Daughter of the Regiment

When you think of the Civil War, what role do women play in the picture?

Are they at home waiting for their beloved husbands, sons, and fathers to return from battle, or is their something else they might be doing?

History lover and novelist Stephanie Grace Whitson has taken research from her studies into the Civil War, along with some creative liberties, to create an interesting plot. Rather than focusing on the perspective of a man in the conflict between North versus South, she creates a strong character named Maggie Malone, a woman who does yearn for those she loves to return safely from battle, yet, also manages to do something fiercely independent in the meantime.

For those who love historical fiction, this book strikes the right note. It has details from a time gone by that readers can learn from, yet it also entertains. For Civil War enthusiasts, this will also be a unique chance to pick out what actually happened in America’s history and what exists in Whitson’s book as effective, entertaining, storytelling.

FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, the Hachette Book Group, in exchange for my honest review.


90 Days with the God Who Speaks

Are you looking for a devotional for some quiet time with God? 90 Days with the God Who Speaks is a new book by the B&H Editorial Staff. (This book is not to be confused with another with almost the exact same title, from the same publisher.)

FTC Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

A devotional that helps one person may not help another. Some of the daily devotionals in this book had Scripture; others did not. I wondered why this wasn’t consistent. Sometimes the Scripture example was placed at the beginning of the day’s reading and other times it was placed at the end of the day; I wondered about that also. Some of the devotionals seemed fit for a Christian well-versed in fancy theological words while others zoom in on how wrong an atheist point of view is. The book could have shined more with better direction and perhaps a little more editing.

90 Days with the God Who Speaks has a beautiful green, nature-inspired front cover. This book contains short devotionals, which are ideal for people who are feeling pressed for time. The busy person in your life may enjoy this book as a gift. I liked the idea behind some of the devotions in the beginning of the book. Ideas like: how does God speak to the world? How does he communicate? It’s an interesting thought. God’s communication methods is a great idea for a book, and that sticks to the premise of the title, 90 Days with the God Who Speaks.


A Holy Pursuit Book Review

Should Christians follow their dreams? Is it ok to follow your heart? When it comes to following their dreams, Dianne Jago believes that Christians are often given poor advice. Her new book A Holy Pursuit aims to give Christians an alternative. Jago says that Christians are all too often told to follow their hearts for the sake of their dreams – which can result in going too far to get what they want – but the alternative they’re given is to just give up on dreaming, being told that having dreams is ungodly. Jago says both of these views have problems and that it’s ok to dream! If you’ve been told by Christians around you that you need to just give up on all your dreams, Jago would probably tell you that’s not quite right… but if you’ve been doing “whatever it takes” to achieve your dream, she’d probably ask you if you’ve been checking with God to see if you have your priorities straight.

Thank you, B&H Publishers/Lifeway! I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

The opening pages of A Holy Pursuit start strong and gave me high expectations. This book was less about dreaming, discernment, making decisions, or figuring our your life’s path than I hoped or thought it would be. Pieces from Jago’s life path lead up to explain that she landed in a spot as founder and chief of a ministry magazine. (Not a spoiler, this is on the back cover.) But it gets confusing when she tries to explain how God was shaping her dreams. She had an interest in photography (a desire, which is a good sign), and an opportunity with a contact in the industry (an open door, which is a good sign), but then she says that she knew God didn’t want her in photography anymore. No explanation, she just knew. This anecdote was confusing, and most of this book didn’t add to my understanding on the topic of dreaming in a God-inspired way. The strength of A Holy Pursuit is in the sections on how to live a Godly life, which could have been written under a completely separate title. These sections had solid Scripture that benefit any Christian, and are not specific to the concept of dreaming.


A Very BIG Problem

A Very BIG Problem
Amy-Jill Levine & Sandy Eisenberg Sasso
Illustrated by Annie Bowler

What part of God’s creation is best? The land, the rain, the plants, the sun? God’s beautiful creation is on display, but in A Very BIG Problem, there’s an argument. What does God love most? The theme repeats as each element of creation argues “God should love us most”.

