So, I meant to get this up a couple weeks ago, but plans changed and I'm not gonna stress over it, haha! Hope you enjoy this book review! I discovered this book almost a year ago, so it's perfect timing!
Book Review: Journey to Love by Amanda Tero
(Purchased from the author in 2017)
I adore this story! Ms. Tero has figured out how to take a very deep topic and make it understood to children. This book was enjoyed by my whole family. This is a lovely example of non-romantic love in a story. The book follows Marie Dixon as she leaves all she knows in New York on the Orphan Train to start a new life in Illinois with complete strangers. But she's learned her lesson: Never love anyone and you won't get hurt. She refuses to love anyone...even God. But will God's love win out in the end? Will Marie ever find the happiness her neighbor Blind Mary has? You'll have to read the book to find out! Log on to www.amandatero.com to purchase!
Genre – Historical Fiction/1901
Historical Accuracy – Though I am no expert on 20th Century New York and Illinois, there wasn't anything in the story that didn't ring true. The feel of the story was very prairie like, which I adore! A good reminder that Chicago isn't the only city in Illinois, lol!
Content – High praise here! Ms. Tero's style is akin to Isabella Alden's, very clean, something you can certainly grow through reading and contains very clear presentations of the gospel. Mary (my younger sister) was 8 when we read it together so I'd give it an 8-early teen target range. But older “kids” will probably like this too. We sure did!
Favorite Scene – Probably any scene in which Marie and Mary are together. While their conversations are deep, they aren't too mature for their age. Also, Marie's first experience in a non-catholic church!
Overall – Buy this book! It's inexpensive (especially if you get the ebook, but I love my paperbacks :)) and it helps to support the Self-published/Indie-author community! This story gives a comprehensive answer to the question “Is God a loving God?” Easy enough for kids, but definitely not watered down!
Quote - By early afternoon, Marie was driving the cart, with Mr. Bowles watching from a distance. When Marie pulled Nelly to a stop in front of the barn, she noticed that Mrs. Bowles had joined her husband. They looked from her to each other, but not before Marie caught the expression of their faces. Satisfaction...or was it love?
So that's it for now! Have a lovely weekend!
Hello everyone! After a week of being sick, I am back with the official first post of February! Hope you enjoy!
“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.”
1 Corinthians 13: 1&3
We all enjoy doing something kind for someone. Look at the world around us. It's the American way to be charitable: Medical clinics overseas, rebuilding countries we have been at war with, digging wells for third world countries, helping build schools, disaster relief, help for the homeless...there is no end of charitable organizations in our country.
But we're missing something important: True Charity. Where does true Charity come from? From God. True love is out lined in 1 Chronicles 13: 4-8. For sake of space, I encourage you to look it up for yourself. All the good one may try to do is of no account if they are not done out of Love, the true love of God. After all, 1 John 4:8 tells us, “God is love.” So unless God is at the center of one's actions, how can it truly be done in love? Don't get me wrong, I'm sure these organizations have good at heart and do what they do out of compassion. But without the Love of God, it is but sounding brass and tinkling cymbals.
What about you? Do you do things for others because you love them and love the Lord or to make a name for yourself. Do you wonder if someone is taking note of what you're doing?
One of the worst feelings is doing something for others and it amount to nothing but unflattering instruments. Make sure that everything you do is done for the glory of God. (Colossians 3:23)
Have a blessed day!
Hello everyone! Today, I have the new installment of our series on the Soldier's Life. As I said before, it can be hard to dig up information on certain topics of the Civil War and while this may come as a bit of a surprise, Drummers are one of the hardest to access information on. Over many months of reading articles, snippets from books and talking to historians and reenactors who make this their life study, I have compiled what I learned here in one article. I hope other researchers find this helpful. So let's get started!
Ryana Lynn: Burdy, first off would you mind telling us how you got your nickname?
Burdy: Well, when I came to the 2nd Va. Regiment to try out as a drummer, I knew if I were going to stay, I'd have to make the fellows like me. So I did everything I could to get on their good side. I ran errands, tidied up tents and field desks, tended horses and brought up wood, even when it wasn't my turn to do it. My first friend in the regiment, Sgt. Richard Mason told me one night that I was a burden bearer, like the Bible verse that says “Bear ye one anothers burdens.” They called me Burden Bearer at first, then shortened it to Burdy. Now, I only get called my real name if it's something official...or if I'm in trouble.
Ryana Lynn: Where are you from originally?
Burdy: I was born in Kansas near a place called Osawatomie. After my Pa died, Ma took me back east to Virginia to live with my grandparents.
Ryana Lynn: Do you have any siblings?
Burdy: Nope, I'm an only child, but I feel like I've got a great big family now that I'm with the company...though I would like to have a sister sometimes...
Ryana Lynn: Haha, I'm sure you do! What is your favorite part of being a drummer?
Burdy: The campfire! Every night that we can, we gather around the campfire, talk, sing, discuss Bible passages together and just relax. It's times like that that make me really feel like I have a family I can call my own.
Ryana Lynn: What do you dislike the most about being a drummer?
Burdy: Practicing the call for retreat. So far, I've not used it, and I never want to. Besides, Southerners don't even know what that word means!
Ryana Lynn: Quite true! Thank you for your time, Burdy!
Burdy: My pleasure!
Well, that's all for now! Thank you for spending a little bit of your day will us here at Life of Heritage! Have a great weekend!
Hello! Welcome back to my blog! I hope wherever you are today, you are enjoying some winter weather, because we sure are! Already we've gotten nearly 3 inches! This country gal is happy!
Today I have a new kind of post for you: A book review. I’m very new to this, so please bear with me. I hope you enjoy!
