Tuesday, September 16, 2014

What I Love About Delaney-August 2014

I adore this little daily ritual or habit we have... Climbing on top of the roof to talk. You just like to hang out sitting on the edge of the roof as you tell me about your day or what is bothering you etc. Plus, I think you like that fact that it scares me :)


 

Scripture Verse... "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble."
Psalm 46:1






Favorite Things We Did... One of the best things we did together this month was go to Ripley's Believe it or Not museum.  We had a blast in the mirror maze and kept ramming into people and mirrors alike, even after the 4th time we ran through it. You had me take you picture next to almost everything in the wax museum and you got to play "spy" as you tried to sneak through a vault laser maze challenge. We also went to Yogi Bear National Park out by San Antonio and had a really great time tubing the Guadalupe river, swimming all hours of the day and night, doing hay rides, arts & crafts and jumping on a giant pillow. Although I think your favorite thing we did this month was going and watching The Fault in Our Stars over and over again! You go around quoting the movie all the time and know all the songs from it as well. So all I have to say is " Boom clap, the sound in my heart. The beat goes on and on and on and on and. Boom clap, you make me feel good."



One of your most irresistible physical features is... Your quirky smile when you are up to no good. Yes, you have a smile that says you are doing something mischievous that will most likely land you in trouble, yet you do it anyway. That's my baby girl.

 




I missed you when.... you obsess over Jordan at Blimey Cow




5 Words/Phrases that come to mind when I think about you: difficult, complicated, layered, amazing, funny.


Some of our favorite songs we both love...
Charli-Boom, Clap
 If It Means A Lot To You -A Day To Remember  

Special Occasions...Rock-climbing, vacations, water adventures, hicking, baseball, movies, arboretum and sickness filled out August months. I actually think we are all looking forward to hockey season and are burned out on baeball for now. Would help if they won more than loss, but sadly that is not in the cards this season. We have spent alot of time watching moviess,s getting caught up on some of the shows we watch together: Mellisa and Joey, Baby Daddy, Psych, Teen Wolf, Secret Life of an American Teenager, Lie to Me, etc.  You also really enjoy showing me messages between you and your friends and the crazy and sometimes creepy things they say. 

Then there are things like this that let me get into your world that really enjoy reading:

All About Delaney Augus14
date: 2. Taken by Tyler
Height/weight: 4. 5'3 1/2 120 lbs

DOB: 5. January 13th
Best Friends: 6. Ravan and Celeste
Best uy Friends: 7. James and Tyler
Song you are listening to: 8. If It Means A Lot To You -A Day To Remember
Last Time you Cried: 9. right now bc Elliot is funny af
Last Time you Smiled: 10. Also right now bc Elliot xD

Tyndal Blog Alert: Son of Hamas

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The movie will roll out in more locations, and you can see the cities by going to www.thegreenprincemovie.com. This is a great chance for people to see the power of Christ on the ground, through the life of the son of one of Hamas's top leaders as he gave up almost everything, including his family, his Muslim faith and nearly his life, to save lives instead of take them in the Middle East.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Real Murder: Character Guest Post

Joshua Thornton: Prosecutor, Father, Lover, and Newly-Wed Husband
By Lauren Carr
Review (ebook), Character Guest Post

