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HOPE LINES: Modern Family Dilemmas and Solutions from a Christian Perspective by Neil Presley Cox

About the Book

What are your next steps after you or a family member makes bad choices, or experiences a personal calamity…such as divorce, addiction, abuse, incarceration, or infidelity? Serious challenges like these often affect an entire family and put you (and yours) under the microscope of an uncaring, over-burdened legal system.
Based on nearly a quarter century of helping individuals and families navigate the courts, while making liberal use of mediation, family attorney Neil Presley Cox offers a smorgasbord of common-sense solutions in his new book HOPELINES…with a bit of Christian perspective thrown in.
Rather than a dry, boring discourse on laws and legal maneuvering, Cox sends you these insights in creative form. After synthesizing the most common personal and family “disasters” in and out of the courts, he carefully pens 18 engaging and well-written quasi-fictional stories. Each acts as a template to help you identify with your situation(s).
In addition to these often gut-wrenching dramas—which can bring tears when they hit too close to home—every narrative includes a section on reflection (analysis), application (recommendations), plus a Resource Toolbox and a relevant scriptural verse. Also, HOPELINES offers a handful of “Calls for New Hope and Faith” which are motivationally worth many times the entire price of this resource, by themselves.


Avoiding the legal system and working things out, are a key piece of the message in HOPELINES, and include resources and suggestions for doing just that. Neil Presley Cox, the “lawyer with a heart” invites you, as well as therapists, counselors, lawyers, addicts and others involved in this growing legal quagmire get on board with the spirit and message of this landmark resource.
Do not give up HOPE!
Surviving life and family challenges—whether civil or criminal—is an energy-draining, depression-invoking process. And while the cliché “this too shall pass” is mostly true, it does not help when you are in the middle of it, and your world seems to be falling apart.
Cox spent seven years writing and re-writing HOPELINES to throw out a rope or “line” of hope, as you suffer through and survive what is explicitly implied in the subtitle: Modern Family Dilemmas and Solutions from a Christian Perspective.
While this resource is much more practical than religious, Cox feels that the erosion of family structure and values is a big part of what led us to the current crisis. Lack of personal responsibility and growing up into a life of dependence, co-dependence, or other failed attempts at independence, are now the status quo. Most people today don’t understand or even know that moving past independence, into functional INTER-dependence with our key relationships, needs to be a major life goal.
But that is water under the bridge. Our current reality sees individuals and families (and yes, even Christian families) torn apart by drug addiction, alcoholism, infidelity, divorce (with resulting step-families or “grand-parenting”), physical and mental abuse, child custody, an apathetic legal system, job and relationship stress, mental illness, single parenting, and today – even gaming addiction! All are touched upon directly or indirectly, in the 18 stories.
HOPELINES is a seminal approach by a rare attorney doing his part to stem this societal tide of unhappy results, to restore lives that all started with great promise.
Cox invites you to enjoy the results of his experiences and perspectives that only someone is his position (family and criminal attorney) can fully explore and explain. And he even shares his own story of beating alcohol addiction induced by his daily exposure to lives in crisis.
As you read HOPELINES, please also share your feedback in the “Reviews” section near the bottom of this page. Neil would love to hear from you, and will use your comments to shape future editions of this timely resource.

HOPE LINES: Modern Family Dilemmas and Solutions from a Christian Perspective, Neil Presley Cox, is divided into 18 Sections. Each section is further subdivided into five sections, which detail people’s experiences with custody disputes and self-destructive behavior like alcoholism, violence, or mental health issues. To illustrate his recommendations, Cox gives vivid accounts of people’s lives. The insights are helpful and ring with truth.

Cox is a family and criminal lawyer who saw a need to offer hope and a path out to people in need of assistance before they go to family court. For those already in family court, he provides practical counsel on how to navigate the procedures and what they should and should not do, ending each chapter with sections titled “Reflect,” “Apply” and “Resource Toolbox”. 

I believe most people enmeshed in the judicial system are past the point where some of the advice and resources supplied could provide much help. Cox, on the other hand, is doing an excellent job of enlightening and preventing future problems.

My heart aches for everyone caught in a seemingly unending trap, whether of their own making or not. There needs to be a way to address the problems long before they implode. High school students could, perhaps, have family life and dynamics training.