Thank you, Flyaway Books! FTC Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

The illustrations and the text paired well together in this book. I loved how this story conveys a moral message for both adults and kids alike. I could also see this book possibly being used in the Orff method of music education, because there’s a lot of potential in the story for acting out movement or making sound.


Gladys Aylward The Adventure of a Lifetime

Christian Heroes: Then & Now Gladys Aylward The Adventure of a Lifetime by Janet & Geoff Benge

Gladys Aylward aspired to be a missionary to the people of China. As a young woman, she enrolled in missionary training school, but was devastated when she was told by the school director that she was not good enough to be a missionary. Perhaps, he told her, she should be a maid in China instead. Glady was determined to make a way, and through her through her faith, she became a missionary, reaching many for Christ.

Thank you, YWAM Publishing! FTC Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

This book is very inspirational and shows a very strong role model for young women in particular. I liked that it showed how strong Gladys Aylward was in striving for her God-given vision. She believed in her heart that she had to go to China, and she didn’t give up, even after being told by someone in authority that she wasn’t good enough. Gladys believed that she had a mission to go tell people about God, and the obstacles didn’t stop her. Her faith pushed her to keep going, and that can inspire any Christian. This book is highly recommended!


George Muller: The Guardian of Bristol’s Orphans

Christian Heroes: Then & Now George Muller The Guardian of Bristol’s Orphans

A young man spends in his time partying in the pub and stealing from his father. When he’s told he has to become a minister, he can’t wait to see he can deceive and scam his congregation out of their money. Somehow, this guy with shady morals grows up to becomes an honest, sincere, and devout Christian. He develops a heart to help all the orphans he can, and he preaches to people in many countries. This is the life story of George Muller.

FTC Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

This book is one in a series of many written by Janet and Geoff Benge. The writing style reminded me of many books I enjoyed in junior high, but I did enjoy this book very much. There are lots of historical details that taught me something new including the plight of the poor in England and the struggle that orphans faced. The story of George Muller’s life is exciting! There were many unexpected changes of circumstance and this story is very inspirational. I would recommend this book to all ages for a look at how much faith can motivate a person to do great things for others.


For Beautiful Black Boys Who Believe in a Better World

How does a young boy respond when he sees senseless shootings happening in the world around him? How can a father respond to his son’s questions? For Beautiful Black Boys Who Believe in a Better World takes us inside the world of a young boy, Jeremiah, and how he reacts to the events happening around him. For Beautiful Black Boys mentions many shootings that have been featured on the national news.

For Beautiful Black Boys shows the strong role model of a great father guiding his child. The illustrations by Keisha Morris are a perfect compliment to the writing of Michael W. Waters. This book will make a great addition to any classroom where justice, kindness, and equality are desired outcomes. This will also make a great resource for a children’s library that wants to send the message that everyone is welcomed and everyone matters.

FTC Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.


Throwback Thursday

Book Review

Faith by Lyn Cote

It’s Throwback Thursday! Here’s a book review pulled from the archives. This one is Faith by Lyn Cote, from the Quaker Brides series.

Cover: Faith

Faith Cathwell, a Quaker nurse working on the Civil War battlefield, is the title character and narrator of Lyn Cote’s latest novel, FaithFaith is a historical read, so it takes the reader back to a much different time. As a nurse, Faith is disparaged for being female, and as a Quaker, her religion goes against the practice of slavery.

There’s an element of romance to this novel as well, and it doesn’t take long to see it. Shortly after Colonel Devlin Knight shows up, it doesn’t take long to recognize the chemistry between Faith and Devlin. In a very predictable fashion, she fights her feelings, he fights his, and they are both at an impasse when you just want to say “Get together already!”

