Tricia’s Table by Tricia Yearwood

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TRICIA’S TABLE: My Feel-Good Favorites for a Balanced Life
Tricia Yearwood
Non-Fiction, Cookbook
Hardback, 224 Pages
Marcg 2015 by Clarkson Potter

Country music superstar, Food Network standout, and bestselling cookbook author Trisha Yearwood shows how delicious foods and wholesome dishes are part of the same balanced lifestyle.   
  
Trisha Yearwood is as much a force in the kitchen as she is on stage. But after years of enjoying decadent Southern comfort food, her culinary philosophy is evolving. As Trisha says, “I have adopted an 80/20 rule: 80 percent of the time I make good choices; 20 percent of the time I let myself splurge a little.” 

Whether surprisingly virtuous or just a little bit sinful, the recipes inTrisha’s Table all bring that unmistakable authenticity you’ve come to love from Trisha. You’ll find brand-new dishes emblematic of the variety and balance Trisha champions. They skimp on anything but flavor, including dairy-free Angel Hair Pasta with Avocado Pesto, low-calorie Billie’s Houdini Chicken Salad, vegetarian Smashed Sweet Pea Burgers, and tasty, high-protein Edamame Parmesan, alongside too-good-to-give-up family favorites, such as Slow Cooker Georgia Pulled-Pork Barbecue, Chicken Tortilla Casserole, Snappy Pear-Cranberry Crumble, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls. 

Trisha wants to feed her loved ones—and yours, too—food thattastes good and food that’s good for you. So pull up a seat at Trisha’s Table and dig in!

My Review

Fantastic cookbook!!!

I LOVE that Tricia balances healthy foods with the down-home delicious favorites we all enjoy. Her 80/20  approach to cooking and eating is very practical.

The recipes are not complicated and are all foods my family and I will enjoy.

(Dont you just hate those cookbooks that list a million ingredients most of which you havent even heard of!)

Im so glad I dont have to have any special skills with these easy to follow instructions.

The color photos are glorious. I love that Tricia shares her family with readers.

You wont want to miss this one…So pull up a chair to Tricia’s Table and enjoy!!!

☆☆☆☆☆5/5 STARS☆☆☆☆☆

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TRISHA YEARWOOD is the New York Times bestselling author ofHome Cooking with Trisha Yearwood and Georgia Cooking in an Oklahoma Kitchen, and stars in the Emmy Award–winning showTrisha’s Southern Kitchen on Food Network. She has recorded nine #1 songs and twelve albums, has won back-to-back awards for Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year, and has earned three Grammys. Trisha lives with her husband, Garth Brooks, in Nashville.

Book Tour | Never Say No by Mark & Jan Foreman

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NEVER SAY NO
Mark and Jan Foreman
Non-Fiction, Parenting
Paperback, 304 Pages
May 2015 by David C. Cook

The question Mark and Jan Foreman are most often asked is: How did you raise your kids? 

Never Say No takes you on a personal journey to learn first-hand how they raised Jon and Tim of Switchfoot. They share practical advice for instilling wonder in a media-saturated culture, cultivating specific gifts, and balancing structure with individual choice. Our purpose as parents is the same as our child’s: to live creatively beyond ourselves, bringing the love, beauty and nature of God to this world. Let the adventure begin. 

My Review

Never say “No”….it may not sound like the best parenting advice, but I dare you to read further and allow Mark and Jan’s book to revolutionize the way you parent.

The Bible tells us that all things in Christ are “yes”, so perhaps we could take this approach with our own children.

Mark and Jan share personal stories and years of wisdom in the pages of this book, encouraging readers to examine their own parenting style.

I especially liked the sections on discipline, sharing your faith with your children, inviting yourself into your childs playspace…everything was informative and just wonderful.

The authors remind us parents that we are preparing our children for independent lives and guiding them to seek God’s plan.

I highly recommend this book to parents!!!

