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[Review] Winter In Full Bloom by Anita Higman

Title: Winter In Full Bloom
Author: Anita Higman
Publisher: River North/Moody Publishers July 19, 2013
Genre: Fiction
Theme: A chance for reconciliation and forgiveness for a family torn apart by bitterness.
Format: Paperback
Age: Adult
Pages: 305
Rating: 4 Stars
Source: Free copy from Moody Publishers and Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for a review.

Lily Winter is a recent widow. She recently sent her only child off to college. She works and lives in Houston, Texas. Lily's mother is a harsh bitter woman. After a decade Lily visits her mother and finds out shocking news, Lily has a twin sister. This sister is living in Australia. Lily puts aside her fear of flying on an airplane and travels to Australia to find her sister. After arriving she meets a handsome man hoping to help her on this quest. Lily's life has changed dramatically over the past couple of years. Instead of fearing the next day, or becoming bitter as her mother, she marches forward to embrace a …


Dad had a stent placed in his abdominal aortic on Wednesday August 14. The surgery went well and he was sent back to the hospital room he'd been in before surgery. Later that night he began to need oxygen, by Friday he was on a CPAP at 100% oxygen through a face mask. Everyday he worked hard to eat, to regain strength, he wanted to go home. Everyday he would ask, "am I going to get to go home tomorrow." Of course the answer was no. Saturday dad had family come visit him, he told me later in the day, "it had been a much better day." He asked again if he would get to go home on Sunday. Sunday morning dad's physician called to share that dad's blood work revealed his oxygen in the blood was low. The only thing that could be done was to intubate dad and he did not want this. She thought he would not make it through the day. She expressed that dad was conscious and asked questions, his mind was sharp. Dad had 45 minutes to think and pray about his situation…

[Review] Not Quite Healed: 40 Truths for Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse by Cecil Murphey and Gary Roe

Title: Not Quite Healed 40 Truths for Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
Author: Cecil Murphey and Gary Roe
Publisher: Kregel Publications March 8, 2013
Genre: Non-fiction
Theme: Male survivors of sexual abuse in childhood.
Format: Paperback
Age: Adult
Pages: 288
ISBN: 978-0825442704
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Free copy for purpose of review from Kregel Publications and Litfuse Publicity Group.

This video is 14:44 minutes long but very worth watching. It is from a recent radio interview with Cecil Murphey.

Statistics reveal 1 in 4 women have been sexually molested, 1 in 6 men have "admitted" to being sexually molested; however, Cecil Murphey believes the statistics for childhood sexual abuse in men to be higher at 1 in 3. Shame and guilt cause men to not talk about their abuse. Culture believes males to be above abuse, because males are strong and tough. Many men hide behind a mask of stating sexual abuse never happened to them. Often when a man is in his 40s …

[Review] Choosing The Road Less Traveled, Finding Grace on the Path to Purpose by Myckelle P. Williams

Title: Choosing The Road Less Traveled, Finding Grace on the Path to Purpose
Author: Myckelle P. Williams
Publisher: M Powerment Worldwide, LLC. March 31, 2013
Genre: Non-Fiction
Labels: Testimony, Biography
Format: Paperback
Age: Adult, also for young adult reader's
Pages: 168
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Free copy from Myckelle P. Williams and Write Now Literary Virtual Book Tour. 

Write Now Literary Virtual Book Tour July 15 through August 9, 2013

The author of this story has written a testimony/biography of her early life, beginning at birth and leading up to about age 20.
Myckelle was born in 1973, in the Los Angeles, California area. Her parents split-up when she was a small child. Her dad was a drug dealer, pimp, and most of his time was spent with people who engaged in the same activities as he did. Myckelle's mother was able to secure a well-paid job that gave her the financial security she wanted, as well as material possessions that meant so much to her. Mycke…

Weekly Readings, July 28th-August 4th, 2013

Over the past week I read:
Psalms 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118;
1 Peter 1 2, 3, 4, 5;
2 Peter 1, 2, 3;
Hebrews 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13.
After reading Hebrews I've read through the Bible for 2013. I'll begin again with Matthew, hoping to re-read the NT this year.
Above Scripture read from the ESV Crossway Study Bible.  

Last week Rachel Held Evanswas featured in an article at CNN Belief Blog,
Why Millennials Are Leaving The Church. Her opinions have caused the blogger pot to stir.
Trevin Wax at The Gospel Coalition,Aaron Armstrong at Blogging Theologically, 
and Brett McCracken at the Washington Post have all responded.

Brett McCracken expressed something that resonated with me, 
"we do not have everything figured out. And if we expect older generations and well-established institutions to morph to fit our every fickle desire, we do so at our peril." I've learned as I've grown older an impo…

Interview With Anita Carman

Anita Carman is the founder, inspirational speaker, and teacher at Inspire Women. At her website you can sign-up for devotional messages, and find out about speaking events. She is based in Houston, Texas. 

1. How did you make the leap from corporate America to founding Inspire Women?
In my twenties I was furiously climbing the corporate ladder. I worked for major companies like Booz, Allen and Hamilton and Exxon. Then I had a car accident where I was almost killed. It really made me think about my life and what I wanted to do with it. I realized I wanted my life to make a difference in ways beyond just making money.

2. How has your personal story fueled what you do?
Ever since I lost my mother to suicide when I was 17, I was always searching to fill an emptiness in my heart. I was also uprooted from my country when I came to America and frantically searched for a place of belonging. The dream of coming to America began in my mother's heart so when she was no longer here I wasn&#…