Sunday, November 28, 2010

Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room

Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room
Nancy Guthrie
Tyndale House Publishers
Copyright 2010 Nancy Guthrie
ISBN: 978-1-4143-3909-2

Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room takes you on an Advent adventure leading up to the celebration of Christmas. This adventure prepares you, and your family, for celebrating the birth of our Savior by making room for Him in your hearts and in the celebrations of the season.

A different reading/ devotional for each of the days through the season is provided with heart-warming themes that are certain to bring your hearts and families home for the holidays.
A must read for every Christian home, and certainly a must for every Christmas, I heartily encourage you to purchase this book for your own home, and to consider it for gift-giving this season!
I give this wonderful book my Five Star rating ...

... and give it my Thumbs Up award!

****DISCLOSURE: A copy of this book was provided by Tyndale Publishers for review.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Only Milo

Only Milo
Barry Smith
Inkwater Press
Copyright 2009 Barry Smith
ISBN 978-1-59299-423-6

Milo wrote a few manuscripts years ago and put them, stacked neatly, in his closet.

At an age when most men are retiring and settling down to a sedate life, Milo's life takes on a new aspect.

Milo becomes a writer.

And he commits the ultimate act in revenge.

Barry Smith is a superb author. I couldn't begin to put the book down and read the entire thing in a single sitting.

Smith writes in a "William Shatner-ish speak" manner. Short, staccato bursts that flavor and enhance for a delicious tale of murder, and more murder!

Serious, but satirical at the same time, Only Milo will have you laughing at moments, and gasping in shock and awe the next!

I give this book five stars...

...and my Thumbs Up Award!

Only Milo was the most fun I've had in a long time, and I highly recommend it.

DISCLOSURE: This book was purchased following a recommendation for review. Well worth the cost!!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Claudia Cangilla McAdam
Imagio Catholic Fiction
Sophia Institute Press
Copyright 2009
ISBN 978-1-933184-61-6

Ronnie's Mom is a deeply faithful Catholic mother, raising her daughter alone, following a family tragedy.

Ronnie doesn't understand what all the hullabaloo is about for the upcoming Easter traditions.

But Ronnie is soon to find out.

Awakening in Jerusalem in time to literally witness the last days of Christ, Ronnie isn't sure if she's a 21st Century teen transported back to this historical event, or a Jewish teen delusional about having come from a future place and time!

What Ronnie does know is that she must do everything in her power to stop the senseless killing of the Master.

Witness the last days of Christ as never told before. Through the eyes of a young girl who already knows what the outcome will be.

This eye-opening story is a must for every Christian household. It should be an essential read for every teen.

I found McAdam's writing easy to read, and she has a style that puts you right into the story. You are there!

I give this book five stars...
... and my thumbs up award!

****DISCLOSURE: A copy of this book was provided by Sophia Institute Press for review.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Yarnplay at Home - Handknits for colorful living

Yarnplay at Home -
HANDKNITS for colorful living
Lisa Shobhana Mason
Copyright 2008
North Light Books
ISBN 978-1-60061-005-9

Another great book for the knitters library by Mason!

Again, Mason outdoes nearly every other knitting book of patterns with her wit, easy style, and colorful choices. Her encouragement for the average knitter is just phenomenal, constantly encouraging the knitter [accomplished as well as novice] to push themselves just one step farther and add to the design element.

I simply love the designs in this book, and find myself longing for more yarns so that I can make so many of these!

Twenty-four designs are included in the three categories of: cloths and cozies; bed, bath and baby; and house and home.

Mason includes guides for the novice, and ideas for the acccomplished.

I love Mason's style, and will certainly purchase any new books she may come out with!

I give Yarnplay at Home a five star rating

... and my thumbs up award!

****DISCLOSURE: This book was a private purchase for my own home library.

Thursday, November 18, 2010


Lisa Shobhana Mason
Copyright 2006
North Light Books

Mason puts together a work that is exciting, fresh and contemporary.

