Spotlight on Victor Torres

Margaret Kazmierczak spotlights Victor Torres' book Reaching Your Addicted Loved Ones.

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About the Book

Margaret Kazmierczak spotlights Victor Torres' book Reaching Your Addicted Loved One

Title: Reaching your Addicted Loved One

Author: Victor Torres

Genre: Self-help | Substance abuse & addictions | Drugs

Release date: January 8, 2019

As a teenager, Victor Torres was a gang warlord and heroin addict on New York City’s violent streets. Through the ministry of David Wilkerson and Nicky Cruz, Victor had a life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ and came to realize that God had a purpose for his life. Victor has spent the last forty-five years helping tens of thousands of young men and women find freedom from drug addiction and gang life. Now, he answers your toughest questions about your addicted loved one. Without pulling punches or promising easy answers, Victor provides wisdom and expertise that can lead you toward success.
Some of the questions Victor addresses are…

  • How can I know if my loved one has a substance abuse problem?
  • How can I tell the difference between helping and enabling?
  • What if my loved one refuses to get help?
  • When should I call the police?
  • What should we look for in a treatment program?
  • What can I expect when my loved one comes out of treatment?
  • How do I prepare for relapse?

God did not create your loved one to be an addict or a loser. On the contrary, God created him or her for a better life. Although for the moment, it may seem like you are losing your loved one, they still have a God-given destiny and a purpose. No matter how bad the picture may look now, there is always hope.

About the Author

Margaret Kazmierczak spotlights Victor Torres' book Reaching Your Addicted Loved OneVictor Torres was a junkie, drug-pusher, and warlord in Brooklyn’s meanest streets. Since his conversion, he has ministered Christ to thousands. He and his wife Carmen have traveled to over thirty nations preaching the Good News. Their chief undertaking, however, has been New Life for Youth, which began in 1971 in Richmond, Virginia. This growing work is one of the most respected and largest organizations in the country. Today, New Life for Youth has a ranch in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, which is helping an ever increasing number of hurting young men searching for hope, as well as a home for women with drug-related problems called the Mercy House. Their other resources in the Richmond, Virginia, area include House of Hope, a home for recovering men, and Mercy Moms, which serves women and their children. Victor and Carmen are also the founders and pastors of New Life Outreach International, a fast-growing dynamic church in Richmond, Virginia with over forty nationalities worshiping together. In 2017, his story was made into an award-winning major motion picture, Victor.

Guest Post from Victor

New Life Success Steps
  • Pray, pray, and then pray some more. And after that, pray.
  • Have faith enough for the both of you. Have faith enough for the whole family if necessary.
  • Keep fighting for your addicted loved one until they can do battle for themselves.
  • Choose to believe beyond what you can see.
  • Picture their future and believe the vision.
  • Celebrate your loved one’s freedom—dare to believe!

Healing is yours for the taking. Reach out, ask God for help, and then receive it. Never lose hope that your loved one will be healed. My life and the lives of so many others is proof that God can even bring the dead back to life.

Your loved one was made for more than this. Don’t give up!

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Spotlight on Joan Hunter Love Again, Live Again

Margaret Kazmierczak spotlights Joan Hunter author of Love Again, Live Again

Spotlight on Love Again, Live Again by Joan Hunter

First of all, I have to say that I have not read Love Again, Live Again by Joan Hunter. Therefore I can only go on what other reviewers have said in their comments. It appears that this book may be suited to some readers and not to others, there is a mixed bag of opinions. With that in mind, I have chosen three websites to direct you to so that you dear reader, can make up your own mind about Love Again, Live Again.

“I do agree that we can not do what God has called us to do if we keep a wall around our Heart.”

“Overall, there were points I found helpful and useful for my own heart, and for that, I am very grateful.”

“I have mixed feelings about this book.”

Joan Hunter has written many other books which I gather have received good reviews. Sometimes it is important to remember that one book with mixed reviews doesn’t mean all of the author’s books are not a reader’s cup of tea.

Don’t forget Joan Hunter has a GIVEAWAY end the end of this post.

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

I hope it has been helpful.

