Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Book Review: Redeeming Love

Book Review: Redeeming Love

Redeeming Love by: Francine Rivers
Description from Goodreads: California's gold country, 1850. A time when men sold their souls for a bag of gold and women sold their bodies for a place to sleep.

Angel expects nothing from men but betrayal. Sold into prostitution as a child she survives by keeping her hatred alive. And what she hates most are the men who use her, leaving her empty and dead inside.

Then she meets Michael Hosea. A man who seeks his Father's heart in everything, Michael obeys God's call to marry Angel and to love her unconditionally. Slowly, day by day, he defies Angel's every bitter expectation, until despite her resistance, her frozen heart begins to thaw.

But with her unexpected softening come overwhelming feelings of unworthiness and fear. And so Angel runs. Back to the darkness, away from her husband's pursuing love, terrified of the truth she no longer can deny: Her final healing must come from the One who loves her even more than Michael does ... the One who will never let her go.

My Review: I loved this book. I think this is a great book for everyone, especially teens. I think it shows justice to what love is and how God is. 

Rate: 5 stars

Story of how I got the book: 
Susan (my best friend) and I were hanging out at Waterford hoping to find a journal that we could start together (another post), when we went to Target. Inside Target we were crusing through the DVD section and saw a Titanic Collection Set for 20 dollars. Inside had things about the real Titanic. This made me want to see if they had a book about it. Once in the books we did not see a book about Titanic but we saw lots of other books. Being HUGE book worms we went over to Barnes and Noble to find a real book to read. Once there we looked all over for a good book. Susan had already found one but I didn't. We decided to go over to the manga (Japanese comic) section because I was disappointed I had not found a book. When we sat down with our mangas, I saw Susan had two books normal books in her hand. So I asked her why she had two. Then she showed me the other books and I decided that was a book that I wanted to read too. (I write inside books that I really really like and this book had potential for that and that is why I bought it and not borrowed it from Susan like I normally do.) So off I went to buy it. 

Originally posted: August 2, 2012 at 12:55pm

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Friday, August 9, 2013

Catching Up W. Cody // Weekend Reads 08.09.13

Catching Up W. Cody
My blogging buddy, A Dose of Paige, not only does the link up "Weekend Reads" but also does a post she calls "An Extra Dose" where she talks about what she posted last week and what she is planned to post the coming week plus some other random tidbits. I thought it was a great idea and I have decided to create my own version called "Catching Up (with Cody)"
Last Week:
Monday: I linked up Coffee and Convo. This time I talked about something that I don't normal bring up on my blog, which is a pretty big and serious topic. I hope that you check it out. 
Tuesday: The Book Ends. Book Reviews. All the book that I read in July are posted now.
Wednesday: What's In Cody's Bag? I talk about all the my tiny purse can hold, it's alot!
Thursday: --
Friday: Is today!
Note: I usually only blog three days a week. (Not including today)

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

In my bag 08.12.13

Since I am going to be starting school in like two weeks, August 19th!! I thought it would be fun to share what my purse has been carrying. I have been using the same purse all summer and I am so glad that it's held up. Course then again, it is a target purse, even if I did thrift it. {similar}

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The Book Ends July 13

July 2013
A post where I talk about all the books I read in the month.
This is probably the last time that I post this. Next month I will be in school and I probably won't be reading much. Plus, I think I am going to start posting my book as I read them. Not as one. But I don't yet. 

Monday, August 5, 2013

Coffee & Conversation: Strong Belief

Coffee & Conversation

Coffee & Conversation
 Question: What is something you strongly believe in but maybe don't speak up about often? Why do you believe this and what causes you to keep quiet about it?

This is a great question.When I first started this blog, I used to talk about what I strongly believe in. Then over time I started fazing it out then suddenly I just stopped altogether. Maybe you can guess what it is?

Something that I strongly believe is having a relationship with God and Jesus and allowing the Holy Spirit to fill you.  That's right I am a "Christian", if you will. Some of you might have already known but for my new readers it might come as a shock. 

I stopped talking about Him almost a year ago. At that time I got really frustrated at Him and I was mad at myself. I was going through alot; failing school, my brother in the hospital and more. I just felt like he wasn't listening to my prayers. I felt like God walked away from me. I became so confused as to why. 

