Wednesday, August 31, 2011

90 days of gods goodness

I found this to be about suffering, alot of suffering and darkness.   I was not aware of this, I was looking forward to sitting down with a devotional. 90 days of God's Goodness. Meaning, I thought a devotional was meant to uplift me?  Having never read this author before.. I had no expectations but, 30 pages in, after reading about ships sinking, slave trading, an entire family washed away in a flood, 9/11, Rwandans genocide in '94... I had to stop for a few days, because frankly the darkness was freaking me out. I wondered if it was done by a religious cult or something? I just do not gravitate to things this dark.   I was taught to stay away from dark thoughts, and things that took you in that direction or made you`uncomfortable' in that way. This was Not an easy read. He quotes alot of people, often in the same story, you are never sure when you are`in' or have left a quote.  Often he quotes so many you can't keep track. You lose sight of what the point is. I flipped to the back and saw that he is founder/director of Eternal Perspective Ministries. I am unclear what that is.  He goes out side of the bible in his interpretations, that makes me very uncomfortable.  I was taught the bible stands as is,be careful `explaining' God's Word. Whatever they said is what they meant. Here he adds quite alot of `interpreting'. At the beginning of each story is a passage scripture and at the end of each story he writes   thoughtful interesting prayers.
   I believe what the author was trying to say is that struggle is part of a soul's journey-not that you are unlucky or cursed.  The hardest part of my life are the tragedies, my particular journey has had many they began very early.  I truly *understand* suffering*. I see thru it,in it, past it. I know the other side.  Each persons life will have some kind of suffering as a`life lesson',  how they react to it... will change the direction of their life.  God  has already bestowed gifts to you...trials,life lessons brings them out.  My Problem-this book should not be titled so largely as a book "reflecting on God's goodness the good things he brings to you daily".  He gives evidence thru scripture that God is always working for "those who love Him and are called to His purpose-not our purposeHis way not our way". I feel like the author is saying that God disciplines those He loves and puts us thru trials but He is right there with us?Then he appears to write `over my head'  theologically, so I had to use a dictionary for a good part, I went to catholic school, church,then Lutheran church and bible study , was sunday school superindent for 5yrs, developed detailed class plans-after having bible lessons with pastor anad staff weekly. I am not exactly dumb-if I am using a dictionary for a leisurly book? not good I do not enjoy an author `writing over my head'.   Page 137 he talks about his "body growing weak,low blood sugar clouds his judgement leaves me with a memoory of having said stupid thing like a drunkin man".   On pg 277 he speaks of having depression for several months.
I send care packages to friends recovering illness, this would NOT be a comfort. This would be a shock!  This moves too far outside comfort. There were some individual stories I really enjoyed, that made me think or moved me, too few to make me buy the book or give as a gift.
  I have had it read for months now and simply what to submit for review: I had 2 review sitting in my `save now' waiting for my better judgement to rule. 1 skirting the basics telling you bla bla what every reviewer says about any book, Except me. I have to say what I read and I honesty mean.  So that's what I finally submit. I regret I will jnot be passing this on to any friends. But I will have it avail for anyone thru my blog submit your name and why and you will be the drawing date not set until a few names.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Kelee & Design Gives Back

Meet truly lovely Design Angels. With an Important Mission.Please
click on the Video to see what they have already done

    ~- he video clip did not co-operate and transfer~~ I do have it on the other site

Please Meet  A real life group of Angels ..Staring~Kelee Katillac And the design team you see in this video. I NEED you to Click on this Link  and  goto  the comment area and PLEASE  leave a comment! Every comment Gives back $1 dollar. If you Become A Follower It Gives A $1 Dollar back...If you blog $ 5. 
More info  there. Every day until the 18th so we have to hurry
cal in your troops...every comment counts

