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Follow Me To Zion~ Deseret Book Blog Tour and Review

12 Nov, 2013 by in review Leave a comment

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Follow Me To Zion~ Deseret Book Blog Tour and Review

Follow Me to Zion: Stories from the Willie Handcart Pioneers

by Andrew D Olsen and Jolene Allphin
on September 1st 2013
Genres: Non- Fiction
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
Goodreads
James G. Willie knew the trek would be arduous when he left Iowa City in July 1856, leading 500 handcart pioneers on a 1,300-mile journey across the plains.

But he could not have known that his people would run out of food while still hundreds of miles from Salt Lake City nor that the winter of 1856 would begin in the middle of October with prolonged, severe storms. Sixty-nine members of his company would die along the way. Yet from this tragedy emerged triumphant stories of personal endurance, courage, heroism, and unwavering faith.

Follow Me to Zion recounts 20 compelling stories of members of the Willie handcart company and their rescuers. Dozens of full-color images by artist Julie Rogers enrich this keepsake volume, which pays tribute to the men, women, and children who have become enduring witnesses of the power of faith and sacrifice.

Here you will find excerpts from their own accounts of the journey, learn what those faithful pioneers did after reaching the Salt Lake Valley, and read reflections on their lives by descendants.

The simple words “Follow Me to Zion,” cross-stitched onto small pieces of fabric kept in the journal of a handcart pioneer, are an invitation that still calls to us today.

The stories and paintings in this beautiful volume can inspire us to live true to our faith and reach out to help others do likewise.

This book also contains the most comprehensive, up-to-date listing of members of the Willie handcart company.
Review: I’ve heard the stories of the Willie and Martin handcart companies over the years, but never have I seen such a collection of personal poignant accounts as were collected in Follow Me To Zion. I knew I needed to grab a box of tissues when within the first two chapter I was already in tears– in awe with the fortitude, faith and determination of these pioneers. James G. Willie, captain of the company left his young family behind for four years to return to his native land of England then bring immigrants back to Salt Lake via an overland trek with handcarts. This was no easy journey. It required they board a ship bound to America amongst winds so strong they knocked passengers to the sides and bones were broken. Provisions ran out before New York was reached. Then a long rail journey to the end of the line and a trek on foot through Indian territory through mountain and and snow. Yet, these Saints pressed on, knowing full well they were leaving late int he season and may lose their lives in their quest to reach a land where all those who believed as they, were gathering in Utah.

Each chapter outlines the story of one family with photos, paintings, journal entries and a descendant letter at the end. You come to know the Martin handcart company intimately. So many things stuck out to to me while reading…

Those family members who carried their brothers and sons upon their backs when the snow was too deep for them to walk. James Kirkwood who lost his life carrying his younger brother to camp.
Emily Hill who was starving herself, yet saved the only onion given to her by rescuers on to another. Bodil Mortenson, a young girl of 10 who dies gathering bits of sagebrush for a fire amid the snow.

So many laid down their lives along the path to religious freedom. Yet their legacy lives on in their descendants who continue to tell the stories and feel the influence of their ancestors beyond the grave, as angels.

This book is unforgettable. The lay out is beautiful with thick pages and commissioned painting by Julie Rogers. I am so grateful for the authors who gathered all the Willie pioneer history into one book so that their memory may live on.

Thanks so much to Deseret Book for offering us a book in exchange for an honest review.

About the Authors: 

Andrew D. Olsen is an editor for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the author of The Price We Paid: The Extraordinary Story of the Willie and Martin Handcart Pioneers. Andrew and his wife, Linda, are the parents of 3 children.

Jolene Spendlove Allphin has a love for the 1856 pioneers and rescuers that continues to grow. She has published nearly 300 biographical sketches of them in Tell My Story, Too. Jolene and her husband, Michael, are the parents of 11 children.

Julie Boswell Rogers is an acclaimed artist who has won many awards. Her art has been featured in Church publications, visitors’ centers, and the Church History Museum. The book Emma, the Elect Lady contains many of her paintings of Joseph and Emma Smith. Julie and her husband, Russell, are the parents of 5 children.

