Fantasy

Throne of Glass...A Sneak Peek

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Welcome to Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List! 



Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List  a glimpse into what I am reading currently





Current book:

Throne of Glass

Sarah J Maas



Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas a Sneak Peek on Reading List



Goodreads Summary:

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her ... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead ... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.



Sneak Peek:

"She became all too aware of the three long scars down her back. Even if she won her freedom...event if she lived in peace in the countryside... those scars would always remind her what she'd endured. And that even if she was free, others were not." p 59







Initial Thoughts

I am so late to the game with this series... I am not sure why I held out so long... But I'm jumping for 2017... And to be honest, this story was very interesting.  I was surprised by the twists and turns, and can see that these characters will carry this story through many books!





Meet the Hosts of Saturday Sneak Peek:


Marissa @ Reading List

Marissa, writes book reviews from a variety of genres and  shares thoughts on motherhood & life on Reading List. She loves to see what others are reading to grow her to-read list.  Marissa also enjoys photography and a new journal to fill. 

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Alyssa @ Sunrise Avenue

Alyssa reads a variety of genres and writes about it at Sunrise Avenue. She is always looking for new bookish friends and recs'! Besides reading, Alyssa loves to bake and anything Doctor Who.


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Karen @ Dino Hero Mommy

Karen is a reading teacher who loves to listen to books as she commutes to and from work. She prefers crime thrillers and mysteries but enjoys a good book from any genre. She blogs about her life as a wife and mom at Dino Hero Mommy.






Here are some rules if you decide to join in:


• Pick up whatever book you are reading (non-fiction, fiction, children's... really the sky is the limit)
• Open to any page you have already read
• Share a few “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page - make it interesting without flipping to a ton of different pages. 
 BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away -- You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so we can all add your book to our To-Be-Read lists!


You can leave your teaser, author, and title in the comments (click over to the web version if you're on the mobile site). Or write up your own post and join us weekly!  Then you can share your link in the comments, and I will stop over and leave you a comment!!!  YAY!









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Fear Fighting: Do you Live Fear or Faith?

Wednesday, December 21, 2016


There is a whole new year knocking, do you hear it?

For some the promise of a new year, with new possibilities is exhilarating, but for others, the new year can be filled with fear over what could happen. The unknown is often scary.




Fear Fighting by Kelly Balarie


So today, I am incredibly honored to be hosting Kelly Balarie as she shares a bit on fear... And I will be back soon with my own review on her incredible book!






Just yesterday, my friend told me her daughter has lice. 
I hugged that girl yesterday!
Would lice go from her hair to mine? Would I be cleaning the entire house, washing every sheet and stuffed animal, and pulling a thin comb through every inch of hair on my family’s heads from now until eternity? I can't handle this thought. Next time, fist bumps will trump hugs.



Fear is the plumbing of discontentment.
It is the spillage of hesitation and loneliness.
It is the brakes to love.
It is the bulldozer to close relationships.
It is the boundary holding you back from God’s unlimited plan for you.

Fear is the rain cloud that always follows, the homicide to all God has, the breeding ground to insecurities, the shortness of breath that wakes you up at night, the cemetery of faith, and the artery blockage to the Spirit's leading.

Fear is wildfire makes you run so far that you find galaxies of space between you and your great maker. It is the blocked artery to faith. It is the burden that keeps persisting. It is the laryngitis to the voice proclaiming God.

I hate fear. I’ve written all about it in my new book, Fear Fighting: Awakening the Courage to Overcome Your Fears.

It makes my eyes pulsate. I get angry at it.

But, here’s the thing about getting angry -  the second I do is the second I have a deep gnawing feeling God wants to say something. Somehow, I know, if I don’t listen to it I’ll miss out on - amazing.

So, I search and uncover God’s heart. What I come to is: "Faith, dear child, faith."

Faith says, you can. Fear says, you won't.
Faith ignites passion. Fear depletes it.
Faith brings hope. Fear fire hoses it.
Faith changes lives. Fear wrecks them.
Faith makes Jesus shine. Fear desecrates his name.
Faith charges lives. Fear zaps them.
Faith walks in hope of eternity. Fear cowers down to death.
Faith doesn't have to be huge. Fears always are.
Faith exalts Jesus. Fear bows down to the devil.
Faith speaks humility. Fear listens to pride.
Faith accepts grace. Fear hugs shame.
Faith knows it's not perfect. Fear thinks God leaves the imperfect.
Faith wins every time.
Faith takes I-am-going-over-the-cliff moments and turns them around. Suddenly, you realize you aren’t going over the cliff to die, but to fly.


Where do you need faith? How can you create a second of space, before rapidly responding in fear?


I’ve found if I can just halt my response for a second, I have a second to choose God. And, when push comes to shove, even if we make the wrong choice, God knows, we always have next time. He is full of grace. He is rooting for us. There is freedom for those in Christ Jesus.  



Interested in fighting fear? Join the 4 Days to Fearless Challenge!





