5 Simple Steps To Financial Freedom

Margaret Kazmierczak reviews 5 simple steps to financial freedom by Dan Willis

Do you want financial freedom? Then walk with Dan Willis through his book to find out how this is possible with the help of biblical truths.

My Penny’s Worth

5 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom is a no-nonsense book that states the facts as they are and thankfully the book is easy to read. It won’t take you long to read it, but the benefits might just save you years of heartache as “debt puts you in bondage.”

Faith and finances are spiritually attracted to each other. Not attached to each other but attracted to each other.

A great quote

I love the quote “Don’t take financial advice from people who are broke.” It makes sense to seek out what the Greatest Financier has to say on these matters. Moreover, there are references to back this up.

If you want to be debt free then this is a good book to read, and if you have a mentality of “I want it, I’m going to get it” regardless of your finances, then perhaps it is time to fess up and say enough. Don’t have the courage? Then you are not alone as Dan Willis had to learn the hard way too.

Financial freedom and talents

However, there is more to this book than just how to find financial freedom. It also talks about our talents. Yes, those talents that are described in the Bible. Do we bury them or increase their value? Who had theirs taken away from them, are you one of those people?

Thank you, Dan, for writing 5 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom.

I’d like to give this book 4*

Don’t forget the GIVEAWAY at the end of this post.

*I was given this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.*

This book review was brought to you by Margaret Kazmierczak author of “How to Make Victoria Sponge” And a contributor to Heart”wings” devotional.

About the Book

Margaret Kazmierczak reviews 5 simple steps to financial freedom by Dan Willis

Title: 5 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom

Author: Dan Willis

Genre: Finances/Christian living

Release date: January 8, 2019

Publisher: Whitaker House

As a young and naïve pastor, Dan Willis maxed out twenty-three credit cards and ruined his credit to support his ministry. It wasn’t until massive debt caused the cards to stop working that he realized that God never asked him to do this. Through his candor and honesty, Dan reveals the five steps God showed him to get out of debt: stop spending, create a budget, develop a debt payoff plan, begin saving, and repair bad credit. This led him to becoming a thriving and financially-free ministry. Now, Dan is on a mission to teach this to the world. Using biblical principles, but not relying on miracles or “name-it-and-claim-it” theology, Dan provides easy-to-follow, practical steps that can be used by anyone to escape financial bondage. Finally, he encourages readers to use their financial freedom to help others and advance God’s kingdom, and to use their newfound fiscal wisdom to store up wealth. Without shaming those who struggle financially, 5 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom is the perfect combination of spiritual wisdom and practical advice for those who desperately need it.

About the Author

Margaret Kazmierczak reviews 5 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom by Dan WillisAs a young boy, Dan Willis’s dreams involved entering the medical field until that fateful day when, at age sixteen, he was called to “temporarily” take over the pastor position of a local church. More than thirty years later, Dan is still there, serving as the senior pastor of The Lighthouse Church of All Nations in Alsip, Illinois. He took the small ministry of sixteen people and nurtured it into a thriving multicultural body of more than 1,500 people. Dan’s previous books with Whitaker House were Freedom to Forget: Releasing the Pain from the Past, Embracing Hope for the Future and Praise Is My Weapon.

Guest Post from Dan

Not 23 Ways to Money Greatness or 67 Options to Financial Well Being. Just Five Simple Steps to Financial Freedom. Why complicate this? Wipe out debt and create wealth.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, January 8

Real World Bible Study, January 9

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, January 10

Just the Write Escape, January 11

Robin is Bookish, January 11

Books, Books, and More Books, January 12

A Baker’s Perspective, January 13

Janices book reviews, January 13

Remembrancy, January 14

Texas Book-aholic, January 15

Bigreadersite, January 15

Aryn The Libraryan, January 16

Margaret Kazmierczak, January 16

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 17

Jennifer Sienes: Where Crisis and Christ Collide, January 18

Mary Hake, January 18

A Reader’s Brain, January 19

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, January 20

Captive Dreams Window, January 20

Carpe Diem, January 21



Shirley Crowder – Chat on the Couch

Margaret Kazmierczak chats to Shirley Crowder author of Prayer Warrior Confessions

Welcome, Shirley Crowder to chat on the couch. You are one half of the team that wrote Prayer Warrior Confessions. I am delighted that you were able to join me today on my island getaway.

