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Book:  The Peacemaker

Author: Elisabeth Bennett

Genre: Christian living

Release Date: September 15, 2020

The Enneagram is an ancient personality typology using nine points within a circle to represent nine distinct personality types. This sixty-day devotional is for the Peacemaker, number 9 of the Enneagram personality types. This devotional will help Peacemakers, and those who love them, to better understand how God created them and how best to use their unique gifts to serve Him and love others. It features a full explanation of what the Enneagram is and how it benefits people, followed by a full description of what it means to be a 9, including their deadly sin, sloth, and their greatest strength, their gut feelings. Also covered are motivations, fears, childhood wounds, the lost message they long to hear, their deadly sin, and defense mechanisms, as well as common subtypes, wings, and where they are in the head/heart/gut triad. The sixty days are split into six 10-day topics that include uniqueness, weakness, strength, pain points, and how Peacemakers react in times of stress and growth.

 

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

Elisabeth Bennett first discovered the Enneagram in the summer of 2017 and immediately realized how life-changing this tool could be. Elisabeth started her own Enneagram Instagram account (@Enneagram.Life), which has grown to more than 65,000 followers. Since becoming a certified Enneagram coach, Elisabeth has conducted more than one hundred one-on-one coaching sessions, focused on helping her clients find their type and apply the Enneagram to their lives for personal and spiritual growth. She lives in the beautiful PNW with her husband and two children.

 

Endorsement for The Peacemaker

“Elisabeth has written a delightful devotional full of important information for those who want to grow in their own self-awareness and relationship with Christ. I highly recommend reading this book so you can experience transformation on a much deeper level that will bring about the change you desire in life.” —Beth McCord, YourEnneagramCoach.com, author of 10 Enneagram books

“I have been craving a devotional that would not only strengthen my relationship with Christ, but also authentically ‘get me’ as an Enneagram four. This simply knocks that out of the water. I find that, as a four, it’s hard to conform and give in to a generic devotional, and this is anything but that. Beautifully constructed for my four heart.” —Audrey Bailey, artist, mental heatlh advocate, creator of Brush and Barley digital brand (@BrushandBarley)

 

My Review of The Peacemaker:

This was such an interesting book. I originally got it because #9 is my second Enneagram number but mainly because one of our children is a solid 9, and I wanted to connect with this child more. It was eye opening, informative, and wonderful in how it explained to me a little more of this child’s thinking process (possibly). No one is a straight Enneagram but I think there is wisdom to be learned in looking at how people react in situations and how to help move past the troublesome aspects and into more healthy relating.

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit but was not under any obligation to write a review. All opinions are strictly mine.

Thanks for stopping and connecting here at Spoken from the Heart: If you want to subscribe to my email to receive the latest updated information or to just be encouraged, sign up here: www.cheriswalwell.com

As my way of saying thanks, you will receive a free eBook – Spoken from the Heart: Choosing Grace

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Don’t forget to check out the other blog spots listed below for your convenience.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, September 16

Mary Hake, September 16

Sara Jane Jacobs, September 17

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, September 18

A Reader’s Brain, September 19

Texas Book-aholic, September 20

deb’s Book Review, September 20

Inklings and notions, September 21

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, September 22

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 23

Sodbusterliving, September 24

For Him and My Family, September 25

Artistic Nobody, September 26 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 27

Ashley’s Bookshelf, September 28

CarpeDiem, September 28

Spoken from the Heart, September 29

 

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Elisabeth is giving away the grand prize package of a $20 Starbucks gift card and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/100e5/the-peacemaker-celebration-tour-giveaway

As with many others in the world, COVID hasn’t been the sole focus of our family. In the midst of dealing with that uncertainty, we have also had other issues vying for our attention: loss of electricity for four days, loss of the internet for two weeks (which wouldn’t be a big deal except I work from home), multiple health issues with multiple family members, and the biggest one – septic issues.

After the initial shock wore off from “what’s going to break next?” I started shifting my focus and looking for God’s good in the midst of the inconveniences. And when I looked up and started to take notice, I saw how much good really did come from seemingly bad situations.

What about you? I want to encourage you to look up from the inconveniences, or maybe truly awful situations you’re dealing with, and look to see God in them. He is ALWAYS there … ALWAYS.

If it’s been a while since you’ve had a conversation with God, it’s never too late to start. Begin by inviting Him into whatever you’re facing today, this week, this month, this year and asking Him to show you the good He can (and will) bring into your life.

