Friday, April 28, 2017

As Love Blooms: A Book Review

About The Book:

Young romance opens like a rose . . . but even a rose has its thorns.
Tessa Gregory is nothing if not tenacious. Denied a position as a horticulturist at prestigious Como Park in Saint Paul, Minnesota, she is not above a little benevolent deception in order to get the park superintendent to change his mind and hire her. She plans to infiltrate the world of wealthy and influential people in hopes of drumming up financial support for a world-class conservatory. But before she can put those plans into action, she meets Reese King, a handsome gardener at Como Park--and a major distraction. Still, Reese might be the key to achieving her dream. But is his goal to help her . . . or to capture her heart?

Against the lush backdrop of manicured gardens and greenhouses full of the exotic, Lorna Seilstad weaves a sweet and sassy story that is sure to delight


You can read an excerpt of this book here, in PDF format

About The Author:

A history buff, antique collector, and former high school English teacher, fan favorite Lorna Seilstad is the author of When Love CallsWhile Love Stirs, and the Lake Manawa Summers series. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Lorna lives in Iowa with her husband. Learn more at www.lornaseilstad.com.

My Review:

I am a huge fan of historical fiction, and in particular, I have enjoyed learning about the Suffrage movement that many women were a part of. I love that it is very evident that the author did much research to make the book as historically accurate as possible. The characters were very well developed, both in this final series book, as well as all within the series itself. It is a clean read, quick read and I found myself very impressed with the story lines involved.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase As Love Blooms at your favorite Christian book retailer from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Hot Mama: A Book Review

About The Book:

It's easy for us moms to slip into the habit of letting the craziness of our days interfere with our relationships with our husbands. We simply don't have the energy or the ideas for a spicy, satisfying sex life. We're usually just amazed we made it to the end of the day without collapsing or throttling someone.

Hot Mama to the rescue!

In this witty book, hot mamas Kathi Lipp and Erin MacPherson share hilarious stories and creative ideas from moms everywhere to help you build a relationship with your spouse that's happy, healthy, and fun. From building confidence and banishing guilt to flirting (remember that?) and wearing clothes that get you--and him--in the mood, Kathi and Erin show you how to take your sex life from ho-hum to sizzling hot.


You can read an excerpt of Hot Mama here, in PDF format

About The Authors:

Kathi Lipp is the author of Praying God's Word for Your HusbandThe Husband Project, and I Need Some Help Here! She is a conference and retreat speaker who reaches thousands of women each year and has been a guest on numerous national radio programs, including Focus on the Family. She and her husband have four children and live in California. Learn more at www.kathilipp.com.

Erin MacPherson 
is a wife, mom, speaker, and writer. She is a staff writer and editor for a number of major online parenting and educational publications, including Nickelodeon and Dun & Bradstreet. Her popular blog, ChristianMamasGuide.com, offers women godly, tell-it-like-it-is advice and information. She and her husband have three children and live in Texas.


My Review:

This book took a somewhat delicate, and little talked about in church, topic and with respect, wit and fun, helped women to reclaim their sex lives. It helps those readers who may be struggling for true intimacy in their marriage and allows the reader to understand what a healthy, God filled marriage can, and should, be. These two ladies wrote fantastically together and I look forward to seeing what they come up with next. It was a great read, and fast read! 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Hot Mama at your favorite Christian book retailer from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I receive a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Max Rhymes: A Children's Book Series Review

About The Books:

The Max Rhymes series are simple, yet very effective books for ages 0-7, and created to instill values such as manners, gratitude, & personal responsibility, while building higher self-esteem, whereby the process is scientifically proven to work.

Because we have learned that ninety five percent of what is programmed in your child’s subconscious mind happens by age six, from what they hear, see, touch and feel, our books are specifically written and illustrated to help this download process by providing nurturing, loving, moralities and manners within the rhymes. Read more about the science behind our rhymes by watching the video above or by clicking here.

Inspirational Nursery Rhymes are scientifically written to help your child excel into and through adulthood. Rhymes were created to help with learning as far back as the Romans and by reading our rhymes daily, your child will be programmed with limitless possibilities.



 In Be Responsible Like Max, Max shows us he’s responsible by making his bed, getting dressed, cleaning up his toys, clearing the table and more.


