November 08, 2011

REVIEW: Ascent From Darkness, by Michael Leehan

Ascent From Darkness, by Michael Leehan
"How satan's soldier became God's warrior. A true story."

I receive free books from in exchange for an honest review.

When I finally finished another book from the library and was able to pick up this book to read it, I finished it in just a couple of nights. It blew my mind. Michael's real life telling of his struggles of personally inviting evil into his life, his honesty in sharing, and his return to Christ, was astounding, breathtaking, disturbing, moving and victorious! I want to meet this man!
Before you read this book, pray to God that He opens your eyes, your heart and your mind to understanding. Pray that He protects you as you read it.

Mr. Leehan unabashedly spills his life onto these 200+ pages to show us how easily satan can penetrate our life, throw monkey wrenches into our plans, slide us away from Christ, inch by inch.
The simplest disagreement between two people, or yourself and God, a tiny spark of anger, just the thought that someone has done you wrong... satan is behind it, setting it up, feeding it, giving us just enough doubt to start pulling us away from our true, and rightfully owned, future. Satan takes our basic needs and turns them back on us. He uses those things to pull us closer to him, we just don't realize it. Anything negative, anything, is produced and egged on by satan. Michael shows us how he got there, to that point, where he actually started understanding satan, seeing his demons, turning angry toward God, and finally, sacrificing himself to satan. He leaves no stone uncovered in this book, he bears it all, ugliness and pain, betrayal and lies, by him and satan both.
I suggest you read this book, not for the fascination of what he has gone through or for the 'gore', but for a shield against satan, so you will see how he can get into your life, and how to not believe a thing he shows you or makes you feel. I'll be making sure that my 14 1/2 year old son reads this book, I want him prepared for how satan is going to try to lure him away from church and God. This book will show him.
Always go to the Light, the Light is amazing. The Light is safe. The Light is God.

255 readable pages
Thomas Nelson publishers

October 12, 2011

About Suicide


Experts caution that suicide and suicidal ideations are far more complicated than outside stressors or a single event. More than 90 percent of people who die from suicide suffer from mental illness and/or substance abuse. This is no different for young people.

"For youth between the ages of 10 and 24, suicide is the third leading cause of death," according to the Centers for Disease Control. Further, more young people survive suicide attempts than actually die. "Each year, approximately 149,000 youth between the ages of 10 and 24 receive medical care for self-inflicted injuries at Emergency Departments across the U.S."

"Suicide is a serious public health problem that can have lasting harmful effects on individuals, families, and communities," the CDC advises.

Warning signs of suicide:

Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain

Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose

Talking about being a burden to others

Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs

Acting anxious, agitated or reckless

Sleeping too little or too much

Withdrawing or feeling isolated

Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge

Displaying extreme mood swings

Looking for a way to kill oneself

The more of these signs a person shows, the greater the risk. Warning signs are associated with suicide but may not be what causes a suicide.

If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide:

Do not leave the person alone.

Remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt.

Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

FALL IS... (finish the sentence)


‎...a welcome season for rest and coolness of the earth.

Leave yours in the Comments

October 10, 2011

REVIEW: "The Christian Zombie Killers Handbook" by Jeff Kinley


"The Christian Zombie Killers Handbook"
by Jeff Kinley
'slaying the dead within'

Yep, love the title! I pictured a Christian living in the time of zombies and battling his Christianity while trying to balance killing, with surviving...

So I received the book for review and here's the intro:

“Ben Forman was just an ordinary guy, a young professional starting his first job and falling in love with his girlfriend. Living on the outskirts of a southern city, he didn’t think the zombie activity so common in metropolitan areas would hit so close to home. But it was becoming clear that the mysterious infection reanimating the dead would soon be a worldwide epidemic.”
“Warning: Some scenes and descriptions in this book are not suitable for younger audiences.”
.....No joke here, don't let your 11 yr old child get a hold of it, they'll be sleeping with you in your own bed until they're 40. If you are the squeamish type, don't read it... or just read the Chapters (non-fiction), not the Episodes (the fictional story of Ben).

In the "Episodes", it follows the life of Ben, a 24 yr old in NC, and his life dealing with zombies and it includes the theories of how they came to be (some of them wildly fascinating!).
In the "Chapters", it gives you the Christian in-depth look at sin from the beginning in the Garden, and how it affects us even today, the pull of our bodies & minds not being sinless... how it affects our lives, others around us and what we can do about it. Deeply moving.
Fiction, and non-fiction. To me, it's genius.
It's a great pull toward teens to get them reading Christian books if they aren't.
It's a well thought-out book, and deeply addictive, in my opinion.

And before we go any further, NO, I do not believe in zombies (or the Loch Ness Monster, or Bigfoot, etc) and never will... until one sneaks up behind me and kills me.

