Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Review: Stronger Than the Struggle by:Havilah Cunnington

 Stronger than the Struggle: Uncomplicating Your Spiritual Battle
About the Book:
"Why do I still struggle if I'm faithfully following God?"

We all face challenges. On any given day, the problems of real life can take our breaths away. Our marriages, finances, relationships, and health are regular struggles, and that's just the beginning. Doesn't the Bible say the war has already been won? So why do we still battle?

In a down-to-earth, let’s-get-real approach, popular Bible teacher Havilah Cunnington cuts through the confusion and shows us how to

Discern whether we’re dealing with battles within ourselves, resistance from God, or genuine fights with the Devil.
Throw off misconceptions about spiritual warfare, and understand what Jesus really said about our spiritual authority and the certainty we have in him.
Ask the right questions and build a realistic battle plan to win one day at a time.
With humor and honesty, Cunnington lays out practical tools to thrive in the face of hardship, enabling us to walk forward in the confidence that, because of Jesus, we really are stronger than the struggle.

My Review:
 A truly powerful read from beginning to end. The author takes you by the hand from the beginning of the introduction of evil into our society with the devil being tossed out of heaven through to the fall of man. She shows you God's calling on your life and the devil's plan to infiltrate that call and shows you his master plan of lies, deceit, and hatred towards God as well as His children.

 Then the author shows you step by step the way through and out of the struggle. Satan is way more patient than we are and he lies in wait for us to make the critical move that will be our downfall. There is so much truth in the pages of this book that it will leave you reeling at what is done on a spiritual plane right in front of our eyes--many times without us even knowing it.

 A great book on spiritual warfare!

**Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

Review: Putting it Together Again When It's all Fallen Apart by:Tom Holladay

 Putting It Together Again When It's All Fallen Apart: 7 Principles for Rebuilding Your Life
About the Book:
Life crises can throw you into a tail-spin—a lost job, a failed relationship, a struggling business, a financial mess. Where do you start? How do you pull it together? How do you begin again?

Tom Holladay experienced a catastrophe first-hand when a sudden flood in California destroyed his home, his church, and the homes of many church members. Tom and his congregation had to rebuild, and they used the principles in the book of Nehemiah to get back on their feet.

Now a teaching pastor at Saddleback Church, Tom will help you discover seven principles for putting it together again that will give you the direction you need to get rolling on that fresh start. Holladay will walk you through seeing every problem as an opportunity, facing the obstacles head on and taking your first step, knowing how to expect and reject opposition, build on your success, and dedicating yourself to the One who rebuilds our souls.

The task of starting again can seem impossible. And sometimes you just need to rebuild your confidence and regain a sense of purpose. If you’re trying to find the emotional energy, but you just don’t have it in you, let Holladay encourage you. He understands how difficult and rewarding the business of rebuilding is. This book is your encouraging how-to guide to starting again and stepping into a better future.

My Review:
 The author was able to make me look at the story of Nehemiah a little differently than I did before. He taught me about the concept of a grace-gift from God and what that truly means and that if we refuse someone's help in our time of need we are preventing them from obeying Jesus' command to love, as stated in Galatians 6:2.

 Throughout his book, the author has lent us some very helpful advice as well as other peoples struggles and how they overcame them. No matter what in your life seems to be falling apart at the moment a failed relationship, a job loss, etc. The author has chosen seven principles to help you sort it all out and be the victor instead of the victim.

 I think my favorite chapter was the last principle. The one on dedicating it to God. Anything built on Him will have lasting effects. A great principle all by itself.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.



Review: Coffee for Your Heart by:Holley Gerth

 Coffee for Your Heart: 40 Mornings of Life-Changing Encouragement
About the Book:
Start Your Day in the Very Best Way

Discover more joy, peace, and purpose every morning as you listen to the voice of the One who delights in you! In Coffee for Your Heart, bestselling author Holley Gerth shares 40 encouraging and powerful reminders of how God sees you as His beloved daughter. You are...

wonderfully made
never alone
...and so much more!

This noisy world can make it hard to hear the assurances of God. Let His voice be the loudest one in your life as He stirs up your hope and confidence each new day.

