Thanksgiving...Giving Thanks...Everyday!

You turned my wailing into dancing;
    you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
 that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent.
    Lord my God, I will praise you forever.
Psalm 30: 11-12
    As I recently rededicated my life to the Lord, this Thanksgiving held so much more meaning for me. While I am thankful for my family, friends, awesome husband, wonderful son, good health, freedom (not particularly in that order) I am also even more thankful for Gods goodness, mercy and grace. What a loving God we serve!

    We must be mindful to Thank God and praise God in all circumstances, good times and bad. God reminds us to have an attitude of gratitude. I am reminded of Job, when he had lost everything, he still praised God. I want to be like Job. When things don't go how I had planned, when I don't get something I really wanted, when nothing is going my way I want to be able to say 'Thank you God, for you know what you are doing even when I do not".

    I hope you all had a blessed Thanksgiving and please keep that attitude of gratitude all year 'round!

The Long Awakening By Lindsey O'Connor

The riveting true story of a life-threatening coma, a miraculous awakening, and the long quest to regain what was lost.The day our baby came into the world was the day I left. A day that began all smiles and excitement and anticipation and joy ended with running and panic and blood and tears. And then coma.
I lay suspended in the deep, my newborn unknown. Nothingness. Layers where dark pulled from below, light called from above, and me, trapped in between, longing to break the surface.
To live.
Forty-seven days later when I first saw my husband's face leaning close to me, I knew where, and who, I was. But other things took much longer to know. Learning to restitch life--and love--when everything's changed, and finding who we are afterward, can be the longest journey of all.
I'm Lindsey O'Connor, and this is the story of my long awakening.

Imagine one of the best days of your life, the birth of your child, the happiness, the love. Now imagine that all being ripped away and waking up almost 2 months later, that's Lindsey O'Connor. I cried, I empathized I felt so much for the author as she told her story of hemmoraghing in child birth and then emergency surgery and then the medical induced coma and the missing pieces of her life. The reader can follow along as the writer discovers who she was and who she is all the while trying to fit back in within her own family whos changed so much since she's been absent.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. 
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

Relentless Redemption By Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson

This book, Relentless Redemption is “for everyone who has ever felt discarded or disqualified….one woman’s inspiring story from devastation to destiny!”
About The Author:
Born to missionary parents in Kampala, Uganda, Laura-Lynn grew up knowing she wanted to make a difference for God. She decided very early on that she would serve Jesus for the rest of her life. After eight years in Uganda, in 1973, her father witnessed an army general murder their town mayor, one block from their home. Things had gone bad in the pearl of Africa.
Shortly thereafter, President Idi Amin Dada, the military dictator of Uganda at the time, deported her family. He eventually murdered about 500,000 of his own people. After this traumatic experience in losing the place she called home, Laura-Lynn moved with her family to Tuktoyaktuk in the Northwest Territories, where she lived for three years. "It was like going from the oven to the freezer.
Home then became Vancouver, BC and a series of personal crisis and brokenness brought her to her knees. She felt disqualified from the destiny she had felt was birthed inside her as a child. In God's loving and merciful way, He showed her that her identity had never been dependent on her performance, but rather on the righteousness of Jesus, Who had paid a high price to set her free. This revelation broke off a 3 year depression and she began to heal inside.
In 1999, God powerfully and supernaturally called her to television late one night as she was folding laundry. Still feeling unworthy and somewhat perplexed by this direction, she began an adventure that has become the ride of her life! Laura-Lynn has an often hilarious recounting of events, which led to her national television career. As she found out, the road to success is often paved with complete ineptness. Laura-Lynn did not let her quirky, eccentric, unconventional personality set her back. Instead she embraced all that God had created her to be and turned it into a talk show!
Her experiences have ranged from outrageous and exhilarating to heart breaking and life altering. Laura-Lynn brings her light-hearted yet profound, straight-to-the-point insight to her audience. In a dynamic and candid way she refuses to offer anything less than honest, gut-level truth. Having hit her own rock bottom, she is able to convey with certainty that there is hope beyond despair and life after seeming death.
Today, Laura-Lynn resides in Vancouver with her husband, their three children, a cat named Tiki and their mischievous dog, Tallula. Laura-Lynn also loves her extended family, high-risk youth, who come and live with them in their home. There is no greater joy than pouring out one s life to those who can never repay you. I am excited to see what God-sized adventures lay beyond my own mind s limitations. I press on towards the call to do my part to finish the course that destiny has laid before me. Laura-Lynn has discovered personally the truths she now fervently shares with her hearers. With a quick wit and fast paced humor, she is a delight to both youth and adult audiences. Laura-Lynn, a charismatic personality, comedic speaker and television host.

Do you need to be encouraged? Read this book. Do you need reassurance that God is still working even though you feel like he's left you? Read this book. Think you've had a bad day? Just wait til you read this book! Laura-Lynns story is a testimony of God's grace and mercy and goodness! Going from one extreme to the other and all the while trusting God for He knows what he's doing even when we question His plans. Laura tells her story of how God called her to Television late one night (yes he shows up even when we're folding the laundry) and how her comedic sense along with her compassion and obedience to God has brought here where she is today. Such a blessing to read how someone could go through so much and still come out trusting and believing in the one and only saviour. Definitely happy to add this to my growing collection of inspiration and hope!!

