Kaleidoscope Book CoverPatsy Clairmont describes a kaleidoscope as “a simple tube of mirrors filled with pebbles or beads”. As we hold it up to the light and peer through the pinhole at the end, we see amazing colours and designs we didn’t know existed.

Patsy likens the book of Proverbs to a spiritual kaleidoscope. As we peer at the seemingly random statements that make up this book, Patsy helps us see “God’s wit and wisdom in a whole new light.” read more

Embracing Your Second Calling ~ Dale Hanson Bourke

EmbracingI am so glad I offered to review this book. It is one of the best I have read in many years. It’s specifically for women in their “second half” of life. Dale quotes Carl Jung’s statement, “We cannot live the afternoon of life according to the program of life’s morning.” This is what this book is all about. I am well into my afternoon of life, but hadn’t spotted the shift until I read this book. Now I feel free to be me the “Me” that I’ve become, and allow the “Me” of the morning part of my life to relax.
I read the book in every available gap of time throughout the day and meditated on the questions for reflection while I was doing other things. I am now going back over it, taking a few pages at a time, and journaling as I go.
There is so much more to this book than just a reading book. I would love to go through it with a group of women who are in the afternoon of their lives, and Dale includes “Act”s for group discussion. Sadly, at this stage the book is not available in South Africa or I would definitely try to arrange this.
Dale also uses the story of Naomi to illustrate many of her points, which makes for a fascinating Bible Study in itself.
My only disappointment with this book has nothing to do with the author. I don’t know if the publishers used a different type of material with the book cover, but the plastic covering was starting to peel off when I received the book, and it eventually got so bad I pulled it off. Not what I’ve come to expect of Thomas Nelson books. Maybe I was just unfortunate.
This doesn’t in any way affect the book itself though, and I would strongly recommend it to women in their 40s and later. As Dale has shown me, there comes a time in our lives when we move on from our first calling. So many women seem to spend the second half of their lives trying to continue or revive the program for the first half, instead of embracing their second calling. Thank you Dale for an excellent and thought-provoking book.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Scars That Wound, Scars That Heal: A Journey Out of Self-Injury



“I want to stop . . . I feel like I did something to deserve this. When is it going to be over?” – Jackie

An amazing book by author Jan Kern, based on a true-life story which addresses the challenges of the cutter, the person who can’t stop cutting themselves in an effort to relieve emotional pain.

To Catch a Thief Series – by Jill Elizabeth Nelson


Reluctant Burglar – Book 1:

Art stole her heart . . . Now can she return the favor? Desiree Jacobs faces a ring of cutthroat art thieves and accepts help from the man she most distrusts in her attempt to return priceless art to the rightful owners.

An unusual twist to a clever plot. An entertaining read. Well done Jill! 







Reluctant Runaway – Book 2:

Stolen Indian artifacts . . . A murdered museum guard . . . A missing woman . . . A baby in danger . . . Only Desiree can unearth the horrifying secret that links them all.

A gripping story high in suspense and romance. Thank you for a good read, Jill.








Reluctant Smuggler: Book 3

They say keep your friends close and your enemies closer . . . but what if you can’t tell the difference.

Even with Tony at her side, Desiree needs more than luck to survive in this final novel of the series.

Thank you for a fascinating trio of books, Jill. Keep up the good work!