Saturday, December 27, 2014

JoSugar Hounds~ Port Huron's Sweet Treasure

                      JoSugar Hounds is a Girl's best friend during the holidays and festive times.  Her treats are adorable and the price is so phenomenal.  Between Shopping and cleaning; visiting and preparations who really has time to spend in the kitchen.  I am proud to say JoSugar Hounds is our neighbor and a treasure to have close by.  JoSugarHounds website gives you an idea of the Holiday goodies you can order.
Check her sweet place out and you will go back for more~

Monday, December 1, 2014

Beautiful Devotional

             Evening Prayers by Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt is the perfect way to end the day.  Each prayer for the day has it's own special scriptural reading along with the author's thoughts.  Scripture is carefully appointed to uplift and encourage.  This devotion will bring peace to the readers soul.  This would make for the perfect holiday gift.  As a member of Handlebar, I was given the opportunity to review.

Watch For The Light Expounds Upon The True Meaning of Christmas

                   Somewhere among the Black Friday Sales, the massive decorations and long gift lists we have all lost perspective as to the true meaning of Christmas.  Many individuals become depressed because they can't spend a lot of money this year or one of their family members are no longer with them for the Season.  If we go back and reflect upon the real reason for Christmas which is hope, than many of these worries and stressors would dispel.  Watch For The Light Readings for Advent and Christmas puts Jesus Birth and the reflection of his birth way ahead of any other priority for the Holiday.  This book is a must read as a reminder of the importance of our Savior's birth.  Handlebar gave me the opportunity to review this fine collection in exchange for my views.

Rush of Heaven Is A Source Of Comfort & Hope

                   Rush of Heaven has special meaning to me.  This true account of Ema McKinley (the author) who endures a horrendous accident at her workplace which subsequently leaves her in chronic daily pain from reflex sympathetic dystrophy (rsd) is near twin to my recent experiences.  I literally could not put this book down.  By sharing her ups and downs with the reader, she also offers hope and comfort.  Her strong faith in God is to be admired as is her great love for him which never waivers even during her most uncomfortable moments.  Twenty years after the accident, her faith is rewarded and she is healed by Jesus.  For the naysayers (those who don't believe in miracles) she provides proof through her updated doctors reports.  This is an outstanding read which will enhance each readers faith.  I was given the opportunity to read and review for the BookLook community.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Wait Until Then Is A Masterpiece For Children About Heaven

                  Definitely my favorite Tyndale read this year, Randy Alcorn's "Wait Until Then" supersedes all other books for children on the subject of Heaven.  Perfectly written, in easy to understand fashion and it has beautiful illustrations.  This sweet book explores the promises of Heaven, finding positive meaning in our trials and what happens when we die.  These in depth subjects are presented in such a tender way through the story of a Grandfather "Gramps" who has cancer  and his beloved grandson "Nathan" who struggles with spinal bifida.  In true Randy Alcorn style, the best selling author offers a ray of hope and joy to his readers.  Always backed by scripture, this book of only 32 pages offers numerous uplifting spiritual lessons.  I highly recommend this book to anyone facing a giant in their life to gain perspective and courage.   Excellent Read!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

"The London Sessions" A Huge Success for Mega Star Mary J. Blige

       The Legendary, Mary J Blige continues to astound her fans with stellar new hits and outstanding performances.  With numerous accolades under her belt, She ventures out of her safe zone by joining UK's notable stars Disclosure, Eg White, Emile Sandé, Jimmy Napes, Naughty Boy, SAM ROMANS and Sam Smith –to record "The London Sessions".   This iconic collaboration has produced some of Ms. Blige's finest work.   Her vocals resonate her exciting travels in true hip hop and soul fashion.  Never one to disappoint, "The London Sessions" deliver phenomenal entertainment which will thrill fans for a long time.  Fans can pre-order The London Sessions iTunes or Amazon . The album under Capitol will be released December 2, 2014.
"Therapy" is certain to be a hit, I got chills when I first listened to it.  I participated in the Mary J Blige The London Sessions album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided a free album to review but all opinions are my own.  
Track listings:
1. Therapy
2. Doubt
3. Not Loving You
4. When You're Gone
5. Right Now
6. My Loving
7.Long Hard Look
8. Whole Damn Year
9 .Nobody But You
10. Pick Me Up
11. Follow
12. Worth My Time

