Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Book Review: THE POWER OF THE OTHER

Good evening, friends! :)

I told you I had another book to launch today, and here it is.

Dr. Henry Cloud is a prolific author; he's got over twenty titles to his credit. THE POWER OF THE OTHER is an interesting addition to his bibliography.

I'm not going to say this book is for everyone. There's pertinent information for everyone, but in my opinion, there's a lot to filter through. When I was teaching leadership development MANY years ago, I definitely would have used this book as a tool. If you're looking on information on how other people can connect with you for mutual support and stretching, it's definitely a resource I'd recommend.

There's just something nagging me in the back of my brain, and I can't quite figure out what it is. Dr. Cloud is a follower of Christ, and mentions it a couple of times in this book. Maybe what's missing for me is the completeness that would come from having that factor in with the power others have in our lives. Maybe my brain thinks he's writing to such a broad audience it's too simplified. I don't know. :D

I do know I'm glad I read this book. The last few chapters I found more helpful, and will refer back to them as touchstones of guidance for growth in my life.

f you think of me in the next few days, I'm having cataract surgery Wednesday morning. I won't be online too much for a couple of days; just pray if God brings me to mind. :) Have a wonderful day, friend - BE BLESSED!!!!

Book Review: LOVING MY ACTUAL LIFE

Good morning, friends!!!!! This is an easy book recommendation - YOU NEED IT. :) I've ordered a hard copy to have to loan, and ordered another copy to be sent to a friend. Yes, it's that important of a book.

Alexandra is a busy, BUSY mom. But don't let that stop you from reading her book! :) Even if you've NEVER been a mom, you'll get something from this one - I was convicted several times, and it's already changed my thinking about some things I do or don't do.

For instance, last week I had told Kenn that I might go to a movie by myself while he worked. When I woke up the next morning, I just wasn't feelin' the whole going-out thing - but got a SHOCK when he walked into our room! He was supposed to be gone (in my mind)! :D He'd decided to change his schedule so he had most of the day off, so he could go to the movies with his wife. I told him I'd talked myself out of it, so he wandered away to go back to working on files on his computer. The more I woke up and thought about it - and this book that I was reading for a launch team! - the more I thought, "He made time to spend with me. I need to encourage that, and go for it!" So we DID go out, and had a wonderful day together that wouldn't have happened if he hadn't changed his schedule and I hadn't changed my thinking. :)

This is a very readable book. I really like Alexandra's writing style - I feel like she's sitting on the sun porch with me, just sharing her life. And each chapter (you can read the synopsis HERE!) she ends with "What I Learned" and "Practices I'll Continue", and then "Questions for Reflection", for you to answer. I *really* appreciate life application steps! :D

 It's not "Do what ONLY you can do," it's "Do what only YOU can do!" Such a great way of giving yourself a guideline for priorities in this society where EVERYTHING and EVERYONE is demanding your attention, your energy, your money, your time...!!!


This quote also speaks volumes to me. I don't know about you, but I find myself (if I'm not careful!) doing things because I feel like I SHOULD, not doing them because my heart has the right attitude...

So. Go to the book's link on Amazon, and ORDER YOURS. It started out today, launch day, at #1 bestseller on the Christian Personal Growth list! I'm not the only one who's HIGHLY recommending it. Get on the waiting list, people - or find another bookseller who has it in stock! :D

I'll have another launch team post later today. Have a WONDERFUL day, and be BLESSED!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Book Review: THE LONGING IN ME by Sheila Walsh

(This new book by Sheila Walsh is also available as a Bible study.)

Sheila Walsh has been a "Christian celebrity" for many years. This is the first book of hers I've read - and I'm so glad I was accepted for the launch team. This book spoke to many different areas of my heart - one of the chapters had me repenting and apologizing to my husband for my lack of grace toward him at times.

There are 10 chapters in this book, each dealing with a certain longing that could possibly be carried in one's heart. As with any book, some spoke more to me personally than others. The book parallels David's life and heart with what we go through.

