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Book Review: Sacred Rest

Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity

Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith

When I saw that Sacred Rest was available for review, I immediately responded that I wanted to read this book and write a review. I am a “self-diagnosed” insomniac and for years have searched for methods that would help me sleep. So I was interested to see if this book offered any solutions that I had not come upon. I was not disappointed.

Sacred Rest is, in my opinion, a ground-breaking book. Dr. Dalton-Smith uses her own experiences with exhaustion and near burn-out, proving that she not only knows of what she speaks in a clinical sense, but also in a personal sense.

The book is divided into three sections: 1) “Why Rest?” wherein Dr. Dalton-Smith discusses the practical aspects of rest; 2) “The Gifts of Rest” covers the spiritual aspects of rest; and 3) “The Promises of Rest” where the reader is challenged to explore each type of rest further.

Dr. Dalton-Smith offers an assessment at the back of the book, which she encourages the reader to complete as it will show the reader what types of rest in which they are experiencing a deficit. After taking the assessment, the reader returns to the section where Dr. Dalton-Smith discusses each type of rest, offering ways to replenish each type.

Sacred Rest is packed with information and should be read slowly so the reader can absorb the information and incorporate it into their lives. For those who have trouble sleeping, for whatever reason, this book will be life-changing.

 

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Book Review: Time and Tide

Time and Tide is a spell-binding story, not just of love, but of healing, recovery, and redemption. It is a story that kept me reading late into the night.

Chad Cusher is a recovering addict who has moved to Moanna Island from Atlanta, where his addiction caused him to have a car accident, almost killing him and another person. He is at Moanna Island to continue his recovery from the addiction as well as from the accident.

Ryan Mason is a born-and-bred Moannanite who left college and moved back home to help her father take care of her brother who is schizophrenic and in a rehab center.

Although Ryan is not aware of it at the time, she and Chad first cross paths at the rehab center. A few days later, Chad sees her on Moanna Island, introduces himself and thus, begins a friendship that soon develops into more.

This is the second book by Kristen Terrette that takes place on Moanna Island. From the description of the Island, I wish it were a real location!

Ms. Terrette deals with the addiction problem and the schizophrenia with such gentle grace and offers hope that there is recovery, and most importantly, redemption through God for these and all issues that we face in life.

I highly recommend this book and look forward to future books by Ms. Terrette.

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Book Review: Only a Heartbeat Away

Only a Heartbeat awayJulianna Desmond has written a delightful love story “Only a Heartbeat Away.” It is the story of Georgia Adler, a novelist whose debut novel has captivated the nation. It is the story of Grayson Chambers, former model, now philanthropist. The two meet under rather unusual circumstances, but immediately there is an undeniable chemistry. The chemistry is tempered with discussions their shared faith and belief in God.

The story begins in Manhattan, winds its way through numerous cities as Georgia does her first book tour, which ends in Atlanta, Georgia. From there she finally arrives at her home town, Harbor Cove. It’s always enjoyable to read a book that is located in one’s home state and city. Ms. Desmond did a remarkable job in her accuracy of locales and landmarks in the state.

This book was a relaxing and enjoyable read. I highly recommend that you add it to your summer reading list.

 

© 2018 Edwina Cowgill

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Book Review: Thee Will I Honor

Thee Will I Honor, by JoAnn Durgin, has all the elements that her readers love about her books: a Christian message, a sweet romance, wonderful characters and beautiful scenery. In Thee Will I Honor, Ms. Durgin has incorporated mystery and intrigue, which brought a new level of enjoyment to this reviewer.

First Lieutenant Matthew Martin served his country well during two tours in Afghanistan, but returned home to Meadowvale, Virginia, with an injury to his leg, effectively ending his military career.

Lesley Ann Randall is speeding through Meadowvale in a red Mercedes when she is stopped by the local sheriff. Rather than issue her a ticket, he assigns her community service. She decides that Meadowvale is just as good a location as anywhere else to serve her purposes, so she agrees to stay in Meadowvale and perform community services.

Lesley and Matt meet and as they say, “the rest is history.” But an interesting history it is. Sparks fly immediately when they meet, and the attraction grows stronger every day. As they become even closer, Lesley reveals to Matt the real reason she is in Meadowvale. Her story is disturbing, intriguing, mysterious, and is taken from current events happening today.

I highly recommend Thee Will I Honor. It will be a great beach/vacation read!

 

 

 

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Children Are a Precious Gift From God

In church yesterday, our pastor shared the statistics from Vacation Bible School: 251 children in attendance (the largest crowd ever); 125 workers; and 10 children accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

Our church has a sister church in a city whose name I can’t begin to pronounce, much less spell, in Mexico. Word reached our pastoral staff that there are no books for the children in that small town. The children who attended VBS last week decided to have a contest – boys against girls -to raise money to buy books for the children in Mexico. The girls won, of course. These kids, with help from their parents, raised over $1,100. Our children’s pastor has estimated that $1,100 will buy approximately 250 books.

