Tuesday, March 3, 2015

In Plain Sight: Stories of Hope and Freedom DVD Review

My Review:  In Plain Sight is a documentary of the many men and women who are helping those who have been trapped in the sex trafficking industry by no choice of their own.  They are rescuing young women and men who want to find freedom.  It is  interesting to note that the cities where these abolitionists are working are major cities that are considered "normal" yet this dark side of sex trafficking is drowning the victims and they need help.  This documentary shows how the love of the body of Christ can transform young women who have no hope.  They give a new life to these young women so they can learn to live a better life and use the skills that will give them the confidence to move beyond this tragic life.  There is hope and there is freedom for these victims! 
Executive Produced and Narrated by Natalie Grant

RELEASING TO VIDEO January 13th 2015
Nashville, Tennessee- Executive Produced and Narrated by Natalie Grant, In Plain Sight: Stories of Hope and Freedom features six modern-day abolitionists as they fight sex trafficking across America. Premieres are scheduled around the nation in during January 2015.  Journeying to six US cities, the documentary opens the viewer’s eyes to what’s happening down the street "in plain sight". Through engaging interviews with numerous victims of sex trafficking, the force, coercion, and deception of the children and women becomes apparent. In the midst of the darkness, stories of hope and freedom emerge as each survivor shares how she was impacted through the work of a sex trafficking aftercare home.
“Most Americans are completely oblivious to the fact that thousands of women and children are enslaved within their own communities,” said David Trotter, co-executive producer. “This isn’t limited to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and New York. We’re talking about cities across America – from Sacramento to Little Rock to Baltimore – where the unthinkable is happening.”
“The reality is that children are being ravaged day in and day out. If you have a heart beating on the inside of you, I don’t understand how this couldn’t be important to you,” said Natalie Grant, narrator and co-executive producer.
With a focus on educating the American public and motivating people to take action, the campaign centers around three resources to be released by Word Entertainment. The DVD, music album, and 31 Day Devotional & Group Study Guide will be available in stores nationwide on December 23rd, 2014. 
To learn more and watch the trailer, visit www.Wordfilms.com or www.inplainsightfilm.com.
Synopsis:  In Plain Sight is an inspiring documentary featuring the work of six female abolitionists as they fight against sex trafficking in the United States. Journeying to six US cities, the film opens the viewer’s eyes to what’s happening down the street ‘in plain sight.’  Through engaging interviews with numerous victims of sex trafficking, the force, coercion, and deception of the children and women becomes apparent. In the midst of the darkness, stories of hope and freedom emerge as each survivor shares how she was impacted through the work of a sex trafficking aftercare home founded by one of the featured abolitionists.

*I was given a complimentary copy of this DVD for the purpose of this review from Edify Media, Inc.  All opinions are my own.*


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Dressing Your Truth- One Year Later

Hi Friends!  I can't believe it's been one year since I discovered Dressing Your Truth!  I really love this program and all that I have learned and continue to learn about myself and also how dressing in a way that enhances my true beauty on the inside. 

Why I would choose Dressing Your Truth:

*Less stress in shopping
*Enjoying life
*Feeling good on the inside and outside
*Great online store for every type
*Monthly classes and online club nights

As you can see Dressing Your Truth offers a lot of good benefits.  A friend of mine (who is a different type) has also chosen Dressing Your Truth and she looks fabulous!!  It's so fun to see how this course can bring so many different people together and there is a lot of sharing and caring too.

Right now, the Dressing Your Truth is $99!  There is also a 20% off sale at the Dressing Your Truth store as well.  So, read my story and see if Dressing Your Truth could be a choice for you.  I'm glad I chose and there is NO going back!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

More Than Happy (The Wisdom of Amish Parenting) by Serena B. Miller with Paul Stutzman

More than Happy: The Wisdom of Amish Parenting by Serena B Miller with Paul Stutzman is unique look into the lives of Amish families interviewed by an Englisch (English) friend, Serena.  The author has taken great care in sharing the truths and uncertainties that Amish parents face when raising their children.  The Amish are group of Americans who choose to live without electricity, drive horse and buggy, live mostly on farms, and form strong family relationships.  They are Christian and like all communities have certain rules they follow (some more strict than others).  But above all, they love God and rear their children in a way that draws them close to God too.  As stated by the author, "It is a culture that is intentionally designed to spend time together, help each other and build a sense of purpose together.  That has a profound impact on the way they raise their children."  This book gives a glimpse into how the Amish view family, community, discipline, work, technology and faith.  And after each section, the author gives a few Amish parenting tips for the Non-Amish.

I was very fascinated in reading this book.  I lived in Pennsylvania for a few years when I was younger and I was exposed to the Amish.  I just noticed that they dressed different and drove horse and buggy.  I knew they didn't use electricity and that they lived on big farms.  In reading this book it brought me back to my memories and I also in the depths of my heart wish to live a simple life like the Amish.  Reading this book was like having a conversation with the author.  She spent a lot of time with her Amish friends and asked a lot of relevant questions that parents of today have such as why are Amish children so content?  The stories from the Amish families are interesting, endearing and a breath of fresh air.  I was encouraged and inspired to practice more the of Amish way of living.  I recommend this book for parents to gain a new perspective on how to raise children in a very ungodly world to serve and honor Jesus.

*I was given a complimentary copy of this book from Howard Books for review.  All opinions are my own.*

Monday, February 2, 2015

Team Us: Marriage Together by Ashleigh Slater Book Review + Giveaway!

Team Us: Marriage Together by Ashleigh Slater is a series of short chapters designed for couples to read together or separate that address some practical areas of life where working together as a team is imperative.  The author's easygoing writing style and true stories as a good combination for enjoyable reading.  The author includes many stories not only of her own, but others who had similar situations.  And her husband contributes several ideas from a male perspective.  Each chapter ended with some questions to discuss with your partner.

