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Holy Guacamole – A FrontGate Blogger Review and Giveaway

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Author and speaker Carrie Stephens has a message our hearts need to hear.  We are so much more than just a plate of rice and beans.  We are holy guacamole that has been crafted with great skill and flair by God who is the Master Creator.

Generously seasoned with humor and empathy, this book includes stories that tell of triumph, failure, heartbreak, and redemption. Holy Guacamole allows our hearts to connect to the unfailing power of God’s call for us to live a life that is full of His Love for us and for the world we live in today.

You can get your own copy of this book here.

 

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Quite a few years ago, I discovered I loved guacamole, but only if it had chunks of avocados, bell peppers, onions, and tomatoes.  As a result, I began crafting and creating homemade guacamole.  My husband will only eat my guacamole in fact.  I love taking the time to prepare this condiment for our Mexican meals.  So when I saw this book, I knew I had to read it, and it did not disappoint.

We have an undeniable worth since God has created us in His Image.  With chapters that have titles such as “From the Well to the Ice Maker”, “Sit Down Deborah”, “Pretty Things and Their Ugly Cousins at Home”, among others, this book captured my attention just with the titles.  I had to read more to find out what the chapter titles had to do with God and my relationship with Him

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It helped remind me that I should only be looking to God for validation of who I am and what I am worth. This book will challenge you and cause you to look at your life and the value you put on it.

So if you are looking for a book that will show how incredibly valuable we are to God.  So check out this book for yourself.

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I received a complimentary copy of this book from Frontgate Bloggers, this in no way influenced my review.  All opinions are my own.

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She Laughs – A Frontgate Blogger Review and Giveaway

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About the Book:

Even though her own life has been dotted with calamities, laughter has provided social media star and author Carolanne Miljavac with the strength and courage to persevere.  She provides insights and ideas for discovering how laughter can help carry you through your own painful experiences  The ten chapters will make you laugh until you cry and will illustrate how laughter has been a vital part of her own healing.  Her own real-life stores will start you on the path to a life of joy and peace.

 

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Combining Biblical wisdom, laughter, and personal experience, this book has a lot to offer.  I found myself laughing quite a bit while reading.  Biblical insights played a critical role in my reading.  I felt connected to what I was reading and definitely recommend this book. The Book consistently leads back to God’s grace, mercy, and love.

Covering topics such as restoration, playing, speaking, failing, humbled, listening, breaking, forgiving, being a mess, and laughter, I could relate to some portion of each of the chapters if not all.  We need to elect to have faith rather than giving in to our own fears.

So if you are going through trials or difficulties or just want a book to make you laugh and see God’s love, check out this book for yourself.

You can get your copy of this book here.

You can enter the giveaway for a copy of this book by clicking here or on the graphic below.

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I received a complimentary copy of this book from Frontgate Bloggers, this in no way influenced my review.  All opinions are my own.

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Review and Giveaway for Operation Blesssing’s Recipes from Around the World

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As a homeschooling mother, I am always on the lookout for interesting cookbooks to utilize in our home.  “Recipes from Around the World” provides just such an experience.  This soft-covered cookbook includes 34 different recipes from around the world.

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With recipes from around the world including from Asia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Israel, Kenya, Mexico, Peru, and the United States, this little book offers a large variety of choices.

Some of the recipes had familiar names such as Swiss Steak, Enchiladas, plus Rice and Beans.  Other recipes were not at all familiar to me, such as Gado Gado from Asia, Shashuka from Israel, and Loma Saltada.  Yet, they inspired me to learn more about the recipes as well as the countries they are from too.

In addition to the recipes, each country has an introduction with information such as about Operation Blessing building a well for clean drinking and cooking water in the Nuu’s village.  Nuu is an elderly woman who needed safe water in order to live.

Operation Blessing strives to improve the conditions of people around the world.  The proceeds from this cookbook will help achieve that goal.  They do everything from disaster relief to clean water.

So if you are looking for an interesting cookbook that offers the opportunity to help those less fortunate across the globe, check out this cookbook for yourself.  You can get your own copy of this cookbook here for a donation of any size.

