Sunday, June 30, 2013

Stephenie Zamora-

Moving forward towards your goals is all about creating priorities... no more than 2 - 3 main goals or life areas to focus on at a time. Dedicate yourself FULLY to these areas and let anything that isn't relevant or moving your forward fall to the side where you can.

I'm looking at health/fitness (always a top priority for me), creating deeper connections through authenticity and living my soul's purpose right now. What are yours? 
Here is her link on Facebook :  Stephenie Zamora
Stephenie Zamora

Tim Timmons-Starts With Me

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Where are you "Living"?

As you consistently perceive yourself living in heavenly places, 

your natural circumstances will start to change 

and come into line with that spiritual reality.  

 Don't give up
 because of what you see. 

God is faithful!

Jerry Savelle Ministries

Monday, June 24, 2013

Live Long, Finish Strong: The Divine Secret to Living Healthy, Happy, and Healed by Gloria Copeland

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Awesome book. Well written with good scripture references; lots of them.
Its going right into my Personal Library or in other words A Keeper! Will everyone agree with what she has written? Probally not. When has that ever happened where people agree right away on anything? It's a subject worthy of study instead of just accepting that we can only expect a promised 80 years. But that doesn't matter- she's got some good truths out there; its up to people who read it to decide for themselves. Just to let you know- a friend loaned me her copy first of this book; and when I knew I had to return it to her; I just HAD to have my own copy!
Live Long, Finish Strong: The Divine Secret to Living Healthy, Happy, and Healed

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BOOK REVIEW: Stealing the Preacher

Stealing the Preacher

A man on his way to possibly become pastor of his first church (Crockett Archer) and a man ( Silas Robbins) who doesn't mind breaking the law to fulfill his daughter's birthday wish of a preacher. Add Joanna Robbins (the daughter of the outlaw) into the mix.  And watch the  lives of all these people  collide together; as Silas forces the preacher off the train, and drags him to present to his daughter.   There's no way this is going to end well, is there?  There's no way that God could be in this? Or is there?

Unique story line; with interesting, spunky characters; made this book a fun, quick, charming read.  I had also read The Straw Bride; which was my first journey into the story about the Archer boys.   I loved that book and really liked this one. Having read the first one; it also gave me some information on what the "boys" went through raising themselves.  I can honestly say though, that this book can stand on its own; its not absolutely necessary to have read any of the others.

I received a free copy of this novel from Bethany House Publishers as part of their book review program, and I am under no obligation to write a positive review.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

eBOOK REVIEW: The 12 Gemstones of Revelation


A study of the different gemstones, as related to the tribes in the Bible and our growth in the Christian walk It ranges from our initial acceptance of Jesus as Savior and then goes from our being a novice to more mature believer.   There is also a section at the end of each Chapter called " Reflections on the Rock" (Jesus) and a prayer that can be prayed to help take us more into what has been learned; with the help of Holy Spirit.

I liked the book.  I also know that  many people reading it would not believe the personal stories of gemstones showing up that were told in the book (among other things).  That is totally up to the reader; but I found that even if you don't believe it; there is plenty more to the book to draw from.  Just the information on the the gemstones, their meanings and Hebrew meanings and how they are written of in Revelation was interesting enough.   I give the author applause because I know that when she wrote this book; she had to know that there were going to be people, Christian people, who would hate it and could see no use for it.  The woman has courage and I saw much humility and courage through the whole book.  Something important to be aware of?   She always pointed you right back to Jesus.   Even her ending statement did that:
"Until that time (Heaven)I know my job is to  grow and increase in the knowledge and love of my God.  It is my prayer that you will do the same".

I received this book FREE from Destiny Image Publishing for an honest review.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: I've Got Your Back

Leadership from a totally different view.   Its presented in two parts; one as a story, a parable just like Jesus did as he taught his disciples.  The second from a more student style like we are more used to reading or being taught from.  Both have plenty of scripture and are well thought out and are easy to relate to.

I found this book refreshing to read and enjoyed every minute of it.  I have to admit I peeked ahead of time.  When I got the book I popped open the book at about page 33 just to kind of poke around and after just a few pages, I thought, "Oh this is good, I've got to go and read it from the beginning." So I went back to the beginning and read the story first.  I also liked the author's gracious statement that there is no wrong way to read this book; you can start with the story or the other part (that he called the theology); either way was fine.  I can't remember ever having an author ever saying that. This is a book that is not only easy to read but also easy to apply; if you so desire.  He gives you the tools, you do the work.   Oh, and one of the things that got my attention, when it came to choosing this book, was the cover.  I found the picture intriguing and the title, even more so.  I don't often get pulled in by a cover, but I am glad that I did this time because it didn't disappoint.

