Sunday, February 26, 2012

Rebirth Blog Tour Stop 9

How did a remnant of scattered Jews rise to build a mighty superpower in the Middle East? Fleeing his father’s anti-Semitic organization, Charles Devonshire journeys into the most volatile landgrab in history—Post WWII Palestine. Charles pursues a beautiful but mysterious librarian, Gladia, who introduces him to the elaborate Jewish underground.

While joining their plight to reestablish a homeland, he falls in love with her and faces painful challenges in developing a relationship within their culture gap. And in the midst of battling the hostile inhabitants who also laid claim to Palestine, he searches for clues of his own troubled past. Can Charles pursue love, uncover his family secrets and avoid being trapped in the middle of the world’s longest feud? Rebirth draws you into 1948, into a world of intrigue, espionage and anti-Semitism. Witness how ancient prophecies were fulfilled against impossible odds as Israel built a nation and defied skeptics. Journey through the precarious events that led to Israel’s miraculous rebirth on May 14, 1948.

Experience the unrelenting pursuits of the most persecuted race, and how their renewed strength reestablished their original language, customs and land cultivations after 2,000 years of desolation—an accomplishment no other nation can claim. Watch Rebirth’s exciting 90 second book trailer at:

Dave Longeuay is a multimedia producer and has been an avid student of prophecy and Israeli biblical history for over two decades.

This was an eye-opening book on a piece of world history that is not discussed much if at all in North American schools! I really enjoyed the story and following Charles through such a turbulent time. The extensive research comes out when you are reading this book because there is no lacking on detail. I recommend this to everyone as it is a time that should be recognized and if you love a good story that teaches you as well ... you must get this book.

To get your hands on a copy go to Dave's website at

To see what else people are saying check out the rest of the Rebirth Blog Tour by Lightning Book Promotions

Tour Schedule:
19th Rebecca @ A Words Worth
20th Jacque @ Good Family Reads
23rd Linda @ One Desert Rose
24th Michelle @ Healing Hearts
24th Kathleen @ Celtic Lady’s Reviews
26th Jennifer @ Mommy’s Reading Too..
27th Libby @ Libby’s Library

Friday, February 24, 2012

Blog Update

Please be aware that while there has been little action at Mommys Reading Too, this will be fixed as soon as I am back on my feet. As per the update a few weeks ago I have become ill myself and is taking much longer to get over than expected. I will get out reviews as soon as I can.

Thank you

Friday, February 17, 2012

Leaving the Hall Light On by Madeline Sharples

Leaving The Hall Light On

Leaving the Hall Light On is about living after loss. It's about finding peace and balance and various ways the author, Madeline Sharples, finds to bring herself together after feeling so helpless and out of control during her son Paul's 7-year struggle with bipolar disease and after his suicide in September 1999.

This book takes you on a journey no mother ever wants to take, but if you do, Madeline Sharples shows readers that you can come out the other end a survivor. The moving story is written very well and as it moves along I did not want to put it down, I wanted to know how she kept going. I like the way that she showed the good and the bad and was not out to sugar coat the details. The story is as it happened and from the heart. I think that this is a necessary read for anyone who has a family member dealing with a mental illness and to all other readers who enjoy reading about those who have overcome hurdles in their life and have come out the other side to share their stories.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Dancing In Heaven by Christine M. Grote

Dancing in Heaven: A Sister's Memoir

Dancing in Heaven is an inspirational story about my sister Annie s life, death, and her significance in the lives of those of us who loved her and others who were touched by her. Born with severe brain damage, Annie never outgrew the needs of an infant. She didn’t walk or talk. Our parents fed her, changed her clothes, and lifted her from her bed to her wheelchair and back for her entire life of 51 years. This memoir provides a window into my family’ s life with a severely disabled member. But more importantly, Dancing in Heaven is a testimony to the basic intrinsic value of human life.

This is a beautiful tribute to the author's younger sister who to the outside world was very different but to her, was just her little sister. The story is so touching and loving and takes us into the mind of her family members who thought of Annie's disabilities as just something that was part of her and it did not change the fact that they loved her and that she was a part of the family. The writing is beautiful and while there were times I felt my eyes well up with tears, there were many parts that made me smile. I really did enjoy this intimate look into such a wonderful family.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Blog Update - Why no new reviews this week ??????

Hi All,

Hope your week is going better than mine.

Just popping in for a minute as I have been pretty much unreachable for the past week and will be most likely for another week (blog, email, social networks, ect). This is one Mommy who has not been able to get online for a bit because DD has caught a VERY nasty bug and while she is slowly on the mend, DS is just getting it :( 

So while I had a minute in between taking care of my babies (and myself as I have the tail end of it too) I wanted to let you all know that I haven't disapeared I am just on a short "sick leave". Too all my readers I will hopefully be back on track by next week. To all the authors who have sent me emails and to those who are waiting for reviews .... I will respond to email as soon as I can ..... but rest assure I am still finding time to read and Memoir Month will happen! I have so many great recomendations and I will tell you all about them later in the month!

And now back to being Dr. Mommy .....

Talk to you soon :)

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Homeschool Helper Gr. 5 to 8: Nettie Parker’s Backyard By C.V. Smith

Nettie Parker’s Backyard is the story of a magical, wonderful, African-American woman of Gullah heritage.  The mystical signs Nettie receives throughout her life always guide her to help others, ultimately leading her to find and care for eight, Jewish child refugees in WWII London.  The special bonds of love that Nettie and the children form are so strong, nothing can break them:  neither time nor distance, proving love truly is the greatest force of all in a surprise twist ending.  The current and inspiring themes of anti-bullying and tolerance toward all are woven throughout the tale.  The Holocaust, the Kindertransport, Kristallnacht and Europe during the war years of 1939-1945 are key topics; similarly, the development of slavery in the 1500’s, as well as prejudice in the United States are discussed, as Nettie tells of her experiences while growing up in the 1920’s and 1930’s American South.  Determined to be a nurse, but locked out of colleges at home, Nettie accepts a fortuitous scholarship to study in London and is thrown right into the start of WWII.  Badly injured in a blitzkrieg attack, Nettie is forced to spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair.  Disheartened, the combination of her mystical signs and a chance meeting with two young refugee boys bring Nettie back to her old self:  determined, compassionate and committed as she embarks on a new mission in life.  Years later, when life-sized stone statues suddenly begin appearing in her backyard, Nettie is forced to unravel their mystery, and in doing so reveals her true purpose in life along with the explanation of her mystical signs.  A bit of the supernatural combined with a ribbon of intrigue holds the readers’ attention throughout, while simultaneously learning crucial lessons from past world events in this unique tale.  It is quite a mixture of history, cultures, races and religions; however, it all works within the story of the courageous and heroic main character’s life, inspiring the audience to see that what really matters is the "core" of each person, and that acceptance of others and their differences truly means enriching themselves.  The book is a great “pleasure” read for ages 9-13, as well as for adults, as reflected in numerous stellar reviews from all ages.  The novel has additionally been designed as a historical supplement for classroom use.  Written via flash-back style, the story unfolds as the book’s child narrator, Halley, interviews her mentor, Nettie, for a school project.

I have a great interest in history and even though I am not a tween I loved this book. The story of Nettie's life during World War 2 is told so vividly that you can feel the pain and hardships she had to endure living in Europe at that time. I think that this book would be a great asset to any history curriculum for grades 5 to 8 where you are looking to introduce the atrocities of the second world war that won't be too difficult for a child to understand!