Friday, May 31, 2013

Never Too Old For God's Service

Billy Grahams latest biography is a beautiful testament to that God can use us at any age and that we can be a testimony whether we are in our nineties or a young person.  He will never fire us nor do we have to retire or resign because we just can't be of assistance.  Nearing Home  made the New York Times best selling list and also won the 2012 Christian Book of the Year.  I recall my mother telling me many times that the elderly in the Church were the wisest individuals because they had the most experience in life and that we can learn a lot from them.  There is a wealth of information in Mr. Grahams Nearing Home.  His priority now is finishing well that walk he made the decision to take as a young lad.  He looks forward to meeting up with his beautiful wife, Ruth again who passed away a while back.  Chapter two , 'Don't Retire From Life' is meant for senior citizens but could also encourage anyone who is facing depression.  He covers many subjects that the elderly face and are going through, such as retirement; money matters; physical pain and looking forward to our Heavenly Home.  I highly recommend this excellent book which I had the opportunity to review for BookSneeze.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Love Frozen Yogurt? How's 50 Calories Sound?

Love ice cream and frozen treats but are worried about the extra pounds that we add on by enjoying them?  My favorite desert is ice cream and frozen yogurt and I could name you all the brands that offer these type of treats at lower calories.  I'm not going to do that here because Kroger's frozen treats carry the lowest; I was elated to find out that there is only 50 calories per frozen yogurt bar...Yes, it's true.  I was fortunate enough to pick up a box yesterday as a Bzz Agent activity.  I choose the strawberry-banana flavor for my family, actually I thought they would be turned off to them once I told them this was a healthy treat.  My goal was to keep the whole box for myself (smile).  Well, things did not turn out that way.  My husband didn't give me a chance to try before he had the box open and started to eat one.  Within ten minutes he had three devoured, licking his lips and bragging how delicious they are.  I knew that that I would have to hurry and try one for myself  which confirmed that they are over the top.  Not only are they less expensive, you can buy the 12 or 6 pack box, but they have less calories.  Don't be left out, Kroger's stocks them in the freezers.  

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Nancy Leigh DeMoss Reveals Secret to Contentment

  Author Nancy Leigh DeMoss is truly a woman after my own heart.  In her new "our Journey to Joy" she confirms what I learnt many years ago.  While recovering from housebound agoraphobia and chronic depression I had to learn to change my thoughts and focus on my blessings each day in order to get out of the rut that I had fallen in.  For years, I have told my children that each day they have the choice to look for the good in each day or focus on the bad and it does make a significant mark on your attitude.  A thankful, joyful heart cannot have pity parties.  A thankful heart realizes that there are others worse off who may need us.  Ms. DeMoss could not pick a more suitable person than Joni Eareckson Tada to write the lovely forward to her book.  For those who don't know Joni, she experienced a horrendous accident as a teenager  that left her quadriplegic for the rest of her life yet she uses her disability to honor God and the strength that he gives us.  She has been an inspiration to millions, writing books, speaking and even drawing.  A kind reminder that we all have something to be thankful for.  I highly recommend Nancy Leigh DeMoss's book for anyone facing discouragement or heartache.  She includes a 30 day devotional which can be used as tools to begin your new mindset.  For those who have thought negative most of their lives, this can be a bit of a challenge but if  you use these exercises daily, you will be surprised at how little time it takes to think successfully. I commend Nancy for realizing what seems to be a real problem among women today, negative thinking.  By introducing scriptural references along with personal experience this book can be a gem for those seeking happiness.  I was given the priviledge of reading this book for MP press in exchange for my honest opinions.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Heaven Hears Proves That Nothing is Impossible With God As Pat Boone's Grandson Overcomes all Odds

