Monday, October 15, 2012

Review & Giveaway :: One Thing I Desire : To Know Christ More By Sarah Bryant

Good afternoon, ladies! Sorry about this week's giveaway post being up a bit late...I've had a busy past coulde of days! This past weekend I was busy helping clean some friends houses and babysitting to earn the last bit I needed to buy a Kindle! I'm super excited about that and ordered it last night, so I'm hoping it will arrive soon. :) {If anyone is curious as to which one I got then just click HERE to see which one}
But back to the post-today I have the pleasure of sharing about one of my dear friends, Sarah's new book that just came out! I first "met" Sarah four years ago when I subscribed to her wonderful magazine The King's Blooming Rose, and ever since have been deeply encouraged and inspired by her friendship! I have always enjoyed receiving her quarterly magazine, The Kings Blooming Rose, and to this day have ever single issue going as far back as 2008! She has written two books: The Family Daughter and she just recently released her newest book called One Thing I Desire: To Know Christ More!
About The Kings Blooming Rose ::
Here is a bit of information on  The Kings Blooming Rose Ministry which was taken off their website:

"Would you like to receive encouragement in your walk with Christ? Would you like to meet other Christian young ladies and families serving our King? We invite you to join us on our journey to Biblical womanhood!

The purpose of our ministry is to encourage young ladies to grow closer to Christ in their daily walk, and to become delightful cornerstones at home under the guidance of their parents according to Titus two and Proverbs 31.

KBR Ministries has several branches: a quarterly
magazine The King's Blooming Rose, encouraging books, stationery and cards, and a monthly forum for daughters. This is a ministry of homeschool graduate Sarah Bryant, under the wisdom and guidance of her parents; read about the story and family behind KBR Ministries here."
Today, I would like to share you you mainly about her new book, so here is the back cover description of this encouraging new read:
"What is your deepest desire?

Has your life been engulfed by one consuming passion — that you would more deeply know your Savior Jesus Christ and the fullness of the Gospel?

We are given only one life — one blink of an eye in light of a shoreless eternity. What is our purpose in this earthly life? The greatest command is to love the Lord our God with all of our heart, yet how do we love a God we do not know? We know how to fit into the "right Christian circles" and say all the "right things" — but do we personally know the Author of our salvation?

Monday, October 8, 2012

Book Review :: My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century

My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century
 My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century
By Rachel Harris

Publisher :: Entangled Publishing
Publication Date :: 2012
ISBN-13 :: 9781620611357
Number of Pages :: 304
Book Description ::

On the precipice of her sixteenth birthday, the last thing lone wolf Cat Crawford wants is an extravagant gala thrown by her bubbly stepmother and well-meaning father. So even though Cat knows the family’s trip to Florence, Italy, is a peace offering, she embraces the magical city and all it offers. But when her curiosity leads her to an unusual gypsy tent, she exits . . . right into Renaissance Firenze.

Thrust into the sixteenth century armed with only a backpack full of contraband future items, Cat joins up with her ancestors, the sweet Alessandra and protective Cipriano, and soon falls for the gorgeous aspiring artist Lorenzo. But when the much-older Niccolo starts sniffing around, Cat realizes that an unwanted birthday party is nothing compared to an unwanted suitor full of creeptastic amore. Can she find her way back to modern times before her Italian adventure turns into an Italian forever?

My Review ::
I was very surprised with this book, since it wasn't at all what I was expecting. I have read The River of Time Series and it has a very similar plot to My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century. They both are about a teen girl who travels back in time to ancient Italy and finds romance there. So I kind of has this idea of what this book would be like, based off the previous related books I had read by another author.

But unfortunately, I found several things that I didn't really care for, agree with, or support in this book. I'm assuming the author isn't a christian by the way this book was written with the worldy viewpoint. Personally, I try to stay away from books with bad language, and I was extremely dissapointed to find that this book had quite an abundance of words I'd rather not have stuck in my head. There was quite a few of them, and I think that really lessened my value and respect for the book. Another thing I noticed was there were several scenes I felt uncomfortable with and wouldn't have wanted to read aloud.

This book has a nice plot, but it just wasn't for me being the way it was written and the frequent language. If anyoone out there is interested in this book I suggest you look into it seriously before reading it, to know what you are reading. Just know that it was not written with a christian mindset, and that there is quite a bit if language.

I would like to thank the publisher and Rachel Harris for my free e-copy of My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century which was sent to me for review purposes. I was not paid for this review. All thoughts are my own, 100% honest, and were not based off the book being free.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Giveaway :: Nesting Pretty

Happy first day of October, everyone! Today I'm back with our Monday giveaways and I've got a most delightful giveaway in store for you all! ;) This weeks sponsor is the lovely Nesting Pretty etsy shop. I'd been very interested in hosting this whimsical shop for some time now, and I'd had several of my followers say the would love to see a giveaway from this shop, so today you are getting your wish! Let's get started!
About The Shop ::
Nesting Pretty is such a sweet little whimsical, old-fashioned, vintage shop! I have basically fallen in love with almost everything that is for sale, and when you see what all this shop has to offer, you'll see just why! Would you like to see what lovelies this shop offers?
Vintage Floral Cameo Necklace - Whimsy - Whimsical - Romance - Bridal
{Vintage Floral Cameo Necklace ~ $28.00}