Having numerous family members that work for either CPS, law enforcement, the legal field or the mental health field, I all too often hear heartbreaking stories. The book by Cox is a ray of hope at the end of a long tunnel. A promising start.

HOPE LINES: Modern Family Dilemmas and Solutions from a Christian Perspective is an excellent resource for Christian and secular counselors, pastors, youth directors and anyone else looking for advice on how to help someone in any of these plights.

Thank you to Reedsy/Discovery and Neil Presley Cox, for providing me with a copy of HOPE LINES: Modern Family Dilemmas and Solutions from a Christian Perspective. I have provided an unbiased review.

Promo Blast for God Hears Her – on Tour with Celebrate Lit February 1st-14th

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About the Book

Book: God Hears Her

Author: Our Daily Bread

Genre: Non-fiction / Christian / Devotional

Release Date: September 2017

Tour Dates: February 1 – 14

When you’re having one of those days, you just want to know that someone is on your side. You have more than just someone . . . you have your Heavenly Father! He is with God Hears Heryou. He is for you. He hears your heart’s cry. And He will reassure you of this through the beautifully designed, hardcover devotional collection, God Hears Her. The personal stories, Scripture passages, and inspirational quotes pulled from Our Daily Bread devotionals will lift you up and remind you that God is bigger than the trials you face.

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

Our Daily Bread Publishing – Our Daily Bread Publishing is a division of Our Daily Bread Ministries. Founded in 1938, the ministry has grown from a small group of dedicated radio listeners to millions of people around the world who use our Bible-based resources, including the beloved Our Daily Bread devotional. Our Daily Bread Ministries is a non-denominational, non-profit organization with staff and volunteers in over 37 offices working together to distribute more than 60 million resources in 150 countries. Regardless of whether it’s a radio or television broadcast, DVD, podcast, book, mobile app, or website, we provide materials to help people grow in their relationship with God.

More from Our Daily Bread

‘Feels Like Home’ Winter Recipes

As the weather turns colder, it becomes the time to pull out those tried and true winter-time recipes. You know, the ones that make us (or even keep us) warm on the inside. This is the time for the food that just feels like home.

Kirsten Holmberg and Elisa Morgan from the God Hears Her blog have shared some of their families personal recipes. These are the ones that are good for everyone. Feel free to try them yourself, bookmark them for later, or share them with a friend.

Kirsten Holmberg

In the winter, I’m partial to any slow-cooker soup or stew because I love coming home to it in the evening. My favorite is a Vegetarian Chili with some Italian influences:

2 bell peppers, diced

2 stalks of celery, sliced

2 lb zucchini halved and sliced

1 lb fresh mushrooms, halved

1 large onion, diced

3 cans diced tomatoes (fire-roasted or herbed for the most flavor)

1 can tomato sauce

1 small can black olives, sliced (or fresh in any amount desired)

1 can cannellini beans

2.5 teaspoon Italian seasoning

2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon fresh garlic, minced

½ cup water

Toss it all in a slow cooker for a few hours on high, or all day on low. Or, put it on the stove instead and simmer until the veggies are cooked through and the flavors blended (about 45 minutes). Parmesan cheese on top for an extra zing.

Elisa Morgan

A Cranberry Nut Bread recipe handed down by my mom, Paige Lee

2 cup flour

½ tsp salt

1 ¼ tsp baking powder

½ scant tsp baking soda

1 cup sugar

Sift above ingredients together twice. To the juice and grated rind of 1 large orange, add 2 tbs of melted shortening and enough boiling water to make ¾ cup. Mix with dry ingredients and add…

1 beaten egg

1 cup chopped pecans

1 cup halved fresh cranberries

Bake in greased loaf pan for 75 minutes at 350 degrees.

If you double the recipe, bake a little less time and use 3 loaf pans. It also makes good muffins and can be frozen.

