From Cradle to Stage by Virginia Hanlon Grohl

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There is no love like a mother’s love. It is life’s greatest song. We are all indebted to the women who have given us life. For without them, there would be no music.” – David Grohl

From Cradle to Stage is written by Virginia Hanlon Grohl, the mother of David Grohl. Virginia has interviewed mothers and step-mothers who have raised rock stars to give us their stories. A large portion of the book is Virginia telling the reader the story of their family and David from his birth, through his time with Nirvana and then with Foo Fighters.

With this book, we are able to see the difference of how some of the rock stars got their start. We see a lot of variety. With Miranda Lambert, it was a family business. Her family was there with her. Her father selling merchandise and setting up the stage, her mother booking her gigs and her brother working on the business side. For Gary Clark Jr., he received a guitar at the age of 12 and shortly after started performing. Due to his age his parents had to take him to the clubs where he would play and one would have to stay there since liquor was served. When his mom lost her job, she made his CDs, press kits and web site. She was his manager and accountant. Kelly Clarkson’s mother took an advance on her salary to fund Kelly’s way to be on American Idol.

We read about the struggles mothers had when their rock star children struggled. Such as Amy Winehouse, first her drug addiction and eventual death from alcohol poisoning. And the tragic death of Kurt Cobain.

The author ends the book with a chapter on “What’s A Mother to Do?”. In this chapter she points out that the explosive energy the child has isn’t going to subside, the maddening energy will probably send the child down new paths. That the child will bring joy to your life. She states there are actions to take: establish trust early, keep talking and listening, and buy the instrument (and music lessons). She also makes a good point of saying, this doesn’t guarantee you’ll raise a rock star, just a more fulfilled person.

This was a very interesting book to read. I have to admit, I am not really into rock music, I did not know many of the musicians mentioned in the book prior to reading it. The stories in the book did open my eyes to the artists and the affect their music had on them, their education and their family. Some of the artists were born talented, while others had to really work at it to achieve their dream. I feel this is a good book for music artists and their families to read.

240 pages

ISBN: 9781580056441

Publisher: Seal Press

Virginia Grohl is a longtime educator and writer. She is also the mother of Dave Grohl, frontman for the Foo Fighters and former drummer for Nirvana.

Some places to buy this book are:

https://www.amazon.com/Cradle-Stage-Stories-Mothers-Rocked/dp/158005644X

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/from-cradle-to-stage-virginia-hanlon-grohl/1124702179

https://www.fromcradletostage.com/

This book was a Mother’s Day gift from my musically talented child. While he is not yet a rock star, who knows what his future holds.

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Infected by Alana Terry

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Infected, by Alana Terry is book 6 in an amazing Christian suspense series. This series is about a young college premed student, Kennedy Stern. Her parents live in another county, and she has come to the United States to go to school.

In this book, Kennedy is taking care of Woong, the 10 year old adopted son of Pastor Carl and his wife Sandy so they can get away for their anniversary. At the time there is a virus, Nipah, that is spreading and people are starting to panic. Her father is calling her constantly. While she is watching Woong, his teacher is sent home from school and is being suspected of having Nipah. The epidemic is spreading, school is closed and the air port is canceling flights. Kennedy’s room mate is schedules to go on school break but cannot due to canceled flights, so she goes to be with Kennedy and Woong.

Just as Carl and Sandy should be coming home, Sandy calls that Carl is going to the hospital and she wants Kennedy to bring Woong to them. While at the hospital, the hospital goes into lock down. A father of a patient has come with explosives and Kennedy is taken under her boyfriend’s orders to a safe area. What they do not know is the father is hiding where Kennedy is taken. While this is happening, Woong developed symptoms of Nipah.

This is a very fast moving suspense story that focuses on why God allows some people to get sick and even die. Kennedy’s room mate is struggling with being a new Christian and has a lot of questions.

I really enjoyed this book. It is full of suspense, a little romance and a lot of caring and compassion. The story and the characters are very well defined. I did not read the entire series, but I was able to follow this story very easily. I like how the author has written in Woong’s character and the way he pronounces his words. I especially like this character. He has a lot of history in such a short life. I think anyone who enjoys Christian suspense will enjoy this series. I do recommend reading it in order.

I received a copy of this book from the author and BookClub Network. I have written an honest review.

