About mizroady

Hi my name is Narita. I am married to an amazing, godly patient and wonderful man. I am the mother of 3 sweet loving daughters, 3 fantastic loving, sons-in-love (instead of sons-in-law) and grandmother of 6 precious grandchildren. I am also a pastor's wife and care for my elderly mother in our home. I have been an empty nester for almost 9 years and still adjusting. I publish a monthly article in the Oklahoma Baptist, the paper for the Missionary Baptist Association of Oklahoma. I have writing for them since 1993. I love reading, writing, teaching, and crafts. I know the Lord as my personal Savior and have been His child since 1976. I strive to be all God wants me to be in my life and learn all I can about His Word. It gives me great joy to be a Titus 2 woman, sharing with women what God has taught me. I want to be God's instrument in introducing people of all ages to His saving grace, and helping women have strong marriages and be godly mothers. I also want to teach children how to love the Lord and apply His Word to their lives. I am a newby blogger and excited about this new adventure. I aspire to write some children's books and have them published.

A Borrowed Dream By Amanda Cabot

Catherine Whitfield is a school teacher in the Texas town of Cimarron City, in the late 1800’s. She cared deeply for all her students and was concerned about their welfare as well as their education. A new student, Hannah Goddard comes to school with her strikingly handsome widowed father. They had recently purchased a ranch and moved from Pennsylvania. His daughter is very unhappy and struggling to adjust. Unbeknownst to the town, he is not a rancher, but a doctor, attempting to hide and protect his daughter from a criminal. Catherine having just lost her mother due to the local doctor’s primitive medical treatment, has more on her mind that the attractive new man. Hilariously he is all the mothers in town with single daughters of a marriageable can think of. Although I laughed, I felt sorry for poor Austin trying to politely dodge all of them.
I found the story very entertaining and suspenseful but there were also some surprising parts. The first being Austin wasn’t just any doctor but a plastic surgeon! I didn’t even know there were any back then! My first thoughts were, “There weren’t face lifts, breast plants or liposuction, and so what did they do?” After some research I found they did reconstructive surgery on severe injuries. Many of their patients were soldiers injured in battle. Conniving and hardened criminals were just as much present then as now. Just such a one was in pursuit of Austin to force him to use his skills evil plans.
I naively have pictured the era that this was written in as far simpler than our society today. It surprised me that the same problems and corruptions existed in this era too! One of Catherine’s students’ is severely abused and neglected by his father. A young girl is raped and becomes pregnant. There were no government agencies or special law enforcements to help the victims or bring their perpetrators to justice. The care and protection of the innocent came from loving, kindhearted and caring people. It was a reminder that individuals were much more personally involved in the lives of their neighbors, especially in times of need. Ms. Cabot beautifully illustrates true forgiveness and godly character in the face of horrible circumstances and offenses. A wonderful book!
I received this book from Revell Publications in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have stated are my own.

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1, 2, 3 GOD MADE ME By Pamela Kennedy

When I am reviewing a children’s book I always like to read it to one of my grandchildren if I can and to get their reaction. The closest one to this age is my 2 week old grandson! While know there would not be much of a response, I look forward to reading it to him many times as he grows older.
One thing that impressed me about this board book is that the cover is bound like a regular book. Talk about sturdy! The brightness of the illustrations and pages are dynamic. Sure to keep a small child’s attention.
Each page is written in rhyme. This is not only entertaining but also helps a youngster remember what was read. I see this book growing right along as little ones delight in learning to count, pointing to the pictures as the do. I especially like that while they enjoy all these wonderful things about the book, they are also being introduced to God and how he created us. Paraphrased scriptures appear at the bottom of some pages, yet another plus. A book worth getting for those special little folks in your life!
I received this book from B & H Bloggers in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have stated are my own.

21 Ways To Forgive: Plus 9 Reasons We Must Forgive By Wes Daughenbaugh

There are so many things I liked about this book except for one major flaw and I will mention it last. I found the cover was very eye catching! The brightly colored pencils and white background really caught my attention!
Forgiveness seems to be a great struggle for a lot of people, and it is so important to every aspect of our lives. The book is divided into 2 parts: Why We Must Forgive and Tools and Techniques of Forgiveness. The graphics are entertaining but also give excellent visuals of each concept. The personal illustrations and analogies are spot on for helping you retain each idea. Scriptures are used throughout to back up what you are learning.
The one thing that ruined the book for that I do not agree with the author’s belief (and it was the very first one listed) that you will go to Hell if you do not forgive someone. I do not believe this is what the Bible teaches. Since our salvation is based on God’s gift, not our works, I feel this is very misleading. Everything else in the book was excellent! Easy to read and understand.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the BookCrash.com book review program, which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. 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.”

