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Lady Hannah
20 April 2012 @ 21:41
The Resignation of Eve - What if Adam's Rib is No Longer Willing to be the Church's Backbone? 

~ Hannah's book review ~

When I heard about this book being available for reviews, I was anxious to get my hands on a copy.  I was about to embark on a switch to a new church, and was trying to discover what boundaries to set with my involvement at church, after experiencing some involvement burnout at my prior church.  [Note: burnout was not why I switched churches, but is something I have desired to investigate nonetheless]  I was curious how other women have had similar experiences, and the value of women in the church.  What are women's roles in the church?  What does the Bible say, what do people say, what do women say?  This book is a definitive guide of statistics, surveys, and thoughts on the subject.  While I do not agree with perhaps everything set forth in the book, I found it an interesting study on the topic of women and church at an applicable time in my own life.  I would definitely recommend you pick up a copy if this is something that you have also been considering.  Perhaps what I most appreciated in this book is that it included so many stories and so much data, helping give a clearer picture of different individual experiences.  This is not so much a book about what is right or wrong about women's roles in church, but what people have personally experienced and believe, and suggestions about the reasons behind such feelings.  There are definitely some possible solutions presented in this book, but I think that this is more a book for drawing your own conclusions.  In summary: this is recommended reading. :)

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of The Resignation of Eve from Tyndale House Publishers in return for my honest review.
Lady Hannah
10 March 2012 @ 08:20

The Beautiful Wife book study set review 

~ by Hannah ~

Sandy Ralya's Beautiful Wife study set is ideal for the creation of a small group study, or for individual study.  I am always interested in seeing how Christian authors interpret marriage studies, and the emphasis that different writers place.  In Ralya's study series, the emphasis is on beautification, an angle that I have not really seen discussed much in this genre.  Some of the topics include, 'speaking the truth in love', 'cultivating mystique', and 'opening lines of communication'.  Practical-minded topics include 'managing money'.  The mentor's guide gives advice and suggestions on the creation of a healthy womens' group, and the prayer journal includes Bible references and spaces to write your response to the readings.  If you desire for a book series that will help with making your marriage and your role as a woman more beautiful, you may want to purchase the books from this series!

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of The Beautiful Wife book, mentor's guide and prayer journal from the Litfuse Publicity group in return for my honest review. =)

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Lady Hannah
21 November 2011 @ 20:43
Remembering You

by Tricia Goyer

Summary based off of the book cover - 

Television producer Ava Ellington cannot refuse her grandfather's last wish- that she accompany him to Europe on a tour of WorldWar II battle sites.  Ava sets off, camera in hand, ready to record and report on their journey, and she and Grandpa Jack are greeted in Paris by Paul, her grandpa's best friend, and his grandson Dennis.  The Dennis who just happens to be Ava's first love.  History comes alive as the group travels across Europe- from the romantic sights of Paris to the bleak battlefields of Belgium to the Austrian labor camp these men liberated so many years before.  As Ava's grandfather shares his memories of bitter days on the battlefield, she begins to understand how his experiences in the war made him the man he is today.  Throughout the journey, Ava and Dennis are also drawn together in ways neither of them expected.  Can their memories of the past lead to a bright new future?

Review - 

Ava Ellington in some ways reminds me of myself.  She is driven.  When she sees green countryside, she thinks of the Sound of Music.  She is a young woman of feeling.  And while she may not be a big fan of war history, she enjoys touring Europe with her grandfather.  This story is neat in the respects that it is tied to two different generations: Ava's and her grandfather's.  Their stories are in many respects different, but as the two of them tour through Europe, the purpose of the journey changes as they look at the future through the lens of the past. I like the setting of Europe, and the author Tricia Goyer writes in a casual writing style that is likable, easy to relate to, and plays like a film in one's head as you read.  I recommend this book to those looking for a casual, sentimental novel. 

Excerpt - 

"Don't give up on this day yet, Ava,"  Grand-Paul said in her ear as he gave her a quick hug.  "Never give up.  Sometimes the future isn't what we expect, but when we get there, it often isnt' as scary or as overwhelming as we first thought."  

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Disclosure: Litfuse Publicity provided me with a complimentary copy of Remembering You, in return for my honest review.

Lady Hannah
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Lady Hannah
08 November 2011 @ 22:42

With: Reimagining The Way You Relate to God by Skye Jethani 

Book Review by Hannah K.

