I Declare War, Book Review

I Declare War by Levi Lusko

In both sports and war, athletes and soldiers must work to have a mental edge to successfully deal with all that they encounter. While success for both is typically defined as overcoming their respective opponents, the reality is that their victories can never happen unless they’ve first won their internal battles.
I Declare War is a practical guide for fighting our inner war, the struggle against sin that breaks us down and fills our lives with pain and suffering, in turn making us feel weak and inadequate. With personal stories of his own struggles with night terrors, anxiety, narcissism, and self-doubt, Pastor Levi points readers to the hope and power that God offers in his Word.
From stockbrokers and soccer moms to skateboarders and sorority sisters, I Declare War is for anyone who struggles with depression, fear, anxiety, suicide, negative thoughts, addiction, lust, pride, jealousy, resentment, abuse, anger, self-doubt, eating disorders, and/or codependent relationships. Pastor Levi doesn’t offer a quick fix or the perfect life if you follow prescribed steps but, instead, helps guide readers in how to think right so they can live right.

My Thoughts: When I first saw this book, I knew I had to get it from the publisher (per usual this doesn't effect my review in any way) because I played the card game as a child and wanted to see how that tied into this book. Reading it I realized it was so much more than that novelty. It's about winning the war within yourself and fighting those things that hold us back. A great inspirational book that offers so much motivation to fight. 

Us Against the World, Book Review

Us Against the World by David and Tamela Mann

David and Tamela Mann have been married for 30 years, but the singers, actors, and entrepreneurs are just as, if not more than, happily in love as they were in the early days of their relationship. In their new book, the couple will relate the story of their first encounters as teenagers, the importance of communication, and how they've been able to keep that spark burning through all these years. 
The Mann's have delighted and inspired audiences through music, a string of plays and movies, as well as several television series—Meet the Browns, The Mann's, and Mann & Wife. They'll share about their often hilarious and sometimes controversial interactions with each other, their blended family of five grown children and eight grandchildren, and how these relationships enrich their lives. Given their recording careers, touring, filming, and managing an outrageous family, The Mann's will share with readers the day-to-day challenges, successes, and joys that happen behind the scenes.
My Thoughts: First of all I have to start by saying that I did receive this book from the publisher with the purpose of reviewing it but that doesn't effect my opinion in any way... now that we're done with that on to the book review. Us Against the World isn't just an ode to the Mann marriage but so much more than that.  The couple is incredibly open about their marriage and so down to earth. A great inspiration for marriage. 

Winter is Coming Giveaway Hop

Everyone is getting their Christmas trees up (who am I kidding almost everyone already has theirs up) and we're not that far from Christmas. To celebrate the upcoming holiday I have one more giveaway for the year and it's a hop! If you don't know what that is, it's basically where a bunch of bloggers get together and have their own giveaways and link to each other. What that means for you is a lot of giveaways to enter. To enter mine for a $25 Paypal or Amazon Gift card just use the rafflecopter. 



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Reflectly, App Review


Before I jump in to the application review of Reflectly, I wanted to start with my personal story of journaling. 

I’ve always been interested in journaling.  I remember getting my first diary around the age of six. It was that was made especially with little girls in mind. The front was a hard cover with rainbows and kittens on it (of course), and it had a small lock that came with two keys. Inside the pages were a light pink and had a kitten at the bottom of each one. The whole diary was about 70 pages, and I thought it was the coolest thing ever. I used this diary for all of a week before forgetting about it, and skipping a day. From then I tried a few more times to continue but they motivation was lost, and I got bored of the diary. I remember finding that diary a few years ago hidden away with just a few pages. 

That journal was the first I had, but there have been more diaries with similar stories to the first one. It isn’t that I didn’t want to keep it up, actually I’d end up regretting it every time I let go, but it became uninteresting so quickly.

When I found out about Reflectly though, I thought I could give journaling one more chance.

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Reflectly is an app for journaling, taking away my first problem of losing the journal or misplacing it, and kind of like a scrapbook you can upload photos. You can rate each day and get reminders. With AI technology Reflectly offers quotes, prompts, and relevant questions when you’re journaling and the more you use it the more relevant the questions are to you. 

After trying it for a little while, I can say that this is so much better than traditional journaling. It’s so easy to just pull out my phone for a few minutes and type out how my day is going. Not going to lie I’ve used it quite often at work. You know when a project is running a little behind, or your project scope increases, and you just need to vent for a few minutes. Not only does it help me to do this bit of journaling right then, but then I can look back later that evening and reflect on it. At the end of the day I go over the rest of my day relaxing just before bed. The prompts (which are tailored to me) get rid of the writers block that can make journaling hard and the inspirational quotes are a great way to end the day. Unlike traditional diaries I haven’t had any trouble getting all my thoughts out and really enjoyed doing so. 


Looking back at the past days, by things like how I rated the day is so interesting to see, and the whole activity of journaling especially with Reflectly feels so therapeutic. It has really helped me get though the tougher days and is an app I can see myself using for a long time to come. 



Reflectly is available in both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store where the basic version is free and the upgraded version (what I’ve been using) is $50 a year.  Over one million people use Reflectly. https://reflect.ly


Sequin Sparkle and Change Bible, Book Review

Sequin Sparkle and Change Bible

This fabulous material is on everything from pillows to t-shirts. The "mermaid" sequins change color right before your eyes. Girls will love the design and will want to carry the Sequin Sparkle and Change Bible everywhere!
This Sequin Sparkle and Change Bible features a cover with pink sequins that change color depending on which way your child swipes. It's double the fun! It's perfect for kids ages 6 to 10 to take to Sunday school, read with the family, or study on their own.
The ICB, the first Bible translation created specifically for children, is easy for children to read and understand with a third-grade reading level and is typeset in a large, readable font.  The Bible text is set in ten-point type, with bold in-text subject heads that help kids easily find the passages they are looking for. Also included are boldface words that correspond with a dictionary and concordance entry to explain word definitions. A great new feature in this updated setting is more than 300 key verses that are highlighted throughout the Bible for kids to read and learn. The beautifully illustrated insert pages are in a style that children love and will delight their imaginations, including topics such as:
  • A Bible timeline
  • A presentation page
  • A place to keep favorite Bible verses
  • Bible maps
  • Articles on topics such as how Jesus loves them, knowing Jesus better, and how to pray, etc.
My Thoughts: The first thing I thought when I saw this bible was that it would make a perfect Christmas gift. It has a hard cover and the sequins are a lot of fun to play with, not to mention very popular. On the inside the print is large and easy to read. There are helpful additions like a timeline, and colored maps that really make it come alive.