“Control Girl: Lessons on Surrendering Your Burden of Control” by Shannon Popkin *review and giveaway*

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Control Girl: Lessons on Surrendering Your Burden of Control from Seven Women in the Bible by Shannon Popkin

I was excited to read this book because I feel at times I have an issue with wanting things to be orderly and be in control. Unfortunately, after reading this book I didn’t feel like I could relate to the author’s need for control and examples and stories she shared. I did read the entire book however and felt it was well written and clear to understand.

Although I didn’t find this book helpful for me, I loved that she used 7 specific women from the scriptures (Eve, Sarah, Hagar, Rebekah, Leah, Rachel, and Miriam) and used their stories as examples on how they were controlling and how it affected their lives in a negative way. The author also used her own personal stories and examples through out the book.

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

About the book:
Tension, anger, fear, anxiety-it all begins with a heart that craves control.

Little fights with your husband and kids. Unhappiness when things don’t match your version of perfect. When your perspective of how life should go replaces God’s, you doom your quest for security, peace, and joy before it even starts.

Thankfully, there is a better way.

Join Shannon as she shares what she has discovered about her own control struggles and about God from studying seven Control Girls in the Bible. Whether it was Eve’s desire to know instead of trust, Sarah’s inability to wait for God to move, or Rebekah’s controlling hand on her family’s future, each of these women’s stories contain warnings and lessons for us today.

Learn how you too can lay down this burden of trying to control everything and find rest in surrendering to the One who truly is in control.

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About the author:
Shannon Popkin is a wife and mom, a speaker and teacher, and a leader of small group studies. She’s been published by “Family Fun,” “MOMsense,” “Focus on the Family Magazine,” and other outlets. She is a contributing blogger for True Woman.com and has blogged for several years at shannonpopkin.com. “Control Girl” is her first book.
Find out more about Shannon at shannonpopkin.com.

Are you trying to stay in control of your quest for peace, joy, and security . . . and you’re exhausted? Shannon Popkin’s debut book, Control Girl, is a must-read for anyone with a heart that craves control. Join Shannon as she shares what she has discovered about her own control struggles and about God from studying seven Control Girls in the Bible. Whether it was Eve’s desire to know instead of trust, Sarah’s inability to wait for God to move, or Rebekah’s controlling hand on her family’s future, each of these women’s stories contain warnings and lessons for us today.

Learn how to give up control to God and become a Jesus girl! Enter to win a prize pack that will help you give up your Control Girl tendencies.

One grand prize winner will receive:



Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on February 21. The winner will be announced February 22 on Shannon’s blog.

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“Breach of Trust” by Kathi Oram Peterson *book review and giveaway*

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After I read the book description I was worried it was a total spoiler for the entire book. But everything mentioned in the back book description happens in the first chapter or two.

Four years after a tragic helicopter crash, Lieutenant Cooper is found alive and returns home only to find her husband has remarried and her daughter is growing up without her. She finds herself on the run and can only trust her navy seal friend Axe to keep them alive.

This book was fast pace, suspenseful, and lots of drama!! I haven’t read anything by this author before and would definitely like to read more books by her now.

I highly recommend it if you like suspenseful fiction. I received a copy of this book complimentary for blog and social media review. All opinions are my own.

Breach of Trust by Kathi Oram Peterson

Lieutenant Commander Cooper Lane has so much
to live for. With a loving husband and beautiful
baby girl waiting for her back home, she is anxious
to finish her mission in Afghanistan and return to
her family. But in a split second, her world shatters.
Her helicopter is going down in that hostile country,
and there will be no survivors.
Four years later . . .
On a covert mission in an Afghan village, Navy
SEAL Axe Talbot finds something no one ever
expected: Lieutenant Cooper Lane—alive. Cooper
survived the crash that killed her team and has been
hiding behind enemy lines for four years. It’s the
woman he’s been looking for and dreaming about
for so long.
After her rescue, Cooper is not sure she can survive
the reality waiting for her back home—when she
disappeared and was pronounced dead, her husband
married her best friend. Cooper is lost, but her
troubles are just beginning. In one horror-filled
moment, her former husband is murdered before
her eyes, and Cooper becomes the prime suspect.
Now she must embark on one last mission to clear
her name. And there are only two people she trusts
to help her: her father and Axe, the SEAL who
rescued her. Cooper and Axe take off, and together
the makeshift team uncovers a trail of mysterious
deaths that leads to unimaginable danger.

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Unveiling of 2017 DC “Run Like A Diva” shirt and bag plus PROMO CODE

I am so excited to share the unveiling of the 2017 Divas DC’s Wine Country shirt design as well as the Divas drawstring bag. Every runner registered for the 5k or half marathon will receive this shirt and bag!

