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review 2017-04-23 03:02
Untie the Strong Woman: Blessed Mother's Immaculate Love for the Wild Soul - Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Although I am not (officially) a Catholic, I have always been impressed how Catholicism embraces the feminine. This may sound odd, considering the way the boys in the Vatican treat women, but I don't think it is. There is something older, wilder, more female and, dare I say, more deeply attuned to Spirit than the rules, regulations, glitter and power of Vatican city. Many of the nuns I've met get this.

Estes brings this older, darker, more vibrant female to the fore, and she does it with great respect to the goddess who those of us who feel at home with more earth-borne and yup, pagan, roots can identify with. Did not the Lady of Guadalupe appear on a site sacred to the Indigenous people of Mexico? She did. Not, I contend, to displace her, but to assure those who believed in her that a simple change of name really changes nothing. She is still here, among us.

That's an experience I've had at a number of Christian sites in France and Wales; sites built upon much older sacred sites. The power of the sacred transcends shifts in religious fashion.

So, all this to say that Estes works hard in this book to reconnect us to that timeless and powerful female energy and she does a hell of a job, incorporating stories, poems, prayers, visual art and song to draw us in.

If this sort of thing interests you I urge you to put aside any prejudices you may have (and we all do) and take a wander. I think you'll enjoy it, and it will enrich you.

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review 2017-01-14 14:16
Blessed with an Angel (Grey River #5) by Maia Dylan
Blessed with an Angel - Maia Dylan
Blessed with an Angel is Angel's story, her and Chris and Noah. Now, these three met very quickly in Rowena's book, but as it was Rowena's story, nothing much was said. Now it's their turn, and we find out just what has been going on in Noah's life mainly. He is the mystery character - the one who disappeared, who keeps everything on the down low. Chris is the doctor, the one who cares for everyone, where Noah I would class as the protector. Together, they make a formidable team, especially when they have you in their sights. This includes Angel, as they both need to earn her forgiveness after acting like complete tools around her and Mateo, her new baby.
However, a threat from Angel's past comes to light, which will also impact the Pack as a whole, as well it being a personal link to Noah's past, comes knocking on the door. This sends the Pack into a protective frenzy. Angel isn't prepared for anything to hurt her mates, and they feel the same about her. Courses of action are taken which will have a long-lasting effect on the Pack.
A hot and spicy story, mixed in with plenty of romance and danger, this book is as well written as I would expect from Maia Dylan. Absolutely recommended by me.
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
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Source: sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/greyriver456bymaiadylan
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review 2016-12-20 00:37
A Very Blessed Christmas Colorinng Book
A Very Blessed Christmas Coloring Book - Robin Mead

Title A Very Blessed Christmas Coloring Book
Author: Robin Mead
Publisher: FaithWords/Center Street
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five

"A Very Blessed Christmas Coloring Book" by Robin Mead

My Thoughts...

If you are into the Christmas season and love coloring then you have come to the right place where you have a 'Christmas themed with scriptures. I loved the 'inspirational Bible scriptures' that really goes along so well with this holiday. This author gives some really neat drawing featuring the 'reason for the season and the birth of Christ.' You will get a little bit of it all from 'Christmas trees, candy canes, the nativity scene, beautiful angels, doves, candles, hot cocoa, carolers, snowflakes, fireplaces and even the cross.' There were also a bonus of Christmas craft cutouts that you can do so many things with like...ornaments, tags for gifts and so much more. I am sure anyone even the children can find something that they will be interested in that will certainly get you into the spirit of this holiday season. So, get ready to relax, sit back and get your crayons and/or colored pens ready for some wonderful coloring!

I received the novel from NetGallery in return for my honest opinion.

