Review: The Patient One


The Patient One is an Amish and Mennonite fiction novel by author Shelley Shepard Gray. It is book one of The Walnut Creek series. Book two of the series, The Loyal One, releases August 2019.

After the suicide of Andy Warner friends of different faiths are brought back together. The part I most enjoyed about this book was that even though Andy’s death was a terrible loss seven friends were brought together forever remembering Andy as their leader.

The ending was satisfying and prepared readers for book two. I think others should give this series a try because I appreciate how the author approached difficult subjects. One such subject was Molly who was Amish and in a wheelchair. Even though this may have caused some to look down on her others welcomed her for the person she was. I felt involved with the characters and certain scenes really touched me.

Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 

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Review: Flourish


Flourish is a Christian living book by author Lydia Brownback. The tagline reads: How the Love of Christ Frees Us from Self-Focus. I wanted to read this book because it is typical for humanity to have self-focus instead of always having the focus on Christ. I like that the author admits to her own weakness of self-consciousness, she’s not trying to portray herself as perfect.

This is a short book that is an encouragement, even though I didn’t always agree with the author. I do wish the quotes the author uses would have references with the quote. I did notice, on page 83, when she quotes Dr. John MacArthur well known theologian and teacher of the Word, she referenced him with his quote.

There is a list of references at the back of the book, which is fine if you are not reading from an ebook, along with general and scripture indexes. There is also a 30 day study guide for individual or group study.

I want to thank Crossway Publishers for giving me the chance to review this book.

Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 

Our Mom’s Legacy


My mom passed on to the heavenly glory April 15, 2015. She is missed dearly, but I know she’s with Jesus and all her friends. This is a eulogy I wrote for and read at her funeral.

Moma was so special….. she will be greatly missed. She loved cooking and sewing, crafts and gardening. She felt especially close to God when she was gardening.  In my humble opinion, I think moma’s gardens were always better than any picture in a home & garden magazine. I was always a bit disappointed that she never, to my recollection, won the best yard in town recognition. I remember being able to hear her green beans growing while I went to sleep.

She made the best cornbread from her Cast Iron Cornstick Pan and the best Eggnog at Christmas. Through her love of crafts and sewing, she made her daughters most of their clothes. Later in life, she made me several dresses, which I still wear to church. She even sewed the wedding dresses for Roberta & I, and the Bridesmaids dresses.

Moma enjoyed gifting people with her creativity, and selling her products through her own personal Craft Bazaars. I think she also enjoyed selling items at Flea Markets over the years. I feel privileged to have inherited some of her craft items and recipes she collected over the years. 

When I was very young I loved sitting close to her because she always smelled so nice. She may have been working out in the yard, but before she went to town, which was only a block or so away (when we lived in town), she would bathe and put on her best of clothes, some makeup, and just a dash of perfume.

As I got a bit older and my mom worked as the Cafeteria Manager, at what was then known as Crescent City Elementary School, I enjoyed spending the afternoons hanging out around the cafeteria while she finished up for the day, or playing on the playground while I waited. I would also feign sickness in class just to have an excuse to go to the cafeteria and be with her.

I once told her I would always live close and actually I am the one who moved the furthest. She loved her family, her children, our father, and her best friend Charlie, who in turn loved her back. But more than anything she loved her Savior Jesus Christ.

Moma always cared tremendously about her children, wanting the best for them. She has given her children a very moral, godly legacy. She loved her children and grandchildren. A very proud grandmother. Nana, as she was known to all her grandchildren, loved to laugh.

No one could bring nana to life and make her laugh like her best friend Charlie (Grandpa). I am honored he took care of my mom, even at the worst of times. He also brought her to Georgia so we could visit with both of them. Moma enjoyed the beautiful drive up but said he drove too fast. LOL!! I don’t think anyone could have loved moma more than Charlie. He rarely left her side, even all the way to the end. I am thankful she had someone to love her so much as she came to the end of her life.

Our mom had a kind, gentle soul and I can see those traits in her children.  I want to thank my siblings for doing the very best they could to see that all of moma’s needs were taken care of while she was aging and coming to the end of her life. I am very grateful I did not see my dad’s or mom’s last days.

