Tattered and Mended: The Art of Healing the Wounded Soul By: Cynthia Ruchti

In recent years we have all seen the trend of tattered clothes, that it is cool to buy clothes that are pre-ripped and torn. Tattered things have become the popular thing to have, however, Ruchti’s book reminds us that we were never called to be tattered and that God wants to mend the tattered and broken parts of our lives.

Ruchti has done her research about the art of mending and restoring items and weaves them into the stories of people and herself as she shares the need for each of us to heal.Ruchti doesn’t ignore the pain and hurt that happens in life, she also points out that it is also difficult and a process to heal. This book is a must read, for those struggling in their everyday, or for those that don’t even realize that they may need healing. Ruchti does an amazing job of telling stories as well as sharing how we can go about healing from the things that have made us tattered.

I was provided this book complimentary through the Litfuse Publicity Program in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

-Elle

How can the wounds that keep us from living the life we want to live be mended and healed? In Tattered and Mended, Cynthia Ruchti walks readers through a gallery of reclaimed and restored art as well as broken and restored lives of those who have gone before us. With a gentle touch and personable wisdom, Cynthia shows how even the most threadbare soul can once again find healing and hope.

Celebrate the release of Tattered and Mended with Cynthia by entering to win her Reclaimed Treasures giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on July 27th. The winner will be announced July 28th on Cynthia’s blog.

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Plus, now through mid-July, sign up for Cynthia’s mailing list for a five-day virtual tour around Madeline Island for the chance to win a Hemmed in Hope prize pack. Each day begins with an email from Cynthia that introduces where you’ll be “visiting” that day (all key places from As Waters Gone By) with various interactive elements, including“I wish you were here” postcards, trivia quizzes, and an ongoing Island scavenger hunt. The person who interacts the most will win a Hemmed in Hope prize pack (valued at more than $200).

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  • The letterpress block Hope sign from DaySpring
  • A set of 6 Hemmed in Hope notecards showing a hope-themed Bible verse
  • A leather “I can’t unravel, I’m hemmed in hope” journal
  • Signed copies of each of Cynthia’s books, fiction and non-fiction

Summer’s List by Anita Higman

Summer’s List

Summer’s List By Anita Higman

In recent years creating a bucket list has become one of the ‘cool’ things to do, but what if instead of creating your own bucket list, someone did it for you and challenged you to complete that list. Would you be able to? That is exactly what Summer is asked to do by her grandmother, a wise woman full of godly wisdom.

I’m torn about how I feel about this book. It was a good book and I enjoyed the story but it was hard to get into the story and connect with the characters. The story was lacking in areas and didn’t quite get to where I wanted it to. I will try more of Anita Higman’s books, but as for Summer’s List I will have to stay middle of the road with it.

I received this book complimentary through the Litfuse Publicity Program in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

-Elle

Unoffendable by: Brant Hansen

Mike Donehey may have said it best when he said “this book hurts so good.” Unoffendable is a book that will take the way you respond and what you have thought and turn it on its head in the best way possible. Hansen challenges us that we need to get rid of anger. He states that “forfeighting our right to anger makes us deny ourselves, and makes us others-centered. When we start living this way, it changes everything.”

Brant Hansen has taken simple concepts that are not so simple to live out and challenged us to be unoffendable. To let go of anger and embrace forgiveness. Everyone needs to read this book, it is written simply and as an easy read, but the context is strong and at a level that will challenge you and having you re-reading this book and noticing the things that offend you in the everyday and seeing them differently. This book will change something as basic as being cut off in traffic and you will start seeing and approaching things in a new light.

Read this book.

I received this book complimentary from the publisher through the BookLook Blogger Program in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Either way you need to read this book.

-Elle

Swagbusters Team Challenge

Swagbucks just announced a new Team Challenge: Swagbusters! From now through June 19th at 12pm PDT / 3pm EDT, earn as many points as you can for your team & get bonus SB! 