  I must admit- I enjoy reading Christian non-fiction.  I have so many wonderful books!  Yet I do not value all of them the same, as some Christian non-fiction can be hit and miss.  That is why I was pleasantly surprised when With: Reimagining The Way You Relate to God sky-rocketed to the top of the list of my favorite books even before I had gone through more than a few chapters.  With addresses some concerns about Christianity that I feel often are not well-addressed or discussed in most circles.  This makes this book a novelty in some of its approach to relating to God.  

  The purpose of the book is to give a clearer picture of what it means to live “with”, or “alongside” God- not just over, from, for and under.  The book goes into detail about what each of the postures in relation to God misunderstand about God and His nature.  I believe that this book will likely challenge you and compel you to re-evaluate the way that you relate to God.  I feel that it has brought me closer to God.  The content of the book is not complex, and neither is its message of living “with” God.  Yet somehow the author succeeds in creating a compelling case for why many of us miss out on some of the rewarding experience of living alongside our Creator, and how we can better understand and live out this idea.   

Disclosure: BookSneeze provided me with a complementary copy of With: Reimagining The Way You Relate to God by Skye Jethani in return for my honest review. 

Lady Hannah
18 September 2011 @ 19:49

Rumors of God book review 

Rumors of God by Darren Whitehead and Jon Tyson was a book that I enjoyed reading.  This book was definitely worth-while to read, and my copy now features many underlined passages where I marked thoughts for later re-reading with my pen.  This is a book that after reading, certain sentences from it may recurr in your mind over and over, urging deeper thought with every reverberation.  

The subtitle beneath the title reads, "experience the kind of faith you've only heard about".  This book's focus is on faith, Grace, seeing the big picture, and trusting God.  Its messages are those I've heard elsewhere, but that I particularly liked reading again in the form of this book.  It brings to mind questions about consumerism, materialsim, the American dream, and what it really means to live in faith.  I thought that it also validated the adventure that a person can have when thrusting one's everything in the hands of God.  It requires all, but the reward is inexpressible.  The authors question the superficial ways that people have begun to view life, and urge them on to something different.  This is a message that is being reiterated in lots of books lately, but it's because it needs desperately to be heard.  This book is not just another shout-out of hope.  

I encourage you to pick up a copy of this book and discover the meaning that lies within it, for this generation and every one that follows.  

Disclaimer: A complimentary copy of Rumors of God was provided to me by BookSneeze, in return for my honest review.

Lady Hannah
13 August 2011 @ 10:10


~ Too Blessed to be Stressed review by Lady Hannah ~ 

Any books claiming to help reduce stress sound like a good idea to me, and so I jumped at the chance to review Too Blessed to be Stressed by Debora M. Coty.  The book claimed to contain lots of humor (which it did- and I found myself laughing), as well as work as a devotional (it was) - but I sensed that this book was not as right on target as I had hoped.  Lots of 'the message' references diluted the scriptural power it could have had, and some of what Coty shared - though often funny or light-hearted - was the same sort of stuff I have been hearing on stress everyplace else (though it's always good to hear it said again).  Yet, somehow despite what I felt was lacking, I did enjoy reading this book and I can always use some laughs.  Thus, was this a good book?  Yes and no. =)  I thought it was a worthwhile read, but that it didn't quite live up to its hype.  I think you ought to grab a copy and find out for yourself! =) 

Media Disclosure: I was given a complimentary copy of Too Blessed to be Stressed by the Litfuse Publicity Group in return for my honest review.

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Lady Hannah
16 July 2011 @ 03:32

Branded- Sharing Jesus in a Consumer Culture by Tim Sinclair

~ A book review by Lady Hannah ! ~ 

Tim Sinclair makes and shares some powerful statements in his book about evangelism and new tactics people can use of sharing the message that Jesus saves without diluting the power of that truth.  This book takes note of the consumerist world that we live in and encourages better approaches to spreading the gospel truth without encouraging further consumerism.  I appreciated that Sinclair recognized the importance of art in communicating Christ’s message of love.  This is something that is frequently on my mind, and I like that it is an issue starting to be addressed by more Christian leaders.

It is convicting and challenging to be faced with the idea that many Christians have made the world-changing truth of how God can take our sins away boring.  Have our efforts to glorify God and reflect His truth really been that half-hearted?  Discover this and other answers in Branded.

Disclosure - A complimentary copy of Branded by Tim Sinclair was given to me by the Litfuse Publicity Group in return for my honest review. 

