Jan 032016
 
Kindle Edition, 204 pages
Published by Slogan Books (first published August 31st 2011)
ASIN: B005KKUVX6

Summary

In the exclusive enclave of Grosse Pointe, Michigan, a woman who builds custom guitars is murdered. A disgraced ex-cop turned private investigator is hired by the dead woman’s father and immediately becomes the target of a violent ex-convict. An enigmatic music star performs damage control on her links to the dead woman. And a professional killer who idolizes Keith Richards is brought into town by a mysterious employer.

My Review

Started and finished this book in a single day. I love when I get sucked into a book so quickly that I lose track of time! It has been awhile since I have really enjoyed reading and I am finding some awesome reads lately that are just sucking me straight in.
This was a suspense/mystery without much graphic so I consider it to be a fairly clean read. There was some moments but that was more than expected.
The story for me was quite unique having it be a private investigator rather than a police officer or another member of law being the one who is doing all the leg work and unraveling the mystery/story. I enjoyed the extreme use of humor in this book, it really made it feel like I was reading the thoughts of the narrator rather than just the actions, which was a lot of fun. I love that this story had me guessing as the pages turned. Definitely recommend it to anyone who is into crime novels!!

Dec 112015
 

Yeah my mom has some flaws, but you know what, as her child I see right through them all or maybe it is because the good outweighs those negative little things. She is beautiful and takes great care of herself, she cares for me and my children and even took my kids and raised them as her own when I found myself a teen mom leaving an abusive relationship. Now we all live together as a family of five and it definitely has it’s challenges like that one bathroom thing we have going on!

Yet every night she puts dinner on the table and every day she gets up and puts the kids on the bus for school. She takes care of my daughter’s dog who is hooked to her when my daughter goes to school, she spends money on clothing and school supplies and a billion things more and she doesn’t have to do any of that but because she is a mom she embraces it all and raises little stink.

She is an awesome wife to my dad and they have a stay at home date night each weekend and always have which is so sweet. They poor a glass of wine and watch TV together and chat and don’t let anyone else come in and interrupt them, it clearly keeps the relationship alive.

We grocery shop together each week and have that girl time hanging out and chatting about life. She has been an inspiration to me and is so precious to me. I see so many ladies online who are my age or so and their parents are struggling with health and even passing and I feel so blessed to have parents who are relatively young in comparison. Both being in their 50’s gives them the energy to keep up and to keep them relatable.

This whole entire family journey has been insane but my mom has been my rock through it all, even when I was covered in darkness to the point I couldn’t see God she would remind me why I needed to live and who I needed to live for.

Maybe she will read this, maybe she won’t but I thought it was worth writing about the beautiful woman sitting across from me right now, as she cuddles the Buddy-dog!

Looking for a gift for a mother in your life? Maybe for yourself?

This is the best book I have read about being a mom because Lisa-Jo is raw and honest and isn’t trying to glamourize a thing!

Surprised by Motherhood

A lawyer with a well-stamped passport and a passion for human rights, Lisa-Jo Baker never wanted to be a mom. And then she had kids. Having lost her own mother to cancer as a teenager, Lisa-Jo felt lost on her journey to womanhood and wholly unprepared to raise children.

Surprised by Motherhood is Lisa-Jo’s story of becoming and being a mom, and in the process, discovering that all the “what to expect” and “how to” books in the world can never truly prepare you for the sheer exhilaration, joy, and terrifying love that accompanies motherhood.

Set partly in South Africa and partly in the US (with a slight detour to Ukraine along the way), Surprised by Motherhood is a poignant memoir of one woman’s dawning realization that being a mom isn’t about being perfect―it’s about being present.


Oct 012015
 


Honestly? I have no clue what my topic is for this challenge. I am hoping it will be inspiring, but in reality it is going to be a journal/diary of my days and of what is going on in life. Nothing fancy here, just me in the raw-only every day for 31 days!


Today is day 1 of the challenge and I was planning to post some photos of fall. Maybe I will insert some of the blood moon that we had this past week.acts

almost complete

I have had a few unexpected things happen already this fall and fall has only begun. First, we have mice in the house. I am apparently allergic to mice. I know right!? Like seriously, who knows that they have mice before they see them because they start breaking out and their eyes are burning other than me? Okay, my brother, he has the same reaction. Are we weird? I am thinking yes!

