Burnt Bridges are Hard to Overcome

bridgeHave you ever been through a trial in your life, and you thought it would be easier to just cut all ties, leave everything, and start all over? That is exactly how two characters in Francine Rivers’ newest novel, Bridge to Haven, felt. Francine Rivers is an award winning author of Christian fiction novels. You may know her most by her best-selling book Redeeming Love. This “prodigal son” story brings to light some very difficult situations a child like Abra might experience. Abandoned at birth, Abra is a foster/adoptive child that does not feel loved though she is very well loved and cared for by her adoptive parents. This is an intriguing story about a girl who seemed to be unloved (in her eyes), but she is rather beloved in her hometown of Haven.

Abra was a character that was easy to fall in love with and empathize with, yet she made you want to so much for her eyes to be opened to the truth. How much heartache could have been saved in your life had you “seen the light” early on in your own experience? Unfortunately, like Abra, we burn every single bridge before we realize what we’ve lost and begin to rebuild  a bridge that leads us back to the place and people we love most.  I really enjoyed reading the latest book by Francine Rivers, but I caution young readers as many mature themes are explored. Such themes include rape, mild forms of exploitation, and other intimate relations. Moms of teens that love to read Christian fiction, you may want to do a book club style reading or read the book, and make the decision that is best for your family in regards to letting your teen girl read this novel.

Bridge to Haven is available for purchase at Lifeway, Amazon.com, and Barnes & Noble. The novel is also available in the Nook and Kindle versions. If you’ve read the book, what are your thoughts on the novel? If you have not already read the book, I encourage to add it to your summer reading list.

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Are you balanced?

Balancing it All by Candace Cameron Bure is probably one of the most applicable books written for the woman of our day. If your desire is to follow the Lord in the world we live in and balance family, home, and work with Christ at the center of it all, then get to reading this book asap. Candace explores everything a wife and mother might go through on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis. She reminds us that she too is a wife and a mom of three children. It’s a refreshing book to read because the author is down to earth and truly wants to get to know her Lord better. She states that as she learns more about Christ and how we should live as Christians, she works to follow that Christ-like pattern.

Balancing it All is Bure’s second book, and I must say it is as good, if not better than her first book– Reshaping it AllI’d also like to say that I am not a mommy, but I am a wife and a teacher (which is kind of like being a mom), and I think this book can and should be read by all wives, mothers, and those who hope to someday take on those roles. You will see the other side of all glitz and glam of hollywood and see what a true role model looks like. With literature like this coming from someone with the platform like Candace Cameron Bure holds, I think maybe, just maybe we can make a difference in the lives of girls God puts in our paths. So, are you balanced? How do you balance it all?

Reading While on Break

It’s been quite a while since I’ve written a blog post. Last fall I was student teaching, and it was INTENSE. I’m happy to say that part of my training is complete. I was blessed to be hired as a teacher just two weeks after I completed student teaching. God was really watching over me and totally had His hand on the entire situation. I started teaching right after Thanksgiving, and Christmas break began three weeks later. Over the break, I had some time to catch up on some reading, and I finished reading the Divergent Series. I had already read the first book, and one of my favorite bloggers wrote a review of the series which made me that much more interested in them. Without further ado, here are my thoughts on the series.

In the first book of the trilogy, Divergent, we are introduced to several people who all live in different factions (four to be exact) Each faction serves a different function to make the whole work. The series can be viewed as a “coming of age” story since the story begins with an aptitude test for young teens to see which faction they fit in best. These factions take pride in their work and duties, and they do not like overlapping. That overlap causes big problems for some characters such as Beatrice Prior (Tris) and Four. Divergent means something, and it has a negative connotation with it for the factions. As you read the series, divergence becomes empowering rather than debilitating. That is one positive aspect I love about these books. The things that are seen as negative influences become empowering in a good way, or at least with good intentions. Insurgent and Allegiant are no different.

Insurgent and Allegiant will keep you on the edge of your seat as Veronica Roth leaves little surprises around every corner. This book series is both captivating and full of surprises. Each twist and turn along the way made the journey more and more interesting. Roth does such a wonderful describing the characters. I have left this review a little open ended because I don’t want to give anything away. I will say that I was somewhat surprised by the ending, but one thing the author makes clear is that sometimes we all have to make sacrifices at some point in our lives. Those sacrifices come in different forms, but the lesson to learn is be sure you are spending time desiring and trying to make a difference.

So, who is this book series good for? Well, the series was written for teens ages 14-17 according to Barnes & Noble, but I think it is also good for older readers as well. The series can be compared to the Hunger Games, but the violence in the Divergent Series is different. In my opinion, these books would be suited for mature readers (both boys and girls) according the age range previously stated. If you have read the series, I would love to hear your thoughts on it as well. For all of those at home due to snow, grab a good book, blanket, and curl up on the couch to read for a little while, and enjoy the day.

Cats Named Pete are Cool

For those of you who have a 3-5 year old, know one, or teach them, then you need to know Pete the Cat. I’m guessing some of you know exactly who I’m talking about while others are like, “who names their cat Pete?” Let me just say that Pet the Cat is literally the coolest cat on the block with at least fourteen books to back him up. I was first introduced to this kitten during one of my education classes I took to get my Master’s degree. I have now been educated on this one of kind feline, and I’m hooked on these amazing books. The first book presented to me was about Pete the Cat and his love for his white shoes. The great thing about these books is that they are circular meaning it starts the same and essentially ends the same. They are great for repetition, and this particular book, Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes, also teaches about color as well as recognizing that each person is different, but at the end of the day, “it’s all good”, and we can embrace our differences. You can check out these books at Barnes and Noble who is currently promoting the newest book, Pete the Cat: The Wheels on the Bus. When you buy any two books for kids, you can get this one for $4.99 until August 26. Be sure to check it out. I commend the author, James Dean and his wife Kimberly for writing fabulous books for preschool children. I will leave you with this video version of Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes. What is your kids’ favorite book? Be sure to share with us, and maybe I’ll do a review on your favorite pick soon!

Until next time,

Rebekah

It’s me, the bookworm

Hello,

I’m Rebekah, and I absolutely love to read. I have a passion for reading, and I want to share my passion for reading. I believe it is important that we read to our children when they infants and encourage them to read on their own as they grow. As adults and parents, we can foster reading in the next generation by reading on our time. I believe reading is not only educational, but it helps us be creative. We can enjoy reading fascinating stories about real people or make believe families that seem real. My goal with this blog is to bring you books you can share with each member of your family. I will feature books that appropriate for many age levels as well as reading levels (yes, there is a difference). I will also talk about how to promote good reading habits for families. Along the way, I will share things about myself as well. Get ready, and I hope you find this blog to informative and exciting.