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Book Review: The Gift by Rachel Newcomb


The Gift (click book for description)
By Rachel Newcomb
Downloaded free on 8/22/13

Finish Time:  6 nights.  I chose this book for a few reasons.  This book addresses the subject of infertility.  It goes through the options/treatments Elise and Peter had weighed and/or undergone.  The latest decision, and subject of this book is to find an egg donor.  A controversial topic debated under religion, politics, and other venues.  The book didn’t get into any of that though.  But infertility is something I have personally gone through and have watched many others as well.  Some with happy endings, some with stories still “to be continued.”  So a topic that intrigues me.

The book doesn’t go much into the history of Peter and Elise, just states that IVF (in-vitro) would have a small chance of taking, so they decided (or maybe just Elise) to pursue an egg donor via a newspaper ad.  Conveniently they live in a college town (Princeton) where there happen to be some “starving” college kids.  One of those being Celia.  Celia came from a single-parent family who once lived the American dream, only to have it all taken away from them.  Now at Princeton, she is trying to redeem that fall and again pursue the rags to riches dream.

Elise and Peter are not the most likable characters, or at least I didn’t find them to be.  They both are living off of family money as Elise recently quit a lucrative editing job to pursue starting a family which annoys her grad student husband, Peter, as he is writing his never-ending dissertation on the Middle East.  Some points were dragged on by discussions on this topic, which (ignorantly) didn’t hold my interest.  I think the author tried very hard to make all the characters come off very intellectual, but it sometimes bored the reader (IMHO).

While the writing was good, I just found myself annoyed at the characters for most of the book.  The marriage of Elise and Peter was not a good one and they think a child would make it better (#$%^?).  Why would a reader root for a couple that clearly needed to work on their own relationship to bring another person into that dysfunction!  Obviously a sensitive topic for me, and maybe that is what the author wanted?  Who knows.  The book ended how it should, but was another one of those that I didn’t feel satisfied.  I was glad it ended but felt it could have had so much potential to help couples dealing with infertility and maybe looking into egg donation. But it just ended up kind of depressing.  Probably would not recommend.

On to something new now!

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God Made a Dog.

This is one of those videos that reminds me where my passions lie.  I get goosebumps from watching this (Thank you Oh My Dog Blog for sharing!)  Dogs are simply amazing creatures.  Filled with so much love yet don’t expect much in return.  Sound familiar?

I’ve always liked that DOG is GOD backwards, another coincidence?

So I just thought I would share for my fellow dog lovers out there.   I’m taking this as another sign to keep on figuring out how I can speak for these amazing creature who cannot, as I know that is part of what God has put me here to do.

March 2013 (169)

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Just be Yourself! Living a Life of Freedom.

“Now you are the body of Christ and each one of your is a part of it.”
1 Corinthians 12:27

Happy Sunday!  Beautiful day out here in GA!  We are getting ready for LL’s first day of 3-year old preschool tomorrow and really getting ready to be back on a schedule!  (Yes that does make a Type A person very excited!)  And I’m learning that kids are creatures of habit.  While flexibility is good, knowing what each day holds is also a nice thing.  We attended the early service at New Church of Peachtree City this AM as Pastor David continued his mini-sermon series titled “Living a Life of Freedom”.  Last week I missed most of the sermon on building a foundation for freedom (you can see why here).  Steven kindly took some notes for me.  The building blocks for freedom’s foundation that David presented are:

  1. Our Status (where we center our life)
  2. Our Security (physical v. through Jesus)
  3. Christ’s Strength (not our own)

So this week, David continued by discussing personal aspects, specifically who we are?  He mentioned that we tend to reflect the model of persons we admire, but that may not be what God created us to be.  Again, this hits home as I am trying to figure out who God created me to be.  I do feel that in my maturing age I am becoming so much more comfortable in my own skin, but like everyone, have a long way to go.  But so much of that is not only being comfortable in the body God gave me, but in the skills (or lack thereof), passions, roles, and places He also gave me or put me in.  God created us as we are to be who we are.  David gave 1 Corinthians 1:5 as a verse.  And in my new-found quest for deeper biblical understanding, I looked a few translations and found this one I love from “The Message”:

