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Review: Your best Destiny by Wintley Phipps


Your Best Destiny

Your Best Destiny by Wintley Phipps

Your Best Destiny, by Wintley Phipps, is a book on helping you become the person you were created to be. Based on the description on the back cover, this book is designed to help you find what you may feel you are missing in life. In this book, Phipps is to take you on a journey through eight secrets that are to help reveal your unique character and lead you into the most amazing life you could experience. Why did I pick up this book? I guess you could say, when I first set my eyes on this book it spoke to me. For a long time I felt I was lacking something in my life, a guidance of sorts. I felt a little lost, and I hoped this book could help me discover my true calling in life.

 

In the introduction, Phipps talks about how true greatness has nothing to do with wealth, power, position, or fame, and that greatness is not through what we do, but who we are. Something I have said my whole life, but struggle daily to believe. Phipps goes on to ‘Discovering Your Best Destiny’, where, in his first chapter, he discusses the big questions. Is this all there is?, Is this truly all you were destined to do?, Were you made for something more?, Does God have a bigger plan for you?, Is your picture for your life what God wants? All questions I’m sure we’ve all asked at point or another.

 

Phipps books strives to define the true meaning behind not only success, but how to achieve it by perfecting ourselves. He does so by focusing on what he calls our ‘Ethos’. He defines our Ethos as our personality, character, emotions, guiding beliefs, habits, ideals, attitudes fundamental values, and lifestyle. Our Ethos, he says, is our soul fingerprint, and what ultimately shapes our destiny. He helps us fine tune our Ethos through his next eight chapters; Belief, Virtue, Self-Control, Perserverance, Sacredness, Kindness, and Love. In closing, he walks you through the ‘Prescription for Transformation’, and finally ‘Your Supreme Destiny’. Following the end of this book is said to be an online Your Best Destiny Personal Assessment Tool (Which I had not been able to access at the time). If you don’t have the time for the personal assessment, at the end of each chapter he does provide questions to help you apply his teachings to your own life.

 

My first impression upon starting this book was that it wasn’t quite what I was expecting it to be. I had a vision on the impact this book would have on me personally, and in the end found myself looking for a bigger connection with it then I had. It’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy the book, or that I didn’t take anything from it, but that I just didn’t follow along with his teachings like I would have liked to. Phipp’s definitely touched on good topics, made good points, and gave great advice. I was very encouraged by Phipps’s words, but I don’t feel I walked away with much more then that. There were a few things that may have come into play. Some of his chapters seemed a little jumpy, going from one topic to another quickly. There was less then a page per topic, which made it hard to pull yourself into what he is saying when you were having to change your focus so quickly. I think i’m just drawn to more deeper studies, and this book may have just been too light of a read for me.

 

I would definitely recommend to anyone interested in reading this book, to take your time to really absorb each chapter, answer each question to the fullest, and really dig deep into each of Phipp’s chapters, and how you can apply his teachings to your own life. I do feel there is a lot to be learned from this book, and it will speak to many of it’s readers, and touch many lives. There is a reason I picked up this book and I want to do right by it. For that reason I will be rereading it, and hopefully by taking more time I will find what I was seeking for when I first picked it up.

 

-I received this book for free through Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and reflect only my personal feelings.

Learning To See Creatively -review


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Review of Learning to See Creatively by Bryan Peterson

LEARNING TO SEE CREATIVELY (Third Edition)- Design, Color, and Composition in Photography, by Bryan Peterson, was first published in 1988. His newly revised edition was the first of Bryan Peterson’s books I’ve read. Being an amateur photographer, and an artist, I found his book to be a breath of fresh air compared to the many other photography books I’ve come across. With me not being a pro in any way, his simplistic layout, and his step-by-step explanations that walked me through his book made it not only easy to comprehend, but gave me a personal look into the mind of what I can tell, from my own opinion as well as other reviewers, is a great photographer and teacher. Not everyone can afford a one on one photography class with such a teacher, but most anyone looking to learn, or become better at, photography can afford a great lesson in just under 20 dollars.

