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This Country of Ours American history for children about 8-10- the edges here are blurry. I love this book. If you are Mormon there are one or two chapters you will hate. Please, if you are so inclinced, have that discussion somewhere else. Marshall’s writing is engaging, brilliantly readable, and she does not talk down to kids.
I also like English Literature for Boys and Girls by the same author. Probably more suitable for older readers, middle school or thereabouts. Crochet: Beyond the Basics. How to Crochet Vol.II. A Complete Intermediate Guide with More Patterns, Stitches and Squares. Includes Step-by-Step Instructions … Guide to Learn How to Crochet Book 2)
Reader Review: I didn’t read Vol I, so I don’t know if this is a smooth continuation to Vol II. The disclaimer mentions that in this guide the reader builds upon techniques used in How to Crochet: Vol I, with advanced patterns. The first chapter talks about the abbreviations the author will use, CH = chain DS = double stitch etc, so it appears the novice can grasp the language while feeling very familiar to the intermediate crotchet. I have brought cowl scarves from my co-workers and a woman on Etsy. Before reading this book I had no desire to try a pattern for myself, but now I am really thinking of buying a pattern and starting small, certainly not with a cowl scarf…(Smile) So if you can make scarves reach out to me. I LOVE them!!! Chapter one starts the reader with the different stitches, while the next chapter moves into material. Material you might ask? Well if you are like me I thought yarn was yarn, but there is a difference and Crimbleton describes these differences along with letting the reader know which to use for what project. For example linen hemp and flax is typically used for jewelry and baskets, while Alpaca is soft and used in clothing. (seems interesting right?) The bonus chapter is where you get your bang; I once heard it said that “service is the rent you pay for your space on earth. Crimbleton shares how this hobby can bless others. So whether you are just beginning or have some of the basic stitches and your own hook I’m sure you will find something of value in this volume. A complimentary copy of this Ebook was provided by the author, for the purpose of this review.
There were 35 five star reveiws.
The only negative review was from somebody who said the patterns look like they are from the seventies.
Crochet: Basics. How To Crochet Vol. I. A Complete Beginners Guide with Step by Step instructions with Pictures! (Crochet, Beginning Crochet, Crocheting, … Guide to Learn How to Crochet Book 1) is 2.99 as is the third book in the set
She also has a knitting series for 2.99 each- here’s the first book in the series: Knitting for Beginners: The Complete Guide to Learning the Easiest Methods on How to Knit Amazing Stitches, Patterns and Garments with Pictures ( Crochet, … Crocheting, Patterns, Stitches, Afghan)
How to Crochet: Volume III The Final Complete Advance Guide with More Advanced Patterns, Stitches and Squares for the Advanced Crocheter. Includes Step- by- Step Instructions with Detailed Pictures This book is available free at Amazon, but it’s available free at Gutenberg with the pictures that make the directions more understandable. It’s Spool Knitting. This is a charming craft for younger children about 6-13, and even older. Once you’ve learned the basics, there are patterns online for making other things with spool knitters (also sometimes called corking). Pip used to make them with a coffee can, tape, and nails for making bigger scarves.
The Ladies Work Table Book is also better downloaded from Gutenberg. Here’s a sample page:
The print is larger in the original. There are directions in this book for buying your fabric (mainly of historical interest) and other materials, for needlework, for crochet, and knitting.
Speedy House Cleaning: How to Clean, Organize, and Declutter your Home in Half the Time Reader review: GREAT book about getting your space organized and cleaned. One big thing that I took away from the book was to stop the clutter from advancing, this tends to be a problem in my house. It gave great tips on doing a quick clean up when you dont have notice that someone is coming over, and then goes into detailed cleaning of each living space. I mean detailed like what to clean in each room and how often. Great advice. 76 Productive Habits: How to Accomplish More, Overcome Procrastination, and Supercharge your Productivity
Reader Review: We all are guilty of procrastination and taking on too much in life. This book is 76 USEFUL habits that we need to develop. This book is a quick read and easy to follow. This will not change you overnight, but it has many great strategies that will help you become the you you want to be in a very near future!
