Rise Up, Lioness

Last month in my You Can, We Can update post, I mentioned that I was joining in with Lauren from 34 Magnolia Street on a new campaign called Operation Read your Shelves. The goal is to finish reading all the books we have piled up on our bookshelves, share what we’re reading with others, and maybe find some new books that we want to put on our bookshelves. Because all bookworms know, there will never be a time when you do NOT have about five or six (or twenty) lined up on your “I want to read this” list.

My goal was to finish two books: Lioness Arising by Lisa Bevere and Unleash the Writer Within by Cecil Murphey. The good news is I finished Lioness Arising, the bad news is I didn’t even touch the other one. Ooops.


I’ve had Lioness Arising for four years. FOUR YEARS, I have been reading this book. I’ve started it over at least three times, so I’ve read the first three chapters like, a lot. Don’t get me wrong—it’s a great book. It’s just that I would start reading it and then something would always come up, and by the time I remembered I was reading it I had forgotten the first part so then I’d start it over again.

I think my favorite chapter was chapter nine. In this chapter, Lisa detailed her trip to India where she attempted to capture the stories of girls trapped in sex trafficking. It was heartbreaking to read, because we like to pretend stories like this don’t really happen:

“I entered and couldn’t help but notice another door. It was slightly draped and led to a narrow hallway lined with rows of what looked like bathroom stalls. I later learned this was where the girls slept and serviced their clients. Looking down this hall, I noted a few doors were closed, which could mean a girl was resting or occupied.………I turned to the pastor. He prayed with and for these women. As he called upon heaven, the women in our group moved in among these precious daughters and embraced each one, surrounding them likewise in prayer. In that moment it felt as though the walls moved back. I noticed a customer as he exited, zipping his pants and casting a look of disgust over his shoulder as he went. We were unusual visitors.”

Doesn’t that make your soul hurt for these girls? To know that right now, hundreds of thousands of our sisters across the world are “servicing clients” and living in oppression? If I really think about it, it makes me want to scream and throw things at the injustice of it all. But what Lisa talks about in this book is just that: fighting against darkness. How can we, as women, be strong in our fight against injustice? How can we protect each other? How can we learn to be good leaders, while also respecting our husbands? How do we pray “dangerous prayers” and stand up for our sisters who have no one standing in the gap for them?

I’ve always loved Lisa Bevere and her husband, John. Their ministry and their books always awaken a part of me that was once asleep, and this book was no exception. If you’re looking for a good book to read, I encourage you to pick this one up. I know that it will inspire you as much as it did me!

And be sure to check out Lauren’s link-up ->HERE<- where you can find tons of book reviews from other bloggers. Let’s fill our “to read” list up!

What good books have you read lately? Why did you love it so much? What’s next on your list?



eShakti Review

About three weeks ago I was contacted by eShakti to do a product review. I had heard of eShakti from reading a few reviews from other bloggers, so when I received an e-mail asking if I was interested in trying out one of their products I immediately said yes. For my review I chose the Poplin Fit-and-Flare Retro Frock:


It only took me about ten thousand years to choose a dress because they have so many awesome choices!! Side note: that last sentence may or may not have included a slight exaggeration. But I think my selection worked out quite well!


I really love that all of eShakti’s clothing choices are made to order. They aspire to make every woman feel beautiful, so the items are made to fit your exact size.


Although I love the concept, I’ve always had a rough time ordering clothes online. I tried to order a bathing suit from an online company once and that was like taking a twenty dollar bill and flushing it down the toilet. It would have fit great, had my torso been the length of a preschooler. So you better believe I measured myself about three times just to make sure I was doing everything right. {Spoiler alert: the dress fit perfectly.}


I will say that this particular dress is made out of thicker material than what I’m used to. So I wouldn’t plan on ordering it and wearing it in the summer. But I’m so excited to know I have a nice dress to wear for the fall/winter months! AND, did I mention you can order it with pockets??!? I love pockets in dresses!


You can also change the neckline, sleeve style, and dress length. So if you find a dress you love, but worry about it being too short or the neckline too deep, no worries! You can change all of that while you customize your order.

And the best part? eShakti has offered a coupon code specifically for you guys! Just enter ‘lifewiththecasterlines’ at checkout to receive 10% off. But hurry! The coupon code will expire after September 26th. Please note:

–Code has to be entered in the ‘promotional code’ box. {It is not case-sensitive.}

–Code can be used any number of times until September 26th.

–Code can be added with any other promotional offer, gift coupon or gift card in the same order unless specified in the offer conditions.

–Code is not applicable on clearance/sale, gift cards & overstock categories or on previous purchases.

I’m so loving my new dress by eShakti, and I hope you will click over to the website and browse through some of their amazing selections! They not only offer dresses, but also tops, skirts and jackets as well-all customized to fit your exact size! I can’t wait to wear this dress on our next date night!  😉



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***I was provided with this dress from eShakti to accommodate my review. All opinions, grammar mistakes and overused exclamation marks are my own.***