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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Julie Elias: A Girl Like Me - Review


I am pleased to introduce Julie Elias' new CD “A Girl Like Me.” This is Julie’s latest album which is available on all digital music outlets, including iTunes. Meant to be a companion to her girls’ events, every original song on the album has an intentional purpose and story behind it, from the conflict with a good friend in “Forgive Me” to her own feelings of unworthiness in “A Girl Like Me” to revisiting one of her favorites when she was a teen, a cover of DC Talk’s “In the Light.” The songs are a happy marriage of both heartfelt messages, theatrical anthems and intimate lullabies when the occasion calls for it. Whether you are a young woman in life or simply a young woman at heart, this album reminds us all that despite our failures and stubbornness, we need to “still believe a girl like me can be worthy of a King."



Bio: Julie Elias is a Christian singer/songwriter who’s story is unique but equally inspiring. Realizing a life in Hollywood as an actress, including appearing on shows like “Grey’s Anatomy” and “CSI:NY,” was not bringing her the happiness and contentment she was looking for, she surrendered herself to what God wanted her to do: be an influence in Christian music and use her stories of rejection, beauty and her own faith to encourage others. In 2014, she founded Aurora Ministries, a 501c3 non-profit that creates Christian material and events specifically for teen and tween girls. Through music, booklets, blogging, conferences and girls’ events, Julie has been able to share God’s role in her life - even when she didn’t think He was there - and find common ground to inspire young women all over the world.

Official Website: www.julieeliasmusic.com
Supplemental website- Blog: http://aurora-girls.com/

Enter the giveaway to win a copy of Julie's CD by clicking on the link below:


Giveaway: https://www.blessedfreebies.com/enter-to-win-a-girl-like-me.html

Friday, December 08, 2017

Women For All Seasons Goodreads Giveaway


I am pleased to inform you of a giveaway for my fist published book Women For All Seasons taking place right now until 12/15 on Goodreads. You can see all the details below.





Goodreads Book Giveaway


Women for All Seasons by Angela Joseph

Women for All Seasons

by Angela Joseph


Giveaway ends December 15, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.



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Women For All Seasons is based on the biblical accounts of the lives of twelve women, and though they lived in a different time period from ours, their stories are as relevant today as they were back then. In the book you will meet Esther the beautiful young girl who became queen and saved the lives of the Jewish people. Mary, the mother of Jesus, who risked her own life by saying 'yes' to the angel and became mother of the Savior of the world. Mary Magdalene, who was demon-possessed, but became the first person to see the risen Lord.

Hannah, who struggled with infertility and had to endure the taunts of her husband's other wife. After she cried out to God, He opened her womb and she bore children, one of whom became a famous prophet. Hagar, the Egyptian bondwoman who was ordered to sleep with her boss Abraham so he and his wife could have a child. Hagar and the child were later thrown out of the house with nothing but a bottle of water and a piece of bread. Hagar cried out to God in the wilderness, and He rescued them and blessed them.

All of these women had flaws just like you and me, but they placed their faith in God, and He used them mightily. I trust that this book will bless your life and strengthen your faith in Jesus Christ, regardless of what your situation may be right now.

Enter the giveaway now taking place and you can win one of three printed copies of this inspiring book. And don't forget to sign up for my newsletter where you can receive timely updates and offers. God bless

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Indescribable - Book Review: 100 Devotions About God and Science



"In the beginning God created the sky and the earth. The earth was empty and had no form ... Then God said, "Let there be light!" Genesis 1 : 1 - 3

Children are naturally curious human beings. Tell a child not to touch the stove, and he most likely will. In his book Indescribable, Louie Giglio gives 100 devotions, amazing facts and practical applications to satisfy every child's curiosity about the world in which we live. Pastor Louie makes it easy for children to understand that the same God who created the stars, and every species of plant and animal life is the same God who created each one of us.

Indescribable describes the wonders of God's creation in such simple and clear language that children cannot fail to understand and appreciate the book. Even though the targeted audience is children, I found the content fascinating and I learned many things I didn't know before - like sea otters using stones as hammers to crack open abalone shells to get their food!

One hundred entries from Louie cover topics from all
areas of science, with devotions on these issues and more:

Creation
Evolution
Animals
Dinosaurs
Space and the universe
Molecules and tiny matter
Medical science and medical miracles
Our amazing bodies
Geology and fossils
Weather and the atmosphere

This devotional will be unique, engaging, and beautifully
designed. Parents will be thrilled to share the messages of
both science and faith with their children,
giving Indescribable major appeal for
years to come.

This is a fabulous resource for Christian families and for
Christian schools and programs.


I look forward to presenting this book to my grand-daughter Jen, who at 9, will be able to read it with little help from me or her mom. If you are looking for a way to teach your youngster about the wonders of God,I highly recommend this book.

 Win a copy of Indescribable here








Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Sexual Harrassment

Seems like every time we turn on the TV nowadays, there's a woman complaining of sexual harassment, sexual assault or sexual misconduct. But whatever name you call it by, it's horrible and it's been around a long time. Here's an excerpt from a post I wrote some time ago:

Ammon, Tamar's half brother was so infatuated with her he could think of nothing else. His friend, noticing his depression, asked him what was the matter. Ammon told him, and his friend came up with a plan. He told Ammon to pretend to be ill and when the king asked him what was wrong, he must say he was ill and could Tamar come over to his quarters and make him some cakes.

