Monday, April 25, 2011

31 Days To Clean Having The Martha House The Mary Way

Homemakers Challenge - 31 Days to Clean

I am so excited to start this new series of posts! I just purchased Sarah Mae's new ebook 31 Days To Clean. Starting May 1, 2011 me as well as tons of other bloggers are going to read the book daily and follow it's challenges. If you click on the button at the top of the page it will direct you to the list of other bloggers you can read during this challenge!

This is from Amazon:

"Whether you need to be more like Mary and approach housekeeping from a God-pleasing heart, or you need to be more like Martha and get your physical house in order, this book is for you!" -Angela,

Product Description
Journey with Sarah Mae for 31 Days as you get your home and your heart in order. Give Sarah Mae 31 days and she'll give you not only a cleaner home, but a vision for one.

31 Days to Clean is about the "why" and the vision and the heart for taking care of your domain. Each day you will be encouraged with some thoughts and ideas on the heart of cleaning, and then you will put those ideas to action.

After each days reading, you will be given two challenges:

The Mary Challenge -Something you do that encourages/engages your heart
The Martha Challenge - Specific cleaning tasks

31 Days to Clean is a faith journey towards ruling, subduing, and loving. It is about forgoing perfection and instead choosing life.

"What do you think of when you consider doing laundry, washing dishes, and cleaning the dreaded bathroom? Are you discouraged? Do you feel overwhelmed? I have to say I feel that way ... often. In all my live-long days I haven't seen my home as a ministry. Can I serve Jesus and others as I clean my home? Sarah Mae proves I can. As a wife, mom, mother-in-law and mentor to teenage moms I'm going to cherish this book and share what I learned. Cleaning is more than just fighting germs. It can be a ministry of the heart!"
-Tricia Goyer, author of 25 books, include Blue Like Play Dough: The Shaping of Motherhood in the Grip of God

Monday, April 18, 2011

Amish Prayers

Amish Prayers by Beverly Lewis

Beverly Lewis simply amazes me. Her books are always a blessing. Even though she didn't "write" this book, the love she has for the Plain People shines through the pages. This is going to be a great bedtime read with my husband and children. The compliation of prayers are great for times when prayer is hard and our Lord seems so far away, a beginning point in our personal devotions. I am not Amish, but the simple life intrigues me. Just reading the prayers, I can picture the family in various parts to their day thinking on these things. This is possible because Beverly Lewis does such an amazing job with her fiction books at telling a detailed story about their day to day routines of the simple life. I hope you will pick this book up and open your heart to it.

This book is supplied to me free by Bethany House Publishers. There is no obligation on my part to give a positive review. All opinions expressed are freely mine.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Paradise Valley

Paradise Valley
by Dale Cramer in my opinion is going to give Beverly Lewis a run for her money! I am a LOVER of Amish fiction. I have read everything Beverly Lewis has written. I never thought I could honestly enjoy another author of Amish fiction. I WAS WRONG! Dale Cramer paints this story of an Old Order Amish family forced to move to Mexico because of changing laws in Ohio. He writes characters into an actual event in history with such love you don't want to put it down. You get faith, hope, love, suspense and danger wrapped up into a well written novel I didn't want to end.

Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for sending me this book to review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Larkspur Cove by. Lisa Windgate

Larkspur Cove was the kind of book that you wanted to go on forever. I had read a review that said "I wanted to pack up and move to Moses Lake." I have to fully agree with that statement. The descriptions of the surroundings and the fine details of the characters are like digital images in your mind. The author draws you into the characters lives as if you are them! Highly recommend this book! Thanks to Bethany House for sending me the book to rewiew. The review is completely my opinion.