Monday, March 24, 2008

Family Squeeze by Phil Callaway

This book was a funny and inspiring read all rolled up into one. I just cannot say enough about this book. It was easy to read and has so much meaning in the laughter and stories.

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About the Book:

You’re in the “Middle Ages”–sandwiched between the “greatest generation” and the “gimme” generations, busily juggling both with no relief in sight. Children are driving, and parents are not. Money is tight and so are your favorite jeans. And things that never ached before are beginning to give you trouble! For every baby boomer who wonders if it’s possible to navigate the Middle Ages with grace and style, Phil Callaway offers plenty of hope and a little hilarity, too. Because there’s nothing like a smile to make wrinkles less noticeable.

About Phil:

Described as “Dave Barry with a message,” author, speaker, and television host Phil Callaway has written twenty books, many of them bestsellers and is a popular speaker at conferences, camps and marriage retreats, coaxing laughter and tears from audiences worldwide. Of his personal accomplishments he rates the following highest: shutting off the TV to listen to his children’s questions (twice), taking out the garbage without being told (once), and convincing his high school sweetheart Ramona to marry him (once).

I have a copy of this one to give away! To enter, tell me something funny about your family. Drawing will be on April Fool's Day, April 1st!

To purchase this book for yourself, click here.

Smiles and Loves! Janis

Friday, March 21, 2008

Experiencing the Resurrection by Henry and Melvin Blackaby

This is a perfect book for Holy Week, which just so happens to be this week. I have enjoyed reading it and reflecting on the meaning of the events of Easter. It, of course, can be read any time of the year, but it is more meaningful around this time of the year, when so much emphasis is on the more commercialized meaning of Easter.

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About the Book:

What does the resurrection of Christ really mean for us? What does it reveal about the heart and mind of God? And what real differences can the miracle of the resurrection make in your life today?

Discover answers to those and other questions as you examine God’s Word with this companion study guide to the book Experiencing the Resurrection by Henry Blackaby and Melvin Blackaby.

Packed with practical notes, advice, and questions for reflection, this highly interactive guide—ideal for small group or individual use—shows you how to witness Christ’s resurrection in and through your life. Each chapter of the book is explored in a flexible one-week format with “life change objectives” that arise from applying the truth for each day to your life.

About the Authors:

Dr. Henry Blackaby, president emeritus of Blackaby Ministries, is the author of more than a dozen books, including the best-selling classic Experiencing God. He has spent his life in ministry, serving as a music director and as a senior pastor for churches in California and Canada. Today he provides consultative leadership on prayer for revival and spiritual awakening on a global level. He and his wife make their home in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Melvin Blackaby coauthored with his father, Henry Blackaby, the Gold Medallion winner Experiencing God Together. He travels extensively as a conference speaker. He and his wife and their three children live in Cochrane, Alberta, Canada, where he serves as senior pastor of Bow Valley Baptist Church.

To purchase this book for yourself, click here.

Great News! I have one copy of this little gem to give away to one of my readers! Leave a comment telling me what Jesus means to you and be entered into a drawing for your very own copy! Drawing will be Monday, March 31st!

Blessings to you! Janis

Thursday, March 20, 2008

The Winners Are...

The winners of "Hope Through the Journey of Cancer" are Katie and Grateful Gramma! Thanks everyone for entering!

Smiles and Loves! Janis

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Seeing Through the Lies by Vonda Skelton

Are you tired of the lies that Satan feeds you? I certainly am. This book exposes those common lies that Satan uses to stop us women from fulfilling our potential. It came at a very good time for me and I am sure that you will find it very revealing and inspiring.

About this Book:

We have been seduced by half-truths and whole lies since time began. Remember the garden? In Seeing Through the Lies, author and speaker Vonda Skelton humorously addresses the disappointments women experience as they search for truth while believing a lie. Each chapter opens with amusing anecdotes from real life and ends with answers and guidance straight from God s Word. Exploring topics such as pride, fear, motherhood, and the busyness of life, this book offers practical steps for peeling away the layers of deceit and finding the joy of living in real truth. Through honesty and humility, Vonda takes women on a hilarious journey through all things female and brings them to a soul-searching point of decision. Readers will identify with both the positive and negative examples of women in the Bible, and will be encouraged by Scripture, as well as quotes from notable men and women. Each chapter ends with five steps for exposing the lie and embracing the truth of God s Word.

Are you striving to be a woman of excellence, but feel you're landing somewhere between mediocre and unfit?
Do you want to be your husband's lover, but feel more like his mother?
Are you convinced that busyness is next to godliness?
Are you trying so hard to be everything to everybody that you feel like you're nobody to anybody?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you're not alone--you've simply fallen victim to the lies of Satan! But you don't have to be seduced by his masquerade any longer. Join the fun as we take a hilarious journey through all things female on our search for real truth in a counterfeit world.

