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The Blessings of Unity: God’s Best for Our Marriages

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In an effort to bring you some AMAZING gift ideas that not only help each of us individually, but in this case will also help our spouses – I invite you to take a deeper look at this wonderful book called The Blessings of Unity: God’s Best for Our Marriages. 

I have been really pleased with all the great practical tips from author, Richard T. Case, some I knew already, but are good reminders – some are new to me! You can never go wrong when trying to produce an enriching future life with your husband or wife. Our spouses deserve our top efforts to grow closer to the Lord and grow closer to them.  Won’t you join me in checking out more ways to bless the bonds of unity in marriage and keep our marriages a top priority in the coming year? That is my prayer for all of us!

Basically this book is a very easy read and extremely helpful to anyone who picks it up. I found the layout to be designed in an organized fashion with tips and suggestions to use towards developing unity with key verses of Scripture referenced and practical ideas and thoughts from the author himself to help us relate it to our own lives and marriages. Why aren’t all books this helpful?! I highly recommend this book as a blessing to new couples engaged to be married – all the way to long term, seasoned married couples like hubby and myself (going on 24 years!)

About the book:
The Blessings of Unity offers insight and ideas for creating godly unity in our marriages centered around two key concepts:
1) Abiding in the Vine and walking in the Spirit, and
2) Learning and applying the concept of unity.
Unity is achieved when a man and woman strive for agreement with God by processing His Will on every decision and in every issue. Through Biblically-centered discussions of discord, division, unity, discipleship, and prayer, and through exploring Biblical examples of unity, Richard Case offers husbands and wives practical and spiritual advice for working together in unity in the Spirit so that they can more perfectly present themselves to God for his divine approval.

($13.43 on Amazon, paperback)

About the author/ministry:
Before his current role in developing retreats and serving this ministry, All for Jesus, Richard Case worked for many years with Fortune 500 companies in management and consulting roles. He holds a BS in Management and Finance from Bradley University, an MBA from the University of Southern California, and a seminary Masters degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Richard has been a featured speaker at conferences and seminars; he has hosted a radio show and is a published author. Richard and his wife, Linda, answered the call from the Lord to Abide in Him through the Spirit. Together, Richard and Linda have started up several churches that remain strong today, and have served as interim pastors of troubled churches, bringing reconciliation and new vision to these situations. Richard and Linda began conducting marriage retreats in 2001. Richard and Linda currently live in Castle Rock, CO.

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Here is a FREE ebook for you!! Grab your FREE copy! This ebook, Unshakeable (6 pgs), has material that will help and support growth in Christ, from the All for Jesus ministry: http://allforjesusunshakeable.gr8.com
We recommend that it be used in coordination with the Blessings of Unity book. But it can also be enjoyed on it’s own. Lots of helpful content!
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Prize: One winner will receive a copy of The Blessings of Unity: God’s Best for Our Marriages (paper back copy)
Date ending: November 20 at midnight EST.
Open to USA and Canada. Must be 18 years or older to enter.
Enter the giveaway in the form below:

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Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Teaching Christ’s Children About Godly Feelings + Kid’s Kindle Giveaway

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Don’t miss your chance to win a Kid’s Kindle and children’s ebooks and paperback books – winner takes all! Ends 11/20! Enjoy a review of a great Christian children’s book below and then enter for your chance to win this awesome giveaway! Please share with friends too!

Here is a remarkable author named, Corine  Williams, and her new book: Teaching Christ’s Children About Godly Feelings. (book cover seen in the image for the giveaway above!)

It is my delight and honor to share with you about this storybook that appeals to children of all ages. Corine’s passion and dream is to be able to share the truths of the Bible with kids and adults to show them that the Bible has the answers to all of life’s questions. I was extremely impressed with the presentation laid out within each page in the book.  It is very organized with a pattern to what is presented every time. This allows kids to develop a routine while reading. Each page offers a Bible verse, a type of feelings such as happy or sad etc, and enough info elaborating on the lesson to help kids absorb it and apply it to their lives.

The illustrator, Almar Denso, did a great job offering some happy child faces on the characters and then the school/school bus and amusement park backgrounds to enhance the experience when reading this helpful book about Godly feelings.

