Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

It’s Wednesday again, and time to share the next book from my reading corner! This week I read another book for a Launch Team. This particular book comes from an author whom I’ve never heard of before, but was asked to apply for the team. I was intrigued by the description of the book, so raised my hand to read the book!  The book is:  Life After by Katie Ganshert. Although this was the first time reading from this author, I can assure you, I’ll be reading more of her work! I really enjoyed the book.

As I read through this book, I had to keep reminding myself that it was fiction. Katie’s ability to write kept having me think she was sharing about an actual current event. The descriptions were so vivid and real, it caught me off guard!

The book is about Autumn Manning and her life from this past year. From “the event” that changed everything last year for her and so many people, to the current day event for all to remember the tragedy, this book pulls you into the story with such real and personal emotions. Though it was 337 pages, I finished it in one evening. I just couldn’t put it down!

The way the author shows how each of the families of the victims show their grief, their willingness to have their family member remember or not, really shows the human side of grief. And the truth that grief is not a one size fits all emotion. I have to say, I really felt I knew how the story was going to progress for Autumn, Reese and Paul but boy was I wrong. Dead wrong. This story goes to show you that not everything that goes on publicly is what it actually is privately! What we choose to assume is the truth about a person or family, may be the total opposite of what we believe.

I enjoyed this book very much and I will be checking into Katie Ganshert’s other books for sure!

If you’d like to order this book for yourself, it is available April 18, 2017 and can be ordered by clicking the link to Amazon below:

 

 

 

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Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

This week’s book is the first book of a series by Lynette Eason. I have not read any suspense books for a while, but I used to read a lot of them when I was younger. Having the joy of meeting Lynette in my new Writer’s Group here in South Carolina this summer, I wanted to check out one of her books. I was not disappointed. The name of this book is: Without Warning which is book number 1 in the Elite Guardians Series. I’m thrilled, too, because I just received book number 3 this past weekend! I pre-ordered it in November and it wasn’t released until January 31st. Did I ever mention, patience is not my strength?!

The story begins with Daniel Matthews, a restaurant owner, hard at work in his office. He has no idea what lies ahead for the day, but he’s about to find out. A strange noise continues to break his concentration until he couldn’t handle it any longer, he needs to find out what it is and where it’s coming from. He had no idea it would eventually lead him to a dead body.

From the very first chapter, I was pulled through an exciting, breath-holding story that I could not put down. With the amount of danger that continues to unfold, the need for bodyguards and investigators becomes completely necessary. But a team of female bodyguards? And in this type of constant danger?

The Elite Guardians prove time and time again, they are very well trained and can get the job done with ease. But what about when someone starts to have feelings for their bodyguard? Could it be? Would it work? Would it compromise the job at hand – the safety of the client? Or the bodyguard’s life as well?

I found myself so intrigued with what was coming next and I began to think the story would go a specific way and then it didn’t! It pulled me through to the end leaving me wanting more. And I literally went to the bookstore the next morning to pick up #2! I was hoping to get #3 at the same time, but realized it wasn’t due out until this winter. Oh well, good things come to those who wait, right?!

If you are looking for a twisting and turning story full of danger, wonder and maybe even a tad of romance for your next read, definitely check out Without Warning by Lynette Eason. You will not be disappointed!

Enjoy!

 

 

 

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Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

 

Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

This week I’m sharing about a great book which is the beginning of a series. The book is:  Wild Montana Skies by Susan May Warren, part of the Montana Rescue Series. I’m really excited, too, because I pre-ordered book #2 in the series way back in November and just received an email yesterday that it is on the way! Woohoo! I enjoyed book #1 so much, I had to order #2 to follow along with the characters, right?

And making it even more fun was meeting Susan May Warren when I was back in Ohio in October! Even more exciting for me is that she is my writing coach through her online course I’m taking through Novel Academy! I’ve read many of her books in 2016 and I will be sharing them throughout this year.

But back to Wild Montana Skies!

First I’d like to say that what I love most about Susie’s writings is that she makes you feel like you are watching a movie! Her descriptives are in full color. You can see the scenes happening as you read along. That’s the biggest reason I am drawn to her books. That and the fact that she gets you so involved with the characters, you can’t put the book down! You just have to see what is going to happen next! That’s a good book!

