Labels . . .Dehumanizing and Demonizing

Saturday, July 22, 2017




Labels . . . I'm not talking about those on products at the grocery store, which is where they belong. I'm talking about the labels we as humans give each other, as well as our society . . . black, white, gay, straight, Jew, Christian, blue collar worker, white collar worker, red-neck, white trash, trailer trash, rich, poor, geek, jock, Democrat, Republican...

The list is long and endless, and hurtful. I don't know what I was reading last night, but something struck me and God put his finger in my back and let me know that I should write a blog post about it. Much to people's dislike we are all created in God's image, Genesis 1:27.

So God created mankind in his own image,
    in the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them.

Which means we are all the same. No one is better than anyone else contrary to some popular belief. 

We all breathe the same air, bleed red blood, and have feelings. We are not all that different, except in how we were raised, personal beliefs, interests, and desires. I am really tired of the labeling that goes on. It is more of an us vs. them than coming together as humans. We need to stop dehumanizing and demonizing people and treat them like the human beings they are! For me, when I hear someone toss out a label about someone my thoughts are "No, their name is ...." and maybe instead of thinking those thoughts I need to voice them, because I believe the more others see them with a name and not a label maybe just maybe the label will disappear. I can hope, right?!

What are your thoughts?



First Line Friday #29

Friday, July 21, 2017




It's Friday! The day of the week we all look forward to, at least I do. It seems as though the summer is just flying by! I can't believe this is the third week of July. Before we know it Christmas will be here.

I reviewed this book a few weeks ago, and I loved the way the author portrayed good and evil so I thought I'd tempt you with the first line. You can read my review here.


You can order a copy here

About the book:

An angry teen, a desperate mother, a missing father, and a shadow lurking in the background. Things were going from bad to worse for Nick and his family. But just as he was ready to leave home, he was given the story of his far-off grandfather to readanother angry young man who lived in the shadows, but whose life was changed forever by his encounter with a carpenter who rescued him as he wandered through a first century graveyard. Could that long ago story save Nick as well?









First Line:

"You can't tell me what to do!" Nick freeman thundered past a pile of books at the edge of the living room his stride sending the stack flying as he stormed down the hall.


If you've had an angry teen I'm sure you've heard that before. I have. What is your first line? Leave it in the comments and visit my blogging friends to see their first line.




Can't Wait Wednesday

Wednesday, July 19, 2017



I'm joining Wishful Endings once again for Can't Wait Wednesday. This week I can't wait for Julie Lessman's upcoming novella Grace Like Rain: A Heart of San Francisco novella. If a joint friend hadn't have said something on Facebook about this novel I wouldn't have known there was one to anticipate.


I love this cover! It says San Francisco, and love. Plus, it looks like a Julie Lessman book.

About the book:

He’s everybody’s lovable rogue.
She’s nobody’s fool who hopes to steer clear.
Until a thunderstorm sinks them both into a sea of love.
Blake “The Rake” McClare has a notorious reputation as a womanizer, which is why soft-spoken Patience Peabody carefully avoids the lovable rogue attorney at the law firm in which they both work. Until a rare thunderstorm brings them together in a love soaked with the grace of God ... and sparked with a little lightning of its own.

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So what book can't wait for? Whether it is a book on your TBR shelf or a book that hasn't released yet.





Top Ten Tuesday - Music To Read By

Tuesday, July 18, 2017



I'm borrowing an idea from my friend Bookworm Mama, so check out her list of music to read by. If you've followed my blog for any length of time you know that I am an avid reader, did you know that I am a huge music lover? I've reviewed a few music CD's on my blog not as many as I would like to.

When it comes to music and reading it really depends on my mood what I will listen to. I have been able to read with the T.V. on, it can be a little difficult to concentrate at times. Like yesterday at the dentist office, their T.V. was on, phones were ringing, and patients being called back, I couldn't concentrate. I maybe got one page read in about an hour.

In no particular order these are some of my favorite reading music.

Mercy Me

Bon Jovi - which can be difficult because I want to rock out and sing a long.

For King and Country

Classic Country - From Willie Nelson, John Denver, Dolly Parton to George Strait, Tim McGraw.

Tenth Ave North

Steven Curtis Chapman

When I read at night I'm listening to our local Christian Contemporary music station KTSY and during the day I listen to Classic Country on our T.V. cable station. If I listen to Pandora I have a couple of stations, 70's, 80's, and For King and Country.


What do you listen to when you read? Do you listen to anything? Need complete quiet? Let me know in the comments.

