Friday, August 18, 2017

You Might Call Me Crazy!

1 Corinthians 3:6 
I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. 

I love plants. Seriously love plants. Now that I don't have small children at home or indoor animals, I can have as many plants as I want. Thankfully, my husband loves them too.  :-) 

I found a great deal on some large tropical house plants at my local grocery store so I bought several to place around our living room. The problem was that two of them had super dull looking leaves with what looked to be dried water residue and dirt all over them. I sprayed them down outside with the water hose but they still looked dirty and dull. Sooo, I went looking for solutions and found the perfect one on Chemistry Cachet.


Alexis, the chemist @ Chemistry Cachet, recommends cleaning house plants with a solution of milk and water mixed together in a spray bottle. Super simple to make and if you follow the link, you can get exact measurements and read all about why milk is good for your plants. She also recommends an Epsom Salt solution as a natural fertilizer. I'll be trying that in a few days. 

By the way, I read an article that said it's good talk to your house plants because as you talk to them you are breathing out carbon monoxide and that's beneficial to them too! I felt a little odd at first but once I got going, I had all kinds of things to say to Spike (above) and *Optimus Prime (below). Actually, that's when I decided on their names. Spike is obvious. He's spikey and I had to keep telling him not to cut my fingers! 

*Optimus Prime, on the other hand, has leathery like leaves that are absolutely gorgeous! He reminded me of a transformer toy with how his leaves transform from solid green to display striking streaks of red, orange, and yellow.


 *Optimus Prime (he's a Codiaeum variegatum, aka Croton plant) had the most dramatic 'transformation' in the cleaning too! See what I did there? hehe :-)
He has a lot of leaves! And they are fragile despite being leathery in feel. I found that if I bent one too far while trying to get into the ridges to get all the dirt out, the leaf would 'snap'. He calls for a gentle touch. It took me about an hour to water and clean these two plants but in the end it was well worth it!

Do you have any indoor plants? Have you named them? Do you talk to them? 

I would love to chat about your plants and any successes or failures you've experienced. 

~Happy Gardening~


*no copyright infringement intended - just naming my plants after a toy that my boys loved playing with when they were young.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Rebecca Reviews ~ The Two of Us by Victoria Bylin


Published August 8th 2017 by Bethany House Publishers

 Heartwarming and Touching New Contemporary Romance from Victoria Bylin
After two broken engagements, nurse practitioner Mia Robinson is done with dating. From now on, she only trusts herself and God, and she's focused on her eighteen-year-old sister, Lucy, and caring for patients. Just as she applies to work for an international aid organization, a phone call from Lucy, who's pregnant and running off to marry her twenty-one-year-old boyfriend, throws a wrench into all of Mia's plans.
Jake Tanner may have recovered from the physical injuries he sustained on the job as a police officer, but his heart has yet to heal from losing his former partner in the tragedy. He's poured himself into starting a camp for the sons of fallen officers and mentoring Sam, the adult son of his deceased partner, who's asked him to be his best man at his wedding.
Mia is expecting a mess when she arrives to sort out the situation with Lucy, but she wasn't expecting Jake. And Jake, who can't help envying Sam and Lucy, doubts he'll ever experience their happiness for himself. But maybe Jake's courage and Mia's caring spirit are just what they need to bring them a lifetime of healing and a forever kind of love.

About Victoria
 
Known for her realistic, likable characters and vivid writing, Victoria Bylin writes both western and contemporary inspirational romance. Together With You, a story about family and forgiveness, won the 2016 Inspirational Readers Choice Award for Best Contemporary, and her historicals have finaled in the Carol Awards, the Rita Awards, and RT Magazine’s Reviewers’ Choice Awards. She and her husband currently live in Lexington, Kentucky and have two grown sons. 

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Rebecca's Review
4 STARS!!!

"To leap or retreat? To plunge ahead with the courage of a soldier, or to hold back with the wisdom of a judge?"

"It's your choice", he had said. "Join me for breakfast?", he had asked. Mia Robinson has a decision to make after a curious meeting with a total stranger. Typically she holds her cards pretty close, especially when it involves a man, having been hurt so deeply in the past. Something about the handsome Jake Tanner, with the loyal service dog, lures her into thinking that she might take a chance. In the end, the decision is made for her, for they are both in Las Vegas for the same reason.

