Thursday, January 10, 2019

Decoding your Dreams by Jennifer LeClaire

Decoding your Dreams by Jennifer LeClaire is an easy to read book looking at the meanings behind your dreams.  The author looks at dreams as either a message from God, from the enemy, or could be just your thoughts being rehashed. She looks at these dreams as being an important part of your day.  This book is meant to be a first book for the dreamer to begin to interpret their own dreams and so does not go deep into what your dreams mean.  One of the first things to do to decide what God is wanting the dreamer to know is to pray and ask God to help you to know what God is telling you the dreamer.  Then the dreamer should make and keep a dream journal.  Just as soon as you have the dream you are to write down the dream in as much detail as you can remember: colors, numbers, people, your thoughts during the dream, and just anything that you can remember.  At least once per year you should read back though your dreams to see if you get anymore insight into their meanings.  The author then tells what different codes mean to different cultures or different families such as dreams of red may mean love, anger or danger to us but in Asian culture it may mean something associated with luck.  In the U.S. yellow may mean being cowardly but in Greek culture it could mean sadness.  The author states that just as God will speak to the English speaking person in English and not in Spanish that He will also follow cultural norms.  She states that because of these differences to be careful in looking up dream codes on the internet because some of these discrepancies could occur. She also states that God will make the meaning known to the dreamer.  Possibly the dreamer will awaken with the knowledge but sometimes the dreamer must get this information over time.  She does say that the dreamer should understand the dream eventually with prayer because God wants the dreamer to understand.

I picked this book because I was having a reoccurring dream that I wanted to know the meaning of it.  After reading the book and carefully following the author's advice I am no closer to knowing the meaning than I ever was so I must assume that this is a dream that will require time to understand.  I also thought that this book was a little simplistic.  It, I felt could have gone a little deeper even for a beginner book.  I give this book 3 stars.
I received this book from BookLook for this review.

Friday, December 21, 2018

The Teacher's Bride by Kathleen Fuller

The Teacher's Bride by Kathleen Fuller is from the "Amish Brides of Birch Creek series.  In this installment Christian Ropp moves to Birch Creek to accept a teaching assignment as well as escape the family that he grew up.  Ruby Glick has also grown up in a stifling home and choses to visit her brother's family in Birch Creek for an extended period of time.  Christian has grown to appreciate the ordered well planned life and Ruby who always lived life on the edge and never planned in advance was seeking to turn over a new leaf and start living a more ordered life.  Both moved with plans to meet and marry their life partner.  Christian broke out into a cold sweat whenever he even thought of talking to a woman that he was interested and Ruby barged right in which didn't work out well either in the Amish community.  When one time Ruby had again found herself in an uncomfortable situation she developed horrible hiccups and ran outside to escape the embarrassment, Christopher also left to make sure she was ok.  They got to talking and eventually met up to help Christopher figure out how to get to know the woman of his dreams, Martha without breaking into a cold sweat just thinking about it.  Ruby needed to find a job but no one would hire her since she was so chaotic. When Christopher hurt his ankle he suggested that Ruby might be a good substitute if she would follow his lesson plan.  Can Christopher figure out how to find a wife?  Can Ruby learn to plan and reel in her chaotic tendencies and possibly find a love of her own?  Read this great Amish love story to find out the answers.

I liked reading this newest book of Kathleen Fuller.  She brings these characters to life and brings the reader directly into the Amish lifestyle.  She has the reader rooting for the main characters and wanting to read just a few more pages until the book is too quickly finished.  The reader is left anticipating the next installment of the series even though the reader can read any of the books and enjoy them without the rest (they easily stand alone).  I would encourage any girl or woman who loves reading Amish romance to read this one.
I received this book from BookLook for this review.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

