Reviews by Gypsy Road
On 12/9 Gypsy Road wrote: These devotionals are some of my favorite books! I choose a new one to personally go through each year, and also gift them to friends and family. There is a short (paragraph or two) devotion for each day, as well as scripture and a prayer focus. The devotions are seasonally appropriate as well, so they ... Everyday Inspiration
On 12/1 Gypsy Road wrote: I didn't realize that this book is actually two stories woven together into one piece, but I really liked how that worked out. There is the story we see in the synopsis, with Jessica and Ridley, but there is also the story of Jessica's grandparents, during the Great Depression, which works as a nice ... Looking forward to next...
On 11/24 Gypsy Road wrote: I've been listening to Charlie Daniels' music for a long time, and really love how he brings that same grittiness to his books. There's no blown smoke, no false pretenses...he is who he is, and we love him for it! This small book brings us some of his wisdom, gleaned through years of life experience, ... Bite-Sized Chunks of Common Sense
On 11/21 Gypsy Road wrote: While starting off a little bit rocky, this book fell into a nice cadence that followed Ruby and Christian through some difficult times as they find themselves and each other. There is a lot of focus on Selah and Martha, too, leading me to wonder whether there will be other books in a possibly new series ... Clean and Simple
On 11/14 Gypsy Road wrote: I loved every minute of this book! As a child of the 80s and 90s, it was so easy to relate to all of the stories and side roads that make up the text. Each chapter focuses on a piece of the author's faith, and does so through pop culture references. Admittedly, I didn't get all of them (not much of a ... Totally!
On 11/6 Gypsy Road wrote: Written in both non-fiction and anecdotal format, this book alternates between feeling like a conversation with a buddy and a trip to your counselor. There are several great graphic 'posters' included, for those who are more visual, with sayings and slogans to stick in your arsenal of pick-me-ups. The ... Great Graphics
On 10/31 Gypsy Road wrote: Priscilla Allgyer left the community in hopes of escaping the expectations of Amish life. Now, years later, she is forced to return to the place she thought she’d left behind forever—along with her six-year-old son. Though once estranged from her family, Priscilla is welcomed by her mother, but her ... Fall for a New Book!
On 10/21 Gypsy Road wrote: The author has been through troubling times and come out the other side of those dark tunnels; this book is her way of sharing the lessons learned from these experiences with the world. It's written from a 'girlfriend' perspective - an ordinary woman that you could be sitting down and having coffee with ... Go Through..
On 10/21 Gypsy Road wrote: Slightly updated from an older version, this book maintains its simplicity in celebrating the wonder of the season. It focuses on the traditions as being centered around Jesus and Christianity, and includes some well-known and not-so-known information. After describing each tradition, the author explains ... A Read-Once
On 10/12 Gypsy Road wrote: This short story has several beautiful illustrations to accompany the easy-to-read text and would be a great bedtime story or read aloud for young readers. Unlike most Christmas books, it begins long before Jesus' birth, with the creation story, tales of Abraham, Egypt, and the journey that was taken ... Beautifully Done
On 10/8 Gypsy Road wrote: Darren and Heather Turner share a passion for serving God, family, and country. When Darren is deployed to Iraq as an army chaplain, Heather vows to serve military families back home as she cares for the couple’s three young children. Darren knows he’s overseas to support the troops in their suffering ... Fall Into a New Book! (& Giveaway)
On 10/4 Gypsy Road wrote: If you struggle to find the joy in each day, the silver lining in the clouds that seem to perpetually hang above us, you’re not alone. The author has created a devotional to help you make joy a part of your everyday living. Each part of the book is broken into bite-sized chunks that will leave you ... Take action!
On 10/4 Gypsy Road wrote: This book if full of beautiful photographs and scripture that will inspire you get to in the mood for Christmas! The text contains short devotions, written from Jesus' perspective, that speak to the reader. Each devotion is followed by a few related scriptures and has a winter or holiday-themed accompanying ... Great Gift!
On 10/1 Gypsy Road wrote: This is a collection of four "Prodigal Son" type stories, each from a different author, but with the common thread of the struggles to move back home after being absent for a time. My favorites were the first two, most likely due to the age of the characters (and thus relate-ability), but each story ... Fall Into a New Book!
On 9/26 Gypsy Road wrote: What a sweet book! It's a little sad, too, but in a bittersweet way. Callie is every-grandmother...or she's just like both of mine...and her relationship with her granddaughter outweighs all else. The author does such a good job of building characters that I was concerned for her myself! The cab driver ... Bittersweet & Perfect
On 9/18 Gypsy Road wrote: This has been a crazy year, full of focusing on the negatives in the world around us, and that makes this book wholly relevant and necessary. We _must_ disengage and just stop every now and again, and this is a wonderful book to help you do just that. Each day offers up a new, short (and thereby completely ... Necessary Book
On 8/26 Gypsy Road wrote: I loved this book! It looks like it will be a standalone, rather than part of a series. Until the end, I thought that maybe it'd be a first in a new series, but it becomes clear that it isn't. There are twists and turns, lots of spies and double agents, wartime changes to gender roles, and the strictest ... Great Cast of Characters
On 8/20 Gypsy Road wrote: I can't believe I'm reviewing an autumn book in August, but honestly, it's just got my excited for the upcoming season. In spite of ragweed's best attempts to kill it, my love for autumn reigns above all other seasons! If you have a friend who feels the same way, this is a great gift book. And if you're ... Love Autumn!
On 7/31 Gypsy Road wrote: The mother of ten and a widow of seven years, Mary Katherine is a bundle of energy, always willing to step in and help her friends around her Amish community. Now that her last child is married, she pours her abundant creative spirit into writing stories, even as she speaks aloud to her late husband ... Nice Series Continuation
On 7/31 Gypsy Road wrote: It happens every autumn. As soon as the leaves begin to turn bright, beautiful colors, the year sprints ahead on fast-forward! Take a few moments out of the hustle and bustle of the season to sink into a cozy chair with your little one and thank God for everything He’s given us with Precious Moments® ... Perfect for Little Ones!
