Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Salad Days by Amy Pennington

Salad Days
Boost your Health and Happiness with
75 SIMPLE,  SATISFYING RECIPES for
Greens, Grains, Proteins, and More
by Amy Pennington
Copyright © 2017 Amy Pennington
Sasquatch Books
ISBN 978-1-63217-085-9

75 gorgeous looking recipes for a variety of salads! And boy do I love salads!

Being vegan, I eat a lot of salads. Especially protein covered salads, and this recipe book has that covered!

It also has that unique 'Yum' factor going for it! Can't deny I'm going to try every single salad in here, minus any meat or dairy (I'll try to use vegan substitutes!)

I especially like the way the author has intermingled ingredients I would never have thought to mix together! Like pomegranate and onions! Wow! I can't wait to try that one! Or a fig and arugula salad? Sounds yummy, right? How about crisp iceberg, radish and creamy poppy seed dressing. Simple and yet, makes my mouth water thinking about it! And let's mix u melons with cukes! Cover it with an avocado cream! Or what do you think of Little Gem lettuce and cilantro with a watermelon vinaigrette? And my favorite? Roasted eggplant with cilantro vinaigrette!

75 recipes! Can't wait to get started!

I rate this book five stars,

a big thumbs up,

and I highly recommend it!

You can find the book HERE.  It retails for $15.27 hardcover, or $11.99 for Kindle.









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The Art Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained


The Art Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained
by DK London
with contributors
Caroline Bugler
Ann Kramer
Marcus Weeks
Maud Whatley
and
Iain Zaczek
Copyright© 2017 Dorling Kindersley Limited
ISBN 978-1-4654-53367-2
DK a Division of Penguin Random House LLC

What can I say about this book?

It's fantastic!

It's amazing!

It's interesting!

It's knowledgeable!

And it's fun! I couldn't put it down until I had devoured every single page!

It runs the gamut of the art world. From the pyramids to the modern age! The how's, the why's, and the gee whizzes!

This would make a great gift for anyone! A wonderful coffee table book! Perfect for any art lover.

My only flaw is that my copy arrived with the spine broken! I'm so in love with it, however, that I'm going to take it to a bookbinder and see if I can get it repaired. Yes, it's that great!

I give this book five stars,

a big thumbs up,



and I highly recommend it!

You can purchase the book HERE. It retails for $16.49 in hardcover only, plus shipping and handling.







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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Pond River Ocean Rain by Charles Lattimore Howard


Pond River Ocean Rain
by
Charles Lattimore Howard
Copyright © 2016 Abingdon Press
ISBN 978-1-5018-3103-4
The United Methodist Publishing House

How we handle the storms of life says everything about our faith. Howard puts those tests to trial by calling them 'Pond, River, Ocean Rain'.

He describes the 'Pond' as allowing the feel of Living Water to wash over us while we contemplate the stillness. 'River' is described as full trust in God's Will. The 'Ocean' he states is as peace within mystery (we've all been there! Out of our depths!) And 'Rain' as the movement of God's relentless love for us.

A beautifully written, easy to understand book that reveal the wonderful abundant life we can enjoy, if we only jump into the water and allow God's will to carry us where He leads.

I give this book Five Stars.



A big Thumbs Up.


And I personally Recommend it!

You can find this book HERE. It is available for Kindle ($9.99) and in Paperback ($11.49).







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Salt Houses by Hala Alyan


Salt Houses
by Hala Alyan
Copyright © by Hala Alyan
Hughton, Mifflin Harcourt Publishing

A beautifully written story. Alyan tells a heart wrenching story of love and loss during war. The immigration of this multi-generational family from around 1950 to present day, and the changes this family must endure. A wonderful story that takes many twists and turns.

Well written, Aylan is a great storyteller that will touch your heart, and bring you insight into political and terror immigration. Prepare to cry, to laugh, and to feel the love as only a family can.

I give this novel Five Stars.


And a big Thumbs Up!


And I personally Recommend it!

You can find this book HEREIt is available in Kindle ($6.99) and in Harcover ($17.10 plus shipping & handling.)







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The Illusionist's Apprentice by Kristy Cambron


The Illusionist's Apprentice
by
Kristy Cambron
Copyright © 2017 Kristy Cambron
Thomas Nelson Publisher
Advance Reader's Uncorrected Proof

Houdini's former apprentice, Wren, finds herself in a hurried race to beat the clock. Or is the killer?