© Cheri Swalwell 2020

Happy Friday!

How would you like to read some FREE books from some GREAT authors?

Head over to this link and check out which ones you’d like to download.

Then reply and let me know which one you’re going to read first!

 

Happy READING!

About the Book

Book:  Wise Parenting: Creating the Joy of Family

Author: Drs. Gil and Dana Stieglitz

Genre:  Christian Living

Release Date: August 15, 2020

Let’s face it—parenting is hard!

In fact, many parents agree it’s the hardest job they’ve ever had to do. Did you know there are specific reasons why some families do well and others come unglued? Wise Parenting: Creating the Joy of Family offers parents in all stages of parenthood the six essential ingredients that successful and joy-filled families all seem to have. This is more than just another parenting book—this is a book of hope, as well as a practical guide for success in some of the most difficult parenting areas.

For over three decades, Dr. Gil Stieglitz has worked with countless parents and teens involving family issues. He began to see a pattern emerge between families who “did it right” and the absence of that pattern in families who came apart. He, along with his wife, Dana Stieglitz, put this pattern into practice while raising their three daughters. Today, they share an uncommon depth of relationship and joy with each of them. Now they are passing this pattern on to you, so you can create a truly enjoyable family.

Click here to get your copy!

 

 

About the Authors

 

Dana Stieglitz has a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Samuel Merritt University. She works as Nurse Practitioner in a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation practice located in Sacramento, CA. Together, they have raised three beautiful young women who exemplify the Six R’s in their own unique ways. For more information and to check out their other books, visit www.ptlb.com or Amazon.com.

 

More from Dana and Gil

I can remember thirty years ago, when my wife and I had our first child, we picked up a mentor couple who was there to guide us through the first few years of the parenting process. Their guidance and support made all the difference in our parenting, helping us to be more confident in loving, directing, and guiding our baby daughter.

As our other two girls were born, we went to more parenting workshops and gathered more mentor couples. We also read, studied, and devoured all that the Scriptures had to say about the parenting process, especially the book of Proverbs. Another time, when my sister thought I was being too strict with the girls, she recommended a wonderful book that was helpful to us. All the different advice these mentors gave us and the various resources they offered were invaluable. We would have been lost without their help, not knowing what to do in so many situations. It really does take a village to raise kids wisely.

I am confident that God will guide every parent if they are looking for His wisdom. I am hopeful that my collection of all the wisdom we received over the years, and the scriptural underpinnings, will help you in the stretching, delightful, marathon-process of parenting your children. We truly did have a great time. Our kids were not easy but they were wonderful. And just so you know, we actually did have a staff meeting every week to talk through the six key R’s to try and stay ahead of our kids. I hope that this book acts like a gentle encourager on your parenting journey.

 

My Review of Wise Parenting:

This book is one that I will keep and reread for many years to come, and get copies for each of my grown children as they get married and have children of their own. This book is wonderful for new parents, but also for parents of any age children. Our children – One is grown and learning how to do life as an adult, another is getting ready to fly out of the nest and the other is still rooted at this address for quite a few more years and yet, while our kids aren’t little, I still learned valuable lessons from this book that I plan to implement. I am someone who wants to stay teachable my whole life, so learning ways to tweak my relationship with my kids for the better is something I will always strive to do.

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit but was not under any obligation to write a review. All opinions are strictly mine.

Thanks for stopping and connecting here at Spoken from the Heart: If you want to subscribe to my email to receive the latest updated information or to just be encouraged, sign up here: www.cheriswalwell.com

As my way of saying thanks, you will receive a free eBook – Spoken from the Heart: Choosing Grace

Just sign up at: www.cheriswalwell.com

Don’t forget to check out the other blog spots listed below for your convenience.

 

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 12

Jodie Wolfe – Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, September 13 (Author Interview)

deb’s Book Review, September 13

Texas Book-aholic, September 14

Inklings and notions, September 15

Stories By Gina, September 16 (Author Interview)

For Him and My Family, September 17

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 18

Artistic Nobody, September 19 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Ashley’s Bookshelf, September 20

Adventures of a Travelers Wife, September 21 (Author Interview)

Mary Hake, September 21

Sara Jane Jacobs, September 22

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, September 23

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, September 24

Spoken from the Heart, September 25

Giveaway

To celebrate their tour, Dana and Gil are giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a set of parenting books!! (including W!se Parenting)

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/10099/w-se-parenting-celebration-tour-giveaway

I was reading a post a few months back and the truth of this phrase stood out to me. One thing we have been promised in this world is trouble. John 16 assures us of that truth. But it doesn’t end there. We are encouraged to “take heart, because God has overcome the world.”

For me, when I have that mindset, the proper mindset of knowing trouble will come, it doesn’t take me by surprise and I have greater success responding to it in a way that honors God. Then, if I take it a step further, and ask God what He wants me to learn from the situation, I’m better prepared for the next time.

What about you? How do you handle life when trouble comes? Are you brave enough to ask God what He wants you to learn from the situation? It takes bravery for me to ask that question … but it’s always worth it!

 

© Cheri Swalwell 2020

 

For Christmas last year, my prayer partner gave my family and me a prayer jar. We started the new year putting prayer requests in there, and I took it a step further and started thanking God ahead of time for the answers I knew we would see.

In March, I put the prayer requests aside and decided I wanted to turn that jar into a blessings jar instead … I was determined that throughout the chaos we found ourselves in, which I believed would be short-lived, our family would focus on the blessings instead of focusing on all the things that were being taken away.

That doesn’t mean I didn’t acknowledge the things our children had to give up, or the things my husband and I were forced to let go. But instead of staying stuck in that mindset, it was important to me to focus on the blessings we were receiving, and they were many. This Christmas season, I want us to pull out the blessings jar and read through all the blessings God has given us, big and small, in 2020 as a reminder of how good He is and how He can turn messy situations into masterpieces, if we simply pay attention.

What’s one situation in your life that God has turned into a blessing?

 

© Cheri Swalwell 2020

I wrote this post back in August, when plans for the new school year were being decided. You’re reading this post after the new school year has begun and we’re living out those plans.

2020, more than any other year I think, has showed the above statement to be true. And I venture to say it’s true of you too. Every experience we face teaches us what we did right and what we need to tweak for next time.

If I were to ask you, “what life experience has prepared you for what you’re facing today, how would you answer?

For me, the answer would be trust. In October 2006, I asked God to help me learn how to trust Him. His answer to that heartfelt prayer? Fourteen years of situations where I had to trust Him…slowly, patiently, with many mistakes, but never giving up.

I started 2020 with a bigger trust muscle than I realized, and it was put to the test in mid-March when life as we knew it changed. Through the ups and downs, changing guidelines (sometimes weekly), sometimes moments of hopelessness or “when will we go back to normal?” or “will we ever go back to normal?” or “do I even want to go back to normal?” I realized I was on a new level of trust with my Heavenly Father. And it felt good.

 

Going into the unknowns of the last quarter of 2020, while I’m sure I’ll still have my moments of discouragement, I always come back to the truth that I serve a God I have learned how to trust … not to make life look the way I want, but One that wants the best not just for me, but for all of His children.

What’s one life experience you have had that has trained you for what you’re facing now?

 

© Cheri Swalwell 2020

2020 has been quite the year, hasn’t it? While my family has not had COVID, we have been sicker with out of the ordinary illnesses (noncontagious ones) than we have for the past five years. As a result, we haven’t been doing as much and have been resting more.

Even in the midst of resting, I find myself asking, “What part do You want me to play, Lord in all of this?” My biggest job has been to pray. God gave me a specific prayer in March and I have faithfully been praying it, and will continue to pray it over our nation and this situation, until God answers. I have shared that prayer with several people, as God leads, and they are praying along in agreement with me.

Taking care of my family. That is another job God has given me during this season. Spending time with them, taking care of them, and being there when they need me.

Putting my seat in my seat. God told me at the end of 2019 that I was entering into a season of heavy writing. And I have tried to be faithful to obey that calling and write. I finished a nonfiction book in March/April that has been shipped off for consideration with a traditional publishing company. I have edited three fiction books, and I am almost halfway through Book 4 of the six-book series. Then I will start another 3-book series for fiction when I finish the first series.

 

Those are some of the assignments God has given me this year. What part is He asking You to play as 2020 comes to a close?

