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Life is beautiful whether you're soaking in sunshine or caught in a thunderstorm. I take the beauty of life for granted too often. I have a supportive husband who I don't want to live life without, a beautiful son who is always reminding me of the simple things that really matter, and an independent daughter who is teaching me to throw schedules out the window and live in the moment. My day is made when free samples fill my mailbox. I love discovering a new product and sharing it with others. I hope you will enjoy reading my posts and will share your stories with me as well.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Miss Brenda and the Loveladies Book Review

Wow!  What an inspiring book!  I seriously could not put this book down.  Miss Brenda and the Loveladies is a true story of Brenda Spahn's journey from rags to riches to redemption.  Brenda Spahn saw hope for ex-con women.  She gave up her dreams to change their lives.

 Brenda did a fantastic job writing about her journey.  I became a part of her life through this book.  The LoveLadies became like sisters to me.  I laughed and cried with Brenda.  I rooted for Brenda and I hurt when her dreams were being threatened.  This book touched my heart.

One of my favorite chapters was chapter 12 where she breaks down The Lord's Prayer beautifully and simple for the Loveladies to understand.

Our Father in Heaven
"You are recognizing God as your Father"
Hallowed be Your name
"God, You're so awesome, You're so great."
Your Kingdom come
"This is the most important part.  You're praying for the Lord to use you as His kingdom on earth.  Make him Lord of your life, just like He is in Heaven."
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven
"This is what we want to happen.  We can make requests to God, but we have to trust in His will.  We have to trust that God knows what is best for us, even if it might not seem that way at times."
Give us this day our daily bread
"Many people think this is just about food, but it isn't.  You're asking for your needs to be met, whatever they are."
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors
"This is where it really gets important and really hard.  At times this seems impossible.  You're asking God to forgive your sins to the same degree as you forgive those who sin against you.  So if you don't forgive someone the whole way, you're asking God to forgive you only part of the way too.  You're asking to be forgiven to the same measure as you forgive others."
And do no lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one
"Help us to not sin."
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever
"You are the greatest.  I love you."

 Reading about Brenda's dedication to these women is inspiring.  It encourages me to get outside my comfortable life and help others.  It reminds me not to judge, we have no idea what people are going through.  It confirms that you can fight for your dreams.  

The LoveLady Center is the largest and most successful nonprofit transitional center for women in the country.  It services 450 women and children every day, providing substance abuse counseling, drug rehabilitation, meals, childcare, career counseling, job training, job placement, and continued education courses to women working to establish successful lives outside of prison walls.

You can learn more about The LoveLady Center by clicking here.

**Disclosure - I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a book review.  All opinions expressed here are my own.

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