Trees Tall as Mountains (The Journey Mama Writings: Book 1)
For eight years Rachel Devenish Ford has been writing about her not quite normal life at her blog, Journey Mama, telling stories about her days with characteristic honesty and humor. Now for the first time, this writing is captured in book format in the Journey Mama Writings Series.
In Trees Tall as Mountains, Rachel writes about her life of volunteering in an intentional community in the woods of Northern California with her Superstar Husband and three young children, cultivating joy and her faith in God despite a continuing fight with anxiety and very simple means. She is candid and hopeful, intimate and humorous. Because Rachel’s explorations of faith are not trite or churchy, her writing is beloved by believer and non-believer alike. Her bright, honest words make strangers into friends, and Rachel’s attempts to truly understand the love of God radiate hope to others who are searching for him in the sometimes dark, sometimes beautiful world.
Rachel Devenish Ford is the wife of one Superstar Husband and the mother of five incredible children. Originally from British Columbia, Canada, she spent seven years working with street youth in California before moving to India to help start a meditation center in the Christian tradition. She can be found eating street food or smelling flowers in many cities in Asia. She currently lives in Northern Thailand, inhaling books, morning air, and seasonal fruit. She is deep in the revisions of her second novel and the compilation of the second Journey Mama book.
There are 30 five star reviews, 6 one and two star reviews, and a handful or two more in between. The one and two star reviews all sounded like they were written by people I wouldn’t like very much at all, so I downloaded this one.
Hetta and Jenks Jenkins live a life a life many only dream of aboard their 42-foot boat in Mexico’s hauntingly beautiful Sea of Cortez. But their chosen sea has a serpent: Mexico’s out-of-control drug trade.
After witnessing a drug-deal gone wrong, they set off a deadly chain of events that lands them in a sea of intrigue involving a best friend, the Mexican Federal Police, the DEA, US Coast Guard, the INS, and a nasty drug cartel.
This fast-paced adventure is a must-read for anyone who has ever dreamed of cutting the lines and shoving off to adventure.
THE VIRAL CHRIST…Why the Message of the Cross Continues to Persist, Proliferate and Thrive in a Fallen World…and Why it Matters
In this age of rapidly advancing technology and internet connectivity, the world has effectively become smaller. Never before has it been so easy to share our thoughts, a message, a song, video or product with the world. The internet has enabled us to ‘reach’ every corner of the globe, with the click of a mouse. This new technology has enabled some information, products and even entertainment, to ‘go viral,’ and spread from person-to-person at a rate unprecedented prior to this point in history.
But it is the propagation of another historic event, that intrigues Dr. Kelley more than all of the modern day advances which abound. Two thousand years ago, Jesus Christ walked this earth. He preached a message of a new Kingdom to come, and He offered the hope of salvation through His death upon the cross. Despite the disparity between our technology today and the lack of technology in the day that Jesus walked this earth, His message…the message of The Gospel, has ‘gone viral, ‘ and continues to spread in a supernatural and divinely guided manner, to the farthest reaches of our planet. In ‘The Viral Christ,’ Dr. Kelley delves into why he believes the Gospel of Jesus Christ will continue to spread unimpeded, until the day that Jesus returns for His followers, and why the continued proliferation of this message is so important to us all. For those who may be searching, and asking the question, “Is there a God,” The Viral Christ seeks to open both the heart and eyes of those readers who may be struggling to find their faith.
Dr. Kelley is an independent writer and practicing physician in Austin, Texas. His writing interests center primarily on The Gospel of Jesus Christ, as well as fitness and nutrition, and children’s stories written which teach valuable life lessons to kids.
The Hazeley Family
Victorian morality literature. It’s the story of the Hazeley family and some of their extended acquaintances and friends. In the beginning of the story, Mr. and Mrs. Hazeley are indifferent and somewhat indolent parents (especially the Mrs.) who send their daughter Flora to live with two maiden aunts, mainly so they don’t have to be bothered with her. One aunt is a Christian, a kindly and generous of heart, the other is selfish and a church member rather than a believer.
