Drew Farthering Gentleman Detective

Death at Thorburn Hall by Julianna Deering {a review} A perfect, cozy read for you and your teen Drew Farthering and his wife are back in this sixth wonderful mystery by Julianna Deering. As Drew begins to investigate the death of his host at Thorburn Hall in Scotland, he quickly realizes that the death is in fact a murder. Is it Nazis or just plain criminals? The mystery that Drew must untangle goes beyond a simple death. The more he investigates, the deeper the danger becomes so after stashing his intrepid wife, Madeline, in a local hotel, Drew gets down to the gentlemanly business forRead More →

Fire Road

Fire Road by Kim Phuc Phan Thi { a review for Tyndale House Publishers } This is a fantastic book. Growing up in the 1970’s I remember seeing the picture of Kim Phuc as a child. The horror of that moment, however, was lost on me at the time. By the time I was old enough to understand Kim Phuc’s plight better, I had seen the photo so many times that it’s impact was not as great as it should have been. I knew many Vietnamese refugees growing up in school and in our community. I had read about the Vietnam War and understood the factsRead More →

Hinds' Feet on High Places

Hinds’ Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard {a review] Hinds’ Feet on High Places is a beautifully told allegory of the acceptance and recognition of God’s love in spite of the trials and hardships we undergo in life. It is a modern-day Pilgrim’s Progress based upon the Song of Songs. The story begins with Much Afraid who is stuck in the valley with her family, the Fearfuls, and betrothed to an evil cousin. Her fear overwhelms her ability to direct the course of her life and reach the High Places, until she spends enough time with the Shepherd. “The Lord God is my strength,Read More →

Where We Belong

Where We Belong by Lynn Austin { A Review } Where We Belong is a fantastic tale of two girls coming of age in and around the time of the U.S. Civil War and reconstruction. The Story Rebecca and her sister Flora, along with their widower father, take a trip to France to satisfy their love of travel and adventure. While there, they meet Mrs. Worthington who will change their lives. . . By 1890, the now young ladies finally begin their own solo adventure in Egypt as they continue their quest to discover where they belong. As always, their thirst for adventure is temperedRead More →

Finding My Way to Zendoodle Calm

A Review of Zendoodle Calm By Felicity French and Lauren Farnsworth Zendoodle Calm is a fantastic new kind of coloring book for adults. You color designs with doodles, not solid color. This makes coloring more of a meditative activity, and thus the name, Zendoodle Calm. Coloring with doodles is a lot like the pattern shading that Albrecht Durer made commonplace in his famous rhinoceros woodcutting in 1515. I actually tried an art project with my kids once to recreate their own versions of that Durer rhinoceros, but it was a disaster. The kids were too young for the concentration required to make the detailed patternsRead More →

Off My Shelf In October

A Selection Of Books From Our Home Library Each month I will pull a pile of books off the shelves in our home, books that my kids and my husband and I love. Each book I select is special and full of memories for me. And I will share them with you: Off My Shelf. The selection this month includes a special book that I sang to my children each night as a bedtime book when they were babies. Over in the Meadow is a picture book set to the tradional song of the same name. I love this song. Even though my kids areRead More →