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.

The Sweet Life By Suzanne Woods Fisher

Dawn Dixon had the world by the tail.  She was a successful CPA with a big firm and looking forward to career changing promotion.  Everything was prepared and she was just 2 months away from marrying her childhood sweetheart and best friend.  Then it all came crashing down.  Kevin, her finance canceled the wedding.  As if things could not be worse she finds her mother, Marnie had breast cancer surgery and treatment without her knowledge! 

So what’s a girl to do?  Hurting for her Mom and herself she decides they both need a break and she invites her to go with her to her honeymoon destination in Cape Cod, since the reservations can’t be canceled.

She isn’t sure how this will work out as her and her mom are polar opposites.  She is OCD in her planning and a control freak.  Marnie on the other hand is a totally spontaneous free spirit with no boundaries!

Expecting the ocean and surroundings to be healing for both of them all is well, right?  What she isn’t prepared for is Marnie to buy a dilapidated ice cream shop in the historical part of town!  Dawn and her deceased father’s love of ice cream and pursuit of finding the perfect recipe was Marnie’s motivation.  A new start for both of them!  The problem was she didn’t’ tell Dawn until AFTER the purchase.  Stress does not even begin to describe Dawn’s feelings!  She stays on in hope of undoing the mistake she feels her mother has made, but there are more surprises ahead.

This was such a fun read!  The description of the ocean and the sea side community was a getaway for me!  I was caught up in Marnie’s enthusiasm and plans for the shop.  I could also feel Dawn’s stress and confusion at trying to be in control of everything.  I have succumbed to this attitude in the past when circumstances have overwhelmed me. Ice cream wise, I am a cookies and cream girl, but Dawn’s unusual flavor creations made me wish I could try them.  I loved seeing the spiritual transformation of both women. I could relate. Marnie had great faith in God but struggled to release it in other areas.  Dawn lacked faith in allow God be in control not only her life but those she loved.  Both found that through life’s greatest trials God bring the most beautiful blessings and changes!  I am so excited this is a series and cannot wait to read the next book!

I received this book from Revell in exchange for a positive review.  The ideas expressed are my own.

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Where the Road Bends By Rachel Fordham

Norah King has lost both her parents, has no living family, and is about to lose her land.  It isn’t just land per se; it is part of her childhood and a deep connection to her parents.  So strong is her bond to it that she is prepared to marry a man she barely knows.  He will save her, save her land, and they will grow to care about each other, right?

While walking around her precious farm she finds an injured man about to be lunch to the vultures.  Moved with compassion, she manages to get him back to her house, call a doctor and care for him until he recovers.  Quincy Barnes has had a less than respectable life, finding himself pretty much and the end of his rope before Nora found him. 

Something magical happens between the two.  Love blooms and she instills hope in him to start over.  Their relationship would jeopardize her plans to save her heritage, and Quincy has nothing to offer in the way of help.  With a heavy heart he leaves.  Two years later their paths cross again and he I able to help her. 

This is a beautiful romance but it is more than just that.   Two very different people face crushing setbacks, heart breaking circumstances and seemingly insurmountable odds.  Yet they do not falter in seeking God’s guidance and encouragement.    

I loved the way they were both total opposites but their deep love moved them to put one another first.  They faced such severe circumstances but overcame each one, alone and together with grace and faith.  A heartwarming and touching story you will want to read!

I received this book from Revell Publishing through LibraryThing Early Reviewers. The opinions stated are my own.

Looking for Leroy By Melody Carlson

Most people have a “first love” they remember from their teen years.  Few ever meet again.  Leroy and Brynna were that exception.  30 years has passed a lot of life since they fell in love at a summer camp.  After a short correspondence Brynna marries her ex-high school crush who turns out to be a total loser. After years of heartache and infidelity they divorce.  Leroy marries, has 3 daughters and runs his family’s vineyard.  His wife has passed away. 

