Wednesday, December 19, 2012

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Oh No Not the Children, Dec. 14 The Day The World Changed


          Although there have always been deranged individuals wreaking havoc in society, something  more hurting and unexplainable  occurred on Dec. 14, 2012...A hunter determined to make his prey innocent young elementary students...an awful mind blowing act which rid our realms of any security we might have once felt in the past leaving everyone, everywhere wondering what is happening in our world.  Life has sadly changed since I was a child when my biggest concern was whether or not my older brother found my favorite toy that I hid on him. We lived in a more safe enviroment in those days when neighbors spoke kindly to one another and faithful friends knew that there were certain boundaries that you just didn't cross in for the sake of  true kinship.  It's just not like the good ole' days anymore and my heart bleeds for the parents who must worry when their offspring are doing the right thing by going to school.  What has this world come to and who is to blame?  I imagine it is a number of factors  that have contributed to this lack of concern with human life as I recall some of the things I suggested as a college student majoring in Psychology.  Young and full of passion I suggested in my essay that lawmakers should make Mental Health a mandatory class in all schools just as physical educucation is.  Agreeing that Physical Health was an asset in establishing the importance of  keeping our bodies up to par but I felt that mental health should also be addressed with that same ferver.  For one this would erase the stigma that has been attached to mental illness since forever but also teach individuals on how to identify those who may be afflicted and guarantee that they get some kind of help.  My professor was pleased with my report and gave me a bright A+ while leaving a question for me to ponder...'"How would this class be funded?"'  Since than I felt that there was a negative possibility of ever seeing this proposal come to past.
   So instead today, twenty little innocent victims will be buried.  Hearts are broken, many will lose faith and there will be a void which will not be filled.  The news has left us all with apprehension and uncertainty.  The holiday holds less meaning with the true lights of our lives smothered out.  As a mother and grandmother of thirteen I beg that strickter background checks be made with anyone purchasing a gun and that it include background checks of everyone in the family and/or who may have access to that person's home.  I wonder how many people know that our beloved Abraham Lincoln who suffered through many nervous breakdowns  had his assistants at his home hide the silverware on the days that he was most depressed.  This has been written in his history books as he struggled with his own dark thoughts on certain days.  We can't put all the fault on the media although there is way too much violence being portrayed to the children these days, nor can we put it all in any one egg basket but we can each do our part.  Needless to say our Nation would be a better place if we each were a little more loving and respectful to one another.  Is it possible to make that change?

Enriching Father Daughter Relations

 

   This beautiful one year devotional opens the doors to a more intimate relationship between fathers and daughters.  Fathers are called to be the spiritual leaders in the family and this book will solidify open doors of communication between parent and child.  The One Year Father Daughter Devotions By Jesse Florea, Leon C Wirth & Bob Smithouser is the perfect tool for caring parenting.  Not only is there a daily story to discuss but the authors suggest an activity to go along with the lesson.  After reviewing this copy sent to me on behalf of Tyndale Publishers in exchange for my thoughts I would have to establish that this book is intended for pre-teens or young adult.  This is when parents find that it is the most difficult to have discussions with their offspring.  The lessons are geared towards questions that may arise in a young persons mind while going through struggles and difficulties at their age.  I am envious that this is available now for parents and know that the book will prove to make a positive impact in families.  It will also ensure that young people are aware how proud their parents are of them as seen on Oct. 20th where the topic is A Father's Joy.  It expounds upon the many things that can make a father happy but points out that the most joy a father feels is in his children and backs this up with scripture.  In this case, where a person might not be able to adequately show his love to his child, the doors are opened to a discussion of how he truly feels.  There are so many more beautiful topics which will enrich  father and daughter relationships.  This book is a must have and must read.  The One Year Father Daughter Devotions would make a loving gift for dads and daughters.  I highly recommend~

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Holiday French Vanilla BANANA walnut Dessert

Thanks to Torani I know that noone will come close to baking anything as special as my Holiday French Vanilla Banana Walnut dessert.  Rather than baking ordinary banana bread I desired to surprize my family with a sweet treat.  Torani made this possible and had my spouse begging for more.
 
Ingredients
 
1 box quick bread Banana
2 eggs
1/4 cup of water
3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
1 small bag of walnuts
3 tablespoons of Torani Sugar-free French
Vanilla
 
Instructions
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees
grease pan
mix together all the ingredients
pour in pan
bake for 45 minutes
Let cool for about a half hour
 
The french vanilla added the perfect amount of sweetness.  Not only was the warm dessert delicious but my home carried a heavenly scent for the remainder of the day.  Optional ideas include placing a scoop of french vanilla ice cream on the dessert when serving and have your favorite java brewing and bottles of Torani on hand.  Enjoy~
I would like to thank She Speaks again for the wonderful opportunity to try the Torani Syrups in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Gretchen Rubin Reminds Us We Can Be Content Wherever We Are

 

Gretchen Rubin's Happier at Home is a refreshing read of how a woman can be completely content at home, however this is her story of how she finds projects that give her self satisfaction.  Gretchen's book largely resembles my own since I was forced out of working due to a physical disability.  Although difficult  in the first years, I prayed a lot and decided to put my energies into our humble home by gardening in the summer, canning and freezing vegetables throughout the Fall and sewing in the winter.  I am at peace and enjoy my lot.  In fact, I am more content than I have ever been at any other time of my life.  In that way, I felt I had a lot in common with the author.  I think that the reader could gain more insight if they could replace being happier at home with whatever or wherever they may be in their personal life at this moment.  Whether if they work full-time or have a sick parent or if they are newly married, the important message here is that a person can truly be content under any circumstane.  It's a matter of attitude.  I was given the opportunity to read this book from Walterbrook Multnomah in exchange for my review.  It is an easy read with great ideas and warmth.  It's one of those reads that leave you with good feelings.

