Showing posts from January, 2014

A complete guide to the world of C.S. Lewis

A complete guide to the world of C.S. Lewis The A–Z of C.S. Lewis sheds light on the life and writing of one of the world’s most beloved authors While the majority of readers are familiar with C.S. Lewis’s children’s books, The Chronicles of Narnia , or his popular theological releases Mere Christianity and The Screwtape Letters , how well do they know the author himself? Although Lewis left this world 50 years ago, his writings live on, as popular as ever in the hearts of audiences young and old. In The A–Z of C.S. Lewis: An Encyclopedia of His Life, Thought and Writings (Lion Books/November 1, 2013/ISBN 978-0-7459-5586-5/$24.95) , Colin Duriez provides a comprehensive introduction to Lewis’s life, family, friends, career, marriage and writings, as well as an inside look into the worlds he created, the creatures he imagined and the studies he delighted in. “C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia are consistently among the bestselling children’s books, firmly establish

Bruce Feiler’s THE SECRETS OF HAPPY FAMILIES Kindle HDX Giveaway!

In The Secrets of Happy Families , New York Times bestselling author Bruce Feiler has drawn up a blueprint for modern families — a new approach to family dynamics, inspired by cutting-edge techniques gathered from experts in the disciplines of science, business, sports, and the military. Written in a charming, accessible style,  The Secrets of Happy Families  is smart, funny, and fresh, and will forever change how your family lives every day. Bruce is celebrating the release of his book with a family fun "Happy Family" Kindle HDX giveaway.   One winner will receive: A brand new Kindle Fire HDX The Secrets of Happy Families by Bruce Feiler Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on February 15th. Winner will be announced February 17th on the Litfuse blog . Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to stop by the Litfuse blog on the 17th to see if you won. {MORE ABOUT  THE SECRETS OF HAPPY F

Sarah Ladd talks about her newest release, The Headmistress of Rosemere

An Interview with Sarah Ladd, Author of The Headmistress of Rosemere   Life is unexpected. Each day holds new surprises — some exciting, others unwanted. What matters most is how we respond to those trying situations. Sarah E. Ladd reminds us the importance of clinging to God to get us through the mountains and valleys of life in The Headmistress of Rosemere (Thomas Nelson/December 31, 2013/ISBN: 978-1-4016-8836-3/$15.99) . Ladd hopes The Headmistress of Rosemere , book two of The Whispers on the Moors series, will encourage readers to look for help in the right place. “I think a lot of people look within themselves to try to find answers to their problems,” explains Ladd. “But if we look to ourselves for solutions, we will be disappointed. Instead, we should take our problems, cares, and worries to God and lay them at His feet. Pray about them. Ask God to make His plans known. When we do this, amazing things can happen.” Q: The Headmistress of Rosemere is the second

The claws start coming out on #TheBachelor!

I don't know about you guys, but I am ready for Grey's Anatomy and Scandal to come back on. I need some enjoyable TV. Four. More. Weeks. Maybe I can blog on curling when the Olympics come on. I know nothing about curling, but what is there to know? So... The Bachelor ... More dramatic than Russian ice dancing... Saturday night, one of my friends brought up the question as to whether or not any of us had made New Year's resolutions. (Seems like an odd conversation starter among us, but I digress.) I said my resolution was to get retweeted by  +The Bachelor . That hasn't happened yet, but I have been added back on Google +. Most of my Google + feed is auto posts, and even the  +The Bachelor  page has info about Ben under the page description instead of Juan Pablo proving that no one cares about Google +. By the way, person in charge of the Google + account, you might want to update that if you happen to be checking in here. Photo from

