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I’m a fan!

Do you ever pick up a book and not want to put it down? You want to read the prequel and the sequel though they are not any! (HINT HINT) My poor children had to fend for themselves with crackers, popcorn and fruit while I devoured this book! I was like.. “ju..st… a…min….ute…. babies…shhhhh…… almost…. can’t stop…”I mean the worst part about the book was that it was finished!

Whispers of the Bayou by Mindy Starns Clark was so delicious! It was fast, it was written in a style that I love, the characters were quirky and wonderful. The history and the sense of searching runs through the book that kept me going more. I was wonderfully surprised and drawn in immediately by the main character. Mindy’s writing really captured me. It was like talking to a friend, yet better… it was something I was thinking was a good movie in my mind.. when I put the book down I was still going “OH NO… what will happen….” and playing out the scenerios that would take place.

A little more about the book! It’s a suspense, so those who love an edge of your seat kind of book but not really scary this one is great!

Miranda can’t remember her past — zip, zilch, nadda. She’s in a marriage in which she doesn’t know how to love. From her life in New York, she ends up following her roots to Louisianna and learning so much about who she is. “Follow one woman’s search through the hidden rooms of a bayou mansion, the enigmatic snars of an ancient myth, and the all-consuming quest for a heart open enough for love — and for God.”

Mindy, I’m a huge fan now after this book!

This is part of my SRT! Check out others by clicking the link above!

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smart mouth?

I’m a verbal vomiter sometimes… you know.. I hold it all in and than all of a sudden I can’t control it… I release and say things I don’t mean, or I’ve totally messed up what I was saying by running off on a rabbit trail with words that I really didn’t mean… filling in the space b/c I felt I had to…

So…

this book appeals to me..

How to get a Smart Mouth – The power of using your words wisely by Robin Chaddock.

I so need the help! So why do I like this book? (hehe, noticing my over use of the word “so” already ) Other than my verbal vomiting problem (yes, you can laugh) is Robin’s straight forward help. She provides godly counsel to those of us who have read a gazillion self-help books but can’t seem to grasp that help we so badly need. She takes the issues we KNOW we need to deal with, but she does it with encouragement and most importantly JESUS!

This book can help with evaluating your own speech, encouraging others, communicating more clearly and effectively, developing stronger relationships, and even in the way we share Christ.

I like the way the book kicks off.. for example here’s a savory taste of what Robin writes:

“Apparently Jesus thought telling the truth was important. He starts speaking with the phrase, “I tell you the truth” at least 26 times in the gospel of John alone!

Honesty comes right after Wisdom in establishing the foundation for what it means to have a smart mouth. When Ephesians 4:25 declares, “Therefore each of you must put off false hood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body,” we are reminded that truth is something we are not just something we say. Good character is key to good communication. We also see the affirmation that honesty’s end result is a good, strong community….”

I just love that she isn’t scared to talk about Jesus and has actually done the # search on his usage (I do that when I think a topic is important too.)   Robin provides great questions that will get your brain pumping at the end of each chapter. They are relevant to the chapter and more importantly if you are struggling with “words” they are useful in discovering more about yourself. I think Robin had done a great job with this book. It touches “touchy” subjects like gossip, that some of us have a hard time dealing with (yes, me included –some days! ;p ) Her search of the Bible to help us with this is really great, I can’t stress it enough.

She ends each chapter with a prayer, which is fantastic as well, as we know that if we can have God bless our studies we will find them 10X more beneficial than just reading them on our own.

I love the little quotes Robin has laced throughout the book. I think my favorite is the one from Carlo Carretto:

We are the wire, God is the current.
Our only power is to let the current pass through us.

I think regardless of your communication style or techniques you’ve already acquired there are points of interest for everyone in this book. I’ll leave you with a tease from an interesting and fun section at the end of the book is “50 great questions to ask others”. Though you’ll only get five.. enough to give you something to taste and test out!!

  1. How may I pray for you?
  2. What do you do when you need to recharge your batteries?
  3. What makes you smile?
  4. What is stopping you?
  5. What’s your favorite way of learning something new?

I’m hoping to test a few out this week myself!

This is part of my SRT! Check out others by clicking the link above!

Spa Treatments for your body and soul!

