Sunday, October 31, 2010

Exposed

by Ashley Weis
When I asked Ashely for this picture to post with the book review she sent it with this message:

"I'm not a huge fan of the umbrella pics (or my website anymore). I feel like it's too flashy and God has just changed me so much since then. But you can use it if you like it. It really goes with my theme of beauty after rain."

About the author:
Ashley Weis is a wife and mom of three under three. She and her husband, George, recently endured the effects pornography had on their marriage. Now, on the other side, Ashley hopes to bring encouragement to women going through the same thing. Together, they hope to release a workbook for couples in 2011.

Some facts about Ashley:
She loves reading, writing, and anything that has to do with stationary or ink.
She's creative, but there's a method behind her creativity.
She'd rather have a messy house and lots of fun memories with her kids.
Jesus is her everything and she asks Him to never stop changing her heart, stripping her pride, and increasing her faith.
Love. Romance. Ashley loves these things and hopes to see every marriage find the life its always desired.

The Blurb:
Porn shreds the Happily Ever After page from the story of marriage. Then, it goes back to the beginning to tear out page after page on the way. When it’s trashed all of the marriage it can, it perforates the heart and with the gentleness of a murderer … porn rips out love.

That's the story of Jessie and Ally Graham, a married couple struggling to cope after porn rips their marriage to pieces. They are not perfect, but they are real.

As you follow the story of Jessie and Ally you will also read the story of Taylor Adams, a young girl who naively falls into the porn industry and discovers how harmful it can be.

Throughout the pages of Exposed you will see the aching truths hidden behind the porn industry’s mask. Taylor's story is not reality for every porn star, but it is for many. I have chosen to omit language and details to protect the minds of my readers, but the porn industry can be much, much worse than it is portrayed in these pages. Also, the wife’s story may seem melodramatic to some, but it is loosely based off of my story and the story of many women who write to me. No story is the same and some may be better or worse than the lives I’ve chosen to show in these pages, but for many of us … these stories are painfully real.~~Ashley

What Others Say:
True to life fiction, September 29, 2010 By bookworm
This review is from: Exposed: A Novel (Paperback)
"Exposed: A Novel isn't a book you think you'd find in the Christian section of the bookstore when you think of the subject involved: Porn.

Yes, I said it, the dirty word that haunts many and causes much heartache for women and even men, especially those men (and even women) who find themselves addicted to the fantasy and illusions porn provides.

When I first heard about this novel, it blew me away. I was amazed that someone would have the courage to tackle a subject such as porn and try to write it in a way that wouldn't offend a Christian reader. I pre-ordered the book because I was so curious to see if the author, Ashley Weis, could pull it off. She did.

The title Exposed rings true to the stories of all the characters involved. Ally's husband and best friend, Jessie, is exposed when his secret addiction to porn is discovered. Ally is exposed when her insecurities are shown through her actions, thoughts, and doubts about her marriage and husband.

Taylor is probably the most exposed of all in this story. She's a young girl who becomes caught up in the porn industry but it's nothing like what she imagined.

The story is told in alternating chapters between Ally and Taylor, giving the reader insight to the pain porn addiction causes in a marriage, and the pain of the porn star.

I love it when an author can take a heavy subject such as this one and turn it into something special and worth reading. Ashley though doesn't just write fiction, she's established a blog to help those recovering from the pain of porn addiction. You can find out more by going here "

~~
Very tastefully written, September 29, 2010 By Cafe Lily (USA)
This review is from: Exposed: A Novel (Paperback)
"Ashley Weis came up with the idea for Exposed, from the depths of her own painful experience. After discovering her husband was addicted to pornography, she slowly made her way through her own personal nightmare. After she blogged about the healing process that she and her husband went through, she was bombarded with emails and contacts from women who had gone through the same heartache or were currently experiencing something similar.

Ashley wrote this novel so that other women will know they are not alone. Part of the proceeds from the sale of Exposed will go to help support various non-profit organizations that are helping those who are affected by pornography. You can read more about these organizations in the back of the book or by visiting the author's blog

Exposed is the fictional story of Jessie and Ally Graham whose fairy tale marriage is shattered within seconds. When Ally accidentally bumps her husband's computer mouse, the image on the screen stops her cold.