Wallace Henley's "Globe Quake", No Need to Fear

 
Wallace Henley's Globe Quake - Living in the unshakeable Kingdom while the World falls apart demonstrates how biblical prophecy is coming to pass and how our faith should be stronger knowing that God will sustain his children during this time.  Ironically most individuals are aware that something is going on in the world and many are preparing for an apocalypse by stocking up on emergency supplies and building underground shelters.  Man is acting out of fear, especially those who do not know God.  Globe Quake prepares the reader on what to expect and how to react in these circumstances.  I was offered to read this book from Book Sneeze in exchange for my honest review.  I couldn't wait because I am excited to be living in the last days and seeing phrophecy come to past.  I feel priviledged to have the scriptural knowledge to understand and the faith to believe that God will see me through.  Wallace Henley worked as an aide in the White House to Richard Nixon.  His wisdom is amazing.  His book outlines how we can create a stable atmosphere within our families and our churches regardless of the teachings in the world.  In his own words, '"Standing like a stone wall"' and '"The Unshakeable Kingdom"'.  His message is to stand on God's truth without waivering so that we can be that light for others who are surrounded by darkness.  I highly recommend this book for everyone.  One of the best books that I have read about end times recently.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Bold as Love, Doing What Doesn't Come Naturally

Bob Roberts Jr. makes some outstanding points about interacting with other individuals who are not of our same Faith or belief system in his stellar novel, BOLD AS LOVE What can Happen When we see People the Way God Does.  We call ourselves Christians yet how many times do we miss the opportunity to engage with those who are not of similar faiths?  Do we stay away out of fear or making waves.  Are we not up to the challenge?  Is it possible to respect someone else for their belief and love them as God does.  Yes, it is entirely possible as the author outlines for us but it may mean being uncomfortable when you first try.  Let's face it, some people may never see things the way  we do yet the only thing God expects of us is to love them.  Love them enough to respect their views.  I enjoyed reading this book which I recieved from Handlebar publishing in exchange for my review.  I think the meaning is so important and can be applied to loving others who may be unique and different in any way to which is different from our own.  This is the true test of God's spirit working in our lives.  Those things which are difficult for me to do naturally can be accomplished with Gods spirit which he freely gives us.  This book has given me the desire to make the opportunity to meet others from different faiths.  An outstanding read~

Dick Wolf's first steps into this literary thriller has erupted into a cyperspace sensation

 
On sale December 26, 2012
 
Dick Wolf's first steps into this literary thriller has erupted into a cyperspace sensation as a prelude to our next best read!  Those fortunate enough to get their hands on the advanced reader's edition have nothing but praise and applauds for this nail-biting, edge of your seat novel.  Hands down, I agree with the intense excitement having been a recepient in exchange for my honest review.  It's one of those books that will keep you up all night and turning off the volume to your smart phone. 
 
 

Novel Crossing~The Intersection of Faith & Fiction


Novel Crossing has launched and it's the place christian fiction readers and writers want to be!  Become a member and subscribe to their newsletter to keep updates on your favorite authors and the newest faith books available.  Cindy Woodsmall; Beverly Lewis; Susan Meissner; Ted Dekker; Dan  Walsh and Eric Wilson are just a small number of the featured authors on this awesome website.  Find reviews, join the street team and enlist your book club here.  Everyone is welcome at the Novel Crossing, don't keep it to yourself  but share the news with your friends~

 

Monday, November 26, 2012

T0RANI~Sweet Festive Taste Without The Calories

Ladies, just in time for the holidays... a sweet treat for
your family and friends.  Torani syrups come in a variety of delicious flavors which you can add to your coffee and/or enhance your baked treats.  With over 120 flavors in sugar-free and regular there will be plenty of ways to satisfy everyone on your guest list.  I was the fortunate recepient of both the salted caramel  syrup and the gingerbread syrup as a sponsered post for SheSpeaks and Torani.  The sugar free syrups equal zero calories yet satisfy your sweet tooth.  For Thanksgiving, I brought my bottle of  Torani Gingerbread Syrup down to my mother-in-laws and we all indulged in our festive flavored coffee.  For a fraction of the price, Torani makes it possible to enjoy your favorite drinks at home.  Torani was an instant hit with my relatives, I am looking forward to purchasing a few other flavors to take down for Christmas day!  They also would make a hot holiday gift!  Once home I incorporated the Torani Gingerbread Syrup in with my favorite pumpkin pie recipe.  You guessed it, another success~  My family gobbled the pie down within one day.  Here is the recipe for you to enjoy!
                                                        FESTIVE TORANI PUMPKIN PIE
Ingredients:
1 15 oz can of pure pumpkin no preservatives
1/2 cup of sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons Torani Gingerbread Syrup
1 can evaporated milk
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
dash of salt
one nine inch ready to fill graham cracker pie crust
Baking Instructions:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees
Mix all ingredients and pour into pie shell.  Bake at 425 degrees for fifteen minutes.  Turn oven down to 350 degrees for 45 more minutes.  Remove from oven and let cool before serving.

Sit back and enjoy the smiles on your loved ones faces when they devour your treat.  Have Torani help in spreading this years Holiday Cheer!



                               

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Keeping it Real With Coricidin HBP

Having High Blood Pressure is no laughing matter, it is very serious and those with hypertension know as well as I how hard it is to find the right kind of medication to take when you don't feel well.  Most of the time we could only suffer through the miserable symptoms without any relief so when I was given the opportunity as a Bzz Agent to try their cold and flu tablets, I jumped at the chance.  Many factors weigh into my struggles with hypertension.  Not only did I inherit it from my grandfather and my dad but I also have a chronic painful disease.  The two conflicts keep me constantly aware of my condition and on my toes as to what I can eat or not eat and take without causing further problems.  Coricidin HBP was a miracle for me.  The past week I had been suffering with a runny nose and fever making it difficult to sleep.  After taking my first dosage of Coricidin HBP, I slept like a baby.  It was wonderful and my body sorely needed it.  I awoke refreshed and happy with energy I hadn't had in sometime.  Coricidin HBP carries a line of products geared for those with High Blood Pressure.  I'm elated over these awesome products and will gladly recommend to all those I know. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Although Dying, Deb Glorifies God for Cancer

