EIN STEIN The Chipmunk Who Became an Engineer by Uncle Andy

Book Description:  Ein Stein, a most inquisitive chipmunk, is also a very frustrated chipmunk. He loves peanuts and there just happens to be a peanut farm just across the river from his home! Nuts! How can he get to it? The little chipmunk tries several different ways to cross the river. Ein uses a boat and a lily pad, but all of his attempts end in failure. Discouraged, he is about to give up, when his father tells him the story of Robert The Bruce, a Scottish king who watched a spider try and fail six times before it could weave its web. Encouraged by the story, Ein tries again. He engineers an overhead wire, similar to the one he uses to cross his busy street, as a bridge. But how can he get the wire bridge across the river? Ein is stumped. But just like Robert The Bruce, Ein decides to never give up. He too watches a spider spin its web, and is inspired by nature’s finest engineer. It is then that The Chipmunk Who Became an Engineer produces a step-by-step plan to cross the river. Will Project Peanuts succeed?

My Review:  One day, Ein Stein tells his parents why stones sink. They come with the name Ein Stein for this intelligent chipmunk.  Ein Stein's parents tell him that he is now named for the famous scientist.   Ein Stein is a cute play on words for a chipmunk's name.  Ein is determined to find a way across the busy road to the peanut farm. 
First, he decides that the road is too busy so he thinks of the gently flowing river that runs along the property.  He then draws plans for a grand boat that will carry him to the peanut farm.  But the current is too fast for the small boat and he must head home before he loses his life and his boat.  The next day he tries paddling closer to the stream's edge but again no go.  Then his father tells him a story about a knight who was hiding in a small hut and watched a spider build its nest over and over until it was just right.
So, Ein doesn't give up. The next day he decides to build a bridge.  He draws a plan but after trying to build the sticks break.  He goes home.
But the next day he tries again.  Ein doesn't give up on his dream.  And his father doesn't give ip on his son but continues to help Ein and encourage him in his endeavors.
A great 4 star book for children who love to think and build and a fantastic lesson in never giving up.  Keep trying and don't let go of your dreams!
*This book was provided for review by for Reader's*


WOW! Cranberry Butter

The Pioneer Woman has the most incredible recipe for Cranberry Butter.  
Go HERE to see recipe! I'm thinking this will make a great Easter spread!  


A Deeper Kind of Calm

Book Description: Through the Psalms, women can learn how to positively handle the disappointments of life, discern the comforting truth found in God’s Word, and be encouraged to deal with the waves of trials, depression, and discouragement.

• Includes a 4-week Bible study

My Review:  The Psalms are one of my favorite books of the Bible.  When I need comfort, peace or am in need of encouragement this is the book of the Bible that I immediately turn to.  
In a Deeper Kind of Calm Linda speaks from the heart.  Sometimes with humor, sometimes straight up and always with kindness.  
This is a short, four chapter book.  But filled with "gems" from the Scriptures.  The study guide provided at the back of the book is ideal for a short (four week) study on joy during difficult situations. The focus is on Psalm 77~ I remember, Psalm 46~ I hide, Psalm 63~I cling and Psalm 84~ I journey.
Through the soul.searching.words of Psalms we gain a Deeper Kind of Calm that comes from the Father of Love.
Even if you're not experiencing anxiety, depression, trials or discouragement this book and study will give you a faith lift and also will help you understand that even biblical heroes even had times of learning to trust more in God.
Even though this a short 103 page book (not including the Bible study pages) the depth of knowledge that one gleans from its pages is phenomenal.  
If you are longing for a Deeper Kind of Calm be sure to pick up this great-tastic book and start your study today!  You won't be disappointed!
*This book was provided for review by NavPress*

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The Imagination Station: Attack at the Arena, Book 2

Book Description:  Lions and tigers and boars, oh my! 
“Stop the fighting—in the name of Christ—stop!”
Cousins Patrick and Beth are off on their second Imagination Station adventure. Mr. Whittaker’s mysterious invention takes them to ancient Rome, where they must find a special silver cup. Near the city gate, the cousins are separated when Beth is enslaved to the emperor and Patrick meets a wise monk named Telemachus. All three end up in the famous Roman arena. Telemachus wants to share an important message with the emperor. Beth wants to know how to get the cup. And Patrick just wants to escape with his life! 
The key to adventure lies within your imagination! What to join Patrick and Beth on their adventures? Visit You’ll find out more fun facts about Vikings and the animals of Greenland. Plus you’ll get the scoop on the next book, and much more! 

