Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Old Fashioned novel and The Old Fashioned Way study guide REVIEWS

TWO REVIEWS-ONE NOVEL/ONE STUDY GUIDE
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ABOUT OLD FASHIONED
Former frat boy Clay Walsh has given up his reckless lifestyle and settled down to run an antique shop in a small Midwestern college town. Determined to put his partying ways behind him, Clay has become notorious for his lofty and outdated theories on love and romance. But when Amber Hewson, a free-spirited woman with a gypsy soul, rents the apartment above his shop, Clay can’t help being attracted to her spontaneous and passionate embrace of life.

New to the area, Amber finds herself surprisingly drawn to Clay and his noble ideas, but her own fears and deep wounds are difficult to overcome. Can they move beyond their differences and their pasts to attempt an “old-fashioned” courtship?

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (December 18, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1414379331
ISBN-13: 978-1414379333
Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rene Gutteridge is the author of eighteen novels, including Escapement, Possession, Listen, Never the Bride (2011 Carol Award Winner), The Boo Series, The Storm Series, The Occupational Hazards Series and My Life as a Doormat, a Women of Faith selection for 2006. She has a degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis in screenwriting and twenty years of experience writing, directing and publishing comedy sketches. She writes in both comedy and suspense genres. Her upcoming releases from Tyndale House Publishers: Heart of the Country, Misery Loves Company and Old Fashioned. From B&H Publishers: Greetings from the Flipside co-written with Cheryl McKay.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rik Swartzwelder grew up in New Philadelphia, Ohio, a small town in the northeast corner of the state, near both Amish country and the birthplace of the National Football League. A former stand-up comic and sketch writer who almost became a preacher, he has worked as a radio DJ, public relations director, video store clerk, security guard, maintenance man, and college professor. He earned his MFA in Motion Picture Production from The Florida State University and was honored with a gubernatorial appointment to the Florida Institute for Film Education. He wrote, directed, and acted in the feature film OLD FASHIONED, which inspired both a novel and a non-fiction companion book (both based on his screenplay and published by Tyndale House Publishers). As a writer-producer-director, his films have screened at over 145 film festivals worldwide and garnered over 50 major awards, including a Crystal Heart, a national "Student" Emmy, and a CINE Special Jury Award.


MY REVIEW
  If you watched the movie Old Fashioned you will love the book written from the screenplay. I love books more than the movies and this book is really fantastic. Lots of the same parts from the movie, but you can really get a clear, sweet picture from the book.
  Written by Rene Gutteridge which I know is a fantastic author and Rik Swartzwelder who wrote the screenplay and helped put this book together, really is talented.
  Really an interesting book, but my favorite part was the last chapter. It is so sweet and tender. Full of love and compassion. I recommend this for all of you lovers of romance.
  Review for The Old Fashioned Way book on dating, courtship and romance below.


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ABOUT THE OLD FASHIONED WAY
Contrary to popular opinion, being “old fashioned” doesn’t mean you’re dull or unromantic. In fact, a true old-fashioned relationship can be more exciting and romantic than anything you’ve ever experienced! So what does it mean to do things The Old Fashioned Way? Sure, it means opening doors, holding out chairs, and taking things slow. But a true old-fashioned romance goes much deeper than that. Inspired by the motion picture Old Fashioned, this book will show you how to reclaim the lost art of romance by introducing you to romantic love as God intended it—for all of us. Regardless of your past experiences, where you’ve been, or where you are now, you can find and create a love that will last a lifetime.

As you work your way through this 40-day journey of inspiring readings and questions for reflection, you’ll discover all the unique and amazing benefits of doing things the old-fashioned way and be well on your way to creating a love story for the ages.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ginger Kolbaba is on a journey to embrace joy in every moment. She doesn't always succeed (she's a recovering cynic, after all), but she loves to learn from the adventure of the pursuit. She loves a good laugh, a ready smile, a dog's smooch, great food (vegetarian, thanks), growing faith, and remembering that love is all-powerful. She also claims one of her greatest gifts is ranting (good-naturedly, of course).

An accomplished author, Ginger has written, ghostwritten, collaborated, or contributed to more than 20 books, including her upcoming The Old Fashioned Way, set to release in January 2015.
Visit her at www.GingerKolbaba.com.



MY REVIEW
  The Old Fashioned Way written by Ginger Kolbaba is an excellent study guide on dating, courtship and romance.
Each chapter introduces a different subject and tells of different situations that can occur and how to handle them in your relationship.
  After each chapter is a part for reflecting what you have learned it is called Consider this and some chapters have you doing some journaling. Or there might be a quiz or something to pray about.
  Really a full kind of study that will get you thinking and help you with all of the things that come up.
  I highly recommend this book.