 
Margaret Terry's DEAR DEB will make us all realize there must be a God and that his miracles do exist.  This is a true account of  a young woman afflicted with both brain and lung cancer and her quest to find a miracle.  Margaret Terry knowing Deb as an acquaintance through Church has a desire to encourage her with her writings.  The finished book is a lovely account of how God truly works in mysterious ways.  Margaret digs deep into her past to send passages of hope to Deb on a regular basis.  The bond that is created is bittersweet because the author knows that it will be short lived, Deb is not getting better.  The letters are 'the miracles' that Deb needed to get through each day and Ms. Terry enjoys doing this for her.  The reader will find a real miracle in Deb's words as she states to Margaret the following '"If my illness inspired you to write these stories, the cancer was worth it."'  Deb knew God and she believed in his promises.  She knew her body would be whole in Heaven and she had no doubt as to where she was going.  This book was a priviledge to read for the Book Sneeze network in exchange for my review.  I am and will be a better person for reading this.  Deb is a hero, to be able to thank God under such circumstances and to share her last months with us and Margaret Terry is also a hero for sticking by Deb's side knowing the heartbreak she would feel when she was gone.  This book brought back memories of my best friend who passed away in 2003 of pancreatic cancer.  It was very emotional for me but also one of the most inspiring books that I have read in 2012.  I wasn't able to put it down.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Encomium for Nick Vujicic

Just when society thought that there were no adequate role models, along comes Nick Vujicic.  A young man who was born with gargantuan challenges yet celebrates Life with a thankful heart and incredible courage.  If  we all could emulate the strength and willingness to encourage others like Mr. Vujicic, our lives could be a beacon of  God's unfailing love such as his is.  In his book,  Your Life Without Limits: Living Above Your Circumstances the author proves that nothing can quench the human spirit except ones self.  Nick Vujicic shares his testimony of  how he was not born with any limbs (arms or legs) and how he wants to acheive some type of  normalcy.  He struggles with not wanting to be a burden to others and prays to find his place.  He also shares his fight with suicide which would befall any of us had we been in his position.  His prayers are answered as he discovers hope in his maker and he begins to take challenges and overcompensate with what he can acheive to overcome his impediment.  In time, Nick is defying all the odds as he learns that he can gain victory.  His amazing journey will inspire all who read it.  The author successfully gives all a recipe to follow to overcome any obstacle they may be facing and how to retain hope and joy through suffering. His story is number one in my best books of 2012.  I have been given the wonderful opportunity to examine his biography for Walterbrook Multnomah Blog Program in exchange for my review.  Please enjoy the trailer of  this best seller below and than get on the bandwagon and obtain your own copy!
 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Secrets of Heaven Revealed for Anxious Young Readers

 
 
 Being a member of the Tyndale Blog Network brings exciting rewards.  Recently I was given Kathleen Long Bostrom's book for children What about Heaven? in exchange for my review.  Rarely, am I at a loss for adequate words and for a few weeks I just kept saying 'wow' after getting my hands on this sweet melody of song.  The author took into consideration all that a pure young child would ask about the afterlife and than she answered these questions with poetry and scriptural verses.  This book is as precious as the young children that it would bless, the answers will be clearly understood and the adorable illustrations contributed by Elena Kucharik will enhance their pleasant experience.  This would make the perfect gift for all children and also those who have difficulty understanding the scripture.  I'm not too embarrassed to admit that I have picked up a child's book on particular bible stories whenever I had difficulty in the past.  Here's a sneakpeek of this awesome book, '"It is always daytime~there is never night.  The Light of God's Love will be shining so bright"'.  This review comes with highest recommendations.
 
 
 
 

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Living Each Day With Eternity in Mind

Living each day with eternity in mind gives even the weakest individual a strong desire to go on; it makes the unbearable in this life less painful for it is the end goal to all that we must suffer here on Earth.  Todd & Sonja Burpo learnt that from there son's experience with the afterlife which produced the book Heaven is for Real.  Heaven Changes Everything is a continuation of the number one best seller.  Todd & Sonja Burpo outline how we should live our life while on our journey to Heaven.  The truth is that we are not there (Heaven) yet and there are many bumps and turns in the road, They share stories of the importance of forgiveness, friends and giving.  The family has shared their positive experiences with groups of all ages to enjoy.  They are giving back what has been giving to them, the message of hope.  I was given the opportunity to read this exceptional book by Book Sneeze in exchange for my honest review.  Heaven is a favorite subject for me because of  a chronic  spinal condition and Heaven Changes Everything confirms the joy that awaits loyal Christians.  It is a book of Joy and Promise and I highly recommend it for all readers.

 

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Tasting the Sweet Water of Life~ A review

Tasting The Sweet Water of Life by Diana Houlihan reminds us that there is still good in this world . She shares with us her journey of walking with Jesus Christ  and how he tenderly guided her to her present place of contentment and peace.  Through testimony, poetry and experiences she gladly gives her Savior all of the Praise.  Relating the joys and struggles of being an Elder's daughter; her book would encourage many young people facing the same.  For all others, her words bring comfort and inspiration understanding that all we go through is for a great cause when we know the Lord.  I look forward to referring back to her poetry whenever I may need an uplift.  This is Diana Houlihan's first project and I find myself craving for more. 
 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Precious Story of Love in Simple Terms

 

Lisa T. Bergren's Children's books thrill everyone's soul.  Thus when Blogging for Books offered her most recent read God Gave Us Love, in exchange for a honest review, I hurried to sign up.  Kudos to Lisa for even considering making the pages broader and thicker to keep them durable with youngsters around.  This sweet sweet story is a conversation between Grandpa Bear and Little Cub about all the different types of  Love.  This tenderly written book could teach many an adult by putting God's word in a more simple terms which are easily understood by everyone.  The illustrations created by Laura J. Bryant enhance this warm experience.  Reading this book took me back on a  journey years ago full of fond memories of my grandparent's explaining to me of God's Love.  This best-seller makes for the perfect time to bond with your little ones while speaking upon the most important subjects they will need to know.  Thank You, Lisa T. Bergren for another outstanding treasure.  This would also make for a fine holiday gift.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

If You have EVER felt like GIVING UP, READ Nick Vujicic's Testimony!

