Friday, December 21, 2012

An Amish Kitchen... a book review

Thomas Nelson Publisher
356 pages with reading group guide
Available: NOW!
By: Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, and Kelly Long
Includes 45 Old Order Amish Recipes

Book Description

The Amish Kitchen is the Heart of the Home – and the Ideal Setting for Stories of Love and Hope.
Fall in Paradise, Pennsylvania, always brings a brisk change in the weather. This season also ushers in unexpected visitors, new love, and renewed hope for three women.

Fern has a green thumb for growing healing herbs, but longs for love to bloom in her life. Then the next-door neighbor’s oldest son, Abram, comes running into Fern’s kitchen seeking help for his little sister. The crisis soon leads to a promise of romance—until mistrust threatens to end the growing attraction.

Nearby, Hannah runs her parents’ bed and breakfast, Paradise Inn—but her life feels nothing like Paradise. She longs for a man of integrity to enter her life, but never expected him to knock on the front door looking for a room. Will she be able trust Stephen with her future once she discovers his mysterious past?

When a storm blows a tree onto Eve’s farmhouse, she has little choice but to temporarily move her family into her parents’ home. Outside of cooking together in the kitchen, Eve and her mother can’t agree on anything. But this may be just the recipe for hope in healing old wounds.

Three Amish stories—each celebrating love, family, and faith—all taking place in a tight-knit community where the kitchen truly is the heart of the home.

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Find a comfortable chair and a hot cup of tea and curl up with three heartwarming novellas from three wonderful Amish writers!  As in any home, the kitchen is the heart of the home.  Even in my shotgun kitchen, up to ten people have come together to share life, love, and faith.  Although all three stories are written by different authors, the characters are intertwined.  Not only do they live in the same community, but also share a women's prayer group.

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
An Amish Love, also from Beth Wiseman, is another terrific novella with three stories of faith and love.  Co-written with Kelly Long and Kathleen Fuller.

I received a complimentary e-book of An Amish Kitchen from and Thomas Nelson Publisher for my honest review.  No other compensation was received.



Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Bold as Love... a book review

Bold As Love: What Can Happen When We See People the Way God Does  -     
        By: Bob Roberts Jr.
Available: January 6, 2013
Bob Roberts, Jr.
Thomas Nelson Publishers
ISBN 978-1-4002-0420-5
182 pp plus notes (ppbk)
How do you relate to your neighbors who are different from you? 
No, I'm not talking about how much money they make, what fancy toys they have,
or even their ethnicity.
How do you spend time with neighbors who are not Christian?
Maybe they are Muslim, Hindu, Buddhists, or atheist.  Do you keep your distance or just say a passing hello if you meet to cross the street at the same time?
We are no longer separated from other cultures by our countries or nation.  With our global economy, many faiths live in America and most likely just down the street from you.  In Bold as Love, Pastor Bob Roberts, Jr. shows us what is looks like to truly love our neighbor regardless of faith, culture, or nationality.
Bob Roberts, Jr. is the founding pastor of Northwood Church in Keller, Texas.  He has made it his mission to not only teach about sharing your faith with non-Christians, but has also introduced it to his own congregation.  We are reminded that we need to first have relationships with others.  Without spending time with people, we cannot share the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Why would they listen to us?  He and his church have teamed up with a Jewish congregation and a Muslim one.  The not only serve the community together, they also share worship service time.  Not for the sake of converting each other, but to better understand the other faiths and respect the people and their beliefs.
Bob Roberts, Jr. journey has taken him to many corners of the world which he shares in Bold as Love.  We can live out our faith while forging relationships with non-Christians.  It just takes faith!

It is a whole new world just outside your front door. 

Go and embrace others and spread God's love

through acts of kindness and frienships!

I received a complimentary copy of Bold as Love from Handlebar Publishing and Thomas Nelson for my  honest opinion.  I received no further compensation.
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