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#Sponsored Book Spotlight: My Favorite Job Is You: Ashley Flynn

SYNOPSIS: An anthem for working mothers everywhere, My Favorite Job Is You takes you on a mother’s journey to find her balance between motherhood and a career. This light-hearted poem serves as encouragement to all mothers rocking their babies to sleep at night and waking up before the sun to do it all over again.
MT THOUGHTS: In a culture that’s overloaded with mom-shaming, it is refreshing and SO appreciated that Ashley Flynn has penned this book. The synopsis calls it an anthem & I believe that is exactly the right word to use. We, as moms, need to be building each other up and contributing to each other’s mothering not picking sides on whether or not one should work outside the home.
Whether you’re a seasoned, mommy veteran or a newbie, this book will speak to your mommy heart and uplift you. But, most of all, it adds an easy to comprehend, direct message to our children. No job is more important than they are. What a positive and necessary message! This book is perfect to read over and over again at bedtime with snuggles.
It’s beautifully written and wonderfully illustrated. I highly recommend supporting authors who are supporting ALL roles in the family as vital and respecting the hard-work of parents/guardians everywhere. It’s a 5 star book. Don’t pass this one up!
About the Author
Before embarking on her new career as a children’s book author, and launching Flynn Storytelling, Ashley worked in the high-stakes world of political fundraising. Balancing a career she was passionate about with motherhood led Ashley to the idea of her first book, My Favorite Job Is You. Ashley and her husband, Colby, have a daughter and are pregnant with baby #2. They live in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

*I received the aforementioned title in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine. Both the pick & the synopsis belong solely to the author/publisher.

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Bella’s Gift: Rick & Karen Santorum

_225_350_Book.1493.cover       As a lifelong Pennsylvania resident, Rick Santorum’s name is familiar to me. I remember his first win for the House & he stood out to me as a great candidate for families with his Pro-Life stance & obvious moral compass. After reading ‘Bella’s Gift’, I see my initial opinion of his character was right.

Whether or not you back the Santorums politically, all will agree that their family doesn’t just talk the talk. They live their faith. Beautifully honest, Bella’s life journey is told with integrity. While maintaining a family of eight children, the Santorums brave the ups & downs of parenting a special needs child. This darling, little angel was born with a condition known as Trisomy 18, or Edward’s Syndrome. Very few of the children born with this illness make it to age one. Doctors informed them that they needed to prepare for her impending death. They believed otherwise.

Fighting for Bella’s rights, they navigate the often complicated medical system. Relying on God to guide them in their parenting, Rick & Karen are not just role models for special needs parents: they’re role model for parents of every child. Beating the odds just seemed to come naturally for them.

Follow the dynamic story of a family overcoming the odds to celebrate their miracle girl. It is a must read for every parent of any faith. If you aren’t yet a parent, their story will give you a total new respect for those who are parents. I highly recommend reading it. You’ll be very glad you did! It’s absolutely a 5 star piece.



About the Authors

Rick Santorum, a native of Pennsylvania, was a candidate for the Republican nomination for president of the United States in 2012. He served in the House of Representatives from 1991 to 1995 and in the Senate from 1995 to 2007 and is the author of several books, including the 2005 New York Times bestseller It Takes a Family. Rick’s most important role and love in life is being a husband and father.

Karen Santorum is a former neonatal nurse and attorney. She is the author of Letters to Gabriel and Everyday Graces: A Child’s Book of Good Manners. Karen and her husband, Rick, are the parents of eight children. Her greatest role and love in life is being a full-time mother at home.

Elizabeth Santorum, graduated magna cum laude from the University of Dallas. During the 2012 Republican presidential primary, she spent a year campaigning on behalf of her father, Senator Rick Santorum. Appearing on CNN, Fox News, NBC, and many other news outlets at twenty years old, she became one of the campaign’s most requested surrogate speakers. Elizabeth has spent time doing mission work in Uganda, is currently a John Jay Fellow, and has always been a great big sister.




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Heaven is For Real- Movie Edition: Todd Burpo


‘Heaven is For Real’ was officially released several years ago. After taking the world by storm, it caught the attention of filmmakers. As a result, a movie will soon hit theaters starring Greg Kinnear as Todd Burpo. If you’ve yet to read this book, it is simply too beautiful to pass up.

Almost 4 year old Colton goes from a simple tummy ache to intensive pain in a matter of days. Bungled medical diagnosis results in him having to hospital hop until he’s finally properly treated. By then, he’s as near to death as one could be. At some point during his ordeal, Colton went to Heaven.

Over the course of months then years, Colton begins to open up to his parents about his experience. Astonishing details emerge; he details Jesus in the most beautiful, childlike way. He’s met his sister & grandfather who were both deceased before his birth. His description of the Holy Spirit is moving & will touch your heart deeply.

Todd Burpo, a pastor & Colton’s father, began testing Colton’s memories against Biblical truths. Colton passes with flying colors. I love that Todd includes the very Scriptures he used in these tests within the book. It’s a great way to combine the Word of God with this astonishing story.

Many books have been written about folks who’ve died & spent time in Heaven. Not to detract from those, but, to my knowledge, this is the first written about such a young child who did not officially die. I’ve no doubt that Colton’s experiences are real.

What separates this edition for the original publishing is that it includes interviews & photos. It’s great to hear how Colton is doing now & see pictures from the film set. I highly recommend that whether you’re an atheist, agnostic, or devout Christian, give this book a try. Parents who’ve lost babies through miscarriage, as Colton’s mom had, or stillbirth, will find immense comfort in Colton’s discoveries. This is more than simply a book: it’s a message for us all.

Highly recommended, it’s a 5 star piece. Both the original format & this edition are easily found through book retailers. The movie is due to open in April 2014.

I was blessed with an eBook in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.