Monthly Archives: April 2010

Book review – Friendship for Grown-ups…

“Friendship for Grown-ups What I Missed  & Learned Along the Way” by Lisa Whelchel is the first book that I have received for review from BookSneeze and Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Throughout this book, Lisa shares personal and intimate stories of her own quest for friendship and the understanding of who she was, how she got there and what she must do to become a spiritually and emotionally healthy individual capable of receiving and giving friendship. Lisa is honest, open and vulnerable.

As I read Lisa’s new book, I found so many of her points striking a chord within me as I recognized my own need to learn to develop healthy, strong and reciprocal friendships with other women.

Included in “Friendships for Grown-ups…” are discussion questions and other helpful additions which makes this book ideal for individuals or small group study. The book was easy to follow and kept my interest throughout. I could identify with much of Lisa’s personal story and experiences with past friendships and her desire to have true lasting adult friendships.

For more information, click the links below to visit Thomas Nelson publisher’s page for Friendships for Grown-Ups and

Thomas Nelson – Friendships for Grown-Ups review

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Posted by on April 23, 2010 in Uncategorized


So excited, my first free book just arrived!

I’m so excited. I just received my first free book from Thomas Nelson Publishers! I’ll be getting started on this book tonight so watch for a review in the days to come!

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Posted by on April 21, 2010 in Uncategorized


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What’s on your nightstand?

What's on your nightstand?What books are you reading?

I read everyday. At some point during the day, usually in the morning, I read a portion of Scripture and pray. Throughout the day I read news articles online or in the newspaper but at night I read fiction or non-fiction and I enjoy biographies as well.

Currently I have a stack of books on my nightstand, “Here Burns My Candle” by Liz Curtis Higgs , “So Long Insecurity” by Beth Moore, “Dramatic Encounters with God” by Nicole Johnson, “The Shack” by William Young, “The Carpenter’s Journey – To the Cross and Beyond” by Sigmund Brouwer, “A Life Well Lived” by Charles R. Swindoll and “Fatal Harvest” by Catherine Palmer.

I’ve already read “The Shack” and “Fatal Harvest” but the others I am working my way through. They are all very different books and depending on what I need at the time, I pick one up and read until it is lights-out and sometimes beyond if it’s a real page turner.

“Here Burns My Candle” is a much anticipated novel by Liz Curtis Higgs – there have been several years between her last series and this novel – so it is much anticipated by those who were fans of the “Lowlands of Scotland” series. This latest book takes place in 18th century Scotland and is “A timeless story of love and betrayal, loss and redemption” according to the novel’s description. I’m only on chapter 18 so I’m in no position to review it just yet but I am enjoying it thus far.

So Long Insecurity” is something different from Beth Moore. It is hard to categorize it but if I had to I’d say it’s a self-help book but that’s not really the right term either. This is how it is described on the Barnes &  Noble website

Moore uses personal essays, women’s true confessions, expressive prayers, and lots of commonsense suggestions to jar women out of their insecure rut. Readers will delve into this work and find themselves comfortably uncomfortable, and this is a very good thing.

This is the synopsis from B&N…

Perhaps one of the biggest issues all women face is their own insecurity. Beth Moore, one of today’s most admired and trusted Christian writers, wants women to be free from the insecurity trap. So Long, Insecurity will strike a chord with women everywhere, as Beth speaks truth into the lives of readers, showing them how to deal with their innermost fears, rediscover their God-given dignity, and develop a whole new perspective—a stronger sense of self. Women of all ages and backgrounds will resonate with this message of security and discover truths that will free them emotionally and spiritually and lead them to a better life as they walk with God.

I’ve read a few chapters and followed along on the Living Proof Ministries Blog – there are questions for each chapter and a post for each “week” – example – Week One you are directed to read the introduction and chapters 1 & 2 and questions follow for each reading assignment. I think it is awesome that they work through the book with you online at the blog and on the Facebook fan page for the book. I’m looking forward to really getting into it more this week.

The other books on my nightstand have either been read or are in the process – whatever I’m in the mood for at the time.

I’ve joined a couple of reading groups online. One is through Zondervan and it is called “The Breakfast Club” and each week there is a featured book and each day you get a portion of the book to read online. This week the book is “Edge of Apocalypse” by Tim LaHaye, Craig Parshall. Today’s reading is chapter one.

The other one is called “Book sneeze” and it is a great opportunity to get free books, if you are a blogger. The way it works is that if you are a blogger you can sign up and they will send you a free book to review, free – no shipping fees, all you have to do is write a review of the book on your blog and on any book site like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Christian There are books available for you to select from, I chose “Friendship for Grown-Ups, What I Missed Along the Way” by Lisa Whelchel. I’m just waiting for my book to arrive. I’ll let you know how it works out and watch for my review of Lisa Whelchel’s new book.

So – what’s on your nightstand or bookshelf? Read anything good lately?

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Posted by on April 19, 2010 in Uncategorized


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Something a little different….

I know I mentioned it somewhere on my blog – a long time ago, that I like to read. I read mostly Christian fiction but I also love true stories, biographies, auto-biographies, secular fiction, Christian living and on and on…put it this way, there isn’t much that I don’t read – except Twilight, nope not for me.
Having declared my passion for reading I am going to try to do some book reviews. I’ll read new or old books and give a brief synopsis of them and rate them. Since I read quite a bit anyway, it should be a good source of inspiration for my floundering blog.
Look for it in days/weeks to come.
Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
~ Joseph Addison ~

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Posted by on April 7, 2010 in Uncategorized


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He is not here, He is risen!

“He is not here; he has risen!” – Luke 24:6a

On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Then they remembered his words.

When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened. — Luke 24:1-12

Jesus, Thou art my righteousness,
For all my sins were Thine;
Thy death hath bought of God my peace,
Thy life hath made Him mine.  —Anon.

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Posted by on April 4, 2010 in Uncategorized


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What does that Friday mean?

From “Six Hours One Friday” by Max Lucado

What does that Friday mean?

For the life blackened with failure, that Friday means forgiveness. ●

For the heart scarred with futility, that Friday means purpose. ♦

And for the soul looking into this side of the tunnel of death, that Friday means deliverance. ♥

Six hours, One Friday.

● “You forgave the iniquity of your people and covered all their sins.” –Psalm 85:2

♦”Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” –Matthew 11:28, 29

♥”My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all ; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.”
–John 10:27, 28

The very purpose of Christ’s life on earth was to die – to redeem mankind, to forgive sinners and make a way for our debt to be paid. He who never sinned, became sin for us.

“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” – 2 Corinthians 5:21

Thank God for “Good Friday” for the day He gave His life a ransom for many!

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Posted by on April 2, 2010 in Uncategorized


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