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BOOK GIVE-AWAY

I know…you can hardly believe it! But it’s true.  I’m hosting a giveaway.

I have sort of neglected my writing-blogging for quite some time now, so much so that I feel convicted–so–kicking off the writing with a fabulous give-away!

I excitedly opened my mail the day this book arrived because I knew it had several powerful testimonies in it–Dineen’s and Lynn’s–and another young lady who is especially dear, my daughter, Tiffany.

Whether you are the parent of a prodigal or not, doesn’t matter–this book is a good read for anyone who wants to come closer to the heart of God.  When I began reading, I found myself grabbing my pencil to underline points right off the bat.  This would be a great book to use as a small group–parents of any age kids!

So, let the party begin!  The drawing will be held Sunday afternoon, December 1.  Not much time–but this would be a goodie to stick in someone’s Christmas stocking!  To read more about the book, scroll on down this blog and read the next two blog posts from Lynn herself!

To enter this drawing, simply post about Lynn and Dineen’s book on Facebook and/or Twitter; then come on back here and let me know you did–Tag the two authors (if you are friends with them on facebook) and get ready to enjoy a great read and grow in Christ (if you are the blessed chosen winner!).  The more times you post on Facebook about Lynn and Dineen’s book the more times you can enter!  Just be sure and tell me that you’ve posted and how many times.  I will enter you as many times as you post for them!

If you don’t want to wait, head over to Amazon.com and get your order on!  By the way, this is the SECOND book they have written as a team! The first one is equally a favorite!

Ready?

Set?

GO!

© Angie Knight- The Knightly News


More from Lynn Donovan :) (She inspires ME!)

The Home With The Open Door – Powerful Parenting–by Lynn Donovan
It started with a pound of hamburger.
Prayers of a righteous MotherYep, I discovered a door of trust and a bridge to relationships, as well as a ton of laughter, opened up in our home when I was in the kitchen with a pound of ground beef. In the very early years of parenting both my son and my daughter, I committed to making my home a place where my children’s friends were always welcome. As my kids grew, and even now as my daughter is a senior in high school, kids unexpectedly show up at our house to hang out.

As the noise enters the house, I ask, “How was your day?” followed by, “Are you hungry?” The answer to the first question often varies, but the answer to the second is always a loud and exuberant yes!

Thus the hamburger, and twenty minutes later, we have tacos for everyone. I’ve become known in teen circles around my town as Mexican-Food Mama. The teens chide me as they walk in, asking, “Hey, are we having tacos?” knowing full well what the answer will be. I smile at their kidding around and thank our Lord that I am accepted into their highly stressful and culturally challenging world. I am a voice in their lives. And it all started with a taco. Who knew?

What I’ve slowly realized is that, almost by accident, I’ve created a soft place to land for my children and their friends. Over the years, while kids munched on tacos and tortilla chips, I lingered with them in the kitchen, participating in something rare and special. I became part of their world, learning about their friendships and their families. I joined in laughter as they relived some crazy antic that took place in the drama class, and I empathized with them as they conveyed their complaints about their school projects, their challenging teachers and their troubles at home. My daughter and her best friend included me as they talked about their fears and concerns for students who were choosing the troubled path of drugs, and they shared their concern and pain with me about a friend of theirs who had decided to have sex with her boyfriend.

Over time and with intention, I’ve built relationships with these kids. I’ve welcomed them to step through our open door, and I have loved each one of them. My token offering of a taco turned out to be a rich investment in a number of young people. I’ve developed relationships through love and acceptance by purposely leaving judgments about these kids’ clothes, music choices, sexual identities, hairstyles, etc. at the front door. I’m a safe adult in a world in which many kids don’t know what it feels like.

Being the parent with the open door actually reduces my mom-stress. I know where my child is, and I know whom she is with. The open door also allows me something far more important: it lets me know what to pray for my daughter and her friends as they try to navigate the difficulties of adolescence.

I think it goes without saying that friendships bear significant influence on our children’s choices, on how they process life and on how they react to the world around them. As a praying mom, I’m compelled to bring these teens before God in prayer, and more importantly, I bring my son and daughter before God with requests, concerns and hopes. I want God’s wisdom, power and love to influence and impact my children and their friends. So I pray words from a mother’s heart.

Having been a mom now for more than 30 years, I’m convinced that a mother’s prayer is one of the most powerful on earth. Read this passage from James with me: “The prayer of a righteous man (woman) is powerful and effective” (5:16). My friends, this passage is amplified when a mom whispers words filled with passion, seeking God’s protection, intervention and wisdom for her children.

