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Book Blogger Hop!

It's Friday and Book Blogger Hop!

Book Blogger Hop is a way for blogger's new and old (age of their blog) to meet each other. Every Friday gives a new chance to connect. See Crazy-For-Books.

It seems that most of the book blog's I visited this morning were young adult reading genre; their main focus is on paranormal, fantasy, vampire stuff. I don't read those kind of books; but I did visit a few.
Fragments of Life, Bookventures Book Club, and The Introverted Reader.

Happy Friday!

Blissful Blogging!

Thankful Thursday!

Today I am thankful for:
1. The ability to exercise, I walk 5 miles most days.
2. Freedom of speech; I can blog about books, or my religious belief's without fear of punishment.
3. Air-conditioning, whoever invented the air-conditioner would get a kiss from me.
4. Ice cream, I just cannot live without ice cream.
5. My husbands vacation is coming up in a week.

Blissful Blogging!

Review-So Long, Insecurity

Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. 2010
352 pages
Link for the book:
Book is available in Spanish.

This book is #5 according to the Evangelical Christian Publisher's Association

More links on the book and author:

This book was purchased by me for the purpose of reading/reviewing.

From the introduction:
"We're going to have to let truth scream louder to our souls than the lies that have infected us."

What lies have infected you?

After reading that quote, I had this mental image of a monkey in a cage jumping and flying back and forth screaming like a...well a monkey. No, I don't have a monkey in my head but I have had insecurities and lies that have taken up far too much residence in my brain and unfortunately my heart.
For example:
1. I do not wear a bathing suit. My boobs are too big and I have a little tummy, and well I'm 46.…

Review-So Long, Insecurity Simulcast on April 24, 2010

Another blogger and I had posted a couple of "our thoughts" on the book So Long, Insecurity. Doylene  wanted to take the negative take on the book, I the positive. Doylene was unable to continue in her postings and decided not to finish the book. I on the other hand finished the book last night and attended a simulcast event last Saturday in my city to hear Beth Moore speak live on the subject of her book--Insecurity.
Beth Moore spoke at a church in Stockbridge, Georgia; but there were 869 churches in North America that were hosting groups of women...and some men, to hear Beth speak. An astounding 300,000 people were listening to Beth teach on Insecurity at the same time, this is awesome to me! Beth remarked that "God was certainly up to something!" Travis Cottrell was the guest singer and he lead all of us in singing several praise and worship songs; my favorite was Holy, Holy, Holy. Travis reminded us that we were not a sea of faceless souls, we are dearly loved …

Amazon Blast for No Greater Love

Forbidden romance, an unlikely martyr and an even more unlikely hero. Orphaned four years earlier when their parents, active in the African National Congress (ANC) movement against apartheid, were murdered—16-year-old Chioma and her 15-year-old brother Masozi now live and work on an Afrikaner family’s farm.
When Chioma and Andrew, the farm owner’s son, find themselves attracted to one another, tragedy revisits their lives. Chioma escapes to join an ANC rebel band in her effort to survive and gain revenge for her family and culture. When cultures clash in life-or-death struggles, Chioma must choose between violence and revenge—or forgiveness and selfless love.
Loosely based on historical events and set near Pretoria , South Africa , in the violent upheaval prior to ANC leader Nelson Mandela’s release from prison in 1990 and his ascendance to the presidency of South Africa , this story of forbidden romance produces an unlikely martyr who is replaced by one even more unlikely.

Rendezvous With Destiny

Vickie Moss is the author of Living Water Fiction
Vickie asked me to repost her tribute in honor of PFC Jonathon David Hall 1986-2010.

Click on the below link:

The verses mentioned in the post:

"Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have because God has said, 'Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.'" Hebrews 13:5 NIV

"No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it." 1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV

When your rendezvous with destiny rolls around, what will be found in your pockets?


