‘The Kindness Challenge: Thirty Days to Improve Any Relationship’ by Shaunti Feldhahn


“The Kindness Challenge: Thirty Days to Improve Any Relationship” by Shaunti Feldhahn
I actually read this book and did an online 30 day kindness challenge last January so I have had this book over a year now.

I have read this book at least twice since then because I find it very practical and helpful. This kindness challenge can help with any kind of relationship-work, family, partner. I used this book and challenge towards my husband and he noticed immediately and appreciated it.

I highly recommend this book if you are wanting to make a difference in someones life and if you want to learn how to be more patient, kind and loving.

You can go to the website here: https://www.jointhekindnesschallenge.com/book to join the free 30 day challenge once you’ve received your book or download a sample chapter to see what the book is like.

I received a copy of this book complimentary for blog and social media review. All opinions are my own.

About the book:
One month to a great relationship… with anyone!

Think of your toughest relationship. Think of a relationship that is good but could be great. Think of a group of people that drives you nuts. You want to show more kindness and generosity, but sometimes you’re just tired, stretched, and frustrated. Besides, would small actions make that big a difference? Yes!

After years of extensive research, Shaunti Feldhahn has concluded that kindness is a superpower. It can change any relationship, make your life easier and better, and transform our culture. But how does it work? And how can you show kindness when you don’t feel like it?

In The Kindness Challenge, Shaunti explores….
* Three simple acts that make all the difference in any relationship (with a spouse, child, co-worker, brother-in-law…)
* Whether kindness is ever the wrong approach
* The seven ways you may be unkind and never realize it
* Eight types of kindness—and which might be the best fit for you
* Ten sneaky obstacles that get in the way of giving praise
* Practical ways to persevere when kindness is tough
* How kindness in marriage leads to benefits in the bedroom (yes, really!)
* Why your acts of kindness today can help transform the world

With self-assessments, day-to-day tips, a 30-day challenge, and specific kindness ideas, The Kindness Challenge can make your toughest relationships better and your good relationships great—starting today.

Try the 30 Day Kindness Challenge and be a part of a kindness revolution in your home, your world, and yourself.

Have We Ever Needed Kindness More?

In The Kindness Challenge, innovative researcher Shaunti Feldhahn reveals three simple steps proven to make any interaction better and any relationship thrive—whether with a romantic partner, coworkers, a child, siblings, your hard-to-please stepmother, or rude people at the grocery store. You’ll learn which ways of acting, speaking, and thinking will make the greatest difference for your life.

Doing these simple acts for thirty days not only has power to change the other person—it has the power to change you!

In these pages, Shaunti introduces you to a host of people from all walks of life who have tested the 30-Day Kindness Challenge in real-life situations and have seen the difference it makes. She shows you the inspiring results of her before-and-after surveys. And she challenges you not only to try the 30-Day Kindness Challenge for yourself but to be a part of the movement to transform our culture.

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“A Passionate Hope: Hannah’s Story” by Jill Eileen Smith *biblical fiction book review & giveaway*


A Passionate Hope: Hannah’s Story (Daughters of the Promised Land) by Jill Eileen Smith

If you like reading biblical fiction books, you will absolutely love this book! “A Passionate Hope” is Hannah’s story and is another book in the “Daughters of the Promised Land” series.

The book begins in 1141 BC and follows Hannah’s story as she becomes betrothed to Elkanah and as they marry and try to start a family. The entire book spans at least 40 years of their lives.

Through out the book I could feel Hannah’s heartache and longing to have a child leap from the chapters as the years went by and she still couldn’t conceive. Elkanah’s love and devotion to her regardless of her condition was so sweet and inspirational.

The author used the scriptures as her foundation for her story which mentions that Elkanah took a second wife for her to bear his children and that Hannah was “taunted by her continuously”.

The monthly and yearly heartache of not being able to get pregnant, extended family issues, wickedness of the people and priests, along with her husband taking a second wife; were all burdens Hannah faced but yet she continued to pray and have faith in God. Her husband continued to love her unconditionally, pray with her and seek guidance to help her.

I like that the book focuses mostly on Hannah but we also get to read from Elkanah’s and the second wife’s points of view through out the book. This story was very well written, lots of descriptive historical facts and details-very real and emotional.

I absolutely loved this book and couldn’t put it down. I received a copy of this book complimentary for blog and social media review. All opinions are my own.

About the Book:
Hannah and her husband, Elkanah, share a deep and abiding love, for each other, for their God, and for his tabernacle at Shiloh. Greatly disturbed by the corruption of the priests, they long for restoration and pray for a deliverer. But nothing changes as the years pass. Years that also reveal Hannah to be barren.

Pressured by his family to take another wife, Elkanah marries Peninnah, who quickly begins to bear children. Disgraced and taunted by her husband’s new wife, Hannah turns again to prayers that seem doomed to go unanswered. Do her devotion and kindness in the face of Peninnah’s cruelty count for nothing? Why does God remain silent and indifferent to her pleas?

