SparkPeople Christian Bookworms Team Messageboard This team is for those that are interested in reading christian books. Share the book(s) that have inspired you, and encourage each other in both our weight loss journey and our spiritual journey. SparkPeople Christian Bookworms Team Messageboard Any recommendations for books in these categories? Trying to find some books to fill these categories in the 52 book challenge. Do you have any favourites/suggestions? Thanks :-) <BR> <BR> 1) A Christian fiction book with a beautiful cover <BR> <BR> 2) A historical Christian fiction book <BR> <BR> 3) A Christian romance novel <BR> <BR> 4) A Christian novel <BR> <BR> <em>149</em> <em>213</em> <em>150</em> <BR> Thu, 5 Nov 2020 03:57:54 EST 52 Topic Intentional Christian Reading Challenge This is a Christian reading challenge for anyone who is a follower of Christ and desires to read more with "intention". <BR> <BR> 52 "Intentional" reading topics. Members read the book of their choice for that week's challenge topic. <BR> <BR> You can choose between: <BR> a LIGHT 13 categories plan, <BR> an AVID 26 categories plan, <BR> a COMMITTED 52 categories plan, <BR> or a SUPER CHALLENGED 2 books for each of the 52 categories. <BR> <BR> 1. A book about Prayer. <BR> 2. A book about... Mon, 2 Nov 2020 21:12:37 EST Hello Hi all, I've been MIA for sooo long. It's this new job. I am popping in to say hello. <em>213</em> I've been reading a lot (for me). I really liked : <BR> "The Book of Negroes" (L. Hill) <BR> "Love in a Broken Vessel" (M. Andrews) <BR> "Salt Water and Honey: Lost Dreams. Good Grief. And a Better Story" (L. Lowrie) <BR> <BR> "Long Way Gone" (C Martin) was ok, great for guitar enthusiasts. <BR> <BR> Hubby has been very, very sick and due to his illness and doing part-time keto in January... Thu, 16 Jul 2020 17:39:51 EST Free Mesu Andrews book through August 7, 2020 Hi all <em>213</em> I've been MIA but have been reading...a lot! (For me, lol). Also managed to lose 22# due to husband's illness and part keto. <BR> <BR> I thought of you guys because did you see that Mesu Andrews' "By the Waters of Babylon" is free through August 7. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When I saw that I had to come here and make sure everyone in this group sees it. I just love Mesu Andrews! Thu, 16 Jul 2020 17:29:59 EST Coping with COVID-19 Maybe this is just something I need, but I thought we might enjoy a chat thread focused on getting through these times we're in right now. Kim and Wade actually have the virus; Connie and Bill have a trip that's up in the air at the moment; Cindy and her husband have uncertainty about their jobs when this is over. So feel free to share anything ... thoughts, concerns, how you're feeling emotionally and physically, maybe some fun ways you're coping, any good news in your life at the moment, et... Sat, 18 Apr 2020 17:10:34 EST 2020 reading challenges: These are the reading challenges through Avid Readers Of Christian Fiction, in case anyone is interested in a challenge. One is just one book per month, the other is 12 per quarter. All with different topics, etc. <BR> <BR> 2020 Christian Fiction Monthly Reading Challenge <BR> January: Indie Published Author you have never read before <BR> February: A story with hearts on the cover, or in the title <BR> March: An author that has a last name that starts with the first letter of your first ... Fri, 10 Jan 2020 14:13:49 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 2 Jan 2020 12:19:55 EST Question of the Day 1/1 Happy New Year all! Please share any goals you might have for 2020 - book related, health, etc. Wed, 1 Jan 2020 13:52:25 EST Christian Fiction Devourers (Goodreads group) I wanted to share about a very active reading group on Goodreads called Christian Fiction Devourers. They love books and they love to talk about them ... and they also have lots of activities to choose from if you're interested, such as group reads and buddy reads. <BR> <BR> But I specifically wanted to let you know about their yearly reading-themed challenges, which I think are lots of fun. Some run for the whole year, others for shorter periods of time. You just pick as many as interest y... Tue, 31 Dec 2019 13:12:47 EST Christmas question - Books What Christmas-themed books have you read so far this year? And do you have a favorite or favorites? Tue, 17 Dec 2019 14:47:33 EST Question of the Day 10/31 Not that we celebrate Halloween, but things like costumes, games, fall festivals, etc can be fun. So do you have any favorite memories revolving around this day? Thu, 31 Oct 2019 10:37:49 EST new Ruthann, born again believer; made a child of God through the blood of Jesus Christ. <BR> I love Christian team . I may not get to be here as often as I wish for I am leader of Team Bible Study on Revelation. All welcome to join if you have time. <BR> Also I am now active member of another team that I started. <BR> <BR> Hugs and best wishes to all. Sun, 13 Oct 2019 17:32:37 EST Question of the Day 8/29 While we all love fiction, how many of you have read a good non-fiction book lately? Anything that you would recommend? Thu, 29 Aug 2019 12:56:00 EST Memory Verse Ideas Years and years ago our Pastor challenged us to go through the Scriptures and title each book and then each chapter of the book, as well as choosing a memory verse that would remind us of what that chapter is about. I took up that challenge. I wasn't always able to come up with a title because often times in books like Mark and Luke, they have so many different things happening in one chapter. I was amazed at how much I was able to find in the Word by just remembering the chapter titles. As I... Thu, 29 Aug 2019 12:39:31 EST Question of the Day 8/1 I thought it would be fun to throw out a question once in a while for some good conversation. Not every day, just periodically. So here's the first ... <BR> <BR> The new month of August: For some, it means the last few weeks of summer vacation, while for others, it is back to school (schools in the area where I live started yesterday, 8/1). What does August mean to you, and do you have any special activities planned? Fri, 2 Aug 2019 14:33:40 EST Rev. Graham's Pray for Trump on 6/2 Request This is a email from Fr. Heilman who does the Novena for the Nation. The links are not active but can be accessed through his website <BR> mission-june-2-pray-with-christians-na <BR> tionwide-for-the-president-of-the-unit <BR> ed-states/ <BR> <BR> Evangelist Franklin Graham sent an email and posted a Facebook message to his social media followers over the past weekend, asking them to pray for President Donald Trump on June 2. <BR> <BR> In his Faceb... Thu, 30 May 2019 14:52:44 EST Franklin Graham's Pray for Trump Request on 6/2 This is a email from Fr. Heilman who does the Novena for the Nation. The links are not active but can be accessed through his website <BR> mission-june-2-pray-with-christians-na <BR> tionwide-for-the-president-of-the-unit <BR> ed-states/ <BR> <BR> Evangelist Franklin Graham sent an email and posted a Facebook message to his social media followers over the past weekend, asking them to pray for President Donald Trump on June 2. <BR> <BR> In his Faceb... Thu, 30 May 2019 14:49:28 EST Question! Help! Do you guys know if Beth More has written any individual Bible studies? Or only for groups?? The internet isn't helping me much in this search (or this migraine is preventing me from seeing an obvious answer, lol.) I LOVE Beth Moore's studies....but would be doing it by myself. (And I don't want to have to pay for the videos and such...) Hope this all made sense, lol. Tue, 19 Feb 2019 10:23:08 EST Book Deals Just wanted to share that Tyndale has some romance-themed ebooks marked down. No idea how long these deals will last. I especially wanted to recommend Paper Hearts by Courtney Walsh, 99 cents currently. It's the first one I ever read by her and I've been trying to read her books ever since. Here's the link: <BR> <link><BR>Courtney-Walsh-ebook/dp/B00LPQOJVY/ref<BR>=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1550176686&amp<BR>;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=9781414398716 </link> <BR> ... Thu, 14 Feb 2019 15:44:15 EST Book Review: Reason to Breathe by Deborah Raney <img src=""> <BR> Below is the link to my review of Reason to Breathe, which I really enjoyed. If you like contemporary or women's fiction, this is a good one. There's also a giveaway going on through 12/10 if anyone is interested. You can enter on my blog post below. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>12/review-tour-giveaway-reason-to-brea<BR>the.html </link> Wed, 5 Dec 2018 14:17:49 EST Book Review: Chosen People by Robert Whitlow <img src=""> <BR> Chosen People by Robert Whitlow <BR> Reviewed at <link>https://booksmusicandlife.blogspot.c<BR>om/2018/11/review-tour-giveaway-chosen<BR>-people-by.html </link> <BR> <BR> If you enjoy contemporary stories involving Christians, Arabs, and Jews, this is most excellent and compelling. It was my first read by Robert Whitlow and I really like his writing. I think his previous books are just legal th... Tue, 4 Dec 2018 17:46:13 EST Book Review: Max Lucado's 1 Corinthians "Life Lessons: 1st Corinthians" - Max Lucado Bibles Study <BR> <BR> 5 out of 5 stars! <BR> <BR> Let me preface this by saying that although I have done dozens of Bible Studies over the years, I have never done one by Max Lucado. I am HUGELY impressed. It was simple enough that anyone can do it (as opposed to some that are super in-depth and would take a more "experienced" Christian a bit of effort.) Yet it was packed full with information, Biblical references, and real life relevance. <... Tue, 30 Oct 2018 15:16:56 EST Our Responsibility during a Disaster These are two very good blogs from Pastor David Gould. <BR> 09/29/18 GREAT DISTRESS AFTER THE HURRICANE MESS <BR> <BR> Don't forget, there is still great distress as well as great beauty. <BR> Untold numbers are homeless, sick, bereaved, wiped out, destitute, jobless, broken, hopeless, separated from loved ones. <BR> Countless elderly people and families have no where to live and no one to help them. <BR> People are without food, water, medical treatment, shelter, clothing. <BR> <BR> The af... Wed, 3 Oct 2018 13:10:20 EST Bible Chapter Titles and Memory Verses 1 – Genealogy and Jesus Birth <BR> 18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows. When His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. <BR> 19 And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man, and not wanting to disgrace her, desired to put her away secretly. <BR> 20 But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as... Tue, 25 Sep 2018 13:20:06 EST I'm new to the team. Hello, <BR> <BR> I'm new to the team and glad to be here. <BR> <BR> After suffering the tragic loss of my teenage son, I turned to food for comfort. (It didn't work!) Now, with God's help, I'm trying to honor his memory in any way possible. I'm working on getting healthy, so I don't add to the massive pain this grief has brought. <BR> <BR> I enjoy reading Christian fiction. I like mysteries and am currently reading Vanished by Irene Hannon. I enjoy the Secrets of Mary's Bookshop ser... Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:24:24 EST Joined your team I love to read Christian inspirational books! Right now I am reading God Speaks by Ray Comfort. It is a book about Job. I can't wait to share and get to know you all. Sat, 28 Apr 2018 19:00:04 EST Book Review: Raising Great Kids "Raising Great Kids" - Cloud and Townsend <BR> <BR> 3.5 out of 5 stars <BR> <BR> I chose this book because I have read several of their other books. I like their writing style, but more importantly their advice and concepts. This book wasn't bad, by any means. It just didn't seem to have a lot of unique content. Perhaps this is because I just read two of their other books (one of which was also about parenting.) <BR> <BR> Overall, worth the read if you have the time, but I would choo... Mon, 23 Apr 2018 19:07:55 EST hello from Colorado Hello everyone. My name is Kara. I just turned 50, have 3 grown children, single for 20 years, work the graveyard shift and for the first time....taking care of me! I'm excited to be here and looking forward to get to know you and interact with this team. Fri, 13 Apr 2018 01:56:46 EST Jesus Never Wavered in Going to the Cross Many believe today that, in the Garden, Jesus weakened and didn't want to go to the cross - but these blog posts show how that just isn't true! <BR> <BR> 03/22/18 JESUS NEVER TRIED TO AVOID THE CROSS. <BR> His struggle in the Garden was to escape impending death before He could get to the cross. <BR> <BR> A brief statement concerning Jesus' approach to the cross. I actually have an article that is over 17,000 words long, which explains why Jesus did not fear or try to escape or avoid the... Wed, 28 Mar 2018 14:12:00 EST Goodreads Giveaways - Ending March 5-10 Here's this week's giveaways shared by my blogger friend, Carrie ... <BR> <BR> Haven't won anything, but it's still fun to enter ... only takes a few seconds to click! One of these is an e-book giveaway of 100 copies, so maybe the odds are better on that one. Here's the link: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/goodreads-giveaways-weekly-update-mar<BR>ch-3/ </link> Sat, 3 Mar 2018 18:33:21 EST Goodreads Giveaways - Week of January 27 For those of you who enter Goodreads giveaways or might be interested in doing so, I wanted to share this blog post from one of my friends. Every Saturday, Carrie lists upcoming giveaways in Christian fiction and non-fiction, making it easy to see at a glance anything that interests you. I occasionally enter, but rarely win, although I have won a couple in the past. Anyway, it's fun to enter. Somebody's got to win, right? <BR> <BR> Here's this week's post ... <BR> <link>readingismysuperpow... Sat, 27 Jan 2018 16:34:28 EST 2018 NEW YEAR CHALLENGE Here it is Ladies! Our new beginning at a lifestyle change. <BR> <BR> Like most of you, I enjoyed too many holiday sweets - actually, I never lost those extra pounds from last Christmas. I need this challenge. I have 30 pounds I need to get rid of. Here is the gist of the challenge. <BR> <BR> The challenge will last for three months. I know that seems like a long time, but it takes time to change habits. I'm not giving you habits to change, you are going to be setting new goals for your li... Fri, 29 Dec 2017 14:48:04 EST Review (Christmas): The Hope of Christmas The Hope of Christmas by Jodie Wolfe, Terri Wangard, and Linda Shenton Matchett <BR> Review: <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I haven't read any of these authors previously and wasn't sure what to expect, but I really enjoyed this novella collection. The first one is kind of traditional and predictable, but still good; the other two are World War II stories, totally different and surprisingly good. For those who have Kindle Unlimited, it's available there. Wed, 20 Dec 2017 14:21:59 EST A Blog Post from My Pastor: A New Year's Challenge I thought that this was something important for all of us to consider. Something else I ran across in another post of his today was that the most important thing for us to consider is God's Word above all else. It doesn't matter who says it, it has to line up with God's Word. Everything has to come back to God's Word. What does He say about it? We can't know that if we don't spend time in it, not just reading it, but praying before we read and then reading and studying it to know what God wou... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:48:47 EST Review (Christmas): The Gift of Christmas Past Just wanted to share another really good Christmas-themed book. Cindy Woodsmall is known for her Amish fiction, but here she teamed up with her daughter and wrote a contemporary story. The setting is around Asheville, NC, which I love. Really good story. <BR> <BR> Review: <link> </link> Fri, 8 Dec 2017 18:00:18 EST Review (Christmas): Cowboy Christmas Guardian I'm not a big suspense fan, but I enjoyed Dana Mentink's recent contemporary series so much that I decided to try this Love Inspired Suspense story - and I'm glad I did! This begins what promises to be a fun series featuring some very charismatic guys in a Colorado ranching family. <BR> <BR> Review: <link> </link> Fri, 8 Dec 2017 17:57:13 EST Batman Begins. A fitness program. So hello all. <BR> <BR> My moniker is BatmanDad, Probably because I bought a batman costume for a relative's birthday party, and the new Lego Batman craze resonates with me. I'm a fat daddy on a secret mission to drop from 210 to 165 in the next year. I am a programmer for a manufacturing concern, but for the last 10 years or so I've been writing Christian Music, then Christian fantasy and scifi novels which I published independently. <BR> <BR> About two years ago I started a review site sp... Tue, 28 Nov 2017 10:58:30 EST Outline of the Bible Here is an outline of the Bible, the title of the book, a description of the book and the number of chapters in each book. This helped me to understand the overall outlook of the Bible as well as get a bigger picture before I delved into the book. <BR> <BR> Outline of the Bible <BR> <BR> 5 Law: <BR> Genesis – The Beginning of the Hebrew People (50 chapters) <BR> Exodus – Covenant with the Hebrew People (40) <BR> Leviticus – Laws of the Hebrew People (27) <BR> Numbers – Sojourn of the ... Fri, 30 Jun 2017 16:16:42 EST New Here Hello everyone! <BR> My name is Kandi. I am 26 and I am a mom to two sons, a 4 year old and a 2 1/2 week old. I have struggled with my weight my whole life. In late high school I started really losing weight, lost 50 lbs. I had gotten down to a size 6 at 133 lbs. And then I got married. As a newly wed I cooked what my husband would like and all thought of my health went out the window. So the lbs crept back on and I gained it all back plus some. Then came the first kid and I haven't lost weig... Tue, 13 Jun 2017 10:02:45 EST Three Truths about Sin Our Pastor put this up on Facebook and I found some extra verses that continue to prove his points. I found it really interesting and thought you might too. <BR> <BR> THREE TRUTHS #1 THE BELIEVER CAN SIN. #2 THE BELIEVER CAN "NOT" SIN. #3 THE BELIEVER CANNOT SIN. <BR> #1 A BELIEVER CAN SIN It is possible for a person who has believed on Christ, for salvation from sin, to return to sin either for a moment or for a lifetime. God created us with free will and God enables us to use our free will... Thu, 18 May 2017 15:06:41 EST Book: Gabriel Method - I have a question Has anyone read this book? It's about weight loss through the self-compassion and emotional healing. Last night one of my believer friends was telling me she loves this book and finds that it aligns with scripture, but when I read reviews online it seems rather new age. Perhaps I am reading too much into the reviewers comments though. I trust you guys - has anyone read it and if so what did you think? Thanks. Thu, 13 Apr 2017 10:01:40 EST Overdrive - a new reading option You guys probably already know this, but today I learned that my library offers the "Overdrive" website and app for ebooks. Overdrive also has books on audio. While they didn't have much in the way of Christian material, I did manage to find this gem. I am sharing this info in case there's anyone else like me, behind the times on such things. <BR> <BR> To see if your library offers overdrive, you can do a search on their website or you can contact your library and ask. The link was on my li... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:37:06 EST New Year, New Focus Challenge New Year, New Focus Challenge <BR> Starts January 1st! <BR> <BR> This challenge is about you. It’s not about me making choices for you, but about you deciding what choices you need to make to change your health, your weight, your fitness,or whatever you need to change this coming New Year. Not some ambiguous change, but a specific change. <BR> <BR> Our first challenge will be to set three goals. <BR> Goal 1: What do you want to accomplish this year? Be specific and be realistic. My goal is... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 14:35:35 EST Hi from the UK! Doing the Lord's Table Course! Just want to introduce myself... <BR> <BR> I'm 53, a born again Christian, and I live in the UK. <BR> My goal weight is 10 st 10 (150 pounds) <BR> <BR> I guess I'm around 15 st 5 (215 pounds) but I'll find out for sure in the morning. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I'm starting the Lord's Table Course with a "normal" day and a "half day" on Sunday. <BR> <BR> I want to blog about it all. Probably not daily, but a couple of times a week at least. <BR> <BR> It'll be just me and the course book, as t... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 12:36:55 EST prayer request Thursday, my father-in-law was lifeflighted to our capital from the southeast corner of our state. He went to the local emergency room because his legs were swelling and he was filling up with fluid again. They ran some tests, and his heart enzymes were completely off. They sent him to a heart hospital. Yesterday, they were supposed to do a heart cath and give him adrenaline to get the results they needed so he could have an experimental heart surgery. I haven't heard yet how he did with the ... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 10:38:28 EST Hello from Colorado Hello from Lakewood, CO. I just joined and I'm ready to shed this weight once and for all. <BR> As for what I'm reading....I just started Without Rival by Lisa Bevere. VERY GOOD! Looking forward to interacting with this group. God bless. Thu, 15 Sep 2016 03:27:18 EST What God Expects In these last days it is so important that we live in a way that pleases God. I have thought about this a lot lately and found these passages, especially about how we are to be walking the narrow way: <BR> <BR> Mat 7:13 "Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it. <BR> Mat 7:14 "For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it." <BR> <BR> WHAT GOD EXPECTS ... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 14:31:41 EST Review + GIVEAWAY: A Beauty Refined I really enjoyed A Beauty Refined by Tracie Peterson. It's #2 in a series, but stands alone. I'm also hosting a giveaway that ends this Friday, 8/12. Link: <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 9 Aug 2016 14:30:35 EST Review: Like a River from Its Course Like a River from Its Course is a WWII story about Germany's occupation of Ukraine. It's not an easy, comfortable read, but really good and compelling. I highly recommend it. <BR> <BR> Reviewed at <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 8 Aug 2016 18:13:39 EST Celebrating the 4th with "The Dream Keepers" <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy 4th of July everybody! I love art and have enjoyed posting patriotic art on social media over the past week. This is one of my favorites - “The Dream Keepers” – an inspirational painting by Christian artist Kathy Fincher that grew out of 9/11 and celebrates America’s principles of faith and freedom. See the story behind this moving scene on my blog at <link> </link> Mon, 4 Jul 2016 12:50:46 EST Book awards - 2016 INSPYs I wanted to share this year's INSPY Award nominees - shortlist, technically - because these are all excellent reading. Check out the variety ... and even look at previous years' lists (link is on my blog). I've actually read 8 of these so far and a few others are in my review stack. See how many you've read or would like to read . . . <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 3 May 2016 15:28:43 EST God used me to help find a missing purse today. A visiting research scientist in our department from India, very distraught, came in the office specifically to see me today. During the bad storm we had in Manhattan on Tuesday, a couple of students had given her a ride home. She had a briefcase and a purse with her. When she got out of the car, she forgot to grab her purse. The students drove away. She didn't know their names or how to contact them. She went to the campus police first. They couldn't help her locate the students or her missi... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:58:24 EST New to team Hi everyone! My name is Robyn and I am new to this team. I live in the midwest and have one grown child. At this time I am working as an independent staff marketing consultant. I don't really have lots of spare time which is how I think I got so out of shape. Hopefully, making weight loss a priority will get me back to where I need to be. Mon, 25 Apr 2016 12:06:46 EST Review: Sit, Stay, Love I loved this book! "Sit, Stay, Love" is so refreshing and different. Easy to read, good message. See what you think . . . Review: <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 22 Apr 2016 01:46:20 EST New to Group I'm new here and interested in Christian books which I had not read a single one yet. Looking forward to finding out what the group is reading this month. <BR> <BR> Thank you. <BR> <BR> Susan Thu, 7 Apr 2016 13:32:43 EST GIVEAWAY: The Wedding Chapel I enjoy some of Rachel Hauck's books better than others, and The Wedding Chapel is one of my favorites of her wedding-themed books. The publicist is graciously allowing me to host a giveaway interview, so be sure to visit if you're interested. A link to my review is at the beginning of the post. <BR> <BR> Giveaway link: <link> </link> Fri, 1 Apr 2016 13:45:35 EST Returning to this team Hi everyone. Carole an I just got in touch again and I decided to re-join this team. I need to re-start my healthy program and stay with it as I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes last June. My AIC in Jan was 6.1 so I'm in control without medicine. I want to keep it that way. <BR> <BR> The Last Movie I saw was The Young Messiah. I also have seen He Is Risen and The War Room. Next I want to see God Is Not Dead (2) <BR> <BR> I play sax each Sunday in our church's "House Band" as our Bishop n... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 00:52:00 EST The Lord's Table course I will be doing the Lord's Table Course - if you think you might be interested in joining me, you can find more info here <BR> <BR> <link><BR>board_thread.asp?board=31258x66674x639<BR>94066 </link> <BR> Mon, 28 Mar 2016 16:02:34 EST Resurrection Weekend Art I've always loved books and music, but it's only been in the last couple of years that I discovered how much I enjoy art also. I'm trying to find time to feature artists that I enjoy in regular blog posts - but meanwhile, I just had to do these two posts featuring Good Friday &amp; Resurrection Sunday art that I find so moving. May you enjoy . . . <BR> <BR> "It Is Finished" - <link> </link> <BR> <BR> "Alive!" - <link> </link> Sun, 27 Mar 2016 21:13:31 EST Hi from North Carolina Hi! My name is Candy and I am a Christian wife and mom of two boys. My husband and I have been happily married for fourteen wonderful years. We live in North Carolina. I enjoy exercising, going to church and reading my bible. I also love reading books by Karen Kingsbury. Fri, 18 Mar 2016 13:48:28 EST Favorite leading men Okay, I have had the most fun creating this Valentine post, even if it pulled me away from a lot of other things I should have been doing. It's my favorite leading men . . . No, my favorite leading characters, really. Although I can't imagine anyone else cast in their roles. And you'll notice that, with the exception of a couple of more recent Hallmark movies, these are from long ago. Guess they just don't make stories like these anymore. <BR> <BR> Eager to hear your thoughts, your personal ... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 20:41:48 EST Trends in Christian publishing Here's an interesting article about 2015 changes and what we can expect in 2016. For one thing, less fiction and more non-fiction. <BR> <BR> "Many Christian publishers have tightened their belts on fiction, so there will be a drop in the number of books published. 'I expect fewer titles across genres, and less overtly Christian content,' Anderson explains. 'Our house still wants a definite spiritual growth arc that has its foundation in the saving work of Jesus Christ, even where that is not... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 10:44:12 EST Hello from Colorado Hi. I'm Kara and I'm from Lakewood, CO. I am a single mom to 3 amazing, grown children and now focusing on taking care of myself. I just turned 48 on New Years Eve, but I want to be healthy and in shape by the time I reach 50. I work overnights and struggle to keep things balanced, but I'm looking forward to interacting with everyone and making new friends. I love to read, but struggle to do so lately. My goal this year is to read at least 1 book a month. Sat, 2 Jan 2016 06:46:56 EST The Gift I spent hours choosing the perfect gift. <BR> I spent my hard-earned money for the gift. <BR> I spent days choosing all the paper, etc and wrapping the gift with the perfect ribbon and bow. <BR> <BR> Then <BR> <BR> I heard it was going to rain the day I was to transport the gift. <BR> <BR> So <BR> <BR> I had to protect the gift from the weather. <BR> <BR> This is what the Lord is saying, "I have created you. I have chosen you. I have wrapped my glory around you. Don't you think I wil... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 19:38:47 EST Great Reading for the Holiday Season "Immanuel: A different kind of Christmas romance" ~~ Sarah Jordan gets a chance of a lifetime: to sing the theme song, 'Immanuel', in a star-studded production. But she is a newcomer. Can she pull it off? Maybe, with the help of performing artist Logan S. Lee. As the tour progresses, their attraction for each other grows. Other performing artists notice and the fun begins. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR>... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 20:19:24 EST War Room Movie? Did you watch the War Room movie? <BR> If so, what did you think? <BR> What did you like best? <BR> What did you like least? <BR> Did you learn anything? If so, what? <BR> <BR> Did you get the book that goes with the movie? <BR> Sun, 13 Dec 2015 17:14:21 EST Good Books I want to get back into reading after not doing much for several years (college really caused me to quit reading). I am looking for some good books that will entertain someone that is in their 30s and is not overly Christian. I'm not opposed to Christian books, but I want to try some other authors as growing up I was basically only allowed to read Christian books. I have requested "Between Shades of Grey" for Christmas (it's about Russia taking over Lithuania after WW2) and I might request so... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 04:48:17 EST Reading preferences? Have you noticed that the older you get, your reading preferences changing? Wed, 18 Nov 2015 22:53:52 EST What God Expects After reading the list in Rom. 12:9-21, I got curious as to see where else I could find verses like these, verses that gave me guidance on just what God does expect of me as His child. I thought I would share those verses with you. Since I came up with 12 pages when the verses were written out, I'm just going to give you the passages and, if you are interested, you can look up the verses. Oh, these are just the New Testament verses! <BR> <BR> Matthew <BR> 5:3-20, 21-47, 48 <BR> 6:25, 31-34 <... Wed, 21 Oct 2015 15:50:32 EST NEW TO THIS TEAM HI EVERYONE! MY NAME IS JERI - SHORT FOR JERICHO. I HAVE A SISTER NAMED CREE AND ANOTHER NAMED CHEYENNE. I THINK MY PARENTS HAD STRANGE TASTE IN NAMES. THE WARRIOR PART I ADDED TO KEEP MYSELF MOTIVATED AND TO REMEMBER TO PUT MYSELF FIRST. FOR ME, THAT IS VERY HARD TO DO. I AM FROM THE UPPER PENINSULA IN DOOR COUNTY WISCONSIN. I AM ALONE AND LIKE IT THAT WAY. I GET TO SPEND MY TIME AS I LIKE. SINCE THIS IS BASICALLY A RESORT TOWN, I RUN A SMALL CAFE AND STAY OPEN ALL YEAR LONG. BUT W... Sat, 17 Oct 2015 17:56:21 EST Future book title ~ Advice requested I will be working on a romance story between David (of Goliath fame) and Abigail (of Nabal fame). <BR> <BR> Which title is best: "To Marry a King" or "Where Love Is"? <BR> <BR> "To Marry" ~ DH points out that David was not yet a king. However, I found a nice cover photo. <BR> "Where" ~ Haven't found a good cover photo. <BR> <BR> What do you think? Wed, 7 Oct 2015 15:26:17 EST Bookworming! (Is that a word?) I'm a Christian Bookworm, so I thought I should join this team! <BR> <BR> What would you like to know about me? <BR> <BR> Hmmm.... I've read so many books, that I wrote one! One that I would like to read. <BR> <BR> I think books are like treasures that need to be enjoyed. I have a system for all my unread and to-read-again books. Tue, 22 Sep 2015 17:05:07 EST Review: The Curiosity Keeper (giveaway ends 8/3) <img src=""> The Curiosity Keeper by Sarah E. Ladd <BR> <BR> This is a historical romance set during the Regency period. Not my favorite, but still very good overall. Any fans of Sarah Ladd here? <BR> <BR> My review includes a giveaway which ends on Monday, 8/3 in case anyone is interested. Link: <link> </link> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 19:41:22 EST Review: Beyond the Ashes Beyond the Ashes by Karen Barnett <BR> <BR> This is one of those books that grew on me the closer I got to the end. And as I think back on it, I like it even more. At first, I wasn't very fond of the main characters and the writing was a little slow at times, but a really good read overall. Has anyone read it yet - or the first book in the series, Out of the Ruins? <BR> <BR> Review: <link> </link> Sat, 11 Jul 2015 11:07:14 EST Review: Would-Be Wilderness Wife Like I said on the other thread, you gotta love these titles! But don't let that throw you because I thoroughly enjoyed this book, slightly reminiscent of the classic movie, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Regina Scott has previously written Regencies and this might be her first historical series. Sometimes a LI story just hits the spot and I really like this series. <BR> <BR> Review: <link><BR>06/review-would-be-wilderness-bride.html </link> Sun, 14 Jun 2015 21:23:33 EST New to group Hi, my name is Mo, and I'm new to the group, I joined Sparks back in Sept but have not been active until now. I love to read and work part-time at the local library. Looking forward to getting to know all of you, and to finding out what you are reading as we travel this weight loss journey together. Sun, 24 May 2015 10:24:33 EST Reflection <img src=""> <BR> <BR> On this wonderful Resurrection weekend, I enjoyed creating a reflective blog post featuring the work of some artists who move me profoundly through their portrayal of Jesus. It's entitled "I AM the way . . ." Just wanted to share and invite you to join with me in celebration. <BR> <BR> Link: <link> </link> Sat, 4 Apr 2015 19:20:37 EST New to group Hi. I am new. I love to read! I have been with SP for a while but just recently started again. Sun, 29 Mar 2015 10:03:00 EST "Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe" by Max Lucado Review + GIVEAWAY that ends 3/23 <BR> <BR> I enjoy Max Lucado's writing, but wasn't sure what I would think about his new fiction release. Well, I simply loved it! To me, it is a beautiful example of the power of story. Max is a wordsmith. He has an exceptional, God-given ability to communicate spiritual truths by painting pictures through the written word. This link will take you to my review and also a book giveaway that ends on 3/23: <link> </link> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 11:31:36 EST Ezekiel 18 - Outline for study Outline and Verses from Document on Ezekiel 18:19-32 by Pastor David L. Gould <BR> <BR> I. Sin Results in Death for All People (Ex. 18:20) <BR> Gen. 2:16-17; Jn. 8:24; Ro. 5:12; Ro. 6:16, 20-21, 23; Eph. 2:1; Heb. 10:26-30; Rev. 21:8 <BR> <BR> II. God's Judgment is Person Specific (Ex. 18:20) <BR> Mt. 12:36-37; Mt. 16:27; Mt. 25: 29-30; Acts. 17:31; Ro. 2:2, 5-13; 1 Cor. 3:8; 2 Cor. 5:10; Col. 3:24-25; 2 Thess. 1:5; Rev. 20: 12-13; Rev. 21: 7; Rev. 22:11, 18-19 <BR> <BR> III. God Saves Who... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 15:23:00 EST Newbie Hello. My name is Joanna and I am 27 years old. I am a huge bookworm. Just recently gave my heart to the Lord on December 31, 2014. It was the best decision I ever made. Tue, 6 Jan 2015 12:26:57 EST "Hidden" by Vannetta Chapman GIVEAWAY Up until now, Vannetta Chapman has only written Amish fiction, which I've always enjoyed. But "Hidden" is a romantic suspense novel that I loved, so I guess it's her writing style that I like so much. Here's the link to her giveaway interview, which runs through 12/5 . . . <BR> <BR> Interview + Giveaway: <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Review: <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I think anyone who enjoys suspense would like Hidden. It's also the first in a ser... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 08:55:19 EST G'day Hi, <BR> I rejoined SP recently and was excited to find this team. One of my favourite things is reading and as part of that I particularly enjoy Christian fiction. Looking forward to taking part in this team! Mon, 3 Nov 2014 20:44:12 EST Review: The Promise by Beth Wiseman Has anyone read The Promise by Beth Wiseman yet? It was a hard-to-put-down, compelling read, yet there were some things that didn't set right with me. Could have been my imagination, though. If anyone has read it, I'd love to hear your thoughts. <BR> <BR> Review: <link><BR>10/review-promise.html </link> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 15:08:19 EST "Until I Found You" - Interview + GIVEAWAY I've read some great contemporary romances this year, but "Until I Found You" by Victoria Bylin remains a favorite. If anyone is interested, check out my interview with Vicki and also my review. The giveaway ends at midnight on Monday, October 13. <BR> <BR> Interview/Giveaway: <link><BR>10/author-spotlight-giveaway-victoria-<BR>bylin.html </link> <BR> <BR> Review: <link><BR>05/review-until-i-found-you.html </lin... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 18:42:54 EST "While Love Stirs" - Interview + GIVEAWAY I almost forgot to post this! <BR> <BR> Any Lorna Seilstad fans here? This was my first read by her and I loved it. Really cute and entertaining. While Love Stirs has romance, humor, historical detail, loveable characters, great storyline, and even a little mystery. Leave a comment for a chance to win While Love Stirs. Contest ends 9/20. <BR> <BR> Interview link: <link> </link> <BR> (There's a link to my review in the interview itself.) Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:55:33 EST "The Pelican Bride" Giveaway One of the best things about doing reviews is getting to know authors, and Beth White is a fascinating person. She's funny, a talented musician, and has a love for youth, especially teaching in a public inner-city high school in Mobile. <BR> <BR> Visit with Beth and enter to win The Pelican Bride. Rich with fascinating historical detail about a place and time I've never read about, there's also good characterization, adventure - and, of course, romance. Contest ends 9/11. <BR> <BR> Intervie... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 16:01:19 EST "Heaven Sent Rain" review Heaven Sent Rain by Lauraine Snelling - a standalone contemporary novel - falls into the category of one of my favorite genres, that of relationship drama - and from Dinah's first sighting of Jonah and his dog in the rain, this poignant story held my attention and captured my emotions. <BR> <BR> Review link: <link> </link> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:26:53 EST "Murder Simply Brewed" GIVEAWAY I enjoyed Vannetta Chapman's cozy Amish mystery called Murder Simply Brewed. This book is being featured in her interview, but she's actually giving away any of her books, reader's choice. If anyone is interested, here's the links: <BR> <BR> Giveaway: <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Review: <link> </link> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:49:10 EST "Sweet Olive" Interview + GIVEAWAY I really enjoy southern fiction with a small-town setting, and Judy Christie does this very well. She is giving away a copy of Sweet Olive, book #1 in the Trumpet & Vine series set in Louisiana. Some of you may be familiar with her previous 5-book "Green" series, which began with Gone to Green. I loved Sweet Olive and am now eager to read her other series. Below are the links to my review and the giveaway interview. I'd love for you to visit! <BR> <BR> Review: <link> </l... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 16:51:51 EST "Healer of Carthage" - Interview + GIVEAWAY Well, this is certainly not the type of book I would normally read - time travel + an ancient Rome setting - but I loved it. It's character-driven drama with a relevancy for our times. I could say more, but I'll let my review speak for me! <BR> <BR> I'm tickled to host the author, Lynne Gentry, on my blog this week. Please check out my review and Lynne's interview, then enter if you're interested in Healer of Carthage. Here's the links: <BR> <BR> Review - <link> </link>... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 14:39:43 EST GIVEAWAY Interview w/ Dani Pettrey Although I'm not a big suspense fan, I thoroughly enjoyed "Silenced" by Dani Pettrey, book #4 in the Alaskan Courag series. It can stand alone if you haven't read the three earlier books. <BR> <BR> Dani is featured in an interview and is giving away a copy of "Silenced." Contest ends on Sunday night, May 18, so drop by if you're interested. Below are links to the giveaway and also my review. <BR> <BR> Giveaway interview: <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Review: <link>tin... Fri, 16 May 2014 20:49:53 EST Interview w/ Suzanne Woods Fisher + GIVEAWAY Suzanne Woods Fisher is one of my favorite authors. Although she writes Amish fiction, her storylines blend with non-Amish characters who play such prominent parts that I think her appeal reaches beyond Amish fiction fans. Suzanne is also an incredible person and I really enjoyed doing her interview. She is giving away one of the first two books in the Inn at Eagle Hill series, winner's choice. Here are links to the interview/giveaway and also my review of these books: <BR> <BR> Interview/gi... Wed, 7 May 2014 11:16:04 EST "Huckleberry Hill" - Review, Interview + GIVEAWAY This is an Amish romance that I thoroughly enjoyed by new-to-me author Jennifer Beckstrand. There's humor in it, and after interviewing Jennifer, I can certainly see why. She is so funny, as you will see from our interview. She's also giving a copy away, so check out the interview if you're interested. <BR> <BR> Link to Interview & giveaway: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Link to review: <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 1 May 2014 14:30:34 EST Author interview + GIVEAWAY "The Sentinels of Andersonville" by Tracy Groot <BR> Interview + giveaway - contests ends on Sunday night, April 20 <BR> <BR> This is quality fiction - thoroughly entertaining, but not an easy read. Tracy has won a Christy Award twice and is such a funny and delightful person. Even if you're not interested in this book, you'll enjoy her interview. <BR> <BR> Interview: <link><BR>04/author-spotlight-tracy-groot-giveaw<BR>ay.html </link> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:47:40 EST "The Sentinels of Andersonville" review This is such a good and unusual book! Tracy Groot has won a Christy Award twice and continues to do an excellent job in The Sentinels of Andersonville. Rather than try to describe it here, I'll just post the link to my review. I'm also hosting Tracy on my blog this week and she's giving a copy away. Here's my review link: <BR> <link><BR>02/review-sentinels-of-andersonville.html </link> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:39:35 EST Starting Over I'm starting over (again). I'm at my highest weight ever. I feel sick and sad and disgusted with myself. I deserve better than what I've done to my body. I am stronger than this! I am taking back control starting right now! <BR> <BR> When we lost our home in the Colorado flood in September I guess I just gave up on myself. It was hard losing everything and starting over from square one. I gave up walking. I gave up eating healthier. I gave up on my goal of walking in the Bolder Boulder. <B... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:58:08 EST Author interview + GIVEAWAY For those who enjoy Amish fiction, I'm hosting Vannetta Chapman on my blog this week, and she is giving away a copy of An Amish Garden. I really like Vannetta's writing and had fun with her interview. <BR> <BR> This book is a collection of novellas by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Tricia Goyer, and Vannetta Chapman. I've enjoyed other collections, but this is one of my favorites. The first link below goes to the interview and contest entry, the second link is for my actual review. Be sure ... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 22:08:09 EST Interview + GIVEAWAY - Shadows of the Past Most of you know that I'm not big on suspense, but I loved Shadows of the Past by debut author Patricia Bradley. A lot of the story takes place in Mississippi, so I loved its southern setting. <BR> <BR> And she is such a gracious lady! Visit with Patricia on my blog and enter to win a copy of Shadows of the Past. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>03/author-spotlight-patricia-bradley.html </link> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 10:47:53 EST "Healer of Carthage" review Here it is, Kim - and anyone else interested! Although not my favorite genre, I found Healer of Carthage moving, convicting, and downright hard to put down. Isn't this a great quote: <BR> <BR> "Good people doing nothing. The fall of every civilization playing out before her very eyes." - Lisbeth, from Healer of Carthage <BR> <BR> Review: <BR> <link><BR>03/review-healer-of-carthage.html </link> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 17:50:17 EST Review + Giveaway - A Promise Kept "When did I become so desperate to hold all the tattered pieces together instead of learning to trust, instead of leaning into Jesus?" - Allison, from A Promise Kept <BR> <BR> I love that quote from Robin Lee Hatcher's new book, A Promise Kept - although it hits a little too close to home sometimes! It was an honor to interview Robin on my blog this week and she is giving away one copy of this book. <BR> <BR> A Promise Kept is different from the historicals that she usually writers, in th... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 14:17:07 EST GIVEAWAY - "Winter in Full Bloom" I really enjoyed interviewing Anita Higman, and she is giving away two copies of her novel, Winter in Full Bloom, a book I greatly enjoyed. If anyone is interested, just visit my blog and it's easy to enter. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>02/interview-with-anita-higman-giveawa<BR>y.html </link> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 14:18:18 EST "Wishing on Buttercups" review Miralee Ferrell has written an enjoyable historical romance series, of which Wishing on Buttercups is the second book (Blowing on Dandelions is the first). I enjoy her writing, as her stories are very much character-driven. <BR> <BR> Miralee is giving away one copy of this book on my blog between now and March 1. <BR> <BR> Review and giveaway: <BR> <link><BR>02/review-wishing-on-buttercups-giveaw<BR>ay.html </link> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 16:33:41 EST "Dare to Love Again" review If any of you are Julie Lessman fans, I reviewed the second book in her San Francisco series, Dare to Love Again. I've gotten to know Julie and have grown to enjoy her writing and characterization. I'm also excited (and a little nervous) that she is a guest on my blog today, and is giving away one copy of any of her books. So if you're interested in Julie or her books, follow the links below: <BR> <BR> Review of Dare to Love Again <BR> <link><BR>02/revie... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 14:31:54 EST Hello All Hello. I'm new to Spark and this team. I love to read but really haven't read a lot of Christian books. I'm up for suggestions on books to read though. Look forward to getting to know you all. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 22:07:43 EST How Do You Pay Other's Back? Remember those times when someone embarrassed you, made you angry, frustrated you, or caused road rage in you? Ever stop to wonder if this is how God wants you to react? Here's my latest blog post, and something you really need to consider when dealing with other people. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>02/how-do-you-pay-others-back.html </link> Thu, 6 Feb 2014 18:32:16 EST Do You Use Holy Emotions? NEW BLOG POST: Recently in an online forum that I take part in, a lady asked “What are holy emotions?”. It got me thinking. After some research this is what I came up with... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>01/do-you-use-holy-emotions.html </link> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 20:23:33 EST Did You Hear the Latest News?! Gossip! It’s wrong. It hurts people. God said not to do it. But, it’s SO much fun to do! Resisting it, for a lot of people, means a big spiritual struggle inside. Some, even manage to justify it. Here's a struggle that I had recently. I wanted to respond to a situation I observed. What to do? What do you do in situations like these? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>01/did-you-hear-latest-news.html </link> Sat, 25 Jan 2014 15:38:01 EST Contests with great giveaways I don't know if any of you are interested, but I wanted to publicize these contests so everyone would at least be aware of them. I review for a publicity group that frequently uses giveaways to publicize new author releases, and you can usually enter either through Facebook or by e-mail. They usually offer copies of the authors' books in addition to bigger prizes. Here's what's currently available: <BR> <BR> 1) Dorothy Love's "Carolina Gold" has a $100 Visa Cash Card as the grand prize and e... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 13:34:52 EST NewNotes I tried posting some notes to my new teams (including this one) last night. Some of these posts ended up in the right place. Some did not. Thanks for the welcoming notes. I will try to get a little bit more basic introduction down of myself soon. <BR> <BR> Cheri Thu, 9 Jan 2014 12:31:28 EST New Member I'm and I love to read! I haven't had time to really post much of anything, yet. I have looked at some of the book lists, awesome. <BR> <BR> Cheri Wed, 8 Jan 2014 22:15:47 EST New to this team! Hello everyone!! <BR> I am new here and I love to read Christian books. I am currently reading a series from Guideposts. The Blue Hill Library series. They are fun mysteries to read. Sometimes it's hard to find the time, but when I do I can really zip through one quickly. Sun, 5 Jan 2014 16:49:05 EST "Dear Mr. Knightley" review I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel by Katherine Reay! Unusual in its format with the use of letter writing, my attention was captured from the beginning. Great romance, highly recommended - and one of my "best of 2013" reads. Anyone else read this? <BR> <BR> See my review at: <BR> <link><BR>12/review-dear-mr-knightley.html </link> Fri, 3 Jan 2014 14:43:18 EST Best of 2013 Here are the most part of the books that I considered 5* for the year of 2013. The order is just by months read, not by favorites. <BR> <BR> “FIFTEEN MINUTES” by Karen Kingsbury (drama) 5* <BR> “THE FACE OF THE EARTH” by Deborah Raney (family drama) 5* <BR> “DARK JUSTICE” by Brandilyn Collins (thriller) 5* <BR> “BETRAYAL” by Robin Lee Hatcher (historical fiction) 5* <BR> “TARNISHED SILVER” by Chautona Havig (Christmas romance) 5* <BR> “PRECEDENT” by Paula Wiseman (drama) 5* <BR> “SANCTION” ... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 14:56:20 EST Bible reading and free books Here are two items of interest that I wanted to tell about . . . <BR> <BR> 1) If you use Facebook, Christian author Tricia Goyer is facilitating a group that will read through the Bible together in 2014. The plan is based on a book that is available for $1.99 on Kindle at the moment, but it's not necessary to purchase the book. Almost 200 ladies have joined so far, and there's an option for those who desire it to be placed in small groups of 8-10. I joined, thinking this would offer great ac... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 16:32:39 EST Bible Banter I'm hoping to get a Bible discussion going. I know I have been sporadic in my reading and really need to change that. I have decided to start making a habit of reading the daily mass readings. These are usually very short, but it seems like a good way to start a good habit the Spark way by beginning with a small change. Today's selections were Psalms 71:3-6, 16-17 and Luke 1:5-25. One day down, maybe I can get a streak going. Let's help each other be accountable and share the word! What are ... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 20:14:58 EST "A Simple Christmas Wish" review For a Christmas novella, Melody Carlson packed a lot into A Simple Christmas Wish, and I really enjoyed it. Has anyone read it yet? <BR> <BR> Full review: <BR> <link><BR>11/review-simple-christmas-wish.html </link> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 19:29:25 EST I'm new to this team -Sophie I was looking for a Christian support team. It looks like this team might be a good fit. I read and study the Bible pretty much daily. I can't get enough. I accepted Jesus a Lord and savior of my life when I was 13. I started out diligent, took a break (not a good idea), but have been diligent in getting spiritually feed for about 18 years straight. <BR> <BR> I love tracking goals, especially in areas i am striving to do better. The only book i really like reading is the Bible. As i read th... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 22:02:54 EST Review of "My Hope Is Found" I loved this book which concludes the Cadence of Grace series. It was hard to review it without talking about the whole series, though. Book 1, Be Still My Soul, could stand alone, but book 2 leaves you hanging on that cliff for dear life. Rather than seeing them as three separate books, they feel more like three parts of one story. I love the Appalachian setting and Joanne really knows how to create romantic tension. Highly recommended. <BR> <BR> Full review: <BR> <link>booksmusicandlife.... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 21:39:03 EST Introduction - Life is Good I’m new and just wanted to say hello. For once the circumstances in my life are actually conducive to weight loss! At the beginning of the school year is fell to me to take my daughter out for golf practice. This was a huge opportunity to get about two hours of walking in every time she went by walking the course with her. I have never had so many fitness minutes or as much success and isn’t it great it came along just when I’m at my highest weight ever. <BR> <em>334</em> <em>311</em>... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 22:42:27 EST "Chasing Hope" review This is a contemporary book by Kathryn Cushman that I really enjoyed. It involves an athlete training for track, but it's more of a relationship drama than anything. I'm not into sports, yet I loved it, even teared up at the end. <BR> <BR> Reviewed at: <BR> <link><BR>10/chasinghope-by-kathryn-cushman-is-s<BR>tand.html </link> Tue, 8 Oct 2013 16:44:24 EST "The Courier of Caswell Hall" review This is such a good book, much deeper than the cover indicates. Well written with character depth, sweetest romance, takes place during American Revolution. Highly recommended. <BR> <BR> Reviewed at: <BR> <link><BR>10/review-courier-of-caswell-hall.html </link> Tue, 8 Oct 2013 16:39:57 EST thank you! & a reintroduction Thank you! <BR> and reintroducing myself, since i don't hang out on the board. <BR> Thank you for the birthday goodie! what a nice surprise. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> Re-intro...My name is Carol, I live in Southern Wisconsin USA and this year have worked hard on my commitment to caring for myself so i can care for others in the name of Our Lord Jesus. My goals changed this year, first was to lose and keep off 25 or so by June vacation. DONE! and didn't gain a bit over the vaca, so I knew ... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 08:04:11 EST "Beyond These Hills" review Rather than saying a lot here, please see my review if you're interested. This is a historical romance set in Appalachia. While not an award-winning type, it's just an enjoyable, inspiring read that I really enjoyed. <BR> <BR> Review: <BR> <link><BR>09/review-beyond-these-hills.html </link> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 19:38:05 EST "Every Waking Moment" review Can't believe it took me this long to discover Chris Fabry's writing! "Every Waking Moment" was outstanding for several reasons, at least in my opinion. My review says it better than I can here . . . <BR> <BR> <link><BR>09/review-every-waking-moment.html </link> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 18:57:35 EST "The Cross and the Switchblade" "The Cross and the Switchblade" is a classic inspirational story. Is anyone familiar with it? I saw the movie in 1963 (showing my age here) and read the book afterward. It had a huge impact on me spiritually. There are currently a couple of great deals on the audio version (free) and movie download. I can't recommend this story enough. Please see my blog for details, including Nicky Cruz's history . . . <BR> <BR> <link><BR>09/the-cross-and-switchblade-in... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 18:05:50 EST "Unlimited" review I have a lot of respect for Davis Bunn and his writing, but "Unlimited" wasn't one of my favorites. I love a good mystery in the style of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple, but I'm not really into suspense. Still, I was trying something outside of my comfort reads and this was good. I loved the spiritual themes and real-life character Harold Finch. I think suspense fans will greatly enjoy it. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>09/review-unlimited-by-davis-bunn.html </link>... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 15:13:05 EST "Winter in Full Bloom" reviewed This is a contemporary fiction novel by Anita Higman that I really enjoyed. Beautiful relationship drama, my favorite genre, with the sweetest romance. <BR> <BR> Full review: <BR> <link><BR>08/review-winter-in-full-bloom.html </link> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 20:44:55 EST "Whispers from the Shadows" review "Whispers from the Shadows" is book 2 in the Culper Ring series by Roseanna M. white, and I have really enjoyed both books. Technically this book could stand alone, but I would strongly recommend reading book 1 first, "Ring of Secrets." <BR> <BR> Full review: <BR> <link><BR>08/review-whispers-from-shadows.html </link> Sat, 17 Aug 2013 14:06:49 EST 2014 fiction to anticipate I love to see all that's coming up and thought some of you might also. Here's some books that will release from Howard Books during the first half of 2014: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>08/christian-fiction-coming-in-2014-fr<BR>om.html </link> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 11:36:28 EST "The Letters" review This was my first read by Suzanna Woods Fisher and now she's one of my favorite Amish fiction writers. <BR> <BR> Review: <BR> <link><BR>08/review-letters.html </link> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 17:36:06 EST "The Outcast" review This is an outstanding read by debut author, Jolina Petersheim. Unusual and riveting. It's going on my favorites list! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>07/review-outcast.html </link> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 15:19:53 EST "Flight of the Earls" review I loved this book, don't believe I've seen anything quite like it in Christian fiction. "Flight of the Earls" is the first of three novels in a series that follows an Irish family who immigrates to America in 1846. The writing style isn't flawless, but I thought it was excellent for a debut author, and the story captivated me. <BR> <BR> Review: <BR> <link><BR>07/review-flight-of-earls.html </link> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 11:23:37 EST "Daughter of Jerusalem" review "Daughter of Jerusalem" by Joan Wolf tells the story of Mary Magdalene. I believe anyone who enjoys biblical fiction would enjoy this. I'm giving my copy away so be sure to enter on my blog if you're interested. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>07/review-daughter-of-jerusalem-giveaw<BR>ay.html </link> Sun, 21 Jul 2013 20:48:42 EST How Do You Know if Inspiration is from God? My latest blog post: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>do-you-know-if-inspiration-is-from.html </link> <BR> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 14:17:10 EST News in the world of books Wow! This has been an eventful week for readers. First, another Christian publisher is closing ... Actually B&H only shut down their fiction line, but still . . . <BR> <BR> And now Apple is found guilty of conspiring with publishers to raise e-book prices. Interesting times! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>07/news-in-world-of-books.html </link> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 13:17:27 EST NEW Blog post: Writer's Block or Spiritual Block? I've been having trouble writing lately. What's the real issue? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>07/writers-block-or-spiritual-block.html </link> <BR> Mon, 8 Jul 2013 15:37:34 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 5 Jul 2013 12:42:29 EST "A Healing Heart" reviewed I would describe this as relevant contemporary fiction with a sweet romance. Beautiful sense of place in Bozeman, Montana. <BR> <BR> Full review: <BR> <link><BR>07/review-healing-heart.html </link> Fri, 5 Jul 2013 12:35:33 EST Bargain-priced books - July 1 There are tons of bargains today! I probably won't have time to post all that I've seen, but I put together a list of 8 on my blog. These are character-driven novels, and books or authors that I've read and highly recommend. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>07/july-1-christian-fiction-bargains-u<BR>sa.html </link> Mon, 1 Jul 2013 17:35:25 EST "Stealing the Preacher" reviewed I think Karen Witemeyer should win an award for creativity because her themes are so funny! "Stealing the Preacher" is cute and really makes sense once you start reading. Great spiritual themes. <BR> <BR> Full review: <BR> <link><BR>06/review-stealing-preacher.html </link> Sun, 30 Jun 2013 17:17:02 EST 2013 Christy Awards The Christy Awards are kind of like the Oscars for Christian fiction, and I enjoyed following this award ceremony last night through a liveblog. Something new they did this year was introduce a Hall of Fame award with the induction of Lynn Austin and Karen Hancock (fantasy), who had won eight and four Christy Awards respectively. In fact, Lynn has written 12 books, eight of which won awards. Pretty impressive! <BR> <BR> Awards are given in nine categories, with three nominees in each. I love... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 13:06:19 EST "Not by Sight" reviewed I really enjoyed Kathy Herman's new book! Suspenseful without being too scary, great spiritual themes, family you'll want to spend more time with. <BR> <BR> Full review at: <BR> <link><BR>06/review-not-by-sight.html </link> Sat, 15 Jun 2013 10:42:29 EST "Forsaken Dreams" reviewed I really enjoyed the first book in MaryLu Tyndall's new series. It probably has more depth than what she has previously written, based on a historical event. Loved the ensemble cast, whose storylines will be continued throughout the series. Here's my review: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>06/review-forsaken-dreams.html </link> Sun, 9 Jun 2013 18:10:32 EST "That Certain Summer" reviewed I really enjoyed this book! It's in the contemporary romance/women's fiction genre rather than Irene's popular suspense, but excellent. I highly recommend it. I'm also giving away a copy on my blog, so be sure to enter if you're interested. <BR> <BR> Full review and contest . . . <BR> <link><BR>06/review-that-certain-summer-with-giv<BR>eaway.html </link> Wed, 5 Jun 2013 12:37:41 EST wait on the Lord Isaiah 40:31 says; They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength they shall mount up with wings as eagles. They shall run and not be weary they shall walk and not faint. I find this to be true but hard to do. Does anyone else? I want things (like losing weight) to happen now. I want things to happen in my walk with God in my time. Keeps me in prayer for sure. Sun, 2 Jun 2013 16:08:27 EST Bargain-priced ebooks I posted about some great bargains that have been popping up in the last couple of days. The second post isn't Christian fiction, but I've found these authors to be enjoyable and clean. <BR> <BR> Christian fiction: <BR> <link><BR>05/christian-fiction-ebook-bargains-us<BR>.html </link> <BR> <BR> Miscellaneous fiction: <BR> <link><BR>06/miscellaneous-ebook-bargains-us.html </link> Sat, 1 Jun 2013 11:52:27 EST "A Noble Groom" reviewed This was my first book by Jody Hedlund and I really enjoyed it. I think the male lead is one of my favorite heroes in Christian fiction. <BR> <BR> Full review . . . <BR> <link><BR>05/review-noble-groom.html </link> Fri, 31 May 2013 19:24:27 EST "Reign: The Chronicles of Queen Jezebel" reviewed This was certainly a different book! Excellent biblical fiction, scary how relevant it is for us today. Some might find it too dark, however, as Ginger doesn't gloss over what Baal worship was like. Now I'm ready for something lighter! <BR> <BR> Full review . . . <BR> <link><BR>05/review-reign-chronicles-of-queen-je<BR>zebel.html </link> Fri, 24 May 2013 17:54:30 EST Book reviews I got behind in my book reviews, so I'm going to list a few that I don't believe I've mentioned before. And if you ever get tired of seeing these, please don't hesitate to speak up. <BR> <BR> <BR> "Be Still My Soul" by Joanne Bischof - Historical romance set in Appalachia, first of three-book series. I loved it. <BR> Review: <link><BR>04/be-still-my-soul-book-one-in-cadenc<BR>e-of.html </link> <BR> <BR> "When Sparrows Fall" by Meg Moseley - Characte... Wed, 22 May 2013 19:56:55 EST NEW BLOG: Passing of the Seasons Ever feel lost from God? Seasons change and they're not always painless. <BR> Here's what I'm going through right now. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ing-of-seasons.html </link> Wed, 22 May 2013 15:34:09 EST Hi Sparkies! My name is Mary Catherine. I live in Pittsburgh. I am so thrilled to be on Spark People and sparking. Good luck to all of you on reaching your goals. Dont hesitate to send spark mail to me and I will try to answer each and every one. Mon, 20 May 2013 15:35:19 EST hello hi I'm very glad I found this team :) I love reading Christian books ..I'm currently reading "a voice in the wind "by francine rivers..I'm also excited about reading books that others enjoy Sat, 18 May 2013 21:15:06 EST "Wings of Glass" reviewed This is in no way a light, fluffy read, but rather an excellent book on the relevant topic of domestic abuse. Character depth, engaging prose, spiritually uplifting. I really admire Gina Holmes for tackling this theme and suspect there is some personal experience there. A 5-star read for me, highly recommended. <BR> <BR> Full review: <BR> <link><BR>05/review-wings-of-glass.html </link> Wed, 15 May 2013 20:40:03 EST Mother of Pearl Devotions I wanted to announce this short devotional series in case anyone hasn't yet seen it. I've taken advantage of a Christian publicity agency's offer to post eight devotionals leading up to Mother's Day. You can actually enter a contest to win a pearl necklace, but the main thing is the short reflections. They're all good, but I thought today's devotional by author Tricia Goyer was especially touching. <BR> <BR> Here's the link to Tricia's (others can be read by looking in this month's archive... Thu, 9 May 2013 13:24:28 EST My review of "My Stubborn Heart" Okay, here's a book that I'd love to hear some other opinions on. Has anyone read it? <BR> <BR> There was so much that I liked about it - but while I don't want to nit-pick or be overly legalistic, there were a few words that I thought lowered the bar for Christian fiction. This type of thing is beginning to happen with some other authors/publishers, so this discussion goes beyond "My Stubborn Heart." <BR> <BR> Please leave comments on my blog post if you have any thoughts. That way, a pu... Tue, 7 May 2013 00:21:29 EST My review of "In Broken Places" This is such a memorable, beautifully-written book that a review can hardly do it justice. Kim, the two main characters grew up with an abusive father, but it is a wonderfully inspiring book overall. <BR> <BR> Full review: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>05/review-in-broken-places.html </link> Sat, 4 May 2013 14:56:25 EST GIVEAWAY - Any book by Julie Lessman Julie Lessman has graciously offered to give away one of her books on my blog, your choice. I reviewed her newest book, Love at Any Cost, which begins her new series set during San Francisco's Gilded Age. To enter the contest, follow the link below. Giveaway is at the bottom of the post. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>04/review-love-at-any-cost-part-1.html </link> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 08:26:12 EST My review of Ring of Secrets Ring of Secrets combines fiction with fact about Washington's spy ring, along with good storytelling and a sweet romance. I got to chat with Roseanna by e-mail and had enough for a two-part review. It's nice when the author is very friendly and takes time to help. <BR> <BR> Part 1 - Review <BR> <link><BR>04/review-ring-of-secrets-part-1.html </link> <BR> <BR> Part 2 - Interview with Roseanna <BR> <link><BR>04/re... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 17:02:24 EST NEW BLOG: Worshiping in Your Dreams Have you ever worshiped in your dreams? I don't mean have you dreamed you were worshiping, but worship in your dreams. Here's a recent experience that I had. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hiping-in-your-dreams.html </link> <BR> Sun, 14 Apr 2013 12:58:13 EST My review of "So Shines the Night" Has anyone read this book? This was my first read of Tracy Higley's. I liked it overall, but it sure had a dark feeling. It was built around all the idolatry and sorcery that went on in Ephesus in Acts 19, so I guess that was to be expected. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>04/review-so-shines-night.html </link> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 15:24:44 EST My review of "The Wedding Dress" I thought this was a very good book overall. It was hard to put down at times, but I'm not sure I understood all the hidden meaning, especially the "purple man." If anyone has read it, I'd love to know your thoughts. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>04/review-wedding-dress.html </link> Sat, 6 Apr 2013 12:29:10 EST My review of "Invisible" by Ginny Yttrup This is such a good book, I highly recommend it! Ginny writes about life issues - and although the characters struggle with weight, depression and eating disorders, it's more of an uplifting and beautiful book about freedom. Very spiritual, even funny in parts. Has a great ending that I dare not say more about! <BR> <BR> I was privileged to be on the launch team for this book, so I've worked harder than on most reviews. Part 1 is an interview that I posted yesterday, and Part 2 is my act... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 19:16:11 EST Easter devotion by Julie Lessman I enjoyed this devotional thought by Christian fiction author, Julie Lessman, and wanted to share it with our readers. Julie can certainly say a lot in a few words! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>03/devotional-thoughts-by-julie-lessma<BR>n.html </link> Sat, 30 Mar 2013 14:51:36 EST My review of For Time & Eternity This book ranks among the top of my favorite books, a deeply moving and compelling read. <BR> <BR> Full review: <BR> <link><BR>03/review-for-time-eternity.html </link> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 23:30:03 EST My review of "Secretly Smitten" This was a cute book, great for pure escapism! Nothing deep, just easy reading. I'm always drawn to books with a small-town setting, especially anywhere in New England, so Vermont was perfect. <BR> <BR> Full review: <BR> <link><BR>03/review-secretly-smitten.html </link> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 22:49:15 EST My review of "Blood Bayou" by Karen Young I really enjoyed Blood Bayou, which I would categorize as inspirational romantic suspense. <BR> <BR> Full review: <BR> <link><BR>3/review-blood-bayou.html </link> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 19:53:06 EST My review of "Secrets" by Robin Jones Gunn I thought it interesting that "Secrets" was the first book Robin wrote for adults. Has anyone read the whole series? I enjoyed it, although it was kind of light and predictable. <BR> <BR> Full review: <BR> <link><BR>3/secrets.html </link> <BR> <BR> I'm not sure this link will work because of the "de" at the end, which means Germany. Maybe it will, though! Fri, 8 Mar 2013 07:17:11 EST Living in the Dead Zone (Part 2) If God gave you a button to push that would release you from the one thing that bothers you the most... would you do it? Here's my thoughts on that issue. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ng-in-dead-zone-part-2.html </link> Thu, 7 Mar 2013 18:42:31 EST Living in the Dead Zone (Part 1) Ever get the feeling like life is just blah. I mean those times when nothings exciting, but it's not depressing either. It's just....blah. Here's what I learned recently while I was at the doctor's office. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ng-in-dead-zone-part-1.html </link> <BR> <BR> Fri, 1 Mar 2013 21:24:49 EST Thou Shalt Not Kill: You’re Guilty! My latest BLOG POST - How many commandments have you broken? Which ones are you SURE you haven't broken? You might need to rethink your strategy. Check out my latest blog post! <BR> <BR> Blog post: <BR> <link><BR>-shalt-not-kill-youre-guilty.html </link> <BR> <BR> Also feel free to friend me on Facebook. <BR> <link><BR>er </link> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 12:38:28 EST My review of Goodbye to Yesterday Goodbye to Yesterday is the first of a six-part novelization by Wanda Brunstetter. This format seems to be something that publishers are experimenting with. Each part is approximately 120 pages and will be released monthly. <BR> <BR> My review goes into more detail . . . But while I enjoyed this first part, my concern as to its success is the pricing. The e-book version on Amazon is currently $4.99, which would be around $30 for the completed book, around 700 pages. Any thoughts? <BR> <... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 16:49:46 EST My review of Denali Dreams Sometimes I just want to relax with a light, inspirational romance. This Romancing America collection is written by popular authors, Ronie Kendig and Kimberly Woodhouse, and was an enjoyable read. <BR> <BR> Full review: <BR> <link><BR>02/review-denali-dreams.html </link> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 16:27:01 EST My review of Home Run I'm not a sports fan, but this was a very good book - probably because it had well-drawn characters and was more of a relationship drama than sports-themed book. Strong spiritual themes. Recommended. <BR> <BR> Full review: <BR><BR>13/02/review-home-run.html Mon, 18 Feb 2013 16:15:00 EST Recommen dations? So, I'm fairly new to Christian fiction. Could you recommend some of your favorite authors to me? I'm a sucker for mysteries and adventures. I don't mind supernatural stories, as long as they glorify God; however, I'm not a big fan of romance. Does that help or hinder your suggestions? <em>40</em> <BR> Thanks everyone! Wed, 13 Feb 2013 08:20:10 EST My review of The Tutor's Daughter by Julie Klassen The Tutor's Daughter takes place in a great setting - Cornwall, England - and I really enjoyed it. As with a lot of books, I think it could have been shorter, with less inner thoughts, which would have moved the action along. Still a very good read for me. <BR> <BR> Full review: <BR> <link><BR>02/review-tutors-daughter.html </link> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 01:20:16 EST My review of A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman This book definitely stretched the boundaries of what we normally see in Christian fiction. While I enjoyed it overall and plan to continue the series, I'll admit to having mixed feelings. If you've read any of Julie's books, please share your thoughts here or on my blog. <BR> <BR> Full review: <BR> <link><BR>02/review-passion-most-pure.html </link> Sun, 10 Feb 2013 21:27:41 EST My review of "Where Treasure Hides" This is a debut novel by Johnnie Alexander Donley and I enjoyed it very much. It could have been a little shorter, but I find that's the case with a lot of books. <BR> <BR> My review: <BR> <link><BR>02/review-where-treasure-hides.html </link> Sat, 2 Feb 2013 17:46:15 EST My review of Saving Gideon by Amy Lillard This was a good, relaxing read that I really enjoyed. I believe this is Amy Lillard's first published book, number one in a series by B&H Books. <BR> <BR> I think it's funny how we often see a trend toward certain themes, and the "Englisher-becomes-Amish" theme seems popular now. I wonder how realistic it is for a wealthy English girl and Amish man to fall in love, and how contented she would be with the Amish lifestyle in the long run. I still loved this book because Ms. Lillard just tel... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 14:07:25 EST My review of "Ashton Park" Ashton Park by Murray Pura - This wasn't a favorite of mine, but others might like it. <BR> <BR> My review: <BR> <link><BR>01/review-ashton-park.html </link> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 19:29:56 EST sorry overwhelmed I for one am loving sparkpeople but i set my self to high with my teams and posting or talking to all my teams im on is overwhelming. I have about 3 book groups on and a book club in town that we meet at library. plus with getting all my consulting (i sell serve multiply people as a home party rep) going I am loosing control of myself. schedules are going out the door and my kiddos are going crazy and my stress level is getting uncontrollably high. But i am still keeping up with my goals!! S... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 15:02:26 EST My review of "Waiting for a View" by Debby Mayne This was a light, but enjoyable book. It introduces what looks like an eight-book series by various authors, set in the small town of Bloomfield. <BR> <BR> Full review: <BR> <link><BR>01/review-waiting-for-view.html </link> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 00:07:53 EST NEW Blog: Can You Recognize a Blessing in Disguise NEW Blog post: Sometimes things aren't how they seem. Sometimes blessings come from the most unlikely paths. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>you-recognize-blessing-in-disguise.html </link> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 15:03:37 EST HELLO <em>386</em> I am a mom of many and I have always been scared to try the weight loss thing because everytime I said ok here it is I am losing boom baby belly!! I have elimited that smal thing in my life now I am dedicating myself to a new me.Alopng the way I have pipcked up books ok alot. I haver a shelf about 2ft tall on one end and 6 ft on the other and about 10 ft long my gpa made my grandma and I have a shelf as a divider in another room all full with books of every kind and ... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 01:47:58 EST My review of "In the Land of Blue Burqas" I'm not sure if "enjoyed" is the right term, but this book is well worth reading. It's written by a humanitarian aid worker who lived in Afghanistan for five years with a goal of helping women. I was impressed at how she was able to explain tenets of Christianity to men and women alike, based on parts of the Bible accepted by Islam. I like writing to be tight and concise and this book seemed a little wordy at times, but still a good read. <BR> <BR> Full review: <BR> <link>booksmusicandli... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 18:06:59 EST NEW Blog Post: What Do I Want to Crave? NEW Blog post: Are you craving what you should be craving? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-do-i-want-to-crave.html </link> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 13:59:23 EST My review of Arms of Love by Kelly Long This was a different type of Amish fiction in that it took place during the American Revolution period and had a slightly darker theme. But I enjoy Kelly's writing and thought it a good read overall. Full review: <link><BR>01/review-arms-of-love.html </link> Tue, 8 Jan 2013 22:33:29 EST Hello Good evening, <BR> <BR> My name is Sherilyn. I am a pastor's wife and reading specialist. As a reading specialist, I am required to read. Much of what I read is student related though. Love to read on my Nook. Always looking for books to purchase and read. I read so much that during our Christmas break, I read 10 books, half of which were entertainment for me. <BR> <BR> I adore my husband who is a great help. We have three adult children, two of whom are married and have given us four grand... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 20:42:55 EST hello I read Christain books and would enjoy you people by my side while I am losing weight. I am a retired RN and I am married 25 years . I have 2 daughters april and ashley and 2 grandsons. I love it.hope to hear from u soon. Tue, 8 Jan 2013 15:29:48 EST My review of Love in Three-Quarter Time This was more of an "okay" book for me. It had a good storyline and some interesting characters, I liked the historical era, but the writing didn't always hold my attention. I'm not sure why, but I often skipped sections and looked mainly for conversations. It got several good reviews, however, so I'm sure others liked it better than me. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>01/review-love-in-three-quarter-time.html </link> Fri, 4 Jan 2013 13:56:00 EST My review of Accidentally Amish My first read of 2013! I enjoyed Accidentally Amish very much and want to read more by Olivia Newport. The first few chapters move a little slowly, but it's all essential to the story, and it wasn't long until I kept wanting to read "just one more chapter"! <BR> <BR> My full review: <BR> <link><BR>01/review-accidentally-amish.html </link> Wed, 2 Jan 2013 13:02:14 EST My review of The Air We Breathe by Christa Parrish I've read some very good books lately, and this is another character-driven novel that I enjoyed. This was my first book by Christa Parrish and it held my attention throuhout. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>12/review-air-we-breathe.html </link> Thu, 27 Dec 2012 02:39:17 EST Christian fiction's "mature content" experiment I'm still trying to digest the information I read in this article today and wanted to share it with our readers. I'll post part of it, followed by a link to the full article. Feel free to express your thoughts. <BR> <BR> ______________________ <BR> <BR> Christian Fiction's "Mature Content" Experiment <BR> <BR> Leave it to Christian publishing’s trailblazer Jeff Gerke (founder of Christian spec-fic imprint Marcher Lord Press) to begin another imprint. But this one is sure to twist a few k... Sat, 22 Dec 2012 20:24:24 EST Favorite novels of 2012 Many authors, bloggers, etc. post a list of their favorite reads at this time of the year, so I've created this thread to show their lists. Be sure to add any of your personal favorites or lists that you may come across. <BR> <BR> This first list is by Rachel McRae, a book buyer for Lifeway. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>12/12/my-favorite-novels-for-2012/ </link> Sat, 22 Dec 2012 10:38:34 EST 10 Things I've Learned from the Amish I came across an article written by Suzanne Woods Fisher that I wanted to share. In light of the "busyness" during the Christmas season, Suzanne's list of "10 Things I Learned From the Amish" speaks to the desire many of us have for more simplicity, peace, family time, and a closer relationship to God. Even if you don't read Amish fiction, I think you will enjoy it. Please follow the link below and leave comments on the blog if you desire. <BR> <BR> <link> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 15:49:42 EST My review of Need You Now by Beth Wiseman This book was different from most Christian fiction that I've read, mainly because of some issues it dealt with - teenage cutting and adultery,for example. I liked Beth's writing style and want to read more by her. See my review for more information. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>12/need-you-now.html </link> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 20:45:58 EST Prayers of a Stranger by Davis Bunn This is another book that I can recommend. Easy to read, but more depth than the average Christmas book. Three different storylines are woven together and I especially enjoyed the scenes that took place in Israel. Here's my review: <BR> <BR> "Prayers of a Stranger: A Christmas Journey" by Davis Bunn is a story about forgiveness, healing and the giving of self. While set in Melbourne, Florida and Israel during the Christmas season, it would be good reading for any time of year. The journ... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 23:02:18 EST My review of Lost and Found by Ginny L. Yttrup I just finished this book and can recommend it highly. While not a light read, it exemplifies the best of Christian fiction, at least in my opinion. Below is the link to my review for any who are interested. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>12/lost-and-found_8.html </link> Sat, 8 Dec 2012 16:14:57 EST NEW BLOG POST: 50 Things I Believe What you believe in says a lot about who you are. Have you ever stopped to seriously pay attention to what you believe in? <BR> <BR> Here's some things that life has taught me... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hings-i-believe.html </link> Mon, 3 Dec 2012 14:27:13 EST NEW Blog Post: The End of the World Project You never know what they day will bring when you get up in the morning.... here's the day I had a few days ago. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>end-of-world-project.html </link> <BR> <BR> Sun, 18 Nov 2012 13:30:52 EST Don't Remember if I Introduced Myself Oh my! <em>198</em> <BR> I'm Patricia and I've lost my mind. LOL Mon, 12 Nov 2012 20:29:38 EST NEW BLOG POST: Ghosts, Goblins, & Spirits; Oh My! Halloween. Is it really a big deal? Here are my thoughts. I invite you to read and share your thoughts in the comment section under the blog. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>10/ghosts-goblins-and-spirits-oh-my.html </link> <BR> <BR> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 11:59:08 EST GREAT DEBATE UPDATE SO LAST NIGHT, I GOT A CALL FROM OUR NIECE THAT IS A DR. AT THE MAYO CLINIC. I HAD SENT HER ALL THE INFORMATION THE DR. GAVE ME ON GETTING OFF ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS AND ASKED HER TO CHECK IT OUT (IN ALL HER SPARE TIME) SHE ACTUALLY SHOWED EVERYTHING TO SEVERAL OF HER COLLEAGUES AND ONE OF THEM HAD SENT IT ON TO THE JOSLIN DIABETES CENTER FOR THEIR OPINION. THEY AGREED THAT THERE IS REALLY NO SAFE ARTIFICIAL SWEETENER. THE ISSUE OF STEVIA CAME UP AND THEY SAID THAT THE LIQUID THAT IS 100% S... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 15:41:10 EST THE GREAT DEBATE THERE HAS BEEN MUCH IN THE NEWS LATELY, CONCERNING THE SAFETY OF ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS. SO I MADE AN APPOINTMENT WITH MY ENDOCRINOLOGIST (DIABETES SPECIALIST) HIS DIABETES EDUCATOR, AND HIS PRIMARY NUTRITIONIST. I DID PAY FOR THIS VISIT BUT FELT THAT THE INFORMATION I WAS LOOKING FOR WOULD WELL BE WORTH IT. AND BOY! WAS I EVER RIGHT. I ASKED WHAT THE TRUE INFORMATION WAS THAT WE ARE HEARING - IS IT ALL HYPE AND HOW DOES IT PERTAIN TO DIABETICS? I HAD TOLD THEM, WHEN I MADE THE APPOINTME... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 12:48:36 EST HOLIDAY CHALLENGE Starting Monday, Oct. 22nd - Challenge 1. <BR> <BR> Tracking for calories and balance. If you are on a specific diet then you will be tracking to stay within the boundaries of that specific diet. <BR> <BR> As I stated in my letter to the team, try to make sure that even if what you eat during the day includes a treat - it fits into your calorie range. We want to make it through this holiday season without regrets; without looking back and wishing we had done better. <BR> <BR> Another goal ... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 09:42:40 EST NEW BLOG: The Book that Shocked the World It's a shocker, thriller, intrigue, action, drama, truth, parable, murder, and soooo much more. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>book-that-shocked-nations.html </link> <BR> Sat, 20 Oct 2012 15:25:58 EST New to the Team Hi, I'm Lynda and I'm new to this team. I live in Colorado where we have four seasons and we're in one of the most beautiful seasons, now, Autumn. <BR> <BR> I've been trying to lose weight and get healthier for a while, but it seems that I always give up on myself. I'm trying hard not to let that happen this time! I'm following some of the Weight Watchers plan as I have a friend who is on WW and she bought me the books and calculator. I want to learn how to eat well for life, not for the "d... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 14:08:21 EST motivation needed Hey there everyone. I haven't been on Spark for quite sometime. I need to get remotivated. I've gained 15-18 lbs over the last few months...mostly due to stress/emotional eating. Workouts are almost the same; perhaps need to bump them up too. Could use some prayer and encouragement. <BR> THANKS Thu, 6 Sep 2012 23:00:28 EST NEW BLOG: How to put Organization into Your Chaos Busy schedule? Full life? To-do list that's way too long? Are you in brain overload and life seems to be chaos? Here's how God is helping me to fix my busy mind. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>to-put-organization-into-your-chaos.html </link> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 17:14:36 EST i need to ask a favor of you guys i've been following this group for a while, and sometimes i post but i usually don't. i do pray for you though. now i'd like your help with something. <BR> i entered a competition and i need all the "likes" i can get. it's really short. it would mean a lot to me if my fellow writer sparkguys would go to this page and like it. if you have the time. it will be voted on august 30th so i realize that's not much time. it took this long to be brave enough to ask. <BR> thank you for being there, and... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 07:19:47 EST NEW BLOG: What Weapons are More Dangerous? Ever wonder what weapons do the most destruction or who your worst enemy might be? I bet the answers might surprise you. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>08/what-weapons-are-more-dangerous_26.<BR>html </link> <BR> <BR> SPARK FRIENDS... there's a special note to you all at the bottom of the post on this one. Many blessings to all of you. I love you for the support. So many days, you guys are all I have to turn to. Thank you for being there, and for not judging me.... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 22:27:54 EST Hello.....I'm new to the Christian Bookworms team I'm pretty new to SparkPeople and I'm trying to reach out to meet more friends who can walk this journey with me. I love the Lord and I love to read so I thought that this team looked good! I'm looking forward to getting ideas for the next book I will read. <BR> <BR> Thank you! <BR> Tue, 21 Aug 2012 16:17:07 EST NEW Blog: Think Your Home is Safe? Think Again! Home isn't always the safe place we wish it was. Family & church family alike can be influenced by the snakes that sneak in; and we get hurt when we're not looking and least expect it. Here's your escape plan! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>k-your-home-is-safe-think-again.html </link> <BR> Tue, 14 Aug 2012 18:27:53 EST I need this I need to be accountable! Even if I don't like that word! Otherwise I doubt I'll stick to anything. <BR> <BR> For this week, I am going to drink 8 glasses of water a day. And eat more veggies & salads! <BR> <BR> <em>274</em> <BR> <em>291</em> <em>368</em> <em>267</em> Sun, 12 Aug 2012 15:43:16 EST Hi! Happy to be in a Christian book group! <BR> I would like to tell you all about the most recent book I read, it's "teen" fiction but my 30 yr. old daughter & I are both hooked & waiting for the second book in the series to come out in October! It's called HALFLINGS ~ Written by Heather Burch. <BR> <BR> It's about angel beings who are the children of Nephilum and humans and a young girl who they have to protect.... It's definately an alternative from the vampire books and just as good! Sun, 12 Aug 2012 15:13:19 EST the best Karen Kingsbury books? I have totally gone on a Karen Kingsbury kick! After I finished This Side of Heaven, I went on to read Like Dandelion Dust, and just yesterday Ocean's Apart. I tell you, that woman's words have grown on me! Anyone have other recommendations of which ones to read next? Of course I will eventually find *all* of them, but in the meantime...? Sun, 12 Aug 2012 07:44:04 EST happy reading! just came across this - thought you guys might be interested... <BR><BR>s/dirmod.asp?sid=9FC2E1F4E2464E5EADE14<BR>30BB2DF94E0&type=gen&mod=Core+Pages&gi<BR>d=C684C30C132149CE9E00974672E0B71E Mon, 6 Aug 2012 17:22:18 EST August 1st Challenge Hi Everyone. <BR> <BR> I hope that many of you will join me in this team challenge. You don't have to come to this thread and share, it's here only if you want to share or are looking for encouragement. <BR> <BR> The challenge reads rather awkwardly: I stuck to my diet plan 3 meals 1x per day. SP doesn't make it easy to set it up coherently if you have your own challenge. Basically, no matter the number of meals you eat per day - did you stick to your plan? Then check the box. <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 18:01:17 EST NEW Blog Post: When You’re at the End of Your Rope Sometimes your strength is gone, and more than that your desire to even try anymore is gone. Plus you feel so alone. It's like you're hanging by a thin rope over a cliff, and no one is hearing your cries for help. What do you do? Here's what I figured out! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>what-to-do-when-youre-alone-at-end-of.<BR>html </link> Sat, 28 Jul 2012 15:20:47 EST one more thing I do think it sad that you have 850 members here, but the Christian writers group, "Write His Answer", has 25. Would you please consider being a part? Writing is a powerful way to impact our world for the gospel. <BR> Well, OK, two more things. You probably know about it already but I just felt I had to share these. It isn't really about books, per se, but it IS about freedom. As a godly Christian businesswoman I found these very enlightening. The very thing those in power accuse others of is... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 11:37:44 EST hi guys and gals! <em>334</em> New to groups. Well, actually, new to SparkPeople period, and learning as I go. Hi. Kari here. As a fairly new SparkGal it seems overwhelming at times, but I'm loving it. In my teens I was really into fitness but life and children kind of distracted me. Now I'm back with a vengeance! I'm determined to get in the best shape of my life. I've always believed that age is all in the mind, and that five foot three is way to short to be boring! <BR> I'm committed to working out every... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 11:28:12 EST NEW Blog Post: Learn to Let the Stars Lead Remember those dark skies I mentioned in the last Worship Melodies blog post?! Did you look up? Did you see any bright stars? God is always there for you, to help you see them when you can't. Here's the journey I am in and how God helped me to see the patterns in the stars, and how He is leading me with the brightest Star. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>learn-to-let-stars-lead.html </link> Sun, 15 Jul 2012 14:11:19 EST Good morning! Hello, my name is Ellen and I have been on Sparkpeople for about a week. I have been getting my bearings, very encouraged by all of the different aspects of the site <em>41</em> I look forward to getting to know you! Be blessed on your journey today! <em>288</em> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 08:15:54 EST Hello all! Hello everyone! My name is Kim and I just joined Spark People. Some of my goals include getting to a healthy BMI, having more energy, and eating healthier. I look forward to getting to know everyone! <BR> <BR> Kim Fri, 6 Jul 2012 14:34:32 EST NEW Blog Post: Learn to Read Your Stars Have you ever noticed that when things are at their darkest, it's then that you can see the beauty and wonder of the stars at their best? God wants us to see our own lives in the same way. Here are a few stars that I found in the midst of my current problems. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>learn-to-read-your-stars.html </link> <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> Also, many of you don't know that I have a 2nd blog site called Tin Roof Sundae, where I just... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 14:22:20 EST NEW Blog Post: A True Worship Melody I had a wonderful experience today. It is a true Worship Melody indeed. God is always by our side to rescue us from every bad place. Praise Jesus. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>true-worship-melody.html </link> <BR> <BR> EXTRA NOTE: friends, if you haven't been following my series called 'Great Writers', about a challenge that I'm taking part in, you should read it when you get time. Please leave me some feedback. I'm learning great lessons about writing, a... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 19:19:03 EST Hello Everyone! :) Hi! I'm Jacquelynn. I am a 20-something runner who is looking to tone up and lose a few extra pounds! I exercise daily and count my calorie intake. I am vegetarian, love reading and love Christ! I am currently training to run a 36 mile relay race in July. Tue, 12 Jun 2012 14:07:51 EST New Blog Series: Great Writers Friends: I'm doing a 3-week writing challenge (M-F). It started this week. Here is the 2nd post about the challenge. I won't get time to share my posts every day, so if you'd like to follow the series sign up to follow by email! It's already been interesting for me. I hope you'll follow and that you find it interesting. <BR> <BR> I will, though, post the regular devotional message that I've written and scheduled to be posted like normal. <BR> <BR> <link> Thu, 7 Jun 2012 09:40:10 EST NEW Blog Post: Blanket Scriptures Sometimes when the world is cold, and the people you love are even colder the only solution is to wrap yourself in a blanket... a blanket of scripture, that is! Here are some of my Blanket Scriptures and how they help me. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>blanket-scriptures.html </link> Tue, 5 Jun 2012 11:02:35 EST NEW Blog Post: Workout Routines A healthy life means a healthy body. A truly healthy body is made up of three parts: Our physical being, mind, and spirit. We eat healthy, run, walk, swim, lift weights; etc. to have a healthy physical body. But what about working out your mind, and your spirit? Do you workout those with the same devotion and passion that you have for your cardio routine? Here's my workout routines... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>workout-routines.html </link> Thu, 31 May 2012 10:48:46 EST Happy 1st Birthday! We're having a birthday!!!! Worship Melodies is 1 year old! Check out the story about how it came to be, and the lesson's I've learned, plus a big surprise! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>happy-1st-birthday.html </link> Sun, 27 May 2012 13:32:44 EST The Invisible Woman Ever feel like you're an outsider, or that you're not seen or heard? Feeling rather invisible? Yea, me too sometimes. We all get that now and then. But God doesn't see it that way. Here's what I've learned about it, even through mental illness struggles. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>invisible-woman_23.html </link> Wed, 23 May 2012 16:56:36 EST Praise God - He led me here! I am a new team member here and relatively new to Sparks (going on 3 months). I love to read....especially theology.....and I look forward to peeking in on what others are reading! Tue, 15 May 2012 22:33:59 EST Mixed Blessings! It seems everything comes with a price tag attached in this world. Are your blessings worth the cost? I think 'yes', you have to decide that for yourself. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>mixed-blessings.html </link> Tue, 8 May 2012 11:02:40 EST Blind Faith I have a sun catcher that says "Let go & Let God". Complete surrender, and complete faith... that's what God wants from us. My little doggie, Casey, recently gave me such incredible inspiration and faith. Here's our story. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>blind-faith.html </link> Sat, 5 May 2012 18:58:20 EST $49 Kindle In the Walmart ad this week April 29-May 5 they are featuring the basic Kindle model. It is $79 with a $30 Walmart card. This makes it only $49.00. What a great deal. I got one for my granddaughter for her birthday. Sun, 29 Apr 2012 11:46:31 EST What’s in a Name? Every get frustrated when someone insists on getting your name wrong? Or maybe, you've thought "What does it matter anyway?". Here's what I've learned about what's really in a name. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>whats-in-name.html </link> Sat, 28 Apr 2012 21:21:51 EST The Path of Least Resistance Often the path of least resistence isn't the most attractive route, whether you have a choice or not. Bipolar Disorder (BPD) is not a chosen path; but would I change it? I'm not so sure. (If you want to know more about BPD, this blog includes a list of resources that will help). <BR> <BR> <link><BR>path-of-least-resistance.html </link> Tue, 24 Apr 2012 20:37:41 EST One of These Things is Not Like the Others Ever feel like you're the odd duckling in the lot?! Me too. Here's what I've learned about that. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>one-of-these-things-is-not-like-others<BR>.html </link> <BR> <BR> Friends, I posted this one a few days ago and haven't had time to share it with you on here yet. Scheduling is nuts these days! Sorry. This may start to happen more as my schedule gets busier. Mon, 23 Apr 2012 10:23:41 EST A Total Transformation Knowing what you know now, and the possible alternatives; would you, if you could, go back and change things? The end transformation could very well be worth going through the trials. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>total-transformation.html </link> Tue, 17 Apr 2012 09:37:01 EST Bubbles and Peace I have been told I was bubbly by so many, yet I struggle and the bubbles pop. I long to feel God's peace all the time, and I want more than anything for people to see it shining through from within me. What do others see in you when they meet you? Do they see the peace of the Holy Spirit shining through? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>bubbles-and-peace.html </link> Fri, 13 Apr 2012 18:37:54 EST Battling the Dragon Do you struggle with depression, bipolar, or even self-image issues? The flip side looks so different. The struggles we face look so dark and hopeless. Those who love us don't always see it the same way. They're not looking at it from the dark inside. Maybe it's time that those of us inside walked out into the Light. Here are my thoughts and my experience on fighting the big dragon and surviving. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>battling-dragon.html </link> ... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 17:48:04 EST When the Impossible Happens You know those times when you know absolutely for sure that you know for sure that something cannot possibly happen.... but then it does. It can leave you feeling very disoriented to say the least. Here's what I've learned about these situations. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>when-impossible-happens.html </link> Sat, 7 Apr 2012 09:16:50 EST Shattered Treasures Ever feel like you're broken beyond repair? Ever been rejected because of it? Believe it or not... not everyone thinks you're too broken. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>shattered-treasures.html </link> <BR> Tue, 3 Apr 2012 09:29:40 EST Made To Crave I just picked up the book Made To Crave...has anyone read it yet? If so, what did you think of it? I have not started it yet and am just looking for opinions from people. <BR> Thanks Sat, 31 Mar 2012 18:58:03 EST Just Found This Team Hello. <BR> <BR> I'm Becca, 50 years old and love to read Christian Fiction books. I would like to get involved in this team. <BR> <BR> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 23:02:07 EST Why Do We Limit Ourselves? Sometimes I wonder why we willingly settle for less when we're being offered a huge inheritance. Why do people not have drive and passion for more?... to know THE truth? <BR> <BR> Here are my thoughts on that as it happened in a very interesting conversation I had one day. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>why-do-we-limit-ourselves.html </link> Thu, 29 Mar 2012 14:32:24 EST New here Hi, I'm Janice. I love to read spiritual books. I have been a Christian for a long time. I am married with husband and have two adult boys (one married). I love them soooo muh. Please pray for my son Reg who has an interview on Friday at 10 am regarding a job that he really wants. They are saying that he is over-qualified, but it is a permanent job. Thank you. <BR> God bless! Thu, 29 Mar 2012 08:32:44 EST God's Consultants Ever wonder what it would be like to be in charge of the world for a little while? I do. Here's my theory on just how that might work out if I was in charge for a few days! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <link><BR>gods-consultants.html </link> Wed, 21 Mar 2012 12:44:19 EST Susan Boyle loved reading my book on person peace I have over 5,000 books in my library at home. Reading Christian books has made a big difference in my life. I am now trying to help others by writing some books of my own. One of the bigest problems many Christians face is to find personal peace and happiness. This can only be found by knowing the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ. Overeating does not lead to peace. If you had not realised Susan Boyle is a very devote Christian who has had many personal things to sort out in her own life. I am ... Thu, 15 Mar 2012 14:33:49 EST Angels: To Serve and Protect I had a request from a reader to expand on the info that the bible tells us about how angels protect us. Here's is my final angel article. I hope it helps shed more light on just how real they are and how much they protect us. The bible is very clear on their many purposes, including our protection. Read the whole series. It will help you get an understanding of how awesome they are and how awesome God is for giving the angels to us. <BR> <BR> <link> Wed, 14 Mar 2012 13:15:15 EST International Women’s Day International Women’s Day – It’s Time to Pick Up Your Torch! <BR> <BR> Pick up your torch ladies... we're havin' a parade for International Women's Day, and you're the queen! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>2012/03/international-womens-day-its-t<BR>ime-to.html </link> <BR> <BR> Thu, 8 Mar 2012 11:57:32 EST Saying Hello Hi I am Boni and I love reading and I like others have been on a diet for years. I have been on and off spark people before but I have now joined weight watchers and am having some success with it. I have diabetes and will turn 63 this year. I am trying to get this weight off so that I can be as healthy as possible. I am excited to be in both groups. Weight Watchers and Spark People. If I am ever going to move this weight it had better be now. <BR> Wed, 7 Mar 2012 04:29:38 EST not new....just back :-( Originally joined SP in 2007. Lost almost 30 lbs. Unfortunately I put most of it back on... <BR> <BR> SOOOO here I am again, working to get weight off. Tue, 6 Mar 2012 13:42:38 EST Just ordered Made to Crave by Lysa Terkherst Hi, a group of women I know have been reading this book were raving about it. I struggle so hard with emotional eating and have heard and even studied the concept of seeking God instead of food. Has anyone here read this book? I won't have my copy until the don't give anything away. Just curious. Tue, 6 Mar 2012 13:39:15 EST Books, Books, and more Books I have so many books. I would love to share them. Is it possible that I can do that? <BR> <BR> If so, some that I have are the First Place books, many non-fiction books. If it is okay, I can list some that I have. <BR> <BR> Please let me know. Mon, 5 Mar 2012 22:25:02 EST New Sparkie I just started Spark People this week and am excited. I am always reading something and love it. Right now I'm finishing up the "Above the Line" series by Karen Kingsbury and plan to start the next where Baily figures what she's doing with her life and love. My birthday is August 3 and I have a lot of weight to lose, it's a good thing books don't have calories, but I'm less active than I should be. I am also starting an exercise program too. I enjoy books by multiple authors, but have f... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 19:03:51 EST How My Angel Fell Off the Edge of Heaven The world looks so very different from down here. What happens when your angel falls? What happens when you're the one who's fallen? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/how-my-angel-fell-off-edge-of-heaven.<BR>html </link> Thu, 1 Mar 2012 11:09:33 EST Love & Affection Go Hand-in-Hand! Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives. <BR> <BR> C. S. Lewis Sun, 26 Feb 2012 05:17:31 EST New to the group Hello everyone, <BR> I just came on this group this morning. When I saw Bookworm I had to respond. I have been one for many, many years. I get my books from Christian Book Dist. which is on line also. I love books by Terry Blackstock. I have all the newest ones and have read all the others. <BR> It is nice to know there are other Chritians out there. I'm new to Sparkpeople as of this month. Slowly getting my act together and have been able to get off 2 pounds. It went on slowly so I ... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 12:48:28 EST Spiritual Books to Study I am still waiting for my Christian Study Book & study cards that go along with it. I ordered the stuff aout a month ago!. My friend and I are planning a small (2) Bible Study using the book "Slaying the Dragons in Your Life" by Dr. David Jeremiah. I've listened to the MP3's on-line. Fascinating to say the least. I guess patience is a virtue... Yeah... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 04:21:02 EST Angels: A Jack-of-Al ll-Trades! With all the talk and angel stories that I've been doing lately in my angel series... have you wondered what the bible says about angels? This next article in the Angel Series will tell you just that! This is just touches on the top of a big subject that could have a lot of reading, research and writing done with it. But i hope this helps give you a good overview. There's one more article after this one (next week... unless it expands again! This series seems to have a life of it's own. ... Thu, 23 Feb 2012 10:14:53 EST HELLO! I AM NEW TO THE TEAM! I am currently listening to the MP3 versions of Dr. David Jeremiah's Turning Points "Slaying of the Giants in Your Life". Imagine this... I didn;t think I had anything to relate to with the Giant of Loneliness. But after listening to his sermon I found out that It was totally relatable & that I AM LONELY! Even tho' I am married; I'm an empty nester & mine & my husband's family all live in NJ! Including my only Grandson & my youngest son is away at college sarting his future. I'm very proud of... Mon, 6 Feb 2012 01:48:22 EST Devotional Books I searched and couldn't find a thread like this (on just Devotional Books). Please list good devotional books here, as I am looking for some and don't want to have to look for them among other book titles. THANKS! Mon, 30 Jan 2012 10:48:38 EST I love to read! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Jill and I love to read. I help out at my church library and have access to a ton of good books. I am reading the sisters of the quilt series by Woodsmall, but I can't remember the name of the third book (that's the one I'm on). I love Amish fiction. I love Ted Dekker and I'm sure I'm forgetting a lot, but those are the first two things that come to mind. <BR> <BR> Also, I'm looking to lose some weight and keep it off for good this time. My diet plan... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 14:34:28 EST Nook I got a Nook for Christmas and am looking for places that have free downloads. Any suggestion. I want to have Christian novel basically. Sun, 1 Jan 2012 19:33:36 EST Happy New Year~ I hope that you guys have a safe and blessed one! Holly Sun, 1 Jan 2012 18:28:04 EST I am SO excited ti find this group!!! Hello, I'm new to this group and just getting back on Sparkpeople after taking a year and a half off to have and chase a new baby. I absolutely love to read. I probably read 4 or more books per month. Often I will re-read a book if it's a topic I'm interested in. I only read non-fiction and it's mostly all Christian related: parenting, mothering, diet, health, and general Christian women's stuff. Some of my favorite authors are Lysa TerKeurst, Beth Moore, and Elizabeth George. Really looking ... Fri, 30 Dec 2011 08:41:03 EST Christmas Movies Have you had time to sit down and enjoy a good movie during the holiday season? From black & white oldies, to Hallmark, to more recent films . . . what are some of your favorite Christmas movies? <BR> <BR> So many come to my mind, but my #1 favorite is probably "A Christmas Carol." I have yet to tire of either the original story or contemporary versions. I especially like the one that stars George C. Scott, and also "An American Christmas Carol" with Henry Winkler. <BR> <BR> So what ... Sun, 18 Dec 2011 23:11:44 EST Intro Hello, I just joined this team. I'm Juli, married and homeschooling my 2 children. I love reading, and now that I have a Nook and getting a Kindle touch soon, I love it even more. My favorite is Amish fiction. Wed, 2 Nov 2011 09:24:34 EST Prayer Request Sorry It has been so long since I last posted. I have been busy job hunting. <BR> It can be discouraging and stressful sometimes. I wanted to ask you for a favor. <BR> Do you mind praying that I find a job? And also I keep getting to the Lord? <BR> Thank you so much. Have a blessed day my brothers and sisters! <BR> Holly <em>220</em> Wed, 26 Oct 2011 06:59:31 EST Have you seen the movie "Courageous" yet? I saw it yesterday and I loved it. It had drama, humor, and a good challenge to dads to step up and lead. I would recommend that you have several tissues with you when you go to see it. There are several sad parts, but it pointed out that as Christians we do have hope. Sun, 16 Oct 2011 12:24:55 EST Prayer request Good morning. I don't post very often because of limited time, but I do read most of the posts daily. Last week I had a chemical stress test because of surgery that I will be having in the future.. I had expected it to come back normal but it didn't. I was very shocked. It seems that what I thought was very bad heart burn was really small heart attacks. I am going to have a heart cath done this next week and other procedures, probably a stent. Please pray for me and that all goes well... Sun, 25 Sep 2011 09:36:25 EST Free eBook alert!! Nook for sure.. maybe Kindle Hey Everyone! I am new here and thrilled to have been told about you! <BR> <BR> The Preacher's Bride by Jody Hedlund is free on Nook right now.. im pretty sure Kindle too! <BR> This book was amazing!!! I mean it. It is her debut book and blew me out of the water. Her second one just came out. The Doctor's Lady. Cant wait till I can get my hands on that one. <BR> Anywho, I just thought yall would like to know! <BR> God Bless <BR> Heather Sat, 24 Sep 2011 22:25:39 EST FAVORITE BOOK YOU HAVE EVER READ ? BESIDES THE BIBLE WHAT IS THE BEST BOOK YOU HAVE EVER READ ? Tue, 30 Aug 2011 07:40:31 EST New Here Okay, so I have joined this group and I am so excited!! <BR> I love to read, especially christian fiction. <BR> My favorite series is the Yada Yada Prayer Group series by Dave & Neta. <BR> As much as I love to read, I love to learn about and praise the Lord!!! Mon, 25 Jul 2011 01:20:01 EST Introducing Me First, I have to start by saying that I am very glad to have found a place that doesn't just focus on physical and emotional strength but also on spiritual strength. <BR> <BR> Second, a little about myself. I am a mother of 2 beautiful daughters, and they are part of the reason that I want and need to lose weight. I have been overweight for years, but was at my maximum weight about 3 years ago. Since then, I've lost 40, gained 30, lost 20, gained 10. So, I need to stop the yo-yo effect... Sat, 16 Jul 2011 17:33:21 EST 2011 Christy Award Winners Christy Award 2011 Winners and Finalists <BR> <BR> Contemporary Romance: <BR> Sworn to Protect <BR> by DiAnn Mills (Tyndale House) <BR> Blood Ransom <BR> by Lisa Harris (Zondervan) <BR> Indivisible <BR> by Kristin Heitzmann (WaterBrook Press) <BR> <BR> <BR> Contemporary Series, Sequels, and Novellas: <BR> The Reluctant Prophet <BR> by Nancy Rue (David C. Cook) <BR> The Thorn <BR> by Beverly Lewis (Bethany House) <BR> The Waiting <BR> by Suzanne Woods Fisher (Revell Books) <BR> <BR> <B... Fri, 15 Jul 2011 16:41:22 EST Bible for Kindle I just received my Kindle and would like to get a Bible for it. Does anyone have the Bible on their Kindle? What version and what do you like/not like about it? I was just looking & there are lots of them but I don't have any idea which one would be easiest to navigate. This is one that I don't mind spending a little $$ to get. I've been staying in the free - $2.99 range <em>43</em> even though I've been tempted to go higher!! <BR> <BR> Thanks!! Wed, 15 Jun 2011 22:58:28 EST Free Audio Download on Christian Audio this month! Christian Audio is offering a Free Download of A Place of Healing by Joni Eareckson Tada for the month of June. It does require you to sign up for an account, but apparently they give away one free download every month. Just found out about it, and thought I would share if anyone else might be interested. Here is the link with more info: <BR> <link><BR>hristianaudio&utm_campaign=e44ccc23fc-<BR>June_Mid_2011&utm_medium=email </link> Tue, 14 Jun 2011 17:49:46 EST Urgent Prayer Request LOOZINITNOW is asking for prayers for my uncle. He was taken to the hospital last night with a blood clot in his brain, Emergency surgery is done and he is in recovery at this time. Tue, 31 May 2011 10:01:03 EST Heard of this book? "Fat-Proof Your Family" I happened upon this book info while Googling something else. The full title is "Fat-Proof Your Family: God's Way of Forming Healthy Habits for Life". The author is a Christian obstetrician/gynecologist named J. Ron Eaker. To learn more, you can read selected sections on <BR> <BR> Have any of you read this? Mon, 9 May 2011 23:35:46 EST Hello, so glad to find you : - ) I might be joining too many teams to keep up with (meaning too much sitting and not enough exercise) but I'm happy to find a group that reads Christian books and relates to God and others like I want to. <BR> <BR> I'm married (almost 32 years now) with 2 grown kids that live too far to see much of, and a couple of grandkids too. So I have to entertain myself when I'm not working the long hours I work. So I read on my work breaks and quilt when I can squeeze it in. I also like to garden ... Sat, 7 May 2011 21:27:36 EST Today Bible reading 5/5 -- <BR> <BR> Colossians 4 -- <BR> <BR> Pray that there's and open door to proclaim Christ clearly. <BR> Be wise in how we act toward non-believers. <BR> Talk full of grace, seasoned with salt, will know how to answer every one. <BR> <BR> <em>296</em> Fri, 6 May 2011 09:18:01 EST PLEASE PRAY Please pray that my gson Nic will go with his parents to Az. to live and not come back to NY for college. It's not good for him to be here and they will be able to hopefully keep him accountable. He is a good boy lead astray. Thank you <em>223</em> Sat, 30 Apr 2011 11:28:46 EST Hi <em>241</em> Christian booklovers ...... ahh how exciting is that! :) I love reading ...... mostly Christian fiction and non-fiction :) so very happy to find this group Sat, 23 Apr 2011 19:16:56 EST I enjoy reading the word of God I read alot and they are all Christian books written so that we can have the fruit of the spirit increase in our lives. Thank for having me on this team. Fri, 22 Apr 2011 18:04:26 EST Library books for Kindle I just saw this on an industry blog this morning: <BR> <BR> "Kindle will be getting library book support in 2011. Amazon hasn’t specified a date but has said that it is working with Overdrive so that Kindle library book support will become a reality in 2011 itself. All Kindles and all Kindle reading devices will get support for library books. Plus you’ll be able to add notes and highlights to library books (though the point of that is lost to me, except it adds an incentive to buy the book ... Wed, 20 Apr 2011 09:47:26 EST what bathroom scale do you recommend. hi, <BR> my bathroom scale is old,and not accurate. I want to get a new one, it needs to be easy to read..we all have astigmatism or nearsightedness. I am not convinced i want digital, as I do not care about .10 of a pound. SO....what do you all recommend? is your scale good, bad or indifferent and how so? i am NOT spending a lot of money to get body fat percentage and all that. Mon, 18 Apr 2011 22:29:27 EST WHAT IS THE MOST LIFE CHANGING BOOK YOU EVER READ In his steps by Charles Sheldon to me was a great life changing book . Made me stop to think how i can make the world a better place for me and others. I want to be a better Christian daily and i know theres alot of books that have helped others and would just like to get some ideas . Books cost alot of money and when i read them things that stand out to me i make notes and highlight for later reference. We have all bought books we thought were good and were very dissappointed money wasted .T... Mon, 11 Apr 2011 04:48:24 EST KINDLE READING ? I have seen these things around and am interested exspecially since some of you share the books you like to read but don't know how it works. First is the print decent size to read? Is there a monthly fee ? Do you pay so much to read a book ? Do you get to keep this book to access later? I read nothing but religious do they charge different rates for books or a flat rate? Would you recommend this if a person reads alot i probably have 500 books and noone will want them when i die none of my f... Sat, 9 Apr 2011 09:54:38 EST An Introduction Hello, everyone, my name is Tina. I am a believer, a wife to a kind brother in Christ, and mother to three beautiful blessings. We live on a small farm in rural Missouri. After I had children I put on a few pounds, but I was able to loose most of it. In 2003, I lost my first husband suddenly one morning, and then about three years later I became very ill. I had a cycle of pneumonia that would last more than two years and I was in bed most of that time. I gained weight very weekly. I ha... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 20:03:31 EST google calendar on Kindle device I just figured out that one can check one's Google calendar from the Kindle! point the Kindle web browser to <BR> that is the mobile version of your google calendar. (This will work on other mobile device too) and then you sign into your google or gmail account. and then a listing of your calendar events will be right there in your kindle browser. Bookmark the page and you are set! <BR> I can not afford a "Smartphone" data plan and this is gonna help me A LOT. THo... Sat, 19 Mar 2011 18:09:10 EST Love to read It's amazing there is a SP team for those of us who love to read Christian books. I enjoy historical fiction. Just starting this SP journey. Finish reading The Spark on my e reader yesterday. Have a wonderful day! <BR> <em>150</em> Fri, 18 Mar 2011 19:29:52 EST