May 26, 2020

Q + A // 2020 Edition Answers

I was hoping to have this published before now, but we've been busy. School keeps us busy and the internet, computer, blogger, and the wi-fi has not been wanting to cooperate. I (Lilly) am also trying to get 4-H stuff straightened out. (They decided to do a virtual fair, which we are not going to do.) Many of you agreed that Lacey should do the Q + A too, so here we are.........joint Q + A with my favorite sister! (Ahem! I *think* she's my only sister!) Anyways, my answers will be in purple and her answers will be in red. Too keep things simple, I deleted the questions that were multiples (not math multiples, multiples meaning more than one of you asked the same thing). All the questions are in this long post.

What's your favorite color? Purple all the way!  
Despite the red color of these words, I must say I like periwinkle better. (That's a shade of blue)

Favorite animal? 
German Shepherds, Dogs, and Cats (not hairless cats!).  
Otters are adorable!!!

Do you like braid hairstyles? 
Yes!
Definitively, despite the fact I can't braid hair myself...*embarrassed grimace* 

What is your favorite movie? Overcomer, War Room, Courageous, I Can Only Imagine, and I’m Not Ashamed to name a few.
Seriously??? You're asking a bookworm who watches movie editions to compare with the book and loves classic movies to pick a favorite??? *closes eyes and takes a deep breath* Okay, BBC 2004 North and South for book to movie, and Casablanca for plain classic. 

Do you prefer coffee or tea? 
I only like certain teas. Cinnamon (from Kroger an hour away) and Chai are the only teas I really like right now. I do like coffee, though. 
Oh dear, this is a hard one. I drink both of them, a lot. Well, if I have to choose, tea. 

What is your favorite food? 
Pizza (without vegetables), and Macaroni and Cheese (preferably with Velveeta or from a box!).
I like spicy and/or other exotic food, but I don't get it often, so I'll go with....coleslaw...weird, I know, but delicious. :-) 

Favorite game? “Ticket to Ride”, Monopoly, Monopoly Socialism, and “Blink” to name a few…..
Scrabble  and any type of logic game. 
 
Favorite song to play on piano? 
Oh, this is hard. In Christ Alone, He Leadeth Me, The Love of God, and Jesus Paid it All.
Anything but scales. Those things are sooo boring!

What is your favorite genre of music? 
Christian and sometimes classic. 
Christian Contemporary and Classical. I also prefer hymns.  

What is your favorite genre for books? Contemporary for the most part.
Classic.

Do you have any pets? 
Yes! Two dogs and two cats (aka-the models for most my photography).
I believe we live in the same house, sooo....

How long have you had a blog? 
Since February 16, 2020
I technically don't have a blog, and have only been added, what, 6 days ago?

Why did you start a blog? 
To share the good news of the Gospel and to post my stories.
I share simply because she invited me. *grin* 

When did you become a Christian? Five or six, I think.
Frankly, I don't remember. However, I recommitted my life to Him not too long ago, and got baptized. 

Who is your favorite author? Susan K. Marlow and the Mallys.
*crosses eyes* Impossible choice, my friends. Pass. 

Are you a morning person or a night owl? 
Both! I love getting up early and staying up late.
Night owl, all the way! Actually, I can't turn my head all the way around. Does that disqualify me?

What is your favorite book you have read in 2020? 
Kiera (Kate Willis), Will our Generation Speak? (Grace Mally), and The Family Daughter (Sarah L. Bryant) are my favorite so far.
Five Star Spy (Perry Kirkpatrick) See, I don't always read classics, Sis.

If you could meet any fictional character from any book, who would it be? And why? 
Andi Carter! I would choose her because I want to know how she ended up having so many adventures!
Frankly, I've rarely had a desire to meet someone from a fictional book. Like, really, that'd be extremely awkward. 

If you could meet any historical figure, who would that be? And why? Jesus (if we are His children, we will see Him one day.) Aside from Him, probably Ruth.
Francis Schaeffer to learn his method of analyzing worldviews. 

