Saturday, June 23, 2012

Praying God's Word for Your Husband {Giveaway}

First things first! 

Congratulations to our winners:
Liz R. & Karen K. have both won copies of Lisa T. Bergren’s Glamorous Illusions and Julie Danielle won a copy Always There: Reflections for Moms on God’s Presence.   

Thank you to everyone who entered! 

About the book: 
Women often offer up polite prayers to God without any real hope of seeing change in their marriage, their husbands, or themselves. Kathi Lipp, author of Praying God’s Word for Your Husband, directs women to Scripture and shows wives how to pray God’s Word boldly and in full confidence of seeing God-sized results.

With a light touch and an approachable style, Lipp shows women what a blessing it is to pray for their husbands, addressing specific concerns, like praying for his
  • parenting
  • career and finances
  • relationship with God and others
  • emotional health
  • future
  • and more!
Lipp shows readers how to stop feeling helpless and start making a difference in their husbands’ lives through bold, expectant prayer, whether they are new believers or have been walking with God for years.

My thoughts:
In case you missed it the last time I said it, Kathi Lipp is a genius! I have read LOTS of books on this subject and this is - by far - my favorite.

It isn’t always easy to pick up a book titled Praying God’s Word for Your Husband. Face it, we all have days (weeks?) that we don’t especially like our husbands. (I know it is not just me…)

Kathi makes this so easy! In the first part of the book, she begins with chapters on how, why and preparing your own heart to pray - and she even addresses praying for your husband when you don’t feel like it. There is even a chapter for you if your husband isn’t a believer.

The second part is divided into chapters on specific needs, so you can just flip to the chapter you need in. Is your husband overwhelmed, having issues at work, worried about finances? There are chapters for all of those and more. How about his relationship with you? With God? With the kids? It’s in there.

And Kathi doesn’t stop at telling you to pray for these areas, she has the scriptures right there in black and white, along with sample prayers for each one. Because sometimes, it really helps to have the words put in your mouth… 

Then (yes, there is more!) she includes practical steps to take. As a practical kind of girl, I love this! Give me a list and I will do things just to be able to check them off!

Kathi Lipp is an amazing writer and in this book you will hear her humorous self, but you will also hear her heart for her husband and the passion she has for helping women love their man. It is truly a gift. 

Thanks again, Kathi.

About the author:   
Kathi Lipp is a busy conference and retreat speaker who reaches thousands of wives each year. She is the author of three books and has been a guest on several national radio programs, including Focus on the Family. She and her husband have four children and live in California.

Visit her website at

The prize and the fine print:
The winner will be mailed one copy of Praying God’s Word for Your Husband via media mail.

This mailing is limited to USA (including APO/FPO) and CAN addresses. (Sorry, the costs to ship overseas were killing my blog budget!)

I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. The opinions expressed are all mine and I was not required to give a positive review.

Praying God’s Word for Your Husband is available June 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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Friday, June 8, 2012

"Glamorous Illusions" Book Review {Giveaway}

I was supposed to have this up earlier, but when the Soldier leaves, my unwelcome friend Murphy always shows up. This week it was a crazy storm that sent water in the basement and a runaway cat. Pretty sure, if I had a mind to lose, you could probably find it with the cat.

If 'they' commit me, do you think they would let me bring my Kindle with? I might be able to catch up on my reading! 

About the book: 
The first book in the Grand Tour series, Glamorous Illusions will take readers on a pilgrimage through Europe-and straight into the soul.

It's the summer of 1913 and Cora Kensington's life on the family farm has taken a dark turn. After burying the only father she's ever known, she lost her beau in a tragic accident. Then a stranger comes to call. In one fateful afternoon, Cora discovers that her birth father is a copper king-a man who invites her to tour Europe with her new family. As she travels from England to France, Cora faces the hardships as well as the privileges of assuming the family name. And though now she knows more of her true identity, she soon discovers the journey is only beginning.
My thoughts:
I really enjoyed Glamorous Illusions. Lisa Bergren always tells a great story and you know she has done her research - I love feeling like I have stepped back in time with one of her books! Whether the gardens, the dress or the architecture, it is described so wonderfully and you feel like you are there.

This book was no exception to the other amazing books she has written. The characters became real as I was reading it, you could feel the tension between Cora and her siblings and the struggles she goes through, trying to figure out who she really is. Is there more between her and Will? Or will she end up with "Prince Charming" Pierre? 

Lots of twists and turns and incredible scenes that will keep you immersed and guessing as you read.

My only complaint is that I now have to wait for the next book to find out what happens!

About the author:
Lisa Tawn Bergren is the best-selling, award-winning author of over 30 books, with more than 1.5 million copies sold. She just finished writing a Colorado historical trilogy (Breathe, Sing and Claim), and has begun a teen series called River of Time. (Note from me: The River of Time series is amazing!! It is YA, but I loved them just as much (more?) as the 14yo.)

Lisa's time is split between managing home base, writing (including a fair amount of travel writing), consulting and freelance editing (with a little speaking here and there). She's married to Tim, a liturgical sculptor, graphic designer and musician. They have three kids-Olivia (15), Emma (12) and Jack (7). All five of the Bergrens make their home in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

For more information on Lisa and to view other books written, please visit her website:

The Extras:
I know this maybe too late for most of you, but Glamorous Illusions is free for download til the end of today (6/8) and then at a reduced price for the next couple of weeks!

Read what the other reviewers are saying here.

And because they are always fun, the video trailer :) 

The prize and the fine print:
The winner will be mailed one copy of Glamorous Illusions via media mail.

This mailing is limited to USA (including APO/FPO) and CAN addresses. (Sorry, the costs of shipping overseas was killing my blog budget!)

I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. The opinions expressed are all mine and I was not required to give a positive review.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Semi Wordless Wednesday - The Dance Recital

I finally moved pictures off of my camera and to the computer, so I thought I would share my favorite pictures from M & M's dance recital - since they are so cute! Hey, I'm a mom, I am expected to brag! 

See, aren't they cute? 

As much as I love seeing them dance, I am so thankful that we get a break during the summer. Mom is exhausted from all of the running!

Linking up for Wordless Wednesday:


Sunday, June 3, 2012

Beautiful Day

Don't pass out, I know two posts in one day is a lot. Heck, I don't normally post twice in a week anymore, but I just couldn't resist sharing these pictures. 

It was a beautiful and quiet Sunday, so I took 5 of the 6 to the pond. (I wish college girl could have come, but she is working or something. The only way I know she still lives with us is that I find her clothes throughout the house on a regular basis.)  

 We fed the ducks and the geese.

 And the babies are out.
 Aren't they cute?

 The swans are beautiful.
Trying to take a pic of all of us!
It was nice to get out and not have to worry about anything. Usually, I am going a million miles an hour and I miss out on the fun.

Hope you had a wonderful Sunday as well. 


Why I Hate Goodbyes...

The Soldier left again today. This time it’s only for a week, but since he has only been home since November, it was kind of like picking off a scab.

Watching him pull out his uniform and pack his bags was a lot for the kids to deal with and when you are four, a week might as well be 18 months again. But the Army doesn’t think about these things, they can’t, they have a mission to accomplish.

I hate dropping him off at the airport and I can’t help but wonder which husband I will pick up in a week. Maybe I will get the one who is part of our family back, not the one who just observes from the outside.

War changes a person in ways you can’t even comprehend at the time and nothing can - or will - prepare you for it.

And whether I admit it or not, it has changed me. We have all been through hell.

Some days, I wish I could stop and rewind time.