Iron-Rich Black Bean Soup

My mom picked up this cookbook, Eating the Bible: Over 50 Delicious Recipes to Feed Your Body and Nourish Your Soul by Rena Rossner, and it is pretty interesting. Each recipe has a bible lesson/devotion.

This recipe interested me as I was diagnosed as iron deficient an tend to forget to take my [ills as they are disgusting!! I mean seriously, they taste like blood and the taste takes forever to leave your mouth. I feel like a vampire every time-and not in a cool way!

This one goes with the Iron Sharpens Iron scripture and Deuteronomy 8:9

Ingredients:

  • 1 Onion Chopped
  • 4 Cloves of Garlic, Crushed or Minced
  • 1 Tbsp Ground Cumin
  • 2 Tbsps of Oil
  • 2-15oz Cans of Black Beans, Undrained
  • 2.5 of Chicken Broth
  • 1-28oz Can of Stewed Tomatoes, Undrained
  • Sour Cream or Grated Cheddar Cheese for garnish (optional)

Directions:

  1. Saute onion, garlic, and cumin in oil for 3-5 mins.
  2. Add black beans, chicken broth, and tomatoes.
  3. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low.
  4. Simmer 30 mins.
  5. Serve with Sour Cream or grated Cheddar Cheese.

Thoughts After Reading:

So when I first made this, I realized that I didn’t have any cumin. Now you can substitute chili powder for cumin, which I thought I had but I ended up accidentally grabbing my cayenne powder instead.

Yes it was a giant mistake:

Now I’m Mexican, I like my food nice and hot but this was too hot. I felt like I was eating lava! My skin and tongue felt like it was melting off. Sour cream didn’t help or milk-nothing.

I have a policy to eat all I make as I don’t want to waste food or money and I did. But I cried every second of it. That food was so painful.

I remade it with the proper ingredients and it was fantastic. I strongly recommend it!

For more soup recipes, go to Spinach Tortellini Soup

For more recipes, go to Earl Grey Infused Blueberry Smoothie

For more bible verses, go to The Butterfly and the Violin

The Butterfly and the Violin

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The Butterfly and the Violin (A Hidden Masterpiece Novel) by Kristy Cambron

This book is two stories intertwining that connect by the end of the novel.

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First we have Adele Von Bron concert violinist and Austria’s sweetheart, living in pre-World War II Europe. She is the daughter of a high ranking Nazi official, but doesn’t agree with his politics as they go against her Christian faith.

She is part of the Philharmonic, where she meets the son of an average man, but the one she falls in love with is, Vladamir.

Everything in her world is changed when she is caught trying to help a Jewish family flee Austria. She is caught and her punishment to be sent to Auschwitz to work in the camps.

But when she gets there, she is set to join Auschwitz’s Women’s Orchestra. There she goes through all kinds of troubles and problems, doing her best to stay alive.

The second half of the book is about Sera James, art gallery owner. She was left at the altar two years ago, and has been completely brokenhearted.

Since then she has focused all her attention on trying to find this painting of Adele Von Bron, one that was created while they were in Auschwitz.

Her research has reached a dead end and Sera is at a loss for the next step until she discovers a a copy of the painting behind an object up for auction at an estate sale. She emails the owner and then receives a plane ticket and request from millionaire and businessman Will Hanover.

She flies out to meet him and finds out that Will Hanover is in a tough spot. His grandfather died recently and left all the money, assets, and business to the owner of the painting of Adele.

He has been searching for the owner when he heard from Sera. He infuriates Sera when he accuses her of trying to steal his family’s fortune.

He returns and asks for forgiveness. The two then begin searching and Sera starts falling for Will. But does Will feel the same way? Or is he just using her to get the painting?

Hmm…

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Thoughts After Reading:

The book wasn’t that good.

The author suffered from trying to do too much with the two story lines that it caused her to fall into overdone clichés and have a lack of character development. The book was rushed too fast to reach a conclusion, and to quote Wayne’s World they made it a “super happy ending”.

I hate it

I didn’t care for it and thought it would be better if it had been focused on either storyline of Adele or the search of the painting instead of stretching the author with these two pairings. Adele’s journey is told in half points with a quick summary of what happened next, and Sera’s search barely anything as the painting felt like it was instantly discovered after the two “joined” forces.

That’s it?

Like Will’s grandpa just choose to leave it to the girl so Will could become a minister instead of taking the mantle of the business. Well that’s fine for him but what about everybody else? Did you even think how that would affect them all?

And what qualifications does that woman have to run a business? I mean really? All he knows of her was what happened in WWII. How do you know she won’t run everything down to the ground?

