The Quiet Place by Nancy Leigh DeMoss Review

The Quiet Place

Daily Devotional Readings

By Nancy Leigh DeMoss


Product:  The Quiet Place, Daily Devotional Readings

Published by:  Moody Publishers

Price:  $12.28 at Amazon

My Rating:  5 Stars


Product Overview:


A dear friend of mine gave me a very beautiful copy of The Quiet Place by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. I just love this little book. It is lovely to look at. It has a soft vinyl feel cover embossed with a design and title. It is a dark shade of blue, close to navy. It feels good in your hands; but it is the gems of wisdom contained inside that I love most.


The Quiet Place is a book of daily devotional readings by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. Each Day of the year has its own little devotion of the day. Every devotion has a title, a scripture, the devotion itself and a life application questions paragraph at the end.


Nancy Leigh DeMoss is such an insightful writer and her dedication to the ways of the Lord shows through. She brings the reader into her stories and shows how we can glorify God in our lives, or fall short of His glory by our actions or inaction.  She ends each devotion with some questions to bring home the point of the lesson, and help us apply it to our own life.


I try to read a new devotion each day; but if I miss a day or two, it is easy to catch up; because each devotion only take a couple minutes to read. That makes it easy to squeeze a little “quiet time” into a very busy day.  You, the reader, can choose the time that works best for you. If you work a day job and find little time in the morning for your Bible reading, perhaps reading one of these devotional will help start your day out right. Since I am retired, I prefer to read my Bible in the morning and my devotional at night. If you are a busy parent, you can sit down with a short devotional while your child naps or plays with their toys.  The good news is:  anyone can find time to read at least one devotion, one small chunk of “quiet time”.


About the Author:

Nancy Leigh DeMoss is a very spirit filled teacher who surrendered her life to Christ at an early age.  She graduated from the University of California with a degree in piano performance.  Since 1979 she has served on the staff of Life Action Ministries. Nancy speaks into the lives of women through “Revive our Hearts”.  She has 2 syndicated radio programs, Revive our Hearts and Seeking Him.  She has authored 16 books, that have sold more than 2,000,000 copies and been translated into over 20 languages.  Nancy likes to think of herself as a “wedding coordinator” — helping the bride get ready for the Wedding to our Heavenly Bridegroom!



The Quiet place is a book of daily Christian devotionals.



Devotionals for strengthening Christian faith and Christian values.



  • The devotionals are just the right size to read if you are short on time.

  • Nancy Leigh DeMoss writes with spiritual insight and a devoted heart.

  • These devotions teach, encourage, and strengthen Christians in their daily walk with Christ.

  • You can read as many as you like, or have time for.

  • This book is the perfect companion to your daily Bible reading.



It is hard to come up with anything that I didn’t like about this little book of devotionals.  It is beautiful inside and out.  Sorry.  I have nothing bad to say.



This beautiful little book is packed full of inspirational devotions.  There is one for every day of the year.  The cover is navy blue vinyl feel and embossed with the title:  The Quiet Place – Daily Devotional Readings; and the author’s name:  Nancy Leigh DeMoss.  Each devotion has it’s own title, a spiritual reference, a story or body, and concluding questions for the reader.  This little book is great for instruction, and receiving strength and encouragement in your daily walk with Christ.  The devotions can easily be incorporated into any reader’s busy routine.


If you have an interest in having your own copy of this amazing little devotional or buying one for a Christian friend or family member; I have found it on Amazon for your purchasing convenience.  I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.



Thanks for stopping by and reading this review of The Quiet Place by Nancy Leigh DeMoss.  Please use the comment section below for questions or comments regarding this review.


For my review of another devotional, click on the link below for review of God’s Little Devotional Book For Women.


God’s Little Devotional Book for Women Review


Other books by Nancy Leigh DeMoss:





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At your service,







Homemade Harvest Soups – Delicious and Good for you.

Hi retirees and other cherished readers.


Harvest time is here! 


Homemade harvest soups are delicious and good for you.




If you are a gardener; you know that many of the fruits of your labor are ready for harvest during August and early September.  There are some that seem to get ripe all at once, like tomatoes, green beans, cucumbers, and corn.  Gardeners understand the ‘harvest time rush” to pick, can, freeze or give away what can’t be used up in your regular meals.


Homemade harvest soups are one way to use and enjoy

your produce before it decays.


