Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Love Dare for Parents {Book Review & Giveaway!}


This is the first time I've had 3 book giveaways going at the same time!  My hope is you will be enter and win at least one. It just so happened to be the month of summer reading. :)

If you saw my Facebook Posts, you definitely realized how impacting The Love Dare for Parents was in my life. It is a 40-Day Challenge, to journal and grow as a parent- yet I am taking it VERY slow. I am practically doing about one every three days because the spirit of God teaching me invaluable lessons. I read, journal and re-read to my husband. I honestly see it more of an inspiring devotional.

Each day covers a "Love Dare" with a scripture, exhortation/encouragement and journaling section. This book can be used if you have one child or ten. It can be used whether you have a newborn (why not prepare ahead!) or adult children. It is never to late to invest in our children. Honestly I wish I was reading this 10 years ago.

Sean and I will be purchasing The Love Dare (for marriages) very soon. We both realized if the parenting book is this good, we can't go wrong with investing into our marriage too!

Here was one of my facebook posts:

Realizing how selfish I can be as a parent.. God show me how to give, like He has given to me. They are only in my care for a short time. Sacrificial love. "Love does not seek its own" 1 Cor 13. "Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves" Phil 2:3

I want to live life FULLY with them. Yes, I need breaks and moments to breathe, but no "Me" time will take away all stresses of my day. Only Jesus can. By the peace HE gives.

Part of Love Dare for parents day 6-
"God strategically uses our children to help us become less self centered, less self absorbed, and more loving like Him..
"We must remember that selfishness and love are in constant opposition to one another. You can't be acting out of real love and selfishness at the same time. Selfishness causes us to put our own hobbies, entertainment and comfort above the needs of our children. It leads many parents to refuse to have more children because they don't want anything to stretch them further beyond themselves.
Choosing to love your children will cause you to say "no" to what you want so you can say "yes" to what they need. It doesn't mean you cannot enjoy personal fulfillment but don't negate their welfare and needs just so you can enjoy your own."

About: The Love Dare for Parents - Stephen Kendrick, Alex Kendrick
From the authors of international best-selling marriage book The Love Dare comes The Love Dare for Parents, a 40-day journey of “dares” challenging one or both parents to understand, practice, and communicate Christ-like love to their children. Easy to read and work into a busy schedule, The Love Dare for Parents is designed to “turn the hearts of parents to their children and turn the hearts of children to their parents” (Malachi 4:6) so that moms and dads can more fully enjoy and delight in their children while maximizing the positive impact they have on their lives long term.
Each day brings a promising key verse from Scripture, a biblical principle about love that applies to parenting, a specific challenge the parent does for the sake of their child, and space to journal thoughts and reflect on what happened that day.

The Love Dare for Parents can also be purchased on Amazon. Softcover, Kindle, Leather Bound or Mp3 audio.



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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wherever the River Runs by Kelly Minter {Book Review and Giveaway!}

Please note: this is a special review. My twelve year old daughter is an avid reader and was excited to participate in one of our book reviews. All thoughts are hers alone, with a few typing edits on my part. Her short review is below after a few of my thoughts. Hope you are blessed and get to read this wonderful book!

"Kelly Minter writes the way a portrait artist paints." ~ Beth Moore

I knew I wanted to read this book immediately when I watched the video below. Oh, how self centered our Christian faith has become. We blind ourselves with "self" forgetting to see even the needs of our own neighbors. Then more often than not, we completely ignore those who suffer and are dying in all parts of the world.

Kelly takes you on her personal journey as she travels through Brazil and down the Amazon to those in need. God awakens her own heart to share the gospel thus deepening her walk with Him.

