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Review and Giveaway for LETTERS FROM JESUS

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About the Book

Book: Letters from Jesus

Author: Chris Palmer

Genre: Religion / Biblical Studies/History & Culture

Release Date: September 10, 2019

Letters from Jesus“In Revelation 2:2, Jesus tells the church in Ephesus something intimate—Google Street View intimate. He says, ‘I know your works’ (Oida ta erga sou). Four words don’t seem like much, but in the Greek, it packs a punch.… Jesus chooses the Greek word oida, which expresses total, comprehensive knowledge. It is intimate knowledge that comes from being up close and personal. This knowledge isn’t hazy on the details. It doesn’t struggle to remember. It preserves the particulars. In the mind’s eye, everything is sharp and clear, like a well-taken photograph.” —Chris Palmer

Letters from Jesus: Studies from the Seven Churches of Revelation explores Christ’s warnings to the seven most prominent churches in Asia Minor in the book of Revelation. These letters date back to 95 A.D., but they help us make a fascinating discovery about civilization: life hasn’t changed that much over the last two millennia.
Author Chris Palmer illustrates the truths contained in the Letters from Jesus using modern, everyday day examples. The host of the popular podcast Greek for the Week, he unpacks Greek words and phrases in these verses from Revelation with humor, joy, and biblical scholarship.

Why study Greek, even just a little bit? As Chris explains, looking at the New Testament in the original language in which it was written can offer us some beautiful insights into God’s Word. “It’s like reading the Bible in high definition,” he says. Also, “studying God’s Word in the original language forces us to approach it with reverence and awe, humbling ourselves to obey what it says, whether it’s something we want to hear or not.”

 

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Letters From Jesus by Reverend Chris Palmer examines the book of Revelation and the seven churches Paul addressed.  As a Christian and the wife of a Primitive Baptist elder (preacher), I recognize the importance of learning Biblical history.  Having attended a church at one point where the preacher emphasized the study of Greek and the study of Revelation, I was pleased to have the opportunity to review this book.

His initial discussion of Koine Greek drew me back to a desire to study and learn Greek so I can interact with the original Biblical text in a more meaningful way.  I appreciated how he discussed how the Greek language allowed writers to arrange words in a way that emphasized the points they wanted to stand out.

I also appreciated how he reiterated the fact that the book of Revelation holds great relevance for us today.  I also appreciated his discussion of the number 7 and how the letters to the seven churches represented a complete message for the “entire” Church or all Christians.  I also appreciated how he provided insights into the geography and Church history of the time.

The way Reverend Palmer includes prayers for the week, an activity for the week, and Scriptures for the week encourages Biblical interaction and interaction with God as well. I also appreciated how he included Scriptures at the begining of each chapter that are presented in both English and Greek.

So if you are looking for a Biblcial study of the book of Revelation and the Greek language that is presented in a straight-forward manner, check out this book for yourself.

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

About the Author

Chris PalmerThe Rev. Chris Palmer is the founder and pastor of Light of Today Church in Novi, Michigan, and founder of Chris Palmer Ministries. He is host of the popular podcast, Greek for the Week, seen on several Internet platforms.

Chris began in full-time ministry in 2006 and began to preach internationally in 2009, helping many congregations grow, flourish, and expand. His desire for missions is to train and educate pastors, encourage congregations, support the vision of local church, and show the love of God to the culture. He has done this successfully for a decade in over forty nations of the world in Europe, Africa, South America, Asia, and the Caribbean, working with both traditional churches and the underground/persecuted church.

Chris earned a B.A. in Pastoral Studies from North Central University and an M.A. in Exegetical Theology, magna cum laude, from Moody Theological Seminary. He is a sought-after Greek scholar for his ability to make God’s Word come alive in a unique way from the Greek. Chris is often invited to present Greek and hermeneutics workshops at Bible and ministry schools. He recently began working on his Ph.D. at University Wales, Bangor, in the area of Johannine Literature, particularly the book of Revelation.

His previous self-published books include Living as a Spirit: Hearing the Voice of God on Purpose, The 85 Questions You Ask When You Begin a Relationship with GodThe Believer’s Journey, and Escaping the Haunting Past: A Handbook for Deliverance.

