Book Review: It’s Okay Not to Be Okay ~ by Sheila Walsh #ad

When Sheila Walsh discovered “I’m not good enough and I’m good with that,” everything started to change.

We’ve all experienced that moment when we wish we could start all over again. Failed marriages, lost friends, addictions, lost jobs. This is not the life we imagined. Yesterday can leave us stuck, sad, shamed, scared, and searching. Sheila wants you to face the pain head-on and then start again, from right where you are.

In It’s Okay Not to Be Okay, she helps you overcome the same old rut of struggles and pain by changing the way you think about God, yourself, and your everyday life. She shares practical, doable, daily strategies that will help you move forward one step at a time, knowing God will never let you down.

It’s never too late to start again… and there is healing and freedom in just taking the first step.

Not self-help. God help.

Ever feel like you aren’t enough?  In my opinion many probably do, at some point in their lives.  After reading Walsh’s latest book, ‘ It’s Okay Not to Be Okay: Moving Forward One Day at a Time ‘ [Publisher: Baker Books], it’s abundantly clear that no matter how ‘broken’ one has become God is always there to accept you the way you are and will help you build yourself up again.  There is a way to healing and Walsh’s guide offers us encouragement and hope.

Life has its ups and downs and; unfortunately, the bumpy ride will continue to be bumpy throughout our lives.  Some moments can be bumpier than others but the point of Walsh’s book is that with Christ we can move forward.  We are able to start fresh and move forward, even in the dark moments.

Walsh’s encouraging words will certainly help transform your outlook.  She offers strategies that are both wise and practical.  Jesus has your back.  You can count on him and depend on him!  After all, it is not man that moves the mountain; in fact it is God.  All we have to do is have faith … as little as it might be!

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“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.”

Sheila Walsh is a powerful communicator, Bible teacher, and bestselling author with more than 5 million books sold. She is the author of the award-winning Gigi, God’s Little Princess and In the Middle of the Mess. She is cohost of LIFE Today with James and Betty Robison and her Wednesdays in the Word program, with more than 100 million viewers. Walsh is a popular speaker and Bible teacher around the world. She lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband, Barry, their son, Christian, and their three pups, Belle, Tink, and Maggie.


God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness #GodsNotDead #ad

God’s Not Dead – A Light in Darkness

A church destroyed. A congregation silenced. A relationship shattered. Yet even in life’s darkest valleys, a small flame can light the way toward healing and hope.

A deadly fire rips through St. James Church, devastating the congregation and Pastor Dave. Adjoining Hadleigh University uses the tragedy to kick the congregation off campus. The escalating controversy creates a dilemma for the small church—can Christians fight for their rights and be the light for Christ at the same time?

Facing a court case and his own struggle to see Christ’s light in heartbreak, Dave asks for help from Pearce, his estranged brother—a big-city lawyer and an atheist—to fight for the church’s right to exist. The family reunion opens old wounds, as the brothers wrestle with the questions that pulled them apart years ago: Is God really good all the time? Where is God when bad things happen? Can Christ really heal the brokenhearted?

Pure Flix presents GOD’S NOT DEAD: A LIGHT IN DARKNESS — featuring a star-studded cast, including David A.R. White, John Corbett, Ted McGinley, Shane Harper, Jennifer Taylor, Benjamin Onyango, with special appearances by Dr. Cissy Houston and Tatum O’Neal.

GOD’S NOT DEAD: A LIGHT IN DARKNESS is a powerful reminder that in all circumstances, we are called to be a light for Jesus to a world in desperate need of hope.

Disclosure: I have been compensated to share this post. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Produced and distributed by Pure Flix Entertainment, God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness is the conclusion to the film trilogy. Written and directed by Michael Mason, this film is ultimately about hope and peace, although there is some violence (vandalism leading to a fire and a dramatic death, and a pastor being punched/and punching back).

While I haven’t seen God’s Not Dead 1 or 2 however 3 is slightly controversial and there are debates … it’s unclear as to why the Pastor’s sermons are so controversial. It would’ve been nice to have known that detail but it didn’t take away from the story which, in the end, I did enjoy.

There were moments throughout the movie that you are “jolted” with the swing from deep faith to the outright testing of it. This kept you on the fence, possibly questioning your own faith!

One of my favourite scenes is when Dave complains to an African-American Pastor about how he feels that he’s being persecuted. His fellow Pastor Clearly puts things into perspective with his reply, “Brother, who do you think you’re talking to? I am a black man in the Deep South; don’t talk to me about your persecution.”

It’s extremely difficult to speak about a movie without ruining it for others. I did my very best not to however, what little I did speak of has already been shared either in the synopsis or by others.

I thought this film did drag on a bit but then had many moments that it picked up as well. In my opinion it’s geared to an Evangelical audience but that doesn’t mean that others won’t enjoy it. I’m unsure if they will feel challenged.

My Star Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.

Note: DVD has been provided courtesy of Pure Flix and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

Get #BackToSchoolWithSportChek @SportChek and @Fitbit #Fitbit #ad

Everyone is in a frenzied state of mind these days because of the whole back-to-school phenomena.  There’s so much to do, so many things to prepare, and lists of things to purchase.  Are you ready?

Disclosure: I have been compensated to share this post. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Are you ready for the new school year?  As a mom with a few years under my belt, I can say that in spite of the long lists you can keep everything somewhat under control.  Just stay calm and stick to your list(s).

On August 22, 2018 SportChek welcomed a group of selected bloggers to attend their Move, Fuel & Grow with SportChek and Fitbit Event in Toronto.  I was thrilled to be among the chosen few.  Their event was in collaboration with:  Fitbit, Gaiam, Parkland, Hurley, and BioSteel Sports and was geared to moms & kids as they’re gearing up for back to school.  The two and a half hour event was held at the Berkeley Fieldhouse, in Toronto, which has the perfect outdoor space for yoga!

Quite frankly, we were spoiled while there.  We each were gifted with a Fitbit Versa (the children each received a Fitbit Ace), and our bands were customized with our name!  It was amazing to see several bloggers that I have met over the years and now consider friends!  Once we settled in, we were introduced to the various brands and ensured that we were all set up with our Fitbits so that we could head over to the outdoors and enjoy our mom & kid yoga session … on Gaiam yoga mats of course.  Our condensed yoga session was followed by a healthy lunch, while we learned how to make nutritious energy balls with BioSteel.  The kids decorated their Parkland backpacks (made from recycled bottles), and we had time to ask questions.  Great Brands, great people, and a great event!  I’ll confess:  Whew!!  It was a whirlwind of information!

Crushed for time with all your back-to-school shopping?  SportChek carries a wide range of  all the must-have Brands that you and your kids will love!

I’m super excited, and I’m looking forward to what may come; so keep coming back to the blog and find out!

Thanks SportChek!