Friday, June 28, 2013

"A Heart's Home, A Novella" by Laura J Marshall


"A Heart's Home, A Novella" by Laura J Marshall gets 5 stars. Even through I like longer stories this was great for reading before retiring for night. This novella pulled me in from the first page. Asyra lives in India, she is a child of a mixed marriage,and lives with her uncle.  And she doesn't know where she really belongs. At the beginning of the story she is traveling with Braddock to go to England to become Braddock's brother wife in an arranged marriage. But on the way there is danger and Asyra and Braddock fall in love! I kept  reading just to see if the story would end the way I wanted it to! I am happy to say it did! I would recommend this book to anyone, the only thing I disliked about this story was that it was too short but then it is a novella. I would like to know more about Asyra and Braddock. I was given a kindle copy for my honest review by the author.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

" Hidden In Plain View" by Diane Burke

" Hidden In Plain View" by Diane Burke is a 5 star book. I read this book because it was the book that my online book club was reading for the next discussion. And I really enjoyed it. It has a twist that aren't in many Amish books. I sure didn't see it ending the way it did.
   
This story caught my interest as soon as I started reading it. At first I thought it was based on the 2006 Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania, Amish school because the first scene in the book is a shooting in the school. It turns out the story isn't related to that real story at all.  

Sarah Lapp's husband is shot and killed and he is injured and   Sarah sinks into blessed oblivion and when she wakes up she has lost her memory. She cannot remember her husband or her life or the fact that she is pregnant. The undercover detective Samuel King is an exAmish person. The murders and other crimes keep happening. There is a growing attraction between Sarah and Samuel, but Sarah is an Amish widow and pregnant and Samuel is English. How can this love between the two be good and how can Samuel protect Sarah without getting her shun? Will Sarah ever regained her memory? That question would make a good sequel to this book!  I really didn't see this story ending the way it did but I think (and I believe most of the group members in my online club) it was a GREAT SOLUTION.

    Even though this book is Amish, I think anyone that loves to read mysteries or good clean love stories would like this story as it is part of the Love Inspired Suspense stories. 

Sunday, June 23, 2013

"Be Still My Soul" by Joanne Bischof

"Be Still My Soul" by Joanne Bischof is a 5 star book. I was given book two of this series for a review but wanted to read book one first and I am so glad that I did.

 This is the first book of The Cadence Of Grace Series and if the other two books in this series is as fantastic as this, her first book that she has written, she will be a favorite author to many historical fiction  fans.

    Lonnie is forced into marring Gideon because her father saw Gideon steal a kiss from Lonnie after he walks her home one night. Gideon has made bad choices and he is in the middle of making a wrong one again when he meets Jebediah and Elsie. Can two hearts that are so far apart become one?    This is another book that kept me turning the pages to see what was happening in Gideon and Lonnie's life. This book was full of sorrow but it makes the ending so much better.  I didn't put that that sentence in this review to make someone not to read this book but to enrich my next sentence. The ending makes the reader's heart rejoice. Once again, after finishing the story, I am wanting to read more about the characters and am so glad that Joanne Bischof has made that possible. I am looking forward to the next book which is "Though My Heart is Torn".

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Last Chance for Justice:A Bloomfield Novel by Kathi Macias

Last Chance for Justice:A Bloomfield Novel by Kathi Macias is another 5 stars novel. Kathi's books have been on my To Be List for awhile and this one was given to me by Kathi Macias for an honest review and I am glad I read it. I think the books in this series are all stand alones. I do know they are written by different authors. Last Chance for Justice is the 4th in the series. But after reading this novel I  brought the other three and hope to have every book in this series.
    Bloomfield is just a little town where secrets are not kept. Lynn Myers and her daughter Rachel go back to Bloomfield to settle Lynn's brother estate. Lynn is worried about  how the town's people will accept her after being gone so long. She left Bloomfield to marry Daniel, an outsider, who has just recently died.  It was supposed to be a simple trip to get the affairs in order and leave. But once they get in Bloomfield things aren't that simple. Lynn and Rachel learn about a mystery that Myron, Lynn's brother, was trying to solve before he died. Lynn and Rachel are caught up in the mystery. I won't tell what the mystery is but will tell you it is about a boy named Last Chance Justice. Rachel even has a couple of love interests in this story. I keep reading this novel because I wanted to see if the mystery was solved and how it would be. I also knew who I wanted Rachel to choose. There was also the chance she wouldn't choose either because she might not stay in Bloomfield!   The characters in this story are true to life and so easy to pretend they are real people like you and me. The ending makes you want to continue reading about the people in Bloomfield.  I will let you read the book and see how it all works out!
  I was given a ebook copy from the author for a honest reveiw.


