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Write For Him: The Story of Godly Girls for God (Book Tour)

I am excited to be part of the virtual book tour for “Write for Him: The Story of GGFG”.  Today I am conducting a little interview with Beth Keonig, founder of GGFG and author/editor of the book.

First, what is your webzine all about?

Currently, GGFG has 30 Site Writers ages 11-25. They write devotionals and stories, which we post every Friday. Some of the past and present writers have been featured in our book. Check out our site at www.godlygirlsforgod.com.

Tell us about the book.

Write for Him: The Story of GGFG is the story of how God brought together an online community of girls, bound together by a hobby of writing. The 25 young ladies featured in this book represent 10 different countries and many different backgrounds. They put their trust in God to overcome addictions, put away distorted views of God, learn how to cope with losing a parent, deal with bullies, face their fears about the future, and trade the messages of this world for the Truth. When they wrote these devotionals, fictional stories, testimonies, poems, and quizzes, they ranged in age from 11 to 24. Each writer desires to glorify God and encourage others by sharing a part of her life. We pray that the reflection of the faith, love, and hope of these girls will inspire in you a passion for God’s Word, so we can continue to grow together into the women God desires for us to become.

When did you start writing for GGFG?

We started GGFG in 2004. I was 15 by the time it really took off as a Webzine, but I have written for a total of 9 years.

What has God taught you through writing?

God has taught me that He is working all over the world in hearts, and that we are far more alike than we realize as true believers in Jesus. It was reinforced to me that we are not alone, and that we can find others going through very similar things; Satan’s biggest lie is that no one else could possibly understand me. It isolates us in a way that makes it hard for us to open ourselves up to God, and others in healthy ways.

Do you have a favorite part of this book?

My favorite parts of this book is where you see the Gospel changing lives… and the sweet innocence of pure faith in God.

What does the butterfly symbolism in the book’s graphics mean to you?

The butterfly represents new life in Christ, and has been our mascot all along. The purple is for royalty usually; it reminds me that we are called to become more like our King, Jesus. The world on the cover reminds me of the many countries represented within GGFG. Our faith in Jesus unites us in an absolutely amazing way. And the hands remind me that God is holding us all. Kristy M. Adair did an amazing job capturing the heart of GGFG!

When did you decide to start the book?

I was backing up a copy of the book on my computer. I felt like God was telling me it was time to try. It had been in the back of my mind… I turned to my husband and said, “I’m going to write a book.” It was November 2011. May 1st, 2013 I got to hold my first box of books in my hands! That was a long time of trusting God, and it’s totally been worth it! I’ve spoken at a girls home and got to give away 19 books there, sponsored by friends! It was a very encouraging day, and I know God was glorified by that event as well – which fulfills our motto, “Glorifying God and Encouraging Others.”

2 In Homeschooling/ Reviews & Giveaways

Time4Writing Mid-Way Course Review

DISCLOSURE:  I RECEIVED A FREE COPY OF THIS PRODUCT TO REVIEW. I WAS NOT REQUIRED TO WRITE A POSITIVE REVIEW NOR WAS I COMPENSATED IN ANY OTHER WAY. THE OPINIONS I HAVE EXPRESSED ARE MY OWN. I AM DISCLOSING THIS IN ACCORDANCE WITH FTC REGULATIONS.

A few weeks ago, my 10 year old son (5th grade) began a summer writing course through Time4Writing.  I was skeptical at first, not of the program itself, but of my son’s ability to stay focused enough during the summer to want to continue to learn. We are at the mid-way point of the 8 week program and I have to say that it has far surpassed my expectations.

I choose the Elementary Paragraphs course for my son, because although he can stay focused long enough to write short sentences, putting together longer paragraphs are a bit of a challenge for him, especially with ADHD.

From the start, my son wanted to do the work on his own.  The instructions are easy enough for him to understand and follow so he is able to work independently.  He doesn’t want me checking his work because he likes to wait for his “teacher’s” comments.  Each lesson is done and sent by the system to his teacher for grading.  In between graded lessons there are games and other activities that help to reinforce what is learning.  The teacher returns her comments via email to my son (I read them as well) and then he corrects his work, if needed, before moving on to the next lesson.

