After the Miracle: The Cody Parmer Story Book Blast

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After the Miracle: The Cody Parmer Story

In the summer of 1999, doctors raced against the clock to save Cody Parmer’s life after a terrible car accident on a rural Idaho road. His parents, Brenda and Kreg Parmer, prayed that God would save him, and received their miracle. Months after his recovery a mysterious new discovery threatened to take Cody’s life once more, but this time the doctors couldn’t fix it. As Cody fought for his life, his mother searched for answers. Why would God let this happen? Would God save her son, just to let him die a short time later? Even if Cody lived, could the family handle his injuries and limitations? Even after receiving a miracle, the strength to accept God’s will would be the greatest blessing they could ever ask for.

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Praise for the Book
“Such an amazing story! I read this book cover to cover all in one day. I could not put it down! It is very well-written, and you feel as if you are right there with the family experiencing every part of their incredible journey first hand. I cried through a lot of it but found parts that made me laugh too. When a book can make you do both of those things, you know you’ve found a good one.” Shannon Dooley, Amazon Review

“This is a book about amazing resiliency in the face of the kind of trauma every parent dreads. It’s told with incredible honesty and transparency. But, it’s also a story about struggling faith that grows into a deep belief in the goodness of God even in the face of adversity…” MarSue, Amazon Review

“This book was an inspiring read. Very well written, and a page turner. Cody’s family made it through some impossible odds. You really feel the struggles that they go through as they try everything to get the best results for their son.” Nora, Goodreads Review

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Chapter 16 –
I turned to Cody and he truly looked lost. The charts didn’t lie, Dr. Pike had done the tests again and again. It was done. Finished. Cody was gone and he wasn’t coming back. No amount of wishing or hoping or praying was going to fix it. And instead of him just dying naturally, we had to be the ones to flip the switch and cut off his air, his food, his medication. It was cruel. It was torture. It was too much.
Kreg was trying to be strong for me but I knew he felt it too. I could see it in his eyes. The pain, the struggle of the impossible choice, the burden of our whole family’s emotions on his back. It was too much for him to bear as well, though he had to maintain some sense of composure for all our sakes.
I gave up trying to make decisions and buried my head in my hands. Then, in the middle of our solemn and painful silence, came a knock on the door.

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Promo picture of the Parmer family.About the Authors
Brenda and Kreg Parmer met in high school in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and fell in love on the night of graduation. Brenda graduated from cosmetology school and Kreg went to work for a farm equipment company, and soon married. They had one son, Cody, and three beautiful daughters. Since the accident in 1999, a major part of Brenda and Kreg’s lives have been devoted to caring for Cody, who still suffers from major limitations. They love being with family, enjoying the beautiful Idaho scenery, and visiting their grandchildren. Along with their family, their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the most important thing in their lives.


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Wheels Of Wisdom By Tim And Debbie Bishop

Cover of Wheels of Wisdom by Tim and Debbie Bishop.Wheels of Wisdom by Tim & Debbie Bishop is full of common sense, adventure, and yes wisdom.

The authors write about the trips they took across the country on bicycles. The book is sectioned into 52 lessons, and they are great for when you don’t have too much time to read. You can read each section seperatly, and go back a week later and not be lost.

Reading this is a wonderful way to travel the country without actually going anywhere. I could not imagine riding across the country before reading this.

If you are thinking about making a cross-country bike ride for the first time, there are lots of helpful tips and good advice in this book.

Most of the “lessons” apply to anyone, anywhere.  The book is well written and easy to read. I like it.

About the book:

After three tours totaling over 10,000 miles, Tim and Debbie Bishop have discovered wisdom and truth from the seat of a bicycle. In Wheels of Wisdom, the authors share the life lessons they learned on the open road.