Struggling to put her life back together, Brynna agrees impulsively to go on a camping vacation with a co-worker at the school where she teaches.  Traveling through California and the area that fated summer camp is located, Brynna’s memories are triggered.  She shares this with Jan during a relaxed campfire moment. Her friend comes up with the scathingly brilliant idea that they find Leroy!  Brynna remembers his family owned a winery in the area and that sets Jan off on a search much against her friend’s will.  They locate Leroy and his winery and that’s when a most unusual, complicated, and crazy reunion begins.

I felt sorry for Brynna with who was already in emotional turmoil over her divorce and Jan pushing her into trying to arrange this reunion.  I totally understood her reluctance and insecurity but also became frustrated with her indecisiveness with so many decisions.  I have to admit I admired her adaptability in a very difficult situation!  

It was interesting to see how many changes were in both their personalities, yet their core qualities remained the same after all these years.  I mean who wouldn’t change some after 30 years!

One of my favorite parts of the book was the cottage Brynna stayed in, so beautiful and cozy.  The descriptions of the décor made me feel as if I was walking through the door and seeing it myself.  I think this is because the simplicity and comfort that was there.  Something I want to have in my life at difficult times. 

My favorite character was Sophie, Leroy’s daughter.  She was so down to earth and sweet.  Her energy, juggling her family, helping her father, and still able to have compassion for Brynna warmed my heart.

Be prepared, this story has many twists, turns, surprises and sweet moments.  I stayed up until 2:00 a.m. because I couldn’t put it down.  Insomnia alert!  LOL

Another amazing Melody Carlson book!

I received this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.  The opinions stated are my own.

Transforming Your Thought Life: Christian Meditation in Focus By Sarah Geringer

This book gets a 10 star rating from me!  It is one you will not only give a permanent place on your book shelf, but, take notes, study and read over and over! It is definitely a keeper in my library! Meditation on Scripture is a much neglected discipline in most Christian’s lives.  Probably because many of us do not know where to start or how to do it.

It is easy to read and study.  I am not a big one for personal experiences by an author.  There are times it seems to actually take away from what they are trying to share.  Not so with Ms. Geringer!  She shares from the heart and often on a very personal level.  Her transparency helps the reader to honestly evaluate not only their thoughts but the source of them. Each chapter deals with the different thoughts one might have: guilty, negative, fearful, etc.  But this is only the beginning. There are 17 in all.  Many you may have never considered.

That’s what this book is all about, how get control of your thought life by meditating on scripture.  The author teaches you how to turn those thoughts into meditation on God’s Word.   She doesn’t’ leave you hanging there. For each of the categories she gives you a clear plan for conquering and transforming your mind by turning to Bible verses that apply these specifically to these challenges. There are suggested scriptures and at the end of each chapter there are questions to reflect on and a prayer.  Trust me! This is a life changing book! 

When the Meadow Blooms  By Ann H. Gabhart

One of the things I love about Ms. Gabhart’s books is the stories and characters are so different!  She always has such unique and original storylines and characters. 

Rose Meadows has had a hard life.  She is now a widow and has to young girls to care for.  She has been left destitute and on top of that she has tuberculosis.  It was 1925 and the only treatment for the disease was admission to a TB hospital where the patient received healthy food, fresh air and rest.  The average stay was 6 – 9 months, but poor Rose had been there 2 years.  With no other alternative she had to place her girls in an orphanage until she was well.  She has had all she can of the separation and wants to leave, but where will she go and how will she support her children?

She has no family, and the only person she can turn to is her deceased husband brother, Dirk, whom she has only met once.  Without either of them knowing her and her oldest daughter write him asking to come and stay at the family farm.  He comes to their rescue, but it is not as simple as that.  Dirk is a loner and has many things from his past to heal from.

This book was such a beautiful example of how God can heal anyone’s heart.  Each character had trauma and only the Lord could restore their hearts and lives.  Rose’s sweet patient spirit with the surly distant Dirk was a beautiful example persevering and trusting God when dealing with difficult people.  She saw in him what he could not see in himself.  Her acceptance of her weakened health and gratefulness for what the Lord had provided is inspirational.

 I loved the courage of the girls in facing their insecurities and fears.  How I wish I had Sienna’s joyful attitude and ability to focusing on the beauty of what was around her. 