Margaret Kazmierczak chats to Shirley Crowder author of Prayer Warrior Confessions

Shirley, you have already confessed to me that you would like a hammock as your luxury item. That sounds like a wise decision so you don’t have to sleep on the ground. Also, you would like a boat builder to be marooned with, which means you will not be hanging around on the island for long. I think you are keen to get back to your calling. Bearing this in mind I want to thank you for giving me an opportunity in your busy life to ask a few questions so that my readers can get to know you a little better.

Let’s start with books..

During your time on the desert island what book would you crave to read (you already have the bible, so please pick another book)?

Shirley – It would be a series rather than just one book… The Chronicles of Narnia … my favorite is Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

They are great books Shirley with wonderful characters and meaning. A good choice.

From Prayer Warrior Confessions..

What favourite sentence do you like from your most recent published book?

Shirley – “When someone comes to mind, or the thought you need to call or check on someone comes to mind, act upon it quickly.”

That is so true. So often this has happened to me and I am always glad that I do act upon it quickly. God has a wonderful way of prompting us if we listen to Him.

Just imagine..

You find a piece of paper with a pencil left behind from the previous Author who was shipwrecked here, what encouraging message would you leave for the next cast away?

Shirley – Regardless how horrible things are or appear to be, God is your refuge and strength.

Oh, again another piece of good advice Shirley.

I love to hear why people write..

On the island you have time to think, can you tell me why you decided to become a writer?

I have journaled and recorded my thoughts on paper since I was about 10 years old. A challenge by a counselee of mine led to my posting thoughts point to Jesus each day between Thanksgiving and the New Year. Those were the seed thoughts that turned into the first devotional my co-author Harriet E. Michael and I wrote. The expanded second edition of Glimpses of the Savior: 50 Meditations for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year was released in September 2018.

I love your wording “seed thoughts” it gives me the image of seeds flowering in your mind and producing a landscape of inspiration. God will no doubt water the seeds of those reading your devotions.

Producing spiritual food is one thing..

You are allowed one favourite meal on the island what would it be?

Shirley – Spinach salad with strawberries, real bacon bits, goat cheese, and strawberry vinaigrette dressing. Southern fried chicken, steamed asparagus, baked sweet potato (butter only), and a Sister Schubert’s rolls, Southern sweet tea. Crème brûlée with dark roast coffee, black.

This would be a feast to tickle your taste buds, Shirley. My mouth is watering.

Well there you have it, thank you, Shirley Crowder, for sharing your thoughts with us today. I hope your tour with CelebrateLit is a success.

Don’t forget readers to enter the GIVEAWAY at the end of this post.

This interview was brought to you by Margaret Kazmierczak author of “How to Make Victoria Sponge” And a contributor to Heart”wings” devotional.

Click here to purchase your copy!

About the Book

Margaret Kazmierczak chats to Shirley Crowder co-author of Prayer Warrior ConfessionsBook: Prayer Warrior Confessions

Author: Harriet E. Michael & Shirley Crowder

Genre: Non-Fiction, Christian Living, Inspirational

Release Date:  November, 2018

Publisher: Write Integrity Press

Come along with other prayer warriors and read their stories. Some of the stories will make you cry while others will make you laugh. Each story ends with a confession from the writer in which he or she shares an insight about prayer or something new they learned through their experience.

Readers of Prayer Warrior Confessions will learn more about prayer as they enjoy the true and candid stories of other people’s experiences with prayer. They see the stories through the writers’ eyes and glean the insights the writers learned.

True stories of prayer in action that will make you cry, laugh, sigh, smile, and stand amazed.

About the Authors

The authors, Shirley Crowder and Harriet E. Michael are lifelong friends whose parents served as missionaries in Nigeria, West Africa. Their friendship has spanned across two continents, numerous states, and many, many years. Learn more about them at www.WriteIntegrity.com/authors.

Harriet E Michael co-author of Prayer Warrior Confessions

Harriet E. Michael

Margaret Kazmierczak chats to Shirley Crowder author of Prayer Warrior Confessions

Shirley Crowder

Guest Post from Shirley & Harriet

God writes the best stories … and sometimes we get the privilege of recording them.
Co-writers Harriet E. Michael and Shirley Crowder have a common interest in all things Biblical. Over the past few years, they have worked together on a series of books on the topic of prayer. “Prayer Warrior Confessions” is the fourth & final book in that series. It is a book filled with true stories of experiences with and lessons learned about prayer. This collection of true stories was written by various contributors who retell a story from their lives about a time they saw prayers answered, and/or learned a new lesson about prayer. These stories are heartwarming, exciting, sad, funny, and will touch your heart in so many ways while also sharing deeper insights into prayer.
Yes, God creates the best stories & He writes them on the parchment of our lives, teaching us lessons through them.