As the realization begins to sink in of what her husband has been looking at - Ally feels that her whole life has been a lie. From the sweet courtship and proposal to her seemingly "perfect" marriage - it all collapses into a mess right before Ally's eyes.

When Jessie admits that he has an addiction, Ally struggles with the choice of whether to stay or go. The more they try to work things out, the more details she discovers and is taken to the brink of what she feels she is able to handle. The heartache deepens before it begins to heal and Jessie and Ally's marriage hangs in the balance.

What I found so interesting about this book is that it also tells the story of Taylor Adams, a young women who is desperate to support herself. Lonely, broke, and suffering from very low self-esteem, Taylor turns to the only man who has ever made her feel valued and finds herself slowly sinking into the dark, painful profession of a porn star.

This is not an easy read. It's very difficult at times to stomach what Taylor is being put through and though the details on both sides of this story are gritty and somewhat graphic, Ashley Weis handles the subject matter with grace.

This book is the perfect example of victims on both sides of this industry. Those who are paid to work it - and those who pay to watch it.

I applaud the author for taking on such a sensitive topic and admitting the struggles that she and her husband faced. I think this book will be an encouragement for other women and I highly recommend it."

My Take:
I live a very sheltered life in a very conservative Christian community. My people are free from the lure of porn.

How I wish that statement was true. Porn has been around for many more years than we have had computers in the world. And some of my dearest friends have been afflicted by it.

I think it is important for Christians to wake up and know what is happening around them. Wake up and help our loved ones climb out of the pit. And if you know some hurting woman who has been crushed by this~~give her a copy of this book.

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Book Contest: 
We are featuring Exposed Name by Ashley Weis this week.

Book Contest weeks are from Sunday through Saturday. A new book review is posted each week which may or may not have a contest connected with it. See the Book contest information on the side bar.

Leave a comment on any of my blog my posts this week along with information how to get hold of you if you are the winner. Posts on facebook do not count. We only check the messages on the blog to pick a winner.

We will send one special person a copy of Exposed.

God Bless your day and thanks for stopping by.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Fifth Grade Assignment



A fifth grade teacher in a Christianschool asked her class to look at TV commercials and see if they could use them in 20 ways to communicate ideas about God. Here are some of the results:
  

    

God is like. 
BAYER ASPIRIN ~~
He works miracles. 
    
God is like.          
A FORD ~~
He's got a better idea..                                  
    
God is like. 
COKE ~~
He's the  real thing. 
   
(This is great)
God is like. 
HALLMARK CARDS ~~
He cares enough to send His very best.. 
   
God is like.                                  
TIDE ~~
He gets the stains out others 
leave behind..                                   
    
God is like.                                      
GENERAL ELECTRIC ~~
He  brings good things to life. 
   
God is like.       
WAL-MART ~~ 
He has everything.                                  
   
God is like.     
ALKA-SELTZER ~~
Try Him, you'll like Him 
     
God is 
like.      
SCOTCH TAPE ~~
You can't see Him, but you know He's there. 
   
God is like.                                  
DELTA ~~
He's ready when you are. 
    
God is like.                                     
 ALLSTATE ~~
 
You're in good hands with Him. 
     
God is like.                                   
VO-5 Hair Spray~~
He holds through all kinds of weather 
    
God is like.                                     
DIAL SOAP~~
Aren't you  glad you have Him?  Don't you wish everybody did?
(that one is my favorite)
 
God is like.     
THE U.S. POST OFFICE~~
Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet nor ice will keep Him from His appointed destination.  

 God is like.    
Chevrolet. .. . .the heart beat of America 

God is like        
 
Maxwell House.. .... . 
Good to the very last drop  
 
God is like. 
t. . .. . 
He is the quicker picker upper. . Can handle the tough jobs. ...And He won't fall apart on you.
     
Wouldn't this be great if this was taught in every school?


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Six Tips For Hosting A Non-Halloween Party

Author
Alyice Edrich 

While Halloween was originally set aside as a day when evil walked the earth, it doesn’t have to be a day of frightening goblins, wicked witches, or satanic rituals. You don't have to boycott Halloween just because you're against hosting a party with creatures of the night. 