If you think tracking down murderers is tough, try raising five children on your own. No one sets out to be a single father. When I was a kid and someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I said I wanted to be a Navy Commander and Perry Mason.
I was blessed to have achieved both of those goals.
Never, did I wanted to be a single father— let alone to five children.
But, my first wife, Valerie, got lonely with all my travels in the Navy and wanted company. So, she had five children. Then she died suddenly and left me to raise them alone. Sometimes I can hear her laughing from up in heaven.
Do you know what it is like to live in a house with five children—four of them teenagers? It’s like living in a hormone palace. Young love and mood-swings and acne abound. While I love them all very much, I craved to be alone and to hear the sweet sound of silence.
So, you would think that after four of them went off to college, leaving only Donny, my seventeen year old, six-foot-four inch, one-hundred-and-ninety pound baby at home, that I would embrace the opportunity to have a sliver of sanity and silence back.
In walked Homicide Detective Cameron Gates from the Pennsylvania State Police.
Was I looking for love? No, I was looking forward to being alone for the first time in my life.
Was I looking to remarry? Well, I have to admit, I loved being married. I loved my wife Valerie. I loved having a partner to share my life with. But was I looking for it? Maybe. Maybe not.
But when love comes knocking on your door, I don’t believe in shutting the blinds and pretending I’m not home. It was glorious the first time around. Why would I refuse to get back on that ride again?
I knew Cameron was it within days of meeting her. Our first “date” was at a crime scene for a cold case.
Months later, we eloped.
That was when the problems started. Seems two of my children didn’t take the elopement well. It wasn’t that they disapproved of Cameron, who is vastly different from their mother. Valerie never packed a nine-millimeter semi-automatic. A couple of my felt as if we had shut them out of this new chapter in our lives together.
The best way to proceed, I concluded, was to give Tracy and J.J., my eldest son, time. Eventually, they would get over it. They would get to know Cameron and forget all about our not having a wedding.
Circumstances would not let that happen.
Weeks after Cameron and I said, “I do,” in front of my pastor at our church, a police cruiser was discovered at the bottom of the lake in the park. The body in that car was turned out to be one of my best childhood friends, a sheriff’s deputy who had disappeared eighteen years ago.
I was the last one to see Mike Gardner alive.
As luck would have it, my daughter Tracy had been secretly dating Hunter Gardner, Mike’s son. So, she came rushing home.
The tension between Tracy and Cameron was palatable. So, I did the only thing I could do—I went for a walk. When women start fussing in the kitchen, the best defense is a fast retreat.
I was chasing Irving, Cameron’s cat who likes to terrorize a man in the neighborhood who drinks too much (Did I mention that Irving is a twenty-five pound Maine Coon who looks like a skunk?), when I discovered the body of Dolly Houseman, our elderly neighbor.
For years, she has been telling everyone that someone had killed one of her girls. No one believed Dolly because she had never been married and had no children. So, we all assumed that she was senile.
Cameron believed her, though. She firmly believed that this was a Real Murder.
Hours after Cameron talked to her about the details of the murder, Dolly Houseman was dead. It wasn’t long after that we discovered that this little old lady who used to babysit me was in reality a retired madam with a lot of secrets and her girl was a prostitute, whose murder Mike was investigating when he was murdered.
Oh, yeah, the discovery of Mike’s body and the murder of Dolly Houseman uncovered a lot of deeply hidden secrets that sent Cameron and I in all different directions in our quest for the truth about what had happened to Mike Gardner. Our investigation ended up taking us back fifty years to the start of everything.
It’s a good thing Cameron and I work well together—both at home and on the case. Love has everything to do with it. That’s what makes us –
The Lovers in Crime.

You can see my review of Real Murder here. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Dallas Area Christians to Stand Up in Support of Christians Persecuted in Iraq

 
Dallas Area Christians to Stand Up in Support of Christians Persecuted in Iraq
Contact: Pastor Stephen E. Broden, 214-394-0098; facebook.com/DFWrallyforpersecutedChristians

DALLAS, Sept. 4, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Christians in North Texas will gather on Sunday September 14th at Dallas City Hall Plaza; at 4:30 pm, for a rally to show their support for humanitarian relief for persecuted Christians in Iraq and other Muslim nations.  A press conference will be held prior to the rally on Wednesday, September 10.
    Press Conference Details:

    WHEN: Wednesday September 10, 2014 at 10:00 am

    WHERE: Fair Park Bible Fellowship 1321 Rowan Ave. Dallas, Texas 75115

    The media is invited to attend and receive additional information about the concerns of the Christian community on this important issue.

    Event Details:

    WHEN:
    September 14, 2014 at 4:30pm.

    WHERE: In front of Dallas City Hall 1500 Marilla Street Dallas, TX.
The deliberate targeting and persecution of Christians by ISIS in Iraq, as well as the blatant attacks on Christian communities throughout the Middle East has caused great concern and offense within the Christian communities of Dallas, Fort Worth and surrounding counties. In Iraq, many Christians are fleeing their homes and cities to escape the brutal jihad against Christians at the hands of ISIS. Many are now refugees in need of humanitarian aid. As confirmed by the Center for the Study of Global Christianity and the Vatican, 100,000 Christians are murdered every year because of their faith. Open Doors Ministry has stated that 9 out of 10 countries cited for the worst atrocities against Christians are Muslim.