About the Book

Margaret Kazmierczak spotlights Joan Hunter author of Love Again, Live Again

Book: Love Again, Live Again

Author: Joan Hunter

Genre: Non-Fiction; Christian Living, relationships

Release Date: November 6, 2018

“Broken Heart Syndrome”

Everyone gets their feelings hurt in life. As these wounds fester and compound throughout life, they become scars that affect our current relationships. Anyone suffering from a wounded heart feels a sense of separation from people, but the separation it creates from our heavenly Father is far worse for our mind, body and soul. “Broken Heart Syndrome” is a recognized medical condition.

Tests show that the pain caused by relational stress or trauma releases stress hormones to circulate through the body. This causes the inner layers of the heart to shred, damaging the cardiac muscle and its capacity to pump blood throughout the body. The chest pain this can cause resembles a serious heart attack. Stents or angioplasty can treat blocked vessels, but modern medicine still has no quick fix for a broken heart.

Joan Hunter reveals how to heal your heart from past hurts. To do this, you must be set free from the trauma of past relationships that prevent you from giving of yourself to those most important to you today. In doing so, you will also restore your most important relationship—the one with your heavenly Father.

About the Author

Margaret Kazmierczak spotlights Joan Hunter author of Love Again, Live AgainJoan Hunter is an anointed healing evangelist, a dynamic teacher, and a best-selling author. She is the founder and president of Joan Hunter Ministries, Hearts 4 Him, and 4 Corners Foundation, and she is also the president of Hunter Ministries.

Joan’s television appearances have been broadcast around the world on World Harvest Network, Inspiration Network, TBN, NRB Word Networks, Daystar, Faith TV, Cornerstone TV, The Church Channel, Total Christian Television, Christian Television Network, Watchmen Broadcasting, and God TV. Joan has also been the featured guest on many national television and radio shows, including Sid Roth’s It’s Supernatural!It’s a New DayThe Miracle Channel, The Patricia King ShowToday with Marilyn and Sarah, and many others. Together, Joan and her powerful international healing ministry have conducted miracle services and healing schools throughout numerous countries in a world characterized by brokenness and pain.

Previous books with Whitaker House include Healing the Whole Man HandbookHealing the HeartPower to HealSupernatural ProvisionFreedom Beyond Comprehension, and Miracle Maintenance. Joan lives with her husband, Kelley Murrell, in Magnolia, Texas. Together, they have eight children—four daughters and four sons—and seven grandchildren.

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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.

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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.

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Healing – two great women chat on the couch

Does your relationship between mum and daughter need healing? Then you might like to read, “It’s momplicated.” But first let’s meet the authors on my desert island couch.

I love Authors Interview Margaret Kazmierczak talks with Debbie Alsdorf & Joan Edwards Kay

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Meet Debbie Alsdorf

I love Authors Interview Margaret Kazmierczak talks with Debbie Alsdorf & Joan Edwards Kay

Did I say two great women on the couch? Well, Debbie had to nip off for a coffee and I think she lost her way on the island trying to find the drinks trolley. Sadly her transcript that she left behind on her notepad is not translatable 🙁

I really need to learn notepad scribble. Sorry, Debbie.

& Joan Edwards Kay

I love Authors Interview Margaret Kazmierczak talks with Debbie Alsdorf & Joan Edwards Kay

Today I have two people on the couch (well sort of). What an honour. Thank you, (Debbie) and Joan, I don’t want Debbie to feel left out, for taking time out to chat with me and my readers.

Joan – Thank you, Margaret, for this opportunity to share with you all.

As Debbie is taking in the beauty of the island lets begin Joan.

Who would you like to be marooned on the island with and why?

Joan – I would like to be marooned with my husband, Steve because I would need a lot of hugs.  When it comes down to it, he is my person.  He is strong, smart and handy and could probably figure out how to build a hut out of coconut fronds.

I’d like to see this hut, it would look awesome made out of coconut fronds. For those of you that have not seen coconut palm fronds weaving check this out. Sounds like Steve would be invaluable, hugs and all. 🙂

Joan, you will need something to read…

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

Joan – If I’m stuck on an island with only one book, I’ll take either My Utmost for His Highest or Streams in the Desert.  Either one would give me something fresh and inspiring to read every day.

