Posted by: hugapoohlouise | July 27, 2015

Tattered and Mended by Cynthia Ruchti Book Review

The Lord’s Word proclaims beauty from ashes.  Artists reclaim original masterpieces from the elements.  But what about our lives that lie here shattered, broken, frayed, hopeless?  Can we be tattered and mended?  To find out read Tattered and Mended by Cynthia Ruchti.  Tattered and Mended – The Art of Healing the Wounded Soul is published by Abingdon Press and I am reviewing for Litfuse Publicity Group.

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Tattered and Mended is the second book that I’ve read by Cynthia Ruchti.  You can read my first review of her book here on my blog.  I’ll wait for you if you want to pop over there and read that review.  All set?  I had a hard time getting into this book, I know I’ve read other reviewers who say this book ministered to them right from the very first page, but not me.  I didn’t give up though I persevered and kept reading hoping as each page passed that I would be drawn into the story the author was weaving through the pages.  I am sad to say I did not every get caught up in the story, I felt like through the whole book that something was missing.  It didn’t feel put together right so the reader was left in dark wondering what it was.

Tattered and Mended story is about how art that is considered damaged beyond repair is mended and how that parallel’s with our lives.  Our souls get battered and bruised as we walk in this world that is not our home.  What about us?  Can we be fixed?  How about all the scars and broken places that are hidden underneath our skin?  Can these be mended?  In Tattered and Mended Cynthia Ruchti shares this with us.  I don’t want to give the answer away otherwise you will never read the book.  I will tell you in this book Cynthia Ruchti gives you an invitation to view soul-mending as a divine art form.  I think this book would really appeal to someone who likes art, is an artist or is seeking to become an artist.  Also, this book would be great for someone who sews.  Someone who understand the concept of art and sewing I think this book would come alive in your hands.

Overall, the book has a great story line and for someone who is artsy I am sure that it would be easier to understand and not so broken in places.  But I have no art background nor can I sew, I found this book lacking.  I know from reading another book by the same author that it is not her writing style so it must be something else.  Either I was lacking because of the language spoken that relates to art or sewing or the author was in hurry when this book was written.  But, I challenge you to read it for yourself and let me know what you think.

Until Next Time,

M

 

 

 

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | July 22, 2015

Have You Taken the Plunge with Odyssey Adventure Club?

Have you taken the plunge with the Odyssey Adventure Club?  If not what are you waiting for summer is almost over.

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Our family has listened to Adventures in Odyssey for years and we’ve taken the plunge this summer to live a faith-filled summer.  I have to say it has been so much fun for my girls.

So what are you waiting on check it out today and receive the following:

Your favorite Adventures in Odyssey characters are Taking the Plunge in Album 59 and now you can, too!  This summer, dive into your faith and grow closer to God by joining the Adventures in Odyssey Clubhouse Magazine Taking The Plunge Summer Challenge.   It includes these simple things:

  • Learn 5 memory verses
  • Get active with 5 family activities together
  • Share God’s love and your faith in 5 different ways

Won’t you join me and my family?  Here is the link to get you started on your Odyssey Adventure Club Summer.

Families who sign up to take part in the challenge at www.whitsend.org/summer will have access to weekly verses to memorize, ideas for family fun and suggestions for service projects that allow a family to share their faith. Additionally, anyone who signs up to participate in the Take the Plunge challenge will receive a free scene from the latest Adventures in Odyssey album, as well as a free story from the book Strange Journey Back.

Until Next Time,

M

 

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | July 19, 2015

The Winner of the SPIBelt is….

Well another contest has come to an end here on Melissa’s Musings and we have a new winner.  I am so excited about this winner as I know this product will be put to good use and be very useable.

So without further ado the winner is:

Catherine with the email address ending in att.net

You became a follower of Melissa’s Musings and now you also won your very own SPIBelt!  Please contact Melissa at svnhm1 at yahoo dot come by Thursday, July 23, 2015 to claim you prize.  SPIBelt has agreed to let you pick your favorite color so be sure and visit their site again at http://www.spibelt.com to select your very own SPIBelt and let me know via email the size and color you want.  Send me your shipping address and I will have them send you your very own SPIBelt.

Thank you to all who entered.

Until Next Time,
M

How can the wounds that keep us from living the life we want to live be mended and healed? In Tattered and Mended, Cynthia Ruchti walks readers through a gallery of reclaimed and restored art as well as broken and restored lives of those who have gone before us. With a gentle touch and personable wisdom, Cynthia shows how even the most threadbare soul can once again find healing and hope.