Teaching Christ’s Children About Godly Feelings is roughly a level 2-3 reader if you are looking for something for your kids to practice reading while getting some Bible lessons in.

Each page throughout the book reminds me of the wonderful Sunday School or Bible School lessons I had as a little girl. The presentation is clean, colorful and fun with a strong emphasis on God’s Word highlighted at the bottom of each page to coordinate along with each lesson being shared within the book.

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I hope you will show support to small business and Christian authors and purchase a copy of her books. She has several titles available to choose from and they are all valuable lessons our children can benefit from.

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You are welcome to comment below and ask questions to the author. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for these exciting prizes!

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The Adventures of Pajama Girl and the Coronation of the Cupcake Queen #Review #Giveaway

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The Adventures of Pajama Girl and the Coronation of the Cupcake Queen – Review/Giveaway

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In this adorable children’s storybook, a little girl and her sister have a great adventure when “Pajama Girl” puts on different pajamas each night and whatever she is wearing … will appear in her dreams for Pajama Girl and her “Sis” to adventure in together. It’s a really cute idea which my 8 year old daughter loves and feels it is a wonderful book! She really enjoyed this grand adventure in the Pajama Girl book and I’m sure your child will love it too.

The author and illustrator both did a marvelous job conveying a thoughtful and fun-loving storyline with pictures to represent it. Children should appreciate the details and colorful splashes of art on every page. They also bring a helpful message of “Thou Shall Not Steal” from the Ten Commandments into light for kids during the book. Kids can relate to the situation and understand the choices of right and wrong from the story.

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I thought the Pajama Girl story really impacted my daughter. She wanted to get different pajamas on so she would have “happy thoughts” while she slept at night because of it. I hope the story is a blessing to one of our readers too as we have the opportunity to see one of you WIN a copy of your very own! Enter the giveaway below!

About the book:

Hardcover; 32 pages

A cute, illustrated story about a girl’s imagination and her magical pajamas. In this adventure, Ellie’s cupcake pajamas pave the way for she and her Sis to take a journey to a land filled with all kinds of sweet treats. Their journey quickly turns into an adventure to help the Cupcake Queen find the missing sprinkles needed for her coronation ceremony. In searching for the missing sprinkles, Ellie and Sis uncover a life lesson that is important for every child to learn.

About the author:

Sandra Hagee Parker lives in San Antonio, Texas with her husband, Ryan, and their daughters, Olivia and Elliana – the original pajama girls. A practicing attorney, Sandy is also part of the music ministry at Cornerstone Church where she and her husband are leaders. When not working or writing, Sandy enjoys traveling with her family and mastering the art of making Pancakes a la Pajama Girl with her two girls.

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Readers: When you buy the book from any store or online and then enter your receipt at http://pajamagirl.com/downloads.php.  You’ll receive 10  free Pajama Girl Activity Sheets sent to you via email!

GIVEAWAY TIME!

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Prize: One winner will receive a copy of the book: The Adventures of Pajama Girl. $14.99 value

Location: Open to USA & Canada

Age: Must be 18 years or older to enter.

Date: Ends on April 16 at midnight EST.

 

Disclosure:

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

 

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Live Your Life for 1/2 The Price Review + Giveaway!

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Here it is – straight from Family Christian Stores as Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Mary Hunt brings us this amazing new book titled: Live Your Life for 1/2 The Price! Don’t miss entering the awesome giveaway below for a $25 Family Christian Appreciation Certificate too!

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I was SO EXCITED to be able to review this book for all of you! I have heard so many great things about author, Mary Hunt, and this new book is certainly living up to my expectations!  Written with easy to understand language, Mary gives endless recommendations on how to make good choices – including “using the power of no”. She also offers tons of suggestions on where to buy groceries, where and how to eat out if you feel the need, how to create a price list, and other great ideas to help living your life the fullest seem easy and affordable!

I love the way she has everything presented in well organized sequences offering tips for purchasing insurance policies, travel excursion ideas for less, and other helpful personal finance options that can really determine whether you make or break the budget. I feel this is a tool that many will use and refer to again and again. Excellent resource for families of all sizes that need to take control of their life and finances and find a way to make it work within their means and still have fun!

