Bad Girls of the Bible by: Liz Curtis Higgs

Are you a bad girl?

Liz Curtis Higgs book Bad Girls of the Bible brings about so many current events. Remember Lot’s wife and the fact that she looked back at Sodom and Gamorrah, makes me wonder what people are doing during this time of floods and tornados in the South. Will they turn back and try to rebuild? Will they walk away to make another life somewhere else? I think time in prayer would be the best answer to this one.

In this day and age, not many know the words “thank you”. How often are we blessed by someone else and yet all we do is just want more. I know my kids are this way; nothing is enough, they always want more. Higgs brings about the story of the “Sinful Woman” in a way that brings tears to the eye. How many times have you heard of someone being so grateful they fell down and kissed the feet of the one who had a hand in their forgiveness? I don’t recall any outside of the Bible and Higgs’s book.

Higgs has brought about simpler and more realistic stories to those of the Bible. How bad girls act and what the consequences may be. Her book is a good read and has Scripture to help back it up and research more.

Publisher: WaterBrook Press; Published: 1999, 2007 ; Category: Fiction – Adult: Other: Christian Format: Paperback; Source: Received for review from Publisher.

Published in: on May 19, 2011 at 9:01 pm  Comments (2)  

The Priest’s Graveyard by: Ted Dekker – Book Blog Tour

The Priest’s Graveyard by: Ted Dekker

Two abandoned souls are on the hunt for one powerful man. Soon, their paths will cross and lead to one twisted fate. Danny Hansen is a Bosnian immigrant who came to America with hopes of escaping haunted memories of a tragic war that took his mother’s life. Now he’s a priest who lives by a law of love and compassion. It is powerful men and hypocrites who abide by legal law but eschew the law of love that most incense Danny. As an avenging angel, he believes it is his duty to show them the error of their ways, at any cost.

TED DEKKER is a New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty novels with a total of more than 5 million copies sold worldwide. He is known for thrillers that combine adrenaline-laced plots with incredible confrontations between good and evil.

The Priest’s Graveyard was an exciting read. Having read a few of Ted Dekker’s books, I new I was in for a ride. At the beginning of this book, I was expecting something different about Danny Hansen. As a Priest, I thought his “sin” was going to be something more extraordinary than it was. I’m not saying he was right or wrong, it was just something different than what I had in mind.

Renee really got on my nerves. Her ignorance of things was rather irritating at times. I completely understand what Mr. Dekker was going for, but some of it, for me, wasn’t really believable. Which may be something I have just never experienced or been around.

All in all, The Priest’s Graveyard was an exciting, thrilling, and great read. If you’re in the mood for some suspenseful and on edge reading, go get your copy on April 19th. You won’t be sorry!

Another stop on the tour for today: Jenn’s Bookshelves

Tomorrow’s stops: Urban Bachelorette and Fable Freak

Published in: on April 13, 2011 at 8:17 am  Comments (2)  

In My Mailbox #4

A little information before we see the mailbox:

In the past month, things have been really crazy for me. Outside of my husband and children, I take care of my grandparents: G-Daddy is 96 and Nanny-Goat is 87. With both of them having heart problems and my grandmother having lung problems, it never stops. I’ve had my G-Daddy in the hospital out of town twice during this time. In addition to getting them both to and from doctors appoints, the hospital and making sure their needs are taken care of, I’ve had sick children as well.  Also, in the last week, we’ve had a terrible storm come through and a tree split and fell two times; damaging their home with the second fall.

I’m not sure how often I am going to be able to review at this point. I hope to continue on with my blog, but as you can see, it’s going to take me longer than I thought.

So, without further ado, In My Mailbox is from the past month. All of these items I have won or received for review:

 

 

 

 

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.

 

 

Items won:

Signed bookmarks: Desires of the Dead & The Body Finder by: Kimberly Derting from My World of Books

Admission by: Jean Hanff Korelitz from Tribute Books Mama.

The Thieves of Darkness by: Richard Doetsch from Three boys and an Old Lady

Shadowfever by: Karen Marie Moning from Jenn’s Bookshelves

Trevor’s Song by: Susan Helene Gottfried from Book’d Out

Icarus Rising by: David Pauly from I am a Reader, not a writer

Deadly Fear by: Cynthia Eden (signed, plus bookmarks) from Larissa’s Bookish Life

The Demon Trapper’s Daughter by: Jana Oliver (signed, plus swag) from Books Over Boys

A Deadly Row by: Casey MayesThe Damage Done by: Hilary Davidson Ghosted by: Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall from Bookhounds

How to Write a Sentence by: Stanley Fish from Amused by Books

The Genie of the Portrait by: Misty Burke from Once upon a Twilight

For Review:

The Priest’s Graveyard by: Ted Dekker - watch for my upcoming review for The Priest’s Graveyard blot tour.

