Friday, May 27, 2011

Daddy Dates

I think Greg Wright may have stolen this idea from my dad! Not really, I think that God speaks to godly men when they truly seek Him. I wanted to read this book specifically because my father "dated" my sister and me. It is a concept that my parents came up with when we were kids and honestly, it works! My sister and I both have high expectations of what a future spouse should be. Hers are so high, she never plans on marrying, but don't blame that on the dates.

I remember people looking at me strangely when I would tell them about "dating" my dad, because our world doesn't understand the concept of dating to connect with a person on a deeper level, but rather our world sees dating as a means to an end. (While I'm talking about this, if you aren't "dating" your spouse, you need to commit to doing that too!) This book is filled with ways to understand and communicate with your daughter. Wright is humorous and heartfelt in his accounts of his experiences. It is an easy read that will help not only fathers better communicate, but is a great read for moms too.

Oh, and if you are a single guy looking for dating tips....pick up this book too! Follow his 2 rules of dating, no dinner and no movie...come up with something original that she would like to do that doesn't involve staring at something other than her and you will do well with women!

I received this book FREE via Booksneeze for the purpose of this review, and no other monetary compensation was received.  All opinions are 100% mine. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Money Secrets of the Amish

When I asked for this book, I was thinking it might tell me to go off the power grid and start canning my own food that I grow. Well, since I'm a blogger and manage a web-based business, going off the grid was out and my small garden doesn't provide enough to survive on all year.

But that wasn't what this book was about at all! Money Secrets of the Amish is practical advice for the everyday "Englisher" (anyone not Amish). Use it up! Wear it out! Make do! Or Do without! De-spoil the kids! Don't Eat the Marshmallow! Shopping second-hand! Things we all know, but need to relearn and put into practice more often.

My favorite idea is in the chapter on Rethinking Gifts. The author, while not willing to go completely Amish in gift-giving, implements the principal of the three wise men: "We each get something we want, something we need and a surprise!" What a great way to curb the gimme's during the holiday!

Some books, I read once and then pass along, but Money Secrets of the Amish is one book that will be used as a reference in the future!

I received this book FREE via Booksneeze for the purpose of this review, and no other monetary compensation was received.  All opinions are 100% mine. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

God's Promises for the American Patriot

For months now, I have been listening to the news talking about all of the conflict in America. We have political conflict, racial conflict and class warfare. We have arguments about the direction of our country. We have large group of people who fear the financial future of our government. On the other side stands a group of people who seek to have the government level the playing field for all people, sometimes at the expense of those who have worked hard to get ahead. 

Then I heard a commentator say that the conflicts we now face are not the worst conflicts of our American history. The Civil War was. Then God led me to this quote from Abraham Lincoln in God's Promises for the American Patriot:

 "We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!
It behooves us then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness."

It is so true! If you have someone who loves America and is looking for quick daily devotional, this is a great gift! When I am done with it, I plan on sending it to a soldier with a thank you note for their service. What have you done for your country lately? 

I received this book FREE via Booksneeze for the purpose of this review, and no other monetary compensation was received.  All opinions are 100% mine. 

Sunday, May 1, 2011

May Budget Challenge!

Do you ever feel that your budget is out of control? I know I do. Even though we are saving money and not using the credit card. I still feel like we could be doing more. So, this month I am challenging myself to write it down! I want to know where the money is going this month.

So, is any one willing to do it with me? Anyone up for a budget challenge? What if there were a prize at the end of the month? I'm not going to say what the prize is yet, but I will come up with one if someone join me!

Secret Words

Want to get your little one excited about reading? Try secret words. Create a note, flashcards or sentence with white crayons on white paper. Then have your child revel the message with ink made of food coloring or water color paint. With Easter right around the corner, why not write words on your eggs before dying them?