Monday, December 27, 2010

Back After The New Year!

We are taking a holiday and will return after the New Year!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Texas The Beautiful Cookbook

Texas The Beautiful Cookbook
Edited by Elizabeth Germaine
Copyright 1989
Portland House
ISBN  0-517-69220-1

This delightful cookbook is probably one of my most favorite now!

I absolutely adore Texas cooking. Especially south-Texas. That delightful comfort food that is mixed with a bit of Mexican flair!

There is a plethora of delicious home cooking recipes that are sure to please every pallette! Hundreds of recipes from a small intimate dinner for two, to a real Texas ranch-style gathering!

Wild game and fish are included!

Desserts suitable for any holiday are sure to make your mouth water!

This book is beautiful enough to place on the coffee table, as well! The photography is simply stunning! And that was my original intent when purchasing this Goodwill find! [I found it at the Covington, Virginia Goodwill for only $1!]

I highly recommend this great find!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Jungle Warfare - A Basic Field Manual for Christians in Sales

Jungle Warfarre
A Basic Field Manual for
Christians in Sales

Christopher A. Cunningham
Copyright 2010
Published by: Thomas Nelson
ISBN 978-1-59555-147-4

I was prepared to find nothing good about this book. After all I am not a salesperson.

I was prepared to find the jungle warfare analogy boring. After all, I am not a soldier.

I was prepared to dislike the book. After all, I had never even heard of the author before.

I wasn't prepared to
[a] find that we are all salepersons!
[b] find that I am a warrior at heart!
[c] find a brother in Christ in the author!

Each day we find ourselves facing the enemy. And this book gives us some straight forward ways of meeting the enemy, facing him head on, and being fully prepared to meet the battle!

This book lays out a simple plan of being prepared so that we are so committed to our Savior that there is no way we can possibly fail!

There is one paragraph that stands out above all others to me, that Cunningham brings to light:
"The fear of the Lord is the reverent knowledge that God is holy. When you realize this sacred truth, you will do anything you can to make sure that your actions, your business plans, and your life all reflect this insight. You will find that you "fear" being outside of God's presence and approval. We must desire to be in Christ when we make decisions so God doesn't have to call our motives into account. God has an exciting plan! So commune with God, obey His simple directions, and commit your plans to Him. Then your plans will succeed."

This simple truth is true no matter what you are attempting to face! Be that as a salesperson, a college or high school student. a housewife, a business executive, a mother, a father, whatever!

Cunningham's plans are distinctive and unique in that they separate us from the plans of the world. Bringing us always to the center of God's Will.

I give this book my five star rating...

...and my thumbs up award!

I highly recommend Jungle Warfare  for every home library, and believe it is essential to high school seniors and those in college especially! What a wonderful gift for a young person just starting out in life as an adult!

****DISCLOSURE: A copy of this book was provided by Thomas Nelson's BookSneeze program in exchange for review.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Way of Duty - A Woman and Her Family in Revolutionary America

The Way of Duty
A Woman and Her Family In
Revolutionary America
Joy Day Buel and Richard Buel, Jr.
Copyright 1984
W.W.Norton & Company, Inc.
ISBN 0-393-31210-0

The remarkable accounting of Mary Fish from birth to death.

The Buel's accurate description of 18th Century life, and of the telling of this rare woman's life are exceptional, to say the least!

This was a thoroughly enjoyable read.

Mary Fish takes us from 1736, her birth, to 1818 and her death.

The rarity of finding so much information to confirm the life of a woman in America from this era is truly remarkable! And the Buel's tell it with rare form!

From the death of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, to that of three spouses, Mary Fish Silliman Noyes Dickinson's life is one that drew strength from her faith in God, and her belief in this great land.

Truly an inspiration, I give this work a five star rating...

...and my thumbs up award!

I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in biographical studies of the 18th century.

DISCLOSURE: This book was a private purchase.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Well-Being for Dummies - Elizabeth Kiball [Editor]

Well-Being for Dummies
Elizabeth Kiball [editor]
Wiley Publishing
Copyright 2010
ISBN: 978-0-470-63896-5

I found Well-Being for Dummies to be a smart, intelligent book, written simply, so as to be well understood by the masses.

This 68-page guide is set up nearly exactly as all of the other "for Dummies" series of books.

There are 4 chapters, with a variety of sub-headings under each. Those chapters are:
Chapter 1: Physical Well-Being: USe It or Lose It
Chapter 2: Mental Well-Being: Keeping Your Wits About You
Chapter 3: Financial Well-Being: Successfully Navigating the Waters
Chapter 4: Social Well-Being: Staying Connected

I found this a short, delight to read. And was quite informative for those preparing for retirement.

I highly recommend this book. It can be obtained free at the Real For Me website or for less than a dollar on Amazon.

All in all I give this book my five star rating
...and my thumbs up award for excellence.

****DISCLOSURE: I received a copy of this book free of charge by registering at the Real For Me website. Registration is open to the public.