Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Deep Shadows by Vannetta Chapman

Deep Shadows is the first book in Vannetta Chapman's newest series, The Remnant.

Life in Abney, Texas, is predictable and safe--until the night a massive solar flare wipes out all modern technology. Shelby Sparks, novelist and single mom, had one goal: to provide for her diabetic son. In the wake of this global disaster, her mission hasn't changed. Only now, medication is a priceless commodity and the future resembles an apocalyptic nightmare.

Max Berkman and Shelby were once sweethearts, but he lost his chance at claiming her love years ago. When the abrupt loss of power ushers him into a leadership role, he rises to the occasion. But his

Monday, August 22, 2016

My Intentional Monday

I am always amazed at how quickly the time passes from one Monday to another. And here it is another Monday!

I began diligently working through the book Having a Martha Home the Mary Way. I got this book for review quite a while back. I did some of it, and read through it, but wanted to really tackle my home setting up a more regular cleaning schedule. This is kind of my kick off. After the yard sale de-cluttering I began back a few weeks ago, I didn't want to get slack and fall off the wagon again.
Although, I am really enjoying the Mary Challenges, the Martha ones have honestly been a bit more difficult. I am just struggling to find the time to do all the things I need to do! There are days, I end up having to take a couple days to finish the challenge. And today is one of them!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Hidden in My Heart Scripture Memory Bible ~ Review

If you have a child who loves music, you will love this Bible!! 

This Bible is such a great encouragement for kids to memorize Scripture. The Bible itself is NLT New Living Translation but it includes 100 core Scriptures for memorization. These are printed within the Bible in key locations alongside the corresponding places in the Bible itself. They are written in three translations NLT, NIV, and KJV. They have been bordered in green to stand out, and some of those locations also have a devotional type application along with the verses. Each verse has a song that goes along with it which is accessible online using the code in the front of the Bible. Your child will be able to sing their way to Scripture memorization. Personally, I think this aspect is awesome, since at least one of my children learn best in song.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Family Christian Review and $25 Certificate GIVEAWAY

Recently I was blessed with the opportunity to partner with Family Christian in giving away a $25 Gift Certificate Coupon to one of my readers. I am so excited about this!! I know you will be too, especially if you are the winner of that certificate. 
I was able to enjoy a $25 shopping spree myself in exchange for telling you about my experience on Family Christian.com.

Family Christian is a Christian retailer, operating in 250 stores across the country. They are committed to helping you find, grow, share and celebrate your faith through a wide selection of Christian books, music, Bibles, DVD's gifts and more. When you shop with Family Christian, your purchases support their efforts to unite with ministries that are helping children and families in need around the world.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Night Night Farm by Amy Parker w/ Giveaway

In Night Night, Farm by Amy Parker, parents and little ones will unwind as sweet farm animals in pj's say goodnight to their farm, their mommies and daddies, and to God. Rhyming verse, calming artwork, and whimsical renditions of favorite farm animals in their cozy beds will make this bedtime book a favorite for years to come.

My Thoughts:
This book is so adorable. I am already loving that one day I will be able to use it with my grandchildren. It is a hard back padded type cover. The pages are board book style with beautiful illustrations, brightly colored and full of the most adorable farm animals you've ever seen. They will capture your heart, as well as you child's. 

Each page consists of a different animal going to sleep, written in poetic style with the animal sound and name of the animal at then end of each prose. The last page affirms how God made all these animals and "me too"! The child will learn about each wonderful animal on the farm and the Creator all in one super cute book.

Monday, August 15, 2016

My Intentional Monday

Well this is our kick off week for school!! Today being the first day! I am excited, though not sure the kids are as excited as I am. I am eager for the routine and schedule that comes with fall, school, and responsibilities. It's not that there isn't any routine in the summer, it's just so much more relaxed and not much seems to get done.
I spent most of the week last week prepping school books, supplies, organizing, cleaning, etc... The kiddos will be in the fourth and sixth grade this year. I just can't believe how time flies.

On the blog this week, I will be reviewing several books, as well as, hosting an awesome giveaway from Family Christian Stores. Don't forget to stop back on Wednesday to check out what I got from them and enter for your chance to win!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Mission Possible by D. L. McCarragher

This book is definitely a must read for women who may be struggling in an unequally yoked marriage - whether their husbands are unsaved or saved and not living for the Lord. I found it to be very insightful and encouraging. Deborah shares her story of how she came to know the Lord before her husband and the difficulties she experienced as she attempted to live the Christian life yet still remain in her marriage to a man who didn't understand her need for God.

Some of the key points in this book are the importance of recognizing God's love for our husbands, their place in our home, not alienating them because of a difference in faith, seeing them through the eyes of Jesus, praying for them. Deborah helps us see that our walk with God even more than our talk can win our husbands. She reminds us that God's heart is for our husbands and prayer along with perseverance is the key to winning them. She encourages us not to give in to discouragement, walk away, or give up just because we are not seeing immediate results. God's work is not on our timetable.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Siren's Song by Mary Weber

Nym and Draewulf prepare to face off in a battle destined to destroy more lives than it saves.
Siren's Song (Storm Siren, #3)With the loss of Tulla still fresh in mind, Rasha’s fate unknown, and Lord Myles taken over by the dark ability, Nym and the few Bron soldiers rush to warn Cashlin’s queen. Only to discover it may already be too late for the monarch and her eerie kingdom. As the Luminescents are sifting through Nym’s past memories and the queen is reading into her future, Nym is given a choice of how to defeat Draewulf, but the cost may be more than she can bear. And even then there are no guarantees.

