“Small Great Things”

Small Great Things

By Jodi Picoult

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          Ruth works in a hospital delivering babies for the past 20 years. But everything changes one shift for a black woman named Ruth. A white couple shows up who are white supremacists and delivers what they thought was a healthy baby boy. Ruth begins her shift running several tests on their son only to be told by her supervisor that she is not allowed to go back in the room. Why? Because she is black and the couple does not like anyone of a different race. From this point on, Ruth isn’t allowed to even touch their son. The baby suffers from cardiac arrest and Ruth is the only one in the room. Should she try all steps to do what it takes to keep the baby alive or should she not touch the child as was requested? Ruth is charged with murder and Kennedy, a white public defender takes her case and tells Ruth that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy.

          After reading this book, it changed how I felt about so many issues that is going on today. I hate the words used “African American”. I don’t like this used to separate our races. I am not a White American, I am just American. I am not sure how they should be separated but I think sticking the word African pretty much suggests your not from here. After reading this book, I realized everyone is racist somewhere. To the person who is constantly trying to prove they are NOT in fact prejudice, to the one who doesn’t treat someone right based on their skin tone and to the ones who believe someone is racist because they are white. We are really all prejudice in one way or another. We always look at someone’s race and wonder are they going to treat me differently because of the color of my skin. I am white, this is how God made me. I am not perfect, but this is how God made me. Same for all the other races out there. I also believe that God made us all different for a reason. I don’t care what race you are, if I see you struggling or crying, I will be the first to give you that hug or helping hand.

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“The Passenger” Review

     “The Passenger” written by Lisa Lutz was given barely 4 stars out of 5. I wasn’t for sure I wanted to read this book. It just didn’t seem all that interesting to me when I read the insert. The picture on the cover shows a road that is just headed into what feels like, is the black hole. So after reading the insert and looking at the cover I began to the first page! Seemed interesting enough, headed to checkout and boom….I began my journey. Who is this woman? Why is she constantly on the run?

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     With her husband’s corpse still warm at the bottom of the stairs. “Tanya Dubois” has one option: to go on the run. Again. When the police figure out that she doesn’t officially exist, they’ll start asking questions she can’t answer. Desperate to keep the past buried, our heroine hopscotches across the country, adopting and shedding identities as she fights to escape anyone who wants to silence her for good. Along the way, she collides with Domenic, a cop with murky motives; and the troubled Blue a woman who sees through her disguise and who may be a friend or foe. But ultimately she is alone, fighting for every hour of freedom. When the past can no longer be ignored, she races home to confront the darkest secret imaginable.

     This book turned out to be awesome. I loved it. It is one of them books that you must read to the end and then your glad that you did. You will be surprised at the end when you find out all the answers and one gripping truth that finally comes forward. Outstanding Lisa Lutz!!!

 

Devotionals for the Soul

I woke up one day and instead of picking up a newspaper, I decided to pick up my devotionals and try to find something I should be thankful for. Most of the time, people say, “I am grateful for waking up this morning.” I am like nah, I want to be grateful for things that are not expected. Grateful for the clouds that shade us from a sweltering sun on a hot day, grateful for my pets, that I can have something to love, or how about being grateful that I still have my parents. Not everyone still has those. Being grateful or thankful for all these things pretty much sums up, your so glad you woke up. How about being grateful you found peace, love for others, grateful that others have found happiness and thankful that someone has finally found GOD?

Some devotionals I have found inspiring and I plan on listing 4 of them. First one is “Grace for the Moment, Volume 2” by Max Lucado. My 2nd one is “A Moment for your Soul: Devotions to lift you up” by Tony Evans. My 3rd one “A Year of Miracles: Daily Devotions and Reflections” by Marianne Williamson. Lastly, “The Power of Being Thankful 365 Life Changing Devotions” by Joyce Meyer.

I did give each of these devotionals 5/5 stars. I enjoyed reading them every morning and some of the devotionals helped me in so many ways. I also found how I want to live my life every single day! I hope they help you as well. We all need something in life.

A Great Way to Organize

More Hours in my Day:

Proven Ways to Organize Your Home, Your Family, and Yourself

Written by: Emilie Barnes

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     I gave this book 5/5 stars, I mean come on, everyone needs a book that can help them become organized if they feel like they are a chicken without a head. Sometimes your parent with a kid on the hip, trying to get supper planned, chores accomplished, kids off to school with lunches and still trying to find “ME” time. Life can become hectic and crazy and can tend to run yourself down trying to find time to be that perfect person. First thing first…..Breathe, grab this book and write down some things that might work for your. I like the break down method. My frig sometimes looks so scary it seems like the tomato’s are going to carry off with my gallon of milk. Whew…what’s that smell, looks like it is time to clean. Break it down, one day do top shelf, second day do the 2nd shelf, third day, clean the bottom shelf. Fourth day, clean the freezer and on the fifth day, clean the crispers…those need cleaned a lot. I also recommend a facebook group called, “A Bowl Full of Lemons”. That place shares great ideas.

