Book Review of Follow the Cloud: Hearing God’s Voice One Next Step at a Time by John Stickl

9781601429254Follow the Cloud: Hearing God’s Voice One Next Step at a Time by John Stickl is schedule to be released on August 1st 2017 by Multnomah Books. There is a big difference between being set free and living free. How do I know what to do with my life? How do I hear God’s voice? Maybe the answer is easier than we think. When God led the Israelites from Egypt to the Promised Land he gave them a cloud to follow. He led them in an intimately personal, ever-present way one next step at a time. He led them without revealing the whole picture, because he longed for them to follow by faith. In Follow the Cloud, Pastor John Stickl uses this image to ask, -What if we stopped letting obligation drive us and instead let grace lead us? What if instead of focusing on our faithfulness toward God, we focus on God’s aithfulness toward us?  The cloud of God’s presence is moving in your life right now. Maybe God is inviting you to follow Him to a new career or relationship. Maybe He is inviting you to extend forgiveness, share your story, or give up your addiction. Whatever your next step is, God is leading you to discover who you are, who He is, and what you were created to do. He is inviting you to a life of freedom. Inviting you home. One step at a time. Continue reading

White Fur by Jardine Libaire Book Review

9780451497925White Fur by Jardine Libaire was published on May 30th 2017 by Hogarth Press. A stunning star-crossed love story set against the glitz and grit of 1980s New York City
When Elise Perez meets Jamey Hyde on a desolate winter afternoon, fate implodes, and neither of their lives will ever be the same. Although they are next-door neighbors in New Haven, they come from different worlds. Elise grew up in a housing project without a father and didn’t graduate from high school; Jamey is a junior at Yale, heir to a private investment bank fortune and beholden to high family expectations. Nevertheless, the attraction is instant, and what starts out as sexual obsession turns into something greater, stranger, and impossible to ignore. The unlikely couple moves to Manhattan in hopes of forging an adult life together, but Jamey’s family intervenes in desperation, and the consequences of staying together are suddenly severe.
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Vibrant India: Fresh Vegetarian Recipes from Bangalore to Brooklyn

9781607747345Vibrant India: Fresh Vegetarian Recipes from Bangalore to Brooklyn is a collection of amazing recipes, Indian cooking techniques, and tips. This cookbook is a really nice hardback book with lovely color pictures. The recipes are easy to follow with ingredients that are easy to find in our local grocery store. Each recipe includes a section that explains the dish/recipe and ideas on how the chief used this dish. I really like the tips and techniques section and found many of them very useful. This cookbook would make a lovely gift for a new bride or a housewarming gift.  **I received this book complimentary  from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.**

About Vibrant India

From the acclaimed chef and owner of Brooklyn Delhi, a debut cookbook focused on the celebrated vegetarian fare of South India. Lifelong vegetarian and chef Chitra Agrawal takes you on an epicurean journey to her mother’s hometown of Bangalore and back to Brooklyn, where she adapts her family’s South Indian recipes for home cooks. This particular style of Indian home cooking, often called the “yoga diet,” is light and fresh, yet satisfying and rich in bold and complex flavors. Grains, legumes, fresh produce, coconut, and yogurt—along with herbs, citrus, chiles, and spices—form the cornerstone of this delectable cuisine, rooted in vegetarian customs and honed over centuries for optimum taste and nutrition. From the classic savory crepe dosa, filled with lemony turmeric potatoes and cilantro coconut chutney, to new creations like coconut polenta topped with spring vegetables ‘upma” and homemade yogurt, the recipes in Vibrant India are simple to prepare and a true celebration of color and flavor on a plate. Chitra weaves together the historical context behind the region’s cuisine and how she brought some of these age-old traditions to life thousands of miles away in Brooklyn during the city’s exciting food renaissance. Relying on her experience as a culinary instructor, Chitra introduces the essential Indian cooking techniques, tips, and ingredients you’ll need to prepare a full range of recipes from quick vegetable stir frys (corn, basil, and leeks flavored with butter, cumin, and black pepper), salads (citrus red cabbage and fennel slaw with black mustard seeds, curry leaves, and chile), yogurt raitas (shredded beets and coconut in yogurt), and chutneys and pickles (preserved Meyer lemon in chile brine) to hearty stews (aromatic black eyed peas, lentils, and greens), coconut curries (summer squash in an herby coconut yogurt sauce), and fragrant rice dishes (lime dill rice with pistachios). Rounding out the book is an array of addictive snacks (popcorn topped with curry leaf butter), creative desserts (banana, coconut, and cardamom ice cream), and refreshing drinks (chile watermelon juice with mint). Chitra provides numerous substitutions to accommodate produce seasonality, ingredient availability, and personal tastes. The majority of recipes are gluten-free and vegan or can be easily modified to adhere to those dietary restrictions. Whether you are a vegetarian or just looking for ways to incorporate more vegetarian recipes into your repertoire, Vibrant India is a practical guide for bringing delicious Indian home cooking to your table on a regular basis.

About Chitra Agrawal

Chitra Agrawal is the author of Vibrant India: Fresh Vegetarian Recipes from Bangalore to Brooklyn and the founder of Brooklyn Delhi, an award-winning Indian condiments line. Since 2009, she has been serving, writing about, and teaching her family’s vegetarian recipes… More about Chitra Agrawal

Back in the Saddle: A Double S Ranch Novel by Ruth Logan Herne

back in the saddleBack in the Saddle is the first book in the Double S Ranch Novel Series written by Ruth Logan Herne. Colt Stafford returns home from Wall Street after becoming financially strapped. Being home also means he gets to help with the ranch while his father is ailing. Upon returning him he is met with a shotgun pointed directly at his chest by the beautiful Angelina who is the ranch house manager. Her job is to take the house, the meals, and his father. But Angelina has secrets that could change everything. These issues are revealed as the two brothers argue over several issues. Together the brothers work to save the cattle ranch while battling a crazy winter storm. This heartwarming romance that is well worth the read. Herne book is well-written with an amazing plot line, characters, and setting. If you love a cowboy romance novel, then this is the book for you! **I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.** Get your copy HERE.

(from amazon.com) It’s been a long time since Colt Stafford shrugged off his cowboy legacy for shiny Manhattan loafers and a promising career on Wall Street. But when stock market manipulations leave him financially strapped, the oldest son of legendary rancher Sam Stafford decides to return to the sprawling Double S ranch in Gray’s Glen, Washington. He’s broke, but not broken, and it’s time to get his legs back under him by climbing into the saddle again. He doesn’t expect to come home to a stranger pointing a loaded gun at his chest— a tough yet beautiful woman that Sam hired as the house manager. Colt senses there’s more to Angelina Morales than meets the eye, and he’s determined to find out what she’s hiding…and why.  Colt’s return brings new challenges. Younger brother Nick, who’s longbeen Sam’s right-hand man isn’t thrilled when Colt inserts himself into Double S affairs. And the ranch’s contentious relationship with the town’s people forces all the Stafford men to reconsider what it truly means to be a neighbor.  As Wall Street recovers, will Colt succumb to the call of the financial district—or stay in the saddle for good?

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