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Friday, June 26, 2015

The Hiding Place A Review

ABOUT THE HIDING PLACE
"Every experience God gives us . . . is the perfect preparation for the future only He can see."--Corrie ten Boom

Corrie ten Boom was a Dutch watchmaker who became a heroine of the Resistance, a survivor of Hitler's concentration camps, and one of the most remarkable evangelists of the twentieth century. In World War II she and her family risked their lives to help Jews and underground workers escape from the Nazis, and for their work they were tested in the infamous Nazi death camps. Only Corrie among her family survived to tell the story of how faith ultimately triumphs over evil.

Here is the riveting account of how Corrie and her family were able to save many of God's chosen people. For 35 years millions have seen that there is no pit so deep that God's love is not deeper still. Now The Hiding Place, repackaged for a new generation of readers, continues to declare that God's love will overcome, heal, and restore.

Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Chosen Books; 35th Anniversary edition (January 1, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0800794052
ISBN-13: 978-0800794057
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces


ABOUT CORRIE TEN BOOM
Cornelia "Corrie" ten Boom (15 April 1892 – 15 April 1983) was a Dutch Christian who, along with her father and other family members, helped many Jews escape the Nazi Holocaust during World War II. She was imprisoned for her actions. Her most famous book, The Hiding Place, describes the ordeal.








ABOUT ELIZABETH AND JOHN SHERRILL
Elizabeth ("Tib") Sherrill has published some 2000 articles and authored more than 30 books, with sales in excess of 60 million. Book titles, many co-written with her husband John, include The Hiding Place, The Cross and the SwitchbladeGod's SmugglerThey Speak with Other Tongues, and Return from Tomorrow.  For over sixty years, Elizabeth has been a writer and editor for Guideposts Magazine.

John and Elizabeth met aboard ship on their way to Europe and were married in Switzerland in 1947.  In 1970, they founded a publishing company, Chosen Books,* dedicated to developing new  writers.  Their first title was Born Again by Charles Colson. The Sherrills' work has taken them on year-long assignments in Africa, South America and Europe, as well as numerous trips to the Near and Far East, and to each of the 50 US states.  Elizabeth has taught writing workshops on five continents.  Their writing still keeps them on the road, here and abroad, about half the time.  The Sherrills have three children, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren and are occasionally at home in Hingham, Massachusetts. 


MY REVIEW
  I’ve never read The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom before, but heard so much about it. So I was greatly overjoyed to receive this copy and be able to read it for myself. It’s a youth reader’s edition and I know that any young person or older alike would love this book.
  It tells of the hope and faith that Corrie and her sister Betsie had and how they overcame all of the horrible obstacles in their way. I just love to read how God answered their prayers and how He gave them hope and courage.
  One of my favorite parts was how they smuggled their Bible into the prison camp and they were never caught.
  Also another favorite part was how Betsie got everyone to praise God because they had fleas in their prison. That is what kept the guards from coming in to search the ladies belongings. At the time when they were praising God for the fleas they didn’t know that was why the guards never came in. What a blessing.
  After Corrie was released {another miracle} she went on to have homes set up with lots of gardens to help the people after they got out of the prisons. A place to heal.
 Highly recommend this wonderful book.

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I received my free copy from Chosen a division of Baker Publishing Group for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 

Miss Brenda and the Loveladies by Brenda Spahn and Irene Zutell A Review

ABOUT MISS BRENDA AND THE LOVELADIES
 One woman’s fight to provide hope for the hopeless…
Seven ex-cons who changed her heart forever…

For Brenda Spahn, entrepreneur and businesswoman, wealth was a lifestyle—until a brush with the law threatened to send her to prison. In those dark moments, Brenda made a promise to God.

Spared incarceration, a renewed Brenda glimpsed into the lives of women serving time in one of the worst places in America—the Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka, Alabama.

What she saw prompted a God-inspired vision.

With a heart to help and a will that couldn’t be crushed, Brenda fought the system and overcame tremendous obstacles to take ex-cons into her own home and help them navigate the alien world of life on the outside.

This is the story of Brenda’s journey from rags to riches to redemption. It’s the story of the first unlikely year of her “Whole Way House” and of the extraordinary lives of the first seven women who came to call her “Miss Brenda.” It’s a story that testifies to the power of faith and how God changes hearts every day.

Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: WaterBrook Press; Reprint edition (February 17, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0307732193
ISBN-13: 978-0307732194
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 8 ounces

ABOUT BRENDA SPAHN
Brenda Spahn is founder and executive director of the Lovelady Center, the largest and most successful nonprofit transitional center for women in the country. It serves 450 women and children every day, providing substance abuse counseling, drug rehabilitation, meals, childcare, career counseling, and job opportunities to women working to establish successful lives outside of prison walls. Brenda is married and has four adult children as well as one young child who lives at home.