Fear Fighting by Kelly BalarieAbout the book, Fear Fighting, Awakening the Courage to Overcome Your Fears:


Author and Speaker, Kelly Balarie didn’t always fight fear – for a large part of her life, she was controlled by it. Yet, in her book, Fear Fighting: Awakening Courage to Overcome Your Fears, with God, Kelly charts a new course. Join Kelly, on the journey to go and grow with Christ’s bravery, the Spirit’s counsel and God’s unending love that squelches fear. This book reads like a love letter from God, while offering practical heart-calming prayers, anxiety-reducing tips, and courage-building decrees that will transform your day. www.fearfightingbook.com


About Kelly Balarie:
Fear Fighting by Kelly Balarie
Kelly is both a Cheerleader of Faith and a Fighter of Fear. She leans on the power of God, rests on the shoulder of Christ, and discovers how to glow in the dark places of life. Get all Kelly’s blog posts by email or visit her on her blog, Purposeful Faith. You can also find a variety of resources for your fight against fear here.  




Amazing right?  


Faith ignites passion. Fear depletes it. #FearFighting @kellybalarie @Reading_List1


I am only just getting into this book, and I am loving it.  I cannot wait to share more with you all!  If you have questions, let me hear them.  And if I don't talk to you before, Merry Christmas!! 


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Book review

A Love Transformed {A Book Review}

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

A Love Transformed

Tracie Peterson

My first real chapter book that I read on my own was Secret Garden. After that, I jumped straight into Little Women. By the time I came across Anne of Green Gables I knew I would forever be a fan of the genre.  And then I realized that today's literature was quite different.  While I have found many books in different genres that I love, I still search for a more historical feel work of fiction that grabs me like these others.  And to be honest, a part of me wants to find it in a clean romance, Christian writer.

I think that is why I keep picking up such books, even after an entire year of feeling disappointed by this particular genre that so many simply adore. So please bare with me as I give you my own humble thoughts on yet another one.





A Love Transformed by Tracie Peterson a Book Review on Reading List


Contemporary Fiction

The Black Key...A Sneak Peek

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Welcome to Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List! 



Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List  a glimpse into what I am reading currently





Current book:

The Black Key

Amy Ewing



The Black Key by Amy Ewing a Sneak Peek on Reading List


Goodreads Summary:

For too long, Violet and the people of the outer circles of the Lone City have lived in service to the royalty of the Jewel. But now the secret society known as the Black Key is preparing to seize power.

And while Violet knows she is at the center of this rebellion, she has a more personal stake in it—her sister, Hazel, has been taken by the Duchess of the Lake. Now, after fighting so hard to escape the Jewel, Violet must do everything in her power to return to save not only Hazel, but the future of the Lone City.



Sneak Peek:

"'You want us to fight them with hugs?' Sienna asks. 'Love is stronger than hate,' Indi says. 'Violence is the only option, so there isn't any point in arguing about it.'" p 30







Initial Thoughts

I enjoyed the first two books of the series- even though I know it has gotten mixed reviews - so of course, I would be reading the final book!  While there were some unexpected dips in the journey, overall this final book was a good and strong finish to the series.  I'll put a review on Goodreads soon...





Meet the Hosts of Saturday Sneak Peek:


Marissa @ Reading List

Marissa, writes book reviews from a variety of genres and  shares thoughts on motherhood & life on Reading List. She loves to see what others are reading to grow her to-read list.  Marissa also enjoys photography and a new journal to fill. 

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Alyssa @ Sunrise Avenue

Alyssa reads a variety of genres and writes about it at Sunrise Avenue. She is always looking for new bookish friends and recs'! Besides reading, Alyssa loves to bake and anything Doctor Who.


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Karen @ Dino Hero Mommy

Karen is a reading teacher who loves to listen to books as she commutes to and from work. She prefers crime thrillers and mysteries but enjoys a good book from any genre. She blogs about her life as a wife and mom at Dino Hero Mommy.






Here are some rules if you decide to join in:


• Pick up whatever book you are reading (non-fiction, fiction, children's... really the sky is the limit)
• Open to any page you have already read
• Share a few “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page - make it interesting without flipping to a ton of different pages. 
 BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away -- You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so we can all add your book to our To-Be-Read lists!


You can leave your teaser, author, and title in the comments (click over to the web version if you're on the mobile site). Or write up your own post and join us weekly!  Then you can share your link in the comments, and I will stop over and leave you a comment!!!  YAY!









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Children's Corner

Prayers & Answered Prayers... Gift for Kids

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Prayers & Answered Prayers

Gift Idea for the preteen girls in your life



Are you looking for a Biblically accurate book or journal for a preteen girl on your Christmas shopping list?  Maybe a Birthday gift idea?  Or just a tool to help the young girl in your life learn to cultivate a relationship with her Savior Jesus Christ through prayer, journaling, and Bible study?  This might be the perfect option!  And it is well priced.

Prayers & Answered Prayers... A Book Review on Reading List

About the Book

This is actually two books in one... isn't that awesome? 

