Book Review : The Very Best, Hands-on, Kinda Dangerous Family Devotions

Whew. What a title! If that title does not grab your attention, I don’t know what will!!

This book is perfect for a family with kids middle-school age and up! A great tool to help engage your children and get them excited about learning more about Jesus! This book helps mom and dad make family devotions a more regular part of weekly life. There is normally some prep required that is clearly laid out. The first section lists all the items you will need, then a paragraph summarizing the prep required.

This awesome book contains 52 different activities for each week in a year. Another great way to use this book might be to draw teenagers in and have them help plan and execute there devotions for younger siblings!

This book would be great for a youth group as well! There is an application section and summary, after each devotion!

I loved the idea of this book and I know it will be an awesome tool for many families!!

NOTE: I received a copy of The Very Best, Hands-on, Kinda Dangerous Family Devotions, in exchange for an honest review.

More About the book:

The remedy to ho-hum, not-again, “Do we have to?” family devotions

Regular family devotions are important. Unfortunately, they’re often . . . boring. But what if devotions looked less like sitting still and listening to someone read and more like, say, electrocuting a pickle? Or converting a leaf blower into a toilet paper launcher? Or lighting toothpaste on fire?

These hands-on, kinda dangerous, totally unforgettable object lessons (along with nearly fifty others) are not only more fun than other family devotions–they actually deliver the spiritual impact you desire for your kids. So put away the flannelgraph, get out the safety goggles, and start bringing the truths of Scripture to vivid life in your household. Just remember to change out of your Sunday clothes first.

About the Author Tim Shoemaker:

Tim Shoemaker is the author of fourteen books. He has worked as a volunteer with youth at his local church for over twenty-five years and speaks to thousands of students at public schools. He’s a popular workshop speaker for Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Conference, Moody Pastors’ Conference, Focus on the Family, and GREAT Homeschool Conventions.

Book Review : Secrets of Closing the Sale

I am no sales person. Honestly, I hate to “sell” anything or even ask for anything. Yet, in my years of growing wiser I realize that we are all selling something. Maybe we do not realize what we are selling, but most of us are selling something.

Zig Ziglar was the expert in the art of teaching others how to reach their full potential and one area was sales. This book was written a long time ago. Before social media, before cel phones, before the sales world existed that exists today. Yet, this book is so very relevant. Why?

It is not about the method you use to sell something, like a newspaper ad, or facebook post – it is about the core motivation you have and the relationship that you build with your customer, no matter what era you are selling in.

Kevin Harrington wrote the intro to the updated & revised version, and I absolutely loved what he wrote. As a shark on Shark Tank, this man is not just giving advice, he is telling you how he did it. How he bought and sold more companies that he can list and how to worked his way to being who he is today. Kevin worked closely with Mr. Ziglar and speaks intimately about him.

I found great insight into sales and customer building in this book and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Despite where you are today, and whether you think you are selling anything, this book is a great read for everyone. It will cause you to look at how you interact with people on many levels as well as who you trust and who you buy from.

NOTE: I was offered a copy of Secrets for Closing the Sale in exchange for an honest review.


Zig shares tips and techniques from his vast wealth of sales experience. 

His insights will prove to you over and over why this is the definitive “how to” sales program.

This powerful series of timeless sales messages will help you close more sales today as you build a career for tomorrow!

This revised edition features powerful insights, and contributions from one of this generation’s most successful businessmen, and student of Zig Ziglar, Kevin Harrington.  

He puts a modern twist on Zig’s timeless teachings and offers a fresh perspective on applying Zig’s way of selling to the modern day. 

Whether you’re a seasoned sales veteran or just beginning your first sales position, Secrets of Closing the Sale will provide you with practical advice and effective questioning techniques to transform prospects into clients.

Learn step by step over 100 specific closes and over 700 questions that lead the prospect to the decision table.

36 Powerful Sales Messages on 400 solidly-packed pages:

Part 1: The Psychology of Closing

  • The “Household Executive” Saleslady
  • Making “King” Customer the Winner
  • Credibility: The Key to a Sales Career
  • Common Sense Selling
  • Voice Training to Close Sales
  • The Professional Sells and Delivers

Part 2: The Heart of Your Sales CareerBook

  • The Critical Step in Selling
  • The Big “E” in Selling
  • The Right Mental Attitude
  • Your Attitude Toward You
  • Your Attitude Toward Others
  • Your Attitude Toward the Sales Profession
  • Building “Reserves” in Selling
  • Building a Mental Reserve in Selling
  • Ya Gotta Have Love

Part 3: The Sales Professional

  • Learning and Using Professional Techniques
  • Characteristics of the Professional Salesperson
  • Here is a Professional
  • Everybody is a Salesperson, and Everything is Selling

Part 4: Imagination and Word Pictures

  • Imagination in Selling
  • Imagination Sells and Closes Sales
  • Using Word Pictures to Sell
  • Picture Selling for Bigger, Permanent Sales
  • Part 5: The Nuts and Bolts of Selling
  • Objections-the Key to Closing the Sale
  • Objections Are Consistent-Objectors Aren’t
  • The Salesman’s Friend
  • Using Objections to Close the Sale
  • Reasons and Excuses for Buying
  • Using Questions to Close the Sale
  • For Direct Sales People

Part 6: The Keys in Closing

Four Ideas and a Key to Sales Success

Selling and Courting Run Parallel Paths

The “Look and Listen” Close

Listen-Really Listen

The Keys in Closing-Conclusion

The “Narrative” Close

Book Review : Britfield & The Lost Crown

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Honestly, I can fall in love with a great young adult fiction book, or even a great children’s book! I simply love books!!

