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CWA: NuNaturals Stevia review and giveaway


I’ve tried Stevia before – and have been less than impressed with it – usually it’s bitter and leaves an aftertaste.  Thankfully I was sent some NuNaturals Stevia products to try out as part of Christian Women Affiliate and I’m so glad that I made it as part of this review!

Most of my friends and family know that I can’t have artificial sweeteners like aspartame because of migraines and I can’t have sucralose because it’s affects on the digestive tract – so I’m usually left using regular sugar which isn’t healthy either since I’m a Type 2 Diabetic who is trying to reverse the disease.

Enter NuNaturals – they sent me the following items:

I currently use the liquid NuStevia in my coffees, teas and I mix the vanilla in with my hot cereals for a little sweetness.  I haven’t tried baking with the Stevia yet but I’m going to make some cookies using the Tagatose which browns like sugar, is prebiotic meaning it feeds healthy bacteria, low glycemic, low carbohydrate, found in dairy, veggies and fruits so it’s naturally occurring.  It is noted that excessive consumption may have a laxative effect.

In using the liquid I do suggest only adding a drop or two at a time until the desired sweetness and flavor is achieved – I added too much at one time and it was not good so now I start with two drops and work my way up depending on what I’m making or drinking it with.  I like the fact that I can sweeten my drinks without worrying about that sugar crash later or the bitter aftertaste of some Stevia products.  When I use packets, which conveniently tuck in my purse for on-the-go sweetness, I only need a little bit – my current packet has so far sweetened 3 drinks and I still have some left!  This is a case of a little goes a long way.  The recipes on the NuNatural site are extensive, I haven’t tried them because some of the ingredients aren’t easily found where I grocery shop and I’m not good at substituting.

I cannot recommend enough the use of NuNaturals Stevia whether you’re looking for a healthy way to sweeten food and drinks or because you’re diabetic and need something that isn’t artificial or both.  Check out the website for information for discounts and money saving offers and check out the giveaway I’m hosting for not 1 winner but 4 winners for 4 bottles of NuNaturals Stevia.

To enter the Giveway for 4 winners to win 3 bottles of NuStevia visit

An Ohio Reviewing Mom

**Disclaimer:  I was given product from NuNaturals in conjunction with Christian Women Affiliate to review and give my honest opinion, no other compensation was provided.

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Journal 10+ – 2013 to 2023 journal/record keeper


I had the pleasure of reviewing the Journal 10+ earlier this year and the new 2013 version is now available at Journal 10.  It is such a beautiful book that it sits atop my bookshelf along with my Bible and currently being read book, sometimes I forget to write in it but I’m doing better in remembering to write in it each day.  This is great for the busy mom who doesn’t have time to keep a detailed full page journal entry for each day, taking just a couple minutes each day it can be used for many, many things such as:

  • planner
  • journal
  • record keeper
  • address book
  • and overall time capsule

 

With the goal setting feature I aim to set our goals for our next school year, such as what I want each child to accomplish and finish, track my Bible reading as well as prayer requests.  Having all this all in one journal makes it very easy to have everything at your fingertips without having to keep multiple books and journals to enter different information.  Sometimes words cannot adequately describe physical items and this is one of those items – my words can tell you but until you hold it in your hands then that is all they are are words.

 

Being able to see 10+ years at a glance and get to ‘see’ what my children did, how they’ve improved, milestones that my husband and I reach together and document medical successes is so thrilling.  It’ll be something that I hope one day my children will enjoy looking back on to see what I treasured about their growing up years.  Whether I document that we finished a science curriculum or about a birthday or a holiday – these are memories we’ll treasure.  I also appreciate having addresses and dates for special days at my fingertips because I often forget these important days.  The two attached satin-like bookmarks makes it easy to follow where you are at in your writing and the durable yet beautiful cover makes it a treasure.

 

**Disclaimer:  I was provided a copy of the Journal 10+ in exchange for my honest opinion, no other compensation was given.

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Secrets: Glenbrooke Series #1 by Robin Jones Gunn


About the Book:

Jessica ran from her past…but can she hide from love?

Jessica Morgan wants desperately to forget the past and begin a new life. She chooses a small, peaceful town tucked away in Oregon’s Willamette Valley as the place to start over—Glenbrooke. Once there, Jessica conceals her identity from the intriguing personalities she meets—including the compassionate paramedic who desires to protect her and the jealous woman who wants nothing more than to destroy her.

Will Jessica’s deceit ruin all hope for the future? Or will she find a deeper peace that allows her to stop hiding the truth from those who love her most of all?