On 7/25 Gypsy Road wrote: On an otherwise ordinary morning in 1943, Helene Hannemann is preparing her five children for the day when the German police arrive at her home. Helene’s worst fears come true when the police, under strict orders from the SS, demand that her children and husband, all of Romani heritage, be taken into ... A Fresh Perspective
On 7/17 Gypsy Road wrote: You can turn your shame to joy, your anger to advocacy, and your inner critic into your biggest champion. Do your emotions control you or do you control your emotions? Many people let guilt, anger, or self-criticism dominate their lives and negatively affect their relationships. Boundaries for Your Soul ... Acceptance is Key
On 7/17 Gypsy Road wrote: I Can Only Imagine asks questions a child might ask and invites families to wonder together: What is heaven like? What does God do? What would it be like to spend a day with Jesus? Children will see that although experiencing the glory of heaven may be far off, we can enjoy a friendship with Jesus every ... On the Child's Level
On 6/27 Gypsy Road wrote: I wanted to like this book. The cover is beautiful and the plot sounds intriguing and very promising, but I just didn't like it. I plowed all the way through it, thinking my interest would pick up, but this just wasn't a book I could connect with or endorse. I did, however, learn a bit about history ... Just not for me...
On 6/27 Gypsy Road wrote: This book appears to be the first in a new series of mysteries that are set in the 1930s. I love how the author has recreated the era, both in description and tone, incorporating historical settings of glamour, grit, and everything in between. While it is listed as a Christian book, the story is not ... Enjoy with a Cannoli!
On 6/22 Gypsy Road wrote: The tie that binds each of these four stories together is that they are celebrating something, including birthdays, baptisms, weddings, and Christmas. I like these stories because they show that the Amish go through many of the same struggles and challenges as the rest of us, but they do it with the ... Great collection!
On 6/14 Gypsy Road wrote: Admittedly, I'm a bigger fan of their music than I was of this book, but if you're not familiar with their music, you don't have to be. This book isn't about touring with the band, or even how she goes through the songwriting process, it's about their faith and the journey they've taken to get where ... Interesting View
On 6/13 Gypsy Road wrote: An interesting story set in Dust Bowl-era Oklahoma....it even reads like a period piece, very dismal, at times emotionless and just struggling to power through. The cast of characters is intriguing, especially the little boy and the story behind him; the magical elements of the coin-flipping lend an ... Interesting View
On 6/8 Gypsy Road wrote: Dolly Parton has entertained, educated, and inspired millions of fans for over five decades. Whether she’s writing songs, performing live, recording new albums, acting in or producing new movies and TV programs, expanding her wildly successful Dollywood amusement park, helping children around the world ... Coat of Many Colors...
On 6/1 Gypsy Road wrote: On the eve of a new year, Catherine Glick is expecting her bu of five years to propose. Instead, the unexpected arrival of an old boyfriend, Elijah, sends her life spiraling out of control. When a rash decision damages her current relationship, Catherine leaves for Florida to work in her cousin’s bakery—anything ... A Different Type of Amish Book...
On 6/1 Gypsy Road wrote: I've read several of these Amish collections, but it's rare that I've thoroughly enjoyed every single story included in them. I loved all of the stories in this collection....each brought a unique flavor to the table, and they all centered around the theme of family. Family doesn't always look like we ... Excellent!
On 5/13 Gypsy Road wrote: Life is better at the lake—but you already knew that. Capture the sweetest parts of lake life with 100 peaceful devotions and gorgeous photography in Devotions from the Lake. This beautiful book offers insight into how God meets us through rest and play, and how to bring all the best parts of “lake ... May 2018 New Releases & A GIVEAWAY!
On 4/24 Gypsy Road wrote: A follow up to A Place at the Table, this book features Jamie's sister, Laura, and her venture through grief. Having lost her mother and best friend, she sets her heart to doing good for others, only to find herself losing her heart and then losing her focus. She has to come to terms with her feelings, ... Looking forward to the third...
On 4/24 Gypsy Road wrote: A second Vietnam War book in the line-up this month, Martin brings to life the struggles of veterans, including PTSD, trouble with forgiveness, addiction, and abuse. There are war scenes that will leave you struggling to understand how anyone can move forward after these experiences. The story is told ... Phoenix Rising
On 4/18 Gypsy Road wrote: I've enjoyed every Melanie Shankle book I've ever picked up...she's like that friend who has no filter and isn't afraid to let you know it! Hearing her speak is like talking to a good friend; she has your best interests at heart and loves to help you be your best self. Unlike her other books, this is ... Perfect for Mother's Day!
On 4/16 Gypsy Road wrote: This wasn't what I expected the book to be, but it was so much better! These two sisters have suffered tremendously in their lives, and coped in their own ways, but the time comes for them to work together against a new evil that befalls them. Between the baby and the little girl, the love that they ... Interesting Plot!
On 4/9 Gypsy Road wrote: What a great book for mothers-to-be! (I'd say new moms, but who has the time?) This book really breaks it down and speaks to the different stages of motherhood in a conversational tone, not sugarcoating the bad parts, and being sure to include all of the juicy, good parts, too! It's not so much like ... For moms-to-be...
On 4/9 Gypsy Road wrote: This is a such a great book, full of activities and crafts, and broken down into bite-sized chunks for a few hours of fun at a time. Some activities can be done alone, and some require a parent to participate / supervise. Each of the sixty activities has an inspirational moment, a verse, and an activity ... Great Inside Fun!
On 3/30 Gypsy Road wrote: I've long enjoyed these short novella collections in the Amish series, and this one was no exception. Each of the stories brings something different to the table, but they all center around generations past, memories lost and reclaimed, and the joy of a continuous thread. Some of the books are connected ... Another great collection!
On 3/30 Gypsy Road wrote: Kate's loyalties bind her to the past. Henry's loyalties compel him to strive for a better future. In a landscape torn between tradition and vision, can two souls find the strength to overcome their preconceptions? Loyalty has been at the heart of the Dearborne family for as long as Kate can remember, ... It's about balance...