The kind aunt dies when Flora is 16 and she must return to her parents and brothers. She first finds home a very untenable place to be, but her friend Ruth, a girl who takes care of her home and little sister and lives behind Flora’s house, suggests that maybe she could be the one to work at setting things to right, and so she does, gradually bringing about a change in her home and family members through her sweet, womanly ways, her prayers, and her deft touch at making their home more comfortable and cheerful (You know the sort of thing if you read these books- twitching the curtains just so, giving a charming and domestic touch to the fireside with the right artistic touch to the mantle decorations, training a sweet potato vine to grow around the windowsill, and so forth.
I don’t know why I get such a kick out of reading these things, but I do. It’s a pretty big step above Elsie Dinsmore, who I cannot bear, but quite a bit below Grace Livingston Hill, and if that’s ‘damning with faint praise,’ I am sure I don’t know what is. Sort of a Horatio Alger for Christian Endeavor girls.
I had fun reading it, found it quaint and some of it touching, some of it too easily mockable, and some of it thought provoking.
Freedom From the Lies You Tell Yourself (Ebook Shorts)
William Backus in his unashamed way and speaking out of his Christian worldview weaves together his background in cognitive-behaviour therapy with his spirituality and presents a concise piece on the impact of truth upon the soul and yet more than the soul, mind-body-soul. I’m grateful.
Forsaken Dreams (Escape to Paradise)
Historical romance, Christian fiction,
Embark on a seafaring adventure in a brand-new series from bestselling author MaryLu Tyndall. After witnessing the death and destruction caused by the Civil War, Colonel Blake Wallace is eager to leave his once precious Southern homeland for the pristine shores of Brazil and the prospect of a new utopian community. Widow Eliza Crawford seeks passage on Wallace’s ship harboring a dirty secret—and a blossoming hope for a fresh start. But will dangers from the sea and from man keep them from the peace and love they long for?
The negative reviews are mainly concerned that the author is too sympathetic to the south and pretties up slavery, so I pass, but my neoconfederate friends may like it.
Make House Cleaning A Breeze: Giving Your Home A Cleaning Makeover
Just 33 pages. Here’s the blurb:
Does the thought of home cleaning send a chill down your spine?
Are you putting your life on hold on the days you undertake cleaning?
Do you seek an easier and better way to clean your home
If the above sentences describe you, then this e-book is for you.
This easy to use home cleaning e-book seeks to teach you easy ways of cleaning your home. The author has been able to put together this comprehensive guide basing his advice on real life home cleaning issues they have had to face. The author seeks to teach you a better and easier way of cleaning your home.
Blurb from Amazon:
Fifteen-year-old Raven Wishmore was supposed to snatch a cauldron. Instead she accidentally blows up a library.
When Raven’s father—a spy for Kingdom Quest, a secret society devoted to protecting magic and punishing magic abusers—is charged with finding a priceless cauldron, Raven is coerced into joining the investigation. Raven—forced into a gum snapping, skirt wearing, ditzy disguise—is employed at Saint Cloud Library, which is ruled by a tyrannical library director who has declared all book sections closed. Her coworkers are wary, unfriendly, and unconcerned that the library’s magic is taking on the disposition of a chained monster.
It gets worse. Thanks to a cyber security leak an organization of magic abusers know the cauldron is at Saint Cloud. They will burn the library to the ground to get the cauldron if Raven doesn’t find it first. The only things Raven has going for her is her friendship with the mischievous Montamos brothers, who specialize in breaking and entering, and her dubious magic, the ability to read things to life. However, Raven is unwilling to use her power, as she knows firsthand that her magic-based creations are willing to destroy her.
Herbal Remedies: 190+ Natural Remedies for 50 Common Ailments (Herbal Medicine, Natural Cures, Natural Medicine) (Herbal Remedies for Ailments A to Z)
This book makes a perfect reference guide that will be of use for years to come. Treatment for 50 of the most common ailments is given. Ailments are as follows:
Acne, anxiety, arthritis, asthma, blisters & burns, body odor, bursitis & tendonitis, canker sores, chronic fatigue, cold sores, colds & flu, constipation, dandruff, depression, diabetes, diarrhea, ear infections, eczema, fibromyalgia, fungal skin infections, glaucoma, gout, hangover, headaches, heart disease, hemorrhoids, herpes, high blood pressure, hypothyroidism, insect bites & stings, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, kidney stones, libido problems, menopause, nausea, nerve pain, obsessive-compulsive disorder, osteoporosis, pinkeye & styes, pneumonia, poison ivy/oak/sumac, shingles, sinus infection, sore throat, sunburn, toothaches, ulcers, warts.
