journalReading the Bible without meditating on it is like trying to eat without swallowing.” — Anonymous

Reading the Bible has always been a great source of joy, peace and wonder for me. I always seem to find new things that are perfectly applicable to whatever situation I am going through and I am in awe at knowing that I am reading the inspired word of God.

Whenever I am worried or afraid, all I have to do is to open this age-old book of wisdom and I know the triune God (the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit) are with me guiding, directing, loving and rejoicing when I give everything going on in my life to Him. I also know that unless I am feeding my mind and soul with the Word, I am probably not reacting to situations the way I should. The more we are in the word, the more it pours out of us in life in all situations. It doesn’t mean we are perfect – just properly equipped.

What I love about this journaling Bible is that you can make notes, write dates of prayer requests and even doodle as you contemplate God’s word. I have gone back to more than one older Bible in my life time and really enjoyed seeing what I wrote and how God inspired me in a particular moment. This publication of the Bible gives you plenty of room! I have always enjoyed journaling and reading the Bible and here you have both together.

I am doing a quick giveaway of one of these Bibles this week (to end by Friday, 11/20/15). US & Canada shipping only. Please comment below for a chance to win your own ESV journaling Bible. See more information about this Bible below.


About the ESV Journaling Bible: (Retail Price: $37.99) 

 – Black letter text
 – Double-column, paragraph format
 – Cream-colored paper
 – 2″ ruled margins
 – One-Year Bible Reading Plan
 – Introductions and section headings for each Bible book
About Crossway:
The purpose of Crossway has been, from its founding as a not-for-profit ministry in 1938, to publish gospel-centered, Bible-centered content that will honor our Savior and serve his Church.   They seek to help people understand the massive implications of the gospel and the truth of God’s Word, for all of life, for all eternity, and for the glory of God.  
Disclosure: Thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and are not influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
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BOOK REVIEW: Office 2013 for Dummies

office for dummiesRecently, I received the book Office 2013 For Dummies
by Wallace Wang for review. I gave it to our office assistant to look over. I didn’t want to offend her by the “dummies” title so I made sure she knew it was for a review.

Office 2013 for Dummies includes chapters on Getting Started with Office 2013, Working with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, and additional tips.

What our office assistant found was that some of the information was so basic she already knew it and other information didn’t apply to our office – such as using Outlook or Access. Powerpoint was of interest but at the time she didn’t have a specific reason to use it so it was hard to apply the information but I am giving the book back to her after this review to have as a resource when the need arises.

I guess the title of “dummies” is off-putting when giving it to an employee but the information covers all the basics and with the plethora of “dummies” books out there I would hope that most people don’t take offense but instead use the information the book covers – which is a lot.

Personally, I see keeping the book as a resource for the basic Excel formulas which are incredibly useful when crunching numbers and creating charts for presentations from your information.

This book is also available in the Kindle edition.


Social Media Marketing for Dummies

I am working on a new class for a local college where I teach. I REALLY wanted to assign Social Media Marketing All-in-One For Dummies

I was informed quickly by my teen daughter that college kids aren’t going to want to be assigned a book “For Dummies” but I love this all-in-one book on Social Media that was put together by Deborah Ng (also the author of Online Communities for Dummies) and Jan Zimmerman.

About the book:

Social media continues to evolve at breakneck speed, and the savvy marketer needs to keep up. This bestselling guide to social media marketing has been completely updated to cover the newest vehicles, including Groupon and Rue La La, location-based services like Foursquare, and new social networking sites like Google+ and Pinterest. Checklists, case studies, and examples will help you decide the best places to spend your marketing dollars, and you’ll learn about valuable social media tools and analytics methods that can help you assess the success of your efforts.

  • A completely updated, all-in-one guide to social media marketing, a valuable way for businesses to reach current and new customers, assist customers with problems, and complete transactions
  • Covers the latest sites and location-based services including Groupon, Rue La La, Foursquare, Google+, Pinterest, and more
  • Minibooks examine the social media mix; tools and techniques; using content to grow your brand; Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+ marketing; other sites; and how to measure results and build on success
  • The perfect guidebook for the social media strategist, website manager, marketer, publicist, or anyone in charge of implementing and managing an organization’s social media strategy

I did find another textbook with a wonderful array of teacher resources that I am very excited about but I will be writing much more on that after the exam copy comes in.

Do you have a favorite book on social media?