The book starts with Kacey returning to her hometown. She wanted badly to quietly cruise in without any fanfare. Wanted to stop for a bite to eat after the long drive in. Hoping to stop at the Gray Pony, a hometown favorite for the best ribs and homemade root beer. Also hoping, nobody would recognize her since she’d been gone a while.

Of course, that’s not going to happen, right? Just when you wish you could slide in and be unseen, something happens and you’ve been found out!

As the story unfolds, old loves meet up, old memories are stirred, danger for many of the towns’ people grows and some split decisions need to be made. On many fronts.

I couldn’t put the book down (as usual with Susie’s books!) and read it over a 24 hour period. It kept my attention and of course I had to see what happened with Kacey and Audrey and Ben and Chet and Kacey’s parents…

If you’re looking for a new fiction series to start, I would recommend this one for sure!

Enjoy!

 

 

 

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Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

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This week’s book was an ebook, “I’m About To Get Up”  by Julie Hunt. If it would have been an actual paper book, I am very sure that it would have had many wrinkled pages for the water drips on it! My eyes seemed to have a little leaking problem – no that’s not true – a big leaking problem as I read this book. I am also on the Launch Team for this book as well. It was a true privilege to work with this author, Julie. She has a heart as big as the world and want’s people to know that grief will come, but through it all God gives us Hope.  

When I applied for the team last fall, I had no idea what was about to unfold in my life. Once approved, Julie sent a welcome and thank you email to all of us on the team and at the end asked if there was anything she could pray for us. When I read that email, I immediately responded with a…yes, I would love prayers as I had just received a call from the nursing home where my mom was telling me my mom is going downhill. We would be traveling from South Carolina back to Ohio where we had just moved from and I would appreciate prayers for the travels. She responded back quickly and said she would definitely be praying. And she checked in a couple of times.

I got busy going back and forth on the twenty hour round trip several times in October and November. While in Ohio for Thanksgiving weekend my mom breathed her last on November 25th. Back home in South Carolina a couple of days later, I was just sitting numb not knowing what to do next and looked down at my phone. An email popped up and it was Julie. She said God was nudging her to check in on me. She did not know that my mom was gone, but then once I told her offered prayer, a listening ear and hugs from her. And I knew she would. I share all of this because this is exactly what I meant by I had no idea that this book was going to be for me at “such a time as this.” (Esther 4:14b) Julie’s testimony and book were what I was going to need in the fall of 2016. Julie transparently shares the many years of grief that she has endured and knows from the depths of true sadness. Yet as you read through this book it is covered and loaded with joy.

Julie shares how she has lost so many dear people in her life, even her husband at a young age and yet, as you read her words, you want to sit across from her and ask how did she find the strength to smile, let alone get up and go on with life. But that’s exactly what she did.

This book isn’t a “read this and you’ll survive grief” book, it is a book of encouragement to see joy in ALL things. To seek the ONE that gives us that joy and to know that grief has no instruction manual. You do not get “X” number of days to grieve and then you must get on with it. You aren’t told that you have to grieve in a certain way. Julie makes it clear that everyone grieves in their own way, their own time and for as long as they need to. She shares how as she lost her husband who was dearly loved by so many people, she watched others grieve him as well. She became an observer. With her words of encouragement, she gives you the permission, so to speak, to be free to grieve how it best suits you.

She didn’t intend to write this book, until she scoured the bookstores for a “how-to book on grieving.” Her search ended up empty every time.  She wanted someone to help her who had been there to say “It’s going to be OK. You’re going to be OK. The madness will eventually stop and you’ll have moments of peace, even joy someday.” But it did not exist. Then she saw on the internet – “Write the book you want to read.”

She had received a journal from a friend two weeks after her husbands death. She journaled and journaled and this book is from that healing through her processing in that journal.

Yet, if you think this book is just about going through grief as a young widow. It is not that. Julie expands on the fact that we go through so many losses through our lives. And I love this from her book…

“Yes, loss has been a prevailing theme of my life, but each and every one has left increased courage and an undeniable truth: God is always with me and for me, drying every tear and instilling hope for tomorrow.”

If you have gone through a loss this year, loss of a loved one, loss of a pet, loss of a job, loss of a relationship, loss of life as you knew it or any other loss, I recommend you pick up this book and read it. I promise you by the end of the book, you will definitely feel like you are ready to shout…”It may be dark, but God is my light. And…I’m About to Get Up!”

