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Prayer Warrior Mom by By Marla Alupoaicei

Book Description

Moms, are you struggling with patience? Worrying about your children’s spiritual development? Concerned about their social or behavioral issues? Wondering how to get it all done when there’s just never enough time?

Author Marla Alupoaicei knows that today’s Christian moms want to be the parents God intended. They desire to pray boldly and stand in the gap for their kids. But many mothers haven’t been equipped with the prayer skills, scriptural knowledge, and practical strategies to fight the spiritual battle for themselves and their children.

Marla is no stranger to these trials. She has felt the simmering frustration and discontentment that come from the constant tension of trying to do it all for her family. But as Marla began to turn everything over to God in prayer, He granted her an attitude of gratitude, the antidote to despair. “When you and I choose to praise the Lord, He will be fully present in our hearts, in our homes, and with our children,” she says.

In Prayer Warrior Mom, Marla invites you to walk with her through fifteen life-transforming principles that will empower you to effectively intercede for your children. Learn to cultivate your own attitude of gratitude, pray Scripture, be persistent, pray with power and authority, be your children’s #1 advocate, hear God’s voice above the noise of daily life, and much more!

“The only real power we have on this earth is the power of prayer. Our potent prayers for our kids connect them with the reality of God and His will for their lives,” Marla says.

Mom, this is your year. Your year of spiritual breakthrough. Your year to see your children start loving God and living for Him. What are you waiting for? Become a Prayer Warrior Mom today!

My Review

As a mom of 2 young adults, prayer is a ‘constant’ in my daily life.  I can remember when they were little and I would pray for guidance, because I just knew I was failing.  I prayed often for patience, because as all moms know, we need a whole lot of patience when dealing with teenagers.  Now that my children are both in their 20’s I find myself mostly praying for their safety, happiness and for them to make wise decisions.

Prayer Warrior Mom by Marla Alupoaicei is the first book ‘specifically’ on prayer that I have ever read.  This book has 15 chapters, each chapter starts and ends with a prayer.  At the end of each chapter their are scriptures and group discussion questions, which would be nice to use in a small study group.

In Chapter 11 Hear Gods Voice Above the Noise of Daily Life, Marla talks about how we sometimes have to be quiet in order to hear what God is saying to us.  Sometimes we may pray for Gods help in making a decision about one of our children, and if we never take a time out to get quiet and listen, we may miss Gods answer.  We should also be persistent in our prayers for out children, never giving up.  God will answer them in his own time.

I did enjoy reading this book.  If you are a mother needing information on how to pray for your children, then this book is for you.  Although, I did find that a lot of the information in the book was information I already knew about prayer.  This is a book I will definitely be keeping on my book shelf.

Happy Reading!

*I received a free copy of this book from BookSneeze, on behalf of the publisher for my honest review.    This post does contain affiliate links, and you can read my Affiliate & Disclosure policy here.

Days Like These- Even in the Darkest Moments, Light Can Shine Throughby Kristian & Rachel Anderson

Days Like These Book Cover

Book Description

There are love stories and then there’s the story of Kristian and Rachel Anderson. When Kristian wanted to show his wife Rachel how much he loved her after learning he was terminally ill, he ended up winning millions of hearts around the world, thanks to the now famous YouTube video he made for her 35th birthday. Social media is often seen as trivial and self-absorbed, but this heartfelt and moving tribute by a young Australian father of two in the midst of a battle with cancer, drew attention to a much larger story we all wanted to know more about and an ordeal so many families face alone.

Like Oprah, who invited Kristian and Rachel on her show, and Hugh Jackman, who helped make one of Kristian’s dreams come true by appearing on the tribute, many of us didn’t know him but we were so inspired by him that we felt like we did. He touched lives, gave hope and left behind a precious legacy that will mean a longer and better quality of life for thousands of cancer sufferers. Kristian’s faith was foundational to him and he openly shared his prayers, his struggles, and the hope he found in his relationship with God. His story, told in his own words from his blog entries, with additions from his beloved Rachel, will inspire others to know that even in the darkest moments, the light can shine through.