It stirred a desire for missions in my daughter Lydia's heart too... here are a few of Lydia's thoughts on Wherever the River Runs:

  • inspiring
  • has a good narrative style, similar to CS Lewis
  • very descriptive
  • referred to scripture a lot
  • it was if she was sitting down with you, telling you a story- in a good way!
  • made me want to experience a missions trip

About the book:
In Wherever the River Runs, Kelly Minter invites us on a journey down a river teeming with piranhas and caimans, as well as machete-wielding mothers, heroic jungle pastors, faith-filled children, and miracles too seldom experienced in our part of the world. Kelly's honest and engaging narrative pulls back the curtain on one of the most captivating places on earth as well as on parts of the gospel we may be able to recite but have never fully believed.

On this beautiful adventure through the jungles of Brazil and the tangles of the soul, Kelly rediscovers Jesus among a forgotten people living well beyond the corners of her previously defined faith--a people who draw her back to their country, their pain, and their hope in Him, again and again.

About the Author:
Kelly lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and serves the Lord passionately both across the U.S. and internationally in a variety of creative roles. An acclaimed author, musician, Bible study creator and teacher, she is passionate to see women impacted by Jesus and His Word.

Here it the must see video below. Please spread the word! 
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Kelly Minters book can also be purchased on Amazon. 










In Him,



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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Teachable Moments by Marybeth Hicks {Book Review & Giveaway!}


Sean and I feel it is of the utmost importance to make every moment teachable with our children. We are not perfect, thus they are learning life through many of our own mistakes.

Teachable Moments is thoughtfully presented. Marybeth has four children of her own and I love hearing from moms who are one step ahead of me.

Sean and I are very strict (compared to some) when it comes to social media or even entertainment, but this book definitely opened my eyes to what todays parents struggle with and what I can be prepared for with my own children. She does not claim to have all the answers, but does give helpful advice to many different scenarios- no matter how laid back or strict you are regarding media.

MaryBeth gives credit to the Lord and her goal of the book it to help others benefit of her many years in the "parenting trenches". You can read more about MaryBeth Hick here on her Amazon profile.

Love this quote from chapter one...

"It's important to remember that technology itself is morally neutral. Just as it can be used to corrupt their souls, it also can be a tool to teach and promote the lessons our children need to live moral and faithful lives. Media devices can isolate us from one another, but if we use them in a positive way, they can bring us together. The trick is to have mastery over our media consumption,  and not let media have mastery over us."

About the Book-


This book is worth adding to your collection. One of my readers will receive ONE FREE! Please just enter the rafflecopter below. Giveaway will end in two weeks on the 26th of August! It may also be purchased on Amazon.


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Friday, August 1, 2014

Happy Birthday Hadassah!

Hadassah is an amazing (now 4 years old) little girl.

Her personality is always shining.

In fact, she just brought me a piece of paper with scribbles, "Mommy. Here ya go. It says 'I Love You!'" Then she runs off literally howling...

She is smart, witty, and will tell you like it is. One honest take charge little girl.

She wanted a chocolate cake with pink frosting. We spent the later part of the evening at Radio Island... her favorite "Tiny Beach".

She has a special place in our heart being our first reversal baby. Now we can't image life without her!
Thank you Jesus.









Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Love Well by Jamie George {Book Review & Giveaway!}






About Love Well by Jamie George
Do you feel stuck? There is a way to get moving again. A path to a life of grace, peace, and deeper faith is up ahead. In Love Well, you will discover how to get unstuck. You will be equipped to set boundaries and build long-lasting, meaningful relationships. Ours is not a condemnation story but rather an adventurous love story. Through deeply personal reflections and stories, Jamie George speaks candidly regarding his lack of faith in organized religion and his struggle to survive in a broken marriage. Jamie weaves his own story through ancient tales and sprinkles in enough pop culture anecdotes to keep you coming back for more. You will laugh and you will cry. And if you follow his twelve prompts, you will experience a life filled with a lot less pressure and a lot more fun.

