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Nov 23, 2011

You are responsible for the Thanksgiving dinner pies and you find your cupboard free of lard. What do you do? This happened to me today and I did the logical thing. I pulled a ten-pound package of ground hog fat out of my freezer and rendered a new batch of lard the day before Thanksgiving. You don’t have ground hog fat in your freezer! You need to get out more.
Those of you who are wincing at the whole idea of lard, don’t. It’s all natural, fully digestible, and eco-friendly. And it makes the best pie crust on earth – period. Why do you think Grandma’s pies were so much better than Mom’s? (Please refrain from nodding if you are reading this while seated next to Mom.)
Oh, sure, I could have run to the store, burning up gasoline and polluting the atmosphere, to purchase shortening which is highly processed and only semi-digestible, but I went back to the basics. The result? Fabulous pies to present to my family on Thanksgiving Day.
Instead of reaching for the shortcut, we often get a better result when we go back to the basics. Hebrews 12:2 says we should be “fixing our eyes on Jesus.” That’s the best example of getting back to the basics.
When you reach into your spiritual cupboard and find it lacking, pull your Bible out of the freezer (or wherever you store it these days) and spend time in His Word. By reading, absorbing, and living according to the basics of scripture, we can create something fabulous. And it’s all natural, fully digestible and eco-friendly too.
Surrender the Night (Surrender to Destiny, # 2)Surrender the Night by M.L. Tyndall

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


A wonderful love story wrapped up in the War of 1812. The division of loyalties makes the attraction between Rose and Alex difficult, to say the least. But he saves her from a dangerous situation and in return, she works to hide him from the American forces. Full of intense situations and daring action, this book will keep you reading!
The Rancher's ReunionThe Rancher's Reunion by Tina Radcliffe

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


With the possibility of a terminal disease hanging over his head, Will Sullivan decides to never marry. But then Annie Harris moves back home. I enjoyed this story and the way it looked at two difficult issues, a heritable disease and trusting God with the future. I enjoyed the characters who displayed both intelligence and humor throughout the story. This one I can recommend for any age.
Nov 5, 2011
Torrent (River of Time, #3)Torrent by Lisa Tawn Bergren

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


The final book in the River of Time trilogy is the best book in the series, but one must read the first two to understand "Torrent". These are not stand-alone novels. The action is griping and the tension palpable. Several ends are wrapped up while a few questions remain unanswered. Perhaps the author intents to revisit these characters and finish those storylines at a later date.

These books are written for 'tween and teenage girls. I can certainly see young girls falling in love with the heroes as well as identifying with the heroines, no matter how far-fetched their actions seem. In fact, one young lady in our church told me she read the second book, "Cascade" in one day! Oh! To have young eyes again!

I highly recommend this series for any church library that is looking for engaging, wholesome books for young adults. While there is no true gospel message in these stories, and the heroine falls short of any conversion to Christ, the seeds are still planted and books are a good read.