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Winner: The Cruise

Posted: 09 Aug 2012 04:25 PM PDT

Thank you to everyone who entered and to Jaye Francis for sponsoring this giveaway! Winner has 48 hours to respond to email or a new winner will be selected.

Linda Kish


Perfect Lies by Jennifer Crow

Posted: 09 Aug 2012 04:00 PM PDT

Jennifer Crow seemed to have everything: a beautiful family, a music career, and a thriving ministry. Yet she was constantly trying to keep her life together, fighting against the secret fears that churned through her mind. Then she found herself in a major health crisis; her doctors were confounded. And she realized that her constant negative thoughts—key lies she had come to believe about herself—were literally crippling her body, mind, and soul.

In Perfect Lies, Jennifer reveals the lies that held her back, walks us through her journey of miraculous recovery, helps us to identify these lies in our own lives, and shares practical techniques for overcoming them and finding true freedom instead.

 Perfect Lies is an inspiring novel of how to stop lying to ourselves so we are healthier, physically, mentally and spiritually.  Have you ever felt like you had to prove yourself to others and if you didn't, your worth was not as high? Lie. 

The Nine Lies that Crow sets out to prove are wrong.  

I Am Unlovable
I Am Worthless
I Am Unacceptable
I Am Unable
I Am A Target
I Am Not Angry
I Am Bad
I Am In Danger

I Am Deprived

By dismissing these lies and focusing on our scripture and the truth, it will change your life completely.  We've all believed one or more of these lies at some point in our lives and if there is a way to change our mindset so we can live a fuller, more healthier life, then why not?

Jennifer's struggles, physically and spiritually, are journeyed in this book that will inspire you and tug at your heart.    With steps to how to practice meditative prayer and other techniques, this book is a very valuable resource.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Soda Stream Review

Posted: 09 Aug 2012 06:25 AM PDT

I've been admiring from afar the Soda Stream for quite some time now. I fortunately had the chance to review one and I wish I had gotten one sooner! We drink soda in our house, but we also like flavored water, so the Soda Stream is a new staple on my kitchen counter.

The carbonate cartridge easily pops into the system.  Using one of the bottles provided, you fill it with water, twist into the system, a few pushes and the water is carbonated.  It will buzz to let you know when it is done.  Then you take the syrup that you prefer, pour it in and you have soda! It's very economical and there are so many flavors to choose from.

These are just a handful, but so far, our favorites are the cola and the rootbeer.  We made rootbeer floats - yummy! We are still going through all of the flavors and having so much fun! It's definitely cheaper than buying soda and it's so handy.  Definitely love it and highly recommend!!

*I received a soda stream to review in exchange for my honest opinion.

Murder Takes Time by Giacomo Giammatteo and iPad 2 Giveaway!

Posted: 08 Aug 2012 11:00 PM PDT

From Amazon - A string of brutal murders has bodies piling up in Brooklyn, and Detective Frankie Donovan knows what is going on. Clues left at the crime scenes point to someone from the old neighborhood, and that isn't good. 

Frankie has taken two oaths in his life--the one he took to uphold the law when he became a cop, and the one he took with his two best friends when they were eight years old and inseparable. Those relationships have forced Frankie to make many tough decisions, but now he faces the toughest one of his life; he has five murders to solve and one of those two friends is responsible. If Frankie lets him go, he breaks the oath he took as a cop and risks losing his job. But if he tries to bring him in, he breaks the oath he kept for twenty-five years--and risks losing his life. 

In the neighborhood where Frankie Donovan grew up, you never broke an oath.

Debut work from Giammatteo is jam-packed with action, diverse characters and clever writing.  From page one, I was hooked and found it very hard to put down, wanting to know what would happen next.  I was a bit put off by the swearing but I hear it everyday so it was easy to overlook and didn't deviate from the story, but rather, lent believability to the characters.  With some brutal and graphic murder scenes, the reader really gets a good grasp of the situation that just invests you further.

I really liked the main character, Frankie, and how his emotions and decisions played out for him, not only in the short-term but for the long haul.  Giammatteo does a fantastic job of fleshing out the characters, making them easy to relate to but also, the pace of the novel is steady, keeping you up late (or rather me, in this case) burning the midnight oil, captivated.  I definitely will be looking for the next book by this very talented author!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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