Blog Stops

The Avid Reader, February 1

deb’s Book Review, February 1

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, February 2

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 2

Texas Book-aholic, February 3

Mary Hake, February 3

God is Love, February 4

Emily Yager, February 4

Genesis 5020, February 5

A Diva’s Heart, February 5

Girls in White Dresses, February 5

Lighthouse Academy, February 6

amandainpa, February 6

For Him and My Family, February 7

For The Love of Books, February 7

Inklings and notions, February 8

Andrea Christenson, February 8

Blossoms and Blessings, February 9

CarpeDiem, February 9

Older & Smarter?, February 10

She Lives to Read, February 10

For the Love of Literature, February 11

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, February 11

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 12

Godly Book Reviews, February 12

Artistic Nobody, February 13

Back Porch Reads, February 13

Little Homeschool on the Prairie, February 14

Kat’s Corner Books, February 14

Giveaway

To celebrate their tour, Our Daily Bread is giving away the grand prize package of a God Hears Her hardcover, God Hears Her leather-like, God Hears Her journal, God Hears Her CD, God Hears Her pen, and God Hears Her Scripture & Encouragement cards!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/f540/god-hears-her-celebration-tour-giveaway

The Proverbs Management Handbook by John Guderian

I have been reading one chapter of Proverbs per day for years, so imagine my surprise and delight when I discovered a book with practical management guidelines using Proverbs as the advice to follow.

The Proverbs Management Handbook by John A. Guderian is presented in a practical, easy to read format. Most of the information presented was helpful and insightful, drawing on his own personal experiences.

Guderian uses four different translations of the Bible to illustrate salient points. Each chapter and the details within are common sense and easy to apply. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get bogged down in the whole “can’t see the forest for the trees” mentality, and this book aided in many ways to clear the forest, as it were.

The chapters don’t have to be read in order to glean effective information. It’s not only for business managers either. Homemakers, students and just about anyone else can reap benefits from reading it.

Overall, I appreciated the practical advice and Biblical references used throughout. I think I would have preferred only one or two translations, though.

I received a copy of the book from BookCrash. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

Publisher’s Summary

King Solomon was the wisest, richest man who ever lived. He was also an extraordinary manager. Under his direction, Israel experienced its greatest period of peace and prosperity. Solomon documented his timeless management secrets in the Book of Proverbs, providing guidance on

•strategy and leadership
•conflict management and teamwork
•self-improvement and communication
•hiring and firing
•rewards and recognition
•sales and marketing
•purchasing and finance

The Proverbs Management Handbook explores Solomon’s management advice through the lens of modern management theories. Whether you’re managing a household, volunteers, church staff, a small business, or even a multi-national corporation, Proverbs’ inspired advice can help you do it better.

The Lost Art of Relationship by Dan Chrystal on Tour with Celebrate Lit

About the Book

Title: The Lost Art of Relationship

Author: Dan Chrystal

Genre: Christian non-fiction, Christian living

Release date: October 15, 2018

Relationship is a journey of discovery—a lost art. In this generation, it has become challenging to deepen and grow personal relationships with each other. Our technology-flooded environment has left many with limited relational experience and a fear of face-to-face connection and meeting new people.

The church has done a decent job of helping people understand the need and importance of a relationship with God, but what about with each other? At the heart of every man, woman, and child is the need for connection—for relationships with people who love them for who they are.

In The Lost Art of Relationship, Dan Chrystal tackles the heart of relationship based on the time-honored instruction to “love your neighbor as you love yourself.” But what does that mean? How do we live out this odd instruction? Who is my neighbor, anyway? What makes relationships healthy, and what makes them fail? Through Dan’s personal stories and difficult life lessons, readers will come away encouraged, inspired, and motivated to love the people in their life more fully. If you desire deep and meaningful connections, now is the time to discover the lost art of relationship.

Click here to get your copy!

Dan Chrystal’s book, The Lost Art of Relationship (A Journey to Find the Lost Commandment), has, in addition to the forward and introduction, 23 chapters divided into three sections. He begins his book with questions and ends the book with questions, which are great platforms for the book.

Chrystal leads us on a journey to discover the meaning of Matthew 22: 39b King James Version (KJV), “…Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” As we follow the journey, we get glimpses of his life through personal stories illustrating his insights into building different relationships, be they friends, family, spouse, children or business associates. Each personal story leads us back to the Biblical guidelines integral to the lessons we are learning.

The book will start you on a quest to explore and examine your own relationships and give you tools to strengthen and enhance each one.