Saturday, June 15, 2013

Everyday Matters Bible for Women: New Living Translation, Practical Encouragement to Make Every Day Matter is a fabulous Bible


Today’s Christian Woman is so busy handling the challenges of day-to-day life that spending time in the Word can easily become yet another ‘should’ buried in that growing list of daily ‘musts.’ Created in partnership with Kyria.com,Christianity Today’s women’s magazine, the Everyday Matters Bible for Women is designed to help women develop spiritual practices that will make their lives richer, not harder. It offers practical encouragement and tools to renew, reinvigorate and restore meaning to everyday life.
This Bible features twenty-four disciplines—or practices—that position us to receive power and strength to do those things that we cannot possibly do on our own and make everyday life fuller and deeper. Each discipline is represented by a colorful icon whose illustration is a reminder of its meaning.
The contemporary language of the New Living Translation combines with content from today’s foremost Christian leaders to help readers understand and apply spiritual discipline.
 Every discipline is explored in four ways 
• Everyday Matters. Two-page articles introduce major themes and focus on an essential part of understanding and practicing a discipline. 
• Everyday Profiles. Profiles of twenty-five Biblical women highlight a particular discipline. 
• Everyday Q & A’s. Short articles delve into a difficult aspect of the spiritual practice and offer practical help on incorporating the discipline into your daily life. 
• Everyday Reflections. Selections illustrate ways to personalize and apply God’s Word to your own situation.
More than 300 articles and features by more than 140 of today’s most well-known Christian leaders and writers, including: Kay Warren, Priscilla Shirer, Elisa Morgan, Nancy & John Ortberg, Richard Foster, Liz Curtis Higgs, and Lauren Winner.
Special Features include . . . 
• 4-color throughout 
• Color-coded icons identify each Spiritual Discipline addressed in contributors’ material 
• How to Use This Bible in a Small Group Study 
• Index of Spiritual Practices 
• Resources for further reading

Purchasing links: Everyday Matters Bible for Women, New Living Translation, 2nd Edition, Hardcover is AVAILABLE NATIONWIDE in bookstores and major retailers for $27.49. 
Purchase online at: AmazonChristianbook.com, or at your local retailers
I love using this Bible. I like that it is hardback. The pages are real thin so I am afraid of them ripping while turning the pages but that is the only thing I don't like.I am taking each one of the 24 spiritual practices and reading all the verses pertaining to that particular practice. Right now I am studying Acceptance.I like that this Bible comes with a ribbon that you can place where you are reading and studying.  I am really enjoying this Bible. I am really enjoying  the different articles written by well-known speakers and writers. I would recommend this to every woman that wants something to enhance her Bible reading and Bible study.                                                                                                
Some of the spiritual practices are Acceptance, Bible Study and Meditation, Gratitude,Prayer, Worship,Silence, Forgiveness, Faith, Reconciliation and others.
 I received a free copy of this Bible to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.

"At The End Of Our Journey" by Jack R. East. Jr.



This book was very easy to read and understand! It is about 2 dreams that the author had to help his faith journey and to show him what was at the end of the journey, God. It tells about his dreams and the author Jack East doesn't try to make the reader believe him or force his beliefs on the reader. Okay, with that said I believe what Jack East has said about Faith. This book just reinforced what I already believed. The last chapter of the books tells about tools we Christians should (and if we aren't ) use to help us in our journey of faith. Heaven awaits the believer at the end of the journey. I was given a copy of this book for an honest review.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Q&A with Sarah Price and a chance to win either a print book or ebook of Fields of Corn