 In Get Inspired with Max, Max teaches us to get inspired by showing how he uses his imagination and thoughts to create happy outcomes.


In Give Thanks with Max, Max shows everyone how easy it is to give thanks for everything in his lifesuch as flowers, trees, birds, friends, family and more.



In Max Gives Thanks To God,  Max shows everyone how he thanks God for all the simple things in his life and that gratitude will stay will him as he grows into an adult. In addition, by reading over and over, God will be in the mind of the child forever!

You can see a preview of the books in this series here

About The Authors:

Todd J. Courtney has lived in San Jose, CA most of his life. He has spent the past 25 years as a business owner/investor and during the last 5 years, he was teaching what Wallace D. Wattles calls “thinking stuff” to business offices in San Jose. During this time of teaching, while raising three kids of his own and teaching them the same techniques, he realized his passion lies with helping our youth understand that they too can create the life they truly dream of.

While teaching adults for the prior 5 years, it didn’t take Todd long to realize why most of our youth get trapped in the same cycles as their parents, with the primary reason being that parents cannot teach their children what they don’t know or don’t understand themselves. After researching the teen and young adult market, it seemed a lot more work needed to be done to help our youth during this time of a rapidly changing world. Todd’s premise is this; “If we expect our youth to change the world, we have to start by changing our youth.”

In addition to his first book, “Thinking in One Direction”,Todd created TeensCanDream.org as a “go to” site for teens to find an array of short eBooks on a variety of topics, as they seek the answers to their individual questions. This site is dedicated to all the teens, pre-teens and young adults out there who are looking for answers, but didn’t have a single source to find them.

In addition, he and his wife, Jackie, created a new genre of nursery rhymes, Inspirational Nursery Rhymes, with the purpose of helping our youth during the early years of learning. Not stopping there and seeing how disease such as cancer, diabetes and obesity are affecting our youth at younger ages, Todd created the first ever animation video to help kids with leukemia think themselves healthy during treatment with their doctors. When asked, “Why leukemia? Does someone you know have it?” he responded with a, “No. It was just an idea in which I felt compelled to create.” With absolutely no experience on how to create an animation video, Todd explains in detail how things came about in divine order. For more information on his video go to, JustImagineIf.org.

Jacqueline “Jackie” was also raised in San Jose, CA and spent her career as a primary school teacher for 16 years before retiring to raise their children and embark on the journey of co-creating Inspirational Nursery Rhymes with Todd. From her years in teaching her students, many of whom were from underprivileged families, Jackie saw firsthand for the need to empower children and provide them the self-confidence needed to grow up leading a satisfied and fulfilling life as an adult. In combining her passion for children and desire to make a difference, along with Todd’s research, the idea of creating a brand new series of board books for toddler’s was born. With most of our current nursery rhymes written over 200 years ago, the objective was to create something for the 21st century that would enhance children’s futures.

My Review:

What a delightful series for young children! Teaching children character lessons happens primarily by modelling behavior by the adults in their life, but finding high quality products like books to add to that teaching is one of my favorite ways to teach concepts like gratitude, manners and more. As an early childhood educator one of my passions that I advocate for is early literacy. I know personally and professionally how important reading to young children is, and how they learn from repetition. That is where the Max Rhymes series is the perfect books for little ones. The rhyming that occurs is so catchy and the illustrations are fantastic. The children in my family child care program have absolutely adored these books. So much so that we have read them almost daily since I received them. The next book in this series, Max and Molly Learn Their Manners, releases this month, and I will definitely be getting it for my collection. I also love that these books come in board format, and are small in size, perfect for even the youngest of readers. They are durable and can be cleaned with a damp cloth very easily. These books are all delightful, engaging and are perfect to read with a little one snuggled in your lap as you read. 

These are the perfect gift idea for a new baby, birthday, baby shower gift and even Christmas gifts and would be a wonderful addition to any child care program. 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase the entire Max Rhymes online here.