Me: The book sample offered only gave the first 8 ‘habits.’ Each habit had just a paragraph of text about it. Most of them were things we already know- Prioritize! Declutter! Don’t waste time! The paragraphs were more like pep talks about why you want to do those things, not so much *how* to do them. But sometimes we just need the peptalk. DIY Household Cleaning Hacks: Quick Hack Recipes for Cheaper More Efficient Cleaning just 48 pages Reader Review: This was an interesting book. I picked it up because I wanted to ask my cleaning team to start using more natural products when they are in my home. I expected it to just be about cleaning solutions (as in liquids and substances) but it included how to make tools (such as attaching a drill to a scrubbing brush to make it supercharged!) and ways to sanitize a sponge by microwaving it. The book also contained what I was originally looking for but much more as well. Ingenious! The Illusion of More: The Trick to Finding Faith in a World of Deception
Blurb: Is the grass really greener on the other side? … Or is this the ultimate illusion? The first man and woman were closer to God than any other creature on Earth. They had everything they could have ever wanted: healthy timeless bodies, an endless supply of food and water, and a beautiful garden in which to live and play. Still, they reached for the mirage of MORE. What is the great illusion that each of us falls prey to in life? More. More money = more contentment. More things = more satisfaction. More success = more happiness. Like Adam and Eve, we still eat the forbidden fruit today. We are tricked into thinking that the One Thing that does offer lasting joy, purpose and contentment is not enough. As a result, the very things we pursue always remain out of reach because we bought into the ultimate illusion. Join Master Illusionist Harris III on an unforgettable journey, as he shows you how to: Expose the lies you have been believing and replace them with life-changing Truth Unmask the mirage of “more” and discover the secrets to joy and contentment Stop allowing the deceiver to prevent you from living your life to its fullest Open your eyes, discover the source of true fulfillment, and never fall for the Illusion of More again!
There were many, many five star reviews, none below three stars.
Three star Reader Review: “Whatever you value most is not only where your heart resides, it is also where your fear lives. And where fear takes root, deception flowers,” Harris III warns in his book, “The Illusion of More: The Trick to Finding Faith in a World of Deception.” This two hundred and eight page paperback targets those interested in a Biblical perspective of living life free of fear or separation from God. Mainly the New International Version of the Bible is used, along with the NKJV and KJV. The small book contains six chapters, each ending with two to four questions including spaces fill in answers, an overview, acknowledgments, and both writers’ autobiographies with an advertisement for a two DVD movie set. Since the author is a professional illusionist, he correlates a magic show to how Satan has deceived many into a world of ongoing and relentless fear. Starting with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, he uses a plethora of Bible verses showing how the Devil was a fallen angel who wanted to be God. Also noted are Biblical characters like Job, Jacob and Esau, David and Goliath, Jesus, and Peter, along with Norman Vincent Peale and how they dealt with Satan’s deceptions. Chapters relate to the art of illusion and magic and how mankind is manipulated into trading creative faith for destructive fear that leads to separation from God. We are constantly being deceived by the Devil and misdirected by desiring more of something, someone, or some feeling, when we should be putting our faith solely in Jesus Christ. The section at the end of each chapter asks readers questions such as what are they afraid of, what do they dread separation from, what losses have been experienced in the past, have they ever been deceived by their senses, what ways have they been blinded by God, and what do they need to believe in, make, and then see. Because so much of the book involves magic tricks, manipulation, and metaphors, inserting many Biblical stories keeps it on task. The author’s conclusion is that words, used for good or bad, are the keys to making the imaginable tangible as faith or fear. When We Have Failed-What Next?