Celebrate the release of Tattered and Mended with Cynthia by entering to win her Reclaimed Treasures giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on July 27th. The winner will be announced July 28th on Cynthia’s blog.

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Plus, now through mid-July, sign up for Cynthia’s mailing list for a five-day virtual tour around Madeline Island for the chance to win a Hemmed in Hope prize pack. Each day begins with an email from Cynthia that introduces where you’ll be “visiting” that day (all key places from As Waters Gone By) with various interactive elements, including“I wish you were here” postcards, trivia quizzes, and an ongoing Island scavenger hunt. The person who interacts the most will win a Hemmed in Hope prize pack (valued at more than $200).

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That includes:

  • The letterpress block Hope sign from DaySpring
  • A set of 6 Hemmed in Hope notecards showing a hope-themed Bible verse
  • A leather “I can’t unravel, I’m hemmed in hope” journal
  • Signed copies of each of Cynthia’s books, fiction and non-fiction
Posted by: hugapoohlouise | July 11, 2015

An Apology… I am So Sorry….

I owe everyone who has ever read this blog or who has personally come in to contact with me an apology.  So please read on for your personal, public apology from Melissa of Melissa’s Musings.

I AM TRULY SORRY!

I am truly sorry, I have failed you personally as a disciple of Christ.  For that I am publically apologizing to each of you here on my blog.  As a child of God, one called out of darkness into light, I have failed to fulfill the calling placed on my life  from the moment I accepted Christ as my personal Savior and Lord of my Life.  My life was no longer my own to do with as I pleased, it had been bought with a very precious price, the blood of Jesus Christ!  I surrendered my life, my wishes, my dreams all of it to the Lordship of Christ and He gave me an abundant life in exchange for my old, dead, tired life, He instilled in my heart of stone His will, His Love and turned my heart into a burning desire for Him.  He flooded my life with dreams that were impossible.  In short, I exchanged it all for something better.  I digress I am sorry…. I failed.

When the Lord Jesus came to live in my heart and be Lord of my life I was asked to glorify Him and His Father, God.  After 14 or more so years, I’ve grown complacent and I need to apologize for my complacency. I grew comfortable instead of challenging myself to step our of my comfort zone on a regular basis.  The Lord Jesus Christ has called with me to “GO” share the gospel with others.  Now for me this was not to go to some foreign country, it was not to leave my home.  It was to reach out to those around me who had never personally met Jesus Christ.  It was to live a life fully surrendered and sold out to Christ each and everyday for all those watching.  Basically, walking the walking and talking the talk just as Jesus did when He walked this earth.  No in this apology I am in no way saying I am Christ.  It is my desire to be Christ-like.  But there was only one who is Christ and He has risen and is at the right hand of God.  I stopped trying to reach out to the lost, dying souls that came across my path daily.  I don’t know why I am have no answer other than I thought I would do it tomorrow.  Never put off what you can do today for tomorrow, because NO ONE is promised a tomorrow.  Especially, when it comes to making a choice about your salvation.  Choose today, choose well eternity depends on it.  I failed and grew comfortable and stopped going out as I was called and sharing Christ in action, word and for that I am sorry.

I owe a special apology here to my brother who just passed away.  I am so sorry I did not try harder to share my story with you about Jesus.  I am sorry I did not pray for you more.  I am sorry that I didn’t love you enough to press on until the end.  I am so sorry, your sister M.

Another thing that I need to apologize for is that I’ve turned the other cheek one too many times.  When faced with adversity, or teachings against the Bible, The Word of God, when choices had to be made that were hard, etc.  I failed to seek the truth and nothing but the truth to help me decide.  Instead of going to God in His Word, prayer and devotion, I made a decision based on my heart.  Which we know the heart is wicked.  It will lead us astray and I am afraid to admit I let mine.  I am sorry again.  This apology is more to my Savior, My Heavenly Father and the Holy Spirit.  I failed you and I am so sorry.  When I saw your Word being perverted, when I saw truth being sacrificed for so-called “love” I should have stood firm and did what those did before me, but I didn’t.  I gave in to the world view instead of upholding the Biblical view.  Please forgive me, Lord Jesus Christ and God the Father.

