Friday, December 15, 2017

Book Review - Resurrect Your Dead Marriage


ABOUT THE BOOK:

In this new non-fiction book, Reginald and Renea tell their story and explore the process they went through to resurrect their marriage.  Reading this book and following the 30 hidden biblical principles will connect readers with the uncompromising transformative work that God can’t wait to do in their struggling marriages.

The authors have proven the biblical truths laid out in this book themselves as they have successfully survived 3 separations and a contested divorce. Happily married and going strong, the authors wrote Resurrect Your Dead Marriage so others may leverage these same principles and get these same Christ-led results working for them.

The book is entertaining and simple to read as the author(s) have an open and transparent conversation with readers. They share their hurts, mistakes and what led them to discover the unknown truths. There are chapters that illustrate how to overcome infidelity, build a bridge of love and how to get a broken-hearted spouse to come home again.

THE AUTHORS:


You can find out more about the authors at https://reginaldmorris.com

MY REVIEW:

This is a wonderful book on marriage. It's actually one of the best I've read because it's written by a husband and wife who have been married for three decades and have been through a lot in that time. They have been separated, almost divorced, but used the Word of God to bring restoration back to their marriage.

I really like how honest and open this couple is. They don't sugar coat anything and it makes you feel like you're not alone in the issues in your own marriage. I also loved how really readable this book is. It's a non-fiction, but it's a page turner, nonetheless.

I loved the principles and the fact that this book is filled with Scripture and is so biblical. Their ideas are ones that we can use in our own marriages to make them stronger and more fulfilling.

I highly recommend this book and give it 5 out of 5 stars

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by the author's publicity group



Blessings - Julie

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Stitchy Things

My parents were going to send me flowers when I had my surgery but then they remembered how much I love doing my cross stitch and wanted to know if I would rather get some things for that. I, of course, loved that idea and knew I'd rather have something that lasts rather than flowers that don't. So I ordered these lovely things for my cross stitch


Can you stand it? A rhinestone poodle needle minder!!! Here's a closeup of this cutie.


My heart did flip-flops when I saw this little poodle. He's so adorable and fills that poodle place in my heart.

I also found this cute angel with a star. This meant a lot to me as when I did craft designing, my company name was Angel Star Designs. I had to have this sweet needle minder, too.


and a closeup...


My next little treasure I found was this lovely rose pin counter. It can actually be worn as a stick-pin as well but I'm sure I'll only use it as a counter. 


and a closeup of the rose


I've also done a little stitching on the Queen Elizabeth piece. I haven't done a lot but here's a stitching update. 


It's so wonderful being able to stitch again and using my beautiful new gifts from my parents make it extra special.

Blessings - Julie 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Health Update


It's time for a long over-due update from me. This has been a season of growth for me as I deal with something I never had imagined having to deal with. It has stretched me in a lot of ways and I've had to fight the immature desire to feel bitter and to have a pity party. I keep telling myself that this is not forever and that there are others that have it much worse. Sometimes, I just don't want to even hear myself saying this, even though they are true. Isn't it just so human to feel sorry for ourselves and think "why me"? Ha!

So on to my news. My skin finally healed enough that the bags are staying on and the nurse figured out, with the help of the company who makes these things, what would work for me. It's down to a routine now with the bag staying put for the most part. I still have an "oops" once in a while - with a bag leaking or just coming loose - but this is happening less and less. I am so thankful for this as dealing with the leaking was just so bad. It's gross enough (for me, anyway) to deal with this bag when it works, let alone when it doesn't.

I do have a surgery date to reverse all this and put everything back together. Right now it's set for February 13th....FEBRUARY 13TH!!! This was supposed to be a 3 month thing which means I should be having the surgery this month but, evidently, this surgeon does not plan for these things and she is so busy that this was the soonest date I could get. I was quite upset. I have called and called and now we are looking at moving my surgery to January 23rd. This is not set yet so I would so appreciate your prayers that this surgery would get moved up. Even sooner than January 23rd would be great but even the 23rd is better than 3 weeks later on the 13th!

I have been doing some stitching, crocheting and painting and will share about that on my next post. Thank you so much for being so faithful to check on me during all this and I'm so grateful for your prayers and friendship!

