Thursday, October 27, 2016

YBC Book Review - All But Normal by Shawn Thornton with Joel Kilpatrick

This review is waaaaaaay overdue, but I have had some health issues lately that have put me behind in EVERYTHING.  So, with no further ado, here is my review on the book 

This is a story about Shawn's childhood.  A childhood overshadowed by a mother unlike most every other mother.  Violent outbursts and excessive mood swings was his mother's "normal".  Due to a TBI (traumatic brain injury) she received from a car accident, Beverly was never the same.  Yet her fiance loved her and married her.  Over the course of their long marriage, and despite the unstability of Beverly's behavior, they raised 2 boys together.  And this is that story.
Shawn shares stories of his childhood, playing with his friends, and watching the violence in his home.  Despite the outbursts, Shawn is able to portray his mother as not only unstable, but loving.  Loving her husband, loving her kids, and most of all, loving God.
While I did enjoy the stories of his childhood, I do wish Shawn had gone into more depth of his parents love for each other, and how God worked in their lives, and through their lives, to touch others.  It almost felt like after he reached high school age...nothing happened until he turned his life over to God, became a pastor, and reconciled with his father.  I feel that there is so much there, left unsaid.  Hopefully he'll write a second book.  Until then, I'll donate this book to my local library.
Here are some links where you can learn some more about Shawn Thornton.
 Promo/Main Site:            
·         “All Things New” Blog:                  
·         Radio:
·         Facebook:            
·         Twitter:        
·         Instagram:
·         Videos of Pastor Shawn Preaching:

Until next time.
Be blessed,

*Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a copy of this book for my honest review.*

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Sorry For The Interruption

Wow! I can't believe it's been over 3 months since my last post.
Well, actually I can believe see, I've been working a "real" job, with crazy hours
So I was either working or sleeping.  And sick.
Apparently I've been sick for close to a year, but I didn't know it, and it all came crashing down around my head on September 24.
I thought it was just a really bad case of heartburn, but continually got worse, and then when my heart started beating crazy, hubby took me to the ER.
After getting my heart regulated, I was admitted for observation, and a few blood tests.
Then an x-ray.
Then a CT scan.
Then an echo-cardiogram.
I was there for 5 days, and felt like Alice that fell down the hole.
Every day brought me a new doctor, and another diagnosis.
I have A-fib (which brought me to the hospital)
brought on by Type 2 Diabetes.
And while checking the x-ray a spot on my lung was discovered (hence the CT scan).
So they did a CT scan directed biopsy.
Which brings me to stage 1 lung cancer.
Yep, this non-smoker got lung cancer.  Go figure.
So now, I work when I can, while waiting for the results of the latest PET scan and for a surgery date.
All while learning all I can about diabetes.

The plus side to all of this?
1). God provided the right doctors at the right time to discover the lung cancer that otherwise would have become too severe before I noticed any symptoms.
2). I'm finally getting myself into shape with a better diet and exercise.
3). All my kids will be home for Thanksgiving...and I don't have to cook. lol

The moral of my story?
Life is short...enjoy it and spend time with those you love, and do the work you love.

Be blessed,

Friday, July 15, 2016

YBC Book Review - Sister Dear by Laura McNeill

I recently finished reading my first e-book, "Sister Dear" by Laura McNeill, and I really enjoyed it.
I have been pushing against the tide of Kindles and e-books and computerized reading, but I really wanted to review this book and it was only available in the e-format.  So I gave it whirl.

First my review of the book.
Incarcerated for a crime she didn't commit, the story line starts with Allie Marshall's release from prison, and moves along at a smooth even pace on how she manages to get her life back.  Allie was a young single mother with a very bright future, but then a scandal came to her small town, and she was not afraid to confront it.  But that ended up with a murder, her arrest, a trial, and 10 years of her life gone.  Now she's back home, trying to reconnect with her teenage daughter and clear her name.  There is not much left for me to tell you without giving out the ending, but it is an interesting story with lots of twists and clues to help you along.
Laura McNeill gives you lots of clues during the story, so the truth at the end is not really much of a surprise, but she does a good job keeping it interesting and juggling all the different plot lines for the different characters.  I found the book easy to put down when real life needed my attention, and it was easy enough to pick up the story and get involved again, even after a few days.
 I give the story a 4 thumbs ups.
Here is some information about the author, Laura McNeill.
Laura was a tv news anchor for CBS News affiliates in NY and Alabama, and is right now completing a PhD in Instructional Leadership at the University of Alabama.  She is also a mother, and enjoys running, yoga, and being a beach bum.  She has a second book coming out titled "Center of Gravity" and in the preview it looks very good.

Now for my feelings of e-books.  While my tablet was set to adjust the lighting on the pages to make it easier on the eyes, and I did find it easy to carry the tablet around instead of a book,  I still prefer "real" books.  There is just something about the feel of real paper in your hands, finding a good bookmark, and not having to worry about losing my $200 tablet since I like to read during my work travel time.  :-)

Until next time,
Be blessed,

*I received a copy of this book from BookLookBloggers for my impartial review.*

Monday, July 11, 2016

YBC Artist Feature - Dori Danner from Designs by DKD

It's time for another artist feature from Scott's Marketplace....
blue baby blanket

 What is the story behind your shop name? 
 I didn't want to limit myself to just one kind of "craft". 
Designs can be anything and DKD are my initials.

Where, when, how did you learn your craft?
My mother taught me how to knit and crochet as a child. 

What has been your biggest obstacle, or challenge, to finding and achieving success?
My biggest challenge is finding stores to sell my products. I really like the little mom and pop stores but there are not so many around anymore. I started to sell online with Etsy, then branched out to Facebook, Ebay and Scotts Marketplace. 

scrubby set of 3

Tell us a little about your family life...married, kids, pets, etc.
I am married to my husband for 36 years and we have 2 children who are married and 4 grandchildren.
Tell us a little bit about where you, farm, suburb. We live in Hillsgrove, PA, which is northeast of Williamsport, PA. My parents had a cabin here and we came here as much as possible. We bought the property from my parents about 10 years ago and moved here about 6 years ago. We are situated in the Endless Mountains which are beautiful.
Jelly Fish Towel

Pick a favorite item from your shop, and why is it your favorite. I have sooo many favorite items, it is hard to pick just one. Right now, I guess it would be the Jelly Fish Cotton Towel. My daughter send me a picture of one, so I went to the blog it was on and found it is a towel for little children to use. My daughter is potty training her daughter and I thought that might be a fun way to dry her hands. I made a purple and pink jelly fish for her and sent it in the mail. She loves it!

flower baby sandals

What advise would you give a new artist just starting out? It's not easy, but stick with it, if that is your dream.

Share your social media links and where we can find you on the internet.
I hope you enjoyed getting to know Dori as much as I did...she has lots of wonderful handmade goodies, so hurry and click on any link above to see them.

Until next time,
Be blessed,

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