Books & Resources

Spark: A Book Reivew

Have you ever participated in a 12-week group with the intent to change in some way? Perhaps it was a Bible study, or a new program. Have you ever noticed how few people really change by the end of such a program? The intent is there, but the change never happens.In his book titled Spark, Jason Jaggard proposes that the reason the standard way we learn things leaves us unchanged is because we are not challenged to step out of our comfort zone and take risks. He says a spark is a choice, a small risk. Jaggard created what he […]

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Trash to Treasure Inspiration from Upscale Decorator

Feature article by Leslie Young on The Commercial Appeal:  Thrifty Decorator Furnishes House with Found Objects Kaye McWhorter is not afraid to look like a crazy woman — when it comes to a good bargain, that is. “I saw a bench on the side of the road in my neighborhood in Dallas, and it couldn’t fit in my car. I stuffed it in the back seat and couldn’t even close the door. I’m sure people were thinking, ‘What in the world is that crazy woman doing?’” said McWhorter, 67, of East Memphis.hat bench, spray-painted a different color and good as […]

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Steampunk: Trash to Treasure Becomes a Family Addiction

The trash to treasure addiction has begun to spread to the rest of the family! My son who is a high school student has an interest in welding. So earlier this year, he created this steampunk sculpture for a welding competition. He got to go all the way to the national Skills USA competition in Kansas City this past summer.His sculpture involves different types of metal, thus different types of welds. I know nothing about welding, so he has me trumped in this department. I do however have a high appreciation for his skills.  I know the green doily just […]

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Book Review – Need You Now by Beth Wiseman

Did you know that Beth Wiseman doesn’t only write Amish fiction? It’s true. I just finished Need You Now, Wiseman’s latest contemporary novel. This is a story that touches the heart on many levels. It has all of the elements I love in a great book: intriguing characters, an element of suspense, real issues that give the reader something more than entertainment, and a emotional connection to the story and characters. Wiseman knows how to tell a story! In the book, main character Darlene is at a place where many stay-at-home moms may find themselves. Wondering what her purpose is […]

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Weekend’s Most Pinteresting

This week, I’m dedicating my “Most Pinteresting” post to home improvement projects that class up outdated elements in the home. I found each project on Pinterest.   The first project is from DIY Design. Do you have ugly bi-fold closet doors that just cream 1970s? I love this solution! Be sure to check out the full post on DIY Design for the tutorial. Hate the color of your outdated cabinets? Try this tutorial from Monica Wants It. Be sure to check out the follow-up Q and A about the project too. Looking for more of a distressed look? Then this […]

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More about Rare Earth – and a Free Preview

FREEBIE Free preview of chapters 1-3 of Rare Earth Download Here Q & A With Davis Bunn about his book Rare Earth When you finished writing Lion of Babylon (book 1 in the Marc Royce series), did you just keep going with the storyline and wrote Rare Earth at the same time? Or was there a time gap in between?Normally by the time I complete a story, I have been living with the characters and the tale for about a year. What I need more than anything just then is a break. I don’t need to stop writing; I just […]

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Book Review of Rare Earth by Davis Bunn, and another Giveaway

As promised last week, I have another review of a book by Davis Bunn today. He released two books with two different publishers all this month, so the web is buzzing about him. I’m extending the deadline for entry in last week’s giveaway to next week, so watch for a post on Wednesday, July 25 to see if your name is the winner. See the end of this post for another giveaway. From the back of the book- Rare Earth Marc Royce stares out of the helicopter, a sense of foreboding rising with the volcanic cloud. Below, the Rift Valley […]

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A Decorative Fireplace Mantel with Old Shutters

A few weeks ago, my readers left several great ideas for my WWYD Wednesday post about old shutters. I’d like to share a couple of photos sent to me from reader Julieanne. She says, “I found the old mantle at an auction for $70 and added the shutters and glass handles! Absolutely love the finished result!” Me too Julieanne! Check out this before and after, everyone. Before: After: I love it Julieanne! I think a fake fireplace adds a lot to a room. I have one too, but yours is fabulous! Do you hide anything behind the shutters? I like […]

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Q and A with Davis Bunn on Hidden in Dreams

A Conversation with Davis Bunn, author of Hidden in Dreams    Q: How much research did you have to conduct to write this intriguing story? A: In a way, I suppose you could say I’ve been researching this story all my adult life. I did my studies in international economics and finance. Observing the difficulties our nation and economy has faced over the past three years, as well as what we personally have endured, has been tough. It really was great to have this chance to give voice to what we increasingly hear, that the people at fault need to be brought […]

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Hidden in Dreams Book Review and a Giveaway

About Hidden in Dreams    Just when the world’s foremost expert on dream analysis, Dr. Elena Burroughs, thinks she is getting her life back under control after losing her position at Oxford University and the man she hoped to fall in love with, she is approached by Rachel Lamprey, the product manager of an innovative new ADHD treatment about to hit the market. Rachel asks for Elena’s help with a clinical trial participant who has had a disturbing dream foretelling a cataclysmic global financial collapse. But even more alarming is the fact that fifteen people scattered across the globe—including Elena herself—begin […]

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