Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Realms Thereunder (Ancient Earth Trilogy, #1)



I loved his fathers books (Stephen R. Lawhead), so thought I would try out a book of his and see if it is as good, and I loved it. He writes just as well as his father does, and I for one, am glad to read his work as well. I can't wait to read the next two books of the series.

This book has a very great prologue and it draws you into the tale. I gotta say the first few paragraphs in the prologue were quite funny it actually made me laugh out loud, and so my hubby gave me a weird look and asked me what I was laughing at.

After starting this book, i couldn't put it down. Great fiction book that I think most people would enjoy.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.


Book Description

Uncover a land that has been hidden for over a thousand years.

Beneath the land of Britain, a great army is sleeping. On a visit to an old church, Daniel Tully and Freya Reynolds awaken two ancient knights from a centuries-old slumber. They are kidnapped and taken to an underground city that stands in peril, besieged in all directions by a vicious warhost. Nidergeard is the only thing protecting the upper world's blissful ignorance of mythical forces that have been held at bay since the creation of the world. In order to return home, Daniel and Freya must strike at the heart of the opposer's power.

Fast forward eight years. Daniel, now homeless, still wages what he believes to be a righteous war against those he judges to be evil. Freya has tried to put the past behind her and concentrate on getting an education, a job, and a life. When they reconnect in Oxford, unseen forces begin to ally against them. Daniel is pulled through a portal and into another world. Freya is abducted by someone—some thing—posing as her professor and drugged to keep her in a delusional state. After they finally break free, neither can deny the truth . . . they must return to Nidergeard and resume the battle.

With a thrilling narrative that draws heavily upon British mythology, The Realms Thereunder will quickly establish Ross Lawhead as a major new voice in fantasy.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

It Couldn't Just Happen - Knowing the Truth About God's Awesome Creation



PART ONE:
1. EARTH IN OUR UNIVERSE
It is possible to count the amount of stars in the sky, and it tells you the amount you count with the naked eye, and if you had a telescope you could count a higher amount of stars in the sky.

This section explains a lot of areas about the universe and the stars. It says that there was a beginning of the universe since even now it is still expanding.

2. TWO DEAD PLANETS, LIVING WORLD
Pluto was once thought to be our 9th planet but is now considered an asteroid.
"Eight planets ring our Sun. The more we learn about the planets, the more unusual Earth seems. Each of the other planets is a dead—and deadly—place. Only our Earth is a living world."
The inner planets are Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars.
The outer planets are Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.

This section talks about how it would be if we landed on the other planets

3. THE “ODD PLANET”
"It’s not just that many features of Earth have to be just right to support life. What is most amazing is that many complex processes must continue to operate in delicate balance for our planet to continue to be a zone of life."
"Cutting down and burning forests to make farmland destroys plants that use carbon dioxide. Scientists worry that a buildup of extra carbon dioxide may turn Earth into a giant greenhouse and cause a global catastrophe"

This section talks about the earth itself, and different ways that this planet is just perfectly set, and how global warming could happen and may not. There are some good points in there on both sides. It also talks about the ozone.

4. WORLD IN THE MAKING
"A study of planet Earth raises many questions. Earth was not always the way it is now. Tremendous forces have been at work, shaping and reshaping the surface of our planet. We find evidence of these forces, but even so we know very little about Earth’s past."
"The top of Mount Everest and the tops of other mountain ranges contain rocks and fossils that were once underwater! When was the top of the Earth’s highest mountain under a sea? And how was that rock lifted over five miles above sea level?"
"Scientists now believe that at one time all of Earth’s continents were joined in one great super-continent that has been named Pangaea"

This section talks about past experiences on the earth, like the 'Atlantis', the dinosaurs,

5. MYSTERIES OF THE EARTH
"Earth’s crust contains many wonders. While the theory of continental drift seems to explain some things that once seemed mysterious, it does not explain many other mysteries. Science textbook writers who speak so confidently about the age and features of our Earth often ignore the mysteries, just because they cannot be explained."


This section talks about the crust, fossils, the age of the earth





PART TWO: HOW LIFEBEGAN
6. HOW SCIENCE WORKS
"Most people have a great respect for scientists and what they say. But are scientists always right? Before we can evaluate what scientists say about how life began, we need to understand what “science” is and how it works. Perhaps the best way to find out is to become a scientist yourself. Follow the suggestions in this chapter, and think like a scientist!"



7. “LIFE” IN A TEST TUBE?
"People who believe the Theory of Evolution think that life began billions of years ago as certain chemicals happened to mix together under just the right conditions. Scientists have conducted experiments that imitate those conditions. No one has come close to making life. What would have had to happen to make life? And what are the chances that life could come from any mix of nonliving matter?"



8. THE MYSTERY OF THE MOTHS
"According to the Theory of Evolution, over millions of years living things became more complex and many different varieties of plants and animals developed. But how could this have taken place? Charles Darwin suggested a mechanism he called natural selection. But does natural selection really work the way Darwin thought it did? Today, even scientists who believe the Theory of Evolution don’t think so."



