Free Kindle Books: Romance, Mystery, Devotional

Free for Kindle: Penned Without Ink: Trusting God to Write Your Story
Reader Review: My advice? Read this with pen in hand. My copy is already underlined and marked up. I have found this book to be easy to read, but it has depth and substance. For anyone who has strained to see God at work when faced with painful circumstances or struggled with trusting Him, Penned Without Ink will validate those questions and emotions but guide you back to God and His Word. Sarah Phillips is very quotable and I love how she takes profound truths and phrases them in memorable ways. I have found that I will re-read portions or whole chapters so I don’t miss a ‘nugget’ in there. This gets a thumbs up for me!

Free4Kindle: Climbing with Abraham: 30 Devotionals to Help You Grow Your Faith, Build Your Life, and Discover God’s Calling (Testament Heroes Book 1)

Free4Kindle: Brownies and Betrayal by Heather Justesen
Amazon Reader Review: is a combination of delicious romantic options, baked goods, and a suspenseful mystery. We’re introduced to Tess Crawford, a pastry chef who’s moved from Chicago to small town Silver Springs after she’s caught her fiance cheating on her. She’s opening her own bakery and doing refreshments for a wedding when one of the wedding guests gets into a petty argument with her over her brownies. Tess later finds that guest murdered and she becomes a suspect when the police find out about the argument and her fingerprints are found on the murder weapon. In trying to clear her name, Tess finds herself in several dangerous situations as she zeroes in on the killer.

The thing I like about Heather Justesen’s books is that she writes romance really well. Family by Design had some really great romantic moments that made me sigh, and I was hoping for that with Brownies and Betrayal. Heather does a good job of balancing the mystery with a “love triangle” of sorts, but there’s not a lot of romantic resolution, instead there’s more of a romantic set-up for the next book (this is the start of a new series from what I gather). The mystery was good, although I called the killer early on, but I liked the twists and turns the story took. The recipes sounded yummy and I’d definitely like to try a few of them. This is a great curl-up-on-your-couch afternoon read.

Black, by Ted Dekker- he’s a Christian mystery and suspense writer (he dabbles in other genre as well). This is the first of a trilogy, and based on reviews, it’s not really a stand alone book, so be forewarned.

Free4Kindle: A Promise to Believe In (The Brides of Gallatin County Book #1), Tracie Peterson, Christian historical fiction, romance, clean, looks like a fun, light read when you don’t want to think too hard.

Free4Kindle: Dangerous Passage (Southern Crimes Book #1): A NovelReader Review: The first book in Harris’ Southern Crimes series introduces Avery North, widowed mother and Atlanta police detective, who comes from a family steeped in police work. Her father and late brother were both officers. As the story begins, she is called in on a case on her day off when a Jane Doe is found with a magnolia tattoo that matches the one found on an earlier victim. Both victims were young Asian women in their teens. It looks like the work of a serial killer. At the scene she sees that the medical examiner assigned to the case is Jackson Bryant, who she has dated a few times and who escorted her to her father’s retirement party. Good police work and forensic detecting lead them to the identity of the second victim and from there into a labyrinth of international criminal activity. The combination of police procedural and a Christian love story is nicely plotted, and the characters are interesting, boding well for the future of the series. –Diana Tixier Herald

In For A Penny (The Granny Series Book 1) According to the negative reviews, the writing is good, the story is interesting, the characters are hilarious, but the language is really salty and will distract from many of my readers’ enjoyment.
Amazon blurb: Honey, these are not your momma’s grannies…

When Lillian Summer Fairview’s husband up and dies on her, it leaves the last living member of the most prestigious family in Summer Shoals, Georgia, in a hot mess. While Lil was busy being a proper Southern lady, Harlan squandered dang near the whole family fortune on lottery tickets. To keep her financial skeletons in the closet and give him a decent burial, Lil made a deal that has now landed her in prison.

Desperate to keep her troubles a secret and the family estate from falling down while she pays her debt to society, Lil entrusts Summer Haven’s care to her best friend, Maggie, who recruits two more over-fifty ladies to live at Summer Haven and help keep it afloat.

But when Maggie discovers that Lil’s restitution is ten times the amount she “borrowed” from the federal government, she’s convinced Lil has taken the fall for someone else’s crime. And these gals will use every trick in their little-old-lady bags to prove it.

The House on the Beach (Pilgrim Cove Book 1), reviews say she writes good clean romances centered on family and love.

Above are all affiliate links. The books were free at the time of listing. That may change, because none of these are in the public domain.

Happy reading!

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Black Trump Supporter Speaks

Is anybody listening?

See also women who voted for Trump.

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chorus of frogs

This is a subdued version of what we hear at night after a good rain, which is just about every night.

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Modesty Standards

Modesty standards are another part of cultural differences I find fascinating. Women here, good women, nice girls, can wear shorter shorts, shorter skirts, or skin tight slacks. But I almost never see tank tops, more rarely spaghetti string tops, and definitely never, ever cleavage, no matter how hot it gets. On the other hand, nursing in public isn’t even remotely an issue. If you’re feeding your baby, you feed your baby. No covers. Plenty of exposure, and older women may come up and coo at the baby or hold his hand while you are obviously, clearly breastfeeding. I have seen this in church, and elsewhere and it warms my heart.

Otoh, revealing my own cultural imperialism, I am far less charmed by the fact that men will stand outside, back to the street, to urinate, and the only rude thing about it is if you stare. This does not warm my heart. But it is what it is.

Just for Fun:

Excercise class at a nearby mall here in Davao City.

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College: The New High School

Is higher education the new high school diploma?


I’ve only been saying that at least ten years, and it wasn’t particularly visionary of me..

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