Embroidered & Embellished

A great book I picked up at JoAnn's.  Includes traditional, ribbon, and bead embroidery, with projects and a photo gallery.  This beautiful woven ribbon rose is what sold me:

Crazy Quilting

Includes instructions on 10 different ways to make a patchwork quilt, plus 100 embroidery stitches, and embellishments including appliqué, beads, buttons, lace, silk ribbon embroidery, and more.  The sample photos are amazing.

Crewel Twists

Excellent book on hand embroidery in the Jacobean style.  Includes stitches, projects, and patterns.  The work in here is absolutely stunning!  Includes bead and regular embroidery, as well as needle lace techniques!  One thing that really amazed me is how the stitches are layered to create depth and texture.  You can find a full book review here on Needle n

Embroidered Bags & Purses

This has a wonderful selection of truly elegant embroidery designs, whether you use them on the bags included in this book or incorporate them into your own projects.

I particularly love these roses:

Dimensional Bead Embroidery

With an absolutely gorgeous gallery of examples, this book shows how to create amazing beaded pieces, and how to incorporate components such as semi-precious stones, with a variety of bezel techniques and edge treatments. Some of my favorites are the twisted bezel:

and the lace ruffle edge:

The Case for Christ

Lee Strobel was a legal journalist for the Chicago Tribune, and possesses a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale Law School.  An atheist who believed that "God was merely a product of wishful thinking, ancient mythology, and primitive superstition", certain events in Strobel's life prompted him to re-examine the case for Christianity.  In this book he thoroughly investigates the evidence for the reliability of scripture and the claims of Jesus, by interviewing and challenging a number of experts in the fields of biblical studies, history, archaeology, psychology, and even forensics.  A must-read for anyone wishing to objectively analyze the evidence for the truth of Christianity.

I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist

By Norman Geisler and Frank Turek.  Strobel's book is good, but this excels it by leaps and bounds... together with a generous helping of good humor.  Geisler and Turek cover all the arguments in a very readable and entertaining way, without sacrificing any of the meat of the discussion.  A great book for skeptics and Christians alike.

Destined for the Throne

The author presents a sound and insightful discussion about the role, responsibility, and authority of the Church, as well as the importance and effectiveness of prayer.

The Faerie Queene

Epic poem published between 1590 and 1609 by Edmund Spenser.  Full of knights-errant and plenty of adventures, all wrought in flawless verse.

The Tale of Despereaux

"Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and a Spool of Thread," by Kate DiCamillo.  Winner of the Newberry Award for children's literature.  A sweet and wonderful story, well-told.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

By Kate DiCamillo.  Edward Tulane is a china rabbit, whose callous heart is made tender through a series of trials, hardships, and loves.  Second place to The Tale of Despereaux in artistry, it's still a worthy tale.

The Voice of the Wood

A beautifully illustrated book by Claude & Frederic Clement.  The story of a beloved tree, whose wood is wrought, after its passing, into an exquisite cello; and of the musician who must humble himself to learn how to evoke the voice of the wood.

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey

By Susan Wojciechowski, beautifully illustrated by P.J. Lynch.  A touching story about a Christmas creche and the healing of a heart.

"As surely as I live," declares the Sovereign Lord, "I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live."
— Ezekiel 33:11