Monday, July 18, 2016

GIVEAWAY, Birthday, and Book Review

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Wonder at the Window
A Meaningful Book to Grow Your Prayer Life 

Let me start by saying that Sharon Riddle is a friend of mine, that I have known for many years as a strong woman of integrity, through our former church and Christian school.  Today, July 18, is her birthday and so I thought a review of her book I recently finished would be a lovely birthday gift to her.  Happy birthday Sharon.

Long ago, at a tea party, Sharon shared with me and my sister her prayer journaling system.  She showed how she would write requests, and later highlight and mark God’s answers to those prayers.  If the requests were not highlighted she would keep praying.  I know I have been included in those journals, and am most grateful.  I have seen her walk the campus of our church/school praying over it and everyone inside.  She is a true prayer warrior.  When she and her husband, Ike, my beloved Pastor moved away to TX a number of years ago, it was a sad day indeed, but I knew it was God’s best for them.

I ordered this book as a birthday gift for a friend last year and was able to borrow it back; I absolutely loved it!

I immediately loved how big the font was, and the size of the book was fairly small so I don’t believe anyone would find it intimidating.  It’s packed with meaty scripture, as well as personal stories.

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These are the chapter titles:
Wonder of His Power
Wonder of His Plan
Wonder of His Promises
Wonder of His Preparation
Wonder of His Processes
Wonder of His Purposes
Wonder of His Priorities
Wonder of His Prophetic Word
Wonder of His Path

Pg.20 “When you need to hear the voice of God, the place to hear it is in His Word and His presence. If you are coming regularly to His feet and asking Him for wisdom and guidance, He WILL provide the necessary direction.

Sharon shares times of long waiting on the Lord that she has done.  She encourages you (me) to stay in prayer, and nurture your faith on a regular basis.  She also shares some of the blessings God has provided to her, her family and her friends, like after many years of praying for an atheist friend, he finally began walking with God. “Prayer is insisting upon Jesus’ victory and the retreat of the enemy on each particular spot and heart problem concerned. – S.D. Gordon Pg. 98
“All the powers of evil seek to hinder our prayer life because prayer, by nature, involves conflict with opposing forces.  May God give us grace to strive in prayer until we prevail.” – Andrew Murray Pg. 98

Ch. 11 was special for me, because the book was complete at Ch. 10, but God told Sharon to add this next chapter.  I recently finished reading the first five books of the bible (a first for me!), and so I could better appreciate the scripture references from Deuteronomy.

"Beware that you do not forget the LORD your God by not keeping His commandments and His ordinances and His statutes which I am commanding you today; otherwise, when you have eaten and are satisfied, and have built good houses and lived in them, and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and gold multiply, and all that you have multiplies, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God who brought you out from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. -Deu 8:11-14 NASB - - - Rather poignant words for these times we are living in today.

"In the wilderness He fed you manna which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do good for you in the end. - Deu 8:16 NASB
Sharon says, “We must experience a humbling season so we will learn to live by His Word.  The Lord uses the word ‘discipline’ in this passage. His discipline comes not because you have been bad, but so that you can experience good.  You are the child raised to know how to live better.” Pg. 102

I definitely recommend this book. (5 stars)
© 2015
I purchased this copy and am providing my own opinions for no compensation.
Read: July 2016

I also own her children’s book The King’s Silverware, and highly recommend it.

About the Author
Sharon (Newland) Riddle, her husband Ike and daughters Beth and Mary live in New Braunfels, TX.  She is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University and attended both Western Evangelical Seminary and Azusa Pacific University's Graduate School of Theology.  She teaches God's Word to women and children at Oakwood Baptist Church in New Braunfels, TX, writes lessons for the interactive white board and loves spending her days getting and passing out fresh manna.


Amazon Giveaway

I am offering a chance to win ONE copy of Sharon's book, to 1 lucky U.S. reader. {sorry, Amazon only allows for U.S.}
To enter, kindly follow my blog by any of the selections in the right column, and once you are linked to Amazon, you will be asked to follow the author's page as well (where you can watch a sweet video of her sharing about herself... I notice she has picked up a teeny Texas twang...hee!).  Also, please comment below that you entered & how your Amazon experience was... I'm super curious how this will go, as it is my first time both running a giveaway, and trying it through Amazon!

>>> THE FINE PRINT: "Enter for a chance to win" / "NO PURCHASE OF THE BOOK IS NECESSARY, Blue Jeans And Teacups blog has paid for all prizes, sales tax, and shipping. Entry requires an account. Amazon will ship prizes to winners. Winners' names may be made public. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Every eligible entry has 1 in 2,000 chance to win, up to 1 winners. This giveaway started July 18, 2016 2:48 PM PDT and ends the earlier of July 25, 2016 11:59 PM PDT OR WHEN all prizes have been awarded. See Official Rules. " The official rules for Amazon Giveaway can be found at Giveaways are only open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. or D.C., 18 or older.

Purchasing Information:
Autographed copies may be purchased at: Sharon's Shop Link
along with her other books, and her handcrafted quilts.
Additionally, you may order from Amazon by clicking here
This book is currently $0.00 if you have Kindle Unlimited.

Be blessed & be a blessing.
Hugs and a cup of tea, 

Ps: kind of excited because I bought this prize through Amazon Smile, so a donation will go to Samaritan's Purse / Operation Christmas Child - Bam! Double blessing :)

1 comment:

  1. I have never entered an Amazon giveaway before lol! I'm on my phone, and clicking on the follow button didn't do anything. But clicking on the gift box was fun! I had no idea what to expect.