Wednesday, October 14, 2015

I'm Reading A.D. 33...Official Blog Tour Book Review

Let me just say…

I love, Love, LOVE Ted Dekker.  His stories are over the top, adventure-filled, and exciting.  Always.  He writes like no other.


His stories are so detailed, the characters, so real.  He takes from his imagination, puts it on paper, and pulls you right into the story.  You can see everything, feel it, and even smell it.  It’s that real.

A.D. 33 is the second book in the A.D. 30 series.  It continues the story of Maviah.  

Here’s a preview:

“They call her the Queen of the Outcasts. Maviah, a woman whose fate was sealed on her birth by this world-unwanted, illegitimate, female, a slave-subject to the whims of all. But then she met a man named Yeshua who opened her eyes. She found strength in his words, peace from the brutal word around her. Because of what he taught her, she has gathered her own traveling kingdom of outcasts deep in the desert, wielding an authority few have seen. But when her growing power threatens the rulers around her, they set out to crush all she loves, leaving her reeling as a slave once more. She must find Yeshua to save her people, but when she does, she will be horrified to discover that he faces his own death.

Enter a story full of intrigue, heart-wrenching defeat, uncompromising love and staggering victory-one that re-examines everything you thought you knew about the heart of Jesus’s stunning message and the power that follows for those who follow his easily forgotten way.”

See what I mean?? 

(You can read a short preview, prologue and an excerpt from Chapter 1 here.)

To be honest, I have not finished reading this book, but I wanted to participate in the blog tour. If you’re a Christian, this book (and series) will bring the days of Jesus to life in a way that compliments everything you already know about the time He walked the earth. I will tell you that the story is captivating; I can’t wait to learn what happens next! The confrontation in the desert between Maviah, along with her elders, and the Thamud in chapter five reeled me in—I could easily ‘see’ what was happening in my mind, which is the intention of all storytellers, I think. 

I know when I am finished with this book, the characters will be as real to me as they are to the writer.  And I know that there will be a multitude of surprises from the characters and the story line as the book unfolds.

That’s just how he writes.

If you’ve never read Ted Dekker’s books, this series is a good place to start.  It’s believable, as well as thought-provoking, especially if you are a fan of thriller-type adversity stories.  Even if you already know how the story of Jesus on earth ends, you have never experienced it in this context.

I promise.

Not to mention…the book is absolutely beautiful.  See?

Check out the Hachette Book Group for more information about this book.  

Also, you can read more reviews by visiting the official blog tour here

This book is available at major retailers and online book sellers like Amazon.com.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or 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 Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Are You a Trim Healthy Mama?

I don't know about you, but I really, Really, REALLY want to be a Trim Healthy Mama.

And I'm on my way!  I have lost 42 pounds in just SIX months and it has been the easiest, most effortless eating plan (not a diet, because diets are temporary) I have ever attempted.  I eat good food, I eat a lot of food, I'm not hungry, and I am not even 100% on plan.  And that's okay.  Because...life.

I first heard about Trim Healthy Mama on Facebook.  I ordered the ebook to get started and then jumped at the chance to review the new, revised edition for Blogging for Books.

The cover of the new book is very nice.  It's clean and simple, much like the new plan details.  They call this plan "the easy-does-it approach to vibrant health and a slim waistline."

Basically, it's all about separating your food fuels, eliminating bad stuff, adding good stuff, and eating for health.  It seems a little overwhelming at first, and you really must read the book--it tells you why you need to eat this way for optimum health.  My advice is to dive right in....seriously...just start with one meal.

You will be amazed at how good you look and feel!

One of my favorite chapters in the book is chapter 12, Thirsty Mama.  Why?  Well, I believe one of our biggest problems, with health and with excess weight, is the way we tend to drink our calories.  Sodas, sugar, sugar, and more sugar.  This chapter starts out like this:
You're going to learn how to drink yourself trim. 
The chapter goes on to give you great alternatives to sodas and sweet drinks, like good girl moonshine, for example. (Check out the Trim Healthy Cookbook for recipes for all-day sippers that satisfy that soda craving while keeping you on the THM path. I will be reviewing the cookbook later this month.)

Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison, sisters from Tennessee, have shared a gold mine of health information.  All we have to do is apply it.

Published by Harmony Books, you can find this new, improved edition of Trim Healthy Mama at major retailers and online.

From the back cover:

Join the Trim Healthy Mama movement along with thousands of others and discover the groundbreaking, easy-does-it, and delicious way to eat for health and weight loss.

So...come join us.  Read the book.  Check out the authors' Facebook page, join the closed and/or secret Facebook groups.  Eat to live.

And I mean.....Live Well.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or 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 Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Friday, October 9, 2015

Are You Afraid?


Big. Scary. Fear.

We all experience it at some point.  Some of us more than others.  

Sometimes it comes because of trivial happenings.  Other times it overcomes us--our circumstances are....big.

But always, always...fear comes from inside of us.  Sure, it is brought on by outside forces, but fear is our reaction, our choice of response, even when it feels like we have no choice at all.

They say fear is the lack of faith, and I get that.  To be faith-filled is to be free of fear.  

And yet, I am afraid. And so are you.

That's why I am enjoying Grace Malone's new daily devotional, Unafraid-365 Days Without Fear.

This devotional has a short devotional and one or two relevant Bible verses for every day of the year.   For example, today's passage is about the wind.  The verse is from Matthew:  "But when he saw the wind, he was afraid." (Matthew 14:30)

The passage mentions that wind represents many things, from things that happen beyond our control, but it also represents the Holy Spirit.  It goes on to reference John 3:8:  "The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit."

Unafraid by Gracie Malone is a daily reminder to stand firm in the face of fear.  It is light at times, deep at others, includes humor, stories, quotes, and practical advice.  

Living in fear is not fun.  It is exhausting.  If you struggle with fear, try starting each day with a little dose of 
Unafraid. (Available at FaithWords.com and many other retail outlets.)

*This is an impartial book review. Hachette Book Group supplied my copy of this book in exchange for an impartial review.  Thoughts are my own. (LS 2015)

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