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What Happens After You Die By Randy Frazee Review

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What Happens After You Die A Biblical Guide to Paradise, Hell, and Life After Death
By Randy Frazee

Popular pastor Randy Frazee answers perennial questions about life after death with an accessible exploration of what the Bible has to say on the subject.


In both Christian and pop culture, there is a certain fascination with the afterlife. What happens after you die? What happens if you die with Christ or without Christ? What happens when Jesus returns if you have or haven’t accepted Christ? What exactly comes next?


Randy Frazee, popular pastor of Oak Hills Church and general editor of the wildly successful Believe and The Story programs, answers these questions and more. Born out of a deeply personal search for truth after the death of his mother, What Happens After You Die is a straightforward exploration of what the Bible says about life after death. From heaven and hell to the Lake of Fire and the actual presence of God, Frazee uncovers what is simply cultural tradition and what is truly biblical. He shows readers not only the death Jesus came to save us from but the life he came to save us for.


Based on a teaching series that has had more online views than any other series Frazee has done to date, What Happens After You Die is a guide to the perennial questions about life and death, what comes next, and how we should live until then.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- Based on the author's thoughts and the Bible to back it up, this extremely faith centered book offers the readers a glimpse of what may happen after death,  The book will be powerful if you believe in the topic and can follow the passages etc, provided by the author.

A Selfish Plan to Change the World By Justin Dillon Review

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A Selfish Plan to Change the World Finding Big Purpose in Big Problems
By Justin Dillon

You are exactly what the world needs

What if your search for meaning could solve the world's problems? What if everything you are passionate about could save a life or change history? Justin Dillon argues it can, and A Selfish Plan to Change the World shows how.

In this paradigm-shifting new book, Dillon--the founder of Slavery Footprint and Made in a Free World--reveals the secret to a life of deep and lasting significance: the discovery that our need for meaning is inextricably linked to the needs of the world. A Selfish Plan to Change the World delivers a revolutionary method for meeting both needs.

Drawing upon his own unlikely transformation from touring musician to founder of a global movement and telling the stories of other surprising world-changers, Dillon shows how to create a life of deep purpose by stepping into the problems of the world. Taking readers on a journey from sweatshops in India to punk rock concerts in Ireland, Dillon exposes the limitations of the "giving back" approach involving donations and volunteerism to reveal the unexpected power of "giving in" to pursue self-interest in a way that alters the very dynamics of the world's most challenging problems.

A Selfish Plan to Change the World is your "self-help-others" guide to a life that matters, demonstrating how you can repurpose your existing talents, backstory, and networks to improve the lives of others. Changing the world no longer belongs only to martyrs and professional do-gooders. You can live an extraordinary life. You can change the world. All you ever needed was a plan.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- It is so hard to think about all of the worries and woes that this world has without being overwhelmed with a need to do more to help.  What if you are poor or can not get out to find the right ways to do so?  What if you are stuck in a situation where you just think you can not help out at all?  This book does not direct you, but can open a few more choices that may help you rest your mind and find a way to be more helpful.  Obviously we cannot all be like the author or have the advantages to do so, but even the smallest seed can grow strong!


The Heirs By Susan Rieger Review


Brilliantly wrought, incisive, and stirring, The Heirs tells the story of an upper-crust Manhattan family coming undone after the death of their patriarch

Six months after Rupert Falkes dies, leaving a grieving widow and five adult sons, an unknown woman sues his estate, claiming she had two sons by him.  The Falkes brothers are pitched into turmoil, at once missing their father and feeling betrayed by him.  In disconcerting contrast, their mother, Eleanor, is cool and calm, showing preternatural composure.

Eleanor and Rupert had made an admirable life together -- Eleanor with her sly wit and generosity, Rupert with his ambition and English charm -- and they were proud of their handsome, talented sons: Harry, a brash law professor; Will, a savvy Hollywood agent; Sam, an astute doctor and scientific researcher; Jack, a jazz trumpet prodigy; Tom, a public-spirited federal prosecutor. The brothers see their identity and success as inextricably tied to family loyalty – a loyalty they always believed their father shared. Struggling to reclaim their identity, the brothers find Eleanor’s sympathy toward the woman and her sons confounding. Widowhood has let her cast off the rigid propriety of her stifling upbringing, and the brothers begin to question whether they knew either of their parents at all.

