Friday, December 31, 2010

No Prissy Shoes by Linda Grabeman

You better put your combat boots on because prissy shoes won't do when you walk the road that author Linda Grabeman has walked.  In her inspirational, devotional book No Prissy Shoes she shares her thought as she traveled the pink path of breast cancer.  Grabeman helps the reader to see God and trust Him while walking taking the breast cancer journey.  This subject is ever close to my heart as my mother has traveled this path in recent years.  I will be passing this book on to her.  She loves books of this type.  Grabeman has her readers laughing one minute and crying the next.  She helps provide the right shoes to make the trip bearable:  Faith in God ~ and a sense of humor helps too.
Topics that you'll find in No Prissy Shoes are:
  • God's love
  • God's sovereignty
  • forgiveness
  • comfort, confidence and trust
  • perseverance
  • faith and fear

So put on your combat boots and get ready to do battle as you gain insight and encouragement from this book.  No Prissy Shoes is divided into 31 chapters with Biblical truths specifically for breast cancer patients.   Visit this book's web site here

On the one hand, you know you are not alone: 700 women are diagnosed with breast cancer every day, nationwide. However, when you hear the words "You have breast cancer," you can’t help feeling isolated, lost, and afraid. This breast cancer journey is a scary, steep, uphill climb, and you can't make it in prissy shoes - the ones that worked well when your road was smooth and easy. Your mind races and your head spins from all the facts about your disease - facts that can change daily. The strength and grace needed to walk this journey come by spending time in the Word of God. No Prissy Shoes shows God's desire and delight for us to walk by faith, trusting Him to give us the shoes we need for the path He has prepared for us. Author Linda Grabeman shares her personal experience with breast cancer and directs readers back to the One who brings the strength to overcome.

During the past twenty five years, Linda Grabeman has been an encourager, intercessor, and Bible study leader at All Saints Church in Pawleys Island, South Carolina. In 2006, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Since then, she has had two mastectomies, chemotherapy, radiation treatment, and reconstructive surgeries. Having walked the journey so many dread, God has given her a new platform from which to motivate women to walk this difficult road with faith. Encouraging women to trust God in all of their circumstances is Linda’s greatest joy. Passionate about the Word of God, she has taught a women's Bible study for years and regularly acts as a lay reader in her church. She is a member of the prayer team and the prayer chain, and has chaired the Angel ministry, which provides meals for recuperating patients. A lover of cooking, Linda co-chaired and edited Blessed Isle: Recipes from Pawleys Island, a cookbook from All Saints Church, which is in its second printing. She volunteers at her children's school, where she has been co-chair of the parents association, co-chair of the teachers’ appreciation committee and former class mother. She is a lifetime member of the Prince George Garden club. Linda is married to David Grabeman, a dentist in Pawleys Island, who has been part of a mission team to Haiti for the past twelve years. Linda grew up in Wilmington, Delaware. She graduated from The Tatnall School in Wilmington in 1972 and from Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia in 1976. She and her husband have two sons and a daughter, who are active in their respective schools. In her spare time, Linda enjoys power walking and gardening.  visit the author's web site here

Learn more about this book at Winepress 

A copy of this book was provided for review by WinePress Publishing


Thursday, December 30, 2010

Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball by Donita K. Paul

It's whimsical, it's magical, it's a Christmas Ball, actually a Wizard's Christmas Ball.  This was a fun adorable Christmas read.  Donita transports her readers onto a fantasy street that only few people can find or experience, those being the ones with tickets to the Ball.  Donita makes the Christmas spirit come alive for everyone in her novella.  It is such a charming and heartwarming book in more ways than one:  cover, characters and plot.  The author has a way to transport the reader into this contemporary yet fantasy world of make-believe and experience with Cora how to really celebrate Christmas.  Hot chocolate with whipping cream and a candy cane stir stick with be a plus while reading this book along with a fire and snuggle wrap.  You really feel like your part of the scene while reading Donita's book.  I had a hard time putting the book down.  Yep, you'll get hooked it is a page turner for sure. 

