Thursday, June 23, 2016

DVD Review - Ashes of Eden from FishFlix

ABOUT THE MOVIE:

"The troubled son of a police officer steals from a ruthless drug dealer to save his mother from financial ruin.  His descent into the brutal drug world to raise the cash, he is hunted by the dealer, the police, and his own addictions."
ASHES OF EDEN is a gritty tale of addiction, betrayal, love, and redemption.


MY REVIEW:

I was given this movie from FishFlix to watch and review. I am really glad that I can share my thoughts on this movie!

This movie focuses on Red, the teenage son of a woman police officer. She is a single mother doing her best to raise her two sons but her oldest son is proving to be quite a handful. His best friend is someone that does drugs and is always looking for a way to make easy money. Of course, this is never a good combination.

Red has a girlfriend who has it out for Red and is not happy that his sister is dating him. The brother is part of a dangerous gang and when the opportunity arises for Red to make some money and hurt the brother at the same time, he jumps at the chance. This starts his downward spiral.

From here you watch as Red's life goes out of control. You can tell that he has a really good heart but he doesn't know how to handle what is happening around him. His Mom tries everything to help him, including taking him to church, but he's just not receptive to anything. 

There were a couple of scenes in the movie where I rolled my eyes. At the hospital, one of the characters is fighting for his life and he is attacked by the gang leader brother. The machines are going crazy and yet no one arrives to see what's going on. Not realistic at all. In another scene, the mother is meeting the son secretly in the cemetery at night yet she leaves her lights on her patrol car on for all to see. Seriously? She didn't have a flashlight? 

Despite this, it is a movie with a compelling story to tell. One thing I really liked was that because this movie was from FishFlix, any bad language was silenced. There wasn't anything horrible to see, although, I wouldn't recommend young children seeing this because of the realistic drug usage. I liked, though, that I didn't have to worry about hearing or seeing something that would be offensive to me or my family.  

My favorite thing about the movie was the actor, Steven Sutherland, who played Red. He was believable and played this part really well. I think he will really be someone to watch for in other movies. 

You can see more about this film by visiting ASHES OF EDEN where you can learn more about the movie and the actors.

FishFlix is offering my readers a coupon for $5.00 just for joining their email list! You can join by going to www.fishflix.com/5gift. You can also text 5-GIFT to 44222 to receive the coupon. How easy is that? 

You should definitely check out this movie as well as FISHFLIX , who provides Christian DVD's,  today. You'll be glad you did! 

*This DVD was provided to me for my honest review by FishFlix

Blessings - Julie

Book Review - The Quieting

ABOUT THE BOOK:

It was a well-laid plan--but it wasn't her plan . . .

 It's all her grandmother's fault. For the last few months, Abigail Stoltzfus has helped her father with his genealogical research, hoping that breaking through a client's brick wall would also break his melancholy. But now her intrusive grandmother has set her sights on marrying off Abigail and insists she come to Stoney Ridge, where there is a plethora of eligible bachelors. 
 
 Except that Mammi is mistaken. There are no eligible bachelors in Stoney Ridge, barring one, and he's all wrong. Dane Glick has the wrong last name and the wrong relatives--including the bishop who is at odds over a church matter with Abigail's uncle, minister David Stoltzfus. 
 
 As the conflict grows, setting family against family, it's becoming clear that the path to a solution may lead to a Quieting--a removal of a church leader. But for which one? And when Abigail stumbles onto a curious connection during her genealogical research, it could help David solve one problem--but will it create another?

MY REVIEW:

This is another wonderful Amish book by Suzanne Woods Fisher. As always, I came away loving the characters and the lessons they learn.

Abigail, who unfortunately keeps getting called Gabby against her wishes, is a girl who sees like through a black and white lens. She doesn't understand anything that isn't logical and she's a girl who knows how to organize. When her grandmother brings her along to help at her Uncle David's house, she takes that seriously and starts organizing everyone and everything.

She was happy to go to Stoney Ridge, though, because she is doing the family tree for someone in the area and she has hit a brick wall. She's hoping to meet the person so she can get to the bottom of this tree. She is also hoping by doing this tree, she'll encourage her father who is doing poorly and seems to have lost all hope for life.

She meets a man named Dane Glick who is quite smitten with her although she is very clueless. After her grandmother tries to set her up with an old man, she decides it's in her best interest to try and get to know Dane better. The thing I love about Dane is that he sees the best in Abigail and what others find annoying, he finds as her positive qualities.

I loved the characters in this book, especially Abigail, as she grows and learns that life isn't just black and white. I also love how David learns to stand up for what he believes even against the most formidable person in his life.

