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PRICE OF PRIVILEGE by JESSICA DOTTA REVIEWED

Price of Privilege
By Jessica Dotta
Published by Tyndale
ISBN#978-1- 4143-7557-1
492 Pages

Back Cover: Having finally discovered the truth of her birthright, Julia Elliston is determined to outwit Chance Macy at his own game. Holding a secret he’d kill to keep, however, is proving more difficult than she imagined.

Just when Julia thinks she’s managed to untangle herself from Macy’s clutches, he changes tactics with a risky ploy. As the scandal of the century breaks loose, drawing rooms all over London whisper what so far newspapers have not dared to print: Macy’s lost bride is none other than Lord Pierson’s daughter—and one of the most controversial cases of marital law ever seen comes before Victorian courts.

Though Julia knows Macy’s version of events is another masterful manipulation, public opinion is swaying in his favor. Caught in a web of deceit and lies, armed only with a fledgling faith, Julia must face her fiercest trial yet.

REVIEW: I’m thrilled to receive a review copy from an author I adore. It’s the third book in the Price of Privilege series; that just blew me away! After reading the last book in the series, Mark of Distinctioncouldn't imagine where this author would take me next. Things seemed to have ended. But in this third and final book in the series, this author shows how maddening things can get when Chancy Macy stirs things up and is set on getting Julia back as his wife.This author created a realistic and believable world as the wealthy try to outsmart each other for power and revenge.

This story opens similar to the Titanic movie where the director starts out with an old woman speaking about her time on the ship.  This author does the same. She starts out with Julia reminiscing about the early days of her marriage to Edward. Soon I was whisked into the merriment of Henry and Elizabeth’s wedding preparations and celebration. I was reunited with characters I grew to love in books one and two. I felt at home in this Victorian Era and was quickly wrapped up with these complex, authentic characters whom I've grown very fond of and settled in to enjoy this special day. Two of these characters I adored in this story were Jameson and Nancy. It was a great back drop to all the mystery, tension and suspense.

It was great fun to witness Edward and Julia’s love grow and the playfulness begin. I loved that the author let readers enjoy tender moments with them before they headed into the war being waged against them. I liked how this author doesn't write what you’d expect. She masterfully spins a remarkable and believable story that take you emotionally high, low and everywhere in between.
Julia describes, “…I titled up toward his kiss, but just before our lips met, I shrieked with laughter and yanked the blanket hard, then rolled over and cocooned myself in wool.

Edward roared with laughter, “Why you little-“ The straw in the mattress shifted as he pinned me between his knees and searched for a seam.  “That’s it. As your husband, I’m taking full charge of the blanket and its distribution…I gave a squeal, prepared to defend my sole right to the bed clothes.” 

Edward! Stop! Don’t you dare! It’s positively freezing!”

“Trust me I know.” He continued to unwrap me, as I in turn struggled to make it more difficult. “I’m beginning to suspect.” He cried, “that you, Mrs. Edward Auburn, are a cover thief! And there’s only one proper punishment for thieves.”

I could scarily breathe from laughing…”And what…is that?” (You’ll have to read the book for the answer)

As much fun as I experienced reading about tender moments with Julia, my heart ached as much or more for the dilemma they faced. Macy pulls out all the stops to get his wife back. This is a grand adventure I’m thrilled to have gone on.  This author does a masterful job of filling in the gaps left in books one and two. This story brings about so much understanding and clarity of situations past and present.  I was lost in this Victorian Ear with all the drama swirling around Julia, Edward, Isaac and Lord Pierson as Macy seeks to devour anyone in his way in obtaining his prize.

This author had me stop breathing a time or two with the many plot twists and turns that tugged at my heart and blew me away. My throat tightened with the drama unfolding I as I was just as surprised as the characters at all that transpired. This book has a most satisfying and startling conclusion to a masterfully written story and had characters that will live on in my heart. This would make a great mini-series and/or epic film like Gone with the Wind. This is going on my Best pick list for this year. This book is excellent for a book club pick. It’s definitely a book you must read in 2015. You must!

