Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | August 28, 2014

Simple explanation about the soul to a young child

coreGraham Blanchard’s mission is to provide resources to parents to help them teach their children about God at a young age.  “Your Core” by Callie Grant is an Absorb book which connects information about God with a child’s inner life.  From the simple message to the beautiful illustrations (by Missi Jay), “Your Core” is sure to be a hit with the youngest child.  The message about how God created our core so that He could fill it with His love, joy and power helps them understand through simple explanations how our soul works.

Having the opportunity to review several of the books published by Graham Blanchard, it can say that the books are inspiring and encouraging.  The beautiful illustrations will keep children fascinated.  This book is specifically for children ages 0-5.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Shelton Interactive, as part of their Book Review Blogger 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: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | August 28, 2014

Permission to be ‘Not Perfect’

perfectEven the word “Perfect” sounds like fingernails on a chalkboard.  Who would have thought that something so easy could be so difficult when we strive for perfection?  How many times have I just given up because I can’t do something perfectly?  

My life hasn’t been perfect since, well, never.  Once I had goals to be perfect–the perfect student, the perfect daughter, the perfect wife, the perfect mother, the perfect employee.  But the best laid plans are always spoiled by the unexpected–a divorce, a bad parenting decision, a missed opportunity.

Women are the worst about overcommitting.  We learn to multitask.  We learn the word “yes”.  But we never learn to say “no”. Then we cry. We complain. We get anxious, depressed, frustrated.  

Kathy Lipp and Cheri Gregory have made an awesome discovery–Brave Living.  In their book, “The Cure for the Perfect Life”, they have found a loophole in the laws of perfection–it’s rebellion.  It’s time for women everywhere to rebel.  

I gave up on perfection a long time ago. I used to live on the “when this…then that…” philosophy.  When I get a better job, then….  When I find a man of husband material, then…. When I get a bigger house, then….And God is laughing because He knows He didn’t create us to be perfect.  He doesn’t want perfection.  He wants relationship.  He doesn’t want us to be fulfilled by worldly things.  He wants us to find our fulfillment in Him and everything He has to offer.

While I still want to be a working outside the home stay-at-home mom (bring home the bacon while doing all those things stay-at-home moms do), I know that God has put me exactly where He wants me and He doesn’t expect perfection.

“The Cure for the Perfect Life” is the best resource for women who try too hard to be perfect.  It is a guidebook for rebelling against the culture of perfection and living brave by giving up the idea that perfection is the end all be all to life.

If you are striving for perfection and tired of failure, this is the book for you.  If, however, you are perfect, please write a book letting us know how you do it.  Oh, and by the way, when you buy this book, purchase a bold pink highlighter–you’ll be using it a lot.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free as part of the Braver Living Rebellion blogging tour.   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: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | August 25, 2014

Actor finds success selling Tupperware in drag

drag queen“Confessions of a Drag Queen Tupperware Lady” is a different kind of story about a man who wanted to become an actor but ended up dressing in drag and selling Tupperware.  Before you laugh or think this is the most ridiculous thing you have ever heard, Kevin Farrell as Dee W. Ieye became Tupperware’s number one salesperson in North America for four years running and is currently at the nation’s top five.

The first part of his memoir is about how he went from being a starving actor to selling Tupperware in drag.  The second part is more or less a sales manual for Tupperware and the benefits of being a Tupperware lady.  You will enjoy this book if you are curious about a man who would dress as a woman to sell a product or if you are selling or desire to sell Tupperware.  If neither of these apply, you should pass on this book.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bostick Communications, as part of their Book Review Blogger 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: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | August 25, 2014

Memorizing Scripture

scripture memoryDr. Daniel Morris, author of “Why You Really Can Memorize Scripture” and his wife served as missionaries in Chiapas, Mexico. He is presently the pastor of the Baptist Church he founded in Tuxtla Gutierrez and is dedicated to training Mexican pastors and counseling.