Get a sneak peak here of Nick Vujicic's Powerful New Book and I guarantee you will walk away amazed and more thankful than ever.  Chapter One excerpt included below via Waterbrook Mulnomah....Enjoy
Unstoppable by Nick Vujicic (Chapter 1 Excerpt):

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Unstoppable: The Incredible Power of Faith in Action by Nick Vujicic


Strength, Courage and Determination are only a few of the words to describe Nick Vujicic and how he mastered to cope and succeed with the help of God.  A young man born with no arms or legs finds that truly Nothing is Impossible With God and shares his testament with the world.


Monday, September 17, 2012

More than We Deserve Grace by Max Lucado

Many individuals can't embrace the total joys that God has given them because they feel they do not deserve it.  Max Lucado addresses this concern in his newest work "Grace More Than We Deserve Greater Than We Imagine".  This book will help people realize that we will never be perfect and that Grace is a gift which none of us are worthy of.  God gives us Grace out of his love for his creation. Max Lucado is one of my favorite Christian author's.  His success is due, in part, to backing up his thoughts with scripture.  He elaborates on subjects such as Jesus Christ comes to our defense (what could be a sweeter thought) and Heaven is Guaranteed.  His words are uplifting and always encouraging.  They erase thoughts that one might have.  His readers are rejuvenated and excited to continue serving God.  I had the wonderful opportunity of reviewing this book for Book Sneeze online.  Don't  miss out on a grand experience, get your copy today~

Cravebox Blog, RSVP for the Hunts Delicious Dinners Cravebox Twitter Party

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Pompeian Makes Everyday Better & Sweepstakes

 
Mediterranean Diet fans swear by Pompeian OlivExtra Premium Oil and they have good cause to do so!  Not only is the taste out of this world but it is the Healthy alternative choice for butter; shortening and other oils on the market.  Packed with the following essential nutrients:  Omega -3 and Omega-6, mono unsaturated fat and Vitamin E Antioxidant along with canola oil, extra virgin oil and grapeseed oil makes for the finest product to use in cooking on salads.  If cost is a problem, Pompeian on facebook has the perfect solution.  Just join their fan page in order to receive coupons.  Finally a product which aids in reducing cholesterol and reduces the chance of heart disease.  I only wish I would have began using Pompeian years ago.  They have definitely made a believer out of me. Thanks to Pompeian and Smiley 360 dot com for the sample.  I will be shouting about it every chance I get. For those interested in participating in their Secrets of The Mediterranean Sweepstakes you can do so here http://pompeianmediterraneansecrets.com/  Good luck in winning a luxury culinary trip for two to the Mediterranean or an instant prize.  Pompeian rocks, try it out

NECTRESSE Natural No Calorie Sweetener

NECTRESSE Natural No Calorie Sweetener: Thx NECTRESSE 4 my free sample! Get a free sample of the no calorie sweetener made from fruit! http://bit.ly/KrAx9N #NectresseNatural *Please remember the FTC requires you to mention that you received a free sample courtesy of Smiley360 when sharing.

Nectresse~The Low Calorie Alternative to Sugar

 
Splenda Nectresse Puts Sun Crystals in Hall of Shame

Sun Crystals All Natural Sweetener offered consumers a low calorie natural replacement for sugar howbeit the taste never really caught on. For me it left an awful aftertaste and their sweetener seemed to be too strong. All over the internet one can find negative reviews about this product when, for awhile, I thought it was only my opinion. In time numerous competitors emerged and they were pushed to the background. They are so yesteryear (2009). Recently Splenda introduced Nectresse which is 100% Natural with Zero Calories and the taste is Sensational! I've perfected my ice tea after using this and I've had tons of compliments to confirm it. I was fortunate enought to receive free samples of Nectresse through Smiley 360 online. Say no to Sun Crystals and Yes to Nectresse~

Now That's Italian~

Product – Red Pepper Sauce | Progresso Frozen Foods

Progresso Foods offers a delicious shortcut to warm bellies with the cold weather upon us.  I was fortunate to receive free coupons for their new frozen sauce and specialty pastas after becoming a fan member. Within these choices of sauces:  Red Pepper Sauce; Marsala Sauce & White Wine Sauce I purchased the first.  Coming from a large Italian family, I learnt to make both spaghetti noodles and sauce from scratch from my grandmother which was an all day affair.  Thanks to Progresso a family can enjoy the great taste of an awesome pasta meal which the cook can prepare in less than forty five minutes.  Imagine how elated I was when my spouse gave me kudos for the angel hair pasta and garlic bread meal I had made.  Progresso's Red Pepper Sauce just needed to be warmed up because it is not necessary to add anything.  I boiled the noodles and baked garlic bread yet the family had praised me as if I spent my entire day in the kitchen.  Better yet, this specialty sauce was so unique that we all were happy to sample something new and different.  Looking forward to the marsala sauce and white wine sauce to enhance supper meals.  If grandma were still alive I would have to explain to her that Progresso is truly Italian.  Give yourself a break...try Progresso now~

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Benefits of 5-Hour Energy

After trying 5-Hour Energy my husband was able to enjoy after work activities like never before.  As a Manager in an Appliance Store where he is on his feet literally 13 hour days, he would come home and go straight to bed.  As a member of Smiley 360 online, I was given the opportunity to sample 5-Hour Energy in exchange for an honest review.  My spouse insisted on trying a bottle one evening after spending a whole day at work.  He wanted to stay up to watch a baseball game.  I was elated to witness the effects.  He was able to keep going for two more hours.  5-Hour Energy complies with the provisions of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act as enforced by the FDA.  It contains No Sugar or herbal stimulants but does have plenty of healthy vitamins.  The benefits are awesome.  I wholeheartedly recommend this stellar product and my spouse swears by it.  For those interested, you can purchase online at Walmart or Amazon.
 