I have not heard of My Utmost for His Highest but having just googled it I think I will get myself a copy. So thanks for that recommendation, Joan.

Let’s see what’s next..oh yes,

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?

Joan – Definitely a dolphin.  Does that count as an animal?  (They are mammals, after all.)  I love dolphins. They are smart, playful and stay closely connected to each other.

Other people have chosen a dolphin so I don’t see why not. They are wonderful creatures so I think you have made a good choice there.

There must be a food question, are yes here we go..

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

Joan – Chocolate ice cream.  When I get to heaven and don’t have to worry about health or calories, I will eat lots and lots and lots of Hagen Daz Chocolate Ice Cream.  They will have that in heaven, right?

Oh, I’m sure God has an infinite selection of ice creams to wow you. There are no doubt flavours that you have never heard of before but all overwhelmingly delicious as it is heaven (thought cloud opens….. ice cream).

This is the final question, such a shame as I am enjoying our chat..

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

Joan – My main passion is my work as a therapist.  It is such an honor to be an agent of God’s healing work as he brings inner healing and restores relationships.

That must be so rewarding being Jesus’ agent and bringing His healing to those that need it. God bless you both for being open to God’s calling.

It is a pleasure to introduce you both to my readers and I am sure your book will touch many lives.

Let’s show our appreciation for (Debbie) and Joan. I hope Debbie is alright, can someone send a search party, please?

Don’t forget their Giveaway and to comment on my post. Many thanks.

Click here to purchase your copy.

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

About the Book


Book Title: It’s Momplicated

Author: Debbie Alsdorf * Joan Edwards Kay

Genre: Non-fiction

Release date: September 4, 2018

Let’s face it: when it comes to mothers and their daughters, things can get a little . . . complicated. Momplicated, you might say.

Whether your relationship with your mom has been wonderful or stressful, redeemed or broken, close or nonexistent, it’s one of your life’s most important and defining connections. Its effects have probably followed you into adulthood.

If you have conflicting feelings toward mom—or if you wish you could get past some of the baggage that holds you back—this is your book. Combining spiritual disciplines and the best of current therapeutic practice, It’s Momplicated will help you discover the following:

Four key tools
  • How your early connection with your mother may have impacted your sense of self and your other important relationships—and what you can do to break the cycle
  • Why you and your mother have the relationship you have—the underlying reasons that may be contributing to strain and unease
  • Tools and exercises to help you cope with some of the most common effects of a broken relationship, including anxiety, depression, lack of confidence, and trust issues
  • How to be the daughter and mother God wants you to be even if your mom wasn’t who you needed her to be.

It’s never too late to love, never too late to heal, and never too late to trust God to turn the pain in your story into a redemption song. As you read It’s Momplicated, you’ll realize that while God doesn’t promise to fix all your circumstances, He does promise to uphold you and lead you to a healing place of knowing you are truly precious and loved, no matter how your past has affected you

About the Authors

Debbie Alsdorf

pic_LG_Alsdorf_DebbieFor the past twenty-five years, through her speaking and writing, Debbie Alsdorf’s mission has been to help women live a better story by leading them to the heart of God’s love and the truth of his Word. Debbie is a biblical lay counselor, a Christian life coach, and the founder of Design4Living Ministries. She and her husband, Ray, have raised a blended family of four adult children. Today Debbie’s favorite role is being a grandma to ten little ones.

Joan Kay Edwards

pic_LG_Kay_JoanyJoan Edwards Kay is a licensed marriage and family therapist in the East Bay of San Francisco and has been an adjunct professor at Western Seminary. She received her bachelor’s degree from Vassar College and her master’s degree from Western Seminary. She is happily married with two adult daughters, four stepdaughters, and five grandchildren.

Guest Post from Debbie and Joan

Mom. Mother. Mommy.

What do those words evoke in you? Wonderful memories of home cooked meals? A longing for nurture that was never fully met? A sense of not being enough? Gratitude? Sadness and loss? Anger and resentment?

