Thursday, April 20, 2017

A Fragile Hope

Cynthia Ruchti is a master at crafting characters you feel like you know.  It seems like Josiah and Karin become your personal friends as you see their story unravel ... as well as their marriage.  Josiah knows all the right words - he's helped others with marriage struggles - but when he sees his own marriage falling apart, he has no idea how to fix it.  The story becomes even more interesting when Karin's life is in danger.  The path back to healing is a long one with many lessons for the reader.  It is not preachy, but tells a story that many will be able to relate to.  Ruchti keeps the reader interested and turning pages goes way too quickly as you near the end.....you don't want the friendship with Josiah and Karin to end.


Friday, April 07, 2017

Unsinkable Faith

Tracie Miles' Unsinkable Faith is a read that challenged me on many levels.  We struggle with taking negative thoughts captive - that is just truth.  Miles explores this in her book and gives real examples of how to let positivity rule instead of negative thoughts.  She shows through real women's lives how choosing positivity can change your mind and renew your thoughts.

Unsinkable Faith is a breath of fresh air for anyone longing for a heart full of joy, an unbreakable smile, and a new, more optimistic perspective on life. This book will equip you to:
-Replace pessimism with positive thinking by becoming the captain of your thoughts;
-Learn how true joy and happiness are based on choice, not circumstances;
-Overcome unhealthy habits of negative thinking by intentionally implementing three easy mind-renewing steps;
-Stop feeling hopeless and pitiful, and start feeling hope-filled and powerful instead; and
-Discover that when you change the way you think, you change the way feel, and in turn you can change your life completely.


About the author:
Tracie Miles is a national speaker with Proverbs 31 Ministries and a bestselling author who's spent the last twelve years inspiring women to become who God called them to be. She's the author of "Your Life Still Counts" and "Stressed-Less Living," and a contributor to Proverbs 31 Ministries daily devotions.
Find out more about Tracie at http://traciemiles.com.

To see what others are saying about this book, visit the blog tour page.


Have negative thought patterns overtaken your life and shaken your faith? Learn how to anchor your heart in God despite what storms roll in in Tracie Miles' new book, Unsinkable Faith. Each chapter explores Tracie's and other women's personal stories, showing how they rose above their circumstances by transforming and renewing their minds. Unsinkable Faith is a breath of fresh air for anyone longing for a heart full of joy, an unbreakable smile, and a new, more optimistic perspective on life.

Join Tracie and other readers on April 25th for a fun Facebook Live event and the Anchored in Faith Prize Pack Giveaway (details below)!


One grand prize winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 25. The winner will be announced at the Unsinkable Faith Facebook Live event. RSVP for a chance to connect with Tracie and others searching for unsinkable faith, as well as for a chance to win other prizes!

RSVP today and spread the word-tell your friends about the giveaway via social media and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 25th!


**I was sent a copy of the book by the publisher for an honest review on my blog.

Woman's Study Bible

I was sent a beautiful Bible and I want to make sure you know it's available with all new features!  The Woman's Study Bible in the NKJV is gorgeous.  The cover is beautiful and the layout is nice.  Some of the new and improved features are:


-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
In this new version, a group of women from all different ethnicities and backgrounds came together to decide what was most important in a Bible that had at it's main goal to "speak to a woman's heart ... throughout the Bible text, revealing Scripture-based insights about how godly womanhood grows from a woman's identity as a Christ-follower and a child of the Kingdom."
Do not miss this gorgeous new woman's Bible.
To read what others have thought of the Bible - go here.
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You're invited to receive God's truth for balance, hope, and transformation in the fully revised and redesigned The NKJV Woman's Study Bible. The new edition features a beautiful, full-color redesign and poignantly reveals the Word of God with Scripture insights and the contributions of more than eighty women from a wide variety of ethnic, denominational, educational, and occupational backgrounds. Special features designed to speak to a woman's heart appear throughout the Bible text, revealing Scripture-based insights about how godly womanhood grows from a woman's identity as a Christ-follower and a child of the Kingdom.

This spring, cultivate your heart's spiritual roots and enter to win the Grow in the Word Giveaway!


One grand prize winner will receive:
Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on April 27. The winner will be announced April 28 on the Litfuse blog.


