Win a Homeschool Art Gift Set in the Winter Wishes Giveaway Hop (ends 1/31/21)

Hi there everyone!

I’m joining with a neat group of bloggers for the Winter Wishes Giveaway Hop, hosted by MamatheFox.

This giveaway hop starts on January 16, 2021, and ends on January 31. To check out all the giveaways and prizes you can enter to win, just click on the inLinkz button below (with the blue frog). That will take you to the giveaway page, where you’ll be able to visit each blogger’s giveaway.

 

And now, for the FINCHNWREN giveaway!

I know that many of your kids’ schools have turned into homeschool (if you weren’t homeschooling already). So, I have some goodies to add some joy and activities to your kids’ art times!

 

 

I love adding art to homeschool studies, and I’ve taught art to my son as well as to homeschool groups of elementary-aged students. I love this new book, Art in Action2. It leads students through art studies for 12 different artists (like Manet, Modigliani, Cezanne, Caravaggio, and more), looking at art through the lenses of light/shadow, portraiture, landscapes, and imaginary/legendary creatures. The book then leads students aged 9-12 in creating art projects with paper, paint, scissors, and more, based on each artwork (24 projects in all). It is an awesome book!

In addition, this gift set includes a 5″ x 7″ canvas and a 2-ounce pot of Crayola Washable Kids’ Paint in Copper.

 

How to enter to win

Simply click on the “Enter here!” link below. That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll be able to enter in a variety of ways. Giveaway ends 1/31/21. One winner will be selected to win all 3 items in the gift set. Best wishes!

 

Enter here!

 

 

Enjoy! –Wren

 

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Motivated Moms–the best home organization app and program (plus sale, thru 1/9/21!)

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Are you a natural home organizer and keeper? Or are you like me, someone who struggles with staying on top of all the chores that needed to be completed to keep a home orderly and beautiful?

I can happily tell you the tool which enables me to do this! Motivated Moms is a home organization tool that’s available in both app form (iOS) and print form. It is simply the best home and chore organization and schedule program I have ever used. It’s readily available to be used by all members of the family. Best yet, it’s on sale now through January 9, 2021, at Motivated Moms!

 

How Motivated Moms works

Motivated Moms has an incredible set of printables with a calendared plan for EACH DAY OF THE YEAR with chores and home keeping tasks. These are also available in the iOS app, if you’re someone who works better with a digital calendar. I am a paper to-do list person myself, so I take advantage of the printables. When you purchase your membership, you have access to 38 different types of printables in a variety of formats (in your choice of b&w or color), such as:

  • Full Size Color Tasks List
  • Half Size Black and White Tasks List
  • Menu Planners
  • Appointments List
  • Clean My House Tasks List
  • Tasks List/Daily Appointments/Planner pages

There really is something for everyone, and these are fantastic for families and individuals alike.

There is also a fantastic “Getting Started Guide” to use so that you don’t get overwhelmed starting out on this new plan. Ideally, the Motivated Moms lists enable users to begin to build habits of homekeeping over time so that, in the end, homes become peaceful, orderly, and clean. The whole family can join in as well, and these sheets are fantastic for teaching children how to do home chores.

Once you purchase your membership, you select which type of printables you’d like to work with. (You can view them before you download.) Next, you’ll save it to your computer. Then, print! If you’re just starting out, I recommend the “Getting Started Guide” so that you can begin your home keeping journey in an easy and stress-free manner. Once you’ve got a few of the tasks mastered, you can add more each week. As you do so, you’ll be building your home keeping routine (for yourself or your family). It truly is the easiest home keeping plan I’ve ever used. We love it!

 

 

My favorite Motivated Moms pages

I love using the Full Size Color pages which start on Sunday. They contain a daily list with check-off boxes on the left side of the page (in portrait format) and then, lists of tasks to complete on each day of the week, from Sunday to Saturday. I’ve used these for some time and they just fit with the way I see and organize tasks the best. They’re easy to print out and save in a binder or folder. I prefer to keep a stack of the pages (6-8 weeks’ worth) on a clipboard. Then I leave the clipboard out in a high-traffic area of our home, and we can view and select chores to do at different times of the day.

