January 18, 2019

Later Bloomers

Posted on March 20, 2018 by in Book Reviews

If you’re over 35 and not where you want to be in life … we’ve found the book for you!

This book chronicles the lives of people you have heard of (Susan Boyle, James Michener, Ina Garten…) and many you probably haven’t heard of, but who did fascinating things with their gifts and talents.  

If you find it amazing to learn what people do in their lives before they “make it”, this book will be great encouragement for you. The author is a late bloomer herself, so she knows what she is talking about firsthand. This book is available on Amazon in Kindle format only right HERE for the ridiculously LOW price of $2.99.

Does a story about a 92-year-old grandma running a marathon make your day? That’s the kind of good news that makes us happy, so we believe Later Bloomers is a really GOOD READ.

Other Reader’s Reviews

Pat Lockwood said: Very encouraging.

Rich McClure said: Every time I tried to take a break from reading I found myself coming back within minutes. I found this book very engaging and inspiring. I’ve often felt a creative pull, but I’ve been discouraged from following my dreams. Now I plan to follow my dreams while keeping my day job which I also enjoy. Who knows, maybe I’m destined to be the next late bloomer!

From the Author

“I want everyone to realize that creativity has no use-by date, that if we’re lucky and take care, our best years are ahead. I want to honor the hundreds of inspiring people who’ve proven this and I want to create an anthology of timeless profiles. I have learned that blooming is a life-long pursuit and creativity never gets old.

Look forward to the Second Edition soon!”  Debra Eve


Later BloomersP. S. If you would like to get in on the author’s encouraging Newsletter in which she shares her “latest finds” CLICK HERE and sign up, it’s very encouraging as well.

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Stolen Jesus

Posted on October 23, 2017 by in Book Reviews

Jami Amerine starts the book out with such a heartfelt statement that you can’t help but be drawn in, because there but by the Grace of God go all of us.

“Let me assure you, I am a disaster. I have some inadequate parenting stories (not bad as in Child Welfare bad, but certainly not Mom of the Year stories), some of which I will share with you in the coming pages.

There are crayon drawings on my walls. There are currently four basketfuls of laundry on the dining room table and a mountain of dirty dishes in the sink. Some days I make beautiful meals, and lots of other days we get take out. Sometimes it’s McDonald’s.

I can’t be your hero or teacher – no one would want a hero who was such a hot mess. On the bright side, at least you won’t be distracted from the goal of coming face-to-face with Jesus Christ.”

See our excerpt in the magazine HERE.

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20 Ways to Make EVERY DAY Better!

Posted on September 6, 2017 by in Book Reviews

It’s a How To Book

Make simple, practical changes that cause really GOOD results…


20 Ways to Make EVERY DAY Better

by Joyce Meyer

This is a common sense approach about how to make the most of your life, your faith and your time on this earth. In her usual fashion, the author honestly shares her spiritual journey with the reader so that you know other people have the same troubles, doubts and fears that you do. It’s written in bite-size chapters making it a great early morning or late night read so that you have time to ponder the principals she’s sharing.

Here’s an excerpt:

“I will admit that I struggled in life with emotional ups and downs until I finally accepted that no matter what I think, or how I feel, or what I want or do not want – God’s Word is the truth, and I have to believe it more than anything or anyone else. If you are willing to take that step of faith right now, you can say goodbye to most of your bad days!

Why do I say that? Because most of the time, when we are having bad days it is because we are thinking something that doesn’t agree with God’s Word, feeling something that doesn’t agree with God’s Word, or wanting something that doesn’t agree with God’s Word. I had countless bad days because the devil made me think and feel guilty about something that I had repented of and God had forgiven me for and forgotten.”

It’s a book full of wisdom, so it’s a GOOD read in our opinion.


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The Orphan Train

Posted on October 4, 2016 by in Book Reviews

Wow! Reading this book really puts life in perspective…

It’s fiction, but it’s based on true stories and the author does an excellent job of transitioning between memories and life as we know it. A modern day foster teen does her community service hours working for a 91 year old lady who wants to clean out her attic before she dies. The two of them begin comparing their childhoods and find that they have both been orphans practically their whole lives.

Orphan-Train           It is a very enjoyable read despite the struggles each of the women endure, because life (fiction or nonfiction) has a way of taking lemons and making a cool refreshing drink to be shared. Christina Baker Kline offers up a really GOOD read and it doesn’t matter whether you are a history buff or not. You can LOOK INSIDE and/or order it on Amazon by CLICKING HERE.

