Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Hello again!

I'm not sure what happened.  I planned to take a few weeks off from this blog, then it became months!  Time is just slipping by!!

I'm back for a bit, I have LOTS of book reviews to catch up on, I have some news to share, and I hope to have some giveaways very soon!!

A few things of note:

I do review books on here, some I've purchased or downloaded for free, some I've received in exchange for a review. I will note which is the case when I do a review.

I do conduct the occasional giveaway, usually I have received the product or a coupon to try the product.  Again I will note this in my posts.

I am on a healthy living journey. In the past I have not shared a lot about me personally.  However, I feel God is leading me to share my journey at this time so I will be posting about that some.

Anyway, that's about it for now, looking forward to engaging with you all again!

Love & Blessings!
Margaret

Friday, June 14, 2013

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Christian Book Review: Cruel Harvest: A Memoir by Fran Grubb

Cruel Harvest: A MemoirCruel Harvest: A Memoir by Fran Elizabeth Grubb
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

From the book:
"Get out here, now, or I'm gonna kill you!" he hollered.


Little girls are hardwired to hold their daddies in high esteem, so it comes as a shock the first time a daughter feels the back of her daddy's hand across her face . . . or watches him punch and kick her mother to within an inch of her life.

How could this be? Her older sisters teach her how to survive, even when he comes for her in the night.

A girl learns to become invisible, to look the other way, to say nothing when a curious stranger asks if she's okay. To lie. To expect nothing, not even from relatives.

To cry without tears.

To pray silently.

When she is fourteen, and weary, a girl begins to wish she were dead. Cruel Harvest is the compelling story of how she lived instead.

My review:
It was very hard for me to read this heart-wrenching story. The trust between a little girl and her Daddy is like no other relationship. There is an inherent trust and when it is broken, it's like the world ended! For Fran Grubb, it didn't take long to learn that to love her Daddy was to experience hurt, pain and embarrassment ...often.

From the time she was a little girl, all Fran knew was to hide from her father when he was mad or drunk... which was often. Her mother tried to help them enjoy life and let them know there was still joy in this world but it became more and more difficult. Her sisters tried to protect her but there was only so much they could do. Fran and her sisters and brother endured the harsh treatment of their father, not being able to go to school, having to work cotton fields, apple orchards, constantly moving, for all of their young lives, until one by one they escaped. One by one.

For a life story, Cruel Harvest reminds us how we need to look after our neighbors. So many people had contact with these children but somehow they never received the help they need. Fran Grubbs was "lucky" but there are so many children who are not. She chose to use her experience to help others and now goes around the country singing, speaking and raising money for her charity, Feed the Hungry Children.

This book is certainly not an easy read, but it is well written and flows nicely.

From a Christian perspective, it's a wonderful example of God's redeeming love and the freedom received from forgiving others. God bless Fran Grub and her husband Wayne for sharing this story and choosing to bless others thus breaking the chain of abuse. For more info about Fran Grubbs you can go to her website www.frangrubb.com

You can purchase your copy of Cruel Harvest: A Memoir on Amazon.com.
 
Disclaimer:  I received a free copy of this book from the Booksneeze blogging program, for the purpose of review.  I am an Amazon affiliate.  Any Amazon links I provide will generate a small stipend.

Love and blessings,
Margaret
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Thursday, January 17, 2013

It's Like Riding A Bicycle...

This blogging thing that is.  Even if you've been away for a while, you can just pick up your pen (well it didn't sound right saying keyboard!) and start writing again!

I've been busy y'all!  Lots has changed and I've been focusing on rebuilding ME!  Sometimes you have to do that!  I've changed a lot about myself which I'll share more about in future posts. 

I've been reading, not as much as I like but I've got other things (good things!) occupying my time. 

So what's this NEW blog going to look like?  Well you'll learn a little bit more about me!  I'll still be sharing books that I've read, I'll be sharing some healthy recipes, and sharing some exercises for big ladies like me!

I hope you'll stick around and I appreciate you waiting me out! 

Love and blessings! 
Margaret

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Book Review: The Joy 'Fit Club by Joy Bauer #bookreview

From the Book: Joy Bauer, the long-time on-air diet and nutrition expert for the "Today" show, regularly tells the personal stories of people who have lost 100 pounds or more using her weight-loss plan. Joy's diet plan not only works, it "really" works. Now, you can take the Joy Fit challenge and use these delicious, bountiful recipes and meal plans at home to start losing weight today. "The Joy Fit Club" is the one tool you'll need to succeed Featuring more than 75 recipes, detailed meal plans, and motivational before-and-after photographs of real people, anyone who loves the Joy Fit Club and these inspiring stories of personal triumph will love this book.

Joy Fit Club: Cookbook, Diet Plan and InspirationJoy Fit Club: Cookbook, Diet Plan and Inspiration by Joy Bauer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My Review: This was a excellent inspirational book. As someone who needs to lose quite a bit of weight, it was inspiring to read stories from those who been there. Each "chapter" is a story about an individual who lost a significant amount of weight. There were tips to discuss what they did, what they would encourage others to do and they also included recipes for the reader to try. I'm looking forward trying a few myself. The before and after pictures were an even greater inspirational tool.

Reading this book made it click for me and I have successfully began my weight loss journey (without surgery!) I realize it's not eliminating the foods I love to eat, but managing portion sizes and adding healthier options as well as adding movement to my day.  In essence, I have to do what works for me! After two weeks I'm already feeling so much better and look forward to reaching my weight loss goals!! 

This book is available in hardcover or Kindle format can be purchased on Amazon:



I received this book from NetGalley for the purpose of review.  The opinions expressed are 100% my own. Please note that I am an Amazon Affiliate and I will receive compensation for purchases through the links I provide.

Love and Blessings Always,
Margaret

Monday, September 3, 2012

Christian Book Review: Finding Our Way Home by Charlene Ann Baumbich

Finding Our Way Home: A NovelFinding Our Way Home: A Novel by Charlene Ann Baumbich
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

You work your life for one dream and in on moment it's gone forever. This is what happened to Sasha Davis when she was dropped during a premier performance. At age 38 the only career she has ever had is over and not only that, she can't even walk much less dance. She believes the "Lady of the Dance" from her snowglobe tried to warn her and this is her consequence for ignoring the warnings. Sasha has to give up everything she thought she wanted to find what it is that she needs.

Evelyn doesn't know why her parents are so mad! She's only postponing college not giving it up forever! And beside she's and adult... and ENGAGED adult at that! When the opportunity to be a live in assistant for Sasha Davis arises, it's the perfect answer to her problems. Moving out of her parents home, even temporarily, will give them all some breathing space, especially her father. Her relationship with her fiance hits some snags and Evelyn begins to wonder what exactly it is that she wants from life.

Sasha and Evelyn are the unlikeliest of pairs but yet they seem to complement each other. While they are complete opposites, they manage to work well enough together to help each other through some difficult times. I enjoyed the interaction between the two which was serious at times but also humorous at times. It added to the flow of the story to make it realistic and smooth.

From the extra characters, I loved Gramps and Donald the most. Gramps accepted Evelyn for who she was without judging her like her parents tended to do. Donald was a loving, devoted husband he felt shut out but persisted with his wife.

This is a Christian novel but I did not find it to be preachy. The references to faith are subtle and focus more on living a Christian Life rather than preaching to others about the Christian Life.

Overall I thought the book was wonderful and well-written.

Love and Blessings Always!
Margaret

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