Most women have a complex reaction when asked to think about their mothers–a mix of positive and negative, gratitude and hurt, happy and sad memories. Our relationships with our mothers are unique, rich, and complicated.


Allow us to introduce ourselves. We are Debbie Alsdorf and Joan Edwards Kay, friends who have written a book together that explores the issue of moms and their profound effect on daughters. It’s Momplicated: Hope and Healing for Imperfect Daughters of Imperfect Mothers releases this September 4th, 2018. Since every woman is a daughter, this book is for every women.

Every daughter receives less-than-perfect programming from her mother. The messages may be about our value, or how to relate to others, or even about how we think about bodies. However, God is our perfect parent who wants to rewrite that imperfect programming with his truth. Many of us don’t realize the wrong messages that are deep in our souls.

A word from Debbie

I grew up with a mother who was cold, distant and unavailable. I have one sister who was in her teens when I was born and married by the time I started school, leaving me to be raised as an only child. As I grew up I wondered what was wrong with me, “Why didn’t mom want to spend time with me? Why didn’t she hug me and hold me close like other moms did? Why was nothing I did to earn her approval good enough?”

I was deeply imprinted with wounds of rejection and carried them through most of my adult life, even though I pasted on a smile, kept trying to do better, and could be the life of any gathering. On the inside, I was sad for as long as I can remember. Through working on this book, I have experienced a phenomenal inner healing, the exposing of lies long held secretly in my heart, and the ability to see the way the enemy of my soul has tried to use the “not enough” belief against me. I am beyond excited for other women to have the courage to own their own story, inviting Jesus to meet them in any points of pain and any relationships that need healing.

A word from Joan

I  had a stay-at-home mom who cooked dinner every night, took us to the library and the beach, did art projects with us, and made me feel safe and happy. However, when I was nine years old, my father and then my brother both died of cancer within a year and my relationship with my mother changed. Understandably, she struggled to just hold herself together, but in my young mind, I felt abandoned by her. I didn’t have the capacity to deal with all the loss and she didn’t have the strength to help me.

This left me emotionally lost and alone. I longed for my mother to comfort me and show me how to overcome my pain. In retrospect, I wish she had shown me faith in a God who could bring hope and meaning to the devastation that had hit our family. But she was not a believer and did her best to stuff away the feelings and soldier on. I was deeply imprinted with the belief, I’m alone and can only depend on myself. As I worked on this project, the root of many of my struggles became clear to me and God has been comforting those young, lonely parts of me with his presence and his love.

What’s your story?

What is your story with your mother? What false beliefs have this important relationship imprinted on your heart, and how does God’s truth rewrite them? It is our hope that every woman, as God’s daughter, will learn the beauty of who she is and receive her own healing so she can leave a legacy of faith, hope and beauty to the generation of women that follow.

One thing we know for sure: there are no perfect moms, just women partnering with a perfect God.

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Reader’s Cozy Corner, September 20

margaret kazmierczak, September 20 (Interview)

Living Life Free In Christ, September 21

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 21



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.

Being wise in earthly matters starts by understanding the business in Heaven. @nicoleunice The Struggle is real Click To Tweet

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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Click here to purchase your copy!

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—and hopefully face-to-face at one of her upcoming events.

Blog Stops

A Baker’s Perspective, August 25

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, August 25

Bibliophile Reviews, August 26

Reading Is My SuperPower, August 27

Texas Book-aholic, August 28

All-of-a-kind Mom, August 29

Girls in White Dresses, August 29

Chas Ray’s Book Nerd Corner, August 29

Carpe Diem, August 30

Multifarious, August 31

Janices book reviews, September 1

Inklings and Notions, September 2

Book by Book, September 3

Mary Hake, September 3

proud to be an autism mom, September 4

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 4

Margaret Kazmierczak, September 5

Jeanette’s Thoughts, September 6

Godly Book Reviews, September 7

Bigreadersite, September 7



I love Authors Interview 2 this is Janet Mitchell

I love authors Interview 2

Margaret Kazmierczak interviews Janet Lynn Mitchell

This is Janet Lynn Mitchell

Welcome to “I love Authors Interview 2” in this interview we meet Janet Lynn Mitchell, author of Food for Thought – Let’s all give Janet a warm greeting.


