Sunday, November 16, 2014

Ask It: Book Review

Ask It: The Question that will Revolutionize how you Make Decisions by Andy Stanley is a fantastic book that I wish I had read years ago! I just think of all the heartache and regret I could've avoided! Here's a little snippet:


**If Only…
I see that big question mark in your eyes.

Well, not really. I can’t actually observe it from this far away—but I bet it’s there. Most of us, most of the time, are weighing some big question or two or three concerning our lives, and we keep encountering new ones all the time:

   Do I stay or go?
   Is he (or she) the right one for me?
   Should I buy this? Sell that? Start this? Stop that? Invest here? Commit there?

I know a question that makes it easy to determine the answer to all these others.

It’s the question that answers just about everything for everybody, for the rest of our lives, and at every stage of our lives. It brings clarity and fresh insight for each decision we have to make. It pierces the fog of our self-deception and erases all those shades of gray that cloud our reasoning. It takes us beyond simple right and wrong, beyond what’s merely legal, beyond the lowest common denominator.

And if we’re honest with ourselves, God will use this question in the deepest parts of our lives to help take us to the place of our fullest potential.

Not only that, but it’s a fairly easy question to answer. In most cases, you’ll know the answer immediately.**

And it is true. Such and easy question to answer. What is the wise thing to do? I love how he expounds on this question and goes into depth and detail about what this looks like. It is so easy to say, "Well, what I'm doing isn't wrong." (How many times have we all said that?!?) And the one thing we may be doing isn't wrong but time after time one thing leads to another and pretty soon you've gone down a path that you never thought you'd be on.

I received this book for free through Blogging for Books. I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Forever Mom: book review

James 1:27New Living Translation (NLT)27 Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.

 
I have always had a heart for orphans. I have wanted to adopt for 10 years now. It is one of the reasons this book called my name when I saw it. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I love this book! Here is a little bit about the book:
[quote]
Writer, blogger, and adoption expert Mary Ostyn shares her experiences of adopting six children, inspiring those who have been called to adopt and providing practical advice on how to make it work.
In Forever Mom Mary Ostyn, a long-time and beloved adoption writer and blogger, shares the practical tools and resources she uses to thrive as an adoptive mom. She takes readers through her own ups and downs as she learned to nurture a growing family through living well on less, eating healthy foods, homeschooling, and mothering children with a variety of adjustment issues. She'll walk readers through how to build heart connections, help babies, toddlers, and older children settle in, effectively implement attachment parenting, and allow for personal time too.
Whether readers are the parent of an adopted child or interested in pursuing adoption, Mary's warm advice and fresh perspective will inspire, inform, and affirm them. They'll walk away knowing they're the perfect mom for whatever child God brings into their lives.
About the Author
Mary Ostyn encourages moms through her books, speaking engagements, and her blog at www.owlhaven.net. She lives with her high school sweetheart in Nampa, Idaho, where she homeschools the youngest six of their ten children, including four daughters born in Ethiopia and two sons born in South Korea. [/quote]

I feel like Mary Ostyn was very forthright in the challenges and blessings in adopting. I know a couple of people who have adopted and one it was smooth sailing, and bonding was formed easily, while the other couple really struggled as their child had attachment issues.  Mary had the same issue. I love how she offers practical advice but also lets you know that every child is different, and every family is different. You need to find what works for you and your family. she offers suggestions such as dropping everything outside for the first year. Simply concentrate on building the family relationship. I think this is fantastic advice!  I appreciate her openness in sharing her feelings, struggles, and joys. It was a good read, and a valuable resource for anyone looking into adoption. I hope someday God will bless my desire to adopt. In the mean time, if you are planning to adopt, this is a fantastic read for you!

I received this book for free through Book Look Bloggers. I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Storm: book review

Storm by Jim Cymbala is about the American church and how the church is in the middle of a big storm. This book is all about how we are not doing a good job being salt and light in this dark stormy world. It talks about how there is a lack of prayer and dependence on the Holy Spirit and we have watered down the gospel. We have stopped proclaiming the power of the gospel and of the Holy Spirit in people's lives.

The challenge is to stop conforming and using the current church growth strategies today and getting back to what the apostles modeled to us in the Bible. Preaching the Word boldly, being a people of prayer, and being filled and led by the Spirit.
 I received this book for free through Book Look Bloggers. I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Homeschool deals: Educents

https://www.educents.com/rewardsref/index/refer/id/138409/
 
 
I just came across a website (maybe you've heard of it!) called educents. (affiliate link.) It is a great site full of daily discounted educational products for teachers, homeschoolers, and anyone in the education field! You can get $10 worth of free edubucks for just signing up.
 

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Strong is the New Skinny: book review

Strong is the New Skinny! Seriously, this has been what I've been thinking for awhile. Just because someone is considered "overweight" doesn't necessarily mean they are not fit. Now, don't send me messages about how being overweight is not healthy. I know it poses problems, but some people are overweight but are very fit. :)

On to the book by Jennifer Cohen and Stacey Colino.  This book is all about not beating yourself up. None of the "I'm a fat pig", "I can't believe I just ate this". It's about being kind to yourself and telling yourself you can do it. You can get leaner, stronger, fitter, and faster. You have to think it first. Your body can do so much more than you realize it! Being healthy is more than numbers on a scale. Skinny does not always equal healthy! I love that the author's touch base on how everyone has a different body shape and some people just cannot physically be skinny! That is refreshing to hear and what I've always told myself anyway.

I received this book for free through Blogging for Books. I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Live: book and DVD review

Live: Your Life with Christ by Rebecca Manley Pippert is a great faith builder for new Christians in their faith. The DVD sessions are short (10 minutes each) and are perfect with the handbook for a small group steady that would last for 5 weeks. The purchase of the DVD also enables you extra leader materials on the website.

This study is wonderful at showing you the starting point for the faith believers have in Jesus. The handbook portion will delve deeper into what the DVD touches on. I thought it was great, easy to understand, and a perfect resource for any new believer.

I received this book for free through Cross Focused Reviews. I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”