When I’ve allowed worldly views, peer pressure, media or whatever to choke out the truth (there is only one truth and that is the Word of God in my life and yours too if you are a child of God whose Lord is Jesus Christ) in my own life I’ve failed.  We can just look around and see the conditions of our selves, and our neighbors, yes those who live right next door to us (that we’ve failed to share Jesus with) and those in our communities, schools, jobs and even in our own churches to see how deceived everything is.  Then when you go out further and look at your county, your state, your country it gets even scarier.  People that you must walk alongside on this earth have changed into rainbows and scream “Love Won”.  Babies are killed more numerous than the Nazi concentration camp murders in our country daily and our proud American people fund it, support it and most of all condone it.  Blood has stained our land and the stench is rising to my Heavenly Father’s nostril and it is NOT a sweet-smelling aroma.  I am not here to judge, that job has been given to God’s own Son Jesus.  I am here to live out the whole word of God daily.  I have a calling that has come from my Heavenly Father and you can read all about it within the pages of His Word.  I must warn  you if you truly read it with your heart open, your eyes open expecting to receive something and ready to give up all that you are in this world, you WILL be changed.  If you allow Christ to be Lord of your life You will be changed, just a warning here.  The Word of God will speak for itself and it is like looking into a mirror that reveals the hidden sins of the heart, don’t walk away let the Word of God change you into what you’ve been created to be.  I am not here to condemn, that is Jesus job.  I am here to share the truth, the only truth that will save your life with you.

I have failed the One and only Jesus Christ who willingly gave His life for me at Calvary.  I failed miserably, because my physical makeup is of flesh and bones.  Lord Jesus forgive me and give me understanding according to Your Word, send me, prepare me and equip me for battle.  The battle for souls of my friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, acquaintances, etc.  I am yours, bought with a precious price.

I pray that as you’ve read the words above that you will accept my apology.  I promise to let Your Light shine, Lord Jesus in my life moment by moment, I promise to live for You until You return, I promise to strive to fulfill the calling on my life that You placed there.  I need You more and more as the dark days arrive that you spoke about in Your Word, I can only imagine how those one’s are that don’t know You.  Send me to them Lord. Let my life be a living testimony to You and Your ultimate gift of life and love.

P.S.  I have a secret for all you, in the end love does win.  Not the love that the world is spreading around today that is love one minute and then the next it ends in divorce it is not same-sex marriage love, it is true love that lays down its life for you so you may live and live abundantly.

Until Next Time,
M

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | July 8, 2015

SPIBELT Product Review

As I shared previously on my blog about my journey to becoming a better steward of the body that I’ve been blessed with by God, I have begun running. So I guess, I am now a runner.  I run more than I walk.  I can’t say I necessarily enjoy it all the time, but I run.

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One of the things I noticed when I first started running was that I couldn’t carry my cell phone, keys and water bottle and run.  It became a huge problem for me as I lost inches, my pants would no longer stay up with all the stuff in my pockets.  It became dangerous.  So I did what any sane person would do, I began researching products to make my running safer and smoother and I came across SPIBELTSPIBELT graciously agreed to send me my very own SPIBELT to use in exchange for an honest review.  What an awesome company they went above and beyond.  Not only did they send me a SPIBELT they also sent me a SPIBELT belt extender and a race toggle.  But that’s not the best part.  They agreed to let me give away to one winner their very own SPIBELT.  Stay tuned for more on the giveaway.  Each SPIBELT retails for $19.99.

SPIBELT the original small personal item belt.  Doesn’t bounce, is comfortable and discreet.  Carry your phone, ID, cash, keys on your run and be safe and secure.  Make sure when you are shopping for your very own SPIBELT that you take in to consideration the size of your stash, especially your phone.  I forgot to do that when they sent me my SPIBELT so my phone would not fit in the one sent me to review, but everything else I carried did and I have to say this product is a lifesaver.  Not only does it not bounce up and down as my feet pound the ground, but you forget that it is even there.  It is not big and bulky, it is the perfect size.  I wore mine front facing but you could wear yours off to one side or even in the rear.  It is only a matter of personal preference.  I have to say I am so glad I found this product.