Former police detective Jake Tanner hasn't been the same since an injury in the line of duty took his hearing and killed his partner. Committed to starting a rehabilitative camp for boys in her honor, he has modeled the concept after his own mentoring relationship with his deceased partner's son, the son that is now hastily getting married to his pregnant girlfriend. When he meets Mia Robinson in the process, he has no way of knowing how his faith is going to be tested or his dream challenged, for Mia believes she that has made a promise to God that would never include Jake.

So much more than a story, "The Two of Us" is a tutorial on forever love, which only has a beginning and never an end.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own. 

Rebecca is a graduate of Bryan College with a degree in Christian Education, and is currently serving at the First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Gastonia, North Carolina as the Director of Children's Ministry. With nearly 28 years of experience in her field, she has had many opportunities to use her love of reading and writing in creative ways across the generations. A wife, mother of four "nearly" grown children, and grandmother to four beautiful grandchildren, Rebecca has been able to return to her love of reading and more recently reviewing, with a renewed passion for the "beauty of story".

~Happy Reading, Y'all~
 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Rebecca Reviews ~ 12 Days at Bleakly Manor (Once Upon a Dickens Christmas #1) by Michelle Griep

 
September 2017 by Shiloh Run Press  

When CLARA CHAPMAN receives an intriguing invitation to spend Christmas at an English manor home, she is hesitant yet compelled to attend—for if she remains the duration of the twelve-day celebration, she is promised a sum of one thousand pounds. That’s enough money to bring her brother back from America and reinstate their stolen family fortune. But is she walking into danger? It appears so, especially when she comes face to face with one of the other guests—her former fiancĂ©, BENJAMIN LANE.

Imprisoned unjustly, Ben wants revenge on whoever stole his honor. When he’s given the chance to gain his freedom, he jumps at it—and is faced with the anger of the woman he stood up at the altar.

Brought together under mysterious circumstances for the Twelve Days of Christmas, Clara and Ben discover that what they've been striving for isn't what ultimately matters. What matters most is what Christmas is all about . . . love.
  

About Michelle Griep

I hear voices. Loud. Incessant. And very real. Which basically gives me two options: choke back massive amounts of Prozac or write fiction. I chose the latter. Way cheaper. I've been writing since I discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. I seek to glorify God in all that I write...except for that graffiti phase I went through as a teenager. Oops. Did I say that out loud?

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Rebecca's Review 
4 STARS!!! 

"The Twelve Days of Christmas, As never's been reveled, Your presence, Miss Chapman, is respectfully herald." "Why God? Why?" Clara Chapman has whispered the prayer a thousand times over the past months; stripped of her wealth, left at the altar by the man she loved, and betrayed beyond measure, she has nearly lost hope of an happily ever after. When the finely embossed invitation to Bleakly Manor arrives at the door of her aunt's modest residence on Christmas Eve, she has no idea what it means, but dutifully responds to her dear relative's advice, "One does not question an opportunity, my dear. One simply mounts it and rides." 

Benjamin Lane is angry, hungry, and cold; wasting away in a London prison for a crime he did not commit. To his complete astonishment, a taste of freedom appears when he is curiously transported to Bleakly Manor, only to discover that the woman whom he never thought to see again has arrived as well, along with a smorgasbord of curious guests with their own invitations and agendas; some rather nefarious, others quite innocent. 

Stranger things have never happened than during the 12 Days of Christmas at Bleakly Manor. 

I received a copy of this book from the author. The opinions stated are entirely my own. 


Rebecca is a graduate of Bryan College with a degree in Christian Education, and is currently serving at the First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Gastonia, North Carolina as the Director of Children's Ministry. With nearly 28 years of experience in her field, she has had many opportunities to use her love of reading and writing in creative ways across the generations. A wife, mother of four "nearly" grown children, and grandmother to four beautiful grandchildren, Rebecca has been able to return to her love of reading and more recently reviewing, with a renewed passion for the "beauty of story".

