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What Would the Founding Fathers Think: A Young American's guide to understanding the mess our country is in and how we get out
Isabelle Webb: Legend of the Jewel
Captive Heart
Cobble Cavern
Caller ID
Promises
Protected,
Summer of Secrets
On Little Wings
We Lived in Heaven: Spiritual Accounts of Souls Coming to Earth
Christ's gifts to women
A Woman's power: threads that bind us to god
Scary School
Hope's journey
Blue
Targets in Ties
Crater Lake: Battle for Wizard Island
Venom
With a Name like Love
Sean Griswold's head


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Friday, February 23, 2018

The Zookeeper's Secret: Finding Your Calling in Life By Jeffrey A., Bunderson & Stuart Thompson-Blog Tour Review and $25 Gift Card Giveaway

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{Product Details}
Title:The Zookeeper's Secret: Finding Your Calling in Life 
Authors: Jeffrey A., Bunderson, Stuart Thompson
-Paperback: 168 pages  
-Publisher: Covenant Communications, Inc. (February 1, 2018)
-Genre: Self Help, Spiritual,-Primarily written for LDS people
-ISBN-10: 1524403342​ 
-FTC, FYI: I received a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

{Book Description:}
Perhaps your professional and other life ambitions are simply a means to an end—a way to pay the bills or pursue a lifestyle. But what if there was something more? What if you could have success and fulfillment in equal measure? In response to these fundamental questions, Professors Jeff Thompson and Stuart Bunderson draw on research, personal experience, and gospel truths to dispel common myths that can stand in the way of seeking your true calling, the work that brings the greatest meaning and satisfaction to your life. Is there only one true calling for you? Can you still find your calling if you choose to stay at home? What if your calling doesn’t pay enough to live on? Discover the answers to these questions and many more as you learn to tap into the spiritual gifts of God and realize how your talents can bring gratification to your life and blessings to those around you. Brimming with practical activities and applications, this guidebook to pursuing your ideal life’s work will inspire the confidence you need to translate aspiration into action.

{My Review}

The Zookeeper's Secret is a great book for any one in any stage of their life; whether starting out in a career or having been in one for many years. 

The Title, 'The Zoo Keeper's Secret' is based on something the authors found by interviewing zookeepers. Though most Zookeepers are college educated, they get very low pay and never receive fame or recognition, yet they are passionate about it and are the happiest employed group of individuals according to well over a thousand surveyed zookeepers. I sometimes wish I had been a zookeeper because I love animals.

The chapters are set up as what the authors called "heresies". You can read the chapters in any order according to what you may be looking for. I actually skipped around when I read the book. I also liked how there are activities the authors would like you to do after reading each chapter. Some were easy to do and others called for more deep self reflection and getting the help of loved ones and friends.These I found were very helpful to look more closely at myself and how I was feeling about my career and life calling. 

Here are the Heresies that the authors try to correct for you... 

Heresy 1:Only lucky people find a calling in life.

Heresy 2:You should seek your one true calling in life.



Heresy 3:You get to script your path to a calling in life.

Heresy 4:You have to set aside your calling in order to support your family.

Heresy 5:When you find your calling, work will be blissful.

Heresy 6:When you find your calling, the world will take notice.

Heresy 7:Meaning is found at work.


Another great thing found in the book were the Appendixs' at the end. The first one is called "Mapping Your Calling in Life". I'm actually still working on doing this. It is something that will take a little longer to do. Here you focus on three things that were spoken of in previous chapters:


  • Passion: One of the defining features of a life calling is called, hardwiring, a feeling that you are naturally predisposed to do some things and not others. Hardwiring creates a sense of passion, an intense desire to pursue a particular activity or interest.
  • Purpose: They said that sometimes  the ideas of Passion and Purpose can't be separated, but they begged to differ. They clarified that passion is something "inside" of you-a spiritual gift or talent you feel compelled to express. Purpose is something "outside" of you- a cause that beckons you to help. 
  • Place: This third element of calling is a sense of place- a feeling that you are where you are supposed to be, whether or not you know why you are there.If you have a strong sense of place it means you feel drawn-spiritually or emotionally - to a particular place or setting.
There  are so many intriguing things you learn in this book and I liked the way that it started to shift my thinking about so many aspects of my life. The Zookeeper's Secret is a fantastic guidebook that has the potential to help all people who are seeking changes for more fulfillment and happiness in finding their true calling in life.



{Giveaway: $25 Amazon Gift Card 
and a Free Copy of "The Zookeeper’s Secret"}

Romance is in the Air: A Celebration of Clean Romance & Giveaway: Jessica & James A Love Story By Kimberley Montpetit





A feisty ballerina with a broken heart. A minister-in-training whose faith can work miracles. Can two strong-willed people find true love and a match made in heaven?
JESSICA & JAMES: A Love Story is a boxed collection of two romances set in Snow Valley, Montana—the saga of rising star ballerina Jessica and the sparks that fly between her and gorgeous James Douglas, the new pastor in town.
This collection includes new chapters, and a Brand New Bonus Wedding novella!
Suffering with a broken heart, Jessica has struggled to forgive herself for that fateful night when her childhood love was killed in a car accident. After staying away from home for years, she finally returns for Christmas and meets James Douglas who is unlike any minister-in-training she’s ever known. James can not only dish back Jessica’s finely tuned sarcasm but understands grief all too well, turning Jessica’s world and her faith upside down. Is she ready to take another risk on love?
Living 2,000 miles apart proves difficult and Jessica and James’ love is tested in a myriad of ways, but James can’t get the spitfire Jessica out of his mind. When she comes home to Snow Valley to accept an inheritance with her male ballet partner in tow, James and Jessica’s passion for each other takes on a new edge.
Clean romance with heart, and a surprise wedding you won’t see coming.

