Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Psalm of the Week

Psalm 139

1O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.

2Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.

3Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.

4For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.

5Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.

6Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.

7Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?

8If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.

9If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;

10Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.

11If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.

12Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.

13For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.

14I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

15My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

16Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

17How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!

18If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.

19Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men.

20For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain.

21Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?

22I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.

23Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:

24And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Beyond the Shadows by Robin Lee Hatcher

Loneliness and grief stalk Deborah Haskin after her husband's death, but hope eases her pain when she marries Gideon. After their marriage, Deborah discovers a devastating secret—Gideon is an alcoholic! How can someone who has brought her healing bring so much hurt, too?

Alright, what do I have to say about this book? Well, first off, I was a little hesitant to read this book when I got it because it was about living with an alcoholic. It wasn’t something I wanted to read about, considering it’s not the best situation. But Beyond the Shadows was actually a lot better than I thought it was going to be. First off let me tell you that Robin Lee Hatcher did a wonderful job describing all the feelings the characters were feeling. I’ve read her books before and she’s always done a beautiful job in that area. As for the reality of the story, it was a very sad book. People normally do think that alcoholics are irritable and mean, but Robin shows how that’s not truly the case. I would definitely recommend this book to you, readers. Although I’m not really one to read a book where the characters narrate the story, but this one is definitely an exception. If you have time to read this book, I would tell you to read it. Robin Lee Hatcher once again amazes me with her ability!
I hope you have a wonderful New Year,

*This book was checked out of my local library for reviewing*

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Wednesday's Song of the Week #6

Christmas is finally here, my friends!!! This will be our last bunch of Christmas songs before Christmas, and only one more Wednesday in this month. I hope you enjoy each and every one of them, and I hope they warm your heart as well as rock your Christmas. This time you might be surprised to hear one song that isn't a normal thing on here. It's a little bit louder, but not the worst I could do. Once again I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a beautiful New Year.
Here are your songs:

#1 White Christmas by Bing Crosby

#2 Christmas Shoes by FM Static

And our worship song will be...

#3 In Me by Casting Crowns

I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

*These songs will be played on the playlist at the bottom of this blog.*

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Psalm of the Week

Here's your Psalm of the week! I have made up my mind to do one in the beginning of the week and one at the end. Stay tuned for upcoming reviews and posts in the future. Merry Christmas everyone!

Psalm 10

1Why standest thou afar off, O LORD? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?

2The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined.

3For the wicked boasteth of his heart's desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth.

4The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.

5His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them.

6He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity.

7His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity.

8He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor.

9He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lieth in wait to catch the poor: he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net.

10He croucheth, and humbleth himself, that the poor may fall by his strong ones.

11He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see it.

12Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up thine hand: forget not the humble.

13Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God? he hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not require it.

14Thou hast seen it; for thou beholdest mischief and spite, to requite it with thy hand: the poor committeth himself unto thee; thou art the helper of the fatherless.

15Break thou the arm of the wicked and the evil man: seek out his wickedness till thou find none.

16The LORD is King for ever and ever: the heathen are perished out of his land.

17LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:

18To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Wednesday's Song of the Week #5

Okay so here's your next few Wednesday's songs of the week.

#1 Evergreen by Switchfoot

#2 Silent Night by Josh Groban

And for our worship song of the week,

#3 The Blessing by John Waller

I hope you enjoy these songs, while your preparing for Christmas which is just a week away.
I hope you have a blessed Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

Merry Christmas!


*These songs will be playing on the playlist below.*

Fields of Grace by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Will their Mennonite faith be shaken or strengthened by the journey to a new land?

With their eldest son nearly to the age when he will be drafted into military service, Reinhardt and Lillian Vogt decide to immigrate to America, the land of liberty, with their three sons and Reinhardt’s adopted brother, Eli. But when tragedy strikes during the ocean voyage, Lillian and Eli are forced into an agreement neither desires. Determined to fulfill his obligation to Reinhardt, Eli plans to see Lillian and her sons safely settled on their Kansas homestead- and he’s equally determined that the boys will be reared in the Mennonite faith. What he doesn’t expect is his growing affection for Lillian- and the deep desire to be part of a family.

Fields of Grace is a touching story set in the 1800s, when many Russian Mennonites made their way to America. It follows the lives of Lillian and Eli, showing the hardships they overcame to make over their lives in the strange new country of America. This book reminds us that, even in the face of trials, God is still on the Throne and will provide for all our needs. The theme of this book is evident as you read of these characters’ struggles: “… My grace is sufficient for thee: for My power is made perfect in weakness…” (2 Corinthians 12:9). Mrs. Sawyer has created unforgettable characters and a plot very close to her own heart. Her family came from Russia during this time, bringing with them their Mennonite faith as well as the hearty wheat kernels that Kansas is now known for. Mrs. Sawyer has done a wonderful job on this new book, weaving the lives of two friends together in a touching way. Full of unforgettable characters, heartbreaking loss, and a deep faith in God, this book will keep your attention from the beginning and not let you go until you’re finished!

I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed Christmas!

Love in Jesus,
Elyssa =)

Monday, December 14, 2009

Psalm of the Week

Update! Let's make this more of a once a week thing, but we'll give this one to you first!

Psalm 3

1Lord, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me.

2Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah.

3But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.

4I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.

5I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me.

6I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.

7Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.

8Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Psalm of the Week

Hey everyone!
Well, I bring to you something new again. It's seems like all the new things start out slow but soon become the best things. Well, since my friend and I love how well our Wednesday's Song of the Week is doing, I figured I'd give you something else. Today we are starting a new thing, something I hope we all will keep up with. Everyday, at least we hope it will happen that often, we will give you our Psalm of the Day. Hopefully this will allow us to take time out of our busy days to read more of God's word.
Thanks for reading this blog, we thank God for each and every one of you.


Here's your Psalm of the Week for December 13

Psalm 18
1I will love thee, O LORD, my strength.

2The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

3I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

4The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid.

5The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me.

6In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.

7Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth.

8There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.

9He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness was under his feet.

10And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind.

11He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.

12At the brightness that was before him his thick clouds passed, hail stones and coals of fire.

13The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail stones and coals of fire.

14Yea, he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; and he shot out lightnings, and discomfited them.

15Then the channels of waters were seen, and the foundations of the world were discovered at thy rebuke, O LORD, at the blast of the breath of thy nostrils.

16He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters.

17He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me.

18They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay.

19He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me.

20The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.

21For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.

22For all his judgments were before me, and I did not put away his statutes from me.

23I was also upright before him, and I kept myself from mine iniquity.

24Therefore hath the LORD recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his eyesight.

25With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright;

26With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward.

