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Urgent Prayer Request

I would like to ask for your prayers for my friend Heather’s daughter Emma. She is in heart failure.

For details, please read Heather’s blog here.

Thank you.

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Where am I?

I’ve been posting more heavily, lately, at my SCOH (Thin Within) blog, and my SparkBlog.

I’ll meander back this way eventually! 😉

Have a wonderful day!

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Book Review – Skid – Rating: 8 out of 10

skid book coverSkid, by Rene Gutteridge

How I came to read this book:

Through WaterBrook Multnomah Books.

Score Summary

  • Content: 8
  • Writing Style: 8
  • Re-readability: 7
  • Busy Mommy Scale: 9


The story in Skid was really enjoyable. There were many characters, and I wandered happily along with the ventures into each of their lives. This book is the 3rd in a series, coming after Scoop and Snitch, with the main character being one of a group of brothers and sisters. Reminded me a little bit of Dee Henderson’s O’Malley Series, but with a much lighter, simpler tone. I have not read the first two in this series.

Writing Style

I hope this isn’t taken as an insult, but this book almost felt like one of the old episodes of Love Boat — where a group of strangers mix and mingle, cross paths occasionally, with separate mini-dramas within the main story.


By itself, I probably wouldn’t reread, but as part of a series, I’d like to read the first two, and pick it up again, to get the full effect.

Busy Mommy Scale

This one wasn’t too hard to read bits at a time. I never felt the need to block out solid reading time to get the “full effect” of the drama. It was a fun read, rather than a moving one.

Book Summary

Blissfully unaware that Atlantica Flight 1945 from Atlanta to Amsterdam is about to make aviation history, First Officer Danny McSweeney focuses his energies on navigating the turbulent personalities of an eccentric female captain, a co-pilot with a talent for tactless comments and conspiracy theories, and a lead flight attendant with an outsized attitude that definitely exceeds the limits for carry-on baggage.

On the other side of the cockpit door, the unscheduled in-flight entertainment includes a potbellied pig, a jittery diamond courier, and the recently jilted Lucy Meredith, whose personal mantra of “What Would Oprah Do?” will be challenged by the sudden appearance of her ex and his new traveling partner. On her left sits Hank Hazard, whose unusually polite but constant requests–prompted by his covert role as a spy for the airline–test the limits of the crew’s customer service.

But as Lucy and the rest of the crew discover, Hank’s odd behavior is linked to a quiet faith that may play a key role in the fate of everyone on board. Especially when an unexpected traveler sets this already bumpy flight on a course toward the unfriendly skies.

Author Bio

Rene Gutteridge Author PicRene Gutteridge is the author of twelve novels, including the Boo series, the Storm series, and the novelization for The Ultimate Gift, as well as Scoop and Snitch, the first two Occupational Hazard novels. She lives with her husband, Sean, and their two children in Oklahoma City.

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One Thousand Gifts – Part 86

I’ve not had much to say lately. At least not the general, need to share with the world on my blog sense. I just can’t put stuff out there if it doesn’t mean something.

One thing I am going to do, however, is be grateful.

  • 701. My guys here at home with me.
  • 702. Godly friends to give and receive encouragement and intercession.
  • 703. My parents are driving up to see us this weekend. I really miss my mom a LOT and they’re making the trip, despite gas prices!
  • 704. Modern medicine.
  • 705. Holiday weekends.
  • 706. Milling around the house, around each other, feeling peace.
  • 707. Friendly game players.
  • 708. Fresh air.
  • 709. Mild weather.
  • 710. Sunshine.
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One Thousand Gifts – Part 85

  • 696. Music!! Tonight I learned about two great sites: Last.FM (Thanks Amy!) and (Thanks hon!)
  • 697. J5’s genuine sweetness to counteract his new independence assertion techniques that require Mommy to utilize a number of patience building practices.
  • 698. J4. He’s amazing.
  • 699. Sleep – I need to experience more of it though…
  • 700. Weekends
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Action vs. Submission

Are they different? What is the active part of submission? I’m struggling right now with being me. I am stubborn. I am difficult to move.

