You Carried Me: A Daughter’s Memoir By Melissa Ohden

Abortion is touted as a “quick fix” for a “problem”, that problem being an innocent child. Statistics show it may be a quick fix, but the ramifications for this is far reaching and damaging not only causing the death of a child but also to the parents and their families. Ms. Ohden introduces the another side to this that is seldom mentioned or heard about in the media and print. The baby that survives the brutal procedure, what does the future hold for these tiny victims, emotionally and physically? This book reveals their story.
Melissa Ohden knew she was adopted when she was an infant. She grew up in a very loving happy home. Most adoptees come to the point they want to find their birth mother and the question always niggles in the back of their mind, “Why was I not wanted.” Imagine finding out in addition that you survived a botched abortion! This is what happened to her.
She tells her story openly and honestly. Poignantly sharing the myriad of emotions and confusion she went through. With the support of her husband she begins a search for her birth mother to not only meet her but ask “why”. It is a long, difficult and painful search, but upon finding her the answer she receives is shocking.
Being so young and learning such devastating information could have destroyed her, but it did not. Her story is a beautiful one of not only of courage, and a strong faith in God but remarkable forgiveness. She harbors no bitterness. Her testimony is amazing. Out of her sorrow, she found a way to help others like her.
She has testified for the U.S. House of Representative and Senate, and the Australia Parliament. Melissa founded The Abortion Survivors Network which takes her across the U.S. teaching about failed abortion survivors and supplying emotional, mental, and spiritual support to them. A marvelously written story that will touch your heart in ways you never expected.
I received this book from Plough Publishing House through Handlebar. I was not required to give a positive review, the opinions I stated are my own.

The Kill Fee By Fiona Veitch Smith

This is Ms. Smith’s second book in the Poppy Denby Investigates Series and I must say I enjoyed it as much as I did the first! Poppy is a roaring twenties newspaper reporter that has a knack for finding herself in the middle of criminal mysteries while trying to get her story!
Not only is the book exciting and suspenseful, it is also historical fiction, one of my favorites. I stepped back in time with the fashions, social issues and attitudes of an era of dramatic changes. I had never heard of the Romanov royal family or the red and white Russians until now. Very interesting!
Poppy finds herself in the midst of a dangerous political mystery. The Romanov’s Faberge egg was stolen at an exhibition she attends for the newspaper. Although it is heavily guarded, someone manages to turn out all the lights and a guard is shot. The more she investigates the murkier the evidence becomes. Instead of narrowing down the list of suspects the number grows as do the murders. Who can she trust? She begins to learn the sad history of the exiled royal family and their stolen treasures. Poppy finds herself in great danger and realizes she may have gotten herself into situations she cannot handle. She may have even put those she loves at risk.
The story is fast paced and totally unpredictable. Poppy’s eye for detail is amazing. I never knew what was going to happen from moment to moment, finding myself constantly surprised at every twist and turn. Even though the plot is multi-faceted it was easy to read and follow. If you read it at night plan to stay up late; you won’t be able to put it down! I couldn’t! Looking forward to Poppy’s next adventures!
I received this book from Kregel Publications. I have given an honest review and the opinions I have stated are my own.

The One Year Book of Healing By Dr. Reggie Anderson

I was drawn to this book by the title. The past year for me has been particularly challenging with heath issues. I was even more interested when I found the author was a Christian doctor! How wonderful to have a physician that not only has medical knowledge but puts the Lord first as a part of his practice. For three decades Dr. Anderson has cared for families in his country practice in a small town outside Nashville, Tennessee.
The book is divided into 12 months, and each one begins with a“check-up” where the good doctor with look at commonplace experiences both physical and emotional one might face. He gives a spiritual challenge for that month to enrich your relationship with God. Then there is a devotional for each day based upon his true life experiences he has learned by seeing Lord’s healing in the lives of his patients. Included with each day is a scripture, “Today’s RX”, a suggestion, or question for your study and a short prayer.
Seven prevailing truths are shared at the beginning that he has seen repeated lives of those he has cared for.
1. God is the one that heals.
2. Sometimes emotional healing must come first.
3. Healing comes in many forms.
4. Our hope for healing is only in Jesus Christ.
5. Prayer is an important part of the healing process.
6. Healthy living leads to healthy lives.
7. Sometimes we much overcome obstacles to healing.
I liked the fact the devotionals were genuine testimonies and godly wisdom gleaned from a lifetime of service. If found each one inspiring and encouraging. I book you will want to read and/or give as a gift!
I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers. The opinions I have stated are my own.

