Posts Tagged ‘love’

Perfect for Valentine’s Day—or any tender moment—this story of a girl and a duckling who share a touching year together will melt hearts old and young. In this tenderly funny book, girl and duckling grow in their understanding of what it is to care for each other, discovering that love is as much about letting go as it is about holding tight. Children and parents together will adore this fond exploration of growing up while learning about the joys of love offered and love returned.  Love Is is an Amazon.com Book of the Month.

32 page hardcover book recommended for ages 2-5

My review: LOVE it! A beautiful story about a girl caring for a duckling over the course of a year. A smile worthy read for both grown up and little listener. This story includes strong character traits. Super sweet narrative with equally adorable illustrations. This will be a keepsake book for us

Good for Easter or baby shower gift. Good book just because. 

This book was provided by Diane Adams (thank you for the autographed copy) to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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What's the Difference Between Grace and Karma?

I sat at a table of friends as one relayed her experience with road rage. She told how she absent-mindedly merged into traffic and almost hit an oncoming car. The driver of said car then lashed out with a tirade of abuse and obscenity. Once the traffic cleared the car sped past her, still yelling abuse.

Funnily enough, a few minutes later my friend noticed the abusive driver pulled over by highway patrol.

Someone at the table piped up and said a word I hate to hear, “Karma,” – the insidious, normalised, celebrity-endorsed worldview that what you put out comes back to you.

You don’t have to go far to hear people refer to karma – on reality television, the radio, in conversation. Regardless of its Buddhist and Hindu origins, karma has seeped into our Judaeo-Christian society. Like its cool. A new standard.

In reality is is neither.

Karma is not Biblical nor is it life according to the New Testament. God’s kingdom operates by grace.

And grace is very different to karma.

What’s so amazing about karma? 

Karma refers to intentional actions that impact one’s future. It is a key concept in many world religions, including Sikhism and Taoism. Our western understanding of karma is the doctrine of inevitable consequence, where whatever you do is returned to you.

And there is nothing amazing about it.

Karma teaches you get what you deserve. Worse still, it teaches you get what your past deserves, even if it isn’t your past.

In modern society people rejoice when the wicked get what they deserve in the form of financial hardship, health issues or relationship struggles.

While many people – including those who have no other association with Eastern religion – live by karma, there is a higher way.

Looking for Grace

The Bible does not teach karma. It teaches grace. Grace is where you get what you don’t deserve.

Grace is unmerited favour. It is love and mercy bestowed upon us by God because He desires us to have it. As you can see, very different to karma. More like polar opposites.

It was grace, not karma, that rescued the Baby Moses from death. It was grace that allowed Queen Esther to plead for the survival of her people. Grace helped Nehemiah rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Grace appeared face to face with Saul on the Damascus road.

Grace reached out to you and me while we were sinners deserving death and took our place.

Grace. Amazing grace.

And it disappoints me that we have forgotten. It disappoints me we are more inclined to look for karma than we are to look for grace.

In the book, Bono: iIn Conversation with Mishka Assayas, Bono commented, “I’d be in big trouble if Karma was going to finally be my judge… I’m holding out for grace. I’m holding out that Jesus took my sins onto the Cross…”

If the world knew the magnificence of God’s grace they would be holding out for it as well. Because I’ve got a feeling society doesn’t need more karma but a whole lot more grace.

If there was more grace there would be less road rage.

If there was more grace there would be less divorce.

If there was more grace families would talk to each other.

If there were more grace there would be less racism.

If there were more grace there would be less violence.

If there were more grace there would be more kindness.

More love.

Getting what you deserve is horrible because if we’re honest, we all deserve a rotten life. Getting what you don’t deserve is some kind of wonderful. And it is all around us. If we opened our eyes we would see grace working on the planet each and every day.