Blurb: Author K.P. Yohannan is an encourager and one that instills hope in others through the word of God. His book When We Have Failed-What Next will gleam from biblical examples of individuals such as Moses, Elijah, and David that have accomplished much, yet fell into deep pits of despair and failure. Other individuals as well will be highlighted to prove God is a restorer when we come to Him with authentic repentance. The thief on the cross will serve as the best example that it is never too late with God. You will be encouraged to allow your tears of remorse to renew you back into fellowship with the Father. The author will warn you of the enemy’s plot in trying to discourage you so you lose hope. It is in yielding our failures to the Lord that He makes us into useful vessels. Other key concepts will include: – His purpose in making us more like His Son – How He longs for a fresh start with you – Importance of receiving His forgiveness – How we deal with failure that determines our future – How our brokenness can give us strength to help others
By the same author: The Beauty of Christ through Brokenness Breaking the Chains: Overcoming the Spiritual Abuse of a False Gospel An autobigraphical account of growing up in and then leaving the Pentecostal group started by Sowders. The church this author was affiliated with was founded by Cornelius Mears. Exploring the Nicene Creed just 44 pages. This is not a history of the creed. There is a chapter explaining the human need to distill their beliefs into compact statements. There rest is simple explanation of what the statements in the creed mean, with Bible verses to support those explanations. Basically, this is an explanation of the Nicene creed for those who would like to understand it better. Thoughts and Counsels of the Saints for Every Day of the Year
This could be used for copywork, for a short daily devotional thought, for bathroom reading…. Here are the ‘saints’ represented:
Being a Collection of Quotations From ST. ALPHONSUS ST. ANSELM ST. ANTONINUS ST. BENEDICT ST. BERNARD ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA ST. GREGORY THE GREAT ST. IGNATIUS ST. MECHTILDIS ST. TERESA ST. THOMAS AQUINAS ST. VINCENT DE PAUL ST. VINCENT FERRER BL. ALBERT THE GREAT BL. HENRY SUSO BL. JORDAN OF SAXONY VEN. BARTHOLOMEW OF MARTYRS VEN. JOHN TAULER VEN. JULIENNE MOREL VEN. LOUIS DE BLOIS VEN. LOUIS DE GRANADA
Here’s an excerpt from October: 1 ALWAYS give good example: teach virtue by word and deed. Example is more powerful than discourse.—BL. HENRY SUSO.
2 If thou wouldst glory, let it be in the Lord, by referring everything to Him, and giving to Him all the honor and glory.—VEN. LOUIS DE GRANADA.
3 There is nothing more holy, more eminently perfect, than resignation to the will of God, which confirms us in an entire detachment from ourselves, and a perfect indifference for every condition in which we may be placed.—ST. VINCENT DE PAUL.
4 Prayer consists not in many words, but in the fervor of desire, which raises the soul to God by the knowledge of its own nothingness and the divine goodness.—BL. HENRY SUSO.
5 Let us make up for lost time. Let us give to God the time that remains to us.—ST. ALPHONSUS.
6 When thou feelest thyself excited, shut thy mouth and chain thy tongue.—BL. HENRY SUSO.
7 If it was necessary that Christ should suffer and so enter by the cross into the kingdom of His Father, no friend of God should shrink from suffering.—VEN. JOHN TAULER.
8 We should grieve to see no account made of time, which is so precious; to see it employed so badly, so uselessly, for it can never be recalled.—BL. HENRY SUSO. Equipped To Study Workbook (Equipping The Saints 5) I looked at the first three lessons in the workbook, and only saw one thing that made me a little twitchy, and that could be an issue of semantics. For the most part, I liked what I saw. It looks like a basic, solid, study on how and why to study your Bible. The videos and worksheets are available here.
He also recommends this book by Skip Heitzig: How to Study the Bible and Enjoy It
I like this, too: How to Study Your Bible He Used A Stone
Reader Review: Kudos to Andrew Mullek! I like this book a lot! The biblical story of David and Goliath is one most people have heard about. A young lad David courageously slew Goliath a giant with a stone and a sling with faith in God. I’m saving this free ebook because it reaffirms how God can do anything as long as believers have faith and courage. There are some really good questions and answers! Why did David select four stones instead of one? Why did David select the size and shape of stones he did? The reassurance that with God on your side anything is possible is very positive and reaffirms that by having faith even as small as the grain of a mustard seed mountains can be moved! David had great faith, killed Goliath, chopped of Goliath’s head with Goliath’s sword, and carried Goliath’s head through the city for all to see. Whatever obstacles people face they are not insurmountable with God on your side. This book is for everyone and one of my favorites. I will be reading this many more times and looking for more of Andrew Mullek’s works to read. Thank you! Economic Crisis: World Food System – The Battle against Poverty, Pollution and Corruption
Blurb: The world food system is in serious danger. People are starving to death because their food is being hoarded, sold to other countries or is just not being produced. This book takes a look at the economic crisis with special attention to the world food system.