Blessings - Julie

Monday, December 4, 2017

Book Review - A Moment to Breathe


ABOUT THE BOOK:

When the rush of regular life leaves you breathless by day’s end, this collection of everyday stories becomes the place where you can come as you are, and find yourself among friends. Friends who have been there. Friends who’ll lean in close and say, “Me too!” Through our stories the bonds of friendship deepen as we listen to each other, laugh with each other, and learn from each other. Because we’re better when we’re living this one beautiful life together.

With stories from 80 writers, these pages become the very place your soul can exhale, where you can: · Connect with the hearts of women through stories that echo your own.· Find beauty in the ordinary and sometimes messy moments of your everyday life.· See your own stories as an offering of hope to those around you.· Treasure the unseen ways God moves through even your most regular days. With 365 readings, each day begins with a passage of Scripture, tells a story of everyday faith, and encourages you to take a moment to breathe with a simple but fun way to complete your day. So kick off your shoes and join us for a relaxing but special time, where friends come together and share the real stuff of everyday faith.

MY REVIEW:

This is such a wonderful devotional. It's visually beautiful with a lovely cloth cover and blue lettering inside. I love beautiful things and this definitely is beautiful.

Better than the pretty look of the book are the amazing devotions for each day that will really bless your heart and draw you closer to the Lord. These are written by several different women so there is a devotion that will touch you right where you are.

There are 365 devotions in this book and they start with a Scripture and then a wonderful heart-felt devotion. They are short but they will so impact your life. My favorite part is at the end of the devotion. There is a question for you to ponder or an idea for you to implement into your life that day.

I really like this devotional and I think you will, too. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by B&H/Lifeway Blogger Program



Blessings - Julie

Book Review - Blind Spot


ABOUT THE BOOK:

The wrath is coming" were the final words that FBI agent Declan Grey heard the suicide bomber say. Now Declan is in the chase of his life--but isn't sure exactly what he's chasing after or when the threat will be unleashed on American soil. When his investigation's best clue leads him to a closed immigrant community, he turns to Tanner Shaw for assistance. She's sought justice for refugees and the displaced around the world, and if there's anyone who can help him, it's Tanner.

Tanner Shaw has joined the FBI as a crisis counselor . . . meaning she now has more opportunity to butt heads with Declan. As they work together to uncover the mounting threat, the tension between them also includes a spark she can't deny--and she's pretty sure Declan feels the same. But before anything more can develop, they find themselves in a race against time to stop the coming "wrath" that could cost thousands their lives.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Praised by New York Times bestselling author Dee Henderson as "a name to look for in romantic suspense," Dani Pettrey's novels have sold more than 300,000 copies. Dani combines the page-turning adrenaline of a thriller with the chemistry and happy-ever-after of a romance novel. Her novels stand out for their "wicked pace, snappy dialogue, and likable characters" (Publishers Weekly), "gripping storyline[s]," (RT Book Reviews), and "sizzling undercurrent of romance" (USA Today).

Dani's adventure-focused Alaskan Courage series climbed the CBA bestseller lists, with Submerged staying in the top twenty for five consecutive months. The five-book series also won multiple awards, including the Daphne du Maurier Award, two HOLT Medallions, and Christian Retailing's Best Award, among others. She turns her attention to crime and law enforcement in her home state of Maryland in her new Chesapeake Valor series, starting with Cold Shot, which Library Journal called, "a harrowing and thrilling ride." For more information about her novels, visit danipettrey.com.

MY REVIEW:

This book continues the Chesapeake Valor series. I have read the other books and recommend that you do, too, as you will probably be a bit lost regarding story-line and characters if you don't.

I had a hard time getting into this book for some reason. I have always enjoyed Dani Pettrey's books so was surprised that this was a slow start for me. I prevailed, though, and did finally start getting into the story about a third of the way through. I really don't like books that take me a while to get into them.

This story focuses on Declan and Tanner.and their investigation into a terrorist/smuggling ring. This was an intense mystery and definitely made this book exciting. I think I would have liked it better had the story focused solely on this story instead of introducing another mystery on the side with the other characters we have come to love from the other books.

I enjoyed this book but not as much as her others. I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by Bethany House


Blessings - Julie