It was grace that got my sister-in-law an upgrade to business class on her trip from London to Australia. It was grace that caused a stranger to give my children free tickets to the zoo. It was grace that delivered groceries to single moms on Christmas Eve. Grace was the parking space at the Mall. Grace was the out of the blue phone call from a friend. Grace was the smile of a child. Grace was the not so random act of kindness you received.

Grace. Pure grace.

Getting what you don’t deserve. A gift from God.

Let’s look for the incorruptible, glorious gifts of God’s grace working through and around us in everyday life. No one deserves the consequences of karma. We all need amazing grace.

Sarah Coleman

Author

http://www.crosswalk.com/faith/spiritual-life/what-s-the-difference-between-grace-and-karma.html

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The Seven Laws of Love: Essential Principles for Building Stronger Relationships

Dave Willis

Paperback 256 pages.

In our fast-paced, success-obsessed culture, we’re constantly tempted to chase after things that don’t matter. We’ve been conditioned to value possessions over people, status over relationships, and ourselves over God.

But the reality is this: God created love to be the centerpiece of our lives.

In The Seven Laws of Love, Dave Willis makes the case for a love revival and proves that in returning to a life of love we have no greater model than the one who is love himself.

In Dave’s humorous, touching, down-to-earth style, The Seven Laws of Love takes you on a journey through the ins and outs of everyday relationships—with your spouse, your children, your friends, and your coworkers—using practical, applicable examples and guiding principles that demonstrate what a life of love actually looks like.

There is no higher calling on earth than to love and be loved. It’s time to learn The Seven Laws of Love, and to make loving a priority over all other pursuits. Anything else isn’t really living.

My review:

The first part of the book is the author’s seven “laws of love”. The second part is the chapters that address specific areas of showing love. “—with your spouse, your children, your friends, and your coworkers—”. Chapters end with questions for reflection.

A good book but not what I was hoping for. Written by a pastor, it had too much typical Christian inspirational stories. Just can’t get excited about more of that.

{Would love to get into a book filled with some fresh inspiration and biblical backbone}

The BookLook Bloggers book review program provided this complimentary copy for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

 

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Overview

A charming and heartwarming true story for anyone who has ever longed for a place to belong.“Anne of Green Gables,” My Daughter, and Me is a witty romp through the classic novel; a visit to the magical shores of Prince Edward Island; and a poignant personal tale of love, faith, and loss.

And it all started with a simple question: “What’s an orphan?” The words from her adopted daughter, Phoebe, during a bedtime reading of Anne of Green Gables stopped Lorilee Craker in her tracks. How could Lorilee, who grew up not knowing her own birth parents, answer Phoebe’s question when she had wrestled all her life with feeling orphaned—and learned too well that not every story has a happy ending?

Lorilee Craker

Tyndale House Publishers

Paperback, 356 pages

I found this memoir  to be good, maybe a bit lengthy. I would recommend it for addressing everyone’s need to belong. Love. Acceptance. Belonging.

This would also be an especially nice book for an Anne of Green Gables (Lucy Maud Montgomery) fancier.  Not “my” favorite but a good book nonetheless.

(Remember, God loves you)

Tyndale House Publishers provided a complimentary copy of Anne of Green Gables, My Daughter and Me in return for this review. All opinions are entirely my own. No other compensation was received. 

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Flash

Flash: The Homeless Donkey Who Taught Me about Life, Faith, and Second Chances

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers

Publication date: 5/1/2015

Hardcover: 256 pages

Overview

The heartwarming tale of an irrepressible donkey who needed a home—and forever changed a family.Rachel Anne Ridge was at the end of her rope. The economy had crashed, taking her formerly thriving business along with it. She had been a successful artist, doing work she loved, but now she felt like a failure. How would her family pay their bills? What would the future hold? If only God would somehow let them know that everything was going to be all right . . . and then Flash the donkey showed up.