When you’re looking for enlightenment, you can find it almost anywhere, be it from watching two herons saunter across a Florida road, pedaling to a dead-end in a Kentucky tobacco field, or observing eagles flying overhead in Montana. In each lesson of this book, you’ll find practical insights, inspiration, and encouragement—along with personal reflection questions that will help you:

– Adopt the right mind-set
– Conquer fear, worry, and inaction
– Overcome obstacles
– Relish life’s journey

Certain principles are universal whether you are bicycling across America or chasing your own lifelong dream.

You may be continuing your education, connecting with new people, looking to change jobs, or simply wondering about your future. Wherever you are in life, Wheels of Wisdom will give you a fresh perspective and new motivation for your own adventure. Not only will you encounter meaningful truth as you travel vicariously to new places and meet new people, you’ll also experience some genuine “God moments” and have some fun on the way.

So, pack up your dreams and passions and come along for the ride. It’s time to learn on the open road!

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About the Authors:

Tim and Debbie Bishop have coauthored four books about their midlife launch into marriage, cross-country bicycle touring, and other matters of faith and inspiration. Two Are Better: Midlife Newlyweds Bicycle Coast to Coast captures the story behind the stories, while Bicycle Touring How-To: What We Learned shares their knowledge with bicycle touring wannabes. More recently, Wheels of Wisdom: Life Lessons for the Restless Spirit conveys some deeper truths that apply to virtually any life pursuit. Metaphors in Motion: Wisdom from the Open Road is an e-book containing more lessons like those found in Wheels of Wisdom.

The Bishops serve as volunteer Hope Coaches for TheHopeLine, a nonprofit organization that seeks to reach, rescue, and restore hurting teens and young adults. They are available for speaking engagements about their touring and life experiences. They reside in Thompson’s Station, Tennessee, and blog periodically at this Open Road Press website.

In addition to consulting for small businesses, Tim Bishop has written Hedging Commodity Price Risk: A Small Business Perspective, an e-book that explains hedging concepts in easy-to-understand language with practical examples. He has over thirty years of business experience and blogs on hedging at Tim is a native of Houlton, Maine.

Debbie Bishop has taught for over twenty-eight years. She has a passion for reading and seeing that young people do it well. She also has a strong interest in recovery issues and encouraging others with her own triumphs over such struggles earlier in her life. She is a featured author in Love is Out There by Melissa Williams-Pope, in which she relates her own story of finding love later than most. Debbie volunteers as a facilitator for FINDINGbalance, an online support group dedicated to helping women who are struggling with eating disorders. Debbie is also a native New Englander.


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With No Regrets By Julie N. Ford Review

Cover of With No Regrets by Julie N. Ford.With No Regrets by Julie N. Ford is a really good contemporary romance.

It is mostly a clean romance except for one little slip up when a couple of the main characters almost had sex.  Note that they didn’t actually do the deed.

I’m glad they didn’t. Both of them needed (and still need) to do a bit more working on their own lives before they can really share with someone else.

By the end of the book they had made some major progress. I really like when that happens.

I didn’t like everything that happened in this book. I mean she found out what her kids really thought about her relationship with their father, and that her best friend was hiding something from her.

It is pretty realistic, and will make you think about (and treasure) your friends.

Good read.

About the book:

Living With No Regrets Is Harder Than It Seems

Finley isn’t exactly sure when her life began to feel unfamiliar. She suspects the transformation started long before she caught her husband and fellow garden club member doing the white-trash-two-step on her new Bernhardt sofa. Now free from the shackles of a loveless marriage, and with her children off to college, she’s finally able to go searching for the missing pieces of her heart.

Finley’s best friend, Cathyanne, is already working hard to ensure that Finley finds true love this time around. But when Finley is unwittingly tossed into the arms of two men—their sexy trainer and her neighbor, a popular country star—Cathyanne fears finding the right guy will be more complicated than she ever could have imagined.

For Finley, building a new life feels as impossible as flying a paper airplane to the moon. But maybe, just maybe, with the right help, she will find her whole heart—even if it’s in the very last place she thinks to look.

