Thursday, July 19, 2018

Leaving Cloud 9 By Ericka Andersen Review

Leaving Cloud 9
The True Story of a Life Resurrected from the Ashes of Poverty, Trauma, and Mental Illness
By Ericka Andersen
A powerful, heartbreaking, and redemptive account of a boy who endured a childhood of poverty and abuse in an American Southwest trailer park named Cloud 9.

Abandoned by his father at age two, Rick Sylvester lived with an abusive mother whose struggles as a member of the working poor led her to drugs, alcohol, theft, and prostitution--and eventually attempted suicide. Rick battled depression, anxiety, and PTSD as the chaos, neglect, and unpredictability of his childhood seemed to doom him to follow in his mother's footsteps.

Well into adulthood, Rick stumbled through unemployment and divorce, using drugs and alcohol to numb the pain until he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Miraculously, though, he overcame the odds and today is a happy husband and father. How did this happen? Rick's answer is this: "It was the Lord."

A message of hope to those who are drowning from an undeserved childhood, Leaving Cloud 9 speaks to millions who grew up poor, feeling ignored and hopeless, and who need the healing power of God. This indelibly American story conveys the steadfast love of Jesus and his power to deliver us from the most devastating of pasts.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  Sad, painful and hard to get through.  The book is not going to be good for anyone with a heart as it will slowly break.  The author goes for true plots of pure misery and adds a lighter ending.  Using stories that can only break a person's spirit and then lifting them up with mingling thought of God.  I have mixed feelings about this book overall. 

Inspired Slaying Giants By Rachel Held Evans Review

Inspired Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again
By Rachel Held Evans
 One Woman’s Journey Back to Loving the Bible

If the Bible isn’t a science book or an instruction manual, then what is it? What do people mean when they say the Bible is inspired? When Rachel Held Evans found herself asking these questions, she began a quest to better understand what the Bible is and how it is meant to be read. What she discovered changed her—and it will change you too.

Drawing on the best in recent scholarship and using her well-honed literary expertise, Evans examines some of our favorite Bible stories and possible interpretations, retelling them through memoir, original poetry, short stories, soliloquies, and even a short screenplay. Undaunted by the Bible’s most difficult passages, Evans wrestles through the process of doubting, imagining, and debating Scripture’s mysteries. The Bible, she discovers, is not a static work but is a living, breathing, captivating, and confounding book that is able to equip us to join God’s loving and redemptive work in the world.  

I received a complimentary copy.  

Cassandra's Review-  I do enjoy the author giving her versions of the stories that are from the Bible in away that she feels it is supposed to be deciphered.  It presents a deeper thinking book that can become a tool for discussions and church groups.   Obviously I recommend this book for anyone with a faith in God and the Bible and to people who truly believe.  

Polaner Fruit & Maple premium fruit spread

 Polaner Fruit & Maple premium fruit spread. It is made from delicious fruits and real(pure) golden  maple syrup – from Polaner, a food company that is over 100 years old. Their ingredients are so clean and simple:

Raspberry: raspberries; maple syrup; raspberry juice concentrate and fruit pectin.

Peach: peaches; maple syrup; peach juice concentrate, fruit pectin and citric acid ( natural preservative in the peach)

The taste is very fresh but the maple syrup adds a hint (not cloying) of natural sweetness!
They are also great for baking.

I received complimentary product.  

Finding the right Home

Is it the right time for you to be thinking about buying a home?  I know I could never afford to do it, but so many people are getting ahead and deciding to settle down some roots.  Perhaps you even get lucky and find a higher paying job, or get a better position and have to move, since not everyone does so by choice. 
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I was doing some research and according to this article  US Housing Market Crash 2018 2019 and Beyond  which was very well written. Crash or Boom in 2019? The growing strength of the new US economy, improving employment and wages, demographics and good personal debt situation of most Americans keeps pushing stock and housing prices to new records.

Yet, a high number of investors and homebuyers are still concerned about a housing bubble and housing market crash in 2018 or 2019. Back in 2007, house prices were hitting records while the economy was booming and then the crash came so quick, so suddenly catching everyone off guard. That’s when it happens, when you least expect it.

So what is a good way to look for a home to buy?  Well first let's start out with picking the location for example Albuquerque homes for sale if you like New Mexico.   You could search the internet or contact real estate agents, perhaps even subscribe to the local paper.  Unless you already live in the area and are just planning to relocate.   There are so many choices and ways to benefit you if you just take the time and do a bit of research.   My only advice is not to pick the first home you fall for and never just based on looks.  Pay a little more for a home inspection.   I hope that whatever you choose that you find the perfect home and at an affordable rate. 

Using an App Designer

You can actually create and design a really creative app by yourself and with a few simple Google searches you can find out all the steps, but it involves a lot of work and stages that may overwhelm most people.
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  I know firsthand that it is complex and I would go the route of utilizing app designers to really make sure that the process was done right and fast.  Lastly what does an app designer actually do?   App designers are the people who create those designs and determine the appearance, interface style, and layout of mobile applications.

First of all what is an app?  Well according to the dictionary it is an application, especially as downloaded by a user to a mobile device.

Why do you need apps?   Creating apps that are naturally viral takes skill and experience. Three primary key performance indicators of Virality include (1) number of downloads, (2) velocity of downloads, and (2) mentions in the news.

Well designed, highly functional, super engaging apps get downloaded a lot, receive positive reviews, rank well in app stores, and lead industry categories.  look only to build apps that will get downloaded more than the competition. Remember to use organic and paid strategies to position your app for explosive adoption and sustained growth.

A well-designed mobile app can perform actions much quicker than a mobile website. Apps usually store their data locally on mobile devices, in contrast to websites that generally use web servers. Hopefully you will be able to make the choice to benefit you the most and of course this is all part of the experience, but I see that getting help from an experienced and trustworthy app designer is so much better when there is a field of expertise that someone else can really grow your business.

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