This heartwarming bestseller, book one in the Glenbrooke series, introduces the fascinating people of Glenbrooke in a compelling tale of romance and spiritual truth.

My Opinion:

I was introduced to Robin Jones Gunn when I had the pleasure of reading her Sisterchicks series and now I’m pleased to know that I can continue to enjoy Robin’s writing in the Glenbrooke series.  Secrets as the title asserts is about secrets – how they can destroy, how they can kill and ultimately how letting go of secrets can set one free so they are able to live the life God intended for them to live.  As the book begins Jessica is mad at God – she can’t seem to understand why a loving God would let bad things happen, and bad things had happened to Jessica – but as the book unwinds Jessica’s struggle eventually ends, however I’m not going to totally spoil it by telling you how her struggle ends.

There were some slow moments but if you keep going through and reading toward the end you’ll be well rewarded for the effort and I think the slow moments made it seem more real, as not every day in my life is full of climatic events!  This book is written by a Christian author and published by a Christian publishing house so before reading it be aware of that – there will be Christian themes of faith and belief in in – but for me that makes it all the more inspiring and relevant to my life.  I will say I was expecting a BIG secret like she was running from and abusive ex-boyfriend or she had killed someone but the secret isn’t as horrible and is almost innocent once it’s figured out.   I can’t wait to read the other books in this series!

**Disclaimer:  I was provided a copy of this book from Blogging For Books through Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for my honest opinon, no other compensation was given.

If you would please take a moment and visit Blogging for Books to rate my review I’d appreciate it.  Thank you!

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12 Pearls of Christmas | Day 12 – Does it Even Matter? by Tracey Eyster


Welcome to the 12 Pearls of Christmas blog series!

Merry Christmas from Pearl Girls™! We hope you enjoy these Christmas “Pearls of Wisdom” from the authors who were so kind to donate their time and talents! If you miss a few posts, you’ll be able go back through and read them on this blog throughout the next few days.

We’re giving away a pearl necklace in celebration of the holidays, as well as some items (books, a gift pack, music CDs) from the contributors! Enter now on Facebook or at the Pearl Girls blog. The winner will announced on January 2, 2013 at the Pearl Girls blog.

If you are unfamiliar with Pearl Girls™, please visit www.pearlgirls.info and see what we’re all about. In short, we exist to support the work of charities that help women and children in the US and around the globe. Consider purchasing a copy of Mother of Pearl, Pearl Girls: Encountering Grit, Experiencing Grace or one of the Pearl Girls products (all GREAT gifts!) to help support Pearl Girls.

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Does It Even Matter?

By Tracey Eyster

Every day, day after day, for twenty years I have been immersed in the task of mothering. No one told me before I was handed that swaddled bundle how all-consuming the role of motherhood was going to be, or how my heart would be forever altered.

My heart is swollen from the love that has grown there. A deep love that’s swelling has come at a cost.

The cost of daily dying to self as I choose to serve the needs of my children and my husband—to grow a family with the end in mind.
Thankfully I was taught by those older and wiser than me that the building of image bearing children requires intentionality and purpose by two loving, connected parents who are willing to work together for God’s purposes.

Even when we don’t know the outcome or exact purpose God has in mind for our children—our willingness to put in the hours and to be yielded to His direction is our gift to the Father.

This Christmas I have had a new and odd wondering that I have been contemplating, a question that has never before occurred to me.

Who built the manger?

Did he think the task was too menial?

Was he weary and tired from the task?

Did he want to build something more grand?

Did he dream of working in a way that would bring him glory and attention?

Did he wrestle with the assumption that what he was putting his time and effort into was not for a grand purpose?

How could he know the plans God had for that little manger?

The Savior of the world was going to rest there and do great things.

Psst . . . Mom, do you see it?

The Savior of the world has the potential to rest within that which you are building . . . to do great things.

Take care to put your time, talents, and energy into building well.

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Tracey Eyster is the happily-in-love wife of Bill and the fun-filled mom of two teens, and she is devoted to her family and is happiest when making memories with them. In 2008 she took her passion for speaking into the lives of moms and created the ministry of MomLife Today. She is passionate about momlife and is amazed at God’s blessing of allowing her first book Be The Mom to come to fruition. She enjoys connecting with moms through her personal blog at www.bethemom.com, and on Facebook or Twitter @MomBlog

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12 Pearls of Christmas | Day 11 – Just Like Mary by Carla Anne Coroy


Welcome to the 12 Pearls of Christmas blog series!

