Joey, Book Review

Joey by Jennifer Marshall Bleakley 

The heartwarming true story of a blind horse named Joey.
At the height of his show career, this beautiful Appaloosa's majestic stature, strength, and willingness to work made him the perfect partner. But when an injury cost Joey his show career, he moved from one owner to the next, ultimately experiencing severe abuse and neglect. A rescue group found Joey nearly dead from starvation--and blind.

Then he came to Hope Reins--a ranch dedicated to helping hurting kids who had been abused, emotionally wounded, or unwanted. By teaching these children to care for rescued animals, the Hope Reins staff were convinced they could reach kids with love and hope and show them that we are never forgotten by God.

But could the financially struggling ranch afford to take care of a blind horse that no one else wanted? Could Joey somehow learn to trust people even though the world had hurt him so badly? And what would happen--to Joey, the kids, and Hope Reins--if they failed?

A true story of friendship destined to become a classic, Joey will touch your heart and reveal the power of finding light in the darkness.

My Thoughts: This is one of those books that I knew I'd like when I saw the cover, and was quick to say yes when the publisher offered it to me to review! This is just a wonderful story of a woman’s dream to help abused children using rescued horses as well as relying on God to provide, often in times that are so hard to get through – to accomplish her goals and make the best of her situation even better.  From the  people to the children, and  of course the horses they'll all touch your heart. 

The Life Giving Parent, Book Review

The Life Giving Parent by Clay & Sally Clarkson

From the family that brought you The Lifegiving Home and The Lifegiving Table, discover how you can become a parent who gives your child a life worth living for Christ.
In today’s world, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and even paralyzed by the constant flow of parenting advice. We’re flooded with so much practical information that we wonder if we’re choosing the right way. And we may be missing the one thing God really wants us to give to our children: His life. God doesn’t include a divine methodology for parenting in the Bible, but He does provide principles that can enable any faithful parent to bring His life into the life of their home.

In The Lifegiving Parent, respected authors and parents Clay and Sally Clarkson explore eight key principles—heartbeats of lifegiving parenting—to shed light on what it means to create a home where your children will experience the living God in your family. Now parents of four grown children—each with their own unique personality and gifts—Sally and Clay have learned (sometimes the hard way!) that the key to shaping a heart begins at home as you foster a deep and thoughtful God-infused relationship with each child. Filled with biblical insight and classic Clarkson stories, The Lifegiving Parent will equip you with the tools and wisdom you need to give your children much more than just a good Christian life. You’ll give them the life of Christ. (Don’t miss the companion piece, The Lifegiving Parent Experience!)

My Thoughts: I have to start by saying that while I did get a copy of this book from the publisher so I could review I, that doesn't effect my opinion in any way. The Life Giving Parent is an eye opening book.  I love that the authors talk about their personal lives, and things they've learned and then work to share. An overall great read for anyone looking at a new parenting perspective. 

Developing the Leader within You 2.0

Developing the Leader within You 2.0 by John C. Maxwell 

In this thoroughly revised and updated 25th-anniversary edition of his now-classic work, John C. Maxwell reveals how to develop the vision, value, influence, and motivation required of successful leaders.
Twenty-five years ago, John Maxwell published the book that forever transformed how we think about leadership. Developing the Leader Within You revolutionized the way leaders are made and in the process sold more than one million copies. Now John Maxwell returns to his classic text to include the leadership insights and practices he’s learned in the decades since the book first appeared. Thoroughly revised and with two completely new chapters, this new edition updates the foundational principles for transformative leadership that Maxwell has used as a leader for more than 40 years. No matter what arena you are called to--family, church, business, nonprofit--the principles Maxwell shares will positively impact your own life and the lives of those around you. New readers as well as longtime fans of Maxwell and the original book won’t want to miss out on this one.

My Thoughts: When the publisher offered me this book to review, I was immediately interested because  it seemed like a great thing to learn from. It wasn't exactly what I expected though, focusing more on Church rather than more normal life but I still found it to be a good book. A great resource for leadership in the church that's easy to follow and really down to earth.

Best women’s Catalogues - A Look

There are women’s catalogues which sell nearly anything you want to buy. From new shoes, to the latest leather jacket you see on the runway, a new set of lingerie or swimwear. No matter what you’re looking for a catalogue carries these items and more. For women who are looking for the best styles consider a few of these catalogues. is a catalogue that’s been in business for 100-plus years. You can count on quality, style and excellent service. Great pricing, new selection added weekly and sizing for petite to plus-size. There are also dedicated 50+ sections for older women so you can find the right fit and look regardless of size or age. is another specialised catalogue to visit. If you’re ready for the summer season, this is where you want to turn. One and two-piece options are available. Colours are endless, styles are varied and the sizing runs for women of all sizes. No matter what look you’re going for this summer you can find the perfect swimsuit on this site. is where to go for shoes. Heels, flats, pumps, sandals and more. If you can think of a style they have it on the site. With new items added routinely, you’ll always find a shoe for any season, a pair that goes well with any outfit and a great price for the new shoes and styles you want to own. When it comes to catalogue shopping, selection and specialistion are two things to look for in a catalogue. These are a few of the top women’s catalogues which cater to a specific product-line and to women. So, you know you’ll always find what you’re looking for, great pricing and more selection than you will on other competitor sites.

Hurricane Season, Book Review

Hurricane Season, by Lauren K. Denton

Betsy and Ty Franklin, owners of Franklin Dairy Farm in southern Alabama, have long since buried their desire for children of their own. While Ty manages their herd of dairy cows, Betsy busies herself with the farm’s day-to-day operations and tries to forget her dream of motherhood. But when her free-spirited sister, Jenna, drops off her two young daughters for “just two weeks,” Betsy’s carefully constructed wall of self-protection begins to crumble.
As the two weeks stretch deeper into the Alabama summer, Betsy and Ty learn to navigate the new additions in their world—and revel in the laughter that now fills their home. Meanwhile, record temperatures promise to usher in the most active hurricane season in decades.
Attending an art retreat four hundred miles away, Jenna is fighting her own battles. She finally has time and energy to focus on her photography, a lifelong ambition. But she wonders how her rediscovered passion can fit in with the life she’s made back home as a single mom.
When Hurricane Ingrid aims a steady eye at the Alabama coast, Jenna must make a decision that will change her family’s future, even as Betsy and Ty try to protect their beloved farm and their hearts. Hurricane Season is the story of one family’s unconventional journey to healing—and the relationships that must be mended along the way.

My Thoughts: As you might already know this genre is one of my absolute favorites to read (and review) so I was very happy that the publisher sent it to me to me to check out. The story is beautifully done, and I love the construction of the characters. A great relaxing read. 

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