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My Testimony (For those who haven't read it)

This post is to all friends, family, bloggers & classmates!  I do realize it's long, however, I pray you will read this post in its entirety. I give all the glory to God and what He does with this post is His choice.  I can not sit idle, as living for myself alone. I pray that all of you come to the saving knowledge of Christ Jesus! Jesus alone is our salvation. No one knows when we will die (not me, not you). Life is really about eternity, and what we are doing with that now. A dear lady recently lost her son, he was 26, to a heart attack (not drug related, it was hereditary related). It got me to thinking, I can no longer sit idle and watch the world go by as if this is all there is. I wish to tribute this post to Billy. God rest his soul! My heart aches to get the Word out! Jesus is real, folks! How do I know? I will tell you how I know!
Read the complete testimony here.

Review: Martin Luther

`Martin Luther: In His Own Words`is a paperback book on the birth of Christian theology, written by authors Jack D. Kilcrease and Erwin W. Lutzer.

        I became interested in writing a review on this book after I wrote the review on Katharina and Martin Luther. I have heard others talk about him but felt I didn't have a good understanding of him personally. I found that he believes in Salvation the same way I do. It is by the grace of God, not of works. Martin speaks much of St. Paul and describes the doctrines of men and the life built on them by saying, `They are without foundation and without any basis in the scriptures and that men cannot know whether what they do is good or wicked. For all their life is an uncertain venture.' (pg # 96-97)

        I liked this book because it is easy enough for a layperson to understand and has footnotes for further understanding. There is also a note about what resources were used at the back of the book.

        I recommend t…

Review: A Giving Heart coloring book for Mom's

`A Giving Heart` is a coloring book especially for mom's designed by Stephanie Corfee. The thing I most enjoyed about this color book is the positive quotes throughout the book. Each design is quite detailed, but to spend time just reading the quotes is refreshing.

        I believe other mothers should give this book a try because of the quotes and the uplifting coloring even the youngest mother could find a few minutes for. This book is for beginner and experienced colorists. The best thing is it can be set aside and worked on as time allows.

        This is the first of three books sent to me by the publisher and I look forward to working in all three. I recommend this color book to young and experienced moms.

About the designer:

Stephanie Corfee is an artist, designer, and author who works from her home studio in Malvern, Pennsylvania. Her artwork is charmingly whimsical with a feminine, youthful spirit. She has written five art books and licenses her surface designs fo…

Q & A with author MaryLu Tyndall

It is my pleasure to have author MaryLu Tyndall visit my blog today. 
        MaryLu is the author of the `Protectors of the Spear` series. Please give her a warm welcome.

Q & A with author MaryLu Tyndall:

(1) What do you like to do in your spare time?      Spare time? What's that? You must mean the extra time I had before grandkids? LOL. ;-)  Well, I used to love to garden and oil paint, but I've had to put those aside for now. I do have a reef tank aquarium in my office that I really enjoy maintaining.
(2) What is your, just for fun, book?  You'll laugh at this, but anything by Ted Dekker is my go-to book for entertainment. I normally read historical romance, but Ted's books are scary, supernatural, Biblical, and page-turning. Love them! 
(3) During a chat what would your cup be filled to the brim with?   Coffee! 
(4) How do you best bring glory to God?   Well, hopefully, I do bring glory to God. It certainly is my desire to do so every day of my life. I would…

Review: She Walks in Power

`She Walks in Power` is a science fiction/fantasy novel written by author MaryLu Tyndall. I chose to read this novel because of the intriguing cover. I felt the cover added depth to the story. The setting is in England, the Middle Ages. This is book one in the ` Protectors of the Spear` series.

        God had ordained Alexia D`Clere as Protector of the spear. At the young age of eight, Alexia was given possession of the spear that pierced Jesus side. She was to guard it with her life.

        I like these quotes from page 120, "In truth, I haven't found so much as a word or phrase about such things as penance and indulgences and the worship of saints. Nor that the Pope is divine and speaks for God." "God's Word tells of salvation through faith alone, faith in the Son of God and His sacrifice on the cross. It says naught about works, save those which we perform to please Him and help our fellow man, those which prove a changed heart within."


Review: David Baloche

Artist David Baloche’s album, Labyrinth, has a calming, soothing effect. After a long day, it's perfect to help settle the soul, body, and mind. Much of his lyrics come from the Holy Bible. King David used scripture and song to help him overcome fear, depression, and anxiety. 