A riveting portrait of a family, told with compassion, insight, and wit, The Heirs wrestles with the tangled nature of inheritance and legacy for one unforgettable, patrician New York family. Moving seamlessly through a constellation of rich, arresting voices, The Heirs is a tale out Edith Wharton for the 21st century.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  If you thought your family was difficult to be with, imagine an upscale money hungry family filled with mysterious plots that are going to draw you into the book.

Cut and Create Paper Mosaics Craft by Chiharu Rosenberg Review



Cut and Create Paper Mosaics Craft Mosaic-by-Number Artworks with Paper Tiles, Scissors, and Glue
by Chiharu Rosenberg
Publisher: Race Point Publishing
Trade Paperback , 32 Pages, 8.5” x 11”
$19.99 US / $25.99 CAN
ISBN: 9781631062841

The pre-printed mosaic pieces in Cut and Create Paper Mosaics help readers create paper mosaics that are rich in color, detail, and depth. Readers simply cut, and assemble mosaics following the templates and instructions in the book. The five included projects begin with simple mosaic scenes using large pieces and gradually move to more complex works of art with smaller, more detailed pieces. Featuring ten stunning mosaics and all the paper needed to cut and create each one, this is the perfect, relaxing, all-in-one project for those interested in creating their own masterful mosaics without having to work in ceramic or glass tiles.

Chiharu Rosenberg is a mosaic artist born in Japan and a graduate of the Nihon University of Art. At her studio in Omaruru, Namibia, she creates one-of-a-kind fine art mosaics for galleries and commercial spaces all over the world. Her contemporary mosaic art is composed from a variety of tools and other materials; she often uses normal household tiles and recycled materials. All pieces are cut by hand, without power tools. Chiharu loves to spend her downtime creating artful paper mosaics using a variety of different papers and textures.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  This is a very time consuming craft and can get messy, but it is fun and will help to pass the day.

Perfectly Mindful Origami by Mark Bolitho Review



Perfectly Mindful Origami - The Origami Garden
by Mark Bolitho
Publisher: Jacqui Small
Flexi, 128 pp, 8.1” x 9.1”
$19.99 US / $29.99 CAN
ISBN 9781911127109

Origami expert Mark Bolitho explains how to make perfectly formed origami objects that are pleasing to fold and make. As digital downtime becomes a constant quest in our fast-paced lives, the idea of contemplative, soothing arts and crafts is undergoing a serious revival. Each book contains 32 pages of origami paper so that you can try out these mindful projects for yourself. The Origami Garden divides into sections on Flowers and Plants (easy roses, cactus and pot, lilies and water lilies and many other flowers and foliage), Fruit and Vegetables (mushrooms, strawberries, pineapple, pears and chilli pepper) and Garden Life (birds, butterfly and frog).

MARK BOLITHO is a world renowned origami artist. Since 2004 he has worked full time as an origami designer. He has written several books, and produced many origami models for advertising and design projects. He is presently General Secretary of the British Origami Society.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- While I can not master the art of origami, it is so fun to learn.  I was able to preserve the book by using our own paper, and still have a great time.

Drawing Calm by Susan Evenson Review




Drawing Calm : Relax, refresh, refocus with 20 drawing, painting, and collage workshops inspired by Klimt, Klee, Monet, and more
by Susan Evenson
Publisher: Quarry Books
Trade Paperback, 144 pages, 250 color photos
8.5” x 10”
$22.99 US /$29.99 CAN
ISBN 9781631591488

This collection of workshops will have artists of all skill levels relaxing and creating elegant, “soft” pieces of art that inspire calm and wellbeing. These projects span a variety of mediums, including pencil, watercolor, and torn paper collage. Author Susan Evenson presents a collection of beautiful and iconic pieces of art from Gustav Klimt, Paul Klee and Claude Monet for inspiration. The point is not to try to copy the master work of art, but to let it guide the reader on their own, personal journey to calm and inner peace.

Drawing Calm teaches artists and non-artists alike how to find an oasis of calm every day by using the work of master painters to inspire creativity.

Susan Evanson is an artist, illustrator, designer, and art director. Her clients and accounts include Bobby Flay, The Food Network, Sweet Paul magazine, Candies, Kohl's and many others. This year she was a finalist in the Lilla Rogers' Global Talent Search.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  A really nice book to browse and learn from.  I enjoyed showing this to one of my older teens, as he is learning to paint and really use tips as well as technique as an art therapy.