Wren knows Houdini's secrets. And someone is out to get them. Someone willing to kill to get them. And Wren knows who it is.

Wren, well known in vaudeville, is an eccentric, wealthy woman in 1926. First she is in vaudeville, and second she wears "gentlemanly" clothing. She is definitely not the flapper irl of the roaring twenties!

Houdini's opinion of a known spiritualist wasn't good. Houdini was certain he was a fraud. When a public illusion goes wrong, and Houdini's foe is charged with murder, Wren finds herself defending the man, as she must now work with the newly formed FBI to find the real killer!

A charged, page turner, that will keep you up all night to read!

Cambron, an established author, outdoes herself in this fast paced, who-done-it.

I rate this book with Five Stars.


I give it a big Thumbs Up.



And I personally recommend it.

You can find the book HERE. It is available in Kindle ($8.99), Hardback ($28.49) and Paperback (8.79).







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The Sweet Smell of Magnolias and Memories by Celeste Fletcher McHale


The Sweet Smell of Magnolias and Memories
by
Celeste Fletcher McHale
Copyright © 2017 by Celeste Fletcher McHale
Thomas Nelson Publisher
(Advanced Reader's Copy: Uncorrected Proof)

Jacey had no idea what was in store for her. But it was something big.

Jacey and Colin has spent three very intense days surviving a Mississippi flood. But they HAD survived. Yet Jacey went down in the water. When she came back up, she couldn't remember the last name of the man who had not only saved her physically, but for whom she was also in love with.

When chance steps in, Jacey is a bridesmaid at her friends wedding. And who should be the minister who preside over the nuptials, none other than Colin.

A mixture of emotions runs amok.

Jacey feels stirrings she's never felt before.

And God has plans that neither of the two would have dreamed up alone.

I absolutely adored this wonderful romantic novel! One minute crying. The next laughing. And the next nodding my head saying to myself, "Yep, I've been there and done that!"

McHale tells a great story, and one you won't want to miss!

I give this book Five Stars.


A big Thumbs Up!



And my Personal Recommendation.


You can find the book HERE. It is scheduled for release on May 23, 2017, and will be available in Kindle ($8.99), in MP3CD ($13.99), in Library Binding (36.95) and in Paperback ($15.99).







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Fodor's Travel: Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire


Fodor's Travel: Maine, Vermont & New Hampshire
copyright © 2017 by Fodor's Travel, a division of Internet Brands, Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-101-87997-9
15th Edition

I collect Fodor's Travel books! I have since I was a teenager. I always promise myself that I will one day go to those places that I love reading about! And while it's been about 12 years since I was last there, I do believe that Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire have some of the most beautiful fall foliage of any of the 48 contiguous states I've been in! Simply gorgeous! And I'd love to go again. Maybe next fall!

From the first pages, which do, indeed, feature photographs of fall foliage, we see the Top Reasons To Go:
* Fall Foliage
* Regional Food (You haven't eaten until you've eaten fresh caught Maine lobster!)
* Outdoor Fun ( Hiking, boating, biking, or simply taking in the views!)
* Small Towns (I love the small town greens and small taverns!)
* Fantastic Skiing (You'll have to trust the book here! I am so afraid of downhill skiing! Shushing I'm fine with!)
* The Coast (A look of the Atlantic standing high above on an overlooking cliff, and you will never think of the ocean the same again! Simply a beautiful sight! Especially when you are standing next to an ancient lighthouse! Superb!)

I can't wait to make another trip up! It's an amazing experience if you haven't been yet. And if you haven't, then grab a copy of this book. It's the ultimate guide to seeing just exactly what you think will make the perfect experience for you!

I rate this book FIVE STARS.


And I give it a BIG THUMBS UP.


With my Personal Recommendation.


You can find the book HERE. It is available in Kindle for $15.99 and in Paperback for $13.59, plus shipping and handling. Great for your Fodor's collection. Better yet as your travel guide to one of America's best kept secret places to visit!







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Stars in the Grass by Ann Marie Stewart


Stars in the Grass
by
Ann Marie Stewart
© 2017 Ann Marie Stewart
Published by
Shiloh Run Press
ISBN: 978-1-63409-950-9

Stewart tells a compelling story of a nine year old little girl and her family who must walk through a dark time in their life, and the struggles that comes with. The story is told through the eyes of nine-year-old Abby. And Stewart puts you right in little Abby's shoes. This is where a good storyteller, and a great storyteller are made.