 

 

Be Well!


 

 

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Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

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It’s Wednesday again! Time for another book share. This book was also given to me as part of the Launch Team. But this particular book is fun for me to be able to share with you. It was written by my friend back in Ohio! I got to meet her about two years ago as a fellow blogger. We met at good ol’ Panera for tea and had a lot of fun. So – about the book…

The name of this week’s book is: “Full: food, Jesus, and the battle for satisfaction” by Asheritah Ciuciu.

Since part of the deal of being on a Launch Team is to give an honest review of the book you receive, I will do just that. You must understand that it is MY opinion, and you can take it or leave it! But for the book, on a scale of 1-10, I give this book an easy eight. There are some things in the book that I have learned along the way already, so it wasn’t all new material to me – but for someone just new to this line of thinking, it’s some good stuff!

One of the things I do love about Asheritah’s style, is that it is written as if she is siting across the table with you. She is very eager for you to hear about the things she has learned as she prayed for God to take away the fixation with food. And think about it, most of us have just that – a fixation with food. Like Asheritah says in the book, not all have a fixation that overwhelms them, but if we are the keeper of the kitchen in our homes, we have to concentrate on getting the “3 squares” on the table pretty much every day. We aren’t that lucky to walk into the kitchen and the plan is made, groceries are bought and prepped and we have the perfect amount of time left to fix it properly and get it on the table AND it taste wonderful! Ahhh, but doesn’t that sound dreamy? I wish!

However, many of us go beyond that and constantly think about food. As if food would be that magic fix for what ails us! I can vouch for the fact that it isn’t and Asheritah shares her issue with that as well.

Asheritah does a great job of identifying the issues, next defining them, and then giving us practical steps to regain a healthy relationship with food. It is not a diet book, so you know. It’s a heart and soul book!

I would definitely recommend this book if you are ready to stop the merry-go-round of the love-hate relationship with food! After all, we still need to eat each day!

Here’s the book if you’d like to purchase it, and it also has a companion workbook:


Have a great week!

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Happy Sixth Birthday!

It’s true! Today marks the sixth anniversary that I have been blogging. Yet if you notice the date of the last blog post, I was MIA for 2016. To say it was a rough year would be an understatement. Though the  year was filled with heartache and sadness and changes it was also loaded with blessings from God. Over the next few months, I will share more about the lessons of 2016, but I wanted to start off with something new and exciting (I think!) for the blog this year. Some of the lessons I’ve learned were through reading. I’ve read my Bible as usual, but I have read a lot of other books as well. I always like seeing what others have read or are reading, so I’ve decided to add that feature here on the blog and start it today on it’s birthday! I will be calling it –

Whatcha Readin’ Wednesdays!

I hope you will join in the conversation. If you read the book, I really want you to share your thoughts on the book as well. Also, I hope you will comment on some of the favorites you’ve read lately, too.

So let’s get started!

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The first book I would like to share with you is one I finished right after Christmas. I was happily selected for several Book Launch Teams in 2016 and this book was one of them. But I have to confess, when I signed up for this team, I never felt it was going to be for my benefit. Fear? I don’t have deep fears holding me back from anything. Yes, I do sometimes get afraid in the dark due to some childhood circumstances of being left alone a lot for late nights, but it doesn’t hold me back from anything. The book I received is: “Fear Fighting, awaking courage to overcome your fears” by Kelly Balarie.

When I received it, my intention was to read it, give my honest review and share it with a couple people I felt could really use some help in this area. Let’s just say, I cannot pass it on, but will have to purchase them a copy because I underlined and wrote all over it in pink highlighter!

What I wasn’t prepared for was the realization that I really do have issues holding me back. A lot! And I never identified them as actual fear. The author works hard to help you identify the things that hold you back and then takes it one step further as to the “why” they hold you back. She speaks to the heart of fear sharing her struggles to let you know…she gets it.

It was really tough to come up with just one example to share with you (remember…the pink highlighter throughout?!), but one of my favs was this:

“What would happen if you were to walk throughout this world believing that not one grain of your worth, your call, or your identity depended on other people? Because let me tell you something: it doesn’t.”

It’s not like I have never heard that before, but through this chapter some of those fears were beginning to fall away that when I got to these few sentences, I heard them in a different way. Maybe it was the fact that I was more receptive to the message being shared.