My Review:
 No-one could ever tell me that you couldn't use a little encouragement. Some of us could use it on a minute by minute basis. I personally love sitting down to a good devotional or Bible study to just help encourage and maybe lighten the load. Because living in this world and being a part of this world even if we are just passing through, it tends to weigh heavily on you.

 Holley Gerth has a knack for helping you through it. I consider her one of my closest friends. We have never met but she has helped me through some of my "heavy stuff" just from her encouraging words and writings.

 Holley's chapter on being known by God struck a cord with me. That even when no one knows who you are and cant recall ever knowing you, our God can and will. He isn't afraid of knowing you or will turn away if asked. He is consistent with His love and knowledge of us on a far grander scale than we can imagine.

 Coffe for Your Heart is just a good all around devo. Holley is able to touch on things that I put up and stored away or things that I didn't feel were an issue for me. I love her stories and her attitude.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge from the publisher for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Litfuse Review: High Cotton by:Debby Mayne

 High Cotton
About the Book:
Some families are filled with so much love they can’t help but drive each other crazy 

Shay Henke has mixed feelings about going to her family’s next reunion. On the one hand, she’ll get to see everyone in her mama's family—folks she loves unconditionally. On the other hand, she knows there’ll be more drama than you can shake a stick at.

The days leading up to the event bring one surprise after another. First Shay must deal with her sister-in-law’s deep, dark secret. Then she has to contend with the childish ways of her business-mogul twin cousins. And when her high school crush wants to be her date to the reunion . . . well, it may have been a dream come true for Shay’s teen self, but the woman she’s become doesn’t know what to make of this.

Shay’s contentment is challenged, and she’s determined to shake things up a bit. But will she find the excitement she’s looking for, or will Shay realize she prefers her quiet and predictable life? One thing is certain: Life in the Bucklin family is never boring. 

My Review:
 Life in the south to me, is the best life. We have our times of upheaval but it usually slows back down. We live a life where the front porch is usually called a sitting porch and the fireflies are called lightning bugs. This southern life is how I grew up and I wouldn't change it for anything.

 My children were born in Alabama and many of the ideals and situations described in High Cotton are similar to mine. The setting of the story is about four hours from my home. Life in Alabama is about the same as Mississippi maybe just a tad more fast paced but basically the same. I love my life here but the humidity is something I can do without.

 Shay on the other hand isn't quite sure as an adult returning for a family reunion if she misses the old home place. So the story takes you through the twists and turns and encounters she makes trying to make sense of it all. But she has to take an honest look by the time the story ends to determine if she is missing out on life here in this small town, after all. If you would like to purchase this book or learn more you can at this link.

 A great down home country life type story that warms your heart.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Review & Giveaway: Guess How Much I Love You: An Enchanting Easter DVD Sponsored by:NCircle Entertainment

 Guess How Much I Love You: An Enchanting Easter
**Disclosure** This DVD was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from NCircle Entertainment. All opinions are my own.

About the DVD:
Enjoy this Easter special adventure based on the classic picture book that has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, written by Sam McBratney, illustrated by Anita Jeram and published by Walker Books. When Little Nutbrown Hare sees a pure white fawn shining and dancing in the moonlight his friends think he's making it up. They venture through the woody woods in the next valley, down the streamy stream and pass the rocky rocks to find her but as their doubt grows, she is right there hiding on the patches of white snow, thinking it's a big game of hide and seek. She promises to visit them on Easter Day making Easter that much more special for all.

My Review:
 based on the books featuring the sweet and adorable nutbrown hare you will see the characters come to life in the dvds created by NCircle Entertainment. Nutbrown hare is introduced to all types of wildlife in the woody woods. She is fascinated by them. This Easter movie is so sweet and cuddly you will love sitting with your little one watching it. Perfect for the whole family.

Easter just isnt the same without my babies. it just makes it much more special seeing it through their eyes. These movies help me to spend even more quality time with them. My boys, all three of them sit and watch NCircle entertainment movies. These movies are of course geared toward a certain age but all ages can enjoy them.

Guess How Much I Love You: An Enchanting Easter retails for $5.00 at this link.