The “Daily Chores” section on the side never changes. But the chores rotate through on the right-hand, weekly side of the list. You’ll begin to recognize the difference between chores. For example, you won’t need to change your furnace filters weekly, so that won’t be on the list regularly. Other chores that you need to do monthly or quarterly will show up during those times, such as cleaning various shelves of the refrigerator or vacuuming the baseboards. Others, that you’ll do more regularly, will show up weekly.

 

How to purchase and what you’ll save now during the January Motivated Moms sale!

Normally, a year’s subscription to Motivated Moms is $19.99. This gives you access to 38 different types of cleaning/home care/appointment pages with a calendar year’s worth of weekly and daily plans!

During this sale, however, the code 5CLEAN will take $5 off your membership costs, making your subscription only $14.99. It is an incredible deal.

If you’re an Apple user and think you’d prefer the iOS version, click on Motivated Moms app, for the discounted digital version of this wonderful tool. You can use the same code, 5CLEAN, for the discount, but you’ll have to use it via this link for the discount rather than through the App Store.

Click over to Motivated Moms and check out this sale. Remember, it ends on January 9, 2021. I love my Motivated Moms home planner, and I truly believe you will as well!

Motivated Moms is also offering a freebie in 2021. When you sign up for Motivated Moms Free, you can get a different version of the Motivated Moms planner free! Now you can get the January and February planners free by clicking on Motivated Moms Free. Cool way to see all the amazing tools and tips I’ve been telling you about!

 

Enjoy! –Wren

 

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Win Holiday Goodies in the New Year New You Giveaway Hop (CLOSED)

CONGRATULATIONS to Rochelle H, the winner!

Hello there!

 

I have a wonderful giveaway hop to share with you all! I’m joining Mama the Fox and other amazing bloggers for the first giveaway hop of 2021–the New Year New You Giveaway Hop! The FINCHNWREN blog is giving away some holiday goodies to start out the year following The Year of The Corona. I’ll share more with you later in this post.

To head over to the Giveaway Hop Linky, where you’ll be able to see and enter tons of New Year New You giveaways, simply click on the InLinkz blue button below (the one with the frog).

 

 

 

The FINCHNWREN blog is giving away a prize pack in the New Year New You Giveaway Hop containing two fun items for pampering!

  • Bath & Body Works Vanilla Bean Noel Body Butter
  • Deck the Halls 6-Piece Nail File Set

 

How to enter the FINCHNWREN Giveaway

Simply click on the “Enter here!” link below. That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll be able to enter the giveaway in a variety of ways starting at midnight tonight (1/1/21). Giveaway closes on 1/15/21. One winner will be selected to win the prize pack containing both items on 1/16/21. Best wishes!

Enter here!

Thanks so much for joining us for this first Giveaway Hop of the new year! May it be a wonderful year for us all.

Enjoy! –Wren

 

 

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Christmas Eve 2020 & Music to Enjoy!

Hi dear friends!

Happy Christmas Eve 2020 to you! My hope and prayer for you are lovely and beautiful days today and tomorrow in spite of the collective craziness that 2020 has been. I’m (naturally, because it’s me) hoping to wrap up (no pun intended) a bunch of pre-Christmas tasks and goodies before we head toward the evening. I’m looking forward to a calm and beautiful day tomorrow and a pleasant night tonight. And, I’m going to be listening to some Christmas music faves today, because that always makes me happy!

Here are some YouTube links of some of my most-loved Christmas songs. Enjoy!

 

Chris Rice “Welcome to Our World”

Michael W. Smith “Christmastime”

King and Country “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”

Il Divo “O Holy Night”

Michael W. Smith “Angels We Have Heard on High/Gloria”

Amy Grant “I Need a Silent Night”

Carrie Underwood & Michael W. Smith “All is Well”

Amy Grant “Breath of Heaven”

Band Aid 1984 “Do They Know It’s Christmas” (complete with 80’s hair and makeup!)