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Praise for With No Regrets

“The imagery is beautiful, the romance very well done and realistic.” Rachel Ann Nunes.

Finley is a spunky and snarky Southern woman with a lot of sass! The romance is swoon-worthy and satisfying. And underneath it all, it’s got a great message. Definitely worth a read!

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A graduate from San Diego State University with a BA in Political Science, Julie N. Ford also earned a Masters in Social Work from the University of Alabama, which has only made her better able to recognize the unhealthy, codependent relationship she has with writing. Professionally, she has worked in teaching and as a marriage and family counselor. She is the author of six women’s fiction novels, including Count Down to Love, a 2011 Whitney Award finalist. When she’s not writing, she entertains delusions of being a master gardener, that is, when she’s not killing the unsuspecting plants in her yard with her good intentions. She lives outside of Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband, two daughters, and the cutest Scottish fold cat you’ve ever seen. She loves to chat with readers.

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Christ Kitchen: Loving Women Out Of Poverty By Jan Martinez

Cover of Christ Kitchen by Jan Martinez.Christ Kitchen: Loving Women Out Of Poverty by Jan Martinez is about the job training program started by the author in Spokane, WA.

It is also a bible study of the Samaritan woman. She compares some of the poor women she meets at the training program to the Samaritan woman.

The author says we can learn a lot, from this tutorial, about how to interact with people who are different from us, no matter what the differences are (financial, cultural, racial, national).

Anyone who is thinking about mentoring others (or ministering) could learn a lot from reading this. Especially if you are thinking about starting a job-training micro-enterprise of your own.

This is a really good book. At first I didn’t think it would apply to me too much because it is about people in a large city. Larger than any of the places near me (the largest place near me is only 67,000) anyway.

But after thinking about it, I realized there will be poor people no matter where you go. We do in fact have a “bad” side of town, and there are homeless shelters in both the big towns close to me.

So doing something like Christ Kitchen here would probably be really good. Not just for the people it helps but for the community. Something to think about for sure.

About the book:

“I awoke with a knife at my neck and the palpable pounding of a rapist’s heartbeat on my chest.” So begins Christ Kitchen—a story about redemption and healing based on the experience that molds the author’s life, brings her to faith, and fans a passion to help other desperate women living in poverty.

Jan Martinez tells a compelling story of women living in poverty in America, demystifying the baffling complexities of poverty, and providing thoughtful solutions suited to individuals or groups. The book provides a practical, replicable example for overcoming poverty through Christ-based mentoring and employment at Christ Kitchen, a job-training ministry to low-income women.

Based on the mentoring approach Jesus uses with the Samaritan woman at the well, the book exposes God’s heart for the poor and equips us to share his message and our lives with women who never find their way to church. Masterfully, he shows us how to talk with society’s outcasts and love them into the Kingdom. With equal mercy, the Lord shows us the way to finding our true selves through service to the “least of these.”

Through insightful, personal stories of women from the street struggling to change their lives and women from church communities struggling to walk beside them, Christ  Kitchen provides a mentored path for both to transcend barriers of class, race, and opportunity to form healing, faithful relationships.

Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Deep River Books (September 5, 2013)
ISBN-10: 1937756920
ISBN-13: 978-1937756925

Promo Picture of author  Jan Martinez. About the author:

With Master’s degrees in public health and counseling, Jan Martinez founded a job-training project called Christ Kitchen, which attracts low-income women to work.  Through the production and sales of gourmet dried food products and catered meals, this project enables women to learn to work, to become employable and, eventually, to support themselves and their families without reliance on government programs or destructive relationships.

Christ Kitchen recognizes the myriad of issues making employment and self-sufficiency difficult for women in poverty. They offer a work setting in which any willing woman can gain skills and competencies which in turn improve their confidence and self-image. Helping low-income women learn the love of Christ and achieve emotional and mental stability as they become self-reliant, stable workers and citizens, is the goal or our growing community.