What an awesome gift we have in our children, indeed, in all children. They are so precious, so priceless.

And yet, we have this abominable situation with the children being separated from their parents as they cross the border to come into the United States.

It doesn’t matter who is to blame – Republicans, Democrats, Trump. The separation from these parents and the atrocity of these children being put into locked cages is horrifying. It is a slap in God’s face.

But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, “Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” (Mark 10:14 New American Standard Bible) (emphasis mine)

In James 1:27, we are told that Christians should look after the fatherless (some translations say “orphans.) I believe that if Christians don’t unite to do something about this situation, then we are sinning. Not taking careof these children will be as much of a slap in the face of God as the separation of these children from their parents.

“What can one person do?” you might ask.

1, Contact your Senator. The Republican Senators from the State of Georgia are:

Johnny Isakson

131 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-3643

Contact: www.isakson.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/email-me

 

David Perdue

455 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-3521

Contact: www.perdue.senate.gov/connect/email

 

2. Contact your Representative.  Here’s a link that has a list of representatives and their contact information. https://house.gov/representatives/find/

3. Contact President Trump. The fastest way of reaching Donald Trump is: www.lettertodonaldtrump.com.Call him at: Comments: 202-456-1111; send a letter to: The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500.

It doesn’t matter if you like Trump, hate Trump or you are indifferent to Trump. He is still the President. And no matter who he blames, he has the power to do something about this situation.

4. Post this blog or write in your own words (without blaming or bickering) on FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ – anywhere you have a social media presence. I believe that if we can get this message across the country and get people fired up about this deplorable situation, they will contact their Senators, Representatives and the President, and call them to action. Hopefully, this will cause our Congress and our President to change the situation. We are the ones who put these people in office. Our voices deserve to be heard!

5. You can also pray for these children. Pray for their protection and well-being, pray they are released from these cages and reunited with their parents in the quickest amount of time possible, pray that this experience will not leave them with permanent emotional scars. Pray for their parents that they may have the “peace of God that passes all understanding.” And, whether you like them or not, pray for our elected officials. They need our prayers and support – not our bickering and blaming.

 

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Happy Father’s Day, Daddy!

 

It is, once again, Father’s Day. My dad has been gone for several years now and I miss him as much today as I did the day of the funeral.

There is a special bond between dads and daughters. There is a bond between dads and sons but it’s different. Most dads want there sons to be tough, rugged, and smart. And there is nothing wrong with that. But dads look at their daughters (and granddaughters) differently. They see their daughters as princesses, precious, cherished and treasured.

My dad felt that way about my sister, Marie, and me. We knew we were loved, not just because he said so, but he showed it in so many ways. He set the example for us by his Christian life. He loved Jesus and served him faithfully for many years in a neighborhood Baptist church. He was a choir member, deacon, assistant treasurer, treasurer and children’s Sunday school superintendent. He and my mom prayed together every night before going to bed. As our family grew, they named my sister, me and our spouses, every  grandchild, and if they were married, their spouse, and every great grandchild. That’s a total of eighteen names they remembered in prayer every night.

My dad also showed his love through his discipline. It was just, fair and painful. But after he disciplined us, he followed it up with hugs and love.

 

My dad supported Marie and I in everything we did. If we wanted to participate in school or church extracurricular activities, he encouraged us to do so. He scrutinized our boyfriends, never missing an opportunity to have the “father talk” with them. He advised us on our choice of schools and careers. He walked us down the aisle and was present when all five of his grandchildren were born. And when my first marriage fell apart, he held me in his arms as I cried my heart out.

My dad demonstrated his love in so many ways that I can’t even begin to count them. I thank God that he gave me my dad!

Happy Father’s Day in Heaven, Daddy! I love and miss you!

 

Dad at Christmas

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BOOK REVIEW: Enfolded in God’s Arms

Enfolded in God’s Arms – 40 Reflections to Embrace Your Inner Healing is a devotional book that speaks to the reader’s soul. The author, Lisa Are Wulf, has divided the devotions into four sections: A Time to Heal,” “A Time to Change,” “A Time with Jesus,” and “A Time to Grow.” Each reflection begins with a Bible verse, a short devotion, a few questions for the reader to think about and a place for the reader to journal how God spoke to them through that specific reflection. In this reviewer’s opinion, one of the most important aspects of the book is the section titled “Be Still for a Moment with God,” and is found near the end of each reflection. This statement causes the reader to pause, to be still and listen for the voice of God speak to only her (or him). What might He say? The possibilities are endless.

With titles such as “When You Can’t Go Home,” “Overboard,” “Behind the Mask,” “Give Me Your Hand,”  “Stay the Course,” and “A Life of Light,” this devotional book is written to do exactly as the title says: enfold you in God’s arms and help you to embrace your inner healing.

I encourage you to get this book if you’ve been wounded in the past. It is possibly the most important book you will own, other than your Bible.

Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.