Merry Christmas from Pearl Girls™! We hope you enjoy these Christmas “Pearls of Wisdom” from the authors who were so kind to donate their time and talents! If you miss a few posts, you’ll be able go back through and read them on this blog throughout the next few days.

We’re giving away a pearl necklace in celebration of the holidays, as well as some items (books, a gift pack, music CDs) from the contributors! Enter now on Facebook or at the Pearl Girls blog. The winner will announced on January 2, 2013 at the Pearl Girls blog.

If you are unfamiliar with Pearl Girls™, please visit www.pearlgirls.info and see what we’re all about. In short, we exist to support the work of charities that help women and children in the US and around the globe. Consider purchasing a copy of Mother of Pearl, Pearl Girls: Encountering Grit, Experiencing Grace or one of the Pearl Girls products (all GREAT gifts!) to help support Pearl Girls.

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Just Like Mary

By Carla Anne Coroy

Mary. Amazing Mary. Mother of Jesus. We marvel at her simple, faith-filled acceptance of God’s will for her life. There’s so little written about Mary in the Bible. We know almost nothing, really, about this woman that God chose to parent His Son.

Many have speculated about the exact age of Jesus’ mother. How old was she, really? What would it have been like to be greeted by an angel—and told you would become pregnant by the Spirit of God?

I wonder about other things sometimes, though. Like if she had morning sickness, or gained a lot of weight during her pregnancy. Was she overdue, or was baby Jesus born right on time? Did she mistake Braxton Hicks contractions for the real thing before labor really started? Was it a fast labor or did Joseph have eighteen hours to get that place into birthing readiness?

Most women who have ever given birth to a child have shared pregnancy stories. Everyone’s story is unique and interesting. Surely Mary’s was, too!

Then there are the stories of potty-training and conversations on how to get the baby to sleep through the night. Did Mary bounce Jesus on her knee while sharing recipes with other young moms?

We cannot find answers for these questions in Scripture. And as interesting as it might be to share pregnancy stories with Mary over a cup of coffee (maybe in heaven?) and get her tips on potty-training, we really don’t need to know any of that to love the Son she bore.

But Mary’s example raises questions about me and my own life that get under my skin.

Am I the kind of woman God will choose to be part of His plan? Do I trust and love my God enough to give faith-filled answers like she did? If there were just a few paragraphs written of my life for future generations to read, would those words reveal a heart of willing submission to God?
“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” (Luke 1:38, NIV)

God has not asked me to carry the burden of His Son in my womb. There are other burdens He is asking me, and you, to carry instead. Are we being the women He needs for the part of the plan we’re living in now? Am I saying to Jesus today, “May it be to me as you have said”?

During this Advent season, let’s prepare ourselves to be used by God, filled with faith and anticipating His grace—just like Mary.

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Carla Anne Coroy is a Christian speaker and blogger, and the award-winning author of Married Mom, Solo Parent. She ministers to a wide audience through her website and blog at www.carlaanne.com. Carla Anne has served full-time with organizations such as Youth for Christ and Crown Financial Ministries, and is currently developing mentoring resources for women and an international mentoring organization for youth. She also serves as a staff writer for the online magazine Mentoring Moments for Christian Women and is a spokesperson for Faithbuddy.com. Carla Anne lives in Canada with her husband and four homeschooled children.

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12 Pearls of Christmas | Day 10 – Christmas Mourning by Tricia Goyer


Welcome to the 12 Pearls of Christmas blog series!

Merry Christmas from Pearl Girls™! We hope you enjoy these Christmas “Pearls of Wisdom” from the authors who were so kind to donate their time and talents! If you miss a few posts, you’ll be able go back through and read them on this blog throughout the next few days.

We’re giving away a pearl necklace in celebration of the holidays, as well as some items (books, a gift pack, music CDs) from the contributors! Enter now on Facebook or at the Pearl Girls blog. The winner will announced on January 2, 2013 at the Pearl Girls blog.

If you are unfamiliar with Pearl Girls™, please visit www.pearlgirls.info and see what we’re allabout. In short, we exist to support the work of charities that help women and children in the US and around the globe. Consider purchasing a copy of Mother of Pearl, Pearl Girls: Encountering Grit, Experiencing Grace or one of the Pearl Girls products (all GREAT gifts!) to help support Pearl Girls.

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Christmas Mourning

By Tricia Goyer

As I sat in our living room last Christmas morning, there was a pile of presents under the tree. A smile filled my face, just thinking about the joy and laughter that would fill the house in a few hours when we gathered around to hear the Christmas story, worship Jesus, and open presents.