Recognized for her countless hours of serving others, Jan has received awards such as the Sister Peter Claver Award (2010) reflecting the mission, compassion quality, and commitment of service and leadership from the Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital; Person of Excellence (2006) by the Spokesman Review; Helen Hamilton Peacemaking Award (2006) from the Presbyterian Synod of Alaska-Northwest; Governor’s Recognition Award (2003) for commitment to the excellence of the human spirit; and the Spirit of the Daughter’s Award (2003) by the Jonas Babcock Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.

Jan received a Doctorate in Ministry researching discipleship with the poor and is an adjunct professor at Whitworth University. She is married to Felix Martinez, a physician, and they have two beautiful children, Jake and Rose, both adopted as babies from Korea. They’ve served in medical missions in Kenya, Nepal and Vietnam and go fly fishing together every chance they get.


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He Came Today By Michelle Simpson Review

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Cover of He Came Today by Michelle Simpson.He Came Today by Michelle Simpson is an interesting story. It is similar to the Left Behind books by Tim Lahaye in that it is about what happens after the “Rapture”.

In this book the story follows one particular family and tells how they deal with what happens on the day of the “rapture” and during the time of tribulation that follows.

Even if you don’t believe that there will be a rapture the story is still interesting.  It does offer some background on why many people believe there will be a “rapture” and on what might happen afterward. It also tells you why you might want to be prepared so you won’t have to endure the Tribulations that follow.

One of the theories in this book was new to me. I had no idea that many folks think the United States will be taken out by a nuclear war. I was aware that many believe something has to happen to the United States that keeps it from interfering in any way with the new world power.

I just always figured that congress would just keep ignoring problems until the government toppled over. Either way the United States won’t be a very safe place to live as Michelle Simpson points out in this book.

The only real problem I had with the story was that for some reason it wasn’t formatted correctly on my Kindle. That made it harder to read than it needed to be and I could not figure out how to fix it.

Those of you interested in “end time” events would probably like this book.

About the book:

Many Christians believe that prophecy in the Bible points to a soon-coming day when Jesus Christ will appear in the clouds to “rapture” his faithful followers away in a sudden moment, “in the twinkling of an eye.” So begins the story of a Christian family, much like your own or one you know, who unexpectedly find themselves dealing with the aftermath of the rapture and the reality that some among them have gone “somewhere” while yet others remain in a world never to be the same again.
This fictional portrayal of the way things may occur on a day in the very near future stirs faith in some while arousing concern in others. He Came Today, is a believably moving story of a few ordinary people and their extraordinary struggles in the face of end-time realities suddenly thrust upon them.

About the Author:

Picture of Author Michelle Simpson.Michelle Simpson is an author of Christian books, recently publishing her second book, He Came Today – A rousing rally cry for rapture preparation. Her first book, Adam’s Gift to Eve, published by Protea Publishing Company in 2002, explores the core of the God-intended marriage.

Michelle holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Bowie State University, Bowie, Md. where she graduated in 1991. She currently resides in Lexington, Kentucky with her husband, Marcus Simpson, and two daughters, Morgan and Miara.

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Did You Realize That Jesus Was Homeless?

Cover of Gospel Grit by Randy R. Butler.I sort of knew that but until reading Gospel Grit by Randy R. Butler it didn’t really sink in that from the time he started his ministry until his death Jesus was what we modern folks would call a homeless man.

He traveled around from town to town and didn’t stay in one place that he called “home”.

I doubt he really carried a “backpack” but folks must have had something similar back then.

This book takes you along through the Gospels…following Jesus in his journeys and looks at everything Jesus did during that time.

The Author says that following Jesus isn’t just a matter of doing what Jesus said to do…but doing the same things Jesus did…following his example. So we need to know exactly what he did and how he did it.

Reading this can help you see things you didn’t notice before…or didn’t really think about anyway.

It is a good book and was easy to read.

