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“Put your ear down to close to your soul and listen hard.”  – Anne Sexton

“I don’t need a man to validate my existence.  The most profound relationship we’ll ever have is the one with ourselves.”  – Shirley MacLaine

“In th end, it’s not what you do for your children but what you’ve taught them to do for themselves.”  – Ann Landers

“If love is the answer, could you rephrase the question?” – Lily Tomlin

Quote lover and compiler Carolyn Warner gives readers much to think about within the pages of The Words of Extraordinary Women.  I have always loved quotes, and I enjoy using them in everyday conversation.  These quotes are funny, sobering, saddening, and wise.  From Politics to Education to Family, the words of women through the years have helped direct children and adults alike, changed policies, and changed lives.  Pick up this book today to discover the words of many different women through the ages.  You’ll find that we do know what we’re talking about!  Happy Reading!

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Newmarket Press (June 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557048568
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557048561

Legal Necessities:  I received this book for free from Newmarket Press.


In the second installment to her Extreme Devotion series, Kathi Macias takes us to Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego, California in her book More than Conquerors.  Hector Rodriguez and his family minister to the people of Tijuana through the church that Hector pastors.  He is faced with the trials of inner city gang crime, an unbelieving father who lies dying in a hospice home north of the border, and a mother who has surrendered her life to spread the gospel to a remote Mayan village a great distance away.

Marty is a young college graduate from San Diego.  He has served as a short term college missionary in Tijuana alongside Hector Rodriguez’s family.  Unsure of the path God has chosen for him, Marty decides to spend an undetermined amount of time in Tijuana with the Rodriguez family.  Determined not to fall in love and have the distraction of a woman as he tries to follow Christ, Marty finds himself struggling with the direction God may be leading his life.

When Hector’s mother disappears, everyone is heartbroken, but no one is surprised.  After all, the Mayans are deeply rooted in their ancient beliefs, and they do not like outsiders in their village.  Especially outsiders who talk of “conquistadores”, as Hector’s mother has in the Bible verse Romans 8:37 “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”  Hector must choose to continue his work for Christ as pastor of his church, or protect his family.

This book was intense in every aspect – the gang violence in Mexico.  The heartbreaking truth of an ancient people that will not let go of their superstitions, fears, and beliefs.  The fear of a man who is torn between following God, even if it means facing unknown dangers, and protecting his beloved wife and children.  The struggle of a young man who will do anything to follow God’s will for his life.  More intense than any of these, however, is God’s power and ability to overcome fear, and God’s incredible way of bringing good out of tragedy.  Though this book is heartbreaking and sobering, I enjoyed everything about it, and learned much about myself – and God the Father – in the process.  Macias has done an excellent job in her second book in this series, and I can’t wait to read the third!

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: New Hope Publishers (April 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596692839
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596692831

Legal Necessities:  I received this book for free from Kathi Macias.


Book Blogger Hop

This meme is hosted by Crazy For Books. Head on over for some great reads!

This week’s question comes from Barb who blogs at Sugarbeat’s Books:

Why do you read the genre that you do? What draws you to it?

I’ve never considered myself a genre reader. I read too many genres to count! I enjoy nonfiction books, because I enjoy learning about History (especially!) and the world around me. I love England, especially the Regency area, so I enjoy reading Regency fiction as well. It’s one time period I would like to visit. I have spent a good deal of time in Montana, so I enjoy frontier fiction as well. This is an area and era I can relate to, as I have pioneered missions in the area, much like the westward venturers went into lands unknown to build their lives. I also enjoy Sci-Fi and Fantasy. I always have. This is a genre I love to watch, and I love to read about it more.

So that’s me. I can’t pick one genre, and I love several for several different reasons!

For Ginny Dent Brandt, growing up in Washington, DC in th1950’s and 1960’s meant an inside glimpse into how our nation’s capital works.  Ginny went sledding with senators, rolled eggs on the White House lawn, and often went to work with her father, Harry Dent.