When, as a teenager, he was called to missions, Dr. Morris found encouragement in God’s Word and sought to memorize it. He began a habit of memorizing consecutive passages of Scripture and learned through study and experience how God created our memory.

In the book, Dr. Morris outlines his method beginning with how our memory works and the importance of memorizing scripture. He walks readers through the steps of Scripture memorization through repetition and helpful phrases.

Though he assures readers they can memorize Scripture following his method, I am uncertain as to how helpful the idea of catch phrases may be. It is highly possible the continuous repetition of the passages of Scripture helps the most. Answering and meditating on questions he presents in the book may help in the understanding of some passages and may help you learn to paraphrase. It may help some people, but I don’t know if it will be helpful to everyone.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Life Sentencing Publishing, as part of their Book Review Blogger 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: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | August 13, 2014

Staying protected and winning the battle

armorWill your spiritual armor withstand the forces of the enemy?  In “There’s a Crack In Your Armor”, Perry Stone discusses the pieces of God’s armor that are rarely talked about.  Now, more thanever, we are facing spiritual battles that are wearing us down.  Our armor is taking a beating, and we must know how to apply those little known pieces of armor in our life.  

I am glad that Stone has returned to good, solid writing.  The last few books were not his best work.  This is definitely a subject that needs to be studied and taken to heart.  We need to put on our spiritual battle armor daily if we are to survive the enemy’s attacks.  We need to know what to do when we are attacked and how to stay protected against the world’s battles.  Stone has touched on little known tools beneficial in spiritual warfare.  This is a wonderful resource for when you go through a spiritual battle that is affecting you mentally, physically and/or spiritually.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from The Booketeria, as part of their Book Review Blogger 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: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

the mikadoAn old flame and a murder don’t make for a very good start when planning a wedding.  Drew Farthering and Madeline Parker are planning the wedding of the century, but Fleur Landis, Drew’s former fling, comes into town and brings murder along with her.  The lead actor in Fleur’s former troupe’s production of “The Mikado” is murdered and Fleur is the number one suspect.  She is in desperate need of Drew’s sleuthing skills, but their history upsets Madeline.  This new case threatens to put a damper on the wedding plans as Madeline begs Drew to bow out of the investigation and Drew, who doesn’t like to go back on his word, continues to secretly follow the clues.  The only problem is that everyone has a motive and no one has an alibi for the night of the murder.  More people are being murdered and it’s beginning to look hopeless.

Julianna Deering has style and flair.  Her characters have come to life on the written page and give us a glimpse of life in 1930s England.  The characters are fun and the stories have gotten better and better.  I love how they all get tied together so neatly in the end even when it’s a development you were never expecting.

 

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing  Group, as part of their Book Review Blogger 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: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

memory closetThe truth may set you free, but it will be in your head forever.  The truth haunted Anne Mitchell for 25 years.  The truth about her childhood was locked inside a closet in her mind, and she had spent two and a half decades trying to open the door.  After her mother’s deathbed confession, Anne went to live with her 84-year-old grandmother in a last ditch, desperate move to remember what had happened when she was 11 years old.  All she remembered was being in an automobile accident that killed her step-sister.

With her grandmother suffering from dementia, she can’t get any real answers, or are the ramblings of an old woman and the strange things happening to her part of a more sinister plan? It is hard to categorize “The Memory Closet” by Ninie Hammon as suspense even though it keeps you on the edge of your seat and constantly changing your focus on how the story is going to end.  If there is such a thing as comedic suspense or suspenseful comedy, this would definitely be number one.  It is definitely a must-read and should be at the top of your to-read list.  The random humor makes for a fun time.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.   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: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

OAC-bloggerbuttonMy daughter has enjoyed listening to the Adventures in Odyssey podcasts on the Odyssey Adventure Club website.  She would love to see some movies rather than just listening, but the podcast kept her still for thirty minutes.  She also would prefer games to play online rather than the worksheets to print off.  The best benefit is that the podcasts are timeless.  The issues and stories will be relevant for years to come.  The storylines are interesting and I enjoy listening to them with my daughter.

