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Tue Jun 21 00:00:00 MDT 2011beejolene Rating:5.0
Grab an iced latte and get comfortable! Once you open LEARNING, you will not want to move until you have finished reading every word. I caught myself not moving even after the last page, reminiscing about the journey I had been on. I had sat still, yet travelled, huddled with a team and danced on Broadway. I was silent as I rehearsed a song, participated in Biblical discussions and video chatted on Skype. I listened only to my own heart beat in my quiet place and heard hundreds of people applaud and cheer. But in the most unlikely of situations, I found myself alone in a room and completely surrounded by friends! Prepare to be a part of a family you love (but can never meet), because Karen Kingsbury has allowed God to use her again to teach us how to love him more! Like watching the opening scenes of my favorite movie or taking the first bite of my chocolate dessert, I got all giddy holding LEARNING in my hands. I knew the story it carried on its pages would make me smile, need a tissue and cause me to think. My smiles show up at the dinner table with the Baxter family and amongst significantly placed wisdom from women who have been through it before. Honestly, my eyes can fill up from those conversations too. But the moments when my tears fall most is when my heart doesnt understand why something has happened, even when its a huge blessing. Wiping the tears makes me pause and reflect on the infinite wisdom of God all things work best when they go His way. The lessons of LEARNING continued after I set it down. The overall way Bailey lives her life challenges me to make more of an impact on those God has placed in my path. Am I listening and obeying His still small voice and am I aware of the results when I dont? The earnest desire for Cody to help others inspires me to get out of my own way and let God lead. Do I show concern for others and take action or do I pray and move on? Jenny Flanigan can easily be counted as an example of a Proverbs 31 woman in how she takes care of her family and home which makes me adopt that Godly woman attitude. Have I made it evident that our home is a safe harbor to be used for Gods purposes? Through answering these questions and many more, I have become a better person. I am confident that reading this book has improved my relationships with my friends, my family and my Savior Jesus Christ. I know you will enjoy all that God has to show you through this chapter in Baileys life story. As you start to read, I hope you experience this journey as a member of the family and not just from the outside looking in. However, most importantly, I pray you open your heart as you open your book and prepare for new life lessons in LEARNING.
Thu Feb 08 00:00:00 MST 2007arosenow Rating:5.0
Humourous account of the armaggedon. It'll keep you laughing out loud while turning each page. Wonderfully written and a must-read for Gaiman fans.
Tue Dec 11 00:00:00 MST 2007cheri58 Rating:5.0
The time is the late 1800¿s and twenty year old Violet Hayes is on a quest to experience romance and mystery just like the books her and her best friend Ruth snuck to read at Madame Beauchamps' School for girls. Yes she was taught to be a lady but she wants adventure. After finding out her father is about to remarry and that her mother really is alive not dead as her father had try to make her believe, Violet knows she must go to Chicago to find her mother, who she hasn¿t seen since she was nine, she convinces her father to let her go see the World¿s Columbian Exposition in Chicago and to visit her grandmother and her great aunts. But everyone else has their own plans for Violet. Her grandmother, father and Aunt Agnes are out to have her married. Her crazy Aunt Birdie tells her to marry for love and her Aunt Matt tells her she doesn¿t need to marry. Than all in one week she has three marriage proposals but the men all have their own ideas too and not one includes love. All the while Violet is falling in love with Silas the salesman she met on the train to Chicago who has really tried hard to help her find her mother. But Violet believes he is a thief and not a proper suitor. She allows the men to escort her to the fair and spends time with her grandmother helping the poor, Aunt Agnes takes her calling on all her high society friends and Aunt Matt teaches her about the Women¿s Suffragette Movement. Violet learns a lot but feels none of these lives is for her. She knows her time is running out as her father is making her go home and marry Herman Beckett unless she finds someone else but Violet knows she must find her mother! Her father has instructed her grandmother and aunts to tell her nothing about her mother but Violet finds herself in a mystery, the mystery of her mother and why she left, the truth about her father and the woman he is about to marry and Uncle Phillip which she didn¿t know she had an uncle and all the while trying to stop the feelings that are growing for Silas. Will Violet find her mother? Will she marry without love or have her heart broken by the thief Silas only time will tell as Violet finds God along the way and knows He has all the answers even if she isn¿t sure herself. ¿A Proper Pursuit¿ is an awesome read perfect for teens and adults alike who love romance, history and a little bit of mystery. The author Lynn Austin draws you in from the very first page and takes you back in time and places you there with Violet as she determines the course of her life and searches for her mother. This reviewer loved the detailed history especially Dwight Moody¿s ministry, the women¿s suffragette marches and the World¿s Fair as the time period really comes alive. So if love books like ¿Gone with the Wind¿ by Margaret Mitchell or ¿Redeeming Love¿ by Francine Rivers you will thoroughly enjoy ¿A Proper Pursuit¿.
Wed Feb 17 00:00:00 MST 2010coonbabe Rating:5.0
The first of the trilogy by Nancy E. Turner. Such a believable and interesting story of a young woman and the journey of her family during a tumultuous time in our nations history. Their strength and courage is astonishing. A clean book without gratuitous sex or profanity and its writing and story content caused me to feel a loss when I finished the last page...I had to get the other two books because I needed more of this families story....I wish there were more books available...I guess that is the goal of a good author, to leave us with the desire for more.
Sun Sep 21 00:00:00 MDT 2008jimro Rating:5.0
I loved this book. We read it for our book club. I had read it previously a few years ago and thought this would bring some good discussion for our book club. Everyone enjoyed it.
Tue Aug 09 00:00:00 MDT 2011davidhh Rating:5.0
I am delighted with my purchase, the price and the book.
Fri Sep 23 00:00:00 MDT 2011rarehare Rating:5.0
You'll enjoy reading book 2 of the Bailey Flanigan series. I purchased this book at Overstock as it was cheaper than some of the other sites. I would highly recommend using Overstock.
Sun Jun 06 00:00:00 MDT 2010drdsl Rating:5.0
This book is hilarious and well-written. I had never read anything by either of the authors before, but now I will definitely have to.
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