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I’ve gotten quite the back-up of books this last month! I’ve been very lucky in a purchase, an unexpected free book and my usual books from the publishers. So, I’ve got to get some reading done! The book I’m reviewing today is one I’ve taken my time reading. I’ve read it slow for several reason. One, I’ve been really busy with family things and two, it’s so very full of wisdom.

These are the Days of Elijah by R.T. Kendall


Have you ever sat down with someone older and full of wisdom? Do you have the Pastor who can make a sermon or lesson flow like a conversation over an afternoon coffee? That is how this book is written. The book walks you through the life of Elijah integrating life’s experiences with Biblical knowledge. Prior to reading this book, I was not as familiar with Elijah’s story. There were many details I either didn’t remember or didn’t connect to Elijah himself. My overall knowledge of Elijah grew tremendously while reading this book. The book also provides a better understanding of God. Elijah’s life demonstrates God’s character. The book provides insight into God’s time and how he prepares us to do great things. It reinforces the need for preparation and explains how God prepares us.

I recommend this book to anyone desiring to get to know God better. Whether you’re a new Christian or have been one for a long time, this book will provide insight to Elijah and (more importantly) God. This book would also be good for someone who is interested in Christianity but 100% certain.

I give this book a 5 out of 5 book ends.

I received this book for free from Chosen Books for review. I was not required to give a positive review.


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Yes, you read that title right! Today’s thrifty tip is Facebook. Not only is it a handy tool for staying connected to loved ones but it also can be the source of a deal. Marketing experts have started to notice the trend of social media. And, like the President, they are attempting to use it for their benefit by giving out coupons, free product or notice of upcoming sales.


Now, I’m not a huge subscriber to jumping on the boat of all things “free” on social media. There’s no need to find yourself swamped by useless emails. I am, however, a fan of following the pages of local stores and markets that you enjoy shopping. By following you can become aware of special pricing deals. My Facebook find was 12 32 oz bottles of Gatorade for $6 and $0.10/gallon fuel savings (my local food chain has paired up with a gas station that gives cents off per gallon of gas on specially marked items). Bonus! It was a double savings!

The other nice thing about my grocery store and its Facebook deals is you don’t have to have your phone with you or even have Facebook. They marked the Gatorade and placed the qualifying ones all together in one spot in the store. The bonus to actually following them is you will know ahead of time of great deals to buy them before they sell-out.

Have you found any good deals using a social media site? If so, share with us!

I took the kids a few weeks ago to Barnes and Noble. We’d not been for a long time since I discovered the Kindle and Amazon for ordering books. I kind-of forgot how much I enjoyed that place! In my younger days, I use to hang-out there quite frequently. Sometimes I’d be lost in the books for hours and walk away empty-handed. Once I walked into the store and could smell the new books, my fingers tingled to reach out and hold onto something familiar. So all three of us left with books. It was a great time and the kids may have fallen in love with the book store which isn’t bad since there’s much worse things out there.

The kiddos got these neat little toy/book things. My daughter’s was My Little Pony and my son’s was Cars. Each one included a story, little figurines and a map. Since it was right before vacation they had to wait until we left to open it. It was a great find and not badly priced at 10 dollars each.

I purchased The Wild Water Walking Club by Claire Cook and a Suduko book for vacation. Now I didn’t get to read the Walking Club until now which is why this review is coming a couple of weeks following my vacation.

Without further ado, I present to you The Wild Water Walking Club by Claire Cook.


Noreen voluntarily took the buy out from the company where she’d spent 18 years of her life. Since she took the buy-out she got a pretty good deal, salary for 18 months and job training program. Why is it the morning after leaving, she begins to question her decision and most importantly her life direction? She wakes up finding out that she may have been duped into taking the buy-out by a smooth talker who had already moved on to another woman. Left alone with an uncertain future, she begins to rediscover and redefine herself. Part of this comes with the assistance of the ladies of newly formed Wild Water Walking Club. The walking club consisted of two other woman. Each of the three dealing with struggles. The walking club because part therapy and part fun.

