Thursday, August 14, 2014

A Review and Giveaway-Wherever the River Runs

I have a great new book to share with you today.  This book challenged me and encouraged me and I can't wait to share it with you!

The title and description of this book intrigued me, Wherever the River Runs--how a forgotten people renewed my hope in the gospel, by Kelly Minter.   I wasn't sure what to expect so I decided I would take a little time each day to read the book after eating breakfast.  I was less than half way though when a chapter or two a day just wasn't enough.  The author captured and kept my attention and I found myself trying to find extra time during the day to read more.

The author talks about her trips to the Amazon river and the villages along the river and how God captured her heart in a deeper way and broke her for living a "normal" life.  I enjoyed how the book wasn't just about her time in the Amazon meeting and ministering to the people (although those stories were very exciting and I greatly enjoyed them too), but about how God changed the way she lived when she was back at home in between her trips.  How God slowly changed the way she interacted with the people around her.

I was challenged by this book.  No, I don't think I will be visiting the Amazon anytime soon.   I was challenged in other ways to live a deeper life right where I am.  I was challenged to reevaluate my prayer life.  I was challenged to take on the ministry opportunities around me, the everyday ones that most people, myself included, walk right past.

I would definitely recommend this book to those that are ready to be challenged, ready to grow.  Even if you aren't ready, I dare you to read the book and try to walk away unchanged--bet you can't do it. ;)

Interested in reading this book?  The Amazon Kindle price is $3.99 as of the writing of this post (Amazon prices are subject to change).  Wherever the River Runs.

Other websites you might be interested in:
Trailer for the book
Author's website: www.KellyMinter.com

Want to win a copy of the book?
There are 2 ways to win a copy of Wherever the River Runs.  One is to answer a question and the other is to "like" my page on facebook.  You need to sign in below to enter, but once you do rafflecopter should recognize you for future giveaways.




"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Monday, February 03, 2014

UNSTOPPABLE DVD review and giveaway

When I first heard about the film "Unstoppable" I was intrigued, but it was only shown in select theaters for a short amount of time so I didn't have a chance to see it.  I was really excited to get the chance to watch and review the DVD.

Inspired by the death of Kirk Cameron's close friend who succumbed to cancer at the age of 15, Kirk Cameron takes viewers on an inspiring and hope-filled visual journey to better understand the biggest doubt-raising question in faith: "Where is God in the midst of tragedy and suffering?"

I was so excited to watch this DVD, but I have to be honest and say I have mixed feelings about it.

Pros:  *It shares the gospel creation through the resurrection.
          *Kirk shares from his heart and out of his struggle with the question.

Cons:  *There are a few parts that seemed very weird to me.  I didn't like his reenactment of creation, the fall, and Cain killing Abel. I almost turned it off after these parts.
           *I also disagreed with a few of the things Kirk said in his interpretation of events in the Bible.  It may be just differences in opinion.

I have heard good things about this film so my dislikes could just be a matter of my own likes and dislikes.

Want to watch it and decide for yourself?  Check it out at:

The official website
Facebook

I also have a copy to give away.

There are 2 ways to win a DVD copy of Unstoppable.  One is to answer a question and the other is to "like" my page on facebook.  You need to sign in below to enter, but once you do rafflecopter should recognize you for future giveaways.


a Rafflecopter giveaway



Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LCC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one of more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trace Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Prayer board

This is one of those projects that I bought the supplies for quite a while ago and then the project just sat in storage until I found the time to do it.  It has now been up on our wall for a few months and I find it  helpful so I decided to share.

I don't know about anyone else, but throughout the day I  run into people or see situations and I think "I should pray for that person/situation."  I often stop and pray right away, but after that I forget about it.  My husband and I wanted to be more intentional about praying for the people in our lives--so I came up with the prayer board.  This board is hung on the wall in our bedroom--not for others to see, but something to remind us to pray for people.  When we come across a person or situation we want to pray for/about or something we are thankful to God for, we write out a card and slip it in one of the slats.

Here are the steps to make one if you want to make your own (these boards can be used other ways also, I have seen ideas for using them in the kitchen or living room.)

