Lose yourself to find yourself!!!!

The Art of Losing Yourself by Katie Ganshert

On the outside it looks like Carmen Hart has everything a wonderful job as the beloved meteorologist and a husband who is the all time favorite football coach. Together they look like the perfect couple a nice house, going to church every sunday faithfully. But on the inside Carmen is struggling with so many doubts in her life that she is not sure if God is truly there for her. Suffering so many painful secret losses it weighs her her heart down that sh starts to rethink being married to her husband. One day into her life walks her young 17yr old runaway sister Gracie, who had decided she was done living with their mothers life choices. Running to the one place that was a happy memory for her, Gracie found herself squatting at the boarded up family motel. The only option Carmen has is to open her home up to her sister and possibly open up her heart to love again. As the two sisters struggle to learn to love each other and some how find out a connection between them. The loss of Carmens job, makes her rethink her life choices and she chooses to restore her aunt’s motel back to it’s  original state with the help of her sister. As they restore and bring it back to life, it seems that it is also bringing back to life Carmens marriage and providing healing for both sisters.

Somtimes we have to lose ourselves to find ourselves, this book shows how this works to restore what we lost.

Received this book for free from blogging for books.

Love heals three generations!!

The Greenfield Legacy by

Meredith Resce, Paula Vince, Amanda Deed, and Rose Dee

Four Women, One Story that spans three generations. After giving up her daughter for adoption Mattie struggles with herself and can’t seem to love another person again. Through the encouragement of her parents she married and had another daughter Connie. Not realizing how much not loving her second child would effect everyone she closed herself in and withheld any emotion. Years later Mattie receives a letter from her oldest daughter asking to meet. It isn’t till after they meet that things start thawing out in Mattie’s heart. Meeting her oldest daughter child and seeing how she has treated her youngest daughter and grandchild. Now there is struggles for her Granddaughter’s Navy and Brooke, each having to learn to forgive and trust someone else, maybe even finally find love.

Will each of these women learn the lesson that is right in front of them and heal the wounds in their hearts in time to find the love that is right in front of them.

 

I received this book for free for blogging in for a review.

A suspenseful pageturner!!!

Double Cross by Diann Mills

As an FBI agent Laurel Evertsons has done a lot of hard things in her career now her next investigation’s path is crossing the path of the criminal she put in prison. When key evidence in her investigation of a scam that targeted the elderly leads her to working with the one person she does not want to work with. The one case that has haunted her is now going to be the best way to catch the criminals targeting the elderly.

As a Houston Police Officer  Daniel Hilton fears for his grandparents lives and he will do whatever he needs to protect them. Willing to whatever he can to keep others safe he  chooses to go to the FBI and force interagency cooperation with them. Upon meeting Laurel he is drawn to her zeal to protect others from harm. When he is offered an undercover position protecting a former felon, he is not sure if he can trust this person.

As the trio work together to uncover the evidence and find who is behind the scam they find out things are more deadly than just stealing money. Finding themselves in the cross-hairs of a deadly killer, time is running short on finding out who was behind the scams. Will they be able to trust Wilmington claim to have found redemption, or are they being led down a deadly path of double cross.

Received this book for free for a review from Bookfun.

The Creole Princess

The Creole Princess (The Gulf Coast Chronicles) by Beth White

Lyse Lanier may be French thru her heritage, but her best friend is the daughter of the British commander of Mobile. Their time spent together has created a close bond between them, even though Daisy is in love with Lyse’s brother. One day when a very charming young Spanish merchant arrives at the docks and sweeps Lyse off her feet with his wit and flair.  The American Conflict moves closer to Mobile, it comes time for Lyse ‘s family to make a choice to choose to side with the British or the American side. She wonders who Rafael Gonzalez truly is, is he truly a merchant or is he a spy for the Revolution. Is he someone she can trust to protect her and her family from the danger to come as the conflict grows.

Beth White takes the reader deep into the world of a little known part of the American Revolutionary war. She writes with so much spectacular detail that you almost feel like that you are right there with the characters.

Wounded Couple!!

My marriage has not been a perfect one, we have hit so many ruts and boulders that we are a wounded couple. There was days that we both thought we was headed for the “D” word. Also my dear hubby even chose to find someone else to confide in and to possibly be his new wife. We have met with many pastors and just seemed to not be able to get anywhere with them. I have been told by a couple pastor’s wives to leave my husband. This was very much a shock to me being raised in the church and been taught that the “D” word was not an option. It was hard for me to reach out to others, so I chose to not talk about what was going on in our marriage for a long while. Now is the time to come clean to say I am not the perfect wife and I do not have the perfect marriage. But here is what I have to say the “D” word is not in my marriage vocabulary. I have made a choice to make a stand by my husband thru thick and the thin, sickness and health, till death do us part. Also I have made a choice to become a better wife for him, to show him that love does heal wounds.