 


A Great Love Story for everyone!
This was a very moving romance about loss and moving forward with life and forgiveness. It shows how much we can inhibit our growth after a devastating event. Recommend this collection for teens to adults, along with a few Kleenex. Have liked the Snow Valley Series. Wish it was a real place to go and visit for Christmas!
I absolutely loved this book! It is a touching & emotional story about family, friendship, love, and faith. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the story of Jessica & James. A MUST READ FOR EVERYONE!!!
All those Happily Ever After lovers out there, this is a story for you to grab, snuggle up with a comfy blanket and get lost in the love story of two characters who are not perfect but growing, healing and learning to love and be loved. Be warned that you might just be sucked into it and not want to set it down or to say goodbye to these characters once the final page has been read. I can’t recommend this one enough.









At last, she was in the sanctity of her own bedroom – a tousle of strewn clothes, unopened mail, and dishes from late night snacks sitting on the nightstand. Unfortunately, with the grueling Swan Lake ballet schedule, she hadn’t had time to properly clean her apartment in a month.
Fifteen minutes later she was dressed in jeans, a cute yellow sweater and brown suede boots with her hair pulled off her face, tendrils of curls popping out along the sides.
“You will have to take me as I am, James Douglas,” Jessica said out loud, searching for her handbag under the couch pillows.
“And that’s just how I like you,” a deep, male voice said at the door. “Every which way you are every, single day.”
It was James, standing tall, fresh and perfect in her foyer, although overdressed in a gray woolen overcoat like the Pastor Dude he was. At least that’s what Jessica’s eighteen-year-old brother, Sam, called him.
Jessica sucked in a breath, trying not to swoon at how good James—her James—looked. “How’d you get in the door?”
“I knocked,” he confessed. “But I spotted your car outside and then discovered the front door wasn’t locked, so I took the liberty of coming in.”
He smiled and his beautiful crystal blue eyes knocked Jessica over like they always did. Her stomach shot into her throat at the sight of him and her heart began to race. Every single time.
“I probably didn’t hear you from the sanctity of the shower.”
He came closer, closing the front door behind him. “I didn’t try the handle on your bedroom door. I do have discipline even if it was a temptation. But one of these days, Jessica,” he added with a murmur.
“I didn’t think pastors of God ever got tempted,” she teased, a delicious shiver running down her neck when he ran his warm hands along her bare arms.
“We just pray a lot.”
Jessica’s mouth quirked up and they grinned at each other before he gave her a long, slow kiss.



Author Kimberly Montpetit
When she was in Paris, Kimberley Montpetit spent most of her souvenir money at the La Patisserie shops with their beautiful and delicious pastries. She grew up in the fabulous city of San Francisco, loves all things chocolate, and now lives in a small town along the Rio Grande with her engineer husband and three sons.
She once stayed in the haunted tower room at Borthwick Castle in Scotland and didn’t sleep a wink, sailed the Seine in Paris, rode a camel in the ancient world wonder of Petra, shopped the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, and spent the night in an old Communist hotel in Bulgaria.
Kimberley also writes Award-winning Middle-Grade novels with Scholastic and epic Young Adult novels with Harpercollins under the name, Kimberley Griffiths Little.









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Ends 3/13/18
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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Romance is in the Air: A Celebration of Clean Romance & Giveaway: Against The Magic By Donna K. Weaver

 
 
Against the Magic by Donna K Weaver
 Reese Hamilton has big plans to help make the world a better place and a new job lined up to help her do it. Before starting work, she heads to England for a Regency immersive experience. She doesn’t expect her best friend to invite her heart-destroying brother to join them. Two years hasn’t been long enough for Reese to forget him. Then fae magic rips them back to 1850. It’s a time when women have few rights. It’s also a time when a determined woman could make a difference, with the right man at her side. Reese finds she will have to choose between two men and two times. Jem Taylor messed up big when he walked away from Reese to pursue his dream job. He hasn’t been able to forget her and jumps at his sister’s invitation. Suddenly hurtled into Victorian England, he has the chance to woo Reese again. But to do it, he’ll have to fight the magic that brought her to 1850 and an Earl with the means to keep her there.
  "I don't usually like time travel novels but the humor, banter and the attraction kept me enthralled. A great love story with a little history lesson, a happy ending and a hook." ~K.B. "A magical read" ~ Jennifer Soppe “And where might you be going, Miss Hamilton?” The Earl surveyed the items stacked behind her. “To your tenant village, my lord.” When his gaze darted to hers, she arched a brow, daring him to stop her. “My tenants are none of your business.” His voice had turned hard, unrelenting. “One visit there showed me they have been none of your business either,” she said sharply before remembering he could stop her efforts right now. “My lord.” The Earl shot her another of his hard glances. “I shall accompany you then.” He waved to the groom. “In the back.” When the young man had vacated the seat beside her, Gareth took his place. He snapped the whip and the horse surged forward. “I have not visited there in years.” “That was obvious,” Reese muttered. “Do you have someone handle the management of your estate for you?” “Yes.” He glanced at her from the corner of his eye. “My man of business.” “You might want to consider hiring a new one then,” she said, “because I’m underwhelmed.” “Underwhelmed,” the Earl repeated. “I don’t believe I have heard that word before. Is it something you Americans invented?” “Yankee ingenuity,” she said. “Yankee arrogance, I would say.” “Americans don’t have a monopoly on arrogance.” Reese kept her face forward.     Author Donna K. Weaver Award-winning author, wife, mother, grandmother, Harry Potter geek, Army veteran, karate black belt, and online gamer girl.  
  Giveaway Details $25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Giveaway Ends 3/12/18 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. This giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. a Rafflecopter giveaway

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