Blog Stops

Real World Bible Study, December 18

A Diva’s Heart, December 19

Just the Write Escape, December 19

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Bibliophile Reviews, December 22

Mary Hake, December 23

Texas Book-aholic, December 23

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, December 24

Janices book reviews, December 25

Carpe Diem, December 26

A Baker’s Perspective, December 27

Bigreadersite, December 28

the midnight bookaholic, December 29

margaret kazmierczak, December 29 (Interview)

Truth and a Grace Homeschool Academy, December 30

Stephanie’s Life of Determination, December 31

Reading is my Super Power, December 31 (Interview)



Marianne C McDonough – Chat on the couch

Margaret Kazmierczak talks to Marianne McDonough author of Beating Cancer

Welcome, Marianne McDonough to chat on the couch. It is a great pleasure to meet you.

Margaret Kazmierczak talks to Marianne McDonough author of Beating Cancer

My couch is located on a desert island where we can get away from the hustle and bustle and get down to the real nitty-gritty things of life.

Marianne – Thank you for inviting me, Margaret.

Wow, you have supplied me with 14 answers! Looks like we might be here a while folks. I hope you all have your cups of tea/coffee and plenty of toast. Sit back and enjoy readers, here is Marianne McDonough.

On my desert island…

Who would you like to be marooned with and why?

Marianne – Pope Francis. Not only is he fascinating, he has the biggest fan base of anyone in the world, and I’m sure millions of people would keep looking for him until they found him.

Smart move there as you would be picked up too. So long as his security team didn’t think you had kidnapped him!

Feel free to have a drink of water Marianne, I don’t want you drying out.

You don’t normally have luxuries on a desert island but…

What luxury would you like to have washed up on the beach?

Marianne – A cell phone with unlimited coverage.

I think that is cheating a bit. And I’m not sure there would be any signal out here. Besides we are chilling, so I’m sorry no cell phones.

Would you like a teacake?

Let’s talk about books..

What book would you crave to read (you already have the bible, so please pick another book)?

Marianne – Draw the Circle by Mark Batterson, the only book I’ve ever read eight times but will probably read at least another eight times.

Anyone got a cell phone so that I can look this up? Oops, I said no cell phones. That means you will have to google it yourselves readers if you haven’t come across this book.

What about your book?

Can you tell me what favourite sentence you like from your most recent published book?

Marianne – “Eagles can teach us about storms. When cancer pounds against us, when we feel alone, when it’s time to confront the storm, ride the wind, and own the sky, we can say to ourselves, “I have the wings for this.”

That is beautiful and especially poignant to me as I love the song, On Eagles Wings. “And He will raise you up on Eagles Wings, Bear you on the breath of dawn, Make you to shine like the sun, And hold you in the palm of His Hand.” The song lifted me up at a very painful time in my life.

If you could be one of your characters which would it be and why?

Marianne – Someday I’ll write a fiction book and would like to create a character whose love for God inspires people to want to know Him for themselves.

I’m sure it will be a wonderful story.

You are allowed to invite another person to stay with you on the desert island, which of your characters would you choose and why?

Marianne – Again, since my book is nonfiction, I’ll do something a little different. If I could invite anyone from the Bible to join me (other than Jesus, Who would be first, of course), I would probably choose Deborah. In biblical times, women rarely ascended to the level of dignity and influence that she had. She must have been an extraordinary human being.

I think Deborah was too and an inspiration to us all.  I like reading about the women of the Bible. They make great role models.

I know you like writing but do you have another passion?

Marianne – I love to dance.

It keeps you fit so I hear. I have two left feet so try to avoid it in public!

We have to talk about food, are you sure you don’t want a teacake?

What food would you miss the most being on a desert island?

Marianne – Peanut butter, nutritious and good with bananas. I’m assuming there are bananas on my island.

Oh yes, plenty of bananas, coconuts, mangos, papaya, guava, and passion fruit. I’m sure you will be able to make a tropical fruit salsa to go with the fish you catch.

You are allowed one favourite meal on the island what would it be?

Marianne – Thanksgiving dinner with my family, if possible.

Why not, airlift the whole family in and the Pope can say the blessing.

Let’s move on..