A Seat by the Hearth by Amy Clipston

A Seat by the Hearth by Amy Clipston is book 3 in the Amish Homestead Series.  In this novel Priscilla Allgyer is returning back home to the Amish community that she grew up in Lancaster.  She has been gone for 8 years and when she left she knew that she was never going to return to the difficult home that she grew up.  Her father had been verbally abusive to her all of her life and she had to escape.  She found however that he was not the only abusive person and walked into another hard life of living with a boyfriend who drank and abused her both physically and mentally.  Now she was returning to the Lancaster community with her 6 year old son.  She knows that she will return to a shunning but it was the only way to protect her son from the wrath of her boyfriend.  When Priscilla returns to her home she is surprised to find Mark Riehl working for her father.  Mark was a real playboy type but Priscilla remains cool to him because she has so much on her plate with taking care of her son and trying to make her father happy.  She finds to her surprise that her son, Ethan, gets along well with her father and soon are fast friends.  Ethan is quickly learning and loving the Amish language and ways of living.  Mark who usually has girls falling all over themselves to date him is interested in why Priscilla won't give him the time of day.  Her father on the other hand wants Priscilla to find a husband as soon as possible so that he is no longer embarrassed by her having a child without benefit of marriage.  One day he catches Priscilla and Mark talking in the barn and forces them to marry.  Will these two who were forced to marry find love?  Or will they forever be forced to live a loveless marriage?

This is a book about some of the abuses that occur when a parent has too much power in the family.  It is also about some of the problems that can occur in the Amish community.  This book also brings out that people outside of the family can help if they are willing.  I enjoyed this book as I do Ms Clipston's other writings.  She is a great prolific writer that is easy to be read by any girl or woman who loves reading Amish love stories as I do.
I received this book from BookLook for this review.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Going Down to the River by Doug Seegers

Going Down to the River by Doug Seegers is an autobiography about Doug Seegers and how he wrote this song and it became a best seller.  Now I loved this book and I loved hearing how Doug found Jesus and lost sight of his goal and Jesus brought him back to the fold and along the way this song he wrote as a homeless songwriter and singer brought comfort to the author and those who heard it sang both on the streets and in concerts--but I gotta be honest I thought well this must be the man who actually wrote Alison Krauss' song, which as every one knows is 'Going Down to the River to Pray'.  Well I was a lot into this really great book before I realized my mistake but I am sure glad I read it.
 
Doug Seegers grew up with his brothers in a musical family.  His mother though never singing professionally was the most talented but gave up her chance at a career to raise the children as best she could with a hard drinking husband who dreamed of becoming a famous singer.  Doug became a hard drinker before becoming a drunk druggie.  He was very talented and many people tried to help him get off the drugs before he finally accepted the help and though he was by then in his sixties. He eventually found fame in Sweden and in the USA as a singer and songwriter as he always wanted to be.  Along the way he married a woman who was the mother of his son and daughter but he rarely saw them after he left his family--just as his father had done to him. 

This story is not a feel sorry for me book.  The author is very self honest with himself as well as the writing.  The author now mostly lives in Sweden and sometimes tours the USA for concerts.  Read this book for the knowledge of how this down on his luck finally came back to Jesus, got off the drugs and became what he was always meant to be-A child of God who sings.
I received this book from Booksneeze for this review.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Jesus Calling for Christmas by Sarah Young

Jesus Calling for Christmas by Sarah Young is a devotional for getting ready for Christmas that has nothing to do with presents (although this devotional would make a nice pre-Christmas present).  This little devotional has 50 days of devotions for the reader.  This book does not dive deep into scripture but rather has one page has a nice poem or story from Jesus to you the reader. Then the next page or two gives short little scriptures.  These little scriptures may be the familiar ones of the newborn but also includes scripture from the Old  and New Testaments which tell of His great love for you the reader.  Using this devotional could be used for the first 10 minutes of your day in Advent but really it can be used any time of the year.  It proclaims that Jesus came to the world to save both you and me but He came for always not just at Christmas.  This is the message that we all need to know.  Jesus is for all the year. 

This devotional has been made with great workmanship.  The pages are thick and glossy.  The padded binding feels nice in your hand.  The beautiful pictures are on every page.  They are of the lovely winter weather that we in the north enjoy at Christmas.  This is an easy to read book that could be read to the family during Advent.  Even the youngest child will enjoy the little short devotions. 
I received this book from BookLook for this review.

