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#un-ashamed Healing Our Brokenness & Finding Freedom From Shame

UnashamedI don’t know if it’s true or not, but I’ve read that women are taught from a young age to be ashamed.  Don’t get me wrong, I believe that a certain amount of shame is very necessary and is actually a good thing, but at some point I, personally, developed way more shame than I need.  To the point that it interferes with my life and my happiness.  Unashamed is meant to help us let go of those negative feelings and find the joy and peace that God intends for us.  I had that once but have lost it, not necessarily from shame but as it turns out that isn’t really the important part.

About the book:

Unashamed: Healing Our Brokenness and Finding Freedom from Shame offers hope to

those struggling under the burden of shame. This book shines the life-giving light of the

gospel on the things that leave us feeling worthless and rejected, directing our attention

to the God who promises to forgive and restore us—no matter what.

authorAbout the author:#

Heather Davis Nelson (MA, Westminster Theological Seminary) is a writer, counselor,

and speaker. Heather writes regularly at HeatherDavisNelson.com and has been a

featured writer at the Gospel Coalition, as well as a contributing author to the Journal of

Biblical Counseling. She and her husband are parents to twin daughters and live in

southeastern Virginia.

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Originally posted 2016-06-29 08:00:03.

If We Were A Movie: Book Review

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Book Summary

Music meets Movies in this sweet college romance from the bestselling author of Cinder & Ella & V is for Virgin.

NYU freshman Nate Anderson is a triplet who is desperate to escape his wild and crazy brothers. After they screw things up for him one too many times, Nate flees his housing situation and takes the first available room for rent as far from his brothers as he can get.

Enter his new roommate Jordan—a quirky LA girl who believes that everything in life has already been done in the movies. In this heartfelt tale of friendship, family, life, and love, Nate learns how to deal with his new adult life using Hollywood films as a guide.

***This book is part of a multi-author project that features one recurring character—the match maker—but it is a STAND-ALONE novel.***

Book Review

Sometimes to write a book review, I have to think long and hard. I’m always a little nervous at the thought of a ‘real’ author reading my silly little website. Every now and then though, I have so much excitement about a book that I can’t worry about what they think. I just write. This book is one of them. I have a thing where if I’m not interested in the first three pages, I’m done. I can’t or won’t force myself to read something that doesn’t quickly draw me in. If We Were a Movie drew me in quickly and I couldn’t put it down. I finished the book in two days, letting my other responsibilities take a hard backseat. I think my husband is still mad that he didn’t get any conversation for an entire evening because I couldn’t stop reading. The title of the book intrigued me from the beginning and the book gave what it promised in that paragraph meant to steal all of our attention. A love story with twists and turns, it gave what it promised and then some. Rather than my typical disappointment when a book ends, I am excited to know AUTHOR NAME has a series of books related called the MatchMaker Series. It is not often that I find an author whose books I feel like I must read, but this one is one of those rare ones. I normally say something along the lines of ‘you should’ or ‘must read’ but this time, I’m just going to say if you don’t read it, you are missing out. To quote Levar Burton from Reading Rainbow, “Don’t just take my word for it…”

Author Info & Links:

Kelly OramKelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen—a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which her family and friends still tease her. She’s obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and likes to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, four children, and her cat, Mr. Darcy.

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Originally posted 2016-03-16 06:00:47.

Jack Templar

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Hello all!  Check out the first two books of the fabulous Jack Templar series by Author Jeff Gunhus!  Starting this Friday (3/4-4/3), a 2-book Kindle edition of Jack Templar Monster Hunter and Jack Templar and the Monster Hunter Academy will be in a special promotion on Amazon!

Book One: Jack Templar Chronicles

If you made it this far, I assume you’re already a monster hunter or in training to become one. I hope my story helps you in the many fights ahead. Click on the image above to get your copy.

However, if you’re not a monster hunter…YOU MUST LEAVE THIS PAGE IMMEDIATELY.

I’m serious.

This story was never meant to become public. When I heard that some copies were making it into the hands of non-hunters, I freaked out. I’ve destroyed hundreds of these illegal copies but I can’t be sure I’ve found them all. The fact that you’ve gotten this far is proof of that.

This isn’t a game. This is real. So read this next part carefully.

If you open this book, the monsters will sense it. They will be attracted to you like sharks tracking blood in the water. Whether you like it or not, you will be dragged into this world of monsters just as I was. You will have no choice but to become a hunter.

