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MJM- Making Reading Fun Review and Giveaway

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daypark 100_0725MJM Books does exactly what their slogan says, ” Making Reading Fun”. I was given the opportunity to review one of their three available titles to personalize specially for my daughter Melody.

I’ve come across other children book companies where you could include your child’s name so nothing new there but MJM Books takes it to another level and has were you can also choose what the child looks like in the book! How neat is that? I found the process easy as your first select which book out of the three available that you would like to purchase. I choose the book “A Day at The Park” because my daughter loves going to the park.

I think it’s great that you can preview the entire book on the site before choosing so you know what you are getting. After selecting my book, I then choose the sex of the child to be featured in the book followed with my choice of hair color and style, skin tone and eye color. I also included a special message which is optional to add, that read “To Melody from Mommy and Daddy”. It was so simple to create this book!

It didn’t’ take long for me to receive the book at all which means the processing is extremely fast. I like fact customers can track their book order straight from the MJM Books website by simply entering their email or order number!

I was impressed highly by the quality of the book I received and I am a big fan of  the brightly colored illustrations.  My daughter really enjoyed me reading this book to her she giggled and looked at me each time I mentioned her name. I have no doubt that this book will become a favorite and remembered in the years to come!100_0728

MJM is commited to taking care of the environment.  All of  their books are printed on 100% recycled paper. Also, each book they print is one-of-a-kind, which means that they don’t have any unused or wasted inventory! I think that is wonderful because  many companies out there waste a lot sending out samples to people with generic names on them.

MJM Books also contributes a portion of its volunteer time and proceeds to the non-profit, after-school tutoring program 826CHI in Chicago.  826CHI is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.  They provide drop-in tutoring, after-school workshops, in-school tutoring, help for English language learners, and assistance with student publications.

I encourage you to check out MJM customized children’s books. Each book is priced at $15.95 and if you order all three that are available, you’ll receive free shipping!  http://www.mjmbooks.com/index.html

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How would you like to win your very own MJM customized childrens book? Thanks to the generosity of this company, one of my readers will get this special opportunity!

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Book Review:The Fabric of a Woman by Pamela Hines

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By Pamela Hines / Whitaker House

About the Author

In in 1982, Pamela M. Hines began her ministry shortly after her husband, Darrell L. Hines, was tragically struck by lightning. She is co-founder of Dominion Fellowship, an outreach ministry encircling a wide range of races and religious backgrounds, catering to the special needs of husband-wife ministry teams. She offers practical messages and encourages all to take the challenge to become all that God wants us to be.

The Fabric of a Woman

Become the woman that God designed you to be!

Pamela M. Hines author of A Wife’s Prayer published back in 2007, has just released her latest book titled The Fabric of a Woman: Investing in You – Body, Soul and Spirit. How many of you are so wrapped up in the day to day activities of life that you forget to take care of yourselves? I mean really take care of yourself. I often fall into this category myself.

Pamela shares with us that we have been “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:1). We have been crafted by the loving Creator God, who provided each of us with spectacular sets of attributes, skills and talents that compose the fabric of our lives. We are much like beautiful and delicate natural fabrics in how we live, move, breathe, and grow.

My Thoughts:

I much enjoyed reading “The Fabric of a Woman” by author Pamela Hines and am highly considering reading her other title “A Wife’s Prayer” when I have the time.  First I’d like to mention that this book is not what I expected in least bit. I expected a book full of scripture and testimonies from the author’s life as well as from people she knows. Those things were added into this book but along side there were a few refreshing chapters on how to take care of ourselves as woman, not just spiritually but physically as well.

I think it’s so important to take of our outer appearance as well as the inner. As a mother I can relate to neglecting myself as trying to see that everything and everyone gets taken care  before myself. Too often you’ll find my hair a mess, my clothes stained with lord knows what, and those bags under my eyes looking pretty dark. Pamela puts this all into perspective in ways you can easily take steps to becoming the woman got has created you to be.

I will definitely be reading this book again because I got so much out of it and there’s even more I want to take to heart and share with other woman around me. I recommend this book to all women both young and old. If there’s one book you don’t want to miss out on reading this year, it’s this one.

You can purchase this book at Christian Book for $9.99!

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Book Review: Menu for Romance

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By Kaye Dacus / Barbour Publishing

Professional event planner Meredith Guidry makes a New Year’s resolution: that she’ll get over an eight-year-long infatuation so she can fall in love and end her still-single status before New Year’s Eve rolls around again. Executive chef Major O’Hara wishes he could admit his feelings for and share his life with Meredith, but he knows he could never saddle the woman he loves with a family situation like his.

