Tuesday, April 24, 2018

My Tuesday Night...

My usual Tuesday night when my daughter is at her father's home. My goal is to have the first draft done by August 1st. I fear I won't make it. I started this project in February of 2017. I wrote and wrote and wrote, then discovered more and more sources - especially from the chroniclers of the time. So, now I am adding to what I wrote before, as well as completing chapters that were not yet done before the new sources. Someday, I will be able to do this for a living and it will be glorious.

Happy Reading!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Mind Blown

Top Ten Tuesday #29

Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday, now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. I am so glad there is any easy one for me to participate in, it has been ages since I have done a TTT.

This week's topic is all about frequently used words in (insert genre/age group) titles. Well, I guess my genre is going to be pretty obvious. With the exception of anything written by Dan Jones, all of these books are still on my to-read list, because my to-read list is over 4,000 books at this point and I just prefer to not think about the fact that I will die before I get to read every book on that list - because let's not even start thinking about all the books that will be published in the future that I will want to read.

 Thoroughly depressed now? Great! Here we go!

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Let me know what you think or if you've read any of these. Then leave a link to your TTT.

Happy Reading!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

My Heart is a House


Rating: 5 Stars

Before I start off, I must disclose the fact that I know Stacey and Monterio very well. Stacey started off as a co-worker and became a close friend and the godmother to my daughter. Eleanor and Monterio call each other brother and sister. That being said, this friendship has not impacted my review in any way, as Stacey and I have never been anything but 100% honest with each other.

So, now that's out of the way.

I love this book. Stacey is exactly the kind of faith-filled mother I want to be. The way she makes it all look so effortless in passing that faith on to Monterio is amazing and I am slowly but surely getting there. (That is also one of the reasons why she was the only real choice for godmother. Her faith is strong, and real, and always there.) That's why it does not surprise me one bit with how this book came about. It started as a conversation between Stacey and Monterio, with him asking Stacey one day what color her heart is, because his is blue - his favorite color. Stacey was curious, not sure where he was going with this, and Monterio replied that because Jesus lives in our hearts, our hearts are like houses for Him. And thus, this story as born. This concept stands out for me in a big way because I KNOW them. I know this is an authentic and genuine conversation they would have. I am quite sure that further books may very well follow, based on similar, Christ-centered conversations.

The story itself is simple: a little boy and his momma talking about how to prepare their hearts to be houses for Jesus. The momma helps her son prepare his heart by making room for Love and Truth, and keeping his heart clean by being mindful of the things he experiences through all five senses. She reminds him to be careful with those he invites into his heart besides Jesus, and to remember Virtue. Living water and fruits of the spirit are musts as well in preparing his (and all of ours) heart, as well as forgiveness and wisdom. There is ALWAYS room for more wisdom.

In addition to helping little ones understand what it means to ask Jesus into their hearts, and how they go about doing so, Stacey has included several scriptures that attach to a corresponding page. You will also find a few pictures of Stacey and Monterio, on their journey together to follow Jesus.

HERE you can find Stacey and Monterio's Facebook page for their book, and even watch a short video featuring Monterio showing off the book.

Happy Reading!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Would You Rather... #1



...Have Option A or Option B?

(Remember, you are choosing based on how comfy/cozy it would be for reading, NOT because it is on the beach!)

Stacking the Shelves 16

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature co-hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality. It is a chance to showcase all the goodies you've collected throughout the week, whether they're bought on-line or in-store, an ARC or a final copy, borrowed from a friend or the library, physical or digital, etc. Never has my addiction been more obvious than when I am now keeping track of every single book I acquire.

Purchased From Author

Okay, so that's kind of weird phrasing, especially because the author is one of my close friends and my daughter's godmother. Stacey and her son Monterio wrote and illustrated the book together. I love the idea, I love the content, and I love that Stacey included specific Bible verses to reference with each aspect.

Amazon (Damn you, BookBub)
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I fell off the "No BookBub" wagon hard this week. FOUR DAYS IN A ROW. BUUUUUT, some were free, so, WIN. Also, I secretly love cozy mysteries - but only if they're also free or I can get a huge boxed set for $.99.
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Happy Reading!

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