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Never Say No: Raising Big-Picture Kids by Mark & Jan Foreman (Parents of Jon and Tim Forman of Switchfoot) Book Review


My Review:  

I would recommend this life changing book to anyone who is seeking a new book about Christian parenting and raising children. I liked that they covered a wide range of topics that they have learned in raising their two boys. I liked how Mark and Jan shared how it is important to never say no to our children. They strongly believed that always saying no to our children when they ask us to play with them can have such a negative impact on their lives that they will eventually stop asking us to play with them. I also liked how they covered how critical it is to make sure we fill our children’s love tank by speaking their love language. They also noticed that when their children love tank was full, they didn’t act out as much. When I have children, I will be exploring and testing this out and making sure I fill my kids love tanks. I also plan to re-read this book before that time too. I also loved the discussion questions included at the end of each chapter.

 

I enjoyed the personal stories they shared about their boys. For example, one of my favorite stories was about how they were at a conference and the speaker asked people to come up for prayer and they would pray over them. During this time, he realized that his small son, Jon was missing and they frantically starting searching for him. They eventually found him up near the stage laying hands on a man praying over him to be healed. He was doing what he was taught spiritually. This example is very powerful and it’s vital to always remember our kids are watching everybody’s actions and they learn by our example and others – positively or negatively. If you’re looking for an excellent book on parenting, then check this one out!


 
“I received a review copy of Never Say No, from Litfuse for this review.”

 
About the book:
Never Say No (David C. Cook, May 2015)

The question Mark and Jan Foreman are most often asked is: How did you raise your kids?

Mark and Jan Foreman's adult sons Jon and Tim Foreman of Switchfoot have influenced their world not only by a successful music career but also through their positive impact on communities around the globe. The Foreman parents instilled in their sons a belief that they could make a difference by living beyond themselves.

This powerful book gives readers an inside look at the process. It begins with both parent and child finding their identity in God. It then explores practical ways to encourage holistic learning while cultivating specific gifts, nurturing creativity in a media-saturated culture, and balancing structure with individual choice. Never Say No inspires readers to raise children to live in the wonder of life by loving others well. Parents will find encouragement for their own parenting journey as they guide their kids to live out God's purpose in radical ways.

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About the author:
 
 
Jan and Mark Foreman live in the San Diego area, where Mark is lead pastor of North Coast Calvary Chapel. Mark is the author of Wholly Jesus, and holds advanced degrees in Theology, Education and a Ph.D. in Counseling and Pastoral Care. Jan is a gifted teacher, artist, and she also facilitates partnerships with underprivileged women and children both locally and in developing countries. Together they love surfing, sailing, travel and especially being with their family.
  
 

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A Love Like Ours: A Novel by Becky Wade Book Review




A Love Like Ours 
by Becky Wade   
Contemporary Romance
Bethany House  

Becky Wade has written another heart warming love story in the third installment of the Porter Family series.*

Former Marine Jake Porter has far deeper scars than the one that marks his face. He struggles with symptoms of PTSD, lives a solitary life, and avoids relationships.
When Lyndie James, Jake's childhood best friend, lands back in Holley, Texas, Jake cautiously hires her to exercise his Thoroughbreds. Lyndie is tender-hearted, fiercely determined, and afraid of nothing, just like she was as a child. Jake pairs her with Silver Leaf, a horse full of promise but lacking in results, hoping she can solve the mystery of the stallion's reluctance to run.
Though Jake and Lyndie have grown into very different adults, the bond that existed during their childhood still ties them together. Against Jake's will, Lyndie's sparkling, optimistic personality begins to tear down the walls he's built around his heart. A glimmer of the hope he'd thought he'd lost returns, but fears and regrets still plague him. Will Jake ever be able to love Lyndie like she deserves, or is his heart too shattered to mend?

*While this is the third book in a series, it is written as a standalone.
Praise for Becky Wade
"I wasn't ready for this story to end, but when it did, I sighed the happy/longing sort of sigh that romance readers know so well . . ."
USA Today on Undeniably Yours
 
"They are a couple you'll be rooting for to have their Texas fairy-tale ending."
Romantic Times on Undeniably Yours
 
 
My Review:
 
I would recommend this awesome series to anyone who enjoys reading romantic filled novels mixed with a faith based theme. I liked how she covered the important topic of PTSD and I can tell she must have done a lot of research in order to understand PTSD fully. She described in great detail how the main character, Jake Porter struggled with living with PTSD after what he experienced in the military. I enjoyed the romance between Lyndie and Jake and I connected with the intense connection they had as kids and how Lyndie desperately wanted it to return. Their childhood best friend relationship reminded me of a country song by Miranda Lambert, “Me and Charlie Talking” and it was constantly in my head while reading this book.
 