27For thou wilt save the afflicted people; but wilt bring down high looks.

28For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.

29For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall.

30As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.

31For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God?

32It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.

33He maketh my feet like hinds' feet, and setteth me upon my high places.

34He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.

35Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great.

36Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip.

37I have pursued mine enemies, and overtaken them: neither did I turn again till they were consumed.

38I have wounded them that they were not able to rise: they are fallen under my feet.

39For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle: thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me.

40Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies; that I might destroy them that hate me.

41They cried, but there was none to save them: even unto the LORD, but he answered them not.

42Then did I beat them small as the dust before the wind: I did cast them out as the dirt in the streets.

43Thou hast delivered me from the strivings of the people; and thou hast made me the head of the heathen: a people whom I have not known shall serve me.

44As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: the strangers shall submit themselves unto me.

45The strangers shall fade away, and be afraid out of their close places.

46The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted.

47It is God that avengeth me, and subdueth the people under me.

48He delivereth me from mine enemies: yea, thou liftest me up above those that rise up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man.

49Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name.

50Great deliverance giveth he to his king; and sheweth mercy to his anointed, to David, and to his seed for evermore.

*The passage is taken from the King James Version*

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Shades of Blue by Karen Kingsbury

A fairytale future. A Checkered past. A decision awaits.

Brad Cutler, twenty-eight, is a rising star at his New York ad agency, about to marry the girl of his dreams. Anyone would agree he has it all—a great career, a beautiful and loving fiancée, and a fairy tale life ahead of him … when memories of a high school girlfriend begin to torment him. Lost innocence and one very difficult choice flood his conscience, and he is no longer sure what the future will bring except for this: He must go back to the shores of Holden Beach in search of his first love, and a forgiveness neither of them has ever known.

Three people must work through the repercussions of a decision made long ago before any of them can look toward a new future.

Finally the review for Shades of Blue comes upon us! Man, how long have I waited for this moment? Too long is my guess. When I first heard that Karen was coming out with another book in October, I was thrilled. It was bad enough that we had to wait till March to get the next Above the Line addition, and the idea of a new novel in between was perfect. Let me just say that Shades of Blue was absolutely amazing! Everyone that’s a Karen Kingsbury fan knows that it could never be less than that, and Shades of Blue did not disappoint. The characters of Brad Cutler and Emma Landon were so realistic it was scary. Every time I picked up the book I felt like I was meeting with old friends. The decision the two of them made was horrible, but the forgiveness they eventually found together was beautiful. Although I was hoping that Emma and Brad would get reunited, this story didn’t end that way. Brad’s fiancée, Laura James started off, to me, as a spoiled rich girl that didn’t care about anyone but herself. Yet in the very end, I feel that Laura redeemed herself by symbolically washing Brad’s feet; and in so doing asked for forgiveness as well. Okay, even though this story didn’t end the way I saw it ending that doesn’t mean it wasn't totally amazing. Shades of Blue was a touching, heartwarming story about a scarred past and a new chance to forgive. It you’re a fan of Kingsbury’s work then I know you will love this story. It was fantastic!

Not only does this book touch your heart, but it also gives you an inside scoop as to what abortion really is. As you see what Emma went through then and the effects it had on her life, it's just heartbreaking. Emma's life should be a lessen to everyone out there, hopefully making them think twice before taking an innocent baby's life.

I hope this review made you think about how precious an unborn baby's life really is.

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas,


Where Grace Abides by BJ Hoff

“God never runs out of grace. In every season of life, in every heart that knows Him, loves Him, and seeks to serve Him, God’s grace abides.” ~BJ Hoff, Where Grace Abides~

Rachel Brenneman has a problem…
Rachel loves the people of her Riverhaven Amish community, who want nothing more than to be left alone to live out their gentle, unassuming lives of faith. But Rachel also deeply loves the “outsider”, Jeremiah Gant, an Irish-American conductor for the Underground Railroad. With the sincere hope of marrying Rachel, Jeremiah asks the bishop for permission to join the Amish community. When an unexpectedly negative decision is rendered, delivering a heartbreaking blow to them, they try to move on with their separate lives.
Meanwhile something sinister- and deadly- threatens the community’s peace. At the lone sound of a midnight bell, the Plain People rally. What they must do, they will do together.
While Rachel’s life is here with her people and Jeremiah lives as an outsider, their future seems hopeless. And yet their love story is tender and endearing- a bold, inspiring journey of faith.

In the sequel to Rachel’s Secret, the lives of the Amish in Riverhaven are changed once again. With strange things going on around town, as well as a missing wife and mother, their faith is tested and tried as pain and confusion begin to fill their lives. Rachel has her personal battles, Jeremiah doubts whether or not he could live as an Amish man, Gant’s friend Asa continues his work in the Underground Railroad, Rachel’s brother Gideon does the impossible, and her mother moves on from the past. As each character goes through their personal struggles, I found myself getting sucked once again into the lives of the people in the small community of Riverhaven. I can’t tell you how incredibly upset I am that I have to wait another year to read the last book in this series! Miss Hoff did a great job once again, weaving the Irish and Amish in a way that touches you and makes you fall in love with the characters all over again. The love of God is weaved throughout the book, and I found myself cheering Rachel on as she shared the Gospel with her mother. Although the Bishop forbade them to talk about God, Rachel and her friends have studied the Bible and witness any chance they can get. But don’t get me wrong here. Rachel has her doubts at times, but in the end, she- as well as Jeremiah- trust God with their future. Full of history, suspense, mystery, heartache, and a community of lovable characters, Where Grace Abides will leave you wondering what happens next in the story and in the lives of your friends in Riverhaven. Once again, if you’re a fan of Amish fiction, this is a definite must-read!

Love in Jesus,

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Wednesday's Song of the Week #4

Here are Wednesday's songs of the week. And just like I promised you're getting three more!

#1 I Celebrate the Day- Relient K

#2 Oh, Come All Ye Faithful -Casting Crowns

And for your pleasure once again, I bring to you one of my favorites. A song that describes the love of our Savior.

#3 Beautiful One- Jeremy Camp

Hope you enjoy week four's songs of the week!

Merry Christmas,

*These songs will play on the bottom playlist.*

Monday, December 7, 2009

The Sound of Sleigh Bells by Cindy Woodsmall

Beth Hertzler works alongside her beloved Aunt Lizzy in their dry goods store, and serving as contact of sorts between Amish craftsmen and Englischers who want to sell the Plain people’s wares. But remorse and loneliness still echo in her heart everyday as she still wears the dark garb, indicating mourning of her fiancé. When she discovers a large, intricately carved scene of Amish children playing in the snow, something deep inside Beth’s soul responds and she wants to help the unknown artist find homes for his work–including Lizzy’s dry goods store. But she doesn’t know if her bishop will approve of the gorgeous carving or deem it idolatry.