Do you have a favorite devotion from "The Whispers God Gives"? If so, what is it? 😉 The whole book. Are you kidding me, I LOVE the whole book! I can’t choose just one!
Sorry, Ellen. I haven't read all of your book yet. *red face* But, I'll be sure to give you feedback when I do!

What's on your TBR for the month of June? (TBR = To Be Read) You’re asking a girl who has 200 books on her to-read list!?!? Um, The Light in my Window (Francena H. Arnhold), and Cat and Dog Theology (Bob Sjogren). Oh, I also want to read Constitutional Law (Michael Farris) for fun too.
First, I have to finish all 5 books I'm juggling right now, finish the very last of school, work on that puzzle waiting, and, oh, never mind. *sigh*
 
How does your family generally celebrate birthdays? 
Gifts are usually opened at breakfast or supper depending on whose birthday it is. No school for us girls. We usually do a little trip with whoever is home (shopping, walk, etc.). The birthday person usually makes their dessert (unless it’s Dad). Supper is either the person’s favorite meal or favorite restaurant (for instance, this year we did Papa John’s Pizza for me). The Sunday before their birthday, we may go out to eat (this varies by budget/situation). Dessert is served and then we usually watch a movie or talk. 
Again, same house: same traditions

All-time favorite meal? Steak, macaroni and cheese with green beans (no onions, please) and ice cream. (I’ve actually never had this in the same meal.)
Food, again?

One song you can put on replay without getting tired of it? 
"I am Resolved"
Several, actually. Burn the Ships For King and Country is one of them. 

Most recent book you have read? 
On the day I am writing this part of the post (5/18/20), Ideas for Evangelism by David Cloud. I'm also plowing through three other books...
I just finished Tom Sawyer Abroad (Mark Twain). Now, all I have to do is finish that memoir, world religion overview, bibliography, etc...

Three things you love doing in the spring/summer? No school. Swimming, hanging out with friends, and reading. (Bible reading and memorizing too.)
Same, except reading is first. :-)

Current favorite quarantine activity?
 Reading. I found I can be a major bookworm at times. Oh, and playing the piano!
Reading, until I get a headache. 

How do you like to style your hair? (clip, braid, ponytail, etc.) I have done ponytail 2/3 of the time the last three or so years, but I’ve realized it looks sloppy, so I’ve been doing more braids lately.
Usually it's down, but sometimes Lilly'll braid it or I'll put it in a ponytail.

Do you wear a wristwatch? 
Yes!
Always.

What is your favorite summer treat? Ice cream and 100% pure orange juice frozen in popsicle molds.
Ice cream
 
How often do you post on your blog? 
Basically whenever I have a post idea, usually 2-3 times per week.
Since it's not my blog, I'll probably on here only 2-3 times per month. (Maybe less.)

Do you go to summer camp? No. I've never attended a summer camp nor wish to attend a summer camp.
 Never, but since I don't do sports, it's no great loss. 

What has been your past favorite grade? 
I have no idea 😊 Maybe 1st grade?
The one I shed the least amount of tears in. *scratches head* I don't remember that grade. 

What is one thing you love that most people wouldn't know about? Crocheting, knitting, embroidery…..
Probably something that even I don't even know I love. 

What is the best room in your house? Why? Probably the living room because it so large  and comfy and has the piano.
Bedroom because I can sleep there. :-)

If you could learn another language, what would it be? 
I am currently learning Spanish, so Spanish. Yo hablo espanol?
I am learning German. Ich verstehe etwas Deutsch!

Do you have siblings? If so, how many? Yes! Of my knowledge, one sister.
Same here. It'll change only if Lilly gets married or I do. And whether He has any siblings.

Do you like to listen to music? If so, what kind? 
Yes! Usually hymns, certain Southern Gospel, and certain Contemporary music. 
Some hymns and Christian Contemporary.