Months and months passed by and I still carried my anger towards God with me. I stopped going to church. My devotional that I was writing got halted. My prayers felt like I was talking to a wall.  I felt like I was in a relationship with someone that already left. So I walked away. 
Lately, I starting to feel my anger fade. I am starting to realize that He never left. That the reason I didn't feel Him was because I was doing everything for me. I wasn't doing anything for Him. He was there and talking to me but I threw up a wall and decided not to listen.

A year later, I am still working on getting my communication back with God. He knows I am not perfect, which is a huge blessing. Over that year that I walked away, He taught me many lessons; more then I wanted to admit. I hated most of them but He has his point. The whole time He was softly whispering "in my time, child" and that was the huge reason I was mad. I wanted Him to do it in my time. I am still working on getting the relationship I had with Him and working on opening up with Him so that He can fill my empty holes. It's not going to be easy to let go but I know that in the end He will whole care for me more then anyone else. 

Now, I am not saying that you should believe in Him. I understand we are all different. Although, God loves you and wants you as his child, I get it. I also am not going to write about Him in every post because I am still working on my relationship with Him. One day I might, but for now I am keeping this blog mostly "religion" free. 

That being said, I can hear some of you "Well if you believe then shouldn't you be winning those people that don't?" Yes, I should but I don't think BLASTING his name everywhere is going to win anyone.I am not the one condemning them, that is God's job. My job is try. I believe deeply in prayer, that is what I am good at. I am still praying for those that aren't saved to realize that they need God, yet only they can make that choice. I am here when they are ready to accept God as their father. 

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Friday, August 2, 2013

Catching Up W. Cody // Weekend Reads 08.02.13

Catching Up W. Cody
My blogging buddy, A Dose of Paige, not only does the link up "Weekend Reads" but also does a post she calls "An Extra Dose" where she talks about what she posted last week and what she is planned to post the coming week plus some other random tidbits. I thought it was a great idea and I have decided to create my own version called "Catching Up (with Cody)"
Last Week:
Monday: My sponsors and I wrote about our favorite summer memory this year
Tuesday: Blogiversary GIVEAWAY!!!
Wednesday: I shared an outfit along with thoughts on blogging for a year.
Thursday: --
Friday: Is today!
Note: I usually only blog three days a week. (Not including today)

Next Week:
I am linking up again with Coffee & Convo. I love the topics. If you haven't linked up with them before, you totally should. It's great to read over everyone's responses with a cup of coffee. <3
 I also will be doing my month stuff, like book reviews and a report on stuff.

Now on to...
Weekend Reads with Paige 
Hey everyone! Welcome to the next installment of Weekend Reads!

Last week, we had some technical difficulties with the link up but I got it up and running Friday night. Hopefully, there will be no problems this week and we can really party it out! Woot!
Not really sure what I'm talking about for this link up?
Essentially, the idea was born one weekend when I was sitting at my house and reading the blog posts in my queue on Bloglovin'. I eventually ran out of new blog posts to read and had a difficult time finding new blogs with great posts that sucked me in.
So, I decided to make a link up for readers like me. Maybe you wrote an amazing post and you want to get it out there and read other amazing posts. Maybe you just really like to do your blog reading on the weekend but after sifting through your favorite blogs, a few giveaways and a few sponsored posts, you realize that you didn't have much to read at all!
This link up is here to fix all that!
Here's the details:
1. The link up will go live every Friday at midnight CST.
2. You can link up to two posts.
3. Only link up posts that you've posted in the past 14 days.
4. Do not link up any giveaways unless they are attached to actual content.
5. Spend some time, click on some posts and leave a few comments if you loved what you read!
6. Be kind and follow your hosts on your favorite reader.
Also, if you love twitter and want to get your post out there, use the hashtag #weekendreads to shout your post out! 
Next week, the most clicked on links will get featured so tell your friends and get to clicking!
**Please add a link with the title of your blog post, not your blog name! It will help draw clicks to your blog as the title tells people what the post is about**
A Dose of Paige
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P.S. Don't be scared to enter my Blogiversary GIVEAWAY!