Labyrinth is the first volume of a series that offers unique musical meditations using various translations from the Holy Bible. You may listen to them on Spotify or YouTube . The full album includes songs such as He Hears My Voice, Nothing Can Separate, and Those Who Hope

The complete tracklist for the album, including scriptural references, is:

1.He Hears My Voice (Psalm 55:16-17 NLT) 2.Nothing Can Separate (Romans 8:38 NLT) 3.Come To Me (Matthew 11:28 NIV, ISV, ESV, GWT, BLB & Proverbs 3:24 NIV) 4.Green Pastures (Psalm 23:2-4 NIV) 5.Those Who Hope (Isaiah 40:31 NIV) 6.Lead Me To The Rock (Psalm 61:1-2 NIV, 2, 4 NLT) 7.Groanings Too Deep For Words (Romans 8:26 ESV) 8.As A Father Carries His Son (Deute…

Q & A with author Linore Burkard

It is my pleasure to have author Linore Burkard visit my blog today. Linore is the author of the Pulse Effex series.                        Please give her a warm welcome as you read her interview. Thanks!

Q & A with Linore Burkard:

(1) Besides being an author, what other goals do you have? I am goal-oriented. I write out yearly and monthly goals, so I have quite a few! They range from gardening and home improvement, health, and diet, to Bible study and character growth.  I try to cover all the major areas of life. Each year my focus may laser in on something different than the year before, but I keep lists to stay on track. I pray hard about goals and then move towards them, counting on God for his help and direction.   
(2) What's your least favorite household chore? Washing windows. I'm just not good at it—I always leave streaks. After that would be bathroom cleanup. (I would think I'd died and gone to heaven if my kids ever did a great job at that, without ne…

Review: Defiance

Seven months ago an EMP knocked out the electric grid causing all technology to quit working. It was in the middle of winter leaving people to fight for their life. All of America was affected, along with parts of Canada. Cars would not work, computers and cell phones were down, and the food was running out.
        `Defiance` is a science fiction/mystery novel written by author L.R. Burkard. It is the third novel in the Pulse Effex series. There is a who's who at the beginning so if the reader hasn't read novels one and two they will be acquainted with the characters. Which I like because some series novels leave you hanging as the reader tries to figure out who is who.
        From the start of the novel, there was gripping suspense, good character development, and I was mesmerized by the writing. The overall question seems to be, `How can one still believe in God after seeing the devastation of so many people?` With faith, hope, and charity!
About the author:
Linore …

Review: BIG Picture Interactive Bible

`The BIG Picture Interactive Bible` is a hardback Christian Standard Bible for kids. I love the layout and structure of this Bible. There are sections throughout the Bible that give the definitions of big words, those that help with Seeing the Big picture, a section connecting the child to Christ in the Old and New Testaments and questions that help the child ponder the big idea.

        Throughout the Bible, there are big real-life pictures that draw in the child's interest in the scriptures. I especially liked the packaging it came in through the mail. Lifeway took great care in protecting the Bible from damage.

       I chose the book of `Jonah` to read and get a feel for this Bible. I think most children are familiar with Jonah, the Prophet who didn't want to go to Nineveh and was swallowed by a big fish instead. The introduction of each book in the Bible lists Who the book is about, when was the time frame, Why?, and The Big Picture (summary of the story). The wo…

Review: Too Deep for Words

Too Deep for Words A Civil War Novel Andrea Boeshaar
                                                                                                                                   Carrie Ann Collier has been a newlywed for nineteen blissful days--as blissful as life can be in the midst of war, that is. Soon that war will take a toll she never expected. When her new husband, Peyton, goes missing during battle, she refuses to believe he is dead and must find a way to move forward with everyday life in the face of fear.

As Carrie struggles with how to welcome her estranged sister, Margaret, back into her life, another new arrival appears on her doorstep--her husband's best friend, and rebel officer, Eli. Wounded and bitter, Eli is nonetheless committed to keeping his promise to Peyton: take care of the Collier women, no matter what. But to Carrie, he's a painful reminder of her lost love.

Then unexpected news makes Carrie wonder if miracles do happen. If Carrie infiltrates th…

Q & A with author Jennifer Slattery

It is my pleasure to have author Jennifer Slattery visit my blog today. Jennifer is the author of `Restoring Love`. If you are one of my regular blog readers you may remember my `Restoring Love` book review. But, just in case, here is a link to that review. Just click here if you would like to refresh your memory.

Editor and Novelist and speaker Jennifer Slattery has a passion for helping women discover, embrace, and live out who they are in Christ. As the founder of Wholly Loved Ministries, ( she and her team put on events at partnering churches designed to help women rest in their true worth and live with maximum impact. She writes Christian living articles for and is the managing and acquisitions editor of Guiding Light Women’s Fiction, an imprint of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. When not writing, reading, or editing, Jennifer loves going on mall dates with her adult daughter and coffee dates with her hilariously fun husband.