Series: A Kennedy Stern Christian Suspense Novel (Book 6)

258 pages

ISBN: 9781941735329

Publisher: Freshfruits Publishing

To learn more about the author, go to: http://www.alanaterry.com/

Some places this book can be purchased are:

https://www.amazon.com/Infected-Kennedy-Stern-Christian-Suspense/dp/1941735320

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/infected-alana-terry/1126293140?ean=9781941735329&st=PLA&sid=BNB_DRS_Core+Shopping+Books_00000000&2sid=Google_&sourceId=PLGoP78860

Friends, Partners & Lovers by Kevin A. Thompson

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Friends, Partners & Lovers, by Kevin A. Thompson, tells the reader what it takes to make a marriage work. It is not just a book for those who are struggling in their marriage, it is also a great resource for any one who is married or going to be married.

The author points out that the number one cause of divorce is that the marriage died because one or both of the spouses neglected to intentionally invest in the marriage. In a healthy marriage both spouses play the roles of friends, partners and lovers. By doing this, we let our spouse know that we will always be by their side, we will always have their back and we let them know someone will always see their soul. Being a good spouse takes time and is demanding. Unless we play all three roles we are failing to give our spouse everything we promise, and everything they deserve.

The author states that healthy marriages do not have less conflict, rather they have more positive interaction. He also states that if both partners are willing, a marriage can radically change. But you can’t change your marriage by trying to change your spouse. You can pray for a change in your spouse, but you must start with a change in yourself. The conclusion of the book gives us eight questions to think about, to see if there are areas in our lives that we need to change.

I enjoyed reading some of the personal things the author puts in the book. The one thing that stands out most in my mind is that he felt he could tell how the marriage will last by how the couple feeds each other the cake at the wedding. I think back at weddings I have been to and seen couples “smash” the cake into their spouse, while other weddings the couple have been so respectful that if they get frosting on their spouse, they take a napkin and clean their spouse’s face. I have not thought of this before, but it makes sense that those who take care with their spouse show more respect and love.

Another thing that is pointed out in this book is that your spouse needs to be your friend. But they cannot be your only friend. You need other friends that you can turn to, that you can talk with about things that your spouse does not care to talk about.

This is a good book for married, or soon to be married people. I really think this book is one that should be recommended at marriage enrichment classes or counseling. There are some points within the book that may offend the reader, as the author goes deep in how we need to treat our spouse and what we need to do to help our marriage. To get the most out of this book, I feel it should be one shared by both spouses, and not just read by one. In my opinion, if only one is going to read the book, it will be the one who is putting in the most work to make a marriage work. And some points in the book may make they sit back and think about things that are not being done in their marriage. As well as things they deserve in their marriage that they are not getting from their spouse. Each chapter ends with “Be Intentional” questions that will make you really sit and think.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing and I have written an honest review.

224 pages

ISBN: 9780800728113

Publisher: Revell Publishing

To read more about the author, go to: http://www.kevinathompson.com/

Some place you can buy this book are:

http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/books/friends-partners-and-lovers/383870

https://www.amazon.com/Friends-Partners-Lovers-Takes-Marriage/dp/0800728114

https://www.christianbook.com/friends-partners-lovers-takes-marriage-work/kevin-thompson/9780800728113/pd/728119

http://www.deepershopping.com/item/thompson-kevin-a/friends-partners-and-lovers/6987048.html

Sacred Privilege by Kay Warren

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My passionate prayer is that every pastor’s wife will get to read this book, because it could save your life, marriage, family, and ministry from a lot of unnecessary pain. And it can help make the rest of your life, the best of your life.” – RICK WARREN

Sacred Privilege, by Kay Warren, is written mainly for pastor’s wives. It gives encouragement, and tips for other wives in ministry. She goes into detail explaining how as a pastor’s wife, you will lose your privacy, you will be criticized, there will be complaints and conflicts. With these she tells the reader to leave it to God. She explains not to get caught up in trying to please every body.

The author explains that you will not be in ministry very long before you realize you have said yes to God in a way that will challenge every part of you. The author explains you need to accept who you are and know that be open to change. She also explains that you need to take care of yourself and your needs. And if there are children involved in the family, you need to help them . Ministry couples raising children have the normal stress of raising children. But they also have the additional stress of know everyone in their congregation will be watching them as they raise their children as well as what their children do.