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Review & Giveaway: Floogals: Project Egg Hunt DVD Sponsored by:NCircle Entertainment

Floogals: Project Egg Hunt
**Disclosure** This DVD was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from NCircle Entertainment. All opinions are my own.

About the DVD:

Floogals: Project Egg Hunt on DVD

DVD pressing. Each day, Captain Fleeker, First Officer Flo, and Junior Boomer encounter something that sparks their curiosity, setting in motion the day's research "project" and triggering an exciting adventure! In Project Egg Hunt, the Floogals mistakenly think Mom and Dad Hooman have accidently dropped candy eggs in the garden when in fact they have placed them there on purpose to create an egg hunt for their kids. The Floogals think they are being helpful and tidy up the eggs! Once the Floogals realize their mistake, they must get all the eggs back on the ground before the kids arrive so their fun day won't be ruined. Adventure is everywhere they go. They're the Floogals! 3, 2, 1, let's go!
My Review:
 The Floogals are at it again. They think they are helping when they see eggs scattered all over the yard of Mom and dad Hooman but in fact they are ruining an exciting and fun egg hunt planned for their kids. The Floogals are all about adventure and helping but this mistake may have went a little too far.

 This was a fun movie for my boys. They enjoy the silliness of the Floogals. I always hope they are learning some valuable lessons when watching them. Included in Project Egg Hunt are several episodes perfect for spring. They are: Project Egg Hunt, Project Rainbow, Project Kite, Project Picnic, Project Tortoise. My boys, all three of them sit and watch NCircle entertainment movies. These movies are of course geared toward a certain age but all ages can enjoy them.

The Floogals Project Egg Hunt retails for $5.00 at this link.

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Friday, March 2, 2018

Review: Amish Sweethearts by:Amy Clipston

 Amish Sweethearts
About the Book:
Love is in the air in these four sweet romances!

Love and Buggy Rides  (previously published in An Amish Harvest)

Janie Lantz is a cashier at Lancaster Souvenirs and Buggy Rides, where Jonathan Stoltfuz is a buggy driver. A frightening accident brings Janie and Jonathan together in a blossoming friendship, yet daunting obstacles stand between them and something deeper. Can love kindle into flames that burn away fear and regret—and lead them to a life together?

A Home for Lindsay

From Amy Clipston’s beloved Kauffman Amish Bakery series comes Lindsay Bedford’s story. Lindsay is happily looking forward to the day she becomes Matthew Glick’s wife and is excited for the plans he has for the house he will build her. So, when Matthew suddenly calls off the wedding, she is blindsided. She knows there is more to the story than what he is telling her, but will he open up and let her in on his own heartbreak?

Where the Heart Is

Tobias Smucker is back home, and it’s no secret he and his father are still not on the best of terms. But what is surprising is that his little sister’s best friend, Mariella, has been harboring her own secret feelings for Tobias. With her help, he begins to unravel a family mystery and learns that everyone has their own hidden depths, including his father.

Love Birds  (previously published in An Amish Market)

While Ellie Lapp and her mother are still mourning the loss of her brother, Seth, Ellie starts working at one of the gift shops in town. Seth’s friend Lloyd is talented at carving wooden birds, but his father disapproves and expects him to take over the family farm someday. Ellie sees the beauty in Lloyd’s creations and insists Lloyd sell the birds in the gift shop where she works. As Ellie and Lloyd spend more time together, they begin to develop feelings for one another, but she accidentally betrays his trust. Will she lose any hope of a future with him?

My Review:
Amy Clipston is one of my favorites! Each one of these short stories holds a story all its own yet they are connected in unique ways. I love the way the portray the Amish life. The simplicity and the laid back ease of everyday life. Yet they love God and they honor Him in their daily life. It is always touching to read Amy's stories and even though sometimes the things that happen in her stories seem sad they usually end on an upbeat note.

 These four novellas have love and romance running throughout. Whether it is a wedding, a funeral, or just a new romance. Each story lends its on to a celebration of love and light that has a common thread of God in each one. The author gently weaves their dependency of God and the importance of Him and all He means to them. The stories are light and full of love. Very great read!

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.