Monday, October 15, 2018

An Amish Homecoming by 4 Authors

An Amish Homecoming by 4 Authors, Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman, Shelley Shepard Gray, and Kathleen Fuller; is a delightful book about 4 different women returning to the place of their birth to resolve past events and carry on with their future.  In Amy Clipston's story, No Place like Home, Eva Dienner returns after living with the family of her husband after his death.  Eva has been living there trying to help her husband's family deal with the tragedy of his untimely death.  Eva finds that Ian who was always her best friend and the man that her parents wanted her to marry has been living on her parents place helping farm and (she feels) taking over her place in the family.  Eva learns to deal with the jealousy and mistrust she feels when she sees that her aging parents leaning on Ian to help in their daily life.  As she sees this she is also remembering how important he has always been to her and she is beginning to be drawn back to the love of her youth. 

In When Love Returns by Beth Wiseman Sarah Zook has started a new life after 6 years of living on her own following the unwed pregnancy and probable rape when she was in her teens.  At the time she had been engage to Abram whom she still loves.  She chose to tell no one of the rape that possibly occurred one night when she had gone out with her English friend and got drugged.  She awakened with her clothing rearranged but simply can't remember what happened that night.  Sarah wants to face the truth but can she hurt Abram that much?  Besides all this she is finding herself falling in love with Abram even though he is so angry about her leaving.

The Courage to Love by Shelley Shepard Gray is about a young widow, Irene, who is staying with her elderly friends in exchange for room and board.  Irene is the biggest reason why the Wengerds can so easily continue living in their home but Marcus their only son doesn't trust Irene and believes that she is trouble and forces her out of their home.  Marcus loves his parents but is rarely around to help so was unaware of their problems with aging in their home by their selves.  As Marcus begins to help his parents more he finds out just how much help that Irene was providing for them and how valuable she is becoming to him.  Will the Irene and Marcus learn of each other's value in time to save Irene's place in the Wengerd's home before she moves out of all of their life?

What Love Built by Kathleen Fuller is about stubborn Carolyn's return home to open a bakery which has been a lifelong dream of her.  Carolyn is living with her brother and his family and will accept no help from anyone in the community.  She doesn't trust the community since the former bishop tried to marry her off to a person she didn't love when she told him that she wanted to run a bakery.  The community had many persons who had trouble with the old bishop but of course Carolyn doesn't know this.  She only knows that she had to leave the community of her youth in order to live as she wanted.  This bishop was now gone and her brother was the new bishop and he asked her to come back and live with his family.  Atlee is visiting his friend in the same community while morning the death of his wife.  Atlee accidently knocks down Carolyn and in order to help her starts being the only person that Carolyn will begrudgingly allow to help to open the bakery.

Each of these stories ends with discussion questions if the reader would like to use them as study guides.  Each of these love stories can stand alone as a 100 page novella of their own as they are not a part of longer series.  This book could be read by any aged person and enjoyed.  I loved this book.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Less Than Perfect by Ann Spangler

Less Than Perfect by Ann Spangler is this author's next book.  And really is there a better author of the people in the Bible?  This author brings to life these people chosen by God and lets the reader see right into their life.  This author does not make them merely a villain nor a saint but rather lets you see the real person flaws and all.  She lets the reader see the reasons for the person's sins.  She lets the reader see why God may have chosen this person to do His work rather than someone that we ourselves may have chosen.  God appears to chose the most unlikely person to do His work.  A poor shepherd boy to lead the country of His chosen people over an obviously strong healthy soldier who was already leading the country?  Pick a prostitute to help lead His people into the promised land?  Surely there was someone else.  And then He chose her to be in His own linage when He would many years later to send His son to this world.  Then there is David, a man after God's own heart--even he had his women problems with emphasis on women not woman.  There is no one who would say that he did not love God but surely someone was there who didn't kill someone just to be able to have his wife!  The stories continue starting with Adam and Eve and their sins continuing through Jezebel, Jonah, and Judas.  She tells their stories then she also gives cultural background for their possible reasons for doing what they did either good or bad in those times.  She lets us know why it is so awful to be a woman alone in those times widow or never married.  She discusses with the reader the importance of having children and most especially a son.  In those times a woman had to have a man to take care of her. 

Read this book in order to more fully understand the people of the Bible.  It may change your opinion of them or maybe not but you will finally understand why they may have made the decision that they did.  Maybe you will understand because you have had to make some of those same decisions or maybe you just never fully understood the dilemma that this person was under in order to live in those times.
I received this book from BookLook for this review.