Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Amazing Convention Closeouts

Amanda Bennett is doing some amazing convention CD closeouts on unit studies!  Just click the link and search for closeouts, they are good while supplies last. 

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Branded, Sharing Jesus with a Consumer Culture by Tim Sinclair

Sharing Jesus with a Consumer Culture
by Tim Sinclair

Branded is a thought-provoking book about how the Church relates to the culture to spread the message of Christ.  It is not so much about a method of how-to, it is more about why-to.  Mr. Sinclair explains how marketing works for corporations, how it changes over the years even for the same product.  

I really have enjoyed Branded.  It was a little uneasy to think of marketing Jesus.  It isn't marketing in the way I initially thought he was going to mean, the WWJD, bumpersticker, Christian t-shirt way.  It is more about living out the Christian life in the way that God's people should.  Living a life where relationship is important and loving people deeply shines through for Christ.  Not the health and wealth false gospel, but that life is hard and God works in ways we don't understand, but He is still good.  Mr. Sinclair points out that if you don't believe in a product you can't sell it, weather it is vacuums or a relationship with a great God.  So it isn't about pulling one over on people, it is about really showing the love of Christ.  

I had many quotes from this book that I loved to read and reread, it just summed up the way I feel in many instances.  I really enjoyed Branded and I think with the study guide it would be fun to do with a group and ponder what kind of difference we are really making.  It is also really just a great book to read on your own.

I was provided a free copy of this book for the purposes of review, the opinions expressed are my own.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

That's When I Talk to God

That's When I Talk to God
By Dan & Ali Morrow

That's When I Talk to God follows a young girl through her day showing that anytime is a good time to pray, otherwise known as talking to God.  Children learn they can pray when they are afraid, joyous, have questions, whenever they need to.  It is very nicely illustrated children's book.  My children enjoyed this book as well, they like books about children and faith and this is a sweet picture of a Christian family.

 I was provided a free copy of this book for the purposes of review, the opinions expressed are my own.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Grocery Deal

I am thanking the Lord for His care in the little things.  I was able to get organic butter on clearance for $2.34 a pound, twice.  The first time it was unsalted and I bought many boxes and this time it was salted, we do not care for the most part if it is salted or not.  I am just so happy to have been able to stock up on both :)  It may not have been the grassfed brand we prefer, it was a storebrand, but we praise God for the provision when non-organic butter is on sale for more than what we paid for organic.  This is how we afford to eat organic :)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

A Reluctant Queen Blog Tour

A Reluctant Queen
by Joan Wolf

A Reluctant Queen is a novel based off of Queen Esther of the Bible, it is a lovely fictional book.  Don't read it as a Bible study, but enjoy it as the lovely work of art Ms. Wolf paints.  I really have a soft spot for Esther's Biblical account since I participated in the Esther Bible study by Beth Moore.  I enjoyed this novel based on our lovely Queen Esther.  I am looking forward to reading more Christian fiction by Joan Wolf.  

To celebrate Joan Wolf’s debut Christian Fiction title, A Reluctant Queen, Joan and her publisher, Thomas Nelson, have teamed up to give away A Reluctant Queen prize package worth over $150!

One grand prize winner will receive:

* A brand new Latest Generation KINDLE with Wi-Fi and Pearl Screen

* A Reluctant Queen by Joan Wolf (for KINDLE)

To enter, just click one of the icons below. But, hurry, the contest ends on June 20th. Winner will be announced on June 21st during Joan’s A Reluctant Queen Book Club Party on Facebook (details below)! Hope to see you there – bring your friends!

Enter via E-mail Enter via FacebookEnter via Twitter

Join the fun on June 21st! 

 Joan will be wrapping up the blog tour and Kindle giveaway promotion during her A Reluctant Queen FACEBOOK party on her FB author page. During the party she'll announce the winner of the Kindle, host a book chat discussion, test your trivia skills (Is Esther's story in A Reluctant Queen fact or fiction?), and more. Don't miss this chance to meet the author and make some new friends!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Fully Engaged

Fully Engaged
How to Do less and Be more
by John Busacker

Fully Engaged is about how to make your life more meaningful by doing less "busy" things and being really involved and committed to the things you do choose to do.  There are self-assessments and evaluations to see where your life is now and plans of action to change your life into what you want it to become.  

I enjoyed reading Fully Engaged, I think there are useful pieces of information for our hectic, but never really making a difference lives.  Most points are very straightforward and easy to understand.  Mr. Busacker has a very clear writing style, which I appreciate.  I think that the recommendations are based on Biblical values.  There is space to reflect on the dreams for your life in many areas including spiritual, physical, community, learning and several more.  I would recommend this book to someone who is seeking more out of this life and recognizes the potential of the "could be".

 I was provided a free copy of this book for the purposes of review, the opinions expressed are my own.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

2011 Siesta Scripture Memory Team: Verse 11

Proverbs 8:33-34 NKJV~
33 Hear instruction and be wise, And do not disdain it.
34 Blessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at the posts of my doors.

2011 Siesta Scripture Memory Team: Verse 11