Thursday, January 25, 2018

Winter 2018 Heartbeat Magazine Issue

The Winter 2018 Heartbeat Magazine issue is online now...

In this issue: Heartfelt stories about Travel, Featured Foundation, Kitchen Corner, Heart of Home & Family, Fashion, and so much more!

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Book Review: The I Factor - How Building a Great Relationship with Yourself Is the Key to a Happy, Successful Life - By Van Moody

It's such a pleasure to find books to review on BookLookBloggers and this month I went with a relationship theme, The I Factor by Van Moody.

The key to the life you want is inside you.

One question lies behind every struggle we face: How do I deal with myself? Behind all our stumbles, behind each of our missteps, behind every one of our failings lies an inability to handle what Van Moody calls the “I-Factor.” More than self-worth or self-respect, beyond even character and perception of purpose, the I-Factor is about managing yourself—your whole life—well. In his inspiring new book, Moody reveals how to get hold of your I-Factor.

Moody identifies three dynamics essential to winning the battle of the I-Factor: identity, significance, and perspective. When you understand your identity you know who you are, setting your foundation for everything. When you understand your significance, you see the purpose and the greatness you were created for. And when you understand perspective, you can view the problems you face as stepping-stones to greatness rather than stumbling blocks. Properly understand these three dynamics, and you will be able to master your I-Factor.

Weaving together personal stories, practical principles, and profound biblical truth, The I-Factor provides the key to achieving the life of greatness that you are destined for.

Favorite Quotes -
Your Identity Is Not Based on Circumstances - Everyone's life is affected at some point by situations outside of his or her control.  When these things happen, many people allow them to define who they are...

Truth about relationships: it's your relationship with yourself that trumps every other association in your life.

The three ingredients for your best possible life are a great relationship with God, a great relationship with yourself, and a great relationship with others.

The right perspective will enable you to walk across difficulties to your destiny instead of allowing them to stop you in your tracks.

Thank you to for the opportunity to review this book.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Book Review - Warrior Wife, Overcoming the Unique Struggles of a Military Marriage by Hillary Sigrist

Warrior Wife, Overcoming the Unique Struggles of a Military Marriage by Hillary Sigrist is a book about the unique way the military will change you, your husband, and your marriage. In the book she shares about the “new normal” lifestyle that challenges even the strongest foundations.

When you hold the hand of a warrior, you’re joining him on a quest—one that traverses glory and pain. It’s a journey traveled by few, and fewer make it through till completion. Extraordinary men have run our colors across the battlefields of history, but behind them have been the women who have held vigil as they go.

But what doesn’t break you will make you stronger if you let it!
This book will illustrate the courage, support, and faith it takes to overcome the challenges of military marriages, as well as the tools, understanding, and insight to enter into the rewarding experience of being a warrior wife. “I believe military wives are super women in their own right, it’s impossible for you to do it all.”

“Take heart in knowing that God’s timing for His new creation is exactly as He planned (Ecclesiastes 3:11)”

“Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning to dance in the rain.

“He knows the plans He has for you, plans to prosper and not to harm you” (Jeremiah 29:11)”

It's such a pleasure to find books to review on BookLookBloggers and this was a great one with a family theme.  Visit for more information.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

With All Due Respect Book Review

With All Due Respect by Nina Roesner & Debbie Hitchcock is a handbook for parents navigating the difficulties of the tween and teen years. Roesner and Hitchcock help parents identify what successful relationships look like and give easy-to-follow lessons in enforcing rules, communicating lovingly, resetting relationships, overcoming fears and exhaustion, and handling rebellion. Each day features a story every mom can relate to, down-to-earth questions to think about, and a prayer to launch an action plan. As a result, the reader gains new skills and perspective, greater strength, and an ability to live out faith daily as never before. With All Due Respect is for all parents seeking not only to connect more deeply with and positively impact their teens and tweens, but also to grow more deeply in faith through the process.


I enjoyed the chapters as at the beginning there was a Dare to take action and then a Bible verse to start the intro.  I also liked the highlighted sections that they called Bottom line.  Here are a few of my favorite bottom lines.

Bottom line:  If we take a second look at our childhoods, we can learn a lot about our current parenting.

Bottom line:  By actively choosing to grow toward the vision God has for us parents, we assist God in the vision He has for our kids.

Bottom line: When consequences fail, push the reset button and work out a better solution.

Thank you to for the opportunity to review this book.


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The Search for God, Purpose, and a Meaningful Life

I went through the books on BookLookBloggers to decide what I would review this month.  Young & Beardless captured my interest with the title and the photos on the front - The Search for God, Purpose, and a Meaningful Life.  Once I started reading the book I realized it was a story from John Luke Robertson who is a part of the Duck Dynasty Family.

Book Summary: John Luke Robertson, may be young and beardless, but he has a lot to say about growing up and discovering your purpose.  John Luke Robertson, the oldest son of Willie and Korie Robertson, and brother of Dancing with the Stars sensation, Sadie Robertson, shares his story of what it’s like to grow up as a Robertson and all the fun and craziness that entails, as well as what he has learned as he has stepped out into his own unique experiences. He also shares what it’s like to navigate the walk from boyhood to becoming a man. Topics in this book include friendship, kindness, dreaming big, embracing your God-given uniqueness, taking chances, and choosing mentors.
John Luke speaks frequently on dreams (how to build a dream for your life), schemes (how to plan for your dream to come true), and building teams (choosing the people around you who will become a team that helps make your dream come true through their support, honesty, and care). He will incorporate these important guidelines into the book, ultimately helping young people learn how to find and pursue a clear-cut purpose in their lives.