Trust me, you’re not ready for this. This monsters are everywhere and you won’t stand a chance with the proper training.

I beg you, don’t read this book.

And if you do…don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Book Two: Jack Templar Chronicles

After barely surviving the onslaught of monsters that tried to kill him the day before his fourteenth birthday, Jack Templar leaves his hometown on a quest to rescue his father and discover the truth about his past.

Joined by his friends Will and T-Rex, and led by Eva, the mysterious one-handed monster hunter, Jack sets out for the Monster Hunter Academy where he hopes to find answers to his questions. Little does he suspect that the Academy is filled with dangers of its own, many of them more terrifying than anything he’s faced so far.

 

If that doesn’t wet your appetite, I don’t know what will!
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Originally posted 2016-03-15 00:00:40.

The Legend of the Easter Robin #EasterRobin #FlyBy

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With Easter fast approaching, this book has come out at a perfect time!  The story is adorable and sweet and even teaches us a few Dutch traditions.  The illustrations are very well done and a sense of love is emitted from each and every page.  Written for children ages 4-8, I think this book is perfect for Easter baskets and to keep on the bookshelf to re-read all year long!

About the book:
In the center of the nest lay one perfect egg, the color of a spring sky. The father robin sat on a branch nearby, guarding his family. Tressa spotted raccoon tracks below and a blue jay eyeing the nest. “Gran, how are we going to keep the egg safe?” “We’ll have to leave that one to the Creator,” Gran said. Robins have built a nest on the window ledge at Grandmother’s house! Tressa is thrilled―and concerned. What will happen to the sky-blue egg laid by the mother robin? As more eggs appear, Tressa witnesses the daily drama of the robins’ nest and learns how God cares for all creatures. Besides watching the birds, there are Easter eggs to color. And there is a very special story to hear―a tale of long ago about one small bird with a very big heart. How did the robin get its red breast? Tressa is about to find out as Gran tells her the story of the Easter robin. Brought to life with colorful, tender illustrations, The Legend of the Easter Robin will captivate and teach your child about compassion and faith.

Originally posted 2016-02-24 08:00:13.

Summer Under My Quilt

Introducing the debut Author Crystal Sellers with a story of love, life, and learning to let go.

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Megan Creeway spent the summer at her grandparent’s lake house. Her life had imploded and she didn’t know how to get it back. Her husband was a cheat, her son was outgrowing his mother, and her grandpa was very sick. Seeking refuge from it all, the one thing she did not expect, was to find herself being courted by the very handsome local Pastor.
Reid Stone was finally enjoying his life three years after a divorce. He started over in the quaint town of Lake Charlotte as the pastor of the local church. He quickly made friends yet still led a peaceful quiet life of bachelorhood.

An Excerpt from the novel

He appeared just as captivated by the fireflies as she had just been a moment ago, watching them dance in the air above the wheat field. It was all so majestic, like a carefully orchestrated Broadway play. One thing Megan always enjoyed was how the night sounds of the country took her far away from reality.

My Thoughts

You can read my original review on Good Reads but the skinny is: I LOVED this book!  It was a great read; wonderful story of home, family, love and triumph over trials.  It’s a definite page turner that you just don’t want to put down.  The story will warm your heart while giving you a sense of peace and comfort about the world.  The characters are well written and I felt like I knew them when I was done reading about them, like somehow they could be friends or family of mine.  Though I’m not sure what would take place, I’d love to read a sequel to this book because, frankly, I feel like I miss them.  While reading the book, they became very real to me.  I can imagine the lives the characters would continue to live and what they might be doing, but I’d love to read it from the author’s perspective.

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Originally posted 2016-02-04 00:00:04.

#MENSDEVOTIONALBIBLE

mensdevotionalAbout the 

ESV Men’s Devotional Bible

Our world presents daily distractions that can easily displace Christ as the center of a man’s heart and life.  The goal of the ESV Men’s Devotional Bible is to strengthen and encourage men through the life-giving Word of God and sound devotional content aimed at nurturing godliness.  With 365 theologically rich and gospel-centered devotions drawn directly from the Bible, this all-new resource was created under the editorial oversight of Dr. Sam Storms with contributions from over fifty Christian leaders.  Introductions orient men to each book of the Bible, exploring its unique contribution to a man’s walk with God.  Thoughtful and instructive articles address the importance of sound doctrine, life in the local church, leadership, the heart, calling, and a host of other relevant issues for today.  The Men’s Devotional Bible will strengthen men in their walk with Christ, helping them apply the gospel and the truths of God’s Word in their homes, churches, and workplaces.
Features:
– 365 brand-new devotions
– Brand new book introductions
– 14 brand-new articles
– Dictionary of key terms
– Ribbon marker
– Smyth-sewn binding
– Lifetime guarantee on TruTone edition
– Packaging: slipcase (TruTone), L-card (HC), permanent slipcase (Cloth over Board)
Retail Price: $34.99

