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Book Review: “When You Don’t See His Plan — The Nadine Hennesey Story”

Life was wonderful until Nadine Hennesey lost her best friend, her husband, suddenly on the day of their daughter’s birth.  It seemed like the path they had planned for their lives together had broken apart and left Nadine floundering in the dust and broken road that remained.  Now a single mother, Nadine had to decide whether or not to follow through with hers and Ed’s dream be servants of God on the mission field. What to do… what to do?

Nadine decided to give God an ultimatum in order to convince her and help her see what path(s) she should take.  After all, it wasn’t just her anymore, Nadine had her baby girl to love and raise in the process.  Little did she know God’s plan would lead her to another country where she could teach and minister to those children and families, and mothers like herself.  Such an inspirational story!  Nadine’s strength and passion for teaching grows throughout what I consider to be a great read!  It helps you to “discover how you can trust God, even when you don’t see His plan.”

If you are looking for a quick and enjoyable read, I definitely recommend ”When You Don’t See His Plan — The Nadine Hennesey Story” by Nadine Hennesey and Rebecca Baker.  With each challenge and triumph that came Nadine’s way, I was eager to get back to reading to see how things turned out and how her faith in God helped her through it!

If you read this book, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it!  Just leave a comment at the end of this post!


** “When You Don’t See His Plan — The Nadine Hennesey Story” was given to me by Discovery House Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion and a review of this book/product.  The opinions and such expressed in this post are my own and were not influenced by the authors, publishers or anyone else affiliated with this product.


Posted by on March 29, 2012 in Book Nook


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Friday Featured Product Review and Giveaway! ~ “Man Shoes” by Tom Watson

"Man Shoes" by Tom Watson

A survivor of child abuse, upheaval and 13 foster homes, Tom Watson learned at an early age to overcome adversity.  Rescued at the age of five by the Watson family, he found new hope and love that helped to heal his deep physical and emotional wounds.  Encouraged by a community of supporters, Tom learned vital lessons in patience, perseverance, laughter and tradition.  Years later, these lessons would be put to the ultimate test as Tom faced heartbreaking losses that threatened to destroy him.  A stunning revelation of one man’s determination to live life to its fullest, Man Shoes demonstrates that new beginnings are possible at any age and at any stage of life, no matter what obstacles get in the way.  This story is an important reminder that we can live a better life and influence others to do the same!”


If the above summary (found on the back cover of the book) doesn’t make you want to read Tom Watson’s book, Man Shoes – The Journey to Becoming a Better Man, Husband & Father,  then I don’t know what will!  I read it and was immediately intrigued!  Upon receiving my review copy, I didn’t hesitate to begin reading it and was glad I chose to do so.  Tom Watson is very honest and open about the journeys he encounters during the events that make up his life and the man that he has and continues to become.  With every chapter I found myself anxious to see how he handled the minor and major situations that were thrown in his path, as well as how his life events, upbringing and faith affected his thoughts and actions towards those situations. Through his book, Tom Watson reminds us that we can either allow the hardships in our past to bring us down or we can utilize it and learn from it in order to make the present and the future better and brighter. 


At the beginning of each chapter, Tom shares a verse from a country song that he feels relates to the topic discussed.  I found this amusing and a fun feature to look forward to, especially since I’m a fan of country music.  At the end of each chapter, Tom provides a summary of lessons learned and suggestions on how to make your life journey with yourself and others better and worth it.  He also provides a section where you can write down your own reflections and ways you can plan to make your life more meaningful. It helps you think of ways in which you can be a better person for yourself, as a parent, as a spouse and as a friend. I think the key point summaries and areas for reflection were my favorite part of the book because the author invites you to reflect upon your own life, actions and attitudes.  Now that I’ve finished, I’m going to pass my copy along to my husband to read!


Overall, if I were to rate this book on a scale from 1 – 10, I would definitely give it a 10!  I encourage you to pick up a copy of Tom Watson’s “Man Shoes” for the husband, father, man in your life.  I agree with the statement “A must read for men of all ages, and for the women who love them”.   Thank you Tom Watson for sharing your story with us and being an inspiration to all!

Tom’s website for Man Shoes is:



And now for the Giveaway part!  Here is your chance to win your own signed copy of “Man Shoes”!  To enter, leave a comment at the end of this post stating why you would want to win a copy of this book, as well as “Like” Tom’s page on Facebook – found here.  Be sure to do both actions in order for your entry to count. When leaving your comment, be sure to provide an email address or way for me to contact you in the event that you are the chosen winner of the giveaway.  The winner will be chosen via and will have 48 hours to respond once notified via email.  The giveaway ends at 11:00 p.m. EST on November 10th!  Good Luck!!


*Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a review of the product containing my own personal opinion on the product.  I was in no way influenced by the company or individuals associated with this product.  Also note that Facebook has no affiliation with this product, post or giveaway provided.


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Friday Featured Product! ~ “50 Ways to Improve Your Relationship with Your Husband” ~

Here is my latest “Friday Featured Product” —— on a Monday! Haha!

Have you heard of or met Christian author, entrepreneur and mom MariLee Parrish?  If you haven’t, then you should (even if it’s just through social media).  I’ve had the privilege of getting to know MariLee over the past 2 years and look forward to working with and getting to know her more for many years to come. 

MariLee Parrish

Recently, MariLee has added another book to her list of published works titled 50 Ways to Improve Your Relationship with Your Husband — and I LOVE it!!  It’s not the kind of quirky book compiled of lame date ideas or religious jargon.  Instead, it is as delightfully simple and lovely as its cover.