I’m so glad you are doing a blog tour with Celebrate Lit as it gives me an opportunity to get to know you better.

So hello Janet, please come and take a seat on my oranges and lemons couch next to me.

Janet – Thank you, Margaret, it’s a pleasure to be here.

Now I am going to mix up things a bit Janet, and while you are sitting comfortably I want you to imagine that you are stranded on a desert island!

Janet – Sounds fun.

Ok, so my first question. Who would you like to be marooned on the island with and why?

Janet – If I were marooned on an island, I would want to be there with my assistant Keri Spring. I laugh more with Keri than anyone. Together we can find humor in almost anything. And I think being stranded on an island would require laughter just to survive!

Margaret – I’m with you on that – laughter is so important.

So you are looking out to sea hoping to see a ship to rescue you, sadly there are none on the horizon, therefore, what luxury would you like to have washed up on the beach?

Janet – I would love to have a bathtub and a large bucket of popcorn from the movie theatre.

Margaret – Oh, that’s funny, you have all that sea, and you want a bathtub. Okay, those are on their way.

Let’s talk a little about your book. What favourite sentence do you like from your most recent published book?

Janet – James 1:2-3 says, “Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.” Note that this Scripture does not say if but when. Trials will come our way. The great joy we are to experience comes from knowing that God is in control. Waves will come to rock our boats, but God has asked parents of children with special needs to step out into the deep waters of trust. Waves will continue to toss and turn us, but way down deep, the ocean is still.

Margaret – That is beautiful Janet. Gosh, I needed to hear that. Thank you.

Now, this is going to be interesting – You are allowed to invite another person to stay with you on the desert island, which of your characters would you choose and why?

Janet –  I’d love for my husband to come stay with Keri and I. I’m sure we’d be giggling while he tried to explain how serious the situation was. We’d listen to him and try to explain “sometimes you can do nothing but laugh!”

Margaret – So now there are three of you on the island, it is getting a bit crowded! I did say character but hey, sounds like you are all characters. I suspect any rescuer will find you from the cacophony of laughter!

On the island, you have time to think, although with all that laughter I have my doubts – but can you tell me why you decided to become a writer?

Janet – I couldn’t help it. I fell in love with Jesus and wanted to tell the world—everyone and anyone who would listen. The Flipbooks were specifically compiled as I knew that Scripture is God’s way of speaking to us. It was also important to me that other’s realize that God cares about every part of us and loves us extravagantly.

Margaret – That’s a great reason, Janet, and I am sure these books will help a lot of readers.

Being from England, we talk a lot about the weather. My final question then is  – The desert island is very hot, do you like hot or cold weather and which helps you focus on your writing better?

I take advantage of the weather like it’s a friend. In the winter I sit under an electric throw by the fireplace and write. In the summer I sit out by our pool soaking up the sun with a pencil in hand. I guess that I love writing so much that I adapt to whatever situation I find myself in. Yet, if it’s too hot, I might melt! I’ve written parts of a chapter of a book waiting in the lines at Disneyland, sitting in a hospital bed, in hotels, vacationing in the Holy Lands, while on a cruise and even in a bathroom!

Margaret – It seems in all things you are inspired, Janet. That is a beautiful way to be. I love the way your positivity comes across.

Times up

Margaret – Sadly our time on the couch is over, and you have been rescued from the desert island to continue your everyday life. It has been an immense pleasure to meet you, Janet.

Thank you, for being such a good sport.  I hope you have a successful blog tour.

Janet – Thank you, Margaret, for having me!

Margaret – It has been great fun. Janet Lynn Mitchell everyone. Yes, give her a round of applause.

Read about Janet Lynn Mitchell’s Food for Thought

And before I round up this interview Janet has kindly donated a FREE GIVEAWAY – scroll down to the end of the blog where you can see the details, but first please read all about Janet and her book Food for Thought below.