On the 24th of September my great uncle Fred passed away. He wasn’t THAT old at only 78, the memorial service was on Monday and was really intimate and sweet. Though, it was hard on me as my grandpa, his brother, passed away two years ago on September 26th. It was definitely a déjà vu moment to be sitting at a funeral in the same weather on the same dates only two years apart. My heart was broken again, and it broke a little extra knowing what my uncles children and grandchildren were feeling. Praise the Lord that his grandchildren and his children were able to all make it in as everyone lives in a different part of the country.

One thing that sucks though? Having family reunions only when someone dies. I think we need to purpose to get together more often, you know, before a funeral calls us all home. It is hard with such a large family, but we are all getting older and the funerals are coming closer together. Funerals, shouldn’t be normal either, yet they are, at least for me.

I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return.
~Philippians 1:9-10~

OOOH I am excited about the (In)courage book selection for the book club coming up!! It is Simply Tuesday by Emily P. Freeman. She rocks, the book rocks and I actually have a copy because I was part of the launch team! Normally, I can’t afford to buy a book and join in on the fun so this is extra exciting for me to get to do. I believe I have only been able to participate in one study with (in)courage before and one with P31 Ministry’s!

Well my friends, I would love for you to leave a comment below, my blog uses the app CommentLuv and that means that if you have a blog too you will be able to put in your blog address when commenting which will leave me and all the other readers a link to your most recent post!! Awesome right? If you subscribe to my blog you can even select a specific post to link to instead of it going to your most recent! I love this plugin/app through WordPress and I really hope you take advantage of it here! I love to read your blogs but it is seriously hard to keep track of everyone!

Let’s chat some more tomorrow!

My review of Simply Tuesday!

Jul 282015
 

Jul 172015
 

I am so excited to be a part of the Simply Tuesday book launch team, and then I got word that I am also a part of the Comfort Food book launch team! Two of my favorite people launching books, Emily P. Freeman and Asheritah Ciuciu.

How fun is that? I can’t afford books these days so getting free ones is awesome, getting free ones before the rest of the world gets them? Even better!! I feel so incredibly blessed to be able to work with so many awesome people, from publishers and authors to people who are paid to help these lovely people get their stories read and reviewed. It has been awesome and it is how I really began blogging.

I began my book blog when I realized that I was reading faster than I could afford and after a few visits to our local library and seeing that they didn’t carry many books, free internet was in surplus though!

Then one day as I was writing simply for myself I decided to publish my own story. My own pain and suffering. I knew I needed to heal and that the only way to heal was to be honest with my past. I realize now that I am looking back that this was God’s way of showing me how to heal. He was guiding me through the thick of life so that I could find an inner peace with the past that I had never had before.

I am nowhere near healed though. I still have flashbacks, nightmares, panic attacks. I can still feel the chains that once held me like phantoms on my flesh. It still hurts.

BUT, because of God’s grace I am alive. I didn’t die all those times I tried to end things. I didn’t die at the hand of the coward who hurt me, I am safe from all of that.

So, when I see these normal people writing encouraging books and blessing others with their words I can only hope that one day my story will be written out cohesively enough to encourage others too. Maybe in my own book, and I will have a bunch of author friends who will be able to show me the ropes and get me where I am going.

Because, God, he has a plan, for all of this, all of the yesterdays that have turned me into who I am today and for the tomorrows that are yet to come. His plan is laid out in the form of a magnificent piece of canvas painted with detail that no man could ever achieve and there are mountains to climb and valleys to walk through but in the end it always, ALWAYS brings me back to him.

Our obsession with bigger and faster is spinning us out of control. We move through the week breathless and bustling, just trying to keep up while longing to slow down. 

But real life happens in the small moments, the kind we find on Tuesday, the most ordinary day of the week. Tuesday carries moments we want to hold onto–as well as ones we’d rather leave behind. It holds secrets we can’t see in a hurry–secrets not just for our schedules but for our souls. It offers us a simple bench on which to sit, observe, and share our stories.

