Friday, September 26, 2014

Being Church Doing Life Blog Tour and E Book Sale!


  • E-Book Sale this week - $1.99! 







  • ISBN-10: 0857214934
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857214935


From the Book Jacket:

Christians worldwide are learning new ways to connect their faith to everyday life. Gospel communities are popping up everywhere - in cafes, gyms, tattoo parlors, even laundromats. This movement, called Fresh Expressions, is attracting thousands and growing rapidly.
With over 120 real-life examples, Michael Moynagh describes easy ways for ordinary Christians to embrace this highly effective approach to local mission. Anyone can do it!  




Being Church Doing Life by Dr. Michael Moynagh is divided into three parts: Why we meed communities in life, tools for developing witnessing communities and tools for the wider church.  This book clearly defines and lays out a plan with wonderful examples of how anyone can create this type of community in their every day life.  

Hospitality has been long been a strong venue for Christians to witness and serve others. It makes sense that the next step would be to have gospel communities in our every day life  - not to replace the church but to extend faith into everyday life.
   
Here is one of the statements that for me really summed up what the concept of a gospel community is ~

" ... witnessing communities take different shapes in different settings. They seek to express the life of the church in ways that both fit and remain faithful to Jesus." 

I found this book to be intriguing. It's a simple message but one of such depth and layers that I want to further study this book. 

Please stop by and let me know your impressions of this book! 

Many thanks to Kregel Publications for the opportunity to review this book. My review is my own and reflects my thoughts and feelings regarding this book.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Secrets of Happy Families ~ on sale!

When a book keeps popping up  over and over in my life, it's kind of a big hint for me that I need to read it. Well, this is one of those books ...




The Secrets of Happy Families caught my eye back when it was published in 2013. It's crossed my path several times over the last year. Today while catching up on visiting other blogs, I came across this post  and after reading the second paragraph I decided to go over to amazon and found ...


Yes, I was meant to read this book! Thought some of y'all might be interested in it too.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Candle Prayers for Kids by Claire Freedman


  • ISBN-10: 1781281025
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781281024
  • Ages: 5-7 

Candle Prayers For Kids by Claire Freedman is a wonderful collection of prayers for children ages 5-7. This book helps children learn how to pray and facilitates a deepening relationship with God. 

The prayers are short, insightful and cover a large area of topics. They focus on developing a wonderful relationship with God. The illustrations are bright, illuminating and beautiful. 

Candle Prayers for Kids can be used for specific prayer needs or as a daily devotional. Often, the prayers themselves can lead to deeper exploration of the topic and to meaningful family discussions and interactions.  

This is a prayer book for kids that the whole family will enjoy!

Many thanks to Kregel Publications for the opportunity to review this book. 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Making Marion by Beth Moran


  • ISBN-10: 1782640991
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782640998


Making Marion by Beth Moran is a heartwarming and delightful read. I fell in love with this book as I read the first page and I laughed, cried and thoroughly enjoyed each page after.  You know you've read a good book when you are sad to reach the ending! 

Here's a bit from the publisher:

She had been looking for somewhere to stay, but instead Marion Miller finds herself on the wrong side of the reception desk at the Peace and Pigs campground and, despite her horrible shyness, promptly lands herself a job.
Marion came to Nottinghamshire--home of Sherwood Forest--to discover her father's mysterious past, but all she has to go on is a picture of her father dressed up, it would seem, as Robin Hood.
Life on a busy campground challenges Marion's formerly controlled life--the pigs roam free, the resident chickens seem determined to thwart her, and an unfortunate incident with a runaway bike throws her into the arms of the beautiful, but deeply unimpressed, Reuben.
Yet, Marion's would-be boyfriend Jake, and Reuben's stunning fiancée Erica, conspire to leave little room for Marion to daydream about the twinkling eyes of her rescuer . . . Will Marion ever find peace, and perhaps even love, among the pigs?

More of my thoughts ...
Wrapped up in all the fun and humor was some very deep issues being addressed by the main characters in this story. The characters within this story were very realistic and well developed.  
Marion Miller, the main character tugged my heart strings the moment I met her. I laughed with her, cried with her and cheered her on throughout the story. I also loved Scartlett's southern take on life  and as owner of the camping grounds and Marion's mentor, the advise she doled out as her "lessons" contained advise that I (and maybe all of us) could benefit from in one way or another.   
Faith in God and lessons on loving and forgiveness were  weaved into this story so well that it never came across as preachy.  The message within Making Marion is one that will stay with me for a long while as I needed to be reminded that love wins and letting go and forgiving can change your life!

Many thanks to Kregel Publications for the opportunity to review this book. My review is an honest expression of how I felt about this book. 

Monday, August 4, 2014

The Tea Shop on Lavender Lane by Shiela Roberts


  • ISBN-10: 0778316181
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778316183



I settled down last week for an afternoon of reading of The Tea Shop on Lavender LaneIt's a story involving a woman (Bailey Sterling) who loves to bake, a catering business fiasco and finding an unexpected romance.  Along the way, she explores her relationship to her family and finds a life that she never even dreamed of!

I found the story to have characters with depth, an engaging story line and it was definitely a relaxing read. I also enjoyed the after story chapter ~ A Little About Tea. It was interesting to read about some of the history of tea and my eyes lit up when I saw some recipes attached as well. Which recipes caught my fancy?  The recipes for Lavender White Chocolate Scones and Lavender Cake. I can't wait to bake them!

On the flip side, while I appreciated the author's choice to reference romantic interludes without being overtly explicit, I did not appreciate the foul language scattered through out the story line. In my opinion, the story was good enough to stand  on it's own; the author didn't need to go there. 


Many thanks to Nancy Berland Public Relations for the opportunity to review this book. My review is an honest reflection of my feelings and thoughts in regard to this book.