Thursday, April 18, 2019

Daring to Believe By Amy Gray-Cunningham Review .@AmyCunnningham1

Daring to Believe
A Memoir of a Living Kidney Donor

NOW available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle!

Also, available for purchase at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC.

As a living kidney donor, Daring to Believe chronicles Amy’s journey throughout the entire kidney donation process. It’s a resource for other potential living donors and family members about what to expect when donating a kidney.

Daring to Believe is also an inspirational story about following God’s calling in your life even when everything seems impossible.

What might you be called to do if you only dared to believe?

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's review-  Not only does this amazing person give her organ, but she does what most people would never even bother to think of doing and that is giving life to a stranger.  Of course it is easy for anyone to say that they would give an organ to a loved one and especially their own child, but imagine just a perfect stranger in your life.  I know in my heart I would not even conceive of such a thing unless my kids were in need.   The book takes you through moments that are truth and feelings that are so real you can immerse yourself in the pages.  You are getting a resource and a life changing story all in one book. 

Replanted Faith-Based Support for Adoptive and Foster Families Review

Faith-Based Support for Adoptive and Foster Families
By Jenn Ranter Hook Joshua N. Hook Mike Berry

Many people embark on the journey of adoption and foster care but are unprepared for the challenges that await them along the way. Replanted takes an honest look at the joys and hardships that come with choosing this journey and provides a model of faith-based support made up of three parts to help families thrive: Soil, Sunlight, and Water. 

Soil, or emotional support, addresses the need for grace-filled settings where families can connect with other families who understand their experience. 
Sunlight, or informational support, focuses on obtaining helpful training to raise children who may have unique needs or challenges. 
Water, or tangible support, deals with concrete resources such as medical care, child care, and financial support. 
Throughout the book, the Replanted model is brought to life by stories and examples based on the clinical work and personal experiences of the authors. Their candid insight will serve families who are actively involved in adoption or foster care, as well as people who are eager to help support those families.

Replanted affirms that with the right support system in place, parents can answer this sacred call not only with open hearts but also with their eyes wide open.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  I like the way the book is laid out and each section helps to nurture a growing foster family.  The book outlines so many real truths and adds great knowledge for any level of parenting.   I would recommend this to anyone who wants to learn, spread the tips and create a great family support during the times of adoption or foster parenting. 

About Jenn Ratner Hook

Jenn Ranter Hook, M.A., is the founder of Replanted, a ministry that empowers the church to support adoptive and foster families. She speaks frequently on topics related to adoption and foster care support. She lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband Joshua. For more information, visit

About Joshua N. Hook

Joshua N. Hook, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at the University of North Texas. He resides in Dallas, Texas, with his wife Jenn. For more information, visit

About Mike Berry

Mike Berry has been married to his wife Kristin for 19 years, and they have been parents for 16. All eight of their children are adopted, and they have fostered 23 children altogether. Mike hosts the popular blog “Confessions of an Adoptive Parent.” For more information, visit

Impeccable Petunia By Katie Christine Review

Part I: Claws, Paws, Feathers & Jaws

Relegated to a life without hope for anything more than a squalid existence at the bottom of the pecking order, Petunia, a backyard chicken, lives out her days in a flock where gossip flows as currency, with malice at its heart and boredom by its side. Petunia’s plight seems insurmountable until a strange woman’s tears hurl her through a labyrinth that she never anticipated and into a friendship she might not survive.

Available Now:
Amazon: Kindle | Paperback

Cassandra's Review-  I found both parts of the story to be entertaining and fresh as far as never really being told before in the way of chickens.   I actually have 16 Orpington hens and one rooster so this was kind of fun to read and imagine them taking on an adventure.  The books are easy to glide through because of the better writing style, it also helps that the characters are realistic for talking animals.  I think there is so much more to this story, but older ages might get it a little better.

Part II: The Two Tails

As The Two Tails opens, the flock confronts a spiral of death and disappearance. Ensnared by a rapacious raccoon and desperate for a way out, Petunia must throw herself at the mercy of the dark, open road with little more than gumption, a pair of useless wings, and a dubious companion as her guide.

Available Now:
Amazon: Kindle | Paperback

I received complimentary copies.

About the Author:
Katie Christine
From a young age Katie's parents instilled in her a love of animals and art. She has many fond childhood memories of long summer afternoons spent curled up in a quiet corner of the local library. She lives outside Seattle, Washington with her husband/illustrator, Jonathan Edward, their Super-Sheltie, Niles and cats, Frankenstein and Penelope.

Katie Christine holds degrees from UCLA and USC, enjoys the outdoors, gardening, reading, and discovering new music.  Find out more at

Get Your Pet a good home

As you may already know, I love to find pets forever homes and also I have a few of my own who are so dear to my heart.  Did you know that 7.5 million animals are put in shelters every year, 2.5 of those are from people that had to give up their pet. Of the 7.5 million animals put in shelters, 2.6 million of the animals are euthanized. By helping keep pets needing a new home out of shelters, we can potentially save 2.5 million pets a year.
My 11 yr old borador rescued from a kill shelter. 

I would like to introduce you to Get Your Pet which is an online community that helps connect people who aren’t able to keep their pets directly to people who want to adopt them in their region; relieving shelters and saving animals’ lives all at the same time.

Even if you can not afford to bring a fur baby into your life, please consider spreading the word about this amazing community and help to give the pets of the world a chance to find the perfect home.

I knew in my heart that I wanted to rescue another fur baby and keep her out of the local kill shelter.  I had saw my Em's picture on a shelter website and just felt that it was the right thing to do.  I went down right away without knowing anything else about her and I was determined to get her no matter what they told me could be wrong.  A lot of people want puppies or young dogs, but I choose to share the last part of this borador's life with her because she needed a good solid home and lots of love.

Now it has been a few months later and I could not be happier.  I know that the cost of food is high and the care will be extensive, but I feel like my Em is so much healthier and happier plus I know she is being loved.  I did not know about the get your pet site or I would have tried to find a pet on there.  You do have to be super careful that people do not try to sell you a pet or that they are not from a puppy mill.   By adopting and not shopping you are doing so much for the pets that need the most love.

I am so fortunate to have all of my current pets and I feel like I am the one that was saved because they bering so much joy, love and happiness to my home and family.

I would really love it if you shared your pet rescue story with me in the comments section below.