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Book Review: One More Heartbeat by Carolyn Carter

In the book, One More Heartbeat, Carolyn Carter declares her purpose for recording her life events in a book.  _240_360_Book.1035.cover She sees God working as the author of a story to be shared: ” He has been writing the chapters of my life in a way that He knew someday would become the events and miracles shared with others through a book. In One More Heartbeat, I share the many ways God has walked beside me and performed miracles that can be explained in no other way.”  The book is her personal testimony to God’s faithfulness to her and her family through the years and ends with a personal life saving miracle that defies any other explanation but God’s intervention.
As I read this book, I found that I had a mixed feelings about the book.  The events portrayed in Carolyn’s life certainly are a wonderful testimony of God working in and through the ordinary events of a praying, believing Christian.  She has her share of trials, challenges and difficulties that many should be able to relate to and she has a great story to share of extraordinary circumstances as well.  My frustration with the book, however, is that the story was typically delivered in a very mundane, matter of fact, reporter -style dialogue. This is often hard reading for me in that I feel like I’m weeding through a lot of facts to find interest and connection in the story.  I never really felt like I had a good idea of the author’s personality or personal deep thoughts and reflections. I’m glad I finished the book, however because I almost missed the amazing story at the end of the book.
Many will find this book written in a format that doesn’t remain consistently interesting, but many will also likely find a great encouragement and testimony of God’s personal involvement in one’s life.  My rating for this book: 4/5 stars.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <; book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <; : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Finding Joy Bible Study


Have you ever known the intimacy and growth that can be fostered in a small women’s group that comes together to study God’s Word?   10645057_494454180689726_7232518620216152111_n                                          

Do you wish that you could be part of a study group but you have limited time, or you have a busy schedule that conflicts with local group gatherings?
If so, then an internet study group may be a great place for you to connect and grow in your faith and knowledge.
I have been part of several Bible Study opportunities on the internet, and I have enjoyed them all.  The group I have most grown to feel a part of, however is a group called Women In The Word.  This group is a ministry of The T2 Women.  Please check out their blog and fb page. If you go to the fb page, scroll down until you see the pic above and it will have a link to join Women In The Word. From there scroll down until you see a post that lists the links to the groups.  If you would like to join us, you have picked a perfect time.  A new study is beginning Sept 8, and this growing group of women is breaking in to smaller, more intimate groups.
I would love for you to join Group C where I am one of the moderators.  We are the smallest group so far, with only a few members, but we are looking for God to grow our numbers and in the mean time, we will be enjoying the close ties that can form with small beginnings.  If God leads you otherwise, there are also 2 other groups with more established numbers, led by the original founders of the T2 Women.  Pray about it and see how God directs you.  No matter which group you join, you will be blessed.  I know I have been.

The New Study begins Sept 8
Title: Finding Joy
A study of Philippians.
All materials provided.


Pause For Construction


Please excuse the interruption in my current series on Boundaries!

I am pausing to clean up my blog and make way for new directions.  So excited to see God at work in my life!

The series on Boundaries will resume in Sept.

Boundaries In The Bible

Psalm 19:7-11

The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;8484808_s the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.

God is a Holy and Righteous God.  Because of his holiness He establishes boundaries throughout Scripture. To accept those boundaries brings joy, peace, and blessing.  To reject those boundaries brings heartache, misery, and death.
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Merlin’s Blade: A Book Review

Merlin’s Blade, written by Robert Treskillard, is the first in a trilogy series._225_350_Book.1021.cover  I usually don’t pick a fictional book as a Christian book review choice, but I found it to be a refreshing change. Being familiar with other Merlin accounts that I read as a child/teenager, I found that this story stayed true to many of the expected elements of tradition, but it also had enough originality to keep me wondering what would happen next.

The characters were many in this book, and sometimes I lost track of who was who, but most of the characters took on vivid personalities that were very believable and often complex.  The main character, Merlin, was easily connected to from the beginning as the reader becomes quickly acquainted with the tragedies of his sufferings and humble, yet courageous spirit. The setting took place in an ancient time where living conditions were harsh, and traumatic events including injury, suffering and death were common place.  The conflicts of right/wrong, good/evil, loyalty/betrayal, honor/power, and Christianity/pagan worship were woven throughout the plot and story development.  Although the style of the author is not necessarily easy reading, I found that at times I could become very engrossed in the reading and not want to put the book down at the end of a chapter.

This type of book genre is not for everyone, but if you enjoy historical and adventurous fiction, then this is sure to be an interesting series to follow.  I personally plan to read the remaining books, and look forward to more of Merlin.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the® <> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Measuring Up

Wisdom is Realizing The God Given Value Of Being Uniquely YOU!15038359_s

“If I was the only one I wouldn’t be littler or bigger, would I? I’d be just me, wouldn’t I?”
 ― Fynn, Mister God, This Is Anna

It’s back to school time, and unfortunately, that also means the return of many children to an unfair world of comparison and peer pressure.  For those who are not considered one of the “in crowd” this can be a tough time, and the devil uses such opportunities to bring our children into the bondage of insecurity, and possibly even self-hate.  How do we help our children keep the right perspective on their value and keep their God -given potential from being tarnished? Read the rest of this entry

The Ultimate Blog Party 2013

Hi!  It’s Party Time in Blog World Again.  Hope you join in on the fun of meeting new people and exploring new blogs as part of the 7th annual Ultimate Blog Party Celebration.

This is my 2nd year taking part and I really enjoyed all the wonderful blogs I found last year.  I am looking forward to finding even more that inspire and encourage me.UBP-2013_250x250

For those who are new to Grace and Grit….I am a wife, mother, physical therapist, exercise enthusiast, crafter, novice gardener, avid book and blog lover blessed with a great big helping of God’s Sweet Grace and a side-dish of Southern raised Grit to go with it.

I believe that life should be a great adventure as we get to know God better and form a close walk with him.  Hope you will join me on my journey. Read the rest of this entry

Virtue vs Impurity

This is WEEK 48 of the Character Development Series I am doing for 2012.  So glad you stopped by!16448808_s

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.  -Marcus Aurelius 

All the gold which is under or upon the earth is not enough to give in exchange for virtue.  –Plato

Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.  David Starr Jordan Read the rest of this entry

Tolerance vs Prejudice

This is WEEK 46 of the Character Development Series I am doing for 2012.  So glad you stopped by!  7282708_s

Prejudice is a learned trait. You’re not born prejudiced; you’re taught it.  –
Charles R. Swindoll

In examining the evidence of the Christian religion, it is essential to the discovery of truth that we bring to the investigation a mind freed, as far as possible, from existing prejudice, and open to conviction.  -Simon Greenleaf

If people are informed they will do the right thing. It’s when they are not informed that they become hostages to prejudice.  -Charlayne Hunter-Gault Read the rest of this entry

Loyalty vs Unfaithfulness

This is WEEK 30 of the Character Development Series I am doing for 2012.  So glad you stopped by!

Confidentiality is a virtue of the loyal, as loyalty is the virtue of faithfulness. -Edwin Louis Cole

No more duty can be urged upon those who are entering the great theater of life than simple loyalty to their best convictions. –Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens. – J. R. R. Tolkien

The highest spiritual quality, the noblest property of mind a man can have, is this of loyalty…a man with no loyalty in him, with no sense of love or reverence or devotion due to something outside and above his poor daily life, with its pains and pleasures, profits and losses, is as evil a case as man can be. – Algernon Charles Swinburne Read the rest of this entry


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