Sunday, October 26, 2014

Because of Love and More Mormon Origami

Because of Love cover on Thoughts in ProgressIt’s a pleasure to be participating in two blog tours today hosted by Cedar Fort Publishing and Media. Both books are designed for the entire family’s enjoyment and you could say both have a spiritual-related theme.
Keep in mind Christmas is less than two months away and these would make wonderful gifts for someone on your list (or for yourself).

BECAUSE OF LOVE by Shauna Brown

Gifts that come from the heart truly touch us the most and author Shauna Brown portrays that beautifully in her release, BECAUSE OF LOVE.

Children taunting children for the way they look and dress has been around for ages. When Josephine, the youngest of the three Brown sisters, is made fun of because of her skinny legs and large, heavy boots, her mother Phoebe decides it’s time to do something.

The girls’ father Byron had always insisted the family wear sturdy, heavy boots to protect their feet after he had to walk barefooted a great distance in his youth. Without telling her husband, Phoebe decided to surprise each of the girls with a special Christmas gift.

Meanwhile, the girls decided to try to buy their own shoes saving their money. Before Christmas they realized they didn’t have enough for shoes for themselves, but by putting their money together they could get their mother a special present with their father’s help.

Christmas morning the family discovered that they all had learned a great deal from the hardship of wearing heavy boots.

This is an enchanting story that takes readers back to a Christmas of simpler times. The story is a blend of love, caring, faith, understanding, and family. The characters are likable and the story flows quickly.

BECAUSE OF LOVE is a heart-warming story to share with the entire family at Christmas or anytime of the year. This is a delightful reminder of the joy caring for one another can bring.

Because of Love by Shauna Brown, Sweetwater Books, @2014, ISBN: 978-1462115167, Paperback, 96 Pages 

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher as part of the author’s virtual book tour in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.


Graduating from Brigham Young University with a degree in speech and drama, communication, has provided Shauna V. Brown with many opportunities to use her talents. She has written and directed original plays and presentations for church and community. She has shared her musical talents, numerous scripts and presentations with pioneer trek groups for the past eighteen years. Shauna has equally enjoyed being a guest speaker and presenter at BYU Education Week, women’s conferences, firesides and community presentations. 

Shauna and her husband, Rick, are blessed with six children and fourteen grandchildren. For the past twenty-two years, Shauna has written an original Christmas story as a gift to neighbors and friends.

For more on this charming book, visit Shauna’s Cedar Fort Publishing Tour Page.

More Mormon Origami cover on Thoughts in ProgressFolding a piece of paper several times in different directions to create an image can be a tricky task. Author Todd Huisken has mastered the art in his latest release, MORE MORMON ORIGAMI.

In this charming book, Huisken takes readers on a step-by-step journey to create 24 amazing projects. The projects are divided into three skill levels in the order of their difficulty. 

In addition, each step of the project is accompanied by a detailed description of how to fold the paper and a sketch to demonstrate how the fold is made. To enhance the book further, Huisken has included Mormon trivia and history with each project.

This delightful book is both entertaining and enlightening. The designs, inspired by the Latter Day Saints Church history and stories from the Book of Mormon, are fun for the whole family.

MORE MORMON ORIGAMI is an enjoyable book for hours of entertainment and learning experience.

More Mormon Origami by Todd Huisken, Cedar Fort Publishing & Media, @2014, ISBN: 978-1462115099, Paperback, 144 Pages 

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher as part of the author’s virtual book tour in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.


Todd Huisken is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the Counseling Manager at LDS Family Services in Fountain Valley, CA. He attended Brigham Young University and The University of San Diego and has a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Todd has served as the Assistant Director of Disaster Mental Health Services for the Orange County Chapter of the American Red Cross. He has worked with victims from the San Diego Fires, Hurricanes Ivan and Katrina, and spent two weeks in Haiti after the devastating earthquake in 2010. He was an early morning seminary teacher for six years. 

He is the author of The Dating Directory and the founder of Process and Content, a graduate program newsletter at the University of San Diego. The most important thing about Todd is that he has been married to his beautiful wife for 21 years and they have three daughters and a son and they try to make Disneyland their second home.

For more on this entertaining book, visit Todd’s Cedar Fort Publishing Tour Page.
Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope I’ve enticed you to check out this charming books for yourself and/or for gift items this coming holiday season. Have you ever tried origami? If so, what is your favorite item to make? Wishing you a wonderful Sunday and I hope to visit with you again soon. 

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  1. Origami for all occasions. I guess you could fold that paper into just about anything.
    The first book has a character named Byron - cool! Not a name I see often.

  2. The first story sounds really sweet.

  3. Mason - Thanks for sharing these. I always admire people who can make creative things with their hands..

  4. Love the sound of this book! There is nothing better than a book with life lessons we can apply.

    Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.


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