Friday, August 22, 2014

Red Hot Faith (Lessons from a Lukewarm Church) Bible Study by Cindy Bultema Review and Giveaway!!






What if you thought that lukewarm is OK?  No, it isn't.  In fact, it's worse than being just cold.  The church of Laodicea was caught in a trap.  They were prosperous, successful and had everything they could possibly want, but their hearts were lukewarm and God was going to spit them out of his mouth.  They were so far away from God's best.  But it is possible to come close to God and experience the abundant and red hot faith life that He has planned for each believer. 

Red Hot Faith is a new Bible study from Cindy Bultema designed to encourage you to step out of your current "lukewarm" life and take a journey to develop your Red Hot Faith!  There is a DVD of 8 sessions with Cindy expounding on the city of Laodicea, the passage in Revelation about that church and the lessons we can learn in how to increase our faith.  She often refers to God's transforming work in our hearts.  She has seen first hand how God can move a person from a life ruled by selfishness to a life of serving God wholeheartedly.  The participant's guide helps as you watch the DVD and includes a weekly Bible study and memory verse.  Each lesson has an introduction, a place to take notes on the video, discussion questions and going deeper for further study.  The leader's guide has great suggestions for how to facilitate a discussion group for Bible study.    All 3 components fill out a wonderful Bible study for women who desire for a changed life.

 
 
Red Hot Faith is not going to change you unless you want to be changed.  Cindy gives some very sobering facts, but also shares how God can use our weaknesses to make us strong.  She is real, honest and able to relate to her audience.  When I heard Cindy's story, He Loves Me (which you must see), I was completely in awe how God can truly transform a person and how He can use that person in a powerful way.  I love how Cindy uses a lot of visuals in this study.  Cindy has a gift for teaching God's Word with and she has chosen to spice it up with her new study, Red Hot Faith.

Cindy says, "I desperately want a life that has purpose, passion, spark and meaning, but most days I feel caught up in the whirlpool of life."

"It's time to say NO to the swirling, lukewarm routine of life that keeps you from experiencing God's best."
 
"Be hot, be cold, BE SOMETHING!!"  


Be sure to visit Cindy's website for more encouragement and joy!
Get your Red Hot Faith Bible study at Discovery House Publishers.

*I was given a complimentary copy of this book and DVD for the purpose of this review.  All opinions are my own.*


GIVEAWAY:

I am giving away 2 copies of the study which includes the DVD, participant's guide and the leader's guide.

Please fill out this Entry Form to enter the Giveaway.  Ends Friday, August 29.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

In Perfect Time by @SarahSundin | Enter to win a Kindle HDX and a set of books!

Don't miss Sarah Sundin's hot-off-the-press novel, In Perfect Time. Publishers Weekly gives it an enthusiastic thumbs up: “Sundin excels at well-researched historical detail . . . with such accurate depictions of culture and setting that we are fully immersed in the times as well as in the story. The strength of relationships forged in war and the apprehension of God in times of trouble infuse this well-crafted novel with substance and light.”


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Sarah is celebrating the release of her book with a fun giveaway!

One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Kindle HDX
  • The Wings of the Nightingale Series (With Every Letter, On Distant Shores, and In Perfect Time)
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on August 24th. Winner will be announced August 25th at Sarah's blog.

Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to visit Sarah's blog on the 25th to see if you won! (Or better yet, subscribe to her blog and have the winner announcement delivered to your inbox!)