Cover: Faith

There’s an element of romance to this novel as well, and it doesn’t take long to see it. Shortly after Colonel Devlin Knight shows up, it doesn’t take long to recognize the chemistry between Faith and Devlin. In a very predictable fashion, she fights her feelings, he fights his, and they are both at an impasse when you just want to say “Get together already!”

Faith is 364 pages and it could have been pruned down… some of the writing didn’t add much in terms of scenery, detail, or plot. However, Faith may be an enjoyable read for female readers who want a romantic novel that doesn’t bear all, and especially for those who enjoy reading books written set in a different era.

FTC Disclosure: Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a free copy of this book.


It’s Throwback Thursday

A Flashback Book Review

Your Money Map

by Howard Dayton

Have you ever felt lost when it comes to your money?

It can be easy to feel clueless on what to do, where to turn to, and who to listen to for advice. When it comes to bills, savings, and investing, it can feel overwhelming. Lots of people say they want to be rich, but many just don’t know where to start when it comes to the goal of getting out of debt. Howard Dayton’s book, Your Money Map, doesn’t claim to make you rich, but it does provide a strategy for financial freedom.

FTC Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

If you’re familiar with Dave Ramsey’s “baby steps” method of getting out of debt, it’s easy to compare the two. But I have to say I recommend Dayton’s Your Money Map more. This book, this teacher, and this method are more approachable, accessible, and compassionate. Your Money Map uses the tale (fictional or real, who knows) of the married couple Matt and Jennifer who meet author Howard Dayton and his wife. The Daytons share with Matt and Jennifer their progress towards financial freedom, and in each “destination” towards financial freedom, they share their struggles, goals, and how they conquered problems that popped up. In the book, the Daytons act as mentors and friends for this young couple. They give honest advice but they refrain from judging the young couple from any mistakes they may have made or any lack of knowledge they didn’t act on.

I’ve read several books on personal finance, and books in general have to be very special to earn a permanent spot on my bookshelf. I just don’t have the room to keep all the books I read. Your Money Map by Howard Dayton gets kudos for several reasons. Unlike other books on personal finance, it is general enough to apply to people in many different life circumstances: whether you’re married or single, whether you have kids or don’t have kids, whether you have lots of debt or a little, you’ll probably get something out of this book. You would have to be very advanced in your journey towards financial freedom to get nothing out of this book, in which case, you probably wouldn’t be reading it anyway. I would highly recommend Your Money Map to anyone interested in empowering themselves towards their best financial destiny.


The Active Word of God

Hebrews 4:12 (NIV) 

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.


Redeeming the Time

Images courtesy Brian Toward via Creative Commons

Ephesians 5:15-16 (NIV)

Be very careful, then, how you live—

not as unwise but as wise, 

making the most of every opportunity, 

because the days are evil.


Big and Little Activity Devotional by Rachel C. Swanson and Jacy Corral

Book Review

Are you looking for a fun activity to do with your child that doesn’t involve any screen time? Rachel C. Swanson and Jacy Corral have created a fun activity that kids and their parents can both enjoy at the same time. Their Big and Little Activity Devotional has a unique design – one page has an activity for the parent and one is designed for the child – so both can use the book at the same time.

FTC Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

This book is filled with fun activities: coloring, word searches, crossword puzzles, and although I still don’t understand it: Sudoku. (I’m Sudoku-challenged, but that has nothing to do with this book!)


The Adventures of Herb Meyer

Herb Learns Obedience Book 1

by Joann Jimenez

Illustrated by Roger Jimenez

How often do you hear the word obedience? It may seem like an old-time word. For Christian parents trying to help their kids understand what obedience is and why it’s important, author Joann Jimenez and illustrator Roger Jimenez are making it a little bit easier. Their new book, The Adventures of Herb Meyer Herb Learns Obedience, is the first book featuring a box turtle named Herb.