What are you struggling with today?
A bad day at work? A child failing classes at school? A parent that is in poor health and needs you to care for them? Over due bills? A bad report at a doctor's appointment? Possible layoff's at work? A family member with an addiction? Or maybe you are just tired?
It seems to never end does it? Just when you think that life seems to be going along okay, wham! Another problem creeps up and some of those problems are more mountain in size than a mole hill.
I could not begin to tell you how many times I've suffered in silence (only to respond irritably to someone), paced the floor, spent sleepless nights tossing and turning, or regurgitated the acid that has flared up in my rumbling stomach.
Why? Because life is difficult and it is hard.
Our first gut reaction and because we are human we respond in a physical way, something we ourselves can do to fix the problem! We want to immediately put out the fire and make everything peaceful again.

Thankful Thursday!

Today I am thankful:
1. Jesus' redeeming work on the cross.
2. That I can with confidence approach the throne of grace in prayer.
3. Quite-solitude.
4. To be an American.
5. Eternal life, not a future event--but the very moment that I accepted and believed by faith in Jesus as the Christ I inherited eternal life.

Blissful Blogging!

Book Blogger Hop!

Book Blogger Hop! is a weekly event held on Friday's as a way for blogger's to mingle and meet one another. Crazy-For-Books is the author of this social event.
So far I've met BriMeetsBooks a new book reviewing and chatter blog, And-the-plot-thickens a new book review blog, Afterthoughts specifically a children's book blog, and Mel's Books and Info a lovely book blog devoted to teen reading and some adult reading. Today I visited 10 blog's I've never visited before, lot's of fun! If  you have a blog...then join the hop!

Blissful Blogging!


I have had several new followers join me on Twitter, to you and to those that are new, or even long time followers......
a big HOWDY! WELCOME! So glad you take the time to visit!

Blissful Blogging!

God...Who Are You And What Can You Do For Me?

This has been a ten week study (we are on week 9) authored and led by Jenifer Jernigan from By His Grace Ministry. Next Monday we will review what we've learned and the study will be complete.
Each week discussion questions have been asked, many of us participating have answered these on our blog's.
All of the questions have been more than thought provoking, some have pierced my heart. Between this study and BSF the Holy Spirit has been working to deepen my faith by asking me some questions that I needed at this season in my life to answer. Meaning, who Jesus is to me now, is not who He was to me 5 or 10 or even 20 years ago. When we are abiding in Him and growing in our relationship with Him, He reveals more of Himself to us at just the right time when we are ready. Jesus has been since the age of 9 my Savior, my belief by faith in Jesus has not changed. What has changed is my dependence in Him, and the surrendering of my will and life to Him. Do you understand what I am say…

Thankful Thursday

I know it's Friday! But I'm still thankful!

1. Bible Study Fellowship and the study of the Gospel of John this year.
2. The Bible study that Jenifer Jernigan did on the names of God--from By His Grace Ministries.
3. That I was born in America, and better still Texas.
4. For friends that are encouraging me to write.
5. Hot fresh coffee in my cup.

Blissful Blogging!

Book Giveaway-Forget Me Not

I have "ONE" copy of Forget Me Not to giveaway to someone who leaves me a comment on this post.
I will pick a winner on May 1, 2010.

Blissful Reading!

Review-Forget Me Not

By Vicki Hinze
Published by Multnomah Books 2010, 329 pages
Christian Fiction Romance Suspense
Link to read more information about book or to purchase book:

The author's website:

This book was provided to me for free by WaterBrook Multnomah for the purpose of reading/reviewing.

Forget Me Not is Book One in the Crosswords Crisis Center

The book begins in a dramatic intense way with a murder. The books tone is then continued when a mystery woman shows up in the same city looking eerily like a woman that recently died. The mystery woman does not remember what her name is, nor anything about her previous life, she only remembers that she is a believer in God. Both the mystery woman and the woman that previously died have ties to The Crossroads Crisis Center. The owner of the center is Benjamin Brandt and he is at a loss and even angered at first, as to what kind of motive does this mystery woman have. The …

Day of Discovery

Are you familiar with Radio Bible Class now known as RBC Ministries? Or the magazine devotional Our Daily Bread? An additional ministry that is included in the family of RBC Ministries is Day of Discovery. The Day of Discovery show comes on one day per week, and during its thirty minute program, it takes viewer's on a vivid and amazing trip to the Holy Land. The Day of Discovery website also has these programs available to watch on their site.
Examples of the documentaries are:
Jesus and The Gospels
The Jewish Roots of Christianity
The Wonder of Creation

Day of Discovery programs on the ION television network Sundays at 7:30 A.M.

