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a fragile hope by CYNTHIA RUCHTI

       a fragile hope

One-word prayers carry as much weight as those most carefully constructed ~ Seedlings & Sentiments from the “Faith” collection. (from a fragile hope)


This story is one of a couple very much in love but so far apart in the skill of good communication. AND..  He writes books on marriage!  When a tragic accident on an icy night leads to questions he can only guess at..  I kept wanting to shake him and say,  “Get all the facts Josiah!”  Josiah’s emotional thoughts are powerful. This was a story of pain, sorrow, faith and yes.. joy!   Get this one, it’s one that will touch you!

Purchase your copy  HERE..  I highly recommend this one!

ABOUT THE BOOK: Josiah Chamberlain’s life’s work revolves around repairing other people’s marriages. When his own is threatened by his wife’s unexplained distance, and then threatened further when she’s unexpectedly plunged into an unending fog, Josiah finds his expertise, quick wit and clever quips are no match for a relationship that is clearly broken.

Feeling betrayed, confused, and ill-equipped for a crisis this crippling, he reexamines everything he knows about the fragility of hope and the strength of his faith and love. Love seems to have failed him. Will what’s left of his faith fail him, too? Or will it be the one thing that holds him together and sears through the impenetrable wall that separates them?


 Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed in Hope through her novels and novellas, speaking for women’s events and retreats, writers’ events, nonfiction books, and devotionals, drawing from 33 years writing and producing an on-air radio broadcast. Her books have been recognized by RT Reviewers’ Choice, Selah Awards, Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, CR’s BEST Awards, Carol Award honors, Family Fiction Readers’ Choice Award, ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year honors and others. She has a total of 18 books on the shelves, with more contracted. She and her plot-tweaking husband live in the heart of Wisconsin, not far from their three children and five grandchildren.

I was gifted a copy to participate in Cynthia Ruchti’s “a fragile hope” book promotion..

Some fun reads!

 The Starlight Inn by Lucie UlrichStarlight Inn

  Stranded in a blizzard at a beautiful Inn, a delightful older lady that becomes a true friend and that gentleman that steals your heart.. This was one that was a perfect Christmas romance and holiday read! I’d certainly recommend this one.


ABOUT THE BOOK: On her way to celebrate her birthday and Christmas with her family, Ella Dixon finds herself trapped in the middle of a blizzard. She seeks refuge at The Starlight Inn. Though the inn is full, an elderly guest offers to share her room. Accepting the kind offer, Ella soon realizes Tillie Spencer isn’t your average “little old lady.” She knows things nobody else does, and appears to come and go on a whim.

Anything For A Mystery (Christian cozy mystery) (A Nosy Neighbor Mystery Book 1) by [Hickey, Cynthia] 

Anything For A Mystery (Christian cozy mystery) (A Nosy Neighbor Mystery Book 1) by Cynthia Hickey

This was so fun to read.. I can totally see nosy neighbors doing this. What starts out as a walk about for the Neighborhood Watch Program suddenly turns into an attack and a murder! As as author, Stormi just can’t let this mysterious murder be left to the Police and she starts her own investigation. Oh my! The trouble she stirs up and gets into. Murder, mysteries, mishaps like squeezing through a doggie door and getting stuck! There was even some romance for this romance writer to make this a fun  and entertaining story.    I requested and was gifted a copy from and this review is voluntary.


Grace be a Lady (Love & War in Johnson County #1)Grace Be A Lady by Heather Blanton

What a way to survive! Grace was a wealthy lady that now has to pretend to be a young man to get a job on a small ranch to survive. She desperately wants to save enough money to return to Chicago and retrieve her son. Her husband was wealthy, an abuser and banished her to “Misery” Wyoming with a warning to never return. This is a story of overcoming the hand life has dealt you and coming out a winner. Great characters and lots of interesting happenings that had me rooting for her all the way!