 

More from Chris

Experience the Bible in high definition and learn some Greek with fun, easy lessons from pastor/scholar Chris Palmer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhvbBaSbvuY

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, September 14

The Power of Words, September 15

Through the Lens of Scripture, September 16

Godly Book Reviews, September 17

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 18

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, September 19

My Devotional Thoughts, September 20

Mary Hake, September 21

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 21

For the Love of Literature, September 22

Retrospective Spines, September 23

Texas Book-aholic, September 24

A Reader’s Brain, September 25

A Diva’s Heart, September 25

janicesbookreviews, September 26

Inklings and notions , September 27

Giveaway

To celebrate his tour, Chris is giving away a grand prize package of a $20 Starbucks gift card, copy of LETTERS FROM JESUS, copy of HEBREW WORD STUDY!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/e808/letters-from-jesus-celebration-tour-giveaway

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Review and Giveaway for Seeing Angelsw

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About the Book

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Book: Seeing Angels

Author: Joshua Mills

Genre: Religion / Christian Theology/Angelology & Demonology

Release Date: September 3, 2019

A recent study found that 57 percent of Catholics, 66 percent of Evangelical Protestants, and 10 percent of Jews have reported having a personal experience with a guardian angel. And 20 percent of those who identified themselves as having no religion also claimed having encountered an angel.

Seeing Angels is one of the most in depth examinations of angelic ministry by one of the cutting-edge charismatic leaders in the church today. Joshua Mills goes beyond the usual takes on angels regarding spiritual warfare and explores who they are, how to recognize them, and what they do.

  • Part I, Understanding Your Angels, is all about understanding who angels are, exploring why they are necessary and how different angels minister comfort, healing, love, prosperity. It reveals who they carry out specific geographic assignments for cities and nations, as well as the more unique and extraordinary assignments they receive.
  • Part II, Discerning Your Angels, explains how to become more aware of the unseen heavenly realm, as well as how to recognize divine intervention when it does reveal itself to human sight. Such manifestations include random strangers, visions, or signs and messengers that believers receive. Joshua also explains the way he has interacted with visions of radiant light, swirling colors, and what he describes as atmospheric shifts. All of this is intended to make believers become more aware of both invisible and revealed spiritual realities.
  • Part III, Working with Your Angels, deals specifically with how to minister alongside these heavenly messengers as they stand watch, provide protection, and administer strength and comfort. This includes recognizing their movements and how to effectively pray for angelic encounters to take place.

With a foreword by Patricia King, Seeing Angels is among the most comprehensive teachings on recognizing angelic beings and understanding how to partner with them in ministry.

 

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As a Christian, I believe there are angels all around us.  However, I believe they generally are not seen, but sometimes can be sensed.  So I was interested to read Seeing Angels by Joshua Mills.  I expected to read about actual encounters individuals had with angels. But he actually started with an in-depth Biblical discussion about angels.  I found this part very informative.

I also enjoyed reading about the four named angels:  Michael, Gabriel, and Apollyon or Abaddon, and of course Satan.  But then he also mentions Raphael, whose name means “Healing of God”. I felt the insights given in this section provided good information.  He discusses how Michael and Gabriel were heavenly messengers rather than ones who performed miracles on their own.

This book emphasizes how God has angels available to do His Work, including healing and ministering.  I valued how Mr. Mills discussed the various names of God and then gave additional information and insights to go along with the particular encounters with angels.

So if you want to read a book with more about angels, check out this book for yourself.

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

About the Author

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Joshua Mills is an internationally recognized ordained minister of the gospel, as well as a recording artist, keynote conference speaker, and author of more than twenty books and spiritual training manuals. His most recent book with Whitaker House was Moving in Glory Realms. He is well known for his unique insights into the glory realm, prophetic sound, and the supernatural atmosphere that he carries. For more than twenty years, he has helped people discover the life-shifting truth of salvation, healing, and deliverance for spirit, soul and body. Joshua and his wife, Janet, cofounded International Glory Ministries, and have ministered on six continents in over seventy-five nations around the world. Featured in several film documentaries and print articles, including Charisma and Worship Leader Magazine, together, they have ministered to millions around the world through radio, television, and online webcasts, including appearances on TBN, Daystar, GodTV, It’s Supernatural! with Sid Roth100 Huntley Street, and Everlasting Love with Patricia King. Their ministry is located in both Palm Springs, California, and London, Ontario, Canada, where they live with their three children: Lincoln, Liberty, and Legacy.