Nora St Laurent
TBCN Where Book Fun Begins www.bookfun.org
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THE PALEO CHEF by PETE EVANS REVIEWED

The Paleo Chef
By Pete Evans
Published by Ten Speed Press
ISBN#978-1-60774-743-7
215 Pages

Back Cover: “Pete Evans emphasizes the deep significance of what we put into our bodies in his new cookbook, The Paleo Chef. His recipes educate us about a way of eating in accordance with our physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. This beautiful book takes the mystery out of the confusing topic of what to eat to be free of wheat, gluten, grain, refined sugar, and dairy. It empowers the reader to create truly divine, nourishing, and wholesome meals with grace and ease.”
—Joshua Rosenthal, founder and director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition

REVIEW: I’m thankful for the review copy of a book that introduced me to Chef Pete Evans and the Paleo diet. This hard back cook book is informative and the recipes look yummy. Chef Seamus Mullen introduces readers to Chef Pete Evans and says, “No chef I know is nearly as passionate as Pete Evans when it comes to eating for health and happiness and making sure not to forget the pleasure…In Pete’s kitchen, eating for nourishment is pleasurable and passionate and full of love. As we've strayed father from the foods we ate in the recent past, we've begun to pay the price with longer, sicker lives…Pete brilliantly creates food that is at once both familiar and innovative, all the while up-ending the conventional notions of what it means to eat for wellness.”

Pete Evans has been in the cooking business for 25 years, has written other cookbooks and has been on T.V. cooking shows. This was all new to me. The author says, “I love food. I love how the effortless way it brings people together, its ability to create treasured memories, and most of all, the way it provides the foundation for a vibrant, enlightening, and nourished life.”

Paleo is a way of life for this Chef and his family. I appreciated the fact that the chef started this book with ten things you need to know about Paleo, to help you fully understand the concept of the plan. He talks briefly about the Cave is optional; It is a way of life; Not a gimmick or a diet; Why do it?; What to eat and drink; What not to eat; We’re not fat and carb haters; Find balance with omega fatty acids; Breathe deeply and Move often; Outdoors and with others; Restore your rest and bliss, Learn lots and think positively. All Good stuff!

Pete says he wanted to create recipes that were flavorful and easy to make because no one has time to do more. He wants readers to see the Paleo way of life and his book as a party, not a chore. He states, “You need to see it as packed with gifts and rewards, not as weird or deprived.”
He talks about a few ingredients and how people do the Paleo diet differently. I found this section helpful and very informative. He discusses Activated nuts, Eggs, Ghee, Maple syrup, Meat Poultry, Quinoa, Raw Honey, Salt, Seafood and Tamari.

He spends a few pages talking about the power of fermented food. He answers the question what exactly do fermented foods do for you? Amazing information.

I loved that this book included beautiful color pictures for every recipe. He breaks the recipes down into these categories Breakfast, Vegetables, Sides and Snacks, Seafood, Poultry, Meat, Dessert, Drinks and Basics. I want to try every recipe in this book. A few that will be first on my list are Sweet potato roast with poached egg, Zucchini and fennel fritters, Cauliflower Rice, Fish and Chips, Roasted Chicken Thighs, Poached shrimp with avocado, Cauliflower Friend Rice with Chicken, Chocolate beet mud cake, Mixed berry cheese cake, Apple-Berry crumble, Chocolate avocado mousse, Pumpkin Pie and Churro with chocolate sauce.

The recipes have easy to read instructions, He gives the servicing sizes for each dish. He also talks a little bit about each meal before the instructions. I liked that. Many of the ingredients are easy to find in a regular grocery store but there are a few ingredients like young green coconuts that could be a challenge to find the first time. I do believe it will be worth the hunt. You don’t have to be on the Paleo diet to enjoy these delicious looking meals; it’s a win win for everyone!

Nora St Laurent
TBCN Where Book Fun Begins! www.bookfun.org
The Book Club Network blog www.psalm516.blogspot.com
Book Fun Magazine www.bookfunmagazine.com

BREATHING ROOM by LEEANA TANKERSLEY REVIEWED

BREATHING ROOM
By Leeana Tankersley
Published by Revell
ISBN#978-0-8007-2346-0
277 Pages

Back Cover: Leeana Tankersley, like so many of us, began to feel overwhelmed by life. And like so many of us, she assumed she was struggling not because life is inherently difficult but because she was personally failing in some way. She knows firsthand what it is to bully yourself, to put yourself down for not being able to keep it all together, to compare yourself to others and find yourself lacking. But she's also discovered that all of the hurt and hostility and pain only add up to a life of holding your breath. What if we could exhale and let go?

