A Season for Tending by Cindy Woodsmall

A Season for Tending 

by Cindy Woodsmall






Again, Cindy Woodsmall gives her readers a masterpiece to read! A story with two families struggling in different ways brought together for the good of them both. Rhoda Byler is being talked about and harassed because of lies a family member is spreading about her. Samuel King struggles making ends meet with the family apple orchard he is taking care of. Because of a unique situation with Samuel’s sister the paths of the two families crossed.


Believable and reliable characters develop well as this story unfolds creating twists and turns that kept me reading until the very end. It seams that one situation would be over and another one was just around the counter. I appreciate that through the characters, Cindy Woodsmall shows the importance of living our lives trusting God and believing Him to help us through our difficult situations.


This is a good clean, sweet Amish fiction that anyone would love to read. And if you haven’t tried Cindy Woodsmall’s books, now would be a perfect time. Pick up your copy today for your reading enjoyment.


A copy of this book was provided by Blogging for Books through their book review program. I was not required or expected to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mind only.




About The Author

Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times best-selling author who has written seven novels, four novellas, and Plain Wisdom, a work of nonfiction coauthored with her dearest Old Order Amish friend, Miriam Flaud. Cindy has been featured on ABC Nightline and on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, and has worked with National Geographic on a documentary concerning Amish life.

She’s a veteran homeschool mom who no longer holds that position. As her children progressed in age, her desire to write grew stronger. After working through reservations whether this desire was something she should pursue, she began her writing journey. Her husband was her staunchest supporter as she aimed for what seemed impossible.

She’s won Fiction Book of the Year, Reviewer’s Choice Awards, Inspirational Reader’s Choice Contest, as well as one of Crossings’ Best Books of the Year. She’s been a finalist for the prestigious Christy, Rita, and Carol Awards, Christian Book of the Year, and Christian Retailers Choice Awards.

Her real-life connections with Amish Mennonite and Old Order Amish families enrich her novels with authenticity. Though she didn’t realize it at the time, seeds were sown years ago that began preparing Cindy to write these books. At the age of ten, while living in the dairy country of Maryland, she became best friends with Luann, a Plain Mennonite girl. Luann, like all the females in her family, wore the prayer Kapp and cape dresses. Her parents didn’t allow television or radios, and many other modern conveniences were frowned upon. During the numerous times Luann came to Cindy’s house to spend the night, her rules came with her and the two were careful to obey them–afraid that if they didn’t, the adults would end their friendship. Although the rules were much easier to keep when they spent the night at Luann’s because her family didn’t own any of the forbidden items, both sets of parents were uncomfortable with the relationship and a small infraction of any kind would have been enough reason for the parents to end the relationship. While navigating around the adults’ disapproval and the obstacles in each other’s lifestyle, the two girls bonded in true friendship that lasted into their teen years, until Cindy’s family moved to another region of the US.

As an adult, Cindy became friends with a wonderful Old Order Amish family who opened their home to her. Although the two women, Miriam and Cindy, live seven hundred miles apart geographically, and a century apart by customs, when they come together they never lack for commonality, laughter, and dreams of what only God can accomplish through His children. Over the years Cindy has continued to make wonderful friendships with those inside the Amish and Mennonite communities–from the most conservative ones to the most liberal.

Cindy lives in Georgia with her husband, three sons, two daughters-in-law, and a new granddaughter.

If you’d like more information or to contact her, you can go to her website: http://www.cindywoodsmall.com or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/authorcindywoodsmall

Straight Pipes Devotions for Bikers by Barbara Ann Derksen

Straight Pipes Devotions for Bikers  

by Barbara Ann Derksen


This devotional is designed to encourage bikers in their Christian walk and, at
the same time, provide them with a tool to disciple others. Readers will find
encouragement to spend time with God daily, study His Word, share their faith
with others, and then disciple new believers.


I have read many devotions for lots of groups of people, but this is the first one I’ve read for bikers. What a great idea and wonderful devotional from author Barbara Derksen. This book starts off with a list of Promises for Bikers, which is scripture verses taken from The Message version of the Bible. Then with scripture taken from the NIV Bible, Ms. Derkson has written devotions geared just for those bikers our there.

And to just give you a little taste of what is in this book, here are some of the devotions you will find here:
Biker Blessings
Turning Ourselves In
Biker Laws
Cruising with the King
Band of Brothers
Tattoo the Image
Bad Company
One Track Mind
Oh and if you want to know what each is about, well pick up a copy of this and read all about it!

Wow, how cool is this? Barbara Derksen not only gives devotions just for bikers, but she uses biker talk and that language unique only to bikers. I think it is so neat that Barbara picked verses that go with the biker lifestyle. What a great book for bikers to take with them on the road, for encouragement to themselves, and also to help them minister to others and be an encouragement to all they come in contact with. But if you are not a biker and you are curious to know what Barbara wrote in her book, not to worry because this devotional can be for anyone. The most important thing in “Straight Pipes” is that the author tells people about Jesus, and how to live for Him anywhere, and in anything they do!

I highly recommend this really neat book of devotions for the biker out there, or the biker in your life. So why not pick up your copy today HERE.


Watching the expressions on the faces of her readers as well as answering questions about her characters is what drives author and speaker, Barbara Ann Derksen to write yet another book and another. Her favorite genre is murder mystery but each book brings forth characters who rely on God as they solve the puzzle in their life. Her readers also have a tremendous amount of input when they wonder what happened to this character or that one, even if they are secondary to the story.

Barbara’s devotionals are sought after each year when she publishes a new one that reflects what God has placed on her heart. From Straight Pipes, her first, to Chaps, the latest, Barbara’s devotions take people to the place where God can touch their heart and leave a lasting impression. 2012 will see the release of her fifth about the Sermon on the Mount.

Born in Canada, Barbara lived in the US for 12 years. There her writing surfaced as she worked as a journalist for six years with over 2500 articles published in newspapers and magazines during that time. Her readership expanded while in the States but now the Canadian public has discovered the gift that God has given yet another Canadian.

She is a member of The Word Guild, Manitoba Writer’s Guild, The Writer’s Collective, and Christian Motorcyclists Association where each summer her books are used to inspire and encourage.

Barbara has spoken across the US and in Manitoba, Canada for women’s groups and in church services on topics such as The Writing Experience, working in the ministry of Christian Motorcyclists Association, Love, Parenting, Time Management, and a host of others.

With 11 books to her credit, each one surpasses the last, according to her readers. They look forward to Silence, the fourth in the Wilton/Strait mystery series, and Road Trip, her fifth devotional about the Sermon on the Mount in 2012. Barbara will allow some new characters to tell their story in a new series Finders Keepers which she plans to begin in 2012.

Developing a social media presence, getting published at Amazon.com and adding her books to their kindle collection in Canada, the US, Great Britain, France and Germany, and also adding her books to Amazon.ca has kept her busy this year. She has also attended a few workshops to add to her skill level. Barbara Ann Would love to meet you, whenever she is in your area. Check her schedule to find out when she will stop by.

You can find more about Barbara Derksen HERE

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