Friday, December 14, 2012

Singing Praises Day 3

When I wrote today's blog, it was before the horrific news of a shooting at an elementary school. I was conflicted about taking down today's current blog. My heart hurts so much for the kids, the families, the friends, and for the state of this nation. We have been reminded that such evil exists and our desperate need for God. I don't want to be insensitive or to dismiss this tragedy. I can't and I won't. But it's in these moments that I'm reminded that I get to choose to love more. I get to love and celebrate people. And what better time to share the precious jewels of this earth with you. So, I'm keeping my blog series up today...not out of ignorance, but because love wins and I will choose love.  

Before you start reading this blog, if you haven't already done so, take a moment to read the opening blog of this series here

Brady Toops

Today I move from blog and book authors, to a different kind of writer...a songwriter.  But they are not just a songwriter, they are much more...they are a musician, singer, worshiper, songwriter, baseball player, and even more but you get the point. I'm singing the praises of Brady Toops. You have got to listen to his fact, for a little while longer you can download free music at Noisetrade (see on the right side of your screen where it says Download Good Music's that simple, fill that out and it's yours)...Do it...time is running, It's free, but it's worth leaving a, do...and be generous so that he can make more music to share with the world. He was listed on the "New & Notable" and "Top Downloads" with his A Hymn Collection if you needed further encouragement.

Did you download it? Good. I'm glad that's settled. Now I'll tell you more about why I think he should be recognized. Even though Brady has known the spotlight through his athletics and musical talents, his passion remains encountering God and leading people into encounters with God. That right there is enough, but there's more. In addition to all that I mentioned that he can do, it's who he is that really just makes him a treasure to anyone he meets. The church that I attend, Iris Nashville, has been super blessed to have Brady help lead the worship department. He has fearlessly forged a path for Iris Nashville to move forward in the area of worship including making sure we had equipment that suited our needs. And through it all he does it with a humble spirit that does not put himself above anyone else. He makes everyone around him comfortable and feel right at home during worship no matter the venue. He's the real deal and I'm thankful for him. Make sure you sign up for his newsletter and add him to your social media accounts (see below) so that you can stay connected with what's going on in his'll thank me later.

And now that you have his music, share the joy with others and get your Christmas gifts at his  webstore. Great prices on music and shirts!

Twitter:  @bradytoops
Facebook: /bradytoopsmusic
Instagram: /bradytoops

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Singing Praises Day 2

Before you start reading this blog, if you haven't already done so, take a moment to read the opening blog of this series here

Ruth Rutherford

Today I want to sing the praises of another writer. Her name is Ruth Rutherford. I've known Rufa, well, since I was 3 months old and she came into this world. Rufa is my cousin and for about 15 years we lived half a mile from each other. We went to the same schools, same church, same gymnastics class, and we were on the same softball team even (which was so that we could go to the local ice cream shop after games). Some of this was because we grew up in a borough of 1,600 people, but mostly because that's how we do family. Close. And I am so thankful for that. She keeps our families organized/connected and you'll always feel loved when you get that Birthday and Christmas card from her. Rufa has a blog on dating and single life called I Kissed My Date Goodnight. If you are single or married, young or old, an accountant or rock and roll star you should subscribe to this blog right this minute...(go ahead, I'll wait). She writes from her heart and it's always beautiful. She's eloquent and just funny! I know, I're sitting there reading this (which I'm thankful for) thinking that I'm saying this because I'm biased. Well, I may be a little, but after reading a couple of her posts you'll agree with me...I'm confident in that. Ruth is an amazingly talented, beautiful inside and out, kind and loving person and her writing reflects that. Seriously...I've got an incredibly talented family in so many areas and Rufa is no exception. She has so many more gifts and talents outside of writing including singing to name one. I'm thankful for Rufa.

Twitter: @ruth_rutherford
Instagram: ruth_rutherford
Facebook: /rutherford.ruth

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Singing Praises Day 1

Before you start reading this blog, if you haven't already done so, take a moment to read the opening blog of this series here.

 Writer Will aka William Carl Montgomery

Will, Claire, and their pups
I met Will at a meeting and after a short while (and a phone call every day to our offices) Will joined the Reach Your City staff. He has definitely brought his amazing sales skills to the offices and the opportunity for me to roll my eyes several times a day. Aside from his incredible ability to sell, he is also a writer (and a good one at that). He has a blog that causes you to "think about that" and is laced with humor and, well, at times harsh truths (according to him). He has written two books and the second that recently released is a fiction book is entitled "Lukewarm" which is the first in a series. It's a great read and one I would definitely recommend (and I'm NOT just saying that, I assure you). You can get it on his website or on (there is a Kindle version on Amazon, too). I reviewed his first book, The Polar Bear, in a previous Gold Star here...and then return to his website to get it for yourself. Since I've know Will he's been challenged in many areas of his life. He's made a lot of tough decisions and commitments. From a new job, to publishing a book, owning a pup or two, and his latest (and greatest) achievement...engagement to Claire...he's had a lot of growth opportunities. Not everyday was pure sunshine, but it's been incredible to see him take on each new step and face it head on. It's been fun to watch him really grow and step into his own. We don't always agree, but that just makes it all the more interesting. I'm proud of him, so I am singing his least until he makes me want to cuss...which will be in 5, 4, 3, 2.....!

Twitter: @Writer_Will
Facebook: /writerwill
Instagram: /writerwill

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

"If you can sing alone, you sing in front of other people."

I hear that the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is to sing loud for all to hear...but since you don't want me to sing out loud (trust me on this one!) I thought I would do a little series of singing the praises of some really amazing people instead. Over the next few days (maybe weeks if I get a little crazy) I'll highlight some people that I think deserve to be recognized. Now, don't get me wrong...if you're not on one of the upcoming blogs, it does NOT mean you don't deserve it...because I believe that you do (really I do)! It most definitely means that I'm a slacker and as you can see by the time lapse between this post and my last post I have commitment issues with my blog. These will be in no particular order either.

Ready? Good. I'll start tomorrow... :)