Ammon did as his friend advised. David instructed Tamar to go over and bake the cakes for her brother and, you guessed it, he raped her. The Bible goes on to say that Tamar begged Ammon not to send her away because she was now a disgraced woman. However, he now hated her more than he had loved her, and had her thrown out of his house. Read 2 Samuel 13: 1 - 20.

We later learn that Absalom, Ammon's older brother, killed him.

Sometimes we don't pay for our sins right away, but we do pay. I've been telling you about my book Coming Out of Egypt that deals with the topic of sexual abuse. One night, unable to bear the thought of her younger sister being molested by her father, Marva kills him.
This sets off a snowball effect of delinquent behavior by both girls. In the midst of all this, Marva’s former teacher, Cicely, intervenes and saves the girls from certain doom. In the end, they become Christians and begin to feel better about themselves. However, Marva knows that one day she will have to pay the price for her rash behavior. When will the axe fall?

If you prefer to read about heiresses in dungeons, cowboys and cowgirls, aliens and devils, then look elsewhere. But if you enjoy women’s fiction that focuses on social issues and real life events that touch all of us, Coming Out of Egypt is the book for you. If you enjoy learning about exotic cultures, with an element of sweet, clean romance, then Coming Out of Egypt is the book for you. If you want to learn more about the power of redemption to change lives, then this book is for you. Coming Out of Egyptt received a five-star rating from Readers’ Favorite and 4.5 stars from other readers.

Right now, Coming Out of Egypt is just .99c on kindle, but if you prefer print, you can get it here. If you would like an autographed copy, just email me and I’ll tell you how you can get it. Until next time, remember,"... forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3: 13-14).

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Monday, October 30, 2017

It's Okay To Be Scared

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month was founded in the year 1985 by AstraZeneca, which manufactures breast cancer drugs. Since then, breast cancer has been observed annually to raise awareness and funds to fight this dreaded disease. Cancer is no respecter of persons. Women from all walks of life have fallen and continue to fall prey to its attack. The CDC states that apart from some kinds of skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women regardless of race or ethnicity. It is also the second cause of death in women of all races in the United States. However, in spite of these statistics, survival rates are improving. Women are beating this thing.

I am not writing from the perspective of someone who has been there, done that. However, I did have pre-cancerous cervical cells some years ago. When I was diagnosed, I called on God, followed the doctor’s advice and had surgery. Throughout the entire time, I found strength in God. I remember walking in to the hospital with my daughter the morning of my surgery with just my driver’s license in my hand, as the nurse had instructed me to do, and I was thinking, I don’t feel scared. I’m going to have surgery for the first time in my life and I don’t feel scared.

God was with me.

But because I didn’t feel scared doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be. If you’ve just received a diagnosis of cancer, you may be scared to death. And that’s okay. The disciples in that boat, seasoned fishermen, were scared for their lives when the storm arose. They woke Jesus who was asleep in the stern and said to Him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” (Mark 4: 39) The Bible goes on to say, “He (Jesus) got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

As a Christian woman, you may ask yourself many questions. “Why me? I serve God, don’t I? I attend church regularly, don’t I? I tithe, I do this, I do that …” There was a man in the Bible who did all that and more and yet, God allowed Satan to take all that he had and afflict him with horrible illnesses. But in spite of all this, “Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing” (1: 22).

So, what am I saying? I’m saying it’s okay to be scared. Jesus understands. Just trust Him. Call on Him. Even when you don’t know what to say, just whisper His name and you’ll receive comfort.

Speaking of comfort, sometimes you can find comfort in an object – a keepsake, gift or something that has special meaning. I have two Breast Cancer Awareness bangles that I want to give away. The month is almost over, but I’ll carry it into November. The first two women who write to me and request it will receive this lovely bangle FREE and postage paid.

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Friday, October 27, 2017

I'm Not A Scaredy Cat


Is your child afraid of the dark? Does he cower in fear at strange noises and situations? Most young children do, but even if he doesn’t, this book will teach him that God is always near, and he can trust Him in everything. This lovely hardcover book with its colorful illustrations and funny little verses will delight the hearts of children everywhere while teaching them to face their fears. Written by Max Lucado, I’m Not A Scaredy Cat features a little prayer that a child can easily learn.

“God, you are good.
God, you are near.
God, you are here!
And, God, you love me.”

With Christmas just around the corner, this book will make a perfect gift for your son or daughter.

You can win a copy of this cute little book when you enter the exciting giveaway. Just click on this link: http://www.blessedfreebies.com/im-not-a-scaredy-cat.html


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Saturday, October 14, 2017

A Devotional For Your Kids

As godly parents we know the importance of getting our children grounded in the word of God. The Bible tells us we are to train up our children in the way they should go and when they are old they will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6). However, some of us may lack the ability to break down scripture in a form that children can understand, or we may just feel inadequate to the task.

Sarah Young has come to our rescue with Jesus Always, a book with 365 devotionals for kids. The devotionals cover everything from spending time with God, seeking His help, trusting Him and experiencing the joy of the Lord. In fact, joy seems to be the overriding theme of the book.

But what I like best about the devotions is they are written from the POV of Jesus, so when the child reads it, he feels like Jesus is right there speaking to him personally. Here's one example: When you run into problems, look for Me. I’m right there with you.

The book itself is very attractive. The hard, purple cover features embossed lettering and art work. Pages are smooth and glossy with purple borders and green headers and footers. This book will make a great Christmas gift that will last a child a long time. You do not have to worry that the book will fall apart. The binding is sturdy and the cover is hard. I highly recommend this book, and now you can enter this giveaway to win 1 of 5 free copies. Just click this link: http://www.blessedfreebies.com/jesus-always-365.html


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