Friday, November 14, 2014

Arlo Dofino Haverti Cheese Casserole Breakfast Brunch In Time for the Holidays

A special treat for my readers.  Your famiy will be begging for more~
In a greased 13" x 9" x 2" baking dish layer 5 cups of stale bread crumbs, 12 oz of cooked and crumbled bacon, 1/2 cup chopped green pepper (yellow or orange fine); 2 cups shredded Arlo Dofino Haverti Cheese.  Top with 5 additional cups of stale bread crumbs.  Mix 8 eggs; 3 cups of milk; 1 tbsp of dijon mustard; 1 tsp each of salt and onion powder and 1/4 tsp of black pepper.  Pour over top, cover and refridgerate overnight.  Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.  Uncover and sprinkle with 1/2 cup of Arlo Dofino Haverti shredded cheese.  Bake an additional 15 minutes.  Let stand and cool.  Cut into 12 squares.  #GotItFree

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Will Capture The Heart of Cat Lovers

Lisa Erspamer gets credit for this sweet compilation of notes between feline fans and their respective furry little friends.  The love is deep and the tales of memories will soften the readers heart.  Among the contributing writers are such greats as Mariel Hemingway, Gina Gershon and Stacy London.  The photos are superb.  This book will be treasured for many years to come.  I was elated to review for Blogging for Books.  I was happy to get the invite and now I found the perfect holiday gift for about a dozen of my friends and family.  Learn more about the writer here Author's Bio

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Denise's Lasagna Featuring Arla Dofino Havarti Cheese~

So I get this incredibly awesome campaign from Bzz Agent to review Arla Dofino cheeses which are out of this world.  They are well known for their Gouda; Havarti; Edam; Munster & Fontina cheese.  I found them in the gourmet end cap at Kroger's in Michigan.  Here is a link to  Other Locations .  Keep in mind that they may not be located alongside regular cheeses in the dairy section, because these are special you may have to ask for assistance.  I decided on trying the Havarti Cheese.  It makes for the most delicious, healthy snack that your family will ask for over and over.  My husband and I  melted the havarti cheese on crackers.  We loved this so much that I decided to try the Havarti cheese in our family favorite lasagna.  I will never make lasagna without Arla Dofino Haverti Cheese again, it is that stellar!  I take pride in that this is my recipe which I will share with you below (minus my secret spaghetti sauce recipe).
                                Denise's Lasagna
   Recipe for spaghetti sauce with meat
   1/2 lb of lasagna noodles
   1 tbs salt
   1 tbs olive oil
   1 lb of Arla Dofino Haverti Cheese slices
   1 lb ricotta cheese
   1/2 lb mozzarella cheese
   1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
    Cook noodles in boiling salted water until tender.  Drain and add oil.  Arrange in shallow 2 1/2 quart baking dish, making 3 layers each of cooked noodles; havarti cheese; ricotta cheese; mozzarella cheese; sauce and grated cheese.  Bake in oven at 325 degrees for 45 minutes.  Let cool before serving.
Serve with hot rolls or Italian bread and butter.
Now that's Italian.  Your family will be begging for more.
With Arla Dofino Cheeses you can make nutritious meals all of the time and that get's an A+ from me!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Sundar Singh's Conversion to Christainty

Sundar Singh was to become a very prominent spiritual teacher  and The Wisdom of The Sadhu is a compilation of his thoughts, parables and experiences. Born and raised in India as a Hindu, he discovers the teachings of Christ that will forever change him. Sundar lives much like a vagabond, needing only his strong faith to lead and guide him.  Each breathe he takes is to spread his new belief and to encourage others about the Love of God.  Kim Corner does a superb job in editing and organizing Singh's musings to create this book.  I was given the opportunity to read for Handlebar Publications.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

'"Freeing Your Child from Anxiety"' Is Not The Bible on Panic Disorder

Tamar E. Chansky's book, Freeing Your Child from Anxiety Revised & Updated Edition loudly proclaims the mind over matter approach.  Although there are many rewarding benefits to teaching your children to be positive and to have courage in the wake of panic disorder; I know that it is just not that simple or realistic.  I beg to differ from the writer on a number of stances.  As a recovering agoraphobic I am still on a very small amount of anti-anxiety medication to keep the attacks at bay.  Ms. Chansky  regards medication as a quick fix to be used only on a short term basis.  Please note here that it is imperative a psychiatrist make such determination and prescribe the appropriate medication for each individualized case.  Family doctors are not equipped with all the knowledge about anxiety disorder.  From my personal experience, medication alone will not resolve the deep seated issues relative to panic disorder.  The best resolution for long term success is cognitive therapy along with medication.  Group therapy does wonders in supporting individuals with this affliction.  The author of the above book also downplays the significance that genetic's play in diagnosing anxiety disorder.  She believes that panic is a physiological response yet it is included in the DSM III manual of Mental Disorders.  My argument here being that for years depressed people have been told that if they only change their thoughts by those ignorant to the complexity of chemical imbalances in the brain.  This way of thinking is regarded among those who are have no clue about mental disorders and has made it near impossible to go beyond the stigma that still exists today.  My father suffered from anxiety and panic disorder his adult life and by choice he never sought treatment.  I after struggling with housebound agoraphobia for four years found an amazing psychologist who was willing to do housecalls until I was confident enough to get to his office.  Within two years of therapy and medication I was able to make a 180 degree and live a normal life.  I went back to college and made it on the Dean's list followed by a rewarding career.  I also now take solo trips around the United States.  My daughter was recently diagnosed with panic disorder and agoraphobia and she has began treatment.  None of us had any symptoms until we were in our early twenties which for me discounts this book largely on the fact that children are way too young to appropriately be diagnosed with anxiety disorder due to their bodies are still changing.  My review would give this new book a C+ in grading.  Tamar Chansky Ph.D. enlighten's the audience with the meanings of different anxiety disorders and I am impressed with the support victims receive through family members as outlined in this book.  I was given the opportunity to review for Blogging for Books.  To learn more about the author  Tamar Chansky Ph.D ~