Who are two of your all-time favorite authors?
Susan K. Marlow and………Sarah Mally
Back to impossible choices, again, huh? Well, *stab in the dark* L.M. Montgomery and Perry Kirkpatrick. 

If you knew you could not fail, what is one thing you would like to do? Take the ACT so I could graduate now.
Hmm, I'd probably try to fail. :-P

Favorite hymn? 
I am Resolved, Little is Much, Down at the Cross (Glory to His Name), and To God be the Glory.
Higher Ground and It is Well With My Soul. 

Favorite hymnwriter?  I recently finished a book about hymns. Some of our most famous hymn writers were…..um…..interesting! (If you’ve ever read about/studied hymn writers, you know what I’m talking about!) Franny Crosby is my favorite.
Like Sis, Fanny Crosby.

Favorite girl's name (doesn't have to be your own!
😊)? Elizabeth, Brighton, Eden, Rebecca, and Haven to name a few. Somewhere, I have a whole data base of girl names.
Names are my sister's field. (she normally names half my characters)  However, I do like Sarah, Katherine, Evelyn, and Grace. Classic names, of course.

What is your dream job? If I’m married, to be a stay-at-home homeschool mother with maybe a small business of some sorts. If I don’t get married, a private photography business (private meaning clients would only be people I know or are referred to me by people I know), a little crafty business, buying and reselling, and teaching piano lessons.
Please ask in...2 years. I may have an answer then.

If you could time travel to the past, what time would you go to? The 1800s. Or maybe during Jesus’ time.
The American Revolutionary period. 

What's your best cure for writer's block (or do you have one)? Read the Bible, other good books and ask God for ideas! (I get lots of my writing inspiration from Bible verses.)
Close the notebook and/or computer and go outside.

What inspires you to write? 
Horrible books at the library that do not come even close to my standards.
Random things.

What's your favorite mystery story (book or movie)? 
I don’t usually read mysteries…...
The Secret Adversary  (Agatha Christie

What exotic animal would you pick for a pet (assuming it was legal :D)? 
If it didn’t try and kill me, a tiger.
An otter.

What classic book character can you relate to the most? Classic!? I don’t read classics…… My sister says she doesn’t know, and she READS classics.
Sorry, I am TERRIBLE at comparing myself to classic characters. (Maybe cause they're not me?)

What would be your ideal house (describe it please) Two bathrooms! A guest bedroom. It'd be out in the middle of nowhere. Besides that, I don’t know…
Again, not a clue...definitely small. Housework is overwhelming.

If you could be an animal what would it be? 
I have no desire to become an animal, so I don’t know.
Nothing poisonous, thank you. *shudder*

If you could co write a book with your favorite author what would you write about and who will be the other person? Probably Mrs. Marlow. It’d probably be about Andi getting into some exciting mess.
Most of my favorite authors are dead...so that's a minor problem.

What's your favorite instrument? To play, piano. To listen to, violin/fiddle and banjo.
I love the sound of the violin and flute. 

What's your favorite Christian song? In Christ Alone, Joyful, Joyful, and Come Thou Fount. I have WAY too many favorite songs!
Eekks!!! So many to chose from!! *scrabbles around* OK, maybe Be Thou My Vision and Redeemed (Fanny Crosby)?

What's your favorite verse? Romans 8:18 and Romans 8:28, to name a few.
I am the worst at remembering references, but there's a verse in Titus I like, I think...

What's your favorite book in the Bible? Psalm, Proverbs, and Romans.
Definitely Philippians.

Favorite hobby? Playing the piano. Reading. Being outside. Crocheting.
You guessed it...reading!
 
Favorite blog? 
Circle C Adventures, From Allison, and Reflections of the Heart. (okay, literally every blog I follow is my favorite, so if your's ain't on here, don't be hurt)
I don't really follow many blogs, however I check up on several. Ellen's Musings takes the prize. 

Favorite post on your blog? 
Honesty, Even When it’s Hard.
This is only my third post, therefore, I pass. Next.

