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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Take control of personal finances with Pamela Carmichael

The Financial Empowerment Workbook: A Biblical & Systematic Guide to Manage & Restore Your Finances

Financial Empowerment Workbook
Pamela Carmichael

Living Success Publishers
Released 2018
Nonfiction, inspirational financial management
Print $19.97 (discount for multiple copies)

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About the Book
Is it possible to have financial empowerment? Can you possibly get a handle on your finances even in challenging economic times? Absolutely. Pamela Carmichael has developed a system that proves to work consistently. It is a biblical yet systematic approach to your finances. This workbook will challenge you to take a hard look at your finances by digging deep into your mental and emotional connection to money. In each section of the workbook you will examine your world-view on a specific aspect of money including the God-perspective and the practical steps to get your finances in order. Packed with exercises and worksheets, you will gradually address nine key areas of personal finance: creating wealth, tithing, saving, giving, investing, spending, borrowing, lending and planning. You will take a more thorough examination of any issues and misconceptions you have regarding your finances and take action that aligns with God’s will for you. If you are ready for the challenge, if you want to realign your finances to God’s will and restore your financial strength, then this workbook is for you. BUY now. Scroll Up and get a copy today and become financially empowered!

Lisa’s review
“While using this book you will be challenged to examine your heart, your attitude, your relationship to Christ. Much of what we do with our money is a reflection of how we view God and money and how we relate or do not relate to Him.”

And so begins your journey to gain control over your finances. With gentle encouragement and tough scriptural lessons, the author shows readers how to manage money in a personally functional way. Carmichael opens the book by offering readers a downloadable spreadsheet to use.

Chapters and exercises cover attitudes from negative “life happens” events to practical advice on how and where to organize electronic financial records, passwords, account numbers, and so forth.

Definitely take advantage of the author’s downloadable worksheets. It would behoove the reader to go ahead and fill out the answers to the questions such as “Why aren’t you saving money?” or What keeps you from being a fearless giver?

Packed with great, hard-hitting advice, tips, and lessons, Carmichael’s approach to personal financial organization might open your eyes. Recommended for those who would like to take better control over this crucial aspect of living, or those who simply want to learn how to keep better track of their income and outflow.

Pamela Carmichael 
About the Author
PAMELA CARMICHAEL is a financial services professional with over 18 years’ experience. With a desire to see Christians grow in the area of personal financial management, she wrote the award-winning title "Financial Empowerment: Realign Your Finances to God's Will."

As a Christian author, speaker and coach, Pamela hopes the work she shares will help you grow and become financially empowered as you apply God's principles to your personal financial management strategies.

Pamela has a passion to see God's people move from struggle to success not only financially but in all areas of life. Connect with Pamela via her blog at http://www.pamelavcarmichael.com.





Saturday, December 8, 2018

Book Review by Lorilyn Roberts - Meow Mistletoe by Lisa Liskel




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Meow Mistletoe by Lisa Lickel is a delightful, light-hearted yarn that entertains to the very last page. Filled with Christmas mirth and stoked with charming wit, the reader with be swooped off into the eccentric world of cat lovers, romantic comedy, and small-town sleuths hunting down small-town crooks. Being a cat lady myself, I found myself wanting to attend that Christmas party with all my cats in tow—I’d fit right in and so would my four-legged friends!

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If you enjoy wholesome, good-old fashion entertainment with a few laughs, a few surprises, and a few twists and turns, stoked by cats that are just being cats, read this creative charm. I have to admit, I’d never read a cat book before, but with Meow Mistletoe, I’ve discovered a new genre. Whoever knew that romantic cat sleuth stories could be so entertaining?

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I highly recommend getting away from stress and enjoying a little light-hearted humor and mystery. Allow yourself to unwind. Grab a cup of coffee, sit by a warm fire, and read Meow Mistletoe. If you’re like me, you may even want to read it more than once. I loved it that much!

Only 99c for a limited time.



To learn more about Lisa Lickel visit her website at https://www.lisalickel.com/

Monday, December 3, 2018

Interview of Lisa Lickel by Lorilyn Roberts About Her New Book "Meow Mistletoe" - a Christmas Romance for Cat Lovers

Christmas Reunites the Lovelorn and 
Brings About New Romance Under the Mistletoe





Ivy’s ex-fiancé left her wary of men. After the fizzle of their undramatic relationship, she believes romance might be a myth until Adam, an intriguing newer member of Ivy’s pet organization, catches her attention at the holiday party. Ivy would like to know Adam better, but with her self-esteem in the gutter, how can she talk to him? Especially since self-absorbed incoming president Almanzo treats her like arm candy.

When Ivy agrees to help a fellow cat-lover find a missing pet, she learns that love doesn’t need theatrics.

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Lorilyn:  When did you fall in love with cats?

Lisa:  We had pet cats when I was growing up, and I’ve always loved them. We had a pure black cat we called Midnight—that was the first one I recall as a child, though there are pictures of a cat with me in my crib. There were always the barn cats at my grandparents’ farm to try and tame, or at least follow and find their hideouts between the hay bales.