Friday, August 31, 2012

Bobby Richardson ~ World Series MVP

World Series MVP for the New York Yankee's "Bobbie Richardson" was not just an outstanding baseball player.  In his book "Impact Player Leaving a Lasting Legacy on & off the Field" the reader will discover what his first priority was in life.  Mr. Richardson remained a humble individual while playing baseball but his first love was his faith in God.  He was a man devoted to much prayer and demonstrating Christian qualities.  He was never embarrassed to talk about the goodness of God.  Though he was fortunate enough to play along with Yogi Berra; Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris these things never swayed him from his life long purpose.  Even when starting his relationship with his wife, he had these important words inscribed in stone, '"Only one life, it will soon be past.  Only a life for Christ will last."'  This autobiography which was supplied to me by the Tyndale Network in exchange for my honest review has proven to be such a blessing.  It would make a great gift for husband, sons and grandsons  so keep in mind with the Holidays coming up around the corner.  Bobbie Richardson's history raises warm feelings within me.  When I was growing up, many a sports team player could be looked upon as a role model and Author Richardson can be revered in the same way.  He is a true mentor who encourages the readers to be grateful in everything.and to stay focused on your goals.  '"Bobby Richardson Impact Player A Memoir-Leaving a Lasting Legacy On & Off The Field"' is a work of excellence worth reading!
 

Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Miracle in a Young Mans Heart

    Redemption is Bryan Clay's testimony of  how God changed his  life and guided him into winning   the 2008 Olympic gold medal as well as the 2004 Olympic silver medal in the decathlon.  As a young adult, the author was full of anger and pain enough to set him on the road to self-destruction.  Not unlike a lot of young men of today, he dabbled in drugs and found himself in a lot of fist fighting matches.  For this reason, his story can and will reach the hearts of  young people.  Everyone knows that they tend to listen to someone who understands where they are at and why they feel the way that they do.  This book is also very inspiring for parents as it explains in depth, the unwaivering faith of his mother and how she never ceased in praying for her son. She never gave up, this being a firm reminder for other parents to pray continously for your children.  For all readers, this fact based book is a Hope that God can acheive the impossible.  When the Lord touches this young man's heart it is a joy to hear of his further transformation.  Once suicidal, Bryan Clay finds real purpose and meaning in his life.  I am honored to have previewed his book for BookSneeze on line in exchange for my opinion.  I foresee his story blessing many others in the future and applaud him for having the courage to share the aspects of  his young years.

Forbidden Romance

Cindy Woodsmall fostered my affection of Amish Romances, I have read all of her books.  Cherry Blossom is one of my favorites as I could relate to Annie 's struggle between the young man she falls in love with and the way she was raised as an Old Order Mennonite.  Until this point in her life, Annie was content and at peace with this lifestyle.  Annie is smitten with Aden who is Old Order Amish.  Both of their religions forbid them from dating outside of their own Faith.  It is an exciting novel as the reader presses on to find out whether love or personal belief win over.  Will they give into temptation?  Will they risk losing the respect of their families?  Aden is also facing another burden, his brother is paraplegic and his responsibility is to care for him since the horrible farming accident.  Annie has had a difficult past also as her parents are divorced.  She still has a deep fondness for her father.  This book carries the same passion that Romeo and Juliet had.  When love runs so deep and yet is forbidden, how will the characters resolve this very real situation,  It was my joy to review this book for Waterbrookmultnomah in exchange for my honest opinion.  This is a book that you will not want to put down and you will stay up all night long just to find out what will occur next.  It will keep you on the edge of your seat and it will teach you that love is not always simple and that each individual must make decisions of what they feel is good for their life.  Yes, I highly recommend~
 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

John Hagee's "The Power of Prophetic Blessing"


John Hagee, New York Best-Selling Author, encourages readers to refer to the Scriptures and research God's promises of Blessings and Prosperity to his people from the beginning of time.  Mr. Hagee takes the Bible literally, exactly how I was raised in my home church.  In fact, you will hear me often say that I was born spiritually rich however there are some discrepancies in how I define blessings and John Hagee's view of  this wording.  Author Hagee's emphasis leans more towards materialistic belongings whereas I was taught to  believe '"But Lay Up Treasures for Yourself in Heaven where neither moth nor rust corrupt and where thieves do not break through nor steal"' {Matthew 6:20}.  I firmly feel that our goal should be for spiritual gifts and treasures, that is not to say that God will not also bless us with what we need in this life, it's just a matter of priorities.
See Matthew 6:21 '"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also"'.In the forward of his book, John Hagee states '"Humans have forever been searching for a guarantee of the good life--"' and his goal is to relate to readers how supernatural blessing when spoken by spiritual authority can help you experience spiritual, physical, emotional and relational prosperity.  This book is divided into three sections as follows:  Defining the Prophetic and Priestly Blessings; The Prophetic Blessings and Releasing and receiving the Blessing.  This book reminds me of a recent conversation that my spouse and I had.  I was telling him that if he prayed about a certain matter that the Lord would bless him.  My husband was quite upset and quickly explained that the reason he was praying was because He loved the Lord, not because he expected anything in return.  My concern is that it seems as if the writer is selling God to the people so that they will serve him for what they can get not out of the pureness of love in their hearts.  Let me explain here, if we serve the Lord he does bless his people but that does not mean that they will walk through life without trials and tribulations '"it rains on the good and the bad"'.  When loss or illness comes, it does not mean that God loves his children any less.  Look at Job who the Lord allowed to be tested to prove his faithfulness.  Despite our personal differences and interpretations of God's word, I am glad that I had the priviledge to review this book and learn of  other believer's teachings.  Very easy to understand and gain insight.  I recommend to those who may be studying the differences in religions or denominations.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Quick & Easy Fix to Feel Rejuvenized~5 Hour Energy

My spouse works thirteen hour days at his place of employment and he has had an overload of extra responsibilities this summer which includes driving down to a lawyer who is one hour away from us, often after work. As a member of smiley360 online, I was given a couple bottles of 5 hour energy drink for free in exchange for my honest review. My husband was elated to be the guinea pig for this experiment as he is the one who is constantly on the go. He drank the bottle after a full days of work so that he had enough energy to stay awake and watch the baseball game. He was able to stay up an extra two hours and we attributed this to the fact that he had already worked all day long. So although he did not stay up the full five extra hours, he was pleased with the results. There is NO SUGAR in 5 hour energy, it consists of a blend of B-vitamins and nutrients with as much caffeine as one cup of coffee. For those mindful of calories...there is 4 calories per bottle. Please note: if you have medical concerns such as high blood pressure or diabetes and/or are taking medication it is wise to check with your physician before using this drink. I give the product a B.

