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31Jan

“Tell Them All About the Savior”

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I have been burdened lately. Burdened for the lost souls around me, particularly family members and loved ones.

Burdened by the knowledge that I haven’t done enough to tell them about Jesus. 

Yesterday we sang a song at church, one that always convicts me. It’s a great song, but it’s also a sobering reminder of our privilege, calling, and responsibility to share the gospel with those around us.

The song is “Brethren We Have Met to Worship,” and the second and third verses always get me.

Brethren, see poor sinners round you slumbering on the brink of woe;
Death is coming, hell is moving, can you bear to let them go?
See our fathers and our mothers, and our children sinking down;
Brethren, pray and holy manna will be showered all around.

Sisters, will you join and help us? Moses’ sister aided him;
Will you help the trembling mourners who are struggling hard with sin?
Tell them all about the Savior, tell them that He will be found;
Sisters, pray, and holy manna will be showered all around.

I love these lyrics because they aren’t sugar coated. They are in-your-face, and it’s truth.

I have lost family members. People that I love so much, and who are right now are wandering lost and alone, on a path to Hell unless the Lord saves them.

Sometimes I know I get complacent. I live my life, ignoring the spiritual suffering of those around me.

A Sobering Reminder.

I’m a shy and insecure person by nature. I have an endless number of reasons for not sharing the gospel as much as I should.

I haven’t gone to seminary. I’m still too flawed. I may say the wrong thing. Someone else could witness much better than I.

My family members aren’t receptive to hearing about God, so I should just give up. 

It may be awkward. 

In addition to these excuses, it’s easier to focus on lighter topics, even the daily tasks that require my attention each day. Anything is better than thinking about the painful truth of lost souls.

But sometimes I need the reminder.  I need to take off the rose colored glasses and really feel that pain. I need to be burdened by the condition of my loved ones who are lost.

“Death is coming, hell is moving, can you bear to let them go? See our fathers, and our mothers, and our children sinking down.”

It’s true, the conversations may be awkward. May be unwelcome. And they may very well still reject the gospel of Jesus Christ. But, I don’t want it to be because I was too scared to face those tough conversations.

The call is not just for preachers, or for a select few. It’s for every single child of God. Every soul who has been ransomed by the blood of Jesus Christ, we each have a responsibility and calling to share that Good News.

Tell them all about the savior. Tell them that he will be found.

22Jan

9 Ways I Get Frugal Used Books with Paperback Swap

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Y’all know that I LOVE books. And, I LOVE a good deal! Combining the two is my favorite :)

One of my favorite ways to acquire books is through PaperBack Swap. Like the name suggests, it’s a site for trading books.

You give away a book you don’t need and get a new-to-you one that you request in exchange. Each swap costs just $.49!

Since postage alone on sites like Amazon.com is $3.99, $.49 for a needed book is a great deal! However, there is still the cost of shipping the book to consider and as a deal-seeker (and as a homeschooling mom in need of lots of books!), I wanted to do even better.

Over the past couple of years, I have been able to get a bunch of great books for an average of $0.40 each–including all shipping costs and fees! And that includes Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, which sells for more than $10 on Amazon. I have saved thousands of dollars, and spent very little. 

If you’d love to get your hands on some frugal used books, here are some tips to get the most out of PaperBack Swap:

1. Sign up!

Get your first 2 books free, just for signing up with this link. Simply add 10 books to your shelf, you’ll get your first 2 credits and swaps for FREE! 

2. Refer your friends.

After you’ve signed up, be sure to spread the word. If a friend uses your referral link and becomes an active member, you get a free credit.

(Full disclosure: That’s my referral link above. I use PBS for a lot of our homeschool books, so I greatly appreciate your support.)

3. List great books.

More high-quality books equals more requests, and more requests means more credits for you.

4. Purchase credits at a discount.

Sometimes I give away books we no longer need and sometimes I’m a tiny bit of a book hoarder, which means that I don’t have books to list and send to other members. In this case, credits can be purchased directly from PBS for $3.79-$3.95. However, PBS also allows members to sell up to 50 credits per month, so you can purchase credits from other members, usually for a discounted rate.

Please note — this is done at your own risk. You’ll want to make sure that you are dealing with someone who has a strong reputation on the site. I’ve done this in the past to purchase credits for as low as $2 each.

5. Become a Boxer.

Since the only monetary cost associated with the site is your shipping, reducing the cost of shipping per book reduces your overall cost. One way to do this is to trade boxes of books with other members rather than single books. There is a fee for this service, but the benefits can outweigh the cost if you’re looking to trade a large amount of books.

