16 October 2017

Press Release: North Texas Minister Publishes Coloring Book for Grieving Children

North Texas Minister Publishes Coloring Book for Grieving Children

Rev. Penny Stemley presents gentle approach to understanding, overcoming traumatic life events


FORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 18, 2017) – A North Texas-based Christian minister has created and published an inspirational coloring book for children that can help them to understand and overcome grief and loss. In “Butterfly Wings,” author Rev. Penny Stemley provides parents and professionals who work with kids with a gentle method for teaching young people about emotionally challenging concepts, such as death and traumatic life events.

Stemley published her book after being inspired by a young girl in her church congregation who was grieving the loss of a close family member. Based on a dream Stemley had several years prior, the book chronicles a queen’s doubt and despair after the death of her king and her ultimate healing through the power of faith and love.

“In our world, there is much destruction and devastation,” Stemley said. “As adults, it’s difficult enough to deal with grief and loss. But how do we even begin to explain the subsequent emotions to a child? My prayer is that this book will offer a sense of hope and joy to anyone who reads it and that, even in the midst of sorrow, it will bring children to a place of peace and comfort.”

With simple illustrations and easy-to-understand messaging, “Butterfly Wings” reaches out to all young people experiencing heartbreak or going through a traumatic life experience. The book presents readers with a creative and compassionate approach to processing hardships and progressively moving forward to a place of peace.

“Butterfly Wings”
By Rev. Penny Stemley
ISBN: 978-1-5127-7317-0 (paperback); 978-1-5127-7318-7 (electronic)

About the author
Rev. Penny Stemley is an ordained deacon of the United Methodist church and holds a Master of Arts in Christian Service degree from Brite Divinity School. Stemley is the founder of the Tarrant County Restorative Justice Center, a faith-based prison reentry service provider, the 2009 recipient of Christian Women United’s Shalom Award and the 2005 recipient of the George W. Bush Point of Light Award. She currently resides in Fort Worth, Texas. To learn more, please visit www.revpenny.com.

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Press Release: God and Donald Trump by Stephen E. Strang



With New Optimism, Christians Are Waking Up

Stephen E. Strang Says in New Book, ‘God and Donald Trump,’ That Christians Voted for Trump to Slow Down America’s Downward Spiral

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ORLANDO, Fla.—Over the past several months, Christian voters have had much to celebrate. From strides in religious liberties protections to bills defending the unborn, some of President Donald Trump’s promised agenda is being realized. And the optimism of those who put him in office is palpable.

Award-winning journalist and author Stephen E. Strang says that feeling is reminiscent of election night in November 2016, when Christians sensed the nation had turned a corner—given a window of opportunity and a reprieve from God with Trump’s election.

In Strang’s new book, “God and Donald Trump,” set for release on Nov. 7, nearly one year to the day after the historic election, the author recounts some of those election night scenes and Christians’ hope for the future. God and Donald Trump also reveals the strategies, behind-the-scenes activity and profound voices that helped shape the dramatic events of the election and presidency thus far.

“I believe that Christians are waking up,” Strang said. “The evidence we’ve seen tells me that there is a new optimism and a new spirit rising all across the land. Many Christians believed they had to vote for Donald Trump or the downward spiral of the past eight years would continue. There is no doubt things would have gotten worse under Hillary Clinton’s administration. Even though our own culture and all of Western Civilization remains in a downward spiral, there is hope. Two years ago, I would have never suspected that God would raise up a brash billionaire from Queens, New York, to undertake the transformation of America, not only politically but also spiritually. I expected to vote for Ted Cruz in November, but when he left the race, I had to reconsider my options. Now, I have a better understanding of why that reorientation was necessary.

“Could it be that this intersection of God and Donald Trump, or the simultaneous shifts in the United States of America and the kingdom of God, are much more than a random anomaly of coincidental occurrences?” Strang continued. “Is it possible that Donald Trump was raised up suddenly out of the obscurity of the business and entertainment environment with what Frank Amedia called a ‘breaker anointing’ that was activated to make a way for our nation to return to God? Is it the Creator’s plan that the diverse factions of the Christian church be united in a way to take back our country for God?”