What’s your favorite tv show? 
I don’t watch much t.v, but I Love Lucy is a favorite. (Note: I do not recommend every episode.) 
They don't call I Love Lucy  I love Lucy, for no reason. She's my favorite.  

Least favorite food? Cabbage. Lettuce. Onions. This list could go on for a long time.
Jello, that stuff is nasty!!! *grimace* Another issue Lilly and I have. :-)

What’s the first thing you will do when covid-19 is over? Go fun shopping! Attend a July 4 party (?). Get library books from all across the state! Go on vacation! (Yeah, that's not going to happen immediately.)
Smile, laugh, and praise the Lord. Then, I'll go to the library. :-)

How would you describe your personality in 3 words? (Is that too personal?) Friendly, talented (?), and maybe adventurous.
Quiet and stubborn, yet friendly. *glances at sis* Her words "stubborn all right." 

Who is your favorite Godly role model (aside from Jesus), past or present? My parents and my pastor’s wife, Mrs. B.
Probably Mrs. B. and Amy Carmichael. 

How did you get saved, and what was the first emotion you felt afterwards? 
To tell you the truth, I don’t know. I *think* I was convicted when I was like five (?). Like I said, I know I was young, hence the fact I don’t remember too well……
I don't exactly remember either, but I do remember the sense of relief and joy after being baptized. 

Your favorite outfit. Skirt and comfy shirt or dress. 
Classy skirt and blouse with sandals, or boots in winter. 

Your favorite memory of your sister and you
A lot of my favorite memories were during our last two vacations (2013 + 2017).
Nothing stands out, but the weird conversations we have at night are memorable

How do you get story inspirations? Bible verses, real-life experiences, and a lot of other things.
I write occasionally for different reasons. Hmm.....someday I may brush up that novella I wrote a few years ago and post it for you all. 

Would you eat a tarantula (a giant spider from Asia) for $30 or less? No. Maybe for like $300.
Yes, if it was cooked and fried. (I've always wanted to try snake)

Would you touch a live tarantula if the fangs were removed for $30 or less? Yes.
Uh, no. I am a chicken around live spiders. Especially big, hairy ones. *shudder*

Would you rather visit Alaska or Hawaii? I don't think I'll ever be going to either, but Alaska has my vote.
Alaska takes the prize. Hawaii is too hot. 

Has a toddler (besides a family member) ever said they loved you and then proceeded to give you a big hug? ❤  Not exactly like that, but a four year old girl at our church came up to me last week and said something along the lines of "you're my friend" and proceeded to give me a hug. Yeah....so much for social distancing...
Same thing happened to me. This week, she proceeded to grab my arm and demanded I play with her. I complied.   

What’s your favorite food combination? Cinnamon puffs and chili is super good!
Chips and humus

What are two of your favorite snacks? Jello and ice cream!
Sis, jello is DISGUSTING!!! Anyway, I like chips and humus, and yes, ice cream.

What is the weirdest food combination you’ve made and tried? I'm not sure.

 I used to dip cheese in ketchup.  

What’s your favorite way to spend time outdoors? Shooting hoops, swimming, and gardening barefoot.
Reading on the swing, walking, and shooting hoops with Lilly.


What movie never gets old no matter how many times you’ve seen it? I don't watch many movies twice.
Remember all the Ma and Pa Kettle movies we used to re-watch, Lilly? 

What’s your favorite line from a book or a movie? "It never rains in the plains of Spain" ~My Fair Lady (movie). I don't know if I can recommend it, as that line is all I remember from the whole movie.

*brain overload*  "movie stuff, Emily, movie stuff" -Brent (The Accidental Cases of Emily Abbott) I have others, but quotes and names don't go together for me. This one is the most recent. :-)

What’s the best concert you’ve been to and why was it so good? Casting Crowns. Their music is not rap or rock and most of it is Christ-honoring.
Casting Crowns. (Same concert) The other concert we went to was MercyMe's. They were good, too.