Monday, July 30, 2012

It's ok to cry in "Grieving God's Way" by Margaret Brownley

Long overdue, Margaret Brownley's book "Grieving God's Way"  supports those who suffer the tragic losses of loved ones by inspiring them to weep if they need to weep and not to try and rush the healing process.  Many times, well-meaning friends may expect the individual going through deep heartache to just 'get it over with'!  Unless you've experienced the loss of a loved one there is no way that you can give advice on this subject.  There are many stages of grief as outlined in this marvelous book and it is imperative that each person take all the time they need to cope with their situation.  The author approaches the matter by writing daily biblical verses and teaches the reader to apply what they are learning.  The book is structured in such a manner that it is easy to comprehend and follow.  One of my best girlfriends just faced another anniversary of  her son's death and I knew that this book would prove to be beneficial to her.  I mailed it off to her and prayed that it would bless her.  She could totally relate to many of the instances which seem to be present among those who endure personal loss.  Cheryl was comforted by the compassion and understanding made known by this writer.   The book is also highly recommended to the friends of  the person suffering in order to better understand their difficulties.  I was honored to read this book  from Book Sneeze in exchange for my  review. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Monday, July 9, 2012

The Best Gift~The Gift of Memories

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When my best friends son passed away, I immediately start sending her photos of her son and the more I sent...the more she appreciated. Knowing that others have not forgotten your loved one gives the individual a peace and contentment.  Shutterfly helps me give Cheryl my gifts from my heart!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Life's Difficulties are No Sweat With Dry Idea


Weathermen here in Michigan were warning of a heat advisory but nothing was going to stop me from going to my Uncle Jack's funeral. It would be uncomfortable dressing up in the 95 degree weather but our family always stuck together during times like these. Uncle Jack was very special to me and it would be awful if I didn't show. My kit had just arrived from Purex, where I am an insider to test products and review on them with my honest opinion. Ironically I had received DRY IDEA Advance Dry Unscented Hypo-Allergic deodorant Roll-On and I couldn't think of a better time of testing it out. Dry Idea is everything it claims and made a difficult evening less stressful for me. Dry Idea is extra effective and does offer 24 hour protection. I was amazed how awesome it worked. I tend to sweat even on cooler days but Dry Idea went the extra mile for me. They have won over a new customer, I will be a fan forever. Readers can find out more about this amazing product on Dry Idea's Website and/or their facebook page. I will be announcing a DRY IDEA CONTEST right here on my blog soon, so stay tuned. Below, my amazing Uncle Jack Garrett ~
JACK W. GARRETT Jack W. Garrett January 06, 1926 - June 09, 2012 Online Obituaries for the Troy, Royal Oak, Clawson & Shelby Township MI Area Jack W. Garrett, 86, of Shelby Twp., Michigan a resident for 53 years, died June 9, 2012 at William Beaumont Hospital, Troy, Michigan. A Veteran of the US Army serving in WWII and a member of the VFW Utica Post. He is survived by his loving friends, family and neighbors. Preceded in death by his wife, Reda in 2002. They married July 23, 1949 in Troy, Michigan. Jack worked for 33 years as a Product Designer for TRW and retired in 1986.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Faith And Other Flat Tires by Andrea Palpant Dilley


Author Andrea Palpant Dilley is not unlike other young people that were raised in a staunch christian atmosphere. A daughter of Quaker missionaries, she decides to question her own faith as a young adult. In "Faith and Other Flat Tires Searching for God on The Rough Road of Doubt", Andrea recounts her life growing up in Kenya and how she sets about to find her own niche in the World. This book will touch many. Sometimes humorous as can be seen in these chapter titles: Darth Vader Loves Jesus; Why Isn't God Like Eric Clapton; Gandhi Lives Next Door and Taking My Demons to Church it's not hard to see why this author wins a way into the readers heart. I enjoyed Andrea's journey and I highly recommend. This is a must read for anyone having difficulty with their own faith.

Completely Submerged Underwater; A Spiritual Awaking


Most individuals must hit rock bottom before looking up and asking for God's help. Author Mary Neal literally is totally submerged underwater due to a kayak accident when she first cries out to the Lord and feels his amazing love and grace. She is comforted that all will be all right even if she dies. She experiences death and this is her story in "To Heaven & Back A Doctor's Extraordinary Account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels, and Life Again: A True Story". For believers, this book will reaffirm their faith, for non-believer's it will broaden their perspective and hopefully encourage them to seek out more on the afterlife. The book is exciting and inspiring. Learning that there is no fear in death and that the author is full of sadness when she finds out that it isn't her time...makes Heaven seem that much more grand. I am must honored to have read this book for Walterbrook Multomah in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, June 22, 2012

How to Strengthen Family Bonds

Nothing is more important than family and the bonds that we create with our loved ones. Dave Stone,a Senior Pastor of Southern Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky addresses how to create and keep strong family bonds. Having a family of three children himself, he is well aware of the issues and difficulties one might face in raising a strong Christian unit in today's world. He offers simple and easy advice amid humor and common sense. In one of my favorite chapters "Meat and Potatoes: The Basic's" author Stone states the importance of making time productive with your family. This can be done at the dinner table by creating games like the 'talking bowl' or 'index cards' to spark a response from each family member on imperative issues. A stellar idea to keep close contact especially since so many members of today's family has little extra time when working more than one job. What I took from this awesome book is that we must make family a priority and find the time to make our moments count. I had the priviledge to review BUILDING FAMILY TIES WITH FAITH, LOVE & LAUGHTER by Dave Stone for Book Sneeze. I highly recommend!

