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Once Was Lost

I saw this book on the Fire and Ice blog, so I thought that I would try it! Samara is a pastor's daughter growing up in a small town in California. Everyone in her father's congregation seems to have a say in how they should spend the money her father is paid to be the pastor, which could be really annoying, and may have been one thing that pushed her mother over the edge. You see, her mother is kind of an alcoholic, and she's been in a bit of an accident. She was told she had to do a rehab program and she's been there just a couple of weeks. Something Sam can't understand is why her dad hasn't told the congregation where her mother is at. That's kind of frustrating to her, because she knows everyone is talking about her family and making their own judgements as to what has happened to her mom. Life seems to go along as normal, and Sam is wrapped up in her own problems, until another young girl from her church is abducted. Then all of a sudden life shuts down, none of the kids are supposed to go anywhere by themselves, and they are expected to search for and pray for Jody. Sam's not sure what to think, she isn't sure that prayer works any more, she isn't sure about either of her parents either. I enjoyed this book, it was fairly clean, a little bit of blaspheme and one scriptural swear word. I'm not sure that I'd let my 10 year-old read it, but maybe a 15 or 16 year old would enjoy this book.

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About the CD: Award-winning tenor Nathan Pacheco has toured the world featured alongside world-class artists such as Yanni, Katherine Jenkins, and Placido Domingo. In all of his travels across South America, through Europe and Asia, and across America, Nathan often includes spiritually rooted and uplifting songs in his repertoire. This album is a collection of his favorite songs that connect with those spiritual moments from his performances across the world. These songs take the listener on a beautiful journey with classic hymns such as "Be Thou My Vision," soaring Italian epics like "Nella Fantasia," and modern classics such as "Forever," by Kari Jobe. Performing with intimate acoustic backing and often featuring piano and cello, Nathan's desire with this album is to help people reach higher, to feel deeper spiritual connection, and to find peace through songs that life the soul.

Track List
1. Forever
2. Be Thou My Vision
3. The Lord’s Prayer
4. His Love

Deseret Bookshelf Plus Review

I'm super excited to be able to tell you about Deseret Bookshelf's newest feature, Plus. I actually first heard about plus coming six months ago at Deseret Book's ladies night. I thought it sounded pretty great and now that I've tried it, I think it's even better than it sounded. It's basically a subscription that you add on top of the Deseret Bookshelf App. If you have Deseret Book's Platinum membership, you pay only $6.99 a month or $69 a year. If you don't it's $9.99 a month or $99 a year. Either way that's a really good deal for what you are going to be getting.

Here's the deal. With plus, you get to listen to all of their audiobooks...for FREE! Something I noticed on this is that you get to listen to even the newest books that are just barely in the store for FREE. I love this! Who has the time to run to the store to grab the book the very day it comes out? Not me, I'm too busy chasing kids around to do that!

Not to mention - have you…

Kayaks and Kisses

About the book: Brynn Caley is about to start her dream career running an outdoor sporting goods store when an out-of-town business guru makes his own offer on the property. Coerced into forming a temporary partnership, Brynn, with her ski experience, finds she has to work with fishing expert Gage to run the year-round shop. 

Through a series of innocent misconceptions and a few blatant lies, Brynn doesn’t realize that the handsome single guy on the construction crew is her new partner, and he doesn’t want to set her straight until he can gain her favor. She, on the other hand, would do anything not to work with the stuffy businessman she’s only met through email. 

Inspired by the movies You’ve Got Mail and The Shop around the Corner, Kayaks & Kisses is a heart-warming tale of finding love in autumn leaves, outdoor activities, and new friendships.

My review: This book was so fun! I loved that it's loosely based on one of my very favorite movies, You've Got Mail. There was at …