An Amazon Top 100 Author
(December 2012, January 2013, February 2013, April 2013, May 2013)
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The Preiss family emigrated from Europe in 1705, settling in Pennsylvania as the area's first wave of Mennonite families. Sarah Price has always respected and honored her ancestors through exploration and research about her family history and their religion. At nineteen, she befriended an Amish family and lived on their farm throughout the years.
Twenty-five years later, she now splits her time between her husband and children in the NYC Metro area and a home that she shares with an Amish woman in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania where she retreats to reflect and write. As a masterful storyteller, Sarah Price prides herself on presenting an authentic Amish experience for her readers. Many of her stories are based on actual people she has met and her own experiences living among the Amish over the years.
Visit the author's website and blog at sarahpriceauthor.com and befriend her on Facebook at http://facebook.com/fansofsarahprice.



Question and answers from Sarah Price!
1.When did you begin writing?
When I was eight, I began writing stories about gnomes in little blue journals. It was my first series and I still have those journals today. In fact, I used to read the stories to my children and I have them in my daughter’s book library. 

2. When did you first become interested in the Amish?
It was around the same time, when I was eight or nine, when my grandparents took me out to Lancaster. Since my family is Mennonite, I felt as though I was visiting long-lost relatives. Back then (yes, many decades ago), there were not a lot of tourists in Lancaster. It was well before Harrison Ford filmed The Witness and Beverly Lewis wrote her first Amish book. I fell in love with the Amish during that trip and studied them incessantly. Since this was before the Internet made access to information so easy, there were very few places where I could get books about these amazing people. 

3. What is it about the Amish that fascinates you?
That’s a great question! For many of my readers, they are drawn to the simple lifestyle of the Amish culture. For others, it’s the religion. For me, it’s a combination of both. Plus, given that I have now been visiting and staying with the Amish for over twenty-five years, I know them as people…real people with the same problems and concerns that non-Amish people have. They laugh, they love, they cry. Just like us. I suspect that many people have this image of the Amish as living idyllic lives…perfection and peace. In many ways they do…at least compared to the stress that we often face in the non-Amish world. However, they have their own stresses and worries, too. 

4 What was your first book that you wrote about the Amish?
That would be Fields of Corn. And I wrote that in 1988. Yes, 1988 which is almost ten years before Beverly Lewis’ first book! I remember that the People’s Place in Intercourse, PA refused to publish my manuscript and said it was unrealistic. That still makes me laugh because it was based on my own experiences spending a summer at an Amish farm. You can’t get anymore realistic than that! The scene, the characters, even the conversations were 100% true to life. Oh well. By the way, that “unrealistic” book made the Amazon Top 100 bestseller list multiple times. Life’s funny that way, I guess.

5 What inspires your writing?
People. I can sit on the porch of my house in Lancaster County and watch a buggy drive by with a young man holding the reins and two girls riding beside him, one smiling and one sad. Instantly, I see an entire movie in my mind, which becomes a book. When I met people or listen to conversations, I am inspired.

6 Speaking of inspiration, who inspires you from a literary perspective?
My all time favorite author was (drum roll) Laura Ingalls Wilder. To this day, I still re-read that series and get lost in her life story. I think my attraction to her is the rawness of America at that time. I find it simply amazing that they moved away from everything they knew to settle in the prairie. It reminds me of my Anabaptist ancestors that escaped persecution in Europe, sailing across the ocean to settle in Pennsylvania in 1705. From an Amish perspective, obviously Beverly Lewis because she was the first published Amish fiction writer. I also love Suzanne Woods Fisher’s books as well as Cindy Woodsmall. 

7 What’s next on your list?
This weekend, my short story, Gettysburg’s Chosen Sons (Helping Hands Press) is being released. That’s special to me because of the fact that I learned one of my Mennonite ancestors fought in Gettysburg. The gentleman on the cover is Gideon Nice, my great-great-great (maybe one more great) granduncle. So I based the story loosely on him.
Also, The Clothes Line, the fourth book in my Amish of Ephrata series, will be released over the next few days. This is the continuation of the story about Priscilla Smucker and how she is bullied by Susie Byler. This one touches on a few taboo subjects such as alcoholism among the Amish (yes, it DOES exist).
Finally, Plain Again…the third novel in my Plain Fame series. I fear if I don’t release that soon, my readers will come after me with pitchforks and torches! Seriously, I’m so excited that my readers have fallen in love with Amanda and Alejandro. It wasn’t easy to take an Amish woman and a Cuban superstar and successfully make it work. But I sure had fun writing it!
 Fields of Corn was the first Sarah Price book I read and I have been a fan of her 's since and here is my review of Field of Corn. This review is one of the first that I wrote so it is short but I think it covers what I think of the book!
I finished reading the book "Fields Of Corn" by Sarah Price and all I can say is I am amazed. This is a wonderful book. It has all the basics of life covered. I hope the rest of the series is as good as this one and if it is I will have a new favorite author . Oh did I say I really liked this book.