I personally took an interest in this book for it’s title, although for me, it would read “Learning to see MORE creatively”. I’ve always had the eye, but not always the skill, and this book brings those two things together beautifully. Bryan Peterson answers all the questions a self-taught photographer like myself would have. He first breaks you into the book by focusing on, what else, but, “What Do We See?”. This first chapter is a perfect example of what the rest of the book looks like. You open up the chapter to see an array of images, the same image, just different perspectives. Each image is of a different view, depth, or lens. What Bryan does, is he shows you the different options a photographer might have in taking a photo, and then shows you ways you might make it better. He does this using his own point of view, explaining how he might go about taking such photo, and does this with a walk through of what he uses as far as camera, lens, shutter speed, exposure, and so on. It’s like being in the mind of a master.

Following through the first chapter, Bryan takes you on a walk through different lens, each lens he provides you with a photographic example, and another step-by-step walk through. Next chapter, he introduces you to the more creative side of things, the “Elements of Design”. Here, he covers Line, Shape, Form, Texture, Pattern, and Color. This is where the artist in me exploded with excitement. For so long I had thought photography was supposed to be about subjects, particularly people or animals. My eye, on the other hand, was always drawn to the more abstract side of life. It’s where my most favored photos came from. The book really opened my mind to see, just like with art, there is no limit with photography. There is just finding a way to build on the gift you’ve been given, in a way that all the world can see it and enjoy it.

Chapter by chapter Bryan goes on to explain the basics in photography, such as composition, contrast, light, editing, and Photoshop. Each and every chapter of his he provides an exercise, a chance for you to pull out your camera, and put your own skill to work, as well as to help you learn what your own vision and color composition is. Bryan does a wonderful job reaching out to you, the student, and helping you build your skill. Even the more skilled photographer has a chance to open their eyes a little more and learn a thing or two. It’s a great refresher book all around, and one I was very pleased to review.

-I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and views are my own.

Christmas in Apple Ridge by Cindy Woodsmall


Christmas in Apple Ridge by Cindy Woodsmall

Christmas in Apple Ridge, by Cindy Woodsmall, is probably by far one of the most adorable set of stories I have read in a while. It was my first time picking up a set of Amish fiction, and I’m not afraid to admit that I wasn’t quite sure what kind of story to expect from it. Of course I have heard of the Amish, but never really spent enough time learning of their lifestyle. I didn’t really get what the draw was to Amish fiction and because of this I unintentionally brushed off the desire to read it. Then life happened, and it was the holidays, and my reading kind of got away from me. It is a big part of why I’m finally finishing this book in April rather then December, Christmas time, when I intended to finish it. I finally made my way back to Christmas in Apple Ridge. I am so glad I did because once I got past the first chapter I found myself in a world that pulled me in faster then any historical fiction (which I LOVE). I found a place of ‘old world’ lifestyle and modern day setting, and suddenly realized why so many have fallen in love with it. I can’t say enough of how adoring the simple Amish life is, and how it really takes you back to a time I think most of us women love reading, and dreaming, about. Then you mix in it’s characters who, most, were caught between both worlds. Sprinkle a little bit of romance, and a dash of drama, and you got a book that is almost impossible to put down.
The Sound of Sleigh Bells‘ is book one, with main character Beth Hertzler, an Amish woman who is frozen in time by a horrible tragedy that has ensnared her heart and soul. The thought of her never finding love again weighs on her family, especially her aunt Lizzy who has spent most of her life alone, and does not wish that life for her Beth. Beth just can’t trust another soul to see that which she keeps so hidden deep inside her heart. She does her best to keep everyone out, but doesn’t expect that the one thing that would penetrate that icy center of hers to be not a person, but a carving. When her aunt discovers this secret ability the carving has in touching Beth’s heart, she wonders if the artist himself might have the same effect. Jonah, the artist, soon finds that maybe God has a much bigger plan for his gift of carving new life into things. The problem is, can he get Beth to see that sometimes we need those God puts in our life in order to overcome our tragedies, and then again, can he himself get past his own scars, and give them both the chance at finding love.
The Christmas Singing‘ is book two, with main character Mattie Lane, an Amish woman who decides to leave the Amish life, and a broken heart, behind in Apple Ridge in order to find healing in Berlin, Ohio. She manages to not only open her own shop ‘Mattie Cakes’ but also manages to find a trustworthy place to keep her heart, in the hands of a man named Sol. Everything is going according to plan and Mattie couldn’t be more comfortable in life. That comfort doesn’t last long though, and after being gone three years Mattie finds herself forced back to Apple Ridge, and having to face Gideon, the man who was responsible for her never wanting to return. Sadly Mattie could not avoid finding herself alone with Gideon, and she knew she was bound to ask why Gideon left her all those years ago. Gideon felt he was doing right by Mattie, but seeing her again made it harder for him to ignore his feelings, and he wondered how much longer he could go without telling her the truth. Will telling Mattie the truth heal the hurt he’d caused her years ago, or will it damage the relationship they’ve managed to revive during her short time home?
“The Dawn of Christmas” is book three, with main character Sadie Yoder, an Amish woman who finds a love, and escape, in living outside her Old Order Amish life, and dreaming of her mission trips to Peru. After years of her family insisting she come home and settle down, Sadie decides she can’t escape them forever, and decides to pay her family a visit. During her visit, and while escaping her family’s scoldings, Sadie finds herself stumbling upon an Amish man with her same problems. Levi is a bachelor who distrusts women after witnessing his brother’s heartbreak, and struggles to follow his brother and parents advice to settle down and find a good woman. Him and Sadie soon find their friendship has a benefit, and decide to use their time together to keep their families at bay. As Sadie’s mission trip draws near, Sadie soon finds she’s having trouble choosing between her mission trip, and the man who has brought her life more joy then she had ever thought possible. That is until an old heartbreak of Sadie’s finds it’s way between them, forcing Sadie and Levi to face their pasts, and problems of trust. Can they learn to trust love again, and in the process find faith in each other?
What I love most about series like this is how the stories intertwine with one another, and the characters are all connected in one way or another. It’s so great when you move on to the next book and you can catch up with the characters from the previous book, as well as get to know the new ones. Each story is similar in struggles, but unique in it’s own way, and all tell a wonderful message of love, faith, trust, and God’s ability to turn even the worst of struggles into wonderful blessings. Well worth the read, and am so glad I got the opportunity to review them. 🙂

