Amish Christmas at North Star by Four Great Authors

Amish Christmas at North Star

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On a snowy night in late November, 1990, Rebekah Schlaback’s home was bursting with excitement and tension because four very pregnant young women were there for Rebekah to deliver their precious little one. These four stories generated from that night; Guiding Star, by Katie Ganshert, Morning Star, by Amanda Flower, In the Stars, by Cindy Woodsmall and Star of Grace by Mindy Starns Clark  and Emily Clark.

Each story was written about one of those four babies born 25 years earlier. I am glad I had time to read each story without putting the book down, because they had me guessing until the end. I highly recommend this wonderful book of four stories written around the Christmas Season. Stories that will warm your heart and find a place there.

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Lazarus Awakening DVD Study Pack: Finding Your Place in the Heart of God…by Joanna Weaver

Lazarus Awakening DVD Study Pack:

Finding Your Place in the Heart of God…

by Joanna Weaver

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About this study!

Journey to the Tomb of Lazarus…and Hear Jesus Call Your Name

Mary worshiped. Martha served. But what did Lazarus do to experience Jesus’s lavish love?

Filmed in the Holy Land, this DVD companion to Joanna Weaver’s book Lazarus Awakening explores the incredible truth that Jesus loves us apart from our works or our worthiness. He wants to call us out of our tombs and into friendship with Him.

Designed for use with the book and companion study guide, this three-disc DVD Bible study is formatted for both individual and group use, with content suitable for both men and women.
·         In-depth Bible study: Features eight 15- to 17-minute video sessions.
·         Bonus “Israel Moment” videos explore the life of Christ and the Holy Land.
·         Designed for use with the study guide and book.
·         Leader’s guide, promotional material, and retreat format included.

My Thoughts…..

This is an amazing, detailed study based on the life of Lazarus. I have always been interested in Lazarus, and loved the story of this man in the Bible. Ms. Weaver takes us on a journey with Lazarus through the Holy Land, with short video sessions of the Bible study that goes along with the study guide and the book. I watched the DVD and read the book for this review, but I plan to go back through this study, at a slower pace. I love the DVD and that it was filmed in the Holy Land, the extra Bonus of the Israel Moments, and the detailed study. Joanna Weaver sure knows how to write an amazing Bible Study and I very highly recommend that you pick up your copy soon! This study is awesome for a small study group or a Sunday School class. Check it out!

I received this book from Bogging for Books to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Lazarus Awakening by Joanna Weaver

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Finding Your Place in the Heart of God

Getting God’s Love from Our Heads to Our Hearts

We all know Jesus loved Mary – look how she worshiped. And we can understand why He loved Martha – after all, look how she served. But what about those of us who don’t know where we fit in the heart of God?

For many of us, moving the truth of God’s love from our heads to our hearts is a lifelong process. As we consider our inadequacies or grieve our shattered dreams, we find it difficult to believe that God cares for us personally.

In this life-giving book, Joanna Weaver shows you how to embrace the truth that Jesus loves you apart from anything you accomplish, apart from anything you bring. Just as He called Lazarus forth to new life, Jesus wants to free you to live fully in the light of His love, unbound from the graveclothes of fear, regret, and self-condemnation.

Combining unforgettable real-life illustrations with unexpected biblical insights, Lazarus Awakening invites you to experience a spiritual resurrection that will forever change your understanding of what it means to be the one Jesus loves.

My Review

There is so much in this book, its going to be difficult to put it all here, so I will just highlight a few of the things I have learned here. As with her other Bible studies, Joanna Weaver goes above and beyond, writing a Bible Study book that will change your way of thinking, changing your way of living, and well, just change your life altogether.  This study on Lazarus takes us back to the story in the Bible of Lazarus, we have all heard it before, and I have to say, it is one of my favorite Bible stories. But now I see this story in an entirely different light. Applying the principles of this story to my everyday life showed me things in my life that are dormant, totally away from the way God wants me to live. A couple of sentences in the bonus chapter of this book sums it up pretty good for me. It says, “Though our spirits have been fully resurrected by Christ, and we’ve been born again, remnants of our flesh still linger. Loose ends of our lower nature dangle around our lives, threatening to trip us up in our walk with God.” As I thought our that loose flesh dangling around, it made me sick, just at the thoughts of it. Yet this is what I have been letting happen. I want to do more studying in this series, with the DVD that goes with it, to further learn what God wants me to do. And this is an amazing Bible study to do that! Thanks to the amazing Ms. Weaver, we can get help in our walk as a Christian.