Of Moose and Men: Lost and Found in Alaska    Of Moose And Men by Torry Martin & Doug Peterson: Lost and found in Alaska

This was an entertaining book and I found myself sharing it with my husband because he wanted to know what I was smiling so much about.. There was a moose with it’s head stuck through the window, a reindeer trapped in the kitchen and bears in the yard. This fellow made me smile, laugh out loud, think and yes, remember how much God loves me! He writes like a comedian but with a seriousness that had me finding the underlying message he so much was wanting to share with me. What God has done for him… He can do for me! I would definitely recommend this one.

365 Pocket Morning Prayers

This morning prayers devotional is one for “Strength and Joy to Begin Each Day”.. The size is 4 x 6 with a leather like cover which made it easy to hold. There is a ribbon to keep your place which I really like. The introduction says prayer is a privilege, prayer is personal and prayer is powerful and I agree that this book will support and encourage me to begin my day in prayer and in turn  strengthening my faith.  I did like that I could turn to a specific topic or just read straight through. I really liked that there are sections so that I could choose to pray in praise, confession or be given a challenge for the day. Each day has a prayer and a scripture verse that will help me start my day in a positive way. I think it is a very nice devotional and I know I will enjoy it for the next 365 days. Not only to start my mornings but throughout my day.

Cover: 365 Pocket Morning Prayers


About the Devotional:  Each morning when you arise, take a moment to talk with God about the day ahead. Ask Him to prepare your heart so that you can be ready to face any challenge that comes your way. 365 Pocket Morning Prayers can guide this time of life-changing conversation and help you express your needs and concerns to God. Don’t worry about what the day will bring. Instead, release your troubles and concerns into God’s care by reading and meditating on the prayers featured in 365 Pocket Morning Prayers. Begin your day in joyful anticipation, trusting that God is in control of your life and wants only the best for you.

Author: David R. Veerman

Price:   13.99
ISBN:  978-1-4964-1334-5
Trim Size: 4 x 6
Binding: LeatherLike
Release: September 2016

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Thank you to Tyndale House Publishers for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book.

All is Bright by Nancy Guthrie (coloring book)

I was happy to find “All is Bright”  it’s a  31 day devotional journey to color your way to Christmas. It has a beautiful cover and the devotional pages are very well written.  I enjoyed the way it just talked to me, it was easy to read and easy to understand..  This will be  a wonderful way to relax during the Christmas season and read about the story of Christ’s coming. The coloring pages are beautifully done and so.. well adult Christmasy!!  There is even a section at the back with some fun family activities to enjoy.  I know I can enjoy reading and coloring this beautiful book  any time of the year and I will be certainly be pulling it out every December to once again enjoy reading the devotions.

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         All Is Bright

A Devotional Journey to Color Your Way to Christmas

by Nancy Guthrie  –  Tyndale Momentum Title

The perfect gift for the creatives and coloring-book lovers in your life! Includes bonus activities and kid-friendly coloring pages for the whole family!

This Christmas season, celebrate the birth of our Savior through beautiful design and devotion. Grab your colored pencils, cozy up with your favorite blanket and a cup of tea, and settle in for a night of peace and wonder with All Is Bright. For lovers of the Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest coloring books, All Is Bright is the perfect way to transform the Advent and Christmas seasons for your whole family, re-centering the holidays on the miracle of Jesus’ birth. Combining 31 days of rich content by the beloved and inspirational Nancy Guthrie with intricate designs that will reconnect you with the heart of Christ, this coloring book devotional journey reminds us all of what the season really calls us to: worship.

*I was gifted a copy to read and review by Tyndale Publishers. It is a book I would buy for myself or as a gift..

Hidden in My Heart Scripture Memory Bible, NLT

I rePackagingally enjoyed reading through this Bible. It reads easy and the verses for memorizing are highlighted and in  three offered versions. This would be a great family time study Bible. I know I like how it’s laid out and memorizing along with children makes for a great family time study. There is some information at the beginning of each book that helps you know more about what you will be reading. There is a lot of lists and topics to use at the back of this book that will also aid in studying. Another fun thing about this Bible is that it comes with  a download code for scripture memory songs for the 100 Core Verses. I found it easy to get to the songs and the singers were fun to listen to and the songs relevant to the verse being memorized. I think they will be easy to memorize and sing along with. I think this is a very nice Scripture Memory Bible that will see a lot of use.