Yes, that Harry Dent.  In Ginny Dent Brandt’s book Finding True Freedom:  From the White House to the World, Brandt tells us what it’s like to grow up in Washington, and she tells us about everything her father accomplished during his time there. One of President Nixon’s “Inner Circle”, Dent helped shape Southern Politics as we know it today, and was among those thrust into the limelight during the Watergate Scandal.  The Watergate Scandal devastated not only Harry Dent, but his entire family.

This book isn’t all about Watergate, however, but it does offer a truthful look at how everything really went down.  No, this book isn’t about Watergate, really – it’s about a father and daughter.  Growing up the daughter of an influential Washington, DC assistant and advisor, Ginny learned to rely on her faith and belief in Jesus Christ as her unchanging foundation in life.  Though her father did not immediately care for her faith, he eventually found the heart of Christ as well.  Harry Dent’s newfound love for Jesus Christ, along with his political influence, lead him to the Republic of Romania where he is able to share not only political knowledge, but – more importantly – the message of God’s unyielding love through Jesus Christ.

I grew up with Ginny Brandt as my elementary school guidance counselor.  She helped me through difficult times in my own childhood.  Her mission work with her father in Romania also put her in contact with my childhood Pastor.  I didn’t know the extent of her father’s influence in Washington until I read this book.  Her own experiences in Washington, along with knowledge of what her father accomplished during his time in Washington, offer insights into Washington politics that I had never known about.  This book was a true joy to read!  I got to learn more about Washington, DC, a topic of great interest to me.   I got to learn more about a woman I have admired for years.  I also learned more about my walk with Christ than I have in a long time.  Pick up this books and read it, please!  You will not be disappointed.

Thank you, Mrs. Brandt, for writing this book!  You have touched my life in a special way, and through this book, you are able to touch the lives of countless others.  I feel blessed to call you friend.

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Christian Literature Crusade (September 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936143097
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936143092

Here is a roundup of the three book challenges I will be participating in for 2011.  I am so looking forward to sharing my progress with you and connecting with other book reviewers through these challenges!  I had originally decided on two challenges, but I just stumbled upon a third challenge that I am very excited about!  Here are the three challenges with links to the hosts’ websites:

The Rules:

1. Create a post for the challenge using the image above and link back to this post.
–Non-Bloggers: You are welcome to join too. Post your list of books in the comment section of the wrap-up post.

2. Sign up with the Mr. Linky.
–Link to your challenge post when you sign up please.

3. The goal of this challenge is to read AT LEAST 12 novels that are Christian based fiction between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011. Books read before January 1, 2011 do NOT count towards the challenge.

4. Audio, eBooks, paper all count. Re-reads are ok but try to keep them to a minimum. Cross overs from other challenges are ok.

5. There is no need to create your list now. Please feel free to use your challenge post to keep track of your titles if you so desire.  **Hosted by Book Junkie**

DETAILS:

1. The goal is to read 100 or more books. Anyone can join. You don’t need a blog to participate. Posting on GoodReads or wherever you post your reviews is good enough.

2. Audio, Re-reads, eBooks, YA, Manga, Graphic Novels, Library books, Novellas, Young Reader, Nonfiction – as long as the book has an ISBN or equivalent or can be purchased as such, the book counts.

What doesn’t count: Individual short stories or individual books in the Bible.

3. No need to list your books in advance. You may select books as you go. Even if you list them now, you can change the list if needed.

4. Crossovers from other reading challenges count.

5. Challenge begins January 1st thru December, 2011. Books started before the 1st do not count. You can join at anytime.

6. When you sign up under Mr. Linky, put the direct link to your post where your books will be listed. Include the URL to this post so that other viewers can find this fun challenge. If you’d prefer to put your list in the sidebar of your blog, please leave your viewers the link to the sign up page. Again, so viewers can join the challenge too.  **Hosted by My Overstuffed Bookshelf**

War Through the Generation‘s 2011 reading challenge will be the U.S. Civil War.  The challenge will run from January 1, 2011, through December 31, 2011.

