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Soul Surfer

Bethany Hamilton was a normal 13 year-old girl. She loved to dress up and was planning to go out trick-or-treating for Halloween. She lived in Hawaii with her family and was a very competitive surfer. On Halloween, she and her best friend Alana were doing what they loved to do, surfing. They were relaxing on their boards just talking when the unthinkable happened. All of a sudden a shark came from out of nowhere and bit Bethany's arm off. She was so surprised and didn't really even feel pain when it happened. She calmly got herself to shore with the help of Alana and her father. Thus began her journey of learning to live with her disability. She is a good Christian girl, and she instinctively knew that Heavenly Father wouldn't give her any trials that she couldn't get through and that wouldn't be for her benefit in the long run. I LOVE the movie Soul Surfer, it's such a clean movie with an incredible story about Bethany and her family. I love how they talk about their faith, they are such amazing people. I put this book on hold at the library ages ago, because I wanted to read what Bethany herself said about her experience, I think everyone else must have had the same idea, because it took forever to get it! I was amazed a the depth she showed in this book. She was only 14 years old when she wrote it, and she talks about her faith and her life as if she were much older. I loved this book just as much as the movie! 

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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 …