**I was sent a copy of this Bible by the publisher for an honest review on my blog.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Once Upon A Time Bible

I was asked to look at this new Bible and Bible storybook for younger readers and I have been pleasantly surprised.  The Once Upon a Time Bible is a great way to show kids "The Bible is not a fairy tale.  Every great story happened once upon a time."  So the editors are showing how the stories are true but it is presented with pictures that show fairytale settings.  I think girls, especially, will love it.  It is printed in the New International Reader's Version and the pictures throughout really make it attractive to our younger readers.

The Once Upon a Time Storybook Bible takes many of the popular Bible stories and begins each with "Once Upon a Time".  They impress upon children in the opening that all of the stories are true but that they are going to begin as all good stories do with "Once Upon a Time."  It's creative and fun - and maybe will open up new avenues to discuss after you read the familiar stories with your little ones.




**I was sent copies for review by the publisher.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Argyle Fox

Treat yourself to a children's book that you and your child will enjoy!  Marie Letourneau's Argyle Fox is just that!  It's a fun story about a fox who just wants to play outside in the wind.  BUT everything he tries doesn't seem to work in the wind.  I can just hear the little ones saying, "Yes, that will work,"  or "No, that won't work!"  And just wait until you see what Argyle Fox finds that DOES work in the wind... every child will smile as they relate to his struggle!


*I was sent a copy of the book by the publisher for an honest review on my blog.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Control Girl

What caught me right off on the cover of this book was the title - The Control Girl:  Lessons on Surrendering Your Burden of Control from Seven Women in the Bible.  Control is a burden - that's what it says - a burden.  Do you think of control as a burden?  If you don't or even if you'd just like to know more, Shannon Popkin's book will challenge you on the topic.  By studying the lives of Eve, Sarah, Hagar, Rebekah, Leah, Rachel, and Miriam, you can see how much of a burden the need for control can be.  As women, we weren't meant to carry the need for control and Popkin shows how it's selfish and self-protective and it can ruin lives and steal the joy you were meant to have.  I loved the humor Popkin uses to make her point....sometimes I caught myself chuckling out loud!  The book is easy to read, with short chapters that drive the points home.  There are so many ways to apply the challenges to your own life too - the book is practical and applicable.


*I was sent a copy of the book by the publisher for an honest review on my blog.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Kari Jobe - The Garden

A new Kari Jobe CD is out!!!  Pause for a moment of joyful celebration!

And it's all I hoped it would be and more!
I have some favorites off the album already -

"Let Your Glory Fall" is WONDERFUL!  It is meditative and uplifting - and catchy....I find myself singing the words throughout my day. "Let your glory fall...overwhelm my soul."

"Heal our Land" is a tender cry for more of His mercy and revival in our land.  "Breathe on your church, pour out your presence, speak through your word."

"Speak to Me" could be my daily prayer - "Speak to me, I'm listening."  

Don't miss the simplicity and yet the deep truths in Jobe's lyrics - I resonated with so much in this album - it is powerful!



*I was sent a copy of the CD for an honest review on my blog.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

The Ology

I want you to be aware of a book that crossed my path this week that I think is quite a find!  The Ology is a book that focuses on theology - and shares it in a way that is both understandable to younger children and shared in a fun way.  The book begins with two young children finding a secret doorway in the bottom of a cathedral and upon entering, they find a book called The Ology.  Thus begins chapters that focus on many different truths we find in the Bible told in bite-able chapters.

The publisher says, "Arranged within a traditional systematic theological framework, each truth in The Ology is also connected to the larger redemptive story of Scripture. The doctrine of God, for example, is presented in the larger framework of creation, where the attributes of God are on display and easier to understand. Designed for six-year-olds through preteens, this flexible resource includes built-in adaptations for use with younger or older children, so that entire families can enjoy it together."

I strongly feel even adults will benefit from the easily-understandable theology presented here.  This isn't a children's book - it's one all families could benefit from reading together. 

Monday, December 19, 2016

When Jesus was a Green-Eyed Brunette

Want to challenge your spiritual life a bit?  Then I'd say to pick up Max Davis' When Jesus was a Green-Eyed Brunette and let the words sink in.  Davis uses real-life encounters and true stories to show how we can draw near to God in the most unexpected ways.  He shows how Jesus is alive and well and STILL doing supernatural things through his in depth look at scripture and life stories.  I am not sure how you can read this and not come away with new eyes to see Christ moving all around you.  He starts off in the first chapter introducing us to the Green-Eyed Brunette who changed his life with her story.  As Davis states, "It's a book about how real He really is and how allowing Jesus to live through us impacts our circumstances and the people around us."