With every artist listed above I want to sing a long. That's the hard part about being a music lover.


First Line Friday #28

Friday, July 14, 2017









About the book:

Would you give up everything for a life you hate with the person you love?
Paige McAllister needs to do something drastic. Her boyfriend can’t even commit to living in the same country, her promised promotion is dead on arrival and the simultaneous loss of her brother and her dream of being a concert violinist has kept her playing life safe and predictable for six years. Things need to change. A moment of temporary insanity finds her leaving her life in Chicago to move to Sydney, Australia. There she finds herself, against many of her convictions, as a logistics planner for one of Australia’s biggest churches, and on a collision course with her boss’s son.
Josh Tyler fronts a top-selling worship band and is in demand all over the world. But his past failed romantic relationships almost destroyed both his reputation and his family. He's determined to never risk it happening again. The last thing he needs is some American girl tipping his ordered life upside down. Especially one who despises everything he’s ever worked for and manages to push every button he has.
When Josh and Paige are thrown together to organize his band’s next tour, the sparks fly. But can they find a way to bridge the differences that pull them apart? Or will they choose the safety and security of what they know over taking a chance on something that will require them to risk everything?


First Line:

Paige McAllister didn’t think it was possible, but there was something worse than being single and thirty at your nineteen-year-old sister’s wedding.

Now that line gets your attention, huh?

What's your first line this week?


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We have a new member to our First Line Friday group Anna of Romances of the Cross

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Can't Wait Wednesday

Wednesday, July 12, 2017


Today is week two of Can't Wait Wednesday, joining Wishful Endings in their weekly meme. This week I Can't Wait for The Lost Castle by Kristy Cambron. It doesn't release until February 6, 2018, so I have a while to wait, what's new in the life of a reader. LOL My TBR for 2018 is filling up quick!




About the book:

Launching a brand-new series, Kristy Cambron explores the collision of past and present as she discovers the ruins of a French castle, long lost to history.
A thirteenth century castle, Chateau de Doux Reves, has been forgotten for generations, left to ruin in a storybook forest nestled deep in France's picturesque Loire Valley. It survived a sacking in the French Revolution, was brought back to life and fashioned into a storybook chateau in the Gilded Age, and was eventually felled and deserted after a disastrous fire in the 1930s.
As Ellie Carver sits by her grandmother's bedside, she hears stories of a castle . . . of lost love and a hidden chapel that played host to a secret fight in the World War II French resistance. But her grandmother is quickly slipping into the locked-down world of Alzheimer's, and Ellie must act fast if she wants to uncover the truth of her family's history.
Sparked by the discovery of a long forgotten family heirloom, Ellie embarks on a journey to French wine country to uncover the mystery surrounding The Sleeping Beauty--the castle so named for Charles Perrault's beloved fairy tale--and unearth its secrets before they're finally silenced by time.

Set in three different time periods--the French Revolution, World War II, and present day--The Lost Castle is a story of loves won and lost, of battles waged, and an enchanted castle that inspired the epic fairy tales time left behind. 

What book Can't You Wait for? Tell me in the comments!


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Summer Reading List



What is on your summer reading list? I have a bunch. Here in Idaho we have light until around 10:30pm which means there is more time to read. A couple of these I have already read, but they are great summer reads.

 I have just started this book, and it is better than expected!
 Read this earlier this spring, and I loved it. Here is my review.
 This is a perfect book for the summer. It deals with issues every woman deals with, body image. Review
 I am currently reading this book. It releases on August 1, 2017.
 I am a character in this novel and it is a really fun read.

 PRE-ORDER
I haven't started this one yet, but it is moving up on my TBR.
I don't read a lot of secular fiction, however, EW.com/RT blurb grabbed me right away.

 “Pretty Little Liars meets The Breakfast Club” (EW.com) in this “flat-out addictive” (RT Book Reviews) story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive.

The Breakfast Club is one of my favorite movies, I knew I had to read this.
 I just finished this book and I'm still experiencing a book hangover due to it.
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I'd love to hear what books are on your Summer Reading list.

