Monday, November 24, 2014

SWEPT AWAY - QUILTS OF LOVE

About Quilts of Love: Quilts tell stories of love and loss, hope and faith, tradition and new beginnings. TheQuilts of Love series focuses on the women who quilted all of these things into their family histories. A new book releases each month and features contemporary and historical romances as well as women's fiction and the occasional light mystery. You will be drawn into the endearing characters of this series and be touched by their stories.


About the book: 

Sara doesn't think she wants love. But her grandmother has other plans.
Sara Jane Morgan is trying to balance teaching with caring for her ailing, stubborn grandmother. When school lets out for the summer, the plans are for Grandma to teach Sara Jane to quilt as they finish up the Appalachian Ballad quilt Grandma started as a teenager. But things don't always go as planned.
Andrew Stevenson is hiding from his past---and his future. He works as a handyman to pay the bills, but his heart is as an artisan, designing homemade brooms. When Sara Jane's grandmother hires him to renovate her home, sparks fly between Drew and his new employer's granddaughter.
Still, it doesn't take Sara Jane long to see Drew isn't what he seems. Questions arise, and she starts researching him online. What she discovers could change her life---and her heart---forever.

Learn more about this book and the series at the Quilts of Love website.

About the Authors: 

Laura V. Hilton is an award-winning author and a professional book reviewer. A stay-at-home mom and home school teacher, Laura lives with her family in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas. Cindy Loven is active in the church and writes from her home in Conway, Arkansas, where she lives with her
husband and their son.


MY REVIEW:  I have fallen in love with the Quilts of Love Series!  It is a series of stand alone novels.  I like that it all is not in one setting or in one era, but it all reflects the individuality of each author and the main link is quilting.  This is a great introduction not only to authors I am familiar with and those that I am not so familiar with too.

Join Sara Jane's grandmother in the adventures of her playing matchmaker with her and her new handyman Drew.  It is bad enough when your friends try setting you up with someone now throw your somewhat senile grandmother in the match maker business.  It makes for some serious times and humorous times as well.

Will Sarah Jane find out Drew's true identity?  What secret is he hiding?  Can he be trusted? Join Sarah Jane as she finds the answers.  Will they find love or will they both walk away. You will have to read the stories to find out.




Fire Up the Romance this Holiday with @RobinLeeHatcher’s “Love Without End” Kindle Fire Giveaway!

Love Without End || A King’s Meadow Romance (Thomas Nelson, November 2014)
Chet and Kimberly have both failed when it comes to love. Will they risk their hearts to love again?
Chet Leonard’s life was forever changed when his 17-year-old son died and then, soon after, his wife walked out on their family. Over two years later, all he wants to do is hold onto his horse ranch and raise his remaining sons to be honorable men.
Kimberly Welch, widowed mother of Tara, a rebellious 15-year-old, has reached the end of her finances and nearly the end of her rope. She and Tara come to King’s Meadow to try to piece their lives back together again. Kimberly has no intention of becoming involved with the residents of this remote mountain community and certainly not with any man.
When octogenarian Anna McKenna returns to King’s Meadow and to the Leonard ranch, she becomes an agent of change and healing for the two hurting families. With her help, Kimberly and Chet may discover that true love has no end.

Best-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heart-warming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. The winner of the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction, the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance, two RT Career Achievement Awards, and the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award, Robin is the author of over sixty novels.


THOUGHTS AND VIEWS OF THIS BOOK:  This was a great read.  I did not realize it was the second book in this series, but I quickly realized that I did have the first book in the series A Promise Kept.  I read the first book in just a few days and this book was the same.  

Robin, draws you into the lives of Chet Leonard and Kimberly Welch as they forge a friendship and learn to trust again.  Who does not love cowboys and romance?  This is the story of Chet and Kimberly as they forge a friendship.  Will it lead to a relationship or will their past hold them back and keep them from moving forward?  Will they learn to trust and love again?  So, saddle up your horses and go on an adventure to King's Meadow where cowboys and romance can be found.