My Thoughts

Days Like These:  Even in the Darkest Moments, Light Can Shine Through, is a book put together by Rachel Anderson.  It consist of her husband, Kristian Anderson’s, blog post and other writings throughout his battle with cancer.  Rachel has added her thoughts throughout the book and at the end of each chapter.

Kristian woke one night with a sharp pain in his side and he couldn’t go back to sleep.  He ended up going to the hospital to get it checked out and found out that he had cancer in his liver and in his bowel.  Can you imagine going from thinking that your life is going great, and a few minutes later it is falling apart?

Rachel Anderson put together ‘Days Like These’ to let the world know her husband and in hopes that it would comfort others in knowing that they are not alone in times of need.  Throughout the book Kristian talks about his faith in God.  When reading this book you are never in doubt about Kristian’s faith and love of our Heavenly Father.

This book was a little hard for me to read, emotionally.  It took a month or so for me to finish it, and it had nothing to do with the writing, grammar, etc.  The content is what got me!  Everyone that has passed away on my Daddy’s side of the family had some form of cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, lung cancer and the list goes on.  Kristian says that he refused to capitalize the ‘c’ in cancer and give it that power, and that is why you don’t see the word capitalized in this review.

Throughout the book Kristian never gave up his fight to the cancer.  His family and him had many friends and supporters along the way, and they are named in the book.  It seems to me his biggest comfort in his illness was his Faith.  Without faith in our Heavenly Father what would we have?

In the end Kristian lost his battle with cancer.  There is an exchange toward the end of the book between Kristian and his sons that really got me.  He was helping Rachel put them to bed one night, and he was telling his youngest son Jacob that one day ‘Daddy’ may have to leave, but he would always live in his heart.  He was telling him that sometimes people have to go away and they never can come back, like if you are really sick.  During this last part of the conversation Cody came in, got very angry, and shouted “NO, you can’t leave!  Why are you leaving and you can’t come back?”  “There is only one Daddy for every family, and your our Daddy and you can’t go!”

I can only try to imagine what this family went through, but I can not imagine in all my life what it would be like to lose my mother or father so young, or at all.  I am still blessed that I have my mother and father.  Kristian and Rachel are a great inspiration!  I had never heard of either of them before reading this book.  I have since went to his website and read blog post by his wife about how she and the children are doing.  I will not forget their story.

Happy Reading!

*I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher on behalf of Book Sneeze, in exchange for my honest review.  You can read by Disclosure Policy here.

Radical Dating: When God Takes Over Your Love Life

Radical Dating: When God Takes Over Your Love Life

Title:  Radical Dating
Author:  Diane Montgomery, Gabrielle Pickel & Sarah Bubar
Publisher/ Date: 
Christian Focus Publications /Nov.14th 2012
ARC (eBook)

Back Blurb

Fun but not flighty, this comprehensive, Bible-based guide gives candid, relatable insight on men, dating, singleness, purity, and true love. Most importantly, the authors point readers to the ultimate source of true love, Jesus Christ himself and to deepen that relationship above all others.

Book Description

Radical Dating: When God Takes Over Your Love Life is totally different than any book I have ever read on the subject of dating. In this book the 3 ladies talk about dating in a way that is mostly unheard of these days. They explain to you that God should be a major player in your love life. In fact he should be your main focus when deciding who and how to date.

This book also covers what true love is and is not. The ladies walk you through steps on how to be a Godly girlfriend, what to do and not to do. The book talks about bad boys & Jerks and why we love them. The ladies discuss premarital sex, and how the world views it and what the bible says. Do you dress to impress boys or God? What kind of impression do you want to make on the world? When a break up happens, should it break you? These are just a few questions answered in the book.

