The Auto Show Returns! #CIAS2019 #ad

It’s time for the CIAS [Canadian International AutoShow] once again! As usual, I will be in attendance. Actually, for several years, I have been attending as part of the media on their Media Preview Days.  This year will be one of those years, so look for my shares on social media! My goal on my blog is to entice you to go to the show; since 1990 I have been eager to go each year. Be forewarned, by no stretch of imagination am I professing to be an auto guru of any kind; however, I admit that I melt each time I see a sexy car.

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

The CIAS is a wonderful place for prospective buyers to view innovative manufacturer advancements in the auto sector, and potentially hone in on their vehicle of choice. In my opinion, manufacturers are riddled with challenges to keep up with the ever-changing market, which includes the consumers’ changing needs!
About the Canadian International AutoShow, presented by The Toronto Star and wheels.ca

With more than 650,000 square feet of exhibits, displays and attractions at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the Canadian International AutoShow is not only the largest automotive expo in Canada, it is also the country’s largest consumer show — a leader in lifestyle, technology and all things automotive. It boasts more than 1,000 cars, trucks, SUVs, concept cars, exotics, classics, muscle cars, fully electric and autonomous vehicles each year.

This year, more than 30 vehicles will be making a Canadian or North American debut at the AutoShow, including passenger cars, SUVs, trucks, concepts, racecars and electric vehicles. Among the cars being unveiled in Toronto include:

  • The all-electric SUV Audi e-tron
  • The new Audi Q3
  • The Audi R8
  • The all-new new BMW Z4
  • The all-new three-row Cadillac XT6
  • The high-performance Cadillac CT6-V
  • The return of the Chevrolet Blaze
  • The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD
  • The top-end model of the Dubai-built Devel Sixteen
  • Ram Heavy Duty Truck (HD) new Heavy Duty debuts with 1,000 lb.-ft. of torque
  • The 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500
  • The all-electric, high-performance Genesis Essentia Concept
  • The 2020 GMC Sierra HD
  • The 2020 Hyundai Palisade
  • The Infiniti QX Inspiration
  • The 2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR
  • The McLaren Senna
  • The EQC SUV ~ the first fully electric Mercedes-Benz
  • The Nissan NISMO Leaf RC (with re-styled body)
  • The new Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport
  • The all-new Volkswagen Jetta GLI
  • The Volkswagen I.D. Crozz all-electric SUV concept

Also expected to make their Canadian debut in Toronto are undisclosed reveals from Toyota, Lexus, and Subaru.

Plan your trip in advance to maximise your show experience.  While you can’t bring food or drinks into the show, there will be food vendors in the North Building and concessions in the South Building.

Will I see you at the show?

The 2019 Canadian International AutoShow, presented by The Toronto Star and wheels.ca, takes place February 15th to 24th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. For tickets and show information, please visit autoshow.ca.

Remember to stay connected with the Canadian International AutoShow on Instagram @cdnintlautoshow, Twitter @autoshowcanada and Facebook /autoshowcanada

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!

*** you can find this book at Amazon.ca***

“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.