Stewart is GREAT storyteller. You become little Abby. You feel her grief and pain, her heartache.

This is a wonderful book that allows you to discover with sensitivity the different paths that each of Abby's family members will take. The spiritual aspect of the story. And most importantly, the faith that it will take to see them all through heartbreak.

With faith in God, and allowing Him to work in their lives, they will come through their tragedy. Changed, it's true. But they will survive, and without losing hope and their trust in the Almighty.

I rate this book FIVE STARS.



I give it a BIG THUMBS UP!



And I give my personal RECOMMENDATION.


You can find the book HERE. It is available in Kindle for $9.69, in Hardback print for $30.99, and in Paperback for $11.12, which is how I read it.







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Monday, March 27, 2017

Are You Sticking To Your New Year's Resolution?

Did you set a goal to read a certain number of books this year?

Are you on schedule for keeping that goal?

I work a full-time job, and a part-time hobby job. And so far, I have read 18 books this year. That's 6 books ahead of schedule! And if I can do it, so can you!

This is about what my home office/study/library looks like right now. Crammed floor to ceiling with all of the books and papers that I use. And I love it! And this doesn't count the many books (well over 1000) that are on my Kindle!

I have been asked what kinds of books I prefer to read. Well, I am extremely eclectic. I love mysteries, romance, sci-fi, westerns, technical, I adore cookbooks. (One can never have enough cookbooks!) I enjoy books on the paranormal. I enjoy craft books. Home plans, especially anything on the tiny house movement. (Yeah, right. I know what you're thinking! You couldn't move into a tiny house with all those books! Well, I've already decided I will need either an addition, or a second tiny house, 'cause I ain't giving up any of my books!)

If it's in print, chances are I would love to read it. And I don't always enjoy books I pick out. If you read through some of my reviews, you'll see where I find a few not worth the money, nor the effort, of reading! (I'm very outspoke about my likes and dislikes!)

So, are you on target to get your 52 books a year read? If not, start now by trying to catch up. And if you're really far behind on your goal, just start where you are right now! Mark the date down, and next year on March 27th you should finish up with 52 books!

Keep reading my fellow novel and book enthusiasts! Not only does it keep you young, but it keeps your mind sharp. And you learn! Something all of us need to do! Keep learning. We start from the moment we are born, and we should keep learning until death closes our eyes in finality.

And you don't need to purchase your books! Get a library card! And don't forget, some libraries have books online! Check out your local library!

Thrift shops and flea markets are always good places to get books.

Used book stores abound! Take advantage of those!

If you like your Kindle, there are many places online you can get books for free!

And my absolute favorite place to buy books? Yard Sales!!! People will sometimes mark books down to a nickel, just to get rid of them! And sometimes you can purchase a whole set of a writers books! I've purchased a complete set of Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, Anne of Green Gables, and once I caught a real bargain of leather bound Louis Lamour books!

Keep your eyes open. Grab a good book. Your imagination can take you anywhere!

As My Parents Age: Reflection on Life, Love, and Change by Cynthia Ruchti


As My Parents Age: Reflections on Life, Love and Change
by
Cynthia Ruchti
copyright © 2017 Cynthia Ruchti
Published by Worthy Inspired
ISBN: 978-1-61795-752-9

I didn't know what a healing I would receive when I read this wonderful spiritual book.

Ruchti brings us face to face with what it means to become the caretaker of an aging, or ailing, parent. In my family, I was the one who took care of my mother-n-law during her final days of this life. But my own Mother and Father were taken care of by my sweet sister.

Often I feel guilty for leaving her with such a burden. She's given up 22 years of her life so far, just to see that they had a home and the care that they need. We lost Mother two years ago, and my sweet sister continues in caring for our Father. She has never once complained. Instead, she has told me over and over that it has been her privilege.

I feel guilty because I don't have that patience! At least not with my own parents! But I didn't know why, until I read this book. I just couldn't come face to face with knowing that their days were numbered.

I never gave a thought of my parents one day aging, or worse, dying. No. They were always the stalwart rock that stood upon our Savior. I was along for the ride for the most part.

