I was recently granted the opportunity to do a review of Jane Kirkpatrick’s Change and Cherish Historical Series ahead of the impending release of A Mending at the Edge which is the third and final book in the series.
I love historical fiction. I love reading a fine story that is woven from the threads of history. It helps me to get a better feel for the period of history being written about. Much better than just dry history texts. I was tickled to get the opportunity not just to read the third book, but I was also sent the first and second books in the series.
Jane Kirkpatrick first learned of fiesty Emma Giesy from a quilting book. She became intrigued and her research of this woman pioneer led to three stories that spanned the life of a woman who wanted to be different and wanted to leave her mark on the world.
In A Clearing in the Wild, we meet the players of this historical saga. We learn about the communal society they live in, its principles, and a bit about its inner workers. Emma is 16 and eager to be married and begin her life. The object of her devotion is much older than she is and he is instrumental to the colony in bringing in new recruits to join their communal living. He is also being groomed to be the next leader of the colony. But all things change and life so seldom goes in the direction we are expecting. Emma becomes the first and only woman of the Bethel colony to head with a group of scounts out West. The railroad is coming and Keil (the leader of the community) wants them to move to a more isolated area where their communal ways won’t be questioned or intruded upon. Following these scouts across the country, being with them as they went through their hardships, watching as Emma grew and learned and began their family…Jane Kirpatrick had me right there with them every step of the way. I could sense the tension, smell the evergreens and hear the stillness that only comes when one is deep inside of a forest.
Book: Do Hard Things
Author: Alex and Brett Harris
Dates: April 15 – 18
With over 10 million hits to their website TheRebelution.com, Alex and Brett Harris are leading the charge in a growing movement of Christian young people who are rebelling against the low expectations of their culture by choosing to â€œdo hard thingsâ€ for the glory of God.
Written when they were 18 years old, Do Hard Things is the Harris twinsâ€™ revolutionary message in its purest and most compelling form, giving readers a tangible glimpse of what is possible for teens who actively resist cultural lies that limit their potential. Combating the idea of adolescence as a vacation from responsibility, the authors weave together biblical insights, history, and modern examples to redefine the teen years as the launching pad of life and map a clear trajectory for long-term fulfillment and eternal impact.
Written by teens for teens, Do Hard Things is packed with humorous personal anecdotes, practical examples, and stories of real-life rebelutionaries in action. This rallying cry from the heart of revolution already in progress challenges the next generation to lay claim to a brighter future, starting today.
Alex and Brett Harris founded TheRebelution.com in August 2005 and today at age 19 are the most popular Christian teen writers on the Web. The twins are frequent contributors to Focus on the Familyâ€™s Boundless webzine, serve as the main speakers for the Rebelution Tour conferences, and have been featured in WORLD magazine, Breakaway, The Old Schoolhouse, and the New York Daily News. Sons of homeschool pioneer Gregg Harris and younger brothers of best-selling author Joshua Harris (I Kissed Dating Goodbye), Alex and Brett live near Portland, Oregon.
This book will change everything and it gives me great hope! I was so tired of hearing from my teens and from others around me how it was okay for teens to be disrespectful, lazy, off just doing kid things. I didn’t grow up that way and I was a teenager once. My parents didn’t beat me. If anything my mother, who had been overworked as a youngster, wanted me to not have a lot of responsibilities at home. But on my own, I chose to do things for her because I loved her. She worked hard all week, I didn’t want her coming home and spending her Saturday working cleaning the house. I think that because we give children excuses that we are robbing them of their future productivity.
Does this book sound good to you? Well, then, why don’t you leave a comment below? I have one copy to give away! Sorry, this giveaway is for U.S. addresses only. Just leave a comment and I will have a random drawing on Wednesday, April 23, 2008 at 6 p.m. Good luck!
If you can’t wait to see if you will win Do Hard Things, go ahead and purchase it from Amazon.com now. Heck, why not purchase extra copies for the parents and teens in your life!
Book: Experiencing the Resurrection
Author: Henry and Melvin Blackaby
What does the resurrection of Christ really mean for us? What does it reveal about the heart and mind of God? And what real differences can the miracle of the resurrection make in your life today?