About the book:

What was it like to follow Jesus…Literally? Picture this: a thirty-year-old carpenter exchanges his career for a job that pays nothing for the last three years of His life. As He dodges in and out of crowds teaching, preaching, and healing, He relies on twelve guys to carefully watch what He shows them and listen to what He tells them–so that years later they will remember those special three years and be able to accurately write down their memories with specificity. For us.

In Gospel Grit, Pastor Randy Butler guides us through the Gospels, examining the 729 statements that reflect what Jesus showed and told his disciples. Dr. Butler, in his often humorous and down-to-earth style, fires our imagination to understand what might have taken place around the campfire with Jesus after He made a strong comment, or what might have been discussed while walking down a dust-plagued road outside of Jerusalem. And he challenges us to cultivate the simplicity of trust and obedience in our own following.

Dr. Butler believes these statements in the Gospels are for us today–and we can accept the challenge to become more authentic followers of Him, living the true Gospel Grit.

About the Author:

Promotionsal picture of author Randy R. Butler.Randy R. Butler is also the author of Reclaiming Heaven’s Covenant (Deep River Books, 2011) and Forecasting Temptation (Deep River Books, 2012). He holds a BA in religion and an MDiv from Western Evangelical Seminary, along with a DMin from George Fox Evangelical Seminary. For nearly three decades, Dr. Butler has been pastor of Salem Evangelical Church in Keizer, Oregon, where he lives with his wife Joanie. He enjoys riding motorcycles, archery, and politics.

You can find Pastor Butler at his website or on his Facebook page.


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Matt Shea Introduces “Elmo”

Cover of Elmo by Matt Shea.Elmo is a traditional American story where men unite to save the small town where their families descended. The harsh economic times that plague our nation were now taking their toll in the isolated town of Miner.

There was a cavalry though. At the edge of town stood a vintage building that housed “The Men Of Miner Fellowship Hall.” This was a charitable congregation, which held every local man as a member; these were the unsung heroes that used their strength, courage and love to keep the heart of Miner beating.

Times were hard with the fellowship members’ backs against the wall. Jobs, donations and government funding were dissipating fast with drastic measures needing to be taken. The lone freeway ramp across the street seemed to be the last resort. It was time to gamble at panhandling, a desperate tactic that was no longer restricted to big cities.

This average American town of baseball and apple pie would discretely change with the times. Their values, however, would never compromise. Women, children and especially seniors were painted a totally different picture. All were given the illusion that it was just another winter.

Initially, the dads kept a smile on their face during the day and secretively took turns at night holding a sign while wearing a hobo outfit. This strategy proved to help supplement the cause, but for how long?

A weak link in security unveiled their nighttime activity to the town’s most popular teenager: Sam Skates. This rude awakening propelled the high school senior to join the cause, forcing him to become a man. The promising baseball star got a first-hand reality check in life. This jolt made him take a deeper look at the town he hailed from, making him more aware of the contributions his father and grandfather had made — contributions that guaranteed the town would exist yet another generation.

In time, the boy would understand that it was now his turn to carry the torch. He would grow up a bit more and show allegiance to the town by changing the course of his life. The latest in a line of ‘Skates baseball fame’ would now apply a baseball scholarship to get an education and return home with it.

The story has twists and turns that test the strength of these good men. Like any small town, these trials only made them stronger.

There are two elements that I need to point out. Throughout the story, prayer sheds new light, giving direction and eventually answers. This story also remains within the very town of Miner, never once leaving it. It was important to stress that such All-American communities do face harsh challenges and never get defeated when the township unites as one.

I feel that this story shows a common thread, which has always been used throughout our heritage.

My focus on this novel was to have a small town story that never leaves its boundaries. I wanted to exemplify on how these American communities stick to their traditional values by remaining strong and united. As always, their goodness prevails.

Thank you for your time and for allowing me to share my thoughts and writings with you.

