Friday, October 20, 2017

The Mountain Between Us - Charles Martin

So I'm not a big male author fan, I normally try to steer clear of those books.  I lead a book club at the library where I work, and most of the members are huge Charles Martin fans.  So I thought, why not check this book out since the movie would be releasing soon.  And I have to admit...I enjoyed the story-line.  There was just enough romance and adventure to keep the pages turning most of the time.  There were some lulls throughout, but overall I would give this book 4 stars and recommend reading it.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Inspire - the Bible for Creative Journaling


Publisher: Tyndale
Pages: 1524
Pub Date: March 22, 2016

From Amazon:

2017 ECPA Christian Book Award Finalist (Bibles category)
The Inspire Bible was ECPA’s Bestselling Bible of 2016!

Inspire is a single-column, wide-margin New Living Translation Bible that will be a cherished resource for coloring and creative art journaling. It is the first Bible of its kind―with over 400 beautiful line-art illustrations spread throughout the Bible. Full-page and partial-page Scripture art is attractively displayed throughout the Bible, and the illustrations can be colored in to make each Bible unique, colorful, and customizable. Every page of Scripture has two-inch-wide margins, with either Scripture line-art or ruled space for writing notes and reflections, or to draw and create. The generous 8.65-point font ensures optimal readability, and quality cream Bible paper is great for creative art journaling. Inspire is available in the popular New Living Translation, and is designed uniquely to appeal to art-journaling and adult coloring book enthusiasts.

  • Softcover editions have Inspire foiled in metallic blue on an attractive coloring-book-style cover, plus extra hits of foil to embellish the flowers and leaves.
  • Deluxe Hardcover editions feature a lovely, aquamarine LeatherLike over board, with beautifully-designed full-color page edges, a matching ribbon, and an elastic band closure.
  • Deluxe LeatherLike editions feature a beautiful, vintage floral printed silky LeatherLike over flexible board, with matching aquamarine-patterned page edges, a matching ribbon, and a Smyth-sewn durable binding.

My thoughts:

I don't know about you guys, but I LOVE coloring.  Not the high-stress, teeny tiny intricate color-for-2 months coloring, but the sit down, relax, and just-have-fun coloring.  I've tried journaling in my regular Bible.  But let's be honest...unless your an artist, or have a smidgen of talent, this type of journaling will not work for the average OCD person.  I tried tracing my pictures on the page first, then free handing pics from You Tube tutorials, but they never turned out just right.  I ended up stressing that I had "ruined" my Bible pages, and how is that getting me in the right frame of mind for my quiet time with the Lord?

Then I met the Inspire Bible.  No tracing, no planning, just pick a passage to meditate on and complete the simple joys of coloring.  And the nice thing is that I don't have to finish a picture or page in just one sitting.  If I only get part of the way done I just pick back up in the same spot tomorrow!  It can't hurt to "redo" my devotional reading two days in a row, right?

I highly recommend this Bible for those that may not be artistically talented but love to worship and create from the heart.  I give the Inspire Bible 5 stars!

**I was given a copy of this item in exchange for my honest review.**

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Are You a Keeper?

I ran across this today on Facebook and wondered at how no truer words have ever been spoken.  Many times as parents we feel the weight of the world on our shouldets.  We are not alone.  Whether you're a mom or a dad, work at home or outside of it, are single or part of a couple.  We are the keepers...

(from Lucky Orange Pants  -  September 18 at 8:50pm

I am the keeper.
I am the keeper of schedules. Of practices, games, and lessons. Of projects, parties, and dinners. Of appointments and homework assignments.
I am the keeper of information. Who needs food 5 minutes before a meltdown occurs and who needs space when he gets angry. Whether there are clean clothes, whether bills are paid, and whether we are out of milk.
I am the keeper of solutions. Of bandaids and sewing kits and snacks in my purse. But also of emotional balms and metaphorical security blankets.
I am the keeper of preferences. Of likes and dislikes. Of nightly rituals and food aversions.
I am the keeper of reminders. To be kind, to pick up their trash, to do their dishes, to do their homework, to hold open doors and write thank you notes.
I am the keeper of rituals and memories. Of pumpkin patches and Easter egg hunts. I am the taker of pictures, the collector of special ornaments, and the writer of letters.
I am the keeper of emotional security. The repository of comfort, the navigator of bad moods, the holder of secrets and the soother of fears.
I am the keeper of the peace. The mediator of fights, the arbiter of disputes, the facilitator of language, the handler of differing personalities.
I am the keeper of worry. Theirs and my own.
I am the keeper of the good and the bad, the big and the small, the beautiful and the hard.
Most of the time, the weight of these things I keep resembles the upper elements on the periodic table - lighter than air, buoying me with a sense of purpose.
But sometimes the weight of the things I keep pulls me down below the surface until I am kicking and struggling to break the surface and gasp for breath.
Because these things I keep are constantly flickering in the back of my brain, waiting to be forgotten. They scatter my thoughts and keep me awake long past my bedtime.
Because all these things I keep are invisible, intangible. They go unnoticed and unacknowledged until they are missed. They are not graded or peer reviewed or ruled on by a court. And sometimes they are taken for granted.
My husband and my boys are kind and generous and they love me hard. And this is by far the greatest job I have ever had. But sometimes being the Keeper is exhausting. Because you feel like you're doing it alone.
So to all of you who are keepers, I see you.
I know the weight of the things you keep.
I know the invisible work you do, which doesn't come with a pay check or sick leave, is what makes the world go round.
I see you.
And I salute you.
#Love What Matters

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