For more historical fiction, go to Whistling in the Dark

For more books that take place in World War II, go to The Hyde Park Murder

For more Christian books, go to The Undoing of Saint Silvanus

For more bible verses, go to Everybody Called Her a Saint

Everybody Called Her a Saint

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Everybody Called Her a Saint (Everybody’s a Suspect #3) by Cecil Murphy

Twila Belk is everybody’s favorite person, called a saint for her kindness and generosity.
In fact, she has decided to take a troupe of her best friends and clients on an Alaskan cruise.
Meanwhile, since the last book Dr. Julie West has given her heart to Christ and Pastor James Burton.
However, when Pastor Burton revealed a secret from his past, she broke up with him.
Not wanting to see him at all, she finds herself stuck with him in near proximity as he too has been invited to join the cruise.

When Twila is found murdered, the two will have to put their feelings aside and help solve which of their “friends” is a killer.

Thoughts After Reading:

I did not like it.
The characters are poorly written, their interactions horrible; it just was a bad read all around.

For more Everybody’s a Suspect Mysteries, go to Everybody Wanted Room 623
For more cruise mysteries, go to Decked
For more bible verses, go to The Utterly Perfect Murder
For more mysteries, go to Iced

The Utterly Perfect Murder

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“An Utterly Perfect Murder” from Long After Midnight by Ray Bradbury

“The idea had come to me for some reason on my forty-eighth birthday…I will arise and kill Ralph Underhill.”

Douglas has decided that thirty-six years after he’d been bullied and mistreated he is going to kill the guy that made his boyhood so unhappy.

He boards the train and remembers how Ralph Underhill beat him up so he was so covered in bruises. But yet Douglas still wanted to be him, be his friend.

Ralph traded his Tarzan action figure for Douglas’ baseball glove and even though Douglas knew the glove was worth more and that Ralph cheated him, Doug still hoped they would be friends.

Then Douglas decided to just ignore Ralph, and wait for the day Ralph would come and tell Douglas how much he missed having him around and how much he needs him. But he never comes.

Nothing is working!

So now Doug is going to kill him.

He travels down to see Ralph and knocks on the door.

But when he sees Ralph, it is no monster from his childhood…

But a wrinkled, balding, sick old man.

What?

Doug was going to shoot him. And with the pistol he brought, but looking at the guy…he decides against it. Instead he goes to his old home and throws rocks against the window; calling to himself like he always hoped others would come call on him.

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Thoughts After Reading:

I thought it was great.

I think he captured real feelings and emotions in this. After all, who hasn’t felt that way, wanted to take down their old bullies?

I thought the twist at the end was great, Douglas has the gun and is ready to kill what hurts him-but then realizing that Ralph wasn’t hurting him it was his own bitterness. And true happiness would be to can only come when he gets rid of that-not Ralph.

For more by Ray Bradbury, go to The October Game

For more short stories, go to A Scandal in Bohemia

For more bible verses, go to The Oath

The Oath

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The Oath by Frank Peretti

Thoughts Before Reading:

I am a huge fan of Frank Peretti, and this book was just another in a long line of greats. I started reading it and couldn’t stop, it was phenomenal.

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Plot Synopsis:

Steven Benson heads to Hyde’s Peak to research what killed his younger brother Cliff.

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A biologist, specializing in bears, he at first believes it to be a rogue grizzly. That is until he catches the bear and finds no evidence that it killed his brother.

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In fact, when he sent the saliva found in the few remaining pieces of his brother, they discovered the attacker was reptilian.

WHAT!

WHAT!

Deeply intrigued, but in a town where all have taken an oath of silence, Steve is determined to find out who or what killed his brother.

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He teams up with the hot deputy, Tracey,

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and finds himself relying more and more on the town crank, Levi, a man convinced this beast or creature is not physical but spiritual.

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Thoughts After Reading:

This book was unbelievably amazing.

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I became so entranced with it:

Peretti is just a master!

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For more Christian mysteries, go to A Taste of Fame

For more not in a series mysteries, go to Death Comes to Pemberley

For more Bible Verses, go to The Harlot’s Tale

The Harlot’s Tale

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The Harlot’s Tale (A Midwife Mystery #2) by Sam Thomas

This is the sequel to the novel The Midwife’s Tale. I LOVED the first book. I thought it was absolutely fantastic and quickly devoured it. And I eagerly awaited the sequel…

Please!

This book takes place one year after the previous one. It is August of 1645, the civil war is over but not all is well. York is suffering tremendously from a horrible summer heat, one that threatens to destroy the crops and causes tempers to rise.

It's not fair.

Meanwhile, the city’s council have decided that with one war completed, another is to be waged, the war of men’s souls. They have allowed all types of “ministers” into the city, of which are eager to whip the sinful into godly. One area they seem the most focused on? Prostitution.

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One such group  that has soldiered in to the area is Hezikiah Ward, his wife Deborah, daughter Silence, and son Praise God.

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Lady Bridget continues with her midwifery, with Martha her trusted friend and deputy assisting. Will, however, has found much sorrow at the War’s end. With his brother Joseph, the war hero, returned; their father has once again ignored and mistreated Will, because of his club foot, and instead turned over quite a number of his affairs to Joseph. This extremely disheartened Will and causes him to drink to excess.

