The Magic of Motherhood by Ashlee Gadd #giveaway ends 7/23 US – from the author of @Coffee__Crumbs

Disclosure: I received this book from the Tommy Mommy program. Opinions shared are mine.
When I was pregnant, a friend of mine told me that pregnancy was the easiest part of motherhood. The hard part, she said, was raising a family. At that time, I couldn’t see past my fear of the pain of childbirth. Two kids, 13 years, and 60 pounds later, I completely understand what she meant!  Motherhood means that you google weird things like, “Does broccoli make your pee smell funny?” and “What does ringworm look like?”  Motherhood means that you stay up all night listening to your child breathe, wondering if it sounds tight or wet.  Motherhood means that your heart breaks every time someone else looks at your child with disdain or pity.  Why didn’t anyone tell me those things when I was pregnant?  I think that’s what my friend meant when she said the hard part was coming later.  [Read more…]

Israel – God’s Heart book tour

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book. Opinions shared are mine.

Happy Father’s Day, everyone! I hope this day is full of love for you. My father passed away last year, and even though we weren’t in contact for 20 years, I still think of him with love on this day.

I gave my husband the copy of Israel God’s Heart a few weeks ago as an early Father’s Day gift.
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23 Minutes in Hell book review – Splash Into Summer #giveaway

Disclosure: I received this book for review.  Post contains affiliate links; if you make a purchase through these links, I may earn a small commission. Opinions shared are mine.

A few years ago, there was such a buzz over the book Heaven is for Real.  I also read Don Piper’s 90 Minutes in Heaven.  Both stories were profoundly inspiring.  So much controversy rests on the subject of the afterlife, and it’s interesting to read different accounts of people’s experiences.  Bill Weise has quite a different story to share, though, in his book 23 Minutes in Hell.

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The Polygamist’s Daughter by Anna LeBaron – review

Disclosure: I received this book from Tyndale. Post contains affiliate links; opinions shared are mine.

I’m not sure why this book cover feels so scary to me…..maybe it’s the covered eyes, or the context of the title.  While I don’t know much about polygamy, it has been the subject of many TV shows and news stories in the past few years.  The Polygamist’s Daughter was available from Tyndale’s blog network, so I requested it for review.   [Read more…]

Deep Under Cover by Jack Barsky book review

Disclosure: I received this book from Tyndale. Post contains affiliate links; opinions shared are mine.

My husband and I love watching shows about government agencies.  The FBI, CIA, and all of it….so fascinating.  Of course, I prefer the fictional stories like X-Files or Alias.  My husband would rather watch documentaries.  Both of us loved the book I received from Tyndale for review — Deep Under Cover by Jack Barsky!  [Read more…]

Illuminated Texts made simple ~~ 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

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Review Wire Media for The Lumo Project. I received information to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.


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…]

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…]

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…]

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