Not only can the SPIBELT   be used for running but any kind of fitness routine you are doing.  I use it for walking and bicycling too.  It can also be used when traveling, for medical needs and much more.  It is low-profile, bounce-free design and light-weight.  It expands to hold a wide variety of items.  It includes a pleated pocket, soft, yet stable elastic that provides maximum comfort for you.  It all closes with a sturdy buckle that keeps all your personal items safe and secure so you can keep your mind on your workout routine.  So what are waiting for.  Click anywhere within this post to visit SPIBELT website and rest assured that they take your fitness needs seriously.  While your there browse around to find all the phones and digital devices that the SPIBELT is capable of carrying.

Now for the good stuff.  Do you want to win your very own SPIBELT with no strings attached?  Then visit SPIBELT by clicking on the word anywhere within this blog post and visit their site to find your very own SPIBELT and then come back to my blog and leave a comment on which one you would love to own.  I am giving away one SPIBELT in your choice of colors and sizes.  If you comment you earn one entry in the contest which will close on July 18, 2015 at Midnight.  To earn extra entries share this review and your thoughts on Twitter, Facebook or any social media platform to make sure you get credit for your shares leave a comment attached to this blog post for extra entries.  The possibilities are endless and good luck.

Until Next Time,

M

 Disclosure of Material Connection:  I have not received any compensation for writing this post.  I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I received one SPIBELT and accessories free of charge to use in exchange for my honest product review.  There are No affiliate links (money making ideas)  included in this post. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255:“Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | July 1, 2015

Summer’s List By Anita Higman Book Review

Looking for an awesome summer read?  Summer’s List by Anita Higman is just the book for you.  As a matter of fact, you can read Summer’s List all year round.  But I must warn you, be careful because I was hooked on page one.  Allow me to introduce you to Summer Snow, Martin Langtree and Laney.Summer's ListIf you’ve ever lost someone or are losing someone to death this is a book that helps take the sting out of death and portrays it from the perspective of the one dying and the one left on living.  Having survived the death of my mother and brother, believe me when I say I needed this book.  I don’t want to mislead you, this book is not dark and dreary and all about death.  It is after all called Summer’s List.  It is full of light, love, joy and reconciliations, friendships that span the years and there is a little bit of mystery involved too.

I loved Summer’s List from the start, after reading page one, I was hooked.   Let me share a bit about Anita Higman’s latest book called Summer’s List.  From the back of the book:  A dying wish alters the course of a young woman’s life.  Summer Snow’s life had never been easy from caring for her ailing parents at the prime college age to hearing from her grandmother that she is dying soon; her dreams and youth got buried under her care for the ones she loves.  Not to mention her love life, which is in worse shape than her life. BUT, that is all about to change… Summer’s grandmother sends her on an unexpected adventure with a childhood friend that she hasn’t seen in 20 years.  A wild ride that brings two people closer as one is slipping away.  A true lesson in putting others before self.

A nice easy, clean read.  I will be recommending this book to others.

Until Next,

M

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I have not received any compensation for writing this post.  I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. There are No affiliate links (or money gaining opportunities for me) included in this post. I was given a free copy of Summer’s List by Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review of the materials contained with in it.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255:“Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

 

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | June 7, 2015

As Waters Gone By by Cynthia Ruchti Book Review

Cynthia Ruchti pens words that flow with hope! Stories come alive as she writes her books about characters who need some strand of hope. Do you need to be reminded about Biblical hope? Are you like me and need hope? Than come join me on a journey through Cynthia Ruchti’s newest Christian fiction book “As Waters Gone By”.

As-Waters-Gone-By-pKI have never been a huge Christian fiction fan… I say have, after reading “As Waters Gone By”, I have changed my perception of Christian Fiction.  Cynthia Ruchti made a Christian fiction lover out of me.  If all Christian fiction books are as beautifully written then I must read more.  Cynthia has a way of writing that you feel as if you are a part of the story, not necessarily as a character but you are seeing her beautiful words that are seasoned with grace flowing before you and you come to feel as if you personally know each character.  You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll long for more.

Cynthia Ruchti is an award-winning author who has penned more than 14 books.  She is a women’s ministry speaker for events and she serves as Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers.  I think I will best remember her as the author who introduced me to Christian Fiction and made it come alive for me.

“As Waters Gone By” shares the story of Emmalyn and her husband who is incarcerated.  Marriage with day-to-day contact is hard but in this book you’ll discover how not having your husband with you or near you makes it even harder.  5 long years of separation this marriage must endure.  You may ask how is that possible.  Remember all things are possible with God.

