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

Summary
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:
Request
Gratitude
Lamemt
Intercession
Faith
Repentance
Awe


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.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Book Review: Put the Disciple into Discipline, Parenting with Love and Limits


Put the Disciple into Discipline, Parenting with Love and Limits by MacPherson and Schuknecht

My Thoughts:
Immediately I was intrigued by the title of this book, it was different and covered a much needed topic for me as a parent, foster parent and school leader. Parenting with LOVE and LIMITS - almost ironic in my house. Lol! The authors give the reader (parents) a blueprint for developing their "new" parenting style - by looking at behaviors/situations with a lens to demonstrate God's love. Parents  should teach their children to have a desire to please God with their actions - in turn pleasing parents and themselves. 

Besides tackling the small issues at home, this book looks at large mainstream issues like, friendship, bullying, empathy, kindness, understanding and social situations. This book contains 16 chapters, falling back to the theme of "Serving God at All Times" in parenting with Love and Limits. 





Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Book Review: Dawn of Christianity

Dawn of Christianity by Robert Hutchinson


My Opinion:
This book spans the life of Christ through his birth, ministry, influence and cultural movement in the modern times. It is patterned after a historical documentary and with a narrative flare. There are detailed pictures as well as, timelines with corresponding scripture. The appendix contains a description of events and persons.
Overall, this book gives an accurate narrative history of Christ's ministry and would be a good study tool or reference.

From the Editor:
Using the most recent studies by top Christian and secular scholars, Robert Hutchinson, known for his popular books on Christianity and Biblical Studies, reconstructs all of the known accounts of these early resurrection appearances and follows the witnesses to the resurrection as they experience brutal persecution at the hands of zealots such as Saul of Tarsus and then become committed evangelists to the major population centers in Antioch, Damascus, Rome, and Athens—and ultimately across the world. A riveting thriller of the most improbable history-changing movement imaginable, The Dawn of Christianity brings to life the compelling story of the birth of Christianity.

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

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Book Review: Devotional Coloring Books

This review covers three devotional coloring books:

Joyful Inspiration by Robin Mead
This book is just that "Inspirational"! Each page contains a scenic depiction of a landscape, animal or interaction followed by a relevant scripture.


A Giving Heart by Stephanie Corfee
This book reminds us with pictures ready to be colored about the joy, love and sacrifice that mothers make each day. There are 46 pages and illustrated scripture.

 

The Parables of Jesus by Laura James and Katara Patton
This coloring book contains 46 illustrations based on Jesus' teachings with a devotional and scripture reflection. This would be great for a daily study/quote time.

 


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Book Review: Kid's Visual Study Bible; Explore The Story Of The Bible

Kid's Visual Study Bible; Explore The Story Of The Bible



Book Description

The NIV Kids’ Visual Study Bible, for ages 8–12, brings the Bible to life in four-color illustrated splendor. This study Bible includes a spectacular full-color interior featuring over 700 illustrations, photos, infographics, and maps on every page that visually represent key Bible information. Each page also features important facts located near the relevant verse. Intriguing facts; colorful, engaging maps; photographs; and illustrations make this a Bible they’ll want to explore.


My Thoughts
  • 700+ color photographs, illustrations, infographics, and maps throughout
  • Book introductions, including important facts and an image to introduce the book
  • Space in the margins for notes and doodles
  • The text is small, however around a 9 point font
  • The pages are thin and can rip if turned too quickly
In general, this is a good read for your tween (boy or girl) that is into informational books!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Book Review: Ruth; Discovering Your Place in God's Story

This adult coloring book is an alternative to a traditional bible study/devotional. Each section contains the following sessions:
1. God Has Dealt Me a Hard Blow
2. Don't Worry About a Thing
3. Maybe It's Time to Make Our Move
4. He'll Make You Young Again
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Leader Guide: Ideas to facilitate conversation and promote ideas, prayer and relationship building.

Overall,
A good addition for an individual or weekly study group.



Book Review: The Word Centered Church

My Opinion

The Word Centered Church by Jonathan Leeman, is an easy, yet challenging read - due to the fact that it forces to reader to simply think that Gods word is all that is needed. Written for pastors it intentionally discusses sermon delivery through scripture and biblical content. That many pastors get caught up in delivering a message filled with anecdotal reminders and catchy words.
I highly recommend this thought provoking; as it changes the way pastors look at preachingand and delivery.