Travel back to the dusty streets of Shiloh with an expert guide as Jill Eileen Smith brings to life a beloved story of hope, patience, and deliverance that shows that even the most broken of relationships can be restored.

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About the author:
Jill Eileen Smith is the bestselling and award-winning author of The Wives of King David, the Wives of the Patriarchs, The Loves of King Solomon, and The Daughters of the Promised Land series. Her research into the lives of biblical women has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times. Jill lives with her family in southeast Michigan. Learn more at www.jilleileensmith.com.

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“Worth the Risk” by Heather B. Moore


Worth the Risk (Pine Valley series #1) by Heather B. Moore

This story is book 1 to a new series called “Pine Valley” and is off to a great start! I really enjoyed reading this steady pace, clean romance book. Alicia was a great character and I liked her interactions with others-strong but kind.

Readers get a glimpse into the life of living with a hoarder and how an addiction like that can affect others emotionally and physically. This book was a prefect example of how sometimes friends and outside help can be the exact thing that person needs to get help. Although this book dealt with addiction, mental health, forgiveness and divorce; it was still light hearted and quick and fun to read. I really enjoyed it and can’t wait to meet more characters in this series.

I received a copy of this e-book complimentary for blog and social media review. All opinions are my own.

About the Book:
USA Today bestselling author Heather B. Moore welcomes you to Pine Valley! When Alicia moves back to Pine Valley to help her mom through a serious addiction, the last person she wants to see is her teenage crush, Jeff Finch, who destroyed their friendship in one single disastrous night. Alicia is determined to not let anything about Jeff affect her, especially since she hasn’t seen him in ten years. All she knows is that he’s living a successful and charmed life, and she is more than happy to keep anything between them in the past. But when he shows up with a date at the restaurant where she works, Alicia realizes she’s still not over her feelings, and Jeff is definitely looking at her in a way he never has before.

PINE VALLEY SERIES:
Worth the Risk
Where I Belong
Say You Love Me

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Biography
Heather B. Moore is a USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen historical novels and thrillers, written under pen name H.B. Moore. She writes women’s fiction, romance and inspirational non-fiction under Heather B. Moore. This can all be confusing, so her kids just call her Mom. Heather attended Cairo American College in Egypt, the Anglican School of Jerusalem in Israel, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University in Utah. Heather is represented by Jane Dystel of Dystel, Goderich, and Bourret.

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February 11-17 workouts: Race Training for #brm26pt2 #runeblueridge #triadventuremultisport

I’m currently training for my 10k race up Mill Mountain in April as part of the Blue Ridge Marathon race series; along with training for a 4 mile obstacle course family run at Claytor Lake.

This will be my second time doing the Blue Ridge Marathon race series and my first time doing the Claytor Lake obstacle course. I will be focusing on strength, stamina, and training up and down hills.

Sunday Feb 11:
Rest Day
Family walk outside in between rain showers

Monday Feb 12
Elliptical and upper body strength training circuits, followed by 1 mile Leslie Sansone Miracle Mile dvd.

Tuesday Feb 13
4 boosted miles Leslie Sansone dvd

Wednesday Feb 14
Rest Day

Thursday Feb 15
Taught (2) 35 min cardio classes, 1 class was HIIT-lots of sweat!!

Friday Feb 16
Body Pump strength training class at the gym with my oldest son.

Saturday Feb 17
3 mile Leslie Sansone Dvd

I was pleased with my race training this week. I had hoped to do a run up Mill Mountain with my friend, but it was rainy and cold on friday and saturday. Hoping for better weather next week!

These are the races I am training for:


http://www.blueridgemarathon.com/


http://www.triadventure.com/claytor-lake-ocr/

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“Ruth” by H. B. Moore *biblical fiction review*


“Ruth” by H. B. Moore

I had anxiously been waiting several months to read this story once I knew it would be released. I love reading biblical fiction books and I especially love reading books by author Heather B Moore. I have read and loved everything (I literally mean everything!) that she has written and this book was no exception.

The chapters alternate between Ruth and Boaz’s stories which was really interesting. I loved reading from both their perspectives and I really liked both of their strong characters in this book.

Wonderful, descriptive storytelling-highly recommend! I absolutely loved this clean, romantic, biblical fiction.

I received a copy of this book complimentary for blog and social media review. All opinions are my own.


About the Book

Master storyteller and best-selling author H. B. Moore brings to life the biblical account of Ruth as never before in this vivid retelling of her courageous and faithful life.
Following the death of Ruth’s husband, she finds herself at a crossroads. Rather than return to her family and hometown, the young widow makes a remarkable decision: she will remain with her mother-in-law, Naomi, as her caretaker and companion.

Together, the two widows boldly leave behind the lives they knew in the land of Moab and make their way to Bethlehem, arriving downtrodden and destitute. Though Ruth works day and night to provide for Naomi, it is ultimately through the kindness and generosity of Boaz that the two women find respite from their trials. As Ruth comes to know Boaz, she finds that her broken heart is beginning to heal in ways she could never have imagined. But when a question of inheritance threatens any hope of a life with Boaz, Ruth may have to give up the last piece of her heart in order to secure her future.

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