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  • Unlimited streaming of  Adventures in Odyssey Library (740+ episodes) retail value over $1,500
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a free one year membership from Litfuse Publicity Group, as part of their Book Review Blogger 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: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | July 25, 2014

WHEN I FALL IN LOVE – Hawaiian Chef Challenge & Kitchen Aid Mixer

when i fall in loveVisiting Deep Haven is like going to a family reunion.  Darek, Casper, Grace, Eden and Owen are almost like cousins I get to catch up with every so often, and I miss them as soon as the story is over and begin the wait until the next reunion.  So far, we’ve seen Darek and Eden find the love of their life.  “When I Fall in Love” begins with Darek and Eve’s wedding.  Grace, the shy Christiansen who never finds herself in the spotlight, is given a trip to Hawaii to attend a three-week culinary school as appreciation for catering the wedding.  One of Owen’s hockey teammates is also attending and is asked to make sure Grace finds her way around.

For someone who doesn’t like to venture outside of Deep Haven, Grace discovers a whole new world, and a new guy, Maxwell Sharpe, who doesn’t want to open his heart because of the likelihood that he will contract Huntingdon”s disease.  Grace and Max can choose the safety and security of their careers, or they can follow what their hearts truly desire.  Does God want us to choose the safe path or the path that’s unknown but leads to personal fulfillment?  That is what Grace and Max must decide.  Grace’s faith is tested in this third installment of Susan May Warren‘s The Christiansen Family Series.

Come spend some time with the Christiansens in Deep Haven.  You will never want to leave.

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Susan May Warren‘s newest book in the Christiansen Family Collection, When I Fall In Love,  has won over readers’ and critics’ hearts alike. With critical reviews like, “. . . an exquisite romance. Profoundly touching on the topic of facing fears, this book is a true gem,” and more than 60 five-star reviews at Amazon, When I Fall in Love is sure to please.



Susan has teamed up with some amazing food bloggers for a fun food challenge and a KitchenAid Mixer giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

Grab your aprons and wire whisks and buzz on over to the When I Fall in Love website to learn more and enter the Hawaiian Chef Showdown! Susan is challenging you to make a Hawaiian-inspired dish using coconut, mango, or one of the other ingredients mentioned in the book. You’ll get extra points for creating your own recipe—plus she might share it on the When I Fall in Love site! Or if you’re not up for an adventure in the kitchen just click one of the icons below for easy entry.



Hurry, the giveaway ends on August 10th. All winners will be announced August 13th at Susan’s blog.

Don’t miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to visit Susan’s blog on the 13th to see if you won!

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group, as part of their Book Review Blogger 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: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | July 23, 2014

Take a trip to Deep Haven. Again.

when i fall in loveVisiting Deep Haven is like going to a family reunion.  Darek, Casper, Grace, Eden and Owen are almost like cousins I get to catch up with every so often, and I miss them as soon as the story is over and begin the wait until the next reunion.  So far, we’ve seen Darek and Eden find the love of their life.  “When I Fall in Love” begins with Darek and Eve’s wedding.  Grace, the shy Christiansen who never finds herself in the spotlight, is given a trip to Hawaii to attend a three-week culinary school as appreciation for catering the wedding.  One of Owen’s hockey teammates is also attending and is asked to make sure Grace finds her way around.

For someone who doesn’t like to venture outside of Deep Haven, Grace discovers a whole new world, and a new guy, Maxwell Sharpe, who doesn’t want to open his heart because of the likelihood that he will contract Huntingdon”s disease.  Grace and Max can choose the safety and security of their careers, or they can follow what their hearts truly desire.  Does God want us to choose the safe path or the path that’s unknown but leads to personal fulfillment?  That is what Grace and Max must decide.  Grace’s faith is tested in this third installment of Susan May Warren‘s The Christiansen Family Series.

Come spend some time with the Christiansens in Deep Haven.  You will never want to leave.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale, as part of their Book Review Blogger 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: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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