Every time I think of you—and I think of you often!—I thank God for your lives of free and open access to God, given by Jesus. There’s no end to what has happened in you—it’s beyond speech, beyond knowledge. The evidence of Christ has been clearly verified in your lives.
1 Corinthians 1:4-6 (The Message)

In Presbyterian fashion, David gave us 3 bullet points on how to live a life a freedom:

  1. Know Yourself
    Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.
    1 Corinthians 12:12
  2. Be Yourself
    But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.
    1 Corinthians 12:18
  3. Enjoy Yourself
    But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
    2 Corinthians 4:7

The full verse (as linked to above) relates God’s people/believers to a body.  Each person has a function, eyes, ears, hands, feet, heart…none is any less important that any other and they all need to work together to function.  A pretty cool image, can’t you just visualize it?  It got me thinking as to what part I am and how I can do the best I can do.  And then how I want everyone else to do they best they can, so we all can be a huge functioning body to worship, praise, spread the good word, and live the lives God intended us to.  Just think how amazing we all could be together! What part of God’s body are you?

The song that came to mind for this week is “If we are the body” by Casting Crowns.  Take a listen and look below.  Thanks for reading.  May your week ahead be blessed!  Amen!

If We are the Body
Casting Crowns

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Finding my purpose versus living with purpose

You talk a lot about purpose. How does someone find their purpose?

One of the worst things people can do is try to find their purpose in life. Not only does it put tremendous pressure on you, but it also paralyzes you and prevents you from starting on anything else. The problem is that we think our purpose has to be perfect and that we only get one.

I’m not a fan of finding your purpose, I’m a fan of living with purpose. Purpose is not a final destination. You don’t have to know the finish line before you cross the starting line. Purpose is attracted to motion, and if you start where you are you’ll probably encounter purpose when you least expect it.

From original article/interview here:
http://moneysavingmom.com/2013/08/monthly-sponsor-spotlight-an-interview-with-jon-acuff-author-of-start.html

My response:

When I read this on Money Saving Mom’s blog yesterday, it felt like a slap in the face.  I don’t like being told that I am doing “one of the worst things.” I’m not putting my life on hold to find my purpose (do people do that?)  I’m not discouraged that I haven’t figured it out yet (or maybe I have and don ‘t know it?).  I believe I am where God wants me to be at this time in my life.  But I do believe God has created us all for a purpose (or many).  What I am trying to do is figure out what strengths, passions, and interests God has given me, and then use them!   In everything I do I try to glorify God and love my neighbors.   Maybe my purpose is that simple, but it can’t help to try and organize my life and see if something shakes out!  He created me to be Type A, compulsive, and over-analyzing, so I can only believe that this blog is just the next step in living out my calling.  I think living with purpose is a great way to put it, so maybe I’ll adopt that wording going forward.  I don’t plan on having a final “THIS IS IT” moment (a destination) and then stop and I don’t feel paralyzed along the way.  I know my faith is constantly evolving and God will always be working in me and through me.  I guess I just want to document it and maybe encourage a few others along the way.

As always I refer back to Jeremiah 29:11 (cute Etsy picture shown above). God has plans for every one of us to prosper, and give us hope and a future.  Resting in that along is awesome, knowing that I am living out those plans is/will be amazing!

That all being said, I think I will try to get my hands on a copy of Jon Acuff’s latest book:

Sounds like a good guide on my quest to LIVE OUT MY PURPOSE!  Maybe that slap yesterday was just a little nudge to look at what I am doing.  I have days that are more frustrating that others, but I do feel I live with purpose.  Right now my purpose just happens to be my family, and while that will never change I’m excited to find out what else will be added to that along my journey on earth!

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Book Review: Secret Sister by Emelle Gamble

Secret Sister (click book for description)
by Emelle Gamble
Downloaded free on 8/17/13

Finish time: 4 nights.  I keep doing this.  I read a great book (see here) then I don’t think anything will compare so I fall back to a “chick-lit” safety book.  A predictable, easy-to-read one.  I’ve read a bunch.  They each are decent in their own way, I just never walk away saying – that was a great book!  