ABOUT THIS BIBLE:  Scripture memorization grounds kids in the faith, equips them for the future, and solidifies relationships with Christ, family, and others. The Hidden in My Heart Scripture Memory Bible was created to encourage kids not only to read God’s Word but also to hide it deep within their hearts. One hundred of the Bible’s core verses have been set to music by renowned children’s author and song writer Stephen Elkins. The 100 songs include a variety of genres and are available in the New Living Translation, New International Version, and King James Version, and all songs are free with the purchase of the Bible. Additional interactive features encourage school-age kids to engage with the Word in every place of their life.

You can purchase your copy at – click  “HERE”

Or on Amazon  “HERE”
**I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for this honest review.    Thank you Tyndale House Publishers..

Wanda E. Brunstetter’s Amish Friends Harvest Cookbook

Wanda E. Brunstetter’s Amish Friends Harvest Cookbook

When I received this cookbook I just sat and read it like a book! The pages are beautifully done. There are a variety of pictures of the  garden, the Amish life, produce and some of the recipe items that look so delicious  I wanted to head right into the kitchen and get started cooking! This book is a compilation of Amish friends recipes and many gardening ideas that I certainly will be trying. There are some scripture verses that mark the next recipe section that are on pages that are just lovely and I found myself flipping through the pages just to see how the next section was introduced.  I did not know there were so many ways to use Dandelions! There are recipes for main dishes, soups & salads, and the desserts, oh my!  I also found advise for planting, harvesting, fertilizer, bug repellent and home remedies. This book is spiral-bound so it will lay flat or fold around so your place is on top.  Wanda E Brunstetter’s,  Amish Friends Harvest Cookbook is beautifully done and this is easily one of my favorite cookbooks.

Wanda E. Brunstetter's Amish Friends Harvest Cookbook About the Book:

Overloaded with garden produce, CSA shares, or farmers’ market finds? Now you’ll know what the Amish do with these seasonal fruits and vegetables and how they preserve some of them for future use. Bring the wisdom of Amish gardeners and cooks into your own home with dozens of recipes and tips from the heart of Amish country in Wanda E. Brunstetter’s Amish Friends Harvest Cookbook. This well-organized book is sure to become a treasured resource.

  • Spiral-bound: 224 pages
  • Pick up your copy by clicking  “HERE”


“I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing in exchange for my honest review.”

Missing by Lisa Harris

 About the book:  After an explosive first novel in the Nikki Boyd Files series, Lisa Harris welcomes readers to dive into a fast-paced and deadly world of counterfeit drugs and a missing woman in this striking second installment.

Readers will find their pages turning long into the night as they embark on a new adventure with Nikki Boyd. Missing persons is Nikki’s forte, but when a case of two murdered and two missing pops up on a quiet suburban street, she’s ready to start the investigation.

Her first clues lead her to her friend’s boat – and another dead body. Nikki must free her friend from what ties him to the missing homeowners. As each clue pulls her deeper into the mystery, Nikki finds herself in a deadly maze with a killer who will stop at nothing to silence anyone who threatens his business – including her.

   My thoughts:  I really enjoyed the suspense and drama in this book. We were taken on a ride where no one was safe that had any information! Nikki was kept on edge as each turn and twist of evidence had her wondering if putting even her best friends onto the suspect list was necessary. Lots of action through the whole book and evidence that kept me guessing who was behind it for a long time. If you like a good suspense, you should definitely like this one!

I was gifted a copy for review.


Family Devotional Bible and giveaway.

The ESV FAMILY DEVOTIONAL BIBLE is a hardbound colorful Bible. It retells 130 key stories from the Bible with full color illustrations for each story, as well as placed within the Bible text where it is found. The stories are simplified and easy for children of all ages to understand.