On 3/25 Gypsy Road wrote: This is such a beautiful book, and I am planning to get another one for a baby shower gift in the near future! It has scalloped edges on the pages, a handy bookmark, and is pocket-sized for easy travel (say, in a diaper bag). The verses are sorted by subject, such as anger, faith, kindness, and worry, ... Great Gift
On 3/19 Gypsy Road wrote: Betsy and Ty Franklin, owners of Franklin Dairy Farm in southern Alabama, have long since buried their desire for children of their own. While Ty manages their herd of dairy cows, Betsy busies herself with the farm’s day-to-day operations and tries to forget her dream of motherhood. But when her free-spirited ... Nice story
On 3/18 Gypsy Road wrote: To be successful in life, high school and college graduates need to stay in step with God. At each turn there are new challenges. What better help than this small book of God’s promises found in Scripture to bring guidance, comfort, and encouragement straight from the Word. Scripture passages are from ... Fantastic Gift Idea!
On 3/11 Gypsy Road wrote: Where the Fire Falls (Karen Burnett)Watercolorist Olivia Rutherford has shed her humble beginnings to fashion her image as an avant-garde artist to appeal to the region's wealthy art-collectors. When she lands a lucrative contract painting illustrations of Yosemite National Park for a travel magazine, ... MARCH into a New Read!
On 2/23 Gypsy Road wrote: Megan Jacobs always wished for a different heart. Her entire childhood was spent in and out of hospitals, sitting on the sidelines while her twin sister Crystal played all the sports, got all the guys, and had all the fun. But even a heart transplant three years ago wasn’t enough to propel Megan’s ... A Virtual Travel...
On 2/23 Gypsy Road wrote: Can’t Nothing Bring Me Down is the memoir of 101-year-old, world-record-holding runner Ida Keeling. Miss Ida, as she’s known throughout her Bronx community, isn’t your typical runner. Her fierce independence helped her through the Depression and the Civil Rights movement. But her greatest trials ... An Inspiring Story
On 2/10 Gypsy Road wrote: Oh my….I NEEDED to read this book. In fact, even though I was exhausted, I pulled two very long nights and finished it quickly (not really what I should have done…given the premise of the book itself!). Rachel Hollis may be a superstar, but her’s was a new name for me, so I came into this without ... Must-Read
On 2/7 Gypsy Road wrote: Moo moo, cows! Baa baa, sheep! When the sun sinks low down on the farm, the animals are all tuckered out from the day’s adventures. Join these adorable farm animals in pajamas as they say night night to the farm, to their mommies and daddies, and to God. Enjoy the award-winning artwork in a brand-new ... Perfect Bedtime Book
On 2/4 Gypsy Road wrote: Toren Daniels vanished eight months back, and his wife and kids have moved on—with more than a little relief. Toren was a good man but carried a raging temper that often exploded without warning. So when he shows up on their doorstep out of the blue, they’re shocked to see him alive. But more shocked ... A few strange parts, but good
On 2/4 Gypsy Road wrote: The Legends of Easter Treasury; Inspirational Stories of Faith and Hope contains three bestselling Easter stories that include The Legend of the Easter Egg, The Legend of the Easter Robin, and The Legend of the Sand Dollar. The Legend of the Easter Egg, written by Lori Walburg and illustrated by Richard ... Beautiful Children's Book
On 1/27 Gypsy Road wrote: Ivy Yoder hasn’t heard from John King in over a year. She knows it’s time to let go of the idea that they will one day marry, but she’s humiliated to be one of the oldest single women in her Amish community of Birch Creek. When quirky Cevilla Schlabach asks her to help clean out an attic, Ivy is ... Cozy & Relatable
On 1/27 Gypsy Road wrote: Ellie Carver arrives at her grandmother’s bedside expecting to find her silently slipping away. Instead, the beloved woman begins speaking. Of a secret past and castle ruins forgotten by time. Of a hidden chapel that served as a rendezvous for the French Resistance in World War II. Of lost love and ... Wonderfully Interwoven
On 1/17 Gypsy Road wrote: We all face challenges. On any given day, the problems of real life can take our breaths away. Our marriages, finances, relationships, and health are regular struggles, and that's just the beginning. Doesn't the Bible say the war has already been won? So why do we still battle? With humor and honesty, ... NEEDED to read as a teen
On 1/13 Gypsy Road wrote: Sometimes Jesus’s call to “fear not” seems like the hardest instruction to follow. Some days you faultlessly juggle everything that is your life—kids, husband, house, job, church, friendships, school, pets, appointments, and on and on. Other days the very thought of which ball you’re going ... Wisdom of an Older Girlfriend
On 12/29 Gypsy Road wrote: It’s been four years since Jennie’s husband died in a farming accident. Long enough that the elders in her Amish community think it’s time to marry again for the sake of her seven children. What they don’t know is that grief isn’t holding her back from a new relationship. Fear is. A terrible ... Waiting for Autumn...
On 12/29 Gypsy Road wrote: Love is in the air in these four sweet romances! Love and Buggy Rides (previously published in An Amish Harvest) Janie Lantz is a cashier at Lancaster Souvenirs and Buggy Rides, where Jonathan Stoltfuz is a buggy driver. A frightening accident brings Janie and Jonathan together in a blossoming friendship, ... Nice Love Collection
On 12/19 Gypsy Road wrote: In her long-awaited new book, Sheila Walsh equips women with a practical method for connecting with God’s strength in the midst of struggle. From daily frustrations that can feel like overwhelming obstacles to hard challenges that turn into rock-bottom crises, women will find the means to equip themselves ... Give it to God
On 12/19 Gypsy Road wrote: Owen Cross’s father is a hard man, proud in his brokenness, who wants nothing more than for Owen to succeed where he failed. With his innate talents and his father’s firm hand guiding him, Owen goes to college with dreams of the major leagues—and an emptiness full of a girl named Micky Dullahan. ... Baseball in the South...
On 12/15 Gypsy Road wrote: A lovely board book to accompany this craft (found at https://gypsyroadschool.blogspot.com/...) is With Love, From Me to You, by Mary Manz Simon. With Love, From Me to You is a board book for little ones that will remind them how important it is to love and be loved. With adorable illustrations and sweet, ... Perfect for Toddlers
On 12/13 Gypsy Road wrote: As parents of adult children, we often wonder: Will my children make good choices when they’re on their own? How can I let them go when I’ve held them for so long? Parent and author Jodie Berndt understands what it’s like to release children into the world and still care deeply about them and everything ... Good for Empty Nesters
On 12/5 Gypsy Road wrote: While American church culture (and American culture at large) seems largely designed for the extroverted, it’s estimated that half of the American population is introverted, and they’re often left wondering how, even if, they fit in the kingdom of God. As one of them, popular radio host Brant Hansen ... Ten Stars!
On 11/28 Gypsy Road wrote: If yesterday’s word was “simple,” tomorrow’s word will be “slow.” Our culture is shifting from fast food to health food both physically and spiritually. Self-care, soul-care, life coaches, and spiritual retreats all show our dissatisfaction in quick fixes and fast faith. The Sacred Slow is ... Weekly Workbook
On 11/28 Gypsy Road wrote: A few new books, and a brand new book giveaway!A Prairie Girl's Faith (Stephen Hines)A Prairie Girl's Faith provides the first extended, in depth discussion of the Christian faith of one of America's most beloved pioneer women--Laura Ingalls Wilder. Although the faith of the Ingalls' family pervades ... Black Friday Book Bonanza (giveaway hop)
On 11/22 Gypsy Road wrote: Once a year at Thanksgiving, we encounter Pilgrims as folksy people in funny hats before promptly forgetting them. In the centuries since America began, the Pilgrims have been relegated to folklore and children’s stories, fairy-tale mascots for holiday parties and greeting cards. The true story of ... Thanksgiving History
On 11/16 Gypsy Road wrote: The Announcement...Be on the lookout for this graphic next week - November 15th - as we kick off the holiday season with a big box of books for one lucky reader. This will be only one of over a hundred giveaways going on...hosted right here at Gypsy Road! Bookmark the site and be ... Cool New Books & an Annoucement for Bibliophiles!
On 11/9 Gypsy Road wrote: The Announcement...Be on the lookout for this graphic next week - November 15th - as we kick off the holiday season with a big box of books for one lucky reader. This will be only one of over a hundred giveaways going on...hosted right here at Gypsy Road! Bookmark the site and be ... Cool New Books & an Annoucement for Bibliophiles!
On 10/30 Gypsy Road wrote: Along with his volunteer work at the local fire department, running his Amish farm keeps Jamie Riehl busy. He barely has time to eat at the family table, never mind find someone to date. But when he meets Kayla Dienner, he is smitten. Kayla tries hard to deny her attraction to Jamie. After all, she’s ... Interesting New Amish Topic
On 10/30 Gypsy Road wrote: Finding Gobi: The True Story of One Little Dog's Big Journey is the incredible true story of Dion Leonard, a New York Times bestselling author and athlete, who was befriended by a stray dog while running an ultramarathon through the Gobi Desert. Named for the desert in which he found her, Gobi became ... Loved by my son!
On 10/25 Gypsy Road wrote: When Zoe returns home with her daughter and boyfriend Kyle, she finds that she’s the only person in town who doesn’t expect her to give up the life she’s established far away from Copper Creek. Everyone believes she was born to run the orchard, but how can she make it her home after so many years? ... Interesting to Follow Other Characters...
On 10/25 Gypsy Road wrote: I have never, for the millions of books I've read, ever wanted to meet an author so much after reading something. This book resonated with me in a way that nothing else of this genre has before, and I highly recommend it to (a) those who don't fit into the box, don't even want to fit in the box, but ... Wonderful!
On 10/12 Gypsy Road wrote: With all of the 'stuff' going on around the world these days, I was intrigued to learn more about the 'religion' that's wreaking so much havoc. I got a lot more than I bargained for! What I learned was that Islam isn't a religion like you and I would think of one...it's more of a political system, and ... Current Events...
On 10/12 Gypsy Road wrote: I was attracted to this book because of its beautiful cover and because it was about the mountains...which reminds me of home. All of the devotions have a mountain theme, and it's a great gift for any lover of nature and beauty. Each day begins with a Biblical passage, goes on to the short devotion, ... Beautiful Book!
On 10/7 Gypsy Road wrote: Out of all the books I read this week (and I usually read ten or more each week), this was definitely my favorite! I laughed out loud so many times with the narrator....it was like we were girlfriends catching up over some coffee. She keeps it very real, but any woman of a certain age (which would be ... Laugh out Loud Funny!
On 10/3 Gypsy Road wrote: Read the Christmas story like never before with favorite scriptures hand-lettered and illustrated. Celebrate the wondrous birth of Christ with 31 devotionals that will point each day to the Savior. Savor the season with The Beautiful Word for Christmas. This book includes: 23 Bible passages illustrated ... Beautiful Coffee Table Book!
On 10/3 Gypsy Road wrote: America is at a tipping point, and never has this been more apparent than right now. We are in danger of losing our spiritual and moral heritage, making many believe that we have fallen beyond the point of recovery. This book is here to say, that, yes, we have fallen. In fact, fallen much further than ... Even more crucial, in light of Vegas...
On 9/24 Gypsy Road wrote: It’s impossible to out-imagine God. He orchestrates time, creates light, and speaks things into existence—from the largest stars to the smallest starfish. God is a powerful, purposeful, personal, unparalleled Creator. Psalm 19:1 says, “The heavens tell the glory of God. And the skies announce what ... Wonderful for Older Kids, too!
On 9/20 Gypsy Road wrote: Enjoy all the best parts of the Christmas season as you spend time reflecting on God’s greatest gift for His children: the birth of Jesus. This unique coloring book also includes devotions perfect for the season. Take a few minutes out of the busyness of Christmas to spend time in devotional thought, ... Great Gift Idea
On 9/20 Gypsy Road wrote: Amid war and the fading dream of the Confederacy, a wounded soldier and a destitute widow discover the true meaning of Christmas - and of sacrificial love. Recently widowed, Aletta Prescott struggles to hold life together for herself and her six-year old son. With the bank threatening to evict, she discovers ... Great Beginning!