The Piano Guys “Carol of the Bells” (instrumental)

Pentatonix “Mary Did You Know”

Idina Menzel “Do You Hear What I Hear”

YoYo Ma, Alison Krauss The Wexford Carol

Glee Cast “We Need a Little Christmas”

Of course there are SO MANY MORE songs we all love at Christmas! What are you loving and listening to this year?

Happy Christmas Eve, dear ones! –Wren

“Burying Daisy Doe” Blog Tour–JustRead Tours (plus giveaway, ending 12/15/20)

Burying Daisy Doe Blog Tour
Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Burying Daisy Doe by Ramona Richards, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Burying Daisy DoeTitle: Burying Daisy Doe
Series: Star Cavanaugh Cold Case #1
Author: Ramona Richards
Publisher: Kregel Publications
Release Date:
November 17, 2020
Genre: Christian Suspense

No cold case is more important than the one that destroyed her own family

Every small town has one unsolved case that haunts its memory, festering for generations below the surface with the truth of humanity’s darkness. Star Cavanaugh is obsessed with the one that tore her family apart.

Over sixty years ago, Daisy Doe was murdered and discarded outside Pineville, Alabama, buried without a name or anyone to mourn her loss. When Star’s father tried to solve the case, he was also killed. Now a cold-case detective with resources of her own, Star is determined to get to the bottom of both crimes. But she’ll have to face an entire town locked in corruption, silence, and fear–and the same danger that took two other lives. The only people in the town she can trust are her grandmother and the charming Mike Luinetti, and both of them trust a God Star isn’t sure she believes in. Can Christians so focused on the good really help her track down this evil?

With an irresistible combination of sharp suspense, faith, humor, and authentic regional flavor, Burying Daisy Doe will draw fans of Terri Blackstock, Margaret Maron, Jaime Jo Wright, and J.T. Ellison.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ramona Richards

Ramona Richards is the award-winning author of 12 books, including 9 novels. She has also worked as an editor in Christian publishing for forty years, and is now the associate publisher for Iron Stream Media. She lives in the Birmingham, Alabama, area.

CONNECT WITH RAMONA: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a $20 Visa card and a signed copy of Burying Daisy Doe and Murder in the Family!

Burying Daisy Doe JustRead Giveaway

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight December 8, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on December 15, 2020. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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Burying Daisy Doe–A Review

Star Cavanaugh has been through the wringer. Thanks to the events of recent years, Star can claim many of life’s most stress-inducing events (move, career change, loss of a relationship, and more). But, the most difficult moments of Star’s life occurred before she was born, and are cloaked in mystery. With her mother’s death, Star is officially an orphan–and is determined to solve the mystery that left her grandmother and father dead in the same small Southern town, nearly thirty years apart.

And so, Star moves to Pineville, Alabama and accepts a job at the local diner, located in the town’s drugstore. The kindly pharmacist rents her a room (until she can get her maternal grandmother’s vintage Airstream trailer to town and move into it), and chats with her occasionally, filling her in on some of the town’s history. She serves the townspeople at breakfast each day, and gets to know the area farmers, Miss Doris’s Bible study ladies, and the extremely handsome and charming police chief, Mike Luinetti.

Star hasn’t counted on Roscoe Carver though; the elderly Black man who comes in one morning for breakfast, fixes his eyes on Star and is certain he knows her family. She has hidden her real purpose (solving her family’s murders) and profession (former cop and current private investigator) in favor of finding out all she can before the townspeople learn her real identity. But Roscoe knows the genetic lines of Star’s face; as a 14-year-old boy he had admired her grandmother as she walked into the pharmacy. Later, he makes the horrifying discovery of her body. They called her Daisy Doe, since no one apparently knew who she was. Roscoe will never forget the woman he found, and he knows Star is connected to Daisy immediately.

