Saturday, October 19, 2013

One Way Love Book Review and Giveaway


About One Way Love
Real life is long on law and short on grace—the demands never stop, the failures pile up, and fear sets in. Life requires many things from us—a stable marriage, successful children, a certain quality of life. Anyone living inside the guilt, anxiety, and uncertainty of daily life knows that the weight of life is heavy. We are all in need of some relief.
Bestselling author Tullian Tchividjian is convinced our world needs a fresh encounter with grace.
One Way Love
Written by: Tullian Tchividjian
Publisher: David C Cook
Paperback:  240 pages 
Release Date: October 1, 2013

About the Author
William Graham Tullian Tchividjian (pronounced cha-vi-jin) is the Senior Pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. A Florida native, Tullian is the grandson of Billy and Ruth Graham. He is a visiting professor of theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, and a contributing editor to Leadership JournalHe is an ordained minister in Presbyterian Church of America. He is the author of six books; including the best seller, Jesus + Nothing = Everything  that won Christianity Today’s 2011 book of the year. He travels extensively, speaking at conferences throughout the U.S. (Photo Credit Mike Meyer).

"Tullian captures the wonder of grace and offers it to us all.  I urge you to read this book" - Max Lucado, pastor and bestselling author

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My Thoughts:
     This was a great inspiration to read.  I found that no matter what problems I was having or how low I felt, there was a chapter that not only helped explain the feelings but gave me scripture and reassurance and HOPE!  Some of the Chapter titles are Chapter 2: How I almost killed my Mother and Chapter 6: The unexpected gift of hugging a cactus.  Sounds just crazy right?    These are really heartfelt stories that touch the heart.  As in chapter 2 we were all teens and at some point in our life we were a  rebellious child.  Our parents have done everything in their power to guide us and give us the best they could but still we are always smarter than they are.  I think chapter 6 is one of the favorite chapters I read because I know when I was out partying and doing wrong, I always had that one friend that was there to give you at hug and say "It will all be OK", and give you the much needed support.  

Although I couldn't completely relate to every story in the same context as it was written, I found every story relating if not to me, a friend, or a family member.  I remember a little girl we had 4 boys that lived next door.  Their last name was Pigg.  Now, with a name like Pigg what would you think would happen to you?  Yep, every time I would see them I would OINK, OINK, OINK.  Ronald, one of the twins, would run and tell my Daddy on me.  Then my dad would do the expected and wear my butt out.  I still never disrespected my parents, and today at 37 if I see Ronald, I still Oink.  And yes, before you ask I would willingly let my Father punish me the way he saw fit. 

If you are looking a good inspirational book for you, a friend, or a family member, then this is a great book for you.  I have since I received this book, used it for a reference book.  
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Monday, October 14, 2013

BISSELL and the Holidays

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     Are the one person in the family that around the holidays that come to your house?  I make holidays around here just to have the family and friends over.  I enjoy having friends and family over and we have some sort of gathering at least once a month.  During the spring and summer months it is usually nice enough that we can grill out and everyone spends the majority of their time outdoors.  During the fall and especially the winter months it is just too cold for me, so we tend to gather inside. 

     While I enjoy family and friends gathering at my house, I have the dreaded housework that comes with it.  We have the typical daily housework that we do but when we know someone is coming over I know I tend to try and make sure my house is in double duty clean condition.  Here are a few cleaning tips that will help any host.  It doesn't matter if you just have the guys coming over for football or the family is coming over for Thanksgiving dinner, you want to house to look and smell nice.  First we clean the obvious, we dust, sweep, mop, and vacuum.  You also remove any extra clutter, throw out the trash, and organize your magazines so that they don't clutter and make the room look busy.  Do you ever think though to move your furniture to vacuum or even vacuum your steps? 

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Happy Holidays and football season from Southern Mom of 4, and happy cleaning.  Tell me what are some ways that you prepare for friends and family to come to your house for a big dinner.


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