Wednesday, February 29, 2012

LESSON EIGHT: “1 Peter: Finding Encouragement in Troubling Times – A Sue Edwards Inductive Bible Study”

Lesson 8 of “1 Peter: Finding Encouragement in Troubling Times – A Sue Edwards Inductive Bible Study” led me to consider my own mortality and how I am serving Christ in light of the fact that my life is a fleeting vapor that appears for a short time then disappears.

In Ecclesiastes 7:1-4, Solomon says that death comes to every man and is better than birth. I believe that very few of us acknowledge that we are going to die. We fear death. But we shouldn’t fear it if we’re Christian because death means being in Christ’s presence.

Still, the point should be that we’re not dead, yet, so what does God want us to do with our time on earth? Peter places great priority on prayer. An authentic, consistent prayer life is greatly enhanced by clear-mindedness and self-control. Both of these qualities afford a discipline to my own prayer life that makes that part of my life engaging and satisfying.

Discerning and serving the Lord and others in the realm of our spiritual gifts is another way we should be spending our time on earth as we await our reunion with Christ. I’ve used each of my spiritual gifts at one time or another. Currently, I speak God’s truth (prophecy and teaching) as I share in my Bible study groups and Sunday School. I encourage my Christian siblings with notes and cards. I also contribute financially (contributing to the needs of others) to my church and other Christian organizations.

In light of the blessings ahead for faithful believers, we should commit ourselves to God and continue to do good, even in hard times. James says that we should consider it pure joy whenever we face trials of many kinds because we know the testing of our faith develops perseverance which must complete its work so that we may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

When Christ returns, I don’t want Him to find me lacking.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

"Heart's Safe Passage" by Laurie Alice Eakes

First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Laurie Alice Eakes and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Heart's Safe Passage" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

Laurie Alice Eakes’ “Heart’s Safe Passage” is a beautiful second novel in her Midwives Series. When Phoebe’s sister-in-law begs her to join her on an ocean voyage that she hope will lead to the rescue of her incarcerated husband, Phoebe is less than thrilled. Even after she learns that the reason Belinda wants Phoebe to come is because she is pregnant and wants someone she trusts to deliver the child if necessary. Captain Rafe Docherty is even less thrilled than Phoebe that she is aboard his ship. He is bent on avenging the murders of his wife and parents and doesn’t want to be distracted by a new love or the Lord.

This is a well-written romantic adventure that will keep the reader up late into the evening. Although the second novel in a series, this book reads well as a stand-alone work. Some of the archaic language was unfamiliar to me, so I would have appreciated some form of dictionary. But overall, I enjoyed and will recommend “Heart’s Safe Passage”.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Creative Slow-Cooker Meals by Cheryl Moeller

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:







and the book:





Harvest House Publishers; Spi edition (February 1, 2012)




***Special thanks to Karri James, Marketing Assistant, Harvest House Publishers for sending me a review copy.***





ABOUT THE AUTHOR:



Cheryl Moeller is a seasoned mother and a standup comic. She is also a syndicated columnist with her own blog (www.momlaughs.blogspot.com) and contributes monthly to several online parent websites. Cheryl has coauthored two books on marriage with her husband and has written for www.mops.org and Marriage Partnership. Cheryl does comedy for parenting classes, MOPS groups, wedding or baby showers, church retreats, women’s conferences, and those in line at the grocery store.



Visit the author's website.








SHORT BOOK DESCRIPTION:









From the celebrated coauthor of The Marriage Miracle comes a new kind of cookbook and a new attitude toward planning meals. With an eye toward the whole menu, not just part of it, columnist Cheryl Moeller teaches cooks to use two crockpots to easily create healthy, homemade dinners.



Don’t worry about your dinner being reduced to a mushy stew. Each of the more than 200 recipes has been taste-tested at Cheryl’s table. Join the Moeller family as you dig into:




  • Harvest-time Halibut Chowder

  • Salmon and Gingered Carrots

  • Mediterranean Rice Pilaf

  • Indian Chicken Curry

  • Apricot-Pistachio Bread

  • Shrimp Creole

  • Rhubarb Crisp




... and many more! Perfect for the frazzled mom who never has enough time in the day, Creative Slow-Cooker Meals gives readers more time around the table with delicious, healthy, frugal, and easy meals!