Herbal remedies can save you a lot of money in the long-run. They are much safer than pharmaceutical drugs and can sometimes be much more effective. They are relatively inexpensive to purchase, and it is typical for one herb to have a multitude of uses. Having natural remedies handy can save you a lot of stress, time, and money. A book like this is worth keeping around for many years.
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Oscar Wilde. Well written, but not at all funny, unlike those of his plays that I’ve read. Not for every reader, certainly. Dorian Gray is no hero, but Wilde didn’t mean for him to be.
Reader Review: Dorian is a perfectly nice, well-meaning young man when we first meet him in the studio of the painter Basil Hallward. Hallward in fact is so drawn to the youth that he draws his greatest inspiration from painting him and just being with him. It is the influence of Hallward’s friend Lord Henry which leads to Gray’s downfall. There are few characters in literature as decadent, witty, and somehow enchanting as Lord Henry. He is never at a loss for words, fatalistic observations of life and people, sarcastic philosophical musings, and brilliantly devious ideas. Among his world of social decadents and artistic do-nothings, his charm remains redoubtable and highly sought-after. Gray immediately falls under his spell, soon devoting himself to living life to its fullest and enjoying his youth and beauty to the utmost. He solemnly wishes that he could remain young and beautiful forever, that Hallward’s exquisite picture of him should bear the marks of age and debauchery rather than himself. To his surprise and ultimate horror, he finds his wish fulfilled. Small lines and creases first appear in the portrait, but after he cruelly breaks the heart of an unfortunate young actress who then takes her own life, the first real signs of horror and blood manifest themselves on his portrait. His love for the ill-fated Sibyl Vane is a sordid, heartbreaking tale, and it marks the culmination of his descent into debauchery. He frequents opium dens and houses of ill repute, justifying all of his worst actions to himself, while the influence of Lord Henry continues to work its black magic on his soul. He hides his increasingly grotesque portrait away in an upstairs room, sometimes going up to stare at it and take pleasure in the fact that it rather than he bears the stains of his iniquities. In time, his obsession with his secret grows, and he is constantly afraid that it will be discovered by someone. For eighteen years he lives in this manner, moving among the members of his society as a revered figure who magically retains his youth, but eventually he begins to see himself as he really is and to curse the portrait, blaming its magic for his miserable life of ill-begotten pleasures and loss of moral character. The final pages are well-written, and the climax is eminently satisfying.
Edgar Rice Burroughs:
A Princess of Mars
Reader review: This novel was a complete surprise for me. First, I saw a movie on TV called John Carter. I thought it was great. Next, I noticed it was based on a novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs- of Tarzan fame? No way, I thought. So, when my family bought me a tablet for Christmas, I decided to look for it. At the ridiculous price of $0.00, I bought it. I am now on the third of his series of books. What is so interesting for me is that this series talks to the future in the same manner of Jules Verne or H.G. Wells. He published this first book in 1917 I believe. Flight was a very young idea back then. He deals with it in a very delightful and adventurous manner, along with other ideas that I am sure stretched the imagination. And that is the point. I was used to the idea of seeing Johnny Weissmuller swinging through the jungle belting out his Tarzan yell and summoning all his animal friends in the jungle to confront “man” and save the day. Here was a man transported to the planet Mars to interact with many types of beings and many forms of their beliefs. In a wonderful salute to parody, Burroughs alludes to human civilization and its beliefs and faith in those beliefs in a delicate manner. On Mars for instance, one creatures Heaven may be another creatures dinner! Read it and see.
Reader Review: It is true that the hero of the story, John Carter, can’t fail, but that is no different than the hero/heroine in a lot of movies or TV shows. One of the things I like about the book is the colorful description of Mars and its inhabitants. The “world” Burroughs has created is quite interesting.
The Gods of Mars
Reader Review:After reading this book i realized 2 things. First; its a small wonder why this mans work has survived and remained relevent for close to and over 100 years. This book is how you do things right! Second; its a small wonder why the movie failed so hard, had they followed the book instead of cutting a bloody path through the first 3 booksto make the John Carter movie Disney would have a new(ish) franchise that could have surpassed the likes of Tron and Pirates of the Caribbean in how loved it could have been. I saw the movie first and liked it so much that its what made me wanna read the book (i guess the movie did its job in that respect) so it was nice having a primmer of sorts and hearing how the names are supossed to be pronounced but looking back on the movie its just so very disappinting.