That morning as I thought about the celebration of our Lord’s birth, my mind was already busy unwrapping. No, I wasn’t thinking ahead to presents. Instead, I was unwrapping the many memories of Christmas that I carry on my heart.
I remember sitting at the kids’ table in Grandma’s mobile home, laughing and goofing around with my brother and cousins. I remember the doll house my Grandpa made when I was seven and the loving care my grandma took to decorate it.

I remember the boom box and banana clips from high school and my first Christmas with my son Cory not long after I turned eighteen. Cory was only six months old, but the greatest gift God gave to both of us that year was John—my soon-to-be husband and Cory’s soon-to-be daddy.

There are memories of the kids acting out the Christmas story and Goyer family gatherings in which forty of us would eat in our cleaned-out and heated garage because it was the only place big enough to set up tables and chairs for everyone.

I also will never forget the first time I celebrated Christmas in California with my biological dad and the four sisters I didn’t know growing up. I had a happy heart that day, being with people I didn’t know well but who amazingly looked and acted just like me. How cool is that?!

As I write this, there are faces going to be missing around the tree, to be sure. There’s always a sense of missing when the people you love are far away. And that’s when Christmas Morning becomes Christmas Mourning. I’m thinking of my mom, dad, siblings, in-laws, and friends, wishing I could fill me house with their faces, their smiles, their laughter. I’m sure you understand.

It’s so easy to center Christmas around the baby who God sent, but we cannot forget the purpose for His coming. Jesus’ mission wasn’t just about the manager, the angels, and the swaddling clothes. His purpose was to offer himself so that we can spend eternity with Him and those we love.

The greatest gift is one we’ve yet to open. Salvation comes to our hearts when we whisper a prayer of faith and relinquishment—when we give up the right to ourselves.

Like a beautifully wrapped presents under the tree, the best part of the gift is still to come. My mind is anticipating the unwrapping. I can only guess of the joy and laughter to come!

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Tricia Goyer is a busy mom of four, grandmother of one, and wife to John. Somewhere around the hustle and bustle of family life, she manages to find the time to write fictional tales delighting and entertaining readers and non-fiction titles offering encouragement and hope. Tricia is also on the blogging team at MomLifeToday.com, TheBetterMom.com and other homeschooling and Christian sites. In addition to her roles as mom, wife and author, Tricia volunteers around her community and mentors teen moms. She is the founder of Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Northwestern Montana, and she currently leads a Teen MOPS Group in Little Rock, AR. Tricia, along with a group of friends, recently launched www.NotQuiteAmishLiving.com, sharing ideas about simplifying life. She also hosts the weekly radio podcast, Living Inspired. Learn more about Tricia at www.triciagoyer.com.

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12 Pearls of Christmas | Day 9 – The ADVENTure Awaits You! by Charissa Steyn


Welcome to the 12 Pearls of Christmas blog series!

Merry Christmas from Pearl Girls™! We hope you enjoy these Christmas “Pearls of Wisdom” from the authors who were so kind to donate their time and talents! If you miss a few posts, you’ll be able go back through and read them on this blog throughout the next few days.

We’re giving away a pearl necklace in celebration of the holidays, as well as some items (books, a gift pack, music CDs) from the contributors! Enter now on Facebook or at the Pearl Girls blog. The winner will announced on January 2, 2013 at the Pearl Girls blog.

If you are unfamiliar with Pearl Girls™, please visit www.pearlgirls.info and see what we’re all about. In short, we exist to support the work of charities that help women and children in the US and around the globe. Consider purchasing a copy of Mother of Pearl, Pearl Girls: Encountering Grit, Experiencing Grace or one of the Pearl Girls products (all GREAT gifts!) to help support Pearl Girls.

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The ADVENTure Awaits You!

By Charissa Steyn

God loves keeping us in a place of joyful expectation for what is next. He has mastered the art of surprise. Much to my dismay, God rarely ever lays out steps 1-2-3 for me to see. Maybe you’re like me and you’re a planner. You need time to prepare yourself for what is coming, the unknown grips you with fear, and it’s hard for you to simply enjoy a surprise.

It’s difficult to understand why God doesn’t like to reveal more of His mysterious ways, but I have a feeling it has something to do with faith. I am quite sure that if I knew everything that God had planned ahead of time my response would be, “No way God!”

