Monday, July 30, 2012

Preparing for Catastrophe

six bottles of water
2 bottles of sweet tea
two flash lights
various bags of chips and snacks
bottle of Advil

I decided to clean out my hall closet today to see what school supplies I had left over from last year and what supplies I might need.   In the process of cleaning and organizing, I found the things listed above.    They weren't all in one place, but stashed all over among the sheets and blankets.   

As I kept pulling out each random discovery I could not figure out why all of it was there.   Big Guy walked through and picked up a bottle of water.  

"Do you have any idea why this is all stuck in the linen closet?"

"Sure.  Little Guy puts it there so that we will have access to it when we are hiding here during tornado warnings.   If the news mentions we need it, he puts it in here."

As I tucked all of his supplies back into a special box and put it into the closet, I prayed that I can pack his heart with the knowledge that God is our greatest protection.

You are my defender and protector, You are my God.  In You I trust!
Proverbs 91:2

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Remember Me

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Remember Me
Crossway Books (July 31, 2012)
Penelope Wilcock


PENELOPE WILCOCK is a full-time author living in Hastings, Sussex, on the southeast coast of England. Her blog, Kindred of the Quiet Way, is about a simple and spiritual Christian lifestyle. Her other books in The Hawk and the Dove series are The Hawk and the Dove, The Wounds of God, and The Long Fall.


Remember Me is the third of a trilogy of books focusing on the character of William de Bulmer, his conversion of life and heart, and the flowering of his ability to love. After the brothers of St. Alcuin take William into the abbey (in The Hardest Thing to Do), he falls in love with Abbot John’s sister (in The Hour Before Dawn) and now has accidentally lost all of the abbey’s money (Remember Me). Seasoned author Penelope Wilcock unlocks the story of one man’s struggles, mistakes, and heart’s longings, and traces the possibility of what it means to get things wrong and begin again. As with each novel in this series, the reader is encouraged to explore a universal aspect of the Christian faith—in this case, the cost of allowing God to do what is necessary to make one whole.

If you would like to read a chapter excerpt of Remember Me, go HERE.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Kingdom

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Kingdom
Crossway Books (June 30, 2012)
Brian M. Litfin


Bryan earned a bachelor’s degree in print journalism from the University of Tennessee as well as a master’s degree in historical theology at Dallas Theological Seminary. From there he went to the University of Virginia, taking a PhD in the field of ancient church history. He is currently professor of theology at Moody Bible Institute in downtown Chicago, where he has been since 2002. He teaches courses in theology, church history, and Western civilization from the ancient and medieval periods. He is the author of Getting to Know the Church Fathers: An Evangelical Introduction (Brazos, 2007), as well as several scholarly articles and essays. Bryan has always enjoyed epic adventure stories as well as historical fiction, but most of his reading these days is taken up by academia.

Today Bryan lives in downtown Wheaton in a Victorian house built in 1887. He and his wife Carolyn are parents to two children. For recreation Bryan enjoys basketball, traveling, and hiking anywhere there are mountains. The Litfins attend College Church in Wheaton, where Bryan has served on the Board of Missions and as a deacon. He also helped start Clapham School, a Christian primary school in Wheaton using the classical model of education.


Book Three in the Chiveis Trilogy

War and disease have destroyed the modern world. Centuries later, feudal societies have arisen across Europe. No one can remember the ancient religion of Christianity—until an army captain and a farmer’s daughter discover the Sacred Writing of the one true God.
As Teo and Ana encounter the forgotten words of the holy book, they realize its message is just what their kingdom needs. Though exiled from their homeland, they join their hearts in a quest to return. But now an ancient pact has united the enemies of the Christian faith into a dark alliance that threatens to consume the known world. Racing to stay one step ahead of their enemies, Teo and Ana must battle heinous villains, stormy seas, and the powers of the underworld itself. As armies begin to mass for a final battle, the odds favor the forces of evil. Can Teo and Ana bring divine truth to Chiveis—or will the Word of God fade from the earth forever?

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Kingdom, go HERE.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Love Finds You In Mackinac Island, Michigan

Love Finds You In Mackinac Island, Michigan
Melanie Dobson

As the Gilded Age comes to a close, Elena Bissette's once-wealthy family has nearly lost its fortune. The Bissettes still own a home on fashionable Mackinac Island, where they will spend one last summer in the hope of introducing Elena to a wealthy suitor. But Elena is repulsed by the idea of marrying for money.

