The Memory House

“Our families will be bound together in more ways than one soon enough.” Rachel Hauck has done it again. Fifty years separate the women but through the power of love and miracle of faith, they find healing in a beautiful Victorian known affectionately as The Memory House. Beck and Everleigh are two women whose lives change in the blink of an eye. Their lives are intertwined, Beck, burdened with a secret, suspended for misconduct and struggling to get her life in order. A mysterious letter arrives and changes the course of her life. The letter informs Beck that she has inherited a house in Florida.

Decades earlier, Everleigh Applegate, a widow lives an uneventful life with her widowed mother after a tornado ripped through Waco, Texas and tears her life apart and destroyed her new, young, married life.

The Memory House offers healing to both women. I fell in love with the characters from page one. Mercy, forgiveness and faith are throughout the book. Another well written book by Rachel Hauck. 

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The Baggage Handler

We all carry our baggage without realizing that it is pulling us down. Three people, Gillian, Michael and David arrive at the same airport, but on different flights. Each person manages to take the wrong bag from the baggage carousel. They each have something to prove while on their trip.

Gillian received an invitation to attend her niece’s wedding and wants to impress her sister, but only has a minute or two to change for a luncheon only to discover upon opening her luggage that it is the wrong one.

Michael wants to be an artist, but his dad has other plan’s for him and sends him to a university to impress the track coach. He has one chance to impress, however upon opening his luggage to take out his running spikes, he realizes that the luggage contains only men’s clothing.

David, a business man who has to save his job, but when he opens his luggage to get his presentation out, he see’s only woman’s clothing.

Each person calls the airport and is instructed to go to a remote location to claim their luggage. Once they get there, the Baggage Handler meets each one of them. He urges the character’s to to think deep down about what “baggage,” is weighing them down. How often do we let life just weigh us down? How often do we “stuff” baggage? The lesson that I took away from the book is that I need to just let go of my baggage, that it does nothing for me to hold on to it.

I related to Gillian, trying to be the best, only to find out that I just need to be my true self. “The baggage Handler smiled again. I’m not talking about dirt or grime. I’m talking about envy and comparison. Your looking at the world through distorted lens.” We are all uniquely made.

The author had me at page one. Short chapters kept me up reading late into the night. I can’t wait till David Rawling’s next book is released. I recommend everyone take the time to read the book.

I received the book from Thomas Nelson publisher in exchange for an honest opinion.

21 Uses for Lemon Essential Oil

Easy peasy lemon squeezy: 21 uses for Lemon essential oil

When your kitchen smells like the ghost of dinners past, you diffuse Lemon. When a child’s sticker leaves residue on your car window, you defy it with Lemon. When you need a little more spring in your step, you dilute Lemon with V-6™ and dab it on your wrist. Life is full of Lemon moments; it’s no wonder this essential oil is a Young Living favorite!

From brightened beverages to sparkling skin, we’re sharing 21 ways to use those little drops of liquid sunshine. Say hello to Lemon essential oil, your new zest friend!

Cheerful aromatic

Whether you’re tackling traffic or battling bad odors, Lemon essential oil’s zesty aroma can shed sunshine on the situation. Its invigorating scent is like the perfect rush-hour playlist—light, bright, and energizing!

1. Snuff out stinky smells by placing a Lemon-infused cotton ball in the refrigerator, bathroom drawer, or trash can.

2. Stay on task when working on that big business presentation or last-minute school project and add a few drops of Lemon to your diffuser.

Lemon essential oil

3. Blast some great tunes on the radio—and Lemon oil in your Car Vent Diffuser—to channel your inner road warrior. Life is a highway!

4. Draw on the energizing aroma of Peppermint and Lemon oils when you need an aromatic pick-me up! Take a drop of each and dilute with 8 drops V-6. Apply the blend to your temples or behind your ears.

5. Look on the bright side by surrounding yourself with this blend’s stimulating aroma.

Skin Care Supestar

Chemical peels have nothing on these lemon peels! Radiant-looking skin is a real thing thanks to Lemon essential oil. Add a few drops to your skin care routine if you’re ready for glowing, gorgeous skin. Remember to use Lemon on your skin only at night or wait at least 12 hours before heading outdoors. Permission to fall in love with more lustrous skin? Granted!

6. Wake up to a complexion that has some serious wow factor by adding Lemon oil to your favorite night cream.

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7. Give your face a hydration hug with a DIY face mask: 1 teaspoon coconut oil, 1 teaspoon honey, plus 1 drop Lemon oil. Apply and let sit for 15 minutes before rinsing with warm water.

8. Wash away the day’s stress and impurities with a Lemon-infused cleanser like our ART® Gentle Cleanser.

9. Treat the rest of your body to the skin-smoothing power of DIY loofah soapsand enjoy the sunny citrus scent of this at-home spa experience!

Cleaning wonder

If commercial cleaners had a popularity contest, lemon-scented products would win the gold. Unfortunately, so would products filled with harsh chemicals and toxic ingredients. When it comes to cleaning your home naturally, Lemon essential oil and other natural cleaners win best in show. If best in safe were a category, they’d win that too!