A look at True Beauty!!

Your Beautiful Heart by Lauren Scruggs

If your looking for a fresh look on life take a moment to read these 31 reflections on love, faith and friendship. Each of these reflections take us on a journey of dealing with common issues that all women face. Each chapter has a story, encouragement from Scripture and reflection questions. Lauren Scruggs truly is able to express how it feels to struggle with insecurities in life. After suffering severe trauma from being hit by a spinning propeller blade in 2011, everything she knew in life was tested. Feeling like she would never ever come back to some kind of sense of normal she turned toward God who showed her where real beauty comes from. Now thru this wonderful hope filled book, Lauren shows us how to find the true beauty deep in ourselves.

 

This is a must read for all women struggling with finding their true beauty in life!!

 

 

 

Hope for all Wives!!!

The Unveiled Wife by Jennifer Smith

Is your heart longing for a deeper connection, but you seem to not be able to find it anywhere. Did you walk into marriage all ready to find fulfillment in intimacy and found the opposite of what you was looking for. Then The Unveiled Wife is the book for you.

Jennifer Smith delves into the deep topic of intimacy in marriage in her book. As a young bride she dreamed of the happiness that comes from marriage. But as the days and weeks passed them by it seemed that it was not ever going to happen. Their time together was marred with much pain and disappointment. Crying out she asked the big question we all ask “What am I doing wrong?” It was if there was a veil hanging in between them, a barrier that was blocking her from feeling the fullness of love God give us.

Her love story is told thru this book, how she was able to find healing and become an unveiled wife. If you are feeling alone in this journey of marriage you are not there is hope out there for all wives.

“A Valentine’s Day thought” What is Love to you?

What is Love????

Today is a day that love is shown in many ways to the ones we love the most. As we go about buying flowers, chocolates and a card just to say I Love you, it raises a question in mind What is Love to you??

Growing up love to me was romance, flowers, sweet words whispered in my ear by a handsome boy. As a  young adult I dreamed of being married to my prince charming who would sweep me off my feet and carry me off to my dream house. But when reality hit me smack in the face, it was a shock to me that my prince was not what I dreamed he would be. My prince was a flawed human as much as I was, we both had problems that we needed to work on to become a better mate. for each other.

Those flaws and mistakes in our marriage caused alot of hurt and pain in my life. There have been days I have cried my heart out just wanting to be loved and held by my hubby. Wanting my hubby to surprise me with something special, like flowers and chocolates, longing for some romance in my marriage. All the time I was thinking of myself, but not seeing that my hubby was struggling at the same time.

It was after seeing my dear hubby placed in an ambulance for a stroke that I realized I needed to take a deeper look at things. It wasn’t that I didn’t love my hubby,  I just wasn’t able to see what I had in front of me.  I needed to love my hubby like Christ loved us, sacrificing what I wanted in our marriage to show my hubby that he was the most precious thing in my life. No matter what happens in our health, he will be the one that was given to me by our Heavenly Father to love .

My dear hubby forgets about special things like getting a valentine’s gift for me, but love tells me to not hold a grudge and just love my hubby for what he does do for me. Like he tries his best to cook supper for me when I work late or goes looking for the best price on a item I am very interested in.

I have learned Love fights for healing in a broken marriage. It takes a stand for what is right and stands up for the innocent and does not care if they are noticed for what they do. It takes a chance  and can see what we can’t see, that there is hope out there for all of us. Love also wraps their arms around the unwanted and shows them that they are special too. Love is truly a sacrifice, giving up what you want to show the other person that they are very much precious to u.

One of my favorite songs right now is The Proof of your Love by For King and Country. It says  “If we don’t love we have not gotten anywhere.”

Love to me is seeing my husband smiling when I make him something he likes to eat. What is love to you???

Healing with a Pineapple Upside Down cake!!

Elise Bauer’s Pineapple Upside Down Cake RecipeMy childhood memories are a mixture of wonderful, good and some very harsh memories. One of those harsh memories has to do with a simple mistake in a recipe for pineapple upside down cake. To this day I do not know for sure what I did wrong, but it triggered  a very violent response from my mother. From that day on I did not ever want to try to make the cake for the harsh memory of having  a mixer thrown at me. Several years after I was married, my dear hubby told me that one of his favorite cakes was a pineapple upside down cake. It was at this time I realized I had to face a past memory and make a new memory out of something very harsh. I made the choice to attempt to make a pineapple upside down cake for the second time in my life. My second attempt actually turned out  better than I thought it would.

There are times we have to do something in our lives that carries a very harsh memory, it may be forgiving someone for something they did to us or even just making a cake that carries a bad memory for us. It is a chance for us to make new memories to replace old ones in our lives. This is the time of year of celebrations and giving of gifts, also it is the time to make memories with those we hold precious to our hearts.