Monday, March 27, 2017


If you are looking for something new and different to read try THE MOTH PRESENTS:  ALL THESE WONDERS.  There are around forty-five personal stories in this book told by people from all walks of life. These stories are so good I will go back over some of them again to make sure I didn't miss something.  Etched on the cover it says TRUE STORIES ABOUT FACING THE UNKNOWN.  And indeed that is what they are! These stories were first told out loud onstage at Moth events across the country.  Now the best stories have been compiled into this book with as little changed as possible from the spoken words of the tellers on stage. If I were to state it glibly I would say it is a CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL  sort of thing that meets "Ted Talks".   There is a forward written by popular author Neil Gaiman so that tells you he is a fan of THE MOTH.

Some of the stories are told by semi-famous and famous people but others are not.  In one story a former child soldier from Africa tells of adapting to adoption and high school life in the United States.  In another story a scientist works through miraculous steps on a project to view the planet Pluto up close.  There are stories included in the book told by a concentration camp survivor, a refugee, and other immigrants.  The title of ALL THESE WONDERS is taken from one of the stories in the book. 

I don't agree with some of what is expressed in every single story but all the stories are informative and interesting. It is a book you will want to keep but also share with others. It is edited by Catherine Burns and published by Crown Archetype.

I selected this book for review because it sounded like a great book.  I enjoyed reading it because it was entertaining as well as full of details to learn and ponder. It made me think about what my own Moth stories might be.

* cover photo provided by the publisher and Blogging for Books. 
I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Thursday, March 2, 2017

The Hum of Angels by Scot Mcknight

THE HUM OF ANGELS by Scot McKnight is a new book soon to be published.  It deals with the biblical definition of angels and not what the popular media and movies make angels out to be. A little bit of artistic license is used for the title but other then that it is right on target with biblical scripture concerning the subject of angels.

What Angels are not:

Angels are not humans who are deceased.

What Angels Are:

Angels are a complete and separate entity of their own created by God.

So okay I just had to get that one out there as that is something that irks me when people assume otherwise.  McKnight provides plenty of scripture to back this up.  He also provides a few stories people have told him about how they were helped or rescued by angels. I don't want to give away the whole contents of the book and I also don't want to discourage anyone from reading it.  It could be very important information for someone.

Do you believe in angels? Chances are you do believe in angels and if you don't believe in them you may wish to believe in them. If more people shared experiences they had with angels with each other it could change the world for the better.

I chose this book for review as I am interested in this subject. One of my favorite books is a book Billy Graham wrote on angels back in the 1970's.  I first found Graham's book at a thrift store and then was delighted to find out a few years later that a great grandmother had had a copy of her own.  McKnight cites Billy Graham's book on angels as one of his sources so that is good.  Graham's book on angels has a focus on end times while McKnight's book on angels speaks more to human redemption.

Scott McKnight is a well known author who has published many books on similar religious subjects.  I received this book as an uncorrected proof from Blogging for Books via the publisher in exchange for a honest review. I plan to share my copy with others.

*book cover image credited to the publisher.

Monday, January 23, 2017


People of The Second Chance is a movement, a non-profit organization, and now a book. Mike Foster is the person behind all three of these things. The non-profit part seems to primarily deal with encouraging prisoners and ex-convicts to not give up on in their rehabilitation journey.  That part is not anything new really and many religious organizations do much the same as Christianity is redemption based at heart.  That being said, I was initially a little bored the first few chapters of the book.  However, when the book changed over to more personal matters it caught my full attention.  So read on!

Mike Foster quickly gets personal in PEOPLE OF THE SECOND CHANCE.  He not only gives recommendations on loving others but also gives recommendations of how to be kinder to yourself.  Some of these things are general knowledge type things but I feel he included them because someone asked him to include them.  They are also subjects that help him be more transparent. However, we all have different needs in our daily and work lives so use your own judgment how transparent you might need to be.



One article I saw called it a Manifesto.  I assume that person decided to label it that because it was about Christianity and Jesus.  If that is why they called it a manifesto, then manifesto on baby...
The book is full of stories about people they have met along the way in ministry.  Lots of Bible stories and scriptures  included.
There are even stories included from my home state of Kentucky. 

The actual full title is:  PEOPLE OF THE SECOND CHANCE:
A GUIDE TO BRINGING LIFE-SAVING LOVE TO THE WORLD.  Online resources are,  The actual physical aspects of the book I heartily approve of.  The book is sturdy and compact, not too big or too little. The paper is such good quality paper! Which good paper is a book lovers dream...