Breathing Room is her beautiful release of self-condemnation, her discovery of the rest that comes when we give ourselves some space to breathe. She draws readers in through shared experiences of perfectionism, jealousy, and striving and shows them how to let go, how to be radically on their own team, and how to experience the broad grace that Christ has offered all of us.

Anyone who has been trying to do it all, who has been putting on a strong front and yet secretly struggling, will find in Breathing Room both a trusted friend and a generous Savior.

REVIEW: I’m thankful for the review copy of a book that introduced me to Leeana Tankersky who is transparent, real, and gives practical ways for us to address the things that have us bound, and breathless. She says, “Breathing room was available when and only when – “I faced the very thing I didn’t want to face…I could no longer dismiss or override what I was feeling…I wasn’t doing well. This was a personal abandonment, a betrayal. We know it’s not ok to bully other people, but somehow we forgot – or never learned that it’s not ok to bully ourselves.”

Wow, so true. Between the media telling us how we should look and feel, our peer group telling us how to act and feel; it was refreshing to hear of this authors personal journey into walking out what God says we are and looking to how He sees us. It’s powerful, and moving. I liked how this author bears her soul and reveals how she reached the point to where she was willing to do anything to be free! It wasn’t easy. But with Gods help all things are possible.

She tells readers how to listen to the voice of God and how to scatter the voice of the enemy of our soul. She says, “The toxic voice is the dark voice of scarcity, while God’s voice is the voice of abundance. The toxic voices tell us there will never been enough. There is only so much talent and achievement in the universe, so we must prove ourselves worthy of a portion constantly. …The brain vultures are just waiting for a trigger moment. You know, a moment that confirms all our suspicions about ourselves. That we are never, and I mean ever, going to get our fit right. That we are never going to be happy. That if we were one of the prettier people, we would be able to do life so much better. That our struggle is an indication of a deficiency. That we can’t keep up. That we’re destined for the bench while everyone else is enjoying the game.”

I was so encouraged by this author. Loved how she helped identify self-talk that is destructive to our soul and well being. It feels strange to give ourselves a pep talk and speak the truth to ourselves at first but I have been so encouraged by her letter at the end; truths she spoke over herself; I can now see how the truth sets the captives free. She says, “One of the common methods for making amends is writing the offended party a letter. I decided, as a gesture of grace and acceptance, to write a letter of amends to myself.” She starts the letter liked this “Dear Leeana; I want to do things differently. This letter is my way of saying I’m sorry for being so hard on you, for simply assuming everyone else knew better….(she says a lot and further says)"

"I’m sorry I didn’t listen to you. I’m listening now. Today is a new day. Today, I want more…….I want you to dance, for God’s sake. Wild and Free. I want you to give without the fear of losing……..I want you to stop running and breathe. I want you to believe……..I believe in you. Your ability to heal and become. I believe in your ability to hold on to what matters and let go of what doesn’t. I believe you will survive even if it’s not all perfect.”

She continues likes this until the end. I found myself teary eyed as I read. I realized that the Lord believes these things about me too! I prayed Oh, God help my unbelief. Help me to accept and believe these things you know about me I find hard to believe. It’s encouraging and healing to my soul to know the Lord loves me and thinks the best about me! I highly recommend this book; it’s a must read for everyone.

Nora St Laurent
TBCN Where Book Fun Begins www.bookfun.org
The Book Club Network blog www.psalm516.blogspot.com
Book Fun Magazine www.bookfunmagazine.com

WHERE RIVERS PART by KELLIE COATES GILBERT REVIEWED

Where Rivers Part
By Kellie Coates Gilbert
Published by Revell
ISBN#978-0-8007-2273-9
336 Pages

Book Cover: Following in her estranged father's footsteps, Dr. Juliet Ryan has devoted her scientific acumen to corporate America, providing safe drinking water for millions--and affording her plenty of perks along the way. Then, without warning, a fast-moving disaster sweeps Juliet into a whirlpool of corporate scandal and puts lives at risk. As she scrambles to find answers, Juliet must face her deepest wounds and join forces with her father to expose a far-reaching conspiracy. Underneath it all, she struggles to forgive those who betrayed her trust--not least of all her own father.

Kellie Coates Gilbert's emotionally complex and gripping novel fearlessly explores the seduction of success, the fear of giving up control, and the redemptive power of learning to forgive those who have hurt us most. Like a mighty river with twists and turns and hidden rocks, this story will sweep readers relentlessly along until the satisfying conclusion.

