Awesome! Amazing! Wow! How I enjoy a good book, especially one that challenges me, makes me think about how I’m living or challenges my pre-conceived ideas. A fantasy fiction book with a Christian foundation grabs my attention right away and that is what Fierian did.
I’ve been looking forward to delving into this work for eighteen months and, oh, it did Not disappoint. This book had me riding along, holding on for dear life as Chima, the Raqine flew through the air. Holding my breath as Thiel hid from enemies of the Nine.
I felt the shock when warriors fell by the hand of the Insipients or silvers used by the Dark One. Watching Haegan, by turns, giving in or fighting the evil Infantessa, held prisoner in Castle Karithia. How is he to become the Fierian and save the world from the evil that is Poired Dyrth?
Ronie Kendig first caught my imagination with her Discarded Heroes series, dramatic stories of courage. With her fantasy series, Embers, Accelerant & Fierian, she’s once again caught my imagination and built into it a whole world of new thoughts and ideas while at the same time making me take a look at my own to discover how I can improve the place in which I live.
Hurray Ronie Kendig! I can see the characters walking & riding, through paths, making the way better, safer for their kinsmen. I’m looking forward to exploring new lands with you.
Fierian by: Ronie Kendig
ISBN # 9781683701064
US $15.99

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Review of “Lygos”

Filled with uncertainty Azzan (Aladdin) Yasir, call sign Lygos, stuffed the nagging doubts back as he prepared security for this event.
Everly Sinclair has escaped her past to build a bright future as a campaign manager, or has she? Though a little edgy, she thinks she’s on top of things, until she something brings back a terrifying time in her life.
Can Everly and Lygos work together to accomplish their goal? Will their past ruin everything? Why can’t things just be normal?

Oh, My, Goodness! Fast paced. Intriguing. Challenging. I love this author!
Ronie Kendig is a master at drawing you into these intense stories. Honestly, it’s hard to put one of her books down once you begin reading. The Discarded Heroes series is a fave and I was excited to hear of this new book. If you enjoy fast paced dramatic stories you’ll love Lygos.
By: Ronie Kendig
ISBN 9780998136745

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Review of “Out of the Ashes”

Out of the Ashes; by: Tracie Peterson & Kimberley Woodhouse
Tourists come from all over the world to experience the wilderness of Alaska and the looming beauty of Denali, Mount McKinley. Katherine and her grandmother travel across America to the remote Alaskan settlement of Curry. Katherine is trying to escape the pit of anguish, where her husband placed her before his death.

Jean Michel & Collette Langelier travel from France, he wishing to help an old friend and to bring his spoiled little sister to reality. Their Father has died and Jean-Michel is responsible for her care.
When they finally arrive the past creates a barrier between old friends and brother and sister. Danger lurks, but through it all the people of the Curry Hotel befriend the tourists, showing God’s love and praying for their new friends.
How do you find happiness or joy when life has dealt blows that tear you apart inside? How can you survive, much less thrive? God can bring them through, Grandmother knows He can, but they must seek Him, submit to Him. Is there enough time?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Knowing that through the ashes God can truly bring beauty beyond compare I enjoyed the story of each character. Everyone has a past, everyone has difficulties to overcome and these authors wove the stories together so well that I found myself rooting for each one and hoping for good to come into each ones life.
Tracey Peterson & Kimberley Woodhouse have written a beautiful saga of love and redemption.

Out of the Ashes
ISBN # 9780764219245
%15.99 US


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Why Praise?

Good morning all. The week has begun and the trials have slowed a little, giving me time to consider all that has been going on. When I think about it, or dwell on it, I could easily become depressed, but God’s blessings abound and that brings me to the topic of the day.

Why Praise? God’s word is filled with commands for us to praise.

Psalm 150
Praise the Lord.
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens.
Praise him for his acts of power;
praise him for his surpassing greatness.
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise him with the harp and lyre,
praise him with timbrel and dancing,
praise him with the strings and pipe,
praise him with the clash of cymbals,
praise him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord.

How can I not praise? We’re out of our house due to hurricane Harvey damage to our home, but God has provided us a place of comfort all along the way. Many of our things were damaged so that they had to be thrown away, but they are just things, we are all safe and well. During the weeks of packing and tearing out damage we were living in hotels, eating out a lot, but that meant I didn’t have to cook or wash dishes at the end of a day of hard physical labor. When the hardest work was done we moved in to a small apartment with a kitchen where I can cook meals, even bake bread. It’s been over five months of being displaced and there are days when all I want to do is go home, but then I feel God’s presence giving me peace.

I will praise God. Praise God for His protection. Praise Him for His provision. Praise God for His Peace. Praise God for encouragement from others and from His word. Praise God for sending help. Praise God for financial help and for flood insurance. Praise God for new neighbors to get to know and a safe place to walk.

Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

God bless you!