Lizzy sees the changes in her niece when Beth shows her the woodworking, and after Lizzy hunts down Jonah, the artist, she is all the more determined that Beth meets this man with the hands that create healing art. But it’s not that simple–will Lizzy’s elaborate plan to reintroduce her niece to love work? Will Jonah be able to offer Beth the sleigh ride she’s always dreamed of and a second chance at real love–or just more heartbreak?

To start off, I guess I’m going to have to say that I’m a huge fan of Cindy Woodsmall. I believe I’ve read her other books at least three times each, they’re that good! Cindy is probably one of the best authors I’ve read before. She’s definitely up there with Karen Kingsbury and Beverly Lewis. Yet even with all this I was hesitant to read The Sound of Sleigh Bells. Don’t ask why, I have no idea. But when it came time for me to start the first chapter I just wasn’t into it. Now, trust me when I read her other series, Sister’s of the Quilt, I had no trouble whatsoever getting into it. But when I started this one, it wasn’t the same. Now, as I read it, I have o tell you that it definitely captured my attention. This story got my attention and kept it throughout the entire book. Sure the first chapter wasn’t that interesting, but after that this story had my entire mind’s focus. What with her interesting characters and heartwarming plot, Cindy Woodsmall created yet another beautiful book. I’m thankful that I didn’t lose interest with that first chapter because this story was worth reading.
Many thanks to Cindy Woodsmall for allowing her fans to be a part of her world!

Merry Christmas guys,


Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Blind Side!

The Blind Side depicts the remarkable true story of Michael Oher, a homeless African-American youngster from a broken home, taken in by the Touhy’s, a well-to-do white family who help him fulfill his potential. At the same time, Oher's presence in the Touhys' lives leads them to some insightful self-discoveries of their own. Living in his new environment, the teen faces a completely different set of challenges to overcome. As a football player and student, Oher works hard and, with the help of his coaches and adopted family, becomes an All-American offensive left tackle.

What would you do if you saw a young boy walking on the side of the road in the pouring rain? Would you offer him a ride, and upon hearing that he didn’t have a place to stay, offer him your living room couch? That’s what Leigh Anne Touhy and her husband do when they find Michael on the side of the road. Welcoming them into their home and lives, the Touhy’s find themselves falling in love with Michael and his gentle nature. As the Touhy’s go through some changes, Michael does as well. He slowly comes out of his shell, and moves out of the shadows of his past.
First off, let me just say that I loved this movie! The Blind Side was truly an amazing movie, grabbing your attention right away. From the beginning to end, I was captivated by the true story of Michael Oher, and how he overcame all the obstacles that came his way. This movie will definitely touch your heart, make you laugh, and get you to thinking: “What would happen if I were in that situation?” This was probably one of the best movies that I’ve seen this year, and I can’t wait for it to come out on DVD!

Hope you all are enjoying the Christmas season!
Love in Jesus,
Elyssa =)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Wenesday's song of the Week! #3

So it's that time of the week again, time for Wednesday's song of the week. This week, considering it's the first Wednesday of December, I thought I'd give you a little more than normal. How about three songs? Personally I think we're going to have to take this thing all throughout December. Christmastime is definitely here!

#1 God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen by Jars of Clay

#2 It Cam Upon A Midnight Clear by Sixpence None the Richer

And for our third song I thought I'd give you more of a worship song, since we should always be worshiping our Savior!

#3 Jesus Messiah by Chris Tomlin

Merry Christmas!

*All these songs will be featured on the bottom playlist.*

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Christmas Teaser!

Hey everyone!
Okay, so it's finally December, and I thought I'd give you something that's a little fun. While I was getting into the Christmas spirit this morning I came across this song in my music library. I can't tell you how much it made me laugh. Some of you may think that it's a little over the top, but it was definitely what I needed. I hope you all enjoy this Christmas teaser.

Good King Wenceslase- Relient K

Merry Christmas!!!!!

*Song will play on the playlist.*

One Shenandoah Winter by T. Davis Bunn

In the early 1960s, residents of Hillsboro in the Shenandoah Valley are thrilled when a doctor agrees to settle in their community. Especially Connie Wilkes, the town's assistant mayor, who has worked long and hard to convince any doctor to relocate to the town. The reputable Dr. Nathan Reynolds, who sees tiny Hillsboro and its residents as hopelessly backward, isn't the most pleasant of men, but the town begins to accept him when his new techniques save the life of the local minister's baby. Even though the doctor does not share her strong belief in God, Connie finds herself growing closer both to him and to God when her beloved uncle is diagnosed with cancer.

One Shenandoah Winter tells the story of a young doctor and his battle over his past. When Nathan Reynolds first arrived in Hillsboro his attitude towards others was quite unpleasant. His heart was closed up; still mourning the loss of all the cancer patients he’d allowed to die over the years. He’d come to Hillsboro looking for a place to rest and forget what drove him there. Little did he know that one man would be able to open up his heart and help him see the beauty in life. After a few weeks of getting to know the town’s “legend” Papa Joe, Nathan can feel the difference in the way he looks at things. The story progresses and blooms into an amazing tale of Dr. Reynolds’ journey to a better life, yet all the while a secret can ruin even the small amount of improvement the town has made in his life. When Papa Joe shows signs of having a terrible disease, all Nathan can do is go to the Source of peace that passes all understanding. This book showed me that sometimes it takes giving of ourselves to help others. We don’t always know what’s going on in other people’s lives, and to judge them as to how they act towards you isn’t always the best idea. I’ve heard it said that fear can drive you to do things you wouldn’t normally do otherwise. Yet, in this story we see that when an entire town puts their differences aside and try to love Dr. Reynolds things begin to change. Just like 1 John 4:18 says, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear has torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”

Friday, November 27, 2009

Rachel's Secret by B.J. Hoff

Rachel Brenneman has a secret…
But when wounded Irish American riverboat captain Jeremiah Gant bursts into the rural Amish setting of Riverhaven, her secret must come out. The suspicious Englisher brings chaos and conflict to the community- especially for Rachel. The unwelcome “outsider” needs a safe place to recuperate before continuing his role as an Underground Railroad conductor. Neither he nor Rachel is prepared for the forbidden love that threatens a man’s mission, a woman’s heart, and a way of life for an entire people.

