Today we prepared for the onslaught of rain, possible flooding, here in New Orleans. We took in all patio furniture and umbrellas to keep it from blowing away, bought provisions, including batteries for flashlights etc. Please keep all of us in the Gulf South in your prayers.
Knowing that I have a great deal of time on my hands and possibly with electricity, I'm prepared to do some reading. I have several books in my arsenal that I haven't read yet or want to read again. So, reading downtime here I come. Also, I have seven grandchildren who will more than likely be with me too; so, finding a book or two to read with them is also on my agenda. If you are in the same situation or just want some good books to read for yourself or with a child, here is a list of my recommended readings.
PLANT HOPE: HARVEST LOVE
By R H Kramer
“I am going to tell you about my favorite flower and fruit. A seed has to be covered under layers and layers of dirt, in darkness, loneliness, dealing with crap and is nearly drowned. At that stage, the seed has nothing but hope that it will eventually sprout. However, every seed does not sprout. Once the sprout has undergone sufficient growth, it can be classified as a tree. This tree has no idea whether it will blossom or not, for every tree does not. The only goal is to survive. To always be stronger than before. There are plenty of obstacles; cold winter snow, wet, cold spring, hot dry summer, bitter cold of fall which leaves the tree bare. Only once this tree grows in spite of the obstacles set up against it will it be strong enough to produce blossoms. Blossoms that are easily the most beautiful ever seen. The blossoms are special as they will grow to bear fruit. Fruit that, when harvested, can sustain the lives of others. This is the ultimate form of love.”
Experience a year of life-shattering moments in Aurora’s life -- a woman with nothing left to give is given hope. Hope that leads to her life’s reconstruction until she can find the strength inside of her to grow. Grow until she is strong enough to Harvest Love.
Alperose: Love Where You Least Expect it
By Michel F. Bolle
If you liked the magic of "Pretty Woman" and "Notting Hill", you will just love this touching and inspiring story! "Alperose" is an ambitious romance story written by Michel F. Bolle, confirming his talent as an outstanding storyteller. Captivating from the first moment by adding surprising turnarounds and great characters, this story will nail you to your seat until the end. It is the story of Alice and Robert.
Two complete opposites that meet one day somewhere lost in the middle of the swiss alps. Robert and Alice did not know that they were about to be held ransom by destiny. Would it be a kidnap or a beautiful memory to remember? It was all in their hands to decide. Or let's say almost...
Never Stop Running
By Dr. Melissa Caudle
A modern visionary and one of the newest authors to come from America, Dr. Melissa Caudle combines a suspenseful thriller and the search for truth in regard to past lives and reincarnation in this mind-bending novel in the tradition of “This Body: A Novel of Reincarnation” by Laurel Doud, “Journey of Souls,” by Michael Newton, and Past Lives, “Many Masters” by Brian L. Weiss. The result is a masterful original fiction novel as profound as it is awe inspiring. “Never Stop Running” is a page-turning thriller that begs to be read in a single sitting as this mental time travel spanning centuries and numerous past lives through regression hypnotherapy unfolds.Based on a true story of one woman's struggle to recover her memories after a devastating accident left her with retrograde amnesia. This is an astonishing novel from an unforgettable author and is a must read.What happens when the unthinkable occurs? What would you do if your loved one all of sudden woke up and didn't know who you were or for that matter who your family was either? For David and Jackie Hennessey they had the perfect white picket fence life, marriage, family and careers until the unthinkable happened - an accident that left Jackie with no memory. The couple struggled to find the balance between what they once shared and their new life. After David discovered Dr. Grayson, a well-known regression hypnotherapist, he convinced Jackie to seek his services in order to retrieve her subconscious memories. During her sessions, her memories surfaced only to uncover her past lives which crisscross centuries in her mental time travel. Faced with a moral dilemma of believing the dreams were once a reality and twisting her religious convictions on reincarnation, Jackie questioned her sanity and feared for her life after seeing her deaths in her previous lives. She believed she could never stop running as her marriage degrades and falls apart. Based on real events of regression hypnotic sessions of one brave woman, this is a tale of destiny and soul mates not to be missed. The most intriguing book you'll read all year. You don't have to believe in reincarnation to enjoy this tale, but it will get you to thinking about the possibility.
Never Stop Running is also availble in Audible narrated by Jessie Drum. Listen to an excerpt now.
FOR FAMILY AND CHILDREN
By Stephen J. Willis
Throughout the series, Christopher and his friends must overcome various despicable foes as they battle with riddles, codes, creatures of the night, deathly spectres and secret orders, as they go in search of Christopher’s missing brother and father. The general theme of each book varies, but the common thread of mystery ties them all together.
With an unusual mix of science, technology, cosmology, fantasy fiction and a dash of the spiritual self, the Christopher Daring Adventures is a thrilling ride into the impossible. Watch the trailer below.
Becoming Miss Izzy
By Sue Zook and Mary Lazarski
Elizabeth Ann Tantin, dubbed Miss Izzy, by her grandmother, Momo, is a ten-year-old girl like most others. She enjoys hanging with her two best friends and listening to popular music. She loves her dogs, Harmony and Hudson, and loves food even more. Is it any wonder her initials spells eat? She is ordinary enough except she worries she might be too "chubby" or maybe even fat. While fat has its own problems, something else is more worrisome. Deep inside, something makes Elizabeth think and act differently from most girls getting ready for middle school. Elizabeth can't put her finger on it. A small quiet voice in her head causes her to wonder and worry. Watching and paying attention to others often fills her day. Sometimes things make little sense to her and add to her worry and concern. Often, she knows stuff but wonders how that is possible. Other times, she is not sure what to believe and gets confused. Does this happen to other kids, too? On a quest for answers to her most pressing questions, am I fat? What's up with those mean kids? Am I good enough? Did the doctor say I will die? How will I survive the start of middle school? Can I become the girl of my dreams? Elizabeth experiences the worst day of her life at the end of fifth grade. Here spirits crushed by that horrible day, her mom and Momo come to the rescue. Overwhelmed and filled with doubt and fear, Elizabeth embarks on a summer adventure that will change her life forever in more ways than one. Difficult changes with yourself, friends, family, and everyone in between become easier to handle when you learn a few things in life and come to accept who you are becoming, just like Miss Izzy.