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Dragon Seed by Marty Machowski Reviewed

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

{More about Dragon Seed}

Dragon Seed (New Growth Press, June 2017)
An angry teen, a desperate mother, a missing father, and a shadow lurking in the background.
Things were going from bad to worse for Nick and his family. Tempted to run away after yet another argument with his mom, Nick receives a handwritten, leather-bound copy of an old book—a family legend passed down to him from his great grandfather. The book, called Dragon Seed, leads Nick deep into his family’s history and introduces him to another angry young man who lived in the shadows (the shadows of the tombs). Like Nick, you’ll be shocked to discover where he fits in this story of epic proportions!
This page-turning, young adult fiction story invites older children and teens into the real-life struggles of Nick. But it also ushers them into an imaginative exploration of the life of the young man Jesus saved as he wandered through the tombs. Best-selling author Marty Machowski uses both stories to introduce the reality of spiritual warfare and how its shadows affect and change us.
Machowski, a trusted teacher for children of all ages, presents a thoroughly biblical view of spiritual warfare that emphasizes the importance of humility and dangers of pride. Teens will be drawn to the story of Nick and his struggles and will learn, as they read, to also identify the shadows in their own life and turn from them. While the biblical teaching is evident throughout the narrative of Dragon Seed, Machowski also includes a twelve-lesson Bible study at the end of the book to help teens ground their understanding of spiritual warfare on biblical principles.
Youth pastors, leaders, and parents will also want to explore with teens the small group study at the end of the book with its unique take on spiritual warfare that emphasizes the biblical theme of humility. This is a perfect book to read with a group and discuss together the implications of Nick’s struggles for their lives.




 

{More About Marty Machowski}

Marty Machowski is the Family Life Pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, where he has served on the pastoral staff for over 25 years. Marty leads Promise Kingdom, the children’s ministry of Covenant Fellowship. He is the author of a systematic theology for children entitled “The Ology,” “Long Story Short,” “Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God,” “The Gospel Story Sunday School Curriculum” and the companion “Gospel Story Children’s Bible.” He and his wife, Lois, and their six children reside in West Chester, Pennsylvania area.
Find out more about Marty at http://martymachowski.com.
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My Thoughts:
 This is the first book of Mr. Machowski's that I have read. I wasn't sure what to expect, but this story touched my heart and encouraged my mama heart. In the Dragon Seed he explains the war between Satan and God so clearly that a child could understand it, although I don't recommend this book for anyone under ten. I've been going to church all of my life and this is the first time I was able to see clearly what pastor's have been preaching about for eons.
The struggles that the teens in this book go through are the same ones our kids go through daily. I've raised three daughters and I could see the pull that the shadow had on each of them.
I haven't started it yet, but Mr. Machowski included a Bible study in the back of the book.
I highly recommend this book.




Finding Love at the Oregon Coast - Reviewed

Monday, July 10, 2017




About the book:

When a wedding is cancelled, three bridesmaids and a runaway bride contemplate the true meaning of love in four related romance novellas. 
Finding Love in Lincoln City: Liz feels stuck at her little beach magazine until a handsome rival sparks more than just friendly competition. 
Finding Love in Oceanside: Anabeth is looking to get out of her rut when a fender bender and a bizarre date with a former marine leads her to a life of love she could never have imagined. 
Finding Love in Cannon Beach: Kadence feels the pressure to write a perfect love song, but an unexpected meeting with a musician will have her living one instead. 
Finding Love in Seaside: Christina plans to spend her honeymoon alone, but when the bed and breakfast owner offers her a position as cook, she starts to feel at home in his kitchen…and in his arms. 


About Angela:

Angela sold her first story to a national magazine while still in high school and went on to study journalism at the University of Oregon. Her debut novel LOVE FINDS YOU IN SUN VALLEY, IDAHO released in 2010 to a four-star review from Romantic Times. Angela loves connecting with fans and mentoring aspiring authors, which led her to start IDAhope Writers. She currently lives in Boise with her husband and three kids. 









My Thoughts:

I enjoyed three of the four stories in this collection. Each of the stories build off of the first story about a cancelled wedding. Bridesmaids, and groomsmen show up in the subsequent stories. I enjoyed the first, second and fourth story. The third story I found dry and I wasn't able to connect with the two main characters. 
In Finding Love in Lincoln City, Finding Love in Oceanside, Finding Love in Seaside I was drawn right into the story. I liked how the authors tied the stories together, taking a horrible event and bringing each character their own happily ever after that wasn't just about a romantic love, but a forever love with our Savior.

I have met Angela in person and she is as adorable and sweet as her picture shows. 

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I was not paid for it.






The Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck - Reviewed




About the book:

Tenley Roth’s first book was a literary and commercial success. Now that her second book is due, she’s locked in fear. Can she repeat her earlier success or is she a fraud who merely found a bit of luck?
With pressure mounting from her publisher, Tenley is weighted with writer’s block. But when her estranged mother calls asking Tenley to help her through chemotherapy, she packs up for Florida where she meets handsome furniture designer Jonas Sullivan and discovers the story her heart’s been missing.
Born during the Gilded Age, Birdie Shehorn is the daughter of the old money Knickerbockers. Yet her life is not her own. Under the strict control of her mother, her every move is decided ahead of time, even whom she’ll marry. But Birdie has dreams of her own. She wants to tell stories, write novels, make an impact on the world. When she discovers her mother has literally destroyed her dreams, she must choose between submission and security or forging a brand new way all on her own.
Tenley and Birdie are from two very different worlds. Yet when Tenley discovers Birdie’s manuscript, their lives intersect. Birdie’s words help Tenley find a way home. Tenley brings Birdie’s writing to the world.
Can two women separated by time help fulfill each other’s destiny?





About Rachel:

Rachel Hauck is an award winning, New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author.
Her book The Wedding Dress was named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times. She is a double RITA finalist, a Christy and Carol Award Winner.
Rachel sits on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers, and is the comical sidekick to Susan May Warren at the amazing My Book Therapy. She is a worship leader and speaker.
A graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism, Rachel is a devoted Ohio State football fan. She lives in sunny central Florida with her husband and ornery cat.



My Thoughts:

I finished this book yesterday and Tenley and Birdie's stories are still swimming in my brain. I actually dreamed last night that I was in Cocoa Beach helping Tenley with her novel, which would be a dream job. In her latest book, Ms. Hauk writes from both present day and the Gilded Age with ease, both Tenley and Birdie's stories flow. The reader feels as if they are in both time periods simultaneously. 
The book pulled me into it's pages from the beginning and hasn't let go. I hate to say that this is my favorite book of Ms. Hauck's but I honestly believe it is. I loved each and every character, even Birdie's ridiculous mother. They were all REAL, both likable and at times I wanted to smack them with the book. Both Tenley and Birdie although from different era's are witty, lovable, kind and someone you would want to spend time with. Jonas is the perfect hero, someone you'd want to come alongside your daughter to help her see truth or be your son's best friend.
I so hope Ms. Hauck is working on a sequel to this book, because I'm not reading to let go of these characters, and I want to know more.
Highly recommended!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 


If you click the link and order a copy please let me know. Ms. Hauck will send both of us a signed book plate.




First Line Friday #27

Friday, July 7, 2017





WOW, Just WOW! I can't believe this is the first Friday of July! Before we know it we'll be celebrating Christmas! I know don't remind me right?!?!? I hope you had a great 4th of July! We had a great weekend with family and friends. The only issue we experienced was fireworks in our neighborhood until the wee, wee hours of the morning, and I'm not talking the legal ones, we had mortars going off. Our poor little dog was still scared Wednesday morning and wouldn't eat. She's better and so is Mama. I think I worry more about her than I did my kids . . . maybe not?!?

Today I am going to feature Amy Matayo's new book The Whys Have It.


About the book:

"His music holds the heart of America...but his soul holds a terrible secret."
Chart topping pop musician Cory Minor has it all—fame, money, more women at his disposal than time to spend on them. He’s living the life most American men only dream of. Until an ordinary concert in Springfield threatens to destroy everything he’s worked for.
As he and his band leave the arena for his next show, Cory’s tour bus crashes into two teenage girls, killing one girl instantly and leaving the other barely clinging to life. Lawsuits are threatened, tabloids are talking, and Cory’s idyllic world falls apart. But what no one knows is that this scene is all too familiar. Because this isn’t the first accident Cory has caused. This isn’t the first time he’s destroyed someone else’s life to save his own.
It’s just the first time he’s had to face it head on.
Small town girl Samantha Dalton has no one—no mother, no father, and now no sister. She’s lost everything in a world that celebrates excess. So when Cory Minor shows up at her doorstep offering money and apologies, she turns him away too. You can’t lose what you don’t have, and she can’t take another letdown, especially not from someone who has managed to rip away all she had left. Samantha has been fine on her own for years, she’ll be fine now too.
At least that’s what she tells herself.
But Cory won’t leave. He’s persistent in the worst possible way.
Will Cory’s determination to make things right pay off in the end, or will Sam keep pushing him away until there’s nothing left to fight for? How can two people learn to rely on each other when life keeps hurting them both?

AMAZON

Prologue:

Fame isn't as glamorous as people might think.

Chapter 1
Cory

My past just caught up to me, because for one careless second I forgot to run. Stupid, stupid, stupid.


I had to give you the first line from both. I think these are great first lines and definitely pulls you into the book. I haven't read it yet but it is next on my TBR. What do you think of this first line, and what's yours?

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