Homemade soups may take a little longer; but there is no comparison to canned soups.  The taste of the homemade soups is far superior as well as being better for your health.  The sodium content is much less in soup we make ourselves.  There are no unhealthy additives and fillers in our homemade soups. And we have complete control of what we do add to our vegetables.  Fresh vegetables are more nutrient rich than canned.  So let’s pick those vegetables and prepare to make some soups!


Homemade Vegetable Soup


Vegetable soup is a good choice; because we can use so many different vegetables in the same soup.  Many vegetables are coming ripe close to the same time.  While the sweet corn is sporting brown silk, the tomatoes and peppers are turning red, green and yellow.  The cauliflower and broccoli is forming heads and the green beans are ripening all at once.  You can use all these and more. You are the chef.  You can use whatever you have and in whatever quantity you desire.


Soup base or starter

Start with a soup base of onions, garlic, and bell peppers.  Add a little olive oil, coconut oil, or other healthy fat to the bottom of the stock pan and cook over medium low heat until the vegetables are glassy.


Add meat

Add cooked meat for flavoring.  Beef roast is the standard; but you can use other meats or even mushrooms, which have a rather meaty taste.  You may want to add some bouillon for more meaty flavor.  You choose the spices and experiment.


Below is a recipe for beef vegetable soup.  I have just guessed at the ingredients and amounts to give you a guide; but you can change it all around to suit yourself and your soup will still be delicious.


Beef Vegetable Soup


You will need to roast a beef roast or use the leftovers of last night’s roast.  Or you can buy beef soup chunks, brown them and cook in water until tender and falling apart.  I don’t like to bite into large half cooked chunks of beef in my vegetable soup.  I like the meat tender and easy to pull apart. I will leave the quantity of the beef up to you.  If you like a meaty soup; add a lot.  If you just like it for flavor, or you only have a certain amount of leftover meat; use less.




1 cup onions, 1 cup bell peppers, and minced garlic to taste.  I like my onions and peppers chopped rather fine.  You may prefer larger pieces.  You will just need to cook it longer to make sure they are tender.  Put 1/2 cup olive, canola, or coconut oil in large stock pot and melt over medium low heat.  Add vegetables and cook until glassy.  Stir to keep from burning.


Blanch 8 to 10 medium sized tomatoes in hot water and put into cold for easy removal of skins. Chop the tomatoes and add to the soup starter.  Add your pre-cooked beef, salt, pepper, oregano and beef bouillon to taste.


Add 4 to 6 cups of water.  Or use part beef or vegetable stock.


Add the following vegetables:

2 cups celery (chopped)

2 cups carrots (chopped)

4 to 6 ears of corn, cut off of the cob

8 to 10 medium sized potatoes.  Peeled and diced, or chunks if you prefer.

2 cups cabbage (chopped)

1 cup of peas (hulled) or you can use frozen

1 cup of broccoli (chopped)

1 cup of cauliflower (chopped)

1 cup of green beans (chopped)

(Feel free to add or subtract vegetables according to what you may have on hand)


Cover and cook over medium low heat until all the vegetables are tender.  Taste and add more seasonings if desired.  This is best cooked for several hours for the vegetables to get tender and the flavors to combine.  Add more water if needed. Cook for a while with the lid off if you desire a thicker soup.


If you would like to use more of your vegetables; you can make a larger quantity and freeze or can this hardy soup for use during the long, cold winter months.  It will taste even better in the winter.


Homemade Tomato Soup


Tomato soup was my favorite soup when I was little.  But homemade tomato soup is wonderful.  I just love it.  It takes a while to prepare; but it is delicious.  I think you could probably can it if you wanted; but I always eat it all within a few days.  I love it so much.  Pare it with a toasted cheese sandwich and you will think you have died and gone to Heaven!


My Tomato Soup Recipe:


Prepare soup starter:


Heat 2 tablespoons of olive or coconut oil over medium low heat and add:

1 medium to large onion (chopped)

1 cup of bell peppers (chopped)

1 carrot (shredded)

1 or two stalks of celery (chopped)

Cook until vegetables become glassy.


Prepare tomatoes:

Fill a pot with water and heat until hot.  Put cold water in a bowl or pan for shocking hot tomatoes.  Place a few tomatoes in the hot water for a minute or two.  Take the batch of tomatoes out, one at a time, with tongs and place them in the cold water until skins peel off easily.  If skins don’t peel off easily, leave the next batch in a little longer.  If the tomatoes go to mush, shorten the time in the hot water.  If your cold water gets warm after a few batches, simply dump and fill with fresh cold water.