Product Details:

List Price: $14.99

Spiral-bound: 272 pages

Publisher: Harvest House Publishers; Spi edition (February 1, 2012)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0736944915

ISBN-13: 978-0736944915








AND NOW...THE FIFTH CHAPTER (click on pages to enlarge):





















































Here is my review of this fascinating cookbook:

First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Cheryl Moeller and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Creative Slow-Cooker Meals" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

Cheryl Moeller’s cookbook “Creative Slow-Cooker Meals” is a welcome addition to my kitchen library. She suggests using two slow cookers to prepare your meals. I love this technique! Each pot can taste a bit different. Unlike when you cook everything in the same pot! Our first adventure was Buttermilk Chicken and Wisconsin Cranberry Stuffing. Both dishes were very tasty, although I didn’t like the consistency of the stuffing. I will have to play around with the recipe to perfect it.

The swedish meatballs with gravy and savory mashed potatoes were amazing, too!

This book is filled with good cooking tips and scripture verses that cleverly resembled the sections of the cookbook in which they appear. It has a convenient spiral binding so it can lay flat on the counter or on a book holder. The slick pages wipe clean from food spills. There is a wide variety of recipes including breakfast, ethnic recipes, party recipes, vegan foods, dairy-free meals and gluten-free dishes. My family and I have perused the book and can’t wait to try the grapefruit chicken, mile-high chicken stacks and baked brie with candied walnuts and cherries. Yum!

Bible Study: The Acts of the Holy Spirit - A Study of the book of Acts - Chapter 20


Please forgive this rough draft format, as these are my raw study notes on the book of Acts. I felt a great sense of urgency to publish them rather than waiting until I had the time to pretty them up. Thank you and I pray that God blesses and encourages you through this material. Stay strong. Live in the Spirit. Encourage each other. Pray. Jesus is coming…

Stacey


Take a few minutes to pray and savor chapter 20 of the book of Acts. Read it with the thought in mind that this is the first display of the power of the Holy Spirit working through man – aside from Christ, that is. Imagine what the Spirit can do through you if you let Him! Then return here and ponder the thoughts, answer the questions, and be sure to leave comments about your own revelations…


20:7-12 – one of my favorite stories in scripture.

We can hear the same message or messenger for so long that we fall asleep!

See 1 Kings 17:7; 2 Kings 4:34; Genesis 35:6; Psalm 57:8 – each tragedy could’ve tainted their ministry and representation of God.

20:7 – first day of the week – they were meeting on Sunday.

break bread – communion.

20:11 – broke bread – meal.




• The book of Acts teaches us much about what the Holy Spirit is capable of doing through a mortal life. What have you learned about how He wants to work through you today? What will you do to give up a bit of control to Him?
• What attributes of God do you see in this book?
• What verse of scripture seemed to be God speaking directly to you? What is He teaching you in these verses? How does He want you to respond?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

LESSON SEVEN: “1 Peter: Finding Encouragement in Troubling Times – A Sue Edwards Inductive Bible Study”

Lesson 7 of “1 Peter: Finding Encouragement in Troubling Times – A Sue Edwards Inductive Bible Study” led me to contemplate my effectiveness as a witness. The Bible tells us that we should always be prepared to give an account for the hope that we have. In essence, this means that we should always be ready to share Christ with others because He is our hope.

When I envision a godly woman witnessing for Christ, I see someone who lives sacrificially. She abundantly displays the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control) through her actions and her words. She has a genuine love for God’s people and sees the potential that everyone has to be one of God’s people. She looks for opportunities to share Christ with others.

Personally, I don’t live very sacrificially. I still cater to my own desires more often than not. But I am improving: making choices that inconvenience me but make a situation easier on someone else. Praise Jesus! He gives me Joy! I am filled to overflowing and it often comes spilling out. He is working with me this year in the love department, giving me what can only be explained as a supernatural affection for my sisters in Christ. Peace – like a raging river! Oh, yeah! Patience? For the most part, yes. Kindness? Mostly. Goodness? Only when I give God control. Faithfulness? Most of the time. Gentleness? Another thing He’s teaching me right now. Self-control? Depends on the area. I am very self-controlled with Bible study, but not enough in the areas of diet and exercise. The Lord is also showing me right now that it’s up to Him who gets into heaven, not me. He judges according to the heart, not appearance like I do. So, if He brings me someone who asks about the hope I have, He wants me to tell them about Jesus.