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The Nightingale

Posted on August 30, 2016 by in Book Reviews

This book is NOT available to be given away.

With courage, grace and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah captures the epic panorama of WWII and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen:

The Women’s War.

What GREAT read!

In love we find out who we want to be.

In war we find out who we are.

This book was the August choice for the local Pageturners Book Club and what a GOOD pick! (You can find out about joining the Book Club by contacting the Mae Bruce Library at 409 925-5540.)

It totally captures real life during WWII in France. The author uses great restraint in describing the horror in order to tell the story without making it so depressing that no one wants to read it, but she doesn’t ignore what is really taking place either, which makes for a GREAT read.

ORDER and/or read a portion of it on Amazon’s LOOK INSIDE sample HERE and see for yourself.

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Live Like You Mean It

Posted on August 12, 2016 by in Book Reviews

Are you looking for some encouragement? Shop no further – you’ve found it!

If you want a book to inspire you to “live fully and grab life with both hands” this book will certainly do the trick. Author, speaker, and singer Kathy Troccoli believes that life is full of rich gifts just waiting to be opened, but many women are missing out on the joy and adventure of living to the fullest.

An excerpt from Live Like You Mean It

I was at a women’s event and was passing a line of tables filled with books and Bible studies. One in particular caught my eye. It had a one-word title: Why? A tear was dripping from the bottom of the letter y. How simple yet powerful the meaning of that cover was. It represented everyone on this earth who has a pulse. It is the cry of our hearts amidst the pain.

I thought about the thousands of times that it was the only word I spoke to God when I couldn’t utter anything else. I thought about how many times people I love have spoken the same word. “Why?” enters the heavens and heads straight into His throne room, and I believe those cries hit merciful ears.

Although God holds the future and sees the whole of eternity, He knows that we have limited ability to process His plans and purposes. He knows that we get focused on our pain and not on Him. Our problems cloud His promises. Scripture says that we see with veiled faces. Our vision is blurred. We forget that whatever the need is, He will be the provision. Missionary James Hudson Taylor wrote, “I have found that there are three stages in every great work of God: first it is impossible, then it is difficult, then it is done.”

God said it would rain. Noah believed Him. Everyone else laughed. The water came down in buckets.

Joseph was betrayed by his brothers. He spent eleven years as a slave and two years in prison. He went from those confines to Pharaoh’s palace and became governor of Egypt.

Lazarus was Jesus’ dear friend. When Jesus heard Lazarus was dead He waited three days to see him. No one understood. Then Jesus came and called him back to life.

Jesus hung on a cross. He was mocked and tortured. All seemed hopeless. He rose from the dead three days later.

All of these situations involved waiting. As followers of Jesus, it’s no different for us. But something happens to us in the wait, if we let it. The apostle Peter described that something in beautiful terms; “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast” (1Peter 5:10).

The people I know who have waited on God and trusted Him in their pain are strong, firm and steadfast. They are living proof to me of the words of Bishop Handley Moule: “There is no situation so chaotic that God cannot – from that situation – create something that is surpassingly good. He did it at creation. He did it at the cross. He is doing it today.”

In the book we are encouraged to live life La Dolce Vitawhich is Italian for “the sweet life” or “the good life”. It’s a very GOOD read.

ORDER and/or read a portion of it on Amazon’s LOOK INSIDE sample HERE.

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Live Original

Posted on July 7, 2016 by in Book Reviews

Live Original

by Sadie Robertson with Beth Clark



Excerpt from Chapter 1

Think Happy, Be Happy

If there is one thing my family hears a lot, it’s this: “Happy, happy, happy.” My grandfather Phil Robertson, whom I call “Papaw Phil,” is famous for these words, and I am glad he is. I like being part of a family that’s happy! I know that not everyone has a happy family, but we can still choose to live a happy life, because happiness starts with what’s inside of us, not with what we have or do not have. If we can think happy, we can be happy.

When I was in junior high school, I learned a song called “Garbage in, Garbage Out.” I liked it because of the words, and so I played the song for my eighth-grade Bible class and gave a speech about it.

