If you follow me on Facebook, then you know the day I received this book in the mail. I was so excited. My husband and daughter teased as I dance around hugging the book. I responded to a post to express interest in reading and reviewing the third book in Nancy Mehl's "Kaely Quinn Profiler" series but never heard so had it in my cart for its release on March 31st, today. I think the not knowing increased my excitement. I waited to start reading until I knew I had a few hours of uninterrupted reading time.
Before I share my review, here's a snip-it about this talented author. Nancy Mehl's ability to capture your heart, increase your heart rate, and fall in love with the characters is inspiring. As an author, her talent and gift to write is something I could only aspire for in my writing career. After you check out her website, read my review.
Nancy Mehl is the author of over twenty-five books,
including the Road to Kingdom, Finding Sanctuary,
and Defenders of Justice series.
She received the ACFW Mystery Book of the Year Award
in 2009. She writes from her home in Missouri,
where she lives with her husband, Norman,
and their puggle, Watson.
To visit Nancy Mehl's website: CLICK HERE
Oh. My. Goodness. Dead End was anything but a dead end, it delivered! I planned to reread the first two books again but since I loaned them to my daughter, and the books were in her college dorm, I couldn't wait until May and started to read. I could not put the book down. I read the first evening until toothpicks couldn't hold my eyes open. Upon crawling out of bed the next morning, I started reading and finished the book. I have to admit, at least three times I fought back the temptation to flip to the end. The suspense was too much but I resisted and read faster.
My husband enjoyed watching me read because he told me, "It must be a good book. Your sound effects are interesting." We both laughed and I went back to reading. If you read series, or trilogies, then you know it's a challenge for the third book and beyond to keep your attention. Nancy Mehl's writing gives enough history from the first two books to read this as a stand alone yet with the background knowledge, you fall in love with the characters deeper with the snip-its from book one and two. I narrowed down the guilty a few times and in the end...I was...???
Yup, I can't say anymore because I want you to read and enjoy the suspense and increased heart rate like I had. Before you start reading, remember to lock your door and turn your ringer off. The little sounds of your house will make you jump if they happen at certain scenes. I highly recommend this book, and entire series. Road to Kindgom is another great series. I'm not an Amish story reader but Nancy Mehl's ability to bring the outside world and suspense into the Amish town captivated me from the first book to the third.
To read my reviews of the first two books in this series,
click on the book cover of each below.
If you are a Nancy Mehl fan,
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How have you seen God working in your life today?
Not often, but sometimes, plans change. Last Friday, we had the opportunity to connect with my cousin. I haven't seen him since I was knee high, and my Dad, it was over twenty years. When opportunities like this are available, we seize the moment and catch up with family and friends. We had so much fun, laughed and visited, and look forward to doing this again in the future. With this being said, since we hadn't planned on being out of the house for a few hours, the television turned off and there was no radio. We learned that our pup likes, and possibly, needs the sound on when she's left home alone.
In three years, this only happened one other time and it was when we forgot to leave the radio on. Why do I share this lesson learned? Simple, when you are facing a pandemic and tissue supplies are limited, remember to turn the radio on. I'm not playing down the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic, but I have a choice, as do you. We can live in fear and increased stress levels that will impact our future health OR we can find reasons to smile and to laugh.
In the midst of stress, I tent to laugh and crack jokes. This is my coping mechanism. What is yours? We all have a way we "get through" the tough times, mine, for today, lies on the floor in the remnants of a tissue box. If I'm short on tissues in the days or weeks ahead, I'll cry then. For now, I choose to laugh and spread joy.
What are your coping mechanisms in times of stress?
On some levels, it's the twist and turns that keep us on our toes. We learn from each one. Some we handle the right way, other times, we fail BUT we still learn. I've never weighed my good and bad choices on a scale but there is one thing I know for sure, experiential learning was part of them all.