When I began treatment for breast cancer over a year and a half ago, I struggled with the ability to see my cancer as a gift from God. But once I grabbed hold of Him and started looking at the opportunity He was giving me to speak to people I never would have met otherwise, I saw it as a blessing and a divine appointment. I asked my chemo nurses and the patients next to me how I could be praying for them. And when I saw them again, I asked how my prayers were answered. It’s easy to remember someone’s prayer request when you actually pray for them.

By this definition, I may be a fair witness for Christ, but I know that I have a lot of room for improvement. Praise Jesus, He teaches me daily, celebrates my progress and forgives my setbacks. When I don’t get it right away, He teaches me again…and again…and again.

REVIEW: Making Sense When Life Doesn't by Cec Murphey

First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Cec Murphey and his publisher for sending me a copy of "Making Sense When Life Doesn't" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

Cecil Murphey’s “Making Sense When Life Doesn’t: The Secrets of Thriving in Tough Times” is a very timely read. This work is inspiring and thought-provoking. It has certainly primed this reader’s pump to think and pray differently. In the beginning of this work, a phrase appears regarding what Mr. Murphey believes his audience’s attitude should be toward tough times: “I’ve been preparing for this.” I don’t completely disagree. But I do prefer to give God the credit for preparing me for the things that come my way. Jesus has prepared me for every event I’ve ever encountered. Hallelujah!

“Making Sense When Life Doesn’t” engages the reader completely with short chapters, inspiring stories and thoughtful object lessons at the end of each chapter.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Bible Study: The Acts of the Holy Spirit - A Study of the book of Acts - Chapter 19


Please forgive this rough draft format, as these are my raw study notes on the book of Acts. I felt a great sense of urgency to publish them rather than waiting until I had the time to pretty them up. Thank you and I pray that God blesses and encourages you through this material. Stay strong. Live in the Spirit. Encourage each other. Pray. Jesus is coming…

Stacey


Take a few minutes to pray and savor chapter 19 of the book of Acts. Read it with the thought in mind that this is the first display of the power of the Holy Spirit working through man – aside from Christ, that is. Imagine what the Spirit can do through you if you let Him! Then return here and ponder the thoughts, answer the questions, and be sure to leave comments about your own revelations…

19:2 – I didn’t really learn about the power of the Holy Spirit until many years after I was saved. In such cases, we probably hinder the work of the Spirit in our lives.

19:3 – John’s baptism looked forward to the promise of the Messiah.

19:6 – The Holy Spirit wasn’t bestowed by Paul’s hands.

19:8-10 – These are the same Asian Jews who try to beat Paul to death in chapter 21.

19:8 – Paul returns to the synagogue as he promised in 18:19-21.

19:9 – You can’t force people to receive the Gospel. Move on as Paul did.

19:29 – Gaius – also in 20:4 – see 1 Corinthians 1:13-15; 3 John.





• The book of Acts teaches us much about what the Holy Spirit is capable of doing through a mortal life. What have you learned about how He wants to work through you today? What will you do to give up a bit of control to Him?
• What attributes of God do you see in this book?
• What verse of scripture seemed to be God speaking directly to you? What is He teaching you in these verses? How does He want you to respond?

Embraced by God by Babbie Mason

First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Babbie Mason and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Embraced by God" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

“Embraced by God” is a 21-day devotional by Babbie Mason that really touches the heart. The lengthy daily readings get the Christian in touch with the Heavenly Father who loves us so deeply, He sent His One and Only Son to die on our behalf.

This is not a quick little devotional read to start your day. It’s a sizeable read to begin your day, but well worth the treasure of scripture and life application contained within.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

REVIEW: Love on the Line by DeeAnne Gist

DeeAnne Gist’s “Love on the Line” is a Christian romantic suspense triumph! Georgie Gail is an independent woman with a career as a telephone operator. Determined to care for herself rather than be at the mercy of any man, she loves her job and her garden that is home to many of the birds that she adores. When Luke Parker shows up to be the troubleman and salesman for the telephone company, that suits Georgie just fine until half of her job is taken from her and given to him. And when feelings between them begin to emerge, Georgie must decide whether their differences are enough to keep them apart.

