Thursday, January 21, 2010

Things Worth Remembering - A Book Review & Giveaway

About The Book:

An Emotionally Gripping Story of Broken Relationships Restored

Kendy Laswell and her daughter, Maisey, used to do everything together--until one fateful summer when Maisey witnessed something she shouldn't have, and their relationship fractured. Now, Maisey is back home to get married and Kendy realizes this is her last chance to reconnect with her daughter. Will Kendy and Maisey be able to reclaim the bond they once shared?

Maisey asked for a bride doll the Christmas she was five, mesmerized by her aunt's wedding the fall before. Since then I've been dreaming of the day, or days, we would shop for her wedding dress. A mother helping her daughter find just the right creation for that momentous walk down the aisle strikes me as one of life's happiest endeavors. The night she called to tell us she'd bought her "dream of a gown," I sat beside Luke on the couch, a striking contrast to Maisey's exuberance.
My dejection seemed a tad inappropriate. "Being hurt because I wasn't included is silly, isn't it?" I asked.
"Not so silly," he said.
Will I ever quit longing for the Maisey who was once mine?

About The Author:

Jackina (pronounced with a long “i” to rhyme with China) Stark recently retired from teaching English at Ozark Christian College to spend more time writing and traveling. During the twenty-eight years she taught at OCC, she traveled nationally and internationally to speak and teach, and wrote many articles for denominational magazines. She has been married to her husband, Tony, for forty-two years. They live in Carl Junction, Missouri, and have two daughters and six grandchildren.

You can read an excerpt of Things Worth Remembering here.

My Review:

Jackina Stark is a new author to me, however I was very intrigued by the topic of this book, restoring relationships, and so was very happy to have the opportunity to review Things Worth Remembering.

I highly recommend you have tissue with you while reading this book, because you will cry. I totally did and I am not ashamed to say that. This book was written in such a way that I felt I was one of the characters. I love it when I can read a book and feel like I am right there!

This book proves just how important it is to not take our relationships for granted, and to forgive past issues. I know from experience that if you do not move on from the past, you are only depriving yourself from a wonderful future! Forgiveness is not easy, but it is necessary. Also, how can we not forgive others, when we ourselves have been forgiven of our wrongdoings by Jesus Christ; this is seen throughout the book as well.

This book was easy to read, and a quick read as well. I read it in a couple days. I highly recommend this book and give it a thumbs up.

BUY IT: You can purchase Things Worth Remembering by Jackina Stark online at Bethany House, as well as your local bookseller. It is also available through and

WIN IT: 1 reader will win my copy of Things Worth Remembering

TO ENTER: Head over to Bethany House, take a look around and tell me one other book that you would be interested in reading.



***Thank you to Jim Hart at Bethany House for sending me a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review***


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    Incarnation through the Arts

  2. I'd love to read Everyday Theology by Charles A Anderson.

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    by Gregory L. Jantz, Ann McMurray

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  7. I would like to read Love is A Flame. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Thanks for the opportunity to read this fabulous book...


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