This book is broken up in 5 sections:

-Why You Date: True Love

-How You Date: Relationships

-Who You Date: Boys

-What You Do On A Date: Purity

-When the Date Ends: Singleness

My Review

I enjoyed reading this book. I am no longer dating (I am so glad) and have been happily married for 13 yrs. I wish that when I was younger and dating that I had had this book to help guide me. I could have used it to help talk to and guide my daughter also.

If we follow the principles and teachings in the bible on many of the issues faced when dating, we would save ourselves a lot of heartache and emotional hurt.

What I liked most about this book is the experiences shared by the ladies. The world would have us think that if it doesn’t hurt, and make us a little crazy that it can’t be true love.
Today it seems to be the norm to have premarital sex and in most cases on the first date. Not only is this against what we are taught in the bible, there are many reasons we don’t want to do this. In the end we will be left with a heavy heart, guilt and emotional scares that can last a very long time.

When I was younger I used to ask myself, `why do girls like the bad boys’? That question is answered in this book, and many more. This book also helps us to see why we should try to please God and have Him in every aspect of outlives, and especially our love life. How we act, dress and present yourself sets you apart from the world, as it should.

Radical Dating: When God Takes Over Our Love Life is a great book to read for teenagers, young ladies and men, and anyone dating. It is also a good book to read for those that are married, because it can help us with our children.

Happy Reading!

*I was given a free copy of this book by Cross Focused Reviews to give my honest opinion and review of the book.

Take a Chance on Me by Susan May Warren (Christiansen Family SeriesBook 1)

Title:  Take A Chance on Me
Author:  Susan May Warren
Publisher/Date:  Tyndale/ April 28, 2013
Pages:  400
Series:  Christiansen Family #1
Format:  Paperback

Take a Chance on Me by Susan May Warren

Darek Christiansen is almost a dream bachelor—oldest son in the large Christiansen clan, heir to their historic Evergreen Lake Resort, and doting father. But he’s also wounded and angry since the tragic death of his wife, Felicity. No woman in Deep Haven dares come near.

New assistant county attorney Ivy Madison simply doesn’t know any better when she bids on Darek at the charity auction. Nor does she know that when she crafted a plea bargain three years ago to keep Jensen Atwood out of jail and in Deep Haven fulfilling community service, she was releasing the man responsible for Felicity’s death. All Ivy knows is that the Christiansens feel like the family she’s always longed for. And once she gets past Darek’s tough exterior, she finds a man she could spend the rest of her life with. Which scares her almost as much as Darek learning of her involvement in his wife’s case.

Caught between new love and old grudges, Darek must decide if he can set aside the past for a future with Ivy—a future more and more at risk as an approaching wildfire threatens to wipe out the Christiansen resort and Deep Haven itself.

My Review

‘Take a Chance on Me’ is the first book in the Christiansen Family Series.  There are 6 other books in the series, and I plan on reading all 6!  Before reading this book I had never heard of Susan May Warren, and that is probably because this book is not in my normal genre to read. 

Take a Chance on Me’ is a story of tragedy, love, family, friendship and forgiveness.  The story takes place in the town of Deep Haven, and Evergreen Lake Resort in Minnesota.  (I have never been to Minnesota, but this book made me want to visit!)  Darek is the oldest brother in the Christiansen clan, and he has been angry at himself and life since his wife died in a tragic car accident.  Which left him to be a single father to their son Tiger. 

Ivy Madison is new to Deep Haven, and she is the new District County Attorney.  Ivy grew up in the foster care system and she feels hurt, and as if God and life have given up on her.  When Ivy & Darek meet for the first time, she immediately thinks him a jerk.   Then she meets the Christiansen clan and instantly likes them all.  They treat her like one of their own.  It is like a dream come true, because she never had a family to call her own.  

I really enjoyed the secondary characters, Claire and Jensen.  Claire feels like she has been a failure to her parents.  She didn’t go to college after high school ans she hasn’t done anything ‘big’ with her life.  She works in a pizza place, takes care of prized roses and helps out at the elderly home.  Her parents expected her to go to college and get a degree, but Claire wants to stay in Deep Haven.  She doesn’t want to live or go anywhere else. 

Jensen was responsible for Felicity’s death that fateful night.  Most everyone in the town of Deep Haven look at him like he is a murderer.  He has been sentenced to community service in Deep Haven, and he longs for the day when it is over and he can leave town and never come back.

Darek, Claire, Jensen and Felicity grew up together.  They went to high school together and were all best friends.  I enjoyed this book because none of the characters were perfect.  They were all just people longing to be forgiven and trying to forgive themselves.  Meeting the Christiansens’ through this book, made me want to be a part of their family.  They are not perfect, but they love and really care for each other.

Sometimes you have to forgive someone for a wrong they have done to you, to be able to forgive yourself.  Most of the time forgiving ourselves for something is the hardest thing to do.

Mrs Warren did a great job developing her characters and her setting.  While reading the book I could actually see the characters and the town of Deep Haven.  A few times I could actually feel fire licking at my heels.  Take a Chance on Me is one of the best books I have read in a long time.

Happy Reading!

**I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.  All thoughts and opinions in my review are my own.  This review contains an affiliate links.

Bitesize Biographies: John Newton by John Crotts

Bitesize Biographies John Newton
Bitesize Biographies:  John Newton 
by John Crotts

The people who know John Newton’s name often only know one or two things about him. They recognize that he authored one of the most popular hymns of all time, ‘Amazing Grace’. The other thing they sometimes know is that he was a slave ship captain before he wrote that hymn. Those facts are true, but there is a great deal more to his story!


About the Author

John Crotts has been the pastor of Faith Bible Church, Sharpsburg, Georgia, since 1995. He graduated from Liberty University and The Master’s Seminary. He serves as a board member of F.I.R.E. (The Fellowship of Independent Reformed Evangelicals). His other works include Men: The Starter’s Guide to Leading your Family; Craftsmen: Christ-Centered Proverbs for Men; Tying the Knot Tighter and Upsetting the World: Following Paul’s Example of Frontline Evangelism. John and his wife Lynn have four children.

My Thoughts (4 Stars)

I chose to read and review this book because growing up ‘Amazing Grace’ was my favorite hymn.  I didn’t even know the name of the man that wrote the hymn until a few months ago.  The only thing I knew about John Newton prior to reading this book is that he was a slave.  I didn’t realize that he was a white man born in London!  So, I really knew nothing about John Newton before reading this book!

John was born to John and Elizabeth Newton on July 24th 1725 in Wapping, London.  His father was a merchant ship captain and gone most of the time, so John was raised by his mother as a small child.  Elizabeth taught John to read and write by the time he was 4 years old.  She also had hopes to prepare John for the ministry, but died when John was still young.

Throughout Johns life he struggled with his faith and love of God.  One minute his faith and conviction in bible teachings was strong and he would walk a straight path and then he would slip.  You could say that John grew up on a ship.  During this time he developed some very crude behaviors.  Life was not always easy for him in his younger years. 

John is mostly known as the man that wrote the hymn Amazing Grace, but in this book you will also learn about his life in the Navy, his life as a slave in Africa, and his time as captain of a slave ship.

You will learn of his marriage and life with his wife Polly.  Most of all you will learn of his struggles with grace and believing in God and his ministry.  It seems that God got a hold of John and wouldn’t turn him loose no matter how much he struggled, and he struggled a lot. 

John only had 2 years of structured education, but he taught himself to read Greek and Latin so he could read the bible in those languages.  It amazes me that he taught himself to read those languages!

I am very happy that I read the Bitesize Biography of John Newton.  It has taught me that God is always there patiently waiting for us to come to him, and that he will not give up on us.  Even if we have given up on ourselves.

If you want to learn a little about John Newton this book is a great place to start.

Happy Reading!


**I received a copy of this book from Cross Focused Reviews in exchange for my honest review.  See my Affiliate & Disclosure Policy here.

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