Learn more at  Deseret Book

Blog Tour and Review ~ Consider the Blessings by Thomas S. Monson

19 Oct, 2013 by in review, Thomas S. Monson 1 comment

Consider the Blessings
by Thomas S. Monson
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published September 24th 2013
by Deseret Book
LDS Non-Fiction
Book Source: Publisher
5 stars

If you ask people what they love most about President Thomas S. Monson’s teaching style, chances are they’ll say something about the personal experiences he relates. The accounts President Monson shares are always true, taken from his own life or the real lives of other people. Those warm, memorable accounts have truly become a hallmark of his messages.

Who can forget the woman who saved one of the two sticks of gum Elder Monson passed out to youth in postwar Germany? Or the neighbor who returned a box of baseballs to young Tommy as a thank-you for his kindness to her? Or the father who declined to attend a “Mormon” meeting with his family but had his heart softened by a message he heard on a radio that was actually broken?

In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of his call as an Apostle, Consider the Blessings presents fifty of the true accounts President Thomas S. Monson has shared over the years. With beautiful photographs and heart-touching content, this is a book to treasure with the whole family.

Review: There truly could not be a more perfect book for me than Consider the Blessings. I have always enjoyed the stories President Monson shares,  and have wanted to learn more about his life for a long time. But I admit,  I have a hard time sitting down with a large biography or doctrinal volume with lots of pages. I am a visual learner who gets easily distracted when I try to focus on “big books” of non-fiction.  

That’s why when I started reading all of the “True Accounts of God’s Hand in Our Lives”  interspersed with beautiful photographs and graphic design that fit each story, I was moved several times to tears. These are the tales that make up one man’s life– and not just any man, a spiritual hero, a friend and a leader. I came away uplifted every time I opened this book.

At one point my little five year old snuggled up by my side while I was reading in bed. He asked, 
“Is that the prophet?”
    “Yes.”
“It’s good you’re reading that mom. It will being the Spirit into our home.”

Such wise, profound words from such a little one who could recognize truth when he saw it.

Consider the Blessings taught me to never postpone a prompting and to live a life of faith–that there is a Heavenly Father who knows and answers our needs. What a treasure and gift Thomas S. Monson has left his readers. His stories are proof that God is in the details of our lives, that He often works through other people’s hands and delivers his messages all throughout the world.

Thanks to Deseret Book for asking us to be a part of the blog tour and for offering me a book in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the Author: President Thomas S. Monson was set apart as the sixteenth President of The Church of Freiberg Germany Temple and in advancing the Lord’s work in other eastern European countries that were part of the communist bloc. He also served as chairman of the Scriptures Publication Committee and supervised the process that resulted in the new editions of the scriptures. His ministry has been characterized by his compassion for the needs of individuals and his gift for one-on-one service.

President Monson and his wife, Frances, are the parents of three children, grandparents of eight, and great-grandparents of eight.
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in February 2008. He had previously served for twenty-two years in the First Presidency of the Church, after having been a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles since October1963. Five years after his call to the Twelve, he was given a special assignment for the work of the Church in Europe, requiring many visits with members behind the Iron Curtain. He was instrumental in the construction of the Freiberg Germany Temple and in advancing the Lord’s work in other eastern European countries that were part of the communist bloc. His ministry has been characterized by his compassion for the needs of individuals and his gift for one-on-one service.

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Christmas from Deseret Book & Zions Mercantile {Blogger Event Swag Unveil}

16 Oct, 2013 by in zions merc, zions mercantile Leave a comment

Yesterday I attended the Exclusive Blogger Event at Deseret Book as an introduction to Historic Zion’s Mercantile Company. Bloggers had a chance to enter the flagship store before doors opened where we browsed the Zions Merc shelves and were shown the Christmas line coming out in 2013.

First of all, may I say I was slightly dazed by the beautiful displays in the downtown store? If you haven’t had a chance to head down there, it’s across the street from Temple Square and well worth the visit.

We then walked over to Deseret Book Corporate Office where we were given swag bags and boxes.