Blissful Blogging!

Review-Wiersbe Bible Study Series, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon-It's Always Too Soon to Quit!

Published by David C. Cook a B & B Media Group, 2010---8 lessons plus a bonus lesson, 127 pages

Link for the book:

Other new studies released:

"Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe is an internationally known Bible teacher, he is the former pastor of The Moody Church in Chicago, and the author of more than 160 books. For 10 years he was associated with the Back to the Bible radio broadcast, first as Bible teacher and then as general director. For over 30 years people have come to know him through his "Be" series of commentary books."
Last fall a new study Bible was published The New Living Translation Study Bible, Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe is the general editor.
His commentaries are being re-published under David C. Cook publishers.
His newest releases are the Bible studies based on the "Be" series that he wrote.

I have found his commentaries and this Bible study---on…


Roundabout is a post that I try and do at least twice per month. I visit all of the "70" blog's that I follow and then post those I found that maybe of interest to my own reader's.

April Issue of Exemplify Magazine

April Issue of Christian Fiction Online Magazine

J. Kaye's 365 Days of Novel Writing is inspiring and motivating. You go girl!

A top book reviewing blog! It is well respected in the book blogging community.

April 11-17 is National Library Week--follow the link for more information---Thank you Katy @
A Few More Pages

Three Precious Words by Todd Pruitt

Hard working Becky at Becky's Book Reviews--This is her secular book …

A Distant Melody Contest

For more information and to enter the contest click on the below link:
Contest is April 5-25.

A Distant Melody Debut Author, Sarah Sundin, earns rave reviews from BOOKLIST. "Sundin's debut Christianhistorical romance is an emotionally gripping, detail-rich but fast-paced trilogy set against the backdrop of WWII at home and abroad. Romance readers and military history buffs will find much of interest here."
Seattle, WA - 4/9/2010 - Rarely does a book come along from a debut author that is as well received as Sarah Sundin's A Distant Melody. The story grips you on page one and doesn't let up until the last page is turned. Critics and readers alike are impressed with both the accurate historical detail and complex cast of characters. From the fertile California orange groves to the soggy terrain of England, A Distant Melody, weaves an exciting and tender tale of love, courage and sacrifice. Not to be missed! Hi…

God...Who Are You And What Can You Do For Me?

For week 8 of this study the discussion questions are:

"My life before Christ...
How I came to know Christ as my Redeemer...
My life since coming to know Christ as my Redeemer..."

What Jenifer is really asking is, what is my testimony of Jesus Christ?

I never remember a time when I did not know who Jesus was, from the beginning of my life my parents took me to Sunday morning Bible study and Church, I was taken to Vacation Bible school every summer. My parents both taught a Sunday morning Bible class. On Saturday night Daddy would ask my brothers and sisters and I what our lesson was on for Sunday morning, we'd better be prepared to give an answer and "God" was not a thorough enough answer. But, it was during the devotional time at Vacation Bible School when I was 9 years old that I invited Jesus into my heart. I loved Jesus, He was my Savior; but being 9 years old there was not a dramatic life change. As an older teenager I rebelled,…

Review-Forgotten God, Reversing Our Tragic Neglect Of The Holy Spirit

Link for the book:

Links for the author:

 Book was published by David C. Cook in 2009, 186 total pages (including excerpt from Crazy Love)
Christian Non Fiction 

The author, "believes that the Holy Spirit is more obviously active in places where people are desperate for Him, humbled before Him, and not distracted by their pursuit of wealth or comforts (like we are)."

Are you desperate for Him? Are you humbled before Him? Do you want the Holy Spirit to have free access to every area of you life? Does that last question make you squirm and hesitate?

"We are not yet what we shall be, but we are growing toward it. The process is not yet finished, but it is going on. This is not the end, but it is the road. All does not yet gleam in glory, but all is being purified."


I have a winner for a copy of Liz Curtis Higg's newest book
Here Burns My Candle.

The winner is Francine!

Next week I'll have another book give-away---Forget Me Not by Vicki Hinze.


"I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying."
John 11:25 NLT

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade-kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time."
1 Peter 1:3-5 NIV