Monday, November 23, 2015

Mailbox Monday - November 23

Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists.

Happy Monday, everyone! Last week was simply crazy around here. Needed to get the house ready for the Lil' Princess' birthday party in between working and other fun stuff. We had a sleepover on Saturday, took the girls to church with us on Sunday, and then headed over to Nomads.



I manage the membership database for our local Friends of the Library organization. That means I am at the library even more than I was before. So, you can guess how much more time I spend browsing the shelves these days. Here are a couple of books I picked up while there on Friday.


Hailed by The Economist as the “the most influential pastor in America,” and by Time as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, the bestselling author of The Purpose Driven Life expounds on the profound origins of Christmas, describing it as an opportune time to welcome peace into our lives.

In his powerful yet compassionate voice, Pastor Rick Warren sounds the clarion call to “remember the reason for the season,” taking readers back in time to the most wonderful story of all—the birth of the baby Jesus. When he was just a small boy, young Rick asked his parents if they could celebrate Christmas with a birthday party for Jesus—and the tradition began that the Warrens have upheld for over fifty years. Now through stirring imagery and compelling personal insights, The Purpose of Christmas honors the significance and promise of this cherished holiday. Pastor Warren encourages readers to identify and confront what drains peace from their lives. Warren explains that the way to respond to these peace robbers is to learn how to surrender to God’s will and not feel defeated or discouraged when life does not go as planned. True peace of mind is found by having an unshakeable faith in God—knowing that His empowering Spirit will guide His children through life’s challenges.

Beautifully written, The Purpose of Christmas will stir readers to honor the true significance of Christmas and to nurture God’s gifts of love and peace in this world.





Countless fans remember Michal Landon from his leading roles in the popular television series "Bonanza," "Little House on the Prairie," and "Highway to Heaven." Far fewer, perhaps, know Landon as a caring father who changed the course of his own life to save his daughter's. Cheryl, a motivational speaker who travels throughout the world to share her father's legacy, has combined the simple beliefs Michael Landon tried to exemplify - both at work and at home - with family stories, her own experience, and the loving touch of her father's spirit. This special book is guaranteed to charm "and" inspire. Includes a special introduction and photo section.

Anyone who knows me knows I can't resist seasonal reading, and this book about a man whose work I so admire was the perfect find.

Wishing all of you a blessed Thanksgiving.

3 comments:

  1. Your daughter is adorable.

    ENJOY your books.

    Have a great week.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

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  2. Hi Cheryl,

    A belated Happy Birthday to your daughter, I hope she had a great day :)

    I don't tend to read seasonally, non-fiction books, nor am I particularly religious.

    However, I have fond memories of Michael Landon in 'Bonanza', which we followed avidly in our house, when I was a child.

    I also tend to agree with Rick Warren, that we seem to have lost the true meaning of Christmas. Everything has become so commercialised (Black Friday is a great point in principle) and people, children in particular, have such high expectations of what constitutes a gift. Perhaps we need to go back to basics, although I guess that a thriving economy relies on us to spend! spend! spend!

    Thaks for sharing and I hope that you enjoy your new finds

    Yvonne :)

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  3. Thanks for visiting today, ladies.

    Laurel, LHOP remains my favorite show with Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman a close second. Downton Abbey, which comes to an end this year, is also a favorite.

    Thanks for the compliments and birthday wishes, Yvonne and Elizabeth. I don't know why I call her the Lil' Princess these days. Next year she will be a teenager.

    Yvonne, there is definitely too much emphasis on the "perfect" gift these days. It's unfortunate, because people should be the focus this time of year.

    Thanks again for stopping by everyone.

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