A Fragile Hope~By Cynthia Ruchti~Book Review

by adustyframe ~ April 22nd, 2017



About the book:
Hope grows when seeds are planted-even in the muddy middle of life.
Josiah Chamberlain’s life’s work revolves around repairing other people’s marriages. When his own is threatened by his wife’s unexplained distance, and then threatened further when she’s unexpectedly plunged into an unending fog, Josiah finds his expertise, quick wit and clever quips are no match for a relationship that is clearly broken.
Feeling betrayed, confused, and ill-equipped for a crisis this crippling, he reexamines everything he knows about the fragility of hope and the strength of his faith and love. Love seems to have failed him. Will what’s left of his faith fail him, too? Or will it be the one thing that holds him together and sears through the impenetrable wall that separates them?
About the author:
Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed in hope through her novels, novellas, nonfiction books, articles and devotionals, drawing from 33 years of on-air radio ministry. Ruchti has written more than 20 award-winning novels, novellas, nonfiction books and devotionals. Her books have received numerous awards and nominations, including the RT Reviewers’ Choice, ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year nominations, two Selah Awards, Christian Retailing’s BEST, was an ACFW Carol Award finalist and a Christy finalist, among other honors. Her latest release is the novel A Fragile Hope.
One of Ruchti’s greatest joys is helping other writers grow in their craft. To that end, she has served as worship and devotions staff and faculty for the Write-to-Publish conference and teaches at other writers’ conferences across the country and internationally as opportunities arise. She also serves as the professional relations liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers.
Ruchti speaks frequently for women’s groups and serves on her church’s worship team. She and her husband live in the heart of Wisconsin, not far from their three children and five grandchildren.
Find out more about Cynthia at http://www.cynthiaruchti.com.

My thoughts:

I enjoyed this book and was wrapped up in it within a few pages. I haven’t read many of Cynthia’s books but I really enjoyed this one.

The story is compelling.

The husband in the story is a marriage therapist with books and speaking engagements. His wife is distant and considering leaving.

He has no idea that trouble is brewing until there’s a horrible accident.

He’s left struggling to find answers and asking questions about his faith while he sits and waits and tries to hold onto hope.

If you’re looking for a good read try this one.

Check out more reviews at the Litfuse site.
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Disclaimer~I received a free copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity in order to provide a review. All opinions are my own. 


Cave Tools Barbecue Wing Rack & Drip Pan~ Review

by adustyframe ~ April 22nd, 2017



The boys at my house like chicken wings so when Cave tools asked me to review one of their products, I had to choose this one.

It’s very nicely made with some nice features!

Fits up to 12 wings, legs, thighs, or drumsticks

Sturdy rack doesn’t collapse or tip over when full

Can be used in the oven or on the grill

Pan underneath to grill veggies or collect drippings–or both!

100% dishwasher safe


It also comes with a recipe book to get you started.

You may purchase this at Cave Tools with a 15% discount using the code: WING15

Or Amazon

We have always put chicken wings in the oven but we’re giving the grill a workout this year with this cool tool!

Disclaimer~I received a free wing rack in order to provide a review. All opinions are my own.


Spring Has Sprung……Maybe?

by adustyframe ~ April 18th, 2017

It’s been pretty nice here the past few days.

It does seem a little later for spring to find it’s way to us, but I’m not complaining. My daffodils are blooming. They always make me smile.

Our grass is getting nice and green. There are already weeds in my strawberry patch (GRRR!)

We haven’t had a lot of time to get out and enjoy it due to all kinds of reasons, but I’m definitely ready for warmer weather and lots of outside time.

What is going on in your area?


I Think

by adustyframe ~ April 11th, 2017

I think we are all better around here.


James and I actually have a little lingering cough but it’s not bad and we’re not feeling like death warmed over.

I’m praying that the sickness is all over for us this season!

Hoping you’re healthy too?


NKJV The Woman’s Study Bible~Review

by adustyframe ~ April 6th, 2017



About this Bible:

The Woman’s Study Bible 

poignantly reveals the Word of God to women, inviting them to receive God’s truth for balance, hope, and transformation.
Special features designed to speak to a woman’s heart appear throughout the Bible text, revealing Scripture-based insights about how godly womanhood grows from a woman’s identity as a Christ-follower and a child of the Kingdom.
Now with a beautiful full-color redesign,
The Woman’s Study Bible reflects the contributions of over 80 women from a wide variety of ethnic, denominational, educational, and occupational backgrounds. Since the publication of the first edition of The Woman’s Study Bible under the editorial guidance of Dorothy Kelley Patterson and Rhonda Harrington Kelley, this landmark study Bible has sold over 1.5 million copies.
Features Include:
-Beautiful full-color design throughout
-Detailed biographical portraits of over 100 biblical women
-Thousands of extensive verse-by-verse study notes
-Over 300 in-text topical articles on relevant issues
-Insightful essays by women who are recognized experts in the fields of theology, biblical studies, archaeology, and philosophy
-Book introductions and outlines
-Hundreds of full-color in-text maps, charts, timelines, and family trees
-Quotes from godly women throughout history
-Set of full-page maps of the biblical world
-Topical index
About the publisher:
In business since 1798, Thomas Nelson is one of the oldest Bible publishers in the world and the largest publisher of the King James Version. Their mission is to inspire the world by using our talents, assets, opportunities, and influence to engage and equip people with Scripture and draw people to a deeper study and understanding of God’s Word.
My thoughts:
This is a beautiful Bible. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect but it’s lovely.
It comes in a sturdy box and easy to follow notes. The illustrations inside are pretty too! The notes are easy to follow and the concordance and index in the back is easy to use as well.
I particularly like that it lays flat when it’s open! That’s a great feature and someone was thinking when they designed it that way.
If you’re considering a new study Bible, you may like to look up this one and see what you think.
Check out what other reviewers thought of this lovely Bible here. 
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The NKJV Woman's Bible Study

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Disclaimer~I received a copy of this Bible from Litfuse Publicity in order to provide a review. All thoughts are my own. 
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The Long Long Winter

by adustyframe ~ March 29th, 2017

We have had a long winter full of sickness. Last week, James was quite ill for several days and then he shared it with mom.