Reader review: I read the first book in the “Barsoom” series as a story in the “Steam Punk Megapack” collection. It is pure action/adventure and I really enjoyed it! I then went to Wikipedia and discovered there are eleven books total in the series. The last book is really two separate stories. These books are all fun and easy to read.
I discovered that many of the individual titles in the series are free at Amazon for the Kindle, particularly the first five. Then the stories seem to come in collections for a price. I suggest avoiding the collections based on the negative reviews that I read. I was able to acquire all of the books eventually as single Kindle books.
Two books, numbers 8 and 10 (I believe), I was able to get by googling the titles. They were in Kindle format and free! Check out feedbooks.com. I did not know before this that the Kindle format is available outside of the Amazon Web Site. I could not get these two books through Amazon.
Book eleven is available at Amazon Kindle but the Title is listed as: “John Carter on Mars.” In Wikipedia it is listed as: “John Carter of Mars.” I believe the two stories: “John Carter and the Giant of Mars” & “Skeleton Men of Jupiter” can be acquired for free as separate titles at feedbooks.com if you prefer “free”.
Tarzan of the Apes
Review: First published in 1914, Edgar Rice Burroughs’s romance has lost little of its force over the years–as film revivals and TV series well attest. Tarzan of the Apes is very much a product of its age: replete with bloodthirsty natives and a bulky, swooning American Negress, and haunted by what zoo specialists now call charismatic megafauna (great beasts snarling, roaring, and stalking, most of whom would be out of place in a real African jungle). Burroughs countervails such incorrectness, however, with some rather unattractive representations of white civilization–mutinous, murderous sailors, effete aristos, self-involved academics, and hard-hearted cowards. At Tarzan’s heart rightly lies the resourceful and hunky title character, a man increasingly torn between the civil and the savage, for whom cutlery will never be less than a nightmare.
The passages in which the nut-brown boy teaches himself to read and write are masterly and among the book’s improbable, imaginative best. How tempting it is to adopt the ten-year-old’s term for letters–”little bugs”! And the older Tarzan’s realization that civilized “men were indeed more foolish and more cruel than the beasts of the jungle,” while not exactly a new notion, is nonetheless potent. The first in Burroughs’s serial is most enjoyable in its resounding oddities of word and thought, including the unforgettable “When Tarzan killed he more often smiled than scowled; and smiles are the foundation of beauty.”
[Burroughs has] a gift very few writers of any kind possess: he can describe action vividly. Gore Vidal –Gore Vidal
The Chessmen of Mars
Conventional wisdom has it that the first three books of Burroughs’ Martian series, “A Princess of Mars,” “The Gods of Mars,” and “The Warlord of Mars” form an excellent trilogy and all the rest of the Martian tales are quite poorly done in comparison. I disagree.
I will cite two examples as to why “Chessmen” is Burroughs’ best work in this series.
 You can hardly conceive of a more ghastly creature than a spider-being who lives as a parasite on headless human bodies, but that is a perfect description of Ghek the Kaldane, one of the central figures of the book. Burroughs takes this repulsive monstrosity and makes him such a loveable character that you cannot help but like him.
 Burroughs not only wrote a good yarn, he wrapped his tale around a striking boardgame that he had invented–jetan, or Martian chess.
It’s no real trick to invent a chess variant. There are thousands of them, and most of them are rubbish. What is so singular about jetan is that it is a good chess variant. I read “Chessmen” as a child, and after reading it, the first thing I had to do was make a jetan set and play the game. I whiled away several enjoyable hours with the game. John Gollon, a noted authority on chess variants, had a similar experience when he was writing “Chess Variations.” He thought he’d include a chapter on jetan for some comic relief, so he made a jetan set and played a few games. He found jetan “quite good–very playable and interesting.” He then pronounced jetan “not a mere novelty, but … a respectable game.”
These two singular achievments (Ghek & jetan) are not the only details that make “Chessmen” so enjoyable. Gahan of Gathol (aka Turan the Panthan) makes for a satisfying hero, and Tara of Helium fills the bill quite nicely for a damsel in distress.