Iraqi born Pastor Jalil Dawood of the Arabic Church of Dallas and Pastor Stephen Broden of the Fair Park Bible Fellowship will be featured speakers at the rally. In addition, other notable speakers and pastors will be present.

For more information: Contact: Pastor Stephen E. Broden 214-394-0098 Facebook: DFW Rally of Support for Persecuted Christians www.facebook.com/DFWrallyforpersecutedChristians

KATE AND THE KID

KATE AND THE KID is about a young woman (Kate) who has just lost her job and had a major fight with her boyfriend (also arising from the trauma of being fired). At this very low point in her life, Kate is tricked into taking care of a sweet but emotionally damaged six-year-old girl (Jenny) who only communicates with adults through a doll she calls “Miranda.” As a result of an eventful night of babysitting, Kate begins to bond with Jenny, which causes a whole new set of complications with the people in Kate’s and Jenny’s lives. This book tells the story of how Kate and Jenny help each other to heal, grow, and navigate the difficult and sometimes dangerous world of New York City.


~My Impressions~

Beautiful book that remind us we do not always know what we think we know about someone. When we first meet Kate she comes across as this egotistical, self centered, and as a childish woman. She has just lost her job and boyfriend and is staying across from Jenny wallowing in her own self pity. Jenny is six year old little girls who is very distrustful of adults, reserved and unsure who she can trust anymore after suffering both physical and emotional abuse at the hands of those who were suppose to love her and care for her.

 At first Kate thinks Jenny is just an average kid in need of some basic hygiene, but soon she starts to see the situation differently.  It is not until Kate is basically tricked by Sally to babysit Jenny that she begins to bond with the girls, although she does not realize it right away. As the story develops those bonds are tested time and again as more about Jenny's past and present come to light.

Jenny and Kate test the bonds of love, friendship, trust and loyalty in this heartfelt and inspiring book. This is a book that will touch your soul and make you really think about the issue of child abuse and how one person can make a difference if only they believe. 

 
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~Author Interview~
Thanks for stopping by Our Families Adventure tell me what were you like at school?

Anne was a good student.  Ken was also a good student until the third grade.  After that?  Not so much. 

Were you good at English?

Anne was very good at English.  Ken liked to write the compositions, especially stories, but wishes he had paid more attention to spelling and grammar – as did his teachers.  Ken is still learning the rules.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?

We hope to keep writing as long as we have ideas for books and readers keep enjoying our work.

Which writers inspire you?

We’re both inspired by Kurt Vonnegut and Charles Dickens.  Ken would add William Faulkner and James Joyce.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?

Kate is a rather selfish young lady as the novel begins.  Then she takes care of a little girl (Jenny) who has emotional issues that strike a responsive chord in Kate.  Against the advice of friends and the especially strong urgings of her boyfriend, Kate continues to find excuses to take care of Jenny until she has bonded with the girl as a mother will bond with a child.  The experience transforms Kate and Jenny.

What are you working on at the minute?

We are working on a long novel entitled MINISTER, and several shorter projects as well.

What’s it about?

MINISTER follows a young man named Daniel from his teenage years in a small town in Maryland to his life as a minister at a large congregation in suburban Philadelphia.  The plot revolves around Daniel’s tempestuous interactions with his brother and mother, and his struggles with his own doubts about God and the religion he is espousing.

What genre are your books?

KATE AND THE KID is a mainstream novel.  We also wrote a mystery/suspense book called MIND ME, MILADY, and a book for middle readers/tweens called THINGS ARE NOT WHAT THEY SEEM. 

What draws you to this genre?

We usually start with a story that has a particular theme, and we tell the story in the genre that allows us to make the fullest presentation of what we are trying to do.

When did you decide to become a writer?

We have both wanted to be writers for as long as we can remember thinking about what we wanted to do with our lives.

Why do you write?

We write because we have a story, or a theme, that we feel compelled to express.  If we ever stop feeling that compulsion, we will stop.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?

We had a story that we felt we wanted to try to put down on paper and have people read.

Do you write full-time or part-time?

Ken has always had a full time job as a lawyer and wrote on the weekends and sometimes in the evenings.  Anne worked on writing whenever she could find time while taking care of their home and raising three children.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?

Anne can work almost any time.  Ken prefers to work in the morning.

Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when?

Ken is transitioning to retirement and now works on writing three to four days a week.  Anne works at writing seven days a week.

Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?

No.  Ken would work between approximately 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  After lunch, he would take the kids out or Anne and he would do something together.  Anne worked whenever she found time, but without a page or word time frame.

Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

Ken worked at a typewriter before there were computers.  Now he works at a computer.  Anne works with a pen and a pad.

Where do your ideas come from?

That is a question that people have been wondering about for a long time.  An idea can spring from anywhere – recognizing that there is a story worth telling in the idea is a miracle that has never been explained to us.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

We start with a theme, a basic idea for the plot, and a few important characters.  But many transformations and rewrites occur as we move from the early  drafts to a final product.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?

We’ve gotten to the point that we can recognize a mistake earlier in the process than we did in our beginning years.  We still make mistakes, but we see them sooner.  We are also more willing to cut a mistake and start over.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

Probably the hardest thing about writing is to maintain the belief in yourself that the story you want to write is worth writing and that you are capable of writing it well.  Working together gives a lost of support to get through the doubting moments.  Our collaboration also makes the writing process less lonely.


What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?

Writing a story in which a young woman changes gradually in her attitudes and in her ideas of love and kindness as she takes care of a young emotionally needy little girl.  It is a very small topic, but a very important one.  We worked hard to make the story compelling.

What is the easiest thing about writing?

Sitting down to write is a wonderful experience every time we do it.  It is hard, but it is wonderful.  If we didn’t think so, we would have stopped years ago.  There is a sense of expectancy and excitement when we consider a new scene, new characters, how they will interact, what they will say. It is an amazing feeling.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

Somewhere between one and twenty years.

Do you ever get writer’s Block?

No.  If one idea is not working, we jettison it and find something else.  Writer’s block is the mind telling you that you are doing the wrong thing.

Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?

Consider finding a different way to write a scene.  Maybe even think about trying a different book.  Put something into words.  You can’t edit if you don’t write in the first place.  Likewise, you can’t see what’s wrong sometimes until you commit the bad idea to paper.

What is your favorite motivational phrase?

Get to work you lazy bum!
 
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Monday, September 8, 2014

The Bare Facts: 39 Questions Your Parents Hope You Never Ask About Sex


ISBN:978-0-8024-0255-4
Published: January, 2011
Product Format: Paperback
Page Count: 128
Purchase Book:  Amazon


Sex is everywhere. And misunderstandings about it are even more pervasive. Whether you have questions of your own and don't know who to ask, or you are being asked questions and don't know where to turn-this small book has the answers. Bestselling author and speaker, Josh McDowell believes that no question is off limits and that knowledge, not ignorance, is the key to youthful purity and a fulfilling marriage and family. This book builds on that approach with relevant, pertinent statistics, entertaining anecdotes, and real stories.
This little book will be a very practical tool in the hands of anyone who is struggling, anyone who is curious, anyone who is nervous about asking a "e;dumb question,"e; and most importantly, anyone who desires to learn how to honor God with his or her body. The Bible is clear on a lot of these issues and Josh's candor (and respect for young people) shines through as he shares these truths about sex. Much like Josh's apologetics books, this book will help equip a skeptical generation with the facts they are sorely missing.

My Impressions: 
When I got this book my first gut impression was this would make a good resource, but not an inclusive all in one stop on the topic. I asked my teens what they thought about it and they kinds just skimmed it to sections that appealed to them and ignored the rest. My daughter like the cover with the couple touching heads, my son thought it was horrible. You cant please everyone. What I heard from them both though was that the book was a little dull and they expected more stories around each chapter topic, not just a lot of facts thrown at them. It started to loose their interest.  They seemed to like the bible references and that the book was laid out for them to easily find topics at the front so they did not have to hunt things down and weed through "parts they didn't need or want".

Personally I enjoyed the discussion guide aspect of the book and I think that if it was not their mom talking about these topics they would have been more open, but to them I was prying by asking "leading" questions. I think this would be a great tool for a youth group leader to go over with kids and would open up some great topics for discussion. It just did not work well in the home environment .  The one thing I would say that none of us like was the huge bold print of "Sex". The kids felt embarrassed to bring the book with them anywhere and I personally thought it brought too much attention to the topic if a child wanted to read it but keep it more unknown with what they were reading.