I received a copy of the book from Celebrate Lit. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

About the Author

Dan Chrystal has over twenty-three years of ministry and relationship experience. He serves as a pastor for Bayside Church Granite Bay, under the dynamic leadership of founding pastor, Ray Johnston. Dan is a vibrant speaker and a dedicated life, career, and couple’s coach. He holds an MBA in executive leadership from Kaplan University (now Purdue Global University) and is currently studying law at Concord Law School. His extensive ministry background has taken him all over the country, from the east coast to the west, where he has served in varying capacities, including Lead Pastor, Administrative Pastor, Associate Pastor, Worship Leader, and Youth Pastor. An avid student of relationship, Dan is passionate about helping others to love their neighbors as themselves.

“Choose a good reputation over great riches.” (Proverbs 22:1)

Guest post from Dan

For two years, I experienced what many would call a “wilderness experience.” I truly felt forgotten. I had spent twenty years in various aspects of church work having met and coached hundreds of people, and I still felt like I didn’t truly understand why I was put on this earth. I have moved nine times in my adult life. Everywhere I’ve lived, I had to start over—at work, home, schools for kids, and especially in relationship with others.

The last move was different. This time I was no longer looking to connect simply for the sake of connecting. There was a purpose for connection that was brewing inside me. That purpose became the driving force of my life and remains that way today. In fact, it consumes my thought life, relationships, ministry, and every aspect of what I do, think, and say.

Connecting with others has been a part of my life wherever I have gone. This came from watching my mom over many years meet, talk to, and befriend hundreds of people. At her funeral, I had just about that many tell me “thank you” for allowing my mom to be a part of their lives—how she encouraged them and truly got to know them for who they are.

During my two-year “wilderness” period, there was a realization that over all the moves, restarts, connections, coffee appointments, coaching, lunches, and dinners with people, I was learning the essence of what I believe we are called, or actually commanded, to do by Jesus. Such a simple sentence, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” However, it is one of the most difficult things to live out every day. Let’s face it; relationships are messy. They can be downright frustrating at times, but they are a necessary part of life, and the second most important thing to God.

I am by no means an “expert” in relationship. I am and always will be a student of it. I have watched relationships thrive, survive, and some fall away. There are so many divisions that come between us, and during those two years of struggling with my purpose, it became clear—God has designed, purposed, and prepared me to help others discover what it means to love your neighbor as yourself. I am not perfect at this. As a matter of fact, I struggle—sometimes daily. That is what sparked the writing of this book. I have found there is an art to relationship. For most, it is a lost art, one that can be rediscovered. I would love it if you would join me in discovering The Lost Art of Relationship.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, January 19

Carpe Diem, January 19

Robin is Bookish, January 20

The Becca Files, January 20

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, January 21

All-of-a-kind Mom, January 22

Creating Romance, January 22

Real World Bible Study, January 23

Mary Hake, January 24

Captive Dreams Window, January 25

Bigreadersite, January 25

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, January 26

margaret kazmierczak, January 26

Bibliophile Reviews, January 27

Texas Book-aholic, January 28

Just the Write Escape, January 29

A Baker’s Perspective, January 30

Janices book reviews, January 31

Book World Reviews, February 1

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 1

Giveaway

To celebrate his tour, Dan is giving away a grand prize of an Echo 2nd Generation Smart Speaker with Alexa!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d8d6/the-lost-art-of-relationship-celebration-tour-giveaway


					

This is the Day by Tim Tebow (with A. J. Gregory)

My Review

I have been interested in and have followed Tim Tebow’s career since he first became known. I was saddened, as a football fan, when he left football. The vitriol he often calmly and professionally endured saddened me.

Tebow also has a resplendent program for the intellectually disabled, A Night to Shine. I have two family members who work with physically and intellectually disabled adults. Seeing how the men and women reacted to Tebow’s event brought tears to my eyes, but they were happy tears.

When an opportunity became available for me to review This Is The Day by Tim Tebow, I jumped at the chance. I am so glad I did.

Through experiences in sports and personal life, Tebow tells of his belief that “This is the Day.” He says, “Imagine when hearing the sound of the morning alarm, instead of groaning or slapping the snooze button, you awaken-mind, heart, and soul-to possibility…Imagine being fueled by a whisper: ’This is the day.’”

Tebow opens up about many of his life experiences growing up and as an adult. He relates stories of seemingly insignificant events, yet they have great significance, not only in his life but in the lives of those he (and others around him) have touched. He talks to readers as if we are sitting with him enjoying a cup of tea or coffee. Granted, he has the money to do some things we, the average readers, cannot. However, that shouldn’t stop us from doing, being and experiencing all we can within God’s plans for us.

