Monday, April 30, 2012

Heaven and Hell by Kenneth Ziegler- 5 Star Read

Heaven and Hell, Tears of Heaven Series #1

Heaven and Hell- A Novel. The Journey of Chris and Serena Davis by Kenneth Zeigler-
It's a story that starts out so innocently;with a couple just having  another regular day, but its about to get real unusual pretty quickly. They are about to embark on an adventure that will change their lives; literally.  Heaven and Hell, that part of the title tells you much of what is going to happen; kind of.  You can't imagine what this couple will experience as they travel through Heaven and Hell.  Period!

I absolutely LOVED, LOVED this book!!  I found it Intense, Intriguing and Riveting!  I read it as an eBook and  thoroughly  enjoyed it.   The characters of Chris and Serena were well developed and you got caught up in their drama. The imagery of both settings were also well described and creative. It is vivid and graphic in these descriptions and the things that go on in Hell;  it was still well worth the read. I don't want to give too much away and spoil the read for others.   I just didn't want to put it down but of course I had to at times because of time restraints.  For me, this book is going into my private library;  its a keeper.

I received this eBook free from Destiny Image Books in exchange for a review.  All comments are my own honest evaluation of this book.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Dog gets around with four bionic paws » DogHeirs | Where Dogs Are Family « Keywords: prosthetics, amazing video

Amazing, amazing story!
Naki'o is the world's first dog to be fitted with a complete set of bionic paws. They work naturally to allow him to run, jump and play like any other dog. Naki'o lost his paws to frostbite as a puppy after he was abandoned in the Nebraska winter by his owners.

Dog gets around with four bionic paws » DogHeirs | Where Dogs Are Family « Keywords: prosthetics, amazing video

Friday, April 27, 2012

One reason many prophetic people suffer depression is
 because they pick up on so much spiritually around them
 that they think it is their problem and fail to distinguish this as the gift working. - Rick Joyner

Morning Star Ministries

You can also check out Rick Joyner's site below:
They have a lot to offer. 

The Mother’s Comfort Project softens shelter life

Have you ever tried to sleep on a hard concrete floor with only a towel to soften the surface? For most of the homeless dogs and cats in New York City’s municipal shelters, that’s what bedtime means. That’s why New Yorker Susan Brandt launched the Mother’s Comfort Project, to give some of those animals a little bit of comfort while they’re housed at Animal Care and Control of New York City.
That comfort comes in the form of beds stitched together and delivered to New York’s three municipal shelters in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island. The volunteers don’t just drop off the beds at the shelters’ front desks, either. Instead, they put each bed into a dog or cat’s cage — and, according to Brandt, the four-legged recipients quickly show their gratitude.
“Each animal has its own way of showing its appreciation — be it a big, slurpy lick or snuggling their faces,” Brandt says. “Like anyone who gets a visit from a friend while in a sterile location, the warmth goes a long way. We leave the shelter and see almost every animal lying on their new beds.”
Go to link below for more of the story and pictures:

The Mother’s Comfort Project softens shelter life

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Everyday Question of Motherhood

As a mother, there is a constant, uncomfortable battle that rages inside of me. It is not the big or dramatic: Will I raise my children to love God? Will I train them to obey Him? Do my children belong to Him?
The constant battle of motherhood is more subtle, more everyday, more hideable. At the center is one question: Will I sacrifice? Or as Oswald Chambers poses in My Utmost for His Highest: "[Am I] willing to spend and be spent; not seeking to be ministered unto, but to minister?"
The Everyday Question isn't answered one time, with the birth of a child, with the planning 

of school, or with the decision to discipline. This question — Will I sacrifice? — is answered everyday.
It’s answered when a child wakes early with a need, interrupting my quiet hour alone with the Lord.
It’s answered when a sick child keeps me from worship and adult interaction at church on Sunday mornings.
It’s answered when I am emotionally spent, but a child’s behavior requires my patient, purposeful response.
It’s answered almost every moment of the potty training process.
It’s answered as I systematically teach my special-needs son how to interact with others.
In motherhood, the Everyday Question is answered every time a child’s concern or need must come before my own, which is most of the time.
Follow link below to read the rest:

The Everyday Question of Motherhood

Color Therapy - petcentric by Purina

Can color affect your dog’s moods and behavior?

Color therapy, also called chromotherapy, is using color to impact moods, emotions, and even health. But can color affect your dog?
The first step in answering that question is to know what colors dogs see. 

Color Therapy - petcentric by Purina

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Messenger by Siri Mitchell- Good read but slow moving.

Messenger, The, Siri Mitchell, 978-0-7642-0796-9

Hannah Sunderland...A Quaker. Jeremiah Jones... a Colonial spy. These are two people who normally would  never come across each other’s path..  When Hannah’s twin brother is thrown in jail for joining the Colonial cause; Hannah is torn because her faith demands that No “Friend “as they were known, would take sides or fight when it came to war.  Her particular group had decided that in their Meeting that no comfort of any kind would be given to those arrested; her brother included.   Jeremiah Jones has his own struggles having been maimed in war but slowly his need for vengeance turns to a need for justice.  These two are stuck with each other, as unlikely heroes, they battle together and against each other for the same result; freeing those imprisoned.  The main rub in the “rescue” is that Hannah is a woman of principles who absolutely will not lie.  

