Illuminated Texts made simple #MothersDayHop2017 #giveaway ends 5/6 –> Complete Guide to Bible Journaling

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I hope you don’t think I’ve fallen off the face of the earth.  Things have just been so busy around here that I had to take a step back and make sure my family was taken care of.  The flu hit us a for a second round, then an ugly stomach bug was passed around.  My daughter had several school events going on around the same time, so she got bogged down with  makeup work from the classes she missed.  She ended up bringing home this art project for illuminated texts.  Thank goodness I had a review copy of The Complete Guide to Bible Journaling — it was put to good use!

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The NKJV Woman’s Study Bible

Disclosure: I received this book from Litfuse. Opinions shared are mine.

Our pastor challenged the congregation to read the Bible on a regular basis. While this might seem like an obvious activity for most Christian churchgoers, it’s definitely one area where many busy people slack (myself included).  I was excited to receive the NKJV Woman’s Study Bible for review because I knew that I could really grow with it.  [Read more…]

#TheGospelOfMark from @TheLumoProject #ad #RWM #giveaway ends 3/31

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Walk into our living room at 3 AM, and you’re likely to catch my husband watching a historical documentary.  The rest of us have caught the bug, too.   It makes history come alive in a way that books don’t always allow.  With the Lumo Project‘s Gospel DVDs, I feel a similar connection. The Gospel of Mark will be available at Walmart on March 14, and would be a wonderful gift for the history buff in your life. Tuck it in an Easter basket or gift it to your pastor. [Read more…]

Home at Last by Deborah Raney – Chicory Inn novel @Litfuse

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I’ve enjoyed the Chicory Inn series from Deborah Raney. Like other Christian series novels, this one follows the members of the Whitman family as they grow up and spread their wings. The final chapter in the series, Home at Last, wraps up the saga. [Read more…]

Laura Story #OpenHands CD #Giveaway ends 3/25 #flyby

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In the 1990s, my cousin introduced me to Christian music.  He was obsessed with rap at the time, so DC Talk was his favorite.  I preferred Jars of Clay and Twila Paris.  Our preferences didn’t matter, though.  The important thing was the encouragement we received from the uplifting lyrics.  To this day, I find contemporary Christian music to be important part of my worship.  When my Laura Story “Open Hands” CD arrived, we listened to it on the way to school.  We have a long commute, so we were able to hear almost all of the songs during that drive!  [Read more…]

Carolyn Miller’s The Elusive Miss Ellison Kindle #Giveaway

Meet The Elusive Miss Ellison. This Regency romance is so doused with swoon you’ll be longing for a fainting couch.  Fans of Downton Abbey will wonder how Miss Ellison could possibly share a name with Matthew’s Lavinia (as in, Squire).  They’re polar opposites!

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Wondering IF you can make a difference? Read The Jesus Club by Brian Barcelona

Disclosure: I received this book through a Cross Focused Reviews tour. Opinions shared are mine.

A few times in my life, I’ve wondered if I make a difference in the world.   Haven’t we all been there at some point?  When you’re a Christian, it’s even more important to feel like you’ve made an impact for Christ.  After all, keeping Him to yourself is like winning the lottery and keeping it a secret from your best friends!  The Jesus Club chronicles the impact that Brian Barcelona made when he entered the doors of local high schools.  By sharing the gospel, he changed the lives of hundreds of teens.  [Read more…]

Home to Paradise by Barbara Cameron @Litfusereads

Disclosure: I participated in the book tour and received a copy of the book. Opinions shared are mine.

It’s starting to feel like spring around the Savings in Seconds homestead.  This week, the temperatures have been in the high 60’s and low 70’s. Unbelievable that it’s comfortable enough to wear short sleeves and sandals!  A few times, I’ve enjoyed reading outside while the kids play.  It’s glorious!

One book I recently read was Home to Paradise by Barbara Cameron.  This is perfect for fans of traditional Amish fiction, where the biggest concern is getting to sit alone with your sweetheart.  [Read more…]

When You Don’t Mind a REAL Story – Life After by Kate Ganshert

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Normally when I settle down with a book, it requires me to carve out time that I’d otherwise spend doing something productive like laundry or cleaning.  In other words, it’s gotta be worth it!  That’s why most of my book picks are “mind candy” — they help me escape from the reality of the daily grind.  As refreshing as it is to always have a happy ending, sometimes it’s just as rewarding to hear a story that mimics real life. If realistic fiction is your genre, check out Life After by Kate Ganshert (available 4/18/17).

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When Last We Spoke by Marci Henna #giveaway FREE BOOK #WhenWeLastSpoke #FlyBy

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.  Good, now that we got that disclosure out of the way, let’s get on with things!

This morning was supposed to be relaxing. My sister invited my son to come over and play for the morning while my husband and daughter went to a school activity.  Sadly, my cat was injured last night (we’re still not sure how….dog attack, maybe?) and he wasn’t doing so well this morning.  I gathered my courage to take him to the vet, worried about the outcome and hoping for the best.  He ended up being just fine, thanks to a powerful antibiotic shot and some rest.  After bringing him home, I breathed a sigh of relief and a prayer of thanks. Isn’t that what we do for those we love?  We soldier on, doing what needs to be done, and feel so gracious when things turn out okay.   In the book When Last We Spoke, we’re reminded of the power of family connections.  [Read more…]

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