Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A Beautiful Story

I had the great privilege to read this beautiful Christmas story today...I could read it over and over again because of the amazing pictures and the wonderful message! If you get a chance to read it, please do....or you can borrow it from me!

What is the greatest gift you can give someone? What is the greatest gift you have been given? What is the greatest gift you can give to our Lord? This beautiful story, The King’s Christmas List gives an answer to these questions in the most beautiful way. The wonderfully illustrated story is perfect for children at Christmas time and any time of year for that matter!

Emma, a young girl wants to bring the king a Christmas gift but along the way she has some surprises. She comes to the king’s party with nothing and learns a valuable lesson, one we should all hear over and over again, and one that we should teach our children every day of their lives.

Matthew 25:37-40 reads “When did we ever see you hungry and feed you? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you? And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!”

I cannot wait to read this story to my 3-6 year olds in Sunday school this Christmas, but why wait? This is a beautiful story with a beautiful message for all!

Disclosure: I received a review copy of The King’s Christmas List through Book Sneeze. I received no compensation for my thought

Saturday, September 18, 2010


With time being limited, I am jealous of friends being able to post on their blogs! I miss my summer vacation when I had all the time in the world!

But, I do have one new thing to look forward to...after 30 days of studying for my personal training exam, I passed with flying colors! I now get to start training clients....and hopefully changing lives! I am really excited about it....however, I will again have limited time for posting new things on my blog! :(

With football season here, I am thrilled to be watching the games on tv and going to the high school football games in town! My hubby coaches for Spring Valley, so they are our team of choice to root for....Go Grizzlies!

Continue to pray for me and my class this year....it is a real challenge, but God knows his plans for me and he does not give me more than I can take (this is a lesson I am SLOWLY learning, as each day feels like I couldn't go on to save my life!)

Have a blessed day! :) GO ND!!!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Long Week and Two Reviews

Oh boy….

Long days make for long weeks and this has been probably the longest week at school! I am so glad to have had the chance to read two great Max Lucado books and write about them…here are my reviews!!!

Oh and PS…Notre Dame plays Michigan tomorrow! GO ND!

In the story, One Hand, Two Hands, Max Lucado has created a beautiful story about using our hands to be a good helper. Lucado always weaves his words together in a special way to touch the lives of each child and adult that reads his stories.

I have always loved Max Lucado’s children stories. As a camp counselor, I would read them nightly and weekly as they spoke volumes to my young campers. One Hand, Two Hands is the same way. It is a very simple story to read, but great for young audiences who love to hear a good rhyme and to hear a good read-aloud. I can see hand gestures being made for this story as toddlers big and small repeat the story to their moms and dads.

The illustrations are beautiful and will make a child smile and giggle. Not only does Lucado create a beautiful story, but he also provides children with some ideas at the end of the story for how to have helping hands, kind hands, and loving hands. Children will love coming up with their own ideas to add to the list! I loved the story and look forward to reading more of Lucado’s books!

Disclosure: I received a review copy of One Hand, Two Hands through Book Sneeze. I received no compensation for my thought

Guess what….here is another Max Lucado book review! I love getting free books!

Max Lucado has done it again! Inspirational as always! In his newest book Outlive Your Life, Lucado invites us to think about our position in life and to allow God to enter and take command. Lucado shares stories that not only make you think about your position in life and what you are doing now, but also what you could be doing. The big idea you can take away from reading this book is that “No one can do everything, but everyone can do something”. We are just one person, but we can make a difference in the lives of another person, which can create a butterfly effect in the world. Through different stories, Max Lucado opens our hearts to see that it is possible to be just one person and make a difference.

The best way to put it, is that Lucado invites us to get out of our comfort shell. This is one of the hardest lessons for me to learn, but when you read the words Lucado strings together it makes it hard to stay complacent. We all want to make a difference, we often don’t know how. Lucado gives us shining examples of how we can make a difference in our neighborhood, community, city, and world. He shares how one tiny thing we do can make a difference across the world to someone else. What a way to open our eyes to see a hurting world, one in which, we can make a difference in.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of Outlive Your Life through Book Sneeze. I received no compensation for my thought

Thursday, September 2, 2010

It has been awhile

Since coming home from Michigan, I have not had the chance to post anything on my blog. Here is what I have been up to in a nutshell:

Intense studying for my Personal Training Test
Hanging out with Friends and Family with awesome game nights
Started school (boy was that a mistake!)
Teaching classes at the gym....I get my own Kickboxing class starting on September 20!
Loving my husband

I also had the chance to read this cute story which I got from Booksneeze! What an awesome way to add to my library...for FREE! Here is my review:

The Boy Who Changed the World by Andy Andrews is a sweet story that encourages kids young and old that everything they do can make a difference. We are each a child of God and we have each been given special talents, which can influence our lives in many incredible and unimaginable ways. The Boy Who Changed the World shows how the butterfly effect works by creating a story that shows four lives of four boys who inevitably changed the world by their desires.

The pictures in this story are beautifully illustrated. The writing in simple enough for students and kids to understand in a classroom or at home. The author has also bolded and enlarged certain sentences and phrases in the story to show that they are important. The story flows, however, one has to be careful to recall the different children mentioned. I found that if I had not been paying attention, I would have easily been lost by the author’s way of writing this story.

Andy Andrews did a good job of incorporating nonfiction elements into this fictional story about how God has a plan for all of us and desires to see us change the world. I enjoyed reading this book, and would enjoy reading it to my second grade class, utilizing the lesson plans that are provided with the story online.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of The Boy Who Changed the World through Book Sneeze. I received no compensation for my thought