What artist or band do you always recommend when someone asks for a music recommendation? I need to know what kind of music you like before I can recommend anyone to you.

Same response

If you owned a restaurant, what kind of food would it serve? Bread and dessert. It'd probably be a cafe.

Spicy and exotic food. 

What was the last photo you took? 

This one!

I'm not a photographer, so... This is the end, folks!!! Hope you enjoyed!

P.S. Modesty Monday's survey will go out within the next two weeks, Lord-willing. If you want to submit a question for that Q + A, you can do so below.

May 23, 2020

Teaser // No Turning Back

Hello all!

I hope you're all having a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend! (We're in stage 3 of re-opening this weekend, and we can now legally have groups of up to 100 people!) 

Those of you who've hung around here for a while know I've been working on a mini-novella. While I'm doing a little more work on it (guys, it was originally 9,000 something words, now it 12,700 something words), I plan to have it published very soon (the site I'm using to publish it has updated so it's taken some extra time to figure a few things out). I thought I'd give you all a teaser, just for the fun of it! (P.S. This mini-novella is written from a fundamentalist perspective. I understand not all of you may agree with what I believe, and thus, what is portrayed in the story. Please be kind and gracious. Thank-you!) 

1.The Supper Table

 

      “Moriah!” Dad yells, barely stepping into the house. “Can you talk?” I stop, at the threshold in the dining room, holding a plate of steamy meatballs. Is something wrong? Mom walks in from the living room, holding the answer key for Ruth’s algebra course.

“What’s wrong?” Concern is written across her face.

“Come out here, please.” Mom steps outside and Dad closes the door behind her.

“Why did they have to go outside to talk?” Grace whines. I spin around, trying to keep my balance.

“Grace, eavesdropping is not right! You should not listen to other people’s conversations!”

“But Providence, you’re doing it too.” What excuse do I have? She’s right and we both know it. I lean across the table and put the platter of meatballs in the center.

Note: This is NOT the finished product. Things might change.

What do you think Mr. and Mrs. Wyatt are talking about? Tell me below!!!

May 20, 2020

I Have Joined!!!

I Have Joined!!!

Hey, all you blogger people!!! *smiles and waves* You all may have heard of me before...I'm Lilly's sister in case you've hadn't. My name is Lacey W. and my sister has graciously invited me to join her blog. You see, I had promised to do a book review for her several weeks back, but I never got around to do it...apparently her theory is: if Lacey is allowed to blog with me, she'll be motivated enough to do that post, eventually. Don't worry, sis, I will. Anyway, for all of you readers, here's the deal.
1. Lilly is obviously still the main poster. (No, she's not hanging off the wall... If you don't get that joke don't worry, it was bad, anyway.), I'll just jump in here and there to share some things when the Lord lays it on my heart.
2. My standards are pretty much the same as Lilly's, however, we have disagreed on some things. (she doesn't like lettuce, for one. I do.). Since all of my posts will pass under her scrutiny before publishing, there shouldn't be many noticeable conflicts.
3. There is no three.
4. My book preferences are a lot different than Lilly's, so my book reviews, while in the same format as hers, will have a different vibe than hers. I read lots of classics, which is on the opposite side of the spectrum of the Contemporary genre. I've read the typical classics such as Anne of Green Gables, The Secret Garden, A Little Princess, you name it. However, I've also read books such as Frankenstein, The Three Musketeers, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn which (ahem!) have some extremely questionable morals. Yes, my parents knew and were fine with it. I understand what was fine for me, may not be for you. I respect that. What I've read at 13, some may not read at 21. *staring at the copy of Les Miserables* Another thing, I do enjoy some romance, but have a issue with books that focus on just the feelings or touching parts, and/or is the sole plot of the book
5. I am happy to be here. I may not be very active around here, but I'll hang around.