My favorite character would be Jake because he was the loner and he was the guy who refused to get close to any one out of fear that they would die and he would be heartbroken again. He struggled with guilt after losing some of his buddies in the terrible military accident. I liked how she showed the power of prayer and the importance of waiting on God’s timing. I have read a few books by Becky Wade and her writing keeps getting better and better. I can’t wait to read more in the Porter Family series! I hope she continues it for a few more books! I also hope she shares more on a minor character Amber. If you’re looking for a new novel to read for the summer, then check this one out!
 
 
“I received a review copy of A Love Like Ours, from Litfuse for this review.”
 
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 Meet the Author:
 
 
 
Becky Wade is a California native who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and settled in Dallas.  She published historical romances for the general market before putting her career on hold for several years to care for her three children.  When God called her back to writing, Becky knew He meant for her to turn her attention to Christian fiction.  She loves writing funny, modern, and inspirational contemporary romance!  She's the Carol Award and Inspirational Reader's Choice Award winning author of My Stubborn Heart, Undeniably Yours, Meant to Be Mine, and A Love Like Ours.
Find Author online: website, Facebook, Twitter, Newsletter Sign-up  
 

And when you purchase the book before May 17th, a portion of the proceeds will support the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.

 

 

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Fall in love with Becky Wade's new book, A Love Like Ours, a story of healing, romance, and cowboys. A glimmer of the hope Jake thought he’d lost returns when Lyndie lands back in Texas, but fears and regrets still plague him. Will Jake ever be able to love Lyndie like she deserves, or is his heart too shattered to mend?

To celebrate the release of her new book, Becky is giving away a $100 cash card and a book-inspired prize pack!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A $100 cash card
  • A copy of A Love Like Ours
  • A copy of the Secretariat DVD
  • A scarf
  • A dog-tag/cross keychain
  • A pair of earrings
  • A Scarf
  • A Texas-shaped cutting board
  • A Jake Porter mug
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Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 26th. Winner will be announced May 27th on Becky's site.

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Wrestling for My Life: The Legend, the Reality, and the Faith of a WWE Superstar by Shawn Michaels with David Thomas Book Review


 
 
I’m a member of the Family Christian Bloggers and they provided me with a free copy of Wrestling for My Life” for this review.

 

In Wrestling for My Life, Shawn Michaels opened up about his days in being in the WWE and the many different struggles he went through. He began the book by sharing how he became addicted to pain pills after suffering from extreme pain from his injuries in wrestling. He admitted that some days he took up to thirty to thirty-five pills a day. His wife, Rebecca was a devoted Christian and she was praying that God will set her husband free. He experienced a wakeup call when his two year old son, Cameron crawled up on him while he was resting after taking a few pain pills and said, “Daddy’s tired”. He realized that his son was finally seeing who is dad really was. He found a local church to attend regularly, “Cornerstone” (the church where John Hagee is the leading pastor). He began to also attend a Bible study group with Keith and Priscilla Parker. They poured into his life and became his mentor and they helped him to grow spiritually in Christ. He finally turned to Jesus and received salvation. Jesus began to change his life and he was able to overcome his pain pill addiction.

 

I would recommend this life changing book to anyone who enjoys the sport of wrestling and is looking for a book filled with a message of faith. I liked how Shawn was real throughout the book about his life and how he shared how God changed his entire life around. I also appreciated how he stood his ground when he returned to wrestling after retiring a few years ago. My favorite chapter was the chapter, “Aiming to Please” because he shared about how God set him free from having to please people and now he only needs to try and please God. This is critical in running our race and completing God’s calling on our lives. I liked how the book also contained personal pictures to give us a glance at his life. This book has the power to influence people for God’s Kingdom and it’s one definably checking out!

 

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Whatever the Cost: Facing Your Fears, Dying to Your Dreams, and Living Powerfully by David and Jason Benham Book Review


 
 
In Whatever the Cost, David and Jason Benham are twin brothers who have written a book about the Christian principles they have used throughout their personal lives and their business. Their father was a leading part in how they were rooted in their Christian faith. He founded his own church and he strongly believed that the church is called to be the church and serve others and show them compassion like Christ would do. He also was a big pro-life supporter. The book goes through their journey of following their dreams of playing professional baseball and how they discovered their passion after baseball. They shared how they founded their own successful real estate business and the many different up and downs they experienced along the way. The book also covered how they lost their reality TV show deal with HGTV and the enormous controversial with the community of GLADD.

 

I would recommend this amazing book to anyone who enjoys reading books that can assist you in building your Christian faith. I liked how David and Benham was transparent in opening up about their mistakes, accomplishments, and the countless principles they have learned about the Word of God and how they applied it to their business. One of my favorite principles they shared was about when God put something, such as our dreams, in our hand, we have to be careful not to hold to tightly onto it. It’s critical to remember that God has a way to keep and let happen what is in His will and we don’t have to strive to hold onto it. I also liked how they included a nice appendix of all the different 62 principles all listed out where it is easier for readers to reread the principles and incorporate into their own lives. I really appreciated the faith they shared throughout this book and how God has changed their lives. This book has the potential to impact readers and I highly recommend it for business leaders and people wanting to grow spiritual.

