Starting from Scratch ~ book review~

Starting from Scratch is enjoyable from start to finish. Entertaining and rich in details, Kate Lloyd masterfully weaves the lives of her characters into a captivating story, rewarding the reader with a highly satisfying read that is difficult to put down. When I finished the book I found I wanted to read more of Kate’s books, and God willing, I shall. Mrs. Lloyd truly has a God-given talent for writing, and I do hope to see many more books from her pen.

Starting from Scratch is told in first-person narrative, and the main character, 29-year-old, unmarried Eva Lapp, presents her day to day life in a way that authentically reflects her struggle

between staying with the Amish community, or cutting the ties and living in the verboten world of Englichers.

She is basically uprooted from her childhood home and relocated into a new job as the manager of a small cafe at a
plant nursery which is fairly close to her old home. I liked how she persevered, and how she handled
uncomfortable situations with

insight and good-natured repartee.

A little bit of romance, not too much, and a lot of skillful relationship building.
Truly a good, clean Christian fiction book about the Amish, I recommend this to anyone who enjoys
Christian fiction.

Starting from Scratch (Lancaster Discoveries Book 2), reads very nicely as a stand alone
novel, too.

Kate Lloyd, author of Starting from Scratch:  

Her Website:  http://katelloyd.com/

Kate’s Blog:  http://katelloyd.com/blog/  Connect with Kate:  https://twitter.com/KateLloydAuthor

Her pinterest pages: https://www.pinterest.com/katelloydauthor/

Kate Lloyd on Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/katelloydauthor/

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Daughter of the Loom, by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller

book review Daughter of the Loom
by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller

This book was excellent, well written and a good story plot that developed
and kept going in a way that kept me interested all the way through.
This is part of the 3 books, Bells of Lowell series, and this is book one.
The story takes place in 1828, in Lowell, Massachusetts, during the Industrial Revolution
of America. In Chapter One, the main character, Lilly Armbruster, is portrayed as a
determined, but struggling displaced farm girl, who is forced to work in the new
weaving mills because the land her parent’s farm was on was bought, and then developed
for industrial uses. She’s angry, and grieving, because her life has been drastically changed,
and her dad recently died, after her mother.
Other characters are Matthew Cheever,part of the organization that
is running the Lowell mills, Kirk Boott, mill owner, Addie and Mintie, sisters who run
separate boarding houses for the mill workers, and various young women who live
at the boardinghouse, and work in the same mill as Lilly.


The Christian perspective is intertwined in the story, and a couple of times,
you are told how to be born again, and enter the Kingdom of God. Lilly struggles
with her faith at times, but she has a supportive group of people who show her
answers to her conflicts, eventually.
I highly recommend this book, it’s CLEAN Christian historical fiction, and you would
never be embarrassed to be seen reading it. No sexual situations, no questionable relationships. Those types of additions to Christian books just make it cheap and trashy, and, are
becoming somewhat common amongst SOME Christian author’s stories. This book, Daughter of the Loom, has no mention of
anything that conflicts with the Bible, as far as I can tell, so relax, and enjoy learning about the
development of Lowell Massachusetts during part of the Industrial Revolution. It’s a really
enjoyable read, and you can learn some real American history too.

Kirk Boott, Lowell industrialist and investor
child labor in the mills
mill workers in everyday work clothing

Grow….in…the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

I enjoyed this one, I looked up the cross-references to the Scripture I was reading, and here they are.
The numbers next to various words in John 1:14 link with the same numbers and verses below it.

John 1:14 –  1And the Word 2was made 3flesh, and dwelt among us, (and 4we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) 5full of grace and truth.

1.  1 Timothy 3:16- And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:  God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received u into glory.