If you would, imagine with me a dark, rainy night. Picture yourself alone in your house, lonely and wishing your family was there. You were just settling in for the night, when suddenly, a knock on the door startles you.
Unsure of who would be at the door at this time, you ask, “Who’s there?”
A response comes, confusing you even more. “A friend of friends, ma’am.”
Still unsure of what’s going on, you ask, “Who are you?”
“A friend of friends, ma’am.” There’s a pause, then, “My captain is hurt. We need your help.”
Rachel Brenneman’s calm and peaceful life is suddenly thrown off balance when a wounded riverboat captain and his friend show up at her door one night. What will she do to help this stranger, and will he survive? Will this captain help Rachel move past the hurt of the past, or will she be afraid to trust forever? Rachel’s Secret tells the story of Jeremiah and Rachel, as well as the rest of Rachel’s family, Asa, a freed slave helping other slaves escape to the north, and Doctor Sebastian, the British man Jeremiah rubs shoulders with on more than one occasion. BJ Hoff is known for writing Irish fiction, and connected it very well with the Amish. Miss Hoff did a great job on this book, tying the Irish, English, and Amish together in Riverhaven. In fact, I learned a few things while reading this book. I never knew that some of the Amish got involved in the Underground Railroad, risking their lives to help slaves on their way to freedom. The Amish also endured a lot of persecution in the 19th century as well. Many people hurt them, and even killed them just because they were different. This book shows the cruelty and severity of the hardships the Amish faced in these times, and even in the dark times, the hope shines through. That much is shown as Rachel, as well as the rest of her family, try to move on from the shadows of their past. This is an amazing book, and if you love the Amish, I’d highly recommend it! Great job, Miss Hoff!

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Love in Jesus,
Elyssa =)

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Wednesday's Song of the Week #2

This Wednesday's song of the week is:

Give Until There's Nothing Left by Relient K

It is more than a pleasure to bring to you one of our favorite bands. Those of you who have followed us for a while know from previous posts that Relient K is in our top 3 favorite bands. Don't think for one minute, however, that this is the reason for this choice. We all know that tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and that there are so many things to be thankful for. Sure we have plenty of things to be thankful for, but is that enough? As we come upon the Christmas season we realize that there are a lot of people asking for things. "What should I put on my Christmas list?" Might be a specific line we all hear too much. This song reminds us that we should spend a little less time taking and a little more time giving.
I hope this gets you thinking as Christmas creeps up on us.

Happy Thanksgiving!

*The song that we talked about in this post is playing on the bottom playlist.*

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

An Amish Christmas

An Amish Christmas is absolutely fabulous! I’ve never read a better Christmas book in all my life. Just the way all three of the stories intertwine made this book unique and beautiful.


A Miracle for Miriam: Miriam fell for Seth, but he broke her heart. Years later, after he's nearly killed in an accident, Miriam sees him at a Christmas party and notices something is different about him-not just how he looks, but how he acts. When Seth pursues her, she must decide whether to guard her heart or accept his love.

A Choice to Forgive: Lydia has loved two men in her life. Daniel disappeared one Christmas Eve long ago, leaving only a note saying he wanted to live in the Englisch world. And Elam, Daniel's brother, to whom she has been happily married for 15 years. When Elam dies, Lydia gives up on ever loving again. But she is shocked when Daniel wants to return to the Order and her life.

One Child: The birth of one child forever changed the world two thousand years ago. On this snowy Lancaster Christmas Eve, another child will change the world of two couples.

My Review:

A Miracle for Miriam is a story about love and accepting each other as we are. I truly felt like I could relate to the characters, their feelings portrayed amazingly. This story just filled my heart with love as I read it. To believe it or not I almost finished the entire story in one afternoon, but had to peel myself away from it for the sake of time. Oh, there are so many things I could say about this story, but I don’t want to give it away. Kathy Fuller did an amazing job writing this, and I thank her for the letting me go along for the ride.

A Choice to Forgive. Beth Wiseman has to be one of my favorite authors that write Amish books, and when I found out she would be part of this wonderful three in one book I was so excited. A Choice to Forgive was amazing, the story definitely one about undying love. It showed me that God always has a plan for us, and not matter how things look the end will always be great. I loved reading this story, especially after reading the previous one; and seeing some of the characters from before. I always love when authors tie in some familiar characters and Beth did it beautifully. Once again it was an honor to once again read one of Beth Wiseman’s stories, they are truly always beautiful.

One Child. Well, this is actually the first story I’ve read from Barbra Cameron and I must say it was astounding. The plot was interesting, telling the story of a married couple that has been waiting for God to give them a baby. It was touching to read about their struggles and to see them realize that all things happen in God’s timing. It always seems like every time I read a book I learn something. Trust me, knowing something and finally understanding it is two different things. I will definitely be following this author to see what she will come out with in the future.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 20, 2009

A Christmas Carol!

Ebenezer Scrooge begins the Christmas holiday with his usual miserly contempty, barking at his faithful clerk and cheery nephew. But when the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come take him on an eye-opening journey revealing truths Old Scrooge is reluctant to face, he must open his heart to undo years of ill will before it's too late.

What do Patrick Stewart, The Muppets, and Jim Carrey all have in common? They've all starred in different versions of A Christmas Carol. In the newest release of the classic story, Jim Carrey plays Ebenezer Scrooge, who hates anything pertaining to Christmas. All of us are familiar with the story, how Scrooge goes through his past, present, and future all in one night, and how he has a change of heart in the end. Although this was an animated version, it was the classic story, filled with memorable characters and parts you'll be talking about for days after you watch it. It definitely got me into the Christmas mood, and got me singing the carols that were in it. When I went to see this movie, I went in knowing that it already had great reviews. Despite it being freezing in the theater, the wet, sticky, floor, and the people talking throughout the whole thing (lol), I'd say I really enjoyed this movie. I was a little disappointed, though, to see the kids in the theater laughing when the ghosts came to visit, and even in the beginning when the dead Jacob Marley's face is shown. As we all know, nothing about the story is funny, and it made me sad to see the kids thinking that ghosts are humorous. But on the upside, the animation was great, and even though I didn't see it in 3-D, I heard it was amazing. The movie definitely had the Christian message weaved throughout it, just like Charles Dickens had in his book. From what I hear, the movie followed the book closely, so if you're a Dickens fan, you won't be disappointed. Whether young or old, your whole family will love the classic tale of Scrooge and his "humbug!" outlook on life. This one definitely gets two thumbs up!

Love in Jesus,
Elyssa =)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

One Perfect Day by Lauraine Snelling

Two mothers. Two children. One tragedy. One miracle.

