Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Perils of a Pastor's Wife, by Nan Jones

The Perils of a Pastor's Wife  Received through Goodreads' Early Review Giveaway September 2015. 
Nan Jones is an easy-to-read author. 
Written by a pastors wife, for pastors' wives this is a must read book not only for women married into ministry but for all women of the church. 
Nan walks her readers through a variety of circumstances using Biblical references, devotions, prayer and experience.
Nan is excellent at exposing the emotions and trials a woman goes through to support her husband, even in the midst of hostile and/or stubborn congregations and board members. 
Everyone need to understand the fears and needs of a pastor's wife.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

 Dustin Miguel Van Harn, of Leighton Township, 
 an amazing musician, age 18. 
On November 7, 2015 
the guitars are suddenly quiet,
 the amps no longer hum,
 whether it was suicide or accident,
 we've lost our only son. 

Left to wonder why are his parents, Michael and Kaylyn Van Harn of Leighton Township; grandparents, Mary Dewey of Jackson and Stephen Van Harn of Jenison; uncles and aunts, Bruce and Patricia Dewey, Debra Medema, Rebekah and Dan Byrnes, Marcia and Andrew Brooks; and many great-aunts, great-uncles, and cousins. His special girlfriend, Miki Thompson, childhood friend-in-crime, Lucas Finkbiener; forever best friend, Kyle Van Putten, and the friend who would remind Dustin that deep down inside he was still a Christian, Joshua Shoemaker.                                               He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Wilma Van Harn and Charles H. Dewey.
A special thank you to the Leighton Township Fire Department first responders and the Wayland Area EMS paramedics for doing all they could to save him. 

Visitation will be held from 5-8 PM Wednesday, at Cook Funeral Home in Byron Center, 2067 - 84th St. SW. Funeral services will be held 3:30 PM Thursday, November 12, at Corinth Reformed Church, 129 - 100th St. SE in Byron Center, with visitation prior to the service beginning at 2:30 PM Thursday at the church. 
In honor of Dustin, contributions may be made to the Leighton Township Fire Department. 
The family welcomes memories and messages in their guestbook online at

Saturday, October 31, 2015

I love celebrating Halloween with the sis-in-laws!!
Of course wearing a racing suit that is a Mens XLT was a bit cumbersome but at least I was authentic.
Becky was a Roaring 20's swinger and Marcia was a referee.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Silver Linings, by Debbie Macomber

Silver Linings: A Rose Harbor Novel by…  I received this ARC from the LibraryThing Early Reviewers giveaway. This is one of the first Macomber books I have been able to finish. It was well written and the open ending implies there will be a Rose Harbor #5.
  One thing about this book I found difficult was the odd numbered chapters, which were about the bed & breakfast owner were written in first person and the even numbered chapters which were about the two women who stayed at the bed & breakfast while attending their 10 year class reunion were written in 3rd person. Once I got used to it, it was barely noticeable but very confusing at first. In fact, when Jo Marie was mentioned in chapter 2 I had no idea who the two women were talking about. I flipped to the back cover of the book and discovered she was the innkeeper. The main character!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Photograph, by Beverly Lewis

The Photograph by Beverly Lewis

I won this advance reader copy through the LibraryThing Early Review Giveaway.
 I have not read very many Amish books but I love Beverly Lewis' writing. It's clear, non-confusing with just the right amount of description and Amish language without bogging down the story. The Photograph is a sweet story of 3 unmarried sisters surviving after the deaths of their parents within a short time of each other.
The story emphasizes their love and obedience to God and the strong family commitment of the Amish while questioning the innocent desire for love; in the community and in the outside world.
I think this is one of the best books I have read this year. I my reviews on LibraryThing and Goodreads I gave it 4 stars.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I came across this passage today and it really struck me. 
How I wish those people we have put in office, at all levels, to lead this country for us, would follow God's word.

Ephesians 4:29-32
 Don’t let any evil talk come out of your mouths. Say only what will help to build others up and meet their needs. Then what you say will help those who listen. 30 Do not make God’s Holy Spirit mourn. The Holy Spirit is the proof that you belong to God. And the Spirit is the proof that God will set you completely free. 31 Get rid of all hard feelings, anger and rage. Stop all fighting and lying. Don’t have anything to do with any kind of hatred. 32 Be kind and tender to one another. Forgive one another, just as God forgave you because of what Christ has done.

Stumptown: Portland, OR

Monday, June 8, 2015

The Boy Who Loved Rain, by Gerard Kelly

I recently finished this book and I loved it. I would describe it as a continuous roller-coaster ride with the way Kelly kept the action going; slowing down only to take a breath. The story surrounds a preteen boy who is slowly being swallowed by depression and that one nightmare that has him screaming into the night. What in his past could cause such a tragic turn of events for a child who was adopted into a loving religious home? Can the love of a desperate mother willing to seek help outside of her husband's church be enough?
(I also loved the title's play on words, but you will have to read the book to understand.)
The Boy Who Loved Rain

I received this book through LibraryThing Early Review Giveaway February 2015.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Best Friends Through Eternity, by Sylvia McNicoll

Best Friends through Eternity

 This is a young adult fiction about a 14 year old girl and the trials of friendship vs romance vs jocks vs mean girls vs loyalty vs adoption. Although I don't normally read young adult fiction, I have been drawn into this story to the point that even when I'm not reading, I think about Paige and what she is doing. There are so many situations going on here!
One interesting thing which appeals to younger readers, it does not have chapter numbers. The first chapter is titled "Monday after School" and the rest are simply called "Retake" with the next day of the week.

This YA book was filled with so many unexpected turns that it was hard to put down. McNicoll's really knows how to build momentum. Right up to the very last half of the very last page I was not sure what the main character's decision would be. Talk about suspense! Unfortunately, I am disappointed in the ending. It's not the decision I thought she would make and it implies that some people may have the choice to cheat death; that the final decision is their own. I would still recommend this book to anyone. It is a quick read and very well written. I received this book through LibraryThing Early Review Giveaway February 2015.