The ESV Family Devotional Bible is designed to help families read and apply God’s Word together. This full-color edition features the complete ESV text interspersed with engaging illustrations and gospel-centered devotions related to key Bible stories—guiding families through the entirety of God’s Word over the course of a year. Each devotion also includes discussion questions and suggestions for additional reading, helping families develop a habit of reading the Bible together and applying its truth to all of life.

devotional bible        Devotional bible opened


  • Size: 5.375” x 8.625”
  • 9-point type
  • 1,408 pages
  • Double-column, paragraph format
  • 130 full-page, full-color illustrations
  • Full-color maps
  • Reflection questions for the whole family to discuss
  • Ribbon marker

I found this to be a very nice Family Devotional -An English Standard Version Bible. I liked the sturdy hardcover and the ribbon was nice to save your place.  At the back of the Bible  I liked the index of devotions for easy reference and the maps were easy to understand. Relevant pictures that look like paintings were accompanied with questions for the family, a key verse relating to the devotion and inserted into the relevant section of scripture.  I found it easy to read and use… It would certainly make a beautiful gift.

*** Please leave a comment to be entered into the giveaway of one Family Devotional Bible.. A winner will be chosen from the comments on May 14.      

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Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Whatever is Lovely by WATERBROOK PRESS

Whatever is Lovely is a Coloring book for reflection and worship. It is published by WATERBROOK PRESS. This is a very nice book. The cover is of a stiff paper with a beautiful touch of color and the pages are filled with scripture, quotes and hymns. The pictures are bold with a nice statement within the coloring page. On the back side of the page you will find what the artist has based the picture on.  I found the pages lovely to color with colored pencils. Very nice smooth paper that my pencil seemed to glide over. I was very pleased with this Coloring book.  If you would like to try a coloring book, I think you would be pleased with this one.

You can find out  more about WATERBROOK press and this book  at this address:

“I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”

90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN by Don Piper with Cecil Murphey (book giveaway!)

Don Piper died on January 18, 1989 while on his way home from a church conference. He tells of his 90 minutes in Heaven, about his story of life and death. This book tells of his return to life and the struggle to recover. Don describes his pain, depression and the inevitable questions that come after. This really is a story of survival against all odds and I found it very inspiring. I’m looking forward to seeing this movie.
I was gifted a copy by the FlyBy Promotions Blogger Network.. and I happy to review this book because I had heard about this book and I totally agree with the back page statement – Read this and discover for yourself this story everyone is talking about!

*** Leave a comment with your email address in a safe format for a chance to win a copy. I will choose a winner at 12:00 noon CST on September 11, 2015

About the book:
Paperback; 245 pages
Pastor Don Piper died January 18, 1989 when a semi-tractor truck crushed his car. Declared dead by the first rescue workers to arrive on the scene, Don’s body lay under a tarp for the next 90 minutes. Don’s soul, meanwhile, was experiencing love, joy, and life like he’d never known before. Don was in Heaven.
When another pastor’s prayers helped bring Don back to life, he became a living miracle! Yet this is one miracle Don wished never happened. Heaven’s bliss was replaced by excruciating pain and emotional turmoil. With the support and prayers of his beloved Eva, their three kids, and friends near and far, Don clings to his faith in God and fights to regain a semblance of his previous life. The Piper family’s incredible true story of perseverance and overcoming the challenges of life – and death – will bring hope and encouragement to all who see it.
About the movie presented by Giving Films:
Releases in theaters everywhere September 11, 2015
Rating: PG-13 (for intense accident and injury images)
Starring Hayden Christensen (Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith), Kate Bosworth (Remember The Titans, Blue Crush) Michael W. Smith, Fred Thompson, Dwight Yoakam, and Jason Kennedy, 90 Minutes In Heaven is based on the inspiring New York Times best-selling book that has sold 7 million copies.
About Giving Films:
Giving Films is passionate about sharing hope-filled movies and donating ALL of their profits to charities and ministries who serve those in need. Beginning with their first film, 90 Minutes In Heaven, Giving Films is allowing all of us to be a part of making a difference. Anytime you go to a Giving Films movie in theaters, visit and select which charities you want to receive the profits from your ticket. Their charitable organizations are Christian Alliance for Orphans, Faith Bridge Foster Care, Hire Heroes USA, Hope International, LifeWater, Street Grace, and World Vision.


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Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

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