• Books,  Celebrate Lit

    Final Book Review for 2018

    As the recipient of bullying for many years, I still cannot understand why it’s considered cool. I mean seriously … what’s the draw? What’s the upside? I will never understand. In my eyes, it just makes the bully look smaller and smaller. The worst is when adults are bullies, because they just look like oversized spoiled children, who should know better and who are surely NOT looking for respect. Here’s a story about a kid who was a budding bully, but God intervened. This little, very fast moving story would be great for young teens, especially those who feel the need to compromise good teaching to be considered cool. Escape:…

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    Christmas and life’s realities, sometimes they don’t mix

    I have been feeling a bit down. I think some of it might be SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). And some of it is memories of Christmases past, with my little brother, my healthy Mother (who liked to wait ’til the last minute to do everything), my Dad (who rolled his eyes about Christmas-related things, but deep down, I think he loved it) and Christmases with our whole family including my dear brother in law. My Dad, my little brother and my brother in law are gone now, celebrating life eternal. My Mom is still with us, but stuck in her own little mind … each special day, I wonder if…

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    Criminal Minds, without the buzzing flies

    Every so often, my husband likes to watch Criminal Minds, a crime drama about people who profile serial killers and the like. It’s really an interesting show and I enjoy the friendships and banter among the main characters, as well as how they put all the puzzle pieces together and find the creeps. BUT there’s the “ick” factor too, so I know if I hear buzzing flies I should most definitely not look. I haven’t seen too many crime dramas show up in the Christian fiction realm, so I quickly signed up for this one. I was absolutely NOT disappointed. And here’s …. About the Book Book: Mind Games Author:…

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    Sympathy for the devil …. NOT!!!!!

    Clive Staples Lewis’ Screwtape Letters is about correspondences from a demon to Lucifer discussing a specific patient, Screwtape fails and he ends up meeting an ultimate demise. We are not given any opportunity to feel sorry for him in any way, Screwtape is a demon, evil through and through. He’s learning to destroy people in the process, mainly Christians, and we get the benefit of learning some of the tactics that may be used. Now we have this: About the Book Book: After You Author: Sunshine Rodgers Genre: Christian fiction, thriller, suspense (PG-13 Dark Fiction) Release Date: April 27, 2018 Oh, that’s right, we talk about your love life. We sit with you in…

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    Nellie Oleson, the kid we loved to hate …

    I like historical novels/fiction, historical landmarks, historical cities, historical movies, historical documentaries. I also enjoyed shows like The Waltons, and Little House on the Prairie and not just because they were nice shows, but because they were based on real people and real history. When we mention Little House, one character that is sure to come to mind is Nellie Oleson .. ugh. We all could not stand her. She was horrific and for the sake of good story-telling, she was the perfect antagonist to the Ingalls girls as protagonists. We all loved to hate her. (Hate is a harsh word, but when we deal with fiction, as far as I’m…

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    It’s a mystery …

    The description was so good, so intriguing, I signed right up to review it. It’s a mystery taking place during the period of time when my parents were young, Geneva, the leading lady has the challenge of failing vision and overbearing parents and the strong desire to serve her country in some way. Mix a planned marriage and a being suspected of a murder in, it’s the makings of a real page turner, edge of the seat thriller. About the Book Book: Murder of Convenience Author: Linda Shenton Matchett Genre: Historical Mystery Release Date: October 15, 2018 May 1942: Geneva Alexander flees Philadelphia and joins the USO to escape the engagement her parents have…

  • Books,  Celebrate Lit,  Christmas

    Comfort and Joy

    It’s been cloudy and chilly, it seems for weeks. Nothing says “curl up with a good book, a blanket and a hot cup of tea” like perpetual clouds and chilly air. If you love a good cozy mystery, or a nice little romance, or even a ghost story of sorts, then you’ll enjoy this little collection of Christmas novellas .. or what my friend, Chautona Havig likes to call “Noellas”. Get your blanket and tea or hot liquid of choice and snug down for a really good read (or two or three!!). About the Book   Book: Comfort & Joy   Author: The Christmas Lights Collection: Alana Terry, Toni Shiloh,…

  • Books,  Celebrate Lit

    Old Testament stories … yeah, I’ve heard them all before

    When you grow up going to church, Sunday school, youth group, bible studies, you get very familiar with all the stories of the Bible. They become routine and you take them for granted. Overall, a lot of times, some of us think of the Old Testament as tedious, old and unrelatable. But sometimes, you find a teacher who will help make it all real for you. In this book, Ruth: Redeeming the Darkness, we are shown that Ruth is full of drama: tragedy, love, family tensions, LIFE!!  Just because it’s terse and lacking in thousands of words, doesn’t mean there isn’t a story. About the Book Book: Ruth, Redeeming the…

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    Real life and fictional life …

    One of the criticisms I hear from people who don’t like fiction is that it’s not reality (to which my snarky inner voice says “well, duh!!”). And some people think it’s not right to submerge yourself into a world lacking in reality. And this may be true for people who don’t know how to distinguish reality and fiction. For some reason, even at an early age, I knew that there was a huge difference between what was seen on TV or read in books, and the reality of things in this world. A quick example is, people say that kids who see Moe poking Curly’s eyes will think that they…

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    The Battle is Real

    We walk through our days, unaware of what is happening in the unseen realm. I’m not talking about ghosts … I don’t believe in ghosts. I do believe in demons. And it is my humble opinion that they from time to time manifest themselves as ghosts, to give people the impression that when they die, they too can wander around earth, instead of having to face their judgment before our mighty and fearful Creator. But this isn’t about ghosts – I was just tossing that in, as a point to ponder for some of you. The Bible teaches us that there is a lot going on, that we don’t see.…