Book Review: The New American Herbal by Stephen Orr

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When I saw this book on the list of books for me to choose from to review, I knew that I had to have it.  Hoping with all hope that it would be the kind of reference book on Herbs that I have been searching for.

Lucky for me, I could finally stop searching!

This book has brought information together that I have found spread from here to there in the herbal-book-knowledge world.  There is a lot of information, but it’s not altogether.

And the photos in the book?  They are expressive!  I am in love with the photos throughout this book.  There are some lovely presentations of recipes and herbs that almost make me wish that I could frame them and have them hung.

Included is a very thorough list of herbs and quite a bit of information dedicated to each one.  There are lists, recipes, gardening tips and pages that explains the terms that you will find useful to know in the world of herbs.

Two of the particular pages that stuck out at me is Getting to Know the Major Herb Families which breaks down the members of the families.  For example, the onion family is

really a subfamily of the lily or amaryllis family…is known for it’s pungent flavor.  Useful members include chives, garlic, leeks, onion and shallots.

The other page that I found interesting was a list of what gives herbs their flavors.  There are so many, I had no idea!

The only complain that I really have about this book is that the type and text is very small.  This makes it difficult reading for me as the book is too big and heavy for me to hold up with my neck problems, but the print is so small that I have to be close.  Reading at a desk is the best way for me with this book.

Definitely one that I would recommend for those interested in knowing more about herbs.

**Disclaimer:  I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

Christmas Gift

Just Because

0144I don’t really have a topic for today’s blog.  I just feel like blogging.

Yesterday’s holiday was a smooth and wonderful day in our household.  We do not host a huge dinner for everyone, although, everyone who would like to come over for dinner is welcome.  Usually the only guest that we do have is my father-in-law.

Hubby is in charge of the turkey.  He is every year.  I like that.  I do not like turkey.  I make myself a ham to eat and this year I even made my own glaze for it.  (Not like it was hard.)

Thankfully both of my children are old enough to help out with all of the responsibilities, and still young enough that they enjoy helping out.  They set the table last night and my daughter had folded up the napkins in a triangle shape to sit on our plates.  My son said the evening prayer.

I am trying to take it easy stress-wise.  Last Wednesday found myself in the ER for seven and a half hours.  I have been having some heart issues.  Skipping beats along with racing and pounding.  I had narrowed it down, myself, to anxiety and panic attacks.  After it started skipping 10 beats a minute, I went in.cand

The ER staff wasn’t worried that my heart was skipping beats.  When they finally put me back in a room, which was 6 hours after I had checking in, they ran tests and took x-rays.  They diagnosed me with Premature Ventricular Contractions (PVC), told me to follow up with my dr and head home.

I knew that I wasn’t dying.  But the purpose of me going in to the ER was to get some kind of meds into me before I could get into my dr.  I was tired of feeling my heart skip a beat.

But I wasn’t that fortunate.  I was however, fortunate to get into my dr two days later.  She believes that it is caused by stress and anxiety.  I pretty much know what my stressor is, so she told me to make that happen less often.  She also prescribed me two meds to help.

The really bad part is that I have had to cut back on my caffeine.  The flavor of coffee that I prefer is not made in a decaf.  It’s just awful.  *sigh*

*Taking a sip of my freshly brewed decaf and not feeling as much pleasure and comfort as my regular coffee.*

With that, I am signing off.  For now, I’ve got to go add more French Vanilla creamer to my coffee….

Christmas Angel

Book Review: Watch for the Light by Plough Publishing House

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Before I begin writing my review, I must admit that I have not been able to read the book cover to cover yet.  Although, I am dying to!

This book was received in the mail yesterday.  It was the perfect day to have it arrive because it is daily readings for the Advent and Christmas season.  As God’s wonderful Hand guided this book to my house to appear on the same day that the devotions started, I knew that this was a good sign.

Last night, I read November 24 daily reading.  Written by Christph Friedrich Blumhardt it speaks of what the Advent really is.  Definitely a good reminder to our weary hearts and our busy lives.

Today’s reading was a poem by Sylvia Plath.  While I am not one who likes poetry.  Or even understands it.  I tried my hardest to put the pieces together and came out with my own interpretation of it.  I suppose that is the beauty of poetry and art.  One sees what they see.

I skimmed through the book, without spoiling any of it for myself, and am very pleased.  I am looking forward to spending my Advent season reading these daily devotions to uplift and encourage my spirit while I am trudging through the shopping centers or dreading that family get-together.

If you have the opportunity to get this book and read it, do it!

*Disclaimer I was given this book to review by Plough Publishing House as part of the Handlebar Team in return for my honest review.

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Book Review: The Book of Revelation Made Clear by Tim LaHaye & Timothy E. Parker

There are few people that I have met who truly understand the book of Revelation.  I am one of those who do not understand it all.

I have received a book to review from BookLook Bloggers and am very thankful for it!

Tim LaHaye is an author that I have read several books from.  Mainly from The Left Behind series.  LOVED those books!  He joins up with Timothy E. Parker to teach everyone about the book of Revelation in the Bible.

Each chapter relates to a chapter out of Revelation.  It starts out asking questions with multiple choice answers.  After that each answer is shown with a Bible verse and then explained, and the correct answers are given.

The book also includes tables that help to explain several details of Revelation.  I found them to be easy to understand and helpful to the content.

This book would be great to do as a group study or just to read as devotions in the morning, as I did.  The Book of Revelation Made Clear is a book that will stay on my book shelves for sure!

I recommend this book to all!  If you have any desire to search for the knowledge that the Lord blesses or if you just want to have some questions answered and understand things more clearly, this book is for you!

**Disclaimer:  I got this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.

Book Review: Fearless by Eric Blehm

If you would like to read a book that displays perfect and awesome examples of determination, faith and being the best that you can be, you will definitely want to read Fearless by Eric Blehm.
From his integrity to his failures, Adam Brown wanted his story to be told.  All of his story.  Family and friends of Adam tell this tale of fierce loyalty that became a SEAL for the United States.  Adam gave his life for the country that he loved.
As I read this book, I thought about the wonderful legacy that Adam left for his children.  I know that they are proud of their daddy, not only know that he sacrificed his life and died a hero, but also that he was a caring and sympathetic human being.  From helping those less who were bullied to putting shoes on the bare feet of children.
As a Christian, Adam credited God for everything.  He showed examples of the love that Jesus had for others, especially the unfortunate.
I recommend this book to any one who doesn’t mind being influenced to challenge themselves or trust wholly in the Lord.

**Disclaimer:  This book was given to me by Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.