☆☆☆☆☆5/5 STARS☆☆☆☆☆

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Mark & Jan Foreman live in the San Diego area, where Mark is lead pastor of North Coast Calvary Chapel in Carlsbad, California. Mark is the author of Wholly Jesus, and holds advanced degrees in Theology, Education, and a Ph.D. in Counseling & Pastoral Care.

Jan is a gifted teacher and artist, and also facilitates partnerships with underprivileged women and children both locally and in developing countries.

Together, they love surfing, sailing, travel and especially being with their family.

Called To Be Amish by Marlene C. Miller

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CALLED TO BE AMISH
Marlene C. Miller
Non-Fiction, Memoir
Paperback, 256 Pages
February 2015 by Hearld Pr

Fewer than one hundred outsiders have joined the Old–Order Amish—and stayed—since 1950. Marlene C. Miller is one of them.

In this rare memoir, Marlene recounts her unhappy and abusive childhood, how she throws herself into cheerleading and marching band, and how she falls in love with Johnny, the gentle young Amish man who helps her lace her ice skates.

Against the wishes of both sets of parents, Marlene and Johnny get married and begin a family. Follow the author on this unusual journey to find out how God’s love called her out of bitterness and depression and into the warm embrace of her new Amish community.

Accompany her as she dons an Amish dress and prayer covering and gets baptized. Learn how she endures the strain of ten children, a hundred-acre farm, and accidents and tragedy, and find out how she comes close to walking away from it all. Turning Amish has proven to be anything but plain and simple for this former majorette. But nearly fifty years later, Marlene is still living out God’s call as an Old Order Amish woman.

My Review

I have always been interested in the Amish/Mennonite lifestyle and was excited to get the chance to read Marlene’s memoir.
I thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful stories the author shared and especially enjoyed the journal entires!
Though the story does give mostly a lot of background on her life before the Amish life, I enjoyed reading about her journey and all of the hardships, adjustments, sacrifices and changes that took place.
We all have a story to tell and Im so glad Marlene shared hers. It really encouraged me to be more resolved in my own faith, no matter what may come.

☆☆☆☆☆5/5 STARS☆☆☆☆☆

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MARLENE C. MILLER: joined the Amish as an adult and has been a member of the Old Order Amish for almost 50 years. She and her husband of 48 years live on a farm in Ohio surrounded by their nine children, more than 40 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

LEARN MORE HERE

Ronie Kendig “Falcon” Book Tour & Giveaway | Meet Cassie

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Welcome to another stop on the FALCON Blog Tour!!!
Today you’ll get to meet one of my personal fave characters from the series…Cassie! Plus you’ll have a chance to enter a super awesome giveaway Ronie is hosting. First, here’s a little bit about Falcon…

FALCON
Ronie Kendig
Fiction Series, Quiet Professionals #3
Paperback, 365 Pages
May 2015 by Shiloh Run Press

Special Forces operator Salvatore “Falcon” Russo vowed to never again speak to or trust Lieutenant Cassandra Walker after a tragedy four years ago. But as Raptor closes in on the cyber terrorists responsible for killing two of their own, Sal must put his life—and the lives of his teammates—in her hands. Despite his anger, Cassie is ill-prepared for his resistance and the fallout when she must protect the one asset who can end the attacks. As allies become enemies and hostiles become unlikely partners, Raptor fights for its very existence.

☆☆☆☆☆GET YOUR COPY HERE☆☆☆☆☆

MEET CASSANDRA “CASSIE” WALKER

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What I love most about Cassie is her heart.
Sure, she’s made mistakes and she’s not afraid to admit that, mistakes that have cost her and others so much. She has some inner insecurities…dont we all. She’s loyal and committed to her team.

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Get to know more about Cassie in Ronie Kendig’s FALCON!!!

