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Book Review:The Fabric of a Woman by Pamela Hines

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By Pamela Hines / Whitaker House

About the Author

In in 1982, Pamela M. Hines began her ministry shortly after her husband, Darrell L. Hines, was tragically struck by lightning. She is co-founder of Dominion Fellowship, an outreach ministry encircling a wide range of races and religious backgrounds, catering to the special needs of husband-wife ministry teams. She offers practical messages and encourages all to take the challenge to become all that God wants us to be.

The Fabric of a Woman

Become the woman that God designed you to be!

Pamela M. Hines author of A Wife’s Prayer published back in 2007, has just released her latest book titled The Fabric of a Woman: Investing in You – Body, Soul and Spirit. How many of you are so wrapped up in the day to day activities of life that you forget to take care of yourselves? I mean really take care of yourself. I often fall into this category myself.

Pamela shares with us that we have been “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:1). We have been crafted by the loving Creator God, who provided each of us with spectacular sets of attributes, skills and talents that compose the fabric of our lives. We are much like beautiful and delicate natural fabrics in how we live, move, breathe, and grow.

My Thoughts:

I much enjoyed reading “The Fabric of a Woman” by author Pamela Hines and am highly considering reading her other title “A Wife’s Prayer” when I have the time.  First I’d like to mention that this book is not what I expected in least bit. I expected a book full of scripture and testimonies from the author’s life as well as from people she knows. Those things were added into this book but along side there were a few refreshing chapters on how to take care of ourselves as woman, not just spiritually but physically as well.

I think it’s so important to take of our outer appearance as well as the inner. As a mother I can relate to neglecting myself as trying to see that everything and everyone gets taken care  before myself. Too often you’ll find my hair a mess, my clothes stained with lord knows what, and those bags under my eyes looking pretty dark. Pamela puts this all into perspective in ways you can easily take steps to becoming the woman got has created you to be.

I will definitely be reading this book again because I got so much out of it and there’s even more I want to take to heart and share with other woman around me. I recommend this book to all women both young and old. If there’s one book you don’t want to miss out on reading this year, it’s this one.

You can purchase this book at Christian Book for $9.99!

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Book Review: Menu for Romance

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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.

My Thoughts:

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.

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tough Times, Tough People Review/Giveaway

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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!

Win it: Thanks to Chicken Soup for the Soul, I was sent this latest edition (June 2009), to read…and  I also have two copies of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tough Times, Tough People to  giveaway today. To enter to win, just leave a comment here by Monday, August 1oth.

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Book Review: The Sword and the Flute (Matterhorn the Brave Series #1) by Mike Hamel

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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!


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Silver Dolphin Books Review & Giveaway

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I indulge in the opportunity to read wonderful books. So, it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside when I learn about new places to purchase great books for me and for my children. I nearly jumped with joy when I learned about Silver Dolphin Books.

They are worth the look see, hands down. Silver Dolphin Books publishes activity, novelty, and educational nonfiction books for preschoolers to 12-year-olds.  Silver Dolphin Books is an award winning company. Several of their books have won the Parent’s Choice awards. (You can click here to see the extensive list)

Melody ( 12.5 months old) reading.

Melody ( 12.5 months old) reading.

Out of Silver Dolphin’s generosity, we were able to review the Nursery Rhymes (A Nursery Collection Book) by Susie Lacome & Beth Harwood and the book Amazing Baby Go, Baby, Go! by Beth Harwood, Emma Dodd, Jonathan Lambert.

The Amazing Baby Go, Baby, Go book comes from their popular Amazing Baby series. This series has 28 titles to date its one of the largest series by Silver Dolphin for babies. My daughter enjoyed me reading this  book to her. She smiled and giggled back at the brightly colored graphics and baby pictures in the book with each turning page. I as mommy loved that this book is an indestructible board book with makes it safe for reading time if I want to let her browse through the pages alone.  I like also that this book is not to wordy, I’ve other baby books and my daughter loses interest quickly because I’m not turning the page quick enough when trying to read through.  What makes this book fun is that at the end, there is a heart shaped photo frame where you can insert your very own picture of your Amazing Baby!

The Nursery Collection book, I can see myself pulling off the shelf for years and years to come. This book is beautifully illustrated with it’s soft pastel colored embossed pages and images. One added decorative feature I like is the ribbon tie that you can make into a bow to close the book. This book is filled with well loved nursery rhymes, fairy tales, and lullabies that we all grew up with. When reading through, I couldn’t help but remember when my mom read to me out of our own family nursery rhyme book. I’d been looking for a nursery rhyme book to add to my home library and now my search is over because this is in my mind the perfect in every way I can imagine.

Other books I’d love to add to my collection are various titles from the Wonders Inside, History in Action, and the Fine Art Studio Series!  I’d really love to own all of the books they offer, I have to remind myself that money doesn’t grow on trees though all of their books are reasonably priced! Check them out for yourself at: http://www.silverdolphinbooks.com/

How would you like to win any book of choice from Silver Dolphin Books?

