Josh Turner‘s creative talents extend far beyond writing and singing hit songs. The 36-year-old has also penned his first book, ‘Man Stuff: Thoughts on Faith, Family, and Fatherhood,’ sharing lessons he has learned as a son, husband, father, brother and friend.
“I was raised in a strong Christian family in a tight-knit community in rural South Carolina,” he says in the book’s introduction. “I was taught essential life lessons, like the value of a dollar, what hard work feels like, and how important an education is. I was taught why being thoughtful, respectful, and considerate of others makes life more fulfilling, and why trusting God with your life’s decisions is wise. If all that sounds a little old-fashioned, well, that’s because it is. And I’m okay with that.”
Turner hopes to give readers a personal look into his life on and off the road, as well as offer a few humorous anecdotes.
“In this book you’ll learn a little bit more about how God has shaped and continues to shape me,” he adds. “You’ll also learn about my wife, my boys, and the family I grew up in. I hope you see that the everyday small things in this life really do add up to matter a great deal in the long run. And I hope you’ll smile — even laugh — and gain a little wisdom along the way. Maybe even a lot.”
The South Carolina native gives a lot of the credit for his success to his wife, Jennifer.
“For us, we try to spend time together no matter what we’re doing,” he tells The Boot. “We just work better together. Like anybody else, we have to take a break from each other from time to time, so we can enjoy the times that we are together, but we’ve always been friends and she’s my biggest cheerleader.”
Jace Robertson from ‘Duck Dynasty’ wrote the forward for the new book, which will be released on April 29 from Thomas Nelson Publishers. Pre-order ‘Man Stuff’
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When the cold and flu season revs up, it’s tempting to stock up on all the heavy-duty germ fighters you can find. But it turns out that antibacterial soap may not be more effective than regular soap at keeping you flu-free, and it might even contain harmful chemicals. That’s why the FDA issued a proposed rule this week that would require manufacturers to provide substantial data showing the safety and effectiveness of antibacterial soaps.
So what exactly does that “antibacterial” label mean? It means the product contains a specific agent known to kill bacteria, which in most cases is a chemical called triclosan or triclocarban, says Anthony Hay, Ph.D., associate professor of microbiology at Cornell University. But major spoiler alert: All soap kills germs—not just ones with these ingredients. “Soap is already antibacterial,” says Hay. “It doesn’t need any help. The inclusion of these additional antimicrobial chemicals is overkill.”
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The FDA’s new rule would require soap companies like Dial and Dawn to show that these antibacterial agents are better at preventing illness than regular soap—and show that they’re safe. In the FDA’s consumer report, experts warn about the potential risks of chemicals found in your favorite germ fighters. Lab studies found that these chemicals may work as endocrine disruptors (interrupting the way the hormones work in your body), and experts worry they could lead to antibiotic resistance. Most of this research has been done on mice, so there’s no clear evidence about what effect they could have on humans. But essentially, the FDA wants companies to prove that the benefits would outweigh any potential risks.
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This rule likely won’t result in any drugstore changes until at least 2016, but in the meantime you may want to switch to a simpler soap. Just look for a product that doesn’t list triclosan or triclocarban on the ingredient label—it probably won’t have the label “antibacterial” on it either. “People should realize that they’re not going to compromise their health if they use something that doesn’t say antimicrobial,” says Hay.
– By Casey Gueren, Womens Health
Lennon and Maisy Stella return to the Opry stage to perform a Johnny Cash classic, “Ring of Fire.” Visit http://www.opry.com for more information. © ℗ 2013 Grand Ole Opry, LLC
The Wife told me to put the pie in the oven at 120 degrees.
That really took some doing! But I finally figured it out, but it is so typical of my wife….
I never get any appreciation for the things that do around here!
Thanks for sending it into us Sandra, Barbara
JESUS CALLING: Make Me your default Focus. Try to become conscious of what you think about when your mind is at rest. Many people’s minds gravitate toward worries, work, plans, food, pleasure seeking. Some of these thoughts are useful, while others are not. Most people are not very aware of their thoughts during their down times, but I am quite aware of them. I want you to train your mind to turn toward Me more and more. Think about who I am-Creator, Savior, King of kings. Ponder also My amazing, unending Love for you.
Training your mind to make Me your default Focus is not easy. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you in this challenging endeavor, and He will. However, you must be prepared to cooperate with Him. You need to spend some time in quietness-away from the television, the radio, and other distracting noise. Communicate with Me frequently throughout the day. Using a short prayer such as, Jesus, draw me close to You, can help you return your focus to Me time after time. Also, it is vital to saturate your mind with Scripture, which is all about Me. As you practice these disciplines, you will gradually be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? -Psalm 8:3-4
Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You. -Psalm 119:11 nkjv
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will. -Romans 12:2
Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed-in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.