I received this book free of charge for review from Blogging for Books and from the publisher Waterbrook. I selected this book for review because I felt it fit in with my blog in the interest of learning and moving Onward. 

Many churches are about loving people.  I can attest to this having grown up in church. Many pastors truly are "people of the second chance."  That is not always the message people feel at church as churches are still social organizations and can be in a constant state of flux. I also feel many people just often resist friendliness and love these days. It may not be considered cool to be seen talking to the square Cristian who doesn't drink or party, no matter how friendly that Christian may be. It may get on some people's nerves if someone is always being cheerful or giving encouraging words to people.  WHERE IS THE LOVE?  Many people just don't want it. 

That last paragraph is mine and doesn't have anything to do with the book!  Check out the book and let me know what you think on this subject.   


Tuesday, December 27, 2016


THE MORTIFICATIONS by Derek Palacio is a novel about a Cuban family in the 1980's.  Page one starts in full of drama and action as things come to a head in their little family forcing the mother to make extreme choices for her and her children.  A new life in the United States with all it's differences and advantages detailed in the mix. Mortifications is a term identified with the Catholic religion that often included people hurting themselves physically for punishment.  There is a lot of Catholicism in the novel.  The term Mortifications in Palacio's novel refers more to the mental mortifications and punishments people often put themselves through for what they perceive as their failures. The novel has a little of the mystic in it as well as down and dirty gritty details of life.  It is a story of what can take place in the mind during life due to what has been programmed into your mind or what has happened to you in life. It is amazing to think of how someone may be gone from your life for several decades, yet you think of them in some kind of way every day.
I enjoyed reading this book and gave a copy to a family friend at Christmas.  Having been written by a man it is not too much of a chick flick to be limited to reading by women only. THE MORTIFICATIONS would be a great movie with the contrast of the beautiful exotic scenery of the island of Cuba with the practical, organized coziness of New England.  In fact it most likely will be a movie.  It has all the qualities of the new hit TV show "THIS IS US".   
Find out more about the author at
*I received this book at no charge in exchange for a review of the book from Blogging for Books.  They provided the image of the book cover as well.

Saturday, November 12, 2016


I adored everything about the book THE TEA PLANTER'S WIFE by Dinah Jefferies.  I was drawn to the cover, I liked it's big size, and the story itself reminded me of something the masters themselves, Victoria Holt or Phyllis A. Whitney may have written. An old fashioned historical novel with more of a modern attitude to it.  The story speaks to married love and sex, family life, culture differences, race relations, and the advance of technology that was changing lives in the 1920's and 30's.

A very young bride leaves England to join her new husband on the island formerly known as Ceylon.  The natives are somewhat exotic and mysterious to her, as is her new husband that she hasn't spent much time with yet.  She has servants of a different race, her sister in law seems a little off kilter, and who is that American woman who always acts too familiar with her husband?  Secrets swirl around the death of the former mistress of the house and soon secrets are swirling in her own day to day life as well.

Secrets are what I wondered about after I read this book.  How much hurt has been done in this world and how much confusion has been caused simply because people felt the need to keep secrets!

This book is a best seller in England and has now been released recently in other countries.  Score!
I received this book free of charge in exchange for reviewing it.  I am reviewing this book for Blogging for Books and obtained the book cover photo from there. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

40 DAYS TO A JOYFUL MOTHERHOOD: Devotions and Coloring Book to Nourish Mom by Sarah Humphrey

40 DAYS TO A JOYFUL MOTHERHOOD by Sarah Humphrey is a book that could make all the difference for the better in a reader's life.  It combines a series of daily devotions that pertain to motherhood with adult coloring pages for relaxation and inspiration.  In 40 DAYS TO A JOYFUL MOTHERHOOD Humphrey addresses such subjects as
acceptance, caring for one's self, forgiveness, and reconciliation.  Traditional Christian values are expressed in the book as well as verses and scripture from the Bible.  The devotions are well organized and to the point. This is a book that would make a great gift for a mother anytime of year. 

I was excited to see that the author, Sarah Humphrey resides in Nashville, TN and that the publisher of the book Abingdon Press has headquarters in Nashville as well.  Not to mention the book is manufactured in The United States of America! I plan to pass this copy on to a family member for their enjoyment.  Find out more about the book and the author at

*book jacket image credit to litfuse publicity group.
**I received this book free of charge to review.