My son reading lesson instructions.

Working through a lesson. See how focused he is!

My son is not only enjoying Time4Writing, but he is learning the art of paragraph writing!

Check back in a few weeks as I post my final review.

 

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Everyday Matters Bible for Women Review

Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.

Reading God’s Word is like breathing air to me.  On the days when I don’t have it, I feel as if I’m suffocating underneath the weight of the chaos that surrounds me.  As a busy wife and mom, it is imperative that I spend time in God’s Word daily. At the beginning of the year, I was looking for a new bible to use during my morning devotions.  I was excited for the chance to review the Everyday Matters Bible for Women by Hendrickson.

At first impression, this bible is beautiful!  The cover is soft and inviting, and made me want to dive right into God’s Word!  Another plus is that it is in my favorite translation – the New Living Translation, which is contemporary and very easy to understand.  The only down side of this bible for me was that it is bulky and a little on the heavy side.  Although I wouldn’t want to carry it with me anywhere, it is a great bible to use at home for consistent, personal study time.

This bible features twenty-four disciplines—or practices—that position us to receive power and strength to do those things that we cannot possibly do on our own and make everyday life fuller and deeper.  Some of the ones that I frequent are:

Acceptance
Community

Fasting
Gratitude and
Justice  

Each discipline is represented by a colorful icon whose illustration is a reminder of its meaning.

My favorite features in this bible are the Everyday Reflectionspractical illustrations which helped me to apply God’s Word to situations in my own life, as well as the over 300 articles and  features by more than 140 of today’s most well-known Christian leaders and writers, including: Kay Warren, Priscilla Shirer, Elisa Morgan, Nancy & John Ortberg, Richard Foster, Liz Curtis Higgs, and Lauren Winner.  There is just something about reading through the testimony of other women that makes me want to keep trudging through to the finish line.

This beautiful bible can be purchased online at: AmazonChristianbook.com, or at your local retailers.

4 In Homeschooling/ Reviews & Giveaways

Summer Writing Curriculum

 

Do your children participate in any summer education programs/curriculums to help keep them sharp and possibly get ahead before the next school year?  My youngest son, who will be in the 5th grade next year in public school, has always struggled with writing.  How happy are we to be using a summer writing program to reinforce our writing skills with Time4Writing. With the guidance of an online tutor, who is a certified teacher, we will be taking one of their eight-week online writing courses.

Come visit in a few weeks for a progress report.

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Magazines.com Review & Giveaway!

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I love magazines.  I’ve had my share of subscriptions — health, diet, family, gossip.  I have past issues of magazines that I love, so that I can refer to them from time to time.  Although the internet has made it possible for one to receive lots of information via the world wide web, there is just something about turning the pages of a Food magazine and looking at amazing recipes, or clipping coupons from the latest subscription of your frugal favorite.

I was so excited to receive a $10 coupon code to Magazines.com and immediately headed over to pick a prize for myself. There were so many choices, some I’ve listed here:

Cooking with Paula Deen
Martha Stewart Living
Parenting Early Years
Parenting School Years
Prevention
Weight Watchers
Working Mother
Victoria
People
Southern Living
Food Network
Real Simple
Southern Lady
Crochet Today
Tea Time
Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting
Entertain Decorate Celebrate
Taste of South
Creative Machine Embroidery
Just Cross Stitch
Quilt
Quilter’s Newsletter
Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly
Creative Knitting
Quilter’s World
Sew News
Crochet World
Creating Keepsakes
Crochet
Card Maker

I chose Good Housekeeping, because it has a little bit of everything.  Wouldn’t a magazine subscription make the perfect gift for yourself or that special mom in your life?

I am excited to offer one of my readers a FREE subscription from Magazines.com worth $10!

To enter, just fill out the form below.  It’s a piece of cake!  A winner will be picked on Wednesday, May 15th and announced on the form below.

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