Sunday, September 25, 2016

Mailbox Monday and It's Monday, What are your Reading? Sept 26 Edition

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia who now blogs at To Be Continued. It is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home on its blog. Link up to share your MM.

I can't believe September is almost over. The weather has been mild, actually hot, here is Montreal and now it's starting to cool off. It's been a gorgeous month, really. We're into a good routine  now that school is well under way and I'm enjoying my reading.

Great mailbox for me this week:

Killer in the Band by Lauren Carr

Summer of Love & Murder

Joshua’s eldest son, Joshua “J.J.” Thornton Jr., has graduated at the top of his class from law school and returns home to spend the summer studying for the bar exam. However, to Joshua’s and Cameron’s shock and dismay, J.J. moves into the main house at Russell Ridge Farm, the largest dairy farm in the Ohio Valley, to rekindle a romance with Suellen Russell, a onetime leader of a rock group who’s twice his age. Quickly, they learn that she has been keeping a deep dark secret.

The move brings long-buried tensions between the father and son to the surface. But when a brutal killer strikes, the Lovers in Crime must set all differences aside to solve the crime before J.J. ends up in the cross hairs of a murderer.

The Lost Diaries of Elizabeth Cady Stanton by Sarah Bates

Johnstown, New York, 1823: It is a time when a wife’s dowry, even children, automatically becomes her husband’s property. Slavery is an economic advantage entrenched in America but rumblings of abolition abound.

For Elizabeth Cady to confront this culture is unheard of, yet that is exactly what she does. Before she can become a leader of the women's rights movement and prominent abolitionist, she faces challenges fraught with disappointment. Her father admires her intellect but says a woman cannot aspire to the goals of men. Her sister’s husband becomes her champion–but secretly wants more. Religious fervor threatens to consume her.

As she faces depression and despair, she records these struggles and other dark confidences in diaries. When she learns the journals might fall into the wrong hands and discredit her, she panics and rips out pages of entries that might destroy her hard-fought reputation. Relieved, she believes they are lost to history forever.

But are they? Travel with Elizabeth into American history and discover a young woman truly ahead of her time.

Life Creative: Inspiration for Today's Renaissance Mom by Wendy Speake and Kelli Stuart

A celebration of motherhood, creativity, and the faith that binds them.

In our Pinterest age of handcrafted children's parties, artistic Instagram photos, tutorials for renovating old furniture into new treasures, and blogs filled with poetry, prose, and other creative expression, it is clear that a brand-new generation of creative women is rising up. It is a renaissance born not in Italian cathedrals or Harlem jazz clubs but in kitchens and nurseries and living rooms around the world. But when Christian women become mothers, they often feel expected to lay down their creative pursuits in order to properly parent.

Wendy Speake and Kelli Stuart know that struggle. While they acknowledge that some seasons of mothering require setting artistic pursuits aside, they also argue that these seasons don't have to last until empty nest time. Instead, mothers with creative gifts are called to actively use them in order to bless their families, their communities, and everyone they encounter.

Inspiring and encouraging, "Life Creative" celebrates the ways mothers can live their art in the midst of their mothering. They tell the stories of women such as actress Candace Cameron Bure, recording artist Francesca Battistelli, and jewelry designer Lisa Leonard who do just that. By following God's leading to embrace His gifts, renaissance moms can model the joy of obedience for their families.

Forever Fit and Flexible: Feeling Fabulous at Fifty and Beyond by Cheryl L. Ilov

Do you believe getting older means losing health and vitality?

Here is your path to feeling youthful and vibrant. Imagine starting each day with a spring in your step. Envision liking what you see in the full-length mirror before you get dressed. Now visualize that you can engage in any activity with strength, grace, and confidence.

In Forever Fit and Flexible Cheryl Ilov provides a program that will help you create this and more. Her movement lessons provide the building blocks to better posture, core strength, flexibility, balance, and functional strength. As you develop a solid physical foundation, you will also:

     * eliminate chronic pain
* improve injury-related mobility issues
* experience increased energy
* develop mindful self-awareness and a positive mindset
* ... and much more!
Cheryl Ilov combined her extensive training in Pilates, Feldenkrais, martial arts, and ballet with her MS degree in physical therapy to create this advanced movement program. It was through her personal experience of chronic pain, fatigue, and injuries that she perfected her program and is now dedicated to helping others achieve the best quality of life possible, regardless of age or current level of function.

Forever Fit and Flexible offers you the possibility of living with a new sense of energy and vitality as you move into your fifties, sixties, seventies, and beyond. Once you get moving, you'll want to keep moving.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's a great post to organise yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.

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  1. The year is just flying by! It's still hot here and probably will be for a while. Enjoy your new books!

  2. Enjoy your reads and have a good week.

  3. Forever Fit and Flexible looks interesting, although of course you actually have to do it, and flexible I'm not!

  4. Couldn't agree more about Sept. Just flew by and we're looking at October now?? Killer in the Band looks like a lot of fun.

  5. The Lost Diaries of Elizabeth Cady Stanton looks interesting. I look forward to your review.

  6. Nice mix of books. I hope we can enjoy a lengthy Autumn this year.

  7. The Lost Diaries looks really good! It finally started to feel like fall here yesterday; it was gorgeous. Happy reading!

  8. We are heading for Spring in SA, but we are still having a couple of chilly days (like today...) Killer in the band sounds really good and I am interested in The lost diaries. Hope you will have a good week and I will have a look at you giveaways! Here's my It's Monday:

  9. I am way behind on Lauren Carr's books. This one looks tempting...I need to catch up.

    Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  10. Glad your school routine is going well. I'm ready for fall- it is still unbearably hot here. Nice mix of books! Enjoy your week :)

  11. We had a gorgeous September, and now it is getting chilly. I like my heat. :)

    ENJOY your books...they look good.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  12. I like the sound of Forever Fit and Flexible. It is hard to believe that Christmas is in 3 months! Hope you have a great week.

  13. The Lost Diaries really appeals to me. I do love a food historical novel. Enjoy the rest of your books and have a great reading week!
    Amanda @ Mrs B's Book Reviews

  14. 2016 will be at an end before I know it. Happy reading.


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