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Great Book for teaching about God

Enter to win a copy of This Little Prayer of Mine!

Are you looking for ways to increase your child’s understanding and knowledge of who God is? A way to reinforce your child’s desire to pray? This sweet hardback book shows children that God loves them and wants them to trust in him no matter what the situation–and that any moment is a good moment for a little prayer!

The words are simple and easy to read for little ones…but the content is very profound. I enjoyed listening to my youngest read the book to me and we  liked the bold, realistic illustrations that have a bit of a three dimensional feel to them.

The Official Word: Anthony DeStefano’s adult books, The Prayers God Always Says Yes To and A Travel Guide to Heaven, have sold a quarter-million copies. Illustrator Mark Elliott’s cherished artwork has appeared in popular picture books and novels for young readers, including Gail Carson Levine’s ever-popular Princess Tales series.

Now, these acclaimed inspirational experts have come together to create This Little Prayer of Mine, a beautiful and alluring book designed to guide children into a very simple, real and expressive relationship with God.

Through engaging rhymes and alluring illustrations, This Little Prayer of Mine shows children—and their parents and grandparents—that complete dependence on God is what brings peace and fulfillment. It invites children to know and believe that God is always just a simple prayer away and that He longs to respond to them with a resounding, “Yes!”

Easy-reader format allows children to read alone, or with someone older, and encourages them to openly express their fears, thanks, and needs directly to God.

This Little Prayer of Mine is available on the Random House Website.

Or, you can win a Copy from Faith, Family and Fun!

To enter, please leave a comment. I will choose a winner 4/19.

Thanks to the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for providing this book for my review. I have given my unbiased opinion.


This is the first time I have read one of Liz Curtis Higgs historical romances. What a treat it was! I fell in love with the Kerr family as I traveled through Scottish history and the Scriptures.

Higgs obviously did quite a bit of research for the framework for this retelling of the Old Testament story of Ruth and Naomi. The novel, set in 18th Century Scotland, followed the Kerr family (pronounced care, with a roll to the “r”), Prince Charlie and the Jacobites as well as the social life of Scotland. I was fascinated by descriptions of Edinburgh, the dress and behavior…even the meals of the time period.

I felt that I was transported back through time—and isn’t that what a delightful book can do? The character development was wonderful. I am a “skimmer” but in this book, I had to pay attention to all the characters. I found myself staying up late and wishing for a particular ending. The novel really delves into history and forgiveness and loyalty. Loved it!

A mother who cannot face her future.
A daughter who cannot escape her past.

Lady Elisabeth Kerr is a keeper of secrets. A Highlander by birth and a Lowlander by marriage, she honors the auld ways, even as doubts and fears stir deep within her.
Her husband, Lord Donald, has secrets of his own, well hidden from the household, yet whispered among the town gossips.
His mother, the dowager Lady Marjory, hides gold beneath her floor and guilt inside her heart. Though her two abiding passions are maintaining her place in society and coddling her grown sons, Marjory’s many regrets, buried in Greyfriars Churchyard, continue to plague her.
One by one the Kerr family secrets begin to surface, even as bonny Prince Charlie and his rebel army ride into Edinburgh in September 1745, intent on capturing the crown.
A timeless story of love and betrayal, loss and redemption, flickering against the vivid backdrop of eighteenth-century Scotland, Here Burns My Candle illumines the dark side of human nature, even as hope, the brightest of tapers, lights the way home.

LIZ CURTIS HIGGS is the author of twenty-seven books with three million copies in print, including: her best-selling historical novels, Thorn in My Heart, Fair Is the Rose, Christy Award-winner Whence Came a Prince, and Grace in Thine Eyes, a Christy Award finalist; My Heart’s in the Lowlands: Ten Days in Bonny Scotland, an armchair travel guide to Galloway; and her contemporary novels, Mixed Signals, a Rita Award finalist, and Bookends, a Christy Award finalist. Visit the author’s extensive website at

You can purchase Here Burns My Candle online, here.

I also have one copy to give away! To enter to win a copy, Please tell me your favorite historical time period. Winner chosen 3/29.

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Thanks to WaterBrook Multnomah who provided this book for my review.

image002Guest Post by Nicholas Quinn

Do Hard Things launched a movement that would change a generation.  Now comes Alex and Brett Harris’ second book Start Here.

