Mom Loves 2 Read: January 2011

Jan 29, 2011

Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball

Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball by Donita K. Paul
I found to be a much different Christmas story than I was expecting. I found this one to be hard to get into at the beginning. The story is about 2 people (Cora and Simon) who have worked together for 5 years and have rarely if never spoken. They are drawn together through a series of "coincidents" that start while they both are at an old fashioned bookstore on a street that is out of the way and for most not even there!! As things continue they discover that they both receive tickets to a Christmas Ball that seems a bit mysterious. It is an attempt to start a romance between the two of them.
As the story progresses Cori's dysfunctional sister comes into the story line and adds another angle to this story. ....without her the story would have lost a lot of it's magical twist.
I give this a 3.5 out of 5.  The magical aspect was a twist I did not expect, but yet did not detract from the christian aspect of the story.  Was a quick read, but not one of my favorites.

* In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising;" I am disclosing that: I received a free copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah books through Blogging for Books website.  I was in no way compensated for publishing my personal review

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Jan 19, 2011

Review ~ Dr. in Petticoats

Beth McClellen, a nurse who has been trained by a doctor; is riding on the stagecoach across from an annoying and very smelly she man believes is drunk. They come across a brutal stage coach accident and Beth forces him to help her while she helps the wounded. Beth is surprised when the drunk, Alex, turns out to be a doctor-- a doctor who is and army deserter and is on the run from the horrors and memories of his time as an army doctor in the war.  He can only function with Beth at his side, yelling at him. Beth is drawn to healing him, just as she was drawn into nursing. He is drawn to her faith and her strength. Soon they form a partnership of sorts, more like a co-dependence and...well, I can’t tell you more or it would spoil a wonderful story!
Mary Connealy is a wonderful writer, and the thoughts that run through her characters minds are always intriguing and good for a few chuckles. I especially liked that she created a spiritually and mentally wounded man. But don’t get me wrong; although he is a broken man struggling for sanity and clarity of mind, he is still a rugged manly man! 
You do not have to read the rest of the series to understand this book, but it is highly recommended that you do. I personally have liked all of Mary Connealy’s book series,  but Husband Tree is still my favorite book by her. Mary Connealy gives a good performance in these books. She is a great storyteller. Her books just keep getting better and better.  I look forward to reading each and every book she creates!

Disclaimer: Although I did receive a copy of this title for review purposes, I was in no other way compensated to publish this post. These are my real and honest opinions.

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Jan 5, 2011

Gray Matter by David Levy

Gray Matter is a fascinating account of Dr. David Levy’s decision to begin asking his patients if he could pray for them before surgery. Some are thrilled. Some are skeptical. Some are hostile, and some are quite literally transformed by the request.
Each chapter focuses on a specific case, opening with a detailed description of the patient’s diagnosis and the procedure that will need to be performed, followed by the prayer “request.” From there, readers get to look over Dr. Levy’s shoulder as he performs the operation, and then we wait—right alongside Dr. Levy, the patients, and their families—to see the final results.
As Dr. Levy prays for his patients, the surgical department undergoes a spiritual transformation as nurses request to join him. Praying for patients also brought forgiveness in his own life. The author explains the medical procedures with terminology the reader can easily understand.  Gray Matter can be read in one sitting or each chapter could be read separately to enhance and accompany personal daily devotions.
Gray Matter is a book that will inspire the reader in many ways.  I definitely recommend this as a "read it little by little" or "read it all at once" book.  Either way, it is a wonderful book.

 * In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising;" I am disclosing that: I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers.  I was in no way compensated for publishing my personal review. 

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Jan 2, 2011


After a wonderful Christmas holiday with family and friends, then a busy, but fun New Years weekend - I was hoping to get a little reading and reviewing time this coming week.  BUT - I still have lots to do to get ready to leave Sat for a Vacation trip.  So, I will be postponing my next reviews until after I return on the 17th of January and have time to recover and get the kids back into the grove of school and activities!

Hope you all had a wondeful Christmas and New Years!

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