Matt Shea

About The Author:

Matt Shea is a developing author having written five books. He is greatly inspired by the writings of Andy Griffith and marvels at the small towns this country was built on. His writings incorporate the values they hold and applies it to today’s society.

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“Your grandfather attended my high school when I was there,” Ella said. “He carried the same respect your father did.”

Sam took a dry swallow and began to fight tears.

Leaning closer the woman extended both her hands to hold Sam’s. Maintaining her sincere look she said something that the boy was not aware of. “Do you realize that everyone in Miner looks up to you with the same respect?”

That comment gave Sam a jolt. He was not expecting any compliments and sat up wanting to hear more.

Ella stayed on course. “Your grandfather, Will was the man of our class,” she said. “He represented all of us by wearing our school uniform when he played baseball.” The youthful senior let go of his hands as she looked up to the ceiling. Her face contorted with joy as she went back in time. “He was the state’s best baseball player with people traveling for miles to watch him play,” she recalled.

Sam listened in awe with a blank expression.

“When he stood on that mound we all looked at him as if he was our own father,” she said. Looking at Sam she gave a brief laugh adding; “But there were those of us that imagined being married to him one day…”

Sam nodded back with a smile.

With her arms wrapped around her head she looked up and covered more detail. “He received national recognition for winning a championship for the smallest town in the state. His feat put this town on the map with everyone knowing who we were,” said Ella as she playfully swayed back and forth. “He had a presence on that mound that was dignified. But there was so much more to him than being our star pitcher.”

At that moment she put her arms on the table and sat up looking at Sam. “He was a good man that cared for everybody,” she proclaimed. “Will was still humble even though he could have had any girl he wanted. He was respected because he showed respect. Every student in school knew him as a friend that always put others first.”

Sam let the information sink in.

“He was like your father,” pointed out Ella. “My daughter and I would watch your dad play on the same field he did. I could see the similarities between the two and shared them with my daughter. They had the same class, same dignity and carried an equal amount of respect. We would compare stories about our high school years having a ‘Skates’ in our class. That’s what every parent in this town wanted; to have their child be classmates with someone from your family.”

Sam was taken by her words and slid back in his chair.

Ella had more to say. “Your dad was written up in the papers many times,” she said. “He even won a championship for us; just like you did.”

Ella was hitting home with the boy.

“That’s not why this town looks up to your family, though,” she expressed. “Skates aren’t viewed as great baseball players who are great men; they are known as great men who are also great baseball players…”

Sam froze like a statue, absorbing the tidbit.

Parenting skills now came out of Ella. “Why do you think those boys out there hang out with you?” she questioned; giving the answer. “It’s because they want your image.”

Sam looked off to the side realizing that she was right.

Ella had more. “They act completely different when they’re here without you,” she confided. “Tonight, they did things differently; they got you to be like them.”

Sam tensed up and turned ‘beet-red’. It dawned on him what really happened that night. He slowly looked up with the foolish expression of a child caught in a lie.

Ella would now in drive the final stake. “Now about “Elmo,” she said. “Is he possibly someone out there who knew that the Skates family lived in this town..?”

That triggered Sam. He sat up straight and knew what to do. “I have to go now,” he said looking at her. “Thank you.”

“You are very welcome,” she said. “I have faith in you, Sam,”

Sam Skates got up and left the kitchen with his friends anxiously waiting for him. He quickly walked up to the booth, picked up his jacket and started to leave.

It occurred to Ryan that he was now top seed. He yelled out, “What’s the matter; are you going to kiss Elmo?” Sam didn’t have to prove himself. He simply walked out the door without saying a word. The other boys remained quiet.

Sam was on a mission to righten what was wronged. This would however, require breaking a few eggs to make the omelet. On more than one occasion his father reminded him that at night he had boundaries. One of which being the last stretch on Main Street that led to the freeway ramp. “It’s poorly lit with cars and trucks driving too fast,” would be his reasoning. There was a bit more to it then that, but Ben justified leaving some things out. Until that evening, Sam never challenged his jurisdiction.