This is a quick and easy read.  I really like that Ashleigh is so real.  She doesn't paint a perfect marriage, but an attainable way to achieve teamwork within marriage through ups and downs.  She showed how working together is the right choice.  Teamwork takes effort, but is worth it.

Check out Ashleigh's blog HERE for more video interviews. 

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Home Management Binder for 2015

Last year I thought I started off on the right foot but I was too overwhelmed and not very organized.  I was using something that wasn't working for me.  I started researching again and found something that was fun to put together and helped me feel more organized than I have felt in years.  Here's a little video of my Home Management Binder: 


If you want to "copy" my idea, go right ahead.  It's not really my idea, but I added a lot of stuff that is "me."  Here are the links to the posts that contain all the printables that I have put in my binder.  Enjoy!

*Organizing Home Life- a tutorial on the blog showed how to make a notebook
*52 Weeks to an Organized Home Challenge- Home Storage Solutions 101
*52 Week Money Challenge- This is my personal schedule that I made going from $52 -$1 by December)

*Pulling Yourself Together- Clean Mama (I don't see it available at the moment)
*I Used to be so Organized- The Confident Mom

I also use this Daily Planner from Homemaker's Friend.  This is my first time using it and I saw it recommended by Club 31 Woman and Christin Slade.

And I'm still using the Mind Organization for Moms Program that I started in May 2014.

All of these combined is making for my year to start off much more smoothly and keep organized.  I hope you can find some things that will work for you!

Blessings, Shonda


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Clutter Free by Kathi Lipp Book Review

Clutter Free by Kathi Lipp is a unique look at the reasons behind clutter that is in your home. There are 4 parts to the book.  First, uncovering the costs of clutter helps the reader understand why your home is cluttered and the joy of living small with freedom.  "Quite simply, every piece of clutter I give away gets me closer to the life I am designed to live.  One of peace.  One of freedom." (p. 35)  In part two, why we buy stuff, Kathi shares how feelings of fear, shame and guilt burden us and cause us to make those poor decisions over and over, yet she gives some practical solutions to help you shift your thinking so you can make better choices for the future.  The largest section of the book is part three, why we keep our stuff.  Kathi gets deep down to the root of why stuff is still in our homes and guides the reader to think critically about this big problem that haunts us wherever we look in our homes.  Here are some of the common excuses: but someone gave it to me, I need this "just in case," I'll put it here for now, and but I spent so much money on it.  These truly bog us down, but the solution comes in part four where Kathi gives a doable plan in a practical way to get rid of our stuff!

This book is one of the best books that has helped me actually get rid of stuff that has been lurking in my home for years!  Kathi gives some very humorous, but true examples of how clutter can overtake your life.  She asks great questions and really got me thinking about why I keep decluttering the same things over and over.  I expected to have a step by step process as I've seen in other books about how to declutter each room, but Kathi gave me so many more tools that has helped me give up things that I've been hanging on to for emotional and psychological reasons.  I feel like I have been drowning in clutter and the past few weeks I've taken out bags of garbage that I keep for "just in case."  I've recycled so much paper and packed up several boxes for Goodwill.  And I feel great!!  The heart behind her book is not just to get rid of clutter, but to enjoy what you already have.  I just made a list of what is most important to me and clutter is not on there.  I'm ready to strip this house and make it a place of peace and freedom.  How about you?

Join Kathi's 21 Day Clutter Free Challenge
Check out the Clutter Free Facebook page.
Listen to Kathi's podcast on So Here's the Thing- Let's be Clutter Free in 2015!

*I was given a complimentary copy of this book for review.  All opinions are my own.*

Friday, January 9, 2015

Under the Silk Hibiscus by Alice J. Wisler Book Review


Under the Silk Hibiscus (Historical Fiction) by Alice J. Wisler is novel set at the start of WWII after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and all Japanese-Americans were  relocated to internment camps for the duration of the war.  Heart Mountain, Wyoming is where Nathan and his family are sent to from California.  The father was taken away to a different camp and was only able to send a few letters to his family.  Nathan Mori was the middle son, a teenager,  who was devoted to his pregnant mother, protected his younger brother, battled back and forth with his testy aunt Kazuko and wondered why his older brother could charm all the girls.  But Nathan was the most responsible and when his mother died after delivering her daughter, Nathan felt that he was the one who should care for the family in the absence of his father.  The prized heirloom, a watch hidden in the silk hibiscus in his mother's suitcase, is stolen and Nathan is distraught.  He goes to great lengths to find it and get it back which lands him in the interment camp prison.  Nathan wants truth and justice and instead he is fighting to stay alive and protect his family. His one bright hope is Lucy who has the voice of an angel, but she leaves camp without a goodbye and when Nathan's family returns to San Jose he longs to find her once again. 

This story was full of raw and quiet emotion.  It is told from the perspective of teenage boy who longs to be the strong anchor for his family, but continues to be discouraged when he fails in keeping the family heirloom safe.  When his family returns to San Jose and his father comes back nothing is the same.  Nathan works hard to provide for the family and many surprising gifts are given to him along the journey.  This is story of loss, betrayal, hope, freedom and love.  It gives a grim look at the time in history when Japanese-Americans were treated poorly and left with nothing.  Alice writes with heart and gives her characters depth and she also shares a real portrayal of what a family might have experienced at that time. 

Visit Alice J. Wisler's blog and read the first chapter in Under the Silk Hibiscus.

*I received a complimentary copy of the pdf of this book for review.  All opinions are my own.*