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Review ~ Bible Promises for Parents of Children with Special Needs by Amy E. Mason


 Tyndale House Publishers

As the parent of a child with special needs, does your heart ache with questions, confusion, or discouragement? Do you ever feel that you have no margin in your emotional reserves or sense a gaping need for encouragement, rest, and refreshment? Caring for someone with autism, Down syndrome, ADHD, emotional or behavioral disorders, or physical disabilities can be all-consuming. Bible Promises for Parents of Children with Special Needs can help you claim God's promises for your everyday life. You'll become more aware of God's passion for you and your child through this handy guide that speaks directly to the unique journey of special needs parenting. These promises are for your comfort. Claim them as your own. Pray them over your family and over your children. Let them guide you into the presence of Jesus and the security that only he can provide.
 
My Review
4 STARS!!!

Amy Mason has taken Scripture verses and applied them to emotions we experience as we walk this road of parenting a child with special needs. Adding a short commentary at the end of each one to encourage and uplift parents and/or individuals, I found myself entranced by the accuracy of her words.


As a grieving parent of a child who had special needs and was taken home to glory in 2012, for 28 ½ years I experienced every emotion I can think of, from fear to guilt to joy to grief. I am always curious when I see a book like this since I do not remember there being anything resembling it when my daughter, Amy, was born. Little did I realize when I began reading Bible Promises for Parents of Children with Special Needs, it would become a stepping stone in my own healing process. I do not think at the time I was raising my daughter that I could even identify some of the things I felt but I sure recognized them as I read through this book. I can even identify a few of them in present day circumstances with a child of mine that is not special needs, so I would say this little gem  can be used by anyone.

You can tuck it right into your purse or tote bag and it will be handy for any time of day, especially when you are sitting for long hours in a medical clinic or hospital bedside. It would also make a great gift for someone you know who is walking this long and sometimes lonely road, and it has an encouraging post for that emotion as well.


I appreciate Tyndale House Publishers sending me a copy for review purposes. No compensation has been received.

~God bless you~

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Review ~ Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order Husbands Romance Collection


Published June 1st 2017 by Barbour Books
Meet seven of Turtle Springs, Kansas, finest women who are determined to revive their small town after the War Between the States took most of its men. . .and didn’t return them. The ladies decide to advertise for husbands and devise a plan for weeding out the riff raff. But how can they make the best practical choices when their hearts cry out to be loved?

My Thoughts 
4 STARS!!! 
Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order Husbands puts a little different spin on the usual ‘mail-order’ romance story.  I looked forward to reading these novellas because of the twist in them being ladies writing off for husbands and not vice versa. The authors did a great job in that each story felt complete and not rushed. They are faith-filled and humorous, with amiable characters and engaging plot lines, providing a few hours of welcome entertainment at the end of a long day. While I enjoyed all of the novellas, I definitely had a favorite or two. I can highly recommend this collection to fans of historical fiction! 

I want to thank Gina Welborn for sending me a paperback copy of this book for review purposes.  No compensation has been received.

~Happy Reading~

Monday, July 31, 2017

Kregel Publications Blog Tour, Review ~ The Captivating Lady Charlotte By Carolyn Miller (Regency Brides, A Legacy of Grace) + FREE ebooks ONE DAY ONLY

Kregel Publications / 2017

Her heart is her own--but her hand in marriage is another matter 
 
Lady Charlotte Featherington is destined for great things on the marriage market. After all, as the beautiful daughter of a marquess, she should have her pick of the eligible nobility hen she debuts. She, however, has love at the top of her list of marriageable attributes. And her romantic heart falls hard for one particularly dashing, attentive suitor. Sadly for Charlotte, her noble father intends her betrothed to be someone far more dull. 
 
William Hartwell may be a duke, but he knows he was Charlotte's father's pick, not the young lady's own choice. And the captivating Lady Charlotte does not strike him as a woman who will be wooed by his wealth or title. While she has captured his heart, he has no idea how to win hers in return--and the betrayal and scandal his first wife put him through makes it difficult for him to believe that love can ever be trusted. His only hope is that Charlotte's sense of responsibility will win out over her romantic notions. 
 
Can a widowed duke and a romantically inclined lady negotiate a future and discover love beyond duty? Will they be able to find healing and hope from the legacy of grace? Poignant and charming, this is another beautifully written, clean and wholesome Regency romance from Carolyn Miller. 
 
About the Author
 
 
Carolyn Miller lives in New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children. A longtime lover of Regency romance, Carolyn's previous novels have won several contests, including the 2014 RWA "Touched by Love" and 2014 ACFW Gensis contests. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and My Book Therapy. 
 
