Monday, March 26, 2018

Book Review: The Way of Abundance: A 60-Day Journey into a Deeply Meaningful Life


The Way of Abundance: A 60-Day Journey into a Deeply Meaningful Life by Ann Voskamp

I think this book was written specifically for me… Ann takes a topic that is often times pushed under the rug in the Christian community: GRIEF & DISSAPOINTMENT. The typical response when asking how someone is doing is, “ Blessed and Highly Favored”. While we are a blessed people, the bible never promises that we would be without struggle – trial or persecution. Ann gives examples on good ways to cope with grief with anecdotal and biblical examples.
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What do you do when you wake up and feel like you're not enough for your life? Or when you look out the kitchen window as dusk falls and wonder how do you live when life keeps breaking your heart?

In sixty vulnerably soulful stories, The Way of Abundance moves from self-weary brokenness to Christ-focused givenness. Drawing from the critically acclaimed, New York Times bestseller The Broken Way and Ann's online essays, this devotional dares us to embrace brokenness as a gift that moves us to givenness as a way to draw closer to the heart of God. Christ Himself broke like bread, giving Himself to us so we might have a lifelong communion with Him. Could it be that our brokenness is also a gift to the world?

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review.


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Book Review: Journal the Word Reference Bible, NIV


Zondervan Publishing

What a beautiful bible!! There is ample room with lined edges in the margins to journal, take notes and elaborate on the text. The font size is very readable and the book has a good weight and size. This would be a great gift for a graduate or writer. J

The NIV Journal the Word™ Reference Bible allows you to capture your thoughts next to treasured verses while cross referencing Scripture in the accurate, readable, and clear New International Version (NIV) translation. This single-column, red-letter edition features thick paper with lightly ruled lines in the extra-wide margins, perfect to reflect on God’s Word and enhance your study.
Expertly designed for the New International Version (NIV) text, Comfort Print® delivers a smooth reading experience that complements the most widely read contemporary-English Bible translation.
Excellent for a gift or for personal use, it can also be a cherished heirloom to pass on to future generations with your personal writings inside!
Features of this treasured Bible include:
·         Side-column cross-reference system
·         Lined, wide margins for notes and reflections
·         Thick cream paper for enduring note-taking
·         Complete text of the accurate, readable, and clear New International Version (NIV)
·         Easy-to-read text
·         Words of Christ in red
·         Lays flat in your hand or on your desk
·         Elastic closure
·         Ribbon marker
·         9.3-point print size
·         Exclusive NIV Comfort Print®


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


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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Book Review: Jesus Calling Encouragement


Jesus Calling 50 Devotions for Encouragement by Sarah Young

My Opinion:
Jesus Calling 50 Devotions for Encouragement by Sarah Young is another gem in her collection. This includes short but powerful readings – including a scripture, colorful image and inspirational reading.

Features Include:

More than 20 million people have been touched by Jesus Calling®. Experience Sarah’s words in a new way, focused specifically on the comfort only Jesus can provide. The Jesus Calling topical devotionals—releasing simultaneously—each feature 50 readings from Jesus Calling with relevant Scripture verses on the topics of comfort, peace, and encouragement.
Through the scrapes, upsets, and meltdowns of life, loving parents offer comfort to their child. Our Lord longs to do the same to you. Jesus Calling 50 Devotions for Comfort is written as though Jesus Himself is speaking hope and comfort directly to your heart.
Readers around the world already love how Sarah’s words connect with them on a daily basis. Now the new Jesus Calling topical devotionals offer a way to focus even more deeply on the major felt needs in your life . . . and in the lives of your friends, family, church, school, and co-workers.
With a beautiful, vibrant cover and stunning four-color photography, this topical devotional is a natural addition to the Sarah Young brand—and the perfect way to pour into those you love.

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

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Book Review: Jesus Calling 50 Devotions for Comfort


Jesus Calling 50 Devotions for Comfort by Sarah Young

My Opinion:
Jesus Calling 50 Devotions for Comfort by Sarah Young is another gem in her collection. This includes short but powerful readings – including a scripture, colorful image and inspirational reading.