Star’s truth comes out before she’s discovered much of anything about either her grandmother or her father, whose life was taken in Pineville as well. Suddenly, she (and everyone she talks with) faces the same danger that killed her family. Will Star survive long enough to discover who the killers are–and bring them to justice?

Ramona Richards’ fantastic dual-timeline suspense novel will captivate readers. She has an excellent ability to create a sense of place (small Southern town with LOTS of secrets) and fascinating characters while telling a story that will keep you glued to the pages. You’ll root for Star and be inspired by her strength, perseverance, and desire to set right the wrongs of history, inflicted on her family. I will be watching closely for the next Ramona Richards book, and I dearly hope that Star will be its main character!

Enjoy! –Wren

DISCLAIMER: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

“The Loneliness Solution” Book Review & Giveaway (ends 12/24/20)

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Why is it that people are lonely today? We’re uber-connected socially, we’re busy, we’re—well, many of us are working at home, so that might explain some of it. Yet even apart from the virus-which-shall-not-be-named, people are desiring close connections yet they’re not finding them . How do we stave off loneliness, especially at a time when we are physically less able to be connected with others?

Author Jack Eason has a new book which addresses this very topic. FlyBy Promotions and Momentum Influencers have given me a copy of The Loneliness Solution to read and review. Plus, they’ll be giving away a copy of the book to one FINCHNWREN blog reader!

 

 

In The Loneliness Solution, Jack Eason starts with the big picture. Why are people lonely, in a time when humans are more connected due to technology than any other era in human history? Eason starts with the big picture and talks about why that is. Then, he moves to more specific ideas and shares with readers how they can connect well with others. Written from a Christian perspective, the book’s big idea is this: God created us to be in relationship with Him and with each other. So, how do we do that?

 

 

The Problem of Loneliness

Everyone feels lonely sometimes. The statistics are crazy. According to research cited by Eason, just over 50% of Americans feel as though they have meaningful daily conversations. (So that means that almost half of Americans don’t feel that they do!) Young adults feel that they are lonelier than anyone else, even as they’re probably the most connected technologically. And, this is a worldwide problem, especially in wealthier countries; as isolation (perhaps due to more frequent tech use) increases, so does loneliness. Because face-to-face interaction can never be replaced by a click or a like. Or even, a text.

We are wired to be in community; we have interaction and social needs that are only met by connection with other humans. However, even American culture and society can work against those needs. Our nation’s history focuses on individual achievement and the idea of “pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps,” by our own personal efforts and successes. That individualism, and the competition to be the best and the most, can directly work against community and connection.

Conversely, Eason shares some fascinating stories of corporations whose vision statements lie directly opposite to those familiar American ideals. Both Starbucks and Airbnb have truly unusual corporate goals which are very community-driven, and their stories and successes are amazing to read about.

 

 

 

 

Solving the problem of loneliness 

So. Perhaps we feel lonely. How exactly do we overcome that? Would you believe that there are specific, concrete, and practical steps we can take to ease loneliness and replace that with connection and community? The answer really is yes! There are internal choices that are character-based that impact loneliness, and there are external actions we can take that will help us to connect.

And because Eason writes from the Christian perspective, he shares ways we can grow relationally with others within the church. And not that churches always get relationships right. But the framework is there, and is even discussed frequently in the Bible. In the Bible, the concept of “one another” is discussed 100 times in 94 verses. And what does the Bible direct us to do, in those verses? Pursue unity. Consider others better than ourselves. Accept others. Bear with others. Love others. Speak truth to others. Don’t judge others. That is just a small listing of the actions that help us to build community and relationship. But they’re all based on togetherness, aren’t they?

In this second half of the book, Eason discusses the different segments of life in a Christian community. He talks about family, trust, prayer, worship, helping others, and focusing on friendships. Interestingly, one thing that each of these has in common is that they happen when an individual steps out and takes action in some way. That provides some food for thought, doesn’t it?

 

 

 

My favorite parts of The Loneliness Solution

I found that The Loneliness Solution not only provided a clear and excellent process for overcoming loneliness, but it was also an enormously helpful book on discipleship. It turns out that many of God’s directions for us in the Bible end up being actions that enable us to build community with friends, fellow believers, and a faith community. But, we have to take those actions ourselves, and in so doing, relationship really should follow. Isn’t that incredible?