(Here’s the view from the DB offices, snapped with my iphone…)

Want to see what was inside our beautifully wrapped packages?

There’s a sneak peek on our Facebook page and YouTube
I’ll be telling you more about how they were received in our home closer to Christmas, but for now you can learn more about each new Zion’s Mercantile Co. item at DeseretBook.com.

Honey Butter Tableware
Advent Calendar
Flicker Candle
Biblical Names of Christ Ornaments
 Christmas at Historic Nauvoo Ornament
 Music Box Grinders
 Mason Jar Drink Dispenser and Mugs

Linen Stripe Christmas Items & Heritage Wrap and Ribbons are not listed yet online, as they will be available online around the first week of December.

Thanks again to the wonderful staff at Deseret Book for giving us Christmas in October!

Deseret Book Launches a New Resource- MissionHome.Com

08 Oct, 2013 by in mission home, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- Day Saints Leave a comment

As a 23 year old young woman, I entered the mission home with a call to teach for 18 months and hoping to learn a language still very new to me. I had accepted a mission call, leaving behind family, friends and college classes to teach what I knew in my heart to be true. Then  just two years ago, as a pregnant mother, I returned to Santiago, Chile for the 15th anniversary of my full-time mission with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Several of us Americans boarded planes and returned for the first time to the areas we served and taught in, then gathered with our past companions and families in South America. What a memorable experience! My mission changed me forever, molded me into a better person and taught me how to love. Two things were and still are very important to missionaries– studying and learning what they are to teach and mail from home.  For this reason, I wanted to share with our readers a brand new resource…

” The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints currently operates over 400 missions with more than 75,000 missionaries serving throughout the world. When the missionary age change was announced in the October 2012 general conference, a new wave of prospective missionaries began preparing for the moment they would receive their call.

After receiving the call, missionaries and families often begin their search for specific information on that mission. Until now, there has not been a centralized site to learn about the culture and people of each mission area.  On October 1st, 2013 Deseret Book Company launched an online missionary website, MissionHome.com.

MissionHome.com focuses on each phase of missionary service—prepare, serve and return. It includes helpful hints to prospective missionaries including tips for how to pack efficiently and how to prepare to leave as well as inspiring and authentic experiences from former missionaries.  A complete mission directory, created by missionaries who themselves have served in that area, provides information about local customs, food, transportation, safety, and many other insights.

“We saw a way that we could provide a gathering place for missionaries and the families of missionaries to become acquainted with the area where they would be serving as well as provide other unique resources,” said Laurel Christensen Day of Deseret Book Company, “and MissionHome.com was born.”

MissionHome.com is easy to use and provides a library of information for prospective and returning missionaries as well as help to families of those currently serving (a section for senior couples will be coming soon). Familiar LDS authors as well as recently returned missionaries and past mission presidents will be regular contributors to the site.

In addition to great free content and resources, families will be able to send care packages directly to their missionaries with guaranteed delivery from Deseret Book. Service is available to most missions.

For more information on Mission Home, visit www.missionhome.com. Visit them online at Youtube/ Pinterest/ Facebook



About Deseret Book: Deseret Book is committed to support the mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints by providing scriptures, books, music, and other quality products that strengthen individuals, families, and our society. For more information go to www.deseretbook.com.

PDF Finale Episode + The Power of Starting Something Stupid by Richie Norton Book Giveaway

16 Sep, 2013 by in giveaway, PDF, Richie Norton, the Power of Starting Something Stupid 1 comment

This weeks episode of Pretty Darn Funny is the finale titled Fitness Challenge. Do any of you have friends into Cross Fit? Or maybe you brave the gym regularly yourself… If so, this should make you crack a smile.

About Pretty Darn Funny: A comedy like no other. For your sister and your mother. Pretty Darn Funny is a comedy web series about life as a woman, a mother and…comedian. 


The award winning Pretty Darn Funny web series started in April 2012 and has continued to keep thousands of people laughing. Pretty Darn Funny has won five Telly awards, honored along side other notable recipients such as Time Warner Cable, ABC Family Digital Media,  and AOL Media.  Its parody videos were featured on The 700 Club, the flagship television program of the Christian Broadcasting Network, airing in syndication throughout the United States.

