Book Review : When you Need to Move a Mountain

Linda Evans Shepherd’s latest book When you Need to Move a Mountain is a delightful book that plunges you deep into the idea and practice of prayer.

I absolutely loved this book, and I am so excited to use it for the foundation of Sunday school curriculum for the next four weeks with my youth girls. This book helps really take the reader into a deeper level of understanding of why prayer is so powerful, how to pray more effectively and intimately, and ways to structure prayer.

While this is a very personal topic and no one needs a book to really teach them how to pray, this book helps the reader go deeper into their prayer life. Ms. Shepherd has many personal stories throughout the book that demonstrate the power of praying, even though sometimes the answer we get is no.

I highly recommend this book, it is a great tool for helping a new believer grasp a deeper understanding of prayer and for any believer to take their prayer life deeper.

NOTE: I received a copy of When you Need to Move a Mountain at no cost, in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review : The String

The String by Caleb Breakey was not at all what I was expecting when I started reading it! This is a super fast paced thriller, that will keep you up at night. However, it is a clean, christian book, so you don’t have to worry.

This book has so many twists and turns you will not want to put it down. The characters start out strong and likable and immediately draw you into their own personal story as well as the plot of The String. A crazy person has hatched a plan that involves a series of crimes being committed by characters in the story. The crazy person is the one calling the shots, or pulling the string, and forcing them to cooperate with threats against them or their families.

Markus Haas and his friend Cody work to unravel the String and the plan, but they are not sure what it will cost them.

If you are looking for a book that will grab you and keep you until the last page, The String is for you! I thoroughly enjoyed the book and cannot wait to read Caleb’s next novel with The Beekeeper!

NOTE: I was offered a copy of The String in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review : Winning Your Blood Sugar Battle

If you do not have a bunch of people in your life battling Type 2 Diabetes, you might be in denial. I continue to be amazed at how many people in my life have Type 2 Diabetes. It seems like an epidemic to me.

Winning Your Blood Sugar Battle is a fantastic book that helps to deal straight with what is causing this disease, but also how to battle it.

No one in my home has Type 2 Diabetes, but that does not make the information in this book any less valuable and educational.

When reading this book, and learning the science behind what is going on in a person’s body, how they are diagnosed with this disease, but most of all learning that diet & exercise play a HUGE role, it made me wonder why so many people are not doing anything about it.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book, it taught me so many things that are important for all of us to know and understand and it inspired me to get my family smarter on what we eat, why we eat it and how to make better choices!

NOTE : I was offered a copy of Winning Your Blood Sugar Battle in exchange for an honest review.


The time to make lifestyle changes is now!

More than thirty million Americans have diabetes. Another eighty-four million–more than thirty percent of the adult population–have elevated blood sugar levels that put them at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. For most of us, it takes a medical emergency to get us to make vital changes to our eating, exercise habits, and weight control. At that point it is often too little, too late. The terrible reality is that eighty percent of diabetics will die of a heart attack.

But that doesn’t have to be you.

In Winning Your Blood Sugar Battle, Dr. Richard Furman shows you the three essential steps to keep your blood sugar under control, whether you have already been diagnosed with diabetes or are at risk. He carefully explains the latest medical literature, offers proven guidelines on what to eat (and what not to eat), and outlines an effective exercise program for keeping your heart healthy.

Richard Furman, MD, FACS, spent more than thirty years as a vascular surgeon. The author of Prescription for Life, Your Cholesterol Matters, and Defeating Dementia, Furman is past president of the North Carolina Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, past president of the North Carolina Surgical Society, and a two-term governor of the American College of Surgeons. He is cofounder of World Medical Mission, the medical arm of Samaritan’s Purse, and a member of the board of Samaritan’s Purse. He lives in Boone, North Carolina.

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