Praying Upside Down – Book Review

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I’m a firm believer in the power of prayer. I also know that most of us do not tap into the power that is available to us. For that reason, I am drawn to books about prayer. I have read several different books on the subject, but none quite like Praying Upside Down by Kelly O’Dell Stanley.

The title intrigued me, so what I had the opportunity to review it for The Blog Spot Network, I couldn’t wait to dive in. You maybe asking yourself what praying upside down means. Well, I have great news, it has nothing to do with standing on your head or swinging from the monkey bars. No, it’s simply being bold enough to ask God to let you truly see. Your perspective will never be the same.

Kelly walks the reader through her own story of how this idea changed not only her life, but also her relationship with God. I love how she takes it a step farther by placing Prayer Palette at the end of each chapter. This offers practical ways to implement each idea. By applying these simple, practical ideas you will begin to see life from a different perspective and see God working in and through your life in a mighty way.

There is not a person that cannot gain insight from this book. It will literally transform the time you spend with God. Accept the challenge, order the book and begin implementing this into your prayer life. You will never be the same.

Daily Planner Review

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As a busy wife, mom, writer and speaker I am always on the lookout for a great planner. In the digital age when everyone has an app for that I still would rather reach for a physical calendar. I had the privilege of reviewing Sue Hooley’s Daily Planner through CWA.

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What I love about this planner is that it’s so much more than a calendar. Yes, it has a yearly, monthly as well as weekly calendars included, but there’s so much more. There are beautiful scriptures nestled within the pages to give you encouragement throughout the year. Towards the back of the planner there are sections for tasks and projects. This is a great place to put all your long term tasks around the house or school projects for the kids. It allows you to keep track well in advance so you don’t wake up to, “Mom, my science project is due tomorrow and where’s my costume for the school play?” Sue has included an information section to keep track of names, addresses and phone numbers. All these features are great, but my personal favorite would have to the shopping list section at the back. Each page has three perforated sections. These are a perfect size for making certain you don’t forget items on your next shopping trip.

I would highly recommend you order the 2015 Daily Planner. It would also make a great gift for the “planner” on your Christmas list.

A Table by the Window – Book Review

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Having never read anything by Hillary Manton Lodge, I was not certain what to expect. However, I was delighted how she took two of my loves and wove them together – reading and cooking. Hillary places wonderful recipes at the end of many of the chapters. It incorporated the reader with the story in a tangible way. I absolutely loved it and I look forward to trying my hand at several of the scrumptious recipes.

The main character, Juliette, is from a large family with the love of food coursing through their veins, starting with her grandmother who was trained as a pastry chef in France. With her passing, Juliette has been willed her beautiful prep table. Inside she finds a treasure, her grandmother’s cookbook which contained her favorite recipes. As Juliette is closely examining the book she discovers a photo hidden behind the dust jacket. She is curious as to who this gentleman is or was and why her grandmother would have kept it a secret all these years.

Besides delving into her family’s past, Juliette must deal with her present and look to the future. Will her future be in the restaurant business with her brother, Nico? Will she ever be able to get over the past and find true love?

I will not spoil the ending for you because I highly recommend you putting A Table by the Window on your summer reading list. Here is a taste of this wonderful book.

 

**Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.