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Friday, May 26, 2017

The Chapel Car Bride by Judith Miller Review

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The Chapel Car Bride
by Judith Miller

About This Book:

After a sheltered life in Pittsburgh, Hope Irvine is ready for a new adventure. When her father takes a position as a preacher in a railroad car converted into a traveling church, she's thrilled at the chance to accompany him. While accommodations in their new chapel car home are tight, Hope couldn't be happier putting her musical skills to good use and ministering to the people of West Virginia alongside her father. But when their chapel car arrives in Finch, West Virginia, they find a coal mining community that has hit hard times and is suspicious of outsiders.

Luke Hughes works for the coal mine when he can, but the struggling company doesn't always offer steady work. When Reverend Irvine and Hope arrive in town, Luke is intrigued by what the reverend can teach him--and by the lovely and kind Hope.

When Hope's desire to bring supplies and Sunday school classes to neighboring counties leads to her traveling with a flirtatious young mine manager, Luke is hard-pressed to suppress his jealousy. But when he begins to suspect the manager's motives are less than charitable, can he prove it without hurting Hope, or worse, putting her in danger?

My Thoughts on This Book:

Hope travels with her father in a chapel car on the railroad line to find them in Finch. A mining town where they settle down while waiting for a church to be built. During their stay she makes a friend from a gentleman working the local mine named Luke. A faithful man wanting nothing more than to look out for Hope, to keep her safe and hopefully some day call her his own.

The mining companies son shows up and causes trouble with the residence of Finch. Will his troubled life come to light or will his secrets stay hidden and show negative results to Hope and all those that live in the small mining town?

This book brings you to the past where folks struggled living in a dirty mining town, making ends meet in a company owned home and where food and supplies must be purchased through the company. Will a Union help the conditions of the mine and the families that live there or will things continue to get worse because the owners want a profit and anyone's expense...

Great read and Judith did a wonderful job showing us the characters of this story. Look forward to reading the next book by Mrs. Miller!

Judith Miller

Judith Miller is an award-winning writer whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her bestselling novels. Judy and her family make their home in Kansas. Learn more at

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given.

My Teenage Zombie by David L. Henderson, MD Review

My Teenage Zombie: Resurrecting the Undead Adolescent in Your Home

My Teenage Zombie
Resurrecting the Undead Adolescent in Your Home

by David L. Henderson, MD

About This Book:

A must-read guide for parents and grandparents who want to practically and successfully help their teenager navigate the ever-lengthening stage of adolescence launching, them into society with confidence, vision, and success.

Zombies are not just found in horror movies, sometimes they’re lying on your living room couch. These are undead adolescents whose psychological and social development have come to a screeching halt. Torn by their yearning for freedom and their fear of surviving the outside world, they have stalled in their maturity, motivation, and purpose in life, hijacked by a helplessness and fear of responsibility. Parents often feel ill-equipped to love, support, and guide them—especially when they may be facing a midlife crisis of their own and battling some of the same issues in their own lives. Is it really possible to escape this “undead” state of being?

In My Teenage Zombie board-certified psychiatrist and medical doctor David L. Henderson explains the parts of a teenage zombie (their brain, heart, and spirit), how they got into this undead state, and how to resurrect them back to life. Using real-life examples of families he has counseled, he describes both their physical and psychological characteristics and offers practical suggestions on how to deal with, and in many cases avoid, having an undead adolescent in your home.

The book is divided into three helpful sections:

  • The Rise of the Undead: Understanding the Nature of a Teenage Zombie
  • The Fear of the Undead: Facing the Anxiety of Confronting a Teenage Zombie
  • Resurrecting the Undead: Restoring Your Teenage Zombie to a Life Worth Living

  • If you are the parent of an undead adolescent, there is hope for you and your child. Or maybe you have children who are not yet adolescents. It’s never too early to prepare for the challenges that await you. Either way, stay calm and start resurrecting zombies!

    My Thoughts on This Book:

    I was approached to read this book and write a review on it. When I read the title and the back of the book describing what it was about, I thought. "Wait, I think I have a teenage zombie." As much as I love my children and my teenage boys, I have noticed over some time the lack of enthusiasm and self motivation my now 18 yr old has. School was the first issue we've had and has gone on for many years and adding lack of cleaning room, keeping up with chores and always wanting to use spare time and money for video gaming or trading cards, I couldn't wait to read more on how I can be a more active participant and helping my son be a better person for himself as well as for his future out in the world.

    This Book is made up of three parts.

    Part 1: Understanding the Attack
    Part 2: Facing Our Fear of Zombies
    Part 3: Resurrecting the Undead Adolescent

    If you are looking to help your teenager be more present, awake in the world, and alive in your family, I highly recommend this book to read. It gave me practical advice that I could easily implement in my life to help my son and to show him my love but still being a parent that he craves deep down!

    About the Author:

    Dr. David Henderson is a board certified psychiatrist, author and speaker. He is the founder and president of Four Stones PLLC, a mental health consulting practice in Dallas, Texas. For five years, Dr. Henderson served as the Department Chair of Psychology and Counseling at Criswell College, rebuilding its Masters in Counseling Program and starting the undergraduate major in Psychology. He also helped to develop a fully online counseling curriculum for the school. In addition, Dr. Henderson has served as an adjunct professor of Psychology and Counseling at Dallas Theological Seminary. He is a member of the board of directors for Drug Prevention Resources, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing youth substance abuse. Dr. Henderson has presented nationally and internationally at conferences for the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, The Christian Association for Psychological Studies, and the Christian Medical and Dental Association. For more information, you can visit his website,

    I received a copy of this book free in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given.