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sarah Francis Martin Teaches Us How To Set Ourselves Aside and Let Jesus Rise Up!

After reading a book review on JUST RISE UP~A Call To Make Jesus Famous, I couldn't wait to read it and I also wanted to befriend the author.  Sarah Francis Martin has got it, she knows what the secret of true contentment really is and she shares her wisdom in her new book.  I listened to the Inscribed Author Webinar this past week in hopes of learning more from this devoted christian.  If we follow by her recommendations we will surely become the salt of the earth which the world needs now during it's dark hours.  The writer challenges each reader to become totally selfless and to promote Jesus, her words "A Call to Make Jesus Famous".  She addresses how we can find the courage by using scripture.  Martin breaks down Psalm 145 to help us understand it's implications.  I admire the author's passion for Christ.  This book is much like a revival, the words excite you enough to get involved and put on the whole army of God.  I feel so blessed that I was able to review this book for the BookLook Bloggers, 

A Stellar Tool For Those Struggling With Infertility & Miscarriage

BARREN AMONG THE FRUITFUL~Navigating Infertility with Hope, Wisdom and Patience by Amanda Hope Haley is a must read for all those facing the struggles and heartbreak of infertility and miscarriage.  This awesome book can also bring encouragement and inspiration to all others facing lifes difficulties and how to learn to cope when your desire does not become a reality.  Another great tool in the Inscribed Series which I was given the honor to review for BookLook Bloggers.  I personally wish that this asset was available during my child baring years in which I suffered eleven miscarriages.  The emotional roller coaster parents face can be devastating; especially when they feel they are alone.  I am thankful that my prayers were answered in that I was able to deliver two healthy daughters through high risk pregnancies.  Amanda Hope Haley develops an immediate bond with her readers.  Addressing the many concerns and conflicts families face in like situations allows her to reach out in compassion and understanding and give them the hope and encouragement to continue on.  Her Faith is contagious and welcomed.

Finding Our Purpose With Ashley Linne's INSEPARABLE Study Guide

               As women, living in the last days it is often difficult to find out what our purpose is and what God expects of us.  I was given the awesome opportunity to review Ashley Linne's INSEPARABLE as a member of BookLook Bloggers and this outstanding read helps define our roles.  The Author aides us with a roadmap for developing a Christ Like identity by using the book of Roman's.  Through her personal experience, studying the scriptures and answering questions we will all gain a better perspective of who we were and who we will be in Christ.  I was also honored to listen in on the Inscribed Author Chat this past week where I discovered the author to be so sincere and down to earth.  She discussed difficulties that we may all encounter in life but how we can have the confidence in God to help us through each situation,  Learning that the author experiences the same trials as us all really made me enjoy her series that much more.  Inseparable is a must have for all those who Love the Lord.

Delivering The Message Of Love At Christmas Through A Child's Eye

Little ears need a special way to understand Bible implications.  Veggie Tales and ZonderKidz make learning fun with Author Karen Poth in "Yuletide Ice Cube Fair."  The writer takes our toddlers (ages 2-4) on a magical journey to discover the true meaning of Christmas.   In their perfect way the story is not too long to lose little one's attention and is exploding with plenty of bright illustrations.  I highly recommend this book as the perfect gift for your children and grandchildren this upcoming holiday 2014.  I was given the fine opportunity to rate and review for BookLook Bloggers,

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Mission Belts Spell Success, Get On Board

This product was provided for this post as part of an opportunity with The Brand Connection.
      First impressions for Manager Harold Dickson must be successful and He takes his appearance seriously.  The stigma of the stiff old boss is long gone.  Instead, Harold chooses to stay in trend to appeal to both the young and the old.  Dickson found that the Yank Mission Belt was the perfect accessory to complete his classy but professional look.  Mission belts offer the appearance of prestige with a comfortable fit and durability.  As an added bonus, for every belt sold, a family gets fed.  Mission Belts fight Global Hunger.
Mission belts won acclaim for no holes.  My spouse attested to the perfect fit provided by using the latch.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Importance of Allowing Our Children To Be Children

