Saturday, May 23, 2015

From Hope to Higher Ground




 From hope to higher ground--that is Mike Huckabee's slogan as a 2016 presidential candidate. If we ever needed a President who takes a strong stand on crucial issues dear to God's heart, it's now! 

So much is at stake in our country. Our very freedoms. 

I believe Mike Huckabee is the man for the job. He takes a clear and definitive stand, drawing the line in the sand. We need that kind of man to preserve a great America for our children and grandchildren. 

On this Memorial Day weekend when we remember so many who gave their lives for freedom, we need to support a candidate who believes in a strong military. 

Will you follow the link to learn more about what Huckabee stands for and how he would lead America?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Feeling a bit harried and hurried?

Ladies, feeling a bit harried and hurried?

Check out my latest release. Many of you provided wonderful tips to help make this book enjoyable and meaningful!

“Oh, for a little time to myself!” Hasn’t every hurried, harried woman uttered those words at some time in her life? Eileen Rife shares how a 4R rejuvenation retreat just might be the thing you need to refresh body, mind, and spirit. Bonus feature: Women from around the world share their secrets on reflecting, remembering, renewing, and releasing via the Scriptures, prayer, exercise, diet, decorating, and beauty regimens.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Losing a Baby

It's a topic few of us like to talk about, let alone write about. Losing a baby shouldn't happen, yet for many, it does. I was one of those women who was left with empty arms and aching heart.

Through my struggle, I journaled my thoughts and feelings. For myself. And later for others who might find comfort in my words. 

What resulted was a small gift book titled Jesus, Hold My Little One: Healing Prayers for Women Who Have Lost a Baby. 


Based on my journal entries, I penned a collection of genuine, heartfelt prayers that promote healing after the loss of a baby. In the great tradition of the Psalms, I crafted prayers with which every grieving mother can identify: prayers that express shock, denial, anger, guilt, confusion, uncertainty, ultimately leading to acceptance, trust, and wholeness. Also included are prayers for the woman’s husband, other children, extended family, church family, neighbors, and doctor. Since faith shines the brightest in times of testing, underneath each prayer of struggle flows an undercurrent of abiding hope, worship, and surrender to God’s plan and purposes.

Have you or someone you know lost a baby? Perhaps this gift book might offer some hope and healing. Check it out at the following locations:


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Exciting News!

New titles available! In time for Mother's Day!

List Price: $6.68
5" x 8" (12.7 x 20.32 cm)
Black & White on White paper
152 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1511946803 (CreateSpace-Assigned)
ISBN-10: 1511946806
BISAC: Religion / Christian Life / Devotional

Breathing is fundamental to our survival, yet how many of us walk around practicing shallow breathing and don’t even know it? As vital as breathing is to our physical well-being, spiritual breathing is even more important. But often we practice shallow breathing in this area of our lives, too. With more focus, we can learn to breathe deeply God’s life-giving and life-sustaining grace each day.

Breathe Deeply God's Grace, a devotional spanning from Genesis to Revelation, can help you reflect on God’s Word, receive His grace, and then release it to those around you. 
 
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List Price: $5.38
5" x 8" (12.7 x 20.32 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
54 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1512039474 (CreateSpace-Assigned)
ISBN-10: 1512039470
BISAC: Family & Relationships / Love & Romance

Sex as God Designed It is written for the married couple to enjoy together in the privacy of their own bedroom. Short, intimate meditations lead you and your spouse to a deeper understanding of God’s beautiful plan for your sexual relationship. Each vignette promotes oneness and enhances excitement as you anticipate your God-ordained union. Experience the sweet surrender of offering yourself totally to God and to your spouse. No greater relationship illustrates the love God has for His precious child than man and woman coming together as one flesh. Cherish your sexual relationship the way God intended it: as an act of worship to bring glory and honor to Himself!


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Available in a few days!
List Price: $5.38
5.06" x 7.81" (12.852 x 19.837 cm)
Black & White on White paper
78 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1511927178 (CreateSpace-Assigned)
ISBN-10: 1511927178
BISAC: Humor / General

Out of the Mouth of Gabe is the culmination of almost two years worth of collecting cute kid quips by Grandma Eileen. On scraps of paper. On napkins. In journals. And yes, even on her hand. At all times of the day and night. In the car. At a picnic. In the back yard.  