Lady Hannah
29 June 2011 @ 12:05

Billy Graham in Quotes, compiled by Franklin Graham with Donna Lee Toney

~ A Review by Lady Hannah ~

I am a quote-keeper.  I enjoy reading quotes and collecting them, and I am always putting quotes in my notebooks, on my cork board, and on random pieces of paper.  Quotes can inspire, they can give advice, and in the case of the book Billy Graham in Quotes, they can give spiritual guidance as well.  If, like me, you enjoy reading quotes of wisdom, I encourage you to pick up a copy of this book.  It includes quotes on a variety of topics, such as the Bible, creation, faith, life, worry, sin and commitment.  At the beginning of topical chapters, a Bible selection (a verse or two) is included to set the theme.  Billy Graham is one of the most well-known preachers, authors and evangelists in the Christian community.  This book is a good introduction to his thoughts, faith and philosophy.  I hope you enjoy!

Disclaimer: A complementary copy of Billy Graham in Quotes was provided to me by BookSneeze in return for my honest review. 

Lady Hannah
08 June 2011 @ 19:27

Put Your Dream to the Test - 10 Questions to Help You See It and Seize It

by John C. Maxwell

~ A book review by Lady Hannah ~

Oh, how beautiful is this book!  I had thought that nothing could match Sun Stand Still, one of my favourite books that I ever reviewed for a publishing house, but Put Your Dream to the Test is a very, very close second.  In fact, I recommend that if you ever read Sun Stand Still, you follow it up with Put Your Dream to the Test.  This book can help give greater clarity to your visions for the future, help you discover whether what you are seeking is a dream or a delusion, and gives much practical advice for following your dream to the utmost.  If you have had a dream but have not been quite sure how to take the next steps to its realization, Put Your Dream to the Test may be the God-send you need.  I know that it has helped me personally with finding how I can strengthen my tactics for pursuing my hopes for the future, and has already helped me to make some tangibile progress.  I highly recommend this book!  Buy a copy, buy a friend a copy, buy your neighbor a copy.  This is one of those books you will not want to put down, will want to take everywhere, and may be truly blessed by. 

Disclosure: BookSneeze provided a complimentary copy of Put Your Dream to the Test to me in return for my honest review. =)


Lady Hannah
22 May 2011 @ 13:06


The Hidden Gifts of Helping - 

How the Power of Giving, Compassion, and Hope Gets Us Through Hard Times 

by Stephen G. Post

~ a review by Lady Hannah ~ 

This book was small in size but big in message.  According to the dust cover, the author Stephen G. Post is a professor of preventative medicine and a director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics at Stony Brooks University, as well as holding a position as president of institute for Research on Unlimited Love (I was surprised to discover that there even is such a research institute!).
In his book, Post does not use his credentials as a crutch, but instead shares with readers his personal struggles with feelings of unhappiness and the difficulties of moving, and how he and his family discovered how helping others created a lifeline to help them get greater joy out of life. His book could be called a defense of the merits of living a life of selflessness and love.  I don't know that I've heard of many books on "helping", but this book is so much more than advice on giving and service, but instead a perspective on life, happiness, love and many of the elements of psychological well-being.  
Do you wonder how you can be happier?  Do you wonder how you could help the world be a better place?  Read this book. =)

Disclosure: a complementary copy of The Hidden Gifts of Helping was provided to me by The B & B Media Group in return for my honest review.

Lady Hannah
21 April 2011 @ 11:23

Book Review: The Topkapi Secret by Terry Kelhawk

When this book came in the mail to review, I was a bit surprised at its girth!  This is probably the longest book I've ever had to review.  The story follows the idea that there are secrets about the Koran.  This book is unusual because it set in the Middle East, which is something that I don't come across often in a Christian novel.  I appreciated that it is broken into many segments, rather than long chapters, which makes the book not seem as long as it might otherwise. 

I think that this is a pertinent novel because of the rise of Islam across the world.  Islam is something that Christians should be taking a greater interest in- not to convert, but to comprehend the culture and beliefs associated with this no longer marginal group of people.  Its story is one not only of fiction, but interwoven with truths.  Whether you most appreciate a story because of its plot or its purpose, I think that lovers of fiction will appreciate this book and its unique angle. 

~ Lady Hannah ~

Disclaimer: I received a complementary copy of the Topkapi Secret from Glass Road Public Relations in return for my honest review. 

