Archives for June 2016

The Look and Tell Bible from Tommy Nelson

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If you’re looking for the perfect baby gift, consider a special book.  In this Oh Baby giveaway, one lucky reader will win a $10 Amazon gift card PLUS a Tommy Nelson book.   Tommy Nelson offers titles that are perfect for your home’s bookshelves as well as for the church nursery.  For example, let’s check out the Look and Tell Bible.

Look and Tell Bible [Read more…]

Reader choice #giveaway – Amazon gift code or Appointments with Heaven

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We just returned from a whirlwind trip to Kentucky where we laid my grandfather to rest. His services were last night, and we had the graveside service this morning. I got to spend some time with family and loved ones, many of whom I hadn’t seen since childhood! I was given such peace by the fact that my grandfather knew that it was his time to go, and that he said he was ready. I saw him just days before his passing. Although he wasn’t able to talk very well, he knew who I was, and it was clear that he understood my reason for visiting him at his bedside. We weren’t really saying goodbye. Instead, we were just saying, “I love you. See you on the other side.” [Read more…]

Like a River from Its Course by Kelli Stuart – book review

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Like A River From Its Course

As we reach an era where WWII heroes, victims, and even villains are starting to dwindle in number, it’s critical that we hold onto their memories.  As I read Like a River From Its Course, I felt as though I was tumbling in a dryer, bouncing from one character’s viewpoint to the other.  IN A GOOD WAY.   Not all books can pull off that alternating perspective, but author Kelli Stuart mastered the technique in this book. [Read more…]

3 reasons to download the Chick-Fil-A One app

Disclosure: I am a member of the Chick-Fil-A Moms Panel. I did not receive compensation for this post.

Chick-Fil-A is the one restaurant my family can agree upon every single time.  We love it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and even snacking in between.  My daughter’s love for salads started with the CFA Asian salad, and now she gets the kale superfood side with her meals instead of fries.  A few months ago, I found out that our local CFA offered curbside pickup when you ordered on the app. Since we have a commute, I took advantage of this several times. Now, with the new Chick-fil-A One App, it’s even more rewarding to visit CFA!

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The Captain Takes A Wife by Doris Durbin book review

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Have you ever seen a movie that would have made a better book? In this case, The Captain Takes a Wife would make a better movie.  It has a lot of potential for exciting scenes and well-developed characters, but it was tough to find that silver lining in book form.

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Dwelling Places by Lucinda Secrest McDowell SUMMER book review #LitfuseReads

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I received word last night that my grandfather passed away. You might remember my post from a few days ago, where I mentioned that I recently traveled to visit him one last time.  I expected to feel such tremendous grief upon hearing the news, but instead I felt mostly joyful for him.  There’s such peace in knowing where he is, and that his healing is complete. My grandfather was a man who truly lived to serve his Lord Jesus. I was reminded of Dwelling Places by Lucinda Secrest McDowell. In this uplifting book, McDowell separates word-themed devotions into seasons of life.  In the Summer season, she mentions the final words of notable people. Dwelling Places

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What to read this weekend: The Atonement by Beverly Lewis, Dawn at Emberwilde by Sarah E. Ladd

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Sorry that it’s been a while since I’ve posted. My grandfather is not doing very well health-wise, so I took a quick trip to KY to visit him in the hospital.  Getting back home was great, but it was nice to enjoy a few good books while I washed up the laundry!  If you’re wondering what to read, check out these titles.

The Atonement [Read more…]

Unashamed: Healing Our Brokenness and Finding Freedom from Shame

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For the past few weeks, I’ve noticed a new phrase enter my daughter’s questions.  She often wonders, “Is it bad that….”   For example, she might ask if it’s bad to dislike a popular TV show, or if it’s bad that she wants to have another piece of cake.  At first, I couldn’t figure out why she kept asking that.  Then one day, I caught myself asking my husband, “Is it bad that…..” and I realized how easy it was to seek approval from those we admire.  In this new release from Heather Davis Nelson, Unashamed readers will explore the positive rewards of releasing shame.   #un-ashamed #giveaway - enter at #FlyBy

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Jesus Calling My First Bible Storybook review

Disclosure: I received this book as part of the Tommy Mommy Program. The opinions shared are mine.

There are only a few things that my kids remember from their earliest years.  Pets, favorite toys, and beloved books rank at the top of the list.  We have books that were finally discarded because they were torn from their covered, taped until every page was slick with cellophane.  It’s hard to imagine a more powerful tool than reading with a child.  After all, it’s a practice that they’ll do for the rest of their lives. Starting early is so important!   I loved sharing Bible stories with my children.  If you have little ones, Jesus Calling My First Bible Storybook by Sarah Young would be a wonderful gift to share.

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My Father’s House by Rose Chandler Johnson

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Recently I had the chance to read My Father’s House by Rose Chandler Johnson.  This novel is based in the sunny state of Georgia — you can almost smell the peaches and taste the sweet iced tea while you read it.

My Father's House

If you’ve ever longed to return to the easy days of childhood, this book is for you.

If you loved The Help and Sleeping With The Enemy, this book is for you.

If you understand what it’s like to struggle in life, and rise above those obstacles, this book is for you. [Read more…]