In Johann Christoph Arnold's "Their Name Is Today, Reclaiming Childhood", she focuses on the difficulties young ones experience in growing up too fast.  Play is so important that she devotes an entire chapter on this subject,  She also addresses the facts that perhaps there would be less violence if parents would put their children at the top of their priorities.  This book gets the reader thinking, hopefully before it is too late.  By spending quality time with our children and by putting our love for them into action, we may never have to experience the problems of violence and suicide once they become adults.  Somehow the media has twisted the definition of childhood by forcing kids to participate in areas that they are not ready to master.  Sadly, our society has the very young worried about whether they are sexy enough.  The young people today know things I was unaware of until I became an adult.  This book is a resolve for parents everywhere wanting to change the tide of things by offering tips and ideas on how to bring childhood back.  I was given the opportunity to rate this book for Handlebar Bloggers.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Give The Gift Of Encouragement to Those Facing Breast Cancer

       The NIV Pink Bible An Invitation to Hope is the perfect gift you can give your loved one that is facing breast cancer.  Beautifully boxed and ready to give, it contains a special index to verses of hope and encouragement.  Also enclosed is ten special pages of prayers and reflections along with a pretty ribbon marker.  Show your concern even when it is hard to put into words by bringing your loved one positive messages of how God will grant his strength and peace.  I am honored to have reviewed this new Bible for Zondervan and Book Look Bloggers.

God Gave Us Angels Will Touch The Hearts of All Who Read

      Lisa Tawn Bergren has a magical way to inspire everyone's hearts and that is through her God Gave Us series.  In simple terms she helps young and old alike to understand the Goodness of serving God.  In her latest creation, "God Gave Us Angels" Papa Cub and Little Cub explore everything about Angels including what they do all day and what they look like.  Laura J. Bryant lends her beautiful illustrations (she does a splendid job).  This special book will give you quality time with your little ones while they learn to praise God.  I was given the great opportunity to review this book for Blogging for Books.  To learn more about the author, click here.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Media Violence IS a SERIOUS Threat to Our Youth

Growing up in the Sixties and Seventies, our age group was sold on the Make Peace, Not War messages that were in the Media during that era. Flower children told us Love was the answer. We were greatly influenced by the media as young people are still today.  Unless you are blind as a bat, it's hard not to be affected by the overwhelming evidence of violence and coldness in our young people today.  Television programs based on fact, Killer Kids, can attest to the attitude of anger which has arisen with this generation. Never before have so many young people been killing their parents, their families and even their friends when they disagree.  There is mounting evidence in Lt. Col. Dave Grossman and Gloria DeGaetano  updated version of "Stop Teaching Our Kids To Kill; A Call to Action Against TV, Movie & Video Game Violence" that children are greatly affected by what they see and hear.  Lt. Grossman compares this media with the army's conditioning techniques used to overcome a soldiers' aversion to killing.  This book will take an in depth view of how parent's must have greater involvement in censoring their child's books, movies and games.  Learn how to take action to prevent future violence.  It's never too late to get on board for a more positive future. I was given the opportunity to review this book for Blogging for Books. For more information on Book 

The Toddler's Bible is Precious And Easy to Understand

  Catherine DeVries and Zonderkids have created the perfect toddler's bible, "Adventure Bible for Toddler's" with exciting illustrations by Jim Madsen.  Geared towards ages 2-8, there are ten stories taken from the Old & New Testament's.  I applaud the author's goal of reaching younger minds.  It is imperative that children learn of their Heavenly Father.  Ms. DeVries offers this wonderful opportunity by making the stories of the Bible come alive in terms that the little ones will understand.  This precious commodity would make a stellar gift for toddlers.  I was given the honor of reviewing this book for Book Look.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Jessie's mission To Help Others

    Jessie Joy Rees was on a mission to put a smile on the hearts of children battling cancer.  She designed and contributed thousands of joy jars while struggling against brain cancer herself.  Erik Rees shares his daughters story in "Never Ever Give Up".  Her courage and selflessness can teach us all about God's Love and His plan for our life.    In ten months, Jessie accomplishes more than most of us do in a lifetime. I have had the great opportunity to read and rate this book.  For more information about the Jessie Rees Foundation .

