Now THIS is Christian fiction.  Deb Brammer had me at the first chapter, and I’m not just saying that. I don’t read a whole lot of fiction these days, but I’ve loved Deb’s articles and helps for small church ministry on her blog, www.DebBrammer.com.  Her books are an extension of her widespread and faithful ministry.  “Broken Windows” is recognizable  to me.   These are the situations and conversations that I am...

I’m guilty.  As a mother of one boy and three girls, I admit that I cringe and have to turn away when my husband is rough with my son.   Just the other day we went down to the river with another family who has five boys and one girl to cook hotdogs, enjoy the scenery, and let the kids get dirty.  Good clean fun!  Or rather, good, messy, fun.  I don’t know about your husband, but with mine and my friend’s husband, when you mix water and dirt and four-wheelers and campfires….there shall be...

I enjoy Dorothy Patterson.  Her contributions to the complementarian view of womanhood have been invaluable!  This book is also a great addition to the pastor’s wife’s library.   The main body of the book reads like Emily Post’s Guide to Manners.  She tells the pastor’s wife how to act and even what to wear and what to say in a variety of ministry areas.  Her advice for home life is quite detailed.  Perhaps she was just trying...

It was my son’s turn for a new quilt on his bed.  He was the lucky recipient of my very first attempt at quilting.  But now as a 9 year old boy, he had outgrown Bob the Builder fabric and Thomas the Train.  So he chose this American flag design from “Piece ‘n’ Play Quilts” by Judy Martin.  There are several really neat designs in the book!  So I spent quite a lot of time making flying geese for the stars.  I found a short way to churn out lots of flying geese which I loved.  I...

This was a good little book overall, especially for the Type A personality pastor’s wife.  For me it seemed like a lot of the author’s struggles within her spirit were not my struggles.  I wished there was more from my point of view.  However, there was a lot here that were good reminders for me. Positives: Being (or not being) the cool church. Strength and power comes from God. Faithfulness is the goal. Uniqueness of each individual and individual...

  No fuss.  Nothing fancy.  Sometimes the simplest things are the best.  This recipe was born out of necessity.  I was out camping with some teenagers and they wanted to go fishing.  Great!  My hubby took them fishing and they caught some Rainbows.  Ah, but you can’t just catch them and throw them away!  The teens learned how to gut it and then actually eat it.  Eek!  They had never had trout.  Cue the picky palate.   Nervously, I looked through our meager camp food...

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