Sarah has agreed to answer questions from you the readers.
The chance to win will be from now until Tuesday the 18th at 9:00 Am eastern standard time.

The winner will be chosen by random.org and please leave your email so if you are the winner I can contact  you if I don't have your email I will pick another winner, so if you want to win make sure I have your email to contact you!

Let the fun began!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

"Field of Daises" by Barbara Hattemer





"Field of Daises" by Barbara Hattemer gets 5 stars, but if I could I would give it many more. It is fiction but based on the author's own life.
 Andrea and Lans Mulder had a perfect marriage. They were the best parents.  But they both didn't have their parents in their childhood as much as they wanted because their parents were successful bussiness people and travel a lot.  So they determined to be there for their children.   This book is filled with heartaches but ends with joy. After Andrea's father's fatal heart attack , her mother shows signs of Alzheimer's disease. Andrea chooses to take care of her mother and Lans is feeling left out, their marriage starts to suffer. Can this marriage be restored? This story tells about Lans and Andra's courtship interwoven into the present.
       The author tells a good story while describing the symptoms of Alzheimer's. She also lets the reader know that Jesus cares and we only have to ask him.
     I couldn't read this book all in one setting as the relationship between Andrea and her grandparents was to much like my relationship with my grandma. Grandma was my best friend growing up and I miss her so much yet today even through it has been 11 years since she went to be with the Lord. But let me reassure you I loved this book and reccommend it to anyone that likes to read and anyone that is dealing with  someone that has Alzheimer's. No, this book isn't a technical book that tells about the disease but just a story that might encourage  and show someone that what they are facing is normal and that they are not alone.
      I received this book from www.bookfun.org to read and post my honest opinion.  

Monday, June 10, 2013

Q&A with Susan J. Reinhardt, author of The Moses Conspiracy and a chance to win an pdf of The Moses Conspiracy





The Moses Conspiracy by Susan J. Reinhardt
 A trip to post-terrorized Washington, D.C. in 2025 and a buggy accident in Bird-in-Hand, PA set in motion events that expose a diabolical plan to destroy the Christian community. Ellie and John Zimmerman find themselves embroiled in a life-threatening investigation, fighting a shadowy enemy.
Convinced it's now safe to visit D.C., Ellie and her firstborn, 8-year-old Peter, travel to the nation's capital. Both mother and child make an effort to enjoy the sights, but they're unprepared for the challenges they face. Her nightmares come true when she and Peter are separated.
Back home, John witnesses a neighbor's buggy accident. The suspicious circumstances and law enforcement's refusal to take them seriously prompt him to take on the role of detective. He and a tenacious reporter band together and vow to find out what's happening in Bird-in-Hand.











 my review : Susan Reinhardt was a new author to me till I saw "The Moses Conspiracy" announcement on Helping Hands press web page and I knew I had to read this book. Susan Reinhardt gave me an pdf and then I won an copy of the ebook and I'm glad. I give this book 5 stars. 
   I have to admit this book is quite different than I thought it was about. I thought it was going to be a story about Moses from the Bible and him leading people. But you see I didn't read the description but I am not sorry I was wrong, I loved this story. 
  This book is about the future, 2018, but some of the things that are written about are happening now.  Our freedoms are being taken from us Christians and we just set back and let it happen. There is a group that is targeting buggies and pregnant woman that all ready have one child. John Zimmerman and a reporter are determined to find the reason why and they put their lives in danger. In the middle of all this terror,  Ellen tries to help eight year Peter to learn about the freedoms that the United States was builted on while facing opposition from family members. This book mentions Amish but isn't an Amish story. This book has a story about when you give to the less fortune you get blessed too. I will not expand on that expect to say it is a Christmas story and 8 year Peter. This book kept me turning the pages to see what was going to happen next. I was surprised at the people that was the bad guys. I really didn't see it ending that way.  This book will leave you with the question "Is  this the way the future really going to be"? When I finished this book I wrote on the author's facebook page that it needed a sequel and she responded that it was the first book in a trilogy. I can't wait until the next book in this trilogy is out.
  Susan Reinhardt has agreed to let you the readers ask her and a question and she will answer your questions and one winner will get a pdf copy of "The Moses Conspiracy"
       The winner will be chosen on Wednesday the 12th at 9Am by random.org. Please leave your email so I can get in touch with you if you are the winner.
   Let the questions begin!!!!