You can host a fun holiday event this October with these 6 tips.
  1. Choose a theme.

    What was your favorite super hero as a child? Who was your favorite biblical character? If you could live in another era, what timeframe would you choose? Have you always wanted to live in another country?
  2. Order invitations.

    Your party will look more fun and inviting if your guests receive a fun invitation representing the theme of the party. Have your invitations printed on orange paper with black print. Use clip art that represents the theme of your party for the border of your invitation and fill the inside with items that represent the theme of your party.
  3. Purchase food.

    The food can set the entire mood of the event so make sure you don’t settle for cold cuts and chips. Choose to authenticate the evening with the right appetizers, entrees, and desserts. A Hawaiian theme, for example, would be better with a pig roast, pineapples, and sugar cane.
  4. Decorate around your theme.

    Don’t settle for orange and black crepe paper, Halloween characters hanging from the ceiling, or carved pumpkins. Spice up the evening with decorations that represent the theme of your party. A jungle theme, for instance, could use a few hanging vines, giant plants or trees, stuffed tigers, large bones, and waitresses wearing tiger-prints…think Fred and Wilma Flintstone.
  5. Choose your location.

    Would your Halloween party be best held indoors or outdoors? If you live somewhere where it snows, for instance, your party would be best held indoors. Do you have enough room in your home or apartment to accommodate all your guest comfortably? If not, consider renting a banquet room.

    Play games.

  6. Regardless of your theme, your party needs fun, traditional Halloween games, like bobbing for apples, pumpkin carving contest, best costume contest, charades based on the theme of your evening, or who can build a scarecrow the fastest.
Byline 
Alyice Edrich is the editor of the award winning eMagazine, The Dabbling Mum®. Visit http://thedabblingmum.com to can gain a wealth of wisdom from parents just like you! You'll also discover $10 educational e-books, mystery art grab bags for just $15, and more.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Hello From The North Pole

Our trip to Alaska would not have been complete without a visit to the North Pole
Or a visit to Santa Clause House, even in the middle of August.
Such a cute place to visit.
Maybe we'll visit again one day.
Thanks for stopping by and sharing this bit of my life.


Sunday, October 24, 2010

Second Chance Bride


by Vickie McDonough

About the author:
Award-winning author Vickie McDonough believes God is the ultimate designer of romance. She loves writing stories in which her characters find true love and grow in their faith. Vickie has published eighteen books. She is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers and is currently serving as ACFW treasurer.

Vickie has been a book reviewer for nine years as well. She is a wife of thirty-five years, mother of four sons, and grandmother tro a feisty three-year old girl.

When not writing, she enjoys reading, wathcing movies, and traveling. Visit Vickie's web site here

The Blurb:
Two rejected mail-order brides must snag a husband fast or find a way to survive on their own in rugged Texas. Returning home isn’t an option. With many men in town and few women, marriage proposals are abundant, but finding an honorable, hardworking man a woman can trust with her heart is the hard part.

Fans of The Anonymous Bride, will feel for Shannon O'Neil and Leah Bennett who are stranded in Lookout, Texas, without husbands or future plans. Thankfully, the marshal has ordered the rascally Corbett brothers to pay for the women's lodging at the boardinghouse, but will the brothers' idea of hosting Saturday socials really bring these women the kind of loves they long for? Will Shannon choose to marry just for security? Will Leah reject love when the challenges mount?

What Others Say:
 Love and forgiveness abound in Lookout, Texas, September 11, 2010
By Martha W. Rogers "Author" (Houston, TX)
 
This review is from: Second Chance Brides (Texas Boardinghouse Brides, Book 2) (Paperback)

"Vickie McDonough takes us back to the town of Lookout, Texas and the brides who came to town to marry the Marshall only to discover that someone else had won his heart. Now Shannon and Leah are on their own in finding a husband and those two Corbett cousins are up to their old tricks again although Mark isn't as enthusiastic about the new ideas suggested by Garrett. Seems Mark can't get over an old relationship that ended badly, but his heart still pulls him toward the Irish lass, Shannon. Leah, the other bride, falls in love only to have a surprise sprung on her just days before the wedding. Delightful characters will pull you into the story and keep you there as the plot unfolds. In addition, Jack is back and up to her old tricks, but this time she has to deal with her conscience when she doesn't tell the truth and ends up hurting someone. Read this wonderful book to see if Mark overcomes his past and courts Shannon, and if Leah can overcome the shock of her surprise and let love conquer her fears."

