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Born for This: My Story in Music by Bebe Winans Book Review



In Born for This, Bebe Winans opens up about his story and how he became a Gospel/Christian artist. He grew up in the music city of Detroit and in the book, he explains how he learned about his family roots. He grew up in a big family 10 siblings total with six brothers and three sisters. His family all were raised with deep Gospel roots. Music was a big part of this family and four of his brothers loved to perform and they found success on a national level and they started touring. When he saw his brothers perform, this stirred a passion in him that he wanted to become a famous singer. Eventually, he was given a chance of a lifetime to try out for The Praise the Lord (PTL) Club hosted by Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker in North Carolina. He tried out with his sister CeCe Winans. They passed on him and chose CeCe. Meanwhile, BeBe worked at a grocery store to make ends meet. He was eventually given another surprised chance one day he sung in the choir on “Blessed Assurance” and he included a special “whispers of love” saying to the song. Jim heard him and loved what he did and he became a member of the PTL singers. Throughout the book, he shared his experiences on the show and how they were the only African Americans on this show. PTL was also at the time trying to become more diverse. In the book, he also describes Tammy as his “white mother” and what he learnt from her. He also revealed how they became a duo and went on to record many albums together and solo albums. He touched a little on the topic of why they decided to leave and how the PTL Club program fell a few years later with all the controversy surrounding Jim and Tammy. 


I would recommend this great autobiography to anyone who enjoys listening to Gospel and Christian music. I haven’t heard much on Bebe Winans life story before reading this book and I was curious to dive into his book. I liked how Bebe explained his musical roots and how he became to be a Christian singer. I liked how open he was with his story and how PTL helped open doors for him. I liked how he shared how Bebe and CeCe became a duo and recorded many albums together and they even won a few awards. One of my favorite songs, they have done together is “I’ll Take You There”. I also connected with him opening up about the loss of one his brothers and how that changed his entire life and how difficult it was to say goodbye. If you’re looking for a new book to read, then check this one out!
"I received this book free from the publisher, Faithwords for my honest review.” 



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Something Greater: Finding Triumph Over Trials By Paula White-Cain Book Review




In Something Greater, Paul White-Cain opens up about her life story and how she felt the love of her father and how she felt like his princess. He had a drinking problem and one day her mother leaves him because he took some of the money for his family. A few days later, there was an episode of him demanding to have his daughter back and he threatened to kill himself. Shortly thereafter, he commits suicide. Paula reveals what she went through in the book about how his event changed her life and how she battled insecurity and not feeling good enough. Later in the book, she shared about college and how she met Dean Knight and how one of his uncles how to change the course of her life. She was told about God and his forgiveness. This is the first time she experienced true radical love and was told that she had a purpose. She eventually finds out that she is pregnant and they decided to get married. Paula finds her purpose and serves in the church starting as a janitor, then a Sunday school teacher, and finally a preacher. She also shared with readers how her marriage was failing and how she met Randy White and how they founded Without Walls International Church. She revealed how she came to have success as a preacher and how she got onto TV. Paula has even become a pastor for some high named celebrities such as Kid Rock and President Trump that God has gifted her to help influence them spiritually. Later in the book, she also shared about her failing marriage with Randy and how we cheated on her. She will also share how she found love again with Journey’s keyboard player, Jonathan Cain. 



I would recommend this life changing book to anyone who enjoys reading an inspirational book. I have heard Paula White speak before on TV and online services and this woman is an awesome preacher and a woman of God. I have read a few other books by her and I will say this book is probably the most different written style by her. This isn’t your typical do these steps and change your life. I felt like this book was more written to show Paula White’s story in the way it happened. I feel like this book included many new stories not told before by her and it felt like an autobiography. I liked how she started at the beginning and kept you up to date with what has happened in her life recently. I believe many readers will be able to connect with her story and they will be able to see how she made it through with God’s help and like her life God has a plan for each of us. We’re all meant to live a life for Something Greater! 


"I received this book free from the publisher, Faithwords for my honest review.” 


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Chevy Colorado SD Card for Navigation Error Message they replaced the SD card, charging cable, as reader, and radio and still happens. Any suggestions? 


If you are experiencing it too, please call Chevy Customer Service and let them know 866-790-5700! I called multiple times to them and they only pass me around.