This book is about how to do hard things right where you are.

When I first got the book I started reading and, I started getting thoughts of what HARD THINGS I could do. At first they were large scale ideas but as I got closer to the middle of the book I was thinking what could I do in town?

This book helped me conceive and plan an idea to help my town.  And it also helped me to understand when I do a hard thing I shouldn’t take the credit that I should give it to God.

I recommend this book to anyone who wants to help their town or neighborhood.  Maybe your park is dirty and you want to help clean it up, but you don’t know where to start this book will help you plan and carry out your plan.

The “Official” Word:

At the age of eighteen, Alex and Brett Harris wrote Do Hard Things—and launched a movement that would change a generation. Young people around the world were ready to be inspired, ready to move beyond complacency, ready to rebel against society’s low expectations.

Now the highly anticipated companion book, Start Here, answers the questions Alex and Brett have received from thousands of teens on their worldwide conference tour and popular online community: How do I get started? What hard things does God want me to do? How do I keep from getting discouraged or burned out? What is the best way to inspire others?

Filled with stories and insights from Alex, Brett, and other real-life rebelutionaries, Start Here is a powerful and practical guide for young people who are ready to take the next step and blast past apathy. Let the rebelution continue.

Alex and Brett Harris are the coauthors of the best-selling book Do Hard Things, which they wrote at age eighteen. Today the twins speak regularly to audiences of thousands on The Rebelution Tour, maintain a hugely popular online presence through their blog,, and have been featured on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and in the New York Times. Raised in Portland, Oregon, the brothers currently attend Patrick Henry College in Virginia.

You can purchase the book online at the Random House website.

Thank you to WaterBrook Multnomah for providing this book for my review.


Life Changing


Do you long for stronger, healthier relationships? As you go about your daily life, do you feel like you have lost the sense of joy and hope that you had as a young woman? If so, this set of books may be just what you need. I do have a set to giveaway!

The first book is Dancing With My Father, by Sally Clarkson. I have loved Sally Clarkson’s work since I first became a homeschool mom and someone gave me a copy of Educating The WholeHearted Child. That particular book absolutely changed the way I viewed my children and how I viewed myself as a mom—yes, it actually did change my life!

And now, as I read her new book, Dancing With My Father, Clarkson speaks directly to my heart yet again as she discusses an almost “taboo” subject, why a Christian woman may not be feeling the joy that a relationship with Christ should and can bring.

Her writing is honest and warm. Within the book, she does not just bring up questions…but follows them up with actual ways for her readers to find answers—with her own stories as well as study portions at the end of chapters and quotes and bible verses. I expect that this book will soon be used in many bible study circles.

The Official Word:

The reality of living in a broken, fallen world can leave women feeling overcome by fear, guilt, and weariness. Many develop “sawdust souls,” numb to any sense of joy.

Through rich biblical insights woven with real-life stories, women will be inspired to recapture a spirit of joy as they follow God’s lead on the dance floor of life.

Sally Clarkson is a popular speaker, known across the nation and internationally for her work with women. She is the author of several books, including The Mission of Motherhood, The Ministry of Motherhood, and Seasons of a Mother’s Heart. She has worked in various ministries, including Campus Crusade for Christ. With her husband, Clay, she is cofounder of Whole Heart Ministries, which encourages and equips Christian parents. The Clarksons, parents of four, live near Colorado Springs, Colorado.

image001Mother Daughter Duet, by Cheri Fuller is another must read book for a Mom. Personally, I have daughters and sons. I honestly believe girls are much harder to raise and get along with than boys! I mean, come on—I’d rather have dirt and frogs any day over bad moods and drama.

In Mother Daughter Duet, Fuller explores our complicated Mother Daughter relationships and offers help in creating that great relationship you want with your daughter.

The Official Word:

When a daughter is born, her mother has a thousand hopes and dreams for her, especially that they will be best friends one day.

Unfortunately, even the best of intentions can go awry. There are so many challenges on the journey to adult friendship that the reality is fraught with friction and frustration. But a harmonious relationship is possible.