This is a wonderful story and I highly recommend it!

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by Revell Reads


Blessings - Julie

Monday, June 20, 2016

Counting Our Blessings - LinkUp!!


It's a new week and I'm ready to count my blessings - how about you? It's been an up and down week for me but that's normal for all of us, I guess. Highs and lows are all a part of life but I prefer the highs to the lows.

67.  We had a nice Father's Day here. We celebrated on Saturday because my oldest has to work on Sunday's. I made cheese enchiladas for my hubby (at his request) and we watched a bit of tv and relaxed. We were going to play a game of Sorry but everyone got pretty tired and we never did. We will another day. :) We gave my hubby a Christian teaching set he's been wanting so it was a nice day all around.

68. I'm still stitching the big piece but don't have a current picture. I've only added a couple of boxes from the last time I shared but it's coming along so nicely. I also worked on this and finished it...


Isn't this adorable? It's a needle case and it is out of the British magazine called "Cross Stitcher". It was a kit included with the magazine and I just love it! I have been wanting a needle case for a long time and now I have this cute one. So happy!

What are your blessings for this week? Please share on the linky below. Remember you can grab my button to share on your own blog on the tab above called "Grab My Buttons" (so original, don't you think? lol) I really appreciate you sharing my button!


Blessings - Julie

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Book Review and Giveaway - Medical Judgment

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Dr. Sarah Gordon lost her husband and daughter. Now she's about to lose her life.

After losing the two people she loved the most, Sarah Gordon doesn't think life could get worse. But, after a fire in her garage is ruled an arson, she begins to realize someone is after her---and that person wants to see her dead. But first, they want to see her suffer.

Her late husband's best friend, Kyle Andrews, and a recovering alcoholic detective, Bill Larson, are trying to solve the mystery before it's too late, and they're both trying to win her heart, too. Not only does Sarah feel torn between two men, she also feels as though she cannot trust anyone.

With creepy threats that become more and more sinister, Sarah finds herself in constant fear, but even the best home alarm technology won't protect her. Who is doing this, and why are they after her?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Dr. Richard Mabry is a retired physician who writes "medical suspense with heart." His novels have won multiple awards: a semifinalist for International Thriller Writers' debut novel; finalists for the Carol Award, Inspirational Reader's Choice Award, and Romantic Times' Reader's Choice Award; and both finalist and winner of the Selah Award. He and his wife live in Frisco, Texas.

Medical Judgment Richard Mabry

MY REVIEW:

This book grabbed me from the first sentence and never let go!

Dr. Sarah Gordon is trying to go on with her life after she loses her husband and daughter in an accident. It hasn't been very long and while trying to go on without them, she starts getting harassment from some unknown source. It gets very frightening for her and Detective Bill Larson and her husbands best friend, Kyle, step in to help her. As the threats get more intense, Sarah isn't sure who to trust, even those trying to help her.

I loved the suspense and mystery of this book. I really had no idea who was making the threats against Sarah until the author revealed it. The story line was very intense and the characters very well developed. I really like Sarah a lot and felt like I actually knew her.

I just loved this book and it kept my attention throughout. If you love thrillers, you'll love this book! I highly recommend it!

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group


Blessings - Julie

Monday, June 13, 2016

Counting Our Blessings - LinkUp!


Greetings, dear friends! I look forward to Tuesdays and Counting Our Blessings!! I hope you do, too!

65. I received the most beautiful gift from my friend, Kim! I'm so totally humbled and blessed by her sweet, generous heart! Kim, thank you!! I am so grateful and thankful that you included me in on your celebration! Here's my sweet surprise package...

My goodness!!! What a blessing! Here's a closeup of the beautiful piece Kim stitched

Isn't it beautiful? Look at the finish she did! Wow! I had to show a closeup of the side.

(The colors are closer to this picture than the top picture). Such a beautiful piece!

Then she included her book she wrote - which is excellent - I might add. I love this Gratitude Journal!

If this wasn't enough...she included this gorgeous pattern, fabric, and floss. Don't you love it?


Not only that, she wrote me the sweetest card! I am so grateful for everything! Thank you, again, Kim!!!

66. I spent one day this week working on my big cross stitch piece. I'm loving this piece more and more. The little blocks add so much to this!


While I was stitching, I started watching this show

Oh my goodness...I am totally hooked on this show! It's a British show from the late 90's and early 2000's and you can see it on Acorn TV. It stars some of my favorite actors and actresses and the stories are so good! I just love it!

What are your blessings this week? Share on the linky or in the comments!


Blessings - Julie