***I received a complimentary copy of the above, courtesy of Bouyancy PR, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

To Capture Her Heart: A Book Review

About The Book:

In an uncertain time, she faces a choice that will change her life forever
It is 1653 and Heather Flower, a princess of the Montaukett tribe, is celebrating her wedding feast when a rival tribe attacks, killing the groom and kidnapping her. Though her ransom is paid by an Englishman, she is bound by her captors and left to die--until she finds herself rescued by handsome Dutch Lieutenant Dirk Van Buren.

Still tender from her loss, Heather Flower begins to heal in the home of the Hortons, English friends of her people. Torn between her affection for Dirk and her longtime friendship with Ben Horton, Heather Flower must make a difficult choice--stay true to her friend or follow her heart. 
Exploring a unique slice of history, Rebecca DeMarino transports you to the wild land that would eventually become Long Island, New York. 


About The Author:

Rebecca DeMarino is the author of A Place in His Heart, book one of The Southold Chroniclesa series inspired by her ninth great-grandparents, Barnabas and Mary Horton. She inherited her love of baking and gardening from her mother; a love of horses, reading, and writing from her dad; and the wanderlust gene from both parents. Rebecca lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, Tom. Learn more at www.rebeccademarino.com.

My Review:

This was book two in the Southhold Chronicles series, and I quite enjoyed this book. It was well-written, and very apparent that much research went into the writing of this book to make as authentic as possible for the reader. I loved all the characters and the progression of developing them as the story went on. The book kept my attention throughout and was very pleased with it overall.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase To Capture Her Heart at your favorite Christian book retailer from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

The NKJV Women's Study Bible: A Book Review

The Woman’s Study Biblepoignantly reveals the Word of God to women, inviting them to receive God’s truth for balance, hope, and transformation.
Special features designed to speak to a woman’s heart appear throughout the Bible text, revealing Scripture-based insights about how godly womanhood grows from a woman’s identity as a Christ-follower and a child of the Kingdom.
Now with a beautiful full-color redesign, The Woman’s Study Bible reflects the contributions of over 80 women from a wide variety of ethnic, denominational, educational, and occupational backgrounds. Since the publication of the first edition of The Woman’s Study Bible under the editorial guidance of Dorothy Kelley Patterson and Rhonda Harrington Kelley, this landmark study Bible has sold over 1.5 million copies.

Features Include:
—Beautiful full-color design throughout
—Detailed biographical portraits of over 100 biblical women
—Thousands of extensive verse-by-verse study notes
—Over 300 in-text topical articles on relevant issues
—Insightful essays by women who are recognized experts in the fields of theology, biblical studies, archaeology, and philosophy
—Book introductions and outlines
—Hundreds of full-color in-text maps, charts, timelines, and family trees
—Quotes from godly women throughout history
—Set of full-page maps of the biblical world
—Topical index
—Concordance

My Review:
The new and updated NKJV Women's Study Bible is an absolutely stunning Bible. I was given a choice to what kind of cover I wanted to review (choices were hardcover, leather or clothbound) and I chose the leather. The first thing I noticed was the adorable full color box that the Bible comes in. It was very spring like with a floral pattern to it. Once I opened the box I immediately was drawn in by the unmistakable smell of fresh leather. There is something astonishing about opening a brand new Bible. It is crisp, soft to the touch and included a lovely satin ribbon marker. Each book includes some wonderful study tools like Bible introductions, with themes, outlines, maps and also includes many encouraging quotes throughout the entire Bible. The NKJV translation is a lovely way to read the original translation of the Holy Bible in easy to read and understand English, as compared to the originaI. I loved that all the charts and extras are in full color and also have a great index making it easy to find exactly what you are looking for. The study notes are extensive, allowing the owner of such a remarkable Bible to do a plethora of studying without having to use a lot of tools and extra books. This would be a beautiful gift for birthdays, baptisms, Mother's Day or even a special wedding anniversary for any special woman in your life. 
I highly recommend this Bible and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase The NKJV Women's Study Bible here
***I received a complimentary copy of this Bible, courtesy of LitFuse Publicity Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Overcoming Toxic Parenting: A Book Review

About The Book:

You can break the cycle of toxic parenting
Parenting is hard enough when you had good role models in your own parents. But what if your parents were absent, neglectful, or abusive? Are you doomed to repeat their mistakes with your own children? As a parenting expert and someone who experienced negative parenting firsthand, Rick Johnson answers that question with an emphatic "No!"