You are given one wish, but there is a clause which means you can only ask to be an animal. What creature would you like to be?

Marianne – Definitely a dolphin. They’re smart, beautiful, engaging, communicative, and courageous. I’ve been blessed to experience two swim sessions with dolphins, and both times were inspiring.

Now that is cool. I’d like to do that. It must have been a wonderful experience and to get to do it twice, fabulous.

As you explore the island..

You find a piece of paper with a pencil left behind from the previous Author who was shipwrecked here, what encouraging message would you leave for the next cast away?

Marianne – “How many times did you pray for a writing vacation? Well, here it is! Enjoy.”

I love this answer Marianne 🙂

You find a rowing boat hidden in a cave, what name would you paint on it and why?

Marianne – “The Big Picture”—I often remind myself that my life and everything that happens to me is part of God’s infinite and omniscient plans. No matter the circumstances (even a desert island visit), everything and everyone derives meaning from that all-encompassing goal called His will, culminating in an ultimate event when all of His purposes will be completed, every knee will bow to Jesus, and all the nations and created creatures will in one accord exclaim exuberant praise. I love Revelation 5:13. It gives perspective to my life.

Sounds like a brilliant name for a boat and I love your reason behind choosing it.

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During your time on the island..

You have time to think, can you tell me why you decided to become a writer?

Marianne – One of my favorite attributes of God is His creativity. When I write, I feel as though I have the privilege of knowing Him a little more, and I always dedicate writing time to His glory. As soon as I begin to type, even though hours may pass, I feel as though it’s suddenly time to stop. I might be alone in my office, but I’m never lonely. The words seem subdued in 12-point fonts but extravagant in my soul, sometimes playing hide and seek with my brain. I’m excited that something so small on a computer screen could someday connect to readers I haven’t ever met.

It certainly is a privilege to write for others but above all to spend time writing in the presence of God.

It’s time to leave the island..

In order to leave, you have to describe your main character in five words, can you tell me what they would be?

Marianne – Since my book is nonfiction, if it’s okay with you, I’ll quote my subtitle, “What you believe determines your journey.”

That is a great closing statement – it could become a rule of life.

Well there you have it, Marianne has given us food for thought through her book and in her willingness to share more of her musings on my couch today. Thank you, Marianne McDonough, the pleasure has been all mine.

This interview was brought to you by Margaret Kazmierczak author of “How to Make Victoria Sponge” And a contributor to Heart”wings” devotional.

Click here to purchase your copy!

About the Book

Margaret Kazmierczak talks to Marianne McDonough author of Beating CancerBook: Beating Cancer: One Truth at a Time

Author: Marianne C McDonough

Genre: Non-fiction, health and disease

Release Date: November 6, 2018

Like eagles soaring above a storm, cancer patients tackle an unpredictable disease. To navigate the turmoil, they must dispel the myths surrounding cancer, understand the facts, and determine how they want their journey to look. Armed with their convictions, they can create a path that achieves maximum health and gives them peace. Although support helps, ultimately, they must make their own decisions.

This book is about choices and the beliefs from which those choices emerge.

Beating Cancer One Truth at a Time encourages patients to:

  • Confront cultural myths about cancer
  • Clarify their own truths
  • Proactively plan treatment and prehab activities
  • Acquire positive and hopeful mindsets
  • Create a vision worth fighting for
  • Develop cancer smarts for survivorship

Designed for self-reflection and/or group discussion, Beating Cancer One Truth at a Time guides readers toward empowerment and freedom for a journey they never wanted but have to master.

About the Author

Margaret Kazmierczak talks to Marianne McDonough author of Beating CancerJournalist and author of award-winning 8 Steps to Getting Real with Cancer, Marianne C  McDonough believes the way to beat cancer is one truth at a time. She tells patients, “This is your journey. You’re the best person to lead it.” A cancer survivor since 2012, Marianne wants patients to assess the hard questions cancer presents and discover their own truths. She understands patients are stressed, anxious, and exhausted. From her personal experience, she offers a straight-forward book that inspires hope. A Minnesota native, Marianne enjoys lake activities at her cabin with her family, musicals, baseball, bridge, dancing, and walking through the woods or a nearby park.

Guest Post from Marianne C McDonough

Why did I write this book?

Because I’ve battled cancer, and I know what it’s like to face mortality, fall to my knees, and fight an enemy that has lodged itself in my own body.

