Gathering Shadows – Book Review


With the recent shake-up at the television station, KDSM, Wynter Evans is trying her best to find a story that will not only secure her job, but also land her in the coveted anchor position. However, in going through possible story leads she sees a picture that could change her life. Looking past the black felt Mennonite hat the boy in one of the pictures looks exactly like her brother Ryan who disappeared nine years ago.

After convincing her boss, Ed, that she should do a piece on small unknown towns in Missouri Wynter heads to Sanctuary with her photographer, Zac. Will searching into this town looking for her lost brother bring closure or more questions! Is it best to leave the past alone? By continuing to investigate is Wynter putting her own life in jeopardy?

Wow, Nancy Mehl has produced yet another winning combination of twists and turns in her latest novel, Gathering Shadows. It is the first book in her Finding Sanctuary series. I would highly recommend this book. I will warn you that once you start reading Gathering Shadows it will be difficult to set down.

Seasons of Tomorrow – Book Review

cover seasons I am sharing another wonderful book with you today. I seem to be drawn to Amish fiction lately. Although they have a common thread each is vastly different. Cindy Woodsmall’s series, “Amish Vines and Orchards” centers around the Kings’ Orchard and Rhoda’s canning, both of which interest me. Therefore, I was anxious to read the latest book in the series, Seasons of Tomorrow. This book returns the reader to Orchard Bend, Maine and the delightful characters in the new Amish settlement. However, all is not smooth sailing as Jacob must learn to deal with Samuel and Rhoda’s relationship and Leah’s involvement with Englischer Landon causes problems for the settlement. It could lead to disciplinary actions or even breaking up the core group. As they are all working through this situation, tragedy strikes. Will this shatter what they have all worked so hard to establish? Will all of these trials make them stronger or draw them together or scatter them to the wind? Seasons of Tomorrow is a book I would recommend. The characters are so real and engaging. The reader is drawn into their community and is anxious to see how everything will turn out.

The Last Bride – Book Review & Giveaway


Having read the previous books in the Hickory Hollow Series by Beverly Lewis, I was anxious to return to this quaint community in her latest release, The Last Bride.

Like the women in Hickory Hollow, Tessie Miller was anxious to be married and start a family. Her four sisters had already walked down the isle. Tessie had her heart set on the love of her life, Marcus King, but her father makes it clear that they are not to be together. Continue reading

Knowing God by Name – Book Review

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One of my favorite things to study are the names of God. Therefore, when the opportunity presented itself for me to review, Knowing God by Name, I didn’t even hesitate.

You and I go throughout our lives with different names, but are still the same person. These names are simply highlighting various characteristics. For example, I go by Jamy, Mrs. Whitaker, sweetheart, and momma – they all refer to me, but are emphasizing different aspects of my life. God is the same way. There are so many different names given throughout the Bible to highlight God’s attributes. Knowing God by Name looks at 40 different names, broken down into an eight-week study.

I love that each week of the study has a different name or attribute of God emphasized for five days. Each of those days includes a scripture, devotion and closing prayer. The week is wrapped up with Day 6, which includes questions to give you the opportunity to dig a little deeper into the names for that particular week. I love how it is not just a study of the names of God, but also shows how to applies to our lives.

Besides having this fabulous book as a resource, there is also a website with great videos to go along with each week of the study. Therefore, you could work through this study on your own or with a group.

I would highly recommend this book for your next personal or women’s Bible study, but don’t just take my word for it, read the first chapter. It gives such great insight into the attributes and characteristics into the God we serve. In order to have a relationship with someone you need to get to know him or her better and Knowing God by Name is a great place to start.

Disclaimer: “I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.”

The Dawn of Christmas – Book Review and Giveaway

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I had the privilege to read Cindy Woodsmall’s latest book, The Dawn of Christmas, over the Christmas break.

Cindy takes the reader to the center of Amish Country in this heartwarming tale through the eyes of Sadie. On the eve of her wedding she is faced with a difficult decision, marry a man who lies or face living her life alone? Sadie’s choice takes her away from her family, but is brought back later in order to please her parents. Once she returns she discovers an injured man, Levi, and must determine whether a friendship with him is safe. As their friendship grows the question then changes to whether either one of them is really ready to open up to the possibility of love. Will Sadie’s ex-fiancé come back into the picture and ruin everything?

This is a fantastic story with such lovable characters that you are swept away within a few pages. I would recommend picking up this book for a snowy day.