For those being pulled under by the strong current of expectation, comparison, and hurry, relief is found more in our small moments than in our fast movements. In Simply Tuesday, Emily P. Freeman helps readers

· stop dreading small beginnings and embrace today’s work
· find contentment in the now–even when the now is frustrating or discouraging
· replace competition with compassion
· learn to breathe in a breathless world

Jesus lived small moments well, slow moments fully, and all moments free. He lives with us still, on all our ordinary days, creating and redeeming the world both in us and through us, one small moment at a time. It’s time to take back Tuesday, to release our obsession with building a life, and believe in the life Christ is building in us–every day.

$14.99 USD

May 262015
 

Author: James Anderson
Hardcover: 288 pages
Published: February 15th 2015
By: Caravel Mystery Books
ISBN: 0912887109
ISBN13: 9780912887104

Summary

BEN JONES, the protagonist of James Anderson s haunting debut novel, The Never-Open Desert Diner (Caravel Books, February, 2015), is on the verge of losing his small trucking company. A single, thirty-eight-year-old truck driver, Ben s route takes him back and forth across one of the most desolate and beautiful regions of the Utah desert. The orphan son of a Native American father and a Jewish social worker, Ben is drawn into a love affair with a mysterious woman, Claire, who plays a cello in the model home of an abandoned housing development in the desert. Her appearance, seemingly out of nowhere, reignites a decades-old tragedy at a roadside café referred to by the locals as The Never-Open Desert Diner. The owner of the diner, Walt Butterfield, is an embittered and solitary old man who refuses to yield to change after his wife s death. Ben s daily deliveries along the atmospheric and evocative desert highway bring him into contact with an eccentric cast of characters that includes: John, an itinerant preacher who drags a life-sized cross along the blazing roadside; the Lacey brothers, Fergus and Duncan, who live in boxcars mounted on cinderblocks; and Ginny, a pregnant and homeless punk teenager whose survival skills make her an unlikely heroine. Ben s job as a truck driver is more than a career; it is a life he loves. As he faces bankruptcy and the possible loss of everything that matters to him, he finds himself at the heart of a horrific crime that was committed forty years earlier and now threatens to destroy the lives of those left in its wake. Ben discovers the desert is relentless in its grip, and what the desert wants, it takes. An unforgettable story of love and loss, Ben learns the enduring truth that some violent crimes renew themselves across generations. The Never-Open Desert Diner is a unique blend of literary mystery and noir fiction that evokes a strong sense of place. It is a story that holds the reader and refuses to let go and will linger long after the last page.

My Review

I *thought* I had reviewed this book but apparently I somehow forgot, which is a surprise because the book is a really great one! My dad is a truck driver so in some of the things I can relate simply by going to work with him when I was a kid. This book begins with a man who seems to be hiding in the desert, away from his feelings, we are then introduced to several other characters, all of whom have their own degree of mystery. The book is well written, a fun and easy read and one I am excited to keep on my shelf. I have an uncorrected proof that was sent to me in exchange for my honest review so I won’t go into detail in case edits were made. Overall five stars and a thumbs up!

About the Author

James Anderson was born in Seattle, Washington and raised in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. He received his undergraduate degree in American Studies from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and his Masters Degree in Creative Writing from Pine Manor College in Boston Massachusetts.

Undergraduate thesis: Word-man/Poet: The Poetry and Poetics of Lew Welch

Masters thesis: The Never-Entered Kingdom: Beyond Linguistics in the Rendering of the Literary Child in Adult Fiction

His first publication in a national magazine, a poem entitled Running It Down, occurred at age nineteen, in Poetry Northwest. The poem was later anthologized. His poems, short fiction, essays, reviews and interviews have appeared in Northwest Review, New Letters, The Bloomsbury Review, Solstice Magazine and many others.

In 1974, while still an undergraduate, Anderson founded Breitenbush Books, a book publisher specializing in literature and general interest trade titles. From 1974 to 1991 Anderson served as publisher and executive editor. Breitenbush received many awards for its books, including three Western States Book Awards, juried by Robert Penn Warren, Elizabeth Hardwick, N. Scott Momaday, Jonathan Galassi, Jorie Graham, Denise Levertov, William Kittredge and others. Notable authors published include Mary Barnard, Bruce Berger, Clyde Rice, Naomi Shihab Nye, Michael Simms, William Greenway, John Stoltenberg, Sam Hamill and Gary Miranda.

