Sunday, August 14, 2011

Monday Memes

Mailbox Monday is hosted this month by Life in the Thumb and is where book bloggers gather to share what showed up in their mailboxes this week, whether those mailboxes received email or snail mail.
Snail Mail:
CherishedHow can she believe God cherishes her when she can't forgive herself?

Kelli London once dreamed of being a songwriter. As crazy as it seemed, she hoped that God would use the lyrics that came to her while she slept. She dreamed about Brian too, that the love they shared would be a forever kind of love. But choices she'll forever regret upended her hope . . . and turned her dreams to dust. When those dreams come knocking once more, she's forced to deal with the pain of the past.
Heather Anderson's life has spun out of control-first, an affair with a married man, then a one-night stand with the drummer of a popular Christian band that left her devastated. Broken and alone, she cried out to the only One who can save her. And He did. But that's just the beginning, because now she must leave behind the only life she's ever known.
Two women with shame-filled pasts form an unlikely friendship. What does God's forgiveness look like for them? Will they ever believe that He loves them . . . and can still offer them a life where they are cherished?

Megan's Secrets: What My Mentally Disabled Daughter Taught Me about LifeMike Cope's best teacher was his mentally disabled daughter. Megan taught her father secrets more profound than anything he'd learned in college and seminary. This moving book shares those secrets in a way that will make readers laugh and cry and find new hope.
She was a beautiful pint-sized girl with a big love. And the best scholars in the world couldn't teach what she did in her brief life. Megan died at age ten. But her life has exposed some of the insanities of the world and revealed four life-giving secrets.
One secret is simply this: Second choices don't mean we miss out on life. Sometimes our second choices define and shape us in ways we'd never change even if we could.
Lovingly written by Megan's father, this unique inspirational book wraps these four secrets in stories that will restore hope to those grieving a death or second choice, and all who have a heart for a spunky little girl whose only spoken words were, ''I'm Megan!''
All readers who long to see modern-day examples of the ''little ones'' Jesus held on his lap and loved will be inspired and moved to laugh and cry and exult in God's incredible wisdom spoken through a disabled child.
What Mike discovers is that life with Megan--who slept only three hours a night--was exhausting, challenging, even disappointing, but also filled with joy and secrets that he s ready to tell the world.

Amazon Freebies (which I may actually read someday)

Hurricanes in ParadisePlease Stop Laughing at Me: One Woman's Inspirational True Story
My Christmas AngelsPompeii: City on Fire: A Novel

Via NetGalley:
The Traitor's Wife. Kathleen KentIn the harsh wilderness of colonial Massachusetts, Martha Allen works as a servant in her cousin's household, taking charge and locking wills with everyone. Thomas Carrier labors for the family and is known both for his immense strength and size and his mysterious past. The two begin a courtship that suits their independent natures, with Thomas slowly revealing the story of the role he played in the English Civil War. But in the rugged new world they inhabit, danger is ever present, whether it be from the assassins sent from London to kill the executioner of Charles I or the wolves-in many forms-who hunt for blood. At once a love story and a tale of courage, The Traitor's Wife confirms Kathleen Kent's ability to craft powerful stories from the dramatic background of America's earliest days. 

52 Ways to Wow Your Husband: How to Put a Smile on His FaceWith the same candor and creativity that made Men Are Life Waffles—Women Are Like Spaghetti (more than 270,000 copies sold) a bestseller, author Pam Farrel gives wives 52 ways to wow their husbands and add spark to their marriages. Pam delivers humor in her fun woman-to-woman style through inspirational stories, godly advice, and easy-to-read offerings that include:

  • wow assignments: simple ways to support, love, and encourage husbands
  • wow wisdom: Bible verses and wisdom to help women cover their spouse with prayer
  • wow dates: creative ideas for everything from shared meals to weekend getaways
Newlyweds, married with kids, or empty nesters will appreciate these ideas crafted for the busy life. A woman can try one idea a week for a year or take on a few at a time to deepen her spiritual, emotional, and physical bond with her loved one.

Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and RedemptionWhat would cause an eighteen-year-old old senior class president and homecoming queen from Nashville, Tennessee, to disobey and disappoint her parents by forgoing college, break her little brother’s heart, lose all but a handful of her friends (because the rest of them think she has gone off the deep end), and break up with the love of her life, all so she could move to Uganda, where she knew only one person but didn’t know any of the language? A passion to make a difference. Katie Davis left over Christmas break her senior year for a short mission trip to Uganda and her life was turned completely inside out. She found herself so moved by the people and children of Uganda that she knew her calling was to return and care for them. She has given up a relatively comfortable life—at a young age—to care for the less fortunate of this world. She was so moved by the need she witnessed, she's centered her life around meeting that need. Katie, a charismatic and articulate young woman, is in the process of adopting 13 children in Uganda, and she completely trusts God for daily provision for her and her family. 
Despite the rough conditions in which Katie lives, she has found a life of service to God to be one of great joy. Katie's children bring constant delight and help her help others by welcoming whoever comes to their door. As the challenges grow, so does Katie's faith and her certainty that what she's doing in Uganda, one person at a time, will have far-reaching rewards. It isn't the life she planned, but it is the life she loves.
To further her reach into the needs of Ugandans, Katie established Amazima Ministries. The ministry matches orphaned children with sponors worldwide. Each sponsor's $300/year provides schooling, school supplies, three hot meals a day, minor medical care, and spiritual encouragement. Katie expected to have forty children in the program; she had signed up 150 by January 2008; today it sponsors over 400. Another aspect of the ministry is a feeding program created for the displaced Karamojong people—Uganda's poorest citizens. The program feeds lunch to over 1200 children Monday-Friday and sends them home with a plate of food; it also offers basic medical care, Bible study, and general health training.
Katie Davis, now 22, is more than fascinating, she's inspiring, as she has wholeheartedly answered the call to serve.

Naomi's Gift: An Amish Christmas StoryTake a trip to Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania, where you'll meet the women of the Kauffman Amish Bakery in Lancaster County. As each woman's story unfolds, you will share in her heartaches, trials, joys, dreams ... and secrets. You'll discover how the simplicity of the Amish lifestyle can clash with the 'English' way of life---and the decisions and consequences that follow. Most importantly, you will be encouraged by the hope and faith of these women, and the importance they place on their families. Naomi's Gift re-introduces twenty-four-year-old Naomi King, who has been burned twice by love and has all but given up on marriage and children. As Christmas approaches---a time of family, faith, and hope for many others---Naomi is more certain than ever her life will be spent as an old maid, helping with the family's quilting business and taking care of her eight siblings. Then she meets Caleb, a young widower with a 7-year-old daughter, and her world is once again turned upside-down. Naomi's story of romantic trial and error and youthful insecurities has universal appeal. Author Amy Clipston artfully paints a panorama of simple lives full of complex relationships, and she carefully explores cultural differences and human similarities, with inspirational results. Naomi's Gift includes all the details of Amish life that Clipston's fans enjoy, while delivering the compelling stories and strong characters that continue to draw legions of new readers.

Treasuring Emma (A Middlefield Family Novel)Emma always put the needs of others ahead of her own. When will it be her turn to be treasured?
Adam was her first love and best friend. But then he went away. Determined to experience the freedom of living in the Englisch world, he left Emma heart-broken. How could he have chosen the world over her?
Now Adam is back in Middlefield and Emma can't seem to keep him away from her family's farm. But this time she's determiend to guard her heart. It might be love that keeps him there . . . or perhaps just guilt.
When a newcomer arrives in town and shows an interest in Emma, she dismisses Adam's insistence that she be cautious. All this attention is new to her and she doesn't know quite how to accept it. Emma knows her Heavenly Father treasures her. But will her new beau?