I’d love to share with you some of my faves from this book (I’ll try to just give hints since I don’t want to give you spoilers):

  • Ernest Hemingway’s quote: “The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.” This is something I’m actively working on in my own life, interestingly enough, in my relationship with God.
  • To truly have a real or close relationship, you must have authenticity
  • Managing our resources effectively is tied to helping to meet others’ needs
  • Worship not only affects our hearts but builds community with others
  • Our relationships with others allow us to exercise the gifts within us and strengthens the whole community, or Body, of Christ

I found The Loneliness Solution to be the most encouraging and inspiring read. It would be fantastic for new believers, mature believers, high school or college grads, or just folks who’d like to connect with others. I so enjoyed it and happily recommend it to you!

 

How to enter to win a copy of The Loneliness Solution

FlyBy Promotions and Momentum Influencers will be giving away a copy of The Loneliness Solution to one FINCHNWREN reader! To enter, simply click on the link below that says “Enter here!” That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll be able to enter in a variety of ways. Giveaway closes on 12/24/20. One winner will be selected to win the book. Best wishes!

Enter here!

 

 

Where you can purchase The Loneliness Solution

Simply click on the links below to purchase the book online.

Amazon

Jack Eason’s website

 

Enjoy! –Wren 

 

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):

Many thanks to Revel Publishers for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor FlyBy Promotions/Momentum Influencers in the last 30 days, from the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Enter to win a PACT sweatshirt and Smashbox lip liner in the Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Giveaway Hop! (ends 12/18/20)

Hi there my friends, and happy December!

I’m joining with my friends at Review Wire Media and Chatty Patty’s Place (and more amazing bloggers) for the Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Giveaway Hop! All these neat bloggers will be giving away things to help you have a merry Christmas during the crazy year of 2020!

The FINCHNWREN blog is giving away a two-item prize pack to warm up your December!

First, a new-in-bag shawl collar sweatshirt in cinnamon color from one of my favorite clothing companies, PACT. All of PACT’s fun clothes are organic cotton and fair trade, and beautifully made. Plus, they’re comfy, classic trendy in style, and cute! This top is size L and would be darling over leggings, jeans, or sweat bottoms. It’s boxy in shape and has a drawstring tie at the bottom.

Also included in the giveaway is a Smashbox Always Sharp lip liner in Rosebud. It’s the perfect match (obviously) for the sweatshirt!

How to enter the giveaway

Just click on the “Enter here!” link below. That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll be able to enter in a variety of ways. One person will be selected to win both the sweatshirt and the lip pencil when the giveaway ends on 12/18. Best wishes!

Enter here!

And now, for the Giveaway Hop!

Lots of amazing bloggers are joining together in the Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Giveaway Hop, starting at 12:01 AM on December 4. Click on the InLinkz button below (once December 4 rolls around) and you’ll be able to go to the blog hop page where you’ll be able to see and enter everyone’s blog giveaways. All giveaways close December 18, 2020.


You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter
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Best wishes, everyone!

Enjoy! –Wren

“Overcoming” ~ A book that could save a person’s life (and you could win a copy! Giveaway closes 12/16/20)

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I have an incredible book to share with you today. And, I am not overstating things when I tell you that this book, quite literally, could save someone’s life. The BlogAbout Blogger Network provided me with a copy to read/review plus a copy to give away to one reader. The book is OVERCOMING The Narcissist, Sociopath, Psychopath, And Other Domestic Abusers, written by Charlene D. Quint, J.D., C.D.V.P.

 

 

What is Overcoming?