I couldn’t help but love the cute illustrations of Herb, the turtle, and we see him throughout his day – with his mother, at bedtime, and in the living room during family Bible time. The pages are numbered, which is a feature not all children’s books have, and as a side note, this could also help if you want to take advantage of that while you’re teaching numbers and counting. I loved how the pages are different colors – orange, yellow, pink, light blue, dark blue – and this makes the pages really pop. It adds extra excitement to Herb’s world!

FTC Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Herb, our turtle friend, gets into a little bit of trouble. I could really relate to what he did (and I won’t spoil it, but a lot of adults will too!). His mother handles his mistake like a champ, and the moral of the story is that we don’t teach kids to obey to be mean, but because obedience benefits them. The Adventures of Herb Meyer Herb Learns Obedience will be an enjoyable book for Christian families aiming to teach their children the right values, while having fun at the same time.


It’s Throwback Thursday

Here’s a Flashback Book Review


The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden

by Karen Newcomb

How much food can you grow in a garden?

Karen Newcomb argues that any gardener can grow a high yield of vegetables in a small space. By using her proposed method, the Postage Stamp garden plan, Newcomb demonstrates how a small plot can produce tomatoes, beans, corn, basil, and many other vegetables, grown together, and harvested from yard to table.


Newcomb’s book is ideal for beginner gardeners. She includes information on what conditions plants need in order to thrive, helping newbie gardeners avoid critical errors. Her inclusion of soil preparation methods will help those wanting to fortify poor soil. A variety of heirloom and hybrid seed catalog sources are included for those who want to start their gardens from seeds.

On the whole, The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden is a comprehensive guide for those who have gardened before and those who desire to acquire a green thumb. This book easily earns five stars and earns a spot on this gardener’s bookshelf.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.


God is a Consuming Fire

Image courtesy Sebastian Dooris

Hebrews 12:28-29 (NKJV)

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken,

let us have grace,

by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. 

For our God is a consuming fire.


Need Help Homeschooling?

Need a little help with homeschooling?

Or are you on the other end of the spectrum, with years of homeschooling experience under your belt, and a routine that works for your family?

No matter where you find yourself, a little inspiration never hurts.

My friends at Oak Meadow have just released the spring edition of their free online journal. This edition asks the question Dear Earth, How Can We Help?

You can read the full issue here and check out my tips for how to teach a basic appreciation for the planet (even if science isn’t your best subject) here.


How to Save Money on a Job Search

Are you suddenly without a job? Have the stay at home orders and pandemic preparations caused you to be out of work? Maybe the business you’ve worked in has suffered a temporary work stoppage, and you need to find a job to fill the gap until you can go back to work as normal. Or perhaps things aren’t looking so great, and you’re wondering if your regular job will have you on a track to returning at all. Regardless of your situation, you’re not alone. There are so many people in your situation. Many are facing the same circumstances as you are.


If you’ve ever been in a long, drawn out job search – one that lasted longer than you anticipated – you may have wondered if you should hire someone to write your resume. These ads for resume writers pop up online and can make you wonder if they’re of any help. Personally, I don’t know anyone who has paid for such a service. However, your circumstances may be different. Maybe you work in a super-competitive industry where it’s common for people to hire someone to write their resumes. Or maybe you’ve been searching for a job even long before the pandemic started and you need some guidance. But when money is tight, you can save money on a job search. When money is non-existent, saving money is a must. Here are some tried and true techniques you can use, without hiring anyone, to save money on your job search by making sure your resume is at its best.

Use Spellcheck

Do you use spellcheck? It’s a great help, but it doesn’t catch everything. It won’t tell you when “theirs” and “there’s” are used in the wrong spots, or when “its” and “it’s” are accidentally exchanged, causing a typo. While it isn’t perfect, there is a lot that spellcheck can catch. Don’t forget to use it.

Use Powerful Words

When you give your resume a once-over, ask yourself if your resume has power. Does it show action? Does it show results? Showing action and results gives your resume the power to show how awesome YOU are. Does it show what sets you apart from other people? Does it the number of people you’ve managed, the dollars you’ve saved, or other relevant facts? Does it show your achievements – the grants you’ve snagged, the kudos you’ve received, the recognition you’ve achieved, the people you’ve mentored, the committees you’ve served on? Pack your resume with power to show how great you are no matter where you’ve worked.