With that reality burrowing into her bones—along with the guilt of the lives she will sacrifice—Nym returns to her homeland of Faelen to raise an army of peasants through promises of freedom. But when the few friends she has left, along with the world and citizens she loves, are staring down the face

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Chapel Springs Survival by Ann Mulligan

I enjoyed reading this book by Ann Mulligan. It was my first book ever by her and I was quickly caught up in the characters and their small town lives.

One of the main characters, Claire, is usually getting herself into some kind of mess. She owns a pottery shop in town and is a gifted artist. She has apparently (in a previous book) helped expand tourism to the small town of Chapel Springs. And although, the tourism is good for business it is also causing a bit of disturbance in the everyday living conditions of the small town. Traffic is congested and even after the season is over, things don't seem to return to normal. Claire, who is on the city council gets most of the blame. She and her friends are trying hard to come up with a solution without changing the small town feel or bankrupting the city.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

My Intentional Monday

Well this past week, I spent quite a bit of intentional time cleaning out the clutter in my home. This is the time of year World's Longest Yard Sale runs through our area, and I decided to set up.
If you've never heard of it, you can check it out on the link above. It basically runs all the way from Addison, MI to Gadsden, Al.
So, I spent several days gathering up stuff we don't need anymore or use and getting ready to sell. For the most part it was an enjoyable experience. One of the things I really like about it, is meeting people from all over the country that travel the sale. It's fun to hear where they are from and where they are headed.

After the sale, we donated quite a bit of our leftovers to a local charity that helps people with house fires and other needs. Thankfully, that way all my work was not for naught, and I did not have to bring everything back home.

However due to the business of the week, I did not blog at all last week. And yesterday, my usual Monday update, I spent taking down my booth and putting things away, as well as, getting my home in order after being busy all weekend.

I have several books to review this week and am busy reading some more.
We are also preparing for the start of a new school year.

Family Christian is sponsoring a $25 certificate giveaway coming up next week on the blog, so keep your eyes open.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Sister Dear by Laura McNeill

This is my first Laura McNeill read, and I was not disappointed. She kept me on the edge of my seat, not wanting to put it down, suspensefully awaiting the "who-done-it" revelation. There were two main characters that appeared guilty, one from the get-go and one revealed slowly; but the battle to discovery was back and forth between them the entire time. I couldn't make up my mind for sure on the guilty party.

This psychopathic thriller unfolds as Allison Marshal is released from prison after ten years of paying for a crime she did not commit. Her goal, to find out who did, prove herself innocent and win her daughter's affection. Her only ally and friend, her sister Emma, who has been raising Allie's daughter, and is the only one who ever came to see her these past ten years. Allie was always the smart one, who had everything together, and was headed for a successful life, career, marriage. Her dreams have all been

Thursday, July 28, 2016

HCSB Illustrators Notetaking Bible

I gotta tell ya, at first I loved this Bible. I love reading God's Word, and I am also one of those people who loves to doodle. You will find me doodling as I take notes during services, and if I sit for long with a paper and pen, I will be doodling. So this Bible, to me, was right down my alley. I am also a note-taker, and most all of my Bibles over the years are highlighted, colored, written in the margins. There is rarely a "clean" page. I have been wanting to check out one of these Bibles for a long time. And given the opportunity, I jumped on it. There are enough illustrations in this Bible to last you a long time, close to two years if you colored a page a day. There are lines for note-taking, and space to make your own doodles or designs. The back contains bullet notes, a daily Bible reading plan, and a concordance. And the Holman Christian Standard is a version I enjoy reading.
my design 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Tigers Cage by Linda White

If a book can get you all riled up, this one certainly is the one! Linda White will have you ready to stomp those bad guys one minute, getting all emotional the next, and praying for the person in your book before you realize these are just fictional characters.

Tom, an FBI agent, has hit his biggest break ever - buusting one of Angel Ramos' main men. It won't be long before Angel Ramos goes down. Or at least that's what Tom thinks. But little does he realize the danger his family is in, not only physically, but emotionally too. Ramos is not a man easily taken, and he is not going down without a fight!

Tom's wife Cathy is tired of the FBI life, crime, endless work hours, an unemotional detached husband who seems to barely notice she is exists. Once their son gets kidnapped, that is the last straw for her. Even though he's been released, she is ready to leave Tom for good!

Monday, July 25, 2016

My Intentional Mondays & Giveaway Winner Announcement

My Intentional Mondays began with choosing a word for the year. And the word I chose was INTENTIONAL.
My goal was to live the year Intentionally. Although, I have tried to do that, I have to admit sometimes it is easy to get distracted, to stray from the path, to wander around a bit aimlessly, as though just floating in a boat whichever way the water takes me. Sometimes it seems like life just takes off without you, and you are either racing to catch up, lagging way behind, or need to take a deep breath and find the new normal. That is kind of what has happened to me lately. And I am working on my new routine, new normal, adjusting to life's changes. Thankfully, one thing never changes - GOD! He is my constant! The one I can go to no matter what life throws my way. The one who shows me where to go, and helps me live intentionally!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

NIRV Minecrafters Bible Review

Do you ever feel like it's more fun to exist in the computer world than the real one? Is that the only place you can control your destiny? Well, God is the original great world builder, and he gave us the power and the skills we need to make changes in the real world. The Minecrafter’s Bible, NIrV contains the full text of the New International Reader's Version (NIrV) of the Bible (from Genesis to Revelation) as well as 24 color tip-in pages featuring full-color illustrations in the style of wildly popular virtual-world-building games. Featured stories include the days of creation and great builds of the Bible.

Available on Amazon as well as other websites.