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Book Launch Week!

baby handsFor the past several years, I have been writing little encouragements for Christian moms, and sharing them on my personal social media. I have had some requests from my friends to put them all in one place for them to access and share.

So, in honor of World Book Day, I am releasing my brand-new book on Amazon this week! You can buy the print version for 6.99 right here:


If you prefer the ebook version, you can buy that as well. If you have Kindle Unlimited, you can read it for free! If not, you can buy the Kindle version for 0.99 this week only! Next week the price will go up a bit. This is launch week special!
You can buy the Kindle version here:

There are 31 short devotionals, each with a corresponding Bible verse to meditate on during the day. This little book is written specifically to moms with small children – in the thick of mothering. mother and baby

I know how difficult it can be to care for babies and toddlers, how never-ending it can seem! The sleepless nights, the crunchy floors, the squabbling amongst siblings. There’s never enough ‘mom’ to reach around, and by the time you get to eat your food is cold.

It’s no joke! But then, the rewards are great, too. The wet kisses, the endless supply of dandelions, the first “Mama”! The moments when they are sleeping so peacefully and you just know you have the most beautiful, precious child in the whole wide world!

I have cared for 8 babies over the years, 5 of my own and 3 foster babies. These meditations came from my own musings, as I face various battles in my mind; battles against Self and sin. I find that there is layer after layer of selfishness, laziness, and pride in my heart.

I hope you are blessed by this little work of love, and may God encourages your heart through these pages.

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Best Hair Book Ever! – by Faithgirlz!

best hair book everThis is a great book of hairstyles for all girls and their moms. I chose to review it for my teenage daughter, but I think I enjoyed it as much or more than she did! :)  It has lots of braid styles, up-dos and ponytail styles. From casual to elegant, you should be able to find a good style for any occasion.

One of my favorite things was the tips throughout the book about hair care in general. I do not go to a salon much at all, so I need all the tips and tricks I can get. I think it’s a great book to get for a teen girl.

It also has tips for different hair types; curly, wavy, straight, ethnic, etc. It is written in a clear, easy to read style, with lots of pictures and illustrations.


Take a look at it: http://store.faithgateway.com/best-hair-book-ever

 

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 

 

Devotions From The Garden ~ Finding Peace And Rest In Your Busy Life. By Miriam Drennan

Devotions from the garden; book reviewDevotions from the Garden is a book of ninety short meditations from God’s Word, illustrated with beautiful photos of flowers, dewdrops and gardening. Miriam Drennan draws parallels between gardening and our journey of faith.

I enjoyed this devotional. It is short, quick daily readings, that anyone can find time for. And the pictures are so pretty! It isn’t a deep, theological book, rather, it is gentle reminders of God’s goodness and our dependence on Him.

Personally, even when I have only a few minutes, (actually, especially when I only have a few minutes!) I tend to pick up the Bible, rather than a devotional. I get more meat that way! 😉 But this is a nice coffee-table book to peruse when I am sitting here in the evening and want to just read a quick bit of something.


If you enjoy gardening, you might enjoy this one. :)

You can find it here: http://store.faithgateway.com/devotions-from-the-garden

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed 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.”

Book Review: A Father’s Love, by David Miles

A Father’s Love is an ‘I Can Read!’ level 2 book. It is a simple retelling of the classic Bible story about the prodigal son. The younger son wants to live it up in the city, but after his money is gone, so are his friends. So he eventually returns to throw himself on his Father’s love and forgiveness.
A Fathers loveThis book is perfect for my 6 year old beginning reader. She enjoyed the story and the bright artwork. She still had some trouble with some of the words, but she’s not quite a level 2 reader yet.

I know this will be a favorite book in our house. I am always in search of good, wholesome Christian children’s books. This one is based on the NIV version.

http://store.faithgateway.com/a-father-s-love


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Book Review: ‘You Have A Brain’ By Ben Carson, M.D.

OK folks. This has been one of my favorite books to review yet! ‘You Have A Brain’ is an inspirational and motivational book for teens on using your brain to T.H.I.N.K.I.N.G. B.I.G.
Dr. Carson shares inspiring stories of his life along with nuggets of wisdom and motivating goals that teens can work towards in their own life.

Book Review: You have a brain, by Dr Ben Carson #BenCarson

Despite being the ‘class dummy’, growing up very poor, and having his father leave the family – Carson rose above the challenges to achieve his dreams and become a successful neurosurgeon. He attributes his accomplishments largely to his mother, who gently but firmly pushed her children to be all they could be.


http://store.faithgateway.com/you-have-a-brain

Honestly, I was challenged by his mother more than anything else. Will my kids look back in 50 years and be able to say that “Mom always knew I could do more and held me to a higher standard”? I hope so. I think we ask too little of our kids. They are capable of so much more than our society expects of them.  I want to be their supporter, yes! But equally as much, I want to push them and challenge them and hold up the standard high.

I strongly encourage you to get this book for your teens, or for yourself! It is a great read for ages 10 and up.  It is written in an easy-to-read manner, and held my attention well.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

The Last Rescue by Howard Wasdin, with Joel Kilpatrick

This a story of how a US military hero went from being number one and important – to dealing with surviving, grief, and being forgotten. Focusing on the daily life struggles to find identity and meaning as a survivor, Mr. Wasdin takes you on a journey of discovery with him.

the last rescue

While I did enjoy the story (who doesn’t admire and respect a military hero?!), I have to say that the story was a little slow-paced. After the well-written, thrilling first chapter, it descends to little more than a man’s journal of a betrayed life.  It did not capture my attention very well.  I did read it all, mainly because I wanted to see what happened to him later in life. 😉 I appreciated how he gives God credit for being his strength. That is admirable.


I did enjoy hearing what life is like for a veteran after his military stint is over.  I would recommend it IF you are bored or just really love personal stories. But if you need a spell-binding book, it is not for you.

However, I still highly respect and honor Mr. Wasdin for his service and hard work for our country! Thank you Sir!

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 

A Walk to Beautiful ~ by Jimmy Wayne & Ken Abraham

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a teenage boy in foster care? ‘A Walk to Beautiful’ is a book about a child in and out of foster care. His story is emotional, lonely, frustrating, scary, and wonderfully inspiring. It will change the stereotypes you hold about teens in foster care! It will especially challenge the stereotypes that cling to teen boys.

jimmy wayne

Jimmy Wayne is a country singer who grew up amidst poverty, drugs, immorality and violence. Through years of foster care, relative homes, and living by his wits, he learned survival, integrity, and much more. God was watching out for him from the beginning, and He guided Jimmy to a home where he found the love and support that all kids need.


This book was the best I’ve read in a very long time. The swelling emotions and raw pain, together with the determination to keep going… it was hard to lay it down! In fact, I believe I read it in less than a day. One evening and part of the next day and I was finished. I loved the unvarnished story of life as a foster care teenage boy, straight from ‘the horse’s mouth’, as they say.

I would recommend it to adults over 18, as there are some graphic violence stories, and some accounts of sexuality. This book is well-written, highlighting the grace and mercy of God.  The story focuses on Jimmy Wayne’s young life, with the last few chapters dedicated to his walk across the country. His determination, humility, and graciousness are inspiring!

 

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”