This week, for T.O.P.'s Tuesday, I thought it would be a good time to share a few things I've learned, or was reminded of, this week:
1) You can 100% and some will still want more
2) You can't make everyone happy at the same time
3) When one thing is crossed off the list, another is added
4) Tomorrow is not a guarantee
5) It's hard to put yourself first
In response to my five reminders/lessons of the week, I have words of wisdom for myself, and you, if you choose to keep reading:
1) Only you can choose to say "no" when you've reached your limit
2) Accept that others won't like it, or understand, when you say no
3) You are the list writer, before you add a new item, ask yourself, "Is this important?"
4) Before you respond or react, how will you feel if it's left unresolved?
5) It's necessary to take time for yourself to avoid burnout (and being miserable to the people you love the most)
My husband usually does this because I struggle so much with it but I did it myself this year. Some of you reading this are thinking, "what's the big deal? It's just moving the clock ahead an hour. Get over it lady!" Well, this is why I did it myself this year. As I work on completing my new book and devotional, "Not Just an Easter Devo", I'm facing fears and accepting the challenges I give my readers.
Don't worry, I don't challenge anyone to change their clock, this is my hurdle to jump, not yours. This is the beauty of writing a devotional.st I have the opportunity to challenge my readers, and myself, at the same time. Although it's not available yet, there are a few lucky readers enjoying it during this year's Lenten season. My negative, I haven't had as much time to write since returning to work and my normal, way-to-busy, schedule. The positive, my readers are asking for the next week's devotionals. I printed them off over the weekend and got them into their hands. Phew...
Here's the deal, part of my busyness comes from not saying "no" enough, and saying "yes" when I know it will stretch me thin. I need to reread the books from earlier in the year, or find a blog that reinforces the, "It's okay to say no", philosophy. It's a challenge because I come from a long line of "puterers". This isn't a real word, unless you are in my family. We like to putter, so a person that putters, is a putterer.
Basically, this means our puttering often is more than the average person does in a day, at least according to my husband and some of my friends. As I face more opportunities to putter, pray I learn to prioritize better and use the word "no" more often. It might be a short, two letter word, but goodness is it hard to use. What's up with that? If you are able to say no to people, share in the comments ways you are able to do this. All the "yesers" and "putterers" anxiously await your wisdom.
Is it easy or challenging for you to say no?
Our Commander in Chief is calling our country to lean on the Christian and prayer-filled, foundation of our fore-fathers, current, and future generations.
I like President Trump's boldness and integrity to ignite a fire of faith through, over, and in our nation. May the prayers of many reach God's ears and end this pandemic as quickly as it started. To read more about today's day of prayer: click here.
Even the squirrels are praying, isn't it time we all join together?
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Pray for our President, Nation, and World everyday
but for today...know we are all praying
at the same time,
for the same thing,
to the same God.
God is listening and will answer!
I'm washing, disinfecting, and cleaning like I have n the past. I'm a touch of a germ-a-phob, so I've stepped my game up. Some friends and family kid me by saying, "I feel like you now with as many times as I've washed my hands." Oh well, I keep the hand lotion companies in business.
I've included a couple videos below for your enjoyment and to help de-stress.
Education is power and with COVID-19, knowing things to increase your ability to avoid it (besides quarantine), and that people ARE surviving and feeling better, there is a light at the end of this dark tunnel.
The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it."
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Here it is...the toilet paper posts and discussions have brought humor to social media in the midst of a scary and uncertain time. So whether you are a toilet paper hoarder, a meme sharer on social media, or one hiding out until this passes. Remember to share the light, laughter, and love. God has overcome the world already, this too shall pass.
Remember, tomorrow, Sunday, March 15th
is a day of prayer...
Prayer is powerful and God answers!
First is a reminder, we can read the same Scripture a hundred times and then have something totally different stand out to us on the 101st time. Have you ever had this happen? The first time I taught the Parable of the Sower in a Sunday School class, I messed up big time. I was a baby Christian and looking back, the pastor should have given me a mentor. Thankfully, his son, the same child who shared the importance of a relationship with Jesus with me, was in this class. I learned the song and as we sang the song, I changed the verses. Yup, I was so wrong but didn't see it at the time.
That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.” The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”
He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. This is why I speak to them in parables: “Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand. In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: “ ‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’ But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.
“Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy."
Matthew 13:1-20 NIV
Have you experienced a moment like this before?
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