More about the book: 

American professor Angela Hall's world is falling apart. Left with two things: her money and her job, she sets out to research women's issues in The Middle East. Until she crosses paths with Mohammed Atareek...
Mohammed is a man on a mission. Raised in the Muslim faith, he has learned something no Muslim is supposed to know: the Koran of today is not the original. Could it be true? Mohammed will risk his life to find out.
When Angela's and Mohammed's worlds collide, sparks fly--both from their hearts and the tempers of the terrorists following them.


Lady Hannah
17 April 2011 @ 08:20

Awakening by Stovall Weems

~ a book review by Lady Hannah ~

My copy of Stovall Weem's Awakening is full of places I have underlined with my pens and pencils - there is a lot of powerful stuff in this book!  The subtitle reads, "A new approach to faith, fasting, and spiritual freedom".  I'm sure that fasting is not a word of which many people are a fan, however, in this book you will find topics such as "cultivating spiritual hunger" that may change your perspective of this way to seek God.  The first part of this book is topical and explains about faith and fasting, and making time for God, while the second part of the book is organized as a 21-day plan in case you want to carry out your own fasting and prayer-focused journey with God. 
I definitely recommend this book to those who feel that they desire to become closer to God, and experience a spiritual awakening in a way that may be completely new to them.  Prayer and faith is powerful, and I believe that this is something you can learn or have re-affirmed through reading this book.

Disclosure: Litfuse Publicity provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in return for my honest review.

Lady Hannah
15 April 2011 @ 14:23


NOTE: My computer access has been quite limited for a while due to serious computer problems.  This has resulted in some review delays.  Soon I will be posting here more frequently, because my computer is finally fixed!  Hallelujuah!!

Book Review of
Lazaraus Awakening by Joanna Weaver

In Lazarus Awakening, Ms. Weaver takes a look at the story of Lazarus coming back to life.  I've heard often of Mary and Martha in the Biblical story of Bethany, but less often of Lazarus, who was brought back to life by Jesus.  The name of Bethany has always been of interest to me because of its association with one of the places where I have worked, which has a motto of caring for others as Mary and Martha cared for Lazarus at Bethany - but what happened in reference to Lazarus?  This book explains all.  I thought it was interesting to find out about the details of what happened at Bethany (when you hear of Lazarus coming back to life, do you imagine him covered in graveclothes?  Do you imagine Mary not wanting Jesus to go to Lazarus because of the smell of his having been dead for several days?).  I read about this simultaneously with studying this message at church in a recent sermon series, so it served as a good supplement to the services.
If you are feeling lately that you want to live life more alive, reading this book might give you some of the encouragement that you need.  You may feel down, but Lazarus was dead.  If Jesus can bring a dead man back to life, He can enthuse your life with joy, and that is one of the main messages of this book.  It shows how to live life more alive through God's means.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.

~ Lady Hannah ~ 

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Disclosure: A copy of Lazarus Awakening was provided to me free of charge in return for my honest review as part of a blog tour with the Litfuse Publicity Group.

Kindle Giveaway: 

Joanna is celebrating the release of Lazarus Awakening with the Heart of God KINDLE Giveaway!In Lazarus AwakeningJoanna writes about getting God’s love from our heads to our hearts. We all know Jesus loved Mary – look how she worshiped. And we can understand why He loved Martha – after all, look how she served. But what about those of us who don’t know where we fit in the heart of God? Lazarus Awakening explores the tale of the third follower – Mary and Martha’s brother, Lazarus. We never hear him speak, we never see him serve. The only thing of any significance that Lazarus did was to die. And yet, the Bible is clear. Jesus loved Lazarus. And He loves you and me as well. Lazarus Awakening looks at different aspects of the story we find in John 11. We learn what it means to be a friend of God and begin recognizing the tombs we spend far too much time in.
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One grand prize winner will receive:   
* A Brand New KINDLE with Wi-Fi
    * Having A Mary Heart in a Martha World
    * Having A Mary Spirit
    * Lazarus Awakening
Joanna will also select two additional contest entrants to receive copies of her trilogy. Enter soon by clicking the icons below (you’ll find these in the attached html code document) and then tell your friends. Hurry the contest ends April 16th. The winner will be announced on
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Lady Hannah
16 March 2011 @ 12:09

Book Review:

Lioness Arising - Wake Up and Change Your World by Lisa Bevere

This book was not what I had hoped for.  I wanted to like it - and it didn't disappoint me in every respect, but perhaps the flavor wasn't a good fit for me.  The theme of the book is that women can be a strengthy force ignited for God's purposes to change the world. 