Learn more about Laura-Lynn on her website’s biography page. http://www.lauralynn.tv/pages/about-ll.php

The Message (Remix) Bible review

The Message is a reading Bible. It is not intended to replace the excellent study Bibles that are available. My intent here is simply to get people reading it who don’t know that the Bible is read-able at all, at least by them, and to get people who long ago lost interest in the Bible to read it again.”
This has become one of my favourite go to Bibles, especially when trying to explain something to a New Christian. It is written more like a novel, or pieces of several novels, but in wording we can understand. I sometimes cross reference it to the NIV Bible and it also helps me better understand certain passages of scripture better. It's a nice take along size and fits in my purse so I can read it on the go. Love the translation as it still contains the truth!

Compass Study Bible

I received this Bible from Thomas Nelson in exchange for an honest review. This is an absolutely beautiful but professional looking hardcover. Sturdy and sleek it has a great visual appeal, but that's not the most important, it's what's on the inside. The purpose of this study Bible is to find the truth in the scriptures and using that truth to help you navigate your life, your paths, where you are headed. It's great for a new Christian although I feel it is geared more toward a man, maybe it's the cool colors? or the navigational theme? But all in all, still a great source of information for someone seeking God's word

Welcome To Last Chance By Cathleen Armstrong

She's learned you can't count on anyone--but she didn't count on landing in Last Chance.
The red warning light on her car dashboard may have driven Lainie Davis to seek help in the tiny town of Last Chance, New Mexico, but as she meets the people who make this one-horse town their home, it's her heart that is flashing bright red warning lights. These people are entirely too nice, too accommodating, and too interested in her personal life--especially since she's on the run and hoping to slip away unnoticed.

Yet in spite of herself, Lainie is increasingly drawn into the small-town dramas and to a handsome local guy with a secret of his own. Could Lainie actually make a life in this little town? Or will the past catch up to her even here in the middle of nowhere?

I felt like I was sitting in the diner many times while reading this novel, eavesdropping on Lainies conversations. I loved the plot and suspense this novel held. I felt it was a great piece of literature and will definitely keep an eye out for more of Armstrongs writings as I was entertained from beginning to end. There was many characters that crossed paths but all well developed I felt like I knew each one personally. Definitely recommend!

The Letters By Suzanne Woods Fisher

When widow Rose Schrock turns her Amish farmhouse into a bed and breakfast, she expects there might be problems. The reaction of her cantankerous mother-in-law for one. Disapproval from the church for another. But what she doesn't expect is that the guests at the Inn at Eagle Hill will spill their problems into her life and into her heart. She also never expects the kind of help and support she gets from Galen King, the quiet and rugged horse trainer next door. Love, Rose discovers, can bloom in the most unexpected ways.

With inspiration from a true story and her signature plot twists, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites you back to Stoney Ridge for a fresh story of simple pleasures and strong faith in a complex world.

 Such a great read!!! I love Suzanne's work. I feel transported to Stony Ridge and I get so into the story I forget the world around me. Such a great tale from a widow parent who finds love when she's not even searching. Also a tale of rekindled romances and how God works in mysterious ways. Can't wait for the 2nd in the series!

The Spiritual Danger Of Doing Good By Peter Greer

Charity and Service Have a Dark Side

You want to live out the Gospel by serving others, and you're willing to sacrifice your time, money, and perhaps even your safety. But do you realize the spiritual dangers you face as you serve? Peter Greer, the CEO of a Christian nonprofit, found that serving others and seeking justice actually did him harm. He shares how something that started with the noblest of intentions got off track--and how he got back on course. His story is a compassionate warning for anyone who works in ministry or charitable nonprofits, from CEOs to weekend volunteers.

As Christians it's easy for us to be used by people for our goodness or focusing so much on the good we forget to serve Christ. I believe this book was written for spiritual Leaders but it's also applicable on a personal level as well. We must shift our focus so that we are focused on God and what he wants us to accomplish all the while keeping him the center of our lives.
Great eye opener!

Rules of Murder by Julianna Deering

Introducing Drew Farthering
From The Tip of his black Homburg to the crease in his stylish cheviot trousers, he's the epitome of a stylish 1930s English gentleman. His only problem? The body he just discovered.

Drew Farthering loves a good mystery, although he generally expects to find it in the pages of a novel, not on the grounds of his country estate.

With the help of beautiful and whip-smart Madeline Parker, a guest from America, Drew proposes to use the lessons he's learned reading his mysteries to solve the crime. Before long, he realizes this is no lark, and no one at Farthering Place is who he or she appears to be--not the butler nor blackmailer, the chauffeur nor embezzler. Trying hard to remain one step ahead of the killer--and trying harder to impress Madeline--Drew must decide how far to take this dangerous game.

Never judge a book by it's cover or maybe we should? This book never appealed to me visually but it seemed to have a great storyline, which unfortunately I never got into. I'm not into Agatha Christie type novels and perhaps I should have read a review before I picked this one up because that's exactly what it's like. I found I was not in the mindset to follow along, the 1930's England did not appeal to me, but maybe it will to you!