My Review:
He was a pilot, loved math, beat drums for his passion,  respected by his friends and yet did not live up to his parent's expectations.  She was a flight nurse, received lots of attention from men, wanted to attend chief nursing school and left home to flee from parents who disdained her.  Both Roger Cooper and Kay Jobson were as far away from a relationship with each other until God met them both in their deepest hour of need.  Lt. Roger Cooper was a man who desired to play in a band when his circuit was up.  He didn't bet on falling for flirtatious and vulnerable Lt. Kay Jobson.  Kay believed that she could have any man at her fingertips, but Roger was different.  As God brought them together to share faith and friendship they found they had a lot in common.  It wasn't until Kay shared her dream of having a house with a fence and a yard that Roger decided he couldn't be the man for Kay since his dream involved traveling with a band.  Then Kay, Roger and several other pilots and nurses make an emergency landing in enemy territory.  They are on the run for 2 months and become close to each other as they struggle to hide and survive.  Enter the world of WWII and the lives of men and women caring for the wounded as they make hopes and dreams come alive in a land of death and dying.  Discover how Roger and Kay learn the powerful redemptive love of God and the magnetic pull of love despite all odds.

In Perfect Time by Sarah Sundin is the third book in the series of Wings of the Nightingale.  Three flight nurse stories are told in these historical and romantic novels.  I really enjoyed the first two books, but I wasn't a fan of Kay Jobson and was not quite sure how I would like this novel.  I did feel that the beginning was a little slow, but when Kay and Roger started interacting more and they were put in a tense situation I saw the story blossom with unique twists and turns.  I loved the tension in the relationship and the special signals each developed for each other.  Sarah knows how to weave history, romance and action into an exciting and page turning novel.

*I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Litfuse for the purpose of this review.  All opinions are my own.*

Check out my other reviews of Sarah's books:
*With Every Letter
*On Distant Shores

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Cure for the "Perfect" Life by Kathi Lipp and Cheri Gregory Book Review and Giveaway (ends 8/22)

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The Cure for the "Perfect" Life by Kathi Lipp and Cheri Gregory is a look at the 4 "P" Bullies and 12 ways to stop trying harder and start living braver.  The four "P" Bullies are: Perfectionism, People-Pleasing, Procrastination and Performancism.  With humorous, yet true stories and unique candor, these ladies examine the Try Harder Living pit that many women succumb to and give hope and encouragement on how to dig out of that pit.  They invite you to Braver Living Rebellion.  There are four rebel personality types- Expressive, Analytic, Driver and Amiable.  Each personality type reacts differently with the 4 "P" Bullies.  This book is interactive and self-examining.  Each chapter begins with a bully belief (ie. If I want something done right, I'm going to have to do it myself.) and a brave combat (There's more than one way to do it right.).  There is a short quiz (they are all different), a story from a rebel, tiny acts of rebellion (ways to not try harder) and tips for each rebel personality type.  The message they wish to convey with their readers is to leave behind the  bully beliefs and embrace the freedom of choosing God's way and live in a brave new way.
 
I want to live the "perfect" life and the harder I try, the more frustrated I become.  I wasn't made to live this way.  I was made to embrace an imperfect life, but fully rely on God.  As I read this book, I identified with many of the bully beliefs.  Do I really live this way?  I appreciate how brave the authors and contributors were to share real stories of real struggles, but also give a hope and vision for a better way of life.  Do you struggle with any of the "P" Bullies?  Then stop trying harder and start living braver!  Get your copy today! 
 


*I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the authors for the purpose of this review.  All opinions are my own.* 
 

About the Authors:

kathilippKathi Lipp

Website:   http://www.KathiLipp.com
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKathiLipp
Twitter:    https://twitter.com/kathilipp
Pinterest:  http://www.pinterest.com/kathilipp/
Kathi Lipp is the author of The Husband Project, The Me Project, The Get Yourself Organized Project, 21 Ways to Connect With Your Kids, and several other books. Kathi’s articles have appeared in dozens of magazines, and she is a frequent guest on Focus on the Family radio and TV. She and her husband Roger are parents of four young adults in San Jose, California. Kathi shares her story at retreats, conferences, and women’s events across the United States. Connect with her at www.KathiLipp.com, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/AuthorKathiLipp, or on Twitter @KathiLipp.

