Sunday, April 26, 2015

The NKJV Study Bible ~ Full Color Edition and A Giveaway


I love getting a new Bible. There is something about opening it up for the first time and finding some extra little somethings in it. Each Bible I own is special and reflects where I was during different stages of my life. They are all special to me in unique ways.


One thing I love to do is study biblical history in context with world history. Personally I think world history should include biblical history! I also love to study the ancient cultures talked about in the Bible from the Israelites to the Hittites, the Babylonians to the Romans. Understanding the different cultures helps you understand why people did what they did and reacted the way they did. It gives you an understanding of the whole Word of God and is fascinating!


Thomas Nelson has put out a full color edition of the New King James Study Bible and I am enjoying it immensely! All the way through the whole Bible are things to help you understand the people and the history of the time period of each book. You can learn about the traditions and ceremonies they took part in. It has been engrossing to me. It's been hard to put down.


Each book has a wonderful opening to it like the one above. It explains where it takes place in history, things about the people and who wrote it, as well as an outline of the book. It has been amazing to read all the information included with each of the books of the Bible.

The table of contents is the following:
Forward
Editors and Contributors
Special Abbreviations
Preface to the New king James Version
How To Understand What the Bible Means by What It Says
Books of the Old and New Testament
List of Articles
List of Bible Times and Culture Notes
List of Charts and Diagrams
List on In-Text Maps
List of Word Studies
The Old Testament
The New Testament
Harmony of the Gospels
Table of Monies, Weights, and Measures
Teachings and Illustrations of Christ
Prophecies of Jesus Christ
The Miracles of Jesus Christ
Prayers of the Bible
Subject Index to Annotations and Features
Concordance
Map Index
Maps

WOW! That really covers a lot. There is so much information in this study Bible that it would keep any one of us busy for a long time. Studying God's Word is wonderful and when you can understand it even more with the information included here, it really helps it to sink in. It becomes much more than those people in a far off time. They become very real and very much like you.


I can say this is one of the nicest study Bibles I have seen. The concordance is quite large and the maps included are nicely detailed. All of the historical information included and the articles are wonderful bonuses and just enhance things the whole time you are studying.


I can highly recommend this to you and I know it would make a great gift for anyone in your family old enough to really get into the Word and study!

You can purchase your own NKJV Study Bible Full Color Edition HERE!

Family Christian Stores has been very generous and offered to give one of my readers their own copy of the NKJV Study Bible. Yay!! Just use the Rafflecopter below to enter!

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Book Two Of The Journey of the Heart Book Series By Colleen Coble ~ A Lovely, Short Book!

A Heart's Obsession 2

The second book of the Journey of the Heart series by Colleen Coble is out and it is as good as the first. It picks up where the first one left off with Sarah and her having to make some serious decisions, and it keeps you going throughout the whole short book, or better, novella. I really enjoy the way that Colleen can describe things with such vivid detail that you feel like you are right there with everyone.

I love that this, and all the books of the series, are short. You can sit down in one short afternoon and read the whole thing. It keeps you interested and caring about the characters, especially Sarah, the whole way through. I really enjoyed it and can hardly wait for the third installment!

About the Book:
Will Sarah’s journey west lead her back into the arms of the one man she can trust? When her father succumbs to a long illness, Sarah Montgomery is freed from duty to family. At last she can be with the love of her life, Rand Campbell, who has gone out west to Fort Laramie, Wyoming. Sarah and her younger brother Joel make the arduous journey filled with hope. But at Fort Laramie, the reception Sarah meets isn't what she had hoped for. Her friend Amelia is thrilled to have her, but Rand seems to be in the clutches of Jessica DuBois, the scheming daughter of the post commander. Sarah resolves to remain at Fort Laramie and try to win Rand back. But things will get tougher before they get easier . . . especially when her ex-fiancĂ© Ben Croftner arrives in Wyoming, obsessed with having her back in his arms.

Learn more and purchase a copy at the Thomas Nelson website. 

About the Author:
USA Today bestselling author Colleen Coble has written several romantic suspense novels including “Tidewater Inn,” “Rosemary Cottage,” and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series. She has sold over 2 million novels worldwide. Seagrass Pier, the third installment in her acclaimed Hope Beach series, marks a new highpoint for emotion and complexity in Coble's addictive brand of romantic suspense.

