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Words Woven by Mimi B at 10:10 PM
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!
and the book:
Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (February 22, 2010)
Tiffany L. Warren, is an author, playwright, songwriter, mother and wife. Her debut novel What a Sista Should Do, was released in June of 2005 and has ministered to over 50,000 readers. Her second book, Farther than I Meant to Go, Longer than I Meant to Stay was a national bestseller. In 2006, Tiffany and her husband, Brent, founded Warren Productions and released their first gospel musical. What a Sista Should Do - The Stage Play debuted in Cleveland, OH at the famed Allen Theatre.
Tiffany is also the visionary behind the Faith and Fiction Fellowship tour. Presently, the authors have visited groups in Atlanta, Houston, New York, Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Charlotte.
Tiffany's third novel, The Bishop's Daughter was released in January 2009. Tiffany resides in northern Texas with her husband Brent and their five children.
Visit the author's website.
List Price: $13.99
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (February 22, 2010)
AND NOW...THE FIRST CHAPTER:
This was such an amazing book! In the Midst of It All is the first book I've read by Tiffany L. Warren and will not be my last.
I absolutely felt like I was in the moment with each of the characters. The dialogue was strong and was fluid. The situations in this novel were so raw and real. I can't even put it into words how real this probably is for some people. I don't want to give too much of the story away because the storyline is so gripping.
Zee lives with her mom Audrey and because of her mom's health issues, they don't stay at one church or social setting for long. This opens the door to a church that greets them with love and acceptance. To Zee some of the rules of the church seem odd, but the members are so warm and inviting. She's never availed herself to have friends because her life was so unpredictable. Now they seemed to be coming out of the woodwork.
On top of that, Zee attracts the attention of a number of the guys from their group, and guys that aren't part of the church. Her mom seems to be fitting in well and Zee seems to think life could be getting a bit better. As with most things, nothing stays the same for long. Life begins to unravel in numerous areas of her life, and it seems even though she's found a place in this new church, God seems further away than ever.
I have to be honest, my review is somewhat vague and bland because this book is so riveting I don't want to give anything away! If you can, pick this book up and read it without reading the back. You will NOT be disappointed!
Monday, March 29, 2010
If you'd like to participate in Mimi's Messy Monday, head to my "Launch" page to get an overview (which I realize isn't rocket science)!
Sakes alive, cleaning is really not my thing. Looking around I have a plethora of options when it comes to my cleaning options. I thought I was going to work on my kitchen counters, but as I was on the computer earlier, I realized my desk needed some TLC. Now, to follow my own "suggestion" I kept it just as you see it. I didn't clean anything off (except my cup because I went to get a drink when I set my timer). I took my picture and went to set the timer. My challenge while cleaning the desk? Don't get on the computer! It was right there in front of me. I was a bit distracted by a DVD I had running.
I wasn't able to finish the desk in 30 minutes because I realized not only did it need to be cleaned off, it needed to be dusted. I also had 2 wire shelves that I needed to rinse and dust off to hopefully keep my papers a bit more organized. Sheesh, I am such a piler. If I turn around in my computer chair now that my time limit is done, I will find 3 piles of papers: 1 to trash, 1 to take to different, separate rooms and 1 pile that actually needs me to do something with them.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Hear the Bible Come Alive in Dramatic Audio Theater™!
This multi-voiced, scripted dramatization of the New King James Version (NKJV) features a star-studded cast of actors, an original music score, and incredible feature film quality sound effects. This world-class production creates a dramatic audio theater experience that makes you feel like you’re really there with Jesus and His disciples. Listen in your car, on your MP3 player, or with your family or small group to gain a new perspective of the Bible.
The Word of Promise® New Testament Audio Bible is a 20-CD set and includes a bonus “Behind-the-Scenes” DVD.