Friday, August 29, 2014

Vint Virga's The Soul of All Living Creatures ~ A Major Disapppointment

  I looked forward with anticipation to The Soul of All Living Creatures (What Animals Can Teach Us About Being Human) to read and review for my community.  Whether it was the countless statistics or Vint Virga, DVM's style of writing the book lost my interest right away. This was a shock even to me.  I favor non-fiction books, which this is and I also enjoy reading about animals.  In a nutshell, the book is about Dr. Vint Virga's twenty five years of working with animals as a veterinarian and veterinary behaviorist and the bonds that we create with our pets.  The writer has years of experience with animals as mentioned in this  New York Times Post but I found myself bored and frustrated while tackling the chapters of the above.  I would also like to point out that this is my opinion and that this book is a 2014 Silver Nautilus Award Winner.  Author's Website .  I was given the opportunity to review this book by The Blogging for Books website.

Wanda E. Brunstetter continues to delight Amish Fiction Readers with "The Healing Quilt"

               New York Times Bestselling Author, Wanda E. Brunstetter, continues to deliver magnificent amish fiction books which has caused me to become one of her greatest fans.  In, "The Healing Quilt",  Emma Yoder Miller and her spouse retire to Southern Florida.  Emma, never content not being productive decides to teach quilting lessons which opens the door to her encounter with many needy individuals.  I absolutely love this book and felt an immediate bond with Emma. Emma and I are close in age and learning her priorities in life I found that we are much alike.  The author's gift of bringing her character's to light makes her book and book series a treasure.  With so many Author's writing Amish Fiction, Ms. Brunstetter's writing style stands out from all others.  I was given the great priviledge of reading this book by Handlebar Publishing in exchange for my review.  I highly recommend this book, readers will not be disappointed, and I also recommend the series.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A Tool To Learn More About Your Better Half

With lack of communication being high on the top of the list for why couples end up divorcing, Dr. Gary Chapman & Ramon Presson have compiled a book of questions that can strengthen marriages.  It is a marvelous tool to open your lines of communicating and learning more about the person you love.  It's imperative to dig deeper into your spouses thoughts in order to expand your relationship.  It also makes the couple find time to spend together in order to draw closer to one another.  Too often, relationships fail because work and activities take priority over their time together.  The couple than drifts apart.  The assignment the author's give us can be fun not to mention all of the new things we will learn about our partner that we never knew before.  This book is definitely a must read for all couples.  I was given the opportunity to read it from Moody Press in exchange for my thoughts. Dr. Gary Chapman is also the #1 New York Times Bestselling autor of  "The 5 Love Languages."

Monday, August 4, 2014

Wanda E. Brunstetter's "A Woman of Courage" is a Definite Must Read~

     New York Best-Selling Author, Wanda E. Brunstetter bids us to come along on Amanda Pearson's journey who decides to pour her heart and passion into ministering among the Nez Perce' Indians after losing out on love.  It takes all of Amanda's Quaker faith to have the courage to achieve her task among those who are reluctant to hear.  The journey is dangerous and keeps the reader on the edge of their seat.  For me, the experience was so exciting that I read the book twice.  I was given the great priviledge of reading this book for Handlebar Publishing in exchange for my thoughts.  This book lands on the list of my favorites and I highly recommend.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Dr. Kiehl Reveals Genetic Role In Psychopaths

     Kent A. Kiehl, PHD shares his passion for understanding psychopathic behavior in his book, "The Psychopath Whisperer~The Science of Those Without a Conscience".  The doctor spent over twenty years among the prison population doing interviews and communicating on a one to one basis with it's offenders in an effort to determine what causes psychopathy.  After creating the first mobile functional MRI scanner to use on his subjects, Dr. Kent was able to confirm that psychopaths all have diminished brain structures.  This was ground breaking and shed new light on this disorder.  His findings could open the door to treatment and pre-determination of this illness.  The book is exciting for those interested in neuroscience and psychiatry.  I couldn't put it down and read it several times.  I was given the opportunity to read the book and give my honest review through Blogging for Books.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Geogia Pellegrini's Tips To Living More Self-Sufficient

Georgia Pellegrini's Modern Pioneering is the Ultimate guide in learning how to live off the land.  It includes more than 150 recipes, projects and skills for a self-sufficient life.  I found it extraordinary and full of new ideas for those of us who have made the most of mother nature in our lives.  As a young girl back in the sixties, I recall my Italian grandmother and her friends picking dandelions to use for dinner.  Ms. Pellegrini includes recipes for dandelions as well as other edible flowering plants and they sound quite delicious.  There is imperative information on how to make your own planting seeds; make tea from scratch; where to grow certain plants and a wealth of information too long to list here.  It's a wonderful guide for those who enjoy growing and preserving as well as for those who enjoy creating.  I was given the awesome opportunity to read this book for blogging for books in exchange for my thoughts.  I consider it a must read and will treasure it for years to come.  For more information Modern Pioneering.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