But maybe we need to be a little more like Mary when it comes to faith. The angel reassured her, “Mary, you have nothing to fear. God has a surprise for you…” (Luke 1:30)

Did you get that? You have nothing to fear _________ (fill in the blank with your name) God has a surprise for you!

God invited Mary into the ultimate season of joyful expectation. He took her on the most miraculous adventure of birthing His son!

Instead of hesitation, Mary stepped forward, “Yes . . . let it be with me just as you say.” (Luke 1:38)

Instead of cowering in fear, Mary celebrated in faith, “I’m bursting with God-news; I’m dancing the song of my Savior God. God took one good look at me, and look what happened—I’m the most fortunate woman on earth! What God has done for me will never be forgotten. . . .” {Luke 1:46-48)

As the Christmas season is upon us, I can’t help but wonder what surprises God has wrapped up for us under His tree of life? What gifts does He want to reveal to us this year?

Like Mary, let’s face the unknown, the mystery, the surprises of God with a quiet, yet confident YES!

God wants to show you the impossible can become possible, the supernatural can become natural. We don’t need special qualifications, just joyful expectation.

May you accept the invitation of Jesus in this truly ADVENTurous season and embrace all the marvelous, mysterious surprises He has for you along the way!

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Charissa Steyn is a God-adventurer. She believes everyday holds exciting undertakings that usually involve risk, but always draw us closer to the Father’s heart. Originally from Seattle, she now lives in Cape Town with her South African hubby, Michal and their son David. Together they are doing their best to lead a simple, yet dangerous life of love. Learn more about Charissa at her blog.

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The Genius of Ancient Man: Evolution’s Nightmare general editor Don Landis w/Jackson Hole Bible College


The Genius of Ancient Man: Evolution’s Nightmare is another of Master Book’s publishing successes.  Don Landis, the general editor for the book in conjunction with Jackson Hole Bible College have put together a wonderful book in explaining facts about ancient man from a Biblical worldview, that some, even Christians may fail to realize or even know about.  The book is hardcovered and case bound and measures 8 1/2 by 11 inches and has 112 pages that are full of factual information and scientific process that doesn’t debunk the Bible as merely a story.  This isn’t a simple, read-through-in-a-day book this book must be relished, taking the time to read and understand it’s findings in light of Biblical historical accuracy.

Some of what you’ll read include:

  • Why structures echoing the Tower of Babel have been recreated on almost every continent and major culture
  • What artifacts and archaeology, technology and innovation really reveal about the origin of mankind
  • Why many biblical symbols (rainbows, human sacrifice, mountains, the Son/sun worship) were, and continue to be, distorted in pagan religious practices
  • What the historical record reveals about Satan’s “counterfeit” of God’s plan for humanity

I found it fascinating how well this book tied in with our current history and geography curriculum and find it fascinating to read more about the statues of Easter Island and that dragons really did roam the earth with humans (there is some speculation that there even may be some dragon-like creatures alive today, but I digress).  I love it when a book that has been researched and can prove the Bible’s truth in God’s Creation and historical accuracy as well as prove to man how Satan can turn good and perfect things into evil things.  I really enjoyed this book and it gives me a chance to delve deeper into our studies as well as giving my older children something more than milk – it gives them the meat that they’ll need to eventually stand for God’s Word in a world and even a Church that is diluting God’s Word.

 

**Disclaimer:  I was provided a copy of this book from Master Books, a division of New Leaf Publishing, in exchange for posting my honest opinion, no other compensation was given.

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12 Pearls of Christmas | Day 8 – Quieted in His Presence by Cara Putman


Welcome to the 12 Pearls of Christmas blog series!

Merry Christmas from Pearl Girls™! We hope you enjoy these Christmas “Pearls of Wisdom” from the authors who were so kind to donate their time and talents! If you miss a few posts, you’ll be able go back through and read them on this blog throughout the next few days.

We’re giving away a pearl necklace in celebration of the holidays, as well as some items (books, a gift pack, music CDs) from the contributors! Enter now on Facebook or at the Pearl Girls blog. The winner will announced on January 2, 2013 at the Pearl Girls blog.

If you are unfamiliar with Pearl Girls™, please visit www.pearlgirls.info and see what we’re all about. In short, we exist to support the work of charities that help women and children in the US and around the globe. Consider purchasing a copy of Mother of Pearl, Pearl Girls: Encountering Grit, Experiencing Grace or one of the Pearl Girls products (all GREAT gifts!) to help support Pearl Girls.

