Guest Post: 21 Ways to Celebrate Gratitude Idea #20: Donate Used Items to Charity

21 Ways to Celebrate Gratitude
Idea #20: Donate Used Items to Charity

Guest post by Shelley Hitz

Thanksgiving season is soon approaching and this year, I encourage you to take the opportunity to celebrate gratitude.  In the midst of the hustle and bustle of this holiday season, take a moment (or two) to celebrate gratitude.

Don’t forget to check out the free book giveaway below.

Idea #20:  Donate old books, toys and clothes that are in great condition to a good cause.  Most cities have a Salvation Army or Goodwill where you can donate used items.

See all 21 ways to celebrate gratitude this Thanksgiving at Shelley’s website:

Free Gratitude Resource:

On November 14, 15 and 16th, 2012 you can download a FREE Kindle copy of the book, “21 Stories of Gratitude:  The Power of Living Life With a Grateful Heart.”

Get your copy here:

Book Description:

Are you living life to the fullest? Or are you merely surviving from day to day?21 Stories of Gratitude by Shelley Hitz

One way to live life to the fullest is to live each day with a grateful heart. In this book, we share 21 stories of gratitude to give you encouragement and hope in your own journey. Gratitude is possible! Even though many times we cannot change our circumstances, we can change the way we see them. We can ask God to empower us to change our thoughts.

Our prayer for you is that you find encouragement within these pages. And we pray that you will ask God for His strength to renew your mind with His truth and the hope He offers each one of us every day. It is only through Christ renewing our minds that we can truly live each day with a grateful heart.

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2 (NKJV)

Other Gratitude Resources:

  • 21 Days of Gratitude Challenge:   Take the 21 days of gratitude challenge to celebrate Thanksgiving this year.  You can do this by yourself or as a family.
  • 21 Prayers of Gratitude:  Read a prayer of gratitude for 21 days to focus your heart on God and all He has given us.


About the Author:

Author Shelley HitzShelley Hitz has been writing and publishing books since 2008. She is also the author of the website,, that reaches thousands of girls each month around the world. Her openness and vulnerability as she shares her own story of hope and healing will inspire and encourage you.

Shelley has been ministering to teens since 1998 alongside her husband, CJ. They currently travel and speak to teens and adults around the country. Shelley’s main passion is to share God’s truth and the freedom in Christ she has found with others. She does this through her books, websites and speaking engagements.

You can find more about Shelley at or invite her to speak at your event here:

**Always check prices on Amazon before purchase…this title is Free but only for a limited time***


Interviews with Two Authors on the Grace Filled Christmas Blog Tour

Make sure to check out the Grace Filled Blog Tour. Mik will be making her own stop on this tour later in December…but don’t miss all the great posts this Christmas season!

Grace Awards

 Twenty-two talented authors are participating in the Grace Filled Christmas Blog Tour, sponsored by the Grace Awards. These writers have a great love for Christmas and would like to share with the public their thoughts about what inspires them and their Christmas memories.

NIKE CHILLEMI (BURNING HEARTS, GOODBYE NOEL, PERILOUS SHADOWS, classic historical murder mystery series with romance and action)

Grace Awards:  Tell us about your fondest Christmas memory?

Nike:  I missed my paternal grandmother terribly when I was a little girl when she moved across the country. Coupled with that I wished I could have a fancy party dress, which we could not afford. We spent Christmas at my maternal grandmother’s house. My mother, father, and all my aunts and uncles shooed me off to bed. By the excitement in their eyes, I knew something was up. When I got up on Christmas morning there was a huge box wrapped in plain paper with postage…

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Young Adult fiction that inspires action

Nail-biting suspense with purpose

I downloaded Elite of the Weak for my teenager, and got sucked into it before I could even tell him about it. I was captivated by the young heroine with her unique background and perspective. There’s something in all of us that suspects we’d play the hero if we had a real opportunity, and Hadassah’s first opportunity was such an invigorating ride that as a reader, there’s just no putting this book down.

I love the heart behind this novel – Yates obviously has a passion for freeing the slaves bound in human trafficking, and Elite of the Weak not only brings the issue to light, it activates the reader to get involved. She covers delicate subject matter carefully so not to damage the innocence of any reader, but gets enough of the point across to stir the readers sense of justice.

The tidbits of spiritual instruction in the book are Biblical and vital for our times. The setting is speculative near-future possible reality, and I appreciated the care the author took to paint a vivid and plausible scape, using scripture as her lens. The book doesn’t read preachy, although the characters are at times intensely studying and learning Biblical concepts.