About Crossway:

The purpose of Crossway has been, from its founding as a not-for-profit ministry in 1938, to publish gospel-centered, Bible-centered content that will honor our Savior and serve his Church.   They seek to help people understand the massive implications of the gospel and the truth of God’s Word, for all of life, for all eternity, and for the glory of God.

My Thoughts

If you read my review on the ESV Journaling Bible for women you’ll know that I really enjoyed the ESV version of the Bible. After comparing it to different versions, I really enjoyed it.  The ESV Men’s Devotional Bible is a great version.  I really love that they put the story descriptions in gold.  It really looks fabulous!  If you are looking for a new Bible, or for a gift for someone, this version is perfect!

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#JOURNALINGBIBLE Bible for Women

JournalingBibleMy Thoughts

The ESV Journaling Bible for women is a great resource as one studies to get closer and stay close to the Great Almighty.  I love so many aspects of the ESV Journaling Bible, published by Crossway.  First off, I’d never read the English Standard Version, so I was excited about exploring how it was worded.  I compared it to my normal versions and I really enjoyed the difference.  I definitely plan on adding the ESV to my routine studies.  Being a journaling Bible, on the side of the pages there is an area to take notes.  There are a ton of reasons this is great, my favorite being that if He speaks to you while studying you will have that note that you will never have to worry about losing.  I always wish I had all the notes I’ve taken throughout the years, now I will have them in the future.

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About the ESV Journaling Bible:
The ESV Journaling Bible provides the perfect way for you to keep a journal of your spiritual life right inside the Bible that you read and study each day.  With covers and formats that look like the finest journals, the Journaling Bible features two-inch ruled margins for writing observations, reflections, prayers, praises, notes, and journal entries.  This unique Bible makes a great gift and lasting keepsake for anyone who values God’s Word.
Features:
 – Black letter text
 – Double-column, paragraph format
 – Cream-colored paper
 – 2″ ruled margins
 – One-Year Bible Reading Plan
 – Introductions and section headings for each Bible book
Retail Price: $37.99
You will be receiving the Blue Flora design (pictured above) of this Bible for your review.
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The purpose of Crossway has been, from its founding as a not-for-profit ministry in 1938, to publish gospel-centered, Bible-centered content that will honor our Savior and serve his Church.   They seek to help people understand the massive implications of the gospel and the truth of God’s Word, for all of life, for all eternity, and for the glory of God.

Originally posted 2015-11-17 21:42:47.

Children’s Book of Adventure

What a fun andChickadees, Bumbelbeez, Pussy Willow Trees and Two-and-A-Half: A Children's Book of Adventure exciting book!  I enjoyed going through the book and enjoying the adventure!  It was wonderful to share with the little one!  So many opportunities to teach her about traveling, friendship and adventure of course!  While the time hasn’t come where I can take her physically on adventures, I love that I can take her with words and pictures.  Through these pages we got to go to see many things, both real and pretend.  While this fun little book is targeted toward ages 4-9, I feel like it is never too early to expose my little Cub to any appropriate book.  I want her to have the best chance I can give and a huge part of that includes books.

Children love to explore; it’s intuitive. And they tend to struggle when asked to confine their activities and behaviors to our adult-imposed rules and paths. Chickadees, Bumbelbeez, Pussy-Willow Trees and Two-And-A-Half is a vibrantly and exceptionally well-illustrated adventure book meant to inspire children to follow their urges to explore and to appreciate diversity. The book starts off when “One day a little brown monkey with dazzling olive green eyes, a friendly smile, and a long curly tail asked his father if there was more to the life than just hanging around with other monkeys and eating bananas.” Before long he meets a lovely grey cat and a majestic blue pelican each on their own quests. Together, they explore a foreign island and when their journey takes them into a private swath of land, they befriend a local dog who takes them further than they ever imagined.

