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Bible Giveaway and Book Giveaway!

This contest is only open to those with a mailing address in the US. Thank you. 

I'm hosting a Bible to giveaway! It is a New King James Bible, giant print edition, gray leather soft, references, writings of Christ in red, maps. Publisher is Thomas Nelson.
Read through the Bible in 2013 with a new Bible!
For a chance to win send me a comment to my email no later than December 21, 2012 @ MN. I'll announce the winner on December 24, 2012.

I'm hosting a book giveaway with the winner announced on December 14, 2012.
The book is by Anita Higman, Where God Finds You.
If you would like a chance to win this book send me an email no later than December 12, 2012 @ MN.

Happy Thanksgiving!

I've had events happen lately in my family that "could" sadden this happy holiday of thankfulness.
My brother is in jail. He may be in jail for an extended period of time.
My beloved uncle Melvyn died, and of the same disease and in the same manner my mother died.
My uncle's wife Beverly broke her left hip and left arm 1 week after my uncle died.
Maybe you can relate to facing a holiday with anxiety and apprehension because you know you should be thankful on this Thanksgiving Day.
This morning I was looking through my notebook that I collect quotes and poems in to utilize for this occasion. I came across a quote from Charles Dickens.
"Reflect on your present blessings, of which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes of which all men have some." On Facebook I've noticed since the 1st of November people listing each day something they can be thankful for. Some of these things are minor, such as being thankful for chocolate. Some are of greater…

Review: Unexpected Christmas Hero by Kathi Macias

Josie Meyers and her 2 young children: Jacob and Susanna are homeless. To be homeless is frightening. They have no home to sleep in at night, no home to feel protected in, no home to feel a sense of belonging to. There is shame involved in not having a place to live. Josie spends every moment worrying about where they will eat, where they will sleep, what if one of them becomes ill, whom can she trust, how will the children be able to attend school, will the weather turn cold or rainy or snow. Josie blames herself, she blames her late husband, and she ignores the One she once loved and worshiped. Rick an older man is a homeless Veteran. The Meyer's family met Rick in a shelter. He became their friend, and unknowingly to them, their prayer warrior.

I love this story!
Reading An Unexpected Christmas Hero opened my eyes to the plight of the homeless. It disturbed me to envision a single woman and small children without shelter and living on the streets without a safe place to live.…

Review: Love Our Vets, Restoring Hope for Families of Veterans With PTSD by Welby O'Brien

My son David has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He is 100% disabled. I remember clearly on the day we went to pick him up at Fort Hood on his last return home, thinking he's home, he's really home. We all knew that he was already suffering from PTSD, we knew it was probably worse after this second deployment, but we were focused on the fact he was safe and home, and would not be going back to combat. We would deal with the PTSD in the days to come. I've not counted these many days since December 2006, but it has been a long journey for all of us. Many times we've grasped for what to do, how to handle certain situations, telling ourselves we can't fix this----yet desperately wanting to fix it. We've had to be careful and guarded in who to talk to about this, most civilians have no idea what PTSD is, plus prejudice and discriminations are plentiful. When I heard about this book, Love Our Vets, I was anxious to read it. I'd been looking for a book with this …

Review: A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans

I had just became acquainted with Rachel Held Evans, and while reading her site I stumbled upon the ability to be apart of the review team for her new book. After acceptance, I was sent a pdf. file of the book. I read the book before its release date of October 30, 2012.  
A Year of Biblical Womanhood has caused a commotion.....sensation....attack and counterattack responses. I cannot think of another book that has caused a stir this year in Christian publishing. I'm reminded of the book Love Wins by Rob Bell. This book published in 2011 caused a "stink" that echoed among blogs, and websites, and pulpits, for quite some time.
A Year of Biblical Womanhood has gained media attention through venues that are usually not receptive or interested in promoting press coverage to a Christian book. Rachel and her husband were interviewed on The Today Show, as well as The View.
Articles about Rachel and her book have appeared in The Huffington Post and The Daily Beast.
Over the pas…

Review: Against The Tide by Elizabeth Camden

Lydia Pallas is the daughter of a Turkish mother and Greek father. She'd spent her early life aboard a fishing boat. The gift of language is her special talent. She speaks fluent Greek, Turkish, Croatian, Italian, she understands some Russian. Her family moved to Boston when she was age 9. After beginning public school she learned English. When she was a young woman she gained employment as a translator at The Boston Naval Yard, she is an assistant to Admiral Fontaine. Handsome and mysterious Alexander Banebridge, and known to Lydia's boss, hires her to translate documents. The extra job gives her the ability to earn needed money to buy the home she is living in.

I love stories that have not been told before. It is unique in its theme, historical background, and main character Lydia.
Lydia is a smart, talented, woman. She has the knowledge of foreign languages that give her the ability to have a career and independence. In the 19th century most women were faced with marriag…

Review: The Hunted Hare, The First Volume in the Aidan Mysteries by Fay Sampson

In northern Wales near the purple ridge Berwyn mountains is a town named Pennant Melangell. Aidan and Jenny Davison and their 7 year old daughter Melangell, have come to stay in Pennant Melangell, and to a hotel named the House of the Hare. Aidan is a photographer, Jenny a historical writer, Melangell is a precocious "elfin faced" child. Jenny has advanced cancer, there is nothing more the doctors can do. The family has come to Pennant Melangell because the area holds good memories for the couple. It is the place where their daughter Melangell was conceived. They are hoping to have quality family time in this ancient place that seems to be "where heaven and earth come close together". Soon after arriving Jenny perceives anxiety, anger, and a heavy spirit, among the people who work at the House of the Hare. Thaddeus Brown is the owner of the House of the Hare. He is the guardian of his niece Lorna Brown. Mr. Brown tells Jenny she's come to the right place, &quo…

Article Six: Your Heart's Desire by Sheri Rose Shepherd

This article is considered number six from the book, Your Heart's Desire. I've been given permission from the author and publisher to republish a few of these articles.

Feeling Unworthy of Love
May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. (Ephesians 3:19)
By Sheri Rose Shepherd
Bestselling Author and Bible Life Coach

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There is a battle within most women's hearts to believe they are worthy of love. If we believe the lie that we do not deserve love and are hiding behind feelings of unworthiness, even the most loving man in the world will not be able to break down the wall around our hearts.

Can you imagine if every night when you went to tuck your children into bed they refused to let you hug them or express your love because they did not feel they deserved it? As a parent, you would embrace them every time you could to prove to t…