Ryan Corbin's story retold by his mother, Lindy Boone Michaelis in 'Heaven Hears ~ The True Story of What Happened When Pat Boone Asked The World to Pray For His Grandson's Survival' proves that nothing, absolutely nothing is impossible with God.  The evidence of God's power is magnified throughout the chapters of this inspiring testimony.  Ryan's desire was to serve the Lord and he spent many hours reading the scriptures in hopes of completing a screenplay which depicts the Life of Christ in Modern Times.  His devotion pays off as he completes this project.  One sentence in his play stands out because of what lies ahead in his future, '"I think something is going to happen to me"' becomes a self premonition or perhaps God was getting him prepared for his future.  On June 19, 2001 there is a horrific freak accident.  Ryan steps through a skylight and falls three stories onto a cement floor.  The impact leaves the doctors wondering if Ryan will even survive.  In his comatose state, his family reaches out to everyone to pray.  Pat Boone is invited on the Larry King show where he pleads with the TV viewers to pray.  Miraculously, Ryan awakens but he has a long tough road ahead.  Some doctors claimed he would remain a vegetable.  His amazing faithful mother would not succumb to the doctors diagnosis.  She knew that her Father in Heaven could do all things.  Heaven Hears will renew the reader's faith and comfort mother's to know that their children are in God's hands.  It was a joy to read this book for Tyndale Book Network.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Point Changes Lifes

The Point by William E. Jefferson takes us to the gorgeous Isle of Estillyen where Goodwin & his wife, Hollie Macbreeze try to find some respite from her illness.  Once there they encounter the bitter Oban Ironbout who has been beat up with life's uncertainties.  His soul is tortured.  In this Christian Fiction novel we journey with the three through their struggles to find meaning and faith.  Surrounded by story telling monks they learn about the very real struggle between the forces of darkness and the light.  The monks share pieces of scripture in a poetic way.  The story is deep and caused me to spend a lot of time in contemplation.  Ordinarily I prefer non-fiction Christian books but there is a lot of charm and sweet reflection throughout it's pages.  William E. Jefferson's mode of writing is enchanting and never boring, making it a book you won't want to put down.  I was given the honor of reading this book for Handlebar Publishing.  I definitely would recommend.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Professional Landscaping Without The Cost ~ With Amdro Powerflex System And A Contest!


Moving to the country with two acres of land was my spouse's idea, with no thought of the upkeep beforehand we jumped on the stellar deal we got on our new home.  With expenses being tight we couldn't afford professional landscaper's and when Bzz Agent gave me the opportunity to try Amdro Powerflex Pest & Weed System I immediately got on board.  Our front lawn was full of dandelions prior to using this application.  As seen in photo below. 
Both my husband and I didn't know what to expect but we were excited to try Amdro.  This system is very easy to use.  Not only that but it is inexpensive.  The package comes complete with Lawn Weed Killer to use on Dandelions ,Chickweeds,Wild Onions and Other Weeds; Yard & Perimeter Outdoor Insect Killer for beetles, ants and roaches; Home Pest Indoor Insect Killer for ants, roaches and indoor insects Plus Weed & Grass Killer for all types of weeds and grasses.  Most places are selling this awesome package for under $15.00. Right now I am offering  two $4.00 off coupons for my readers.  Sign up for my blog and leave a comment below to be entered in this contest.  I will pick two winners one week from today, May 27,2013.  What I consider the biggest perk of Amdro Powerflex is how simple it is to use.  There is no measuring, no mixing and no mess.  Just snap on the appropriate cartridge that you want to use and fill the gallon jug it comes with with water.  I went around spraying the weeds and was astounded to find that Amdro started working right away.  Our lawn looked superb in less than twenty four hours. 
Next my husband wants to do the cracks in the driveway and I'll need the outdoor pest application for my vegetable plants this summer.  We got everything we needed in the Amdro Powerflex Pest & Weed System and we are set for the summer.  If you run out of an application, you can purchase them separately.  Why pay a fortune for landscapers if you can get the job done by yourself  for a fraction of the cost? 