Nora Peterson has two children--twins, a boy and girl, who are seniors in high school. She wants their last Christmas as a family living in the same home to be perfect, but her husband is delayed returning from a business trip abroad. And then there's an accident--a fatal one involving a drunk driver.
Meanwhile, Jenna Montgomery has a daughter who needs a new heart.
One woman’s loss becomes the miracle the other has desperately prayed for. And while one mother grieves, and pulls away from her family, the other finds that even miracles aren't always easy to receive.

Okay, it being near Christmas time I figured I’d begin reading some Christmas fiction. The first book on my list was One Perfect Day. Let me just tell you that when I first started this book I knew there would be times when I would want to abandon. Just reading the synopsis on the back made my heart hurt, so I knew the actual story wasn’t going to be any better. For the first few chapters I got to know the characters, and like every other fiction reader I got attached to some of them. I seem to always have my favorite characters in books these days, but maybe it’s the same with everyone. Well, going into this story I wasn’t completely sure who was going to eventually die, so I went ahead like normal. Oh, my heart was devastated when I found out that my character, Charlie was the one that died in the car accident. Moving on, I have to say how hard it was to read both sides of this story. One side you have a grieving mother who just lost her only son, and then you have a mother that is rejoicing for her twenty year-old daughter who just got a new heart. You know that both of these stories connect somewhere. And you guess it has something to do with the heart. To sit back and read this is like being there with the characters, watching their heartaches and hearing the heart’s cry for relief. Lauraine Snelling has done an amazing job with this story, making it very believable. To say that both of their stories didn’t end well is a lie. We know that nothing can really lessen the blow of a death, but in time the pain does lessen. This story really showed me that you cannot plan you life out, expecting it to go the way you want it. Only the Lord knows the number of days you have on this earth, and it is best to leave that up to Him. Thanks Lauraine for letting us see just how precious a life really is!

Have an amazing week, and a blessed Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Wednesday's song of the week #1

You may be wondering what "Wednesday's song of the week" is.
Well, every week we're going to choose a different song from our music library, and bring it straight to you. You'll never know what it might be, so keep your eyes open every Wednesday for the song of the week.

This week's song was chosen because it conveys God's love.
A lot of Christians today tend to live their lives believing that they need other things to be happy, yet still feel lonely and unsatisfied. In Romans 8:39 it says, "Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
This Scripture brings us to Wednesday's song of the week.

*By Your Side by Tenth Avenue North

This song clearly states that God will always be by our sides no matter what.

No one can sum this song up better than the song itself: "Why are you looking for love? Why are you still searching as if I'm not enough? To where will you go child, tell Me where will you run? To where will you run?"

In all things we can be sure of this...He will be by our side.

**Every week the song will be playing on the playlist on the bottom.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Hello Hurricane by Switchfoot

Have you ever had a band that you've followed from their early years? Well, Switchfoot happens to be one of those bands for me. Although I haven't followed them from their debut CD in 1997, I've followed them since their CD, Learning To Breathe, which came out in 2000. To be honest, I think all Switchfoot fans have been waiting for their newest release, Hello Hurricane, since the band announced their new record. From the first song Needle In a Haystack Life to the closing song Red Eyes, you'll find yourself bopping your head, enjoying the totally awesome guitar solos and catchy tunes that are well known to Switchfoot fans. With songs like The Sound and Mess of Me, the rock tunes come through the speakers, causing you to tap your feet along with the songs. As with other bands, you can find the hint of Christianity they add to their songs. Usually it's only noticeable for Christians that keep their ears open for any hint of lyrics pertaining to God. I'd say the most obvious one on this CD would be Free, probably one of my favorite songs on this album. As the song says, "There's a hole in my heart, but my hope is not in me at all. I had a dream that my chains were broken, broken open. Free." This song is very deep, yet still has that catchy tune that is typical for Switchfoot. All in all I'd say this album was really great, and I'd give it two thumbs up. Fans won't be disappointed with this CD, and all the people out there that are just starting to listen to them will enjoy it just as much!

So in an earlier post, Thanksgiving was mentioned, and to remember what we're thankful for. I'd like to share what I'm thankful for. So, here goes: I'm thankful for everything God has bless me with- my family, friends, a roof over my head, and the freedom to worship Him freely. I'm also thankful for Jesus. Without Him, I know without a doubt that I wouldn't be here today, and I'll always be thankful for what He's done in my life.
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your families, and may God bless you!

Love in Jesus,
Elyssa =)

Monday, November 16, 2009

Thank you Molly from Book Reviews by Buuklvr81!!! Another Award!

Molly from Book Reviews by Buuklvr81
bestwoed upon us this beautiful award.

The rules of this one is to list ten honest things about me and then pass the award on to ten other book bloggers.

1. I absolutely love to write!

2. When I'm not writing I normally can't stop reading.

3. The only place I've been other than around Ling Island is (I think) Pennsylvania.

4. I can't stand drinking water, but I know I have to. lol!

5. I am also overly obsessed with the Amish.

6. My favorite authors are Karen Kingsbury and Beverly Lewis.

7. I'm homeschooled!

8. I attend A Beka Academy at my computer every day.

9. I love to bake cookies, and not only during Christmas time.

10. I dream of moving to Pennsylvania when I get older.

You must hang in there as to the people I will pass this on to. Considering we don't have all that many followers just yet, I can not pass this on just yet. But as time goes on, and hopefully our number of followers grow, I will definitely pass this on.

Thanks for being patient.

The Missing by Beverly Lewis

A Painful Absence, a Desperate Heart... Is It Too Late to Find Lettie Byler?

Grace Byler longs to uncover the secret that drove her mother to leave the family weeks ago. When all hopes are dashed for such a search, an unlikely friendship leads to a surprising invitation. Meanwhile, the young Amishman Grace thought was courting her best friend takes a sudden interest in her, and Grace's decision to remain single is challenged even as her determination to find her mother grows.

Okay, to start with I have to say that the theory has been proven. Beverly Lewis definitely works in a mysterious form. Like our previous review on the first book in the Seasons of Grace series
The Secret, we have found that not only does the second book normally draw your attention; but The Missing doesn’t let go even after you’re finished. Of course being a fan of Miss Beverly Lewis, I am truly not surprised that she has won my attention and affection for her new book and characters. Grace Byler is definitely the epitome of all my hopes of what a young Amish girl would be like during her Rumschpringe-“Running around years”. I always love to read a book where not only does the young Amish teenager enjoy being Amish, but can’t imagine her life as anything else. Being in the world I don’t see many kids these days that are willing to give up some modern conveniences let alone all of them. Grace Byler, along with almost every other character Miss Lewis has dreamed up, is truly driven to go against the world’s pattern. It reminds me of Romans 12:1-2, where it clearly states that we are supposed to be in the world but definitely not going around as if we are just like them. The Amish are amazing, because they are really living out this scripture whereas Christians today think it’s alright to look and be just like the world as long as they go to church every Sunday. The Missing not only showed me how amazing it really is that there are people willing to live basically like they’re in another century, all the while the 21st century is forming all around them; but that money and modern conveniences don’t hold a candle to what God can provide if you just wait on Him. Just beautiful! And not only does Beverly Lewis write about it, but she portrays it better than I’ve seen anyone else portray it. I’ve always loved to see what it would be like to see someone that is not Amish go into their world and live among them. Beverly Lewis has definitely outdone herself with this one, leaving me not only speechless but craving more as well.
I would definitely recommend this book and this series to you readers, Beverly Lewis is so good at what she does it’s just amazing.