Lorilyn:  What is your favorite personal cat story?

Lisa:  Our most memorable pet was a Siamese kitten we picked up from my grandparent’s neighboring farm and drove five hours home with him protesting every minute of the way. My dad named him Terrible Turk, and he used to chase my brother and me around our house. Of course, we loved it. He had a lot of personality and was very beautiful.

Lorilyn:  What other cat books have you written?

Lisa:  I haven’t written any particular cat books, although cats are featured prominently in my first mystery series, Buried Treasure. Carranza has a sixth sense Judy relied upon to help her learn who to trust after her aunt’s unusual death. His successor, Pancho Villa, and his other offspring all played minor but memorable roles in the three stories, The Last Bequest, The Map Quilt, and The Newspaper Code.

Lorilyn:  Are you going to write a sequel to Meow Mistletoe?


Lisa: Meow Mistletoe introduces the Fancy Cat Series. Full-length books begin releasing in early 2019, with the reboot of Meow Mayhem on January 25. Ivy and Adam have settled in Apple Grove, only to discover something’s rotten when their friend the mayor goes missing. Meow Matrimony follows, releasing on February 15. Ivy and Adam are planning their wedding at last. Ivy tries to do a good deed that goes badly and she winds up in jail, accused of murder. The books will release in ebook form, then print a few weeks later. They will both be on special order with a special ebook price a few days before the release.

Lorilyn:  What have cats taught you about life?

Lisa:  Cats are survivors. Sure, they are certainly as vulnerable as any other living creatures, but they are adaptable, resourceful, playful, curious, and opinionated. They can be dropped off miles away from their birthplace and decide to either go back or stay and make the best of a new life. They know what and who they like, and deal with it, without all the messiness of emotions getting in the way, and they are quite forgiving. They let you know audibly when they’re content, they take regular naps, and they stalk away when they’re upset. You know, I think those are all good lessons for humans.

Lorilyn:  Lisa, I agree. We have five cats. I thank God He gave me a daughter from Nepal who loves cats. Her first word was m-e-o-w. 

I look forward to more books in the series. Keep us posted so we can be sure and buy them as soon as they are published.

Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk with us about your new book Meow Mistletoe. Make sure you get your copy for Christmas by clicking on this Amazon link 


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Lisa Lickel lives in the rolling hills of western Wisconsin. Surrounded by books and dragons, she writes inspiring fiction. Her novels include mystery and romance, all with a twist of grace. She writes short stories and radio theater, is an avid book #reviewer and #reader, writing mentor, workshop leader, freelance #editor, and blogger. She loves to encourage new #authors and is a member of Chicago Writers Association and Novel-in-Progress Bookcamp & Writers Retreat. Find more at LisaLickel.com

Sunday, December 2, 2018

UK Audience for Meow Mistletoe


BOOK BLURB
Ivy has just cause to be wary of men. Her long-time fiancé backed out of their wedding. The slow fizzle of their undramatic relationship leaves her wondering if romance is a myth. Then, Adam, an intriguing new member of her pet organization, catches Ivy’s attention. Unfortunately, his cat Isis, a beautiful purebred Egyptian Mau, prefers to pick on her cat, Memnet. Ivy would like to get to know Adam better, but with her self-esteem in the gutter and feline fights at every turn, she wonders how to proceed.

When Ivy agrees to help a clingy friend find her missing pet, she learns that true love doesn’t need theatrics. There’s hope for Adam and Ivy, if only their cats would approve.


REVIEW
The seasonal and eye-catching cover for Lisa Lickel’s ‘Meow Mistletoe’ captured my attention immediately. Having previously read works by this talented author, I know her deft hand and ability to develop story lines soon tug at the heart. I wasn’t disappointed by this rewarding read.


Romance and Christian fiction readers can immerse themselves in this first person believable and cozy narrative. Follow characters Adam and Ivy on their romantic adventure, accompanied by his cat Isis, a beautiful purebred Egyptian Mau, and Ivy’s cat Memnet.

‘Meow Mistletoe’ is an ideal Christmas holiday read/gift book. You won’t regret adding Lisa Lickel to your list of favorite authors.

This book, by the Pelican Book Group, was provided in exchange for my honest review.

Highly commended by Eliza E.

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Friday, November 23, 2018

Seventh Dimension - The King - 99 cents for BLACK FRIDAY

Passover, The Story of Easter from the Beginning by Nathan Slegers - Book Review by Laura Davis and Excerpt



Passover and Easter are pivotal events in Christianity that have divine connections. In Passover - The Story of Easter from the Beginning you'll be taken on a journey that explores the coherency of God's plan of redemption from creation to the resurrection. In a theologically rich, yet easy to read manner, the Passover and Easter will be traced as they unfold through some familiar connections such as Abraham, Isaac, and the Exodus, to many less known connections such as Joshua, Rahab, and Ruth. The result is a deeper understanding of both the Passover and Easter that will lead to a sharpened view of redemption and its transformational nature.