On 9/11 Gypsy Road wrote: Andrea Logan White appeared to be living the “American dream” or what many would call a “perfect life.” However, underneath the happy veneer of the model, actress, and producer, was a subtle, caustic voice leading to emptiness and self-destruction. She was being crushed under the weight of her ... Right Where You Are
On 9/11 Gypsy Road wrote: In the midst of busy schedules and endless to-do lists, joy seems like a luxury few can afford, let alone a foundational part of an identity rooted in Christ. God promises His children a life of joy, and yet it remains so easy to lose sight of the gifts He offers every day. Take a few minutes each morning ... Perfect for these Trying Times
On 9/3 Gypsy Road wrote: "There were seconds, when I woke, when the world felt unshrouded. Then memory returned." When Jessica regains consciousness in a French hospital on the day after the Paris attacks, all she can think of is fleeing the site of the horror she survived. But Patrick, the steadfast friend who hasn’t left ... Interesting Historical Read
On 8/25 Gypsy Road wrote: Winter Kisses by Beth Wiseman : Three generations of Stoltzfus women are all living under the same roof. At twenty-five, Naomi has never been married, and both her mother, Barbara, and her grandmother, Ruth, have recently been widowed. Each nursing broken or lonely hearts, they also each have potential ... Bite-Sized Perfection!
On 8/23 Gypsy Road wrote: No matter if it’s your child’s first step, first day of school, or first night tucked away in a new dorm room away from home, there comes a moment when you realize just how quickly the years are flying by. Christian music artist Nichole Nordeman’s profound lyrics in her viral hit “Slow Down” ... Cute Coffeetable Book
On 8/16 Gypsy Road wrote: Every heart longs to be seen and understood. Yet most of our lives is unwitnessed. We spend our days working, driving, parenting. We sometimes spend whole seasons feeling unnoticed and unappreciated. So how do we find contentment when we feel so hidden? In Unseen, Sara Hagerty suggests that this is ... A new challenge...
On 8/11 Gypsy Road wrote: It's summertime, and I read A LOT in the hot dog days of summer........so this month, we're bringing two posts of the summer's hottest new books! This week, it's children's books and non-fiction. Look for some fantastic, new, fiction reads next week.....PS - Pop in tomorrow for a great book ... Hot New Reads! Part I
On 8/9 Gypsy Road wrote: It's summertime, and I read A LOT in the hot dog days of summer........so this month, we're bringing two posts of the summer's hottest new books! This week, it's children's books and non-fiction. Look for some fantastic, new, fiction reads next week.....PS - Pop in tomorrow for a great book ... Hot New Reads! Part I
On 7/30 Gypsy Road wrote: Roman is on the verge of leaving the Amish ways. Feeling confined by the strict rules, he longs to do something more with his life. But when things don’t go as planned, Roman’s prospects outside of the community dwindle. Upon learning that his beloved grandmother has died and left a letter urging ... Eagerly Awaiting the Third Installment
On 7/30 Gypsy Road wrote: Jen Hatmaker believes backbone is the birthright of every woman. Women have been demonstrating resiliency and resolve since forever. They have incredibly strong shoulders to bear loss, hope, grief, and vision. She laughs at the days to come is how the ancient wisdom writings put it. But somehow women ... Something for All Ages
On 7/26 Gypsy Road wrote: Sylas Rutledge, the new owner of the Northeast Line Railroad, invests everything he has into this venture, partly for the sake of the challenge. But mostly to clear his father's name. One man holds the key to Sy's success--General William Giles Harding of Nashville's Belle Meade Plantation. But Harding ... Great Historical Read
On 7/19 Gypsy Road wrote: After getting the green light from her network to launch an investigative news show, Erica flies to Bismarck, North Dakota, to investigate Take Back Our Homeland, the largest secessionist group. What she finds is profoundly disturbing – a growing threat to the future of our union. Back home, her husband ... Needs to Stay in the Fiction...
On 7/13 Gypsy Road wrote: David Green believes that generosity and building a legacy based on giving can lead to getting back what you really want: a family that stays together, prays together, and shares life joyfully. Green tells the story of caring for the small things and starting Hobby Lobby in their garage. He shares the ... Good for Family Businesses
On 7/12 Gypsy Road wrote: Approximately fifty percent of marriages in the United State fail. Add to that the increasing number of couples who never marry, have children together, and later go their separate ways. In all of these scenarios, children suffer greatly—often in silence, as parents do not know how to effectively guide ... Must-Read for Parents
On 7/5 Gypsy Road wrote: Tenley Roth’s first book was a runaway bestseller. Now that her second book is due, she’s locked in fear. Can she repeat her earlier success or is she a fraud who has run out of inspiration? With pressure mounting from her publisher, Tenley is weighted with writer’s block. But when her estranged ... Love the Dual-Timeline
On 7/5 Gypsy Road wrote: Full of small towns and sparkling cities, this welcoming area invites all who visit to put your feet up, have a glass of ice tea in a mason jar and reminisce on some of the most wonderful things in the South. Written by true Southern gentleman H. Jackson Brown Jr., As Southern As It Gets is a charming ... A Book of Lists
On 6/18 Gypsy Road wrote: Author, speaker, and actor Nicole Johnson knows what it’s like to feel as if you’re drowning in crazy. When she couldn’t catch her breath or stay awake long enough to talk with her husband, let alone God, she sought to find new ways of “being” in her life. Creating Calm in the Center of Crazy ... Good, once you're into it
On 6/18 Gypsy Road wrote: Sixteen-year-old Faith has worked full-time in her parents’ restaurant since she finished eighth grade. She loves her Amish community—and the romantic attentions of her longtime friend, Gideon. When her sister seems to be getting too friendly with Englischers, and her parents are in a buggy accident, ... Awaiting the next in the series...