Sam couldn’t forgive himself until he would come face-to-face with the dressed up panhandler and give his apology. From there; he would offer what he could.

He was two blocks from Elm street and entering forbidden territory for the second time that night. Sam quickly spotted what he came to see- with something being peculiar, The weary figure had left its corner and was straggling across the street. This gave him the impression that the homeless man actually had a place to go to.

How right he was.

Sam walked down Main Street as ‘Elmo’ disappeared going down Elm. The teenager walked fast to the corner of Elm Street just in time to watch something that added to the confusion. The midnight hobo entered The Men Of Minor Fellowship Hall, closing the door behind him. This was another place expressively forbidden by his father. Sam was well behind enemy lines and went for broke. It was as if he was answering a calling.

He walked to the edge of the illuminated plate glass that exposed the entire hall and peered inside. What he saw was a cluster of his dad’s friends surrounding the man in the outfit. He held his breath as the black gloves came off and set on the empty table next to him. Strong hands that seemed familiar were exposed. The suspense mounted as the hat came off next and placed with the gloves. Now came the grand finale: it was time to see who Elmo was.

The mighty hands reached up and grabbed the black ski mask. In one motion it was pulled off exposing an unmistakable bushy beard with graying hair. Sam was in shock with his whole world changed forever.

He found out who Santa Clause is.

Elmo By Matt Shea Review

Cover of Elmo by Matt Shea.Elmo is an interesting book. It was hard for me to get into it.

It is about a bunch of men in a small town who dress up like a hobo and stand on the corner begging.  They take turns and the money is split between them.

The main characters also take care of some folks who are not their family. The dad gives money to an old lady who lives down the street when she runs out of money for cat food.

There is a teenager who learns a lesson and grows up a bit too.

This book is about the sort of people you would want to live next door to. It has a great ending.

About the Book (from the back cover) :

Elmo is a story about an economic crisis in the small town of Miner. Fundraisers, food drives, and generous donations initially held the financial plague at bay. Eventually the township was forced to bend with the rest of the nation causing the dads to volley back with a clevel remedy.

They would brave the winter nights and secretly take shifts dressed as a hobo on the corner of Main Street and Elm…

About the Author :

Picture of author Matt Shea.Matt Shea is a developing author having published four books. He is greatly inspired by the writings of Andy Griffith and focuses on the common folk that small towns are made of.

He credits the success of his first book, “The Groundskeeper And Other Short Stories” to his family. The values that were instilled throughout his childhood gave him the strong sense of justice that is conveyed through his writings. The Shea family is only an average American family from an average neighborhood. Their secret was that they were close knit and accepted others.

Matt’s mother, Vyerl set an example of being self sacrificing; having never placed herself first. She always cared about the feelings of others, no matter who they were. She even sponsored many foster children despite having a family of eight. During the holidays, the Roman Catholic mom would also have a Hanukkah bush for their Jewish friends. There were years when the family would make Christmas gifts and personally deliver them to seniors in rest homes.

The very table that Matt writes all of his stories on came from a childhood neighbor, Netta Wilson. Through time, Netta had to be relocated to assistant living due to deteriorating health. Vyerl never forgot that she and Netta traveled to see the Vatican together. Care packages, visits, and transporting Netta to spend Sundays at their home became a ritual until her last day. When she passed away, Matt was bequeathed an antique table from Netta. A priceless heirloom that he regards as sacred.

Many of Matt’s friends are senior citizens or foreign born. He has the common practice of brewing a pot of tea and inviting them over to watch Alfred Hitchcock. Together they will watch Alfred, share a cup of tea, and afterwords listen to his manuscripts. Sometimes these social gatherings last well beyond midnight. “This is where I get most of my ideas,” says Matt. “I learned this from my mom.”

Matt Shea appreciates all who take the time to read his stories. He loves feedback and offers his email address for any comments or suggestions you might have. Matt promises to do his very best to answer all who write him. His goal is to reach out to his audience and improve as a writer and a person. button.

