Showing posts from November, 2007

The Hinton Family

This is a picture of my grandparents and a friend of theirs in Jacksonville, Florida. I'm blogging about them on F.A.I.T.H. today.

Auralia's Colors by Jeffrey Overstreet

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing


(WaterBrook Press September 4, 2007)


Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet lives in two worlds. By day, he writes about movies at and in notable publications like Christianity Today, Paste, and Image.

His adventures in cinema are chronicled in his book Through a Screen Darkly. By night, he composes new stories found in fictional worlds of his own. Living in Shoreline, Washington, with his wife, Anne, a poet, he is a senior staff writer for Response Magazine at Seattle Pacific University.

Auralia’s Colors is his first novel. He is now hard at work on many new stories, including three more strands of The Auralia Thread.


As a baby, she was found in a footprint.

As a girl, she was raised by thieves in a wilderness where savages lurk.

As a young woman, she will risk her life to save the world with the only secret she knows.

When thieves find an abandoned child lying…

Rainy Sunday

And if you're anywhere near Georgia, you know we welcome rain! It rained for most of the afternoon and as midnight draws closer, I can hear it pouring down the gutters. Thank You, Jesus!

While we're celebrating, I thought I'd share another video clip of the Casting Crowns concert I went to.

(I was going to share a clip of the CC ladies tearing up the stage with one of the best songs from their album Casting Crowns: "Praise You with the Dance," but I could hear myself singing along and I couldn't do that to you.)

So here's an equally great song - "The Voice of Truth." Look close. On stage artist Mark Evans (not sure if this spelling is accurate or if this is the correct name - correct me if I'm wrong!) is painting. Man, that painting was too cool and he completed it while the song was playing. You should've been there...

Awesome Concert!

Did I mention the Casting Crowns concert, the first concert I'd ever been to, was awesome? Well ~ IT WAS!!Casting Crowns was in Atlanta last night and performed at the Gwinnett Arena. It was on fire, awesome!They performed all my favorites, some new ones that have already become favorites. Andy Williams performed an electrifying drum solo that I regret I didn't capture on video. He had the crowd pumped!Here's a clip of "EAST TO WEST" - a song off The Altar and The Door cd.I hope it plays, first time uploading a video :)

Friday - Go to FAITH

I'm blogging on F.A.I.T.H. today and sharing something special that happened Thursday morning that I didn't tell you about in the previous post.

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone had a wonderful day.

Family came and we all ate too much. I made chicken dressing, sweet potato casserole, hash brown casserole, deviled eggs, biscuits, green beans and my husband grilled two turkeys and a ham. Jennifer, my sister in-law brought the sweetest blackberry cobbler and yellow corn. Kari, my sister in-law made key lime squares and chocolate covered strawberries (yummy!). Amanda, my sister in-law brought cokes. Someone brought a pecan pie, not sure if which sister in-law brought that.

My nephew got a new dog named Charlie and brought him along. Charlie played in the back yard with my dogs - who were gracious hosts ;)

Tonight, my kitchen is a wreck, but I'm too pooped to clean it. I've put up the food and started soaking some casserole dishes. I'll have to hit the kitchen hard in the morning and get it back to normal.

The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Decked Out by Neta Jackson

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing


Thomas Nelson (October 2, 2007)


Neta Jackson

Neta Jackson Neta Jackson's award-winning Yada books have sold more than 350,000 copies and are spawning prayer groups across the country. She and her husband, Dave, are also an award-winning husband/wife writing team, best known for the Trailblazer Books--a 40-volume series of historical fiction about great Christian heroes with 1.8 million in sales--and Hero Tales: A Family Treasury of True Stories from the Lives of Christian Heroes (vols 1-4).

Dave and Neta live in Evanston, Illinois, where for twenty-seven years they were part of Reba Place Church, a Christian church community. They are now members of the Chicago Tabernacle, a multi-racial congregation that is a daughter church of the well-known Brooklyn Tabernacle.


Turkey dinners, tree trimming, and decking the halls--it's that time of year again…


This was received as an email transmitted by echomusic on behalf of Casting Crowns 1101 17th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37212 All photos and text have been copied from email.


Casting Crowns was named "Favorite Artist" at the "2007 American Music Awards" in the Contemporary Inspirational category last night at the NOKIA Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.

Juan, Chris, Mark, and Hector pick up Casting Crowns' first American Music Award

"This is an incredible honor! Wow, an American Music Award; this is voted on by our fans so it's very special to us. We're both humbled and honored to represent Christian music and its fans tonight," noted Mark Hall, lead singer and youth pastor.

Juan, Chris, Hector, and Mark take on the red carpet before the show.

The award show, which aired live on ABC, was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and for the first time in American Music Awards history, win…

There is a God and you're not Him

Precept Ministries International held a National Women's Convention in Chattanooga, Tennessee August 2-4, 2002. I went with my mother, aunt, and two cousins. I've been going through the notes I took and I wanted to share with you my notes when Jan Silvious spoke.

These are notes, so some sentences may not be complete. There will be her quotes, followed by scripture she referenced. I intend to study her teaching and the scriptures listed and would suggest anyone reading this, that finds it interesting do the same.