Find out more about Colleen at http://www.colleencoble.com/.

We received samples of the products for the purpose of review. No other compensation was given. All opinions expressed here are those of the author.

Thyroid Rite Has Been Helping Me Get Back On Track



For several years now I have been struggling with a thyroid condition and believe me, it is not fun. First it is very hard to diagnose and second, it is very hard to treat. What might work for one person, may not work for me and vice versa.

I have been trying natural supplements to help me deal with the symptoms and to help me get to feeling more like me, but finding the right one has been tough.


One I have recently been using is 100Naturals Thyroid Rite. Before I tell you how it has been doing for me here is what you should know specifically about it.

(a) Best Value for the Highest Strength Thyroid Supplement: This product is the highest strength natural thyroid booster available on the market. 120 caps in one bottle, twice as much as other brands. (b) Best Formula: this product contains 14 handpicked natural vitamins, herbal extracts, and minerals. This product not only supports healthy thyroid function, but also supports general well-being.
(c) Natural and Safe: Contains powerful natural extract Kelp, Schizandra , Ashwagandha Root , Bladderwrack , Cayenne Pepper to support optimal metabolism, energy and mood.
(d) Contains Five Essential Minerals: Magnesium, Zinc, Selenium, Copper, Manganese and Molybdenum.
(e) Proudly make in USA by an FDA registered cGMP certified facility with 100% natural ingredients.


I have been using this as directed (one pill in the AM and one in the early PM). I like only having to take two pills a day. So many herbal/natural supplements you have to take handfuls at a time. I won't say there has been huge improvements, but I will say that I feel better. I have more energy, I am sleeping better and my hands and feet are not as cold as they get most of the time. They are still cold, but not as cold!

It took me about 2 weeks to really start seeing a difference. The one thing I have noticed more than the energy is my concentration. I often have had trouble keeping focused on what I was doing  and paired with the lack of energy, it could get bad. Since taking the Thyroid Rite I have been able to stay on track more regularly and I feel like I am accomplishing more each day.

I'm by no means a doctor, so I can't say this is what anyone with a thyroid condition should take. I am saying for me it is working and I plan on continuing with it. If in doubt contact your doctor before taking this or any supplement!

You can purchase your own 100Naturals Thyroid Rite HERE!

We received samples of the products for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed here are those of the author.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Buried Secrets Reviewed By Rick and A Giveaway!


I reluctantly agreed to review this book as a favor to my wife. While I enjoy mystery and suspense, the reluctance came from the fact that this is a romantic suspense novel by a prolific author in that genre, which is usually aiming for a female reader. Still, if a Baptist can enjoy William X. Kienzle's Father Koesler mysteries and Harry Kemelman's Rabbi Small mysteries, which explore Catholic and Jewish doctrine and tradition while serving up tense, thrilling mysteries, I figured I could survive this book.

I enjoyed the experience.

While I cannot give an informed opinion on the romantic elements of Buried Secrets, the many awards and honors received by Irene Hannon during her thirty year writing career [producing nearly four dozen romantic novels] make me think she has mastered this aspect of her craft.

The suspense aspect of the book is superb. The “villain” of the tale is not a mystery, the motive for crimes past and present is plain. This is not a “whodunit.” The tension is in how far someone will go to keep a crime hidden as meticulous police work slowly unravels a decades-old mystery. The suspense is not in who did the crime, but in what will be done next.

Fans of strong female characters will be pleased with both the protagonist and antagonist.

Fans of romance will be fascinated by the growing attraction between two professional law enforcement officials who sought out Missouri to live more peaceful lives, only to find more than one brand of excitement when they work together to find a clever and calculating killer.

Frankly, I'd still prefer to have my crime stories interlaced with discussions of theology. But if budding romance is more to your liking, be sure to read Buried Secrets.

By the way, this is the first in Hannon's new “Men of Valor” series. While the books in each of her series can be read individually, a character introduced in this novel is featured in the second book, to be released next year. And if my wife thinks I should review that one, I won't be reluctant to agree.

You can purchase a copy of the book, Buried Secret HERE!

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Kisspat Makes Coloring Your Hair Interesting



One of the newest trends for hair is chalks. It's a fun way to give yourself (or a friend) some fantastic bright colors in your hair without dying it.