Be ready to cry, rejoice and be surprised at the many developments in their relationships as God works to restore their lives! Another wonderful book from the author!  I can’t wait to read her next one!

I received this book from Revell Publishers through www.Librarything.com early reader program.  The opinions stated are my own.

Sea Glass Cottage By Irene Hannon

I am still working on reading all the Hope Harbor book series!  With each one I find myself back at the little seaside town.  It gives me a warm cozy feeling with that little town atmosphere where residents are close and caring.  I wish it really existed, but since it doesn’t I am content to escape into the pages and visit. The author’s beautiful descriptions of the streets, businesses, and sea side make me feel as if I am really there.  *sigh*

Christi Reece was once a wealthy, spoiled socialite with the world at her feet.  Through many hardships and losses, she is a poor, hardworking young woman that finds herself in a difficult situation and in need of money.  Her last resort is to humble herself and go to her ex-boyfriend Jack Colby to ask for a loan.  This takes a great deal of courage as she very deeply hurt him and they have not seen each other in 11 years!

Jack remembers the old Christi and does not realize she has become a Christian and is totally opposite of the girl he once loved. He just wants her to leave! I love how Christi’s new life in Christ shines through with her patient, gentle, sweet spirit. I found it exciting to see how the Lord continues to guide and provide for her as she trusts Him with impossible situations.  It was beautiful to see Jack’s bitter unforgiving attitude be changed by her testimony.

Of course one of my favorite characters, Charley the artist and fish taco truck owner is still there.  I always enjoy how he does the Lord’s work with wisdom and clever insight.  Christi and Jack aren’t the only residents of Hope Harbor that God is working to restore their romance and relationship. I also enjoyed the surprises along the way. I am looking forward to the next book and my next visit! 

I received this book from Revell Publishers through www.Librarything.com early reader program.  The opinions stated are my own.

God Made It All! By Ruthie Godfrey

I consulted to of my “professional” listeners before doing this review: my grandsons ages 4 years and 2 years.  I know what I liked about the book but more important what did they think!

Children love learning about opposites.  Ms. Godfrey’s book made it fun and also puts God front and center, the One who created opposites!

I was impressed with the beautiful, colorful illustrations that fill every inch of every page.  Each opposite is composed of 2 pages of artwork.  I liked that each was only 1 sentence; this keeps the “little’s” attention and doesn’t overwhelm them.  Yet our reading was not fast as they took much time scanning the pictures and pointing out details.  If I am not mistaken I counted 21 different examples of opposites.  I was pleased with this as it introduced the boys to way more than you would usually think of!

I asked them which their favorite was and to my surprise it was the one about food, “sweet and sour, messy and neat”.  This will definitely be reread, again, again and again. . .   Once they like a book it must be read several times a day for quite a while.

Yes the book teaches opposites but first and foremost it teaches these precious children that God is the Creator of ALL THINGS.

The Lady of Galway Manor By Jennifer Deibel

Annabeth DeLacy had led a sheltered, privileged life of the upper classes in England.  That quickly changed when her father, Lord Delacy was appointed landlord of a parish in Galway City, Ireland. It was 1920 The Irish War of Independence was looming on the horizon and there was much unrest. 

The only information she had about the Irish people was from her father’s prejudices; they were an uneducated, coarse, lazy and dishonest people, incapable of ruling themselves. While this did not color her attitude toward them, it did leave an impression.

She was not enamored with the genteel life and had no desire to stay tucked away in the mansion and play socialite.  She is surprised when her father agrees to her apprenticing to a local jewelry artesian Stephen Jennings. His family’s linage is from the creators of the famous Claddagh ring.  Stephen is a closed up bitter young man who had no clue his father had made the arrangement.  The daughter of an English Lord is the very last person he would want in his shop.  Unlike her class, Annabeth is down to earth, sympathetic and caring of others.  The mix of these two unlikely coworkers and people makes for some very interesting events that unfold.