Also, you have the opportunity to get free recipe cards.  They are pleased to offer four (4) recipe cards inspired by international recipes from Operation Blessing’s latest cookbook, “Recipes From Around the World.” Anyone can sign up to receive this free gift after which, requests will be processed and delivered straight to their mailbox. by clicking here.

Click here or on the graphic below for a chance to win a copy of this cookbook.

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Review and Giveaway for Off The Hook

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Book Description:

SO YOU THINK YOU’VE FORGIVEN? THINK AGAIN. Is there something you’ve inadvertently picked up along the way that’s sucking the life out of you? Stealing your peace? Has you stuck? Stuck happens. Much as we think we’ve moved on, hard things have a way of taking root in the heartscape of our lives. Off the Hook shares real life stories of real people who had no idea they were still captive to past hurts—until they walked through deep forgiveness! This way of forgiveness offers healing and freedom you never thought possible. It’s about the power of truly letting go—taking old pain patterns and people off your hook, for your sake, not theirs. No longer hemmed in by the burden of deep hurt, loss and offense, you are free at last to soar above it. Discover what no one has told you about the forgiveness power tool—what it is, what it is not, and how to do it. Rewrite the ending to your true story by retrieving the wellbeing and destiny God has for you.

Off The Hook Webpage:  https://hiddenmannaministry.com/off-the-hook/

You can watch the book trailer here.

You can find the book at this link

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As a girl growing up, I can remember a lot about my paternal grandfather.  I remember as a little girl how he would take my sister and I to the boardwalk in Wildwood, NJ.  At the same time, I also remember how when I grew up, he used to keep a little black book of all the wrongs anyone did to him.  It made him so angry and unforgiving.  I have to wonder if he had offered forgiveness instead of holding onto the anger how it may have changed his life.

Off the Hook offers words of wisdom that everyone can benefit from reading. It has the ability to change your life, heart, and mind about the realities of forgiveness. The exercises in this book will allow you to find freedom.  Forgiveness allows us to take those who have hurt us off our hook and instead hand them over to God.  Being held captive by the bonds of unforgiveness has devastating consequences.  We need to reach out to God and turn the ones who transgress against us over to them.  This book has such a necessary and powerful message.

Truly this book is one worth reading.  I definitely feel blessed to have read it and participated in this review.  So check it out for yourself.

Check out the giveaway for here or on the graphic below.


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Review and Giveaway for Faithwords Book Club – Take the Day Off

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Recently I had the opportunity to review the Faithwords Book Club and its selection for the month, Take the Day Off by Robert Morris.  Considering I love to read and also love sharing about what I am reading, this seemed like a perfect opportunity for me.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Rest your mind, body, and spirit and focus on God’s principles for rest with this helpful guide from bestselling author Robert Morris.

A constant stream of busyness can slowly wear away at us over time: physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Yet believers often forget that taking a day of rest is one of the Ten Commandments! When we don’t give our minds and emotions a break, our will to make good choices can often become compromised. Resting is also important to those around you. If you have a weary soul, you can’t pour yourself into others at home, work, or wherever you are. It’s vital-you must take the day off.

In Take the Day Off, Pastor Morris explains why rest is central to your wellbeing, how to do it, and how helpful it can be. You will be inspired to experience true rest and make it a priority in the rhythm of your weekly schedule. Don’t wait and delay God’s blessings in your life. Start implementing the principle of rest in your life and you will see eternal benefits.

What others are saying about it:

“I strongly encourage every believer to read and reread this book. I pray it becomes a staple in every Christian home, where we function at our highest level, and can in turn raise a generation to do the same.”

– Bill Johnson, Bethel Church, Author of The Way of Life and Raising Giant-Killers

“I discovered a deep revelation of the importance of Sabbath from Pastor Robert’s teaching years ago. Applying these principles of rest to my life has greatly impacted me and my family and has allowed us to run the marathon of life well. I encourage you to read and apply the wisdom of this book to your life!”