2.  Romans 1:3 – Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;

3.  Hebrews 2:14 – Forasmuch as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same;  that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
destroy:  in this scripture, destroy means to ANNUL

4.  Matthew 17:2 – and was transfigured before them:  and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.

5.  Colossians 2:3 – in whom are hid al the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

We are told to study the bible, the King James bible is the ONLY inerrant scripture
today, and we’re told that the word of God is quick and powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword.  The Word of God is one of our weapons of spiritual warfare.
2 Peter 3:18 says:  But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  To him be glory both now and forever.  Amen.

Gospel Tracts

Do you use Gospel tracts?  I think they’re a wonderful way to get people to think about their eternal

destiny, will they choose Heaven or Hell?  Eternal life with Jesus Christ, or eternal damnation, torments, and agony in the Lake of Fire?

Here are a few tracts you can order either online or through the mail, or even a phone call to the company:

http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1035/1035_01.asp

http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0009/0009_01.asp

https://www.clp.org/store/browse/17_tracts

http://www.libertygospeltracts.com/tracts/gospeltr.htm

http://store.gospeltract.org/Free-Gospel-Tracts_ep_43.html

http://www.fellowshiptractleague.org/

Dutchsinse Earthquake Monitor

Luke 21:11 – And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

Mark 13:8 – For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these [are] the beginnings of sorrows.

Revelation 11:13 – And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.

https://www.youtube.com/user/dutchsinse

https://www.twitch.tv/dutchsinseofficial

An interesting website dedicated to  earthquake forecasting , and geophysics research since 2010.

Here’s his facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/dutchsinseofficial/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2018/11/30/major-damage-tsunami-warning-issued-after-severe-magnitude-earthquake-alaska/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.f0287458b46a

https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1254&bih=587&ei=lfcCXL_3CM22ggezvYngDA&q=alaska+earthquake+2018+damage&oq=alaska+earthquake+2018+damage&gs_l=img.3..0.948.7054..7212…0.0..0.976.4310.25j1j5-1j2……0….1..gws-wiz-img…..0..0i5i30j0i24j0i30.HTrr_ZEcWOc

 

Wedded to War, by Jocelyn Green Book Review

Wedded to War takes place in New York, and Washington City, and in Virginia,  from 1861 to 1862, and is focused on the Civil War, and the women who became nurses at that time.  This book is extremely interesting, and well written, with plenty of facts and a good story woven about each character.

Some of the characters are:  Charlotte Waverly, the main person in this book,

Alice, her sister, Phineas Hastings, the beau of Charlotte, Caleb Lansing, a family friend and a doctor in the Civil War, Caroline Waverly, Charlotte and Alice’s mother, Ruby O’Flannery and her husband Matthew, Irish immigrants to New York, Frederick Olmstead, head of the Sanitary Commission in Washington City,  and Edward Goodrich, an Army Chaplain.

 

 

Every character’s story was absorbing, and I found it to be a real pleasure

to read the entire book.

This historical fiction book is inspired by one Civil War nurse, Georgeanna Woolsey, and a lot of research has been put into making this story as good as it is. Jocelyn Green is a talented author, and obviously a tenacious and insightful researcher.   I highly recommend this book, “Wedded to War”  to anyone interested in the Civil War, and the nurses of that time.  It gives a well-thought-out perspective to this time in American history.

Product Details:

Product details

  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: River North; New edition (June 24, 2012)
  • Publication Date: June 24, 2012
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00836T5NG
  • Author, Jocelyn Greene:

Halloween Truths

Romans 12:21 King James Version (KJV)

21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

http://vcyamerica.org/blog/2018/10/08/halloween-whats-behind-the-mask

Date:       October 8, 2018
Host:        Jim Schneider
Guest:      Dr. David Brown

Listen:     MP3 ​​​| Order

​Dr. David Brown is pastor of the First Baptist Church of Oak Creek, WI.  He holds a Masters Degree in Theology and a PhD in History, specializing in the history of the English Bible.   He is also the President of Logos Communication Consortium, a research organization that produces a large variety of materials warning Christians of present dangers in our culture.
In the U.S., the Pilgrims and Puritans had nothing to do with Halloween and its occultic roots. Going back to 1845-’46 there was what’s known as the Irish Potato Famine. A lot of Irish immigrants fled to America and with them came their pagan customs/holidays, one of them being the celebration of Samhain. That resulted in the formation of our modern day holiday known as Halloween.