Cheri Gregorycherigregory

Website:  http://www.CheriGregory.com
Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/CheriGregoryAuthor
Twitter:    https://twitter.com/CheriGregory
Pinterest:   http://www.pinterest.com/CheriGregory
Cheri Gregory is a Certified Personality Trainer; contributor to multiple books, including Wired That Way and 21 Ways to Connect With Your Kids; and frequent speaker for MOPS groups, women’s retreats, parent workshops, and educational conferences. She is also a high school English teacher and graduate student. Cheri has been “wife of my youth” to Daniel (her opposite personality), a pastor, for over a quarter-of-a-century; they have two college-aged kids (who are also opposite personalities). She blogs about expectations, “baditude”, and hope at www.CheriGregory.com. Connect with her on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/Cheri.Gregory.Author and Twitter @CheriGregory.

Check out these resources for the book:
Website Link:  http://www.TheCureForThePerfectLife.com

FREE download of Chapter 1:  http://www.thecurefortheperfectlife.com/downloads/chapter1.pdf 

Facebook Page (aka “Braver Living Rebel Headquarters”):
http://www.Facebook.com/TinyActsOfRebellion


PODCASTS:  Listen to Kathi and Cheri (the authors) chat about the 4 P "Bullies."
*Part 1
*Part 2


WIN a copy of this book signed by the authors by filling out my ENTRY FORM!  Giveaway ends Friday, August 22.


 


Friday, July 18, 2014

The Perfect Summer DVD Review


The Perfect Summer is story about overcoming hardship, acquiring confidence in self and improving relationships.  After Jake's father passes away, he and his mom move from a big city to live in small beach town with his grandfather.  Jake is none too pleased to have no internet access and even less pleased to be a new kid in town that is shoved around by some high school show offs.  The big sport in town is surfing and when Jake meets a pretty girl, he starts to want to break out of his shell.  Little does he know that his grandfather was a former surf champ.  As Jake learns to surf his grandfather shares many life lessons of hope and perseverance.  Along the way Jake learns some tough lessons in love, life and the pursuit of something greater than himself.

This movie was very touching and I really felt drawn into the story line as each character carried a burden that was lifted by peeling back some of the hard layers around their hearts.  It was not easy to see Jake pushed around by some punk kids, but I loved the way the grandfather stepped in and really encouraged Jake to drive himself through the rough waters.  The grandfather had many words of wisdom throughout the movie.  This story was about second chances and making the most of the opportunities available.  Jake, his mom and grandfather were all hurting, but in the end, they found healing. I loved the music, the heart of the story, the action and the message.   What a great movie!!

Don't miss Eric Roberts who brilliantly plays the grandfather and a few appearances by Jason Castro who was on American Idol.



*I was given a complimentary copy of this DVD from Edify Media for my review. All opinions are my own.*

Friday, July 11, 2014

When Calls the Heart: The Dance DVD Review


When Calls the Heart: The Dance is another episode of the town of Coal Valley and the lovely teacher, Elizabeth Thatcher, who has embraced the life in the wild country .   As new miners come in to take the place of those that had died earlier in the year, trouble begins to brew again.  Most of the new miners keep to themselves, but Billy Hamilton takes a shine to Miss Thatcher and begins to woo her with poems and sweet talk.  When several robberies are reported, Jack Thornton, the town's constable/mountie  starts to investigate and hopes that he can capture the criminal and that his suspicions lead to Billy.  Elizabeth is distraught and reprimands Jack for being jealous.  She is torn between two men, one who fights to protect her and one who fights to win her heart at any cost.  When the truth comes out, both Elizabeth and Jack must face the what really matters and what is best for the town and their relationship. 

This was by far my favorite movie of the When Calls the Heart series.  I really like the dynamics between Elizabeth and Jack and how they each hold back, but underneath truly care for each other.  When someone else takes interest in Elizabeth, she feels swept off her feet and even when Jack tries to protect her, she stands up to him and makes him really think about his motivations.  There is also another sweet story of a young widow who starts getting attention from a new miner, but her son is not about to let another man take the place of his deceased father.  This story had many great moments and was fun to watch.  This family friendly movie is sure to win your heart!