The next step is to remove seeds.  I find that the seeds do not always blend up well in the blender for a smooth soup, so I take them out.  Cut tomatoes in fourths and use your fingers to dislodge the seed pods. When all the seeds have been removed, your tomatoes are ready to add to the soup starter.


Season to taste with:




Onion powder



Small amount of sugar

(basil is also good in tomato soup)


I haven’t put measurements here because it depends on the amount of tomatoes you use.  You will want to season it by adding a small amount, tasting and increasing if needed.  You can always add more; but you can’t take it out if you add too much.  You are in control.  Add other seasonings if you want; or subtract some.  Make it yours.  You will need some sugar; but the amount will need to be your choice.  Some people like a more sour soup, and others like it sweeter.


Cook over medium or medium low heat until the tomatoes go to mush and flavors meld together.  If you want a chunky soup; it can be served this way; but I recommend the smooth soup.  Turn off burner and let cool until it isn’t steaming.  Dump by portions into a blender and blend until smooth.  Return to the pan to reheat.  Taste your soup again and add more seasonings if needed.  If you prefer cream of tomato soup, add a little milk or sour cream before reheating.  Enjoy!





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I promised, a while back, (in another post) to give you some more soup recipes at harvest time.  I try to keep my promises.


Find out more about the health benefits of making your own fresh soup, and more soup recipes for using your harvest vegetables here:



DIY Homemade Soups Are Delicious and Healthy


Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you come again soon.  I love company, and my door is always open.  I post weekly, so there will be something new waiting for you when you return.


At your service,
















The Grange Encampment and Fair – My Walking Vacation

 Every Year I attend Grange Fair. I consider it my vacation. It has been a tradition in our family.  My parents started tenting before I was a year old. The earliest I remember is tenting in North 2. We were there until I was a teenager. I think I was around 16 when we moved to a tent closer to the grounds. Then my parents bought a motor home and we camped near the Grand stand. I was married with children and grandchildren by that time. So you can see how attending Grange Fair has become a tradition. 


My mother and dad kept their motor home camping place until it got to hard for them. I still tried to get them there after I was taking care of them. Even though they couldn’t enjoy it the same way; they still enjoyed. My mother in the wheel chair and my dad on the scooter.  Here is a picture of my parents enjoying their first great great grandchild.  A tent can be seen in the background. 



 It is amazing to me how Grange Fair has grown over the years. I remember going to the playground by myself when I was little. I remember going to see the cows, goats, sheep and pigs. And of course watching the parade.  But the grounds were much smaller then.


Each year there is an art show at the fair. I entered my artwork from the time I was barely a teenager. It was fun winning ribbons and sometimes cash. As I got older the prizes I won paid for the tickets for my family and gave me some extra cash. I was so pleased one year to receive a best of show ribbon.


My participation in the art show has fallen off the past 20 or so years; because they started requiring entrance forms ahead of time and also I didn’t have as much time.


My mother was a Granger and she would help decorate floats for the parade and sometimes ride on them.  She remember she portrayed Betsy Ross sewing the American flag on one.


The Grange Fair has grown so much since the late 40’s when my parents started to attend.  I am amazed at how large it has become.  It started with a picnic and camping out in tents.  Then camper spaces were added and much more room for concessions.  


When there were so many people trying to get camper spaces; they made space farther out from the fair grounds, called the overflow, where people could park campers without electricity or water hookups. 


When they started hosting horse shows they added a horse barn.  The horse shows became so popular that they built another barn. Now there is talk of the possibility of building a third barn.


What is Grange?

The Grange Movement: Patrons of Husbandry

Oliver Hudson Kelley was an employee of the Department of Agriculture in the 1860s. He made an official trip through the South and was astounded by the lack of sound agricultural practices he encountered. Joining with other interested individuals in 1867, Kelley formed the National Grange of the Patrons of Husbandry, a fraternal organization complete with its own secret rituals. Local affiliates were known as “granges” and the members as “grangers.” In its early years, the Grange was devoted to educational events and social gatherings.

Growth was slow in the early years, but the attraction of social events was considerable. Farm life in the 19th century was marked by a tedium and isolation that usually was relieved only by church functions and the weekly trips to town for supplies.

Following the Panic of 1873, the Grange spread rapidly throughout the farm belt, since farmers in all areas were plagued by low prices for their products, growing indebtedness and discriminatory treatment by the railroads. These concerns helped to transform the Grange into a political force.