My Review 
5 STARS!!! 
 
I was captivated with Miller’s writing when I read her debut novel, The Elusive Miss Ellison, and I remain in awe of her ability to present a fine offering in her sophomore novel, The Captivating Lady Charlotte. 
 
While I confess that in the beginning I was convinced I was going to dislike Charlotte the entire book, as her character grew in maturity from a shallow debutante into a mature, faith-filled young woman she captured my heart. I have no real ability to understand what it must have been like to have your prospective husband chosen for you but with Miller’s first-rate writing ability, I agonized right along with Charlotte over her father’s choice for her until I too became more familiar with William. Although I do believe I ‘fell in love’ with him long before Charlotte did! He is everything she needed in a husband and later discovered that she wanted. I thought William embodied Colossians 3:12 ~ So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience...  
What's not to love?! 
 
Journeying with William and Charlotte through difficult circumstances and seeing the changes wrought through Christ’s love buoyed my heart. I admit it was a slow start for me but somewhere along the line it picked up speed and I didn’t want to put the book down! There is a place sealed on my book shelf for Carolyn Miller’s stories. I highly recommend this series to any and all fans of historical fiction. 
Kregel Publications provided a complimentary copy of the book. I was not required to write a review. No compensation has been received. 
 
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~Happy Reading~
 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Review ~ True to You (Bradford Sisters Romance #1) by Becky Wade

Published May 2nd 2017 by Bethany House 
 Exciting Start of a Brand-New Series by a Contemporary Romance Fan Favorite

After a devastating heartbreak three years ago, genealogist and historical village owner Nora Bradford has decided that burying her nose in her work and her books is far safer than romance in the here and now.

Unlike Nora, former Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient John Lawson is a modern-day man, usually 100 percent focused on the present. But when he's diagnosed with an inherited condition, he's forced to dig into the secrets of his past and his adoption as an infant, enlisting Nora to help him uncover the identity of his birth mother.

The more time they spend together, the more this pair of opposites suspects they just might be a perfect match. However, John's already dating someone and Nora's not sure she's ready to trade her crushes on fictional heroes for the risks of a real relationship. Finding the answers they're seeking will test the limits of their identity, their faith, and their devotion to one another.

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 My Review
 5 STARS!!!

By the time A Bradford Sisters Romance series is finished, it just may be the best series Wade has written. True to You is fabulous!  Packed with surprises, the emotional elements in this story stirred my heart and soul and held me spellbound with their rawness and intensity. Nora and John traveled a road of discovery that left me as wide-eyed as a deer caught in the headlights. I am hooked on this series and cannot wait for the next book.

If you are a fan of contemporary fiction brimming with an intricate plot twist and solid characterizations, then you will devour True to You.

Be sure and read Then Came You, the FREE e-novella, first so you get the background on the sisters. It is a fantastic beginning written in journal entry form.

I received a copy from the publisher with no expectation of a review. No compensation has been received.

~Happy Reading~

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Rebecca Reviews ~ The Legacy (Secrets of the Shetlands #3) by Michael R. Phillips + Goodreads Giveaway (Paperback copy)


Published July 4th 2017 by Bethany House Publishers

 The Dramatic Conclusion to Michael Phillips's Shetland Islands Saga Loni Ford's unexpected inheritance of substantial real estate--not to mention a title--in the Shetland Islands has caused more than a stir in the quiet fishing hamlet of Whale's Reef. How is life ever to be the same with an outsider--and a woman, at that--playing such a pivotal role in the life of this conservative community? But it isn't just the locals who have deep misgivings about the current situation. Loni herself never imagined this in her wildest dreams.
What Loni is more sure of, however, is that she is falling in love--with Whales Reef, with its hardy people, with its simple, peaceful way of life, and with local chieftain David Tulloch, whose inheritance she has usurped, at least in the eyes of some.
But life in Whales Reef is not without drama. Deep rifts exist between certain lifelong residents, and when one local resident turns up dead, suspicion is cast in the direction of the island's most prominent family. How Loni and David deal with this challenge will go a long way in determining their future, and that of the quaint island community.


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Rebecca's Review
3 STARS
"Everyone is writing two life stories . . . . Few, however, take in hand the authorship of the most important of the two, that inner autobiography it falls to each of us to write for themselves."