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

"Not Just A Doer But A Doer" by Yolanda Shanks





About the Author: Yolanda Shanks
Multi-published author, speaker, blogger, teacher, wife, grandmother—Yolanda Shanks wears many hats, but the one she most resonates with is her role as an advocate for living life to its fullest.

Shanks’ award-winning first book, Destined to Live, Despite Me, continues to be a source of hope for those battling effects from a prior suicide attempt. It garnered an enthusiastic Kirkus review, which stated the book was “a commendable guide for finding meaning after considering suicide.” 

Her second book, Not Just a Hearer but a Doer (released June 2012) challenges the body of Christ to act upon scripture. In the Fall of 2012, she released a third project, entitled Destined to Live, Despite Me – A Cause to Be Thankful.

Check her website (www.YolandaShanks.com) for book events in your area and for weekly wisdom from this lover of life and committed Christ-follower.
 
Link to Main Websitehttp://www.YolandaShanks.com/
Link to a Bio for an Authorhttp://yolandashanks.com/about-the-author/


"Not Just A Doer But A Doer" by Yolanda Shanks gets 5 stars. This is the second book I have read that she has written and they were both helpful to me.
  In "Not Just A Doer But A Doer" Yolanda Shanks uses short daily devotions that are straight to the point. She gives A Biblical scripture and then she tells the background of what was happening when that scripture was written, then she interpretation and gives us an application point to use.

To be a doer we must be willing to reject our desires and submit our will to His will and desire for our lives. This is not something new for Christians but Yolanda Shanks just makes the point clearer and stronger. Jesus commands us too follow Him in everything and that includes our sufferings.  In some of the devotions she asks probing questions that causes us to (our should) perform a self inventory and examination.

 I received a free copy of this book to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.

QUESTION AND ANSWER TIME WITH WHOOPIE PIE PAM JARRELL WITH GIVEAWAY -WINNER CHOICE OF EBOOK OR PRINTBOOK


I am so glad to have Whoopie Pie Pam Jarrell as my special guest Wednesday the 5th - Sunday the 9th. One person will get an ebook or a print book (their choice) of one of her books.
Winner will be picked by random.org at  8 pm sun.
Please leave a email so we can get in touch with you if you are the winner!
 I haven't met her personally but I consider her one of my friends as I am a member of her facebook group, Whoopie Pie Book Club. I am honor to be a member of that group.
     

               Here are her three books the winner can choose from

http://www.amazon.com/Home-Holidays-Whoopie-Kitchen Collection/dp/1482052628/ref=la_B00AFF0AA0_1_3_title_0_main?ie=UTF8&qid=1370451606&sr=1-3 








































































































A great little book full of recipes and holiday memories from friends and authors. Great ideas for your holiday planning.



Rhonda - 
What delicious recipes Whoopie Pie Pam has compiled and even sweeter are the stories of past Christmases shared. It also means a great deal that the contributors are my online friends. I felt like we were sitting together enjoying those yummy foods and laughter. I had goosebumps as I read the special remembrances of my friends. I am also feeling rather hungry after reading this volume--lol