9. THE RECORD IN THE ROCKS
"The Theory of Evolution holds that one-celled creatures grew and changed into the many complex plants and animals we know today. But rocks contain the remnants of plants and animals evolutionists believe are ancient. Do these remains, called fossils, really support the Theory of Evolution?"



PART THREE: EVIDENCE FROM LIVING THINGS


10. THE SAME, YET DIFFERENT
"Evolutionists have long pointed to similarities between different kinds of animals as evidence for the Theory of Evolution. But are similarities really good evidence? In this chapter we find out. And in the next three chapters we look at amazing facts about living animals that the Theory of Evolution simply cannot explain!"

11. THE WONDERS OF DESIGN
"The animal world is full of wonders. As we look at some of the animals that share our Earth, the things we discover make the Theory of Evolution less and less believable. So many features of living things give clear evidence of careful, matchless design that we simply must believe in a Designer."

12. MORE WONDERS OF DESIGN
"The wonders of God’s design are shown in more than physical structures. Design is also shown in patterns built into animal communities. These patterns are not learned, but deeply implanted, and are controlled by factors that even now hardly can be understood. As we look at them, we realize that there is no way these things could have just happened."

13. WHEN IT TAKES TWO
"One of the wonders that’s hard for people who believe the Theory of Evolution to explain is called mutualism, or symbiosis. Many times in the plant and animal world, we find two different living creatures which live in strange relationships with each other. In many cases one, or both, could not even exist without the other!"

PART FOUR HUMANITY IN GOD’S NATURE

14. THE FAMILY TREE?
"Evolution and Scripture are in direct conflict over one vital question: Who are human beings? Evolutionists say that people, like apes, evolved from some earlier animal form. The Bible says that God created human beings in his own image."

15. AMAZING AND WONDERFUL
"Today doctors have learned many things about our human bodies. The more we learn about them, the more we realize that King David was right when he praised God saying, “you made me in an amazing and wonderful way.
What you have done is wonderful” (Psalm 139:14 icb)"

16. IN GOD’S IMAGE
"The inner world of our bodies is an amazing one. Thousands of hidden systems work within us to keep our trillions of cells—and us—healthy and well. But even more amazing is the fact that you are you: an individual with your own memories, beliefs, and identity."

PART FIVE THE BOOK THAT DIDN’T JUST HAPPEN

17. A SURE WORD
"Many things in nature convince us that the Theory of Evolution is not a good explanation for origins. Creation is a far better explanation. And there is a book that tells us how God created everything: the Bible. When we study it, we realize that the Bible, like our universe, could not have just happened!"

18. HOW WE KNOW WE CAN TRUST WHAT JESUS SAID
"Bible prophecies about Jesus and the miracles that Jesus performed show that he truly was the Son of God. So what Jesus said about creation can be trusted. And Jesus taught that God, not Evolution, is the source of everything that exists."

19. WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT CREATION
"The Bible does not answer many of our questions about Earth and its history. But the Bible is clear on one vital point: Creation, not chance, explains the origin of the universe and the existence of life on Earth'

20. ALIVE NOW AND FOREVERMORE
"The Bible tells us where the universe and human beings came from: God, not Evolution, is the source of everything. And the Bible does more. It tells us the destiny of this universe and of each individual person! We know how evolutionists and creationists view origins. But what does each view imply about the future?"



booksneeze listed this as a children's book, but there were some parts that i found completely confusing that i wonder why it was listed at that, my daughter was bored after the sentence was read off she left and didn't want to hear any more. There was a lot of information in this book, that was very helpful.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.




Book Description

This four-color, Gold Medallion Book Award winner is a perfect tool that offers solid, biblical answers to some of the tough questions kids ask about evolution and our world.

“Did Earth begin with a ‘Big Bang’ cosmic explosion?”

“Does science contradict the Bible?”

“What happened to dinosaurs?”

“Is there life on other planets?”

“Did we evolve from apes?”

“What makes my body work on its own?”

Kids are daily exposed to the theory of evolution by the media and public schools. It’s not safe to assume that your kids will reject that theory. It’s up to us as parents and Christian leaders to make sure our children know the truth about the creation of the world. With thousands of evidences to prove He created and sustains the universe, It Couldn’t Just Happen will fascinate kids with fun activities and examples of God’s marvelous works.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Delicous type of icing/frosting

Mix one instant vanilla pudding packet (or whatever flavor you want) with half of the milk called for on the package.
Whisk until it begins to thicken.
Then fold in 1 8 oz container of Cool Whip.

A great frosting.... to spread on cakes and piped onto cupcakes, it's a tasty filling in crepes or on waffles along with fruit... and is way less sugar too!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Firstborn: A Novel





By Lorie Ann Grover
Published by Zondervan

Average Blogger Rating: 3.25 Stars

Got the book and started in reading.

