Lady of a Thousand Treasures By Sandra Byrd

I was delighted with this book!! While there was suspense and mystery, it flowed
so gently. I love historical fiction, and was thrilled that I learned something new
about the Victorian era. The internet is filled with one of kind priceless treasures
and collector’s items most of us would never dream of owning. These opulent
possessions and wealthy buyers also existed during the 1800’s, as did the fakes
and frauds.
The fine art of procuring and evaluating takes great training and skill. Even more so for those of this time who only had a magnifying glass to work with! Eleanor Sheffield had excellent training, growing up in her father and uncle’s business. Her father has died and her aged uncle is unable to run the business. It falls on her shoulders to not only support him and their household but run the Sheffield Brothers. Not only is that a huge undertaking for her as a young woman but was not acceptable in high society, and they were customers!
The man she loves, a childhood friend and son to a wealthy client has not proven to be reliable as a beau. Her heart is distrustful and broken from their past. His father passes away and leaves her and the family firm in charge of making the decision concerning who will inherit his massive costly collection of a thousand treasures. Her choices are his son Harry or the South Kensington Museum.
A woman of integrity she determines to look at every facet to determine who the rightful heir should be, not allowing her heart to get in the way. To choose the museum would assure the firm and her of an elite position and guaranteed financial success in the future. This is much needed as the bill collectors are at the door and they lose everything, but she did not waver in her duty.
I enjoyed the descriptiveness of the items and how their worth was determined. I could see them in my mind’s eye. Eleanor earned my respect and admiration for her loyalty to her family, and to care for them not matter what the sacrifices. She derived her courage and strength through scriptures and prayer. I felt I was a part of her mind as she carefully sought out the truth, comparing the positive and the negative and struggling through her doubts. I appreciated the author’s pure and clean way she included romance in the story.
I promise you the story is exciting! I was sad when I read the last page. I gobbled up detailed historical notes and the end of the book!
I received this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have stated are my own.

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Courage for the Unknown Season Jan Silvious

The title speaks volumes! Oh how I do want courage for the unknown, for the difficult times I am not expecting. I need that courage before it happens, not grapple for it in the midst of the chaos! I am sure we could all write a book about the painful trials we have faced or are facing. The ones that cause us to feel weak and falter. I know I could. This book was a blessing and a soothing balm. I love the way Ms. Silvious writes, so gently and compassionately. I appreciated the biblical wisdom, comfort and encouragement she gave me. The target audience is toward those are aging. I certainly fit this having passed the big 65 this year.
When I was young the world was my oyster, and with youth we just always assume life will follow our script. As I have grown older I am finding life has a whole new learning curve. The future looks very different than I saw it in my 20’s to my 50’s and my experiences make me wonder about dealing with what is to come.
She gave me guidance in the area of staying healthy, giving me direction I needed. I have always lived a fit lifestyle but lately it has been challenging. Over and over I related to what a read and how it applied to my circumstances and feelings. She also provided the tools for me to apply these things in my life. I felt like I was not alone as few of us discuss this with our friends. I have had many amazing Christian people in my life from their 70’s to over 90 that were and are incredible examples. Yet I had no clue how they did it. To be honest I was so overwhelmed and confused about facing my old age and especially as a widow I had begun to think, “What’s left?” Sad I know.
Let’s just say she covered the “whole ball of wax” for me! I loved the chapter “Heading Toward Ninety”! Thank you Ms. Silvious! Your book is what I exactly what I needed for this season and the coming seasons of my life! God bless you!
I received this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have stated are my own.

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Forever with Jesus By Lee Ann Mancini

Finally finally finally! A book for children that explains death to them in a
scriptural view and a way they can understand. It also includes Jesus’s death on
the cross for us! I had never seen a book with the Sea Kids, but I love them! They
are so cute and precious! If they touched my heart I know they will a child’s.
Grandparents are a treasure to grandchildren and it is usually one of the first
deaths a child experiences of someone close to them. As a minister’s wife for over
2 decades I have searched far and wide for a book like this. It explains a painful
loss of a loved one with the only comforting way there is: scripture. How beautiful
the author also gives the only hope we have: accepting Christ as our Savior. They
are shown peace and security that those they love are not suffering but happy and
whole. I cannot praise this book enough! It is a MUST for every Christian
teacher, parent and grandparent to share with the kids in their life. I plan to use it
in my Sunday school class. This will be one of my #1 children’s books from now on!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the BookCrash.com book review program. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR Title 16, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Switch On Your Brain Every Day By Dr. Caroline Leaf

God created our brains to be amazing and powerful. I think this fact is ignored and often neglected in our daily walk. Our minds influence every aspect of our lives; mentally, spiritually, physically and emotionally. I believe we often forget this and accept whatever thoughts come into our minds as … well okay. Scripture is filled with examples and the importance of our thoughts. Science has even verified this, but I love it that Dr. Leaf shows the scriptural truths behind what man has learned about our marvelous brains.
This is a full year of devotionals. It can even be a study if you would like. Everyday has a verse and a “brainy tip” as the author calls it. It is scientific information about our brains. These really had an impact along with the scripture on seeing the enormity of this and how it affects me. The author suggests you keep a journal. Each day write down questions you find yourself asking. Next answer them by applying them to your life. Lastly write down your personal thoughts and plans to implement what you have learned. This is far more than just a positive thinking book. It is tool to see and control your thoughts, changing your life and Christian walk. Pardon the pun but this is a “mind altering” book! I do wish the verses had been in the King James Version, but I easily looked them up.
I received this book from Baker Books in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have stated are my own.