Showing posts from May, 2016

Abuse survivor leads women on a journey to heal

Part 1 of an interview with Crystal M.  Sutherland, Author of  Journey to Heal A woman who was sexually abused as a child can wrestle her whole adult life with questions such as,  Am I worthless? How can I move past the hurt? Do I matter to God?  This internal turbulence can carve a deep hole in an already wounded soul. Crystal M. Sutherland’s own experiences as a child led her to write  Journey to Heal: Seven Essential Steps of Recovery for Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse  (Kregel Publications) . Q: Your book,  Journey to Heal ,   addresses an especially sensitive subject. How prevalent is child sexual abuse in our country? The prevalence of childhood sexual abuse in our country is one of the best-kept secrets of our culture today. It is a crime perpetuated in silence and secrecy, and often children who may attempt to tell an adult are ignored, dismissed or misunderstood. Based on recorded cases, it is estimated there are more than 42 million adult survivors of s

Tonight's episode of #thebachelorette according to Chad

From The Bachelorette's Facebook page Tonight I got to watch a few minutes of The Bachelorette before I had to leave for a softball game. I could have stretched it to 30 minutes, but I decided not to try to blog, then stop, and start back when I returned. So, therefore, it's a start at 10:00 kind of blog. I hate when I have to do that. I hate not being able to live tweet too. But, I know Peyton's season won't last forever. So, 10:20 and it's start time. This week's episode starts with the men awaiting the first date card. Before it even arrives, Chad is toasting himself very crudely saying he will be the one to marry JoJo. He believes most of the men have not dated anyone of her caliber in the past. I'm already ready for him to go. How long until the other men start complaining to JoJo about his motives. My guess is sooner than usual. The first date card arrives, and Evan grabs it to read it to the guys. "Luke, Grant, Will, Evan, Daniel, Vinni

The Books of the Old Testament version 2

Books of the Old Testament To the tune of “Ten Little Indians” Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth First and Second Samuel, First and Second Kings, First and Second Chronicles. Oh Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations. Oh, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi.

I got nothin' for ya

In the words of Jeff Probst of Survivor to the team that lost the reward challenge, "I got nothin' for ya." I have no craft post for this week though I was working a little bit on a flag letter earlier and started doodling on a planter for my back yard. The three day weekend is much welcomed because I am zapped. I did, however, contemplate a Hobby Lobby run to see if they have any Christmas out. Don't hate me at the mere mention.

Sister Eve and the Blue Nun

Can Sister Eve prove a dear friend isn’t a cold-blooded killer? Find out in Lynne Hinton’s new book,  Sister Eve and the Blue Nun .  When all evidence seems to point to the victim’s brother, Sister Eve sets out to expose the killer and learn the explosive truth those missing manuscripts might contain. Chasing a killer is dangerous work, and as her two worlds collide, Sister Eve may need some heavenly help simply to survive. {MORE ABOUT  SISTER EVE AND THE BLUE NUN } (Thomas Nelson, May 2016) After a murder at the monastery, Sister Eve may need a miracle if she is to prove a dear friend isn’t a cold-blooded killer. Sister Eve, a motorcycle-riding nun with a natural (or is it supernatural?) gift for solving murders returns to the enclave she once called home and quickly finds herself confronting yet another mysterious death. Someone has poisoned Dr. Kelly Middlesworth—a researcher on the life and ministry of 17th-century’s revered “Blue Nun”—and a set of irreplaceable his

Shelley Shepard Gray's A Daughter's Dream giveaway

Can Rebecca, a teacher, and Jacob, a single father, find healing from past wounds and love in one another, despite the obstacles they face? Don’t miss book two,  A Daughter’s Dream , in Shelley Shepard Gray’s The Charmed Amish Life series.  When a fateful accident brings them together, Rebecca and Jacob must choose between duty and desire. Will they follow the path before them? Or set out to find true happiness . . . and true love? Enter to win a copy of  A Daughter’s Dream —five winners will be chosen! Click the image below to enter to win. The winners will be announced June 8th on  Shelley’s blog ! {MORE ABOUT  A DAUGHTER’S DREAM } (Avon Inspire, May 2016) A young teacher and farmer discover they have much in common, especially when it comes to healing old wounds from the past . . . and finding love in one another. Rebecca Kinsinger has always dreamed of being a teacher. But when she’s given the opportunity she’s been waiting for at Charm Amish School, she’s

Hope isn’t always easy to find - sometimes you have to hunt

Part 1 of an interview with Nika Maples, Author of Hunting Hope Finding hope in dark times is not an accident. Sometimes it has to be hunted, and that chase takes great strength. Author Nika Maples wants to help others find the fierce bravery required to excavate hope from hardship with her new book, Hunting Hope: Dig Through the Darkness to Find the Light (Worthy Inspired) . Maples warns those who have the opportunity to observe Hope Hunters not to be fooled by the light in their eyes and the smile on their faces. If bystanders look a little closer, they’ll notice the dirt under their fingernails and the sweat on their shirts. These pursuers of light rake through the rubble of unwanted situations and dig into difficult circumstances, because they know enough about God to make them confident adversity can produce good in their lives. This is not the delusion of the eternal optimist. The Hope Hunter acknowledges things are as bad as they seem, but they understand they can

Sarah Sundin’s ‘Anchor in the Storm’ All Hands on Deck Giveaway

In a time of sacrifice, what price can one put on true love? Pharmacist Lillian Avery and Ensign Archer Vandenberg are about to find out in Sarah Sundin's new book,  Anchor in the Storm .  During the darkest days of the war, Arch's destroyer hunts German U-boats in vain as the submarines sink dozens of merchant ships along the East Coast. Still shaken by battles at sea, Arch notices his men also struggle with their nerves—and with drowsiness. Could there be a link to the large prescriptions Lillian has been filling? As the danger rises on both land and sea, the two must work together to answer that question. But can Arch ever earn Lillian's trust and affection? Celebrate the release of Sarah's  Anchor in the Storm by entering to win her All Hands on Deck Prize Pack!   One grand prize winner will receive: A signed copy of  Anchor in the Storm Nautical tote bag lined with anchor fabric Anchor necklace made from copper reclaimed from the USS Constitution in

Why am I blogging about #thebachelorette again?

Image I'm already questioning why I am doing this yet again. Unicorn girl JoJo launches her own journey to find love. Wearing the dumb rubber mask almost worked for her. What kind of gimmicks will we all be witness to tonight during the limo unloading? But first, a recap of JoJo's difficult path to rejection last season. If she hadn't been dumped last time, she wouldn't have learned so much about herself and she wouldn't be ready to find love. It's necessary before the men arrive for JoJo to get advice for Ali, Des and Kaitlyn. They convince her that the guys' nerves will calm down her own nerves. Kissing on the first night? Regrets? Hurting feelings? Perhaps the best advice is to ignore the guys that stand out on the first night for the first week to see if there is anything there. JoJo does say she will be cautious in throwing out, "I love you," due to the fact she was burned by Ben and their exchanges. A few videos introdu