Buy your copy of Food for Thought here

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About the Book


Title: Food for Thought

Author: Janet Lynn Mitchell

Genre: Non-Fiction, Self-Help

Release Date: December 1, 2017

Food for Thought is filled with personalized verses just for you. It’s been written to help you claim God’s Word as your own. The thoughts included within the verses are from fellow dieters. Food for Thought is not meant to be a substitute for actual Scripture, but an addition, bringing you new insight, perspective, hope and encouragement as you move toward and reach your weight-loss goal. Blank pages have been placed in the back so that you can add additional Scripture and/or words of encouragement. Recite these verses and include them when you pray. Then watch as God’s Word rejuvenates and empowers you. Experience your faith increasing, as faith comes by hearing, reading, speaking, and living the Word of God.

About the Author

Janet Profile

Candid, dynamic, friendly…and memorable are some of the words used to describe Janet Mitchell. Her fun, engaging style keeps her audiences wanting more. As a master storyteller, she shares her heart, passions and faith, relating incidents from her life that will touch you and make you laugh. The author addresses relevant life issues and how it just takes one to make a difference in your world!

Past and present
Janet has held staff positions with Youth for Christ and Forest Home Christian Conference Center and has served as the director of a Christian preschool. She is also a CLASS Speaker (Christian Leaders, Authors, and Speakers) and is a popular speaker for women’s events, MOPS, family camps and single-parent groups.
An incredible lady
As a senior in high school, Janet lost the use of her legs following surgery. On the night of her tenth surgery, she met Marty, who became her cheerleader and was alongside her as she learned to walk again. Eventually, he became her husband. Janet and Marty have been married for over thirty-five years and have three children. Janet’s knee problems reoccurred when she was thirty-two. She was horrified to learn she had been a victim of medical negligence, fraud and concealment. Her additional surgeries had been attempts to correct the mistakes. Janet has since become a voice for others who have suffered medical fraud. Assembly Bill 2571, borne out of her misfortunes, unanimously passed both the California Assembly and the Senate and was signed into state law on August 31, 2000. Her story, Taking a Stand, has motivated others to “take a stand” and remain firm in their faith through the good, bad, and the outrageous.
Janet has been featured on radio programs across the nation, including popular programs such as Focus on the Family and Billy Graham’s Decision Today. Janet has appeared on television programs such as, Fox, CBS and ABC News, Aspiring Women, The Harvest Show, and Chuck and Jenny. Her stories and articles have appeared in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, Multnomah’s Stories for the Extreme Teen, and in magazines such as Woman’s World, Light and Life, and Celebrate Life. Her Testimony, “When Doctors Make Mistakes,” was published in the July/August 2005 issue of Today’s Christian Woman magazine.
Other books by Janet
Janet’s book, A Special Kind of Love, published by Broadman and Holman and Focus on the Family, has been highlighted by Rick Warren in his “Ministry Toolbox.” Her Hands on Faith: Family Nights and Hands on Faith: Family Fun books by Carson- Dellosa are now available along with Janet’s five new Praying Scripture Flip Books. Janet’s Taking a Stand was released in November of 2006. It is truly a testimony of God’s faithfulness through the good, bad and outrageous. This past year Janet’s latest book, Words Matter became available. One thing Janet has learned is:
It just takes one to change the world we live in.

Blog Stops

Multifarious, January 5

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, January 5

Splashes of JoyJanuary 6

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, January 6

Mary Hake, January 7

proud to be an autism mom, January 7

Reading is my Super Power, January 8 (Interview)

A Greater YesJanuary 8

Bibliophile Reviews, January 9

Texas Book-aholic, January 10

Carpe Diem, January 11

A Baker’s Perspective, January 12

Pursuing Stacie , January 13

Jeanette’s Thoughts, January 14

Remembrancy, January 15

Pink Granny’s Journey, January 16

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 16

Janices book reviewsJanuary 17

margaret kazmierczak, January 17 (Interview)

Simple Harvest Reads, January 18 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)

BigreadersiteJanuary 18

GiveawayGiveaway for Food for thought

To celebrate her tour, Janet is giving away a grand prize of a $50 Amazon!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!