I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books to read and review. And to give my honest opinion of the book.  The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55

Joanna Weaver

Joanna Weaver

Joanna Weaver is the best-selling author of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, Having a Mary Spirit, Lazarus Awakening, and the award-winning gift book With This Ring. Her articles have appeared in such publications as Focus on the Family, Guideposts, and HomeLife. Joanna and her pastor-husband, John, have three children and live in Montana. Visit her website at

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Twenty Dinners by Ithai Schori and Chris Taylor with Rachel Holtzman

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with Rachel Holtzman

Two years ago, Grizzly Bear‘s Chris Taylor announced he was going to hole up in the woods near Germantown, New York to write a cookbook for Random House. In the September/October 2012 issue of SPIN, he explained:

It doesn’t have a title yet, but at the moment it’s 20 dinners, fully coursed, all seasonally relevant. I think a lot of people open a cookbook and they’re like, “Where do I start?” And this is just like: “Make this dinner.” It’s making cooking approachable for people in a different way. I love throwing dinner parties. I used to have a fire pit until I got the cops called on me.

Now, the cookbook is finished: it’s called Twenty Dinners, and it was co-authored by Ithai Schori. Check out the cover above.

For me, a cookbook needs an eye catching cover to capture the attention of cookbook lovers! And this one passed the course for me. The interesting cover will draw attention, and have people snatching it up to see what is in it. Even though a lot of these recipes are ones I would never use, I think there will be many, many people who fall in love with this really nice hardcover book. It is interesting that the recipes are for a complete meals, even down to the drinks. And for many people, this will save loads of time, because there is no planning. Just look at the dinner you want, and go for it!. The layout is really nice, and the pictures throughout the book are amazing. If you love cookbooks, this is sure one you do not want to pass up!

I received this book from Blogging for Books to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

The Pharaoh’s Daughter: A Treasures of the Nile Novel by Mesu Andrews

The Pharaoh’s Daughter: A Treasures of the Nile Novel by Mesu Andrews

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“Fear is the most fertile ground for faith.”

 “You will be called Anippe, daughter of the Nile. Do you like it?” Without waiting for a reply, she pulls me into her squishy, round tummy for a hug.
I’m trying not to cry. Pharaoh’s daughters don’t cry.
When we make our way down the tiled hall, I try to stop at ummi Kiya’s chamber. I know her spirit has flown yet I long for one more moment. Amenia pushes me past so I keep walking and don’t look back.
Like the waters of the Nile, I will flow.

Anippe has grown up in the shadows of Egypt’s good god Pharaoh, aware that Anubis, god of the afterlife, may take her or her siblings at any moment. She watched him snatch her mother and infant brother during childbirth, a moment which awakens in her a terrible dread of ever bearing a child. Now she is to be become the bride of Sebak, a kind but quick-tempered Captain of Pharaoh Tut’s army. In order to provide Sebak the heir he deserves and yet protect herself from the underworld gods, Anippe must launch a series of deceptions, even involving the Hebrew midwives—women ordered by Tut to drown the sons of their own people in the Nile.
When she finds a baby floating in a basket on the great river, Anippe believes Egypt’s gods have answered her pleas, entrenching her more deeply in deception and placing her and her son Mehy, whom handmaiden Miriam calls Moses, in mortal danger.
As bloodshed and savage politics shift the balance of power in Egypt, the gods reveal their fickle natures and Anippe wonders if her son, a boy of Hebrew blood, could one day become king. Or does the god of her Hebrew servants, the one they call El Shaddai, have a different plan—for them all?


I love Mesu Andrew’s books because she has such an amazing talent of taking Bible characters, putting them in a historical Biblical setting and creating a story that will pull you in and keep you long after you finish the book. When I finish reading a Mesu Andrews book, I have a new, clear insight of the Biblical character the Book is about.

The Pharoah’s Daughter is another one of those books. I have always loved the story of Moses being put in the river in a basket as a baby by his sister. And Pharoah’s daughter claiming Moses for her own, and raising him as her own. Ms. Andrews takes this story much deeper, bringing us into the home of Pharoah’s daughter and now the home of Moses. I have always has questions about how this or that happened, and in this story, Ms. Andrews answers some of those questions in her fictional way. This was a special time in history, and I appreciate this awesome author for taking on these characters and this time in history. And I also appreciate the knowledge and research it took to write a story like this. Needless to say, I was in awe of The Pharoah’s Daughter and I highly recommend it for anyone who loves historical, Biblical, or just a good fiction story.

Blogging for Books provided this book for my honest review. The review is my views alone.

About the Author

Mesu Andrews’ deep understanding of and love for God’s Word brings the biblical
world alive for her readers. Her first novel, Love Amid the Ashes won the
2012 ECPA Book of the Year for a Debut Author. Her three subsequent novels, Love’s
Sacred Song, Love in a Broken Vessel, and In the Shadow of Jezebel all released to
great reader enthusiasm. Mesu lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband Roy.