 

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

Imagination Station-The Redcoats Are Coming!


Imagination Station-The Redcoats Are Coming!

The Redcoats are Coming, an Adventures in Odyssey book by Focus on the Family, is a walk into the Revolutionary war with Patrick and Beth as they assist uncle Whit, the keeper of Imagination Station, on an adventure to awaken the citizens of Concord Massachusetts before the Redcoats come. On their adventure, Beth and Patrick must deliver the letter to Paul Revere, but also find themselves meeting Samuel Adams and John Hancock along the way. Their adventure they find is far more then just witnessing firsthand the actions that took place during the revolutionary war, as they themselves partake in the events, smuggling musket balls and helping sound the alarm that the Redcoats are coming!

This book is a great way for children six and over to not only learn about the historical facts of this time, but to also learn how the people during the time of the revolutionary war looked toward God for direction. This book brings a more biblical view that is sometimes forgotten in history books, and would be a great resource for Christian teachers of all sorts, as well as parents looking to establish a solid Christian education for their kids from home. What I love about this book, and the series alike, is how it brings these historical events into a story line that children can relate to, by taking them onto an adventure with children just like them. They get to see these events from a child’s point of view.

I’m so glad to add this book to my son’s collection, even though he seems to still be a little young to capture the true events of the book, it’s never too early to start. This books will be one we can return to over and over again as he grows, and hopefully will be followed by more books just like it. I would love for my son to grow up with a more biblical view of our nations history, setting a good solid foundation for him in years to come.

-I received this book for free through Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for an honest review.

The Disney crew is on it’s way!


The Disney crew is on it's way!

So I’ve decided that it’s finally time to take my art from 75% to 100% done and framed. As a stay at home mom it isn’t always easy to find the time for myself. And the one area that gets pushed on my back burners the most is my art. There is nothing worse then showing someone a piece on my wall and having to say “Well it’s not done just yet” or “It’ll look even better when it’s finished”.

I would love to finally have something on my walls I can happily display to people and not feel ashamed that 90% of it isn’t finished. Lets just say that almost every piece of Disney work I’ve done has a mere couple hours left of touch up before they would be ready to frame. But that last ten percent is always where I say “Okay, it’s good enough for now.” Why? Because being a mom you just don’t have the time to give it your all.