This is going to be interesting, blogger friends. You know... Lilly and I are now sharing a blog. Hmm, since we share a room, we should be able to pull this off, too, right? :-)
Lilly has asked for Q&A suggestions in her last post. Do you want me to answer them, too? Just for you to see how similar or dissimilar we are. *wink*

P.S. If you have more Q + A questions, feel free to ask some more. We'll take as many questions as you give us!

May 18, 2020

Q + A // 2020 Edition

Hello, all!

It's been a year since I've done a Q + A, and with the Modesty Monday series, I thought now would be the perfect time.( I had this post in mind for this month several months ago--before every other blogger decided she wanted to do a Q+A too.) With this COVID stuff and summer, I figured it's time to do some different posts (or maybe I'm feeling guilty about all the book reviews I've posted lately). You can ask about anything--blog, life, homeschool/music, church, modesty, etc., but my only request is it is not personal (I WILL not answer to what day/year my birthday is in, where I live, etc.) If you are unsure whether or not your question is categorized under "personal" (since that varies by person), go ahead and ask. I will plainly not answer them if I feel it is too personal. Since I did a Q + A last May, you may want to revert back to this post because some things (like my hair color) did not change (you really think my hair changed colors!? *shakes head*) I'll answer the questions on Tuesday, May 26, Lord willing. Questions pertaining to the Modesty Monday series will be answered on a different day (to align with the series).As always, my goal with this post is for God to be glorified! On the mark, get set, start asking questions!
Feel free to come back if you come up with more questions.
P.S. Maybe doing a Q + A every May will become a tradition here.

May 13, 2020

"Praying for Your Future Husband" by Robin Jones Gunn and Tricia Goyer


Have you ever thought about praying for your future husband?
Will it make a difference?
There's only one way to find out…
 
From when we were small girls, most of us dream of “The One,” our future husband. We think about what it would be like to be a bride. We wonder who that special guy is and when we'll find him. The great news is that what you do now can make a difference in your life and the life of your future husband!
 
Authors and good friends Robin Jones Gunn (Christy Miller series) and Tricia Goyer (author and former teen mom) believe God answers women's prayers for husbands—even husbands they may not meet for years. They invite young women to pray boldly for their future mate … while also asking God to prepare their own hearts.
 
In Praying for Your Future Husband, Robin and Tricia share their two vastly different experiences, including the things they did right and the mistakes they made on the path to meeting and marrying their husbands. Each chapter includes helpful Bible verses, prayers, and practical application, along with true stories of women who prayed for a husband and how God answered in remarkable ways.
 
God has a beautiful romance prepared for you. Prayer is the key to unlocking the love story … with your future husband and with God, the lover of your soul.

Here's my review:

May 11, 2020

Modesty Monday // (One Of) The Most Controversial Topics in the Christian Corners

Swimming is a very controversial topic in the Christian corners--especially when it gets boiled down to the topic of what ladies wear. I know Christians who wear bikinis and I know Christians who wear exercise clothes over swim suits. Let's begin with what you said.

Umm . . . Mom and I made our swimwear -- nylon lycra ((I think)) fabric, and a shorter dress pattern worked wonders!

a modest two piece set from

Exercise shirts, swim skirts it depends lol

We only go to our neighbor's pool once a year. We don't go to any public pools with mix swimming etc. We wear a dark colored t shirt and knee length, loose shorts.

One piece bathing suites. I usually get mine at target (the appropriate ones, targets bathing suites aren’t always great)

Sport shorts and a tank top

May 8, 2020

"The Whispers God Gives" by Ellen Senechal

Hear God whisper as you read! Have you ever found yourself questioning God’s will for your life? Are you battling things nobody else seems to relate to? What about bitterness after losing a friend? Perhaps you’ve scoured the Internet and came up dry because you couldn’t find anything that spoke directly to your teen or pre-teen heart.If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, this book is for you. In The Whispers God Gives, teenaged author Ellen Senechal speaks from her heart and from God’s Word. She longs to share what she couldn’t find no matter how hard she looked – a clean, wholesome Christian devotional that’s short, sweet, and to the point. A book centered around strengthening your relationship with God your Savior, Counselor, and Friend in thirty days.Let God’s whispers begin!

