Ps 91 (NKJV)

3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler, and from the perilous pestilence.4 He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day,6 nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A review of "Fairer Than Morning" by Rosslyn Elliott

I've just finished reading "Fairer Than Morning" by Rosslyn Elliott. It is book one in a The Saddler's Legacy series and based on a true story.

From the back of the book:
Ann dreams of a marriage proposal from her poetic suitor, Eli-until Will Hanby shows her that nobility is more than fine words.

On a small farm in 19th-century Ohio, young Ann Miller is pursued by the gallant Eli Bowen, son of a prominent family. Eli is the suitor of Ann's dreams. Like her, he enjoys poetry and beautiful things and soon, he will move to the city to become a doctor.

Ann travels to Pittsburgh, accompanying her father on business. There she meets Will Hanby, a saddle-maker's apprentice. Will has spent years eking out an existence under a cruel master and his spirit is nearly broken. But Ann's compassion lights a long-dark part of his soul. Through his encounters with Ann's father, a master saddler, Will discovers new hope and courage in the midst of tremendous adversity.

When the Millers must return to Ohio and their ministry there, Will resolves to find them, at any cost. If Will can make it back to Ann, will she be waiting?

My review:

Thought-provoking. Ms. Elliott has wielded an insightful story about love and heartache, cruelty and justice. My heart cried for Ann and Will as the story unfolded and they fought through their own heartache and pain to find supernatural peace in the midst of the cruelties of life. They not only found peace, they found love. A great read.

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Saturday, June 25, 2011


Well, I'm here.  I had many things I wanted to say on this first day of my blog, but now that I've started I find I am struggling.

I've changed the name of my blog in my head quite a few times.  I like "Under His Wings" because I know I'm safe there.  Psalm 91 has ministered to me more times than I can count. But this blog will be eclectic, so I've toyed with a title that shows that as well. My life does not revolve around any one aspect. I read, write, live and love. I enjoy our mini-farm (mostly). Some days I will write about writing, but mostly it will be about God, family, horses, or homeschooling.

Today I think I will start with a blurb about myself.

I am...*cough, cough*...years old.  I've been married for twenty years. We have seven children, six of whom I home school.  My oldest graduated in 2010 and is currently attending the local community college. My next oldest will be graduating in 2012. After that I have a 14yo, 12yo, 11yo, 9yo, and 7yo.  Five boys, two girls.

From August through May, my life is school work, dinner, laundry, and school work. In the summer I read like there's no tomorrow. In the last few years, God has laid it on my heart to take my desire to write and put it to work for Him.  I have written one book, but have since found it to be quite boring. It may one day make to this blog. My second book has a "the end", but is by no means complete. I hope to have it ready by September to take with me to my first ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) conference.

We own seven acres in North Alabama. On this seven acres we have one cat, one bunny, two horses, three dogs, and a lot of chickens. We also have a large garden, 40+ fruit trees, blackberries, raspberries, grapes, blueberries, pomegranates, etc, etc.  You get the idea.  :-)

Well, I suppose that's a good start. I hope it doesn't take me too long to get the hang of this.  LOL

under HIS wings,