||Menu for Romance, Brides of Bonneterre Series #2
By Kaye Dacus / Barbour Publishing
Professional event planner Meredith Guidry makes a New Year’s resolution: that she’ll get over an eight-year-long infatuation so she can fall in love and end her still-single status before New Year’s Eve rolls around again. Executive chef Major O’Hara wishes he could admit his feelings for and share his life with Meredith, but he knows he could never saddle the woman he loves with a family situation like his.
I would have loved nothing more that to sit and read this book all the way through at one sitting but alas that was not the case at hand!
Menu for Romance is the first book that I’ve read by author Kaye Dacus and it won’t be my last. This book is the second in the Brides of Bonneterre Series but does an exceptional job of standing alone with no need of going back and reading the book prior. Though, I will say that you’ll probably want too after getting to know characters in this wonderful story.
I appreciate that this book was modestly written not filled with cussing or sex. The characters were real in struggling with problems that most people deal with on a daily basis. I loved that the characters weren’t perfect and how their prayers weren’t exactly answered like they had hoped for.
God works in mysterious ways, and the surprising twist and turns in this book illustrate that. I highly recommend this book if your looking for a heart warming yet real tale of love and romance from a christian perspective.
What’s He Really Thinking?: How to Be a Relational Genius with the Man in Your Life
By Paula Rinehart / Thomas Nelson
Understand your man’s heart and mind! Seasoned counselor Rinehart gives incredible insight into couples’ communication gaps. In her conversational style, she reveals how men think, why they do what they do, what they struggle with, and how you can respond to them in new ways to enrich your relationship. Includes in-depth Bible study and discussion questions. Paperback.
* How men think
* Why they do what they do
* What they struggle with
“What’s He Really Thinking? How to Be a Relational Genius with the Man in Your Life” is a must have book in helping women to understand the men in their lives, whether it be your husbands, father, son, and even co-worker. Author and speaker Paula Reinhart does an exceptional job of shedding light on common mis-communication that most men and woman struggle with on a daily basis.
The real stories, along with scientific research are perfect examples that explain situations or problems in way that would make perfectly good sense to the reader. Various topics also backed with scripture and prayer can be found amidst this resource. This book does great job at bringing us closer to finding peace and appreciating the differences of the men God has purposely brought into our lives.
I enjoyed this book and finished reading it in a matter of three days time. I hoping to apply everything I’ve read to my own life ,though I’m sure it won’t be easy. I want to learn how to Treasure the Moments, in building my relationships with the men in my life. I highly recommend this book to all women whether you be single or married.
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tough Times, Tough People reminds us that tough times won’t last, but tough people will. Tough People is all about overcoming adversity, pulling together, making do with less, facing challenges, and finding new joys in a simpler life. This new collection shares tales of people who have been laid off, lost their homes, and endured wrenching life changes, but discovered the underlying gifts in their new situations. More time at home with family, creative “staycations,” more satisfying job opportunities, and renewed gratitude for health and life are just a few of the silver linings these survivors have learned to cherish.
My Thoughts: I don’t know about you but for me, times just seem a little tougher than they’ve used to be. It’s nice to be able to pick up a book like Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tough Times, Tough People and get a bit of inspiration throughout my day. Real stories from peoples everyday lives like our own can be one the greatest up lifters in this day and age next to the Bible.
This book is filled with 101 stories about overcoming the economic crisis and other daily challenges. It’s very easy to browse through, you can read it straight or like me, pick through the various categories to whatever suits your mood/situation.
This book is wonderful coffee table, bedside, or bathroom reader, in my opinion. It would make a great gift for anybody that you know!
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||Matterhorn the Brave Series, Volumes 1 & 2
By Mike Hamel / Amg Publishers
This children’s fantasy fiction series gives young readers an exciting look into the amazing world of time-travel and history.Matterhorn the Brave follows four young people who are recruited to keep an eye on the portals of earth that connect all realms of space and time. Recommended for ages 9 to 12.
My thoughts: I’m a fan of fantasy books so I really enjoyed reading the tale of Matterhorn the brave and his new found friends! I felt the author did a wonderful job in instilling christian themed moral values along the story line without being overbearing or over the top.
This book is easy to understand and relate to spiritually, as with the Sword of Truth our young character Matt carries. In a part of the story his friend tells him that as long as he has this sword of truth he won’t die…which is true as long as we have truth ( i.e salvation) we will live forever spending eternity with God.
I like how real the characters were, as they struggled with some of the same questions we have commonly in our own personal walks of life. I’ve never been confronted by a pirate but in a way I have!
I found myself amused, compelled, and on the edge of my seat in following along with our young adventures! I highly recommend this great series and look forward to reading the rest of the books in this series along with my daughter in the near future!
The I Believe Bunny by Tish Rabe
Illustrated by Frank Endersby
Thomas Nelson Publisher,
Juvenile Fiction, $9.99
This book is based on Philippians 4:13 : ‘I can do everything through him who gives me strength’ a favorite verse of my own. I couldn’t wait to read this book to my daughter and was not disappointed in the least bit. I like that this story encourages children to look to their Father God in times of trouble. I really enjoyed the lightheartedness feeling of this book but also the strong message in teaching children to seek God in times of trouble and the power of prayer.
This book is written in a style that all children both young and old will enjoy. My daughter at only 13 months enjoys looking at the clear and bright colored illustrations on each page as well as listening to me read through the fun rhyming style that the book was written in. I am encouraged knowing in the years to come when she is older, she’ll have questions pertaining deeper into this well-written story.
I’ll defiantly be looking for other titles in the I Believe Bunny series by Tish Rabe. I’m encouraged that her books are written with keeping in mind to
teach children to put their faith into action.
List Price: 36.99
I’m thrilled to let you know about the Psalms, Proverbs Commentary by Mark D. Futato and George M. Schwab that I’ve been using with my daily studies of Psalms. This well written commentary is volume 7 in set of 18 others. It includes the entire NLT text of Psalms and Proverbs as with the other volumes available.
There is a very informative introduction to each book in this commentary. I found it very useful that it mentions the known authors, date and occasion, and audience, among many other important things to take note of. You’ll learn quite a bit as this volume presents the message of each passage, as well as an overview of other issues relevant to the text.
I enjoyed delving deeper into the books that I love so dearly. I highly recommend this book to those of you wanting to dig deeper into God’s word. This would be a great resource and gift to anyone from Pastors, to people just like you and me.