23 pages. Scary. No solutions offered. Five five star reviews, one 3 star from somebody who had hoped for more answers. Blurb: The world food system is in serious danger. People are starving to death because their food The Genetic Lottery: A novel look at schizophrenia
Blurb: “This book saved my life when our youngest was diagnosed with schizophrenia” -Dawn “Caitlin’s story touched me deep in my soul” ~ Marina “Terri Morgan’s depictions of the disorder are realistic as well as haunting.” ~ Allizabeth Collins As a child she was confused and embarrassed by her parents’ behavior. As an adult, she fears she may inherit their devastating mental disorders. In between, she learns how to cope with the chaos, come to terms with mental illness, and understand and overcome the toll it had on her extended family. “its a roller-coaster ride of emotions” ~ Sandra Looking for an emotional and touching story of human strength and overcoming obstacles? Read Terri Morgan’s fictional memoir THE GENETIC LOTTERY. This true-to-life novel examines how the impact of mental illness ripples through a family.
Reader Review: I’d give this book more stars if I could, it was that good. It was a riveting account of schizophrenia and it’s devastating effects. I read it in a day or so, unfortunately I had to put it down to sleep and work. A few reviewers said they thought the book was too long. The length seemed fine to me for the period of time it covered and the character development it described. If you want to understand or increase your understanding of schizophrenia, read this book. It was great. 3 star review: At first, this book was riveting. The brother – what an amazing child, taking care of his baby sister while Mom is in a daze. He practically raises his sister while both parents suffer schizophrenia. It’s heartbreaking to read. The details of day to day living wore on – do we really need that much detail?? — and the “novel” just read like a memoir or a journal entry. I started skipping pages until I got closer to the end. Interesting names: Jondalar, named for his mother’s favorite fictional character, and Ayla. He shortens his name to Jon, and she changes her name later in life to Caitlyn. Much of this novel is haunting, informative, well-researched, hard-hitting and all too real. It just drags on with too much description and detail about things that didn’t pertain to how this woman survived both parents and her brother suffering schizophrenia. It’s worth reading, and it’s well written, aside from the utter lack of being a novel. Raptor 6 (The Quiet Professionals Book 1)
Blurb: Captain Dean Watters keeps his mission and his team in the forefront of his laser-like focus. So when these two things are threatened by hackers, Dean’s Special Forces training kicks into high gear. Failing to stop the hackers from stealing national security secrets from the military’s secure computers and networks isn’t an option. Zahrah Zarrick is a missionary teacher to Afghan children in Mazar-e Sharif. And a target. When Zahrah is captured because of her expertise in quantum cryptology, endangering the US national security, Dean is forced to crack the lockbox around his heart—a move that might come at the highest cost.
reader review:Raptor 6 is a fast-paced, intense military thriller with a Christian theme to it, as well as a little romance. Ronie Kendig is a talented writer and she avoids all the typical character cliches; giving each character natural flaws, making them more believable. For me, the more realistic a character is, the more chance that I’m going to connect with them and whatever situation they are in. Overall, Raptor 6 is a well-crafted page-turner that I highly enjoyed reading and I’m looking forward to reading the upcoming second installment, Hawk. *Disclaimer – I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. Wishing on Buttercups: A Novel (Love Blossoms in Oregon Series Book 2) Dozens of five star reviews.
Blurb: She’d kept her secrets safely hidden—those from her past, and those in the present. Some things, Beth Roberts knows, a lady simply doesn’t share, even in the 1880’s West. The townspeople would never understand. No one ever has. Jeffery Tucker, a handsome young writer, has kept his own secrets. He doesn’t have a right to pry into Beth’s affairs but finds himself strangely drawn to her and intrigued by the whiff of mystery surrounding her. Beth knows that one day someone will unravel the threads of her past. And when two men from her past arrive, the truth might just hurt . . . Beth’s future and her heart. As shadowy memories surface, Beth sketches the scenes she sees and is shocked by what—and who—her illustrations reveal. Dare she risk her heart again?
