Monday, April 18, 2011

Max on Life by Max Lucado

I am new to doing reviews and when I saw I had a chance to read Max Lucado's newest book "Max on Life" I was thrilled. I have to say that I am a Max Lucado fan and love his books and the way he presents his ideas of the ways of God in layman's terms without making you feel condescended to.

In this book he takes time to answer questions he has received over thirty years of ministry from concerned Christians, struggling Christians and new Christians. Questions of doubt, pain or just plain curiosity. Questions that I have struggled with myself. Questions such as: When I doubt God does He leave me?, Does God really forgive me?, Why does God heal some and not others?, What will happen on judgement day?. He answers these questions with scripture and insight that God has given to him.

They are separated into the seven sections in this book. They are grouped according to questions on God, calamities, prayer, relationships, families, work/money, and the hereafter. They are easy to understand answers that are very open and practical. They can be challenging and comforting. I found his answers were thoughts I had already had but just wasn't sure. There were a few that made me think "I never thought of that." Or "I wish I had that answer when someone asked me that same question."

This book kept me reading, just wondering how he would answer the next question. Some answers convicted me and some comforted me. The scriptures presented were comforting as well. They affirmed what he was saying. I would definitely recommend this book to others. For those who have questions about God. For those with unsaved friends and family who don't know how to answer the questions posed to them.
I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Breath of Angel by Karyn Henley

I just finished reading "Breath of Angel" by Karyn Henley and I have to say I loved it.

This book is about a young priestess, Melaia, who witnesses a murder of a stranger in the temple courtyard by a hawk who later turns into a man. The stranger turns out to be an angel, which she had always thought were myths and stories until now.

Melaia finds herself in the middle of a blood feud between two immortal brothers who destroyed the stairway to heaven, stranding angels here on earth. She becomes a target as things escalate.

She hides with a band of angels who are attempting to restore the stairway. But Melaia soon finds out that that the restoration is impossible without the repayment of an ancient debt. One that calls for the "breath of angel, blood of man" and one that involves her heart, soul and destiny.

I read this book in about 15 hours. I could not put it down. I enjoyed meeting the characters and trying to figure out which ones were trustworthy or not. The author was descriptive without over doing it. I was able to imagine the places and people very well. I cannot wait for the next book. This is book one of The Angeleon Circle.

I received this book for review from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishers and was not required to write a positive review.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Well after trying natural stuff for 8 days I have to say I am not totally impressed.
The deodorant works fine as long as I am not sweating, then it gets a bad odor like cat urine. GROSS! And since summer is coming and I am wanting to walk for exercise, I will be sweating more. So I am back to my avon and suave for now.
The lotion/lip balm bar still smells wonderful to me but it is sticky and greasy at the same time. As a lip balm that's not a big deal but I leave greasy prints everywhere when I have it on my hands. Plus it doesn't keep them moist. But I will use it for lip balm.
The baking soda shampoo and apple cider rinse stuff is doing good for my hair so I may keep that up for now. Plus it is so cheap. I guess I will try other options soon for lotion and deodorant.
I finally got the pics for the jewelry I made. Check them out. Well that's all for now.

Friday, April 1, 2011

busy busy busy...

So in the last few days I have been very productive. I made 2 necklaces, 3 bracelets, 1 watch, and 2 pairs of earrings. Adding to my collection of 9 other pieces.
I made a batch of homemade deodorant and homemade lip balm/ lotion bars. I am soo excited. I do have pictures and I promise to get them up soon. It was so simple. I just used a 1:1:1 ratio of coco butter, beeswax and coconut oil.( I started with small bits...1oz each) I I had previously bought the coconut oil to make homemade deodorant which failed but I am trying again now that I did more research.
See it melted all over in the bathroom because coconut oil has a low melting point. 76 degrees. One lady keeps her in her fridge when the temps go up. So I am trying again. Bobby has been using the powdered version off and on and it works good for him when he uses it. He gets rashes from all the other kinds. All that is in it is 1/4c baking soda(less if your skin is sensitive) 1/4 c cornstarch and 10 - 20 drops of teatree oil. Put in a sock and dust it on.(that's what I use they suggest a powder puff container) to make a stick kind add 2tbs+ of coconut oil until its the consistency you want. Pack it into an old deodorant container or small wide mouth jar.
I also tried a baking soda rinse and apple cider vinegar rinse for a natural shampoo and conditioner. My hair is overly oily and there apparently will be a transition period while it stops it's overproduction of oil caused by shampoos. So I tried a citrus rinse for the waxy feeling as suggested by one lady(CoolKarmaVideo) who has videos on you tube about going no "poo" as it is called. But I still think my hair needs to adjust. I'll let you know how it goes. I'm gonna give it at least two weeks.
After I squeezed the two lemons of as much juice as I could manage, I felt like it was a waste to throw them away. So I stuck them in a glass put in some warm water and a packet of stevia in the raw and let it sit in the fridge until I was ready to drink it. YUM! It is really good lemonade.
I have to say this all natural stuff is fun. Now if can only get myself to natural eating. LOL Here are some links to check out if you want and they have links to follow also.      ( she uses a ready mad DIY kit but I just copied the ingredients from the site she bought it from.)   (she is funny, I picked this but you could check out all from day one)

thats just a few that I checked out. I did google searches and like I said I checked out the links from the links I provided. TTFN (ta ta for now)