ABOUT IRENE ZUTELL
Irene Zutell is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Pieces of Happily Ever After and coauthor with Vanessa Williams of You Have No Idea.







MY REVIEW
   Miss Brenda and the Loveladies is a very good book that I found interesting and heartwarming. How a lady is very successful and almost goes to prison, but gets a second chance at life. So she decides to help those coming out of prison to get a new start and to make a difference in life.
 I never really thought about how a woman would act or get along in society after being in prison her  whole life or for most of it. It was eye-opening to me.
  The chapter that really hit me is called Imagine. Here’s the first paragraph of that chapter. “Imagine if you could not remember any time in your life when you had been happy. Imagine if you’d never been to a party or a restaurant or an amusement park or a beach. It would be your birthday and no one would give you a present or bake you a cake or even say, “Happy birthday.” You never had a Christmas tree. You didn’t really know about Christmas or Easter or New Year’s. You never learned how to ride a bike or swim or play catch. You didn’t go to your prom or a dance or a school play or a football game.”
  We just take for granted all that we have and all that we have learned.  Some of these ladies only know about doing drugs or anything to make more or get the food and shelter they need. They also know sooner or later they will get caught. It’s just a way of life for them.
  Brenda and her family start showing love and that they care. It takes a while, but then they start to trust again.
Good book that I recommend.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Centralia by Mike Dellosso A Review

ABOUT CENTRALIA
Peter Ryan wakes up on a typical morning only to find his house empty, his wife and daughter nowhere to be found. His world is shattered after a phone call to a friend confirms the impossible: his wife and daughter died in a car accident he does not remember. Haunted by faint memories and flashes of details, Peter becomes convinced that something isn’t right and begins to question reality. When he discovers a note in his daughter’s handwriting, strange memories begin to surface that cause him to second-guess nearly everything he once believed. Suddenly armed men show up at Peter’s home, turning the mysterious puzzle of his past into a dangerous game of cat and mouse. On the run and unsure whom to trust, Peter has to discover what’s real and what isn’t . . . before he loses everything.

Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (May 21, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1414390416
ISBN-13: 978-1414390413
Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
Shipping Weight: 12 ounces


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mike is the author of seven novels of suspense and several short stories. He also writes family dramas under the pseudonym, Michael King. In addition to his novels he's written for periodicals, websites, and is a regular conference teacher and speaker. Born in Baltimore, Mike now resides in Pennsylvania. He is also a colon cancer survivor and speaks often about dealing with suffering. Find out more about Mike on his website, www.MikeDellossoBooks.com.


MY REVIEW
  Centralia by Mike Dellosso is one of my favorite books of the year. It only took me two days to read and that’s fast for me. Centralia is a thrilling book full of suspense. You never know what will happen next. Each chapter, almost every page has something new happening. If you like to guess what will happen next in a book you will never be able to in Centralia.
  Centralia is a real place. Centralia is a borough and a near-ghost town in Columbia County, Pennsylvania, United States. Its population has dwindled from over 1,000 residents in 1981 to 10 in 2010[2] as a result of the Centralia mine fire that has been burning beneath the borough since 1962. Centralia is the least-populated municipality in Pennsylvania.
  In the novel Peter doesn’t believe his wife and daughter are dead and then he finds a message from his daughter in the back tank of the toilet. So the search begins, but there are so many things that happen that you will be on the edge of your seat.
  This is an amazing book and you will love it. You won’t believe the things that happen. I highly recommend Centralia and know you will love it. Fantastic job Mike Dellosso.

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Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Old Fashioned DVD Review and Giveaway

ABOUT OLD FASHIONED
A romantic-drama, OLD FASHIONED centers on Clay Walsh, a former frat boy who gives up his reckless carousing and now runs an antique shop in a small Midwestern college town. There, he has become notorious for his lofty and outdated theories on love and romance as well as for his devout belief in God. When Amber Hewson, a free-spirited young woman with a restless soul, drifts into the area and rents the apartment above his shop, she finds herself surprisingly drawn to his strong faith and noble ideas, which are new and intriguing to her. And Clay, though he tries to fight and deny it, simply cannot resist being attracted to her spontaneous and passionate embrace of life. Ultimately, Clay must step out from behind his relational theories and Amber must overcome her own fears and deep wounds as the two of them, together, attempt the impossible: an "old-fashioned" and God-honoring courtship in contemporary America.
http://www.oldfashionedmovie.com/

Actors: Rik Swartzwelder, LeJon Woods, Tyler Hollinger
Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
Language: English
Number of discs: 1
Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Studio: Pure Flix Ent
DVD Release Date: June 16, 2015
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
ASIN: B00UEM9TY2


MY REVIEW
  Old Fashioned is a different kind of movie. Usually all love stories talk a lot about sex and going out with many different partners, but Old Fashioned tells about a young man, Clay who has a past that he wants to forget.
  Clay was a playboy whom got tired of it and started to follow God. He has many new rules about what a relationship should be like. He even goes as far as not being in the same room alone with a woman. I admire couples who put God first and keep their relationship pure, but I do think that this movie goes to far the other way.
Clay really has a self-righteous attitude and his Aunt tells him what she thinks of it and him. That really gets to Clay and makes him think. He was trying to hard to be prefect when no one can be.
  Both of the main characters in this movie are very likable and do a great job.  I will recommend this movie If you like a love story, romance, and an ending that is the best part of the movie and where both partners are searching for truth, morals and values.