A Must Have Book for Every Sincere Gardener

  Josie Jeffery has accomplished the near impossible by listing virtually everything a gardener must know to keep critters and pests away from growing plants; how to prevent plant disease and even improve your growing crops flavor all the organic way.  This healthy, stellar approve to gardening is written an easy, understandable words.  She even gives the grower tips on increasing your harvest and flowers.  As a 35 year planter, I only wish I knew half of the information she shares when I had multiple problems.  We were taught the wrong way, to buy sprays and foams to deter insects and small animals which could be harmful in the long-run to humans.  I insist that gardener's read this manual.  She has every subject covered when it comes to growing and you will learn something new. I  had the golden opportunity to read this book from "Blogging for Books" in exchange for my thoughts. For more information on the author and her book click here.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Exploring What The Bible States About Heaven And Hell

Not everyone is a Bible Scholar which explains why the popular Author Christopher D. Hudson is so popular.  He has spent a lifetime helping others understand the scriptures.  In his new book, "Heaven & Hell Are They Real?" he offers scriptural reference related to simple questions we all might have.  I was given the opportunity to read this awesome book for the Book Look Blogger Team in exchange for my thoughts.  I've been reviewing books for ten years and  this is only the second time I purchased a copy for my Kindle.  It's one of those books that I want to keep on hand for reference.  I have many friends who ask me about the afterlife because I love studying about it.  He addresses several concerns that almost everyone has such as: What exactly is our Heavenly inheritance; What will our bodies be like and Is Hell fair?  There is also additional content from trusted scholars and questions for digging deeper.  There is so much more to learn from Christopher D. Hudson that will widen our understanding of the afterlife.  I highly recommend this book for everyone.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014


  Brenda Spahn thought she had her entire life planned out.  Being denied the priviledges of nice material items while growing up her only goal was to become rich someday.  Her determination and hard work bring her to her goal until one day she loses it all,  Her true story of how God transforms her thoughts to a higher calling to help others is included in this stellar book "Miss Brenda and the Loveladies~ One woman's brush with prison...A Community of Women fighting the odds for survival on the outside...".  The author discovers the meaning of being "rich in spirit" and how living and giving for God has greater rewards than material things.  I was given the awesome opportunity to read Ms. Spahn's journey from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest thoughts,  I highly recommend her story as it is full of hope and will inspire all who read it.  Read about the Lovely Ladies center on the
Author's website


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Arnold's "Rich In Years" Guarantee's We Have Much to Look Forward To

  "Rich in Years" by Johann Christoph Arnold came to me at the perfect time.  It would be my father's 84th birthday which I was grieving over because he had been gone for sixteen years.  My tears perpetuated waves of memories of all my loved ones that I have lost while growing older.  These 'golden years' have taken much for me to adjust to.  The spiritual insight and sensitive writings of this stellar book have helped me take a more positive, productive look on aging.  "Rich In Years" addresses the many changes senior citizen's face such as the empty nest syndrome; retirement; unforeseen sickness and how to cope with these difficulties and still find joy and purpose.  I am thrilled that I had the wonderful opportunity to review this book for Handlebar in exchange for my thoughts.  It was a great blessing~

Friday, March 7, 2014

The Inscribed Collection Featuring Leaving Ordinary (Donna Gaines); Living So That (Wendy Blight); Dive Deeper (Jennifer Jernigan) & Amazed and Confused (Heather Zempel)

The Inscribed Collection is a wonderful series of Thomas Nelson books which teach us to have a stronger relationship with God through prayer and personal experience.  There is a wealth of information provided by these outstanding authors Heather Zempel; Jenifer Jernigan; Wendy Blight and Donna Gaines and I would recommend reading all the books as not to miss out on greater understanding.  I was given the wonderful opportunity to review these books for BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest opinions.
Leaving Ordinary, Encounter God Through Extraordinary Prayer  by Donna Gaines reminds us through scriptural reference what we can do to draw closer to God.  In one example she recites Luke 9:23 "We must die to ourselves daily and take up our cross and follow Jesus".  The author shares what her cross is and relates how all Christians struggle but overcome their adversities with faith.  Her messages are very clear and make us take a look at us.  She does not hesitate to say that we don't know the od of the Bible because we don't study God's Word in it's entirety.  Donna Gaines book is about change and causes us to question whether we are truly doing all we can do to be our best.  I'm very fond of the truthfulness and simplicity in her writing.
Dive Deeper, Finding Deep Faith Beyond Shallow Religion by Jenifer Jernigan is a bible study helper with dive meaning (to define, investigate, visualize and embrace) the scripture.  Jenifer begins with the book of Ephesians.  Ms Jernigan is a preacher's daughter but it took time for her to apply biblical principles to her own life.  She shares with the readers how to make the Bible come alive for them.  This is an important read for those needing bible study tips.  It is an excellent choice for the Inscribed Collection.
Living so That, Making Faith-Filled Choices in the Midst of a Messy Life by Wendy Blight offers a book which shows its readers how to take what they learn in the Bible and apply it to everyday situations.  She answers imperative questions such as "why does God allow trials?" with providing scriptural answers and experiences she has gone through.  This book will show that God is still alive today and concerned over what we are going through.
Amazed and Confused, When God's Actions Collide With Our Expectations by Heather Zempel offers answers to why things don't always go our way.  The author uses the Book of Habakkuk from the Bible to prove that God's way is always the best.  There is a place for notes included and lots of references.  I love the easy way of learning her books provide. 
I truly enjoyed all of the books included in the Inscribed Collection.  Each book, in their own way make God real to us and show us how to befriend him on a daily basis. 

