Murder For The Time Being by Joanie Bruce

Thank you, bigreadersite, for the 5 out of 5 review on “Murder for the Time Being.”

Murder For The Time Being by Joanie Bruce

I really enjoyed this story. I did not want to put this book down. I loved Lexi and Drew. They both have pasts to overcome and figure out. Lexi does not know if this tragedy has anything to do with what her parents had gone through many years ago. Loved the intrigue and romance. I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest review that I gave of my own free will.

“You ll pay for this. I ll get you both.”

Computer expert Lexi Wynn is frightened. Someone is after her, but she doesn t know why. Is it because of her past or because she was thrust into a deadly bank robbery and might identify the ones responsible? Escaping a failed kidnapping attempt and not sure who to trust, she hopes her specialized skills with computers might flush out the name of the killer. When a tall, dark, and handsome stranger rams into her truck with the hearse he’s driving and puts his life in danger to save hers, can she ignore the attraction she feels for him to concentrate on the killers? Or is God the only one who can save her now?
Drew Sheffield is irritated when a cute lady stops abruptly in front of him and he plows into the back of her pickup. After their initial confrontation, flashbacks of honeysuckle and sassy green eyes linger in his thoughts. When Lexi is threatened, he steps in to help the feisty young woman, in spite of agonizing over a past relationship.
Can Lexi and Drew forget the tragedies of the past and embrace the feelings between them or will ghostly memories snub out the promise of a future together?

Source: Murder For The Time Being by Joanie Bruce


Book review: “Declutter Now Devotional: Thirty Days to Freedom”

Hello my friends. Today I’m posting a review on a fantastic thirty-day devotional. Read it! It will change your life!


About the book:

Quick. Practical. Life-Changing.

Our purpose on earth is to glorify God, but how are we supposed to effectively do this in the midst of busy, overwhelmed, and cluttered lives? We can’t. Or at least not very well.

Are you tired of going through the motions? Ready for a change but don’t know where or how to begin? The Declutter Now! Devotional is the perfect place to start! Quick – Each daily reading takes just a few minutes, spells out exactly what you will declutter that day, and provides relevant, meaningful scripture verses.
Practical – We are REAL PEOPLE doing REAL LIFE. You’ll find relatable, down-to-earth examples and useful tips to help combat life’s struggles. Life-Changing – More than just a bunch of good ideas, Declutter Now! provides tangible, realistic action steps designed to set you up for success!

Don’t delay – START TODAY – and discover the tremendous joy possible when living a decluttered life for Christ!

My review: 

This book is loving inspiration for how to make your life better in thirty days. It addresses decluttering eight areas in your life that will eventually reap life-changing results.

The authors stress decluttering things such as material possessions, time, bad habits, finances, health hazards, destructive behaviors such as complaining and criticism, and even friends; A quote from the book: “God wants us to be surrounded by people who support, encourage, inspire, and genuinely love us.”

Here are some of the areas addressed in this devotional:

1)WHY we gather “stuff” that makes our lives miserable and how to eliminate those harmful things from our lives. It explains how the “things” you have abundantly in your life reveal what is most important to you. Some of those “things” are harmful in the long run.

2)How to also help your children declutter their lives and how to give them a home void of ridicule, criticism, etc, and filled with warmth and love.

3)The past with its destructive memories and unforgiving moments.

4)Making time for God, making prayer a priority, and how to listen and not just talk to God in prayer.

What I liked: For every suggestion in this book on how to declutter vital areas of your life, the authors provide not only Scriptures to back them up but suggestions for ways to accomplish these goals. The suggestions were given in a loving, Christ-like way, and encourage you to make your life better by following these tips. Every chapter has a section at the end that lists ways your life will be improved if you follow the suggestions in the chapter.

What I didn’t like: The only thing I did not like about this book are the things it revealed in my own life that need decluttering. It prompted me to look at ways I can improve my life to better serve and honor my God.

Over all, I wish I could give this book more than five stars. It’s fantastic, and I highly recommend it to anyone seeking a happier lifestyle.

About the Authors: Lindon and Sherry Gareis


My husband, Lindon, and I began writing in September 2009. We had no idea what God’s overall plan entailed, but we were certain he was directing us to share our passion through Declutter Now!.