Pick up a copy of Live Your Life for 1/2 The Price at your local Family Christian store or purchase it online.

GIVEAWAY TIME!

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Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Family Christian Appreciation Certificate!

Location: Open to USA & Canada. Void where prohibited.

Age: Must be 18 years or older.

Date: Ends on 3/18 at midnight EST.

 

Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou received an early release copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. However I only share items I feel will be of value or interest to my family and my readers. Love2EncourageYou is not responsible for sponsor prize fulfillment.

 

 

Max Lucado’s Treasury of Bedtime Prayers Review & Giveaway

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I have had so much fun reading through these delightful passages with my two younger ones. They love the gentle and beautiful illustrations, the rhyming style of a lot of the poems shared, and the Bible verse references for them to learn. I think it’s a very sweet and thoughtful collection of prayers and bedtime devotions for parents to read with their young children or in this case… you can see my daughter is reading it to her younger brother. So adorable. I love those precious moments.

My daughter is 8 and she adores this Max Lucado’s Treasury of Bedtime Prayers book! She has been carrying this book around with her in the car when we go on outings, over to friend’s homes, and even brought it to show her cousins at the time share when they came on vacation to visit in FL. I am impressed at how well this book captures the attention of my children and is filled with thoughtful and inspiring quotes and bits of Scripture … just enough to be effective and yet not too much for little minds and attention spans to handle.

It is my pleasure to recommend this wonderful book by Max Lucado. I don’t think I’ve ever been disappointed in any way with anything he writes and shares anyway. lol. You are sure to be pleased with this gorgeous book for young families to read together. You can pick it up at your local Family Christian Store or purchase it online. It’s on sale for a limited time right now so it’s a super time to make a purchase! Regular price is $19.99, but right now it’s only $13.99! I hope you get the chance to pick one up.

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Prayer is the foundation of a believer’s life. This collection of prayers from Max and Denalyn Lucado offers parents a resource to teach little ones how to talk to God.This prayer collection includes classic prayers that have been updated for today’s young readers, introductory stories for each section, as well as twenty new prayers for little ones written by Max and Denalyn.Max and Denalyn open the book with an expanded introduction that instructs parents on teaching their children to pray. A helpful prayer builder taken from Max’s trade book Before Amen teaches kids that there are four different kinds of prayers: worship, trust, compassion, and gratitude. This collection of new and classic children’s prayers are divided into ten sections.

Children will find it easier to learn to pray with examples showing that prayer is a dialogue with God for all times. Beautiful art by Lisa Alderson complements the keepsake style of the book.

It’s never too early to lay a strong foundation for a child’s faith, and the Lucado Treasury of Bedtime Prayers will help parents do just that.

Product Details:
Page Count: 160
Released: 01/2015

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Prize: One winner will receive a $10 Family Christian Stores Appreciation Certificate

Location: Open to US & Canada. Void where prohibited.

Age: Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.

Date: Starts 2/28 and runs until midnight EST on 3/14.

Disclosure: I received a sample copy in exchange for an honest review. I do not review items unless I feel they are a good fit for my family and my readers interests. Love2EncourageYou is not responsible for sponsor prize fulfillment.

Body & Soul: A Girl’s Guide to a Fit, Fun, and Fabulous Life #Review #Giveaway

Hello friends and fans! Have I got a treat for you!

Who knows Bethany Hamilton?

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How would you like to enter to win an autographed copy of her book “Body & Soul: A Girl’s Guide to a Fit, Fun, and Fabulous Life”?!!

One winner will be blessed with this amazing book that I was lucky enough to review from Family Christian Stores. This book is a delightful collection of high quality articles about becoming a fit and healthy young lady who can enjoy living life with a heart for the Lord. It’s filled with beautiful full color illustrations and images, helpful tips and suggestions, delicious healthy recipes, fitness poses and routine ideas, and a layout similar to a magazine style catalog with glossy pages of valuable info on every page! Such an incredibly fun way to bless the young girls in your life – your daughters, granddaughters, nieces, cousins, friends, babysitters, youth at church or anyone else in your life who could benefit from the wisdom and healthy suggestions given from Bethany Hamilton in this awesome book called Body & Soul. Pick up a copy or two today at a Family Christian Store near you or online.