Anyone can be a good parent, even if they didn't have one. In this compassionate and practical book, Johnson shows you how to identify the ways in which your past experiences affect your own parenting choices. Then he walks you through the process of healing the emotional and spiritual wounds toxic parenting has left behind. Finally, he outlines healthy habits and practices to take the place of the negative ones that were modeled for you.

With Rick as your sympathetic guide, you can break the cycle of abuse, neglect, or absenteeism and create a positive family environment now and for the future.


You can read an excerpt of Overcoming Toxic Parenting here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Rick Johnson is the bestselling author of That's My SonThat's My Teenage SonThat's My GirlBetter Dads, Stronger Sons; and Becoming Your Spouse's Better Half. He is the founder of Better Dads and is a sought-after speaker at parenting and marriage conferences. Rick, his wife, Suzanne, and their grown children live in Oregon. Learn more at www.betterdads.net.

My Review:

As a young toddler I was placed in foster care, and ultimately adopted by a loving, Christian couple. It was not until years later that I found out just how rough my life started out. There was suspected abuse, and certain neglect.

 Growing up in an adoptive home, we were seemingly the quintessential "nuclear family". While I grew up in a Christian home, with two parents and three sisters, we were not immune to dysfunction. As a young adult, our family dealt with mental illness in the form of anxiety and eating disorders among a number of our family members. It was a journey that started years prior but we just did not realize (or perhaps did not want to admit what was truly happening). 

As a university and college student I studied pyschology and became somewhat familiar with Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE's) and how they can impact people into adulthood in so many ways. Then, during the last 20 years as an Early Childhood Educator I have once again become reacquainted with the topic of ACE's. I even did an ACE test on myself and was astonished at how many I had experienced. Not all, but a good number of them. 

Reading Overcoming Toxic Parenting was, at times, difficult to read. It reminded how much adoption changed my life, and helped to make me who I am now, a Christian women in her 40's. It has also shown me how, as a parent of two, how much my growing up years has impacted me now as a parent. While most of my growing up, and most impacting, years were good, some experiences still affect me today. The book was sobering to read, and gives some great tips and ideas to overcome the past, and remember that just because we start out rough, it doesn't mean we have to let it determine our future. Nurture versus nature is a true and real battle. I know first hand what a harsh and loving environment can do to a child. This book says that while we cannot control what has happened to us in the past, we certainly can have the tools to overcome and create a healthy future, both for us as a parent and our own children. It was a powerful book to read but definitely shows us how we can overcome hurt to be better for our own children. A great encouraging read to overcome generational hurt! 

I highly recommend this book, both for those who are parents, who have experienced ACE's, those who work with children who have, and teachers and caregivers. 

I give this book a huge thumbs up. 

BUY IT: You can purchase Overcoming Toxic Parenting at your favorite Christian retailer from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Unsinkable Faith: A Blog Tour and Book Review

About The Book:

For many people, remaining optimistic and feeling positive about themselves and their lives is a constant battle — especially when circumstances are difficult and life is hard.
For others, negativity is something that only sneaks up from time to time, yet still wreaks havoc in their hearts. Regardless of the root causes, once pessimistic thoughts permeate our minds, our feelings and emotions begin to control us instead of us controlling them. Eventually it doesn’t seem possible to stay positive, happy, and full of joy, and negative thought patterns shake our faith, causing us to sink emotionally, mentally, and spiritually over time. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Despite what storms roll in, hearts anchored in God don’t sink. When we change the way we think, we can change the way we feel and live, even if our circumstances remain the same. Intentionally embracing the opportunity to experience a transformed heart and a renewed mind opens the door for a changed life, because a positive mind will always lead to a more positive life.
In Unsinkable Faith, author and Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker Tracie Miles offers hope for women who struggle with negativity. Each chapter explores Tracie’s and other women’s personal stories, showing how they rose above their circumstances by transforming and renewing their minds. Unsinkable Faith is a breath of fresh air for anyone longing for a heart full of joy, an unbreakable smile, and a new, more optimistic perspective on life. This book will equip you to:
—Replace pessimism with positive thinking by becoming the captain of your thoughts;
—Learn how true joy and happiness are based on choice, not circumstances;
—Overcome unhealthy habits of negative thinking by intentionally implementing three easy mind-renewing steps;
—Stop feeling hopeless and pitiful, and start feeling hope-filled and powerful instead; and
—Discover that when you change the way you think, you change the way feel, and in turn you can change your life completely.
You can read a sample chapter of Unsinkable Faith here in PDF format
About The Author:
Tracie Miles is a national speaker with Proverbs 31 Ministries and a bestselling author who’s spent the last twelve years inspiring women to become who God called them to be. She’s the author of "Your Life Still Counts" and "Stressed-Less Living," and a contributor to Proverbs 31 Ministries daily devotions
My Review:
Tough stuff happens in life. All. The. Time. Every day we face things as humans, moms, wives and women that could very well break us. But it doesn't because of Him. Because of our faith in a God that carries us through we can get through even the toughest of what life can throw at us. That is the message that author Tracie Miles sends in her book Unsinkable Faith. She reminds us that this stuff that happens doesn't have to hold us hostage. that we can change the negative for positive and find hope in the hard times. She writes as though you are in the room having a conversation, sharing her personal journey and encouraging the reader with quotes from famous authors, writers and most importantly the Word of God. The last few years has brought some stuff that otherwise could have cause me to want to run for the hills, but this book reminded me that I have to cling to Him and He will guide me through as He has done so many other times before. Life is not always going to be good but God always will. 
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase Unsinkable Faith online here through Amazon
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of LitFuse Publicity Group and David C. Cook, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Monday, April 24, 2017

Rhythms of Rest: A Book Review

About The Book:

This book is for anyone who is weary--who longs for rest but doesn't know how to make it a reality. Shelly Miller, a sought-after mentor on Sabbath-keeping, shows how even busy people can implement a rhythm of rest into their lives--from small windows of time to a whole morning or day. With encouraging stories from people in different stages in life, Miller shares practical advice for not only finding physical refreshment but also restoring your soul. You will learn:

· Simple ways to be intentional about rest
· Ideas for tuning out distractions and tuning in to God
· How meals and other times with friends and family can be Sabbath experiences

Sabbath is a gift from God to be embraced, not a spiritual hoop to jump through. Discover how genuine rest is possible today.


You can read an excerpt of Rhythms of Rest here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Shelly Miller (www.redemptionsbeauty.com) is a veteran ministry leader and leads the Sabbath Society, an online community of people who want to make rest a priority. Her writing has been featured in publications internationally. Shelly and her husband recently moved from the U.S. to London, England, where they resource church planting efforts.

My Review:

Rest. Sabbath. Peace.

These words and actions do not honestly come that easily to most of us. Yet it is exactly what we need. We need to get past the idea of constantly doing and grasp the idea of rest and renewal that can only come from resting in Him. Sabbath is not just once a week, it can happen, and should happen, daily. This book was incredibly encouraging as I read it and was reminded just how desperate I was for true Sabbath. As a result of reading it, I have become far more in tune of when my soul and body need that Sabbath and am far more apt to take that rest, more than I did before. Its so good for me to focus on Him and what is truly important, even if its only a few minutes a day. 

I give this book a huge thumbs up and highly recommend it!

BUY IT: You can purchase Rhythms of Rest at your favorite Christian book retailer from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Redefined: A Book Review

About The Book:

This book opens up and makes practical the basic Christian doctrine of justification, showing how it enables Christians to live with confidence and enjoy life in Christ.
God desires an abundant life for you. However, the biblical truth most likely to help you live abundantly has been tragically neglected by the church. Many Christians do not understand their status with God, and this leaves them with perpetual guilt. Every believer is declared righteous, through a wonderful exchange, where our sin is charged to Christ and his righteousness is accredited to us.
Redefined will teach you how to understand your status in God's sight, so that you can rid yourself of guilt, enjoy God's fellowship, walk in supernatural confidence, and truly live the Christ-honoring abundant life that God desires for you.
About The Author:
Kenneth E. Ortiz is a pastor, freelance writer and successful entrepreneur. Kenneth is a dynamic communicator with a fantastic conversational style of speaking and writing. He is a gifted Bible teacher, often using great relevant illustrations that deeply resonate with audiences and readers. Kenneth's words are always laced with incredible humor and friendly intimacy. As an itinerant evangelist, he has preached to tens of thousands of people across the nation and abroad. Kenneth currently lives in Winter Garden, Florida where he serves as a member of the ministry staff team of Mosaic Church. Kenneth is also the Director of Operations for YouthCanLead, Inc., and serves as a member of the Board of Directors for World Outreach International. Kenneth has earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Theological Studies. He has been an ordained minister since 2006.
My Review:
Written in a well-developed manner, Ortiz does well to help us understand how being redefined by God changes our lives for the better. Through a well-organized book, Ortiz reminds us who we are in Christ and how we can truly belief this change that happens when we trust fully in Christ. A great encouraging read about our true identity in Christ. 