OVERCOMING The Narcissist, Sociopath, Psychopath, And Other Domestic Abusers is a handbook to help readers do three things:

  • Recognize the Narcissistic/Sociopath/Psychopath/Domestic Abuser
  • Remove the Narcissistic/Sociopath/Psychopath/Domestic Abuser from Your Life
  • Recover from the Narcissistic/Sociopath/Psychopath/Domestic Abuser

Overcoming is a large, textbook-sized hardback book. Its author, Charlene D. Quint, practices family law in Illinois. She has written several books to aid victims of domestic abuse and, as the book cover says, to help them “become the fearless victors God designed them to be.” Charlene is also a Certified Domestic Violence Professional as well as a survivor of domestic abuse herself. In Overcoming, she takes the often-confusing subject of domestic violence apart, explaining what it is, what it looks like, its effect on families, and how to get free of it not only physically but spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. It is written from a Christian perspective but its information and principles are based on current and solid psychological research as well.

Although Overcoming is 572 pages long, it is never daunting and always readable. Each chapter is full of illuminating information as well as real-life accounts of both women and men who were trapped in relationships with abusers. I’d like to tell you about what you’ll find in each of the three sections, then I’ll share with you my own impressions.

 

 

Recognizing the Abuser

As I read Overcoming, I often thought of Leo Tolstoy’s famous words at the beginning of Anna Karenina: “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” That is a fantastic story-opener but it’s the exact opposite of the truths about domestic violence and abusers. They often share extremely similar cycles of behavior and abuse. They seek the same patterns of power (for themselves) and victimization (for their significant others). Often, the victim of relationship violence thinks that they are the problem, that if they had only done this or that differently they’d never have faced abuse. In fact, according to research and scientific literature, abusers are often narcissists, sociopaths, or psychopaths who have incredible similarities in behavior. It’s actually both astonishing and horrifying how much abusers have in common with each other.

In this opening section of Overcoming, Charlene discusses the goals and habits of abusers, phases of abusive relationships, and the differences between healthy and emotionally unhealthy relationships. She examines types of abuse (emotional, verbal, physical, financial, sexual, and spiritual), infidelity, common behaviors of abusers, and the question all victims of abuse eventually ask: “Why do they do what they do?” Interestingly enough, while mentally healthy men and women seek to own and take responsibility for their own failings, it turns out that abuse doesn’t happen because significant others “do something wrong.” It’s instead all in the mind, motivation, choices, and actions of the abuser.

 

 

Removing

Section two of Overcoming explains the realities of abusive relationships by discussing important yet often hidden truths about them:

  • Why does she stay?
  • What to expect from the abuser if she stays or leaves the relationship
  • What to expect from children, families, and the community of she leaves (and this is particularly heartbreaking)
  • Creating a safety plan
  • Understanding that this is a spiritual battle
  • What the Bible actually says about divorcing an abuser
  • Mistakes churches and pastors make in counseling abusers and their victims
  • and more

Charlene reveals in this segment the patterns that abusers follow over and over again in their relationships. Abuse escalates, damages its victims (whether they are spouses or children) and destroys individuals. Family, friends, and communities often follow the pattern of becoming complicit in the abuse when they believe the abusers’ lies and deny the victims’ pain and suffering. It is shocking and devastating and it almost never benefits the victim. But there really can be a way out of the abuse although the victims must approach this with great wisdom and forethought, for their own protection and survival.

 

 

Recovering

An abusive relationship, and its effects on its victims, can feel hopeless as well as terrifying. But there really is hope out there. In this last section of Overcoming, Charlene discusses the affects of abuse on women and children, and those whom the abuser targets as he or she pursues romantic relationships. They are powerful and honestly, life-altering (or life-stealing). There are lies that keep victims trapped in abusive relationships. But there are truths from God that actually set them free.

There are specific steps victims (and their children) can take to move towards healing. And it is possible to step into healthy new relationships, both with people and with God, who truly desires to be our Rescuer, Defender, Redeemer, and Healer. Charlene discusses all of these and provides practical ways victims can overcome and heal and walk out a new life.

