Showing posts from June, 2011

Book Giveaway: Pressing into Thin Places

This week I'm giving away my review copy of Pressing into Thin Places: Encouraging the Heart Toward God, by Margaret Harrell Wills, Ed.D

Learn more about this beautiful and inspiring book here:

Book Review: Thin Places allows glimpses of God

Ends July 8. I'll announce a winner on July 9

Leave a comment with your email address for a chance to win this lovely book. If you prefer, you can email me your email address instead of leaving it in the comments.

Book: The Principle of the Path by Andy Stanley

Andy Stanley used a vivid analogy of a personal experience he had of traveling on a road past a Road Closed sign to discuss choices we make in life and where they lead.

Some choices don't lead where we think they do; instead, they can take us where we don't want to go. Stanley offers practical key ideas that can help travelers reach their destinations or cope with a Road Closed situation.

She didn't have what it took ... or, did she?

Inspiring people come in all shapes and sizes. Some, like Gladys Aylward, are small dynamos.

This is the first in a series of stories about inspiring people.

Working wannabeGladys Aylward's (1902-1970) limited educational abilities and work-related credentials as a parlor maid did little to impress the China Inland Mission Center. She didn't measure up. She failed their tests.

Have you read The Lost Tweets of Jesus by Ed Cyzewski?

What would Jesus have tweeted? If you ever wanted to know, Ed Cyzewski could tell you. He's  written the e-book, a red letter edition, no less. He claims he's "Uncovered the World's Greatest Ancient Digital Mystery." See for yourself.


Have you ever heard the phrase "blessed to be a blessing"?
I first heard this phrase while studying the Bible in Colorado. This was the unifying theme as we worked our way from Genesis to Revelation. We learned God poured out his blessings on Adam and Eve, and later Israel, so his people could be a blessing to others. In the New Testament, we learned Christ's work and teaching continued God's goal of blessing all nations.

Blessing is defined as "aspecialfavor,mercy,orbenefit," given by God or others.

Subscribe by email is now available

A new Twitter friend visited my blog and suggested I add another way to subscribe to new blog posts. She pointed out that some blogs offer subscriptions by email, but my blog doesn't.

Thanks to her, now it does. 

Book Nook Fridays

Maybe you've noticed that in recent weeks the topic on Fridays revolves around books and authors.  Soon, I'll include book giveaways where you can leave a comment with your email for a chance to win a free book.

In today's post, Becky Harling, breast cancer survivor, shares lessons she's learned and the books she's written. I hope you find it interesting.

Please feel free to comment and let me know what you think.

Coping with Breast Cancer: Interview with Becky Harling

Listen to Hope for the Journey on Blog Talk Radio.

In this broadcast, Yvonne Ortega, national speaker and author of Finding Hope for Your Journey through Breast Cancer: 60 Inspirational Readings (Revell, Sept. 2010), interviews Becky Harling, a Bible teacher, speaker and breast cancer survivor.

Becky Harling talks about lessons she learned through her struggles with breast cancer.

Protecting a marriage, part II

I'm still very interested in the question Michael Hyatt posed in this blog post "What Are You Doing to Protect Your Marriage? Hyatt made excellent points and has collected great responses. A least one interesting discussion has spilled over into other blog posts. (Read  The Lamb's Power: Building Character.)
   Since writing a list of 10 things I'm doing to protect my marriage, one of my contributions to Hyatt's ongoing discussion, so there is something more I want to share here. There is much to think about. 
   This subject is so vital for us individually, for our children, our grandchildren, our evangelical Christian community and our nation.

Enter to win a copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Cat's LIfe

Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Cat's Life ~Book Review & Giveaway~ Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Cat's Life
101 Stories about All the Ages and Stages of Our Feline Family Members

By: Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hanson and Jennifer Quasha
Foreword by: Wendy Diamond

Enter book giveaway contest here. Winner will be selected on June 12, 2011.
Mater's antics at our house could fill a book. He isn't camera shy. He runs to the door when the door bell rings, always interested to greet strangers.

Service repairmen and visitors find Mater willing to help at any time of day.

Do you have a fun story or photo of a cat's life?

Think before you post: Sexting dangers exposed

Christianity Today recently posted an article warning readers that the growing trend of sexting, sending nude or sexual pictures over cellphones or sometimes the internet, among young people is dangerous.

In this day of instant connections, it takes only a moment to dangerously complicate a life.

For an excellent resource, see "The Ultimate Parent Guide for Child Internet."

Do you or someone you love know the dangers of sexting?

Note: Updated 9/10/2018 to add remove a broken link and add a new link to a parenting resource.

Are you looking for Cheapskate writers with money-saving tips?

If you're looking for new ways to save money, you might want to break open a copy of Jeff Yeager's book The Cheapskate Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of Americans Living Happily Below Their Means (Three Rivers Press, 2010).

While on vacation I saw the title and picked it up. During these recessionary times, I'm looking for economical tips. Aren't we all?

I read Yeager's book in a single evening. Yeager's writing informs and entertains. He includes many familiar and new tips for keeping expenses down.
 Yeager shared stories and advice culled from fans of his earlier book, The Ultimate Cheapskate's Road Map to True Riches: A Practical (And Fun) Guide to Enjoying Life More by Spending Less (Broadway 2007).

Yeager shares humorous stories of his memorable trip from San Diego to Tuscon to promote his 2007 book. He traveled on the cheap by couch surfing and biking. A handful of stories push a few boundaries.

Who are these people?
More fans than he expected spe…