Kisspat has a nice set of the 6 most popular colors to use in your hair. It was an interesting experience for me to try out since I don't do a whole lot with my hair. But I plan on sharing it with a few young ladies I know who will love it! When you purchase them be aware, they are chalk and chalk can break easily. Don't drop it! UGH! And I am not sure if the chalk was broken in transit or after I got it since it is sealed in plastic when it arrives!

Using these Pastel Chalks to chalk hair is easy, although much easier if you have help!
1. Get your hair damped where you would like to apply the colors.
2. Rub on the pastel on the damp section of hair.
3. Straighten or curl your hair after finished Rubbing.
4. You can also do this with dry hair, just wet the pastel and rub onto your hair.

I do have a few concerns about using it. It really gets all over your hands while you are applying it. I wish there was something to hold the chalk with or if it was in a tube. I also noticed that if you are not careful it will get on your clothes. It washes out fine, but could be problematic! I would also suggest that any hair tools you use after or during the time you chalk the hair you wash or wipe down well when you are done. There will be chalk in them! Plus your hair feels dry and gritty, almost brittle. I don't enjoy that feeling at all.


But it does leave a nice color on your hair. It will take a little while to really build up a deep color if that is what you want and I would be concerned about the dryness to your hair. But a light effect is fairly easy to do. I had a little trouble getting a picture of my own hair, but hopefully you will see where the difference is from the brown hair and the orange chalk. I just don't think this is for me at all!

You can purchase your own Kisspat Hair Chalk HERE!

We received samples of the products for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed here are those of the author.

Great Shower Head and Hose At A Great Price



I love having a hand held shower head. It comes in hand so often. I also like having one that I can install by myself!

Epica's Hand Held Shower Head is perfect for this. When I got it I was surprised at how easy it was going to be to install. Me and plumbing have never really gotten along. But the instructions with the kit were simple, easy to understand and follow.


Installing the shower head should not take anyone more than 10 minutes. In fact, it should probably take less. It is so simple to remove the old shower head and have the new one up. And no leaks for us! Nice!!


I love the long hose that comes with it. It is much longer than other ones we have had in the past. It's 80" and is made so it does not kink up. So far it never has! I also like that the shower head itself is light weight. We had one once that seemed so heavy and when using it to wash the dog my arms got tired. This one with the hose is much lighter and will be so much nicer to use for dog washing!


The shower head has 3 settings, which make it nice to do different things. All of them have plenty of pressure and the forceful one is perfect for getting our dog's hair rinsed well and really cleaning off things that are dirty that you might wash in your tub (Spring Cleaning!!).

This is a great shower head and hose for an awesome price. Very reasonable and super easy to use!


We received samples of the products for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed here are those of the author.

Friday, April 24, 2015

God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea ~ Such A Good Read



Sometimes I like to read a nice devotional book as a part of all the reading I do. I also like to have them available for women's group meetings too. Rose Chandler Johnson wrote God, Me, and Sweet Tea and it is a nice devotional book for both those reasons.

Each of the devotionals is short but they are full of impact and insight. Rose has a way of touching the reader like she is a personal friend and they are just sharing conversation and encouragement with each other. I love how she ends each devotion with a prayer to really keep you focused on the main point of the devotional. Rose is very open in her sharing of personal stories and how he life was impacted by specific things.

This is a wonderful book of short devotions that can be expanded with Bible reading and some journaling! I can confidently recommend this to you.

About the book:
God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, July 2013) In the South, nothing is more refreshing than a glass of sweet iced tea. Nothing, that is, except experiencing God in those small, everyday moments. God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea is a deeply personal collection of spiritual treasures designed to help readers experience new mercies each morning. Seasoned with insight and grace, this tender devotional points to the divine presence of God in everyday moments. God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea will help readers develop a daily habit of turning to God in those quiet moments of reflection.

Purchase a copy: http://amzn.to/1Do6Hzd

About the author:
Rose Chandler Johnson's devotions, poems, and articles have appeared in numerous Christian publications. She enjoys writing for her popular blog, Write Moments with God, and engaging with her readers. Rose is from a tiny Georgia town, and has lived near Augusta, Georgia, for the last twenty-eight years. For the last twenty years, Rose has been a French and English teacher. She's also worked as a counselor, librarian, and ESOL teacher. Rose enjoys baking, gardening, and spending time with her six children and their families.

Find Rose online: website

We received samples of the products for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed here are those of the author