Thursday, March 23, 2017

Prayers for a Simpler Life by Faith Sommers

Prayers for a Simpler Life: Meditations from the Heart of a Mennonite Mother ;

Prayers for a Simpler Life by Faith Sommers

From   Do your quiet times with God feel disconnected from the rest of your overflowing days? Shouldn't our devotions affect how we live our lives? In this 90-day devotional for women, plain Mennonite mother and wife Faith Sommers helps connect your moments with the Lord to the rest of your life. Steeped in the faith of Amish and Mennonites, who maintain that how we live is as important as what we say, Sommers' words hold gentle warmth and wise nudging for readers tired of disjointed living. Offering daily devotions, prayers, journal prompts, and ideas for how to simplify your life and strengthen your faith, Prayers for a Simpler Life guides readers toward a deeper commitment to the way of Jesus.

My Take :  I was suppose to post this review last week but I didn't get the book until the day I was suppose to post so then I was suppose to post the review either on Monday or Tuesday of this week and for one reason or another I didn't find time to do that so I am posting today.  I am a bit happy that I didn't post till today because that gave me alittle more time to savor this book a bit more slowly which is kind of what this book is about.  Taking your time to spend meaningful time with the Lord.  Not just a read a short scripture and a little devotional about it then pray and your done short of thing.  Don't get me wrong these devotions aren't long and the Bible passages aren't either but they give you the opportunity to reflect on what you are reading and to really think about it.  Each devotion has a passage to look up and small article to read , a prayer and a reflection thought.  There are 12 whole weeks to really dig into.  each week is a different topic.  I look forward to using this devotional every year.  It would be perfect for the beginning of the year.  Highly recommend. 

I received a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion from

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Home to Paradise by Barbara Cameron

Home to Paradise (Abingdon, February 2017)
Highly anticipated final book in The Coming Home Series from best-selling Amish author Barbara Cameron.
Rose Anna Zook has watched her two older sisters marry two Stoltzfus men and has always thought she and John, the third Stoltzfus brother, would marry, make a home together, and have children. But John has other ideas. He’s enjoying his Rumschpringe in the Englisch world a little too much and isn’t interested in returning to the Amish community—especially to marry.
Rose Anna is determined to bring her man back into the Amish fold. John is equally determined to live his life free and unencumbered. Who will win this battle of wills? Will love prevail?
Barbara Cameron


Barbara Cameron has a heart for writing about the spiritual values and simple joys of the Amish. She is the best-selling author of more than 40 fiction and nonfiction books, three nationally televised movies, and the winner of the first Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award. Her books have been nominated for Carol Awards and the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award from RWA’s Faith, Hope, and Love chapter. Barbara resides in Jacksonville, Florida.
Find out more about Barbara at

My Take;  Even though this is the third book in this triology I was able to read it with no problem and I hadn't read either of the first two books.  I liked reading this book as it seemed to shed a little light on the practice of the Amish young folks taking some time to run around before they join the Amish Church.   It also showed the Amish doing volunteer work in the community which you don't read about very much.  I will probably go back and read the other two books in this series because I found this book to be very good.  

I received a review copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review. 

Monday, February 27, 2017

Dominion by D.A. Hewitt


It's the year 2075. Lunar mining and processing facilities have prospered near the lunar south pole, where the Moon's largest city, Valhalla, rests on the rim of the Shackleton Crater.

Dominion Off-Earth Resources has beaten the competition into space and is ready to establish its monopoly with the opening of the orbiting space resort Dominion. But Pettit Space Industries has a secret plan to emerge as a major contender in the commercialization of space. The upstart company is training the first space rescue squad at a secluded off-grid site in Barrow, Alaska.

The rescue squad gets nearly more than it can handle when its first mission involves the Pope, who's traveling to the Moon to establish the Lunar See. During the rescue attempt, they discover Earth is imperiled by an asteroid large enough to cause mass extinction. Using the unique skills taught during their training, skills emphasized by the great psychoanalyst Carl Jung, these Jungi Knights must elevate their game if they are to save both the Earth and the Pope—while not getting killed in the process.

My Take:  This book was okay.  I found that some of the descriptions were a bit long and I didn't really get the whole Catholic church was a big part of the world politics and thus were a big part of the moon politics.  I liked the part of the story at the first that was set on earth more than the part that was set in space.  I have just recently started reading sci fi so maybe some of this is usual for the genre but it bugged me.  I thought that the two characters that were children of the founders of the two companies were a little selfish and didn't really think about how their actions were going to affect others.  There is insta love so if that is a turn off for you be aware.  Even though it may not seem like it.  I actually would like to see more of these characters just to see if they grow up any.  I think this was okay for a beginning but it could be alot more.  

I received a review copy of this book from Pump up Your book, in exchange for my honest review. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Guardian of Secrets by Brenda Drake

Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers, #2)

from :  Being a Sentinel isn’t all fairytales and secret gardens.