Beloved Bride by Bill Potter
(From the Back of the Book)
He called her "my beloved esposa" because Anna was his dearest love on this earth. Ironically, while the great military exploits of General Stonewall Jackson are studied in military schools the world over and his iron will and stern self-discipline have become legendary, little is said about his remarkable marriage. The real Thomas J. Jackson was a humble Christian and loving husband and father. The tender and instructive letters he wrote to his wife Anna are a model of godly leadership and covenantal faithfulness. From their courtship to their final days together, trace the true story of this remarkable couple through the letters of General Jackson to his bride. Even in the midst of the most arduous military campaigns, Stonewall took the time to send home extensive letters of love and devotion. Through all of this, General Jackson proves himself to be a model example for Christian husbands of the twenty-first century -- especially through his dedication to living for God's glory and trusting in His providential care.This special edition book features a foreword by Stephen Lang, the actor who portrays "Stonewall" Jackson in the film, Gods and Generals.
This is an Excellent Book! I would recommend it literally to everybody Civil War/ History Buffs will enjoy it for an up close and personal look into the lives of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. Ladies will enjoy it for the sweet care Jackson had for his wife and the child training advice Jackson had to offer. Guys should read it for some godly wisdom on everyday life and leading a family. It’s just amazing!
Historical Accuracy- This is totally accurate, since the majority of the book is made up of letters between Stonewall and his wife, Anna.
Content- You could hand this to a pre-teen (probably the youngest that would get anything out of it) with no reservation. There is nothing in this book I had to mark out, language or otherwise.
Favorite Scene- Probably the section where Stonewall has a training session with his five month old baby girl. This story is told by Anna and is certainly precious.
Overall- This book is good for anyone seeking a closer walk with God. There is so much to learn and this book will help you! In the back there is a list of maxims that Stonewall tried to govern his life by. Definitely worth reading!
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Hope you enjoyed this book review!
P.S. Sorry about the poor picture quality. I'm still learning about this stuff, haha! Plus, I couldn't get it to shrink for anything! *shakes head and proclaims that I am a failure at design* :)
Hey Y’all! I just realized I never wrote a post on my blog on how I got started as a writer. So here’s a run-down of my writing journey.
Just after 9-11, my family moved from our North Carolina home in the country to a Maryland town house. I was used to falling asleep to crickets and whippoorwills…now it was airbrakes and jets. Not pleasant sleeping. It was there that I learned what a Yankee was.
I also found out that since I was from the South, I was a Rebel…so, what was all that about? At this point, I’d never heard of the Civil War (War Between the States, War of Northern Aggression, Second War for Independence, etc.).
This does have to do with my writing journey. I’m not getting off topic ;)
When I was in 3rd grade, I studied important Americans, including Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and Gen. Robert E. Lee. Grant was first. Oh, he was a good man…after all, a man who treats his horses right has to be a wonderful person, right? Wrong! But I found that out later.
Robert E. Lee was my hero! I loved his story…then I found out that he and Grant had fought each other. What? These two great men fought each other? Why? Wait a minute, you mean Grant fought Lee because Lee believed in freedom just like the patriots? What was so bad about the Southern states leaving the Union…and why did they? Slavery?
I told my mom “I just can’t see a mother sending her son off to war just because she wants to have people working for her.” So the search began, and we found it wasn’t at all like what we’d been told. Slavery? Nope. The issue was States’ Rights for the South; Power, Land and Money for the North.
Now to the writing part.
I wrote my first “story” when I was six or seven. Here it is. “A long time ago, there was a Civil War. There was war, then peace, then war again.” (I didn’t understand the idea of breaking the fighting for the winter…)
I continued to study history and play around with writing. In 2010, I was complaining to my sister Gera that I wished there were decent Historical Fiction novels to read, and true accounts of the Civil War. She said, “Write your own.” I was stunned. Why hadn’t I thought of that before? I set to work. At that time, I had no intentions of publishing. This story was solely for my enjoyment.
After several failed attempts at a beginning, I figured out what I wanted. So in January of 2011, I began writing, The Land of Cotton.
During this time my mom encouraged me not to just write for fun and myself, but to give my hobby to the Lord and attempt publishing. I was scared, but I agreed. Later, the Lord used a man at the church I grew up in to bless me by buying me a laptop, printer and all the extras! My writing and typing took on new meaning then.
In December of 2011, The Land of Cotton was completed!...or so I thought. Well, I revamped my book, had Gera and others read it, corrected errors, made more changes, etc. I continued writing The Battle for Heritage Series.
I went on to finish the series in 2014, five books in all. That year I got up the courage to have mom read my first book. She liked it but knew it needed more work. We had no idea how much work it would need! More editing, eliminating, adding, proofing, reading, researching, praying, typing, long nights, cups of hot chocolate and talking went into this book. At last, we added the final polishing touches.
Off to the proofers! My grandfather, Wayne Miller, is a retired English teacher and he agreed to look over my book without grandfatherly bias and proof it for grammatical errors. So if you find something, I guess it’s his fault, lol :) At the same time, my cousin, Travis Stevens, a historical reenactor and “walking 1860’s history encyclopedia,” edited my book for historical accuracy.
Then to the printers! Hard to believe that was two years ago this month! And now, I’m multi-published! It’s been a long journey, but it’s so rewarding. And having people return and tell me how much they enjoyed my books and how much they had learned just makes my day! I’m so glad that Gera and Mom pushed me to do what I didn’t think I could and that God blessed it. I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything!
Something to think about: What about you? Have you ever gotten a preconceived idea about something, only to find out you were very wrong? (Like me about Gen. Grant?) How did you respond when you found out the truth? Share your experience with others. You never know how sharing a bit of truth can change things...it might even lead to a novel!
That’s all for now,
Christian. American. Southern. Author.