The Girl Who Loved Pots by Rosilyn Seay

35086931An imaginative little girl who loves pots learns important life lessons about trying new things and making new friends…

In this wonderful book, both written and illustrated by Rosilyn Seay, children meet a little girl named May who has a very big imagination. May loves a lot of things, but there’s nothing she enjoys more than playing make-believe with her mother’s pots! With such a big imagination, the uses she can put them to seem almost endless. Then one day, a new babysitter arrives with different ideas. May isn’t so sure about her new ideas, and sneaks off to play with her pots- but will May’s imagination get her into trouble?
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A Father’s Guide: When Children Fall Uncomfortably Close To The Tree

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With humor and heartfelt sincerity, author Stephan Hahn shares practical advice on parenting from a father’s perspective.

A Father’s Guide: When Children Fall Uncomfortably Close To The Tree tackles the difficult subject of fatherhood with refreshing candor. From bringing home baby to the inevitable growing-up stages, Hahn gives dads a heads-up on what to expect by way of anecdotal stories of his own family life, telling it like it is and revealing both the expected and unexpected challenges of parenthood, as well as the many joys that make it all worthwhile.
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Featured Book: Children of Italy by Christine Simolke

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Children of Italy: Love, Secrets, & Betrayal
by Christine Simolke

A lonely man’s affair with an alluring woman threatens to destroy his beloved family. Its 1924, Italian immigrant Luigi Falconi has been away from home for twelve years working as a coal miner in West Virginia to carve out what he hopes will be a better life for his family. After years of separation, his wife, Appollonia, and three daughters leave Italy to join him in America. Just before they arrive, Luigi breaks off an affair with his lover, Isolde. Though she knows from the beginning that Luigi will leave her when his family arrives, Isolde cannot accept his decision to abandon her now that the time has come.

While on board the SS Roma as it sails to Ellis Island, Luigi’s eldest daughter, Giovanna, begins her first romance with a member of the crew, Alessandro. When he immigrates to America a short time later, intent on finding her, she has disappeared. No one in the small town of Covel, West Virginia knows why the Falconi family slipped away under the cloak of darkness. Luigi’s jilted lover is also desperate to find them. Only Appollonia’s brother, Bernandino, knows where they’ve gone, and he, too, has a secret.

As the Falconi family adjusts to being reunited and struggles to assimilate into life in a new country, Alessandro perseveres in his hunt for Giovanna, and his search intersects with the bitter Isolde’s efforts to win Luigi back, with heartbreaking and surprising consequences for all of them.

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About the authorChristine Simolke

Christine Simolke is the granddaughter of Italian immigrants. She was inspired by her grandmother’s life story to write a novel of the immigrant experience. She has traveled to countries all over the world and is thankful that her ancestors chose to settle in the United States. She is a former language arts teacher and currently resides in North Carolina with her husband. They are the parents of two wonderful young men. When she is not writing, she’s active in non-profit work.

The idea for her book, Children of Italy was formed many years ago when she wrote a research paper in graduate school based on an interview with her grandmother, Giovanna and stories her great aunt, Evelina told her. Her grandmother and her family immigrated from Italy to America in the 1920’s, and Christine and her family were always fascinated by the stories of their voyage to America and their early life in the United States. Their tale of hope, struggle, perseverance and love of family has been an inspiration to all of the generations after them.

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Courageous | A Kendrick Brothers Production | FishFlix

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A Kendrick Brother’s Production

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Recently I was contacted by the people at FishFlix and asked if I would review one of their Christian DVDs in exchange for an honest review. I was only too excited to accept, and they sent me a copy of the wonderful family film Courageous

 

 


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Featured Book: A Long Walk With Sally by David Clark Jr.

28093841A Long Walk With Sally: A Grieving Father’s Golf Journey Back to Life

by David Clark Jr.

A parent’s worst fear and most unimaginable horror began on April 4, 2004. As his world was torn further apart, David’s only wish was to escape—to walk away—but how could he? How would he ever find the peace he so desperately needed?

On a golf course in Ireland, the answer came. Thus began a ten-year quest, taking David to 290 courses throughout the British Isles. As he was about to leave on his final trip, he looked out the windshield of his car and realized where he would find his peace.
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Stay: Lessons My Dogs Taught Me about Life, Loss, and Grace by Dave Burchett

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In an odd twist of fate, I am very glad that I didn’t read this book when I first received it. Several weeks ago my dog Jack, a lab mix, received the very same prognosis as Hannah – a large mass on his spleen. What we had assumed to be a pot belly from perhaps excessive late-night snacking turned out to be an 11 lb tumor (no joke). The vets had never seen a tumor this large in a dog his size before.

The fact that Jack’s spleen hadn’t ruptured was in and of itself a miracle. Time dragged on for what felt like eternity as we waited for the results of his several-hours-long surgery, and then days thereafter for the prognosis of the tumor. The weeks-long recovery from having lost more than half of his blood was absolutely terrifying. Learning that the tumor was benign was a blessing beyond anything I dared hope.

Unfortunately Hannah had not been so fortunate. In the midst of all the uncertainty and fervent prayers, it would have destroyed me to have read Hannah’s plight prior to our incredibly blessed and happy outcome. I feel so fortunate, and as a result of my own experience down the same road with Jack, this book tugged at my heart more than I could ever tell you.
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Bootshaus on Frost Lake by H. C. Heartland

23205202From the author of Short Stories From The Heart comes this heartwarming tale of family, fate, and love…

The year is 1922. Seeking a better life for his family, Christian Rose and his wife Julia embark on a journey from their homeland of Germany to America, the golden land of opportunity. Working as a groundskeeper at an estate on Frost Lake, Christian and Julia live in the boathouse, where life is good and soon they are expecting their first child together. But with the sudden economic collapse from the stock market crash of 1929, the fate of the estate, and the boathouse, become uncertain.

Bootshause follows the tale of the Rose family throughout the generations, and the beloved boathouse and surrounding gardens that held them all together. A wonderful rags-to-riches tale, readers will enjoy this story that both captures the imagination and warms the soul.
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