The day before my mom went to the hospital the Lord blessed me by having me call my mom. We were able to converse clearly, which Jane agreed was a gift from God. Because everyone else was having a hard time understanding her, even for something as simple as a pillow. I do not remember our conversation other than us telling each other we loved each other. Before we hung up her last clearly spoken words to me were, `Michelle, I need to hang up now, I am tired`.

Now I see it as a gift from God that she was saying Good-Bye, Michelle.I Love You.  Moma is now with her Lord and Savior, never to suffer again. I imagine she is dancing with her Heavenly Father on the streets of glory.

Thank you moma for the legacy you left!

The Chicken Coop Bed and Breakfast


         My spouse & I have had the privilege of enjoying stays at The Chicken Coop in Crawford, Georgia four times over the past 3 or so years. Their brochure adequately describes the physical characteristics of the facilities. But only personal experience can truly deliver the tastes, textures, and intrinsic qualities of Norman and Sonya Armour’s Bed and Breakfast. The beds are comfortable, the surroundings pleasant, and the food is tasty.
      Sonya never fails to provide a veritable southern style smorgasbord of chicken themed breakfast offerings. We look forward eagerly to our next visit.

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If you’re ever in Crawford, Ga. or have family visiting, few or many, be sure to visit

Review: Everything Is Possible


(As first seen on New Horizon Reviews)

    `Everything Is Possible` is an autobiography on the life of and written by author Jen Bricker. Jen Bricker was born without legs, yet she is an inspiration to others.

        When Jen was born her parents left her in the hospital, giving her up for adoption. They weren’t sure they could take care of her. In her loving, adoptive home there was only one rule, `Never say `can’t`. She never gave up and is presently a motivational speaker, an author, and an aerialist. Jen has traveled internationally with Britney Spears’s Circus Tour.

      I decided to review this book because of the cover, and because of Nick Vujicic, born without limbs, who wrote the forward. I have also reviewed two of Nick’s books: (1) Love Without Limits and (2) Life Without Limits.

     Jen Bricker’s book, `Everything Is Possible`, is her story of God working out His plan for her life. The author’s purpose in writing this book is to inspire others. The book begins from when Jen was just a baby, next is her adoption to a loving family, and finally her endless possibilities. She does not call her uniqueness a disability or a handicap. Instead, she calls it a `gift` from God. Jen’s thesis is, `I want everyone who reads this book to realize one simple, amazing truth: You are significant.

        Reading Jen’s book, and seeing the many colorful photos, made it seem I was a part of her life, for a bit. She is very strong and outgoing and seems to have a very loving family.

Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 

Review: The Wish


(As first seen on New Horizon Reviews)

   `the Wish` is a contemporary  fictional novel, set in fictional Hill View, Arkansas. This novel is written by Beverly Lewis. Hill View, Arkansas is based on the actual city of Ozark, however there is no Amish settlement in Ozark, though the town offers many other charms.

         Leona is like an only child since her older sibling married seven years ago. So it seems her dream of wanting a sister-friend comes true when Gloria and her family move to a close-by farm.  Gloria Gingerich’s father was expelled from the Old Order Amish church, which caused an upheaval and a separation of two friends for years when the father moved the family away from the People. After several years of silence Leona Speicher, Gloria’s once best friend, decides to search Gloria out. Will they bond again, or will their friendship be lost? The theme of this book is based on friendship.

        My favorite part of the novel is when Gloria reached out to Leona for advice. Gloria still cherished their friendship and wanted some good, sisterly advice. Should she stay with her English family or live with the People who she dearly loves.

Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 

Review: The Blue Lotus Society


The Blue Lotus Society is book one of the wonderful Guardians of the Time Stream series by author Michelle L. Levigne. The prequel is Odessa Fremont. The reader will appreciate book one more if they read the prequel first.

In book one the reader meets Athena whose job it is to protect her people from the Revisionists. The prequel introduced Ess (Odessa) who was made useful because she could look and fight like a boy, or look and dress like a lady of esteem. Ess also worked as a Pinkerton detective protecting a traveling exhibit of Egyptian artifacts.

I believe readers should give this series a try because it is clean, wholesome reading. I felt involved with the characters and look forward to reading the next book in the series. I recommend this series to fans of Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Odessa Fremont (review)https://apudiem.wordpress.com/2019/01/19/review-odessa-fremont/

Book Two: The Sanctuary (review forthcoming)

Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255