REVIEW: I’m thankful for the review copy of a book that had me look at the food regulations we have in place in a whole new light. This is a compelling story about Dr. Juliet Ryan who’s on the front line and in charge of keeping America’s food products safe.

This author shows readers that when,“Companies are driven by the almighty dollar; they always put safety in the back seat.”

This is what Juliet’s father said to her when she landed her dream job with a big corporation. She had devoted her scientific acumen providing safe drinking water for millions. The Dr. was out to prove her father wrong. At one point she looked up to her dad even followed in his footsteps and worked in the same profession. But Juliet’s dad missed the opportunity to work together when he cheated on his wife, Carol. Her mom. She didn’t trust him therefore they could not be a team and/or support one another. Her mom; Carol forgave him because of her new found faith. It worked for her but Juliet wasn't buying it.

I liked how this author showed a spiritual situation I haven’t seen much in Christian fiction. Juliet’s mom gets saved and her family isn't happy about it. Juliet’s dad says, “What do you mean you’re born again?” to Dad’s credit he tried to talk his wife out of it. “Carol, what sense does it make that a man died and then three days later he came alive again? That’s scientifically impossible.”

…”In the end, Juliet’s father accepted his wife’s faith. Juliet did too. They didn’t really have a choice. And it seemed to help her with everything.”

I liked how this author dealt with the internal battle being waged for Juliet’s soul and heart as she struggled to do the right thing in the middle of impossible circumstances that were growing bigger every day.

This story reminded a little of two movies one was The Firm with Tom Cruise. His character in the movie gets hired by the greatest company ever until things get a little crazy. Then he seeks to get out of the job and situation alive. The second movie is Erin Brockovich with Julia Roberts. Erin was gathering evidence to sue the big company for damages done to people because of the plant. In this novel Juliet is seeking to find missing data on the inside of the big company hoping not to get caught and/or killed doing so.

This was an emotionally charged, eye opening story I couldn’t stop reading; it is so relevant to today. The authors experience as a legal investigator gives fresh eyes to this story and makes it suspenseful, informative and realistic as she describes the E.Coli out break with a whole new dynamic.

It made me think about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and how some Dr.’s have been quarantined in the Center in Atlanta, GA. This is the deadliest outbreak since its discovery in 1978. We take so much for granted what is being done to make the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe safe. Sometimes things can go awry. This story is about one of those times. I highly recommend this as a book club pick. There is so much to talk about. You won’t soon forget these characters or their situation.

Nora St Laurent
TBCN Where Book Fun Begins www.bookfun.org
The Book Club Nework www.psalm516.blogspot.com
Book Fun Magazine www.bookfunmagazine.com

THE TROUBLE with PATIENCE by MAGGIE BRENDAN REVIEWED

The Trouble with Patience
By Maggie Brendan
Published by Revell
ISBN#978-0-8007-2264-7
338 pages

Back Cover: Patience Cavanaugh has lost hope in romance. The man she yearned to marry is dead and her dreams are gone with him. Now she is consumed with the restoration of a dilapidated boarding house in order to support herself. Despite her desire for solitude, Jedediah Jones, the local sheriff with a reputation for hanging criminals, becomes an ever-looming part of her life. It seems like such a simple arrangement: Patience needs someone with a strong back to help her fix up the boardinghouse, and Jedediah needs a dependable source of food for himself and his prisoners. But Patience gets more than she bargained for as she explores the depths of the "hanging lawman"--and finds both betrayal and love.

With a keen eye to historical detail and a deft hand at romantic tension, Maggie Brendan invites readers to a Montana gold rush boomtown, where vices and virtues are on full display and love is lying in wait.

REVIEW: I’m thankful for the review copy of a book with a strong female leading lady I instantly liked and had me smiling ear to ear. Patience is a strong and determined women new to this mining town. She had inherited her grandmothers bed and breakfast; The Creekside Inn located in Nevada City, in the Montana Territory. She didn't have much money but was determined to do her grandmother proud. Patience was a hard worker and starts to make the Creekside Inn shiny and beautiful ready for customers.

Patience and Sheriff Jedediah Jones have an encounter on the city street. Sparks fly between them and not in a good way! Patience backs down but later confronts Jed. 

“And just what can I help you with Miss..?

“…Miss Patience Cavanaugh. Perhaps the question is what can I help you with, Sheriff Jones?”

“I’ve never needed help from any woman and don’t intend to start now.”

“Perhaps we can start with your manners – for example; when a man insults a women in front of half the town, it’s customary to apologize!”

“Apologize? When you’re intruding on the law? Is that the way a lady behaves? Hardly, now, if you’ll excuse me…don’t let the door slam on your backside as you leave.”

After Patience confronts the Sheriff who doesn't think he should apologize she wonders what she’s gotten herself into. But she’s a determined woman. She’d fix the Creekside Inn all by herself if it came to that. All she needed was for it to fill up with boarders. She’d charge extra for meals, offer to do people laundry. There were so many ways to raise the funds needed for repairs. I liked these leading characters and the situation they find themselves in. Their encounters made me smile and laugh out loud. These two are surrounded with a cast of fun and intriguing supporting characters I liked too.

Patience didn't count on a renter by the name of Cody to walk through the door of the Inn. He’s looking for work and offers to help make repairs in between job interviews. He wanted to stay busy. great for her and he wasn't so bad on the eyes either.

Jed sees Cody helping Patience repair the Inn. What’s that all about? He can’t believe the nerve of that woman thinking he should apologize to her! She was a strong one. Not his type at all. So, why did seeing Cody helping Patience bother him? He couldn’t think about that right now he was in pursuit of a cattle wrestler. Later that search turns into tracking down a murderer and seeking justice.

This town was about to explode as things get heated in seeking justice for the murder of one of their own. Jed, Patience, Cody and a few others hold secrets tight until they are forced to disclose them and clarity which brings out a shocking revelation. I couldn’t put this book down. It was so much fun. I highly recommend this for a book club pick and/or just plain fun!

Nora St. Laurent
TBCN Where Book Fun Begins! www.bookfun.org
The Book Club Network blog www.psalm516.blogspot.com
Book Fun Magazine www.bookfunmagazine.com

NOBODY'S CUTER THAN YOU by MELANIE SHANKLE REVIEWED

NOBODY’S CUTER THAN YOU
By Melanie Shankle
Published by Tyndale
ISBN#978-1-4143-9748-1
215 Pages

Book Cover: There is nothing as precious in life as a friend who knows you and loves you in spite of yourself. Yet over the last couple of decades, we’ve substituted the joy of real friendship with cheap imitations. We settle for “community” on Facebook and Twitter and a series of text messages that allow us to communicate with someone without the commitment. We like each other’s beautifully filtered photos on Instagram and delude ourselves into believing we have a community. But real friendship requires effort. It’s showing up, laughing loud, and crying hard. It’s forgiving and loving and giving the benefit of the doubt. It’s making a casserole, doing a carpool pickup, and making sure she knows those cute shoes are 50 percent off.

Written in the same comedic style as the New York Times bestsellers Sparkly Green Earrings and The Antelope in the Living Room, Nobody’s Cuter than You is a laugh-out-loud look at the special bond that exists between friends and a poignant celebration of all the extraordinary people God had the good sense to bring into our lives at exactly the right moments. From the friendships we develop over a lifetime to the ones that wounded us and the ones that taught us to love better, Melanie Shankle reveals the influence our friends have on who we were, who we are, and who we will become. And on a day when our jeans feel too tight, our chins have decided to embrace hormone-related acne reminiscent of our teen years, and our kids have tested the limits of our sanity, they are the ones who will look at us and say, “Nobody’s cuter than you!”

REVIEW: I’m thankful for a review copy of a book that introduced me to the writings of Melanie Shankle and made me laugh. This book is a memoir and talks about the beauty of friendship; it’s up and downs and everything in between. William Shakespeare says, “A friend is one who knows you, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.”

The author remises about the different friends God has brought into her life through the years; starting in grade school and going until she meets Gulley in high school. We have friends we do different things with but few of us find a friendship like God mentions between Jonathon and King David. Melanie Shankle discovers the true meaning of friendship when she meets a girl named Gulley. Melanie says, “…this is about my friend Gulley and how we've managed to sustain a friendship over the last 25 years; more than that. It’s about all friendships we as women develop over a lifetime and the influence they have over who we were, who we are and who we will become. It’s about the friends who wounded us and the ones who taught us to love better.”

