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Give This Christmas Away (101 simple & thoughtful ways to . . .) by Matthew West

9781414336442Christmas is the time of the year when consumerism is at it’s peak. People rush here and there sadly trying to snag the best deal on gifts big and small at whatever cost it may take to get it. The Holiday season which should be stress free become frustrating and rather a hassle, not at all what it should be.

What if Christmas Looked Different this year? What if we all just give this Christmas away? Matthew West asks these two question in his latest book Give This Christmas Away.

If you are a Veggie Tale fan like myself, you may recall the song “Give This Christmas Away” which is a duet between Matthew West and Amy Grant from the latest movie Saint Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving, a movie that brought me to tears.

Little things matter, trust me they do. You don’t have to have gobs of money to be an encouragement to someone. All it may take is a helping hand, a card letting them know you thought of them, fresh baked cookies and an invitation to come over and have tea.  God blesses us in so many ways that through those, we can bless others.

If you are all out of ideas of your own on how you can can minister to those around you, Matthew West has written up 101 ways to give this Christmas away. I literally read this book in about on hour. I took a few notes of my own from the inspiration given to me from random stories through out this book. I love how each story is a word of testimony and a Bible Verse to match ends everyone. I challenge everyone to pick up this book and be a blessing to those around them not just during the Holiday season but every chance that you get!

It’s time to think outside the box and not just about what’s inside of it!

If you follow this link: you can read the first chapter!

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Holiday Gift Guide: How to Roast a Lamb – New Greek Classic Cooking by Michael Psilakis Cookbook Review

About How to Roast a Lamb…


A rising star in the food world, Michael Psilakis is co-owner of a growing empire of modern Mediterranean restaurants, and one of the most exciting young chefs in America today. In How to Roast a Lamb, the self-taught chef offers recipes from his restaurants and his home in this, his much-anticipated first cookbook.

Ten chapters provide colorful and heartfelt personal essays that lead into thematically related recipes. Gorgeous color photography accompanies many of the recipes throughout.  Psilakis’s cooking utilizes the fresh, naturally healthful ingredients of the Mediterranean augmented by techniques that define New American cuisine. Home cooks who have gravitated toward Italian cookbooks for the simple, user-friendly dishes, satisfying flavors, and comfortable, family-oriented meals, will welcome Psilakis’s approach to Greek food, which is similarly healthful, affordable, and satisfying to share any night of the week.

About the Author…

A long time front-of-house man with no professional cooking experience, Michael Psilakis took control of the kitchen when, as owner of his Long Island restaurant, Ecco, his chef simply failed to show up for work one night. Since then, his star as a chef and entrepreneur has risen considerably. He now owns three restaurants in Manhattan–Anthos, a showcase for his modern take on fine Greek dining; Kefi, a cozier spot that serves the more classic home cooking he grew up on; and, Mia Dona, a new Italian restaurant with a Greek bent. Psilakis lives in New York.

Barbara Kafka is the author of Vegetable

Love, Roasting: A Simple Art, Party Food, Soup: A Way of Life, and the New York Times bestseller Microwave Gourmet. Vegetable Love was winner of the 2006 IACP award for Best Single
Subject Cookbook. She was a regular contributor to the
York Times and has written extensively for food magazines
in the United States, Great Britain, and Australia,
and was recently honored with the
James Beard Foundation lifetime achievement award.

She lives in New York and Vermont.

My Thoughts…

I’m always looking to expand my cooking skills and I have faith that no matter how fancy it is, I’ll be able to pull off some tasty version of a dish even if it may not look exactly like it should. I’m very blessed to have a family that is willing try new things. And again, I’m blessed also to have collection of fantastic cookbooks that make me look like I really know what I am doing in the kitchen!

I’m now a fan of Michael Psilakis cooking. His cookbook How to Roast a Lamb features various Greek dishes that are sure to tickle your taste buds! I enjoyed the in-depth recipes as well as the full color photos of various dishes he’s prepared. In addition I also liked learning more about Micheal through various personal stories include through out the book.

Ten chapters are included in How To Roast Lamb estimating up to over 300 pages. You’ll find all sort of dishes that use more than just lamb but other meats as well as some that have no meat all. I found this cookbook heartfelt, user-friendly, and simple enough to create some pretty fantastic meals for friends and family!

How to Roast a Lamb by Michael Psilakis would a be a fantastic cookbook to add to any kitchen and a great book to think about picking up this Holiday season whether for yourself or someone you know. You can purchase this book at Amazon as well as many other places for around 18.95 (hard cover).

Disclaimer: Thanks so much to Anna, Hachette Book Group, and the Product Review Place for sending me a review copy of this book to review.

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No More Headaches: Enjoying Sex & Intimacy In Marriage

5011433: No More Headaches: Enjoying Sex and Intimacy in         Marriage No More Headaches: Enjoying Sex and Intimacy in Marriage

By Dr. Juli Slattery / Tyndale House

Are you sometimes afflicted by bouts of “I’m not in the mood”? Here’s a prescription that will restore your marital intimacy to joyful health! With the warmth and understanding of a close friend, Dr. Juli Slattery honestly addresses men’s and women’s different needs to help you and your husband enjoy the satisfying sex life God intends. 208 pages, softcover from Tyndale.

