Quilts from Heaven

Quilts from HeavenOnce again my Mom has found another treasure to share with us! (Can you tell we are a family of bibliophiles!!)

While looking for new books to put into our church library I found Quilts from Heaven by Lucinda Secrest McDowell.

Just the dust jacket would make me want to pick it up and read it!

Beth Moore states, “This book is like sharing a hot cup of tea with a good friend.”

The subtitle is “Parables from the patchwork of life.” That is what I found when reading through the book.

Sixteen different quilt patterns are pictured. Sixteen different stories are sewn together with scripture, testimony, heartwarming stories and insight on the details of the traditional quilt patterns to giving you a perspective on life.

Nothing is ever wasted! God truly can make something beautiful from the scraps of our lives!

This one goes on my shelf, but I will order another one for the Church Library!

Until next time,


Jotham’s Journey

Jotham's Journey I love Christmas and all the hustle and bustle surrounding it.

But I also love taking a few minutes every day to be quiet and reflect on the real reason for the season.

We want to teach our children to do the same, so we have implemented some advent activities into our December schedule.

This year we have rediscovered a classic Advent book that has brought a new meaning to the Christmas season.

Jotham’s Journey: A Storybook for Advent was written by Arnold Ytreeide and originally published in 1997. A second edition was published this year making it easier for another generation of children to enjoy.

The story takes place in Israel at the time of Christ’s birth. Jotham is a ten year old boy who runs away from home in anger. Then, hungry, lost, and repentant, he begins to search for his family.

This adventure takes him across Israel where he meets thieves, kidnappers, and robbers as well as wise men, shepherds and innkeepers.

The story is divided into short chapters to be read each day of advent. The last chapter is read on Christmas Day. I won’t give away the ending…but I’ll give you a clue…he ends up in Bethlehem in a stable!

The book is both humorous and exciting. It has kept all of my children attentive- from my seven year old to the teenagers.

One word of caution, there are some scary parts. They are always resolved, but many times the resolution is left for the next days reading. This makes a very exciting read-aloud, but it could be a little scary for younger readers.

There are two other books in this trilogy by Arnold Ytreeide, Tabitha’s Travels and Bartholomew’s Passage. But both are currently out of print and hard to find.

This is one family that hopes they too will get a second edition! Please Mr. Ytreeide!

A True Bibliophile

We went to our favorite garage sale this morning. Three older ladies who are also good friends get together once a year and have a sale where the prices are good and the merchandise fun!

I’ve picked up the most amazing things there over the years! I always wonder where they find these treasures? Maybe they are just digging them out of the basement a box at a time- like layers of an onion.

This year we found books! Box after box after box of vintage books. Hard cover Henty’s, Gene Stratton Porter, and Zane Grey just to name a few.

I started salivating and making piles. There were just many to choose from! They all looked interesting and I wanted them all!

So I got them. All of them. I filled the back of the van and brought my treasures home.

Yes, we did negotiate a price for the entire lot and most of the books will be researched and sold on Amazon or eBay.

But some of the choicest, the nicest, the most wonderful books will find a place of honor on our personal bookshelves.

We believe, like Henry Ward Beecher, that,

“A little library growing every year is an honorable part of a man’s history. It is a man’s duty to have books.”

and like Thomas Jefferson who said,

“I cannot live without books.”