Anne’s winsome commitment to the unchanging Word of God draws the reader to conclude too, that it’s time to take a stand for what we believe while kneeling at the feet of Jesus. (Click to Tweet) She says God is up to something in current world events and in our personal lives, and He wants us to know the cry of His heart.
I Saw The Lord is an important book; one that should be in the hands of every believer, because judgment begins with the house of God. It gives tools for a fresh revival in our hearts and shows us how to see the Lord, high and lifted up.
Disclosure of Material: I received this book as a giveaway from The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
Do Life Different by Jill Hart
Reviewed by Sally Ferguson
Radiant Lit Blog Tours
Publisher: Choose Now Publishing
Pub Date: February 2, 2014
(Synopsis from Amazon.com) Work-at-home moms bear a unique set of burdens as they attempt to blend job and family commitments under one roof. Maintaining professionalism while wiping noses and convincing outsiders that flexibility isn’t all it’s cracked up to be can put even the most organized to the test. Amid all the other duties of life, the work-at-home mom often discovers that feeding her soul is the biggest challenge of them all. Work-at-home mom: take a deep breath and Do Life Different as you allow these devotions for work-at-home moms to fill the vacuum of your needy heart in the chaos of your busy world.
Jill Hart’s book, Do Life Different, has refreshing advice about success: use your business to help people! She brings pointers to the business world from, as she calls it, God’s upside-down perspective. She affirms, when you serve others and express gratitude to God by being generous with them, God will provide for your needs.
The chapters are divided into scripture and daily thought starters, with space for journaling. The questions range from listing out the day’s goals, to motives behind our own baggage. The author is vulnerable with her struggles in building a home-based business, and challenges the reader to dig under the surface to face difficult issues. When you ask the hard questions and make yourself accountable for the next step, your success will come. But, it’s no easy formula; Jill’s key is perseverance, determination and communication. (Click to Tweet)
Personal reflection, leadership tips and supplemental video links all combine to make this book a winner. Get your own copy and learn about building a business, from God’s point of view!
Do Life Different is available to purchase from Amazon.com.
Note: I received this book as part of the Do Life Different blog tour from Radiant Lit. I received no compensation for this review and only received a copy of the book for review purposes. Review copy provided by the publisher.
What would life be like if you had blurry vision all of the time? It would be normal for you, because you never knew it could be any different. Suppose someone gave you a pair of glasses, and you could see for the first time? Would you be excited? You bet your eyesight, you would!
In 20 short weeks, our Uganda Mission Team will leave for Africa. We’re taking two medical professionals with us to lead Eye Clinics. There, we will measure for visual acuity and fit patients with prescriptions for sight. In a five step process, our team will evaluate different levels of eye health.
It reminds me of the story in Mark 8:22-25 where Jesus healed a blind man in stages. My NIV footnotes say this two step process is indicative of our blindness. “Many persons with normal eyesight are spiritually blind.”
What has blinded me to Truth? Ego, pride, an independent spirit? I’m praying for new eyes to see the hand of God at work.
Here are some requests:
~ I’m asking for prayer warriors to join me in preparing mentally to share God’s Word with pastors’ wives in a different culture.
~ I’m looking for extra hands to help me collect eyeglasses, readers, sunglasses & bars of soap.
Picture with me, the moment when we hand a pastor a pair of eyeglasses and his own brand new study Bible. Wow! A life-changing, world axis-tilting event!
Do you want to be a part of changing that pastor’s life, so that he can proclaim the glory of God to his neighbors?
~ Pray for the Team of 13, traveling to Uganda July 14 – August 2, 2014.
~ Collect glasses & soap. Mail to: Busti Church of God 996 Forest Ave Ext. Jamestown NY 14701 by May 31 so that we have time to label the glasses with prescription strength.
Thank you for partnering with us!
To Uganda or Bust,
Retreat Planner Training is tomorrow!
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Topic: How to Plan a Women's Retreat
with Marnie Swedberg & Sally Ferguson
Thursday, February 13, 2014
1-2PM PT, 2-3PM MT, 3-4PM CT, 4-5PM ET
During this hour you'll learn about:
- The reasons why retreats are worth the effort.
- How to set reasonable goals for your retreat.
- 7 steps to insure great retreats.
- How to skyrocket attendee buy-in and take-away.
- Personal words of wisdom for retreat planners.