From 1995 to 2002 Anderson co-produced documentary films, including Tara’s Daughters, narrated by Susan Sarandon. The film, which won Best Documentary at the New York Film Festival, chronicled the plight of Tibetan women refugees as carriers of Tibetan culture in the diaspora.

Proverbial Beauty

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May 242015
 

Proverbial Beauty: Secrets for success and happiness from the wisdom of the ages
Paperback:
244 pages
Expected publication: July 1st 2015
By: Timewise Press
ISBN: 0692369201
ISBN13: 9780692369203

Summary

We live in a world of endless contradictions. Work vs. family. Money vs. fulfillment. Desires vs. obligations. The body vs. the spirit. We rely on conventional wisdom to point us forward. But conventional wisdom gets it wrong more often than we imagine.

Open this book and celebrate the marriage between the greatest collection of verbal images in history — King Solomon’s Book of Proverbs — and the most famous visual image in the world — Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

· Find tranquility in the midst of conflict
· Develop attitudes that deepen relationships
· Gain clarity through times of darkness and confusion
· Decrease cynicism and find joy in the daily miracles that fill our lives.

Take a guided tour beneath the surface of the world we live in through the lens of news stories, historical vignettes, folktales, the wonders of nature, and the discoveries of science — all woven together in a lyrical and surprising medley of the human experience.

Researchers have no explanation why people, when blindfolded, can’t walk a straight line; but what is it about human nature that makes us wander in circles? What does former NYC Mayor Bloomberg’s plan to ease Manhattan traffic with “congestion pricing” reveal about the way we make decisions? What can fig harvesting, migraine headaches, and two Miss America titleholders teach us about the underpinnings of emotional well-being?

The answers to 3000 years’ of questions are here, revealed for every seeker of truth and self-awareness in the language of our modern era. Guided by the wisdom of Solomon and the mysteries of the Mona Lisa, learn how to find tranquility in the midst of chaos, how to savor the moments of everyday life, and how to resolve the paradoxes of the human heart.

My Review

I was raised Catholic and have been a Christian for as long as I can remember. So when Yonason Goldson emailed me inquiring about a review of this book I was a little hesitant. I received this book in exchange for an honest review. The book is amazing and I found myself taking notes before the first chapter even began. This book is full of wisdom and is beautifully written in a way that makes it relatable to everyone. It took me awhile to read through because I was note-taking and such. It will be on my shelf and in my “to read” pile for years to come!! Love it!

About the Author

I graduated the University of California with a degree in English in 1983, then set off across the United States hitching rides and sleeping in hostels, campgrounds, or by the side of the road.  Half a year later, I set out farther afield, this time across Europe, intending to circle the globe via Africa, Australia, and a return trip to Asia.  (But that’s another story.)

Too weary to carry on after months on ten-dollars-a-day, I crossed the Mediterranean for the Land of Israel.  There, I planned to occupy myself picking oranges on a kibbutz before stalking the southern hemisphere.  You can read about some of my adventures here .

We know what happens when Man plans.  A strong dollar had given a few million other young Americans the same idea, and there wasn’t a spot to be found on any kibbutz in the country — an unprecedented event.  With dwindling funds and a depleted constitution, I took a most unlikely turn and found myself as a neophyte in a talmudical seminary.

It took two months, ceaseless bouts of syllogistic sparring, and a former professor of philosophy from Johns Hopkins University to convince me to see the world in a new light.  Read about how my background in literature sparked my personal awakening here .

I spent the next nine years learning ancient languages and studying the accumulated wisdom of 3300 years, starting a family, earning my rabbinic ordination, and acquiring the credentials to teach Mankind’s most profound wisdom to others.  After leaving Israel, my wife and I spent a year teaching in Budapest, Hungary.  You can get a taste of our experiences here .

Two years later we moved to St. Louis, Missouri, where we have lived since 1996.  I teach high school, lecture adults, and write on contemporary issues, currents events, inspiration, education, childraising, history, philosophy, spirituality, and self-awareness for Jewish and popular journals.

In between the responsibilities of my day-job, I have been invited to address such organizations as the Kiwanis Club, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and Oasis, as well as a variety of religious and secular audiences.

http://yonasongoldson.com/

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