Fire up the romance this holiday with Robin Lee Hatcher's latest offering in the King's Meadow Romance series, Love Without EndFor two single parents with bruised hearts, it’ll take more than a little courage to get back on the horse when it comes to love.

Celebrate love rising from the ashes of tragedy with Robin by entering her Kindle Fire giveaway.





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WOW!!!! MUST READ FOR EVERYONE!!!!

Imagine being medically trained at some of the most prestigious institutions in the world --- Harvard and Yale --- and turning your back on a lucrative medical career in private practice to care for the poor. As Klaus-Dieter John writes in his book, I Have Seen God, it was a dream he had since he was a young child, growing up in Germany. In high school, John met his future wife, Martina, who shared a similar dream to become a missionary doctor. After medical school, the Johns set out to fulfill their goal. "We shared exactly the same vision for our future," John shares. "We wanted to get the best medical training available and then work as missionary doctors for the rest of our lives." 

John's journey took his family around the world, including stops in Ghana, South Africa and Ecuador, before settling in the highlands of Peru where he founded the Diospi Suyana Hospital. He has written I Have Seen God to tell the world about the miracles God is doing in this top-quality health facility serving the Indians of the Peruvian Andes.

I Have Seen God explains how the hospital, whose name is translated into the Quecha language as "we trust in God," has overcome the mire of bureaucracy and united Catholics and Protestants in one love for God and their fellow people. The ministry also reaches beyond the walls of the hospital --- with a dental clinic and teams that go into the villages to mentor and teach children. 

John believes the stories told in I Have Seen God have the power to change lives, including his own. "When I was a medical student I would wonder whether God was real or if it was just wishful thinking. One night I shouted at the top of my voice, 'God where are you? I want to see you!' In the history of our hospital, God has become very visible to me and to the hundreds of thousands of people who have heard the story." John hopes readers will close the covers of his book more convinced than ever in the truth of a living God.

Advance Praise 

"As Americans, we enjoy the most advanced medical care available to man. An international group of doctors and nurses led by Drs. Klaus-Dieter and Martina John has built a modern mission hospital as a ministry to the poorest Indians of southern Peru, allowing them to receive medical care we take for granted. We have much to be thankful for. Out of that sense of gratitude, let us use this opportunity to help the Indians of Peru." 
~ Bill Hybels, Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church 

"The story of Diospi Suyana hospital is a remarkable example of what happens when people take God seriously. I heartily recommend this account as compelling evidence that there is a God who cares." 
~John Lennox, Professor of Mathematics, University of Oxford




Dr. Klaus-Dieter John grew up in Germany and met and fell in love with his wife, Martina, during his term as high school class president. The two bonded over the strong call they felt to obtain medical degrees in order to serve the medical needs of the poorest of the poor. 
Dr. John began medical school in Germany, eventually completing his surgical training at Harvard and Yale in the U.S., as well as in Johannesburg, South Africa. Martina was trained in both Germany and the U.S. and is now a certified pediatrician in both countries. 
Their medical missions work took them from Ghana to Ecuador, eventually bringing them to Peru, where they helped found the ministry Diospi Suyana in August of 2002. The main goal of Diospi Suyana was to maintain an interdenominational mission hospital, which was opened in the highlands of Peru in 2005. The ministry also operates a dental clinic, a school and a children's ministry in Curahuasi, Peru.

Learn more about Klaus-Dieter at: website


MY VIEW AND OPINION:  Wow!  What an amazing God we serve.  When God places a call on your life and none of the pieces seem to fit or things are not working out.  Just turn everything over to him in prayer and see what doors God opens for you when all seems shut.  This is Dr. Klaus-Dieter John and his wife Martina's journey from Germany to Peru to be medical missionaries to the poor of this country.  It is an amazing story of God's grace and providence.  This is a must read for Pastors, Missionaries and laypeople too.  I highly recommend this book.  

