The One Year Uncommon Life - Review and Free Giveaway

The One Year Uncommon Life Daily Challenge (Tony Dungy, 2011, ISBN: 9781414348285) has a great premise: a group of coaches in a bible group all reading the same thing so that each knows what the others are reading on any given day. It starts out on January 1, and ends with December 31. Tony Dungy, a Super Bowl-winning coach, put together a 365-day journal-style devotional that is surprisingly easy to read and follow.

Core Reading Themes Throughout the Year

The basic reading themes throughout the book deals with everyday things that are broad enough for anyone: Core; Family; Friends; Potential; Mission; Influence; and Faith. The year starts with the first one, Core, and repeats itself every seven days. By doing this, you can start with the book at anytime of the year.

Each entry of the journal, which is listed by day of the year, includes the Uncommon Key and a bible scripture. The Uncommon Key is something you can work on, or ways to take action on the scripture or devotion that was talked about that day. The daily journal-style entry gives topics or prompts to think about based on the daily scripture.

Great Introduction to the Bible

For those who haven't read the bible, or who might think reading a bible is only for conservative people who worship daily will be surprised that all the daily devotionals have everyday topics. The scriptures are easy to relate to and are easy to digest. For example, April 13's core theme is "Mission". The topic is Mouse-Sized Steps. The scripture of the day is: I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. - 2 Timothy 4:7. The thinking points in the journal are how to make those small steps in our lives to help others or ourselves (do we stand up for justice? for those who don't have a voice? how do we treat our families?). The Uncommon Key is: Fight the good fight today - put someone else's interests ahead of your own. This simple topic relates to any person, in any family, in any workforce.

Anyone interested in improving their lives through the bible but didn't know how, or were put off for whatever reason by faith and prayer in general, will find this book approachable and easy to read.

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Disclosure: This book was provided to the author by the publisher. Any opinions are the author's own.

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100 Pretty Little Projects by the Editors of Lark Crafts


Looking for ways to use up your fabric stash, or for small fun projects to try out all your new Christmas sewing swag? 100 Pretty Little Projects (Lark Crafts, 2011, ISBN 9781600595769) is a compilation sewing and craft book, and is also your ticket to accomplish just those tasks. Inside the book is 100 quick sewing projects to keep you busy with little things to create for the entire year, as gifts for others or ultimately for yourself.

Read the full review of 100 Pretty Little Projects on the Sew Now This blog. 

Dimensional Bead Embroidery: A Reference Guide to Techniques by Jamie Cloud Eakin


Dimensional bead embroidery craft combines craft embroidery and dimensional and layered components. The book by the same name, Dimensional Bead Embroidery (Jamie Cloud Eakin, Lark Crafts, 2011, ISBN 9781600597961) is a useful encyclopedic book showing all the stitches and techniques to create just about any beading project. Eakin's other works include Beading with Cabochons and Bugle Bead Bonanza, and her website Studio Jamie includes free printables from the author herself.

Read the full review on Sew Now This blog.

The Tipsy Vegan: 75 Boozy Recipes to Turn Every Bite into Happy Hour

Okay, what a way to start out the year: vegan recipes that "turn every bite into happy hour". The Tipsy Vegan (De Capo Press, 2011, ISBN 9780738215075) is small, square, and the perfect size to pack in a tote bag when shopping for the dinner party, as well as for keeping in the kitchen for everyday dinner inspiration. Fun read, with 75 different recipes using ingredients that are easy to find. Written by John Schlimm, who is the author of upcoming Grilling Vegan Style (2012), and The Ultimate Beer Lover's Cookbook (2008).
Read the full review on Sand and Succotash blog.