Sermon Notes (6/23-24)

This past weekend’s experience began with a tribute to LOVE week being this week, and then worship began with “Echo” by Elevation Worship (not yet officially released on YouTube).  Continue reading “Sermon Notes (6/23-24)”

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May Favorites

Today I wanted to share some of my favorite things from this past month.  These aren’t necessarily released in the last month; I’ve just enjoyed them in the past month. 🙂

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Guest Post: Patricia Holbrook

I am so excited for today’s guest post! Today, I am hosting Patricia Holbrook.  She’s an author, blogger, and speaker, and I met her when she spoke at a ladies’ retreat that my church held.  She graciously agreed to let me share Continue reading “Guest Post: Patricia Holbrook”

Sermon Notes (5/26-27)

I was recently inspired by the idea to start posting my notes from church on Sundays on here, so that anyone who doesn’t have time to watch the full sermon can still take part and “catch up”. Continue reading “Sermon Notes (5/26-27)”

Some of My Favorite Songs

In the theme of getting to know me better, I wanted to share some of my favorite songs.  These songs are ones that encourage me, get stuck in my head, comfort me, but that I haven’t heard often in church, so I wanted to share them with you. Continue reading “Some of My Favorite Songs”

About Me

To celebrate 150 followers on my Instagram and 125 followers on my blog, I wanted to take a post to introduce myself and tell you a little about why I’m doing what I’m doing. Continue reading “About Me”

Holding the Fort

Holding the Fort by Regina Jennings is the first book in a new series set at Fort Reno in Indian Territory, late 1800s.

Louisa Bell just got fired from her job singing at a saloon in Kansas, and is trying to make herself some money and find her brother. In doing so, she accidentally lands herself a job as a governess for Major Adams’ two daughters.

Major Adams, after losing his wife, needs help raid his two girls at a military fort in Indian Territory. He has no idea how to turn his daughters into proper young ladies and while he has his reservations about Ms. Bell, he is just glad to have the assistance.

There are certain reasons I enjoy Regina Jennings’ novels: the historical western setting, the laugh-out-loud humor, the likable characters, and the unique romances. This novel only had the historical western setting. I found this book really hard to get into, the plot slow-moving, the characters unlikable, and the dialogue and quirkiness usually found in Jennings’ novels missing. I was disappointed in how long Louisa kept up her deception (over 90% of the book), and felt that the romance between her and the major was not believable. They had virtually no chemistry and the only reason that they seemed to get together was their common love for the Major’s daughters. The only redeeming quality of the book for me was the message of salvation woven into it, but even that seemed out of place in the midst of how disappointed I was in the rest of the book. I would recommend Karen Witemeyer’s Head in the Clouds over this book if you’re looking to find a Christian historical western about a governess who falls in love with the child’s father.

Thank you to Net Galley and Bethany House publishers for providing me with an electronic copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own and were not required to be positive.

“Whole Heart” Passion Album

If you’ve been following my blog for a little while now you’ll remember that I was able to attend Passion Conference 2018, and it was phenomenal! I loved the music and the speakers from the conference, and if you weren’t able to attend, the sessions are on YouTube and you can purchase this album of live music that was recorded at the conference.

When I was offered the opportunity to receive and review the “Whole Heart” album, I jumped at the chance.  This was my opportunity to re-live the conference and sing the same songs we sang there! This album is just as full of surprise special guests as the conference itself was! Check out the list of songs and artists below:

  1. Whole Heart (Featuring Kristian Stanfill)
  2. Almighty God (Featuring Sean Curran)
  3. God, You’re So Good (Featuring Kristian Stanfill and Melodie Malone)
  4. Reckless Love (Featuring Melodie Malone)
  5. Heaven (Featuring Sean Curran)
  6. More Like Jesus (Featuring Kristian Stanfill)
  7. Hallelujah, Our God Reigns (Featuring Brett Younker)
  8. Ghost (Featuring David Crowder)
  9. Ever Almighty (Featuring Melodie Malone)
  10. Great Are You Lord (Featuring Matt Redman)
  11. All My Hope (Featuring David Crowder and Tauren Wells)

Isn’t that awesome?! My favorite songs are Reckless Love and All My Hope, but they are all so good! This is a MUST for anyone who was at the conference or who wishes they were! The variety of artists really lends a versatility to the music; there are slow songs and get up and twirl around songs. 🙂 I highly recommend this!

Thank you to FlyBy Promotions for providing me with a copy of this CD to review, as well as a copy to give away here on my blog.  All opinions are my own.

Also, if you’ve read this far, I’m hosting a giveaway for all my followers.  The first follower to leave a comment on this post (who lives in the continental U.S.) wins a copy of this CD! Giveaway ends one week from today, February 20th, at 9 am EST.

“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 Consulting, 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 a prize from our sponsor Propeller/FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.