 The book is broken up into 5 sections that focus on ways to improve Spiritually, Emotionally, Romantically and with Your Surroundings.  Within each section are the tips that follow under that category.  MariLee then goes on to give a little insight about each tip with a coinciding Bible verse, an action point, a scripture segment to remember, and a checklist for improvement. 

At the end of each section, MariLee included an area so you can record your own thoughts and notes of reflection, something I thought was a nice touch and helpful addition.  But that’s not all! MariLee gives a list of additional scriptures to remember ranging from communication and faith to finances and God’s love.  There is also an index in the back so you can easily locate your favorite scripture verses hi-lighted within the readings.

I really enjoyed this book.  I think it would make a great bridal shower gift too!  If you would like to check out more on this book or MariLee Parrish, then visit any of the links I have listed below!

MariLee’s Website

MariLee Parrish on Facebook

“Picking Up My Socks” Blog

THANK YOU MariLee for my signed copy of 50 Ways to Improve Your Relationship with Your Husband!

Disclosure: Please note that I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a review that contained my honest opinion of this product.  The opinions shared in this post are my own and were in no way influenced by the author or publishing company associated with this book. 

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Book Review: Healing Hearts

"Healing Hearts" by: Beth Wiseman

Hello, fellow readers!  Here is another review of a collection of Amish fiction for you! This time, I was able to review Beth Wiseman’s Healing Hearts, a collection of 3 stories previously published in An Amish Christmas, An Amish Gathering, and An Amish Love.

The first story, A Choice to Forgive, centers around mother and widow – Lydia Smucker. Lydia has loved two men in her life. Daniel, who disappeared one Christmas Eve long ago, leaving only a note saying he wanted to live in the Englisch world. And Elam, Daniel’s brother, to whom she had been happily married for 15 years. When Elam dies, Lydia gives up on ever loving again. But she is shocked when Daniel wants to return to the Order and her life.  Daniel is finally able to make known to Lydia the truth about what happened that Christmas Eve in hopes that she can and will at least forgive him.  I will not tell you if she does or not, because that would ruin the outcome of the story for you.  However, I will tell you that the story reminds all of us how important trust, honesty and forgiveness are in our lives.  They just might mean the difference between which path our lives take and lead.

A Change of Heart is the second novella included in the collection. Leah is a writer in a community that does not encourage such fruitless endeavors. She lacks the skills necessary to be a good Amish fraa. Aaron knows these things about Leah, but his heart is captured by this spirited young woman. See how Leah’s stories influence the people around her, and touch some hearts close to her in unexpected ways!

“Healing Hearts” Levina Lapp and her husband Naaman are alone for the first time in 30 years. When Naaman left to visit cousins in Ohio, Levina wasn’t expecting him to be gone a year. Now that he’s back, will they be able to move beyond this estrangement and fall in love again? Even though the story focuses mostly on Levina and Naaman’s marriage and the trials and attempts to get it working again, I found it interesting how Naaman’s visit away from wife and kinner had and would impact the lives of so many people.  This story is not just a reminder of how love and trust are important aspects of a strong marriage and family.  Healing Hearts also reminds readers that God has a purpose for events and things that we do with our lives, even though such things are not understood at the time they happen.


I don’t want to add too much more to the summaries listed above in case I accidentally give away the endings for those of you interested in reading Healing Hearts.  I was drawn into reading all 3 stories as soon as I started each one.  I hope that you will be too if you choose to read this book. I couldn’t put it down and finished it in 2 days.

 Once again, Beth Wiseman demonstrates through this collection of stories how well she writes and shares such aspects as love, trust, forgiveness and Faith with her readers.  She’s definitely one of the top Amish fiction authors on my reading list!  I’m glad I chose this book to read and review!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. 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.”
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Posted by on August 30, 2011 in Blogging, Book Nook


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Book Review: Now I Walk on Death Row

Now I Walk on Death Row - by: Dale S. Recinella

I know I usually write positive reviews regarding the books I receive to blog about, and I guess that is due to my love of reading and my enjoyment of most genres.  However, if you are looking for a book that pulls you in with the first page and holds your interest captive all the way to the last word of that last sentence on the last page, then Dale S. Recinella’s Now I Walk on Death Row is THE book I would HIGHLY recommend to you!

Dale S. Recinella is a Wall Street finance lawyer turned lay chaplain whose life “change” has an amazing story which Recinella shares in this book.  Just when Recinella thinks his life can’t get any better as a high-class lawyer, it suddenly takes a horrible downward spiral — at the end of which is absolutely nothing except…. God and Jesus.   When Dale finally surrenders and puts God in charge,  his life’s path shuttles him and his family to places and to people Recinella would not even have considered beforehand.  And then, to end up as a lay chaplain for Florida’s death row and solitary confinement … I find that simply awesome!  A great testament of how our lives can change for the better if we stop, listen, and look for what God’s plan and purpose is for each of us.

I could go on and on about my favorite parts of Recinella’s journey, however I’m afraid that if I do I might ruin it for anyone looking to read this book.  So, if you are looking for a good, inspirational read — whether Christian or not — I encourage you to add Now I Walk on Death Row to your list.  I think Sister Helen Prejean states it best when she says, “Dale’s story is a bold reminder that no life should be treated lightly.  In the weighty matters of justice and mercy, Dale chose to follow Jesus, who sided with the poor, the dispossessed and the despised.  I hope what you read here impassions you to do the same.”


Thank you to Bethany House for providing this book for review. 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
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Posted by on April 27, 2011 in Book Nook


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