While working through the book editing process, it was placed on our hearts to begin a ministry as a means to provide resources and services to our readers; hence Action Plan Ministries was born.

Shortly thereafter, while reviewing Declutter Now!’s manuscript, a
trusted mentor recommended that we take Christian Life Coaching classes and become certified coaches. We checked
out the program of study and signed up immediately.

Looking back, it’s clear that God’s orchestration was hard at work
from the very beginning, even though we were initially unaware how each piece would fit together or what the big
picture would look like.

Lindon and I are small group leaders from Glendale, AZ, and have a blended family of three sons and one daughter. In our spare time you’ll find us writing, boating, hiking, gardening, or hosting a family barbeque. We love being outdoors, love being together, and are committed to a lifelong honeymoon…


“The High Calling of Motherhood” by Chimene Dupler… and a giveaway…

Hello my friends. Today I’m posting a book review for a wonderful book on motherhood. Enjoy!




Does motherhood matter?

Have we lost our sense of identity, especially through social media, which can pour both accolades and acid into our hearts and minds? Does our role as a mother have any lasting purpose? What about the hard stuff? Do we self-medicate more than we self-motivate to fight for our families? If we don’t have a sense of purpose, how will our children? Chimene Shipley Dupler believes you are created for more. You are created in the image of God. You have value, significance, and purpose. You are chosen!

In The High Calling of Motherhood, Chimene will challenge and inspire you. Motherhood can change the trajectory of a generation as we discover the authority that God has given mothers. Chimene desires to see mothers experience the joy that comes in the value and worth that God places on motherhood.

Motherhood is a calling a high calling from God. Chimene will equip you and give you tools for success. You are a difference maker. You are raising world changers. You are a mom!


Chimene Shipley Dupler, Founder and President/CEO of Pink Polka Dot Productions and the Passion4Moms ministry, is a well-respected speaker and professional on marriage and parenting. Chimene loves the opportunity to help others achieve their goals and work through struggles to make their marriages, parenting, and life experiences fabulous. Passion4Moms continues to bless, encourage, and inspire mothers through conferences, speaking engagements, and other events. Previously, Chimene worked on Capitol Hill in the United States Senate and with foster homes and residential treatment centers as a social worker. Chimene graduated from Baylor University with a B.S. in Child and Family Studies. Chimene is most proud to be living out her passion for marriage and parenting daily, endeavoring to bring God glory as a wife and mother and living life to the fullest. Chimene and her husband currently reside in Washington, DC, with their three princesses. Chimene’s greatest passion in life being a mother!


Being a mother of three children, I remember many of the emotions and insecurities a mom feels when she holds that baby for the first time and wonders if she will make a good mother. According to Ms. Dupler’s book, today’s culture has no respect for motherhood and no value for the marriage institution. A mom in today’s world might feel defeated and incompetent. These emotions are addressed expertly in this book.

What I liked: There are words of advice and encouragement in the book and Bible verses to back them up. It encourages moms, and it also illuminates ways to love the calling of motherhood and how to thrive as a mother. It reinforces the Bible’s teaching that motherhood is a gift from God and that the ultimate approval for that task should come from God, not peers.  Ms. Dupler offers helpful tips for raising our children: how to point them toward God’s love and to pass that love on to others.

What I didn’t like: I found several concepts in the book to be repetitive—they were worded differently, but the meanings were the same. However, it might have been the intention of the author to purposely repeat these concepts for emphasis.  The first pages of the book state the true facts about the value of motherhood in today’s world and tend to be depressing. Although there is a lack of respect for motherhood and no value of marriage in our culture today, the pages addressing this fact were hard to read. However, once again, these facts needed to be stated to show accurately how most mom’s feel today. Calling attention to these facts allows Ms. Dupler the opportunity to offer hope and concrete ways to succeed as a Biblical parent.

Ms. Dupler is an excellent author. Her insight is refreshing, informative, and practical. Even though the first pages of the book are disheartening, there are many facts and feelings on those pages that apply to most mothers in today’s world. The rest of the book encourages moms to embrace motherhood and how to use it as a tool to “shape the future” of not only their children, but the world.