It’s my hope that you will also be a mom who is the keeper of The Open Door. ~Lynn Donovan

Note Alone Cover ArtIn Not Alone, you’ll find encouragement and inspiration from Scripture and true-life stories from other spiritually mismatched moms. Plus, find practical tips for capturing teachable moments with eternity in mind, and discovery questions to help you grow as a parent.
This is a parenting book, but it’s much more. It’s a love letter to all mothers—a message that changes our homes, our kids and our lives. It’s about the Father’s love that impacts those around us and changes ordinary moms into women of extraordinary grace, beauty and wisdom.
You may sometimes feel you’re on your own when it comes to godly parenting, but Jesus promised to be with you always. You’re not alone!

Profile for TypepadLynn Donovan is a women’s ministry leader, a retreat/conference speaker and an ordinary mom and wife who shares with audiences her everyday adventures of living in the Presence of God. Her delight is igniting women’s hearts with Holy Spirit fire. And to encourage women to step fully into their high and holy calling of marriage and motherhood with joy, laughter and God’s favor. She has been featured guest on The Miracle Channel, 700 Club Interactive, Focus on the Family, Dr. James Dobson’s FamilyTalk and FamilyLife Today. She is the coauthor of the award winning book, Winning Him Without Words and her newest parenting book title is, Not Alone. Lynn lives with her husband in Temecula, California and they have two adult children, daughter-in-law and a granddaughter. Visit Lynn online at mismatchedandthriving.com.


Lynn Donovan, my friend, an author, an EXTRA-ORDINARY MOM

Ordinary Moms ~ The Legacy MakersPassing Faith To The Next Generation- by Lynn Donovan

A deer in headlights.
Train Up a ChildI’m sure that’s what my face looked like as I stared across the breakfast table at my husband who finished our conversation by stating flatly, “Our daughter will be attending public school.” His intense reply to my suggestion of a faith-based education caught me off guard, and that was the moment I began to fear my husband’s agnostic beliefs might impact my daughter’s faith walk.

That moment was years ago, and I’ve been raising my daughter ever since in a spiritually mismatched home. And I’m not alone. There are many of us who are living to honor our Lord and our spouse in our marriage. Right behind our prayers and concerns for our husband’s salvation, we fret and worry about our children’s faith. A lot!

Through the years of raising my daughter with my unbelieving spouse, I have discovered a few key principals which have impacted my child’s faith. Combine these truths with intentional effort and prayer and our children can grow into a mature and lasting faith.

First, model a vibrant love for Jesus in front of your kids. Allow your kids to discover you praying and reading the Bible. For example, my daughter would shuffle out of her room in the early morning, and find me on the couch where she curled up next to me while I read my Bible. She knew this morning time with Jesus was the most important time of my day. She waited patiently while I read and wrote prayers in my journal. I found my time with God had a great impact on her faith and I didn’t speak a word.

Kids learn that Jesus is important, because we make time for Him every day. It’s an amazing privilege to share Jesus with our children in this way.

Second, love Jesus “out-loud.” When you love Christ with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength that passion flows out of you. As God’s love is lavished upon you, it flows out of you and into your child’s life. This kind of love, sprinkled with kindness, laughter, joy, fathomless forgiveness and adventure, speaks louder than any amount of words. Kids are perceptive, and they recognize when mom is authentic. Share your love for Jesus at home, in the car and in every day, ordinary living. It’s irresistible over time.

Third, capture teachable moments. These profound moments when a child asks a question or offers you his or her full attention to talk about faith arrive sporadically and often at the least convenient time. They are fleeting moments of impact as attention spans wane quickly. So, when your child asks a question or you have an opportunity to share with your child about some aspect of living in faith, stop what you are doing, get down to their level and talk plainly. Reply to their questions with truth and with age appropriate answers. Your child has an open heart in these moments, and they will carry these truths with them into adulthood.
Pouring faith into our little ones is a life-long journey, but I’m convinced that if we do our part and love God with all of our heart, pray for our kids and model our love, God is absolutely faithful and He will relentlessly pursue our children.

Years ago I sat at my kitchen table fearing over my daughter’s faith as a young mother. And today after the many years of public school, my daughter is a believer. Earlier this year, I drove my daughter to college. And as I think back over her 18 years of living in a spiritually mismatched home, I fall to my knees with thanks because God has proven faithful. My daughter chose to attend a Christian college, BIOLA University and…… It was her choice.

As I ponder this journey of parenting in a spiritual mismatch, I marvel at how God honors a mother’s prayers. He encourages us through the years of being a spiritual leader, and He allows us to become Legacy Makers. Mom, you do your part and trust God to do His.  ~Lynn Donovan

Note Alone Cover ArtIn Not Alone, you’ll find encouragement and inspiration from Scripture and true-life stories from other spiritually mismatched moms. Plus, find practical tips for capturing teachable moments with eternity in mind, and discovery questions to help you grow as a parent.