Season 1 Followed Gracie Moore, a mom who gets more than she bargains for when she forms an all-female comedy troupe in efforts to clean up the local comedy scene. It features a cast of colorful, loveable characters. It will make you laugh. It might make you cry (from laughing so hard). However you spin it, we know you’ll think it’s Pretty Darn Awesome.

Season 2 is launching August 2013 and continues the craziness of Gracie’s life. From battling crossfit and the pressures of Pinterest envy, to competing with the PTA president for superior fundraising cred, Gracie and the troop show that no matter what life throws at you it’s always worth the laughs.

Each new “bite-sized” 6-8 minute webisode is released weekly and is designed for your busy lifestyle. (Meaning you can watch it in-between picking up your kids from soccer, making a fabulous meal that half of your kids will probably refuse to eat, and composing what is sure to be the best blog post ever written in the history of the world. You know, in all your free time.)
Pretty Darn Funny is your new best friend. Your new, very funny, best friend.

Everything Pretty Darn Funny is Brought to you by Deseret Book and Tinder Transmedia.

Website: http://prettydarnfunny.com/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/prettydarnfunny
Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/pdfunny/

The Giveaway: The Power of Starting Something Stupid by Richie Norton

Book Description: What if the smartest people in the world understand something that the rest of us don’t? (They do.) What if they know that in order to achieve success, they will sometimes have to do things that others may initially perceive as stupid? The fact of the matter is that the smartest people in the world don’t run from stupid, they lean into it (in a smart way).

In The Power of Starting Something Stupid, Richie Norton redefines stupid as we know it, demonstrating that life-changing ideas are often tragically mislabeled stupid. What if the key to success, creativity, and fulfillment in your life lies in the potential of those stupid ideas.

Author Bio: Richie Norton is the bestselling author of The Power of Starting Something Stupid as well as the #1 Amazon download Résumés Are Dead and What to Do About It. He is an international speaker and consultant for the corporate growth and personal development industries, a social entrepreneur, and CEO and Founder of Global Consulting Circle.

Richie has been featured in Forbes, Businessweek, Young Entrepreneur, Huffington Post and other national publications both in print and online. The 2013 San Francisco Book Festival named The Power of Starting Something Stupid the winner of the business category and the grand prize winner of all book categories in its annual competition. In 2010, Pacific Business News recognized Richie as one of the Top Forty Under 40 “best and brightest young businessmen” in Hawaii.

Richie has shared the stage with bestselling authors such as Stephen Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen M.R. Covey, author of The Speed of Trust and Kevin Rollins, former CEO of Dell Computers.

Richie received his MBA from the world’s #1 ranked international business school, Thunderbird School of Global Management.

To enter to win a copy of  The Power of Starting Something Stupid by Richie Norton Book courtesy of Deseret Book, pick your own entries in the rafflecopter form below

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Hilary Weeks Say Love CD Giveaway + PDF Basket Case Episode

09 Sep, 2013 by in giveaway, PDF, Say Love CD 4 comments

Today’s brand new episode of Pretty Darn Funny features a stand off between moms in the war of the PTA raffle basket. Having been on the PTA board before, I can vouch for the crazy competitive, mom face offs that occur within “the ranks.”  Meetings can get a little heated :) But our giveaway features the perfect antidote to the problem, so be sure to watch Hilary Weeks’ video as well.
Enjoy Basket Case!

Gracie faces-off with a rival PTA mom to prove who is the busiest–and best–mom by gathering the most donations for the school basket auction. But pulling together 30 cute baskets the night before the fundraiser is a bigger job than she bargained for…

Everything Pretty Darn Funny is Brought to you by Deseret Book and Tinder Transmedia.

Learn more about PDF on their WebsiteFacebook Page/ Twitter

Giveaway:

The giveaway that goes along with this episode is A- Mazing! Deseret Book has given us a Hilary Weeks Say Love CD, just released today! This is by far by favorite CD of the year. It’s inspiring and hopeful and rings me back to where I need to be every time I listen to it. The cover design is gorgeous, designed by Cassandra Barney. 

