Open When....| Letters to Lift Your Spirits

*Disclaimer*
I received a copy of this book free to review. I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.

Happiness expert Karen Salmansohn presents a unique interactive book that invites readers to literally open letters of encouragement, wit, and wisdom whenever they need a boost.




Inspired by the trend of "open when" letters sweeping the nation, Instant Happy author Karen Salmansohn has created a bound collection of 12 notes for readers to flip open whenever they need a pep talk. With categories like "Open when you need a laugh," "Open when you're feeling stressed out," and "Open when you need courage," these little happiness-boosters are based on Salmansohn's viral posters that combine witty sayings with colorful graphics.

*My Review*
This is such a beautiful book. It has been my little ray of sunshine on days that I have felt down. It's great because it can fit in your purse for on the go inspiration.

Why I "Fired" Our Last Realtor & Found A New One


We have been trying to purchase our first home since we moved back to Texas in 2013. For different reasons, it never worked out, but I've always assumed it was just God saying it wasn't our time and that He knows the perfect house for us and we will get it...in HIS timing, not ours.

Because we've been going through this for nearly 5 years, we've had a few different realtors...some were great, others....not so great.

Recently I contacted a realtor on zillow to ask about a certain house that was for rent, but we ended up talking on the phone for quite a bit the first few times & we loved her. I did tell her that if I didn't hang up on her within the first few mins of talking, then I liked her and thought we could work well together. We met with her right away to go over what we were looking for in a house(big kitchen, master down etc).

Things were great for a few weeks, but then I felt as if she was trying to push us into homes that didn't meet our "wants", or they were houses that were our way out of our price range or too old.
I finally reached my breaking point with this realtor & sent her an email politely saying that we felt as if we were being pushed to purchase a home at that moment and we knew we weren't ready just yet, and that we were being shown homes that we didn't like and that didn't match our search criteria/out of our price range. At the end of the email, I said "It is with a heavy heart that I say this, but we no longer need your services. Thank you for the help you did give, I'm sorry it didn't work."

I received THREE emails from her & they were NOT nice & confirmed that my decision to find someone else was for the best. I did complain to the company she works with & received a call from one of the higher-ups of the company apologizing and saying that if we still wanted to use their company they would be more than happy to get us another realtor.

Of course, I said "yes", & asked if they had someone who was a Veteran, and the person told me that the guy they had in mind is a police officer. He called me the same day & we had a nice chat and met a few days later. My husband and I both like the new realtor! He has been so helpful and isn't making us feeling pressured one bit.

SO, I say all of the above to say this...IF you find yourself in a situation like ours, do not feel bad about "firing" your realtor and finding someone else.



The Woman's Study Bible poignantly reveals the Word of God to women, inviting them to receive God's truth for balance, hope, and transformation.




*Disclaimer*I received a copy of this book free to review. I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.
Special features designed to speak to a woman's heart appear throughout the Bible text, revealing Scripture-based insights about how godly womanhood grows from a woman's identity as a Christ-follower and a child of the Kingdom.
Now with a beautiful full-color redesign, 
The Woman's Study Bible reflects the contributions of over 80 women from a wide variety of ethnic, denominational, educational, and occupational backgrounds. Since the publication of the first edition of The Woman's Study Bible under the editorial guidance of Dorothy Kelley Patterson and Rhonda Harrington Kelley, this landmark study Bible has sold over 1.5 million copies.
Features Include:
-Beautiful full-color design throughout
-Detailed biographical portraits of over 100 biblical women
-Thousands of extensive verse-by-verse study notes
-Over 300 in-text topical articles on relevant issues
-Insightful essays by women who are recognized experts in the fields of theology, biblical studies, archaeology, and philosophy
-Book introductions and outlines
-Hundreds of full-color in-text maps, charts, timelines, and family trees
-Quotes from godly women throughout history
-Set of full-page maps of the biblical world
-Topical index
-Concordance


*My Review*
I have been in the market for a new Bible for quite some time now. I have my mom's leather cover Bible that is about 20 yrs old & has dollar tree temp tattoo(which have been on there for about 20 yrs). After my mom died I was almost scared to use her Bible because I didn't want to move all of the paper notes she had placed in certain spots, drawings my oldest daughter made her for that she placed in there, and other things like that. I guess I didn't want to move anything because she was the last one to place things in there.

When I received the email to review the NKJV "Woman's Study Bible", I signed up ASAP. I chose the imitation leather covered Bible. When it arrived I was in awe at how gorgeous it in(both inside and out). I love everything about this Bible, but I especially love that it's geared for women. 



It addresses issues we as women face, has little quotes throughout the Bible. I love that there is a page with the history of each book noting the Title, Author, Date as well as the background(Setting, purpose, Audience & Literary characteristics), the theme & an outline.






This is my new favorite Bible. I've paired it with a devotional that I have. If you or a special lady in your life is needing a new Bible, I would suggest you check this Bible out! It comes in GORGEOUS imitation leather, hardcover & cloth over board
 
Learn more and purchase a copy.
About the publisher:
In business since 1798, Thomas Nelson is one of the oldest Bible publishers in the world and the largest publisher of the King James Version. Their mission is to inspire the world by using our talents, assets, opportunities, and influence to engage and equip people with Scripture and draw people to a deeper study and understanding of God's Word.

Find out more about Thomas at https://www.thomasnelsonbibles.com.

For many people, remaining optimistic and feeling positive about themselves and their lives is a constant battle - especially when circumstances are difficult and life is hard.