This really was a good read. I’m certain I’m not the demographic the book was marketing too as all of the characters have at least 10-15 years on me. Despite the pulp culture references of their time, I could connect with book. In fact, by the end of the book the woman of Wild Water Walking club felt like good friends. I felt comfortable enough with them I could imagine having coffee. I could see the different parts of my personality in each of the woman. Tess the rebel who fights for what she believes. Noreen redefining herself in her new role. Rosie falling into the role of family caregiver.

I did feel Tess’s character was a bit exaggerate and at times did grind on my nerves a bit. Rosie was the most well-rounded of the three. The author did a great job making Noreen not whiny. It would’ve been easy with all the life changes she was going through to make her that way.

This book was a nice, gentle read. I do recommend it especially now that summer is here. It will make you want to strap on some walking shoes and put up a clothes line.

This book receives 5/5 bookend.

Mother’s Day, a day reserved for moms everywhere. Don’t worry, this is not a tongue-in-cheek writing on what I want for Mother’s Day. I mean, I could write one of those super witty diddos, but well, that wouldn’t be me. I’m not funny and often I read those and don’t find them overly funny. Seriously, who finds those selfish thoughts and ideas funny. I feel a bit guilty when I read those. That and bad for the kiddos. Because, if the parents really feel that way about their kids, I can guarantee those kids know it and feel bad. Don’t get me wrong, I have times when I just NEED a break. I need five minutes to drink my coffee. But, hey, that’s when my husband steps in. He’ll round’em up and give me my five minutes of sanity. And yes, I may take myself a bit too seriously. I’ve been told that a few times. I pretty much agree because being a parent IS my MOST IMPORTANT job EVER. Ever.

But I digress. I want to tell you what I really want for Mother’s Day. You know, beyond the flowers and jewelry, meals cooked for me and whatever else mothers across the country are wishing for. But what I want, truly want is something that may sound a bit, well strange to you. Especially if you’re one who enjoys the tongue-in-cheek thoughts. What I want may seem not for me, and I guess I would agree with you.

What I want more than anything else is this: My family hanging out with me and I want a life time of happy healthy children.

Ok, go ahead and roll your eyes. But it is truly what I want. I already know my day will be full of dance recital fun and church. I will be rushing to get my children fed and at the theater on time. Then I will be crammed into a band room with other moms and kids doing everything minus donning a full clown suit to keep the little ones from climbing the walls. When it’s my daughter’s turn I’ll quickly slip out to watch her dance her heart out. After the recital, we’ll tell her how proud we are of her and celebrate her big day.

Yup, very little of the day will revolve around me. And I’m OK with that. I’m not a mom who needs to hear that I”m doing a good job because will, the proof is in the evidence. And, the evidence is my kids. I’m reminded frequently by other’s how kind and caring my daughter is. That is proof that I’m doing a good job. My son’s medical condition is managed and the doctors tell me how great he looks. Again proof of a job well done. Don’t get me wrong, I would love some chocolates and flowers and dinner made for me. But, the most important this is my simple wish of my kids being happy and healthy.

I’ll leave you with a few pictures of my little treasures:


I took this book along with me while I was on vacation. This is the first non-novel that I’ve read in quite some time. I must say, I didn’t steer wrong when I read this one.

I’m not certain I can do a review of this book justice, meaning this book tackles a topic I’m not overly knowledgeable in. My lack of knowledge is one reason I wanted to read this book. I will try to adequately review this book.


Humble Orthodoxy by Joshua Harris

This book defines orthodoxy as the right thinking about God. Humble orthodoxy is a balance between understanding Christian truths and presenting those truths. It encourages us to “care deeply about truth, and we must also defend and share this truth with compassion and humility”. It encourages us to remember to follow Jesus example of compassion and loving ones neighbor.

I enjoyed reading this book. It was written very clearly that I could easily understand the definition of orthodoxy and the author’s stance. I also finished the book feeling less intimidated discussing orthodoxic Christian beliefs. The author encouraged people to follow humble orthodoxy.

The book did have a study guide at the end of the book. I think it would have been nice to have the review following each chapter verses all at the end. Otherwise I really found the book enjoyable and added to my over knowledge. I would recommend this book to those new to Christianity as a good introduction and also to those who have been Christians for a while as a guide to discussing Christianity.

I give this book 5 out of 5 bookends.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. I was not required to give a positive review.