Don't miss it Thursday, 2/13
1-2PM PT, 2-3PM MT, 3-4PM CT, 4-5PM ET
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Where do you go when snow has claimed your driveway? We head south, and for a repeat visit, we chose Mango Inn!
Mango Inn is synonymous with “oasis.” Its’ gardens have the musical sounds of water fountains in the courtyard and birds announcing their visit. The foliage includes star fruit, palms and a hedge of privacy that is lush and soothing. Whether you rest in the hammock or lounge by the pool, it’s hard to believe you’re in the heart of downtown Lake Worth.
Innkeepers Deb & Judi provide southern hospitality with their friendliness and homemade goodness: cookies in the afternoon and a warm breakfast to start your day. Furnished in the tropics theme, the rooms are cheerfully appointed and cozy. Why not try the Sea Grape Room for your next getaway?
After seeing the picture of our breakfast, my friend asked for the recipe. Yes, it was as delicious as it looked!
Mango Stuffed French Toast
Pepperidge Farm Cinnamon Bread (no raisins) - 2 slices per person
Cream Cheese (amount depends on number of servings), softened
¾ cup milk
Mangos (they must be very ripe or frozen, which works best)
Spread one side of each slice of bread with cream cheese. Put together as if making a sandwich, with cream cheese sides folded together. Cut sandwich on the diagonal. Scramble eggs with milk. Dip each side of bread in egg mixture. Melt butter in frying pan, sauté sandwich until browned.
Heat thawed out mangoes. If you want to thin it a bit, you can add orange juice. Any fruit that is frozen can work.
Enjoy a taste of sunshine!
What does it mean to fly? Former journalist and speaker, Caleb Breakey says, “It’s simply practicing true love – Jesus love – in your relationship.” (p. 167) He says “falling in love” is a matter of pursuing your wants. But “flying in love” is the way to give unselfishly to another.
Dating Like Airplanes is not another dating manual, it is a call to relationship with Christ first, and then relationship with each other. Rightly so, Breakey challenges readers to raise the bar of expectation for your own relationship with the Lord, before you can have anything to offer to your significant other.
Tackling issues of sexual boundaries, Breakey says we are built with internal alarms, or cues, that sound off when we’re on dangerous turf. When we respond to those cues, we get God’s best for the relationship, and Breakey gives some of the best explanations that I’ve read, of how we benefit.
Dating Like Airplanes provides great tools for getting to know one another. What are your interests? How will you pursue your goals? What values determine your lifestyle? How will you handle differences of opinion? How will you handle frustration with your other? How will you combine two different viewpoints, ideas and lifestyles?
Truly, Dating Like Airplanes could well have been named, A Manual for Relationships, because it relates on so many levels to the intricacies of doing life with others. I have been married 27 years, and found many truths in this book to apply to the way I interact with my spouse. As Breakey says, it’s never too late. Your past makes you more prepared to be used for God.
Don’t wait until you’re enmeshed in a relationship to get this book. “Today is the day to rise to a love that’s greater than yourself.” (p. 7) Order a copy of Dating Like Airplanes; it’s an excellent resource for every relationship!
Disclaimer: I received an Advance Reader’s Copy from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Looking for the secret to a power-packed speech? Secrets of Dynamic Communication provides a formula to make every presentation successful. Anyone who seeks “to instruct, encourage, motivate, or call an audience to action” (p. 20) will benefit from the tools provided within its pages. That includes high school teachers, Sunday School teachers, and every kind of teacher in-between. The author, Ken Davis, goes into great detail to spell out the difference between an average talk and a memorable one. He uses 40 years of experience to analyze the nuts and bolts of a great speech, and to equip others to evaluate their own presentations.
As a speaker, I have sought out many books on the art of developing an address, and put many of the tips gleaned therein to the test. This book is very user-friendly in breaking down the format into easy-to-remember steps, acrostics and examples that clarify instructions. Chapter Reviews reinforce material covered, and the Appendix gives a springboard for talks by listing examples, key words and topical indexes. The real genius of the book, however, is in the spreadsheet for SCORRE, the acronym for Davis’ formula and conference of the same name. Just two weeks ago, it provided a map, when I had the honor of speaking at a close friend’s funeral. It was a time when every word counted, and had to be just right. Thank you Ken Davis, for equipping me to focus on the objective. As he says, “Diligence in preparation results in excellence on the platform.” (p. 29) (Click to tweet)
This book is a valuable resource for anyone who wants to impact others. Get your own copy, if you want the SCORRE formula!
