Sunday, September 30, 2012

Bible Verse Sunday

Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few. Ecclesiastes 5:2

Friday, September 28, 2012

Book Review Friday

Today for Book Friday I am going to tell you what I am currently reading. Right now I am in about the third chapter of Mariah's Quest by Sally Laity and Dianna Crawford.
I like it so far. I'll tell you more about it later!
Have a great weekend everybody!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Music Thursday

I may have shared this song from "Aida" before, but I love Madeline Clem singing it even more. Enjoy.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Bible Verse Wednesday

“The Lord brings death and makes alive; he brings down to the grave and raises up."
1 Samuel 2:6

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Broadway Tuesday

Today I am going to share pictures of a fun show that I have seen twice: Once Upon a Mattress.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Book Review Monday

A while ago I read A Heart Divided by Kathleen Morgan. Here is a book description:

"It is 1878 and the Caldwells and Wainwrights have been feuding for decades. Still, Sarah Caldwell has misgivings when her father pressures her into distracting a ranch hand while he and her brothers rob the Wainwright place. When it becomes clear that hand is actually Cord Wainwright, Sarah realizes she needs to lay low. But Cord spots her in town and, with the sheriff away, makes a citizen's arrest, dragging her off to the Wainwright ranch until the sheriff's return. As the feud boils over, Cord and Sarah make a most inconvenient discovery--they are falling in love. Can they betray their families for love? Or will their families betray them?
Against the beautiful and wild backdrop of the Rocky Mountains comes this sweeping saga of romance, betrayal, and forgiveness from beloved author Kathleen Morgan."

I really enjoyed this book. I loved the characters in it. Sarah does as her father asks and distracts Cord Wainwright, her family's long-time enemy. However, she never expects to get caught the next day and dragged to Cord's house. He keeps her there in the cellar until the sheriff returns. This book was AMAZING! I have to read the second one in the series now because I loved this one.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Bible Verse Sunday

Proverbs 28:26
Those who trust in themselves are fools,
but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Book Review Friday

A while ago I read Surrender the Dawn by MaryLu Tyndall.
Here is a book description: "Baltimore lady Cassandra Channing is determined to support her family by hiring a privateer. Luke Heaton is a handsome rake who is being blackmailed by the British into selling supplies to their ships. Both are caught up in romance amid the intrigues and dangers of the War of 1812."
Here's what I thought:
I loved this book so much! It was a great ending to the Surrender to Destiny series. I was very excited throughout the whole story to see if Cassandra and Luke would surrender to their own destinies. I loved Cassandra; she was a brave and fiery heroine, and Luke was an awesome character. When I read it, I noticed I was feeling the similar emotions to the characters, so I know it was beautifully written. I liked Luke's younger brother a lot. I definitely couldn't wait to finish this book to see what happened to all of these exquisite characters. I would certainly recommend this awesome read to all of my friends and family!!!

This book comes after Surrender the Night, which I reviewed earlier this week.

Does this book look interesting to you? What are you currently reading?

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Music Thursday

Today I am going to do a first on this blog: share a song that isn't a Broadway song!
I just love Adele and her music. Here is a great song: "Rolling in the Deep".

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Bible Verse Wednesday

Romans 15:7
Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Broadway Tuesday

Today I will share some pictures from the Phantom of the Opera movie with Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Book Review Monday

Today I am going to review Surrender the Night by MaryLu Tyndall. Here is a brief book description: "Step into a breathtaking novel of adventure and romance set amid the War of 1812. During an assault by an enemy sailor, timid farm girl Rose McGuire is saved by the least likely of heroes—a British Naval Lieutenant. Now that he’s wounded, she’ll have to heal as well as hide him. Alex Reed is being aided and abetted by his enemy—albeit an innocent and attractive one. But he might be doing Rose more harm than good if his presence on her farm is discovered. As their love blooms, trouble looms. Will this couple survive another British invasion?"

Here's what I thought: The best book of the series. I found Rose to be a very real character. Her character was wonderfully written and I admired her very much. Alex Reed was another amazing character whom I totally loved. I found myself staying up well into the night, unable to stop myself from reading and reading and reading this masterpiece! All together, this was an AWESOME book and a must read!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Bible Verse Sunday

Psalm 91:1-2

"Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”

Friday, September 14, 2012

Book Review Friday

Hi guys! I do not have time to do a book review today, but I will share with you what book I'm reading! It is Tidewater Inn by Colleen Coble. Here is a book description:

"Welcome to Hope Beach. A place of intoxicating beauty . . . where trouble hits with the force of a hurricane.

Inheriting a beautiful old hotel on the Outer Banks could be a dream come true for Libby. The inn cries out for her restorer’s talent and love of history. She’s delighted to learn of the family she never knew she had. And the handsome Coast Guard lieutenant she’s met there on the island could definitely be the man of her dreams.

But Libby soon realizes that the only way she can afford the upkeep on the inn is to sell it to developers who are stalking the island. The father who willed her the inn has died before she could meet him, and her newfound brother and sister are convinced she’s there to steal their birthright. Worst of all, her best friend and business partner has been kidnapped before her eyes, and Libby’s under suspicion for the crime.

Libby’s dream come true is becoming a nightmare. Her only option is to find her friend and prove her innocence, or lose everything on the shores of Hope Island." 

I took this from the back of the book.