I could relate to many of the situations Melanie Shankle describes on the way to discovering who she was and where God wanted her to be. This journey was funny, real, and Melanie shares some gutsy stuff! I like what she says about friends. “Real friendship requires effort. It’s showing up and laughing loud and crying hard. It’s forgiving and loving and giving the benefit of the doubt. It’s making sure she knows those cute jeans are now 50% off.”

The author goes on to say, “…ultimately what God has given us in the people He placed in our lives as He knits our souls with others: a miracle. A grace-filled, life changing, soul-refreshing miracle….May we never lose the wonder of it all.”

I was hooked from the first page, laughed out-loud through most of the book and grieved in other parts with Melanie. This book is a celebration of friendship and the extra ordinary people God has put in our lives. I’m off to check out this authors other books Sparkly Green Earrings: Catching the Light at Every Turn and The Antelope in the Living Room: The Real Story of Two People Sharing One Life. I highly recommend this book. It would make a great book club pick. There is so much to share! 

 

Nora St. Laurent
TBCN Where Book Fun Begins! www.bookfun.org
The Book Club Network blog www.psalm516.blogspot.com
Book Fun Magazine www.bookfunmagazine.com

A MOM'S PRAYERS FOR HER SON REVIEWED


A Mom’s Prayer for Her Son
By Rob and Joanna Teigen
Published by Revell
ISBN#978-0-8007-2261-6
187 Pages

Back Cover: When a mother looks into the eyes of her son for the first time, her heart is filled with love--and questions. How do I raise a boy? What struggles will he go through? What kind of a man will he grow up to be? She wants to pray for her son, but may not know just what to pray for.

Now the couple who brought you A Dad's Prayers for His Daughter turns to a mother's unique relationship with her son. They assure Mom that even if she isn't always sure what kind of support her son needs, God always knows. Providing specific prayers moms can use, along with stories from other moms about how God has answered their prayers for their sons, Rob and Joanna Teigen give women a strong foundation to build a lifelong habit of prayer for their sons. They also explain a little more about boys and what they need to learn growing up, including character, courage, self-control, forgiveness, and more, so a mom can pray for every area of her son's life

REVIEW: I’m thankful for the review copy from The Book Club Network www.bookfun.org that helped me pray more effectively and confidently for my sons. The author says, “As I look at both of my boys, I see with absolute certainty that every good thing in them lives and their hearts’ has come from God. No matter who much I care for and love them, I can’t make them who I want them to be. I can’t keep them safe. I can’t control their future in their choices. I can’t be the perfect mother to tell myself they need. I look at them and at myself and realized that without God, we are lost.

As that truth has taken deeper root in my heart and mind, it has pushed me to pray like never before. For many of my parenting years, I took a “my work plus prayer will get it done.” approach. And while I am devoted to all five of my children, I now see that in the end my efforts will fade away compared to what the lord brings about in their lives.

There is freedom found in placing my children in God’s hands. When I release them to him I am set free from worry. When I trust him to work out his salvation in their lives, I don’t have to be their conscious and their judge. When I meditate on his constant love and mercy toward them, I can let go of resentment and anger over their weakness…when I pray and let God be God to them, I am free to just be me….As I pray I hear, “Little one, Little one, you can rest. I hear you. I love you. I love your child. I am here and I will always be. Be still and wait because I am going to do more than you can imagine.” And I dry my tears and take a deep breath and I have peace.”

I like how this book is set up to make it easy reference to find the prayers you need when you need it. Samples of prayer titles: All start out FOR WHEN HE NEEDS;  God’s salvation, When He’s angry, Afraid, Angry, Feels inferior, Needs to tell the truth, Needs wisdom, When he’s proud, He’s grieving, When he’s stressed, Rejected, Attached by enemy, Pressure to fit in, Negative attitude, When I don’t know how to pray.

Prayers start out with scriptures typed out for easy reference and gives translation she quotes from. Then she gives the prayers. Here’s a sample, “Lord, My son looks at everyone around him and feels that he doesn’t measure up. He doesn’t feel strong, smart or talented. He doesn’t feel valued or appreciated.

My son has forgotten who you say he is. Your Word says he is made in your image, and that what you made is very good. (Gen 1:27-31. He needs assurance that his life is not merely an accident, but lovingly planned and created by you in every detail. Give him the power to trust in your incredible love for him that is beyond our understanding.

…Use me to build up my son. Show me how to encourage him when he’s feeling down… THANK YOU for creating my son and allowing me to share in his life. You are everything he needs – let him find his strength and joy in you. Amen.”

