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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Time Will Come

The time will come when God will lead you to face your foe. Will you be ready?

They are self righteous, critical, and out for blood, the naysayers that Jesus warned about who hated him will hate you too. In this spiritual self improvement book on confronting the critics, inspirational speaker and author Nicholl McGuire provides wisdom on discerning whether you have a friend or foe in your circle. She shares personal perspective based on biblical scriptures about foes and gives specific details about the people you might encounter such as: the double-minded, fool, rebel, and tempter. There is much advice in this guide on how to deal with confrontation, not just with those of faith, but unbelieving relatives and friends. The certified Sunday School teacher covers a variety of topics to encourage you to not only face your foe but the issues that keep one emotionally and mentally bound to them as well.

- Learn more about wayward believers before you confront them.
- Know what reactions you might receive when you are ready to confront an enemy.
- Overcome worry and fear that keep you from addressing issues.
- Think ahead of your foe.
- Be prepared for what an insulted critic might do to hurt you.
- Read scriptures to enlighten.

This easy read will empower you to stand up to critics! In this book, you will discover how heated confrontations unveil what your foe's true intentions, emotions, and plans really are! Your foes don't want you to know the truth. This is why they hide, lie, blame, ridicule, and do other things to keep you from confronting them.

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Fresh Manna with Shawanda Randolph

So, what have you written?
I currently have a blog site where I publish inspirational writings for my readers.  Some are in the form of poetry while most are thoughtful life lessons anyone can use.  While it is a Christian site, the information is quite practical which makes some pieces relatable even for unbelievers.

The same applies to the Fresh Manna posts (words of wisdom/encouragement) shared on social media (Facebook, Twitter). I currently released Fresh Manna: A 40 Day Journey to Your Promise and a New Beginning with God, which is a 40 day devotional/personal growth book.


Where can we buy or see them?
Fresh Manna, A 40 Day Journey is currently available online through Amazon, Barnes & Noble Books-A-Million and other online retailers, to include Amazon international platforms. The blog posts are on www.shawandarandolph.com
Readers can follow me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/randolph_Freshmanna


Give us insight into your main character
Fresh Manna’s main character is the reader.  The book is based on the Israelites’ Exodus Journey as they were released from captivity, discovering their identity in God, learned to live in covenant with Him, and ultimately entering into their Promised Land. Fresh Manna, takes the reader on their personal journey over a course of 40 days. During this time they get to rediscover their identity in God and strengthen/establish their covenant with Him. It challenges the readers to reflect upon their beliefs and seek their promises from God.


When did you decide to become a writer?
I believe writing kind of chose me. I cannot say that I dreamed of becoming a writer although I have always thought of having my personal story written one day.  I truly believed this would have been my first and only book, which I was in the process of writing when I began Fresh Manna. Now, I am realizing there are many other items I will eventually publish. Perhaps, Fresh Manna ignited something I was unaware existed.


Were you good at English?
Funny story. I enjoyed English and writing papers were a breeze for me but I admit, I would always just write last minute and still end up with good grades. Freshman year of college, my professor called me lazy. He had me sit outside of his office and rewrite a paper, after having a long talk with me about my lack of effort.  He was the only one to call me out and challenge me, so I worked harder for him.


Do you believe in writer’s block?
Absolutely! Currently, I am in seminary school so, we are constantly writing. Last summer, while finishing Fresh Manna, I was also tasked with writing creative pieces for a class. In addition, I had four major papers to write.  I shared with my cousin, that I felt that the “bank” was empty.  I had nothing left to give.  There was no way I could possibly write that much at once on different areas. Learning to take breaks and finding what keeps your inspired is the key to getting through the blocks. I spent some time sitting on the beach and in prayer.  Just me and God on the shore. That’s how it all worked out.


Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
I am actually looking forward to reading reviews from readers.  So far, readers have not shared their thoughts but I highly encouraged them to.  I welcome all reviews. If a reader disagrees with an area of the book or dislikes an area, I would like to know what that is and why rather than simply they disliked it.
I have had positive (verbal) feedback from some people and have encouraged them to share any and all feedback on Amazon if they desire.


Do you Google yourself?
Yes.  So, I have learned to Google myself before publishing my book. This had more to do with understanding employment and internet findings. I was in the military so I was always mindful of what would come up in a Google search.  Now, when I Google my name, it is exciting that my name fills up a page. It is either about my blog, book, or my travel business.  Sometimes, my Air Force career comes up with old interviews or articles.  Pretty awesome.


