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Unsinkable Faith // A Book Review

Growing up, I was plagued almost daily with negative thoughts. Positivity was not something that was purposefully instilled upon my by my parents. They did the best they could, but without a personal relationship with Jesus, the importance of my thoughts and words and the effect they had on me spiritually, physically and emotionally was not at the forefront of their minds.

What I wouldn’t have given to know Jesus back then, when the roots of negativity began to take root in my own heart. And often times, it helps to read the stories of others and how they’ve overcome negative thinking to get me realizing that I too can live with a transformed mind and begin to see things in a positive light.

In her book, Unsinkable Faith: God-Filled Strategies to Transform the Way You Think, Feel and Live, Tracie Miles provides practical strategies to begin to enable you to move from a life of stinking thinking to walking in the power of a transformed mind.

Someone once told me that the power of positive thinking is really mind over matter. But it’s really hard to continue to have a good outlook on life when you get hit with unforeseen circumstances over and over again. Our emotions can take over and what I’ve learned over the years is our emotions lie.

I really appreciated the insights given by Tracie in her book, as well as the stories of others who have overcome negative thought patterns. Even though the circumstance may be horrible (death, divorce, illness) we have the power to choose how we will respond to the circumstance. We can choose to remain negative in our thought patterns, reeking havoc on our mind, heart, body and soul, or we can set our faces as flint and stand firm on the promises of God, rising above our circumstances with a positive outlook.

Life robbing misconceptions are lies that keep us bound. They spring up from the way we interpret our experience, not the actual experience itself.
– Unsinkable Faith

I’ve lived a life in bondage to negativity for too long. Sure, I’ve been faced with some hard circumstances in my life — job loss, the loss of a home, financial stress, health issues. Even though each of these circumstances changed my life in an unexpected way, I do not have to keep viewing them in a negative light. These lies have kept me from becoming all that God has made me to be, and has kept me from living in the peace and happiness God has designed for me.

I especially appreciated Chapter 4 of the book, which spoke about the lies and misconceptions that enter our hearts from life’s experiences, often from early childhood, and grow into full blown lies about who we are and who God is.

  • When we lost our home due to financial strain, I blamed myself for not keeping my high paying job may years earlier.
  • When my husband lost his job and was without work for a number of years, I blamed him for not working harder to start his own business years earlier.
  • When my husband became disabled last year due to a mystery illness, I blamed God for allowing it to happen.

This book is really helping me to face the truth of what has been in my heart for so many years, release it to God, and begin to see each of these circumstances in a positive light. By using the exercises at the end of each chapter that include mind-transforming reflections, mind renewing memory verses, and a chapter challenge, I am beginning to build an arsenal of truth to combat so many lies that have kept me bound over the years.

If you are in need of a great faith, one that will not sink when the waves of life overtake you, be sure to pick up a copy of Unsinkable Faith: God-Filled Strategies to Transform the Way You Think, Feel and Life. It will transform not only your mind, but they way you live as well.

The good people over at FrontGate Blogger Network are offering you a chance to win a copy of this book. You can enter here.

*I was given a copy of this book by FrontGate Blogger Network in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

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I’m Going To Give You A Bear Hug // Book Review & Giveaway

I love hugs. I’m not sure I got enough of them as a child because I really miss them when I don’t have them every day. Three of my four children are non huggers. Not so much when they were little, but now that they are grown up I have to bribe them in order to get them to hug on me. Thankfully, my youngest, 13, still enjoys his mama’s hugs. Perhaps he’ll stay young forever!

While we are on the subject of hugs, I had a chance to review a book for children all about hugs.

I’m Going To Give You A Bear Hug!

This has got to be one of the cutest bedtime story books ever, full of engaging rhymes that share all about different hugs  — bear hugs, cat hugs, horse hugs, whale hugs and more. It is light-hearted and a perfect prelude to bedtime prayers. Beautifully illustrated, it is sure to captivate your little one’s attention, not to mention have him/her wanting to hug on you as you read.

I’m going to give you a bear hug.
A show you how much I care hug.
A good night
Sleep tight
Way beyond compare hug.

The book is hard cover, just 32 pages and intended for ages 4-8 years. Since all of my littles are grown up, I am placing I’m Going To Give You A Bear Hug in Nana’s book basket to read to my grandson when he’s visiting.

The good folks over at Fly By Promotions are offering one of my readers in the Continental U.S. a copy of this adorable book to add to your own collection. Just leave a comment below and I will pick a random winner next Saturday, February 11th.

“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 on the same blog, you are not eligible to win. Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

 

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You Carried Me // A Book Review

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I was recently given the opportunity to review this book by FrontGate Blogger Network. I received the book for free in exchange for my honest opinion.

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You Carried Me by Melissa Ohden

About The Book

Melissa Ohden is fourteen when she learns that she is the survivor of a botched abortion. In You Carried Me, she details for the first time her search for her biological parents and her own journey from anger and shame to faith and forgiveness.

After a decade-long search Melissa finally locates her birth father and writes to extend forgiveness, only to learn that he has died without answering her burning questions. Melissa becomes a mother herself in the very hospital where she was aborted. This experience transforms her attitude toward women who have had abortions, as does the miscarriage of her only son and the birth of a second daughter with complex health issues. But could anything prepare her for the day she finally meets her birth mother and hears her side of their story?