I will say this book kept me interested.  The story line begins with a tragic accident.  The main character, Roxanne, searches for answers as to who she was, who she is, and who she wants to be.  It is interesting to watch her figure that out through family, friends, ex-boyfriends, and acquaintances.  There are a few twists thrown in.  The “biggest” one of those twists is what lost me.  I have never been a fan of anything that can’t happen for real.  I do believe in miracles and enjoy the occasional Harry Potter book, but when books unsuspectingly through in one of these twists, I’m afraid I lose interest.  Who knows – you may like it – I did not.

The book is packed full of action and vibrant characters and was well written.  It has a good, almost predictable ending, kind of an “a-ha”, should have seen that one coming.  Nice, happy, what a reader wants.   I’ll leave it at that.  Let’s see what I can find next!

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Jesus loves me this I know. Having the faith of a child.

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Hope everyone’s week is off to a great start!  This is our last week of summer before preschool starts (but I know most of you down south are already back and at it!)  With the advent of a new school year comes lots of change.  As adults, we are used to it, and deal with it (in our own ways.)  But this year I’m struggling with my 3-year old LL who is extremely perceptive (she’s inherited my sense of detail) and emotional.  With summer break coinciding with changing churches, every Sunday the question has been – which church are we going to (old, #1 new, or #2 new)?

With these changes come tantrums.  Including one yesterday at church when trying to leave LL at her new “big girl” Sunday school class.  I don’t know if it’s information overload, stress, change, or probably a combination of a lot of thing, but she just had enough.  Having only a handful of tantrums under my belt, and being around other children and parents, I was at a lost on how to calm her down.  I finally settled into the classroom with her and once she was nice and settled and distracted, I quickly excused myself.  That all being said, I missed most of the sermon yesterday.

My wonderful husband, knowing and supporting my weekly Sunday blogs, took notes for me.  But it just wasn’t the same, as I’m usually taking notes and thinking of songs all while taking the sermon.  But I did notice my common theme for yesterday and this week (not a far cry from usual) is kids.   It was Kids Sunday at church, kicking off a new year of Sunday school.  We also were able to attend a party for a neighbor’s little girl who was baptized yesterday.  And then this AM we went up to LL’s preschool to meet her new teacher and see all the preparations for this coming school year.

I took this as a time to reflect on what the Bible says about kids.  Specifically about how we ALL should have the faith of a child.  How God’s love is not complicated, its so innocent, and pure at its core that its unfortunate that growing up and exposure to the world can tarnish it’s beauty.  All 4 of the gospels have a variation of this verse:

People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.
Mark 10:13-16

I’m sure this is a topic I will hit on again (and again!) as my life as a Mom with young kids has been (and will be) full of moments of purity when my kids learn about and experience God’s pure love.  Each night we talk with LL and ask her who made her and she says “Mommy, Daddy, and God!”  And she loves to tell her brother and even the dogs that God made them.  We love watching Veggie Tales as their guiding statement is “God made you special, and He loves you very much!”

Nothing earth-shattering today, just a good reminder that God’s love is simple and pure and that maybe we can take a hint from our kids sometimes!  Now if anyone has any advice on tantrums and approaching them with God’s love at the forefront – I’d love to hear it!

I’m breaking out an old kids classic (we all learned it!) and an old video to go with it (as my weak attempt at a song for this week!)  This is LL after she just turned 2 years old.  (Makes me a little teary eyed at how much she has already changed in just 1.5 years.)

May your week be blessed and full of God’s love!  Amen.

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Book Review: South of Normal: My year in paradise by Norm Schriever

South of Normal; my year in paradise
By Norm Schriever
Downloaded free on 6/28/13

Finish time:  1-2 weeks?  This is a long book or maybe I’ve just been exhausted and going to bed earlier and not reading as much at night.  That is not a reflection of this book.  It was a very enjoyable read.  I don’t read memoirs (biographies, true stories?) often, in fact, this may be my first review on this blog of one.  But that is exactly why I chose this book, it’s something different and that is my goal, to stretch my reading away from my usual, comfortable, less-rewarding chick-lit.  (Although I’ve been straying away from a lot of that lately out of embarrassment to admit I read that!)