Brad Formsma reminds Us What Truly Makes Us Joyous

 Brad Formsma is a brilliant author after my own heart.  Since receiving the opportunity to review his new book, '"I Like Giving; the transforming power of a generous life, practical ideas and inspiring stories"' from Blogging for Books I could not wait to read my copy.  I, personally, try to do something special each day for someone else and wanted any and all ideas on making this goal more possible.  You see, I learnt first hand and very young that a person can only be truly happy by making others happy.  Brad's book centers on using Jesus as our example and you don't have to be rich to make a difference.  He offers practical advice on how we can give to others every single day of our life.  He mentions how we should raise our children to be generous also.  The rewards are plenty in ways money could not afford.  Although a quick read it has a mountain of excellent information.  Mr. Formsma also has his own website related to giving I Like Giving
It's time we join the selfless movement~

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Countless Reasons To Saying Yes To Marriage And No To Cohabitation

Just last month there was an article in the Oprah Magazine entitled "Seven Reasons Not To Get Married" which more than perturbed me.  As a Christian Wife and Mother it's truly heartbreaking to see the sacred institute of Marriage vanish and lose it's importance.  Marriage is to be cherished and enjoyed.  Glenn T. Stanton confirms in his book "The Ring Makes All The Difference The Hidden Consequences of Cohabitation and The Strong Benefits of Marriage" that couples are not only happier but more healthy, more wise financially and more stable when they are married rather than just living together.  He points out that it is the attitude especially among males who don't find a significant reason to marry and the woman is the one who suffers most in the long run,  Ladies, God did not expect us to settle.  He truly wants the best for us. Stanton devotes a chapter on how women lose their power in a relationship by not being married and that their partner doesn't take them seriously as they would if they were married.  This flows out to neighbors, extended families and others who inwardly feel a lack of confidence in the female who has not made that step.  Possibly because it is the woman who influences the man on how he will treat her.  Through extended research within the past few decades, it has been proven that coupons who are unable to marry, never give their all to their partners.  They are holding back whether it be for fear or just because they don't want that total commitment.  Mr. Stanton does a superb job in confirming that Marriage is just not a piece of paper.  I was given the fine opportunity of reading this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for my thoughts.

Shaunti Feldhahn's '"The Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages"' Includes EVERYTHING Wives Need to Know

Shaunti Feldhahn's newest book should be read by those who are engaged and/or thinking about entering such a sacred commitment.  What she offers is sound, easy to understand advice which proves that long term relationships can work and that true love still exists.  I was thrilled to see in print one of the major advice tips that I have told my daughters often during their dating years and that is,' ''you must be happy with yourself before you can truly love another."'  We live in an era when people want others to fulfill all of their needs which is impossible.  Love is about sharing not just taking.  Author Feldhahn reminds the reader that it's the little things that count; ie...not going to bed angry, not bossing our mates around and not keeping a scoreboard just to name a few from her superb advice. She offers suggestions on combating situations which may tear a couple apart such as not having enough together time.  It's never too late to change the direction from blah to bliss in your relationship,  Kudo's Shaunti for this awesome reference book for couples.  She is also the best-selling author of "For Women Only" and her website Shaunti  I was given this grand opportunity to review this book for Blogging for Books in exchange for my thoughts.  For a sneak peak of her book ,Surprising Secrets Happy Marriages.pdf

And The Two Shall Become One~ How Marriage Can Be Awesome

Being a Member of the Happy Wives Club website, it was only natural for me to volunteer for  BookLook to receive it's first book by the founder, Fawn Weaver.   I counted it a great blessing to find the website to be able to interact with other wives who cherish their marriages and adore their spouses.  Especially now-a-days when almost everything we hear from the media is negative in regards to the sacredness of God's Law.  Fawn had a mission, she decided to go on a worldwide search to find the secrets to a great marriage and what she found was hundreds of women who were happy to share their personal experiences.  There is a wealth of wisdom included in this true account.
For me, as a Christian wife who loves her lot in life, Fawn's movement brought me such joy in knowing there are others who feel like I do and that I am not alone.  Included in this book is the 12 secrets of a Great marriage, to name a few aspects...Respect; Trust; Belief in God; Laughter is the best medicine and keep outside interests.  This book confirms that true love still exists and that when we abide by God's expectations, we are truly content.  Not only do I recommend this fine book but also the website.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