A few thoughts on Love Well "Living Life Unrehearsed and Unstuck":
  • easy read
  • entertainingly written
  • Jamie (a pastor) does not try to have the answer or 'be perfect', but shares how God spoke to him through his own difficulties 
  • many many thought provoking quotes through out the book (honestly-more than I would have chosen. I always prefer more scripture.)
  • has an underlining story of how his marriage was broken and restored (kept me interested.)
  • could be encouragement for either husband, wife, or single person; especially those raised in an American church culture.
  • Jamie uses a 12 prompt system: principles not a formula (it is not over done to where the reader feels like they can't move on if they didn't accomplish each one perfectly.) 
  • I know this sounds odd, but he purposely spaced the text for the reader to absorb truth and read throughly.
Jamie George founded The Journey Church in Franklin, Tennessee in 2006 as a safe haven for the “religiously wounded.” Acclaimed worship band, All Sons & Daughters, was birthed in this faith community. In addition to writing Love Well, George is co-authoring a curriculum with New York Times best-selling novelist Karen Kingsbury. Jamie lives with his wife and four children and serves the community of Franklin, Tennessee.

If Love Well sounds enjoyable to you, it would definitely be worth adding to your reading collection. :) One of my readers will be given a FREE copy to enjoy on its Release Date: August 1st. Please just enter the Rafflecopter below and be sure to spread the word. Giveaway will end in only ONE WEEK!

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Priscilla is 5 months old!; Summer Life and THM Update :)

Summer is flying by..

My two oldest return home after being gone for two weeks at Space Camp...
Baby Chicks are here..
Jack got his first haircut..
Had our first hurricane of the season..
Hadassah got her first haircut!
Jason turned eight years old! :)
Kids finally did all their testing..
Fire works have come and gone..

and it has been five months since God gave us a precious new gift~ Little Priscilla June.
Her personality is already shining in our family of nine. I am amazed after having seven children, God designs a new little Buckout.. completely different from the rest.

She was a go-getter in the womb and continues to surprise us with her strength!

One of her family given nick names "Munchie" because she like to MUNCH. Anything she can grab for especially mommy she will bite and suck on. She rolled over the other day and is my first baby who actually likes tummy time. She loves girl time with her big sisters too. Baby talk is her specialty.

Love her. Love her.. LOVE her.

My new Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle is going wonderful! I have lost 20 lbs and can't believe I am only 1 pound away from the 140's!!! The first time in 12 years. Whoot!

My favorite "go to" foods are: Wasa and Laughing Cow Cheese; Homemade Oatmeal with berries and Greek Yogurt, any Veggies (esp Kale) with Eggs; I LOVE Protein Shakes.. I made a new Lemon one, which is de-lish with this humid weather; and since I purchased a coffee grinder..my family has now discovered my Skinny Chocolate with almonds :)

I found this lovely blogger and for the first time have been enjoying more THM desserts. Her lemon muffins and coffee cake are YUMMY.

Year Round Homeschool life has started. I feel as busy as ever. YET-Day by day.. by His grace alone!
precious!

she loves having big sis home!


20 more baby chicks!




 happy bday JASON!
 a few of the new crew to keep our egg supply up this summer


 fourth of july with our neighbor miss maggie
 seventh child- put an apple on a fork
 her haircut went much easier!

the oldest and the youngest :)

 love eating this and still able to lose weight.
fresh eggs, kale, and tomatoes from our backyard!
 yummi-ness.


In Him,

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Ragamuffin DVD: Based on the Life of Rich Mullins {Giveaway and Review!}



Beautiful. Beautiful. Beautiful movie. Period.

I did not know much about Rich Mullins before Sean and I reviewed Ragamuffin. All I knew is my husband liked his music and recalled Mullins died tragically in a car accident when we were in high school. 

Rich Mullins, whom is mostly famous for the song, "Our God is an Awesome God" has an amazing testimony on how he came to understand the unfailing love of God. He loved God deeply and honestly. He failed many times over... stumbling through years of alcohol addictions, depression, and his need for true companionship. 

I found myself laughing (and crying) during the movie. While watching, it was obvious Rich Mullins  had a simplicity which Sean and I identified with and loved.  Especially our personal experience being "in ministry" for 10 years. 

