Book Review and Giveaway for Untangled by Carey Scott

Take a moment and list everything you feel insecure about.

I bet your list looks something like this:

  • Weight
  • Appearance of your home
  • The checkbook balance
  • Being accepted
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Success
  • Marriage
  • Parenting

Carey Scott covers all these areas and more in her new book Untangled: Let God Loosen the Knots of Insecurity in Your Life. Chapter by chapter, Scott leaves no stone unturned as she addresses practically every area a women finds her self ensnared by shame and insecurity. I cannot think of a single topic she has not covered.

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With frank honesty, Scripture, and highlighting stories from women who have found freedom in untangling their own knots, Scott reveals how to overcome personal insecurities through Christ. She sheds a light on the lies women tend to believe of “not being good enough” and dismantles the feelings of shame.

Scott’s words feel as though they are from a most trusted friend; gentle, honest and loving. As she reveals her own entanglements and shares how God untied those knots, she offers the same hope to each and every one of us.

Each chapter ends with a suggested prayer and discussion questions. Untangled is a great book for personal study or a women’s group discussion.

I’m pleased to offer a copy of Untangled to give to one lucky reader. To enter, please complete this form. A winner will be announced on July 6, 2015.

I received a copy of Untangled for free in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review.

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And The Winner of Heart Sisters is…

Last week I wrote a review of Natalie Snapp’s book “Heart Sisters”. You can read the review here.

Today I had the hubby draw a winner for a copy of “Heart Sisters” and the winner is….

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Rosemary!

Congratulations, Rosemary. I’ll get in touch with you to send you a copy.

Thanks for reading and entering. I’ll have another giveaway next month.

Why Can’t A Movie Just Be A Movie? (Spiderman 2 Family Discussion Guide Review & Giveaway!)

I never used to give much thought to what I watched or read; I just felt instinctively if it was good or not. That changed a few years ago when I went on a trip with my former church to Hollywood. It was then when I met with Christian directors, actors, and screenwriters to listen what life is like in Hollywood and what really is involved with creating and making a story.  I wrote about this trip and you can read about it here.

My friend, Lonnie, taught me about story structure and challenged me on what makes a good story. He completely opened up my eyes and when I came home, I immediately became an annoyance to my kids. At the time, my oldest was 11 when I wanted to talk about a movie he just watched he would lament:

“Why can’t a movie just be a movie?” 

I want my kids to think about what they’re watching and why. I want them to realize that writers don’t randomly throw things into a story for the sake of being cool (the good ones don’t). I want them to think about what the writer/artist is trying to say.  I want my kids to have a discerning taste when it comes to story and choose things which will make them think and touch an emotion.

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We’re big super hero fans in our house and looking forward to watching The Amazing Spiderman 2 this summer. (Click here to view the trailer)  I was happy to review a family discussion guide for this movie before we see the film so I’ll have some great talking points with my kids afterwards. This discussion guide is faith-focused and can help guide you when you talk to your kids about this movie.

The discussion topics are:

  • The Nature of Power
  • Time is Luck and Life is Precious
  • Choices and Destiny
  • Sacrifice

This brief guide recounts a scene from the movie, lists Bible verses to illustrate your discussion and provides some questions you can ask you kids. It’s a great tool to use to get your kids thinking and I’m thrilled to offer a Spiderman 2 giveaway for one lucky reader.

Answer this question to enter:  what makes a movie a good movie for you? DEADLINE TO ENTER IS: Monday, April 28th. I’ll announce the winner on Wednesday, April 30th. 

The lucky winner (chosen at random) will receive a Spiderman 2 prize pack courtesy of Fly By Promotions which includes an electronic version of the Family Discussion Guide, cell phone case AND t-shirt!

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, 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 the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Shoozles Fused Glass Giveaway!

It’s my great pleasure to announce a giveaway courtesy of Shoozles Fused Glass.

Located in Illinois, artist Michelle got started making jewelry by trading a recliner for a ceramic kiln. While her friends babysat her triplets, Michelle took classes to learn how to use her kiln and now she makes wearable art.

I love wearing Michelle’s pieces. They’re fun, unique, affordable and expressive. I’m a bit of an addict.

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Michelle has very graciously offered this jingle charm (located below) as a giveaway on my blog. In order to enter, you will need to do the following:

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1. “Like” the Shoozles Fused Glass page on Facebook by clicking here.

2. Leave a comment on this blog post (not my Facebook page) and tell me what you enjoy. Do you enjoy collecting old books? Do you enjoy charting new territory in the kitchen? What do you enjoy doing that refuels you?

USA entries only, please. A winner will be selected on Friday, June 7, 2013.