This intensely personal story of love and redemption illumines the powerful bond between mother and child that can overcome all odds.

My Thoughts

I wanted to read this book because I cannot imagine what this women must have been going through, knowing she was unwanted and literally left to die at birth. After having learned the truth, Melissa goes on an intense and often times painful journey of self discovery. Although she often got off the path, God brought her back because He had a purpose for her life.

The book itself is a very easy read. With my brain which is often in a state of overwhelm that is a good thing. I was kept interested in the story from the start, and was able to see how God’s hand was upon this woman and her search for the truth. I am thankful that God brought healing and restoration to her life.

If you want to read an inspiring and true story about someone who had to struggle through life to find the truth about her own existence, I would highly recommend You Carried Me. Here’s a peek at the book trailer.

To find out more about the book and the author:

Book page: www.YouCarriedMeBook.com

Melissa’s page: www.melissaohden.com

Enter for your chance to win a copy of You Carried Me. Just click on the image below.

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God’s Amazing World Review & Giveaway!

I don’t normally post on Sundays. But I had the opportunity to review this adorable book so I wanted to make sure it fit it into my posting schedule. Thank you for reading and I hope you will enter the giveaway!

As a mid-life mom, I no longer have littles running around the house anymore.  And I am still waiting for the grandbabies to come along.  However, I do teach Sunday School for ages 4-6 at my church, so I love when I get the opportunity to review products that we could use in our classroom!

God’s Amazing World is a beautifully illustrated story of God’s creation for children ages 4-8.

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About God’s Amazing World!
Gracie and her cousin Bo explore the seven days of Creation, all without leaving the backyard! As Gracie tells the story of how God made the world, she and Bo find evidence of each day’s work right there around them. When they get to Day 2, the day God created the sky, they take a moment to cloud watch. Day 3 leads them to play in the water, and on Day 6, they imitate the cows and pigs and lions God made.

The first thing I noticed about this book was it’s strikingly beautiful cover.  It made me want to read it.  This sweet, clever picture book by Eileen Spinelli overflows with enthusiasm for God’s Creation, and children will catch the excitement and will begin to view their own surroundings as a tour of God’s lovely world.

I was able to read this book to my Sunday School class and they really enjoyed it!

I am thrilled to be able to offer a copy of God’s Amazing World to one of my readers. Just follow the directions in the PunchTab entry form below.  This giveaway is open to residents in the U.S. and Canada.  The giveaway will end at 9PM (Pacific Time) on Saturday, March 29th.  A winner will be drawn using the PunchTab form below and notified by email.

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 the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

 

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Rescuing Hope: A Story of Sex Trafficking in America {Book Review}

Over the last three years, my heart has been broken in a greater way concerning issues of Justice.  One area in particular has gripped my heart with such sadness that I want to do everything in my power to bring awareness and help bring an end it to.  That is the area of Human Trafficking.

When I was presented with the opportunity to review “Rescuing Hope:  A Story of Sex Trafficking in America” by Susan Norris, I knew I could not say no.  To think that girls as young as my own daughters, or younger, are taken and stripped of their innocence while being held captive and sold for sex is something I can hardly think about.

Every two minutes, evil strips innocence from a child and sells her into slavery. For sex. Not in a third world country, but in America.  Before you take another breath, the next victim will be taken or tricked from her family by a profit-hungry criminal. She could be a neighbor. A friend. Your sister. Your daughter.

I have been crying out for God to “break my heart for what breaks His”.  This book did just that.  Although not a true story, it is a vivid account of what happens to so many young, innocent girls in this country every day. Up until about three years ago, I did not fully grasp the reality of sex trafficking in my own country.  I always thought it only happened in some far off, distant land, where people suffered in immense poverty and where parents felt they had no choice but to sell their children as a matter of survival.  But as I read this book, my heart was gripped by the severity of sex trafficking right here in the United States.  As a matter of fact, three years ago while I attended a summit on Human Trafficking in my home town, a house was raided and four girls were rescued.  This happened in my own backyard, literally blocks from where I live.

At fourteen, Hope Ellis is the all-American girl with a good life—until the day she tries to help her mom with their cross-town move by supervising the movers. When they finish, one of the men returns to the house and rapes her. Held silent by his threats, darkness begins to engulf her. But the rape proves to be the least of Hope’s troubles. In a gasping attempt at normalcy, she succumbs to the attention of a smooth-talking man on the subway. He promises acceptance. He declares his love. He lures her out from under the shelter of her suburban life.  Hope’s disappearance sets a community in motion. She’s one of their own. They determine to find Hope, whatever the cost, before she’s lost forever.  Will you?

My eyes have been opened to how easily young girls can be lured away by men who desire to fulfill the supply and demand of sex for sale.  Human Trafficking is an overwhelming issue, but together, we can bring awareness and help to make a difference.  In the back of the book, the author lists several organizations that you can get involved with to do your part.

Overall, this is a gripping book which will open your eyes to the heart-wrenching truth of Human Trafficking in the United States.  A word of caution for parents:  This is not a book that I would allow a young teen to read.  It shares very real accounts of rape and sex, and although it’s not racey by any means, I would recommend reading it first and making the right determination for your child.

Has your heart been broken for the issue of human trafficking?  Please share our experience in the comments below.

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. 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.”

*This post is part of a challenge to blog every weekday in the month of April.  You can read more about it here.