Features Include:

More than 20 million people have been touched by Jesus Calling®. Experience Sarah’s words in a new way, focused specifically on the comfort only Jesus can provide. The Jesus Calling topical devotionals—releasing simultaneously—each feature 50 readings from Jesus Calling with relevant Scripture verses on the topics of comfort, peace, and encouragement.
Through the scrapes, upsets, and meltdowns of life, loving parents offer comfort to their child. Our Lord longs to do the same to you. Jesus Calling 50 Devotions for Comfort is written as though Jesus Himself is speaking hope and comfort directly to your heart.
Readers around the world already love how Sarah’s words connect with them on a daily basis. Now the new Jesus Calling topical devotionals offer a way to focus even more deeply on the major felt needs in your life . . . and in the lives of your friends, family, church, school, and co-workers.
With a beautiful, vibrant cover and stunning four-color photography, this topical devotional is a natural addition to the Sarah Young brand—and the perfect way to pour into those you love.

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


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Book Review: NKJV Faithlife Illustrated Study Bible

The NKJV Faithlife Illustrated Study Bible (Zondervan) is written with clarity for today’s reader. It gives an in depth and detailed introduction to each chapter to include:
§  Introduction
§  Background
§  Structure
§  Map
§  Timeline
§  Outline
§  Themes

Each book is filled with timelines, graphics and visual sources – for example, in Genesis there are images that display creation, the firmament and genealogy.  This is a very detailed source that would be a great addition to a home/study library! The font is very readable – 9 pt font and the binding is sturdy.

Features Include:
§  The full text of the New King James Version (NKJV) translation
§  In depth book introductions that include an outline and information on authorship, background, structure, themes, and a map, a timeline, or both
§  Verse-by-verse study notes with the unique focus of revealing nuances from the original biblical languages for modern readers
§  Informative contributions by respected scholars and best-selling authors including Charles Stanley, Randy Alcorn, and Ed Stetzer, among others
§  Over 100 innovative full color infographics, comprehensive timelines and informative tables to enrich Bible study
§  Three detailed life-of-Jesus event timelines chronicling his infancy and early ministry, the journey to Jerusalem, and the passion and resurrection
27 family trees and people diagrams illustrate the interconnectedness of key characters in Scripture
§  Helpful overview articles give a bird’s-eye view of the books of the Bible, noting the type of literature and key themes of each book.
§  14 original color maps at the back of the Bible provide historical and geographical context for key events of the Old and New Testaments



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

Friday, February 9, 2018

Book Review: The Woman’s Study Bible (NIV)

The Woman's Study Bible (New International Version) by Thomas Nelson

Receiving God's Truth For Balance, Hope, And Transformation...

Features:
Beautiful full-color design throughout Detailed biographical portraits of over 100 biblical women Thousands of extensive verse-by-verse study notes Over 300 in-text topical articles on relevant issues Insightful essays by women who are recognized experts in the fields of theology, biblical studies, archaeology, and philosophy Book introductions and outlines Hundreds of full-color in-text maps, charts, timelines, and family trees Quotes from godly women throughout history Set of full-page maps of the biblical world Topical index Concordance.

My Opinion:
This Woman's Study Bible by Thomas Nelson is truly BEAUTIFUL!! I was surprised by the quality and attention to detail in this text. The text is large print, but not overwhelming. The pages are thick enough for highlights and notes and there is ample room in the margin for comments. 
There are sections that highlight women in the bible; additionally, there is a subject section with a narrative/story that is biblically related. Like "being a widow'...

What a nice gifto for a young woman, new mother or older mother of the church. This upgraded edition is nicely done!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Book Review: Trade Your Cares for Calm by Max Lucado


 Book Review: Trade Your Cares for Calm by Max Lucado


My Opinion:
This is a humbling collection of finding Jesus in the everyday hurts and experiences of life. There are ten chapters that include short readings relating to finding CALM. This would be a great daily read in the middle of a busy day or a gift.
The chapters are:
1.     Face Fear and Anxiety
2.     Walk Away from Worry
3.     Conquer Control
4.     See God’s Goodness
5.     Receive God’s Mercy
6.     Get Rid of Guilt
7.     Silence “If Only”
8.     Catch Calm
9.     Practice Gratitude
10. Pray His Peace

HarperCollins Publishing:
If you’re trembling on a tightrope of fear and worry, get ready for the best trade ever: your cares for God’s calm. What if faith, not fear, could be your default reaction to circumstances? Imagine being able to walk away from worry, conquer the need to control, get rid of guilt, and end if-only thinking.
That’s God’s offer. He wants to exchange your burdens for an abundance of mercy, gratitude, and trust. To replace striving and stress with a faith-filled life in which you’ll see God’s goodness, feel calm in chaos, and find peace through prayer.
Bestselling author Max Lucado understands what it’s like to feel overwhelmed by anxiety. Through unforgettable stories and biblical wisdom, he offers powerful tools to help you manage your fears and worries.


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