Showing posts from August, 2016

Mothers and Sons by Emerson Eggerichs, PhD (book review & giveaway)

Calling all "Love and Respect" junkies! Emerson Eggerichs has a new book out called "Mother and Son" and it's fantastic!  image via Amazon With two sons I dearly love, I was drawn to this book because I have found myself grumpy and angry and rude to my boys (and probably everyone else around me). Part of that is the physical stuff I'm going through, but much of it is just like in the book of James says in 3:3-12: "3  When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal.   4  Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go.   5  Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts.  Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.   6  The tongue also is a fire,  a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body,  sets the whole course of

Greater jersey giveaway!!

The movie "Greater" is out now about Brandon Bulsworth. You can read my review of the movie here . But I have a giveaway to go with it! Two jerseys! Now, I know these are for the Arkansas Razorbacks team but I plan to wear mine to Husker games (or game parties). LOL Anyway, I really like what Bulsworth stood for - hard work, determination, overcoming the odds. That's what I want for my children and my own life. GIVEAWAY: TO WIN (Mandatory): Let me know what team you are rooting for! We will be cheering on the Nebraska Cornhuskers this weekend. GBR!! I have two jerseys to give away. Two (2) winners will win one (1) jersey each. :) These fit like a large; they are long but slim fitting. I like it. Disclaimer: Giveaway is open for one week until September 6, right after Labor Day, at 11:59pm (CST). Giveaway is open to continental US only, 18 and older (void where prohibited). 

Greater (movie review)

Sports movies are some of my favorite ones; even better if they are underdog stories! "Greater" is just that - a true underdog story about Brandon Bulsworth who could be called the greatest walk-on in the history of college football. The movie follows Bulsworth from the time he's a kid. His mother is raising he and his brother (who is quite a bit older; old enough to be mistaken for his dad, laughably). His brother gives him a kick in the pants when Brandon claims he wants to play for the Arkansas Razorbacks. Brandon was a heavy kid so no one really thought it would happen. However, Brandon worked as hard as he could and made it. Walked on the team and caught the attention of his coach who put some amazing work into this kid to help him become better. I love when coaches look at the heart of a player more than ability. This really is an amazing story, an amazing movie - full of inspiration and encouragement. Things that seem impossible become possible. The rea

Hillsong Let Hope Rise Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Hillsong United has just released a new CD "Let Hope Rise: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack". I wanted to share some more information with you: image via blogspot Nashville, Tenn.  (August 12, 2016) -  Hillsong UNITED ’s 2013 release of  Zion  garnered  RIAA Gold Certification , totaling more than 500K in sales. Of the songs found on  Zion  is “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” which spent a record breaking 45 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs Chart and was the first Christian song to hit Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart. Most recently, the platinum selling song was honored with a 2016 Billboard Music Award for “Top Christian Song.” In July, Hillsong UNITED surprised fans by releasing  Of Dirt And Grace - Live From The Land , a LIVE visual take on songs from their best selling  EMPIRES  recorded and filmed at Biblically historical locations throughout Israel. Upon its release, the digital album topped the Soundscan Praise & Worship Chart, hitting No. 2 on the

Little Bible Heroes: Miriam and Daniel by Victoria Kovacs (children's book review)

I love children's Bibles but I like to read stories, too. The " Little Bible Heroes: Daniel and Miriam " (it's a flip book - one book per side) by Victoria Kovacs is a wonderful choice. A lot of children's Bibles skirt around hard issues of the Bible. For instance, in the story of Moses, some don't mention why Moses' mother sent him down the river. However, "Little Bible Heroes: Miriam" says "the ruler of Egypt is an evil pharaoh who orders all the Hebrew baby boys to be killed." And "Little Bible Heroes: Daniel" says "Later, the king has terrible dreams. He orders all the wise men put to death because they can't tell him what he dreamed and what the dreams mean." This world is a place with evil and sin in it and I think it's healthy to not hide it. A friend said it caused her some major faith doubt when she was older and realized that the story of Noah's Ark wasn't just animals coming in two by

Young and Beardless winner

Alaina Mooney - you are the winner of a copy of Young and Beardless by John Luke Robertson. I sent you an email yesterday so I just need you to email me back with your address and I'll mail it out. Disclaimer: I wait 48 hours to hear back from a winner and then I choose a new one. Since Alaina was the only entrant, I would re-open the giveaway.

Young and Beardless by John Luke Robertson (book review & GIVEAWAY)

Aside from political support, I really like the Robertson family of the Duck Dynasty empire. They seem like real people who really love Jesus. This is not just true of the parents or grandparents, but of the younger generation including John Luke Robertson, author of "Young and Beardless: The Search for God, Purpose, and a Meaningful Life." Having been a fan of the television show, "Duck Dynasty," for several years, I'm well aware of John Luke and his new marriage and charisma. Have you seen the episode where he gets his wisdom teeth out? Hilarious. Anyway, back to his book, John Luke provides young readers (I believe this is more specified toward young men) a guide into how he has come to where he is in his life - not simply relying on the faith and fortune of his family, but pursuing his own relationship with Christ and business pursuits along with his wife, Mary Kate. One of my favorite parts of this book is when John Luke talks about his spiritual toolbo

Raising the Perfectly Imperfect Child by Boris Vujicic (book review)

If you're unfamiliar with Nick Vujicic, then please check out his website, Life Without Limbs , before proceeding. Nick Vujicic was born without limbs - no arms, no legs, and two feet (one bigger, one smaller). His father, Boris Vujicic wrote "Raising the Perfectly Imperfect Parent" to inspire and encourage parents raising special needs children. When his wife gave birth to Nick, they were unprepared to raise a child without limbs. However, through grief and uncertainty and a great faith in Jesus Christ, they managed to raise Nick - and his siblings - with great faith. Nick has become a very famous speaker, sharing encouragement and the light of Christ with so many people, especially those with special needs in need of inspiration. I really enjoyed how brutally honest Boris was in his book. He and his wife actually contemplated whether they could care for Nick and, so considered putting him up for adoption. They eventually came to the conclusion that God would prov

Better Together by Jill Savage with Anne McClane (book review)

My MOMS (Mothers on a Mission) group is gearing up and I feel like "Better Together" by Jill Savage with Anne McClane should be our theme book. There are so many good things about this book, but I think just the overall message is my favorite: "Because You're Not Meant to Mom Alone." Motherhood can be a really lonely time for so many moms. I remember when my boys were very small and we lived in communities that just weren't friendly. Not that they were mean but just isolating and lonely. I feel so blessed to be raising them in a community where there are more chances at relationship for me, but I still feel isolated at times (especially with it being summer and I have a baby who naps most of the day). image via Jill Savage and her daughter Anne McClane wrote this book together, and one of the opening questions is "Why are Mom Friends so Important?" I wish I could read this at my church to encourage women to come to our MOMS group