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Miracle in a Dry Season

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After reading the prequel novella, Appalachian Serenade, I couldn’t wait to receive Miracle in a Dry Season. I certainly wasn’t let down. This book has the same feel, the same setting as the first story and I enjoyed it. Being a book cover lover, I have to mention the cover art to this story. It is both beautiful and fitting. I love when a cover tells a bit about what’s inside. And with a front cover recommendation from Debbie Macomber, you know you’ll find a fabulous treat inside. This story takes place in 1950s Appalachia. Perla Long, a young single mother, and her daughter, Sadie, comes to Wise, West Virginia to stay with Delilah and Robert, Perla’s aunt and uncle. We first meet them in Appalachian Serenade.) She has a special gift that others find strange and possibly even evil. If that wasn’t enough, she’s a single mother, and not by widowhood, so that makes her an even bigger target of the town’s gossip. The townsfolk’s whispers and feeling shunned by the commun

What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days

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We all have hard days, whether we just woke up on the wrong side of the bed, or obstacles before us seem insurmountable. But we can find comfort in knowing that God is good, He loves us, and He keeps his promises. These lovely devotions for women are wonderful tidbits to encourage us when we need encouragement, and truth when we need assurance. Perfect as a daily reading (or weekly, since there are 52 devotions) or Bible study time,  What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days  is a keepsake for yourself, or a thoughtful gift for a friend that might need encouragement through tough times.  Either way, this lovely little book is a great addition to anyone’s collection. The small size allows you to take it on the go, or, if you wish to read them at night, on your night table beside your bed. With scripture, words of encouragement, and a place to journal your thoughts, this is a nice supplement to your Bible reading, or prayer time. Cover: Love it Title: Like it

Secrets to Gluten Free Baking

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This is more than a cookbook. It’s more than a Whole Food or Gluten Free cookbook. Secrets to Gluten Free Baking is divided into 5 sections, with a bonus section at the end. ·                Section 1 – Introduction ·                Section 2 – Secrets of Making Gluten Free Products That Taste like Wheat ·                Section 3 – My Gluten-Free Pantry ·                Section 4 – The How-Tos Step by Step ·                Section 5 – Recipes ·                Bonus Recipes The author has learned GF substitutes and secrets to GF cooking that she shares in this book. It isn’t a typical GF cookbook with cardboard-tasting recipes that are barely digestible or appealing. It contains recipes and tips to making tasty, nutritious meals with appealing textures and without the side-effects some people with Celiac disease, or gluten-intolerance suffer with. The recipes that I’ve tried in this book aren’t as cumbersome as some I’ve made in the past.   I especially li

Make Every Day Meaningful

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Make Every Day Meaningful! Oh, how I wish my parents had kept journals, documenting the important milestones, details of their lives, families, friends, and feelings. What a treasure that gesture could’ve been. There is so much about them I wish I knew. I journal here and there, mostly for a personal experience, but hadn’t really thought about the legacy I leave to my own children. Writing down your day-to-day experiences helps you see possible patterns or habits that you don’t particularly like, or maybe those that you’re pleased with. Either way, documenting them makes you more aware, and can serve as a guide, so-to-speak. Journaling not only helps you learn about yourself, but it leaves a record of your life experiences, ups and downs, that may help others as well. I found this book both inspiring and eye opening, and plan to change my journaling habits (or lack of them.) One of my favorite parts of this book was the memory cues. Very helpf

JUICE: Recipes for Juicing, Cleansing & Well Living

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Purchase JUICE   HERE ! This book is an interesting way to bring healthier foods into your daily life. It’s effectively organized into three parts: juicing, recipes, and cleansing. The table of contents is very helpful in navigating the book, and gives a good sense of what to expect from each section. It’s more than a recipe book. It’s an information guide on how to choose a juicer, what enzymes and nutrients are in fresh pressed juices, the physical (internal and external) benefits of juicing and cleansing, and so much more. The recipes are easy to prepare, and don’t contain a laundry list of ingredients. The practical sections cover anything from sweet to savory, roots to fruits, and citrus to milk. The back of the book even gives measurement conversions for those who use metric or Celsius scales. I haven’t tried the savory recipes yet, but some of my favorites that I’ve prepared so far are the Chia Almond Smoothie , (delicious, although I omitted the mango) Almond

The Dawning of Indestructible Joy - Audiobook

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Christmas is a time for joy, a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, but oftentimes we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of purchasing and wrapping gifts, decorating our homes, and sending greeting cards. With this lovely book (or audio book) we are reminded to deepen and strengthen our faith and understanding. The Dawning of Indestructible Joy is broken down into twenty-five devotions, each guiding us through Advent, December 1 to Christmas Day. The topics are clear and different from other devotional books I’ve read. These devotions reveal clarity to what advent it all about, why Christmas happened, what mercy promises us, and enjoying God’s grace. Audio Production Quality: I’m not a fan of background music that is often found in audio books, so I was pleased this one does not have it. The quality is clear, with no popping, skipping, or any other unwanted distractions. Audio Narration: To be honest, I wasn’t drawn in by the introduction. It felt disjo

The Quick-Start Guide to the Whole Bible

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The Quick-Start Guide to the Whole Bible: Understanding the Big Picture Book-by-Book As the subtitle states, this book gives ‘the big picture’ of each book of the Holy Bible. It is not a substitute for the Bible, but a valuable complement, and is delivered in a well-organized fashion. Dr. Boyd Seevers, a professor at Northwestern University, and Dr. William H. Marty , a professor at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, crafted this easy-to-read handbook, guiding us through each book of the Old and New Testaments. Each Bible book has its own chapter, concentrating on the setting , the summary , and the significance it makes (or should make) in our lives. I enjoyed this guide and the methodical approach the authors use. They never sway from the three-part structure, and their conversational style of writing is easy to comprehend. I recommend this handbook to anyone who wishes to gain a summarized view of the Bible and its structure. It’s a great supplement for devotion

The Butterfly and the Violin

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A mysterious painting breathes hope and beauty into the darkest corners of Auschwitz and the loneliest hearts of Manhattan. In The Butterfly and the Violin , Kristy Cambron paints two stories, both filled with haunting imagery, remarkable clarity, and historical significance. The contemporary side of this story (present-day Manhattan) is seamlessly meshed with the historical side (1940s WWII holocaust) and sends me reeling through a myriad of emotions. Sera James , an art dealer, had her heart broken when her engagement ended unexpectedly two years ago. She distracts herself from the hurt by searching for an intriguing painting she saw as a child. Even after years of searching, to no avail, she doesn’t give up. The portrait of the mysterious blue-eyed violinist seems to speak to her, and finding this particular piece of art consumes her everyday life. After exploring many dead-end leads, she finally finds hope when she meets William Hanover, who has reasons of his o