Tuesday, October 30, 2012

When a Woman Loves a Man: Pursuing His Heart

When a Woman Loves a Man: Pursing His Heart by James Ford Jr. is a guide on how a woman is to love her husband.  Using biblical scriptures and examples Ford takes the wife through six principles crucial to loving the man God has joined her with.  The six principles are:  fulfilling God’s design, completing, submitting, cherishing, caring for and covering her husband.  Society norms and expectations should not determine the behavior and actions of a wife, but the word of God should.  God designed a woman to complete her husband and this book’s six principals show how to do just that. 

This book is a quick read and is packed with biblical substance.  Ford is very straightforward on the role that God has ordained for women in the marriage relationship.  The husband will never become the man God intends him to be if the wife is interfering with his growth with God by not fulfilling her intended role in the relationship.  I loved how Ford described that God made man incomplete when he removed Adam’s rib and can only be completed again when joined with his wife.  I appreciated Ford’s “blunt” approach and this book is an easy read that I know that I reference back to.  This book goes hand in hand with Ford’s book, When a Man Loves a Woman: Pursing Her Heart. 
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Saturday, October 27, 2012

A Farmer's Daughter: Recipes from a Mennonite Kitchen

A Farmer’s Daughter: Recipes from a Mennonite Kitchen is a brand new cookbook by Dawn Stoltzfus.  Dawn shares wholesome and simple recipes covering every course!  Her recipes are simple to complete and she includes a “tips” section where she will give you different suggestions to help this cookbook work for your schedule and cooking style.  For example if she has a stovetop recipe she will give you a tip on how to turn it into a crock pot recipe.  I loved her short musings on growing up a Mennonite and being a woman of faith.  I am not a big cookbook person because I usually search online and have limited storage space in my kitchen; I definitely don’t mind making room for this cookbook!  It had me at Mennonite Kitchen and it’s a keeper. 

One recipe I tried was Chicken with Pecan Sauce.  The yummy ingredients caught my eye and I had to try it.  First of all it presented well and is what I consider company worthy.  Breaded and seasoned chicken is topped with toasted pecans and delicious gravy.  It passed the kid test with both my cuties at my house which is always a huge accomplishment!  I don’t often repeat too many recipes, but this one we can definitely have again.  I paired it with lima beans and biscuits and it was a great dinner.  This cookbook is simple with a wide array of recipes and I am so glad to have it on my kitchen shelf! 


Chicken with Pecan Sauce:

½ cup pecan halves

¼ cup salted butter, divided

1 tsp. salt

½ tsp. cracked pepper

1/8 tsp. red pepper (optional)

½ tsp. paprika

¼ cup + 1 Tbsp. flour, divided

8 chicken tenderloins or 4 chicken breasts, flattened

1 Tbsp brown sugar

2 Tbsp. cider vinegar

½ cup chicken broth

½ tsp. dried thyme

Over medium-low heat, sauté pecans and 2 tablespoons butter for 2-3 minutes or until pecans are toasted and smell fragrant.  Remove from heat.  Mix salt, peppers, paprika, and ¼ cup flour in small, shallow bowl.  Dredge chicken in mixture.  Sauté in remaining butter for 3-4 minutes per side or until golden brown and fully cooked.  Place cooked chicken on a plate, cover with pecans. 

Return skillet to heat and add remaining flour, brown sugar, vinegar, and chicken broth.  Cook about 3 minutes, stirring, until gravy thickens.  Remove from heat and stir in Thyme.  Spoon over pecans and chicken.  Serve immediately.  Serves 4.


Provided by the Publisher for Review


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


Saturday, October 20, 2012

Twice Promised

Twice Promised is the second book in the Blue Willow Brides Series by Maggie Brendan.  Greta Olsen came from Holland with her two sisters to America.  She watched her older sister’s love story bloom as a mail-order bride to a rancher in Wyoming. Greta decides to become such a bride after tragedy steals the life of her fiancé Bryan.  Greta enthusiastically sets off for Central City, Colorado to meet Jess Gifford the man she thought she had been corresponding to for several months.  There is just one problem; Cora Johnson is there for the same reason. To make matters worse, Jess Gifford knows nothing of the two mail-order brides that his brother has corresponded to in his stead.  Will either of them stay?  Will Jess find the wife he never knew he needed?