There are 4 teams, and all members who join and contribute at least 100 points to their team will be rewarded with more SB:

  • 1st place team: 80 SB
  • 2nd place: 50 SB
  • 3rd place: 30 SB
  • 4th place: 20 SB

Contributing points is easier than you think, and there are many ways to earn SB AND contribute to the Team Challenge:

  • Encrave – Discover great content, earn SB, and contribute 25 pts to your team! 
  • Search – Grab rewarding search wins through the Swagbucks Search Engine & contribute 20 pts to your team!
  • SwagButton – Just by having the SwagButton on your desktop browser, you will contribute 15 pts to your team each day of the Team Challenge.
  • Swagstakes – Are you feeling lucky? Redeem your SB for a Swagstakes entry! Contribute 15 pts to your team.
  • Referrals – Spread the Swagbucks love! Contribute 15 pts to your team when you have a referral register during the Team Challenge.
  • Special Offers – Earn SB discovering Special Offers! Contribute 10 pts to your team.
  • Mobile Offers – Have a busy lifestyle? Earn SB on the go with Mobile Offers! Contribute 10 pts to your team.
  • Mobile Videos – Waiting in line at the grocery store? Watch SBTV Mobile anywhere and anytime! Contribute 10 pts to your team every time you fill up your SBTV meter.
  • Swag Codes – Redeem daily Swag Codes through the SwagButton browser extension or the Swagbucks Mobile App! Contribute 5 pts to your team.

Not a Swagbucks member yet? It’s how I get gift cards to spend on shopping, holiday gifts and more with my earnings I have paid for vacations, swimming with dolphins, my kindle and so much more! And with many different SB-earning opportunities like the Swagbusters Team Challenge, you can get your first gift card even faster. Sign up here.

Falcon By: @RonieKendig

Falcon By: Ronie Kendig

Falcon is book 3 in the Quiet Professionals series, as a forewarning, make sure to read the first two Raptor 6 and Hawk before reading Falcon. I promise you won’t want to put any of them down. Kendig has always had an amazing way of weaving a story and Falcon will not disappoint. In this third and final installment we finally get to find out who is responsible for the attacks on the team.

This book will take you on quite a journey, you will not want to put it down. This book is amazing from start to finish! Put this at the top of your reading list (Or third if you haven’t read the others). This is not a series you will want to miss!

I received this book complimentary in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

-Elle

Big Tractors with Casey and Friends

Big Tractors with Casey and Friends

Vehicles have always been a big hit with kids and this new book will be one they enjoy, Casey is a farm girl and through this book she introduces you to all her friends on the farm and what they do on the farm. One of the things I enjoyed about this book is that although Casey and some of her friends are cartoons the pictures of the tractors and farm equiptment are all photographs of actual farm equiptment. Kids that love farms, tractors, and vehicles will absolutely love this book.

I received this book coplimentary from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Called to Be Amish: My Journey from Head Majorette to the Old Order By: Marlene Miller

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What’s it like to be one of the few outsiders to leave the Englisch way of life and join the Old-Order Amish—and stay? In Called to Be Amish, this rare memoir by Marlene C. Miller, she recounts her unhappy and abusive childhood, how she throws herself into cheerleading and marching band, and how she falls in love with Johnny, the gentle young Amish man who helps her lace her ice skates.

My Review:

Growing up close to an Amish community I had some understanding of who the Amish were, but wow has this book shown me how little I actually knew. Marlene Miller’s story is amazing and inspiring, the transition from English to Amish is not an easy one, and not many people make that choice and survive. There is no glitz and glamour to this story, Marlene simply tells her story as it happened and it is beautiful. I am not usually one that reads memoirs, and picked this up in between another book and found myself leaving the other behind in order to finish and was up half the night because Marlene’s story is so captivating and truthful.