The sequel is available so readers can have immediate resolution for the cliffhanger ending and plunge headlong forward with this Revelation Special Ops team as their assignments continue. I highly recommend this for teenagers and adults alike.

Elite of the Weak by Precarious Yates – Available in paperback or Kindle.

For every wife who needs insight into the heart of a grieving husband

Emotional and Encouraging

My Emily does something few women have ever seen. It gives an honest, in-depth look at the emotional guts of a man; not just any man, but one who is hurting and mourning. If you are a wife who is or has dealt with heartbreaking diagnoses, family hardships or the death of a child, and you’ve wondered how your spouse is handling it…you need to read My Emily. Too often men in crisis keep their emotions bottled up and coast on what seems like auto-pilot which can be incredibly difficult for women to process. Matt Patterson does a great job of providing insight into what goes on inside that auto-pilot world.

This book is a must-read for women who need that insight, but also for men who could use some help putting words to their own pain. Matt’s honesty and ability to be both raw and witty will help men who face their own crises to see that vulnerability is manly too, and transparency is important, even if it ends up being in retrospect.My Emily made me gasp, weep, and even chortle as Patterson handily shared his deepest heartbreak with real humanity and strength of spirit.

Author’s Review of The Angel Crest Deception

Available Now

This suspense/thriller has been our labor of love for the last six years. What started out as a compilation of personal stories shared with us about all types of spiritual battles became a full-scale action adventure. The Angel Crest Deception uses a type of writing called Speculative Fiction, which takes historical figures and facts, ties in current events and headlines, and in our case plays a scenario forward through the lens of Biblical prophecy. We believe that lens is the only way to comprehend accurately what is going on in our world.

Many people have asked us if this book is “apocalyptic” or takes a stand on end times eschatology. The Angel Crest Deception shows a snapshot of a near-future possible reality based on political and technological advances in recent years, but doesn’t espouse any one specific end times viewpoint.

Prophecy unfolds one step at a time, and politically those steps can look like a Gene Kelley dance in the rain. We can tell from the news that the groundwork is being laid rapidly for national and global implementation of human tagging. We know from the Bible that the Mark of the beast is coming, and have a basic idea of how it will be used. In The Angel Crest Deception, the battle is over one step in the process, an attempt to delay the prophetic inevitable.

The reality is, God’s plan is unfolding, the ball is rolling, no one can deny that all the signs are in place and increasing. We won’t be able to stop prophecy from coming to pass, but there are those who would seek to stall it for the sake of saving more souls. To delay the prophetic inevitable. The dichotomy of that is that by stalling, yes, we may get time to reach more unbelievers with the Gospel, but we will also lose more to the rampant apostacy that is already devouring the Church.

That apostacy is in great part to the fantastic spiritual battle that rages in the heavenlies, and touches each of us in one way or another. Any foothold the enemy can get in our lives, he will exploit for our destruction. We are supposed to be one step ahead of him but we’ve been lazy as a culture and lied to by our leaders, so that many Christians have allowed footholds they don’t even realize. The personal stories in The Angel Crest Deception are composites of experiences by real people and the various outworkings of spiritual crisis due to footholds. We hope that by exposing some of the enemy’s schemes in a fictional setting, and giving hope for the victory we have through Jesus, that readers will have new tools and be encouraged to examine their own lives and eliminate those areas the enemy is using to invade and destroy.

The themes in ACD are dark, the main character is an agnostic who moonlights as a vampire role-player, so sensitive Christian readers may feel uncomfortable, but the Gospel message and spiritual freedom are offered in a way that’s fresh and easy on the non-believer’s digestion. This makes a great book to pass on to the skeptic in your life.

The Angel Crest Deception will captivate the imaginations of teen readers, but I recommend parents read it first. Our son read it at 14, and devoured it in one sitting (granted, he sat for six hours) but the topics in the book were already familiar to him. Use discernment.

Available in paperback or eReader formats.

What readers are saying about The Angel Crest Deception:

“ Co-authors Greg and Mikaya Kayne have done a masterful job of taking an historical “what if” and turning it into a fascinating modern day thriller. ” D. O. Allen

“ I found it hard to put the book down – so I didn’t…just kept reading!! ” Momof4

“ The future of Christian thrillers is here, in the Kaynes! ” Kim Huther