This book has encouraged me and changed my prayer life. I know it will you too!

Nora St.  Laurent
TBCN Where Book Fun Begins www.bookfun.org
The Book Club Network Blog www.psalm516.blogspot.com
Book Fun Magazine www.bookfunmagazine.com

JANUARY 29th THURSDAY - PATTERNS OF EVIDENCE EXODUS - FATHOM EVENT ENCORE


DENVER – January 22, 2015 – Due to overwhelming demand for Thinking Man Films’ investigative documentary Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus,” Fathom Events has confirmed an encore presentation in select U.S. cinemas on Thursday, January 29 at 7 p.m. local time.

Crowds turned out to experience filmmaker Timothy Mahoney’s fascinating “Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus” on January 19 to sold-out performances in numerous markets across the country.

Award-winning documentary “Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus,” by filmmaker Timothy Mahoney, chronicles an in-depth archaeological investigation in Egypt as his team attempts to corroborate the biblical text. The film explores one fundamental question:  Is there any evidence that the Exodus story actually happened? Twelve years in the making, this provocative documentary reveals new or rarely seen evidence regarding the Israelites’ descent into slavery, their Exodus from Egypt and their ultimate conquest of the Promise Land.  Although many scholars and archaeologists deny the validity of the Exodus story for lack of proof, “Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus” builds a case that sheds new light on the story.

Attendees will have the opportunity to gain more insight into the debate via the 30 minute pre-show when exclusive content will be shown in addition to an expert panel discussion moderated by journalist Gretchen Carlson, host of “The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson” immediately following the film including AnGeL Ministries founder Anne Graham Lotz, best-selling author and TV host Eric Metaxas, religious media commentator and serving the New York Archdiocese Father Jonathan Morris and speaker and radio show host Dennis Prager.

Tickets for “Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus will be available on a rolling basis at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com.  The event will be presented in select movie theaters around the country through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations, visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

“Our dedicated team, who has worked tirelessly on ‘Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus,’ could not be more thrilled with the overwhelming support our film has received across the country.   What started out as a crisis of my own faith led to an incredible journey of discovery,” said filmmaker Tim Mahoney. “By creating the January 29 encore presentation, Fathom Events has allowed the public another opportunity to experience the documentary.  The event will include the exclusive pre-show, screening and panel Q&A immediately following.   I feel the film presents compelling, newly recognized patterns of evidence for the biblical exodus.  We present both sides of the issue and allow the viewer to draw their own conclusions.”

“It’s no surprise that people showed up in full force for our first showing of ‘Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus,’ and we expect just as much excitement for this encore presentation,” said John Rubey, Fathom Events CEO. “Filmmaker Timothy Mahoney really knows how to grab the interest of audiences and keep them on the edge of their seats. If you missed the first showing or want to re-experience this powerful documentary, join us on January 29.”

Executive producer David Wessner adds, “Audiences across the country turned out for the film which was created to be an entertaining presentation that sheds new, important light on this ancient but most important story of the Exodus.  It is an origin story for not only Judaism and Christianity but also for the moral, ethical and judicial dimensions of western civilization. Now, the public has the additional chance to see what so many are talking about with the encore presentation.”

Meteor 17’s Spencer Proffer, the event producer, stated, “This encore presentation serves as confirmation of how powerful the film resonated with the public. The topic is of interest across many demographics and proved such a success that Fathom immediately committed to this additional night.  I have done numerous Fathom Events with built in brand recognition.  This one is unique since it started with no pre-existing awareness and was built from the ground up.  It is testament to Tim Mahoney’s vision and the power of the subject matter.”




About Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus (film)
What is the validity of history found in the Bible? Is it fact or fiction? What does the hard evidence really have to say about the foundational story of the Old Testament: the Exodus out of Egypt? “Patters of Evidence: Exodus” is an in-depth investigation by documentary filmmaker Tim Mahoney searches for answers to these questions amid startling new finds that may change traditional views of history and the Bible.

