Monday, December 15, 2014

A Great way to enjoy books ~ audible!

I joined audible over a year ago and I am really enjoying listening to their audio books. I never thought I would enjoy it so much! 

This post is  not related to the audible company in any way.  I have not been asked to write a post or received any paid service or freebies in exchange for posting this. I just want to share the word about such a great company and great book deals!    


My children have often listened to audio books from the library and as a family we enjoyed them. For myself though, the audio books that I chose seemed to have been a hit or miss experience.  

I often found that while I enjoyed the book, I didn't always enjoy the narrator's voice, speaking style or speed of talking. Another factor was that the high cost of buying audio books pretty much was out of our budget range.   

Here's why I am loving audible ... 

Membership prices VERY reasonable

Free 30 day trial

Listening sample available for every book

Return policy -  you can return any book with no questions asked
(yep it's true - I've returned books without any hassle, questions or problems!) 

Ability to vary speed of the narrator's speaking so you can adjust it to your preference 

Easy access to customer service and they are available 24/7

Ability to go from listening to reading when needed (if you purchase the e book and audio book together) 

More listening/reading time while I  knit, crotchet, clean house, drive, etc.  

High quality production and quality narrators

Ability to roll over  monthly book credits (within membership plan limits and those limits are really reasonable!) 

Click  on the above logo to visit the web site.

I  have found audible to have great customer service, an easy to use website and high quality audio books with terrific narrators! You don't need to have a kindle to use this service as they have many other free apps that you can use. 

I love the freedom of going about my day and being able to listen and enjoy a book I just can't put down.  

I highly recommend audible and that's pretty high praise from me.  My first and foremost preference is to read a good solid (real) book so you can imagine my surprise when I found I love listening to audio books through audible! 

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Bachelor: A Novel ~ Book 2 of the Plain City Peace series

  • ISBN-10: 0825442168
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825442162
  • Genre: Christian Fiction, Amish

The Bachelor  by Stephanie Reed is the second book in the Plain City Peace series.  The first book in this series is  The Bargain  and the 3rd book in this series, The Bride will be released in 2016.

The Bachelor opens with Betsy Troyer living in her Amish community during the stormy 1970s.  After boarding with an Englisher family for a time, she has returned home to resume her life within the Amish community and to care for her siblings. Her parents have been shunned and are no longer able to live at home. 

While Betsy grieves for her parents, struggles to keep a home for her siblings she also accepts the responsibility of caring for the daughter of the Englisher family she used to board with. 

As she works through these many challenges, she finds herself at a crossroad regarding her way of life, her faith and the two men she loves.  

Will Betsy listen as God guides tries to show her His plan for her?

Will she choose to follow her heart? 

The Bachelor by Stephanie Reed was an enjoyable  read and one that engaged me from start to finish.  The story was compelling, the characters engaging and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book!

While The Bachelor can be read and enjoyed as a stand alone story, I recommend reading the whole series. I believe I would have enjoyed the story even more if I had had a better understanding of the history leading up to the events that occurred in this book. I can't wait to read the other books!

Many thanks to Kregel Publishing and Ms. Reed for the opportunity to review this book. My review is an honest reflection of my thoughts and feelings regarding this book. 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Being Church Doing Life Blog Tour and E Book Sale!

  • E-Book Sale this week - $1.99! 

  • ISBN-10: 0857214934
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857214935

From the Book Jacket:

Christians worldwide are learning new ways to connect their faith to everyday life. Gospel communities are popping up everywhere - in cafes, gyms, tattoo parlors, even laundromats. This movement, called Fresh Expressions, is attracting thousands and growing rapidly.
With over 120 real-life examples, Michael Moynagh describes easy ways for ordinary Christians to embrace this highly effective approach to local mission. Anyone can do it!  

Being Church Doing Life by Dr. Michael Moynagh is divided into three parts: Why we need communities in life, tools for developing witnessing communities and tools for the wider church.  This book clearly defines and lays out a plan with wonderful examples of how anyone can create this type of community in their every day life.  

Hospitality has been long been a strong venue for Christians to witness and serve others. It makes sense that the next step would be to have gospel communities in our every day life  - not to replace the church but to extend faith into everyday life.
Here is one of the statements that for me really summed up what the concept of a gospel community is ~

" ... witnessing communities take different shapes in different settings. They seek to express the life of the church in ways that both fit and remain faithful to Jesus." 

I found this book to be intriguing. It's a simple message but one of such depth and layers that I want to further study this book. 

Please stop by and let me know your impressions of this book! 

Many thanks to Kregel Publications for the opportunity to review this book. My review is my own and reflects my thoughts and feelings regarding this book.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Secrets of Happy Families ~ on sale!

When a book keeps popping up  over and over in my life, it's kind of a big hint for me that I need to read it. Well, this is one of those books ...

The Secrets of Happy Families caught my eye back when it was published in 2013. It's crossed my path several times over the last year. Today while catching up on visiting other blogs, I came across this post  and after reading the second paragraph I decided to go over to amazon and found ...

Yes, I was meant to read this book! Thought some of y'all might be interested in it too.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Candle Prayers for Kids by Claire Freedman

  • ISBN-10: 1781281025
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781281024
  • Ages: 5-7 

Candle Prayers For Kids by Claire Freedman is a wonderful collection of prayers for children ages 5-7. This book helps children learn how to pray and facilitates a deepening relationship with God. 

The prayers are short, insightful and cover a large area of topics. They focus on developing a wonderful relationship with God. The illustrations are bright, illuminating and beautiful. 

Candle Prayers for Kids can be used for specific prayer needs or as a daily devotional. Often, the prayers themselves can lead to deeper exploration of the topic and to meaningful family discussions and interactions.  

This is a prayer book for kids that the whole family will enjoy!

Many thanks to Kregel Publications for the opportunity to review this book.