Award-winning author Cheri Fuller and her daughter, Ali Plum, have been there and have discovered the keys to a healthy relationship. In Mother-Daughter Duet they share their story—each from her own perspective—in which they have experienced distance and tension, growth and challenge, and, ultimately, acceptance and harmony. Filled with personal anecdotes and based on several basic principles (letting go; listening; respect; setting boundaries; and more), Mother-Daughter Duet helps moms repair the breach so that daughters want to draw close.

Cheri Fuller is a best-selling, award-winning author whose books have sold more than one million copies. She speaks to a wide range of women at women’s conferences and is a frequent guest on national radio and television programs.

Ali Plum is Cheri’s daughter, a writer and songwriter, a wife, and a mother to Noah and Luke. She and her mom have weathered the ups and downs of their relationship to find one of the most treasured, honest relationships of their lives. Ali has recorded background vocals for popular musicians, and Mother-Daughter Duet marks her debut into book publishing.

To purchase your copy of these books, you can go to the Random House website:

Dancing With My Father

Mother – Daughter Duet

As I mentioned, I do have a set to giveaway. I will draw a winner on 3/17.

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These books were provided for my review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.

Perfect for Valentines

Perfect for Valentines

Want to do something incredible for yourself and your love this Valentines Day?

Forget about the strawberries and chocolate. forget about the flowers. Get this book. No, don’t just get this book–read this book.

I really am tough when it comes to talking about love and marriage. I have made some bad choices and some difficult choices. I have been a single mom and a stepmom. I do not cry at weddings or during chick movies…that’s just not me. That being said, I have to admit, this book made me cry!

The writing in this book has a grace and sweetness that I thoroughly enjoy. The first chapter opens with a beautiful vision of marriage…what it is meant to be, what it can be. Subsequent chapters offer lessons on how to protect your marriage…how to respect the vow of marriage.

I have read several books lately that were just cumbersome, and I found myself plodding through them. Not this one. Love and War is a joy. I highly recommend this book.

The Official Write-Up:

What the Eldredge bestsellers Wild at Heart did for men, and Captivating did for women, LOVE & WAR will do for married couples everywhere. John and Stasi Eldredge have contributed the quintessential works on Christian spirituality through the experience of men and the experience of women and now they turn their focus to the incredible dynamic between those two forces.

With refreshing openness that will grab readers from the first page, the Eldredges candidly discuss their own marriage and the insights they’ve gained from the challenges they faced. Each talks independently to the reader about what they’ve learned, giving their guidance personal immediacy and a balance between the male and female perspectives that has been absent from all previous books on this topic.   They begin LOVE & WAR with an obvious but necessary acknowledgement:  Marriage is fabulously hard.  They advise that the sooner we get the shame and confusion off our backs, the sooner we’ll find our way through.

You can purchase Love and War on the website, here.

Thank you to WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for providing this book for me to review.

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Angels by Dr. David Jeremiah

Heather —  February 5, 2010

angelsWhat a fascinating book! I found this book to be worthy of some serious study. Going through the book, I was underlining and highlighting like crazy. The author travels through the scriptures exploring the role of Angels throughout history and in our world today.

Jeremiah’s main assertion is that Angels are at work in our world and that the Angels are certainly not chubby, weak little cherubs! Much more often, as we look at scripture, we see a vision of Angels as powerful warriors enacting the will of God.

Dr. Jeremiah discusses facts—such as the fact that the Bible contains over 300 direct references to Angels. He also uses scripture to attempt to explore and answer questions such as, “What does Jesus say about Angels?” and “What is the relationship between the Holy Spirit and Angels?”

The author also refers to the studies of other theologians and recounts some wonderful unexplainable stories regarding Angels. This is a book I will read several times.

The Official Write Up:

What are angels? What is their role in God’s plan? Are they present? Do they appear? Do they give us personal insight about our work, our worship? Many contemporary beliefs about angels are based on misconception and myth. Dr. David Jeremiah uses scripture to unveil the remarkable truth about these agents of heaven, and their role and work in our world—and lives.

Relevant, little known biblical facts help readers sharpen their knowledge and sensitivities toward the spiritual reality of angels. Dr. Jeremiah’s enlightening findings are supported with illustrations and insights from Billy Graham, Corrie ten Boom, C.S. Lewis, and more.

