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Battle Ready: Prepare to Be Used by God

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In the second book of the Bold Man of God series, best-selling author Steve Farrar provides a powerful resource for any man who longs to impact his world for God There is a kind of man God uses. He stands tall in the face of giants. He strives to honor God with his life. He trusts when it seems all hope is lost. And when life is uncertain, he is certain of God’s unfailing provision. But in his new book, Battle Ready: Prepare to Be Used by God (David C Cook, September 2009), best-selling author Steve Farrar advances the theme that God must first train and prepare the man He would use. “If a man asks God to use him, he’s asking for a good thing,” says Farrar. “But how God chooses to answer that prayer and the way He purposes to prepare him for such a life may bear little resemblance to how he imagined it would work!” Though they may not know it, those who want to serve God will undoubtedly face unexpected hardships, seasons of frustration and seeming futility, and find themselves pa

Tattoo Removal

Got your attention with that title, didn't I? Well, evidently those rub on tattoos don't come off of your skin all that easily. Peyton put an eagle tattoo on her left cheek Friday for the football game. They never really ever come off easily for her, and she was supposed to get this one off before church this morning. Brian said something to her about it, but didn't realize she was going to try to scrub it off in the shower. She didn't have a mirror in the shower to tell where exactly the tattoo was, and she scrubbed like there as no tomorrow. Half of the tattoo was off when I saw her, but a inch or so lower, she had a huge red spot where she rubbed the hide off of her cheek. She sat over by some of her mom's family during church, and when we saw her afterwards, she had her handout from class in front of her face, and then her hand so that no one would look at her. She was so embarrassed. As she left church with me, she held my hand with her left, and put her r

Savannah by the Sea by Denise Hildreth

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The last book(s) that I read were pretty intense, so I decided to go tack to some light and funny reading. So, I went to my stash (I have one right now) and picked up the last book in the Denise Hildreth's Savannah series. I bought book one for 49 cents and when Denise got a Google Alert on my blog, she didn't know if she was too glad that I found her book for 49 cents. I think it was because the cover got beat up and scuffed in shipping really. I will have her know that I have since bought 4 of her books - at least two of which were at full price! I still have 2 to read though. Soon - but I have some others to read ahead of it from work. Balance, you know. So here is the back cover copy: First, I had to lie to my boss. (Sort of.) Then my parents had a fight. (They never fight.) The pint-sized lapdog that is treated better than I am has thrown up. (Twice.) And my mother’s six-foot-tall beauty-queen protégé won’t stop sniveling—and she takes up half the back seat. This vacat

Andy Hawthorne's Hope Unleashed

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It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today's Wild Card author is: Andy Hawthorne and the book: Hope Unleashed David C. Cook; New edition (August 1, 2009) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Andy Hawthorne is a British evangelist, author, and founder of the Message Trust, an award-winning Christian mission organization dedicated to bringing the gospel message to the poorest neighborhoods of Hawthorne’s hometown of Manchester, England. He is the author of Diary of a Dangerous Vision, also a Survivor book. Visit the autho

Odd obsessions

Ever wonder what the media would be covering if the Gosselins were behaving nicely? Or what they would be covering lately if it hadn't been for the deaths of Farrah Fawcett , Michael Jackson, and now Ted Kennedy? Of course, that was the topic of all news as I turned on the TV this morning while I was getting to work, complete with the statement from Arnold Schwarzenegger about "Uncle Teddy". Yeah, it was his uncle-in-law, but the "Uncle Teddy" part seemed a little odd. It has actually been a touch couple of weeks for the Kennedys as two siblings have died within as many weeks. Strangely though, what I thought about this morning was not only how this hit the family hard, but about a friend I had in high school who as best I can figure would be devastated . At least I guess you could call her a friend. We were for a while during the time we were in school together - our first three years of high school. To say Allison was obsessed with the Kennedy family may

Stan Toler's The Buzzards are Circling... and God Has Never Failed Me

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It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today's Wild Card author is: Stan Toler and the books: The Buzzards are Circling, but God is Not Finished with Me Yet David C. Cook; New edition (August 1, 2009) AND God Has Never Failed Me, but He’s Sure Scared Me to Death a Few Times David C. Cook; New edition (August 1, 2009) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Stan Toler resides in Oklahoma City, OK and is an international speaker and seminar leader. For several years he served as Vice-President and taught seminars for Dr. John

My sports commentary for the night

Some things are dumb beyond words. Most of them I have seen or heard about on TV. I really need to turn of the TV, but I have a thing about the noise. Tonight's topic will be sportscasts. My dad was watching ESPN earlier, and they were showing Ochocinco. I look from at it from the side of the TV and try to say something else until Dad explains the guy changed is name to that because his number is 85. Legally changes his name to match his number. Now he is eight five. Not even 85 in actual Spanish. The announcers were saying his name over and over again and the stupidity of changing your name was too much for me. I had to leave the room. Then a few hours later, I turn on my computer, and home my page is a story about 85. I refuse to type or say his stupid name again. I'm not sure why that got to me like it did, I just found it stupid. Speaking of stupidity and sportscasters, I think one of the reasons I don't watch the Rangers like I used to is the stupidity of Josh Lewin

Ann Kroeker's Not So Fast

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It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today's Wild Card author is: Ann Kroeker and the book: Not So Fast David C. Cook; New edition (August 1, 2009) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ann Kroeker is an acclaimed writer and speaker committed to encouraging and inspiring women as they face the demands of daily living. She is the author of The Contemplative Mom and has contributed to the award-winning Experiencing the Passion of Jesus. Visit the author's website . Product Details: List Price: $14.99 Paperback: 240 pag