The Love Letters Book Review

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This is a new book by Beverly Lewis and personally I’m hoping this one, like so many of her other books, becomes another series. This book is about a girl named Marlena who goes to stay with her grandmother after her grandfather’s passing. While there her sister, who is no longer a part of the Amish community, gets into a car accident and Marlena is asked to care for her baby niece. She’s sure it will only be for a short time until her sister passes away.

Marlena not only goes through the grief of her sister’s passing but finds that this new precious baby in her life may change and alter things in her own life, including friendships, family and young love.

I received a free copy of this book in return for an open and honest review. All opinions stated are my own.

Chasing Sunsets Book Review

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Yes! Another Karen Kingsbury book, and this is actually the second book in the Angels Walking Series. You can find my review of the first book HERE. This book follows the journey of Mary Catherine, the roommate of Sami. She enjoys charity work and living a simpler life than that of her parents. She believes and wants to stay single, but a budding romance threatens that… and when she believes she may be ready for a serious relationship, she receives heartbreaking news from her doctor.

Karen never disappoints me, she continues to write inspiring stories and introducing us to fictional characters that keep you begging for more! If you’re looking for a book that inspires faith this book is for you!

I received a free copy of this book in return for an open and honest review. All opinions stated are my own.

LOVE INSPIRED SERIES Book Review & Giveaway

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Love Inspired books have never failed to provide wonderful and heartwarming stories, I started reading these shortly after I married J and even started having them delivered monthly for a while. I was never disappointed, they are inspiring, uplifting and you never have to worry about inappropriate themes or romance.

For the month of May, Love Inspired is offering two box sets, all are phenomenal books! The first box includes The Rancher Takes a Bride, The Single Dad Finds a Wife, and Bachelor to the Rescue. The second box includes The Doctor’s Second Chance, Winning the Teacher’s Heart, and A Firefighter’s Promise.

My personal favorite, of these six books, was The Rancher Takes a Bride… but sorry, I’m not sharing any details! You’ll have to read them for yourself! Order these books HERE and you can use THIS coupon for $1 off your purchase. You can also enter the giveaway widget below for your chance to win ALL SIX books! It’s super easy to do, please remember that the first widget entry is mandatory, your contact information will ONLY be used to send you your books if you are the winner. It will NOT be shared with anyone but our sponsor and they will not use your information for anything BUT sending your prize! Good luck!

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

 

Grace of God DVD Review and GIVEAWAY!

Having lost his faith many years ago, Detective Bill Broadly is called to investigate the disappearance of the local church’s collection plate. As he questions its various church members, rumors swirl as more congregants learn about the theft. When one unexpected church-goer confesses to stealing the funds, the confession resurrects Broadly’s views on God, and helps him see that through faith and belief there really is rebirth and redemption.

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I love finding movies that are not only great for J and I to watch for a date night, but that are appropriate for our entire family. We love having movie nights with our kids, but it’s so hard to find movies that are family oriented and free from adult humor (it’s amazing how many of our children’s animated movies are full of hidden adult humor). While this movie isn’t entirely appropriate for our young children, there is nothing in this movie that I would worry about if one of them were to come in and see it.

While the filming and editing of this movie aren’t super sophisticated, the acting and message in this film is superb. You won’t believe the ending, we were shocked to find out who the real thief was!

This film is not rated, but Dove Foundation gave it “Faith Friendly”, and dubbed it appropriate for children ages 12 and up!

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Want to check this movie out for yourself? You can purchase a copy at Walmart or one lucky reader will receive a DVD copy of this movie by entering in the widget below! Please remember to fill out the mandatory entry with valid mailing information so that I can immediately pass the winner’s information to the sponsor! Makes things quick and easy for everyone! Good luck!

 

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Shaking Off These Heavy Chains

Since I was a teenager God has ALWAYS always spoken to me through music. Whether it be a song on the radio, a song at a concert, at church… or even a song I wrote myself. I don’t sing or write or play music as often as I did before, or as often as I would like… but He still reaches out to me and speaks to me through song. On my worst days I can rely on Him to bring me back to the surface with an uplifting song. Today was no different.

I haven’t written anything personal in a while, and for good reason. On March 18, J was asked to resign from his job. We were NOT prepared. Not even a little bit. We used our entire tax refund to pay off debt, to purchase things the kids needed and a few other things we needed for our home. We thought we were being responsible by paying off that debt, and now we have nothing. Our emergency fund is depleted, J is still looking for a new position, and while thankfully he found something to get us by temporarily, it does not pay anywhere near what he was getting before.

It’s been scary and stressful and we feel like the world is just falling down on us. It seems like every day has thrown something new and even more awful at us. Boogie and Bubby’s insurance wasn’t renewed as it was supposed to, so we had to deal with that. The puppy, Arrow, you may have “met” on my Facebook fan page started getting sick, we took him to the vet over and over and over… and then J lost his job and we could not financially keep taking him and hoping they found what was wrong with him. So we had to take him back to the rescue that we adopted him from, it was heartbreaking… my children were devastated. A lot more than that has happened, it just feels like we can’t get our heads above water again.

Today was one of those days where I just wanted to throw in the towel. We had a good morning, I took Boogie (and Bird) to her ballet class, Bubby spent the morning with Mamaw and J went to work. We got home and we had to balance our checkbook register and figure out what bills to pay this coming paycheck and what not to pay. Let’s just say the “not to pay” list is too long. After that, as he tends to do when things get stressful, J popped his head back into his tortoise shell, so to speak, and hasn’t surfaced yet. I tried to explain to him that while things are stressful and not fun right now… life still goes on. It keeps on trucking and we have to just hang on for the ride. But sometimes it just doesn’t feel that easy.

We had to run to the home improvement store down the road to pick up a few things to fix our pantry and my clothesline, so we were going down the road and I was explaining that to J and this song came on the radio:


These are the lyrics I heard as I finished my conversation with J…

Seems like all I could see was the struggle
Haunted by ghosts that lived in my past
Bound up in shackles of all my failures
Wondering how long is this gonna last
Then You look at this prisoner and say to me “son
Stop fighting a fight it’s already been won”

I am redeemed, You set me free
So I’ll shake off these heavy chains
Wipe away every stain, now I’m not who I used to be
I am redeemed, I’m redeemed

I’m writing this with tears streaming down my face… because of Christ, because of His sacrifice and His suffering… I am REDEEMED. He set me free so that I could shake off all of this stress, anxiety and worry… those heavy chains are gone, the stains are washed away… and I am REDEEMED.

What are the chances that this particular song, on this Easter weekend, would come on as storm clouds started clouding my mind? When all I wanted to do was just go home, lock myself in the bathroom and cry? His timing is perfect and He has a plan for my life, our lives. So like I told J… I’m just going to hop on, hang on for dear life, and keep on trucking until this hard period passes. God is on my side, and He’s showing that to me little by little.

How has Christ spoken to you? I’d love to hear how He has blessed your life! God Bless, and Happy Easter! HE IS RISEN!