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I am really excited to be doing this “Run Like a Diva” race for the third year-second year as a Race Ambassador. Because I am a Diva Ambassador, I get to share special sneak peeks, promo codes, and even giveaways for my followers!

FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY, I have an exclusive 15% off promo code for the DC 5k or half marathon event. Use code: 15RDPROMODC but don’t delay because it expires 2/28/17. After that, you can still sign up and use my 10% off promo code which is: RDDIVADC17

2017 Divas Half Marathon & 5K in DC’s Wine Country event registration link here:
https://endurancecui.active.com/new/events/39154754/select-race?regnow=awe-regnow&_p=5725408813053618

Right now the price is at $50 for the 5k race on Friday September 15
and
$80 for the half marathon on Saturday September 16.

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Join us for the 5th Annual Divas® Half Marathon & 5K in DC’s Wine Country, VA!

All participants (half & 5K) will receive:

– Pink tutus
– Amazing finisher medals
– Women’s fit tech shirts
– Divas drawstring bags
– Boa & tiara along the course
– Shirtless hunks
– Post-race nourishment & entertainment

More specifics here:
http://www.runlikeadiva.com/Events/Divas__Half_Marathon___5K_-_DC_s_Wine_Country.htm

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The host hotel is the Lansdowne Resort which is where the race packet pickup AND the 5k race is being held on Friday September 15, 2017. The hotel and golf course are breathtaking! They are offering a special DIVA price per night, so don’t delay with making your hotel reservations if you want to stay on site. They are also offering shuttling to the half marathon course from their hotel saturday morning.

You can visit the link here for more info:
http://www.runlikeadiva.com/Events/Divas__Half_Marathon___5K_-_DC_s_Wine_Country/Travel/Host_Hotel.htm

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I hope you’ll join me for the 5th Annual Divas® Half Marathon & 5K in DC’s Wine Country, VA this year!

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“Catching Lucas Riley” by Lauren Winder Farnsworth *christian book review and giveaway*

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“Catching Lucas Riley” by Lauren Winder Farnsworth

When I began reading this book I hadn’t realized that all the characters in this story were young adult college age kids. Being in my 30s, I wasn’t sure if I would like or relate to the characters. I was definitely wrong!!

This was such a fun, romantic story with a major twist towards the end-I didn’t even see it coming! I thought the story was well written and I can’t wait to read more from this author. I read the book in one night because I wanted to find out what would happen with Alex and her dream date.

There were references about the LDS/Mormon Christian church through out this book, but nothing over the top or confusing to readers.

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

About the book
Alex Foamer is in love . . . with the untouchable singles ward heartthrob who has no idea she exists. Enter Sealey Witchburn, the manipulative, sarcastic ward executive secretary, whose scheming is Alex’s only chance to catch her crush’s attention. But when Alex actually wins the bid for her dream date, she gets more than she bargained for in this surprising LDS romance based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid.

You can purchase a copy of the book here:


Biography

Lauren Winder Farnsworth was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is an avid reader, a chocolate enthusiast, and a CPA with a slight alternative music obsession and dreams of one day becoming a gourmet chef. She obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Accounting from the University of Utah, went to work as a financial statement auditor, and then decided that since creative accounting wasn’t an option, creative writing would have to do. As a nice compromise, accountants tend to crop up in her stories (since she believes they’re shockingly under-represented in literature anyway).

Having obtained two degrees from the same institution has made Lauren somewhat of a compound collegiate fan, and the only entity that holds more of her heart than the University of Utah is her hunky husband, Bryan. Lauren currently lives in South Jordan, Utah, where she spends entirely too much time watching Gilmore Girls and looking for excuses not to clean. She loves hearing from her readers at www.laurenwinderfarnsworth.com.

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Catching Heat (Cold Case Justice) by Janice Cantore *christian book review*

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Catching Heat (Cold Case Justice) by Janice Cantore
Book 3 of 3 in the Cold Case Justice Series

I really enjoyed this book but I felt lost somewhat since I haven’t read the previous books to this series. I love series books because the author can really develop the characters and story lines over the course of a couple of books. I would highly recommend reading all of them and in order.

“Catching Heat” had lots of drama, twists, suspense and romance. Clean, Christian reading but for mature audiences due to the crime content.

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

About the book
Twenty-seven years after the deaths of Detective Abby Hart’s parents, she’s desperate to find the proof that will put the mastermind―the governor’s wife―behind bars. When she joins a newly formed task force and teams up with PI Luke Murphy, Abby is sent to San Luis Obispo to work the cold case of a murdered college student. Realizing their investigation will bring them near the town where Alyssa Rollins grew up, Abby decides to do a little digging of her own into the Triple Seven fire.

Luke is eager to help Abby close the books on a case they both have personal stakes in. But as she uncovers long-held secrets, Abby stumbles into an explosive situation, and Luke fears that her obsession may prove deadly.


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