Wednesday, November 16, 2011

#musesofamom: The One Simple Thing You Can Do at Christmas


Things to do this Christmas season:

1. Find a shoebox.
2. Pack with goodies
3. Send to a child somewhere in the world.

The Youngest in 2011 with the shoebox he made. 
This has to be the most wonderful, incredible project every Christmas season! Our family sends two shoeboxes (or more) for Operation Christmas Child at Christmastime.  This mission, through Samaritan's Purse, allows us to send boxes of goodies and necessities to children somewhere in the world who would not be able to experience any type of Christmas without it. Watch #ShoeboxStories and you too will feel the excitement and joy that those children do when they open their shoe boxes.

It's a simple thing that we can do -- packing a shoebox with toys and necessities, plus a $7 fee for shipping.

Would you consider joining me this month in sending a shoebox? All the information of how to pack a shoebox in addition to your nearest drop off location is located at the Operation Christmas Child website.

Check out my Pinterest page for ideas to fill a Shoebox for Boys! 

*This page has been updated with new links

Monday, July 25, 2011

Book Review: "You Were Born for This" by Bruce Wilkinson

Many people ask:

"Do miracles really happen?"
"How can I be a part of today's miracles?"
"Should I just continue doing good deeds on my own?"

I enjoy doing thing for others, and I always want to do things that will have an eternal impact. But miracles?  I wasn't sure if true miracles happened today.

After the first chapter of this book, I was hooked and wanted to know more about today's miracles. Wilkinson explains with great narratives that we should always expect miracles! We were born to do God's work by God's power and we can do things that will have a heavenly impact.  As I read, I was impacted by the fact that so many things could be passing us by that could be God's nudging toward helping Him make a miracle!

Wilkinson's stories of real events of miracles show how easily we can be a part of God's miracles for others.  I highly recommend that you get this book for your library and read it more than once!

You can purchase this book from Amazon.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Blogging for Books (www.bloggingforbooks.com) book review program. I was not required to write a positive review; the opinions I have expressed are my own.

Book Review: "The Blessing" by John Trent and Gary Smalley

As a parent, add this book to your top ten list!

John Trent, in this revised and updated edition of the book, explains in great detail the importance of giving your child special blessings as they are growing up. A blessing is a great gift of unconditional love and acceptance that can transform the future of your child.

By using the Old Testament story of Jacob receiving the first born blessing from his father Issac, Dr. Trent explains the importance of the blessing and the five elements to understanding the blessing.   While this is a wonderful lesson on how to parent your own children, what if you did not receive the benefit of a blessing from your parents?  Dr. Trent explains what happens if you missed that important element of your younger years.

I highly recommend this books to parents of children of all ages -- it is a vital part of parenting our kids that we don't want to miss out on!

UPDATE: To learn more and to take The Blessing Challenge, visit TheBlessing.com.

You can purchase this book through Amazon

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.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: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”  Affiliate links may be included in this post.  

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Book Review: "Secrets of the Vine for Women" by Darlene Wilkinson


The book may be small in size, but it has a big message!  

The author Darlene Wilkinson is the wife of author Bruce Wilkinson, who wrote the first Secrets of the Vine book.  Darlene takes his book further by associating many of the teachings directly to a woman's heart.   

The book is based on John 15, where Jesus states the he is the vine, and we are the branches.  But what exactly was Jesus trying to explain by this example?  If it is hard to understand, it will become more clear as you read the author's story of the vinedresser and his daughter, and how the vinedresser was able to make his vineyard prosper.  Through her story, we learn about how God is our Vinedresser, Jesus the Vine itself and how God is disciplining, pruning and abiding in us as the branches.  

Another plus is the study guide in the back of the book for each chapter.  Although this is a short book to read, it is definitely one to read again while doing the study guide in order to get even more from the book.

This book can be purchased through Amazon.


