Be Still My Soul ~ The Cadence of Grace Series

Joanne Bischof wrote a fascinating story about people of the Blue Ridge mountains, with historical accuracy and in depth characters.

Lonnie Sawyer and Gideon O’Riley are the main characters, although each person in this book is well-thought out, and integral to the entirety of the plot.

Gideon was a self-centered young man, who cared little about anything but his music and his desires.

Lonnie was a shy Appalachian teen, who lived in poverty, with her mother, siblings, and abusive father.

She was kind hearted, and obedient, with a lot of wisdom for her age.  She grew up in the Blue Ridge mountains, and was a devoted daughter and a hard worker.

This book was hard to put down, and I enjoyed it from start to finish. It’s a clean, Christian historical fiction book, with a lot to offer the reader.

I’m looking forward to reading more of Mrs. Bischof’s books.  You can contact her on her website, or on her facebook page:

Romans 10:9-13;  John 3:16-21

Hurricane Dorian

PRAISE GOD!  When Dorian came here, it was far enough off the coast to not be a real threat.  THANK YOU< JESUS!!  Hallelujah!
Hurricane Dorian:
Sustained winds:  185 mph
central pressure, 911 mb
This is the most evil storm I’ve ever seen.  Compare it to catastrophic hurricane Andrew,
remember that? Andrew made another landfall just northeast of Homestead, with a slightly lower pressure of 922 mbar (27.23 inHg).
Lowest pressure: 922 mbar (hPa);
Highest winds: 1-minute sustained: 175 mph …
Remember IRMA?  Early on September 6, Irma peaked with 1-minute sustained winds of 180 mph (285 km/h) and a minimum pressure of 914 hPa (27.0 inHg). Irma was the second-most intense tropical cyclone worldwide in 2017 in terms of barometric pressure, and the strongest worldwide in 2017 in terms of wind speed.
Romans 10:8-13
John 3:16-21

Ester Reid’s Awakening ~ Book Review

Timeless Christian message!  One of being circumspect and watchful in your life as a Christian.  Examine yourself, judge YOURSELF, so you won’t be judged by God!  Hebrews 2:1-3  comes to my mind, when thinking about the book:  [1] Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.
[2] For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward;
[3] How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;

Ester Reid was a typical lukewarm Christian, who believed she was quite pious and long-suffering, when in fact she was the opposite.  She helps to run her family’s boardinghouse, and works long hours, cooking, cleaning, and caring for sick residents.

During a visit to a long-time friend’s house, Ester’s conscience gets an awakening.

Isabella Macdonald Alden was a gifted Christian writer.  Learn more about her here:

Read some of her books free, online, here:


Product details

  • Series: The Alden Collection
  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Creation House (September 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0884193209
  • ISBN-13: 978-088419320

ROMANS 10:8-13 – [8] But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
[9] That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
[10] For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
[11] For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
[12] For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
[13] For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.




A Home in Drayton Valley~book review

Lovely Christian fiction book, really!  One of the best parts in the story was when Reverend Mann said:  God’s ways aren’t our ways, Joss.  Sometimes He uses unexpected means to bring about His will. But I do know this, everything He does is out of love for us.  It’s to make us stronger or draw us closer to Him.  …

This book shows the effects of worldly cares and sins on individuals, both born again and rejectors of Jesus Christ. Kim Vogel Sawyer did a masterful work in giving thoughtful insight into relationships and how what we do, or don’t do, affects many, many people.

It begins in New York city, the 1880s, with the main character, Tarsie Raines, wanting  to move out to Drayton Valley, Kansas, to escape the miseries in New York.
Stuck in New York, in a lower-income apartment, working as a seamstress, and her friends, Joss and
Mary, and their 2 children, are living in low-income tenement apartments, with filthy streets and many troubles in the neighborhoods. Mary worked washing other people’s laundry, and her husband was a dock worker, eking out a living.  They move out to Kansas, riding in a wagon train. 

Other characters, just as interesting and vital to the story, show up later in her book. These are Simon and Ruth Foster, he a vineyard tender on a wealthy businessman’s property. Devout Christians, dependable workers, they truly show faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. His wife was another good example of
trust and faith in God.
What I liked a lot was Tarsie’s self-control in taming her bad temper, and retorts towards Joss.
Ah, if only there were MORE female characters like Tarsie, in today’s Christian fiction. Thank you,
Kim, for Tarsie’s story.
Kim also has a knack for describing scenes, so it’s easy and fun to get involved in the settings and
surroundings. I could almost see the dilapidated wagon tumbling over in the storm. I could see the dingy
interiors of the New York apartments, and the little faces of the children, Emmy and Nattie. 

Kim Vogel Sawyer wrote a lot of bible references into her story, and THE best part was where the reader is told how to be born again.  THAT’S WHAT CHRISTIAN FICTION should ALWAYS INCLUDE!  Amen!

Thanks Kim, write more stories like this one! 

Friday Evening~ Still not asleep!

Almost midnight, still not asleep.

I’m reading Anna Schmidt’s book, “All God’s Children” and will, God willing, write a review on it.