This is a parenting book, but it’s much more. It’s a love letter to all mothers—a message that changes our homes, our kids and our lives. It’s about the Father’s love that impacts those around us and changes ordinary moms into women of extraordinary grace, beauty and wisdom.

You may sometimes feel you’re on your own when it comes to godly parenting, but Jesus promised to be with you always. You’re not alone!

Profile for TypepadLynn Donovan is a women’s ministry leader, a retreat/conference speaker and an ordinary mom and wife who shares with audiences her everyday adventures of living in the Presence of God. Her delight is igniting women’s hearts with Holy Spirit fire. And to encourage women to step fully into their high and holy calling of marriage and motherhood with joy, laughter and God’s favor. She has been featured guest on The Miracle Channel, 700 Club Interactive, Focus on the Family, Dr. James Dobson’s FamilyTalk and FamilyLife Today. She is the coauthor of the award winning book, Winning Him Without Words and her newest parenting book title is, Not Alone. Lynn lives with her husband in Temecula, California and they have two adult children, daughter-in-law and a granddaughter.
Visit Lynn online at mismatchedandthriving.com.


Read Any Good Books Lately?

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Might I suggest one?

In my search for good books—there is one that cannot be topped…no matter how fascinating the author.

The Word of God is the infallible—authoritative rule of faith—the very revelation of God to man.  It is our foundation.  Our core.  Our strength.

When I’m troubled, it’s the second place I go.  I said second, because when I’m troubled I go to the Author first.  I do all my “tellin’” to Him.

Besides growing up in a wonderful church home, I was blessed with the Word of God taught in our home, and read in our school at the end of each day by Mrs. Hawkins, my 5th grade teacher.  That short 30 minute Bible lesson was perhaps all the Biblical training some of the class received—in that short span of one school year.

Sadly, I have learned that there are countless individuals in our little towns and cities who cannot tell Adam from Jonah—and they have no clue who Jesus really is.  What happened?

I didn’t go to a private school…we just lived in a blessed community, where God was more than a swear word.  As a matter of fact, Mrs. Hawkins would wash your mouth out with nasty green “dispenser soap” if she heard you say anything that resembled a swear word or anything equivalent to a swear word (even words like “gosh, golly, gee-wiz, darn-it, etc).  It was a “law” in her class.   And anyone who broke the law…well –you remember the “cleansing of the mouth”?

What happened?

I believe it is the neglecting of the Book.  The rare time spent on our knees…the lack of a true humble spirit—it’s a life lived in a fast pace—too fast for time in the Word—but plenty of time for the world.

I’ve shared with our Young Adult group on several occasions that I enjoy Oswald Chambers’ writings, along with many others (Oswald being a favorite), but more than reading Oswald, I enjoy time spent in the Word of God.  Oswald may have made a mistake in his theology (I haven’t found one, but that’s not to say he was perfect)—but there are no errors in the Word of God.

I pray each time I teach—that they go home and search out what I’ve said—that they get up with God about things they need in their lives. And that they leave determined to know HIM more than perhaps the latest updates on Facebook.  Please know HIM more.  Get in His Word…that is the only place you will TRULY find out about HIM.  100_3225And His incredible—unfailing, undeniable, irrefutable love for you.  And every single lost person walking the dirt of this globe.

Ask around.  you will be surprised at who “knows” about Jesus and who doesn’t.

Remember this man? Bolivia 2011….

God’s love is for him too.

“For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile. This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life” Romans 1:16-17 NLT

 

© Angie Knight—The Knightly News.  All rights reserved.

 

Thank you Savanah Lollie for use of your picture.


Just TOO Busy…

When I first met Joanne Kraft at the She Speaks conference in 2008 in the practically empty (because we were late) Bloggers Reception room, I was instantly drawn to this new friend in a bright yellow shirt.  Her smile and laughter contagious, her questions about our lives (mine and Aimee’s) were sincere–not just casual conversation.

Many months later, this same friend flew from her home in California to my home in North West Florida and stayed…for several days.  Partaking of Sweet Tea and Red Velvet Cake….and I knew I had a friend for life.

Now, this same incredible friend, who I call “sister”, has written a book —that I can PROMISE you will LOVE! (And even if my name never appears on the cover of any book as an author—my name is in HER BOOK!)

The 21st Century “Erma Bombeck”.  Oh yes she is!

Everyone needs to laugh at themselves –and know that God has a funny bone in all the serious stuff of life.  He really does have a funny bone…He CREATED laughter!  He gave us reasons to share that same side of silly life with others!