Host and Founder: Interior design expert Kelee Katillac has spent over twenty years transforming homes and lives. She is a leader in holistic design. Katillac has been a guest on CNN, The OprahWinfrey Show, The Discovery Channel, Pure Oxygen, The Family Network and many others. Katillac's work has been featured in the pages of USA Today, House Beautiful, Better Homes & Gardens, Designer Builder, Country Home, Body & Soul, The Utne Reader and hundreds of other publications worldwide. In addition, she is the author of two award-winning books including House of Belief: Creating Your Personal Style and Kids' Rooms for Believing & Belonging. Katillac founded Design Gives Back to help those in-need -- or critically ill -- to have furnished, functional, and hope-filled homes. She has been the national director for Habitat for Humanity's House of Belief DIY Workshop Series, and is currently the Inspired Home Expert for Guideposts: America's #1 Inspirational Magazine.
"The remarkable story of a woman who says your home should be more than a place that stores your things...but a place where your child feels loved and supported, and a place that reflects who they are and who they want to be.”... Kelee Katillac... House of Belief... its beautiful." Oprah Winfrey
Project Development:Sherry Mirador co-produces non-profit events, fundraisers and cause-related campaigns. She has worked with Magic Johnson, Clay Johnson, Flex Alexander, Columbus Short, Brian White, and others. As a talented designer, Sherry's work is award-winning. She outreaches to help others in the community through creative workshops. Soon to complete her MPA, her business skills combined with her creativity, and caring personality, make her a true asset.
   These are such wonderful people gifted with talents are not only kind and loving but TEACH kindness and better love to others. Kelee helps in a  holistic way to help create a space of healing
...dreaming..full of the colors to spur the creative and curative process.  Like the colors of the rainbow, the full colors of the chakra,  Kelee uses Color in the rooms in magical ways to transform it and energize and uplift.  It is a must see. Her heart & touch comes through even on this tiny screen, trust
me you will want to help.....

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

chip works on his `book 'project


Friday, June 3, 2011

welcome Tyndale publishers


                                                 ~INSIDE THREAT~
This is the 1st book from Tyndale Publishers, I was just contacted by them so I am delighted to be on board. This is not at all my type of book but it was all I could access. So I 
figured what the heck, lets give it a whirl. A bit scary. It says things like - Terrorists at  National Cathedral?? auughh
     ~~~Zoowieee~~ Not sure when it will be sent out.  stay posted. if interested in a copy of it leave a comment
 because when the review is submitted I will have a free book as a giveaway.  {bunny hugs}or you know what will happen? Chocolate Chip the bunny will  get at that book ...
                                               nom mom mom  nom

Monday, May 30, 2011

90 days of God's Goodness

.Ninety Days of God's Goodness - Randy Alcorn This is not easy to read, all about suffering, darkness, loss. persecution, death, sickness. Well put together with theology but reaches beyond not easy reading..
This is Not simple to read,It is very complex...Ripout rip your hair,hard to understand.
I will detail this .....more to come
I am presently reading this book for review and I have a brand new copy that I would like to giveaway....I would like to get followers to sign up and when I post my review I will write the names of the followers and see what Chip can do to choose since he delights in paper.
 If you'd like this let me know. I am very generous. I  Hope to do giveaways more often so please let friends
know and  get as many followers to sign up. Thanks

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Max Lucado~Max on Life

              Max On Life
This book was provided for review by  Booksneeze
Max Lucado~  Max on Life
 WOW! Guiding spiritual comfort! 5 Stars. Lovely book, writing style is fun to read, spiritual theme always woven thru each story, this is a book you won't want to pass along you find yourself keeping!  Over his career as Pastor and Author Max has received many letters, some have been in earlier books-here he selected 172 letters, asking him questions. They range from:  a ~7 yr old who is being punished for pulling a fire alarm, asking Max how to "make it right" to:  Someone who is "embarrassed about having trouble because they can't seem to pray for more than a few minutes before being distracted" asking Max "what does this mean? What is wrong?"  Here Is where Max Lucado stands out- He responds in a way that not only answers the question, But does so by telling an enchanting story that includes Scripture Verses to support it. The simplicity and ease of Lucados' writing style allows us see ourselves in many of the pages, by end of the letter you feel it relevant to your life, showing you that you can apply this story~this life experience~to your self easily. They are all quick pages 1-1/2, so it is easy to read a letter and let it simmer with you. Put the book down, come back later. I like the down to earth, relate able style.You will feel like you are having a conversation with a close friend, that's his writing style, Not preachy, not talking down to you, not fire and brimstone, comfortable. He treats you-the reader as a person not a page or piece of paper. Highly recommend.
I posted this review on Barnes and Noble
You can see in the photos above how many notes I have taken-post its-journal-note paper
There was just so much that I looked up in the bible and that Max Lucado said that were really profound~ in a day to day simple way that I felt~ WOW~  I NEED to record this so that I can share this with my husband, my best friend, my young son, my adult daughter....and so on and so on... suddenly I am thinking of all of these people that
it is really vitally important that I feel I need to share this with.  I feel it is finally a conversation on a level we can all have AND talk about AND understand and stay on in the conversation without losing brain cells~because they go old King James or something and lose us totally~Max is just common talk with  scripture  mixed with eternal life talk. I took notes and will re-read, to be sure I have it right, and share.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Chocolate chip

