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Thank God for Boll Weevils is set in southern Alabama- Enterprise and Troy to be exact. Because I live near both places, many of the family names and locations are very familiar with me.

I remember studying Alabama history in 4th grade – the story of the boll weevils and the monument was told then, but it seemed very dry to me… this story has given life and color to the story, making it personal to me. Seeing how historical figures lived, and seeing how their actions affected our area makes it real to me.

It’s a great story and has characters that are well thought out and developed. The story brings you in immediately and you know these people who are going through the struggles before them.

You can find the book on Amazon – check it out!

Author: Beth R - Categories: books and movies,the writers life,writing

Gifting Books


In case you don’t know it by now, I absolutely love books- I am continuously finding books that I want to read, especially if I find a bargain bin somewhere.

So when my friend Judy gave me Fervent,  a book on prayer, I was so grateful. I’d had a rough week, and was beginning to think that the things I’m doing aren’t making a difference to anybody.

And then at our Bible study lunch, she gave me this lovely, strong book. Which was awesome.

Since we were studying I didn’t really get a chance to look at it until I got home, and then I found the real gift. Because Judy had inscribed it to me- she told me how much she appreciates the things I do for our study group, and that she loves me…

Isn’t that a great gift?

Inscribing a book is as wonderful a thing as a hand-written note. Try it- you’ll be surprised at how well it’s received!

Author: Beth R - Categories: faith and values,family and friends

I had a friend comment on my newest Facebook profile picture (me in my motorcycle helmet, ready to ride), that she wished she’d learned to ride years ago. She seemed to think it was too late for her to learn- I hope my response assured her otherwise. Because until you can’t physically sit up on a bike, you can learn.  You might need a trike to do it, but you can do it.

It’s the same with any new thing you’re interested in… I have an 81 year young friend who has decided to learn how to use Photoshop to edit her pictures, add scriptures to them and print and mail to folks to encourage them. She’s made up her mind…. and that’s what it takes.

And if the good Lord has given you a story to tell… well I guess you best be about telling it. Write it down, record it on a tape recorder, share it on Facebook- tell it however you can. Someone else needs to hear it.

And if you decide it needs to be in book form- well, you can talk to me and we’ll see if we can’t figure out a way to make that happen, too.

Walking in Red Boots is for anyone who is struggling with addictions. Whether drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, pornography, gambling or anything else that will try to destroy your life because you can’t turn loose of it.

Amanda has come through the valley of the shadow, with the help of the Holy Spirit; this book shares a bit of her journey, but the best part of the book is that she shares how you too can put the addiction off of you, once and for all.

It’s currently available through Amazon at the link above, as well as other online bookstores in paperback, and will be available as an ebook in the next few days.

For all the Thaddeus Taite fans out there, the second in the series is now available on Smashwords at this link. (All versions of e-reader books are available.)

David Tadlock has created two very unique individuals in Rev. Thaddeus Taite, and his sidekick, Rev Adam Teppo.  They tend to get into as much trouble as they can get out of,  so there’s always an interesting turn of events in their stories. In Brotherly Love, they run into a young man running from the law – and his sister is the only who believes in him.

Check out this second book in the series- and if you haven’t read the first one, check Mistaken Identity out as well.


Author: Beth R - Categories: books and movies,writing

Debbie and Me is one of the sweetest little books you could get anyone you consider a friend.

It tells the fictionalized account of the friendship between the two authors. It might seem like an unusual friendship but after you read it, you’ll see they have much more in common than they do differences- and aren’t we suppose to celebrate the differences anyway?

The book can be purchased on Amazon at this link; you can also purchased signed copies locally by contacting either of the authors on Facebook.

Author: Beth R - Categories: books and movies,family and friends,writing

Memorial Day


As today winds down, I hope you’ve made time to pray for the families of our fallen military heroes – their family member made the ultimate sacrifice, and those left behind have to deal with it the rest of their lives.

Thank you to those who sent their loved ones into harm’s way for our freedom.

Author: Beth R - Categories: faith and values

You know, God has a plan for each of us. He knows the talents and desires He’s placed in you, and He wants you to live the best life you can.

So get out there today, and walk in the life your Creator has set for you. As I tell my younger daughter, Be the Boss!

Author: Beth R - Categories: Living an intentional life

One of my favorite ways to learn new things is by watching YouTube videos. I have several channels that I subscribe to, including Bar None Cowboy Church, Missouri Star Quilt Company, and Dennis Kirk. YouTube is a great way to learn a new skill, like quilting, check on the latest motorcycle accessories or get to hear a sermon that reveals something new about Jesus to me, or about myself and what I need to work on in my spiritual life.

YouTube is free, and if you’ve already using Gmail for your email, then you already have a YouTube account. You just need to make some videos and upload them to your channel. It sounds simple and it really is.

But if you’re going to use YouTube to market yourself, your business or your ministry, there are a few things  you need to consider.

First, the name of your channel should be self-explanatory. Then you’ll need to have some nice channel art to ‘decorate’ the top of the home page for the channel. YouTube actually has a template for you to download so you have all sizes covered- anything from displaying your channel on a phone screen, all the way up to big screen TVs. Take the extra time to create a nice cover image for the channel art to catch the attention of potential viewers.

And if you really want to look good, your videos can have a title screen so viewers know what they’re going to watch.

It’s a little bit of work, but if you can have videos marketing what you do- whether it’s teaching how to cook spaghetti, or how to use the newest computer software – make it count. Remember, first impressions are important!

Author: Beth R - Categories: marketing

Life is Messy


Life is messy- the way we come in is messy, and most of the times the way we leave is messy too. It’s just a part of life. And too many times people want to sanitize it, to clean it up, to glamorize it.

But the “messy” is what makes it real.

I’ve been present when a woman is laboring to bring that new life into the world- it’s tough to watch, especially when it’s a person you love – you want to be able to take that pain away, but you know you can’t;  but through it all,  you know that sweet little baby will be here soon, so you stay.

And I’ve been in hospital rooms where friends or family members were about the business of stepping from mortality into immortality. It’s hard work- even when your brain and your spirit are ready to make those last steps, your lungs want to keep breathing, your heart wants to keep beating.  The machines beep and flash, nurses and doctors come in and out, checking things, and the loved ones sit around waiting with the person, and it’s hard to sit there. You want to stay, but a part of you also wants to leave. That’s a natural response to what’s going on.

All the times between birth and death – those are messy times too. Making it through school, getting married, having kids and doing your best to raise them right, working hard to make a living for your family, working hard at having a happy life- all those things can be messy, chaotic, exasperating, trying and just tiring…

But hang in there, because as messy as it is, what a reward!

Author: Beth R - Categories: Living an intentional life
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