Harvest Lane Cottage is a place to find encouragement, and hopefully, be inspired to do, read, write, or cook something wonderful. Most importantly, I want to share my love for Jesus Christ with you. He is the center of my life, the center of who I am. No, I'm not perfect. I fail, I fall, I'm tempted, but I keep going back to the One who makes me clean again.

Relax, enjoy yourself, be refreshed. Then, please leave me a comment. I love it when my readers "talk back". I won't tell your momma, I promise!

Laura Lane

Happy in my Jesus and in my home.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage #28

~ I made do with using up lots of leftovers and bits and pieces of food this week.

~ I made pancakes with what I had on hand... a bit of ground wheat, some oats, cornmeal, and ground golden flax seed.  They were... interesting and full of fiber. ~grin~

~ I also made pancake syrup by adding maple, vanilla, and butter extracts to some corn syrup I found in the back of the cupboard.

~ I received a new Bible for review.  My old one is falling apart.  Praise God.

~ I  reviewed Keepers of the Covenant.

~ I began reading Lady of Willowgrove Hall, a book I received in exchange for an honest review.

~ The fourth book in the collage is Where Treetops Glisten another review book.

~ I kept the heater turned off even though it's starting to get chilly.  A few years ago our heater broke, and we had no way to get it fixed.  I learned the difference between chilly and dangerously cold.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

When Calls the Heart: Change of Heart DVD Review

I got a surprise in the mail the other day.  It was a package.  Don't you love brown paper packages tied up with strings?  Well, this was a yellow padded envelope, but it was still fun. ~smile~

It was the next When Calls the Heart DVD, Change of Heart! I enjoyed the earlier videos so much, Elliott at Edify Media knew I'd want to review this one too, so he just popped it in the mail. Yay!  Thanks Elliott!

First chance we got, we had a movie night.  The whole family enjoys these clean films about life in a little Canadian town in the West.  The plot was a bit predictable this time, but the acting was so good and the setting so good, we enjoyed it anyway.  It's just a feel good, neighborly kind of cast.   It makes you want to come back again.  I'll be watching any future When Calls the Heart DVDs I get a chance to watch.  I suggest you check this one out.  It's a great film DVD.

My daughter, Amy, said, "I love these movies. You should watch them. I like them because they're not all yucky romance, they're sweet romance."

This series is inspired by the book series by Janette Oke.  Find out more about the series.
Here's some more information on this film directed by Michael Landon, Jr.

"When Calls the Heart- “Second Chances” is a feature length film from the episodes of the When Calls the Heart television series. 
Synopsis-  Jack finally gets Elizabeth to agree to join him for a dinner date just as Elizabeth’s younger sister, JULIE THATCHER, arrives in Coal Valley, surprising Elizabeth.  Julie is accompanied by Mountie PATRICK O’REILLY, the man who has been sent to inform Jack of his new posting, and become the new Constable of Coal Valley.  Jack had already forgotten that he sent in a request to transfer the week he arrived in Coal Valley, and the news takes him by surprise."

I received this DVD at no charge from Edify Media in exchange for an honest review.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Autumn Blessings

The leaves are just turning to rich vibrant shades here in Southwest Missouri.  In my yard, it begins with a deep crimson followed by mellow gold and brilliant oranges and thrill me delightful reds.  I do love being surrounded by Maples and Oaks and Black Walnuts.  It's been raining for days and nights, so I don't have photos yet.  
Last night we had soup, and I'll no doubt be thinking of soups and stews as I plan my menus later today.  I'll be digging out warmer clothes this week, too, as well as washing extra blankets.  
How are you enjoying the change of seasons?

REVIEW: Keepers of the Covenant by Lynn Austin

Thank you LitFuse for this review copy.
Lynn Austin brought so much insight into the time of the return to Jerusalem from Babylon in Return to Me, I didn't even need to read the book description before I signed up for this blog tour.  I just knew Keepers of the Covenant was going to be good.  I was right.  Lynn Austin can write about ancient Jewish history like no one else I know.

Keepers of the Covenant is:
  • set in Babylon at the time of Esther but not about Esther
  • written from viewpoint of Ezra a Torah scholar, a young Edomite girl named Amina, and a young Jewish boy named Reuben
  • full of vivid descriptions of both Jewish customs and revelations that came from the Torah 
  • full of examples of wrestling to reconcile the Word with application to life circumstances
  • hard choices
  • trusting God
The correlation of life in Babylon for the Jews and life in modern culture for Christians is very thought provoking.  I learned more about the Jewish and Babylonian cultures, but I also found myself thinking about some circumstances in my own life as a Christian and as a homeschooler.  If you like deep thought provoking books, Keepers of the Covenant is an excellent choice.

Now that you've read what I think, read what other readers thought.
Enter the giveaway.

Keepers of the Covenant

by Lynn Austin

Biblical Fiction

Baker Publishing Group

Lynn Austin once again brings the Old Testament to life in Keepers of the Covenant, book two in the Restoration Chronicles.

In one life-changing moment, the lives of the Jewish exiles in Babylon are thrown into confusion and despair when a decree arrives from the king's palace in Susa. It calls for the annihilation of every Jewish man, woman, and child throughout the empire on the thirteenth day of Adar, in less than one year. Ezra, a quiet Jewish scholar and teacher, is suddenly called upon to lead the community as they seek God for a reason for this catastrophe. When a second decree arrives, authorizing them to fight back, Ezra is thrust into the role of military leader as they defend themselves against their enemies.
When the battles come to an end, Ezra's brother Jude is dead and Ezra is required by the Law he so diligently studies to marry Jude's widow, Devorah, and provide an heir. Fatherhood changes Ezra, and he asks God to make a way for him and the other exiles to leave Babylon for good and return to Jerusalem. His prayers are answered and the exiles move to Judea to revitalize worship at the temple---but the fight to keep God's Law is never easy. As more and more of his community are tempted, a new battle emerges . . . this one for the survival of God's covenant and the souls of His chosen faithful.

 Meet the Author 
Bestselling author Lynn Austin has sold more than one million copies of her books worldwide. She is an eight-time Christy Award winner for her historical novels, as well as a popular speaker at retreats and conventions. Lynn and her husband have raised three children and live near Chicago.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher.  
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