This book review is part of a blog tour hosted by Publishing. I received a free book to review. My opinion is still 100% my own.

The Simplified Guide Paul’s Letters To The Churches By David Hazelton Review

Cover of The Sim;lified Guide Paul's Letters to the Churches by David Hazelton.The Simplified Guide: Paul’s Letters to the Churches is one of the most helpful books I have read about  the Bible. I would recommend this for anyone who would like to understand Paul’s letters better. Or for people who think they already understand everything Paul said (after all they could be wrong).

It is easy to read and written in clear language that even a simple woman like me can easily understand.

It is organized around themes. He gathers everything Paul had to say about a particular subject and put’s it all together. So you are not so much exploring each book as exploring ideas.

The first section is titled Right Beliefs and in it he gathers everything Paul had to say about what we should believe including the message of salvation, the resurrection, and who Jesus is, remaining faithful to the true gospel, division in the church and much more.

The second section is titled Right Conduct and brings together everything Paul had to say about how Christians should conduct themselves.

The third section is titled Right Relationships and is all about Paul’s instructions on how we are to relate to other people. There are sections on what Paul says about how we are to treat our families, our neighbors, people in our Church, and people who need help of one sort or another.

This book was really helpful.  It clarified a few things that I had not fully understood. Paul’s letters are not exactly easy to understand and having the instructions put into separate subjects made it much easier.

About the Book (from the back cover) :

Paul’s letters were written for “all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (I Cor. 1:2). He wrote to regular Christians, like you and me, about the daily challenges we confront in our walk with Christ. Paul is very clear—the gospel message of salvation is simple, straightforward and available to all who come in faith.

David Hazelton’s The Simplified Guide: Paul’s Letters to the Churches is a practical, easy-to-use resource for understanding adn applying Paul’s instructions for Christian living. Designed to be an effective tool for both individual and group study, and unlike other books on Paul that focus on a particular letter or issue, this book provides a comprehensive survey of all nine of Paul’s letters to the churches–Romans, I & II Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and I & II Thessalonians. Readers will discover Paul’s remarkably consistent and coherent description of the Gospel Centered life.

Paul’s passion was to see every believer put the Gospel into practice.


About the Author :

Picture of author David Hazelton.Like Paul, Davis Hazelton’s professional background is in the law and business. He is a senior partner in one of the nation’s five largest law firms. Dave’s passion is teaching Sunday School and leading Bible studies in his home, church, and workplace. He serves as an elder at Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church.

Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: Deep River Books (September 5, 2013)
ISBN-10: 193775684X
ISBN-13: 978-1937756840

You can buy the book online at or Barnes & Noble.

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I received a free book to review from Tell Us The Truth Reviews. My opinion is 100% my own.

I am a Woman of God® T-Shirt Review

I am a Woman of God Logo.I loved the idea of these t-shirts from the moment I saw them.

The I am a Woman of God® movement aims to use the t-shirts to remind christian women of their value in God.

I think that is an excellent purpose. Many women get so busy with working, housekeeping, child-rearing and all the little things you have to keep up with (taking kids to sports and band practice, keeping their clothes clean, making sure they have all the supplies) to keep your family healthy, happy, and presentable that they forget about God.

It is nice to be reminded that you matter.

These T-shirts are well made and of a nice material too. They come in all different colors. The one I got has short sleeves and is a pinkish purple. I have no idea what the color is called. It is nice anyway.

Picture of my I am a Woman of God T-Shirt.

They also have T-shirts with Job 33:4 on it and some with long sleeves and even hoodies as well as different styles of short sleeved T-shirts.

There is something for everyone including the man in your life! They have a T-shirt that says I am a Man of God for him. These also come in lots of different colors and sizes.

Please visit the I am a Woman of God® website to see all the T-shirts they offer and Please visit and “like” their Facebook page too.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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