Sneak a peek download Chapter 1 here 
Get more information about this book here.

A copy of Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball was provided in exchange for this review by WMPG.


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Jumping for Joy!

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2011 Reading challenges



Whatcha Reading ~ Made to Crave

This is how "Whatcha Reading Wednesdays" works this week...

Go to page 1 type in the first sentence. If it is a spoiler at all be sure to put **Spoiler Alert** at the top of your comment (like if the selection announces the death of an integral character or something).

Link up over at Busy Moms Who Love to Read

Recently, a weight loss company came up with a brilliant advertising campaign.

~taken from Made to Crave by Lysa Terkeurst


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Teaser Tuesday ~ Sarah's Garden

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, f hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along, so I thought I would play for un! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • 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 that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Her thoughts were interrupted by Mrs. Bustle's loud cry...  She shrieked once more, then pressed her hands to her quivering lips.

~taken from p. 95 of Sarah's Garden by Kelly Long


Monday, December 27, 2010

Mailbox Monday ~ Dec. 27, 2010

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"In a house in the forest all covered with vines, Lived a very small rabbit who did nothing but whine." Thus begins the rhymed story of Peter and the Whimper-Whineys. Peter's mother warns him that if he cannot stop whining and crying, he'll have to go live with the Whimper-Whineys. His adventure continues as he later hops into the woods and finds lots of frightening Whimper-Whineymen! He discovers that the Whimper-Whineys are very ill-mannered and rude, and that everything is sour in Whimper-Whineland. He decides his mother was right...If only he can get back home...!

 In Eat This and Live for Kids, Dr. Don Colbert provides a road map to help parents navigate the often-treacherous territory of feeding their children, from infants to toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary aged children. Based on the key principles for healthy eating in Dr. Colbert's New York Times best seller, The Seven Pillars of Health, this practical guidebook for parents includes "Dr. Colbert Approved" foods and restaurant menu choices, along with helpful tips, charts, and nutrition information that will make it easier for you to raise healthy kids.

Spring into Arkansas, where three women find love where they least expect it. Meagan Snow, looking for a loan, meets banker Nate Brooks. Will her beauty impel Nate to give her more credit than is due? Bitter and humiliated, Abigail Connors runs off to Hot Springs, only to become the subject of Marcus Wellington’s investigation. Will she ever overcome her past and find a love of her own? After her fiancé’s death, Becca Snow swore off all men, including Luke Monroe. Will she find the courage to love again? Can these couples trust God’s plan for their lives?

Step into the boots of a former Marine in this heart-pounding adventure in life and love. Colton “Cowboy” Neeley is a Marine trying to find his footing as he battles flashbacks now that he’s back home. Piper Blum is a woman in hiding—from life and the assassins bent on destroying her family. When their hearts collide, more than their lives are at stake. Will Colton find a way to forgive Piper’s lies? Can Piper find a way to rescue her father, trapped in Israel? Is there any way their love, founded on her lies, can survive?

found these two on the free table at our Library

Sweetbriar Bride:  The continuing saga of Sweetbriar, the remarkable love story of Louisa Boren and David Denny, and the growing pains of one of America's greatest cities. The scenes have changed, but the challenges of life are no different today than they were in the mid-1800s. The conflict of human relationships, the struggle for balance in an unbalanced world, the strengthening of love amidst the uncertainties of life.

Sweetbriar Spring:  In 1851, two young women kissed each other good-bye in an Illinois sweetbriar garden. Louisa was moving to Oregon. Suddenly-- "The sweetbriar! They're God's promise of spring!" exclaimed Louisa. "Let me take half the seeds to the Promised Land. You keep the other half. That way we'll never be parted. Not ever!"A tryst it was, and beautiful Louisa Boren bade her childhood friend Pamelia farewell to begin her journey of destiny. Sweetbriar Spring continues the remarkable story--that of history and love during Seattle's long, dark winter of 1854.