I highly recommend this great read and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase Redefined online through Leafwood Publishers
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Leafwood Publishers, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Saturday, April 22, 2017

The NKJV Woman's Study Bible' Grow in the Word Giveaway

You're invited to receive God's truth for balance, hope, and transformation in the fully revised and redesigned The NKJV Woman's Study Bible. The new edition features a beautiful, full-color redesign and poignantly reveals the Word of God with Scripture insights and the contributions of more than eighty women from a wide variety of ethnic, denominational, educational, and occupational backgrounds. Special features designed to speak to a woman's heart appear throughout the Bible text, revealing Scripture-based insights about how godly womanhood grows from a woman's identity as a Christ-follower and a child of the Kingdom.

This spring, cultivate your heart's spiritual roots and enter to win the Grow in the Word Giveaway!


One grand prize winner will receive:
Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on April 27. The winner will be announced April 28 on the Litfuse blog.



Tracie Miles' 'Unsinkable Faith' Prize Pack Giveaway

Have negative thought patterns overtaken your life and shaken your faith? Learn how to anchor your heart in God despite what storms roll in in Tracie Miles' new book, Unsinkable Faith. Each chapter explores Tracie's and other women's personal stories, showing how they rose above their circumstances by transforming and renewing their minds. Unsinkable Faith is a breath of fresh air for anyone longing for a heart full of joy, an unbreakable smile, and a new, more optimistic perspective on life.

Join Tracie and other readers on April 25th for a fun Facebook Live event and the Anchored in Faith Prize Pack Giveaway (details below)!


One grand prize winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 25. The winner will be announced at the Unsinkable Faith Facebook Live event. RSVP for a chance to connect with Tracie and others searching for unsinkable faith, as well as for a chance to win other prizes!

RSVP today and spread the word-tell your friends about the giveaway via social media and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 25th!

Your Cholesterol Matters: A Book Review

About The Book:

Two-thirds of the time, the initial symptom is a full-blown heart attack.
Doctors routinely tell patients to watch their diet, get regular exercise, and lose weight. They also increasingly prescribe "cholesterol lowering" drugs that patients will take every day for the rest of their lives. The pill makes us feel like we're doing something, so we slack off in our goals for a healthier lifestyle. To make matters worse, the pill solves only a portion of the problem, giving us a false sense of security.

Dr. Richard Furman wants you to know that you don't have to pin your health hopes on expensive medications that only address a small part of the cholesterol puzzle (and often have negative health-impacting side effects). In this practical guide to better health, he offers specific strategies to 

· lower your levels of "lethal" LDL cholesterol
· raise your levels of "hero" HDL cholesterol
· develop new habits that make healthy living easy and natural
· adjust your lifestyle in order to stay off of expensive medications
· and more 

Your aging process depends on the health of your arteries. Dr. Furman's advice will not only give you extra years but, even more important, it will improve the quality of those years, beginning today.


About The Author:

Richard Furman, MD, FACS, spent over thirty years as a vascular surgeon. Furman is past president of the North Carolina Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, past president of the North Carolina Surgical Society, and a two-term governor of the American College of Surgeons. He is cofounder of World Medical Mission, the medical arm of Samaritan's Purse, and is a member of the board of Samaritan's Purse. He lives in Boone, North Carolina.

For more information, please visit www.prescriptionforlifeplan.com.