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Bethany Hamilton has become a fitness expert by virtue of being a professional athlete who has excelled–and she’s done it while overcoming incredible challenges. Whether you know Bethany or not, whether you surf or not, everyone has challenges, and in Body and Soul: A Girl’s Guide to a Fit, Fun and Fabulous Life, Bethany shares some of her core experiences with body, mind and spirit. Sharing her expertise as an athlete, Body and Soul helps young girls develop a healthy lifestyle, understand their changing bodies, gain confidence, and establish a pattern of healthy living starting at a young age.This book includes workouts specially developed for young girls by Bethany’s personal trainer, recipes and information on healthy eating based on “Bethany’s food pyramid”, which follows the Mediterranean diet, and advice on deepening your spiritual health, for a total body wellness book perfect for growing girls. This isn’t a book about Bethany, this is a book about wellness, becoming your best “you”, through physical and spiritual balance, because spiritual health is just as important as physical health.

Product Details:
Page Count: 160

Releases 05/2014
Retail: $19.99

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Enter to win an autographed copy of the book by Bethany Hamilton called “Body & Soul”!

One winner.  Must live in the USA or Canada. Must be 18 years or older to enter. Void where prohibited.

Starts 1/12/2015 and ends 1/19/2015 at midnight EST.

 

Entries will be verified before winner is announced.

Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou received a sample copy in exchange for an honest review. Love2EncourageYou is not responsible for sponsor prize distribution.

 

Review and Giveaway of the Highly Anticipated Book: A.D. 30 by TED DEKKER


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Special thanks to Family Christian Stores for the opportunity to review a pre-release copy of Ted Dekker’s new book: A.D. 30.

This is a really exciting moment for me – to be able to share with all of you this highly anticipated new book from Ted Dekker releasing on October 28! A student from the school my husband teaches at is a huge Ted Dekker fan. When she heard I was getting to review his newest book, she told my hubby how lucky I was. She can’t wait for the release! I’m happy to tell you that her enthusiasm will not be let down.

A.D. 30 is going to surprise you. The very heart of its character development and attention to detail in the story all draw you closer to the surprise guest that appears. I’m sure you can guess who it is just based on the title! A.D. 30 will make you embrace every moment of each page. Filled to the brim in Biblical facts and laced with emotional turmoil, courage and strength of heart  – A.D. 30 is going to capture your attention and not let go. You won’t want to put the book down!

A.D. 30 recreates a real impression of what life was like in Biblical times while helping you see it through the eyes of a woman. Keep in mind that this story is taking place during a time period when a women’s opinion was not valued, so the events that unfold are sometimes intense and keep you on the edge of your seat.

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“In A.D. 30, you’ll step back into the year of our Lord, and dive head first into a war that is raging between kingdoms on the earth and in the heart.

The outcast daughter of one of the most powerful Bedouin sheikhs in Arabia, Maviah is called on to protect the very people who rejected her. When their enemies launch a sudden attack with devastating consequences, Maviah escapes with the help of two of her father’s warriors–Saba who speaks more with is sword than his voice and Judah, a Jew who comes from a tribe that can read the stars.

From there, Maviah must secure an unlikely alliance with King Herod of the Jews. It would be a journey filled with great danger. If they can even survive the vast trek across the desert, they will enter into a brutal world run by kings and emperors.

On the way, Maviah crosses paths unexpectedly with another man. An enigmatic teacher who speaks of a way in this life which offers greater power than any kingdom. His name is Yeshua, and his words turn everything known on its head. Though following him may present even greater danger, his may be the only way for Maviah to save her people–and herself.”

Pages: 432
Release: 10/28/2014
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If you are a fan of Ted Dekker’s other novels, I’ve been told this book is on a totally different pace than his others, yet completely captures the essence of Ted Dekker’s compelling and entertaining writing style. You will not be disappointed.