Meet Norm.  Normal (pun intended) almost 40-year-old dude.  Tired of corporate life in the US, he moves to Tamarindo, Costa Rica.  Another reason I chose this book was because we spent our Honeymoon in Costa Rica in 2007.   Let’s just say I’m glad I read this book after our trip!  Seriously, I may have been a little more aware of my surroundings or just felt more in-the-know learning all I did about the local culture, but would not have changed it and nothing happened to us.  While I felt we over-paid on certain things at times (the tourist rates), I now (6 years later) am comfortable with that!  It seems to be a love-hate with tourism.  On one hand, it’s bringing money into the country (their city), on the other, it disturbed their previous quiet life.  While I would still argue for most it still seems like a life of leisure, people are still scraping by and it’s not a lifestyle I would choose.  But then again I’m a Type A, borderline OCD, accountant!

I can honestly say I was laughing out loud at certain parts.  Like when Norm was daily ordering “pinga” thinking it was pineapple (look that one up!).  Or when he was taken down by 9 terriers and a pig with earrings on the beach.  I really felt like I was sitting at a bar or coffee shop hearing his stories first hand.  His writing is so casual, yet descriptive, that I have a vivid picture in my head of Tamarindo (it also doesn’t hurt that we spent time in a similar town!)  The cast of characters that he encountered daily, is just so absurd, it could only be real.  I found myself invested in what was happening with his friend, Pistol, and rooting for his release.  I also really enjoyed the end where he did a “where are they know” update (as a reader, I did want to know, especially about Bella!)

What I also liked was his discussion and thoughts on certain issues.  One that stands out is around marijuana.  It’s a plant, one of 400k+ plants in the world, yet illegal.  (The reason Pistol was in prison)  But then going a step further to ponder if you get in trouble for something illegal and then that something becomes legal (think pot in CO), is that the justice system (government) admitting they were wrong? Were you wrong in the first place?  Just questions like that really kept my mind engaged in the book and had me thinking long past putting it down.

There is so much more I could mention, but I really did enjoy this book, and it was good to have one that kept me occupied for so long (maybe not for blog content, but for my own personal entertainment!)  Pick it up, you’ll like it.  I did!

One last note, in trying to take things back to MY calling, I really enjoyed meeting Norm and watching him live out his calling.  It may be an unusual one, but that just confirms my belief that God has purpose for all of us, and even a sense of humor.  I wanted to leave you with a paragraph from the last chapter (don’t worry – it won’t spoil the book!)

“What I am doing still makes no logical sense, to me or to anyone around me.  People still look at me funny and question what the hell I’m doing.  I don’t know, exactly, but at least I’m doing something.  You should do the same.  Go on a journey.  Do something that rings true in your heart, even if it doesn’t add up in your mind.  It doesn’t need to be a geographical journey, but a journey toward your dreams.  Take one little step in that direction, that’s all I ask.  OH, but remember to smile, and believe”

Thanks Norm.  I look forward to hearing about your next adventure!

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Good excuse to breakout one of our honeymoon pics from the beach in Costa Rica!

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Is that You, God? I’m waiting!

I’m a day late, I know.  Sunday night church is tough.  We go because it’s the contemporary service, which we love (esp. Jay & Abby‘s music).  But with the little ones used to a schedule, trying to get dinner and bedtime afterwards it just a chaotic rush and doesn’t put me in the right mindset to face the week.  I like to cook and have quiet Sunday’s at home to prepare for the week ahead.  So it’s been a struggle – the church service we like vs. our sanity!  All that to say, I’m usually not in the mood on Sunday nights to blog and provide inspiration for the week ahead (which I try to do for you all AND myself.)  So I’ll either make up my own (like last week) or just wait until Monday (or I guess we could go to the early service!)

David’s sermon last night (at New Church) touched a sensitive subject for me (and left me a bit frustrated).  He talked about calling.  Specifically in Exodus 3-4 when God is talking to Moses.  God couldn’t be more clear on what He wants Moses to do, but Moses keeps pushing back.  Sound familiar?  Is does to me, minus the clear part.  I am on a mission (the purpose of this blog) to find my calling, to listen for God’s messages to me on what I am supposed to do.  Have I heard it already and pushed it aside?  I sure hope not.  Will I be ready for it when I do get it?  I sure hope so!  But David pointed out when Moses heard his calling from God, he had some questions/objections:

  1. Who am I?
  2. Who are you?
  3. What if they don’t believe me?
  4. Isn’t there someone else more qualified?
  5. Can’t you send someone else?

