Simple Pleasures: Book Review

Simple Pleasures: Book Review

Simple pleasures is sometimes I often long for in our every day living.  Too often, I'm laying in bed at night, recounting the day, and realizing that I've gone yet another day without truly savoring the gift that it was. This book, Simple Pleasures, by Marianne Jantzi, is a wonderful reminder to to savor the every day moments that make up a life filled with love.   Her stories are short and sweet and filled with a tangled web of memories that we all so often feel and … [Read more...]

The Golden Braid {Book Review}

The Golden Braid {Book Review}

I know you can't judge a book by it's cover, but when I spotted this book the other day, the cover caught my eye and I'm glad it did!  I'm not much of a fiction reader, but I do love a good fairy tale, especially when retold for adults.  I stumbled upon a real gem with The Golden Braid.  This book was wonderful and a pleasure to read.  I felt like it captured true romance without all the needless angst that so often accompanies this type of book. It had subtle and believable mentions of faith, … [Read more...]

Pass It On: Amazing New Resource for Parents!

Jim Burns has done it again!  Together with Jeremy Lee, Burns has produced an amazing resource for parents who wish to pass on a legacy of faith to their children. About the Book: Most parents spend more time helping their kids succeed at academics or athletics than infusing shared spiritual experiences into the rhythm of everyday family life. While the idea of strategically passing down our faith can seem intimidating, the annual Rites of Passage Experiences contained in Pass It On … [Read more...]

Protecting Your Child Against Abuse Begins with a Storybook

Protecting Your Child Against Abuse Begins with a Storybook

It's a scary world out there.  We probably all know someone who's life has been affected by sexual abuse and we all desperately want to protect our children from this traumatic experience. But where do we begin? What should we warn our children about? How should we bring it up? It's a tough subject to tackle, so when I was given the opportunity to review a picture book for kids aimed at this very topic, I jumped on the chance.   The book is entitled, "God Made All of Me" and it is … [Read more...]

Let’s Learn About the Lord’s Prayer {Book Review}

Let’s Learn About the Lord’s Prayer {Book Review}

I'm a big fan of the Lord's Prayer and think it's certainly something every child should learn as they are growing up.  Sometimes, it's great for parents to have a natural and fun way to introduce something like the Lord's Prayer and when I spotted Catherine DeVries new book, I thought it could be a perfect solution. The book itself is very sturdy (board book) and the pictures are bright and fun to look at.  The story line is simple enough for kids to easily follow and the theology is on … [Read more...]

Jump into Fall Baking with Lucy Leid’s New Cookbook and an Amish Baking Basket Giveaway

Incorporate Amish cooking traditions this fall in your kitchen with Lucy Leid's Gather Around the Amish Table. Straight from Amish kitchens to yours, this cookbook offers favorite family recipes and charming stories from Amish and Mennonite cooks. Gather your family around the table to sample the nourishing fare and trademark charm of the plain people. In the words of one cookbook contributor: “Bake someone happy!” Get your fall baking underway with an Amish baking basket giveaway from Lucy … [Read more...]