Singing the Scriptures By Julie Meyer

It was many years ago when I learned heard about singing the scriptures. I have since then loved the idea as another way to praise and worship God. What better words to sing to God than His own. I pray them to Him but I want to sing them too. I was definitely interested in this book!
I have read that if we read, speak, and write something we will have a greater capacity to remember it. How much more so if we sing it too, and of all things we read the Bible is the most important to recall! In fact words set to music are easier to memorize, they naturally just stick in your mind. What about commercial jingles? How many of those do can we sing word for word even from out childhood?
God loves for us to sing to Him. He doesn’t care if we have a wonderful voice or not. He hears from our heart. Numerous times in scripture we find it as a command. Consider that the Lord placed an entire book on the Psalms sang to Him.
I must say I was a little apprehensive about how hard this might be, as I had studied a method of matching old hymns to Bible verses and it was quite daunting. Ms. Meyer’s method is very easy and doable for everyone. Just sing, make up a tune; anyone can do this! The book is filled with encouragement to step out and try. There are many testimonies the incredible change this practice has had on the author’s and others lives. She also brings out what the scriptures have to say about song and those who sang to Him. At the end of the chapters is a suggested prayer, questions to answer and a big bonus; the link address to Ms. Meyers’ website for a video to further instruction in this. I loved her passion and excited for this, it is contagious. A fantastic book!
I received this book from Chosen Books in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated are my own.

Where We Belong By Lynn Austin

I am a great fan of Lynn Austin’s and collect her books. They are always well written and very entertaining. This book showcased once again her talent for writing. I found its style to be a bit different than in the past but the book was still a 5 star!
The story was made even more intriguing by the fact that it was based on a true story. Sister’s Rebecca and Flora Hawes lived during the 1800’s. Even in this day they would be a most unique and non-conventional pair, but more so in the era they lived. Women just didn’t do what they did, especially from those in upper society. From a young age they both loved to travel but especially the oldest Rebecca. Their widowed father raised them to be self-sufficient, educated and has a strong faith in God. Through smart investing he became an incredibly wealthy man. Upon his death, their inheritance made them rich beyond imagination. Unlike most people they did not squander it nor were they prideful. They shunned elite society’s customs and imposed duties. Their focus was on God, His plan for their lives, and how their fortune could benefit others.
Through the years from their youth to adulthood they face so many changes, some very difficult but they never took their eyes off the Lord. It tickled me how the older sister, Rebecca always came up with the crazy adventure ideas and never failed to persuade Flora to come along even if she didn’t want to! I loved living through their bold exploits. I think the one I liked the best is when they skipped school to go work in a factory to see what it was like for the poor employees there. As I read, knowing these women really existed and did these things, it made the story that much more entertaining.
They had a delightful and quirky sense of humor which I loved. Their favorite saying of mine was, “God knows the hour of our end, so there’s no need to worry” and was frequently followed by, “But I hope it’s not right now”.
If found the book not only enjoyable but inspiring. Another incredible Lynn Austin read!
I received this book from Bethany Publishers in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have stated are my own.

A Prairie Girl’s Faith By Stephen Hines

Since the Laura Ingalls Wilder books were published starting in 1932, they have been much loved and classics for children throughout generations including girls, boys and adults alike. Count me among those that love her books. I was excited to read this book and get a closer glimpse into the author’s background and her relationship with the Lord. The family’s trust in God was their foundation. I found it very interesting not only to learn details of how that faith had an impact in her life, marriage, and her daughter Rose’s life.
It was eye-opening and not quite what I expected. The author’s attention to detail gave the reader a true picture of how Laura’s reliance on God and His Word molded her daily life and her writings. The book gives information and insight into a very personal part of Ms. Wilder’s life I have not seen in other books.
Mr. Hines points out that in the first eight, Little House on the Prairie, books there are a multitude of references to scriptures, praying, and hymns, many of which he shows in the book. Did you know that approximately 126 songs are cited in Laura’s books, the majority being hymns and religious songs?! Without television, radio, or internet, music was a much enjoyed and cherished past time. This entertainment was a treat to most, to be enjoyed during rare social gatherings. The Wilder family was blessed that Laura’s dad played the fiddle; therefore music played a major role in home life. I liked the author’s many references to scriptures and hymns throughout.
One chapter I particularly enjoyed was “The Church Pot Luck”, one all us ladies can relate to! It is filled with authentic recipes from six women that knew Laura and her family, and one from Ma Ingalls! The author’s sister kindly adapted the measurements and oven temperatures so readers could enjoy making them too!
This was a fascinating read! I enjoyed learning more about Laura, giving depth to her wonderful books!
I received this book from Blogging for books in exchange for an honest review. All the opinions I have stated are my own.