Recommended for ages 7 and up.

My Review:  Adventures In Odyssey has been one of my family's favorite ways of storytelling for generations! We began listening to the stories on radio, then VHS came out, finally dvds  and now these wonderful books.
Mr. Whitaker has a wonderfully safe place in his soda shoppe where children learn about the Bible and those heroes of faith.
Having read book 1, Voyage of the Vikings, we were thrilled to read the next book, Attack at the Arena.
Book 1 was great but, hands down, we all loved book 2!  Attack at the Arena places cousins, Beth and Patrick, in the realm of the christian persecution in Rome.  
Patrick and Beth begin the trip together but are separated once they enter the city.  Patrick heads into town determined to stay alive.  He meets a monk who imparts great wisdom.
Beth, on the other hand, becomes a slave in the emperor's home.  Beth also has some moments of fear and learns to rely on God.  Beth's story is parallel to Patrick's story but yet they both experience a one.of.a.kind adventure.
The excitement, the adventure and our imaginations took Beth and Patrick through an unforgettable trip that increased our faith.
Short, large font books with pencil like pictures are great reads for those kids (and parents!) who enjoy adventure filled trips that are both faith filled and brings biblical history to life!
*This book was provided for review by Tyndale*

Snow Melts In Spring (Seasons of the Tallgrass, Book 1) by Deborah Vogts

Book Description:  Mattie Evans, a young veterinarian in rural Kansas, saves a horse injured in a terrible accident. But she also finds herself tending the wounded relationship between a prodigal son and his ailing father. Love, conflict, forgiveness, and renewal drive the first book of the Seasons of the Tallgrass series. 

My Review:  Deborah Vogts brings a fresh new look at rural ranch life in Snow Melts In Spring. 
The main character, Mattie Evans struggles with insecurity because she is a young veterinarian trying to prove to the locals that she can and will make a go of this career she loves.  Mattie also struggles to prove self worth because her parents lost their ranch in an unscrupulous business deal.  Mattie's feelings of inadequacy are clearly portrayed and makes her seem so real.  
Then one evening Mattie comes upon a horrible accident where a horse has been severely injured.   She wants to leave and not get involved but she finds out that the horse belongs to an older man, John McCray, who is one of Mattie's best friends and supporters.  She decides she will save his horse!
Gil McCray, John's son, is having some issues of his own as a famous quarterback.  Gil is sent home with an injury and meets Mattie.  Not really wanting to enter into the "dark recesses" of his memories....Gil has secrets (but has good reasons for not sharing this info).  
Mattie wants Gil and his father, John, to let go of the past and forge a bridge of peace.
This is a fresh new author for  me.  A delightful, fast, fun read!  I truly enjoyed reading about Mattie, Gil and John.  My love of horses was ignited by Deborah's vast knowledge.  
Faith is not just a sideline but part of the "big picture" for these characters.  A truly wonderful, well written read!
*This book was provided for review by Zondervan*

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  About the Author: 

 Deborah Vogts' debut release, Snow Melts in Spring, is the first in the Seasons of the Tallgrass series by Zondervan. Deborah and her husband live in SE Kansas and have three daughters. She enjoys reading, gardening, cooking and playing the piano. Some of her favorite activities include taking walks with their two golden retrievers, caring for their American Quarter horses and watching old movies. To learn more about Deborah, please visit her Country at Heart blog or her web site at


Lion of Babylon by Davis Bunn

Book Description:  Marc Royce works for the State Department on special assignments, most of them rather routine, until two CIA operatives go missing in Iraq--kidnapped by Taliban forces bent on generating chaos in the region. Two others also drop out of sight--a high-placed Iraqi civilian and an American woman providing humanitarian aid. Are the disappearances linked? Rumors circulate in a whirl of misinformation. Marc must unravel the truth in a covert operation requiring utmost secrecy--from both the Americans and the insurgents. But even more secret than the undercover operation is the underground dialogue taking place between sworn enemies. Will the ultimate Reconciler between ancient enemies, current foes, and fanatical religious factions be heard?