 

*I was sent a copy of the book by the publisher in return for an honest review on my blog.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Waiting for Wonder

Waiting is hard - no two ways about it - I can't think of many who enjoy waiting.  And for good reasons.....because waiting is not easy....we can begin to lose hope if the waiting continues too long as well.  I think that is why I so enjoyed Marlo Schalesky's book, Waiting for Wonder.  She shows, through the life of Sarah in the Bible, how waiting can also bring joy and blessing.  There can be wonder in waiting and Schalesky brilliantly points this out to her readers.  The book is well-written and easy to read and FULL of scripture through story.  I was encouraged and challenged through this book...I WILL be recommending it!


*I was sent a copy of the book by the publisher for an honest review on my blog.

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Getaway with God

Do you long to getaway and spend time with God in quiet and alone?  I think we all do - but how in the world can one make that happen in the world in which we live?  Letitia Suk's Getaway with God shows you exactly how to make that happen - from taking a short break to a weeklong retreat.  She is practical and tries to keep budget in mind as well as busy families.  She explains all different kinds of retreats and how each might be best for you.  I thought this book was genius - much-needed in our fast-paced world.  You can glean from all of her research and study and plan a getaway with God that will be just right for you.


*I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher for an honest review on my blog.

Pray A to Z

There is not ONE THING I don't love about this little book!  Pray A to Z by Amelia Rhodes is a fabulous resource for Believers as we attempt to find new ways to pray intentionally.  In Pray A to Z, Rhodes gives us a practical guide for praying for our communities.  Each letter of the alphabet has a few different words that start with that letter that remind us how to pray for the area in which we live.  So, for example, A has entries on Adoption, Abuse, Alcoholism, Abundance, Almighty.  She adds short thoughts on each and a prayer.  I love the whole idea - how to pray for those around us in a strategic fashion and possibly in ways you've never considered before.  Let's use it a guide and take off from there praying for our neighbors!



**I was sent a copy of the book by the publisher for an honest review on my blog.

Monday, December 05, 2016

Tennessee Christmas

Amy Grant has a new Christmas album, Tennessee Christmas.  Remember how well-loved her famous A Christmas Album was??   Well this one will bring back all of the old and blend in some new - guaranteed to bring reminiscing and smiles to fans.  I enjoyed her new album - full of favorites like "Tennessee Christmas" and holiday staples like "O Come All Ye Faithful" but add in new songs like "Christmas for You and Me", "Melancholy Christmas", and "December".  Even the new songs have the "Amy Grant" feel - to remind us of the best of old times and new.


**I was sent a copy of this album by the publisher in exchange for an honest review on my blog.

Friday, December 02, 2016

Charlie the Tramp

One of America's favorite children's authors has a book reissued to celebrate a 50th anniversary!  Russell Hoban's Charlie the Tramp is back and just in time for Christmas!  You remember Russell Hoban, right?  He's famous for the Frances stories- Bread and Jam for Frances was one of our favorites.  Well Charlie the Tramp is sure to be a new favorite.  I love the tender tale and I'm thrilled it was re-issued.  Don't miss the amazing illustrations we all know and love by Lillian Hoban!  This is really a book from long ago that should not be overlooked!

** I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher for an honest review on my blog.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Experiencing God through His Names

Sheryl Giesbrecht has written a book that will help grow and challenge your faith.  Experiencing God through His Names is a great book that is set up with each chapter being a different name of God.  Giesbrecht uses scripture and everyday life to challenge the reader to go deeper with God by experiencing His names and claiming what they mean to us as Believers.  The chapters are short and easy to digest.  I could see myself going through this short title every year to remind myself of who God is.  This was a great reminder and encouragement to me - would make an excellent gift for a friend as well!



*I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher for an honest review on my blog.

Where Jesus Slept

What a delightful new Christmas story!  Norma Lewis has written Where Jesus Slept, a beautiful new picture book for Christmas.  In the tradition of "This is the House that Jack Built" you can go through the Christmas story in a whole new way.  The rhyming and sing-song fashion of the story lends itself beautifully to sharing with little ones.  I loved this - it would be so fun as a read-aloud with your little ones this Christmas.  The illustrations by Katy Hudson are gorgeous as well.  You can't go wrong with this story this Christmas season! 


*I was sent a copy by the publisher for review purposes on my blog.

