Monday, November 30, 2015

Litfuse Review: Like Father Like Son by:Pete Alwinson

About the Book:
Like Father, Like Son: How Knowing God as Father Changes Men (New Growth Press, November 2015)
Beyond trying to be a “real” man

What do men need in the twenty-first century? There are so many opinions–some think the answer is a masculine to-do list. Others give detailed directions on how to become a “real” man. Those things can be helpful, but do they get to the core of the identity issues that men are facing today? You can’t know who you are and who you are meant to be without knowing the love of your Father–that is, your Father in heaven. Without knowing the Father’s love and acceptance, men are adrift looking for identity in imperfect relationships or cultural norms about manhood. But knowing God’s fatherly love changes everything. A man who is forgiven and accepted by his heavenly Father is free to become like him. Living out of the love of God the Father changes everything for his sons.

Instead of telling men how to recover and reclaim their masculinity, Pete Alwinson invites men to recover and reclaim an intimate, growing relationship with their heavenly Father and live out of that identity in their particular calling as sons, fathers, brothers, friends. Using personal stories and anecdotes from his many years of men’s ministry, Pete shows men that the way forward in life and relationships is through their growing relationship with their heavenly Father.

My Review:
 A man has a difficult go of it, in my opinion. In this sin filled world he has a lot of demons to fight. Who said that women are the only ones that get hurt by all that this world dishes out? And let me go on to say that it can damage a person so much so that it will damage their relationship with God, himself.

 In Like Father Like son the author takes us down a road through the things he has learned leading men's ministry. Through the things he feels that pulls men away from and gives us insight into the things that point us directly towards him.

 I know my husband has had a very hard time with trusting God and I believe this is a book that can benefit all men. They need to know how God views them and ho to imitate Him more if they are every going to make it in this world.

 The author is thoroughly researched and I feel has had plenty of experience with these kind of things and can actually advise our husbands, fathers, and sons on the subject. A great gift idea this holiday season!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.

Review: The Looney Experiment by:Luke Reynolds

The Looney Experiment
About the Book:
Atticus Hobart couldn't feel lower. He s in love with a girl who doesn't know he exists, he is the class bully's personal punching bag, and to top it all off, his dad has just left the family. Into this drama steps Mr. Looney, a 77-year-old substitute English teacher with uncanny insight and a most unconventional approach to teaching. But Atticus soon discovers there's more to Mr. Looney's methods than he'd first thought. And as Atticus begins to unlock the truths within his own name, he finds that his hyper-imagination can help him forge his own voice, and maybe just maybe discover that the power to face his problems was inside him all along.

My Review:
 When you are in middle school or high school if you aren't popular or athletic you are just ordinary and it doesn't pay to be ordinary. Mainly, because others will find you uninteresting and I think Atticus figures that out right away. 

 Atticus is a typical 8th grader that feels he is unimportant. But before the end of this book you will see Atticus evolve into something more. It was fun watching hi and reading and seeing the journey he discovers and watching everything unfold. 

 Truly a very good book that I know my boys will enjoy! Geared for 11-14 years of age, perfect gift idea this holiday season! My boys ages 10 and 12 are really looking forward to reading this book. I have half a mind to keep this one for myself.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.

Review: Submarines, Secrets and a Daring Rescue (American Revolutionary War Adventures #2) by:Robert J. Skead

Submarines, Secrets and a Daring Rescue (American Revolutionary War Adventure #2)
About the Book:
In this second book in the American Revolutionary War Adventure series, Submarines, Secrets, and a Daring Rescue, twins Ambrose and John Clark find themselves volunteering for another mission to help the newly forming United States. Inspired by their success in delivering a secret message to General George Washington himself, the boys step up to help transport much-needed gunpowder to the patriots and end up in an even more dangerous situation, trying to man one of the first submarines and then, later, attempting a prison break to rescue one of their older brothers.

Follow these brave young patriots as they follow in their father s footsteps and rely on each other, their considerable courage, and God s providence for guidance and strength."

My Review:
 Based on actual events in history but formatted fiction story that involves twin brothers, Ambrose and John Clark that set about on these awesome adventures. These very brave young souls trying to do their part to help in the war effort. But sometimes they find themselves in very dangerous situations that put their lives in danger and somehow they are always able to escape virtually unharmed. This series is perfect for our own very daring young souls that like to read war adventures.