“This is the day to say yes to your dreams.”

I received this book from WaterBrook. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

Publisher’s Summary

The New York Times best-selling sports star and media icon motivates readers to stop postponing dreams and start making them happen now because–this is the day.

Beyond Tim Tebow’s exploits as a Heisman-winning football player, he is widely known and respected for his exemplary character and personal excellence, which have made him a role model for millions. When Tim interacts with the public, he often encounters people who feel “stuck”–unable to take action on matters ranging from daily life to pursuing lifelong dreams. In response, Tim often identifies a crippling fear or lack of courage, to which he advises: “now is the time to take some risks, to quiet the voices of defeat, to step forward and make a mark, because this is the day.” In this inspiring, motivational book, readers will receive the advice and encouragement to daily move from “pause” to “play” in finding deeper meaning and success. Tim illustrates the book’s themes with stories from his personal life that will delight all readers, including an update on his dream pursuit of a baseball career.

The Struggle is Real-Spotlight- Now on tour with CelebrateLit

About the Book

Title: The Struggle is Real

Author: Nicole Unice

Genre: Non-fiction, Christian life, Spiritual Growth

Release date: August 21, 2018

“It just shouldn’t be this hard!”

Raise your hand if you’ve ever had a day where everything that could go wrong does go wrong—you lock your keys in the car while it’s running, lose control with your kids, make a mistake at the office that results in hours more work. And just when you think not one more thing could possibly happen . . . well, fill in the blank.

The struggle is real, friends. It may not be major stuff. Lives are not on the line here. But it makes us feel awful . . . and then we feel guilty for stressing when other people have “real” problems that are so much more serious.

Yet the fact remains: We live in a world that often feels harder than we think it should be. And so it can be easy to believe the stories we tell ourselves—that we’re doing it wrong, that we’ll be stuck in this place forever, that God doesn’t love us. We struggle to practice gratitude, to make godly choices, and to live our daily lives with confidence and contentment. So what can we do?

Join popular Bible teacher and counselor Nicole Unice to discover why the struggle is real . . . and what to do about it. Nicole offers practical tools to help you navigate the daily ups and downs, and ways to rewrite your struggle into a new, God-centered life story. The Struggle Is Real is an invitation to take the hard, hurtful, and confusing moments and turn them into opportunities to grow in wisdom, strength, and joy.

Click here to purchase your copy!

About the Author

Nicole Unice is a Bible teacher, author, and passionate communicator who delights in bringing God’s Word to life in a personal and relevant way. Her training as a counselor informs her work, as she emphasizes the importance of facing our own reality and embracing the transforming power of God’s grace.

Her heart belongs to Hope Church in Richmond, Virginia, where she serves as ministry director, leading discipleship and Praxis, a full-time ministry residency program for young leaders. In addition, Nicole co-hosts Hope Cast, a podcast on spiritual formation, leadership, and relationships.

Nicole’s invitations to speak have taken her across the world, and her books come to life through her popular video curriculum series found on RightNow Media. Her first book, She’s Got Issues, released in May 2012 and speaks to a fundamental question of faith: Is being a Christian supposed to change me? Also available is a companion curriculum, She’s Got Issues DVD Group Experience, a six-session journey that includes interviews, questions, and teaching expanding on the book. Her subsequent titles—Brave Enough and The Struggle Is Real—help people distill the complicated stuff of life into a simple and clear path to Jesus.

Nicole holds degrees from the College of William and Mary and from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She loves creating a space for ministry and spiritual formation in the everyday rhythms of life with three children, two pups, one husband, and a whole community of twentysomethings who regularly raid her fridge.

Nicole is known for making friends in all corners of the world, especially via social media. Connect with her on Instagram, YouTube, or at nicoleuncie.com —and hopefully face-to-face at one of her upcoming events.

Guest Post from Nicole Unice

There’s a question we throw around that I bet means a whole lot more than we would expect. How many times a week—or a day!–are you asked:

How are you?”

I don’t know about you, but the answer I hear and give the most is something like …. ”fine”, or —“busy but good!”? It’s kind of the socially acceptable answer, right?