Discover answers to those and other questions as you examine Godâ€™s Word with this companion study guide to the book Experiencing the Resurrection by Henry Blackaby and Melvin Blackaby.
Packed with practical notes, advice, and questions for reflection, this highly interactive guideâ€”ideal for small group or individual useâ€”shows you how to witness Christâ€™s resurrection in and through your life. Each chapter of the book is explored in a flexible one-week format with â€œlife change objectivesâ€ that arise from applying the truth for each day to your life.
Dr. Henry Blackaby, president emeritus of Blackaby Ministries, is the author of more than a dozen books, including the best-selling classic Experiencing God. He has spent his life in ministry, serving as a music director and as a senior pastor for churches in California and Canada. Today he provides consultative leadership on prayer for revival and spiritual awakening on a global level. He and his wife make their home in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. Melvin Blackaby coauthored with his father, Henry Blackaby, the Gold Medallion winner Experiencing God Together. He travels extensively as a conference speaker. He and his wife and their three children live in Cochrane, Alberta, Canada, where he serves as senior pastor of Bow Valley Baptist Church.
You may copy this book from Amazon.com or you can try to win a copy from me!
I did not get a chance to read this book yet, but it does look interesting and I would like to pass on a copy to one lucky commenter! So point your mouse, click, and leave a comment. This giveaway is open to U.S. readers only. I will have my drawing Wednesday, March 19th at 6 pm. Maybe I can even get it to you before Easter on Sunday. Anything is possible!
I was recently sent a bottle of Gloves in a Bottle to test out and review.
Gloves in a Bottle is one of the new shielding lotions that has arrived on the market in the last couple of years. A shielding lotion is better than a moisturizer because it actually helps your skin behave the way it should. With a moisturizer, you trick your skin into thinking your body is producing enough moisture and if you miss a moisturizer application, your skin is often drier than it was before. But with a shielding lotion, it is like you are creating an invisible barrier between your skin and the world. So when the deeper layers produce moisture, they hit that barrier and the moisture stays in instead of evaporating or being wiped off. Also the ‘bad stuff’ (detergents, etc) bounces off. Check out these cool graphics (pictures really are worth a thousand words)!
UPDATE, the random number generator spit out the number 5. Cindi Hoppes is the winner!
This last week, I had the opportunity to read the newest book by Sharon Dunn. The title is very catchy! Death of a Six-Foot Teddy Bear…has you wondering right away, doesn’t it? This is the second book in the Bargain Hunter’s Mystery series.
From the back cover:
Another murder mystery for the Bargain Hunters Network – only this time, one of them is a suspect!
Ginger and her husband, Earl, are in for a wild ride in Calamity, Nevada, along with the other BHN ladies – college student Kindra, mother-of-four Suzanne, and sassy senior Arleta. They came to town for the Inventors Expo and some outlet sohpping, but instead they endure lost luggage, broken air conditioning, and a long line of people angry at hotel owner Dustin Clydell. With the inventors Expo and the Squirrel Lovers convention both in town, the Wind-Up Hotel has somehow overbooked.
Before the night is over, a man in a teddy bear costume is found dead, the Inventors Expo is canceled…and the authorities want to talk to one of the BHN ladies! What could possibly go wrong? Once again, the Bargain Hunters swing into sleuth mode to solve the murder – and this time, clear one of their own. Along the way, Ginger discovers something even better than a bargain.
I will be giving away one copy of this book to one randomly drawn, lucky winner! I will mail this internationally, so everyone can join in the fun! Just comment below! I will hold the drawing on February 27th at 6 p.m. eastern time.
If you can’t wait for the giveaway or if you aren’t one of the lucky winners, you can purchase the book from Amazon.com
Update: By random number generator (Jack), the number 2 was chosen and Lesha was the lucky winner! I have contacted her to let her know.
A month or so ago, I won the book “The Ultimate Life” by Jim Stovall. This is a wonderful book and it is the sequel to “The Ultimate Gift.” I had not read “The Ultimate Gift” but this book stands on its own and after I read it, I borrowed the movie based on the first book and both are wonderful.