Luke has his own issues. He is actually Texas Ranger Lucious Landham on the trail of a notorious outlaw. Believing that he can track down the Comer Gang and their infamous Robin Hood-esque leader, Frank, he poses as the telephone and telegraph troubleman to have access to the community where he believes the Comers to be hiding. He never planned to fall for Georgie. But now that he has, what’s a lawman to do?

This wonderful read has the perfect mix of mystery, suspense and romance. The bird watching, shooting and telephone operation sequences are written with enough detail to entice a desire for a deeper knowledge of the subjects. The sense of appropriate behavior made this reader long for a bygone era when such things were important considerations. This is a wonderfully entertaining novel that has earned a place on my keeper shelf until I pull it down to read it again…and again…and again.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

LESSON SIX: “1 Peter: Finding Encouragement in Troubling Times – A Sue Edwards Inductive Bible Study”

Lesson 6 of “1 Peter: Finding Encouragement in Troubling Times – A Sue Edwards Inductive Bible Study” led me to consider the meaning of harmony and how I strive toward living in harmony with others. One of the easiest ways for me to understand harmony is through musical examples. When musical performers sing and play instruments in harmony with each other, the result is completely moving. The sound is rich and multi-dimensional. It is beautiful to experience harmony as an observer and as a participant.

Harmony is about agreement. It involves timing. It’s about fitting together, which involves striving toward common goals. It’s about supporting each other and complementing each other. It’s about being a beautiful example of Christ’s body working together in love for both the outside world and the body itself. The only way to achieve harmony is to be a willing participant in God’s plan and give up your right to do anything but what God wills.

Personally, I’m frequently unsuccessful in this practice. I still have too much selfishness in me. I suppose this lesson has given me a great deal to pray about and work with Jesus to change.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

When the Smoke Clears by Lynette Eason


After a brush with death due to equipment failure, smokejumper Alexia Allen is ordered to take time off while the incident is under investigation. She makes a last-minute decision to recuperate at her mother's home and attend her high school reunion. Yet trouble seems to be following her, and within hours of arriving home she is confronted with murder, arson--and a handsome detective.

But the conflicts ahead are nothing compared to the ghosts of her past. As she struggles to accept and forgive her family's past, she must also decide if the secret she's been guarding for the last ten years must finally come to light.

Chock-full of the suspense and romantic tension you've come to expect from Lynette Eason, When the Smoke Clears is the explosive first book in the Deadly Reunions series.


Here is my review of this entertaining fiction read:

First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Lynette Eason and her publisher for sending me a copy of "When the Smoke Clears" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

“When the Smoke Clears” by Lynette Eason is a solid work of Christian romantic suspense. Alexia Allen, a smokejumper from Washington state is coming back home to South Carolina after an attempt on her life on the job. When she is suspended from work for disobeying orders, Alexia figures she will return to South Carolina to regroup. She is reunited with Hunter Graham, older brother to Alexia’s high school classmates, Chad and Christine. Hunter is all grown up, but the adoration he has felt for Alexia since high school hasn’t diminished any. Now Hunter finds himself investigating a local murder that took place at Alexia’s childhood home. As other crimes occur, it becomes probable that Alexia is the target and it may be her past coming back to haunt her.

Lynette Eason weaves a thrilling mystery in this first book of her new Deadly Reunions series. I couldn’t help but stay up late to finish this highly entertaining novel. I cannot wait for book two!

Monday, February 13, 2012

“Straight to the Heart of Genesis” by Phil Moore

Here is my review of this Bible study resource:

First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Phil Moore and his publisher for sending me a copy of "Straight to the Heart of Genesis" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

“Straight to the Heart of Genesis” by Phil Moore is an incredible study resource. These bite-sized and information packed chapters are the perfect accompaniment to the study of the book of Genesis. I cannot wait to use it when I study Genesis next year in BSF!