A friend asked me this question just this week as I walked into work. I was multitasking as usual while knee-deep into a cell phone conversation about yet another problem. I didn’t answer her, because if I did—if I really stopped and answered—I might have started crying, right there on the spot. My lips formed the word “fine” when in reality, I was anything but—at least not in that moment. And life doesn’t always stop long enough to give a real answer….

But isn’t “fine” the socially accepted answer because it works….or does it?

The reality is, we are all struggling, to different degrees and complexity levels, each and every day. The Struggle IS Real, and when you add up both the little and big daily struggles, it’s easy to understand why this hashtag social media rockstar exists—over 3 million deep at #thestruggleisreal.

But if we dig a little deeper into this common complaint, we might discover a much more sinister root—and real help toward freedom and wisdom in Christ.

In my newest book, The Struggle is Real, that’s what I’ve done. I address issues like:

  • Life is much harder than I thought it would be, and I feel bad saying it.
  • There are some things about myself that I can’t change…it’s just how I am, and it frustrates me.
  • I really don’t know if God is interested in my life, and even if He is, I don’t know how to hear from Him.

(and if you are wondering how real your struggle is, I’ve included a Good Life Inventory on p. 14!)

I wrote this book because I know how real the struggle truly is—and I want us to discover the true source of the answer to these age-old problems. My hope is to take my readers through a journey into this gap between our “just fine” lives and the truly good lives we are seeking and are hungry for. To offer hope that we can live the best life we can, this side of heaven.

Yep, the struggle is definitely real. But the struggle can also start the story. It can motivate us to rewrite our lives into a new story. The struggles can lead us to a new source of hope and freedom, and somehow, even the worst of life can become a place of strength and growth. The struggle is real. And the struggle can be good.

Blog Stops

A Baker’s Perspective, August 25

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, August 25

Bibliophile Reviews, August 26

Reading Is My SuperPower, August 27

Texas Book-aholic, August 28

All-of-a-kind Mom, August 29

Girls in White Dresses, August 29

Chas Ray’s Book Nerd Corner, August 29

Carpe Diem, August 30

Multifarious, August 31

Janices book reviews, September 1

Inklings and Notions, September 2

Book by Book, September 3

Mary Hake, September 3

proud to be an autism mom, September 4

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 4

Margaret Kazmierczak, September 5

Jeanette’s Thoughts, September 6

Godly Book Reviews, September 7

Bigreadersite, September 7

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Nicole is giving away a grand prize of a “The Struggle is Real” T-Shirt!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/d19c/the-struggle-is-real-celebration-tour-giveaway

Monday Memories

A Profound, Uplifting Book!

Our Southern Breeze by Daphene Jones
with Andrea Taylor, Ph.D.

My Review

This book made a profound impact on me because my childhood and a small portion of my adult life were so similar to the story.

I urge anyone battling, or who has battled, with childhood abuse and deep depression while wondering where God is through it all to read this book!

I decided to reprint this review when I saw Same Kind of Different As Me had been made into a movie. I haven’t read Same Kind of Different As Me. However, if the book and/or film is even half of what Our Southern Breeze is, it will be great.

Our Southern Breeze is an amazing story of heartaches, failures, sickness, deaths and triumphs.

The first quarter (approximately) of the book deals with the early childhood of Daphene and her twin, Deborah, along with their older sister, Gretchen. The last three-quarters of the book chronicle her life and how she came to feel “her” southern breeze. Deborah’s story of hope will resonate with everyone.

Daphene and her twin, Deborah, experienced heartbreaking abuse at the hands of their father while growing up. Even though Daphene treads delicately and lightly through the abuse she and her twin suffered throughout their childhood, she still paints a harrowingly chilling and horrendous picture. Their older sister, Gretchen, was the “princess,” while the twins suffered from their father’s demons. Because of this, and secrets they couldn’t even admit to themselves, they were all three estranged as adults.

Deborah invited Daphene to a Christian conference held in 1990 that became a life changer for both sisters. While there they were approached by a person who told them they would soon encounter their summer breeze from God. The story then unfolds with God’s goodness and kindness over each twin’s life.

As you follow their inspirational journey, you sometimes forget it is a real story, as you are so drawn into Daphene and Deborah’s lives. Albeit the paths for each sister were very dissimilar, you can see God’s hand over their entire journey.