If there is ever a good time to discover a wounded, frightened, bedraggled donkey standing in your driveway, this wasn’t it. The local sheriff dismissed Flash as “worthless.” But Rachel didn’t believe that, and she couldn’t turn him away. She brought Flash into her struggling family during their darkest hour—and he turned out to be the very thing they needed most. Flash is the true story of their adventures together in learning to love and trust; breaking down whatever fences stood in their way; and finding the strength, confidence, and faith to carry on. Prepare to fall in love with Flash: a quirky, unlikely hero with gigantic ears, a deafening bray, a personality as big as Texas, and a story you’ll never forget. Tyndale House Publishers

Super cute cover. A great book. I enjoyed reading all thirteen chapters and the Lessons from Flash at the end of the book. Love the insight on how we can learn from ordinary lessons. Each chapter’s title page is a black and white photo. I recommend this Christian book but for just about anyone. This is the author’s first book, to be released May 1st. 

Flash the donkey

Tyndale House Publishers provided this complimentary copy for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

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The original vintage ice bag works wonders because it is body-shaping. And the fabric is soft to the skin. It has a wide mouth to easily fill with water (and ice cubes). It can also be used warm which is what I really like. Warm. Soft. Squishy. All great as a natural relief of bumps, bruises, headaches, migraines, sinus pain, swollen joints and limbs. Odor free and with a leak proof assurance from Blue No. 7 customer service.

Eco Nice: Contains no lead, no PVC, and no latex. Ice bag is reusable. Family run business. Packaging made in the USA of recycled paper.

There are several fabric designs to choose from. Below is their new LOVE style. Enter this Giveaway for your chance to win a Blue No. 7  LOVE bag!

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Contest ends on January 27th, 2015 @11:59 pm est.(available to US residents) A winner will be selected at random using the integer generator from Random.org. Please be sure to leave your email address. If I have no contact information, I can’t award you as winner. The winner must respond within 48 hours of notification to claim their prize. Good luck!

Blue No. 7 has agreed to provide (1) Vintage Ice Bag to a Notes From Dawn giveaway winner. This post is my honest review and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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The Loving Kitchen. Downright Delicious Southern Recipes to Share with Family, Friends, and Neighbors

By LeAnn Rice 

Published by Thomas Nelson

paperback, 272 pages

The Loving Kitchen is a collection of comforting recipes straight from the kitchen of popular food blogger LeAnn Rice.

You know the feeling you get when you’re an overnight guest in someone’s home, and you awaken to a hot-off-the-griddle breakfast? Or when a coworker brings in a pan of her famous brownies to celebrate your recent promotion? Doesn’t it feel great when dinner at the neighbors’ house includes multiple courses of scratch-made recipes and conversation that lingers beyond dessert and that last cup of coffee?

For many of us, these are the moments in which we feel most loved. That’s the idea behind The Loving Kitchen. Get your family’s day started right with LeAnn’s fluffy Pumpkin Spice Pancakes, or a bowl of Almond Coconut Granola and yogurt. Keep your favorite sports fans fueled through the entire game with hearty servings of Hot Sausage and Spinach Dip, or toss together a Grilled Chicken and Berry Salad for lunch with your dearest girlfriends.

Want a signature dinner you can serve on those special occasions? Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Orange Cranberry Glaze with Creamy Smashed Baby Potatoes is the perfect meal to celebrate a milestone. LeAnn’s sunny narrative and ideas for bringing people together will remind you that the best meal you’ll ever cook is the one you prepare as an act of love.

The contents include: Morning Fare, Bountiful Breads, Starters and Salads, Entrees, Vegetables and Sides, Desserts, and Reaching Out and Gathering In. These are easy to make recipes with easy to find ingredients although it isn’t a “healthy eating” kind of cookbook. LeAnn includes a short remark before each recipe and I enjoyed her humor, insight, and inspiration.

A big must have with any cookbook is the photographs. This cookbook has them but they are not the best quality images. Overall, I give this book an A+ for author’s writing style/attitude, B for the variety of recipes, C for the nutrition aspect of the recipes, and a C- for the photographs. 

 

BookLook Bloggers provided this complimentary copy for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

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