Friday, October 16, 2015

Streams Of Mercy by Lauraine Snelling

Anji's Return to the Red River Valley Offers a Fresh Start--and a Surprising Second Chance at Love.
Anji Baard Moen, recently widowed in Norway, returns to North Dakota with her children. She quickly settles back into life in the familiar surroundings of Blessing, teaching in the high school and writing articles for the Blessing Gazette. In the midst of an unexpected crisis, Anji is thrust into a role she never imagined. And almost without her even being aware, an old friendship begins to show signs of developing into something more.

Meanwhile, Thomas Devlin, a minister without a post, has arrived in town. Devlin supports himself as a journeyman carpenter, and with the town growing rapidly, he has no shortage of opportunities. Establishing himself in a new community has its challenges, but as the newcomer gets to know the young widow whose house he's been working on, he thinks he may have found yet another reason to stay. . . .

 My thoughts:
I enjoyed reading this book.  I have never read any of her books, so I will look to what other books she has written.  It is a great read. 

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House for my review and this is my own opinion.

She's Almost a Teenager: Essential Conversations to Have Now by Peter & Heather Larson and David & Claudia Arp

She's Almost a Teenager: Essential Conversations to Have Now by Peter & Heather Larson and David & Claudia Arp

 Is Your Daughter on the Right Path?
Do you know what your daughter really thinks about boys, school, God, her future? It's not easy to be sure. These and other important topics don't often come up in everyday conversation. Plus, a girl's views on life can shift quickly, thanks to friends, pop culture, and other influences.

Now, with this book, you can connect with your daughter and help her navigate the coming teen years. Based on tried-and-true parenting wisdom, you will find thoughtful questions and talking points that lead to meaningful, natural conversations on key issues, including:

· Physical and emotional changes your daughter is facing
· Taking ownership of her spiritual life
· Using social media responsibly
· and much more

These bonding times will not only help you both get ready for the years ahead, but they will show that you love her dearly.

 My thoughts:

A check list on what to talk to your teens about.  If you don't know what to talk about this will give you some ideas on how to start or get the conversation going.  Each family is different, so take what ever advice works for your own family.  

This book was given to me by Bethany House for my review.  This is my own opinion of this book.

The Photograph by Beverly Lewis

He studied the picture more closely, finding it curious that the young woman looked so boldly into the camera while wearing a white prayer Kapp shaped like a heart--the characteristic head covering for the Lancaster County Old Order Amish.
Why would a devout girl have her picture taken?

When her sister Lily disappears only months after their widowed mother's passing, Eva Esch fears she has been wooed away from the People. Yet Lily's disappearance isn't Eva's only concern: She and her sisters must relocate once their older brother takes over the family farmhouse. Then Jed Stutzman, an Amish buggy maker from Ohio, shows up in Eden Valley with a photo of a Plain young woman. Eva feels powerfully drawn to the charming stranger--but the woman in the forbidden photograph is no stranger at all. . . .

My Thoughts:
I am a fan of Beverly Lewis.  She was one of the first authors that got me reading Amish stories.  She is a talented writer and all her books are beautifully written and heartfelt.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House for my review and this is my own opinion.