There aren't any reviews for this book yet so here is the info from the book
Whoopie Pie Pam grew up surrounded by not only the love of her parents but also the love of her grandparents. Inside this book, you will find that same love in each of the recipes, compiled from the private recipe box of her Mamaw Gladys. These recipes have been in storage since her death. Easter was an important holiday that Pam shared with her Mamaw. In honor of her Mamaw, Pam has lovingly brought these recipes out of storage to share with her friends and fans on this Easter season. This book demonstrates the love and warmth of her relationship with all of her grandparents. Additionally, she has invited a few special people (friends, family, and fellow authors) to share their own memories of Easter and their family.
Format:Kindle Edition
As some readers may not know: there is a little sweet, fun world nestled on Facebook, entitled Whoopie Pie Book Club. I have been a member for awhile, and the group has lifted me up after my car wreck, keeping me upbeat through lively chit-chat, great humor, and most of all, by sharing their love of food. Therefore, you can see why I was overjoyed to share my Almond Shortbread recipe with Pam when she asked for recipes. To see her dream of publishing her first book, especially one centered around wonderful food and wholesome stories, made me smile. You see, Pam is a very genuine, lovable person, one who goes out of her way to make other people's days shine. Get a glimpse into her and her dream, as well as the Whoopie Pie World by buying this book, and find her at Whoopie Pie Book Club on Facebook.
        My review:  I brought this book because even through I don't know any of the members of the Whoopie Pie Book Club personally, I consider them my friends and I am a member of the club. I will treasure this book both on kindle and as a print book.I loved the stories of their Christmas memories. Even through I don't usually bake Christmas treats I may start by letting my granddaughters look through these recipes and choosing one to make. It will be great to tell them , (while making the cookies) you know grandma is friends with the lady that this recipe comes from. Thanks for being a great leader and friend Pam and to the rest of you thanks for being great club members and friends.

By Zuzichka 
This is a great little book to send your spirits soaring as you read tear-jerking stories as well as ones that will make you laugh out loud. Additionally, there is a plethora of cookie recipes to try out for years to come. And, after reading this, I'm inspired to actually try a cookie exchange next Christmas! This book stays on the shelf with my cookbooks year round! 
By Kathy 

I bought the Kindle edition of this book the day it was released..I recipes are amazing..AND the special stories thats included in the bokk, are all experiences, and from the hearts of each and everyone that wrote them..I'm going to order the paperback as well..that will be treasured..Whoopie Pie Pam Jarrell..is so amazing how she put this book together so fast and out on the market..

I am glad to say I am the owner of all three of these great books: I have them all on kindle and I have the print copy of  "Home For The Holiday's" and am going to get the other two in print copy soon. These will have a permanent place on my bookshelf when I get them!

Ok let the questions begin!





Tuesday, June 4, 2013

"Redeeming Trail" by Pastor George McVey




"Redeeming Trail" by Pastor George McVey gets 5 stars from me. I enjoyed this story, the 2nd in the Redemption Tales series, although it wasn't as exciting as the first book, but that is because they are traveling to Redemption. But the middle part really starts getting exciting when they found out who they hired for the scout. The ending makes me anxiously waiting for the 3rd book in this series to see if they captured the villian.
   This  book continues with Nathan Ryder continuing his journey to Redemption to be the new pastor. This is the story of the people he is traveling with in the wagon train. I love how he finally convinces others that the Negro's are just people   like the rest of us and in God's eyes we are all the same. The evil gunslinger Diamond Dale makes trouble for Nathan all through the book. There are heartaches and joys in this book. My heart was actually broken for Lucy's parents and others when she is no longer a part of the wagon train. Why was my heart broken and why wasn't she a part of the train any longer, READ THE STORY AND YOU WILL KNOW AND YOU WILL PROBABLY BE SAD BUT YOU  WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED THAT YOU READ THE BOOK!  But  at the end of the story your heart will rejoice with the people of Redemption, and like me will be waiting for book 3. I did not like westerns till I starting reading this series!
  I was given a pdf copy by the author for my honest review.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Questions and answer time with Paula Rose Michelson and a giveaway of the print book Casa de Naomi: The House of Blessing, Book 2:


 As a writer of faith stories, I love looking back on my journey because little did I know that interning in a dually diagnosed psychiatric unit at Woodview-Calabasas Hospital, at the age of forty would lead me to give my life to Messiah (Jesus Christ). I had no idea that attending a church would lead me to offer to help some women and end up meeting with Pastor Hurt to explain what the Lord had begun and have Pastor pronounce me The Women's Lay Councilor for Freemont Community Church, in Freemont, CA and place me under his authority. This was the beginning of LAMB (Life Affirming Messages from the Bible) Ministries which helps women recover from trauma and abuse through the effective use of Scripture, and prayer.