Cancer changed me. I don’t know how anyone goes through it without changing. The initial sense of powerlessness is overwhelming. It challenged me to the core. I remember learning words, concepts, treatments, statistics, prognoses, and a myriad of data I had never even heard before.

I was tired and confused. But I was also angry with cancer and determined to beat it.

You’re going through the hardest part

Right after I was diagnosed, trying to figure out what to do, I went to a class at my oncology center because I wanted to talk to other cancer patients. When I introduced myself and said I had just been diagnosed, the other patients said something I didn’t expect and can now affirm, “You’re going through the hardest part.”

They were right, and as a survivor for six years, I am writing what I wish I could have found during that initial period of cancer. I didn’t have time for long books or theoretical treatises, so I tried to find short, practical, quick-read books that would give me solid tips for the journey. And I wanted someone to encourage me in simple, no-nonsense terms that I even had a future. But I couldn’t find those books.

Most of all, I needed a gut-level confidence that cancer was not in charge of my life because cancer lies to patients and pompously declares, “From now on I’ll make all your decisions about what you’re going to do, when, and for how long.”

Cancer thrives on myths

Cancer thrives on myths, misconceptions, and fear. Our best weapons are counteracting truths based on reliable data, firm convictions based on faith, and hope based on clarity of vision.

My first book 8 Steps to Getting Real with Cancer was released in 2016 and won the Midwest Book Award in the health division. I geared that book towards patients and those who love them. This second book evolved because my oncologist suggested my approach would work well for support groups. Since 8 Steps was primarily narrative, I decided to write a second book that could be read or discussed, even journaled if desired. Imagining a one-on-one conversation with my readers, I focused more on cancer myths and specifically addressed patients, although family and friends can surely benefit as well.

Finding your own truths

Beating Cancer One Truth at a Time isn’t about me or my journey. It’s about patients finding their own truths in their own way to beat cancer on their own terms. The subtitle states the main premise of the book: what you believe determines your journey.

If you are a cancer patient and you are discovering this book today, please know that the fight is worth it. You can do this. Let’s believe together for a journey you can be proud of.

Blog Spots

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Bibliophile Reviews, November 10

Carpe Diem, November 11

Janices book reviews, November 12

A Baker’s Perspective, November 13

A Diva’s Heart, November 14

Bigreadersite, November 15

Just the Write Escape, November 16

Reading is my Super Power, November 17 (Interview)

Mary Hake, November 18

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Relationships -The 6 Hearts of Intimacy – spotlight

Relationships – The 6 Hearts of Intimacy is a “Love Languages” for sex in marriage. Rather than focusing on techniques, it unlocks the secret to true sexual fulfillment by revealing the unique way each spouse gives and receives love.

6 hearts of intimacy copy

Today I am going to do a spotlight on Bob and Cheryl’s book. First, though I would like to share a message that I found on youtube.


It also worthwhile visiting their facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/For-Better-For-Worse-For-Keeps-Ministries-113338981797 where you can find out more about their ministry.

Relationships matter

There are various books out there about intimacy in marriage, but Bob and Cheryl go deeper into the love languages behind true intimacy based on biblical foundations. Here are a few reviews to help you. And if you go to the blog posts each day from 15th till 28th September (you can find the links below under Blog Stops) there will be more helpful reviews from the contributors of this blog tour.

Here are three..

First blogger on the tour wrote – Definitely a book to check out if you are interested in revitalizing your marriage.  Biblically-based with discussion questions it would be good for a husband and wife to study together.

Second blogger – The authors do a great job of writing stories that you can relate to in each chapter.  I would have liked there to be even more biblical references, specific verses to be exact, provided to the reader.

Third blogger – Aptly timed, honest, and truly Biblical, The 6 Hearts of Intimacy really hit home in every way. What my husband & I really liked about it was the wholly Biblical approach to intimacy in marriage that didn’t just revolve around sex, but truly around intimacy as a whole.

From the web..
Jon Gauger, Moody Radio host and author, If I Could Do It All Over Again”

“The more I read the manuscript, the more I wanted to read. Authentic. Biblical. Loaded with really great stories, quotes, and illustrations, too! Sex without intimacy–no married couple deliberately chooses that path. But it’s exactly where many end up. Those couples and every other couple need to read this book.”

Leanne Woods, Community and Church Engagement Director, Safe Families for Children

“Bob and Cheryl truly care about the quality of relationships. The 6 Hearts of Intimacy is a great tool not only for married couples but also “Marriage 101” for dating and singles. I highly recommend The 6 Hearts of Intimacy because it will help people build and nurture lasting, meaningful, godly relationships.”