So the Thanksgiving holiday is upon us and hopefully you are all realizing what you’re thankful for. The Lord has blessed us with so much; family, friends, places to go home at night. No matter what we go through we should always remember the things God has done for us, and know that He will get us through it.
Have an amazing Thanksgiving,

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

G.I. Joe Rise of the Cobra

From the Egyptian desert to deep below the polar ice caps, the elite G.I. JOE team uses the latest in next-generation spy and military equipment to fight the corrupt arms dealer Destro and the growing threat of the mysterious Cobra organization to prevent them from plunging the world into chaos.

First off, let me just say that this was one of those movies that we wanted to see in the theater, but wasn't very sure about it. After all, the previews made it out to be a movie with parts that you'd have to fast forward if you watched at home, but honestly, it didn't have any adult situations in it except for a few kisses here and there. Otherwise, this movie was filled with action, suspense, mystery, and a whole lot of G.I. Joes. My sister described it as being outstanding, and I definitely agree with her. This movie will leave you sitting on the edge of you seat, dying to know what happens. Full of unexpected twists and turns, you'll find yourself sucked into the plot, most likely leaving your mouth hanging wide open. This movie is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence (but no blood) and mayhem throughout, as well as some bad language. But otherwise, this was a truly awesome movie. The only problem I had was the fact that they left it open for another movie, and now we have to wait for them to make it to see what happens! I'd definitely give this movie two thumbs up!

Love in Jesus,
Elyssa =)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

The Real Enemy by Kathy Herman!

Brill Jessup becomes the first female police chief in Sophie Trace, Tennessee, and soon faces a series of bizarre disappearances that sends chills through the townspeople.

Brill's investigation runs headlong into a nineteenth century legend that claims the "Red Shadows" the spirits if the Cherokee who were driven from the land, roam the countryside and wreak havoc on the decedents of those who settled there. Brill thinks it's absurd but soon discovers that the people who grew up with the legend are convinced the authorities are withholding the truth. The media can't get enough of the story, and panic sets in when new facts seem to support the story.

Brill uses the case to avoid dealing with her husband, Kurt's affair. She's never going to forgive him. So why can't she just end it?

As the case heats up, so does Brill's anger. Based on Romans 12:21 "Do not be overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good," the real enemy may be closer than she thinks.

The Real Enemy by Kathy Herman is a heartwarming novel that will capture your attention in every way. Not only is this book about a mystery but it’s also about a broken marriage which in time causes a broken family. Brill Jessup has to deal with a lot of things in this story, and Kathy Herman writes it well. Kathy brings up many situations in this story, some that are mysterious outwardly and others that go way deep into the character’s hearts and lives. This is the first book I’ve read from Kathy Herman, not being a very big reader of mysteries, but truthfully this book left me wanting more. I can tell you that I will definitely be picking the second book at the bookstore, the sooner the better. Kathy Herman did an amazing job writing this story, the details in depth and the feelings of the characters even more so. I would definitely recommend this book to my readers. The Real Enemy definitely has the potential to be a best seller!

Have an amazing Thanksgiving!

Em <333

Kreativ Blogger award!!!!

Thank you Molly from Book Reviews by Buuklvr81 for another award, we're honored!

Here are the Rules:
What a surprise!! I am suppose to list seven of my favorite thing and share this award with seven other blogs. Ok, that's what I'll do. This is going to be fun.

1. Ira from The Jesus Freak Blog

2. Ira from Ira's Holy Smoke Blog

3. Amanda from Untitled, Anonymous

4. Zach from Bookstore Journal

5. Zach from Chester

6. Zach from The Bird and the Beas

7. and Elyssa

*Seven of our favorite things:

1. Jesus

2. Writing

3. Reading in large quantities (lol)

4. Laughing

5. Our families

6. Music

7. Game Night!!!!!

Hope you're having a great Thanksgiving season,
Emily and Elyssa <333

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Another Award!!

My friend Molly from Book Reviews by Buuklvr81 gave us this wonderful award.
Thanks Molly, you're the greatest!

Here are the rules of the "One Lovely Blog Award": Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link. Pass the award up to 15 other blogs that you've newly discovered. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

Since me and my friend are really just starting out I can only give this award to three people.
They are:

Amanda from Untitled, Anonymous

Zach from Chester
Ira from The Jesus Freak Blog

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Transformers Two, Good or Bad?

Transformers... more than meets the eye...

With the help of the Autobots, the soldiers of NEST, and an adversary-turned-ally, Sam and Mikaela must uncover the secret history of the Transformers presence on earth, and the sacrifices that have to be made to save if from an ancient threat sworn on returning here for revenge... an ancient Decepticon named THE FALLEN.

Some of you may have read the Transformers comics and even watched the TV show when you were younger. I, however, was never really into comic books and wasn't even born when they came out. But earlier this year when I saw the first Transformers movie, I ended up loving it. Same for the second one, except for a few things. There was a lot of bad language, profanity, and adult situations. But, if there wasn't any of that, it would truly be an awesome movie. It was disappointing to see all these things, and I hope that in the future the directors would see that these things aren't necessary to make a really great movie. I wouldn't recommend this movie for little kids, mostly because of the bad language and adult content. The thing I really liked about this movie was the war between the Autobots and Decepticons, and how the government was involved in all of it. So can Sam and Mikaela save the world once again, with the help of the Autobots? Or will The Fallen end up having his revenge and take over the planet? This movie has all the characters from the first one, plus a few new faces- or should I say Autobots...?And yes, for all Transformer-loving people out there, Bumblebee is back to help save the day!

Transformers... robots in disguise...

Love in Jesus,

Elyssa =)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Secret by Beverly Lewis

In the seemingly ordinary Amish home of Grace Byler, secrets abound. Why does her mother weep and wander in the night? And why does her father refuse to admit something is dreadfully wrong? Then, in one startling moment, the quiet life Grace has known is irrevocably altered, leaving her to question all she has been taught about love, family, and commitment.

