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Faith Behind the Fences

This book is a true story, in a novel form. Because, like historical fiction, you can't always know exactly what was said when or by who. Sumatra is a hot and humid island. At the beginning of World War 2 it was ruled by the Dutch. There were also a lot of Dutch citizens that lived there. Hanny Londt-Shultz and her family were some of them. They lived a normal life of school, fun with friends and family and music on the island of Sumatra. Soon though, they learned that the Japanese were trying to take over the islands to use their natural resources. Hanny's father tried to prepare his family as best as he could for the Japanese takeover. He buried all of their valuables beneath a slab of concrete in the backyard. He put all of their important papers into a hidden compartment of a suitcase that his wife Tina would carry with her. And then he did what the Dutch government wanted him to do. He sabotaged the mines and oil fields of the island in any way that he could think of. Almost as soon as he returned from his sabotage mission, he and his family were transported in the middle of the night into Japanese prison camps. This is the story of life in those camps. It was a very touching and sad story of hunger, lice, sickness and the spirit of these good people that helped them to live through the war and be able to resume life afterward. I loved the amount of faith these people had: faith that Heavenly Father loved them and had a plan for their lives, faith that they would make it out of these camps and see their beloved Pappy again, faith that they could move forward and help others, no matter their own circumstances. This was a great book, it's well worth reading!

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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 …