Wednesday, October 7, 2015

WOW {Warm Oven Wednesday}

Bakeless Cake

1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 small can crushed pineapple, undrained
40-50 vanilla wafers
1 8-oz. carton cool whip, thawed
2 cups sweetened, flaked coconut (we don't like coconut, so optional)
12-16 maraschino cherries, rinsed

Whisk together sweetened condensed milk and lemon juice in a small bowl until thoroughly combined. Mix in pineapple with juice and set aside.

Line the bottom of a small glass baking dish (8x8 or 7x10) with vanilla wafers. Pour all of the pineapple mixture over vanilla wafers then add another layer of vanilla wafers on top of pineapple mixture. Spread cool whip evenly on top of vanilla wafers then sprinkle with coconut. Top with cherries then cover and refrigerate at least 8 hours before serving.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

{Kregel Blog Tour} The Methuselah Project: A Novel by Rick Barry (Author)

Book Description:  In World War II, German scientists began many experiments. One never ended. 

Roger Greene is a war hero. Raised in an orphanage, the only birthright he knows is the feeling that he was born to fly. Flying against the Axis Powers in World War II is everything he always dreamed―until the day he's shot down and lands in the hands of the enemy.
When Allied bombs destroy both his prison and the mad genius experimenting on POWs, Roger survives. Within hours, his wounds miraculously heal, thanks to those experiments. The Methuselah Project is a success―but this ace is still not free. Seventy years later, Roger hasn't aged a day, but he has nearly gone insane. This isn't Captain America―just a lousy existence only made passable by a newfound faith. The Bible provides the only reliable anchor for Roger's sanity and his soul. When he finally escapes, there's no angelic promise or personal prophecy of deliverance, just confusion. It's 2015―and the world has become an unrecognizable place.
Katherine Mueller―crack shot, genius, and real Southern Belle―offers to help him find his way home. Can he convince her of the truth of his crazy story? Can he continue to trust her when he finds out she works for the very organization he's trying to flee?

My Thoughts: When it comes to reading I enjoy books about WWII.  And The Methuselah Project is one "crazy" read!  I use the word crazy in the broadest sense of the word.  Simply because this book is labeled Christian Suspense but to me it was a little more like Christian Science Fiction.  
Did I enjoy this read?  A resounding YES!
One must think of what the word Methuselah means and then this story begins to click.
Roger Greene was born to fly and he does fly against the Axis Powers in WWII but his plane is shot down in enemy territory and this is where the story begins.
When the Allied bombs destroy the prison where he held captive he survives.  But not only is he a survivor but all his wounds miraculously heal and he never ages...seventy years later he still looks like a young man.
Roger finds that the Bible is the only anchor for his weary soul as he sometimes feels that he is going insane.
A great read as a "young" man tries to escape those who wish him harm and a beautiful young woman who tries to help him.
Quite a read!

*This book was provided for review by Kregel Publications*

Meet the Author:
Rick Barry has authored three novels (Gunner's Run, Kiriath's Quest, most recently The Methuselah Project) as well as hundreds of published articles, short stories, and devotional pieces. He speaks Russian and has visited Eastern Europe over 50 times. His experiences have included skydiving, mountain climbing, rappelling, camping in Russia, kayaking, wilderness hiking, white-water rafting, and visiting World War II battlegrounds. He believes that all experiences in life provide fuel for a writer's imagination. 

He enjoys speaking to school groups and has occasionally guest-taught writing classes for various colleagues. You can contact Rick through his author site, or via his Facebook page:

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications (September 27, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825443873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825443879

Monday, October 5, 2015

A Moment of Weakness (Forever Faithful) by Karen Kingsbury

Book Description:  Had they found each other again after all these years, only to lose everything that matters most?

As children, Jade Conner and Tanner Eastman were best friends—until scandal drove them apart. Then, one golden summer, they find each other again.  Through endless days they share their hearts and souls and dreams of forever.  Then, in a moment of weakness, they make a decision that will tear them apart for nearly a decade.
In their own separate corners of the country, Jade and Tanner have become fighters for religious freedom. Now Jade’s unfaithful husband is determined to destroy her in a custody battle that will rock the nation and shake people’s understanding of faith and freedom. Could Jade lose her only child because of her faith? Only one man can help her in her darkest hour. And only one old woman knows the secret about that summer and the truth that can set them all free.