When my husband, Ron became a Messianic missionary with Chosen People Ministries, I joined the staff and coordinated missionary calendars. During that time, I found myself crying out to God because I wanted to do something for the Kingdom. His answer blessed me, but I was concerned that this dyslectic writer's work might be subpar. Yet knowing that God was involved, I set my eyes on Jesus. It has been my great pleasure to research the history of the Sephardic Jews baptized into the Catholic faith during the Inquisition. From that research and my desire to use Scripture to heal wounds as I have done with my LAMB ladies, the Casa Saga Books were birthed. Though the heritage of my heroine is unique, the issues she faces are those that bring each of us to the cross.
Since beginning my writing journey with Messiah, I discovered that for me writing is akin to breathing, and I am already researching two more series. When not writing, speaking, teaching, or involved in ministry with my husband, Ron, having a gabfest with family members who live far away, I can be found meeting with friends, or worshiping at my Messianic Congregation Ben David in Santa Ana, California or at The Lutheran Church of the Cross in Laguna Woods where we partner to reach the lost.
Visit http://www.PaulaRoseMichelson.com/ to find out more about me, LAMB Ministries, read the first chapter of Author – Casa Saga Books and the upcoming Naomi Chronicles
God said, “…all people on earth will be blessed through you.”
Coming Soon: The Naomi Chronicles, Book One, Beginning Anew the book reviews, and discover a little about Book One of The Naomi Chronicles, Beginning Anew, which continues Naomi and Chaz's story.
And if you enjoy faith stories, devotionals, or enjoy reading about writing please visit 
Nothing is Impossible http://WritingPaulaRose.Blogspot.com

Author – Casa Saga Books and the upcoming Naomi Chronicles
God said, “…all people on earth will be blessed through you.”
Coming Soon: The Naomi Chronicles, Book One, Beginning Anew


Reviews of Reviews of Casa de Naomi: The House of Blessing, Book 2:

   mine:I give "Casa de Naomi: The House of Blessing Book 2"by Paula Rose Michelson 5 stars. Naomi's friend Alex takes her to a camp where she finds The Blessing Rock and Ruth. Ruth gives her a Bible and asks her to read it. When Naomi reads the Bible she is surprised to find that Jesus is Messiah. Chaz learns a surprise as well in this book but I won't tell you what the surprise is. I thought Casa De Naomi Book 1 was great but I think Book 2 was even better. I think by the time all six books get written it might just be a classic like "Gone with the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell, at least I hope so. Paula Michelson gives such vavid details that I could actual see the scenes in my mind as I was reading. She actually made me feel what the characters were feeling. I think this saga would make a great movie or a mini series on the screen.Paula Michelson made the Bible passages she wrote in the story so inviting that while reading this book I wanted to get my Bible out and found the passages that she wrote about.I am eagerly awaiting the other books in this series. I was given a PDF by the author.
  
Author of “The 13th Enumeration,” William Struse in his five star review said, “Casa de Naomi: The House of Blessing, Book 1 is a soulful story in the tradition of some of the Bible's great heroines. Duty, sacrifice, and faith are carried in the arms of love by a courageous young woman, who rises above her own flaws to help others. After reading this touching story, you will be asking yourself, is my life truly A House of Blessing?”

Rhonda Gayle-Nash said in her 5 star review said, “Paula Rose Michelson is a gifted writer and prophet. She is certainly telling the good news through her fictional work in this series of books. The back of her novel says: "Fulfilling Messiah's Great Commission through Literature" and she does exactly that in her writing. I also love how she draws so many parallels between Ruth and Naomi in Casa de Naomi with Ruth and Naomi of the Bible. I adore the way she has a little child lead Naomi to some important truths during a simple activity such as fishing together and sharing a picnic lunch. I also love how she has an older woman teach the younger women and lead them to their own understandings of God and the Bible. It causes me great pain to realize how Naomi feels that she must hide her faith, her culture, her Judaism. It made me reflect on the pain that so many Jews have experienced and the horrors of the Holocaust. I imagine this book will make many readers reflect in a similar way, but Paula leaves us with hope as she writes and weaves the tale of Naomi's life......read to discover how Naomi and Chaz will resolve their problem: can he forgive her lies? can she forgive his anger towards her? Will Naomi find Messiah and welcome him into her heart as the new family she meets has already done? Superb writing! incredible storytelling! beautiful news!

