Jan 19, 2018

Escape From Rwanda

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ESCAPE FROM RWANDA


John Yves Bizimana was only seven years old when his family was caught up in the Rwandan genocide. In Escape from Rwanda, he tells of their horrifying escape and subsequent experiences as refugees, traveling with his widowed mother and his younger brother and sister from country to country, searching for safety and a place to call home. When they finally reach Zimbabwe, they expect their lives will settle down — they don't suspect that even greater trials are yet to come.

John's story is one of almost unimaginable hardship — trudging through corpses that litter the road out of Rwanda, huddling under cardboard boxes for shelter, depending on strangers and governmental agencies for sustenance. His story is one of poverty, loneliness, and death, but it is also a story of faith, hope, determination, and miracles. This unique first-person account is interwoven with stories of others' saving acts of kindness and compassion in a seemingly compassion-less world.

This unforgettable story of rising above all odds reminds us that life itself is a blessing and that hope should be the driving force of our lives.

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John Yves Bizimana truly has an amazing story to share.
I cannot even imagine going through all that he has.
He really is an example of "faith, hope, and survival."

My favorite quote:
"In the end our lives will fall into place; 
if they haven't, then it is not yet the end."
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Jan 15, 2018

Finding Beauty in the Beast

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FINDING BEAUTY IN THE BEAST
by Jessilyn Stewart Peaslee

Princess Rose’s fiery temper has kept every potential suitor away—until now. After being spurned and humiliated for the last time, the princess forces every eligible man in the kingdom to present a gift to her under pain of death. The man who brings her the best gift will be chosen as her husband.

When Corbin is summoned to present his gift, he hopes that his simple offering will keep him safely overlooked. All he wants is to return to his quiet life as a common blacksmith, away from forbidding castles and beastly princesses. But love works in mysterious ways, and it all starts with a rose...

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What a fun book! 
Great reading and a fantastic example of how to treat each other.
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Jan 5, 2018

Them in Us: Seeing Women of the Bible in Ourselves

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THEM IN US:
Seeing Women of the Bible in Ourselves
by Michelle Wilson

Eve, Mary, Hannah, Esther, Ruth, Naomi, Jochebed--we are inspired by these and other amazing women of the Bible, but can we relate to them? Do we have anything in common with them? Can we see pieces of them in ourselves? In this booklet we look at these great women, and others in the Bible, and the characteristics each one represents. Hopefully, we will discover that we are more alike than different and we truly do carry pieces of them in us.

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I love the way Michelle combines humor with humble honor of the women whose stories we read of in the Bible. This book will open your heart to these amazing women who went before us and will allow you to see that you have pieces of greatness like them within you.
LOVED. LOVED. LOVED. THIS. ONE.
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Mr. Write

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MR. WRITE
by Chelsea Hale

Can love be written when Tyler and Liz are on different pages?

After Liz Montgomery dumped “Mr. Perfect” four days before their wedding, she built herself a new happily ever after – A.K.A. workaholic. Between grad school, a demanding job, and helping with Happy Moments Charity events, she has determined not to let relationships stand in the way of her dreams again. But one wrong step throws her unwittingly into the arms of a stranger who could threaten her plans.

New York Times bestselling author Tyler Lakewood is in town to complete one job: interview family and friends for NFL star, Kyle Montgomery’s biography. When an opportunity to help Liz with Kyle’s charity events turns the page of his plans, he goes to great lengths to ensure Liz sees him as Mr. Right.

While fighting her mounting attraction for Tyler, Liz accepts Tyler’s help. Soon she can’t deny he has already written on the pages of her heart. When plans for the annual charity ball unravel, she must decide whether to close the book forever or let him write the happily-ever-after ending she’s always dreamed of.

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LOVED IT!
This author is FANTASTIC!
I will definitely be reading more from her!
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Camera Wars

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CAMERA WARS
by Chelsea Hale

Camera Wars. Love in Focus. Capturing Love has never been so hard.

For Coco Beaumont, capturing love is easy. It's her job. She uses her camera and films happy couples in love with her wedding videography business. In her personal life, Coco's heart is captured thousands of miles away by her boyfriend, who builds orphanages in South America.

While filming for her roommate Liz, Coco's focus becomes blurred. The photographer for Liz and Tyler's wedding gets in her way and under her skin. She is torn between what she has waited for, and what is right in front of her.

Peter Jorgensen is hired for his college roommate's wedding. But signing up for the job comes with more than he bargained for. Though they start off on the wrong foot, Peter is determined to show Coco that capturing love is more than perfect predictability and a setting on the camera.

Coco is so focused on seeing the love between everyone else, she is oblivious to the love blooming in her own life. It will take a reset on her aperture to see what has been in front of her eyes the entire time.

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I absolutely adored this book!
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The Gospel at 30,000 Feet

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THE GOSPEL AT 30,000 FEET
by Dieter F. Uchtdorf

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf has earned a reputation among members of the Church for using his decades of experience as a pilot to draw gospel metaphors. He has even joked about the frequency of the phenomenon from the pulpit, once noting that a congregation may be asking, "What does this have to do with an airplane?" President Uchtdorf's ability to draw on real-life experience and share easily interpreted analogies has endeared him to Church members the world over.

This new book brings together many of those stories of flight that President Uchtdorf has used in his ministry. In this colorful, inviting format, more than 20 of his best-loved stories come together under five major themes: Principles of Flight, Lift, Guidance on the Journey, Weathering the Turbulence, and Our Eternal Destination.

Great for personal edification, lesson preparation, family home evenings, or meaningful gift giving, this book brings the lessons from 30,000 feet in the air into the home, teaching us about this journey of life and the joy we'll find in reaching our ultimate destination.

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You will love these stories!
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Seek This Jesus

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SEEK THIS JESUS
by Neill Marriott

Neill Marriott was raised in the Deep South of the United States and grew up an active member of her Methodist congregation. As a young girl, Neill developed a strong faith and desire to seek Jesus, and a foundation for the rest of her life was set. When she was introduced to the Church in college, her religious paradigm started to shift.

In Seek this Jesus, Neill Marriott shares her unique conversion story and how she learned to give her heart to Jesus, find strength in Him, and follow Him despite life's hardships. Told with her characteristic Southern charm, you can't help but feel as though you are settling down in an airy sitting room surrounded by magnolias and chatting with an old friend.

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WOW! This book was phenomenal!
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Safe House

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SAFE HOUSE
by Traci Hunter Abramson

The guardians, the shadowy heroes of the top-secret program designed to protect members of the most elite government organizations, are being hunted down one by one. There is a single explanation: a traitor must be embedded somewhere in their midst. But if they themselves are the target, who will protect them?

CIA operative Renee Niezen has heard tales of the guardians, though she’s never really believed in their existence—until she is approached by Charlotte, an old friend who desperately needs her help to stop the systematic destruction of the guardian program. Renee accepts the plea for assistance, but not everyone is thrilled to have her on the team. Kade—one of the last guardians standing—is unimpressed with Renee’s qualifications and turns instead to the legendary Saint Squad for help. But when Renee is caught in the crosshairs, Kade must set aside his antagonism for the woman in order to protect her. Their grudging alliance soon develops into much more—but before the pair can examine their feelings, their investigation takes a dramatic twist. With lives on the line, Renee and Kade must use their spy training at every turn as they draw dangerously close to the shocking truth.

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Traci Huner Abramson is definitely one on my favorites!
I read everything she writes-- they are all fantastic!
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