I found this to be a very interesting book to read. I am not a minister’s wife, nor am I a minister’s daughter. I do, however, have family members in the ministry field and this book helped me to see the stress and sacrifices that minister wives deal with. I appreciate how the author uses her life experiences to help other wives. I think this book should be recommended reading for spouses of those in training for ministry as well as for family and close friends.

I received this book from Revell Publishing. I have written an honest review.

272 Pages

ISBN: 9780800728168

Publisher: Revell Publishing

To learn more about the author go to  http://kaywarren.com/

Some place to purchase this book are:

https://www.amazon.com/Sacred-Privilege-Life-Ministry-Pastors/dp/0800728165

http://www.bakerpublishinggroup.com/books/sacred-privilege/378170

https://www.christianbook.com/sacred-privilege-life-ministry-pastors-wife/kay-warren/9780800728168/pd/728164

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sacred-privilege-kay-warren/1125738339

http://www.deepershopping.com/item/warren-kay/sacred-privilege/6987049.html

Naomi’s Hope by Jan Drexler

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Naomi’s Hope, written by Jan Drexler, is book 3 in the Journey to Pleasant Prairies series. The year is 1846 and Naomi Schrock and her family have settled in an Amish community in Indiana. A few years earlier, Naomi and her family stopped at a home that had been damaged by a storm. Inside they found a little boy, Davey, who had hidden in the fireplace. He is the only one who survived. Naomi adopted Davey and is raising him with the help of her family. Every year they celebrate his birthday by allowing him to look through a box they took from the house. Inside the box are items that belonged to Davey’s family, including the title to their property.

Davey is an energetic little boy and spends time walking to their new neighbor’s place. Their new neighbor, Cap, is a single man who lost his wife and child years earlier. Davey and Cap develop a relationship and Davey wants to pretend Cap is his father. With Davey visiting Cap frequently, Naomi also spends time with Cap. Naomi doesn’t feel any one would want her and Cap is still mourning his family. They develop a friendship but Naomi does not approve of Cap’s suggestions and opinions of how she raises Davey.

A new preacher moves to the area. Shep and Cap knew each other when they were younger and Cap is not fond of Shep. Shep has left his wife with her family, saying her health was not good. She shows up at his door one day when a young girl is visiting him. When Shep does not get chosen to be a preacher for the area, he convinces the other Amish community to separate. Shep also breaks into the Schrock home, taking papers from Davey’s box. On one of his travels and he meets a family that looks like Davey. He talks them into going back with him and pretending to be Davey’s family. They will take Davey away and also get the papers for his family’s property.

I really enjoyed this story. It is a nice blend of historical fiction and Amish fiction. While this book could be a stand alone story, reading the books in order will help the reader know other characters and events. While things happen that test the people’s strength, the message of faith and hope are very evident in this story. The story gives us some incite into the Amish life and life in general at the time. While this is an Amish romance story, it is also a story of family and community coming together and helping each other out. I believe anyone who enjoys reading Amish stories will love this series.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing and I have chosen to write this honest review.

Series: Journey to Pleasant Prairie (Book 3)

384 pages

ISBN: 9780800726652

Publisher: Revell

To learn more about the author and books she has written go to: http://www.jandrexler.com/

Some places you can buy this book are:

http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/books/naomi-s-hope/375610

https://www.amazon.com/Naomis-Hope-Journey-Pleasant-Prairie/dp/0800726650

https://www.christianbook.com/naomis-hope-3-jan-drexler/9780800726652/pd/726656

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/naomis-hope-jan-drexler/1124824713?ean=9781493407217

http://www.deepershopping.com/item/drexler-jan/naomis-hope-journey-to-pleasant-prairie-3/6987038.html

Under a Summer Sky by Melody Carlson

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Under a Summer Sky, written by Melody Carlson, is book 3 in the Follow Your Heart series. Nicole Anderson is a high school art teacher who has recently broken up with her boyfriend and is feeling stuck in her job. Just before the end of the school year, her mother makes a visit to her classroom. Her mother has made arrangements for Nicole to go to Georgia and watch her friend Vivian’s home and co-manage her art gallery while Nicole and her husband go on a long cruise. Nicole has just days to get everything ready.