You will be uplifted, brought to tears, to your knees and left in awe of God’s mighty power.  Any reader can be stirred and moved by Daphene’s account of her and her twin’s lives. However, some images, in the beginning, may be distressful for abuse victims.

Same Kind of Different As Me is a book which chronicles parts of Deborah’s life. Because I was deeply touched on many, many levels by Our Southern Breeze, I’m looking forward to reading it, too.  Our Southern Breeze is a story that won’t soon leave your heart. Give yourself plenty of time to read and digest this book. (You’ll need a box of tissues, too!)

This book was provided for me Free by BookCrash in exchange for an unbiased opinion.

Publisher’s Review

In Our Southern Breeze, Daphene Jones tells the story about her life as the twin sister of Deborah Hall of “Same Kind of Different as Me”. She knew Deborah like no one else could. And the story she tells is like no other story. At the Anaheim Vineyard conference in 1990, God promised to send a southern breeze over Deborah and Daphene. Neither of them could have imagined what that would look like or how many other people would eventually be touched by the promised breeze. This is their story of overcoming even the darkest times of life through redemption, forgiveness, and second chances.

As she shares her heart through this story, her prayer is that God will heal the deep hurts that many are carrying. What she kept hearing as she worked on this book is that God is a God of Second Chances.

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A God of All Seasons by TH Meyer and Amy Breitmann

Click here to purchase your copy.

About the Book

Book title: A God of All Seasons

Author: TH Meyer & Amy Breitmann

Release date: August 28, 2017

Genre: Non-fiction

What if your spiritual life landed in the grip of a wintered soul? How does one’s faith survive?

Discover the beauty and challenge of spiritual seasons as Tammy & Amy remember parts of their stories in order to draw out your own. Learn to perceive God’s companionship even when you don’t sense His nearness. And unearth, not only a God who created the seasons, but one who also walks with you through them.”

Book Trailer Video: https://youtu.be/fWupS5gTRoc

My Review

A God of All Seasons reminds us that God is with us in every season of our life. Autumn, just as autumn leaves let go, is the time of letting go, perhaps even painfully.  Winter is the time of darkness, as the authors say, “Winter can be unpleasant, but it can also be refining.” Spring is the time of awakening, hope and promise. Summer is the time of rest and leisure.

The book, divided into the four seasons, begins each chapter with a Bible verse and ends with questions for personal reflection.

I like how the authors, Amy Breitmann and Tammy “T. H.” Meyers, alternate their stories in each chapter. They share the Biblical lessons they have learned in their lives, along with their conflicts and tough spells, thus making the book come alive for us the readers.

The format of A God of All Seasons lends itself to being ideal for a daily devotional and/or a Bible Study.

I received this book from Celebrate Lit and the authors. However, I was under no obligation to write a review.

About the Authors

After living in Asia and Europe, T.H. Meyer’s family planted roots on their Texas farm in 2008 where they live among fields of Rye and Bermuda. Tammy is a writer and creative strategist who also moonlights as a social media specialist. She’s the mother to three children and author of, A Life of Creative Purpose: Embrace Uniqueness, Explore Boldness, Encourage Faith and Social Media Strategies: Discovering Powerful Tools of the Trade without Losing Your Soul for Christian entrepreneurs maneuvering the daunting and soul-sucking world of online marketing.

Join Tammy on her website: The Art of Fear Not: An Adventurous Life of Faith http://www.tammy-h-meyer.com/.

Or stay in touch with her at:

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/hendricksmeyer/pins/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tammy.h.meyer/ for personal photos and thoughts from home.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tammy.hendricksmeyer

Or Twitter: https://twitter.com/tammy_h_meyer/lists & find out what’s on her Twitter “Lists.”

Amy’s (Amy Breitmann) bio: Amy weaves together ministry and writing alongside her husband and two children in Augusta, GA. She is a writer, speaker, and founder of “The Lydia Project,” a national ministry for women facing cancer and is a storyteller for ViBella Jewelry, an international company that employs artisans in Haiti and Mexico. Her published works include pieces in Chicken Soup of the Soul, Mosaic: Sojourners of Faith, and Guideposts Magazine.

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, T.H. Meyer is giving away a  Kindle Fire, a $50 Amazon gift card and a $25 Amazon gift card!! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/bd4e