and an employee of the newspaper becomes a suspect. The race is on to find both the key and the egg--can they be found before the killer strikes again?
Fiona Veitch Smith offers up another rollicking mystery set in 1920s London, when women's emancipation, the jazz age, the consequences of the First World War, and the aftermath of the Bolshevik revolution were rearranging the cultural landscape.
My Thoughts: Yay! Another story about Poppy Denby. I enjoyed book one in the Poppy Denby Investigates stories and was excited to receive the second book.
This time Poppy, as the arts and entertainment editor at the Daily Globe, gets to cover the Russian exhibit.
And while Poppy is covering the exhibit an armed robbery occurs. The guard is shot, the largest Fabergé egg in the exhibit is stolen but all the secrets that this egg hold are priceless. Secrets that it seems someone will kill for.
Well, soon the newspaper staff is involved in this cover story. But when dark secrets take a turn for the worse and another person is killed. Which makes a member of the newspaper staff look guilty, Poppy knows this is a mystery she needs to solve. For someone wants this story to be stopped...hence the name Kill Fee (The kill fee is a negotiated payment on a magazine or newspaper article that is given to the freelancer if their assigned article is "killed" or canceled.)
A lot of action and suspense in this grand read. A great mystery! Actually loved this story more than book one!
I love how Fiona Smith incorporates history from the 1920's into the story. A mystery with history!
*This book was provided for review by Kregel Publications*
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Parmesan Baked Tomatoes (again, another great recipe from Pinterest!)
Parmesan Baked Tomatoes
2 medium tomatoes
1/3 cup (50g) freshly grated Parmesan
freshly ground pepper
Parmesan Baked Tomatoes
2 medium tomatoes
1/3 cup (50g) freshly grated Parmesan
freshly ground pepper
Preheat the oven to 450 F (230 C).
Cut the tomatoes lengthwise into approximately 1/3-inch (1 cm) slices.
Place them on a baking sheet.
Top with Parmesan, oregano, salt and pepper (season according to your taste). Drizzle with some olive oil and bake until tomatoes are tender and the cheese is melted, for about 10-15 minutes.
**We eat them like this but some say they like them on French bread, hamburgers, sandwiches . . . well, the list is endless!
Monday, January 9, 2017
Book Description: Alanna has been plagued by tragedy. So it should come as no surprise that in the beauty that surrounds Charleston, all is not as it seems.
When her husband is killed by a car bomb while their band is on tour in Charleston, Alanna doesn’t know where to turn. Her father-in-law is threatening to take custody of the baby she carries, but the one thing she knows for sure is that she can’t lose the last piece of Liam she has left.
Their manager offers her a marriage of convenience to gain her U.S. citizenship and allow her to escape her father-in-law’s control. It seems like the perfect solution . . . but her doubts begin almost as soon as she arrives at Barry’s family home, a decaying mansion surrounded by swamp.
To make matters worse, Liam’s best friend survived the car bomb. She’s never really liked Jesse and now she can’t seem to get away from him. When he takes Liam’s place in their band, it’s almost more than she can bear.
But then things start happening. Things that could easily cost Alanna her life—or the life of her unborn child. Are they merely coincidences? Or is there something much more sinister at work?
My Thoughts: Anytime Colleen Coble writes a new story I grab it. She is one of my to.go.authors.
As I began reading Because You're Mine I was immediately immersed in the story of Alanna and her unborn child.
Alanna has not had the best of luck. So, when her husband is killed by a car bomb while their band is on tour.... it seems that her life will not get better. Poor Alanna! It seems that life goes from bad to worse. But there is always hope and Alanna holds on to life and hope for herself and her unborn child. An interesting part of this story for me was the strong bond that a mother has for her child even her unborn child. And all that she will do to protect her child.
There are twist and turns in this spellbinding read!
Of course, there are a couple of characters in this read that seem all to real and not likable at all. But in true "Colleen Coble fashion" the twists come when the reader least expects them.
This is one of those reads that the mystery/suspense reader will not want to miss!
This book would make a great Valentine's gift for that reader on your list! 💕
*This book was provided for review by BookLook*
Posted by Tammy G. at 8:26 AM