From the Editor:

A lot of books give a lot of answers, but the best one comes from Scripture. Word-Centered Church brings that answer into sharp focus. Written by Jonathan Leeman, editorial director for the reputable ministry 9Marks, Word-Centered Church offers a thorough treatment of one of God’s greatest concerns: growing His people and growing His church. 
As simple as the concept may seem, it’s one that many churches miss, and to their own detriment. Because when churches center everything they do on God’s Word—when the pulpit ministry gives direction to every aspect of the church’s life—growth happens God’s way. God’s Word is what creates the church, and it’s what sustains it, too.
Theological and practical, Word-Centered Church focuses on how the church hears, responds to, discusses, implements, and is transformed by Scripture. It’s not about high-octane production, superstar personalities, or postmodern entreaties, but stuff that is really old, really good, and really powerful.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Book Review: You Can Do This!

You Can Do This by Tricia Lott Williford

My Opinion:
You can do this is a self-motivation read that covers an idea or theme in each chapter. Tricia gives a engaging story or example from her childhood that covers motivational topics; a few include: 

  • The Confident Girl Knows Her Story
  • The Confident Girl Knows Her Identity
  • The Confident Girl Appreciates Her Beauty
  • The Confident Girl Takes Her Places At The Smart Table
After each topic there is commentary and biblical supplemental scripture/questions. This book would be good as a daily read or even a part of a book club. 




From the Editor:
Our culture as a whole, and often the Christian culture in particular, discourages confidence in women. Tricia Lott Williford explores how confidence and self-awareness can be a path toward stronger and richer faith. She offers stories and strategies to inspire and lead women to develop the confidence to stand firm in the face of the blows, losses, and disappointments in life.


Readers of this book will think, laugh, and gain confidence to do what is set before them. They will feel hopeful, courageous, strengthened, encouraged, present, and confident. And finally, readers will be equipped to implement simple strategies to inspire contagious confidence in themselves and others.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Book Review: It's Okay About IT

My Opinion:
Adorable updated version of "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff", from the perspective of a 5 year old autistic boy. This book is filled with God's promises and candid truths about the realities of life. 
Great read! 

From the Editor:
Popular blogger Lauren Casper shares poignantly simple yet profound wisdom about removing the barriers we construct around our hearts and doing life full-on, all from the least expected source: her five-year-old son, Mareto.

Five-year-old Mareto finds color and light in the ordinary happenings of every day and delights in beauty just waiting to be found. Those are lessons he shares, often unknowingly, with his mom, Lauren Casper.
For Lauren, living with Mareto is a lot like playing the telephone game. He blurts out little phrases that have their origin in something he saw or heard, but by the time they make their way through his mind and back out of his mouth, they’ve transformed—often into beautiful truths about living a simple, authentic, love- and joy-filled life.
From “it’s okay about it,” a simple reminder that even when life is painful or difficult, things will be okay because God promises never to leave or forsake his children, to “you’re making me feelings,” which teaches the importance of leaning into one’s emotions and, in doing so, sharing a piece of oneself with loved ones—Mareto’s simple yet profound wisdom is a reminder to embrace the broken beauty of life, to believe in a God bigger than human comprehension, and to love others even when it doesn’t make sense.
For all those looking to recapture the faith, simplicity, wonder, hope, courage, and joy of life, It’s Okay About It provides a guide to look inward and live outward, to discover the most wide open and beautiful life possible.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. 

Friday, May 5, 2017

Book Review: Devotions for a Sacred Marraige

From the Editor:

A Year of Weekly Devotions for a Holier, Happier Marriage
Your marriage is more than a sacred covenant with your spouse. It is a relationship God uses to help you know Him more, trust Him more fully, and love Him more deeply.
Devotions for a Sacred Marriage explores how God can reveal Himself to you through your marriage and help you grow closer to Him as well as to your spouse. With fresh insights that build upon the principles found in Sacred Marriage, these fifty-two weekly devotions offer practical, biblical wisdom for nurturing your marriage as an expression of your love for God.
A happy marriage is good, but a holy one is sacred.
My Opinion:
A weekly, scripture based devotional series for married and engaged couples. This is slow to get started, but gives a no frills approach to expectations for spouses and self. 

Book Review: Character of the Church

The Character of the Church is a great resource. This title covers the basics of what makes up a church and the foundation of the Christian church. Joe challenges the reader to find the purpose and their purpose in the local church. The text takes the reader through the preached word, ordinances, leadership, discipline and the mission of the church. This gives directions for a positive outcome when people are obedient to the God led model of the church.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Book Review: How To Overcome Worry

Title: How To Overcome Worry
Author: Dr. Winfred Neely
Moody Publishers

My Opinion:
This book is a great quick read with the following chapters:
• The Troubled Waters of Worry
• A Bold Imperative
• The Antidote to Worry
• A Precious Promise for Hard-Pressed People
• Walking in Freedom From Worry

There is an appendix with specific information regarding prayer, peace, and individual and group discussions questions.

Dr. Neely gives heartfelt personal stories about how he learned through a family matriarch to pray and live with God's peace. Good addition or gift for someone that has a lot on their plate or is a worrier.

From the Publisher

Do you struggle with worry or anxious thoughts on a regular basis? Does your mind get fixated on the same concern over and over? Do you know you should stopworrying but repeatedly fail to do so?
How to Overcome Worry presents a biblical and practical strategy for this exact problem. Dr. Winfred Neely, who has experienced his fair share of anxiety-inducing circumstances, walks you through Philippians 4:6–7 to help you: 
  • Understand the difference between concern and worry
  • Use prayer as a means of grace to overcome worry
  • Cultivate gratitude and thanksgiving as an antidote to worry
  • Navigate changing seasons and circumstances without falling into worry 
  • Employ practicsal strategies for experiencing the peace of God
Worry is one of the top issues in our world today, even among Christians, and this concise and biblical approach will offer real solutions. In His Word, God tells us to stop worrying, pray about everything, and expect His peace. This is a true promise of Scripture, and this book will help you to lay hold of it. 

This book has been provided free of charge in exchange for my honest review. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Book Review: The Woman's Study Bible, NKJV

The Woman's Study Bible (New King James 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!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Book Review: The Beautiful Word, 365 Devotional

The Beautiful Word, 365 Devotional by Zondervan

He has made everything beautiful in its time.
Ecclesiastes 3:11
Your devotional time is precious as you draw near to the Lord and experience His love in your life. The Beautiful Word Devotional is the perfect companion to help you experience His goodness through His Word as beautifully lettered Scripture.
This devotional includes:
  • 182 verses illustrated in full color
  • Special places to write your own reflections
  • Warm devotions for each day of the year
Dive into 365 devotions to nurture your spirit and encourage your heart as God’s Word washes over you with its promises. With lovely devotions and inspiring images, The Beautiful Word Devotional will refresh your heart daily as you seek to enjoy God’s Word in a creative way.
My Opinion 
This devotional is a beautiful addition for a morning quiet time or a quick reminder during your hectic day - of God's goodness. 
Each entry is dated and contains a illustrated verse and on the opposite page a place to jot down your thoughts. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Book Review: I AM; A 60 Day Journey to Knowing Who You Are Because of Who He Is.

Title:  I AM; A 60 Day Journey to Knowing Who You Are Because of Who He Is.

Author: Michele Cushatt


Summary:

This book will solve all of your problems. 

This book is a cup of hot coffee, a ginormous bar of chocolate, or the magical fairy that comes over and does your dishes while you lie in the fetal position clutching a fluffy pillow.


Sometimes when life falls apart the only acceptable response is hysterical laughter. When things get so far gone, so spectacularly a world away from any plans you made or dreams you dreamed, you feel it bubbling up inside of you and you scream, “It’s not fair!” And it isn’t. Fair is an illusion, and life is weird.

 This book will help you laugh at life’s absurd backhands. This book is an empathetic groan of our collective unfairnesses. You might want to throw it across the room, and you might want to hug it like your new best friend. This book is about us sitting down together in our shared mess, taking a deep breath, gripping hands, looking the hard stuff in its beady little eyeballs, and bahahahaaing at it.


Life’s not fair, but we can learn to love this life we didn’t choose.

My Reaction:

This book keeps things so real! Questions, doubts, trials of life - all right here. Filled with heartwarming stories, reassuring scripture and plain ol' good advice. I couldn't put it down!


This book reminds you that you aren't the only one in a situation, and reminds you that you choose your reaction to any situation. Your attitude about an issue is key.


The book is organized in a 60 day format, that is very readable. Ms. Cushatt does an excellent job! 

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 



Monday, March 13, 2017

Book Review: Faithlife Study Bible

Book Review: Faithlife Study Bible
Zondervan

 

Description of Content:
No matter where you are on your faith journey, there’s always more to explore in God’s Word. Dive in and feed your curiosity with the NIV Faithlife Study Bible.
Filled with innovative graphics and rich commentary, this visually stunning study Bible delivers helpful insights designed to inform your faith. Robust study notes are built on the original languages and adapted from the popular Faithlife Study Bible app, which has reached over one million readers.
The balance of striking graphics, comprehensive study features, and intriguing insights from multiple points of view will keep you curious as you explore the treasures of God’s Word.

Features include:
·         The full text of the most read, most trusted modern-English Bible – the New International Version (NIV)
·         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


My Reaction:
This bible gives the reader a genuine text analysis in the new international version. The font size is very readable and a larger print than most study bibles. The pages are thicker than most study bibles - double columns pages provide ample space and durability for note taking and writing in the margins. The easy to reference definitions are helpful – the color maps are a good addition.

Overall, a good addition to any library and my first go to study bible.


I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Book Review: KJV Word Study Bible

Book Review: KJV Word Study Bible

Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 1664
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 9.50 X 6.50 X 2.0 (inches)


Features
KJV paragraph style text with in text sub-headings
Book Introductions
Words of Jesus in red
Word studies 
Index
Scripture passages 
Hebrew and Greek definitions 
Full color maps
Concordance


My Opinion:
The KJV Word Study Bible is a wonderful reference tool for any bible studen, pastor or lay person wanting to expand their knowledge of biblical history and context. The cover is sturdy ina imitation leather. The pages are durable and the font is very readable. 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Book Review: No More Faking Fine

No More Faking Fine: Ending the Pretending by Esther Fleece

A book about LAMENTING before God.


No More Faking Fine is your invitation to get gut-level honest with God through the life-giving language of lament. Lament, a practice woven throughout Scripture, is a prayer that God never ignores, never silences, and never wastes. As author Esther Fleece says, “Lament is the unexpected pathway to true intimacy with God, and with those around us.”
Esther learned this the hard way, by believing she could shut down painful emotions that haunted her from a broken past she tried to forget on her fast track to success. But in silencing her pain, she robbed herself of the opportunity to be healed. Maybe you’ve done the same. 
No More Faking Fine is your permission to lament—to give voice to the hurt, frustration, and disappointment you’ve kept inside and silenced for too long. Drawing from careful biblical study and hard-won insight, Esther reveals how to use God’s own language to draw closer to Him as He leads us through any darkness into His marvelous light. 

My Opinion:
No More Faking Fine is a humbling look about having a genuine relationship with God and other believers. 

I was given a free copy of this book for my honest review. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Book Review: Devotions for Easter

Book Review: Devotions for Easter (Zondervan Publishing Company)

Image result for devotions for easter

Description of Content:
Prepare your heart and mind to celebrate the risen Savior.
It’s time for fresh spring blossoms, colored eggs, special recipes, and family gatherings. This year, with each tradition, small celebration, and new story, take the time to stop and discover the ways Jesus is showing His love for you. In remembering His Easter story—the greatest story ever told—your own will become that much sweeter.
The perfect companion for Lent, Devotions for Easter invites you to find the messages of hope and mercy God places in even the smallest moments of the season. Forty days of warm, inviting readings, prayers, scriptures, and beautiful images will take you through Christ’s journey toward the cross and the miracle of His resurrection. As new life emerges all around you, let your heart be filled with joyful worship of Christ and the renewal He brings.
My Reaction:
  • ·        Beautiful pictures accompany each devotional
  • ·        Daily entry for the 40 days after Easter
  • ·        Author makes a connection with the sights and smells of the holiday
  • ·        Overall, a good addition to any library




I have received a complimentary copy of this book from BookLookBloggers in exchange for my honest review.