10. Find gum in your child’s hair? Liberate their locks with 1-2 drops of Lemon oil.

11. Discover your resident artist has left crayon drawings all over the bedroom wall? A little lemon oil goes a long way in creating a clean slate!

12. Fight oil with oil—for real! Battle greasy stovetops, counters, and dishes with a mix of Lemon and vinegar. Mix 20 drops with 1 cup white vinegar in a 16-ounce spray bottle and fill to the top with water. Spray those sticky surfaces and wipe clean with a damp cloth.

13. Infuse your laundry with the citrusy freshness of a lemon grove by adding 5-8 drops to the rinse cycle when washing clothes and towels.

14. Use Thieves® Household Cleaner—lemon is a main ingredient!—to get every part of your home sparkling. Check out these posts to learn some tricks for your bathroom and kitchen!

15. Banish hard-water buildup by tackling it with a paste made of baking soda, a little bit of water, and Lemon essential oil.

16. Dreaming of stainless steel sans syrupy fingerprints? Add 3 drops Lemon to a damp rag and polish those appliances to perfection!

17. Sit in some sap while on your great-outdoors getaway? Combine a drop of Lemon with a drop of V-6 and work it into that sticky spot.

Best food friend (BFF)

Lemon Vitality™ is your new BFF—a little bit tart, a little bit sweet, and a lot of citrusy goodness. Add a splash of citrus to your favorite vinaigrette or a burst of lemon to your famous baked oatmeal. Lemon essential oil is the perfect spice cabinet sidekick, whether you’re sipping or sautéing.

18. Convince your kids to eat the sliced apples in their school lunch by tossing them in 2 drops of Lemon Vitality essential oil. Lemon Vitality provides powerful antioxidants and will also help keep those vitamin-packed wedges from turning brown.*

19. Add a few drops of oil to a batch of Grandma’s lemon cookies. It’s a squeezyway to add some pucker power to her classic recipe!

Lemon Vitality essential oil

20. Boost your motivation and your morning smoothie with a drop each of Lemon Vitality and Grapefruit Vitality. This dynamic duo supports your immune system and may help support your weight-loss regimen.*

21. Meet your midday slump with a tall glass of water infused with a couple drops of invigorating citrus flavor. This calorie-free pick-me-up will brighten your day and bring a little sunshine into even the most windowless cubicle.

We can’t get enough of our sunny citrus oils! Grapefruit has skin-cleansing superpowers, Bergamot is a blends rock star, and Orange helps you smile from the inside out!

Rock Your World With Young Living’s Essential Oils.

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Devotedly-Jim & Elisabeth Elliot’s Love Story

Their paths to God’s purpose led them together. “Devotedly,” a love story about Jim and Elizabeth Elliot is written by their only daughter, Valerie  who shares her parents letters, personal  journals and pictures. The book reveals how their commitment to follow God ‘s will shaped their missionary work and marriage. Valerie takes the reader on a six year journey of their lives when they first met to their marriage 5 1/2 years later. The devotion each showed towards one another and God is awe inspiring. I highly recommend the book

I received the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest opinion. 

Devotedly-Jim & Elisabeth Elliot’s Love Story

Their paths to God’s purpose led them together. “Devotedly,” a love story about Jim and Elizabeth Elliot is written by their only daughter, Valerie  who shares her parents letters, personal  journals and pictures. The book reveals how their commitment to follow God ‘s will shaped their missionary work and marriage. Valerie takes the reader on a six year journey of their lives when they first met to their marriage 5 1/2 years later. The devotion each showed towards one another and God is awe inspiring. I highly recommend the book

I received the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest opinion. 

The Secrets Of Paper And Ink

Lindsay Harrel presents a powerful story of healing, forgiveness, and finding the courage to write your own story.

Ginny Rose is an American living in Cornwall, sure that if she saves the bookstore she co-owns with her husband then she can save her marriage as well. Fighting to keep the first place she feels like she belongs, she brainstorms with her brother-in-law, William, and Sophia to try to keep the charming bookstore afloat.

Two hundred years before, governess Emily Fairfax knew two things for certain: she wanted to be a published author, and she was in love with her childhood best friend. But he was a wealthy heir and well out of her league. Sophia discovers Emily’s journals, and she and William embark on a mission to find out more about this mysterious and determined woman, all the while getting closer to each other as they get closer to the truth.

Three women, two  separate timelines, with one goal in mind. Sophia, Ginny, and Emily are all in search of something. All three are hurt by the men they have loved, and all three are looking to find their own worth. All journeys have a beginning and an end, but it is not those places where we find ourselves. I was quickly pulled into the story from page one, to see how each women handled each challenge presented to them was incredible. The story is a gentle reminder that God is in control of our each step and that He only wants the best for us. We should be living each day with a purpose.

Another well written book by Lindsey Harrel,  I am quickly becoming a fan and can not wait till her next book is released.

One of many quotes that spoke to me is “ Life is more than a beginning, a middle and an end. It’s about the countless moments woven in between the lines, the growth, the pruning.”