I’d love to tell you more about the book, but I believe this is a book you should read for yourself. It will be well worth your time, but don’t just plan on sitting down and reading straight through it like a good novel. You will want to take your time and savor the lesson God is showing through Kelly’s words.

How about you – have you read this new book? Please share in the comments what you thought.

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I am an Affiliate for many of the items I recommend. Purchasing items through my website may result in a small commission from that company. I appreciate your purchase.

Is Your Christmas Perfect?

 

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This post today is only going to be a teaser for you! I’m posting over at Ask God Today Ministries and I’ve done something today I have never done before! GASP!!! And I’m not telling what it is either either! What I will tell is that I’m actually tattling on myself. Yep, mmmhmmm!! I’m admitting something about myself and how I was schooled by a wee little one!

Oh yeah! But you are just going to have to click over here => Tammy Tattles on Herself!   But it does have something to do with

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Friendship is Heart Warming Indeed!

 

 

I’m so excited to join in the fun on a new Link-up. Beginning today, ASK GOD TODAY MINISTRIES will be doing a link up entitled – WARM HEARTED WEDNESDAY LINK UP. We will be providing a prompt each time to help you with your post. Take the time you need to write what’s on your heart. I so hope I’ll see you over there!

Today’s prompt:  “Share a recent experience that you are thankful for.”

That’s really a tough one! It’s not because there hasn’t been anything to be thankful for recently, it’s that which one do I pick to write about! I think I’ll have to go with the one experience that was the “most” recent!

We were in South Carolina for the Thanksgiving holiday week visiting our daughter (which we were very thankful for). But the end of the week before leaving to go home, I had the privilege to meet up with a few of the ladies from my writing team with Ask God Today Ministries. Most of us had met up in Nashville at the beginning of the month for a 2016 planning retreat (which I can’t wait to share more about that!!). So to then end the month with lunch with several of them was so much fun.

It warms my heart so much to be serving on this team with ALL of these women. These women are so encouraging and inspiring and I just love talking with and being around them all. Their love for God overflows into all their conversations!

So to be able to grab lunch with three of them this past Monday just topped off a great week. Made my thankfulness meter hit the top!

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We chatted a mile a minute and laughed almost to the point of snorting!

I’m very thankful for each of the women I serve with this on this team. And I’m thankful that we were able to wiggle out some time this holiday to catch up with each other.

And of course – there’s always time for being silly together…

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Now it’s your turn…head on over to WARM HEARTED WEDNESDAY LINK UP and join in the fun! I can’t wait to get this party started!

 

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Sweet Memories

My Sweet Grandma!

My Sweet Grandma!

 

May always brings thoughts of joy and sadness for me. My grandma’s birthday is this month, and she would have been 105 years old tomorrow (5/16/15). I lost her 46 days before her 100th birthday in 2010. I often say, “Oh, if I could just have one more day with my grandma.” So many questions I’d ask, so many things I would love to tell her. I wish she could know what a great example she was to me, how much I truly miss sitting and holding her hand as she tells me a sweet story of “down home.”

My grandma was always such an inspiration to me in my walk with the Lord even when I didn’t understand what her life exemplified to my young heart and mind. She totally lived out the example in Titus Two:

“Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.”   (Titus 2: 3-5  ESV)

 

Read the rest of this post by clicking here where I’m posting at Ask God Today Ministries as part of the writing team today!

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I’m Traveling the World!

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Though I wish I were on this plane flying anywhere warm, I have been out in cyber world traveling a bit! I am now a part of the writing team for Ask God Today Ministry! There are 13 writers on the team and I’m thrilled to be one of them. So while you haven’t seen me here, I haven’t put away my pen or keyboard – I’ve been out traveling the world, so to speak!

I’d love to have you join us over there at the ministry site. Just like you can become a subscriber here so you don’t miss a post, you can also do that at Ask God Today Ministries. Each month we change things up a bit and currently we are talking about Heros of the Faith. The posts have been encouraging as we see how God uses the broken people and not the “perfect” people we would thing he would. I hope you’ll join me over there.

If you’re curious about what I’ve been writing about – you can read the post on:  Earthly Example of God’s Love or The Love of a Friend  or Sarah, I’m with Ya Girl! .

Don’t forget to sign up here so you don’t miss a post and leave me a comment below as to what you have been up to this winter!

Find a reason to giggle a bit, today!

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