Spa Treatments for Your Body and Soul Tranquil Moments to Refresh Your Spirit by Janie Seltzer

Stressed?  This small, but powerful gift book can give you a little boost!

This is a wonderful book for you, or one of your girlfriends!  The artwork in here is lovely, the words are refreshing, Bible based, and some neat lovely ideas to refresh your spirit!

I have it in my bathroom for visitors looking for something to enjoy.. give my room that spa-ish feeling!  It is enjoyable for a short read, and easy to use a starter for your own devotions.  It is encouraging, and a wonderful reminder that we need to take care of ourselves inside and out!

A great gift idea for one of your friends (or sisters) – especially paired with a spa gift certificate, or spa treats!

I must admit the art in this book is my favorite part about it.. I’d be lying if I said otherwise.  It’s inspiring for me not only for my own art, but also the pictures for my bathroom lol.  The whole book is just one beautiful artwork as far as I’m concerned.   Which is a spa experience for me!!  (more affordable too! *S*)  Any of my friends who enjoy WFW will love this book!

The quote from the book that I like is (please remember it’s not as pretty as it looks in the book!  She has it written so neat!):

In solitude, I gather up all the loose ends of my soul like yellow chicks that scurry and flurry in all directions.  I gather each one and tuck them under my wings where they must wait to be reordered according to some grand scheme that I cannot see and do not know but works when I trust and follow it.

God Bless and happy Thursday!!

This is part of my SRT! Check out others by clicking the link above!

SRT – A Wolf Story

I love reading, don’t you? I always find it especially fun, when there is more than just writing occurring, …some of God hidden in the words.

A Wolf StoryA Novel of Savage Conflict and Desperate Faith by James Byron Huggins

If you like Narnia! This a book for you! It’s fast paced, fast action between the rise and fall of good and evil! You’ll be at the edge of your seat, and you won’t be able to put it down!

I thought this was a the first time I’ve read a book by Huggins, but realizing I’ve read one of his earlier books called the Reckoning, which I loved! Both are worth your time and if you’re ready for the energy these books bring, you’ll be thrilled!

A Wolf Story is an allegory , similar to the style of Chronicles of Narnia. I love the fact that it is so packed with adventure and faith. I think it is a crowd please for both the seekers and the adventurers. It talks about honour, courage, and faith. It encourages young people (Aramus in this story), to do the right thing, even if it hurts. I love that through the use of animals and the growth of the characters that happen in this novel. It shows that even though people are so different, we still can find common ground through our faith. It holds so much power and action in the book, you truly will be at the edge of your seat as you turn each page! I think I finished the book in about a day and a half because it was so exhilarating!

It is magic! It is adventurous!  It is the ultimate fight between good and evil!  It’s main stage is in the forest and deals with how the animals of “the lightmaker” stay their course through the challenges of their life!  Children and adults will enjoy this book. I would love to see this book in movie form! It will be be a classic on our book self for sure! Dare I say it will be on the list for a few of my nephews this Christmas! Mr. C is buckling down to tackle this book too!

A Wolf’s story is part of my Spring Reading Thing:

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Spring Reading Thing

I thought I’d get into this! I enjoy reading, and I’ve got a good list going right now!

My reading challenge list for spring:

  1. You mean that Isn’t in the Bible? by David A. Rich
  2. Love to Eat Hate to Eat. by Elyse Fitzpatrick
  3. the Busy Women’s Guide to Total Fitness by Laurette Willis
  4. A Wolf Story by James Byron Huggins
  5. Moon over Tokyo by Siri L. Mitchell
  6. Five Sacred Crossings by Craig J. Hazen
  7. Conviction without Compromise by Norman Geisler and Ron Rhodes
  8. Youniquely Women by Kay Arthur, Emilie Barnes, Donna Otto
  9. Hot Flashes from Heaven by Ronna Snyder
  10. What’s the Big Deal about Other Religions by John Ankerberg & Dillon Burroughs
  11. Chocolate Kisses for Couples by Cinda Sigler Dagnan
  12. Counseling Through your Bible Handbook by June Hunt
  13. Smart Mouth by Robin Chaddock
  14. 02 by Richard Dahlstrom
  15. Spa Treatments for your body and soul by Janie Seltzer

What are you reading these days? Do you have a stack by your bed too? lol