“As Waters Gone By” is an easy read.  Almost immediately your attention is drawn in to this intricate story of a husband and wife.  You’ll discover things that will cause you to doubt and you’ll meet people who you’ll fall in love with.  I don’t want to give too much away about this story, but I will be reading this book again.  I give it five stars our five stars.

So if you love Christian Fiction or this would be your first book, grab a copy today!  The real life struggles of the characters in this book helps you find hope in a world that is not very hopeful without Jesus Christ.  Revisit marriage in a new light and realize that God has a plan.

Until Next Time,

M

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I have not received any compensation for writing this post.  I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. There are No affiliate links included in this post. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255:“Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

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Summer . . . a time that kids pine for during the school year and parents may anticipate with something akin to dread. Fearing refrains of “I’m bored” or hours spent on the couch playing video games can make moms and dads nervous about the long, hot months stretching before their family. Focus on the Family’s Odyssey Adventure Club offers an answer, encouraging parents and kids to embrace faith and fun with the Take the Plunge Adventures in Odyssey Clubhouse magazine’s Summer Challenge.

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The Take the Plunge challenge features:

  • Master Mind Monday — commit God’s Word to memory
  • Ways to Play Wednesday — spend active time with your family
  • Faith Sharing Friday — share God’s love with others

The Take the Plunge challenge helps families memorize at least five verses, engage in five activities together and share their faith with five people before the school doors swing open again. Those who sign up will receive an 11-week plan with suggested verses to memorize, activity ideas (such as visiting a war memorial) and ways to witness (such as passing out popsicles at the park with an invitation to your church), making this challenge the perfect tool for parents who want summer to be a time of spiritual and social stimulation for their kids.

“Research tells us that the more senses we involve when teaching children a principle, the more likely it is to stick,” Plugged In editor and Adventures in Odyssey podcast host Bob Smithouser says. “Bible memorization by itself is great, but it becomes even more powerful when put into action. Know it. Share it. Live it.”

Families who sign up to take part in the challenge at www.whitsend.org/summer will have access to weekly verses to memorize, ideas for family fun and suggestions for service projects that allow a family to share their faith. Additionally, anyone who signs up to participate in the Take the Plunge challenge will receive a free scene from the latest Adventures in Odyssey album, as well as a free story from the book Strange Journey Back.

A Bonus Contest

From June 1–5, tell us in 30 words or less how you are going to take the plunge to deepen your faith this summer for a chance to win a family four-pack of tickets to the theatrical release of Beyond The Mask June 5th weekend and free access to the Odyssey Adventure Club all summer long (June, July, August—total $85 prize value)!

Send your entry to contests@whitsend.org. Two winners will be chosen to win each day June 1-5 and announced on the Adventures in Odyssey Facebook Page.

Entries will be chosen based on creativity and writing skill. Rules are available at whitsend.org.

Another review for Family Christian!

288732Faith, Family and Forgiveness!  Who doesn’t come into contact with those words as we walk out our Christian life in a world that we don’t belong?  I have come into contact with these words too many times to count.  But thank God for grace.

A real up close and personal look into the lives of two Duck Dynasty stars lives, Jep and Jessica Robertson.  What an eye opener for me.  I am not a die had Duck Dynasty fan, but my three girls love to watch it.  I would have to say I hear the most laughter out of them when they are watching and yes, Si is their favorite.  I watch the show as I am in and out of the room, but I am not a die hard fan.  Until now….

I accepted the invitation to review “The Good, The Bad, And The Grace of God” for my kids!  I am not sorry I did.  After reading this book, I now consider myself a fan.  I wanted to discover some background on my kids favorite show and I ended up falling in love with the people, the message and their life mission.  But from the very first page I was caught up in the story, a true story of Jep and Jessica’s life.  Not the sugar coated parts, real life in the trenches.  Through the problems, the joys, the family, the business all of it.

Written from both Jep and Jessica’s point of view with one chapter being Jep’s version and the next Jessica’s.  I loved that I could read this married couples words side by side.  What a testimony to their love for God and each other.

Their story begins from childhood before they met and takes you on a journey through their lives before God and after God, before meeting and after meeting and marrying. It relays the message of how each found God and each other.  You can feel the overwhelming presence of God on almost every page of their real life story.

An open honest read that reveals the grace God gives to mankind, and demonstrates the call God places on all our lives.

You won’t want to miss this one.

Until Next Time,

M

 

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. There are No affiliate links included in this post. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” I review this book for Family Christian stores and the only thing I received was the book in exchange for an honest review.

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