What would you do if you woke up in the middle of the night to find your mother leaving you and your family with no explanation as to why? And what if you father wouldn't do anything about what was going on? Follow Grace Byler and her family as she finds out what's really behind all that's going on with her loved ones. Beverly Lewis is definitely one of my all-time favorite authors, so when I heard there was a new series coming out earlier this year, I pretty much freaked out. The Secret has the story of Grace, Lettie, and Judah Byler, as well as Heather Nelson, an Englisher that finds her way to Lancaster County. Although a little slow at times, I found my attention getting captured and wondering why Mrs. Lewis can't write faster. This book definitely wasn't a disappointment, because I know from personal examination (this may just be my opinion) that the first in Mrs. Lewis' series usually capture your attention, the second always leaves you dying for the last one, and the final book is always the best. And because of that, I'm definitely looking forward to reading more about Grace and the rest of the gang. Full of mystery, heartache, and confusion, The Secret is one that will leave you guessing until the end, and even then you'll still be dying to know what happens.

Love in Jesus,

Monday, October 19, 2009

Relient K- Forget and Not Slow Down!

Alright this review is pretty hard for me to write being an absolute HUGE Relient K fan. So, I’ll have to ask you to bear with me. Relient K always amazes me with each new album they release whether it’s the songs they started out singing with their funny but serious way; or their more matured sound. Either way, I think, they hit the ball each and every time they put lead to paper. Forget and Not Slow Down is as they call it more of a break-up CD. It’s a compilation of songs that lift your spirits and just make you feel good. As for the Christian side, I have to be honest and say that I still haven’t detected anything in this particular album. Every time I buy a Relient K CD I expect to find somewhat of a hint of Christianity, and every time so far I have found just that. But with this one it seems like they focused more on other things. I haven’t found that in all the years of listening to this band that they have stuck to just one theme throughout their albums, it was always just a little bit of this and a little bit of that. But as I listen to Forget and Not Slow Down I find that this album focuses more on getting through emotional turmoil such as a bad break-up. Like the lead singer Matt Theissen says, “It’s hard to forget and move on emotionally, but sometimes it’s better for you. You have to keep the bigger picture in mind. If you’re feeling sorry for yourself or reflecting on things that aren’t good, you’re not being productive. So to move forward is to concentrate on ‘What can I do better?’ That’s the whole idea of the record.”
I would definitely say that Relient K had matured in their music, making a much better quality and sound. But if you are a fan of Relient K then you know that no matter where this band goes with their sound and quality, that you will follow them wherever. I truly do love this album, and feel that Relient K just gets better and better as the years go by. But, like I said before, it would’ve been amazing to hear a little bit more about God in these songs. Don’t get me wrong there are some great songs on this CD such as: “I Don’t Need a Soul”, “Over It”, “Sahara”, and “If You Believe Me”.
Over all I would give this CD two thumbs up. Relient K truly lives up to their amazing reputation with this album!

Have an amazing day,

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Wagered Heart by Robin Lee Hatcher!

When Bethany Silverton left the genteel life of Miss Henderson’s School for Young Ladies
back in Philadelphia for the raw frontier town of Sweetwater, Montana, she had no idea how much she would enjoy the freedom and danger of this wild country.

A conservative preacher’s daughter, Bethany can’t resist the challenge of charming the most attractive cowboy in town into attending her father’s new church. She never dreamed that the cowboy would charm the lady.

But Hawk Chandler isn’t the only man vying for Bethany’s affections. Ruthlessly ambitious Vince Richards thinks Bethany is perfect for him: attractive, gracious, just the woman to help him become governor. And he is determined to get what he wants at any cost.

Drawn to one man, an obsession of another, Bethany’s quiet life is thrown into turmoil. She wagered her heart on love. Now she has gotten more than she bargained for—and the stakes are about to become life and death.

Wagered Heart by Robin Lee Hatcher is, from my view point, one of my favorite books I read this year. The story is a little slow at first, but like all good stories it gets better. If you decide to read this book, don’t get frustrated with it in the beginning because it’s well worth sticking with. Miss Hatcher definitely did a great job with this book, the story just amazing. I could really just go on and on about it. I actually read this book with a friend and it took everything I had to put it down after two chapters every night, in fact I think we changed it to four chapters a night after a while. This book is an amazing read and I highly recommend it. Robin Lee Hatcher had created the best of the best with Wagered Heart!

Have a great day and a wonderful month of October,

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Switchfoot- Hello Hurricane trailer!!! Check it out!

Okay Guys,
This is something I think a lot of people are waiting for. Switchfoot's new CD is coming out, I believe, November 10th. For such a long time fans of Switchfoot have been waiting for the next big album that the band would come out with. Well, the wait is coming to an end! Switchfoot's Hello Hurricane should be the perfect antidote for all those waiting fans.
Here is the link to Switchfoot's trailer of their soon-to-be released album, Hello Hurricane!!!

Switchfoot's Hello Hurricane Trailer

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Thousand Foot Krutch- Welcome to the Masquerade

“Between the economy and everything else, this is as good a time as has ever been to drop our stereotypes—all the stuff that separates us—and get down to the black and white of loving people as God intended it to be.” ~Trevor McNevan~

Alright, so I’m sure that most of you that know us probably think we don’t look like the kind of people that would listen to louder music. Well… surprise! We absolutely LOVE Thousand Foot Krutch and their music. Their newest release, Welcome to the Masquerade is definitely one of my favorite CD’s from them. From the beginning to end, TFK has definitely not disappointed loyal fans. Songs like Fire It Up and Smack Down make you smile with the head banging beats, and the slower tunes like Watching Over Me and Forward Motion have relatable issues weaved into them.
As lead singer Trevor McNevan says about the CD: “We all wear masks. We hide what we don't want people to know we're thinking or feeling. And that's easy to get away with when life is so busy. A lot of times, we have no idea what's really going on in the life of the person right beside us."
This CD is definitely NOT a disappointment! Another great music choice for all those teens out there that are trying to find a band that their non-Christian friends can listen to without getting a bad message. For everyone out there that’s looking for something to bop your head to, enjoy!

Love in Jesus,
Elyssa =)

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

A Man of His Word by Kathleen Fuller

In just a few short months, Moriah Miller's perfect life unravels. Newlywed and newly pregnant, Moriah is abandoned by her husband, Levi. He's left her, his family, and their faith without a backward glance. The community, stunned, rushes to the young woman's aid.

But there is someone who feels more than just sympathy for Moriah. Gabriel Miller--Levi's twin--longs for an intimate commitment that might someday bind them to one another. Convinced of the impossibility of his dream, Gabriel settles for a mere friendship with the woman he loves.