I cannot handle The Bachelor wedding episodes which shouldn't come as a surprise

When I got home from tonight, I was debating whether or not to go ahead and start The Bachelor special tonight with Sean and Catherine's wedding. After all, Sister Wives  was about to come on. I started the DVR that had already started recording the big event before I got home and when I heard Chris Harrison say, "the most romantic TV event of the year," I decided I had to stop it because I didn't have the laptop in front of me yet. That's a big proclamation given the month of January is NOT over yet. Within minutes, I had a message on Facebook saying, "Surely you are going to blog about 'the grown sexy' wedding!" So, here we go. I'm starting this late, so it will post right after midnight and Monday's show will post at 12:01 Tuesday morning since I have two posts going up this week and my weekly Sunday video post has gone up today. From

What happens when you only have 15 minutes

Our class was shortened to 15 minutes today, so I was trying to pick a song they knew. We've done "Deep and Wide" for the video before, but I needed help coming up with something quick. This was quite entertaining to me. We tried "Blue Skies and Rainbows" and made it through one verse. I told them next week (if I remember), we needed to work on the three other verses.

Let them eat pie!

Now that Angie can walk again, we're trying to get back into our monthly Girls' Night Out routine. Rakia picked Norma's Cafe in the Bishop Arts District because she heard about their pie. We ate fried pickles and our respective dinners first. We should have started with the pie because I for one could not breathe by the time we got out of there after eating so much. Jenny is never one to pose for a picture. Jenny's pecan pie. Angie may have been looking down on purpose. She had grilled cheese for dessert. That is some kind of Reese's concoction that Rakia has. I think it had bits of Reese's inside. That is my coconut pie, and I did take that meringue off the top.    Don't you wish you went with us?

Ruth Reid’s A MIRACLE OF HOPE Kindle HDX Giveaway and Facebook Party!

A Miracle of Hope is the first book in Ruth Reid 's new series, Amish Wonders , and she  is celebrating the release with a Kindle HDX Giveaway and an Author Chat Facebook Party! One winner will receive: A Kindle Fire HDX A Miracle of Hope  by Ruth Reid Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on February 11th. Winner will be announced at the A Miracle of Hope  Facebook Party on February 11th .  Connect with Ruth for an evening of book chat, trivia, laughter, prizes, and more! So grab your copy of A Miracle of Hope and join Ruth and friends on the evening of February 11th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!) Don't miss a moment of the fun;  RSVP today .  Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or  TWITTER  and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 11th! {MORE ABOUT  A MIRACLE OF HOPE } Book One in the Amish

THE CALLING | Six Chances to win an iPad, Kindle, or Nook from Suzanne Woods Fisher!

Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher  is celebrating her newest book,  The Calling , by giving away TWO iPads, TWO Kindles, and TWO Nooks!   Two grand prize winners will receive: An iPad The Letters and The Calling by Suzanne Woods Fisher Four second place winners will receive: A Kindle Fire HDX or a Nook HD—winner's choice! The Letters  and  The Calling  by Suzanne Woods Fisher Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on February 8th.  All winners will be announced February 10th at Suzanne's blog . Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to visit Suzanne's blog on the 10th to see if you won one of the great prizes! (Or better yet, subscribe to her blog and have the winner announcement delivered to your inbox!) {MORE ABOUT  THE CALLING } Book Two in the Inn at Eagle Hill series. Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher delivers her trademark twists, turns, and tender romance i

Cara Putman’s SHADOWED BY GRACE “Past & Present” Camera Prize Pack Giveaway!

Cara Putman  is celebrating her latest historical suspense novel, Shadowed by Grace   with a fun "Past and Present" giveaway!  One winner will receive: A Polaroid Instant Camera A beautiful antique AFGRA camera ( learn more here ) Movie passes to see The Monuments Men movie (with George Clooney and Matt Damon) Shadowed By Grace  by Cara Putman Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on February 8th. Winner will be announced February 10th on Cara's blog . Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to stop by  Cara's blog  on the 10th to see if you won. ### {MORE ABOUT  SHADOWED BY GRACE } She found peace in a time of war. Desperate to save her dying mother, an American woman accepts her newspaper’s assignment to travel to Italy where she takes photographs dangerously close to the front lines during World War II. But Rachel’s real motive in this journey is to find the father