Thanks for coming back! Or if it's your first visit, thanks for choosing my blog! I hope you'll enjoy what you read here and maybe find something of interest to check out. For those who've been reading a while, are you enjoying the new sections for what I'm currently reading and what I've added to my to-be-read list? I'd love to get your feedback. I sometimes wonder if I share too much information in a single post.
For now, let's check out those book reviews...
Non-fiction: Religious: Devotional Book Review: Awaken by Priscilla Shirer
Awaken: 90 Days with the God who Speaks by Priscilla Shirer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I truly enjoyed this devotional book as it jump started my journaling. I've been trying to make it a point to journal every day. (You'll see by my reading dates that I didn't start this journey without a few hiccups.) Having the guiding questions also helped me dig deeper into how I view different biblical concepts and how I've seen myself changing and growing over time. I also love hearing things from different perspectives. I'd recommend this book to anyone on a Christian spiritual journey who is trying to dig deeper into their faith and connect more closely with the God they serve.
What I loved about the book: Journal prompts were poignant, easy to answer if you just give it a little thought. The space provided was most adequate for someone only wishing to answer the journal prompt question. (I journal in a separate book.) The devotions themselves were short enough to read in 5-15 minutes, depending on how much time you want to spend meditating over the words. I loved the fact that many scriptures were used and each devotion had at least four focal scriptures.
I didn't really hate anything about this book. It was really good.
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(The author's name is linked to the ministry website she is associated with.)
Historical Romance Book Review: Heartbeats in Time: Five Novels of Old West Christian Romance (various authors)
Heartbeats in Time: Five Novels of Old West Christian Romance by Mary Davis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The fifth book which is actually a series of shorter stories was the best of the bunch and allowed me to give that fourth star, rather than the three I'd considered.
Of the longer novels, the second was my favorite as far as the plot went. I read three chapters of the fourth novel and opted to not complete it. There was too much going on. I felt there were too many characters to keep up with right from the beginning. I love reading fantasy and books with large casts, but not when it's done in this way. The pacing seemed haphazard, though that could just have been my own perception.
I'd recommend this to anyone who absolutely loves clean, inspirational, historical, western romance. If that's you, give it a try!
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Reading back through my review, I need to clarify something. Anyone who reads fantasy, or plays role-playing type games can handle multiple cast members. But the way the fourth book tackled the multi-cast was just so hard to follow.
#CurrentlyReading: The Reluctant Godfather & A Royal Masquerade by Allison Tebo
I'm currently reading a series by Allison Tebo, The Tales of Ambia series. So far, there are two of the four books available in this set of fairytale retellings. I'm enjoying book one so far. You can expect a review of these within the next few months. (I'll probably have finished both of these by the time this post goes out, but as of the time of this writing, I've finished book 1.)
New #TBR Addition: Sweet Kisses Limited Edition Box Set by various authors of sweet romance
Being the wife of an Air Force vet, I know what it's like to feel like everyone hates you or your husband because they've volunteered to protect our country. Uh-huh. Never made sense to me either. I also know what our troops suffer when they face so much ugliness (so the rest of us don't have to) and then return home to (more often than not) find a different kind of ugliness aimed at them. So when I saw this post on Twitter, I had to check it out.
I don't know much about Pets for Vets, so I went to their website. You can do that, too, by clicking here. How can you not love an organization working to pair rescued pets with vets families who need that bundle of love to help in the healing process?
So, yeah, I am definitely sharing this post in the hope that more people will see it and help connect pets who desperately need a home to families who desperately want a pet to love.
Busy, busy, busy! I'm keeping busy this month as I continue preparing for Camp Nanowrimo in April. If you're an author, or you'd like to try your hand at it, this is the perfect opportunity to jump right in. :)
I hope you'll see something you'd like to check out in this post. And if you'd like to see how my weekly challenge goes over the next week, check back next Friday to see my responses and read more snippets from The Tale of Outh'n Durr & Surge as I continue to work on them. Thanks for stopping by!
Melody Kittles writes fantasy fiction under the name Robin McElveen. She loves God, her family, the arts, a warm cup of coffee or tea, visiting friends, and collecting coffee & Pusheen items.
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