(Click here to read Chapter One)


In light of the new study that will be starting next week at Maryland Community Church and highlighted on my Monday and Wednesday blogs, I am going to be giving away 2 copies of the book, What Happens When Women Say Yes to God. All you need to do to enter is leave a comment on my blog and/or sign up to follow my blog all this week. I will announce the winners on Friday, January 3rd.

The Women of Christmas – Book Review

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Liz Curtis Higgs has done it again with her latest book, The Women of Christmas. As Christmas is quickly approaching, this book allows you to experience the season through Elizabeth, Mary and Anna.

In typical Liz fashion, she not only brings these characters off the pages of the Bible, but shows the reader how it applies to her life. She takes a close look at these three women and scriptures that you have read over but missed some details. Liz does an excellent job of shedding light on these treasures. There are even study questions included in the back of the book to take the study deeper.

I highly recommend you purchasing this book and reading it to prepare your heart for the celebration of Christ’s birth.

Preview Chapter One

Blessings for the Evening – Book Review


I am always looking for a great devotional for myself as well as for gifts. Therefore, when I had the opportunity to read and review Susie Larson’s devotional Blessings for the Evening, I was thrilled.

I love how Susie switched up the typical devotional by focusing on night, as your day is drawing to a close. It is a great way to replace the stress of the day with God’s peace.

Each devotion is placed over a beautiful picture. There is a scripture and short reading for each evening. The combination of the scripture, reading and picture brings about such peace and comfort. The reader gets a real sense of discovering God’s presence through this book.

I would definitely recommend this book as we enter into the Christmas season for yourself or a loved one.

Friend Friday

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Dear friend, I am so glad that you could come over today and spend a little time with me. I have my cup of coffee and I am ready to visit with you.

I have received several suggestions for topics for my Friend Fridays. Today, it seems fitting to share a devotional book with you, Take Flight! A Sisterchicks’ Devotional by Robin Jones Gunn and Cindy Hannan.

These two ladies have written several Sisterchicks fiction books and decided that God was leading them to share grace stories in a devotional for women. Thus, Take Flight! was created.

Each devotion starts out with a quote from a character in a Sisterchicks novel. This leads to a real life story of grace, called “From Robin’s Nest”. Cindy then shares questions, wisdom, scriptures to examine and even space for journaling in the section, “From Cindy’s Perch”. Then it ends with Sisterchickin’ Suggestions – an activity to apply what has been discussed in the devotion. I absolutely loved this part. It takes the devotion beyond observation and interpretation to applying it to your life.

This short devotional would make a great gift for the “sisterchicks” in your life. Whether you have read the Sisterchicks books or not, I would highly recommend this great little book.


** Don’t forget, if you have a topic that you would like discussed on the Friend Fridays, please let me know. I am looking forward to hearing from you.

Unforeseeable – Book Review


I have read the first two books in the Road to Kingdom series by Nancy Mehl, so when I had the opportunity to read and review the latest book, Unforeseeable, I was thrilled.

Callie Hoffman’s life is all falling into place in Kingdom. She loves working in the local restaurant with her friend, LIzzie and is engaged to the love of her life, Levi, the new pastor. However, when a body is discovered just outside of Kingdom that is connected to a serial killer, things begin to spiral out of control.

Will this mystery bring more questions than answers? Is there some connection between the case and Cassie? Will Callie’s search for answers put her engagement and life in jeopardy?

Nancy takes the reader back to the delightful, secluded town of Kingdom. There are several familiar characters as well as a few new ones. It is not necessary to read the first two books before jumping into the series. However, once you have read one, you will want to read the others.

Like Nancy’s other Road to Kingdom books, I would highly recommend, Unforeseeable. It keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

The Letters – Book Review


I have another great book that I would like to share with you today, The Letters by Suzanne Woods Fisher.

The main character in The Letters, Rose Schrock has had a difficult life. Through many trials and tragedies, she has found herself trying to be a single-mom to four children, take care of her farm and aging mother-in-law and provide for the family. The burdens she bears herself.

In the process of “righting” wrongs, Rose decides to open an Amish bed and breakfast, utilizing their basement with a private entrance. This brings Delia Stoltz into the Schrock family’s lives. She is dealing with several of her own personal issues and needs a quiet retreat. The Eagle Hill Inn is just the answer.

The characters and situations in The Letters are so dynamic and engaging. Suzanne Woods Fisher has an incredible way of drawing the reader into her novels. This is why I keep returning to her books. I highly recommend The Letters.