Please visit their site and let me know what book you would choose if you won.

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Please leave separate comments for each additional entry, i.e.: if you blog about it leave 2 separate comments. Winners will be notified shortly afterward by email. Please respond within 48 hours or you forfeit your prize to another participant. Contest ends July 7th, 2009

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Dr. Hippo Review and Giveaway

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About a month ago, I learned about the Dr. Hippo books by The Hippocratic Press. I was sent the whole set to review and I must say, these are a wonderful resource that any parent or care giver should own.  These books were created to raise awareness and teach children ages 2-7 years old about what is going on in their bodies. Mainly focusing on common childhood illnesses, these books are very well written, colorfully illustrated, and filled with much needed information for children and parents alike.

In the back of each book, there’s a pocket in the back that supplies a pamphlet of information called “The Parent Guide”. This guide supplies answers to the common questions about children’s health issues and offers parents advice about how to comfort children at home and when to call the doctor. I don’t know about you, but as a parent at the first sign of any little issue with my child, I am all over internet trying to determine the issue and what I should do. Now, it’s nice to know I can pick up one of these books instead and have all the information and useful advice I need at my finger tips.

I can see my daughter (although a little young for these books right now) being reassured and comforted through these books in the years to come.  I’d like to thank Dr. Cowan and the people over at the Hippocratic Press for this wonderful collection of stories that were written to entertain, educate and comfort all sick children.


Company History:

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“The Hippocratic Press was founded by Dr. Charlotte Cowan with the primary mission of publishing medical children’s stories that entertain, educate and reassure both parent and child…The idea of writing stories for sick children evolved as a natural combination of her professional experience and her childhood love of reading. As a pediatrician, Dr. Cowan developed a strong intuition that children would do better with their illnesses if they both understood what was happening to them and realized that they would get better. As a fan of children’s books, she recognized that they offered the perfect medium for her message.”

The Books:

The Little Elephant with the Big Earache: “…tells the story of Eddie, who awakens with a terrible earache after a busy afternoon making mud pies with his cousins. His mother takes care of him during the night and Dr. Hippo reassures them both during the day. Will Eddie recover in time for his birthday?” Little Music Man had an earache recently, so he could definitely relate to this story. He had a lot of fun identifying all the animals at Eddie’s birthday party.

Peeper Has a Fever: “The day of the Diving Contest has arrived! Peeper hops out of bed with excitement and joins his mother for breakfast. When he doesn’t touch his pancakes, she wonders whether he might be getting sick and soon discovers his fever of 104°. Worried, she calls their pediatrician, Dr. Hippocrates, who gives her excellent advice and asks her to keep in touch by phone. His parents then take wonderful care of Peeper, but what about the Diving Contest? Is he well enough to go? Will he win this year?” Little Music Man loved saying “Peeper, Peeper” (or sometimes it would come out as “eeper, eeper.”)

Katie Caught a Cold: “Katie is happily skating with her friends when she begins to sneeze. She soon develops a bad cold. Will she be better in time for the Ice Show? Her mother takes excellent care of Katie at home, checking in with their pediatrician, Dr. Hippo, when Katie starts blowing “green stuff” into her tissue. Won’t she need antibiotics? Katie needs to get better—and fast!” This was Little Music Man’s favorite book because he thinks it’s the funniest thing when he hears people sneeze. Every time Katie sneezed, he’d sneeze too!

Sadie’s Sore Throat: “One day while she is beading necklaces for the School Art Fair, Sadie begins to feel sick. Her mother worries about Sadie’s sore throat and takes excellent care of her at home before they go off to their pediatrician, a friendly hippopotamus named Dr. Hippocrates. Is Sadie too sick to go to the Fair? Will her necklaces win a prize?” Little Music Man had fun pretending that Dr. Hippo was listening to his heart and checking his ears and throat.

The Moose with Loose Poops: “Four-year-old Miles develops a tummy ache while on a family picnic in Maine. His planned camping trip with Papa (complete with canoeing and fishing) is postponed when throwing up (oops!) and diarrhea (loose poops) develop. Mama, Papa and Lucy Moose take excellent care of Miles at home. Of course, they are helped by their kindly pediatrician, Dr. Hippo, who advises that fluid is the best medicine for Miles. Will Miles recover in time to go camping with Papa under a special, star-filled sky?” Little Music Man loved saying “poop” and we thought this was the funniest book of all. I really loved the hand-washing song, which Little Music Man and I sing whenever we wash our hands.

Buy it: These books retail for 17.95 each and are available for purchase at: http://drhippo.com/index.shtml through Amazon.com

Win: One lucky winner will get the opportunity to win all 5 books in the Dr. Hippo series, they will be autographed by author Charlotte Cowan, M.D herself!

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Giveaway – running till 06/25/09 and is open to the USA only. Winners will be notified shortly afterward by email. Please respond within 48 hours or you forfeit your prize to another participant.

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