As this program progressed, Dr. Brown explained the Roman Catholic influence in the formation of this holiday’s name, the origin of Halloween costumes, the Grim Reaper, Jack-o’-lanterns, witches, Dracula, the bonfire, and numerous other aspects of this day that’s recognized as a high, holy day for satanists.

http://firstbaptistchurchoc.org/

Hurricane Michael now a category four!

Please pray for the people in it’s path!  https://www.cbsnews.com/live-news/hurricane-michael-path-evacuation-florida-storm-surge-weather-forecast-today-2018-live-updates/

8:00 AM CDT Wed Oct 10
Location: 29.1°N 86.2°W
Moving: N at 13 mph
Min pressure: 933 mb
Max sustained: 145 mph

https://www.visitpanamacitybeach.com/webcam/

https://kfdm.com/news/local/hurricane-michael-intensifying-as-it-moves-toward-florida-panhandle

New information and graphics, October 10, 2018:

 

https://www.visitpanamacitybeach.com/webcam/webcams-around-pcb/

Shelter of the Most High, by Connilyn Cossette book review

Shelter of the Most High written Connilyn Cossette

This book is a story about a young woman, Sofea  and her friend Prezi, who are kidnapped by maurading pirates, and then tossed overboard as a means of escaping a terrible fate. They swim to shore, and are found by kindly Hebrew soldiers, who take them to Kedesh, a City of Refuge, and the story proceeds from there.

I’ve never read any of Connilyn Cossette’s books, and this was book 2 in a series, but it filled in enough blanks from the previous book so that it can be read as a stand alone.
This story lightly touches on the first inhabitants of Sicily, the Sciani, since there are scarce
amounts of ancient artifacts from which to build a factual history. She also lets the reader know that since The Cities of Refuge series takes place during an interim
period between the Conquest and the Judges, there is very little known about this time, too.

I liked the story of Eitan, a young man of the Hebrew race, more than the one of Sofea a daughter of a pagan high priest from Sicily. I also appreciated her writing of the perspective of an observant Jew, and her description of the Jewish High Priest, and I think Mrs. Cossette did a good job of presenting that. In my opinion, the Sofea character was lightweight, and even though she was compassionate and protective about her lame friend Prezi, her storyline dragged a bit for me.  The other main character, Eitan, was a Nazarite, and had taken the vow to not cut his hair or drink alcoholic beverages, and I assume not to become ritually impure by coming into contact with corpses or graves. He was a proficient carpenter, but was mostly drawn to the art of metalsmithing.  He made a lot of weapons for the Hebrew soldiers.
Eitan’s storyline was one I liked more than the others.
Eitan and Sofea fall in love, and that aspect of the story is well written. Nothing but G rating, which is great!    I appreciate G-rated Christian fiction romance books!
Mrs. Cossette used references from the New American Standard Bible, albeit sparingly, which was dismaying to me from the start, since I use the King James bible.
As for being historical fiction, I would say a lot of her book is speculation, and literary license. If you are fine with that, then this book could be an entertaining read for you.
Shelter of the Most High is a light and easy read, repetitious at times, and slow moving. Personally, I wish there had been more details, and more references to the Bible. Jesus Christ is a Christian’s city of refuge today.

I’m sure Connilyn’s books appeal to a large audience of readers, and that’s great for them. They will most likely enjoy this story, and the series. It just wasn’t for me.

If you’re interested in more of her books, please visit her website:
https://www.connilyncossette.com/out-from-egypt-series
This book is provided to me free by Bethany House Publishers without any obligation for a positive review. All opinions offered above are mine unless otherwise stated or implied.