– Kari Jobe Carnes, Worship Leader, Songwriter

“A must-read if you’re feeling overwhelmed and struggling for a light at the end of the tunnel.”

– Danny Gokey, Grammy-nominated recording artist

“As I work with CEOs and other high performers, overload is one of their biggest issues. The boundaries of time and space have disappeared…You are never safe until you remember that God has commanded us to protect some time to rest. Neuroscience and other fields have proven it to be true, and Robert gives us some practical ways to do it.”

– Dr. Henry Cloud, psychologist and co-author of Boundaries

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The book club takes place on Facebook, and I have to say unfortunately I do not particularly care for Facebook as the main platform for a book club.  It is too easy to miss posts or for posts to get lost in a sea of other posts and groups.  I really wanted to love this experience, after all, sharing with other individuals all reading the same book should be wonderful. But I felt it lost something in the platform.

Flor some individuals I am sure it would be a perfect fit, especially for those who have a limited number of family, friends, and groups that they follow.  The teaching videos and other relevant information are all shared on the Facebook platform.  The questions, Facebook graphics, and sharing flowed well with the study.  But I had to make it a point to remember to check the group.

Here is an interview with Robert Morris and his wife Debbie.

Here is an excerpt of one of the videos for this book.

 

I have to say I really enjoyed the book.  Robert Morris does an excellent job of examining the effect busyness is having on our society.  This book reminds us of how rest is a necessary and sacred experience.  The book consists of ten chapters that examine everything from the forgotten commandment to The Getaway to Rest and Humility and more.  I found the book easy to read and definitely worth taking the time to read because it encourages the reader to accept God’s gift of rest.

After all, if God took the time to rest on the seventh day of Creation, we should do the same.  But in the hurry-up mentality of today’s society in the world, we need a reminder to rest.

So check out the Faithwords Book Club for yourself on Facebook by clicking here.

Click here to enter the giveaway.

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

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Review and Giveaway for Holly Lane – Christian Jewelry

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Recently I had the opportunity to review a necklace from Holly Lane, a Christian jewelry company that specializes in jewelry designed to share Jesus Christ with others. The company has a line of sterling silver jewelry that allows you to share Christ with others as well as reflect your personal faith.  The jewelry is designed in central Virginia by jewelry artist Tiffany Scott.  She has based her designs on passages of Scripture from the Bible in order to bring comfort to the wearer while representing God’s promise.  The unique designs are meant to encourage conversations about Jesus Christ.

Every piece of jewelry comes with a Story Card that displays the Scripture reference on the front along with an explanation of the design’s significance on the back.  Tiffany’s love of semiprecious gemstones shines through in her use of a variety of gemstones throughout the line.  The Holly Lane line enables customers to put together their own personal combination of pendants, chains, and bead drops that reflect the promises they are holding onto as well as God is speaking to them in their own lives.

Here is a video about how the jewelry is made.

Below is what I found when I first opened my box from Holly Lane.

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I could tell that every Holly shipment must be packed with a tremendous amount of care that allows the customer to see just how truly special they are.  I know as I opened my box, I could tell the care that was given to shipping my necklace.

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From the moment I placed my order for this review, I could tell this experience would be unforgetable.  From the email I received upon placing my order:

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Hi Patti, thank you for your order!

We are lovingly crafting your jewelry and getting it ready to send! You will receive a shipping notice via email with tracking info once your order is on the way. First Class Mail will ship in 1-3 business days. Priority Mail will ship same or next business day.

We hope your Holly Lane jewelry will be a constant reminder of His Word and give you many opportunities to share it with others!

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To the email I received to let me know my package was delivered demonstrates how much Holly Lane cares about the customer.  So many companies seem to be forgetting about their customers, Holly Lane goes to the other end of the spectrum and illustrates how important their customers are to them.

When I opened up the box and found the necklace was wrapped in tissue paper with a ribbon and a gold seal, I felt like I was a very special customer.  Upon opening the tissue paper, I found a box inside.