As I am waiting for my calling – I’m not sure these are the questions I would ask.  Maybe more like; is it really You?  Are You sure?  How can I be sure?  Where do I start?  and Can You help me?  Not too different, definite reservations as to if it’s really God calling, and the need for His guidance. (Maybe God could give me a few tricks too?  Maybe not the staff-snake one though!)

Maybe I’m a little jealous of Moses that God spoke to him so clearly?  Not that I want that calling (unless God wants that for me!).  I’m just getting impatient waiting to find out what mine is.  I feel bad feeling bad.  I know I’m called to be at home with my kids at this point in my life (no regrets leaving the corporate world).  But I can’t help but wonder what is next when I see them growing up (way too) fast.  It may not be huge, like Moses, but it will be mine, and I can only pray for and open heart and clarity and peace when I do hear!  But I also pray that I don’t write it off as a coincidence when I do hear it, or talk myself out of it, or pretend not to hear it (all examples David gave.)

Off from the message, but rather on to what I took from the message, is the song I chose for this week.  I had a few in mind, but as I typed this out, the verse “I’m waiting on you Lord, and I am hopeful” came to mind from John Waller’sWhile I’m Waiting“.  It’s the attitude I try to have (need to have).  Although it’s not comfortable, I will be obedient, I will serve You, worship You, and wait on You.  Knowing that You have a great plan for my life! (Jer 29:11)  (Sidenote: I’m incredibly blessed and can keep on going on as is, I just know I was (we all are) made for a bigger purpose and I’m anxious to find out what it is!)

With that I will leave you with my guiding verse and a YouTube video of the aforementioned song.  May you have an open heart to God’s calling for you in your life.  Have a great week and stay tuned!

John Waller
While I’m Waiting

I’m waiting, I’m waiting on You Lord
And I am hopeful, I’m waiting on You Lord
Though it is painful, but patiently I will wait

And I will move ahead bold and confident
Taking every step in obedience

While I’m waiting I will serve You
While I’m waiting I will worship
While I’m waiting I will not faint
I’ll be running the race even while I wait

I’m waiting, I’m waiting on You Lord
And I am peaceful, I’m waiting on You Lord
Though it’s not easy no, but faithfully I will wait
Yes, I will wait

And I will move ahead bold and confident
Taking every step in obedience

While I’m waiting I will serve You
While I’m waiting I will worship
While I’m waiting I will not faint
I’ll be running the race even while I wait

I will move ahead bold and confident
I’ll be taking every step in obedience, yeah

While I’m waiting I will serve You
While I’m waiting I will worship
While I’m waiting I will not faint

And I will serve You while I’m waiting
I will worship while I’m waiting
I will serve You while I’m waiting
I will worship while I’m waiting
I will serve You while I’m waiting
I will worship while I’m waiting on You Lord

I will serve You while I’m waiting
I will worship while I’m waiting
I will serve You while I’m waiting
I will worship while I’m waiting

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Boys will be boys. Observations of my 1 year old boy.

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After raising a girl first for 2 years, I have some observations on this little messy, stinky, boy we have been so blessed with.  I will preface saying I wouldn’t trade him for the world, but thought I would make a list of his “boy” traits.  Maybe you can relate?  (or add a few?)  I know it will only get longer with time and this is nothing, but it’s been amusing us and maybe you will find it that way too!

  • I tell him no, he does it again with a smile.
  • He answer all questions with a no (and a smile.)
  • Chases the dogs around with strollers, shopping carts, push toys, anything! (Yes – he pushing Hulk in the pink baby stroller!)IMG_3612
  • While pushing aforementioned shopping cart, went full speed (while laughing and smiling) into laundry room with 3 dogs eating dinner, needless to say – they ran, jumped, scattered.  Boy got knocked over and has scratches to prove it.  (Tried it again the next night too.)
  • Chases dogs with sticks.
  • Pulls dogs ears & tails.
  • Throws things at dogs.  (Sensing a pattern here? Poor pups – never been hurt and we don’t let it happen if we catch it on time.  But they still adore each other!)
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  • Climbed before walking.
  • Thought it was a good idea to stand on the handle on the drawer below the oven, then hold onto the oven door.  Luckily – the oven was not on, but the door opened and he fell backwards.
  • Seems genuinely sad and waives bye-bye when I put a diaper on him.  (I’ll hold off on elaborating any more about his fascination with what is below the diaper!)
  • Places fingers in any and all orifices.  (Nose is current favorite, followed by eyes and ears, both his own and the dogs)
  • First instinct is to throw, bang, or eat anything given to him.
  • Often walks around with said object ready to be thrown at the first dog or whatever crosses his path.
  • IMG_3531Practices extreme pouting, including throwing things or himself on the ground (face-down), or hiding in a corner and saying “no”.
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  • Once diaper is removed and he is put into bath, first instinct is to pee-pee, usually on his sister.  Again does it with a huge grin.
  • Pulls sisters pigtails, ponytails, dresses, basically has figured out how to get a rise out of her. (But still loves to hug her and want to do everything she does)
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  • Trucks, planes, cars, anything with wheels – he is immediately drawn to.
  • And this isn’t a “boy” thing more as having a boy after a girl, but 2 of I’d say his first 10 words included “Rella” (as in Cinderella whenever he sees a pretty girl) and “mermaid”, you know that one.