From spider veins and webs of deceit to cartoon characters and feminist funnies, Seeing through the Lies: Unmasking the Myths Women Believe will help you recognize the lies and take joy in the light of His Truth.The suggested Bible readings, small group discussion questions, and meditations on the very words of Jesus will help you discover not only the lies that bind you, but the keys that set you free.

Listen, girlfriend, it doesn't matter who you are or where you've been or what you've done, God is ready to give you a fresh start on a new life--one that can only come through the acceptance of His unchanging truth.

About Vonda:

Vonda Skelton is an entertaining speaker with a heart for women and their families. Her first women's book, Seeing through the Lies: Unmasking the Myths Women Believe, "takes a hilarious look at all things female as we search for truth in a counterfeit world." Her first two books are part of the Bitsy Mystery Series for children 8-14 years old. The third book in the series, Bitsy and the Mystery at Hilton Head Island, will be released in the spring of 2008.

An RN and freelance writer, Vonda's articles frequently appear in magazines such as HomeLife, Christian Single, Focus on the Family publications, and New Man Magazine. An award-winning playwright and lyricist, her scripts have been performed in churches around the country. She is a frequent instructor at writer's conferences and enjoys mentoring and encouraging new writers.

As one who tries--and often fails--to be like Christ, Vonda is thankful God continues to take her messes and use them for His glory!

Great news! Vonda has created a gift basket for readers of the blog tour for her new book. By leaving a comment on my blog, you will be in the running for a gift basket that you will absolutely flip over. Here are the contents:

Designer Gift Box (looks like a piece of luggage with the words "Faith, Family, Friends" on the exterior).
One copy each of three books by the author: Seeing Through the Lies: Unmasking the Myths Women Believe, Bitsy and the Mystery at Amelia Island, Bitsy and the Mystery at Tybee Island.
A stretchy bracelet with Sterling Silver Beads, Gold Swarovski Pearls, Turquoise and Blue Zircon Swarovski Crystals and Sterling Silver Masquerade Mask Charm.
Bookmark custom-made with Sterling Silver Beads, Gold Swarovski Pearls, Turquoise, Blue Zircon and Clear Swarovski Crystals and Sterling Silver Masquerade Mask Charm on a 4.75 inch Silver Plated Bookmark.
Gold Tri-fold picture frame.
Pewter-colored oval picture frame.
Jeweled decorated cross.
Peanut caramel clusters.
Caramel Truffles.
Mini-Yankee Candle.
Three-pack sample tea bags.
Sample Columbian Supremo Coffee.
Oh My! Itty Bitty Chai Packet.

Don't forget to leave a comment! To purchase this book for yourself, click here.

Have a blessed day! Janis

Monday, March 17, 2008

The Winner of The Next Level Is....

Stamped With Grace!

Visit her here and congratulate her! Come back soon for other giveaways, including the one that I will draw for later this week! Blessings to you!


16 Years Ago Today...

My boyfriend (my husband today) called me and told me that my best friend was killed in a car accident. Since then, this day has not been about wearing green, but about remembering her life, her laughter, and the fun that she brought into my life. Here is my memorial to my best friend forever, Kelly Franklin.

Sixteen years it has been since I have laughed with you and spent time with you. It is almost a lifetime, since it was almost half of my life ago. You were gone much too soon, my friend. Twenty years old is much too soon to leave the earth. You had sooo much to look forward to in your life. My life has changed so much since that Tuesday sixteen years ago. I am now a wife and a mom (One of which I named after you). You would have been such a wonderful "aunt" for my kids. They will never know what fun and joy you could have brought into their lives. Even 16 years later, I have not found someone to replace you. Yes, there are those who come close, but no one else can make me laugh and have fun like you. Maybe it was the time of life that we were in when we were friends, but I am so sure that we would still be friends today. We loved each other so much. It is hard to think about that day that I railed against God for taking you. It was like my heart had been torn out of my chest. It shaped every step that I took from that moment. It was hard to let people in to get to know the real me after that. I can only say that within the last three years have I been able to shed some of that pain and hurt and allow myself to be known as I truly am. You are so loved and so missed here by me, your parents, your sister, your brother, and so many more people who were so touched by your life. You will always be my sister of the heart, KA. I love you.
Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft starlight at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

How to Survive Your Teen's Pregnancy

Teenage pregnancy is a problem that many Christian families find themselves faced with. This book is for the parents of that teenager who is pregnant. Practical advice from beginning to end to help you make it through this journey with your child. From the doctor's appointment to telling friends to supporting your child to the birth of the baby, you will find each step that you will be going through. This can help you to survive this journey with your child with both your Christianity and relationship intact. I was this pregnant college kid almost 13 years ago and I wish that my mom and I had found information like this. It can happen in any family, even if you go to church, love God, and have wonderful parents.