This reference book may not contain commentary on every verse in the book of Genesis, but it is an insightful volume that will enhance your study of scripture. It contains helpful footnotes that refer to valuable background information or other source materials. The only drawback to this book is that it is very apparent that the book is penned by a British author, and some of the references are lost on me.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Bible Study: The Acts of the Holy Spirit - A Study of the book of Acts - Chapter 18


Please forgive this rough draft format, as these are my raw study notes on the book of Acts. I felt a great sense of urgency to publish them rather than waiting until I had the time to pretty them up. Thank you and I pray that God blesses and encourages you through this material. Stay strong. Live in the Spirit. Encourage each other. Pray. Jesus is coming…

Stacey


Take a few minutes to pray and savor chapter 18 of the book of Acts. Read it with the thought in mind that this is the first display of the power of the Holy Spirit working through man – aside from Christ, that is. Imagine what the Spirit can do through you if you let Him! Then return here and ponder the thoughts, answer the questions, and be sure to leave comments about your own revelations…


18:18-28 – see 1 Corinthians 16:19; Romans 16:3-5; 2 Timothy 4:19.

18:18 – this ended Paul’s Nazirite vow. See number 6:1-21.

18:19-21 – He will return about a year later. See 19:8.

18:23 – Paul’s 3rd missionary journey.

18:25 – instructed – taught orally.

18:26 – Priscilla and Aquila weren’t intimidated by Apollos’ boldness. they shared privately what they learned from Paul in verses 2-3. They didn’t embarrass him by correcting him publicly.

Apollos was teachable.

18:27-28 – Apollos was a great evangelist.





• The book of Acts teaches us much about what the Holy Spirit is capable of doing through a mortal life. What have you learned about how He wants to work through you today? What will you do to give up a bit of control to Him?
• What attributes of God do you see in this book?
• What verse of scripture seemed to be God speaking directly to you? What is He teaching you in these verses? How does He want you to respond?

Monday, February 06, 2012

LESSON FIVE: “1 Peter: Finding Encouragement in Troubling Times – A Sue Edwards Inductive Bible Study”


Lesson 5 of “1 Peter: Finding Encouragement in Troubling Times – A Sue Edwards Inductive Bible Study” made me take a deeper look at submitting to authority, marriage and relationships in general. I’ve looked at the saga of Abram and Sarai several times. But I believe this is the first time I haven’t judged them for their actions or lack thereof, but instead examined their motivations as human beings.

This new outlook has brought me through a season of soul-searching to a place of humility. I should not feel superior to people who behave like human beings! I may not have the same temptations they do, but I do have my own areas of weakness. And instead of looking down my nose at someone else’s bad behavior, maybe I should use my strength in those areas to encourage them out of their disobedience rather than getting in their face and making them feel judged. Maybe I should be praying for their success rather than privately gloating over their failure because it makes me feel better about myself.

Friday, February 03, 2012

Bible Study: The Acts of the Holy Spirit - A Study of the book of Acts - Chapter 17


Please forgive this rough draft format, as these are my raw study notes on the book of Acts. I felt a great sense of urgency to publish them rather than waiting until I had the time to pretty them up. Thank you and I pray that God blesses and encourages you through this material. Stay strong. Live in the Spirit. Encourage each other. Pray. Jesus is coming…

Stacey


Take a few minutes to pray and savor chapter 17 of the book of Acts. Read it with the thought in mind that this is the first display of the power of the Holy Spirit working through man – aside from Christ, that is. Imagine what the Spirit can do through you if you let Him! Then return here and ponder the thoughts, answer the questions, and be sure to leave comments about your own revelations…

17:1 – see 1 Thessalonians 1:1-2:12.

17:3 – explaining – dianoigo – to open what was once closed (womb).

The Word isn’t a weapon against people! Sin, Satan – YES! Help people hear. Don’t chop off their ears like Peter did to Malchus.

17:11 – we should be like the Bereans. Their motives were pure.

17:16-33 – Paul was alone in Athens.

17:17-18 – Paul’s actions got him noticed by the intellectual community.

17:17 – Is it possible that Paul started preaching in the synagogues first not only to spread the salvation message to the Jews, but also to build momentum to share with the Gentiles? The Jews knew the scriptures, and would therefore be able to uniquely sharpen Paul’s witness to the Gentiles in the culture.

Don’t wait for people to come to you! Take the Gospel to the people!

17:18 – The philosophers didn’t consider Paul to be an intellectual equal. Yet they debated him, anyway. What does this say about those who were willing to “have a battle of wits with an unarmed man”? One thing it does say is that these individuals were hungry for new knowledge and would absorb anything! See v. 21.

Epicureans are pleasure seekers. (GET BETTER DEFN)

Stoics are rationalists. They live in harmony. (GET BETTER DEFN)

17:19 – Areopagus is a council of overseers of religious and educational matters. They would meet on Mars Hill.