Saturday, November 15, 2014

CHANGES COMING SOON!! PLEASE BE PATIENT!!!

Hi, I know I have not been blogging except about books lately.  So, the New Year is fast approaching and I will be doing some re-evaluation of my blog.  I am staying here on Blogspot and will not be changing names or moving my blog anywhere else for that matter.  I will take in consideration of doing a monthly post.   I will be broadening my horizons with the blogging.

I have really neglected this blog and will be posting more.  I will not commit to doing a daily, weekly or bi-weekly post at this time.  I just don't want to run out of things to say and I want it to be fun and not a chore.  So, if it is weekly, bi-weekly or monthly it will go either way.

I do love this time of year though.  Yes, I am one of those people since Halloween night I have been reading Christmas books and now it has turned chilly, I am enjoying Starbucks Christmas blend coffee and my Cozy Chamomile mixed with Mint Medley tea at night.  I am loving the Hallmark Christmas movies too!  Yep, I been watching them all month long and a not getting tired of them either.

There will be some surprises that come along on my blog too that I am really excited about and looking forward to when it comes available and all the details will be worked out.

I know a lot of books that I read are mainly Christian, but I do read some things that are not Christian and if I do I will be posting the reviews independently of the groups that I currently am reviewing for them.  There are some books that are not Christian that are really great reads and clean reads for that matter.

Here is hoping everyone has a safe and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!!


God Bless,

Tia



Thursday, November 13, 2014

CHRISTMAS STORIES; WORLD WAR II & MUST READ CHRISTMAS BOOK!

Where Treetops Glisten
The crunch of newly fallen snow, the weight of wartime
Siblings forging new paths and finding love in three stories, filled with the wonder of Christmas
Turn back the clock to a different time, listen to Bing Crosby sing of sleigh bells in the snow, as the realities of America’s involvement in the Second World War change the lives of the Turner family in Lafayette, Indiana.
In Cara Putman’s White Christmas, Abigail Turner is holding down the Home Front as a college student and a part-time employee at a one-of-a-kind candy shop. Loss of a beau to the war has Abigail skittish about romantic entanglements—until a hard-working young man with a serious problem needs her help.
Abigail’s brother Pete is a fighter pilot hero returned from the European Theater in Sarah Sundin’s I’ll Be Home for Christmas, trying to recapture the hope and peace his time at war has eroded. But when he encounters a precocious little girl in need of Pete’s friendship, can he convince her widowed mother that he’s no longer the bully she once knew?
In Tricia Goyer’s Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Meredith Turner, “Merry” to those who know her best, is using her skills as a combat nurse on the frontline in the Netherlands. Halfway around the world from home, Merry never expects to face her deepest betrayal head on, but that’s precisely what God has in mind to redeem her broken heart.
The Turner family believes in God’s providence during such a tumultuous time. Can they absorb the miracle of Christ’s birth and His plan for a future?


TRICIA GOYER is a prolific author of nearly forty books, including "Chasing Mona Lisa," and a speaker and blogger. CARA PUTMAN is the author of twenty books including "Shadowed by Grace." She is the winner of the 2008 Carol Award for historical fiction. SARAH SUNDIN is the critically-acclaimed author of the Wings of the Nightingale series, the Wings of Glory series, and the forthcoming Waves of Freedom novels.


THOUGHTS AND VIEW:  I love Christmas stories and what better era than World War II to top them off.  Tricia, Cara and Sarah turns back the clock to a time of war, families who took part in the war both abroad and on the home front.

Join the Turner family as they forge through relationships.  Where they learn to help your fellow man, forgiveness of others and self, love and the most important God's grace.  How many times do we jump to conclusions about an individual?  Can people really change?  Is there such thing as second chances at love?  These are just a few questions that are raised in these stories.

Come join the Turner's as they celebrate family and most of all the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.