Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Giving It All Away and Getting It All Back Again By David Green with Bill High #Review

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David Green believes that generosity and building a legacy based on giving can lead to getting back what you really want: a family that stays together, prays together, and shares life joyfully.

Green tells the story of caring for the small things and starting Hobby Lobby in their garage. He shares the difference between the worlds of “having and hoarding” and a world of “giving and generosity,” the principle of working for God and not for men, and that now is not too soon to consider what you want your legacy to be.

As proof of how living by those principles can change your life, Green shares that when Hobby Lobby came close to bankruptcy in 1986 and when the Supreme Court challenged the Hobby Lobby’s right to life beliefs in 2014, the company emerged with its integrity intact.

Green sees the life of giving as a life of adventure. But it’s a life that pays the best rewards personally, offers a powerful legacy to your family, and changes those you touch.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  At first I felt like the author was a big shot showing off what he gave in a flashy way and really just absorbing the whole book on him and Hobby Lobby.  It was a way in my mind for him to add gloating and show how much money he has had and gives but I also found it sad that he chose to give only to a cause which send out religious materials to other countries.  

I know that religion is a great gift for some.  Could you imagine for a second if he chose to give millions of dollars to the USA in hopes of freeing our country from poverty and hunger or sickness.

 What if he choose a few different states to give the 250,000 to for them to help with our much needed causes instead of the organizations that will print materials for people to find God.

 I know that people think that other countries are in more need than our own and I get that we need to provide relief for them, but we can only be strong when we as a nation are stronger.    I think the best thing the author mentioned was the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation because at least I know that he is aware of more important causes.

It is like he is playing God with his family and choosing the fate of people, but at the same time saying that God is the reason he does it.  I felt like the book was just a way for  a rich man to get some facetime and for him to spend his money in another way.  Generosity has no bounds but when you take time to write a book, it is like you expected the reader to give you a blessing instead of being a blessing.
I also feel like there are so many levels of poor and to talk about having groups where rich people gather to give each other a pat on the back for the money they give is just sad.   When I personally have to drive a car that is beyond repair and struggle for basic needs on a daily basis as a single mom, I just feel sick when I read about a person who gives to needs people can not really use.  Unless they are planning to build a fire with the reading material in the philippines to stay warm or cook, I just do not see how helpful it is to give even bigger organizations more money to print and destroy more of our resources like trees, as a way to help.

Maybe I am just touchy on this subject or perhaps only a poor person can see the truth on this matter, but either way I was thrilled to finish reading this because I could not believe that someone would write and really believe they were giving the world another great material to learn from.

ICB Blessed Garden Bible By Tommy Nelson #Review

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The ICB Blessed Garden Bible is a beautiful way for little girls to carry the full text of Scripture with them. Its beautiful cover design with multiple foils and glitter will delight any young girl as she reads and learns God’s Word from the Bible children can read and understand, the International Children’s Bible® translation.


The International Children’s Bible® translation, the Bible kids can read and understand, has been a favorite of kids, parents, and teachers. With its easy-to-read text, the ICB has a third-grade reading level, making it the ideal translation for children beginning to read and learn Bible.


The ICB Blessed Garden Bible is a full-text ICB Bible with swirling, floral details, foil, glitter, and winsome illustrations. This will appeal to both moms and daughters, as it capitalizes on an organic garden trend. Inside features 24 colorful pages of study help inserts, including a presentation page for personalizing. Young girls will enjoy this softer more sophisticated look as she reads God’s message of love just for her!

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's review- I feel like this book had a really pretty cover that was super attracting to my eyes.  It is though another easy to understand version of the Bible which is perfect if that is what you want your family to learn as well as enjoy.  It is completely faith based and some may not find it as good as others.  As a Bible I think it is perfect and a lot easier for anyone who has trouble reading the older versions, to read.

Romancing Daphne By Sarah M. Eden #Review



Romancing Daphne 
by Sarah M. Eden

As her first London Season looms before her, the thought of the impending social whirl fills Daphne Lancaster's timid heart with dread. She hasn't her sister's beauty nor their talent for conversing easily. Even her family's enviable connections may not be enough to prevent disaster.

But Daphne's misery turns to surprise delight when the first event of her Season brings an unexpected visitor to her door—James Tilburn, whose tender kindness stole her heart in her youth. When the handsome young gentleman expresses his desire to court her, Daphne is elated. Their feelings for each other quickly grow, and it appears that, much to Daphne s disbelief, her happily ever after is within reach.

