Sunday, August 31, 2014

Book Review: Grace Finds Wings by Jill Miller

My Review:
Jill Miller is a Christian musician/singer/songwriter. This book explains where each of her songs on her latest CD, Grace Finds Wings, came from, what they mean to her, when they were written, how long it took her to write them, and other interesting facts behind each song. You can listen to her songs online at http://www.jillmillermusic.com/ . I really enjoy her music and I am encouraged by her beautiful, faith-filled lyrics. Knowing the background stories behind these songs makes listening to them much more meaningful. With transparency, Jill shares about her personal life's journey which includes her divorce, infertility, grief, adoption, motherhood, marriages, her dad's dementia, financial worries, career change, people-pleasing problem, doubts, and other struggles. I can relate with her regarding having a special needs child. It definitely brings many challenges. But what she went through was immense. I can also relate with her as we both have the "Pollyanna" personality :). Throughout the book, you will see her love for the Lord, her reliance on His grace, and her special fondness for butterflies. She experiences healing and embraces hope along the way. God brings beauty out of ashes and turns trials to triumphs! Check this book out and see for yourself that God's grace indeed frees and transforms broken and contrite hearts. It's an enjoyable and inspiring read! Be prepared to feel refreshed by God's unconditional love and irresistible grace :)!

"'Pursuing God-ordained passions, no matter how crazy they seem is the most responsible thing to do.' So I guess I'm exercising responsible irresponsibility!" (p. 81)

"And if we're going to obsess about something, what better thing to obsess about than God! He continually draws us in and is present in our lives." (p. 91)

"Believe it, conceive it, take steps to achieve it, then leave the rest to God and prepare to receive it." (p. 168)


~ I received a free copy of this book via The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

DVD Review and Giveaway: When Calls the Heart "Second Chances"


When Calls the Heart--"Second Chances" is the latest DVD in the When Calls the Heart television series inspired by the writings of Janette Oke and directed by Michael Landon, Jr. On this DVD, Elizabeth Thatcher tries to find ways to help one of her older students, Bo Grady, learn how to read despite his father's opposition. Meanwhile, Abigail Stanton dares to follow her dream by fixing up the abandoned cafe in Coal Valley despite discouragement from Gowen and a great sacrifice required. Adam Miller struggles to adjust to living with one leg. It's not only difficult for him but also for his wife and 2 daughters. Elizabeth feels overwhelmed when she finds out that she has only one week to prepare her students for the annual Founder's Day Play. Jack Thorton (the local Mounty) has got a surprise up his sleeves and hopes to win Elizabeth's heart. When Calls the Heart--"Second Chances" is a beautiful story of overcoming challenges, pressing on even when feeling like giving up, working together, finding hope, and recognizing love. "Love travels with you wherever you go!" (~Elizabeth) My daughter and I enjoyed watching this DVD and highly recommend it. Great performances! Entertaining and inspiring! We also enjoyed the bonus feature in the DVD which includes interviews and the making of the film ("Creating Coal Valley"). 


GIVEAWAYYou can win a copy of this DVD!
Deadline: 9/7 at midnight (Pacific time) 
To Enter: Leave a comment here with your email address. Please share a Bible verse or a quote that encourages you. 

~I received a free copy of this DVD via Edify Media, Inc. in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. 

Friday, August 1, 2014

Book Review and Giveaway: Enough by Kate Conner


Starting out as a blog post, "Ten Things I Want to Tell Teenage Girls", Kate Conner put her thoughts into a book, Enough. I'm glad she did! Kate points out and explains 10 things that teenage girls need to hear. I agree that these practical truths must be instilled into teenage girls. The book covers various issues such as beauty, modesty, contentment, internet folly, social media, emotions, habits, passion, drama, flirtation, tanning, and more. Most teenage girls struggle with insecurity, immaturity, and overreactions. They need Godly wisdom and guidance. This book offers that. Even some mature women still seem to struggle with their worth, value, beauty, and confidence. I think it is a good reminder to all women that in Christ, we are enough, loved, beautiful, valuable, and unstoppable. I enjoyed reading it and appreciated her take-away points sprinkled throughout the book with #10things hashtag.

Enough is an easy & fun read filled with valuable insights and Biblical wisdom. The author gives sisterly advice in honesty (she tells it as it is) with grace, caring heart, and humor. I highly recommend this excellent book to anyone who has teenage girls in their lives. It's an ideal book for mothers to read and discuss with their teen daughters.

"Drama is a poor man's passion, a cowardly man's creativity...Drama is an idle preoccupation; a cheap version of that which we really want, which is to live passionately on purpose." (pages 73, 74)
"There is natural, and then there is right. Just because a thing is natural doesn't mean it's healthy or safe. The standard for our behavior isn't natural or intuitive; it's wisdom." (page 89)
"The Bible, the Word of God, tells us what is right in every situation. It speaks to our actions, words, thoughts, and attitudes." (page 105)

About the Author

Kate Elizabeth Conner is a 28-year-old writer, speaker, and first generation southerner who spends her days learning braille, counseling teenagers via text message, and adjusting to life in middle Georgia. She is married to a college pastor and has three impossibly beautiful children who only make her crazy 97% of the time. Kate authors a self-titled blog, which received more than three million views in two years, due in part to her viral post, 10 Things I Want To Tell Teenage Girls. Kate writes about surviving parenthood, teenagers, and her twenties with her faith and sense of humor intact. She believes in music, coffee, and prose – and in all the world, nothing has taken hold of her like Christ.
GIVEAWAY: You can win a copy of this book. Open only to residents in the US and Canada.
Deadline: 8/13 at midnight (Pacific time) To Enter: Leave a comment here with your email address. Please share the best advice you received when you were a teenager.

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