I just started reading it, but I'll tell you what I thought later!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Music Thursday

Today I am going to share a song from the musical The Little Mermaid with you. The amazing Sierra Boggess is singing "Part of Your World" here.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Bible Verse Wednesday

Psalm 30:1

I will exalt you, Lord, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Broadway Tuesday

Today I am going to share with you some pictures from a very fun musical for Broadway Tuesday: Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Book Review Monday

A couple of days ago I finished reading Captive Trail by Susan Page Davis. It is part of the Texas Trails series.
Here is what the book's about:

"The Captive Trail is part of a six-book series about four generations of the Morgan family living, fighting, and thriving amidst a turbulent Texas history spanning from 1845 to 1896. Although a series, each book can be read on its own.

Taabe Waipu has run away from her Comanche village and is fleeing south in Texas on a horse she stole from a dowry left outside her family's teepee. The horse has an accident and she is left on foot, injured and exhausted. She staggers onto a road near Fort Chadbourne and collapses.

On one of the first runs through Texas, Butterfield Overland Mail Company driver Ned Bright carries two Ursuline nuns returning to their mission station. They come across Taabe who is nearly dead from exposure and dehydration and take her to the mission.

With some detective work, Ned discovers Taabe Waipu's identity. He plans to unite her with her family, but the Comanche have other ideas. Through Taabe and Ned we learn the true meaning of healing and restoration amid seemingly powerless situations."  (From the publisher)

Here is what I thought: Taabe, whose real name is Billie, was stolen from her family at a young age. She was taken to an Indian village and kept there. Finally, Taabe escapes when she is around twenty years old. She no longer knows any English and barely remembers anything about her family. She is saved by a man named Ned Bright and taken to live with some nuns. Ned is a stagecoach driver and he visits Taabe every time he can. She begins to learn English, but her family is nowhere to be found. Danger arises when an Indian who wanted to marry Taabe comes hunting for her. I loved this whole book! It was my favorite in this series. I must have saved the best for last.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Bible Verse Sunday

John 14:23

“Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.”

Friday, September 7, 2012

Book Review Friday

Recently I read This Scarlet Cord by Joan Wolf. Here is a book description from the publisher: "Within one of the Old Testament’s most famous battles lies one of the most tender love stories.

Hidden within the battle of Jericho is the story of Rahab, a beautiful and brave young Canaanite woman who aided the Israelites by hanging a piece of scarlet cord from a window. This act of faith changed her life by placing her in the genealogy of Christ.

Rahab is the youngest daughter of a Canaanite farmer, taken to Jericho for the pagan New Year so her father can find her a wealthy spouse. Sala, the Israelite boy who had once saved her from being kidnapped, is also in Jericho. When the two young people meet again they admit their love for one another, but their different religions make marriage impossible.

Their love story plays out against the background of Jericho’s pagan rites. It is only when the One True God of Israel comes into Rahab’s life—and she realizes what He is calling her to do—that she and Sala can come together.

Witness Rahab as a young woman determined to find her destiny as she follows her heart toward true love . . . and the One True God."

Here is what I thought: I really enjoyed reading This Scarlet Cord by Joan Wolf.It is a retelling of Rahab's life and what happened before the battle of Jericho. In this book, Rahab was kidnapped as a child from her Canaanite family. She escapes in Egypt and a young man named Sala helps her. They meet each other again, many years later, in Jericho. Sala tells Rahab about his faith and urges her to give up her pagan religion. After many stressful events, Rahab does begin to pray to the true God, the God of the Israelites. She hides Israelite spies on her roof, just like in the Bible, and she puts a scarlet cord in her window. Her and her family are spared, and later on she and Sala are married.
This book was a good read, and most of the time it stayed accurate to the book if Joshua in the Bible.
I would recommend this to a friend.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Music Thursday

This is "Someone Like You" from Jekyll and Hyde the musical. It is performed by the talented Coleen Sexton.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Bible Verse Wednesday

Matthew 19:26

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Broadway Tuesday

Today for Broadway Tuesday I am going to tell you some of my favorite musicals. Sort of in order. Sort of not.

1. Aida. Tied with Phantom of the Opera.

2. Wicked, tied with Memphis.

3. Les Miserables.

4. Jekyll and Hyde.

5. Chess, tied with The Little Mermaid.

What are your favorites?

Monday, September 3, 2012

Book Review Monday

I finished reading the book Lone Star Trail by Darlene Franklin a while ago and, like the other books in the Texas Trails series, I enjoyed it.

Here is a book description from the publisher: "The six-book series about four generations of the Morgan family living, fighting, and thriving amidst a turbulent Texas history spanning from 1845 to 1896 begins with Lone Star Trail. Although a series, each book can be read on its own.

Judson "Jud" Morgan's father died for Texas' freedom during the war for independence. So when the Society for the Protection of German Immigrants in Texas (the Verein) attempts to colonize a New Germany in his country, he takes a stand against them.

After Wande Fleischers' fiancé marries someone else, the young fraulein determines to make a new life for herself in Texas. With the help of Jud's sister Marion, Wande learns English and becomes a trusted friend to the entire Morgan family.

As much as Jud dislikes the immigrant invasion, he can't help admiring Wande's character. She is sweet and cheerful as she serves the Lord and all those around her. Can the rancher put aside his prejudice to forge a new future? Through Jud and Wande, we learn the powerful lessons of forgiveness and reconciliation among a diverse community of believers."

While this book was a fun read, I do not like it quite as much as other books in this series. It was still good, just not my favorite, for reasons I am not sure of. I liked Wande, a young German immigrant, whose fiance abandons her in America by marrying another woman. Jud was also an interesting character, who is against everything German and yet likes Wande. I would recommend this book, it just is not my favorite of the whole series.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Bible Verse Sunday

Psalm 26:2-3 
Test me, Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness.