A voice from the Oregon Trail

722331Wow! This novel, This Road We Traveled by Jane Kirkpatrick, was a step back into time on the hardships many people, men, children, and women, on the Oregon Trail.

This novel is in three parts, which I found interesting in how it was broken up. We also hear from three different women’s perspectives on the journey; Tabitha Moffatt Brown, her daughter Pherne, and Pherne’s daughter Virgilia. Tabitha is the stubborn and invincible Grandmother who doesn’t know when to stop or listen to reasoning. She wants to head west to Oregon when he son Orus comes to recruit his sister Pherne and her husband Virgil to head west with him and his family. She not going to let him stop her. She cares for her children but sometimes she just doesn’t know how to express it at time, but God is definitely her strength and guidance throughout her journey to Oregon.

They find it all hard to leave the memories and heart aches behind, but it is a way to start things a-new again, a clean slate, for them all.  However, all goes well until they take a new route and become separated. Tabitha, her brother-in-law, daughter Pherne and the rest of the troop decide to take the Applegate Trail, which appears shorter but turns out harder than expected. In addition to the troop they had, they also had to care for a new young girl, named Nellie Louise, whose parents had gotten separated from her. Once on this trail they endure great trials of starvation and sadness in order to reach their safe haven.

There is a lot to cover in this book, and you may be surprised what God has lead them to see on this journey. I also wanted to note that this is a semi-true story from the real accounts of Tabitha Moffat Brown’s journal, who is the founder of Pacific University in Oregon . AMAZING!  By the way, I can’t forget to thank Revell publishing for the opportunity to read this great book for my honest review and opinion. This book was a really good read. You’ll just have to grab a copy below or at your nearest bookstore.

Happy Reading!!!

Stay tuned for next weeks review of Whiter than Snow, a great inspiring short story! 😀

Amazon: $8.27 paperback; Kindle $7.86

Barnes and Noble: $8.27 paperback; Nook $10.49

Christian Book: $7.99 Paperback; eBook $9.69


A Holiday/Advent Devotional Coloring book

A Holiday/Advent Devotional Coloring book

978-1-4964-1802-9Since we are going into the Holiday/ Advent Season, this devotional and adult coloring book, All Is Bright, written by Nancy Guthrie and illustrated by Lizzie Preston, is the one to go to.

The readings are once a day during the entire month of December, and there are some awesome pictures to color. They have a lot of detail to them. I can imagine what they’d look like once you get your gel pens and fine tipped markers out and begin coloring. What’s even nicer is that there is a family discussion section just for the kids. This helps them understand the true meaning for the season and since it is a coloring book they didn’t leave out the easy coloring pages section that nicely pulls out the book. There are even some cut out crafts to hang around the house. 🙂

This is a great book and an easy read. It makes you have to sit and think about what the season is really about and how it all started.

I got this through Tyndale Publishing for an honest review. I really liked this book. I read about half of it in a sitting. Plus, since I was willing to review this book I got a packet of stickers, too!  I’ll add both links below. I don’t know if I really like the stickers so much. They are okay, but you are the one who is suppose to color them in. Might be fun for a little kid, but not for me. I’ll be giving these away to some of my aunts who are in nursing homes. They are into the adult coloring trend. I’m okay with it to a point, but sometimes I it gets a little more tedious than I like it to be.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this book and that it gets you in to the holiday spirit978-1-4964-2205-7. This would be a great book for an early Christmas gift or a coffee table book. 🙂

Stay Tuned for next week; we’ll be looking a wonderful novel about the trials on the Oregon Trail.

All Is Bright Paperback Coloring Devotional Book 


Barnes and Noble: $11.87

Christianbook: $11.49

Faith that Sticks Scripture Stickers


Tyndale: $2.39

Earth Psalms by Francine Rivers

Earth Psalms by Francine Rivers

What a pretty devotional book! The photography is just beautiful, and the devotional readings are related to the theme of the pictures. Whether the devotional is about a insect or a little critter or even the fog or that gigantic redwood tree, you learn in each reading that God cares for the smallest things and has a purpose for it.

I loved the cover of the book and the print was a good size for the reader. However, the one thing I felt was different about this particular book was that it was a weekly devotional not a daily one. There are only 52 inspiring devotionals in the book. There’s also little snippets of factual information about the topic in the last picture of each devotional, which I find very interesting. You might learn about something you didn’t think about.

Although, this book is very good and thought provoking, the weekly idea didn’t really capture me as a some of the other books I’ve reviewed recently. But that’s just a personal preference. Otherwise, it is a great book to just sit down with and get some spiritual food. 😉 I also wanted to note that I got this book free through the Tyndale Publishers Blogger Network. What a wonderful program to be a part of!

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Amazon: $12.99

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