There are LAYERS of truth in this book. I really want to lead this Bible study, because there's so much there that *I* need, and I know my group would get great things from it. Between stories of Sheila's past that an ordinary observer would never know to David's lifelong struggle to seek God's heart, the book gives the reader space and direction to really look at her own heart. This isn't a book of Sheila's history or biography, so the reason for reading THE LONGING IN ME would really be to seek the truths of each chapter and how it applies to each reader's heart.

I would recommend this book to anyone who has some life experience. Unfortunately, living life usually means experiencing hurt, and this book will truly help look at that hurt and start healing.

Be blessed!

Book Review: LOOKING FOR LOVELY by Annie F. Downs

Good morning! Today's a big launch day in the book world - I'll have another review today for another book! :)

First, I appreciated that the publisher got the book into our hands early. Sometimes, we don't even GET the book - we're asked to recommend the product on past successes, and that's not too fun. But getting to read the book in one's own time, ask questions if necessary, and really understand the content - THAT'S why I read! :)

Second, let me tell you about the author. This is Annie F. Downs' fifth book, so she's been doing this for a little while. I had the chance to hear her speak Friday night; Annie's a "local", but she travels three weekends out of four to speak to girls and women across the country. I also got the privilege of getting to meet her afterward. Annie speaks just like a sister; she's caring, warm, funny, laughs at herself and her quirks, and her heart is to point to Jesus.

This book, LOOKING FOR LOVELY, does just that. From beginning to end, the book is a vulnerable sharing of Annie's own struggles and looking to find the lovely little things in everyday life that God puts there for us to find. (If you know me, you know that's one of the things I seek, too, so I spent a lot of time while reading it saying, "Exactly!" "Yes!" and "Oh, do I agree!!!" :D )

This is a relatively easy read - at least *I* thought so. Some of the girls have commented that it was hitting close to home, and that they were taking a lot of time to read each chapter. I also liked the way Annie had a suggestion, at the end of each chapter in Section Two, on a way to "Look For Lovely" that related to the chapter just read. They were easy tasks, but they help apply the ideas discussed to an individual's life.

I would recommend this book to anyone. It would make a great gift book, because it has life applications for any age and any level of maturity. And learning to collect "the moments that matter" is a life skill that it's never too early to start!

You can find LOOKING FOR LOVELY at major retailers or online!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Happy Wednesday! :)

Here's another waffle from our Christmas waffle bar, Chocolate Chip Waffles from Mommy's Musings.

This was a definite YES, PLEASE! for me. They were the waffle I chose for Christmas morning; because I used mini chocolat chips, whipped cream, and strawberries to top my waffle, it wasn't overly sweet - but it was GOOD. Just enough chocolate to feel decadent, it was the perfect compliment to my low-carb breakfast casserole and fruit.

It's also been fun having waffles in the freezer; they've been a nice treat for Kenn, too, when he's in the mood for waffles.

Have a wonderful day, friend - be BLESSED!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Best Ever Waffles

Welcome to Wednesday!

This is going to be a quick one, friends! :)

For Christmas, we did a waffle bar for breakfast, along with a casserole. I made all the waffles and froze them individually in the weeks leading up to Christmas; this is one of the recipes I used. (I wanted different flavors, so this is the "plain".)

This recipes is called "The Best Ever Waffles" from Food.com.

These were a MEH for me. I'd never call them the "best ever". They were rather mediocre, honestly. I won't be saving the recipe - there HAVE to be better ones out there. :)

Another recipe in the world you DON'T have to try! You're welcome. :D

Have a wonderful day, friends. :D BE BLESSED!!!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Recpe Review - Broccoli Ham Quiche

Happy Wednesday! :)

This week's recipe is for Broccoli Ham Quiche from Shugary Sweets.

This is DEFINITELY a YES, PLEASE! So much so that I used the basic recipe twice in less than a week! :)

I made this for a stamping get-together. It was so good! I didn't do the individual ones, because I didn't want to mess with putting several things in the oven in the morning. I mean, I do well to mix something up in the morning! :D

I put the liquids together the night before, and the vegetables and meat chopped and in a bowl all ready to mix in. I did the whole thing in a 9" square dish.

Savory, with a little sweetness from the ham - and with the crunch of the puff pastry and the bite of the cheese - it was great! People went back for seconds! :D

Have a wonderful week, friends - be BLESSED!!!