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Love's Abundant Harvest by Beth Shriver A Review

ABOUT LOVE'S ABUNDANT HARVEST
Will setback and loss help Lucy learn the
true meaning of Christian fellowship...and love?

When a fire takes Lucy’s livelihood and the life of her
overbearing husband, she is on her own with a baby on the
way.  Overwhelmed with all the responsibilities of the farm, she
goes to stay with her grandmother.  There, she feels safe and gets
to know Manny, a handsome widower who checks in on the ladies.

Lucy’s shy and gentle ways are appealing to Manny, but accepting
love and affection comes hard for her.  Will spending time with
her grandmother’s wise friends teach her the true meaning of
Christian fellowship and love?

Series: Spirit of the Amish (Book 2)
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Realms (January 6, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1629980080
ISBN-13: 978-1629980089
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Beth Shriver is the author of over a dozen books,
including Healing Grace, Annie’s Truth, and Grace Given.  She
received a degree in social work from the University of
Nebraska and was a caseworker before starting a family.
She followed her passion and now writes full time.
She resides in Flower Mound, Texas.


MY REVIEW
  Love’s Abundant Harvest  by Beth Shriver is the first book I’ve read by this author. It was a good book and I enjoyed it.  I was quite intrigued after reading the back cover of the book, but when I thought that Lucy met Manny after her husband died I was mistaken. They knew each other before and became acquaintances if not friends. I didn’t like that part, because it would have been better if they met after and became friends.
  Lucy had a hard life with her husband. He didn’t physically abuse her, but with words. She was beaten down with everything she said or did.
  Lucy was pregnant before her husband died and Lucy didn’t want to raise the children alone. She was with her grandmother and sister and lots of friends, but she still felt alone.
   Lucy and Manny become more than friends, but Lucy has twins and then the problems start. Will she make it or will trouble keep happening?
  I enjoyed this book and recommend it.


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Thanks to Charisma House for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

Get To Me by Lara Van Hulzen A Review

ABOUT GET TO ME
Aimee can identify a killer.
Dane can keep her safe.
But is he willing to face his past to do it?

When Aimee Jansenn stumbles upon a drug deal gone bad she comes face to face with a killer. As the only witness to a crime, she falls into a deadly situation and is need of police protection.

Dane Scott has sworn off women. Until a fireball named Aimee enters his world. Telling himself they’re just friends, he vows to protect her. Can his heart follow suit or will she change his mind about love for good?

File Size: 3001 KB
Print Length: 304 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Lara Van Hulzen; 1 edition (April 14, 2015)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
ASIN: B00UGJ28T6
Text-to-Speech: Enabled
X-Ray:
Not Enabled
Word Wise: Enabled
Lending: Enabled

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lara Van Hulzen received her BA in Journalism from Point Loma Nazarene Universtity in 1994. Her first published article was when she was a senior in high school. She has worked as a book reviewer for the past 18 years with various organizations such as Crossings Doubleday, YouthWorker Journal, and www.radiantlit.com. She lives with her husband and three children in Northern California. Visit Lara's website at, www.laramvanhulzen.com




MY REVIEW
   Get to Me by Lara Van Hulzen is an excellent book.
  Aimee sees someone being murdered and she can identify him. So the murderer is after her. Aimee’s best friend is a police offercier and so is the best man at her sister’s wedding. Dane is also very handsome and ready to be of help. It ends up with Dane taking Aimee to his parents ranch where he knows she will be safe.
  In books like this you usually hear more about escaping the killer and how they are trying to get him, but in Get to Me the story is more about Aimee and Dane’s friendship and how Dane is having a hard time forgetting his past and moving on. The killer is only in the first and last parts of the book. I guess that is alright, but I like more of the book to be suspenseful.
  Another thing I didn’t care for was the occasionally use of swear/slang words. I mean it wasn’t often, but more than I like. Also the last part I didn’t care to read the very vivid description. I won’t say what it is about in case you want to read this book. I think you really should, because it is excellent. I would give it 5 stars if the author would have left out the parts I mentioned. I do recommend it.
 
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