Sure, jumping through books into the world’s most beautiful libraries to protect humans from mystical creatures is awesome. No one knows that better than Gia Kearns, but she could do without the part where people are always trying to kill her. Oh, and the fact that Pop and her had to move away from her friends and life as she knew it.

And if that isn’t enough, her boyfriend, Arik, is acting strangely. Like, maybe she should be calling him “ex,” since he’s so into another girl. But she doesn’t have time to be mad or even jealous, because someone has to save the world from the upcoming apocalypse, and it looks like that’s going to be Gia.

Maybe. If she survives.

My Take:  This was a great second book.  You definately need to read these books in order so you will know what is going on but you will want to as this is a great story.  This is a young adult fantasy series about Sentinels who can jump from portals that are located in books.   Hey if you are a book lover then this is just up your alley.  I enjoyed the first and second book and look forward to the third book.  Brenda Drake has a good writing ability and will keep you entranced and wandering what will happen next.  

I received a review Earc of this book, in exchange for my honest opinion, from Chapter by Chapter. 

Monday, February 6, 2017

The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green

The Mark of the King (Bethany House, January 2017)
Sweeping historical fiction set at the edge of the continent
After being imprisoned and branded for the death of her client, twenty-five-year-old midwife Julianne Chevalier trades her life sentence for exile to the fledgling 1720s French colony of Louisiana, where she hopes to be reunited with her brother, serving there as a soldier. To make the journey, though, women must be married, and Julianne is forced to wed a fellow convict.
When they arrive in New Orleans, there is no news of Benjamin, Julianne’s brother, and searching for answers proves dangerous. What is behind the mystery, and does military officer Marc-Paul Girard know more than he is letting on?
With her dreams of a new life shattered, Julianne must find her way in this dangerous, rugged land, despite never being able to escape the king’s mark on her shoulder that brands her a criminal beyond redemption.
Jocelyn Green


Jocelyn Green inspires faith and courage as the award-winning author of ten books to date, including “Wedded to War,” a Christy Award finalist in 2013; “Widow of Gettysburg”; “Yankee in Atlanta”; and “The 5 Love Languages Military Edition,” which she coauthored with bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman. A former military wife herself, her passion for military families informs all of her writing as well as her numerous speaking opportunities. Jocelyn graduated from Taylor University with a BA in English and now lives with her husband and two children in Iowa.
Find out more about Jocelyn at

My Take:  I really enjoyed this book.  There was alot I learned about the start of Louisiana and the fight between the French and the English for land and settlers.  I also learned about how harsh the time could be especially toward women.  I thought the use of the different Indian tribes in the fight between the two countries was interesting.  This book kept my attention and had be turning the pages with anticipation about what would happen next.  
I received a review copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion. 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

You Carried Me by Melissa Ohden

You Carried Me: A Daughter's Memoir

From : Melissa Ohden is fourteen when she learns she is the survivor of a botched abortion. In this intimate memoir she details for the first time her search for her biological parents, and her own journey from anger and shame to faith and empowerment. 
After a decade-long search Melissa finally locates her birth father and writes to extend forgiveness, only to learn that he has died without answering her burning questions. Melissa becomes a mother herself in the very hospital where she was aborted. This experience transforms her attitude toward women who have had abortions, as does the miscarriage of her only son and the birth of a second daughter with complex health issues. But could anything prepare her for the day she finally meets her birth mother and hears her side of their story?
This intensely personal story of love and redemption illumines the powerful bond between mother and child that can overcome all odds.

My Take:  I read this book with interest.  I was interested in how she found her birth mother and how she went about meeting her.  I felt very sorry for both her and her birth mother when she found out how she was a survivor of abortion.  I was interested in her faith journey and  why she went from being Methodist to converting to a Catholic.  

I received a review copy of this book from Handlebar in exchange for my honest opinion. 

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Of Stillness and Storm by Michele Phoenix


Of Stillness and Storm (Thomas Nelson, December 2016)
“I felt torn between two worlds. Each with its own mystery. One more captivating than the other, but the other more real and breathing.”
It took Lauren and her husband ten years to achieve their dream—reaching primitive tribes in remote regions of Nepal. But while Sam treks into the Himalayas for weeks at a time, finding passion and purpose in his work among the needy, Lauren and Ryan stay behind, their daily reality more taxing than inspiring. For them, what started as a calling begins to feel like the family’s undoing.
At the peak of her isolation and disillusion, a friend from Lauren’s past enters her life again. But as her communication with Aidan intensifies, so does the tension of coping with the present while reengaging with the past. It’s thirteen-year-old Ryan who most keenly bears the brunt of her distraction.
Intimate and bold, Of Stillness and Storm weaves profound dilemmas into a tale of troubled love and honorable intentions gone awry.
Michèle Phoenix