One quote in the book says "...God does not need a band of domesticated daughters who spend their days baking and behaving well.  Nothing wrong with baking, but if that is all we do, God won't use us to change history.".  1. Nothing wrong with complete sentences.  2. I agree that if all women did was bake they certainly wouldn't make much history (except perhaps on the culinary front), but the book's statements often came across as not being worded as clearly as they could have have been.  3. Is the anti-thesis of behaving well not behaving well?  I don't think that the author meant this, but statements such as this and "will we wear our beauty comfortably?" came across as awkward and unclear.  This distracted from rather than amplified the message Ms. Bevere had to share, which was a noble one, but in some respects perhaps poorly shared.

When it comes to writing well, I cannot stress often enough: Specify, specify, specify.  What are you trying to say?  Say that instead of something unclear.  Clarify.  Polish.  With a little more editing and a bit less ambiguity, this book would have great potential.

Yet as I read it, I couldn't help hearing a feminist mantra "I am woman- hear me roar" repeat in my head, with a purified meaning.  Are women to be lionesses, daughters of a true Lion King?  Read this book to see how a comparison of animals in nature can extend to areas of your life, so that you might just change the world.

~ Lady Hannah ~

Disclaimer: Waterbrook Multnomah provided me with a complimentary copy of Lioness Arising - Wake up and Change Your World by Lisa Bevere, in return for my honest review.


Lady Hannah
27 February 2011 @ 16:17

If you have been missing the fashion-related posts I used to feature at this blog, check out a new, fashion-related post that I featured at my other blog, Joyful Idealist!
More to come at my other blog soon.

~ Lady Hannah ~ 

Lady Hannah
23 February 2011 @ 21:25

Outlive Your Life - You Were Made to Make a Difference Review

Book by Max Lucado

If there are Christian non-fiction books that I enjoy reading more than others, they are those that discuss "outliving" your life through following Christ.  While this book was not as jaw-dropping a read for me as Sun Stand Still (which had similar topic material), it is a decent read.  I appreciate that its chapters are divided up into concise segments, which makes this book a better choice for groups.  The quotes and Scripture references in it are encouraging as well.

The only thing I didn't like about this book is that it is written by Max Lucado.  Max Lucado, as Church of Christ, believes that you have to be re-baptized as you continue to sin (this is accurate of his beliefs as far as I know, he can have altered them after the publication of this review).  This is a very crucial point in doctrine where I disagree with him, and doctrinal differences always come through a text somehow.  Fortunately, there was not much to complain of in this book on that account. 

Regardless of my personal differences with the author, there is some encouragement and benefit in this book if you are someone wanting to expand your outlook on life and follow Christ to the fullest.  On that note, I recommend it. 

~ Lady Hannah ~ 

Disclosure: Book Sneeze provided a copy of Outlive Your Life by Max Lucado to me free of charge in return for my honest review. 


Lady Hannah
15 February 2011 @ 08:55

Living in the Overlap by Steve Schaefer

a review by Lady Hannah

According to his short biography featured on the back of the book shown above, Steve Shaefer  has a Master of Arts degree in Biblical Studies from Regent University's School of Divinity.  In his book Living in the Overlap, he discusses the spiritual warfare that exists in the present age, and how there is a clash between to ages.  What are the two ages?  What is this clash?  This is an example of the topics covered in his book, with the purpose of demonstrating to the reader, as we find on the back cover, how to "share the gospel more effectively".  This book is full of theology, advice, and big-picture perspective of the present time that we live in, and what we can do to make a difference for Christ.  This book might appeal best, in my opinion, to young adults in their 20s on up.  While I find it an interesting book, some (especially the younger crowd) may find it a bit wordy.  I recommend you read it for yourself! =) 

Disclosure: GlassRoad Public Relations gave me a complimentary copy of Living in the Overlap in return for my honest review.

Lady Hannah
30 December 2010 @ 15:03

I recently received a free black molly mini-jersey as a part of a promotion Mollys Clothing had for the new "jersey" version of its popular item.  I am very grateful that I was able to snag this deal!  This is probably one of the most practical modesty-related items that I own.  I have a shirt-extender that I bought from them previously for shirts that are too short along the torso.  This item does the opposite- I'm wearing it right now under a V-neck sweater because the sweater dips down a bit too far.  Rather than having too many heavy layers, it makes it easy to be dressed modestly. =)  I highly recommend this as a useful, modest item!