Rules:

This year you have options when reading your fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, etc. with the U.S. Civil War as the primary or secondary theme.

Books can take place before, during, or after the war.  Books from other challenges count so long as they meet the above criteria.

Dip: Read 3-5 books in any genre with the U.S. Civil War as a primary or secondary theme.

Wade: Read 6-10 books in any genre with the U.S. Civil War as a primary or secondary theme.

Swim: Read 11 or more books in any genre with the U.S. Civil War as a primary or secondary theme.

Additionally, we’ve decided that since there are so many great movies out there about U.S. Civil War, that you can substitute or add a movie or two to your list this year and have it count toward your totals.  We nabbed this idea from a few challenges in 2009, particularly The Everything Austen Challenge at Stephanies’s Written Word.  **Hosted by War Through the Generations**

I have discovered something I haven’t noticed before on other book blogs:  Reading Challenges!  The goal is to read the suggested number of books for the challenge’s theme between January 1 and December 31, 2011.  This year I have decided to participate in two challenges that should still allow me to review books for the authors and publishers I have networked with.

The first challenge I will be participating in is the War Through the Generations Reading  Challenge.  This year the focus is Civil War literature.  As my friends and family know, I have a great love for Wartime literature and films, and the history of warfare.  I get this from my Dad (Hi, Daddy, love you! :D)  I am looking at reading 9 to 11 books that pertain to the Civil War.  Here is information pertaining to the challenge from the host blog:

War Through the Generation‘s 2011 reading challenge will be the U.S. Civil War.  The challenge will run from January 1, 2011, through December 31, 2011.

Rules:

This year you have options when reading your fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, etc. with the U.S. Civil War as the primary or secondary theme.

Books can take place before, during, or after the war.  Books from other challenges count so long as they meet the above criteria.

Dip: Read 3-5 books in any genre with the U.S. Civil War as a primary or secondary theme.

Wade: Read 6-10 books in any genre with the U.S. Civil War as a primary or secondary theme.

Swim: Read 11 or more books in any genre with the U.S. Civil War as a primary or secondary theme.

Additionally, we’ve decided that since there are so many great movies out there about U.S. Civil War, that you can substitute or add a movie or two to your list this year and have it count toward your totals.  We nabbed this idea from a few challenges in 2009, particularly The Everything Austen Challenge at Stephanies’s Written Word.

I am looking forward to this challenge!  Check back on Sunday for the other challenge I have chosen to participate in.  I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas, and remember – JESUS is why we have Christmas!  Thanks to His birth, we can have eternal life in Heaven with God the Father.  Merry, Merry Christmas!

Daniel has come home.  As Daniel arrives at his brother’s wedding reception, he surprises and delights his parents.  Oh, he surprises his brother Tim, too, but I wouldn’t exactly say Tim is thrilled that his brother has returned.  He is, of course, the brother of the “Prodigal Son”.  In the days to come, Daniel and his family struggle as they try to mend the broken hearts and broken relationships that resulted from Daniel’s years of absence without a word.  The appearance of Lane, a mysterious woman from Daniel’s past, cannot help matters, either.  Will Daniel find the forgiveness and love he seeks from the family he left?  And is he the only Prodigal in this contemporary retelling of the Biblical parable?

In this true to life short story written by Robin Bayne, readers will find characters much like people they may know themselves.  Maybe the reader will identify with Daniel, his parents, or his brother.  However you relate to the characters and events in this story, it’s hard to miss the redeeming love of God the Father that is evident throughout the story, and the sobering fact that only God is able to mend what we humans cannot.

Bayne has put a fresh face on an old Sunday School story.  Parables are not just stories meant to blandly teach a truth about Jesus – they really are lessons that can be applied daily in every one of our lives.  I recommend this story, and I know if you read it, you will be re-awakened to the truth of God’s love and forgiveness, just like I have been.

  • Publisher: White Rose Publishing; First White Rose Edition edition (January 8, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003CT2ZBS

**Legal Necessities:  I received this eBook for free from Robin Bayne.


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