Where Treetops Glisten by Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman and Sarah Sundin

Where Treetops Glisten:

Three Stories of Heartwarming Courage and Christmas Romance During World War II

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The crunch of newly fallen snow, the weight of wartime

Siblings forging new paths and finding love in three stories,
filled with the wonder of Christmas

Turn back the clock to a different time, listen to Bing Crosby sing of sleigh bells in the snow, as the realities of America’s involvement in the Second World War change the lives of the Turner family in Lafayette, Indiana.

In Cara Putman’s White Christmas, Abigail Turner is holding down the Home Front as a college student and a part-time employee at a one-of-a-kind candy shop. Loss of a beau to the war has Abigail skittish about romantic entanglements—until a hard-working young man with a serious problem needs her help.

Abigail’s brother Pete is a fighter pilot hero returned from the European Theater in Sarah Sundin’s I’ll Be Home for Christmas, trying to recapture the hope and peace his time at war has eroded. But when he encounters a precocious little girl in need of Pete’s friendship, can he convince her widowed mother that he’s no longer the bully she once knew?

In Tricia Goyer’s Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Meredith Turner, “Merry” to those who know her best, is using her skills as a combat nurse on the frontline in the Netherlands. Halfway around the world from home, Merry never expects to face her deepest betrayal head on, but that’s precisely what God has in mind to redeem her broken heart.

The Turner family believes in God’s providence during such a tumultuous time. Can they absorb the miracle of Christ’s birth and His plan for a future?


Three historical authors, and three awesome WWII Stories for Christmas. Many times war around Christmas time means a sad Christmas, as it is with these three stories. But Cara Putman, Sarah Sundin and Tricia Goyer gives readers three novellas that will warm your heart during the Holiday’s. Which one is the best? For me there is no best, because they are all awesome and heartwarming in their own way. Fall in love with these characters as you spend time reading Where Treetops Glisten, and lets these stories warm your heart and give you job and entertainment for a few hours. I highly recommend this special Christmas book!

I received this book from Blogging for Books to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

Meet the Author

Cara Putman is the author of twenty books including Shadowed by Grace. She is the winner of the 2008 Carol Award for historical fiction. Sarah Sundin is the critically-acclaimed author of the Wings of the Nightingale series, the Wings of Glory series, and the forthcoming Waves of Freedom novels. Tricia Goyer is a prolific author of nearly forty books, including Chasing Mona Lisa, and a speaker and blogger.

The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn by Lori Benton

The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn

The Pursuit of Tamsen

Littlejohn  by Lori Benton


Frontier dangers cannot hold a candle to the risks one woman takes by falling in love
In an act of brave defiance, Tamsen Littlejohn escapes the life her harsh stepfather has forced upon her. Forsaking security and an arranged marriage, she enlists frontiersman Jesse Bird to guide her to the Watauga settlement in western North Carolina. But shedding her old life doesn’t come without cost. As the two cross a vast mountain wilderness, Tamsen faces hardships that test the limits of her faith and endurance.

Convinced that Tamsen has been kidnapped, wealthy suitor Ambrose Kincaid follows after her, in company with her equally determined stepfather. With trouble in pursuit, Tamsen and Jesse find themselves thrust into the conflict of a divided community of Overmountain settlers. The State of Franklin has been declared, but many remain loyal to North Carolina. With one life left behind and chaos on the horizon, Tamsen struggles to adapt to a life for which she was never prepared. But could this challenging frontier life be what her soul has longed for, what God has been leading her toward? As pursuit draws ever nearer, will her faith see her through the greatest danger of all—loving a man who has risked everything for her?

My Review        When Tamsen LIttlejohn escaped here home and horrible lifestyle, she thought life would be much better for her, but that wasn’t the case for Ms. Littlejohn. Traveling across the mountain wilderness with Jesse Bird proved to be ful of hardships and difficulties that pressed Ms. Little to her limits, and then some. This is one of those books that make you go, WOW and WOW again! Tamsen was a lady that was as tough as tough can get! Her determination is one thing that kept me reading, and reading until the last page! I had trouble putting this book down, simply because I didn’t want to leave the characters. Jesse was awesome! I loved everything about him! This is my first book by Lori Benton, but I will surely be picking up her debut novel and reading it as well.

This is a great book for those who enjoy historical fiction, especially the 1700’s era. You will be in for a big and enjoyable read when you pick this one up to read!

I was provided a copy of this book by Blogging for Books. I was not required to write anything positive. The opinions here are mine only.