Encouraged by several scholars, Mahoney decided to take a scientific approach. He began to look for evidence of the Exodus story wherever it might be found in history. This path took him in a completely new direction challenging the traditional views about the ancient past and the Bible. Ultimately, he was forced to make a decision, whether to yield to the giants of archaeology and give up the investigation or stick with an amazing pattern of evidence that matched the sequence of events recorded in the Bible.  For more information about the film, please go towww.PatternsofEvidence.com.
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MOOSEWOOD COOKBOOK 40th ANNIVERSARY EDITION REVIEWED

Moosewood Cookbook – 40th Anniversary Edition
By Mollie Katzen
Published by 10 Speed Press
ISBN#978-1-60774-756-7
230 Pages

Back Cover: Since the original publication of the MOOSEWOOD COOKBOOK in 1977, author Mollie Katzen has been leading the revolution in American eating habits. MOOSEWOOD was listed by the New York Times as one of the top ten best-selling cookbooks of all time, and no wonder. With her sophisticated, easy-to-prepare vegetarian recipes, charming drawings, and hand lettering, Mollie introduced millions to a more healthful, natural way of cooking. This new edition--a companion volume to her latest TV series--preserves the major revisions and additions that Mollie made in 1992, accented with new recipes from Mollie’s current repertoire and 16 pages of beautiful full-color food photography. You've seen MOOSEWOOD before, but you've never seen it quite like this!

REVIEW: I’m thankful for a review copy of this special hard cover 40th Anniversary edition that has recipes from the Moosewood Restaurant, located in Itaca, New York. The ideas for these recipes (and later book) originated in the homes and imaginations of the many people who cooked and have cooked there over the years.  Mollie was one of the founding members of the Moosewood restaurant and cooked there for four years. Customers asked for recipes and she started to write them down. She would adapt them for home use and created a binder for safe keeping in the 70’s.
The recipes in this book are mainly vegetarian. The author says, “The foods that were on the traditional American dinner plates in the 1950’s- 60’s – they were redefined and self-defined by the people who cooked them…These are homemade and real meals, there are 25 new recipes that were added to the original book.”

This book is like opening someone’s hand written treasure book filled with their favorite recipes. The book starts off with Soups; some hot and then a list of chilled. The one I did make and my family loved was the Cauliflower Cheese soup. Yummy. I now want to try the Mushroom Bisque, Potato-Fennel, Cream of Spinach and many others.

The next category was Salads. There are a list of several dressings to be made. They mention a warm salad and several I’d like to try like the Fruit Salad, Four Waldorf Variations, Antipasti, Coleslaw and Tabouli.  Next in line are the Sauces and Dips. There are several pasta sauces, purees, condiments, dips and spreads that all look good. The ones I’d like to try are Asparagus –Mushroom sauce, Eggplant scaloppini Masalas, Broccoli sauce and Ricotta Gnocchi; Orange-ginger sauce – Cashew-ginger sauce and Chinese Duck Sauce.

Then they have a few Baked things and hot and cold sandwiches; then Entrees. I made the Spinach-Ricotta pie. My family loved it. I look forward to trying Cauliflower Marranca, Spinach-Rice Casserole – Crepes, Zucchini-Feta Pancakes, Lentil-walnut burgers; Cauliflower-cheese pie with Grated Potato Cruse, Zucchini-crusted pizza – Veggie Chili, and Veggie Stew. All of them look yummy.

Last but not least they have Desserts. Some I’d like to make Orange Cake; Lemon and Blueberry pound cake, Banana Bread, Carrot Cake, Apple Strudel, Rice Pudding, Baked Custard, No-fault Pumpkin Pie, Blueberry Pie, Fudge Brownies, and Ginger-Brandy Cheese Cake. Then there is the index for quick reference.

I liked that each recipe had the time it took to prepare and make this meal, and the actual baking and/or cooking time and then what the recipe serving size.  There are no color pictures in this cookbook but they did have ink illustrations that looked like they were done by hand. They were cute and added to making this a special and unique cookbook experience. What took getting used to was the fact that not all these recipes were from the same person. This book is a compilation of special recipes by the many chef’s that worked at Moosewood. So the instructions for each of the recipes are very different in style. This book is also printed as if someone wrote these recipes out in long hand; it’s not type set. It’s neat and again adds to making this a distinct and memorable book. It just take a little getting used to visually as I cooked the using this book.

There were not too many ingredients in the recipes; the ones listed were easy to find and there was not a long list of instructions to follow. The meals I tried my family loved that means a lot because I have picky eaters. I highly recommend this book if you love veggies and aren't very creative about fixing and eating them. There is a wealth of recipes to choose from inside this special book which would make a great gift too!

Nora St Laurent
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