The Sentinels of Andersonville Engrosses It's Audiences Into A World Few Have Known

Tracy Groot reveals her exceptional penmanship in this rivoting historical novel.  Andersonville Prison inmates suffer unbearable conditions resulting in the deaths of 13,000 union soldiers.  So convincing is this Christy Award-Winning Author's characters that the reader actually experiences their emotional turmoil.  Rarely has a fiction book arose such response,  This masterpiece will surely be named among the classic's.  I was able to review this book for Tyndale Blogging Network in exchange for my honest review.  I would love to see this book made into a movie.  A definite must read,

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Abstinence isn't about not having sex; it's about waiting to have it right~

          Dannah Gresh's  '"And  The Bride Wore White`Seven Secrets to Sexual Purity"' is the perfect book to share with teen daughter's.  Sometimes our children listen better to others who can relate to them and this book establishes to young women that if you want true joy and confidence, it is better to wait to have sex.  The world we live in now is much more difficult for young people when the majority of their peers are going in the wrong direction.  Ms. Gresh also addresses important topics
such as breaking off bad relationships and shares testimonies from her readers.  Speak to any teenager who got pregnant in her early years and she will tell you that she wished to have waited.  I applaud Dannah Gresh for this much needed book and pray that she will touch the hearts of all those who read it.  As a member of Moody Publishers Blog Reviewers I was able to read this publication in exchange for my honest opinions.  Excellent Resource.

All You Want to Know About Hell By Steve Gregg

  For many the thought of "Hell" is incomprehensible especially as an eternal suffering from not following God's way.  Like it or not, Hell is mentioned all over the Bible and for those Christians who take the Bible literally, it's all a part of the divine plan.  Author Steve Gregg has done extensive research in his new book to share with the reader the pros and cons of three popular Christian views which explan Hell's purpose.  This book is very deep and took me several times of reading and rereading to grasp each concept.  I was given this opportunity through Book Sneeze in exchange for my honest opinions.  It's not important as to whether I believe what each sect proclaims.  What's more important here is the detailed account on what Mr. Gregg promises.  The book will keep you captivated and wanting to understand more.  It raises a lot of questions and controversy as much as the subject as Hell itself.  The book contains a lot of history siting the views of the early church. Included in the back of the book is a chart of  arguments for Tradictionalism; Conditionalism; and Restorationalism.  The Author has given us a superb work of writing which will teach each reader much.

Fiber One Protein CRANBERRY ALMOND Cereal, So Good You Will Think It's Dessert~

Have you ever had those cereals that were so packed with sugar that they were a turn off? General Mills got the natural sweetness down pat with their New Fiber One Protein Cranberry Almond Cereal.  In fact, it is so delicious that I have to remind myself that it's not dessert but a meal.  A definite plus is there is only 220 calories per serving and that it contains 20% of the daily fiber content we need.  Now with Valentine's Day right around the corner, which is my wedding anniversary...I've found the perfect way to celebrate that morning with my spouse.  Because of BzzAgent and General Mills I was able to taste this new cereal in exchange for my honest opinion.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Healthy Means Taste Great With General Mills New Fiber One Protein Cereal's

Being a Bzz Agent has it's perks such as receiving free boxes of the new General Mills Fiber One Protein Cereals in exchange for my honest review.  Noone knows better than my family that this mom has a sweet tooth and healthy foods don't generally turn me on.  Not until I tried the New Fiber One Protein Cereal Maple Brown Sugar.  After my products arrived, I wasn't certain what to expect.  I was blown over after trying the Maple Brown Sugar.  Who would believe that something so healthy could tastes as awesome as well.  I love love love the taste, so much in fact that I not only eat it for my breakfast cereal but I have a couple handfuls at night when I need a sweet snack. Only two days into this campaign and more than half of my box is already gone.  That's ok, I'm planning on a long love affair with Fiber One Protein cereals.  For all of those out there who made their New Year's Resolution to watch their weight....this is a preferred treat for you.  Who say's that cereal can only be eaten in the morning.  At only 240 calories per cup, this is a better decision for lunch than those high fat and calorie sandwiches.  Finally I think I'll be able to reach my weight goals...Thanks to General Mills; Bzz Agent and Fiber One Protein Cereals.  Next to try and I should be posting about is the Cranberry Almond Fiber One Protein Cereal.  See you than~