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Life, Grief, Stress

When you think life is going along smooth and things are looking up, sometimes life can hand you a curve in the form of loss. Unexpected. Sudden. Hard to understand. Loss. The life of a young woman you’ve known all her life. You know her parents, attended church together, had meals together, Bible study & support groups. You’ve prayed for each other through rough spots in life and encouraged each other through them.

You can feel blindsided by this kind of loss. It can be difficult if not impossible to get back on track with life after this kind of loss. Writing is almost impossible, though it would be a relief to lose myself in story. The loss wasn’t mine, not personally, but I still feel the numbness inside, as if it was very close. I feel my friend’s pain, as a mother. I feel the young lady’s children’s loss, as a grandmother.

How do I get back on track. I mean, it’s enough to be displace by a hurricane. Forced to live in a small apartment, (don’t get me wrong, I am very aware of our blessings and that there are many who don’t have this option) but I just want to be home. For life to go on as normal. I guess at least this opens my eyes to the fact that there are far worse things than being displaced.

To get through I must create a schedule that I can follow, one that will make time for God, writing, family and down time. Doing something for myself is important during this time. Getting out with friends and looking at beautiful things will help. Keeping in touch with other friends who live far away. And trying to help my friend by keeping in touch and encouraging her to talk/write about the wonderful memories she has had with her sweet daughter.

Maintaining a close relationship with God during those times is very important. Prayer, Bible study, journaling and praising God our Father and Jesus our Savior will bring strength and healing.

I pray that you all are facing your days with the strength of the Lord. God bless.

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Hurricane Recovery

Well, here we are five months after the hurricane and we are still displaced. We have sheet rock which is being finished up as I type this. The cabinet man will meet me tomorrow morning, but oh, I so want to be home.

On the plus side, we have a comfortable apartment, with separate bedrooms. And though FEMA approved us for help in September, they only paid for six weeks. So now we are paying our house note and utilities plus apartment rent and utilities, but we have a place to cook and relax in comfort.

I never would have thought that we’d be out of our house for six to seven months for just one inch of water. The contractor is working hard as are all of the work crews, but they are stretched thin due to the number of people needing help. Some of our friends have chosen to sell and buy a new house. Others are surviving, like us, displaced. Some are in apartments, some in travel trailers and others live with family or friends.

God’s provision through this whole ordeal has been amazing. From meals prepared by friends to financial donations from many sources to housing. We’ve moved four times since August if you count our evacuation. A very strange and beautiful time for sure.

Things seem to be getting back to normal around here. I’m finding time to do more “normal” things like correspondence, yes, I still write letters. Not as often as I should, but I do. What I’m really looking forward to is writing, crocheting and sketching. Those things give my soul fulfillment and rest.

For a creative soul to be forced to abandon creating, even for a short time, is very difficult. Dealing with stress is okay for a short time, though sometimes I find myself running away, mentally, during rare down times. Eventually I always return to creating. As I’ve often heard authors say, “I can’t not write.”

What blesses your soul?

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Hurricane Harvey

One month and two days ago my family was evacuating from the path of the storm. We went east because that was the only path open to us. My husband had found a hotel in Rayne, Louisiana that would allow us to bring our cat with us. We loaded belongings into two vehicles and drove two hours and forty five minutes to a safe place.

Six days later the flood waters finally receded enough for us to drive home, by a round about path, taking six hours to get home. We arrived to our home and walked in to a smell of mildew that was so strong we didn’t stay long. We put our kitty in the garage for the night and headed to my husbands work site to get information about the hotel where they were putting their employees. That evening we checked in to the hotel. A nice double queen suite with a desk for our laptops a couch and coffee table. Enough storage for clothing for the three of us.

The next morning we got up, had breakfast downstairs and then drove home to see what we could do. We were met by a group of my husband’s co-workers and some friends who were ready to help us pack up and clean up.

The work went ahead for over a week, working from can till can’t (or way past that actually). The blessings just kept coming. From help with everything at the house and honestly we were very grateful for those who helped us focus and make decisions. Another service paid for by my husband’s company began as soon as we were through with most of the moving of our things. Service Pro came to tear out floors and walls and spray for mold, then they set up fans and dehumidifiers to clear the house of moisture.

After 26 days we are still waiting for the insurance adjuster to come and give us a quote. We’re working as we can, driving thirty minutes to get to the house, pulling nails, cleaning floors, installing insulation, packing the rest of the stuff from the house, small décor pieces, pictures, food, etc.

Tomorrow we move to a new hotel, one we will have to pay for, and that’s okay. We’re grateful that we have had a month to recover. We will be closer to the house and it will be easier to go back and forth several times a day to check on the cat and work and then go back to a comfortable place to take a nap.

What lies ahead we don’t quite know yet except that it will be different. Praise God for His continued mercies and blessings. I’ll check in next month to let you know how things are going. Until then may your days and families be blessed.

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