Anna Larson's daugher, Lauren, is confused, brokenhearted, and misguided. It's the turbulent 1960s and, feeling alienated from her mother, Lauren chooses to stay with her paternal grandmother. However, repelled by the woman's manipulative and spiteful ways, Lauren returns to her mother, the river, and the Inn at Shining Waters.

But as time passes, Lauren, now a mother to her own defiant teenager, faces a new crisis, one that puts the entire family at risk.   Another winner, to be reviewed in January.


It's Monday, What Are You Reading is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.  She asks what we read or reviewed this week and what we plan to read next week.
Read this Week:
Hey Kids, Want Some Chocolates?: My Family's Journey to Freedom My Review

Treasuring Emma (A Middlefield Family Novel) My Review
The Traitor's Wife. Kathleen Kent Still working on this one--lots of historical detail, definitely not a quick read
Naomi's Gift: An Amish Christmas Story To be reviewed as part of Christmas in September.
Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption Wonderful. To be reviewed in October.
River's Song - The Inn at Shining Waters Series My Review
 To be reviewed in January
                                               My Review
Megan's Secrets: What My Mentally Disabled Daughter Taught Me about Life Still working on this one, but so far, good, but not quite what I expected.

Books Read Earlier; Reviewed last week:
 The One Who Waits for Me My Review


  1. Cherished looks really good. I'm gonna have to check out River's Call. I recently read River's Song, and I'm assuming that is a sequel!?!

  2. I picked up 52 Ways to Wow Your Husband too. It was interesting. Great mailbox!

  3. All of your new additions look great!! I think you picked some great ones from NetGalley!

  4. If I had to chose one, it would be Kisses from Katie.

  5. I read The Traitor's Wife (as Wolves of Andover) and liked this one so much better than her book the Heretic's Daughter. Pompeii looks like a good one. Enjoy your reads!

  6. Very impressive mailbox! Enjoy your books.

    Diana @ Book of Secrets

  7. A nice fat mailbox! enjoy them all.

  8. That's a lot of books! Sounds like there are some inspiring choices, as well as practical ones and entertaining ones.

    Enjoy your reading!

  9. Wonderful mailbox. Have a great reading week. Come check my mailbox!!

    Here is my Monday: Mailbox/What Are You Reading?/Musings post!

  10. I truly enjoyed The Traitor's Wife. Have a lovely week and enjoy your books.
    My Monday:

  11. I hope they're all better than you expect! Have a great week in books!

  12. I requested MEgan's SEcrets but it hasn't arrived... I may not have made the list

  13. Wow, what a terrific mailbox! I got Pompeii too - it sure looks good. For some reason, Hurricaines in Paradise caught my eye a while ago. Have a wonderful week and happy reading!

  14. You found some great review books at NetGalley. I haven't checked them out recently because I have so many paper review copies to get through first. Hope you love them all!

  15. I have quite a few free books to that I wonder if I will ever get to them. I have been wanting to read Hurricanes in Paradise. I will have to see if they have it for the nook. Enjoy reading all those fabulous books!

  16. The Traitor's Wife sounds really good! Happy reading!

  17. Anonymous11:30 AM

    I hope you enjoy! all of your reads.

  18. Naomi's Gift sounds good. I'm loving my netGalley picks. I hope yours are as good. Here's my week:

  19. Traitor's wife sounds interesting looking forward to your review.

  20. Wow! You are a PROLIFIC reader! :) AND .. (unlike me) .. you manage to get your reviews up the same week! Flippin' awesome! Megan's Secrets sounds like a heartwarming read. I have a review copy of Pompeii that I'm hoping to get to within the next two weeks or so. I "almost" got The Traitor's Wife, too, but I looked at my HUGE list and decided to hold out on it (I may regret it, though). Kisses from Katie sounds like a wonderful read (this is the kind of thing I would have loved to do).

    Enjoy your reading week!


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