Monday, June 27, 2011

Be The People by Carol M Swain,PhD

Be The People is a must read! This book is a call to action to reclaim our nation’s faith and promise. Carol exposes many deceptions that we have allowed to enter our culture.

Carol has divided this book into two parts.

Broken Vows: Forsaking What We Once Knew.

Banished Virtues: Reclaiming Truth And Justice In Policy Choices.

After each chapter Action Points are available to use for further reading and study. I love the fact that Carol has included The Ten Commandments, The Declaration of Independence, The Bill of Rights, and The Constitution of The United States of America (1787) in her appendix. These documents need to be read and understood by all Americans.

Here is a small glimpse into why Carol would write this book in her own words…

I have always had a deep love for my country. As one of twelve children living in rural South in a four-room shack with no running water, I experienced poverty and racism. Yet even when I was a high school drop-out and teenage mother, I still trusted in the American Dream. I believed I could make a better life for my family, so I worked hard, got my GED, and not only put myself through college but earned five graduate degrees and went on to have a successful career in academia. I have seen life in America from the bottom, from the middle, and from the top. Through my experiences I have learned something about what works and what doesn’t.

Now is the time for us to stand up and … Be The People.

I am happy to give this book a five star rating.
I received this book free from the publisher through the book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Growing Up Amish by Ira Wagler

Ira shares with us his personal journey of Amish life. Ira gives us an up close and personal account of how the Amish live.

 Your either Amish or English you can’t be both!

 Ira struggles to find himself and has a long “Rumspringa” –running around time. When he is home he longs for the world and when he is in the world he longs for home. The Amish life wants to box him in and he has too much freedom in the world. He struggles with this.

Ira was very open about how the Amish system works and he merely states it as fact not slander. It just is! I could sense that he truly did try to continue in the Amish way of life but he just could not do it.

Most of the Amish books that I have read have been from the women’s side of Amish life. It was great to be able to read about this from a man’s perspective. You can read more of Ira’s writing’s on his blog at

I am thrilled to give this a five star rating.

Book disclaimer: Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Spring For Susannah by Catherine Richmond

Catherine Richmond was focused on her career as an occupational therapist till a special song planted a story idea in her mind. That idea would ultimately become Spring for Susannah, her first novel. She is also a founder and moderator of Nebraska Novelist critique group and lives in Nebraska with her husband.

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This is a debut romance novel for the author. Susannah is a mail order bride to her pastor’s brother Jesse Mason. Susannah leaves Detroit for the Dakota Territory with a marriage certificate in hand to a man she has yet to meet. The personalities of Jesse and Susannah are drastic but they play well off each other, making them an interesting couple and giving them the depth needed to keep the story moving.
Susannah’s father was a veterinary surgeon and as a young girl she would learn from him how to take care of animals. Her mother was not in favor of this. Once she arrived in the Dakota Territory her veterinary skills became necessary.
I would like to see this book become a series or at least a second book. I felt that once Jesse left and Susannah was on her own that something was missing. I do like that she became more independent and outspoken, but I missed Jesse. I have many unanswered questions about the characters that a second book could answer. I would love to read more from this author.
I am pleased to give this book a four star rating.
I received this book free from Litfuse Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

To celebrate her debut novel, Catherine and her publisher, Thomas Nelson, have teamed up to give away a Spring For Susannah Prize Package worth over $150!

One grand prize winner will receive:

* A brand new Latest Generation KINDLE with Wi-Fi and Pearl Screen

* Spring for Susannah by Catherine Richmond (for KINDLE)

To enter just click one of the icons below and then tell your friends! But hurry, giveaway ends on June 27th. Winner will be announced on Tuesday, June 28th at 5 PM (6PM MST, 7PM CST, & 8PM EST) during Catherine's Spring for Susannah Book Club Party on Facebook! Catherine is rustling up some fun for the party - she'll be chatting about the story behind her novel, hosting a book club chat, testing your mail-order bride trivia skills, and giving away some GREAT prizes! Don't miss the fun and tell your friends!