Doing art isn’t like a nine-to-fiver where I can dedicate hours upon hours to one piece. I’m at the table, and then I’m making breakfast, and then at the table, and then cleaning up breakfast, and then at the table, and then changing the channel, and then table, and then potty training, and then table, and then picking up my son, and it just goes on and on like this all morning until I finally have to dedicate my day toward mommy/wife things.

My paintings get a few minutes of my attention at a time, until I give up because the stress is taking from the talent. Most may think painting is merely a gift. Sure, I personally consider it a gift, but it’s not a gift that just comes perfected. The true gift is the talent given to me, it’s my job from there to build upon that talent, and make it my own. I can’t just put a brush to canvas and expect it to make a beautiful painting. It takes time, focus, the right energy, and emotions. It’s a delicate process.

Just like it would be hard for my husband to wire a light or outlet with my children dancing all around him and talking in his face, so it is hard for me to do my art with so many distractions. I can’t just do it whenever or wherever. Yes I have places I could go in and close the door, but I also have two kids who would rip this house off it’s foundation if left alone too long.

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Now, as I look at my Mickey and how far he’s come, I’ve come to find that I have grown so much as an artist, and I think it’s time to have faith that when I finish Mickey, he will be worthy to hang up in one of Disney’s art galleries. I think what’s held me back for so long was having the faith that I was good enough. I know now that I will never see my dreams come true if I don’t have that faith. So over the next couple weeks I’m going to put that faith into action, and I’m going to get my paintings to a place where when one looks at them they will be asking why they aren’t already hanging up in a gallery.

Ha ha, I don’t really know if that confidence sounded real, but I’m trying. So here to finishing my paintings, for when they are done I am handing them over to God, and allowing him to take that talent he gifted me and use it for his will in my life. Thank you Lord for such a blessed gift, and may I use it for your good and your glory.

Review of “The Miner’s Lady” by Tracie Perterson


Review of The Miner’s Lady

Chantel Panetta returns to the town of Ely, grateful to see her family, but hardly grateful to leave the beauty of Italy for this old mining town. She is surprised to find that Ely was not the same small town that she was glad to leave behind a year ago. Even more so, those she left behind in Ely had also surprisingly grown. Her younger sister had not only grown into a beautiful young lady, but had also grown to love. Chantel would have been more then happy for her sister if the person her sister had grown to love wasn’t part of the family’s longest known enemy, the Calarcos.

Though she doesn’t agree, Chantel decides it would be safer to keep an eye on her sister, then allow her to take off to see this boy alone. She agrees to help her sister sneak in some time alone with the Calarco boy. What she does not expect is that she in turn would have to run interference for the two of them. When Dante Calarco comes searching for his younger brother, Chantel finds herself face to face with a decision to either talk to Dante Calarco, or risk him finding her sister with his brother. Though Chantel can’t deny that Dante’s bully attitude angers her, she also can’t deny the feelings that soon start to develop with every encounter she has with the older Calarco boy.

When Chantel learns that maybe love IS worth the risk, she decides that this union between her sister and the younger Calarco boy may be exactly what they need in order to stop this feud. That is until a tragedy at the mine strikes, putting all their efforts as risk of being lost forever. Will the two families be able to put aside their anger, and their ancestral feud, in order to overcome this tragedy? Or will the Calarcos and Panettas refuse to come together and allow all hope to be buried alive at the bottom of a mine.

Tracie Peterson is a really gifted writer. You can tell a lot of time and research goes into her books. That being said, The Miner’s Lady is a book that would be loved by all who find historical romances to be their thing. This book, I found, weighed heavy on the historical side of mining and the lives of those who lived among this mining town. If you are really into the history side of these books, and love soaking in this knowledge, I’d say you will for sure LOVE this book. On the romantic side of things, the story was a wonderful one, for sure, but may have not been as much of the focus of the book as you would desire.

I did not find a problem with the way Tracie Peterson prioritized this book, but as the reader, I was fighting a little between the three sides of this book: this history of mining, the family feud, and the romance. I love reading historical romances, but I expect the historical details to play a part more so in the background of the story. Being a mining town, I expected to get a lot of details of those lives living within it, but it seemed to play a huge part of this story. I struggled to get past this at first, as the story world was being built, but I understood the necessity. Eventually the family feud and romance comes into play more, and being the dramatic romantic, I flew through that part of the book (in other words, finished the book that night).

