Saturday, February 18, 2012

Blog Post Roundup 2/18/11 and a Book Review

Here are some articles I thought y'all might like to read.  I post these just about every Saturday.
















Dear Pinterest and How to Link to the Original Source @ A Simply Klassic Home (If you blog, read this.  It shows how you can easily link to the original source of a pin in your blog posts.)

How to Lure the Animals at the Zoo to Come to You @ Over the Big Moon (using iPhone 4/4S)

It's Not Too Late @ Everyday Grace

You SHALL Go to Them! @ Hidden Treasures (Comfort for those who go through miscarriage)

20 Reasons to Avoid Premarital Sex @ Encouraging Words (Your teenager needs to read this!)


It's a Suitcase Thing @ The Better Mom (great parenting tip - one I've been planning for years to use)

Book Review

Somewhere to Belong is about two late-nineteenth century girls whose lives become entwined when the younger girl Bertha moves to the Amana colony with her parents.  Johanna has lived in Amana her whole life and is a model example of such a young lady citizen living there.  Bertha, on the other hand, has more of a selfish streak and a rebellious attitude, and generally wreaks havoc where-ever she goes.  The two gradually become friends and each learns to find the place that God has for them.

This was a good book (not a great book, but very good).  Unfortunately, it did not have a clear presentation of the Gospel (I think all Christian novels should have a clear presentation of the Gospel weaved into the story somewhere or, at the very least, added in an appendix.)  I would've liked to have read more about the history of the Amana colony and more about their beliefs.  I'm not familiar with them at all.  This book does give an overall positive view of the Amana people.

I enjoyed seeing Bertha's thinking changed in the story.  I do not think that her story is over.  I halfway expected to see the next book in this series feature her again, but from reading the summary, it's about another Amana girl (who was never mentioned in this book).


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