I was born again when I was only 10. But have I really understood how and what it meant for ME to stand on the rock, our Lord and Savior?

I have had the scales taken away from my eyes, thanks to Ruchti. And I can face my fears now.  The fear of being alone. Of feeling like an orphan, even at my age.

The copy of this book that I read is an Uncorrected Proof, so when it is in its final print, it may be a little different. But here are the titles to the chapters in this amazing book:

1. When I Notice The First Signs
2. When It Comes Down to What Matters Most
3. When They're Miles and Miles Away
4. When We Mourn and Embrace the Role Reversal
5. When My Children Need Me Too
6. When My Parents Won't Accept Help
7. When I'm Tempted to Help Too Much
8. When My Siblings Disagree on My Parent's Care
9. When My Parents Won't Have the Hard Conversation
10. When They Can't Let Old Hurts Go
11. When I Can't Let Old Hurts Go
12. When All We Can Do Is Laugh
13. When My Parent is in Denial
14. When My Parent's Strongest Gift is Stubborness
15. When My Parents Make Unwise Decisions
16. When My Gratitude Gets Lost in Life's Wrinkles
17. When I Don't Know What to Pray
18. When My Parent's Mind is Gone
19. When I Think I Can't Make an Impact
20. When My Parent Loses Who I Am
21. When they Think Life No Longer Has Meaning
22. When Their Aging Changes Me
23. When It's Just Plain Hard
24. When I Don't Know What to Say
25. When Time is All They Want From Me
26. When Guilt Taints Our Relationship
27. When My Parents Needs Cost Me
28. When I Feel As If The Battle Is Mine Alone
29. When I Can't Keep My Promise to My Parents
30. When I Don't Recognize or Like
31. When Every Story is From The Past
32. When Visiting Deepens My Pain...and My Understanding
33. When No One Understands or Knows How to Help
34. When My Efforts Seem So Small
35. When The End is Too Near
36. When I'm Already Grieving
37. When They Die Too Young
38. When My Skills and Love are No Longer Enough
39. When the Moment Comes to Say Good-bye
40. When I Shift to Life Without My Parents

If you are caring for a parent, I know you will have recognized yourself in at least one chapter title. That is why I took the time to name each one.

Using Scripture, and the teachings of our Savior, Ruchti leads us through these terrible hard times. These times when you are overwhelmed and don't know what to do next. When nothing seems right. And your world is suddenly turned upside down.

I wish I had read this book years ago when my Mother first became ill. I might have been able to help my sister more. But through reading this, I realize the struggles she must have endured, in her own private, quiet space.

She is truly my hero!

I give this book five stars.



A big thumbs up.



And my personal recommendation.


You can find this book available HERE. It is only available in hardback. And it is at a reasonable cost of $11.00 plus shipping and handling.







****DISCLAIMER: This book was provided by Amazon Vine in exchange for a fair and impartial review. The opinions above are solely those of this blog's author.



Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Physics of Everyday Things by James Kakalios


The Physics of Everday Things
by
James Kakalios
Copyright © 2017 James Kakalios
Crown Publishers
ISBN 978-0-7704-3773-2
Uncorrected Proof Edition

Have you ever wondered what made your toaster work? Or how about your car radio?

Have you ever wondered how your television can convert signals into pictures and sounds?

How does your dryer know when your clothes are dry?

How does your microwave oven work?

Kakalios takes us on a journey of an average day, and breaks down each of the normal things we use during that day. From the alarm clock. To the car. To a doctor's visit. To a business meeting where you have to take a flight. Your business presentation. And going to a hotel for the night.

You will be amazed at the ordinary things we use daily, and never knew how they work! Kakalios breaks down the physics of each so that a layman can understand.

This is a really fascinating book, that I read straight through in about 90 minutes. It was amazing! I think it's a keeper folks!

I give this book five stars.


And I give it a big thumbs up.


I also give it my personal recommendation.

You can find the book HERE on Amazon. It is available for Kindle and as a hardback copy. The Kindle edition retails for $13.99 and the hardback for $25.64, plus shipping and handling. But its well worth the read!







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Saturday, February 25, 2017

American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith

American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
National Museum of American History
A compendium by the Smithsonian
Copyright © 2017 The Smithsonian Institute
Published by Smithsonian Books

This well illustrated book by the Smithsonian Institute is meant to be a companion volume to an exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. It celebrates America's democracy from the American Revolution until present day.

