Sunday, May 19, 2013

These spring days..

Turning into summer

Mostly mind-challenging, trying to complete

What I must complete

Do what I must do

It's tiring, painful, but blessed, I know, by God....

He makes these flowers, which my littlest

So enjoys

To pick for me from our own yard

And extend with his hand....

Gifts. In pink. Yellow. White.

Their green stems sometimes long enough.

Other times, just enough to set within a little saucer.

I love his utter joy in giving me such growing, living things.

Many times, my own growing is stunted. Refusing to turn colors. Where are MY stems?

I should trust. Be diligent. Not forget. Worry less. Give grace to myself more.

I'll start by learning a lesson from my own child. And enjoy what is in my front yard, the backyard.

The Artist's Daughter, a review

When Alexandra Kuykendall became a mother it was the beginning of a soul-searching journey that took her into her past and made her question everything she'd experienced--and a lot of what she hadn't. The only daughter of a single, world-traveling mother and an absent artist father, Alexandra shares her unique quest to answer universal questions: Am I lovable? Am I loved? Am I loving?

In short, moving episodes, Alexandra transports readers into a life that included a childhood in Europe, a spiritual conversion marked more by questions than answers, a courtship in the midst of a call to be with troubled teens, marriage and motherhood--and always, always, the question of identity. Through her personal journey, women will discover their own path to understanding the shape of their lives and a deeper sense of God's intimate presence within it.

Truly a touching, retrospective memoir. Lovely prose, mindful thoughts, challenging questions. All thoughtfully administered through pages of her life, and wanting to see The Lord in and of it. I looked forward to reading this...delighted at the end. I'd considerate it a lovely addition to a woman's library- with it's meaningful expressions and encouragement.

Thank you to Revell for the complimentary review copy.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

When A Secret Kills, a review

Investigative reporter Jillian Carter knows it's time to put the past to rest. She's tired of looking over her shoulder, letting a killer go free. She's no longer the scared kid who changed her name and disappeared. Now, no matter what the cost, Jillian must do what she is trained to do--ferret out the truth and expose it. Senator Frank Hoffman committed murder ten years ago--and Jillian watched it happen.

Didn't she?

Not even the enigmatic and attractive Colton Brady, her ex-boyfriend and nephew of the killer, will be able to make her leave this alone. Get ready for the spine-tingling, nail-biting conclusion to an explosive series.

A superb third novel to a thrilling one does suspense like Lynette Easton. Jillian is submerged in peril because she witnessed a murder, and the man she loves is a close relation to the man she saw commit the murder. Amazing plot, plenty of's a chase to the end to find out what exactly happened. And why. Easton pens brilliant mysteries, and with this conclusion does nothing less than surprise you and allow you to feel every twist and turn. Loved every minute of this to read but delivers a great punch!

Thank you to Revell Publishing for the complimentary review copy.