Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Book Review: The Guardian's Playlist

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It's a rare thing these days when I pick up something at a convention, tuck it into my backpack, take it home and finally find the time to read it simply to fall in love with it. When I met the author at Wizard World - Ohio, I thought she was this fantastic woman with the right convention attitude and I had hopes that she would do well that weekend. Her son made me laugh and I thought they made a fantastic pairing and it was pretty great to see them sharing the convention scene. However, like so many things I pick up, I didn't put much hope in the book wow'ing me. Before I go on and tell you just how wrong I was, let me show you the back cover of the book so you can see what the book is about:

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Right, so I was wrong. It does happen and in cases like this, I am always thrilled when it does. Honestly, when I first read the book cover, I cringed and thought, "Oh no, not another in your face religious fiction piece." Let me stop myself and you right there. It's not. Yes, there are angels and yes, her faith comes into play. However, that's where the religious stops and a fantastic story takes over. These are characters that you grow to love and to care about. When the book ends, you search frantically for the next installment because you need to know what happens to your friends. You may even go so far as to contact the author to ask about the next installment, in a completely non-stalker like way, of course. 

In all seriousness, this was a book that once I started reading, I didn't want to put it back down. The story drew me in and kept me right there up until the final period on the final page and I can't wait for the first capital letter on the first page of the next book in the series. With any luck, we'll be allowed to review it and I can let you know if it held up to the fantasticness that was the first book.

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I received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer and were not influenced by angels or demons so far as I am aware.

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Book Review: Mondays with My Old Pastor

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Mondays with My Old Pastor is one of those books that you're going to pick up and just want to keep reading. It is a poignant memoir about the wisdom that an 83 year old pastor imparts to a younger pastor who is struggling with spiritual exhaustion. As the weekly visits with his old pastor continue, the younger pastor learns important lessons on many different topics. This book is not only valuable to those within the ministry but to any believer who have ever experienced discouragement or those oh too common bumps in their spiritual journey. Reading this book, you'll feel as if you're sitting right there, listening and learning.


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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

No nonsense

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This post brought to you by No nonsense. All opinions are 100% mine.

Fashion has never been one of my strong suits. For years I honestly didn't care what I wore. Now, as I'm a bit older, I've found a bit of joy in things such as shoes and cute outfits. My style has always been and will always be casual and that's ok. I'm a girl who enjoys being comfortable. I'm a girl who also likes to save money and to be warm. That's where No nonsense tights and leggings come into play. They're reasonably priced plus how can you go wrong with tights in the winter? For me, tights can be paired with anything from jeans to a cute skirt or dress. Yep, that's right. I said under my jeans. Why? The cold wind cuts through most any fabric and a cute pair of tights is another layer! Plus, you can show them off a bit when you go in someplace where you have to take your shoes off. Don't believe me? Check out this cute outfit that I put together;



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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

2012 is Gone...It's Time to Move On...

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I'm here..and I'm alive and that's a wonderful, wonderful thing. 2012 did it's best to knock me down but I'm happy to say that through it all, I managed to keep getting up. There were days and moments when I wasn't honestly sure that was going to be possible. Life has a knack of continuing to roll on even when you're begging it to stop, even for a moment, so that you can catch your breath.

I watched as those that I loved passed on whether in the sense of heaven or in the sense of they just no longer wanted to be a part of my life.I watched as those that I trusted and thought would be major parts of my support network proved themselves to be hypocrites. I watched as my own mental and then physical health deteriorated. It seemed just as I'd get one on an even keel, the other would dip. There were times when it felt like bailing water with a holey bucket. It was a rough year.

It wasn't all bad though. I also watched as my fledgling idea for a website grew into a reviewing "machine" with a staff of half a dozen people. I watched as my baby took his first steps into athletics and fell in love with football. I watched as my oldest took on new challenges. I watched as people that I barely knew rallied around me and held me up when I thought there was no chance I could stand. I watched as people that I've known for years suddenly appear back in my life just when I needed them. I got to experience more hugs, more laughs and more smiles. I got to experience more love.

Life is never all good or all bad. If you look, even in the worst times, there are sparks of goodness. I don't know what 2013 will bring. However, without a doubt, I know that there will be love and laughter. I know that my little site will grow or it won't, but that there are those working hard on it. I know that even in the bad times, there are those who have it so much worse than I do. I have a roof over my head and food on my table. I have friends who love me and who don't hesitate to tell me so.

I don't have resolutions. I'm not going to resolve to do something better. I'm simply going to be better. I'm going to be a better me. I'm going to focus on the good and on what I can control. I'm going to continue to simplify our lives and our home. I'm going to be healthier and I'm going to be happier. I'm going to love more openly. There will be those who will come and those who will go. Such is life. If they go, they will go knowing that I was thankful for them. I'm going to read more, relax more, laugh and learn with my children more. I'm going to try new things and I may fail. That's okay. If I fall, the floor will always be there to catch me and those who love me will always be there with a hand back up.

That's the great thing about's for living. 2012 was dark and grey but today is a new day and this is a new year. I'm not the girl living in the past. I'm the girl living for the now and for the future and the amazing things that it holds. Sure, there will be bumps and bruises but that's just part of the adventure. There will be dark days and days that I wonder if I'll ever see tomorrow. We all have them. They just make us appreciate the sunshiney lovely days all the more. 

So here's to 2013..another year filled with opportunities and love. I hope all of you will join me on the journey.


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