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The Spice King by Elizabeth Camden

Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko

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My Review

I loved the history with Washington politics, Good Housekeeping, and also the secondary characters with blindness. I am so thankful to people that fought to have ingredients disclosed on labels for us. I am really excited to see this is a series as well, as I want to know more about the siblings.

I have never been disappointed by one of Elizabeth Camden’s books, and this one was no exception. I found myself pulled into the story immediately. The short heroine, of course, which I don’t see as often as I like, being only five feet tall myself, made me laugh. I could see myself in her.

As I stated earlier, I totally want to know what becomes of the siblings of the main characters, and just get more from this author. You will be entertained, but learn at the same time. Romance? Yes, but not exactly in the way you think. It was less the focus of the story and more a background story. The relationship and friendship was what you really saw as you learn how this country changed history with spices and food.

Plus, with that cover, I mean, you just have to get it!

 

I obtained this book from the publisher. The opinions expressed herein are my own.

You can purchase this book here or wherever books are sold.  It is being released Sept. 3rd.  This book is available on kindle and audible as well.

 

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Protecting your Child From Predators by Beth Robinson

Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko

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My Review:

 

I thought the premise and set up of this book was good, but failed in the execution.
The great things about this book:
It was set up well, by age level. It was clear and easy to understand without using a ton of big words or babbling.
The poor side of it was that it was quite fear laden. I would be the first one to tell you that we need more info for parents on how to protect their children from predators. But I felt this book did a poor job of that. It instead let you know that they are everywhere. (Truth), but gave very few stats on how these things they recommended you do to protect your children actually work. Instead, there was a underlying tone of blame that I felt.
One huge issue was an encouragement for isolation, from those that were in foster care, family members, church members, to almost a paranoid level, never hiring teenage babysitters, avoiding sports coaches, making sure you are always in the room with doctors and so on.
It did have some good info on educating your child to be empowered and to be their own warrior. I liked that part. This was really good. But the key element faltered in that parents cannot prevent child abuse. We can educate, protect and seek to put safety guidelines in place, but in the end, it is not us that protect. In fact, isolation has been one of the keys that sex offenders look for and take advantage of.
I wanted to like this book, I really did. It is a great need in our society. I would recommend Jimmy Hinton’s articles over this book though.
I obtained this book from the publisher. The opinions contained herein are my own.

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Until the Mountains Fall by Connilyn Cossette

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Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko

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My Review:
Wow. When you think this author can’t surprise you with a better book than she has written previously, and when she does, you end up sitting on the couch staring at your book for a bit.
That is what I did when I finished this story.
The honor of showing the Prodigal son story, set in the old testament was so touching, I felt every heart strong being pulled. Sacrifice, but also a temptation to sacrifice oneself when you did not need to as well as a clear lesson portrayed well. I loved this series and cannot wait to see more from this author. You want the bible to come alive? Get these books!
I obtained this book from the publisher.
You can purchase your own copy here or wherever books are sold.
It is also available on Kindle and Audible.

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“They have it all together.”

How often have you looked at someone you know and thought this.

“They have it all together.”

“They have the perfect life”

“Their marriage is fabulous.”

Sometimes it could be true. It is doubtful, but it could be true. No one is perfect, has it all together, has the perfect life, marriage and children. It just is the fact of the matter.

Why do we believe this lie when we see others?

I remember when someone told me that they thought this of me. I laughed. Despite having always been frank about my failings, I somehow had showed perfection.

Yes, I was the mom that you saw in the store that you wondered why on earth she didn’t control her children better. I worked day and night to raise my kids to be obedient, but I didn’t want robots. I wanted them to think for themselves, be willing to test boundaries and ask questions. But sometimes I just wanted them to go take naps. Or sit in a cart too.

So, I would ask, who are we really judging when we see that perfect family? Are we judging them, or ourselves for not being able to live up to the ideal we have placed on ourselves?

What burdens are you placing on yourselves that you think others have put there, when in reality, most people never had that thought cross their mind?

Oh, there are judgmental people out there, I will give you that. But sometimes being able to not hear the judgment, means we have to stop putting our expectations to a level that no one is called to.

Give yourself grace.

Don’t compare yourself by others. They likely have messes you don’t even want to know about.

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