I learned an important lesson from that song: what you think about will come out in your life. If you put garbage into your mind, garbage will come out. It’s just like what happens if you put junk food into your body. If you eat nothing but chips and desserts, you will not end up being lean and fit and strong. To put it politely, you’ll be the opposite. In the same way, if you fill your mind with negative thoughts, bad words, or ideas that are not nice or respectful toward others, you will eventually think bad thoughts, use bad language, and act on bad ideas. The good thing about the “garbage in, garbage out” principle is that it also means that if you fill your mind with positive thoughts, encouraging words, and ideas about how to be kind or how to be a good friend, then all those things will show up in the way you act and eventually become the way you live.


The book is an excellent read for teenagers and for some adults. There is an awful lot of wisdom presented here that could help anyone who is struggling to find their way in the world regardless of age. She nailed life’s most important questions in a such an innocent way and kind way. We give it 2 thumbs up!

To buy it or read some more of it, just CLICK HERE!

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The Artist’s Way

Posted on February 15, 2016 by in Book Reviews

It’s a GOOD READ for quite a few reasons…

1. If you like to read about FAMOUS people’s lives, she gets very personal.

2. If you wish to do anything creatively this year, this is a great guide.

3. If you are interested in improving your faith, this book will do it.

4. If you are stuck (creatively speaking) this is definite a must read.

5. If you believe being a writer is somehow a romantic profession, this is the book for you. She tells you exactly how REAL writers work.

The Artist's Way

GREAT Author Quote:

“I have worked artist-to-artist with potters, photographers, poets, screenwriters, dancers, novelists, actors, directors—and with those who knew only what they dreamed to be or who only dreamed of being somehow more creative.

I have seen blocked painters paint, broken poets speak in tongues, halt and lame and maimed writers racing through final drafts.

I have come to not only believe but to know:

No matter what your age or your life path, whether making art is your career or your hobby or your dream, it is not too late or too egotistical or too selfish or too silly to work on your creativity.

One fifty-year-old student who “always wanted to write” used these tools and emerged as a prize-winning playwright. A judge used these tools to fulfill his lifelong dreams of sculpting.

Not all students become full-time artists as a result of the course. In fact, many full-time artists report that they have become more creatively rounded into full-time people.”

~ Julia Cameron

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My Utmost for HIS Highest

Posted on February 15, 2016 by in Book Reviews

This is one of the BEST devotionals ever written and as with most – it gets better and better every year you read it. Perhaps all devotionals get better because we get older and we get better. We have a better understanding and have a deeper relationship with the Lord the more years we walk with Him. It’s one of the most powerful books you can buy for a very small price online.

GREAT SAMPLE: Are you fresh for everything?

Sometimes we are fresh and eager to attend a prayer meeting, but do we feel that same freshness for such mundane tasks as polishing shoes? Being born again by the Spirit is an unmistakable work of God, as mysterious as the wind, and as surprising as God Himself. We don’t know where it begins—it is hidden away in the depths of our soul.

Being born again from above is an enduring, perpetual, and eternal beginning. It provides a freshness all the time in thinking, talking, and living—a continual surprise of the life of God. Staleness is an indication that something in our lives is out of step with God. We say to ourselves, “I have to do this thing or it will never get done.” That is the first sign of staleness. Do we feel fresh this very moment or are we stale, frantically searching our minds for something to do? Freshness is not the result of obedience; it comes from the Holy Spirit. Obedience keeps us “in the light as He is in the light . . .” (1 John 1:7).

Jealously guard your relationship with God. Jesus prayed “that they may be one just as We are one”—with nothing in between (John 17:22). Keep your whole life continually open to Jesus Christ. Don’t pretend to be open with Him. Are you drawing your life from any source other than God Himself? If you are depending on something else as your source of freshness and strength, you will not realize when His power is gone. Being born of the Spirit means much more than we usually think. It gives us new vision and keeps us absolutely fresh for everything through the never-ending supply of the life of God.

O Lord, breathe on me till I am one with You in the temper of my mind and heart and disposition. Unto You do I turn. Again, how completely I realize my lostness without You!

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Good Book Reviews begin here…

Posted on July 31, 2014 by in Book Reviews


As part of our never ending quest to report on the good things that we find in this life, we began doing some GOOD book reviews starting in this issue of the magazine. 

See the first 5 write ups by clicking here www.santafegoodnews.com/Issues/14072 starting on page 3.

There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book. –Marcel Proust


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