This perspective will enrich the redemption story that you think you know with new depth and appreciation. In essence, the goal is that “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7). Often we already have an understanding of the individual stories, but, when woven together as one, the complete story provides a new peace that transcends the parts.




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Review by Laura Davis:


5.0 out of 5 stars  Don't wait until Easter to buy this book. You need it now!
If you have ever wondered what Jesus said to his disciples that day on the road to Emmaus (after he rose from the dead), it might have been similar to Passover, The Story of Easter from the Beginning by Nathan Slegers. 
I've always known the connection between the Passover of the Old Testament and Jesus crucifixion, death and resurrection, but never have I seen it with such clarity as the author details in his book. 
He doesn't just talk about Moses and the first Passover, he tells you about God's plan for humanity from the very beginning of creation. A plan for the redemption of humanity - a plan He set in motion before the beginning of the world. I was interested when the author brilliantly and succinctly laid out the reasons why the moon was so pivotal in marking the months for Israel and marking their feasts and festivals. I knew a little about this already, but I was delighted when he showed how God had planned these appointed times (like the Passover) from the beginning of creation. It was a giant light-bulb moment for me, and I loved it. 
There were a lot of those in this book, and it will be something I treasure and keep close to me this Easter (yes, I will reread it). The author has provided details on which chapters to read as you head into the Easter season. I genuinely believe that anyone reading this book during the Lenten season will not regret it. 
The author breaks down the Passover into essential sections and how they relate to Jesus and our redemption. Using the stories of Moses, Joshua, Jacob, Ruth and more, we begin to see how acutely aware God was before He even started to create us, that a plan needed to be in place for our redemption. More stunning of course is that the Bible, written by various authors over a span of hundreds of years, had the same redemption theme running throughout it. 
I have never read a book that presents this so precisely. I invite you not to wait until Easter to read it, but to pick it up now! It will enrich your spiritual life and give you a new appreciation for what the Lord has done for us.

SHORT EXCERPT



It’s been almost a decade since my pastor at the time invited a Messianic rabbi to speak at our c It’s been almost a decade since my pastor at the time invited a Messianic rabbi to speak at our church one Sunday morning. He came in preparation for an evening Messianic Passover meal, called a Seder, which he would lead us through to illustrate some of the Jewish connections to Jesus.
His premise was simple. He linked the sacrifice of a lamb without defect to provide redemption from Pharaoh at the first Passover with Jesus, the spotless Lamb of God, who was also sacrificed at Passover to provide our redemption. This is familiar ground for most of us. Something we’ve heard preached many times.
However, in the midst of this familiarity, he mentioned some details that I’d never before connected. He started by identifying the prescribed timing of the selection, inspection, and sacrifice of the Passover lambs in the twelfth chapter of Exodus. The precise instructions were to happen on specific days of the month. Next, he reconstructed the days leading up to the crucifixion and showed that they aligned with the twelfth chapter of Exodus. Jesus and the Passover lambs were brought to Jerusalem at the same time, inspected together, and then sacrificed. The facts were not new to me, yet having both events overlaid and shown to match so closely seemed momentous.
As I later asked around, there were people who, like me, were not aware of these connections. And yet others were aware. It made me ask, “How many other connections were known about which no one ever told me?” And, just as importantly, “Are there any connections that may have begun to evaporate from common knowledge over the decades?”
I immediately started searching for other connections between the early Passovers and the final week of Jesus’s ministry. Very quickly, links between Moses, the Exodus, and Jesus became apparent.
One of the first I discovered was Luke connecting Jesus and Moses in a significant way, which only appears as a footnote in most Bibles. In Luke’s account of the transfiguration we read: “Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem” (Luke 9:30-31, emphasis added). The word “departure” is the translation of the Greek word exodus.  It’s a subtle link, but using my paraphrase, one could read it as, “Moses and Jesus spoke of Jesus’s exodus, which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem.” Both Moses and Jesus having an exodus seems significant.
The words Jesus chose to use at the Last Supper also connect that week to Moses and the first Passover. God told the Israelites before leaving Egypt, “This is a day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the LORD—a lasting ordinance” (Exodus 12:14, emphasis added). Compare this to Jesus’s words:

And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.”
Luke 22:19-20

At this Passover Jesus also declares, “Do this in remembrance of me,” meaning, commemorate this Passover. Even more striking are the symbols of the covenant. Jesus marks the new covenant with wine representing his blood. Similarly, “Moses then took the blood, sprinkled it on the people and said, ‘This is the blood of the covenant that the LORD has made with you in accordance with all these words’” (Exodus 24:8).
The connections between the first Passover and this one run deep. Both tell of redemption: one within an old covenant; the other by defining a new covenant. The purpose in Jesus’s declaration was to link his words and actions to the Old Testament and to establish a unity of purpose in his ministry and in the entire history of redemption.
After the resurrection, the events on the road to Emmaus that opened this chapter (Luke 24:27) provide another significant connection. Any doubts that the Passion of Christ was not included in the ancient prophecies are put to rest with this grand declaration.


Nathan Slegers PhD
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
George Fox University