My Review:

This book is a great resource for anyone who is dealing with heart concerns, cholesterol concerns or other health issues that affect the heart. It is full of a lot of medical information, yet is not overwhelming. The author writes in such a manner that an everyday person understands all the medical jargon without becoming lost in technical words. There are a ton of tips for getting healthy and avoiding heart problems, even if there is a family history to take into consideration. A well-written book that is full of great information. 

A great read that I highly recommend. 

BUY IT: You can purchase Your Cholesterol Matters at your favorite Christian book retailer from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Friday, April 7, 2017

Longing for Paris: A Book Review

About The Book:

For anyone who has ever daydreamed of another life . . .
Most days, you wouldn't trade what you have for the world. You love your husband and your kids, and you are grateful to God for your life. But there are days when you feel as though life is rolling over you in waves and you are just going through the motions. You find yourself aching for something more, something that is calling to depths of who you are, maybe for something you can't even name.

For Sarah Mae, it was Paris, a place that is known for breathtaking beauty, inspiring art, and exquisite food. But as she searched her heart, she found there was more to her longings than she anticipated.

Join Sarah Mae in Longing for Paris, a soul-searching, light-filled journey for the woman who knows she can't uproot her life to discover herself and her longings, but who desperately wants to uncover them so she can get unstuck and choose a life that is filled with beauty, adventure, and deep joy . . . right where she is.

About The Author:

Sarah Mae is an influential blogger, founder of the popular Allume conference, and coauthor of Desperate (with Sally Clarkson). She celebrates life with her husband and three children in the beautiful Amish countryside of Pennsylvania, where she often ponders what life would be like if she actually finished all the laundry.

My Review:

When I started reading this book, I knew instantly I was in for a treat. I had been reading Sarah Mae's blog for some time, so I was very eager to read Longing for Paris. I was not in the least disappointed. Sarah writes in such a way that I felt that I was in a coffee shop with her and have the loveliest of conversations. The writing style was so delightful and I found myself pondering my own life as Sarah reminds the reader that regardless of what dreams we thought we had for our life, that we need to look at the place we are in now and be ever so grateful for it, embrace it and thrive within it. It is still good to have dreams but not at the cost of our current place in life. Sarah did a remarkable job at doing this. Honest, raw and just a great read, evidenced by the large amount of underlining and post it notes throughout my copy. All women, and moms especially, need to read this book.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Longing for Paris online here

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of the author, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Reaching Millennials: A Book Review

About The Book:

A Better Way to Reach Millennials With the Gospel
There's a reason you see fewer and fewer Millennials in your church. Typical evangelism methods often drive them away. People born between 1978 and 1998 have a different mindset than previous generations. But as nationally known church consultant David Stark shares, there are creative, biblical ways to engage Millennials outside the church, even those with negative views of Christianity.

In Reaching Millennials, you will learn how to
· Anticipate and overcome common barriers to faith
· Build trust and openness in genuine, welcomed ways 
· Plan events that attract Millennials and energize your own people
· And much more!

Based on principles that built the church of the New Testament, Stark shows how any congregation today--large or small, established or new--can share God's love with a spiritually hungry generation.


You can read an excerpt of this book here, in PDF format

About The Author:

David Stark (davidstarkcollective.com) is president of BusinessKeys International, a consulting practice that serves churches as well as businesses. A former pastor, he has worked with churches for more than twenty years, focusing on strategy, leadership, small-group ministries, and lay empowerment.

For businesses, he specializes in strategy, leadership, and culture issues. David's previous books include LifeKeys: Discover Who You Are and Christ-Based Leadership. He and his family live in Minneapolis.


Check out David's website here, for more information.

My Review:

Each generation has its highs and lows, ideas and ways of life that work for them. But generations before and after do not always understand these. That is where the book, Reaching Millennials comes in. It walks the reader through what a Millennial is and how we can reach them where they are at, for Jesus. It is well written and organized and was really easy to read. It is a quick read but has a ton of information that one could go back and read repeatedly and get something new out of it in subsequent readings. A great resource for all church ministrys that reach millennials like Young Adult ministry's, for example. 

I highly recommend this book and give it a thumbs up.

BUY IT: You can purchase Reaching Millennials at your favorite Christian book retailer from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***