~ Hannah
Lady Hannah
27 December 2010 @ 01:09
Book Review of Sun Stand Still

This book was the most moving Christian non-fiction book that I have received by any publisher to review for the entire year.  I have had it for less than two months or so, and it is already growing dog-eared, and my church's college Bible study group will be going through it on my enthusiastic recommendation. 

I'm not sure that many Christians could read this book with an open heart and walk away unchanged.  It is power undiluted, the stuff of equipping people to change the world and be changed by God.  This is faith-building, fear eschewing, life-giving truth in a compelling format by author Steve Furtick, the founder and lead pastor of Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, one of the fastest-growing churches in the world.

This book made me cry.  This book made me laugh.  I have been so moved by it that it has truly increased my walk with God and continues to impact me for the better.  Hopefully it will have this affect on my college classmates as well.  I can't get enough of it, and moreso the truth within it that points toward God and His strength, power and grace.

Later note: This book remains one of my favourite books that I have ever reviewed.  Now stained from where I spilled coffee on its pages, my college group is going through this book and loving it, and I still bring it to college most every day in my backpack.  By all means, read this book.  It might just change your life.

Another note: I can't say enough about this book!  One of my friends as well as myself have lately been using chapters of this book on which to base studies for our church's youth group, of which we are youth leaders.  This book's message is a great fit for the youth!

Disclosure: I received this book for free from the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review in return for my honest review.

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Lady Hannah
24 December 2010 @ 09:33
The winner of the chocolate-making kit giveaway at my blog is Mary Carter Jenkins!  Congratulations, Mary! 

Mary has been contacted by e-mail, and will receive this prize shipped out from Verve, Inc.  Thank you to the makers fo this yummy kit for contributing it to my readers! 

Be sure to enter upcoming giveaways that will be featured at this blog, and have a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

Lady Hannah
22 December 2010 @ 13:55
"I have discovered that we're both impatient and prone to rash decisions."

- Amazing Grace

I have made the decision- after testing blog designs and useage at different blogging sites, I am moving over to wordpress as my "main" blog!  You can find me here at my new blog, Joyful Idealist.  Check it out, and feel free to subscribe to the posts via e-mail, which is a blog feature that is new to me, and can make alerting readers of new posts that much easier! 

What will happen to this blog?  Well, it *won't* become inactive.  I will still be posting my book reviews here, continue to be involved in icon-artwork making communities, and so on.  I still like the livejournal community of period drama enthusiasts and historical fashion/makeup/artwork people that is here, so I will still remain a part of those communities via this blog.  Promotional-type postings and that sort of thing will stay here, too.  Think of this blog as a sort of sister or extension of my newer blog, that will help keep my new blog more focused content-wise.  You may find me linking to a post here at my new blog just so that my readers at my new blog, Joyful Idealist, will still be made aware of any content I have available here.  But my more serious blogging will take place at Joyful Idealist

I know it's a big change, and I'm hoping my readers will realize the switch pretty soon, so that nobody misses out on my new writing! 

You can still continue to contact me via this blog if you'd rather not do so through the other for promotional concerns, affiliate interests, etc.  In fact, I'd prefer that for that type of thing, you do indeed contact me through this blog, which will be more for that purpose.  Positive media is key here. =)  For example: it is THIS blog and not my new one that will continue to have giveaways, etc.

To everyone who has been watching my blog- thanks so much for reading, and I hope that you continue to follow me at Joyful Idealist as well! 


~ Hannah


Lady Hannah
21 December 2010 @ 20:33

This is an update that has been long overdue, but is here at last.

It’s been a while since I first started blog-writing. The purposes of my blog-writing have evolved over time, as has my knowledge of CSS coding, using computer art and photo-editing programs, and so on, which has affected this blog as well. Now this blog has reached an ambiguous turning-point. I feel that the direction of this blog is ready to be altered a little. What began as a private, personal blog shared only with my homeschooler friends that I rarely used and had mostly to post things that inspired me like quotes or songs became a place to publicly share fashion advice, Christian commentary, book reviews and so on. I still desire to blog about these topics- but I also see the wind changing a little in the sails of this blog. I want more writing, more visuals- more article-type writing, a little more focus despite the variety I want to keep, and more fresh content. It may not be Spring yet, but it’s time to do some Spring-cleaning here and spruce things up a bit!