Too often we try to cram all of the activities –mostly for our “kids” sake into their lives–and–subsequently into our lives–and we are missing the whole point of life.  Who are we kidding!!!  It’s NOT about letting them do ALL the things we missed out on—it’s about being THERE for them, as parents.  Being the mom and dad God created–giving HIM priority in OUR lives–and showing them “by example” how.  “In this book, you will laugh your way to learning the ten telltale signs that you are just too busy and you will find the courage to guard your own family from the temptation from constant distraction.”

Too much–too soon causes stress to begin early–way before our own kids get old enough to handle the juggling act of parenting.

Do yourself a HUGE favor.  Get this book.  Not just because my sweet California friend has a witty way with words…but because you need to see the VALUE of family–and the sacredness that God intended… 

Joanne will take you step by step on a “how-to-fix” your own family….and you will laugh with her along the way–come on!  Don’t waste another day juggling life–and missing out on what God intended for your family.

(All comments to this post are entered to win a $25 gift card!!!! Go VISIT Joanne and tell her where you read this review!!)

Joanne Kraft knows she is blessed. As an author and speaker, her passion is to encourage women through laughter – one heart at a time.



A mom of four children, she has heard and seen it all! She’s married to an amazing man who shares her love of coffee shops and Taco Bell Enchiritos without onions. Together they are raising their four children in Northern California.


Joanne has been published by In Touch, Today’s Christian Woman, ParentLife, Kyria, and P31 Woman magazines. She serves as Marriage Study Leader, Group Leader of Inspire Christian Writers, and 911 Dispatcher in Sacramento County, California You can find Joanne at her personal blog, “Blessed…”

“Just Too Busy” is the story of the Kraft family’s head-on collision with busyness and the twelve-month experiment that changed their lives. When their children could recite the dollar value meals at McDonald’s faster than their times-tables, Joanne and Paul Kraft knew something was very wrong. So, instead of continuing their busyness habit and fitting more into their schedules, they took a year off from all extracurricular activities and learned how to be a family again.”

And I can say personally, I am blessed to know this mom, sister, and friend personally.  She is dear.  She is precious.  I am thankful God crossed our paths!

© The Knightly News 2007-2011

 


My Friends, the authors of "Winning Him Without Words"

I have a dear friend. Well, more than just one, but this one little friend, Lynn Donovan, and her co-writer, Dineen Miller, have written an incredible book, Winning Him Without Words.

What excites me about this book is the fact that I know they are writing from their own heart/life experiences!

ON MONDAY the blog review will air (here) and there will be a GIVEAWAY of this book (which I am so thrilled about) for one blessed reader—

A random drawing will be held April 1st  –let me know via comment that you want to be included in the giveaway.  If you are not unequally yoked, I hope you will find a young woman who needs this book for her marriage and life.  PLEASE give the blessing on!

I can’t wait for you to read this book!!!  If you don’t want to wait, then order it on Amazon.com today!

I am thankful to know this young woman personally, had the privilege of having Lynn in my home as a guest–God is so good to bless me in this way!  I’m so proud of both you girls!!

© The Knightly News 2007-2011


Blind Hope

I had told myself—I was breaking from “book reviews” since WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group was re-vamping their “Blogging for Books” program.  Perfect opportunity
But then I received the last requested book—in the mail.
Blind Hope was such an inspiring story to read—not just because I’m an animal lover—but because I’m a God lover.  Because I love God with a passion and purpose—that I’ve never experienced before.
As I read this little book—I saw not only myself, but I saw others that I love dearly—and many of them I would love to give a copy of this book to—just so that they could see just “how” God loves us.  That was the picture I saw—unconditional love.
I encourage you, click on the link.  Order the book.  Read it—and share it with someone you love.  Your life will not be the same—your eyes and heart will be affected—by a blind dog.
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image002 An unwanted dog. An emotional rescue.
Sometimes the life you save may be your own.
Laurie had her own shattered dreams before she came to work at Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch—the ranch of rescued dreams—where broken horses and broken children encounter healing every day. Reaching out to save a dog in need, Laurie soon realized that the dog was rescuing her.
An inspiring true story told through the engaging voice of Kim Meeder, Blind Hope reveals poignant life lessons Laurie experienced from her ailing, yet courageous canine friend. Despite the blindness of her dog—and her own heart—Laurie uncovered what she really needed most: authentic love, unconditional trust, and true acceptance, faults and all.
As Laurie and her dog, Mia, both learned to follow the lead of a master they couldn’t see, Laurie discovered the transforming power of God’s selfless love even for imperfect and selfish people—and she experienced a greater love than she has ever known.
“Love is a bridge that stands firm through difficulties and connects one heart directly to another, not because of how it looks, but because of what it is.”              -Kim Meeder, Blind Hope

I will be giving away a copy of this book to a “commenter” on July 17!