Even though this is a second book in a series you can read it as a standalone as I did.  I have always been fascinated with mail-order bride stories and this one is very sweet.  Greta is a very likeable heroine and I loved watching the friendship bloom between her and Cora.  A very funny component was how Greta takes to running the store and making several changes much to Jess’s dismay.  This was a lovely read that shows that God can work any situation for our good.  Greta and Cora’s love stories take many unexpected turns but both end with a very satisfying conclusion. 

Provided by the Publisher for review

Available October 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group
Twice Promised: A Novel (The Blue Willow Brides)

Monday, October 15, 2012

A Voice in the Wind

A Voice in the Wind is the first book in the Mark of the Lions Series by Francine Rivers.  Hadassah is the lone survivor of her family during the siege and destruction of Jerusalem and is sent to Rome as a slave.  She is placed in service to a wealthy merchant’s daughter Julia.  As she tries to keep Julia from destroying herself and everyone around her Hadassah is exposed to every sin imaginable and clings to her faith.  As she tries to help Julia find her way she desperately tries to distance herself from Marcus, Julia’s older brother.  Marcus has a hold on her heart that will never be realized.  From gladiators to aristocrats, Hadassah impacts many lives, but what would the cost be if anyone discovers her to be a Christian?

This is my first Francine Rivers novel and I couldn’t read it fast enough.  Rivers takes an incredible part of Christian history and weaves into an epic novel that shows the brutality and persecution that the early church faced.  Yet the more difficult the journey became for Hadassah the stronger her faith grew in the Lord.  I was shocked, saddened, intrigued, and impacted by Hadassah’s story and look forward to the next installment of this series.  If you like history, read this book.  If you like romance read this book.  If you like Christian fiction, READ THIS BOOK! 

Provided by the Publisher for Review
A Voice in the Wind (Mark of the Lion)

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Penny and Her Doll

Penny and Her Doll is Kevin Henkes second book about Penny the mouse.  Penny has had the most wonderful surprise, a new doll sent from Grandma.  The doll’s bow is perfect, the doll’s pink cheeks are perfect and the doll’s big buttons are perfect.  The only thing that is not perfect is that Penny cannot come up with a name for her doll.  Mama and Papa try to help Penny come up with the perfect name but nothing seems to fit.  As Penny shows her doll around the house the perfect name finally comes to her!

Nothing goes together like Henkes and mouse stories!  His illustrations are always a treat and every little girl that has ever loved a doll will adore this book.  This is perfect for beginning readers.  Make sure to check out Penny and Her Song as well.  Hopefully there will be more Penny stories to come!

Provided by the Publisher for review
Penny and Her Doll

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Life with Lily

Life with Lily is the first book in the The Adventures of Lily Lapp Series by Mary Ann Kinsinger and Suzanne Woods Fisher. Lily is a six year old Amish girl who lives on an upstate New York farm with her parents and two younger brothers.  Lily’s days are filled with helping mama with chores, trying to stay out of trouble with her naughty friend Mandy and braving school with a mean teacher.  Lily loves her rag doll Sally, birthday cake, and helping Grandpa in his harness shop.  Lily does not like scary neighbors, little brothers who tattle, and being the youngest kid in school. 

This book was absolutely precious and will capture every little girl’s heart who reads it.   The Amish have such an incredible lifestyle and your child will learn a great deal from this book.  Lily is such a likeable little girl and her antics will crack you up from beginning to end.  It reminded me to be thankful for what I have and the joy of simplicity.  It was very interesting to watch Lily yearn for “English” things such as a real doll, candy bars and store bought bread and be very fearful and shy of certain things like Halloween and a local parade.  I can’t wait for the second book coming February of 2013.

Provided by the Publisher for review

Available October 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Life with Lily (The Adventures of Lily Lapp)