Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Scenes From Thanksgiving

 Our Thanksgiving was filled with lots of cooking, eating, napping, board-game playing, and football-watching, with a little bit of shopping and Christmas tree hunting thrown in. All in all, it was pretty much perfect.

















Thursday, November 20, 2014

Book Review: The Brothers' Keepers & Kindle Fire Giveaway

*I received this book for free from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review of the book. All opinions are my own.

About the Book:
A friend's deception. A family's dilemma.

While cataloging looted antiquities in Brussels, archaeologist Grace Madison learns that her daughter has disappeared in France, and daughter-in-law has been attacked in Switzerland. But before the Madisons can save themselves, they must rescue an old friend---if he'll let them. Navigating a deadly, four-thousand-year-old artifact trail that crosses three continents, they jeopardize hearts and lives against a foe as old as time---as time runs out.

Because choosing what's right is all that's left.

My Review:
Personally, I had a really hard time getting into this book.  Try as I might I just couldn't connect with any of the characters.  The plot of the book and all the biblical history was a fascinating concept, but I felt like there were too many people, places, and things to keep track of throughout the whole story, and it felt disjointed to me because of that.  Also, I felt like so many of the situations were highly unrealistic so I had a hard time believing in the story. For example, Madison being trapped in the cargo hold of an airplane by her captors and being able to figure out where the plane is headed so she climbs into a sarcophagus to hide and is able to reunite with her family at the airport?  I did really like how the main character, Grace, was older and I enjoyed reading about her relationship with her husband, Mark.  There aren't many novels that focus on the relationship of older couples, and it was refreshing in a way.

Don't miss NLB Horton's The Brothers' Keepersinternational suspense at its best. While cataloguing looted antiquities in Brussels, archaeologist Grace Madison discovers her daughter has vanished in France, and her son's bride has been attacked in Switzerland. After the Madison family unearths a relic whose taproot pierces the Ancient Near East, they realize before they can save themselves, they must rescue an old friend . . . if he'll let them.

Learn more about book one in the series, When Camels Fly, and enter to win a Kindle Fire.
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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • When Camels Fly and The Brothers' Keepers by NLB Horton
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on December 7th. Winner will be announced December 8th on NLB's blog.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

SHOP CLOSING SALE!

After much thought I have decided to close down my Etsy shop,LoveandaPrayer, as it was starting to become too much like work and not as much fun anymore.  Everything is currently marked 50% off so head on over to the shop to order while supplies last!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Book Review & Kindle Giveaway: The Promise by Beth Wiseman

*I received this book for free from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review of the book. All opinions are my own.


About the book: 

Mallory's search for happiness leads her to a faraway place. There she finds heartache, betrayal---and danger.

Mallory Hammond is determined that no one will stand in the way of her goal---to save a life. She had that chance years ago, and she failed to take it, leaving her adrift and in search of the real meaning of her life. Finally, she meets a man online from a volatile corner of the world who offers her the chance to find that purpose. But she will have to leave everyone she loves behind in order to take it.
Tate Webber has loved Mallory for many years. He understands that Mallory will never be happy with him until her deepest heart's desire is satisfied. When Mallory decides to travel across the world to fulfill her dreams, Tate begs her not to go but tries to give her the space she needs. Mallory embarks on her dangerous journey only to discover how swiftly and easily promises can be broken. And Mallory can only pray that she will make it out alive.
Inspired by actual events, The Promise is a riveting love story that asks the question: how far will we go for love?

My Review:
Wiseman's book gave light to the disconcerting reality many young, American women have fallen victim to, a reality I knew nothing about until now.  If I hadn't known that this book was based on true events I would never have thought someone could be so naive as to travel alone to a dangerous region of Pakistan to marry a man they barely know.  In Mallory's case she thought she would be enabling a loving father to get his visa so he would be able to bring his dying daughter to America for the health care she needed...only to discover nothing could be further from the truth.  I was on the edge of my seat hoping Mallory wouldn't go through with her foolish decisions, and then hoping she would be able to make it out alive!  I hope this book is able to raise awareness about these situations and keep other young women from making the same mistake.
However, I was disappointed in that this book was marketed as Christian fiction.  Yes, there are many religious discussions throughout the book as it provides a glimpse into the different practices and everyday life of Muslims, and Mallory's boyfriend, Tate, identifies as Catholic.  Yet within the first few chapters the book references the sexual intimacies of their relationship, as well as that of Mallory's boss and his fiancee.  The characters show no regret for their actions, or growth in their relationship with the Lord.  Tate brushes off Mallory's religious indifference, and even Mallory states that she doesn't care what god Muslims pray to.  The book seemed to focus more on prayer, whomever you may be praying to, rather than the need for Jesus as our Savior.  For these reasons I would not recommend this book.  I have started to become very disappointed in the standards, or lack thereof, evidenced in the "Christian" books I've read recently.   

In a daring new novel, Beth Wiseman jumps way outside the box. The Promise will take readers far away from Amish country and small Texas towns to a dangerous place on the other side of the world. Inspired by actual events, this is the book Beth has been working toward for a long time.

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Curious? Click here to read the reviews, and be sure to enter Beth's Kindle HDX giveaway!
One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire HDX
  • The Promise by Beth Wiseman
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 9th. Winner will be announced November 10th here.
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Oven Roasted Broccoli

Jonathan and I have been trying to do better about eating more fresh veggies recently.(read: I have been wanting to eat more fresh veggies and so now Jonathan has to as well :) So I've been on the hunt for some new recipes and this has quickly become one of my favorites. It's super easy and tastes delicious. Seriously, I can't get enough of this stuff, and even Jonathan went back for seconds! Success!


Oven Roasted Broccoli

1 head of broccoli cut into florets
olive oil
sea salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • lay your broccoli florets out on a baking pan and drizzle with olive oil
  • toss until well coated and then generously sprinkle with sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • roast in the oven at 350* for about 12 minutes, turning half-way through
  • try not to eat them straight off the pan with a fork...enjoy!
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