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That promise proved to be a conundrum for Pamela Travers, however, because it required letting go of the rights to characters who represented people she loved, and risked tearing apart the memories she held close to her heart.
The story line chases the cat and mouse game between Disney and Travers, as they hammer out details of the portrayal of her characters. But it also travels along the lines of Travers’ back-story, and the upheaval of living with an alcoholic father.
As it turns out, Saving Mr. Banks wasn’t the story of Walt Disney after all, but of a little girl who adores her daddy, and wants his memory to be honored.
Take a break from the shopping and baking, and go see this movie. It calls attention to the importance of family, and the role that family creates in a person’s foundation for life. It is thought-provoking!
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Fifteen Minutes by Karen Kingsbury
Reviewed by Sally Ferguson
Publisher: Howard Books
Pub Date: October 29, 2013
Karen Kingsbury’s new book asks the question: What Would You Sacrifice For Fame?
(Synopsis from Amazon.com) Zack Dylan made a promise to God and his college sweetheart as he left his family’s horse farm in
Overnight, Zack is the nation’s most popular contestant, a country singer with the looks and voice of a young Elvis. As his star rises, Zack is asked to compromise and quiet his beliefs, and also something more. Something Zack could never have imagined. Just as
At the same time, Reese Weatherly, a therapeutic horse instructor, is no longer sure about her relationship with Zack, or the wedding they had dreamed about. While Zack advances from one round of the competition to the next, an offer comes to Reese—one that will take her to a home halfway around the world.
Then Chandra Olson—reigning diva pop star and one of the Fifteen Minutes judges—intervenes. Chandra has suffered so much public pain and private agony since her days as a Fifteen Minutes contestant. Now she wants just one thing: meaning.
Can Chandra’s private losses help Zack find his way, or will his fifteen minutes of fame cause him to lose the life he once loved? Fifteen Minutes is a story of character, compromise, and the cost of having it all. A story that raises the question: Who are the real winners?
Fifteen Minutes takes a peek into the lives of vocal artists who seek the spotlight in a
I love to read Karen Kingsbury’s work, and this one did not disappoint. It felt like I had been plunked down in the middle of the set as one of the contestants. Not only did the dialogue make it real, but the slippery slope to temptation was authentic. I felt the pain of denial and the compromise of justifying the characters’ actions. Sometimes it takes fiction to convey a greater truth, and this is a must-read to see the full extent God’s love and forgiveness can reach.
Fifteen Minutes is available to purchase from Amazon.com.
Note: I received this book as part of the Fifteen Minutes blog tour from Fiction Addict. I received no compensation for this review and only received a copy of the book for review purposes. Review copy provided by the publisher.
Lynn Burgess brings meat to the table with her book, All-In 2 Night. Her ideas for family date night create opportunities for dialogue that go beyond normal everyday activities, and foster a greater relationship with each other through the character building process.
Burgess is a mom to five grown children and shares the tools she developed in order to instill God’s values in her children. All-In 2 Night builds on her first book, All-In Night, with the reminder to parents that the job is a marathon, not a sprint. Indeed, throughout the book, Burgess continues to affirm the parenting job with tips and examples from the Bible and from her own life. She is an encourager who has been down the same road.
All-In 2 Night promises to equip parents with tools for the journey and it delivers, as promised. It takes the guesswork out of creating conversation around the dinner table by providing topics to explore. The author develops scenarios for role play that help children process the steps of good decision-making habits. The book is packed with practical illustrations and equips children with skills that will assist them their entire lives. The format spells out the purpose of each lesson, develops the theme, and gives encouragement for the parenting journey.
All-In 2 Night is an important book. Parents are bombarded on all sides with activities to develop their children’s abilities to get ahead in life, but end up dissolving the family unit with busyness. All-In 2 Night centers children by reaffirming the family unit. Children are heard, nurtured and developed in the safe haven created by the adults who love and guide them.
The only hiccup I noticed in the book was the use of regional dialect from the point of origin, being
I highly recommend this book for all parents. It provides 40 weeks of lesson plans, already prepared for a night where everyone stays home. And you will benefit greatly, from your own “all-in night!”
Disclosure of Material: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookCrash.com book review program, which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR Title 16, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”