A wonderful work bringing us twenty new projects for the home, wearing and gift-giving.

Included are helps for yarns, needles and hooks as well as designing hints and tips.

I was particularly impressed with the way the artist attempts to draw the reader into adding their own design elements and ideas to each pattern included, allowing the awakening and budding artist in all to reach out and be seen!

I found the patterns precise and easy to follow. Well thought out and with no extraordinary talents or skills required beyond basic knowledge in knitting there is something for everyone in this collection.

I highly recommend this book for the knitter's library.

I give it my five star rating

and my thumbs up award!

***DISCLOSURE: This book was a purchase for my home library.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Email Account Hijacked!!!

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My personal email account has been hijacked and until further notice any emails received by me are fraudlent! Do NOT OPEN!!!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Mullah's Storm

The Mullah's Storn
Thomas W. Young
Copyright 2010
G.P.Putnam's Sons
ISBN 978-0-399-15692-2

First I have a confession to make... I am NOT a big fan of military action novels, nor their counterpart in movies. I just don't fantasize about carrying a rugged pack and slinging an M-16 over my shoulder and traipsing through some mountainous dessert terrain or sloshing through a jungle where the enemy lies waiting for my demise at his hands!

But from the very moment I read the description for The Mullah's Storm, I knew I had to read it! Thomas Young is an Air National Guard veteran and knows that of which he writes first hand.

I was gripped by this novel from the word go! When Air Force navigator Michael Parsons and Army interpretor Sgt. Gold are shot down from the skies they are the only two of their mission to survive. Except for a prisoner. A very special prisoner.

Young takes us through terrain we have never seen before, but which we now feel we know like the back of our hand. He leads on a mission that puts us right there in the field with him.

Young's military and technical knowledge are fully apparent in his writing. Yet he doesn't overwhelm the ignorant with so much technical jargon that we become lost and unable to follow. Instead, we feel the terror that grips Parsons and Gold. We feel the mental anguish. We feel the elements as they battle for survival in a brutal land against an even more brutal enemy. We smell the gunpowder, lead, and blood.

There are so few writers today who can transport you into the world of their story. It takes a special talent to do that. Young is just such a talent.

I highly recommend  The Mullah's Storm.

I give this book... five star rating and... Thumbs Up award!

****Disclosure: Putnam  provided me with a copy of this novel through Library Thing's Early Reviewer program for review.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

On This Day In Christian History

On This Day in Christian History
Robert J. Morgan
Thomas Nelson
Copyright 1997
ISBN 978-0-7852-3189-9

Morgan brings a delight to each calendar day of the year!

Refreshing and insightful short stories of heroes and heroines of Christianity. Most of long, long ago, but there are a few modern heroes thrown in as well.

I especially delighted in stories of John Wesley, Charles Spurgeon and John Wycliffe, to name but a few.

This book is an excellent companion for daily Bible study, home schoolers, family devitionals, and is appropriate for discussion around the dinner table and for all ages. A must for every home library!

I give this book my five star award

as well as...

... my thumbs up award!

***Disclosure: Thomas Nelson provided a copy of this book through their BookSneeze program in exchange for a review.

Sunday, November 7, 2010


by Anne Fortier
Ballantine Books
ISBN 978-0-345-51610-7

This is a well-thought-out book that combines the tragic love story of Shakespeare and the historical drama mixed with fact of Dan Brown and the likes of The Da Vinci Code.

Julie (Guilietta) is descended from the Tolemei family of Siena. Little does she know just how much!

Follow her escape from death through the streets of Siena and through a maze of historical legacy that will make you wonder if curses and love eternal can be real!

Anne Fortier is a master-storyteller, and I am anxious for her to write again!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and give it my five star rating

and my thumbs up award!

***Disclosure: This book was a purchase found on, an excellent source for discount priced reading materials.