Joan E. Hawkes said in her 5 star review, “Not many books today are able to intertwine spirituality, romance, suspense and biblical theology and ideology with a hint of history bound in a fictional novel such as the saga Paula Rose Michelson has written. As we turn the beginning pages of Book I, we are passively yet unexpectedly caught in the pre-destined web of characters that continues to navigate us toward the final words of Book II. She has skillfully drawn not only seasoned women, the young at heart, but the youth as well into her prescribed pages of God moments coupled with free will choice. There are biblical life lessons to be found between the covers of this tale, so ready yourself for the journey and be prepared to enter through the gates of "Casa de Naomi; The House of Blessing" and be blessed!”
 “This book is amazing!” C. Hills said in her 5 star review. I wanted to read a couple of chapters and then found I could not put it down and ended up reading it in two sittings.”   
Paula has agreed to an answer and question blog and the winner picked by random.dot org will win a print book.  You will definitely want to read this whole series.

Let the questions begin! You have today and tomorrow. I will pick a winner tomorrow at 10 pm est

Sunday, June 2, 2013

"The Key To The Kingdom" and "Unlocking The Kingdom" by Jeff Dixon










Jeff Dixon is the author of the Key to the Kingdom series, which is a series of novels that unfold in Central Florida and the Walt Disney World Resort. As an Orlando native, Jeff remembers the state before the arrival of the Magic Kingdom, and has been able to watch the amazing changes that have taken place since.
His first job was as Disney cast member and he has fond memories of visiting the park as a child, working at the park later, and then regularly playing in the park with his own kids. Now as an annual passholder, Jeff frequently visits the theme parks and is always on the lookout for new, exciting, and hidden details that others often miss. These details and hidden secrets form some of the background he uses in his novels.
Jeff serves as the Transformational Architect at CCC Ministries in Central Florida. As a natural storyteller, he doesn't just stop at telling a story, he believes the story really comes alive when it impacts your life. A good story has the power to change and transform you...Jeff makes his living doing just that.














"The Key To The Kingdom" and"Unlocking The Kingdom by Jeff Dixon are both  5 stars book.  These books had me turning the pages to see what was going to happen next to Grayson Hawkes. These books is a mysteries revolting around Walt Disney World. Even through the books are fiction they make me want to visit Walt Disney World, I have never been there.
     In  Book 1 "The Key To The Kingdom"  Hawkes ( a preacher) is given a key by his friend Farren Rales, who then disappears. When Rales hands Hawk the key, he tells him "Not just any key,my friend. It is a very special key. There is not another one in the entire world that does what this one will do. You are holding in your hand the key to the kingdom." So Hawk is trying to find out what Rales means throughout the story. He has two special friends help him, one is a Walt Disney World employee and the other you will have to read the book to find out! ( I will give you a clue he is famous). It is strange reading about all the things this preacher turned mystery hunter does that could land him in jail. But oh so enjoyable also! The story has rich details that describes the different scenes and places Hawk searches! During the searching Hawk witnesses to one helper about his faith in Jesus,(just mentions not actually witnessing but isn't that the best kind). But in closing this review I have to tell you things aren't always what they seem.  Hawk solves the puzzle and is rewarded with a surprise.
    In Book 2 "Unlocking The Kingdom" dead bodies and dead pirates keep showing up on rides. But are they real?  The villains and the heroes are hard to figure out and that is what makes these two books so great! At the beginning of "Unlocking the Kingdom" Hawk meets George who tells him "unlock what never was, to protect what is yet to be," At the end of this book there are questions about Disney's trivia you can see if you know the answers. These books would make a great movie!  This second book leaves you wondering if maybe a third book is coming! I think a third book would be great!
   I received this book from www.bookfun.org to read and post my honest opinion.