 

"I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program."  

 

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Plumb: Exhale Album Review



Plumb is back with her eleven album, “Exhale” which was released on May 5.

 

About PLUMB:

Tiffany Arbuckle Lee, better-known by her stage name Plumb, is a songwriter, recording artist, performer and author. Plumb has sold more than 500,000 albums and over two million singles worldwide, co-penned songs for numerous other artists, including Michelle Branch, Mandisa, Mandy Moore, Jaci Velasquez, and Natalie Grant, and had music placed in many films and television shows. Originally signed as a Christian Contemporary Music (CCM) recording artist in 1997, Plumb is now known as well as or better in alternative rock, electronic dance music, and for the use of her music in film and television than she is in the CCM market.

 

About the album:
EXHALE, the seventh studio album from acclaimed multi-genre singer, songwriter and author PLUMB, expresses a new focus and vision. After the runaway success of NEED YOU NOW (the album, title track and book), which coincided with her own moving story of brokenness and ultimately healing, Exhale brims with worshipful songs of gratitude and hope.

The defining concept of EXHALE was born from a sermon at Plumb’s home church, wherein her pastor Pete Wilson expressed the notion that the Church doesn’t exist for itself. Rather, believers come to church to breathe in grace and truth, be changed, and then go out and “exhale” that hope into their surrounding community.

“That idea of exhaling hope hit me right away and I couldn’t get to the Notes section on my phone fast enough. I started writing the chorus of Exhale right then and there,” explains Plumb. “I have been made new by the ultimate hope, and I want to share and exhale that hope in everyway I can.” 

 

My Review:

 

One of my favorite track is the title track “Exhale” because this one talks about letting go of all our fears, frustrations, angry, and hurts and asking the Holy Spirit to come in and free us from the pain we are experiencing. I liked how this song had a calming feeling to the song. This reminds us to breathe and exhale and give everything to God that is bothering us. My favorite track on the album is “Resurrection”, this one describes how we feel when we are going through a dark situation and have lost our hope. This one is a powerful anthem about believing in the resurrection and how God can make dead things can come back to live. God can also make everything out for our good and God can roll any stone away. I loved the lyrics of this song and how it could be the next big worship song. Another favorite is “Champion” because this one discussed how God gave His only Son to die for our countless sins and He conquered Hell and how He is a champion. The whole album contains a positive uplifting Christian rock vibe and the songs are written in a way that connects with listeners. If you’re looking for a new album to purchase, then check this one out!

 



 

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Jason Crabb: Through the Fire Album Review


 
 
I’m a member of the Family Christian Bloggers and they provided me with a free copy of Jason Crabb: “Through The Fire” for this review.
 

Gospel singer, Jason Crabb is back with a brand new album. “Through The Fire” that features some of his biggest hits. He was a member of the Crabb Family before they retired. He won a Grammy award in 2010 for his self-entitled album for Best Southern/Country/Bluegrass Gospel album. His album was also nominated for a Dove Award.
 

One of my favorite songs on the album is entitled, “Somebody Like Me” because this one describes a story of a drunk man entering the church and he is needing help and love. The church isn’t moving off their pew to reach out to him and show him the love of Christ. Jason asked the important question who will be that somebody. He performs this song as anthem to believers to be that somebody. I liked how this song had such a powerful message that Christians need to reminded of daily. We don’t have to be afraid to step out and be a friend to someone who is in need of a true friend. I liked how the choir in the background chorus gave this song a Heavenly sound to the track. Another track, I also liked was the hymns medley (The Everlasting Arms/The Meeting in the Air/ I’ll Fly Away) Live because this one is a true Gospel track and it reminded me of the church I grew up in and we would sing these songs to glorify God and to remind us of the Heaven that awakes us. Another favorite is the title track, “Through the Fire” because this one is meant to encourage believers to hold on to Jesus when life circumstances attempt to take us under and we must always remember that God will take us through the fiery storms we encounter. I also liked the track, “Love Is Stronger” because this one describes how when we go through a difficult trial, it’s critical to reminisce that love is stronger and it will bring us through. My favorite song one the album would be, “Give”. I have heard the song before sung by country artist, LeAnn Rimes. I liked Jason’s version a little more because it has more of a beat and the tempo is increased. This one reminds us in order to get love we must give it and if we want to be forgiven, we must also forgive the people who have hurt us.

The whole album is filled with uplifting songs that will inspire and resonate with believers and nonbelievers and make an impact on their lives. This is the very first album I have listened to by Jason Crabb and I will definitely be checking out his other albums. I am now a fan! I liked how the album had some upbeat tempo songs as well as soulful slower songs. I also liked how it had some live versions of some of the songs to enhance the album. Jason Crabb has amazing vocal capabilities and you can tell he means every word he is singing. If you’re looking for a new gospel/country album, then check this one out!

 

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