UGGGGH…….in February, I was completely down for 2 weeks with some terrible thing.

It’s been one thing after another for us since Thanksgiving actually and I am so tired of being sick!

We are super good about taking probiotics, Vit C, wellness capsules, clean water, etc. We wash hands after being out in public and I wipe down phones and remotes.

I have some germ fighting essential oils we use. Collodial silver….you name it, we do it.

I am not sure if our immune system is totally wiped out right now or if it’s just been a horrific winter. It’s hard to say but oh man and I so tired of being sick.

Not to mention my house is a total wreck. Today, I feel well enough to be at the computer for a little bit but I am so tired! And the coughing—–grrrr!

I had a little melt down session in the bathroom yesterday morning because I woke up achy everywhere and I took a hot shower to hopefully help. But that made me feel like I was going to faint. There were tears involved and a few “Oh God, please just give me a break. I’m so tired of being sick.”

I have no wonderful thoughts or deep spiritual analogies! Just sharing what it going on. Thankfully little guy has been mostly healthy with very little of the junk that his brother and I have been fighting.



Her Secret~Book Review~ Shelly Shepherd Gray

by adustyframe ~ March 22nd, 2017



About the Book:
A suspenseful tale of a young Amish woman who is forced to move to a new town to escape a threatening stalker


After a stalker went too far, Hannah Hilty and her family had no choice but to leave the bustling Amish community where she grew up. Now she’s getting a fresh start in Hart County, Kentucky…if only she wasn’t too scared to take it. Hannah has become afraid to trust anyone-even Isaac, the friendly Amish man who lives next door. She wonders if she’ll ever return to the trusting, easy-going woman she once was.


For Isaac Troyer, the beautiful girl he teasingly called “The Recluse” confuses him like no other. When he learns of her past, he knows he’s misjudged her. However, he also understands the importance of being grateful for God’s gifts, and wonders if they will ever have anything in common. But as Hannah and Isaac slowly grow closer, they realize that there’s always more to someone than meets the eye.


Just as Hannah is finally settling into her new life, and perhaps finding a new love, more secrets are revealed and tragedy strikes. Now Hannah must decide if she should run again or dare to fight for the future she has found in Hart County.
My Thoughts:
I hadn’t read a book “for fun” for awhile and I looked forward to reading this one.
Hannah’s family does not communicate well and secrets and accusations and assumptions swirl all while Hannah tries to gain control of her life after being stalked.
She makes a friend with the neighbor and tries to settle into their new community but strange things keep happening.
Is she losing her mind or did her stalker find her?
It’s an enjoyable read and the author writes her story well. The only thing and it is a picky one in a way but I kept thinking about it so I’m sharing it.
In chapter 17, the story is dated August 3 and it talks about the last chill in the weather was past and more flowers were blooming and Hannah loved the tulips and daffodils and pointed out a patch of pink daffodils………August and daffodils and tulips don’t particularly go together. Hopefully it was a proofreading error that just got missed!
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About the Author:
Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.



Disclosure~I was given a free copy of this book in order to provide a review. All opinions are my own.


Give Save Spend

by adustyframe ~ March 21st, 2017

When James was small, we had the Dave Ramsey kid kit with little envelopes and a savings chart to teach him to give, save, and spend.

I was perusing Etsy the other day and saw this cute homemade kit!

I really believe in the system and think it’s taught James quite well. He loves being able to contribute to giving projects his youth group does, or sending a gift to our Compassion Child–we still have the same guy that one of my readers helped James pay for for 2 years (or 3?) so that he could have a Compassion Child.

What sort of things have you used or seen people use to teach kids the give, save, spend?


What I’m Reading

by adustyframe ~ March 14th, 2017

This was suggested to me by a friend and it is good and thought provoking. Under Our Skin by Benjamin Watson

This one I’m reading because I have more than one friend or acquaintance who left terrible abuse only to discover their church didn’t support them. Unholy Charade by Jeff Crippen

Just started this one. It’s very good although a bit heavy since it’s talking about her husband’s death. The God of All Comfort by Dee Brestin

Working through this one slowly. In The Presence of My Enemies by Gracia Burnham

I’m not really reading anything “for fun” right now. I have several on my Kindle and several in my piles. I’m just not really working on any!
What about you? Read anything good lately?

**Amazon links (as if you couldn’t tell!) **


Open Up The Heavens

by adustyframe ~ March 9th, 2017

I’m practicing with the worship team for an event coming up soon.

This is one of the songs and Nathan and I love it! We sing it a lot.

We also use the tune in daily life…sort of like Mr. Rogers Neighborhood where they sing everything.

Today was, “Open up the fridge….and get the milk……” (try it when you listen to the tune…) It seems to work for everything.

YouTube Preview ImageThen I get a huge smile from my little three year old and we giggle together.