My Thoughts:

I would have loved nothing more that to sit and read this book all the way through at one sitting but alas that was not the case at hand!

Menu for Romance is the first book that I’ve read by author Kaye Dacus and it won’t be my last. This book is the second in the Brides of Bonneterre Series but does an exceptional job of standing alone with no need of going back and reading the book prior. Though, I will  say that you’ll probably want too after getting to know characters in this wonderful story.
I appreciate that this book was modestly written not filled with cussing or sex. The characters were real in struggling with problems that most people deal with on a daily basis. I loved that the characters weren’t perfect and how their prayers weren’t exactly answered like they had hoped for.

God works in mysterious ways, and the surprising twist and turns in this book illustrate that. I highly recommend this book if your looking for a heart warming yet real tale of love and romance from a  christian perspective.

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Book Review:What’s He Really Thinking? by: Paula Rinehart

bookcoverWhat’s He Really Thinking?: How to Be a Relational Genius with the Man in Your Life
By Paula Rinehart / Thomas Nelson

Understand your man’s heart and mind! Seasoned counselor Rinehart gives incredible insight into couples’ communication gaps. In her conversational style, she reveals how men think, why they do what they do, what they struggle with, and how you can respond to them in new ways to enrich your relationship. Includes in-depth Bible study and discussion questions. Paperback.

* How men think
* Why they do what they do
* What they struggle with

“What’s He Really Thinking? How to Be a Relational Genius with the Man in Your Life”  is a must have book in helping women to understand the men in their lives, whether it be your husbands, father, son, and even co-worker. Author and speaker Paula Reinhart does an exceptional job of  shedding light on common mis-communication that most men and woman struggle with on a daily basis.

The real stories, along with scientific research are perfect examples that explain situations or problems in way that would make perfectly good sense to the reader. Various topics also backed with scripture and prayer can be found amidst this resource. This book does great job at bringing us closer to finding peace and appreciating the differences of the men God has purposely brought into our lives.

I enjoyed this book and finished reading it in a matter of three days time. I hoping to apply everything I’ve read to my own life ,though I’m sure it won’t be easy. I want to learn how to Treasure the Moments, in building my relationships with the men in my life. I highly recommend this book to all women whether you be single or married.

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tough Times, Tough People Review/Giveaway

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tough Times, Tough People reminds us that tough times won’t last, but tough people will. Tough People is all about overcoming adversity, pulling together, making do with less, facing challenges, and finding new joys in a simpler life. This new collection shares tales of people who have been laid off, lost their homes, and endured wrenching life changes, but discovered the underlying gifts in their new situations. More time at home with family, creative “staycations,” more satisfying job opportunities, and renewed gratitude for health and life are just a few of the silver linings these survivors have learned to cherish.

My Thoughts: I don’t know about you but for me, times just seem a little tougher than they’ve used to be. It’s nice to be able to pick up a  book like Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tough Times, Tough People  and get a bit of inspiration throughout my day. Real stories from peoples everyday lives like our own can be one the greatest up lifters in this day and age next to the Bible.

This book is filled with 101 stories about overcoming the economic crisis and other daily challenges. It’s very easy to browse through, you can read it straight or like me, pick through the various categories to whatever suits your mood/situation.

This book is wonderful coffee table, bedside, or bathroom reader, in my opinion. It would make a great gift for anybody that you know!

Win it: Thanks to Chicken Soup for the Soul, I was sent this latest edition (June 2009), to read…and  I also have two copies of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tough Times, Tough People to  giveaway today. To enter to win, just leave a comment here by Monday, August 1oth.

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Book Review: The Sword and the Flute (Matterhorn the Brave Series #1) by Mike Hamel

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By Mike Hamel / Amg Publishers

This children’s fantasy fiction series gives young readers an exciting look into the amazing world of time-travel and history.Matterhorn the Brave follows four young people who are recruited to keep an eye on the portals of earth that connect all realms of space and time. Recommended for ages 9 to 12.

My thoughts: I’m a fan of fantasy books so I really enjoyed reading the tale of Matterhorn the brave and his new found friends! I felt the author did a wonderful job in instilling christian themed moral values along the story line without being overbearing or over the top.

This book is easy to understand and relate to spiritually, as with the Sword of Truth our young character Matt carries. In a part of the story his friend tells him that as long as he has this sword of truth he won’t die…which is true as long as we have truth ( i.e salvation) we will live forever spending eternity with God.

I like how real the characters were, as they struggled with some of the same questions we have commonly in our own personal walks of life. I’ve never been confronted by a pirate but in a way I have!

I found myself amused, compelled, and on the edge of my seat in following along with our young adventures! I highly recommend this great series and look forward to reading the rest of the books in this series along with my daughter in the near future!


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