I admire Tracie Peterson’s dedication to research, as you can see it very well in her novels, and would not be disappointed to find myself reviewing another one of her books.

-I received this book for free through Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

365 Pocket Devotions Review


365 Pocket Devotions Review

365 Pocket Devotions is a great way to get in some one on one with God when life just doesn’t want to give you the time. As a busy mom of two, I don’t always have time to pull out my Bible, journal, and reading material when I would like. The 365 Pocket Devotions is a great option for those, like me, who find themselves running around all the time. It’s size is so convenient for storing away in your car, purse, or diaper bag, and it’s beautiful, orange, leather cover makes a wonderful book just to have out on the coffee table.

It’s wonderful for times when you want to sneak in some one on one with God, times when you need a quick pick me up, and it’s index great for specific things you might be going through in life that you may need to direct your devotion toward. As well, there are those of us who straight up struggle to find time to give toward God, and feel guilty. Although we all should strive to do better with this, Pocket Devotions are a great way to get in some easy scriptural reading in, and help guide ourselves toward making better efforts toward spending true one on one with God.

I truly love that the pocket devotions can be used in so many ways. I personally use it as a way to get myself to journal more, starting with my reading for that day, allowing myself to dissolve the scripture that follows, and then reflecting on it through my journaling. It gets me into God’s word, and reminds me of how refreshing it is to spend quality time with my father. I’ll admit, sometimes I do find myself so busy, or exhausted, that I just don’t feel like doing anything at the end of the day, save stare at my television until I’m too exhausted to keep my eyes open. With my bright little pocket devotions by my be side, I’m reminded that God deserves at the least a fraction of my time.

The devotions are so short and sweet that, even when I don’t have the energy to dig deep into my bible, I can at least find the energy to read through my daily devotion before I lose myself to sleep. It is a great refresher, and something I feel every household could benefit from.

I received the 365 Pocket devotions for free through Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

Evolving with my Art


Evolving with my Art

As an artist, your talent evolves with every stroke of the brush. When I started painting, I painted as a form of therapy, a way to express those struggles and feelings I felt I needed to hide away deep within myself. As time went on I decided to take my painting a different route, and I tried painting because I merely enjoyed it.

Sadly, when you depend so much upon a talent as a way of expressing yourself, it isn’t always the same when you paint just because you want to. I needed to NEED to paint in order to see results that satisfied. At one point I gave up painting all together.

It wasn’t too long ago that I decided to pick up that paint brush and go at it again. I painted a wedding tree for my sister in law. Her faith in me, as well as my NEED for this tree to be perfect, really pushed me to see that I really did have a natural talent hiding somewhere inside me. The tree was beautiful, and I felt inspired again.

I wanted to paint again, and I decided to try my hand at something I had a real love for. I grew up on Disney movies, the Lion King being my all time favorite, so much so I knew the entire movie by heart. As I grew, that love for Disney became all the greater. I dreamed of going to school and becoming a Disney animator or artist. Though my path in life didn’t really take me in that direction, I never gave up on that dream.

I started painting Disney paintings, starting with my Golfing Mickey, and then Donald. Next came my Cheshire Cat, who has been a lengthy piece of work, and now recently my Jack Skellington. I have a few other pieces I have yet to share, including a fishing Goofy that will debut soon on my blog.

My Cheshire Cat I started months and months ago, and when I first shared him on here he had been sitting for quite a while. He was one of my first pieces, and my first attempt at such detailed color. Being my favorite, I wanted him to be perfect. I struggled to see the results I wanted, and eventually gave up.

I went through quite a few other pieces of work, not all Disney pieces, before I picked up my Cheshire Cat again. One of those pieces was a Fishing Goofy painting I did, inspired by my brother who loves fishing. I stopped halfway through, satisfied, but again struggling to see the perfection I wanted.
My husband and I took a trip to Disneyland, where I begged to go by the Wonderground Gallery. I knew this was where Disney artists had their work up for sale, and all I wanted was a chance to get up close to their work. If my work could compare, maybe I would find the strength to push forward. Sure enough, I realized after seeing those art pieces that I was being really hard on myself.

There were a lot of amazing artists in there, but when you got up close and personal with their pieces, you see that their art isn’t all perfect as you may think. It took taking a step back from their paintings to see that I was staring too closely at my own. I needed to take the time to step back and relax.