Here’s a sneak peek…

Learn more about Say Love at Deseret Book
To enter to win this CD, simply choose your own entries in the rafflecopter form below.

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Pretty Darn Funny Season 2 – Pinterest Plot

26 Aug, 2013 by in PDF, pretty darn funny, Tinder Transmedia. Leave a comment

Fire and Ice is proud to present episode 2 of Pretty Darn Funny Season 2…”The Pinterest Plot.” This one resonates with all o us who are members of Pinterest. Some of the things you see on there are just not do able. I mean who has time to make their own sidewalk chalk when you can buy a whole box for a dollar? I admit I have loved pinning on Pinterest (you can find me here) and getting  new ideas, but we do tend to take it too far sometimes :) The color coordinated, vintage, handmade party of your dreams may in fact turn out to be a nightmare.

About PDF: A comedy like no other. For your sister and your mother.

Pretty Darn Funny is a comedy web series about life as a woman, a mother and…comedian.

The award winning Pretty Darn Funny web series started in April 2012 and has continued to keep thousands of people laughing. Pretty Darn Funny has won five Telly awards, honored along side other notable recipients such as Time Warner Cable, ABC Family Digital Media,  and AOL Media.  Its parody videos were featured on The 700 Club, the flagship television program of the Christian Broadcasting Network, airing in syndication throughout the United States.

Season 1 Followed Gracie Moore, a mom who gets more than she bargains for when she forms an all-female comedy troupe in efforts to clean up the local comedy scene. It features a cast of colorful, loveable characters. It will make you laugh. It might make you cry (from laughing so hard). However you spin it, we know you’ll think it’s Pretty Darn Awesome.

Season 2 launched August 2013 and continues the craziness of Gracie’s life. From battling crossfit and the pressures of Pinterest envy, to competing with the PTA president for superior fundraising cred, Gracie and the troop show that no matter what life throws at you it’s always worth the laughs.

Each new “bite-sized” 6-8 minute webisode is released weekly and is designed for your busy lifestyle. (Meaning you can watch it in-between picking up your kids from soccer, making a fabulous meal that half of your kids will probably refuse to eat, and composing what is sure to be the best blog post ever written in the history of the world. You know, in all your free time.)

Pretty Darn Funny is your new best friend. Your new, very funny, best friend.
Everything Pretty Darn Funny is Brought to you by Deseret Book and Tinder Transmedia.

Learn more: Youtube/ Facebook/ Website.


What are your thoughts? 

Are you on Pinterest? If so, leave us your link and we will laugh and learn DIY together.

Pretty Darn Funny Season Two and Longing for Home Giveaway

19 Aug, 2013 by in pretty darn funny, sarah eden, Tinder Transmedia. 2 comments

Pretty Darn Funny is happy to announce season 2 of their comedy videos! 

Just released today are the first two videos in the parody. I had to laugh at the scenes in Episode 201 about the movie theater, “cheap seats.” There are a few of those dollar theatres in our area and you never want to wear flip flops for fear you will lose a shoe…or a foot. We call them “the sticky foot.”

ENJOY!

**Warning for the first video link if you are a Downton Abby watcher… there are spoilers **

Footloose Parody:

 About Pretty Darn Funny : A comedy like no other. For your sister and your mother. Pretty Darn Funny is a comedy web series about life as a woman, a mother and…comedian. 


The award winning Pretty Darn Funny web series started in April 2012 and has continued to keep thousands of people laughing. Pretty Darn Funny has won five Telly awards, honored along side other notable recipients such as Time Warner Cable, ABC Family Digital Media,  and AOL Media.  Its parody videos were featured on The 700 Club, the flagship television program of the Christian Broadcasting Network, airing in syndication throughout the United States.


Season 1 Followed Gracie Moore, a mom who gets more than she bargains for when she forms an all-female comedy troupe in efforts to clean up the local comedy scene. It features a cast of colorful, loveable characters. It will make you laugh. It might make you cry (from laughing so hard). However you spin it, we know you’ll think it’s Pretty Darn Awesome.


