Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A Cause to Be Thankful by Yolanda Shanks (Review)

A Cause to Be Thankful

(Destined to Live, Despite Me Series)

by Yolanda Shanks

(I received this book for review purposes.)

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Genre- Religion / Christian Life

Publisher- BelieversPress

Copyrighted- 2012

Number of pages- 110

Age Group- Adult

Description of book- Paperback, $14.99, ISBN: 978-0-9853616-1-7

Have you ever spent much time thinking about the ten lepers from the Bible?  Yolanda Shanks has used them as a reference in A Cause to Be Thankful.

In six short, but powerful chapters you will learn about thankfulness, leprosy, the ten lepers, instructions on how to be more thankful, and more.  The methods used are text, Biblical references, application, and prayer.

About the Author:

Yolanda Shanks currently lives in Texas with her husband.  She is also a grandmother.  She has written two other books Destined to Live, Despite Me and Not Just a Hearer but a Doer.

My thoughts:  

A Cause to be Thankful, by Yolanda Shanks, is a book that has inspired me to be more thankful and how to show it.

This book was very well written and can be used to inspire, but there was a big problem for me.  Chapter Seven “A Sentence of Death- We All Fall Into This Category,” was a confusing chapter to me.  It was confusing, because the chapter was mentioned often throughout the book and was the last one, not the first.  I think this chapter would have worked best as part of an appendix.  It could also be mentioned at the beginning that it is a useful resource for those who have yet to become Christians.

My favorite part of this book was the prayers.  Shanks has a spiritual gift with writing prayers and being very encouraging.  I plan on sharing these prayers with my children.  I think they would learn wonderful ways to praise the Lord and be thankful for what they have.

I also liked the application at the end of each chapter.  It was very helpful to know how to apply what I learned.

This book is one that everyone should read, whether you are a new Christian or not.  I highly recommend A Cause to be Thankful.

Informational and Purchasing Links:

Link Yolanda Shank’s Website: http://www.YolandaShanks.com/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/yolandashanks

Facebook URL: http://www.facebook.com/yolanda.shanks.75

Purchase from Amazon.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received a free copy of A Cause to Be Thankful, by Yolanda Shanks to review.  I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.  I am part of The CWA Review CrewAll links were current when posted.

12 Steps to Becoming a More Organized Woman by Lane P. Jordan (Review)

12 Steps to Becoming a More Organized Woman: Practical Tips for Managing Your Home and Family

by Lane P. Jordan

(I received this book for review purposes.)

 

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Genre- Religion / Christian Life / Women’s Issues

Publisher- Hendrickson

Copyrighted- 2013

Number of pages- 208

Age Group- women

Description of book- Paperback, $12.95, ISBN: 978-1-61970-110-6

Do you find it difficult to be organized?  12 Steps to Becoming a More Organized Woman, by Lane P. Jordan, might be just the book you have been looking for.

This is a revised and updated version to include more information about technology.  Topics included are:

  • spending time with God.
  • exercise.
  • how to be a nurturer.
  • providing healthy meals.

About the Author:

Lane P. Jordan currently lives in Texas with her husband.  They have two adult daughters.  She is a speaker and author.  She is also a professional life coach.

My thoughts:  

12 Steps to Becoming a More Organized Woman, by Lane P. Jordan, was excellent.  I do not know about you, but I could certainly improve my organization skills.

There are lots of subjects covered in this book, like health, studying the Bible, and how to manage the details.  I know that I could spend many times reading this book and still not glean all the useful information available.

One of the best parts of this book was the “Bringing home Step…” (put in one of the twelve steps).  I enjoyed the questions and ways to apply it in my own life.  I am looking forward to putting my plans into action.

This is a book all women should read and then implement into their own lives.  I highly recommend it!

Informational and Purchasing Links:

To learn more about Lane P. Jordan you can go to:

You can also find Jordan on Facebook and Twitter.


You can purchase the book at:

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received a free copy of 12 Steps to Becoming a More Organized Woman, by Lane P. Jordan to review.  I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.  I am part of The CWA Review CrewAll links were current when posted.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Picture of the Week! (January 26, 2014)- Porcupine Potato


B received some science experiment cards for his birthday.  One of the cards explained how to put a straw into a potato. 
B decided he wanted to make a porcupine out of his potato.  He had a lot of fun.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Picture of the Week! (January 19, 2014)- Clouds


I love watching clouds and taking photos of them.  This is one of my latest!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Related by Chance, Family by Choice by Deb DeArmond (Review)

Related by Chance, Family by Choice: Transforming Mother-in-Law & Daughter-in-law Relationships

By Deb DeArmond

(received in exchange for an honest review)

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Genre- Marriage and Family

Published by- Kregel Publications

Copyrighted- 2013

Number of pages- 208

Age Group- Adult (women)

Description of book- paperback, listed price- $13.99, ISBN 978-0-8254-4325-1

Deb DeArmond shows how the best mother-in-law and daughter-in-law relationships should be in Related by Chance, Family by Choice.

DeArmond has a good relationship with her daughters-in-law and you will see that as your read this book.  If you use the scripture and your relationship with God, then you will be able to improve your relationship with the other woman. 

Some of the chapters are “Leaving and Cleaving: What Exactly Does That Mean,” “Women of the Word: Ruth and Naomi,” and Digging Out: How Big Is Your Shovel?”  Each chapter ends with a self-assessment, “Plan of Action,” prayer, and “What Would Ruth and Naomi Do? paragraph.”