17:22-31 – great sermon!

17:22 – We should seek common ground.

Paul was stating a fact, not approving or disapproving of Athenian behavior.

17:23 – We should be observant and knowledgeable about what others believe so that we can influence them.

17:26-27 – We’ve been placed in this very time and place to seek and reach for God.

17:31 – God has already set the day of judgment. How does this effect your outlook?




• The book of Acts teaches us much about what the Holy Spirit is capable of doing through a mortal life. What have you learned about how He wants to work through you today? What will you do to give up a bit of control to Him?
• What attributes of God do you see in this book?
• What verse of scripture seemed to be God speaking directly to you? What is He teaching you in these verses? How does He want you to respond?

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Everything Romance by David Bordon and Tom Winters

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 authors are:







and the book:





WaterBrook Press (December 20, 2011)




***Special thanks to Ashley Boyer, Publicist, WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group of for sending me a review copy.***





ABOUT THE AUTHORS:



David Bordon and Tom Winters are partners in Bordon-Winters, LLC, a book concept and packaging company that produces successful books and gift products. Among their previous titles are the popular “101 Things You Should Do” series. This volume joins another one of their beautiful gift books, Everything Christmas.




SHORT BOOK DESCRIPTION:





Everything Romance is a gift book overflowing with heartwarming ideas to keep that special relationship fresh and exciting. Whether you’re a newlywed or celebrating 40 years of wedded bliss, this book offers a treasury of ways to capture your love’s heart daily. Love letters, inexpensive date night suggestions, tantalizing recipes, conversation starters, and inspiring love stories will all help you romance the love of your life in creative and meaningful ways!









Product Details:

List Price: $14.99



Hardcover: 288 pages

Publisher: WaterBrook Press (December 20, 2011)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0307729311

ISBN-13: 978-0307729316








AND NOW...THE FIRST CHAPTER:








A Marriage Blessing

Most gracious God, we give You thanks for Your tender love in sending Jesus Christ to come among us, to be born of a human mother, and to make the way of the cross to be the way of life.

We thank You, also, for consecrating the union of man and woman in His name. By the power of Your Holy Spirit, pour out the abundance of Your blessing upon this man and this woman. Defend them from every enemy. Lead them into all peace. Let their love for each other be a seal upon their hearts, a mantle about their shoulders, and a crown upon their foreheads. Bless them in their work and in their companionship; in their sleeping and in their waking; in their joys and in their sorrows; in their life and in their death. Finally, in Your mercy, bring them to that table where Your saints feast forever in Your heavenly home; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with You and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, forever and ever.

Amen.
(from The Book of Common Prayer)



PERFECT PAIR PIZZA-PITA SNACKS

2 whole-wheat pita breads
4 teaspoons basil pesto
1 cup cottage cheese
2 tablespoons Roma tomatoes, chopped
2 teaspoons fresh basil, chopped
Fresh Parmesan cheese (optional)

Toast pita breads until they are crispy and firm. Spread half of the pesto on each pita. Next, spread half of the cottage
cheese on each pita. Top with chopped tomato and fresh basil. If desired, sprinkle with fresh grated parmesan cheese. Slice each pita into two or four wedges and enjoy!

Romance Trivia

A team of medical experts in Virginia contends that you’re more likely to catch the common cold virus by shaking hands than by kissing.






Excerpted from Everything Romance by David Bordon and Thomas J. Winters Copyright © 2011 by David Bordon and Thomas J. Winters. Excerpted by permission of WaterBrook Press, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.


Here is my review of this fantastic book:

First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to David Bordon and Tom Winters and their publisher for sending me a copy of "Everything Romance" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

“Everything Romance” truly is “A Celebration of Love for Couples”. Loaded with tips for cultivating romance, gift ideas, inspiration for romantic encounters, love letters to get your own creative juices flowing and terrific recipes, this amazingly compact volume is a must have for the hopeful romantic! Fun trivia is sprinkled throughout this work that is peppered with scripture, taking us back to the source of true love.

I am inspired to learn Morse code so I can communicate with my husband at gatherings by tapping the code into his hand. This book is fascinating and offers a springboard for the imagination to generate original ideas. What a wonderful Valentine’s Day gift this would be – with a small box of chocolates, of course.