☆☆☆☆☆GIVEAWAY☆☆☆☆☆

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One grand prize winner will receive:

A copy of RAPTOR 6
A copy of HAWK
A copy of FALCON
An OSPREY RAPTOR 6 HYDRATION BACKPACK

ENTER HERE TO WIN!!!

A Love Like Ours Book Tour & Giveaway

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A LOVE LIKE OURS
Becky Wade
Fiction Series, Porter Family #3
Paperback, 368 Pages
May 2015 by Bethany House

 Former Marine Jake Porter has far deeper scars than the one that marks his face. He struggles with symptoms of PTSD, lives a solitary life, and avoids relationships.

     When Lyndie James, Jake’s childhood best friend, lands back in Holley, Texas, Jake cautiously hires her to exercise his Thoroughbreds. Lyndie is tender-hearted, fiercely determined, and afraid of nothing, just like she was as a child. Jake pairs her with Silver Leaf, a horse full of promise but lacking in results, hoping she can solve the mystery of the stallion’s reluctance to run.

     Though Jake and Lyndie have grown into very different adults, the bond that existed during their childhood still ties them together. Against Jake’s will, Lyndie’s sparkling, optimistic personality begins to tear down the walls he’s built around his heart. A glimmer of the hope he’d thought he’d lost returns, but fears and regrets still plague him. Will Jake ever be able to love Lyndie like she deserves, or is his heart too shattered to mend?

My Review

I just LOVE this series so much!
Though A Love Like Ours can be read and enjoyed as a standalone, I highly recommend getting the first two books as well….they are wonderful!
Becky tackles some deep issues in the latest installment in her series, though her style is always lighthearted and romantic.
PTSD is something a lot of familes are dealing with today and I got an inside look at this through the characters. The author handled this topic with truth and class.
I have come to love this fiction family like my own and feel like I am part of their story as well.
You will love this heartwarming series!

☆☆☆☆☆5/5 STARS☆☆☆☆☆

♡♡♡♡♡ GET YOUR COPY HERE ♡♡♡♡♡

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One grand prize winner will receive:

A $100 cash card
A copy of A Love Like Ours
A copy of the Secretariat DVD
A scarf
A dog-tag/cross keychain
A pair of earrings
A Scarf
A Texas-shaped cutting board
A Jake Porter mug

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ENTER HERE TO WIN!!!

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BECKY WADE: Becky Wade is a native of California who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and moved to Dallas. She published historical romances for the general market, took time off to raise her children, then felt God nudging her to pursue contemporary Christian fiction. Becky’s work has been a finalist for both a RITA and an INSPY Award.

CHECK OUT BECKY’S WEBSITE HERE

Girls Night Out Giveaway & Book Tour | Heart Sisters by Natalie Chambers Snapp

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HEART SISTERS
Natalie Chambers Snapp
Non-Fiction
Paperback, 208 Pages
April 2015 by Abingdon

Heart Sisters is for women who want to both be and have better friends and want a helpful guide to take them through the process.
Author Natalie Chambers Snapp uses her own and others’ stories of successes and failures to illustrate what she has learned about girlfriend relationships. Healthy boundaries, honesty, tact, sharing, and agape love all play a part in being and maintaining a circle of close confidants. She also deals with the inevitable challenges that face many relationships including how to handle conflict; life changes like a new baby, move or divorce; and when it is right to “break-up” with your friend.
Discussion questions, space to journal, photos, and quick interviews of healthy female friendships are included within each chapter.

My Review

Making friends comes really easy for some people and not so easy for others. In Natalie’s new book, she shares everything you need to know about making, keeping and being an awesome friend. She shares from her own heart and experiences, digs into the Word of God for fabulous examples of what to and not to do. I especially loved the profiles of Biblical women! What sort of friend are you? What sort of friends do you make?
Also really helpful were the “Do’s and Dont’s” of friendships. Two chapters dedicated to helping you recognize and be the kind of friend that sticks.
I recommend this book to anyone who desires to be and have lasting friends.