In each one of us is a zombie; the deepest part of us. Sin. Satan can get to it, he teases it up from us. I believe that is what Mr. Kinley is trying to get us to understand.
We see some of it every day. It may show-out heavily in some people, very obvious to those around them, every day, all day long.
In others, it may just peep it's head out during times of major stress, or temptation.

I don't want to tell you much of this book at all, because I want YOU to read it and get out of it what you can without my influence.
He did touch several spots in me that I had been wondering about. Isn't is wonderful when that happens? You have a certain problem and here comes a book or a preacher who just happens to talk about it? It's Divine, I'm telling you...

I will include what else is written on the jacket:

"It delivers a fresh approach to sin, grace, and salvation, exposing the raging beast within us all, and how to overcome life as a zombie."

"Jeff Kinley has found a way to communicate God's grace to a new audience. The Christian Zombie Killers Handbook is culturally relevant, deeply perceptive and really inspires us to discover the truth for ourselves."
- Sean T. Page author of War Against the Walking Dead and The Official Zombie Handbook

Sooooo.... Pick up a copy and devour it : )

243 story pages
Discussion Guide (can be a great benefit to a book club meeting)
'Jeff Kinely, pastor, speaker (, author, podcast host, & missionary to his midtown neighborhood's "Next Generation Tribe" (, Jeff finds every way possible to communicate Christ's grace.'

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Without Christ, we are the walking dead:


October 07, 2011

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September 30, 2011

Fat Flush Soup from Woman's World - tryin' it!! : )

I'm 204 as of this morning. Not horrible, but not comfortable either, especially on a bad left knee and bad right ankle and having to stand at work 5+ hrs a day. So... pick up a Woman's World Oct 3 2011 issue and follow the info on pgs 18 & 19. You start the morning with a SMART, HEALTHY breakfast. Lunch and Dinner is 3 cups of the soup.
It also slashes cholesterol, kicks up metabolism, beats bloat, and flushes toxins!
Enjoy & Good Luck!

August 29, 2011

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August 26, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: "Rumors of God"

Rumors of God
By: Darren Whitehead, Jon Tyson
Thomas Nelson / 2011 / Paperback

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest opinion on my blog.

When hope is gone, or you've hit a wall and feel you can't get to God, or you feel like He has left you, this book will remind you HE IS IN CONTROL and YOU HAVE TO ACT ON THAT. I forget so often to ASK GOD FIRST what to do in certain situations. Don't just go bumbling in, ask God what to do. He will tell you, and you will hear Him, loud and clear. Common fears you may have, I have them too... the same fears your neighbor has, your preacher, your best friend. We all have the same questions sometimes about God, Jesus, life. This book can and will help you. Get it now, don't wait. We all need hope NOW.

Publisher's Description:
Rumors of God is a call to Christians seeking a vision of the life God is calling them to, one that transcends the shallowness of our culture.

In his classic work, Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis likens an encounter with God to coming to life: "This world is a great sculptor's shop and we are the statues. But there is a rumor going round the shop that some of us are some day going to come to life."

However, today many Christians live with tension. What the Scriptures promise seems like a far cry from what we experience in our lives. As a result, God seems distant, and the life described in the Scriptures seems more like a series of rumors than reality.

Does God still do great things today? Is it possible to really experience Him? Can we close the gap between what we hear and what we see?

Rumors of God is a rally cry for the church. Authors Darren Whitehead and Jon Tyson share compelling stories about the work and activity of God today. Packed with fresh cultural observations and illuminating Scriptural insights, Rumors of God will ignite a passion in your heart to see your faith come to life.

BOOK REVIEW: "Courageous" from the creators of "Fireproof"

Courageous, paperback
By: Randy Alcorn, Alex Kendrick, Stephen Kendrick
Tyndale House / 2011 / Paperback

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest opinion on my blog.

Publisher's Description:
From the creators of Fireproof comes an inspiring new story about everyday heroes who long to be the kinds of dads that make a lifelong impact on their children. As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, and their partners willingly stand up to the worst the world can offer. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood. While they consistently give their best on the job, good enough seems to be all they can muster as dads. But they’re quickly discovering that their standard is missing the mark.
They know that God desires to turn the hearts of fathers to their children, but their children are beginning to drift farther and farther away from them. Will they be able to find a way to serve and protect those who are most dear to them? When tragedy hits home, these men are left wrestling with their hopes, their fears, their faith, and their fathering. Can a newfound urgency help these dads draw closer to God . . . and to their children?

Courageous was a wonderful book and should be read by fathers and sons alike:
"Police officers Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, and their partners are prepared to deal with hardened criminals. But when they remove their badges, they face a more daunting challenge---fatherhood. As their children drift away, can these brave men find a way to serve and protect those nearest and dearest to them---and draw closer to God? 400 pages, softcover from Tyndale."