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The necklace came with a beautiful card containing the Scripture passage for Proverbs 31:10, 28-29 – which was the necklace I selected.  I truly appreciate the attention to every detail with this necklace.

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The ruby and other charms on this pendant make it a beautiful and meaningful piece to wear.  Here is the description of the necklace from the Holly Lane website, “A crowned heart because you are a daughter of the King, a blessed charm to represent the great joy of family, and a precious ruby drop to remind you of your great worth. Inspired by Proverbs 31, “She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness…Her children stand and bless her…”  As a wife and mother, I find this necklace so precious to wear.

The necklace is 18 inches long, however, the company does offer extenders if you want a longer chain.  I think at some point in the future I will probably purchase the extender since I like my necklaces to be a little bit longer.

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I truly love this necklace and am sure I will be purchasing more pieces from this company in the future.

You can use the code “20FORYOU”  to receive 20% off their purchase at hollylane.com

Click here or on the graphic below to enter the giveaway for a chance to receive a $100 ecard certificate to Holly Lane.

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This jewelry provides the opportunity to share your faith as well as express your faith in a beautiful piece of jewelry you will come to treasure.  So check out Holly Lane for yourself.

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Review and Giveaway for 52 Uncommon Family Adventures

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Book Description:

Connect with your family without breaking the bank.

When you dreamed of having a family you pictured outings, adventures, laughing around the kitchen table. But then the kids actually came and most of the time you’re too busy trying to keep up to figure out how to create a magical, screen-free environment where everyone feels loved, is having fun, and can connect. That’s why 52 Uncommon Family Adventures was written, it helps you do just that, without all the hassle and stress.

Whether it’s a family pillow fight, a lip-sync competition, or Toilet Paper Olympics, give your family the gift of lifelong memories while having fun, connecting spiritually, and speaking each other’s love languages. Enjoy all the benefits of the quality time you dreamed of without all the pressure of advanced planning.

Put down the phones, turn off the TV, and start making some memories together today.

Purchase Link:  Pick up your life-saving copy of fun at:  https://amzn.to/2SyNfgM

 

 

Randy Southern’s book 52 Uncommon Family Adventures presents a wealth of ideas for getting family away from their computer screens in order to have fun as a family.  This book gives creative ways to enjoy spending time together in ways that create memories.

Some of the ideas of the presented include a Volunteer Day, Mirror Games, Switching Rooms and more.  Each adventure includes a section with directions for getting ready along with directions for the actual adventure time as well as Family Devotions and the Love Language of the Day.

The directions for getting ready will allow families to be sure they have the necessary items to complete the given activity.  The variety of activities allows families to select something they can do regardless of the preparation time available.  I see this being the perfect thing to print out or write out the adventures and throw them into a jar and then let children select the adventure a few days in advance.  Doing this will allow the parents to secure any necessary items needed or make decisions about what location to use.   Adventures like a good old-fashioned pillow fight require no money and very little preparation.  On the other hand, doing the lip-sync video may require more preparation. For the “Something Borrowed” adventure, preparation is needed to allow times to borrow items from family or friends.

The Family Devotion Section includes a passage of Scripture to reference along with ideas of what to talk about regarding the passage.  One thing I really like about this section is how only the passage reference is given.  Families then are able to use whatever Bible translation they are familiar and comfortable with personally.

The Love Language of the Day provides a glimpse into what type of person with the given primary love language who will benefit from the activity. So for example, some people prefer words of affirmation to let them know they are loved.  Other people need to receive gifts in order to see they are loved.  Still, others need to spend quality time together in order to know they are loved.  So with a variety of activities in the book, families can pick and choose activities that address the variety of love languages.

Personally, I feel this is an excellent book for families who are looking for creative ways to spend time together in order to make lasting and meaningful memories.

But don’t just take my word for it, have a look yourself at just how easy,  FUN, and helpful this book is:  click here to see for yourself.

If you would like to enter a giveaway to have a chance of winning your own copy of 52 Uncommon Family Adventures, click here or on the graphic below.

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