episode 299

 Welcome everyone. Each and everyone of you I am so glad that you could stop in to chat, knit and just visit. This is Naturally, Kim’s Knitting. I am Kim and this is, primarily, my knitting podcast along with chatter from my house outside Lima, Ohio 

 Today is March 7, 2023 and this is episode 299

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On The Needles  

 ~Temperature Afghan through May 7

~ Dancing T-Rex sweater for Tobias by Natalie V.

 ~Unicorn Sweater by by 

Yvonne B. Thorsen for Genevieve restarted~Soup Kitchen socksFINISHED:

 Questions for MeSister’s birthdayPreparing for surgery – maybe no podcast next week.


Counting the Days While My Mind Slips Away by Ben Utecht

Such a good story. I will admit I have put off reading this book because I was afraid it would bring up too many sad memories of my own. However, even if it is emotional, it is an excellent book.

Ben Utecht was a football player for most of his life. He started out throwing the football in the backyard with his dad and then went on to have a career in the NFL. During this time he suffered several serious concussions. This books talks about the decisions he made, with the team staff, after each injury. These concussions have left him with traumatic brain injury and he is losing memories. 

This book was written as a love letter to his family. I would say he shared his memories but most of the memories had to be told to him by family and friends. He talked about the difference in addressing concussions as to when a person injured his knee, at least in the past. With the knee the can take MRIs or Xrays to see how the person is progress but for head injuries. All the prayers are put under great pressure to play through concussions or risk losing their position on the team. Players relied on pain medication to get through many of the games. All this did was mask the pain while the players made the injuries worse by competing. 

I love how Utecht would rely on his faith each day to help him make decisions and to guide him along his path. When he wrote and recorded a video of his song to his girls God told him to wait to publish it. When he did it was presented to a welcoming world where they could see another side of what he is facing.

I cannot begin to talk enough about this book. It is inspirational. I MOST HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT.

I was given this book 

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Utecht’s faith shines in this book. He is very honest and humble in retelling his story. He includes his shortcomings. His mom reminds him often that if he trusts God he won’t have anything to worry about. That is the crucial issue for Ben and for us. Will we trust God when things are bleak? When He doesn’t heal? When we don’t get the job or position we’re hoping for? Knowing that He is in control, especially when times are hard, can give so much hope and peace if we will trust Him.

I would highly recommend this book. It is a poignant memoir as well as a warning gong about the dangers of concussions and brain injuries. Thank you to Howard Books and Netgalley for providing me with a free e-copy of this book for the purpose of this review. I was not required to make it positive. All opinions are my own.

In the Shadow of His Wings

I am always looking for a devotional book that includes insights in nature. This book meets my expectations and then some. Roslynn Long combined photographs of a variety of birds and then placed her beautiful and uplifting words to make a complete devotion. Each picture was taken with such care to show each bird in their beauty. All in all this is a book that can help each of us to look at the creations of God in a glorious new way.

I was given this book by Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

One Word for Today

What a wonderful devotional book. This book gives one word as the heading, then there is a verse to think upon. The short reading is easy to fit into any busy day and it filled my heart with God’s love. 

Along with each of these there is a question, a prayer and a step for action.

I could see this as an individual, family or small group devotion. It could open the door for sharing thoughts.

I loved this devotional and would recommend it to everyone.I received this book from Chosen in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, 

Prepare Him Room by Susie Larson

This book is an Advent Devotional which spoke to my heart. While I was reading this book I felt the Spirit of God in my heart moving me. 

I look forward to sharing this book with my family this Advent,

I was given this book by Baker Publishing in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Crowned with Glory

Crowned with Glory is a beautiful book in both its message and its illustrations. All children would be filled with delight at the rhyming words and the beautiful, colorful drawings.

Azira’s story from childhood through adulthood opens up opportunities for parents and children to discuss God’s plans for each of them, including those who may feel different from others. It is not made just for girls, little boys need these same words of affirmation. They also need to know that as adults these words have meaning to us since we were created by God and we are part of His plan also.

I received this book from WaterBrook Kids in exchange for my honest review. All opinions included are my own. 

Deep-Fried Revenge

This book is a part of a series however, having said that, I thoroughly enjoyed this book from the first page this cozy mystery pulled me in and kept me captivated until the end. It involves a restaurant family which allows for so many ideas Ms Cahoon weaves her magic into this setting so well.

I was given this book by NetGalley and Kensington Press in exchange for my honest review all opinions are my own.

The Lost Page

This is a very good book. It includes biblical references along with people from today’s time. There were times when I was a little afraid to go on but knew I just had to.  Anyone who loves to read fictional Christian history will love this.

I was given this book by NetGalley and Black Rose Writing in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

The Gratitude Car

This is a wonderful tool to use to help a child learn what gratitude is, in a fun way. the boy in the story wanted an elephant but got a goldfish instead. This lead to feelings of hurt but his family encouraged him to make a gratitude car. Then each member of the family filled it with things they were grateful for. Even his grandparents and baby brother put ideas in. Seeing how gratitude worked in his family’s life, the boy found his own source of gratitude.

I love this book and feel that every parent or grandparent could be helped by the ideas in it. 

The illustrations are attention getting and filled with imagination. 

I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange for my honest revie.

All opinions are my own.