One Year Book of Amish Peace Devotional

I was given the privilege of reviewing Tricia Goyers book Amish Peace, a One Year Devotional. I love everything Amish. Why? Well when I was little my mom would take me to Shipshewana, IN on the way to my Grand Parents. There are just some great memories.  I really admire the simplicity of their life.

Below I’ve included an excerpt about the book and Tricia Goyers bio form her website. I have also included a pic of her new book A Christmas Gift for Rose, and some Amish recipes. If you look in my sidebar you will also see a widget for Tricia’s blog Not Quite Amish which I’ve been a follower of for over a year and had no idea they were the same. So I’m really honored to have the privilege to share this all with you.

So I received a digital download of this book and am in love. I have a Christmas gift in mind now. My favorite part is the Whoopie Pie Prayers. The author describes how whoopie pies are a special treat to Amish children and their parents know that they should be reserved for special times. She then goes on to explain how “God generously gives good gifts to His children, yet we also must trust his timing”. At the end of each devotional is also a prayer. So I love what I’ve seen and read so far and am so excited to purchase the physical copy. (my mom and grandma will love this for Christmas, shhhhh!)

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In our instantly connected world, it’s surprisingly easy to lose our connection to God. This devotional taps Amish wisdom in order to help us draw closer to God and hear his voice. In The One Year® Book of Amish Peace, you’ll get a daily taste of Amish values and wisdom. Tricia Goyer shares her fascination with the Amish in a way that will inspire and encourage believers to carve out more time in each day to listen to God and experience his presence. This daily devotional contains interesting facts about the Amish, recipes, and information about the way the Amish handle money, rear their children, and center their lives on faith in God. You’ll be inspired to slow down and find ways to simplify so that you, too, can experience God in the ordinary.

If you click here it will take you to a sampler of the book.

Author: Tricia Goyer

Tricia Goyer has written more than thirty-five books, including both novels that delight and entertain readers and non- fiction titles that offer encouragement and hope. She has also published more than 500 articles in national publications such as Guideposts,Thriving FamilyProverbs 31, and HomeLife Magazine.

Goyer’s fiction and non-fiction books have won awards from the American Christian Fiction Writers and Mt. Hermon Writers’ Conference. She is also a two-time Carol Award winner, as well as a Christy and ECPA Award Nominee.

Tricia has authored several books on family and parenting, as well as co-written with Max Lucado and Robin Jones Gunn. She collaborated with Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges for Lead Your Family Like Jesus, published by Focus on the Family/Tyndale.

:About the Book:

Born in the midst of the hardships of The Great Depression, Rose grew up in Berlin, Ohio, in the arms of a loving Amish family. But as she prepares to marry, she’s thrown into confusion when she learns the truth of her birth. She was born Englisch and abandoned when the family moved on in search of work.

Was she meant to be Amish or would she have been better off growing up with her own kind—Englischers? And was her intended’s gift of discovering her birth family given out of love or fear?


Simple Amish Recipes

Simple Amish Recipes

So there you have it. Two new great books. A great new blog with a wealth of information on Amish and Amish related things. Some new recipes to try out and maybe so Christmas ideas for that special someone in your life. So Enjoy. Let me know what you think.

Click here to buy the One Year Book of Amish Peace

Click here to buy A Christmas Gift for Rose


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Thank you to Tyndale publishers for providing the above mentioned book for review.






Itooch (review)

So do you have a child who doesn’t like to write? Would they rather use “technology” then read from a book to review? Well my daughter is just like that. I let her on the computer and all of a sudden she can read. LOL! Well I have a great App to share with you called Itooch.

Itooch is an educational app for apple, android, and windows devices. Itooch was developed by eduPad, a french based company that helps develop elementary through middle school educational apps.

Elementary School

Itooch has Elementary and Middle School math, language arts, and science (based on common core). Elementary starts at 3rd grade, which at first I thought well that stinks, but then I really thought about it and my 1st grader would never use it or need it until she one can read better and two have more in-depth studies to have a need for it.


So I downloaded the samples through my Ipod touch for 3rd grade to experience the different features and see what it is all about. I was pleasantly surprised. There are more than 18,000 exercises in the Elementary portion of Itooch. Ten of the titles can be downloaded and tested for free before you commit to purchasing. There is can be up to 4.500 questions PER title. How great is that? They also include health for 5th grade.

“iTooch Elementary is a full learning solution which helps parents, teachers and students to identify and address their learning needs in a fun and motivating way.” –Itooch


  Middle School

The middle school portion has over 10,000 lessons with up to 65 chapters per subject.



So there are so many features. Whether you home school, or using it with a child that goes to public or private this would a be great addition to their studies. Please don’t buy before you try it. No sense in paying money for something you may not even like or think you need. OK that is my two cents for the day.

If you do decide to purchase if I’m reading it right I believe each in app purchase per subject is $9.99 each. Yes a bit steep but I think they have gone above and beyond and have some really great thick content. I will say though that i think a tablet or iPad would be best used with it because it is just a bigger screen base and easier to navigate in my opinion. OK so go check it out if you want.

What are your favorite educational apps? Leave a comment below to let me know.



The Blessed Woman By Debbie Morris (Review)


Debbie Morris take you through the lives of 12 woman in the bible. She starts out with Eve, and Mary and ends with Naomi. For each woman she applies a concept from their lives and helps apply it to todays woman. For Mary she talks about “Being Uses by God, Despite our Inadequacies”. Through every chapter is a new woman to learn from and gain understanding. This book will open your heart and help you gain the understanding of what it means to be a woman before God and follow him. Just as these women followed God thousands of years ago.