I would like to change that.

I’ve taken a different approach to my physical health by taking action in my exercise. That’s something that I can just push myself to do. But submitting my excess food? That’s a trickier thing. I want to take action.

So, is there an active aspect of submitting one’s will to God? Or is it just a spiritual “time-out”?

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Happy Mothers’ Day

We love you Mom!
Happy Mothers’ Day

Mom Judy & Lundie
Mom Judy & Lundie
Mom Pinner & John
Mom Pinner & John

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Happy Birthday to meeeeeeee!

I’m choosing to do a gratitude post today because what I really want to do is whine and complain about being miserably sick (along with my 2 1/2 year old…) on my birthday, but I know that’s not the graceful way out of this particular “down time”.

One Thousand Gifts – Part 84

  • 686. My mom’s health prayer/mantra “The healing power of Jesus is working in me, and I am getting better and better each day.”
  • 687. The kindness of a coworker (and friend) to bring me hot chicken soup and Starbucks coffee.
  • 688. That J5 is feeling good enough to dance on the couch along with the teddy bear on Teletubbies (even though I’ve told him not to!).
  • 689. The humidity that I normally despise, which is now keeping J5’s lungs moist enough to not develop croup.
  • 690. A seriously sweet birthday card from J4.
  • 691. My new iPod nano! (Thanks hon!)
  • 692. A new book to inspire change in me.
  • 693. eCards from friends and family.
  • 694. The temp outside is cool enough to have refreshing breezes in through the open window.
  • 695. J5’s delight in the Disney shows we’ve got on our DVR so he’s letting me recuperate without too much strain.
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Book Review – The Warriors – Rating: 8 out of 10

Book Review – The Warriors – Rating: 8 out of 10

The Warriors CoverThe Warriors, by Mark Andrew Olson

How I came to read this book:

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

Score Summary

  • Content: 10
  • Writing Style: 8
  • Re-readability: 8
  • Busy Mommy Scale: 6


I seem to be getting/picking a lot of these spiritual realm books lately. And yet another book that is part of a series that I am coming in late for. This book follows The Watchers.

I really enjoyed this book for two reasons – it blended spiritual warfare with legend and reminded me of the Left Behind series just a bit. And it pulled off a “Lundie Ending.” 🙂

Writing Style

I may be crazy, but I feel like I’m seeing a difference in the way men and women write. This had a much more masculine feel – more Tom Clancy than Dee Henderson (who writes about military types)


I would like to read the first book in this series, but I’m not sure if I would re-read this one. I will be keeping it, however, as I will definitely recommend it to friends.

Busy Mommy Scale

Great book for weekend reading! Not so good for a page here and there. This book is making me re-assess whether an average score really has value, as not all great books are great for busy mommies…


MARK ANDREW OLSEN whose novel The Assignment was a Christy Award finalist, also collaborated on bestsellers Hadassah (now the major motion picture: One Night With the King), The Hadassah Covenant, and Rescued. His last novel was the supernatural thriller The Watchers.

The son of missionaries to France, Mark is a Professional Writing graduate of Baylor University. He and his wife, Connie, live in Colorado Springs with their three children.


A failed recon mission deep in the tunnels of Afghanistan has provoked a demonic onslaught that had been brewing for centuries. The mission’s sole survivor is reformed black ops assassin Dylan Hatfield, and he once again teams up with Abby Sherman, now at the helm of the Watchers, an ancient spiritual force. Uncovering and preventing a secret wave of death whispered across cyberspace and threatening to be unleash against civilization will require another level of spiritual power and expertise–the Warriors.

Journeying across the Alps of Europe through the multilayered history of warfare in the unseen world, Dylan and Abby uncover an age-old stone engraving that rouses the church’s Warriors to action, placing them dead center in one of the fiercest spiritual battles of their time!