Yet nothing is as it seems. The couple finds themselves caught in a tangled web of greed and deceit, leaving James and Daphne to determine whether they are willing to risk everything for true love.

I received a complimentary copy.

Sarah M. Eden
Sarah M. Eden is a USA Today bestselling author of multiple historical romances, including AML's "2013 Novel of the Year" and Foreword Review’s 2013 “IndieFab Book of the Year” gold medal winner for Best Romance, Longing for Home, and the Whitney Awards "2014 Novel of the Year," Longing for Home: Hope Springs. Combining her obsession with history and affinity for tender love stories, Sarah loves crafting witty characters and heartfelt romances set against rich historical backdrops. She holds a Bachelor's degree in research and happily spends hours perusing the reference shelves of her local library. Sarah lives with her husband, kids, and mischievous dog in the shadow of a snow-capped mountain she has never attempted to ski.

Cassandra's Review-  This book is going to be a huge hit in the world of old fashioned romance with a  twist.   The kind of book that includes you as a reader into a time and setting that depending on your age you will either really love or get lost in.  The actual character build up and strengths as far as playing a huge part in the stories are not as pronounced, but the details are there.   I would say this book is for the reader that indulges in the genre.

Drawing for Joy By Stephanie Peterson Jones #Review


Drawing for Joy: 15-Minute Daily Meditations to Cultivate Drawing Skill and Unwind with Color--365 Prompts for Aspiring Artists

By Stephanie Peterson Jones
Quarry Books | July 1, 2017
Trade Paperback | 144 Pages
USD: $22.99 | CAN: $29.99
ISBN: 9781631592959

Drawing for Joy gives readers an accessible series of 52 week-by-week exercises designed as a low-stress way to build a successful daily drawing practice in just 15 minutes a day. The exercises teach readers how to draw by exploring line, texture, pattern, and color. Author and illustrator Stephanie Peterson Jones begins with basic information on the required materials for completing the exercises and essential techniques and strategies for readers to use when coloring their creations. The exercises start with a focus on simple shapes such as circles, squares, and other geometric textures, then progress gradually toward creating more realistic motifs, including florals and other natural shapes, all built with line and pattern.

Stephanie Peterson Jones is a certified K-12 art teacher who loves teaching art to children and adults. She loves to work on community art projects that encourage kindness and compassion and started Art & Kindness, LLC with her husband following Hurricane Sandy.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's review-  The book has so many wonderful tips and ways to create, that my family was able to enjoy it for a few hours.  I think it will help anyone no matter what skill level, to be able to draw in new ways.

Dating the It Guy by Krysten Lindsay Hager $50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Giveaway

Dating the It Guy by Krysten Lindsay Hager Emme is a sophomore in high school who starts dating, Brendon Agretti, the popular senior who happens to be a senator's son and well-known for his good looks. Emme feels out of her comfort zone in Brendon's world and it doesn't help that his picture perfect ex, Lauren seems determined to get back into his life along with every other girl who wants to be the future Mrs. Agretti. Emme is already conflicted due to the fact her last boyfriend cheated on her and her whole world is off kilter with her family issues. Life suddenly seems easier keeping Brendon away and relying on her crystals and horoscopes to guide her. Emme soon starts to realize she needs to focus less on the stars and more on her senses. Can Emme get over her insecurities and make her relationship work? Life sure is complicated when you're dating the it guy.   Praise for Dating the It Guy: “Dating the It Guy is an entertaining story that is as absorbing as it is hilarious.” Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite “A satisfying YA romance that is really about growing up and learning how to deal with life.” Writing Pearls book review blog “There is so much to love about this book. Krysten Lindsay Hager knows how teens think and speak, and she understands why Emme would feel overwhelmed by everything about Brendon - his looks, his popularity, his feelings for her, his exes, his family.” Vox libris: the voice of books book review blog Author Krysten Lyndsay Hager Besides mining her teen years and humiliating moments for her novels, Krysten is also a book addict who has never met a bookstore she didn’t like. Krysten writes about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, frenemies, crushes, fame, first loves, and values. She is the author of True Colors, Best Friends...Forever?, Next Door to a Star, Landry in Like, Competing with the Star (The Star Series: Book 2), and Dating the It Guy. Her debut novel, True Colors, won the Readers Favorite award for best preteen book and the Dayton Book Expo Best Sellers award. Krysten's work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Grand Haven Tribune, the Beavercreek Current, the Grand Blanc View, the Bellbrook Times and on Living Dayton.
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