6. Network.

In the community area, there is a forum called the Book Bazaar. In that forum, members frequently request or offer “deals,” especially those involving a bulk (multi-credit) purchase. Search the forum for great deals, or simply ask for what you’re looking for.

Through this, I was able to find people willing to offer some great deals, including 25 books for 5 credits. You can also take note of, and friend, those members who tend to have books in the genres you’re interested in, and build relationships with them for future deals.

7. Ask.

When you request a book, PBS will give you the option to request more from the same member. If there are other books that interest you, ask if the member would be willing to make a deal. Even a member who doesn’t have a running deal is usually willing to throw in an extra book or two if you are requesting several.

8. Offer a Deal Yourself.

When I purchased 25 books for 5 credits, the sender spent $5.77 for shipping, but she got 5 credits. If she had sent out 5 books separately, those same 5 credits would have cost her nearly $15 in shipping.

If you have the extra books, this is a great option to get the most out of shipping and bless another member at the same time. You can do this on the forums, or right from your bookshelf.

9. Sign up for a Membership

Swaps are ordinarily $.49 each (after your first 2 which are FREE). However, there are a couple of options for saving on that swap fee.

Limited Membership is $12 per year and offers you 30 free swaps, along with a host of other great benefits.

Standard Membership is $20 per year and offers you an unlimited number of swaps, along with many other great benefits.

Use this link at sign up to save $3 on Standard Membership

Be Patient.

Patience is a virtue here. If you are able to be patient, sometimes you can wait for a deal to come available and save yourself some money. Similarly, if a book you want isn’t currently available, you can add it to your wishlist and wait for it to come available rather than purchasing it somewhere else.

It may not come available, but it’s worth waiting a while to find out. This is exactly how I was able to acquire the Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons book for such a great deal. Another member saw it on my wishlist, and offered to make it a part of a bigger deal.

Additional Resources:

06Jan

Get a FREE book (of your choice) from Love Inspired

LIH free book

Every once in a while I come across something too good not to share–yes, it usually involves books, and this time is no different. A few months ago, I shared how you can get a FREE print book from Tyndale House, using their rewards program.

Today, I’m sharing a new rewards program. Harlequin My Rewards.

I’ll be honest and say that I hesitated in sharing this because most of Harlequin’s books are very racy, and not something that I would ever endorse or recommend.

However, tucked into their line-up, they also offer 3 Christian lines: Love Inspired, Love Inspired Suspense, and Love Inspired Historical. I personally love the Love Inspired Historical line. I’m typically not a fan of series books, but these are high quality books, and some of my all-time favorite books and authors have come from this line.

Note: I have not received any compensation for this post, but I will earn points for the first few people who sign up using my link. Thanks!

One great thing about this program is that you can redeem your points for coupons good for ANY book (up to $8.99 value) on their site! So, you aren’t limited to a small selection.

How to get Your Free Book

  1. Create your account at My Harlequin Rewards (it’s super fast and easy)
  2. Complete your profile for 2,000 points.
  3. Redeem your 2,000 points for a FREE ebook!

The whole process is very simple, and doesn’t require any credit card information at all (when you checkout with your free coupon, don’t enter that info, and just click “submit order.”)

Earn More Points

Their ebooks are not compatible with kindle, so I wanted a print book instead.  I completed a few other tasks to earn enough points for a print book (5,000)

  • Refer friends and earn 500 points each (for the first 10 people who sign up);
  • Complete the weekly facebook task for 200 points (new one posted each Monday).
  • Complete polls and view pages on the website, as directed for 100 points each (new ones posted each Thursday).
  • Earn 100 points per $1 of the suggested price when you purchase any books from their line;

Using these methods, I was able to quickly and easily earn a couple of free books.

I chose these 2 newer ones:

LIH bachelors homecoming  LIH

Enjoy!

15Dec

45+ FREE Christian eBooks {Plus lots more for $.99!}

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When the Kindle first came out, I was very resistant. And, honestly, I still much prefer my print books that I can hold in my hand and turn pages. I’m just old-fashioned that way.

However, I quickly learned a great benefit of having a kindle–bargain books! I have been able to fill my kindle with hundreds (actually more than 1,000) FREE and super cheap books!

Note: These prices are subject to change without notice from the publisher. Double check all prices before checking out.  This post contains affiliate link.

{Tip: You do not have to own a kindle to read these books! Simply download the free kindle app.} However, if you’re in the market for a kindle, now is the best time to get one, as they are on sale for Christmas time.

$.99 eBooks

I love to find great quality books for less than $1 each! Such great bargains here! And, I often get them for free using my Amazon prime promotional credits. Win-Win!