 

More from Joshua

Angels are a hot topic. A 2007 Baylor Religion Survey found that 57 percent of Catholics, 81 percent of black Protestants, 66 percent of Evangelical Protestants, and 10 percent of Jews reported having a personal experience with a guardian angel. And 20 percent of those who identified themselves as having no religion also claimed having encountered an angel.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, September 10

CarpeDiem, September 11

Godly Book Reviews, September 12

Through the Fire Blogs, September 13

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 13

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess , September 14

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 15

Vicky Sluiter, September 16

Spoken from the Heart, September 17

For The Love of Books , September 17

Texas Book-aholic, September 18

Retrospective Spines, September 19

Emily Yager, September 20

janicesbookreviews, September 21

A Reader’s Brain, September 22

Inklings and notions , September 23

Giveaway

To celebrate his tour, Joshua is giving away a grand prize package of a $20 Starbucks gift card, copy of SEEING ANGELS, copy of Heaven and Angels by H.A. and copy of A Divine Revelation of Angels by Mary K. Baxter!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/e806/seeing-angels-celebration-tour-giveaway

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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 Scripture.com, 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

Giveaway

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.

https://promosimple.com/ps/eb9b/the-key-to-dreaming-again-celebration-tour-giveaway

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

You can find Easy Grammar Systems on social media on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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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Review and Giveaway for Teaching Art

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About the Book

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Book: Teaching Art

Author: Jerry E. Twitchell

Genre: Nonfiction  EDUCATION/Teaching Methods & Materials/Arts & Humanities

Release Date: February 20, 2019

As Simple as 1-2-3

Everything needed to structure and teach an effective art program for grades one to three is made simple for the home-school parent or teacher.

This step-by-step process for teaching art is perfect for home-school teachers or parents with limited art skills or time to create their own programs. This system of insight, responses to judgments, ideas, and feelings aligns with public school and state visual arts requirements.

Teaching Art in the Primary Grades is designed to foster lifelong interest in the arts, provide a gauge of what can be expected of children at various ages and grade levels, and present a baseline for measuring growth and skill.

Lesson plans with goals, objects, time frames, techniques, steps, illustrated examples, and assessment of growth are included.

 

Click here to get your copy.

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As a homeschooling mother, I am always on the lookout for new materials.  Plus, with a daughter who loves art, I was excited to have the opportunity to review this book.  I do not consider myself gifted in the field of art, and being military means we often move.  So we have not had art instruction available to our family typically.  So the idea of having a book that provides step-by-step instructions and does not require me to an art expert was a good thing.

I appreciate how each lesson contains all the instructions and directions for what needs to be done that day.  This book covers grades 1-3 and does an excellent job of covering a variety of topics.

I found the lessons to be well-crafted and interesting. I feel it is an excellent book for starting art instruction in the elementary grades.  So check it out for yourself.

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

 

About the Author

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Jerry E. Twitchell, DEd, is a retired educational administrator and art and history instructor. With over thirty years of experience as a teacher and principal, Jerry has nurtured primary through secondary students to experience the excitement of art. In his work with parents, teachers, and especially children, he has sought to bring to life a love and passion for art.

 

More from Jerry

Ever since I was young, I have always loved art.  It was only natural for me to be teaching and sharing the love of art to young people. Over the years, a number of parents, students and fellow teachers and administrators suggested that I should write a book about teaching art, particularly to the emerging beginning artist.  This would hopefully help them gain confidence in themselves in return would flow into their reading and writing subjects. After retiring, pondering and headaches, I started putting it together and throwing around ideas to myself on what should be included and “Wala”…..here it is.

Blog Stops

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, September 11

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 12

Mary Hake, September 12

A Baker’s Perspective, September 13 (Author Interview)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 14

Kathy Anderson, September 14

Vicky Sluiter, September 15

Lis Loves Reading, September 16

Creating Romance, September 17

janicesbookreviews, September 18

Texas Book-aholic, September 19

Quiet Workings, September 19

A Reader’s Brain, September 20

Older & Smarter?, September 21

Inklings and notions , September 22

Little Homeschool on the Prairie, September 23

The Artist Librarian, September 23

For Him and My Family, September 24

Beck To Basics, September 24

Giveaway

To celebrate his tour, Jerry is giving away Gift basket with Basic art Supplies, Stack Card and a Athabascan People of The North coloring book!!

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

https://promosimple.com/ps/ec3a/teaching-art-celebration-tour-giveaway

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Review and Giveaway for Waiting for God

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About the Book

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Book: Waiting for God

Author: Xochitl Dixon

Genre: Non-Fiction, Devotional

Release Date: August 7, 2019

Inhale God’s Word. Exhale in prayer. Rest in God’s love.

If your heart is weary and longing for answers—for healing, for provision, for miracles—Waiting for God renews your hope with strong biblical truth and encouraging Scripture-based prayer.

Conquer your fears and frustrations as you inhale God’s Word, exhale in prayer, and rest in God’s love. Live a life of deeper connection and immediate communion with God that can lead to contentment in His constant presence, no matter what your days hold or how long God’s deliberate delays may last.

