June 12, 2017

Sacred Privilege by Kay Warren

I have been a ministry wife for the past 28 years.  There have been some very hard days in that time.  As I began reading this book I knew, immediately, that Kay Warren understood my life, joys, frustrations, struggles and all.  She is open and honest about her life and ministry with her husband throughout this book.  She shares her ups and downs and, with great wisdom, she gives us great advice straight from God's word and from the depths of all He has taught her over the last 40+ years.

This book is about seeking God above all else.  She encourages us to keep our focus on the Savior who died for us and not on the world and it's hardness at times.  She assures us there will be struggles but God's plan is the greatest thing we can follow.  We have an enemy that does not want us to succeed in reaching a lost world.  Kay is so encouraging to ministry wives both young and old and shares truths from God's word to build up our faith to keep going.  

If someone has compiled a list of books all young pastors wives should read this should certainly be at the top of the list.  I believe that Kay's shared ministry experiences have great value for those who are coming behind her in this world of ministry.  It is not an easy life and she does not give us any fairy tale illusion that it is.  

We have an important call, ladies.  We are to bring glory to God in all we do.  Everything about this book points straight to that message and I believe this book brings glory to Him, too.

Thank you Kay for this beautiful book of hope in a very difficult call!

This book was sent to me free of charge by Baker Publishing Group - Revell Division.  All they have asked in exchange is that I would read it and give an honest review.  I am thrilled to recommend this to ministry wives everywhere!  I give it a 5 out of 5 rating.

May 13, 2017

Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in It's Proper Place

This is one of those books that I wish I had read 15 years ago.  It did not exist when my children started using social media and technology.  As a middle aged parent of adult and teen children we spent a big chunk of our time navigating blindly for the start of this social media age.  Looking back I realize that I was making decisions about things as they came up rather than making a plan to avoid the pitfalls of this world we are living in now.  Andy Crouch's book will change all of that for parents and families today.

This book gives 10 excellent strategies for, as the title says, putting technology in it's proper place. Crouch even goes so far as to encourage us to turn it off completely for part of each day.  Sound hard?  With Andy's 10 strategies you might find it easier than you think.

This book is not about trashing our technology and moving out into an isolate cabin somewhere.  Crouch fully believes there is a place for technology in our world today.  He just feels, as do I, that we should step away sometimes and be a family.  We should have meals together with real conversations and game nights indoors and out, and spend time reading stories or listen to music together.  He boldly says that maybe we should even PLAY music together.  I love that suggestion, by the way.

The book is loaded with results from the latest Barna Research Group study on how technology is impacting our lives and families.  Crouch takes that data and provides some very practical ways to change the trends we see toward isolation and addiction caused by our overuse of such devices.

By paying just a little more attention to our habits we can make changes to have more meaningful family and friend time.  All it takes is realizing we need to set these devices aside for part of our day, week and even for up to a week or two a year.

Crouch is very candid at the end of each chapter with a personal evaluation on how his own family is doing in each realm.  He is very honest in saying that sometimes they are still struggling to make some changes but that it is a work in progress.  His family is certainly better for these 10 strategies, though.

He addresses something that I have continually seen in my reading this year.... Sabbath.  It is not only important for us to take time to rest but to let our devices rest, too.  We don't let them rest for their sake.  We set them aside for our sake.

This book is not a giant thick read.  It is divided into very practical chapters that are quick to read and will have you thinking about how you can be more present in your own life.  I hope you will take the time to read a copy of this book and focus more on what is really important in this world.  Let us all put technology in it's proper place and live our lives with more focus on the most important things in this lifetime while we can.

You can read more about Andy Crouch and this and other books he has written on his website

This book was sent to me by Baker Books for free.  All they ask in return is that I read and review it with my own personal unbiased opinion.  I absolutely loved this book and will be recommending it to every family I can.

I give this one a 5 out of 5 stars!

May 08, 2017

May Photo Challenge... in progress

I started the month with this challenge... it is a two year old challenge that was for competition purposes but I just liked it so I decided to do it for myself.  I am one day behind because I was in travel mode.  I am hoping to work through the list at my leisure instead of being strict with days at this point.  Want to see days 1-7?  Head over to my Instagram and friend me, if you have not already, to see all my photography endeavors.  I think Instagram might be my favorite Social Media outlet because I love all of the creative photos without all the chatter of Facebook.  It is truly a happy place online for me these days.  

Are you an amateur photographer, take photos of your sewing, crochet, artwork etc... too?  

Do you share your creative work online?  

Leave a link in the comments so we can all have a gander 

(keep it clean, though... no inappropriate photo linking please... 
you will be deleted and blocked from this blog)

You can see more photo and other crafting classes and mini challenges from Craftsy at their site.

April 29, 2017

Halfway There....

Mid-Event Survey! 

1. What are you reading right now?

Still working on Tech-Wise Family and The Tea Planter's Wife but have not gotten far in either.... too much noise in the house today.  

2. How many books have you read so far?


3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

Just going to keep plugging away at the two in progress...

4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

All dang day but I figure I will read more once the weekend is over and the boys are all back to school and the house is quiet.... not so much today.  LOL

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

I have done a lot of instagram pics....  that has been fun.  

Couple of links for fun...

All the Read-a-thon happenings can be found on the blog...  Check out the Dewey's 24 Hour Read-a-thon link for more information and an hourly update.

Also check out the challenge going on over at Instagram from Amanda at Fig and Thistle Books Blog

There is also a Facebook page, a Twitter page and a GoodReads Group.

Hope you choose to join us somewhere along the way!

You can find me on mostly the blog and Instagram today.

It is that time of year again.... Welcome to the 24 Hour Read-a-thon!

The Introductory Survey...

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

El Paso, Texas... the desert southwest.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

Working on some unfinished books but I must start the Tea Planter's Wife... I need to get a good amount of progress on it today.  Here is the stack, though...

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Definitely this...

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I am a new grandmother!

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

I have been a long time participant and I always want to read more than I get to... it is the life of being the mom.  I am delighted that today turned off rainy and cold, though.... that is a big chunk of motivation for me to read since we rarely get this kind of day around here.  LOL

April 24, 2017

A Joyful Update...

There has been a lot of life happening around here lately.  

I have a ton of things to share but let's start with the fact that... 

I am a new Grandmother!

The new grandson was born April 1st... no, I am not kidding!  LOL  He was 8 pounds 5 ounces and has been growing steadily for the last 3 weeks.  Mom and Dad are doing great, outside of a lack of sleep that is.  I made the trip out to meet him and got a week with my kids and that precious boy.  I am over the moon!  I think I am going to love being a grandmother most of all my roles.  

Just thought I would log on and share that with you guys.  I cannot wait to hold him again soon!


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