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Including these, Joseph has become a crusader “for God”, as he has taken the duty of constable and delights in bringing in people to face charges of slander, prostitution, etc. Joseph is altogether rather unpleasant as his ruthlessness in battle has changed him to become even more ambitious and unempathetic.

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One  morning Bridget is awaken by her servant Hannah. Joseph has come for her as something has happened and she is needed right away by Edward.

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Bridget awakens Martha, much to Joseph’s chagrin and they all take off to answer the summons. They come to a small apartment, one of which the prostitutes would use for business.

suspicious Hmm

Edward brings Bridget in to look at the room and the bloodshed is enormous. Someone had killed and mutilated the bodies, rearranging the man and woman in a parody of copulation.

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Edward’s mission for them is to question the prostitutes in town. As a midwife, Bridget has had her dealings with them before, and they most certainly would not trust Edward, Joseph, or any other constable or official.

Bridget and Martha go over the crime scene and find two pieces of papers with scripture on them,  Numbers 25:8:

“And he went after the man of Israel into the tent, and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through her belly. So the plague was stayed from the children of Israel.”

And Revelations 2:14

But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.

Upon even further examination, the two were killed similar to first bible verse. And to their horror, they discover that the prostitute killed was done so by the cutting of the femoral artery, and afterwards her privities were slashed and disfigured.

Horrible!!!!

Horrible!!!!

Bridget and Martha are on the case again…or are they? As a pamphlet with similar themes is passed around the city, Joseph concludes the author is the murderer and has him arrested.

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This doesn’t sit well with Bridget or Martha who find it strange that it would be so simple.

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When the murderer claims his innocence and is released from prison, Bridget, Martha, and Will decide to continue searching for the truth.

On the case!

On the case!

They see Helen Wright, owner of the tenement the dead bodies were found in, and while the exchange does not go as well as planned, they are given a lead to see Isabelle Dalton. She refers them to Barbara Rearsby, telling them she will send her their way if she finds her first.

As the three investigate more and more, it appears that in every spot the Wards and Joseph seem to be turning up again and again. Could one be a murderer?

Interesting

Interesting

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Thoughts After Reading:

**Spoiler Alert**

So I didn’t like this book as much as the first one. It wasn’t just the content of the hypocritical Christians, which have been done over and over again ; but it just seemed to be missing something.

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I didn’t like the killing of Edward, although it was his own fault. For someone who reads the bible so much he clearly didn’t learn from the stories of Cain & Abel, Jacob & Esau, or Joseph & his 10 Brothers. Brotherly strife will not end well.

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I also didn’t like how obviously evil Joseph was in this. From the first time he was introduced you knew he was the bad guy.

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But let me say what a twist with the Wards. I never suspected the mother, props to you Sam, props to you.

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I also didn’t care for the ending with Joseph getting everything and Will nothing.

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Although I liked that he put Will & Martha together, glad he listened to my class’ suggestion.

Thank you, thank you!

Thank you, thank you!

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For more Midwife Mysteries, go to The Midwife’s Tale

For more historical fiction mysteries, go to The Book of Madness and Cures

For more bible verses, go to Good, Clean, Murder

For more mystery reviews, go to Decked

Good, Clean, Murder

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Good, Clean, Murder (A Plain Jane Mystery #1) by Traci Tyne Hilton

Sweet, kind, Jane’s ultimate dream is to become a missionary. When her parents wouldn’t pay for any type of Bible college or seminary, Jane decided to go it alone, cleaning houses to pay for school.

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One morning she is doing one of her regular jobs, when she discovers that her client, and owner of the Roly Burger fast-food franchise, dead she decides that cleaning isn’t all she can do.

Private Investigating!

Private Investigating!

Jane feels it is her duty to discover who murdered her best client. The police think it was natural causes, but Jane knows that with all the changes her client had been making and the protests surrounding him; there are plenty of possible suspects.

Who done it?

Who done it?

When her air-headed roommate loses their apartment, she accepts the housekeeping job provided by her recently deceased client’s son, Jake; as it will give her a roof, food she could never purchase, and a chance to investigate the family.

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To further complicate her life, one of Jane’s new classes has been given a young, attractive professor. Both are interested in each other, but with the school’s rules stand in the way.

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Besides this Jane also has her walk with God to consider, as some days are harder than others to live a Christian life and be Christlike to those who cause her pain.

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Thoughts After Reading:

The beginning is strong,

this is going to be good

But the mystery is easily solved and falls flat.

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I also fail to understand why she would be so interested in her professor, Isaac. He sounds like a weirdo and worst of all he knows that his flirting and asking her out will be harmful to her. BUT does it ANYWAY!!!

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I hope Jane ends up with Jake; riding the J train all the way.

I’d give this book three out of five stars.

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For more mysteries involving cleaning ladies, go to Grime and Punishment

For more mystery reviews, go to Murder and Other Unnatural Disasters