Both books are colorful and waiting for your prayers and answered prayers.  Each page prompts you to answer questions about yourself. The concept is that you will learn to share your life with God so that a real relationship will begin. In one it's all about sharing of yourself, and how you feel. While the other is focused more on listening and interacting with God's word. 

Why We Like It

I think this is a wonderful way to for young girls (see my thoughts on this below) to truly build a two-way relationship with God through prayer, study, reading, and sharing.  So often we tell our kids that you should just talk to Jesus in your prayers like you would a friend, and then let them at it. But let's be honest, even adults struggle with such an open-ended concept.

These books give a little more guidance on the idea.  I felt like I was writing to a penpal in these books, which is a wonderful reminder of my early teens years when writing actual letters to friends really did make the world feel smaller. I grew wonderful foundations to friendships through writing, and applying the practice to God seems like a wonderful idea!

Now, this book is not claiming to be only for girls.  In fact, many of the prompts would be easy for boys to respond to. In fact, boys could greatly benefit from this practice. However, the designs and colors scream a girls journal to me. Doodled flowers, glitter, pinks and purples... well you can decide, but I am not sure my boys would care about it- in fact, neither one wanted to get it try with me - granted my boys are still a bit young for this tool.... But still...



Prayers & Answered Prayers... A Book Review on Reading List




Title: Prayers and Answered Prayers
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: Nov 2016
For ages: 7+
Type: Non Fiction, prayer, Christianity

Perfect gift for preteen girl! #PrayersandAnsweredPrayers @Reading_List1





How do you instruct your kids on how to pray?  Do you believe prayer should be a two-way conversation?  





Marissa on Reading List

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Christian fiction

A Love Transformed...A Sneak Peek

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Welcome to Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List! 



Sneak Peek Saturday on Reading List  a glimpse into what I am reading currently





Current book:

A Love Transformed

Tracie Peterson


A Love Transformed by Tracie Peterson a Sneak Peek on Reading List



Goodreads Summary:

The Riveting Final Story in the Sapphire Brides Series
When Clara Vesper's husband, Adolph, dies suddenly, Clara is stunned--but not grief-stricken. Her marriage to Adolph had been arranged, their primary interaction revolving around the sapphire jewelry Clara designed and Adolph produced and sold. Widowed and penniless, with two small children, Clara decides to return to her aunt and uncle's ranch in Montana, the only place she has ever been happy. 
Curtis Billingham, injured in a sapphire mine collapse, is recuperating at the ranch of his friends, Paul and Madeline Sersland. But when the Serslands' niece returns from New York City, Curtis curses both his broken body and his broken past. Clara, the love of his life, has come back to him, but he is no longer worthy of her love.
 
Clara's brother-in-law Otto Vesper, Adolph's business partner, fears that the loss of Clara's design skills will doom the company's prospects. Following her to Montana, Otto is prepared to do whatever it takes to get Clara to return with him to New York. 

As Clara fights for love and freedom, a dangerous secret in her late husband's life comes to light, threatening everyone she loves.






Sneak Peek:

"If not for Otto's insistence that he needed a full twelve pieces for the gala presentation to introduce Clara's artistry, she might have given up.  Despite his pressure on her to finish the designs, Otto had been very good to her and the children." p 42







Initial Thoughts

So far I am so-so for this book.  It's a typical historical, clean romance, story... so again, it isn't driving me to keep turning the pages. But the characters are well developed and the plot is different enough, I'm still plugging away.  As far as this being the third book in the series, I am not concerned because these tend to stand alone just as well as a series. 





Meet the Hosts of Saturday Sneak Peek:


Marissa @ Reading List

Marissa, writes book reviews from a variety of genres and  shares thoughts on motherhood & life on Reading List. She loves to see what others are reading to grow her to-read list.  Marissa also enjoys photography and a new journal to fill. 

Bloglovin' ~~ Subscribe ~~ Goodreads


Alyssa @ Sunrise Avenue

Alyssa reads a variety of genres and writes about it at Sunrise Avenue. She is always looking for new bookish friends and recs'! Besides reading, Alyssa loves to bake and anything Doctor Who.


Twitter ~~ Google + ~~ Instagram ~~ Pinterest
Bloglovin' ~~ Subscribe ~~ Goodreads 


Karen @ Dino Hero Mommy

Karen is a reading teacher who loves to listen to books as she commutes to and from work. She prefers crime thrillers and mysteries but enjoys a good book from any genre. She blogs about her life as a wife and mom at Dino Hero Mommy.






Here are some rules if you decide to join in:


• Pick up whatever book you are reading (non-fiction, fiction, children's... really the sky is the limit)
• Open to any page you have already read
• Share a few “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page - make it interesting without flipping to a ton of different pages. 
 BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away -- You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so we can all add your book to our To-Be-Read lists!


You can leave your teaser, author, and title in the comments (click over to the web version if you're on the mobile site). Or write up your own post and join us weekly!  Then you can share your link in the comments, and I will stop over and leave you a comment!!!  YAY!









Marissa at Reading List  http://forfunreadinglist.blogspot.com











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