Effortless Healing By Dr. Joseph Mercola

I have long been a fan of Dr. Mercola. For many years I have read his articles and received his newsletter. He never fails to teach me something new or give me insight in ways to live a healthier life, naturally. He has a straightforward, no nonsense approach to explaining things. While he very strongly believes in what he is sharing, he is never pushy or makes you feel bad you aren’t applying everything.
Best of all, he practices what he teaches! I was very excited to have the opportunity to read this book!
I must say I as skeptical about the “effortless” part of the title concerning improving my health, but it is true! We do what we are supposed to and our body will heal as it was created to. The hard part is personal motivation and commitment to make the changes. He guides, we choose. When I started reading I presumed the ideas would be near impossible to implement. I was so wrong! This is something everyone can do!
The suggestions are simple and inexpensive. I liked this as many health books recommend many rather expensive ideas that are not in everyone’s budget. Resources are included after each chapter so you have access to products that will aid you.
Each 9 areas he discusses are ones those of us wanting to improve the quality of our health struggle with; water purity and hydration, eating more vegetables, burning fat, exercise (this one will surprise you), Sunlight and vitamin D, digestive health, sleep, ways to stay grounded (a very interesting chapter!), and health foods to avoid. The last chapter helps you create a healing plan that fits you.
I cannot even begin to tell all the new things I have learned from this book, and I have studied these many areas of health in depth for years!! The changes I make will be gradual but now I not only have goals in sight, but the tools to reach them! A book you will definitely want to read if you are serious about your health!
I received this book from the Blogging For Books Program in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated are my own.

The Wish By Beverly Lewis

How incredibly easy it is to see the faults of our own family, overlooking the blessings. Equally simple is see only the good things of another family and be blinded to the problems. The source of this is discontentment. That is exactly where Leona Speicher finds herself. Her heart yearns for her family to be like her best friend’s Gloria Gingrich: Fun, affectionate, and close. She idolizes them and fantasizes about becoming a permanent household member. To make the situation even more ideal, Leona and Gloria are as close as best friends can be.
Her heart is broken when the Gingrich family is shunned from the Amish church, disappearing in the night without even saying goodbye. Leona never quits missing her friend and mourns her absence for 3 long years. Out of the blue Gloria reaches out to her begging her to come for a visit. The family has abandoned their Amish faith and turned English. Leona wrestles whether or not to go. She still loves her friend deeply but isn’t sure not only what to expect but also putting herself in the English world.
With the purpose of trying to bring back with her and become Amish again she decides to go.
The trip turns out to be more than the rescue mission she had anticipated. She is shocked and disheartened by what she finds not only Gingrich’s lives now but what they had been all along. A beautiful story of love, true friendship, and learning to see the wonderful gifts God has given us.
I received this book Bethany House Publishing and was not required to give a positive review. The opinions I have stated are my own.

Cheaters Never Prosper By Julia Cook

This book addresses a much needed subject with children – CHEATING! Not just in school but anywhere. As with all her books the subject is presented in a fun, interesting way that children can relate to. Great illustrations and the story written in rhyme are wonderful attention grabbers.
Some children don’t know cheating is wrong; others do and use it as an easy way to get the rewards or avoid unpleasant consequences. The sad thing is if a child cheats they will grow into an adult that does. Once someone cheats in one area it will spread to other areas of their lives. That is why I am so pleased to see Ms. Cook’s book on this subject so children can learn early.
Noodle has fallen into the cheating trap already in many parts of his young life. He doesn’t see anything wrong with it and uses the dishonesty of others as an excuse (sound familiar). I love what his mother says, “You can’t control what others do, Noodle, but cheating is a HUGE deal to you!” Mom covers the many reasons people may choose to cheat and how easy it is to continue doing it once you start. She shows beyond a doubt that cheating is NEVER the answer.
Noodle and Mom discuss ways he can break this bad habit and make things right with those he has wrong.
At the end of the book she shares 11 tips to help a child stop cheating. All are very insightful and helpful! This book is a part of Ms. Cook’s “Responsible Me” Series. A great way to help children build character!