Posts tagged ‘books’

March 14, 2012

1870 traveling dress showcased on Walks Alone by Sandi Rog

Kinda delayed, but better late than never 🙂
This is the mock-up cover of the book that I made the dress for last fall. The eBook is available on Amazon now, as well as the paperback for preorder. The paperback will be available in mid-June!

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March 3, 2012

Then Sings My Soul Book 3 by Robert J Morgan – Book Review

Then Sings My Soul Book 3
The Story of our Songs: Drawing Strength from the Great Hymns of Our Faith
By Robert J Morgan

 

Then Sings My Soul 3 is all about the history and future of Christian hymns. In the first section, The History of Hymnody, Morgan leads us from Biblical times up through Contemporary praise. In the second section, Do You Know These Hymns?, we have the familiar format of a hymn complete with sheet music followed by a page of history specific to that hymn. The first hymn was written about AD 100 and the last in 2001. The third section, Six Hymn Stories I Love to Tell, is similar, but the stories are much longer (6-12 pages each). In the fourth section, Hymning in Private and in Public, the reader is encouraged to apply the knowledge of the hymns to his or her life. The Epilogue closes out the book with a reminder of the gospel – a perfect ending in my opinion!

I loved the first two books in the Then Sings My Soul trilogy. I couldn’t imagine a better hymn book, but this third installment surpassed my expectations! Having a particular interest in history certainly helped, but even if you don’t share that enthusiasm, you will find this book easy to read and learn from. My favorite part of this book is the history of hymnody. I loved seeing the similarities and differences in the way the church worshiped in song through the years. My only complaint is the way this book is bound. The pages are artistically ragged and uneven, making it difficult to flip through the pages, especially when looking for a certain page.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. 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 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

January 12, 2012

Healing is a Choice by Stephen Arterburn (guest book review)

My mom, Kim, wrote this book review.

Healing is a Choice was full of great content: applicable scriptures, relatable anecdotes, and helpful suggestions about how to survive the pain of this earthly life.  This pain may come from emotionally devastating events like divorce (as in the author’s case) or death of a loved one or it may be physical pain due to some kind of illness or accident.  Arterburn’s solutions work for any kind of hurts one is trying to work through.  I thought his advice was very worthwhile and not just the psycho-babble that some tend to deliver.

But because of the voluminous content and the workbook included within, it was just too big!  Some of us looking for healing have physical handicaps of some kind or another–for someone with chronic pain like myself, the book is just too heavy and unwieldy.  It took me a long time to get through—I think some of the VERY GOOD POINTS were belabored a bit and some information seemed redundant (probably because of the included workbook).  Maybe I did need to hear things reinforced in different ways multiple times, but as I said, it did make the book physically cumbersome.  Even my wonderful “book hugger” book holder struggled with it!

So for those wanting to get their money’s worth out of a self-help manual, this fits the bill.  Much cheaper than a counseling session, you could make great progress emotionally and spiritually by applying this seasoned Christian counselor’s material. I will definitely go back to it again and again to reread marked passages.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. 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

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September 1, 2011

Walks Alone cover mock-up

Remember the 1870 dress that I made? You can now see the mock-up for the cover featuring it here!

The back cover will have a picture showing the dress details better 🙂

June 6, 2011

Jewel of Persia – book review, interview, and giveaway {giveaway now closed}!

    In this Biblical fiction masterpiece, Mrs. White weaves together what we know from the Bible, what she has learned from Greek history and her own creativity to retell the story of Esther. The story of King Xerxes necessitates very godless characters, war, intrigue and, of course, many wives. Even so, Mrs. White handles these conflicts amazingly well, staying close to Kasia, Esther’s Jewish friend who is Xerxes’ favorite concubine. Kasia remains true to her God, and the opposition she faces only forces her closer to Him.