James Galvin has also supplied the link below for those interested in this book:
I've got your back website

*I received this book via Handlebar Marketing for purposes of and honest review. It did not have to be a positive one, just an honest review; written in my own words.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Book Review: The Lifestyle of a Prophet

Lifestyle of a Prophet, The: A 21-Day Journey to Embracing Your Calling
This study written by James Goll, an established prophet; known to many in the prophetic community.  He very generously shares the ups and downs of not only being a prophet but also being a part of the prophetic community.  A necessary but often misunderstood part of the body of Christ. The information is set up as a daily study with a set of personal questions at the end of each day (chapter).

James Goll, shares past history of prophets and their lifestyles, different disciplines that are necessary to develop in this walk and the character building that is also necessary to finish well.  He points out time and again that its not for prophets only. He shows the pitfalls and side trails that can take us out of action for Jesus in what He's called us to. He always brings everything back to the Cross and giving glory to Jesus. Also included are some personal stories, but they are not the majority of the book.   Being a prophet or a prophetic people is not a cake walk; its going AGAINST, the main flow of the culture we live in.  People inside and outside of the church aren't going to always like it but God in His mercy and Wisdom and set it up this way.  I found this to be a book with a good scriptural foundation and since I grew up in a time where there wasn't very much mentoring in this area, it sure would have been nice to get my hands on it much earlier.  it would have explained a lot.  While I found the book well written; I also found it kind of dry too; which surprised me.  Not sure exactly what I was expecting.  I wanted to like it more.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Chosen Books; a part of the Baker Publishing Group review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are wholly and completely my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: Fallen from Babel

Imagine yourself safe and secure in your carefully constructed life, you're on the fast track to a long desired promotion.  You're secure in the knowledge that there are MANY paths to God; not just One God.  And you've been pursuing those paths and teaching others about it too.  Then suddenly all of that is in question as Peter Thorton, a logical man, an educated man, touches an artifact just found from ancient Babylon. Suddenly, he's transported back in time 3,000 years to Babylon.  Somehow, he knows the language, people are calling him Rim-Sin; a sorcerer and high priest to the gods of Babylon. And Rim-Sin has been found in an act of  murder, and now he (Peter) is running for his life.  Fasten your seat belts, its going to be a bumpy ride!

Great writing!  I enjoyed it immensely.  The details of the country; the drama at the court of the king and the people are so interesting.  A fight against evil; ancient evil.  A struggle for power; other magicians and sorcerers jockeying for power and position;  Qurdi is only one Rim-Sin's enemies but a very powerful evil one.  There are also Hebrew people, who have been taken into captivity and brought to Babylon ( according to scripture)  Seems like Rim-Sin has a Hebrew concubine named Kaida; who hates Peter on sight.  She is a woman, who despite her position speaks out to bring Truth to Rim-Sin (Peter) , as she questions why she should care. There are many struggles going on in this book; but probably the most important is the struggle for Peter's soul.  You see, everything he's ever believed about there being no good or evil, there being no absolutes, you make your own future or destiny, is being challenged on every level.

A friend recommended this book to me, she said I would like it.  She was totally right.
 Its like an Indiana Jones, Alice in Wonderland,  totally out of this world adventure.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Language of Faith- Bill Winston

If you don't know and cannot speak the language of faith,

 "calling things that be not as though they were," 

you are not going to be able to function in the Kingdom of God.

Bill Winston on Facebook 

Monday, June 10, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: Undeniably Yours

Undeniably Yours: a novel
Meg Cole is suddenly thrust into the high pressure world of Cole oil; because of her father's death.  She's as different from her father as she can be and is not excited about taking over this huge responsibility and so many more of the other interests and investments that he was involved in.   She has to return to Texas, and Whispering Creek Ranch, a place that holds a lot of painful memories for her as well.  One of the first pieces of business is to trim down some things she's not interested in; one of those things is the Thoroughbred racehorse farm. She gives, Bo Parker, who is manager  six months to close it down.

The main character, Meg was an interesting,  real person with very real vulnerabilities; a poor little rich girl.. And Cole finds himself being drawn to her and wanting to protect her even when everything with in himself says, this is a bad idea.  I liked the story and the people in the story. An enjoyable read; but also a bit predictable towards the end.  It did go on a bit longer than I liked at one point, but not enough for me to dislike it.  Is God included in this story? Yes.  Is Bible scripture included? Yes. Does it have some of the people relying on God's guidance?   Yes.  But I liked that.  Will some people possibly be turned off by that?  Maybe.  But I enjoyed it.  It was also a clean read without any  slutty, soft porn in it.   So if you're looking for descriptive, moaning and groaning, hot sex in a book.  This isn't it.  Its what I would call,  a charming read.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Bethany House Publishers book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are wholly and completely my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising

Saturday, June 8, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: When Mockingbirds Sing

Leah is a shy, usual 9 year old child, with a fierce stutter.  She has moved to a new town ( Mattingly) with her parents who each have problems of their own .  Its to be a new beginning for them all; they have no idea how much of a new beginning it is.   Suddenly Leah begins painting art far beyond her ability to this point; in fact beyond even most adults.  Vibrant, stirring and sometimes disturbing, brilliant pictures; all the while talking to the Rainbow Man, who is her only friend.  All of this sets the town on its ear; everyone is disturbed by all of it. One thing they do agree with is that there is no Rainbow Man and try to make her see reason.  But a big storm is coming;  but they need Leah for what she "sees" and " knows" a lot  more than they realize.....yet.