Disclaimer: 
I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The Moody Publishers Review Crew.

Kid Friendly Recipes: Teaching Kids How to Cook

  Why Teach Kids To Cook: 


Why teach them how to cook?
  • They learn basic safety and awareness in the kitchen.
  • Cooking can be a fun time to bond with your kids.
  • Cooking and baking can be educational.
  • Basic math skills are learned (fraction, adding, subtracting, dividing)
  • Teaches independance and self reliance
  • Builds confidence
  • Builds character
  • Great bonding opportunity


 

 

Kid Friendly!

 **All of these recipes come from Menu Musings of a Modern American Mom. 

Benjamin Franklin Economics

"For my own part, I am not so well satisfied of the goodness of this thing. {gov’t mandated charity at the expense of farmers} I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. — I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer. There is no country in the world where so many provisions are established for them; so many hospitals to receive them when they are sick or lame, founded and maintained by voluntary charities; so many alms-houses for the aged of both sexes, together with a solemn general law made by the rich to subject their estates to a heavy tax for the support of the poor. Under all these obligations, are our poor modest, humble, and thankful; and do they use their best endeavours to maintain themselves, and lighten our shoulders of this burthen? — On the contrary, I affirm that there is no country in the world in which the poor are more idle, dissolute, drunken, and insolent. The day you passed that act, you took away from before their eyes the greatest of all inducements to industry, frugality, and sobriety, by giving them a dependance on somewhat else than a careful accumulation during youth and health, for support in age or sickness. In short, you offered a premium for the encouragement of idleness, and you should not now wonder that it has had its effect in the increase of poverty. Repeal that law, and you will soon see a change in their manners. St. Monday, and St. Tuesday, will cease to be holidays. SIX days shalt thou labour, though one of the old commandments long treated as out of date, will again be looked upon as a respectable precept; industry will increase, and with it plenty among the lower people; their circumstances will mend, and more will be done for their happiness by inuring them to provide for themselves, than could be done by dividing all your estates among them.”

—Benjamin Franklin “On the Price of Corn and the Management of the Poor,” London Chronicle, November 29, 1766; Writings 5:537


My daughter and I have been discussing the immigration issue that Texas has been facing as of late with the large influx of illegal immigrants from Mexico that are being carted over here by the thousands, yes you read that right-thousands. I personally have some very strong feelings about this issue, but that is not really the point of this post. From an education perspective we were looking at several things: effects on our welfare system, hospitals, government, jobs, housing, exports, education and law.

Exports-Ben was making an argument against the government forbidding the export of corn to keep the price of corn low. That is the context. It was a common thing for him (and others) to write arguments from the point of view of someone else as if they were that person. He writes this as if her were a farmer, which he was not, and as if he had traveled extensively in his youth to other countries, which he had not. He was not talking about corn though. He was using this argument also regarding  the "Management of the Poor." Warning about what he believes to be the consequences of socialistic fiscal policies. Many would agree with Ben. 

Martial Law-This is something that with our current "president" (I use the term very loosely) declaring Martial Law. We have already seen signs of this. In fact Obama has signed an executive order giving him the right to declare martial law any time he wants and I personally will be surprised if he does not do this sometime before the next election. Even more frightening he would also be able to suspend the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. This leads to two really fascinating options for Americans if Obama was to declare martial law. One we can accept out fate and let Obama rule or two we will have a second American Revolution. Under martial law certain civil liberties may be suspended, such as the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, freedom of association, and freedom of movement. And the writ of habeas corpus may be suspended (this writ allows persons who are unlawfully imprisoned to gain freedom through a court proceeding). Here is a very interesting article on this topic and what the President has already done to set up martial law: http://www.thecommonsenseshow.com/2013/10/11/the-three-stages-of-us-martial-law/

Nowhere to Turn- (Hidden Identity #2)

Nowhere to Turn (SEPT 8th - 15th)

She thought her days of hiding were over . . . but the danger has just begun

The day Danielle Harding takes her eleven-year-old son and flees from her abusive husband is the same day Kurt Harding dies. A relieved Dani believes she and her son are finally safe--but in reality, things are just heating up. When Kurt was alive, he took something important from a mysterious individual--who wants the item back and believes Dani now has it. As she and her son run for their lives, they have nowhere to turn, until she hires Adam Buchanan of Operation Refuge and goes into hiding. Unfortunately, she won't be able to hide for long . . .

