AHA by Kyle Idleman

AHA by Kyle Idleman Book Review


AHA: The God Moment That Changes Everything by Kyle Idleman is a book that takes the (what can sometimes seem) overly familiar parable of the Prodigal Son and shows through multiple real-life examples just how modern and relevant this tale is today—for “sinners and saints” alike! The title stands for Awakening Honesty and Action – and goes through how important each step is for a change to be long lasting and true. One step while not paired with the other two is common but makes it so that real change never happens.

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Unstoppable – Kirk Cameron

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It’s the million dollar question–why would a loving, kind God allow horrible things to happen–especially  to people who love and serve Him? Inspired by the death of Cameron’s close friend who succumbed to cancer at the age of 15, Kirk Cameron takes viewers on an inspiring and hope-filled visual journey to better understand the biggest doubt-raising question in faith: “Where is God in the midst of tragedy and suffering?”

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Books of 2013

If you pay attention around here it’s no surprise that I’m an avid reader! However I’ve never really kept track of how many books I read, other than when I was little and needed to for those summer reading programs to earn prizes, haha! This year I thought it might be fun to so I put together a little Facebook friend group so we could all compare our reads throughout the year. It was a lot of fun seeing how many books I read this year. If you’re on Goodreads feel free to add me on there as well! Enjoy my list!

  1. But the Greatest of These Is Love by Debbie Barrow Michael
  2. Where Yesterday Lives – Karen Kingsbury
  3. When Joy Came to Stay – Karen Kingsbury
  4. On Every Side- Karen Kingsbury
  5. The Gospel Centered Woman – Wendy Alsup
  6. Next Door Savior- Max Lucado
  7. Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work – Chip Heath & Dan Heath
  8. For Women Only – Shaunti Feldhahn
  9. Dinner with the Smileys –Sarah Smiley
  10. Redeeming Love – Francine Rivers
  11. FirstHand – Ryan & Josh Shook
  12. The Five People You Meet in Heaven – by Mitch Albom
  13. Whispers of the Bayou – Mindy Starns Clark
  14. Jennifer – Dee Henderson
  15. Sidetracked – Francesca Gino
  16. Before I Wake – Dee Henderson
  17. Safe Haven – Nicholas Sparks
  18. Madman – Tracy Groot
  19. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen (re-read)
  20. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  21. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
  22. The Meeting Place – Janette Oke & T. Davis Bunn
  23. Return to Me by Lynn Austin
  24. The Sacred Shore by Janette Oke & T. David Bunn
  25. Star of Babylon– Bethany Wallace
  26. The Birthright by Janette Oake & T. Davis Bunn
  27. A Christmas Carol– Charles Dickens


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Gift for the Photog in Your Life – Capturing Every Day Life by Jane Goodrich

Christmas Gift Guide Gift Ideas For the Person Who Already Owns Everything

Although I took a photography class in college, it was ages ago, and the class was for SLR Cameras–yep, film! Recently, however, I got a dream of mine granted that I’ve had ever since taking that class!

Gift for the Photog in Your Life – Capturing Every Day Life by Jane Goodrich


I’m now the proud owner of a Nikon D3200 Digital SLR! Hopefully you’ve been enjoying my better picture quality on here over the past few months!

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A Gift For the Music Lover – Hawk Nelson Made

Christmas Gift Guide Gift Ideas For the Music Lover

Still working on wrapping up your Christmas shopping? You in luck because over the next several days I’ll be giving you some great ideas to make sure your gifts will be amazing ones as I wrap up my Christmas Gift Guide for this year!

Hawk Nelson Made
Legalese Nonsense: Being a long time Hawk Nelson fan how cold I not say yes when offered the chance to review their latest album?! all skeptical hubbies and lyric loving opinions are, as always, my own!

Today for the Music Lover on your list I’m recommending the newest CD from Hawk Nelson, Made.

When I first got this cd in hubby took one look at the cover and said, “Oh–so they’re all hipster main stream now, are they?” And yes, I admit at first glance, and even at first listen, Hawk Nelson seems to have taken the turn that many of their counterparts have in turning away from their original hard edge rock-punk vibe and falling into the trend of high selling, crowd pleasing, punk pop, worship music  vibes.

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The Sound of Music — Live Tonight!!!

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Legalese Disclosure Nonsense: I was already planning and excited about watching this with my family, so when I got the chance to watch, be given snacks to eat, and get a little something to tell you all about it? Brown paper packages tied up with strings! 😉

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Who of my generation didn’t grow up in love with the Sound of Music? (crazy people–that’s who!!!) I remember watching The Sound of Music regularly from the time I was itty bitty–and I had just been thinking recently that it was time to introduce it to Amber and Tyler–they love singing as much as I do (as yes, as enthusiastically off-key as I do too, hahaha!)

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Beating Stress the #Motherfunny way with NickMom

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Beating Stress the #Motherfunny way with NickMom from Nickelodeon #cbias

So, October has just been one of those months. As you know I was super, duper sick for the end of September and most of October and because of that ended up having over 3 weeks where I was “in quarantine”; and with my Mom-in-Law away and hubby so busy with school the most adult interaction I got was a brief hello in the school pick up line.

Then if you like me on Facebook you’ll know that Amber ended up in the ER last weekend in the middle of Friday night. She’s fine now but staying up till 4 a.m. and then having her off of school for part of the week recovering meant I had to drop everything for a bit and just take care of her.

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Return to Me by Lynn Austin

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Return to Me by Lynn Austin

I’m not sure how an avid reader like me somehow missed the memo–but until recently I was unaware that there was actually a wide variety of Biblical Fiction to choose from! I’ve always loved Biblical fiction and really enjoyed stories like Ben Hur and The Bronze Bow, and even wrote a short biblical fiction story of my own for young authors when I was in elementary school!

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Preschool Book – Bumper Wipe Clean Activities

Preschool Book Bumper Wipe Clean Activities
I can’t say no to anything that = educational + Bible! So I happily signed up to review this great wipe clean book. All adorable kiddos, squiggly lines, and extra markers are my own.

As I’ve mentioned before my favorite kind of preschool activity books are the write-on, wipe-off kind! Not only is it much easier for kids to be able to master things when they’re able to repeat them, these books, when made well, are perfect for passing along to siblings!

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