Bad Girls of the Bible by: Liz Curtis Higgs

Both of these books were received from their respective Publishing Houses for review.


Published in: on April 10, 2011 at 11:24 pm  Leave a Comment  

Apologies

I want to take a minute and apologize for my nothingness of late. I have had several sick children, as well as a couple of family emergencies. Tomorrow, will again, be another day of hospital stay and doctors. I hope to get back to reading and reviewing soon.

 

Before I leave, I want to share this upcoming book tour information with you:

 

Published in: on April 3, 2011 at 3:55 pm  Leave a Comment  

Trevor’s Song by Susan Helene Gottfried

 

When your bff has a girl and you are still alone, how does that make you feel?

Do you want a girl? Or do you just want it to be you and your bff?

 

Trevor Wolff is a rock star. He’s arrogant, stubborn, and just a pure donkey’s butt when he wants to be. In Trevor’s Song, Susan Helene Gottfried brings about the downside of having a best friend in love. She shows how strong that love can be and how not all women will bow down to Mr. Trevor Wolff.

Trevor isn’t the greatest in the band, but he and Mitchell have been together for years. It’s always been them and the band. They don’t do relationships. However, Mitchell is in love with Kerri and she with him. Kerri gives Trevor just as much as he gives her. She doesn’t back down and lets him know that she loves Mitchell.

Kerri knows how much Mitchell and Trevor’s friendship means to them; yet, she doesn’t push the issue. She loves Mitchell and deals with Trevor because of that love. But when she thinks something is going on with Trevor, she does the best she can to help him. Even through his derogatory comments, she still tries to help him.

In the beginning, I couldn’t stand Mr. Wolff; but, by the end, I wanted him to have it all. Susan Helene Gottfried writes a tale of friendship, love, and touring in a bus. The story kept me wanting more. Trevor’s song was a great read and I can only hope that a sequel is written.

 

Publisher: Susan Helene Gottfried; Published: November 12, 2010; Category: Fiction – Adult; Format: eBook; Source: Won

Special thanks to book’d out for hosting the giveaway and for Susan Helene Gottfried for the eBook!

 

 

Published in: on March 19, 2011 at 11:09 pm  Comments (2)  

Book Blogger Hop #4

The Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Crazy-for-Books. The Book Blogger Hop lasts Friday-Monday every week.  This is a weekly event!  Come join in on the fun and stop back throughout the weekend to see all the new blogs that are added!

 

This week’s question comes from Somer who blogs at A Bird’s Eye Review (her blog design is ADORABLE – check it out!):

“Do you read only one book at a time, or do you have several going at once?”

Normally, I read one at a time; however, there are instances where I can’t get into a book so I start another and hope to finish the first. I really don’t like doing that because I get so absorbed in my reading.

 

 

Hosted by: Parajunkee.com

To join the fun and make now book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:

  1. (Required) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Host { Parajunkee.com} and any one else you want to follow on the list
  2. (Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers – http://nakeshabrown.blogspot.com/
  3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing.
  4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments
  5. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”
  6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers
  7. If you’re new to the follow friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!

 

This weeks question:

How did you come up with your blog name?

When I decided to try and do a blog, I wanted the name to be different. I didn’t want the “blog” used in the title. I wanted it to be something similar to myself – hidden – but also to do with a library – bibliotheca.

 

 

Published in: on March 18, 2011 at 9:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

Mine is the Night by Liz Curtis Higgs

Not realizing I was reading a book that was the last in a trilogy, Mine is the night by Liz Curtis Higgs was a hard read. I am a fan of historical fiction, but maybe this one was beyond me. The language was hard for me to read and, sometimes, understand. Being unable to finish it, I am only 1/3 of the way through and for some reason cannot get into this one.

Liz Curtis Higgs writes a tale of faith, family, and hope. In the age of this tale, women find it hard to actually get a good job; outside of housekeeping and such. It seems that some women, even in this day and age, can’t escape being taken down off their high horse.

From the beginning of Mine is the night, the former Lady Kerr finds out what humility truly is. Her title taken away and homeless, she must lower not only her standards, but her head and accept that things may not ever be as they were. She learns that her daughter in law isn’t as bad as she may have thought and that sometimes, you have to ask for forgiveness.

I hope to finish this book one day and get the previous two; I will post another review when I have.

Publisher: WaterBrook; Published: March 15, 2011; Category: Fiction –Historical:  Adult, Christian – Romance; Format: Paperback; Source: ARC

This ARC was received from the Publisher in return for a honest review.