Marlene is authentic in her story telling and you will feel like you are sitting across the table from her sharing a cup of tea while learning about her life. I really enjoyed this book and will be recommending it to many of my friends. If you don’t like memoirs, put that aside and give this one a try, it is well worth it.

I received this book complimentary through the Litfuse Blogger program in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

{More about Called to Be Amish}

Called to Be Amish (MennoMedia, February 2015) Fewer than one hundred outsiders have joined the Old–Order Amish—and stayed—since 1950. Marlene C. Miller is one of them. In this rare memoir, Marlene recounts her unhappy and abusive childhood, how she throws herself into cheerleading and marching band, and how she falls in love with Johnny, the gentle young Amish man who helps her lace her ice skates. Against the wishes of both sets of parents, Marlene and Johnny get married and begin a family. Follow the author on this unusual journey to find out how God’s love called her out of bitterness and depression and into the warm embrace of her new Amish community. Accompany her as she dons an Amish dress and prayer covering and gets baptized. Learn how she endures the strain of ten children, a hundred-acre farm, and accidents and tragedy, and find out how she comes close to walking away from it all. Turning Amish has proven to be anything but plain and simple for this former majorette. But nearly fifty years later, Marlene is still living out God’s call as an Old Order Amish woman. Learn more and purchase a copy.

{More About Marlene Miller}

Marlene C. Miller joined the Amish as an adult and has been a member of the Old Order Amish for almost 50 years. She and her husband of 48 years live on a farm in Ohio surrounded by their nine children, more than 40 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Find out more about Marlene at http://www.mennomedia.org.   

The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest By: Melanie Dickerson

The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest By: Melanie Dickerson

It’s safe to say, that if you know anything about me it’s that I love fairy tales and I loved Robin Hood (I’m watching the BBC Robin Hood series as I write this on Netflix, if you haven’t seen it be sure to add it to your list!) Needless to say when Melanie Dickerson released her latest story based on Robin Hood I knew I was going to love it. Not only that but the character of Robin Hood is a girl. (I always love a strong female character who can hold her own!)

In the Huntress of Thornbeck Forest, Odette cannot help but see the need of the poor children in the village, without enough food to live she decides to do what she can, however illegal it is. Odette chooses to take her hunting skills onto the Kings grounds to poach animals at night to give to those in need for food. Odette meets Jorgen who wants to help her care for the poor, however, Jorgen is the margraves forester is on her trail and he will stop at any cost to stop the poacher.

This may be my favorite story from Dickerson yet, I couldn’t put it down. This is one to add to the reading pile (as well as all of her other books!)

-Elle

I received this book complimentary from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

From the Start By: @Melissa_Tagg

Let me take a moment to gush over how much I enjoyed this book! I’ve read all of Tagg’s book and so far this may be my favorite! With each book Tagg has gotten better, she is an author you will want to keep your eye on! From the Start is about former football star Colton Greene and screen-play writer Kate Walker. When a tornado hits Kate’s hometown in Iowa she returns to help out and figure out her next steps. With a career ending injury and no direction Colton’s friend asks him to help out in his hometown for a few months.

Colton and Kate’s story is adorable and full of laughter as they figure out what their next steps are as individuals and help each other to move forward. This is the perfect book to take outside, kick up your feet and not return until the last page. By the time you finish this book you will feel like you personally know these characters and will be ready to move to a little town in Iowa! I cannot wait to see what is next for this author.

-Elle

I received this book complimentary from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost #BehindtheGlow

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I have loved being a member of Influenster! My most recent VoxBox was for this product, the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel!

Neutrogena Hydro Boost water gel is a great product, I will agree with other reviews in saying that if you have very dry skin this may not be the way to go, unless it is in the summer. The winter months are just to harsh on my skin and this product did not last the entire day. That being said I have been using it at night and really like it at that time and a little goes a long way. I like that it is water based and at night still leaves my face feeling fresh.

I received this product commplimentary from Influenster in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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