Books 99 Tidings of Peace Books 99 When a woman meets Jesus Books 99 Irish Christmas Books 99 Whirlwind Books 99 katie calloway Books 99 Messy Faith books 99 Finding Christmas books 99 how to pray books 99 red suit diaries books 99 relentless pursuit books 99 no safe harbor books 99 wonderful imperfect life books 99 saving my first kiss books 99 heart of a lion books 99 on earth as it is in heaven books 99 forever eyes books 99 judge who stole Christmas books 99 fireflies in december books 99 anxious for nothing books 99 do you see what I see books 99 promises of God books 99 letters from a skeptic books 99 the Christmas Candle books 99 cure for common life books 99 face of heaven books 99 plain and simple christmas books 99 victorian christmas

 

Free eBooks

 

Free book Love by the Letter   Free Book Once upon a Summer  Free Book Daughter's Inheritance free book daughter of twin oaks Free Book Daughter of Joy Free Book Candle in the Darkness   Free Book A Heros Promise Free Book An Untamed Land  Free Book Fairchilds Lady Free Book Miss Meriweathers Marriage  Free Book The Captain of Her Heart  Free Book The Gentleman of Her Dreams          Free Book Christmas at Pebble Creek  Free Book Home to Pebble Creek  Free Book A Home in the West free book with every letter  free out of the storm free centurion's wife free dawn's prelude free land of my heart free summer of promise free welcome last chance free three little words Free Book First Dawn

Free Book Appalachian Serenade       Free Kindle Rose Legacy free book summer midnight sun free book deadly aim free book to love anew free book widow larkspur inn free book swept away free book chasing the sun free book cast of stones free book Ruby free book dangerous passage free book deadly devotion free book tapestry of hope free book wild grows heather free book the thorn free book place called bliss free book the dance free book potluck club free book deeply devoted free book when smoke clears free book light of my heart free book when love calls free book undeniably yours free book biltmore christmas

More resources for Free & Cheap Books:

14Dec

War Room Movie {With Giveaway!!}

War Room

I’m so excited to share this with you all! I actually didn’t see War Room at the theater. Of course, that’s not exactly shocking. We almost never see movies in the theater–the last thing I saw in the theater was a kid movie a year and a half ago for my youngest son’s birthday.

But, I heard from many, many friends that it was an AMAZING movie, so I was excited to see it, and was thrilled to get the opportunity to preview it before it releases.

The movie comes out on December 22, just in time for Christmas! Pre-order it from Amazon with Prime 2-day shipping to get yours on December 22.

And, they were right–it is an amazing movie.

It comes from the creators of Fireproof and Courageous (and a couple of other ones less well known). I have enjoyed all their movies so far, so I was looking forward to this one. I really love that these are faith-based movies that are shown on the mainstream screen. I particularly love that this one is about the power of prayer. So often we discount the power of prayer, and we put it on the back burner. Prayer is so very important and I appreciated that this movie showed that.

You’ll see familiar faces like Alex Kendrick, Priscilla Shirer, and even Beth Moore!

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I think I’m getting a bit ahead of myself though. Here is some basic information about this movie in case you haven’t heard about it:

War Room is a compelling drama with humor and heart that explores the power that prayer can have on marriages, parenting, careers, friendships, and every other area of our lives. Tony and Elizabeth Jordan have it all – great jobs, a beautiful daughter, and their dream house. But appearances can be deceiving. Tony and Elizabeth Jordan’s world is actually crumbling under the strain of a failing marriage. While Tony basks in his professional success and flirts with temptation, Elizabeth resigns herself to increasing bitterness. But their lives take an unexpected turn when Elizabeth meets her newest client, Miss Clara, and is challenged to establish a “war room” and a battle plan of prayer for her family. As Elizabeth tries to fight for her family, Tony’s hidden struggles come to light. Tony must decide if he will make amends to his family and prove Miss Clara’s wisdom that victories don’t come by accident.

Watch the preview:

And, click here to see what others are saying about the movie.

Related Resources

To go along with the movie, they have released some great resources to help you take it deeper.

Giveaway!!!

Of course, I’m not just bragging about how great this movie is, I get to share a copy of the War Room DVD with one of you! All you have to do is leave me a comment letting me know why you’d like to win :) Easy peasy. [if you’re reading this via email, click here to comment/enter]

PS–the giveaway copy will not be shipped until after Christmas, so if you’d like yours in time for Christmas, be sure to pre-order it here. If you buy it then win, the extra copy would make a great gift.

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC 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 Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, 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.”

 

 

 

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