Print It Out & Sleep On It

When it comes to resumes, I’m old school – I like to print mine out after I give it a once-over. I guarantee you – no matter how often I spellcheck it, proofread it, look it over, change it, revise it – chances are, if I print it out and sleep on it, I will find something I can improve. It may be something tiny like a comma in a wrong place, a bullet point to strengthen, or an accomplishment to re-word. I would almost be willing to bet that the same will be true for you. I believe that the reason this technique works so well is because sleep recharges the mind and improves our focus, which helps us solve problems subconsciously in our sleep. You may be surprised to find that if you sleep on it, you too will return with a new, enhanced perspective.


Book Review: Worthy

Gender. Women. Women’s roles.

What’s the Bible got to do with it how a woman finds her place in the world?

Elyse Fitzpatrick and Eric Schumacher would say that the Bible has a lot to say about how women should see themselves and be treated, and that’s why they’ve teamed up to write Worthy.

In the ending pages of this book, the authors say they expect to get push back from lots of directions- both Christian and secular.

They aren’t calling for women to start burning their bras or protesting.

They aren’t calling for women to stage a rebellion against the church and society and get angry about injustice.

They aren’t calling for women to stop pursuing traditional paths of marriage, motherhood, or domestic life, if those are the paths that women are called to pursue.

But the authors are convinced that a lot of people will be unhappy with what they have to say in Worthy.

The core message that Worthy seems to try to get across is that women have great value in the eyes of God, and that changes need to be made in how women are treated in churches today. They share the story of how a popular Christian woman leader was ridiculed and ogled by “Christian” men when she was just trying to do her job. It’s disgusting to read in Worthy about how a young Christian woman decided she would tell that yes, she was being abused as so many others were, and that those in her Christian church denomination were involved with a “systematic cover up” that helped protect abusers.

FTC Disclosure: I received a free copy of Worthy in exchange for my honest review.

While the authors of Worthy advocate for women so strongly, I found it odd that they didn’t elaborate more on their theology as to why women should not hold the office of pastor. Agree or disagree – that is not the point – I just wanted to know their thoughts as to what separates a deacon from a pastor.

Things like that could be discussed if you use Worthy to teach a theology class or to mentor emerging church leaders. In a group setting, the hypothetical questions can be brought to life. There were some times in this book when I wasn’t exactly sure where the authors were going or what they were trying to say (it got vague). But the authors of this book aren’t just striving for the theory they discuss- they want to see real change in helping people understand how to treat women as Jesus Christ would.


It’s Throwback Thursday

Here’s a Flashback Book Review

Book Review: Simplify

by Bill Hybels

Ever feel like life’s spinning out of control? Is there too much on your plate, and you can’t get it all under control?

Bill Hybels, pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, has been there. He shares a story of how he reached his breaking point, became incredibly ashamed, and knew that something had to change. His book, Simplify: Ten Practices to Unclutter Your Soul, is based not on uncluttering your possessions but on uncluttering the mental and spiritual space to find peace and joy.

There’s an incredible amount of relevant, truthful information in this book. Bill makes some very rare, very salient observations on friendships, work, the difference in “seasons of life”, and the meaning of having a “life verse”. Each chapter is just as good as the last. While not every one of Hybels’ recommendations for change can be implemented, on the whole, Simplify is an excellent guide for the person looking for the most peaceful, joyful life possible.

FTC Disclosure: Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a free copy of this book. The views in this review are honest and my own.


Peace or Destruction

Image available courtesy US Geological Survey

1 Thessalonians 5:3 (NIV)

While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.


Book Review: Little Words Matter Jumbo Coloring Book

Are you looking for a fun activity for your preschooler? Look no further than this fun coloring book!