This book was very well written and I cannot wait to see the movie this Fall. You are taking part in these men's lives like you are actually there. You can feel their sorrows, anger, fear, pain, love for family and even their joys in fatherhood, and from what may have happened in their own childhood. As a woman, I was able to see a man's view of what it means to have a meaningful relationship with your father or son. I've given the book to my son's father. I look forward to his comments.

June 23, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: "Jolt!" by Phil Cooke

I'm so sorry it has taken me so long to come back to do this review, without having internet at home, I find I am less motivated to blog. That's never a good thing!

So on with it!

Change happens, it's inevitable. 'Today' will change into 'tomorrow'. Light will change into dark, and back again. Every day will bring you something new. Well, guess what, that is 'change'.

Phil Cooke's "Jolt!" will help you every step of the way. You and (especially) any organization will be better equipped to decide, implement and process the changes you need that will take you to the next level, and the next, and the next!

This book will be an essential tool for you and your organization so don't delay, get a copy now! 

I receive free books from in exchange for an honest review.

May 17, 2011

I think the site is finally working again!

I've been trying to post for over two weeks now, but this site has been down due to updates.
I will come back tomorrow with another book review, recipes and more.
Love to all.

May 03, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: "Max on Life" by Max Lucado

I receive free books from in exchange for an honest review.

"Max on Life" by Max Lucado

A fresh look at life through the eyes of a wonderful Christian leader and one of America's most widely read authors.
Mr. Lucado answers many questions that you've dared ask, from your most private fears to your thoughts on what heaven may really be like:Will I go to hell if I don't go to church? Are there angels with wings and musical instruments in heaven? Will we have to worship all day long when we get there? Will we be sitting around doing nothing? How can I be sure I am going to heaven?
In this book, he answers your intrigue at life, your fear of things to come, your difficult issues... and you will be comforted by the wonderful way he puts you at ease and backs-up his answers with scripture.
I enjoyed this book very much and look forward to reading more of them.

229 readable pages, an Addendum, and two indexes.

April 13, 2011

BOOK REVIEW for "Final Summit" by Andy Andrews (and a GIVEAWAY?)

This is a follow up to Mr. Andrews' previous book about David Ponder, a man whom was asked by an Archangel to take a special kind of trip. Now, at 74 years of age, he's being asked a favor... Book insert: Many years have passed since David Ponder discovered the Seven Decisions during a divine journey through time. Now 74 years old, Ponder has lost the one thing that mattered to him most—his wife, Ellen. Despite his personal and professional success, he now sits alone at the top of his 55-story high-rise contemplating the unthinkable, just as he did 28 years ago. However, just as things are looking their darkest, Ponder is informed through divine channels that he is needed now more than ever. This is mankind’s last chance. Millennia of avarice, pride, and hate have sent humanity hurtling toward inevitable disaster, and far from its original purpose. There is only one solution that can reset the compass and right the ship—and it is only two words. Ponder, along with a cast of famous historical figures, must work quickly to discover this solution. The fate of the world rests on their shoulders. When I saw that only this second book was available for review, I ordered the first one from my local library so I could brush up on the story before reading this one... boy am I glad I did, what an incredible journey David takes! You WILL be missing out if you pass it by! I hope you will find this book as touching as I did! The historical figures alone make these two books facinating! Their insight, even from the youngest of whom David visits, really speaks to you like you are right there with them. Shall I start having giveaways for these books? LET ME KNOW!! I will need many more of you participating in reading my reviews and leaving feedback so I know you're here, ok? : ) I received this book for free from in return for an honest review.

April 05, 2011

Tonight's supper - Teriyaki Chicken Thighs (slow cooker)

Teriyaki Chicken

 Teriyaki Chicken
Chicken, rice and sweet-salty sauce create an entree that’s packed with Asian flavor. Your family will love this moist and tender meal. Gigi Miller - Stoughton, Wisconsin
6 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Cook: 4 hours


  • 12 boneless skinless chicken thighs (about 3 pounds)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 6 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons cold water
  • Hot cooked rice, optional (I use Jasmine Rice)


  • (I always broil my chicken first with a touch of S&P for about 2-3 minutes) Place chicken in a 4-qt. slow cooker. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, ginger, garlic and pepper. Pour over
  • chicken. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until chicken is tender.
  • Remove chicken to a serving platter; keep warm. Skim fat from cooking
  • juices; transfer to a small saucepan. Bring liquid to a boil.
  • Combine cornstarch and water until smooth. Gradually stir into the
  • pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until
  • thickened. Serve with chicken and rice if desired.
  • Yield: 6 servings.