I loved Annabeth’s innocence and sincerity.  Seeing the true condition of the poor Irish through the eyes by someone who had only known wealth was moving.  I could feel the shock, awe and compassion that touched her heart.  I also admired her character as no matter how distant or hateful Stephen was she always responded humbly and in kindness.

I think my favorite character was Stephen’s elderly father.  His joyfulness (in spite of any situation) sincere love and warmth toward everyone jumped off the pages and captured my heart.  I wanted to give him a hug!

I found Annabeth’s father and mother’s prideful arrogance aggravating.  How could they have raised such a sweet daughter?  It was easy to see the wealth and position they so valued was empty. 

Most of all I was fascinated by the Claddagh ring and its history! I had never heard of it until I read this book.  I immediately went to the internet to see what one looked like.  So beautiful!  It made me want one of course!

A strong faith is God is the golden thread that runs through this incredible story.  Once again Ms. Deibel paints a vivid picture of not only the characters, but the era and the struggles of those living in that time. An extraordinary book!   I can’t wait for her next one!

Never Leave Me By Jody Hedlund

I was very excited to read this second book of the “Water of Time” series.  I enjoyed the first one very much!  You can read it as a standalone, but I believe you would be missing a lot.

Ellen is young, beautiful and dying of the same rare fatal disease that took her mother’s life.  As she grows weaker, she is resigned to her death and tries to enjoy life as much as possible. She knows her time is short.  She is staying with Harrison, a wealthy, longtime family friend.  He had worked with her father on a cure for Ellen’s disease.  Her father did find a cure in the discovery of an ancient holy water.  The problem it is extremely rare and almost nonexistent in this day and time.   Ellen refuses to take one of the 2 flasks that Harrison has acquired through great effort and expense.  She believes it killed her father and her sister. To convince her, Harrison, a paraplegic, drinks one of the bottles.  There is no denying its power.  Seeking more water, she drinks the vial and transports back into England during the late 1300’s, where her sister had been living for a year.  There is so much unknown about the time travel and things do not go as planned.  In fact they go horribly wrong. 

This book was even more suspenseful and exciting than the last one! Ellen’s perception of the era was very different than her sister’s had been.  She was naïve about the complications that were created by bringing her 21st century point of view and mannerisms into the past. 

Once again Ms. Hedlund descriptiveness of the era was rich and detailed.  I loved that she was able to see what Harrison’s mansion and estate was like over 600 years ago!  Sort of a like a medieval version of “if walls could talk”. She also captured the thinking, reasoning and understanding of those living then.  That was an eye opener!  I loved peeping back in time with my 21st century lifestyle and knowledge while experiencing 14th century thinking. The plot is a gripping, on the edge of your seat race against time in a world they knew little about!  It is one thing to read history, totally another to live it! Through the characters in the book was fulfilled two situations we can only dream about: being healed of an incurable disease and meeting with those that we have lost.  I found this very satisfying and comforting.  Once again Ms. Hedlund kept God as a focus of strength and trust for the characters to overcome the obstacles they faced.

I read the book quickly as I could not put it down.  This amounted to some nights of very little sleep as I am a bedtime reader!  It was worth it!

I received this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated are my own.

The Girl Who Could Breathe Under Water By Erin Bartels

While I applaud Ms. Bartel’s talent as a writer, I cannot give this book the review I was hoping.  It was a bit of a surprise.  The situations portrayed in the book were not what would be expected from a Christian publisher.   I hate giving bad reviews but it was not something I feel comfortable reading or encouraging others to.

There is frequent alcohol use, drunkenness, and descriptions of sexual molestation. The latter, due to the very nature of it, while not as explicit as it could have been, cannot be made clean.  The main character even has a man she has never met before stay in her cabin with her. He is there to help her translate her book into another language.  That is innocent enough, and nothing happens between them, but not in keeping with godly conduct.

There are several references and descriptions of the woman’s scantily clad attire, and her molester looking her over.  This made me uncomfortable just reading it.

In fact there is not Christian aspect or even God mentioned in the story.

I would not have agreed to review this book had there been any indication of these things. This book was definitely not for me. 

I received this book from Revell publishing in exchange for an honest review.  The opinions stated are my own.