My Take:
I'm glad I read it.

Call me weird but my favorite character in this book was neither of the brides. Just as in The Anonymous Bride, my favorite is fiesty little Jacqueline. Or Jack as she prefers to be called.  We were left hanging though, in thread about her tangle with Butch. I hope we learn more about this relationship in the next book.

Don't get me wrong, Vickie did a good job describing the troubles with the two major romances of the left over brides and how they managed to cope after Luke chose Rachel for his wife. Vickie threw in some surprises I wasn't expecting. Both Shannon O'Neil and Leah Bennett had to learn to lean on God to make right decisions.

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Book Contest:
We are featuring Second Chance Bride by Vickie McDonough this week.

Book Contest weeks are from Sunday through Saturday. A new book review is posted each week which may or may not have a contest connected with it. See the Book contest information on the side bar.

Leave a comment on any of my blog my posts this week along with information how to get hold of you if you are the winner. Posts on facebook do not count. We only check the messages on the blog to pick a winner.

We will send one special person a copy of Second Chance Bride.

God Bless your day and thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

A Hope Undaunted

Book Contest: Just a reminder that we are featuring Julie Lessman's book A Hope Undaunted this week.

(Book Contest weeks are from Sunday through Saturday. A new book review is posted each Sunday which may or may not have a contest connected with it. See the Book contest information on the side bar.

Leave a comment on any of my blog my posts this past week along with information how to get hold of you if you are the winner.

God Bless your day and thanks for stopping by.

Friday, October 22, 2010

How To Choose And Write A Postcard

Author
Alyice Edrich 

In our modern world, letting a loved one know how we're doing is as simple—and quick—as a phone text, an email, a Facebook update, or a tweet on Twitter. But as wonderful as all this new technology is, I have to say that I truly miss receiving handwritten notes through regular postal services. 

Handwritten notes and postcards are fast becoming a lost art of communication, but they don't have to be. We can bring back this relatively inexpensive, yet beautiful form of communication by making a conscious effort to send just one postcard a week to just one person a week.

If you've forgotten how to send a handwritten letter or postcard, these tips are sure to fresh your memory and jumpstart your new hobby as a postcard writer.

  1. Choose a postcard.
    When choosing a postcard to mail, it's all about the image. Does the image on the postcard convey the message you want to get across? Is the image attention-grabbing?

    If, for instance, you're feeling frisky and you're on vacation during the Valentine's Day holiday, you may want to send your loved one a postcard with a romantic theme.

    If, on the other hand, you're feeling nostalgic, you may want to send a postcard that evokes nostalgia. A surfer, for instance, would be a great way to remind the recipient of the time you both surfed the waves in Seal Beach, California.
  2. Write down the recipient's address.
    Postcards come with a blank backside. This is the side you'll write your message and address your postcard.

    The left side of the postcard is for your salutation, message, closing, and signature. The right side of the postcards is for addressing.

    If the postcard does not have a line down the middle of the card, to divide the cards into two parts, you can do this yourself. Just take the edge of another postcard to use as a ruler. Once your line is drawn, you're ready to address the postcard.

    When writing the recipient's address, remember to include the first and last name, the street address, the city, state, and zip code. If the postcard is going to a country other than the country in which you are sending it from, don't forget to include the name of the country after the zip code.

    Mrs. Jane Smith
    12345 West Smithsonian Lane, Apt. 224
    Washington, DC 00000
    U.S.A.
  3. Write down your message.
    On the left side of your postcard, write your salutation. A salutation is a greeting. It can be as casual as "Hi from Sunny California!" or as formal as "Dear Mrs. Edrich".

    Under your salutation write your message.

