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LOVED IT: 'Til We Meet Again

29 August 2015

Most everyone loves a good love story, yes? I certainly do and that was what I was able to dive into this afternoon thanks to the well-written memoir by Ray and Betty Whipps, 'Til We Meet Again. From the first page when present-day Ray was recounting a nightmare he had of the war to the last page when Ray imparted a "simple bit of advice" I was hooked.

Ray Whipps tells his story of fighting as an infantryman in the trenches and foxholes of Normandy, Paris, Belgium and the "good injury" that led to his meeting Nurse Betty (his future wife). I won't spoil the story nor your chance to experience first-hand the powerful memoir of two souls who met against all odds in war torn France. Even if you don't believe in God, some part of you has to agree that there was a higher power that wanted these two to come together. You'll just have to read for yourself to get all the juicy details because I hate to even spoil it this much for you.

For those of you who are concerned about this being a Christian book, I would agree that Ray appears to be a devout believer who speaks honestly about how his faith has gotten him through the war and life's tough days but I don't believe this book will come across as preachy so please do give it a try!

'Til We Meet Again is published by Tyndale and brilliantly written with the help of Englishman Craig Borlase.

Where to Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, Target and Wordery.
The Joyous Living Rating: 4 1/2 Stars (I would love to give the book a 5 star rating but I really wanted photographs! Hopefully there will be more photos with the next edition.) 
Disclaimer: I was gifted this book by Tyndale for review purposes but all opinions are my own. I hope they have been helpful!

Book Review: When Mockingbirds Sing

28 August 2015

Billy Coffey has done it! Sometimes when you hear the terms "religious fiction" and "gothic" there is a sense of forewarning that might make you hesitate about whether you should chance a reading. Thankfully, Billy Coffey has truly done it and delivered a very entertaining, engaging and enticing read.

MatchaDNA: Bamboo Whisk Review

26 August 2015

MatchaDNA, an organic Matcha Tea company, has designed a charming bamboo whisk and hooked scoop for use with Matcha tea.

Book Review: Stand Strong by Nick Vujicic

Inspirational author and speaker, Nick Vujicic, draws crowds from far and wide when he speaks at local churches and community centers. Recently he spoke at The Bridge in Newbury Park, CA, where my friends and family listened mesmerized in a standing room only auditorium. Upon hearing all their high remarks, I jumped at the chance to get a peek inside his mind with a read of his book on bullying, Stand Strong.

Star Wars Comes to PetSmart

06 August 2015

Star Wars Episode VII is coming this winter and the stores are filled with Star Wars merchandise. As a dog lover and fan of the pet and human friendly store, PetSmart, I was thrilled to see them come out with Platinum Pets' gorgeous and Eco-friendly sapphire blue stainless steel dog bowl.

YAE: Legally Blonde Delights!

02 August 2015

Legally Blonde the Musical is one of those rare instances when the musical far outshines the source material. With a witty and entertaining book by Heather Hach and memorable numbers by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin, Legally Blonde the Musical is one that is sure to please all ages alike. Ventura County audiences might be familiar with the 2007 Broadway production starring Laura Bell Bundy (filmed live for MTV), the 2008 Equity tour with Becky Gulsvig or Cabrillo Music Theatre's recent production in 2013. However for many, seeing Young Artists Ensemble's production will be a first time experience and truly one that all musical theatre fans should check out!

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