Friday, May 10, 2013

2013 MoonWalk New York City - Walk the Walk America

2013 MoonWalk New York City - Walk the Walk America

The MoonWalk NYC, presented by Empire BlueCross BlueShield, is raising awareness and funds for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center to help support their Breast Examination Center in Harlem. At the Breast Examination Center, over 80% of the patients are uninsured.
The goal is to ensure that every breast cancer patient—regardless of where she or he lives or works or was born—has the access to highly-skilled, empathetic breast cancer medicine to achieve the best outcome, no matter their circumstances.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Rod Stewart's "Time" Cd's Preeminence ~ Star's Don't Stop Shining

Much to my pleasant surprise, after twenty years Rod Stewart is still kicking it!  Since receiving my preview copy from the One2One Network, I've been playing the album over and over.  I lost count of my favorites and know without a doubt many of the songs will make #1.  And to think that Rod Stewart wrote and produced 11 of the 12 tracks.  Don't want to give my age away but I was a huge fan in the seventies and I say this CD is the best yet we have heard from Stewart.  Like wine his talent as gracefully aged with Time and I can't wait to hear what more he has to offer.  It's very rare that a superstar of one generation can stay away so long and offer music that would fit in with today's generation.  He is just that kind of stellar performer.  Mark my words that "Can't Stop Me Now" and "It's Over" will be atop the music charts once this awesome cd releases.  You will be able to purchase tomorrow.  Rod Stewart will be appearing on Jimmy Kimmel tonight; See him on "The Voice" on May 8th and "Live With Kelly & Michael" on May 11th.  This album is so delicious it makes me wonder what took him so long?

Friday, May 3, 2013

Rebekah Lyons Criticizes Treatment for Depression Will Send Wrong Message


As a former housebound agoraphobic due to chronic anxiety attacks and concurrent depression it was difficult for me to read Rebekah Lyons Freefall to Fly  A Breathtaking Journey.  Her book covers her struggles with anxiety and depression but she does not seek professional help and discourages anyone who uses antidepressants.  Instead of being uplifting I felt this book proposed it was wrong to get the appropriate treatment which is available.  Unfortunately there is a lot about mental illness she does not know and should not be making unfounded suggestions.  Its sad because this just contributes to the ignorance that is already associated with depression.  I am a Christian who believes that God blesses doctors with the knowledge they have to treat them,  Depression is a chemical imbalance in the brain, therefore medication is given to stabilize it's victims just as a person who is diabetes needs insulin.  Once I got the appropriate treatment which was a combination of therapy, medication and prayers I overcame the agoraphobia.  Mine is such a success story that it ended up in The Detroit News.  To discourage anyone who is suffering from depression from seeking treatment is just wrong.
This is one of the few books I highly do not recommend. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Lucado Explains How to Ensure Your Place in Heaven

  Numerous publications have been printed about Heaven recently, no doubt mankind is looking up for encouragement as this World sinks deeper into darkness.  Being a fan of this subject, I've had an opportunity to read the majority of these books yet Max Lucado brings fresh awareness and imperative information on this popular subject.  Max seems to excel and bring to the reader much more than the average content. Although it is a joy to read how grand Heaven will be and I would be the last to say that I tire of hearing about this yet Mr. Lucado goes a step further by supplying to us the knowledge of how to ensure our chance of getting there.  Using scripture, the author reminds us ''Not everyone who say's 'You are our Lord' will enter the Kingdom of Heaven"' Matthew 7:21.  Max directs his readers to dig deeper into the Word of God so that they may be properly prepared and ready when Christ calls us home.  He explains how we must be spiritually clothed , '"But clothed yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ and forget about satisfying your sinful self"' Romans 13:14.  Not mincing any words to gain favor, the author's only goal is to bring us the truth.  This New York Times  best selling author speaks boldly and specifically about what God expects from his children. As always, I am blown away and encouraged by Lucado's newest venture.  It astounds me that he is always able to exceed my expectations and teach me new, revelant points about our walk with God. I had the honor to review this book for Book Sneeze in exchange for my thoughts.  If you yearn for that place where there will be no more pain or sorrow than this book is for you.  If you are down in the Valley and feel overwhelmed by the trials and disappointments in your life...this book is for you.  If you can't see the rainbow and pot of gold as the storms continue to beat on your household...this is for you and if you want to see your loved ones that have passed on again, invest your time in reading this stellar book for the sake of  your soul's eternity.