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Monday, March 23, 2015

Easter Stories: Classic Tales for the Holy Season Review and Giveaway

God is good all the time, and He was especially good to my family with the timing of this review.  We were so close to finishing our family Bible devotional, and then along came this book, Easter Stories, just in time for Easter.  It was perfect.

Here's the official back-of-the-book blurb:
Everyone who believes Easter is about more than Easter egg hunts will be grateful for this new anthology of short stories that illumine the true meaning of the season. Selected for their spiritual value and literary quality, these classic tales capture the spirit of Holy Week and Easter in a way that will captivate readers of all ages. Parents and grandparents will find that children love to hear these stories read aloud, year after year.
Easter Stories is 383 pages and features short stories by multiple authors, many of whom you may recognize- C.S. Lewis, Leo Tolstoy, Oscar Wilde, Anton Chekhov, and others. Each story also has a black and white woodcut illustration to go along with it.  

OBM says:  I just love this book.  I have to admit as I read the stories aloud to my kids they often brought tears to my eyes.  I didn't love every single story, much the way those of us old enough to remember buying records usually didn't love every single song on them, but each one did make me think and reflect about Jesus, His sacrifice, and what Easter really is about.  I loved that this book came at a perfect time for us to use as a daily devotional to prepare our hearts for Easter, and I am sure your family will enjoy it too.  If you'd like to check it out, you can visit the publisher's website, Plough Publishing House, and they even the full table of contents and a few of the stories there for you to read.
To learn more about what Plough has to offer, visit Plough's facebook page or twitter or Pinterest or Google +.

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Please, Help a Friend Out!

Very seldom do I throw myself at you, my readers, and beg for your help. And I understand after the chirping crickets and gathering cobwebs around here that you might have wondered if I was even still around. Well ,I am, and I've just been very, very busy. Life, it seems, does not ever slow down. I have TONS to catch you up on, and two giveaways coming up, if you hang in there, but right now, I need your help for a friend of mine.
 My neighbor is an architect. A really good one. She's worked in architecture for years, but just got her license or degree or whatever as an architect herself, not under someone else. And she's in a contest for up-and-coming architects. So I'm begging you to help a friend out because the contest is as much about popularity as it is talent, and only the architects with the most "adds" to other people's "ideabooks" will make it to the final round.

 So would you please go to this site:
All you have to do is create an account (takes about a minute), add the pictures to your ideabook(s), and be done. Dawn would appreciate it. I'd appreciate it too, because I was her photographer for the first house (kitchen/sunroom) pictured below, so the more positive recognition she gets, the more publicity I get.

 Thanks y'all, you are the BEST. Oh, and look for the first giveaway coming Monday.
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