I love books on CD and to have the Bible in theatrical form on CD was an exciting option. I wasn't aware of the number of well known Cast Members included in the recording of this set. Some names you might not expect:
- Marisa Tomei
- Richard Dreyfuss
- Lou Diamond Phillips
- John Heard
- Luke Perry
After listening to the CD, I'd have to say my favorite actor to listen to was Lou Gosset Jr. He has such a rich, convincing voice. I didn't feel as though I was being read to. Each actor/actress made theirs a vital part of the coming alive of the New Testament. The only downside for me was that I listened to it while I was driving so I couldn't flip through the little booklet that comes with the set that tells who is acting out each part. I'd hear a voice and do my best to pick out which actor I thought it might be.
I have to be honest in my personal response to the role of Jim Caviezel as Jesus. I like him as an actor, but I wasn't sure I'd like him as Jesus, again. He played Jesus in The Passion and did it spectacularly. I kind of cringed when I found out he was the voice of Jesus. I didn't feel his voice carried the strength of Jesus. He seemed to be begging us to believe him as he "acted" out his part. I just wasn't convinced and couldn't get into his narration.
I felt the creators did a good job on the background noises to help the listener feel a part of moment. I also felt the music lent itself well to the mood of the reading. The cast and sound effects makes this Audio Bible and experience. I know there are many versions of the Bible on audio, but they truly can't compare to a dramatic reading such as this. And to have such a wonderful selection of artists as part of it, made the listening that much more enjoyable.
I received my review copy from Thomas Nelson.
Saturday, March 27, 2010
If I were to compare Meredith Andrews' sound I would have to say she reminds me of Jewel. I don't know if she would be ok with that, but that's who her voice reminds me of. I actually like Jewel's sound and in turn really loved Meredith! Hey, did I mention my real name is Meredith? Honestly, it is.
I wouldn't categorize As Long As It Takes as a worship-y album, because I think you could say that about any Christian recording. They all worship the Lord whether it's with Rock, Alternative, Hymns, etc. That being said, Meredith has some amazing, sing it at church songs. Not only that, she has a couple of crank-it-up songs. I'm so excited to have this CD as we head into Spring & Summer because I can roll my windows down and share with the world as I rock out in worship!
There is a real sweetness to this CD that I think can't be missed. If you are needing songs that help you return to your first Love, remind you of the One who gave His life for you, or to just open up your arms and worship full-out, As Long As It Takes would be the CD to get!
No 1. NEVER MOVE ON: Do you ever have those worship songs where you are rockin' out lovin' the Lord? That would be this song...volume HIGH! Head to the cross, stay there and never move on!
No. 2 ONLY TO BE YOURS: Ready to be emptied? Need a song to inspire you to get to that place? This is that song. Close your eyes and lift those hands!
No. 3 CAN ANYBODY HEAR ME: Love singing this song when I'm driving in the car! I know that God can hear me, even when I feel as though He's so far away. We can't be separated from His love (remember that!)
No. 4 AS LONG AS IT TAKES: Are you a talker like I am when it comes to communicating with the Lord? I'm sure you've heard as I have that it's so good to wait (as long as it takes) to hear His voice. This song encourages us to stay in that place to hear from Him.
No. 5 COME HOME: This is a song Meredith dedicated to her brother. What a poigniant song begging him to come home, away from the lies he's bought into. This song touched me personally and brought the tears. Makes me want to hold my daughter.
No. 6 ALL WILL FADE AWAY: I want to say this song is somewhat ethereal, but I'm not sure that's the right wording. I picture Meredith singing on the side of a beautiful cliff, alone, arms raised to the Lord knowing that everything here will disappear one day when our time here is through.
No. 7 WHAT IT MEANS TO LOVE: Strong and powerful song. Sometimes meeting one person won't allow us to go back to how our lives were before that meeting. Meeting the Lord is a one of those times where we won't be the same after we know Him.
No. 8 LIVE THROUGH ME: Kind of a rock-y, edgy song, especially during the chorus. Definitely a song my girls would like! If we give Him room, allow ourselves to be the clay, God can work through us!
No. 9 MY SOUL SINGS: Another great roll-your-windows down kind of song! A great worship type song. How can our souls not sing with the love of the Lord?