My Review: Davis Bunn writes an intriguing thriller that could be ripped from today's news headlines.  
First, we meet Sameh who is working on a missing child case in Bagdad.  Then we meet Marc who hails from the U.S.  Marc and Sameh then meet in Bagdad as Marc is called into duty to find a fellow CIA operative.
Two cases intertwined in the closets of the grand underworld.  Two very different men with one common goal-free the captives!
Then we meet Leyla a young widow and mother of precocious, Bisan.  Leyla drives Marc around Bagdad. "Leyla's driving was as bad as the traffic.  She scooted around a corner, almost taking a cluster of pedestrians off at the knees."  Leyla is the kind of woman who isn't afraid to!
Unraveling clues to find the missing is hard to do in a land filled with danger at every turn.  But Marc feels that he has come back to life for the first time since his beloved wife has passed away.  He also feels an obligation to help Sameh.  Sameh feels an obligation to 
find the missing child(ren).  Integrity is not a by-word in this novel.  It is the essence of true men and women.
The history of Muslims in this fiction read is phenomenal.  Learning that the word Imam means the head of the Muslim community; the title is used in the Qurʾān several times to refer to leaders and to Abraham. Since 911 I've heard some of these terms but never, really, caught their true meaning.  Reading this novel gave me a better "picture" of the Muslim world and of the Christians who live amongst the Muslims.  Courage to face the impossible, prayer to see the mission through.
This is a great read filled with danger, intrigue and most of all Christ centered people in a land that seems Godless. 
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*This book was provided for review by Bethany House Publishers*
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (July 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764209051
  • ASIN: B005X4AC06


{WOW! Warm Oven Wednesday} Cinnamon Dessert Enchiladas

Dessert Enchiladas
1- 21oz can pie filling (your choice...tonight I am using apple)
6- 8inch flour tortillas
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/3 c. margarine
1/2 c. white sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar (packed)
1/2 c. water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spoon pie filling evenly onto all tortillas. Sprinkle with cinnamon and roll up. Place on lightly greased 8x8 pan seam side down. Bring the margarine, sugars and whater to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring constantly for 3 minutes. Pour sauce evenly over tortillas, sprinkle with extra cinnamon. Bake for 20 minutes.


The Grandfathers DVD EGMfilms

From Sacrifice to Reconciliation, a young Man 
Discovers his Heritage in The Grandfathers.
Description:  EGM Films is pleased to announce the release of The Grandfathers, a motion-graphics film about the struggle and influence of a young man’s heritage. The Grandfathers completes a trilogy that includes End of the Spear and Beyond the Gates of Splendor. These first two films, also from award-winning director Jim Hanon and producer Mart Green, tell the unforgettable and inspiring story of the killing of five missionaries by an indigenous tribe, deep in the Amazon jungle. The impact of this tragic event lives on today, in the families of these slain men and among those responsible for their deaths.

My Review:  The Grandfathers is the third dvd in the mission trilogy that chronicles the lives of the five missionaries who gave their lives to reach the Waodani tribe. 
I've had the privilege of viewing End of the Spear and Beyond the Gates of Splendor.  So was happy to review the third and final dvd in this trilogy.  All of the dvds have been inspiring and informative.  If you read the book, Through the Gates of Splendor, like me, you may have followed the lives of the five missionary families who went on to follow through in the work of reaching the Waodani tribe.  
This dvd The Grandfathers was a grand conclusion.  The word, forgiveness, stands out in this dvd.  This is not a story it is a documentary given mainly by Jesse Saint the grandson of Nate Saint, the airplane pilot whom the Waodani speared to death.  Jesse is the son of Steve Saint who encouraged his family to continue to interact with the Waodani tribe.
The word grandfather is basically "nonexistent" in the Waodani tribe . . . in this dvd the word grandfathers is explained and the usage of 'grandfathers' is used by the Waodani tribe.  I found this explanation fascinating!
This faith lifting "story"  gives new meaning to reaching out to people for Christ.  Jesse tells of the life of his aunt Rachel Saint and of her continued work with the Waodani peoples.
The journey, the struggle, the legacy. . . don't miss this inspiring conclusion! 
*This dvd was provided for review by B & B Media Group*

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When Sparrows Fall by Meg Moseley

Book Description:  Freedom. Safety. Love. Miranda vows to reclaim them--for herself, and for her children.