This is a very interesting story. It is about how if your first child is born male, he is fine, but if you are a female, you are left by the cliffs to die and be killed and eaten OR your parents have to declare you a male and raise you to be a male. As a female (who was declared male) while you grow you would have to suppress ALL feminine urges or you will be killed the moment they find out. This book follows Tiadone through about a year of her (his) life.

I was sorry to see it end and wish there would be another book to follow up on the ending. (I can't really say much more or it will ruin the ending but I would love to read more.








Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.








Book Description

Where does a firstborn girl fit in a world dominated by men?

When Tiadone was born, her parents had two choices: leave their daughter outside the community to die in the wilds, or raise her as male and force her to suppress all feminine traits. Now, as the first female living as male in her village, Tiadone must prove her father didn’t make a mistake by letting her live.

As her male initiation approaches, Tiadone knows every eye on the community is on her, and desperately wishes to belong and finally be accepted. But at every step, traditional feminine gifts and traits emerge, and the bird she's been twined with is seen as a sign of the devil.

Worse, as Tiadone completes her rites, she finds she is drawn to her male best friend in ways that are very much in line with the female gender.

Confused and desperate, Tiadone tries to become what she must be while dealing with what she indeed has become: a young woman who may be able to stand up to her despotic rulers and uncover her real purpose in life.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Bone House - Bright Empires #2



This book has a small summery in the beginning to remind you of what had recently happened in the last book (The Skin Map), but if you never read the last book, it is advised you do not read this, as it is a sequential series (means it must be read in order).

I have to say that the beginning of the book really does help draw you back into the story line, and that it continues to do so through the book.

I know there are those out there that do not like a book to go between characters for each chapter, and if that is the case, you wouldn't like this book series. As for me, I love this book and the first, so can't wait for the third book to come out (The Spirit Well).


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.





Book Description

One piece of the Skin Map has been found. Now the race to unravel the future of the future turns deadly.

An avenue of Egyptian sphinxes, an Etruscan tufa tomb, a Bohemian coffee shop, and a Stone Age landscape where universes collide …

Kit Livingstone met his great grandfather Cosimo in a rainy alley in London where he discovered the reality of alternate realities.

Now he’s on the run – and on a quest, trying to understand the impossible mission he inherited from Cosimo: to restore a map that charts the hidden dimensions of the multiverse while staying one step ahead of the savage Burley Men.

The key is the Skin Map – but where it leads and what it means, Kit has no idea. The pieces have been scattered throughout this universe and beyond.

Mina, from her outpost in seventeenth-century Prague, is quickly gaining both the experience and the means to succeed in the quest. Yet so are those with evil intent, who from the shadows are manipulating great minds of history for their own malign purposes.

Across time and space, through manifest and hidden worlds, those who know how to use ley lines to travel through astral planes have left their own world behind in this, the second quest: to unlock the mystery of The Bone House.

Spring for Susannah



There is a city girl named, Susannah, who gets married to a man named, Jesse, whom she has never laid eyes on, but has been talking to each other through the mail. The priest who married them was the Jesse's brother. He is a farmer of his own making. He would never buy things on a loan, as that is how others have went under, because they were in debt to others. He does his own church service in a field with his neighbors, who have a female baby. Jesse is very patient with Susannah, who has had a problem in the past with a banker trying to collect on what her father owes him.

This book is a great read, and it took me less than a day to read it. Took me a while to put this up as i wanted to re-read it.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.


Book Description

When Susannah goes to Dakota territory as a mail-order bride she finds something she never dreamed she would—true love.

With no prospects for marriage and her parents recently deceased, Susannah Underhill agrees to go west to the Dakota territory to marry her minister's homesteading brother, Jesse. But Susannah is painfully shy, doesn't see herself as worthy of love from either a husband or from God, and lives in constant fear that Jesse is going to ship her back to Detroit.

In spite of her petite size and the fact that Susannah doesn't look like she could survive on the prairie, Jesse quickly discovers that his new wife is a greater blessing than he even hoped for. The years she spent as her father's veterinary assistant allow her to save Jesse's ox and twin calves and to help neighboring farmers with their animals.

But Susannah's feelings of unworthiness are deeply rooted, and she can't believe that Jesse's praise—or the tenderness and love he shows—could possibly last. The thawing of her heart seems almost as distant as Spring in the midst of the winter blanketing the Dakota prairie.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Littlest Pet Shop Tokens (LPS Tokens)

Digging these up around different sites and things to use on the lps app. Doing it for me, my daughter and all of you out there

These all worked on my iphone, i just kept zooming in and out with my hand till it caught

feel free to let me know if you have any I can add, that isn't here





most of these work but there are some in each photo that are doubles from above and some may not scan



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added more April 7th, 2014









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UPDATED MAY 5th, 2014











UPDATED JUNE 1st, 2014







More to come!



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