Saturday, July 28, 2012

A Sisterhood of Strength

It took this book "A Sisterhood of Strength" by author Diony George to resurrect my reading corner--and that's saying a lot.
  A Sister hood of Strength is a collection of inspiring true stories of Relief Society sisters around the world giving and receiving service in the name of selfless love. Each true story is followed by a quote from scripture or from the inspired words of ecclesiastical leaders from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
It is a testament to me of the power of God's love in the lives of women and how that love, "the pure love of Christ", transcends barriers, uniting women around the world as a "worldwide circle of sisters.”
It truly is miraculous to see sisters give hours of service over a period of months to a stranger for no compensation. Why would they do such a thing? Most of you reading this will know the answer. These sisters volunteer out of the goodness of their hearts, they truly love their fellow man (or as in this case 'sister") This example is one of many experiences shared in this book. Each act of service is motivated by love--really. In the world we live in today, that truly is a miracle.
In the words of Mary Ellen Smoot, former General Relief Society President:

“One person can make a difference. Each one of you
has unique gifts. Use your gifts to serve others. As we
walk in His light, we become women of courage and
conviction. We become women of vision, women of
destiny, and women of eternal value. We are a  "worldwide circle of sisters.”

Thursday, August 13, 2009

A Delicious Blend of Suspense and Romance

I really liked this book. Although the title or cover didn't grab me at first, my curiosity was peaked when a collegue recommended the story. So I began reading and I was sucked in at the first chapter. The characters were believable and the plot was intriguing and at times intense. I also liked the fact that the author threw in a little romance along the way. A very entertaining story- I highly recommend it.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Organization Made Simple

If you are feeling a little overwhelmed with life, your home seems out-of-order and chores are getting on top of you, pick up Simply Living Smart by Anitra Kerr. It is a fast read that gives you an inside look into a week in the life of Anitra Kerr. I loved all her ideas and insights into de-cluttering, food storage, recipe ideas for school and at home and organizing each room in the house. I loved how she delegated certain tasks and activities to specific days in the week.
I will definitely be implementing many of the ideas in this book and look forward to creating a stress-free organized life and living environment. Thank you Anitra for a much needed book!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Famous Family Nights

Famous Family Nights by author Anne Bradshaw is the kind of book that you pick up, read a little, put it down, come back to it, read some more and put it down, until you find yourself wanting to pick it up again and read some more. I loved the fact that she interviewed people from around the world with various backgrounds and experience with FHE. I loved the frank and uplifting messages of the interviewees and I loved gleaning from the many ideas and experiences shared. There's a couple of ideas in there that I want to implement into our own Family Home Evenings!
This is a fun and interesting read and a great resource of ideas- one that gave me hope and reaffirmed my testimony of the blessings of this inspired practice.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Faeries, Elves and Other Magical Creatures

I enjoyed reading Alvor by new author Laura Bingham; it was the kind of book that sucked me in and had me intrigued enough to keep my attention to the very end. The story revolves around twins Bain and Erin, whose exploration of a cabin in the woods by their home, leads them to discover a hidden magical world. Not only do they unveil the mysteries of this other-worldly realm, but they also discover fantastic secrets about themselves. Well written, well paced and very imaginative, I recommend this book for fans of Fantasy and anyone wanting a magical escape from reality!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Fun and Adventure with Sariah Mc Duff

The Sariah McDuff series is an adorable collection of stories about a cute and precocious seven year old. Written with a fresh style, wit and humor, these books will not only entertain you, but will teach you moral lessons to warm your heart and make you smile. A perfect choice for young elementary aged girls to read on their own or with a parent.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Witty, Wacky and Irresistably Endearing

If you or your kids are wondering what to read this summer, put Hashbrown Winters by author Frank L.Cole at the top of your summer reading list.

Reading this book was like watching my favourite Disney comedy or watching an episode of the Little Rascals. It was funny, witty and very imaginative. Your kids will love it and so will you. I highly recommend it!