For Such a Time~a Book Review

Mix the Biblical story of Esther, with the horrors and tragedy of Hitler led Nazi Germany and stir in suspense and action with a compelling love story and you have the perfect ingredients for this book. Written by Kate Breslin, a FIRST time author–this book moved me like none other has in a while. I still cannot believe this is a first time author’s book, written in the genre of Historical Fiction.

Perhaps the most refreshing thing about this book is that it is NOT a re-telling of the story of Esther. However, it does use her story line, and similar if not the same at times, names to tell the story. Instead of being set in the time and place of the story of Esther, this novel takes place in 1944 when the Jews were being slaughtered and abused by the Hitler led Nazi’s and the infamous Auschwitz horrors. The main characters are Hadassah, renamed Stella as opposed to Esther, her uncle “Morty” (sound familiar?), and Kommandant Aric.

Each chapter begins with a verse from the book of Esther, and the story line follows that plot. Careful attention to detail with fantastic realistic facts about the settings, this fast paced novel was very difficult to put down. She includes a note in the back that goes into more detail about the history and places of the story, along with a glossary of the German terms used. There is also a section with questions, think book club, for fantastic discussion.

All in all, I was very pleased with this book and have already recommended it to several friends. I cannot wait to see more titles by this author and am sad that this is her first and that I have to wait!! You will NOT be disappointed with this selection!

Review disclaimer

*I received this title from Bethany House Publishers

Why the Last Supper Matters Blog Hop!

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This week we have been studying “Why the Last Supper Matters” over at Good Morning Girls. We have dug into various Scriptures and focused solely on our Lord Jesus Christ, had a memory verse, as well as being issued a ‘challenge.’ How is that going, by the way?

 

Many times, we learn much through writing and/or journaling. So, we wanted to create a place for all of us to share what we have taken away this week. This hop was created from that desire! The topics are:

  • Week 1 Memory Verse: John 13:14-15. Share creative ways you memorize verses OR share what God has taught you from reading it. Verse chain if you would like to!

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  • Week 1 Challenge. Share your list and how the challenge went!

Week 1 Challenge

  • Why DOES the Last Supper matter? Share your takeaways this week!
  • Did you do any of the activities we shared, with your children? If so, link ‘em up–pictures as well please!!

Can’t wait to hear from each of you! If you don’t blog, but want to, blogger is a fantastic and EASY place to start!

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It’s a God Thing~a Book Review

Miracles…do they still happen today? It’s a God Thing: When Miracles Happen to Everyday People hopes to convince you of just that. That God is still active in the lives of His people today. Created by Don Jacobson and the fabulous Christian media giant K-LOVE, this story is sure to inspire and encourage those who may wonder.

Not all of the stories are “big” miracles, many of them can be considered “small.” It warmed my heart to see just how much God is involved with every single part of our lives and how much He loves us.

Perhaps most compelling, is this snippet from the back cover:

Miracles are not reserved for the characters in the Old and New Testaments; they happen to everyday people.

The stories run deep from the delivered jail addict, a desperate mother encountering miscarriages, to a chance meeting, these stories are sure to warm your heart and inspire your soul.

This book has also been given glowing reviews from such Christian leaders as TobyMac, Missy Robertson and Andy Andrews.

If your faith needs a boost, or you wonder if your situation is “coincidence,” grab a copy of this book and be blessed! *affiliate link listed–see disclosure for policy.

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*BookLook Bloggers: Harper Collins Christian Publishing

GMG Week 1: Why Easter Matters

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This week in our study at Good Morning Girls, we are focusing on “Why the Last Supper Matters.” These next 4 weeks promise to take us into the heart and soul of the question “Why Easter Matters.” It will prepare our hearts for worship and understanding. Starting out of the gate, it has already proven to be a great place to be–focusing on the blood of Jesus.

Several of us girls are studying together in a FB group and plan to blog along with this study. Even if you aren’t in our FB group, we would love for you to join along with us! Here are the topics for this week’s hop, which will be open on Friday! Prepare your hearts sisters and share with us!! Choose one, or all and link ‘em up!

  • Week 1 Memory Verse: John 13:14-15. Share creative ways you memorize verses OR share what God has taught you from reading it. Verse chain if you would like to!

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  • Week 1 Challenge. Share your list and how the challenge went!

Week 1 Challenge

  • Why DOES the Last Supper matter? Share your takeaways this week!
  • Did you do any of the activities we shared, with your children? If so, link ‘em up–pictures as well please!!

*ALL images courtesy of, and rights belong to, Good Morning Girls.

One Word: Simplify

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According to Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary, Simplify means:

  1. to reduce to basic essentials
  2. to diminish in scope or complexity (streamline)
  3. to make more intelligible (clarify)

Shell shocked. Feeling as if I am in a war zone. Too much to do, not enough time or energy to do it.

Why, oh why don’t I listen? A few years ago, this word kept finding it’s way into my head; into my day. Especially in regards to homeschooling and things I was doing outside the home. Or rather, inside the home as I was working and ministering from home.

What are the basic essentials? In school, that would be what they call the 4 R’s: Religion (Bible), Reading, wRiting, and aRithmetic. In life? Sitting at the feet of Jesus, like Mary did in Luke 10:38-42. Focusing much of my energy on my daughter’s vision therapy and my oldest son’s Epilepsy.

I see myself so much in Martha. I wonder if she yearned to be more like Mary but didn’t know how? If, because of all of her worries, she felt that she NEEDED to do something? If she thought she was showing Jesus her love with her MUCH serving? I wonder what her heart was like. I see myself so much in her–worried and troubled about many things. A house in another state that won’t sell, expensive vision therapy not covered by insurance, two specialists for two children in two different states that we DON’T live in-(Tennessee and Alabama), homeschool with one approaching his Junior year, an ill grandmother many states away, and one income with a husband working his tail off to provide for us and gone much of the day 6 days a week. Trying to come up with ‘creative’ ways to earn money from home, but spending more to get it started than I am making. Knowing that the therapy she needs, in office an hour away, is more than we can afford right now so I become vigilant in learning more about her therapy at home. Trying to be frugal in homeschool, only to realize that I can’t implement most of it, and wasted more money yet again. Growing our own veggies to realize that the start-up cost isn’t cheap.

It’s times like these that you just want to give up. The energy is seriously lacking. The want to is seriously lacking. Sleeping? What’s that? Then, for Bible Study, I read this today:

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. (Galatians 6:9-10 NKJV) 

How many times those verses have caught me off guard when I need them the most. Weary, in the Greek, is ‘ekkakeo.’ It means “to lack courage, lose heart, be fainthearted.” According to Bing Dictionary, fainthearted means to be “timid or weak; lacking resolve, boldness or enthusiasm.” Yeah, that’s me right about now. Weak and lacking enthusiasm and resolve–decision making is not easy right now.

And so, I share my heart today and ask for prayers from all of my friends. For strength to keep climbing the mountain.