I have to say that I’m not a big non-fiction book reader. I enjoy reading fiction books to relax and sometimes escape the responsibilities of my life, so when the publisher asked me to review this non-fiction book, it was not easy for me to say yes. However, once I dug into the “meat” between the pages of this book, I became interested and thoroughly enjoyed reading it all the way to the end. I respect the advice in this book, enough to buy copies for my daughters–one who is already a mom, and the other one who hopes to be.

starsOver all, I give this book five stars, and I highly recommend it to any mom or mom-to-be.

If you would like to contact Chemene on social media, here is her contact info:

Giveaway: (only available during the blog tour)  The winner of this giveaway will get to choose between a custom made “World Changer” necklace by The Giving Keys {that is being unveiled at the Passion4Moms conference} or two tickets to attend the Passion4Moms conference being held in DC, May 5-6, 2017. Visit this page to enter:


Positive? or Negative?

Hello my friends,

Did you enjoy your Christmas and New Year’s holidays? I blinked….and mine was over. My daughter was married on December the 17th here on our farm, and with the wedding preparations and clean up afterwards, my holidays went by in a whirl. We were all so busy, but it was a good kind of busyness.

Alexander Graham Bell once said, “When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.”

Now that the flutter of activity is over, I’m settling down to normal life again, and I find I’m missing my daughter. Yes, she’s married to a man she loves and is happy, and yes, she still calls me every day, but it’s easy for me to dwell on missing her, instead of the happiness accompanying her marriage.

One door closed, but another door opened.

The door that opened was that my husband and I did not lose a daughter, but we gained a new “son,”…. a man we are proud to welcome into our family, and a man who proves every day that he will love and take care of our daughter.

Is it hard for you to see the advantages of a door that has been slammed in your face? Or to see the positive side of a negative situation? It was for me until I finally realized that attitude is a choice. I can dwell on the negative depressing thoughts or I can choose to search for the more uplifting aspect of every situation. Focusing on the positive instead of the negative makes a huge difference.

If I find myself dwelling on sad thoughts, and I do, my New Year’s resolution is this: No negative emotion will stay in my thoughts more than 5 seconds. After that time, I search out something positive about the situation and let that fill my thoughts.

Try it. It certainly makes my life more uplifting, and helps me accept those discouraging changes that life often throws my way.

“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” Proverbs 17:22

Helping a Friend Helps Yourself

Would you like to know what struck me like a lightening bolt this morning? Helping others makes me happier. Oh, I know, you’ve probably heard this before, and I’ve told myself the same thing countless times, but it hit me again this morning.

During the last month, I’ve been consumed with finishing the new book coming out, wrapping up an art project, and working on things for my daughter’s wedding which is coming up in December here on our farm. This left little room for helping my friends and family with their disappointments and anxieties.

Last week, several situations popped up that allowed me to help a friend or family member. Not only did it keep me busy, but I walked around with a more joyful attitude. Also, I was able to accomplish many more tasks for myself as well. Something about having the right attitude makes you more productive and eager to get more done.

Are you depressed? Overwhelmed? Discouraged? Go out and help a friend. There is always someone who is in a worse situation than you are. Find someone who just needs a listening ear or a helping hand. I guarantee … it will make you feel better, and your load will seem a whole lot lighter. 🙂

All You Have To Do Is Ask!

Dear Readers: How can I help you today? My thoughts this morning are with my readers. Do you have struggles to overcome today? Are you raising small children and need a truck load of encouragement … just to make it through meal time, bath time and finally bed time? Do you have a sudden health problem, a financial payment due, or another disappointment to wade through?

I wish I could help each and every one of you in your battles for the day, but unfortunately, there is only one of me. So, I can’t show up at each of your houses with a home cooked meal, or chauffeur your children around for the day to give you a break, or help you with a financial setback, but I certainly have the ability and desire to pray for each of you.

Please let me know if you would like me to add you to my prayer list. I would feel it an honor to pray for you because we know God does answer prayers! All we have to do is ask…….heart-clipart-Best-heart-clipart

“And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” Luke 11:9

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