Moriah bravely goes on with her life, adjusting to her new role in their tight knit Amish community and preparing for the birth of her child. She is unaware that her brief marriage--once idealized as the happiest time in her life--may have been merely a shadow of the kind of love God has created her for. A love that can mend the soul, renew her heart, and give her a future filled with hope...if only she'll let it.

A Man of His Word by Kathleen Fuller is an inspiring novel about forgiveness and love. For me, the adventure Miss Fuller takes you on with Moriah was well worth the $14:99 most book stores ask for. Just the way she captures one’s attention with her beautiful writing style, and artful way of portraying these peaceful people you will definitely be taken aback. I’ve read many Amish novels before, mostly Beverly Lewis, and Kathleen Fuller definitely doesn’t disappoint with this book. I was awed by this story, my heart was touched by the love it held. Most definitely, I recommend this book to you readers! If you like to curl up on the couch on one of those cold, winter days, this book is definitely a good choice. Thank you Miss Fuller, for this amazing inspiring novel!

Have a blessed day as the winter approaches.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Hannah Montana The Movie

As Hannah Montana's begins to take over her life, Miley Stewart, on the urging of her father takes a trip to her hometown of Crowley Corners, Tennessee to get some perspective on what matters in life the most. Follow Miley as she finds out what means more to her- her rock star life, or her friends and family. Will she choose the life she's always dreamed of, or will she choose to just be Miley Stewart?

To be honest, this was a really good movie. Full of laughter and fun, you'll find yourself being sucked into the plot, and hoping Miley chooses the right thing to do. Including the regular cast from the TV show, you'll find new characters that are as likable as the ones you've known from the show. And for all you country music fans, keep your eyes open for guest appearances from Taylor Swift and Rascal Flatts. By the time you're done watching this movie, I promise you'll have different songs in your head, and for about a week later, you'll still be bopping your head! Definitely a movie that's fun for the whole family! Hope everyone has an awesome weekend and a blessed month!

In Jesus,
Elyssa =)

Friday, October 9, 2009

Check out A Mom After God's Own Heart!!!

Hey guys, head on over to A Mom After God's Own Heart and enter her book giveaway for a chance to win Karen Kingsbury's new 52 week devotional!!!!


Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Tenth Avenue North

Okay, so I've been listening to a lot of music lately, and surprisingly it's not always the same genre. For me it doesn't take much for the band to be great. As long as it follows the guidelines I've set. But over the weeks I've come to know (and love) the music of Tenth Avenue North. For some time now I've been seeing this bands video on JCTV, and considering their new to the music industry that's not a bad start. To me I've been seeing God work in their music and through their music. The lead singer, Mike Donehey has truly received a God given gift to sing. With his vocals and the lyrics the band has created I really believe they will go far. As for the songs, well they are unbelievably amazing. You know how some bands are just plain addicting? Well, this is definitely one of those bands.
With songs like,
Love Is Here,
Lift Us Up To Fall,
By Your Side,
Hold My Heart...and many others this band will truly keep you singing all day long.
As for being a Christian band, well if it's not obvious then all i can tell you is check them out. This band will definitely lift you spirits when you're down, and just make you feel good.

Thanks to the whole Tenth Avenue North team for blessing us with this amazing CD, and we hope to hear many other songs from them as well.

If you are interested in checking out Tenth Avenue North and their songs here's the link to check out their website:

I hope you all have a blessed week and an amazing month of September,
Emily <333

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Coming Home by David Lewis

(From the back of the book)
Growing up in Palmer Lake, Colorado, Jessica Lehman and Andy McCormick were inseparable. But when tragedy struck there childhood friendship was torn apart.
Now, more than a decade later, Jessie's search for the truth about her family has brought the two together again. With Andy's support, Jessie must summon the courage to face the specter that has haunted her dreams and tormented her waking hours. Yet, she fears what her quest may uncover.
Andy, however, fears something far different. AS his feelings for Jessie grow beyond friendship, how will he ever manage to protect her from-not only from her past...but from her future?

To be honest, from the first time I saw this book I was drawn to the cover. Full of unforgettable characters and lines you'll be quoting again and again, Lewis definitely hit his mark with this book. As you follow the story of Andy and Jessie, you'll find yourself not wanting the book to end, and by the time your finished you'll need the box of Kleenex. Funny, yet heartfelt, it shows the importance of faith and trusting God in the darkest of times, as well as everyday life.
Coming Home is definitely a book you'll want to read over and over, and I promise, you wont be able to stop looking up certain parts in the book when you're finished! Great job, Mr. Lewis!

Just a little note: Hi Friends! This is my first blog post, and I'm looking forward to the things we'll be reviewing. Alright, let me introduce myself. My name is Elyssa, I'm Em's best friend.
So, I hope you're enjoying the posts so far, and if you decide to read, watch, or listen to any of the things we review, we hope you enjoy them.
Love in Jesus,
Elyssa =)

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

A Journey by Chance by Sally John

Dr. Gina Philips is looking for peace after so many new things happened in her life. What with her new status of "Unemployed" and her recently failed relationship she has just about had it with life. So, in an act of trying to relieve her heartache she travels to her mother's hometown for her cousin, Lauren's wedding. Little does she know that this small town isn't about to let her have a moments peace. From the constant reminders of how fast news travels in a small town and the attention of Brady Olafsson, Gina is about to go crazy. But does this mysterious town hold the key to her mother's horrible past? Could it be that her first impression of the handsome, Brady wasn't correct? Will Gina find all the answers to the pending questions in her heart?

A Journey by Chance by Sally John is an excellent book that will keep you hooked from start to finish. Sally John writes with passion that will keep you in awe. I most definitely recommend this book to anyone who like to read a good romance that will keep you both laughing and crying throughout the entire story. Although this is the first book I've read from this author, I assure you it will definitely not be the last.
Way to go Sally! You hit the mark with this one.

Emily <33

Monday, August 24, 2009

The First of Many (Hopefully)

Okay, so this is my first time blogging. This blog will basically be my thoughts on certain things like: movies, bands, books, and other things that come to my mind over time. I won't bore you with the weird moments in my life, but I will share things that interest me. If something happens in my life that I think you would enjoy, you can trust me to come here first and tell you.
Just so you know this blog will be run by me and my best friend. We have decided to bring to the blogging world our Christian views on all the things I have mentioned above.
Bare with us as we get started because neither of us have ever done thing sort of thing before. We will do our best to give you our sincere opinions of whatever it is we review here on Daughter's of the King. I hope you enjoy what we bring.
Have a nice day in Christ.
Emily <33