 

© Cheri Swalwell 2020

About the Book

Book:  Second Chance At Love: Navigating the Path to Remarriage

Author: Shirley Quiring Mozena

Genre: Nonfiction

Release Date: July 16, 2020

Whether your marriage was blissful or challenging, lengthy or short, it didn’t end the way you imagined. Regardless of how you found yourself without a life partner, you may be at a point where you’d like to experience the love of a spouse again. Authors Shirley and Jim Mozena experienced devastating losses and then struggles in their relationships before finding renewed love with each other, and in Second Chance at Love they offer their insights to these difficult questions:

  • Are you really ready?
  • Is now the time?
  • How do you know if you’ve found the right one?
  • Is the potential pain of losing another spouse worth it?

The authors approach their answers with practical reality and their own vulnerability. They share the experiences of their first marriages, their second marriages, their journeys through what seemed like devastating losses, and the gifts of finding love and another chance to share their lives with a spouse after death and divorce.

In addition to the down-to-earth guidance on the situations you face when considering marrying again, Shirley and Jim have created valuable questionnaires to identify issues and facilitate discussions with potential mates. The information contained in this book will give you confidence and peace as you navigate these hopeful waters.

 

Click here to get your copy of the book!

About the Authors

Shirley Quiring Mozena is a speaker for Stonecroft Ministries and publishes a weekly blog on encouragement and hope. She and her husband, Jim, facilitate GriefShare, where they work with those grieving the loss of a loved one in death. Shirley has also written Second Chances at Life and Love, with Hope and Beyond Second Chances: Heartbreak to Joy.

James (Jim) P. Mozena was owner and president of Mozena Consulting Group (MCG Inc.) for thirty years. He has taught university business classes and authored four books on improving organizational performance.

More from Shirley and Jim

Did you know remarriage is on the rise for Americans aged 55 years or older—widowed or divorced? Author Shirley Quiring Mozena, with her husband Jim, know the demands of remarriage, blending families from divorce and being widowed. They came from long and enduring marriages and found marriage to be fulfilling. They discovered that in spite of their love for each other, there were challenges before their wedding took place.

 

Together they wrote Second Chance at Love. Join them as they share their joys, sorrows, and even misfires in pursuing a marriage partner. This book will show you through their own experiences through divorce and widowhood what’s important in what a couple might face in second or third marriages.

 

Author Interview for A Second Chance at Love:

 

What role does God play in your writing career? Before I begin to write, I ask God to give me the words to convey my thoughts to those who would read them. Each Friday I write a blog. First I read a devotional, and Scripture where I ask God to reveal who I should write to and what to say.

 

What is the hardest aspect of writing? Doing it! Once I get words on the computer, I’m fine. But it’s a discipline just like eating the right foods, exercising, and practicing an instrument. I play the violin, but pick your discipline. It’s all the same—you have to set yourself up to write, practice, eat right, whatever.

 

How does your family support your writing career? My husband Jim is very supportive. He listens to my first writes, encourages me to keep on doing it. I am extremely blessed with his encouragement.

 

What projects are you working on currently? I’ve been compiling more than three years of my blogs and hope to write a one-year devotional. Also busy writing weekly blogs, and submitting articles to magazines and newspapers.

 

What’s your favorite time of day?  The morning. It’s my time to read Scripture and talk to God. Then my husband and I walk three miles most days. I enjoy seeing the changes of each season on our walks. Before we leave our house, I take a stroll around my yard (spring and summer mostly) and check what’s growing or blooming.

 

Thanks for stopping and connecting here at Spoken from the Heart: If you want to subscribe to my email to receive the latest updated information or to just be encouraged,

sign up here: www.cheriswalwell.com

As my way of saying thanks, you will receive a free eBook – Spoken from the Heart: Choosing Grace

Just sign up at: www.cheriswalwell.com

Don’t forget to check out the other blog spots listed below for your convenience.

Blog Stops

Artistic Nobody, September 7 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 8

Splashes of Joy, September 9 (Author Interview)

Texas Book-aholic, September 10

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 11

Spoken from the Heart, September 12 (Author Interview)

deb’s Book Review, September 12

Inklings and notions, September 13

For Him and My Family, September 14

Beauty in the Binding, September 15 (Author Interview)

Ashley’s Bookshelf, September 16

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, September 17

Adventures of a Travelers Wife, September 18 (Author Interview)

Sara Jane Jacobs, September 19

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, September 20

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Shirley is giving away the grand prize of a signed copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/10092/second-chance-at-love-celebration-tour-giveaway