A widow and mother of six, Miranda Hanford leads a quiet, private life. When the pastor of her close-knit church announces his plans to move the entire congregation to another state, Miranda jumps at the opportunity to dissolve ties with Mason Chandler and his controlling method of ruling his flock. But then Mason threatens to unearth secrets from her past, and Miranda feels trapped, terrified she’ll be unable to protect her children.

College professor Jack Hanford is more than surprised when he gets a call from his estranged sister-in-law’s oldest son, Timothy, informing him that Miranda has taken a serious fall and he has been named legal guardian of her children while she recovers. Quickly charmed by Miranda’s children, Jack brings some much-needed life into the sheltered household. But his constant challenging of the family’s conservative lifestyle makes the recovering mother uneasy and defensive—despite Jack’s unnerving appeal.

As Jack tries to make sense of the mysterious Miranda and the secrets she holds so tightly, Mason’s pressure on her increases. With her emotions stirring and freedom calling, can Miranda find a way to unshackle her family without losing everything?

My Review:  Wow!  Imagine never watching a dvd or shopping at Wal-Mart!  Welcome to Miranda's world.  She and her six children have led very conservative lives not necessarily because they chose this way of life but because Miranda's husband, Carl, and the pastor of their church insisted on these "rules of life."
When Miranda is badly hurt after a fall her oldest son, Timothy, contacts his uncle Jack (half brother to his late dad) to come and help his family while his mom recuperates.  
Jack drops everything to go and help Miranda and her children.  Jack's easy going ways and challenges aren't the perfect way to help but Miranda with her defensive ways begins to question "the why of her conservative living."
The mystery involving Pastor Mason and even the secrets Miranda harbors are intriguing as well as hard to guess why it all happened.  
This book brings out some hard to answer questions:  Why do some people follow the Law but forget about the Grace?  Is it right for a pastor to "rule" his flock?  Are people who follow pastors who require more than God requires just part of a cult?
This was a truly interesting read.  There are slow parts but I likes the way the author pulls the reader into the "fray."  I found myself rooting for Jack to help Miranda and the children pull away from their pastor.  But found that pulling away from a cult leader is about like pulling a tooth.  A lot of pain, some tears but healing as the end result.
This is an enjoyable read!  God sees every sparrow that falls and He knows just how to help His "sparrows" regain life again!
*This book was provided for review by Waterbrook/Multnomah*

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Finding Hollywood Nobody by Lisa Samson

Book Description:  Scotty and Charley are headed for Marshall, Texas, with Biker Guy once more close on their trail. As Scotty tries to come to terms with the reality of her parents’ deaths, she grows friendly with the locals. That makes staying hidden challenging.

But there’s got to be more to life than fear, and through new friendships, Scotty learns that this prayer thing might work after all. Will prayer be enough when the situation is life and death? What happens when Biker Guy finally catches up to her?

My Review:  After reading Hollywood Nobody the first book in this series I was hooked!  There's just something about Scotty and even Charley that makes want to know more.  As we found out in book one Charley is not Scotty's mom but her grandma!  
This story begins right where Hollywood Nobody left off.  Charley and Scotty are headed to Marshall, Texas.  Sweet!  Having been to Marshall, Texas quite a few times the story seemed "real" to me.   So now Scotty and Charley are on their way Marshall, Texas, where Charley can work and Scotty finds more interests.
Scotty is a unique girl.  She finds friends at the drop of a hat.  She befriends a pregnant teen mom who has been in an abusive relationship.   Not one to just leave a friend, Scotty, tries to help her but is it enough?  Scotty learns about prayer.  How God works through those who pray!
And why are she and Charley being stalked by the mysterious biker man?  What does he want and who is he?   
Scotty matures more in this book.  She uses the slang word "crap" a couple of times and it seems that Seth is having "inappropriate relations" with Karissa.  
Growing up is not easy and Scotty is dealing with the issue of her parent's deaths, her friend Seth's relationship with Karissa and not being who she thought she was.  
This book was okay but I really liked the first book better.  I guess there were a few too many issues for me.  However, the book is a fast read . . .  at times funny and light-hearted.  A nice 4 star read!
*This book was provided for review by NavPress*