The Little Words Matter Jumbo Coloring Book is a fun activity that little kids will love.

FTC Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Packed with coloring pages, this book is thick. The large patterns are perfect for little hands that need appropriate play that will build their fine motor skills.

Kids will love coloring the words and the patterns of various animals: elephants, snakes, turtles, frogs, and more. This will also help you teach your child letters and shapes. The pictures of Jesus and Queen Esther can help bring a Bible story to life.

This coloring book is highly recommended for hours and hours of fun that your kids will enjoy!


Be Strong, Do Not Fear

Isaiah 35:4 (NKJV)

Say to those who are fearful-hearted,

“Be strong, do not fear!

Behold, your God will come with vengeance,

With the recompense of God;

He will come and save you.”


Heaven is God’s Throne

We are the church, even without a building.

Acts 7:48-50 (NKJV)

48 “However, the Most High does not dwell in temples made with hands, as the prophet says:

49 ‘Heaven is My throne,
And earth is My footstool.

What house will you build for Me? says the Lord,
Or what is the place of My rest?

50 Has My hand not made all these things?’


The House on the Rock

Matthew 7:24-25 (NIV)

Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.


Secure in their Land

Ezekiel 34:27 (NIV)

The trees will yield their fruit and the ground will yield its crops; the people will be secure in their land. They will know that I am the Lord, when I break the bars of their yoke and rescue them from the hands of those who enslaved them.


Book Review: You Are What You Do

Are you defined by what you do? Are you defined by who you know? Are you defined by what you know? Christian speaker Daniel Im is set on a mission to let people know the truth about who they are. His new book, You Are What You Do, contains seven chapters related to personal identity.

However, this book was rare in the sense that I could not finish it. There were so many problems with this book that I only made it to around page 45.

Im talks about the gig economy, but he doesn’t seem to fully understand the reasons why people are working in it. I can put my perspective on this: my current side gig offers me both money and it’s a satisfying project. I can use the extra cash and it’s a project that I enjoy. However, Im seems to imply that the people working in the gig economy are doing so because they have to for their self-worth. For some, that could very well be the case (some gigs are clearly passion projects), but I don’t think that most Uber or Lyft drivers are doing so because they have to drive to feel like their most authentic self. To support my opinion, I would refer to the common belief that most Americans cannot afford a $1,000 emergency. Therefore, people working gigs aren’t egotistical; they’re smart.

FTC DISCLOSURE: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. #influencer

Another area that I found strange about Daniel Im’s story is the way he talked about his own career journey. He mentioned coming back to the United States trying to find a job in ministry. No one responded to his resumes, and that I could relate to. Expanding his job search to include willingness to work at a store for money (rather than work in his prior industry ), just to earn a paycheck for a little while, that I could also relate to. As a prior megachurch pastor, he couldn’t even get calls to work at a Costco, so he was desperate. I could relate to his desperation. But Daniel Im totally lost me when he says he looked back on that time of no calls, no interview invitations, and he asks himself why he felt “entitled” to a job.

His explanation, his process, his thinking-out-loud is so unclear at this point. Did a ghostwriter create this story? It is the duty of every Christian husband and father to provide for his family, to see that they have food, clothing, and shelter. It is only right and proper that he would be humble enough to take something, anything, to be willing to work. That is the right thing to do. To call it “entitled” to want to work – this really should have been explained better. I think those who have been unemployed and in that spot of being willing to take anything, yet finding nothing, will find it very hard to call that an “entitled” position.


Stuck at Home? Start a Project!

Do you need inspiration for something to do at home? You might be running out of ideas for how to stay busy during the coronavirus shelter-in-place restrictions. Staying safe during the coronavirus may be your first priority, but it may be causing you cabin fever. Do you need an idea or two for what to do while you’re following a stay-at-home order? It’s normal to be especially concerned if you’re not allowed to go to work, or if your hours have been cut due to the virus.