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I received a copy of this book free to review. I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.
For others, negativity is something that only sneaks up from time to time, yet still, wreaks havoc in their hearts. Regardless of the root causes, once pessimistic thoughts permeate our minds, our feelings and emotions begin to control us instead of us controlling them. Eventually, it doesn't seem possible to stay positive, happy, and full of joy, and negative thought patterns shake our faith, causing us to sink emotionally, mentally, and spiritually over time. But it doesn't have to be that way. Despite what storms roll in, hearts anchored in God don't sink. When we change the way we think, we can change the way we feel and live, even if our circumstances remain the same. Intentionally embracing the opportunity to experience a transformed heart and a renewed mind opens the door for a changed life because a positive mind will always lead to a more positive life.
In 
Unsinkable Faith, author, and Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker Tracie Miles offers hope for women who struggle with negativity. Each chapter explores Tracie's and other women's personal stories, showing how they rose above their circumstances by transforming and renewing their minds. 
Unsinkable Faith is a breath of fresh air for anyone longing for a heart full of joy, an unbreakable smile, and a new, more optimistic perspective on life. This book will equip you to:
-Replace pessimism with positive thinking by becoming the captain of your thoughts;
-Learn how true joy and happiness are based on choice, not circumstances;
-Overcome unhealthy habits of negative thinking by intentionally implementing three easy mind-renewing steps;
-Stop feeling hopeless and pitiful, and start feeling hope-filled and powerful instead; and
-Discover that when you change the way you think, you change the way feel, and in turn, you can change your life completely.

*My Review*
"Unsinkable Faith" by Tracie Miles is a very useful book on how to change your negative thoughts into positive ones with help from the Lord. This book is chock-full of great information about the effects negative thoughts can have on us. Tracie gives us examples from her own life about how negative thoughts affected her.

In the book, we are given the tools we need to help change our ways of thinking.



About the author:
Tracie Miles is a national speaker with Proverbs 31 Ministries and a bestselling author who's spent the last twelve years inspiring women to become who God called them to be. She's the author of "Your Life Still Counts" and "Stressed-Less Living," and a contributor to Proverbs 31 Ministries daily devotions.
Find out more about Tracie at http://traciemiles.com.
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Is there a more frightening question for a graduating high school senior than "What will you do with your life?

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I received a copy of this book free to review. I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.

In college, whether they realize it or not, students will answer that question every day with each decision. All of the new friends and new experiences of higher education will shape their future. It's critical that students know how to handle college before they're in the thick of it.
Jonathan Morrow tackles the tough questions that arise during these formative years, including:
-How do you grow spiritually?
-How do you manage your time to both study well and have fun?
-Is all truth relative?
-Are there good reasons to be a Christian?
-As a Christian, how should you view issues like dating and sex?
Each chapter of this new edition has been updated, and the author has included a new chapter on Christianity, homosexuality, and the Bible. Grounded in both his own extensive experience and biblical truth, Morrow's book is full of quick, easy-to-read chapters and excellent advice.




*My Review*
While I don't have a high school senior at the moment. I will have a 9th grader come the new school year, so I am preparing her for college..whether she chooses to do an online course, community college, or moves away for college. 


I believe it is important to prepare our children for the challenges they will face once in college. 
"Welcome to College" by Jonathan Morrow is perfect for soon to be college students and even non-college students. This book shows you how to juggle life, schedules, & decision making.

I would suggest this book to parents(or grandparents) of teens who will be off to college soon!

About the author:
Jonathan Morrow(DMin, MDiv) is the author of several books including "Questioning the Bible" and he speaks nationally on biblical worldview, apologetics, and culture. He is adjunct professor of apologetics at Biola University and director of cultural engagement at Impact 360 Institute where he teaches high school and college students. Jonathan is passionate about seeing a new generation build a lasting faith.
Find out more about Jonathan at http://www.jonathanmorrow.org.
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'The NKJV Woman's Study Bible' Grow in the Word Giveaway


You're invited to receive God's truth for balance, hope, and transformation in the fully revised and redesigned The NKJV Woman's Study Bible.

The new edition features a beautiful, full-color redesign and poignantly reveals the Word of God with Scripture insights and the contributions of more than eighty women from a wide variety of ethnic, denominational, educational, and occupational backgrounds. Special features designed to speak to a woman's heart appear throughout the Bible text, revealing Scripture-based insights about how godly womanhood grows from a woman's identity as a Christ-follower and a child of the Kingdom.

This spring, cultivate your heart's spiritual roots and enter to win the Grow in the Word Giveaway!


One grand prize winner will receive:
Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on April 27. The winner will be announced April 28 on the Litfuse blog.



Tracie Miles' 'Unsinkable Faith' Prize Pack Giveaway


Have negative thought patterns overtaken your life and shaken your faith? Learn how to anchor your heart in God despite what storms roll in in Tracie Miles' new book, Unsinkable Faith.

Each chapter explores Tracie's and other women's personal stories, showing how they rose above their circumstances by transforming and renewing their minds. Unsinkable Faith is a breath of fresh air for anyone longing for a heart full of joy, an unbreakable smile, and a new, more optimistic perspective on life.

Join Tracie and other readers on April 25th for a fun Facebook Live event and the Anchored in Faith Prize Pack Giveaway (details below)!


One grand prize winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 25. The winner will be announced at the Unsinkable Faith Facebook Live event. RSVP for a chance to connect with Tracie and others searching for unsinkable faith, as well as for a chance to win other prizes!

RSVP today and spread the word-tell your friends about the giveaway via social media and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 25th!