About this Book:

Written in a devotional format, the author uses her twelve years of pregnancy center counseling experience to lovingly address the issues facing the parents of a pregnant teenager. Real-life stories, practical help, and creative activities provide Biblical insights for successfully navigating this difficult situation.

About the Author:

Linda Ellen Perry ahs counseled hundreds of families since 1990 as the Executive Director of Assist Crisis Pregnancy Center in Annandale, Virginia. She has seen the Lord turn the sorrow of an unexpected pregnancy into joy.

To purchase this book yourself, you can go here or here.

Have a blessed day! Janis

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Hope for the Journey Through Cancer by Yvonne Ortega

If you or someone you know has cancer, you know how it can disrupt your life. Hearing that you have cancer can strike fear into even the strongest of person and this book can help you to keep your faith and hope through this scary journey. This book is full of inspirational readings that can keep you focused on God through this part of your life. It is transparent and written by someone who has been there. If you are on a journey through cancer or know someone who is, you will want to pick up this book or enter the contest to win one of two copies of this book.

About this Book:

Would you go to work wearing a surgical mask and surgical gloves? Yvonne Ortega did during aggressive chemotherapy. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and it's important to realize that cancer is a difficult illness to face. Ortega gives a message of hope and encouragement for those who are struggling with the devastating effects of cancer in her book Hope for the Journey through Cancer.

The book offers 60 short inspirational readings, each containing a part of Ortega's own story from diagnosis to recovery. She shares her personal triumphs and setbacks with humor and refreshing candor, with hope builders to remind us that even when it looks like we are alone, God is with us each step of the way. Hope for the Journey through Cancer is written in a caring and compassionate voice from one who has been there.

Ortega says, "Receiving a diagnosis of cancer is a devastating experience. Our lives are never the same. We are not losing our minds. We are frightened, and this is natural. It's okay to cry. If we look around, we will see we are not alone. God would never think of abandoning us." In sharing this experience, Ortega helps readers see that, though cancer is a difficult illness to face, they do not have to face it alone.

About Yvonne:

Yvonne Ortega is a licensed professional counselor, a licensed substance abuse treatment practitioner, a clinically certified domestic violence counselor, and a member of the Virginia Board of Counseling. She celebrates her sixth year as a breast cancer survivor. Ortega is an inspirational speaker to groups of all sizes and makes her residence in Yorktown, Virginia.

If you or someone you know is going through a cancer journey of their own, enter to win a copy of this book. All you have to do is leave a comment and you will be in the drawing. The drawing will be held on Wednesday, March 19th.

Be Blessed! Janis

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

The Next Level by David Gregory

Parables were Jesus' way of bringing knowledge to His world and they have the same power today. In The Next Level, you will find yourself looking at your own life in a new way to have you considering what your life purpose is. It is an easy read that makes you think about your own life and its God-given purpose. If you have been looking for that next level in your life, then this is the book that you will want to read.

About this Book:

Business degree in hand, Logan enters the immense Universal Systems building and is hired as an organizational analyst – a trouble-shooter. His job: evaluate the company’s five divisions, each on a separate level and each operating on startlingly unique principles. Which set of principles is successful? Why is most of the company’s profit generated by one tiny division? What is real profit, anyway? And who is the enigmatic executive that Logan ends up reporting to?

Logan engages in a life-changing pursuit for The Next Level—a fascinating parable that will help readers answer some of life’s most perplexing, vital questions. Joining Logan in evaluating each level’s approach, readers will be inspired to consider the big picture of their own life from an entirely different perspective – one that holds the key to life’s ultimate purpose. No matter where you are now, get ready to embark on your own passionate pursuit of The Next Level.

About the Author:

David Gregory is the author of the best-selling books Dinner with a Perfect Stranger and A Day with a Perfect Stranger, and coauthor of two nonfiction books. After a ten-year business career, he returned to school to study religion and communications, earning graduate degrees from The University of North Texas and Dallas Theological Seminary. A native Texan, David now lives in Oregon and devotes himself to writing full time.

Great news! I have a giveaway copy of this one - compliments of Waterbrook Press! To enter, leave a comment. I will draw for it on Monday, March 17th.

To check this book out for yourself, you can click here or here. To read more of my book reviews, visit me at The Nearsighted Bookworm.

Have a blessed day! Janis

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Taming Rafe at The Nearsighted Bookworm

Today, I have the pleasure of hosting the blog tour for Taming Rafe over at The Nearsighted Bookworm. To read the full review and learn about how to enter Susan's contest, visit me over there! This book was such a joy to read and was perfect for taking me away from the sickness that has been reigning in my home for the past 13 days.

Yes, the germs are still in control over here at Dandelion Momma's house. If I had a dime for every temperature we have had, cough that we have coughed, and nose that has been blown, I would be a rich momma. Unfortunately, there are no dimes and no rest for momma's with sick kidlets.

How are you doing this week? I hope you are well! Be Blessed! Janis


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