On 6/2 Gypsy Road wrote: When Noah and Josephine Mitchell discover their divorce was never actually finalized, their lives are turned upside down. Following his divorce, Noah gave up his dream job, settling at a remote horse ranch in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northern Georgia, putting much-needed distance between himself and ... Tackles Hard Issues with Beautiful Grace
On 6/2 Gypsy Road wrote: Take a walk through the fields and feel the warm breeze as you color your way through an Amish lifestyle. With intricate patterned quilts, beautiful scenery, and a focus on the simpler things in life, Quilts, Barns & Buggies will encourage you to relax on even the most hectic days. Sprinkled throughout ... Simply Beautiful
On 5/24 Gypsy Road wrote: We've been watching the Back to the Future trilogy in the evenings, and I just thought the graphic above was cute!!Our featured book....A Day at the Beach (Jedd & Todd Hafer)Do you yearn for a day at the beach where your mind and soul can wander away from life’s troubles? Do you gaze up at ... Books from the Future!
On 4/28 Gypsy Road wrote: It's spring and the books are popping up everywhere! We've divided this crop into 'children,' 'adult fiction,' and 'adult non-fiction.' Which one is first to go on your book wishlist??!ChildrenThe Bible Explorer's Guide (Zonderkidz)The Bible Explorer’s Guide lets children come ... Springtime Books
On 4/11 Gypsy Road wrote: A simple meal shared around a table. A fresh cup of coffee and God’s Word in the quiet hours of the morning. The joy of laughing with friends and family. Devotions from the Kitchen Table invites you to slow down and appreciate the gifts that are right in front of you. These ninety devotions will inspire ... Beautiful!
On 3/30 Gypsy Road wrote: Thirteen years ago, Natalie lost a part of herself when her twin sister died. Will traveling back to the family winery finally put the memory to rest, or will it completely destroy her? When Natalie Mitchell learns her beloved grandfather has had a heart attack, she’s forced to return to their family-owned ... Grief, Trust, and Forgiveness
On 3/20 Gypsy Road wrote: All Abel wants is a little bit of magic in his life. Enough money so his mom doesn’t cry at night. Healing for his broken body. And maybe a few answers about his past. When Abel discovers letters to him from the father he believed dead, he wonders if magic has come to the hills of Mattingly, Virginia, ... Journey Together
On 3/11 Gypsy Road wrote: Jalon Chupp has a past he isn’t proud to claim. He’s worked hard to overcome his youthful mistakes, and he has recommitted himself to his faith. When he receives a sweet note included in a piece of misdirected mail, he can’t help but write back. Soon, the letters he receives from Phoebe are the ... Sweet Tale of Redemption
On 2/1 Gypsy Road wrote: This month, we're featuring all kinds of LOVE! Siblings, parenting, historical, newlywed, and self. There's even a giveaway! So grab a blankie and settle in...When We Last Spoke (Marci Henna) With the heart and humor of Fannie Flagg’s Fried Green Tomatoes and ... Love Stuff (Elle King) + A Giveaway!!
On 1/20 Gypsy Road wrote: Rejuvenate.....a : to make young or youthful again : give new vigor tob : to restore to an original or new state My 2017 'word of the year' is rejuvenate. I plan to spend the year pampering my mind, spirit, and body... To paraphrase the Beatles, "it's ... 7 Books to Re-Prioritize Your Life this Year!
On 1/3 Gypsy Road wrote: Esther Emery was a successful playwright and theater director, wife and mother, and loving it all - until, suddenly, she wasn’t. When a personal and professional crisis of spectacular extent leaves her reeling, Esther is left empty, alone in her marriage, and grasping for identity that does not define ... Inspirational for Change
On 1/3 Gypsy Road wrote: Prepare your heart and mind to celebrate the risen Savior. It’s time for fresh spring blossoms, colored eggs, special recipes, and family gatherings. This year, with each tradition, small celebration, and new story, take the time to stop and discover the ways Jesus is showing His love for you. In ... Perfectly Beautiful!
On 12/17 Gypsy Road wrote: Shannan Martin had the perfect life: a cute farmhouse on six rambling acres, a loving husband, three adorable kids, money, friends, a close-knit church—a safe, happy existence. But when the bottom dropped out through a series of shocking changes and ordinary inconveniences, the Martins followed God’s ... Like a Girlfriend
On 12/8 Gypsy Road wrote: Grace for the Moment offers inspiring devotions to grow in your faith as you embrace the hope of the Lord every day. Each daily reading features devotional writings from Max’s numerous bestsellers as well as a Scripture verse selected especially for each day's reading. This deluxe, large edition of ... A Lovely Gift
On 12/8 Gypsy Road wrote: The NIV Bible for Teen Guys, designed specifically for guys ages 13 to 18, is for real teenage guys with real lives. Packed with daily readings, highlighted promises of God, challenging insights, smart advice, and open discussion about the realities of life, this Bible is designed to help teen guys grow ... Great for Teens & Pre-Teens
On 11/29 Gypsy Road wrote: This book was a huge disappointment, largely because it doesn’t say anywhere that you’re going to need to budget the extra $89 per person to take the test. And the test is really a required element, if you’re going to get anything out of the book. The strengths include : Connectedness, Harmony, ... Not Recommended...
On 11/5 Gypsy Road wrote: Emily Price—fix-it girl extraordinaire and would-be artist—dreams of having a gallery show of her own. There is no time for distractions, especially not the ultimate distraction of falling in love. But Chef Benito Vassallo’s relentless pursuit proves hard to resist. Visiting from Italy, Ben works ... One Sitting
On 10/26 Gypsy Road wrote: Rest. You crave it. Your body needs it. Your tired soul longs for it. But in the madness of your day-to-day rush, how can you possibly find it? Truth be told, when life’s demands overwhelm us, the first thing we sacrifice is our own rest. But God has a different plan for us: He made us to enjoy deep, ... What We Need
On 10/26 Gypsy Road wrote: Join Jesus as He travels with His disciples through the Galilean countryside. Press through the throngs at the temple in Jerusalem. Marvel at the Savior’s challenging words, miraculous authority, and tender compassion. Watch as strength floods a lame man’s limbs and wonder washes over his face. And ... Good, but Long
On 10/19 Gypsy Road wrote: In Raising an Original, Carr helps to redefine the primary purpose of Christian parenting, this raising of the next generation. God has given each of our children specific gifts, abilities and capacities for specific purposes and He can equip parents to discover and support those powerful personality ... Great Parenting Book!
On 10/14 Gypsy Road wrote: In the swirling busyness of December, take a moment to relax and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. We all know that Christmas is a time to celebrate Christ the King born to us, to enjoy our family and friends, and to indulge in those annual traditions we look forward to every year. But even though ... Re-center the Spirit
On 10/8 Gypsy Road wrote: At the age of eighteen, musician and songwriter Cooper O’Connor took everything his father held dear and drove 1,200 miles from home to Nashville, his life riding on a six-string guitar and the bold wager that he had talent. But his wager soon proved foolish. Five years after losing everything, he ... Great Story
On 10/4 Gypsy Road wrote: Written for children ages four to eight, Christmas Love Letters from God cleverly combines both prose and poetry as the story of Jesus’ birth unfolds. The book includes seven stories, beginning with Isaiah’s prophecy and ending with the visit of the wise men. Following each story, the child will ... Like the Jolly Postman...
On 9/27 Gypsy Road wrote: With All Due Respect is a handbook for parents navigating the difficulties of the tween and teen years. Roesner and Hitchcock help parents identify what successful relationships look like and give easy-to-follow lessons in enforcing rules, communicating lovingly, resetting relationships, overcoming fears ... Great for Pre-Teen Parenting
On 9/13 Gypsy Road wrote: For this session, the books are organized in the order that I read them....kids' books and adult books alike are intermingled here.Home Sewn (Cassandra Ellis)This beautiful craft book features distinctive sewing projects dedicated to living, resting, eating, and sharing. Use quality materials—from ... Back to the Books!
On 9/5 Gypsy Road wrote: Berenstain Bears Holiday Cookbook (Berenstain)Be part of the fun and join Mama, Papa, Brother, Sister, and Honey Bear as they cook up holiday favorites and some unique eats for friends and family with the all-new The Berenstain Bears Holiday Cookbook. Filled with traditional holiday favorites like ... Groovy Giveaway!
On 9/5 Gypsy Road wrote: Hey, you. Are you debating whether to destroy something with your bare hands or curl up on the couch for a decade or two? This book will solve all of your problems. (Sheesh, that’s aiming a bit high.) This book is a cup of hot coffee, a ginormous bar of chocolate, or the magical fairy that comes over ... It's Not Fair...It's Life
On 8/18 Gypsy Road wrote: What if there was a place where everything wrong in your life could be fixed? Corporate trainer Jake Palmer coaches people to see deeper into themselves—yet he barely knows himself anymore. Recently divorced and weary of the business life, Jake reluctantly agrees to a lake-house vacation with friends, ... Journey Inward
On 7/16 Gypsy Road wrote: The Witnesses (Robert Whitlow) Parker House’s secret inheritance is either his greatest blessing . . . or his deadliest curse. The fresh-faced North Carolina attorney shares his German grandfather’s uncanny ability to see future events in his mind’s eye—a gift that has haunted 82-year-old Frank ... First Book by this Author
On 6/17 Gypsy Road wrote: Featuring a carefully curated reading treasury of the best children's literature for each area of the globe, as well as practical parenting suggestions and inspiration, Give Your Child the World helps moms and dads raise insightful, compassionate kids who fall in love with the world and are prepared ... Great Resource!
On 6/12 Gypsy Road wrote: One Paris Summer (Denise Grover Swank) Most teens dream of visiting the City of Lights, but it feels more like a nightmare for Sophie Brooks. She and her brother are sent to Paris to spend the summer with their father, who left home a year ago without any explanation. As if his sudden abandonment weren't ... Great for Moms and Teens
On 6/1 Gypsy Road wrote: In our fast-paced, success-obsessed culture, we’re constantly tempted to chase after things that don’t matter. We’ve been conditioned to value possessions over people, status over relationships, and ourselves over God. But the reality is this: God created love to be the centerpiece of our lives. ... A Good Reminder
On 5/18 Gypsy Road wrote: Since the release of the newest Star Wars movie, I have been living in a Star Wars world with these boys. Actually, to be more precise, a Lego Star Wars world! But we've drawn some parallels through our play, and they're still picking up a thing or two. When creating Star Wars, George ... MAY the Force be With You!
On 4/14 Gypsy Road wrote: Caroline is just getting her feet wet at the prestigious Code 13, but is thankful for at least one familiar face—her old flame, P.J. MacDonald. He loops her into the assignment he is currently working on—the legality of a proposed drone-sharing contract with Homeland Security that would allow the ... Start with Book One
On 3/23 Gypsy Road wrote: New York City life had crammed sidewalks, gasoline-filled puddles, and angry taxi drivers, but Juliette enjoyed the towering sky-scrapers, the half-block walk to school, and the restaurant smells wafting into her bedroom. She had never cared for a horse, let alone a long-horn, when her mother announced ... Better than Expected!
On 3/12 Gypsy Road wrote: One minute, Joanna Schrock was arguing with her parents, and the next, her parents’ lives were claimed in a hit-and-run buggy accident. Her body is broken, but her heart is in even deeper pain— after all, how do you cope with your parents’ deaths when your last words were spoken in anger? After ... Definitely want to Read the First One
On 3/9 Gypsy Road wrote: As early as 50 AD, Christians had gotten away from knowing who Jesus really is. Our generation is no different. In every decade we, as Americans, lost something important that we couldn't afford to lose: In the 1950's, we lost innocence In the 1960's, we lost respect for authority In the 1970's, we lost ... What We're Missing
On 2/28 Gypsy Road wrote: Thirteen years ago, Evie's firefighter husband was killed in the line of duty, leaving her to raise their young son, Cody, alone. Now, Cody is marrying the love of his life, and as he packs up his belongings, the house feels as empty as Evie's heart. But for all her planning and mad organizational skills, ... Spring Into a New Book!