50 Days of Hope Encourages those facing Cancer

Lynn Eib, colon cancer survivor, shares her messages of encouragement to others facing cancer. Ironically, one day before I received my copy of 50 DAYS OF HOPE to review for the Tyndale Blog Network my mother called to relate to me that the doctors discovered another lump in her breast. Our family was looking forward to her reaching her five year cancer free diagnosis which was right around the corner. Our faith is in God as we await the results of the biospy. This book is the perfect gift to give your loved ones if only to share the awareness that they are not alone. Lynn Eib is able to relate on a more intimate level having experienced the ups and downs of treatment that others must face. She is able to share how her illness brought her closer to God thus finding the positive during difficult times. Yes, I highly recommend!

Monday, June 18, 2012

"Join me at the #vpstyle Twitter Party w@SheSpeaksUp & @ventepriveeUSA 6/21 at 9pm ET!

Party Details: When: Thursday, June 21st Time: 9:00pm EDT Who: You and your friends! Where/Tweetgrid: http://bit.ly/MzrWBc Hashtag: #vpstyle RSVP: http://bit.ly/KvBp1n Party Sponsor: @ventepriveeUSA Party Panelists: @stylemom, @Zipporahs, @lisasamples, @stacieinatlanta, @stacyknows, @alywalansky Party Topics: By attending our #vpstyle Twitter Party, you'll learn more about vente-privee and how it is able to offer top brands at fantastic prices. You'll also have the opportunity to interact with vente-privee stylists and receive practical tips to enhance your own personal style. And, you'll learn more about the variety of new sales events that feature the brands you love to shop the most across the categories of women's and men's fashion, watches, jewelry and accessories, children's apparel and home d├ęcor. To get started, click here to Tweet: /"Join me at the #vpstyle Twitter Party w @SheSpeaksUp & @ventepriveeUSA 6/21 at 9pm ET! RSVP bit.ly/KvBp1n" New to Twitter Parties? No problem. Check out our TweetGrid 101 video and our Twitter Party tips and hints. Then get ready to jump into the conversation! If you blog about this Twitter Party, please email the link to blogteam@shespeaks.com. We hope you can make it!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

TWITTER PARTY TONIGHT















Join us TONIGHT, June 5th, for the Taste of the Tropics #Cravebox Twitter Party at 9PM ET to share your ideas for exploring the tropics with the products you use for beauty and your home and the foods that give you a tropical feeling.

Cravebox will be giving out prizes every 10 minutes!

Follow #cravebox and join in the party where we'll be talking about beauty products to protect and nourish your summer skin, foods to relax and indulge in and ways to put a tropical swing in your step. You can win some terrific products from the brands in this month's Cravebox and a full Cravebox (or two) will also be up for grabs. RSVP to be eligible to win the door prize worth over $120, by commenting with your Twitter handle on the Cravebox party post.






Party Details:
When: TONIGHT, June 5th
Time: 9pm ET
Who: You and your friends!
Where/Tweetgrid: http://bit.ly/xtDyUa
Hashtag: #cravebox
RSVP: http://bit.ly/Lvf7Kz
Party Sponsors: @Guylian_chocs, @Tree_Hut, @lipton, @skintersection, @plumamazins
Party Hosts: @cravebox
Party Panelists: @RachelFerrucci, @StacieInAtlanta @zipporahs, @lisasamples

Prizes:
Cravebox is giving out some craveworthy prizes, including a Cravebox (or two)! You could win the grand prize, worth more than $120. The Twitter Party Prizes include: •Sunsweet Gift Basket - Sunsweet D’Noir Prunes, Sunsweet Antioxidant Blend, Sunsweet 60 calorie packs (8), Sunsweet Ones, and Sunsweet Pitted Prunes (1 winner)
•Sunsweet Plum Amazins Gift Basket - 9oz Sunsweet Plum Amazins canister, Three 1oz. Plum Amazins packets, Plum Amazins oven mitt, Plum Amazins spatula, Sunsweet D’Noir Prunes, Sunsweet Ones, Sunsweet Bite Size Prunes, 3 Recipe cards created exclusively for Sunsweet by San Francisco’s popular Chef Ryan Scott
•Lipton® Prize Basket - Lipton water bottle, boxes of Tea & Honey To Go Packets, & more
•Tree Hut - details coming soon
•SkintersectionTM Prize Pack
•Guylian Belgian Chocolate Truffle Party Pack - 96 indulgent 2 truffle boxes of our luxuriously rich & creamy Belgian chocolate truffles
•Guylian Belgian Chocolate Truffle & Pol Roger Champagne Tasting Party Basket - Featuring Winston Churchill's Champagne of choice, Pol Roger, the Extra Cuvee de Reserve which provides a luxurious indulgent when paired with Guylian luxuriously rich & creamy Belgian chocolate truffles (DOOR PRIZE - over $120 value)


To get started, click here to tweet: "Almost time for a #TasteoftheTropics! #Cravebox Twitter Party Tonight, 6/05 @9pm ET - RSVP for chance to WIN http://bit.ly/Lvf7Kz"

Pre-Party Twitter Contest:
@Cravebox will be tweeting Twitter Party reminders today. RT the Twitter Party tweets using #TasteoftheTropics & #Cravebox for a chance to WIN the pretweet contest prizes. Also pay attention to their tweets for an inside scoop on the Twitter Party Quick Quiz Questions. See RT Contest prizes here.

If you blog about this Twitter Party, please enter it for a chance to WIN the Cravebox Blog Contest via comments on the Cravebox blog post or via email at info@cravebox.com.

We hope you can make it!

