Bringing Maggie Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Bringing Maggie Home is the latest novel from Kim Vogel Sawyer. I have read several of her books and this one ranks as one of her best books yet.

Ten-year-old Hazel DeFord was picking blackberries with her 3 year old sister, Maggie, in 1943. She momentarily turned away from her sister and Maggie disappeared. Despite searching for many hours, no one found little Maggie. Years later, Hazel is haunted by guilt and anxiety from that awful incident. Her parents told her never  to talk about her sister again, so she didn't. Hazel married and raised a daughter, Margaret Diane. Her daughter has a daughter named Meghan. Meghan is in an traffic accident that forces her to take a 6 week leave of absence from her job and 3 generations of women find themselves all together. Together they uncover Hazel's secret. But can they solve this family mystery and find out what happened to Maggie?

I genuinely enjoyed Bringing Maggie Home. Sawyer writes beautiful prose that keeps the reader turning pa…

The Wellness Revelation by Alisa Keeton

The Wellness Revelation by Alisa Keeton is more than just a book. It is a book, Bible study, work out program, and healthy-eating plan all rolled into one eight-week journey program.

The Wellness Revelation starts with an introduction by with Keeton explaining how she got involved in fitness, how she turned her life over to Christ, and how readers can best use this book. The book could be used with a group, alone or with a trained Revelation Wellness instructor. Each of the eight weeks takes you on a journey of holistic fitness as you renew your mind, body and spirit to better serve God. Each week's study includes the chapter of explanation on the focus of the week, a Bible study, questions to relate to and to help you to better do the program, a prayer and a real-life story of how this program has made a difference to someone. In addition to all of the help and encouragement the book has to offer, there are additional helps available on the corresponding website on line.

I though…

The Assault (Harbingers Cycle 2) by Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, AngelaHunt, and Alton Gansky

The Assault is the second installment in the Harbingers series. The series begins with The Invitation, where all of the characters (The Professor, Andi, Tank, Brenda and Daniel) are introduced as they work as a team to fight an unknown evil. Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, and Alton Gansky each write a novella within each book in the series. This book is every bit as exciting as the first installment.

Bill Myers starts out with The Revealing. The team is in Rome at the Vatican searching for a mystical spear that Hitler once stole. As a side note, I looked up the history on this and found it all to be quite interesting along with this novella, which is based on some truth about the spear.

Frank Peretti then tells about the Infestation--a microscopic plague that is spreading through the world to kill humankind.The team has to identify what this substance is, how it works, and try to figure out how to stop it.

Angela Hunt writes about the Infiltration through the eyes of Andi. T…

The NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible in Large Print

Reading my Bible and journaling at the same time helps me to process better what I am reading and allows me to use my creative side. The NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Large Print Bible allows all of those things to happen for me: reading my Bible, blank space to journal and pictures to color. Best of all, Large Print means this beautiful Bible is printed in a 10-point type size for easy readability.

The Beautiful Word Large Print Coloring Bible measures about 9 3/4 by 7 3/4 inches. 

The NIV Beautiful Word Bible is also done in a thicker white paper so artwork and journaling are less likely to bleed through. It also has a gorgeous floral fabric cover.

Coloring Page with space on one page to journal or create your own picture and the other side with a coloring picture.

Beautiful Full Spread Coloring Page in the NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible
Three Large Print Journaling Bibles side by side: The Inspire Large Print Edition from Tyndale House Publishers in New Living Translation, The B…

Colored Pencil Painting Portraits by Alyona Nickelsen

I have been using colored pencils more in my art journaling and wanted to learn more about blending and shading so thought I would try this book. Colored Pencil Painting Portraits is a truly gorgeous book. The author's portraits look like photographs, they are so amazingly well done.

Colored Pencil Painting Portraits has 7 chapters. In Chapter 1, Nickelsen talks about what tools to get, work surfaces and materials to make your portraits the best. In Chapter 2, she takes the rules of successful oil painting and applies them to the colored pencil medium. In Chapter 3, she shares the techniques and methods for painting with pencils. In Chapter 4, she talks about understanding color and the properties of pigments. In Chapter 5, Nickelsen discusses composing a portrait from start to finish. In Chapter 6, she offers advice on practicing the key components of good portraits such as skin tone and facial features. In Chapter 7, Nickelsen talks about painting the portrait from start to fin…

A Couple With Common Cents by Ryan Eidson

A Couple With Common Cents is a small book that is part short story and part study guide.

Ryan Eidson begins the book by telling the story of Jack and Tabitha and their financial struggles. Tabitha is frustrated with their family's finances and Jack is not really concerned. Over the course of the story things change and the couple learns to make some changes. Then the second half of the book takes the reader through questions and things to think about as the reader works on their own financial situation.

I like the cover of this book. For a book that is published by a small subsidy publisher, I think it looks quite professional. My husband and I are graduates of Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University so we have studied finances together already and have been working to make changes to improve our situation. Ramsey runs a well-polished machine and you can't beat those materials. I could see where using this book could be helpful in a group study setting for discussion an…

The Weekly Prayer Project published by Zondervan

The Weekly Prayer Project is an absolutely gorgeous book. This beautiful hardcover book is full of 144 nice, thick pages to journal, pray, reflect and connect with God.

The Weekly Prayer Project is divided into seven sections with each representing a different type of prayer found in the Bible. There are sections called Requests, Gratitude, Lament, Intercession, Faith, Repentance, and Awe. While there are 52 weeks designated for journaling and prayer, the book is designed to work for you however you wish to use it. You may either start at the beginning or jump in and start where you feel God leading you to begin. You could start it in a new year or you could start it now as there is nothing dated. Each week's reading starts with a Bible verse, a short explanation and is followed by writing and prayer prompts. The pages are beautifully illustrated with small watercolor illustrations of plants and then each section is divided by a beautiful color photo. Also, each section starts with…