On 2/6 Gypsy Road wrote: The first thing I’d say about this book is that, while it’s touted as a Christian-themed thriller, it’s really not overtly religious in nature. There are a couple of subtle mentions of religion and God, but that’s about it. Also, and perhaps why it’s marketed here, for a thriller, there was ... Ups and Downs
On 2/5 Gypsy Road wrote: When all else fails, turn to the divine taste of hummingbird cake. In the South you always say “yes, ma’am” and “no, ma’am.” You know everybody’s business. Football is a lifestyle not a pastime. Food—especially dessert— is almost a religious experience. And you protect your friends ... Bittersweet
On 1/20 Gypsy Road wrote: I absolutely loved this book, but what's not to love? It is a compilation of four novellas, written by four different Amish-fiction-authors, where each novella centers around the theme of the market. They're all stand-alone stories, so you can read one tonight and not touch it for a week, without losing ... Amish Market
On 12/28 Gypsy Road wrote: Imagine yourself a thirteen-year-old hundreds of miles away from home, in a strange city, and your mom leaves you at a bus station parking lot and drives off into the night with her lover. That's the real life story of country music star Jimmy Wayne. It's a miracle that Jimmy survived being hungry and ... Walk to Beautiful
On 12/28 Gypsy Road wrote: The heart of God can be found in the unlikeliest places, in the unlikeliest people. Midnight Jesus shares fascinating, bizarre, and sometimes humorous true-life stories of everyday people looking for hope in their darkest hours. Poignant and unpretentious, Jamie paints beauty where at times it seems ... Midnight Jesus
On 12/13 Gypsy Road wrote: Ashley Tolliver has tended to the women of her small Appalachian community for years. As their midwife, she thinks she has seen it all. Until a young woman gives birth at Ashley’s home and is abducted just as Ashley tries to take the dangerously bleeding mother to the nearest hospital. Now Ashley is ... Lovely Trip to the Appalachians
On 12/7 Gypsy Road wrote: This is a spiritual science fiction book, and it works!! I don’t think there is a person alive that wouldn’t change some of their life choices, if given an opportunity to view the outcome through the lens of long term consequences. As the cover says, "If you think fiction can't change your life and ... It'll Change Your Life!
On 11/23 Gypsy Road wrote: I cannot write this review, because I never received the book to read. I emailed BookLook at least five times, and used the contact page, but no one ever got back to me. I cannot, and will not, review a book that I have not read. I thought that maybe if I completed this form, someone would actually ... DID NOT RECEIVE BOOK
On 11/10 Gypsy Road wrote: Just months after the closure of the Chicago World’s Fair, librarian Lydia Bancroft finds herself fascinated by a mysterious dark-haired and dark-eyed patron. He has never given her his name; he actually never speaks to a single person. All she knows about him is that he loves books as much as she ... The Homemade Kitchen
On 10/27 Gypsy Road wrote: As manager of the Tidewater Inn, Delilah Carter has been planning a spectacular Christmas wedding for her friends at the grand hotel overlooking the ocean. While picking up still more twinkly lights and some last-minute groceries for the reception dinner, a huge truck runs her off the freezing, wet roads ... Really enjoyed this book
On 10/2 Gypsy Road wrote: This is my first fictional Max Lucado book, and I was not disappointed. The underlying messages of keeping the faith alive, letting go, and having hope are just what so many of us need to be reminded of these days. It did take me a while to get into it, and I nearly put it down before getting more ... Took a Bit, but Worth It
On 10/2 Gypsy Road wrote: Join the Bear cubs as they learn all about Jesus’ holy birth. From the angel Gabriel’s announcement to Mary to the visit from the three wise men, join Mama, Papa, Brother, Sister, and Honey as they discover the story of the very first Christmas. The newest Berenstain Bears book is out this year ... Great New Christmas Book!
On 9/26 Gypsy Road wrote: I had never heard of this story before, but I loved it! It is simple and beautifully illustrated. The short version is that cookies were originally made to tell others about the real Christmas story of Jesus being born. You'll want to read the story itself, though, to see the rest of the history. ... A New Classic
On 9/20 Gypsy Road wrote: Biff and Becka are recurring characters in a series. They are part of a family of rabbits being raised in a Christian home. I'm not sure why they are rabbits, since everything else about them is decidedly human. Their parents speak constantly about scripture, which isn't always bad, but every.single.thing. ... Not What I Expected, but Not Bad
On 9/1 Gypsy Road wrote: I liked the idea of this story because bullying is a big issue in our society today. Bullying should never be okay; it is wrong and hurtful. And sometimes it creates a desperation that leads up to more serious situations. This book was engaging and easy to read, and hits on some key points as far as ... Sorry..Not Sorry
On 8/30 Gypsy Road wrote: This was one of the best collection of novellas that I've read. I was familiar with only one of the authors, but will be checking out works from the other two now. The stories were short and simple, the women weren't pathetic, and the men were down-to-earth. In each of the stories, the bride has a ... Short & Sweet!
On 8/28 Gypsy Road wrote: This is the second in a series, so there were parts of the first story included in this book. The book focuses on the Turtle – a submarine built for the purpose of attempting to sabotage British ships during the war. At the back of the book are a glossary, a set of questions, historical letters, and ... Submarines, Secrets and a Daring Rescue (American Revolutionary War Adventures) (Hardcover)
On 7/27 Gypsy Road wrote: I love clean romance books, the ones that are actually romantic. So no, I never caught on to Fifty Shades or Twilight, but preferred the novels that are not quite romance books but have more substance to them. I Hope You Dance–well, it is certainly the former, as it is a very clean romance (being a ... I Hope You Dance
On 7/27 Gypsy Road wrote: Ms. Tosi is undoubtedly a greater expert on Native American culture than I, however, I found myself utterly unable to believe the characters that she presented. I suppose I always put myself in the shoes of the protagonist and as Luci Garling was dragged away by a savage man in war paint and carrying ... Crimson Path of Honor
On 7/27 Gypsy Road wrote: Noah’s Voyage tells the story of a brave and faithful hero of the Old Testament. Written in the I Can Read level two standards, with age-appropriate vocabulary and concepts, young readers read about Noah, a simple man with great faith and trust in God. When God asks Noah to follow his directions, build ... Noah's Voyage
On 7/7 Gypsy Road wrote: This was such a great read! It was light-hearted and funny in all the right places, while covering a serious topic. As Stella struggles to find her new identity, and overcome past relationships to move forward, you feel like you're standing beside her. One step forward, two steps back, she dances her ... Summer Breeze (Seals & Crofts)