No. 10 IN YOUR ARMS: Complete surrender kind of song. I can totally see our worship leader leading our church in this song. Replace the loudness of this world for the quiet and peace of the Lord. You gain such a strength in the words of this song of God's grace and mercy.
No. 11 HOW GREAT IS THE LOVE: SO powerful! Honestly, how great is the love of our Savior? Would be a perfect song for Easter. Bummer that I didn't listen to this sooner because I could completely see this song being sung during our offering time! So, so powerful. God saved us, he redeemed us, He died & rose for...US. What an amazing love that is!
So, where can you find Meredith Andews? You can learn more about her at her website http://www.meredithandrews.com/ From there she can be found on Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace! At Meredith's site you can find her tour dates, see pictures from performances and sign up for her newsletter! You can even shop her site!
I would like to thank Word Label Group for the review & giveaway copies of As Long As It Takes.
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Friday, March 26, 2010
Whether you're young or young at heart, you are going to love this CD. These guys are modern Christian rock and it shows throughout the entire CD. Their songs each have a great depth of sharing their faith and walk with the Lord. They challenge the younger generation not to be complacent in their walk with the Lord, of course that could apply to anyone at any age.
I would have to say this is definitely a crowd pleaser in my house! Me in Motion is exactly the sound my teen girls are listening to, but their not so cutting edge that I can't listen to them. I'm not old!! Really I'm not!! Yes, you will find me rockin' with the windows down in my minivan to Me in Motion this Spring...if the weather is good!
I've gone through each of the songs to give you a glimpse into what they share:
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A mother who cannot face her future.
A daughter who cannot escape her past.
Lady Elisabeth Kerr is a keeper of secrets. A Highlander by birth and a Lowlander by marriage, she honors the auld ways, even as doubts and fears stir deep within her.
Her husband, Lord Donald, has secrets of his own, well hidden from the household, yet whispered among the town gossips.
His mother, the dowager Lady Marjory, hides gold beneath her floor and guilt inside her heart. Though her two abiding passions are maintaining her place in society and coddling her grown sons, Marjory’s many regrets, buried in Greyfriars Churchyard, continue to plague her.
One by one the Kerr family secrets begin to surface, even as bonny Prince Charlie and his rebel army ride into Edinburgh in September 1745, intent on capturing the crown.
A timeless story of love and betrayal, loss and redemption, flickering against the vivid backdrop of eighteenth-century Scotland, Here Burns My Candle illumines the dark side of human nature, even as hope, the brightest of tapers, lights the way home.
This was my first Liz Curtis Higgs novel. WOW is the first word that comes to mind. There is a lot of attention to detail in this story without being overwhelming. It added so much to the time and situations surrounding the lives of those in Edinburgh.
At first it was so hard to accept the failings of the characters in the story. The desire to strangle Lady Marjory, but understanding how she is the way she is. Donald, ugh, Donald...is it wrong to hope a character gets what's coming to him right from the get-go? Lady Elisabeth made me want to give her a shake to shake from her ignorance and on the other hand scared me because of her ways of worship. Then there were the characters that were scattered throughout the story who each in their own way added a strength.
Here Burns My Candle honestly compels you to read til the very end. I was hooked by Liz's writing on page one. She entwines you in the lives of these characters that have you celebrating and mourning with each passing moment. This is definitely a must-read novel!
LIZ CURTIS HIGGS is the author of twenty-seven books with three million copies in print, including: her best-selling historical novels, Thorn in My Heart, Fair Is the Rose, Christy Award-winner Whence Came a Prince, and Grace in Thine Eyes, a Christy Award finalist; My Heart’s in the Lowlands: Ten Days in Bonny Scotland, an armchair travel guide to Galloway; and her contemporary novels, Mixed Signals, a Rita Award finalist, and Bookends, a Christy Award finalist. Visit the author’s extensive website at http://www.lizcurtishiggs.com/.