All these things just confirm my unconditional love for him and just that that love is different than that to my little girl.  (Not saying little girls don’t do any of these things – mine just didn’t!)  After he torments the dogs, I can say to him “give them a hug” (see video at bottom) and he goes and hugs and kisses them (same with his sister.)  He still loves to cuddle and one smile and “mama” make my heart melt instantly.  I’m sure as he grows up and those cute baby toes get much stinkier (and bigger) and he turns into more of a boy, I’ll find more differences and more things to love.  But for now, I just wanted to capture a tiny picture of life with my silly, adventurous, crazy baby boy!  I am so blessed to get to spend every day with him and his sister and have the best job in the world!

(Disclaimer:  If you know me – you know how unbelievably spoiled our 3 dogs are and are never hurt- these observations are meant to be funny and our dogs are no worse for the wear, and if anything they are more loved that ever!)  Check out video at the end!

A few more favorites from July/August:

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Thanks for reading – would love to hear your little boy stories too!

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Book Review: If the Shoe Fits by Sandra D. Bricker


If the Shoe Fits (click book for description)
by Sandra D. Bricker
Received free from Beth Bacall’s Book Club on the Fish Atlanta!

Finish Time: 2 days.  I am a frequent listener to 104.7 The Fish, usually in the AM when driving the kids to school (or wherever).  Often times the radio stays on into the afternoon when Ms. Beth Bacall comes on.  A few months ago, she announced a Summer Book Club where listeners would receive a free book in exchange for participating in an end-of-summer Google Hangout with her and the author of the book.  Perfect opportunity for me to receive another book to review on my blog and get to chat with the author!  I’ve been amazed and humbled by how many authors I have been able to connect with through this blog and Goodreads!

Back to the book.  It’s a sweet Christian love story loosely based around Cinderella (at least the premise of the glass slipper).  The book begins with the main character Julianne witnessing an “almost” accident of a mystery man rescuing a dog from being hit by a car (sounds like my kind of guy – and yes this is something my husband would do!)  He leaves behind his toolbox and a shoe!  So she places a personal ad.  I would have liked a little more build-up here or maybe some non-matches trying to win her affections.  But it was unclear what the personal said – I think it was just for the owner of the toolbox, but it would have been more romantic if it was written to find her “Prince Charming” – which she actually refers to this man as, and is hoping he will be as she has been unlucky in love thus far in her life.

After a day or so, Paul aka “Prince Charming”, comes to claim his toolbox and shoe.  And the story begins.  Also another main story going on is that Julianne and her BFF since childhood, Will, just opened up their very own law-firm, and are experiencing the joys and struggles of starting a new business.  It’s clear from the beginning that one member of this friendship has stronger feelings than the other.  We’ll leave it at that as an intro.

It was a cute, sweet read.  God is always at the center (or at least acknowledged that He should be) of their decisions.  Lots of praying for signs and interpreting signs (which I am all about).  Sometimes you just wanted to knock some sense into Julianne.  Will was a likable guy that you often sympathized with.  Paul was not likable.  There were many other colorful characters and side stories that kept the story moving along (premeditated pig murder anyone!?).  Nothing too deep, kind of predictable, very much a nice Christian, fiction, sometimes humorous book.  Would recommend if given or borrowed as a quick read.

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