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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Review of All is Bright

"All is Bright: A Devotional Journey to Color Your Way to Christmas" is a coloring book/devotional book that will add meaning to your Christmas.

This is a wonderful devotional book. The author said her goal is to have the reader (and the reader's family) take time from the busyness of the Christmas season and focus on Christ, or as she says, "on the amazing reality of God's coming to live among us as one of us."

I think it's brilliant to have a page to color after you read the devotion. This gives you a chance to actually think about what you read!

Wonderful book that would also make a great gift.

I was given a copy by the publisher for my honest review.

You can find it on Amazon at "All is Bright: A Devotional Journey to Color Your Way to Christmas"


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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Review of 365 Pocket Morning Prayers

 365 Pocket Morning Prayers: Strength and Joy to Begin Each Day

This is a beautiful little book that would also make a great gift for someone.

I like that the daily prayers and scripture readings aren't dated, so that you can start at any time of year and also that ten years from now you won't see a 2016 Devotional book on your shelf and ignore it because you think it's probably outdated.

You can either go through this book day by day or  choose topics (listed in the book)

Great resource!

*I was given a copy of this book for my unbiased review.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Review of Gratitude A Prayer and Praise Coloring Journal

I just received the book 'Gratitude: A Prayer and Praise Coloring Journal' from Tyndale to review and am thrilled with it!

This is such a beautiful book! Even the feel of it is elegant!
The prayers are peaceful and sincere and I love that you can meditate on them while coloring.
You are also given space to write your own thoughts.

It would make a wonderful gift for someone!

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Review of Jesus Talked to Me Today

I love reading about people's encounters with God, Jesus and angels, so I was excited to read the book: Jesus Talked to Me Today

The author basically compiled stories from various authors who were either communicated to by God, helped by an angel or knew someone who was. Some of the stories were really good and even amazing. Some just so-so. Some didn't quite convince me it was God or Jesus talking.

One thing it did for me though is remind me to pay attention! Jesus IS with us always!
*I received this book from Bethany House for an honest review.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Review of The Healing Breakthrough

I just finished reading The Healing Breakthrough by Randy Clark and  I had a hard time getting through this book. Maybe it was just over my head, but I also had a problem with the idea there is a formula for getting God to heal someone.

I don't think God would do that. I think He wants us to come to Him as children to their Father and pour out their hearts. Not jump through the hoops Mr. Clark lays out.

I received this book from Chosen Books for my honest review.

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Review of The Mind of Terror by Tass Saada

The Mind of Terror was one of the most interesting books I've read in a long time. Tass Saada does an excellent job of listing the top terrorist organizations, where they are, what their goals are and how they make their money. This was very helpful to me, because I could never keep them straight and just lumped them together as "terrorists".

Even better then that though, Saada gives us insight into why they are doing this! That in fact this has been building up all the way back to Abraham's first son Ishmael! How muslims don't put themselves first as individuals, it's all about the family or whole group. And when someone hurts or dishonors one person they hurt and dishonor them all.

From there he goes on to suggest how we end it. One person at a time. Get to know your muslim neighbor or co-worker. Don't preach, but do bring up Jesus. Win them over with love. And it will spread.

I highly recommend this book! Tyndale gave me a copy of the book for my honest review.

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Review of Chase Away Cancer by Ellie Poole Ewoldt

Wow! If you ever wanted to know what goes on in the day to day battle against cancer, this book will tell
you! I knew people went back and forth to the hospital or clinic for chemo or radiation and that some had operations, but I didn’t realize how many secondary procedures (and problems!) they go through. It truly is a battle. And the fight never lets up.

Worse though, in this book, the person fighting was a two-year-old little boy named Chase. And most of the problems had to do with the treatments’ side effects not the actual cancer itself!

His mother is the author and I was amazed at the details she remembered, given everything thrown at them. I also marveled that she could so easily say that God had given them the cancer and that they were right where He had placed them. Most people argue that…at least at first. It bothered me though when Chase asked her to hold him so death wouldn’t take him that she told him she couldn’t stop death, but that if that happened, Jesus would be there and it would be alright. While this is true I’m sure I could never tell my two-year-old that they might die.

I loved that Chase played “his song” before each hospital procedure, so that dozens and dozens of hospital staff heard the words to “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)” by Matt Redman. He was a tiny evangelist!

There was also a great quote toward the end, when his mom was going to tell him the cancer might be back and what they would have to do then and he held up his hand and said, “OK, but Mom, stop. Don’t tell me anything else. Can I go back outside?”

And she wrote, “In the resiliency of childhood, they (kids) saw no reason to worry until the threat moved from conceptual to real. The backyard on a warm summer night was far more alluring than thinking about going back to the hospital.” And realized that she needed to put her hand out to God in faith. “Don’t tell me anything else right now. You know what comes next, so I don’t need to. I trust You.”

If we could all just live that way! I would recommend the book.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through Tyndale House Publishers 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: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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