The heros are noble, the villians are wicked, the cause is just, and the action is nonstop. Great escapist reading.
There are a bunch more of ERB’s books for free at Amazon.
Rice Flour Recipes – 40 Gluten Free Rice Flour Recipes For All Occasions
Are you looking for a versatile gluten-free flour that doesn’t need special treatment or added ingredients? Do you love baking and want to enjoy your food without worrying about your waistline?
Rice flour is easy to use and widely available. It can be used to thicken sauces, coat meat and is great in any stovetop or oven-baked recipe. Brown and white rice flour are both naturally gluten-free and suitable for those with celiac disease.
Rice flour has less calories than wheat, a lower glycaemic index and is a good choice of flour for dieters. Containing a wide range of B vitamins and essential minerals for optimal body performance, brown rice flour is hard to beat.
The following delicious recipes are just a taste of what this book has to offer.
* Banana Rice Bread
* Ace Flour Base
* Berry Peach Cobbler
* Almond Honey Drops
* Coconut Sticky Rice Cakes
* Spicy Thai Chicken
* Persian Cupcakes
* Wholemeal rice Crepes
* Mexican Rice Tortillas
* Chicken Nuggets in Mango Sauce
From breakfast to dessert, rice flour is the number one gluten-free flour. These recipes are sure to become quick family favorites. Enjoy!
Cappuccinos :The Ultimate Recipe Guide – Over 30 Delicious & Best Selling Recipes
You can get a great cappuccino, a coffee drink made of espresso, steamed milk and foam, at a cafe or coffee house for a few dollars a cup. Or if you’re willing to learn, you can make cappuccinos yourself at your home or office using an espresso or cappuccino machine purchased from any home and garden or retail store. We have collected the most delicious and best selling recipes from around the world. Enjoy!
Homemade Energy Drinks :The Ultimate Recipe Guide – Over 30 Delicious Recipe Alternatives
With just a little preparation, homemade energy drinks fuel the body with multiple servings of long-term energy. Quenching the mid-morning thirst with a sugary and caffeinated rush only leads to more caffeine and sugar. Manufactured energy drinks spike blood glucose levels and cause fatigue. Don’t throw off the whole day with empty calories and chemical additives. Give the body an energy boost that is healthy as well as hydrating with nutritional homemade energy drinks.
Cleansed: Exposing the Lies and Dangers of the Cleansing Fad
Is Your Colon Really in Need of Cleansing?
Coffee enemas and green smoothies. Colonics and laxatives. All the so-called “cleanses” that are out there today are meant to make you healthy, clean, and pure…but do they actually work? Can you really expel gallstones by drinking olive oil and citrus juice? Should you be consuming Epsom salts? No one seems to be asking if we should be doing these cleanses in the first place, though…until now. Author Joey Lott lays it all on the line with his latest book, Cleansed. He digs into the most popular cleanses today, sharing tales of his own experience, that of his clients, and the results of his extensive research on the subject.
A Better Way Than Eight Glasses a Day
What happens to your cells when you drink too much water? Shouldn’t you be eating as much fiber as possible? Are you really burning fat with all that cardio? You may think that more is better when it comes to fiber, water, and exercise, but Cleansed will reveal the truth behind the hype being dished out today by leading health experts…including the 8-glasses a day rule. Discover the healthy way to cleanse that doesn’t involve excessive exercise, deprivation, pills, or magic. Work with your body’s wisdom and be amazed by the results instead of jumping from cleanse to cleanse and only feeling worse.
Coffee Enema? Or is Coffee Best Taken Orally?
Did you know that a shot of espresso might be just as effective–and a heck of a lot more enjoyable–than a coffee enema? The author explains the science (and lack thereof) behind this and many other popular cleansing techniques. Get answers to your most burning questions, including what “mucoid plaque” is actually made of. A brief discussion of anatomy blows apart many of the dubious claims made by the marketers of these cleanses and gets readers in touch with the wisdom of their own body, which turns out to have its own innate mechanisms for cleansing.
Ultimately, cleansing doesn’t need to be extreme. Find out the best way to support your body’s natural detoxification processes by reading this book.
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Same for reduced price titles.
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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.
Yes, my Kindle gets slow because I stuff it too full. You can left click on a title on your Kindle and delete 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.