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Quieted in His Presence

By Cara Putman

It’s the week after Thanksgiving. We’re racing toward Christmas. Even with Thanksgiving occurring a week early, it feels like a race. When did we decide this organized (or not so organized) chaos was restful, relaxing, conducive to a joyful season?

When did the joy of gifting something to one we love become replaced by the pressure to find the perfect gift? When did the amount of the gift matter more than spirit it is gifted in? At times like these I need a reason to remember that God can calm my heart when I feel like I’m spilling in a bazillion different directions.
Grab a mug of tea or cup of coffee. I’ll share my peppermint mocha creamer. It’s low-sugar. And let’s sit together and soak in this truth.

The Lord is with us. With us. Emmanual. The God with us. Savor that. He’s with us. Not watching us. With us.

He is mighty to save. He doesn’t barely save. He is mightily prepared to save.

He will take great delight in you. Think about a child. Yours or someone else’s. Think about the joy that child brings to his parents. That is a pale shadow of the depth of delight God takes in you. Humbled? Thrilled? I am!

He quiets us with His love. He will, if we’ll let Him. It is His will to quiet us with love. Like a child who is content and secure in the knowledge of her parents’ love. That’s how He wants us to rest. To be quiet. In His presence. At His feet.

He will rejoice over us with singing. Think of your favorite artist, group, chorus. Think of how their voices resonate and harmonize. Remember how you are swept away by the beauty of a voice raised in song. Then imagine God singing a special song over you. Then consider that it’s a song of rejoicing. Just because you are. A song to you.

Now that you’ve quieted in His presence, are you ready to go back to preparations. Ready to focus on Him? To find Him in the midst of the Christmas chaos? Because He is the baby in the manager. He is the reason we celebrate. And He’s celebrating you!

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Cara Putman is an author of fourteen novels and one nonfiction work—plus all the characters and stories still begging to be told. Look for more in the future. She is also a licensed attorney, contract lecturer at a Big Ten University, adjunct faculty at a community college, and active in her church and community. She lives with her family in Indiana.

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Come to the Table by Neta Jackson


About the book:

Kat may be new in her faith, but she’s embraced the more radical implications of Christianity with reckless abandon. She invited Rochelle, a homeless mother, and her son to move into the apartment she shares with two other housemates. And she’s finally found a practical way to channel her passion for healthy eating by starting a food pantry at the church. And her feelings for Nick are getting harder to ignore. The fact that he’s the interning pastor at SouledOut Community Church and one of her housemates makes it complicated enough. But with Rochelle showing interest in Nick as a father-figure for her son, their apartment is feeling way too small.

But — not everyone thinks the food pantry is a good idea. When the woman she thought would be her biggest support just wants to “pray about it,” Kat is forced to look deeper at her own motives. Only when she begins to look beyond food as an issue does she see people who are hungry and thirsty for more than just food and drink and realizes the deeper significance of inviting them to “come to the table.”

Kat must do some serious soul searching to determine where God is asking her to use her talents and passion . . . and what role she wants to play in Nick’s life.

From best-selling author Neta Jackson (has sold more than 700,000 books) her new novel embodies Matthew 10:42 “If you give a cup of cold water to the least of these you will surely be rewarded.”

My Opinion:

 

I have loved reading Neta’s books since I started with the Yada Yada series (I’ve read every single one!) and I’ve read Stand By Me and now I’ve had the pleasure of reading Come to the Table which is book 2 in the Souled Out Sisters series but can totally stand alone if you haven’t read the first – but both are great so you should read the first one as well.  Come to the Table picks up where the last one left off  with Kat, Nick and their other room mates including a little boy, and things are getting well tricky with the living situation.

 

I really appreciated the fact that once Nick became a pastor in training and realized he had feelings of a romantic nature for Kat that he moved out of the apartment – even though there were two others living with them.  I couldn’t put this one down and I love that I still feel connected to the Yada Yada prayer group ladies even if it’s in a more roundabout way as after you read about them in seven books, you become attached and reading the Souled Out series is going to be the same thing – they have challenged me, the young college student who thinks she can save the world and the older wiser women.

 

This book isn’t just a work of fiction but one that will have you looking past your own world – and looking beyond your preconceived ideas and seeing what Jesus wants you to see.  The book is a little bigger than the last but I read it in two days because I just couldn’t stop reading – the emotions run the gamut of happy and joyful to sad and angry and that is one reason that it challenges you, it’s an enjoyable book but you won’t feel like you’ve just wasted your time on it.

**Disclaimer:  I was provided a copy of this book from B&B Media in exchange for posting my honest opinion, no other compensation was given.

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