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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Review of Amy Bayliss-Pursuit of Proverbs 31

Product Details


From Amazon.com

If you’ve ever wanted to tear the 31st chapter of Proverbs out of your bible this book is for you.

She is a wife, mom, business owner, seamstress, she serves the needy, speaks life and wisdom, and seems to be a major overachiever, perfectionist type.

Except that…she’s not.

Come along and journey with Amy and take a look at the real woman of Proverbs 31. She isn’t as perfect as she seems. In fact, I think she is a lot like you and me.

In Pursuit of Proverbs 31, Amy Bayliss gives you a biblical view of the scriptures that are found tucked away at the end of the book of wisdom. With Southern charm and raw, real emotions she’ll tug at the core of your being. She’ll give you a new perspective and inspire you to pursue Proverbs 31; she’ll inspire you to pursue Jesus.

My Review:
When I decided to get this book for review, I thought, "Now I'll know how to do it all".   But this book shows you what is really important, putting GOD first, then everything else will fall into place.  This is a great study guide that can be used over and over again.  Amy tells you how to balance your Spiritual, home and work life.  She puts books, chapters and verses of the Bible in here for you to study.  She helps you to understand that The Proverbs 31 woman isn't just one woman.  And she helps you to understand that you don't need to be the "perfect" Proverbs 31 Woman for GOD to be able to use you.  You just need to be open and accepting of his will.  I think Amy did a great job with this study.  I plan to keep it downloaded and use often.  Thank you, Amy.
 
 
From Amazon.com
 
 
Image of Amy Bayliss

Amy Bayliss is a sassy little Cajun woman born and raised just south of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Having experienced some of the best and worst life has to offer, Amy is determined to help others find freedom from themselves and live a fulfilled life. The Cajuns call this "joie de vivre". She achieves this through her faith in Jesus Christ, simplifying of daily routines, and spending time with those she loves.
She has a faithful community via her social media sites and her personal blog, AmyBayliss.com. She also co-founded DIYministry.org, a place that helps women to figure out this online world.
Amy has been featured in Woman's Day Magazine, Inside Out Programming, and was the feature story and cover girl for Christian Women Online Magazine in August of 2008.
Amy is wife to Ryan and mom to four rambunctious boys that range in age from teen to toddler. They reside in Cajun Country where they…

 
 

New addiction




Now besides reading and blogging, I have a new addiction,  Sudoko puzzles.  I just recently started working these types of puzzles, and they are addictive.

I used to do word searches, but sudokos make you use your brain a lot more.

Just not enought time in the day for me to do all of the things that  love to do.

Tests



Well, I had two tests yesterday.  One in math and one in Computer Fundamentals.  I wasn't nervous about the math test at first, but when I logged onto the computer to start the test, I got really nervous.  I thought, oh no, everything I've learned I just forgot.  So I did the best I could and, low and behold, I made a 100%.  That was a releif.

For my Computer Fundamentals test, I wasn't to nervous.  I know that I missed one, but the teacher had some extra credit questions on there that I think I got right.

All in all, I think I did pretty good for not having had to take a test for over fifteen years.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Review of Jerry And Tina Eicher "My Dearest Naomi"

From the back cover: 

Two Young Amish lovers separated by the miles...
 
 
Eugene Mast has his heart set on leaving his Amish community in Indiana to teach in a Mennonite school in Iowa.  But in so doing, he must part with his "dearest Naomi", the girl he plans to marry at the end of the school term.
 
For nine long months, Eugene and Naomi express their love and yearning for each other  through a series of treasured letters and poems they read over and over until the next letter arrives.
 
     Words of Love
  Your words are magic as can be.
  They cross the world from you to me.
  They bridge the distance I cannot sail.
  They heal my heart and tell their tale.
       Eugene Mast
 
This charming novel is based on the actual letters sent between popular  Amish fiction author Jerry Eicher and his wife, Tina, while the couple was separated during Jerry's tenure at a Mennonite school.
 
My Review:
It took me a while to read this book as I didn't get into it at first, but the more I read the more I liked it.  It was written as a series of letters between Eugene and Naomi.  Sometimes one would write a letter to the other and reference something that I didn't remember reading about in a previous letter.  I like that it was based on something that acutally happened and I like how Jerry portrayed the characters true feelings of lonliness for each other.  I would give this book four stars.  I enjoyed, but not as much as some of Jerry's other books that I have read.  Keep up the good work Jerry. 

 

 
       
 



Friday, August 24, 2012

Book Blogger Hop
Welcome to Book Blogger Hop
 
Book Blogger Hop:  My Favorite Thing about Blogging Is...
 