My Thoughts:  Karen Kingsbury writes another thought provoking story.  Ms. Kingsbury shows that Jade and Tanner are "flawed" Christians...people who love God but make a "mistake." 
Jade and Tanner have been best friends since childhood and then that one fateful night in an act of passion (they are committed to each other) but they made "that" one mistake of coming to together in intimacy before marriage...A Moment of Weakness!
Jade and Tanner live in different parts of the country.  But Jade's husband is unfaithful and is fighting her in terrible custody battle for their only child.  But there is one secret that Jade has not  with Tanner.  And one older woman who knows the truth.
Then Tanner enters into Jade's life...can forgiveness on both sides take place?  Can the secret that Jade has kept all these years help and heal or will it kill all love?
As only Karen Kingsbury can write here is a great story of sin, love, and forgiveness.

*This book was provided for review by Waterbrook/Multnomah*

  • Series: Forever Faithful
  • Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah Books (September 29, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601428480
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601428486

COTT {Clash of the Titles} August 2015 Releases Clash

Clash of the Titles presents four new end-of-summer reads! 
Peruse the images, read the blurbs, 
then vote on your favorite in the survey. 
I know which one is my favorite.
Enjoy, dear readers!

Children of When by Jennifer Redmile

To fulfill a prophecy, Raff, Leah, and Belle must find and reunite three missing pieces of an ancient amulet, and in the process learn to control and use their newly discovered unique Gifts. Dark forces conspire to prevent the resurrection of the Amulet, and the journey becomes one of survival...turning fourteen was NOT supposed to be this hard!


Privileged by J. M. Downey

Katie Morris never imagined she might meet the son of the nation’s leaders or that he would strive to capture her heart with his promises of a happily-ever-after. However, a dark nature lurks inside her prince, which clashes with his charm. Will Katie be able to hang on to her fairy tale when the man she loves turns into the man she fears? 


Midnight on the Mississippi by Mary Ellis

As a newly-minted PI and a New Orleans stockbroker encounter sophisticated shell games, blackmail, and death threats, danger swirls around them like the mysterious dark water of the bayou. Only their reliance on faith and fearless determination give them hope they will live to see another day.


Unexpected Family by Jill Kremerer

When Tom Sheffield finds out he has a four-year-old daughter, he struggles to forgive his ex-wife, Stephanie. But as the three of them spend time together, Tom realizes he was also to blame for their failed marriage, and he'll do things differently...if Stephanie will give him a second chance.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

WOW {Warm Oven Wednesday}

Awhile back I posted about Sheri Shepherd's book, If You Have a Craving, I Have a Cure?  See book review HERE!
 Today I'm sharing one of her good and healthy recipes...It Works For Me!  

Serves 4

1/4 cup honey
1 cup almonds
Dash sea salt

{I added a cup of sunflower seeds for added crunchiness!}
1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Heat honey in microwave for 30 seconds.
3. In a bowl, pour honey over almonds (& sunflower seeds) and mix evenly so every almond is coated.
4. Coat sheet with non-stick spray, spreads almonds on cookie sheet, and sprinkle with sea salt.
5. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes, or to desired taste. Let cool, and enjoy!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Bishop's Son (The Amish of Bee County) by Kelly Irvin (Author)

Book Description:  Two men offer Leila two very different futures. Will she choose with her heart or with her faith?
Leila Lantz has been in love with Jesse Glick from the day she first saw him at his father’s store, but she can’t make sense of his intentions. One day he wants to come courting, the next he seems to be putting distance between them.
Jesse may be the bishop’s son, but his faith has been wavering of late. If he is so unsure, is it fair to give Leila false hope for a future he doubts he can provide?
Then there’s Will, Jesse’s cousin. He has been trying to keep his feelings for Leila a secret, but he also knows Jesse is wrestling with his faith. Would declaring his feelings for Leila be in her best interest or simply serving his own selfish desires?
Leila knows she can choose Will and be secure in her own future. But when her heart speaks, it’s Jesse’s name she hears. When will God make His will known to her? Could leaving everything she knows—even her own faith—be a part of God’s plan?

My Thoughts:  Ah!  Here's an Amish story that takes place in Bee County, Texas!  Amish in Texas!  A sweet western Amish story!
 It seems that Leila Lantz has always loved Jesse Glick but he doesn't seem to know his own intentions.  He comes courting one week and then the next week he puts distance between's enough to make a young woman doubt a man's love.
Then there's Will, Jesse's cousin.  Will has kept his feelings to himself but he is in love with Leila.  
Will knows that Jesse is struggling with his faith.  He also doesn't think that Jesse is "fair" to Leila.  But what to do?  Will is a true blue friend and also a true friend. But sometimes when the heart speaks one must follow his heart.
Meanwhile Leila's heart seems to only speak Jesse's name. 
But as only God can He makes Leila to know who her true love is. 
This an Amish love story of one young woman with two suitors and just one true decision to make.
This a great Amish love story!

*This book was provided for review by BookLook*

  • Series: The Amish of Bee County
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (September 29, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310339545
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310339540