A website and video for “God and Donald Trump,” which contains a foreword from presidential hopeful and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, may be found at www.GodandDonaldTrump.com; view the video here. Visitors to the site can also download a free chapter and pre-order the book.

Strang is an award-winning journalist and successful businessman who began his career as a newspaper reporter at the Orlando Sentinel before founding a Christian publishing house and media company while interviewing and writing about nearly every Christian leader in the country over the past four decades.

God and Donald Trump is published by Frontline, an imprint of Charisma House, which has published books that challenge, encourage, teach and equip Christians, including 13 New York Times bestsellers.

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Press Release: ADF Center for Academic Freedom




WASHINGTON – College students facing attacks on their freedom of speech will now be able to access practical legal information online. With a mobile-friendly user interface, the Alliance Defending Freedom Center for Academic Freedom’s new website is designed to be the go-to resource for students with questions about their First Amendment freedoms. Explore this new resource at a Facebook Live event Monday at 1:30 p.m. EDT (10:30 a.m. PDT).

Full news release, quotes, and related media resources available at the following link:

http://www.adfmedia.org/News/PRDetail/10389


Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.




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13 October 2017

Friendly Fill-Ins

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Here are the fill-ins:

1. Keep calm and ___________________________________.
2. __________________________________ disappoints me.
3.                           is my _________________.
4. In retrospect,                                   .



Here are my responses:



Keep calm and read on!

There are many things that disappoint me.  One is the disrespect that is shown to the elderly and to our veterans.



Heavenly Father is my Rock and my Redeemer. In Him, I have everything I need.

Looking back, there are many things in my life that should/could have been handled differently. I am where I am now due to choices made then, either by me or by someone else. Our lives are full of choices. Make the best ones!


Have a blessed weekend, y’all!





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12 October 2017

Book Review: Keep Climbing: A Millennial’$ Guide to Financial Planning By David Rosell


Keep Climbing: A Millennial’$ Guide to Financial Planning
By David Rosell



We live in a very different financial world than our parents did. Millennials have different hopes and dreams for their lives than generations past did.


Keep Climbing: A Millennial'$ Guide to FInancial Planning by David Rosell addresses this different financial world in a way that would be appealing to many Millennials.

Face it, most books on personal finance are about as entertaining as watching paint dry.  Rosell uses stories from his past adventures to illustrate the lessons he teaches in Keep Climbing

This book is entertaining while at the same time being educating. We live in a world where most young people look at text and respond with “TLDR”.  They do this because saying “Too long, didn’t read” is just too time consuming for this instant gratification generation.

We give Keep Climbing all five stars.  We think that the target audience will find it very helpful to them as they plan their financial futures.

We were sent a complimentary copy of this book.  We are under no obligation to write any review, positive or negative.

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Book Review: Secrets of My Vegan Kitchen: A Journey into Reversing My Diabetes Without Medication By Nara Schuler


Secrets of My Vegan Kitchen: A Journey into Reversing My Diabetes Without Medication
By Nara Schuler

Our family has been dealing with diabetes, and the complications that come with the condition, for many years.  We have been researching different ways to fix the complications and the answers keep coming back the same - eat whole, raw foods.


Nara Schuler was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and refused to accept it as a way of life.  Instead, she found a diet that helped her become diabetes-free.  She tells us about it in the excellent book Secrets of My Vegan Kitchen: A Journey into Reversing My Diabetes Without Medication.

This book is very well-written and researched.  The author has been eating the diet for years and it works well for her.

We have read many books that tell of the wonderful health benefits of eating a proper natural diet.  We have seen it actually work in a member of our extended family. We give this book all five stars.

Secrets of My Vegan Kitchen not only reports on the good results of living on this whole food diet, it also contains many delicious recipes to try.


We were sent a complimentary copy of this book.  We are under no obligation to write any review, positive or negative.

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