No matter where they were or what they were doing, grandson Gabe had much to share. Some of it witty, and some of it downright funny. You know what the Bible says, "Out of the mouth of babes . . ." 

Well, in Eileen Rife's case, it's out of the mouth of Gabe. 

Enjoy this collection of endearing and often thought-provoking kid quips!
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And in design . . .

Jesus, Hold My Little One
Healing Prayers for Women Who Have Lost a Baby

Based on her own journal entries, Eileen Rife pens a collection of genuine, heartfelt prayers that promote healing after the loss of a baby. In the great tradition of the Psalms, Rife crafts prayers with which every grieving mother can identify: prayers that express shock, denial, anger, guilt, confusion, uncertainty, ultimately leading to acceptance, trust, and wholeness. Also included are prayers for the woman’s husband, other children, extended family, church family, neighbors, and doctor. Since faith shines the brightest in times of testing, underneath each prayer of struggle flows an undercurrent of abiding hope, worship, and surrender to God’s plan and purposes.

Here's what Writer's Edge Service has to say about Jesus, Hold My Little One . . .

This has the potential to be a very helpful resource for many in need of just such a book. Eileen Rife has done a good job of including key issues and covering most of the questions asked by those enduring such a heartbreaking experience. We congratulate her on refusing to shy away from the most difficult questions of all.

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I'm also still a part of the OakTara family with several titles submitted for publication. Wit & Wisdom from the Wee Ones is one of those titles. Since OT is a small trade press, it often takes time for the publishing process to unfold. I'll keep you posted when this title is available! In the meantime, browse my line of books at the following location:

Happy Mother's Day!
Do something special for Mom! 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Grandchildren: Those Cute Things They Say!

The end of an era is upon me, and I feel sad. Happy, but sad. Happy for the rich memories accumulated in the last year and a half as Chuck and I have housed missionary family. What a treat, and what a treasure to have children who love and serve the Lord around the world!

But with that comes the painful separation times. But with that also comes the wonderful "Welcome Back" times. 

How much we've packed into this past year . . . 

Grandkid Circus with Grandma
Backyard fun
Picnics
Dress up
Tea parties
Box creations
Beach reunion
Museum trips
Drawing together
Games
Swimming
Camping
Hide & Seek
Pumpkin carving
Home schooling
Christmas decorating
Ministry
Yard sale lemonade stands
Laughter
Tears
Pillow fights
Cousin joy
Travels

And funny sayings from the mouth of the grandkids. Gabe alone has provided me with close to 130 unique quips! Here are a few . . .

Gabriel and Daddy were shopping in Walmart when an old lady came up and started oohing and aahing over Gabe. Then she turned her attention to Matt and struck up a conversation. She said her goodbyes then walked away.

Gabe looked up at Daddy: "Hey, I was still talking to her!

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Gabe loves to make up stories. The other day, I asked him: "Now Gabe, is this a true story?" "No," he replied. "It's a lie story.

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On the way to church yesterday, Gabe sat in the backseat holding an open testament, going on at a great rate. "For the strength of the power of the Lord, in the banana, of the discipleness of the Lord. Acts 1:8a, and the lion ate his face, and in the love and thankfulness of the Lord. And I will demand you to my father's mother, and ankle bites. The End. Can I take this book inside?" 

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While helping me trim the yard, Gabe (3) said, "I'm a strong man, Grandma. And I'm a patient man. And sometimes, I'm a rude man." 

Well, that's just a few of the things Gabe has said over the past year and a half. I sure will miss all his cute antics, but I'm so glad I took the time to write down the stuff that comes out of his mouth.

I suppose some of you are wondering what ever happened to the Wit & Wisdom from the Wee Ones project. It's still in the works! Slow going, but still coming. That book was in the works when Gabe was a mere babe, but I gathered so many cute sayings from my other grandchildren at that time. Who knows, maybe I'll compile a sequel. :)

To date, we have seven grandkids! With two foster grandchildren. 

Life is full, and I'm so blessed to be a grandmommy! Even when it means saying goodbye. I'll always treasure the fun times we've shared and pull out all those cute sayings now and again to encourage my heart and bring a smile and a chuckle. 



Wit & Wisdom from the Wee Ones is a collection of cute quips and quotes inspired by Eileen’s grandchildren. Along with other contributors, Eileen cracks the door to the whimsical, 
yet often wise world of the child.

Lean in close . . . you may just hear God’s heartbeat.