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Flashback Friday-The Difference You Make by Pat Williams

The Difference You Make by Pat Williams With Jim Denney

Publisher’s Summary

Every one of us has influence, whether we realize it or not. In everything we say and do, we are influencing those around us. What if we became more aware, more intentional, and more strategic about our own influence? Well, we might just change the world.

True influence, says Pat Williams, isn’t about getting what you want–it’s about serving others. Using personal stories from his own life and the lives of others, Williams shows readers the difference between influence and manipulation, how to influence others through both words and deeds, and ultimately how to change the world for the better, one relationship at a time.

This book will inspire readers to build a positive legacy in the lives of others and take the role of influencer to heart. Each chapter includes questions and ideas for personal reflection and practical application, and can be used to guide group discussions as well. Includes a foreword by Joe Girardi, manager of the New York Yankees.

My Review

Pat Williams has hit it out of the ballpark and slam-dunked it with his book, The Difference You Make.  What an eye-opening and provocative book.  Pat reflects over his life and the people who have influenced him, along with the ones he has influenced.

The entire book is about the impact of influence.  Pat touches on how his struggles with multi-myeloma cancer have helped open his eyes to the influences each person has, influences for good or bad, whether the person realizes their influence or not.

As a Dad, Pat had a significant impact on the lives of his nineteen children.  In addition, he has influenced as a coach for minor league baseball teams and influences as GM for a major league basketball team.

The book illustrates how we never know how we will influence people, even ourselves sometimes, like this example on page 131 richly demonstrates:


Each chapter of the book ends with a series of questions for group discussion or individual reflection, enabling a deeper understanding of the chapter.

He helps us learn and inspires us step-by-step, in how to become more strategic and intentional within our spheres of influence. He also helps us to use our lives as a mission to impact as many people as is possible with a lasting and positive influence.

Pat ends his book with the sentence:

The difference you make tomorrow begins with the decisions you make today.  

The book really brought home how important and significant our lives are as people, Christians, parents, bosses, co-workers -or whatever our walk in life may happen to be. We never know how what we say or do will influence someone else.

Even though the book has a sports slant, it carries a compelling and thought-provoking message for everyone, male or female, sports nut or not.

This book was provided to me by Revell through The Book Club Network. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

Spotlight and Cover Reveal for Tanya Eavenson’s Book The Rescue!

About the Book

Upon the death of her mother, Rosalind Standford’s life shatters. She is forced into a betrothal to a cunning banker close to her father’s age.

Cowboy Trent Easton, Rosalind’s childhood friend, returns to his roots in Boston society to find her engaged to another. Though she once rejected him, when Trent learns she’s in danger, he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her safe—even taking her to the altar in the black of night. But will his name and the remote wilds of his Texas ranch be enough to protect her? Or will freedom cost them their lives?

THE RESCUE, the first book in Tanya Eavenson’s brand new series, All Roads Lead to Texas, is set to release this September! I can’t wait to read it!!

P.S.  Isn’t the cover gorgeous?

Worrisome Wednesday (at least for me!)


Recently, over the course of a few months, a spate of historical fiction books arrived in my box. I love historical and Biblical fiction. I enjoy history, and books like these bring the time period alive for me. However, because of my PTSD, I am unable to review them, which greatly saddens me. They are all written by great authors, and some are even sequels, which makes the situation doubly sad.

Authors, please know, I love your books and so enjoy reading and reviewing them. Sometimes, I just can’t. Please accept my apologies and know I pass the books on to other enthusiastic readers.

Delilah “Buzz”

Fay Lamb’s book, Delilah, deals with many daunting issues. Some almost everyone faces, some others have faced, some people are still dealing with-issues like child abuse, alcoholism, homelessness and abandonment. However, you aren’t left with despair because the story models forgiveness, kindness, charity and Christ-like love.

Today, I chose to mention homelessness. One portion of Delilah’s story highlights the plight of the homeless. Over the winter, I had an experience with someone homeless. We don’t have many homeless in our town. A combination, I believe, because of its size and lack of anywhere for these poor souls to go. Though my story,, doesn’t have the ending Delilah does and focuses on a slightly different aspect, the plight of homelessness is poignant and vital for us to consider.

Read Delilah; you’ll be so glad you did!!

“Buzz” About Delilah by Fay Lamb

Every now and then I read a book that really touches me deep inside. To say that Fay Lamb’s books touch me on the deepest level possible would be an undervaluation of the impact of her books.

Delilah, in addition to other books Fay has written, left an indelible print (no pun intended!) on me. Because of its influence, I decided to do “Buzz” About Delilah every few days through the remainder of April. Today is the first one.


She’s definitely changed. I don’t know why or how. She’s still self-confident. She’s bright. Maybe a little too brash at times, but I’ve seen her tone it down a notch or two.” Who’d have thought he’d be defending Delilah James?

First Line Fridays-On Magnolia Lane by Denise Hunter Hosted by Hoarding Books!!

Publisher’s Summary

Falling in love with Daisy was easy for Jack. But finding the courage to tell her becomes problematic when his secret feelings lead to even bigger complications.

After two years of counseling sessions with Daisy Pendleton, Pastor Jack McReady has earned a permanent spot in her life as a spiritual leader—and nothing more. Jack would never risk losing her trust by exposing the depths of his heart, but he’s hopelessly in love with her.

Daisy loves her southern small-town life and her job at her family-run flower shop, but she doesn’t have the thing she longs for most: someone to share it with. Her recent foray into online dating has been a disaster—until she meets TJ.

Jack could kill his friend Noah for using his initials and some indistinct photos to set up a profile on the dating app Daisy is using. But when he’s finally afforded the opportunity to show her a different side of himself, he’s sucked into the plan before he has time for second thoughts.

Online, Daisy shares some of her greatest fears with TJ, but in person, Jack and Daisy are spending more time together. When a devastating family secret surfaces, Daisy knows that only her trusted friend and counselor can bring her comfort. Jack wants nothing more than to be both men for Daisy, but revealing his secret will prove to be the ultimate test of Daisy’s grace.

My Comments

This is book three in Denise Hunter’s Blue Ridge Romance series. I am enjoying it so much, I can’t wait to finish so I can review it!!

Now it’s your turn!

Go grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. To see the First Lines others are sharing this week make your way to Hoarding Books.

Welcome to First Line Friday Hosted by Hoarding Books!!


First Line (Plus, two!)

I had no problem finding Jennalyn’s house that windy night in early December. The two-story charmer stood out from the other Costa Mesa ranch-style houses on Ventura Street. I even made it as far as the welcome mat by her front door before a rising sense of panic pressed in on me, causing me to stop and draw in a deep breath.

Publisher’s Summary

Five young women, including beloved Gunn characters Christy Miller and Sierra Jensen, gather for a simple Christmas party and soon become unlikely best friends. Told from the viewpoint of Emily, a timid young mom going through a difficult season of life, the regular gatherings provide the much-needed community she’s longed for. As the women begin sharing their life stories in Becoming Us they are endeared to each other and find ways to challenge, encourage, and help each other become the nurturing mothers they wished they’d had when they were growing up. They see themselves as Haven Makers and unite to be remembered for what they do and not for what was done to them.

My Comments

I can’t wait to review this book. It is so good and true to life. It won’t be out until May, sigh, so you have a wait, but believe me you will enjoy it so much!

Now it’s your turn!

Go grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. To see the First Lines others are sharing this week make your way to Hoarding Books.

The Greatest Journey Ever Begins

Luke 2: 1-5 King James Version (KJV)

1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.