Photographed extensively, there many pieces of the exhibit included in this work. With a forward by John Gray and an introduction by Harry R. Rubinstein there are 5 major chapters to this book.

Chapter One: The Great Leap: A Government Based Solely on "the People" - by Barbara Clark Smith

Chapter Two: A Vote, A Voice - by Lisa Kathleen Graddy

Chapter Three: The Machinery of Democracy - by William L. Bird

Chapter Four: Beyond the Ballot: The Right to Petition - by Harry R. Rubenstein

Chapter Five: Creating Citizens - by Grace Cohen Grossman and Harry R. Rubenstein

Photographs are in black and white, which in many ways only makes them even more remarkable. This book should be part of our high school or college students curriculum. A wonderful look at history, through the historical artifacts that helped to shape it.

I give this book five stars.



A big thumbs up.



And my personal highly recommended award.

You can purchase this book here. It is available in hardcover.





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The Coming Apostasy - Hitchcock and Kinley

The Coming Apostasy
by
Mark Hitchcock and Jeff Kinley
Copyright ©2017 Mark Hitchcock & Jeff Kinley
Tyndale Publishers
ISBN: 978-1-4964-1407-6

When was the last time you heard a sermon that really hit you where it hurt?

Like most of us today, we've become desensitized to what the gospel really teaches us. We've had political and societal leaders convince us that it's okay to allow certain things to go on in our world. It's politically incorrect to stand up against the morals, or rather lack thereof, that we see in the world around us. And yet, where are our preachers? Where are those old fire and brimstone Bible thumpers who would shout the roof down when preaching? Where have they all gone?

There are a few around. There are a few good Christians still standing around. Or rather, mulling around. Not really saying much. Why is that? Fear of being turned on?

Celebrities in our country who stand up and proclaim their Christianity are turned on. Sports players are turned on when they are heard to say that they prayed, or trusted in God. Our teachers, the most precious aid in this world in helping to establish our children's morals and belief's, are not allowed to mention God in the classroom. The Pledge of Allegiance can no longer be said in the classrooms today because of the line "one nation under God".

When was the last time you heard a preacher stand up and actually preach against transgender individuals, homosexuals, or abortion? Few do.

This my friend, is called apostasy. And Hitchcock and Kinley are here to guide you through this maze of worldly teaching. The two team up to tear apart the current trend from teachers today. Ministers, laypersons, and politics.

Are today's ministers simply telling the people what they want to hear? Are the "skipping over" all that nasty, politically incorrect "stuff" we find in the Bible?

"The great apostasy is coming, but is it closer than we imagine?", states the back cover of this book.

There are difficult times coming, Hitchcock and Kinley can help keep you on the path that is straight and narrow that leads to Heaven. Don't be fooled. The path that leads to destruction is wide, and many can fit across it's width and length.

We must stand up for what we believe in. And we must face ridicule if it comes. Or even worse. But we must press on, telling the good news, but preaching against what is sending so many straight to the gates of Hell.

I believe every Christian should read this book.

I give this five stars.
A big thumbs up.
And my personal highly recommended award.
This book can be purchased here on Amazon in both Kindle and paperback. Or here on Tyndale.





****DISCLAIMER: This book was provided by Tyndale Publishing for review. The opinions above are solely those of the author of this blog.





Gone Without a Trace - Mary Torjussen

Gone Without A Trace
by
Mary Torjussen
Copyright © 2017 Mary Torjussen
Berkley Publishing
ISBN: 9780399585012

What if you woke up one morning and found your lover missing? But not just missing, completely erased! As if he had never even existed.

This is what happens to Hannah in Torjussen's story.

Every photograph, phone call, texts, all wiped from her phone. All of his social media accounts are gone. Four years wiped away over night.

Hannah must struggle to discover what has happened to her boyfriend. She must search, delving deeper and deeper into the unknown to find him.

And during all of this, Hannah discovers someone has been, and is, watching her. Even in her private spaces at home.

This suspenseful novel will keep you on your toes!

Torjussen tells a great story, I only wish the characters had a little more depth to them. It almost seems one dimensional. Otherwise, what a great novel!

I am giving this novel five stars.
And a big thumbs up!
You can purchase this book here. It is available in both Kindle and paperback editions.





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