What are you currently working on?
I currently have two items I started working on but are nowhere near completed.  Both require much more research before turning into actual manuscripts and publishing. One, I can share. It deals with some of the common things we see, do, or hear in church, where these things derived from and how they have been taken out of context.  The purpose is to correct habits and build stronger theological foundations and Biblical principles.  It is a work in progress.


What does literary success look like to you?
Of course, it would be great to sell tons of books. I mean, what author would not want to make money selling their books or have their book on a best sellers list, right?

 Seriously, If I sold 1000 books but my readers were not impacted by what they read, I would not consider that a success.  For me, it is not the number sold rather the number of readers impacted by what they have read that equates success.  This is also another reason I would love to see reviews.  It is great to see the book is selling but more important to hear how the reader’s journey is coming along.


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About the Author

Shawanda R. Randolph retired from the United States Air Force after 20 years of service. God would use her keen sense of wisdom, insight, and innate leadership skills, to help guide, direct, and influence those around her, especially those in leadership and potential leadership positions. It was her discipline, worth ethic, and problem-solving skills that led both superiors and fellow associates to depend on her counsel. As, a result, many flourished under her advisement and mentorship. Even then, she understood that it was God who gave her the courage and desire to watch others walk their God-given paths in and outside of the military.
Once Shawanda received this revelation, she understood what would be an essential concept to her ministry: Identity. She knew that once people discovered who they were in God, they would be more effective leaders. She learned that people often separated their professional, personal and spiritual lives. However, as God used her life as a model, He showed her that the three were inter-connected. He used everything he called her to be to propel her into the ministry full-time.
Shawanda holds an MBA in Health Care Administration from Wilmington University and currently pursuing a Master’s in Theology and Ministry with Fuller Theological Seminary. She is the proud mother of one very special son.
At “Fresh Manna” she offers prayers, wisdom, and prophetic instruction on some of the most pressing issues in society today. Fresh Manna’s mission is to not only to nourish the soul of the lost, and replenish those who have accepted Jesus into their hearts but build the next generation of God’s leaders.
She recently published Fresh Manna: A 40 Day Journey To Your Promise and New Beginning With God, currently available on shawandarandolph.com, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million and other online retailers.
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Monday, January 29, 2018

Healthy Body for Life with Carla Hampshire

Can you tell us more about your book, Healthy Body for Life A Guide for Women Over Forty? What is it about?
ANSWER: Healthy Body for Life is a comprehensive guide to health and fitness, especially directed to women over 40 and their particular health concerns. The book teaches and encourages women to embrace a healthy lifestyle – to invest in themselves now so as to fully enjoy life, and the years to come. It is written in an easy-to-read format, supported by inspiring stories from women successfully facing the aging process.


Can you tell us about some of the essential principles of health and fitness that the reader will learn about in the book?
ANSWER: The principles presented in Healthy Body for Life will help readers dramatically improve their physical and emotional well-being. These are some of the topics covered in the book:
·         how to remain optimistic about the years to come
·         effective ways to prepare yourself for wellness
·         how to meet the nutritional needs for women over 40
·         advice about how to stay fit, including an illustrated body-weight workout and a stretching routine
·         strategies to help you cope with hormonal changes
·         tips to help you achieve restorative and rejuvenating sleep
·         simple techniques to reduce the stress in your life


I know the title of the book is very specific, but could women younger than 40 or perhaps men gain any benefit from reading Healthy Body for Life A Guide for Women Over Forty?
ANSWER: Absolutely! My Amazon reviews indicate that men are indeed reading my book. I find this very encouraging. The teachings of this book are basic principles that men would greatly benefit from as well. And the section on hormone management can help them gain greater insight into what their spouse may be experiencing. Younger women are also engaging with the book reporting that it is helping them prepare now and be in a healthier state as they enter their 40's.


How is your book different from other health books?
ANSWER: The book lays out the information in a clear and concise manner. It is written like one girlfriend talking to another – giving her advice, encouragement and easy-to-implement strategies.


What encouraged you to write this book?
ANSWER: That’s a great question. This book comes from a place deep inside – a place of passion. A passion for being as healthy as I can be, a passion for being as fit as I can be, a passion for healthy aging. And last but not least, a passion to share what I know because I want all women to experience a healthy body…for life!

What guidance would you offer to someone who is new to the world of wellness?
ANSWER: If you have the desire to make changes in your life, it’s important to remember to start small. It’s far too easy to become overwhelmed and give up. It happens all too often, and then we revert back to our default ways that don’t contribute to improved health. If for you it means being aware of how much water you drink in a day and increasing that by one cup for now. Then congratulations, you have just taken your first step. Maybe it’s deciding that you will begin by walking 15 minutes a day. Excellent! Start now then build upon that. Results will follow and that will motivate you to continue. Step by step guidance is provided in the book.