Truly, I feel that it was somewhat difficult to really do justice to this book in a review, this book which I feel must certainly be Charlene Quint’s masterwork. OVERCOMING will lead those broken by others’ abuse down the road of healing. It will provide understanding of the evil behavior of abusers, as well as recognition of what abuse really is. OVERCOMING is, I believe, a book which will support and help to set free those damaged by narcissists, sociopaths, psychopaths, and other abusers. It will help captives walk out of the darkness of abuse into the beautiful light of freedom.

 

 

My thoughts and impressions

Although Overcoming deals with a terrifying and difficult subject matter, I found it extremely readable and even, for me, healing to read. I have known abusive men and women over the course of my life, as a child, as a young woman, and as an adult. I would even guess that some of these people might have been narcissistic or sociopathic (although I am not professionally equipped to diagnose them myself).

I think that most of us would find the patterns and habits of abusers inexplicable and beyond our own understanding. Why on earth would they ever treat others the way they do? Why are they so mean? Why are they willing to harm others for their own personal gain? Each of us may, in our lifetimes, encounter abusers and experience the pain they inflict. But, there is hope.

I discovered as I read Overcoming that we really can understand why they behave this way, recognize the patterns they follow, and perhaps most important, learn how to be safe from the damaging influences they inflict. I learned that we can know that God does not inflict abusive relationships on us but that instead, that He loves us and provides not only a way out but a way of healing and restoration.

To me, that is all amazing!

 

 

Who could benefit from Overcoming?

Perhaps you know someone who is in a domestically abusive relationship. Perhaps you know a pastor or a counselor who could benefit from this book. Or maybe, most significantly…maybe YOU need this book.

If so, I urge you to get a copy for yourself. Charlene Quint has made this enormous guidebook available at an incredibly affordable price, less than $30 on Amazon. (Just click on this link, Overcoming, to purchase there.)

 

This book really could save someone’s life. It could help a person avoid abusive relationships. And, it could help them to heal. It is worth every penny, and more.

Best of all, The BlogAbout Network has provided a copy of this amazing book that one person will win in a giveaway!

 

 

 

 

To enter to win, simply click on the “Enter here!” link below. That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form where you’ll be able to enter the giveaway in a variety of ways. Giveaway closes 12/16/20. One winner will receive a copy of OVERCOMING The Narcissist, Sociopath, Psychopath, And Other Domestic Abusers. Best wishes!

 

Enter here!

 

 

Thank you for reading. And for each and every one of you, I hope you are safe. You are important and you are loved.

 

–Wren

 

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“Before the Wrath” Film Review & Flash Giveaway (ends 11/30/20)

Hi friends!

 

I have a new movie to share with you courtesy of Ingenuity Films and FlyBy Promotions. Before the Wrath is narrated by Kevin Sorbo and looks at Biblical prophecy and why it is important. I also have a digital copy of this film to give away to one reader! The flash giveaway ends at noon on 11/30/20.

 

 

 

What is Before the Wrath?

When will Jesus return? Will it be before, during, or after the Tribulation? Can we set an exact date for His return? (No.) What are we supposed to do as Christ-followers in the meantime?

Before the Wrath is a look at Biblical prophecy combined with dramatic illustrations of scenes from Scripture. Using a plethora of scholars from different disciplines (theology, eschatology, Middle Eastern anthropology), Before the Wrath examines New Testament Bible prophecies in light of what they would have meant to the original hearers of Jesus’ words.

This film uses Jesus’ description of a Galilean wedding to help us interpret what Jesus’ words about His return mean. It also illustrates how vitally important prophetic Scriptures are: “And now I have told you before it happens, so that when it does happen, you will believe.” (John 14:29)

To an early Galilean, what would the wedding at Cana have meant? What did the specific items used and referenced mean? Where would it have been held, and why? What was the importance of witnesses? What did the various elements of the dowry indicate?

 

When Jesus speaks at the Passover dinner before His crucifixion about the cup of the new covenant, Galilean readers would have had a special understanding of what that meant. That there would be a betrothal period where the groom and the bride would be separated while he was preparing a new home for the couple. He would come back to get her, so that she would be there with him.

Does that sound familiar to you? (Check out John 14!)

We’re reminded in this film that you cannot separate the meaning of a Scripture passage from the meaning it would have had in the original language, to its original culture. So for us to interpret Bible prophecy it’s crucial for us to understand what passages would have said to those who heard and read Jesus’ words in that time.

 

 There are fascinating connections that the film makes regarding Jesus’ return, using:

  • the shofar
  • the parable of the wise and foolish virgins
  • the wedding at Cana
  • the role of the father in a Galilean wedding
  • the role of the bride as she waits
  • the marriage supper of the Lamb

My conclusions

I wholehearted recommend Before the Wrath. It’s sort of a scary title, isn’t it? And while it indeed does deal with the wrath to come, it has an incredible message for us who believe. What do we do as we wait for Jesus’ return? How do we watch and pray and prepare ourselves as the Bride of Christ?

This film clearly answers that question. It is well-interpreted and solid Scripture study. It is instructive, but also encouraging. And convicting! I was definitely reminded of my own responsibilities as I follow Christ and wait for Jesus’ return.

May we all be found ready!

 

 

Enter to win your own copy!

I have a digital copy of Before the Wrath to give away to one FINCHWREN reader! To enter, simply click on the “Enter here!” link below. That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form where you’ll be able to enter in a variety of ways. (You must enter your email address in order to be eligible to win a copy of Before the Wrath so the digital copy of the film can be emailed to you.) Giveaway closes at noon on Monday, November 30, 2020. One entrant will be selected to win. Best wishes!

Enter here!

 

 

Where to purchase your own copy

You can purchase Before the Wrath via the following retailers:

From Integrity Films, Itunes, Amazon, Christianbook, GooglePlay and more

From Walmart

 

 

Enjoy! –Wren

 

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):

Many thanks to Ingenuity Films for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, from the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Win a gorgeous coloring Bible for girls! Holiday HoHoHo Giveaway Hop (ends 12/2/20)

Hi everyone! It’s time for an amazing new giveaway blog hop! I’m joining in with Review Wire Media and Chatty Patty’s Place for the Holiday HoHoHo Giveaway Hop. I have the most gorgeous coloring Bible to give away! This would be the perfect holiday or birthday gift for any gal on your Christmas list!

I had the lovely opportunity last week to review the NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible for Girls. (Just follow that link for more on my experience and this beautiful and aptly named Bible!) And this week, I have a copy of this wonderful coloring Bible in a gift set to give to one FINCHNWREN reader!

Designed for girls ages 8-12, this coloring Bible has wide margins, an appealing font, and over 600 line drawings and illustrations just waiting to be colored in. The text of the Bible is the New International Version.

The NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible for Girls Gift Set is housed in a sturdy blue cardboard box with a top that flips open to the side. Inside, you’ll find the Bible plus 6 sheets of stickers (with verses, artsy images, and sayings) as well as a 4-pack of twisty colored pencils (yellow, red, purple, blue).

And…although this Bible is designed for girls, it would be fantastic for girls ages 13 and up as well! I am (clearly!) way over that designated age group but this coloring Bible is so wonderful that I’ve made it part of my morning quiet times. I’m not always up for coloring every day, but even if I’m not I get the beauty of the written Word along with captivating illustrations that help my mind center more on the good things I am reading.

And, you can enter for a chance to win this gift set!

To enter, simply click on the “Enter here!” link below. That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form where you’ll be able to enter in a variety of ways. Giveaway closes on December 2, 2020. One winner will be selected to win the gift set (Bible, coloring pencils, stickers, gift box). Best wishes!

Enter here!

And now…for the Holiday HoHoHo Giveaway Hop!

Review Wire Media, Chatty Patty’s Place, and lots of other neat bloggers are joining in this giveaway hop! Just click on the InLinkz link below. That will take you to the giveaway hop page where you can see all the fun prizes being given away by each blogger. There, you can enter to win!


You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter
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Enjoy! –Wren

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):

Many thanks to Telling Ministries LLC and HCCP for providing this product/product information for review.  Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.