Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Harvest of Rubies

Harvest of Rubies by Tessa Afshar takes you deep into ancient Persia.  Sarah is trying to be a Jew in a Pagan land, a female scribe in a man’s world, a daughter to estranged father, and on top of all that she has no idea how to be a woman.  Sarah has lost her trust in God after her mother’s death and only finds purpose in being the head scribe to the queen.  Her world comes crashing down when she is promised in marriage to the King’s cousin and unintentionally belittles him in front of the entire the court.  He exiles her to his estate for the summer as punishment, but Sarah finds corruption on his lands and sets to redeem herself in God’s eyes and save her husband’s wealth.  Sarah just might find God again, true friendship, how beautiful she is and that there might be more to her husband than scorn and distrust. 

I loved Pearl in the Sand and read it twice and oh, this one is just as wonderful!  Sarah’s journey is both painful and beautiful.  I loved how Afshar weaved in the stories of Esther and Nehemiah into the plot.  The intrigue, redemption, humor and love story make this a lovely read that I plan on enjoying again!   The character development is superb and I fell in love with all the characters especially the queen!  The best part is that there is a sequel coming soon!  !  I highly recommend this book!

Provided by the publisher for review
Harvest of Rubies

Be the Mom: Overcome Attitude Traps and Enjoy Your Kids

Be the Mom: Overcome Attitude Traps and Enjoy Your Kids by Tracey Lanter Eyster describes seven “mom traps” that are easy to fall into and can catch you unaware as a mom.  This book goes over simple and healthy suggestions to help you stay an emotionally stable mom and help you avoid very dangerous attitudes that can be detrimental to the family structure.  Tracey shares personal experiences, biblical principles and easy to implement suggestions to equip readers for the bumpy journey of motherhood.  The book has reflection sections at the end of each chapter and can be read as a group or as an individual. 

I absolutely loved this book and got so much out of it. The best part is that it is simple, a quick read, and has strategies that I can implement easily. As I chase toddlers I need something that is going to empower me and not make me feel guilty, I need reading material that has a biblical foundation and something that is quick and simple-this book fits the bill!  This book is extremely practical discussing the importance of feeling cute when you dressed to the danger of spending too much time on social media.  This book is something that moms of infants to moms that have college students can appreciate and use.   The reflection sections are very quick and are a great assessment tool.   I know this is a book that I will be referring back to. 

Provided by the publisher for review

Be the Mom: Overcome Attitude Traps and Enjoy Your Kids (Focus on the Family) 

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Raising Financially Confident Kids

Raising Financially Confident Kids by Mary Hunt gives insight to two of the most important things in our lives, kids and money.  Money management should be taught in the home and starting at a young age.  Children need to realize how to give, save, and become responsible money managers in the safety of their own home.  The book goes over savings and debt; giving guidelines on how to treat money according to God’s word.  Teaching children to respect money and learn how to manage it responsibly will help prepare them for adulthood.  Too many children leave home with zero awareness of money management and easy access to credit card debt.  This book equips the reader so that their child does not fall into the debt trap. 

My children are very young so I feel that this is a book that we will refer back to as they continue to grow.  I see several things that my husband and I can start implementing now that will not only equip our children for the future, but help us as well.  I love the idea of my children learning how to become healthy money managers in the safety of our home and plan on implementing the Financially Confident Kid plan.  I think children love any opportunity to have independence and the trust of their parents and this plan gives children the tools in money management to be successful.  I think my future son-in-laws will thank me someday for teaching my daughters money management skills early on!  I highly recommend this easy to read, easy to implement and practical guide to money management for kids! 

Available August 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

Provided by the publisher for review
Raising Financially Confident Kids

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Happy Birthday, Jesus!

Happy Birthday, Jesus! is a Christmas board book by Michelle Medlock Adams.  In this rhyming story children are reminded that Christmas is the day their savior was born.  The children in the book decorate, bake a cake and go out and celebrate this special day by having a birthday party in honor of Jesus.  This book is a must have for parents wanting their children to understand the reason we celebrate.  The rhyming text is so fun and my two young children asked me to read it again and again.  We always make a birthday cake and sing for Jesus on Christmas and this book will become a part of our tradition year after year.  The illustrations are so eye catching with their vivid colors that your young child will be very drawn to the story.  This is a great book that makes celebrating the birth of Jesus more fun than Santa Claus! 


The Fire in Ember

The Fire in Ember starts really intense and does not let up!  Ember Rose, or Bert as she has always been called comes from a good-for-nothing family and she is done with it.  Trying out a fresh start with returning a horse that her brothers stole puts her at the wrong end of a noose.  She is barely saved by a nearby rancher, who is also a deputy-John Timmons.  When John saves Bert and puts her to work on his ranch he doesn’t realize she is a girl.  He doesn’t realize she is going to do funny things to his heart, doesn’t realize she is going to do funny things to his brother’s heart, and that her brothers are coming for her and bringing a whole lot of trouble with them! 

This is the sequel to A Woman Called Sage.  You can read this as a stand-alone like I did but I recommend reading A Woman Called Sage first.  There are a lot of references to it.  I haven’t read anything by Dianne Mills before, but I am an instant fan-this woman knows how to write a western!  This book had so many twists and turns, that I never knew where it was headed!   It was exciting until the very end.  This book had a very tender love story, great action, and was very unpredictable.  If you like a good ole cowboy story and I know you do-read this one! 

The Fire in Ember (Thorndike Christian Historical Fiction)