Britfield & The Lost Crown is a book that I fell in love with from the start! This is a very fast paced novel with many twist and turns and you really never know what will happen next!

The characters are amazing! I loved meeting Tom and Sarah and joining their adventures as they broke out of a terrible children’s home. Right before getting out they learn that Tom’s parents might be alive and so both children are desperate to find the truth! Along the way several charming people help the children and fall in love with them as well.

There is a historical element that was a lot of fun, also.

The description of the countryside and city as the children make their way to London was great, and I often felt like I was along with them in the air balloon! Yes, an airballoon is their main mode of transportation!

This is such a great book, I am not sure who will get to read it first! I know Eli will devour it, but Jacob will enjoy it too! C. R. Stewart wrote a book innocent enough for youth but captivating enough for me!

NOTE: I received a copy of Britfield in enhance for my honest opinion.

More about the book:

Product description:  Tom has spent most of his life locked behind the cruel walls of Weatherly Orphanage, but when he learns that his parents might still be alive, Tom knows he must do what he can to find them. He can’t leave Weatherly without his best friend Sarah, so armed with a single clue to his past, the word Britfield, the two make a daring escape by commandeering a hot air balloon. Now they’re on the run from a famous Scotland Yard detective and what looks like half the police officers in England. Tom and Sarah’s journey takes them from Oxford University to Windsor Castle, through London, and finally to Canterbury. Along the way, they discover that Tom may be the true heir to the British throne, but even with the help of two brilliant professors, it looks like Tom and Sarah will be captured and sent back to the orphanage before they have a chance to solve Tom’s Royal mystery.

Book Review : it’s a Love Story

Lincee Ray’s new book it’s a Love Story is a wonderfully encouraging book with devotion style stories that will remind you of God’s love. Each chapter is a little bit of real life, mixed up with tender emotions and memories and through it all you see God’s goodness.

Lincee is a talented author who writes from her heart. Her stories are honest and good and they will help you to see the good all around you and maybe not take it for granted. Lincee writes in a way that you quickly get drawn into her stories and feel like you are a part of the fun!

Lincee focuses on our desire to be loved and through her book she writes about ways she has felt loved by those around her and in specific seasons of her life. So often life just moves so fast past us, that we fail to notice the people around us who are loving us day in and day out.

it’s a Love Story is a great book to help the reader slow down and savor the love in their life. Love can come from a variety of different, unexpected places and can be missed if you don’t look for it!

NOTE : I was offered a copy of it’s a Love Story in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review : The Intimate Connection

When we allow movies, books or tv shows to define what a normal family looks like we can get off track. We can start to think that things should work out, they should be intuitive, and easy. We can get confused and end up in a place we never envisioned being.

Dr. Kevin Leman takes a deeper look into long lasting relationships in The Intimate Connection. Dr. Leman helps the reader see that a relationship takes hard work, time and commitment.

In his book, Dr. Leman reveals 13 secrets to create a long lasting relationship. He addresses how outside influences have been allowed inside and how they are affecting your marriage. He helps you understand your personality and your spouses, so that you can deal with conflicts better and less emotionally.

I enjoyed getting into this book and hearing the sage wisdom from Dr. Leman. He takes a direct approach, but writes in a way that you feel encouraged and equipped and not corrected or rebuked.

If you are looking for a book to help you take a closer look at making some better choices for your marriage this is a fantastic tool!

NOTE : I received a copy of The Intimate Connection from Revell Publishers, in exchange for an honest review.


Creating a happy, lifelong marriage is about much more than physical compatibility. It’s about a lifestyle of 24-7 intimacy that bonds couples in a mutually satisfying relationship. In The Intimate Connection, bestselling marriage expert Dr. Kevin Leman explores key secrets to the love life couples crave. He helps readers

– understand each other’s needs, backgrounds, and personalities (and how those factors influence every marital interaction)
– talk so their spouse really listens
– turn negative game-playing into positive behaviors that help couples grow closer
– create deep, long-lasting intimacy that’s divorce-proof

Whether couples are new to marriage or have been married a long time, Dr. Leman’s time-tested strategies will create the kind of exciting intimacy, mutual respect, and fulfilling communication that will keep husbands and wives in each other’s arms for a lifetime.