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Little Felted Dogs: Easy Projects for Making Adorable Needle Felted Pups by Saori Yamazaki

Little Felted Dogs

About the Book

Create the cutest versions of your favorite dogs in just a few simple steps with this easy to use needle felting book.

Whether you adore dachshunds or Dalmatians, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to make charming miniatures of them with a felting needle and some raw wool in this easy how to needle felt guide. Great for beginners, the two dozen projects in Little Felted Dogs provide surprisingly life-like results—choose from a litter of golden retriever puppies, a pug ready to fetch, a begging bulldog, a protective Chihuahua, and more. Even better, you’ll go from ball of fluff to perfect pooch in no time at all!

My Review

Instructions for 24 adorable little dogs are included in Little Felted Dogs: Easy Projects for Making Adorable Needle Felted Pups by Saori Yamazaki. The difficulty of construction ranges from easy to detailed. The beginning of the book has a list of all the tools and everything else needed for each project. Little Felted Dogs is filled with multiple guides, easy to follow instructions and lots of pictures. Overall, the book appears to be very easy to follow.

I like that the book is a hardback, small (only 5.8 inches high and not much wider) and easy to carry, making it ideal to tuck in a purse or craft bag to pull out and use at your convenience.

My granddaughter and I are looking forward to trying out some of the patterns soon.

I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review.

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You’re Already Amazing LifeGrowth Guide: Embracing Who You Are, Becoming All God Created You to Be by Holley Gerth

LifeGrowthAbout the Book

With her bestselling book You’re Already Amazing, Holley Gerth dared and empowered women to discover who God made them to be and pursue his purpose for their lives. Now Holley helps you build on that foundation and experience even greater life transformation.

In this interactive LifeGrowth study, Holley will guide you through an engaging process that helps you apply heart-freeing truths to every aspect of your life, from relationships to work to how you pursue your dreams. God’s plans for your life are better than you can imagine, and you’ll see them unfold in new ways as Holley guides you to embrace this life-changing truth–that you truly are already amazing.

1. Who God Created Us to Be
2. What’s True No Matter How We Feel
3. Our Amazing Journey with Jesus
4. God’s Plan for Our Relationships
5. God’s Purpose for Our Lives
6. How We Can Thrive for a Lifetime

Designed to be experienced with the You’re Already Amazing LifeGrowth DVD. More resources from Holley are available on her website.

My Review

As I read Holley Gerth’s book, You’re Already Amazing LifeGrowth Guide, I was challenged to stretch and grow in ways previously foreign to me. The Guide gives very specific, detailed descriptions of how and why we, as women, need to discover and embrace who we are and why God placed us here on earth.

The book is written in a straightforward easy to understand (and it sometimes even seems too simple) way, giving examples and illustrations along the way. Every chapter has questions to answer and exercises for you to complete. In addition, there are areas for you to journal, too.

The LifeGrowth Study is a wonderful tool for your own personal guide or for use with friends.

You’re Already Amazing LifeGrowth Guide is a companion to the book, You’re Already Amazing, by Holley Gerth.

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Step by Step By Candace Calvert


Step by Step

About the Book

Three years after a tragic accident left her a widow, ER nurse Taylor Cabot is determined to move on, checking off one item after another on her survival list. Her relationship with a handsome plastic surgeon even gives her hope for the last point—“fall in love again.” At least until crisis chaplain Seth Donovan steps back into her life, reawakening unanswered questions about her husband’s death.

While in San Diego to train community volunteers, Seth hopes to learn why Taylor is backing away from the crisis team and from their friendship. But nothing prepares him for the feelings that arise when he sees Taylor again . . . and sees her moving on with another man.

When a community crisis hits home and puts lives at risk, emotions run high and buried truths are unearthed. Will hope make the survival list?

My Review

Taylor Cabot’s life spun out of control just three short years ago with the death of her husband. And many questions still weren’t answered.

Feeling the need for more control and wanting to be able to live again, she moved to San Diego and started a new life.

Dr. Rob Halston, whom she had begun dating and is somewhat of a control freak, was helping her to “control” her life, with major changes being made to her schedule, diet, exercise regime and an extensive to do list.

But . . . God has a way of intervening, and her idyllic, structured and controlled life is abruptly interrupted on a gorgeous summer day.

Can she regain control? Will her questions ever be answered? And what about Seth Donovan, her husband’s former friend and member of the Crisis Team?

Candace Calvert’s medical trauma drama with a splash of romance book, Step by Step is Book 2 of the Crisis Team Series and can be a stand-alone book. The novel is full of optimism and faith in the midst of multiple tragedies, a story you will enjoy and think about for a long time after finishing the last word.

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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Hospital Admissions and “Lie-Down” Comics

I’ve recently returned home from my second emergency admission to the hospital.

My first stay was for 8 days, my second was for 6 days (my insurance ran out!)

During my second stay, near the end of the 4th day, I was feeling much better. I began to tease the staff and they were kind enough to dub me the “Lie-Down” Comic, as it was evident I wasn’t able (by virtue of IV’s in both arms) to be a “Stand-Up” Comic.

One sign that created a lot of mirth was the following:

Call B4 Fall

I maintained that I could schedule my falls, however, I really didn’t want to fall! So, I settled for calling prior to a fall, were I to fall. Fortunately, I didn’t.

Along the edge of the ceiling and the wall there was a small piece of hardware to the cameras that looked like this:


One night in my drug induced haze, and in a very dimly lit room, I awoke frightened to discover a mouse in my room. I was assured by the nurse, however that it wasn’t a mouse, nor was I the first to think it was!