Author: Ellen Senechal

Rating: ★★★★ (four stars)

Bible Translation(s) Used: ESV with NIV

Controversial: Does briefly mention medicines. Uses the word "teenager" several times*.

Romance: Does not apply

Age: 10+. It would make a great devotional for sisters to do together.

Note: While Ellen is a dear blogger friend, this review is my honest opinion. I was not required to leave a review of any sort, nor was any review persuaded to be positive.

I hardly read devotionals. Most the time they have never heard of Bible translations, unsound doctrine, and are of the self-help movement. From the title, I feared this devotional would be on the charismatic side. Not knowing the author's statement of faith, I cautiously dove in. Surprisingly, this devotional book didn't have any of that. 

Miss Senechal uses everyday experience to make parallels to the Bible. Sometimes it's through fun moments, other times it through sorrow. Most girls can relate to the examples she uses. The book is so simple--a great reminder of "child-like faith". While it says for "teen girls", I think this book is great for ages 10-24.

*Some of you are probably thinking I'm crazy to put "teenager" in the controversial section. Let me explain. In today's culture, the term "teenager" is usually used in a derogatory way. My family (and some of my church family) prefer to use the terms young lady, young man, etc. We believe we are raising  adults, not "teenagers". I don't know if there are other families who are like this, but I thought I'd put it in the controversial section none the less.

May 5, 2020

"Summer with the Moodys" by Sarah Maxwell

Amazon.com: Summer with the Moodys (Moody Family Series Book 1 ...Summer with the Moodys is the first book in the Moody Family Series from Titus2. This book celebrates the adventures of everyday life in a Christian family! Come along with the Moodys as they help a widowed neighbor, start small businesses for the children, enjoy a family fun night, live normal life, and wrap up the book with two special surprises! Woven throughout the book is the Moodys' love for the Lord and their enjoyment of time together. Children (parents too!) will love Mr. and Mrs. Moody, Max, Mollie, Mitch, and Maddie—they'll come away challenged and encouraged.

Often parents are concerned about negative examples and role models in books their children are reading. One goal in writing the Moody Series was to eliminate those kinds of examples replacing them with positive, godly ones.

We often receive positive feedback from families who have read Summer with the Moodys. Here is a portion of a note one mom wrote: "Our children loved it and kept asking me to continue reading. Even our fourteen-year-old got into it. She got inspired to do something to surprise her parents—clean out the garage, with the help of her younger siblings. It took me a while to realize that your book had prompted the idea! Thank you so much for using your gift of writing in such a wholesome way." ~ Gerlinde

Summer with the Moodys grew out of the need we saw for godly, children's reading material. This book was written to encourage Christian families to a closer walk with Jesus, to a greater intimacy in family relationships, and to a focus on serving and working.

Author: Sarah Maxwell

Rating: ★★★★✩ (Four stars)

Bible Translation Used: KJV

Controversial: The eleven and eight year old were on the computer. A guest pastor is referred to as 'Brother Wilson'. This book is written from a very conservative viewpoint, so those who are do not have a conservative viewpoint may not want to read this book.
 
Romance: Absolutely none!

Age: Any age, 6+ if reading by self.

This book was such a fun read. The story itself spans about three months. I loved how the Moodys were committed to serving the Lord in everything they did. The book references many Bible verses too. Maddy was so cute too--especially since she couldn't pronounce her Rs. The only thing I didn't like was that the Moodys were a little too perfect. The siblings barely had any fights and they were always wanting to bless others. (Don't get me wrong, siblings shouldn't be fighting 24/7 and wanting to bless others is great--I wish there was more of a struggle--it would help others relate to them better.) Overall, this book would make a great family read-aloud for all ages.