Teens and young adults will enjoy reading his story, and they will benefit by reading Robertson’s wisdom and perspective on how to grow up and live out your purpose. And, with the Robertsons, this book is sure to be fun!

Throughout the book he finishes each chapter with a summary of a story he has read.  He shares what meaning it has provided in his life and how it would be beneficial to apply some of their tips to your life.  One of his tips was to create a toolbox for your future.  Add things that inspire and motivate you.  Another question he suggests you ask yourself is, "Can you picture yourself 10 years from now?"  Name some of the things you'll have accomplished by then.  This will give you a better plan and allow you to be more focused on your goals.

The book is an inspiration on how to live.  To learn more visit

Thank you to for the opportunity to review this book.


Monday, June 13, 2016

How to Live in Fear - Mastering the Art of Freaking Out by Lance Hahn book review

Have you ever known someone that suffers from anxiety?  I believe we all have occasions when things can get out of control and cause a great deal of stress.  People that suffer from anxiety disorders have trouble with processing the stress and allowing the situation to be processed.  I have friends and family that suffer from this kind of disorder and so found this book, "How to live iin Fear - Mastering the Art of Freaking Out by Lance Hahn very helpful.  Here are my Highlights: 

I was taken with her openness and transparency as she poured out her heart to me.

First, top finds can indeed be found in the most dark and obscure places.  Second, transparency and honesty reveal what is often hidden away in casual conversation.  Our fears should not serve as walls of shame; rather, they are bridges that connect all of our stories. - Parnell M. Lovelace Jr. MSW, DMin

My hope is that five things will happen in your own heart as you read:

Depression might take a parent away from the family room and leave that mom or dad alone in a darkened bedroom, so too does anxiety remove us from being emotionally present.

A wise person once said, "Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." If you have a pet close to your heart, you know that full well.

Throughout the story are his life history and the lessons he has learned.

High Functioning Minds
People with high-functioning minds often look at life through telescopes and microscopes, so to speak, rather than their own set of eyes.

Book Summary:
Find freedom in an age of anxiety.
Let’s face it: we are afraid. Our world is riddled with fear-inducing headlines, financial meltdowns, family crises, and phobias of every stripe. No wonder the New York Times now reports one in ten Americans is now taking antidepressant or anxiety medication. So how do we cope or even succeed in a world spinning out of control? As someone who has battled panic attacks and anxiety most of his life, Lance Hahn can relate.
In How to Live in Fear, Lance tackles the pervasive problem of fear and panic head-on by inviting readers into his world. In this genuine and practical book, he invites readers into the life of a pastor living with anxiety disorder. Through humorous personal stories—like losing it on an airplane or collapsing onstage as he is about to preach—Lance will win over readers with his transparency. He will also share the remedies that have helped him recover and overcome throughout the years.
How to Live in Fear is a public intervention of sorts. We need to talk about this issue, especially the church-at-large. Millions of people suffer from anxiety disorders, and the church has done little to make them feel normal. Many Christians now take medication privately but keep it a secret under the shame of being viewed as a failure. Lance willingly bares his soul in order to get the conversation started. He firmly believes the church should not only recognize the issue, but also help believers reconcile the guilt of being a Christian while dealing with dread and anxiety
Filled with practical tips and advice, and full of relevant scriptures, How to Live in Fear gives readers the tools to relax in the face of fear—real or imagined. Lance will show readers that while he may still encounter bouts of panic, he has never let his disorder stop him from living a full life.

Thank you to for the opportunity to review this book.


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Book Review of The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership by Jenni Catron

You have the capacity to become an extraordinary leader---if you are willing to embrace a deeper definition of leadership and take action to apply it.

In The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership, Jenni Catron, executive church leader and author of Clout, reveals the secrets to standout leadership found in the Great Commandment: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength."

Weaving a winsome narrative filled with inspiring real-life stories, hard-won wisdom, and practical applications, Catron unpacks four essential aspects of growing more influential: your heart for relational leadership, your soul for spiritual leadership, your mind for managerial leadership, and your strength for visionary leadership.

Leadership isn't easy, but it is possible to move from ordinary to extraordinary.  Jenni Catron shows the way.

Quotes I loved from the book...
"Love your neighbor as yourself."

The Great Commandment has enormous implications for us as leaders.  This is where extraordinary is found.

The heart of a leader is the truest part of who he or she is.  Your heart is the center of your emotions, desires, and wishes.  Your heart is what most connects you with others.

Before we can lead others from our heart, soul, mind, and strength, there is a key first step.  I believe it is the starting point of leadership.  To lead others well, we must first lead ourselves better.

Extraordinary is a result of a hungry, teachable attitude and a commitment to consistent growth and progress.

The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly. - Jim Rohn

Extraordinary leaders step up to help make decisions and to guide the way, especially when circumstances are complex.  - Jenni Catron

About the Author
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Please look for the article in our February Heartbeat Connection Magazine online.

Thank you to for the opportunity to review this book.


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