Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Book Review: Get Out of That Pit

Get Out of That Pit by Beth Moore, is the newest self-care, personal growth text written by the Christian author. This book challenges its reader with the following:
*Life In the Pit
*Getting Out of Your Pit
*Waiting on God fornYour Deliverance
*Our Pit less Future

We don't have to be stuck where life places is, or where we put ourselves.
There is also a study guide, endnotes and prayers.

Great read!
Girl Talk Guy Talk with Devotions by Jesse Florea and Karen Whiting and published by Tyndale is a good staring guide for communication dialogue for tweens and teens. 

The book is written in a Q & A format with alternating discussions about the same topic relating to a male and female perspective. Some topics are: Laughing, Reputation, Regrets, Decisions, Materialism, Motivation to name a few...

From the Editor:

One of the most awkward things about growing up is learning to communicate with the opposite sex. What is she thinking? Why did he do that? Teen guys and girls know they often don’t understand the opposite sex or know how to talk to one another. 

Communication is a key tool in life. We interact with words, gestures, and movements. The devotions in Girl Talk Guy Talk give insights that focus on different aspects of teen life to help both guys and girls better understand and communicate with the opposite sex. Various styles of devotions, including stories, checklists, quizzes, fact-based news, text messages, and skill-building tips will encourage and equip young girls and guys to understand how the opposite sex is wired and how to best relate with them.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Book Review: Goliath Must Fall

Goliath Must Fall, by Louie Giglio & Published by Thomas Nelson

This book is a must read! The author has crafted this book as a realistic retelling/account of the David and Goliath story in the Old Testament. The author contends that fear, rejection, anger and addition are some of the “Giants” many people face at some point in their lives; he gives the reader some things to think about and consider. 
Own the issue, declare there is a “giant” that needs to be taken down.
Look toward God for the ultimate success over the giants in one’s life. 

My Opinion
This book was inspiring and challenged me to look at many things that have a stronghold over my life and identify them as “giants”.  I would recommend this to anyone looking to grow in Christian faith.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Book Review: The Weekly Prayer Project

The Weekly Prayer Project: A Challenge to Journal, Pray, Reflect and Connect with God.  - Zondervan Publishing

This journal is a great guide to promote a prayerful relationship with God. The theme and format create a fun environment to read, reflect, journal and plan. 

There are 52 weeks that cover the following topics:

This weekly journal activity is very engaging. One can learn a great deal by using this reflection guide. 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Book Review: Can I Just Hide in Bed Until Jesus Comes Back?

Can I Just Hide in Bed 'Til Jesus Comes Back?
Martha Bolton & Christin Ditchfield

My Thoughts:
This reviewer finds this book an interesting read. One is able to possibly see themselves in the examples the authors expressed. The authors use of relevant examples also leaves one to ponder the realism of fear and how it can control ones life. The authors have a crafty way to intertwine scriptures in this book. This reviewer also found this book to have situations that would make one laugh. This was a good page turner, and that made the book a fast read.

From the Editor:
Depression, fear, a sense of unworthiness, and unfulfilled dreams can make women retreat to their beds--figuratively and literally--and refuse to face life. Yet most of the time, hiding in bed makes matters worse. Who needs emotional bedsores? Authors ...

Book Review: Almost There, Searching for Home in a Life on the Move

Almost There, Searching for Home in a Life on the Move
Bekah DiFelice

My Opinion
This book had the potential to being a really good read. This book is more of a biographical novel - I wasn't expecting that. The writing perspective has a "diary"feel; and is written choppy and doesn't follow traditional writing conventions. Ms. DiFelice uses this book as a format to share her experiences in life.

From the Editor
Sometimes God leads people out of familiar territory so he can tell them who they are. That moment you depart, you experience reinvention, renewal, and freedom. You get a redo on the adjectives associated with your name.

Almost There is for those on the move and those who feel restless right where they are. It’s for those who struggle with not belonging, with feeling unsettled, with believing that home is out of their reach, at least for the moment. And Almost There is for those who find themselves in a transient lifestyle they didn’t expect―say, moving across the country for a new job or the military or an opportunity to begin again.

With imaginative storytelling and witty, relatable prose, Bekah DiFelice offers wisdom for those struggling to belong in a world where home is constantly shifting. When our hope of home is rooted in an unchangeable God, we are not uprooted, lost, or made homeless by change. We become found ones on the move.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Book Review: 8 Minutes or Less...Writing Faithful Sermons Faster

8 Minutes or Less...Writing Faithful Sermons Faster 

8 Hours or Less: Writing faithful sermons faster by [Huguley, Ryan]

Ryan Huguley does a phenomenal job in giving pastors, teachers and lay leaders strategies to write a gospel driven sermon when under a time crunch! 

This book allows pastors to effectively spread the work load of sermon creation throughout the week prior to presenting. There is a chapter called "Working the Process". There is also an appendix with summary, notes and a tool box to help pastors and lay people use this system. A must for a resource library!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my review.