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review 2016-10-03 04:24
Calling and cull by Augusta Li
Calling and Cull (Blessed Epoch) - August Li “Revenge, lust, ambition, pride, and self-will are too often exalted as the gods of man's idolatry; while holiness, peace, contentment, and humility are viewed as unworthy of a serious thought.” ~ Charles Spurgeon 'Calling and the Cull' by August Li is the fifth book of the ‘Blessed Epoch’ series. It begins approximately ten years after the previous book ended. The war is over, but the truce is tenuous. Knowing that the armies of the thirteen goddesses is growing and King Garith's Blessed Epoch is in danger of being taken by force, Octavian Rose and his lover, D'Aurlian, travel to the Twenty Nine to seek out Yarrow's advice about how to proceed. When Octavian and his men get to Yarrow's domain, they are somewhat shocked at first at the life they find in this magical near paradise. With its carefree people, relaxed sexual activities, and its intrinsic beauty it is not difficult to see why anyone would feel like they are in paradise and why they would never want to leave. Still, they are not sure how anxious Yarrow will be to see them. Surprisingly, Yarrow welcomes them with open arms. When Octavian tells them about what's happening with the goddesses, it throws Yarrow into a fit of rage that only his lover, Sasha, can diminish. Yarrow despises the goddesses who, although powerful, are not immortal beings at all, but women who have gained so much knowledge and magic, stolen from their husband. He abhors that people still worship these “whores” as he calls them and has pledged to destroy them all and heal the pure magic polluted by these beings. Octavian isn't the only person who has come to support Yarrow in his quest to overcome the goddesses and their followers. His lovers, Duncan and Sasha, are there, and later they are also joined by others. Yarrow doesn't adhere to King Garith's truce or any of the rules his cousin has given. He has also warned the Johmatran ships to stay away from his islands. Partly to test Octavian's loyalty, he asks him and his men to help the Emiri raid the ship to discover what they are carrying. When word of the attack comes to King Garith, he has no choice but to demand that Yarrow come in person to face the charges. The results of this meeting only cause more trouble, putting King Garith in an impossible position: attack the Twenty Nine or face civil war between his army and that of the temple. With a heavy heart, he gives the order to invade. This is what Yarrow and his followers are expecting and prepare for as much as they can. This volume answers as many questions as it raises in the continuation of this epic tale. The world building continues to be fantastic; the familiar characters and on-going plots are well wrought, along with new characters and circumstances being seamlessly woven into the action. There's no way I can do justice to the story in the space allotted in this review. There are so many new characters, relationships, information, and understanding that it would take several pages even to scratch the surface. This is definitely not a stand-alone book. Fans of the series will love it. Since there is so much knowledge gained from the previous books, those of you new to the series would be lost without first catching up. Thanks, Gus, for offering me another awesome part of one of my favorite high fantasy stories ever!
Source: www.rainbowbookreviews.com/book-reviews/calling-and-cull-blessed-epoch-5-by-august-li-at-dsp-publications
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review 2016-09-30 15:58
Twice Blessed by Barbara Cameron
Twice Blessed: Two Amish Christmas Stories - Barbara Cameron

[spoiler]These were a bit of a mixed bag for me. I loved Her Sister's Shadow, but wasn't a thrilled with His Brother's Keeper.

Her Sister's Shadow is all about the shy twin finding her way to happiness and love. There was a lot of really great story in this one. Katie and Rosie were both fun personalities, but completely different. Katie is outgoing and flirty - loves to be in the middle of everything. But Rosie prefers to be at home, working in the garden or kitchen. But they both find a way to find love and happiness in Her Sister's Shadow. They also both get a look at tragedy and people aren't always what they seem - but it works out great in the end. This was my favorite of the two stories.

His Brother's Keeper just didn't have the best trope for me. A twin pretending to be the other one is all fun - when you're kids. But when your twin is in the hospital in a coma, pretending to be him so you can spend time with his fiance is just creepy. Now it starts as a genuine case of mistaken identity, but he doesn't bother to correct anyone. The ending....well it just confused me. Some people knew and they talked about telling other people, and I'm not entirely sure the whole thing came out?

I highly recommend the first story, Her Sister's Shadow, but you can skip His Brother's Keeper.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*


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Source: www.bittenbyromance.com/2016/09/twice-blessed-by-barbara-cameron.html
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