Finding the Finish Line by Andrea Cladis

Hi, everyone Happy 2018. Sorry, for the delay in a book review this year. I’ve been struggling with some things going on in my world, but the book we are looking at today has been helpful through my hard times. Today, we will quickly look at the book Finding the Finish Line: Navigating the race of life through faith and fitness by Andrea Cladis.

This book was very eye opening. Andrea had a great way of relating our walk and journey through Christ as a fitness run. She looks at her faith as the way she gets through every hard moment of a race. I loved the analogies and how she looks at life as this endless race. As you reach each mile marker, you are on another section of the journey with Christ. Your faith is test and so much more. Christ helps us every step of the way and helps us succeed through it all with His strength.

This book was very eye opening, and I did enjoy the read. The reading style was different than some self-help, advice books, because it was written in a more personal style. I will definitely reread this book, as I feel that the book has more to offer a second time around.

I want to thank Book Crash and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read this great book for my honest opinion. I will look forward to seeing more awesome reads from Andrea Cladis and this  publisher.

Next week, we will be looking at my latest read “Out of the Ashes” by Tracie Peterson and Kimberly Woodhouse. This has been a wonderful story and I can’t wait to share it with all of you. 🙂 See you next time.

Happy Reading everyone. 🙂

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A Social Media Guide

A Social Media Guide

Okay, we all know that Social Media is alive and strong, and it is becoming a normal way of life. We all join Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to link up to friends and share awesome stuff. What’s the harm in what you share? Well… there could be depending on what you are posting. However, did you know about the wilderness that is internet culture?  You might know professional and grandma internet culture, but the reality is a true jungle. (a line I got from a friend. Th9781683223191_p0_v1_s550x406anks, Gamer x45x (xfourtyfivex) twitch.tv/x45x). The book I’m about to share with you looks at just that: The Teens Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices-21 tips to wise posting in an insecure world by Jonathan McKee.

You’ve been there, right? You just sent that text in the heat of the moment to your best friend. You were upset. You didn’t mean it harm, but apparently now the police are at your door.(Okay, maybe not all instances the police come, but you get the picture)

It’s all about W-O-R-D-S. WORDS!!! Yes, and they are powerful things and more powerful when no one can see or hear the inflection in your voice. According to author Jonathan McKee’s research, “20% of young people post something they regret once a week. Fifty-seven percent of Americans have posted something on social media that they regretted.” (Text from the book Tip 15). Those statistics are frightening.

The internet is a bigger world than anyone has probably dreamed of. You got to have a mind. Don’t share things that can be questionable (nudes, sexting, nsfw, etc; there are crimes about sharing that stuff and it is a fine line). Don’t share information with someone you barely know, especially never give out your cell number or street address or tag your location. Those are big no-nos. Be wise. What for key questions, like what you look like. If they send you a picture, you better double check to make sure that isn’t a fake one. There are many dangers.

There is just so much this book covers. When I first picked up the book, I thought I knew a lot about internet culture and the growing social media storm, but like my friend told me I only knew professional internet culture. Due to this problem, social media, I’m not allowed to speak to my friend at this time; I would very much apologize for anything that happened. He is still my friend. This book has shed so much light for me. Hindsight is truly 20/20, if only some issues could be easily resolved by reading a book like this.

This book made me very nervous and scared at first, it really was getting me to see the harms in social media. That is a good thing! Although, this book has a few mentions of Scripture, this book is for anyone, religious or secular, young or old. If you don’t know internet culture, then you are in a heap and world of trouble. You must be smart and know what you are doing out there. Be careful!

Where to get the book:

Barnes and Noble:  $11.89 paperback

Amazon: $9.97 paperback

Christianbook: $9.99 paperback

I hope you all enjoyed this review today. This book is something that I will keep on my shelf. It really has helped me understand the real world of the Internet. I thank the publisher for letting me have the opportunity in my time of need to read such an eye opening book. God must’ve known I’d need this book right now in my life. I can’t say more about this book.  I hope it helps someone that comes upon this site. My prayers are with you in your social media journey and struggles.

Until next time, snuggle with a good read!!!

 

Are you ready for some laughs?

Hi, I’ve been reading this awesome book called Rhinestones on my Flip-Flops by Jane Jenkins Herlong. This is a very interesting book about several different types of women in the Bible to learn good virtues and how to be humble with a little humor put in the mix.

These are a few WOW (women of wisdom) characters we look at in the book.We look at Esther and her courage to know in her heart what was the right thing to do, even though her life was at stake. Then we look at Mary and Martha and how each woman had different feelings for the priorities.  We look at Sarah, Abraham’s wife and how she took matters in her hands, because felt tired and dried up.  And let’s  not forget Naomi and Ruth… both had many situations to over come, but kept their faith and God richly blessed them. There are more women mentioned in this book, but you get the point. Women role models that are good examples to learn by.

I have liked this book, but it hasn’t been my all time favorite. The humor was fairly good and well thought about. It always seemed to put a smile on my face. However, the book was just a so-so read for me. Sometimes I felt the topics and chapters wandered. However, that is just a matter of opinion. Lastly, I have to mention this was a complimentary copy of the book from Faith Words/Hachette Publishing company.