From the first breathless scene, this tension-laced story will hold you in its iron grip as bestselling author Lynette Eason propels you along in a race to discover the truth.

My Impressions: 

This book was amazing. Once I picked it up I could not put it down. Full of mystery, intrigue, conspiracy, love, new beginning. It had the works. I really wished I had already read the first book in the series, but this was a great stand alone easily. Centered on Dani and her relationship with her abusive husband Kurt, Dani believes her son, Simon, days of living in fear are over when Kurt is killed. Sadly though it is just the beginning of their struggles and pain.

The only thing that really bothered me when reading this book was some bad editing. All the words that had the double "ff" were missing. So office comes out oice, suffer becomes suer (you get the point) and you just have to figure out what the author is saying. At first it did not bother me so bad, but then it just got annoying. Luckily the story was good enough that I was not tempted to just stop reading.

I adored the light spiritual thread that was weaved throughout the story. There are a couple of parts that come out a little more in your face, but overall it was light enough that a non believer would still easily love this book and strong enough that a believer will easily realize where Dani, Simon and Adam draw their strength and courage from. This fast paced, action packed book is easy to recommend.


Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of the Women of Justice series and the Deadly Reunions series, as well as No One to Trust. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. She has a master's degree in education from Converse College and she lives in South Carolina. Learn more at www.lynetteeason.com.

Disclaimer:  I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The Baker Publishers Review Crew.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A Light in the Wilderness

A Light in the Wilderness (SEPT 1st - 8th)

Three very different women. One dangerous journey. And a future that seems just out of reach.

Letitia holds nothing more dear than the papers that prove she is no longer a slave. They may not cause most white folks to treat her like a human being, but at least they show she is free. She trusts in those words she cannot read--as she is beginning to trust in Davey Carson, an Irish immigrant cattleman who wants her to come west with him.

Nancy Hawkins is loathe to leave her settled life for the treacherous journey by wagon train, but she is so deeply in love with her husband and she knows she will follow him anywhere--even when the trek exacts a terrible cost.

Betsy is a Kalapuya Indian, the last remnant of a once proud tribe in the Willamette Valley in Oregon territory. She spends her time trying to impart the wisdom and ways of her people to her grandson. But she will soon have another person to care for.

As season turns to season, suspicion turns to friendship, and fear turns to courage, three spirited women will discover what it means to be truly free in a land that makes promises it cannot fulfill. This multilayered story from bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick will grip your heart and mind as you travel on the dusty and dangerous Oregon Trail into the boundless American West. Based on a true story.


My Impressions

Heartbreak, tragedy, joy, sorrow, strength and redemption on the Oregon Trail. Jane does a marvelous job weaving together so many fascinating characters as these three women bring who set the spotlight in this book. I cannot imagine what life must have been like for slaves and their freed counterparts. The inner turmoil, fear, insecurity and hope that these women have will forever change your life and the way you think about slavery. These women are so powerful that when I read their stories I think of the book of
James 1: 2-5 "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.  If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him."  Although they may not have counted everything as joy, they held out hope for a brighter tomorrow. 

Although I will admit had this not been based on real life events I might not have taken as much interest in the book. The marriage between Davey ( a white Irishman) and Letitia ( a freed black slave) was interesting to read about. I adored how Letitia wanted the solid foundation they built  based on God and His guidance for their lives and not their own strength. Being a mixed couple with children can be dangerous even still in this generation, and so much more during the days of the Oregon Trail. Although Davey ended up not being such a great man, cowardly in fact, I still admired Letitia perseverance. 

As with any book I read from Jane, my life is better for it and my passion for the Lord strengthened. 

Jane Kirkpatrick is the New York Times and CBA bestselling author of more than twenty-five books, including A Sweetness to the Soul, which won the coveted Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Center. Her works have been finalists for the Christy Award, Spur Award, Oregon Book Award, and Reader's Choice awards, and have won the WILLA Literary Award and Carol Award for Historical Fiction. Many of her titles have been Book of the Month and Literary Guild selections. Jane lives in Central Oregon with her husband, Jerry. Learn more at www.jkbooks.com.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The Baker Publishers & Revell Review Crew.