Miles and Miles & a Half Marathon...

It has been a very productive couple months. I hit 600 miles on my 2,017 miles in 2017 challenge back on April 11th. Just 17 days later I crossed over the 700 miles number.

600 miles LDBG

700 miles collage

These 200 miles have been full of some fun races to add to my running memories.
Icebreaker Collage

Late April I ran the Icebreaker 5 mile Road Race. I have been working hard training to run this race under an hour. First time doing the 5 mile one since I have always ran the 3 mile race. This day was full of cold and rain but that didn't stop me. Crossed the finish line in 57:39 min.. Super excited to beat my goal time by almost 3 minutes...

color run LDBG

I had a blast getting colorful with a Color Run 5K to help child abuse. My friend's daughter ran the race as well. We met afterwards and snapped a colorful photo of us together! The next day though on my weekly long run (training for my half marathon) I feel and banged up my knee... So my running came to a slow crawl for a few days while getting my movement back.

800 miles

During my recovery I managed to walk/run to 800 miles. I was bummed though that I had to stop all my long runs while I recovered with my knee since it was bandaged after being scraped and bruised pretty good. Through it all I was able to make it to Half Marathon Day!


During my half marathon training I signed up to run the Bloomsday 12K Race in Spokane WA. This was my first race of this length. 7.47 miles.. I met a local friend there and we started the race together. My goal was to run it in an hour and a half. That was my before fall time so I wasn't going to hold my breath. Well I did pretty good. I ran it in 1 hr 33 min. Only 3 minutes slower than what I wanted so I was super excited. I hope to run this again next year and try to beat my time. Praying no injury just a week before!

half marathon

May 21st was the big day. My first ever half marathon. I knew because I stopped long runs at 10 miles which ended up being 3 weeks earlier, I was afraid time was not going to be record breaking. That's okay because I signed up to do this to complete it, not to beat anything. I went out, did my best and crossed the finish line!

My hubby and my daughter came to cheer me on. They met me at the 3 mile mark, 10 mile mark, 13 mile mark (daughter) and hubby at the finish line!

Tomorrow I will be hitting the 900 mile marker! I am getting close to half way to my 2.017 mile goal for the year! This challenge has really helped me grow as a runner, take more challenges including running a half marathon! Have had this race idea on my bucket list for 3 years and thanks to this Run the Year challenge I put it on my agenda and worked hard to train for the past 5 months.

The second half of the year will be more 5K's, hiking and at least one 10k in August. I love looking around the area for races to run that aren't in town so hopefully I can find some fun ones to conquer before the end of the year!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Too Deep for Words by Andrea Boeshaar

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Too Deep For Words
by Andrea Boeshaar

Shenandoah Valley Sage Book 2

About This Book:

North meets South in the second installment of this popular Civil War series. Carrie Ann Collier has been a newlywed for nineteen blissful days--as blissful as life can be in the midst of war, that is. Soon that war will take a toll she never expected. When her new husband, Peyton, goes missing during battle, she refuses to believe he is dead, and must find a way to move forward with everyday life in the face of fear.

As Carrie struggles with how to welcome her estranged sister, Margaret, back into her life, another new arrival appears on her doorstep--her husband's best friend, and rebel officer, Eli. Wounded and bitter, Eli is nonetheless committed to keeping his promise to Peyton: take care of the Collier women, no matter what. But to Carrie, he's a painful reminder of her lost love. Then unexpected news makes Carrie wonder if miracles do happen. If Carrie infiltrates the enemy once again, she might find out what really happened to the love of her life. Will Eli be able to keep his promise to keep her safe? Can they forgive each other if promises are broken?

As fans of Boeshaar's books have come to expect, Too Deep for Words is a meticulously researched novel. Readers are taken directly into the heart of the realities of the Civil War and reminded how, even in the darkest circumstances, faith in Christ offers hope.

My Thoughts on This Book:

This is the second book in the Shenandoah Valley Saga. This book leaves off just a few days later from the end of book 1. We follow Carrie Ann, a new wife to Yankee husband Peyton. Recalling her blissful new life with her husband, tragedy overcomes her. She finds him missing in action and presumed dead.

Everyone around her wants her to throw on black clothes and mourn the loss of her husband but Carrie Ann refuses to give up hope that he may be still alive. She finds Peyton's friend, a rebel officer the executor of her husband's estate pending his death and now he is in her life, stealing her heart away from her sorrow. Can Carrie Ann believe that her husband is indeed gone and follow her heart to a life with her husband's best friend, Eli?

This book brings you back to the days of fighting during the Civil War. This book gives you the perspective of the Confederate Army. Seeing it through their eyes. Book 1 showed the Civil War through the eyes of the Yankees. Gripping from page one since you are left right back where the first book left off you grab the story quickly and it takes you away until you are done with the very last page.

About the Author:

Andrea Boeshaar

Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar has been married for more than 30 years. She and her husband, Daniel, have three adult sons, daughters-in-law, and two precious grandchildren. Andrea's educational background includes the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, where she studied in English, and Alverno College where she studied in Professional Communications and Business Management.

Andrea has been writing stories and poems since she was a little girl; however, it wasn't until 1984 that she started submitting her work for publication. Eight years after that, she was convicted about writing for the Christian market. She read books in her genre (Inspirational Romance & Women's Fiction), studied the market, and worked hard to hone her craft.

I have received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given..