Season 2 is launching August 2013 and continues the craziness of Gracie’s life. From battling crossfit and the pressures of Pinterest envy, to competing with the PTA president for superior fundraising cred, Gracie and the troop show that no matter what life throws at you it’s always worth the laughs.


Each new “bite-sized” 6-8 minute webisode is released weekly and is designed for your busy lifestyle. (Meaning you can watch it in-between picking up your kids from soccer, making a fabulous meal that half of your kids will probably refuse to eat, and composing what is sure to be the best blog post ever written in the history of the world. You know, in all your free time.)

Pretty Darn Funny is your new best friend. Your new, very funny, best friend.


Everything Pretty Darn Funny is Brought to you by Deseret Book and Tinder Transmedia.

Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/pdfunny/

The Giveaway: To celebrate the launch of season 2 we are giving away one copy of Sarah M. Eden’s Longing for Home: A Proper Romance. To enter fill out the rafflecopter form below.


Longing for Home
by Sarah M. Eden
Paperback
Expected publication: August 6th 2013 
by Shadow Mountain 
ISBN 1609074610


Book Summary From Goodreads: Twenty-six-year-old Katie Macauley has placed all her hope in Hope Springs, a small town in the 1870 Wyoming Territory. But if she wants to return home to Ireland to make amends with her estranged family, she’ll need to convince the influential Joseph Archer to hold true to his word and keep her on his payroll as his housekeeper despite her Irish roots. The town is caught in an ongoing feud between the Irish and the “Reds” the frontiersmen who would rather see all the Irish run out of town and the Irish immigrants who are fighting to make a home for themselves in the New World. When Joseph agrees to keep Katie on as his housekeeper, the feud erupts anew, and Katie becomes the reluctant figurehead for the Irish townsfolk. As the violence escalates throughout the town, Katie must choose between the two men who have been vying for her love though only one might be able to restore hope to her heart.



About the author:  Sarah M. Eden is the author of multiple historical romances, including Whitney Award finalists Seeking Persephone (2008, Covenant Communications) and Courting Miss Lancaster(2010, Covenant Communications). Combining her obsession with history and affinity for tender love stories, Sarah loves crafting witty characters and heartfelt romances. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in research and happily spends hours perusing the reference shelves of her local library. Sarah has twice served as the Master of Ceremonies for the LDStorymakers Writers Conference, acted as the Writer in Residence at the Northwest Writers Retreat and is one-third of the team at the AppendixPodcast.com. Sarah is represented by Pam van Hylckama Vlieg at Foreword Literary Agency.

Find Sarah on Goodreads/ Facebook/ Twitter/ Website



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LDS Booksellers Association Convention Photo Gallery- NEW Titles at LDSBA for 2013

14 Aug, 2013 by in Heather Gardner Photography, mindy gledhill 2 comments

Each year the LDS Booksellers Convention holds a trade show called LDSBA to unveil the new covers and titles. This year I got to attend both days photographing signings, authors and booths out on the exhibit floor. There are so many amazing new books and music releases I want to share with you all!

First is Pocketful of Poetry by Mindy Gledhill, a music CD to be released September 10th by Deseret Book. Mindy’s music is whimsical and if  you’ve never checked it out, you need to! 
Have a listen…

Mindy was so kind, tweeting me on twitter and commenting on instagram to announce her signing. I’ve previewed the CD and LOVE it! She’s offering a free download of her song on her website so head on over there.

Next is new YA title from Covenant called Hadley- Hadley Benson by Jody Wind Durfee. This one has an autistic character which I always look for in a book…


Book Summary: When Maddi Benson moves in next door to Jaxon Quayle, neither of them knows how much life is about to change. Jaxon knows he should date only girls who share his faith, but as he gets to know Maddi he wants his new neighbor to be more than a friend. To make things even more complicated, there s Maddi s twin brother Hadley (or Hadley-Hadley, as he calls himself), who has special needs and always seems to be hanging around, and Jaxon s pal Tanner, who feels more than a little left out. Jaxon feels hopeful when the Bensons begin to consider joining the Church, which would solve at least one of his problems. But just when things seem to be working out, a horrible prank seems to make everything fall apart, leaving Maddi and Jaxon caught in the middle of doubt and faith, hurt and forgiveness, friendship and love.