Gary D. Chapman, Ph.D., author of The Five Love Languages

“For many couples, sexual intimacy is fraught with frustration. Drawing heavily from Scriptural insights, Bob and Cheryl explain that “it’s all about the heart.” For those who want deeper sexual intimacy, the six “heart attitudes” point the way to mutual sexual fulfillment.”

I hope this has been helpful.

Click here to purchase your copy!

Don’t forget the Giveaway at the end of this post and please feel free to comment.  Many thanks.

This spotlight was brought to you by Margaret Kazmierczak author of “How to Make Victoria Sponge” And a contributor to Heart”wings” devotional.

About the Book

6HeartsOfIntimacy_HighRezBook Title: The 6 Hearts of Intimacy

Author: Bob & Cheryl Moeller

Genre: Christian Non-fiction

Release date: September 11, 2018

Understand the way your spouse gives and receives love for greater passion in your marriage.

The 6 Hearts of Intimacy is a “Love Languages” for sex in marriage. Rather than focusing on techniques, it unlocks the secret to true sexual fulfillment by revealing the unique way each spouse gives and receives love. Various books describe the distinct ways in which people express and accept love, but this idea has never before been specifically applied to intimacy in marriage.

Marriage experts Bob and Cheryl Moeller present six biblically based and proven ways to enhance your relationship with your spouse as they describe the Romantic Heart, the Giving Heart, the Guardian Heart, the Companion Heart, the Worshiping Heart, and the Ecstatic Heart. They also expose the “counterfeit hearts” that are present in many people’s marriages, leaving their sexual relationship self-focused and empty.

Many couples spend a lifetime attempting to express their love yet fail to achieve true intimacy. Sensitively written with practical advice and humor, The 6 Hearts of Intimacy shows husbands and wives how to successfully resolve conflicts in their relationship and how to care daily for their spouse’s unique heart of sexual love.

About the Author

Moellers2Bob and Cheryl Moeller are the cofounders of For Better, For Worse, For Keeps Ministries, which is dedicated to healing hearts and restoring marriages, especially in under-served communities.

Each is the author or coauthor of a number of books. Bob is also the author of numerous articles. The president of For Better, For Worse, For Keeps, Bob is a conference speaker, seminar presenter, and international guest preacher and teacher. He also hosts the television program, Marriage: For Better, For Worse, which airs on the Total Living Network and was awarded Best Television Teaching Show by the National Religious Broadcasters.

Cheryl serves as the ministry’s Director of Marketing, Social Media Coordinator, and Director of Prayer Ministry and is a speaker and literary agent. Bob and Cheryl have been married for almost 40 years and have six children and four grandchildren.

Guest Post from Bob and Cheryl

You have God’s permission to enjoy sex within your marriage. He invented sex; He thought it up to begin with. You can learn to enjoy it and, husbands, you can develop a thrilling, happy marriage with ‘the wife of your youth.’

If your marriage has been a civil-war battlefield or a dreary wasteland, instead of a lovers’ trysting place, all that can change. You see, God has a perfect plan for marriage, which we may choose to step into at any time, and the mistakes of the past can be dealt with and left behind.

Indeed, the Ecstatic Heart finds its fulfillment in the intoxicating experience of joyful physical intimacy with your spouse that God Himself ordained, created, and blessed. The Ecstatic Heart celebrates married physical intimacy as a gift from God.

Blog Stops

lighthouse Academy, September 15

A Baker’s Perspective, September 15

A Reader’s Brain, September 16

Bigreadersite, September 16

Living life free in Christ, September 17

Reading is my Super Power, September 17 (Interview)

Life Faith & Health, September 18

Power of Words, September 18 (Spotlight)

All-of-a-kind Mom, September 19

margaret kazmierczak, September 19 (Interview)

A Rup Life, September 20

Mary Hake, September 20

proud to be an autism mom, September 21

Artistic Nobody, September 22 (Spotlight)

Texas Book-aholic, September 23

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 24

Creating Romance, September 25

Janices book reviews, September 26

Carpe Diem, September 27

Reader’s Cozy Corner, September 28

Pause for Tales, September 28



The struggle is Real – life is a struggle

The struggle is real

Life is a struggle, and sometimes it can feel like it is too much of a struggle. For me, the Bible helps and there are other books and songs out there that can also be helpful.

There is a song I can’t get out of my head, in fact, it has been singing in there for the past week. It just won’t give up. It is based on Psalm 98 – Shout to the Lord. You see there is a struggle in my life at the moment and I have been saying to myself “I can’t do this but God can.” I reckon that God is telling me through this song that life is a struggle and He understands, however, He is my refuge and strength.  To win through, I must declare His wonders as proof of His answer to those struggles.  Because nothing compares with the promise, I have in God. And this is balm to my struggling soul.

The Struggle is Real by Nicole Unice is also one of those books, it challenges and helps us to find peace in God’s answer. The author’s mantra is: God is greatest, and He knows best. Scroll down to read my review below.

Margaret Kazmierczak reviews The Struggle is Real by Nicole Unice

My Penny’s Worth

Can a book help you change the story of your life? Will it transform how you live today and move you forward to tomorrow? Are you willing to commit your sin-sick soul to God to be transformed? Do you tell people you are fine even when you’re not?

“The struggle is about the disconnect between what I believe and how I act, how I understand the promises of God and my actual experiences with God. The who I want to be or who I actually am. We don’t need to resolve the struggle alone.” Excerpt from the Struggle is Real.

What I like about the book

Nicole Unice says that we all have struggles and it is through them that we learn who God is and the story He wants to write in our lives. So this book is about being honest with ourselves and taking the steps and responsibility to rewrite our stories for a better outcome. It requires work on our behalf and a belief that “God is greatest, and He knows best.” Through this book, you get to address issues, if you want, from the past to change the storyline for today and tomorrow. Intrigued? What do I like about this? The fact that we can change our story and we don’t have to do it on our own. If you doubt this is possible then read this book.

Easy to read

The Struggle is Real is easy to read, but it is not a book to pick up and rush through. It needs time to digest, to act upon and accept the challenges it raises. It does provide answers. However, you need to be prepared to do some work to get to the answers.

Difficult issues

Life is a struggle with many complicated problems that range from our past and present attitude. Nicole Unice confirms this and draws attention to the areas that we need to work on and change. I have pages of notes and quotes from her book too long to post here! There is so much good stuff in it along with examples from the Bible. And I love the “perm story.” Those difficult issues we all have, need to be viewed through God ’s understanding rather than our own.

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Have you heard of a “good desperation”? If not it is time to find out more.

Who would benefit from reading this book?

If you have a broken relationship with God, yourself, with others or the world, then this is the book for you. It will help rewrite your story and deepen your roots in God who, if you take Him at His Word will change your life.

Many thanks, Nicole Unice for writing this thought-provoking self-help book.

*I received this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.*

Now I have had my say, don’t forget the GIVEAWAY from Nicole Unice at the bottom of this post.

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This book review was brought to you by Margaret Kazmierczak author of “How to Make Victoria Sponge” And a contributor to Heart”wings” devotional.

About the Book

Margaret Kazmierczak reviews The Struggle is Real by Nicole Unice

Title: The Struggle is Real

Author: Nicole Unice

Genre: Non-fiction, Christian life, Spiritual Growth

Release date: August 21, 2018

“It just shouldn’t be this hard!”

Raise your hand if you’ve ever had a day where everything that could go wrong does go wrong—you lock your keys in the car while it’s running, lose control with your kids, make a mistake at the office that results in hours more work. And just when you think not one more thing could possibly happen . . . well, fill in the blank.

The struggle is real

The struggle is real, friends. It may not be major stuff. Lives are not on the line here. But it makes us feel awful . . . and then we feel guilty for stressing when other people have “real” problems that are so much more serious.

Yet the fact remains: We live in a world that often feels harder than we think it should be. And so it can be easy to believe the stories we tell ourselves—that we’re doing it wrong, that we’ll be stuck in this place forever, that God doesn’t love us. We struggle to practice gratitude, to make godly choices, and to live our daily lives with confidence and contentment. So what can we do?

Join popular Bible teacher and counselor Nicole Unice to discover why the struggle is real . . . and what to do about it. Nicole offers practical tools to help you navigate the daily ups and downs, and ways to rewrite your struggle into a new, God-centered life story. The Struggle Is Real is an invitation to take the hard, hurtful, and confusing moments and turn them into opportunities to grow in wisdom, strength, and joy.

About the Author

Margaret Kazmierczak reviews The Struggle is Real by Nicole UniceNicole Unice is a Bible teacher, author, and passionate communicator who delights in bringing God’s Word to life in a personal and relevant way. Her training as a counselor informs her work, as she emphasizes the importance of facing our own reality and embracing the transforming power of God’s grace.