{LitFuse Blog Tour} the mountains bow down by Sibella Giorello

Book Description:  Everything's going to work out. Time away always makes things better 
That's what FBI Special Agent Raleigh Harmon believes as she boards a cruise to Alaska. A land of mountains and gems and minerals, The Last Frontier is a dream destination for this forensic geologist who's hoping to leave behind a hectic work schedule and an engagement drained of romance.
But when a passenger goes missing and winds up dead, Raleigh's vacation suddenly gets lost at sea. The ship's security chief tries to rule the death a suicide, but Raleigh's forensics background points to a much darker conclusion: Somewhere onboard, a ruthless murderer walks free.
Engulfed by one of her toughest cases yet, Raleigh requests assistance from the FBI and receives her nemesis-perpetual ladies man Special Agent Jack Stephanson. As the cruise ship sails through the Inside Passage, Raleigh has five days to solve a high-profile murder, provide consultation for a movie filming onboard, and figure out her increasingly complicated feelings for Jack-who might not be such a jerk after all.
And that's only her work life. Family offers even more challenges. Joined on the cruise by her mother and aunt, Raleigh watches helplessly as disturbing rifts splinter her family.
Like the scenery that surrounds the cruise ship, Raleigh discovers a situation so steep and so complex that even the mountains might bow down.

My Review:  Having read the third book in this series, The Clouds Roll Away, I was thrilled to read this fourth book, the mountains bow down.
Raleigh Harmon is a sweet but type of investigator .  She has a way of getting to the root of the problem.  Ferreting out the bad until the problem arises and the mystery can be solved.

Raleigh, her mom, aunt and a guest are on an Alaskan cruise when one of the passengers goes missing.  She is found. Dead. Hanging!  And to make matters worse she is the beloved wife of the movie star on the ship.
This turns out to be a "messy" case for Raleigh.  Then Agent Jack Stephanson shows up to help Raleigh.  Raleigh is not too excited for Jack to come for she and Jack have a long not-so-good history.  hmmmm!  This is where the story really began for me!  
Raleigh believes that the woman who died did not commit suicide but was murdered! She sets out to prove that the poor woman was used and then murdered-not an easy task!  
Jack wants to believe Raleigh but some of the evidence points to suicide.  
The "romance" between Jack and Raleigh is interesting since Raleigh is engaged to another man.  But Raleigh's heart is not with the other man when she is far from him.  She seeks to find the meaning of her heart and learns that sometime feelings are not true love! 
The only character I disliked was Claire.  Her new age views just plain got on my nerves.  Claire seems to be a catalyst for a greater means.
There are four books but each book stands alone.  I must say though that the mountains bow down is my all time favorite read of this series.  And I am hoping there is another book to tie up the loose ends of Raleigh's mom, Claire and Jack!
A read worthy of 5+ stars! 

If you love great suspense then grab this book! 

*This book was provided for review by LitFuse Publicity*

Giorellos Cruise Giveaway

One Grand Prize winner will receive:

    • A $500 gift certificate toward the cruise of their choice from Vacations To Go AND The entire set of the Raleigh Harmon series.
To enter click one of the icons below. Then tell your friends. And enter soon – the giveaway ends on 4/1! The winner will be announced at Sibella’s Raleigh Harmon Book Club Party on FB April 5th, 2011! Don’t miss the fun – prizes, books and gab!
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About the Facebook Party: Join Sibella and fans of the Raleigh Harmon series on April 5th at 5:00 pm PST (6 MST, 7 CST & 8 EST) for a Facebook Book Club Party. Sibella will be giving away some fun prizes, testing your trivia skills and hosting a book chat about the Raleigh Harmon books. Have questions you’d like to chat about – leave them on the Event page.
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About the author: Sibella Giorello grew up in Alaska and majored in geology at Mount Holyoke College. After riding a motorcycle across the country, she worked as a features writer for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Her stories have won state and national awards, including two nominations for thePulitzer Prize. She now lives in Washington state with her husband and sons. Find out more about Sibella and her other books at her

The Rivers Run DryThe Clouds Roll Away (Raleigh Harmon)
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