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Say and Pray Devotions

Diane Stortz's new board book, Say & Pray Devotions is a great idea for a board book.  It's a simple, fun way to introduce your little one to new words, biblical truths, and so much more.  The book gives a short - VERY SHORT - sentence, words to talk about on each page, a short Bible verse, and a prayer.  It's perfect for tiny hands and tiny bodies which are not able to sit still for long!  If you have a little one or need a gift for a little one - this may just be it!



*I was sent a copy of the book by the publisher for an honest review on my blog.

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Refresh: Spiritual Nourishment for Parents of Children with Special Needs

Sometimes we just need to be encouraged and that is exactly what this book did for me.  Parenting isn't easy to start with, but throw in a child with special needs and those challenges can be overwhelming.  We are going through this in our very own home as we speak...nothing easy about this task that we are called to.  But a breath of fresh air came to me in the form of Kimberly Drew and Jocelyn Green's book Refresh.  It is a compilation of stories about parenting children who have all forms of special needs....the challenges, the joys, and so much more.  It is one of those books that you need to devour slowly and process but I was encouraged over and over through the words of many who have gone before me on this journey.  If you need encouragement today - don't miss this book.



*I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher for an honest review on my blog.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

40 Days to a Joyful Motherhood

Coloring is all the rage and I must admit that I enjoy that stress-relieving activity!  I have toyed with Bible journaling and find it all to be quite a fun pastime.  So Sarah Humphrey's 40 Days to a Joyful Motherhood is a tool I am finding myself devouring.  The layout is so simple - a devotion for 40 days with a coloring page opposite it.  For me, it's perfect - I am not a doodler or artist so I love having it all created for me and all I need to do is add color and make it my own.  It is a fabulous idea and one that lets me be creative in my time with God.  The devotions are also great reminders to me- and sometimes challenging - which is ok too....we need that sometimes!  This will be my go-to gift for my girlfriends - it's wonderful!


I love what the publisher's website says:
40 Days to a Joyful Motherhood: Devotions and Coloring Book to Nourish Mom (Abingdon Press, August 2016)

Nourishment for a mother's soul through 40 days of devotion and . . . doodling!

Wouldn't it be marvelous if mothering came with a concrete set of instructions---an easy recipe we could follow? Instead, motherhood challenges women to find their faith, their true selves, and their family through daily doses of trial and error. It is a brilliant and healing time of life that is full of joy, pain, and beauty with a small side of crisis (and humor). What mothers do not know, they learn. And through this lifelong process of learning, they nurture and care for the most precious gifts on earth: children. In a modern society where moms often have a full and busy plate, these 10 minute daily devotions focus on six key topics of motherhood:

-Self-acceptance
-Self-care
-Reconciling with grief, hope and expectations
-Generosity
-Presence
-Forgiveness
In addition to the devotions, these beautiful pages are adorned with handmade illustrations to help you refresh from long days or even occasional sleepless nights. So, grab your colors and a little quiet time for yourself while doodling at the kitchen table. You will be grateful you did!

Visit the author's website to learn more.  OR visit the blog site to see other reviews. 
*I was sent a review copy by the publisher for an honest review on my blog.

The 10 Myths of Teen Dating

When your kids reach the dating ages, it can be scary!  I am always looking for books that can help guide me as a parent as our kids enter these years.  Daniel and Jacquelyn Anderson's book, The 10 Myths of Teen Dating: Truths Your Daughter Needs to Know to Date Smart, Avoid Disaster, and Protect Her Future is JUST THAT BOOK!


Daniel Anderson and his daughter, Jacquelyn, have co-authored a guidebook for parents as their daughters (and sons) enter the dating world.  I did add sons on there - as I think much of the information would be relevant for boys - but it is very much geared to daughters.  The book is easy to read and well laid-out.  I thought it was a fast read but also one I will go back to over and over as my daughter gets closer.  You can learn more by visiting their website.



Daniel Anderson is a former college All-American basketball player, an expert educator, and a father of two grown daughters and a son. As a veteran high school teacher in the public school system, Daniel was troubled by how his students approached dating and relationships. He and his daughter, Jacquelyn Anderson---a twenty something and also a high school teacher---decided to address this need by equipping parents with The 10 Myths of Teen Dating, their first book together. Daniel and Jacquelyn both make their home in Portland, Oregon.

*I was sent a copy of this book for an honest review on my blog.  You can read other blogger's reviews HERE.

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