The story was pretty slow moving but I did enjoy the development of the main characters and the moral dilemma that Hannah suffered through.    Jeremiah was also well written, with his anger and attraction to Hannah; and the injustices that he slowly begins to see all around him.  Both “heroes” were not the usual, expected people that are normally written about, and I liked that.  As a fictional novel, the author did use a good deal of true facts in describing many of the things that went on in that time and place of history.

I received this book from Bethany House, in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions written here are my own.  

How people select pets from animal shelters | MNN - Mother Nature Network

What made you decide to adopt your shelter pet? If it was the pup’s floppy ears and soulful eyes or the kitten’s playful antics and affectionate purrs, you’re in the majority.
According to a new study by the ASPCA, “physical appearance” is the top reason for selecting a particular shelter dog, and “behavior with people” is the top response for choosing a certain cat.
The study was conducted from January to March 2011 at five animals shelters across the U.S., and roughly 1,500 pet adopters filled out questionnaires detailing how they knew their cat or dog was the right one for them.  To read the full article go here:
How people select pets from animal shelters | MNN - Mother Nature Network

Friday, April 20, 2012

Spirit Fighter by Jerel Law- A Good read

Spirit Fighter by Jerel Law is a story of a family that has secrets that aren't your ordinary, run of the mill secrets.   The story follows Jonah Stone and his average life, average family and his main concern of  school, bullies and his passion for basketball try-outs.  Average.  UNTIL his mother is suddenly kidnapped by fallen angels and the strange things that had begun to happen to him, demand some explanations.  This is the beginning of a fast paced journey to rescue his mother.  Prayer, angels, natural and the supernatural weave together to make an interesting look into the supernatural that surrounds us.  Although written as fiction; it isn't afraid to use real Biblical principles.

I found this book to be a charming story with well written characters that you cared about; because the author drew you in by his filling in personalities of each  person early on.   The explanation of scripture was refreshing although I know some people will probably be put off by this for their children. What a great opportunity to use it as a base to start and continue a discussion on the subject of faith.    I see it as a great opening to talk to children and grandchildren about spiritual matters in  a way that could be more interesting to them; more current.  Jonah Stone did use different Bible stories in his battle against evil.  I'm looking forward to Book 2 that's coming out in the Fall.  Fire Prophet, sounds like it could be another good read.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Cats and Inmates Help Rehabilitate Each Other

It may be surprising to some that a cat named Princess Natalie would be happy living in a prison cell, but this princess is thriving under the care of inmates at the Larch Corrections Center near Yacolt, Washington.

According to the Columbian, which originally shared the story, Natalie is part of Cuddly Catz, a new foster cat program at the minimum-security center that helps prepare cats for adoption. Natalie lives with two inmates – Joey Contreras and Joseph Walter – who dote on her and have already helped make a big difference in her behavior.

While the program is still in its infancy, administrators see potential for both the inmates and the cats.
 Go to the link below to read the full story.  

Cats and Inmates Help Rehabilitate Each Other

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Named by God by Kasey Van Norman- It's Okay

Cover: Named by God
This is a book about a woman's walk from simply being raised in the "Bible Belt" and  being around religion to a real walk with Jesus.  She shares in an honest way, the falling down and getting back up that she experienced in this new way of living for and with Jesus. She pinpoints the many times she was humiliated by what happened to her and her own choices as well.   She paints a picture of how valuable we are to the heart of God; even when people hurt us and it LOOKS like God is nowhere around.

I liked the fact that Kasey, used scripture in her book and also took each scripture and enlarged on its meaning in an easy to understand way.  At the end of each chapter there was a short one sentence note that reminded you what the main idea of the chapter was.   There were times,  I'm sorry to say, where it felt a little dry and   was harder to read through.   Its not that the information wasn't good or true.  I guess because at this stage in my life I've already been through much of the forgiveness that she's talking about.  I probably should keep it on hand though; because life isn't over yet and I may just need to be reminded.  One really good thing I was reminded of was asking for the fresh infilling of Holy Spirit every day.  Anyone who is torn between their love for God and keeping their hurts needs to read this.

I was given this book from Tyndale House Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Look what Love does -Video

This dog  Chase, was considered "unadoptable" and was going to be euthanized.


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Rescue Dog Turned Therapy Dog Helps Save Owner

Rescue Dog Turned Therapy Dog Helps Save Owner

When Beth Zilbert trained her rescued Golden retriever, Luke,
 to become a therapy dog, she had no idea that one day
 he would help her survive her own trauma.

Monday, April 2, 2012

KindleMom- ebooks for children

KindleMom  Great place to hear about ebooks for children.
She is also on face book and if you "like" her site you can keep current on the newest ebooks.
The great part about her giving the link to Amazon on facebook is that some are "free" only for a short time; this helps you get ahold of them before the price goes back up.