Outside of writing, what else do you aspire to do?
ANSWER: Writing is just one of the tools I use to reach out to women. I love speaking to large audiences of women. To see that look in their eyes when they feel inspired by something I say, that’s just so rewarding.


What sorts of books do you enjoy reading and why?
ANSWER: I am big into self-development books. I am currently reading Talk Like Ted The 9 Public Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds, by Carmine Gallo, because I strive to improve as a motivational speaker. Another great book I picked up at an airport bookstore is Jack Canfield’s, The Success Principles – How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. Just growing in all areas of my life excites me. And that’s why I never pick up a novel. I enjoy expanding my knowledge and the feeling of being inspired by other authors.


Can you tell us a little bit about your personal life?
ANSWER: I am a happily married woman. We have been married for over 36 years. We have 6 grown children – one daughter and five sons. We are also the proud grandparents of 5 lovely grandchildren. I receive a lot of support from my family, for which I am extremely grateful. My husband has always championed my dreams. I could not have written Healthy Body for Life without his constant encouragement.


What do you do for fun and recreation?
ANSWER: My husband and I absolutely LOVE the mountains. We are very fortunate to live just an hour from the Rockies here in Alberta, Canada. On Saturdays, you can find us hiking up some mountain and taking in the beautiful vistas. There is something so very magical about being in nature. I always return home feeling revitalized and ready for the week ahead.


Besides hiking, what do you do for fitness?
ANSWER: Are you ready? I lift heavy things! At the ripe old age of 46, I took on the world of competitive bodybuilding. I know! Crazy, right? I have since competed 13 times across Canada and the United States. I came first in a couple of competitions in my second year and earned my Pro Card. I was now classed as a professional bodybuilder! I eventually went on to compete at a World Championship taking home the first-place prize…at age 51, competing against younger athletes. Although I am retired from competition, I still train 5 days a week and include hiking on the weekends. I continue to train and push myself because I want to live a healthy, happy, fulfilling life well into my 90’s and beyond.


Now I’m curious about your nutrition.
ANSWER: Our metabolism has a tendency to slow down with age. I like to keep my furnace burning bright by providing my body with healthy fuel at regular intervals throughout the day (every 3 to 4 hours). If I want to train hard and be able to recover well, I need to be mindful to eat wholesome foods right through the week, with a break on the weekend where I will allow myself some pizza and ice cream, for example. Vegetables and fruit, chicken and fish, yams and brown rice are just some of the foods I eat on a regular basis. It almost doesn’t matter how much exercise you do if you just go home and eat unhealthy foods. There is a saying among bodybuilders, “It’s 80% nutrition and 20% exercise.” That’s how important nutrition is!


Where can our readers find out more about you? Do you have a website or a way to be contacted?
ANSWER: You can visit my website www.CarlaHampshire.com or come chat with me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HealthyBodyforLife.


If you had one last thing you could tell our readers, what would it be?
ANSWER: You have one body. Respect it and give it the love and care it deserves, and it will serve you well into your 40’s, 50’s and beyond. Ask yourself this question, “How am I going to live differently from this day forward?” Then pick up my book, Healthy Body for Life, and start making the changes that will bring you one step closer to wellness. And remember that health is a journey. Begin today!


Where can our readers pick up a copy of your book?

ANSWER: It is available globally through all online retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, Kobo, Nook, and Kindle. And of course, if you wish to receive a signed copy, visit my website at www.CarlaHampshire.com


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About the Author
        
PictureMy interest in nutrition, health and fitness began when I stepped into a gym for the first time in my late 30s.  My trainer encouraged me to go to the library and start reading everything I could on nutrition and bodybuilding.  The more I learned, the more I wanted to participate in the sport of bodybuilding.

At the age of 46, I became a competitive bodybuilder.  I competed until my early 50s earning the title of Professional International Bodybuilder — a first place honour.

Through my sport,  I gained a great respect for what I was able to achieve at my age with the right nutrition and fitness program.  I wanted to encourage women to embrace a healthy lifestyle.

I returned to school so that I could have the education to add to my life experience.  I became a certified personal trainer and earned a diploma in holistic health and nutrition.  I was now equipped to bring my book to life!

My book, Healthy Body for Life, is a guide to help women achieve health and well-being in their 40s and beyond, offering tips and encouragement on topics such as nutrition, exercise, dealing with changing hormones, improved sleep, stress management and more.


Bio
Carla Hampshire is a Holistic Nutritional Consultant, Motivational Speaker and Author of Healthy Body for Life – A Guide for Women Over 40.