About the author– Miralee Ferrell is a speaker, accredited counselor, and former American Christian Fiction Writers chapter president who has published multiple contemporary and historical romance novels. She and her husband enjoy horseback riding, sailing, and family gatherings around their eleven-acre property in Washington State’s beautiful Columbia River Gorge.
Reader Review: Wishing on Buttercups is the second book written in the Love Blooms In Oregon series written by Miralee Ferrell. I have not read a book by Miralee, but I LOVED this book. This book is not a typical read for me, I love romance, but I have never really like historical fiction, but this is perfect. It’s enough that I find it interesting and romantic. Some books are so historical that I find myself lost and bored, but this was the perfect balance between historical, romantic and interesting. Beth Roberts and Jeffery Tucker are two main characters in the story who have their share of secrets. Beth is a hidden artist who draws on a tablet and her tablet is one day discovered by Jeffrey. Jeffrey discovers her tablet, but does not realize it’s Beth until sometime later. Beth is an illustrator and is sketching pictures for his series of stories, but neither of them realize it until the middle of the story. In the middle of all of this, Beth is confronted with a past love. Additionally, Beth is having flash backs from her childhood about family members. Beth is living a life from the past and also trying to move forward into future, but stuck. Jeffrey takes a risk and only can he discover who Beth’s real family is and helps discover what happened to her as a child. I did not have the privledge of reading “Blowing On Dandelions” which is the first book in this set, but I would love too. You can read “Wishing on Buttercups” as a stand alone, but after reading this, I highly recommend reading the first book. I cannot wait to read the next one in this series! If I could rate this book 10 stars, I would! I truly enjoyed this book! Well done! The last five chapters had me gripped in high emotions, tears and then in happiness by the end! Well done! I received this book from book fun.org in exchange for an honest review. In Between (Katie Parker Production Book 1) LOADS of five star reviews.
Blurb: Can we overcome our past? Katie Parker is about to get a new life—whether she wants one or not. With her mom in prison, and her father AWOL, Katie is sent to live with a squeaky-clean family who could have their own sitcom. She launches a full-scale plan to get sent back to the girls’ home when she finds herself in over her head…and heart. When Katie and her new “wrong crowd” get into significant trouble at school, she finds her punishment is restoring a historic theater with a crazy grandma who goes by the name of Mad Maxine. In the midst of her punishment, Katie uncovers family secrets that run deep, and realizes she’s not the only one with a pain-filled past. Katie must decide if she’ll continue her own family’s messed up legacy or embrace a new beginning in this place called In Between.
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Don’t have a Kindle? : You don’t have to have a Kindle to take advantage of these offers. You can read them on various free reading apps. I often read mine on my laptop if they are short enough books, even though I have two kindles. That’s because my kids keep taking off with the Kindles to read their school books and they don’t remember to recharge them before returning. I wouldn’t say I’m bitter about it, but I might be a little disgruntled.
If you’re curious, this is the Kindle I have, and I have used others and mine remains my favorite. Mine has Keyboard 3G, Free 3G + Wi-Fi and I don’t have commercial screensavers. The second Kindle is actually one I was given in exchange for some writing work, and I gave it to my two teens. It does not have 3G, which is why it’s their Kindle. Personally, I don’t like Kindle Fires because I am a crank like that.
Lately, though, since I got my tricky little new phone that does all kinds of magical things and is smarter than me, I have downloaded some books with color illustrations, and downloaded other books direct from Gutenberg, and I have to admit, I like it very much indeed. You can set up a Kindle account to download to your phone, and download a kindle app for the phone as well.
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Yes, my Kindle gets slow because I stuff it too full. You can left click on a title on your Kindle anddelete it from your device, while still keeping it in your list of titles at Amazon in case you want to add it back to your Kindle later without paying for the title all over again. Don’t delete it from folder at Amazon unless you want to rid yourself of it permanently. Now that I have my tricksy little new phone, I have added it to my list of devices to which I can download devices. Woot!
Most of the blurbs and book descriptions above are not mine, but come from reviews on Amazon’s page.