 The books in this series offer a children so much more than a historically based fiction store. It offers some real life history in the back of each book that my boys and I enjoy. I especially like the historical characters bio's. They go into a little more detail on each of the real life characters that are represented in the store. It is always fun to learn more about these individuals that helped shaped our history. Fascinating stuff!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.

Review: Money Making Mom by:Crystal Paine

Money-Making Mom: How Every Woman Can Earn More and Make a Difference
About the Book:
When it comes to finances, many of us feel strapped and
stressed, buried under bills, worried about an uncertain future. Even if money
is plentiful, we long for greater wisdom to manage it well. 
In Money-Making Mom, finance and family blogger Crystal
Paine shares real-life stories, practical tips, and hard-won wisdom from the failures
and successes that have carved her family's path to financial freedom. 
Paine blends insight with inspiration as she shares creative
ways to manage money, generate income and--most importantly--live a life of
deeper meaning, fulfillment, and generosity than you might have ever imagined possible.

My Review:
 In a very fast paced ever evolving world, most women can't afford to just be a stay at home mom anymore. Most of us have to come up with some very creative was to achieve a working mom that stays home with the children status. I will be the first to tell you it isn't easy and it takes a lot of work. Crystal Paine has seemingly done this and succeeded. I first heard about Crystal during a webcast hosted by Cindy Rushton several years ago. When I first heard at that point what all she had accomplished in the web world, I was completely shocked. But ever since those early years she has grown and grown and now she has authored a couple of books that she has intended to help those of us still struggling.

 She not only offers you advice in her latest Money Making Mom but she also lets you glean from others' stories and their advice, as well. It is a book full of her wisdom and insight that can help anyone.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

All the Great Deals Aren't Over Yet!!!

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Friday, November 27, 2015

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Litfuse Review: A Thousand Shall Fall by:Andrea Boeshaar

A Thousand Shall Fall (Shenandoah Valley Saga #1)
About the Book:
A story of love, hope, and healing set in the midst of the Civil War Nineteen-year-old Carrie Ann Bell is independent and spirited. The only thing she really fears are the Union soldiers fighting against her Confederate friends. When her youngest sister runs away from home, brave Carrie Ann is determined to find her and bring her back. Disguised as a soldier, she sets off--only to find she's fallen into the hands of the enemy.

Her childhood friend Confederate Major Joshua Blevins has warned her against these Yankees: they're all devils, ready to inflict evil on unsuspecting young women. When Colonel Peyton Collier arrests her for her impersonation of an officer, it seems to confirm all her fears.

Soon, though, she finds herself drawn to the handsome, gallant colonel. He rescued her, protected her, and has been every inch the gentleman. Carrie Ann discovers that her foe has become her ally--and more than that, someone she could love. But the arrival of Joshua in the Union camp as a spy will test her loyalties. Will she protect someone who has been like family or be loyal to this stranger to whom she wants to offer her heart? When her world is being torn apart around her, whom should she trust?

Set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, A Thousand Shall Fall is framed around compelling characters and a very romantic setting in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. Andrea Boeshaar's extensive research guarantees historical accuracy and romance genre enthusiasts and Civil War buffs alike will enjoy the Christian perspectives on actual historical events.

My Review:
Carrie Ann Bell busies herself with running her father's newspaper, since her father left to document the war. Her mother disagrees with Carrie's chose to run it but with two sisters to feed she believes its best. One day while she is working, her sister decides to run off with a peddler, leaving only a note tell Carrie. Soon Carrie is hot on their trail wearing a Union soldier uniform. Stumbling upon a fight between the union and confederate soldiers, she hides behind a tree but soon falls into the river, letting the union soldiers know she is there. The one to rescue her is none other than Colonel Peyton Collier, the man of whom she help heal up last spring. She believes she will able to get to her sister, now that he knows who she is but he does something unbelievable. He arrests her for impersonating an officer.

Colonel Peyton Collier can't believe his eyes when he learns of Carrie's identity and he knows he must protect her before she does something stupid. Like chasing after her sister and getting herself hurt or worst. Investigating her being there, proves that she is only trying to get to her sister. But he cant just let her go and get herself killed. There is only on thing to do. Send her to his Aunt Ruth's house.

Soon Carrie finds that some secrets are hard to keep, especially when the man you love is endanger. What is she to do? Keep the secret and watch him meet his ultimate demise?

A Thousand Shall Fall is book one in the Shenandoah Valley Saga. This book was an epic read, full of action and adventure. I loved how this book corresponded perfectly with the Civil War history. I cant wait to see what this author writes next!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.