*I was given a complimentary copy of this DVD from Edify Media for my review. All opinions are my own.*

When Calls The Heart
 
“The Dance”
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From the Television Series inspired by the writings of Janette Oke
 
Nashville , Tennessee- When Calls the Heart, Produced and directed by Michael Landon Jr. and inspired by the best-selling books by Janette Oke, tells the story of Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow), a young high society woman, working as a teacher in a prairie town in the Western Frontier.   When a group of bachelor minors come to help reopen the mine, the local Mounty. Jack Thorton (Daniel Lissing), finds himself in competition for Elizabeth’s affections.  When items start disappearing from the town, Jack is immediately suspicious that his rival might also be a thief.  Also stars Lori Loughlin as Abigail Stanton, a widow and mother whose husband, along with a dozen other miners, was killed in an explosion at the local mine. 
 
When Calls the Heart- “The Dance” is a feature length film from the first two episodes of the When Calls the Heart television series.  The When Calls the Heart television series debuted on the Hallmark Channel to more than 3 million viewers, making it the No. 2 for the night on all of cable for the primary telecast at 9 p.m and No. 3 overall in households.   Distributed by Word Entertainment, the DVD will be available to purchase in Christian Retail April 22nd, 2014.
Synopsis-  New miners arrive in Coal Valley to help with the final stages of reopening the mine and the town decides to celebrate with a dance at the end of the week. One of the new miners, Billy Hamilton has taken a special interest in Elizabeth and she is flattered by the attention. Meanwhile, pregnant widow Carla Noonan has moved in with Abigail and Elizabeth so the women can keep and eye on her for the remainder of her pregnancy. As Elizabeth and Billy's relationship develops, Jack becomes suspicious of Billy's motives for pursuing Elizabeth so persistently.
 
Michael Landon Jr. – Director:  Michael Landon Jr., son of the late television legend Michael Landon, has been in the film business for over 25 years.  With two of the highest rated films in the history of the Hallmark channel, and several top ten releases targeted to the Christian market, Michael has become known for creating heartfelt, inspiring films that connect to the family.  He has developed and/or produced, directed, and written screenplays for Fox, CBS, NBC, Disney, Sony, Lifetime, and others.
 
 Brian Bird- Writer/Producer : Brian Bird is co-founder with partner Michael Landon, Jr., of Believe Pictures, a film and television production company.  He was co-executive producer and writer on the successful television series, Touched by an Angel.  Adding to Brian’s success, he had also written and produced episodes of Evening Shade, Step by Step and The Family Man.  Most recently, Bird wrote and produced Gametime, a two-hour television pilot for NBC, The Shunning, inspired by the novel by best-selling author Beverly Lewis, for the Hallmark Channel, and Not Easily Broken, adapted from the novel by T.D. Jakes and released theatrically by Sony/TriStar.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Summer Fit Learning Book Review and Giveaway!!




 
 






Summer Fit First to Second Grade: Math, Reading, Writing, Language Arts + Fitness, Nutrition and Values is the perfect answer to keeping kids busy, active and current as they go throughout their summer.  Summer Fit helps to "prepare children mentally, physically and socially for the grade ahead."  This resource is based on national standards and is teacher recommended.

Summer Fit provides a 10 week program that includes reading, writing, math, fitness, nutrition and values.  There are also additional online resources for book reports and educational games at www.summerfitlearning.com.  Each week begins with an overview of what your child will learn that week academically (reading, writing, math) , physically (exercise and sports) , and socially (values).  There are stars to color in each day for the areas of mind and body and a daily 20 minute reading star.  Each day takes about 20-30 minutes and it's fun!  There are a great variety of activities and so many ideas that your child will not even realize they are learning.