Affiliate links included in this post. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Blogging for Books (www.bloggingforbooks.com) book review program. I was not required to write a positive review; the opinions I have expressed are my own.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Book Review: "Secrets for a Sweeter Journey on the Rocky Road of Life"

Would you think about ice cream when you read the title of this book? It may not be a book about ice cream, (although it has a delicious title!) but it does give some sweet insights from Karen Scalf Linamen.

Karen is honest and straightforward, but inserts joy and humor as she relates how she has learned "sweet secrets" along her recent rocky road of life.  I loved reading the other uplifting stories she added of those who have overcome obstacles and what they did to embrace a sweeter life.

This is an easy read, and a great one for a women's book club -- she includes thoughtful questions at the end of each chapter for discussion (along with a fun chocolate recipe submitted by readers - how can you not love that?).

My favorite chapter was #6 -- "Eat Chocolate, Write More, Feel Better" where Karen gives some great hints and ideas for journaling that can help you through the rocky and sweeter times of life.

This book can be purchased through Amazon.

Affiliate links included in this post. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Blogging for Books (www.bloggingforbooks.com) book review program. I was not required to write a positive review; the opinions I have expressed are my own.

Book Review: "Max on Life" by Max Lucado


This review needs to be prefaced by saying, "Is there ANY Max Lucado book that wouldn't get a positive review?"

Just like other Max Lucado books, this one was great. But unlike other books by Max, this one is a topical, question/answer like format. It covers so many of the questions that we have about God, marriage and family, hope and hurt, and even the after life.  Max gives his straightforward yet graceful answers to questions, backed with appropriate Scripture.

I would recommend this book for anyone -- whether you are a Christian far along the journey or someone who is just beginning their walk with Christ.  This is easily a "go-to" book to keep on the bookshelf -- there are handy topical and Scripture indexes at the back of the book for easy reference.

You can purchase this book through Amazon.


Affiliate links in this post. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. Opinions 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.”

Monday, April 25, 2011

Book Review: "Love and Respect" by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

This book has been recommended by several friends and has been on my list of "to read" for some time.

The author gives his extensive research on how love and respect is treated within marriage.  It is important for the wife to give the needed respect to her husband and in return, helps the husband to reciprocate love.  After Dr. Eggerichs explains the real way Ephesians 4:33 is supposed to work, it makes perfect sense to follow this concept in your marriage. The first section of the book gives the foundation of how  Just reading the first section of the book answered several of my questions!  Throughout the book,  Dr. Eggerichs provides biblical direction and real life examples to take this concept to a deeper and successful level as a couple.

This book is definitely a "go-to" reference book on marriage and one that all couples should have on their bookshelf.  I learned so much from this book, and will no doubt go back and reread portions in the future.

UPDATE:  Visit loveandrespect.com for videos, small group studies and more.

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Friday, April 01, 2011

Book Review: “Lady in Waiting” by Susan Meissner

"Lady in Waiting" is an intriguing book that follows the story of two Janes – Jane Lindsay, a woman in her early 40s in the present day, and another very young teenage girl, Lady Jane Grey from the 16th century.

Jane Lindsay finds a ring in a shipment from a “jumble” sale for her antique store that was hidden in an old book.  Feeling a connection with the ring with an inscription to “Jane,” she begins to do research to find the origin of the ring, but during her journey she also finds answers to her own present day struggles. 

Both Janes experienced life changing events in their lives, and this book chronicles each story, moving back and forth with ease and with an energy that keeps you reading to find out what happens next.

I appreciated this novel for two reasons – it was refreshing to read a story about a woman who was the same age category as myself, experiencing the same feelings and struggles that I myself had experienced.  The added bonus was to read some historical fiction based on a time period that has always intrigued me. 

This was the first reading experience I’ve had with author Susan Meissner, and it surely won’t be the last.  A great weekend read!

This title is available through Amazon.


Disclosure:  I received this product free through the Blogging for Books (http://www.bloggingforbooks.com) review program.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own. Affiliate links may be included in this post.