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6 Word Saturday

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Kaleidoscope: Seeing God's Wit and Wisdom in a Whole New Light (by) Patsy Clairmont

This is my first chance to read a Patsy Clairmont book. She uses a picture of a kaleidoscope on the cover which is characteristic of her style. She writes in the perspective of an ordinary person getting an understanding of the book of Proverbs.
           The reader is given snippets of Proverbs in each chapter , along with a story, questions and thoughts to ponder. These are for reflection to help the reader along the journey in becoming more Christlike.
             There were several tidbits that made me stop and think. Patsy explains how to make a golden word collection by adding five "full-of-life" words to your daily vocabulary and using them in correct sentences to bring life to others.
              I believe this would be a good book study for women to do together or individually. Patsy does a good job in giving mental pictures of verses and I would recommend this book.
              I thank Thomas Nelson for the opportunity to review this unique book.

I am rev…

Thin Places- Media Release

DeMuth bravely shares her painful story in her new memoir, Thin Places (February 2010). Repeatedly raped by two neighborhood boys at a young age, DeMuth details her traumatic and disturbing childhood in the memoir. Raised in a broken home, she lost her biological father when she was ten and was stripped of her innocence growing up in an unstable environment where drugs were commonplace.
But Thin Places is about hope and healing more than it is about the traumatic events of DeMuth’s childhood. According to DeMuth, thin places are “snatches of time, moments really, when we sense God intersecting our world in tangible, unmistakable ways.” When she encountered the true love of Jesus at a Young Life camp in high school, DeMuth’s life trajectory changed. God reassembled the pieces of her emotionally fragile self, which initiated true healing and peace.
“Folks may wonder why I’ve spent all this time looking back,” says DeMuth, “dredging up what God sees of my story, what my eyes see. Jesus …

Thin Places – Writing Memoirs

Writing Memoirs
By Mary DeMuth
I wrote Thin Places only after I gave myself permission to say it all. More on that later.
First, one clarification about memoir: no memoir can be 100% accurate. Every memoirist must recall, to the best of his/her ability what happened in the past. Only God knows what truly happened! And to protect the people listed in a memoir, I’ve changed names and distinguishing characteristics. That’s allowable in a memoir, and is often expected.

To make a memoir work, it must be:
From someone famous.Or a story so strong and surprising, the story carries the book. I’m of the latter category since I am by no means famous. But my story is raw and redemptive. And a bit out there. Find out more about Thin Places here.
The most important thing for a memoir is that it be memorable and beautifully written. If you don’t have a platform, near perfect writing is a must backed up by an intriguing/surprising story. Think of a memoir as a novel with rising action, climax and de…

Win a Kindle!

Kindle Contest
In Mary DeMuth’s memoir, Thin Places, she walks us through her journey from hurt to healing as she developed a deep, joyful relationship with Jesus. Thin places are those times where the division between this world and the eternal fades; they are snatches of holy ground, tucked into the corners of our world, where we might just catch a glimpse of eternity. Now, we invite you to tell your story of a thin place in your own life . . . and we’re giving you the opportunity to win a Kindle reader for doing so!
Here’s how to participate: (this is open to US participants only – sorry!)
1) In exactly 259 words – the retail value of a Kindle reader – tell us about a time you experienced a “thin place” in your life. These would be aha moments, beautiful realizations when the Son of God bursts through the hazy fog of our monotony and shines on us afresh, times when God has reminded or reassured you that he is real and present.
2) Post your essay on your blog or website. Once you’ve…

"Thin Places" (by) Mary E. DeMuth

Meet the author of Thin Places, Mary DeMuth.

Author and speaker Mary DeMuth helps people turn their trials to triumph. Her books include Ordinary Mom, Extraordinary God; Building the Christian Family You Never Had; Watching the Tree Limbs; Wishing on Dandelions; Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture and the first two books in the Defiance, Texas Trilogy: Daisy Chain and A Slow Burn.
National media regularly seek Mary’s candid ability to connect with their listeners. Her radio appearances include FamilyLife Today, Moody Midday Connection, Point of View and U.S.A. Radio Network and is frequently featured on Chuck Colson’s BreakPoint. She has published articles in In Touch, HomeLife, Writer’s Digest and The Writer.
Mary lives with her husband Patrick and their three children in Texas.

My Review:
I am so honored to have a chance to read Mary E. DeMuth's memoir `Thin Places`. I did not know what to expect as I eagerly turned the pages. What I found is a book based on grace, a boo…

He Giveth More Grace

He giveth more grace as our burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength as our labors increase;
To added afflictions He addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials He multiplies peace.
When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources
Our Father's full giving is only begun.
Fear not that thy need shall exceed His provision,
Our God ever yearns His resources to share;
Lean hard on the arm everlasting, availing;
The Father both thee and thy load will upbear.
His love has no limits, His grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.
- By Annie J. Flint
You can view sheet music or listen to the song at

I am re-visiting this post while linking up with Friendship Friday at Create With Joy.

Kicking Off Blissdom at 5 Minutes for Mom

Gettington is sponsoring Janice’s (5MinutesForMom) trip to Blissdom and they have graciously offered to give something to you as well. One lucky winner will win their choice prize.
The Three Items are as pictured.
Be sure to visit 5 Minutes for Mom before the giveaway ends on February 19, 2010

My Week in Print