Raising Successful Teens: How to Help Your Child Honor God and Live Wisely by Jeffrey Dean Book Review




In Raising Successful Teens, Jeffrey Dean has written an updated edition of the book, The Fight of Your Life. He explored different topics that teenagers are facing in today’s times including acceptance, addictions, drugs, sex, homosexuality, pornography, dating, cell phone usage, social media, suicide, and much more. He began the book by looking at the story of Moses and how he was forced to be abandoned by his mother. Pharaoh ordered male Hebrew babies to be killed and his mother’s put Moses in the river in order to save his life. As we know, he was found by Pharaoh’s daughter and raised as an Egyptian. Moses was raised with a purpose to save God’s people. Jeffrey shared how parents are chosen by God to fulfill a purpose and how their teenagers are chosen for a purpose. He explained that God could have chosen anyone to be their parent but He chose them to be their parent. As parents, we want our kids to follow their God given dreams and to fulfill their purpose in life. He also revealed the real truth of how satan doesn’t like our teens and how he uses social media and peer pressure to try and lure them into following the traps of society. 




I would recommend this amazing book to all parents and parents to be. I immensely like how he covered all of the topics with an updated look about how social media is bringing even new challenges to our teenagers. Most of our teenagers love the attention they get from their friends and strangers with their posts, likes, and snaps. It’s affecting both girls and boys, they are struggling with facing sexting pressure and pornography . Most of it comes down to how our teenagers see themselves and their desire to be accepted. Boys are desperately trying to work out and be toned to get the likes from the girls. Jeffrey also shared how he was praying for a group of high schoolers and the boys shared how much they have an obsession with working out and being fit. Girls are posting and sexting in order to get the attention from the boys. He also shared some of the apps the teenagers are using and how editing photos is becoming the norm. I liked how he included scriptures throughout the book to assist parents in having important discussions with their teenagers. I believe most readers will be able to learn how to raise their teenagers in a worldly environment that is ever changing. This book will help you in setting a Godly foundation to influence your teenagers in the years to come. 



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May It Be So: Forty Days with the Lord's Prayer by Justin McRoberts and Scott Erickson Book Review




In May It Be So, Justin McRoberts and Scott Erickson explored the Lord’s prayer in this new book for 40 days. The disciples asked Jesus how they should pray and Jesus told them the Lord’s prayer. This prayer discusses God’s kingdom and how we should pray for His will to be done on Earth as it is also in Heaven, our daily bread, forgiveness, and staying away from temptations. Throughout the book, they discussed the different sections of the prayer and included a few days’ worth of prayers focused on that topic. The prayers were only about a sentence long to help readers to pray. They also included illustrations and drawings next to the daily prayers. 



I would recommend this book on prayer to anyone is seeking to pray the Lord’s prayer a little deeper. I liked how the book contained prayers to guide readers into praying prayers geared towards the Lord’s prayer. The prayers were simple and they were written to help readers to learn how to pray more to their Creator. One of my favorites prayers was, “May I never let my fear of being afraid keep me from facing darkness around me.” I liked how the illustrations were unique and very different and they included dogs, boats, lighthouse, and countless other designs. If you’re looking for a new book on prayer, then read this book! 



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





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Love Changes Everything: Finding What’s Real in a World Full of Fake by Micah Berteau Book Review



In Love Changes Everything, Micah Berteau explored the topic of love and how love can literally change our lives for the better if we will just let love overflow. He begins the book by telling a story about a childhood trip to Six Flags and how he got lost from his parents. He saw the ice cream stand and disobeyed his parents and got separated from them. He shared how he feared he would receive a spanking or lose his Nintendo. He eventually was reunited with his parents and his dad surprised him by telling him how much he loved him and how he missed him. He also told him never to leave him again. This story changed Micah’s life. Micah shares how much God loves us even though we are sinners and God will never leave us. There is nothing we can do to receive His love or to earn His affection. Micah speaks directly to the readers and reminds them that they are loved. Throughout the book, he explored the story of Gomer and Hosea. Hosea was a prophet and a follower of Christ. God told him to marry Gomer who was a promiscuous woman. Many people were shocked that a prophet would marry such a woman as her especially with her past. This story showed how God choose to still love Israel even though they disobeyed his word and went down the path of idolatry. The story continues that Gomer went down the path of adultery again and God told Hosea to go get his wife back and love her. Scriptures share how God illustrates that He still loves Israel even when they struggle with idolatry. 



I would recommend this fantastic book to anyone who is tired of not finding love and they keep searching for love in all the wrong places. There is a lot of fake love in this world and the real true love can be found in Jesus. This book will help readers to see that God is love and His love is the one they need and it will change their lives around. I immensely liked how Micah shared the story of Gomer and Hosea and how he explained God’s love is endless and how he loves us even when we make mistakes and sin. One of my favorite chapters was when he explored love in the Bible in 1 Cor. 13. This was a great reminder about how we should all walk in love and how we should live our lives. I also loved how Micah reminded readers to dream again, date again, go back to work again and work on a higher level, and worship God again. If you’re looking for a new book on love and you’re searching for a true love, then read this one and find it in Christ’s open arms! 




"I received this book free from the publisher through the Handlebar Marketing book review bloggers program."




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