You can purchase a copy of Angels here at the Random House website.

Or, Win one right here! I have one copy of Angels for a reader of Faith, Family and Fun.

Leave me a comment telling me how you view Angels…and if you are comfortable and have an Angel story to share, please do! Please leave me an email to contact you, if you win. Ends, Friday, 2/12

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And The Winners Are…

Heather —  January 23, 2010

old_el_pasoThe winner if the Old El Paso “Tackle the Taste” Prize Pack is commentor #14 , Rhonda, who said “Hi, my favorite way to use green chiles is in a chili con queso dip I made! Yummo! Thanks for the chance!” Rhonda blogs over at Down Memory Lane.

I hope you enjoy the pack! Inside you’ll find: two free cans of Green Chiles, as well as a football-shaped ceramic serving platter, two sets of football-themed plates, cocktail napkins, and a themed table runner.

And, here’s a coupon for extra green chiles: to save $0.55 on one can of Old El Paso Green Chiles today!

image001Also, The Winner of The One Day Way Book is commentor #9, Jessica P, who is a mommy of three under three who blogs over at Life Unscripted. She may join our Fit Mommy meme–I hope so, Jessica!

Congratulations! And thank you to everyone who entered, I have several more giveaways coming up!

Winners, I have contacted you–Please send me your info within 48 hrs:)

40 Loaves by C.D. Baker.

Heather —  December 18, 2009

40loavesWhen I received my review copy of 40 loaves, I remember looking at the cover photo.  This is a wonderful cover with a pile of fresh right out of the oven homemade bread. It looked so inviting. The cover caught my interest, and made me vaguely hungry…but as I was busy at the time, I put it on the shelf to look through at my leisure.

And it sat there.

And sat there.

My little daughter took it and carried it around in her purse. She said it looked good. I agreed.

And I continued to go my way.

Once I opened that precious little book, I felt surprised…and realized I had deprived myself.  How had I missed the meaning of the cover? I WAS hungry! And this bread IS good.

In this unique devotional, C.D. Baker invites readers to sit down with our Father, to ask questions, and break bread. To think and explore and enjoy that God is good.

I am really enjoying reading this book, and I will continue to ponder the readings. I just wish I had read it right away, because it has been such a pleasure.

I highly recommend 40 Loaves, and I also have one copy to give away!

Here is the “Official” write-up:

  • Why don’t I have more faith?
  • Why am I so bored with Jesus?
  • Why don’t I feel connected at church?

These are the types of questions the religious establishment often makes it uncomfortable, if not impossible, to ask. And by asking them, C. David Baker, author of 40 Loaves: Breaking Bread with Our Father Each Day hopes to start a conversation in people’s hearts, then with others, and ultimately with God. Many circles of Christianity have led us to believe that certainty and confidence are the proof of true spirituality; questions are discouraged.

But Jesus offered his followers an ongoing conversation—a relationship built around a free, open-ended discussion. Questions were encouraged. They were often impertinent, sometimes alarming, and the religious establishment was distinctly uncomfortable with them … just as it is today.

40 Loaves is something of a collection of the kinds of questions I felt finally free to ask of myself and of my relationship with Christ,” says Baker. “It’s my belief that these questions are shared by many others who long for the freedom to simply ask them out loud. I hope this book becomes a platform that frees others to search their hearts more deeply and be fed with the Bread of life.”

Each “loaf” here is a big question that stimulates discussion, investigation, and contemplation; it will take hours—or days—to digest. Conversational, inviting, disarming, and real, 40 Loaves nourishes self-examination and offers validation for those who feel discouraged, guilty, or even shamed when the realities of their lives don’t match up with the ideals of the Christian establishment.

C. David Baker founded an award-winning business before redirecting his career to write full-time from his small farm in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He is the author of eight books, including six novels, one of which was nominated for a Christy Award. He has contributed articles to the Christian History Institute’s international publication Glimpses, and to Christian Singles magazine. Baker has a Master’s degree in theological studies from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

Enter to win a copy of 40 Loaves. Leave me a comment telling me your favorite type of bread…and if you are comfortable, share about what hard questions you are encountering—or have encountered in the past–in your faith. Giveaway ends 12/23.

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