National Grange

Grange influence was particularly strong in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois, where political pressure yielded a series of “Granger laws” designed to give legislative assistance to the farmers. Those laws received an initial blessing from the Supreme Court in Munn v. Illinois (1876), but a later counteroffensive by the railroads brought the Wabash case (1886), which wiped out those gains.

During the 1870s, the Grangers advocated programs such as the following:

  • Cooperative purchasing voentures as a means to obtain lower prices on farm equipment and supplies
  • Pooling of savings as an alternative to dependence on corrupt banks, an early form of credit union
  • Cooperative grain elevators to hold non-perishable crops until the optimal times to sell
  • Cooperative purchasing ventures as a means to obtain lower prices on farm equipment and supplies
  • Pooling of savings as an alternative to dependence on corrupt banks, an early form of credit union
  • Cooperative grain elevators to hold non-perishable crops until the optimal times to sell
  • An abortive effort to manufacture farm equipment; this venture depleted the Granger organization’s funds and was instrumental in its decline.

A major shortcoming of the movement was the failure to address what was probably the root cause of many farm ills—overproduction. There were too many farmers and too much productive land; the advent of new, mechanized equipment only exacerbated the difficulties. A few perceptive individuals recognized that flooding the market with produce only depressed prices further. Mary Elizabeth Lease of Kansas, one of the nation’s first female attorneys, traveled to grange halls and urged the farmers to “raise less corn and more hell.” Such pleas went largely unheeded, since most farmers preferred to blame the politicians, judges and bankers for their plight

The Grange as a political force peaked around 1875, then gradually declined. New organizations with more potent messages emerged, including the Greenback Party of the 1870s, the Farmers’ Alliances of the 1880s and the Populist Party of the 1890s.

The Grange had played an important role by demonstrating that farmers were capable of organizing and advocating a political agenda. After witnessing the eclipse of its advocacy efforts by other groups, the Grange reverted to its original educational and social events. These have sustained the organization to the present day.

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I remember attending Logan Grange in Pleasant Gap with my mother when I was young.  I participated in some of the programs and sang some, too.  Though I didn’t always appreciate going (all the pomp and circumstance was a bit much for me); there are some fond memories, too.


History of Grange Fair…


The Grange Fair began in 1874 when Leonard Rhone urged his Progress Grange to join their sister subordinate Granges in having a pic-nik to which they would invite their neighbors and introduce the Grange Organization and the benefits of membership in such a faternity. Since then, it’s grown into a real family tradition with some campers going back generation after generation.

Some “tenters” from long ago enjoying the Granger’s Pic-nik.







Even the size of the Fair has grown to include 1,000 tents, 1,500 RV’s, hundreds of concessions, over 7,000 exhibit items, amusement rides, livestock, tractor pulling and much more! Come to Centre Hall, PA and find out why so many folks wrap up every summer at Grange Park with the Centre County Grange Encampment and Fair.

We feature numerous exhibits, some sale items and some competition exhibits featuring the most talented artists, craftsmen, cooks, and bakers around.

We also host the top names in entertainment! The best part is, concerts are included in the price of admission!



The size of the fair, at this point, is why I called it my walking vacation.  My daughter’s motor home was in the overflow.  It took almost a half hour to walk to the grounds.  You could catch a tram and save on your legs; but you may have to wait 15 minutes; and because they go the whole way around; it may take you just as long to get to the grounds.


My son’s camper is in a much better location.  It is near the grandstand and the fair grounds.




This year marked the 143rd year of the Centre Hall Grange Encampment and Fair.  It was hard on my body; but I attended in keeping with the family tradition.  Here is a picture of my granddaughters and my great grandbabies.



Some people love the camping, some go to see the animals, some go to see the people, some go for the delicious food, (My year old great granddaughter, Isabella thinks Grange Fair hamburgs are the best)


Some people like the gambling or the rides.


Some like to take in the shows, the parade, talent shows, or the king and queen contests, some like to shop, some like the tractor and truck pulls, some like the horse shows; but all like the varied experience that Grange Fair offers.



Even though the 143rd Grange Fair was hard on my body; when the 144th rolls around, Lord willing, I will be there.  Why?  It’s tradition.


I hope you enjoyed reading about Grange Encampment and Fair and my walking vacation.  If you are ever in the vacinity of Centre Hall, PA in the latter part of August, just look for the signs and come on in.


At your service,