Her heart belongs to Hope Church in Richmond, Virginia, where she serves as ministry director, leading discipleship and Praxis, a full-time ministry residency program for young leaders. In addition, Nicole co-hosts Hope Cast, a podcast on spiritual formation, leadership, and relationships.

Nicole’s invitations to speak have taken her across the world. Her books come to life through her popular video curriculum series found on RightNow Media.

Other faith books

Her first book, She’s Got Issues, released in May 2012 speaks to a fundamental question of faith: Is being a Christian supposed to change me? Also available is a companion curriculum, She’s Got Issues DVD Group Experience, a six-session journey that includes interviews, questions, and teaching expanding on the book. Her subsequent titles—Brave Enough and The Struggle Is Real—help people distill the complicated stuff of life into a simple and clear path to Jesus.

Nicole holds degrees from the College of William and Mary and from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She loves creating a space for ministry and spiritual formation in the everyday rhythms of life. She has three children, two pups, one husband, and a whole community of twentysomethings who regularly raid her fridge.

Nicole is known for making friends in all corners of the world, especially via social media. Connect with her on Instagram, YouTube, or at nicoleunice.com—and hopefully face-to-face at one of her upcoming events.

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A Brilliant brain trapped in a silent world

Are you trapped by your inability to see?

How often have you looked at a person and only noticed the disability?

In shame, I confess that this is me.

I notice the wheelchair that speaks incapability

And respond with an apology.

Eyes stare back knowingly

Looking at me with certainty

Oceans are crossed by seeing beyond the deformity

To a brain’s digestibility.

Eye can write intelligently

If you give me time to learn like every other child without differentiality.

(Margaret Kazmierczak, inspired by Jonathon Bryan)

Margaret Kazmierczak reviews Eye Can Write by Jonathan Bryan

Buy Jonathan’s book here

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to Jonathan Bryan’s charity, Teach Us Too.

No one should be trapped

Jonathan Bryan has broken free from his trapped world and shares with us his journey. He is an incredible young man of twelve years old. Along with his mother, they fight for Jonathan’s right to be heard, to be taught reading, writing, spelling and maths. Outwardly his body looks too damaged to be educated in a mainstream school. Inwardly Jonathon has an incredible mind. Unlike Stephen Hawkins who already had access to regular schooling before his illness took hold of his body and had shown his intelligence, Jonathon has no such claim to fame.

A brilliant brain trapped in a silent world Margaret Kazmierczak's review of Eye Can Write by Jonathan Bryan

A determined hero

I am so glad Jonathan and his family have put pen to paper. Yes, it was a painstakingly slow process using a spelling board, but we need to know and see that disability does not stop the brain from wanting to learn. And we should not see the broken body as an excuse to refuse proper education to creative minds that are trapped within.

And what a mother – an unsung hero behind Jonathon who deserves an accolade too.

Don’t look at the disability see the potential

Jonathan’s book has the potential to change mindsets. To challenge the norm. How many other children and adults are trapped in a system that disregards and dismisses the disabled their rights. Why should only the likes of Stephen Hawkins have centre stage when Jonathan Bryan has lived in his silent world since he was born.

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Who ought to read Eye Can Write

This book is brilliant especially as it is the voice of a twelve-year-old. It is intelligent, well written and has beautiful poetry as chapter openings. All educators of special needs and mainstream schools as well and professionals involved with the care of disabled children ought to read this book. We must all champion their cause. If we don’t then, we are failing the geniuses of the future who could change our world.

About the Author

Jonathan Bryan has severe cerebral palsy, a condition that makes him incapable of voluntary movement or speech. He was locked inside his own mind, aware of the outside world but unable to fully communicate with it until he found a way by using his eyes to laboriously choose individual letters, and through this make his thoughts known.

In Eye can Write, we read of his intense passion for life, his mischievous sense of fun, his hopes, his fears and what it’s like to be him. This is a powerful book from an incredible young writer whose writing ability defies age or physical disability – a truly inspirational figure.

Let’s hear from Jonathan as no words speak louder than the authors.

“All my life, people have done things for me. I am washed, dressed, fed via a tube and wheeled around. Now I have found my voice, I want to use it to help other children to read and write so that they can communicate with the world. My body is weak, but my desire to make a difference for children like me is very strong.”

Thank you, Jonathan, for writing this inspirational book.