Thought-Provoking, Amazing, Passionate, Emotional, Scripture-based, Moving, Entertaining, Courageous, Well-Developed, Intriguing, Applauded, Intense, Inspirational, … my list of words to describe this incredible new book coming out by Ted Dekker could go on and on. I encourage you to buy the book and read the message behind the chapters and see how many other positive, descriptive words you can come up with to share about Ted Dekker’s new novel: A.D. 30. It’s a must read!

AMAZING book? YES!

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PRIZE: One winner will receive a copy of the Ted Dekker’s newest book: A.D. 30

LOCATION: Must be a resident of the USA

AGE: Must be 18 years or older to enter. Void where prohibited.

DATE: Starts 10/10/2014 and ends at midnight EST on 10/28/2014.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. I was given a free copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. My opinions are my own and may differ from others. However, I only share items I feel are of value or interest to my family and my readers.

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The Romance of Grace Review and $10 Starbucks Gift Card Giveaway

The Romance of Grace Review

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Lots of praise for a fantastic book! Your heart will be blessed by the clever and humorous ways Jim McNeely engages his readers in The Romance of Grace. Full of the truths of God’s love, grace and mercy – this will be a hit among Christians and a must share to those who aren’t yet believers. I highly encourage you to purchase The Romance of Grace to add to your own personal library of great reads. It is a real gem!

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Author: Jim McNeely
Blog: www.thereforenow.com
Book title: The Romance of Grace.
Book Description: What if God sees us the way a man sees a woman he is infatuated with, and His main question is not how to make us moral but rather how to get us to fall in love with Him?
In The Romance of Grace, Jim McNeely explores Bible passages that tell us what God really wants for us and what His love means. This is the love of a God who chose to give His life for ours, even carefully retaining His scars into the throne room of heaven and telling us in His very body, “I have gone to great lengths and great costs to say that I forsook all comforts for the love of you.”
Join Jim in his exploration of life in God’s unconditional, redeeming, amazing grace.

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Author Bio: Jim McNeely is a teaching pastor and elder at Dakota Creek Christian Center in Blaine, Washington, where he lives with his wife, Betty, and their four sons. Formerly president of New Century Data, with clients such as Lockheed Martin and American Airlines, he now works as a programmer and database administrator in the health care industry.

Top Endorsements: So often we turn our faith in Christ into a forcing mechanism, which doesn’t work in any event; and if anything, produces disillusionment or hypocrisy. The Romance of Grace is a prophetic book. I believe that unless we heed its call, to put grace absolutely without condition and frontally as the be-all and end-all of the Good News, we will lose completely, and not just in “the eyes of the world” but in the failure of well-intentioned religious lives that tried to love and never knew how.
—Paul F. M. Zahl, author of Grace in Practice: A Theology of Everyday Life

It is time, as Robert Farrar Capon put it, to get drunk on grace. Two hundred-proof, defiant grace. That’s what you get here in Jim’s book. You won’t see a list of qualifications, and you’ll get no “footnotes.” What you’ll encounter is grace unmeasured, vast and free. It will frighten you and free you at the same time.
—Tullian Tchividjian, Pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church and author of Jesus + Nothing = Everything

In The Romance of Grace we are confronted with a truth that we may have previously rejected. It seemed too easy to embrace. It lacked obligation on our part and contradicted accusations we have given credence to for the majority of our lives on earth. Yet herein lies the truth—“Not that we loved God, but that God loved us.” This book will help to right the plumb line in your life.
—David Collins, author of Out of the Box, founder of Canadian Food for the Hungry International

Come join me in following a great author and fellow Christian on Facebook and Twitter:

Twitter: @jwmcneely
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thereforenow

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Age: 18 years or older (void where prohibited)

Date: May 22, 2013 to June 7, 2013 at midnight

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*How was everyone’s day today? I hope you are feeling very blessed. We all need to think about how lucky we are and how fortunate that we are here right now – alive and well. Our prayers go out to all the families of the lost loved ones who perished in the Oklahoma twister. We pray for strength and healing for the injured and comfort for those who mourn. May God protect the victims still trapped and help them be found quickly.

Many Blessings,

Rebecca at Love2EncourageYou