Another great feature of this book is the study guide at the back. If you have a group of women you enjoy getting together with this would be a great book  to read through and grow together. You could also use it for yourself and it will help you just gain some more understanding for yourself.

When my girls get older, middle school age, I believe this would be a great book for them to read. Teach them what it means to be a Godly woman. “Because we as women are fashioned wonderfully and uniquely by God, femininity is living in all the splendor of who God created us to be!”

So to sum up what I thought about this book. I thought it was great. It came at the right time and open my eyes to some heart issues I’ve been struggling with. I love the variety of topics the author covered and thought she was very thorough in her thoughts. So go pick it up today. You won’t be sorry you read it.

WaterBrook Multnomah 14.99-

Amazon- Kindle 7.99, Paper back 11.28 (prices subject to change)

My links aren’t working so I post the entire link next to where you can buy your own copy of The Blessed Woman.


Chivalry Review


“To rise from error to truth is rare and beautiful.” -Victor Hugo

I’m not sure what I expected when I received this book. It is an eye opener and full of the honest truth. It’s one of those books that you either agree with or you don’t. The author Zach Hunter brings about the issues of todays world and their lack of chivalry. He brings about issues that we all deal with. Some of these issues are truth, honor, self control and so on. This is what I would call a heart book. It deals with the matters of the heart which we all have struggles with in one area or another. I would recommend this book to any teen or older. I believe this is a great book to introduce them to the truths of this world. This is a great book to prepare the heart and mind for the growing adult for this less than civil world.

About the Author:

Zach Hunter is a college student, an abolitionist, and an activist who fights modern-day slavery and other problems in the world today. Zach has spoken to hundreds of thousands of teens in person ad millions by television, radio and magazines. sharing about God’s heart for the hurting and oppressed. He is the author of Be the Change, Generation Change, and Lose Your Cool. 
 More About the Book:

Book Trailer:


Zach discussing Chivalry


Q & A with Zach Hunter:


Tyndale House Publishers has provided you with a complimentary copy of this book.


Nearing Home Life, Faith, and Living Well By: Billy Graham (Review)


Nearing Home Life, Faith and Living Well

Author: Billy Graham

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Retails:15.99 (paperback)

Genre: Religion/Inspirational/General

Book Description

“Don’t resent growing old many are denied the privilege.” In Nearing Home Billy Graham share his struggles and challenges he has faced with growing old. He describes how he never thought he would make it into his nineties but how he feels the Holy Spirit has lead him here. How he deals with nearing home and God’s strength and how to grieve for those who are close to you going home before you.

My Thoughts

What a humble man Billy Graham is. He put my life into a new perspective I’ve never looked into before.


“But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.”  Acts 20:24 (KJV)


I never thought that at my young age I would be able to engage in a book by Billy Graham. I thought it would be dry and I wouldn’t be able to get past the first few pages before I put it back on my shelf to collect dust. This is one of those times I’m glad I was wrong. After the first couple of aha moments, I definitely will never judge an Author by his age again.

In this book Nearing Home I’ve reevaluated how to look and live my life. I’ve always been fearful of death because  I fear uncertainty and like to know what’s coming. Billy Graham has calmed my spirit and opened my eyes to realizing I’m going home and to have comfort in that. He talks about old age and how to gracefully become old and how it is “the greatest surprise of his life.” Which is a surprise to me. I hear a lot of my elders who complain about being old and how they wish they were young again. I’ve been thinking all along that I would hate to get old. But after hear these wise words and words of encouragement I’m excited for what lies ahead.


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L. Frank Baums The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Review)


In 1899 L. Frank Baum wrote the book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Now 114 years later the wonderful people at Tantor Audio have turned his masterpiece into Audio & EBook including also a companion PDF of the book. This is a new way to join Dorothy, Toto, the Cowardly Lion, the Tin man, and Scarecrow on their journey down the yellow brick road to the land of OZ.

Author: L. Frank Baum

Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert

The case includes 4 discs in a nice hardcover to protect them.

This audio book retails for 17.99. You can find it here.

They also offer mp3 format and instant audio download.

My Thoughts:

So as soon as I received it in the mail I immediately opened it and put it in my computer. I just thought it was going to be audio and was surprised when it also had the eBook which is great. I often find myself wanting the eBook when I purchase the audio and wanting the audio when I purchase a book or eBook. LOL. So I’m glad that Tantor Audio has come up with ebook&audio together.

So for those who would like to read together you now have the option. Also I have never read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. To tell you the truth I’m not sure I even knew it was a book. All I knew was the movie. I can’t wait to share this with my kids. Tavia Gilbert who narrates the book does a wonderful job. A lot of times I get an audio book it’s dull and boring and I fall asleep, but Tavia’s voice is inviting and upbeat and easy to be engaged in the story.



Promoting Reading

My Baby Girl is in Kindergarten and is learning how to Read! It’s amazing how time flies. I remember it was just yesterday she was learning her alphabet. She is my sponge though and I love to see her eyes light up as she tries to read and spell every single word. I never realized how IMPORTANT it is to read to your child. To just turn off the darn TV and read. So here are some tips that I find to promote a reader friendly environment for your child.

  • Make an event out of getting your child a library card.
  • Use everyday outings such as the grocery store or field trips (museums) as opportunities to read.
  • Play word games together. (scrabble jr., boggle jr.)
  • Make up stories together and illustrate them.
  • Encourage your child to keep a journal.

There are many different ways to encourage your child to read. I’m curious to know what yours are. Please feel free to leave a comment.