Excerpt from the book!

About the Author-

Deb DeArmond is married, has three sons, three daughters-in-law and currently lives in Texas.  She owns a leadership training and coaching practices company.  She is a speaker and is a cofounder of My Purpose Now (www.mypurposenow.org).  Her website is www.debdearmond.com

My thoughts-

I thought Related by Chance, Family by Choice, by Deb DeArmond was an excellent and pertinent book.

I am blessed with a good relationship with my mother-in-law, but I have heard and read many stories about bad mother-in-law and daughter-in-law relationships.  There are many ways to repair those broken relationships or make good relationships stronger.  It is important to use the Bible to help make the relationships be the best that they can be.

I thought it was great how each chapter ended with the self-assessment, “Plan of Action,” prayer, and “What Would Ruth and Naomi Do?”  It was nice to be able to review the chapter and have a plan for the relationship.

I would highly recommend this book to all mothers-in-law and daughters-in-law.  To help strengthen our country we need to strengthen our relationships.  An improvement in these relationships would be seen by children and husbands and would help their relationships with others, thus helping the country.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Related by Chance, Family by Choice, by Deb DeArmond, for free from the Kregel Publications’ Blog Tour.  All links were current when posted.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Friday, January 10, 2014

99 Stories from the Bible by Juliet David and illustrated by Elina Ellis (Review)

99 Stories from the Bible

By Juliet David and Illustrated by Elina Ellis

(received in exchange for an honest review)

 

Genre- Bible / Young Children

Published by- Candle Books

Copyrighted- 2013

Number of pages- 196

Age Group- Juvenile

Description of book- hardback, listed price- $14.99, ISBN 978-1-85985-847-9

Are you looking for a good Bible story book for a young reader?  99 Stories from the Bible, by Juliet David and illustrated by Elina Ellis might be just the book you are looking for.

This book contains 99 different stories from the Bible.  Some of the stories were about:

  • the Creation.
  • Moses.
  • Gideon.
  • Solomon.
  • Jesus.

About the Author-

Juliet David currently lives in London with her family.  She has written many Bible activity books and children’s stories.

My thoughts-

I enjoy reading children’s Bible story books, so I can see what I think are the best books available for young children today.

Juliet David has written a variety of children’s Bible story books, which have all been very good.  I especially liked how this book, 99 Stories from the Bible, would be very good for beginning readers.  It had simple stories and plenty of illustrations to help break up the text.

I was glad to see so many different stories.  I do not like reading Bible story books which have the typical subjects, like Jonah, Moses, and the birth of Jesus.  This book will provide a good base for young readers before they receive their first Bible.

I would highly recommend 99 Stories from the Bible, by Juliet David and illustrated by Elina Ellis.  It would be perfect for the young children in your life.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received 99 Stories from the Bible, by Juliet David and illustrated by Elina Ellis, for free from the Kregel Publications’ Blog Tour.  All links were current when posted.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Picture of the Week!- January 5, 2014

I thought I had better post a photo of our tree, before we take it down.  These are origami foxes my son folded.  There are over 100 foxes on the tree.

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Rest Not in Peace by Mel Starr (review)

In Rest Not in Peace ($14.99, ISBN 978-1-78264-008-0, The sixth chronicle of Hugh de Singleton, surgeon), by Mel Starr, there has been a death at Bampton Castle, near Oxford.. Master Hugh needs to determine if it was natural causes or murder. To make matters more complicated, Master Hugh had provided a sleeping potion to the deceased, Sir Henry Burley, guest of Lord Gilbert.

What really happened? Did he take too much sleeping powder or was he murdered?

About the Author: Mel Starr currently lives in Michigan. He has studied medieval surgery and medieval English.

My Thoughts: I thought Rest Not in Peace, by Mel Starr was an excellent book.

I always learn so much about so much about medieval history when I read Starr's books. One of my favorite parts about the book is the glossary, found at the front. Starr always lists such wonderful sounding dishes. I would enjoy finding recipes so my family can try the different dishes.

The mystery this time was so tricky that I was not sure who was guilty for killing Sir Henry Burley. I would like to read this book again, slowly, to see if I could figure out who the murderer was at the same time as Master Hugh.  

Rest Not in Peace was another good book in the sixth chronicle of Hugh de Singleton, surgeon. I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy reading about Hugh or those who have not read the series yet.


Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Rest Not in Peace, by Mel Starr, for free from the Kregel Publications’ Blog Tour.  All links were current when posted.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

License Plates Game

We took a trip through the states of western Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, and eastern Iowa around a month ago and we kept track of the license plates we saw.  We were very surprised when we saw 37 out of 50 states.  After we got home I found some maps and I had the children color in each of the states.  You will find the photos below.

Here are the states!

  • Vermont
  • New York
  • Colorado
  • Nevada
  • Iowa
  • Wisconsin
  • Illinois
  • Tennessee
  • Nebraska
  • Kentucky
  • Indiana
  • Georgia
  • North Dakota
  • Minnesota
  • Oklahoma
  • Mississippi
  • Florida
  • Missouri
  • Ohio
  • California
  • Oregon
  • Arkansas
  • Michigan
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Maryland
  • Pennsylvania
  • Alabama
  • Louisiana
  • South Dakota
  • Maine
  • New Hampshire
  • Texas

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