So I picked up that paint brush, and put my Cheshire Cat painting back on the easel. Not only did I start to see my painting differently, but I found that all that time spent between starting my Cheshire Cat and now, I had evolved as an artist, and my Cheshire Cat had evolved with it.

My Cheshire Cat is still a challenge for me. He gets a few hours at a time on the easel before he’s sent back to the wall (I think he is like this intentionally), but I’m not giving up on him. In the mean time I am loving watching my art evolve the way it is. Jack Skellington is an amazingly fun piece. I sometimes can’t believe it was my hands that painted him.

In the end, I have to give it all to God, for if it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t have the talent I have. When I look at my Cheshire Cat, he is a reminder of the work God is doing within me. He is a reminder that I am still growing as an artist, and a person. I may not be where I dreamed I would be, but God is still growing me, and when I’m ready, I know God has great plans for me.

Preview of Jack Skellington Holiday painting


Preview of Jack Skellington Holiday painting

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a preview of my works in progress. There is nothing I love more then the holidays, except maybe Disney, and so I decided to put that love of both into another painting.
My sister is a huge Jack Skellington fan, and when I started taking my Disney paintings seriously she told me I needed to make her a Jack painting. Of course, she asked me not to worry about making it too big, but I just laughed at that.
Jack has been such a fun painting for me, and aside from the Cheshire Cat, is my only other Disney painting I’ve done in color. Jack, much like my Golfing Donald and Mickey, just came so naturally to me. Once I put my brush to canvas everything else just started pouring forth.
Honestly, I really hope one day my paintings, such as Jack, will serve a greater purpose. I’ve always dreamed of taking my art somewhere. Only God knows if that somewhere will be because of my Disney paintings. No matter what, I thank God for giving me the ability to express myself in such a way as this. I am truly blessed. 🙂

My Hope Is Found – by Joanne Bischof


My Hope Is Found - by Joanne Bischof

I was so excited when I saw ‘My Hope is Found’ up for review. I couldn’t click the review button quick enough, as if they were going to run out of review copies then and there. Joanne’s last book in the series, ‘Though My Heart is Torn’, left fingernail marks on my Kindle, as I was not expecting that book to come to an end when it did. I should have expected as much, from reading the first book. You come so glued to the story that you forget every story has to end some time, and of course you are going to be left hanging at the most heart tugging moment.

I jumped on this story almost the instant it was in my hands. I needed to find out how Lonnie and Gideon’s situation was going to resolve itself. The last book left off with Gideon as he was released from his marriage with Cassie, with her wishes that he return home to his family. You almost want to scream because you just came to terms with Lonnie’s settling into life without Gideon, especially with the new love interest in her life, the young reverend Toby McKee. Lonnie may have been struggling with her feelings for Toby, but you can feel the beatings of Toby’s heart. You see his heart for God and, though it hurts, you find yourself rooting for him. But God works in mysterious ways, as does this writer, and you know you have a lot to look forward to in the next book.

Now onto ‘My Hope is Found’ and you are dying to see where all this is going. Of course, Joanne isn’t going to give in that quickly, as in the first couple chapters,. You are asking for an all nighter with this book (just to warn you). As the Amazon review already tells you, Gideon does in fact return home, but his return home comes with a huge smack in the face, as his worst fears are realized. The love of his life has not only moved on, but she has moved on with someone else. Gideon is left with only a prayer, but will his prayer be for the desires of his heart, or will his prayer be for his family’s happiness and well-being. By doing so he is forced to really look at God for the first time, and when he does he finds the answer he was looking for…even if it’s not the one he wanted to hear. Now, I only  feel comfortable revealing as much, but I can say that this was one of the first books that has ever torn my heart in two places.

Joanne has yet again done a daring good job. I don’t know that many writers have the guts that she has to write such a love story in a historical christian, and twist the story the way she did. Most want to jump straight to pleasing the readers, by giving it the most desired or direct ending, so as to leave everyone crying “Awwww!” by the end of the book. I will tell you now though, that is not this story. She will toy with your emotions, she will twist your heart this way and that, and she will leave your head spinning, but she will not disappoint you. I am so glad as to have started this series, and am sad to see it come to an end. Thank you Joanne for such a wonderful journey, and for showing us that God is there for us, even when we feel undeserving of his love.