I’m also pretty involved now with Paperback Swap.  Check it out, if you like books, you’ll like PBS.

I’ve also started volunteering again, with our Friends of the Public Library group.  See if you can help them, in YOUR city!

More on that, later.



Missing Isaac ~ book review

This story was set in the 1960s, in a rural area. There was a solid friendship
between a wealthy family, and the people who worked their land, which is uncommon, but
not unheard of. Very well constructed and believable.
They had a lot of employees working in their cotton fields, and treated them with respect.

The characters were interesting, and their Southern way of speech and customs were done very well.
Pete, his family, along with the Picketts, and the town folk were all realistic.
There wasn’t much Christianity in the story, which kind of surprised me, and I hope Valerie
starts talking about Jesus, salvation, and the King James bible in her future books.
She has a real gift from God for telling stories that keep you attention, and that
don’t stress you out reading them.

I recommend this book, because it’s a good, clean read, no trashy romance or
innuendos, and plenty of detailed plots to keep you wanting to read more.
One of the best books I’ve read this year.

A Reluctant Belle book review

A Reluctant Bell, the daughtry house series, was not a book I could stay interested in.  Fans of Beth White will surely like this book, so please, by all means read it.

I found the writing to be on the level of perhaps 8th grade or less.  The characters didn’t appeal to me, nor did the way the story was developing.

In short, I couldn’t finish it.

Sorry, but every book can’t have a wonderfully  rave review.

This book was given to my by Revell, in exchange for an honest review.

Romans 10:8-13;  John 3:16-21



The Hope of Azure Springs ~ Book Review

I’d heard this book was great, and was looking forward to reading it.
In the first couple of chapters, this book was fairly interesting, and it was definitely clean,but around
chapter seven, I found myself wanting to hurry up and finish it.
In the beginning, it had substance, but the story withered away after a while.
Not a lot of history about orphan trains, just a surface examination of the topic. The characters
were underdeveloped, not strong, but I’m thinking a person with a few years yet to mature and experience
life’s ups and downs, will quickly identify with and enjoy this book’s level of intensity, which was
Acceptable in the relationship department, very clean. No heavy breathing, etc.
It could have had a LOT more Christianity and Scripture in it. Not much at all.
I’d say this book will appeal to young women, perhaps seniors in high school.

Book Review~Secrets on the Wind~ by Stephanie Grace Whitson

Secrets on the Wind is the story of how Jesus can use people

to rescue other people from the depths of sin, and how He stays with us, guides and shapes us, through the knowledge of Him that has called us.
Stephanie Whitson wrote a remarkable book, about a young woman who was brought from an awful situation with an awful husband, into a life of healing
and peace.

Throughout the story, Mrs. Whitson skillfully weaves the truths of redemption through
God’s only Son, Jesus Christ. The main character, Laina Gray, becomes the woman the Lord wanted her to be. This is done using relationships with other people, and by her seeking peace and understanding, trying to eradicate her past life and build a
new one, one she didn’t think was possible,

but, as Stephanie Whitson shows the reader,
all things are possible through Christ.
I enjoyed reading every page of this story, because each sentence had substance. Nary a word was written as fluff or filler.

You can tell the author put time and thought and used the
skills and God-given talents to introduce the readers to the One who makes all things new.
Please read this book, you will greatly enjoy it.



Non-Alcoholic Bananas Foster Sauce

Tonight I made bananas foster sauce, with NO alcohol, nor with the rum extract. I just can’t stand the taste of alcohol in my food. (I don’t drink, either, neither did my dad)
After browsing several recipes, I saw that all of them have 4 of the same basic ingredients, so I got out my
saucepan, a banana from Walmart, and the other ingredients.

Before that, I wondered, “What’s the difference between caramel sauce, and non-alkie bananas foster sauce, besides the banana?”
But, I digress.

I made the sauce, using
real salted butter, and plenty of it     

2 tablespoons to caramelize the bananas, and 2 or 3 for the sauce
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon or so of ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon or so of regular iodized table salt
a banana, sliced
2 tablespoons of whole milk

First, cut the banana in slices, then melt a couple of tablespoons of
butter and a teaspoon of dark brown sugar in the saucepan. Cook the banana slices, flipping them over once. Pour them onto a plate, and set aside.

Next, start melting a couple of tablespoons more of butter in the saucepan, dump the
brown sugar (3/4 cup packed), cinnamon, about a half teaspoon, and salt (about a half a teaspoon)
and stir that over medium high heat, adding the milk. Stir, stir, stir, until it’s bubbly but not boiling.
Add the bananas, and stir a little while longer, maybe a minute or so, then take it all off the burner.
My banana slices kind of melted, or something, but that added a lot of flavor to the sauce!

Here’s the sauce, using my recipe!

Let it cool a bit, then dip your spoon in, and taste it. Share it with your husband, or a family
member who appreciates this yummy stuff.
I’m telling you, this recipe is DELICIOUS!!

I think I might serve this either over a slice of toast, or an

ice cream sandwich,

or just eat it out of a little bowl.
Let’s be real about sugary sauces, and why we make them, ok?

Here are some of the recipes I looked at, to make my own: