Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Book Review: The Adventure Bible Book of Daring Deeds...



The Adventure Bible Book of Daring Deeds and Epic Creations: 60 ultimate try-something-new, explore-the-world activities…

This is a GREAT activity book to keep young minds entertained and busy – especially during the summer months on rainy days or during down time! This would age appropriate for ages 6-12, with parental help for some of the projects. There are detailed directions and pictures to show the steps along the way. A few activities that caught my eye:

Aluminum Art ~ Flower Pressing ~ Geocaching ~ How to Build a Fire ~ Obstacle Course ~ Tin Can Telephone…

From the Editor:  Begin your adventure here! The Adventure Bible Book of Daring Deeds and Epic Creations: 60 Ultimate Try-Something-New, Explore-the-World Activities contains lessons on knot tying, writing coded letters, building tree swings, and more, perfect for kids ages 8 and up. Boys and girls will love this interactive book filled with step-by-step guides and fun, full-color illustrations, and parents will enjoy the key verses and biblical takeaways that make this the perfect companion to the NIV Adventure Bible, the #1 Bible for kids. From easy, do-it-yourself crafts to fun outdoor activities, this book will show kids how to find adventure indoors and out.


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Book Review: Always Enough, Never Too Much

Always Enough, Never Too Much:
100 Devotions to Quit Comparing, Stop Hiding, and Start Living Wild and Free

My Thoughts:
Always Enough, Never Too Much contains 100 devotions for a quick read each day. Each devotion is themed and starts with a scripture reference.  Some topics include:
When you don’t have enough energy
When you don’t have enough friends
When you don’t feel like a church gal
When you don’t feel beautiful
When you need affirmation

From the Editor:
We’ve all been there. We know that sneaking, small voice in our heads all too well—you’re too loud. Too quiet. Too young. Too old. Too unimportant. Too ugly. Too silly. Too serious. You’re not as successful as she is—look at her perfect family, look at her high-powered job, look at her great hair and size 4 skinny jeans. Why can’t you be more like her—be more in general? Why do you expect so much from everyone? Why can’t you take up less space? Ask for less? Be less? The lies track well-worn paths in our minds and our hearts, wearing us down and making us question our role in God’s kingdom.

Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan, founders of the Influence Network and bestselling authors of Wild and Free,reject those lies, and you can too with Always Enough, Never Too Much: 100 Devotions to Quit Comparing, Stop Hiding, and Start Living Wild and Free. Through the Scripture and the devotions, find the tools you need to claim the fullness of Jesus in your own life and soak in the encouragement of two girls who will never stop cheering you on!

With a unique flip-book design, these 100 devotions are topical, so you can choose what you need most every time you open the pages. This book is designed for you, the woman who feels like she can be both too much and not enough—sometimes on the same day.


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Embraced by Lysa Terkeurst


This is a great daily read… 100 devotionals bring women closer to fullness in God.

Embraced is the beautiful new devotional from Lysa TerKeurst, the president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and the New York Times bestselling author of Uninvited, The Best Yes, Unglued, and Made to CraveEmbraced features 100 devotions that will resonate with women in all stages of life by giving them a godly perspective on the issues they face each day.
A real embrace indicates an intimate level of closeness. It’s not a high five or a casual handshake. The best kind of embrace is when someone we know deeply loves us flings their arms wide open and pulls us in close.
Our hearts were made for this kind of love and security but for many of us, we know more about the pain of heartbreak and fear than the unconditional love for which we were created. In Embraced, Lysa shares her own struggles, doubts, and heartbreaks while pointing to the Ultimate Embrace: God opening His arms wide on Calvary through Jesus so that He could pull us close for all of eternity.

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.