Notes from Jan Silvious's lecture:

Healing - Matthew 6:6 - 34
God loves the way He made Us - Psalm 139:13, 56:13
Sins - 1John 1:9, Hebrew 7:25
Helper - John 14:25
God's Plans - Jeremiah 29:11

1Peter 2:9
Romans 8:28
Zephaniah 3:17

Quoting Jan Silvious:
Jesus comes into your life: Purpose: Base your worth on what God says - no one else.
Goings on in your life - God loves you, honors, you will be okay.
Purpose on everything that happens - the last chapter has not been written…

Photos of Lake Lanier, Georgia

We were blessed with rain Wednesday night following Governor Sonny Perdue's prayer at the Capitol on Tuesday. But we need to continue to pray for rain, for God to relieve us from this drought. Much, much more rain will be needed to get the state and surrounding states back to normal.

Here are some pictures my husband took while on the lake Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Looking toward the Lake Lanier Sailing Club, over a piece of land normally covered in water.
One of the boat ramps at Old Federal Park on Lake Lanier, now closed due to lack of water, like most around the lake. Most all boat ramps are closed, with only a few remaining open toward the south end.
Another view of the boat ramp at Old Federal Park.

Please visit the F.A.I.T.H. blog today, I'm blogging about the drought and prayer walking.

Try Dying by James Scott Bell

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing
(Center Street October 24, 2007)
James Scott Bell
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: James Scott Bell is a former trial lawyer who now writes full time. He is also the fiction columnist for Writers Digest magazine and adjunct professor of writing at Pepperdine University. His book on writing, Plot and Structure is one of the most popular writing books available today. The national bestselling author of several novels of suspense, he grew up and still lives in Los Angeles, where he is at work on his next Buchanan thriller.

ABOUT THE BOOK: On a wet Tuesday morning in December, Ernesto Bonilla, twenty-eight, shot his twenty-three-year-old wife, Alejandra, in the backyard of their West 45th Street home in South Los Angeles. As Alejandra lay bleeding to death, Ernesto drove their Ford Explorer to the westbound Century Freeway connector where it crossed over the Harbor Freeway and pulled to a stop on the shoulder. Bonilla stepped around the bac…


I'm running a contest on F.A.I.T.H. today - go on over and check it out!

You could be the lucky winner of a Yankee Candle and a Starbucks gift card!

Deadfall by Robert Liparulo

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing
(Thomas Nelson November 6, 2007)
Robert Liparulo

Robert is an award-winning author of over a thousand published articles and short stories. He is currently a contributing editor for New Man magazine. His work has appeared in Reader's Digest, Travel & Leisure, Modern Bride, Consumers Digest, Chief Executive, and The Arizona Daily Star, among other publications. In addition, he previously worked as a celebrity journalist, interviewing Stephen King, Tom Clancy, Charlton Heston, and others for magazines such as Rocky Road, Preview, and L.A. Weekly.Robert is an avid scuba diver, swimmer, reader, traveler, and a law enforcement and military enthusiast. He lives in Colorado with his wife and four children.Robert's first novel painted a scenario so frighteningly real that six Hollywood producers were bidding on movie rights before the novel was completed. His acclaimed debut novel, Comes A Horsem…

Miss Touch-Me-Not goes to the spa

Yes, I am a touch-me-not. I like to give hugs and get hugs, but deep down, I need my dance space ~ Think back to the movie Dirty Dancing and Patrick Swayze explaining "This is my dance space, this is your dance space."

Back in the spring, my husband bought me a half day spa package.

So, you see, this was a big step, Miss Touch-Me-Not going to a spa, to let strangers put their hands on me.

The one thing that would have made the whole experience perfect was I had been able to take my laptop with me and someone had assigned a private room for me to work for the other half of the day. But all good things must come to an end.

Anyway, I arrive at Patrick's of Atlanta (I'm at their Buford location) at 9 am. Of course, I realize as I'm getting out of the car, that I've forgotten the gift certificate. (You can lead a horse to water, folks, but you can't make her drink). Everyone can give me a collective DUH - I can take it.

Luckily, every certificate sold is put in Pat…

Sarah, My Beloved by Sharlene MacLaren

About the Book

Sarah Woodward has come to Kentucky as a mail-order bride, contracting with the services of the Marriage-Made-In-Heaven Agency. However, when she steps off the stagecoach to meet her betrothed, he kindly informs her he has fallen in love with another woman. Sarah is disappointed, yes, but she feels strongly God has led her to this rickety place for a reason. If not to marry Benjamin Broughton, then to fulfill some other duty and, thus, she will stay firmly planted in Little Hickman until she discovers that plan. Rocky Callahan’s sister has died, leaving him to care for her two young children. When he meets up with the fiery Sarah Woodward, he proposes the answer to both their problems—a marriage in name only. Sarah soon comes to love the children, but Rocky is afraid that she’ll never survive as a farmer’s wife with her privileged upbringing. Can he let go of the pain of his past and trust God’s plan for his life? Will she leave him or will they actually find a marriage m…

The Trophy Wives Club - WINNER!!!



Thanks to everyone who played!

Surrender Bay by Denise Hunter

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing
(Thomas Nelson November 6, 2007)
Denise Hunter

Denise lives in Indiana with her husband Kevin and their three sons. In 1996, Denise began her first book, a Christian romance novel, writing while her children napped.

Two years later it was published, and she's been writing ever since. Her books often contain a strong romantic element, and her husband Kevin says he provides all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!

In addition to Surrender Bay, the second Nantucket book releases in April 2008. The title is The Convenient Groom and features Kate Lawrence, a relationship advice columnist, whose groom dumps her on her wedding day. Denise is currently at work on the third Nantucket book (Oct 2008) which is untitled so far.


When Sam's estranged step-father dies, she inherits his ocean-front cottage in Nantucket--not because he kindly bequeathed it …