Whew, I just finished reading this book; minutes ago.  When I picked this book as the next one to read; I had no idea what I was getting into.  What a story!  Yes, the quick blurb on the information about the book, was what caught my attention.  But I can also say, I'm an avid reader and I don't think I've ever read anything quite like it before.  To tell the truth, I laid the book down several times at the beginning, thinking," oh I don't know if I'm going to make it all the way through this book or not?"  It was slow moving at the start but I kept going because, part of my getting the book was my promise to read the whole book before reviewing it. (see below) So glad I kept going; it was sad, funny, thought provoking, unusual and well worth the read.  The people, the story was so good; I marvel at the author's inspiration and imagination.
I give it 5***** Stars for pure genius and  enjoyment.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Friday, June 7, 2013

ebook review: The Assigned

An adventure of good vs evil in the Biblical sense.  Three normal, average, "dealing with their own issues" type of people who suddenly have their lives change DRAMATICALLY, when they realize they have been Chosen. Chosen to do and be what? That is the question. The Three are chosen, it happens every few generations that God chooses 3 to assist him in the battle.  What does that mean to Tre, Zeek and Gloria?   They couldn't be more different but the enemy is the same in its purpose. They are The Persuaded and  they look pretty normal but the plan is to by persuasion, force others to join their demon ridden forces.

Pretty darn good book.  I enjoyed it from start to finish.  The characters were enjoyable and each one of their personal stories had a depth that I enjoyed. They came across as real people, very believable.Their stories were sad but without being depressing.   I''m wishing I had a star rating system on my blog, because I would give it top marks, 5 Stars.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Say this out loud: I have preferential treatment.....

Say this out loud: I have preferential treatment, supernatural increase, restoration, increased assets, great victories, recognition, prominence, petitions granted, policies and rules changed and battles won I do not have to fight, all because of the Blessing and favor of God on my life.

(Bill Winston Ministries)

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: Spiritual Warrior's Guide to Defeating Jezebel

Spiritual Warrior's Guide to Defeating Jezebel, The: How to Overcome the Spirit of Control, Idolatry and Immorality
Two questions that are answered in this book are: What is the spirit of Jezebel and what is it's true agenda?  A main point is that Jezebel goes largely unidentified in the Church because of the distorted teachings on the Grace of God.   Often false accusations are made against innocent people while the real enemy largely goes unnoticed.

A really good point that the author makes is that although Jezebel uses control and manipulation in a big way; Jezebel is not a spirit of control.  Instead it is a  spirit of  seduction, whose goal is to lead people; especially believers,  into immorality and idolatry.   Jennifer also mentioned that we are to recognize and not tolerate Jezebel but we are also not to give it so much attention that we basically exalt it.  We are to put our attention on Jesus and exalt him.  This book could be used as a study on one side of the fight against this spirit. There are plenty of scriptures and study  information.  I'm sure there area also people who do not believe in any of this and of course will not consider any of this necessary at all.   But like the author said, in the fight to set the captives of Jezebel free; we need to remember that its not a text book spirit; its a real war.  One that can be won, with Jesus Christ. Thus preventing a falling away from Jesus, or falling into consuming sin, and death.

I received this book from Chosen Publishers  in exchange for an honest review.

Ebook Review: Only Human

Captain Nova  Whiteside, is a human warrior who has never lived on earth;  her whole life being devoted to the military.  She's young but has moved quickly through the ranks and now is given a special assignment to help rid the Commonwealth Union of Planets  of a particularly nasty  growing group of rebel "pirates".   On this assignment her commander  is Tychon, a straight-laced Vanguard commander (who is an alien; not human) . Tychon seems to have very little use for humans; which makes things even more interesting since these two are the only ones on this particular space plane.  Along the way they discover there is a dangerous living weapon; that greedy, power hungry people are working to unleash.  The power of this weapon is beyond anything ever imagined, anywhere. 

I loved this story.  I am a fan of science fiction  and totally devoured this story.  Although a fan of sci-fi I was relieved that it wasn't one of super-gore; those I don't like.  Yes, there was romance, intrigue and quite a few twists.  I liked the characters, even some of what most  people might consider minor ones.  The details of the different planets, cultures and languages were quite in depth.  The end while good; was a little disappointing only because it only "kind of" ended.  But I also realize it opens the door to more of the story, somewhere down the line, if the author chooses.