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Thursday, March 25, 2010
I'm so thrilled to be working with Ashley from CSN. Their selection of departments to shop from is mind boggling! One of the departments I'm looking at right now is their bar stools. Yes, bar stools! We have a counter that doubles as a eating bar and that's where my boys always love to eat.
Words Woven by Mimi B at 9:30 AM
The reviews are SCORCHING HOT and the movie looks like a ton of fun. Check your local movie listings for information about time and location for other showings. Special morning screenings for moms this Friday, March 26th at 10 am in these cities:
○ Chicago (suburbs only)
○ Denver (Douglas County, Boulder Valley, Littleton)
○ Los Angeles (Inland Empire ONLY)
○ Miami (Broward County)
○ Minneapolis (Rosemount & Burnsville Eagan)
○ Orlando (Orange County, Brevard, Volusia)
○ Sacramento (Stockton, Lodi & Vacaville Counties)
○ Salt Lake City (Weber, Toolele & Murray Counties)
○ Tampa (Mantee, Sarasota, Hernando & Citrus County)
○ Washington D.C. (Prince Georges County & Spotslyvania)
From the studio that brought you “Shrek,” “Madagascar” and “Kung Fu Panda” comes “How to Train Your Dragon.” Set in the mythical world of burly Vikings and wild dragons, and based on the book by Cressida Cowell, the action comedy tells the story of Hiccup, a Viking teenager who doesn’t exactly fit in with his tribe’s longstanding tradition of heroic dragon slayers. Hiccup’s world is turned upside down when he encounters a dragon that challenges him and his fellow Vikings to see the world from an entirely different point of view.
DreamWorks Animation's “How to Train Your Dragon” was produced by Bonnie Arnold and directed by Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois. Rated PG.
The boys have Spring Break next week so I was planning on taking them to see the movie! We've been excited since the Super Bowl commercials for it to come out!
I'd also like to thank Megan from Twittermoms.com for letting us know about the opportunity to share this with our followers!
Words Woven by Mimi B at 12:00 AM
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Link up to more Wordless Wednesdays at: 5 Minutes for Mom, Look What Mom Found, and JLeighDesignz.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
*As a side note: My 16 yr old has my camera ~ translation, I don't have it around when I want to take photos. Then, this was my first time entering a challenge and the "idea" we had yesterday didn't fit the requirements. We were taking pictures of my dog. Hmmm what part of iheartfaces am I missing? Maybe the FACE of a human? hahahaha So, I got home late from work, had dinner, helped Buddy with his AWANA Grand Prix car. All of sudden, I remember I want to enter this challenge. I ran to the computer and started searching through tons of pictures. This one has NO editing. I'm sure I could've done something with it, but I was under the gun and got it in with only minutes to spare. Next time I tell ya, next time! :)
Words Woven by Mimi B at 8:58 PM
Monday, March 22, 2010
I know, I'm dreaming. My mom told me growing up I needed to marry someone rich so I could have a maid. I didn't marry a rich man and things haven't changed much since I lived at home, oh so many years ago. My messes only bother me when I'm missing a spoon for cereal, tripping over my kids' toys, or heaven forbid someone is coming over!
So, what is the first step? Take a before picture. Yep, the way it looks right now. Honesty will make you a better person or at least encourage you to head in that direction, right? Ok, so I'm not so good at psychology. AND, no tidying to have a cleaner picture.
Spend 30 minutes cleaning or organizing. Once that time is up, take your finished picture. Even if it isn't perfect or a completed project, take a picture! It will be a great reminder to you of what you've accomplished in a short period of time. It's ok not to finish, and that's what we have to be ok with. The fact that there was an attempt (at least at my house) is fantastic! If you finish before the 30 minutes, let us know. I think often I "know" cleaning this or that will take at least 3 hours when in reality it only might take 15 mintues or 47 minutes. In my mind, the pile or mess becomes Mt. Kilimanjaro!