In her youth, her fitness endeavors revolved around classical ballet and cross country running.
It wasn’t until much later in life that she fell in love with the sport of bodybuilding.

She started competing at the age of 46, earning her Pro Card in her second year, and capping off her Professional Bodybuilding career with a first-place finish at a World Championship at 51. 
As a role model for women's health and fitness, she was invited to write for fitness magazines on topics of interest to women over 40. 

Carla continues to encourage and empower women to embrace a healthy, happy and fulfilling life through her book and inspirational speeches.


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Friday, January 26, 2018

Christ in Sports


Christ in sports is dedicated to Christian athletes who give their all in sports and life. The right way (NO STEROIDS). Jesus is the way and we give Him all the glory, praise and honor. It is because of Him that we can jump as high as we jump, run as fast as we run, and play as hard as we play. Christ in sports is successful due to the high participation of Christian athletes around the world. There is a high demand for our youth to know how God plays a role in our lives and professions. So let's get Christ back into sports around the globe!!! 
The Bible teaches us about the perseverance needed to succeed in our particular sport as well as life. Philippians 3:12-14 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (NIV).

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What Teenage Girls Wish Their Mothers Said About Sex

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For one teenage girl, who watched the march on TV with her mother and felt comfortable enough to tell her about a babysitter who had fondled her “creepily” when she was 9, #MeToo was a consciousness-raising moment.
Another said she’d been very affected, first by the stories and then by the march. “I just had no idea how often it happens; I knew it went on, but I didn’t consider it an epidemic.”
For another, it all seemed confusing: What’s the difference, she asked, between assault and harassment? Is anything short of violent rape, against your will, by a stranger or by someone you know, sexual abuse
The girls I interviewed agreed on one thing; The conversations they had with their mothers about sex were mostly about the things moms worry about–contraception, protection, STDs, and sexting.  More than a few of them said they discussed the emotional and relational aspects of sex with their mothers too; “My Mom was pretty open and unembarrassed. I think she gave me a very healthy attitude toward sex,” said one.
Jadyn Pando, a 16-year-old headed to college this fall, said she hears a lot of stories about campus rape, but she’s not unduly worried about it. “I have no problem making a very big, loud, public scene if I feel threatened with any version of that.” She’s had enough male attention to discourage it when it's unwanted."If it's overt, I don’t just walk away and pretend it didn’t happen–I will always say, 'Don’t do that,' or 'That’s not okay.'” An older man who hassled her regularly when she was hostessing at a restaurant made her feel so uncomfortable she reported it to the owner (who also happens to be her father), who banned him from the premises. She added that she would have done the same thing if her boss wasn’t her parent, even if it meant losing her job.
The one thing all the young women I interviewed agreed on was that their mothers had not discussed that “in between” territory that most of them encounter in the dating scene,” and that has caused the most concern about the #MeToo movement –the nuances of romantic and/or sexual contact between the sexes–"the Aziz Ansari thing," as it’s come to be called. 
“What I wish she’d told me was how to tell him to stop when you’re okay with making out, even with heavy petting, but you really really don’t want to go further or have oral sex,” said Ms. Pando. “It’s not pleasant, but you do it anyway. Better to feel uncomfortable when it’s happening than feel sorry or ashamed afterward.”
“I wish my mother had asked me, 'Do you know how to say no, clearly enough so he hears it, in any romantic or sexual encounter?'” said another young woman who is one of my clients. A generational difference worth noting; while my own mother gave me a healthy attitude toward sex, she added (as did the dean of women when I was in college):"A lady doesn’t put herself in a position where that kind of thing can happen.” 
It may be that these days even the most liberal-minded mothers have a difficult enough time engaging with their daughters about sex to imagine them actually having it, regardless of changing your mind in the middle. It reminds me of a time when my daughter asked me a question about oral sex after reading Judy Blume's adult novelWifey: "I understand what and how, I just don 't understand why."  A few years later, in the midst of the Blue Dress that got everyone talking about it, I mentioned to her that in my day, sex was thought of in four well-defined stages –first, second, third base and home plate–and oral sex wasn't even in that progression. Her reply then, at 25, was "They've moved the bases since you were young, Mom." Indeed they have, and generally, it's a good thing.
(This  coda to one of my interviews came from a 20 year old man who supports the #MeToo-ers but adds that there’s not enough attention paid to its male victims, and illustrated his point by pointing out that “Even Law and Order:SVU ignores it unless it’s ripped from the headlines; for every 20 episodes they run about female victims, there’s only one about a male victim. “Just sayin',” he concluded. Thanks, Tristan: You're right, attention must be paid.

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