     Happy Cleaning

Paris For One & Other Stories

Paris for One & Other Stories

by JoJo Moyes

 

I gave this book 3/5 stars and gave it this rating because it wasn’t really my favorite. This had several mini stories in one book. I did like the first story, “Paris for One” about a 26 year old woman who had never been to Paris. When her boyfriend fails to show up for the weekend, her romantic getaway seems to be ruined at first. She finally goes out, alone, and realizes who she really is. She finds out how much fun she has exploring Paris and meets a few people along the way, surprising all who knows her.

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Other mini stories are “Between the Tweets”, “Love in the Afternoon”, “A Bird in the Hand”, “Crocodile Shoes”, “Holdups”, “Last Year’s Coat”, “Thirteen Days with John C.”, and “The Christmas List”. Like I said from the beginning, this wasn’t my favorite book from her.

A Baxter Family Christmas

      It was really nice to grab your fuzzy pajama’s and socks, sit by the fire and open up this book from Karen Kingsbury. Snow falling from the window, Christmas getting closer and settling down with the Baxter family during their family get together. I am one of those people who started with the “Redemption” series and then “Firstborn” series, “Sunrise” series, “Above the Line” series, “Bailey Flanigan” series. When I finished the “Bailey Flanigan” series, I was horribly sad to find out that was it. Trust me, that was many weeks of reading about the same family. You actually start feeling like you are a part of the Baxter family. Then came along “Coming Home, The Baxter Family” and boy was I excited. Then just in time for Christmas came her newest book, “A Baxter Family Christmas”.

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     “A Baxter Family Christmas” written by the amazing Christian author Karen Kingsbury, is about the family coming together for the holidays except John Baxter (Father) wants to invite someone to the dinner that some of the siblings are not too happy about! This book will bring you once again together, to experience the joy and happiness, hold each other through the sadness, not all have forgiven over the death of John’s daughter Erin and learning how to forgive and move on without forgetting.

 

Several Good Reads

Welcome to some of my favorite reads. I got really behind on my blogs and book reviews and am slowly catching up. I did put these books together based on each of them got 5 star ratings on Goodreads by me. Loved these books.

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“The Obsession” by Nora Roberts. Goodreads insert reads as follows,  Naomi finds out that the one person who she loved and felt safe, wasn’t who she thought he was. He was a wanted notorious serial killer. But now as an adult, she moves around so that others do not realize that she is connected to the killer. She decides to settle down in a small town, but a new killer is out there and she is his next target.

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“The Last Letter From Your Lover” by JoJo Moyes. This is a double love story that takes you into two different generations. In 1960, Jennifer wakes up in the hospital and doesn’t remember anything. So she begins searching for clues and finds a letter signed B. It was from a man whom she seemed to have been in love with. Fast forward into 2003, Ellie who is a journalist stumbles across this letter and decides to find the famous lovers. Read this book if you want to stumble with her to find out if true love still exists.

“Silver Bay” by JoJo Moyes. This love story follows a young woman named Liza and her little girl named Hannah. A secret makes it hard for Liza to fall in love. However, a man, Mike, shows up that seems to destroy what all she has tried so hard to build with the family business and her beloved whales. Mike, who isn’t looking for love at all, has decided he wants to build a resort which would rip up Liza’s business and her claim to the waters that homes to whales. Will they both fall in love and save Silver Bay? Well, you must read to find out in this wonderful love story.

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“Just a Kiss” by Denise Hunter. Riley is in love with his best friend, who also is dating his brother. Riley decides to go to boot camp and goes to Afghanistan as a Marine. When Riley finds out his brother isn’t dating Paige anymore, he decides that once he gets home, he is going to tell her once and for all that he is in love with her. But an accident causes him to come home early and feel like he cannot be the man he should be to Paige. Eventually they both fall for each other, but find it hard to tell the other their feelings. Will they finally find the strength to let each other know their true feelings? Well, I could spoil it for you but….you must read to find out. This book I think could make an excellent movie. I even picked out the actor and actress. lol….Do other readers have this problem?

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“Most Wanted” by Lisa Scottoline. The reviews for this book were not right on for me, I ended up loving this book. Christine isn’t able to have a baby with her husband Marcus. Unable to conceive, they research different options to have a child and finally decide to go with a donor and letting Christine carry the baby. During her pregnancy, she thinks the donor to her baby is the killer they have arrested in connection to the murdered nurses. She does some digging around, almost destroying her marriage to find out if her baby’s donor is truly the same man that killed these nurses. She so desperately doesn’t want the baby’s donor to be the murderer thinking that his mental health could be passed on to the baby. Question is, is the donor really the murderer?