I’ve thought maybe I should move this blog to blogger or wordpress or someplace else, but I also have some reservations about the idea. It would be sort of a “fresh start” with new vision for this blog, but I really don‘t want to lose what I‘ve built here, so I really don‘t know!… What do ya’ll think? I’m hoping to devote much more time to writing this blog, and have more of a balance between public-centered content and content geared more toward my friends and so on, who might be interested in life goings-on. There are two life changes going on right now as well: one of my brothers will be leaving in the army very soon, and I am at the point where I don’t see some of my family as often, including those I live with, if only for the sole reason that my life is so busy! In a handful of years, I will almost certainly see even less of everyone, so a more personalized blog seems a must for keeping in touch with everybody, instead of just surfacey-Facebook. (Don’t get me wrong- I’m not against Facebook, I like to use it, but sometimes it is a hindrance rather than a help with more extended communication. Why write out something long about how you’re doing when you can see the smiley-face status your friend left?) I’m not exactly sure what all this will mean about the direction of this blog. Perhaps it will even mean password-protected posts in the future- I don’t really know. What I do know, though, is that I sense a shift, and am putting out feelers for what type of opportunities are on the horizon for this blog.. Thing. =) There is another big factor to the change: I have been really, really wanting to write more. I love writing, and it seems I scarce get the opportunity to write anymore save for a few articles here and there. Life is just too busy, but busyness is going to have to bust.

One thing that is really important to me in a blog is the aesthetics part, and sadly I‘m over-picky in that respect. ;) Also, customization. That’s a given with my artsy personality. Yet I’m also beginning to see the value of organization in categorizing posts and so on. I’ve used tags for a while now, but sometimes tags don’t make things much easier. Then there are sidebar gadgets and widgets and what-cha-ma-call-its. I really dislike that I can’t use coding with flash in the sidebar of livejournal, which is something I’d like to be able to use. I wish that my sidebar could also allow for the Google followers feature and a search bar, which could come in handy. Another thing I’d like to be able to have in a blog is additional static or non-static pages.. Maybe I’m asking a bit too much in a blog without having to pay for web-hosting, but I like to be able to do a lot of things. ;) Also, I really like being able to mess with CSS for free, and I know not all blog-hosting sites give you that option (without an extra fee, that is!). So at this point, I’m a little stuck.. There is lot’s I’d like to be able to do with a blog, and less that I’m certain I can do with any option open to me right now. Cool fonts would be a plus, too. Did I mention there is a lot I’d like to have in a blog?

We shall see! Suggestions are welcome.

Lady Hannah
21 December 2010 @ 20:33

Lady Hannah's Book Review of

Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild

by Mary A. Kassian

Disclosure: I received a free copy of Girls Gone Wise In A World Gone Wild by Mary A. Kassian, in return for my honest review.
This book is a lot like Pop Rocks in that it is powerful and not quite what you‘d expect, and I’m not sure that everyone will like the taste of it. A book refuting foolishness and promoting truth and reality, Kassian’s book Girls Gone Wise doesn’t beat around any bushes, and has a blunt, almost sharp flavor to it. The chapters are full of points of contrast between young women that are of the world versus not of it. Within each chapter are metaphors, ties to Bible verses and more. The book contains a wealth of information on what the Bible says about certain topics, and cites the source. I’m not sure that I particularly liked the tone of the book. Don’t get me wrong- I love that truth is so well promoted by the author! I have nothing against the truth, and I might come off as sounding a little surfacey, nit-picky, or even contrarian for disliking the way the material was presented, but I‘d rather be honest in my review as to what feel I got from the book. Let me clarify: This book is not the kind you want to read when you need an encouraging pep-talk in pursuing the truth. Instead, it feels like the kind you read when you need a wake-up call of water splashed in your face, and maybe that is what a certain part of this generation needs most. Weirdly, I disliked the font of the book as well, but the cover, designed like the inside of a makeup compact, would probably appeal well to teen girls. Regardless about my feelings toward this book, I encourage you to pick up a copy and try it out for yourself! =)


Lady Hannah
17 December 2010 @ 16:05
It seems as if every force has been conspiring against my updating this blog lately.  First busy-ness, then formatting issues- which I thought I'd fixed, until new formatting issues appeared.. and then dreadful sickness!  I *will* be updating this blog again soon, so look for more posts as I overcome the obstacles to doing so!  =)