In “The Ultimate Gift” a young man is bequeathed an unusual set of gifts that change his life and the lives of those around him. In “The Ultimate Life”, the other members of the family are protesting the will and Jason has to prove that he has understood the gifts he has been given and can pass them on to others. It is a story that we can all benefit from. A story that points out how we can make a difference in the world around us and we don’t have to have a lot of money behind us to do it. We just have to pay attention to it.
So, I want to pass this book on so that it may bless another reader. What I would like for you to do is comment and tell me what you think would make The Ultimate Life. This is open to all readers around the world. God bless. And good luck! I will have the random drawing on Wednesday 20th at 6 p.m.
Do you want a chance at receiving these yummy items in your mailbox? Well go visit I’m a Mom, Deal With It!
and follow her directions! Hurry, the giveaway ends on February 11th!
UPDATE: Gloria at Saddeyezz Scraps & Snaps won this week’s drawing! Way to go Gloria!
This is another book I received to review from a publicist, but since I didn’t choose it and my book shelf is overflowing, I am passing it on unread to one lucky winner! All you have to do is comment below and I will have a random drawing on February 13th at 6 pm. The drawing is only open to U.S. addresses. If you live outside the U.S. and you want to pay the difference in postage (it is usually around 2.13 to ship to the U.S. via media mail), sign up and we can work that out.
From the press release:
Being a mom is a great joy and a great responsibility. But what if you have a painful past, a background that didn’t include a good role model for parenting? What if your experiences have given you an unhealthy view of motherhood? How can you be the parent you want to be without dragging along your history?
Update. Kathy B. was the winner of the random drawing! Thanks for all who entered! I have contacted her via email!
I received a brand new copy of this book from a publicist, but I don’t have time to read it and my books are overflowing, so I am passing it on to one lucky winner (and just in time for Valentine’s Day too! Well, almost, you probably won’t get it before Valentine’s Day, but anything is possible.
This giveaway is open to U.S. citizens. If you are outside of the U.S. and want to pay the difference in postage (I will pay what I would normally pay to ship in the U.S. via Media which runs around 2.13), I will be glad to have you join in the fun! Just contact me and let me know where you live and I can let you know what the cost would be to ship it to you.
All you have to do is comment below. I will choose the winner with a random number drawing! I will hold my drawing on February 9th at 6 pm…that way, maybe you will get it in time for Valentine’s Day!
From the press release:
Pastor’s wife Joyce S. Oglesby inspired to write relationship book out of a heavy heart for couples doomed for divorce without some sort of intervention. Her small town of Corydon, IN is buzzing about the controversial cover and title. Written similarly to the 1970s classic, Total Woman, Keeping His Pants On…Until He Gets Home equips woment to affair-proof their marriages. Maintaining a passionate love in marriage has become more urgent than ever before. The demands on today’s woman can distract her from fulfilling her husband’s sexual needs. Losing focus of this vital responsibility has many women facing the maladies of matrimony. Joyce says, “You’re either too tired, too stressed, too fat, too flat-chested, too mad, too sad, too depressed, too dirty, too clean, too selfish, or it’s just too much trouble. All this can add up to too little too late!” Her warning is that husbands can soon become distracted, leading to some form of an outside physical or emotional affair, pornography, or other avenues of release. The book talks about the dangers of boredom and staleness, and how passionless relationships leave couples unfulfilled, and makes husbands prime targets to temptation.
Today I made a new friend. Don’t you just love meeting new people in bloggy land? Well, not only is Kristin interesting, but she is currently having a Sweet Giveaway!
“Kristin over at An Ordinary Life is having a short but sweet Valentine’s Giveaway. It starts on February 6th and ends February 9th, 2008 at noon PT. All you have to do to enter, is post about her giveaway on your blog and leave a comment on the giveaway post. Please be sure to leave a valid email address with your comment.”
Trust me, this is one sweet giveaway that you don’t want to miss, so go check it out!!!!!