    If you're on vacation, and you've selected a travel postcard from one of your travel destinations, you may want to mention your favorite aspect of the trip or a lesson learned while visiting this particular spot. Or if something about the trip reminded you of the recipient, you could say something like, "When we entered the Cathedral and saw the beautiful stained glass windows, my mind immediately jumped back to the time you and I took our first stained glass class together. Do you remember?"

    If you're not on vacation, but a postcard just jumped out at you and said, "buy me and mail me". Your message can be about any- and every- thing that comes to mind the moment you sit down to write your message. Just be care not to give out any personal information; information you would not want the public to know.

    As for your return address, I wouldn't include one on vacation postcards. It's best not to advertise the fact that your home is vacant; after all, the entire message area of postcards are visible for all to read.
  4. Choose the correct postage.
    Postage rates change on a near annual basis. Postage rates in the United States, for instance, differ from postage rates in the United Kingdom. So take the time to ask the locals what the correct rate is. If they don't know, grab your local yellow pages and contact the local post office. There is nothing worse than having mail returned for improper postage.
  5. Mail your postcard.
    Though this goes without saying, don't forget to mail your postcard.
Byline:
Alyice Edrich is a postcard designer. She turns personal artwork and photographs into inspirational greeting cards, memorable travel postcards, and creative magnets. Get a discount on her new line athttp://thedabblingmum.com/printshop.htm.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Recipe for Happiness

God's cake...

Sometimes we wonder, 'What did I do to deserve this?' or 'Why did God have to do this to me?' Here is a wonderful explanation! 



A daughter is telling her Mother howeverything is going wrong, she's failing algebra, her boyfriend broke up with her and her best friend is moving away. 

Meanwhile, her Mother is baking a cake and asks her daughter if she would like a snack, and the daughter says, 'Absolutely Mom, I love your cake.' 


'Here, have some cooking oil,' her Mother offers. 


'Yuck' says her daughter. 


'How about a couple raw eggs?' 'Gross, Mom!' 


'Would you like some flour then? Or maybebaking soda?' 


'Mom, those are all yucky!' 


To which the mother replies: 'Yes , all those things seem bad all by themselves. But when they are put together in the right way, they make a wonderfully delicious cake! ' 



God works the same way. Many times we wonder why He would let us go through such bad and difficult times. But God knows that when He puts these things all in His order, they always work for good! We just have to trust Him and, eventually, they will all make something wonderful! 

God is crazy about you. He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning. Whenever you want to talk, He'll listen. He can live anywhere in the universe, and He chose your heart.


Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

A Hope Undaunted

by Julie Lessman

About the author:
Julie Lessman is an award-winning author whose tagline of “Passion With a Purpose” underscores her intense passion for both God and romance. Winner of the 2009 ACFW Debut Author of the Year, Holt Medallion Awards of Merit for Best First Book and Long Inspirational and a Carol Award finalist, Julie is also the recipient of 13 Romance Writers of America awards and was voted by readers as “Borders Best of 2009 So Far: Your Favorite Fiction” at http://www.borders.com/online/store/ListView_best2009favefiction.

Julie resides in Missouri with her husband, daughter, son and daughter-in-law and is the author of "The Daughters of Boston" series, which includes A Passion Most Pure, A Passion Redeemed, and A Passion Denied, and book 1 in the newly released "Winds of Change" series, A Hope Undaunted.
 

The Blurb:
IN BOOKSTORES NOW!!!!!
IT'S HERE!!!
BOOK ONE OF THE "WINDS OF CHANGE" SERIES, A HOPE UNDAUNTED

A BRAND-NEW series that concludes the O'Connor saga!  The WINDS OF CHANGE Series begins with Katie O'Connor's story, A HOPE UNDAUNTED, during the wild and reckless Roaring 20s and the Great Depression. Book 2, A HEART REVEALED, tells the forbidden love story of Sean O'Connor and Emma Malloy. Book 3, A SOUL RESTORED (working title), will be Steven O'Connor's story during the exciting era of Prohibition, speakeasies, dance marathons, gangsters, G-men and era criminals like Bonnie & Clyde and John Dillenger.