Born in France to a Canadian father and an American mother, Michèle Phoenix is a consultant, writer and speaker with a heart for Third Culture Kids. She taught for 20 years at Black Forest Academy (Germany) before launching her own advocacy venture under Global Outreach Mission. Michèle travels globally to consult and teach on topics related to this unique people group. She loves good conversations, mischievous students, Marvel movies and paths to healing.
Find out more about Michèle at

My take:  This book takes a look at a rare situation of a missionary spouse not being fully invested.  It takes a look at a wife who is a reluctant to be a missionary while her husband is the almost the perfect missionary.  She doesn't get the support that she needs in her marriage and as a parent as they have a 13 year old son who is a very reluctant participant and he becomes very depressed.  I can understand a bit as I am a preacher's kid and my dad wasn't home much as he was always at a meeting or visiting or some other ministry but he wasn't gone for weeks at a time.  But on the other hand my husband is a truck driver and was gone for weeks at a time during our children's young years.  Anyway all that to say that even though ministry is important your first ministry is to your family.  This is a good book that will make you think and make you feel for the characters. 

I received a review copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinions. 

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

2017 Reading Goals

Here are my reading goals for 2017

1 read more of my books I already own
2. Take fewer books for review
3. Read 1 physical book a week
    Read 2 ebook every 2 weeks
    Read 1 audiobook a month
4. read books in series that I have already started and not start as many new series
5. write more reviews of books as I finish them.
6. do more book reviews on my youtube channel.  Malinda Detweiler.
7. Do more tbrs and book hauls on this blog.

My year in book 2016

This year I read 65 books.  I don't think I will get any more finished before the end of the year.

Here are the top 16 books that I read in 2016.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman

Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2)

Winter by Marissa Meyer

A Baxter Family Christmas by Karen Kingsbury

Zoo 2 by James Patterson

UnWholly by Neal Shusterman

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

The Things We Knew by Catherine West

Her One and Only by Becky Wade

15th Affair by James Patterson

Alight by Scott Sigler

Arena by Holly Jennings

Wedding Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke

Everland by Wendy Spinale

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

15 Verses to Pray for Your Husband by Elizabeth George

Here are the books that were my least favorite books of the year.

On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
I gave this 2 stars

The rest of these I gave 3 stars.

Centralia by Mike Dellosso

I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Silent Night, Deadly Night by Richard L. Mabry

Cat Got Your Diamonds by Julie Chase

The Remnant by Monte Wolverton

The Hanging Tree by Michael Phillip Cash

Rx Murder by Richard L. Mabry

Murder Mezzo Forte by Donn E. Taylor

Raven by Stacey Rourke

A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon

Locke & Key, Vol. 1 by Joe Hill

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

I read 18 Audio Books , 10 ebooks, and 37 physical books
I read a total of 20,320 pages
The shortest book was 48 pages, the longest was 980, average book length was 323 pages
My goal for this year was 50 books and since I read 65  I completed the year at 130%.

Waiting for Wonder by Marlo Schalesky


Waiting for Wonder: Learning to Live on God’s Timeline (Abingdon Press, November 2016)
What if, in this waiting, God is calling us to more?
It’s easy to believe God when a promise is new. It’s hard when the years pass and nothing changes. It’s even harder when desperation strikes, your plans backfire, and still God does not fill the emptiness. But what if, in this waiting, God is calling us to more?
Join author Marlo Schalesky on a unique, contemplative journey to reveal the wonder that is often missed when we find ourselves struggling to wait well. Walking through the life of the biblical character Sarah, one who knows what it means to wait, you will discover a glimpse of God’s character that will give you strength to keep hoping and praying for the desires of your heart.
Waiting for Wonder is a journey into the heart of God where you will wrestle with personal questions, think deeply about God’s true character, and learn to appreciate His divine work as you discover your own path to the promised land. Recapture your hope, restore your soul, and renew your vision of a wondrous Savior when you learn to live on God’s time.
Leader guide also available.
Marlo Schalesky


Marlo Schalesky is an award-winning author of ten books, including “Wrestling with Wonder: A Transformational Journey Through the Life of Mary.” A regular speaker and columnist, she has also published nearly 1,000 articles in various Christian magazines, including “Focus on the Family,” “Today’s Christian Woman,” “In Touch,” and “Marriage Partnership.” Marlo lives with her husband, six young children, nine horses, two dogs, five cats, two parakeets, ten rabbits, two chinchillas, three hamsters, and a bunch of fish in a log home in Salinas, California.
Find out more about Marlo at

My take:  It is so hard to wait.  But imagine that you were Sarah in the Bible and God had promised you that you would birth a nation but years and years went by and you were well past the time of having a baby. Would you wait patiently for God to fulfill His promise or would you start doubting like Sarah and think that you need to take matters into your own hands.  This is a great book that helps during the waiting times with God.  Remember that His timing is not our timing.  

I received a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.