Below is the link to my usual site-we made this to kinda of separate book reviews from bunny and sewing business. So we will see how this goes. I have already confused
myself  : (   but I am new at it so until I  
                                                                    can keep books here 
                                                                  and not flip back and 
                                                           forth ..and chip not eating

This Little Prayer Of Mine

 This Little Prayer Of Mine  by Anthony DeStefano  Illustrations by Mark Elliot
The 1st thing I noticed was the size of this charming book a perfectly square 8 1/2x 8 1/2  making it, I believe, easy to hold for even the most wee little reader. As you open the book the story begins with a young boy and small girl kneeling, praying bedside with their backs to us, with mom quietly peering in and listening  at the door.    
                                             "I know you're up in heaven,God,
                                               and can hear my voice from there.
~~We turn the  page                    
                                                     "I'm just a little child.
                                                Will you answer my short prayer"
The illustration for those two lines covers both pages, in the very same bedroom with same two children-the picture is just turned around so we see them now from the front.  The room has a much cozier feel because see each child's face, sweet little girl with pig tails, the boy looking at her, both in fuzzy sleepers, kneeling, hands in prayer, elbows on the bed, adorable silly teddy bear, along with toys, baseball, rocket, airplane, scattered on the top of the bed spread.   The room also has a big window on the left side of the bed just a few inches from headboard,  showing a dark night sky with a hazy full moon.

The illustrations are what make the story really come to life, soft muted tones almost like watercolors. What is wonderful as the child's prayer continues in a slow rhyme, the illustrations just take you `there'. From a cute puppy tearing apart a doll to showing the boy struggling to make the right choice about going to circus or to school? Many pages with small children from diverse backgrounds blend  in, giving a multicultural touch, but not in your face.  It addresses almost every race thru,the pictures of the children. It even has a group of kids huddled together playing a hand held Nintendo. This was pointed out to me by my 12 yr old son who I asked to read the book with me so I could see what he thought of it at his age level. He enjoyed it, and found the pictures and the rhyming enjoyable, keeping even him interested. The illustrations give the book the ability to up the age level of readers.
The prayer itself is sweet, it shows a child `talking' to God -Thanking God-making promises to God, telling God his troubles, tells God he is scared, lonely, asking God for signs ....
toward the end the boys says :
     `But when I trust in, my God and in your plan for me ,
    I know there's nothing in the world that I can't do or be.'
It is clear he is growing thru this and this prayer has a beautiful learning curve through out.
I liked this book. I think every child would be able to relate to the child in this book. I think every child can make this prayer their own. I totally recommend this book. It is charming  sweet book to share and, talk about. Everyone will enjoy the illustrations.

This book was provided for review by Waterbrook Multomah Publishing.

  I posted this on
Books a Million

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I received a  package from Random house publishing Thursday April  21

Saturday, April 16, 2011

books on order and arrived

Sat April 16 2011
Books ordered from  and
 I thought I would see how long each takes to arrive. Then the reading begins. What fun. We have to find something for Chip so I will look thru my book case and choose him a book.
Booksneeze arrived promptly on  Thursday April 21, complete with nice invoice  explaining everything and thanking for services and saying if any issues let them know.
very classy.

waterbrookmultnomah  sent an really detailed lovely e-mail saying the book was q-ued to ship  and would be here in 7-10 days but did no arrive for 2 weeks?  oh well they say the faster I get done the faster I can get the next book and in the mix for big prizes  haha
I  can tell you I will not ever be in that mix I have seen the ones with those numbers.
 It is a Christian site But, I was sent an  Email that they had some...`not appropriate' or `self tampering' voting-that made the same people wim  over and over? Hmm .. SO, they just redid the judging system because of some flaw in the voting. yep... not to hard to see why.. the same handful keep winning over and over and over and their numbers are 90 times more than  humanly possible ??  oh well. I actually read the entire book-even when I would rather rip my hair out strand by strand as with one of the books I am reading now..BUT I am still reading `EVERY' single page
thinking MAYBE something will happen to change the writing..I am even taking notes-looking for something good in it...(even tho If I had a knife I might rather slash my wrists)....BUT I am still reading it....until the end..thankfull I am ..almost....done   auughhh... :>)

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Books & Product Reviews

This site is going to be used for reviewing books and products. I love to read so I am going to use this to share my thoughts on Christian books.
As you can see everyone in the family enjoys books .... some of us `read' in diferent ways, as long as we `digest' our love of words... hopefully