What Others Say:
 A Hope Undaunted was an emotional roller coaster that kept me guessing! I love a book that makes me feel such strong emotions that I have tears streaming down my face as I'm reading. This book did that for me. In fact, I think all of Julie's books have had places in them where I've felt genuine grief for the characters, and they aren't even real people! The characters in A Hope Undaunted were so multi-dimensional that they felt real, so I hurt when they hurt. Kind of like the O'Connor family is special, these books remind me of Karen Kingsbury's Baxter family. As a reader and "fan," you want their stories to go on forever and ever. You can't get enough. I loved how I worried about these fictional people and their situations. My heart pounded right along with theirs because the author pulled no punches with them. I love it when I learn some of those hard-earned lessons with the characters, and when I think about a story long after I finish it. Here is what made this story special to me...

Katie Rose needed to learn a lot of things that only God could teach her. I loved how the author set up each situation in such a way that Katie had to learn to love the Lord first. Sometimes getting your heart broken again and again can knock the stubbornness right out of a woman. And the brokenness and beauty that is left when the fallout is cleaned up is often breathtakingly sweet. I loved how the author showed that humility and patience is beautiful, and how women really do want strong men in their lives, not pushovers. My pastor is a great example of that, and people respect him because he doesn't bend with every wind that blows through the church.

I adore stories that include sacrificial love themes as well as tough love. This story has both. Real love, the kind that comes from God, seeks another person's good over their own will. Nothing gets the waterworks going for me quicker than sacrificial love in a story. That's why the story of Christ's redemption is so powerful and emotional. It is a rare and beautiful thing when people find this kind of love that "seeks not its own way" with each other.

My husband exemplifies this kind of love in my life. He's like my Patrick, my Collin, my Brady, my Mitch. God has been deeply involved in my life as well as my husband's, and God has shaved off the rough edges to bring us to that deep kind of love that we share as husband and wife to this day. It's an O'Connor kind of love, filled with deep emotion, passion, loyalty, friendship, and trust. This story illustrates to all women who are single that the right man (the one God has in mind for you) is worth waiting for. It also speaks to the hearts of married women, that love is give and take, and that there is a time to disagree...but it should never be in front of the children. ;) And passionate kisses? Don't get me started. I absolutely love that Julie's books are full of them! " ~~ Michelle Sutton

"Once again, Julie Lessman has written a book with so many twists and turns, I couldn't stop reading! My favorite part is how she draws you closer to God - we need to have PASSION for God - not just the man in our life. I love how Katie questioned her faith and worked it out herself - she didn't just believe b/c her parents did...this is so much better than just reading a romance novel that sweeps you away for a few hours - it truly is a book that caused me to look at how I treat my husband and children - am I being a godly wife and a godly example to my 3 girls of what true, unconditional LOVE really is?
please keep writing Julie - I just wish I had another book to read, although it's probably good I don't have one right now - I get nothing else done when I have one of her books in my hands! My daughter is the one who got me hooked on these great books - my husband laughed the one night when he realized that my daughter and I were both reading the same book! and yes, I bought 2 books, cuz I couldn't wait until my daughter was done reading hers to start my own!!" ~~J. Raber

My Take:
Julie Lessman is known as a romance writer. Passion with a purpose is her tagline. But for me, her books are about relationships. I see more than romance in her stories but also how the daughter's love life affects the husband and wife relationship of her parents. For me her books are more like the old family saga which I happen to enjoy very much. The older I get the more I realize just how much we need family. All our family.

I can't help but fall in love with Julie's well rounded characters so although each of her books stand alone, I am happy to see and enjoy some of the same characters from earlier books.

This book is an excellent read.



Purchase The Book At:

Amazon:
Barnes and Noble:
Christianbook:

Or Ask Your Local Library To Order The Book In For You!

Book Contest:

We are featuring A Hope Undaunted by Julie Lessman.

Book Contest weeks are from Sunday through Saturday. A new book review is posted each week which may or may not have a contest connected with it. See the Book contest information on the side bar.

Leave a comment on any of my blog my posts this week along with information how to get hold of you if you are the winner. Posts on facebook do not count. We only check the messages on the blog to pick a winner.

We will send one special person a copy of A Hope Undaunted.

God Bless your day and thanks for stopping by.