Sunday, July 26, 2015

Pizza Ranch's Living Hope CD and Giveaway

Pizza Ranch Living Hope CD

There’s going to be little change on today’s blog post, my dear readers.  I had the awesome opportunity by Flyby Promotions to review a Christian music compilation CD.

This Christian music compilation comes from Pizza Ranch.  If you haven’t heard of Pizza Ranch, let me introduce you to them.  “Adrie Groeneweg had a dream that started in Hull, IA, in 1981, when he was just 19 years old.  It was simple.  Why does everyone have to drive out of town to get a pizza?  With just six specialty and single topping pizza recipes developed by Adrie’s mother, Lorraine, Pizza Ranch was born.  Pizza Ranch’s vision and mission is to glorify God by positively impacting the world and to give every guest a legendary experience.  They have 190+ locations across 13 states including Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Nebraska, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado.”

I have been listening to Pizza Ranch’s Living Hope CD for two straight weeks and I am absolutely uplifted by every single song on this album.  The songs are all centered around the theme of Hope.  Featured artists on this album are:  Colton Dixon, Francesca Batistelli, Ellie Holcomb, Sidewalk Prophets, Keven Max, Bart Millard, Passion Band featuring Kristian Stanfill, Michael W. Smith, and Mark Schultz.  Each song has infused by days and evenings with hope, joy, and God’s love.  Since I got this CD I have found myself waking up and going to bed singing one of the songs on the album. 
I would highly recommend that you go on Pizza Ranch’s website:  and download this wonderful album.  The album will only be available from now until August 31.

Happy Listening!

And now for a big surprise!     

The wonderful people at FlyBy Promotions have reserved a copy of this album for one reader of my blog to receive.  Click on the Rafflecopter giveaway link below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway Pizza Ranch's Living Hope CD Giveaway

This giveaway will run from July 27, 2015 to August 3, 2015.

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller/FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Yes or No: How Your Everday Decisions Will Forever Shape Your LIfe

Yes or No:  How Your Everyday Decisions Will Forever Shape Your Life 

Author:  Jeff Shinabarger
Publisher:  David C. Cook
ISBN #:  0781408210
Pages:  224

If you have ever wonder, “How am I ever going to make this decision?” than you might find Yes or No a help.  The author, Jeff Shinabarger, writes about how our everyday decisions effect our lives and how we can better make these decision.  Mr. Shinabarger will take you through the choices you have, how to factor in your wisdom, decision-making styles, and the decision-making process.  He also writes about how to make decisions not just for ourselves but also those situations where our loves one should also be considered.

I found this book interesting.  I thought it was refreshing to read a new perspective on decision-making that not only considers the individual making the decision but also that draws attention to family involvement.  I also felt that the author sharing his own story was a great example and truly felt like a conversation from an individual who knows how difficult the process can be.  I found Mr. Shinabarger’s advice to read the book of Proverbs every day for wisdom is very helpful.

Overall, I do recommend this book to anyone looking for a new perspective on the decision-making process.  Making decisions can be difficulty at times; a different perspective may support your journey to making them in the future.

Happy Reading!

Note:  I have received an ebook copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Speaking of Jesus

Speaking of Jesus:  The Art of Non-Evangelism

Author:  Carl Medearis
Publisher:  David C. Cook
ISBN #:  9781434702104
Pages:  192

Speaking of Jesus is about Car Medearis’s experiences in sharing Jesus with others.  In this book, Mr. Medearis highlights the life of Jesus.  Mr. Medearis states that he does not label himself as a Christian but instead as a Jesus follower.  He encourages that we should become familiar with the life of Jesus and the lessons in the Bible Jesus lived for us.  Mr. Medearis goes on to explore doctrine, theology, and his opinion of being a Christian.

In his experiences, Mr. Medearis would ask many thought-provoking questions to others, for example, “If Jesus were present, who would he want to spend time with?”  Mr. Medearis also touches upon getting rid of the words church or Christian in our vocabulary due to how it has turned other individuals away from a relationship with Jesus.

 In sum, I found this book interesting.  The focus on the life of Jesus, the encouragement to read the gospels and getting to know Jesus is an important message.  I would recommend this book if you are interested in getting a different perspective of how to outreach to others.

Happy Reading!