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Playing the Part

Playing the Part

My Review

Playing the Part by Jen Turano, is book three of the series, Class of Their Own. The story is written in such a way, however, that it can be a standalone book.

Lucetta Plum is an actress based in NYC and loves the role. She has had to survive a tough life and care for herself for many years. But Lucetta’s acting comes to a screeching halt when her stepfather and an overzealous fan concoct a nefarious plan.

Lucetta’s best friend, Abigail Hart, takes Lucetta to her grandson’s estate, and that’s where the fun begins.

Lucetta is both intrigued and alarmed at all the strange and secretive goings on at Bram Haverstein’s and is determined to get to the bottom of it.  Will she be able to continue her career? What is going on at Haverstein’s estate?

Jen Turano has done a great job, from the opening scenes to the curtain call, with the whimsical story of Playing the Part.

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

About the Book

Lucetta Plum is an actress on the rise in New York City, but must abandon her starring role when a fan’s interest turns threatening. Lucetta’s widowed friend, Abigail Hart, seizes the opportunity to meddle in Lucetta’s life and promptly whisks her away to safety at her eligible grandson’s estate.

At first glance, Bram Haverstein appears to be a gentleman of means–albeit an eccentric one–but a mysterious career and a secret fascination with a certain actress mean there’s much more to him than society knows.

While Lucetta has no interest in Abigail’s matchmaking machinations, she can’t ignore the strange things going on in Bram’s house and the secrets he hides. As the hijinks and hilarity that Bram, Lucetta, and their friends are swept into take a more dangerous turn, can they accept who they are behind the parts they play in time to save the day?


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When Lions Roar

When Lions Roar

My Review

When Lions Roar:  The Churchills and the Kennedys, by Thomas Maier, is a biography of two monumentally important families.  More, it is a biography of three generations, two countries and a century fraught with heartbreak and international catastrophe.  Most histories of great men and women dwell on their public lives, as their actions affect the destinies of nations.  Histories that show how war and international conflict consume the everyday lives, loves and hopes of families caught up in transformative history usually give us a worm’s eye view of struggling foot soldiers, laborers and housewives. However, When Lions Roar is a story of some of the twentieth century’s most consequential women and men, but as they (sometimes literally) write heroic history, we glimpse their petty prejudices (Joe Kennedy’s anti-Semitism), career disappointments, their jealousies and sometimes questionable ethics.  We rejoice in their marriages, some of which (Winston and Clementine’s) are devoted and faithful, some broken by infidelity.  We rejoice when the Churchill and Kennedy children achieve greatness in journalism or politics, and we grieve inconsolably when those children’s lives are taken by war, fatal accidents, alcoholism, suicide and assassination.  Every student of twentieth-century history knows it to be a time of heart-wrenching grief.  Readers of When Lions Roar experience grief personally, for the Churchills and the Kennedys, as their lives move through that century.

Although we partake of grief while we read, when we finish When Lions Roar, we are not left with sadness, but with gratitude and hope.  I myself lived through some of the Churchill-Kennedy dominated twentieth century.  There is no doubt in my mind that I have lived beyond their passing – in a relatively tranquil world, compared to theirs – because of their leadership and self-sacrifice.  For that I am grateful. It makes me want to pay it forward.

The eloquent speech of Winston Churchill inspired Great Britain to win World War II.  The gravitas and cogency of his books, every volume of which was read cover-to-cover by teenaged Jack Kennedy, inspired an American Presidency.  Words have the power to move and uplift.  For that I am hopeful.  It is why I read.

When Lions Roar is an extremely well researched and carefully footnoted book of 768 pages. The narrative portion comprises 643 pages, with the remainder being bibliographical material, endnotes and index. Some readers will find the endnotes and bibliography as intriguing as the text. However, don’t let the length of the chronicle deter you from reading this fascinating history of two major families of the twentieth century.

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

About the Book

The first comprehensive history of the deeply entwined personal and public lives of the Churchills and the Kennedys and what their “special relationship” meant for Great Britain and the United States

When Lions Roar begins in the mid-1930s at Chartwell, Winston Churchill’s country estate, with new revelations surrounding a secret business deal orchestrated by Joseph P. Kennedy, the soon-to-be American ambassador to Great Britain and the father of future American president John F. Kennedy. From London to America, these two powerful families shared an ever-widening circle of friends, lovers, and political associates – soon shattered by World War II, spying, sexual infidelity, and the tragic deaths of JFK’s sister Kathleen and his older brother Joe Jr.  By the 1960s and JFK’s presidency, the Churchills and the Kennedys had overcome their bitter differences and helped to define the “greatness” in each other.

Acclaimed biographer Thomas Maier tells this dynastic saga through fathers and their sons – and the remarkable women in their lives – providing keen insight into the Churchill and Kennedy families and the profound forces of duty, loyalty, courage and ambition that shaped them. He explores the seismic impact of Winston Churchill on JFK and American policy, wrestling anew with the legacy of two titans of the twentieth century. Maier also delves deeply into the conflicted bond between Winston and his son, Randolph, and the contrasting example of patriarch Joe Kennedy, a failed politician who successfully channeled his personal ambitions to his children. By approaching these iconic figures from a new perspective, Maier not only illuminates the intricacies of this all-important cross-Atlantic allegiance but also enriches our understanding of the tumultuous time in which they lived and the world events they so greatly influenced.

With deeply human portraits of these flawed but larger-than-life figures, When Lions Roar explores the “special relationship” between the Churchills and Kennedys, and between Great Britain and the United States, highlighting all of its emotional complexity and historic significance.

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