I found this shutter at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.  Such a great place to find treasures.


1.  Take off the hinges or other hardware and apply wood filler where the wood has gouges out of it.


2.  After applying the wood filler, sand so that the areas that you filled in are smooth and even with the wood.

3.  These shutters were pretty beat up and chipped so it took some sanding to make the surface smooth.  If you look closely now, it still has some imperfections, but I think the imperfections give it character. :)

4.  I used Spray Paint to paint the shutters yellow.  I like how easy spraying an item is and I wasn't about to try to use a paint brush on all of the individual pieces!

5.  The last step was using my silhouette machine to cut out the vinyl.

I turned most of our cards around for privacy, but this is what it looks like on our wall.

Friday, November 22, 2013

1 Girl Nation CD Review and Giveaway

I have a new CD to tell you about!  1 Girl Nation's self titled debut CD is now available.
"1 Girl Nation is an exciting blend of upbeat pop music with lyrics that are totally focused on living life for God, even while you're young."
1 Girl Nation is geared toward preteen and teen girls, but I think all ages would enjoy this CD.  Maybe you have already heard their first single called "While We're Young" playing on the radio.  After listening to the songs a few times, I found myself singing along to the upbeat music and singing it to myself throughout the day.
Just a piece of lyrics from "In His Eyes"

"You are beautiful 
In the eyes, in the eyes 
Of the One who made you 
You are perfect 
You're worth more than you know 
In the eyes, in the eyes 
Of the One who made you "

This would make a great Christmas gift for the preteen/teen girl on your list.


Find out more about 1 Girl Nation:

Check out amazon.com or iTunes to buy 1 Girl Nation.

Want to win a CD?

There are 2 ways to win a copy of 1 Girl Nation.  One is to answer a question and the other is to "like" my page on facebook.  You need to sign in below to enter, but once you do rafflecopter should recognize you for future giveaways.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Audrey Bunny Children's Book Review and Giveaway

I have such a sweet children's book to share today.  The book, Audrey Bunny, by Angie Smith, is about a stuffed animal bunny named Audrey that is left in the toy bin time after time because of an imperfection.  When a little girl, Caroline, picks Audrey as the toy she wants, Audrey is sure that Caroline doesn't see her imperfection and she tries so hard to hide it at all times.  She worries about the moment that Caroline realizes that she isn't perfect.  I don't want to spoil the ending, you will have to read the book for yourself to find out what happens, but it is such a great story.
I really enjoyed reading the story and I can't wait to read it with my nieces next time I see them.  The story is great and the illustrations are just as great.

I LOVE that the end of the book shared a Bible verse with truth that related to the story.  Not only that, but the book had a page for parents called Parent Connection. This page included section to read, a section with questions to think about and a section for things to do.--SO COOL!!

I highly recommend this book!  It would make a great Christmas gift for the 4-8 year old child in your life.

Buy Audrey Bunny on Amazon

Want to win this book?


There are 2 ways to win a copy of Audrey Bunny.  One is to answer a question and the other is to "like" my page on facebook.  You need to sign in below to enter, but once you do rafflecopter should recognize you for future giveaways.



a Rafflecopter giveaway



"Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one of more of the products or services mentioned below for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CRF, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Friday, October 25, 2013

Get My Memories Suite for FREE (Review and code)

     A few years ago I had the opportunity to review a digital scrapbooking program called, My Memories Suite.  Click for my review.  This time I got to test out the newest version, My Memories Suite Version 4.  Not only do I get to review it, I get to give my readers a code to get a downloadable copy of the program FREE for themselves.  Cool, right?   If you look at my previous review you can see a sample of a digital scrapbook page that I made.  This time I tried making a card for my niece's birthday.  I just printed it out at Costco as a 4x6 photo.  I just made a simple 4x6, but this program allows for much more elaborate digital scrapping also.  I plan to try making my own Project Life style 3x4 cards next.






To get this program for free, go to the My Memories Website, put the download version of My Memories Suite Version 4 in your cart, and use the code FreeTreatLO160.   (It is probably easiest to copy and paste the code.)  This code is valid until October 31, 2013.

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