Xochitl Dixon writes each chapter with heart-touching transparency and vulnerability, as she shares her own story as well as the stories of others who are trusting God through waiting seasons with no apparent end in sight. As a woman who lives with chronic pain, Xochitl understands constant struggle yet chooses to put God on the throne of her life.

 

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If you want a book that includes Biblical passages, Biblical stories, and personal stories wrapped up into one incredible package, check out this book for yourself.  This book made me laugh, cry, and more as I read the pages.  Let’s face it, at times all of us feel worn down and frustrated.  This book does an excellent job of showing how to face hard times with God’s grace and mercy.

The accounts of  Xochitl Dixon’s experiences with a chronic illness reminded me of my experiences with chronic high blood pressure and arthritis.  I could relate to what she had to say.  Her experiences with her mother dealing with cancer also resonated with me.  This book demonstrates that sometimes we just have to wait on God, but we can find people and experiences to bless us during those times.

The amazing way God often sends people to us at just the right time with just the right words or actions to lighten our burdens also resonate through these pages as well.

I found myself not wanting to put the book down.  So check it out for yourself.

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

About the Author

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Xochitl (So-Cheel) E. Dixon has a heart for loving God and people. She’s passionate about intercessory prayer, nurturing spiritual growth, and the prayerful study and application of Scripture. Through her daily struggles with chronic pain, due to an upper back injury she endured in 1992, she writes with transparency, ministers to the hurting, and inspires hope through worshiping God in all circumstances.

She serves as a regular contributor to Our Daily Bread (www.odb.org), a ministry devoted to making “the life-changing wisdom of the Bible understandable and accessible to all.” Her devotional, Waiting for God: Trusting Daily in God’s Plan and Pace (Discovery House Publishers) is available for pre-order and releases August 7, 2019. She is a contributing author for the upcoming Our Daily Bread devotionals: What Really Matters (August 7, 2019), And He Walks with Me (October 2, 2019), and Moments of Peace for Moms (October 2, 2019).

Her devotions have also been included in All God’s Creatures (Guideposts, 2019), God Hears Her (Discovery House, 2017), Our Help (Discovery House, 2017), and This Far by Faith: Legacies of the Black Church (Discovery House, 2017). Her nonfiction has been published in My Amazing Mom (Chicken Soup for the Soul, 2018), Second-Chance Dogs (Revell, 2018), LIVE Magazine (2019), and Church Health Reader (2019).

She followed God from California to Wisconsin and is enjoying Midwest adventures with her best friend and husband of over 25 years, Dr. W. Alan Dixon, Sr. She loves their sons, A.J. and Xavier, spoils her service dog, Callie, and likes serving as a speaker, traveling, photography, reading, singing, sketching, studying Scripture, and nurturing authentic relationships.

Xochitl connects with readers and shares encouragement devotions, prayer, and Scripture-based memes on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and on her blog at www.xedixon.com. You can also follow her Author Page on Amazon’s Author Central.

 

More from Xochitl

“Never pray for patience.”

My friend’s warning pricked at the back of my mind. Without realizing it, I began lacing my prayers with fear, doubt, and caution. I couldn’t risk being thrust into situations that would force me to develop patience, so I did everything in my power to avoid asking the Lord to help me be patient.

But even when I didn’t ask Him to cultivate the fruit of the Spirit in me, I always seemed to end up in circumstances that stretched my faith as much as my patience.

When my agent challenged me to write the book I had to write, I pitched Waiting for God: Trusting Daily in God’s Plan and Pace.

I thought I’d be sharing tips about how to persevere through trials and endure suffering with grace. But after I signed the contract and received a deadline for my manuscript, my husband received an unexpected job offer.

We followed the Lord from California to Wisconsin.

Writing became a challenge as I suffered a setback in my healing journey. I endured high levels of pain and fatigue. My husband and I struggled with frustration as we adjusted to life in the Midwest during one of the coldest winters in history.

And God changed my perspective on waiting for Him, which has nothing to do with patience.

I’ll be sharing my answers to the end-of-chapter questions on my blog (www.xedixon.com). I’m excited to invite you to join the adventure.

I look forward to growing with you as we wait for God, inhaling His Word, exhaling in prayer, and resting in His love as we trust daily in His plan and pace.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, September 2

April Hayman, Author, September 3

Genesis 5020, September 4

A Diva’s Heart, September 4

Through the Lens of Scripture, September 5

AndreaChristenson, September 6

Kelly Harrel, September 7

Mary Hake, September 7

For the Love of Literature, September 8

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, September 9

Just the Write Escape, September 10

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 11

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 11

Texas Book-aholic, September 12

A Reader’s Brain, September 13

janicesbookreviews, September 13

Inklings and notions, September 14

Cultivating Us, September 15

God is Love, September 15

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Xochitl is giving away a grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card, a signed copy of Waiting for God, and a copy of God Hears Her (Our Daily Bread 365-Day Devotional)!!