Most ancestral lineages showcase property and possessions, but in the case of this novel, inheritors will gain a for more important legacy, a legacy of faith. When Loni Ford inherits land in the Shetland Islands, she has no idea how far away from her career in Washington, DC that one excursion will take her. Many years prior, young Emily Hanson, a devout Quaker, had precisely the same experience, only in reverse. Her trip as a travel companion from New York to the Shetlands significantly altered the course of her family history.

Michael Phillips thoroughly guides his readers through a complicated narrative surrounding those whose lives were either eased or complicated by their devotion to honor and integrity. For scattered among them were those who did not have their best interests in mind, shadowing the truth and bringing unnecessary heartache. Will Loni "Alonnah" Ford, chief of Clan Tulloch and David Tulloch, the laird of Whales Reef, eventually inherit their happily ever after?

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own. 


Rebecca is a graduate of Bryan College with a degree in Christian Education, and is currently serving at the First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Gastonia, North Carolina as the Director of Children's Ministry. With nearly 28 years of experience in her field, she has had many opportunities to use her love of reading and writing in creative ways across the generations. A wife, mother of four "nearly" grown children, and grandmother to four beautiful grandchildren, Rebecca has been able to return to her love of reading and more recently reviewing, with a renewed passion for the "beauty of story".

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Perfection in Purple

Edited with Aviary for Android

Grapes are one of my favorite fruits.
But I am not very good at choosing sweet ones.
This day I was successful!

I hope your summer is happy and healthy, so far.
It's been kind of emotional here but in the midst of it all, 
God is still here and blessing with good gifts. 
Like sweet Grapes. :-)

~Happy Summer Days~


Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise him, all creatures here below; Praise him above, ye heav'nly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Review ~ The Unexpected Earl by Philippa Jane Keyworth

 
Published September 20th 2014 by Madison Street Publishing

About the Book 
Six years after being jilted without a word of explanation, Julia Rotherham finds Lucius Wolversley standing before her once again--unexpected, unannounced, unwelcome. With her heart still hurting and, more importantly, her pride, Julia must chaperone her younger sister, fend off fortune hunters, orchestrate a fake engagement, and halt an elopement--all whilst keeping the man who jilted her at arm's length. But what Julia doesn't know is that this time, the Earl has no intention of disappearing, and this time, he has more than an explanation to offer....

My Review
***
Keyworth has written an entertaining tale with antics and absurdness reminiscent of typical Regencies.

If you are up for a romp around Regency England, you will be pleased to meet Julia Rotherham and her sisters. There are outbursts of temper, plenty of sharp wit, and a bit of ridiculousness.

Lucius Wolversly is your typical tall, dark, handsome and brooding Earl. Having girls thrust upon him for protection has him quite addled to begin with but he soon learns how to handle the situation.

For a sophomore novel, it kept me engaged. Regency is my favorite era but this fell short of being 4 stars. It's a solid 3 stars because of the writing even though it has alcohol use and mild cursing.


I received a copy from the publisher for review purposes only. No compensation has been received.

About the Author


Philippa Jane Keyworth, known to her friends as Pip, has been writing since she was twelve in every notebook she could find. Originally trained as a horse-riding instructor, Philippa went on to become a copywriter before beginning a degree in History. A born again Christian, Philippa lives in the south of England with her handsome husband. Read more @ https://philippajanekeyworth.com/about-2/

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Abounding in Hope


This has been a tough month for our family. My father-in-law was admitted into hospice on June 6th and passed away on June 20th. I volunteered to sit with him each day and help out my mother-in-law during this time. I missed my husband and son during that two weeks but my life was enriched in the time I spent with my 'dad'. 

Our hearts are heavy with grief over losing such a sweet and godly man from our lives while at the same time rejoicing that he now lives cancer free and in eternity with our heavenly Father! 

This quote from Corrie ten Boom speaks truth. Even in the 'pit' of grief, God reaches down 
'deeper still' with his comforting Holy Spirit and loves on us. 

Praise God we have hope through our Savior Jesus Christ that we will be reunited one day, not only with our loved ones but with our heavenly Father too! 