Chickadees, Bumbelbeez, Pussy-Willow Trees and Two-And-A-Half emphasizes several significant values, which help us subsist and ultimately thrive: learning through independent exploration, the need for friendship, the importance of respect and tolerance for other cultures, languages, and lifestyle diversity, along with a healthy understanding of the powers of mother nature.
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Originally posted 2015-11-15 00:01:09.

#NIVBibleforTeenGirls #Giveaway US/CAN Ends 11/16 #Flyby

NIV Bible for Teen Girls Words cannot express my love for The Word.  It’s been the backbone of my life since I was a small girl.  I’m very excited flipping through this new NIV Bible for Teen Girls.  I remember seeing Bibles like these when I was a teen and wanting one so badly and when I got my first Bible directed to teens I ate up the devotionals and inspirations from it.  This Bible is the same, it contains daily readings, highlights the Word of God, challenges insights, gives advice and attempts to begin important dialogues about the realities of life.  It is meant for girls between the ages of 13 to 18, but the inspirations are timeless.  I definitely recommend checking it out!

Today’s teen girl needs reassurance that no issue is too big for God.  The NIV Bible for Teen Girls, designed specifically for girls ages 13 to 18, will do just that.  This Bible is designed to help teen girls grow in faith, hope, and love.  It is as sincere about a teen girl’s walk with God as they are, helping them discover his will for all areas of their life, including relating to their family, dealing with friends, work, sports, guys, and so much more.

Features:
  • DAILY READINGS by popular Christian female authors including Bethany Hamilton (Soul Surfer), Annie DownsChristine Caine, Nicole WeiderElsa Kok ColopyCrystal KirgissBekah Hamrick MartinDenise Van Eck, and more
  • CHARACTER PROFILES of women in the Bible
  • BOOK INTRODUCTIONS for each book of the Bible
  • HIGHLIGHTED PROMISES OF GOD are verses worth remembering
  • A CONCORDANCE for help in finding verses
  • The bestselling NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (NIV) of the Bible 

 

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Originally posted 2015-11-02 00:00:27.

Strong and Kind

StrongandkindSometimes reading parenting books can be a tedious chore.  Fortunately, with the humor and simple way it is written, this is not the case with Strong and Kind.  Stocked full of words of wisdom, love and a little humor this book is not only simple to read, but it is easy to enjoy!  A cup of coffee and this book is just perfect to enjoy in the morning before the chaos of the house begins.  I love the way she puts things as if they are a little note from a friend and the unwritten reminders I receive while reading it.  It’s definitely worth your time, whether you are a new parent, expecting parent, or even a grandparent.  It’s never too late to learn or re-learn some of the lessons in this book!

About the book: 
Hardcover; 240 pages
Publisher: Harper Collins Christian Publishing (October 27, 2015)
In her new book STRONG and KIND: And Other Important Character Traits Your Child Needs to Succeed, Korie Robertson – New York Times bestselling author, wife of Duck Commander® CEO Willie Robertson, star of A&E’s Duck Dynasty, and mother of five – argues that developing good character in our children is the single most important thing we can do to help ensure they lead happy, healthy adult lives.  Robertson explores key traits and what they truly look like in action, asks readers to select the two traits that they hope to see most in their children, and shares hands-on ways for nurturing strength of character.  Written with her mother Chrys Howard and featuring stories and wisdom from husband Willie, STRONG and KIND cuts through the contemporary cacophony of parenting manuals to rediscover, unfold, and embrace the enduring wisdom that has guided the best parents for centuries.
KorieRobertsonAbout Korie Robertson:
Korie Robertson, wife of Duck Commander® CEO Willie Robertson and star of A&E’s beloved series Duck Dynasty, is a mother of five a New York Times bestselling author of several books, including The Duck Commander Family: How Faith, Family, and Ducks built a Dynasty, written with Willie; Faith Commander: Living Five Values from the Parables with Jesus, written with her mother Chrys Howard; and The Women of Duck Commander: Surprising Insights from the Women Behind the Beards about What Makes this Family Work, written with all of the Robertson wives.  She is also an in-demand public speaker, Duck Commander® executive, entrepreneur and found of boutique Duck and Dressing, and philanthropist, who remains active with a variety of organizations that focus on children, adoption, and foster care.  Korie lives with her family in West Monroe, Louisiana.

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Originally posted 2015-11-01 05:49:03.