Thursday, July 21, 2016

American Woman's Bible

The idea of this Bible interspersed with a collection of history bits on American Women, from quotes to short essays and more, is an intriguing one.

It was well done and the pieces are well- written but I have to be honest and say I'm not entirely sure why I would want to buy this Bible. I shared it with a few friends and asked their opinions as to its usefulness in their own lives and it was generally agreed that while it might be useful in a history class or literature even perhaps, it's not likely any of them were likely to seek it out and purchase it. These were other homeschool moms.

I think it might be a thoughtful gift for a history buff, teacher,etc.

I enjoyed looking through and my interest was caught and held by the history narratives here and there throughout the text. 

In the back are lists of biographies by page number, people and topics also by page number and a basic Bible Concordance. 

The front has a presentation page, table of contents and introduction as well as a preface to the New King James Version. 

As you can see the text is double columns and a nice sized font printed in dark blue. Headings look dark red to me. 

This Bible is published by Harper Collins.

Overall what's to complain about except I would have liked to see a few maps, but it's a nice, quality Bible.

Book Description

Discover how biblical virtues in the powerful words and actions of extraordinary American women past and present have shaped our blessed American way of life. By their examples you can develop the same strength of biblical character in your own life. Whether you are a daughter, a mother or a grandmother, you will find this Bible an encouraging and powerful companion for daily living.
Features include: * New King James Version * Theme articles show how biblical virtues have shaped our nation * Biographies of influential American women highlight key points of their lives * Inspirational quotes by or about great women, famous and not well known * Introductions to each book of the Bible * Essays about biblical virtues embodied in women during key chapters of America's story * Ribbon marker * Presentation page for gift-giving
Part of the Signature Series line of Thomas Nelson Bibles
The New King James Version® - More than 60 million copies

*I received this Bible for free from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased written, online review

Saturday, June 25, 2016

My Goat Barn

Tasha's little buckling makes a total of 17 kids born on the ranch this year. All healthy and happy with great breed character. He's a 4th generation Miniature Nubian and exudes and oozes breed character!

Gigi kidded with twin boys before Tasha on the same day

Training up the next couple generations

Thursday, June 16, 2016

To Joey With Love

I have, like many others, flowed the career, story and then brave battle with cancer and death of Joey Feek. I loved her from the first time I saw her because she just had a certain something special- a strong and beautiful Christian woman, she sang about things we could relate to. In her death she gave us an example of generous, dignified strength because of rock solid faith and integrity.
 I hope to see this movie her precious husband has been working on- he has been gracious enough to share his wife and life with us all and continues to do so while tenderly raising their treasured baby girl on his own.
Here's the link to the post on his blog with the movie trailer

Monday, June 13, 2016

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The Inheritance Review

No thriller here, but a long and leisurely mosey through the lives of seemingly unconnected people at first. There was great character development but it seemed to me like too many characters to remember in too many different places. I WILL buy the 2nd book in this series because toward the end the story finally captured me and I got hooked. I felt like this book ended in the middle of a conversation. Actually, I'm sure it did. Left me hanging, which annoyed me, yet the characters are too good to just drop off the face of the earth for me, so I need to continue and see what happens aside from Loni and David falling in love which I'm sure they must. If they don't I'll be disappointed!

This story starts out slow and stays that pace for most of the book. I had a hard time really engaging at first. If you're ready for a summer read in your lawn chair, by the pool, lake, or in a hammock, this is it. Historical depth and a little mystery and danger flavor this nicely. It turned out to be much more than I thought it would at the start.
The setting is certainly a treat for the imagination. The Shetland Islands. David, our main man, is integrity on two legs and makes for a marvelous hero.

*I received this book from the publisher free in exchange for an unbiased written review.

About the Book:

The death of the clan patriarch has thrown the tiny Shetland Islands community of Whale's Reef into turmoil. Everyone assumed MacGregor Tulloch's heir to be his grand-nephew David, a local favorite, but when it is discovered that MacGregor left no will, David's grasping cousin Hardy submits his own claim to the inheritance, an estate that controls most of the island's land. And while Hardy doesn't enjoy much popular support, he has the backing of a shadowy group of North Sea oil investors. The courts have frozen the estate's assets while the competing claims are investigated, leaving many of the residents in financial limbo. The future of the island--and its traditional way of life--hangs in the balance.

Loni Ford is enjoying her rising career in a large investment firm in Washington, DC. Yet in spite of her outward success, she is privately plagued by questions of identity. Orphaned as a young child, she was raised by her paternal grandparents, and while she loves them dearly, she feels completely detached from her roots. That is until a mysterious letter arrives from a Scottish solicitor. . . .

Past and present collide in master storyteller Phillips's dramatic new saga of loss and discovery, of grasping and grace, and of the dreams of men and women everywhere.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Root Downward

   Black walnut trying to become a tree.
                      John 12:24