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

https://promosimple.com/ps/eaef/waiting-for-god-celebration-tour-giveaway

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Review and Giveaway for Tidbits and Pearls

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About the Book

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Book: Tidbits and Pearls

Author: Ladonna Shanks

Genre: Non-Fiction, Christian personal growth

Release Date: April 15, 2019

How often do you truly see that life is full of everyday blessings from God? Our Creator is present in our lives—even when we don’t realize it—and it is part of His plan that we have friendship and relationship with Him. So how does one live life with God, the omnipotent, omniscient Creator of all?

In Tidbits and Pearls, Ladonna Shanks shares incidents from her life, recounting them in a way that touches the heart and enriches the lives of those who read these personal stories. Her insights and lessons learned offer profound yet simple wisdom, gleaned from her seventy-plus years of life experience. Many of her essays focus on her family—her children and “grandgirls”—as well as her personal gardening business. Her faith shines through the narrative as a shining light for others to follow.

Humankind was created to have a relationship with their Creator, and everyday life presents the opportunities for that to occur. Tidbits and Pearls is one woman’s record of how God manifests himself in daily life, with the challenge to look beyond the physical and seek the spiritual aspect of life. So take the first step in this journey and be honest with yourself and with God, for you are His instrument, and without Him you can do nothing.

 

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Tidbits and Pearls resonate with Ladonna Shanks’ personal experiences and guides the reader to recognize how everyday life is full of blessings from God. One of my favorite bits from the book is where she talks about her father being in the audience while she played music and specifically the mention of a Sousa march.  I personally love a good Sousa march.  So this section made me smile.

Her emphasis on the importance of family also captured my thoughts as well.  I found the book to be written in a way that makes me feel as though Ladonna Shanks was speaking directly to me.  I found her words made me want to think more about what she had to say.  This uplifting and inspiring collection of essays is definitely worth reading.

Throughout the book, I enjoyed reading and getting to know bits and pieces about her family and their experiences.  I feel like the book did more than just tell facts, it also made me feel like I was part of her family’s world.

I also loved her remarks about her premature son and how “they” – the so-called experts did not recognize or rely on the power of God.  It shows the power of faith.

Truly this book is one worth reading, so check it out for yourself.

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

About the Author

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Ladonna Shanks was born and raised in Oregon. She graduated from Lebanon High School in 1962, married, and became mother to a son and three daughters. After more than thirty years as a stay-at-home mom, she began working in a garden nursery. That led to establishing her own gardening business. Now in her mid-seventies, she continues to operate the business as it enters its seventeenth season.

 

More from Ladonna

When people ask me how long it took to write Tidbits and Pearls, I usually tell them, “It took a lifetime.”  As a senior citizen, I had to live it before I could write of it–of life and the living of it; of God’s desire for friendship; of His presence in everyday life; of the opportunities given to learn, to grow, and to experience Him.

Tidbits and Pearls began as a blog several years ago, based on my personal experiences as God walks with me and teaches me. My desire is to share Him–with those who believe and those who don’t; to those in a church and those who aren’t; to many, to but one. In this compilation of posts, my goal is to challenge the reader to think beyond the physical into the spiritual, to consider the brevity of this life when compared to the eternal, to think of things in a way perhaps never thought of before, to look Godward.

My walk with God began as a very little girl with no concept of the reality of Him and His love. As a seventy-something woman, He is a part of my daily life, my anchor, the foundation of my being. He is my reason for living.

I am honored to deliver His message—God is love; He created humankind for friendship and relationship; there is a point and purpose to all things.

Blog Stops

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 4

Through the Lens of Scripture, September 5

Sara Jane Jacobs – Blog, September 6

Through the Fire Blogs, September 7 (Author Interview)

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, September 7

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 8

SusanK. Beatty, Author, September 9 (Author Interview)

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess , September 10

Wishful Endings, September 11 (Author Interview)

janicesbookreviews, September 12

A Reader’s Brain, September 13

A Baker’s Perspective , September 14(Author Interview)

Inklings and notions , September 15

Texas Book-aholic, September 16

Just the Write Escape, September 17

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Ladonna is giving away a grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

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

https://promosimple.com/ps/eb97/tidbits-and-pearls-celebration-tour-giveaway

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