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

Who I Am With You

Jessica Mason’s husband and young daughter died in a tragic accident. She is grieving more than one loss and also facing life as a single mom with her unborn child. Ridley Chesterfield is hiding out in Hope Springs, Idaho, avoiding a political scandal and reeling from false media headlines that have hurt his good name. Both hurting, they discover that they are neighbors and a stray dog brings them together. Are they ready to step out in faith and begin dating one another. 

Who I Am With You weaves together a modern-day romance with Jessica’s great-grandfather’s story from the 1930s, reminding us that some truths can cross generations and that faith has the power to change families forever.

The power of prayer is so important and was a central theme in the book. I loved how each character turned to prayer before making decisions. This is the first book by Robin Lee Hatcher, I look forward to the next book

Keep Believing, Keep Fighting

Our lives are minefields of challenges, that take their toll on our courage, our conviction, and even our faith. But God whispers to the weary, Don’t give up. Drawing from inspiring biblical stories and first-person testimonies of perseverance, bestselling author and pastor Kyle Idleman encourages you to cast your concerns on God, trust in his love and timing, pray for patience and strength, and seek out support in the family of God.

I have read the author’s other books, “The End Of Me” and “Not A Fan,” and “Don’t Give Up” was just as encouraging. Kyle teaches us to be free from everything that entangles and hinders us from moving forward and how to draw strength from God.

Don’t Give Up is just what we all need to bring ourselves into the life that God meant for all of us. Kyle challenges me to step up in my life to keep believing and persevere and to run the race that God has set out for me. We have all faced a time or two when we wanted to throw the towel in, give up or walk away, Don’t Give Up will show us what we need to do to stand tall and push forward and experience what God has in store for us. Kyle has a unique way of writing that pulls the reader in from page one and relate to the reader. I throughly enjoyed the how the author used different examples from the Bible, for instance, Hebrews chapter 11 lists people who faced enormous challenges yet found the faith to keep believing and the courage to keep fighting. We should do the same every day, to not give up. God know’s our plans way before we do, we need to trust Him in everything.

Don’t Give Up should be on everyone’s to be read list. 

I received the Don’t Give Up from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Don’t Give Up

When you have a few pieces of the puzzle but no big picture, it’s easy to give up. The big picture is your guide for the whole process. It shows you where you’re going. It assures you that everything interlocks in a way that makes sense. The writer of Hebrews 11 defines the big picture of the cloud of witnesses as faith. Faith is the principle that joins all these various lives. 

“Tell Her No Lies”

As children, Nina Fischer and her sister were plucked from foster care in Florida and brought to Texas by a wealthy uncle they’d never met after their mother went to prison for selling drugs. Now, as an adult, Nina loves her adopted father and wants to please him, but she’s chosen her own career path as a photographer and poet—choices state district court judge Geoffrey Fischer can’t appreciate. When she finds him murdered in his study on a night they’re home alone, she’s the prime suspect and has to prove her innocence or face her own prison term. Is she her mother’s daughter, after all?

The two men in her life want to help, each for their own reasons. Can she trust her on-again, off-again boyfriend, attorney Rick Zavala, whose political aspirations seem more important than Nina’s tragic loss? Can she trust her friend, photographer Aaron McClure, or will he use their friendship to break the biggest news story of his career?

While cleaning out her father’s things, Nina discovers a box of old letters and photos, revealing the secrets her father had been concealing for so long. When her biological mother makes an appearance at Geoffrey Fischer’s funeral and asks to be welcomed back into her daughters’ lives, Nina is even more determined to find the truth about her past. Following the evidence leads her on a journey of discovery about her father’s shocking masquerade as a law-abiding, family-loving Christian. Unlocking these secrets could prove deadly, but it’s the only way Nina will ever be able to trust love again.”

A high-stakes race for truth, Tell Her No Lies by Kelly Irvin is a story full of drama, suspense, and romance. 

Despite the mystery, Tell Her No Lies does progress slowly. Between major plot points, the story drags without the action. Still, it kept me interested enough to want to know what would happen next with Nina, and I enjoyed it enough to read more from Kelly Irvin in the future. Twists and turns in this suspense filled novel will keep you guessing!!!

I was provided a copy of the book by Thomas Nelson and all reviews are of my own opinion.

Chosen People: A Must Read

“You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation….” Hana Abboud, a Christian Arab Israeli who practices law in Georgia is asked to represent a family whose wife and daughter were killed by terrorists in Jerusalem. When her boss is contacted by Jakob Brodsky, a young Jewish lawyer who is pursuing a lawsuit on behalf of the women’s family under the US Anti-terrorism laws, he calls on Hana’s expertise to take the case.

The case involves finding parties involved in terrorism and bringing them monetarily to accountability. They must dig into the past of the terrorist and find connections. The plot deals with the realistic, gritty and horrifying world of terrorism, but shines a light on the importance of faith and hope. I’d recommend this book to suspense and romance lovers.

I fell in love with the characters, little did Hana and Jakob know the impact this case would have on their own lives. Jakob finding his life in danger, find’s Christ and Hanna knowing the gospel finds grace.

BookLook Bloggers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review

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