Showing posts from October, 2011

THE THREE TREES A Traditional Folktale

Elena Pasquali Short Biography: Elena Pasquali studied romance languages at university and has a special interest in researching folk tales. She worked for some years in children's publishing before going on to be an author in her own right.

Sophie Windham Short Biography: Sophie Windham has illustrated books for Bloomsbury and Orchard and was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal for Unicorns! Unicorns! by Geraldine McCaughrean.  This Traditional Folktale is such a beautiful and meaningful story. I hesitate to place an age limit. Reading it to myself is a reminder that GOD takes to heart any of our desires. It is HIS desire to please us. I feel there is more than one blessed meaning for this particular Folktale. I have named one above. Another one is whatever we choose to do with our life while following GOD'S WILL is not a hardship for GOD to help us to achieve. All of these beautiful lessons are told in an exciting way in THE THREE TREES by ELENA PASQUALI. There are …

Bound For Glory by Timothy R Botts with reflections by Patricia Raybon

This lovely unique book is broken down in to four themes: THE BIBLE STORY, TIMES OF TROUBLE, TRUE TESTIMONY and HEAVEN SOUND. Each page is wonderfully colorful like you've taken a dip in a lake of pretty paints. The spirituals on the pages are written in Calligraphy and other types of writing. These pages kept me in an adventurous and fun mood the whole time. There are also photographs in circles. These circular photographs directly relate to the spiritual on the page. There are photographs of a door, shoes, lion, clock, rocking chair and the famous Baobab tree from Africa. I felt especially drawn to the Baobab tree. The authors Timothy R Botts and Patricia Raybon describe the baobab tree in this way.

"The baobab tree, native to Africa, is one of my most memorable images of visiting South Africa. With a trunk sometimes wider than its height, it was the inspiration for me of being immovable."

Beside the photograph of the baobab tree are the words to the hymn "I Shal…



I never thought big business would interest me. After reading PATRICIA HALEY'S,BROKEN, I find reading about a dynasty's corporation fascinating. The business in Patricia Haley's novel is one run by the Mitchells. It's impossible to separate the family's conflicts from the problems in the business. It's all tightly intertwined together like a well weaved basket. Each family member pulled at my heart. I especially felt badly for Tamara. She is the sibling of all the brothers. Not all of her brothers have acted kindly toward her. As a matter of fact one brother through one dastardly act destroyed all of her self worth and the ability to trust man or woman, brother, father or mother. My heart also felt deeply for Zarah. Zarah is married to Joel Mitchell. Zarah is from India. She is alone in a foreign country without any of her family. She gives her whole heart to Joel. Sadly, Joel is selfish. He looks out only for himself. He lies to Zarah and looks a…

DEPARTURES BY Robin Jones Gunn

robingunn These two novellas about two different girls, Christy and Sierra show that all journeys are different not only in a physical way but also in a spiritual way. I think this is why the stories are so enjoyable. Christy and Sierra have such different personality types. In the first story "Now Boarding at Gate 10," Christy is on her way to the Fiftieth Anniversary party for her grandparents in the Wisconsin Dells. I really became involved with the way Christy would think about what God would want or to do or how He would want her to do it.

"Well, after meeting some friends in California who were really open about being committed to the Lord. I realized that being a Christian was a lot more than just going to church. I wanted a deeper commitment too. I wanted God to be the center of my life and not just off to the side."

"In the Event of a Water Landing" is the novella about Sierra. Not shocking, there is a layover as the kids wait for a plane take off…

The Story of NOAH'S ARK by Lori C. Froeb and illustrated by Luana Rinaldo