And once again they are reminded: This is all part of a vast and perpetual war, a war beyond all human conflicts, one that has engulfed heaven and earth since before the dawn of history….

Abby Sherman is headed back to Israel, where a Watcher, the Sentinel of Jerusalem, lies dying. In her last breaths the old woman tells Abby of an ancient document prophesying humanity’s full-scale entry into the ongoing conflict between armies of heaven and fallen angels.

Dylan Hatfield has decided to answer a summons from his old boss and join a secret operation, its mission to reconnoiter the Afghani tunnel complex from which Osama bin Laden escaped in 2001. What he discovers sears his very soul and likely will end his life.

Abby learns of the peril facing Dylan, and she sends out a call for intercession on his behalf. Her frantic email message sets in motion a series of harrowing events, propelling the two on a new mission and quest–one where the stakes are the lives of millions!

The Warriors is packed with high-octane action, featuring exotic international locales, with characters in a clash against spiritual “principalities and powers” with eternal consequences, The Warriors is a story that will enthrall, enlighten, and engage its readers.

If that piques your interest, you can read the first chapter HERE

“Olsen, one of the better writers in this subgenre, delivers powerful, action-packed plots that delve into mystical paranormal worlds.”
~Library Journal, Feb. 2008

“Olsen delivers an entertaining thriller likely to be enjoyed especially by fans of the spiritual warfare genre.”

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Book Review – My Soul To Keep – Rating: 8.25 out of 10

My Soul To Keep Book CoverMy Soul To Keep, by Melanie Wells

How I came to read this book:

I was offered this book to review by the publisher, Multnomah Books, a division of Random House.

Score Summary (Avg: 8.25)

  • Content: 9
  • Writing Style: 10
  • Re-readability: 8
  • Busy Mommy Scale: 6


This book is the third in the Dylan Foster series. It follows When the Day of Evil Comes, and Soul Hunter. I prefer to read all books in a series in order, but I wasn’t aware it was until I was a few chapters in.

My Soul To Keep is another novel that includes physical manifestations of the spiritual realm, both good and evil, from a Christian perspective.

I wasn’t sure I wanted to read this book at first because I can’t stand reading, hearing or seeing stories about crimes committed involving children, but unlike primetime television, it didn’t cross the line of good storytelling by horrifying me.

Writing Style

Straightforward. Easy to get into. Style didn’t get in the way of the content. Very nice.


It was an enjoyable book, and it’s rating a bit higher than it normally would on its own because I hope to acquire the first two of the series and would plan to re-read it to get the whole story.

Busy Mommy Scale

Unfortunately, like any good fiction book, unless its written in single page chapters, tends to rank low on this scale. I read this during a weekend when I could afford to sit and enjoy.

Book Summary

My Soul to Keep by Melanie Wells
Genre: Fiction/Suspense – Released 2/19/08 – ISBN 978-1-59052-428-2

As nasty as I knew Peter Terry to be, I never expected him to start kidnapping kids. Much less a sweet, funny little boy with nothing to protect him but a few knock-kneed women, two rabbits, and a staple gun…

It’s psychology professor Dylan Foster’s favorite day of the academic year–graduation day. A day of pomp, circumstance, and celebration. And after all the mortar boards are thrown, Dylan and some of her best friends will gather around a strawberry cake to celebrate Christine Zocci’s sixth birthday. But the joyful summer afternoon goes south when a little boy is snatched from a neighborhood park, setting off a chain of events that seem to lead exactly nowhere.

Police are baffled, but Christine’s eerie connection with the kidnapped child sends Dylan on a chilling investigation of her own. Is the pasty, elusive stranger Peter Terry to blame? Exploding light bulbs, the deadly buzz of a Texas rattlesnake, and the vivid, disturbing dreams of a little girl are just pieces in a long trail of tantalizing clues leading Dylan in her dogged search for the truth.