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Book Review: The Curse of Crow Hollow by Billy Coffey

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Billy Coffey tells a tale like no other. The Curse of Crow Hollow grabs the readers attention in the opening chapter and never let's you down. The characters are well developed and the story line is a well crafted mix of mystery and intrigue. Once you pick it up, you won't want to lay it down.
The Curse of Crow Hollow is available at Amazon.com

*I received a free pre-release copy of this novel for an honest review*

Someone Lost a Rose

Rolling in the surf like seaweed from the deep,
someone lost a rose.
As the rose red blush remains of the sun fades from their cheek,
someone lost a rose.

As the smell of the salt air fades from their hair,
someone lost a rose.
The yellow pedals still holding their color there,
someone lost a rose.

Beachcombers tread carefully not to stamp in under their feet,
someone lost a rose.
The sun sets on the horizon while the wind blow so sweet,
someone lost a rose.

-A. Madding

Book Review: The Art of Work by Jeff Goins

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Available in Kindle format and paperback at Amazon.com

Many of us struggle to find our identity in our work. We struggle with the gap between what really interests us – where our passions lie, and how we earn a paycheck. In many instances, we work to pay the bills so that we can pursue our true interest. Others know their current career path is not their passion, but cannot pinpoint where their true passion lies. Are we living to work or working to live? Are we spending our work hours doing something that fulfills us? Are working at a career that is exactly what we were created to do, or have we pushed our dreams aside to face the reality of a 9 to 5?
The author addresses these questions and then takes us to the next step. Our passion is not enough; it must also intersect with the needs of the world around us for us to begin living for a larger purpose. I have read many books about pursuing your passion, but many leave us there. In The Art of Work, Goins provides the reader with prac…

Book Review: How to Use a Runaway Truck Ramp by Shawn Smucker

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available in Kindle ebook and paperback at Amazon.com

After years of talking about taking a trip across the United States, Shawn and Maile Smucker step out on the adventure of a lifetime. They move the bulk of their family’s possessions into storage, borrowed his uncle’s Bus/RV, load their children and set out. Along the way, while learning about driving a huge bus, emptying the holding tank, lighting the furnace, and troubleshooting electrical systems, they also learn a great deal on what is truly important. Many of the things that had seemed important just weeks before leaving on the trip quickly became less important as they refocused their interests and values.

The book is chock full of humorous anecdotes. It is not only a journey across the country, but it is also spiritual journey, and a journey in parenting. I greatly enjoyed this book. It took me through a range of emotions for laughing to weeping. I recommend it to anyone who has children or has a wandering lust and needs a…

Book Review: The Day the Angels Fell - Shawn Smucker

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Available in Kindle ebook and paperback at Amazon.com
When 12-year-old Samuel Chambers mother dies, he struggles with his thoughts and beliefs regarding death. He swears that he will do anything to bring his mother back and soon becomes caught in a struggle between good and evil over the ancient Tree of Life. During his journey and struggle, he begins to probe his thoughts on death – could death be a gift? What waits beyond the experience of death?
This book is well written and causes the reader to pause and reflect on their own thoughts on death and whether it is a finite end or just an intersection in our lives. Do we really believe there is a life after death, and can we embrace the goodness of the journey to the other side?
After reading halfway through the first chapter of this book, I was hooked and could not lay it down. I recommend it to anyone who has struggled with the death of a loved one, and who are trying to come to grips with all that death encompasses.