Quickly tiring of the extravagant balls, Elena spends most evenings escaping back into Mackinac's rugged forest. There she meets Chase, a handsome laborer who shares her love for the night sky. The two begin to meet in secret at an abandoned lighthouse, where they work together to solve a mystery buried in the pages of a tattered diary.

As Elena falls in love with Chase, her mother relentlessly contrives to introduce her to Chester Darrington, the island's most eligible bachelor. Marriage to the elusive millionaire would solve the Bissettes' financial woes, and Elena is torn between duty and love.
About the Author
Melanie Dobson has written ten contemporary and historical novels including five releases in Summerside's Love Finds You series. In 2011, two of her releases won Carol Awards: Love Finds You in Homestead, Iowa (for historical romance) and The Silent Order (for romantic suspense).

Melanie received her undergraduate degree in journalism from Liberty University and her master's degree in communication from Regent University. Prior to her writing career, Melanie was the corporate publicity manager at Focus on the Family and a publicist for The Family Channel. She later launched her own public relations company and worked in the fields of publicity and journalism for more than fifteen years.

Melanie and her family enjoy their home in the Pacific Northwest. The entire Dobson family loves to travel and hike in both the mountains and along the cliffs above the Pacific.

When Melanie isn't writing or playing with her family, she enjoys exploring ghost towns and dusty back roads, line dancing, and reading inspirational fiction.

For more about Melanie Dobson and her books, visit

Book Review

One of the things I like about the "Love Finds You" series is that they include a historical element in them.   This is Melanie Dobson's fifth book in this 52 book American history series which is being written by many different authors.  This book is centered around Mackinac Island.  

Several of my last reads have centered around plot lines of women who have been pledged to marry all for the sake of saving their family's fortune and/or reputation.   I am so thankful that times have changed because I cannot imagine marrying under such circumstances. 

In this book, Elena is a young woman who grew up in a wealthy family.   They summered on Mackinac Island.    However, the glitz and glam were not nearly as attractive to her as exploring the forest.    She discovered a lighthouse which became her escape.    This lighthouse became a refuge after her parents insisted on introducing her to society in hopes of finding her a husband that would help secure their family's future.   

She meets a young man during one of her late night escapes to her lighthouse who shares her love of learning.   She shares the lighthouse's secret diary.     The diary is one of my favorite parts of the book because it is a background and love story of the Mackinac Island history.

Dobson does a great job of weaving all of the paths of this storyline together.  You will hate to see the last page of this book arrive!

Thank you to LitFuse Publishing for providing me a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review.   All views are mine alone.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

He Fought The Good Fight

Two nights ago I had a dream that I received "the text" from my friend Dianna that said our sweet Cade had gone to heaven.    I woke up and went immediately to pray.    God has talked to me this way before so I knew this was his way of preparing me.

We got up today and packed the car to head to Biloxi.   Big Guy had a State Archery competition for the weekend.     We were in the middle of a blinding rain when I realized that something was wrong.    Dianna confirmed that I was right with two words, "He's gone."   

We pulled over and shared with our boys.   After spending some time in prayer we started a very quiet drive back home.  

Our emotions are so mixed tonight, but as we had family prayers Big Guy summed it up best when he prayed, "Lord, thank you for answering my prayers for Cade, but I didn't know it was going to hurt so much."

Please keep our precious friends, Danny, Dianna and Calli in your prayers as they (and we all) adjust to life without Cade.   

Cade, you fought the good fight!
You finished the race!
You kept the faith!  (2 Timothy 4:7)
Enjoy heaven!
We miss you already.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Branded By The Cross

This is Laminin. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this molecule, Laminin is the protein that holds human beings together. Do you notice its shape? Isn't it amazing that God would think so far in the future, and make the very thing that makes us think of Jesus, make up and play a crucial role in how we are formed? God formed you to not only live as an image of Christ, but to never escape the fact that you are HIS! We are branded by the Cross! "He is before all things, and in him all things hold together" Colossians 1:17

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Hump Day of Summer

Tomorrow is July 4th.   While everyone is thinking fireworks, grilling, parades and "Happy Birthday, USA!', in the back of my mind I always think of it as the hump day of summer.    As soon as this holiday is over the stores will clear the shelves and pack them with Back to School items.   Sale papers will start coming out with weekly sales preparing for the first day of school.   

You might be thinking: "You homeschool.  Why are you freaked out?"   I will tell you.   I am NOT ready!   Can we just take a vacation from this year?  No??  Shoot! 

Summer..... SLOW DOWN!!!!