I read No More Headaches: Enjoying Sex and Intimacy in Marriage in a about a week, which for me as rather quickly. I found myself captured by the realness of this book and couldn’t find it in myself to put it down. I think it goes to show how much women really need a book like this in dealing with the know hows of understanding sex in a God centered marriage relationship.

Author Juli Slattery has done a great job discussing the sensitive subject of sex by communicating  a little more than her own hurts and frustrations. Sex is not the easiest subject to understand and talk with each other about, but in this book  ways are suggested to approach it cautiously.

Through scripture and real life stories the reader is shown several different approaches in their own behavior to help heal & mend their own personal  sexual  relationship. You’ll find issues dealing with  pornography, a man’s sex drive, fatigue, children, boredom, past sexual issues, your body, and more.

Sorry guys, this book is written for women, though I am sure a man could definitely learn a thing or two. Ladies, if your spouse is interested, you could go through the chapters together and talk  about the various information found throughout this book. I think it’s good for not only women to understand the differences of man but also for men to understand the differences of woman when it comes to sex.

I would recommend this book to married and engaged women of all ages, as I know we all could use it in handling the good, bad, and ugly relational issues that come with marriage. 5 stars!

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Book Review: 90 Days To A Fantastic Marriage by: Dr. David Hawkins

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90 Days to a Fantastic Marriage: How to Bring Out the Soul Mate in Your Mate

By Dr. David Hawkins / Tyndale House

No matter what stage of marriage you’re in – newlywed, longtime married, or in crisis – wouldn’t it be nice to be praised and noticed rather than criticized and ignored? Hawkins’s 12-week plan will help you stop negative patterns and start speaking about the good in your spouse. You’ll build a positive marriage solidified with love and appreciation!

My thoughts:

I’ve read quite a few books that are written to help regain that special spark in your marriage but I have never read one quite like 90 Days To A Fantastic Marriage by author Dr. David Hawkins.

This book is a 12 week study plan to work on becoming a “soul mate” for your mate.  Each lesson focuses on major relational topics in our lives together. Each chapter begins with signs pertaining to each weekly topic  and ends with a quiz  and a putting it into practice this week section.

I find the author focusing on each others stregnths and hopes whether than focusing entirely on the problems that we may have of each other. Ignore the problems no, but if that’s all we are seeing, our relationship will go down hill because over time it will eat us up and that will be all we continue to see.  Focusing on the postive things makes it easier to address the negative things, so we are always closely connected.

This book is a great read whether you are newly married or you’ve been married for many years.The tools are all right here to  build a stronger relationship with each other. If you want change for the better, I promise your marriage will be revolutionized!

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(Little Blessings) What is The Bible by: Kathleen Long Bostrom, Illustrated by Elena Kucharik

978-1-4143-2012-0What Is the Bible?
Author Kathleen Bostrom
Illustrator Elena Kucharik

Product Description
Little Blessings question books help young children understand basic truths about the Christian life. Perfect for ages 3-6, What Is the Bible asks and answers questions about the Bible, such as: Who wrote the Bible, who is the Bible about, how do you read the Bible? Parents can use this book as a fun tool to answer questions their little ones may have about God’s Word.

You can find the 1st Chapter .PDF here.

My thoughts…

In this book geared toward 3-6 year olds, you’ll find that answers to many questions about the Bible children commonly ask will be answered, making “What Is the Bible?”  perfect for eager young minds just beginning to learn about the Word of God.

The colorful illustrations by illustrator Elena Kucharik correspond well with the story. My daughter, though to young for this book at the time enjoyed pointing out out the children and animals by name found throughout the pages.  As you can see that even my 14 month old finds this book visually appealing, I’m sure older children will as well.

One of my favorite features is that at the end of the book, you’ll find a section of Bible references. These references go along  with the story which was written in rhyme, an ingenoius way to help children remember what was read.

I highly recommend this book for those of you wanting to meet children on their level of learning about the Word of God. This book makes for a wonderful resource for parents, Sunday school teachers, and even grandparents.

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NLT Life Application Bible Studies-John

nltjohnI anticipate my future studies in the Word of God using the wonderful resources found in the various NLT Life Application Bible Studies guides available from Tyndale.  These books are wonderful whether you are on the go or are just looking to have all your information in one place. I’ve found the various guide incredibly useful for myself and imagine that others will greatly benefit from them as well.

I’ve recently been using NLT Life Application Bible Studies guide of John. In reading, we are taken on an in-depth examination of the book of John separated into 13 lessons. Each lesson will take about an hour to go through, so if you want to read a little at a time you can do that.  I personally like to go at a slow pace so I can let what I am reading soak in for further discussion with those around me.  The beauty of this guide is that you can set your own studying pace.

This guide like many of the others offers easy to understand study notes, application notes, and biblical profiles along with maps & charts as they would appear in the Life Application Study Bible.

You can use this study guide for self study, a small group, or even as guide to go by at church. You can use this guide alone, or with other sorts of resources though it’s not required because I imagine that most people will get a lot of this guide as it is.

Much like the other application studies in this series, each lesson is made up of the six following parts:

  • Reflect
  • Read
  • Realize
  • Respond
  • Resolve
  • More

Tyndale has done a great job putting together everything that someone would need to encourage one to grow in the knowledge of scripture and to learn how to apply it to their lives.  I already own the Hebrews guide and highly recommend  the remaining guides to all who are interested.

You can find John, NLT Life Application Bible Studies at Christian Book on sale for just $6.49, if you are looking to add it to your collection.

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