Have you tackled the project of dusting off your resume? This can be a positive project to help you use your fear or uncertainty and refocus it in a good direction.

When is the last time you looked at your resume? If your resume has been tucked away somewhere, it may take a drastic effort to update it. You might be asking yourself, “How do I get a resume for free?” or “How do I write a resume?” If you’re more experienced and more confident with the art of writing, you might just be wondering how you can spruce things up a bit to show how qualified you are.

If you’ve pulled a free resume from the internet to use as a starting point, that may help if you have no idea to start. But, if you’re a more seasoned pro, you might just be looking for stronger words to make your resume stronger. You might be wondering how to show accomplishment through a resume.

Below are some tips and some prompts through words that can guide you, like a brainstorming exercise. I hope you find these helpful as you start, build, or strengthen your resume.

Words for Workers in Creative or Educational Fields

It can be hard to show how hard you’ve worked in a creative field. Is your resume showing what you’ve done? Maybe you’re a creative worker, such as a teacher, coach, musician, photographer, artist, or non-profit worker. Perhaps you work in several fields and are piecing together a living. Maybe what you do helps people a great deal, but the results are hard to measure. Do any of these words accurately describe your work? Action words such as:

  • Acted
  • Advised
  • Coached
  • Collaborated
  • Composed
  • Counseled
  • Created
  • Developed
  • Directed
  • Evaluated
  • Implemented
  • Organized
  • Photographed
  • Planned
  • Raised funds for
  • Wrote

Words for Workers in People-Centered Fields

Are your results contingent upon people? Do you build good relationships with others? Maybe what you do is not reliant upon strong knowledge of a thing but on how well you can motivate others and get them to do what you want. You might be a manager or a life coach. Consider action words such as:

  • Advised
  • Coached
  • Collaborated
  • Communicated
  • Developed
  • Implemented
  • Led
  • Mentored
  • Organized
  • Oversaw
  • Planned
  • Scheduled
  • Supervised

Words for Workers in Technical Fields

Does your job rely on a lot of technical expertise? Is it thing-oriented? Do you have to know a lot about a particular subject matter, something that requires years of study to master? Or perhaps you are a writer, scientist, or you work in the medical field. Maybe these ideas will work for you:

  • Collaborated
  • Developed
  • Drafted
  • Invented
  • Measured
  • Mentored
  • Organized
  • Piloted
  • Planned
  • Published
  • Researched
  • Studied
  • Trained
  • Treated

Finally, don’t forget to check your resume for errors! Use spellcheck and make sure there aren’t any typos. Print it out and look it over and mark any mistakes with a pen or pencil so you can ensure you have a flawless resume.


Never Forgotten by God

Luke 12:6-7 New International Version (NIV) Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.


Find More Money

Ever feel like you’re barely just making it financially?

Are you living in a paycheck-to-paycheck lifestyle? Many people are, and those are the people Art Rainer is speaking to in his new book, Find More Money.

Find More Money is written like a parable, and it reminded me a lot of Who Moved My Cheese? It uses the story of a young, married couple. This couple is very easy to relate to in their financial struggles. When they get some exciting news, they realize their financial world is about to take a hit, and they don’t know how they’ll make it.

FTC Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. #influencer

Like many people, they’re doing the best they can. They don’t take extravagant vacations, they don’t live in an extravagant home, and they don’t aspire for an extravagant lifestyle. They’re people who simply don’t make enough money.

Sound familar? Maybe that’s you.

Find More Money borrows so many ideas from Dave Ramsey’s teachings on personal finance that if you’re familiar with Ramsey’s plan for how to get out of debt, you might just want to pass on this book. If you’re following the Ramsey plan for getting out of debt, you probably won’t need this book.

Find More Money is suited more to people who are new to the idea of having a side gig, a side hustle, or a freelance job. It’s also a good book for those who are just beginning to see that for them, one steady nine-to-five job is no longer enough to cut it.


Where is Your Wealth?

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. Matthew 6:19-20 (NKJV)

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