Down the road I might implement some spots for us to work on as an assignment, maybe get the kids involved. It's just a thought. We'll see what comes of this. If everyone is mortified about airing their dirty laundy (literally) then I won't worry about it. =)
Words Woven by Mimi B at 6:00 AM
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Katrina at Callapidder Days has the Spring Read Thing 2010 up and running today! So it's that time of year again when we get to post about the books we hope to read for Spring. For some reason, I'm not prepared this Spring. So, I'm going to have to scramble to get an idea of what I'll be reading. I've learned from past Reading challenges that I list too many books that I don't get around to reading AND I always get books during the challenge that weren't on my list.
Being part of several book tour groups, I get requests all the time and never know what books are going to be offered. So, I'm going to have a separate group this Spring Read Thing for books that fall within the time frame of being read, but didn't know I was going to get to read them. No, that won't be the title of the category!
So here goes nothin':
Let's Have a Daddy Day by Karen Kingsbury
Starlighter by Bryan Davis
Lost Island Smugglers by Max Elliot Anderson
Allon by Shawn Lamb
The Prophecy by Dawn Miller
This Little Prayer of Mine by Anthony DeStefano
Here Burns My Candle by Liz Curtis Higgs
Somwhere to Belong by Judith Miller
In the Midst of It All by Tiffany L. Warren
A Promise Kept by Cara C. Putman
My Name is Russell Fink by Michael Snyder
A Tailor-Made Bride by Karen Witemeyer
Texas Roads by Cathy Bryant
Finding Jeena by Miralee Ferrell
Morning for Dove by Martha Rogers
Seeds of Summer by Deborah Vogts
Disrupting Grace by Kristen Richburg
Words Woven by Mimi B at 10:40 AM
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Start Here: Doing Hard Things Right Where You Are by Alex & Brett Harris (giving this away here)
Kingdom Series by Chuck Black
Words Woven by Mimi B at 11:36 AM
Friday, March 19, 2010
Alright, I'm no doctor, but I've been living with myself for 40 yrs now. I have a feeling I know myself better than anyone. I think I'm being affected by SAD. It's a phenomenon I'd never heard of until a few years ago.
- decreased levels of energy
- difficulty concentrating
- increase in appetite
- increased desire to be alone
- increased need for sleep
- weight gain
I want to state for the record that WebMD says we should not diagnose ourselves and that we should see a specialist! I completely agree.
I think I have a hard time during this time of the year for a number of reasons. Work is cut back significantly. The last 3 yrs I have worked 3 days a week through the winter, but this year, I'm cut back to 2. Thankfully last week I worked a full week working in a different department. But, 1 week out of 5 isn't helpful to my brain, my body, or my checkbook!
This year I have definitely gained weight. Not a lot that people can tell by looking at me, but my jeans can tell. I can feel it and it's not a good feeling! I haven't felt this way for years and years. I've been eating out of boredom and sitting at home I seem to be hungry more often.
Definitely having issues with fatigue. I took a nap today that was an hour and a half and when I woke up, I wanted to keep sleeping. Of course, but then 1/2 my day was gone. I hate wasting mornings to sleep.
And the issue I'm having the hardest time with is my desire to be alone. I have no desire to call anyone, do anything, or be involved in any activities. When I look back at my time when my girls were little, I was so active! I was volunteering at the elementary school constantly. I knew all the teachers, knew all of their friends. It was so much fun. I have all of this time on my hands and you'd think I'd do something with it. Nah, seems I'd rather sit at home in my pajamas and on the computer getting absolutely nothing accomplished.
What I do know is I can't continue this way. I will end up a 200 lb blob with absolutely no friends and depressed 24/7/365 if I don't do something. The hard part is finding the desire to do that something! Yesterday I went and did some running around and I was exhausted by the end of the day. How ridiculous is that? Tomorrow I'm going to my son's school to make pancakes to celebrate "If You Give A Pig A Pancake".
I've learned over the last couple weeks that I probably won't do well with retirement unless I keep busy. I always thought, "Oh, I can't wait until I retire. I'll sit around reading books, watching tv, and just doing nothing in general." Surprise, guess I don't know myself as well as I thought!