    The story is romantic (though it doesn’t follow the “rules” for romance novels), and is for adults. In general, I steer away from romance novels in order to not awaken love before its time, and cause discontentment and too-high expectations for my future husband (see this article by Elisabeth @HopeScribbles and don’t skip the comments! ). I personally did not find this book to be a problem, especially since the hero is, well, bad. I can certainly see why Kasia loved him, but I know I wouldn’t! Also, there’s so much more happening in the book besides romance, what with the foreign war, Haman’s plots to wipe out the Jews, and Esther’s life at home.

Roseanna M. White has offered to give away a copy (winner’s choice of ebook or paperback) of either of her biblical fiction books. Either Jewel of Persia or A Stray Drop of Blood which is a new testament story. To enter, leave a comment sharing your favorite part of the Esther story from the Bible and/or Mrs. White’s retelling and why it is your favorite.

You have until 11:59pm Mountain Time, June 17 to enter. I will announce the winner June 19.

Now on to my favorite part – Mordecai, Esther’s guardian has agreed to let me interview him. (Thanks Mrs. White for “helping” him!)

Thank you, Mordecai, for taking some time to visit with us today! Would you please tell us a little about yourself?
 
I thank you for asking, Jordan. Your name reminds me of the land my ancestors came from, though I myself was born in Persia. Jehovah has blessed me with what some would call success. My coffers are full, but it is through serving him that I gain my pleasure. I am honored to have been chosen to represent my people at the palace of Xerxes.
 
I was married once, but I lost both Keturah and our babe during the birth. For many years I felt as though my heart would never heal. Then I received word that my uncle and his wife had been killed in an accident, leaving their daughter without a guardian. I traveled as quickly as I could to their home, where I found a haunted little girl who needed me as much as I needed her.
 
 
Being Esther’s relative and guardian, what sort of relationship do you and she have?
 

Esther is my light. Watching her grow, teaching her to love the Lord is without question the most important thing I have ever done. She has always been respectful, obedient, but over the years she became far more to me than a cousin—she is truly the daughter of my heart.
 
Why do you think God chose you and Esther to play such important roles in saving the Jews in Persia?
 
Me? I cannot say, except that I am always listening for Jehovah’s voice, so perhaps that is why he shares his plans with me. But my role in the salvation of the Lord’s people is limited—it was Esther and Kasia who influenced the course of events so greatly.
 
Esther . . . well, it is easy to see why the Lord chose her. Since she was a child, she had an incomparable heart. Grief and loss made her old even when young, and focused her attention, her loyalty, greatly upon those whom she loves. If you asked her, she would say that she was a fearful girl—fearful of losing more loved ones, fearful of losing her own life. But I always saw the courage beneath it, and the serenity that made her shine as brightly as the star after which I named her when she joined my family.
 
I knew when the king’s scout offered a marriage contract to her that day that the Lord had great plans for my little girl, that she would be queen so she could help our people. When the crown was set upon her brow, I saw a mantle of purpose descend upon her shoulders. In that moment, she had the Lord’s peace as well as her own. His Spirit within her spirit.
 
She was always a queen . . . it just took a number of years for the rest of the world to realize it.
 
If you could change one part of your past, undo one decision, what would it be?
 
I would change nothing. I cannot, or we may not have ended up where we did. Certainly, I wish I could spare Esther—and be spared myself—the pain. But blessings so often blossom under our tears. There are so many things I wished away while they were happening . . . but now I see that those are the things to led us to the palace, to a place where we could save so many.

 

What got me through each tragedy is faith in Jehovah’s divine orchestrations. The knowledge that what I perceive as tragedy may in fact be the lesser of the evils possible. That the Lord will take those pains, those tears, and use them for his greater good.

Perhaps to some that is an uncertain promise. But I have seen his hand at work. I have felt his Spirit’s touch. I know without doubt that when my trust is in him, my feet will stay steady on the path he has set out for me. And though I may not know where that path leads, Jehovah does. And so, no matter where it goes, it will lead me back to him.

There is nowhere else I want to be.