Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Hearts Awakening by Delia Parr

Ellie is a 31 year old spinster who has very little options and even fewer physical attributes.  Hired as a temporary housekeeper for Jackson, a young widower, and his two young sons, she hopes only to get a good reference from him and move on with her life.  To her surprise, Jackson proposes marriage to her, a marriage of convenience because she is, after all, very plain and has little chance of ever getting married.  He needs someone to take care of his boys and she needs somewhere to live.  A curt and pointed marriage contract is drawn up and Ellie accepts her lot in life.  Ellie's faith in knowing that God has given her this gift of a family she thought she would never have is heart-warming.  As Jackson witnesses Ellie's faith and loyalty he begins to open up to her with his fears and insecurities.  Expecting her to run at every opportunity, just as all the previous women in his life, he begins to see her in an entirely new light.  This is a refreshing Historical Christian Romance novel, a very wholesome and meaningful story.  You will fall in love with each of the characters in a way you never expected and may even find yourself laughing out loud as Ellie and Jackson go toe-to-toe and try to find their way around each other.

I highly recommend Hearts Awakening by Delia Parr, a heartwarming story about seeing the beauty in people because of and not in spite of what they have been through and the way they have triumphed through it, with the grace of God.

Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for providing a copy of this book.  All opinions are mine.

This Little Piggy

We recently had a Muffin Tin Monday on a Saturday night :o)  Our theme was The Three Little Pigs.  I found these cute pig cookies on Courtney's blog and thought they would make the perfect muffin tin.  From left to right, top to bottom, three piggy cookies (we used strawberry marshmallows instead of white), shredded mini wheat cereal (hay), chow mein noodles (sticks), and peanut butter filled pretzel nuggets (bricks).  As always, the boys loved them.  Don't you know everything tastes better in a muffin tin?

Sunday, November 7, 2010

If I Could Ask God Anything

If I Could Ask God Anything written by Kathryn Slattery is an excellent resource for any parent or Sunday school teacher.  With a variety of questions such as how can God be three persons at the same time and what did Jesus wear, it's a fantastic book to have on hand or even just to let your children thumb through and think about things they never thought about before.  Over 100 questions are addressed in this easy to read, easy to share book with the subtitle: Awesome Bible Answers for Curious Kids.

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