The Lacemaker By Laura Frantz

This book gave me a personal view of life during the American Revolution I had not seen before. I hadn’t thought how much of a perilous time it was for many. History is great at giving the facts but does not share the intimate experiences of individuals during that era. I knew the Patriots and Tories were passionately opposed America’s independence, but I had never taken into consideration the great cost and private losses to those faithful to the Crown. I found it strange to think George Washington and Patrick Henry were viewed as the bad guys, when they are our heroes!
Through Elizabeth Lawson I was able to experience all of this. It is 1775 in Williamsburg Virginia. Wealthy and socially elite, she plans her wedding to Miles Roth. There is no love involved; it is arranged by her father. Sadly what Miles has in social standing he lacks in morality and character, a skirt chaser and gambler. On the night of their engagement party he is involved in is favorite pastimes and sends his cousin Noble Rynallt to escort her. This causes quite a stir in more than one way; Rynallt is a Patriot. She is extremely impressed by him, especially in comparison to his no-count cousin.
Then one night her entire world is turned upside down and her future changed forever. The Tories flee, including Elizabeth’s father and fiancé, the revolutionaries ransack her beautiful mansion, looting and destroying. All her servants flee but two and she survives unharmed. She goes from being rich to homeless. Noble steps up and to offer his protection by inviting her to his home. This was an awkward situation at best, especially considering their opposing political sides. Having no choice she accepts.
I was amazed at her strength and faith! She was not the whiney, shallow rich girl that many of that time were. I saw a great lesson in controlling one’s thoughts. She did not allow negative, self-pitying, or fearful thoughts to remain, but consistently directed her mind back to God’s Word. This was quite a feat considering her French maid was constantly bombarding her with negativity.
Noble, lives up to his name and proves to be a man of integrity and compassion. He too has a strong faith in God and that his guide. I admired how he was able to allow Elizabeth her views while continuing to pursue and stand for his quest for our nation’s independence.
Through Ms. Frantz’s skilled writing I was a part of the scenery, customs, and drama of the time! A book I truly enjoyed!
I received a copy of this book free from Revell Publications. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising

Missing Isaac By Valerie Fraser Luesse

I spent my childhood in the 1960’s so I felt a certain connection with Pete McLean. I was not faced with the loss of my father as he was but the times he lived in I vividly remember.
After his father dies in a terrible farming accident on their land, he feels lost and overwhelmed. He was blessed in having Isaac Reynolds, a Negro farm worker that had been there as long as Pete could remember. He was not only a loyal friend to the late Mr. McLean but also to Pete. While the McLean’s embraced all people the same regardless of their skin color, at that time society did not. Isaac had character, wisdom and gentleness despite his background of poverty. But the young boy’s source of comfort is quickly gone as his friend suddenly disappears without a trace. He resolves to discover what happened to his dear friend no matter what it takes. For the next six years as he grows from boyhood to young manhood he puts his heart and soul into solving the mystery. In his searching for the truth his path crosses with Dovey Pickett. There couldn’t be two more opposites socially. A wealthy white boy and a back woods impoverished girl. Here again Pete turns his back on societal norms and romance blossoms.
The book was entertaining and informative. I grew up in a middle class family that had enough, and I had friends that were wealthy, but I had no idea there were people living in such hardship and deprivation. I saw on the news about racism in the nation, but I had trouble understanding why such conflict existed.
I admired Pete’s integrity that gave him the strength to not give into hypocrisy or discrimination. He was a strong testimony of what child is taught in the home will carry into his adulthood and values. His relationship with Isaac and Dovey shows that compassion and character override any obstacles in friendship or love.
An outstanding first novel for Ms. Luesse! I look forward to reading more of her books to come!
I received a copy of this book free from Revell Publications. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising

Praying the Scriptures for Your Adult Children By Jodie Berndt

I have purchased several books through the years on praying for my children. I believe it is the most powerful life changing thing a parent can do: ask the Lord that entrusted them to you to direct their lives. Who knows a child better, their needs and challenges than a loving parent? Second only to God of course!
After my children were grown, some of those petitions still applied but some did not. It was a whole new chapter in their spiritual walk. They were adults making their own choices in navigating life. I could no longer protect them in ways I could before, nor could I have say so in their direction. I had to release then to His guidance. No matter how strongly we raise them in the Lord they will make mistakes (didn’t we) and face problems.
Scriptures swirled around in my head, there were so many it became confusing. Some areas I knew what to pray for, others I was not sure exactly what to pray and of course there was the concern of what was I missing I should pray for. I was delighted to get this book.
I liked that it was not just an entire book of prayers to insert your child’s name in, as were some books I got and was very disappointed. Yes, there are excellent prayers based on scripture, but there is much more! The focus on your prayers is God’s Word and His promises; exactly where it should be. It also includes praying for your grandchildren, who too soon become adults also.
The book is divided into 5 parts and each of those is divided into specific areas our grown children are in need of prayer. Though I would suggest it, you do not have to read the entire book in order. You can turn directly to the prayer need you have at the time. The book was loaded with scripture references which is very important to me! The stories the author shared of what other parents have faced was comforting, taking away the “am I the only one” feeling. Consciously we know we are not but subconsciously we find ourselves doubting.
Sprinkled throughout the book are “prayer principals”, comforting reminders of wisdom we may overlook or forget about prayer when we are overwhelmed with concern and feeling helpless. It is a book to keep, to refer to over and over. The size is perfect for carrying it with you. This is a dynamic book to direct you in releasing your precious children to the One who created them for Him, then petition Him in caring for them. I am so thankful for this book!
I received this book from Handlebar Publishing in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have stated are my own.

A Song of Home By Susie Finkbeiner

It just can’t get any better than this! A third book in the Pearl Spence series! Some times when there are installments in books they tend to get watered down and a bit repetitive. Not with Ms. Finkbeiner’s books! Each one exceeds the other!
Pearl and her family have just moved to Michigan to start a new life after surviving the dust bowl and experiencing horrific tragedy. While the beautiful green land and new experiences were wonderful, Pearl and her family found it a huge adjustment in many ways. Although it promised a bright future new troubles lay ahead for all of them.
Mama is struggling with the death of their other daughter Beanie and just can’t seem to move on. Grief consumes her and she ceases to be the ideal loving mom and becomes someone they never dreamed she would. The strong family unit begins to fracture.
Opal, a mulatto housekeeper steps to help Pearl’s Dad with the home and children. Uncle Gus and Aunt Carrie are wonderful to provide the extra love and stability Pearl and Ray so desperately need.
I truly admired Opal. Being half Negro and half white left her not accepted by either race, and with racism at its peak she had a difficult existence. Yet she was a young woman that conducted herself with grace, kindness and character in the face of cruelty. She did an excellent job of taking Mama’s role, but also became a friend to Pearl. Rejection though in greater and different ways was something they both had in common. Pearl by the peers at her new school and Opal by society.
Uncle Gus and Aunt Carrie made me want to move right in with them. The home cooked meals, and open door hospitality drew me in. I was touched by how Aunt Carrie, never having had children of her own, was so sensitive to Pearl’s emotional needs. She was never too busy to stop everything to listen or spend time with her. It was the children’s safe place.
Pearl’s dad, melted my heart. The world needs more dads like him; patient, loving, firm, tender and protecting. He was always a wealth of wisdom and a rock in such difficult times. No matter how bad the situation or how much he was hurting, he gave Pearl the reassurance and hope she needed. The way he always called her, “Darlin” endeared him to me even more. He had great integrity as he treated Opal with equality and respect.
This story is amazing. There were so many lessons. It is filled with incredible forgiveness, showing that true love will outlast even the worst of offenses and new beginnings can be made when there is mercy. Faith in God can have a lasting impact from even a very young age. I loved Meemaw’s teachings and sayings about the Lord that continued to sustain Pearl long after her grandmother’s death. While we might say, “Haven’t they been through enough already? This isn’t fair!” life doesn’t know the words “enough” and “fair”. It isn’t what we face that will make or break us but how we face it. I finally understood Pearl’s homesickness for her ravaged Oklahoma home. It wasn’t the place but the memory of happier times they had shared.
A beautiful beautiful story! You will want to read all 3 books, I promise! To borrow part of a line from Oliver Twist, I would like to say to Ms. Finkbeiner, “Please … may I have more?” I hope there is another sequel to Pearl’s story!!!