Becoming Gertrude, Book Review

Becoming Gertrude by Janice Peterson 

Becoming Gertrude is one woman’s wisdom on the beauty of spiritual friendship and God’s unfolding grace over the course of a life lived for Him. Jan uses the term spiritual friendship to capture this idea of journeying with others through life, sharing experiences and wisdom and seeking God together. In Becoming Gertrude, Jan wants to be your spiritual friend, sharing what she’s learned and painting a picture of what you might uncover as you seek to develop these kinds of relationships in your own life.

Join Jan in exploring the critical pieces of spiritual friendship: hospitality, encouragement, acceptance, serving, and caring. With seasoned wisdom and winsome stories, Jan uses personal experiences to walk you through what each of these things can mean in your life. You can have rich, rewarding, faith-filled friendships that emerge from the everyday rhythms of your days—and Becoming Gertrude will lead you on that journey.


My Thoughts: I have to start by saying that the publisher sent me this book to review but that didn't effect my opinion of it in any way. Jan Peterson has been married to Pastor/Author Eugene Peterson for sixty years, Jan has been shaped by his wisdom, insight and pastoral life. Her book is all her own though!  A wonderful peek into at friendship that begins even as a young girl growing up in the southern USA. Warm, winsome, sassy at times, and the whole book just makes you feel like you're living right there with Janice Peterson. 

4th Annual Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop

November is here (actually almost half way over now)... and I'm here with another giveaway. This one is a hop which is of course the best because it means you can not only enter my giveaway but a whole lot more put on by other bloggers.

For this giveaway just use the rafflecopter below to enter and be entered to when a $15 Paypal or Amazon Gift Card


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Also be sure to check out the other giveaways going on!


3 Tips for Staying in Shape this Holiday Season


The holidays are always rough for me. It starts with near endless candy at the beginning of October, and only gets worse as you go. Soon you have the discounted Halloween candy which means eating a whole lot more than the start of Halloween when you didn't think you'd possibly be eating any more. That's just the beginning though. Once you're finally running out of candy Thanksgiving begins. If yours is anything like mine, you'll start out with a Friendsgiving or two and then make your way to the family Thanksgivings. For all of these you'll think something along the lines of "Oh, I'll get back on track tomorrow"as you get up for your third plate of food, from there it's just a blur until Christmas is over. 



Once New Years Eve hits, the panic begins. You start panicking because your weight is up and you aren't feeling your best, which is completely understandable but complexity preventable if can stay on track during the holiday season. 

1. Plan Through the Holidays 

Chances are you know what the schedule is going to be a few weeks into the Holiday season so plan accordingly! Make sure there is going to be healthy options, and use the time with family/friends as a cheat day. It'll make it a lot less stressful and keep you from going off track.

2. There's an App for That

Look into app for fitness and calorie counting. These will help you keep from over eating by giving you an estimate of how on/off track you are throughout the holidays.  I personally love UA recored which is made by Under Armor because not only does it calorie count for me but it keeps track of the nutrition facts which is necessary for anyone looking to lose weight and stay healthy. 

3. Get Professional Help

While friends and family can be great motivators for staying in shape sometimes you need professional help, especially when you're really trying to hit those gains goals. A fitness trainer is the perfect way to do so! Bidvine.com is the place for that  where you can submit a request for free and they'll connect you with up to five personal trainers in your local area and you can select who you like best!


So go out and have fun this Holiday Season and remember you can still stay in shape while doing so. 

Holy Roar, Book Review

Holy Roar by Chris Tomlin and Darren Whitehead

What does it mean to praise God? 
In the ancient world something extraordinary happened when God s people gathered to worship him. It was more than just singing; it was a declaration, a proclamation, a time to fully embody praise to God for who he is and what he has done. In fact, in the Psalms, there are seven Hebrew words that are translated into the English word praise each of which represents a different aspect of what it means to truly praise God. In Holy Roar, Chris Tomlin and Darren Whitehead share a fresh perspective from the worship practices of the ancient world. Grow in your understanding of praise as Darren offers unique insights. Be inspired as Chris shares how those insights take shape in the stories behind some of your favorite worship songs, including How Great Is Our God, We Fall Down,and Good Good Father. Whether for your own personal use or for use in your church small group, Holy Roar provides insight and encouragement to deepen your practice of praise. Follow along as Chris and Darren lead you to the throne room of God. Join their invitation. Become a part of the Holy Roar.


My Thoughts: This is a book you'll want to keep around. Holy Roar provides a new insight on developing a deeper relationship with God and provides the structure you need to do that. The whole book is put together so well, and I absolutely love the stories that Chris Tomlin sprinkles in. Overall a wonderful easy to read concise book. 

This & That Giveaway Hop 2018

It's that time of year again, for the This & That Giveaway Hop. While my blog has changed a lot since last November (I've switched back to this domain and changed up what I write about) one thing that hasn't is the fact that I love doing giveaways. Because this one is a giveaway hop it isn't only on this blog you could win something but a lot of other blogs. So be sure to enter those giveaways as well.

But what is it we can win here you ask? That would be a $50 PayPal or Amazon gift card. It's open internationally and all you have to do is use the Rafflecopter below.


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And be sure to check out the other giveaways below!



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