Tag: Orphan

Flights of Fancy by Jen Turano – Book Review, Preview

Flights of Fancy by Jen Turano – Book Review, Preview

Someone forwarded a video to me of Christmas caroling. It started out with a girl playing the violin and then a few more people joined her with other instruments and then singers joined in. It was lovely and the camera captured the delighted expressions on the faces of those who […]


Searching for You by Jodi Hedlund – Book Review, Preview

Searching for You by Jodi Hedlund – Book Review, Preview

by Phyllis Helton
December 4, 2018
Book Reviews

Many people romanticize the process of adoption. Those poor children who were needing a home find love and acceptance and all of a sudden, everything has changed and is now perfect. Right? Yet older children still have past lives that they remember and that affect them. It takes time and […]



An Hour Unspent by Roseanna M. White – Book Review, Preview

An Hour Unspent by Roseanna M. White – Book Review, Preview

I stop watches. Seriously. If I had to claim a superpower, this would be it. The phenomenon actually runs in my family. Both my mother and my older sister have this ability/curse as well. I can get a brand new watch that is running just fine. The next day, the […]


Lady of a Thousand Treasures by Sandra Byrd – Book Review, Preview

Lady of a Thousand Treasures by Sandra Byrd – Book Review, Preview

I checked my watch again. Fifteen minutes had passed. Still no sign of her. Sigh.

The lady I “carpooled” with (she didn’t have a car so I did all the driving) was sooo chronically late. Not five minutes late. Twenty to twenty-five minutes. Every day.


The Christmas Heirloom Collection by Multiple Authors – Book Review, Preview

The Christmas Heirloom Collection by Multiple Authors – Book Review, Preview

by Phyllis Helton
October 13, 2018
Book Reviews

To prepare you for this book, I want to share a brief portion of the description of a luckenbooth. While it is not necessary for understanding the novellas, this additional insight is interesting to me and so I thought it might pique your interest as well. The enduring appeal of […]



The Orphan’s Wish by Melanie Dickerson – Book Review, Preview

The Orphan’s Wish by Melanie Dickerson – Book Review, Preview

by Phyllis Helton
August 3, 2018
Book Reviews

Guilt and feelings of inadequacy can be such powerful motivators, driving us to work hard for the approval of others. Working hard isn’t necessarily a bad thing, nor is seeking approval. However, when we think we need to  work for God’s approval, then there is a problem. Praise God we […]


Misstep by Deborah Dee Harper – Book Review, Excerpt, Preview

Misstep by Deborah Dee Harper – Book Review, Excerpt, Preview

by Phyllis Helton
July 26, 2018
Book Reviews

Jean eased down into a perfect execution of the splits. I was amazed. I don’t think I have ever been that flexible and my dear friend is a septuagenarian. She still lives by herself, cares for her granddaughter, helps with Sunday School, and hosts a Bible study for women. She […]


The Hope of Azure Springs by Rachel Fordham – Book Review, Preview

The Hope of Azure Springs by Rachel Fordham – Book Review, Preview

by Phyllis Helton
July 17, 2018
Book Reviews

Sometimes, it is really hard for me to look in the mirror and feel beautiful. I look and see the wrong weight, the puffy eyes or the blemishes or whatever else it is that detracts from my definition of attractive. Strangely, though, these are not things that I look for […]