 
Week of August 24-30
 
My Answer:
 
I like to blog because I can express my thoughts.  I'm also getting to met some people online and view other peoples perspectives.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Blogfest and Book Fair Giveaway








During the week of Labor Day, from Sept. 2 thur Sept. 4, Wayman Publishing  is throwing a Blogfest and Book Fair Giveaway.  This is in honor of Melynda Fleury who almost lost her eyesight because of diabetes.

ALL ENTRANTS will have access to unlimited downloads of any of Wayman Publishing's Top 10 Books.

Plus, a blog designer with an awesome reputation, Mommy Blog Designs, has agreed to contribute one of her Premade Designs that has a Full Package Value ($269) for FREE.

Also we are giving away $200 Paypal Cash.


Actual giveaway dates are:  August 28-September 5

Thanks to Wayman Publishing and other sponsers Terri's Little Haven, Contest Linkies, Mommy Blog Designs, and Voiceboks.



Tuesday, August 21, 2012

My Classes and other responsibilites

Well, I'm into my second week as a full time college student.  Hopefully things will go pretty well, so far I've been able to keep up with things at home and get my homework done.  Besides trying to get my two blogs set up so that I can become a book reviewer.  Things get a little hectic at times, as I not only have my husband and son to take care of, but my mother and my grandfather also.  Sometimes I get a little overwhelmed, but with GOD's help, I'll make it and still be able to do all the things on my plate. 

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Review of Shelley Shepard Gray's The Search

This is the second book in Shelley Shepard Gray's The Secrets of Crittenden County Series.

From Back Cover:  The serenity of the quiet Amish communiy of Marion, Kentucky, is disrupted when the body of Perry Borntrager is discovered in an abandoned well.  Now the small town faces the first death by mysterious circumstances in more than twenty years, and Detective Luke Rynolds is brought in to help investigate.  But before he can solve the crime, he faces unexpected feelings for Frannie, the Amish owner of the local bed-and-breakfast.   Though they butt heads at first, Luke finds himself drawn to Frannies' bedside when she's injured in a kitchen accident.  Soon it becomes clear that Frannie knew Perry better than she let on...they'd been secretly courting when he disapperaed.

Has Luke fallen for the very woman responsible for the crime?

My Review:  I really want to know who killed Perry Borntrager, but I'll have to wait till the next installment in this series, Found, comes out.  You have to read the first book in the series, Missing, to really understand The Search.  My heart aches for Frannie as she fights her feelings for Luke who is an Englisher.  And Luke runs to fight his feelings for Frannie.  Shelley keeps you guessing as to who committed the crime, so I'm looking forward to reading Found to finally find out who the murderer is.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Kindle Fire VS. NOOK Color--Just my opionion.

This is just my opinion and nothing is really based on fact, just on my experience. 

I've had a NOOK Color since March and I really like it.  I like the fact that if you have a technical problem, you can take it to a Barnes and Noble and they help you fix it.  I also like how the NOOK is set up better and it's features; like how you shop and search in the Shop.

I just bought a Kindle Fire last weekend.  The main reason I bought a Kindle Fire was because you can borrow books on it through our local library, plus if you are an Amazon Prime Member you can also borrow books through that network.  From what I've seen so far, there are more choices on the Kindle Fire, with books and apps.  I've found authors on the Kindle that you can't find on the NOOK.

My son likes the apps so that he can play games.  He has several story books on the NOOK, but I haven't gotten him any on the Kindle Fire yet.  He likes the Kindle better, because there is an Annoying Orange game available on it that isn't on the NOOK.

All in all, either device is good, but I prefer the NOOK.  They are both in the same price range.  The only thing I like better about the Kindle is more choices.  It would be nice to be able to take the choices from the Kindle and put them on the NOOK!

But I will have to say this, I still prefer a good ole book to either of these devices.  I like the fact that with these devices I can have the book I want to read in seconds, whereas for me to buy the book, I have to either drive an hour to a store that sells books or order them online.  Also, with technology, you may not be able to buy a book in the future.  I pray that it doesn't come to that, because I enjoy picking up a book and reading it so much.

These are just my thoughts about the two devices, nothing in this post is based on fact.  I really can't influence anyone on either device, because both have good points.  If you don't have one and are looking to buy one, I suggest doing research on both devices to decide which is the better option for you.  Or you could just do like me and buy both.

Monday, August 6, 2012

I also have a blog on wordpress, it is avidreaderinwv.wordpress.com.  I'm fairly new at this.  I've done one book review so far.  I reviewed Amy Clipston's A Season Of Love.

I really enjoyed this book and all the books in the Kauffman Amish Baker Series.   I was sad to see the end of the series because Amy writes so well that you feel that you actually know the characters.

I'm currently reading A Streetcar Named Expire by Mary Daheim.  I know this book has been out for a while, but I'll do a review on it anyway.