Published in: on March 18, 2011 at 9:02 pm  Comments (1)  

Book Blogger Hop #3

The Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Crazy-for-Books. The Book Blogger Hop lasts Friday-Monday every week.  This is a weekly event!  Come join in on the fun and stop back throughout the weekend to see all the new blogs that are added!

 

This weeks question: “If I gave you £50 (or $80) and sent you into a bookshop right now, what would be in your basket when you finally staggered to the till?”

Wow! I’m not really sure how to answer this one. I would more than likely find something for myself but probably spend most of it on my kids. My daughters love to read; especially my youngest. At her school, they have the Accelerated Reader program. The kids read a book and then take a test on it. Depending on how many points they have – they achieve points on the grade and the reading level of the book – they are rewarded. So, the girls would probably end up with most of the books.

 

 

Hosted by: Parajunkee.com

To join the fun and make now book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:

  1. (Required) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Host { Parajunkee.com} and any one else you want to follow on the list
  2. (Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers – http://nakeshabrown.blogspot.com/
  3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing.
  4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments
  5. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”
  6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers
  7. If you’re new to the follow friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!

 

This weeks question:

Just like Ashley said (love it) “Ashley the girl…” who are You the Boy/Girl, instead of You the Blogger?

Well, let’s see. I’m Heather, the girl. Mother of 4 – 2 boys and 2 girls – granddaughter to Nanny-Goat and G-Daddy (Happy belated Birthday to G-Daddy. He turned 96 this month.) Wife to 1 very hard to please man. Currently, I am a stay at home mom and care-giver to my grandparents. I am a student looking to graduate in September with a degree in Business. In the very near future, I will be re-entering the work force. We have 1 dog, 3 cats, and many other critters that show up. I love to read, listen to music, watch movies, and just visit with my family.



Published in: on March 11, 2011 at 9:46 pm  Leave a Comment  

In My Mailbox #3

 

 

 

 

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.

 

 

This week I received three different books.

From WaterBrook Press for review: Mine is the Night by Liz Curtis Higgs

I won an E-book copy of: The Haunted E-Book by J. L. Bryan through Bewitched Bookworm.

I also won: How to Marry a Duck by Vicky Dreiling from a contest at Knit – Prul – Stitch…Read & Cook

 

Thanks to the Authors and to the Blog Hosts for the giveaways!!!

Published in: on March 6, 2011 at 10:51 pm  Leave a Comment  

Love Inspired: Inspirational Romance

The Love Inspired books, published by Steeple Hill, are among some of the sweetest Inspirational Romance books I love to read. Each book is based on Faith, Love, and God’s word. These books remind me of the innocent days gone by. The Authors each have a different story to tell and each bring about a sense of peace by journey’s end.

 

This week, I’ve read Finally a Family by Carolyne Aarsen and His Small-Town Girl by Arlene James.

 

In Finally a Family, Carolyne Aarsen touches on a subject that has caused many fights among family; the reading of the will. Hannah Kristoferson once thought that the man she considered to be a father, had left and never given her a second thought. Ethan Wetserveld has sworn off women and is rather upset, an understatement, at what is Uncle Sam has done.

Hannah is called to the hometown of Sam; the only man she ever knew as a father. She’s been called in for the reading of his will. With no clue as to why she would need to be there, she is astonished once she finds out.

Ethan has worked his Uncle’s farm for years. When this Hannah woman is called in to hear the will, he is beyond mad about what his Uncle has written. However, with determination and prayers about, Ethan not only has his work cut out for him, but must learn that every “city woman” is not the same.

Can these two work together and fulfill Uncle Sam’s will?

 

For Tyler Aldrich, he just wanted to get away and have some peace. However, when he reaches Eden, the type of peace he was looking for, is not the type he finds. Charlotte Jefford knows what type Tyler needs. Showing him the meaning of family, love, and what it means to have God in your life, Charlotte shows him that money is not everything.

In Arlene James’s His Small-Town Girl, Tyler learns what family truly is. Never being around people of little money, he realizes that he is the odd ball in the town of Eden. Soon, he also comes to see what is more important than anything that money can buy; God. God is the only One that can give us peace – The peace that passes all understanding.

 

Both of these Love Inspired books were great. They always leave me wanting for more at the end, but the journey through the characters and their trials is always amazing. I only with that life was a simple as these books.

 

Finally a Family by Carolyne AArsen

Publisher: Steeple Hill; Published: June 1, 2008; Category: Fiction – Adult: Other: Christian: Women’s Fiction; Format: Paperback; Source: Own

His Small-Town Girl by Arlene James

Publisher: Steeple Hill; Published: June 1, 2008; Category: Fiction – Adult: Other: Christian: Women’s Fiction; Format: Paperback; Source: Own

 

 

 

Published in: on February 28, 2011 at 9:24 pm  Comments (2)  
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