Romans 15:13 (ESV)
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
  

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Rebecca Reviews ~ The Captain's Daughter (London Beginnings #1) by Jennifer Delamere

Published June 6th 2017 by Bethany House Publishers

When a series of circumstances beyond her control leave Rosalyn Bernay alone and penniless in London, she chances upon a job backstage at a theater which is presenting the most popular show in London. A talented musician and singer, she feels immediately at home and soon becomes enthralled with the idea of pursuing a career on the stage.

An injury during a skirmish in India has forced Nate Moran out of the army until he recovers. Filling his time at a stable of horses for hire in London, he has also spent the past two months working nights as a stagehand, filling in for his injured brother. Although he’s glad he can help his family through a tough time, he is counting the days until he can rejoin his regiment. London holds bitter memories for him that he is anxious to escape. But then he meets the beautiful woman who has found a new lease on life in the very place Nate can’t wait to leave behind.

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Rebecca's Review
4 STARS!!!

" . . daydreams turned to sad longing when the years passed and their father never came home."

Rosalyn Bernay and her two sisters were deeply impacted by the mysterious disappearance of their father at sea and subsequent death of their mother. Raised for many years in George Muller's famous orphanage, Rosalyn embarks on her own at the age of seventeen, only to discover that life in the home of an elite employer can turn quite ugly. Forced out onto the streets amidst swirling accusations, she barely avoids ruin before happening upon simple employment at the respectable Opera Comique, where her path crosses that of soldier-turned-stage-assistant Nate Moran, for the second time in as many days.

Nate Moran is terribly relieved to see that the young woman over whom he has worried, has escaped the clutches of ill repute and is comfortably ensconced with reputable theater associates. Rosalyn is an enigma, with her quiet charm and obvious secrets, as she glides into the opportunity set before her with innocence and grace. As is so often the case, a lovely woman attracts attention, and Nate is not the only one in the cast with an eye turned towards Rosalyn. Unfortunately, Nate already plans to return to his career in the military, once his hand is completely healed; following his commission to India. . . . . without a wife.

What a lovely slice of history during nineteenth century Victorian England; including a glimpse into the world of Gilbert and Sullivan productions, the broad impact that George Muller made upon thousands of orphaned children, and the waves of change being introduced by women entering the work place. Tucked in between, is a sweet romance.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. The opinions stated are entirely my own.

Rebecca is a graduate of Bryan College with a degree in Christian Education, and is currently serving at the First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Gastonia, North Carolina as the Director of Children's Ministry. With nearly 28 years of experience in her field, she has had many opportunities to use her love of reading and writing in creative ways across the generations. A wife, mother of four "nearly" grown children, and grandmother to four beautiful grandchildren, Rebecca has been able to return to her love of reading and more recently reviewing, with a renewed passion for the "beauty of story".

 ~Happy Reading~

 
 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Review ~ Tranquility: A Prayer and Reflection Coloring Journal by Tyndale House



Published: April 18, 2017
Tranquility: APrayer and Reflection Coloring Journal invites you to mix creative journaling and coloring into your personal time with God. Prayers that focus on topics such as being thankful, dealing with stress and heartache, caring for yourself and others, listening for God’s leading, and waiting patiently on Him will guide your thoughts and calm your spirit. Filled with more than 100 designs to color, plenty of space for journaling, and 40 needs-based prayers, Tranquility will help you express your devotion to God with your whole heart.


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My Review


I have enjoyed my time spent reading the prayers in this journal. They are relevant to life and circumstances that many of us experience at one time or another. 


The coloring pages are a bonus! With designs that are pleasantly harmonious with the prayers, you can spend time contemplating on the prayer while you color. 


There’s room to journal your own response to the prayers but if you prefer not to do that, you can doodle in the areas for expressing your thoughts with stamps, Washi tape, and/or pre-made embellishments. Artistic talent is not essential for this journal. 


Most of us can use a little serenity in life, and Tranquility: A Prayer and Reflection Coloring Journal is a great choice. 


I received a complimentary copy of the book for review purposes from Tyndale House.

~Happy Coloring~
 

I would have made pictures to go with my review but my camera wasn't working right and the ones I took with my phone didn't come out clear enough. 

Then, I had to head to NC when my FIL was admitted to hospice earlier this month. I am sitting with him daily, so my presence on social media is not much right now. Our family appreciates your prayers as we traverse this journey. We have certainly felt the Lord's presence sustaining us each day!

Psalm 73:26

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.