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Review and Giveaway for The Key to Dreaming Again

 About the Book

Book: The Key to Dreaming Again

Author: Rick Unruh

Genre: Non-Fiction, Inspirational

Release Date: July 10, 2019

“We parked our car in front of Yankton’s Federal Prison Camp and walked through the doors of the control center. ‘I’m Rick Unruh, and I’m here to self-surrender,’ I told the corrections officer. There is no way I could comprehend what those words would mean over course of the next year, as God would begin a new work in me.”

Born and raised in a small town in Kansas, Rick Unruh was called to be in the ministry. But when he lost his mother to cancer despite her unwavering faith that God would heal her, it planted seeds of doubt in his heart. He served as a traveling evangelist for years but later faded away from the ministry.

He and his wife lost their house in a fire, but a year later, far worse pain was ahead when they[dori1] , lost their twelve-year-old son in an ATV accident. Just when it seemed there was hope and recovery ahead, Rick was blindsided by a federal investigation into a mortgage consulting group he’d been involved with. He was eventually charged and then sentenced to over a year in prison, embarrassed and sure that God was done with him this time. But God wasn’t finished.

This book is a testament to the God who restores us and allows us to dream again—if we will only surrender ourselves to him.


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As I started to read this book, I had no idea of the flood of emotions that would wash over me as I read the words.  But this book made me laugh in spots and cry in others.  Some of the stories involving Rick Unruh and his family were absolutely heartbreaking, such dealing with the death of loved ones.  Other stories such as the one about the lady who intentionally came to visit his mother in the hospital in a robe, nightgown, slippers, and curlers made me smile.  It reminded me of the fact that many of us go to visit people dressed up when the person we were visiting probably only cared about us actually being there and being present.

The stories told in this book of his own life and tales of his family and friends touched my heart.  The evidence of Rick’s faith is seen throughout the pages of the book.  If you want to read a book that will make you feel a variety of emotions, check out this book for yourself.

I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.

About the Author

Rick Unruh is a US MAPS missionary and is the founder of Dream Again Ministry. He holds a master’s degree in counseling from Logos University (Jacksonville, FL), with a special interest in grief ministry. He lives in Kansas with his wife, Tamela, and travels the country sharing his Dream Again testimony, a message of hope and finding our purpose. He recently added workshops for the church, helping them understand and minister to the grieving. Rick also recruits full-time missionaries to serve with MAPS.


More from Rick

I actually wrote the first chapter of my book in 2011 and then it just sat there until December of 2018.  I continually have had people ask me to write a book about my story, since I travel nearly every weekend sharing my story.   I could just never get the desire or focus to finish it.  After writing it, I realized, that I was hesitating because I didn’t want to go back to some of those places and dig deep, stirring painful emotions, just to write about them.  I would feel the anxiety building as I was getting closer to those moments. There is great healing in writing, but the early process of writing this book caused me to shed many tears.  But, if it can help others who are struggling with the loss of a loved one or a major setback in life, and bring hope and encouragement, then it has all been worth it.

Blog Stops

Through the Lens of, September 12

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 13

Simple Harvest Reads, September 14 (Author Interview)

Mary Hake, September 14

Betti Mace, September 15

Spoken from the Heart, September 16

Older & Smarter?, September 17

Genesis 5020, September 18

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 19

Texas Book-aholic, September 20

Blossoms and Blessings, September 21 (Author Interview)

Stephanie’s Life of Determination, September 21

janicesbookreviews, September 22

A Reader’s Brain, September 23

Just the Write Escape, September 24

Inklings and notions , September 25


To celebrate his tour, Rick is giving away a $25 Amazon gift card and a eBook copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Easy Grammar Ultimate Series: Grade 11 with Easy Grammar Ultimate Series: Grade 11 Test Booklet – A Review



A solid foundation in grammar is important for strong writing later so I was happy to receive Easy Grammar Ultimate Series:  Grade 11 with Easy Grammar Ultimate Series:  Grade 11 Test Booklet from Easy Grammar Systems to use with my daughter.  For a number of years, our family has utilized products from Easy Grammar, and those products never fail to disappoint me.  For this review, we received a physical copy of the Grade 11 Textbook and Test book.

Easy Grammar Systems’ creator, Dr. Wanda Phillips, developed a system for teaching grammar that does not take a lot of time or effort on either the Teacher’s part of the Student’s part.  According to the Easy Grammar Systems’ website, “During Mrs. Phillips’s teaching career, she developed a successful, innovative approach to grammar instruction. Her first textbook, Easy Grammar, was published in 1985. Since then, she has written an Easy Grammar series, a Daily Grams: Guided Review Aiding Mastery Skills series, and a writing text, Easy Writing.”  Our family has used several of these products over the years.


Grammar is one of those subjects everyone needs to know and understand regardless of their plans for life.  So I wanted something to provide a strong foundation for our children.  However, I also wanted something which could be completed relatively quickly, be graded rather painlessly, and not require a lot of time or energy on our family’s part.  Easy Grammar Systems provided exactly that solution with Easy Grammar Ultimate Series:  Grade 11 with Easy Grammar Ultimate Series:  Grade 11 Test Booklet

I love how quickly my children have been able to complete their lessons and how much they learn and retain from those products.  So having used products from Easy Grammar, I can honestly say, “That was easy!” about getting my sons to complete their assignments in the past as well as my daughter currently.


For this review period, my goal was for our 16-year-old daughter to complete four lessons a week.  Our daughter found the assignments straight-forward and easy to complete.  In the Textbook, the lessons are broken down by day and contain capitalization, punctuation, combing sentences, types of sentences, and more.  Our family appreciates how the book repeats topics but does not beat any one topic to death.  The author has done an excellent job of mixing the assignments up to help alleviate boredom.

I also appreciate how at the beginning of the Textbook there is a scope and sequence which lists what lessons each topic is covered in along with when the topic is introduced and reviewed.  The textbook contains 180 lessons along with the 18 assessments found in the test booklet.


The Test Booklet has 18 different assessments along with the answers.  My one caution with the textbook is to make copies of the assessments since the answer key for each assessment is on the opposing page. Or, be sure to provide something to cover the answers while testing.  After every 10th lesson, there is an assessment so you and your student can track his or her progress.

Since we homeschool year round I have elected to have our daughter complete the assessments on a separate day from the lessons.  However, if I was trying to fit everything into 180 days I would have our daughter complete the assessment on the day after she completed that section.  For example, the first section is lessons 1-10 – meaning after 10 days.  So on day 11, she would take the assessment and do Lesson 11 as well.  But in the past, I have found with our sons, our system works well for taking the assessment on a day by itself.

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As in the past, I still find our family enjoys the products from Easy Grammar Systems, including Easy Grammar Ultimate Series:  Grade 11 with Easy Grammar Ultimate Series:  Grade 11 Test Booklet.  so if you are looking for a grammar curriculum for your homeschool language arts program, check out Easy Grammar Systems for yourself.

Other members of the Home School Review Crew are reviewing this product as well as other products from Easy Grammar Systems this week including Easy Grammar:  Grade 1, Easy Grammar Plus, along with a few other products, so click here or on the graphic below to read other reviews.


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