Monday, January 27, 2014

An Update, Long Overdue!

I know that I have been MIA for several months and now, suddenly, I am posting reviews. You deserve a long explanation. In fact, I am sure that you are all sitting on pins and needles just waiting to hear where I have been! (sarcasm, obviously)
Things have been a little crazy here. We are loving the new house. Shortly after we moved, my Poppa, my absolute favorite person on the planet, went to be with my granny and Jesus very unexpectedly one night! The pain that I experienced during that time was numbing. I knew that he was better off and that there was no way that I would ever wish him back. I just hurt. I didn't get to say good-bye or prepare the way that I did with Granny....I talked to him on Monday and Friday he was gone.  To say that I was devastated would be an understatement. I know as Christians we have hope in Christ of Heaven. I know that my poppa went to be with Jesus. I do not know how people without that hope make it through a loss like I experienced. Even with my knowledge and all the hope that I do have, my heart was broken into a million pieces.
The holidays were the hardest. I tried to absorb myself with family, but the depression took a deep seed in me during the last few months. I have found the way back to the surface again and have grieved appropriately. I can now sit and remember all the good memories of my poppa and smile! I am thankful for the time that I did have with him. I am thankful for the promise and hope that we will be reunited again one day!

This semester I am in a ladies Bible study at church focusing on going deeper with Christ! I cannot tell you how excited I am! It is so nice to be reminded that I am not a slave to sin and this world! Praise Jesus, because of His sacrifice, I can run to the Mercy Seat!!!

I am not sure how often I will post now that I am back. Life is precious. My time with my little ones is valuable and can never be replaced. I am enjoying teaching Popper how to tell time and reading him The Magic Tree House series. Brother Bear is having a time potty training. Sister likes the potty, but is teething like crazy lately! My days and hours are filled to the brim! I am loving every minute of my family! Daddy T has an exciting new opportunity coming his wys in the next few months and I cannot wait to fill you in more when the time is right! I am learning about essential oils and all their benefits! I am loving the way my house smells lately. (an added bonus!)

I'll be back soon! Until then, Blessings!

The Boy That Walked A Way by Nancy Janes- A Book Review

About the BookIn the year 2162, a young boy named Jal Valhyn is caught in a maelstrom of violence and conflict. His country is at war and the world government based on humanistic principles that had fulfilled its promise of a halcyon peace for over a century has fallen. Alone and helpless, he has an encounter with an invisible being that leads to a seven-day journey. With his two appointed companions he sets out for a safe haven far from the world of danger and turmoil. Each day's trek brings the gift of new friendships and a growing awareness that life has dimensions grounded in more than the material. He intuitively understands the faith that sustains the inhabitants of an enduring peaceable kingdom.

My Impression:   My first impression of the book was that the cover was beautiful! It made me want to dive right in and devour the book. However, I had an incredibly hard time getting into this book. The first few chapters didn't 'grab me' the way that I expected.  

I thought this was going to be a fun read that I could enjoy with my children for bedtime. I believe that they would very much enjoy Sammie and Bea, the swan and butterfly. However, I think that they vocabulary is higher than my lower elementary children. The names are hard to pronounce and it was overall difficult to read aloud.  
I think this book is much better suited for middle-school-aged or high-school-aged children and older. 
Overall, the book was very well written. It has some very important life lessons that are taught through young Jal, the main character. I appreciate the overall theme of the book and that it is a good clean read for young pre-teens to teens. I will probably put this away on my shelf and try again to read it to my children when they hit that age.

About the Author:The Boy Who Walked A Way began several ago and was published in 2013. The book is a an allegory written on simple lines suitable for both adults and children.

Nancy Janes has written on various Christian based topics since childhood. She grew up in the Appalachians of Kentucky where her Christian heritage rooted firmly before relocating to an urban setting in mid-adolescence. She attended Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and obtained a Masters degree in Social Work.

Her mental health career focused on therapy for families, children, women’s issues and the elderly. She wrote programs for families and other work related activities. After retirement she resumed writing fiction and finds its demands as absorbing as her former occupation.

The Appalachians have once again reclaimed her after an interlude in the West. She and her Quaker husband live in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

Another work of fiction based on selected characters from the book, The Boy Who Walked A Way will be released in the future.

You can purchase your copy at Amazon.

Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.