Find out more on Goodreads.
And my final favorite pick from LDSBA is for another new CD, Say Love available September 9th by Hilary Weeks. Ummm… gorgeous cover!! Cassandra Barney is the cover artist. The music is heavenly (I’ve had a sneak peek).You will want this one.
Learn more about Say Love at Deseret Book
Below are some of the merchandise links for the fun stuff I saw at LDSBA. Click on the image to learn more.
All photos in slide show and on site are copyright Heather Gardner Photography
Visit my smugmug gallery and facebook page for a close up look and descriptions of the authors featured in each photo. 
Thanks so much to LDSBA for inviting me. If you are an artist, author or publisher who attended or had a product highlighted there, leave me a comment. I would love to add you to my list!

Deseret Book Blog Tour- Through Cloud and Sunshine by Dean Hughes

12 Aug, 2013 by in Through Cloud and Sunshine Leave a comment

Through Cloud and Sunshine
Come to Zion Volume #2
by Dean Hughes
Hardcover, 328 Pages
Published June 13, 2013
by Deseret Book
Book Source: publisher
Adult
Religious Fiction
4 stars

Book summary from Goodreads: Nauvoo was supposed to be the kingdom of God on earth, but Will and Liz Lewis are learning that it takes more than dreaming of Zion to make it a reality. Sickness, poverty, and just plain human nature add to the struggles for the Lord’s people, but every now and then a glimpse of heaven shines through. Just when things are starting to get settled, though, the old problems start rearing their heads, leaving Will and others wondering if they will be there to reap the harvest they have so carefully sown.

Meanwhile, Jeff and Abby—in modern-day Nauvoo—are dealing with challenges of their own. As their newborn baby fights for his life, they must come to grips with their personal faith. Can they, like their ancestors, continue to trust in God when there seems to be no trace of Him in their trials?

Beloved novelist Dean Hughes skillfully interweaves the stories of two couples separated by five generations and 150 years, providing a unique perspective on Church history and showing how much we can learn from those who went before us.


ReviewLiz and Will Lewis dream and hope for Zion, the gathering place of their followers and a warm nice, place to call home. Expecting their first child, father, Will feels he must make his promise to Liz’s family to build  her up a good home must be realized. But life in Nauvoo is hard, with land to be tilled and crops to be planted. And Liz, well with child feels she is seeing less and less of her husband and he works day and night. The moist land makes a breeding ground for disease and resentment. 

Volume two of Come to Zion, picks up right where book one left off, with a great synopsis in the first chapter for readers who haven’t had a chance to read the first in the series.  It is again written in dual perspective between two families, one living in the present day as descendants to another living in the historical time period of Joseph Smith.

Dean Hughes does a wonderful job of reminding us that Zion may not be a place, but rather a feeling and a hope as he outlines life in Nauvoo. There are ill feeling amongst neighbors, political unrest and rumor, as well as increasing religious intolerance. Each family struggles with their own trials of infant mortality and trying to make ends meet. Some arrive  to Zion with only the belongings they could bring from their own countries and no money or house to call their own.

I love the research Mr. Hughes puts in to all his book as well as the detail. He lived in Nauvoo, so is familiar with the streets, the shops and feel of the land. If you like historical fiction  you will love this series and I recommend Come to Zion volumes 1-2 to any who want to feel they are right there in the time and place of our early American Saints.
                                      

About the Author: Dean Hughes is the author of more than eighty books for young readers, including the popular sports series Angel Park All-Stars, the Scrappers series, the Nutty series, the widely acclaimed companion novels Family Pose and Team Picture, and Search and Destroy. Soldier Boys was selected for the 2001 New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age list. Dean Hughes and his wife, Kathleen, have three children and six grandchildren. They live in Midway, Utah.

Find out more about author Dean Hughes: Goodreads