If you’d like to find a  copy, here are a few places.

Walmart: $10.19 paperback

Amazon: $10.19 paperback

Barnes and Noble: $10.33 paperback (sample digital available)

I’ll see you again next week with my newest legal thriller read.

Joyce Meyer’s latest book

Today we will be talking about Joyce Meyer’s latest publishing, coming out this Tuesday, September 12, 2017. This book is called Unshakable Trust and it really makes you think about how your trust in God should really be.

This book is about 22 chapters, and I always love to take Joyce’s books a day at a time to really think about what the application was saying. She talks about all the ways we forget to trust that God is in control. She mentions how we can gain more trust in God and be stronger in our walk with him.

She goes into using great examples from her life and how God sometimes makes difficult times a necessity and that we just have to wait through the rough spots, waiting and listening for God to tell us what to do next. We have to just learn to trust on a Higher Being and not just ourselves. That God has the plan and the road in front of us; we just need to follow him.

This book is awesome. I’m about half way as I write this review and I just am enjoying the read. I can’t say more about the easy reading style that Joyce uses in her books. She really speaks to you. God has truly been a part of Joyce Meyer’s far-from-perfect life. God is working through her to reach so many individuals.

I can’t close without mentioning that I got to received this book in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not required to leave a review, but I wanted to make sure everyone got an opportunity to know about Joyce Meyer’s great book!

Ways to get the book!!!

Amazon: Book $16.32; Study Guide $10.21

Joyce Meyer Ministries: Book $19; Study Guide $13

ChristianBook: Book $15.99; Study Guide $10.99; or Both for $25.99

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll be back next week with another great read!

 

A story of hope and God’s unconditional love

Today I’m going to write to you about the latest book I’ve read. It was a great and easy read. It was called where i end  by  Katherine Elizabeth Clark.

Many would say this is a autobiography, but the author points out this book is not that. It is more a series of events that happened to her and how she handled the situations with God’s support and love, including the support from the individuals around her.

Here’s a tid bit of what the book is about.

It all happened in May of 2009. Kate’s life would never be exactly the same. She was at the school with her children playing with the others at recess when a kid came out of no where from the sky and landed on her neck. Her neck was literally snapped and doctors stated she would not walk again.

Today, Ms. Clark is a miracle person  and has been healed by God’s grace. She can walk, although, slowly, she can literally walk and talk and function normally.  The woman gives God all the credit due to her  recovery despite doctor’s prognoses. Although she deals with some pain and understands she will never be the same physically again. She is glad God healed her to be able to enjoy life again with her children and her husband.

If you’d like to get this book, you’ll have to check out your local Christian book store or online. I got this as an advanced reader copy from moody publishing, so I’m not sure when the product will come out on the  market, but I’m very sure it will be out soon.

Until next time, happy reading!!!

Strive to be UNCOMMON

Strive to be UNCOMMON

Hi everyone… I promised I’d post this book review yesterday, but I’m still battling this crazy sinus infection, I’ve had for almost a month. It has been a drag, but I’m glad I still felt up to reading. 🙂 So today, we are going to look at the newest book that just hit stores today– Uncommon-The Pursuing a life of passion and purpose by Carey Scott.

We meet Carey Scott a young woman, who has been hit with almost everything. She was told her has ovarian cancer, but by God’s grace and gentle hand was healed by a miracle the cancer was gone. This made her think about how it is to be uncommon and write this awesome book.

Through out the book we take a look at several uncommon virtues and Biblical women who were not the norm during their time or even today. Carey wants us to see that it is important to stand fast in your feelings and moral rights when all about you are losing their minds. That reminds me of the poem If by Rudyard Kipling. (“If you can keep your head, when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you; If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, and make allowance for their doubting too….”  That’s all I remember. lol)

She mentions how people today are scared to speak up for their opinion. The world does want you to shush today. She mentions the last Presidential election and how people are still fighting. Does this have to continue? No, we must strive to be uncommon and voice our opinion and also listen to others reasonably.  Being Uncommon is tough stuff, but in the end God will reward you. Be loud and proud and show off your God colors. 🙂

I wasn’t sure what to think about this book when I first received it from the great Barbour Publishers. I thought “okay, what’s this book going to tell me?” Instead this was a good application book and I even felt sad sometimes, because how true the stuff was being said. There were a lot of truths mentioned. It’s a very moving book and every though provoking.

I really think this book would be great for a Bible study in a church. It’s a lot to cover, but I think it would be well worth it.

Here’s a few places to find the book:

Barnes and Noble: $12.09

Walmart: $9.66

Here are some other sites to learn more about this book and more about Carey Scott.

careyscott.org/uncommon/ 

Again, I thank Barbour Publishers for sending this great book for my honest opinion.

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Remember to take a look at the other books I’ve read and stop by again soon, for another review. See you all very soon.

Happy Summer, Happy Reading… 🙂