Loved this quote from Wikipedia: "His faith can be understood by a quote he gave at a concert shortly before his death. He stated that:
Jesus said whatever you do to the least of these my brothers you’ve done it to me. And this is what I’ve come to think. That if I want to identify fully with Jesus Christ, who I claim to be my Savior and Lord, the best way that I can do that is to identify with the poor. This I know will go against the teachings of all the popular evangelical preachers. But they’re just wrong. They’re not bad, they’re just wrong. Christianity is not about building an absolutely secure little niche in the world where you can live with your perfect little wife and your perfect little children in a beautiful little house where you have no gays or minority groups anywhere near you. Christianity is about learning to love like Jesus loved and Jesus loved the poor and Jesus loved the broken-hearted.."
Michael Koch also did an amazing job as Rich Mullins in Ragamuffin. I am very impressed especially since I read he was new to the acting scene! I was curious how the music would be tied in the acting (dubbed over?), but NO he sung every Rich Mullins song himself. Rich was all about Jesus and Michael Koch allowed this to shine through. If Rich was alive today I have no doubt he would be pleased with this movie.


As far as this being a "family" movie, my opinion definitly for children 12 years and up (due to the struggles with drinking and emotional elements of depression.) Of course there is no nudity in the film, but the word damn is used quite often. 

Here is the sneak peak on the trailer! :D

Or do you know personally someone who could benefit? 
They would be blessed!

Also, I would love for you to WIN a free copy  you can by entering the give away below. :) Giveaway ends in 2 WEEKS!


About the Film:
RAGAMUFFIN is based on the life of Rich Mullins, a musical prodigy who rose to Christian music fame and fortune only to walk away and live on a Navajo reservation. An artistic genius, raised on a tree farm in Indiana by a callous father, Rich wrestled all of his life with the brokenness and crippling insecurity born of his childhood. A lover of Jesus and a rebel in the church, Rich refused to let his struggles with his own darkness tear him away from a God he was determined to love. As he struggled with success in Nashville and depression in Wichita, Rich desired most of all to live a life of honest and reckless faith amidst a culture of religion
and conformity.

About Rich Mullins:
Singer and songwriter Richard Wayne “RichMullins was best known for his worship song “Awesome God” which has been embraced as modern classics by many Christians. His music has been covered by many artists, including Caedmon’s Call, Amy Grant, Jars of Clay, Michael W. Smith, Third Day, John Tesh, and Hillsong United. Mullins’ musical career formally began with Zion Ministries in the late 1970s, where he wrote music and performed with a band called Zion.  Mullins first solo hit, “Awesome God,” appeared on his third album and brought his music to a wider audience. Rich Mullins was inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Gospel Music Association (GMA) on April 29, 2014.


Film Testimonials:
Rich was a gifted songwriter with an amazing heart for people. This film reminded me that what really made Rich special was how undistracted he was with the things of this world. His was a heart yearning for God.”

- Michael W. Smith
Singer, Songwriter


“This film captures the life of one of the most important people in the history of modern evangelicalism, a ragamuffin that our children and our grandchildren need to know about.” -Shane Claiborne
Author, Activist

Church Screening Tour:
Thanks to a nationwide church-screening tour from January through May 2014, RAGAMUFFIN traveled to 200 screens where it was seen by over 25,000 people at churches, college campuses and even jails.
**Soundtrack also available July 22nd featuring Jars Of Clay, Derek Webb, Sidewalk Prophets, Audrey Assad, Leigh Nash and more! Plus 2 NEW, original, never-before heard songs from Rich Mullins recorded in the early 70’s!**


Release Date: 7/8/14
Run-Time: 137 minutes
Writer/ Director: David Schultz
Dove Seal: Faith-Based with Caution
Suggested Retail Price: $19.99

Distributor: Capitol Christian Distribution

For fun, here is a great YouTube video of the man himself: ENJOY GOD. FOR HE IS GOOD! :)



In Him,

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