Many Thanks,
The SheSpeaks Team

Remember, if you have questions, we have answers. Email us at info@shespeaks.com.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Break- Through~ Healthy VS Unhealthy Relationships



Dr. Tim Clinton, LPC, LMFT and Pat Springle tackles relationship difficulties  in his new book The Moment that Changes Everything Break Through When to Give In, How to Push Back.  The reader will gain insight on how not to be co-dependent to a partner's destructive patterns.  They will receive the tools to escape intimidation and control  and no longer succumb to abuse.  Real love is defined by Dr. Tim Clinton throughout the books pages.  His accolades include: '"President of the nearly 50,000-member American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) and founder of Light University Online, which has over 160,000 students enrolled. He is also the professor of counseling and executive director of the Center for Counseling and Family Studies at Liberty University."'   Break -Through stands out from other relationship studies in that it offers spiritual support along with counseling advice.  The goal of the authors is offer hope to couples that relationships can work if both are willing to sacrifice and do the work but they don't condone staying in a troubled atmosphere.
The key is to know your boundaries and to set them in exchange for contentment.  I highly recommend this stellar workbook  to use as a reference to keep your relationship in balance.
 Break-Through is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and wherever books are sold.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

StyleUnited, Come Join Me~

She Speaks  and StyleUnited have bonded in an effort to assist women in acheiving their very best style. As a blogger for She Speaks I have the priviledge of sharing my review of this AWESOME new website! StyleUnited is exciting and fun enabling new users to complete their style 360 (profile) according to their personal likes. Your style 360 is uniquely you and based on your answers to a series of questions, StyleUnited suggests with tips and online tools, how to acheive your taylored look. In their own words Style United describes this website as, '"StyleUnited is brought to you by P&G Beauty to help women achieve their best style. We are the first truly personalized, head to toe online beauty and fashion site. We deliver customized and curated style advice that women of all ages won’t want to live without! We’ll help you gain fresh perspective on your style, from women with your same style issues and even your closest friends. We connect women to their full style potential using these unique tools: Style 360—a fully personalized diagnostic quiz which has been designed to understand your individual needs in skin care, hair care, cosmetics and fashion. The quiz helps us uncover your style to provide you with customized advice. 1:1 Consultation—a revolutionary online video consultation where you can talk with and get real time advice from one of our professional beauty consultants. It’s like having your very own beauty counter expert right in the privacy of your own home! Customized Beauty and Fashion Content--hundreds of curated articles, blogs and videos from industry experts created to answer your every question while keeping you up on the latest trend news. It's time for a new view, new you....get started now!"' Don't miss out on this new beginning~ Not only is it free but by joining you have the opportunity of participating in the StyleUnited New View, New You Giveaway~ http://www.shespeaks.com/Enter-the-StyleUnited-New-View-New-You-Giveaway  Disclosure: I am receiving a complimentary gift from P&G/SheSpeaks, but my opinions are my own.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Special Thank You to "Six White Ties" For Pampering This Mom

Six White Ties specializes in handmade soaps, salts and scrubs which they feature at their Etsy Shop. Etsy is my favorite online mall for everything hand created and vintage items. It's the place I go when I can afford free time or I would waste the day away filtering through hundreds of treasures. Recently I was the very fortunate recipient of Six White Ties Pamper Mom Giveaway. I was awarded an adorable gift box of 5 bar soaps in luscious scents that were wrapped so pretty in ribbon that I debated whether to open them or not. Hands Down, Six White Ties devote a lot of care and detail to their products. Shop owner, Jenifer Burleigh states, '"Glycerin soap is one of the most nourishing “habits” for your skin, pampering and cleansing at the same time. We add at minimum 2% grape seed oil to every bar. All ingredients are cosmetic grade, these bars are between 3.5 to 4 oz. They are hand cut and had poured so no two are the same."' Six White Ties have certainly made a believer out of me and I will be a fan for life. The soaps are of excellent quality and the gift boxes are an awesome bargain. Although a review was not required of me, I just had to share these delightful products! Six White Ties is a member of Handcrafted Soapmaker Guild, definitely a shop to bookmark and revisit.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Conquering Inner Demons

Kasey Van Norman focuses on a real problem that a lot of Christians suffer with, low self-esteem in her book NAMED BY GOD (Overcoming your past, transforming your present and embracing your future). Like many, she couldn't understand how God could love her. Tormented by her inner demons, she finds herself tossing back a bottle of Xanax to end it all. Her book shares how she learned to let the past go and to embrace the redemption that God has for us. For so many Christians, it is easy to speak about hope and forgiveness yet inwardly they struggle with self-acceptance. This book will make an impression on many others facing the same and I am thankful Kasey had the courage to relate her struggle. I can completely relate to this book as I went through similar struggles in my twenties and you can not know the true peace of God until you make peace with yourself. This book should be on every Christain counselors bookshelf. I highly recommend. It was my deep pleasure to review this book for Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

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God Loves Broken People By Sheila Walsh

Sheila Walsh reinterates that noone that walks the face of the this Earth, does so unscathed. A concept that I have tried to share with my daughters while they were growing up. The glory of it all lies between the pages of her new book GOD LOVES BROKEN PEOPLE because the Lord offers us an alternative way to dealing with pain. Oft times, human beings our deaf to God's words because they are too busy with their fulfilled lives. It's unfortunate that most of us have to reach bottom before we look up to him. It is at our lowest times that, when our hearts are broken we seek out his solace and in so doing learn the greatest secrets to Faith, Hope and His Love. Sheila Walsh makes herself vulnerable by sharing her private struggles and ultimate intimacy with God in this amazing book. If most Christians are honest, they too, have similar experiences. I know that I, also, drew my closest to God when tragedy and loss struck my family. Many things we experience in life are really blessings in disguise and with God, we can make something positive out of the negative. All humans experience pain although different times and seasons than our own what is important is how we deal with these circumstances. GOD LOVES BROKEN PEOPLE will be an inspirational source for many and offers everyone a hope to hold on during their most difficult hours. I highly recommend this splendid resource and feel priviledged that I was able to obtain a copy of this book from Book Sneeze in exchange for my honest review.

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