The SUMMER FIT workbook series aims to create fun learning experiences to help children retain and carry over knowledge from the previous school year. Additionally, by presenting a “whole body” approach with lessons and activities that focus on the body and the brain, Summer Fit helps parents and children capitalize on the mental and social benefits of physical exercise. “Summer should be a time for children to step away from their computers and televisions and exercise their brains and bodies naturally,” says series creator George Starks. “Kids should reconnect with themselves, their families and their friends on a personal level. They should be outside playing, but also brushing up on academic skills from the previous year, or those that they may find more challenging than others. They should also read and apply other classroom skills in enjoyable and entertaining ways.”

I was able to review the 1-2 grade level.  The workbook begins with a pledge for the child to sign to keep body and brain active.  The workbook has a skills assessment along with a great introduction to explain what Summer Fit is, teaching the whole child, health and wellness in the home, core values, technology, healthy eating and nutrition and the importance of summer reading.  Every week adds new and more challenging material, but keeps a steady upward learning curve that would not frustrate your child.  The activities are interesting, fun and educational.  Your child will not only review reading, writing and math, but will also add fitness, nutrition and values.  All the fitness ideas are easy to do, but help kids get moving.  I especially like the activities for families to do together to practice the core value of the week.   As a former teacher and now a mother, I would recommend keeping your kids fresh with learning during the summer with Summer Fit.  There are workbooks available for P-8.

What is really neat is that if you have more than child, they study the same value each week.  And with each value is a person in history that has demonstrated that value.  You can find books at the library to read or just read the story provided in the workbook.  It's a great way to reinforce that value each summer and with multiple children.

There is also a book report form, a matching flashcard game and a certificate of completion.  It's a great package wrapped into one for you to help your child keep current during the summer, but also make good choices and have fun learning to be healthy! 

We are enjoying our Summer Fit learning time and my son looks forward to it daily!

Be sure to visit Summer Fit Learning on Facebook and their website Summer Fit Learning.


*This book was provided to me free of charge for the purpose of this review. This is my honest opinion of this book and no monetary compensation was received for my opinion.*



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Friday, June 13, 2014

Stitch Fix #2

 OK, so I tried Stitch Fix again since I took Dressing Your Truth.  I made specific requests and I feel that they did take into consideration many of them.  I truly do not like to shop and I wanted to see again what they sent me.
I just love opening surprises!  It's like Christmas.  I received 5 items: 3 shirts, 1 cardigan and 1 pair of pants.  The colors were gorgeous although two of them did not follow my color card.  But thankfully, the one item I liked did!
Here is what I received.  What do you think I picked?  I chose something that I could wear with multiple things and what I really needed.  You guessed it, the cardigan.  It's the coral color.  I tried it on and fell in love.  One thing I learned from Dressing Your Truth is that you need to LOVE what you have to wear. 



I am not easy to please and I truly appreciate the time and effort that Miranda made to put together this Stitch Fix.  I was very honest with what I thought of each piece so hopefully that will help them to better style my Stitch Fix.

And since I'm not planning to shop much this summer, I scheduled my next Stitch Fix for August. 

You can read all my Pros and Cons from my last Stitch Fix HERE.

Are you ready to try it out?  Read the directions below and get started for FREE!



Here is how it works:
  1. Sign Up and Complete Your Style Profile After signing up you can start immediately on your Style Profile. We need to know your size, shape, style, price preferences, and lifestyle to get your Fix right. It’ll take about 10 minutes.
  2. Schedule a Stitch Fix Pick a date, and we’ll send you a box of 5 clothing and accessory items we’ve hand-picked just for you. Schedule monthly, or as often as you like—it’s your call. You pay a $20 styling fee up front, which serves as credit toward anything in your Stitch Fix shipment.
  3. Try it all on Try on everything we send you—you never know what you’ll like until you see it on. Pair it with items already in your closet. Each item includes style cards with ideas and inspiration on how to wear it.
  4. Decide Take 3 days to decide what you’ll keep. Pay for just what you want to keep, return the rest in our pre-paid mailing bag at any USPS mailbox. Keep all 5 items and you save 25% off the entire shipment.
  5. Check Out Give us feedback on your Stitch Fix shipment—our secret (styling) sauce gets better over time if we know what did and didn’t work for you. 
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