Nicole and her family are friends with Vivian’s family. They use to go on vacations together, so Nicole knows Vivian’s boys. But they are all grown adults now and have not seen each other for years. Vivian’s husband comes from old money and their home is beautiful and Nicole is looking forward to spending the summer there. What she does not expect is to find herself caring for Vivian’s granddaughter as well.

Nicole has never worked in an art gallery before and finds herself struggling to work with Vivian’s employee, Amyra. Amyra is an ex-girlfriend of one of Vivian’s sons. Vivian’s son’s encourage Nicole to fire Amyra.

This is a great contemporary romance story. Set in the south, the story gives some background to the area as well as southern traditions. This is a fun book to read for enjoyment. This story can easily be read on a lazy weekend. Even though it is part of a series, it is a stand alone novel. The story line and characters are well developed. The story of a summer romance as an adult seems different to me. As well as having a parent make your summer plans to start immediately after school is over, for the majority of the summer. This is not realistic to me. But overlooking that, it was a fun read. This is also considered a Christian fiction story. The Christian aspect of the story is very light. This is more a good clean romance story.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing. I have chosen to write an honest review.

Series: Follow Your Heart (Book 3)

320 Pages

ISBN: 9780800723590

Publisher: Revell

You can read more about the author and books she has written at: http://www.melodycarlson.com/

Some places you can buy this book are:

http://www.bakerpublishinggroup.com/books/under-a-summer-sky/351630

http://www.deepershopping.com/item/carlson-melody/under-a-summer-sky-follow-your-heart-3/6987031.html

https://www.amazon.com/Under-Summer-Sky-Savannah-Romance/dp/0800723597

https://www.christianbook.com/under-summer-sky-follow-your-heart/melody-carlson/9780800723590/pd/0723590?event=GOOGORG

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/under-a-summer-sky-melody-carlson/1124824716?ean=9780800723590

The Road to Paradise by Karen Barnett

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The Road to Paradise, written by Karen Barnett, is book one in the Vintage National Park series. The story takes place in 1927 at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state. Margie Lane is the daughter of a senator and is trying to get away from her former fiance, Philip. She has a deep interest in Mount Rainier and is able to secure a position as a naturalist there. She thinks she has gone somewhere Philip will not think to look for her. Margie is put in a ranger’s cabin. The first night she is unable to get a fire going to heat the cabin and she also becomes away that she is sharing the cabin with a rat.

Chief Ranger Ford Brayden is not thrilled with having Margie at the park. He hopes that she will tire of being at the park and go home. But as he works with her, he sees her true interest in the park and asks for her help to catch up on his reports.

Shortly after Margie arrives at the park, a group comes to the park and Margie is asked to help with the activities. She dresses in a rangers uniform and gives a talk. She was not prepared for Philip to be there, nor was she expecting newspaper reporters.

Philip is determined to get Margie back. He has found out some private things about her father and is using that to get her father to go along with his plan. He plans to take over the park and with Margie’s help, turn it into a tourist attraction. If her father does not go along with Philips plan, his career and family will be destroyed.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I enjoyed reading about the early years and the park systems at that time. The story is so well written is it easy to imagine Margie finding the rat while being cold in her room. It is easy to feel the tension she has as she crosses the water on the log and then the enjoyment she has when she finds plants she wants to preserve to use as educational tools for others. I enjoyed the suspense written in the story with waiting to see what was going to happen with Philip’s plans. I also enjoyed the humor that is written into the story. I especially enjoyed Margie’s thought that if men were like typewriters, she never master the art of controlling one. But the things that sticks out the most to me is Margie’s feeling about Philip and Ford. Philip is a Christian but he is cold and manipulative. Ford is not a believer but he is very kind and caring.

This is the first book written by Karen Barnett that I have read. She uses her experience as a naturalist, park ranger and outdoor educator to bring this story to life. I look forward to reading the rest of this series. I feel anyone who enjoys reading about our countries early development will really enjoy this story. It has just the right amount of suspense and romance to keep the reader interested.

I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books and I have written an honest review.

Series: Vintage National Park (Book 1)

352 Pages

ISBN: 9780735289543

Publisher: Waterbrook Press

Some places you can buy this book are:

https://www.amazon.com/Road-Paradise-Vintage-National-Parks/dp/0735289549

https://www.christianbook.com/the-road-to-paradise-1/karen-barnett/9780735289543/pd/289543